Problem: Tolerating Jezebel – Error of Church of Thyatira (Rev 2:18-19) Verse 20, “Notwithstanding, I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduced My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.”
The Seven Churches of Revelation 2 & 3 were real churches during the days of John, and a picture of the different Church periods throughout history. The 4th Church, of Thyatira was believed by many to be the Church Age during AD476-1520, The Tribulation, Church of the Papacy.
Our first pastor after was Al Scott M.Th. in Marshall, MN. He was a brilliant teacher and I have his entire study of “The Seven Church of Revelation”. He expressed that the Church of Thyatira’s emphasis was works. “Good works for salvation” is false doctrine this church age embraced. The city was a very commercial city, dealing with “trade-guilds”, much like the powerful unions today. Pastor Scott wrote, “These trade-guilds presented Christians with a real problem. No one could hope to be a prosperous trader unless he was a member of these guilds.But the trade-guilds were intimately associated with the worship of pagan gods.” Christians faced poverty, losing their business unless they participated with the heathen feasts, where the grossest sexual practices took place.
He goes on to say, “It is believed by some that this woman whom the Lord calls “Jezebel” was associated with the Sambathe. She had professed Christianity, but now urged Christians to compromise and join the trade-guilds.” The Oriental sibyl called the Sambathe, a heathen god was sought at her shrine for guidance.
In regards to the church age of Thyatira, Pastor Scott wrote, “Thyatira symbolizes the rise of the Papacy, of which Jezebel is a type….Those who remonstrated against the Pagan practices and idolatry of the Roman Church were subjected to the severest persecution, and multitudes gave their lives during the cruel inquisition.” From the periods of 709-1534 these following practices were brought forth. Kissing the Pope’s foot, Worshiping of images and relics, Use of ‘holy water’ began, Canonization of dead saints, Fasting on Fridays and during Lent, Celibacy of the priesthood, Prayer beads, The Inquisition, Sale of Indulgences, Transubstantiation, Adoration of the wafer (host), Bible forbidden to laymen, Cup forbidden to people at communion, Doctrine of purgatory decreed, Doctrine of seven sacraments affirmed, The Ave Maria approved, Jesuit Order founded.
The entire study of the churches at the time of the writing, the different church ages and where we see ourselves spiritually in our walk is all very interesting. Many have made a career of just the study of the Book of Revelation. But, I want to stick to the connection to the Days of Elijah.
Trade-Guilds: It is interesting that at the time of this writing, here in America, the Church is either under tremendous attack in their careers because of their belief, or tolerating the spirit of Jezebel. In Hollywood, there are many unions that if you do not agree with same-sex marriage you cannot work there. Cake decorators and flower shops who stand for the Bible of ‘one man and one woman’ have lost their businesses and gone bankrupt. There are recordings of Muslim bakers being approached for a gay wedding cake, and refused. They were not targeted, they were not sued. Why? The spirit of Jezebel that is operating behind the scenes is out to kill the prophets again,and not just the prophets, but to destroy the worship of “One True God” in America. Who would have thought a 7-year old boy would have the sheriff come into the school to order the child not to give students Bible verses. A county clerk was put in jail for not giving a gay couple a marriage license. I think you get my point. IRS has targeted auditing 501(c)3 religious organizations. I personally know of one organization that the agent actually told them to only go after Christian organizations.
Jezebel always operated with the religious system and political system. Jezebel was a control freak and the spirit of Jezebel is all about control. Jezebel works under the spirit of Baal, which is a principality. Dutch Sheets taught in 2007 that this may be the Strongman, or one of the main spirits over America. Look how far we have morally gone down since 2007, look how much this spirit has increased. Behind this spirit is murder and a death culture.
- Molech was under Baal and that was the killing of babies – abortion.
- Baal prophets were cutters (I Kings 18:28) – teens are cutting themselves today to relieve the pain they feel
- Baal is the strongman behind sexual perversion – homosexuality, pornography, sex trafficking
- Baal-berith is another name of Baal and it means ‘the lord of covenants’ – attempts for Christians to leave God and ‘marry’ or align with him – we see this in the tattooing, punk, darkness
- Baal always goes after the next generation
And we cannot be tolerant. Jesus warns us – DANGER! PASSIVITY! I got a message on Danger! Passivity! a few years ago and it is more needed today than ever. A passive person no longer has a fight – that is why the sex slaves no longer try to run away, lost their fight. That is why the Jews during the Holocaust walked into the showers, ovens with no fight left. That is why men are kneeling on the shores in the middle east, dressed in orange jumpsuits, getting their heads cut off by ISIS.
Get your HOPE back Church! Proverbs 13:12 in the Voice translation reads, “Hope postponed grieves the heart”. NKJV reads, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” People have lost hope in their government and have quit praying, and quit voting. ‘Why try’, they say. But when Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders rose up and people begin to hope that we still have a say in the government. And now the battle of the spirit of Baal and Jezebel working behind the scenes really comes forth with great strength.
The Bible gives up HOPE, the Bible teaches us how to pray. The Bible teaches us not to put our trust in any one man. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.” Align yourself with someone who is organized to stand for a righteous cause. Get into a prayer group and pray with awareness of what is happening, seek God for our families and nation.
These are the days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!