Jazabel and the Spirit of Elijah

March 30, 2016

Matthew 14:6-12

On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much 7that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10and had John beheaded in the prison. 11His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. 12John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.

Jazabel and the Spirit of Elijah

Herodias represents a spirit that is often found around men of power and influence.  It is a spirit of Jezebel.  It controls, manipulates, seduces and influences for personal gain and promotion of wickedness.  It is interesting that it was Jazebel that lived and controlled in the time of Elijah.  She had such influence over Ahab the king, that she slew God’s prophets, implemented baal worship and sought the life of Elijah.  She was unable to kill Elijah, but here this same spirit manages to have John the Baptist, who represented the spirit of Elijah, beheaded.  Malachi 4:5 says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.”  In Matthew 17:10-12 it tells us who this modern day Elijah was. ” The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?”

11Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. 12But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” 13Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.”  Herodias manifests this same spirit that was seen that was seen in Jezebel and her intent was the same; to destroy the servants of the Spirit of God that called this spirit of Jazabel into accountability, that proclaimed and exposed her wickedness.  

Here it would seem that Herodias has accomplished what Jazabel didn’t, to kill this spirit of Elijah.  John the Baptist was the forerunner and the preparation for the Messiah.  He tells his disciple concerning Jesus in  John 3:30, “He must increase, but I [must] decrease.”  We are like that John the Baptist ministry and that spirit of Elijah ministry in this day declaring what he declared, “He said, I [am] the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. (John 1:23)” It is like what was, what is and what is to come.   We are that declaration of Christ’s coming and presence in this hour and there will be that Jazabel spirit that will arise to again slay and behead the prophet(s) of the Lord.  

What happens when we lose our head?  Then we exchange it for the headship of Christ.  When this spirit of Jazabel thinks she is destroying the prophet and the Word of the Lord she is in reality opening the door for it to be fulfilled.  ‘He (Jesus, the Christ) must increase, we must decrease.’  

Whatever satan does to destroy God’s people and to annul His Word, will simply bring into being and give place for God’s Word to be fulfilled.  Don’t fear or cower before this religious and manipulative spirit, because it is a spirit of antichrist.  It must manifest itself so that it might be destroyed.  Maintain your calling and proclaim the Word God has put in your mouth, for you are to be that voice in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias (Elijah).”   The King is coming and his kingdom, in earth as it is in heaven.  Let us each one prepare our hearts before Him and encourage others to do so.  John’s ministry just prepared and then gave way for Christ to come forth.  Don’t let us fear losing our head, because when we lose it, Christ simply becomes our head and we his body.  

Blessings,

#kent

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