1 Kings 18:19
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
In the days of Elijah the Tishbite, there were three categories of prophets in the land of Israel.
The prophets of Baal.
The prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table
Elijah and the prophets of The Lord.
The prophets of Baal openly served their sex and fertility god called Ashtoreth. Their worship of this evil deity wasn’t hidden. It was known to all that these particular prophets were absolutely dedicated to the worship of Ashtoreth. These were evil men who didn’t even pretend to follow Jehovah in any way.
Then there were the four hundred prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table. Jezebel was the daughter of a king who worshipped Ashtoreth. She married Ahab king of Israel and brought her Ashtoreth/baal worship along with her. Jezebel was a wicked woman who loved to be in control of both the political and spiritual aspects of the kingdom. These prophets allied and aligned themselves with this wicked woman because of what she offered them. She offered them royal dainties from her table. She offered them a royal lifestyle powered from her throne of wickedness. These prophets ate whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, however they wanted. There was unlimited provision at Jezebel’s table. There was no restraint whatsoever at Jezebel’s table. Eating at Jezebel’s table represents the unrestricted satisfaction of the desires of the flesh.
Those who ate at Jezebel’s table had certain characteristics.
Their belly was their god.
They were greedy, ready to do anything to satisfy their desires.
They had no control over their desires.
They had an unrestrained, uncontrolled appetite.
They were slaves to base human desires and impulses.
They were driven by a strong force of covetousness which enslaved them to Jezebel’s table.
Their meals were not regulated in any manner. They ate whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. There were no restrictions. Eating at Jezebel’s table was a place of pursuit of unrestrained, uncontrolled desires and passions.
Essentially they ate anything they wanted.
You cannot eat at Jezebel’s table and at the same time eat at the Lord’s table. You cannot desire to fill your stomach with the dainties at Jezebel’s table and pursue the will of God.
By eating at Jezebel’s table these prophets had compromised their calling; they had sold the gift of God to the highest bidder, in this case Jezebel.
The third category of prophets in the land were the prophets of the Lord represented by Elijah the prophet.
1 Kings 17:2-7
And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord:for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
Let’s take a look at Elijah’s meal. It was planned, it was programmed, it was regulated, it was timed. He ate in the morning and in the evening. It had a consistency to it. It had a limit beyond which it wouldn’t go. There were things that were not available to Elijah to eat. He was conditioned to desire only what the Lord provided for him. He ate only what The Lord made available to him. He ate it when and where The Lord provided. He never went beyond the boundaries which The Lord had set for him. He was content. If The Lord didn’t provide it for him, he never got to eat it. His desires were subject to God’s will. Elijah ate bread and meat supplied by ravens in the morning and evening and he drank water from the brook of Cherith. That was all he had. It wasn’t an exotic meal but it sustained him, it strengthened him and satisfied him. He never craved, desired or prayed for what The Lord didn’t have on his menu for him. He was not desiring the exotic meals which were being served at Jezebel’s table. No. He was content with God’s provision for his life.
There are two kinds of appetites: one that is controlled by the Holy Spirit and one that is not. An appetite that is not controlled by the Holy Spirit, that is not subject to spiritual discipline, that is not regulated, that craves any and everything, that desires and seeks to possess and own anything it sees, that has no boundaries, that has no limits, that has no restraints whatsoever is at the mercy of the devil and has become a tool in his hands. A person with such an appetite is a slave to the devil and cannot be used by God. This was what Jezebel offered the four hundred prophets who ate at her table. Because of what she offered them they served her and Ahab her husband.
You cannot desire God to use you but fail to control your desires and your appetite. It is not everything you see that you desire to own, to possess, to control.
If you want God to use you and work through you to accomplish his kingdom agenda, you cannot have an unrestrained, uncontrollable appetite for earthly things. You cannot seek to satisfy every craving and desire that finds its way to your heart and still think that God can use you. An unrestrained appetite will eventually work against you.
