Category: Women in the Bible

Hannah Exhibits a Meek and Mild Spirit

 

WEEK 18:

1 Samuel 1:13-16 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. 15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. 16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

Verses 13-14 – Hannah is crying out to the LORD. Out of the anguish of her heart is she speaking – yet she is not. Her lips are moving, but there is no utterances coming forth – nothing audible. The priest Eli is probably thinking “oh no – yet another drunkard who comes to the house of the Lord” (for such was the time, that anything seemed to be permissible). Eli rebukes her. He tells her off. He calls Hannah a drunkard. The irony of it all – it was Eli’s sons who were drunkards, and got up to all manner of sorts.

Eli’s rebuke towards Hannah kind of suggests that it was the norm for people getting drunk, mis-behaving at or near the tabernacle of the LORD, and doing all manner of things. Such a  lawless set of people they had become. He sees Hannah moving her lips and automatically concludes that Hannah is drunk. Intoxicated. Legless. Not another one he thinks – be gone woman!!! Remember, it was how it was in the very dark days of the judges in these days. The condition of God’s people was abhorrent.

Verses 15-16 – It was rare to see a woman like Hannah come into the tabernacle of the LORD and PRAY. She genuinely came to worship, pray and praise God. This perhaps was a rare sight. In all probability, Eli was more than likely shocked to find out that she wasn’t actually drunk, but that she was pouring her heart out to the LORD.

Did it encourage Eli to see such? There is yet hope he may have thought. Religion was at a very low ebb in Shiloh, for it seems that drunken women did indeed come to the place and lewd women were also found there.

One other thing I think is necessary to point out is about Hannah’s Godly character.

Elkanah her husband had shown insensitivity to her.

Peninnah her sister wife had shown insensitivity towards her.

Now Eli the priest likewise abuses her and is insensitive towards her.

Yet nowhere in the narrative do we read of Hannah getting angry or retaliating, or lashing out. What we can glean from this account, is a Godly woman who doesn’t get offended, or become disrespectful or take Eli the priest to task about his wrong assertion about her. On the contrary, her demeanour and response is that of a meek and kind and gentle woman who has been the recipient of anything but.

Meekness which is also a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), is a lovely ornament of plenty. Meekness is not a sign of weakness it must be said. Meekness is strength under control. It is that meekness that is under the control of the Holy Spirit. That is why it is a fruit of the Spirit. When you have the spirit of meekness guiding you by the Holy Spirit, you do not respond in kind – even though you have been wronged!!!

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Take it to the Lord in Prayer

 

WEEK 17:

1 Samuel 1:9-12 9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. 10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.

Verses 9-10 – Hannah knew that as loving and as caring as her husband was, he could not fully understand her. She knew that although she believed and knew in her heart that Elkanah loved her and he tries to please her, and as genuine and sincere as he is, there is no way that he could ever understand what she was going through as a woman who was barren and unable to conceive.

Hannah was wise enough not to burden her husband and put the onus on him. Sometimes, it is incumbent on wives to recognise and realise that one cannot always expect ones’ husband to do for you only that which the LORD can do for you. There are going to be times in one’s marriage more often than not, that your husband will be incapable of meeting your needs as a woman at/in that moment. At such a time, if a wife is expecting something from their husband, when the wife does that, they are setting themselves up for a terrible disappointment. Then the wife gets angry/upset and it can just escalate and get out of control. At such a time, it would be more prudent to go over your husbands’ head and take it to the LORD in prayer. Allow the LORD to deal with your husband.

Notice, that Hannah does not appear to get angry with Elkanah, or nag him, or argue with him, or yell at him (Job’s wife – Job 2:9). Hannah knew that her husband was going to fall short. She has decided in her mind that she is not going to put pressure on him to do for her that which she knew only the LORD can do for her.  Nor does she retaliate and fight her adversary sister wife Peninnah.

Hannah could easily have been angry with God and her husband because of his second wife who took pleasure in taunting her day in day out. “God – where are you? LORD – look upon my affliction? LORD – do you not see how my adversary mocks me daily? LORD – see how she antagonises me? Can you not see LORD how she proudly parades her children in front on me on a regular basis? She has many children LORD – You will not even give me one – why LORD why? I am a laughing stock in the neighbourhood – do you not see LORD?  LORD – I have served You all the days of my life thus far – will You not take away my reproach”? Hannah could have been very angry in the natural.

However, Hannah knew that she could not go to her husband to meet this pressing need. She could only go to God. Hannah was also aware that what Peninnah was doing, was not the blessing of the LORD, and that God was not only going to bless Peninnah, but that He was also going to bless her – only in His time. In some situations, only the LORD can comfort you. Allow the LORD to deal with your husband – after all, He knows him inside out – He made him.

Verses 11-12 – Hannah vowed a vow. One must be very careful and exercise the utmost caution when vowing a vow to the LORD.

Ecclesiastes 5:4– when thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: for He hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Hannah makes the vow of a Nazarite. No razor shall come upon his head LORD. Did Hannah want a Godly Son? She was aware of the times she was living in. She knew Israel had fallen away from God. She knew that Israel was in desperate need of a deliverer or a prophet – another judge even. She wanted a son to be born that she could dedicate to the LORD’s service there in the tabernacle in Israel, during a period of time that the Israelites just did whatever seemed right in their eyes. Hannah knew the need for Israel to have a Godly man, and she wanted to be the mother to give birth to such a man. Eli the priest and his two sons were not fit for the office.

I wonder – could it be that God saw the desire of her heart and thus He answered her prayer? We can see that Hannah is clearly seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), and as such, God would add all these things – even other children under her, because her first and foremost priority was God’s kingdom and God’s people.

Did God honour Hannah’s request because of her desire to have a son, dedicate him to the LORD all the days of his life, wean him, take him to the tabernacle to be with Eli and then leave him there? This whole account defies logic in the natural. Hannah longs for a child for years. She’s been ridiculed by her sister wife; neighbours, family members and everyone else who feels the need to heap abuse on to her. She prays to the LORD for a son, and should the LORD answer her prayers and grants her a son – she’ll hand right back to Him to serve Him all the days of his life!!!!!!!

I don’t get it. But I believe that is the exact reason WHY this account of Hannah is in His Word. It defies logic, but as we will see later on in the next chapter, you simply cannot out give God.               

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Think Before You Speak

 

 

WEEK 16:

1 Samuel 1:5- 8 5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. 6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. 8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

Verses 5-7 – Elkanah gave Hannah a double (worthy) portion, because he loved her. Despite her barrenness, he loved her regardless. Again, this was a real big deal. It was massive. Why I hear you ask? Well, in the culture of that day, if a man was married to an infertile woman who could not give him children, he would find and marry a woman who could give him children. I may also add, this story recounts itself between 931 BC – 722 BC. We are now living in the 21st Century – more than 3,000 years later, and yet in many cultures today – not only in the Middle East, but also in Africa in some countries, it is still frowned upon and seen as curse if one is barren. Family members will and do feel the need to intervene and either chase the barren woman/wife out of the house, or encourage the man to find himself another wife who would be able to give birth and carry the family name forward. Yes – in the 21st Century. How much more 3,000 years ago?

