Jezebel was the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians (Phoenicians), which is present day Lebanon. Ethbaal was also the priest of baal and his name means “with baal”. Baal was a sun god of nature and fertility. Asherah was a moon goddess associated with baal. These two were the main male and female representatives of a host of false gods. Worship of asherah included sexual immorality, prostitution, divination and fortune telling. As a princess, Jezebel grew up with this influence instilled by her father and surrounded by a nation that worshipped false gods and idols. Jezebel became like what she beheld so much so, she was possessed. In speaking about idols, Psalm 115 says; Those who make them will become like them.
Before Jezebel could accomplish her demonic work in Israel, she must have legal access. What better way than by marrying the king of Israel, Ahab. Ahab was more concerned with the luxuries of this world than he was with serving the Lord God of Israel. He was a selfish and morally weak man who compromised when it came to the will of God. This type of character in a person is a perfect match for the Jezebel spirit. In 1 Kings 21:25-26 it says this about Ahab; Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife incited him. He acted very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the Lord cast out before the sons of Israel.
Perhaps Ahab desired to cement a political and economic alignment with Sidon and marrying Jezebel would be an advantage. Maybe he just found her to be beautiful and lust consumed him. Regardless, Ahab violated a clear command from God that the Israelites were not to intermarry with those who serve foreign gods, Deut. 7:3. When you violate scripture for any reason it never turns out good. This unholy alliance was crafted in hell and Ahab was a willing participant. Much to the disagreement of some, Satan does not have free will to do whatever evil he desires. He must gain access by convincing us to give it to him by any deceptive means necessary. You see, God gave the earth to man and through men He is able to accomplish His will on the earth. This is a reason why Jesus needed to come as a man. Satan must function the same way to achieve his wicked will on the earth, through men.
Married to Ahab, Jezebel now had access and influence over her husband and therefore influence in Israel. Ahab became and idol worshipper and he infected the nation as a result of Jezebel’s influence. Ahab erected an altar to Baal establishing the worship of baal in Israel. Jezebel’s wicked influence through the unholy alliance and covenant of marriage with the king of Israel caused the persecution of all that was holy and the worship of Jehovah. She killed all but 100 prophets of God and raised up 850 of her own demonic prophets. She arranged for an innocent man to be murdered so Ahab could have his land to plant a vegetable garden. Jezebel was wicked, evil, seductive, controlling, manipulative and intimidating with no regard for life.
After Elijah had an amazing victory over eight hundred and fifty of her demonic false prophets and then killed them all, Jezebel sent him a letter that terrified him, 1 Kings 18,19. Imagine it, Elijah has a show down with all the demonic forces in Israel, one against eight hundred and fifty! He then kills all of them and afterward receives a letter from Jezebel. A letter! Not Jezebel in person, just a letter, written by her promising to do to him as he did to her prophets and it drives fear in the great man of God. Elijah runs for his life. He is depressed and suicidal, 1 Kings 19.
Jesus said John the Baptist was Elijah or in other words has an Elijah spirit. He too was taunted by the Jezebel of his day that manifested in Herodias. John was arrested and in put in prison. While in prison, John sent his disciples to go ask Jesus if he was the Expected One or should they look for someone else, Matthew 11. John knew Jesus was the Messiah. He proclaimed it when Jesus showed up while he was baptizing. He even baptized Jesus when God spoke. But the demonic effects of the Jezebel spirit was causing doubt and confusion in John. One night Herodias’ daughter danced seductively before Herod. Herod promises her up to half of his kingdom. Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the Baptist. Not wanting to behead John, Herod’s pride would lead him to do it anyway. One scheme of Jezebel is to cut off the head of the prophets of God silencing the voice of God in the earth. The Jezebel spirit hates the spirit of Elijah and she is in an all out war against the prophetic voice of God in and effort to stop or hinder the will of God from being accomplished.
This spirit is active in our nation, cities, congregations and families. Since Jesus told the ekklesia they were tolerating Jezebel He was also implying we do not have to, it is our choice. He already gave us the authority and power to overcome this spirit and drive it out!
Coming up; Part 3 – The Elijah Generation