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Joshua-gate: Part 3. The Jezebel Conspiracy: the Downfall of Kings

 

Joshua-gate


Part 3. The Jezebel Conspiracy: the Downfall of Kings


March 30, 2008
By Ron and Karen Schwartz


1 John 2:27
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit — just as it has taught you, remain in him.


Consider the magnitude of these words: “the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you.” Most Christians don’t really believe this. They feel insecure concerning their ability to hear from God, so they want to be taught. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. They are also insecure in their faith, their trust in God’s love for them, and even their salvation. Yes, this is normal for most contemporary Christians, but should it really be that way?

Ask yourself this: Are you secure in your relationship with your spouse? Do you trust him or her? Do you doubt whether or not s/he truly loves you? Do you feel as though something is wrong? Do you feel like s/he is holding back affection? How about your relationship with your parents? Do you trust their love for you? Do you believe that they truly care about you? Are you in the least bit concerned whether or not they will help and support you? If you don’t trust someone, or if you feel insecure about that relationship, then something is wrong. It should NOT be that way. You should have absolute trust, security, and confidence in your spouse. You should have absolute faith in your parents’ support and love. Trust, faith, confidence, and security are all marks of healthy relationships, and when these positive characteristics are missing, it is symptomatic of a serious problem.

The same holds true in our relationship with God. When we lack trust, faith, confidence, and security, then something is wrong. We should consider why it is so. When we are initially saved, we have no such doubts. Rather, we are overcome with joy, faith, and security. We do not wonder whether God loves us, nor are we insecure in our relationship with Him.

Church people tell new converts that their spiritual “high (i.e., their passion and love for God, their absolute faith in His promises, their simplistic trust in His love, etc.)” is nothing more than a “honeymoon” period with God. “Just give it some time,” they say, “and you will become normal. You will be just like the rest of us.” And of course “normal” to them is insecurity, lacking joy and faith, and questioning their salvation. “Normal” is spiritually dry and wondering why God has abandoned them.

Spiritual insecurity, lack of faith, and doubt of God’s goodness are not marks of spiritual maturity but an indication of something wrong in one’s relationship with God. Healthy Christians should not feel this way. Apostate, compromising, and idolatrous Christians feel this way because of the conviction of God’s Spirit. But since these feelings have become the norm for contemporary Christians, they are told not to worry about it. Churches encourage Christians to dismiss their conviction as a dry spell, deep inner spiritual growth, and normal Christian living. But it is a lie. It is part of the Joshua-gate conspiracy.


The Great Seducer

There is a story in the Old Testament about a great whore who married a king of Israel and helped to bring about his downfall. Her name was Jezebel.


1 Kings 16:29-33
In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.


When Jehu was anointed king, he made the following observation concerning Jezebel:

2 Kings 9:22
And he
[Jehu] answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

Now “Ahab… did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him,” because he “sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife (1 Kings 21:25).

Jezebel introduced her pagan culture into Ahab’s life and pushed him into it.
Ahab did not do evil because he hated God. He did evil because he was religious. He misconstrued his religion as true worship. Right up to the end, he believed He was doing what was right. However, even though he was a religious man and may even have had good intentions, it did not prevent God from actively bringing about his destruction.

The idea that God may actively work to destroy His people is lost in our generation of apostate Christians. Contemporary Christians believe that God is so merciful and longsuffering that He would never harm them (for they are His children), but instead He would find some way to change their hearts and to forgive them: certainly God would never destroy them. But this, too, was Ahab’s opinion. He was ordained king of Israel by God. Therefore, it was beyond comprehension that God would seek to destroy him.

Like Ahab, contemporary Christians have become enculturated by society and its social and moral values. It has fallen victim to the culture of humanism, relativism, post-modernism, and the political climate of tolerance and equality. So benign does our culture appear that its characteristics have become a part of every facet of contemporary Christian worship and religion. Our culture seems so right and harmless… but then, certainly this is also what Ahab thought. The parallel between Ahab and our contemporary Christian culture is remarkable.

After the death of Ahab and his wife, the name “Jezebel” vanishes from the scripture, at least until the end. Then her name and her actions suddenly reappear.

The name “Jezebel” recurs in the book of Revelation where Jesus says this to His church,
I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality [whoring] and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways (Revelation 2:20-23).

Then again later:

Revelation 17:1-2
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.


