“To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations.” (Revelation 2:26 NLT)
While in the spirit, John received the messages from Jesus to share with the churches–specifically named then–but to include all that exist, now!
With this particular segment, many have erroneously concluded and proclaimed that “Jezebel was a harlot” and in doing so, made every female who wore make-up or attempted to “look better” feel inferior when attending church. What must be understood is that “Jezebel” is a spirit of manipulation and deception. This spirit then can and does inhabit both male and female and it has nothing to do with what person does to “look better” but everything to do with their seductive, manipulative attitudes.
Why then does Jesus call this spirit–she? This is a reminder of who she was and what she did as recorded in the Old Testament. She manipulated her husband, sought to kill Elijah (I Kings) who killed the false prophets that she had established to deceive the people and was later killed because she would not repent, and scorned God. The dogs licked her blood against the wall in Jezreel.
Are there not still false prophets–people who are intentionally deceiving the nations and manipulating God’s Truth, encouraging others to live in opposition to God’s Word? Yes, there are and God’s response is that He will cut them off so that not one–not even the descendants of such behavior–shall live.
All who have an ear to hear what the Spirit of The Lord says, hear and obey! Repent and turn from wickedness!
But for those who remain faithful to God, victorious in obedience, to them will He give authority over nations! Hallelujah! This is the promise of authority that we can look forward to receiving when we “stay in The Word” and faithful in our obedience to Him, not man! What a mighty God we serve!