The Difference Between the Jezebel Spirit and True Prophecy

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The Difference Between the Jezebel Spirit and True Prophecy | By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comDear Body of Christ,

Not all that glimmers is gold. Not all that you can see through is pure. And not everything that claims to be godly actually is.

Someone recently told me about some very unholy advice they had received. It was a piece of advice that no one in their right mind–not even an unsaved but reasonably-ethical person in the business world–would have condoned. And this person told me: “I had a weird feeling about it, but they were in the prophetic ministry, so I figured it must be all right.”

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    Uh, stop there. Halt everything. Stop the presses.

    Never, never, never take anybody’s advice based strictly upon their position or appearance. Never.

    Why not? Because people sometimes gain positions because the enemy put them there, not because God put them there. And appearances can be made to be anything a person wants them to be.

    That’s why God said to the prophet Samuel:

    Start-quoteBut the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

    God doesn’t see what men see. God sees things completely differently. He looks on the inside.

    So how do you know who and what to trust? Two ways:

    Test 1: The #1, irrevocable, infallible test of truth is this question: Do this person’s words and actions line up with the Word of God?

    The Bible is the inerrant, infallible test of truth. Isaiah 8:20 says:

    Start-quoteTo the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

    If it doesn’t line up with God’s written Word, it’s not legit. Ever. Run from that thing and get its influence out of your life.

    Test 2: You shall know them by their fruit. In Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus was very clear on this. He said:

    Start-quoteBeware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.

    Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

    You will know them by their fruit. Unfortunately, however, many Christians don’t know their Bibles well enough to know if something lines up with God’s Word or not, and they don’t know what fruit to look for. And that, my friend, is a recipe for trouble. If you don’t know the Word, and you don’t know what fruit to look for, you can be taken in by seduction and lies.

    We need to arm ourselves with truth so we will be safe from the wiles of the enemy.

    Truth lines up with God’s Word. Truth is Christ-centered, Christ-glorifying, and Christ-magnifying.

    Anything else is NOT truth. If we’re solid on that understanding, we have a much better chance of being immune to evil forces when they come around.

    Additionally, however, there are certain actions and signs that it’s helpful to know about. Why? Because when you see someone doing or saying something that seems like a big red flag, it might be. And you need to be able to tell the difference between:

    • godly leadership versus ungodly leadership;
    • the Jezebel spirit versus the true spirit of prophecy; and
    • a true prophet and a false prophet.

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    • where I got my information;
    • what a Jezebel spirit is; and
    • what a Jezebel spirit IS NOT.

    First, what a Jezebel spirit is NOT:

    The term “Jezebel” does NOT describe a woman who wears makeup, dyes her hair, wears jewelry, or wears pants. A Jezebel spirit is not a term we are going to use to malign women. AT ALL.

    If you think “Jezebel” does mean those things, or if you even think it’s ever appropriate to criticize women for things like makeup, hair, and jewelry, you are sadly mistaken.

    Trying to keep women under your thumb and “in their place” is evil. Women were created in the image of God, just like men were; and all humans should be honored at all times. Legalistic rules and regulations (such as “you can’t wear makeup” and “you can’t wear pants”) are just as evil, so get over your rules and regulations, please. (And don’t bother to email me to defend your rules, regulations, or bias against women, please. I’m not interested.)

    What a Jezebel spirit IS:

    A Jezebel spirit is a demon–the same demon that influenced Queen Jezebel in the Bible. Jezebel was the foreign wife of King Ahab of Israel. She was a wicked queen who controlled, murdered, seduced, and led the nation deep into idolatry. She was eventually killed at the order of Jehu, who became a righteous, prophetic king right after Ahab was killed. (And by the way, the fact that she was killed by a prophet is important.)

    We also see this spirit referenced by Jesus in Revelation 2:20, in His message to the church at Thyatira:

    Start-quoteNevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.”

    The Jezebel spirit is a demon that influences people (and can possess someone who is not saved, but can only influence–not possess–someone who IS saved). It is a false spirit of prophecy (Revelation 2:18-23), and it wants to teach. It is also a spirit of control and manipulation–hence seduction. It can influence individual people, churches, and even nations.

    And where I got my information:

    I got my information from several places, the most important one being life experience.

    Right after I got saved, I began attending a church that was part of the denomination I grew up in. A woman with a Jezebel spirit was there. She prophesied to me that I was supposed to marry a particular individual. (Wrong, wrong, wrong! That is so unholy! If ANYONE EVER prophesies to you that you’re supposed to marry a particular person, RUN like the wind and get away from them!)

