"You will strike the house of Ahab your master, and I will avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the servants of the Lord from the hand of Jezebel" (2 Kings 9:7).
For every problem, God has a hope solution. Even in our last-days battle with the Jezebel Spirit, the Holy Spirit is ready to anoint godly leaders and consecrated believers with His grace and power to over throw and displace every spirit of wickedness in Jesus' name! Remember, every mess is an opportunity for God's next miracle. So let it be in our day and in our families, cities and nations.
Major Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit
In a previous article, we looked at exposing Jezebel's Influence. (If you missed that blog, click here to read it.) The following is a brief review of 10 significant characteristics of the Jezebel spirit to lay a foundation on which to build. In Scripture, 1 Kings 17-19 gives the primary historical setting of Queen Jezebel's reign in Israel and her demonic schemes to control everyone in her sphere of influence.
- Jezebel's ultimate goal is always control.
- The Jezebel spirit attacks, dominates or manipulates those in authority.
- The Jezebel influence causes fear, flight and discouragement.
- People under Jezebel's influence tend to be natural leaders, although often operating covertly.
- People under Jezebel's influence are often insecure and wounded.
- The Jezebel spirit functions subtly and deceptively.
- This dark Jezebel spirit promotes pride, independence and rebellion.
- The abdication of an Ahab empowers a Jezebel spirit to operate.
- Jezebel is usually in alignment with a religious spirit.
- The families of people under Jezebel's influence are often dysfunctional and out of order.
The Problem: King Ahab and His Passive Nature
Lessons From 1 Kings 19:1-2
"And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, 'So let the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time'" (1 Kings 19:1-2).
The abdicating nature of Ahab empowers Jezebel. She resists and opposes true godly authority and desires to control and exercise power over everyone. She sets herself up against the "Elijahs" in particular. The "Elijah spirit" of the end times will stir up and expose both the passivity of Ahab and the control of Jezebel.
Lessons From 1 Kings 21:8-10
So she wrote letters in Ahab's name and sealed them with his seal and sent the letters to the elders and to the nobles that were in the city where Naboth lived. In the letters she wrote,
"Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people, and set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, 'You blasphemed God and the king.' And then carry him out and stone him, so that he will die" (1 Kings 21:8-10).
Jezebel usurps her husband's or her leader's authority and often acts in their name. She manipulates and controls leadership and attempts to fill the Ahab vacuum with power plays, lies and even religious works. She uses the vacated platform of Ahab to accuse others of what she has done.
Lessons From 1 Kings 21:25-26
"But there were none compared to Ahab, who sold himself to evil deeds in the sight of the Lord, which Jezebel his wife stirred up. He performed the most abominable act in following idols like the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel" (1 Kings 21:25-26).
Ahab gave in to the seductive witchcraft and behaved in the vilest of manner by going after idols. Jezebel urged her husband to do all kinds of evil.
Lessons From 2 Kings 9:7-10
You will strike the house of Ahab your master, and I will avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the servants of the Lord from the hand of Jezebel. The whole house of Ahab will perish, and I will cut off from Ahab all the males in Israel, both imprisoned and free. I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. Dogs will eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and no one will bury her." Then he opened the door and fled (2 Kings 9:7-10).
Ahab's passivity emboldens the assertive nature of Jezebel. This demonic spirit destroys families. The end result was that both family lineages were cut off. Eventually the blood of shed by God's true servants was avenged.
Lessons From Revelation 2:18-20
To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like fine brass, says these things: I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience, and that your last works are more than the first.
"But I have a few things against you: You permit that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols" (Rev. 2:18-20).
Jezebel claims to be inspired and to have a word from the Lord. Jezebel not only neuters prophets but also sets up a false prophetic anointing in its place. Ultimately, the full manifestation of the Jezebel spirit will include multiple forms of sexual perversion and immorality. A warning is given for us not to tolerate this false Jezebel spirit even in the midst of good deeds and acts of service.
The Solution: King Jehu and His Warrior Anointing
Insight From 2 Kings 9:7-10
You will strike the house of Ahab your master, and I will avenge the blood of my servants the prophets and the blood of all the servants of the Lord from the hand of Jezebel. The whole house of Ahab will perish, and I will cut off from Ahab all the males in Israel, both imprisoned and free. I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah. Dogs will eat Jezebel in the territory of Jezreel, and no one will bury her." Then he opened the door and fled.
Jezebel is empowered by Ahab's passivity. But in the midst of this, the Lord always has a solution. In the heat of the battle, Jehu, who is anointed as one of the three successors of Elijah, is called to strike down Jezebel and Ahab's entire lineage, legacy and household.
Insight From 2 Kings 9:22
"When Joram saw Jehu he said, 'Is it peace, Jehu?'
"And he said, 'What peace, so long as the harlotries of your mother Jezebel and her sorceries are so many?'" (2 Kings 9:22).
Jehu, whose name means, "Yahweh is God," discerns the roots: witchcraft and idolatry. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and arrogance (stubbornness, insubordination) is as iniquity and idolatry (see 1 Sam. 15:23). Jehu not only discerns the roots, but he does not partake of the false appeasement by which Jezebel operated.
