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Do you wonder whose voice you hear ? Do you wonder if the message you receive is true, and from God ?
4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist,which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. John 4: 1-3 NIV
We all may hear voices, see dreams, and receive direction from the Holy Spirit. However, Satan uses his treacherous guile to keep us off the path of Christ. The most deceitful method he uses is by sending us visions, dreams, direction and even prophets that appear to be Divine in origin, but are not.
These false prophets, false dreams and misguided direction appear superficially to be “good”. But they contain subtle twists and turns of Christ’s doctrine. They proclaim things that are not exactly aligned with the teachings of Jesus and with what is written in the Scripture.
Warning! They proclaim things that are not “exactly” aligned – there is a slight difference. So slight, that you may not even comprehend it if you are too taken up from the “moment’ or from the ‘message’ itself. Be careful!
Messages from God are comforting. If they show harsh things, as in a prophecy, then they need to be confirmed through prayer. Never act on anything unless you are certain it is from God.
The whole point of these deceiving messages and dreams are to keep innocent people thinking that they are “believers” and are heeding the call of God – but they are actually serving the antiChrist by heeding the misguided and twisted message being offered.
10 Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.
2 The idols speak deceitfully,
diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
3 “My anger burns against the shepherds,
and I will punish the leaders;
for the Lord Almighty will care
for his flock, the people of Judah,
and make them like a proud horse in battle. (Zecharia 10 : 1-3)
31 Yes,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord.
33 “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message from the Lord?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake you, declares the Lord.’( Jeremiah 23 : 31-33)
And yet, God will send and continue to send us messages, guidance, direction and prophecy – despite the interference and attempts to thwart all of God’s communication with His children.
27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.
The Day of the Lord
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:27 – 29)
Therefore, we need to keep on praying, and we need to keep on receiving and listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. We need to pay close attention to prophetic dreams and visions. We need to continue to monitor events to see the Biblical prophecy unfold before us. We need to continue to read the Scripture because it is a living Word, a spiritual entity made of the Word of God, that continues to reveal itself further each time we read it.
At the same time, we need to discern, discern, discern. Around us, society has been taken over by antiChrist beliefs and ways. We see satanism seeping into schools and into all cultures in the form of entertainment. It has taken over the mindset of populations. New age thoughts and beliefs have become mainstream and are becoming part of many Christian churches. New age thought is notorious for twisting the Scripture and Christ’s teachings.
We need to hold on to our faith and never waiver. And we all need to shake off any attempt of the dark to deceive us, no matter how convincing it may appear.
We are living in the times of the rebellious, wayward nations. The apostasy.
2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
4 Woe to the sinful nation,
a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.
5 Why should you be beaten anymore?
Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
or soothed with olive oil.
7 Your country is desolate,
your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
right before you,
laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
8 Daughter Zion is left
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a cucumber field,
like a city under siege.
9 Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
21 See how the faithful city
has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
righteousness used to dwell in her—
but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,
partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow’s case does not come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b]
I will thoroughly purge away your dross
and remove all your impurities.
26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,
your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
the City of Righteousness,
the Faithful City.”
27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken,
and those who forsake the Lord will perish.
29 “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens
that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,
like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
with no one to quench the fire. (Isaiah 1 NIV)
By Nathan Jones
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How do we avoid deception in these last days?
This question was put to me recently by Doug Harris from Britain’s apologetics television program “Simply the Truth.” In this first episode of Doug’s new show “End Times Truth,” he sought along with me and other guests to define what the Last Days are and how we should live in them. The following is an excerpt of that program.
Doug Harris: First Timothy 4:1 warns the believer to pay attention so as not to be deceived by deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. It becomes very obvious if people pay attention to these things that sooner or later they will want to communicate with these evil spirts and will want to draw closer to that which is deceitful — the doctrine of demons.
Just how can we test out what is truly from God…
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How can a loving God allow for Lucifer to exist?
What was the Cosmic War?
Why is Satan allowed to have his domain?
Who were the nephelim?
What role did they play?
What will happen next?
Is the war spilling into our dimension?
What is happening in other time space continuums?
Ephesians 6:12 says
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
What did Paul mean?
These topics and more on the video below:
It isn’t a coincidence that we are presented with deceit and illusion as being present from the very beginning of Creation. The serpent made his way to Eve and convinced her to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, which was something which God had forbidden Adam and Eve to do.
The issue is placed before us for us to understand, in the open, from the very beginning…good and evil exist in the same realm. According to the Bible, God had originally intended to shield his creations, Adam and Eve, from evil by forbidding them to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Eating this would expose them to a particular situation : that evil and good both exist side by side.
As a result of eating from the fruit of this tree, all of the descendants of Adam and Eve were forced to use discernment, to have to live among evil and to be forced to having to distinguish between good and evil in order to survive.
It isn’t always a simple task to do. Evil is not always apparently dark. Many times it shines with a light, hiding its true corruption. Like they say, “all that glitters isn’t gold”. Well, that is true.
