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Edition 405: February 20th 2018
The demise of false prophets:
This edition is about the demise of false prophets and false teachers, primarily within the church. By false prophets, I also mean false watchmen of prophetic things.
Today many churches are closing down. At the same time many believers are falling away.
Those falling, are primarily from the non-Sprit filled churches, and in the west.
Yet, false prophets and teachers are increasing dramatically. Their demise is coming! It’s a good idea to know about the final end of false prophets and teachers!
The curtain is about to go up on the greatest drama ever! Here is our key verse:
Ezekiel 12:24-28 “No more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. I, the Lord speak and the words which I speak come to pass...None of My words shall be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done, says the Lord God...Prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy out of their own heart and spirit and have seen nothing...They have envisaged futility, saying ‘thus says the Lord!’But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that their word may be confirmed.”
The verse above is extremely instructive. It is saying:
●False prophets, teachers and those whose source is false visions, will soon end.
●If the Lord is speaking – it will come to pass.
●If the Lord is not in it, it will fail and not come to pass.
●It says that false prophets and teachers look for confirmation and agreement wherever they can find it. This would include in and out of the church, in dreams and visions, in the constellations, and among their own followers. But it’s all futile.
The Bible speaks of the “Spirit of truth” and “the spirit of error.” Truth and error, especially in terms of all things biblical, are a result of the manifestation of spirits. (1 John 4:6, Ephesians 6:12)
We absolutely need the ministry of teaching and prophecy, because of their vital, direction-giving leading. Satan tries to sow confusion into it all.
The nature of the false prophet and teacher:
False prophecies and teachings all originate in a false spirit, but come in through pride.
Pride blinds you. It also blinds you to pride in others. Pride food in which error grows.
Pride always blocks revelation from God. You are left with your own understanding. If you are full of pride, your revelation is from yourself and your own mind, sourced in error.
The Spirit of error always hides in camouflage. It masquerades as light and truth!
Pride is a terribly, sneaky, dangerous thing. It was the source of Lucifer’s fall, Adam’s fall and untold billions of others. Pride in Bible teachers and prophets is deadly!
The mouth of the teacher will find him out. The false teachers talk about themselves far too much. Too many of them are “called” by their ego, pride, and desire for self-importance. They’re imposters.
You need that spiritual gift called discernment of spirits, and the “still small voice” inside you to let you know with whom you are safe. Likewise a little voice will let you know when an individual is to be avoided like the plague.
2 Timothy 2:18 (Disapproved worker) “They have strayed concerning the truth, saying that that resurrection is past and they overthrow the faith of some.”
Please note in the verse above, that disapproved workers overthrow the faith of some, particularly the weak!
The false prophet or teacher claims to speak with divine authority. They often call on their small group of sectarian supporters to confirm their “truth” which, in reality, is error!
Those within the grip of a false prophet or teacher always think they are better than others and above others in the body of Messiah. They look down on those not in their camp.
The damage they do:
False prophets and false teachers give you a ●false sense of security. They give you a ●false vision, a ●false hope and a ●false expectation. They give you ●distorted, misleading views, which are always at odds with other established doctrines. ●They give you untruth!
False teachings, because they are all of the spirit of error, have destructive power locked up in them. People take what they say and believe it and act on it.
The intention of the spirit of error is to sidetrack you, injure you and bring you down.
There is special condemnation in the Bible for those who capitalise on, or injure the weak and gullible. Their demise will be great.
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple (gullible) believes every word, but the prudent man considers well his steps.”
You can and must “demise” false teachers out of your life now! When you identify them, under the leading of the Spirit – get them out of your life. If you don’t, when you receive them, and accept them, you are coming under their spirit.
Beloved brethren, the “transfer of spirits” is a dangerous reality. Be on your guard. I’ve seen it more times than you can imagine.
Bear in mind that it’s easy to fall for a false teaching, but it’s far more difficult to get out of it once you’re in!
Too many today make great error their friends, and wonder why they keep falling into the error- trap. They can’t get free from the underlying attraction of the spirit of error because God will not set you free from your friends. You must make error your enemy.
You must identify and correctly name a false doctrine, as sin!
False prophets and teachers are doing enormous damage to many in the body of Messiah. When people get duped they get trapped, hoodwinked and their growth gets stunted. This then affects their eternal reward, as accurate growth in Messiah has great reward itself.
Jeremiah 5:25-26 “Your iniquities (errors included) have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good things from you. Among My people are found wicked men; they lie in wait as one who sets snares; they set a trap to catch men.”
Ezekiel 13:18-23 “...Will you hunt the souls of My people and keep yourselves alive?...With your lies you have made the souls of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hand of the wicked....I will deliver My people out of your hand and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Isaiah 9:16 “The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
Do not fail to read the verses above!! I’ll say it again: Do read these three verses above!
If we (rightly) apply these verses above to the sin of false doctrine and prophecy, note what occurs: ●They set a trap to catch you. ●They strengthen the hand of Satan and his crowd. ●The people are led to destruction by the teacher.
The power of repentance:
You must be doctrinally clean and clean in heart.
We are all called to an increasingly deeper walk with our Lord. False prophets and teachers damage that. They hinder and oppress and obstruct your growth, throwing obstacles in your path.
Most times, false teachers and prophets won’t repent, which is why they get themselves more deeply entrenched in their error, or produce new and more dangerous errors.
A true, safe teacher or prophet may miss it sometimes, but a chief characteristic, is that they will be quick to repent and correct things.
Many teachers are not interested in years and years of diligent study of the scriptures and monumental efforts to know God deeply. They just want to know a few cherry-picked, fancy verses to impress others with. They are the ultimate, shallow, man-pleasers.
Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so, but what will you do in the end?”
There is a sifting on the go right now ahead of the great shaking to come. Many teachers are being exposed as false. It is good and right that people see and know who they can trust in the critical days to come.
Beloved brethren, repentance is a wonderful thing for each of us personally. It is powerful on a national scale. It is clearly evident as a most welcome fruit in the lives of many teachers.
The lack of a walk of repentance leads to a walk of pride and much destruction.
Jeremiah 12:10 “Many rulers (Lit=shepherds) have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion underfoot; they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
God’s word is the final perfect and sufficient revelation. We must not go outside of it for revelation.
You need to learn how to hate with godly hatred! (I see you raising your eyebrows!)
That does not mean going around hating people when you should be walking in love. But have a look at the following shocking verses, and note just what they’re saying:
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate sin, pride, arrogance and every evil way.”
Psalm 97:10 “Hate evil you who love the Lord.”
Amos 5:15 “Hate evil and love good (holiness).”
Psalm 119:104 “From your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every evil way.”
Do you hate with perfect hatred, sin, arrogance, pride, evil and the wickedness of the devil?
It’s not fashionable in this modern, era with its globalist accept-everything agenda to hate anything, except God and His truth that is! But how wrong they are and will soon all be exposed as wrong, wrong, wrong!
Loving God gives you correctly placed hatred. It makes you secure, holy and passionate.
Generally, when people come looking for answers they don’t want to get deception. They want the truth.
Does the doctrine presented produce the correct fruits of the Spirit and growth in that disciple? Does it lead to legalism and pride? Does it lead to right living?
We must, in this day be relevant to this day, without changing the truth. When helping others we must warn of the false teachers and false prophets who are all around today, and their main characteristics, some of which are - failed predictions, legalism, secret pride, control.
2 Peter 2:1-3 “There were false prophets among the people even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who brought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of who the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words...”
Don’t be a fool and fall those who have a 100% proven track record of failed predictions. That alone should tell you plenty.
The internet and YouTube specifically, is a playground of dangerous deceivers, and many charlatans. Yes there is excellent material there too. Bear in mind that truth and error travel the same highway.
Today, spiritual deception is much more dangerous than before. People have a greater vulnerability to deception, because of their spiritual shallowness.
Speaking, listening to, or reading Christian material has an authority behind it. That’s where the danger lies. “Did you hear what he said?” “Have you read this?” “Have you seen this?” People put value and recognition on what people say, especially teachers.
We must be careful in these dangerous days not to add to and confound the problems that people have. Pure undefiled truth is always safe, but it must be rightly divided and applied. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Progression of a false teacher to cult-status:
Because of the massive spiritual deceptions that are about to hit this world, we must know how to identify and deal with false teachers and prophets. Some will go no further than superficial error. Some will go no further than sect-status, and then repent, but some will become cults.
