35. WHO ATTACKS THIS ARMOR?
Betrayal, Lying, and Discord spirits
The devil likes to put lying and discord into congregations of believers. It may be in a local church, a Bible study, a Christian college, or a Christian message board. For years, witchcraft and satanists have been targeting message boards and churches, with the goal of infiltrating, and stay un-discerned, unrecognized. They have come, and sometimes are discerned, and revealed. They come to offend, and do iniquity. To stay undetected, they lie, and deceive.
They sow dissension, and create debate against the truth. Some will pretend to be of one persuasion, and some of another, but all will attack truth. The discord they sow, seeks to have the harvest of
costing souls from the kingdom of the Lord.
Matthew 13:39, 41
"The enemy that sowed them (the tares) is the devil... They (the angels of God) shall gather out of His kingdom, all things (or ones) that offend and that do iniquity."
The ones who allow this obsession of demons to lie, sow discord, and betray. These will someday soon be judged, and taken from the church, for they hinder the revival of the last days. We call this judgment the ‘harvest of the tares’ and it is the judgment of the church that Peter spoke of, saying that even the ‘righteous shall scarcely be saved."
"And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Ischariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him."
Lies, deceit, betrayal and the stirring up of discord is common among the demon possessed, and demon obsessed. They justify it, and do not see such as wrong. The demons have convinced many that lying and deceit are ‘holy’ for them.
Jealous demon spirits
I Samuel 16:14
"But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him."
This evil spirit was from God in the sense that God allowed the spirit to trouble Saul in a way that it could not before the Lord withdrew His Spirit. Evil spirits want to trouble persons. And the way that they do, is often to create jealousy. Jealousy troubles the one with it, much more than it troubles the other person. Saul was engulfed with jealousy of David.
I Samuel 18:8-10
‘the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied..."
Saul prophesied against David, given the inspiration to do so, from the demon, with the prophecy falsely claiming to be of God.
We have seen jealous spirits do the same, by making some with the obsessing spirit telling them that their message was from God, they prophesy death, insanity, and evil upon children of God. The prophecies do not happen, and some who are sure that it was God Who gave them such prophecy, will await, bu those evil prophecies are unfulfilled. For the instigator of the prophecies, was not the One we know to be Truth, nor from His Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.
Jealousy demons abound in religious circles today. Many ministries are attacked, many churches are attacked, for no better reason than jealousy. The evil spirits know that this is an easy sin with which they can lure the carnal Christian.
Jezebel, wife of Ahab, controlled Ahab, controlled the nation controlled the prophets of Baal, that she brought into the country,
had Naboth killed when she could not control him, and tried her best to control Elijah. She was the one who mixed heathenism with the true faith, and this is the area wherein the spirit that influenced Jezebel works today yet.
Trying to mix Christian doctrine with the ideas and doctrines of devils brings that spirit and the person it is obsessing into conflict and opposition from prophets, pastors, etc. The jezebel spirit will plot, plan, scheme, work diabolically to control the people, and even the prophets and pastors.
Critical attacking, said and unsaid (but implied threats), intimidation, gossip, rumor, false accusation, and deceit are common tactics of this spirit.
Many are found in the times of pre-judgment from God, and of revival time. For the devil gets more concerned with stopping what God is doing.
Revelation 2:20-23 shows that the church of Thyatira had a ‘woman’ who was obsessed with a ‘Jezebel’ spirit. Jesus speaks to the woman, and to the spirit that is like unto jezebel. This woman was being permitted to ‘teach and seduce’ the people to allow fornication, eat things offered to idols. These evil things, that this woman wanted to bring into the church, brought her into a battle for control. Thyatira was criticized for ‘suffering her’... or permitting her the control she sought.
When this spirit works, the people they use may not be possessed by
the demon. Often, and most of the time, they are Christians, who are into some error of doctrine, and the jezebel spirit sits on their shoulder, so to speak, and suggests evil ideas, and need of control of the prophet or pastor.
The prophet, if he/she recognizes this identity who is using this person, will often speak to the ‘spirit’, and call to the jezebel spirit. It is not the obsessed one to whom he/she speaks, but the spirit obsessing the other. Jesus does that here, and Jesus did the same kind of thing, when a ‘spirit of fear’ obsessed (not possessed)Peter, and Jesus spoke directly to the ‘satan’ afflicting Peter’s mind.
II Chronicles 33:6 tells us that Manasseh, "Used witchcraft and dealt with a familiar spirit." Witchcraft spirits seek to use demons to help carnal saints who pray for things that God would never do. For instance, if a ‘so called saint’ prayed for a person of God to be slain, harmed, plagued, etc. God would not answer that prayer. For it is against His will. But demons would love to attempt to do so, and with the prayer of the carnal saint, acting like a battering ram against the hedge about the child of God they are praying against, the demons seek to do what the carnal saint has prayed.
The witchcraft spirits seek to get carnal saints to pray such prayers, and then get demons, themself included, to attack the person. Doing such is ‘witchcraft’, and we are warned of God of witchcraft being active in churches, and in some who think themselves to be ‘saints’.
In Galatians 5:19-21, we find ‘witchcraft’ listed as one of the works of the flesh. Spirits of witchcraft seek to encourage this in people. But those ‘saints’ who get involved in this sin, succumbing to the obsession of the witchcraft evil, are told they ‘shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
Spirits of fear
II Timothy 1:7
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
The spirits of fear, destroy with their obsessing ideas given to saints, the power, the love, and the sound mind, saints should have. To destroy the faith, hope, assurance, and peace of persons of God, the spirits of fear often obsess saints.
They whisper fears, concerns, potential troubles to the mind of the saints, and let fear grow within them.
Peter was not possessed of a devil, when Jesus said to him... "Get thee behind Me, satan." (Matthew 16:21-23). Rather, Jesus was speaking to the spirit of fear, that was putting into Peter’s mind, fear of what Jesus had just told him of.
Jesus had just told him that He was going to Jerusalem, to ‘suffer’, and ‘to be killed." Peter rebuked Jesus, and did not want to allow that to happen. The spirit of fear was beginning to get a grip on Peter’s mind, and kept doing such, that in a short while, had Peter so fearful, that Peter denied knowing the Lord, three times, fearful of a maid who pointed her finger.
Later, this same Peter, could stand boldly before thousands, and preach Jesus, or before ‘tribunals’ which were threatening Peter,
and still Peter did not fear. But here, a demon obsessed Peter.
Jesus rebuked this demon, and Peter for allowing that fear to grip him.
Rebuking Christians for demons that obsess them from time to time,
is not a popular job. But we are to discern, to rebuke, to hinder the workings of devils.
Jannes and Jambres spirits
II Timothy 3:8-9
"now as Jannes and Jambres withstood (Greek, anthistemi, meaning ‘to place against’)Moses, so do these also resist (same word, ‘anathistemi) the truth, men of corrupt minds, reprobate (Greek, adokimos, disapproved, castaway, rejected) concerning the faith,
but they shall proceed no further, for their folly (Greek, anoia, senselessness) shall be manifest, unto all men, as theirs was also.
Some who are ‘castaway’, i.e. backslidden, or ones who never were truly in the faith, but are in the church, planted there as tares by the devil, will be obsessed, perhaps even possessed by these demons like unto Jannes and Jambres.
Jannes and Jambres, were the two sons of Balaam, and were the magicians who through demonic powers turned their rods to snakes, and did other miracles. When disgraced by the plagues, and their inability to stop them, they pretended a conversion, and left Egypt with the Israelites. Ancient writings tell us more about them, for by name, we only know of them by this verse in Timothy. But obviously, Paul knew more about them, and if he had been the only one to know about them, he would have told more. But many knew of these two ‘opposers’ of Moses.
The devils use such ones, down through the ages, to oppose ministries. They battle, hate, despise, berate, curse, hinder, attack, and even seek to kill the ministers of the Lord. We see some who have this evil spirits of Jannes and Jambres in our churches, doing a constant work of attacking and opposing.
Like Jannes and Jambres, sometimes, for a short time, they will try to look harmonious with the person they attack. But shortly, their evil nature of opposing is seen. They may want others to think them ‘spiritual’ and ‘holy’, but they have a hard time justifying their constant barrage of hatred, evil, and vengeance on the persons of God.
There are other kinds of evil spirits at work, and we have looked at some of the main ones. But we must learn how to rebuke, bind, send away, and abyss these evil spirits The garments we wear, the armor we put on, make us able to battle these evil spirits, both defensively from their attacks, so they do not harm us, and offensively, so we send them out of our lives..