1 Kings 16:29-33: And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years. And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
Jezebel was a Phoenician princess whose father's name was Ethbaal. Like her father, Jezebel worshipped the pagan god, Baal. Jezebel rose to fame when she married Ahab, king of Israel. Israel was and is precious to GOD; therefore, HE commanded the Israelites to not intermarry with outside nations, just as HE commands the modern-day believer not to intermarry with unbelievers. This, of course, is to protect and preserve the remnant of GOD.
Ahab was a wicked man who went against GOD and married Jezebel anyway. As a result, Ahab began to worship Baal, and he caused most of the Israelites to worship Baal. Those who did not worship Baal were either murdered or lived in fear of being murdered.
The WORD tells us that Jezebel killed the Prophets of GOD. She was a wicked woman who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. Some of the issues that stand out about Ahab and Jezebel are:
- Jezebel operated as the head of the castle and kingdom. Jezebel not only commanded the slaughter of many Israelites, she also wrote letters in Ahab's name. This is an unlawful act in itself, because in those times, a queen was only to serve her king. A queen did not make laws nor did she send out letters with her husband's seal. You'll notice that when the Bible talks about Saul, David or most of the kings of Israel, there is never a reference to a wife taking on the king's duties. “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3).
- Ahab followed Jezebel's religion. Again, this was an act that was out of order. In Biblical days, and throughout the years, the woman often took on her husband's beliefs, as evidenced in the book of Ruth. Ruth was a Moabitess woman who married Mahlon, a Jewish man. When Mahlon passed away, Ruth stayed with Naomi, her mother-in-law, and continued in Jewish tradition by marrying Boaz. “And she (Naomi) said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” (Ruth 1:15-16).
- Jezebel had Eunuchs. A Eunuch was a man who'd been castrated in order to perform a certain task. Many pagan kings had Eunuchs, and these Eunuchs usually guarded the queens' quarters as well as the concubines. Of course, they'd been castrated to keep them from having sexual intercourse with the women they were charged to protect.
- When Elijah confronted Ahab alone, Ahab did as Elijah instructed him to do. Elijah told Ahab to gather the people of Israel together, along with the prophets of Baal for a demonstration. Once the demonstration was over, and the people saw the fire of GOD consume Elijah's offering, Elijah commanded the people to seize the prophets of Baal, and they did. Elijah killed the prophets of Baal and then told Ahab to go up the mountain, eat and drink because rain was going to fall. Not long after that, Elijah sent his servant to tell Ahab to go down the mountain to keep him from being stopped by the rain. But the scriptures tell us that as soon as Ahab was home, he told Jezebel what Elijah had done. Jezebel then sent out a threat to Elijah. (Read 1 Kings 18-19).
- When Ahab wanted Naboth's vineyard, he followed protocol and asked Naboth. When Naboth declined him, however, Ahab went back to the castle and had a tantrum. Understanding that Ahab was king of the land, Jezebel rebuked Ahab and told him that she'd get the vineyard for him. She then set Naboth up to be killed. (Read 1 Kings 21).
The question now is: Why is the Jezebel spirit attracted to women, and can a man have a Jezebel spirit?
The kingdom of darkness opposes the Kingdom of GOD; therefore, the enemy seeks to pervert GOD'S order. The order that GOD has set in place for mankind is: GOD is the head of CHRIST; CHRIST is the head of man, and man is the head of the woman. Any other order is disorder and is out of the will of GOD. So, the enemy seeks to change things around because anytime we are out of order, we are outside of GOD'S will and protection, thus leaving us uncovered.
Jezebel spirits are especially attracted to women because Jezebel spirits strive to pervert the order of GOD. Jezebel spirits seek to remove the covering (man) from the woman, thus exposing her to the demonic. Ahab spirits, on the other hand, are attracted to men because Ahabs seek to remove the authority or covering (CHRIST) of a man by causing him to submit to a woman. A man who is in submission to a woman is a spiritual Eunuch.
In the Jezebel equation, you'll often find:
- A woman walking in a position of dominance over a man or a leader in submission to a non-leader.
- A man not submitted to CHRIST, but in submission to a woman.
- No one is in submission to CHRIST because CHRIST is the head of man, and man is the head of woman.
This disorder is arranged by the devil to uncover (expose) both the man and woman by uncovering their heads (authority).
Of course, a man can have a Jezebel spirit, but this is uncommon since Jezebels seek to castrate men. Oftentimes, men are subject to warlock spirits, and their characteristics are similar to those of Jezebel spirits; therefore, men are often "misdiagnosed" when their devils start showing.
What are some of the characteristics of the Ahab and the Jezebel spirits?
- Ahab spirits hate confrontation. Review the story of Elijah and Ahab. When Elijah confronted Ahab, he put up no resistance and did what he was told to do, even though he was king of Israel. When Ahab asked Naboth for his vineyard, and Naboth turned him down, Ahab went back to his castle and refused to eat until Jezebel handled the issue.
- Ahab spirits are fearful. Anytime Ahab had a problem, he told Jezebel and Jezebel offered to solve those problems. One of the reasons Ahab likely intermarried with Phoenicia was because of fear. It was not uncommon in those days for a weaker kingdom to intermarry with a kingdom they believed to be stronger. This guaranteed them the protection of that kingdom, and they did not have to fear being attacked by that kingdom.
- Ahab spirits aren't always vicious, but are oftentimes gentle, friendly and passive when not in the presence of their Jezebels. For this reason alone, Ahabs often appear to have a glimmer of hope, but in truth, Ahab is just as wicked as Jezebel. They just don't do very well with confrontation and arguing, so they'll politely excuse themselves from any situation that intimidates them.
- Ahabs may appear kind when Jezebel is not around, but Ahabs are very manipulative. The scriptures recall a story when Ahab convinced Jehoshaphat to go up against Ramoth-Gilead with him in war. He then convinced Jehoshaphat to wear his kingly garments, while Ahab himself did not wear his kingly garments. Ahab knew that the opposing army would go after the king with vigor; therefore, he wanted to use Jehoshaphat as a decoy.
- Ahabs seek power, but not for themselves. They seek power for the Jezebels they are in submission to. Ahabs care more for money than they do for power; whereas, Jezebels care more about power than they do about money.
- Ahabs usually whine to their Jezebels when they don't get their way. For example, let's say that you own a small supermarket and someone with an Ahab spirit came in and told you that your apples were in the bin, and that bin was labeled as forty-five cents. You explain to this person that those apples are sixty-five cents and you are sure they were in the proper bin. The person hosting the Ahab may attempt to get aggressive, but if you're more aggressive than they are, an Ahab will likely back down and leave. He'll go home and tell his Jezebel about the confrontation, and you'll likely get a call or a visit from an aggressive, persistent and vicious Jezebel who is determined to show her Ahab that she will use the power she's stolen from him to his advantage.
- Jezebels are often very controlling, and do not fare well in environments where they are not in control. Remember the queen Jezebel emasculated her husband by making laws and sealing them with his seal. Anytime you come in contact with a person with this wicked spirit, they will seek to dominate you and anyone else in their midst.
- Jezebels hate the word “no”. Jezebel had Naboth killed because he said “no” to her husband.
- Jezebels are oftentimes religious. Jezebel's favorite hangout is the church, and this spirit always seeks the highest position available within the church. For example, a woman with this spirit may seek the position of a secretary initially, but her goal is to rise to the top. You'll notice that she's always trying to attach herself to the leader and the leader's spouse.
- Jezebels are "church hoppers" and will leave any and every church they are not given a position in. Jezebels don't want to sit in the congregation; they want any position of power that's open. Jezebels are very ambitious and will seek to rise to the top as fast as they can. If they feel they aren't being elevated fast enough, a Jezebel will often find another church to join themselves to, and will oftentimes badmouth their previous churches and leaders.
- In the church or ministry, Jezebels often seek to undermine the authority of the leadership team; oftentimes, starting with the choir, then the elders and eventually the pastor himself or herself. You'll find that Jezebels are always trying to change things or change people, and when resisted, Jezebels often threaten to leave the church; oftentimes, accusing the leaders and members of being against them.
