But I have a few things against you. For you permit the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat the food of idolatry.
This is the last group of people whose teachings are condemned in the letters to the churches.
Jezebel may be her real name or it can be a name used to associate this false prophet with the Old Testament Jezebel. In the Old Testament, Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, the king of Israel. She promoted idolatry in the kingdom and killed most of the prophets of the God if Israel. She also did a lot of evil things on behalf of the king. Idolatry flourished in the reign of her husband that the religion of the God of Israel almost died during his reign. This was when Elijah came to challenge the prophets of Baal. Elijah won the challenge and massacred the prophets of Baal.
In any case, Jesus describes her as a prophetess. She probably had some official status to speak the Word of God. She uses her position to seduce believers into committing fornication and idolatry. This fornication can be actual sexual immorality or it can be figurative fornication which is idolatry. The key word here is the word seduce. It is as if she presents what she is saying as beautiful and good to seduce people to believe her. What is interesting is verse 21 where Jesus said she is not willing to repent from her fornication. This looks like she herself was involved in sexual immorality.
Who are the Jezebels today? These may be men or women who use their Church position to pronounce words in the name of God. They say things that are good to hear. They eloquently present their ideas and thoughts at the same time, even using Scripture to lead people into either actual sexual immorality or rejection of God.
Today, we have many people who claim to be teachers of the Word, who talk well, who present their opinions as true, who claim to have teaching authority in the Church yet seduce people to believe in them. The people, not knowing any better, fall into the lies of Jezebel. They seduce people to sin so that they can continue with their own wicked ways.
Beware of false prophets!!! There are many of them recently. One even composed a prayer, quoting Scripture to promote sin. One has been spreading heretical teaching, encouraging sin.
Lord, reveal the lies of people like Jezebel. May they not deceive any true believer. Expose them never let them succeed in their wicked plans.