Although the LORD had seen fit to close Hannah’s womb for a season, Elkanah still loved his wife. He treasured her. Adored her. He provided her with a double portion of meat.

The narrative does not tell us how long Hannah was provoked for by her sister wife (rival) Peninnah. We do know that it was year after year though.

Meat was a rarity in those days. Like Turkey at Christmas. It was only that time of the year – during the peace offering that the people would actually eat meat. It was a delicacy, and it was a rarity. Now consider this – for Hannah to refuse to eat not even one, but a double portion of meat that only came around once a year, indicates that she was very sorrowful. She was emotionally distraught. She was probably emotionally unstable. She had lost her appetite, even for a delicacy such as this. Eating was the last thing on her mind. She was too emotionally distraught to even contemplate eating.

Verse 8 – We then see a classic case of foot and mouth. He really does put his foot in it here. Elkanah allowing his mouth to speak first before engaging his brain and thinking about what he is about to say. Like a bull in a China shop he bulldozes his way into her thought patterns – “am not I better to thee than ten sons”?  OUCH!!!

Sometimes, I am of the opinion that in such sensitive situations, IF one does not know what to say, I think it is better for one to just hush! Keep quiet. Wait. Wait for your brain to engage before you open your mouth. All too often, charging in like that without thinking first can lead to all manner of things, especially your good intentions being misconstrued and taken the wrong way – possibly causing offence that was not intended.

Husbands. Partners. Brothers. Uncles. Sons. Nephews. Sometimes all women want is for you to listen. They do not require nor need your input. They don’t want your opinion. Just listen. Sometimes all women want is a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. Often times, silence is the best answer. Just listen.

Elkanah really missed it here – charging in like that with his version of words of wisdom. He’s basically just made her state of barrenness worse. He just added insult to injury.

GUYS: For women, child birth and children – oftentimes, that is what most women desire. It’s the labour of child birth for the woman. To be able to procreate. It is the fruit of the womb. (Psalm 127:3).

Luke 1:42: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”.

LADIES: For men, it’s the work of their hands. It’s the fruit of their labour. It’s the fruit of the labour of mans’ hands, by the sweat of his brow (Genesis 2:15)

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Elkanah and His Family

 

WEEK 15:

1 Samuel 1:1-4 1 Now there was a certain man of Ramathaim- Zophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: 2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. 3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. 4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:

Verses 1-3 – Right from the onset of the opening Book of 1 Samuel, we have a problem. Two problems in fact.

The first problem we encounter is that Hannah is barren and infertile. This would amount to a huge problem in the culture of those days. If you were infertile/barren and unable to have children in those days, it was seen as God’s curse on your life.

The second problem we come across is that Elkanah  Hannah’s husband has two wives, and he is practicing polygamy. Despite what the people of Israel felt, or saw fit to do in their own eyes, this was an abomination in the eyes of the LORD. He frowned upon it (Nehemiah 13:23 – 27). The practice of polygamy was not and is not the will for God’s people. Infertility was seen as God being against the people – a curse against the people.

God knows how it is all going to end; as He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). God is never taken by surprise (Ecclesiastes 7:8). That is why we are admonished to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  God always makes it good in the end. That is walking by faith. If we knew all things and how everything was going to work out in our lives, we would not need faith, because we already know the end. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Why would one hope for something if one already knew one would get it? There would be no need to have faith would there? Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

All things work together for good (Romans 8:28). Sometimes we can get in God’s way. We want to help God out. Give Him a nudge in our direction. Yet we sometimes fail to realise that His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways (Isaiah 55:8- 10). Experience has taught me over the years to let go and let God. Although I’d be the first to admit how difficult it is – in this day and age we seemingly expect instant gratification, we want it and we want it now!!! That simply is not God’s way. A fruit of the Spirit is patience (Galatians 5:22-23). I’d like a dose of that daily.

God does not and cannot condone polygamy. Look what happened to king Solomon after he took seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines (1 Kings 11:3, 9 & 11). King Solomon ended up serving the gods of his wives who turned his heart away from the God of Israel.

Verse 4 – Elkanah offers a sacrifice in accordance to the Law of Moses, and worships the LORD during a dark and troubling time in Israel’s history. We are still in the period of the judges. Israel is still doing whatever seemed right in their eyes. They had no regard for the laws of God, the Word of God, nor the commands of God. They just did whatever they felt like doing. So for Elkanah to do this and still offer up a sacrifice to God is huge. To compound this, the priest Eli had the two most ungodly sons (Hophin and Phinehas) who were both evil and wicked. Not really an encouraging sign if the priest’s sons also practiced wicked acts at the tabernacle and beyond. Elkanah offering up a sacrifice to the LORD was not predicated upon the righteousness of the priests, because Elkanah knew that God would still bless it – he was giving unto the LORD – this was a peace offering.

We can see here that Elkanah is providing spiritually for his family. He’s committed to his God and his family, despite the rampant disobedience of the day. Elkanah was a priest. A Levite from the tribe of Judah. He was therefore entitled to eat a portion of the meat that they offered to God, which is why he gives portions to his family.

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An Introduction to the Story of Hannah

THE SETTING:

WEEK 14:

The story of Hannah is depicted around the time when Israel was in a state of disarray. They were governed and ruled by judges appointed by the LORD. It was during this period of Israel’s rebellion against the LORD that Hannah went to the LORD in prayer – requesting and petitioning Him for a son. The Book of Judges is thought to cover a period of about three hundred years, going back from the death of Joshua (in 1367 B.C), until roughly the time of Samuel (1064 1044 B.C).

The Book of Judges takes its name from the gifted leaders, who guided the fortunes of Israel from the death of Joshua to the days of Samuel – Israel’s last judge. These leaders were men especially raised up by God not only for their military prowess, but for their administrative abilities and spiritual discernment

Why the name Judges one may ask? Joshua is dead now. Whilst he was alive, the LORD gave him directions as to which Tribes would overcome, conquer and take the land of the inhabitants who dwelt there. However, after the death of Joshua, Israel became idolatrous, obstinate and rebellious to the Word of God. The LORD deemed it necessary to give His people unique leaders for the preservation of His people against their enemies. There were twelve Judges before Samuel. – 12 Men. Interestingly enough there was also a woman appointed to be a judge. Her name was Deborah. However, there were a grand total of fourteen judges, six of them military judges (Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon, Jephthah and Samson). Two men were of special significance for contrast in spiritual leadership: (Eli, judge and High-Priest (not a good example); and Samuel, judge, priest and prophet. The judges spanned a period of roughly 350 years from the time of Joshua, until the time of Eli and Samuel. It was whilst Samuel was acting as a judge that the Israelites demanded for a king to rule over them like the other nations surrounding them. .

1 Samuel 8:5: And said unto him: Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

Much to the displeasure of Samuel at the peoples’ request, he took it to the LORD in prayer. The LORD heard him. Saul was chosen to be the first king to rule over them.

