Friday, January 18, 2013

Battle above the Clouds

Battle above the Clouds – Part 1

 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. [Dan 10:2, 3]

(Gabriel) Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set your heart to understand, and to chasten yourself before thy God, your words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Now I am come to make you understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.  [Dan 10:12-14]

And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for you have strengthened me.

Then said he, Know you wherefore I come unto you? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

But I will show you that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holds with me in these things, but Michael your prince.  [Dan 10:19-21]

What I am about to present will boggle the minds of many; others will become bewildered, whilst others still will add me to a long list of conspiracy theorists.  Be that as it may, the Lord has led me to share that which He has been revealing to me over the past month, as I sought Him regarding matters, given to much prayer and fasting.

Boggle - astonished, overwhelmed in trying to imagine it

Bewildered – to cause someone to be perplexed or confused

Boggled and bewildered are reactions that need not be because confusion is not of God.  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. [1 Cor 14:33] Indeed, Satan is the author of confusion.  We are told that he is the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning. 

Satan/Lucifer’s intent is indeed to confuse and bewilder, so that he can mislead us. It is written:  They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto death.  [Rev 12:11]

This topic was not planned, but it was birthed from many years of praying not to be deceived, as well as a continual search for truth.  Our search for truth in this life is never over.  

Yes, we understand that Jesus/Y’shua is the way, the truth and the life.  However, with all the deception in the churches, as well as in the world, we must continually seek truth.  We must continually seek God and abide, seriously abide.  

The subject is about deception and fear that is in the world around us, as well as amongst those who call themselves believers.  Even I was experiencing fear and confusion; yet I can run into my strong tower, my refuge and shield, the Lord my God.

As the time that we are in is coming to an end (for these are surely the latter (last) days), deception is increased beyond anything that we could imagine.

It is understood that deception began when Lucifer deceived one third of the holy angels to rebel against their Creator, the One and True Living God.  Imagine how clever, cunning and subtle he must be, in order to deceive other angels to follow him, angels that lived in the presence of a pure and holy God.

The holy angels that rebelled along with Lucifer became known as the unholy they became fallen angels.  Deception carried on into the Garden of Eden, when the serpent seduced Eve, tempting her to disobey God’s commandment to both Adam and her.

Our arch enemy and those in his government have had plans since mankind was first created to overtake us and lead us unto destruction.  Such is their hatred towards God, as well as us.  

Some say that Satan and his minions know that they will be facing judgment and desire to take as many as they can with them to the lake of fire, in order to further defy God.  

Others say that Satan is being used by God to test us, to prove if we are truly faithful to the Creator.  Therefore, they believe that Lucifer/Satan and his armies are merely vessels of dishonor, in order to ‘prove’ us.  

The Word of God is true and we must not stray from it, or lean to our own understanding of it. The Bible does not contradict itself, so what it says about Satan is truth that we dare not stray from.

Scriptures harmonize; they do not conflict or contradict.  We must search the entire Bible when looking for answers on any topic, for God’s word does not err.  The future of Satan and the fallen angels is clear.  

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  [2 Peter 1:20] 

Satan’s greatest weapons are deception and fear, which will constantly be employed, but they are not his only arsenal.  He also has an agenda and many strategies that he implements to achieve his goal, which is to exalt himself as god, above the one, true and holy God.

Lucifer’s pride caused him to rebel and in that rebellion, he himself became deceived.  All the angels that fell with him became deceived also.  Satan is the father of lies; a master of deception.

Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, abiding in Christ Jesus/Y’shua, coupled with being grounded in the word of God, even true followers of Christ can be deceived.  

Deception is everywhere, in the world and in the churches.  It has increased at an alarming pace and force, and so has the onslaught of attacks against mankind.   The true body of Christ is a threat and therefore, the prime target.

Yet, we have an Advocate, a King who will lead us into all truth, as we look to Him and wait upon Him to direct our steps.  He came to destroy the works of the enemy.

He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.  [1Jn 3:8]

No one wants to be deceived and most believe that they will not be deceived.  We often believe that we are wise and able to discern deception, no matter how it is packaged.  It is dangerous to believe that we are above deception.

Without the precious Spirit of the Father, we will surely be deceived.  Abiding in Christ Jesus/Y’shua is the only way that we will not be deceived.

Understanding the Love of God
What I will be presenting over the next little while has taken much work in researching and organizing; it is still an ongoing process as I write this.  It began in ways unexpected, which caused me to cry out to the Lord in prayer and to wait upon the holy King to answer.  