Be suspicious when Jezebel sends you an invite and offers you a place at her table.
Be suspicious when Jezebel grants you access to her power, influence and riches.
Jezebel is a wicked, domineering and manipulative spirit.
Jezebel seeks to ensnare, to enslave you, to own you, to control your life.
Don’t you ever forget this: Jezebel NEVER does anything for you for free.
When Jezebel offers you a place at her table be very certain that the moment you take that seat you will be bound to her by chains of wickedness.
The price you pay for feasting at Jezebel’s table is bondage.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
In Matthew 4 the devil offered Jesus all the riches of the world if he would only bow to him. If Jesus had agreed, he would have had wealth and earthly power, but the devil would own his soul. The devil never planned to stop Jesus from doing ministry. Jesus would still be in ministry but instead of serving God, he would serve the devil. Instead of obeying and following God’s instructions, he would become a stooge in satan’s hands, carrying out his plans under the guise of religion and effecting his agenda of wickedness on the earth.
The same with Jezebel.
When she offers you access to feast at her table, she plans to take over your life, ministry, business, family and your very soul. She plans to control you and make you her puppet. When she’s done with you, you will become a mindless, soulless puppet in her hands.
Don’t be deceived by the material things you see surrounding some of the rich and famous preachers on television. Many have been seduced by Jezebel’s offer and have sold their soul to her in exchange for unlimited access to her dainties. They look and talk like believers but like some of the Pharisees who lived during the time of Jesus, they are committed to carrying out satan’s agenda. The prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table had the hype, the razzmatazz and the charisma surrounding their ministry but only Elijah could pray and petition the heavens to open and release rain upon the earth in accordance with divine will.
The four hundred prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table had lost their calling even though they still went about calling themselves prophets. Their spiritual eyes had become blind and their ears had been shut but they never realised this. They thought that because they ate at the table of the king, because they rubbed shoulders with the rich and the powerful in society, because they surrounded themselves with money and material things they were on the prophetic cutting edge and relevant in God’s prophetic agenda for the nation of Israel. But nothing could be further from the truth. Money and material things are not the measuring indices for spiritual things. You cannot tell how spiritual a person is by looking at the amount of material things she possesses or by looking at who he associates with in society. Elijah and the 7,000 were on the cutting edge of God’s agenda for the nation of Israel, yet they didn’t eat at Jezebel’s table, neither did they mix with the rich and powerful in society.
While the false prophets were feasting at Jezebel’s table, Elijah was drinking water from a stream and eating bead and meat served by ravens. While some prophets had access to the the platform of the throne, he was hidden by God in obscurity. He paid a huge price to remain relevant in the agenda of God for the nation of Israel. Because he refused to feast at Jezebel’s table, God honoured him, honoured his prayers and blessed him.
1 Kings 22:6-9
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the Lord:but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. Then the king of Israel called an officer, and said, Hasten hither Micaiah the son of Imlah.
Jehoshaphat king of Israel listened to the prophecies of these four hundred men and was not satisfied with what he heard. Something didn’t add up with their prophecies. His spirit had no rest. He requested for yet another prophet and Ahab reluctantly called for Micaiah the son of Imlah.
The four hundred prophets who ate at Jezebel’s table were under the influence of a spirit of deception, a lying spirit. The moment they started eating at her table they were no longer able to discern nor speak the truth. The lying spirit was so strong that they were under the delusion that they were the only prophets in the land that God spoke to. They believed that anyone who was a prophet and wasn’t part of their group was under a ‘wrong spirit.’ It is easy to recognise a group that has wandered off into error. They always think that they know more, better, deeper than everybody else. They believe they have the right interpretation to the scripture and every other interpretation is wrong.
When Micaiah appeared on the scene he exposed their lies and deception.
If you want to remain relevant in God’s agenda for your generation, if you want to make a kingdom impact in your nation, refuse the offer to feast at Jezebel’s table and The Lord Jesus Christ will honour you.