In Revelation, John writes about his vision of the last days. In his vision, he saw a great whore whose goal was to bring about the downfall of kings. The great whore began as a single church but has eventually grown to cast her deception over the entire world. The great whore may have begun as a single church (i.e., the Catholic church) but she has expanded herself to fill the earth with the institutional churches of this age.

Once again, we find Jezebel arising to deceive kings. From these passages, we know the following concerning her:

1) She wants to seduce kings (i.e.,
with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication”).

Who are these kings of the earth” whom she has seduced? In the first chapter of revelation, we read, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5-6).

This time Jezebel is not after “a” king of Israel, but after the kings of this earth.” She longs to replace Christ as the true “King of kings (Revelation 17:14).” She is not after the sinners and fornicators but those who have committed their purity to God. She longs for their innocence – to make them into a whore as she is. Have you ever noticed how the truly anointed of God’s Spirit are sought after by institutional churches? They are attracted to the true anointing of God, but as soon as they have control of the anointed, they try to either make them into the same spiritual whore that they are, or they seek to kill them if they refuse to comply.

2) Christians today have
been made drunk with [her] wine.

In the beginning of this note, we discussed the fact that it is not normal for relationships to suffer with doubts, insecurities, and a lack of trust and faith. Yet this is exactly how most contemporary Christians feel toward God. They are insecure in their faith, their salvation, and even their standing with God. They doubt whether God will answer their prayers. And they doubt whether or not God loves them. These things are all symptomatic of a deeper problem.

What does this tell us? The insecurity that contemporary Christians sense in regard to their faith, salvation, and the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit (an insecurity that was inexplicably missing during and immediately following their spiritual rebirth) is conviction from the Holy Spirit. The great whore churches try to numb this conviction by telling contemporary Christians that their conviction is not from God but is instead the work of the devil in trying to get them to doubt the grace and mercy of God. Church leaders tell their compromising, backslidden, apostate congregations that all they really need is more faith and confidence. Therefore, Christians, in the face of spiritual conviction, force themselves to believe that there is nothing wrong with their spiritual state. They force themselves to believe that their feeling of lack, their “dryness,” and their dissatisfaction is normal, that it is simply an attack by Satan, and that they should ignore it. These lies perpetrated by church leaders are all part of Joshua-gate: the conspiracy of the end time.

Church leaders routinely numb their congregations to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Think about it. Haven’t you ever wondered why it is that when you go to church, you leave feeling good about yourself, but the longer you are away, the more insecure you begin to feel? The longer you are away from church, the more the numbness to the conviction of the Spirit wears off. That is why you feel almost desperate to get back to church. That is why you feel the “need” to hear a preacher.

Contemporary Christians have become alcoholics, and like every alcoholic, they are in denial. They know that they are not growing spiritually. They know that their churches are carnal, apathetic, and backslidden. They know that their churches reflect the values of this world and are poor “wannabe’s” to the Church that Christ established, but they do not care. Their intoxication has made them numb to the voice and conviction of the Holy Spirit. That is why it is useless to try to get Christians who are addicted to that system to see it for what it is. Like all alcoholics, they are in denial.

The great whore institutional church system of this age has not just ensnared the people of God but the gifted Christian leaders. Christian leaders are seduced by the institutional church with the promise of ministerial fulfillment along with financial support. It provides gifted Christian men with a captive audience and the money to meet their needs. It hands them a cup of wine and tells them to drink and everything will be okay. Few Christian men today are able to escape its appeal, and most give in to its flattery eventually. Once they give in to her charm and drink from her wine, they begin to believe all her flatteries. They begin to see how “special” they are and how much the church needs them, and as she invites them to take their rightful place as the head of the church, somehow it all seems right. Before long, they are intoxicated and addicted, too. Pretty soon, they are unable to leave, and in the end, they go into denial along with the people. The snare has tightened around their necks and slowly strangles the life of the spirit from them. And as their spiritual gifts depart, the great whore hands the Christian leader another cup of academics and education. The whore then leans in close and whispers in their ears, “There are no spiritual gifts today. My seminars and colleges can give you everything you need to be a great speaker and a great leader.”

How many great men in scripture have lost their power and position with God through the seduction of a woman? What about Samson? His enemies told Delilah to “
lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him (Judges 16:5).” In the end, it was she, not his enemies, who stripped him of his power. Both Christians and their leaders are being seduced by their church whores and stripped of their power. And because of the intoxication of the social and financial fulfillment, they don’t even care. The intoxication has made them numb to the conviction of God.

