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The Stronghold of The Spirit of Jezebel At Work in the Church in America Pt 5

 

5) She misused Scripture to attempt to maintain her Authority, and to discourage others from applying themselves to the Word (2 Kings 9:31)

 

Specifically speaking, Jezebel tried to manipulate the prophetic word that had been spoken regarding the judgment of God upon the house of Basha in order to benefit herself. In 2 Ki 9:31, we read this:

 

2Ki 9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

 

God had given a Prophetic Word to King Baasha concerning his apostasy from the true and living God:

 

1Ki 16:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
4 Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat.

 

This prophetic Word came to pass at the hands of a man named Zimri, not too many years hence who performed a military coup against Baasha’s son, Elah (1 Ki 16:8-13).

 

Jezebel realized that the fulfillment of the prophetic word which had been spoken against her and her husband by the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 21:20-24) was about to come to pass at the hands of Jehu, and she attempted to save her skin by reminding Jehu that Zimri had only lived for seven days after he had fulfilled the prophecy spoken against the house of Baasha some thirty or more years prior to this day of her reckoning (1 Kings 16:16).

 

In essence, she was saying that Jehu’s lot would be that of Zimri, who, she implied, was ultimately punished by God for killing His king. The difference between Zimri and Jehu was that Jehu had been anointed to become the king, and Zimri had simply usurped the throne. But Jezebel didn’t pay attention to the details. Her ministers today are just like her in so many ways. They don’t pay much attention to the details of God’s Word.

 

SOME INSTANCES OF MODERN DAY ABUSE OF THE SCRIPTURES

 

Like Jezebel of old, the minister who is influenced by the spirit of Jezebel will misuse or misrepresent the prophetic word of God in order to further his own agenda. Many of these ministers use the Word of God to build a hedge of protection around their ungodly doctrines which seduce the Body of Christ to pursue after the things of the world, or to compromise their Christian walk.

 

They do this by twisting Scripture or uttering “Prophetic” (More like Pathetic) pronouncements against those who would question whether their teachings are from the Lord. One particular passage that is used repeatedly by these ministers to silence any one who may say that their teaching is not of God is found in Psalm 105:15:

 

“Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”.

 

When this verse is used by the false teachers who are under the influence of the Jezebel spirit, it means: “You better not come against me or question me, Jack, or you will open yourself up to all sorts of misery because my God will get you!” Inferring, of course, that this minister is respected by God more than the one who would challenge his teachings.

 

For the most part, it works. Ignorant Christians stand in awe of these modern day sorcerers who have hoodwinked them into thinking that they are God’s special men and women of the hour and that no one better stand against them. But in the context of the verse, God was speaking to the HEATHEN kings of the land, and warning them not to touch His people, or to do them any harm.

 

The Bereans were careful to search the scriptures and to see if what Paul, the anointed man of God was saying was true. If they had found that what he was saying was not true, I am certain that they would have questioned him about it. But Paul wasn’t operating in the spirit of Jezebel, so he didn’t have to distort the Word of God to defend his position, or to line his pockets, which brings me to another example of why the Word of God is twisted by Jezebel’s false teachers: For monetary gain.

 

We are all familiar with one of the most used scriptures when the time comes to pass a collection plate around:

 

Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 

This is also one of the most misused portions of scripture there is. The giving that Jesus is speaking of here is defined in the previous verses.

 

You “give” by loving your enemies, doing good, and lending to others, without thought of getting anything back.

 

You “give” by being merciful to others.

 

You “give” by not being judgmental, by not condemning others, and by walking in forgiveness toward others.

 

The key is found in verse 31:

 

Luk 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

 

While this principle found in Luke 6:38 can certainly apply to financial matters, the main focus of this passage isn’t about the financial gain of those people who give their money to a ministry, yet too often this passage is used by Jezebel’s wolves to manipulate Christians to “sow into an ‘anointed’ ministry” so they can get more money in return. They have reduced the gospel to a kind of multi level marketing from the pulpit, promising hundred fold returns for their financial gift. And the pastors stand by and do not correct this abuse, either because they are afraid of speaking out against “the Lord’s anointed”, or because they are also Jezebel’s bedfellows.

