By far the greatest enemy of the prophet is Jezebel. She hates him above all things. If she can control him, she controls the church. Recognizing his or her call from an early age, long before they even know their destiny, she knows she must bring him under her witchcraft spell. If she can’t, she knows she must kill him or at least discredit him. I often wonder how many she has destroyed by abortions. She is brutal, cruel and without conscience. I have been dogged by her all my life.
Instead of destroying the prophet, God uses her to drive the courageous deeper into His Heart. This is the only safe place.
She will keep him a servant for a time. Servants do little damage and make more mistakes she can use.
Her greatest fear is when the prophet lays down his mantle to become a Son. This is her greatest fear.
As a Son, the prophet picks up the mantle again. He is now more powerful than she. But she is relentless. Her intimidation drove the great Prophet Elijah to the point of wanting to die. This was after he killed all of her demonic prophets of Baal.
The church has failed to recognize that the prophet is the lightning rod of most attacks on the church.
Jezebel only knows control , domination often by seduction. The church is built on the foundation of the Apostles and the Prophets.
Prophets are the eyes for the Apostle. If she can knock off the prophet, she brings to ruin the foundation. The church she will allow to grow and at a crucial time the foundation collapses. She is filled with dark delight and now goes to pick off the flailing wounded. God's prophets are not by any means perfect. To be God’s voice is one of the most exhilarating experiences there is. Difficulty, problems and at times poor communication reside in the prophet, especially young ones. This is for two reasons. First it is to keep them from pride. Paul was given a demonic emissary sent from God. Paul said it was given to him to keep him humble to balance out the great revelations he had been given. The battle prevented him from being lost in pride. The second reason is this, we have all seen leaders that are put too high on a pedestal. They eventually, if they let it get to their ego, fail. A perfect prophet would be made into an idol. The prophet's weakness is the church's protection. Jezebel exemplifies this weakness to discredit the prophetic words from God.
My experience is churches are susceptible to seeing the negative and missing God’s direction because of the imperfection of the messenger. She has manipulated many to be jealous of the prophet. He is often attacked on many fronts in the household of God but at times deeply loved. I have seen her turn the direction of churches away from God and into error even though there was a legitimate prophet in the church. This almost always happens when leadership is unbroken. The true prophet weeps in these situations. The main purpose of hers is to bring the church to the place where God says “Ichabod.”
This is the worse thing that can happen to a body of believers but is her highest delight. Ichabod means “The Glory of God has Departed.” It is the death of the church, the separation from God’s Grace.
The prophet is the test to the church. All like him until he stands and says, "this should not be done or you have left God’s direction.” Jezebels plan is to muddy the water. So no one can see where to go. A darkness of confusion comes.
God gives the prophet “night vision.” This is when he is needed the most. She is cunning. She works to discredit the prophet so they will not heed him or her at a crucial time.
The hardest for the prophet is when he sees Jezebel has a hold on the leaders. They ultimately become hostile to the prophet. This is when the prophet is in the most danger. Physical sickness attacks him emanating from negative words and lies.
The mental and emotional assailment is unknown to most.
I believe a prophet could lose his life under such powerful negative spiritual attacks. I don’t think we are aware of the negative power of thought and words emanating from deceived brother and sisters. This is akin to sending a curse.
If your church is tolerating this diabolical spirit, sexual failings will ultimately follow. She is the most alluring spirit in Satan's arsenal. If as a leader you do not want to deal with her in your church, it is best not to ask for a prophet.
Dan..A Son..A Brother…A Prophet.
Dan Chappell was fathered in the prophetic by Robert Ewing of Grace Churches of Texas in the early 80’s and mentored in “The Heart of the Father" by Jack Winters.
He is recognized trans locally for his sensitive and encouraging prophetic and strategic insight. His gifting is not just for the local church, but impacts churches across the continent. Debbie, his wife, stands with him in this demanding role.