Of course, there are many demonic spirits at work to disrupt the Will and work of God. However, the spirit of Jezebel is a highly powerful spirit that one must learn to recognize and deal with properly. That’s why this post is going to share with you a little bit about the spirit of Jezebel including its characteristics and Jezebel from the Old Testament.
Jezebel In The Old Testament
“Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a wooden image. Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.“
– 1 Kings 16:30-33
King Ahab was a wicked king that ruled over Israel for twenty-two years. He married Jezebel, who was a worshipper of Baal, a god of that represented fertility and life. She was extremely opposed to Yahweh and worship unto Him. She hated it so much that she had many prophets of God murdered.
“For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)”
– 1 Kings 18:4
“Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
– 1 Kings 18:19
The prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal to a test. He told them to prepare a burnt offering to their god, but to light no fire underneath of it. Instead, he told them to call on Baal to light the fire. They did as he said and pleaded with their god to no avail.
Elijah decided it was his turn to show that his God was real. He told the people to pour water on the unlit wood three times. There was so much water that it flowed all around the alter. He called out to the Lord Yahweh and to no one’s surprise, God lit the fire and consumed all the water that was once there.
Realizing that Elijah’s God was the real deal, they fell down and worshipped Him. Elijah then had the prophets of Baal executed.
“And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.”
– 1 Kings 18:40
As you can imagine, Jezebel was so mad that she put a hit out on Elijah. Then, he went into hiding.
“Then Jezebel his wife said to him, “You now exercise authority over Israel! Arise, eat food, and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.” And she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters to the elders and the nobles who were dwelling in the city with Naboth. She wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people; and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, “You have blasphemed God and the king.” Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die.”
– 1 Kings 21:7-10
The next awful sin that Jezebel committed was the intentional murder of Naboth. He did not want to give his vineyard to King Ahab because it was inherited. The king was distressed. His wife wrote a letter in his name and had the elders carry out a plan that resulted in his death.
The Spirit Of Jezebel
The spirit that was at work in Jezebel was extremely wicked. The spirit of Jezebel demands control and is not afraid to murder in order to obtain it. It’s a dominating spirit and will stop at nothing to get what it desires.
This spirit hates God, His people, and wants to kill them. It cannot stand prayer and spiritual warfare. Elijah was led into depression and had suicidal thoughts while he hid out in the cave after she put a hit out on him.
Here are some characteristics of someone who is being controlled by the spirit of Jezebel:
- lustful and seductive
- full of pride
- extremely selfish and narcissistic
- critical and demeaning
- an expert in lying and cheating
- hates criticism
- full of hate
- hates spiritual warfare
- confrontational and ready to fight
How The Spirit Of Jezebel Gains Control
“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.“
– Revelation 2:20
In order to gain control, this spirit uses manipulation, domination, and seduction. It looks for people who are already filled with pride to infect. People with this spirit will usually be really great at talking smoothly in order to persuade people to do what they want them to do. It’ll use seduction and sex to get others under its hypnotic-like control. Watch out for these types of people!
Since this is a high ranking demon, it prefers to attach to those who are good-looking and smart. Someone with this spirit can easily attract people to them and can easily seduce people. From there, it can dominate people with no problem. The reason why this spirit is so dangerous is that it seeks to be on top.
Those in leadership are a target for this spirit because it desires to be on top and have all the power. This murderous spirit will do anything to get in charge and call all the shots.
Therefore, if it infiltrates a church or a marriage then it will soon destroy it. It will scope out the vulnerable spots of people and exploit them. Just like Elijah was overcome with ungodly thoughts of depression, the spirit of Jezebel loves to mess with the thoughts of people. It’ll try to confuse you and fill you with indecisiveness to the point that you are no longer effective for the Lord.
Also, this spirit is super combative and cannot accept any kind of criticism. Because of this, it can destroy friendships and marriages with little effort. It’ll cause many arguments and will have people attacking one another over small conflicts. Imagine what this spirit does when it gets into a church or business- it’ll have everyone bickering and there will be no peace.
Another quality that is important to mention is this spirit can give false prophecies. In other words, this is an extremely dangerous spirit that can deceive and lead many people away from God and their purpose.
The spirit of Jezebel is really dangerous and destructive. To protect yourself and your family from this demon, be ever filled with the Holy Spirit and full of the Word of God. Be filled with peace and humility. Combat selfishness and prefer others before yourself. Be sure you can take constructive criticism for what it is- a tool to get better.
In addition to that, be alert and aware of what’s going on around you. If you find someone with this spirit, avoid them and pray for them. Remember that you cannot deliver a person from an evil spirit unless they consent and desire to be set free.
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