Jezebel!

Then Jehu went to Jezreel. When Jezebel heard about it, she painted her eyes, arranged her hair and looked out of a window (2 Kings 9:30 NIV).

Look at Jezebel: She is painting her eyes and arranging her hair when Jehu, the one who is to destroy her, arrives. She knows that Jehu had murdered the king already. But still she asks, “Have you come in peace?”

The original Jezebel was an entirely wicked queen who promoted idol worship in Israel and also killed the prophets of the Lord. But our concern today is understanding Jezebel in a modern context. For this we need to refer to Revelation 2:20 where the risen Jesus talks about a prophetess. She called herself Jezebel. Now when someone calls himself or herself by some name, it means that that person is in complete agreement with the original personality who bore that name. And this prophetess was misleading the servants of God into sexual immorality by her teaching. And she was unwilling to repent even though time was given her to do so.

Today, we find the teaching on sexual purity getting corrupted day by day. As a Christian, when one tries to fight sexually impure thoughts and flee from it, Jezebel appears through a window. She looks attractive because she has painted her eyes and arranged her hair. She asks whether you have come in peace. Most Christians fail right here. They had come so far to kill her by God’s command and anointing. But when they see her face, they are deceived. They think her harmless and proclaim peace to her. Then, like the original Jezebel, she will kill you, the prophet of the Lord!

But Jezebel has to die. And she can die only a violent death. That is why Jehu asked that she be thrown down a window. Would you do that today? That is the only way sexually impure thoughts will die. It has to die violently. Only then will this statement come true in your life too: “But when they went out to bury her, they found nothing except her skull, her feet and her hands … so that no one will be able to say, `This is Jezebel.’ ” Yes, Jezebel has to die a violent death in your life too so that no trace of her can be found again in your life.!