Prophets are not self-appointed. As God's spokesperson, the prophet's or prophetess' role is to warn the Body of Christ through prophetic venue where the Body is straying from holiness, where she is missing the mark and needs to realign her pathway to glory. The prophet's role in speaking for God is to locate the specific place of error. For that reason, we have been addressing the thing that the Lord pointed out in this vision is burdening Him.
We dare not dodge our job of disclosing God's supernaturally given Word lest we be in contempt of our call to watch on the wall and warn when the enemy approaches. Not only does a prophet or prophetess reveal the burden of the Lord about matters related to His flock but also to divulge controversies He might have with other peoples [Jeremiah 25:31] as they affect His children and the whole of His fallen creation.
Thankfully, God has many prophetic outlets with which to enlighten the sheep in these dangerous dark days of deception. We are not the only ones issuing warning of trouble ahead in this matter. Charisma Magazine has also questioned the propriety of seeking angelic experiences:
J. Lee Grady, the Charisma Editor who wrote the piece containing the above quote is sympathetic with the charismatic movement as we are and welcomes the supernatural in Pentecostal meetings as we do. He visited the revival early on and saw what was happening for himself. Although compassionate towards people yearning for harvest rain, Mr. Grady admits something disturbed him.
Not wanting to be called a heresy hunter, he searched his heart to see if he had a religious spirit and even conversed with other respected ministry leaders for their input about what was going on. His conclusions are written in an article posted in the Charisma Magazine for May 2008. They are very similar to those the Holy Spirit has given us. His conclusions are to beware of strange fire, bizarre manifestations, and hype and exaggeration.
Our advice to prospective participants is very similar. Test the spirits and determine if you want an impartation of what is being imparted because once you open yourself up to deluding spirits, you have voluntarily offered yourself to whatever spirit you receive. Some people have reported that they had experiences they didn't bargain for when they returned home. Furthermore, Jesus said that in the last days before His return, the evil one would come with powerful lying signs and wonders [2 Thessalonians 2:11] to deceive the very elect.
In the Church Age, dreams, visions, and prophecies are not condemnations, but exhortations to consider the possibility of what is being prophesied. Consider that something nonproductive and perhaps offensive and contrary to the Word of God is possible. I use the word 'possibility' advisedly because seers cannot discern for the sheep. Furthermore, they are not judges of God's servants. All they are accountable for is to deliver the message targeting the point of vulnerability for the sheep.
Having explained in the Forward that this vision is directly related to the newly begun healing revival, I hasten to say that it only addresses one facet of it. We feel strongly about refraining from judging the whole of this move of God and especially not to judge those whom He has called to carry it out. We love all the Body because they are our brethren; and hence, we want to make it very clear that our only motive in speaking forth this utterance from the Lord is to be obedient to our personal call to deliver whatever is on God's heart at a given moment.
This communication is merely a short sound bite of our Father's work
in bringing His flock to one mind in Christ, to the stature of Jesus.
The true church will hear the Shepherd's voice and not be swayed by
new doctrines promoting new experiences that misalign with sound doctrine [Titus
1:9]. Hear Paul's urgent appeal:
The foregoing passage encapsulates the reason God sent this vision. He sent a red flag rising off the tablet in red letters dripping with blood, the sign for the life of the flesh, to warn the Body not to be deceived by cunningly crafted guided imagery into the spirit world. I do not believe the flag was sent to condemn anyone indulging in playful activity with spirit guides, but alert them to the hazards of a cavalier attitude toward messing around in the spirit world. It is a loving exhortation to concentrate totally on the One who paid the full horrific price for our redemption.
Far be it from us to tell anyone to abstain from the fire falling because it might be Holy Spirit fire. Rather, we are urging people to partake of the streaming waters cautiously. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world [1 John 4:1]. See who is being exalted the most in these meetings. Is it Jesus?
Remember that what starts out good can wind up bad as is noted by King Solomon's life achievement in building the Temple of God. He ended up losing the personal glory God gave him as well as the throne lineage by mixing truth with error, by introducing false worship into Israel through the numerous temples he built to foreign gods in the very proximity of God's holy Temple. Spiritual compromising is serious business.
I will not ruminate about the reported fire at these meetings in Florida. Anyone can learn all about it on the web and judge it for himself or herself because the Internet is filled with dialogue, videos, articles, and confabulation via blogs regarding this move in the church. Again we at Whitestones Ministries are not opposed to supernatural spiritual activity at meetings because we believe all God's people should be walking in the miraculous, not just the leaders of the church. Jesus Himself said that …he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also…[John 14:12]. This pretty well settles the fact that Jesus expects miraculous manifestations of Holy Spirit power from all His followers.
