The Jezebel and Ahab Spirits

We've done teaching before where we may have mentioned the Jezebel Spirit or maybe something that happened, that had the Jezebel spirit behind it.  Now, we believe, it is time to do a more in depth study and lesson on the Jezebel spirit, which today can still become a part of a person's personality or mindset. Yes, it is a demon spirit that will attach itself to your soul, because all the personality traits of Jezebel are seated in the flesh. The only way to kill the flesh and become a Christian is to change the way you used to think and deliberately adjust your thinking to match the word of God. It is the same with discovering that you may be influenced with a Jezebel spirit. You have make sure you are not thinking and acting, or carrying the same traits of the wicked and selfish Queen, and make sure that your thoughts are stayed on the word of God. God said I will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on me. Having a jezebel in your midst or having to deal with one is anything but peace. There is confusion, chaos, destruction, and hurt with jezebel and ahab spirits. Together they are lethal. If you have ever read the Old Testament, you will know that there was an actual person named Jezebel. She was the wicked and selfish Queen of Israel at one time. We learn about her reign with her husband Ahab as King, in the Old Testament Books of Bible in 1 Kings and 2 Kings.  Although the Bible does tell of the ultimate demise of the wicked Queen Jezebel, she is referred to in the New Testament by Jesus himself, in the Book of Revelation.  He actually mentions her name in reference to the church of Thyatira (Rev. 2:18) has having tolerated a woman who exerts herself as a prophet, and who causes his people to commit fornication and worship other gods. This is what Jesus calls anyone who usurps authority and does their own thing, worships idols, and is very religious; a jezebel. He also told them DO NOT TOLERATE IT. So we are going to start with the history of this notorious Queen, who is still referred to today, pertaining to the personality she had back then. There are people today who carry the same personality and traits and they can be found anywhere. We all need to know how to spot them and know how to deal with them and protect ourselves from their attacks of manipulation and control, and utter viciousness that they tend to display, especially when they remain unknown.  

Jezebel was a Phoenician princess, the daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre who was an idol worshipper. 1 Kings 16:31 says she was "Sidonian", which is names used for the  Phoenicians back then. King Ethbaal and Ahab's father King Omri became friends, when Omri had made  political concessions of land and cities in order to appease the Syrians and their friendship resulted in the union of their two children. Thus, Jezebel married King Ahab of the Northern Kingdom (i.e. Israel during the time when ancient Israel was divided into Israel in the north and Judah in the south). It was King Omri, who had brought the northern Kingdom of Israel to great power, and established Samaria as his capital, and whose historical existence is confirmed by ancient inscriptions on the Mesha Stele and the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III.[5]

Just a side note: This also resulted in the Jews ultimately rejecting the Samaritans, because of their mix of Judaism and the Syrian idol worship. If you remember in John, Chapter 4, when Jesus met the Samaritan women at the well, she said to Jesus, why are you talking to me, you know the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus went to the Jews who left Judaism, and offered even them salvation. NO one is excluded.  

During the marriage, and Jezebel's reign as Queen, she required that the religion that she was raised under, religion of Baal worship,  should be the national religion of Israel. Her religion was not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Like her father, she worshipped false gods and prophets of Baal. She hated all the prophets of the most high God and the Bible say that she killed 7000 of the prophets of God.

Being a Queen, Jezebel was known for her lavish dress and make-up, and even to today, women are referred to as a "Jezebel" if they wear a lot of make-up. But there was far more to the personality of Jezebel than cosmetics. She was also know for her false worship, her sexual immorality, idolatry, manipulation and control (witchcraft), and usurping authority from her husband, Ahab. She was a seductress and felt she was entitled to every and anything she wanted, and would consider it rebellion if anyone kept her from having it. She was so wicked, she would kill anyone who stood in her way, and it was said that she killed many of the prophets of God, to keep them from confronting her.  She lies and manipulates people and situations to her own desires and benefits. She will even seduce women to have her way, but especially men. Her husband Ahab was so smitten by her, and taken by that false religion, he left off from serving the True God, and his God-given authority as ruler and king, and submitted himself under the rule of his wife, Jezebel. Thus, he became like a whinny child, full of anger and confusion. He was unable to think for himself, but went to his wife to settle and solve all his personal issues, and issues that arose within the kingdom.

What we learn in general from the story of Jezebel and Ahab is how vital it is to keep that personality from becoming a part of our own, and in knowing what to look for will help us guard ourselves against those who we encounter in life, who have not taken care to avoid this personality. Whether or not you are aware that you carry this spirit is insignificant.  If you have the same traits of the jezebel personality, it is possible that yourself may be influenced by the Jezebel spirit.  

1.Worship the only true and living God.

It is vital that you become a Christian and serve the only living and true God, who has sent his only begotten son Jesus, to save us from our sins. Jesus promised in John 1:12To as many as receive him to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Remember he told his 12 disciples, after he was resurrected from the dead in Acts 1:8, to tarry at the temple, and in a few days they would be endued with power. It is going to take that very power and authority, to defeat the jezebel spirit in your life.  In Luke 10:17 where the 70 disciples who were sent out, returned that they  had power over the devil. in v18, Jesus told them that he already saw Satan fall as lightning from Heaven. He was telling them, of course you have power, Satan is defeated, I saw it myself.  He also  gave us the keys to the kingdom of God, in Matt 16:19, Whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose in heaven shall be loose in heaven. Before you encounter anyone having a jezebel spirit, use the keys to render it ineffective. And never forget the first commandment given to the Jews in the wilderness. Exodus 20:2,Thous shall have no other gods before me. 

