By Pr Micheal Kintu
Revelations 2:19-25: “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
“And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”
Jezebel spirit is seductive
God warned the Church against the teachings of Jezebel who was seducing His servants into committing fornication and engaging in idolatry.
As seen by the testimony in verse 19, this must have been a very influential Church.
God knew them as a loving Church, who were dedicated to serving Him. They were hardworking, diligent and patient in trials, no wonder Jezebel was so attracted to their character.
Nevertheless, all their good works did not protect them against the demonic attacks of Jezebel.
The leaders turned a blind eye to the works of Jezebel whose target was to defile the worship of God in the Church.
This woman must have gained prominence in the Church as a prophetess.
She could have used her gift to unleash her dregs from a place of power.
I think her gift brought fame to the Church which placed the leaders in a very compromising position like we see today.
For her, this was the vantage position she needed; a stronghold on the pulpit from where she could fire at the servants of God with proximity and precision.
For one who has fame and position, it seems like anything is actually possible.
This woman must have become a ‘prince’ with great influence. Once you have droves of people following you, then, like the saying goes, you ‘got it’.
Is it a coincidence that she unleashed adultery, idolatory and unrepentant heart?
Does it not seem like the Lord is writing to present day Angels over His Church?
One could argue that verse 20 is a figure of speech because Christ could have been referring to a corrupted message coming from the pulpit, and being celebrated by the leaders (who knew the truth but chose to gain from the lie).
That too, could be true, but will it not lead to the same end; corruption and sin in the Church? Surely it will.
We need caution
We need to be careful when prophets in the land take to immorality and leaders choose to be quiet about it.
There is a possibility in the neighbourhood of such sin, idolatry and hardness of hearts will not be lacking.
Idolatry is defiling true worship. We begin to lose our sense of judgment and our ability to separate the holy from the vile.
It becomes an abomination before the Lord, human excellence devoid of real power; religion.
God’s Word is forever established in eternity. It will not lose its testimony.
Today’s Church needs to find a place to re-examine itself in light of this prophetic record from Revelation.
They need to do away with permissiveness and compromise because the end result is doom.
Remember He says: “I will throw her into a sick bed from which she will not recover, together with those practicing this sin with her.”
We are all in there as long as we condone her works and celebrate her instead of rising up and exposing her deception.
May the Lord help us arise to true holiness and true worship (a broken and contrite spirit) as a Church of Jesus Christ!
Let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
The writer is the lead pastor at House of Revival Church ,Kisaasi.
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