Jesus instructed the Apostle John to write seven letters to seven city ekklesias (churches) in the book of Revelation. Jesus mentions some things He hates or has against the ekklesia; the synagogue of Satan (those who say they are Jews and are not), the teaching of Balaam, the deeds of the Nicolatians and Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess. A lot has been said, written and taught about Jezebel over the years. Jezebel was a real person in Scripture that also represents an evil spirit. To understand this evil spirit we need to understand the nature and character of the real person. Why is Jezebel or the spirit of Jezebel important for us to understand? Because Jesus mentioned her as something the ekklesia should not tolerate. If we are not to tolerate it we need to know what it is. We are also admonished in 2 Corinthians 2:11 to not be ignorant of Satan’s schemes. The power behind an evil spirit is in its ability to stay hidden, appear as something good and then accepted.
In Revelation 2:20 Jesus said; ‘But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
The first thing Jesus said about Jezebel is that the ekklesia is “tolerating” this spirit. In our culture much has been said about tolerance. Tolerance is now defined as acceptance. In other words, you must not only tolerate evil, you must accept it or we are going to harass you and call you a racist and a hater and if you say anything negative we will call it hate speech.
Several years ago a group of pastors and I were gathered to pray and one came in troubled. He said the wife of a couple in his church was stirring up trouble and it has been going on a long time and he was asking us for prayer. I spoke up and asked him why he is putting up with it. An older pastor rebuked me saying I haven’t been pastoring long enough and basically that I didn’t know what I was talking about. Well, you can tolerate it and accept it if you want, but I am not going to. Jezebel gets emboldened when it is tolerated.
Jesus then says Jezebel; “calls herself a prophetess”. She is a self-appointed prophet. A false prophet. Scripture gives us plenty of warnings about false prophets and teachers. Too many so-called leaders in the Body of Christ are “self appointed” and this invites Jezebel to influence the person, a congregation, city or nation.
Next Jesus said, “she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray.” The purpose of its leadership and teaching is to “lead astray”. Notice who Jesus specifically says is led astray; His bond-servants. Jesus is talking about those who are deeply committed to Him. A bond-servant is not just a church goer or one who calls themselves a Christian. A bond-servant is a son, one who receives Christ, is born again and chooses to be a slave of Christ. He is not forced or coerced into bondage but is free by being yoked with Christ and serving Him with his life. The Jezebel spirit is so seductive, crafty and deceptive that it is leading bondservants astray when it is tolerated. We must not be ignorant of this spirit.
Jesus then mentions two specific areas that bondservants are led astray; sexual immorality and eating things sacrificed to idols. Our culture is infected with sexual immorality and it is a cancer in the Body of Christ. Premarital sex is so common it is hardly looked at as sin anymore. Men with men and women with women is not only tolerated but celebrated in some Christian circles. Some churches and whole denominations are under the seductive, deceptive witchcraft of Jezebel calling evil good and good evil. Pornography is a multi-billion dollar business that has its grips on millions of men and women and even some behind pulpits. Sex trafficking is a horrendous nightmare in our nation and around the world. Abortion, the killing of babies in the womb and now even outside the womb, is accepted by many and protected by law. All proof the influence of Jezebel and its witchcraft is being tolerated and celebrated not only by our nation but also by many so-called Christians.
Ephesians 5:3-5; …(sexual) immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know with certainty, that no (sexually) immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (emphasis added)
Next, She leads My bondservants to eat things sacrificed to idols. Dining at the table of idols. An idol is anything or any person that is exalted above the Lordship of Christ Jesus. Yes, we have idols in modern day America. Every form of idolatry has “self” at its core. Whether it be materialism, entertainment, success, career, money, fame, glory, etc. Idolatry has three lusts found in 1 John 2:16, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life. The Jezebel spirit “teaches” us that worshipping at the altar of the god of self is not only to be tolerated but acceptable in the eyes of God. Those who dine at the table of idols (of self) are feeding on the lies and deceptions of Jezebel and its deluding influence. We must understand that lies from Jezebel are so seductive and deceptive they seem like truth and many are convinced the lies are truth. The influence of Jezebel causes a deceptive smoke screen, a veil, to blind from the truth to cause confusion, oppression and depression as happened to both Elijah and John the Baptist.
Psalm 115 says this about idols; Those who make them will become like them. We become like what we behold. You cannot become like Jesus beholding idols or the idol of self. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit, 2 Cor 3:17-18.
Yes, Jezebel is on the loose and spreading its deluding influence! But, there is great news! An Elijah generation is also here!