Without the Lord, I know nothing of significance and can do nothing.  His wisdom is unmatched!  His word which He speaks accomplishes that which He pleases (purposes) and prospers in the thing where He sends it.  [Is 55:11]

In Him, we live and move and have our being.  When any of us prophesy, we see in part and prophesy in part.  An earthly messenger speaks forth as the holy God (Abba, Father) so chooses.  Understanding and wisdom come from Him in His timing and by ways that He alone ordains.

We are taught not to believe every spirit, but to test every spirit to see if it is of God.  We are further taught that any spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.

That does not mean that when someone says, ‘Yes, Jesus Christ came in the flesh and was crucified’ that we should be satisfied with that answer.  Even Satan will admit to that.  Remember, he is not afraid to use scripture.

What it means is that anyone who does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the (their) flesh is not of God.  I say that Jesus Christ (Y’shua Messiah) has come in the flesh, my flesh…He abides in me and I in Him.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.   [1Jn 4:1-3]

Satan may well use scriptures, just as he used scripture when he was tempting Christ in the desert wilderness, but he can never say that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh, his flesh; nor will any antichrist spirit, whether demonic or unbeliever.

We are to take all things to the Lord our God, petitioning Him for knowledge, wisdom and understanding.   We ache for truth, but must be patient for things to be revealed to us.  

There are times that the Lord has had to say to me too, ‘you have need of patience’.  We are instructed to lean not to our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him.  

He directs us from there, as we trust in Him. [Prov 3:5]  He is faithful in all He says and does.  

Seek Wisdom
As for wisdom, knowledge and understanding, it is written:

Yea, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding;If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures;

Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

For the LORD gives wisdom: out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  [Prov 2:3-6]

We are to search out a matter and to wait upon the Lord to reveal that which He chooses, when He so chooses and how He so chooses to reveal a matter.   His thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways.  [Is 55:8]

The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.  [Deu 29:29]

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.  [Prov 25:2, 3]

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!

For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been His counsellor?  

For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever.  Amen. [Rom 11:34, 36]

It is the Lord Himself that reveals a thing, but our part, as His people, is to test every spirit and to search a matter out.  Spending time with the Lord means just that; it requires time.

Everything else will fall behind.   One cannot seriously spend time with the Lord and follow His leading and still keep abreast everything else.   We are told that Jesus is our first love; that He must be first.  We love Him because He first loved us.  [1Jn 4:19]

We must meet the Lord in the secret chambers, in the secret place.

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. [Ps 91:1]

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.  [Mk 12:30]

When we read the book of Revelation, we, as believers, all want to be in the church of Philadelphia, but I have actually known some who have said, ‘Well, if not the church of Philadelphia, then church at Ephesus.’  

When I searched the word, I could not help but wonder why we would settle for anything less than to be as those at Philadelphia?  To me, it spoke of overcoming, which is what we all must strive for and attain.

Why settle for Ephesus?

 I know your works, and your labour, and your patience, and how you cannot bear them which are evil: and you have tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

And have borne, and have patience, and for My name's sake have laboured, and have not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.  [Rev 2:2-4]

How many have left their first love and do not even realize it?  If anything robs us of our time with the Lord, we must search our hearts and ask if we have set up idols in our heart, either unintentionally or unknowingly, or (Lord forbid) obstinately. 

How often do we think we have no idols simply because we do not bow before a statue or a graven image?  We cannot allow anything to come before the Lord.  We must learn to die to self, to truly lay down our lives.  He will raise us up again because it is only through Christ that we find life.

Though He were a son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; [Heb 5:8]

I would encourage a reading again of Revelation 3:3-13 (about those in the church of Philadelphia).  I present only one verse here as encouragement:

I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.  [Rev 3:8]

Time of Revealing
Multitudes of people, who are unbelievers, are angry at the government over much that has transpired over a course of time and in particular, key events in recent years.  It is with contempt, anger (and perhaps even defiance) that they are feverishly working to expose things.

Some who call themselves Christians are encouraging a revolt, all in the name of the Lord.  Tread carefully, saints.  True disciples will walk as the Savior walked, obey the Word of God and wait upon Him for His leading.

The watchmen who are genuine followers of Christ Jesus are exposing what they see also, as the Lord leads them.  Some have a more panoramic view than others and warn perhaps a little louder.  

They see the Trojan horse and the Lord has revealed that which is hidden in plain sight (Illuminati/Freemasonry phrase).  We are not (better not be) ignorant of Satan’s devices.

The heart of the Lord’s watchmen is to sound the alarm, to be messengers of the Most High that cry out for the people to repent (including themselves).  Steadfastly and adamantly, we all must keep a repentant heart and press in now more than ever before, cleaving to and abiding in Christ Jesus/Y’shua. 

