I’m going to put together a whole package of the need of warfare and who we are and what God made us to be. Let’s start out in Revelation 12:9, And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Because we are made of the dust of the earth and we have life because of the Creator, we are a mixture of heaven and earth. Therefore we have the potential of being lord of heaven and earth because we’ve been called to be like Jesus. Not the heaven where God is, but where we are. Everyone, I don’t care who they are, must say, “Lord, I know that I’m in this world and satan has deceived the whole world. Therefore I know that I need to be exposed of the deceptions that I walk in.” I remember the Lord speaking to me one time about a deception and I said, “But Lord, that’s who I am.” And He said, “But I didn’t make you that way.” If God didn’t make you that way, but you are in that place, you’re in deception, pure and simple. The whole world is deceived and I’m in the world. I want to be in the world but not of the world. We must labor, continually examine and be open for the Holy Spirit to show us the deceptions we walk in; where we think we’re something we’re not, or thinking we are in the will of God but we’re not. There are many people I’ve come across who have false tongues. They think they are praying in tongues of the Holy Spirit but they are not. It’s their flesh, unclean spirits, and it makes you crawl when they begin to pray in unclean tongues. They are deceived. So we have to understand that satan, the devil, deceives the whole world. I’m included in that, the whole world.
Then in Revelation 14:13, And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. Now, the difference between those who die in the Lord and those who die not knowing the Lord (thinking they do, but don’t), is the place where they go. Satan came and tried to take Moses, but an angel said, “The Lord rebukes you devil. Get away.” And he took Moses away. In Luke 16 Jesus talks about Lazarus who was saved and the rich man who wasn’t, and they couldn’t mingle with each other. Those who die in the Lord are resting with the absence of satan in their presence. But those who die serving iniquity, or sin, are in a place of torment. There is such fear in hell that it makes you tingle all the time. The tingle is jitteriness. If you’ve ever had jitters, or you’re just scared, that’s the way it is continually without stop. With the absence of God, there is a huge void.
Even those who deny God have the spirit of life which comes from God in them while they are alive, therefore there is a level of fellowship with God in the most heathen person that is in the world. They still have a level of fellowship with the Creator even though they deny him. But when they die, the breath of God is gone and there is such a void in them that it’s great torment, even for one that is heathen. There is great torment and absence of life because God is no longer in him. God gave him the opportunity to have life and live on this earth even though he didn’t follow God, or acknowledge the Creator. Because of that, the only way one who dies unsaved can have any level of fellowship is for them to find someone living they can enter into. They then have a level of fellowship with God through that living person. That’s why they fight to enter into a person. The one man had a legion of unclean spirits, which is around two thousand. Those who serve satan invite demons to come in, or unclean spirits, so that they have more power. Because unclean spirits live in the absence of the presence of God, they have no conscience. Because there is no conscience they don’t care if you are saved. In fact, they don’t want you to have salvation because if you do, they will have to leave at some point in time. If you have any level of understanding, they have to go. So they don’t want you to be saved. They just want some level of fellowship with the Creator so that they don’t go crazy. That’s the circumstance the dead without God find themselves in. But here we see the opposite for those who die in the Lord. They rest from their labor and their works follow them. So let’s look at the works.
Let’s go back to Genesis 1:26, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. That’s why it says in the scriptures that the earth will help you in your warfare. God has given us all of the creation on the earth for our use and our help. All of the earth is going to help us. In Genesis 2:7 it says, And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. He’s taken us from the dust of this earth that causes us to be able to stay on this earth but not go anywhere else in the physical. The clay keeps us earth bound. But when we meet Jesus in the air, our bodies will be changed to accommodate that. We won’t have a flesh body. Many people have the idea they can be cremated and have their ashes scattered across the face of the earth so God won’t be able to find them. But it’s the soul that matters. Scripture says the flesh will go back to the dust of the earth. He’s not going to ever use that again. When you are resurrected, you’ll just be resurrected as a spirit, or energy that is governed by God. The difference between just energy and energy that is obedient to God is that the energy is dressed with obedience to God. We must be dressed with obedience to God to be able to be part of His kingdom and who He is. In Zechariah 3, he takes off the old clothes and puts on new. We are dressed with heavenly clothing so we can be part of the kingdom of God.