The Book of Judges gives us an insight of the failure of the children of Israel to maintain the high spiritual standards laid down by Moses and Joshua. They not only failed to conquer the land of Canaan as God had instructed them to do, but they also fell into the idolatry and sinful practices of the Canaanites. An obstinate people, their growing disobedience and spiritual apostasy brought about a progressive yet certain moral degeneration.

The events of the period of the Judges took place in a time when Syro-Palestine formed a ground of contest between the expansionist empires of the Hittites to the north and the Egyptians to the south. Much of Israel’s history in the period is linked to the person of the Egyptian Pharaoh, particularly the strong Pharaohs of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Dynasties.

When a strong Egyptian Pharaoh was on the throne of Egypt, he would bring stability to the coastal plains and key areas of Canaan; hence, Israel would enjoy a period of rest. At other times, because of Israel’s repeated apostasy, God would bring oppressors to them who would afflict the people greatly. God would teach His people through this period that rst” was fully available and provided for by Himself, but must be entered into by an obedient people.

Judges is a tragic sequel to Joshua. In Joshua, the people were obedient to God in conquering the land. In Judges, they were disobedient, idolatrous, and often defeated. The account describes 7 distinct cycles of Israel’s drifting away from the LORD starting even before Joshua’s death, with a full departure into apostasy afterward.

Israel served Yahweh in Joshua and Caleb’s generation and in the generation of the elders who led the nation after Joshua died. Then “another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel” (Judges 2:7-10), the inevitable result was a series of sin. Cycles of sin, judgment, cries for help and deliverance.

Whenever they were oppressed by enemies, the Israelites repented and cried out to God, who would faithfully raise up a judge, or defender, to defeat their oppressors and restore peace. Then the enticements of their pagan neighbours grew too strong and the conviction of their fading memories drew too weak and they sinned again. These cycles of sin-oppression-repentance-deliverance formed a downward spiral in which the Israelites become increasingly corrupt and more like the Canaanites.

Like the Book of Hebrews, no author is named in the book of Judges, but the Jewish Talmud identifies Samuel, a key prophet who lived at the time these events took place and could have personally summed up the era.

Let’s now look at the life of Hannah and her desire to have a male child whom she would dedicate back to the LORD to serve Him all the days of his life.

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References: http://www.biblestudys.org/Bible%20Books/1%20Samuel/Book%20of%201%20Samuel.html

                                                                                                      

THE BIBLE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Old Testament
(1) Job—Unknown
(2) Genesis—1445-1405 BC
(3) Exodus —1445-1405 BC
(4) Leviticus —1445-1405 BC
(5) Numbers—1445-1405 BC
(6) Deuteronomy—1445-1405 BC
(7) Psalms—1410-450 BC
(8) Joshua—1405-1385 BC
(9) Judges—ca. 1043 BC
(10) Ruth—ca. 1030-1010 BC

(11) Song of Solomon—971-965 BC
(12) Proverbs—ca. 971-686 BC
(13) Ecclesiastes—940-931 BC
(14) 1 Samuel—931-722 BC
(15) 2 Samuel—931-722 BC

(16) Obadiah—850-840 BC
(17) Joel—835-796 BC
(18) Jonah—ca. 775 BC
(19) Amos—ca. 750 BC
(20) Hosea—750-710 BC
(21) Micah—735-710 BC
(22) Isaiah—700-681 BC
(23) Nahum—ca. 650 BC
(24) Zephaniah—635-625 BC
(25) Habakkuk—615-605 BC
(26) Ezekiel—590-570 BC
(27) Lamentations—586 BC
(28) Jeremiah—586-570 BC
(29) 1 Kings—561-538 BC
(30) 2 Kings—561-538 BC
(31) Daniel 536-530 BC
(32) Haggai—ca. 520 BC
(33) Zechariah—480-470 BC
(34) Ezra—457-444 BC
(35) 1 Chronicles—450-430 BC
(36) 2 Chronicles—450-430 BC
(37) Esther—450-331 BC
(38) Malachi—433-424 BC
(39) Nehemiah—424-400 BC

New Testament
(1) James—AD 44-49
(2) Galatians—AD 49-50
(3) Matthew—AD 50-60
(4) Mark—AD 50-60
(5) 1 Thessalonians—AD 51
(6) 2 Thessalonians—AD 51-52
(7) 1 Corinthians—AD 55
(8) 2 Corinthians—AD 55-56
(9) Romans— AD 56
(10) Luke—AD 60-61
(11) Ephesians—AD 60-62
(12) Philippians—AD 60-62
(13) Philemon—AD 60-62
(14) Colossians—AD 60-62
(15) Acts—AD 62
(16) 1 Timothy—AD 62-64
(17) Titus—AD 62-64
(18) 1 Peter—AD 64-65
(19) 2 Timothy—AD 66-67
(20) 2 Peter—AD 67-68
(21) Hebrews—AD 67-69
(22) Jude—AD 68-70
(23) John—AD 80-90
(24) 1 John—AD 90-95
(25) 2 John—AD 90-95
(26) 3 John—AD 90-95
(27) Revelation—AD 94-96

Reference: https://www.compellingtruth.org/Bible-chronological.html

 

What is a Jezebel Spirit?

 

WEEK 13:

Without question, the nastiest, evil, most disgusting, cunning, and seductive spirit in Satan’s hierarchy has to be what many call the Jezebel spirit.

This evil spirit has been responsible for not only tearing down churches, pastors, and different Christian ministries, but it has also been responsible for breaking up many marriages, friendships, companies, along with getting many people to commit cold-blooded murders and suicides.

The Jezebel spirit is not just one spirit like Satan is. This is a “type” of evil spirit in Satan’s kingdom. There is only one devil, one Satan, but there are many spirits that would be considered a Jezebel type spirit, as they all have a particular type of personality and a specific way in which they like to operate. The reason many deliverance ministers have used the term, “Jezebel spirit,” is because of the nature of its personality and the way it operates once it sets up shop within someone.

When you come across a Jezebel spirit, it is something quite different. Some people have called this a master type spirit. Not that it is a master spirit in the sense of being like God, but that it is much more intelligent and cunning than a lot of the other demons are.

Many believe that this type of spirit may be Satan’s smartest and most cunning and evil spirit he has, and he thus dispatches this kind of spirit on specific targets so he can get the most bang for his buck. Simply put, a Jezebel spirit is one of Satan’s higher-ranking, more intelligent demons if not the smartest kind of demon he has in his kingdom.  And with it being much more intelligent than many of the other lower-ranking demons will be, this makes this type of spirit much more evil, cunning, and harder to deal with once it moves in and attaches to a person. And with this kind of evil spirit being much more cunning, intelligent, and evil than some of the other lower-ranking demons will be, it will cause a lot more trouble and destruction if it is not quickly dealt with and cast out.

