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Many years ago, I knew a pastor who preached fiery, soul-turning sermons, and the peace of God surrounded him like a physical cloak. I also believed he was a great man of God, until I got to know him better. I then found that he was spitefully disobedient to clear-cut Scriptural commandments, but mercilessly strict on trivial religious matters; dreadfully hard-headed and unteachable, and in the end, he revealed himself as an unscrupulous lover of money.
This was very confusing, until the Holy Spirit reminded me of Jesus’ words in Mt. 7:15-20. Jesus did not say, we will know one another by our anointing, peace, gifts, knowledge, charisma, or material wealth. Jesus said we will know one another by our 'fruit;' our continual good (and Godly,) or bad (and evil) behavior.
FALSE GIFTS OPERATING AS THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Testing our own gifts and motives, as well as the gifts, ministry and motives of others in the light of Scripture is another necessary component of our defense against deception.
God sends His angels to help and/or warn His believers when we, or our loved ones, are in trouble.
It is also Scriptural that angels might appear to us under dire circumstances. What’s more, the Holy Spirit Himself, living inside all true believers, is able to guide us and keep us from all harm, (Ps. 23.)
True believers do experience Godly visions and dreams, and the Holy Spirit’s Scriptural gifts of “tongues, divine wisdom, knowledge in Word interpretation, prophecy, the discernment of spirits, and the gift of extraordinary faith to perform healings and miracles,” (1 Cor. 12:4-11.)
Nonetheless, believers must be aware of the fact that the devil is able to counterfeit nearly every gift of the Holy Spirit and miracle of Jesus, just as Pharaoh’s magicians were able to imitate nearly every sign of Moses. We should seriously question situations where angels and other apparitions and/or voices constantly guide believers in unimportant, everyday matters, such as what color shoes to wear, and so on. And we must be extremely skeptical about any gift which manifests itself through guiding angels, moving dots, or any other apparition, allowing the person to ‘see’ into the spirit world on a regular basis.
We must always test the spirits to see whether they are of God, (1 Ths. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) And we should always allow the conviction of the Holy Spirit, through the contextual truth of Scripture, to ‘be the lamp for our feet’ in the unknown darkness of the spiritual world.
Sadly, many false spirits are operating unchecked among the body of Christ. Most believers accept every prophecy, teaching and spiritual manifestation at face value, while God warned in Deut. 28:9-14, ‘You shall not learn to follow the abominations of [pagans.] There shall not be found among you anyone who… practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, (fortune-teller,) or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, (who consults spirits,) or a spiritist, (who manifests or ‘channels’ spirits,) or one who calls up the dead. (Such apparitions are in fact evil spirits, masquerading as the spirits of dead people.) For all who do these things is an abomination to the Lord…’
According to the context of Scripture, the Spirit doesn’t give us a 'know-all' gift, which enables us to judge every situation instantly or prophecy over every person just by looking at them. That is the false ‘gift’ of divination. Sadly, many such ‘gifted’ prophets, like the well-known Kim Clement, are nothing more than fortune-tellers. (I personally experienced his manipulative techniques to extract information from unsuspecting believers while whispering to them, which he then screams out as revelations from God.) Notwithstanding the fact that most of Clement’s prophecies are extremely false, he also invites incredibly false heresies, chaos, and deceptive spirits to get hold of the thoughts and lives of believers through his ungodly declaration, “We want some unaccountable impulse to come into our services…’
Such arrogant disobedience to Jesus’ direct commandment to accountability is rooted in the charismatic declarations of “high” mason Kenneth Copeland, “When I read in the Bible where it says ‘I Am,’ I just smile and say, ‘Yes, I Am too!’”
This means that where Jesus proclaims, “I Am the Resurrection and the Life… I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life… I Am the True Vine… I Am the Good Shepherd…” the false ‘christ’ Kenneth Copeland actually proclaims the same!
And Paul Crouch and others confirm, “We’re God, yes, I Am a little God!”
(Mt. 18:15-19, 1 Cor. 14:29-33; Mt. 24:11 and 5!)
THE SIGN OF JESUS: GREAT, GLOBAL DECEPTION
"Tell us," Jesus’ disciples asked, "when will these [end-times] things be? And what will be the [true] sign of Your coming, and the end of this world?"
Jesus answered, "Take heed that no one deceives you, [for great deception will be the sign which marks the time, (Mt. 24.)] For many false prophets [and teachers] will rise up and deceive many... False christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect, [truly born again believers.] See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, [the christ] is in the desert!' do not go, or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it... for the Kingdom of God is within you."
The God of the Bible is indeed the God of miracles, but Scripture is not about the miracles themselves - it’s all about the God of miracles, Whom we must love and serve. Believers must know that Jesus forbade us to pursue miracle-makers and their great miracle-‘crusades!’
Jesus even rebuked the signs-and-wonders-seeking scribes and Pharisees of His day, saying, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of … the Son of Man, Who will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth…” (Mt. 12:39.)
