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Satan's Deep Secrets
(Revelation 2.23-25)
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"I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, 'I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.'" (Revelation 2.23-25)✞

Searches Hearts Minds

Father's HeartThe phrase "Satan's deep secrets" in this reference to Thyatira had two possible meanings. It was either that false teachings were being advocated by heretics, or that secret insights by so-called believers were guaranteeing to promote deeper spiritual life. We were warned elsewhere that we needed to hold tightly to the basics of our Christian faith and view with caution any new teaching that turns us away from the Bible, belief in our Lord and Savior or the confession of our faith.

Deep Things of Satan

Thyatira StonesThe Greek term used for the "deep secrets of Satan" meant literally, "the deep things of Satan" which may have been a scathing reference to the perverse teaching of the Nicolaitans Sect also called Nicholaism. We were told that we cannot hide from Christ for he searches both our hearts and minds, and still he loves us. The sins we tried to hide from God needed to be confessed to him. The phrase "her children" used of Jezebel were those led astray into pagan immorality and worship. Their punishment was absolute.✞

Searches Reigns

ShameAnother interesting translation of this Revelation phrase, "Searches hearts and minds" in the Authorized Version was "searches reigns and hearts." "Reigns" were literally "kidneys," which were regarded by the ancients as the seat of the emotions. The point was that God searched every emotion and thought and all were open to God's gaze. No one can deceive the Risen Christ. "Satan's deep secrets" were known to the God, "who searched our whole beings." God knows us, our thoughts, feelings and intentions. Our God searches the innermost thoughts of our minds and the most tender feelings of our hearts.

"Satan's Deep Secrets"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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