Slumber of Jezebel
I want you to open your Bible with me Isaiah 52. We're going to look at two verses. I want to share something with
you that the Lord has just put on my heart. I've been in a season, Joy and I both are in a season of fasting, can't
remember how long it's been now, probably a couple of weeks or something like that. You just lose track after a
while, but we're just having a sense it's a new season, new season in our lives, new season in the church. When it's
like that, you have to stir yourself up, you have to get near to God so you're listening to God. The Lord has been
downloading a number of things to me. He spoke to me just over a whole number of areas recently, and He spoke to
me on one thing particularly, and I want to read this scripture here, then show what He showed me.
It says: awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For
the uncircumcised and the unclean shall come no longer to you. Shake yourself from the dust, rise up; Sit down, O
Jerusalem! Loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion! God is speaking through the
prophet, and telling the church of the day - wake up! Wake up! Wake up to what's happening. Wake up spiritually,
wake up on the inside, wake up, and then begin to arise back to become the people of God! Shake off the things that
have held you down. Arise and begin to take your rightful role and positioning. God's speaking strongly to a church ,
which was in a place of defeat, to awaken the church.
I recently received an article showing how the Islamic faith was spreading like wildfire through the world, and how it's
emerging in Europe all over the place. The call for the church was wake up! Wak e up! Don't you see what is going on
all around you? And so God spoke to me, not directly through this verse. He spoke to me this, He spoke a personal
word around a whole lot of other things, speaking to me and to the church. He wrote like this; He said: awake, awake
from the slumber of Jezebel. Put on your strength O Zion. I though I know that verse. That doesn't sound like the way
I read it. I remember that many times Jesus and the apostles quoted verses, and then they would alter them a bit, to
actually just expand what was going on or to give additional insight. I thought the slumber of Jezebel, I'd never heard
of such a term, never read it anywhere. Got my concordance out, looked it up, couldn't find it anywhere - well I don't
know about that. Where can I find it in the word?
So I began to think and I began to pray about it, then the Lord - I thought I'll go look at it. I began to look, and then the
Lord just began to open up, just story after story, illustration after illustration, and I'm going to bre ak this message into
two parts; there'll be one part this day and then another part after next weekend. I encourage us to just be open to
what God wants to say, particularly if it relates to you. So in this verse He's saying: awake, awake, awake! Awake
church! Rise up. I believe it's a word to the church in our own nation, it's a word to us as a people, it's time to awaken
and to arise with much greater strength in God, strength in prayer. I want to just open up just what this term Slumber
of Jezebel is, then I'm going to show you some Bible examples. I don't want you to get hung up on what you may
know about that particular demonic power. Just be open to what I feel the Lord's unravelling to me.