I ask for a spirit of impartation a spirit of revelation; I ask for strengthen in the inner man right now as we receive your word.
We ask for the flashes of fire from your eyes to strengthen our spirit in Jesus name amen.
We are talking about the end time war in the body of Christ against the spirit of Jezebel.
It’s the war against the spirit of Jezebel.
two different women called Jezebel.
two totally different people separated by roughly 800 plus years.
Last week we gave a history lesson on the OT Jezebel where she came from who her father was and so fourth.
(sidon hunting~/ethbaal with baal her name baal exults
And then we looked at the Nt jezebel.
Rev 2:20 this is Jesus speaking to a 1st century church but it has its application throughout church history and it has it’s full application in the generation that the Lord returns.
2:20/‘But I have this against you/, Now if you remember this is a church in it’s context that has the most impressive descriptions of any church in the NT.
The verse before in 19 Jesus told them how he saw there works and there love and there perseverance under persecution called patience he goes I see your patience he says I even see that the works that your doing now are even more than the ones your used to another words they were growing spiritually.
And yet to this strong and growing church he says “I have some things 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./
She calls herself a prophetess and you can be sure that if Jesus points it out at this level that her reputation was well known and established.
Keep in mind Jesus didn’t call her a prophetess, the point being is that she had a reputation of having accurate and powerful revelations.
In other words she was a powerful woman with a very influential teaching ministry in the church.
He says here’s the essence of what she does; it’s different from what the OT jezebel did but the combination of the two gives us the picture of the war in the end- time.
Here’s what she seduced the bond servants of the lord to do two things; to be involved in immorality and to be involved in idolatry;
But idolatry is not just an empty or a ritualistic religion.
It’s a religion filled with demonic power.
Paul says about idol worshipers.
In 1st Corth 10:20,21 He says (read) are actually worshiping demons there interacting with real demon spirits.
It’s not just an empty ritualistic kind of ceremony there’s really an encounter of power.
*immorality and idolatry spiritual encounters one touches’ the body one touches the spirit.*
So when you put the two pictures together the OT Jezebel with the NT Jezebel, we get the picture of the end time conflict with the Jezebel that the Lord is preparing the Church for, even in this hour.
Even though the end time increase of immorality doesn’t apparently seem to be connected to occultism or Satanism but that’s where it’s going in satins strategy.
Its not just an end in it’s self.
To get a bunch of people interacting with a spirit of immorality.
its goal is to open them up to deaden there conscious, to defile there spirit so they’ll move to the next diminution of satins plan and that is to be fully involved in the occult.
People with a dull deaden conscious will move in the occult arena far quicker than somebody who doesn’t.
There’s nothing that deaden the conscious like immorality it dulls the spirit.
Not only does it provide the context for people to move to the next diminution of satins agenda, which is spiritual encounters with daemons.
It also shuts down the prophetic spirit.
*Incorporate the prophetic progression* see note book.
Again there’s nothing that will deaden the conscious like immorality, it dulls the spirit.
Immorality, the defilement of it and the guilt that follows it, produces or the net result is: it shuts people down in the power of God.
So it ends up being a two fold victory of satin,
1st he dulls the spirit of the Church so they don’t even reach to move in the power of God and 2ndly he prepares them to move to the next level and that is to be involved in satanic activity and that’s not an end unto itself either.
The 3rd diminution of satins strategy is to get them to be involved with murder.
(I’ll explan later) And if there not involved in it directly, they will draw back and allow murder to happen in society.
We also discussed this Ahab, Jezebel dynamics of the political power mixed with sorcery, that’s the picture we get and that’s where it’s going, Where sorcery will be officially involved at the state level, I have no doubt that it’s already operating across the earth where its influencing state decisions.
But this will be a well known public policy that the occult and politics will come together.
she used the power of state on a grand scale in the kings court in Jezreel she financed 850 full time prophets (when it says they ate at her table its implying they were on the payroll 1st kings 18:19).
Now the anti Christ in revelation 13 the antichrist is a spirit that’s been operating through out history but the anti Christ is a real person that emerges in the generation that the Lord returns.
He will also join the church and the state sort of speaking, it won’t be the church I’m talking about religion and the state and he will finance anti-christ worship across the earth.
Which will be a fullness of what Ahab and Jezebel are doing in part in 1st kings.
Now what about Ahab how does history and scripture describe him.
in 1st kings 21:25 it says 25Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord,* *because Jezebel his wife incited ( stirred him up) him.
Why was he called evil because his wife stirred him up
Why is that imortant to know because evil no matter what stage can be imparted, people can be stirred up by evil people to embrace evil.