It grieves us to see good men whom we know to be gifted in teaching and prophetic gifts selling themselves out to the whore system. They know the people who come to them are not spiritual (but carnal), yet they preach to them as if they are disciplined, functional, responsible Christians. We ask you, Christian leaders, why don’t you set the wine aside and step away from the whore? Why not speak the truth and trust God rather than the whore’s money?


What about King David? “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her (2 Samuel 11:2-4).” David fell because he lusted after a beautiful woman. How many great gifted men have similarly fallen victim to the great institutional church whore? How many men have sold out to her financial support? How many have come to believe, though her seduction, that they are great preachers and prophets and teachers?

If you are telling the people what they want to hear so that you can maintain their support and following, then you have sold out to the whore. If you are telling this age of carnal Christians that God wants to bless them, then you have sold out to the whore. If you are continuing to advance the agenda of the contemporary institutional church system, drawing from its financial support and believing that you are indispensible (the church “needs” you), then you have sold out. You have made yourself part of the intoxicating wine that has been given to God’s people to drink. You have made the people need you instead of God. And if you fail to free yourself from the seducing power of that whore, then you will be part of her judgment.
 

3) She claims to be anointed (“a prophetess”), or inspired, and she offers her inspiration to the saints.

There is no doubt that contemporary churches are fountains of information and knowledge. They produce impressive universities and floods of books and other media. Like the Hebrew leaders during the time of Christ, who dissected and analyzed every word of every scripture, Christian leaders have completely annotated and explained away the New Testament into mountains of books, the quantity of which cannot be numbered.

But for all the commentary, inspiration, and “feel-good” books she produces, she fails to point Christians to their need for true humility and repentance. Why? Because humility and repentance is not in the hearts of her leaders. For them to point to the fact that the contemporary church needs humility and repentance would mean that they as its leaders need the same. Consequently, contemporary Christians listen to Jezebel, the prophetess and whore, and fall victim to her apparent wisdom and knowledge of the scripture. They fall prey to her words of comfort, encouragement, and blessing.

4) She
misleads (Greek: planao , meaning ‘to cause to wander, to lead astray, and to deceive.’)” through her teaching.”

The great whore will not tell you that God does not exist or that you should live in sin. No, outright statements like that would be immediately recognized as wrong. She will not tell those things directly, but she will lead you in that direction. Straying or wandering from the path means that you were on the path at first. You stray from the path one step at a time. If you can remember a time in your life that you walked with God and you knew it, then consider where you are today. You didn’t just wake up one morning changed. You did change, but it was gradual: one compromise at a time.

The whorish church system wants to change true believers into whores like her. She knows that true believers will never buy into sin, apathy, and apostasy, but they may compromise their values just a little bit under the right circumstances. So she begins to offer them all the great social pseudo-Christian benefits of her programs. Once again, we find Bible precedence for this.


Numbers 16:2-3
2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?


Like the princes of Israel, church leaders tell inspired and anointed believers that since all the Christians in their church love God (that is, the backslidden and compromising Christians), and they (the anointed believers) are the ones who are different, then they like Moses are simply arrogant (i.e., wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord”). Church leaders explain to the new believers that they need to conform and be like everyone else. They tell new Christians who are full of fire and passion that their passion is simply a mark of immaturity and that it is misdirected. They tell these fiery believers that they need to go to their colleges and be mentored by them. Little by little, they get them to stray from the path that God initially set them on until they are as cold, apathetic, and apostate as the whore is. Christians don’t start out to be whores; contemporary churches make them that way.

5) Her goal is to make those whom she beguiles to
commit adultery with her.”

What is adultery? When Jesus talked to the prostitute, he described her as having more than one husband. It’s not that contemporary Christians don’t claim Christ as their Lord and husband, it’s that He is not their one and only. They have others whom they have placed as their spiritual heads. They place their church leaders on pedestals and obey them over God. Remember, adultery is having more than one husband, and therefore, when Christians elevate men into the same spiritual position of authority in their lives as Christ, they commit adultery. They become spiritual whores.

The contemporary church whore needs Christians to commit adultery with her. Unless they do, they will be listening to and following God. If they do that, God will expose her sin to them. So she denounces and reprimands all those who stand independent or refuse to submit to her. Where have we heard this before?


