Modern day Jezebel-Victora Osteen self-centered worship that excludes God and exalts humanity. Here is a classic illustration of Satan’s “deep” things taught by Victoria.
A deceptive message in her own words:
“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy. So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”
21 I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.
God being so merciful is giving the false prophetess who in the spirit of Jezebel is deceiving some in the church and is giving her time to repent before judgment is pronounced. It seems though that her fate is sealed because she has allowed her heart to become calloused.
22 Look! I will throw her into a sickbed and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her practices.
The Greek word for sickbed is kline which is a portable bed for the sick to be carried since they couldn’t walk.
The disease that the Lord is going to inflict is one that will make her disabled and make those who got deceived by her to go through extreme tribulation. The good news is that repentance is still offered to those who follow her.
23 I will kill her children with the plague. Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you according to your works
If those in the church who are deceived by the false prophetess continue without stopping and repenting, then death will come to them by means of a plague.
The word plague in Greek is thanatos and it has a double meaning for death which is physical and spiritual according to Strong’s#2288.
When a professing Christian is deceived and doesn’t heed the conviction of the Holy Spirit to turn back to the truth which they left, that person could die physically and has long been dead spiritually by evidence of non-repentance. A Christian cannot lose their salvation but one who doesn’t repent shows a vacancy of the Holy Spirit in their heart.
God repays a person for the lifestyle that they have chosen to live, a life with Him or a life apart from Him. No one can hide anything from the Lord and His judgments are a warning for those to take heed and hold tight to the truth of the gospel.
24 I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven’t known the deep things of Satan—as they say—I do not put any other burden on you.
Jesus addresses those who haven’t believed in her lies which false doctrine here is attributed to Satan’s secret knowledge which simply means a different interpretation of holy scripture that not many Christians know about. Satan’s deep things or teachings are only disclosed to those who have a greater potential of being deceived.
25 But hold on to what you have until I come.
Christians must not abandon the truth at all cost until we meet with Jesus, either in death or in His second coming. The only way to serve Jesus is by clinging to the truth that’s found in scripture. Everything that we hear must be put on the scale of scripture to see if it meets the standard of the truth.