October 4, 2018 | Jon and Jolene Hamill
Picture: Tel Megiddo
Pray that God would forbid that we should give Jezebel and Ahab the inheritance of our forefathers. This teaching is an excerpt from a series of devotional email prayer messages compiled by a national coalition of prayer ministries. Called Pray in Unity, you can sign up as well and be praying in agreement with thousands of intercessors for the nation. Sign up at prayinunity.org.
“In that day I will respond,” declares the Lord—“I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’” (Hosea 2:21-23)
We are in such a pivotal time for our nation. The good news is that God is forging a new way forward for us all – a freedom movement! And as long as we do our part, we can see our covenantal destiny secured.
During Passover 2017, I had an extraordinary dream. Washington, D.C. was superimposed on Israel. Jolene, myself, and a group of leaders were commissioned like Joshua and Caleb to scope out the land and possess our inheritance.
My vantage point was Tel Megiddo. Armageddon! The Jezreel Valley was below. Jezreel actually means “God sows.” Not coincidentally, the Jezreel Valley was once swamp land that had to be drained in order for biblical prophecy to be fulfilled that the valley would become a harvest field. Our rallying cry became, “Drain the swamp to secure the harvest!”
In the dream, I could focus on an area and, with telescopic ability, view every detail with precision. I diligently searched for opposing forces. I saw none. The field was clear.
Except, that is, for a clear representation of a Jezebel spirit. I immediately turned to Jolene, pointed at her, and said, “That is witchcraft!”
In retrospect, this dream proved amazingly prophetic. For instance, it conveyed an unusual covenantal alliance between Israel and America. We had no way of knowing that President Trump would soon defy global diplomacy and, for Israel’s 70th anniversary, honor Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
We have also seen how many of the challenges faced by this administration have been sourced by a Jezebel spirit.
The story of Naboth’s vineyard, as chronicled in 1 Kings 21, conveys how Jezebel targets the vineyards of our prophetic destiny. Note that Naboth had a vineyard next to Jezebel’s palace in the Jezreel Valley. The name “Naboth” comes from the same root word as “nabi” or “prophet.” In fact, “Naboth” means “prophetic words.” It was literally the vineyard of prophetic destiny!
And the harvest of prophetic words was incredible. Perhaps this is why the “deep state” leaders of Naboth’s day wanted to overtake his vineyard for their purposes.
Ahab sought to purchase the vineyard from Naboth. When Naboth refused the transaction, Jezebel arose to overthrow him from stewarding this inheritance in three specific ways. Let’s look at them briefly.
First, as the “chief witch of Israel,” Jezebel targeted Naboth with occult power. She invoked demonic forces to target him and take him down.
Second, Jezebel wrote letters and sent them to influential people, portraying him as disqualified from owning the vineyard. In other words she used the media of the day to generate fake news.
Third, Jezebel recruited despicable men to give fake news or false testimony in the court of law. “You have cursed God and king!” they intoned.
And by this, the court was persuaded to render a lethal verdict.
Let’s review. Jezebel used three means of power to take Naboth down. First, by occult targeting. Second, by fake news in the court of public opinion. Third, by fake news in the court of law.
This sounds hauntingly familiar, doesn’t it? In fact it explains the challenges affecting both your world and Washington, D.C. I submit to you we must continue in resolute prayer for our leaders, including President Trump!
When Ahab asked for the vineyard, Naboth’s reply was telling: God forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers! That is what was at stake then, and that is what is at stake even as we approach the November elections. Let’s all gain Naboth’s resolve! Let’s ask the Lord to restrain Jezebel from overtaking the fields of our prophetic destiny.
Let’s remember Naboth’s resolve. God forbid that we should give Jezebel and Ahab the inheritance of our forefathers. No king but Jesus! (Written by Jon and Jolene Hamill for the 40 Day Prayer in Unity devotional)