Jezebel

Yes, I have read many books about this “spirit” and if anyone was honest while reading regarding the “signs of Jezebel” we could admit we have done some of the signs of being Jezebel. It is like when we look at the signs of certain diseases and think, “Oh no, I probably have _____________ disease”. I think the term Jezebel has been very misused in the church body. Let’s dive into this and look a little closer. Why would Jesus mention a woman’s name from the Old Testament to describe what was happening at one of the churches in the letter John penned, “Revelation”? What exactly is being said here?

Let’s start with the first time Jezebel is talked about. Jezebel was a queen back in the Old Testament in 1 King 16-21 and 2 Kings 3-9. She had led the Israelites into idolatry and sexual immorality. She ended up dying because a eunuch threw her out a window, horses hooves trampled her, then the dogs ate her flesh. Wow..yuck! So you can see why being called Jezebel could have frightening consequences. Thankfully now though we live in the New Covenant!!! Jezebel is then mentioned once in the New Testament in Revelation 2, to the Church of Thyatira that was penned by John. Here it is here:

“’I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them-I place no other burden on you. Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”‭‭Revelation‬ ‭2:19-29 NASB (emphasis mine)

  • érgon (from ergō, “to work, accomplish”) – a work or worker who accomplishes something. 2041 /érgon (“work”) is a deed (action) that carries out (completes) an inner desire (intension, purpose).

One of the most challenging scriptures for me has been the following:

“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. “Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”” Matthew‬ ‭12:30-37 NASB (emphasis mine)

But it is important to look at this in its entirety and start with the right starting point. Jesus was here talking pre-Cross. He was making it known in the last part of this that our words flow from our heart, He sees our heart, our words will be judged and we are held accountable for those words. Yet, in the last sentence that I had bolded we are justified by our words not our deeds, our deeds flow out of our belief (faith) in Jesus because our faith in Christ supplies us with the Holy Spirit in us.

We need to know that our faith always proceeds our deeds because the Holy Spirit in us produces our deeds; not the other way around.

It is the fact, we are justified by the words: Jesus is my Savior. Even here, pre-Cross, Jesus is pointing to the fact we will be justified by our words of faith! We also need to start with the knowledge or understanding that I can never live up to what is expected. Jesus only can and has for us. Okay now that we have that cleared up let’s dig in. Jesus was making a clear teaching that what is in the heart does come out. Because we have the Holy Spirit in us, as Christians, we bear good fruit naturally. Do we get this perfect, no! Do we go from glory to glory, yes! Are we forgiven, always! What is interesting is Jesus is calling the Pharisses and Sauducess, the religious leaders of the time, a brood of vipers and evil without any good thing coming from their mouths. Pretty tight!! What we need to see here is that these religious leaders have spent their lives studying God’s word and leading people. They knowingly choose to lead people astray, or away from God, to serve their own purpose by stating that the miracle Jesus just performed with the work (deed) of the Holy Spirit was from Satan work (deed). They fully knew that at the base of things God is “life” and Satan is “death”. They desired so badly to call Jesus a fraud, they fully knowing called something that was a Holy Spirit work (deed) a work (deed) of Satan. We know they had full understanding because Jesus saw their heart and called them a brood of vipers who could not speak good. I want to address when someone speaks against or blasphemes the Holy Spirit it will not be forgiven them in this age or the age to come. I believe we live in the age to come. We need to remember it is specific to people who know it is a work of the Holy Spirit and say for their benefit it is a work of Satan. Many people have had this used against them by the very Phaarisees and Sauducees of our age believing they can not be forgiven, scaring people and misusing this term. Please stop! This is very specific and should not be used lightly. We need to understand that it was so specific to the point of Jesus saying those that are with Him are with Him and those that aren’t scatter. Truly, I believe the individuals this would apply to know what they are doing and Jesus knows their heart. There are many clues into the specificity of His statement regarding speaking against the Holy Spirit.

Okay now to try and put this all together. The main reason I used these two scriptures together is to point to the fact that both idolatry and sexual immorality are a way God sees to define whether or not you believe in Him or not. You are either with Him or against Him. Either Christ’s bride or not. There is no in between. So when Jesus is looking down (this is the true definition of “this against you” in Revelation) from His place in Heaven He is seeing a toleration or better definition is to permit, allow or not to hinder an individual that is proclaiming she/he is a believer and yet leading other believers to commit idolatry and sexual immorality. So what exactly is idolatry or sexual immorality? Let’s look at the definitions in Greek:

