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Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit

Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit

by Ron Horner


1 Kings 16:29-33

29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years.

30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him.

31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.

32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

33 And Ahab made a wooden image. Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.

Ahab takes Jezebel as his wife and chooses to serve & worship Baal.

Jezebel's father is Ethbaal which means "with Baal"

1 Kings 18:4

For so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave, and had fed them with bread and water.)

  • Jezebel always seeks to eliminate the prophets and the true prophetic.

1 Kings 18:19

Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."

Elijah calls for the prophets of Baal (450) AND the prophets of Asherah (400) Ahab only brought the prophets of Baal to the challenge. (The prophets of Asherah were under Jezebel's jurisdiction).

Elijah commands the king to gather the nation and the prophets of Baal and the prophets of the groves.

The false prophets fed themselves on the provision of the wicked Jezebel.

  • Jezebel will surround herself with false prophets or those who speak falsely (lies)
  • The Ahab spirit is submissive to the directives of the prophetic voice.

1 Kings 19:2

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time."

Jezebel rises up in her anger and decides to seek to eliminate Elijah - who was viewed as her chief rival.

  • Jezebel views the prophetic as a rival
  • Jezebel wanted the power Elijah had

Why didn't she come herself? Ahab was willing to meet Elijah face to face.

  • Jezebel always wants to stay hidden away from the prophets.
  • Jezebel wants others to do her dirty work she wants you not to recognize when she is at work

1 Kings 19:3

And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

Elijah is undoubtedly tired after having repaired the altar, cut up a bull, dug a trench, helped slay 450 prophets of Baal, and run from Carmel to Jezreel. He is emotionally vulnerable. Therefore his response to Jezebel is fear, whereupon he leaves for Beer-sheba (well of the oath).

...and when he saw, he arose, and went for his life.... The use of the word saw also means to perceive or to regard. He undoubtedly pondered what he heard and as he pondered it, his faith in her threats grew. You cannot let the threats of the enemy grow in your mind! You must cast down those thoughts as they come, putting them in their rightful place.

  • Jezebel wants you to think she has power over your take you out.
  • Jezebel wants you to run in fear from her threats!
  • Jezebel wants to intimidate the prophets of God.
  • Jezebel wants to distract you from hearing the voice of God clearly.

...and came to Beer-sheba - well of the oath.... It is at this well that a multitude of promises of God were wrought or renewed. Elijah did not put himself in remembrance of the things God had done at that spot.

  • Jezebel wants you to forget the promises, blessing and provision of God and the miracles He has wrought in your life.

Eph 4:27 ...neither give place to the devil. The thoughts and threats of the enemy are meant to instill fear in your life. God can't protect you, or God won't protect you. Elijah, in his weariness laid down his faith and picked up fear. What if he, on that day, had risen up and shouted, "Where is that wicked woman Jezebel?" He may have been able, on that day, to rise up and take her out. Remember, there had already been a shift in the atmosphere because of the deaths of the false prophets.

...and left his servant there. He isolates himself from those who can help him.

  • Jezebel will seek to isolate you...if not make you alone, make you feel alone.

1 Kings 19:4

But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!"

Elijah continues a day's journey into the wilderness where he tells God he wants to die. Elijah didn't have to go anywhere if he really wanted to die. He just needed to be where Jezebel could find him.

Elijah had just experienced the pinnacle of his ministry, now he was experiencing the pit. is enough.... - sufficient - he thinks he's ready to retire.

  • Jezebel will try to run you out of town
  • Jezebel will always seek to get you out of the race - either by direct action, or by discouragement.
  • Jezebel will try to get you to doubt yourself
  • Jezebel will try to get you to doubt your purpose in God
  • Jezebel will try to get you sidetracked

...he requested for himself....

  • Jezebel will try to get you into self pity.

...that he might die....

  • Jezebel will try to get you to kill yourself.

...for I am not better than my fathers....

  • Jezebel will influence you to see yourself in a way other than how God sees you.

What Elijah said was not what God was saying.

1 Kings 19:5

Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat."

Elijah sleeps for the first time in days (possibly).

  • Jezebel will try to rob your strength
  • Jezebel will try to get you to sleep away your problems.
  • Jezebel will also attack you when you are tired.

The LORD sends supernatural provision to Elijah in his weakened state.

The LORD will charge you to rise up and eat. The LORD will not allow you to remain in your slumbering state.

1 Kings 19:6

Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.

The angel actually had contact with the physical world for it had baked a cake on coals and brought a cruse of water.

Elijah, although he had eaten and drank, still was too weary to go to the next assignment.

  • Jezebel will try to absolutely wear you out!

1 Kings 19:7

And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you."

8  So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.

The provision supernaturally provided sustained him for 40 days and nights.

You must do more than arise. You must feed your spirit and refresh your soul to make the journey ahead of you.

  • Jezebel will try to keep you from receiving spiritual, physical, and emotional strength so that you are too weak for the journey.

Elijah was in the wilderness far from any necessary provision.

  • Jezebel will drive you to remove yourself from the needed provisions and strength.
  • Jezebel will try to position you to starve and completely dehydrate.

Elijah ended up at the place of intimacy on Horeb - where God met Moses and talked with Him.

God will lead you back to a place of intimacy.

Horeb was also where water came forth out of the rock. God will always lead you into provision -- not lack.

What God gives can last far longer than what anyone else could do for you.

