The Strong Men
Jezebel and Antichrist are
the two strong men whom the deliverance minister must bind if he or she
is going to effectively set the captive free. Every demon is related to
the strong men.
else how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless
he FIRST BINDS (tethers, ties up, renders ineffective) the strong man?
And then he will plunder his house.”
Jezebel usually comes through
women; antichrist usually through men. When a believer has a Jezebelic
mother and an antichrist father we see the combined power of the strong
men deliver such a sufferer into the prison of death followed by Hades.
Such a person finds it very difficult to overcome sins, because the sins
give death its grip over the life.
(Matthew 12: 29)
What are the evidences of
antichrist at work?
Pride is the primal sin of
Satan; the very curse, birth and gate of hell. Pride desires to usurp...
(Isaiah 14:12-14). Absalom was an antichrist man, proud in his appearance
and counsel desiring to replace the anointed King David. Some wear a necklace
of pride. (Psalm 73: 6). They think of themselves more highly than they
ought to think of themselves. Antichrist himself opposes and exalts. (see
2 Thessalonians 2: 4). The antichrist man gets a position he does not rightly
deserve, and deceives the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16: 17,18).
Delusion makes people think
they can succeed against God. The heart of rebellion has the aspect of
self-deception. There is a refusal to accept genuine delegated authority.
Diotrephes is a classic case of this in the church.
to the church, but Diotrephes who loves to have the pre-eminence among
them, does not receive us....” (3 John 9,10)
The spirit of error was on such
a man (1 John 4: 6). This refusal to listen was common
in the history of Israel. (See Nehemiah 9: 29, Jer 17: 23 )
To be stubborn is to have
one’s mind made up before the facts are spiritually revealed (Jeremiah
13:10, 16 :12 ). Ezekiel had to confront such a people and there is an
increasing stubbornness among God’s people, particularly men, in the church
today. At the back of it, there stands the strong man of Antichrist. He
has legal access to thousands of Christian men because of freemasonry.
Even repentance from the heart IS NOT ENOUGH to avoid the satanic yoke
of this idolatrous religion that mixes heathenism with the Old Testament.
Such men find it very difficult to get the real baptism with the Holy Spirit.
The anger of man never works
the righteousness of God. The anger goes beyond the limits God has set
because it wants what is not his. Cain was angry (Genesis 4: 5). People
use anger as a mask to hide their own inner hypocrisy. We sometimes spiritually
kill one another by the things we say. “Raca” means “you no good rebel”
The world hated Jesus (John 7: 7). With the antichrist anger.
This damage must be cast
out of church life (Proverbs 22: 10), or else contention will divide the
brothers. Laughing with mockery will strengthen the grip of evil. Notice
mockery is linked with pride (Proverbs 21: 24), and you can discern the
mocker by actions as well as words. If the joker male is married to the
Jezebelic female and the leaders do not deal with it there will be a split
in the church.
6. False Teaching
2 Peter 2 is the definitive
commentary. Cain, Korah and Balaam spirits need to be defeated or bondage
will enter via unbalanced presentation of the Scripture. The Cross is our
master key to preserve the integrity of Scripture and paralyze the intrigues
of Satan. The Sadducees knew the word of God minus the supernatural power
of God. (see Mark 12:24). They could not understand the Cross or the resurrection.
Many believers today fail to receive revelation in the central truths of
the faith. Mental teaching begets mentally orientated believers. Discipleship
becomes an impossibility. We must BIND antichrist; all that is against
and in the place of the revelation anointing, the Christ.
Nimrod was a classic antichrist
man and we have some such in the pulpit today terrorize and lord it over
the flock. Paul had a different spirit: —
“Not that we have dominion
over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy: for by faith
you stand.” (2 Corinthians 1 : 24)
and manipulation from preachers is a work of the flesh i.e. witchcraft.
Some men love to be number one and gradually leads to a desire to be worshipped.
(Luke 4: 7). Such leaders fail to meet the needs of the flock, rather scatter
them. (Ezekiel 34: 21).
