Off With His Head

The queen of hearts is found in the story of Alice in Wonderland and is famous for saying the words, “Off with their head”. In a childhood story, those words may sound funny, but in real life reality there is no humor involved at all. The phrase “Off with their head” did not begin with Alice in Wonderland, rather it began with God in Genesis 3:15 when the Lord said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall crush, bruise, strike your head…” It is important to remember the enemy is a copy cat not a Creator, everything he does originated with God, He just twists it so he can use it to steal, kill or destroy (John 10:10). The same can be said with the enemy’s use of the words “off with his head”.

There is a spirit that is alive and active in the earth realm today of which we as believers must be keenly aware. It is a demonic spirit, that is declaring “off with his head”. But this is not a here and now spirit that is speaking this this is an ancient spirit that has a history of wanting to silence the voice of justice and righteousness in the earth realm. It is the same spirit that carries the name Jezebel in the book of 1 Kings 19:1-3 that says, “Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.” Jezebel wanted Elijah’s head so she could silence the voice of righteousness and justice in the earth realm.

This ancient spirit is not only found in the Old Testament as Jezebel, the same spirit is also found in the New Testament as Herodias. Many may not have put the two together but Mark 6 is where Jesus is famously quoted as saying “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household”. A prophet is the voice of righteousness and justice in the earth realm. Continuing on in Mark 6 we find this same ancient spirit declaring “off with his head”, but it is manifesting in Herodias. Listen to this, “Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her. For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so; for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe”. The prophet’s voice is what the unrighteousness want to silence, because they speak righteousness and justice.

The spirit of Herodias did not stop at holding a grudge, she wanted him dead and used anyone necessary and declared “off with his head”. Mark 6:21-25 says, “A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee; and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.” And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom.” And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” This ancient spirit has such visceral hatred of righteousness and justice it will not stop until it has the head of the prophetic voice.

We must remember, spirits do not have genders and though the spirit manifests through a human being, we must remember the person we see is only a puppet of the one we can’t see (Ephesians 6). This ancient spirit is seeking the head of anyone who speaks for righteousness and justice. The more authority the person carries in the earth realm the more targeted they are. However, despite the threats the enemy is spewing and despite the attacks the enemy is launching, the Lord declares “Righteousness will exalt this nation!” Righteousness and justice will prevail, therefore this is not the time to be silent, but to speak up and out for our voices together sound like mighty rushing waters and justice is rolling down.

The enemy may be saying “off with his head”, but the Lord is saying “When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28). Victory is imminent, I can see it, that is why I say it!

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