1 Kings 19:9

And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Elijah found himself in a cave.  So did David and his mighty men.

God meets Elijah in the cave and asks, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Was Elijah at the cave in Horeb out of instruction or because he was still running?

Elijah had not received instruction to be either in the wilderness or in the cave at Horeb.  Elijah's assignment was at the wilderness of Damascus.

  • Jezebel will try to get you off course.

1 Kings 19:10

So he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life."

Elijah didn't mind so much if God took his life, he just didn't want Jezebel to do it. (v.4)

God will listen to our excuses...though He won't likely believe him.

  • Jezebel's actions will cause you to make excuses.

1 Kings 19:18

Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."

1 Kings 19:19

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him.

Elijah is brought back on point and is able to go on about his Father's business.  The influence of Jezebel is broken off of him.

Sometimes the direct intervention of God is necessary to break her influence off of your life.

1 Kings 21:10

and seat two men, scoundrels, before him to bear witness against him, saying, You have blasphemed God and the king. Then take him out, and stone him, that he may die.

  • Jezebel is a murderous spirit and will go to any lengths to get her way.
  • Jezebel is a lying spirit and an accusing spirit.

1 Kings 21:11

So the men of his city, the elders and nobles who were inhabitants of his city, did as Jezebel had sent to them, as it was written in the letters which she had sent to them.

Jezebel's influence extended to the leaders of the city, the elders, and the nobles of the land....

  • The Jezebel spirit will influence those in power to listen to her and do evil.

1 Kings 21:12-16

12 They proclaimed a fast, and seated Naboth with high honor among the people.

13 And two men, scoundrels, came in and sat before him; and the scoundrels witnessed against him, against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, "Naboth has blasphemed God and the king!" Then they took him outside the city and stoned him with stones, so that he died.

14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, "Naboth has been stoned and is dead."

15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, "Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give you for money; for Naboth is not alive, but dead."

16 So it was, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab got up and went down to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.

Ahab arises to take another man's inheritance.

  • The Ahab spirit concedes to the Jezebel spirit.
  • The Jezebel spirit is after your inheritance

The Ahab spirit is not generally a dominating spirit.

  • Jezebel will be eaten by the dogs by the wall of Jezreel (v.23)
  • The family of Ahab will either be eaten by dogs or birds depending upon where they die (v.24)

Ahab was incited by Jezebel (v.25)

1 Kings 21:23

And concerning Jezebel the LORD also spoke, saying, 'The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.'

Jezebel's fate is declared by the prophet.

1 Kings 21:25

But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up.

The Ahab spirit is a pawn of the Jezebel spirit

The Ahab spirit provokes the LORD to anger. (v.22)

2 Kings 9:1-7

1  And Elisha the prophet called one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, "Get yourself ready, take this flask of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth Gilead.

2  Now when you arrive at that place, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, and go in and make him rise up from among his associates, and take him to an inner room.

3  Then take the flask of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, 'Thus says the LORD: "I have anointed you king over Israel." ' Then open the door and flee, and do not delay."

4  So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead.

5  And when he arrived, there were the captains of the army sitting; and he said, "I have a message for you, Commander." Jehu said, "For which one of us?" And he said, "For you, Commander."

6  Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, "Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I have anointed you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel.

7  You shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, that I may avenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.

Jehu's purpose is declared by the prophet - to avenge the blood of the prophets and the servants of the LORD who died at the hands of Jezebel.

The LORD will avenge the blood of the prophets.

2 Kings 9:30

Now when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she put paint on her eyes and adorned her head, and looked through a window.

  • The Jezebel spirit always wants to look better than she is.

Jezebel prepared for her own funeral.

2 Kings 9:31

Then, as Jehu entered at the gate, she said, "Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?"

The phrase: "Is it peace,Zimri, murderer of your master?"

"Can a traitor or anyone who rises against his superior succeed?"

It was a challenge to Jehu's ability to accomplish the task.

  • The Jezebel spirit will challenge YOUR ability to accomplish your destiny.

2 Kings 9:32-33

32 And he looked up at the window, and said, "Who is on my side? Who?" So two or three eunuchs looked out at him.

33 Then he said, "Throw her down." So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot.

The eunuchs help in the killing of Jezebel. Jezebel - whose aim was to create eunuchs was thrown to her death by some of them.

Jehu calls out, "Who is on my side?"

Jehu wanted to know who was with him or against him.

The apostolic wants to know whose side your on!

The accomplishing of divine purposes requires a knowing of who is on the side of God. Men must choose!


The word of the LORD through Elijah concerning Jezebel is fulfilled. (1 Kings 21:23)

2 Kings 9:35

So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.

2 Kings 9:37

and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, "Here lies Jezebel." ' "

Jezebel had no final resting place.

The Last Mention of Jezebel in the Word:

Rev 2:20 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.

  • The Jezebel spirit often operates through prophetic people.

Jezebel was tolerated by the church in Thyatira.

  • The Jezebel spirit CANNOT be tolerated by the church in ANY fashion.
  • The Jezebel spirit teaches false things
  • The Jezebel spirit has no regard for the commands of God.

She taught the church to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols

  • The Jezebel spirit is seductive

She seduced the church to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

  • The Jezebel spirit invariably has a sexual element involved to fornicate, to control through sex (or withholding of it), or sexual perversion(s)


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