Jesus taught the opposite
to potential leaders. The life laid down is the hallmark of
“You know that the rulers
of the Gentiles lord it over them and those who are great exercise authority
over them. Yet it SHALL NOT BE among you; but whoever desires to become
great among you, let him be your servant”.
(Matthew 20: 25,26)
If there is no servanthood
spirit there will be a crusading spirit that conceals a hatchet or else
a leadership of passivity and no pastoral care.
1 JOHN 2: 18-20 tells us
the road to victory. Under the anointing you can overcome the antichrist
tendencies in your church or in your marriage, or over your life. We need
the supply of fresh oil until our cup runs over. David could defeat the
antichrist in Absalom because he was anointed (Psalm 23:5, 89: 20, 92:
10). The anointing is the power of God smearing and rubbing over and in
you so you can do things beyond the limits of natural man. I remember having
to confront two men who were operating the antichrist spirit against the
anointing in a meeting. God gives the unction to those who function
in true leadership. We fan into flame the gift of God within us by refusing
fear of man, fear of rejection and fear of making mistakes. We travail
in our prayer language of intercessory tongues in order to release the
anointing that abides within us. THE ANOINTING ALONE DESTROYS antichrist.
To flow in the supernatural we must believe to receive the infilling of
the Holy Spirit. May we recognize the traits of the antichrist and warfare
against them, so that the harmony and unity of church life is maintained.
WARFARE comes before WELFARE. Always remember the Holy Spirit gives discernment
to recognize the nature of the mountain (Zechariah 4:7) and He gives the
faith to enable the mountain to become a plain!
Jezebel insinuates, lies
and curses the godly in Christ Jesus, especially leaders. The
goal of the principality is to undermine marriage through a potent mixture
of sexual immorality and the occult. God ordained marriage as a commitment
to partnership so that the power of agreement can be expressed. Through
two, ten thousand are put to flight. Jezebel hates the Holy Spirit filled
couple who are walking in the will of God. The church is being formed into
a weapon to fight, overcome and destroy this terrible spirit. At Thyatira,
God knew that this battle to be so important that there was no other burden
given to this particular church (Revelation 2:24). So how do we discern
the characteristics of this terrible spirit of control and domination?
Before victory we are called to discern and recognise what the enemy is
doing. We need a focus of “ no other burden” to deal with Jezebel effectively.
1. Wicked Works
Division is the name of her
game and she will strike against the prophetic often by counterfeit gifts,
flattery, or soulish prayer. When a church is coming under Jezebel manipulation
and factions start appearing always remember 1 Corinthians 11: 18,19:
first of all when you come together as a church, I hear that there are
divisions among you, and in part I believe it. For there also must be factions
among you, that those who are approved may be recognised among you.”
Division may appear suddenly,
but the leaven of malice and manipulation has been working for some time….Isaiah
“ no one sees me;
your wisdom and knowledge have warped you.” Hidden occult works and
words have been going on, but the Sovereign Lord allows it all so that
the genuine leadership is recognised. Unrighteousness suppresses truth,
but the leader builds his life on the truth, and so will be commended by
God. The idolatry (Jeremiah 7:18), immorality (Revelation 2: 20-22), and
greed (1 Kings 21:7) are the wicked works that hold down the truth, and
integrity of the gospel. If division and splits come, as they will, God
allows it to test the hearts of the people.
2. Sexual Immorality
Potiphar’s wife was a Jezebel
who got righteous Joseph in prison. Herodias and Salome were deeeply Jezebelic,
who beheaded John the Baptist. They oppose the purposes of God by powerful
sexual attraction. Jezebel herself painted her eyes as Jehu was coming,
hoping to seduce him and prevent her own death. Our society is saturated
by filth, uncleanness, pornography, sexual deviancy, masturbation, etc.