  • porneúō – commit fornication (sexual immorality); (figuratively) to be unfaithful to Christ, while posing as His true follower. See 4202 (porneia).v
  • sacrificed to idols—εἰδωλόθυτος, εἰδωλόθυτον (εἴδωλον and θύω), a Biblical and ecclesiastical word (Winers Grammar, 26; 100 (94)), sacrificed to idols; τό εἰδωλόθυτον and τά εἰδωλόθυτα denote the flesh left over from the heathen sacrifices; it was either eaten at feasts, or sold (by the poor and the miserly) in the market: Acts 15:29; Acts 21:25; 1 Corinthians 8:1, 4, 7, 10; 1 Corinthians 10:19, 28 (here L text T Tr WH read ἱερόθυτόν, which see); Revelation 2:14, 20. (Cf. Lightfoot on Galatians, p. 308f.)–www.biblehub.com

Now to the text that Paul wrote regarding what would happen when he was taken captive:

“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “”Acts‬ ‭20:29-35‬ ‭NASB‬‬ (emphasis mine)

Paul warned that there would be those that would come in and teach perverse things to draw disciples away. Paul did not commend us to the law but to God and the word of His grace. Paul fought for the grace message, the message of the Cross, the gospel of grace, the New Covenant to be taught unadulterated. Yet, he also knew there would be those that would come in and even those from among them that would teach perverse things. Paul makes it very clear only the word of His Grace can build us up, sanctify us and give us an inheritance.image

So bear with me, but I believe the Nicolatans and Jezebel were up to the same desired outcome–they desire to sneakily turn us away from the simple truth of what Christ fully accomplished at the Cross and in His resurrection. The Nicolatans were just forthright in their position of being anti Christ—-trying to disprove Who He was, what He did and Jezebel was pretending to believe in Jesus all the while knowingly turning away from the truth of the grace gospel by teaching a need for an intermediary (herself) between people and God—this position is for Christ alone- He is the only way to the Father-no one else can take that position. They would be the ones teaching perverse things such as leading us back to the law, performance based religion rather than the truth of the gospel of grace. It is interesting because the word Nicolatans means “conquering the laity”. That is exactly what has been done with the perverse teaching that the law justifies us and not the Christ. Jezebel inserted herself as a go between laity and God a place no one needs to take. There becomes a faithfulness to that person rather than Jesus Christ Himself. Anything that teaches against the fact that Christ died for the whole world’s sin for all time or that we need a go between for the “laity” is perverse teaching. (For more understanding read God Always Leads in Love). When we believe anything other than Christ and what He did for us is the only way to be sanctified, delivered and made righteous then we have been led down the road in perverse teaching. When we believe that we must uphold the law to justify ourselves we have nullified the cross and in so doing we have aligned ourselves with idolatry and sexual immorality. Remember sexual immorality figuratively means being unfaithful to Christ while posing as a believer in Jesus (Old Testament story of Hosea brings to light how God sees sexual immorality with unbelief in Him). When we knowingly teach this, knowing it is not the truth we are contributing to “her deeds” not “Christ’s deeds”. All we have to do is turn and see things His way (repent) make amends with our brothers/sisters and move forward in His grace.

Now let me wrap this up. See Jezebel in 1 and 2 Kings was a woman that pulled the people of Israel into idolatry and sexual immorality.  Elijah was the chosen prophet to help the people see how they had chosen to follow the wrong gods. To show the people the true God. That is when the sacrifice on top of the mountain takes place and Baal is not heard from and God burns up a very wet altar and sacrifice. There may have been sexual immorality; yet what God was truly concerned about was the fact that they had turned their hearts to a false god, that was sexual immorality throughout the Bible. In the same manner today we have had wolves enter in way long ago in the history of the church that have taught we must keep the law, we must create our own righteousness by our deeds (works). This is a perversity to the true gospel of grace and what Christ accomplished on the Cross. This way we are believing in a false god-ourselves to do what only Christ can do for us….make us righteous. This would be exactly where the enemy (Baal or any other false god)would want us to be. To believe that we ourselves can somehow do what Christ did for us by our actions and no longer fully rely on what Christ did for us. The Gospel of the New Testament, what Christ did for us and does through us is simply Grace.

There is so much more to this topic. It is time for old belief systems that are fear based to be torn down and rebuild our belief (faith) on the Rock-Jesus Christ Who was and is and is to come; the Author and Finisher of our faith; the One who took all sin, condemnation and sickness upon His body for the whole world for all time; and furnished us with a free gift that includes: righteousness and being filled with His Holy Spirit. To have all this all we have to do is say: you are my Savior–I believe You are the Son of God. If you have questions please write a comment. If you don’t want the comment published…just let me know. May God’s abounding love, grace and peace wash over you…with greater understanding of Who He is and Who you are in Him. ❤️

Author: BelovedGrace

Love Jesus, love my family and love life! Knowing Whose you are and who you are in Jesus. I quit being a law woman; so I could be God's woman. See Galatians 2:19-21 MSG

11 thoughts on “Jezebel”

