Verse By Verse Through Revelation (2:21-25)

Jezebel spirit

 

Modern day Jezebel-Victora Osteen self-centered worship that excludes God and exalts humanity. Here is a classic illustration of Satan’s “deep” things taught by Victoria.

A deceptive message in her own words:

“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy. So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”


21 I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.

God being so merciful is giving the false prophetess who in the spirit of Jezebel is deceiving some in the church and is giving her time to repent before judgment is pronounced. It seems though that her fate is sealed because she has allowed her heart to become calloused.


22 Look! I will throw her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her practices.

The Greek word for sickbed is kline which is a portable bed for the sick to be carried since they couldn’t walk.

The disease that the Lord is going to inflict is one that will make her disabled and make those who got deceived by her to go through extreme tribulation. The good news is that repentance is still offered to those who follow her.


23 I will kill her children with the plague. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works

If those in the church who are deceived by the false prophetess continue without stopping and repenting, then death will come to them by means of a plague.

The word plague in Greek is thanatos and it has a double meaning for death which is physical and spiritual according to Strong’s#2288.

When a professing Christian is deceived and doesn’t heed the conviction of the Holy Spirit to turn back to the truth which they left, that person could die physically and has long been dead spiritually by evidence of non-repentance. A Christian cannot lose their salvation but one who doesn’t repent shows a vacancy of the Holy Spirit in their heart.

God repays a person for the lifestyle that they have chosen to live, a life with Him or a life apart from Him. No one can hide anything from the Lord and His judgments are a warning for those to take heed and hold tight to the truth of the gospel.


24 I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven’t known the deep things of Satan—as they say—I do not put any other burden on you.

Jesus addresses those who haven’t believed in her lies which false doctrine here is attributed to Satan’s secret knowledge which simply means a different interpretation of holy scripture that not many Christians know about. Satan’s deep things or teachings are only disclosed to those who have a greater potential of being deceived.


25 But hold on to what you have until I come.

Christians must not abandon the truth at all cost until we meet with Jesus, either in death or in His second coming. The only way to serve Jesus is by clinging to the truth that’s found in scripture. Everything that we hear must be put on the scale of scripture to see if it meets the standard of the truth.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (2:16-20)

jesus shines like the sun

16 Therefore repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

Jesus is warning those who are worshiping idols by participating in the rituals and engaging in sexual immorality which is the snare that Satan uses to hook them into idolatry.

The phrase “fight against them with the sword of My mouth” refers to Revelation 19:15 which says, 15 A sharp sword came from His mouth so that He might strike the nations with it. He will shepherd them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty.

With His spoken Word He will destroy and kill those who are against Him by worshiping demons through idols (Revelation 9:20), living a life that’s against holy scripture and an unwillingness to submit to Jesus Christ.


17 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.

When the Holy Spirit speaks, one has to give primary attention to God who is the source of our life. The phrase “I will give the victor some of the hidden manna” refers to those with genuine faith and manna in the gospel of John equates to Christ Himself. Hidden manna could also mean that in heaven we will fully know Jesus Christ and certain things that weren’t revealed to us here pertaining to our lives on earth as stated in 1 Corinthians 13:12 which says, For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

Our names being engraved in a white stone gives a picture that our new name will reflect our new nature in Christ, that of sinlessness, white being a picture of holiness. Our names being in the stone shows that our foundation is Jesus our Rock. Every believer will have a name that no one else knows so that the believer will have that special intimacy with Christ who will be the only one to know.


18 “Write to the angel of the church in Thyatira:
“The Son of God, the One whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like fine bronze, says:

Jesus Christ in His full glory reflects His power and greatness-see notes on Revelation 1:14 & 15.


19 I know your works—your love, faithfulness, service, and endurance. Your last works are greater than the first.

Here Jesus reveals that He pays close attention with great interest to His servants’ walk and obedience to the Word of God. He tells them that their faithfulness towards His will and endurance through tribulation without wavering has surpassed that of the beginning of their faith in Christ.


20 But I have this against you: You tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and deceives My slaves to commit sexual immorality and to eat meat sacrificed to idols.

Jesus points out that they do have a major problem. It seems that their political correctness and their unwillingness to call out a false teacher for what they are has infected the church with false doctrine and spiritually destroying some.

When a believer encounters someone who claims to be a Christian who is teaching or promoting heresy, if we don’t warn other Christians and expose that person as a false teacher for being a wolf among the sheep simply because we don’t want to offend, then we are endangering our brothers and sisters in Christ. False doctrine is like a small flame that starts at first but if left alone without putting it out it will burn down the whole house with everyone in it.  We cannot tolerate false teaching period. It doesn’t matter who the person is, the truth must be primary. Without it there’s no point to the message being proclaimed.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (2:11-15)

the spirit speaks

11 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death.

The churches who were receiving these letters are to be taken very seriously because God is warning most of them but one to get right with Him before it’s too late.

The victor are those whose faith doesn’t shrink back (Hebrews 10:38) but who endures through tribulation showing their genuine faith. When they die is when they will truly live, for hell will never touch them.


12 “Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum:

“The One who has the sharp, double-edged sword says:

The double-edged sword refers to God’s Word, a title which belongs to Jesus Christ.


13 I know where you live—where Satan’s throne is! And you are holding on to My name and did not deny your faith in Me, even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness who was killed among you, where Satan lives.

The church that was in Pergamum was surrounded by pagan worship. Satan had conquered that city for himself by deceiving the people through the worship of Zeus.

The church held fast to their faith in Jesus by not denying Him through persecution even though they witnessed the martyrdom of a faithful servant of the Lord named Antipas.


14 But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.

Not all the members of the church were truly faithful to Jesus. They have been deceived in participating in the worship of false deities and were committing sexual indecency (fornication and adultery). Sex was the tool that Satan used to compromise their relationship with the Lord and through their weaken state, they fell easily into idolatry.

Jesus was warning them of the judgment that the Israelites in times past received for the same act that the church was now committing and that judgment would come upon them if they continued and would not repent.

That incident is seen in Numbers 25:1-5 which says, “While Israel was staying in the Acacia Grove, the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab. 2 The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. 3 So Israel aligned itself with Baal of Peor, and the Lord’s anger burned against Israel. 4 The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before the Lord so that His burning anger may turn away from Israel.” 5 So Moses told Israel’s judges, “Kill each of the men who aligned themselves with Baal of Peor.”


15 In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

The teachings of the Nicolaitans were very similar to that of Balaam’s. See notes in Revelation 2:6