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Which Army Do You Serve?

April 27, 2009

The following quote is from The Final Quest by Rick Joyner:

The Evil Army

I saw a demonic army so large that it stretched as far as I could see.  It was separated into divisions, with each  carrying a different banner.  The foremost and most powerful divisions were Pride, Self righteousness,  Respectability, Selfish Ambition, and Unrighteous Judgment, but the largest of all was Jealousy.  The leader of this  vast army was the Accuser of the Brethren himself.   I knew that there were many more evil divisions beyond my  scope of vision, but these were the vanguard of this terrible horde from hell that was now being released against the  church.

The weapons carried buy this horde had names on them: the swords were named Intimidation; the spears were named  Treachery; and their arrows were named Accusations, Gossip, Slander and Faultfinding.   Scouts and smaller  companies of demons with such names as Rejection, Bitterness, Impatience, Un-forgiveness and Lust were sent in  advance of this army to prepare for the main attack.  I knew in my heart that the church had never faced anything  like this before.

The main assignment of this army was to cause division.  It was sent to attack every level of relationship — churches  with each other, congregations with their pastors, husbands and wives, children and parents, and even children with  each other.  The scouts were sent to locate the openings in churches, families or individuals that rejection, bitterness,  lust, etc., could exploit and make a larger breech for the divisions that were coming.

The most shocking part of this vision was that this horde was not riding on horses, but on Christians! Most of them  were well-dressed, respectable, and had the appearance of being refined and educated.  These were Christians who  had opened themselves to the powers of darkness to such a degree that the enemy could use them and they would  think that they were being used by God.  The Accuser knows that a house divided cannot stand, and this army  represented his ultimate attempt to bring such complete division to the church that she would completely fall from  grace.

The Prisoners

Trailing behind these first divisions was a vast multitude of other Christians who were prisoners of this army.  They  were all wounded, and were guarded by little demons of Fear.  There seemed to be more prisoners than there were  demons in the army.  Surprisingly, these prisoners still had their swords and shields, but they did not use them.  It  was shocking to see that so many could be kept captive by so few of these little demons of Fear.  These could have  easily been destroyed or driven off if the prisoners had just used their weapons.  Above the prisoners the sky was black with vultures named Depression.  These would land on the shoulders of a  prisoner and vomit on him.  The vomit was Condemnation.  When the vomit hit a prisoner he would stand up and  march a little straighter for a while, and then slump over, even weaker than before.  Again, I wondered why the  prisoners did not simply kill these vultures with their swords, which they could have easily done.  Occasionally a weak prisoner would stumble and fall.  As soon as he or she hit the ground, the other prisoners would  begin stabbing them with their swords, scorning them as they did so.  They would then call for the vultures to begin  devouring the fallen one even before they were dead.

As I watched, I realized that these prisoners thought that the vomit of condemnation was truth from God.  Then I  understood that these prisoners actually thought they were marching in the army of God! This is why they did not kill  the little demons of fear, or the vultures-they thought these were messengers from God! The darkness from the cloud  of vultures made it so hard for these prisoners to see that they naively accepted everything that happened to them as being from the Lord.

The only food provided for these prisoners was the vomit from the vultures.  Those who refused to eat it simple  weakened until they fell.  Those who did eat it were strengthened, but with the strength of the evil one.  They  would then begin to vomit on the others.  When one began to do this a demon that was waiting for a ride would be  given this one and he or she would be promoted to the front divisions.  Even worse than the vomit from the vultures was a repulsive slime that these demons were urinating and defecating  upon the Christians they rode.  This slime was the pride, selfish ambition, etc., that was the nature of the division  they were a part of.  However, this slime made the Christians feel so much better than the condemnation that they  easily believed that the demons were messengers of God, and they actually thought this slime was the anointing of the  Holy Spirit.

Then the voice of the Lord came to me saying, “This is the beginning of the enemy’s last day army.  This is Satan’s  ultimate deception, and his ultimate power of destruction is released when he uses Christians to attack other  Christians.  Throughout the ages he has used this army, but never has he been able to capture so many to be used for  his evil purposes.  Do not fear.  I have an army too.  You must now stand and fight, because there is no longer any  place to hide from this war.    You must fight for My Kingdom, for truth, and for those who have been deceived.”

