"In my opinion, it's time to throw Jezebel down," my friend Nancy Huff commented as we met for breakfast. Nancy, she has an apostolic anointing to take the mountain of education. A former teacher, she serves as the director over the mountain of education for the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network. She works at the governmental level to implement change, speaking before the United Nations and working with congressmen in order to take back the land in this important arena. I share this because this is the strategy where our battle lies at the root at the level of government.
That phrase about Jezebel continued to roll around in my spirit through the next day. "It's time to throw Jezebel down." It is a message for this moment, but I hesitated to release it. Then this morning, Lance Wallnau released a message targeted at Jezebel. I knew it was time to share this message that we understand the spiritual stronghold that must be taken out.
2 Kings 9 reveals the dilemma of a season in biblical times in which wickedness prevailed across government levels in the leadership in the land. Corruption permeated the kingdom as king Ahab and his wife Jezebel launched a dynasty of evil that went into the next generation as their son, Joram, took the throne as the king of Judah. At the same time, Joram's brother-in-law, Ahaziah who had married into Ahab's wicked family, became the king of Israel. The people of the kingdom lived in fear with such corrupt leaders. To oppose this wicked family meant death. The story of Naboth's vineyard was one such example (1 Kings 21).
But none of it escaped God's notice.
Elisha the prophet released a word that would become the catalyst for a sweeping change. The key component for change required that people take action. It started with an officer named Jehu, who was anointed to lead the charge as the new king.
That time in history mirrors our present season. Just as Jehu was anointed to take leadership and remove the wickedness that prevailed in the kingdom, so President Trump has a similar mandate upon him to "drain the swamp." And yet just as Jehu could not do it alone, neither can President Trump.
When we look at that time in history, we see several things of importance for our day. In order for evil to be removed, it took a leader who was commissioned by God and who was unafraid to act. But just as Jehu required assistance, so it is in our land today. Those who have bought into the "politically correct" message of separation of church and state or that Christians should not have a voice in government have already been silenced. The introduction of the idea of separation of church and state was a means to protect the church and keep government from encroaching upon religious freedoms. Throughout the Bible, Christians were involved at government levels, and prophets spoke into kings. Nothing has changed. It is time to stand up and speak.
As we read 2 Kings 9:1-9, we learn that the prophet Elisha summoned a man from the company of the prophets to go on his behalf to anoint an officer named Jehu as the next king. The prophet commissioned Jehu to rid the land of the evil leadership that had overtaken the kingdom. Under King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, evil reigned. There was great reason for the people to fear as a trail of the bodies of anyone who opposed them was left in their wake.
Several things are important to note of that season:
- The leadership over the country was inherently evil.
- The reign of evil had been passed to the next generation as Ahab and Jezebel's son, Joram took over the throne.
- The dynasty of their evil family and control spread as another family member, Ahaziah, took over the throne in Israel, thus expanding their power and control.
- Whom we align with in this hour will determine the road we walk. Deception has blinded many to align with unbiblical platforms that may sound good, but are at their root evil.
Ahaziah aligned himself with evil by marrying into Ahab's family. It was an action that would perpetuate his pre-mature death.
"Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth and his sons, declares the Lord, and I will pay you back on this property, declares the Lord. Now lift him up and throw him onto the property, according to the word of the Lord."
But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled on the path to the garden house. Jehu chased after him and said, "Shoot him too." So they shot him on the ascent to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo and died there (2 Kings 9:26-27).
Ahaziah made this alliance in marriage because there was an evil desire to control already in his family. History records that after Ahaziah was killed, his mother, Athaliah tried to have every heir killed---her grandchildren-- in order to seize the power and the throne. It was unimaginable wickedness and lust for power. But God was ready to deal with it.
Jehu accepted the word of the prophet and took hold of the mantle to rid the land of the evil leaders. He was relentless. After he had dealt with the king of Israel and the king of Judah, he went after Jezebel.
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).
The eunuchs acted and joined with Jehu to rid the land of evil. Jezebel had to be removed. It is the same today. The spirit of Jezebel must be removed. Obviously this is not a call for physical harm to anyone. This is a call for action at governmental levels to throw down the evil that has permeated almost every department and leadership office in our land.
This is not a war against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. This is a war of the spirit and must be dealt with as the spiritual stronghold that it is at governmental levels. Wickedness has imbedded deep into the very fabric (lineage) of Washington, D.C. and our government and the Jezebel spirit of wicked leadership must be thrown down.
Jezebel represents the idolatry and witchcraft that has taken root in our country.
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).
Idolatry comes in many forms. It is what has been exalted and moved into a place of prominence over God. In the Hebrew, this word refers to fornication, prostitution, adultery---all sexual sins. Jezebel represents governmental leadership void of moral boundaries that exalts and establishes perversion in the land.
Witchcraft, which is also rooted in Jezebel, is defined as occult magic and sorcery. We have seen under this presidency, covens of witches who have united to use their witchcraft to call down a curse upon President Trump. When have we ever seen such a public display of witchcraft?
