Today’s Scripture:  2 Kings 9:30-37

Introduction:

For many people, myself included, most of us like the dramatic police shows.  I never really got into the CSI’s much, but I really liked the original Law & Order.  One of my all time favorite shows was NYPD Blue…and it’s just amazing to see how far crime dramas have come since shows like NYPD Blue.  Most of them have the labs, and everything comes together in an hour…and sometimes if it doesn’t they either give you the “special two-hour” show…or the ultimate in cliff-hangers…you have to wait till next time to find out what happens…that’s a good marketing idea cause often times…I’d find myself thinking that whole week about what would happen in the next show.

I guess some times it’s okay to show your human side when you’re in ministry isn’t it.  Yes, friends.  I do watch television.  I don’t spend every free waking moment reading my Bible, listening to sermons, or praying…I suppose that’s why I’m not as powerful as men like Smith Wigglesworth…but the power isn’t in the person anyways…it’s in the Name of Jesus…Amen!?!  But, I watch NFL Football, I watch PGA Tour Golf (usually when Tiger is playing), and I watch other stuff too like Law & Order SVU, NCIS, and my favorite show right now is Criminal Minds.

I don’t really know why I went off on that side journey…maybe just like I said to show my human side…that I’m not 100% spiritual all day…every day.  I’m a regular person…I just love the Lord…and do the best to do what He wants me to do…and live how He wants me to live.  Some may be offended by that, and walk away…but I’ve learned that in  ministry you’re always going to ruffle someone’s feathers.

I mean if  TD Jakes, Joyce Meyers, Dr. David Jeremiah, and others are going to offend people…then if I’m preaching the Gospel correctly…I’m going to wind up offending people too.  It’s just part of that persecution that will come for the name sake of Jesus…and like I’ve said before…if you’re not facing anything…then you’re probably not impacting the devil’s camp…and frankly the devil isn’t worried about you…nor does he know your name.

Anyhow…I guess I felt like rambling a little in the introduction…but now I’m ready to get into this message…and see what it is the Lord would have to say to us…Amen!?!

Today’s Message:  “CSI Holy Land: Jezebel”

The Bible is full of violence. It’s only to be expected. Mankind is prone to hate and kill. Its pages show the worst in us. But the bad guys never win.

Just like we talked yesterday about how Hitler wasn’t the first person who wanted to wipe out God’s people…today’s generation isn’t the first to be full of violence.  I mean murder goes all the way back to Cain and Abel…and it’s only gotten worse since then.  In addition to murder came sexual sins, idolatry, and all that brought God to repent and start over with Noah and his family.

However, things quickly spiraled out of control again because people have flesh, and are born with a sin nature which is naturally against God and what He wants us to do.  That thing called free will is an amazing gift, but it’s also mankind’s greatest curse…because it’s up to us to decide how to use our free-will.

I mean even when we’re saved there’s still times when we’re going to decide to give in to the desires and lusts of our flesh, and that usually comes on the heel of not spending enough time with God.

The good thing about the Bible is it shows time, and time again like this writer points out…the bad guys never win…and just like most novels…if you read ahead to the back of the book…we find that not only does evil lose…but those of us who made the choice with our free-will to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior will all be apart of that victory…and our reward will be greater than anything we’ve ever experienced here on earth…

Do you know what our reward will be?  If you want to know what the goal is…look at the Garden of Eden before the fall.  It’s God walking with us in the garden through the cool of the day.  Perfect.  Never in want or need of everything…and the best part is we’ll spend eternity not having to have our eyes covered…we’ll be able see God in all His glory and splendor…that’s only the beginning of our rewards.  There’s so much more awaiting us on the other side of eternity…this really is the worse life is ever going to get for those of us who are believers…our best day here on earth is going to be NOTHING compared to the majesty and splendor that awaits us all.