There are two sources of revelation:  God and Satan.  The question is how can you tell the source of something you are reading or listening to?  Even false prophets claim to be motivated by a love for truth and purity in the church, and they usually truly are.

Prophetic words that come from Satan will have one of two characteristics.  One will be a pollyanna outlook that will lull people into a false security that allows for compromise and sin.  Most Christians with any maturity at all can readily see through these.

There is another type and it is typified by the description of the prisoners above who mistake condemnation for anointing.  Any prophetic ministry that spends the vast majority of time spewing judgment and condemnation in the name of truth and standing for righteousness has the evil one as its source.  If they are continually attempting to destroy the ministry of others and bring forth dirt and even slander and accusation that later turns out to be false, the Holy Spirit is not their teacher.  If you can’t find ministries they are commending in their words, steer clear.  They are as false as the day is long.

The passage above gives a very beautiful allegorical picture of their actions.  They stab and tear those who fall, and just radiate condemnation and judgment.  Any person or group that sets itself up as being superior to others is in deception.  Beware.

Jesus, however, gave us some good principles to judge prophetic words by.

Luke 6:44 – 45

44Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Even when Jesus brings rebuke to his church, he still has words of encouragement and hope:

Revelation 2:1-7

1“To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: 2I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 5Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

The Father, likewise has shown his heart towards his people, even when they are in sin:

Hosea 9:15-16

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,
I hated them there.
Because of their sinful deeds,
I will drive them out of my house.
I will no longer love them;
all their leaders are rebellious.

16 Ephraim is blighted,
their root is withered,
they yield no fruit.
Even if they bear children,
I will slay their cherished offspring.”

Hosea 11:7-9

7 My people are determined to turn from me.
Even if they call to the Most High,
he will by no means exalt them.

8 “How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboiim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.

9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim.
For I am God, and not man—
the Holy One among you.
I will not come in wrath.

Prophecy is to speak forth the mind and will of God.  If you are speaking, God’s words, they will have God’s character about them.  Even in the harshest rebuke, he has compassion for his people and encourages them to repent.  Even when the Father brought destruction upon Judah for its sin and failure to repent, he spoke these words:

Jeremiah 29:10-14:

10 This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. [b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

God’s heart is ALWAYS redemptive because while we were yet sinners and an enemy of God, Christ died for us.

Minsters are people and as people, they will screw up.  They will sin.  They will do the most amazingly stupid things.  And they will repent and God will forgive them.

But how do you judge a ministry?  Again, you look at the fruit.

  1. Are people getting saved?
  2. Are people falling more in love with Jesus?
  3. Are people seeking to be more Christlike in the way they live?
  4. Is the vast majority of the dealings of the ministry done with integrity?
  5. Does the ministry hold to the elemental truths of the faith?

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Maker of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

    Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried;

    He descended into hell.

    The third day He arose again from the dead;

    He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    the holy catholic church;
    the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting.

    Amen.

Anything that Jesus is involved with is going to look and sound a lot like him.  And that’s the bottom line.  Do you see Jesus in their words and actions?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandy permalink
    April 27, 2009 7:09 pm

    What wonderful scripture for all of us to reflect on. Thank you so much. I know there were many lessons being taught in all of them, but all I could see was how much God loves us and how as I have been trying to say over and over, even in His wrath, even in His displeasure with what we may do, God still has mercy, and thank you so much for giving me the scriptures I needed, truly this is a work of God’s love for us.

    You know one of the sins God hates more than any is “those who always are bringing discord between the brethern.” Forgive me I cannot recall where it is at in the Bible but I want to say Proverbs. If I am wrong please correct me. I am not one who just jumps on a vision just because someone says they have one, but I can truly see this one myself in all that was said. My fear is, if this does not stop in years to come people will be put to death again, for the difference in beliefs. In fact some have already started. How can this glorify God?

    Thank you so much Rahab, for your blogs. They are informative, as well as Christlike. I have not been beaten up one time here. God Bless, Sandy

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