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Deliverance boot camp (part 7)


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The Jezebel Spirit

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Deliverance boot camp (part 7)

  1. 1. The Invisible War Deliverance Boot Camp
  2. 2. Introduction • The story of JEZEBEL is found in 1st Kings and 2nd Kings. She was the daughter of ETHBAAL (meaning “with Baal”, meaning master or owner), king of Tyre/Sidon and priest of the cult of Baal, a cruel, sensuous and revolting god whose worship involved sexual degradation and lewdness. JEZEBEL, as a daughter of this PERVERSE KINGDOM, was RAISED in an ATMOSPHERE where SEX was a PATH to POWER and INFLUENCE. AHAB, king of Israel, married JEZEBEL and led the nation into BAAL worship (1 Kings 16:31). Baal worship was closely associated with obsessive sensuality and involved sex acts.
  3. 3. Introduction • JEZEBEL then introduced the worship of ASHERAH to Israel. She was a POWER- HUNGRY goddess of love and sensuality. Priestess-prostitutes filled her shrines and serviced her worshippers. The lure of these legal, readily available erotic encounters swayed the people from the LORD God. By JEZEBEL’S INFLUENCE, most Israelites, the northern kingdom, left the worship of the LORD God for Baal and Asherah. The SPIRIT of JEZEBEL, as we’ll be referring to it, gets its name from this woman, who was certainly not the only character to portray it, but was by far its most famous representative.
  4. 4. The Spirit of Jezebel • The SPIRIT of JEZEBEL is a strong DEMONIC SPIRIT closely related to CONTROL and WITCHCRAFT, creating anxiety and difficulty in relationships- especially those where godly authority enters the picture. Often, when you are around this SPIRIT, you’ll tend to feel disturbed, uneasy and frayed around the edges. JEZEBEL displays a great deal of PRIDE, and tends to TARGET LEADERSHIP in order to DERAIL it and render it INEFFECTUAL.
  5. 5. The Spirit of Jezebel • This SPIRIT wields great INFLUENCE through DECEPTION, and all of us are susceptible. Since Scripture is the only reliable source for understanding SPIRITUAL BONDAGE, we can search it for insight into this spirit of distortion. There are TWO INCIDENTS in the LIFE of JEZEBEL which characterize her and may define what is meant by the JEZEBEL SPIRIT. The one continual trait is her obsessive passion for DOMINEERING and CONTROLLING others, especially in the spiritual realm.
  6. 6. The Spirit of Jezebel • The FIRST TRAIT, when she became queen, was her relentless campaign to RID ISRAEL of all evidences of WORSHIP to the LORD God. She ordered the EXTERMINATION of all the PROPHETS of the LORD (1 Kings 18:4,13) and replaced their ALTARS with those of BAAL. Her strongest enemy was ELIJAH who demanded a CONTEST on Mount Carmel between the POWERS of the LORD God and His prophet ELIJAH and the POWERS of BAAL and the priests of Baal and JEZEBEL (1 Kings 18).
  7. 7. The Spirit of Jezebel • Of course there was NO CONTEST, but despite hearing of the miraculous powers of the LORD, JEZEBEL refused to REPENT and swore on her gods that she would PURSUE ELIJAH relentlessly and take his life. Her STUBBORN refusal to see and SUBMIT to the power of the living God would lead her to a hideous end (2 Kings 9:29-37).
  8. 8. The Spirit of Jezebel • The SECOND INCIDENT involves a righteous man named NABOTH who REFUSED to SELL to AHAB LAND adjoining the palace, rightly declaring that to sell his INHERITANCE would be against the LORD’S command (1 Kings 21:3; Leviticus 25:23). While AHAB sulked and fumed on his bed, JEZEBEL taunted him and ridiculed him for his WEAKNESS, then proceeded to have the innocent NABOTH FRAMED and STONED to DEATH. NABOTH’S SONS were also STONED to DEATH, so there would be NO HEIRS and the LAND would REVERT to the POSSESSION of the KING. Such a single-minded determination to have one’s way, no matter who is destroyed in the process, is a characteristic of the JEZEBEL SPIRIT.
  9. 9. The Spirit of Jezebel • So infamous was JEZEBEL’S SEXUAL IMMORALITY and IDOL WORSHIP that the LORD JESUS Christ refers to her in a WARNING to the CHURCH at THYATIRA (Revelation 2:18-29). The end for those who succumb to a JEZEBEL SPIRIT is always DEATH and DESTRUCTION, both in the physical and the spiritual sense. Perhaps the best way to DEFINE the JEZEBEL SPIRIT is to say it CHARACTERIZES anyone who acts in the same manner as JEZEBEL, engaging in immorality, idolatry, false teaching and unrepentant sin.