This spirit operates in basically the same way every time it moves in on someone. As a result, it is actually easy to spot after a certain length of time. In other words, it keeps playing the same types of games every time it moves in on a person or a situation. This spirit is much more intelligent, cunning, and seductive than many of the other types of demons will be. It will thus be capable of playing more than one type of game with you. If this spirit is not properly exposed and dealt with within a reasonable length of time, it can totally destroy and completely bring down a marriage, church, ministry, company, or an individual’s life.

The Bible tells us in Matthew 12:43 that there are levels of wickedness in Satan’s kingdom. And if there are levels of wickedness in his kingdom where some demons are actually more evil than some of the other ones will be, then there may different levels of intelligence among the demons as well. The Jezebel spirit, since it is much more intelligent than some of the lower ranking demons will be, is very good at playing head games with people. It is a total control freak, and it is also very good at manipulation and getting people to do its evil bidding.

(2) Ways in Which the Jezebel Spirit Will Operate

Here are 11 specific things that once this spirit moves in on someone – it will try to set up shop.

  • The Evil Personality Traits of the Jezebel Spirit

  • The Spider Web Analogy

  • There Will Be a Charismatic Type Energy on the Host

  • Likes To Attach to Sharp, Intelligent, and Attractive People When It Can

  • Will Always Seek to be the Centre of Attention

  • Will Seek to Infiltrate, Attack, and Undermine Everything

  • Will Go After Anyone in a Leadership Position

  • Runs in Tandem with a Mocking Spirit

  • Especially Hates Prophets, Prayer, and Spiritual Warfare

  • Will Occasionally Expose Itself on a Photo

  • The Host Usually Will Not Know They Have This Kind of Spirit in Them

  1. The Evil Personality Traits of the Jezebel Spirit

Below is a list of the personality traits of this kind of evil spirit. The Jezebel spirit will try to infect and contaminate the person it is in so they too will operate with these same kinds of evil traits. Some of these people will say and do some of the most horrible things, but yet find some way to rationalize it and think they are perfectly justified in doing what they are doing. This spirit will play some of these people like fiddles, like a puppet on a string, with the puppet master being the Jezebel spirit itself. Here are some of the evil personality traits to look for with a person who has been operating under this spirit’s evil influence for quite some time.

  • Pure Evil and Hate

  • Vile

  • Maximum Pride

  • Highly Lustful and Seductive€

  • Highly Self-Centred and Narcissistic

  • Will Always Seek To Be the Centre of Attention

  • Very Judgmental, Critical, Condescending, and Demeaning

  • Overly Demanding and Manipulating

  • Cold, Ruthless, Cunning, and Calculating

  • Very Combative and Confrontational

  • Very Good at Lying and Cheating

  • Cannot Stand Any Type of Constructive Criticism

  • Hates All Prophets, Prayer, and Anything to Do With Spiritual Warfare

  • Will Be Capable of Giving False Prophecies, Visions, and Dreams

This kind of spirit is a master at setting up train wrecks and then orchestrating for them to actually occur with individual people, ministries, churches, and companies.  This is why every single Christian church should be teaching their people the basics of true spiritual warfare in the Lord so they will have the knowledge on how to combat these kinds of evil spirits.

  1. The Spider Web Analogy

When someone is walking with this kind of evil spirit deeply entrenched in them, they will initially move and operate on what is called the spider web analogy. Just like a spider creates a web so it can trap its prey so it can then devour them, the Jezebel spirit will start out in the exact same way once it moves into a certain environment to try and work. These people are very good at playing the good cop-bad cop game. They will always start out playing the good cop. These people will initially seem to have their act all together. They will know how to talk the talk. They will know Scriptures well enough so they can impress everyone with their high level of spiritual development. They will know how to smooth talk people and use false flattery to gain favour so they can then start to work to get their claws worked into them. And before you know it, you will be caught in their web. And then once they have you comfortably caught in their web through false flattery and deceit, they will then start to attack you and try to tear you to pieces.

  1. There Will Be a Charismatic Type Energy on the Host

Another thing that helps these people lure unsuspecting people into their webs is the amount of charismatic energy they are carrying on them. When you initially meet these kind of people, you will feel a certain type of energy coming off them and you will initially feel very drawn to them. You will feel like a moth being drawn towards an open flame. This charismatic type energy on them will have a major drawing power to it. You initially may think it is the presence of the Holy Spirit on them because they will be so good at sounding like they are very spiritual and that they are walking very close to God. You would not think demons could have this kind of seductive, drawing power within their evil natures and then be able to project it through their host. But some of these evil spirits do, and the Jezebel spirit has this kind of seductive, drawing power within itself, and from there, it will project this drawing power through the person it is living in. This is why this spirit has been so successful over the years in bringing down individuals, churches, marriages, and good friendships – all because it has the ability to draw people into their well spun webs, and then before the person knows it or realizes what they have been caught up in, it then moves in for the attack to either kill that person, or try and completely take the person out of commission on whatever their calling is in the Lord.

  1. Likes to Attach to Sharp, Intelligent, and Attractive People When It Can

As a result of having a very seductive and high energy in its evil nature, the Jezebel spirit likes to attach to sharp, intelligent, and attractive people when it can. Not that it won’t attempt to attach to a less attractive person, but it will make much more headway with want it wants to accomplish if it can find a physically attractive person as will be explained below. The reason this spirit likes to target these kinds of people is because it wants total control of everything. It wants to be just like queen Jezebel. It wants the throne for herself and it does not want to share it with anyone else. As a result, they look for personalities that can help them climb to the top of the heap in whatever environment they are trying to work in.

In a marriage, if the woman is the one with this spirit, she will try and usurp her husband’s authority as the head of the household and will try to totally replace him as the spiritual head of the household. If this spirit is working in the middle of a prayer group, it will try and work its way to the top so it can be the new leader of the prayer group. If this spirit is working within the church itself, it will try and work its way to the top to be the right hand man of the pastor, and from there, start to directly attack him so she can completely take him out and knock him right out of his call for the Lord. This is why this kind of spirit is so deadly, because it knows how to use seduction, especially a sexual kind of seduction, to gets its way and then to eventually bring down the person or ministry they have targeted.

As we all know, many men are easily lured into illicit affairs by pretty women. Many have used the expression that some women know how to get a man wrapped around their little fingers. I am sure most you have seen this phenomena occur over and over again. Sex is a very powerful weapon, and this kind of demon will always try and use whenever it can. This is why it likes to attach to attractive people whenever it can, because it knows it can use that person’s physical attractiveness to draw people into its web.

