|Revelation 2, Page 18|
2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against you, because you allow not-intimate-with-Yehuveh leaders, which think they speak for Yehuveh, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat idolatrous foods.
Bible, KJV Translation:
2:20 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.
Significant Words and Comments:
Commentary on Revelation 2:20 (1 December 2007): As in each previous year, there are still things in Israel’s thoughts and actions which Yehuveh must correct. Thus, after His very strong commendation, He states: “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee.”
The first thing Yehuveh has against His returning people is that “Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel . . . .” Suffer, here, is to allow.
Who is this Jezebel Israel has tolerated among them? 1 Kings 16:31 introduces Jezebel as “the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians,” and Ahab’s marriage to her as a greater sin than all he had done before: “It came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel, . . . and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.” She had the strength of purpose and power of influence to lead Ahab and all Israel into the most vile idolatry. But, again, it is the allegory of her name that adds power to this verse.
Jezebel is from the Hebrew word ’Iyzebel [Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry H0348], meaning “chaste,” is the compound of ee [H0336], meaning “not,” and the primary root verb zabel [H2083=H2082], which James Strong states means “to enclose, reside, dwell.” But the picture is much larger.
The single use of zabel in Scriptures gives it yet another significant meaning. Consider the marital significance of “enclose” implied in Leah’s comment when her sixth son was born: “Elohim hath endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell [H0348] with me, because I have born him six sons.” She anticipated deeper intimacy and security with Jacob.
Put together, Jezebel represents those who have refused or have never known deeply-personal, inclosing intimacy with Yehuveh. How accurately that represents most pastors, priests, rabbis and religion teachers. Genesis 30:20.
Believing they speak for Yehuveh, and representing themselves as spokesmen of His word, these religious leaders represented by Jezebel also, directly or indirectly, “call themselves prophets.” Yehuveh also calls them prophets, but He qualifies the title with the words, “prophets of the deceit of their own heart.” Jeremiah 23:26.
Yehuveh’s indictment of Israel is not only that they have permitted these not-intimate-with-Yehuveh leaders to be among them, but that they allowed them “to teach and to seduce My servants.” Not-intimate-with-Yehuveh leaders can never lead Yehuveh’s people into a true marriage with Him.
See notes on Revelation 2:14 regarding “to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”
Originally Written: 1 December 2007
Latest Update: 12 June 2011
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