This is a series of posts on Revelation 2&3 and we are studying Jesus’ letter to the church in Thyatira.
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Revelation 2:20 ‘Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.’
Jezebel was the evil wife of King Ahab in 1 Kings 16:31, but I would also suggest that she represents spiritual deception that will try to enter the Church in ever greater measure as we approach the last days.
Three times in the Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24 we are warned by Jesus of end-time deceptions coming against us. We live in a world where spiritual deceptions absolutely thrive, from false religions to new age mysticisms, and it should be no surprise if these elements try to cross over the threshold and seek to penetrate and influence the church.
Having spent many years under the influence of these deceptions, I can confirm how enticing and seductive their arguments can be.
Revelation 2:23 ‘I have given her time to repent of her immorality but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering and I will make those who commit adultery with her to suffer intensely unless they repent of her ways.’
Jesus is giving these people time to repent but they refuse to change their ways.
These false teachings and practices can seem to be so innocent and harmless to begin with, but here we discover the harm and devastating damage that they can cause.
It is not for me to criticise any churches; that is beyond my paygrade. The risk of spiritual adultery will always be present in the churches and it needs all the wisdom and courage of anointed leaders to keep the church on the proverbial straight-and-narrow rather than falling into the seductive charms of false beliefs and practices.
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