When Jesus was rebuking the Thyatira Church for allowing Jezebel to rule over them, He was talking about a WOMAN, NOT a MAN!
Jesus clearly said: “But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that WOMAN—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray.” Revelations 2:20 NLT
Jesus was comparing this woman in the Thyatira Church to the infamous, wicked woman, Queen Jezebel, from the Old Testament days, who was known for undermining the authority of her husband, King Ahab, by controlling and manipulating him, and taking over his leadership. (See 1. Kings 21)
I have heard many women, especially those who have the Jezebel spirit, cleverly confusing this issue and shifting the focus off from themselves, by saying that the spirit of Jezebel also operates in men! You will find these women in prophetic church circles, many times leading the gatherings. Isn’t it amazing how Jesus emphasized that Jezebel calls herself a prophet, who “leads My servants astray”? During our many years of traveling for the ministry, we have encountered so many women – too many to count – who are self-proclaimed prophets. These women are always, very shrewdly and undetected, leading people away from Christ into deception, with false teachings and false prophecies!
As part of His rebuke to the Thyatira Church, Jesus also said that Jezebel is a false teacher, who teaches ‘deeper truths’ – revelations that in actuality explore the ‘depths of Satan’! (See Revelation 2:24) This is exactly what is going on in these prophetic gatherings, where the Jezebel women flock.
So, let’s cut to the chase: The Jezebel spirit only pertains to women, simply because of the fact that men have been given natural authority from God – it’s not something they would need to fight to get, they already have it! Women, on the other hand, have not been given that same authority! But they feel they should have it, and feel treated unfairly by God. That is why the purpose of this particular demonic spirit of Jezebel is to take the position of leadership authority that the man has in marriage and church, by using manipulation, control, domination, and seduction to achieve this! They’re trying to force nature and God, but they will always experience God resisting them in this area, adding to the offense they feel.
By Edwin Christiaan