Revelation Immoral Jezebel
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Revelation Immoral Jezebel
(Revelation 2.18-20)
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"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: 'These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.'" (Revelation 2.18-20)✞

That Woman Jezebel

Cloth Dyeing"That woman Jezebel" lived in Thyatira which was a city with many trade guilds in some respects like unions. These were very powerful and controlled those who worked and those who didn't in the cloth making, dyeing, pottery industries and other trades there. Lydia, Paul's first convert in Philippi was mentioned in Acts 16.14, "One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message." Lydia was a cloth merchant or trader from Thyatira.✞

Bowl from Thyatira

Thyatira Bowl"Thyatira" was an ancient Greek city in Asia Minor which now lies in the far western end of Turkey. It was a secular city, with no focus on any particular religion. The woman mentioned in the church in "Thyatira" who was teaching and actively encouraging sexual immorality may have been named "Jezebel" but on the other hand, John of Patmos may have used her name to symbolize the kind of evil she was promoting which was typical of the historical "Jezebel." The original Jezebel was the wife of the wicked King Ahab (BC c871-c852) in Israel. Her name meant literally, "Where is the prince" referring to a "ritual summoning of the god Baal." She came from Sidon and encouraged the worship of the pagan deities Baal and Asherah over the traditional worship of Yahweh whose leaders she endeavored to kill. She however met a final gruesome death being thrown out of a window by her own servants and her flesh was eaten by wild dogs!✞

"Revelation Immoral Jezebel"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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