“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.” (Revelation 2:20)
Notice from the previous post “Should Jezebel Be Honored as a Queen and Prophetess?” it is the spirit of the “false prophet” of Protestantism (the “prophetess”) that carries the greater power of paganism’s deceit to seduce the saved into believing a lie. True Christians will only accept Jesus as their King, which is why the Pope inflicted so much persecution upon true Christians. But the false church, the one that claims to not have a Pope as king, claiming to be the Queen that is only married to King Jesus, has the greater seductive power against Christians. But just as Jezebel sought to kill the true prophets of God and set up her own false prophets, so the Jezebel spirit working in Protestantism seeks to kill the influence of true ministers and pastors and set up their own ministers and pastors that will do what they want.
- “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (II Tim 4:3-4)
- “…Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? (during the days of Jezebel in the Old Testament) how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.” (Romans 11:2-3)
But the scriptures instruct us we need to have pastors after God’s heart:
“Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” (Jeremiah 3:14-15)
This is why the full burning light of the candlestick (God’s standout, one, free from sin, in love with him only, church) must be brought back to the temple (to the worshiping heart of the individual, and the collective body of worshipers.) If you recall, this candlestick was “removed from its place” because of Ephesus not repenting of “leaving their first love.” (Rev 2:4-5) The candlestick provided the light in the temple so the priests could see to perform the worship service, which also included taking part of eating the shew bread. (Exod 25:23-30 & Lev 24:5-9) There were set together twelve loaves of this bread, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. This spiritually represents how we today are able to eat off one another’s experience and testimony.
“For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.” (I Cor 14:31)
This is part of our spiritual diet. Without the full light of the candlestick to see by, an enemy can bring in something else to eat (things sacrificed unto idols – people whose hearts are selfishly living for themselves and not as a true servant for Christ.) If a true worshiper eats of these false people’s experience and testimony, it will eventually kill them spiritually!
“I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?” (1 Cor 10:15-22)
The true communion was instructed by Christ to be done in “memory” of Him and his sacrifice. The intention to have all true Christians take part in this communion was for us to remember that we also are to take part in sacrificial living, just as Jesus did. But the pagan form of this communion is based in idolatry and “selfish” oriented communion. Idolatry communion does not represent a life of service and self sacrifice for Christ’s sake. People take part in so called Christian communion today, but still live selfishly for themselves with sin still a part of their lives. Idolatry communion was so selfish oriented that it was often done along with the act of fornication right during the worship service. Spiritually this is what false Christians do today, they take part in the communion while in their heart they still have sin and find selfish pleasure in what the Devil tempts them with – a spiritual relationship with Satan, impure and unfaithful to Jesus – a spiritual harlot condition!
At the sounding of the Gospel, many came out of the Catholic Church and got saved. But the Devil took advantage of the situation to have men gather many of these people to themselves, and not to Christ as the King. Men established new churches. Some churches they named after themselves, and others they named after some movement or principle teaching. When it would become apparent to enough people that these new churches were also false, others would sound out the Gospel message to serve Jesus only. But eventually men would get lifted up again, and essentially another sect was all it became. Division, false doctrine, and many hypocritical, selfish members has been the norm and trademark of Protestant sects then and ever since. As already stated, there may have been, and still may be, some saved people still attending a Protestant sect due to a lack of knowledge and understanding about anything better. But when true saints get understanding, they leave in search of the one, true church of God.