 

In all fairness I have to tell you that not everyone who uses Luke 6:38 in this way is given over to a Jezebel Spirit. Some people use it because “every one else uses it in this way”, so they figure it’s a good passage to quote during the offering time of the service.

 

In Revelation 2:20, we read that this "Jezebel" teaches the children of God "to eat things sacrificed unto idols". The Word of God identifies covetousness as idolatry. The Church in America today is immersed in covetousness. You can label it however you want, but Christians today are being taught to set their affections on the things of this world more than the things of God through the misuse and abuse of the Word of God.

 

American Christians are taught to quote the promises of the blessings of Deuteronomy 28:3-13, which is fine – we need to stand on the promises of God’s Word. But while they are quoting the promises of the blessings and claiming them for themselves, the Jezebel spirit that seduces them to pursue after covetousness causes them to be blind to the conditional nature of these promises:

 

Deut 28: 1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

 

See also the last part of verse 13 &14 for more of the same, and notice the conditional word “IF”. The false teachers don’t spend a lot of time on the conditions that entails “hearkening to the commandments of the Lord,” and what it means not to go aside from any of the words the Lord commands them…If one were to get into all of that they would be accused of being legalistic!

 

So the attitude of Jezebel’s students is “I am a King’s Kid. I will not only stand on these promises, I will demand them from my Father, because they are His promises, and I will claim them for myself, regardless if I am obedient to His Word or not!”

 

There is a spoiled "King's kids" mentality that has been fostered in the Church in America. Since you are a child of the Most High God, there isn't anything that you can't have. That mentality is nothing but blatant covetousness (which is idolatry) disguised as "standing on the Promises of God". Jezebel told Ahab that since he was the king of Israel, he had every right to take Naboth's vineyard (see 1 Kings 21:1-16). Jezebel today teaches the "King's kids" that they have every right to claim every thing their covetous hearts desire. They will even justify their actions by saying "It's NOT covetousness, it is just getting what already belongs to me, since I am able to speak things into existence."

 

They take those first 14 verses of promises found in Deuteronomy 28 for themselves, but they ignore the promises found in the next 53 verses which will come upon them if they walk in disobedience to his Word:

 

Deu 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

 

God has a controversy with those who misuse His Word for their own selfish gain. Another area where the Word of God is misused in the Church today is to distort its Truth in order to condone sin:

 

Jer 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;
10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.

 

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Just as God had a controversy with Israel in that they believed in lying words which said that since they were children of the Most High God, they could steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, burn incense unto other gods, and follow other gods without consequence (Jer 7:8-11), so there are false teachers today who say that since we are saved by Grace and not by our own works, once we come to accept Jesus in our lives, it doesn’t matter what we do because the Blood of Jesus has it covered.

 

Through their teaching, they turn the grace of God into lasciviousness, where a person may feel good about his sin. I have had conversations with people who tell me that they had been led to believe that “once your name is in the Book, that’s it! It doesn’t matter what you do.” Their whole interpretation of the Word and their level of obedience to the Word of God centers around this point.

 

Those messengers who teach this to the new believer is like those Pharisees that Jesus spoke of:

 

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

 

There is a condition placed on one’s salvation:

 

Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

 

The condition is that IF you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. There are a lot of people who have made a trip up to the altar and made a confession of faith, but their heart wasn’t in it. They just wanted a ticket to eternal life.

 

There is a true confession and a false confession.

 

Tit 1:16 They profess (same word translated as “confess” in Romans 10:9) that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

 

The condition is found in the words “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus”. Many people have accepted Jesus Christ as a Savior, but they have not subjected themselves to His Lordship, and you cannot have salvation without taking Him as your Lord. You can’t accept Him as your Savior, and let the devil be your lord. It doesn’t work that way. But Jezebel’s doctrine seeks to contradict the Word of God, which tells us:

 

Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

 

The other condition is if you “shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Now the definition of what it is to believe in your heart is found in verse 10, which says “With the heart man believes unto righteousness.”

 

It is not our righteousness that has saved us, because all of our righteousness is as filthy rags. We could never attain to His Standard of Righteousness through our own ability. But when we believe with our heart, a change in attitude concerning our conduct will take place in our lives. God has promised that He would take our hearts of stone and make them hearts of flesh.

