Revelation 2:23 Index
"And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works."
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PROBLEM: The problem(s) the church is faced with. "And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works." (KC 50)

"...I will kill her children..."

  • The fornication of this Jezebel was habitual and of long standing, for she had children. Figuratively, this should probably be understood in the sense that she had won committed adherents. Judgment was to descend not only upon the mother but also upon the offspring, who were contaminated by her evil character. Compare the destruction of the children of Ahab (2 Kings 10:7). (7BC 751)

"...with death..."

  • That is, with the second death from which there is no resurrection.

"he which searcheth the reins..."

  • Or, "the kidneys," which anciently were thought to be the seat of the will and the affections (Psalm 7:9) (7BC 752)

"he which searcheth the... hearts..."

  • That is, minds, meaning the intellect. Christ penetrates both the thoughts and the emotions. Christ's judgment is just because He sees and takes into consideration the secrets of the heart. (Psalm 7:9; Jeremiah 11:20; 1 Samuel 16:7). (7BC 752)