The Jezebel Spirit (Part I)
When God first started speaking to me about Jezebel I told Him I don’t know anything about her. He told me sure you do, you write about her all the time. She is the ‘great whore’ of the book of Revelation and the ruling spirit of the Laodicean church. Ahh, now that makes sense, doesn’t it? I never realized that the great whore, the woman who rides the beast has a name.
God has shown me that many in the ministry allow the Jezebel spirit to operate through them and some don’t even realize it. Even as we believe we’re ‘helping God’ and have the right intentions this can be exploited by Satan. Could God be jealous of His own servants? Absolutely, if we forget our role and who our Master is.
But the anointing which ye have received of him
abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same
anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even
as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
God has been bringing to my attention lately that He is a jealous God. And one of the things He is most jealous of is the people who attempt to usurp His rightful position of authority in the lives of His people. This is one of the roles that Jezebel the whore church attempts to play, a distraction for His people from Him, a false Christ. Let me give you some examples of the fruits of Jezebel.
She Calleth Herself a Prophetess
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee,
because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a
prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to
eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Christ mentions Jezebel by name in His letter to the church of Thyatira. They are only slightly better off than the Laodicean church because they have tolerated her working amongst them. Notice she calls herself a prophetess? In 1 Kings 18 we are told Jezebel is in fact a slayer of the prophets. She comes in under the guise of a friend and leader in order to destroy the very elect. How? The name Jezebel means "Baal exalts", "Baal is husband to" or "unchaste". You see, she is a whore and as such causes those who heed her to partake in spiritual fornication with other gods.
She Hath a Familiar Spirit
Tragically, many Christians today don’t let the fact that God isn’t speaking to them to slow them down one bit. They just go forward in the thoughts of their own imaginations removing God from the equation completely!
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered
him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. Then said Saul
unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may
go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there
is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.
We can see several interesting things from this short passage. First is that when Saul stopped hearing from God he immediately went looking for his answer elsewhere. This is always, always the wrong move for a Christian! Getting spiritual advice is one thing, but if we do not hear from God we must not go looking to others to hear Him for us. We are supposed to remedy the problem that is causing us to not hear Him.
Secondly what of the ‘witch of Endor’? Yes, God will on occasion give a word of knowledge for us to share with others, but how many ministers of Christ allow themselves to fall into the ‘witch of Endor’ role? We must never, ever allow ourselves to usurp in people’s lives that is reserved solely for Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
When people come to me for spiritual advice the first thing I ask them is “What did God tell you?” If we haven’t heard from God on a matter there is a good reason. Here are the main causes for not hearing from the Lord:
Mother of Harlots, Full of Pride
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived
deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her
heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
As we can see the woman who rides the beast is none other than the apostate Laodicean church. She is not just the Roman Catholic institution but all of her daughters as well. Don’t forget one of her titles is the MOTHER OF HARLOTS (Revelation 17:5 (KJV). We can also see from the above scriptures that she is full of pride, the sin of Satan. As a person with a website and modest online ministry I occasionally get people who want to ask me spiritual advice. Yet this seemingly innocent gesture can easily feed into the ego and from there potentially lead us into a variety of sins, the first of which is pride.
Manipulation and Control Over Others
From there it can also lead us into themanipulation and control of others. The Jezebel spirit wants to create sheep that are dependent on her instead of Christ. She is a control freak. This is why I always ask those who read my articles to check everything against scripture and ask God to confirm the things I say. It is about Him, not me. I am the servant, He is the Master.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye
have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are
of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to
discern both good and evil.
Something I have been guilty of in the past is trying to help those who don’t really want to help themselves. Some people want others to do all the work for them. Consider this carefully; it is Jezebel who seeks to create dependents. She creates spiritual babes who must be constantly fed milk by others or they will perish. But true ministers of Christ will relentlessly seek to wean those who God sends our way towards the meat of the Holy Spirit.
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