    This woman also did many other strange things in the name of prayer. She would go into trances that were very weird, but she said it was God. She would also tell people they were going to be martyrs. It was very odd. I didn’t know what was up, but I prayed a lot and sought God through His Word.

    I had never been taught about spiritual warfare, prophetic ministry, hearing God, or anything like that.

    The denomination in which I was raised did not believe that the charismatic gifts of the Spirit, such as prophecy, miracles, healing, and so on, still operate today in the Body of Christ. So I knew NOTHING about this stuff.

    But here was this woman telling me that God told her I was supposed to marry this particular man. Obviously, that was a little close to home, so I asked God for help. He sent me a book called Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit by the late John Paul Jackson.

    I read and studied, but it took me some time to begin understanding what was going on.

    I eventually came to understand that this woman operated in a Jezebel spirit of manipulation, control, and false prophecy. And even before I began to understand this, the Lord by His mercy drove a wedge between me and her and completely removed our relationship from my life. (Thank You, Lord!)

    Eventually, after I did understand, and after I had a radical encounter with the Holy Spirit that changed my life forever, and after I left that church and began attending my home church today (which is the house of my spiritual fathers), the Lord made me go back and try to find the other people who were impacted by this woman’s demonic prophecy to me, to make things right. 


    I did everything I could to make things right with those people; and when I did so, the Lord closed that door that the enemy had tried to open in my life.

    After that grand introduction to spiritual warfare by life experience and John Paul Jackson’s book, I kept learning from:

    • Bible study and comparing what I saw to the Bible. This is the biggest way I learned.
    • Mentoring and teaching from my pastors over the prophetic ministry of our church.
    • Classes from Streams Ministries about how to hear God, how to interpret dreams and visions, and how to operate correctly in prophetic ministry.
    • Various sermons I heard;
    • More life experience as an intercessor and watchman-on-the-wall for my church when Jezebelic situations have arisen that have had to be dealt with in prayer.

    I always try to cite my sources if I’ve learned something from a particular place. However, in this case it’s hard to do that because I’ve learned from a conglomeration of sources and a whole lot of life experience for the last fourteen years. But if you want to learn about this stuff, I recommend any of the resources above. It will all help.

    And above all, focus on Jesus, pray, and read your Bible. 🙂

    Now, on to the rest of the story …

    Here’s how the Jezebel spirit tries to influence:

    • In its smaller spheres of influence, it incites rebellion. It wants to control and manipulate people in the home and in interpersonal relationships.
    • As the rebellion grows and the spirit gains larger spheres of influence, it wants to control churches and spiritual leaders.
    • In its largest realm of influence, it uses rebellion and sexual perversion to try to bring a nation into sin and, eventually, into the worship of the occult.

    So the Jezebel spirit is actually a demon. It’s important to keep that in mind, because we need to keep our perspective right.

    In order to think about a Jezebelish situation rightly, we have to separate our thoughts about the demon (obviously, that we want to get rid of it) from the way we treat the person who is allowing that demon to operate in their life. That means we have to be careful to treat people who are influenced by this demon (“Jezebelites”) in a godly way.

    How you should treat someone who is walking in a Jezebel spirit (a Jezebelite):

    First and foremost, you should be very careful before accusing anyone of walking in such a spirit. Remember that only God truly knows our hearts.

    If you are concerned about someone, ask God for discernment. Notice behaviors and red flags. Pray without ceasing. But be very, very careful before you label someone. You may find it necessary to watch a situation for years before you feel like you have a clear sense of what is going on … and even after you think you have a clear picture of the situation, prudence says it’s still best to be cautious.

    But while you’re dealing with a situation–and before, and after, and always–Christ calls us to love the Jezebelite.

    Yes, you still need to be discerning and wise. Walk softly and carry the big stick of unceasing prayer. But remember that the battle is not against a person, but rather against actual evil spirits.

    Ephesians 6:12 tells us:

    Start-quoteFor we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

    Every person, whether they harbor a Jezebel spirit or not, is a person for whom Christ died.

    Just like any other person, a Jezebelite needs to be healed and delivered. Healing and deliverance generally will only happen when the person decides they want help, but still: they are a hurting person (whether you realize it or not) with inner wounds and open doors to the enemy. Those doors need to be closed and the wounds healed, so they can walk in freedom and the abundant life Jesus died for them to have.

    But until the Jezebelite decides they want help–at which point your senior leaders will do the helping, not you–I would strongly recommend you stay as far away from the Jezebelite’s advice and influence as possible.

    Don’t be rude. Just be careful who you allow to speak into your life, ok? Don’t allow evil to influence your life. Be influenced by godliness and holiness instead.  Stay under authority and choose your friends wisely.