The progression is: ●Error> ●False doctrine> ●Sect> ●Cult.
The journey of error is towards hell.
Cult-like leaders and most of their subjects go wrong with a simple error. Because they don’t see it, or won’t repent, it leads to a cross-over point and a slippery slope to cult-status, where they can’t get out – they’re trapped.
Most times we see repeating patterns evident in the formation of a cult leader:
The leader separates himself from others and becomes exclusive and secretive. They exhibit no humility, lots of pride and they have no fear of the Lord in them. They talk about themselves all the time. You will seldom hear them teach on the cross. They begin by mixing truth and error but end up in total error.
Teachers on the way to becoming cult leaders often have a superiority complex and think everyone owes them respect and support. They sometimes have deep psychological problems of rejection and try to gain acceptance by using manipulation.
They make their hobby-horse doctrine an idol. They then surround the idol with the “protection” of legalism, which is witchcraft or wizardry in action.
Micah 3:5-7 (Amp) “Thus says the Lord concerning the false prophets who make My people err, who when they have anything good to bite on, cry ‘Peace.’ And whoever gives them nothing to chew; against them they declare a sanctified war. Therefore it shall be night to you, and you shall have no vision, yes it shall be dark to you without divination (comprehension) and the sun shall go down over the false prophets. The seers (prophets) shall be put to shame and they shall be confounded; Yes they shall cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.”
Please take note of this extremely powerful verse above!
At some point these people come under a curse and from then on they are even more deeply trapped and they bring others into that terrible grip as well.
Most people are lured into the occult by wanting knowledge of the future. Because Satan’s kingdom is of darkness, you don’t know where you are, just like the verse says above.
God’s kingdom is of light! You will always know where you are and where you are going!
1 Samuel 15:23 “To obey is better than sacrifice...For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness as the iniquity of idolatry.”
Many make idols of their own opinions stubbornly. “Stubbornness is as idolatry.”
If you have been involved in the occult or a cult or even a sect and have seen the light and come out of it, well done, well done! But don’t go back anywhere near it. It has long menacing invisible tentacles and it will trap you again.
2 Peter 2:20 “After they have escaped the corruption that is in the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua, the Messiah, and they are again entangled in them, and overcome, the latter end for them is worse than the beginning.”
Luke 11:26 “The unclean spirit goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state is worse than the first.”
The Bible speaks in numerous places about the coming demise of false prophets and teachers. Even teachers, who are okay, will receive a “stricter judgement”. There are so many warnings given against those who lead God’s people astray – it is shocking.
We need to separate ourselves from them. Leave them, let them go their way, but don’t let them take you with them!
Jeremiah 14:15 “Thus says the Lord, concerning the prophets who prophecy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘sword and famine shall not be in this land’ – By the sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.’”
The total, utter judgement and casting into hell of false teachers and prophets is spoken of succinctly in 2 Peter 2:4-11.
The judgement of God is upon all false teachers and prophets. Not only are their words not of God. God is against them!
Ezekiel 13:8-9 “The Lord says: ‘because you have spoken nonsense and envisaged lies, therefore I am indeed against you. My hand will be against the prophets who envisage futility...’”
The judgement and demise of the false prophets and teachers is so sever in the Bible, because of the damage done to many others.
●It is a frightening, weighty, gravity-filled thing to be in a position to influence God’s people!
Personally, my own prayer time is varied, but I pray twice a day on this very issue and do have others praying for me and The Prophetic Scroll every day as well.
“No more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination”, says our title verse. Yes, deception will continue, but you don’t need to be subject to it. God has given you the spiritual equipment to know and avoid it all now.
John 18:37 “...Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
John 8:32 “You shall know the truth and truth shall make you free.”
The true teacher or prophet doesn’t always get it right. The false, always gets it wrong even if he is right! The false is essentially a wrong person.
Most importantly, not everyone who you don’t agree with, or just don’t like is a false teacher.
We are about to be thrust into the greatest drama of all time. Exciting times lie just ahead. Severe and dangerous times too!
This is one of my mixed-media art works incorporating some old cloth and other collage elements. I superimposed the lion photograph over the art.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 404: February 13th 2018
The leopard’s spots:
The leopard can’t change its spots! (Jeremiah 13:23)
2 Peter 3:14 “Be diligent to be found by Him in peace without spot and blemish.”
“The glorious church will have no spots or wrinkles, and be holy.” (Ephesians 5:27)
“Spots,” represent sin, unrighteousness, evil, error and the like.
The word “Spots” is Strong’s G4694, “Spilas.” Meanings: “Hidden rocks in the sea.” Or “Conduct causing wrecked morality”.
Spots in our lives then, are like rocks just below the surface of the waves. You’re not aware of them until you end up damaged! Many times people get so accustomed to their spots that they don’t even see them as a very real danger.
But there’s another side to this story: As we move closer and closer to the entire end-time storm, so more and more rocks just appear right out of the water. Or we could say that suddenly we become inundated with spots!
Like a leopard, we all have spots. We are pure and holy in spirit, through the new-birth, but spots dwell in our soul, thought-life and body. Can we get rid of them? Jeremiah says the leopard can’t change his spots!
The answer is a bit complicated! Here it is: No we can’t, yes we can, and yes we must!
The plum line, the wall and the whitewash:
Amos 7:8-9 “The Lord said to Amos, ‘What do you see? And I said ‘a plumb line.’ Then the Lord said: ‘Behold I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore.’”
A plum line is used by builders to build a straight and accurate wall. In type, it is God’s word of accuracy, holiness and righteousness.
Ezekiel 13:10-11 (To the false prophets) “Because they have seduced My people saying ‘peace!’ when there is no peace, and one builds a boundary wall, and they plaster it with untempered mortar (whitewash)- sayto those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall down...”
Untempered mortar is cement made with an incorrect mixture, making it weak. It is also the same original word for “whitewash.” (Ezekiel 13:11)
This whitewash is the masks of superficiality that people build up around themselves. They try to hide the fact that they were not built with a plum line. God will bring it all down.
There is a shocking vision revealed in Ezekiel 8:7-18. Ezekiel is brought by God to a wall with a hole in it, and a door. He is told to go inside, which he does. He is take note of all the abominations and idolatry being done, hidden behind this wall. He then goes deeper in and sees even worse abominations. He goes further in and approaches a door into the temple, and he sees people worshipping the sun. God then says to Ezekiel that He will act in His “fury and anger” towards all these things. He will “have no pity on them” and “will not hear their cry for mercy”!
We’ve seen a consistency in the analogies, I’ve used so far:
We’ve seen hidden rocks under the waves, whitewash or a veneer of untempered mortar. We’ve seen a wall with a hole in it and a door. The consistency lies in the fact that what happens in these places is hidden. It is in the deep, dark recesses of people’s lives, out of view and sight.
The analogies refer to hidden sin or spots that are the cause of “shipwreck.”
We have also seen the plumb line of God, which if used by the believer, would have eliminated all the hidden sins – the spots!
We must break down the door to the inner courts of our own lives, and get rid of all that is offensive to our Lord. If we don’t do it, He will at a future time – our reward time! Many will regret that they cleaved onto their spots, now going up in flames.
Ask yourself these questions, now before the Lord comes:
●Do you have an all consuming desire to have a life honourable to God? ●Do you really desire His holiness? ●Do you desire to be cleansed and reconstructed by the cross? ●Do really desire to advance and move forward with our Lord and do you desire that for others? ●Has sin, Satan and his demons lost their power in you? ●Has the attraction of the world died to you? ●What consumes your thoughts? ●What do you do with off-time, leisure time and what do you spend money on? ●What friends do you keep? ●Where do you go when no one is looking? ●Do you have a keen sense of humour, but clean?
Isaiah 30:15 “In returning (repentance) and rest, you will be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength, but you would not.”
Proverbs 28:26 (Amp) “He who leans on and trusts confidently in his own heart and mind, is a self-confident fool, but he who walks with skilful, godly wisdom, will be delivered.”
The spot remover:
It all begins with your thoughts, your words, your confessions, your beliefs and spiritual gifts.