ARE DOTS, ORBS, COLOR ANGELS AND ANGEL MIRACLES FROM GOD?
Remember, I told about the three 'fairy lights' that came after the man who banged on our garden gate late that night? They were demons, because fairies, fairy lights and fairy-worship under the reign of Fairy Godmother come from ancient Druidic and Celtic worship. Fairies, elves and gnomes are actually evil spirits. However, good and evil are always intertwined in pagan worship. As a result, fairies are mostly perceived as 'good' spirits or angels, but fairies, angels and cupids can also be mischievous, spiteful ‘little’ bullies. Why, some can even reveal themselves for what they really are: downright evil.
In occult and occult-related practices such as New Age color-coding and reiki, (reiki is the laying on of hands in Eastern mysticism, which is fast gaining popularity in Christian circles,) color angels and fairy-lights are also known as orbs.
Although orbs are increasingly Christianized in our day, orbs are the manifestation of demons in the form of white or colored circles, which range from a few centimeters, (little dots or fairy lights,) to a meter in diameter. Parapsychologists also believe that “orbs are spirits or lingering energy from deceased entities." Orbs can appear in many different shapes and colors, but most are white. In occult circles, orbs are viewed as good spirits or ghosts, otherwise known as 'angels.' Some even believe they are “some type of UFO or space aliens." New Agers, pagans, quantum-physicists and spiritualists all proclaim that orbs are “paranormal life forms, spiritual in nature." Hindus and others believe orbs are "the souls of dead people, trapped between dimensions." (Scripturally, of course, this is utter nonsense, as Jesus explained in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, (Luke 16.) Heb. 9:27, “It is appointed for man to die once, and thereafter the judgment.” )
It is common for Hindu healers and other shamans (or witchdoctors) to be in contact with their guiding and helping orbs, as they can clearly see into the spirit world via their “third eye,” presented in Hinduism and Buddhism by the red dot they paint on their foreheads. Shadow chasers or ghost hunters, who research paranormal activity, claim that "red is a color associated with an energy that seems to be on guard duty, often watching over a last outpost, or a loved one who has died." Most of those acquainted with orbs reckon that a red orb can an angry orb, a white orb a holy orb, a black orb an evil orb, and so on. Color has always been used in the physical, mental, and emotional healing rituals of pagans. Thus, New Age practitioners place color angels, or rather, color demons in people through the ritual use of colored crystals and visualization. They teach that wearing certain color clothing, for instance, “can let you absorb color [demons] physically.”
The following also allow people to ‘absorb’ demons quite easily: The ritual consumption of color-coded food and water, and the ritual application of color-coded lights. Different ‘color vibrations’ [or demons,] which one ‘absorbs’ through music and writing, or by watching ‘color vibrant’ shows like ‘Merlyn, Roma, and the Starlight Citadel.’ In various forms, these are presented to children and adults alike, and introduced through colorful TV shows and beautifully illustrated books. Marvel Comics and Marvel Universe are known as ‘Otherworld.’ As many others in the same category, they are based on the mythical Avalon from Celtic and Welsh mythology – or rather, demonology. In reality, the nearly countless occult books, films and TV shows, all disguised as ‘entertainment,’ are attacking millions of unsuspected souls with the same goal in mind. Harry Potter books and films tower head and shoulders above all these.
The ritual application of aromatherapy massages in New Age beauty therapy, and holistic healing therapy such as reiki, reflexology, acupuncture and the like are all infused with demons. In fact, most ‘alternative medicines’ and their practitioners are related to some form of demon and ancestral worship, witchcraft, and the gods of Eastern religions.
It is good to remember that all Eastern practices are permeated with Buddhism and Hinduism. Exercises such as yoga, and ‘sports’ such as karate and judo - even Zen gardening and Zen home decorating, all focus on the strange dragon-gods of Eastern mysticism.
The non-religious use of ordinary medicinal herbs and medicine; non-religious exercise and healthy eating habits, ordinary gardening and home decorating, and ordinary books, entertainment and games do not fall under these criteria. To keep our balance in this dark and deceitful world, we must know that the God of the Bible is the Creator of His entire universe. Colors, crystals and lights were created for our visual pleasure here on earth, and God states that “the dead knows nothing… they will not have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Ecl. 9:5-10.) Therefore, Scripture strictly forbids us to pervert God’s creation as described in this discussion, to consult spirits or to supposedly ‘call up the dead,’ (Jude v. 6-7; Deut. 18:10-14.)
CHRISTIAN ORBS AND ANGEL MIRACLES
Disobedience to Scripture seriously endangers our lives and well-being here on earth, as well as our eternal lives in heaven. Occult practices, especially, open spiritual 'doors' for fairies, orbs and other demons in disguise, to contact humans, harass them, and possess them. Worryingly, these guiding and healing ‘angels’ are increasingly sought after among Christians. While most Christians are not into angel worship as such, many have been deceived to accept these strange entities as the ministering servants of God, His holy angels. Even orbs are invited into some Christian services and welcomed as holy angels. Thus, orbs manifest themselves in exactly the same way in these Christian meetings as in paganism, or plain old occultism.
