Category: Spiritual Realm & Warfare

Who Were The Nephilim?

The Nephilim are first mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4 were the Bible says the following:

Genesis 6:1-4
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

So who or what were the Nephilim? Well the most popular view of what the Nephilim were with the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 is that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the “sons of God” or fallen angels and the human women.
Therefore when fallen angels or demons mated with human females, what resulted through such a sexual union was the offspring or hybrids called the Nephilim.

So what did the Nephilim look like? The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and hybrids. Therefore they had a mixture of human and demonic DNA.
According to sources such as the Book of Enoch and the Bible, the Nephilim had great size, great influence, great power and they were extremely wicked and evil.
They were also treated as “gods” because of their stature and power.

Genesis 6:1-7 when read in context gives us the picture that one of the main reasons why God may have decided to destroy the earth through the great flood was because of the existence of the Nephilim.

It’s believed that one of the reasons why the demons mated with humans to produce the Nephilim was so that they could pollute the human bloodline and prevent the future coming of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ.
Therefore the more the population of the Nephilim increased and mated with humans – the more polluted the human DNA and bloodline would become.
Furthermore the existence of the Nephilim accelerated the wickedness in the earth to the point that God decides to destroy the earth by a great flood. Genesis 6:5 says that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and such that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was continuously evil.
Therefore the influence of the Nephilim both physically and spiritually polluted and affected mankind to the point that it reached irredeemable proportions. God’s solution was to flood the earth

In context, Genesis 6:4-7 says The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In conclusion, the flood was not only the result of wickedness of mankind but it was also the result of the existence and great influence of the Nephilim.

What is Spiritual Warfare?

What is spiritual warfare? Does everyone experience spiritual warfare?

Ephesians 6:12 says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Spiritual warfare is the battle that takes place in the unseen world. Just as we live in a natural world where we can see, touch, hear and taste, there is also an unseen or spiritual realm that exists.
The Bible is clear that mankind has a spiritual enemy and that enemy is the devil and his army of demons.

The devil therefore is not only an enemy to the Christian believer but he is also an enemy to the unbelievers even if unbelievers are unaware of it.
The devil is the enemy of all the things that God loves.
The Bible says that the devil kills, steals and destroys (John 10:10) and that he prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Therefore in spiritual warfare, the devil and his demons seek to oppress you as a Christian. What’s important to note however is that a Christian CANNOT be possessed by a demon but one can be oppressed as a Christian.
A method in which the devil may oppress Christians is through worry, anxiety, depression, condemnation, guilt, suicidal thoughts, relationship conflicts and the like.

For the unbeliever, the devil can both possess and oppress. While Christians cannot be demon possessed, it is possible for a non-christian / unbeliever to be possessed by demons. It’s also possible for an unbeliever to be oppressed by demons in much the same way that Christians get oppressed with depression and conflicts and the like.

The major reason why Christians cannot be possessed by demons unlike an unbeliever is because the true Christian believer has the Holy Spirit dwelling inside him/her. The true Christian believer has received salvation and been bought back into the kingdom of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore demon possession specifically does not apply to the true Christian believer.

Spiritual warfare not only happens within individuals, but a family, a city, a nation and even the world at large experiences spiritual warfare because the battle between good and evil is being fought at every level of life here on earth.

Spiritual warfare is therefore constantly happening even though at times we may not understand it or see it or feel it.
The battle is ultimately happening between God and satan for the souls of mankind.
Spiritual warfare is the battle is the battle in the unseen world that has a direct impact on our natural world.

The only way that you can have victory over the devil and over sin in your life is through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Without Jesus Christ in our life, we cannot have victory.
Jesus gives us authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19) and through the Holy Spirit we are given the ability to not only have victory over sin – but to also live a life that is pleasing to God.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Should We Consult Horoscopes?

Should we consult horoscopes? Are we supposed to read our horoscopes and believe them? A horoscope is defined as a forecast of a person’s future, typically including a depiction of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth.
Therefore one of the purposes of horoscopes is to attempt to forecast the future and to gain insight into future events that may or may not happen in one’s personal life.
Another purpose of horoscopes is to perceive a person’s personality or character traits based on that person’s time of birth and zodiac sign.
Most people who consult their horoscope end up receiving instruction on how to live their life or what decisions to make based on the astrological chart or readings they have received.

There is no doubt that many people of different backgrounds and religions regularly consult horoscopes and believe that the answers to life’s issues and questions are found in the stars and planets.
However, should Christians consult horoscopes? Should we believe in astrology as the answer to our future? What does the Bible say about horoscopes?

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NKJV
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.

Isaiah 47:13-14 NKJV
You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, Nor a fire to sit before!

Astrology and horoscopes are a form of divination. Divination is a method of forecasting the future without the participation or power of God. Divination is therefore a demonic method of attempting to foretell the future. It is forbidden by God (Leviticus 19:26) and in many cases there is a demonic spirit of divination (Acts 16:16) that is involved in this practice.