So, let’s break this down:
All spots (sins) begin in the thought realm. You can change your thinking. The Bible says: “Cast down thoughts that exalt against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)The Bible says: “Think on these things...” (Philippians 4:8)
That’s where we begin the spot removal process. Thoughts then, become actions and words either evil or holy. This is all based on our belief system – our plum line!
But now we have a problem! Many times, (and I mean many) a person’s spots are a result of demon activity. You can’t deal with demons the same way you do other things. You can’t repent and expect a demon to leave you. You can’t cast out the flesh nature, but you can cast out a demon.
You must accurately identify the source of your sin or problems to be dealt with.
You need specific, spiritual weapons to detect and then defeat demons and cast them out.
This is a huge subject, but briefly, here is a list of some of the main characteristics of demons:
Demons ●entice, ●compel, ●enslave, ● harass, ●defile, ●torment, ●deceive, ●make sick, ●kill, and ●destroy. They cause a ●spirit of slumber, ●they make people ignorant, blind and stupid. ●They cause rebellion and fear. ●They always operate through witchcraft and the occult, bringing curses. ●They keep you from the cross.
Not every one of these is a result of demon activity.
Once you have identified demon activity, with your spiritual gifts, then you need to use your spiritual weapons to bind their works and throw them out. Sorry, if you don’t believe in the gifts of the Spirit, you can’t be helped.
If you don’t have a supercharged spot-remover you are stuck with a bit more than a spotty face! You will never get rid of your spots. O yes, you can get rid of some, superficially, but they will be back tomorrow, bigger and worse!
You can also change your spots for another group of spots. You can paint over your spots, with whitewash, but you can’t get rid of them in your strength...Jeremiah said so!
Your thinking can and must change. Here is a terrible example of someone who won’t, or can’t change his spots:
Hebrews 12:15 “Be careful, lest anyone fall short of the grace of God and a root of bitterness springs up causing trouble and many are defiled.”
Sink or swim:
►As we move closer to the rapture, the tribulation and all the end-time dramas, a dramatic increase in spiritual and supernatural activity will take place. I will be sharing with you a lot more on this subject. It is relevant now, but it will soon blast onto the stage and overwhelm all the unprepared.
The Bible teaches that a great many will be swept away by evil forces in these days.
This is not the time to try and be clever in your own strength, avoiding the supernatural!
When you hit a hidden submerged rock that “spot” can sink you! You can swim away to calm waters. But please remember that in most cases you need to swim against the flow of the tide, which is towards hell.
1 Timothy 1:19 “Wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.”
Note again, our second key verse for this edition: “The true, glorious church will have no spots or wrinkles or any such thing.” Do you think that would be there if it was impossible? It’s not impossible even in this day. Yes it is very rare today, but it’s quite possible.
The Bible presents us with a seemingly impossible verse: “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Some people say that this just means, ‘be mature’. Well it says be perfect as your Father is! That is the comparison. Can you do it? Yes you can. When you give our Lord full unrestrained access to every area of your life, and you open yourself to His spiritual power – wonderful things happen.
But don’t compare yourself to other believers, churches or ministries, especially on YouTube! Navigating around YouTube and ministries on the Internet is like sailing through a rocky coastline in a storm.
Your standard of comparison is the holiness of God! You can’t say to God – “others are like this too”.
As you stand before the Lord on your judgement day, the voice of your reasoning will be silenced. You will have no friends to defend you. All voices of all descriptions will be silent before the living God. It’s wise to be silent before God now in your preparation to stand before him.
Beloved brethren, growth in grace sees the coming of the Lord, Satan, heaven and hell. Today many believe that God loves them so much they have nothing to fear. Their pulpit-wolves are rocking their cradle, keeping them asleep.
The problem with worldliness in all its forms, especially in the church, is that it has a veneer of attraction to it, and people suck it in, not realising that they are consuming poison, which blinds their eyes. They accept the world and its sin and then love it more and more.
Today, many Christians don’t get their prayer answered because it’s a worldly abomination to God!
The way of the world:
What people are not aware of is how far the world has moved from the word. The further you move from God the darker you become spiritually. Your life is full of hidden sin in the dark. Society today is totally in the darkness with growing sin. Darkness is the food on which sin grows and thrives.
In the dark, the unbeliever can’t see that even his good is sin.
Today, even music is a reflection of a world of darkness and sin. By the way, music is made up of melody, rhythm and beat. That must be the order of the strength, priority and participation of each of those elements. When beat or rhythm takes pre-eminence, it all goes wrong.
There is a wonderful teaching out there on the true, holy make-up of music, based on the Psalms.
Satan and his world is making sin more and more acceptable in the darkness, particularly through music and the entertainment world.
World economics are out of order, and not what they should be. This has occurred gradually since the world left the gold-standard. That standard brought some consistency and stability to world economics. In a sense the gold-standard was like the God-standard for the whole world.
There was a time not too long ago when many nations were under God in the sense that they recognised that God and the Ten Commandments were above their nation’s constitution, and the values and virtues of mankind.
The world is changing and getting worse fast, but the kingdom of God is the same - stable and holy.
The depths of the depravity of modern man are so shocking. The degree of spiritual ignorance is just as shocking.
Proverbs 28:4 “Those who forsake the law (word) praise the wicked, but such as keep the law, contend (angrily) with them.”If you forsake the word you will praise the wicked.
Psalm 119:53-54 “Indignation (Lit=horror) has taken hold of me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law. You statutes have been my songs.”
Can you agree with that verse? Are you horrified at the world today? If not, you need to get saved!
You can and must change your thinking. If you don’t you will be following Lucifer pretty soon as he exalted himself. But note his end!
Isaiah 14:13-15 “Lucifer: I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will also sit on the mount of the congregation. I will ascend above the clouds. I will be like the Most High, yet you shall be brought down to hell.”
See how Lucifer’s self exaltation spread:
Genesis 3:2 “The woman said to the serpent, ‘We will eat of the fruit of the trees...’”
Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of your heart has deceived you...”
Psalm 10:4 “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of His thoughts.”
The second law of thermo-dynamics states that everything runs down, morality too! Why does everything run down – because Satan is around! Well, that won’t be for much longer and then that law will eternally change!
►If holiness is the “righteous acts of the saints” then the unrighteous acts of sin are the commodity of the unsaved. If holiness is a commodity and is required for the kingdom of God, then sin is the commodity required for the world.
James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
The way to victory:
1 Timothy 6:11-14 “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith...Keep this commandment without spot and be blameless until our Lord’s appearing.”
Job 11:13-15 “If you would prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands to Him, if you put far away your iniquity, and let not wickedness dwell in your tents; then surely you could lift up your face without spot and you could be steadfast with no fear.”
The New-birth is the great instant spot remover for the spirit-man. The cross is the spot-remover for the soul.
It is the cross that breaks you and remakes you – right with God. Brokenness makes you whole. The devil’s brokenness puts you in a hole.
The verse below is one of my favourites. It is filled with such wonder and power:
2 Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of Yeshua the Messiah, as His divine power has given to us to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him, who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Verse 10 “If you do these things, you will never stumble or fall!”
God has provided everything we need for life, but few know it or grasp it – to their own detriment.
Hebrews 10:22 (Amp) “Let us draw near with true hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction, trust and confidence in His power and wisdom, having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty evil conscience...”
In these days, on our journey to victory we have to avoid the hidden rocks under the waves, but unfortunately we also have to avoid a fast growing chorus of false teachers, led by evil spirits!
Know your teacher! Know the fruits he exhibits. Know his rightness or wrongness on many issues. Does he intimidate or use manipulation. Is he a testimony of stability and holiness?
Is he a legalist? Does he have a track-record of doctrinal accuracy? Does he know well and preach and teach the entire doctrine of Messiah? (Hebrews 6:1-2)
2 Peter 2:12-13 “These (false teachers)like brute beasts, made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand and will utterly perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots, and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you.”
Error is on a journey to cult-hood and ultimately - hell. Many teachers are at the helm of this doomed ship!
I tell you, in this day there are many teachers out there you want to flee from otherwise you will pick up fleas!
►Beware the blind prophecy teachers and watchers – you will know them by their failures.
A leopard with no spots is an odd creature! Are you odd and strange? You had better be in this day!