  1. Will Always seek to be the Centre of Attention

Once this spirit has gotten a foothold into the environment it now wants to work in, the next thing it will do after it has lured you into its web by playing the good cop, is to then start to always be the centre of attention. And this is where you can really start to pick up and spot this spirit in actual operation. We all have a natural need and desire for a certain amount of love and attention. We all need proper encouragement and attention, not only from our parents as we are being raised up, but also from all of our friends and loved ones as we become adults, as we all help each other in keeping up our levels of self-confidence and self-esteem. However, when a person has this type of spirit operating through them, their need for attention and glory will be way off what would be considered normal. And this is when this spirit starts to get itself exposed to those around it. But it does not really care at this point. It will do everything it can to get the host to always seek to be the centre of attention, with the ultimate goal in mind being to get to the top of the heap in whatever environment it is working in. Since these types of people usually have that charismatic energy flowing and operating through them from this kind of evil spirit, they initially will be very good at working themselves up the ladder in the environment they are working in. With this kind of demonic energy operating through them, combined with their natural good looks and high degree of intelligence, these people will sometimes be able to easily talk and play their way right up the ladder. And then once they have worked themselves up to where they need to be, this spirit will then start to viciously attack and operate with both barrels blazing. And this will now take us right into the next caption, which will take us right into the real heart of how this spirit will attack and completely undermine everything in its path.

  1. Will Seek to Infiltrate, Attack, and Undermine Everything

This evil spirit simply has a two-fold mission:

Seek to infiltrate and once in

Seek to attack, undermine, and destroy everything in its path, taking absolutely no prisoners. Its goal is total death and destruction. Plain and simple.

If you are dating a person with this kind of evil spirit on them, they will try and get you to marry them. And until you do, it will be playing good cop with you the whole time so it can continue to lure and draw you into its web. But once you end up marrying this person, that is when the bad cop will emerge, and that is when all hell will literally break out in your life.

If you are a woman dating a man who is a physical abuser, many times he will not show his true colours until after you marry him. But once you marry him, that is when the actual abuse will start – after he has gotten you totally caught in his web, with the web being the actual marriage itself. If you are a man dating a woman who has this kind of spirit on her, she will say and do all of the right things as you are dating her. But once you marry her, that is when the tables will be turned and she will start coming directly after you, trying to tear both you and the marriage completely apart. This spirit first seeks to infiltrate the environment it wants to try and work in. And once it is in, it will then set up shop and start attacking and undermining literally every single thing it can. This spirit is an attack dog and it will literally attack anything and everything it can, depending on how far the host will cooperate with its evil promptings.         

  1. Will Go After Anyone in a Leadership Position

Another major strategy of this spirit is that it will always go after those who are in any type of leadership position. This would include pastors of churches, youth ministers, worship leaders, leaders of prayer groups and Bible studies, husbands as the head of households, supervisors, and upper level management of different companies and corporations. If a man marries a woman who has this spirit on her, she will attack the man’s authority as the head of the household and try to get that position for herself. If this person is working for a church, it will try and work its way as far up the ladder as it can so it can get very close to the pastor himself and from there, start to work to bring him down just like Delilah did with Samson. Pastors especially have to always be on the alert for this kind of spirit, as this spirit is always looking for a way to get a direct shot at them so they can bring them completely down and destroy their entire church. Many pastors have lost their ministries over the years because they got seduced into having an affair with a woman who had this kind of spirit on her. Lust and adultery have brought down too many good men of God over the years, and it was all because they fell under the seductive spell of this evil spirit. If this spirit infiltrates a prayer group or a Bible study class, it will try and work its way to the top so it can be the leader of the group. Once it is the new leader, it will then start its attacks so as to completely destroy the group with false teaching, false prophecy, spreading false rumours about other people in the group, causing dissension among the people in the group, along with trying to poison the people of the group against whoever the leaders of the church are. The reason this spirit wants to take out those in any type of leadership position is because it wants that leadership position for itself. And if it cannot get that leadership position for itself, it will then try and completely destroy it so there is nothing left of it.

  1. Will Be Capable of Giving False Prophecies, Visions, and Dreams

With this kind of spirit really hating all of God’s prophets, it can only be expected that this spirit will falsely prophesy whenever it can. This kind of spirit is thus able to give its host false prophecies, false words, false dreams, and false visions – all in an attempt to make its host look more spiritual than they really are, and to also lure as many other people into its web that it can so it can build up its own base and following. Since this spirit is operating at a higher level of intelligence than most of the other demons are, you really have to closely examine any words or prophecies that the host will be getting. If the host is falsely prophesying under this spirit’s guidance, the Holy Spirit will show you where the errors are at so you can separate a true prophecy from the Lord from one that is coming from this kind of evil spirit. This is why all prophecy has to be judged and properly discerned, so you can determine where it is really coming from, as the Bible warns us about false prophets being among us like wolves in sheep’s clothing.

  1. Runs in Tandem with a Mocking Spirit

This spirit runs in tandem with what is called a mocking spirit. As we have explained before, when a head chief demon such as a Jezebel spirit moves in on the inside of a person’s body, they will usually travel in groups and they will thus have numerous other demons under their control and authority. One of the underlings to the Jezebel spirit will be what is called a mocking spirit, otherwise known as a blocking type spirit. Its job will be to cover for the Jezebel spirit and try and distract people from figuring out that this person really has a Jezebel spirit on the inside of them. Many deliverance ministers have first come across this mocking spirit when trying to deliver someone from the Jezebel spirit. This spirit will try and distract you and get you off centre so you do not stay too focused on trying to get to the Jezebel spirit. This mocking spirit will make fun of, make light of, and make jokes about anything and everything, and it is quite funny and comical when it does. When it moves in operation ahead of the Jezebel, it will try and take the sting out of some of the evil things that will come out of a person’s mouth and actions, as so many people get very quickly appalled when some of these evil traits start manifesting through a person’s personality.

  1. Especially Hates Prophets, Prayer, and Spiritual Warfare

Another very obvious thing with this kind of spirit is its absolute hatred and disdain for anything to do with spiritual warfare, prayer, and anything to do with God’s true prophets. This spirit hates all of God’s prophets just like queen Jezebel did back in the OT. And it also hates anyone who is actively involved with spiritual warfare in the Lord. The reason it hates these two types of people is because prophets and those well trained in the area of spiritual warfare are its greatest threat. Prophets and those who are trained in the area of spiritual warfare can easily spot and pick up when they come across this kind of spirit, and they will then know how to get rid of it if the person is open to receiving an actual deliverance. If you want to test a person to see if they have a Jezebel spirit on them, just bring up the subject of prophets and spiritual warfare and watch how this spirit will well up with anger and disgust, and from there, will try and change the conversation to something else. You will hit a nerve every time you do this with this kind of spirit. This spirit also hates any form of prayer to the Lord, as it knows our prayer life with the Lord is what keeps us in the centre of His perfect will for our lives. This is why it loves to infiltrate and attack prayer groups of any kind, so it can attempt to prevent people from staying close to the Lord in their own personal relationships with Him.

  1. The Host Usually Will Not Know They Have This Kind of Spirit in Them

The saddest thing about these types of cases is that most of the time, the host will not know they even have this kind of spirit operating on the inside of them. These people never feel it moving on the inside of them, nor do they ever hear it trying to talk to them. This spirit is very good at hiding behind the scenes, but yet at the same time getting the host to do exactly what it wants them to do. The reason these people are usually clueless that this spirit is operating on the inside of them is because this spirit is so smooth and so cunning in the way in which it operates. This is why this spirit will try and fill the person up with as much pride as they can, so these people will be totally incapable of admitting that they could even have this kind of spirit in them in the first place. This is how well deceived these people are, and how well this spirit has played and manipulated them during the entire time it has been on the inside of them. As a result, many of these types of people will never receive a true deliverance from the Lord. And this is all because they have too much pride operating in their personalities, which will prevent them from admitting that they could ever have this kind of spirit operating in them in the first place.

