“Test the spirits to find out if they are of Elohim….”
I wish I had time to do a deep study of this for this post. But, my main point is this: either we believe ‘spirits’ exist, or we throw our Bibles away.
If they do exist, why do we not ‘deal’ with them?
In the context of the verse quoted above, the spirits about which Yokhanan warns us were to manifest in FALSE PROPHETS. Yet so few people actually do the very specific litmus test he gave us, in order to learn if we are dealing with a liar or a person true to Messiah.
Our society is the victim of false advertising and self-absorbed ‘progress’, such that we no longer believe in spirits. In the congregations, the only spirit anyone ‘believes’ in is the ‘holy spirit,’ and so, many who THINK they have the ‘holy spirit’ actually have a false spirit. In society in general, however, what is actually the manifestations of ‘spirits’ is treated as mere human behavior, and excused as such, and not dealt with in a divine way, but either ignored, or medicated, or psycho-analyzed ad nauseum.
As believers in HaDavar, The Word, which manifested in the human being, a man whose Name is Yeshua, we are supposed not only to believe in Him, but also that there is a realm in which ‘spirits’ operate, in an attempt to depose our King from the human heart. Those who say they believe do not take this seriously. Perhaps because since the ‘enlightenment’ most of society has dismissed the idea of another realm. While there is a lot of truth to the overemphasis on that realm before the enlightenment, and a complete misunderstanding of it due to the heavy sway paganism had on Europe during the dark ages, those ‘enlightened’ ones threw the baby out with the bathwater, dismissing even the very notion that spirits exist. And since then we’ve [humanity] been treating mere symptoms of spiritual malaise instead of going to the source. We’ve been ignoring even the possibility that there is another realm, which followers of Messiah were taught to deal with and given power over.
Yes, today there are those who ‘say’ they have power over it, and ‘think’ they deal with it. And, the entertainment industry has given a bad rap to anyone who knows they exist, and painted all spirits as more powerful than people of faith, and far more powerful than they actually are. [Think ‘The Exorcist”] And, many in the community of faith have assigned authority and power to HaSatan himself that only belongs to Elohim, treating him as a direct opposite and mirror image of Elohim [G-d]. He is NOT. He is completely subservient to Elohim, and must submit to HIM. Even now. Even though he is now the ‘prince of the power of the air,’ and the ‘ruler’ of the heavenlies of the earth [up to the third heaven].
One of the most powerful ‘spirits’ that plagues believers is ‘to’evah,’ that of ‘perversion.’ And it is perversion of HIS TRUTH, perversion of HIS DESIGN, and we are letting our society be run by this ‘spirit.’ People succumb to it, because of the ‘brainwashing’ society does, telling us that the design of G-d is no longer relevant. A girl is no longer a girl, a boy is no longer a boy, and what one does with his body sexually is totally his choice. This is worshipping the creation rather than the Creator. G-d designed the human body, and gave it specific purpose. The language of the scriptures is very clear on this issue. But, MAN has come along and told G-d that His Word is not true, and that we do not need to align ourselves to it, neither as individuals, nor much less as a society. How DARE we who believe HaDavar deign to impose the design of G-d on the rest of society?!
The individual who might deal with ‘thoughts’ about whether or not they are a girl and not a boy, or gay and not ‘normal’ in sexuality, or feminine and not masculine, or doomed as an alcoholic, or in need of another substance, is dealing not only with thoughts of the heart or mind, but a spirit of perversion, ‘to’evah’, to twist their life OUT of the design. And so-called believers are oblivious to this ‘spirit,’ and actually work on its behalf to condemn the person whom HaSatan has blinded to a truth of His Word. We [The Body of Messiah] are SUPPOSED to be here to SET THEM FREE. To GIVE THEM SIGHT. [Yesha-Yahu 61:1-4, Luka 4:18-19] But instead, it seems to me, we see the human who is ‘bound’ by this as an enemy, and as such do not ‘see’ the real enemy, who has imprisoned this human to perversion. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that there are indeed a majority that WANTS to be perverted, they ENJOY their sin, and revel in it, and have no desire whatsoever to embrace His truth, nor to be free from sin. BUT, there are MANY people who do believe in the Creator, even though their ideas of Him are twisted, but, they nonetheless believe, and yet they THINK that they have no choice in the matter. The believing community, by and large, has bought the lies of the ‘elite,’ and taken their prescription, instead of seeing a simple truth of The Word, and also being WILLING to do what The Word says concerning our enemy.