Are you ready for eternity? Spots are flammable! They will go up in smoke! (1 Corinthians 3:15)
Remember this: Holiness lasts forever. Sin has a short time stamp on it. Holiness is a choice. There is no such thing as sanctified sin!
Remember this: True peace in spotty sin is impossible!
I took these pictures of lichen on a rock and superimposed the tree at sunset over it and added the feather.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 403: February 6th 2018
How to be a radical Christian:
Matthew 3:10 “The axe is laid to the root of the tree.”
In Latin the word “root” is the word “radix” which also mean radical! It means getting to the very deep root and heart of things. The axe, beloved brethren, is your personal cross which you use daily. The tree is your self-life and connection to the world!
A radical Christian is a dead Christian! These are the words of life!
Compromised, shallow, half-baked, spineless, worldly Christians are the order of this day. Don’t be one them. It will cost you dearly and you will forever regret it.
Satan wants you! He wants to swindle you out of your place, calling and coming reward. He wants to entrap you, ensnare you and entangle you in his evil web, which he makes appear to be so inviting.
Satanic end-time pressure is increasing and intensifying. Now is the time to be radical, or risk being swept away by the invisible forces of mediocrity today.
The deeper and more established the roots of a tree are, the more difficult it is to take that tree out. Deeply rooted Christians are a tower of stability, endurance and safety.
If you compare yourself to today’s standards, you will soon see that “deep” is easy because modern Christianity is so shallow.
Don’t compare yourself with the world or the average Christian today! (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Beloved brethren, we are close to the rapture of the church. We are close to stepping into eternity with no way back (not that we would want to come back!) We are close to the last stroke of the pen being written in our book of eternal reward.
This edition is not about dates, or signs of the times. It is about your heart and your last chance to have God write good things in your book!
Proverbs 12:3 “A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.”
Proverbs 12:12 “...The root of the righteous yields fruit.”
When a fruit is picked from its life source and root in God - the tree, corruption begins. Guard and nourish your spiritual roots.
How do we become radical today?
Proverbs 16:3-4 (Amp) “Commit and trust your works to the Lord, and He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed. The Lord has made everything to accommodate and contribute to its own end and His purpose...”
●Firstly, we become radical by faith. ●It comes by the desire to be a radical. ●It comes by the decision to pay the price. (This is very costly.)
●It means embracing and learning all about the “fear of the Lord.” You will never advance further than the elementary, basics of Christianity without the fear of the Lord.
●It means being brave and breaking out of much traditional thinking and believing.
●We must embrace the “goodness and severity” of God and the “hard sayings.”
●The radical must study the word of God till blue in the face, and must be well read especially with the old-school discipleship teachers who were mostly hell-fire preachers.
●The radical must be totally dependent upon our Lord and His Spirit at all times and must always draw from those deep waters.
●The radical must be aware of the big errors of the day, so that he can avoid them.
The ones who will rarely become radical in the things of God are those who have had little or no discipline growing up. (Proverbs 23:14)
Understand the working of sin and the cross:
The shed blood of Messiah deals with and cleanses us from sin, while the cross deals with who we are and slays us.
We can have our sins removed and cleansed by the blood, but still have no peace because self is still alive and won’t pick up that cross! That produces a war in our hearts. We must apply both the blood and the cross correctly to have deep inner peace.
It is only as the blood deals with sin, and the cross deals with the sinner, do we experience resurrection life. Our old life ends with death and our new life begins with resurrection life.
Salvation and all it entails is really our departure from this world. It is done! We are just waiting for the final manifestation of it.
Salvation does not reform us and make us better people. It kills us and starts again with “one new man.” (Ephesians 2:15) You don’t put your hand up and now you’re saved! That is only part of the process. When you get saved, God is asking you to receive His death and resurrection and to come and die on a cross daily!
The tragedy today is far too many churches are teaching their flock to be better people! “You can do it – yes you can”! That is the way to fit in neatly with the world and to love the world more. That concept is totally foreign to the true gospel.
When sin and temptation comes along, we are to “reckon ourselves dead to sin.” You see, we have already died and been given a new life. We need the revelation of it and its power. That word “reckon” means: To account, deem, judge, and to “number among.”
Romans 6:6-11 “Know (with revelation knowledge) that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin may be done away with, for he who has died has been freed from sin...Likewise you also reckon yourselves to be dead unto sin and alive to God in Yeshua the Messiah.”
This “reckoning” only comes by deep revelation of the Spirit. Let me say it again: We need the revelation of our co-death and resurrection, before we can even begin to be successful.
God’s way is to make us weaker unto death, and then we arise to live a new type of life.
We have been made holy and desire more holiness, because it is part of the essence of the life of God, which now works in us.
Perhaps the two greatest revelations we as Christians can have is that our sins have been removed and we are dead – killed on a cross!
Imagine going to an undertaker and ordering a tombstone with the words: “Here is Joel – killed on a cross...Now more alive than ever!” Then when it is done having it delivered to, and erected next to the front door! That would confuse the neighbours!
The radical Christian is a dead Christian! Your epitaph is: “Not I but Messiah.” (Galatians 2:20)
The cross is the radical, great destroyer, while resurrection is the greatest positive, life-giving thing imaginable.
Self - confidence is an esteemed worldly attribute to be aspired to. Self - confidence, beloved brethren is for fools, the proud and arrogant.
If self must go to the cross to die, (Galatians 2:20) can you see why the unsaved who reject the cross are in such trouble?
The radical Christian is the one who stands securely and endures. He has the scars, marks and blood-stains of a violent death on a cross all over him! He now stands, resurrected, in glory.
Being radical makes you restrained doctrinally. It helps you put the brakes on when all sorts of doctrinal rubbish is around. A true radical for our Lord is one who is cuffed, shackled and imprisoned by truth and doctrine, by the Spirit – just as Paul was. (Ephesians 3:1, Philemon 1:1)
This is real freedom and liberty!
The world can try all it likes to suck you into its hell on earth, and hell to come. It can tempt you, entice you and give you all sorts of arguments why it knows better.
►There are no more arguments from hell!
Remember the terrifying cry from hell:
Luke 16:24-30 “Please may he dip just the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame...No, besides, there is an impassable gulf fixed between us. I beg you then warn my family so that they will not also come to this place of torment...No, even if they were to see one rise from the dead, they will not repent.”
The radical journey:
The seven feasts of the Lord are grouped into three in the Bible. They are Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. The others fit in between as normal. Amazingly, and apart from their regular meanings, these three represent the journey of the radical Christian.
We go from Passover, which is symbolic of the cross and initial salvation, to Pentecost, which represents the coming, empowering and filling with the Spirit. Don’t stop there! We then get to Tabernacles, which represents our deep experience of living in close fellowship with our Lord.
To get to Tabernacles we must go through the previous feasts experientially.
You can never get to the destination if you leave out either of two previous experiences.
Do you see why it is such blasphemy to replace Passover with Easter, the Catholic convocation glorifying sex with temple whores in Babylon? (Look it up!)
Have you ever wondered why many of the churches and their believers, who reject the fullness of the Spirit never get to that place of deep inner peace in the presence of our Lord? It’s because, they’ve rejected the fullness of Pentecost and the baptism in the Spirit.
If you surrender to God’s way, things will work for you!
We need to go the way of the cross, and the baptism in the Spirit to get to the experience of Tabernacles.
In fact, part of this incredible journey begins before the cross in a garden called Gethsemane! This is where our battle of decision takes place. Do we decide to go the way of the cross? Or do we back out? Gethsemane comes before Golgotha!
Then when we get to the cross, we want to run back to Gethsemane and change our choice!
Adam had a similar battle in a garden! He yielded to the devil. Jacob had a similar battle with the Angel of the Lord at a place God re-named Peniel, which means “I have seen God and now live.” (Genesis 32:30)
But the Bible says “no man can see God and live.” That means that Jacob’s wrestling experience was in fact his “death” experience.
Jacob was forever changed by that encounter. God “touched” the socket of his hip and walked with a limp the rest of his days – a reminder that’s it’s not so clever to fight God!
Moses had an encounter with God which left him temporarily blind with a face that shone like the sun. (Exodus 34:35
Paul the apostle had an encounter with the risen Lord and feel to the ground being left blind for a short time.
