Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Jezebel is an exact embodiment of witchcraft itself. Witchcraft is not merely demonism or the practice of sorcery, though these are often among its methods – but witchcraft is at its heart the supplanting or circumventing of true spiritual authority. Any person or organization which supplants or circumvents the authority of Christ alone over His church, including over any one individual soul, is practicing witchcraft. The one who falsely accuses brethren for gain, or gossips rather than interceding, or thinks to take spoil under the guise of “building up the kingdom,” or asserts herself over men of God and weakens them in their calling, is walking in the spirit of witchcraft.
Saul was walking in such a spirit of witchcraft when he stretched out His hand to enrich his kingdom by the enemy’s spoils, although he had been commanded not to spare even the herds of the Amalekites. And in his rebuke, the prophet Samuel remarked…
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.
1 Samuel 15:23
And this same Saul continued asserting himself as king, though the throne was no longer his right; and he eventually consulted a medium to help himself maintain control – for which act he was again rebuked by Samuel, and soon after died.
There is a vicious spirit of witchcraft holding itself up against the people of God in this hour. It is cunning, often sly of speech, and invisible to the compromised. Yet hardly a word is spoken, let alone prayed, against its onslaught. Few are those souls within whom the commandment of God burns with His righteous indignation…
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Vengeance is indeed the Lord’s, and the sons of heaven have not been equipped with an earthly weaponry; but those who never wield the Sword of the Spirit unashamedly will never see it fall upon His enemies who so trouble them.
All witchcraft, be it directly demonic in nature, or be it the sheer manipulation of others, is a work of the sinful flesh whose practitioners shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:20).
We are not commanded to have mercy upon such a spirit, nor to tolerate it. If one will not be emptied of the Devil’s works, let the fellowship of the saints be emptied of them. Jezebel will never go quite far enough to be readily exposed before all: therefore she will always find defenders wherever she is tolerated; and by this she deliberately wears out those saints who discern her presence. Not until she is no longer suffered can she become exposed for what she is. Therefore our Lord warns her enablers…
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
A man is no friend of God where he tolerates the Devil.