Re-post from 2012. Jezebel must be defeated!
The Three-Fold Cord: God’s Response to Ahab and Jezebel
When God initiated His attack against the reign of Ahab and Jezebel, He used the threefold cord of prophet, priest, and king. Each of these offices represents a different aspect of patriarchal, God ordained authority. Each part of the cord confronted a different aspect of the Ahab-Jezebel coalition.
The Prophet: Elijah
Elijah confronted Ahab, showed forth the power of God, had the false prophets slain, and turned the people’s hearts back to the Lord. The demonstration of God’s power broke the mind-blinding witchcraft of Jezebel’s false prophets that had the people spellbound. Only once this power was broken were they able to fall down in repentance and declare, “the Lord, He is God!” Elijah was the prophetic voice who demonstrated the power of God to turn the hearts of the children away from Jezebel (matriarchy) and back to the Lord (patriarchy).
As soon as Jezebel heard about the fate of the false prophets, she forecasted the fear of death against Elijah through spoken words and telepathic powers. Her words, carried by a messenger, forecasted fear into Elijah’s mind through imaginations. The Bible says that when he saw what Jezebel threatened, he ran for his life. To offset Jezebel’s counterattack, God led Elijah through a series of encounters in an effort to break the power of Jezebel’s witchcraft working against Elijah’s mind.
What was God’s initial response to Elijah?
He sent an angel to supernaturally supply Elijah with bread and water. Unlike the false prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table, Elijah ate from the Lord’s table with heavenly provision. The purpose of the provision was to strengthen him for the journey into the wilderness. The wilderness is a type of the soul. Just like the Israelites circled in the wilderness 40 years to kill off that which was afraid to confront the enemy in order to take the promised land, Elijah was led on a 40 day journey unto Mount Horeb to weaken his flesh. He ate nothing during those 40 days, relying on the heavenly provision to sustain him. God was dealing with his flesh while at the same time providing Elijah with spiritual nourishment.
I Kings 19: 9 reads:
And he came unto a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, What are you doing here Elijah? And Elijah said, ‘I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.’
Let’s look at Elijah’s response more carefully.
Notice that he lays these charges against the people of Israel. But, who was the root cause of it all? Who was it that caused the people to forsake the covenant of God through idolatry and witchcraft? Who was behind God’s altars being thrown down, His prophets being killed, and personally seeking to take Elijah’s life? It was not the people of Israel. It was Jezebel. Elijah never mentions her!
In forecasting fear against Elijah, Jezebel did more than just cause him to be afraid for his life. Her witchcraft also skewed his perspective. Instead of calling to remembrance how the Lord moved through him to restore the altar, deliver the people, and kill the false prophets, he could only see the appearance of the enemy’s victory and his defeat (even I am the only one left and they seek my life!). Jezebel’s witchcraft worked on Elijah’s mind to distort the reality of God’s sovereignty and the enemy’s defeat. In breaking Jezebel’s hold over the people and killing the false prophets, Elijah had already defeated her at Mount Carmel. He only had to finish her off. Knowing her time was short, she sought to hinder Elijah by forecasting the fear of death through one of her strongest weapons—witchcraft.
What was God’s response to Elijah’s Fear?
I Kings 19:11 reads:
And he said, ‘Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.’ And, behold, the Lord passed by and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rock before the Lord; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire: but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
God demonstrated His sovereignty over the wind (smashing rocks), the earth (earthquake), and the fire. He had also demonstrated His sovereignty over water by shutting up the heavens and then opening them up again to end the drought. It was like He was showing Elijah why he should not fear. He (God) had all power in heaven and earth.
After demonstrating His dominion in such an awesome, powerful way He did not speak to Elijah in a loud and thundering voice.
“…and after the fire, a still small voice.”
He spoke to Elijah in a whisper. An intimate and personable voice.
God asked Elijah again, “Why are you here Elijah?”
Again Elijah said, ‘I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and slain your prophets with the sword; and I even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.’