God does not want us to consult astrologers and horoscopes. He wants us to consult Him and to trust in Him for our future (Proverbs 3:5-6). Divination only leads to fear, anxiety and a lack of trust in God who holds your life & future in His hands. Horoscopes lead people away from God because they are demonically inspired (1 Timothy 4:1). Horoscopes therefore shift people’s faith away from God and away from the Bible which is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God’s will and plan for our lives cannot be found in astrology or by reading horoscopes. We can only find out God’s plan for our lives through meditating the Scriptures (Psalms 1:1-3) and by having a trusting, personal and prayerful relationship with God through our Saviour Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6).
Only our Creator knows our future. Only our Creator can direct our lives if we allow Him into our life. Only our Creator can reveal to us the truth (Jeremiah 33:3).

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

God has a plan and a future for our lives. Let us trust in Him. Let us put our total faith in Him and not in horoscopes.

 

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU TRUST?
Have you been trusting in anything else other than Jesus Christ in your life? Our trust for our future should only be in God and not in anything or anyone else (Jeremiah 17:5-8).
Are you tired of putting your trust in horoscopes and astrology to give you guidance about your future?
Why not instead put your trust in your Creator – God?
God created you “to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) and only God is able to give you direction pertaining to your future.
To have a personal relationship with God we must accept His begotten Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Jesus is the way, the truth and life towards having a divine and godly direction in our life (John 14:6)

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Avoiding Occult Practices

Leviticus 19:31 ESV
Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Today many people are dabbling and engaging in all sorts of occult practices such as divination, astrology, voodoo, witchcraft and the like.
In an attempt to search for answers to life’s challenges; or to search for riches; or to search for power; or even to search for vengeance, many people have sought the occult practices as a means by which to accomplish their goals and objectives in life.
However, the problem with performing and participating in occult practices is that
(a) Occult practices and participation are dangerous
(b) Occult practices and participation can be very subtle and deceptive
(c) Occult practices and participation is demonic and satanic and is a form of idolatry
(d) God strictly forbids all forms of occult practice
Those who practice the occult open themselves and their lives to demonic activity, demonic possession, and oppression.
Occult practices such as tarot cards, astrology, voodoo, contacting the dead, fortune telling, divination etc. are to be avoided by both the Christian and also the non-Christian.

What is Occult?
The word Occult is a Latin word which means “hidden, secret or mysterious”. Therefore one could define Occult as using secret, hidden supernatural knowledge and practices such as witchcraft, voodoo, divination etc which have been forbidden by God in order to achieve an objective.
Dictionary.com defines Occult as being “of or pertaining to magic, astrology or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies”

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 NIV
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

VARIOUS TYPES OF OCCULT PRACTICES

Below are the various definitions of occult practices as outlined in Deuteronomy 18:10-13.

1. Child sacrifice – This is a secret practice in various countries where witchcraft and all forms of satanism and sorcery is practiced. It involves the shedding of young and innocent blood.

2. Divination – this is the demonic contrast to the true Biblical definition of prophecy. Therefore while the gift of prophecy is a gift which originates from the Holy Spirit, the act or divination originates from the demonic and is a counterfeit ability to true Biblical prophecy. Divination is man’s attempt to know the future and discover hidden knowledge apart from God through using false prophets, dreams, astrology, fortune telling, consulting familiar spirits, reading omens and the like.

3. Sorcerer – a magician; a conjurer; a charmer; an enchanter; one who practices magic arts and sorcery. He charms, with an intent to do harm, to entertain, to gain money or to deceive or pervert the mind. A sorcerer is able to perform signs and wonders which appear miraculous but yet these signs and wonders originate from the demonic.

4. Interprets omens – This is an attempt to seek hidden knowledge and meaning through signs, stars, events, animals, objects and the like.

5. Witchcraft – this is a form of sorcery. Witchcraft involves the manipulation of things, situations or people in an ungodly manner. It can involve the use of magic arts, spells, or charms. In some cultures witchcraft is a religion or it is part of a religion. It also involves the use of formulas, chants, incantations to practice sorcery; Its goal is to produce extraordinary effects through the invocation or aid of demons; It attempts with the aid of the demonic to control things, events and people of whom one should have no natural control of.

6. Casting spells – The Hebrew word chabar literally means one who ties knots. It refers to a person who ties up or binds a person by means of magic spells, chants or words spoken against the particular person. It would include such things as voodoo and various forms of word cursing spoken to bind people or to hurt people.

7. Medium – This person can sometimes act as a mediator between the living and the dead. He is a necromancer; therefore he calls up the dead and the medium himself can be possessed by the supposedly dead and become a gateway by which the living speaks to the dead. They do not actually speak to the dead however, but it is familiar spirits or evil spirits that mimic the dead whom they speak to.

8. Spiritist – One who consults with familiar spirits; one who has hidden knowledge through demonic means.

9. Fortune Telling – a type of divination. An attempt to learn hidden knowledge, discover the future through such examples as palm reading, tarot cards, etc. It is also done through the spirit of divination and generally the goal of fortune telling is for monetary gain.

