Dr Suresh Ramachandran
International Director of Studies,
The Bible College of Wales Continuing
“Jezebel Conference” Teaching, 06/09/11
Rhos On Sea Scout H/Q
Despite of this profound teaching, some failed to take in the warning falling to the subtle "loving kindness" of Jezebels operating in North Wales.
We appeal to you - to not become a victim like so many!
After this exposure of Jezebel, some attending the conference were so strirred up as Jezebel was exposed, that plotting took place to take out our ministry here.
Tremendous persecution followed along with great miracles and a great vision of God restored to Wales.
1 Kings 22 King James Version (KJV)
And they continued three years without war between Syria and Israel.
And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel.
And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria?
And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramothgilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.
And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear?
And they said, Go up; for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.
And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so.
Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah sat each on his throne, having put on their robes, in a void place in the entrance of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them.
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them.
And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the king's hand.
And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good.
And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak.
So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king.
And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD?
And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace.
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil?
And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.
And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son;
And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.
And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the LORD hath not spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, O people, every one of you.
So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead.
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle; but put thou on thy robes.
And the king of Israel disguised himself, and went into the battle.
But the king of Syria commanded his thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying, Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out.
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him.
And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded.
And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot.
And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.
So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria.
And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the LORD which he spake.
Now the rest of the acts of Ahab, and all that he did, and the ivory house which he made, and all the cities that he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
So Ahab slept with his fathers; and Ahaziah his son reigned in his stead.
And Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign over Judah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi.
And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.
And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel.
Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he shewed, and how he warred, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was king.
Jehoshaphat made ships of Tharshish to go to Ophir for gold: but they went not; for the ships were broken at Eziongeber.
Then said Ahaziah the son of Ahab unto Jehoshaphat, Let my servants go with thy servants in the ships. But Jehoshaphat would not.
And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and
Jehoram his son reigned in his stead.
Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel.
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin:
For he served Baal, and worshipped him, and provoked to anger the LORD God of Israel, according to all that his father had done.
Study of the 4 groups of people found in this Scripture:
* The devil is an old fool – he always fights the old way, i.e. does not change his tactics
* Therefore we need to fight the devil the way God’s people fought him in the past
* The spirit of Jezebel is very convincing – persuasive
* Therefore the devil uses women a lot, because women are very convincing – persuasive
* The spirit of Jezebel has convinced lots of people that you have to be up-to-date in spiritual warfare. Therefore people spend lots of time training in new strategies & new revelations in spiritual warfare. All of this is ‘tomfoolery!’
* We must look at the Bible to see how the devil really fights.
A Study of the 4 different personages (groups of people) found in I Kings 22.
* Which group are you in?
* Many people are in the wrong place
The story is about the following groups:
1) King Jehoshaphat of Judah
2) King Ahab of Israel
3) The 400 false prophets (on Ahab’s side)
4) The (true) prophet Micaiah.
We need to be like (4) above. Of these 4 groups, 2 are obviously evil: (2) & (3) above. The most subtle character of these 4 is (1).
In I Kings 22, verse 4 – Jehoshaphat & Ahab were friends.
Verse 41 – J. was the son of a good king, Asa. Of the 20 kings of Judah who reigned after the kingdom was split into 2 (see King Rehoboam), there were 6 good kings, including Asa.
Verse 43 – note the word ‘nevertheless,’ which really means ‘but.’
So, Jehoshaphat was a good king & the son of a good king; God-fearing & OK with the Lord. But there were 2 problems with him, which are also found in churches today, e.g. in Pentecostal denominations:
1) He did not remove the high places; the people were worshipping idols there. The king in those days was also the spiritual leader of the nation; he was therefore responsible for looking after the people’s spirituality. He did not care about this – so he was a man-pleaser. If J. had removed the high places, the people would have got upset with him. Equally, in the Church today, there are so many pastors who have allowed people to bring in any rubbish from the devil, as long as they are in church.
2) He was a friend of King Ahab. Ahab supported his wife (Jezebel), who as killing the prophets of God. So, Jehoshaphat was afraid of a man who was killing the prophets of God.
We can not have friends among people who are not godly. NB we must not compromise, though it will cost us in terms of persecution– e.g. the example of one of Suresh’s ex-students, a pastor at Ampara, who was badly beaten up recently for refusing to compromise on idolatry (as requested by Buddhist monks).
You find “Jehoshaphats” all over; they show false spirituality, but deep within they have not removed the shrines, & they are friends with Ahab.
