Jesus has eyes like a telescope that is illuminated with light – He sees everything and nothing is hidden from His view.  He had much commendation for the church of Thyatira. They showed evidence of the presence of the Lord and their works, charity, service, faith and patience pleased the Lord:

However, the Lord had a serious charge against the church of Thyatira. The message to the modern day believer is that our goodness and deeds can often hide serious personal and moral issues that the Lord needs to correct. We dare not fool ourselves into believing that moral goodness means that we are in a state of perfection.

These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass  (brass = chalkolibanon or burnished copper)

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, 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 (Rev 2: 18 – 21).

Again Lord Jesus reinforced that He was qualified to speak since He was the one who “ searches the reins and heart” (Rev 2: 23).  Nephros is the Greek word for reins and it refers to the kidneys. Does the Lord search out our kidneys? In the literal sense, the kidneys are the organs that cleanse the blood from impurities. When they fail, toxins accumulate in the blood and poison the body, causing death.  When the Lord searches our spirits, He wants to remove the impurities of sin that will poison our spirits and cause spiritual death.

Apostle Peter teaches us that we are purified by obedience to the Word of God (1 Peter 1: 22). The Lord compared the idolatry of the church to fornication since the believers had joined themselves to satan and had become one with him. They could not serve two masters and needed to repent.

Lord Jesus also revealed that He searches the heart. In the figurative sense, He meant that He searches the innermost being of the human – the emotions, character, will and thoughts. He wanted to cleanse the church from this besetting sin – if they would only repent, but they refused.


 The Lord’s reproof to His church about the false prophetess Jezebel is consistent with that to the Pergamos church regarding the cult of Balaam. Both cults had infiltrated the assemblies and the believers were following the teachings of fornication and eating food sacrificed to idols. The Lord does not “fool around”   with sin. He reproved both churches and did not cover their sin of idolatry.

The Lord revealed that He always allows time for the believer to repent of known sin before bringing judgment. He told the church that He had allowed the prophetess time Jezebel to repent of the idolatry, but she had refused.

The sin of idolatry was so grievous that the Lord referred to the teachings of Jezebel as “the depths of Satan   (Revelation 2: 24).


I believe that Jezebel must have been an actual woman rather than a cult. Here are SIX reasons:

  1. Lord Jesus referred to “that woman Jezebel.”
  2. He also referred to Jezebel seven times in the feminine – she calls herself a prophetess… I gave her space to repent of her fornication… and she repented not… I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her… I will kill her children with death.
  3. The Lord later told the believers that HE would not burden those who had not followed “this doctrine” .  He did not at this time refer to the prophetess. 
  4. In contrast, He reproved the church of Pergamos for following the “doctrine of Balaam”.
  5. The Lord did not speak about the doctrine of Jezebel.  
  6. Jezebel taught the church the doctrine of Balaam – to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication (Revelation 2: 14 & 20)


 The Lord’s judgment was threefold:

  1. He  prophesied that He would cast “that woman Jezebel” and her followers into a bed. The meaning in the original language refers to decline.
  2. He would cast them into great tribulation
  3. He would kill them with death

The Lord’s message is a warning to those who practice idolatry or satanism in any form. He will wipe it out of His church and cause it to decline:

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

23 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. 

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. (Rev 2: 21 – 23)