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HOW TO BE FREE FROM OCCULT PRACTICES

The issue of how to be free from occult practices is another topic on its own which requires a lot of detail to explain. God-willing I will have an opportunity to write about it soon. However below is a brief summary of scripture that explains how we can become free from occult practices. Dabbling in the occult is a sin against God and God offers His forgiveness and we must be willing to truly repent and forsake occult practices in our lives.

(A) THE TEACHINGS AND THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD CAN SET YOU FREE. Do not believe the lie and the promise of occult doctrine and occult practices. Rather believe the truth of God’s promises which are found in His word. (John 8:31, 32 – So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”)

(B) JESUS WHO IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE CAN SET YOU FREE. Jesus and His word are one. You cannot separate Jesus from His word. Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for us so that we would not have to be slaves to sin or to occult practices. We must become followers of Christ who are willing to believe and obey His word and who are willing to yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. (John 8:34-36 – Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.)

(C) YOU MUST REPENT, FORSAKE AND REMOVE ALL FORMS OF ITEMS THAT BELONG TO THE OCCULT IN OUR LIVES. If we are to be free, we must repent, remove and destroy all things that pertain to the occult. We must never refer to them again or even refer to people and books that glorify occult practices. (Acts 19:19-20  – And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.)

If you know you have been involved in the occult, repent and become a genuine active follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. True deliverance is not found by your own effort or power, but it is found by the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross and the blood He shed (Revelations 12:11 – And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.)

 

Can Christians Be Demon Possessed?

Is it possible for a born again Christian to be possessed by a demon?
To answer the above question, one always has to go back to the Bible and learn from the teachings of God and learn the Biblical patterns that exist in scripture in order to come up with the truth.

Demon possession is defined as the following:
• Demonic possession is the control over a human form / human body by a demon / evil spirit
• The condition in which a fallen angel exercises such control over an individual that the individual is unable or unwilling to resist.

 

CAN A CHRISTIAN BECOME POSSESSED BY A DEMON?
The answer is: NO. A Christian CANNOT become possessed by a demon. When you become a genuine born again believer in Christ Jesus it means that you become a child of God and a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17,18) who is under the complete spiritual guardianship, protection and direction of the Most High God (Romans 8:14-17).

Below are the following reasons why a Christian cannot be possessed by demons

(1). A Christian Is The Temple of the Holy Spirit1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV – Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
The Holy Spirit / the Spirit of God dwells inside every Christian according to the scriptures and the Holy Spirit will perform various functions in our lives such as; performing the various gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11); or enabling us to live according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25); or equipping us with power to overcome the enemy (2 Timothy 1:7); and leading us to the real truth pertaining to God’s word (John 16:13-15).
If therefore, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us and in our body, how then can a demon spirit indwell in the same body at the same time as the Holy Spirit does?
When the Holy Spirit dwells inside of a born again Christian, it is impossible for a demon spirit to overcome the Holy Spirit in order to control the same territory where the Holy Spirit dwells. The gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit when they are working inside of a Christian cannot be overpowered by the tricks and imitations of the enemy.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul says that “… you are not your own”. In other words, you are God’s property as a Christian; you belong to God (including your whole body). Therefore if you belong to God, then your body cannot at any time be possessed by a demon spirit for as long as you are a true born again Christians.

(2). A Christian Has Been Given Power Over the EnemyLuke 10:19-20 NKJV – Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
In Christ, a born again Christian has authority over the enemy. It is not vice versa. When you are a Christian, in Christ the demon spirits do not have power or authority over your body in order to possess and control your body and mind. God has therefore through Christ Jesus, given us the power to cast out demons and the authority over demons can only be given to born again Christians. Mark 16:17 NKJV – And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

(3). The Status of a Christian is Higher Than the Status of the Enemy – 1 John 4:4 NKJV – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
In Christ, a Christian is a child of God and as such a Christian is automatically more privileged than the enemy or than anyone in the world. The scriptures say that when God dwells in a person, that particular person becomes a child of God who is able to “overcome” the enemy and this child of God is “greater” than the enemy because the person is “of God”. Therefore as you look at the issue of whether a Christian can be demon possessed, God has made it virtually impossible for the enemy to be greater or to overcome a born again Christian / child of God in who God dwells.
Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
If the fullness of Christ Jesus dwells inside of a Christian, and if a Christian is “COMPLETE” in Christ who is the “head of ALL principality and power”, how then can this very same Christian be possessed by a demon spirit that trembles, submits and bows at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10,11), (James 2:19)?

(4). God Is Supreme Over All Things – Colossians 1:15-18 NKJV – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Demons cannot occupy the same space that is occupied by the Holy Spirit because God is greater than any evil spirit since God is the Creator of everything, that is both seen and unseen. This supremacy of God includes even the fallen angels or demons.