GO TO WAR! We, those who trust in Yeshua, are SUPPOSED to CARE that people are dealing with an enemy. First, of ourselves, we are supposed to be aware of the war, of our enemy, and in response, to ‘dress ourselves down’ as if we are prepared for it. [Efisim 6]. The purpose of Yeshua coming to us was not to make us ‘sit back and take it,’ or to give in and allow sin to run amuck because we just cannot win. It was to enlist us in HIS war with our common enemy:
“We all growl like bears, and mourn sore like doves; we look for right, but there is none; for Yeshua[h] [Salvation, the noun form of Yeshua’s Name], but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are present to us, and as for our iniquities, we know them: transgressing and denying יהוה , and turning away from following our Elohim, speaking oppression and perverseness, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And justice is turned away backward, and tzedaka stands afar off; for truth has stumbled in the broad place, and uprightness cannot enter. And truth is lacking, and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey. And יהוה saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice; and He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought Salvation unto Him; and His tzedaka, it sustained Him; and He put on tzedaka [right-standing] as a coat of mail, and a helmet of Yeshua[h] upon His head, and He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies…So shall they fear the Name of יהוה … And a Go’el [redeemer] will come to Tzion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Ya’akov, says יהוה . And as for Me, this is My Brit with them, says יהוה ; My Ru’akh that is upon you, and My D’varim which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed’s seed, says יהוה , from henceforth and forever.”
We have a very vivid episode of Yeshua in contest with HaSatan, Himself being TEMPTED, and He quotes the scriptures in order to ‘stand against the fiery darts of the evil one.’ What many do not realize, perhaps, is that Yeshua quoted ONLY the book of D’varim, Deuteronomy, in standing against HaSatan in personal ‘warfare.’ D’varim means ‘the words’, or, “The Word,” in the sense of an order of magnitude. The Book of D’varim is the ‘book of war’ that a king of Yisra’el was supposed to write two copies of HIMSELF, and keep one on his horse, as the battle plan. Yet, our believing community and its leaders have dismissed it, hidden it away, and in some cases CHANGED its relevance to mere ‘symbolism.’ Or worse, called it ‘old’, implying uselessness. But Yeshua quoted specific commands out of it, the book of D’varim, The Word[s], to keep HIMSELF from going against the Design of His Father. In this way, Yeshua begins to fulfill the prophecy quoted above from Yesha-Yahu 59, where he puts on the ‘armor’ and garments of vengeance against the adversary. Consider, just days before His temptation, at His immersion, His Father had sent the Ru’akh in the shape of a ‘dove’, and then spoke from Heaven saying, ‘You are my Ben Ha’Ahuv,’ [beloved Son]. Was not Yeshua ‘clothed’ at that moment? And Sha’ul echoes this passage in instructing those at Efesus to put on similar armor.
Anyone who ‘departs from evil’ makes himself a prey…. hmmmm. We are told not to participate in evil. But, is it at all possible that this ‘departing’, in this context, is that of not facing it in battle? And this is how we become a prey? Is that not exactly what Yisra’el had done in history when this prophecy of Yeshua was given. They had forgotten that worshipping G-d in any way but His prescribed way was actually the worship of demons! And they’d opened themselves up to multiple spirits, and His Word was no longer on their lips. And when Yeshua showed up, they’d have told you [Religious Jews] that you lie, if you said they didn’t follow His Word [they DID tell Yeshua that, who told them that very thing]! Is this why there seemed to be so many ‘spirits’ with which to deal in Yeshua’s day in Yisra’el? And in the days of the Shlikhim, who also fought against them in many ways? Most definitely. Man has turned from trusting in Elohim, and HIS people have turned from doing HIS WAYS, not even aware of the enemy that is so prevalent. We dismiss the notion of ‘demon possession’ altogether, in its many forms, not even just the ‘spooky’ ways it can manifest.