Insight From 2 Kings 9:30-31
"When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard about it. She put black paint on her eyes, adorned her head, and looked down through the window. As Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, 'Is everything all right, Zimri, murderer of his master?'" (2 Kings 9:30-31).
Jezebel uses seduction and sexual manipulation and payoffs to control men. When that does not work, she uses shame, scorn and arrogance.
Insight From 2 Kings 9:32-33
"And he lifted up his face toward the window and said, 'Who is on my side? Who?' And two or three eunuchs looked down to him. He said, 'Drop her down.' So they dropped her down and some of her blood splattered on the wall and on the horses. Then he trampled her" (2 Kings 9:32-33).
Jehu confronts without fear, as he knows his sphere of authority. Jezebel was not conquered by Elijah but by the kingly anointing of the next generation under Jehu.
Insight From 2 Kings 9:34-37
Then he entered, ate and drank, and said, "Attend to that cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king's daughter." So they went to bury her, but they found nothing of her except a skull, the feet, and the palms of her hands. They returned and told Jehu, and he said, "This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 'On the property of Jezreel dogs will eat the flesh of Jezebel. The corpse of Jezebel will be like dung in the field on the property of Jezreel, so that they cannot say, This is Jezebel.'" (2 Kings 9:34-37).
Jehu operates under a fierce warrior anointing. Jezebel's destruction was so complete that she was unrecognizable.
Insight From Revelation 2:24-28
Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this teaching, who have not known what some call the "depths of Satan," I will put on you no other burden. But hold firmly what you have until I come.
"To him who overcomes and keeps My works to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
"He 'shall rule them with a rod of iron; like the vessels of a potter they shall be broken in pieces'—even as I myself have received authority from My Father. And I will give him the morning star (Rev. 2:24-28).
What is ultimately at stake is the authority and rulership of the nations in God's stead. Overthrowing Jezebel aids in spreading the gospel of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ into the entire world. There is a lavish reward waiting for those who partake in this kingdom advancement.
3 Keys to Overcoming the Jezebel Spirit
1. The Key of the Elijah Transfer – From 2 Kings 2:9-12
And as they were crossing, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask for something, and I will do it for you before I am taken away from you."
And Elisha said, "Let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."
He said, "You have asked for a difficult thing, but if you see me when I am taken from you, it will happen to you. If not, it will not."
As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha was watching and crying, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!" And he did not see him again. Then he grabbed his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
After surrendering to the call, spending years serving and passing many tests, Elisha became the recipient of the transfer of Elijah's mantle to the next generation. Elisha asked for and received a double portion of the anointing that rested upon Elijah.
Why did Elisha ask for a double portion? Why did he twice declare, "My father, My father?" Perhaps it would take a double revelation of fatherhood to combat the forces of evil in the next generation. In every generation, there are distinct keys for overcoming the powers of evil.
2. The Key of the Kingly Anointing – From 1 Kings 19:15-17
The Lord said to him, "Go, return on the road through the Wilderness of Damascus, and when you arrive, anoint Hazael to be king over Aram. And you shall anoint Jehu, the son of Nimshi, to be king over Israel, and you shall anoint Elisha, the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah, to be prophet in your place. He who escapes the sword of Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and he who escapes the sword of Jehu will be killed by Elisha (1 Kings 19:15-17).
Not only did Elisha receive a double portion of the mantle that rested upon Elijah, but by careful observation, we find there were three who were chosen to follow in the footsteps of their father Elijah: Hazael, Jehu and Elisha. Note that two of the three were anointed to be kings and only one was set a part as a prophet. Jehu, king over Israel, was the one appointed to overthrow Jezebel's palatial reign. A key is revealed here concerning the kingly anointing of ruling and reigning in Christ Jesus.
3. The Key of the Joining of the Generations – From Malachi 4:5-6
"See, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreaded day of the Lord. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse" (Mal. 4:5-6).
We must call forth the truths of Malachi 4:5-6 to win this end time battle of the ages. The spirit of Elijah results in joining the generations—where hearts are turned to the Lord and to one another in cooperation. The spirit of Elijah brings restoration where evil has temporarily spread division and strife. But this, too, is subject to change.
Breaking the Chains of Bondage
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18-19).
It is vital to remember that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness. We must clothe ourselves in the Spirit of Christ and become part of the solution, declaring that the favorable year of the Lord has come, bringing freedom for the prisoners and all who are oppressed.
A Declaration of Freedom!
Father, in the powerful name of Jesus, I thank You for revealing this spiritual reality to me. I come to Your throne of grace asking You to forgive me for tolerating the spirit of Jezebel and letting myself be controlled by a stronghold other than Your Holy Spirit. I ask that You empower me with the anointing like Jehu to displace this destructive entity. I receive heaven's hope solution for this demonic dilemma in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen and Amen!
Dr. James W. Goll is the founder of God Encounters Ministries, an award-winning author and communications trainer and has ministered in over 50 nations. For information on his webinars and online classes, visit godencounters.com. James continues to live in Tennessee and is a joyful father and grandfather today.
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