  • To believe that a Christian can become demon possessed, would be to deny the supremacy of Jesus in a Christian’s life when a person becomes born again.
  • To believe that a Christian can become demon possessed, would be to deny that Jesus has given the Christian the power, privilege and authority in Him to overcome the enemy at any given time or place.
  • To believe that a Christian can be demon possessed, would mean that the devil can possess any Christian he feels like possessing at any time of the day; It would also mean that the devil is able to make Christians powerless to overcome him and his demon spirits because all that the devil would need to do is just possess any Christian and simply enact his evil plans through any Christian of the devil’s choosing.
  • To believe that a Christian can be demon possessed, would mean that there is virtually not very much difference between the spiritual power and authority of a Christian and that of an unbeliever. If both Christians and unbelievers are being possessed by evil spirits how would one tell the difference between a true believer in Christ and an unbeliever.

THE NOMINAL CHRISTIAN
Someone might say “Well, I don’t agree with you and I’m confused, because I once saw a person whom I know to be a Christian and he/she was possessed during a church meeting ”
The simple answer to this statement is this: There is a difference between TRUE born again believers of Christ and those who profess or appear to be Christians but yet their relationship with Christ is not reciprocal. Even Jesus and the word of God does mention that there will be false believers / false prophets / hypocrites or people who may have been falsely deceived by improper doctrine to the extent that their true knowledge of the status of their relationship with God is negatively affected. Such people who are false or have been deceived are called Nominal Christians.
Nominal Christians are Christians in name only, but yet their life, their fruits, their works (even the things they do in secret) denies Christ Jesus even though they bear the name “Christian”. Nominal Christians will know exactly how to act “Christian” or “religious” outwardly, but either in secret or because of false indoctrination or self-deception, they will be living a life that is both deceptive and rebellious against God and His word (Matthew 23:25-28).
It is very important to note that the word of God regards nominal Christians in the same category as unbelievers because nominal Christians are not genuine biblical born again Christians. Therefore if a nominal Christian becomes demon possessed it is very possible because according to God’s word, the nominal Christian is not truly born again nor do they have a genuine one-on-one relationship with the LORD.

Here are a few examples in God’s word concerning God’s view and God’s judgement about nominal Christians and those who are religious but yet are self-deceived due to false doctrine:

  • Nominal Christians Are Religious but They Are Also IniquitousMatthew 7:21-23 NKJV“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Are Disobedient to ChristLuke 6:46-47 NKJV“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Bear Godly FruitMatthew 7:15-20 NKJV “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Have Deceived Themselves2 Timothy 4:3-5 ESVFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Abide in Jesus John 15:5-6 NKJV “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

(The above scriptures on nominal Christians are only but a few examples of scripture to explain my point. I decided not to expand in explaining each scripture so that I may focus on the main topic of this post. You can read my article THE NOMINAL CHRISTIAN to learn about nominal Christians and to find out the difference between a nominal Christian and a true born again Christian. This issue is very important as it will help people to be freed from the deception of the enemy and to also help people to become genuine born again children of God. Matthew 7:21-23 for example clearly shows that on judgement day there will be some people who will be shocked and dismayed that they are not going to Heaven because Jesus will tell them , ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’)

HOWEVER, please note nominal Christians can become demon possessed – but GENUINELY born again Christians CANNOT be demon possessed.
The Bible does not give any known examples or situations where a truly genuinely born again Christian became possessed by a demon.
Instead, God’s word gives us overwhelming evidence that if a person is truly a genuine biblical Christian then such a person cannot be demon possessed because God and a demon cannot occupy the same body and because greater is God who is in us, than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). God’s word also gives overwhelming evidence that a true born again Christian is a new creation who has been given authority over all the power of the enemy.

So can Christians be demon possessed? NO! Genuine Christians cannot be demon possessed.

HOW TO BECOME A  CHRISTIAN
If you are not a Christian, and you want to become a born-again Christian, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He came to save you from the power of the enemy and so that you may have an eternal everlasting relationship with Him. You can commit to making Jesus your Lord and Saviour and to live for God.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

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We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Why are God & Satan at War?

Why Are God & Satan at war? Why does this battle exist? Who or what is it all about?
From the moment that Adam & Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, there has been a battle experienced in mankind that still continues to this very day.
GOOD versus evil; LIGHT versus darkness; LOVE versus hate; PEACE versus war; FAITH versus fear; RIGHT versus wrong; LIFE versus death; the SPIRIT versus the flesh; ANGELS versus demons; GOD versus satan.

Below are 4 reasons why God & Satan are at war
(1) The Trophy In This Battle is YOUR LIFE. When the war is over which side will you be found? On the side of those who have perished? Or on the side of those who have received everlasting life though Christ Jesus. (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJVI call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;)

(2) God Wants You To Have A Life In Heaven – If there is anything that you should know about God is that He loves you and He wants you to have everlasting life. God wants you to have quality & purposeful life on earth and He wants you to have everlasting life with Him in Heaven. (John 3:16 NKJVFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life). GOD’s main goal is to reconcile His creation and all people to Himself and make sure that as many people as possible go to Heaven through Jesus.

(3) The Devil Wants You To Be In Hell – Satan knows that his time is short. He will therefore do all in his power to ensure that as many souls as possible join him in hell. The devil’s objective for all that he does is for the eventuality of ensuring as he takes as many souls as he can permanently away from the presence of God. Hell is a place where a person is eternally separated from God. (Revelation 12:12 NKJVTherefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.)

