In the book of Kings, the prophet Elijah mentions Jezebel along with the satanic deity Baal. He asks to see: “the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table” (1 Kings 18:19).
Nearly three thousand years later Jesus spoke to the church at Thyatira in Asia Minor about another Jezebel:
“But I have one thing against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess and she teaches and leads my bond servants astray so that they commit acts of immortality and eat things sacrificed to idols” (Revelation 2:20).
This admonition cuts to the heart of the church today. Truly, the church here and throughout much of the world has become the modern equivalent of Thyatira. Jezebel has not only been tolerated, she has been celebrated, even ordained.
God’s command is that the Church repent of her deeds and drive Jezebel out of the Church and from our nation.
To help us understand the magnitude of the battle this represents, the prophet Malachi announced that God would send the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord. 400 years later, Jesus connected John the Baptist with the ministry of Elijah. The distinguishing feature of both Elijah and John’s lives was their boldness in confronting wickedness and their command to repent. Scripture calls this ministry: Preparing the Way of the Lord.
In the same way that Elijah confronted the wicked rulers of his time and John prepared the way for the advent of Christ by preaching repentance, so God’s man in the earth, the Church, has the responsibility to confront injustice, particularly as it is directed against the weak and defenseless, the “least of these” in the words of Jesus.
There are many ways in which the Church has been called to prepare the way – the most notable being the Great Commission – to go into all the world and preach the gospel. But just as Jezebel was Elijah’s greatest challenge, we too, must confront and defeat the forces of witchcraft that have manifested themselves through abortion. And just as Elijah was almost defeated by Jezebel and John was killed by the witchcraft of Herod’s wife, we must also realize that this is no easy battle.
There can be no victory without the radical commitment to fight!