    But sometimes correction is needed.

    We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. We love the person, but not the demon or the demonic behaviors. The person needs to be healed. The person is not the enemy; the enemy is. But the person may still need to be corrected for his or her own ultimate good.

    But when that correction is needed, unless you are a senior leader of the church in which that person is operating, correction is NOT YOUR JOB.

    Correction in this situation is the job of leadership. It must be handled very carefully and wisely; and your leaders will know how to handle it.

    So what do you do if you see someone being influenced by a Jezebel spirit?

    It depends on who you are.

    • If you’re a peer, pray for the Jezebelite AND FOR YOUR LEADERS.
    • If you’re an intercessor, pray for them and for your leaders some more.
    • If you’re an armorbearer or an intercessory “watchman on the wall” for a church or ministry, pray about whether you should or should not bring your concerns to your pastor. If the Lord tells you that you should, then ask God for wisdom, direction, timing, etc if any such conversation is to occur. [Watchmen: Earnestly consider that the watchman who does not cry out is responsible for any shedding of innocent blood that could have been avoided (Ezekiel 3:16-21).]
    • And if you’re the pastor, you already know what to do. (And if you find yourself in a Jezebelic situation and haven’t personally dealt with such a situation before, you will find John Paul Jackson’s book Unmasking the Jezebel Spirit to be extremely helpful.)

    The long and the short of it is:

    Always be careful with a situation like this. The last thing you want to do is accuse someone unjustly–or accuse them at all. Correction and accusation are not the same thing. Discernment and suspicion are not the same thing. So if you are in a situation with a potential Jezebel spirit, be sure to arm yourself with prayer, much study, and with observable facts (not mere suspicions or feelings).

    Ok? Now, without further ado …

    Here are some of the primary differences between the Jezebel spirit and true prophecy:

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    (… which you can read to be the same as the difference between the Jezebel spirit and true prophetic ministry, true godly leadership, etc):

    1. The true prophetic will always be Christ-centered. A Jezebel spirit, on the other hand, tries to exalt and draw attention to the Jezebelite.

    Jesus will be exalted in everything a true prophetic person does. Jesus will be the focus of everything a godly spiritual leader does. You will see this in the everyday lives of your godly leaders.

    For example, someone with a true prophetic spirit will be attracted to places where Christ is exalted like a bee is attracted to honey. Someone operating in a Jezebel spirit, however, will avoid places where Christ is exalted. They may present a good face, but they will actually do everything they can to stay far, far away from places and people who radiate the Spirit of Christ.

    2. Someone with godly character will submit to his or her godly authority figures (pastors, bosses, wives submitting to husbands). However, someone operating in a Jezebel spirit will operate in outright rebellion.

    Usually, this starts with small acts or words of rebellion, and grows into larger acts of rebellion as the person gives themselves more fully to the unholy spirit.

    So just because someone used to seem ok, doesn’t mean they are ok now. If you’re seeing red flags and you have warning bells going off in your head over a particular situation, you may want to give that situation a closer look.

    3. Beware of someone who skyrockets to fame in your church or ministry organization, with no foundation of service.

    All godly leaders (prophetic or not) and all prophetic people are built over time. They serve as sons for years before God gives them influence or leadership authority.

    However, someone operating in a Jezebel spirit often comes out of nowhere and skyrockets to elevation and promotion, without those foundational years of service in a house of God. Beware of someone who comes out of nowhere and is suddenly elevated without having a foundation of service for his or her ministry in a place.

    This DOESN’T mean that people can’t be promoted quickly.

    The way God handles promotion in the Kingdom is often that He will have people serve and serve and serve for years in obscurity. During those times, nobody may know them at all. They are serving, as Jesus said in Mark 6:4, without honor in their own house. God does this because serving without honor develops character and perseverance in a person.

    But then SUDDENLY happens. Suddenly, after years of service, God will promote you.

    Bill Johnson, senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, explains it this way: You may feel like you’re not making any progress for years. But you just keep serving anyway. Then when God moves to promote you, He lifts you to that higher level so quickly that it’s AS IF you had been growing in influence and promotion the whole time.

    Watch this short clip from a Q&A session with Bill Johnson for a terrific explanation of this phenomenon:

    So God does come suddenly, but you will always see godly leaders and true prophetic people built over time. I’ve heard well-known, mature prophetic voices in the latter seasons of life say they believe it takes 10-20 years to make a prophet. I’m sure it takes just as long for a pastor, teacher, or other godly leader to really mature in ministry.

    4. The true prophetic will always point you toward your leaders. A Jezebel spirit will try to separate and divide you away from your leaders.