(4) Satan Wants To Destroy Everything That God Loves. In Genesis 1 whatever God created, He made good. However, the devil sought to steal, kill & destroy creation through the introduction of sin. The problems we see in life including those related to nature such as sickness, chaos, death and all kinds of suffering are rooted to the sin problem or the fall of man. If there is anything that you should know about the devil, is that he hates you and he wants to make sure you perish. The devil wants to kill, steal and destroy you and God’s purpose for you in your life. (1 Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour).
The devil didn’t create anyone or anything. The devil wants to destroy everything that God loves and the devil wants to destroy everything that God created. (John 10:10 NKJV – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly)
The real trophies are people’s lives. YOUR life is important to God because God created YOU. When He created you, He had a purpose and a plan for your life.

 

God Loves You & Wants You In His Family
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
God’s thoughts of you are thoughts of peace and not evil. God is not out to destroy you. God has no ulterior motives. God wants you to have a great future.
When the devil deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden the devil tried to make it appear as if God had ulterior motives; as if to suggest that God didn’t have Adam & Eve’s best interest at heart.

Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The truth is, before Adam & Eve sinned, they were already like God. Because they were made in God’s image; they never experienced sickness; they never experienced poverty; they never experienced anxiety; they never experienced death; they were always in God’s presence; they were always joyful; they were never afraid; they were prosperous; UNTIL they listened to the serpent and sinned.
When Jesus came to earth He came to destroy the works of the devil and restore man to God’s original status

1 John 3:8 NKJV
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
So if the devil came to steal, kill and destroy – then Jesus came to restore you to a right relationship with God and to give you a quality, prosperous and everlasting life.
If you want to experience true life and God’s plan for your life, then you need Jesus. You can receive Jesus TODAY, right NOW and become a citizen of the Kingdom of God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Difference Between Prophecy and Divination

Deuteronomy 18:14
For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.

What is the difference between prophecy and divination? What is the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet? In Mathew 24:11, Jesus Himself warned that “MANY false prophets will rise up and (they will) deceive MANY” and true to God’s word – today, many people claiming to be prophets of God have arisen all over the world and they have been performing various signs and wonders before masses of followers. However such signs and wonders have been met with skepticism and the source of these signs and wonders is unknown as to whether such wonders come from God or from somewhere else.

Below are some scriptural teachings in relation to the difference between prophecy and divination and how a person may be able to discern a wolf in sheep’s clothing:


Matthew 24:24-25 NKJV

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.

Jesus forewarned over 2000 years ago, that false prophets and false christs will rise and become many and that these false prophets and false christs will perform “GREAT signs and wonders to deceive…”.
So the obvious question is: How do you tell the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet? What kind of signs and wonders would a false prophet perform? How do I ensure that I do not get deceived by false prophets?

Jeremiah 14:14-15 NKJV
And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.

  • Not everyone who prophecies and gives a sign that comes to pass is a prophet of God. Not everyone who performs signs and wonders is operating under the Spirit of God. Pharaoh’s magicians in Exodus 7 & Exodus 8 performed similar miracles to God but these magicians operated under demonic power.
  • As a prophet of God can wear a suit and tie to preach in the pulpit, so can a magician, a sorcerer, a diviner, a witchdoctor, a false prophet also put on a suit and tie and transform himself into a “man of God” yet he is not. (Acts 8:9-11)
  • Jesus said that false prophets will disguise themselves as sheep, but yet they are wolves (Matthew 5:15,16). The word of God also says that the devil is able to transform himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) 

2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

  • Today in certain parts of the world there are false prophets who are performing signs and wonders that indeed amaze their followers. However many who follow them do not question the SOURCE of these signs and wonders in order to discern whether it is God’s power or the devil’s power at hand.
  • The devil himself and those under satan also have the ability to counterfeit the miracles of God. Such signs and wonders that satan performs are reflected through witchcraft, sorcery, divination and all sorts of occult practices.
  • In Jeremiah 14:14 God clearly says that there are people who prophesy lies in His name, and that these false prophets use divination (and not prophesy) to deceive the people.

Deuteronomy 18:14
For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.

God forbids divination. However you will find that in the Bible many people used divination in order to try foretelling future events.

 

MEANING OF DIVINATION

  • Divination is a demonic counterfeit ability that the devil uses in order to foretell the future. It is the ability to access hidden knowledge or secrets pertaining to a person or a people or an event through demonic sources such as familiar spirits etc.
  • The Greek word for divination comes from the root word PYTHON. The Spirit of Python counterfeits the Spirit of Prophecy. Divination is a form of witchcraft that possess psychics, witchdoctors, false prophets, spiritual advisors, medicine men, new age gurus, voodoo priests & priestess, mediums, etc. We are told in Deuteronomy 18:14 that we are not permitted to practice divination, sorcery or any witchcraft, for it is an abomination to God.
  • The act of divining; a foretelling future events, or discovering things secret or obscure, by the aid of superior beings, or by other than human means.

