Jezebel’s ultimate defeat!
Before reading this article, please read part 1 which can be found by clicking here
As you read in my first article, Jezebel was a wicked woman who sought to destroy the servants of God by influencing her husband, king Ahab. Her goal was to take from God’s People what was never her’s to take. Because of what she engaged in, the Lord would soon destroy her… and how He did this is what this article, part 2, is about. Let’s now go to our texts to see the outcome of operating in a Jezebel spirit:
In 2 Kings 9:1-13 “Meanwhile, Elisha the prophet had summoned a member of the group of prophets. “Get ready to travel,” he told him, “and take this flask of olive oil with you. Go to Ramoth-gilead, and find Jehu son of Jehoshaphat, son of Nimshi. Call him into a private room away from his friends, and pour the oil over his head. Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: I anoint you to be the king over Israel.’ Then open the door and run for your life!” So the young prophet did as he was told and went to Ramoth-gilead. When he arrived there, he found Jehu sitting around with the other army officers. “I have a message for you, Commander,” he said. “For which one of us?” Jehu asked. “For you, Commander,” he replied. So Jehu left the others and went into the house. Then the young prophet poured the oil over Jehu’s head and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anoint you king over the Lord’s people, Israel. You are to destroy the family of Ahab, your master. In this way, I will avenge the murder of my prophets and all the Lord’s servants who were killed by Jezebel. The entire family of Ahab must be wiped out. I will destroy every one of his male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will destroy the family of Ahab as I destroyed the families of Jeroboam son of Nebat and of Baasha son of Ahijah. Dogs will eat Ahab’s wife Jezebel at the plot of land in Jezreel, and no one will bury her.” Then the young prophet opened the door and ran. Jehu went back to his fellow officers, and one of them asked him, “What did that madman want? Is everything all right?” “You know how a man like that babbles on,” Jehu replied. “You’re hiding something,” they said. “Tell us.” So Jehu told them, “He said to me, ‘This is what the Lord says: I have anointed you to be king over Israel.’”Then they quickly spread out their cloaks on the bare steps and blew the ram’s horn, shouting, “Jehu is king!”
1- Jezebel is a false prophet, among other things, and so the first thing the Lord does in preparing to destroy this woman is to raise up true prophets to prepare for spiritual battle; this is what we see here in verse 1 where Elisha the prophet calls on other prophets to “Get ready to travel”.
2- The prophets are called on to take oil with them – a symbol of the Anointing – in which to anoint Jehu in private to take the place of Ahab who is soon to be removed as an authority. Both Ahab and Jezebel abused their authority over God’s People and as a result the Lord had appointed another king who was by occupation a Commander. This is significant as it shows God chose a man who knew what battle was all about! When God gets ready to anoint someone… it’s someone who knows what spiritual warfare is!
3- When the prophetic declaration by the Lord through His prophets was that Jehu was now anointed king over Israel, things were set in motion to destroy Ahab and Jezebel that no one would be able to stop; God had made His decision and as we will see, Jehu indeed became king and order was restored to the People of God.
4- Jehu was commanded by God to destroy Ahab’s entire family line; this speaks to the fact that not only false authority but also the fruit (family line!) of false authority must be destroyed; Jehu was to leave no stone unturned in this civil war against the People of God. The Lord not only wanted to remove false authority… He wanted to ensure that anything connected to and loyal to Ahab and Jezebel would be removed as well!
5- Notice that God calls Jehu to destroy Ahab “your master”. This indicates that while false authority will tell you to submit without question, God says otherwise! God calls Jehu to rebel against Ahab, showing that the People of God are “not” called to unquestioned submission. The Jezebel spirit will always demand strict obedience while God’s Spirit will call you to rise up against “your master” in order to remove false authority.
6- God says that in destroying Ahab and his family that God will be avenging the murder of His prophets. Ahab and Jezebel hate true prophetic voices and as a result they murder them! In today’s terms, false authority will always come against, attack and then finally remove from the church (murder) true prophets, apostles, etc of the Lord. Ahab and Jezebel feel threatened by true ministries and as a result they make sure that any godly ministry is taken out before they – Ahab and Jezebel – are exposed.
7- God declares that dogs will eat Jezebel. Why dogs? Why this particular judgment? If we go to Psalm 22 we read the prophetic words of the Cross; in verse 16 we read these words: “My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me”. Dogs represent those opposed to the Cross of Christ as seen in Psalm 22. Dogs are also a representation of false teachers as we see in Philippians 3:2 which says, “Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved”. So we see that God’s Judgement against Jezebel by the eating of her flesh by dogs is the Lord saying, “The very thing you are is the very thing which will I will use to destroy you!”. Jezebel’s judgement is to reap the very thing she sowed to the true saints of God!