To the hungry radical – Even the bitter is sweet, when it’s all from God! (Proverbs 27:7)
We are called to the depths of experience with God. “Deep calls unto deep”. (Psalm 42:7)
The radical has learned the lesson: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Standing with Israel:
The radical Christian will be radical in all his ways with all of the word! He will be pro God’s choice for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. He will stand for them and against those who come against Israel.
The opposite of a radical Christian:
The non-radical Christian will be average, ordinary, worldly, superficial, empty, and half-baked.
His believing will be shallow, skin-deep, and depthless. He will not endure when the pressure is on.
He will retreat, run-away, surrender and yield to the world. He will be “disapproved unto God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
He will get to Gethsemane, turn and flee for Hollywood.
The non-radical will be moved and swayed by every opinion out there. They will be swallowed by “every wind of doctrine.” (Ephesians 4:14)
This is happening right now with many, some I know personally.
They will think people who repeatedly see meaningless signs in the sky are in tune with God. They will repeatedly fall for error over and over again. They will never advance in the deep things of God.
Some are blind to the curses they’ve come under. Are you aware that certain doctrinal beliefs bring curses with them and trap you?
Compromise will take the pressure off. Satan won’t bother a person who has given up.
The self-led Christian is no different to the world. They will be tossed around with every new Christian fad, backed by terrible music, manufactured in hell!
So many Christian lives are a shallow sham. They are dull, dark, dumb and boring. They have no spiritual conversation! Colossians 4:5-6
►If you seek the Lord and are unwilling to repent or change, you will not find Him. You are looking where He is not! You will find a god of your own creation though.
In all of this, like the famous prodigal son, God’s hand of forgiveness will always be outstretched to them, desiring them to come back quickly. Many will in these last days.
The testimony of the radical:
2 Corinthians 3:2 (Amp) “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written in your hearts, to be perceived, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Messiah, delivered by us, not written with ink but by the Spirit of the living God.”
Beloved brethren, you are a living epistle, read by many!
The unsaved must be fascinated with you as a radical believer. They must really wonder what makes you tick. They know deep down that you have Someone who is living deep in your heart, but they can’t comprehend it.
The world must also hate you. The devil in them must recognise God in you, and that you are untouchable and unreachable by him and his demons. Some will hate you, some will love you and most will think you’re crazy.
But, I tell you this, the unsaved will change their tune, and come running to you when their world starts shaking and falling! When the pressure is on, you will be their stability...and you must be.
Your life needs to show them up. Your life needs to speak to them, notifying them that have been big turkeys. You don’t need to tell them that, but your life will if it is right with God!
You must realise that your life, if properly broken by God, will emit and radiate a beautiful “aroma” which is the Spirit of the living God. It will be infectious and contagious affecting those around you with God’s own Spirit.
The effects of the poison in the unbeliever, and the sick, epidemic of sin, evil, wickedness, demons and devils will be silenced or at least impacted and forced to retreat.
►A few words spoken by a Spirit-led, deep radical believer has greater power than millions of worldly words, no matter how wise!
As a true radical believer, you are of extreme, immeasurable value to our Lord and His kingdom. To be honest, the ordinary, average Christian today is of more value to the devil and his world than the kingdom of God.
The radial believer is a rare, great and powerful testimony, and a very real help to others in time of trouble and need.
His self-confidence is gone to the cross, and now he is strong in God. He has an air of mystery to him – the very mystery of God. He now has the confidence of God and is ready to distribute God’s life to others. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
You must be known for your testimony. You must be known for what you believe and accept and what you reject. You must be soft, humble and broken towards the things of God and hard as nails to that which opposes.
The radical Christian is filled with passion. But it is passion for truth and against error!
Who you follow and receive from is most important. People cannot impart much more than who, or what they are. Is the message you receive from a messenger of the cross, the message of the cross?
In these end times we need to be wildly radical, in the face of worldly compromise! We need to soar way above the modern church. Not from a pride point of view, but to glorify God.
As the much of the church and the world sinks further and deeper into the mire, you need to fly ever higher!
It is easy to do with the Spirit of our Lord imparting His strength, power and wisdom to you. It is next to impossible without the Spirit of the Lord actively at work in you.
When we let God do the work in us we get the reward!
2 Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of Yeshua the Messiah, as His divine power has given to us to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him, who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Verse 10 “If you do these things, you will never stumble or fall!”
This magnificent portion of scripture above is so profound and says so much. Note the multiplying effect for the radical. Note the divine power and note the end result – escaping the world! – Wonderful – glory indeed!
Dying, we conquer!
Radicals beget radicals. Look for them, you will find them and something in your heart will bear witness with them, and you will rejoice.
The deeper you go with our Lord and more radical you are, the more disconcerted you become with the world. You will see its progression downwards and you will see your eternal separation from it. You see its terrifying future even now!
I took these pictures from a chopper flying over the Drakensberg Mountains. That’s the Tugela Falls, the second highest in the world.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 402: January 30th 2018
The church under attack from within:
In this edition I will refer to Spirit-less or non Spirit-filled churches, meaning, those that reject the baptism of the Spirit with the evidence of tongues – mostly denominational churches.
Almost unnoticed the enemy has been preparing his final attack against the church as we head for the rapture! A secret, deadly Trojan-Horse is already deep inside the church.
One of the best methods of attack is from inside. In WW11 there was a story in which four columns of soldiers surrounded a city, but the deadly fifth column was already inside – hiding in plain sight.
I’m sure many of the people I will be referring to in this edition, have no idea that they are puppets on a devil-string, and many won’t believe it.
The gifts of the Spirit are not a salvation issue, but may well be a survival issue for many, very soon!
The successful army:
For an army to be successful in battle it needs a number of key, absolutely essential things:
●Weapons of warfare are needed. ●Defensive weapons and armour are needed. ●Offensive weapons are needed. ●Secret intelligence information is needed. ●Coded communication systems are needed. ●Knowledge of the enemy’s strategy is a must. ●Money is needed ●Unity of purpose is needed – and much more.
The above list is pretty obvious. Few would argue against it.
The Bible calls the church an army in a war. (2 Timothy 2:4)
How it all began:
The church was born at Pentecost as a new dispensation. The law was transferred from stone to the hearts of believers. (Romans 2:15) Because this was an entirely new, revolutionary thing God was doing, it was sure to be attacked severely.
God provided new weaponry, new armour and new methods of dealing with the old enemy.
Pentecost saw the Spirit of God descend, baptising those upon whom it fell, in the Spirit, with the evidence of tongues. This new outpouring of the Spirit came with a string of new spiritual gifts to equip this new body – the church.
This all occurred with the birth of the church at Pentecost identifying the church as a new entity.
The coming of the Spirit, tongues and the gifts are inextricably linked together. They were given for a particular time period, which is: “Until we all come into the unity of the faith,” (Ephesians 4:13) and until the church dispensation is over!
The Bible talks of the foundational doctrines of Messiah. (Hebrews 6:1-2) One of them is “baptisms” – plural! (This is water and Spirit baptism as separate events.)
The foundation of our faith is the key. Part of this foundation is: ●The new-birth, ●adult water baptism by full immersion and ●baptism in the Spirit with the evidence of tongues. That’s the “tripod.” If you remove one leg, it will fall over.
The gifts of the Spirit:
The gifts of the Spirit are revealed in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28, Ephesians 4:11-13, Acts 1:8 and many other places. The five-fold ministry gifts are also part of the package, but for the administration and running of this new corporate body of Messiah. They are: ●Apostle ●Prophet, ●Evangelist, ●Pastor and ●Teacher. (Ephesians 4:11)
The gifts include: ●Tongues, ●Prophecy, ● Serving, ● Teaching, ●Encouraging, ●Giving, ●Leading, ●Words of wisdom, ●Words of knowledge, ●Discernment of spirits, ●Faith, ●Healings, ●Miracles and more.
