Month 8:3, Week 1:2 (Shanee/Matzah), Year:Day 5941:209 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Sunday 22 October 2017
It is Time to Wake Up and be Ready
I wonder if you've spotted it yet? I have. The Enemy is rousing, not in a slow, gentle way, but in a state of extreme excitement and fury. When believers do that to him, they can be assured they are doing something right. It's when your life doesn't get so much as a glance from him that you know you're in trouble.
Snake Handling and Rat Poison
Now I'm not saying, obviously, that you should deliberately set about trying to arouse the Enemy. That would be folly, as stupid as those snake-handling churches in the American south who think that by playing around with venemous serpents they are demonstrating some incredible spiritual prowess. The deaths caused by lethal bites in these cults is sufficient proof that these people are fools. They're little different from the church in South Africa whose members all died recently when their pastor insisted the whole congregation eat rat poison, promising nothing would happen to them if they had faith. O the wicked stupidity of the willfully ignorant and deceived.
Don't Deliberately Provoke
No, only the idiots deliberately try to provoke Satan. The qadoshim (saints, set-apart ones), on the other hand, simply go about their business without so much as a thought for the Evil One and that is enough to get the rebel malak (angel) all worked up. Anything which disturbs the smooth running of his twilight kingdom is enough to get him riled. So just shine, keep your eyes on Yah'shua (Jesus) and keep building.
Being Prepared for an Imminent Attack
At the same time, though, if Yahweh sends you warning of an imminent attack on you or the ministry you are doing, pay attention, keep calm but make whatever preparations necessary. For my part I like to announce in advance what Satan is about to do if Yahweh has shown it to me. Having your plans, conceived in darkness and planned execution in darkness, exposed in light is a good dampener. Many plans of the devil are thwarted or postponed in that way.
What is the Enemy Up To?
Yesterday I shared a message with you called The Circle. I had intended it to be a one-off message but it seems Yahweh had other ideas. This morning I had an intense prophetic dream - the intense ones are often worth paying attention to. I am going to share it with you because I believe it contains an important message about what the slippery one is currently up to. And beyond a doubt it will affect almost everyone, and certainly everyone who owns a TV, iPad or computer.
A PROPHETIC DREAM - THE MOUNTED SCREEN
I was standing outside my home, though not the one I am currently living in. The driveway had been freshly tarmacked and looked very nice indeed. Coming along the drive towards me was an extraordinary sight. It looked like a combination of a TV set (of the old-fashioned cathode ray variety) and a computer screen and riding on it was a man. It seemed to hover in the air and made the sound of a car moving at great speed. It sped past me, missing me by inches, and then made a sudden turn, screeching like car tyres on a road and went back the way it had come. I knew by then that there was great danger and headed into the house and bolted the door.
A Kamikazi Door Attack
I was right for this time the 'screen' came roaring down the lane on what amounted to a kamikazi mission. I heard it moving toward the house withy a loud noise and seconds after, it crashed into the door with a violent shudder. I could see the door bulge inwards for a moment and splinters fly out of the woodwork. But the door was firm and did not give way. It was at that point I awoke.
Fast and Furious
The Enemy is a sneakey devil and likes to catch you unawares by presenting you with the unexpected. The fury or rage behind the attack would have unsettled most - 'fast and furious', like the American action film. Both the violence and symbolism were unmistakable. So what does it mean? All you have to do is ask yourself what a TV or computer screen represents, or what it is used for. Screens are used for the broadcasting or spreading of information.
A Second Lashon Hara War?
As a ministry, and personally, we have been violently attacked online in the past, and a lot of very nasty lashon hara (evil gossip) was spread around at the time. The dream revealed that this particular attacked will first be aimed at me personally - first a narrow shave (outside in the symbolic 'Courtyard', currently overrun by the Enemy, but made to look deceptively inviting by the new tarmac) - and then aimed at the door of the very Sanctuary of my family - what must surely amount to a suicide mission of sorts, which is why I referred to it as a kamikazi assault.
The Sanctuary Secured
The good news is that the Sanctuary of this House belongs to Yah'shua (Jesus) - good news for me and my family, that is - which is good news also for all other believers who are similarly prepared for such an assault by the Enemy. Don't be fooled by lulls - periods of calm. They're never permanent but are the work of grace enabling us to prepare, but not to have a permanent vaccation.
Opportunity for Satan's Agents to Repent
If Yah'shua (Jesus) is the door of your home, you're fine. If it's possible to get in by other means, be forewarned and get that changed. I can't tell you just how powerful the force of that impact was. Whoever the person was 'riding' that information assault could not (were he human) have survived it. Canon fodder for the Enemy for sure. So this is in part an act of grace to any human agent to repent also and be saved.
Ten and a Half Years Ago...
Those of you who have only got to know me in recent years will not remember the last assault on me or my family. There were several casualties back then both because I was not fully prepared but also because I was ignorant of many of the Enemy's ways. One-and-a-half decades of deliverance ministry have plugged a lot of the gaps of ignorance but also I have repented of my own fleshy dispositions. I am very different from the man I was 10-15 years ago, I am happy to say.