There are many in our country right now that do not even realize we are at war for our freedom. They think its a ‘new’ and hip thing, this socialism that so many want, and that everyone who comes to our borders is a harmless little bunny. They refuse to see that most of those crossing illegally are in fact criminals [the very nature of crossing ‘illegally’, which NONE of us would do to emigrate to another country!]. They refuse to see that socialism always engenders poverty and a dictatorship. Historically proven time and again. And they refuse to see that a democratic republic is the longest surviving successful from of free government ever created, and that America’s freedoms and abundant prosperity, while hanging in the balance here at home, are the envy of the world. In much the same way, believers are oblivious to the fact that there is a war on for their souls. The ‘once saved always saved’ lie has sent many into a stupor of faithless living and surrender to all manner of sin. The ‘works for salvation’ lie has caused many in fact to be the puppets of demons. And in the meantime, people within the realm of faith are struggling with all manner of ‘battles,’ and thinking there is NO HOPE. And, those who DO have the glimmer of an idea that we are at war, go to war alone, thinking they are some sort of super-hero not in need of an army.
I have been seeing this for a long time. But, recently, I have begun to PRAY AND fast. Specifically for people I know who are beguiled by this world and the lies of HaSatan, in the form of perversions they have accepted into their lives in defeat. And the prayer Yeshua instructed us to pray, albeit tongue-in-cheek, is part of this pursuit: “He had compassion on them, because they were tired out and scattered, like sheep which have no shepherd. So He said to His Talmidim, ‘The harvest is great, and the laborers are few; therefore urge the owner of the harvest to bring more laborers to his harvest’.”
The first part of the book of Romim could have been [and in a way was] written to our country, a country founded on Judeo-Xtian ideas. As such, I’ve slightly re-worded part of it to the first person:
“For, from the very creation of the world, the invisible things of Elohim have been clearly seen and understood by His creations, even His eternal power and divinity; so that you are without excuse. For you knew Elohim, and did not glorify Him and give thanks to Him as Elohim, but became vain in your imaginations, and your hearts were darkened so that you could not understand. And while you thought within yourselves that you were wise, you became fools, and you have changed the glory of the incorruptible Elohim for an image made in the likeness of corruptible man, and in the likeness of birds, and of four-footed beasts, and of creeping things on the earth. That is why Elohim also gave you up to uncleanness through the lusts of your hearts, to dishonor your own bodies among yourselves ; and you have changed the truth of Elohim for lies, and worshipped and served the created things more than your Creator, to whom belongs glory and blessings forever. Amein. Therefore Elohim gave you up to vile passions; for even your women have changed the use of their natures into that which is unnatural; and likewise also your men have left the natural use of the women and have run wild with lust toward one another, male with male committing shameful acts, and receiving in yourselves the due recompense of your error. And as you did not consent in yourselves to know Elohim, Elohim gave you over to a vain mind, to do the things which should not be done; being filled with all manner of iniquity, fornication, bitterness, malice, extortion, envy, murder, strife, deceit, and evil thoughts. You are slanderers, backbiters, haters of Elohim, revilers, proud boasters, inventors of evil things, without reason, disobedient to your parents; you have no respect for a covenant. You know neither love nor shalom, nor is there mercy in you . Knowing the judgment of Elohim, that those who commit such things He condemns to death, you not only do them, but also associate with those who practice them.”
This was written to BELIEVERS. How is it we forget that when we read it?
I do NOT condemn ANYONE. But, I plea with those who are reading this who see even a glimmer of it: FIGHT for those who are blind to their captors! Yeshua came, died, went into She’ol and ‘recaptured the captives.’ But He has left the work of freeing others to us!
Again, I wish I had more time to devote to this. But, I barely got this finished this week, although its been brewing for quite some time. I do not mean to call too much attention to evil spirits, but enough of it. Clearly, the scriptures compel us not only to be aware, but to confront. On a personal level, and more importantly, as a Body. As a ‘unit’. An army.
“Adonai gives the word; those who declare the good news are a great army.” ~ Tehillim 68:12