With the gifts come weapons and armour: ●Breastplate of righteousness, Shield of faith, ●Girdle of truth, ●Shoes of prep of gospel salvation, ●Helmet of salvation, ●Sword of Spirit, the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-20)
The Bible reveals that the gifts of the Spirit, with the evidence of tongues are used for: ●Edification (1 Corinthians 14:4) ●Magnifying God (Acts 10:46) ●Assurance of faith (Romans 8:16) ●Unity (1 Corinthians 12:12) ●Protection, ●Discernment, ●Warfare, ●Power, ●Authority, ●Endurance, ●Self Control, ●Prophetic insight, ●Leading and ●Guiding, ●Speaking unknown secrets to God, ●Praying mysteries to God. And more!
Collectively, all the gifts of the Spirit were given to establish the church, build it up, protect it, nurture it and guide it. The gifts are also for the edification and growth of individual Christians.
They were given to deal with enemy attacks throughout the church age, getting worse as we near the completion of this dispensation.
The attack on the gifts of the Spirit:
The Catholic church and the majority of the denominational churches reject the baptism in the Spirit with the evidence of tongues, which includes the gifts of the Spirit.
They call their doctrine “cessationism”, which mean that the gifts have ceased. They believe that the gifts were only introduced to establish the church, and ceased when the last apostle died! (Who knows where that bit of arrogant craziness comes come from?)
1 Corinthians 13:8 “Love never fails, but where there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease, (in an instant) where there is knowledge, it will vanish away...”
The above verse is very enlightening. The gifts were given at Pentecost as the church was born. The church age will “cease” in a blinding flash at the rapture. Knowledge will “vanish away” (a different original word is used,) because knowledge is not unique to the church, as tongues is, and will dissipate over time.
This verse is one of the great proofs of a pre-tribulation rapture and not that the gift ceased with the last apostle – What terrible presumption!
Some of these non Spirit-filled believers maintain that the baptism in Spirit comes automatically as the person becomes a believer at the new-birth. – Wrong!
Acts19:2 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? We have not even heard of it.”
Acts 19:6 “When Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, (believers) and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.”
Acts 2:38-39 “Peter said to them, repent and let everyone of you be baptised in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the remission of sins (water baptism); and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, for this promise is to you and your children and all who are afar off, as many as call on the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:7 “I thank you that I come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord.” (Till the Lord comes – other translations.)
Acts 2:17 “It shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour My Spirit out on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy...”
We see in these verses (and there are many more) that the gift of tongues and prophecy has not ceased. We see that the baptism in the Spirit is a separate act apart from salvation and it comes by choice, after being born-again.
The devils logic:
If the gifts, including tongues, were given to establish the church, and then ceased with the last apostle, logic presumes that the enemy was now defeated and irrelevant.
But the Bible shows the opposite! As we approach the close of the age, the attacks of the enemy will intensify. So why then, was the church given all the weapons of spiritual warfare, armour, and gifts of the Spirit only until the last apostle died?
Sorry, that is the logic of someone with a fried brain (or Satan!)
If you say, in your ignorance, the gifts ceased with the last apostle. You really have no place in the Lords army. How can you be part of an army with no weapons or armour?
●Do you think demons ceased?
●Do you think Satan died with the last apostle?
They say that the Satan and the demons were defeated. Yes that’s right, but they were defeated by our Lord on the cross and not the last apostle standing. Besides, their defeat is positional and will only see complete fulfilment at the Second Coming.
A criticism thrown at those baptised in the Spirit points out the excesses of some people in it, like the prosperity preachers. Of course there are some excesses and some circus clowns, but the essential messages of the prosperity verses in the Bible are quite true.
If you don’t like the excesses, (and I don’t) just avoid them., but you can’t change the Bible!
I agree that a balance with the discipleship verses is needed. But you can’t reject one aspect of truth which gets misused because you deem it objectionable!
Because some misuse a truth, does not nullify that truth! It most certainly is no excuse for believing one of the biggest lies in world history – which is, that the gifts have ceased.
The devil always tries to corrupt the true things of God. In fact he has done the same with the new-birth, water baptism and much more.
If ever there is a time for the all the gifts – it is now!
Identifying the enemy attack:
The Bible reveals that many people, in these end-times will be overcome, fall away, and reject their faith.
Satan knows his time is very short. He is going into attack mode, in overdrive!
Revelation 12:12 “...Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having (increasing) great wrath, because he knows his time is short.”
Ephesians 6:12-13 (Amp) “We are not wrestling against flesh and blood and physical opponents – but against despots, descending powers and master - spirits who are the world rulers and dominators of this present darkness, and against the forces of wickedness in the supernatural sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armour that you may be able to resist and stand your ground in the evil, dangerous day...”
Beloved brethren, this verse above is profound. I strongly suggest you study it, going into every original word used!
Quenching the Spirit:
What does the word “quench” mean? It means to put out, stifle and extinguish, like throwing water on a fire.
Ephesians 6:16-18 “Take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one...praying always in the Spirit...”
1 Thessalonians 5:19-20 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things...”
So, in the above verses, we are told to quench the work of the devil (with the gifts) and not to quench the Spirit!
Much of the church has got that the wrong way around!
Any doctrine and practice that maintains the gifts of the Spirit have ceased or are irrelevant today is “quenching the Spirit,”
You can, and many do, grieve, resist and quench the Spirit, to your own destruction.
A huge part of the church - all of the Spirit-less church does not even know how to identify the enemy, never mind how to deal with him, and his evil entourage!
Demonic spirits get in just like you would expect: ●They walk in because the door is open. ●They come in by invitation of sinful lifestyles. ●They force their way in because of weak opposition. ●They come in through false doctrine. ●They come in through any and all involvement with the occult.
Once they are in, it is much more difficult to get them out and when you do, they come back to see if doors are still open! They often bring seven of their evil buddies for each one that was expelled.
Children are exposed to the demons their parents bring in. The breakdown of authority in the family opens the door for demons in children. They do not have the spiritual defences to deal with these things yet.
Many, many times parents are responsible for demon possessed children!
The character and operations of demons are referred to all over the Bible and the descriptions are consistent. Here are just a few from the New Covenant:
Demons are: ●unclean, ●they defile, ●they entice, ●they enslave, ●they compel, ●they cause addiction, ●they cause mental torture, ●they teach and create false doctrines and deceptions and ●they destroy relationships and authority structures.
Non Spirit-filled churches are largely ineffective in dealing with demons, the occult and the like.
Most of the Spirit-less church is ineffective in building the kingdom of God, because they can only see it partially. They build sectarian, institutional denominations – they can see them clearly.
We need the gifts of the Spirit to supernaturally empower and charge the word of God.
The word only becomes a “sword” in your mouth backed by the Spirit.
We must battle the enemy as we build the kingdom.
The word of truth must offend the word of error. The truth must offend the enemy. Those who love and practise the truth are an automatic offence to those who practice entrenched error.
► Truth is a sword. It cuts and divides between those that love it and those that don’t. Truth divides and conquers. Compromise produces an unholy unity!
Division and disunity destroys:
1 Corinthians 1:10 “Speak the same thing with no divisions among you”!
Amos 3:3 “How can two walk together, lest they be agreed?”
Matthew 12:25 “A house divided will not stand.”
So, if this house called the church can be divided, will it stand? The answer of course is – no.
So, if Satan can create division and disunity he has gone a long way towards causing at least a section of the church to fall. He cannot defeat the true church.
Because tongues used in one sense, is a faith exercise, and the interpretation is by God, it really is the way for us all to “speak the same thing.” It is our one unified language bringing a largely invisible, unseen unity to us.
The statistics for people falling away from the faith and church growth are extremely telling. We have huge numbers of non Spirit-filled Christians, especially in the west falling away. And huge growth numbers among the Spirit-filled crowd.
Some are going to war fully ignorant of the devils devices, with no weapons and no armour. Most of them are not even going to war, because they can’t see it or recognise it. They will be clobbered.
If you reject the baptism in the Spirit, you are exalting your own self-enlightenment, showing that you have little logic, and relying on very weak, stretched presumptions and interpretations of one verse!
When you remove God-given power from the church you are its enemy, though you sit in a putrid pew.
Have you noticed that the non Spirit-filled churches rarely talk of spiritual warfare? They have little or no interest or concern about it, or end-time prophecy (eschatology)!
The Bible says that we are to let our “speech be seasoned with salt”. (Colossians 4:6) Salt is a type of the word and in this particular day, how can you have spiritual conversation with other believers that has no eschatology in the mix?