We are made in the image and likeness of God. There are two things we are made to be. Who is God? He is the Creator, and He lives in truth, judgment and righteousness. Truth and righteousness are part of the aspect of receiving God in us. But we are all made, whether we are heathen or seeking God, creators. Because God was a creator, we are creators. And the other thing is we are judges who judge. We don’t use this to start with to judge others, but to judge what we’re going to create. How do we create? “I choose to do this. And I’m going to pursue being this.” An atheist says, “I’m not going to believe there is a God, and if I don’t believe there is a God I’m free to do what I want.” Right? That’s why they are atheists. They want to do what they want to do. Those who are atheist have made the choice to create themselves apart from God. In doing that, they continue to make choices in the absence of God to create who they are, what they want to be and how they want to act. In the end, what happens? You have part earth and part heaven, and the two working together creates what you are, called your soul. You create your destiny by making choices, or judgments, and creating who you are. When you stand before God, He will say, “You created a mess. I don’t want you.” Or, “You created what I asked of you by receiving My word and speaking and prophesying My words upon the earth. Come in. Let’s spend eternity together.”
You create your destiny because you are made in the image and likeness of the living God and that’s who you are going to be. You can’t change it after it is over. So you are a creator and a judge of where you want to go, what you want to be, and where your destiny is because God set the standard on the first day of creation. He created the night, which was satan’s kingdom, and the day which is God’s kingdom. The day or the light, and the darkness or the night. On the fourth day He created the sun, moon and stars. The first day was still dark, but He made satan’s kingdom and His kingdom. It was on the earth but when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they weren’t able to promote the kingdom of God like God wanted to. When Jesus came, He renewed them and quickened them back to life so that they could once again live in the kingdom of God. That was the purpose Jesus came for, to renew you back into that place where God wanted us to be all the time. That is, increasing His kingdom. If we’re not doing that, then we are increasing satan’s kingdom. There are only two kingdoms. You either serve satan or you serve God. You don’t serve yourself. If you serve yourself you are serving satan. You’re either serving God or you’re not. Any part of you that’s not serving God is in deception; it has no value and can draw you off the path to God and His will for your life. Who are you going to blame now? Your pastor? Your mom or dad? Your teacher? No, it’s you. That’s it. There isn’t anyone else. You are creating who you are and in that creation you are creating your destiny. That puts sort of a different light on it. But that’s who you are because you are made in the image and likeness of God. God judges and God creates. You are creating; you have the ability with your mouth to speak because by your words you condemn or by your words you bring life. That’s what the Bible says. So you are doing one of those two things and you are creating your destiny.
When you die, your spirit goes back to God, your body goes back to the dust, but your image and likeness is there as you made it, and you will be judged according to that. All God has to do is call up your soul which is very easy for Him. Your soul will stand before Him. The thing that you made. He is not an accuser. God does not accuse, satan does. Therefore if God does not accuse, He’s going to let you do and create what you want done because He’s given you the choice. You choose the way that you are creating yourself and then He looks at it and He says one of two things, “Enter in, thou good and faithful servant.” Or, “You’re full of iniquity. I never told you to do any of those things. Depart from Me you workers of iniquity. I never knew you.” The fruit of your life is in your soul. It’s living. That’s a key. Even the heathen, their soul is living. When you die, that soul can still see on the earth. That soul is living and it can go and try to find a home. Jesus said that a man cast out a spirit, and he cleaned his house out, but he didn’t fill it with God’s presence. When the spirit couldn’t find another home, he came back with seven more who were even more wicked than he was. Is that the truth? That’s what it says. And you’re done. The second stage of who you are will be worse than it was before.
You’ve been made in the image and likeness of God. I hope every time you read that or think about it, it will be different from now on. You are what you make yourself to be. Some of the proof of that is, God spoke to Ezekiel and said, “Son of Man, speak to the bones.” God said, “Just speak to them what I tell you to speak, and watch.” So he prophesied over the bones and they began to rattle and come together. He said, “But there is still no life in them.” God said, “Step aside Ezekiel. Let me put life into them.” That’s His job, not ours. We prophesy for the life to come to them; we prophesy a place for the spirit of life to be, and the bones come together and the muscles and the flesh and skin, and then God breathes into them the breath of life and they become alive once again; which is a symbol of Jesus coming and quickening the dead who are walking around. That proves we have the capacity to prophesy creative works through the Spirit of God.