8- Jehu then tells those with him that God had anointed him king; not a single person present said, “No way! Ahab is king! This is treason!”. They knew by the Spirit of God that had spoken through the prophets to Jehu that Ahab was done; that he and Jezebel were about to be taken out by the fierce Judgment of God. This shows us that those who are truly of God will finally discern between false authority and true authority. When the Lord anoints someone for a ministry… the people of God who’s hearts seek after the Lord will always stand with those whom God has called, appointed and anointed to do His work.
9- It’s interesting that the People of God with Jehu blew the ram’s horn; this indicates that while Jehu was privately anointed as king, the time had come when a public declaration was manifested by the blowing of the ram’s horn that he was king. The blowing of the ram’s horn openly and publicly signified that the Lord had raised up Jehu to replace Ahab and to go to battle with the People of God against Jezebel.
10- Notice that the People of God also spread out their cloaks; this represents submission to the anointing on Jehu’s life by God. They were saying, in effect, “We receive the ministry that God has given you; we acknowledge that God has replaced Ahab with you. We recognize God’s call on your life to lead Israel”. When God calls you, you won’t need to blow your own trumpet; the Lord will blow His Trumpet over you and His People will hear the sound of the battle cry to go to war against the Jezebel spirit! The Lord will call an army to stand with you as you storm the gates of hell against Jezebel, Ahab and all who follow them!
In verse 22 of 2 Kings 9 we read these words: “Jehu replied, “How can there be peace as long as the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother, Jezebel, are all around us?”.
Notice that idolatry and witchcraft had taken over the land under Jezebel’s rule. In many churches today there’s idolatry; an unhealthy submission to certain leaders. Men are looked on in the church today with more admiration than Jesus Christ receives! When those in a church setting are submitted to their leaders without questioning anything and who are afraid to confront false authority… you know that idolatry has taken over!
Also, witchcraft is a hallmark of Jezebel’s rule in the church today. What is witchcraft? We often think of witches with pointed hats and crystal balls and while that may be the case… it’s not the case in our churches.Witchcraft in our churches manifests as rebellion. In 1 Samuel 15:23 we read: “Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king”. So rebellion and stubbornness are the same as witchcraft and idol worship. But why? Rebellion is to rebel against what God calls us to do in order to obey false authority; stubbornness is to continue to follow false authority when God calls us to repent of following Jezebel and Ahab!
The death of Jezebel:
2 Kings 9:30-37 “When Jezebel, the queen mother, heard that Jehu had come to Jezreel, she painted her eyelids and fixed her hair and sat at a window. When Jehu entered the gate of the palace, she shouted at him, “Have you come in peace, you murderer? You’re just like Zimri, who murdered his master!” Jehu looked up and saw her at the window and shouted, “Who is on my side?” And two or three eunuchs looked out at him. “Throw her down!” Jehu yelled. So they threw her out the window, and her blood spattered against the wall and on the horses. And Jehu trampled her body under his horses’ hooves. Then Jehu went into the palace and ate and drank. Afterward he said, “Someone go and bury this cursed woman, for she is the daughter of a king.” But when they went out to bury her, they found only her skull, her feet, and her hands. When they returned and told Jehu, he stated, “This fulfills the message from the Lord, which he spoke through his servant Elijah from Tishbe: ‘At the plot of land in Jezreel, dogs will eat Jezebel’s body. Her remains will be scattered like dung on the plot of land in Jezreel, so that no one will be able to recognize her.’”
1- Notice the term, “queen mother”. Jezebel is the “queen mother” of all who follow her. The Lord is the Heavenly Father of His people; Jezebel is the queen mother of her people. God makes a clear distinction between His children and her children. He disowns any fatherhood of those who follow Jezebel. This is a frightening thing indeed! God wants nothing to do with Jezebel nor her children; He openly disowns them. Of course He calls on all to repent but while Jezebel and her children continue in idolatry and witchcraft, God makes it a point to let us know that these people belong to Jezebel.
2- Jezebel pretties herself up as she sees Jehu coming, representing defiance; she was saying, “Whether I live or die, I’m the queen here! I’m the royal authority!”. The Jezebel spirit will, until the very end, seek to make itself look good … even when it’s been exposed! False authority will never ever give in to true authority; this is why it absolutely must be destroyed!