After receiving supernatural strength, witnessing the power of God’s might, and hearing the intimate, quiet reassurance of that still small voice, Elijah still could not see.
What is the message for us? Elijah was a powerhouse prophet who walked in the power of God under the old covenant. Hebrews 10:1-14 reminds us that the blood of bulls and goats could not perfect those under the old covenant with regards to the sin nature. Through the body and blood of Jesus Christ, we have a better covenant. The sacrifice of His body for sin has perfected forever those that are sanctified. We, who have received the long awaited promise of the Spirit, can be perfected in the love of Christ. And, perfect love casts out fear.
Let’s take a look at another battle royale between Elijah and Jezebel. This time in the New Testament. John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah. He confronted Herod regarding his unrighteous marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife. The response? Using her daughter to cast a spell on Herod through witchcraft and whoredoms, Herodias had John the Baptist beheaded.
What happened while John was in jail awaiting execution?
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, ‘Are you he that should come, or do we look for another?’
This was the same John that first declared Jesus as the Lamb of God, saw the Holy Spirit descend on Him after baptism, and heard the Father declare him the Son of God. (John 1:29-36, Matthew 3:16-17).
What caused him to doubt?
The same spiritual attack that caused Elijah to run.
What was God’s response?
Just as in Elijah’s day, He showed forth his power and dominion.
When the men from John came to him, they said, John the Baptist sent us to you saying, ‘Are you he that should come? Or should we look for another?
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Then Jesus answered them, ‘Go your way, and tell John what things you have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, who shall not be offended in me.’
In addition to demonstrating His power, Jesus also added this: Those who are not offended in Him are blessed. This helps us understand what was happening to John. The Greek word for offend is translated as a snare or stumbling block. The spirit of Jezebel, working through Herodias, attacked the spirit of Elijah in John the Baptist. This time the Bible emphasizes not fear but doubt. It doesn’t seem that John was necessarily afraid to die. However, at the moment of martyrdom, the weapon of doubt was forecasted in an attempt to snare him.
But Jesus, knowing the spiritual battle being waged, sent a word to exhort John to not be offended, to stand strong, and to receive the blessing of the Lord which was greater than any weapon the enemy was launching against him.
From the strongholds of witchcraft and whoredoms, Jezebel launches the spiritual weapons of fear of death and doubt against those who walk in the spirit of Elijah to turn the hearts of the children back to the fathers.
Revelation speaks of the fearful and unbelieving being among the first in hell. These are two strongholds of Jezebel that must be overcome.
Now let’s look at the second part of that three-fold cord.
The King: Jehu
Jehu was anointed king over Israel by Elisha. He overthrew Jezebel and restored patriarchal authority to the throne. Jehu is a warrior-king emphasizing spiritual warfare against Jezebel to assert and restore God ordained authority.
Jehu drove furiously to bring judgment to Ahab and Jezebel. After slaying all of Ahab’s male descendants according to the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah the prophet, he went to finish off Jezebel.
From her stronghold of witchcraft and whoredoms, she launched the weapon of seduction against Jehu. But Jehu was a man of war. He was not drawn in by her seducing spirit.
He called to the eunuchs and they threw her down as an act of aligning themselves with patriarchal authority. Even though her blood spilled on the wall of the tower Jehu had no mercy on her. He trampled her underfoot with his horse. Think about that. It may seem ruthless that a strong powerful man of war trampled this one seemingly defenseless woman with his horse. But this is how the Lord sees Jezebel. She is not only to be cast down but annihilated.
The Priest: Jehoida
In II Chronicles we see the third and final battle in this war to rid the kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel. The account is found in II Chronicles 22: 8-12.
As Jehu executed judgment on the house of Ahab, he also slew the princes of Judah. He sought out Ahaziah king of Judah and killed him as well. What happens next?
II Chronicles 22:10
But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
Who was Athaliah’s mother?
Athaliah, in the spirit of her mother Jezebel, set out to murder all of the rightful heirs to the throne. She killed her own grandsons for one reason: power.
