AHAB BEGOT JEZEBEL : DEFEATING DECEPTION AND DELUSION – Part 3 of 4
“Is there no longer a prophet of the Lord here whom we can inquire of?” “There is still one prophet… but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good about me…1 Kings 22: 8-9
Immorality begot deception, which begot delusion, and delusion always begets destruction. The delusion that controls Ahab and Jezebel is the same that developed in Satan, leading him to attack God’s sovereign rule in heaven. Ahab and Jezebel are but clandestine agents pursuing this same initiative. Ahab’s and Jezebel’s mission is to take authority over and disrupt the mission of God in the earth realm. Satan must resort to deception to obfuscate the truth regarding his defeat at the hands of Christ Jesus, and God’s magnanimous plan for His creation in eternity. He has no other weapon or choice.
To allow delusion to operate unchallenged is to invite both spiritual and natural calamity. Those who embrace the author of truth and life must realize that the spirit that indwells them has both exposed the deadly intent of delusion, and tread upon the pernicious spirit of deception. Discernment and embrace of truth are sufficient for victory. While truth and transparency have their own power and have already overcome the world – how are Ahab and Jezebel able to conquer so much territory and take so many captive?
The strategy employed by Ahab and Jezebel is no different than that seen in Heaven and Eden. A choice for truth ushers in the assurance of deliverance and eternal relational access to a holy God. Deception is the only arrow in the enemies quiver with any potential to carry out an attack on the truth. However, a sound understanding of this diabolical strategy is second in importance only to the revelation of truth itself. The arrows of deception can only find their marks when by free election one disengages their loyalty from truth. Such disengagement is often induced by human alliances and wanting-what-we-want, which pushes away the giver.
Does God sit ideally by while Ahab and Jezebel covertly and clandestinely reap havoc on the truth? No. God has already defeated the author of deception and provided His own with potent resources for exposing it. Nevertheless, the people of God must both chose truth and remain loyal to truth. The purveyor of deception is fully aware of his defeat, yet he remains committed to discrediting the truth, his objective being to destroy God’s elect. Only through those who yield their loyalty, does deception achieve new facility by which to operate.
Fully aware of his eternally defeated status, God’s enemy has not retreated. Ahab and Jezebel embrace their undeclared mission similarly. Only by embrace of the same power of truth and life that brought about the defeat of darkness at Calvary, can Ahab and Jezebel be delivered.