  1. Alright, let’s talk about this:
    For one, I’m oretty sure God was specifically referring to the fact that the Jezebel in the church really was advocating sexual immoraltiy, I feel it’s a bit if a stretch to take that and then reapply it to people who don’t agree with your brand of grace. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but that’s just how it comes across to me.
    For another, I’ve been noticing you keep parsing out certain passages as “pre cross” and so-forth. Where exactly do we draw the line of “pre cross” and “post cross”? Because while it may be convenient to place the forgiveness passage and the unforgivable sin passage in the “pre cross” box so we dont have to deal with it, what about EVERYTHING He said and taught (which is technically ALL “pre cross”) such as the entire sermon on the mount? The Lords prayer? Every single parable? His commissioning of the disciples to go and cast out demons, heal sick, raise the dead, etc?
    Just sayin, it sounds like pretty dangerous water to be diving into.

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    1. porneúō – commit fornication (sexual immorality); (figuratively) to be unfaithful to Christ, while posing as His true follower. See 4202 (porneia).v
      Pre-cross is when Jesus is clarifying how we as humans can never live up to the law. After the cross is how He fulfilled all the law and justified us.

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  2. Okay, but see, “(figuratively) to be unfaithful to Christ, while posing as His true follower.” is your personal opinion, the only metaphorical usage at all in the new testament is idolatry. And in Revelation its strictly employed regarding the Harlot of Babylon, not weak or hypocritical members of the Body. I could be wrong, but almost sounds like your hinting at people who disagree with your interpretation of grace as being spiritual whores. Again, I’m open to beong wrong.
    Secondly, your ideas on Pre Cross and Post Cross commands and teachings doesn’t have a distinct partition. For example, regarding thr passage where Jesus says, ” if you do not forgive others, your Heavenly Father will not forgive you.” is right smack in the middle of a key teaching on prayer, fasting, etc. Does that mean all those teachings are Pre Cross and dont apply to us in the Post Cross era? Did Jesus fulfill the law for us and forgive our offenders for us, thereby relieving us of the burden of forgiving others even if they’re unrepentant? The problem i see is that there is no clear delineation of where the old and new are divided in Christ as far as His teachings go.

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    1. The quote is from the Greek word found in the scripture that I cut and paste, not my opinion. I have written on the other questions you have here in other posts and I will not reiterate here for the sake of trying to change your mind. Like I said this is simply an open journal of a journey I am on in with God. Sounds like you have many questions you need to ask Holy Spirit.

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  3. I think you are incorrect.
    “Definition
    to prostitute one’s body to the lust of another
    to give one’s self to unlawful sexual intercourse
    to commit fornication
    metaph. to be given to idolatry, to worship idols
    to permit one’s self to be drawn away by another into idolatry”
    That’s directly from the Strongs Exhaustive Concordance, and I don’t see your statement anywhere.

    I can appreciate that this is your personal journey, and I’m not trying to attack you. But when you post things online that are challenging, when any of us do for that matter, we all had better be damned well prepared to defend our stance and answer questions.
    These aren’t questions for God, these are questions for you. I’m asking you: hiw is your Pre Cross/Pre cross divided? Do you believe we aren’t required to forgive our debtors? I just want to know simple as that. And yes, I’ve read your other posts and none of them have definitively answered my questions for you.
    Love and respect,
    Danny W

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    1. You just answered your first question with the definition. Not sure where else you are trying to go. Next question is answered in horizontal and vertical….the whole series might help. Danny this is your adventure with the Lord and only He can truly answer your questions in the way you specifically need to hear them. Also there is no need for cursing at me on my blog. Thanks.

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  4. I pasted that excerpt to show the dichotomy if your saying that “(figuratively) to be unfaithful to Christ, while posing as His true follower” was not the definition you claimed. Just making a point about your word-smithery.

    First of all, i cursed for emphasis, i didn’t curse at you. Secondly, i won’t curse here since it is your blog and i do want to respect your space. However, my original statement still stands that you’d better be prepared to answer questions when you post your journey on the internet. If not, I’d recommend journaling.

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    1. This is the choice I have made to journal. You have your opinion and I do not have to live by your opinion or “rules”. Just like you have a choice to read my public journal or not. Once again and the last time I will repeat myself. This is not my opinion but I got the definition off of biblehub.com. You can look it up here http://biblehub.com/greek/4203.htm
      I will not be wasting the rest of my day going back and forth on your opinion. Thanks. Have a great day.

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    1. Hey Danny…this might help….if you are really looking for answers: it is a must to look at the original Jezebel story and what her intent was. In study we must look at the original story too. When God spoke of ‘sexual immorality’ and Jeze in the OT He was talking about her desire to pull the Israelites away from Him to other idols=sexual immorality.

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