Jezebel is the baddest bad girl of the Bible. She’s so bad, nobody names their little girl Jezebel today. She’s the female equivalent of Adolph. Jezebel encouraged Baal worship, turning people’s hearts away from God. She killed God’s prophets. When Elijah killed her prophets, she put out a death warrant on Elijah. When her husband Ahab wanted a vineyard, Jezebel had the owner Naboth stoned to death because her husband was too weak to do take the vineyard himself.

We read about Jezebel again in the book of Revelation as Jesus is addressing the seven churches.

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:20 (KJV)

How many of you know when Jesus speaks that He has “a few things against you” that’s something we ought to pay attention to.  I mean…I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Jesus to have any reason to say He has anything against me.  Which is why there’s no doubt in my mind that He is THE Way, THE Truth, and THE Life…and I boldly and confidently declare that I am a whosoever that’s called upon the name of the Lord.

So…not only do we read about Jezebel in the Old Testament, but she is brought up again in the Book of Revelation…and the church Jesus is speaking to has allowed the spirit of Jezebel into their midst.

There’s something to be said here that I hear the Holy Ghost saying to me not to pass this by…so I’m not going to.

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:20 (KJV)

What comes to my heart as I look at this, and what jumped off the screen at me is what Jesus said was His charge against the church in Thyatira.  He said something that I talk about on occasion in many of my messages…the fact that Jezebel “called herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication”.

Friends…there are A LOT of people who have called themselves apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists…and are teaching God’s people to commit fornication, and to eat from  doctrine that is false, misleading, and completely out of context.

There are many, many people who are going to one day stand before God to answer the charge of teaching and leading hundreds and thousands astray because they did just what Jezebel is accused of.  They are teaching hundreds and thousands a perverted and false gospel…and they’re leading all those they’re teaching astray…and for that…there is such a thing as a stiffer punishment.  God doesn’t take kindly at all to people who teach false doctrine…and lead His people astray in the process.

I was talking again with the man who is leading me through the Discipleship Track for my church, and one of the things that came up as we talked was how there are so many who are going to stand before God and be stunned because they called themselves preachers or ministers…and that’s the problem…they called themselves.

You see…it’s God who calls us into ministry, and therefore it’s God who gives us the “title” we’re supposed to have.  I’ve said several times, and it bears repeating to prove this point.  I didn’t wake up one day, and decide that I was going to be Pastor Bryan of Christlike Ministries.  No…I was called by God through His Word, and it was through His Word that He spoke to me that I was called to “feed His sheep”, and later on that I was anointed to be a pastor…by Him.  He gave me the name Christlike Ministries eleven years ago…and since then He’s given me step by step…and let me know exactly what it was I am to do…and what I’m called to do, what I’m called to be…and that’s how I came to be Pastor Bryan J. Kizer of Christlike Ministries NWA.

There are those who seem to think that I anointed myself because I have never set foot in a Bible College, but I can assure you that being a minister of the Gospel was the last thing I thought I was ever going to be.  You know, when I got saved I thought I was going to be one of those Sunday and Wednesday Christians…but as the LORD began to speak to my heart…that’s how I came to understand I was meant to be and do so much more for His Kingdom…but I never anointed or appointed myself…He did.  He called me pastor before I did.  He called me to Christlike Ministries before I did.

So…I just want everyone to know that I am doing this under the anointing of the Holy Ghost…and it’s He who called and anointed and appointed me as the pastor of this ministry.  In other words…I don’t have the spirit of Jezebel in me…I have the Holy Spirit in me…Amen!?!

Wow…quite the side journey wasn’t it!?!  Let’s get back to the message…

So God had her killed by her own servants. Her own servants couldn’t stand her! She was pushed from a high place, splatted on the ground, trampled by horses, then eaten by dogs so there was nothing left to bury, except her skull, feet and hands.

Can we just pause and think about this for a moment!?!  Can we pause and think about the totality of God’s justice?  Do you know that there is absolutely NO physical evidence that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah ever existed?  That’s because God said He was going to completely destroy those cities, and there would be nothing left except what we read in the Bible about them.  Today…I challenge you to point to any map…and try to find those cities.  There are archeologists who have searched and searched and searched…but yet they turn up no evidence that those cities ever existed.  So…we then read the way that Jezebel died…and that there was nothing left but her skull, hands, and feet.