Therefore when Jesus said that false prophets would perform signs and wonders, He did not lie, because false prophets use divination in order to foretell future events.

 

DIVINATION IS PRACTICED BY THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF PEOPLE:

  • Diviners. Deuteronomy 18:14
  • False prophets. Jeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 13:3,6
  • Enchanters. Deuteronomy 18:10; Jeremiah 27:9
  • Witches. Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18:10
  • Charmers. Deuteronomy 18:11
  • Wizards. Deuteronomy 18:11; 1 Samuel 28:3
  • Consulters of familiar spirits. Deuteronomy 18:11
  • Magicians. Genesis 41:8; Daniel 4:7
  • Astrologers. Isaiah 47:13; Daniel 4:7
  • Sorcerers. Jeremiah 27:9; Acts 13:6,8
  • Necromancers. Deuteronomy 18:11
  • Soothsayers. Isaiah 2:6; Daniel 2:27

 

THOSE WHO PRACTICED DIVINATION WERE:

  1. Regarded as wise & knowledgeable men. Daniel 2:12,27 
  2. They earned a lot of money for their “prophecies”. Acts 16:16
  3. They were admired; they were followed and thought to be “men of God” yet they were false prophets / diviners. Acts 8:9,11
  4. They were consulted in desperate or difficult times Daniel 2:2, Daniel 4:6-7, Exodus 7, Exodus 8

 

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF DIVINATION & DIVINERS
In the natural observation, diviners and prophets may appear the same, but they are actually very different and the spiritual effects on the people are very different. Jesus said that you will know false prophets by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15-20)

  1. Diviners, false prophets, fortune tellers etc, walk with and receive their information from familiar spirits and other demonic entities. Their foretelling of the future indeed at times does come true. However their source of information is from the demonic and ultimately the information that they speak actually subtly deters you from God. What they foretell does not glorify God in any particular way. Rather it subtly brings more focus, more praise and more glory on the diviner or the false prophet instead of God.
  2. Diviners, false prophets, fortune tellers etc, ultimately perform signs and wonders and preach in order for you to give them money. They exploit people and manipulate them for money. Their messages mostly focus on materialism, money, self-glory rather than on character, relationship with God or anything Christ-centred. They are part of the devil’s plan to subtly and systematically lead people away from God through deception and false doctrine (2 Peter 2:1-22)
  3. They teach that you will receive salvation and deliverance from your problems when you give money to them or their institution. However salvation and deliverance does not come because you have given money. True salvation and deliverance is FREE and it comes from the Lord Jesus who died for us on the cross. Jesus paid a debt that we could not pay through His blood and by His death. Deliverance and salvation from challenges and problems cannot be paid for through our own effort. Deliverance and salvation comes ONLY from God through His Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). The gift of God cannot be purchased with money. A sorcerer by the name of Simon thought that he could acquire God’s gifts by giving money or paying for them (Acts 8:9-23)
  4. The false prophet is never questioned or tested by his followers. The voice of the false prophet is compared without question by his followers as being the voice of God. (1 John 4:1 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world).
    1 Thessalonians 5:21 instructs us to test all things & hold fast what is good. God has given us permission to test the supernatural, because Satan is a supernatural being also. In the future don’t reject all prophecies, but test all prophecies! However a false prophet will manipulate followers not to question his prophecies and not to question him because he is “anointed” and he is a “man of God”.  Believers should know however, that the reason why God allows us through His word to test the spirits and to test everything, is because of the false prophets who are out to deceive people. Therefore it is important for believers to know the word of God and to uphold God’s word in every situation and above the personal word of other people.
  5. Diviners, false prophets, fortune tellers etc, mostly speak or foretell of events that pertain to fear, disaster, discouragement, death and their foretelling of the future ultimately leads their faithful followers to have spiritual bondage and a condition of fear, hatred, anxiety, anger and dependency on the word of the false prophet, rather than to depend on the word of God through His scriptures.
  6. Diviners, false prophets, fortune tellers etc, will mostly create an attitude of dependency within their followers. Their followers begin to depend more upon them because their followers will have an insatiable need to see more of their signs and wonders and to hear more of their foretelling of future events. This dependency on the false prophets automatically removes dependency on God.

 

TRUE PROPHECY FROM GOD
Biblical Prophecy can be defined as – A spoken or written message from God through a person.

  • Biblical prophecy ultimately comes from God and focuses on God and His plans.
  • Biblical prophecy will always line up and agree with God’s scripture and true prophecy does not contradict God’s word.
  • True prophecy is always 100% correct unlike the predictions of psychics or false prophets.
  1. True prophecy comes from God. God is the source. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  2. True prophecy must build up the Body of Christ, ie the Church. It must encourage not discourage; It does not cause anxiety, fear or confusion. – 1 Corinthians 14:4
  3. True prophecy must agree with Scripture. It does not contradict with His word according to the Bible. – Deuteronomy 13:1-5, 2 Timothy 3:16, 
  4. True prophecy must exalt & glorify Jesus. It does not glorify the “prophet”, nor does it put the prophet on a pedestal – Revelations 19:10, 1 John 4:1-3, John 16:13-14, 
  5. True prophecy must lead to obedience to God. When God allows prophecy in the church, it is meant to lead people to a right relationship with Him – Deuteronomy 13:1-5
  6. True prophecy must produce life & liberty. Because it comes from the Holy Spirit, it should not lead to bondage, captivity, hatred, fear, condemnation or confusion – Romans 8:15, 2 Corinthians 3:6
  7. True prophecy is 100% correct and it must come to pass – Deuteronomy 18:22