The damage done:
In rejecting the baptism in the Spirit you are replacing it with the “baptism in self”. (The word “baptism” means, immersion) You then, are the supreme leader of your life, immersed in your own opinions, just like those of Laodicea!
The word “Laodicea” means people or self opinionated.
You are your own leader, defender and revealer of the things of God! No wonder there are over 30,000 so-called Christian denominations!
The Spirit-less churches of the world, collectively have done more damage to Israel than Hitler. They are the architects of replacement theology and all manner of anti-Israel acts. They will soon become far worse in their attacks against Israel.
You need to know how these things work. The church baptised in the Spirit, will get stronger under attack and persecution. The non-Spirit-filled crowd will fall away under attack! (There are tons of statistics available on this from Pew)
A terrible, consistent theme runs through history relating to the Spirit-less churches:
●The entire Catholic church was founded by those outside of the baptism of the Spirit. ●All of the denominational churches, (the word means, division), were founded by those who reject the baptism of the Spirit.
●All replacement theology was founded by those outside of the baptism in the Spirit, although, tragically, some Spirit-filled churches have fallen into that deception in recent times.
●Most doctrinal divisions and confused prophetic insight comes from those outside of the baptism of the Spirit.
You can’t endure in holiness without the power of spiritual gifts.
Building a church without the baptism in the Spirit is building on a foundation of soft sand.
Knowing who to trust in these times:
The problem with non Spirit-filled teachers is not so much what they teach, but what they don’t. (Correction, it’s both!)
You need to know the position of your teacher on these things. It is more important than you think. Ask him, if you don’t already know.
Spirit-less teachers produce Spirit-less followers, spineless, spiritually sleepy, unable to endure - no different to the world and just as evil in many cases.
The non Spirit-filled can’t study the Bible effectively with the enlightenment of the Spirit, because they’ve rejected the revelatory gifts. They can only study what they see before them – the dead letter of the word. They are always behind the curve rather than ahead of it, looking ahead.
Being against the baptism in the Spirit is being at war with truth. You are trying to disarm the church and render it blind in the face of its greatest onslaught ever.
How can you see who is inside the Trojan, when you’re blind and ignorant with no informers?
Whichever way you look at it, the baptism of the Spirit is a divider – a glorious divider, between those who love the whole truth and want all that God has for them, and those who want to be average nothings.
I would rather be identified and associated with those who acknowledge and keep all truth, even though some areas are sometimes misused, than with those who deny huge entire aspects of truth, removing it from their gospel and practice!
By the way, you can’t tell me that strawberry cheesecake is not nice. You fool...you’re too late. I’ve tasted that it’s good. Likewise, you are too late to tell me that tongues doesn’t edify, build you up, fill you with the wisdom of God and give you other gifts too. You’re too late!
I must stress again that this entire subject is not a salvation issue, but a growth and stability issue.
2 Peter 1:12 “We are to be established in the present truth.” In Peter’s day, “present truth” was the New Covenant epistles...the whole lot!
The big take-away here is that satanic warfare is increasing in these days, not dissipating. It is about to take on new forms as well. This is not the time for the church to retreat, assimilate with the enemy, or lie down and play dead (becoming truly dead!)
1 Timothy 4:1 “The Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”
A key “doctrine of demons” is that demons don’t exist and don’t need to be dealt with!
Zebra fun in the sun: I took these pictures in Namaqualand and blended them making the white of the Zebra transparent.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 401: January 23rd 2018
What will give Jews sight?
What will be the big thing that will cause the Jews to awaken to their Messiah? What will be the reason for the veil lifting, blindness departing, and hearts softening?
This is all a very important issue, because it is directly related to the coming rapture of the church, the tribulation period, and the Second Coming.
In looking for the one big reason for the Jews awakening, we need to look at the main reason for their blinding in the first place.
Romans 11:25-26 “I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so, all Israel will be saved.”
The word “mystery” is Strong’s G3466 “Myterion.” Meanings: Hidden from the ungodly.
This amazing verse above covers so much in just a few words! When God says that He does not desire that the brethren be ignorant of something, it’s always because they are!
Here He is saying that we should not be ignorant of a “mystery.” This is the same word used to describe the true church, the church age and the kingdom of God.
But this “mystery” (Israel’s hardening) is temporary. It will last until the last Gentile has come in; then salvation goes to the Jews like a flood.
John 12:40 “God has blinded their (Jews) eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, and understand with their hearts, lest they should turn and I should heal them.”
Matthew 23:38-39 “See! Your house is left to you – desolate. You shall see Me no more until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Here we see that God blinded the eyes of the Jews because they in fact, blinded their own eyes first. They hardened their own hearts by rejecting the Messiah.
The Suffering Servant will suffer no more!
The Rabbis are not keen on Isaiah 53! They call it the “forbidden chapter.” Christians say it reveals the “Suffering Servant” succinctly!
Isaiah 53 Records the entire dramatic tragedy of the rejection of the Messiah and His cross by the Jews. Here is a compilation of the main points, I’ve strung together for easy reading:
“He (Messiah) is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows acquainted with grief. And we hid our faces from Him, we did not esteem Him. Surely He has bone our grief’s and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed...God has laid on Him the iniquity of us all...He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its sheerer was silent...He was cut off from the land of the living and they made His grave with the wicked. He bore the sin of many, and made intersession for the transgressors.”
This is all compiled from Isaiah 53, which is in the Old Covenant. And the Jews can’t see the Messiah here!!! There is only one explanation for that, which is a supernatural blinding.
Here are some other prophecies of our Lord from the Old Covenant:
●He will be born of a virgin. (Isaiah7:14) He will be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) ●He is God (Isaiah 9:6-7, Psalm 2:7) ●His bones will not be broken and His garments will be divided and gambled for. (Psalm 22:17-18) ●He will enter Jerusalem on a young donkey. (Zechariah 9:9). ●He will be pierced. (Zechariah 12:10) ●He will rise from the dead. (Psalm 16:10)
Why the Jews reject Yeshua today.
The central teaching of the Rabbis, filtering through to the Jews at large is contained in this short discourse below:
They say Yeshua could not be Messiah because:
●Yeshua did not fulfil all the Messianic prophecies. ●He did not bring world peace, which they were expecting. ●He did not build the Third Temple in Jerusalem. ●He did not complete the return of Jews to the land. ●He did not unite the world in the knowledge of God and make all humanity one. ●He was not made king over all the world. ●He did not bring King David back to rule Israel. ●They believe their Messiah must be a descendant of King David’s line. ●Yeshua could not be their Messiah because He was born of a virgin and therefore not of David.
Other major stumbling blocks include the belief by Jews that Hitler was Christian and therefore a Christian mass-murderer of Jews. All the popes, particularly in the Middle Ages were vicious mass-murdering anti-Semites, showing mass Christian hatred for the Jews!
Much of the modern church adheres to the terrible, satanic doctrine of replacement theology, which is a detestable abomination to the Jews, and has driven a horror-wedge between that part of the church and the Jews, causing them to reject anything “Christian” including Yeshua.
The traditions and convocations of Babylon, brought into the church by Constantine, re-characterised the church and made it unacceptable to the Jews.
One of the influential factors these days, in Jews coming to salvation in Yeshua comes from Christian Zionists, who in many cases, love the Jews more than own Rabbis do! Jews have a deeply, ingrained caution and resistance to most Christians because of all the hatred and damage the church has done to them.
The answer to their objections:
The answer to all the objections above is really very simple. The Jewish Messiah has come. But He came to set up a kingdom, which at this stage is invisible. It is a spiritual kingdom awaiting the full physical manifestation.
We who are believers are in the same boat. We have been saved through the new-birth, but we await the full manifestation of it in our bodies.
At the Second Coming and through into the Millennium, all these things will manifest, although they have been achieved and done already, in spirit.
Beloved brethren, these are the things that will very soon begin to manifest. We are already seeing the veil lifting partially. Many of the churches of replacement theology and outside the fullness of the Spirit are perhaps the greatest hindrance to the work of God in this regard. Great, exciting times lie right ahead for the true church.
The spectacular Samson, David & Goliath:
Samson was Hebrew Nazirite, which means, “separated and dedicated.” Although he was a bit of wild radical, he is a type of Israel, and is in fact counted as one of the righteous heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:13, with David, Noah, Joseph and others.