In America today, there is unprecedented perversion in our land in both of these areas of idolatry and witchcraft. It is tolerated because it has been normalized. "Children's" movies that celebrate some form of witchcraft or sorcery have desensitized our families to its evil and turned it into "normal." It has become commonplace. Along with it there has been the introduction of "good" witches who battle against "evil" witches. For some this provides the excuse that it is "okay" when the "good" witch wins. However, the Bible makes no such distinction. There are not "good" witches and "bad" witches. Witchcraft is witchcraft.
Just as the level and acceptance of witchcraft has been accepted in everyday society, so has sexual perversion. The worship of sexual "freedom" and perversion has escalated to the point that it is now politically incorrect and in some cases illegal to call this a perversion or sin. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality, gender change, pedophilia, bestiality—the list is almost endless in the types of sexual perversion that people now openly discuss and act out. While not all has yet been legalized, the process is underway as morals and boundaries continue to erode. Many of these perversions are now protected by law and taught in public schools working their agenda to continue to desensitize our children from what is good, true and moral. If Jezebel is allowed to continue to reign, so will this lawlessness and utter perversion.
The spirit of Jezebel must be thrown down.
Jehu was called to lead the charge, but he could not uproot this evil on his own. He called for assistance when he said, "Who is with me?"
The evil that has taken root in our land also cannot be uprooted by one man alone. President Trump has the mandate upon him to "drain the swamp." But his progress has been mired in the quagmire of challenges at every level. It is much like Gulliver in Gulliver's Travels, who finds himself bound by thousands of threadlike ropes by the tiny people of the land where he is shipwrecked. Individually they can cause him no harm, but when the islanders work together to bind him with their threads, the giant is unable to move.
President Trump will be bound from moving ahead if we do not stand with him. If the priests who stood by Jezebel had been unwilling to act, would she have remained in power longer? And it is important to note the eunuchs didn't just stand beside her and pray. They took action.
We must pray and we must take action.
Jezebel reached her pinnacle of power because people were afraid to stand up and oppose her. It was a real fear. We see what happened to Naboth when he didn't cave to her "request" to sell her the vineyard he owned. In retaliation, she had him killed and then took the land and gave it to her husband, King Ahab. To oppose her cost him his life.
It seemed as if God didn't see, but He sees all, and the very vineyard that Jezebel stole became the land on which she, her son, Joram, and her husband all saw their lives end. The blood of Naboth called out for vindication.
In America, we have never before truly faced the hard choice or necessity to stand for our faith. Not like those in other nations who know nothing different than the harsh reality of possible retaliation if they take a stand for righteousness. Because it is so foreign to us, perhaps that is why we stand by silently and watch as injustice reigns. We watch from the sidelines as business owners are unjustly targeted and attacked in the media as they stand for their faith. They have been brought before the courts and levied with harsh fines to bully them into submission. Where is our voice?
Or as the North Carolina governor, Pat McCrory, boldly took a stand against perversion signing into law an ordinance to protect children and families by disallowing transgenders from entering bathrooms opposite their true sex. He called out the perversion, but it wasn't without cost. The media attacks, protests, boycotts and violence that erupted were substantial. In the end, McCrory was not re-elected. Where is our voice?
Perhaps we turn our heads and look away with the thought, "If I speak up, I might become the next target."
You might. I might. But that cannot deter us. And if we will stand together, if we will use our voice, they cannot have such power. It is time to throw Jezebel down.
In the day of Jehu, the people stood as one with him to rid the land of the wickedness. Unless we stand, we shall fall. It is time not to just pray, but for action.
We most definitely need to pray and intercede as never before.
If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chron. 7:14).
Yet we must also act, not with violence, but at the governmental level.
How? Here are a few examples:
- Writing to your congressman.
- Join a peaceful protest or boycott businesses that have boldly stood for perversion. When it hits their pocketbooks, they may listen. The ousting of Starbucks former CEO, Howard Schultz and the company's about-face on several controversial issues is proof that we can see change when we take a stand.
- Write an opinion piece for your paper or online magazine.
- Gain knowledge on important issues so you know how to pray and who to pray for.
Speak up and speak out. To remain silent at this time means we could permanently lose our voice. The Jezebel spirit wants to silence those in opposition, but Jezebel can be thrown down.
It is time, and the call has gone forth. As Jehu called out for help, so have our president and vice-president who have boldly taken a stand and now ask, "Who is with me?"
Let us stand together with them and throw the spiritual stronghold of Jezebel down.
Karen Hardin is an author, minister and literary agent. She is called to exhort, encourage and help raise up the remnant. She desires to empower those who have grown weary so they can reposition to walk in identity and destiny. Her work has appeared in USA Today, World Net Daily,Crosswalk.com,Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List and more. To read more from her blog, "The Light and the Remnant: Prophetic Insights for the Days Ahead," go to karenhardin.com or email her at: [email protected]
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