The Seducer of Those Sent Forth to Seduce – The Jezebel Spirit

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Nevertheless I (Jesus) have a few things against you (Church of Thyatira), 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. (Revelation 2:20 NKJV parenthesis/emphasis mine).

The above passage of Scripture has been gnawing at me for quite a while.  How could a church that was obviously founded on a solid foundation of faith in Christ Jesus, a church who walked in good works, love, service, faith and patience become so corrupt in such a relatively short period of time?  How could the leadership knowingly allow a woman who called herself a prophetess to come in and to actively deceive, through false teaching, many in the congregation?  Then it dawned on me.  The leadership was among the seduced.  But how…how was this false teacher able to seduce them?

Jezebel of the Old Testament was a master manipulator and deceiver obviously under demonic possession.  Pulling the strings of Ahab, she was able to entice him to do unimaginable evil in the sight of the Lord.  In 1 Kings 21:25, we are told that there was no one like Ahab who SOLD himself to do wickedness in the sight of the Lord BECAUSE Jezebel his wife stirred him up.  She seduced and manipulated him just as the false prophetess, Jezebel, seduced, manipulated, and stirred up the congregants of Thyatira; same spirit, different women.

I have been acquainted with a few people who have been so seduced by the Jezebel spirit that they are on the path or have already taken the path towards the seduction of others through their false teachings. In each case, these people were deceived into believing a tiny nugget of deception mixed in with a fair amount of truth.  Building upon the deception, the truth was eventually weeded out until they were fully convinced that they were privileged holders of a new found truth.  As for those who disagree with their teaching, they are now labeled as the deceived.  The below is what I have observed as a pattern for the seduced to become the seducer.

  1. New revelation – In each situation that I have observed, all stated that they received a revelation from the Lord that was special to them. In some cases it came through dreams or visions.  It mattered little that the Word of God did not support their belief; God spoke it (supposedly) to them and them alone.
  2. Anger – When sharing their new revelation, each of the individuals became angered when someone knowledgeable in the Word questioned the validity of their revelation. The usual response was that they had a heightened level of maturity greater than the others and that the others just could not understand until they adopted the revelation for themselves.
  3. Form of holiness – In each case the person took the position that their desire for holiness exceeded that of the church leadership they were currently under. This leads to number 4.
  4. Disgruntled with church leadership – In each case, these individuals began trying to sway fellow congregants that church leadership was either blind or intentionally ignorant to the truth. In each case the church leadership, especially the pastor, was considered to be dim-witted and out of tune with the Holy Spirit. Church leadership was the blame for intentionally ignoring the gift that God had placed upon these individuals.
  5. Leaving the church – Often, if these individuals cannot sway leadership, they leave the church in pursuit of those weak in faith and less knowledgeable of the Word, who will allow them to teach their perverted form of the Gospel. In some cases, if they cannot find a place they will create one.  We see this in the resurgence of the Hebrew Roots Movement where the followers are put back under strict obedience to the Law of the Old Covenant to earn and maintain their salvation.

As I wrote above, these five points are simply personal observations that I have seen.  The point is that, in each case, the deception involves satan’s tried and true method of appealing to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and/or the pride of life (1 John 2:16).  His seduction methods never change.

The spirit behind the Jezebel seduction is one that each of us can easily fall prey to in one form or another.  It may be as simple as an attitude of bitterness toward church leadership.  Or, it may be as extreme as what I listed above.  Whatever the case, we need to examine ourselves.  If we are having problems within the church, let us first consider if the problem is with the church or if the problem really lies with us.  Be blessed.

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10 comments on “The Seducer of Those Sent Forth to Seduce – The Jezebel Spirit
  1. Patrick ~ had to borrow that pic for my next series on Eliyahu (Ezekiel). Credit is given.

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  2. I really appreciate this, Patrick. Pride and a thirst for power I think, can be very seductive things. When Jesus is tempted in the garden, I think each of those seductive temptations are also demonstrated, highlighted in the retelling, “lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and/or the pride of life.”

    We actually have some protesters where I live, protesting in front of churches. They literally carry signs that say, “repent, God hates you.” They hit all five of your points including, angry, disgruntled with the church, believing themselves to have a form of holiness. It’s especially irritating where I live because we need all the Christians we can get, but this little gang goes around tearing down Christians, protesting in front of churches, and affirming the more negative and false perceptions people have of us. They often scream “adulterer” and “Jezebel,” which is the oddest projection. It’s like announcing who you are! They themselves have no church affiliation, no bible studies, they are like these lone wolf Christians who believe they alone have been chosen as special, as above the fray.

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  3. Charles Earl Harrel says:

    As a pastor who has seen it happen in my churches, what you describe, is all too real. Good word, needful warning. I might add, pray not just for spiritual discernment, but for wisdom. Again, thank you for sharing. Your words/teachings are always spot on.

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  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Very fine posts; I think of certain individuals I have known over the years and it “fits” well what you said; may we all be careful not to be seduce by the enemies’ lies…and may God be merciful to those who have been seduced.

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  5. […] Photo borrowed from Patrick Hawthorne from SGM. […]

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