3- Jezebel asks if Jehu comes in peace and then calls him a murderer… the very thing she herself is! Remember, Jezebel killed God’s prophets and God’s servants; it was Jezebel who was the cold blooded killer. The Jezebel spirit will always accuse true men and women of God of being evil; it will accuse, attack and slander you so that you lose your credibility. The reality is that Jezebel is the one who has no credibility; she’s the evil one and yet she claims you’re the evil one!
4- Jehu doesn’t defend himself against this evil accusation; instead, he bypasses Jezebel and asks anyone within earshot who is on his side. He wants to know who can hear from God and who continues to submit to the false spirit of Jezebel. You and I must be bold and ask those who have been trapped by Jezebel if they want to be free or not; if they want to come out from her false authority to walk with the Lord Jesus. Never fear Jezebel; simply bypass her false accusations and ask those in earshot who’s side are they on; the Lord’s side or Ahab and Jezebel’s?
5- Jehu then commands that Jezebel be thrown out of the window to be killed, thus permanently ending her rule and reign of terror over the People of God. By killing her, there would be no further opportunity for Jezebel to exercise false authority over anyone; her demonic influence would be over with once and for all. Today, “killing Jezebel” is certainly not by means of physical harm; it’s by means of spiritual warfare. As Jehu was commissioned by God to confront and to destroy Jezebel in Old Covenant times, we’re commissioned by God to confront and to destroy the spirit of Jezebel in New Covenant times. How is this done? By seeking God’s anointing to confront and expose this spirit that works against the People of God. Prayer, fasting and a complete and total reliance on the Holy Spirit is essential in seeing the demonic Jezebel spirit removed from leadership in our churches and ministries.
6- Once Jezebel is destroyed, Jehu goes into the palace and has dinner. This is a reminder that God prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies! (Psalm 23:5. It’s interesting to note that in order to get into the place, Jehu would have had to have gone through the guards, etc. There was zero opposition to his entering into Ahab and Jezebel’s palace. There was complete submission. When you’re called by God – truly called by God! – you won’t need to defend against Jezebel’s servants; they’re eyes will be opened by the Holy Spirit and you’ll be well received!
7- Jehu calls Jezebel a “cursed woman”. You see, there can be no blessing to a local church when Jezebel is in charge! Remember… Jezebel calls herself a prophet (Revelation 2) and is in a position where she teaches. Jezebel in a church may appear godly and anointed… but in reality, as we’ve seen in part 1 of this study, she’s immoral and walks in a false anointing. Jezebel is cursed and therefore any church or ministry accepting Jezebel comes under the same curse!
8- Notice that the People of God say ““This fulfills the message from the Lord”. When God calls on you, appoints you and anoints you to expose and confront Jezebel, she may dress up and look authoritative before her destruction but ultimately… she “will” fail! What God calls you to do – battle against the spirit of Jezebel and win! – will be fulfilled! Yes, there may be a “civil war” in your church for a season just as there was a civil war in Ahab’s time but when all is said and done, God will prevail through those with eyes to see and ears to hear. Jezebel will ultimately be defeated through prayer, fasting and reliance on the Holy Spirit.
Brothers and sisters, as you see here from the Scripture, Jezebel will alays come to an end! God will raise up voices to expose and confront the spirit of Jezebel in leadership; God will call some of you reading this to “make war” against your master (false authority) in order to see Jezebel’s influence come to nothing. You may not be believed initially; you may be accused of many things such as rebellion against your church, it’s leaders, etc but ultimately you will see victory given to you by the Lord Most High over Ahab and Jezebel.
God loves His church; He will never allow Jezebel’s false giftings and Ahab’s false authority to rule and reign in the House of God for long before He calls prophets to prepare for spiritual battle. Can you hear the call of the Lord today against Jezebel and all of her children? Will you obey the Holy Spirit and confront this vile devil so that God’s People can go free?
You and I are called to be Jehu’s in the Body of Christ; we’re called and commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to set captives free and this includes seeing Jezebel’s influence come to nothing; it includes seeing Ahab’s false authority removed!
When you do accept God’s call to battle against the spirit of Jezebel, you must be prepared to be misunderstood, lied about, accused, attacked and forsaken by many! The spirit of Jezebel has a hold on so many Pastors, leaders and churches and because of this, you will be a target of their malicious lies, anger, bitterness and resentment but take hope! God is with you, for you, by you, in you and around you! You cannot be taken out because the Lion of the Tribe of Judah lives in you! Fear not, little ones; Jesus Christ is Lord!
Be led of God; don’t fear nor take flight from Jezebel or Ahab… because God is with you and will deliver you! Not only that; He’ll use you to see multitudes set free from Jezebel’s hold and Jesus Christ will be glorified through your surrender to Him in battling against what He hates.