The Demonic Jezebel Spirit and Its Rabid Hatred of God’s Prophets


         John the Baptist was killed by an adulterous woman.

         Her name was Herodias. She was the granddaughter of Herod the Great. She was the daughter of Herod’s niece Berenice. Her first husband was Herod II by Herod’s third wife (Herod II is known in Scripture as Herod Philip). Her second husband was Herod II’s brother Herod Antipas. Herod Antipas divorced his first wife Phasaelis to marry Herodias. Herodias divorced Herod II to marry Herod Antipas. This made her twice the daughter-in-law of Herod the Great.

         John the Baptist preached against her sin, in part because she was also related by marriage to the Jewish High Priest Simon Boethus, who was the father of Herod’s third wife Mariamne II, the mother of Herod II. It was against Jewish law to marry another man while one’s husband was still alive, as explained later by the apostle Paul:  

         Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man. [Romans 7:1-3]

         The only exception to this law as taught by the Lord Jesus is in the case of adultery, when the marriage covenant is violated. [See Matthew 5:32 and 19:9] The innocent spousal victim is consequently released from the broken marriage.

         Despite John’s preaching against their adulterous marriage, Herod Antipas was afraid to execute him because John was beheld by a great many people as a prophet. But it was a much different story with Herodias. She loathed the Baptist. She loathed God’s law. She had determined to be a law unto herself. It was selfishness to the highest degree. In fact, she had become so self-centered in her sin she allowed herself to be overcome and possessed by a powerful demonic spirit. Herodias had decided to get John, and formulated a very well thought-out plan. Jezebel spirits always take the necessary time to set traps by enlisting the help of toadies. In this case, the principle toadies were her unsuspecting husband and complicitous daughter:

         For when Herod had John arrested, he bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. For John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” Although Herod wanted to put him to death, he feared the crowd, because they regarded John as a prophet.

         But when Herod’s birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests. He sent and had John beheaded in the prison. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. [Matthew 14:3-11]

         It was diabolical. It was a powerful affront to God. The demonic spirit working through a heavily scorned and angry woman brought the severed head of God’s prophet right out into the public and laughed. The party continued. Herodias was ecstatic.

         This foul spirit gets its name from the demonic Baal-worshipping wife of the Hebrew King Ahab. She hated the Hebrew prophets with a passion, and killed them right and left. She especially hated Elijah, who had returned the favor and executed 450 prophets of Baal after calling fire down from heaven.

         Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. [1 Kings 19:1-3]

         What happened to Elijah? This was a powerful man of God who previously had no fear of any man. Surely he did not suddenly develop a yellow streak, did he? The answer is easily explained when one understands that he was not afraid of Jezebel, but of the dominant demonic spirit within her. Though he had killed all the demon-possessed prophets of Baal, the most powerful demon remained and was determined to get him.

         Isn’t it interesting that the Lord Jesus aligned John the Baptist with Elijah?

         “And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” [Matthew 11:14-15]

         The angel Gabriel told the father of John,

         “It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, TO TURN THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS BACK TO THE CHILDREN, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” [Luke 1:17]

         Jezebel and Herodias were possessed by the same foul spirit. It is a spirit that normally possesses adulterous women insistent upon having their way. Their desire is to be first and to exercise full control however they might. They will stoop to any level and partake of any sin to achieve their ends—which predominately lie in the elimination of God’s prophets. Jezebel incited Ahab to do his evil, and Herodias did the same with Herod Antipas.

         The spirit succeeded in killing John the Baptist, possibly because John became vulnerable when he took offense at the Lord [See Matthew 11:6 and Luke 7:23]. Elijah, however, escaped. In time, Jezebel paid for her harlotries and witchcraft:

         Now in the eleventh year of Joram, the son of Ahab, Ahaziah became king over Judah. When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it, and she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out the window. As Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Is it well, Zimri, your master’s murderer?” Then he lifted up his face to the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” And two or three officials looked down at him. 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 trampled her under foot.

         When he came in, he ate and drank; and he said, “See now to this cursed woman and bury her, for she is a king’s daughter.” They went to bury her, but they found nothing more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. Therefore they returned and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘In the property of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; and the corpse of Jezebel will be as dung on the face of the field in the property of Jezreel, so they cannot say, “This is Jezebel.”’” [2 Kings 9:29-37]

         Her death had been prophesied. The agent of vengeance acted quickly with no compromise. And the Lord Jesus commands real believers to act upon the Jezebel spirit just as Jehu acted upon its host:

         “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. I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.” [Revelation 2:20-23] [1]

         © 2011 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on November 17, 2011, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Somehow the “like” button seems inappropriate for this post. A clear warning for us in our day as well. We would be wise to heed it. The more the Church begins to awaken from its slumber, the more demonic resistance awaits it. Are we ready for it? For a Church that has so long been taught only “gentle Jesus, meek and mild,” many will be woefully unprepared for the persecution that is coming. We need to understand “Jesus, the conquering King” and be willing to walk in the authority we have been given as joint heirs with Christ.

    Great post.

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  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog site yesterday. I write on a broad variety of topics, mostly from what God puts on my heart. I love the Bible and you apparently love it too, and here, you are teaching with courage in a world where wickedness is not only accepted, but applauded. But, it isn’t really new, is it? I’ll be stopping by your site now with frequency to see what’s on the table!