(3) How to Handle a Jezebel Spirit

  1. If you ever come across a person who has this kind of evil spirit on them, and this person is working close with you to some degree, whether it be at the church you attend, the church you work for, your place of employment, or if by chance it be with your very own spouse, the very first thing you must do is go direct to God the Father in prayer and get His direct advice and strategy on how to deal with this thing. The person who is carrying this kind of evil spirit will have no idea they are actually carrying it. By the time you meet them, they may be so full of pride, they will never admit that they could have this kind of evil spirit operating in them in the first place. If that is the case, then you will have to have God deal directly with that person and pray that He supernaturally shows them that they really do have this kind of evil spirit operating on the inside of them. Until this spirit is fully exposed to the person who has it, and this person is then ready to receive a full deliverance from the Lord, there will be nothing you can really do about it but continue to pray to the Lord that He show this person what the real truth is. But if God does fully expose this kind of evil spirit to the person who has it, and the person is then ready to be delivered from it. You first will need to get good, detailed information on their past, and then find out what the legal rights are that allowed this spirit to enter into them in the first place. And then once you find out what those legal rights are, then get them properly taken care of and fully broken with God the Father.

  2. If by chance this person is not open to receiving any kind of deliverance and they are causing major trouble, strife, and dissension in a church, prayer group, or Bible study class, you may have to ask this person to leave so this evil spirit does not continue to attack the other people who are in the same environment with this person. If you do not ask this person to leave, this spirit will set up shop right in the middle of your church or prayer group, and from there, it will start attacking everyone, trying to cause as much strife, dissension, and chaos as it possibly can. You cannot give any ground to this kind of evil spirit. If you do, it could end up eventually taking down your entire church, prayer group, or Bible study class.

  3. If this kind of spirit has infiltrated your work place, the supervisors will need to take charge and let this person go. Again, if they do not, this spirit could end up causing mass mutiny and disloyalty, along with seriously affecting the productivity of your entire work force. This spirit and the person who is carrying it are toxic, and they will infect and contaminate every person they come into major contact with, as this kind of spirit is an attack dog and will viciously attack anyone who will get too close to it.

  4. If your spouse is carrying this kind of evil spirit on them, again, you will need to go direct to God the Father and get His specific instructions on how to deal with this if your spouse is not open to admitting they have this kind of evil spirit on them. God hates divorce, but at the same time He is not going to allow this kind of evil spirit to run rampant and unchecked in a family environment.

Conclusion

The Jezebel spirit is without question, one of the most evil and vile spirits you will ever come across in this life. This thing is nothing but pure evil and hate, and all it wants to do is attack and kill everything in its sight.

This spirit has been attacking mankind ever since Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. And until Jesus comes back to set up His Millennium Kingdom and throws Satan and all of his demons into the bottomless pit, we are all going to be stuck with this kind of evil spirit being allowed to roam in the air seeking who it is going to try and attack and devour next.

And if by chance this kind of spirit ever comes into your neck of the woods, go directly to God the Father and get His immediate advice on what you should do and exactly how you should handle this kind of extreme situation.

Again, you cannot give any ground to this kind of evil spirit. If you do, it will establish a stronghold base within your environment and from there, it will launch major attacks on both you and anyone else that is in this environment.

This evil spirit must be resisted right at the outset if at all possible. If it is not, it can eventually end up destroying the entire environment it is working in, whether it is a family, church, prayer group, Bible study class, or an actual company or corporation.

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REFERENCES:

https://www.bible-knowledge.com/the-jezebel-spirit-and-how-it-operates/

https://www.bible-knowledge.com/how-jezebel-spirit-will-operate/

https://www.bible-knowledge.com/how-to-handle-a-jezebel-spirit/

 

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost for Jezebel


 

WEEK 12:

2 Kings 9:29-37 29 And in the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign over Judah. 30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. 31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master? 32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, who is on my side? Who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. 33 And 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 trode her under foot. 34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. 35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: 37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

Jezebel sees Jehu approaching and calls him “Zimri”. The name of “Zimri” had become a byword for lowdown treachery. He was the guy who had assassinated King Elah. This insult was doubly harsh because Zimri was despised by the people and only reigned for a week – being booted by Omri, Jezebel’s father in law.

1 Kings 16:8-12 8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. 9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah. 10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead. 11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends. 12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet,

Verses 29-32 – Jezebel was determined to die in a queenly fashion. She made herself up so as to be in proper appearance and cast Jehu’s words relative to peace back in his teeth, calling him “Zimri”, a murderous traitor. The painting of the eyelids with a black power mixed with oil and applied with a brush darkened them to give an enlarged effect. Jezebel’s appearance at the window gave the air of a royal audience to Jehu.  For Jezebel to “put paint on her eyes” (make up) and adorn her hair reveals her pride – she wanted to look and die like a queen or like a prostitute, identifying herself with the fertility cult of Asherah (Astarte), one of Baal’s wives. In light of her insult hurled at Jehu, it’s clear her dolling herself up wasn’t a ploy to seduce him which is how some guys would have attempted to gain legitimacy for their throne –  marry the previous king’s wife.  Neither Jezebel nor Jehu were interested in that.  She knew she was done for, so she showed her utter disdain by fixing herself up as though it was just another day in the kingdom.

Jezebel insulted Jehu by calling him “Zimri,” after the traitor who reigned as king only seven days. Her taunts suggested that Jehu’s reign, like Zimri’s, would be short-lived. Zimri was a captain of hosts, like Jehu. He had taken the kingdom from Elah, but he only lasted 7 days. She could have been implying that Jehu would last just 7 days, because he killed his master.

The LORD had commanded Jehu to destroy Jezebel. All of her beauty would have no effect on eunuchs. She was probably as wicked to her slaves as she was to everyone else. They would probably be happy to see her dead. The eunuchs were on Jehu’s side. “Who is on my side”? Some of Jezebel’s own officials were present quite close to Jezebel, so they took her up and cast her headlong out of the window as they were directed. As she fell headlong, some of her blood splattered on the palace wall. As she hit the ground, Jehu drove his horse and chariots over her body. It appears, that Jehu does not just want her killed, but humiliated in the process. This had been the evillest woman in all history. Her death must fit the crime. Even the treading of the horses over her, was to show Jehu’s total disgust of her.

Verses 33-37: Elijah prophesied Jezebel’s fate (1 Kings 21:23-29). She was the epitome of corruption and became a symbol of immorality and idolatry (Revelation. 2:20). As a sign of how severely she had offended the LORD, her body was left to scavengers rather than being properly buried.

