Yahweh's Distribution of the Gifts
Sabbath Day Sermon: Saturday 5 May 2001
Continued from Part 1
Last week we briefly took a look at the gifts of prophecy, seership (seeing visions) and hearing the Voice of Elohim (God) and at the way Lucifer is able to counterfeit them. We saw how fallen malakim (angels) are willing to give us 99% of the emet (truth) not just to slip in a lie but to get us to habitually listen and to believe them. Indeed, they want us to spend so much time listening to them that in the end we not only want to carry on listening to them but finally cease being able to listen to Yahweh altogether.
Psychic Abilities are Not the Same as the Gift of the Ruach
There are many people nowadays who have what they don't realise is a problem: they have what is called a "psychic gift". Those who do, do not usually realise that the psychic gift is a counterfeit of the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), and if they are Christians or Messianics, usually assume that psychic abilities are one and the same as the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). They aren't.
The Psychic Gift in Eden
The ability is listen through our psychic sense is latent in all human beings. Indeed, the ability was fully available in the Garden of Eden. It enabled Adam and Eve to commune with the Creation itself - the plants, animals, and malakim (angels). Indeed, it is very much connected with the physical world itself, though it is, in a way, 'spiritual' as well.
Three Types of 'Spirit'
The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh/Old Testament) distinguishes between three types of spirit-substance and calls them Neshamah, Ruach, and Nephesh. Our English Bibles unfortunately translate them with the same word, "spirit", just as the different Greek words for eros, friendship, parental affection and sacrificial giving are all translated by the one word "love". This is a weakness of our language which is why I must spend a little time today explaining the Hebrew words. Without the distinctions being made, people are going to be confused between what is sometimes called "psychic energy" and the "Holy Spirit" (Ruach haQodesh).
The Origin of Nephesh or 'Soul'
The Hebrew word nephesh is equivalent to the Greek psuche from which we get the English "psyche" and "psychic". It can also be translated as "soul". In other words, this energy, power, or force is connected with the lower aspect of man called his "soul". Nephesh can also be translated as "breath" and it is indeed this "breath" that Yahweh breathed into Adam to make him a living, physical being. Originally, then, nephesh came from Elohim (God).
The Origin of Ruach or 'Spirit'
But there is another kind of energy called ruach and it is this substance that makes up what is called our "spirit". It is of a higher order than nephesh. It is for this reason that the Ruach Elohim (God's Spirit) is known as the Ruach haQodesh, the word haQodesh meaning literally "the holy" or "the set-apart", and ruach meaning "spirit".
Yahweh Communicates With Man Through the Ruach Only
When Elohim (God) communicates with man he does not use nephesh. He speaks to us through the Ruach haQodesh or Holy Spirit, and the part which hears Him is our own ruach or "spirit". Our soul is not capable of hearing Yahweh because it is on a lower plain. Yahweh does not speak to man using nephesh or psuche energy because that part of man is cut off from Yahweh on account of the Fall. Even when a believer is born again through the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) he does not communicate with Yahweh through this part of himself. Yahweh and man can only speak to one another through the Ruach.
Distinguishing Between Ruach and Nephesh
I really cannot stress how important this is. The confusion over the difference between ruach (spirit) and nephesh (soul, psyche) has enabled Satan to cause chaos on the invisible plain, because both of these energies are invisible. Imagine not knowing the difference between liquid and gas and believing that there is no difference between the two. Imagine the stagnation that would cause in science. It is the same on the spiritual plane. Not knowing the difference between spirit and soul/psychic energy has caused much confusion.
Satan and Demons Cannot Function in the Ruach Realm
Fallen mankind is centred on this soul-energy, because he is himself a fallen soul. All the psychic phenomena you hear about operate on this level. Not only is the psychic plane very crude compared to the spiritual plane, but worse than that, it is highly polluted. When Satan and his malakim (angels) were cast out of heaven after the rebellion, they were cut off from the spiritual realm or ruach. Satan and the demons have no access to ruach. They cannot communicate on that level at all. When they were thrown out of heaven they were stripped of all access to it.
The Spirit of the Disobedient
Our English Bibles tell us something very interesting about Satan. You'll find the wording a little confusing at first but listen carefully anyway:
Satan as Prince of the Air
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient" (Eph.2:1-2, NIV).