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  3. A very thorough and revealing message you’ve brought from the pages of Scripture here RJ. It becomes even more significant in light of Jesus’ words to the churches. It appears this is one of those trajectories that feeds its way throughout the Bible, culminating in a final conclusion (kind of like “rest, Sabbath” in Hebrews 3,4). What is fearful here is to imagine had Elijah and the Baptist yielded to the whims and wishes of their lady enemies. If they’d simply gone along and pacified their sinful desires instead of calling them out, we would never have read of their persecution, even John’s beheading. To the Church, do you see Jesus as chiding them for allowing the spirit of Jezebel to exist in her midst? If we look at verse 19, it seems Jesus is pointing out that their patience has been overextended. It’s more visible than their other works. Of course it’s very possible that there was a literal person doing this in Thyatira, but it seems as you’ve suggested, the enemy is not nearly as much the individual, but the spirit directing the person. I fear there’s a whole lot of this spirit being tolerated today. Could be a little persecution is in store for the one willing to be faithful enough to call out Jezebel in a land that now labels the denouncement of sin as hate crimes. Needed message good friend. Thanks and blessings.

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    • Thanks, Mike. Elijah and John had the same powerful anointing and were expected by God to use it whatever the cost. There is no way they could hold back, regardless of personal fear, which was clearly displayed by Elijah, though it never stopped him.
      Regarding Christians who attempt to bypass persecution, they must also bypass obeying the Lord, which is tantamount to betrayal and yielding to the enemy. Spiritual warfare is such that hard choices must be made but disobedience toward God is never an option.
      Being patient toward the lost that are on the way to being found is Biblical, as the Lord wants everyone to come to repentance, but spiritual enemies should be given no quarter, as they are relentless, will take a yard if one gives an inch, and inflict untold damage upon souls if allowed free reign. For this the Lord can never be pleased. It has always been the role of His community to attack the gates of hell regardless of the personal cost, as He did.


  4. I have had so many prayer requests regarding the jezebel in people’s lives, churches, workplaces, etc….people need to take it seriously….if there is any open door at all, it enters, and then it is pure warfare getting rid of it. Very destructive. Please heed the warnings given here.


  5. Here is a dream that I had about a Jezebel spirit:

    “Two Dreams: A Christian Cult and a Jezebel Spirit”

    Here is a little more on the beheading of John the Baptist:

    “Josephus on John the Baptist”


  6. It’s always the Prophets of the Lord that get the worst of it. I think we should give Jonah a break because he knew he was in deep trouble being required to go to Ninevah; after all, how many of us would have volunteered?
    In any case, what about it? Do we have real Prophets today, “any”? …..or…are we just left with a bunch of prophets of Baal roaming around?


    • There are many prophets of Baal. There is no doubt about this. They are hidden to most because they appear as upright and respectable, and are thus accepted by the culture. People are blinded to their presence and agendas because of their own personal sin, lack of Biblical knowledge, refusal to do any historical research, and refusal as well to have a close walk with the Lord Jesus or be filled with His Spirit. Any culture that refuses the leadership, presence, and mind of the Lord Jesus cannot help but be deceived by evil spirits, Jezebel spirits, Judas spirits, prophets of Baal, etc. All of these have an agenda. It is to obey their ruler, do his will, and attend to his agenda, which is obviously contrary to that of the Lord.

      The sad thing about all of this is that many Christians and Christian leaders are also fooled, and deceived due to the same reasons as stated above. Jezebel went after Elijah because he knew exactly what she really was and she could not hide from him. He exposed her. He did his best to reveal her. She had managed to deceive almost all of Israel but could never deceive God’s real prophets. Herodias did the same toward John the Immerser for the same reasons. Sometimes the Lord will raise up a person who is not a prophet to expose evil, mainly because His own people refuse to act. Jonah had the anointing but ran. The Lord turned him around, though. Most Christian leaders are not prophets to begin with so they can’t be turned around. They do refuse to act, however. Many refuse to act at exposing evil spirits and corruption because they don’t want the spotlight on their own corruption. They don’t want a target on their back. They are afraid of the devil.

      There is no doubt that a strong prophetic voice exists in America, but most of these prophets are unknown, obscure, and are forced to make it on their own since most are always rejected by both the culture and by unreal Christianity of whatever form. Most Christian leaders are in league with the culture, have their own personal agendas, are more concerned with success and status, are compromised, and are thus blind to the real perpetrators of spiritual evil. They even fight against the prophetic voice.

      Regardless, the Lord Jesus is still fully in charge, will have His way, will take good care of His own, and will continue to expose evil. He must work through His people, however, and thus, His people must be willing. They must remain in a state of repentance and allow the Blood of Jesus to keep them clean, they must stay filled with the Holy Spirit, they must be very knowledgeable of the Word of God, they must do their own research, know history, and stay read-up to discern the times. They must honor the Lord Jesus at all times. They will otherwise be deceived.

      This is why so many Christians ARE deceived. There are too many substitutes and counterfeits, and too many are compromised. America is about to go in the tank and these people are still doing the worthless things they have always done, insisting on methods that keep people blind to truth and the presence of the devil. The times have changed dramatically but they’re still playing church.

      Elijah and John showed us how to defeat Jezebel spirits, but there is a price to pay.

      “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” [Matthew 13:57]

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