The traditional Christian crowd sometimes make reference to “the Jezebel spirit”, but what is it and why? The name Jezebel is mentioned 22 times in scripture (21 in the OT and 1 in the NT), but the teaching of “the Jezebel spirit” is based on the 1 mention in the New Testament. If you believe in the Jezebel spirit or know someone that does, you’re going to want to read this entire study. If you find something worth sharing, please do so.
Jezebel In The Old Testament
The story of old Testament Jezebel can be found across 1 Kings and 2 Kings. When Ahab began to reign, he took a wife named Jezebel (1 Kings 16:31), the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians. A quick summary of Jezebel’s lineage breaks down as follows:
- Zidon and Sidon are interchangeable.
- Sidon / Zidon was the oldest son of Canaan.
- Jezebel was a Canaanite Princess.
- Canaan was the son of Ham.
- Ham is considered the father of the black African race.
- Jezebel was a black woman from the lineage of Ham.
Jezebel’s marriage to Ahab was just one of many interracial marriages between the line of Ham and the line of Shem. Not long after her marriage, she began to kill the prophets. During this time Obadiah the prophet helped hide 100 other prophets escape from her (1 Kings 18:4).
- Jezebel had Naboth stoned and his fields taken to cheer up her husband (1 Kings 21:15)
- Jezebel encouraged Ahab to worship idols and commit other evils in defiance of God (1 Kings 21:25).
- Jezebel threatened to kill the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 19:2).
Because of what Jezebel had done in Israel, God promised that three things would happen to her.
- She would be eaten by dogs (2 Kings 9:10).
- Her body would be unrecognizable (2 Kings 9:37).
- Her digested corpse would be turned into dung (2 Kings 9:37).
Jezebel Eaten By Dogs
When it came time for Jezebel to die, her death was actually a lot more violent than just being eaten by dogs. When Jehu arrived, he saw Jezebel in a window with her face painted (2 Kings 9:30), so he ordered her to be thrown out the window:
“And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. And 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 9:33-35
Not only was Jezebel thrown out of a window, but upon hitting the ground her blood splattered on the wall and on the horses. She was then trampled by the horses. If the fall didn’t kill her, being trampled by horses certainly would’ve finished the job. We aren’t told how much time it took Jehu to eat before giving the order to have Jezebel buried, but by the time the men go to bury her, only her head, hands, and feet were left. It doesn’t seem logical that “dogs” would devour a human corpse in such a manner, but these may not have been dogs in the modern sense of the word.
The Striped Hyena is native to North and East Africa, which traditionally included Israel. Because Israel and Egypt share a border, it is not uncommon for Striped Hyenas to be found in Israel. Hyenas are also known to devour corpses, including the bones. A few hyenas could eat an entire corpse of a human in less than an hour. This seems to be the most reasonable explanation of the type of dogs that ate Jezebel.
Jezebel In The New Testament
In the New Testament we find that a different Jezebel is alive and present, and just as destructive to the church.
“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.” – Revelation 2:20
Unlike the Jezebel in the Old Testament that hated the prophets and had them killed, this new Jezebel posed as a prophetess and taught false doctrine within the church. This false doctrine included idolotry and ritual sex.
- Fornication is often mistaught as “premarital sex”, but neither the Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic convey that meaning. Also if you feel the need to do so on your own, just replace the word “fornication” with “premarital sex” as you read, and see if the context of the sentence makes sense. Grown people don’t need to be taught to have premarital sex.
- Idolatry and the worship of false gods often involved eating in addition to ritual sex. Hebrews and followers of Christ are told not to eat food sacrificed to idols. This is a clear and intentional violation of God’s word.
In similar manner to the first Jezebel, this Jezebel is also pronounced a punishment by God.
“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” – Revelation 2:21-23
In these verses the crime of adultery is named, which probably happened during fornication (idolatrous sex rituals). The punishment for her crimes would be the following:
- She will be cast into her bed.
- Her and her followers will go into great tribulation.
- Her children will die.
This is the last that we hear of Jezebel in the Bible. Unfortunately, it’s not the last we hear of Jezebel in the church.