“A king’s daughter” – Jehu recognized Jezebel’s royalty, while denying that she deserved to be the queen of Israel. She had been the daughter of a neighbouring king, as well as being queen of Israel. He would have her buried out of respect for the office, not out of respect for her. Her death did not curb his appetite. Leaving the mangled body on the bare earth, Jehu went to the banquet. It was, no doubt, important that he should at once show himself to the court as king. In calling Jezebel “this cursed one”, Jehu means to remind his hearers that the curse of God had been pronounced upon her by Elijah (2 Kings 9:36), and so to justify his own conduct. The servants of Jehu did according to his orders and instructions, and they went to bury her. But they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands –  her flesh, and even all the rest of her bones, being devoured by dogs, so that there was scarce anything of her to be buried (2 Kings 9:10). She had been torn apart by the chariot, when it went over her, but the dogs had eaten the edible parts of her. This was all done very publicly, to show what the LORD thought of her.

Dogs weren’t household pets at this time; they were wild scavengers who roved in packs and kept the streets clean of rubbish. They would have made quick work of Jezebel. . The only thing the burial team found was her skull, her feet and her hands. Why did the dogs leave her skull, the palm of her hands and her feet alone? HER HEAD: The head was untouched because she was the head of such evil. HER HANDS: The palm of her hands was untouched because her hands had shed so much innocent blood. HER FEET: Her feet were untouched because her feet were the feet that rushed to do evil.

The words of Elijah’s prophecy were literally fulfilled.

1 Kings 21:23 And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, the dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.

There being nothing left of her to be seen or pointed to, nor any grave nor monument over it on which was such an inscription, “here lies Jezebel”; or that might lead posterity to say, “this is Jezebel’s grave”.

There would be no tomb, where people could go and raise a monument to her. She was not to be glorified in death, since she lived such a horrible life.

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

By the way Reader – do you know of any female called “Jezebel”???

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THE A. B. C TO SALVATION IN CHRIST JESUS

 

Dear Reader – IF you have not accepted Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life – it is my belief that time is running out. To receive and accept Jesus as Lord is as simple as A. B. C.

A – ACCEPT that you are a sinner, and you need the blood of Jesus to cleanse you of your sins.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

B – BELIEVE  in you heart that Jesus is the Son of God and He came and died on the cross to take away the sins of Mankind.

John 3:15-18 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

C – CONFESS – Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Romans 10:9-11 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

 

PRAY THIS PRAYER IF YOU BELIEVE THE ABOVE

 

Heavenly Father – I come to you as a sinner in need of the blood of Jesus who shed His blood on the cross of Calvary to forgive me and take away my sins. I ask that You forgive me and wash me and cleanse me with the blood of Jesus of all my sins Lord. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I accept Him today as the Lord and Saviour of my life. I ask Lord that you send your Holy Spirit to come and live within me and help guide my footsteps as I walk in the newness of the new life in Christ Jesus. I thank you Father for writing my name down in the Lamb’s Book of life. In Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

Brothers and Sisters – if you prayed the above pray for the first time – you are NOW born again. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD.

I would encourage you to tell others of your new found faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Find a church that preaches and teaches the undiluted Word of God without fear of man, and start to grow in the Lord.

WELCOME BROTHER.

WELCOME SISTER.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL. In Jesus name. Amen.

Prophecy Fulfilled – Joram is Slain

WEEK 11:          

 

2 Kings 9:22-28 22 And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, what peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many? 23 And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah. 24 And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. 25 Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him; 26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the LORD; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD. 27 But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there. 28 And his servants carried him in a chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his sepulchre with his fathers in the city of David.

Verses 22-28 – The penny has finally dropped for Joram. The light bulb has been switched on. His downfall is eminent. His demise will shortly follow. Turning the hands meant turning his chariot around, and going as fast as he could get back to Jezreel –  in his wildest dreams Joram had not anticipated Jehu’s betrayal – his treachery – Joram had to get out of there as fast as he could – shouting to king Ahaziah as he fled “there is treachery Ahaziah” in order to warn him.

Joram realised a little too late – Jehu was able to take his arrow and strike once – he hit his shoulders and the arrow went straight through Joram’s heart – it was a fatal strike – no need to load up another arrow – this was pinpoint accuracy – there he sunk – dead!.

It seems that Jehu chose Bidkar to carry him to the very spot, where the LORD said he was to be judged.

1 Kings 21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, thus saith the LORD; in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

1 Kings 21:29 Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

Although Naboth’s sons deaths are not expressly mentioned in the record concerning Naboth, they are plainly implied in the confiscation of his property (1 Kings 21:16). Elisha’s prophetic sentence at last found its final fulfilment (1 Kings 21:19). The Word of the LORD is absolute. Whatever He says, He will do.

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall he not make it good?

2 Chronicles 22:9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.

Ahaziah had managed to make it as far as Samaria where he hid for a while, but he  was at last apprehended by Jehu’s men, where they wounded him as he was going up to Gur by Ibleam. Apparently, he was taken from there to Megiddo, where he was executed. His body was returned to Jerusalem for interment in the royal tombs.

The LORD told Jehu to kill Ahaziah as well, because he was descendant of Ahab. Ahaziah saw what happened to Joram and turned his own chariot toward his home. It is not said who killed him; only that he was killed under orders of Jehu. Ahaziah died because he was guilty by association (with Ahab).

One needs to be very careful with whom one aligns themselves with – so as not to be tarred with the same brush. Birds of a feather………

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Is It Peace? It’s Payback Time!

 

WEEK 10:            

 

2 Kings 9:15-21 15 But king Joram was returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which the Syrians had given him, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, if it be your minds, then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel. 16 So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram. 17 And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take a horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, is it peace? 18 So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, thus saith the king, is it peace? And Jehu said, what hast thou to do with peace? Turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, the messenger came to them, but he cometh not again. 19 Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, thus saith the king, is it peace? And Jehu answered, what hast thou to do with peace? Turn thee behind me. 20 And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously. 21 And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite.

Verses 15-16 – For Jehu to succeed in his revolt and to avoid a civil conflict, it was important to take Joram totally by surprise. Therefore, Jehu ordered the city of Ramoth-Gilead where he had been anointed (verses 2-3) to be sealed lest someone loyal to Joram escapes and notifies the king. If these captains had really declared Jehu king, along with the LORD having him anointed king, then the news must not get back to Joram at this time. The captains must keep this among themselves, until this was established. It was very important for it to be a secret at this time. If Joram found out, he would declare war against them, and they would be greatly outnumbered. They must go at this systematically. They wanted to make sure no loyalist beat them back to Jezreel with news of the coup or Joram would be able to shut the city tight, forcing a siege which Jehu and his comrades were not prepared for. In order for a coup to succeed, there has to be the element of conspiracy and surprise.

We see that Jehu went directly to Jezreel, where the king was. It appears that he had taken a company of skilled men with him. He wanted to arrive before any news leaked to the king that he had been anointed king himself. Seeing the army returning from Gilead would mean either defeat at the hands of the Syrians or that a truce had been worked out. Joram wanted to know which it was – or was Jehu bringing the army for some other purpose?

