While the Bible doesn’t say anything about the “the spirit of Jezebel,” the Bible does say a lot about the historical evil person Jezebel. Satan certainly wants people to act like this evil woman.
So when I say that someone is a Jezebel, I simply mean that this person is acting in an evil way that is in line with the corrupt, cunning, and coercive character of Jezebel the woman. And to be clear, “a Jezebel” can be a man or a woman. In this article, however, I’ll be specifically talking about a female Jezebel.
So here are 4 biblical marks to look out for so you can protect yourself from a Jezebel.
1. A Jezebel Is a Women Who Intentionally Leads a Man Into Idolatry Because She Hates God
A Jezebel is not just your average carnal sinner who simply loves sinful pleasure more than God. Rather, a true Jezebel is a woman who has studied false theology and is a real heretic. And it’s not just that her beliefs are unbiblical, it’s that she will also seek to lead men into these wicked beliefs with her.
Jezebel is introduced in the Scriptures in 1 Kings 16:30-32. It states:
And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him. And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he took for his wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal and worshiped him. He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria.”
Here we learn that she was a princess from a nation that worshiped the false god Baal. She wasn’t content to just be a Baal worshiper herself. She wanted to systematically stomp out God’s truth and spread the worship of Baal. She did this by killing God’s prophets (1 Kings 18:3-4) and financially providing for the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:19).
While Ahab was an evil man all on his own, 1 Kings 21:25 also says that Ahab was so evil because of Jezebel, “There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited.”
A real Jezebel is clever, intentional, and well learned when it comes to darkness and sin. She will suck you into heresy because she truly hates God.
2. A Jezebel Uses False Accusations to Get What She Wants
A Jezebel is the type of woman who will accuse a man of crimes that forever ruin his reputation. Even if he is proved innocent over time, the mere accusation is enough to ruin his reputation in the court of public opinion.
In 1 Kings 21, Jezebel’s husband, Ahab, begins to covet Naboth’s field. Naboth refuses to give it to him, so he begins to pout and whine. Jezebel sees this and comes up with a plan. She writes letters in Ahab’s name and tells her followers to plan a feast and to make Naboth the head of the people there. But while at the feast she instructs them to have “two worthless men” accuse Naboth of cursing God and the king. When these men make these false accusations, the people then stone Naboth. Ahab and Jezebel then take his field (1 Kings 21:1-16).
A Jezebel uses this tactic when things get desperate. She will try to seduce you first, but if you won’t give in, she will then resort to false accusations against you.
3. A Jezebel Uses Blatant Sexual Seduction to Manipulate Men
Oftentimes a Jezebel is physically attractive. In sin, she has learned to use her body to control men in manipulative ways.
After Ahab dies, Jezebel’s son, Joram becomes king. But God then anointed Jehu to be king. 2 Kings 9:22 then says, “And when Joram saw Jehu, he said, ‘Is it peace, Jehu?’ He answered, ‘What peace can there be, so long as the whorings and the sorceries of your mother Jezebel are so many?’” Jehu then kills Joram. On his way into the city, 2 Kings 9:30 states of Jezebel, “When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window.” Jezebel knew her time was running short, so she resorted back to using her sexual prowess to try to get what she wanted.
We also know Jezebel was into dark sexual sins because the worship of Baal involved these types of perversions. This is why in Revelation 2:20, Jezebel is again mentioned when it states, “But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.”
So one sign of a Jezebel is when a woman uses blatant sexual seduction in an attempt to manipulate men.
4. A Jezebel Is Drawn to Passive Men Who Tolerate Her Seduction, Manipulation, and Heresy
Because a Jezebel loves to corrupt others, a Jezebel
is also drawn to passive people. Notice again what Jesus said in Revelation 2:20, “But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.”
A Jezebel loves those people who “tolerate her.” A Jezebel knows that seduction and theological corruption take time. Therefore a Jezebel is drawn to passive men who are prone to being dominated by a woman with a charismatic or controlling personality type.
Therefore, if you want to avoid a Jezebel, you have to be a man who refuses to tolerate manipulative women. Don’t be weak just because she’s attractive. Be a strong man and never let a woman lead you into darkness.