Samson was a Hebrew but he broke the covenant vows and married a non-Jew – twice.
Samson’s mother, Manoah was barren and unable to reproduce. One day God appeared to her and promised to give her a son. This son, Samson, would be the one to deliver the Jews from the Philistines (a type of the modern Palestinians). He made a vow with God never to drink wine or reveal the secret of his strength.
He then married Delilah, a Philistine who was tasked by her people to find the hidden secret to Samson’s strength.
●The name “Delilah” means “feeble” and also “night or darkness.”
●The name “Samson” means “sun child” or “child of the sun.” (Strong’s H8123) It means the one who brings light into the darkness. So here we have “darkness” married to “light.” Not on! (John 1:5, John 12:35-36)
Interestingly, as soon as Delilah deceitfully discovered the source of Samson’s power – his long hair, and cut it off, his power was gone. He then had his eyes gouged out by the Philistines, leaving him blind and powerless.
The blind man, Samson sees God one last time and brings the house down!
The big lesson in this story is that God’s plans for Israel will endure. Israel / Samson’s sin of breaking covenant led to blindness. The Philistines / Palestinians want the secret of Israel’s success. Israel is in covenant relationship with God – not the offspring of Esau. (Arabs)
Israel’s ultimate success will be to bring the house down on the Palestinians. They will receive God’s spiritual sight and power too, to complete the final act.
Breaking God’s covenant leads to spiritual blindness. Israel will break covenant and make a new one with the antichrist, causing many of them to serve Satan in their blindness.
It will take seven years (the tribulation period) for the whole “house to be brought down.”
Israel / Samson will finally destroy the Palestinians / Arabs. (Esau.)
Jews will be fooled by the greatest false prophet ever and annul the covenant of peace that exists between God and themselves with a new seven-year covenant made with Satan. That act is one of the main causes of the tribulation period. But at that time our Lord will open the eyes of the repentant, remnant Jews.
There is so much more in the story of Samson relating to end-times and the Jews. But there is also much with profound meaning in the story of David and Goliath.
● “David:” Strong’s H1732 means “beloved.”
● “Goliath:” Strong’s H1540 “Golyath,” Meaning: “Splendour”
He found favour with his world who thought he was “splendid” in his killing and making war.
Goliath, the Philistine came from Gaza. He was six cubits tall. He had a spear weighing six hundred shekels. He had six items of armour = 666
Interestingly the world has sided with the “splendid one” (666) against Israel. What a stupid world!
This “splendid” evil man had one objective, which was to destroy the children of Israel. That didn’t work out too well for him did it!
Israel, here comes the answer:
Jeremiah 15:19-21 “If you return (repent), then I will bring you back. You shall stand before Me and I shall take out the precious from the vile, You shall be as My mouth. Let them return to You, but you must not return to them. (Nations) I will make you, to this people, a fortified bronze wall, and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord. I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked and I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known, I will make darkness light before them and crooked places straight.”
Ezekiel 36:31 “You (Israel) will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and abominations.”
This verse above speaks of repentance coming to Israel. That will be the big thing that will cause the veil to lift. It will bring spiritual light and sight!
The nation born in a day:
The “nation born in a day” (Isaiah 66:8) is a reference to Israel becoming a nation in a day in 1948. But it has prophetic implications and a double reference to Israel being saved in a day or at least very quickly in the near future.
Isaiah 66:7-10 “Before she travailed, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard of such a thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Shall a nation be born in a day? For as soon as Zion travailed she gave birth to her children. ‘Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?’ says the Lord. Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her...”
Zechariah 3:9 “...I will remove the iniquity of that land (Israel) in one day.”
Isaiah 26:17-18 “As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of delivery, so have we been in Your sight, O Lord...we have as it were, brought forth wind; we have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the earth fallen.”
These three verses above all speak of Israel and not the church as the Revelation 12 signers teach! All you have to do is read them and the surrounding context!
Romans 10:19-21 “I will provoke you (Jews) to jealousy by those who are not a nation. I will anger you by a foolish nation...I was found by those who did not seek Me (church): I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me (church), but to Israel He says: All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
I’ve mentioned this many times, but because it’s relevant now, here’s the short version: What could it be that makes the Jews jealous and angry at the same time? The church is most certainly implied in the verse.
Could it be that the rapture of the church makes the Jews suddenly jealous and angry? I don’t know what else fits the bill!
They call themselves, and rightly so, God’s chosen people. And at the rapture God leaves them behind! That will make them jealous and angry at the same time!
This will be part of the reason for the great veil-lifting. Their hearts will very quickly be broken and soften in repentance!
A possible scenario:
Romans 11:25-26 “I do not desire brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery (dispensation change) lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so, all Israel will be saved.”
Think about this: When the last Gentile has come in, that’s the end of the church dispensation and the start of Daniel’s final seventy weeks (years). That of course, would presume a pre-tribulation rapture.
What does the term, “has come in” mean? It is Strong’s G1525, “Eiserchomai.” One of the meanings is: “Entrance into a new sate or condition.”
Do you see it? Is this verse, which has been simply read over so many times, also speaking of a pre-tribulation rapture and the close of one dispensation to start another?
I think so!
Is this verse saying that the salvation of the Jews will go into high gear as soon as the rapture has occurred? It most certainly could!
Israel will have to repent for the covenant they will make with the antichrist:
***Isaiah 28:15 “We (Israel) have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (hell) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation) passes through it will not come near us (peace treaty) for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
This verse above is one of the most profoundly tragic utterances of a people ever! It is an admission of total defeat, being totally deceived, paving their way to hell by their own word! The Jews thought that by making a new covenant with this deceiver, they would escape the tribulation and have peace!
Here is God’s reply:
***Isaiah 28:16-18 “Behold I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation (Messiah), a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation...Your covenant with death (verse 15) will be annulled and your agreement with Sheol (hell) will not stand; when the overflowing scourge passes through, then you will be trampled down by it.”
Amazingly, our Lord says that the covenant they made will be annulled, but they will go through the tribulation and suffer greatly.
You don’t make peace with the devil!
There are many in Israel who will not repent for breaking God’s covenant and making a new one with Satan, but many will and they will be that “remnant” who will be saved in the tribulation.
The speed of recovery of sight!
Taking numerous verses into account we see that the restoration of “sight” to the Jews of their Messiah happens initially very quickly – in one day. It then continues through the tribulation period.
●We see a “nation born in a day.” (Isaiah 66:8) ●We see: “I will remove the iniquity of that nation in one day.” (Zechariah 3:9) ●We see: All Israel will be saved as the last Gentiles comes in. (Romans 11:26) ●We see something occurring suddenly to cause the Jews to be jealous and angry at the same time. (Romans 10:19-21)
The rapture of the church would most certainly fulfil all of these requirements in a flash!
That would cause instant repentance amongst the remnant Jews and then God completely removes the veil of blindness.
Remember the speed of the rapture? Well that’s how quickly this whole stage will change.
They will be clean:
Ezekiel 36:25-27 “I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you (Israel) have profaned in their midst. The nations shall know that I am the Lord, when I am hallowed in you before them. I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you...I will put My Spirit within you...”
Ezekiel 36:33-35 “Thus says the Lord God, ‘On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt...So they will say, ‘This land has become like the garden of Eden...”
Jeremiah 33:8 “I will cleanse them from all the iniquity by which they (Jews) have sinned against Me, and I will pardon their iniquities...”
The shock-effects of the rapture combined with the repentance of the Jews will be their greatest, most important event ever. It will change them, empower them and set them on fire for our God and Saviour.
The power of repentance will create sudden cleanliness and holiness.
Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. The rebuke of His people, He will take away from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.”
Amos 9:9 “I will shake the house of Israel among all nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, but not one kernel will fall to the ground.”
Bear in mind that Christian Zionists and those with a heart for Israel, are working with God to bring sight to the Jews, while the churches of replacement theology are working with Satan, in their own blindness to keep the Jews blind!
Beloved brethren, we are on the verge of dramatic times. Yes I know I’ve said that so many times, but it is drawing ever closer!
I took this picture from a chopper flying over a section of Cathedral Peak in the Drakensberg, and added one of my pictures of an endangered black eagle.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!