In verses 24-29, a false prophet comes & humiliates Micaiah. Jehoshaphat was just sitting (on one of the 2 kings’ thrones there) looking at all these things! If J. was a God-fearing man, why did he not stop all this? He did not defend ot protect the man of God, though he had the power to do so.
Summary of Character (1):
Jehoshaphat had three main problems:
I. He tolerated people who were messing up their spiritual lives. In the same way nowadays, many denominations tolerate Jezebel etc.
II. Ahab should not have frightened any God-fearing man. In the same way today, people are frightened of Jezebel etc.
III. Jehoshaphat did not come to protect the servant of God. So today, Christians are not standing for the faith!
Ahab was the most evil of the list of 4 personages [see I Kings 16]. Israel after the split in the time of Rehoboam son of Solomon, had 19 kings. Not one of them was good!
Scripture for study on Ahab - I Kings 16:
In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.
And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.
But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.
For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that he shewed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.
And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
Notes on Ahab:
Meaning no.3 is ‘Where is the prince?’
Meanings number 2 & 3 are contradictory. The Jezebel spirit will cause people to be proud of what they know & have learned. An example of this is the ‘Nicolaitans’ named after one of the deacons in Acts 6. They were a cult founded by the deacon Nicolas.
Look at the irony of these 2 meanings, ‘false humility’ & ‘pride.’
Meaning no. 4 is ‘husbandlessness.’
the husband is the head. ‘Husbandlessness’ therefore is ‘willing to live without the head.’ See I Corinthians 12 – God has given apostles & prophets=leadership of the Church.
There are extremes here. Meaning no. 4 means to slay the apostles & prophets – you do not accept their leadership in your heart.
Look at the churches today. If you want to see the world, you go to the church.!
The trick of Ahab is seen in
I Kings 21:
And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.
And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.
And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.
Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,
And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.
And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.
Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.
But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.
In verses 27-29, we read of Ahab’s ‘false repentance.’ God’s heart is tender & loving, but still punishing! If Ahab’s repentance had been true repentance, he would have shown the fruits of it, e.g. ha would have killed his wofe Jezebel, & reversed everything.
You will find false repentance in churches today.
What is very interesting in I Kings’ story of Elijah is that the devil used the ‘first lady’ of Zidon, Jezebel; God used the ‘last lady’ of Zidon, i.e. the humble widow of Zarephath, to look after Elijah.
Group (3) – the False Prophets (all 400 of them!):
Ahab loved the prophets, because they always prophesied what he wanted to hear. False prophets always soothe your ear – always say what you want to hear. See I Kings 22 verse 6 (above). They did not spend time in the presence of God - not a praying people.
By associating with all this, Jehoshaphat is putting all the people of Judaea, & himself, at risk.
The false prophets are always ready to prophesy to please people. Prophecies should be substantiated by the Word of God.
In I Kings 22 verses 19-22, the lying spirit is bold. This tells us that those ‘prophets’ would entertain lying spirits. Spirits should be afraid of (true) prophets!
False prophets can humiliate & attack true prophets all the time.
It hurts when Christians come against us – it always happens when you make a stand for the Lord, & for the Word.
One of the characteristics of the false prophets is to hurt you. ‘You are small…insignificant…big-mouthed etc.’
(4) The True Prophet (Micaiah):
Look at the proportions of evil to good! 400 false prophets to 1 true one; 3 bad characters / groups to 1 good one. Always, the true prophets are in the minority. Look at the traits of the true prophet:
Verse 14: ‘What the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.’ A true prophet always sticks to the Word. The true prophet always stick to the Word of God.
Verses 15-17: These contain a lot of sarcasm. ‘Go, & prosper…’ This is cynical irony; really a rebuke. The next verse shows that the king knew Micaiah was being sarcastic. So Micaiah then told the true prophecy.
True prophets have a little bit of a sarcastic way of preaching! Here, Micaiah is exposing the false!
Present day application: do not ignore what is going on in the Church – we have to stand up against it!
See also verse 25 – sarcasm again. A true prophet will expose the evil from the Church - & he will not shut up!
In verses 19 & 22, he explains all that. He explains how the evil spirit entered the false prophets.
The mark of the true prophet - see verses 26-28. True prophets are always ignored, abused emotionally & physically, etc.
Of the 4 groups (personages), Jehoshaphat was shrewd & cunning – but the greatest & best was no.4, Micaiah.
Let us have more Micaiahs!!!