Defining the Jezebel Spirit Characteristics
By Dr. Eric Gondwe, adapted from his book: Breaking Curses, Including Breaking Generational Curses
So much is debated on the nature and characteristics of Jezebel (the Jezebel spirit). Being a female reference some have gone to confine their understanding that the Jezebel spirit represents women in authority and any woman with a strong personality. This is shallow thinking and it does not have any sound scriptural or theological analysis.
Some also consider the reference of the passage on fornication and sexual sins to literally refer to these sins. While these sins are serious to God they are not the only adulterous sins. Friendship with the world and its ways is considered adulterous in God’s eyes. The rightful term for such adultery is spiritual adultery. God is jealous when this happens (James 4:5).
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?” James 4:4-5. It also makes him angry.
In the book of James a feminine noun is also used. Bible scholars relate this kind of references as continued metaphors from the Old Testament times. In the Old Testament God is described as joining himself to Israel like a husband and wife unite in a marriage. Through his law and statues brought through Moses he entered into a covenant relationship with the people of Israel. The people of Israel are the female side. When the people of Israel broke the covenant and went out to follow other lifestyles they were said to be committing adultery.
The most vivid matter God used to explain that Israel was committing adultery was the experience of Hosea with his wife, Gomer. It is a strange experience because the Jews were at the time very hash on unfaithful wives far more than cheating husbands. Prophet Hosea endured his wife, Gomer’s unfaithfulness over and over again. God commanded Hosea to marry a wife with unfaithful inclinations (Hosea 1:2). You’d feel very sorry for him yet through it God wanted to make a point on a level that it would be understood.
About the book of Hosea Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology says, “The details of Hosea’s marriage begin the book but are quickly dropped as the focus shifts away from the personal life of Hosea to the relationship between God and Israel. Immortalized in this event that transcends culture are the message and emotions of God. The love, care, and feelings of God for his people as he calls for their return in the face of imminent judgment are a major part of Hosea's theology.
“Fueling the symbolism of Hosea's marriage was the covenant, which provided a legal form for the expression and governance of the relationship God desired with his people. For Israel it provided a blueprint for the historical foundation of their faith and gave tangible evidence for God's requirements. At the same time it provided God with an acceptable witness to their loyalty and love.
“The Book of Hosea is a commentary on that relationship. It moves from the heights of an intimate knowledge, symbolized by marriage and paternal love, to the depths of anguish and despair over Israel’s apostasy and idolatry as pictured by the adultery of Gomer.
“The love of God for his people is more graphically portrayed by Hosea than any other Old Testament prophet. Refusing to give up on Israel, God continued to seek their return even in their apostate condition. Judgment and exile would come but restoration and future hope were always in sight. Israel would not be annihilated like the cities around Sodom but preserved,” (Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, “Hosea, Theology of”).
Hosea’s story continues in the New Testament with God pursuing his wife. This time his wife or bride broadens from Israel to the entire humanity. On this change Anthony Selvaggio says, “The New Testament tells us that the church is betrothed to Christ. Jesus spoke of his ministry as that of a bridegroom coming for his bride (Matt. 25:1-13, Mark 2:19-20). The apostle Paul also connects Christ’s relationship to the church with the marital relationship (Eph. 5:25). However, the New Testament speaks of a two-stage process in the church’s marriage to Christ. In this present age, the church is betrothed to Christ (2 Cor. 11:2) and it is only after the return of Christ that our marriage will be fully consummated (Rev. 19:7-9)…
“However, if you think about it, Jesus went even further than Hosea. Hosea was required to go into the marketplace and pay for Gomer, but Jesus, when he came for us, paid a much higher price, at a much greater personal cost. He gave himself as the price!...
“Hosea paid fifteen shekels and ten bushels of barley, but the cost to Jesus was his very life!...Greater yet, Jesus did something that Hosea could never do for his bride; Jesus bore the sins of his bride and gave her his righteousness: ‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2 Cor. 5:21). Jesus is the faithful husband who transforms the harlot — you — into a wife who is holy and blameless,” (Anthony Selvaggio, The Prophets Speak of Him: 12 Perspectives on Christ from the Minor Prophets, Chapter 1 “Incomparable Love: Hosea”).
Herein lies the main biblical focus of the Jezebel spirit and anything to do with Jezebel in the end times. It has to do with spiritual adultery and not the physical gender of people. It has to do with spiritual adultery with the sinful worldly system that’s under the influence of Satan. The sinful worldly system is the Jezebel personality. In God’s eyes following its ways constitutes committing adultery with Jezebel, whether as a male Christian or as a female Christian.
It constitutes spiritual adultery, which doesn’t need an earthly gender makeup. Once Christians are preoccupied with studying women as a way of exploring the Jezebel spirit we go out of context of its underlining meaning.
There are certain matters we can say women in our days have adopted that are unscriptural. In the same way there are certain matters we can say men in our days have adopted that are unscriptural. Both these camps of matters that are unscriptural constitute spiritual adultery when practiced by Christians. Spiritual adultery is not gender specific but applies to anyone that commits it.
Each one of us Christians is a bride of Christ. On the last day we’ll all be measured by our level of faithfulness to our husband, Jesus Christ. This can be seen from Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). Five of the virgins were wise and five were foolish. The oil is symbolic to the anointing work of the Holy Spirit as we submit ourselves to the will of God. We are the lamps.
The five virgins who were foolish took it lightly to always be lit and bear light to others. Their running out of oil illustrates running out of zeal for Christ for various reasons: cares of this world, sins, unable to shoulder the cross, losing hope and faith due to trials and trouble, etc. At the end when death or judgment comes the virgins considered foolish are unprepared to face their bridegroom –Jesus. As a result they are excluded from the feast or God’s reward. Thus we’re always to be ready for our bridegroom.
As God’s children we have the Holy Spirit to enable us to outsmart the clever temptations and deceptions of Satan. Without the Holy Spirit the clever tactics of Satan are difficult to resist. This is a creature that’s over six thousand years old. That’s why we need to submit to God in a deeper way in order to flee the clever tactics of the devil. The Holy Spirit who has power and awareness over activities in the spirit realm is our defender against clever schemes of fallen angels.
That’s why it’s written, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty,” Zechariah 4:6. Let us cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he enlightens us on the deceitful tactics of Satan against us. As we walk deeper with God we’ll know what’s worth it and what’s not. We’ll also increasingly appreciate that our sacrifices of earthly glory are worthwhile for the rewards awaiting us in eternity.
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?... For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done,” Matthew 16:26-27 (emphasis added).
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done,” Revelation 22:12.
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