Revelation 2:20 – calls herself a prophetess to teach and seduce
Revelation 2:20 – Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel…
Whether this woman in the church of Thyatira was actually named “Jezebel” or not, she was certainly working in the “spirit of Jezebel.” It is perceivable then that we are to look to the Old Testament Jezebel, King Ahab’s wife, to further understand the Lord’s rebuke. Recall from Revelation 2:14, that Balaam enticed Israel to commit sexual immorality and idol worship, through compromise with the world. Hundreds of years later, Jezebel led the northern kingdom of Israel into the same sins through Baal worship, a cult involving sexual immorality and idol worship, described as harlotry and witchcraft:
2 Kings 9:22 – Now it happened, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” So he answered, “What peace, as long as the harlotries of your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft are so many?”
Throughout the Old Testament, this union of that which is holy with that which is impure is considered by God as spiritual adultery. It was an abomination in His sight!
This false teacher is referred to as “Jezebel,” which may or may not have actually been her name, but certainly refers to her spirit. It references Jezebel in the Old Testament, who was the wife of King Ahab. She was an idolatrous woman with unscrupulous methods, to perpetuate her power. Jesus warned the church of Thyatira of coming judgment to this false teacher and all those who commit spiritual adultery by moral compromise. This “Jezebel” was given time to repent, but refused (Rev. 2:21).
Now, those who had been deceived by her teaching were given the choice to repent or face severe judgment. In the Church today, most believers are not tempted to worship pagan idols of wood or stone, but they do worship other idols!
This is one of the scriptures that is often used by certain denominations to say that women should not teach and preach. If we carefully look at this, we will realize that Jezebel here is not a woman actually, but a system of evil, whether taught by men or women. Fornication is the issue here, not that there is a woman in the church. Just as the Nicolaitans were not really a particular country and Baal was a symbol of evil and not a specific place and person.
We need to look at fornication and see what it is. Fornication is incest or adultery of either sex that are indulging in unlawful lust. Everyone would agree that any minister of God who promoted any of these sins would be a Jezebel to Jesus.
Men and women who are believers in Christ are all the Bride of Christ. I do not believe that this Jezebel is all women who minister the Word of God, but just those who teach evil lust.
In Galatians, we read that with God there is no male and female.
In Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
The same Paul that wrote for women to be silent in church (in 1 Corinthians 14:34), wrote this in Galatians.
We also need to look at (Acts 2).
Acts 2:17-18 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”
There is something we are not understanding, or else the Bible contradicts itself. We know the Bible does not contradict itself. We must look more carefully at what the Scriptures mean. The error comes in evil messages that some women or men bring. The Jezebel here could be a woman, but if she is, it is not the fact that she is a woman that is wrong, it is an evil message that is wrong. Let’s look at one more Scripture in Acts.
Acts 21:8-9 “And the next [day] we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was [one] of the seven; and abode with him.” “And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.” There are many examples just like this of Philip’s daughters.
We must all be careful about criticizing others in their ministry. Look carefully at the context it is written in, before speaking out against others.
Jezebel calls herself a prophetess. It appears whoever this is or whatever group this represents, they are promoting feelings of the flesh not the Spirit.
Throughout the Bible we are warned not to eat things sacrificed to idols knowingly.
Revelation 2:20 – …who calls herself a prophetess to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
Those called a “prophetess” in Scripture were godly women (Exodus 15:20, Judges 4:4, 2 Chronicles 34:22, Nehemiah 6:14, Isaiah 8:3, Luke 2:36), who were given messages from the Lord in the same way as the men called prophets. The Old Testament Jezebel was famous for massacring the true prophets of God (1 Kings 18:4).
Ironically, the Jezebel at Thyatira called herself a “prophetess.” It appears that this woman had come into the Church under the guise of a prophetess, but used witchcraft to lead astray some of the Lord’s servants, or believers (Revelation 1:1), into sexual sin and idolatry, which was the “doctrine of Balaam” (Revelation 2:14). The sin of witchcraft is rebellion:
1 Samuel 15:23 – For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
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