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10 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT

Father, You are the only true God! We pray that we would not enable the Jezebel spirit--it's with Your Holy Spirit and power that we can break this stronghold!
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10 Characteristics of the Jezebel Spirit

“But I have a few things against you: You permit that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat food sacrificed to idols” (Rev. 2:20).

  1. Jezebel’s ultimate goal is always control.
    The Jezebel spirit is always motivated by its own agenda, which it relentlessly pursues.
  2. The Jezebel spirit attacks, dominates or manipulates, especially male authority.
    Queen Jezebel usurped political authority of the kingdom. This spirit’s ultimate goal is to conquer or neutralize the prophet because a discerning leader is its greatest enemy.
  3. Jezebel causes fear, flight and discouragement.
    This spirit often causes a spiritual leader to flee from his appointed place by character assassination and ruining his reputation.
  4. People under Jezebel’s influence are natural leaders, although often covertly.
    The Jezebel spirit attempt to seek out people of influence to win their ear, gain credibility and win endorsement for their toxic cause.
  5. People under Jezebel’s influence are often insecure and wounded, with pronounced egocentric needs.
    They are often trying to fill a love deficit. People under Jezebel’s control always have deep, unhealed wounds from sources such as rejection, resistance, fear, insecurity, self-preservation and bitterness, which in turn, spreads its defilement to many.
  6. The Jezebel spirit functions subtlety and deceptively.
    People controlled by Jezebel use flattery to win you over to their domination. Jezebel spirits are masters of manipulation by guilt and undermining or discrediting another’s influence. Those under Jezebel’s control use flirtation and are extremely jealous of anyone they perceive to be a threat.
  7. Ultimately, people under Jezebel’s influence are proud, independent and rebellious.
    Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (1 Sam. 15:23) and will attempt to control others through any means other than the Holy Spirit.
  8. It takes an Ahab to let a Jezebel spirit operate unchallenged.
    Those under Jezebel’s influence do not operate without someone under an Ahab spirit’s influence enabling them to function.
  9. A Jezebel spirit is always in alignment with a religious spirit.
    Both Jezebel in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New Testament operated under the cover of religion. Its religious deeds are done for all to see. True and pure spiritual gifts attract people to Jesus, not to the people who exercise the gifts.
  10. The families of people under Jezebel’s influence are often out of order.
    Those under Jezebel’s influence control their partners and cause their children to take sides, grow up insecure, disrespect their fathers, feel manipulated and become distrustful toward true authority.

Why Deal With This Spirit?

  • For the kingdom’s sake.
    This spirit destroys God’s true image in the family and defies His loving order in the church. According to Revelation 2:26-28. there is a great prize for winning this war.
  • For the church’s sake.
    When we overthrow the demonic stronghold of Jezebel, we secure lineage and legacy within the body of Christ. As Elijah did, we will be able to call down the rain of revival and breathe life into barren places.
  • For love’s sake.
    Those operating under Jezebel’s snare need to be healed. God loves all people and wants to see every man and woman set free in Jesus’ great name! For love’s sake, God deals redemptively with those under Jezebel’s influence.
  • For the children’s sake.
    The generational curse of Jezebel can be broken when confronted with the truth of God’s Word and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Order can be restored, and the Spirit of Elijah can be poured out turning the hearts of the fathers to the children.
  • For our soul’s sake.
    The revelation of the “morning star” is granted to the overcomers. He promises more revelation of Himself!
  • For our health’s sake.
    Tolerating Jezebel can cause sickness; therefore, overcoming its influence will bring the restoration of health and life.
  • For obedience’s sake.
    God loves obedience. Obedience is better in God’s eyes than sacrifice. The church at Thyatira left Jezebel alone. God will richly reward the church in a city that will not tolerate its evil in their midst.

We Must Break the Power of this Stronghold

Praying with Authority in Jesus’ Name

Father, I come to You in the great name of Jesus. I confess and renounce as sin my actions and attitudes of manipulation, domination and controlling other people. I repent for operating in the ways of Jezebel. Forgive me. I receive Your love and obediently submit to You.

I resist the devil and stand against this demonic stronghold in Jesus’ mighty name. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I receive by faith my freedom. By the grace of God, I will honor delegated authority in my life and not displace them. Thank You for a new beginning of purity, humility and holiness based in the truth of God’s Word. You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free!

(From Charisma News, written by James Goll.)

31 Replies to “10 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT”

  1. The spirit of jezebel is arrogant evil. Drunk on the blood of innocents, it entices with high minded ideas and flattery and then turns those same ideals on their head so they can be used to intimidate and destroy. This is done with a flair of self-righteousness and a false religious spirit. Violent intimidation along with in-group out-group dynamics entices many to stay in “her” good graces until it is too late.