Unfortunately, Jezebel and Ahab didn't have Jesus, but Ahab knew God, and should have made certain that his laws were followed by his wife, his children, and his kingdom.

2. Be very careful who you marry. 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Be ye not unequally yoked (bonded) together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Never go into a business contract, a relationship, close friendship, and especially a marriage with anyone who does not live for the only living and true God. You are setting yourself up for a whirlwind of trouble when you do. And if you marry anyone who is a carrier (has the mindset) of a jezebel or Ahab spirit, you may as well kiss your blessed life goodbye, kiss all your godly friends and relatives goodbye and get ready to live a life of turmoil and trouble.
Stop marrying people based on how they look and how they act, when you initially meet them. Of course, they are going to show you their good traits only. Who doesn't, when you are trying to impress. Give the relationship time so you can see them in all kinds of situations and how they react to it.  Get feedback from family and other relatives, maybe some good friends, and definitely pray, pray, and pray again.   It could even cause you to miss out on your destiny, because of all the strife and contention. You hear people say, no matter what, you cannot miss your destiny. I beg to differ. v15-18, And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  As you can see from scripture, compromise is not an option. Ever. Remember, straight is the gate and narrow is the way.

Ahab should have never married a woman who worshipped other gods. With that compromise alone, he lost his power to keep God in his marriage, his family, and his Kingdom.

3. Never give up your God-given authority, no matter what.

Ephesians 5:22-24, Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands (not to someone else's), as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Ladies, I know we don't like this, but it's God's Word, and we are going to have to submit. Write that word down somewhere in plain sight, where you will see it everyday, because disobedience to this will open the door for a rebellious spirit, like the jezebel. Ladies, if you are running everything in your house, and your man has to ask you for permission before he can do anything, then your house is out of order. It must be balanced, with your man's approval. Yes, women take care of the affairs of the house and the children, and but your man is not included in that. He is not one of the children. As you will see from the next scripture, it is not a dictatorship either, but one of love and nurturing, like Jesus has for the church. Step up MEN, and do your part!

Ephesians 5:25-28, Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Yes men, It's a lot, and if you have not read or studied these passages, no wonder you have trouble in your marriage and in your family. It is the truth of God's word that is going to keep your marriage free of false worship of idols, including yourself. Don't let yourself become your idol. Remember, rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.  Christ never compromised and allowed evil in the church, to appease it. Neither should a husband allow any form of compromise into your marriage or your family, just because you love your spouse and your children. As the head of the woman, in your God-given authority, make sure your wife keeps herself on God's word, and your kids. Your first love should be Christ and the Word of God, and when that takes place, you will fight to keep your home free of compromise away from false worship.  Keep your marriage cleansed and sanctified, by telling your wife the truth of God's word, and setting boundaries of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in your own home. Love does not compromise.  Cleave to your wife in a godly manner only. If your spouse does not want to serve the Lord, your wife won't order herself under your authority, you serve God anyway, and leave your wife's rebellion to God. Prayerfully follow his leading in how to deal with it. You will have to completely trust Him through it.

After Ahab married Jezebel, he compromised and allowed her to bring in her false gods, and had the whole kingdom mixed with worshipping the true God and worshipping idols.  God is not a part of any mix of good and evil.  What did he tell Adam and Eve about the mix of the knowledge of good and evil.  It is the same thing today. DO NOT PARTAKE OF IT. Again, come out from among them.

4. Never manipulate anyone. or anything.  

Matthew 5:37, But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Disappointments come to us all. If we lose one opportunity, trust God to make another one happen.  But to manipulate and control people and situations is malicious witchcraft. Only children want their way all the time.  Once you become an adult, you realize you have to take the bitter with the sweet sometimes, and you have to roll with the bunches in life, and yes you will get some. God promises in Proverbs 10:22,  The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it, when we follow Proverbs 3:5-6,  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Ahab left off from serving God, he was not blessed. So he allowed Jezebel to manipulate and lie, even using his royal seal, which is his official signature, (1 Kings 21:8) to lie and manipulate the magistrates and judges.  An innocent man was put to death because of it, all so Jezebel and Ahab could take his property that he told Ahab was a part of his heritage, and he was not willing to give it or sell it to him. Ahab, as King could have certainly ordered the man to give it to him, after all, there was a famine in the land, and they need land to grow more food, water the sheep, etc. But instead of using his God-given authority, he went home and manipulated his wife, whined and look all sad in front her, knowing that she would step up and do his dirty work.

Men, when you refuse to step up and do your part in your God-given authority, you force your wives to get out of order and do it in your stead, placing your house out of order in the sight of God. This will affect your blessings and the peace of your house. 

Take it from us, marriage is hard work and the reward is awesome. Look to the word of God for godly examples, Proverbs 30 is the best description of a godly relationship between a man and a wife; follow after that. Rebuke, reject and renounce any and all ungodly pressures to do what is against God's word..

These are just some general points about Jezebel and Ahab. We are working on Part 2, and perhaps a Part 3, that will go more in depth about the specifics of this evil personality, and how it operates specifically in a man, in a woman, and how it affects a child. Stay tuned. 

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