    I’ve never seen this principle fail. If somebody is trying to divide you away from godly leaders whose character and results line up with the Word of God, that thing trying to divide you away is a Jezebel spirit.

    If only, if only we could GET this in the Body of Christ. We need our leaders. They are over us because GOD put them there.

    Romans 13:1 says:

    Start-quoteLet every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

    A Jezebel spirit will tell you that you don’t need your leaders. It will tell you that your godly leaders (whose ministry lines up with the Word) are doing something wrong the moment they do something you don’t like. It may even tell you that you can do everything your leader can–and better; or that the Jezebelite can and should take the place of your leader.

    All of these are wrong, wrong, wrong. Read your Bible, beloved. We HAVE to stay under godly authority in order to be in right standing with God. This is serious stuff. Please. Wake up, wake up, wake up and RUN, don’t walk, away from people and lies of the enemy that try to get you away from your leaders.

    5. The true prophetic will encourage and build you up. A Jezebel spirit will flatter you.

    It’s hard to describe the difference, but let me say this: if someone seems toooooo sugar-sweet with their compliments, something is probably up.

    Yes, we should all be encouraging. That is the purpose of prophetic ministry–to edify, build up, and encourage. But flattery is not the same as encouragement. Flattery operates by an unholy spirit that tells the Jezebelite what your weak spots are, so the Jezebelite will know where he or she can use flattering words to seduce you. Flattery happens when an evil spirit is trying to use your weak spots as open points into your life so it can win favor, influence, and ultimately CONTROL over you.

    You can SMELL the difference. Flattery reeks.

    True encouragement from godly leaders and true prophetic people will make you feel the love of Father God. True encouragement will lift your chin and help you stare into the face of Father. Real encouragement will push you closer to God.

    But flattery will only draw (or attempt to draw) you toward better thoughts and closer relationship with the Jezebelite.

    6. The true prophetic will encourage you, equip you, and build you up. Someone with a Jezebel spirit will try to make you codependent on them.

    A Jezebel spirit wants to seduce and control you. Someone operating under a Jezebel spirit will try to keep you to and for themselves.

    On the other hand, godly leaders and people operating in the true spirit of prophecy will build you up and fling you out into your destiny. The true prophetic will give you freedom and encourage you to soar.

    7. Truly prophetic leaders will remain under authority and adhere to protocol. Those operating under a Jezebel spirit will not.

    Examples of adhering to protocol include:

    • Maintaining proper boundaries between women touching men and vice versa;
    • staying within your chain of command; and
    • making sure that prophetic words and counsel are encouraging and upbuilding in nature (“God will give you the wisdom to make the right decision. You do hear His voice,” rather than directive (“The Lord told me you should marry so-and-so or take that new job”).

    8. When someone with a truly prophetic spirit preaches, teaches, or prophesies, the Holy Spirit will bear witness in your heart. But a word from a Jezebel spirit kills the anointing.

    When a word is birthed by the Holy Spirit, there will be an increase of anointing in you when you hear it. Your heart will burn within you for Jesus.

    However, when someone with a Jezebel spirit prays, teaches, preaches, or shares a prophetic word, it’s like someone dumps a bucket of ice on the meeting. The anointing and fire disappear from the worship service and from your heart. It kills the mood completely.

    9. A true prophetic spirit will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. But a Jezebel spirit will try to turn the hearts of the people toward the Jezebelite.

    Malachi 4:5-6 says this:

    Start-quoteBehold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

    Isn’t it interesting that God describes the Elijah as the one that turns the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers–when Elijah is the prophet whose ministry killed Jezebel? Hmmmmm … very interesting indeed.

    A Jezebel spirit will build a tribe around itself. The Jezebelite will try to gain a following. Sometimes it succeeds. The damage it can do to your church or organization has a lot to do with how much of a following it’s allowed to gain.

    A true prophetic spirit, however, will also have influence–but the person who is filled with the Holy Spirit will use his or her influence to:

    • build others and launch them into effective service;
    • to build a cohesive team that operates together as the Body should;
    • to build up the ministry area in which they’re serving; and
    • to build the church.

    Look at the fruit. When you see someone with a Jezebel spirit, there’s unlikely to be any real building or effective equipping going on. But someone operating in godly leadership or the true spirit of prophecy will always build up others and fling them into their destiny like Jesus did. That’s the whole purpose of prophetic ministry–to encourage, edify, build up, and equip.

    11. Truly prophetic people get their prophetic words directly from God. A Jezebel spirit will recycle other people’s words.