Behind it all is the certain interaction of the strong man, Jezebel. Incubus
and succubus demons of the night have sex with their victims on a widening
scale. Isaiah 34: 14 speaks of Lilith, a female monster of the night, seeking
male genitalia. The New Age advertises deep secrets of occult sex. Counterfeit
charismatic women enter our best Spirit-filled churches and pass
themselves off as prophetesses, but will begin secret sexual liaisons with
deacons or elders or preferably the pastor. The idolatry is often depicted
in the bible (Proverbs 7:13-14 and 9:13-17, Ezekiel 16:26-29, Hosea 4:11-14),
but we think we are immune because we have had an experience of the Holy
Spirit. Ephesians 5: 3-7 warns that sexual sin prohibits us from enjoying
our inheritance in Christ. The condemnation includes jesting, innuendo
and gossip concerning fornication.
Jezebel gets her power from
demons. Whether it is false charisma being a snare to God’s people (Ezekiel
13:18) or the direct curse, (1Kings 19:2) she consistently desires to manipulate,
dominate and intimidate. Recently I had a strong desire to drive my car
into oncoming traffic, never before have I experienced suicidal thoughts.
After worship and acting in accordance with the love of God, the Lord slipped
in the knowledge that a spiritualist had put a curse of death over my life.
Idolatry, sorcery and hatred are works of the flesh with powerful demons
behind them. This area of witchcraft – influencing people by occult power
– prevails in the Jezebelic man or woman who seeks to divide and conquer
genuine leadership from God. (2 Kings 9:22).
She attacks family headship
(Nahum 3:4), hates the reality of 1 Corinthians 11:3 by either usurping
the male or holding the woman in such deep terror she cannot respond to
her husband as the head of the family. Only an Elijah ministry can produce
family harmony and oneness, (Malachi 4:5-6). That is why her work of witchcraft
is particularly aimed at church leaders, especially the prophetic. Jezebel
will infiltrate the leadership usually by the method of having her occultic
gifts endorsed by them. She will enjoy praying for problem people, and
getting them ‘healed’, apart from the recognised leaders. She loves to
prophesy and teach what at first appears to be in line with the word of
God, but there is no cross, no death to self, no condition for the promise
to be fulfilled. Some of the knowledge will be extremely accurate, but
coming from the wrong source. In Acts 16:16-18 the divination spirit spoke
the truth, but Paul was agitated in his spirit and cast out the demon.
The aim of witchcraft is to elevate women ahead of men in matters of discernment
Always check the source….
the will and wisdom of God always contains the Cross, and has a practical
outcome of the resurrection life.
Venomous words and acts of
violence like biting or temper tantrums are a part of the reign of terror.
Jezebel will produce fear in its victims and then seek to bring protection.
There is the strong love – hate syndrome between a Jezebelic mother and
her children. She hates the loss of her children to the Lord Jesus Christ,
(Isaiah 47:8). Her pride stops her from even contemplating defeat in spiritual
matters. Pride, the very birth, curse and gate of hell is found in the
first born of Satan and wherever Jezebel is working, out of pride comes
contention, (Proverbs 13:10). When Jezebel operates through physical violence
in a young born again believer, prayers of peace in the power of the Holy
Spirit are vital to bring sanity to a situation where things can get out
of control. Many women murderers were inspired by Jezebel. The threat is
turned to action unless the victim decides to fight spiritually or take
to flight. Elijah in 1 Kings 19 chose the latter course of action. In Ezekiel
8 we see the conclusion of verse 17 to all shocking idolatry – “for they
filled the land with violence”. Violence fills the living rooms of the
western world in order to blunt sensitivity to sin and the need of repentance.
At the back of this strategy there stands the strong man of Jezebel. She
will also attack any woman who is fulfilling a genuine ministry in the
Holy Spirit. Fiery arrows of wrong words will attack relentlessly. Jealousy,
as cruel as the grave, can stop gifts of the Holy Spirit from their function
under the unction - sometimes making a genuine manifestation stop abruptly
or not even begin the utterance. To take authority over Jezebel before
meetings is vital if the spirit is operating.
Some keys to overcoming
this wicked spirit are as follows: -
a)Recognise your precise
b)Prayer with fasting and
knowledge of spiritual weapons.
c)Declaration of her judgement
d)Confronting the person
when the issue has become clear.