- Jezebel loves confrontation and will often offer to confront your enemies. Recall the story of Naboth, and how Jezebel volunteered to take his vineyard. Additionally, Jezebel sent threats to Elijah, even though her husband had obeyed Elijah. Because of this, Jezebels appear to be very protective of the Ahabs in their care, but the truth is: They aren't protecting the people who are in submission to them; they are preying on them. Remember, even a dog growls over the food it is devouring; not because it loves the food, but because it does not want to share.
- Jezebels care more about power than they do money. One thing about a Jezebel spirit is that it seeks to advance itself. The Bible says that Jezebel “incited” or instigated her husband to do evil. Of course, we know the evil she incited included the killing of the Prophets of GOD and the advancement of the kingdom through war.
- Jezebels will often put their Ahabs in harm's way. Even though Jezebel wrote letters in her husband's name, sent out threats to her husband's enemies and had many of the Prophets of GOD killed, the queen herself did not get her hands dirty. Instead, a person with this wicked spirit will often surround themselves with people who they've assigned to do their dirty work. You'll notice that even a supposedly saved woman with a Jezebel, if angered, may tell you about some unsaved, unsavory characters that she knows who would take you or someone else out at her beckoning call. She'll often try to retract her statement with another statement similar to, "You'd better be glad I'm saved. All I have to do is make one phone call."
- Jezebels use people as tools for their own selfish agendas. Make no mistake about it, as protective and giving as a Jezebel is, her goal is always self. Jezebels will give a little and expect a lot in return. You'll notice that people with this spirit don't really try to help their unsaved friends or family members find the LORD. Instead, their goal is to use those people as they are. They may talk with them about GOD every now and then, but if, for example, they have a violent family member, they'll leave him as he is so they can call on him should they need his violent ways. This is very clear when someone has upset a person with a Jezebel spirit, and she calls up that family member. She doesn't care if that relative spends the rest of his life in jail. For her, it's about power retention, and if that person refuses to do her evil bidding, a Jezebel will often bad mouth that person and disassociate from him.
- Jezebels are very manipulative. When Jehu went to confront and kill Jezebel, the scriptures tell us that she painted her eyes. Many Bible scholars have theorized that this was an act in preparation for burial, but this is not true. Instead, this was Jezebel's last attempt to use her charm. When Jehu came to the castle, she tried to reason with him. 2 Kings 9:30-31 reads, “And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?” In this, we see that Jezebel attempted to scare Jehu by reminding him of what happened to Zimri, a man who'd killed his king. Zimri reigned as king for seven days, before he committed suicide by setting the palace on fire when he realized that his kingdom was under seige.
- Jezebels need an Ahab. A Jezebel has absolutely no power unless it has an Ahab or several Ahabs to rob. Ahabs have rule or dominion over something; whether it be a ministry, a family or an organization. Jezebels seek to emasculate Ahab and rule in his place.
- Jezebels need a kingdom to rule. People with Jezebels often surround themselves with lots of people. Jezebels need a kingdom to rule, and Jezebels are often attracted to individuals who they feel they can control. They also attach themselves to leaders who have an audience. Their goal is to take dominion over a congregation by getting that congregation's leader under their submission. You'll notice that Jezebel also surrounds herself with unsaved people or individuals who are young in the faith. To her, they are her subjects; a part of her growing kingdom.
- Jezebels are often gift-givers, and will bail their prey out of bad situations, but make no mistake about it: Whatever a Jezebel gives, it looks to gain more in return. With Jezebel, gaining your trust is very important, so anyone with this spirit won't have a problem spending money on you or whomever they are attempting to control. But once you have taken something from Jezebel, she feels that you "owe" her and will oftentimes (emotionally) remind you of what she's given to you.
- Jezebels use every emotion they have to control whomever they are preying on. A Jezebel's favorite tool is fear and intimidation, but if this doesn't work, the person with this spirit will often cry or use pity when he or she feels cornered.
- Jezebels use their Eunuchs to gain an edge over others. If you don't agree with a Jezebel, she'll usually call on someone she believes to be wiser or more influential than you are to contend with you. Their goal is to obtain, sustain or regain power over anyone they feel who is not in submission to them. If you're religious or holy, Jezebel likely has a pastor or leader under her thumb who she'll use to "put you in your place."
