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The Jezebel Spirit

Following Jezebel's prophets can get you killed


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Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbal, king of the Sidonians. Her father was the high priest of the goddess Ashtoreth a female deity. She was given to wed Ahab king of Israel to form a covenant between the two nations. Jezebel was a wicked queen. She set out to murder the prophets of Jehovah by the thousands. The few that remained hid themselves in caves. Others compromised their prophetic ministries and gave themselves to her.

Jezebel was a prophetess. She served a foreign spirit named Ashtoreth. One of her noted traits was her ability to teach and train people for prophetic ministry. She has a large following today. Every generation must guard themselves from this seducing goddess of war that will hijack the prophetic ministry in every generation when given the chance. Jezebel is a false prophetess and teacher, cunning, deceptive, controlling and the number one adversary of Christ's five-fold ascension gift prophets.

Following the prophets of Jezebel can get you killed. That's what happened to Ahab.

Let's read his story. Syria and Israel were at peace with each other but King Ahab wanted to expand his kingdom. He sought a confederacy with King Jehoshaphat of Judah to aid him in the invasion. Ahab told Jehoshaphat, "Everything the king of Syria has is ours for the taking." Jehoshaphat was not convinced. He wanted a confirmation from Jehovah.

And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day. Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver [it] into the hand of the king. 1 Kings 22:5-6

And Jehoshaphat said, 'Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides these that we might inquire of him?' 1 Kings 22:7

You have already learned that prophets should always have permission, unction, before they prophesy. If they don't and someone approaches them for a prophetic Word, God said, "I the Lord will answer them that cometh according to the multitude of his idols" (Ezekiel 14:4Bible quoteTherefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idolsEzekiel 14 verse 4). In other words, "I will tell him what he wants to hear." Ahab is an example of such a person with idolatry in his heart. The prophets of Jezebel responded to the king’s inquiry. "Go up and conquer for the Lord will deliver it into the hand of the king." Four hundred prophets speaking the same thing, can you imagine that?

Jehoshaphat sensed that something was not right with these prophets and he asked for yet another.

And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, 'There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good about me, but evil.' And Jehoshaphat said, 'Let not the king say so.' 1 Kings 22:8

Ahab said there was one other prophet they could ask. His name was Micaiah but Ahab hated him. King Ahab didn't like him because he never prophesied anything good. He much preferred the agreeable smooth sayings from Jezebel's prophets. Micaiah was the unliked prophet. Ahab was familiar with Jehovah's prophets. He had been troubled by another named Elijah that prophesied a 3-1/2 year drought (1 Kings 17).

Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, 'Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.' And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria and all the prophets prophesied before them. 1 Kings 22:9-10

King Ahab sent for Micaiah. While the two kings waited at the city gate four hundred prophets of Jezebel prophesied one after the other what Ahab wanted to hear. They prophesied smooth sayings of victory from the spirit of divination and witchcraft.

You may find yourself in large meetings with hundreds of prophets prophesying the same thing. If so look to the Holy Spirit and an inner-witness before agreeing. Most importantly confirm everything said with the Word of God.

And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron and he said, 'Thus saith the Lord with these shalt thou push the Syrians until thou have consumed them.' 1 Kings 22:11

Among this prophetic gathering rose a bold prophet named Zedekiah. He got everybody's attention as he stepped forward and said, "Thus saith the Lord!" He grasped the iron horns firmly in his aged hands as prophetic symbols. "With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed," he said. Everybody listened intently including the other three hundred ninety-nine prophets and both kings. It seemed like Zedekiah was speaking as one with authority.

And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, 'Go up to Ramothgilead and prosper for the Lord shall deliver it into the king’s hand.' 1 Kings 22:12

Everyone heard the elder Zedekiah prophesy. All the prophets were in agreement. Public opinion was set. There was only one other prophet to hear, Micaiah.

And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake to him, saying, 'Behold now the words of the prophets declare good to the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them and speak that which is good.' 1 Kings 22:13

King Ahab sent for Micaiah. After finding him, his escort told him what was going on and the good prophecies of the other prophets.

And Micaiah said, 'As the Lord liveth, what the Lord saith to me, that will I speak.' 1 Kings 22:14

Ahab's Deception

Let's make sure we understand what Micaiah, God's prophet said. "As the Lord lives I will speak what the Lord says." God is about to use Micaiah to answer Ahab's inquiry "according to the idolatry in his heart." He is going to tell him what he wants to hear. Are you ready for this?

So he came to the king. And the king said to him, 'Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle or shall we forbear? 'And he answered him, 'Go and prosper for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.' 1 Kings 22:15