Jezebel CONTROLLED her husband. She "usurped the authority" of her husband. It is that Jezebel spirit that has caused man to deny 1_Corinthians 11:3,7, and specifically 11:8,9. Jezebel has caused man to deny 1_Timothy 2:9-15 and specifically 2:12. That Jezebel spirit has caused man to refuse to acknowledge and accept 1_Corinthians 14:34-35 which is immediately followed by a statement that should cause ALL CHRISTIANS to fear the Lord if they DO deny it: "What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any MAN think himself to be a prophet, OR SPIRITUAL, let him acknowledge that the things which I write unto you are the COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD. But if any MAN be ignorant, let HIM be ignorant." (1_Corinthians 14:36-38.) Because Jezebel has so affected MEN, they do not know how to love their wives as profoundly "as Christ also loved the church". (Ephesians 5:25.) And because MEN are NOT so profoundly loving their wives, women do not submit unto their OWN husbands after the model of the church unto Christ. No, the church is not "equal" in authority with Christ. "Christ is the head of the church", and after that specific model, Paul repeatedly instructed, "the husband is the head of the wife". (Ephesians 5:22-23). To love wives as profoundly as "Christ loves the church" is the clear and repeated exhortation.
But the Jezebel spirit has been allowed to cause man to forget that principle. As such, woman has taken control (even though the church certainly has no authority to take control of Christ). How has the devil, through the Jezebel spirit, caused that? It was by creating a doctrine that would accuse Jesus of sin (for even "thinking" about it, because of Matthew 5:28) when He spoke of, not one, but FIVE VIRGINS marrying Him in Matthew 25:1-13.) Hence, by the change of the doctrine of Adultery by the ((great apostate)) "church" in about A.D. 400 ((and all should know which "church" I mean)), woman was "empowered" to sexually control man. By the new ((great apostate "church's")) doctrine of "adultery" and "monogamy", man was forced to obey his one woman by her sexual blackmails. When such blackmails and control became unacceptable to some men, they would turn to other women. Because the new ((great apostate "church's)) doctrine forbid such men from marrying those other women, such "affairs" were nothing less than fornication. (That new ((great apostate church's)) doctrine had fulfilled, and again will it be fulfilled, what "the Spirit" prophesied in 1_Timothy 4:1-3a.)
Indeed, MAN has allowed ("sufferest") "that woman Jezebel... to seduce ((God's)) servants to commit fornication". (Revelation 2:20.) And God's word is clear, "they which do such things ((as fornication)) shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:21.)
Likewise, this is not saying that men should go out searching for a number of wives. No indeed. If a man is not capable of loving one woman as Christ loved the church, he absolutely will not be capable of the exponentially-increased levels of love that would be required with more than one. Indeed, it is only a matter of profound levels of loving, because such would never work if it were only a matter of the flesh! Basically, when God raises up men as profoundly holy as Moses and David, if God calls such men to love, bless, and edify more than one wife (as Moses and David did), Christians need to know that they must not reject or persecute such men. But those who God would not so call need not to fear. It's only as God would call. And as Paul wrote in 1_Corinthians 7:17: "But as God hath distributed to every man, AS THE LORD HATH CALLED every one, SO LET HIM WALK. And so ordain I in all churches."
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