Revelation 2:22 – punishment for their spiritual harlotry
Revelation 2:22 – Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed…
In a twist of irony, the Lord threatened to punish the Jezebel of Thyatira, who committed sin on a bed of harlotry, by being “cast into a sickbed.” This phrase in the Greek was a figure of speech commonly used that meant “to make one sick.” This same concept is found in the Hebrew, in the following passage:
Psalms 41:3-4 – The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed. I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
As we will see in the next section, punishment of sickness would be a time of “great tribulation” for Jezebel and those that committed adultery with her.
“Cast her into a bed”: Literally “bed”. Having given this woman time to repent, God was to judge her upon a bed. Since she used a luxurious bed to commit her immorality, and the reclining couch at the idol feast to eat things offered to false gods, He was to give her a bed in hell where she would lie forever.
Here this could be both physical and spiritual adultery. The people who get involved in these sex sins are guilty also. It is no excuse to sin just because your minister tells you that you are not guilty. Try every message you hear by what the Bible teaches. Do not be deceived by any false prophet, male or female. Their repentance is of their deeds, not whether they were male or female.
Like those in the church of Thyatira, who committed adultery with Jezebel, Israel had to go through a time of “tribulation,” as punishment for their spiritual harlotry:
Ezekiel 23:17-18,28-30,33,35 – “Then the Babylonians came to her, into the bed of love, And they defiled her with their immorality; So she was defiled by them, and alienated herself from them. She revealed her harlotry and uncovered her nakedness. Then I alienated Myself from her, As I had alienated Myself from her sister…. “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Surely I will deliver you into the hand of those you hate, into the hand of those from whom you alienated yourself. They will deal hatefully with you, take away all you have worked for, and leave you naked and bare. The nakedness of your harlotry shall be uncovered, both your lewdness and your harlotry. I will do these things to you because you have gone as a harlot after the Gentiles, because you have become defiled by their idols…. You will be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, The cup of horror and desolation, The cup of your sister Samaria…. “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have forgotten Me and cast Me behind your back, Therefore you shall bear the penalty Of your lewdness and your harlotry.'”
There are only two other times that the phrase “great tribulation” is found in Scripture:
Matthew 24:21 – For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Revelation 7:14 – And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Both of these verses are speaking of the future Tribulation period at the end of the age. This has led some to believe that sexually immoral Christians living at the end of the age will be left behind in the rapture and have to go through the Tribulation. However, a careful analysis of these verses show this is not the case.
It is clear in Matthew 24:21 that there has been “great tribulation” in history. Otherwise, one cannot compare the coming time of tribulation as being the worst ever. Whereas, in Revelation 2:22 it is simply rendered a period of “great tribulation,” with nothing to suggest that it is the worst ever or entitled as such, as in Matthew 24:21 and Revelation 7:14. This would be likened to the time of “tribulation,” or punishment that Israel had to go through for their harlotry against God, described in Ezekiel 23 above.
While Jezebel was to suffer the consequences of her defiance, the Lord also warned those who partook in her sin of the same punishment. God deals with the unrepentant sin of believers through chastisement:
Hebrews 12:6-8 – “For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
King Ahab repented of following after Jezebel’s wickedness and humbled himself before the Lord. The Lord relented and promised Ahab that He would not bring “the evil” (KJV) in his days:
1 Kings 21:25-29 – But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up. And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning. And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, “See how Ahab has humbled himself before Me? Because he has humbled himself before Me, I will not bring the calamityin his days. In the days of his son I will bring the calamity on his house.”
The Hebrew word translated “evil” (KJV), or “calamity” (NKJV), also means affliction, distress, or tribulation. God spared Ahab “tribulation” because he repented. The sexual immoral believers at Thyatira could have also been spared “great tribulation” and suffering if they had repented of their sin with Jezebel.
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