Verses 17-19 – The king of Judah, Ahaziah, was there visiting Joram. A watchman was seated at his post on his watch tower. It was the watchman’s duty who could see afar off when an enemy was coming, and his business was to give notice of it. And especially he was now on his watch tower, because the king was there, and this was necessary for his safety.

“And he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company”. A troop of soldiers, though he did not know who they were, and to whom they belonged, whether they were Syrians or Israelites; which was reported to the king.

“And Joram said, take a horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, is it peace”? Joram was concerned. Could it be that some ill had befallen his army at Ramoth-Gilead, and the Syrians had got the advantage of them?  Or they had made advancement into his country, and were coming to attack him at Jezreel? Or there was there an insurrection among his own people?  This watchman had been set there, to warn the king of anything that might be a problem. The scout that was to be sent out was to determine whether these people were enemies, or friends. Joram was not suspecting that someone from his own country would be a problem to him.

The two messengers sent out by Joram have now come to the realisation that Joram’s days are numbered and it is evidenced by how quick they are to join with Jehu – which is why they did not go back – twice! Joram knows that something is up.

The second man sent out to find out if this visit was peaceful or not, did the same thing as the first. He just kept going, instead of taking back a word to Joram. This is just another way of saying that he would not tell the messenger what his business was. He did not tell him not to go back to Jezreel, but just keep on going away from the city. The scout realized there was something not just right here, and he went on behind Jehu. He did not go back to the city. The watchman, who had reported this to Joram, told him about this latest event.

Verse 20 – The chariot of Jehu was getting closer now, and the watchman thought he recognized Jehu. It appears that Jehu had been a very aggressive captain, because the watchman recognized him by the speed of his chariot. Let’s take a look at the personality of Jehu. Well – not only does he drive very aggressively, but we are given a snap shot of his personality type, such that this is the kind of guy that when something has to be done, his sole purpose is just do it – get it done. That is his sole purpose – a very intense guy.

Verse 21 – “Naboth the Jezreelite”: The kings of Israel (Joram) and Judah (Ahaziah) met Jehu at the very place where Ahab and Jezebel had Naboth killed (1 Kings 21:1-16). The alarmed king, aware by then of impending disaster, summoned his forces and, accompanied by Ahaziah, met Jehu as Jehu’s men ascended the slope up to the city from the northern side. The king of Judah and the king of Israel went out to meet the newly anointed king of Israel. They probably, were not expecting a fight, but were just anxious to hear of the reason for the hurry. The portion of Naboth was very near the town. They were just outside the walls of the city. This had to be, because the LORD wanted them to die where they had committed their sins. All of this, of course, was God’s plans.

“What peace”? Joram wished to know if Jehu’s coming meant peace, apparently unsure of Jehu’s rebellious plans. Jehu replied that there could be no true peace in Israel because of Jezebel’s influence. Harlotries – a common biblical metaphor for idolatry, and witchcraft, seeking information from demonic forces, described the nature of Jezebel’s influence. Idolatry had lured Israel into demonic practices.

Jehu was doing exactly what the LORD had told him to do through the prophet. It was the LORD that wanted the house of Ahab destroyed. It appears, Joram realized before he got to Jehu that something was wrong, and called out to see if there was peace between them. The answer that Jehu gave was as if he was saying that the vengeance of the LORD has come on the house of Ahab, and especially on Jezebel. The whoredoms, spoken of here, were the harlotry in the church. She had men and women prostitutes that worked for the church. She was a very evil woman.

Joram asked “hast thou returned defeated? Or hast thou conquered the Syrians and established peace? Is it peace? He little dreamed of the doom upon which he was rushing. The greatest sinners are generally the most secure – secure even on the brink of ruin. What peace can any sinner expect to have with God while he lives in sin”? Charles Spurgeon

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Jehu is Anointed King

 

WEEK 9:

2 Kings 9:8-14 8 For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel: 9 And I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah: 10 And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled. 11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication. 12 And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. 13 Then they hasted, and took every man his garment, and put it under him on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king. 14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram. Now Joram had kept Ramoth – Gilead, he and all Israel, because of Hazael king of Syria.

Verses 8-14 – Elisha sends out one of his children of the prophets – a prophet in training to Ramoth – Gilead to anoint Jehu as King. The thing is there is already a king – Joram – Ahab’s son is reigning. Jezebel his mother is still queen. The prophecy spoken years earlier is now about to come to fruition. There’s a problem brewing!

How interesting it is to note that not only do these guys not take the prophet of God seriously, they actually mock him and are dismissive of him – “what did this madman want? What did this crazy man say? These guys are all alike – these men of God”. It is no different in our day – in the sense that the people of God are usually the ones who are seen by the world as being the madmen. We are the ones who are seen by the world as the ones that are fools. We are the ones that are crazy. Look and see how Christians are portrayed in movies and on television. Once upon a time there was respect for men and women of God. However, nowadays, whenever you see Christians portrayed, they are usually liars, perverts, conmen, madmen, geeky, sandal wearing freaks. I guess Christians are in good company with the Apostle Paul.

Acts 26:24-28 24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee MAD. 25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. 26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

“And I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel” –  This just means that all of the males in the family of Ahab will be killed. The statement whole house indicates women and children too, will perish.

“Like the house of Jeroboam … Baasha” –  God would thoroughly annihilate Ahab’s line in the same way as Jeroboam’s dynasty and Baasha’s dynasty had previously ended violently (1 Kings 15:27-30; 16:8-13). God had given Ahab and his family plenty of time to change. He even showed them who was truly God, with the fire that came from heaven on Mount Carmel. They did not take heed. He was the worst king Israel had, but, he was not quite as evil as Jezebel. God will wipe out this evil in Israel with the death of Ahab’s entire family.

“Dogs shall eat” –  Dogs were considered scavengers in ancient times and they would devour the corpse of Jezebel.

“None to bury her” –  In Israel, the failure to be buried indicated disgrace. When a person was not buried at death, this was seen as a humiliation for them.

Jehu was reluctant to tell them what he said, but does, when they continued to ask him. He admitted to them that the young man brought him the message, that the LORD had anointed him king of Israel.

 “Blew with trumpets” – Having laid their cloaks under Jehu’s feet with the steps of the house serving as a makeshift throne, the officers blew trumpets acclaiming Jehu as king. A trumpet often heralded such a public proclamation and assembly, including the appointment of a king (2 Samuel 15:10; 1 Kings 1:34). Laying down garments and blowing trumpets were ways of showing homage to a king (1 Kings 1:34; Matthew 21:8).

“and they blew trumpets”, saying, “Jehu is king”! Though these captains had little regard for the prophet, his message was a spark that lit their resolve to see Jehu enthroned. These men had served under Ahab who was a brilliant military leader. However, his two sons were inept by comparison. Israel was losing territory to the Moabites and others.  They longed for someone who could return Israel to its glory days under Omri and Ahab. Jehu, they thought, was just the one to do it. And with the entire military at their back, the success of the coup was assured.

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