    A Jezebel spirit has no connection with the Holy Spirit, so it has no godly revelation or fresh bread. However, to maintain appearances, it will take the stale bread of someone else’s old word or elementary teaching, and try to re-present it as something new and revelatory.

    Someone operating in true prophecy, however, will have an intimate relationship with and sensitivity to with the Holy Spirit. They will usually spend lots of time alone with God in prayer, worship, and the study of God’s Word … and their prophetic words and teachings are filled with the fire they receive from that secret place of God’s presence.

    You can taste the difference. A real prophetic word will light you on fire. It will resonate with your spirit. The Holy Spirit will bear witness in your spirit. It might make you cry, or even whisper as the awe of God overwhelms you.

    But a false word from a Jezebel spirit will be flat, boring, and unfruitful in your life. And as stated above in #8, it will often feel like someone just dumped a bucket of ice on your meeting.

    Basically, the true prophetic will resound with the testimony of Jesus and the fruit that Jesus commanded us to bear in our lives.

    Revelation 19:10 says:

    Start-quoteAnd I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

    It’s all about Jesus. Watch for God’s Son, God’s Spirit, and God’s Word to be manifest in your leaders and in those who call themselves prophetic.

    And if you don’t see the testimony of Jesus … if you don’t see humble and faithful service when no one is looking … if you don’t see people being equipped and encouraged…

    Pray. Study. Talk to your pastors if you need to.

    This is not an all-inclusive list. And one red flag isn’t enough to diagnose a situation or to say that a person has a Jezebel spirit.

    Maybe someone just has a teaching issue. Maybe they just don’t know and need a little gentle correction. However, that doesn’t mean you ignore the red flags. Ask God for discernment, and look carefully at the fruit of the situation you’re seeing.

    And no matter what, be sure that your life is being influenced by God Himself, by His Word, by the godly leaders He has placed over you. “To the Law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).

    Did you find this post helpful? If so, please leave a comment below with your thoughts or even your questions. I’d love to hear from you.


    1. Kimberlyn says:

      Could this be the reason my husband Jeffrey is behaving the way he has been lately? He was loving & caring even as he was saying he wanted a divorce … but now he’s just outright mean to me. He never wanted to spend (quality) time with our children when he was home … now he is trying to get the children taken away from me, because the children do not want to go with him. Saying that i am hindering his relationship with them …

      1. Kimberlyn, I don’t necessarily think that that is a Jezebel spirit, although that could be in there. I think that situation is a whole yucky mix of sin and evil influence that can’t really be narrowed down to one thing. I am still praying for you, though. You’ve been on my heart. I pray Papa would continue to comfort you, strengthen you, lift you up, and restore your life better than it has ever been before.
        Love in Christ, and BIG HUGS to you!!!

        1. Kimberlyn says:

          Thank you Jamie!

          I pray your prayer Plead the Suffering …almost everyday! But thank you so very much for praying for me!!

    2. Jamie,
      WOW! I’m going to have to re-read this a few times, to really fully understand all that you have said!!! SO GOOD!!!!! I wish I could speak to you in person:( I’m sure it’s not something you do, so please keep me in prayer as I have to do just what you are speaking of, (talk to a leader about an issue in small group/ and being misunderstood doesn’t help either 🙁 Thx u) and I am somewhat fearful:( Blessings sweet sister… Love M xo

      1. Marni, I’m so glad the post was helpful. I’d love to talk with you too, although unfortunately my schedule right now isn’t allowing for things like that. Maybe sometime in the future I might be able to set up group sessions via Periscope or Skype somehow or something like that. That would be awesome, to get some face time in! I would love that. Anyway, if you have any specific questions, you’re welcome to leave them below and I will do my best to answer them as much as I can. Today’s post about how to pray against the Jezebel spirit might also help. 🙂
        Thank you for reading as always, and I’m still waiting for that squish! 😉 LOL. Have a great day!

    3. Excellent article and I feel the church is so under equipped in teaching this, and it ruins lives. When you said the prophetic spirit will never give a directive – like “God told me you should marry this person, or have this job” why is that? I totally agree, I just like to know my scripture behind it so I can effectively teach others.

      1. Hey Jennifer. It’s because the purpose of prophecy is to edify, encourage, equip, and build up. NOT to direct or maneuver people into situations you want them in. THAT is control and manipulation. GOD will instruct people and teach them in the way they should go. Should we teach His Word? Yes. But we should not try to dictate people’s lives.

        So in the marriage or job situation, someone operating in true prophecy says: “I know God will show you what to do. You do hear Him. Look at the fruit of this situation and compare it to the Word of God. Do you have peace about it? Let me pray for you. It’s going to be ok. God is big enough to help you, and He’ll work all things for your good.” Do you see how this equips and empowers a person, pointing them directly to the Father?