When to Fight and When to Stand 

When the Lord began to reveal deeper truths to me back in 2005, He also began to patiently do a deeper work in me, a greater purging, a process that would be ongoing, until every spot and every blemish is purged.  This He is doing in all of the Body of Christ, but we must be willing.

During this process, there are typically times of failure, but by His grace and mercy, and especially His help, we rise back up and continue forward.  We have been learning obedience by the things we have suffered, just as our Savior did.

Some laps of the race are harder than other laps, but no lap is as strenuous and laborious as the last lap.  Some battles in this war are lengthier than other battles, but victory is still ours through Christ Jesus, as we trust in Him.  He is the Lord of the battle.

In 2 Chronicles 20:14, the Lord chose to speak through Jahaziel, a Levite.  He spoke to the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem, as well as King Jehoshaphat.

[…] Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. 

At times, much comes against us, yet the Lord, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, still urges us to not be afraid or dismayed, to trust Him.  It is wisdom to do all that He instructs us to do (both in His word and in our personal relationship with Him), and then we are told that having done all, to stand.

Not every battle that we see is ours to fight, but rather, He will tell us that some battles are His alone (war in the heavenlies).  He is Sovereign and we must spend time in the secret chambers of the King to hear His counsel and His command in every matter.

We must understand that although we are in the midst of certain battles and must face them, we simply proceed in confidence, without fear, knowing that the victory is ours through Christ. 

We must hear Him, obey Him and not learn on our own understanding or strength, or any arm of flesh.  At times He will counsel us:

You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. [2Chron 20:17]

How many times have we consulted with others (a multitude of counselors) and set forth to face a serious situation (battle), following their counsel alone, simply because they also are true disciples of Christ?

How many times do we go forth in our strength, only to have our own strength fail us?  Even true disciples can counsel sometimes from the flesh, or as seen with Peter and Jesus/Y’shua, the adversary can speak through us.  Even our own strength is limited.  We must seek the counsel of the King in all matters.  

The arm of flesh and our own understanding will fail us.  There are going to be (and perhaps have already been) times that we must go against all that people (flesh) are advising us to do (no matter how well-meaning they are in heart and word), if the Lord has instructed us otherwise.

There are times that we must shut all voices, but one.  We must obey the still, small voice of the Lord deep within, despite all odds and earthly counsel.  We cannot lean on the arm of flesh.

With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. [2Chron 32:8]

Some levels in our maturing (growth) are more difficult than others, but we humbly surrender our lives and take hold of His strong hand.   He lifts us up to the next step…a progression, growing; ever growing stronger and becoming wiser.  

We work out our salvation with fear and trembling, meaning the proper spirit of ‘fear of the Lord’, being fully aware of both His sovereignty and His power. We progress step by step and from glory to glory, willingly obedient, walking by faith and not by sight.

Enter into the Secret Place

Deception such as we could not even fathom has been going on right before our eyes.  How clearly and how deeply we perceive it, I am convinced, can only come by humbling ourselves, keeping a repentant spirit, and by spending that time in the secret place.

It is there that we meet with the righteous King and holy Creator, where no evil can enter in.  There He counsels us; the mighty King corrects, counsels and establishes all who are willing to hear and faithfully obey Him in grateful servitude.  

His love has depths and reaches that cannot be fathomed or explained.  It can only be received with humility, as His abundant love and merciful grace is acknowledged.  Our righteous King has a governmental order, over which He rules, for He is the Sovereign God.

He has shown thee, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?  [Micah 6:8]

The Clash of Two Kingdoms
We must consistently remember that our war is not against flesh and blood.  We must know and remember who the real adversaries are (Lucifer/Satan and his minions).  These are the ones who control evil people.

In the Bible, it is revealed that the saints struggle and war against the ‘god of this world’ (Lucifer/Satan), his principalities and powers, the dark rulers in the world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places [Eph 6:12]. The battle is above the clouds, there is war in the heavens. 

One of the books that the Lord has brought to my remembrance as of late, is the book of Daniel.  He keeps me alert about how Daniel had been given a grand vision through the chosen messenger of God, Gabriel.  I opened with the scriptures, which are found in Daniel, chapter ten.

Daniel entered into a fast, seeking God for understanding of the vision. The Lord had sent forth Gabriel with the answer the first day that Daniel humbled himself to fast and pray.

Yet, the holy angel was met by a prince (a demonic prince) and a great battle ensued for three long weeks.  Michael (a chief prince in God’s kingdom) was sent as reinforcement to aid Gabriel.   

He then appeared before Daniel and explained all things to him that the Lord would have His holy messenger speak to him at that time.  Gabriel then told Daniel that when he left, he would be fighting yet another demonic prince in Satan’s kingdom.