Recognising Jezebel in prayer
helps because in the natural we are prone to mistakes. Real discernment
must function because Jezebel seems so zealous, helpful, openly gifted
and able to impart knowledge. At Thyatira she was called a prophetess.
This kind does not come out of the church except by prayer and fasting.
A small select band of warriors who are trustworthy may be used, especially
if the pastor and his wife are under direct attack. Psalm 137: 8-9 is a
great sword of the Spirit against Jezebel and her children. So is 1Samuel
15:3, when it is used in the timing of God. Remember God gives time to
repent of her sin before judgement falls. Hosea 13:16 again shows the severity
of God’s precise retribution because all her children will be killed with
death (Revelation 2:23). This means that those who have come under Jezebel,
and not overcome her, get separated from the blessings of God in the power
of the Holy Spirit. God gives according to our works says the Son of God
whose eyes are like flames of fire searching the minds and hearts. We must
remove Jezebel from our charismatic fellowships or else we will share in
the plagues God will pour out upon the false church. Revelation 18:4 is
the cry of the Spirit to all true Christians still caught up in the church
structures and leaders who deny the power of God. Babylon, the false church,
has become a habitation of demons and the word of the lord is COME OUT
OF HER, MY PEOPLE. You overcome Jezebel by first of all leaving Babylon.
Leave Catholicism, Anglicanism, Methodism, the United Reformed Church and
all those denominations who stray from the truth. God hates the false system
of Babylon, but loves sinners. We are to love, love and love again our
brothers and sisters still enmeshed in Babylon. Love them with the truth
of separation. Speak in love 2 Corinthians 6:6-18. Pray fervently that
those who love the Lord within the denominationalism will discern Jezebel
in the midst. This is the strong man who will even seemingly prosper and
grow churches, but on a mental foundation of easy believing rather than
a spiritual foundation of repentance and regeneration.
In a Spirit-filled church
where Jezebel is operating, you as a leader, will have to confront. Beware
her flattery and inordinate affection. Beware her ability to direct you
rather than the Holy Spirit. Do not be a Saul, fearing the voice of the
people and missing obedience, (see 1 Samuel 15:24). Be a Jehu, prepared
in his heart, knowing what must be done to Jezebel (2 Kings 9:30-37). Even
then Jezebel by painting her eyes attempted seduction. The time to stop
her wickedness is when defilement has begun in the church. If confrontation
fails to take place the men become like weak- willed Ahab’s unable to rule
in integrity. When Jezebel is overcome, the Elijah ministry can impart
life to God’s children. I remember warning a pastor about a young woman
joining his flock. She had certain “gifts”, joined him in counselling and
were sleeping together within weeks of a God given warning. The secret
adultery went on for months until the time of exposure. It devastated a
church that this man had built up under God, to over 300 people. The sequel
was that the church reverted to an evangelical mould. Jezebel is successful
today. We need the Jehu's and Elijah's to preserve the work of the Holy
The rewards are great for
leaders who overcome Jezebel. Revelation 2:26-28 mentions the double blessing
of power over the nations and the morning star. This means a divine ability
to break demonic strongholds over geographical areas, and a deep, zealous
expectancy for the return of the Lord in power and glory. The evangelistic
urgency will belong to the spirits who overcome Jezebel. Hallelujah! Our
God is a consuming fire. He will answer by fire for those who pray, discern
and obey. If we allow Jezebel to operate in church life, a famine of the
true word of God will follow.
3. DISCERNING DEATH FOLLOWED
If Jezebel has been over
your mother and Anti-Christ over your father, there is a strong possibility
Death and Hades is operating over your life. We must first render inactive
the strongman, if we are to plunder the goods. Death is not merely the
cessation of human existence by ceasing to correspond with this environment,
it is a personality and a power. The sting of death is sin by which we
give place to death as a power. The last enemy to be destroyed is death
because sin continues with great accumulation until Jesus Christ returns.
However, right now, death need not separate us from the love of God, which
is in Christ Jesus our Lord. What are the features to look for if the strong
man of death is operating?
