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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 has two possible meanings. It is 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 are warned elsewhere that we need 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" means literally, "the deep things of Satan" which may be a scathing reference to the perverse teaching of the Nicolaitans Sect also called Nicholaism. We are told that we cannot hide from Christ for he searches both our hearts and our minds, and still he loves us. The sins we try to hide from God need to be confessed to him. The phrase "her children" used of Jezebel are those led astray into pagan immorality and worship. Their punishment is absolute.✞

Searches Reigns

ShameAnother interesting translation of this Revelation phrase, "Searches hearts and minds" in the Authorized Version is "searches reigns and hearts." "Reigns" are literally "kidneys," which were regarded by the ancients as the seat of the emotions. The point is that God searches every emotion and thought and all are open to God's gaze. No one can deceive the Risen Christ. "Satan's deep secrets" are known to the God, "who searches 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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