Two different women. Two different strategies.
The Jezebel Spirit is alive and well. She rises to take control over and dominate the rightful governmental authority that is in place. Jezebel becomes Queen, and not only that, she tells the King what to do. Jezebel uses fear as a weapon, to terrify the people to run for their lives and hide. Instead of relying on God’s power and fighting her, we sometimes run from the battle.
According to Revelation 2:19-21, Jezebel calls herself a prophet. She speaks of the evil that she wants to come to pass. By her words she deceives people to follow the wrong path. Her teaching misleads people into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. She refuses to repent of her unrighteousness. She refuses to repent, to turn from her wicked ways.
It’s bad enough that she lies and deceives and people follow her. She also sets herself to fight and kill God’s prophets.
It doesn’t end well for Jezebel. More about that later.
But let’s look at a different woman.
Esther prepares herself to go speak to the King for righteousness to prevail. There is another queen at the time, but she does not obey the King, and the King sets Esther in the Queen’s place. Esther replaces the Queen.
The book of Esther, Chapter 5 tells us about Esther’s petition to the King:
After a time of preparation (prayer and fasting), on the third day, Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the King’s hall. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
The scepter is symbolic of the King’s power. He held it out to her, showing that it was safe to come to him. She responds by touching the scepter, in reverence to the King’s authority.
Esther then invited the King and Haman, who was her enemy, to a banquet. Haman hated the Jews and specifically Mordecai, Esther’s uncle. By Esther inviting Haman to the banquet, she made it seem that she was ignorant of his devices. But she was not!
Reminds me of this one:
Romans 12:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
So long story short: Haman had planned to have Mordecai, Esther’s uncle hanged on the gallows. The whole thing backfired and Haman was hung on the gallows instead.
When fighting in the spirit realm, we need to remember to fight with God’s weapons.
2 Kings 9:30-37 tells of Jezebel’s destruction:
Jezebel’s Violent Death
30 Now when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she put paint on her eyes and adorned her head, and looked through a window.
Her pride and vanity–she doesn’t believe anything bad will happen to her, and she does her hair and makeup.
31 Then, as Jehu entered at the gate, she said, “Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?”
32 And he looked up at the window, and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” So two or three eunuchs looked out at him. 33 Then he said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot. 34 And when he had gone in, he ate and drank.
Jehu literally steps over her dead body to go eat his lunch.
Then he said, “Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for she was a king’s daughter.” 35 So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. 36 Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the Lord, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘On the plot of ground at Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; 37 and the corpse of Jezebel shall be as refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, “Here lies Jezebel.” ’ ”
God’s Word was fulfilled. Jezebel was eaten by dogs. She did not get her Princess Burial.
So while Jezebel screams, shouts, resists, threatens and generally goes crazy, her real weapon is fear.
Meanwhile, Esther saves her people and lives happily ever after.
It’s said that there are 365 occurances of “Fear Not” in the Bible–one for every day of the year.
So when Esther and Jezebel slug it out, it’s Esther who will prevail.