Absolutely not. “And the last to be more than the first.” And this is why the King James sometimes you’ve got to go ‘Okay, but it doesn’t make sense.’ Really if you forget about chapter and verse because chapter and verse was not here in this book when this was put together. And you read it through and you take out “Not withstanding” and  read it how I’m going to translate it. He says “I know your works, I know your uncalculated love, I know your service to the ministry, I know your faith, I know your endurance and I know your works again. You’re doing a little bit better church at Thyatira than you previously doing but I have this against you.” So six commendations and here it comes. Let it go Jesus. Okay.

“I have a few things against thee” – back into the King James world of English – “because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication and eat things sacrificed unto idols.” Whew. There are going to be some spiritually immature children out there who are going to take this, because they don’t understand scripture, they’re going take this as a license to say ‘You see. Women are to not speak in the church’ because they’re too silly to know that this is not talking about a woman. It’s making reference to a woman representationally.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we know Jezebel from the Bible. Everybody knows about Jezebel. In First and Second Kings she’s the one that, painted her face, she tied back her hair and she looked out a window in a day – it’s changed a little bit but back then when women weren’t supposed to wear make-up. If you wore make-up you were a Jezebel. And that became license to say ‘Well then if you put on make-up you ought to not look out a window.’ She did all that to seduce other people. She did something way worse than those three things. I tie my hair back. I put make-up on. I look out a window. She married – most of you know the story. I’ll tell it to you briefly. She married King Ahab. She herself was the daughter of a king. When I say this I hope it will sink into some of you. This tells me all you need to know about the woman. She was the daughter of the king of Sidon and Tyre. If I said no more that bell should be going off.

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