For those of you who think that Hell isn’t a literal place, and that people really aren’t going to be going there…let me assure you of this…when the gates of Hell are shut for eternity…and you’re cut off from God for all of eternity…it’s gonna be too late to realize all of us “Jesus Freaks” were right about Hell.  Just as there’s no evidence that Sodom or Gomorrah existed, and Jezebel was reduced to nothing but a skull, hands and feet…there is a place where all who rejected Jesus are going to spend eternity…and the worst part is they will never be able to die…but they’ll never be able to exist…they will be completely GONE.

This was her legacy. A horrible death for a horrible person. Someone who once thought herself so important, became like dung on the ground.

Don’t let this be your end.  Don’t think of yourself as so great and so important that you don’t need Jesus.  Don’t think that if you’re in a pulpit that God didn’t call you to preach from that you’re not going to escape judgment.  God’s serious about being true to His Word…and if you are perverting His Word in anyway…you’re already accursed…and you will stand before Him…and answer for what you’re preaching…and let me also let you know that you are going to be held accountable not only for every idle word you spoke, but every single soul that dies without Jesus that you lead astray…their blood is going to be on YOUR hands.  You will give an account, and be held accountable for every person you lead astray with your false doctrines, gospels, and teachings…and that’s not from my mouth…that comes straight from the Holy Ghost.

If you’ve been to proud or haughty to accept Jesus there’s still time, but don’t delay.  Every day that goes by that you reject Jesus is one day closer to that eternity spent separated from God.  Don’t think that tomorrow is going to come…it’s promised to no man.  Make peace with God today…become a whosoever who has called upon the Lord…today.

And if you’re one of those self-anointed and self-appointed preachers, teachers, prophets, pastors, apostles, or evangelists…then there’s still time for you to repent…and seek forgiveness.  But don’t delay either.  Don’t wait until tomorrow…because like those who have rejected Jesus…you ought to know that tomorrow is promised to no man.  So make sure you repent…and do it today.

Don’t be known as a Jezebel…be known as a “Whosoever” who called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.

But this is justice. Jezebel received what she dished out. Jezebel met a fate she deserved. We thank God that he’s a God of justice. Hell ultimately will be full of Jezebel’s and Adolph’s and whoever else prides themselves in murdering the innocent. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

Don’t let Hell be your final destination…because just like there’s nothing left of Sodom and Gomorrah or Jezebel…once you’re lock in Hell for eternity…there will be nothing left of you neither.

Choose THIS day whom you will serve…Choose life…Choose Jesus.

Conclusion:

My goodness.  I certainly wasn’t expecting a message like this, but I guess if the Holy Ghost felt it necessary…then I’m glad I was able to write it.  I never like to be the bearer of harsh news, but how many of you know the Word is profitable for rebuke, correction, and that some times messages like this are unfortunately necessary.

I sincerely hope that none of you who follow this ministry are on the side that I wrote about.  I hope that all of you know Jesus as Lord and Savior…and if you need to it’s really easy to do.  If you need to know Jesus all you have to do is say this prayer out loud…believing in your heart that what Jesus did on the Cross was for you, and confess with your mouth that you need Jesus to be Savior and Lord…and be that whosoever that calls upon the name of the Lord…and you’ll be assured of your place in Heaven too.

Here’s the prayer…don’t delay…please say it today:

Dear Lord Jesus…come into my heart.  Forgive me of my sin.  Wash me, cleanse me, and set me free.  Jesus, thank You that You died for me.  I believe that You are risen from the dead and that You’re coming back for me.  Place me IN Your Ark right now, today.  Fill me with the Holy Ghost.  Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I boldly confess that I am a whosoever that has called upon the name of the Lord…that I am IN the Ark…and that I am saved…I am born again…I am forgiven…I am the righteousness of God IN Christ Jesus…and I am In the Ark and on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart.  In Jesus name I pray…Amen!