 

Conclusion
It is therefore imperative to be able to discern the difference between real Biblical prophecy where God is the source and divination where the devil is the source.
Start by knowing God. I mean really knowing Him and having a genuine relationship with God. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and He says that His sheep know His voice.

  • Therefore having a sound relationship with Jesus is imperative.
  • Pray for discernment concerning issues that may confuse you.
  • Read God’s word and allow the Spirit of the Lord to enable you to understand and obey.
  • Test what you listen to, what you read and what you hear to see if it aligns with the scripture.

John 10:25-30 NKJV
Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”

 

 

 

Prophesies About False Prophets

Jesus foretold and warned that in the last days many false teachers, false christs and false prophets will rise and will deceive many? It is important in our walk with Jesus, that we do not become deceived.

Matthew 24:11 NKJV
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

When Jesus spoke to us about the last days and the signs of the end of the times, one of the signs that He mentioned was the fact that “MANY false prophets will rise up and deceive MANY”. Therefore, a time is coming where MANY people will be deceived by MANY false prophets who will obviously be operating under demonic authority.

However, why would multitudes of people be so easily deceived by a multitude of false prophets? What is it about these false prophets that would make them so influential so as to deceive many people? Why is it that so many people will fail to discern a true prophet / teacher from a false prophet / teacher?

Matthew 24:24-25 NKJV
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.

Jesus clearly warns us that false christs and false prophets will perform or “show GREAT signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect”. Even Jesus acknowledges that these signs and wonders that these prophets will perform will be GREAT – in other words, for those who will be deceived, the signs and wonders of these false prophets will be too irresistible to ignore such that the deceived will be tempted to follow them.
However, “the elect” will not be deceived.
Jesus also tells us “See, I have told you beforehand”. The Lord is therefore warning us in advance that MANY of these false prophets and false christs definitely will come or RISE and that they will deceive MANY people by their GREAT signs and wonders.

Matthew 7:15-16 NKJV
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles?

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Jesus clearly warns us that not everybody who looks like a Christian, talks like a Christian, acts like a Christian will enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said that false prophets will wear sheep’s clothing. In other words, they will be disguised as Christ’s sheep but yet they are wolves who seek to prey on the sheep in order to devour or mislead the sheep.
Jesus clearly states that these hypocrites will claim to have “prophesied” in Jesus’ name, “cast out demons” and “done MANY WONDERS” in His name. I believe that Jesus is talking about false prophets and other hypocrites who disguise themselves as children of God but yet their intent is to deceive people.

How Will The False Prophets Deceive?

  1. By performing signs and wonders through which the source of these signs and wonders is demonic.
  2. By disguising themselves as sheep but yet they are wolves.
  3. By teaching a false doctrine that subtly causes disobedience from God and God’s teachings whilst enriching themselves
  4. By deceptive words and charismatic behavior meant to put the focus on them and their false miracles rather than on Jesus.

2 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV
But there were also 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 bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Relationship with God
Jesus knows those people who belong to Him. In verse 23, Jesus says “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”
When Jesus says “I never KNEW you”, the Lord here is clearly talking about relationship. Jesus has a personal and genuine relationship with His people. He knows His own people or His sheep and His sheep follow Him.

John 10:27-29 NKJV
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

So the most important steps to not being deceived by the many false prophets and false christs that have entered the world is through the following;

  1. You must be genuinely born again. (John 3:3)
  2. Have a strong, rooted and genuine relationship with God in Christ Jesus and to walk in obedience to Him. (John 15:1-17)
  3. Walk in the Holy Spirit and not in the flesh (Galatians 5:16-25)
  4. Pray for and allow the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as the gift of discernment to operate in your daily life (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
  5. Meditate on the word of God day and night. Do not just rely on what you are taught by another person – but also study prayerfully the word of God on your own and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you one-on-one. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)
  6. Talk to God about all your issues. He knows everything. Learn to listen to His voice. Often we pray to God – however we never take the time to listen to Him or to hear Him when He speaks.(Matthew 6:8-18)
  7. The word of God is the standard by which we live by. Whatever spiritual things that you hear or are taught, learn to test and interpret what you are taught according to the word of God. (Psalm 119)
  8. Test the spirits. (1 John 4:1)

Do False Prophets Perform Signs & Wonders?