    1. That’s not what’s being said. What’s being said is that there is a category of demonic influence that, like what was operating through the person of Jezebel, operates in manipulation, domination, and control. It’s not a human spirit roaming the earth post-mortem. “Jezebel” is just a catch-all term, as is use of the name “Ahab” when referring to a weak-willed person who easily submits to manipulation, domination, and control. One thing that needs to be cleared up in this teaching is that the stronghold of a “Jezebel” spirit is not partial to human females. That belief causes us to overlook where an ungodly, autocratic leadership approach is affecting a congregation or organization.

  2. Pat,
    The only source one should use is the Bible. Strategies on the Jezebel Spirit or as many characteristics you can name are not infallible or the Inspired word of God. Please re read that whole Chapter of 1 Peter 5 use a well known Commentary if you able to. That Chapter refers to being born again and avoiding temptation.

  3. Thank you for all of these thoughtful comments. It may be helpful for you to read and meditate on Revelation 2:18-29. This passage clearly describes Jezebel in the Church. Here it is from the ESV translation:
    18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

    19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule[c] them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

    1. Hi Judy,
      The purpose of our comments was to point out that the majority of believers today don’t know the word and are taking scripture out of context. My Commentary expands on the woman Jezebel as a figurative person, in Rev 2; namely it is referring to Spiritual Idolatry in the Churches today. Just look at how we have deviated, like Leviticus points out our Priesthood is even defiled with corrupt practices. Sensuality, Immorality and Idolatory. You cannot twist scripture to support your argument; you have to summarize the Chapter and keep to its context Hence chapters 2&3 of Revelations is a Progressive Revelation of which I am certain that the Apostasy that abounds in the American Churches, refers to us today. “ If the Jezebel of Revelation 2:20 is not a real person, she may represent the spiritual idolatry practiced by Church members influenced by the worldly customs of Thyatira. Whatever the case, the intent of Christ’s message is that she is not to be tolerated. He tells the church, “I will kill her children with death” (Revelation 2:23). This Jezebel meets a violent end like the Old Testament Jezebel, a lesson for the Christian not to allow her seductive influence in the Church.” Easier said than done when so many so called “Experts “, are drawing us away from His Holy Word by their experiential knowledge of spirits and the occult.I conclude by saying become a Berean stop following mans books, opinions and devotions on Spiritual Warfare and read what the Inerrant Word of God says about resisting the Devil. Sadly I personally believe those who advocate Deliverance Techniques and anything extra or additional like teaching about Generational Curses, binding Satan, praying a hedge of protection, etc are adding to the Gospel it is not of God. When someone is born Again they are in Christ and no person or Demon or Spirit or circumstance can remove them from His omnipotent right hand. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.Best Wishes Stirling

  4. Please will someone explain what the Ahab spirit is. The article states Jezebel cannot operate without an Ahabd spirit to influence or rule over it. How would we recognize this Ahab one? Thank you. Mary

  5. I was married to a minister and he was ruthless. I was terrified to stand up to him for 21 years. I finally did and he told our 4 teens viscious lies about me. The oldest three didn’t believe them because they lived through his manipulations and abuses. But he managed to turn the youngest (15) against me and she didn’t talk to me for 3 years- not till her sister (our second) committed suicide.
    Of course I blame myself for not standing up to him. Maybe I could have saved my child. But if I had left him earlier, then he would have had 50/50 custody and he would have caused way more damage to the children. Sometimes I wish I had waited till they were all out of the house. But I don’t think I could have stood to wait. He was so abusive and made life absolutely miserable. Another family always tells me that he almost destroyed them too.

    And of course he is still a minister. And yes all of the “elders” and board members know how he destroyed our family and that our daughter killed herself. But since he raises so much money and he lied about everything, the board members covered it all up and now I hear he is just as popular as ever as a minister.

  6. Dear IFA, do you have any resources to pray and bring down the Jezebel spirit? Having read we have a major Jezebel stronghold over America, it’s been said not to take on this higher principality alone.

    Thank you.

  7. Hello Sterling,
    i understand your confusion. a scripture came to mind, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”. The Lord will show you your work for His kingdom and give you understanding where it is needed. No worries. In Christ.

  8. Thank you for this article, many years ago I once worked with someone who had a Jezebel spirit (she was a Pastor’s wife). I confronted her about it and she was soooo very mean to me from that point on, she gave me the “silent treatment” at work, & tried to turn our boss against me (it didn’t work). I left the department because of the stress that she created. It was amazing to read this and have what you said confirm what The Lord showed me about my work situation all those years ago. I used to pray & pray for her, she was asked to leave a few years after I left & her family suffered a tremendous tragedy. It was very sad and horrific, I think about her sometimes and I honestly hope that she’s walking in obedience to The Lord Jesus Christ. ♥

  9. Unfortunately, my brother has fallen to a woman who has a Jezebel spirit. And in turn he has adopted an Ahab spirit destroying anyone who calls out his corruption. I can only hope God intervenes before it’s too late because now my family and I are estranged from him because of his wife.

