Thyatira is commended for their works, love, service, faith, and patience, but warned to repent of tolerating false teaching.
Thyatira was founded in the 4th century BC by the Seleucid king, Antiochus II Theos. Antiochus II was the king of the Seleucid Empire, which was one of the Hellenistic states that emerged after the death of Alexander the Great. He founded several cities in Anatolia, including Thyatira, as a way to strengthen his control over the region and to establish Greek culture and influence.
Thyatira was located in the western part of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) and it’s believed to have been situated on a trade route that linked the Aegean coast with the interior of Anatolia.
Thyatira was one of the smaller cities in the Seleucid Empire, but it was an important center of trade, industry, and culture. The city’s prosperity continued during the Roman period, and it became an important center of the Roman province of Asia.
In the 4th century AD, Thyatira became an important center of Christianity and a bishopric, with the building of a large church dedicated to St. Paul, which was one of the oldest and most important Christian communities in Asia Minor.
Thyatira, is one of the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible. According to tradition, the apostle John wrote the book while in exile on the island of Patmos, and the seven churches referred to in the text were actual churches located in Asia Minor (now western Turkey) that existed during the time. The letter to the church in Thyatira is the fourth of the seven letters and it’s addressed to the angel of the church in Thyatira.
In the letter, Jesus commends the church for their good works, love, faith, service and perseverance. However, he also rebukes them for tolerating a false prophetess who teaches and seduces the members of the church to commit sexual immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols. Jesus also warns them about the coming judgment and calls them to repent.
There is no historical record of the exact location of the ancient city of Thyatira, but it is believed to have been located in the western part of modern-day Turkey. The city was founded in the 4th century BC by the Seleucid king, Antiochus II Theos. It was a prosperous city during the Roman period, known for its dyeing and textile industries. It is also known that there was a significant Jewish population in the city, and it was one of the cities where the apostle Paul visited during his missionary journeys.
Today, there is no visible remains of the ancient city of Thyatira, it’s considered as an archaeological site and it’s open to visitors.