“I know your record and what you are doing, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your recent works are more numerous and greater than your first ones. But I have this against you: that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and who is teaching and leading astray my servants and beguiling them into practicing sexual vice and eating food sacrificed to idols. [I Kings 16:31; II Kings 9:22, 30.] I gave her time to repent, but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [symbolic of idolatry] and refuses to do so. Take note: I will throw her on a bed [[a]of anguish], and those who commit adultery with her [her paramours] I will bring down to [b]pressing distress and severe affliction, unless they turn away their minds from conduct [such as] hers and repent of [c]their doings,” Revelation 2:19-22, AMP.
How sad it is to see many homes, churches, and relationships out of the order ordained by God. It is in essence expected to see blatant acts of disobedience from the unsaved, those who deny God before others and openly voice their disregard for Him and His commandments. But it is even more disturbing when the disorder, disobedience, and distraction come from those who profess to be saved by the grace and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Just as quoted in the scripture above, God knows what we all are doing and He knows our faith, our service, our patience, and steadfast endurance. But also He knows our heart and the genuineness of being sold out to Him. There is a distinct difference between knowing the wrong someone is doing and telling them about it to be corrected and knowing the wrong someone is doing and going along with it. I believe the law calls the later person in such a situation “an accessory.” How many of us are accessories to various happenings?
This particular text speaks specifically about an immoral woman; a woman who calls herself a prophetess (claiming to be inspired by God), teaching and leading servants of God astray. The Bible specifically states in the King James Version that this is a woman who calls herself a prophetess “to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication…” This is a woman who defies authority, relentlessly pursuing her own agenda regardless of what God has ordained.
Let us remember that God is a forgiving God. When Peter asked how many times must we forgive our brothers, God said in His word, “…seventy times seven,” (Matthew 18:22). In essence, this means as many times as they ask. But when dealing with a Jezebel spirit, God said in Revelation 2:21, “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” This is a prime example of the free will extended to us. He gives us the ability to choose. And when it is in the heart of a person to do whatever they want to do carelessly, indulging in all sorts of sinful nature, they have made their choice. “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds,” Revelation 2:22.
Repent. God reminds us that there is always a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13), but we must be willing to use it. We must be willing to repent. Whether we’ve been an accessory “going with the flow” by remaining silent to a Jezebel who wants to take over, taking on the role of a man, taking on the role of God by replacing His ordinance with her own or a person who has committed the sin along with her by signing off on what she may be doing, repentance is the key. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17)