Many of us have heard about the person of Jezebel in the Bible. This evil queen of Israel murdered God’s prophets and reinstituted the worship of foreign idols such as Baals in Israel. Although many of us have heard about the person of Jezebel, we may not be as familiar with something known as a Jezebel spirit.
The Jezebel Spirit term is often used to describe someone who uses cunning, deception, and seduction to tear apart entire marriages, churches, and other entities. Unlike many evil spirits, the Jezebel Spirit one operates in a more subtle and sinister way. We’ll explore the Jezebel spirit, how to discern if someone you know might have one, and how to ultimately defeat this evil spirit.
Jezebel embodied evil during her lifetime on Earth. She killed men for their vineyards and threatened to murder one of the only remaining prophets because he spouted messages that didn’t digest well for her.
When someone calls another person a “Jezebel,” they mean a few things by this. First, it typically refers to the crafty nature of a person. Jezebel didn’t often do the dirty work herself in Scripture. Instead, she connived with others to get it done for her. For instance, when a man named Naboth refuses to give the land of his ancestors over to the king, a vineyard (1 Kings 21), Jezebel writes letters in her husband’s name to get Naboth killed, so she and her husband could acquire the vineyard.
A Jezebel is also someone who uses sexual persuasion to get someone to do something for her. A femme fatale, but so much more insidious. Most likely, a person calls someone a Jezebel if they use the powers of seduction to woo a married man or a man of God away from the path of righteousness.
Calling someone a Jezebel could also hint at their wicked nature. Jezebel, in the Old Testament, embodied wickedness. But most likely this wickedness comes in the form of adultery or sexual sin. A Jezebel will prey upon a man of God, like Potiphar’s wife to Joseph, in order to sway him to doing something he’ll regret.
Jezebel also has ties with false prophets in Revelation. If someone also has all these traits coupled with suspect prophetic ability, along with the powers of seduction, they may be under the influence of this spirit.
What Is a Jezebel Spirit?
A Jezebel spirit is a demonic spirit that inhabits a person and causes them to be driven by sexual appetites. It’s often characterized by being seductive, unrepentant, and destructive. Like all spirits of Satan, this one likes to cause division, but it does so in an atypical way. Not many other evil spirits use sexual prowess to turn others away from Christ.
The Bible doesn’t mention the term “Jezebel spirit” specifically, but it does give us plenty of information about the personhood of Jezebel to understand how this type of spirit operates. There does appear to be a hierarchy of evil spirits, but we don’t quite know where this particular evil spirit stands in terms of the hierarchy.
With that said, we do want to avoid this spirit (as well as any evil spirit, for that matter) at all costs. To do this, we first have to recognize the tell-tale signs of a Jezebel spirit inside of someone.
What Does the Jezebel Spirit Do?
How do we recognize when someone has a Jezebel spirit? This article mentions a hierarchy of evil spirits and suggests this is one higher up due to its cunning nature and ability to pull more than one trick out of its hat.
Although these characteristics don’t always hint at someone having a Jezebel spirit, they are very much symptoms of being influenced or possessed by one. First, a person tends to want to orchestrate or control everything, as mentioned in the Bible Knowledge article. Jezebel was the same during her time on Earth. She wanted all the subjects in Israel underneath her thumb.
Secondly, the spirit often uses manipulation or deception to get what it wants. In the same way Queen Jezebel coerced others to do her bidding, the spirit will try to do the same through subtlety and sneaking.
Thirdly, and most telling, the Jezebel spirit uses seduction to sway people away from the paths of righteousness (Revelation 2:20). The church in Thyatira ran into this problem, in Revelation, when a fake prophetess, with the name Jezebel, tried to seduce its members, and the church allowed her to continue to stay.
Finally, the spirit is unrepentant of its actions. It knows it wreaks havoc and destruction. Its modus operandi is to tear apart holy and pure institutions and relationships. Satan likes to pervert good things, and one of the best ways to do that is via seduction, manipulation, and division. Enter the Jezebel spirit.
Now before we dive into ways to defeat this spirit, I wanted to clarify that no one can be possessed by an evil spirit if they have a saving relationship with the Lord. Demons can tempt believers, but they cannot inhabit them. We also need to exercise extreme discernment. A person may display all of these traits and still not be inhabited or influenced by a Jezebel spirit. On such occasions where discernment must be implemented, pray and ask for guidance and clarity when it comes to approaching this person. If this person is a part of your congregation, make sure to exercise proper church discipline. If they do not attend a church, still pray for discernment on how you will go and confront this person about their actions.
How to Defeat a Jezebel Spirit
Before we dive into the ways to defeat a Jezebel spirit that has influenced or inhabited someone, we need to understand that the power to do so comes from the Lord. Christians who have called evil spirits out of someone, myself included, need to give the glory to God. After all, it is only by the power of the Holy Spirit in which we call these evil beings out of loved ones.
With that said, let’s explain a few action steps on how to defeat a Jezebel spirit once we’ve discerned that someone has one.
First, as mentioned in this article, ask God for the best next course of action. Different spirits require different dealings. We need to follow the will of the Lord first and foremost.
Secondly, if this person goes to your church and refuses to repent and ask for deliverance, you may need to ask them to step away from your congregation. Allowing Satan to operate within the walls of your church will only lead to pain and destruction. No matter how much you love this person, sometimes we have to make the difficult decision to send them away from the congregation for a season.
Finally, as Christians we need to know that we have the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to bind evil spirits in Jesus’ name and to cast them out, in Jesus’ name. With that said, spirits often do return to a host (Matthew 12:43) even after they've been cast out. The only permanent solution is if the person, who had once been inhabited, repents and asks for deliverance. Sadly, the Jezebel spirit often puffs up the pride of the host, so that they do not feel as though they need to repent. Continue to pray for this person that they may have a clarity of spirit and a spirit of repentance.
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Hope Bolinger is a multi-published novelist and a graduate of Taylor University's professional writing program. More than 1,200 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer's Digest to Keys for Kids. She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her modern-day Daniel trilogy is out with IlluminateYA. She is also the co-author of the Dear Hero duology, which was published by INtense Publications. And her inspirational adult romance Picture Imperfect releases in November of 2021. Find out more about her at her website.
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