Paul tells us that Satan us the "ruler of the kingdom of the air", or as the King James Version puts it, "the prince of the power of the air". Now obviously Satan is not the prince of the ruach or dimenesion in which Elohim (God) lives. We are told that he and his demons live in the atmosphere or "air". However, demons are not physical beings - they don't breathe air like we do - but they are associated with a substance which is like air, the invisible psuche/nephesh or psychic energy.
Satan's Interest is in Psychic Energy or Prana
This invisible non-physical energy is know by different names in different languages and cultures. The Indians call it prana and is an important part of the breathing exercises in Yoga. By careful breathing and meditation exercises occultists try to tap the psychic energy in man which Elohim (God) sealed up in our flesh after the Fall. The reason we cannot communicate with nature as Adam once did is because it is sealed up. New Agers are very occupied with his form of energy and wish to tap into it for many different reasons. That is why some are very keen about talking to whales and dolphins as portrayed in the modern New Age-inspired version of the TV series, Flipper. Satan wants people to be so interested in this psychic energy that they will not show any interest in spiritual or ruach energy at all. He wants them to be fascinated, spellbound, and titillated by it so as to have no time for a dimension which only the born-again children of Elohim (God) know about and which is what Heaven is made of.
Satan derives all his power through releasing this psychic energy in man. The occultists call it kundalini energy which has, as its roots, what in Hinduism is known as the base chakra or energy centre connected with the sexual organs. The only way it can be released is by tapping sexual energy. This can be done through meditation, yoga, tantra, impure sex, and the ultimate: ritual murder. This is the energy that Satan works with because it's the only type he has access to. And the only beings that possess it are man. He does not have it himself.
The Psychic Energy of the Flesh
Psychic energy is not itself good or evil. It is neutral, just like breath is. But breath can either be sweet or smelly. The same is true of prana and kundalini. In actualy fact, the physical life principle is to be found in this nephesh energy - it's what keeps us alive. When we a man dies, the Bible tells us, "the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it" (Eccl.12:7, NIV). This "spirit" is our ruach - whereas the physical body or nephesh and the psychic energies associate with it dissolve into the ground (rather like the energy in a battery being used up and the battery going flat). This "spirit" or ruach returns to heaven where it came from - to its natural home.
Psychic energy is mortal. Spiritual energy is immortal. Psychic energy belongs to our physical bodies, spiritual or ruach energy belongs to the immortal part of ourselves. But there is a third component which I haven't talked about called neshamah which the English translators are very confused about and render it in all sorts of funny ways. Job 32:8 speaks of the "neshamah [inspiration] of the Almighty" (KJV) and "there is a ruach [spirit] in man". This neshamah, which I won't discuss today, is an even higher more powerful principle than ruach.
The Three Invisible Powers of the Universe
So here you have the three invisible powers or energies in the universe:
Visions Come From One of Two Types of Energy
- 1. The highest neshamah principle;
- 2. The intermediary ruach principle; and
- 3. The lower nephesh or psychic principle which is mortal.
Just as it is possible to see a moving picture through a piece of film illuminated by a powerful light as well as from a magnetic impulse on a video tape, so it is possible for humans to see visions from either the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) or through nephesh or psychic energy. Yahweh uses ruach exclusively whereas Satan, demons and men's own fantasy use nephesh, prana, kundalini, soul or psychic energy. The dreams we see and hear at night are powered by this nephesh or psychic energy, and so are all visions and voices manipulated by the devil.
How Does One Distinguish Psychic and Spiritual Experiences?
So the question is: how are we to tell genuine ruach visions and voices from the psychic ones from within man himself? How can we tell them apart? That's what I am going to briefly answer now.
Psychic and spiritual energy operate on two entirely different laws - you might even say they are mirror-images of one another. They are completely contradictory, like two donkeys pulling someone on a rope: eventually one has to give way and you must either follow the Spirit (Ruach) or the Psyche (Nephesh) - you can't have both. A better illustration would actually be two forces - one pulling up (to eternal life) and the other down (to death).
Horizontal vs. Vertical Energy
As I've shown in the other diagrams, psychic energy is a HORIZONTAL force whereas spiritual energy is a VERTICAL one. Psychic energy is like water - there is a fixed amount in this world. But unlike water which we exchange with our environment by drinking and by excreting, Yahweh bound up psychic energy in our bodies - it was never supposed to be released. The occult, however, releases this energy which is used by demons to keep them alive and to empower them. It can also be stolen by other people through occult ritual. People get seduced by this energy transfer because it enables them to communicate telepathically ... but always at a great price.