Angel and orb sightings began in earnest in Charismatic churches in 1997 and are increasing at a phenomenal rate. Not surprisingly, these angel-orb sightings also manifest miracles such as the ‘gold dust’ miracle and the ‘falling angel hair miracle,’ which ‘form out of thin air.’ These phenomena, also complete strangers to the truth of Scripture, were named "The Shekinah Dust Miracle," and "The Shekinah Glory." [Shekinah is the false holy spirit of the occult and Mother Mary of the Roman Catholic Church, not the Holy Spirit of the Bible!]
Regrettably, the poor deceived Christians who seek after these unscriptural ‘miracles’ were never taught to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God.” And so, despite the stern warning of Jesus in Mt. 24 and other passages of Scripture, these Celtic/Druidic fairy demons, masquerading as angels, were loosened upon the souls and lives of thousands of unsuspecting, blood-bought believers!
False doctrines and dangerous, unscriptural practices in church meetings opened massive spiritual doors to the demonic world. As a result, many Christians fell in love with their personal 'guiding' angels, 'guarding' angels, 'ministering' angels, 'healing' angels, ‘miracle’ angels, ‘teaching’ angels and so on, while real angels never draw attention to themselves.
For my part, I can testify that, by God’s grace, a few times over the years, His holy angels did make their presence known to me. However, this only occurred under dire circumstances, when I was in desperate need of God's reassurance, comfort, help and protection. Furthermore, I am, by faith, constantly aware of them by God’s peace that surrounds me.
What’s more, none of these angels ever tried to introduce themselves by name, or make any personal contact with me. Through their complete affiliation with God, holy angels will never attempt to be anything more than the humble servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. They will always focus our attention on Jesus, mostly without an audible word. I can honestly say that holy angels never openly tried to guide or teach me, as that is the work of the Holy Spirit, (Jn. 16:13.) They have never attempted to solve my problems for me, impress me in any way, touch me, laugh with me or mourn with me. The few times they made their presence known to me, they came to do exactly what God had instructed them to do; nothing more, nothing less, and each time, I gave God all the glory, honor and praise!
DELIVERANCE FROM FALSE SPIRITS
Scripture clearly states that angels were created by God and for God. Only God has charge over the angels. Demons, disguising themselves as angels of light, will even pretend to obey humans in order to deceive them, but holy angels will obey no one but the Most High God, (Heb. 1:14; Ps. 91:11.)
Consequently, if you are in contact with a guiding angel, orbs or other spirits – especially if you believe you are in control of ‘your’ angel or angels, you should consider whether you were ever involved in any of the dangerous occult practices mentioned in this discussion.
Remember, God views all occult and pagan practices as idolatry and witchcraft! (1 Cor. 10:14-22.)
As the ‘whole world is in the deceptive power of the evil one,’ (1 Jn. 5:19,) most people fall into demonic traps without thinking. Unscriptural and untested ‘miracles,’ and false teachings and prophecies in churches and other Christian meetings, deceive many believers to unknowingly open themselves up to demonic control.
Through her well-published books and teachings, occultist Linda Goodman introduced thousands upon thousands of star-struck people to astrology, (either through star-sign personality reading or horoscope reading.) Through a lack of Scriptural knowledge, many people also open demonic doors by reading their daily horoscopes, tea-cups, etc., ‘jokingly.’ However, God never thinks any form of idolatry or witchcraft is funny.
Dangerous demonic computer games, TV shows and books are controlling the minds of even Christian people, especially the youth. ‘Traditional,’ tribal, and other cultic initiations ensnared millions more. Motivational speeches, self-enriching seminars and many ‘team-building’ practices such as fire-walking are nothing more than camouflaged demonic initiations into the occult. Fire rituals are especially dangerous. I once heard of someone who, after a burning-coal-walking ritual, (which was disguised as ‘team-building’ fun,) experienced severe burning sensations in his lower legs. His torment had no outward manifestation, medical cause or cure, and drove him nearly insane without any form of relief.
Thousands of occult traps spiritually bind unbelievers, religionists, Christians, and Scripturally born again children of God alike. Think back on your life and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any such active idolatry you might have forgotten, then confess and renounce all those sins by name, and repent from it all. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, to set you free forever, and to seal every door that your sin have opened to the occult world.
From this day forward, fill your mind with true, contextual Scripture from the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to flood your heart and soul with His indwelling presence and power.
It is essential to surrender every area of your life wholly unto God.
Above all, grow in real Scriptural truth of the Word to obey all the precepts of God’s New Testament/Covenant Moral Law. As God grants you wisdom and strength to overcome the battles we all have to face each day, He Himself will then lead you forward in His Everlasting Way of spiritual freedom, blessing, and healing.
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