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. David recognized that in the Lord, when he dies, and when he is alive, his flesh is going to be able to rest in the hope of what is coming. Whether he is alive or dead, he has hope that he is going to rest. Verse 10, For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. In the early stages of his life and writing, David sees areas that he is deceived in. Those areas of deception have put him in hell. He said, “God, get me out of hell and get this corruption off of me!” Verse 11, Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Here David, in the Old Testament, recognized that he was in need of God helping him get out of the grip, the strongholds of deception, and pointing him to the path of life so he can walk in it and have joy.
Jeremiah 51:6, Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense. Babylon represents the fallen state of the church. Babylon fights against God but at one time served Him. So he says, “Flee out of the midst of the false church. Get out of the false church and deliver your creation of who you are out of there, because you are creating destruction.” Don’t be cut off in her iniquity; doing what they want to do. There are some pastors who will do whatever it takes to make the numbers increase. You’re going to be cut off in iniquity if you don’t get your soul out of there.
Verse seven used to puzzle me; Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken. Babylon is a golden cup. A golden cup is a servant of God. He’s not a servant of God in that he serves God, but that He used this person in spite of him not wanting God, so that God could let grow what the people are creating so He knows who is His and who isn’t. In other words, a lot of people think because God is not stopping what they are doing, it must be alright with Him. No, it’s not. What’s happening is, God is letting you bear fruit so He knows who is His, and who is faithful and who isn’t. At the very end, the first thing plucked out of the field in the harvest is the false grain. The weeds are pulled out and thrown in the fire and then the harvest of God’s people takes place. Babylon was a golden cup. I believe that our president today is a golden cup in the hands of the Lord. His wickedness and those who have followed, and literally worshipped him, God will know. Those who worship him are creating who they are and what they will be when they stand before the Lord. Shortly after he became president, he was given the Nobel Peace Prize, and after seven years he has caused the whole world to be mad. Literally. But what does it say here? Verse 7 again, Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Now I want to tell you something. Obama fits that pattern. With the wickedness of who he is and what he has done in destroying and trying to destroy Israel, God’s chosen, how can he be blessed? Verse 8, Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. But it says she didn’t respond and she wasn’t healed, so she was destroyed and never built again.
Matthew 10:25, It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. Our hope is to be like Jesus, who was a creator and a warrior to save souls. Verse 25b-26, If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. God is going to uncover, and in fact is uncovering, the wickedness in this nation right now. Verse 27-28, What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. You can’t destroy one person’s soul. It’s not possible. Only God can destroy the soul. Man cannot change that. I can’t change the image of who you are making yourself to be. One could take a gun and shoot you, and your body would die, but your soul would still be alive, because He made it a living soul. So your image will be living either in heaven or in hell. It’s a living soul.
Matthew 10:34-36, Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Jesus came to take a sword and divide houses. The father and son, mother and daughter, in-laws and out-laws, he’s separating all of them. For what? I thought he came to bring peace. That’s what everyone tells me. Jesus said, “You think I came to bring peace, but I came to bring a sword. I came to cause division.” That division is not of the heathen, but in the church. He came to bring division in the church for one reason. Verse 37, He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. So if you love your family more than you love the Lord, you’re not worthy to be in His presence for eternity. Jesus said that, I didn’t. I’m just reading what He said. What does that mean? What did Jesus come to do? He came to bring a new covenant of relationship and there are only a few who want relationship with Jesus, because in that relationship you have to change. Therefore He said, I’m going to divide those who want Me and want to change, from them that are in their traditions, who are in perdition, and refuse to have relationship with Me. So you see, Jesus came for one purpose: to make covenant with His followers, and help them come out of the deception of satan. Jesus said He was born in a wicked and perverse generation. It seems as though every three to four generations gradually go from seeking God to not wanting God. A new generation has to come and find God again. Each generation loses a little bit of the fire from the generation that re-found God. You can see that. I can see it in my lifetime, from where it was when I was a young man to now, it’s like night and day. They’ve gone from the presence of God to being full of hell, full of the presence of demonic activity. So He came to separate and divide with the sword. He says, I came not to send peace but I came with a sword to divide, and I’m going to release my covenant upon those that choose me over their family. If you do that, your family will call you Beelzebub. You are no good in their eyes. But in God’s eyes, you’re ready to make covenant with Him, and create the image of Christ in you. Which do you want?