Psychic Energy Not For Collection or Release
Releasing psychic energy costs you dearly. It is actually the physical life-force of man and is not supposed to be transferred from one human being to another (except in marriage between husband and wife where it blendes), let alone to demons. Yahweh intended this force to be sealed up for each individual's use, rather like sexual energy is restricted to marriage. Indeed, psychic energy originates in the sexual organs. Virtually every New Age practice is designed to release this energy from humans. It forms the basis of Satanism - by ritual murder and perversion large amounts of this energy are released, and rather like bleeding someone to death, it's excessive loss can actually kill you.
How Psychic Energy is Coupled to Demons
New Agers, occultists, Wiccans and satanists perform various meditation exercises in order to concentrate this energy and give themselves 'supernatural' abilities ... so they think. But actually psychic energy isn't supernatural at all - it's the demons who manipulate it who bring the supernatural element into it. By transfering psychic energy within the enviornment - by opening telepathic bridges with people - you have to open a door to your soul - and it's through that door that the demons pour in. So long as you are messing around with psychic energy you have opened your soul to demons to come and go as they please.
The Ruach haMashiach
Now Ruach or Spirit operates on a total different basis. Part of our being is physical, part is soul or psyche, and part is spirit. The physical and psychic parts are mortal - when we die they are gone for ever. Only the spiritual part is potentially immortal. What does that mean? Well, there is a difference between Ruach haQodesh and plain ruach, or Holy Spirit and spirit. Our spirit is actually mortal and without Holy Spirit we would die. The Apostle John tells us that everybody born into the world is born with a portion of what is called "Spirit of Christ" or Ruach haMashiach (Jn.1:9, KJV). Yah'shua (Jesus) compares it to the yeast in dough - with no yeast, the bread cannot rise. Similarly, with no Spirit of Christ our spirit cannot grow nor become sufficiently pure to enter Heaven.
Psychic Energy is Mortal
We are born with only a tiny portion - just enough to keep us alive for a normal lifespan of 70-100 years. It is Yahweh's gift to us. But it cannot save us. The only way to be actually saved is to make a connection with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) so that it actually lives in us. Whereas transferring psychic energy is a bit like unnaturally cutting open your body to give someone else (or a demon) a blood transfusion, receiving the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) is entirely 'natural'. You will remember that when Yah'shua (Jesus) was baptised that the heavens opened and the symbol of a dove was seen descending upon Him (Mt.3:16). We are taught in this that ALL spirituall energy comes FROM ABOVE - it is vertical - and it comes directly from Yahweh. No other human beings are involved - you can't get Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) from other people - and no demons are involved whatsoever. It is 100% pure and from Elohim (God).
Beware of Psychic Transfer!
But you can get psychic energy from others if you have been opened to it so allow no one to lay hands on you without being 100% sure they don't have psychic gates open. Don't let charismatics, occultists, Freemasons or others who traffic (often unknowingly) in the psychic realm (often thinking it is Ruach) to lay hands on you or shap you on the shoulder. All the falling over backwards, rolling around on the floor, etc., is a demon-mediated psychic phenomenon that is plaguing the charismatic movement.
Telepathy and Channelling
Unlike telepathy which is the ungodly and forbidden psychic communication between people, genuine prophecy is knowledge about people or situations given directly by Yahwehd viâ the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Unlike telephathy which is partly controlled by man and partly by demons (and is therefore impure and defiled), true prophecy is controlled 100% by Elohim (God). Man can never ask for it and expect to get it. Usually he doesn't. It comes only by the will of Elohim (God). Now that may not appeal to a man's ego, but that is really irrelevent, because man does not know what he needs - only Elohim (God) does. Trying to will it is just a form of psychic channelling. In a moment we shall see how and when Yahweh actually reveals things prophetically.
The Issue of Control
The Scriptures are very, very plain indeed - either you follow Elohim (God) or Satan - either you live by the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) or by demon-mediated psychic powers. You cannot have both, because they operate in two completely different ways. Psychic power begins with man's control but he eventually comes more and more under demonic control - Spiritual power is always 100% under Yahweh's control and 0% under man's. That is a vital difference.
The Two Powers in Operation
To finish we will see how these two powers operate in the lives of people. And the Bible gives us clear examples from both though naturally focuses on true prophecy and revelation.