Jehoshabeath, Ahaziah’s daughter was able to steal away one infant boy and hide him from Athaliah’s murdering rampage. The baby was taken to the priests and hidden in the House of the Lord for six years – no doubt being instructed in the ways of the Lord.
Then we read about Jehoida the priest.
When the boy king was seven years old, Jehoida the priest commanded the army to gather the Levites and chief of the fathers out of all of Judah and converge in Jerusalem. Once the congregation was gathered, he made a covenant with them to protect Ahaziah’s son. It was the Levites (the priests of the Lord), weapons in hand, who were charged with protecting the king and were commanded to kill anyone who tried to lay a hand on him. Jehoida also equipped the people with weapons to fight for their king.
II Chronicles 23: 10-11
And when he (Jehoida) set all the people to surround the king, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and the temple; then they brought out the king’s son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoida and his sons anointed him, and said, ‘God save the king!’
When Athaliah found out that the rightful heir to the throne had been crowned, she burst into the temple crying treason. Jehoida had her taken out of the temple and slain.
So here is an awesome depiction of how the priest confronts Jezebel.
Jehoida commanded the Levites, army, and all the people of Judah to protect the king and stand between him and Athaliah. This is a depiction of intercession. Weapons in hand, the priests made up a hedge about the king to shield him from Athaliah’s attack. Furthermore, these were priests from Judah which means praise. For the New Testament church, we see that the priestly office of the three fold cord makes up the hedge around God’s children who are destined to come into the inheritance of the kingdom but are helpless to defend themselves. Intercession offsets the attack of Jezebel to destroy their lives. With praise in their mouths and spiritual weapons in their hands, the priests stand in the gap and intercede for the next generation of the Lord’s royal lineage.
The Three-Fold Cord of Prophet, Priest, and King
We see from Scripture that God used the three-fold cord of prophet, priest, and king to overthrow the reign of Ahab and Jezebel. That same three-fold cord is required today.
The spirit of Elijah initiates God’s attack in the old and new testaments by confronting the spirit of Ahab for betraying the kingdom into the hands of Jezebel. This initial confrontation is backed by power to confront Jezebel’s false prophets and break the mind-blinding spirits of witchcraft off of the people of God. God promised to send the spirit of Elijah again in these last days to turn the hearts of His children back to His divine order of patriarchal authority. That promise is being fulfilled. Because the spirit of Elijah is an end time anointing, the spirits of Ahab and Jezebel have stood up with all ferocity to fight the church, and more specifically, men who walk in God ordained patriarchal authority.
It is only after the prophet speaks to Ahab through the rhema word of God, breaks the power of witchcraft through demonstrated power, and turns the hearts of the children back to the fathers, that the rightful King can be established in the hearts of God’s people. It is a return to patriarchal authority through submission and repentance.
Once the strongman of Ahab is confronted and patriarchal authority is restored in the hearts of the people then Jezebel, the matriarchal usurper of authority, can be defeated. Notice Jehu only had to speak to the eunuchs to cast Jezebel down to her death. Her spiritual power had already been broken by Elijah on Mount Carmel. All that was left for Jehu to do was to fight the battle necessary to plunder the spoils and make God’s victory manifest in the kingdom through the restoration of God ordained authority.
As Godly authority is restored and manifested, the priests now have the proper tactical position from which to launch a war of intercession. The purpose of this war is to root out the Jezebel spirit from every part of God’s kingdom and protect the next generation of God’s lineage so they too can take their place as heirs in Christ’s kingdom. All three are necessary to defeat Jezebel and Ahab. Prophet, Priest, and King. A three-fold cord is not easily broken.
There is a clarion call throughout the land for men of God to stand against this Ahab and Jezebel coalition and re-establish patriarchal authority in the hearts of God’s people. If you can hear this call, click the links to learn more about the Man Up Manifesto and Man Up America 2019.
You can also check out these messages from Omega Ministries:
We War with Jezebel
Satan’s Plan for a Man