In addition to this blog, I’ve also added three appendices that give information on who the historical queen Jezebel was and who the pagan gods Baal and Ashtoreth were that she was so fond of worshiping.
Although she became historically tied to the queen of Israel at the time, this by no means limits habitation of this spirit to females. Men are also threatened to become possessed by her. In fact, I know of at least three men who were possessed by the Jezebel spirit, one of them being Yours Truly. You may read how I got rid of this stubborn and tenacious spirit, plus a bunch of other spirits, in my own deliverance storyavailable for reading here.
Francis Frangipane and Jon Hamilton make nonetheless interesting points as to why the Jezebel spirit seems to favor habitation in women:
“Short ‘n’ Sweet” Description of a Jezebel
Key Characteristics of a Jezebel Spirit
It is noted that the characteristics of Jezebel are rooted in a psychological basis of reckless egocentricity that is fueled by a deeply entrenched fear. As such, the characteristics are all quite closely related to one and other. Therefore submitted quotes describing one characteristic routinely pertain to one or more other characteristics as well.
In reviewing the characteristics the reader should also take stock of this piece of advice:
The latter sentence means that a person risks possession by Jezebel through committing sin. This is a general spiritual rule: people open up demonic doorways by way of sinning.
N.B. The characteristics given, pertain to the spirit and it depends on the degree of spiritual manifestation whether they also pertain to the possessed person. The “degree of spiritual manifestation” is understood to be the measure of success in which the spirit manages to usurp the will of its host. If it succeeds in seizing the will of the host completely, it will also manifest completely. In such cases of extremely close spirit-host identification, as was the case with queen Jezebel of old, that which pertains to the spirit also automatically pertains to the person. In the text of this blog, a “Jezebel” is understood to be a person who not only carries (or “hosts”) the Jezebel spirit but is also influenced by it to such degree that its behavior (significantly) resembles that of the spirit itself. It is under those circumstances that the possessed person has become a slave of the demon spirit.
Control-freak and Manipulator
Here are various quotes from different resources which demonstrate that Jezebel is first and foremost all about control and manipulation. This is no straight-shooter folks. She seduces and manipulates her way to the top.
A peculiar kind of manipulation, reminiscent of bribery, is gift-giving:
They have no qualms whatsoever to resort to fear and intimidation if it only serves their own interests.
Jezebels will use (sexual) seduction as tools of manipulation if only it serves their self-interests.
Why this obsessive pursuance of power and control over other people is so antagonistic to true Christian doctrine is explained by Steve Sampson:
God wants us to come to Him based on our own free will and love for Him, he doesn’t want us to come to him based on coercion and as such out of fear. Unlike Jezebel, God is not a control-freak or dictator!
As a personal anecdote, when I still had a Jezebel spirit in me a few months back, I can remember how strong those controlling urges in me could become. At the time I had accepted an invitation by two friends to come over to the US (I’m Dutch you see), stay for a couple of weeks and in the process get delivered of the spiritual parasitic baggage I had been carrying with me for at least 15 years.
I was reading a book while my two friends were off on a family get-together. Later that day we were supposed to go check out this bookstore in Kansas City that was selling half-priced books and so this would be an excellent opportunity for me to expand my book collection. Anyway, time went by and I realized that stores do not stay open 24 hours a day and I was unsure if I would have the opportunity of going to that store at a later date. While reading at first went quite well, as time pressed on I suddenly noticed myself becoming anxious and reading became difficult. A little while later I decided to call my friend and ask her if she would be able to make it back in time. I wasn’t at all pleased with the prospect of missing out on such an opportunity. I must have sounded pretty demanding to my friend on the phone. Thankfully the call didn’t get through and I left a not-too-friendly and rather urging message on her answering machine. Although it was me who wanted to check out that bookstore it was Jezebel expanding on that desire and using it as an excuse for her to try to take control over the situation. That’s why she made me feel anxious to the point where I was unable to read. She tricked me into trying to make everybody else dance to “my” tune.
As I reflect on this experience I realize that the underlying emotion which caused me to act as a little dictator ultimately is fear. Fear of not ending up with control and/or attaining whatever she desires is what propels a Jezebel. And this is of course typical of demons; beings that thrive on that very emotion. Fear is the catalyst for generating all other negative emotions. Fear drives aggression, it fosters insecurity, anxiety, self-pity, narcissism, greed etc. All these emotive qualities are sharply contrasting the fruits of the antagonist of fear, which is, love, or God’s currency. Fear is the currency of the demonic.
Steve Sampson concurs:
I have one minor corrective suggestion though. Sampson wrote “This person who once felt so deeply inferior now, in a perverted sense, feels superior to everyone.” I am quite convinced though that these feelings of superiority are not sincere. I regard these feelings to be the consequence of a psychological mechanism that seeks to offset feelings of inferiority. They are not genuine feelings of superiority but rather the result of an ego-based act of overcompensation. Deep down inside their feelings of inferiority and insecurity still remain but they are now camouflaged by a mere veneer of superiority, false security.
Indeed, their inherent insecurity is shown to still exist, as evidenced by their fearful reaction when someone challenges their usurped authority. They demonstrate to still be prone to feeling threatened. If their feelings of superiority were genuine and justified, the rationale for feelings of being threatened would have been non-existent. Sincere (feelings of) superiority only belongs to God. And unlike pretenders and usurpers, He doesn’t have, nor does he need to have, the urge to flaunt it. God just is superior.
Francis Frangipane also agrees with Sampson and I: