Revelation's Immoral Jezebel
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Revelation's Immoral Jezebel (Revelation 2.18-20)

"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)✞

Bowl from Thyatira

Cloth Dyeing"That woman Jezebel" lived in Thyatira which was a city with many trade guilds like unions. These controlled those who worked and those who didn't in the cloth making, dyeing, and pottery industries there. Lydia, Paul's first convert in Philippi is mentioned in Acts 16.14, as "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.✞

Immoral Woman

Thyatira Bowl"Thyatira" was a secular city, with no focus on any particular religion. The woman in the church in "Thyatira" who was teaching 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 and represented which was typical of the historical "Jezebel." Historically Jezebel was once the wife of the wicked King Ahab (BC c871-c852) in Israel. Her name means 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. She however met a gruesome death being thrown out of a window by her own servants and her flesh was eaten by wild dogs.✞

"Revelation's Immoral Jezebel"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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