The Jezebel Spirit in the Church-The spirit of the sensual and control.
The Jezebel Spirit is running rampant through American churches today and is hurting many. I thought it would be a good idea to get us all a little familiar with it. This is a very real spiritual force that is alive and gaining power within many churches today .
Over the last century Satan has released some of the most dangerous spirits to destroy the church and Christian families. There can be no question that of all Satan hierarchy of Spirits, the most dangerous spirit operating within the church today is that of the Jezebel Spirit. The Spirit of Jezebel is a very cunning and seductive spirit.
This powerful evil spirit has been responsible for tearing down many churches, pastors, people with prophetic ministries, and other ministries. Not only that, Jezebel Spirit has also been responsible for breaking up many marriages, families and Christian relationships.
It is generally thought of to be a female spirit, but can and does manifest through and use men just as destructively. It is, in fact, a genderless spirit.
The Spirit of Jezebel is what ushers in or invites most of the New Age, nonbiblical teachings into the church. It brings teaching into the church from TV personalities like Joyce Meyers and Joel Osteen. It brings in teachings about psychology and gaining wealth that are totally outside the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Please stay with me here. It is a spirit that teaches fleshly ideas and usually only serves to appeal to our greed and fleshly desires.
Here is a reprint of a teaching from http://www.albatrus.org, which contains part of their explanation to this spiritual plague that has infiltrated so many churches and organizations within society..
Jezebel, in our society
“But I have this against you, that you let the woman Jezebel say she is a prophet [claiming to be inspired] and give false teaching, making my servants go after the desires of the flesh and take food offered to false gods.” (Rev 2:20)
Who was Jezebel??
Jezebel was an actual person. Jezebel, the Biblical character, first appears in First Kings 16, when she marries Ahab, king of Israel. Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, the king and high priest of the Baal worshipping Sidonians. Baal worship was closely associated with obsessive sensuality and often involved sex acts. 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, was completely subdued and dominated by Jezebel (a type of modern person person). Jezebel then introduced the worship of Ashtoroth to Israel. This god/goddess, represented the Canaanite culture of the moon, 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 was more than the men of Israel would resist. By Jezebel’s influence, most Israelites, the northern kingdom, left the worship of God for Baal and Ashtoroth. The prophet Elijah laments that only 7000 men in the entire nation were not swayed by her control.
Ashtoroth or Asteroth for the Philistine was the same as the Semite Astarte, both modelled from the Babylonian Ishtar, Her other counterparts are Isis and Hathor of Egypt, Kali of India, and Aphrodite and Demeter of Greece. The Roman counterpart was Diana the same as in Act 19:35. Indeed the same goddess in these days goes by the name of Mary.
The Council of Ephesus, 431 AD had the cult of Diana the virgin goddess (in Greek = Artemis, in Phoenician = Astarte, her cult continued in Ephesus until 431) supplanted by the cult of Mary by the Roman Catholic Church to legitimise that Mary was the “mother of god” and the “mother of all” and not Diana that also had these attributes. They also gave to Mary all the other attributes of Diana such as: “queen of heaven” and “divine virgin” etcetera. Before 431 AD Mary was not recognized and so they effectively paganised Christianity at Ephesus and Diana, still alive, had her name changed to that of Mary.
What kind of spirit
The Jezebel spirit is born of witchcraft and rebellion. This demon is one of the most common spirits in operation today, both in the church and in the world, and it is a powerful enemy of the body of Christ. She operates freely on sincere believers whose hearts are for God individually, and has also attained positions of power as powers and principalities within the Church. This spirit establishes its stronghold primarily in women; however, many men have been victimized by it as well, where it functions as a “controlling” spirit.
The spirit of Jezebel is behind the daughter of Democracy, i. e. Feminism.
The Spirit of Jezebel is basically 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:
To gain identity, glory, recognition, power, and satisfy the need for the “praises of men”. This is a consequence of the desire for love and self-worth focussed on SELF.
Secondly the Jezebel spirit is a men hater and seeks to emasculate all men, and divest them of their authority and power over others. It fosters a distrust and hatred of men in general. The “Jezebel spirit” is in a constant agitation, terribly aggressive, very determined, callous, controlling, selfish, power-hungry, manipulative, unrepentant, deceitful spirit, an overwhelmingly evil spirit, and those are mostly only it’s good points! Indeed this spirit can be definitely named “Satan’s woman”.
There are two main types of the Jezebel spirit:
The high-profile type is generally gregarious, outspoken and highly visible. She is often seen as the “woman who wears the pants in the family”.
The low-profile type is soft-spoken, giving the illusion of being solicitous, motherly, protective, 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.
The Jezebel Spirit is the spirit of the sensual and the spirit of control. This contrasts with the freedom we acquire when we are following the Lord’s ways. One of its goals is to do everything it can to get away from studying the word and worshiping the one and only true God. Jesus Christ.
Here is an excellent presentation on the Jezebel Spirit, what it does within the church and what you can do to remove it.
Six characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit working within the church.
1- Insecurity within the body or church.
3- False Pride
5- Manipulation of members of the body or doctrine.
Here are five effects or symptoms of the Jezebel and how you can determine if this spirit is affecting you. If you are tolerating to Jezebel Spirit you can suffer from the following effects.
3- Exhausted and fatigue from lack of peace. Sleep problems.
4- Depression, suicidal thoughts, and moral immorality.
5- Strange and prolonged illnesses
Prayer is the way to defeat this enemy of the truth of the Gospel. And it is an enemy. Programs like Purpose Driven Church and Life are classic examples of the Jezebel spirit running rampant. We’ll have more on this very important subject.
Have you witnessed it in your church? Pray and use discernment.
If it is using a particular person, pray and Plead the Blood of Jesus upon this person FOR the Spirit of Truth to overwhelm and defeat the demonic spirit
If you find that you are in a church or group that is being controlled by Jezebel instead of the Holy Spirit——
*SUBMIT TO GOD
*REJECT and REBUKE the Spirit
*Plead the Blood upon the Spirit and do Spiritual Warfare
*Bring your concerns to the Elders of the church and/or the pastor
*IF these efforts do not work, LEAVE the church or group. Jesus will be with you.
Jesus loves you and wants you to live free of the Jezebel Spirit.
Pastor Thomas Holm