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Forgiveness for the Wicked

John Collins06/20/2012
Revelation 2 gives us hope that forgiveness is even offered to the wicked.

As a background, Jezebel was a wicked power behind the thrown of Ahab, and allowed temples of Baal to operate in Israel.  Not only did this bring idolatry and false worship into the land, it brought forth false prophets.  

It began an intense religious and political struggle, one of the most detailed in biblical history.  It is believed that Jezebel's marriage to Ahab was primarily a political marriage to create an alliance between the Phoenicians who worshipped Baal and the Israelites.  This alliance would hive the Phoenicians access to the Mediterranean Sea and international trade.

Nevertheless, Jezebel's integrating idolatry with worship of the One True God was her downfall.  This displeased God, and he sent his prophet Elijah to give her warning.  He challenged four-hundred and fifty prophets of Baal to a competition, and exposed them as powerless against the one true God.

Jezebel failed to repent.

In the very last moments of her life, as Jehu was entering the gate for her, Jezebel made one last act as queen.  She applied paint to her face and bowed her head towards a window to watch Jehu.  It is said that she did this to die with dignity as queen.

She did not die with dignity, however.  She was trampled under the feet of horses and eaten by the dogs.  When the men of Jehu went to bury her, nothing could be found but her skull, feet, and palms of her hand.

John writing in Revelation 2 to the church of Thyatira says that the Son of God has eyes like a flame and feet like fine brass.  God says that He knows the works, charity, service, faith, patience and works, and knows the works to be very great.

Nevertheless, since they permitted Jezebel, who falsely called herself a prophetess, to teach idolatry, God counted this against them.  God gave her a space of time to repent of her fornication, yet she did not repent.  She and her children will be punished in the tribulation. 

But for the rest of the people, as many who have not fallen into idolatry and false prophecy, and have not known the depths of Satan, there will be no other burden placed upon them.  That little bit that they have, they should hold fast onto it until God comes.

He that overcomes and keeps God's works unto the end, God will give him power over the nations.  He will rule them with power, just as the Son of God received from His Father.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what God says to the churches.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  When God asks us to repent of our sins, do we heed His call?  Do we allow ourselves to fall into the idolatry of today, the things that we put before our time with God?  Do we allow false prophets to rise, persuading us into a different form of idolatry?  Have we mistakenly known the depths of Satan?  Are we holding fast to that little bit that we have until God comes?