The serpent is shown as deceiving Eve by tricking her with a very tempting illusion….in a few words, he convinced her that she will become wise like God if she were to eat of the fruit of the forbidden tree. He promised her light, wisdom and knowledge like those of God – all obtained by eating this particular forbidden fruit.
The darker forces often use the weapon of illusion to try to ensnare us into their lot. They like to convince people that they can be or are gods.
Look at the deceit. Can a person, a product of Creation, ever be godlike? You can not be god like, and human at the same time! That is their attempt to diminish Christ’s status as God’s Son in human form and “allowing” us all to claim the same divinity. Can a person create a universe or a world? No! Then how can we be a god? The illusion is out there that we can create our reality – that is a well contrived lie. We are able to determine many events in our life, but we can’t “create a reality” just like we can’t “create a world” or “create a soul”. People mindlessly fall into these traps. It is easy to feed these lies to people if their egos are in a weak state. It is easy to trick these egos, they prefer to view themselves as “creators” and not “created”.
Satan and his crew have developed the most alluring illusion convincing people that they can “create”, that they are Christs, that they are gods. This is one of the most cunning illusions that exists to this very day – used in many cleverly masked ways to draw people away from the true Light of God and throwing them onto paths of false light (masked darkness).
And this deceitful illusion was used to trick Eve, and it still is being offered to society today, in many different guises. But it never ceases to be a “fruit” which corrupts our nature. There is much to be said about the power of illusions and their hidden presence in this world. The Bible provides the ability to discern so as to not fall prey to these traps. It points out the presence of these illusions and traps from the very beginning of creation, with Eve and the Serpent, but Christ taught extensively about this very issue of spiritual warfare, and it was a common theme in the books of the New Testament.
The Bible provides wisdom and knowledge that unveils itself according to our need and understanding. It is very much “alive” in that sense, which is why it is sacred and not just ordinary volumes of stories and recorded history.
Personally, I think that there are layers and layers of knowledge and wisdom in the Bible. It is written in a way which allows for all to take what they can and need to understand at the given place and time of their spiritual lives. After all, Jesus taught mostly in parables, and everyone received what their spirits needed from these parables according to their individual situations, and these parables were able to nourish all spirits regardless of how ignorant or insightful the listener was .
There are those people however that see the texts of the Bible as Word that should be taken literally, and others, like me, see it as Word which is rich in symbolism and should be interpreted as such.
The point of the post, and the blog, however, is not to impose my interpretation of any biblical passage on others, nor to incite, challenge and drive others to defend their views whether it should be interpreted or taken literally. We must not foster division.
The point is that regardless as to how we read the Bible, we must all realize that the dark forces and the evil which these forces generate were present from the very beginning, and exist here to this day. They are dark, void of Divine Light. And the whole purpose behind their existence is to fight against the Light of God.
There is a spiritual warfare going on. It has been made evident to us that is has existed from the very beginning, and it is still raging today.
We can not fight evil with evil. We should not dwell on evil either, giving excessive attention to its ways, that would be giving it a place in our lives. Yet we need to understand that there is an enemy, that we are in the middle of an unseen war, and we need to understand the tactics. (see the following posts for more on the cosmic war). The best way to engage in spiritual warfare, to defend the Light of God and to never give any room for darkness to enter your life is to follow the path that Jesus Christ laid out before us.
As we nourish our physical bodies with food, we should also nourish our spirit with the teachings of Christ and not be afraid of the crosses that we each must bear on our journey in this world along the path towards our salvation.
In order to reach us today, His Word had to remain alive here on Earth. Christ kept His Word alive for us here today, as alive as it was when He was physically present on Earth approximately two thousand years ago.
He came, He spoke, He taught, He showed the Way and these very actions became seeds. These are seeds which bear the fruit of His Word, they bear Light, Purity, Love, Peace, Charity and Gratitude. These are the only fruits that we should be taking for our own spiritual nourishment .
Christ “planted” those seeds when He walked the earth so that we can still reach out to Him, and He can reach out to us, thousands of years later.
This is why the very presence of His Word, the very presence of His Wisdom, Ideas, Teachings and Love still with us today and very much alive. If we feed our spirits just with these (soul food !), we will be able to grow spiritually, and place ourselves in His fold, on the path that He laid out for us, and we would then belong to His Kingdom.
By nourishing our spirit with these fruits we can be “in this world, but not of this world”, because we would be living according to His teaching, in the manner that God has intended, following His Son, and being protected from the dark and evil that is predominant in this world. By following Christ, we literally are protected with spiritual armor, or the shield of God, when we live according to Christ’s teaching.
There are two places where we can best receive His Word.
These best sources are from your own personal journey into the teachings of the Bible, and from your own personal prayers and communication with God our Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and with the Holy Spirit, the life-bearing force.
The Peace of the Lord be with you always.