        Whereas a spirit of control and manipulation says: “God told ME that YOU are supposed to marry XYZ Person or take that job. YOU need to do this now, because I said so, and I know this is from God.” THAT puts someone’s dependence on the false prophet. It means the Jezebelite is controlling someone’s life, instead of pointing them to the Father and to the wisdom God alone can give.

        True prophecy will always point back to the Father. Control/manipulation/Jezebel will always point to the Jezebelite.

        Our focus should always be to point people closer to Jesus, empower them to walk in what God is showing them to do that lines up with His Word, and encourage them when they are lonely, afraid, or hurting. Our purpose should NEVER be to make people codependent on us.

        Does this help at all?

        1. It does! Thank you 🙂

    4. Hi, loved how insightful this was. I am going through quite a situation in my life that God is building me up while the storm is all around. It’s very incredible. It’s hard to explain lol. Just that during demonic attacks there is God’s peace and Joy covering me. So miraculous. But I am in a situation whereas over night my husband left and there is a jezebelite influence involved. Every time that person is out of the scene my husband reverts to his usual self and when that person is around they become like that person. Very crazy. But thank you again for the clear concise break down and real life examples.

    5. God bless you Jamies, I was sharing with the women in my church about the Spirit of discouragement. I sense this in my church and I mentioned it to my pastors. This kind of spirit if not careful damage true churches. But where there is light love darkness can’t stay forever. God bless you sis, I know when God is talking to me. Someone will just send messages about what is happening to me. Please is this God talking to me?

    6. I was sharing this with the women in my church, that is 2 days ago. And you sis Jamie sending this message about jezebel spirit. Is it God talking to me?

    7. Pastor Matilda Banga says:

      dealing with the spirit of Jezebel seems to be an ongoing prayer need. thanks for sharing.

    8. Jaime, thank you for this article. It was an eye opener. My 74 year old mother is living with us, and she’s always been trying to put a wedge between me and my husband (we’ve been married 23 years). She is totally jealous when I talk alone to our 22 year old son who is also living with us. She’s always wanted me to herself. My husband and I do bible study together, and she always makes mean remarks about it. We keep inviting her to study with us, but she always declines. We are almost at the point where we don’t even talk to each other when she can hear us. We don’t have a church that we could attend. We live in Germany, and truly bible based churches are hard to find, plus we don’t have a car right now. Health wise my mom is dependent on us because she can’t live by herself anymore.

      1. Where do you live in germany? I know of a couple churches. Do you speak any german?

        1. We live close to Freilassing, at the Austrian border. We don’t have a car right now and there isn’t any public transportation on the weekends here. I am German, my husband is American.

    9. Thank you for this material. For the past few months, I have received a lot of prophesies from different Prophets and this puts me in a state of confusion. Now, I will be more cautious where Iit is coming from.

    10. Robin Rush says:

      Good Word! I have witnessed this spirit in operation in many churches and ministries. Having the gifts of prophecy, discernment and teaching on my life, I know now I have been sent to these ministries to point God’s people to Christ. Jezebel becomes angry because I refused to bow to Baal. It is my mission to encourage, educate, empower and equip the saints through His Word and prayer.

    11. Prisca Baidoo says:

      I’m now very ‘clear’ about this Distructive’ spirit! Your teaching/article on this Jezebel spirit is explicit &acurate indeed !Thank God for your life !??
      This is truely helpful. Hallelujah

    12. Julie Ann Filter says:

      Ok, I have a question. I believe my oldest daughter has struggled in the past with this demon prior to committing to a faith walk with our Abba when she was about 6 years old. Today she is now 12, and her behavior has turned around MAJORLY, but at times she still struggles. What would this look like in a child, and what recommendations would you have to parents who are working to help their children to navigate such influences without scaring them? (She seems to be very sensitive to the spiritual world in general, so I want to carefully walk through this).

      1. I would say rebellion would be the main indicator. Just remember that it’s the enemy trying to get his claws in her; lots of prayer, love, teaching can make a big difference. He can and will convict her as you parent her with His guidance.

    13. This was so good. A breath of fresh air from heaven!

    14. Thanks for information. I have had several of these experiences and they are very much a problem. Pray for me, I have had to study this a lot right now and I have been very concerned about what I have been through. John Paul Jackson’s material as well as Jennifer Le Claire and especially Bob Larson have some good material on Jezebel as well. Not to mention (best reference ever) the illumination of the Holy Spirit on this topic.