Daniel 3:5-6
5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.


It wasn’t enough for Babylon to have power and control over Israel. Babylon also wanted Israel to freely submit. The same is true for the contemporary church whore, Babylon the Great. It is not enough that she controls virtually all contemporary churches. Her leaders also want all Christians to submit to them and honor them voluntarily. So they pressure Christians into voluntary subjugation.

6) The great whore draws Christians in by her charm and beauty.

John made note of this when he wrote, “
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls… and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration (Revelation 17:4, 6).” When John first saw her, he was captivated by her beauty and splendor. The angel, unaffected by her charm, had to draw John’s attention back (And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel (Revelation 17:7)?”).

The institutional church is a powerful force at work among God’s people. Its pseudo-Christian appearance promises to the believer everything he wants for his social and spiritual fulfillment. He can meet other believers, hear great inspirational messages, find social interaction for his entire family, and participate in any number of classes and programs. So Christians everywhere give in to her charm. They sell out to her programs for high school and college students, for singles, for child care during services that gives them a break, and for concert-style entertainment. They can acquire everything but spiritual growth, so why would anyone want to give it up?


Some Final Thoughts


Why does God compare the institutional church to a whore?

Let’s consider the analogy. There are costs associated with both a whore and a marriage. The cost is different, but so is the benefit. The cost associated with marriage is much greater than that associated with a whore. Marriage requires self-sacrifice and purity but carries with it the benefit of reciprocation. The cost associated with a whore, however, is usually nothing more than monetary, and its benefit is regret and emptiness. When you consider it from this point of view, it is easy to see the comparison.

The whore church requires very little from her members aside from money. She certainly does not require abstinence (i.e., purity) from other lovers. Like a marriage, God requires self-sacrifice and purity. Moreover, whores don’t care how many lovers you have as long as they get their money, but a spouse does. Similarly, a whore church doesn’t care about your purity, or how many idols you serve, as long as she gets her tithes. In fact, even the unsaved can become members as long as they pay their dues.

In addition to the cost, the benefit one receives from the whore church is empty. It lacks substance. Most leave her “services” having allowed themselves to be deluded into believing they have done all they need to do and closing their eyes to anything more. Others leave knowing in their hearts that they are frauds and that their Christian experience is hollow. They use all the familiar clichés and go through all the motions to worship like all the other idolaters but there is little spiritual substance to their lives. In contrast, a real relationship with God may cost you your life but it yields the benefit of life everlasting. Christians who truly experience a relationship with God don’t need whore churches with their fraud and pretentiousness. In fact, they find it nearly impossible to survive there.

At one time, Christianity could be described as an “explosion” of evangelism. Christianity was defined by the “gospel” – the good news of salvation. Today, however, Christianity can best be described as an “implosion” of religious self-indulgence. It’s no longer a matter of the church going out into the world, but the world coming into the church, resulting in church whoredom.

At one time, the church was a force against which the gates of hell could not prevail. It rallied around Christ and held Him up as Lord. Today, however, the contemporary church is the victim of society and it folds under social and cultural pressure. Christ is no longer at its center. Today, everything about the church rallies around its members and what is appealing to them.

When Christianity was great and powerful, it was because Christ was the driving source at its center, molding the church into His likeness. Today, the members are the driving source at its center, demanding that it conform to their likeness. It isn’t Christ that Christians want but social and emotional fulfillment. They “church shop” - not for Christ but for which church offers the best benefits. In the contemporary church, we find the ultimate form of idolatry: Christians now worship their own pleasures. And since their pleasures are religious in nature, Christians misconstrue their idolatry for godliness.

Contemporary Christians assign blame for God’s judgment to everything but where it really belongs. They believe that judgment will befall their countries because of social sins like homosexual marriage, abortion, liberalism, and humanism that permeate their societies. But God ‘s blessings or His curses are not dependent upon the actions of society. They are dependent upon the actions of His people.


2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


Stop waiting, hoping, and praying for society to change. Stop blaming “them.” It’s not a “them” issue. Instead, examine your own heart. The future does not hinge upon whether or not social corruption ends. It hinges upon whether or not God’s people will repent. It may not be too late for you or your church. There may still be time. There is ONLY ONE HOPE for you, your church, and this nation: REPENT.



Amen


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