Your Weakest Point
Satan will always go for your weakest point. What are you letting into your life that you shouldn't be? What spiritual doors have you left open that ought to be closed? And in particular, what are you watching or listening to on TV, radio or the Internet that you shouldn't be? Are you aware that the Enemy works subliminally as well as openly on your soul through the media? So many fool themselves into believing that unclean things are innocent or that they are simply immune to them because they have become 'toughened up'. We tend to overestimate our own abilities and particularly our strengths. You don't even have to be doing something particularly 'bad' online - just being in a passive state will allow the Enemy to reprogram your mind and dull your sensitivities.
The Heroic Counterfeit
I laugh - and don't laugh - when I see people on Facebook, for example, who choose imposing pictures for themselves, usually of serious-looking warriors. Without realising it, a lot of believers have fallen for the pagan hype droned into us by Hollywood. Heroes, from Braveheart to Superman, inspire both the young and the not-so-oung to view themselves as tough warriors for righteousness. It's a lie. It's the 'good-cop' side of the Enemy's medallion, the 'Christian Rambo'...a contradiction in terms if ever there was one. That isn't what a Christian or Messianic 'warrior' is. This whole image plays to our ego and to pride and before long we start fancying ourselves to be some kind of 'mighty one' (which is what the word 'god' means), a 'Spartan' bravely fighting outnumbered against the 'Persian' hoardes to the death, casting our faith on a 'Christ' modelled after the pagan 'Fate'. This is how Hollywood movies have trained us to serve the Enemy in the Name of Christ.
Spiritual Warfare the Pauline Way
We should at this point remind ourselves of how exactly our 'warfare' is to be conducted:
The True Nature of Faith
"Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Messiah -- who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in Elohim (God) for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim (God), bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Messiah, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
"Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Messiah's, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Messiah's, even so we are Messiah's. For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Master gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed -- lest I seem to terrify you by letters. 'For his letters,' they say, 'are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.' Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
"For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which Elohim (God) appointed us -- a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the Besorah (Gospel) of Messiah; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men's labours, but having tiqveh (hope), that as your emunah (faith) is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the Besorah (Gospel) in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's sphere of accomplishment. But 'he who glories, let him glory in Yahweh.' For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Master commends" (2 Cor.10:1-18, NKJV).
I have seen 'deliverance ministers' who love to shout and scream. It doesn't work like that. Yah'shua (Jesus) is not a showman, a performer, dressed up in an Armani suit. Emunah (faith) is not noisy. It is strong, firm, assured, calm, quiet, full of ahavah (love) and at shalom (peace) with itself. It is not anxious but trusting. It is not theatrical. It does not imitate Hollywood's ways. It doesn't need billboard announcements, fancy dress, expensive clothes, glitter, noise, excitement, catchy captions, wild music or entertainment to pull people in.
The Nature of Authenticity
The only power that uses that is the 'good-cop' counterfeit, and it is psychic, fleshy, nor the Ruach (Spirit) of our Elohim (God). It just is, because authenticity needs no fanfare, no props. It does its job quietly and efficiently and then departs. The only time Yah'shua (Jesus) yelled was in exposing the hypocrisy of hard-hearted religious leaders and the removal of traders from qadosh (holy, set-apart) places like the temple. When He used a loud voice in the raising of Lazarus, it was to be heard and remembered. When He told the crippled man to take up his bed and walk, it was done quietly, without orchestral accompaniment. So be sure you can tell the psychic drama apart from the genuine spiritual thing.
Charismawood and Charismastock
Now I am not saying that great and dramatic battles aren't taking place in the invisible because we know they are. Yahweh's malakim (angels) are kept busy. Nor am I saying that Yahweh's ministers are cold and calculating like Mr.Spock of Star Trek. Yahweh's men and women are highly passionate people, they're just not making a display of it, because the Ruach (Spirit) that flows through them manifests in a rather special way. But we have grown so accustomed to the charismatic theatrics that a majority of Evangelicals, at any rate, are stuck in - they tend to equate the Ruach (Spirit) with this kind of emotional drama coming out of 'Charismawood'. Then there's the opposite New Age hippie-type counterfiet, the 'make love, not war' performance, what I call 'Charismatock' that lacks ahavah-love - it is anarchic love-without-law.
How to Treat The Purveyors of Malicious Talk
The Enemy has his hoodlums in our churches and assemblies, and on our social media lists. When an attack is about to start, they conspire in secret and ready themselves for character assassination and accusation. Give them no quarter. I have learned, through bitter experience in the past, not to argue with them but to ignore them or remove them from social media groups like Facebook. They are not interested in the emet (truth) anyway but in destroying you. They're a part of the landscape of life on this fallen world whose fate is not a happy one. Best not to feed them but kick them out into the desert to rant at rocks or babble with the fools who believe them. We owe them nothing. Rather, pity them and those who believe them, pray for their salvation, and leave them alone.
Be Prepared, Carry on as Normal
I advise you to be mentally prepared and to carry on as normal. Know how you will deal with these people in advance. Don't feed them, let them drown themselves in their own bile and starve for lack of attention. Don't feed the wolf. He is not so noble as to starve himself to death for his dark crusade but will seek an unprepared victim, and one more likely to buckle when provoked. Resist the Enemy and he will flee (Jas.4:7).
Wearing your spiritual armour is supposed, in any case, to be a 24/7 occupation, not just for special occasions (Eph.6:10ff.). Earth life is a spiritual war zone. You're going to need it a lot more in the times to come. Above all, stay calm, rest in Yah'shua (Jesus) and don't let the Enemy steal your shalom (peace). Amen.