We’re going to get a little deeper now. Matthew 8:22, But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. How many of you have ever seen dead bury dead? Apparently it’s not those that are pushing flowers will come back and help bury somebody so they can help push flowers too. It’s something different. God looks at those who don’t have the life of the Father and the Son in them as dead people. Let the dead who don’t have covenant with Me, that are creating satanic activity, which is iniquity, bury the dead. You’re creating it and so therefore you are considered in the eyes of Jesus, a dead person. Let the dead bury the dead. In Luke 9:60 it says let the dead bury the dead, and you go out and preach the kingdom of God.
Matthew 23:27, Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! That’s all the religious leaders. He wasn’t speaking to the little guy who comes into the church and wants to know God and the preachers tell him what they think he ought to be and how he ought to act. Verse 27 continued, For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. When I was a boy they sprayed the dairy barns with white lime to keep the germs down. When I see this whited sepulchers that’s what I think of, nice and white and clean. There’s no spiders there or anything and that’s just wonderful. Now, a person who is dead, the only thing that is left of him is bones. So Jesus is talking about a human being who died living in them. They are full of all uncleanness. That is called an unclean spirit. He just described it. A dead man’s bones are in you. You’re a sepulcher that houses the dead. The death of the lost because they come to live in you. Many people think they don’t have any unclean spirits but there are voices that speak to them all the time and condemn them. I’ve told you about my experiences before I knew what was going on. Something would speak to me and say, “You dummy, you think this is really going to work?” And I would talk back and say, “I don’t know, but they are letting me do it.” So I would keep right on praying. I didn’t know what it was. But one day it was like, “What is that speaking to me? That isn’t me. I don’t call myself stupid. I don’t call myself crazy. Who’s saying that?” One of my ancestors that doesn’t want me to move outside of being dead. Because if I became a new creation they have to start leaving.
Once a spirit told me, “You sure made a mess of things.” I said, “You’re right,” and I put it down in the bottomless pit. It wasn’t too long until they said, “Get me out of this place.” But I said, “Nope. Not doing it. You created who you are, and you’re where you belong.” Verse 28, Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Iniquity is self-centeredness, doing what you want. Jesus used the same word when He said, “Depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you.” That tells you everything you need to know about what iniquity is. Iniquity keeps you from a relationship with God so that you are not known by Him if you continue to do that. He doesn’t live in the presence of uncleanness, which is familiar spirits, ancestors keeping you around the family tree. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. You’re the apple and if you don’t get out of there you will be like the other apples in that tree. You have to get out of that Babylonian thing and save your soul or you will be in hell. It’s pretty serious business. You think you’re sneaky? You think you’re getting away with things? You aren’t getting away with anything. You’re creating it, and you’re going to live with what you create.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And if you are dead, walking around, He can resurrect you from that dead place and make you alive in the kingdom of God, and change your destiny and save your soul. That’s what He came for. To save your soul from the hell that you’re creating. You have to stop and let Him take over so you don’t create that thing anymore. But you can’t stop doing it yourself, because you’re deceived. He, with His light, shows you who you are. In John 16 He says that the Comforter will come and convince you of sin because you don’t believe Him, and of judgment, and righteousness. He’s going to teach you to make the right choices and He’s going to give you the righteousness of God and not your righteousness so you’re not deceived. Your righteousness is deception, but His righteousness has light in it and will show you the path. Then you will create the image of Christ in you, because of your choices.
Romans 8:10, And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If Christ comes in you, His light exposes the deadness in your body because of the sin that’s in you. He covers it with His blood so you don’t continue to live like the world. But as God increases you, then step by step the world leaves you, leaves your dead body that is not being used any more for the fellowship of the world. But the Spirit is life because when God comes in you, He teaches you righteousness, that is, the ways of the kingdom of God and not your way, so that you won’t be deceived because you walk in truth. Righteousness is truth and mercy. If you believe God, then He’ll teach you truth and mercy and you will then begin to walk in righteousness. Verse 11, But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. How does he quicken you? Your flesh then dies, goes into the ground, and a new creation is created. It’s the same as a kernel of corn. Unless the kernel of corn dies it cannot produce an ear. If you die to the old life and are resurrected you will have a harvest of fruit that is eternal. And you create that by the words God gives you that come from Him. Not your pastor, not someone else, but that come from Him. They may come through the word of God, or He speaks directly to you. It may also come from someone who has the spirit of life in them who helps you. One of those three ways, or all of them.
Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Those four have the potential to receive a reward. Not everyone can have the prophet’s reward. God calls his prophets. There are many who think there are no prophets but there are. There have always been prophets and there always will be. They are ones who speak and help people come out of the areas they can’t see. If you honor a prophet you’ll receive a prophet’s reward; you’ll begin to create an image in the likeness of Jesus. To the saints; those that have been quickened and left their dead bodies in the ground, let it rot and become the new creation. Those are saints, not those who have just said a few words. You have to get rid of the ancestral spirits because Jesus said He’s coming with a sword. And you want to come into heaven with all of the dead bones and uncleanness in you? He’ll stand and say, “You’re not welcome. The sword will keep you from coming in. I divided you out because you didn’t want to remove the uncleanness to receive My covenant.” Then, “those that fear His name.” Those who realize they are in God’s hands and His alone. He can send you to hell or He can bring you to heaven to live with Him forever. You ought to be shaking in your boots. That fear is on me that I know that if I mess up and get deceived and get carried off that even though I have labored for years, it would all be wiped out if I don’t make it through to the end. Then, “shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” How do we destroy them that destroy the earth? The earth will help us. The earth will help us by the bottomless pit. The same way it was when Korah came against Moses. He and two hundred fifty men stood against Moses and the earth opened up and the men went down and the earth swallowed them up and closed back up again. Where did they go? They went in the bottomless pit. Unclean spirits, which are people who died without Christ in them, but just had religion, will be put in, and are being put in, the bottomless pit. There they no longer can have access to the earth to deceive you or to try to rule you and own you for their pleasure. They remain there until their time is come to stand before the Creator.
So because I’m a warrior and have been trained for 28 years, if I follow through to the end I will also get a reward for destroying those that God separated from me who want to destroy me. I destroy them, not by killing them, but by destroying their power so they are powerless to destroy while they are alive. When they are gone they will go into the bottomless pit and that will be the end of them until they are called up again to be judged. They can’t get out and they can’t communicate with anybody else. It will be totally black, and they roll a slow, continuous roll. There is nothing to hang on to because the center of the earth has an energy that the soul can go through. Just like Jesus when He walked into the room; the doors were closed and He walked through the wall. That’s because when Jesus got His new body, it was totally spirit, it wasn’t flesh anymore, and he could walk through other energies. Just like your cell phone can go through cement walls to get your information. Not all energies can do that. If we tried to walk through a cement wall with our clay bodies our noses would be smashed. When the spirit, or the soul, which is the energy you created of who you are, is thrown into the bottomless pit, there is nothing you can do. The bottomless pit holds the unclean spirits which are those who everybody thought went to a better place, or heaven, but instead they are in hell. They looked like whitewashed tombs on the outside but inside they were full of dead men’s bones. They never let God take the sword and divide them from those that don’t want Him, that want to stay in tradition. Tradition does not save you. Jesus saves you.
We have a choice, and God is going to reward the prophets, the saints who cleanse and separate themselves from the unclean things of this world, dead or alive, and thirdly, those who know they must obey God to make it through. The fourth thing is then help God destroy the wickedness by putting it in the bottomless pit. That’s why God’s army is able to put unclean spirits, or souls of the dead who are lost, into the pit until the thousand years are over. There won’t be sin upon the earth, and rest will come to all them that go through the thousand years. God is going to have a thousand years of rest upon the earth like He intended from the very beginning; but man fell. He said, at least I’m going to have a thousand years. Those who overcome the world will be there. Those who die but did not overcome will have to stay in their grave for the thousand years and will not participate in it. But after the thousand years, according to Revelation 20, they will come out and be judged and then receive their reward. I want to be one of those who rule and reign with Christ, with David, Abraham, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and all of the minor prophets. What an awesome time it’s going to be. Just think, we get to sit down and talk with Joshua, Moses, and have one thousand years to get to know each other, along with ruling and reigning. They will be there, and all of the other saints who overcame the world and have a right to live that thousand years with Christ. The choice is yours. You are the creator of your soul, and you choose your destiny.