  10. 10. The Spirit of Jezebel • The JEZEBEL SPIRIT is BORN of REBELLION which leads WITCHCRAFT. This DEMON is one of the most COMMON SPIRITS in operation today, both in the church and in the world. She operates freely on sincere believers whose hearts are for the LORD individually, and has also attained positions of power within the Church. This SPIRIT establishes its STRONGHOLD where it functions as a “CONTROLLING SPIRIT”. The SPIRIT of JEZEBEL is behind the daughter of Democracy, i.e. Feminism.
  11. 11. The Spirit of Jezebel • The SPIRIT of JEZEBEL is a CONTROLLING SPIRIT working through the LUST of the FLESH, and the LUST of the EYES, and the PRIDE of LIFE. It has, in general, TWO AIMS: (1) To gain IDENTITY, GLORY, RECOGNITION, POWER, and the praises of men. This is a consequence of the desire for LOVE and SELF- WORTH. (2) To gain CONTROL by or through constant AGITATION, terrible AGGRESSION, and MANIPULATION. It is very determined, callous, selfish, power-hungry, unrepentant, deceitful, and overwhelmingly evil. This SPIRIT is called “SATAN’S WOMAN”.
  12. 12. The Spirit of Jezebel • There are TWO main TYPES of the JEZEBEL SPIRIT: (1) The HIGH-PROFILE type is generally gregarious (very friendly and sociable), outspoken and highly visible. (2) The LOW-PROFILE type is soft-spoken, giving the illusion of being solicitous (a) expressing an attitude of concern and consideration (b) full of eagerness to do something (c) paying very careful attention to details, even appearing very submissive. The LOW PROFILE type may be the most dangerous, as she is the most difficult to discern. She relies heavily on manipulation for her power, in extremely subtle performances.
  13. 13. The Characteristics of Jezebel • Archaeologists discovered what they believed to be the PALACE of JEZEBEL, the chief priestess of the cult of ASHERAH- in the walls of JEZEBEL’S PALACE were found jars of INFANT REMAINS- the jars contained the inscription: “These make me tender and delicate” (Halley’s Bible Handbook). Note JEZEBEL used CHILD SACRIFICE to ENHANCE her POWERS and her seductiveness.
  14. 14. The Characteristics of Jezebel • Nahum 3:4 says, “There is a multitude of slain, a great number of bodies, countless corpses- they stumble over the corpses- because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot, the mistress of sorceries, who sells nations through her harlotries, and families through her sorceries”. The LIFE of JEZEBEL is detailed 1 Kings 16:29 through 2 Kings 9:37. From these Scriptures we are able to understand the BEHAVIOR and CHARACTERISTICS of JEZEBEL. Let’s consider the JEZEBEL SPIRIT in GENERAL, in the HOME, in the CHURCH, and in the WORLD.
  15. 15. Jezebel in General • Fiercely independent/intensely ambitious- only appears submissive or servant-like to gain power • Seeks to control/dominate/destroy those under her “domain” - there are no limits to her wickedness in pursuit of domination • i.e., Herodias dancing seductively for King Herod to win John the Baptist’s head on a platter (John being the first coming of the Elijah spirit) (Matthew 14:6-11) • Manipulator/schemer/Deceiver/Liar/Slanderer • i.e., To get Naboth’s vineyard (1 Kings 21:8- 10), she proclaimed a fast (veiled spirituality) but then planted false witnesses resulting in Naboth’s death
  16. 16. Jezebel in General • Seduces/Charms/Flatters those in power- maligns, accuses, condemns, and undermines those in the way • Rebellious/Stirs up strife • Rebellion is the core of their being (1 Kings 21:25; 1 Samuel 15:23). • Encourages sexual immorality/lust/perversion/incest • Spiritual blindness/Religious Spirit/ Apostasy/ Idolatry/Humanism/ Occultism/Antichrist
  17. 17. Jezebel in General • Backbiting/Gossip/Sharp Tongue- pits one against another • Jealousy/Envy- never satisfied • Demanding/Possessive/Selfish/Stingy • Emasculates, devalues every person she controls • Exhibits false gifts that are perceived to be real- especially in the realm of prophecy • Needs Ahab as a host or to leech upon- opens the doors of power and authority
  18. 18. Jezebel in the Home • Name “JEZEBEL” literally means “without cohabitation” (i.e. refuses to cohabit with anyone unless they can control and dominate the relationship) • All spouses of JEZEBELS become AHABS if they remain in the relationship • JEZEBEL publicly humiliates with a sharp tongue to show who’s in charge • Employs sex to “control” or “punish” or “get their way” • Those who are married to a JEZEBEL will exhibit one of two responses: they will either be fearful in other relationships, or they will resent other’s happiness