    15. Loved this! Thank you so much! You are helping millions all around the world! STAy doing what God tells you to do
      It’s crazy that we are not taught this, but God always makes a way for us to know what he wants us to know!

    16. I’m still learning and growing in christ so this post helped me learn about discearning and with knowledge about spiritual matters, and the Jezebel spirit. It was also very thorough and direct keep the fire burning!! ???

    17. Dear Jamie, your bulletins are timely and I am a believer of truth, the pilgrims progress can very well describe that spirit, it’s my favorite read. I desire to be mentored by you and I have been observing you through careful interactions with God and I have big dreams but I need divine helpers to be used of God to take me there. Am really glad that people like you exist you are so few. God must have planned this because I was watching a video of Jennifer LeClaire and I saw someone talking about her here. Please pray over my request it’s my heart’s desire and hopefully God’s. Have an awesome season,I love you with agape love in Jesus name

    18. Thank you, last night I was praying over a person in our lives who seems to come against everything God calls us to do. I sensed a demonic spirit but didn’t know what to call it, so I prayed specifically for God to show me what spirit to pray over and today I found this.

    19. Am struggling now. My son is a young pastor. His wife has always tried to separate him from our family, even lying about things I have said to her. My son has always believed her. We have gone to her and apologized for anything we may have done. She always responds with a thank you, but the separation increases. We attended my son’s church and he wanted both me and my husband to attend counseling there. The counselor, at first, seemed genuinely helpful. However, as time has passed, she has told me that grown children owe nothing to there parents and that it is my daughter in law’s place to decide if they have contact with us or not. When asked, she told me that she would never care for her elderly mother or mother in law. When I have used scripture to question her, she refuses to answer, stating she will not debate scripture with me. My son started seeing her for counseling as he states he has no empathy and that she is going to help him reconnect with his feelings. My son wanted me to attend counseling sessions with him as he felt it would help our relationship. I went to 2 sessions. The first was an attempt to label me as a manipulative and controlling mom…I promise you, I have no desire to control my grown children. I didn’t want to go back, but, after several weeks, with lots of pressure from my son (and, btw, my pastor), I decided to try again. During this session, my son presented me with a list of rules that I needed to agree to in order to have a relationship with him. I had scriptures of grace and forgiveness that seemed to flow mouth, but neither my son, nor the counselor would address grace or forgiveness. I was told, by the counselor, that if I did not agree to the list of rules and, if I did not agree to more sessions, it would mean that I would have to suffer the consequences of fellowship with my son. I told my son that this felt like a controlling spirit and that I could not agree to this list. He has now stopped contact and sent an email telling me that I could no longer be trusted with his children (whom I have loved and cared for several days a week for 3 years). He says I am evil and in sgreement with evil spirits.
      He says he will only speak to me during counseling sessions with this female counselor, and no other counselor will be allowed. He also alluded that I have a Jezebel spirit. I have been heartbroken. I have devoured scripture and have asked Jesus for strength. I have asked that the Lord search my heart and remove any unclean thing from me. My heart is this, I love the Lord with everything in me. Yes, I have made mistakes. I have great empathy for others and cannot stand it if I feel I have ever hurt anyone. This situation is so bizarre and severe that it feels demonic. My other son, also grown, is perplexed as well. He has sensed something wrong from our daughter in law for years and has felt that she wanted to divide our family. We are all Christians and we are in prayer and in the Word. Please pray for us.

    20. Bianca M Cook says:

      Hi jamie i have a question? A few years back my now husband was just my boyfriend and he is african. There was an african pastor who told my boyfriend to write down the names of the woman he would marry and the pastor prayed and picked some names and said God said not to marry any of us… me being one of the names . and that if he married any of us something bad would happen later in our future. Our marriage has not always been easy but the more i draw close to God the more our marraige flourish….my question is was that pastor a true prophet or were we being deceived????

    21. Sf-Newzealand says:

      Thank you for this blog post, very interesting and informative.
      Got a question, I have an old friend that has been around me and my family, we used to be in the Catholic Church, however I have moved on, funny enough she followed me to the new church I moved to , firstly a baptist church and now my current evangelical church. She does not seem committed to these new places as she still goes to her old church. This is over a time span of 10years. She now comes to my home group. She has a hissy fit if I say anything on religion and later apologies! Anyway long story short, there definitely is a Jezebel behind all this, I no longer will tolerate the Jezebel but I don’t know how to get rid of this spirit without hurting my friend. I have on so many occasions tried to explain / preach to her, but she does not get it. She is on a religious journey but says things like I accept what you do. But her presence has started annoying me, her prayer requests are witchcraft type and selfish. She now wants to bring in a friend to the group, which I am not too happy about cause I don’t want to turn my home group into a bible bashing event. Appreciate your feedback, I have dwelled on this far too long. Praying for revelation from God.

