“Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” (Revelations 2:20 KJV)
“I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches the hearts and minds, I will repay each of you according to your deeds. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): Only hold on to what you have until I come. To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.” (Revelation 2:18-26 NIV)
Jezebel is found again in the book of Revelation, hiding as always in the church; this time the church of Thyatira. Unfortunately for her and fortunately for the church, Christ our Lord whose eyes are as flames of fire searches her out; before she could lay anymore hideous and insidious eggs. This may have been the symbolic version of the real Jezebel a.k.a ‘Cruella’ in the book of Kings. She was also the virtual ruler and director here, and Ahab was a puppet in her hands. (1 Kings 18 – 21) She arrogantly assumes the title ‘prophetess’. She professes to teach with authority, combined with employed arts of seduction of minds specially trained to effect her full purpose.
Even with the name viewed as symbolic, this treacherous schemer who seduces God’s servants is quite forceful and influential in the church setting. She holds sway over those who pride themselves upon an enlightened liberalism, and whose sorceries, prognostication and lax morals exercises a dangerous influence upon new and weaker Christians in the community. This proud spirit which disregards and has a contempt for the will of God, very often vaunts her ‘self-constituted authority’ with vapid claims of superiority and holiness. As long as Jezebel’s evil authority is functioning, God’s mill is grinding slowly and His will is constantly interrupted, stalled or ridiculously halted. For this sake; Jezebel’s retribution will be terrible, divine and oh so mysterious. For one of the most wicked women who ever breathed, her legacy will be that of being a beacon to the word that: ‘the wages of sin is death’.
Jezebel having been left unchecked and unhindered for so long ; has a loyal ‘conglomerate-style’ base. These consists of the worldly and flesh led people whether saved or not (much like a prototype of herself), which she either employed into the house ( to help her break it down via immorality, unnatural activities and what have you), or offered a place in ministry; which she had no business offering and they definitely had no business taking. The spirit of Jezebel is still very much desperate for power and attention and the utter destruction of the Lord’s worship . Even though it controls Ahab, it still has a region under its spell that not even Ahab or anybody for that matter knows about. It has been well fed and empowered for a long time. She is fat, wanton and very ripe for judgement and cannot just be shooed away anymore. An all out war will have to ensue, in serious spiritual warfare of fasting and praying for Jezebel to get her claws off her captives, and her shadow off the dealings of the sincere believer and subsequently be disintegrated herself.
God is not fickle like us humans. He means what He says and He says what He means. If God told you to get rid of your cute looking and sounding ‘pet’, He means for you to do that. If you ignore God because you don’t feel intimidated by the pet, know that when that thing eventually reveals itself for the monster it is, you are in for a horrible ride. How many times has Hollywood made a movie, that entailed a cute little animal that everyone adored, turn into a ferocious monster that destroyed the whole city. All it usually took, was the wrong temperature, a mistakenly splashed liquid or the appointed time and that thing begins to metamorphose. The very metamorphosis of Jezebel is the fact that she negates all that God meant for a woman to be. She perverts the fact of how important it is for the influence of a wife and mother to be on the side of all that is good and noble.
‘Finally, evil and craft and godlessness bring their own reward, and the wicked reap what they sow. Retribution overtook Jezebel when her body was thrown out of the window to be torn and mangled, and then eaten by dogs. Much like what she did to Naboth and the rest of us. As a daughter of the devil, she suffers a worse retribution in the realms of the doomed.’ There are those who reject such a lurid description of the fate of the wicked, who like Jezebel deny and defy God, but the divine word still stands, that Christ is to be revealed from heaven to take vengeance on those who spurn God and reject the saving Gospel of His beloved Son. “God is just: he will pay back trouble to those who trouble you (Jezebel & Co. hear ye!) and give relief to you who are troubled…” 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 NIV. Let us pray that the spirit of Elijah come out of retirement, and that the spirit of Jehu…