Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Heavenly Hosts

Unauthorized Authority and the Courts of Heaven

There is a distinction between “hosts of Heaven” and “angels.” When the Bible uses the term “host” it is a female word. When it uses “angels” there is a male connotation to the word. For the purpose of the workbook we are using the term “Heavenly hosts” to refer to all of God’s servants in Heaven, as does most of the Christian community.

What are our rights concerning God’s servants? Knowing the boundaries will keep us out of trouble. Stepping outside our authority may limit what authority we have.

Religious Spirit Invasion

Religious Spirit Attack

The Lord used several items in my life to demonstrate what is happening in the Body of Christ:

  • events in my life
  • dreams He sent to me
  • dreams from another

This was not the most pleasant experience, nor  is revealing to you, my failure and the correction I received. I pray that this information will help you in the days to come.

Wrongly Appropriated Authority

Unauthorized Authority and the Courts of Heaven

Are there limits to man’s authority on this Earth? Are there consequences if we step outside our authority? For many years I believed that “all authority” was given to me because so many noted preachers said it was so. Recently, God has shown me that assumption is not supported by the Word of God.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1 AKJV)

While this verse says that there is no condemnation for Christians “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, it does not say that we can do anything we want or that any sin in our lives is acceptable. If we are walking with the Spirit of God, He will lead us out of sin. To find out what “condemnation” this is referring to, we must continue reading:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Vials of Wrath

The Fate of the World: Vials of Wrath in Revelation

Many people don’t want to talk about the Book of Revelation. They ask, “How could a loving God pour out wrath upon people?” If you read the Old Testament, you will find out why. 

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… (2 Timothy 3:16 AKJV)

Paul is instructing his new young leader about scripture found in the Old Testament. When we follow Paul’s advice, it is easy to see a decided trend in the stories of God’s people. Our Father would let them continue in sin for a certain period of time. Then, consequences would come - sometimes hundreds of years later. Several verses in the New Testament seem to contradict this aspect of God. Let’s look at one of those very closely:

Three Woes

Three Woes of Revelation

Keep reminding God's people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. (2 Timothy 2:14 NIV) 

In this scripture Paul is instructing a young leader, Timothy. The items in Revelation that we have no absolute interpretation of should not cause petty disagreements. We should be able to look at the items we can definitely identify and agree to disagree about the rest. The last three trumpets are events we should be willing to disagree about for they most definitely could be metaphorical.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Revelation Seals 4-7

 

The first three seals saw the emergence of the Antichrist and two of the “horsemen of the apocalypse.”  These occur in the first part of the tribulation or the final of Daniel’s weeks. Let’s continue looking at the remaining seals the Lamb of God will break before God’s wrath is unleashed on this earth.

Fourth Seal

And when he had opened the fourth seal…  behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (Revelation 6:7-8)

Death quickly follows famine for we see hunger is one of the tools used for death to take life. It is interesting to note that only one-fourth “part of the earth.” Since it is part of the earth and not a percentage of mankind, it is likely that only some countries will experience the effects of this seal.

First Three Seals of Revelation and the Antichrist


If we look at Daniel and Revelation, then we will know when the seven year tribulation will begin as certain key events occur. Much of the world may be unaffected at first, so knowing what to look for is vital!

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) (Matthew 24:15 AMPC)

We were told by our Lord that we should look for and recognize this event as being close to persecution and His return to rule and reign. This also means Christians will be around when it happens. What is the “abomination of desolation?” Discussing the events surrounding the return of our Lord should show us what to look for and help us pinpoint this event.

Studying the events around the second coming should invigorate the body of Christ. After all, we are all expectantly waiting for this time. Unfortunately, instead of uniting us as a body working for the Kingdom of Heaven, it often creates division and strife. As we continue looking into the Book of Revelation, please remember that what we choose to believe concerning the return of the Lord doesn’t affect our salvation.

We are all brothers and sisters, adopted into the family of God. If what you believe doesn’t line up with what I believe, that is okay. We can agree to disagree and celebrate the fact that one day, we will all know  the truth!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Charismatic Witchcraft and Witchcraft Prayers

 


What is Charismatic Witchcraft

Charismatic means to exercise a compelling charm which inspires devotion in others. This can be hard to distinguish from the anointing of God which draws people to a leader. The way to discern between the two is by their actions: All Christian leaders should continually point to God as the source AND teach you how to connect with Him directly. Some leaders will unwittingly use a form of witchcraft to keep the focus on themselves rather than God.

The Bible uses the word kesheph (keh-shef) for sorcery and witchcraft. The best New Testament example of what leads us into operating in witchcraft is Simon the sorcerer. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Healing Your Soul

Healing Your Soul

By Sandra Perreaux

If we go back to the Book of Genesis, we can see God’s original intention and plan for mankind through His created beings, Adam and Eve and how, through the fall and the ongoing influence of sin down through the generations we became damaged in our souls and bodies.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…” (Genesis 1:26–27 NKJV)

and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7 NKJV)

There are two important things to note in these accounts of the creation of mankind.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Strengthening Your Spirit

Strengthening Your Spirit 

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians demonstrates that we are a three-part being, just like our creator. God is a spirit, and we are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body. This is why Paul listed the three parts to every human in this order. Many Christians have been taught we have a spirit, soul and body but not too many understand the role of each of them. Some believe the soul and spirit are the same but as you can see, that is not what the Bible says.