It was Jesus, who said to the church in Thyatira in the book of Revelations chapter 2:19-23 NLT:
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.”
It was Jesus, who said to them:
“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols.”
Jesus was referring here to a female member of the church, who was operating under the same evil spirit as the wife of King Ahab of Israel named Jezebel in the Old Testament, by promoting destructive heresies and leading many into moral compromise, using false prophecies and teachings to do so. Queen Jezebel was known to persecute and kill the prophets of God. She also plotted the murder of Naboth, a man of God, in order to steal his vineyard and give it to her husband Ahab.
It’s so tragic to read about how devoted and abounding in love the church of Thyatira was, only to discover that they were allowing this wicked woman Jezebel to lead them and teach them with false doctrines, and having her prophecy over them! Because they allowed Jezebel to rule over them, they opened the door for moral compromise to come into the church. Some scholars suggest that Jezebel was the wife of the senior pastor of the Thyatira church.
Something we have experienced in many churches and ministries, is the scenario where there is a pastor who is anointed and teaches his followers Biblical truth such as walking in love, faith, being a servant and patient endurance, just like in the Thyatira church, and in the background is the wife, plotting manipulatively and craftily the takeover of the leadership of the church to control its members, in order to ultimately poison the whole church spiritually.
Among other things Jezebel, the self-proclaimed prophetess, taught the Thyatira church to eat food offered to idols. This means that the members probably were partaking in the grossly immoral celebration of pagan love feasts. These believers were attending idolatrous festivals, and joining in the sin of the idolaters.
A Modern-day Jezebel loves to organize religious fellowship “love” meals and throw lavish parties where she is the center of the attention, all with the purpose of getting close to people and gathering information about them, so she can take the place of God in their lives. She will ultimately make the church members love, adore, and worship her, and in doing so, shipwreck their lives! The Bible warns against people like Jezebel!
When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals commemorating the Lord’s love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepherds who care only for themselves. Jude 1:12 NLT
It was Jesus, who said: “I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.” Why not? Because Jezebels are narcissists, meaning they will never admit they do anything wrong, and therefore they see no reason whatsoever to repent from anything. It is always the fault of someone else. Jezebels think they are unbeatable and invincible, just like God. They live in a world of delusion of grandeur.
Then Jesus said: “Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.”
Jezebels, because of their rebellion against God, will end up suffering sickness! Those, who committed adultery with her, meaning those, who worshiped her, her children/followers who loved her, supported, and defended her, will suffer greatly, unless they repent and turn or run away from her. We have seen many of the so-called children or followers of Jezebel being literally destroyed mentally, spiritually, and even die. They are brainwashed and loaded with guilt and fear. Their mind is completely corrupt, unable to think rationally. Everything is being filtered by what Jezebel has taught them. Their understanding of who God is has been clouded by a false image that Jezebel has given them, leaving them utterly disillusioned about whether there really is a God after all. Since they have been taught to revere her words as if they were God’s, the fine line of who is who, has been obliterated. Their first allegiance and loyalty goes toward pleasing Jezebel, whereas their first thought used to be how to please God.
If you are involved with a Jezebel, it is time for you to repent and turn away from her evil deeds and run before it’s too late! This is your only way out, simply because it was Jesus, who said it!
Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Revelations 2:29 NLT