- Jezebels are often attracted to Prophets because Prophets are the mouthpieces of GOD. A Jezebel will seek to attach to a Prophet with the intentions of getting as much information on that person as he or she can. If this spirit is successful in getting enough dirt to bury the Prophet, the Jezebel will often seek or threaten to “expose” the Seer should they not comply with her requests. Always beware of individuals who like to attach themselves to Prophets.
- Jezebels are oftentimes very seductive. Seduction is a part of their manipulation, and Jezebel will “paint her eyes” if she feels her beauty or charm can help her escape or give her the advantage over a situation.
- When a person with a Jezebel spirit loses their youthful beauty, they will surround themselves with beautiful, immoral people; especially women. Again, Jezebel sees people as nothing more than tools she can use for her own gain. So, for example, if a male leader has a problem with lust, Jezebel will happily arrange a meeting between him and one of “her” women. She speaks of the people under her as if they are nothing more than mere objects on a shelf, because that's how she sees them. She may say, for example, "Oh, I know the kind of girl you like. I have the perfect girl for you."
- Even though Jezebels are religious, they are against GOD and hate holiness. A Jezebel may serve in leadership, but is often very accepting of sin and will sometimes encourage it. Nevertheless, when a person truly seeks the LORD with their heart, but is still relatively young in the faith, Jezebels will oftentimes attempt to intimidate that person to run them away from the church. An example would be that overly judgmental church mother who frowns upon and ridicules new members they feel are not dressed appropriately.
- Jezebels hate others in authority, and will oftentimes seek to dethrone anyone they feel is in their way. Jezebels will disconnect their Ahabs from anyone they feel threatens their authority. For example, let's say a woman with a Jezebel spirit was given the title of an Apostle. She notices that one of the pastors under her leadership has been hanging out with another Apostle, who happens to be a true Apostle. Jezebel will seek to discredit the true Apostle and will oftentimes politely ask and then demand "her" pastor to stay away from the true Apostle.
Again, a Jezebel spirit mostly attaches itself to women because it seeks to pervert the order of GOD. Ahabs often seek men, because that spirit's goal is to rob a man of his crown (authority); therefore, setting him up to submit to Jezebel.
Anytime you find a Jezebel, you will find an Ahab or several Ahabs, and anytime you find an Ahab, you will find a Jezebel. Ahab spirits tend to be ruled by one Jezebel since Jezebel is insanely jealous and territorial. To her, the people under her control is “her property”, and anyone seeking to know these people need her permission. A Jezebel spirit's ultimate goal is to usurp the authority from anyone who has it. Jezebels want to pervert the people of GOD and turn them to Baal worship; which in modern-day terms is the worship of self or flesh. Additionally, that spirit wants to destroy the people it's controlling as well as the person it's using to control those people.
You'll notice that a household controlled by a Jezebel spirit usually consists of a dominating wife (or female family member), a fearful male, masculine daughters and effeminate sons.
If you find yourself under the control of an Ahab or Jezebel spirit, seek deliverance IMMEDIATELY! Additionally, you will need to:
1. Repent first and foremost of your sins.
2. Accept JESUS CHRIST as your LORD and SAVIOR. Many people say that they have, but in truth, they have not. They've claimed HIM, but have not accepted HIM. They've confessed HIM with their mouths, but have not believed upon HIM in their hearts, and because of this, many people who believe themselves to be saved are not saved.
Matthew 15:8 (NIV): These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV): Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
3. Stay in the will of GOD, and keep your head covered at all times! No, you don't need a cloth covering; you need to stay under the protective covering of GOD: CHRIST is the head of the man and man is the head of the woman. An uncovered head is an exposed head.
4. If your spouse gets out of the will of GOD, you have to stay in the will of GOD to protect your household. It doesn't matter if you are the husband or the wife.
1 Peter 3:1: Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1 Peter 3:7: Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
5. Understand that once you are delivered, that spirit is going to try and come back, but you can stop it. How so? Obedience and praise are Jezebel's enemies.
Matthew 12:43-45: When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Samuel 16:23: And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
Please note that the quickest way to get someone to disassociate from you who has a Jezebel or Ahab spirit is to simply obey GOD and refuse to stop. Neither Jezebel nor Ahab can sit (or find peace) in order.