Therefore, for the record, we are not speaking disparagingly about the miracles nor about the strange fire manifesting because we were not told in this vision to judge those things except as they relate to stealing God's glory. This vision said nothing about the experiences per se. All we were given is the fact that God is grieved about 'the church stealing His glory from His people'. Therefore, it is not the spiritual activity that we are addressing but the source from which it stems because that is what the Spirit has revealed and confirmed is the problem.
God has always been in the business of doing things in different and strange
ways, even foolish ways to confound the smug, worldly wise [1
Corinthians 1:27]. Thus, we refuse to condemn anyone's experience lest we unwisely
blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, if God speaks about a matter
as He has in this message, we cannot keep silent or we could be held accountable
for contempt of heavenly court.
The Spirit has shown me that it is the extreme spirituality of angelic activity which is causing alarm. Most believers agree that angels are categorized into two basic groups, holy and unholy. All of them are very powerful and desire to please their overlord. Satanic angels work to please satan, and holy angels to do the will of the Father of Lights [James 1:17], the Creator of all angels.
Angels have the capability to transform themselves into various manifestations to the human eye. They have the capacity, but they do not have the right. Not being made of the substance of the earth, they are illegitimately trespassing the boundaries God has set for them whenever they make appearances on earth [Jude 6]. This order by the Almighty is notwithstanding whenever God wants to use them to carry out His will and get messages to earthlings.
Matter may appear to be steady, stagnant, and solid, but in truth, stationary static substances have miniscule vibrations invisible to the human eye and possibly imperceptible to electron microscopes. Because all matter is a form of energy, it occupies a point on the electromagnetic spectrum. And since matter came from the breath of God, when He spoke things into existence, things became alive and vibrating with an intrinsic frequency – the planet and everything in it, even the stars, comets, and celestial objects. All angels need to do is change the frequency of their energetic substance to that of whatever it is they want to manifest, and considering the manifold accounts of angelic visitations, they obviously have the intelligence to do it.
God's Throne Is In The Heavens……..Invisible to Human Eyes
Jeannette found herself in this vision in the center of the universe where God's throne resides [Psalms 11:4; 103:9] although invisible to human eyes. She was purposely taken to the source of lights to receive this word of warning to the church. Evidently, the Father wanted to indelibly imprint upon her soul this burden He has in such a way so that she would not be afraid to deliver it to the church because it speaks to a powerful moving in spirituality. Indeed, at the end of the visitation she was consumed by it and is thus constrained to speak it forth.
Angels should neither be feared nor reverenced by believers. They were created to be ministers for the heirs of salvation [Hebrews 1:14] and were never meant to control people or things in this physical world. When they do, it is through seduction of men's wills either overtly or covertly.
Because there is a growing emphasis on angels in the prophetic arm of the church, could that be the reason God sent this message? This section of the Body is preparing the church to move into extreme spirituality involving angelic activity. In short, it is enticing to fellowship in the realm of the spirit with angels for which guides are needed – angelic guides – because the church has not passed this way before. They are softening the church up to receiving angels as spirit beings with whom we commune on a daily basis sort of like having a pet dog or cat.
One of the goals of extreme spirituality is to matriculate in the glory world. Is that why spirit guides are needed? And could that be why God said that the church was stealing His glory? Do we need anything other than the Holy Spirit which we already have living within us to guide, direct, and manifest God's glory to His people? Isn't that why He was sent [John 14:26; 16:13-15]? Why are angels needed when we have the power source to accomplish the impossible already at work within us? Indeed, we have …him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us [Ephesians 3:20]. All we need is faith in the Word of God to bring forth the glory of God.
The address after the English sentence expressing God's burden signified that it came from above, from His dwelling place in heaven and not the devil's abode below.
Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? asks the preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes. His answer was no, it hath been already of old time, which was before us [1:10]. Angelic visitations are no exception. In fact, they were becoming a hazard for the first century Christians. Listen to Paul warn the believers about worshipping angels.
Paul exhorted the Colossians then as God is warning His flock today in this vision to be careful about the possibility of being drawn away from Christ's centrality by the worshipping of angels. It could cost you rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Worship means to give great honor and respect to a deity – any idol of the imaginations of the mind as was noted in the book of Ezekiel in the Preface. Ardent devotion or adoration of angelic presences is tantamount to worshipping them. Spending too much time seeking their help or fellowship in guided imagery steals time away from learning about Jesus in His Word.
What do you spend the most time on? An honest analysis of this question can reveal who or what you worship. Some people say that Christians shouldn't worship the Bible. Isn't the Bible the Word of God? And is not Jesus the Word of God [John 1:1-4,14]? Jesus and the Word are one. Spending time in the Word is spending time with Jesus. Anything that interferes with learning who we are 'in Christ', what we can do 'in Him', and what we have 'in Him' will defraud believers of the greatest …prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus [Philippians 3:14]. We can succeed in life without learning about angels but we can do nothing for eternal profit without Jesus [John 15:5].
People are being taught how to invoke angels to do the work the Holy Spirit is supposed to do. The Holy Spirit is the one who manifests God's glory, not angels. Can you see why God would be grieved? Angels are stealing His glory. As was the case in Paul's day, angels have names today such as 'Emma' who is credited with starting several recent moves of God and the 'Winds of Change' angel whom the leader of the revival calls the healing angel of his meetings. He also has contact with financial angels whom he says brings him money when he needs it to further his work in the church.
In the early church, false teachers justified invoking angels and calling them by name on the ground that the law was given by angels. Irenaeus, a student of Polycarp who fellowshipped with Apostle John, wrote of this practice in his treatises, and it continued until the Council of Laodicea in 360 C.E. It had become widespread to the extent that an article was included in the Council's final statements against the 'invokers of angels'.
Could this infiltration of angelic activity have been the reason Jesus
said the Ephesian church, the first listed in the book of Revelation,
of which Irenaeus was a part, had lost its first love [2:4]? Could the
fires of Holy Spirit glory have been traded for the pseudo fires of
seducing spirits? There is no question that the Spirit of God's power
is greater than that of angels, but the Spirit, being holy, does not
force Himself on people to show His greater dominance without the Father's
direction. Herein lies the danger:
Invocation of angels according to the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary's historical account above caused new believers (pagans in the early Christian era) to accept this practice as Biblically sound, hence, including it in their worship. Eventually, icons, the veneration of dead saints, and supra-normal manifestations of spirits became an accepted practice in the Catholic Church and by the time of the Sardis church era representing the period of Reformation, the church was virtually dead according to Jesus: …thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead [Revelation 3:;1]. There seems to be some correspondence here that might be profitable to research.
Could the red letters dripping with blood in the vision forebode the reason Jesus had nothing good to say about the last Laodicean church? Note that it was the Council of Laodicea that pronounced against the 'Angelici' as Augustine called them. Laodicea and Colosse were both located in the Phrygian area where this error persisted without correction until the Laodicean Council of 360 C.E.
Another consideration concerning this error is the fact that Jesus prophesied that as it was in the days of Noah before the flood cleansing event, so will it be in the days before God cleanses the earth by fire [Matthew 24:37]. He was alluding to the reason for the flood. From Genesis chapter six we know that there was an inundation of angels who corrupted the earth with their presence. Could this seemingly innocuous manifestation of healing angels and supra-normal experiences out of the spirit realm be the focus of Jesus' remark that as in the days of Noah, so shall it be just before His return to establish His Kingdom? Have the 'Angelici' of Laodicea returned, which might be the reason Jesus named the last church Laodicea?
Like Paul, we are not fixating on the nature of angelic activity per se, but on the error of walking by senses (experiencing) rather than by faith in the unseen Head and righteous Judge of all things. 'Experiencing' the supernatural seems to be a strong magnet attracting people to these meetings. Does not 'experiencing' feed the flesh and isn't it the spring from which cravings for sensuality stem?
Moreover, as Paul put it in Colossians 2:18, extreme spirituality might lead to false humility and pride – people puffed up and glorying in the fact that they have commandeered personal angels with whom they can fellowship. The extreme spirituality promoted today is therefore not new as we have seen in Paul's letter to the Colossians.
Is not the mysticism of spiritualized worship in the Catholic Church that which promotes idolatry in the form of worshipping statues and venerating physical objects? Is it any different than esteeming gold dust, orbs, gems, heavenly manna, and supernatural appearances of material things and beings? This activity of late seems to fulfill what Paul prophesied in 1 Timothy 4:1 where he says, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.
one think that in order to get into the presence of God you must
loud noises, booms, bams, flashes of light, or falling under the power,
may I remind you that Elijah did not find God in spectacular physical
displays of power – strong winds that rent the mountains and
brake in pieces the rocks, nor in the rattling earthquake that followed,
in the fire storm that fell after that. Rather, after those things came
a still small voice bringing forth
the Words that God had 7,000 that had not bowed the knee to false gods
and that Elijah's work was not over yet [1 Kings
19:9ff]. So God's calling
is most often in a still small voice, an inward witness that He has something
He wants you to do. Flamboyant, loud, thunderous events in themselves
do not testify to the presence of God.
God is not mad at anyone in the church because He loves all His children
Because Jesus is coming very soon, the spiritual conflict of the ages is heating up and deception is satan's ace trump. Believers must not throw caution to the wind and accept whatever happens in the church as gospel. Don't follow crowds, follow Jesus because if fifty million people say a foolish things, it is still a foolish things. Big or small the world is flooded with false cults masquerading as Jesus' church. We at Whitestones Ministries urge you to stay with the Word and contend for the faith once delivered [Jude 3] because the way things are shaping up in the world with mega-catastrophes and Middle Eastern agenda bent on destroying Israel, Jesus' trumpet call for our wedding cannot be too far away.
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|From Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.) Scripture reference Colossians 2:18 (all)|
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