God gives guilt when we do
something wrong, but the enemy adds to it with a religious demon. A powerful
bondage is established in certain lives when a demon disguises itself as
the Holy Spirit and admonishes the sufferer. Legalistic believers especially
are marked out for condemnation. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin by
leading us to the love and blood of Christ. Hatred of a brother brings
death (1 John 3: 14) and guilt will fester unless forgiveness is found
for him and ourselves.
2. Torment of Hell
A spirit of hell brings torment
for past sins, but this demon never says “enough”. (Proverbs 30:16). The
tongue is set on fire by hell says James, and this “restless evil” predicts
we are concerned with an evil spirit behind the sin. Death and life are
in the power of the tongue and death can, along with criticism, negative
words, hopelessness, be a spirit on the tongue as well as in the mind.
Torment (Mark 5 7 and Acts 5: 16) does not easily give up, and a knowledge
of the blood of the Lamb in the sufferer’s life is essential before successful
3. Prison, Entrapment
In the reason for gospel
ministry Luke 4: 18 proclaims freedom for the prisoners. Many previous
saints can come into a prison through antichrist disdain and wrong expectations
so the yoke of the Lord is not functioning and an entrapment demon holds
the sufferer back from spiritual progress. Psalm 107 verses 10 - 20 need
careful examination and often we need to cry out loudly for real release.
Fasting, too is usually essential, see the relevance of Isaiah 58: 6, that
every false yoke be broken!
4. Sickness and Infirmity
God will use death to punish
disobedience (1 Corinthians 11: 30-32), particularly sickness and infirmity.
Spiritual warfare is very difficult to initiate in a church that keeps
sweeping sin under the carpet. All creation is bound by decay and corruption
and our bodies are particularly susceptible, being next to the physical
world. Cancer moves in families, epidemics in certain geographical areas,
and their source is always demonic. Sin has physical consequences in the
word of God (James 5:14-16, 3 John 2). Our health can be linked to how
our soul is prospering in the will of God. If our spirits are strong in
faith we can resist disease. But only Enoch and Elijah have resisted death!
Acts 10: 38 and Luke 13:10-17 show clearly how Satan is the source of sickness.
Car accidents, divorces,
bereavements, murder in the culture (400 on TV most weeks) all produce
shock. The blood of Jesus can soothe frayed nerve endings so the poise
of peace can enter our consciousness again. All shock should be revoked
with the laying on of hands. Funeral services, war, theft, broken engagements
can be ground for spirits of shock.
The angel of death brings
euthanasia, exhaustion, burn out and the shroud of sleep that makes Europe
so slow spiritually. Arise from the dead in Ephesians 5:14 is preceded
by “awake you who sleep”. Passivity is ground for evil spirit activity,
and sleep problems can afflict even an apostle! (see 2 Corinthians 11:
27). Anxious concern for the churches gave Paul nights of turning and tossing.
We are to be alert and self-controlled in our use of sleep; over-indulgence
brings the shroud of death. Stupor will block the anointed word and desire
to pray. (Isaiah 29: 10, Romans 11: 8). We must never let a sense of failure
prevent a new initiative by spiritual sleep (see Matthew 26: 46; 1 Kings
19: 5). If we are exhausted by sorrow, frustrated continually or in deep
despair, God’s word is for us to arise to a new sense of purpose. Guard
your nights with the blood of Jesus and BIND back death so you’ll stay
under the shadow of the Almighty.
Worldly sorrow invites death
(2 Corinthians 7: 10). The great law of spiritual warfare is “don’t look
back”. The curse of memory lane entraps many believers and they need the
power of His goal. Dirt, grime, neglect, broken down things, dust in the
home is a sure sign. Ecclesiastes 7: 10 warns us, “do not say - why were
the former days better than these? For you do not enquire wisely concerning
this.” Memories can grip us to the fabric of natural life certain allegiances
to people and places need to be renounced in the name of Jesus. A place
that used to spell death can be transformed.
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil, for You are with me, Your rod and your staff they comfort me.”
(Psalm 23 : 4)
The power of death will be thrown
into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13,14) In the here and now we can
be free from the death dealing power of the enemy. Let us overcome!
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