What The Lord Said To Me Today
The Jezebel Spirit and it's assistant, The Spirit of Desertion
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I have recently written and taught a great deal about the Spirit of Jezebel, the arch enemy
of the prophet and the man of God. It is true that anyone who wishes to live godly in Christ
Jesus will be persecuted. Anyone who takes a stand for righteousness will face troubles,
difficulties and persecutions. Wounds received at the hands of one's friends are the most painful.
Let's look at the scripture: 2 Timothy 4:13-17, written by Paul from his jail cell in Rome. Try
to feel what Paul is feeling, just before his death for the sake of the gospel.
"The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books,
but especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord
reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood
our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God
that it may not be laid to their charge."
I experienced this recently. I took a stand for righteousness and was viciously attacked. The
attack was conducted in a public forum, but it was much more viciously conducted by
private email. I do not recall ever having received anything more vile or demonic by email.
It set a new standard of evil. None of my friends knew just how vicious this attack by private
email had become. Apparently none of them discerned it either, for none of them stood
with me in the public forum. All forsook me.
During the attack, I expected certain people to stand with me,
and when none did, I was quite disheartened. In my case, one person, a woman whom I
don't know very well, stood with me and encouraged me. If I had not been encouraged by
her, it would have been very dark indeed. I think of Paul today: forsaken by everyone!
What an anguish of spirit that brings.
What I find interesting, as I review the events of the last three days, is that this demonic
assault followed on the heels of a great spiritual victory. I reported in my post of November
11, 2000, that I was used to make a prophetic decree against the Prince of Broward County.
In a coordinated assault, orchestrated by the Holy Spirit, my church was used by the LORD
GOD to cast down this Prince and to disarm him last Friday night, November 10. I spoke
decrees out loud, in front of the congregation and aimed to the heavenlies, to set the
enemies of God into confusion.
We began to see fruit of this victory manifest in the natural realm today, November 14,
as Broward County's
board of election supervisor's has voted NOT to conduct a manual recount of ballots cast
in the recent Presidential election. This has caused
the Democratic party to explode into an uproar with the filing of ill advised lawsuits.
Democrats are now bringing Democrats to court. In short, we see confusion in the natural
realm. God is not a democrat or republican, but he will enforce fair measures and justice
as we pray, and he will set the enemies of God into confusion, attacking one another.
Elijah experienced something similar in his confrontation with Jezebel. He had just experienced
a period of time where He was used as God's instrument. God's Holy arm was bared through
Elijah and he had every reason to feel powerful in the Lord, yet this spirit attacked him, and
he ran for the cave, indeed, he ran for his very life. Elijah felt that he was all alone as he
ran and reached that cave. God assured him that he was not, but nevertheless, he felt
alone. Why did he feel alone? Were there not any other prophets around? Where was
Elisha? Granted, he had not been anointed yet, but he must have been strong in the Lord
by this time in his life. It seems that Elijah must have been deserted by friends at a time
when he most needed some fellowship and encouragement.
Perhaps, no one thought that Elijah needed anything after they had watched that great
victory. They may have been so in awe of him that they feared to come near him. Great
men of God carry a supernatural aura about them that causes people to be wary of close
Paul recorded in 2 Timothy 4:10 that "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present
world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only
Luke is with me."
Paul was well acquainted with the feeling of being forsaken and abandoned. It came upon
him in the heat of battle. At those times of great stress, in the heat of battle, he stood alone
with Jesus only at his side. It has been the same for me, over and over again.
Every time I am attacked by the spirit of Jezebel, a companion spirit moves upon my friends
to dull their discernment and to cause them to desert me in the battle. I find myself either
alone, or standing with friends I did not expect to be standing with.
Now, one may argue, saying, this is the Lord! He does not want us trusting in or leaning on
flesh in the battle. That is true. But I also think it is true that God wants his people to remain
alert and watchful, for their adversary, the devil, roams around as a roaring lion, seeking
whom he may devour. I hope and pray that when one of my co-laborers in the Lord is in
the heat of battle, under assault from the enemy, that I am at his or her side in prayer and
not asleep or dulled in my discernment.
So, what are we to do? As prophets, we are forewarned that there will be times when these
spirits will attack us. At the same moment, an attack of dullness, or desertion will attack our
friends in the Lord, isolating us and cutting us off from Christian support. What are we to do?
We can pray against this. We can be watchful in prayer. We can hold others up in prayer who
are prominent in ministry, particularly in the prophetic ministry. As we become educated
regarding the tactics of the enemy. We know how he will plan his attack. Here is an example.
If I receive a word of prophecy from one of you at Servant's Heart or at Watchman Seer's USA,
and there is a tremendous anointing that accompanies that prophecy, I must assume that
the spirit of Jezebel is mounting a counterassault against you. I should then begin
praying against the spirit of desertion, binding it from separating that brother or sister from
his or her Christian support. I should begin to attack and cast down the spirit of Jezebel
before it ever attacks that prophet. Such proactive prayer, done totally be faith, will be
wonderfully effective and may even make the difference between victory and defeat.
Defeat? What form would that take? Paralysis of the ministry! When this collection of spirits
make a concerted assault against a prophet, their goal is to shut down the ministry and to
shut that prophet's mouth. They seek to exert sufficient force against him that he will decide
to willingly abdicate his position and......head for the cave.
This is why Paul asked, everywhere he went, for people to pray for him. I'm asking all of you,
please pray for me, that God will grant me intercessional authority in even greater measure
here in the State of Florida. I hung my head for two days, but on the thrid day, I have arisen.
Hallelujah. Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
We still have much intercession to do and prophetic decrees to make.
Now, I take up my
prophetic office, and I say, with the help and agreement of the prophets and intercessors,
that you are bound, you Princes of Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Volusia County.
We disarm you in the name of Jesus. We decree fairness and justice in your counties.
We take theft out of your hands. We say to you, be still and be silent. We loose confusion
in the camp of the enemy. We cast down all of your weapons of warfare. You are now
impotent to effect the affairs of men. We pray now for a fair election result in these
counties. We pray that not one more fraudulent vote may be manufactured by you, you
foul unclean spirits. We say, oh Lord, that you know the winner. Thy will be done, and may
it be done quickly. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Stephen L. Bening
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