The Jezebel Spirit
This brings us to “the Jezebel spirit”. Many Christians make reference to this spirit for many different reasons. Here is a list of what different people believe are signs of the Jezebel spirit’s presence:
- There Will Be a Charismatic Type Energy on the Host
- Likes To Attach to Sharp, Intelligent, and Attractive People When It Can
- Will Always Seek to be the Center of Attention
- Will Seek to Infiltrate, Attack, and Undermine Everything
- Will Go After Anyone in a Leadership Position
- Runs in Tandem With a Mocking Spirit
- Especially Hates Prophets, Prayer, and Spiritual Warfare
- Will Occasionally Expose Itself on a Photo
- The Host Usually Will Not Know They Have This Kind of Spirit in Them
- Pure Evil and Hate
- Maximum Pride
- Highly Lustful and Seductive
- Highly Self-Centered and Narcissistic
- Very Judgmental, Critical, Condescending, and Demeaning
- Overly Demanding and Manipulating
- Cold, Ruthless, Cunning, and Calculating
- Very Combative and Confrontational
- Very Good at Lying and Cheating
- Cannot Stand Any Type of Constructive Criticism
- Hates All Prophets, Prayer, and Anything to Do With Spiritual Warfare
- People influenced by a spirit of Jezebel have fear issues of rejection. They control others so that they will not be hurt. Generally, there is a history of trauma or abuse.
- They make commitments and promises quickly and use recommendations from others to impress others.
- They seem super-spiritual in an exaggerated way to gain acceptance and attention. They have their own agenda. They are looking for disciples of their own. They whine until they get their way.
- They isolate and pit people against each other privately and individually behind closed doors.
- They play the victim. They are never wrong. They blame everyone else. They play on compassion to block discernment.
- They use false humility and feel entitled or owed something.
- They are not accountable to anyone and often accuse others of being a Jezebel.
- They look for others who are hurt and wounded to mentor them.
- They accuse people falsely.
- They operate with insecurity.
- They initiate witchcraft prayers based on selfish motivation.
- Will Be Capable of Giving False Prophecies, Visions, and Dreams
As we read through the list we get the sense that it’s just a list of personality traits that religious people don’t like. The three bold and red items above stood out to me the most as I compiled this list.
- #19 – How constructive the criticism is or is not is determined by the person receiving the criticism. Many people truly believe they’re giving constructive criticism, when in reality they aren’t being constructive at all.
- #22 – The sole purpose of a recommendation is to impress people, which is why people ask for recommendations. You’re much more likely to be impressed by someone recommended by a friend or family member, than you would be a random stranger you don’t know without a recommendation.
- #27 – Not only does this sound exactly like 99% of pastors, but ironically, it would mean that the person that added it to the list would be suspect of having a Jezebel spirit. The entire list is an accusation against people that they believe has the Jezebel spirit.
The truth is that the vast majority of everything we’ve ever heard about the Jezebel spirit is a lie. It’s completely fabricated church mythology created as a means of control. Nobody wants to be accused of having the Jezebel spirit in church. It immediately makes people act accordingly.
- The Bible never says Jezebel became a spirit.
- The Bible never mentions a Jezebel spirit.
- The Bible doesn’t give us permission to make up spirits.
Operating In The Spirit of Jezebel
There are some that believe that the phrase “the Jezebel spirit” actually refers to someone operating in like manner to Jezebel. If we stick true to the Bible’s words concerning the false prophetess Jezebel, then ONLY the following attributes could be referred to as someone operating in the spirit of Jezebel:
- Has prophets murdered.
- False prophetess.
- Teaches ritual sex.
- Teaches idol worship.
- Teaches to eat food sacrificed to idols.
These are the only five attributes of Jezebel that are given. Anyone adding anything extra to the teaching is not being truthful, and should be recognized for the false teacher that they are IF and only IF they refuse to correct their error after it is pointed out.
Many church leaders have a bad habit of completely making up spirits of (fill in the blank) in order to explain things. This is no different than the pagan cultures naming gods of (fill in the blank). The Bible does not give us permission to make up spirits and add them into our teachings or doctrine, nor is it an innocent mistake. It is false teaching. If we can’t verify what a pastor is teaching by using the Bible, then we need to point it out. If that pastor then continues to false teach intentionally, we need to part ways with them while warning others. We as believers should not allow someone in a leadership position to infect us with their false teaching just because they have a title.
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