Ahab became the most wicked king of his time and he was “stirred up by a occultist person.
This is also importand to understand because this happens again in the Nt with JB in which I’ll explan later.
Turn to 1st kings 18:10 “hunt down” NKJV they were hunting for the prophets everywhere.
Jezebel not only hunted down the prophets she murdered them.
Interesting side note Sidon the city in which Jezebel comes from means “hunting”.
Who ever opposed her she would hunt down and murder (the agenda of satin)
So Elijah was encountering one of the prophets and he said “Ahab is hunting you down in every nation of the world”.
And this man said we have a 100 prophets hidden in caves, that Jezebel doesn’t know about.
When Jezebel is fully operating, what happens when things are going bad the prophets go into caves they go into hiding.
What happens when people begin to be controlled or influence by the Jezebel spirit is they go into caves they go into hiding they shut down.
Intimidation let alone immorality causes people to back off and cower and pull back and go into caves.
spiritually they shut down in their spirit.
They don’t reach for the high things of God even though they might hang out with people who do, they might even maintain the language they used to have when they were reaching and going for the deeper things in God.
I mean after all Ahab and Jezebel are naming their kids after the God of Israel.
You can keep the language going and still be hiding in a cave in a spiritual way is my point.
But here in the text in a physical way they were hiding because there was so much fear amongst the prophets of God of loosing their lives.
And it’s real, the end-time saints some of them the number will be large but the percentage will be small, meaning I believe God for a billion souls in the great harvest and even if a 100 million die it’s a Hugh number, buts it’s 10 percent it’s a small percent.
Most of the church will not be martyred.
It may be a couple of hundred million who knows, but it will still be in my opinion less then the majority the percentage will be smaller instead of larger.
But what’s going to happen is the spirit of Jezebel will seemingly succeed.
We need to be ready, not to cower before it (there will be supernatural protection as well but there will be those who will loose there lives just like in the days of jezebel.
John the Baptist lost his life at the hands of the spirit of Jezebel.
Herod and Herodus his wife and the seductive daughter who did the dance and asked for the head of JB, it was clearly a spirit of immorality that was operating in Herod that made him open to kill JB (look at Mark 6:20 this is what a spirit of immorality can do this is what an evil spirit can do in stirring up a person to embrace evil even murder just like with Ahab.
Lets look at 1st kings 18: 17when Ahab finally stood before Elijah because Elijah came out of hiding and he asked for a meeting with Ahab and he got it.
It’s interesting that Ahab in calls Elijah the “troubler of Israel” This was a serious charge this is not a small thing.
But in verse 18 Elijah turns it back on him and he says “you’re the troubler of Israel” because of your disobedience your bringing the judgment of God upon the land”.
Now the reason he’s calling Elijah the troubler of Israel is because of the three and a half year drought that Elijah called forth in prayer and declaration.
It’s that Moses anointing before God, where the end-time prophets will pray and release the judgments and they will pray and stop the judgments.
The prayers to release it and the prayers to stop it will be in the hands of the prayer movement.
So because of the drought he called him the troubler of Israel.
Elijah is so saying “no the drought is because of you, yes I prayed and released them and I prophesized them yes, but the judgment that’s coming form heaven is because of the sin that’s in the land.
You can brake the drought if the people will repent.
And that’s exactly what happened at the end of 1st kings 18 the people repented because of the great show down at Mount Carmel and then the rain came.
The rain came the land was healed (it’s the 2nd cron 7 we all know so well “if my people….)
that’s exactly what happened in 1st Kings 18 and 19.
The point I want to make here is that the king who was well respected and very influential, (we look at Ahab now and he’s a guy we have no respect for) but in his day he was highly respected and very influential.
This is a public relations war that’s going on.
And it’s going to happen again to.
That the heads of state will say to the church “you’re the ones causing the problems” and many will believe it.
So this is not an insignificant reality this is part of a war of Jezebel against the end time church.
But Elijah held is ground he didn’t back down he goes “no you’re the problem, if the people repent (in which they did) then the rains will come (in which it did).
Now just to go back a little bit a give just a brief overview of what’s going on in this 1st kings 18 19-40 I’m not going to read it all I just wanted to give it to you so you can study it on your own.
But what’s happing everybody gathers at Mt. caramel which incidentally is right next to the valley or the area of Armageddon.
From Mt Caramel you can look down and see the valley of Jezreel or the area of Armageddon.
So that great conflict is going to raise up again.
So they gather together the 850 false prophets (not a small thing).
Read verse 21 (for us will you obey God or will you obey the anti christ)