 

God works a change in the heart of the yielded soul, and the attitude of a genuine Christian will not be: “Well, I might lose some rewards because of these sins that I hold on to, but at least I am in the Lamb’s Book of Life,” yet Jezebel has taught many Christians to say that very thing!

 

A genuine Christian actively pursues after righteousness. This doesn’t mean that he will be 100% successful, but because he has believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, though he may fall a hundred times, he will continue to get up, and to strive against that sin that so easily besets him until he overcomes its grip (Heb 12:1-4).

 

Because his heart has been changed, he will earnestly desire to become conformed to the image of Christ (1 Jn 2:6).

 

He will loathe his penchant for sin (Ez 36:31), and God will equip him to be able to walk in obedience to the Will of God (Ez 11:19, 20), and to bring his body into subjection to the Will of God (1 Cor 9:27).

 

Was Jesus an adulterer or a fornicator? Was He a liar, or a thief? Was He materialistic, or consumed with greed? Was Jesus a homosexual, or a drug addict or an alcoholic? No. He was Pure and Righteous, and He came to save His people (you and I) FROM their sins.

 

The Word of God tells us that because we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, sin has no more dominion over us (Rom 6:14), and we are able to make right choices in our walk before God.

 

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

 

The person who truly believes with his heart in the Lord Jesus Christ will not justify his or her sin, but will strive against it’s dominion in his or her life. Contrary to the teaching of some, this is not a works oriented salvation. He HAS been saved, and now he is working out his salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12).

 

This doesn’t mean he is working for his salvation; it means that he is BEARING FRUIT THAT DEMONSTRATES HIS SALVATION.

 

All addictions and relationships contrary to the Word of God are a form of lasciviousness. Heroin addiction, Crack Cocaine addiction, Alcohol addiction, cigarette addiction, sexual addiction, etc. can all be overcome in Jesus Christ, but it requires some work on our part.

 

We are told to submit to God, and to resist the devil (James 4:7). We are told to strive against sin (Hebrews 12:4). There may be some extreme discomfort in overcoming our habits or our addictions, but the deeper issue is whether or not we love our Savior more than these things. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments (John 14:15).

 

Terrible pain, sickness and agony often accompany the breaking of bondages from sin as the body is being delivered from these things, but we must not presume to compare this discomfort to the agony that Jesus went through on the cross for us.

 

The fact is this: the genuine Christian will endure hardship for his Lord because there has been a change in his heart regarding sin. Those who continue to hold on to their sins either do not really believe in their heart that Jesus died and rose from the dead for their sin, or else they simply don’t care enough and they are unwilling to give it up for Him. If that is the case, chances are very good that they haven’t actually experienced true salvation.

 

I know that this sounds hard, but in other countries genuine Christians are giving up their lives because they refuse to deny Jesus. They are being tortured and are going to the grave for their faith, because they truly believe from their hearts.

 

In America Jezebel has spread a gospel that cheapens the Grace of God to the point that Christians get mad at God if He doesn’t perform like their personal Genie. If they are unwilling to surrender their addictions and their sins to the Lord, how can they ever hope to be able to die for him?

 

The same is true of relationships that are not right in the eyes of God. Many unmarried couples are in the sin of fornication and say they love God, but if they get married, they will lose some kind of financial assistance they had been receiving. They have not believed unto righteousness, regardless of what excuse they may give. “After all”, they reason, “what’s the big deal as long as their name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?”

 

I have already mentioned adultery, but there are many professing “believers” who are entangled in the sin of adultery who believe they are delivered to do such a thing because of the Grace of God in their lives. They do not believe unto righteousness.

 

Homosexuality is gaining ground in the churches, because although they understand that the Lord condemns homosexuality, yet they go to their “metro” churches, and reason that a God of Love won’t condemn them for their “love” for their partner, effectively turning the Grace of God into lasciviousness.

 

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

 

There are two types of belief. There is an intellectual assent regarding the truth of a certain thing, and then there is a genuine heartfelt commitment on behalf of the person who believes.

 

Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

 

Obviously, simple intellectual assent isn’t enough for the devils to be saved. The Church in America needs to wake up, and turn away from Jezebel’s distorted doctrines, and live without reservation for Jesus.

 

Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

 

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