Matthew 24:24 NKJV
For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Do false prophets perform signs & wonders? Is it easy for them to deceive people?
The devil is able to perform physical and spiritual signs and wonders? The devil wants to be like God, and therefore he will try to imitate God. The devil desires to be worshipped and so he will create signs and wonders in order to deceive people into worshipping him and his acts.
It’s important to know that the devil is the father of lies and that he is able to counterfeit the signs and works of God so that he may deceive people and lead them astray.
For example, where God is able to give people the gift of prophecy by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11), the devil has created a counterfeit ability by enabling people to foretell the future through divination, astrology and fortune telling and witchcraft (Leviticus 19:26)

God says in the scriptures, the following regarding false prophets who prophesy using divination, which the LORD expressly forbids – Jeremiah 14:14-15 “And the Lord said to me,” The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.”

Therefore Jesus warned that we should not be surprised nor deceived whenever we see false prophets prophesying falsely in the name of God (Matthew 24:24). They are wolves in sheep’s clothing whose agenda is to deceive and lead people away from God.

Exodus 7:8-12 NKJV
Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’
So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the Lord commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

As you can see from the Exodus 7:8-12, when Moses and Aaron visited Pharaoh, you will notice that Pharaoh’s sorcerers were present to represent Pharaoh. Sorcerers rely on power from false gods and from the devil himself in order to perform signs and wonders. Therefore when Aaron under the instruction of GOD cast his rod before Pharaoh, Aaron’s rod became a snake. However, Pharaoh’s sorcerers under the power of the devil were also able to copy and imitate God’s sign by turning their own rods into serpents as well.
It’s therefore important to realize that the enemy can also perform signs and wonders and he can perform these wonders through false prophets. Our God is great and mighty however, and the devil can never defeat God. You will also notice in Exodus 7 that God’s rod swallowed up ALL the rods that belonged to Pharaoh’s sorcerers. This was God’s demonstration to Pharaoh, the sorcerers and the false gods that they represented that God is the only true, almighty and all powerful God and that He is above every false god.

False prophets will perform false prophesies and wonders that will dazzle you, and they will even appear true – but the SOURCE of those prophesies and wonders will NOT be from God but they will be from the devil.

Acts 16:16-19 NKJV
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

Again you will notice that this girl had a spirit of divination which gave her the ability to foretell or predict people’s future. Under this spirit of divination she was able to have hidden knowledge of people’s specific current circumstances and also she was getting profit for her masters by fortune telling. This spirit of divination – a demonic spirit that possessed this girl even spoke what was true about Paul being a servant of God, but yet what annoyed Paul was the fact that this evil spirit was NOT of God and neither did it represent the kingdom of God.
God does not want us to gain or receive any secret or hidden knowledge from demonic spirits (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) – but rather God wants us to receive our knowledge from Him through His Holy Spirit who will lead us into all truth (John 16:13-15).

Therefore truth is NOT found by consulting demonic spirits and the false prophets, but real TRUTH is found by knowing God’s word and through the Holy Spirit. Only the truth from God will set us free from the deception of false prophets and teachers.

So do false prophets perform signs & wonders? Yes they do.

TODAY. Pray for the gift of discernment from the Holy Spirit.

False Prophets & Teachers

It is important as Christians that we have the Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment and also that we recognize false teachings, false prophecies within the church so that we do not fall into the devil’s traps and deceptions. It is therefore important as Jesus said, that we know the truth, because “the truth will make us free” (John 8:32). It is also imperative that we are not swayed by false prophets and teachers because they will for some time exist among us disguised as sheep, but yet they are wolves.

2 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV
But there were also 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 bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgement has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

It is important to realize that the devil has many deceptive and subtle tactics that he uses in order to mislead people from the truth of God’s word. The battle between God and satan is for souls. You are the prize. The last thing that the devil wants is for people to become born again; to have eternal life; to know Christ and to have a restored and genuine personal relationship with God.
Therefore at times, when the devil or the enemy appears to us, he will not appear physically, spiritually and philosophically as an enemy. The devil will appear to you disguised, as if he is a friend, as if a savior, as is a samaritan, as if a teacher, as if a prophet. But his deep motive is deception and his agenda will be to steal, kill and destroy.

Jesus Himself warned us “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15,16 NKJV)
Jesus clearly wants us to be watchful of those people who appear to be Christians but they are not. A false teacher and a false prophet will speak, act, behave like a Christian outwardly, but in their heart and in their overall agenda they are not for the things of God.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15 NKJV
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

False teachers and false prophets are motivated to deceive people for several reasons

  1. They despise God’s authority and they despise the truth. (John 8:39-47)
  2. The false teachers & prophets have deceived themselves. They therefore believe their own lies or the lies of false gods instead the TRUTH that comes from God and His word. (2 Peter 2:13-15)
  3. They are motivated by greed, lust, power, material wealth, covetousness (2 Peter 2:3)
  4. They are full of pride and therefore they desire to glorify themselves only as well as their accomplishments
  5. In various situations, it’s not about the money. The devil does not need money. Some false teachers and prophets are on a mission to deceive for the purpose of fulfilling the devil’s mandate who is their master.

Therefore, remember that the enemy is able to transform or disguise himself into an angel of light. The purpose of disguising himself is so that you do not recognize that person’s true nature.

TODAY. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment.