Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab, king of Israel. She was a very bad queen, who promoted idolatry and killed many prophets. Jezebel was condemned by Elijah and other prophets.
Jezebel was a princess, daughter of Etbaal, king of the Sidonians. She convinced her husband Ahab to worship the god Baal and was responsible for promoting the worship of pagan gods in Israel ( 1 Kings 21: 25-26 ). Jezebel supported 850 prophets of the gods Baal and Asherah. These prophets performed hateful rituals, provoking the wrath of God ( 1 Kings 18: 18-19 ).
Read here: who was Ahab?
Jezebel also tried to destroy those who were faithful to God. She had all of God’s prophets killed and few survived ( 1 Kings 18: 4 ). God’s prophets condemned Jezebel for her wickedness and idolatry.
Jezebel had no qualms. When a man named Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to Ahab, the king was sulking in bed. So Jezebel took the initiative and conspired to kill Naboth. She had Naboth falsely accused of cursing God and the king and he was stoned. After Naboth’s death, Ahab took his vineyard ( 1 Kings 21: 15-16 ).
The death of Jezebel
Elijah prophesied against Jezebel because of what he did to Naboth. He warned that Jezebel would die a bloody death and that the dogs would eat his corpse ( 1 Kings 21:23 ).
Find out here who was the prophet Elijah.
After Ahab’s death, a man named Jehu rebelled and killed King Joram, son of Jezebel. When Jehu arrived at the palace, Jezebel challenged him. At the command of Jehu, some officers took Jezebel and threw her out of the window and Jehu ran her over with his horses ( 2 Kings 9: 30-33 ).
Jehu entered the palace and ate, then gave the order to bury Jezebel. But when they went to bury her, they found only her skull, her feet and her hands ( 2 Kings 9: 34-35 ). The dogs had eaten everything else. Elijah’s prophecy was fulfilled.
Jezebel died for being cruel and idolatrous. She had a lot of initiative but used her talents the wrong way. Jezebel was not concerned with what is right and wrong. She manipulated and killed to get what she wanted. He was selfish and did not fear God.
See also: 5 destructive features of Jezebel.
Jezebel in the New Testament
Jezebel became a symbol of cruelty, selfishness and manipulation. Revelation 2: 20-23 condemns a woman named Jezebel, who claimed to be a prophetess and who promoted idolatry and sexual immorality. Jezebel was probably not her real name but she had the characteristics of Jezebel.
When people speak of “Jezebel spirit”, it means someone who manipulates to get what he wants. This person teaches wrong things and diverts people from the gospel, promoting sin. He is a dangerous and destructive person. It is probably under the influence of a demon.