      1. Hi there, the Bible says not to be in fellowship with divisive people. So, I’d obey God. Sometimes people whom you think are friends really aren’t. People who poison you and your environment aren’t friends.

    22. Jamie, thanks. I just moved to a new town and not long after I got here this woman started coming to my apartment. My neighbor had told me about her and how she would go all over town prophecying. The first day she came to my apartment, I felt very subservient to her. I did not like that. She started prophecying “thus says God, King James only.” I sensed that she was very manipulative and controlling. The next time she came to my apartment she started in again on, “My daughter, you are beautiful without makeup.” I threw her and her friend out of my apartment. She was trying to control and manipulate me by giving me things and telling me that I was now part of her ministry(following). The Lord shared with a friend of mine that “I had walked into her stronghold”. As of now, the lady across the hall broke free from her, but another lady is being held captive by her in her own apartment controlling her by not allowing her to talk to me or my neighbor who was best friends with her before this happened. I have to say that I’m very thankful to God that I was able to see what was happening. This woman does not attend church at all. When her pastor tried to deal with her, she rebuked him. Any advice?

    23. irene jones says:

      I had a person prophecy that this job I was at was my business. She told me God said that was my business. I knew in my heart it wasn’t true . It was so much corruption and bad stuff going on there. I was miserably there but stayed because of what I was told. Eventually I prayed about it and God told me to pray for thier heart. They packed up and relocated and I was without a job. I know they had to in order for God move me out of that mess. When it happened the person told me I didn’t have enough faith to become the owner of the job. I knew that was false. Eventually I left from under her ministry.

    24. Love these distinctions and qualifications, thanks! I guess I’ve often sorta imagined a jezebel as something akin to a succubus, and now reading, I also see many similarities with narcissists – overt as well as covert.
      One of the most frustrating parts is how it can be so difficult to hear what God’s word actually is saying after so much spiritual abuse and distortion (specifically distortion of the Word, and combine that with controlling modeling, well, blecchh). That’s a LOT to undo. I guess just being aware of it is the main thing, in order to keep searching and praying for truth to destroy the perversion.
      I see some of this in my mother. It was somewhat kept “in check” while my Dad had his church, and an entire congregation would have seen right through her, but got worse when he became unable to minister.
      Thanks for the great articulation!

    25. Nonkululeko says:

      Thank you Jamie for these articles and and the prayers that you send. You may not know this but your selfless dedication to the kingdom of God is a confirmation that Father God truly loves us and that he cares for His people. We are learning a lot.
      I pray that God would enlarge your territory, and favor you in every area of your life.
      Blessings from Nonku.💖

    26. Bantshang says:

      Hi Jamie! I thank God for the power of his word in our lives. Thank you for helping me understand what and how jezebel spirit works. I want to be delivered from my son or him being delivered from me. Everytime I think of doing something for my life I would feel inside of me like my son is blocking me. Like I have fear of him. Some false teachers and prophets I working evil in me to get rid of him for thier own benefit hiding behind God that he is a hindrance. I love him as precious gift from the Lord. If God allowed me to have him as evil as I have been how can He shun him because I believe he inherited from me and his father. I believe in the grace of God. I ask God to deliver us from jezebel spirit which turns away the hearts of parents from their children and children from thier parents. Pray for me and my son to be delivered by gentle spirit of God.

    27. Thank you Jamie for this very enlightening post. At times I have wondered if someone had been operating in the Jezebel Spirit. There seems to be a deadness to their msg. Their msg doesn’t reflect any glory to God instead it seems to reflect some idolatry, glory to themself.. Thank you for explaining this demonic spirit. Blessings to you sistet-in-Christ. ✝️ ❤

    28. Lilliana Markovic says:

      Thank you so much for your amazing insights.

    29. Annanson John says:

      Most very grateful 🙏.

    30. IRMA NORTJE says:

      Amen Help us Lord to discern properly and be wise in our relationships.

    31. Thank you for this teaching. What if it’s the Pastor’s wife? I sensed something being off and after a year of going to the church, I caught on to what was going on. Unfortunately, a good friend works for the church and confided in me a lot of things that confirmed what I was sensing. From affairs, to controlling, manipulating, controlling the money/tithes (pastors wife is who sees all of the tithes), she’s gotten her husband to get rid of people, people have have left b/c of her. She doesn’t attend church. Maybe 1 time a month or when there’s a special guest speaker. It seems to be tolerated. Knowing these things has made it very difficult for me to worship there.

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