Psychic Phenomena in the Bible
First, psychic phenomena. The Bible speaks a lot about these. In fact, it is always in the context of rebellion and apostacy. We read of numerous false prophets who were psychics - most of their prophecies and revelations were false, and they constantly appeared to tempt and mislead both ancient Israel as well as believers. Yahweh ordered the execution all those who consulted witches, mediums, or otherwise cultivated psychic powers because these powers always lead people away from Elohim (God) and from salvation. Always. These powers blind people to the emet (truth), making them captive to Satan. To influence people with psychic powers is to bring a spiritual death sentence to them.
The Witch of Endor and the Court of Zedekiah
Some of you will remember how rebellious King Saul turned to the witch at Endor for a psychic reading when things were going bad for him, something Yahweh had expressly forbidden (1 Sam.28:7ff). Afterwards he went into battle and was killed. In the days of Jeremiah the court of the King of Judah was swarming with occultists and Yahweh's true navi (prophet) was terribly persecuted. But only the true navi (prophet) had true revelations and prophecies. Did you know that the Bible speaks of an occultist who had the name Elymas BarJesus? Yes, there was false Jesus (Yah'shua) in Acts 13:6-8, who was a sorcerer!
The Psychic Woman Rebuked by Paul
The Apostle Paul tells of a psychic who was actually saying nice things about Christians - now listen to this carefully! Yes, it is true - the demons controlling this woman told Paul's listeners to listen to and believe the apostle!! Now why on earth would Satan want to preach about his own enemy? Simply - so that the people would listen to him and get on his psychic wavelength - then they would not be able to listen to the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) any longer!
The Demon Expelled
Listen carefully what happened:
Fatally Changing Frequency
"Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, "These men are servants of the Most High Elohim (God), who are telling you the way to be saved." She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned round and said to the spirit, "In the name of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) I command you to come out of her!" At that moment the spirit left her" (Ac.16:16-18, NIV).
I repeat again: Satan will preach the truth simply to get you on his wavelength and off Yahweh's. So long as he has you listening to someone tuned to nephesh - psychic energy - he's got you! For once you believe the messenge, you will believe the messenger! The slave girl was demon-controlled and Paul cast the demon out. The message was true, the messenger false, and the combination deadly.
Preaching Messiah and a Psychic Gospel
You see, anyone can say they are a 'Christian' and even preach Christ/Messiah, but that doesn't necessarily make them a Christian or a Messianic. Messianics are plagued with the demons of kabbalism, another dark psychic art. The real question is: are such born of, and preaching from, the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) or are they being steered by psychic energy under demonic control?
Simon the Sorcerer
We find an interesting story in Acts about Simon the Sorcerer. He was an occultist and boasted of his powers. He was widely regarded by the people who said he possessed the "Great Power" (Ac.8:10, NIV). In truth, the the power he used was psychic under demon control. And then the apostle Philip came and preached, Simon believed, and was baptised. Then Peter and John came and lay their hands on the new believers and they received the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Now this wasn't just a ceremony - there were visible effects immediately - and Simon wanted what he saw. But he was not born-again himself - he believed, but did not believe unto salvation. So what did he do? He offered to buy the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), as one might buy a mantra in a TM Centre. Peter rebuked this ex-sorcerer saying:
The Way of the Ruach: Total Surrender to Yahweh
"May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of Elohim (God) with money. You have no part or share of this ministry, because your heart is not right before Elohim (God). Repent of this wickedness and pray to Yahweh" (Ac.8:20-22, NIV).
To receive the gift of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) you have to die to self and to submit your will to Yahweh's in all things. There is no other way to receive it. As you read through the Bible at those who received powerful outpourings of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), it was consistently only given to those who surrendered their will in everything.
The Prophet Jonah
Look at the prophet Jonah who didn't want to preach to the Assyrians because he hated what these cruel enemies of Israel had done to his country. And when the people repented he was still indignant. His heart was all wrong. Finally, he yielded, but not before he had been swallowed in the stomach of a whale and had his pride and ego burned out of him.
The Agendas of the Ruach-Baptised and the Psychics
As you scan the pages of scriptures and look at Yahweh's great men and women - the prophets, seers, revelators, and leaders, you find one characteristic common to them all: they yielded their lives to Elohim (God) in complete submission, making no pre-conditions to their Creator. The agenda of their lives was Yahweh's, not theirs. The only ones who came forth with their own programs, who would not yield total sovereinty to Yahweh, were the false prophets and visionaries. The Bible mentions hundreds of them.
