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Is the Spirit of Jezebel rearing its painted face again?


Credit: Timo Luege/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Timo Luege/Flickr/Creative Commons

Evan Vickers, a Republican senator from Utah, was staying at a hotel in Washington, DC, when there was a knock on his door. When he opened it, he found a young woman standing in front of him.

In an interview with KSTU-TV, Vickers told what happened next:

“I opened the door and there was a young lady standing there and she said ‘Hi,’ and I said, ‘Hi,’ who are you?” And she said, ‘I’m your date.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not.’ She said, ‘Yes, I’m your date.'”

The woman would not leave and insisted several times she was his date. When Vickers refused to go along with it, the young woman eventually walked to the elevator still claiming she was his date.

Vickers returned to his room, locked the door, and called for an associate to accompany him.  It is uncertain what was going on but there is speculation that the woman was trying to entrap the senator. He warned other politicians to be careful.

Several years ago a prominent pastor of a very large church in a neighboring city told of an incident that happened to him. He had just finished preaching a sermon one Sunday morning and at the end of the service a woman approached him asking for a pastoral home visit.

He hadn’t seen her before, but since it was a large church, that wasn’t unusual. He told the woman to call his office the next week to arrange a visit.

The arrangement was made but something began to gnaw on the pastor that things weren’t completely right and as was his typical practice he asked one of his associates to join him. When they arrived at the woman’s home, she answered the door completely naked.

We have seen many stories in the media recently of political, business and spiritual leaders being accused of unwanted sexual advances. In the majority of the cases, the men are the instigators and in some instances the predators, but to say it is all one-sided is completely wrong.

A good friend of mine told me of a conversation she had with a female friend who traveled in government circles. She was actually bragging how she had enticed a married cabinet minister into bed. She was treating the sexual escapade like a notch on her holster.

Sex and women are an area of vulnerability for men. The porn industry earns billions of dollars each year because of it.

In the Book of Revelation, a vision the Apostle John had of the end times, he delivers a message to seven churches. Now the churches existed in John’s day, but because much of what John records in the Book of Revelation has not taken place, many Bible teachers believe that the warnings to the seven church are a prophetic vision of what will be happening to churches in the end times.

In his letter to the church of Thyatira, the apostle warns about a woman named Jezebel who would entice bond servants:

20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” (John 2:20 NASV)

Bond-servant was a term used to describe leadership positions as the Apostle Paul referred to himself as a bond-servant of Christ (Romans 1:1). This woman called Jezebel seems to have had some type of leadership/teaching position and even functioned in the area of the prophetic. She was using sex to compromise church leaders.

Though it seems the Apostle John was referring to an actual woman named Jezebel, this may not have been the case. Because this was also the name of an infamous Phoenician princess mentioned in the Old Testament who married Israel’s King Ahab and used sex to entice Ahab away from serving Jehovah.

25 Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the Lord, because Jezebel his wife incited him. (1 Kings 21: 25 NASV)

In 2 Kings 10:1, we are told that Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. He may even had more sons living elsewhere. He probably had as many, if not more, daughters. Known for her good looks and painted face (2 Kings 9:30), the Bible implies that Jezebel seduced and gained control of Ahab using sex.

By speaking of Jezebel in Revelation, the Apostle John was probably not referring to a specific woman, but most suspect a demonic spirit that was enticing leaders into sexual sin.  The Apostle Paul refers to this demonic connection to sexual temptation, when he encouraged married couples to have sex, “so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (1 Corinthians 7:5 NASV).

When John says Jezebel called herself a prophetess, he is also implying this satanic spirit would try to compromise the prophetic ministry in the end-times church.

Satan will use sexual temptation to cripple and manipulate men and even women in leadership positions and if the Apostle John is right, it will become one of satan’s major playing cards in his attack on the end-times church.

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