    1. Mark, I will tell you there is hope. Hope in Jesus. If your brother is a Believer, God promises us from Phil. 1:6 days, “I will complete the work I began in you (brother) until the day of redemption.” It will be a work
      Jesus does in your brother, and Jesus is faithful to His Word. He is not a liar that He should lie. All His promises are “Yes and Amen”.
      Satan wants you to think there is no hope and why pray. Well, I am here to tell you, my son came out of a 20 year marriage with his wife having a Jezebel Spirit. So there is hope. Continue praying for your brother, and remember God is BIGGER than this Jezebel and Ahab spirit. Declare and decree your brother will see the truth about his wife and himself, and repent. In Jesus Name.

  10. Lord, please confuse the strategy of the demonic realm fueling the Jezebel spirit. Make one lie prove another wrong until they kill each other and fall to the ground, in Jesus Name, Amen.

  11. Very excellent article.

    We all need to know more about The Spirit of Jezebel that is ruining many our lives many churches and many families.
    We as christians must all unite together as one and pray that The Spirit of Jezebel be bind in Jesus Holy Name.
    Thank you and God bless.

  12. Thank God you are bringing this to the light.My prayer group is teaching about this very thing , so as warriors we have our spiritual eyes and ears in readiness to pray effectively . Amen

  13. When I read my Bible. I understand that Jesus by His ultimate Sacrifice on the Cross, His Death, Suffering and Resurrection. Defeated Satan, Sin and Death. Why are we focusing on Spirits and what Satan does?We should have our eyes on Jesus, things above not below. This is another Gospel you writing about!

    1. We must be mindful and discerning of these Evel Spirits! We live in a Spirit World and au fortunately the “Church” has fallen asleep and allowed such spirits to reach Havoc in the House of God (Pastors are Guilty) the Demonic power is stronger and more damaging to the people! We must exposed these evil controlling Spirits, so we can deal with them, by rebuking and casting them out! The Pastor’s and The “CHURCHES” Has fail to see, that HaSatan had poured out His Demonic spirits also and we must, tear down these strongholds and principalities! Wake up before it’s too late. Don’t be like the 5 Virgins that ran out of their oil (lost their anointing)…

      1. Hi, thank you for your response. Your response is not Biblical and smacks of experiential occultism and not from the Word. If Jesus said it id Finished, we are blasphemous in telling Him we have to educate the Church of Demons and Spirits. What we saying is His Sacrifice to the Lord our God for us was not sufficient. We are adding to His Gospel. Remember it is His Gospel and not ours.

    2. The church needs to recognize the strategies and deception of the enemy otherwise we will be deceived. At the cross Jesus defeated the enemy and gave all that would believe and follow him authority over him. He is under our feet but we are still told to put on our armor and be watchful.

      1. Hi Pat, no where in the Bible are we told to learn about Spirits or Satan’s Strategies. James 4:7 we are to submit therefore to God, resists the Devil and he will flee from you. The biggest deception is that we as Christians are listening to so called Experts in Spiritual Prayer and Warfare,who have no understanding of the Bible. The Word of God is our Sword and it should be our first and only resource. So many people now call themselves experts because they have experiential knowledge of the occult. Our job as believers is to preach the Word of God and resist the Devil. This command is given 3 x times in the New Testament. 1Peter 5:9, James 4:7 and Ephesians 6:13 Resist in the Greek means to stand against or oppose. You can rebuke and bind Satan all you want it will be to no effect. We are sheep and we have a Shepherd who leads and guides us with His rod and staff and He fights our battles. The battle is the Lords. Ex 14:14 He goes before us to fight our battles. Any believer can deliver another person from Demons by leading him to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures do not require a second step of deliverance for a “ Believer” that he may be free from Demonic Powers. Christ sweeps the house clean at the moment of Salvation and the Holy Spirit fills it. Best wishes Stirling

        1. I respectfully beg to differ. The church in the West is being deceived daily because it is not awake and aware to the lies and deception of the enemy. Scripture says…“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
          ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬. It is time to wake up.

          1. I agree with Stirling. The minute we are born again God’s Spirit dwells in us. To entertain these strategies can be dangerous. God’s word spoken and us resisting (fleeing the devil) is all we need. God’s people need to be in the word using commentaries that help seal our hearts with His power and conviction. Satan should be an afterthought with no high regard.

    3. My closest encounters with Jezebel have been within the church! This is a malicious and subtle spirit that will sneak up on ministries and destroy them if not identified and addressed. We need to know how it works so that we can protect ourselves, ministries, and families. We are called to use both a shield AND a sword. What good is a sword if you don’t know who you are fighting against and what their tactics are?

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