  19. 19. Jezebel in the Home • Those who are married to a JEZEBEL seek to avoid confrontation and will their spouse have their own way • JEZEBEL smothers and/or dictates their family (i.e., guilt trips) • Daughters reared by a JEZEBEL may manifest masculine or overtly aggressive behavior • Sons of a JEZEBEL will become confused about their masculinity or become sexually aggressive and seek to subdue women
  20. 20. Jezebel in the Church • JEZEBEL seeks to destroy the prophets and the prophetic voice • The JEZEBEL SPIRIT will usually seek to maneuver itself into leadership positions • The JEZEBEL SPIRIT hates repentance (Revelation 2:21). The Elijah spirit is all about repentance (“repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”). • JEZEBEL exemplifies false humility
  21. 21. Jezebel in the Church • JEZEBEL avoids prayer- especially in the spirit, because it binds her spirit • Intimidates, inciting fear and the desire to r un away; challenges your spirituality (1 Kings 19:3‐4). • Directs spiritual leaders in what they should do (1 Kings 21:8). • Utilizes spiritual pretense, formulas or exercises to accuse people; disqualifies others by exploiting their weaknesses.
  22. 22. Jezebel in the Church • The ultimate objective of a JEZEBEL in the church is to turn the church away from the anointing of Holy Spirit into an illicit relationship with Satan’s counterfeit spirits. • The church that successfully wars against JEZEBEL will be given the “morning star” (i.e. divine authority and favor) and will be given “power over the nations” (Revelation 2:26-27)
  23. 23. Jezebel in the World • It is the JEZEBEL SPIRIT that is bringing the harlotry of “Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth” into today’s world (Revelation 17:4-5) • JEZEBEL is a murdering spirit who is “drunk with the blood of the saints” (Revelation 17:6) • The JEZEBEL SPIRIT flows unhindered throughout entertainment industries • JEZEBEL flaunts herself in the world of fashion
  24. 24. Jezebel in the World • JEZEBEL pours out through TV, moves, magazines, and fashion to lure men and women into “acts of immorality” • She is the cruel motivator behind abortion- the “child sacrifice” of our day • The JEZEBEL SPIRIT is also behind the plague of drug addiction in our world (the pharmakaea spirit). During the Middle Ages witches used alchemy to produce potions and drugs to control the minds of others. • JEZEBEL needs a host, so she uses religion and/or also church as a headquarters.
  25. 25. Conclusion • A JEZEBEL victim typically will not be able to convince others of the wickedness of this particular JEZEBEL, because she has carefully and craftily made herself appear wonderful to those in power and in the outside world. However, the JEZEBEL victim can frustrate JEZEBEL by ignoring her, refusing to react to her, and resisting doing what she wants. At this point, JEZEBEL will seek to totally destroy the victim and their reputation. However, this is also the time when her true nature is exposed, so if the victim is “wise as a serpent, yet gentle as a dove”, others will see this underlying nature as well. To do so, the victim must war “in the spirit, not in the flesh” and attack the JEZEBEL STRONGHOLD (2 Corinthians 10:3-6) and spirit in the person to fully stir her up and bring her out to the surface.
  26. 26. Conclusion • When a JEZEBELIC STRONGHOLD is established in a person’s mind, it is similar to a computer becoming infected with a virus- it corrupts, re-routes and distorts the thinking process. Taking down the STRONGHOLD is similar to erasing the virus program and replacing it with pure, Holy Spirit programming. GOD’S ARMY must DESTROY JEZEBELS, because there is no other answer. We must refuse offers for a false peace based on compromise and fear. Note when JEHU came to DESTROY the original JEZEBEL, she “painted her eyes and adorned her head”- always looking to SEDUCE and MANIPULATE. Also note the prophet ELIJAH ran from JEZEBEL; were are, JEHU removed and destroyed JEZEBEL, meaning it takes a KINGLY ANOINTING to deal with this WICKED SPIRIT. This means the WAR against JEZEBEL is WON by BEING CHRIST-LIKE in all ways (Ephesians 5:1-21).
  27. 27. The Invisible War Deliverance Boot Camp