Psychic power is intoxicating but it is an illusion. It was not designed to be used for personal gain as the New Agers and occultists do to get inside information on people viâ demonic spies, or to gain wealth, power and fame, or even to serve Elohim (God)! That's like tithing to Yahweh with stolen money. There are many so-called Christians who mess around with this, who believe it is the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and that they are in Yahweh's will, whose end is the lake of fire. It is easy to tell whether they are in Yahweh's will or not - you only have to look at their lives, what they are doing, how they are behaving, whether they are obeying the mitzvot (commandments) or not. And I guarantee that those under psychic power are disobeying a whole string of important mitzvot (commandments). The Torah is not usually loved by them and those that do obey it (like kabbalistic messianics) are usually legalistic, trying to earn their salvation - they also love much of the occultic Jewish Talmudic baggage.
Yah'shua (Jesus) said:
Who is Saved?
"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Master, Master, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Master, Master, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Mt.7:16-23, KJV).
These are terrible words indeed - so terrible, in fact, we dare not ignore them. In the end, it is not those who verbalise the name of Messiah who are saved, or those who do good works, or even those who cast out demons, but those who bring forth the fruits of righteousness in their lives through the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). And what is the greatest fruit? Well, it's as we've discussed so many times - it's ahavah (love) - the ahavah (love() which walks in complete surrender and obedience to the will of Elohim (God). It is the ahavah (love) which knows nothing of self but only of Yahweh and others.
The Psyche: The Shared Medium of Man and Devils
Pyschic energy is of man - it is human, mortal, it is coloured by man's own thoughts, feelings and fantasies. It is the substance in which men and demons swim together when men open up their psychic energies which Yahweh has commanded to be sealed.
The Knowledge-Based Psychic Tree of Temptation in Eden
There were two trees in the Garden of Eden - the Tree of Death, also called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve fell when they partook of that psychic tree of knowledge. It's fruit is dangerous - it is a knowledge-based fruit that wants to know more and more, and is never satisfied, because it wants to know as Yahweh knows, which can never be. Satan lied to our first parents and he is still lying today. He seduces the children of men with knowledge and power, and they fall for it. But Yahweh says: No, do not do this. I offer you the Tree of Life, which bears a fruit called emunah (faith, trusting) and obedience. Eat the psychic tree of Death and you cannot eat the spiritual tree of Life - remember how the malakim (angels) barred Adam and Eve from eating it? Do you remember all their misery and suffering after they ate it? They fell for the psychic temptation.
Close the Psychic Doors
Yahweh gives His people knowledge but not according to their lusts - the knowledge and power He give comes through trusting and surrender of self. Go into any book shop and pick up an occult book and the offer is always power over people and circumstances through psychic phenomena. It's false. It's a terrible deception. It's a filthy lie, because Satan's knowledge is corrupt and cannot give you the fruit which grows on the Tree of Life in heaven. The only way to partake of that is by closing the psychic doors and by allowing the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) to flow in.
The Difference is the Source
I have gone on a little longer today because this is so terribly, terribly important to understand. The substance of the psychic and the spiritual are completely and utterly different even if they may appear to use the same language and give similar supernatural manifestations. The absolutely critical difference is the SOURCE.
Surrender Your Lust for the Psychic
I have had enough to do with psychic phenomena to be able to bear my own personal witness of their danger to the soul of man. If you have opened psychic doors, or were born with them open because of generational curses, get them closed at once through proper ministry, and invite the the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) to take control of your life completely. This means being willing to lay aside absolutely every ambition - the good and the bad - and to trust Yahwehto do what is right and best for you. It means coming before Yahweh with a clean heart and with no preconditions. It means dying to self completely as Yah'shua (Jesus) said:
What ever you do, don't go and throw your life away for eternity.
"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Mt.10:39, NIV).
The Psychic Always Leaves You Hungry for More
Those who take the psychic path are always hungry. They are never satisfied - can never be satisfied - with what Elohim (God) has given them. Yahweh said to Amos the prophet:
""The days are coming," declares the Yahweh-Elohim, "when I will send a famine through the land - not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of Yahweh. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Yahweh, but they will not find it" (Amos 8:11-12, NIV).
They will abandon the Bible and go searching for knowedge elsewhere, in polluted places, and never find it. I know - I tried it - through Buddhism, where my spiritual journey started, and the world of the occult and other religions. It isn't there. Make your peace with Elohim (God), surrender to Yah'shua (Jesus), and be free. Amen.
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