We often hear that Satan cannot do anything without God’s permission.  This is true, but as the story in Daniel reveals, satan does not always ask permission.  Remember, he is ‘the rebel’ and remains in his state of rebellion.  He dares to defy God, but he will not succeed.

Lucifer/satan will indeed send forth is unholy angels to fight against God’s holy angels.  He never wanted us to be helped, only destroyed.  It all began at the time of rebellion in God’s kingdom.

Satan has set up his own kingdom, complete with a hierarchy, in which he governs in his authority as ‘god’.  His idea for setting up his kingdom came from being in his Creator’s kingdom, before his fall.  There will be a section on hierarchies later on.

There are basic things that must be covered first, but know this, we cannot face the goliaths of today with a slingshot.  The majority of churches teach spiritual warfare with a primitive mindset.  

Believers are kept on ‘milk’ regarding spiritual warfare and are never introduced to the ‘meat’.  We have to know the enemy, which means that we must learn about his armies, his kingdom and what he is all about.

We are in the world, but not of the world [see Jn 17:4].  We have to keep up with the enemy, who is master over his earthly puppets that gladly do his bidding.  We must come out of the primitive mindset of a shepherd boy facing Goliath with a slingshot and a sword and fast-forward to the end times, the last of the last days.

The Goliath of today has advanced in technology and science, much of which is enshrouded in and used for the occult.  Lucifer/Satan is no longer keeping hidden.  He has risen up and has proudly made his presence known.  

Soon, he shall manifest himself where all can see him in the physical realm, where he will demand to be worship.  He will seek to destroy any who defy him, and particularly, any who claim to serve the One, True God, Creator of heaven and earth and all that is therein 
(more on this subject later).

The bible makes it quite clear that there are ranks and positions of authority amongst the fallen angels and the demons.  Yet, there is much more to it.  

Most people stay within the reality of the physical world as it has been presented or taught to them.  The same pertains to spiritual warfare.  The reality of the spiritual realm remains at the level that people have been taught.  In this respect, we must keep up with the times, or be caught off-guard. 

The spiritual and physical realms are interwoven and have been since the beginning of the creation of mankind.  People are so quick to say that we are not under the law, yet disregard the fact that Jesus said that he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill the law.

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers [1Tim 1:9]

Mankind hates being told what to do.  Even some believers have trouble with the words ‘obedience’ and ‘obey’, saying that God is not a tyrant and that He understands that times have changed.  

This, in itself, is a whole other topic, but suffice it to say, that many forget that God indeed has a government.  Obeying God is for our good because only He knows all things; only He is Sovereign.

We must return to the ancient paths, for in doing so, we will walk as Christ Jesus walked.  We will lay down our lives to follow Him. We are in a time like never before and shall never be again.

It was written plainly so that we could see and understand the time we are in.  I will begin by speaking about current events.  There will be times that what I am sharing will not be something that others have not been exposing.  

In fact, it is because of the hard work of many others that the Lord was able to further teach me and reveal things that we all must be aware of. This is a time of horrific deception, as well as fear.  Our first reaction to deception is denial.  

None of us want to be deceived, and surely none of us would ever admit that we have been or ever could be deceived.   We consider ourselves much smarter than that, but what does the Bible say.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  [Rev 12:0]

Our one and only hope is to abide in Christ and to be obedient to His leading, or we are in grave danger.  Jesus/Y’shua is the only way we will make it through what is coming, even what is already here.

For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce (tempt, deceive), if it were possible, even the elect  
[Mk 13:22]

There are things that have been going on, as well as much that is coming, that we may be quick to deny or believe, even if it were told us.  Like Habakkuk, we often wonder why we must see such evil around us.

Yet, Jesus warned about all that would happen in the last days, including how iniquity (sins and evil) would abound.  It is going to become so intense that the days are to be shortened, or no flesh would saved (survive). [see Mat24: 22]
My writings will begin with some of the current events that multitudes are speaking of, but how it is all being orchestrated by Lucifer/Satan and by those who serve him, who are keeping up with their agenda.  God’s time of judgment is upon the nations, and at this time in particular, America.

There will be important topics covered, including the churches and what is going on, such as gross deception, to say the least.  It has even spread amongst many believers who have come out of the churches.  The Lord is revealing the depth and magnitude of evil, yet it is all part of His judgment which goes forth.  

The Lord is not only revealing what is going on right before our eyes, but reminds us of what has been in the works since the Garden of Eden.  The Lord knows that many already have a spirit of fear amongst His people and He does not want us in bondage to it.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  [2Tim 1:7]

In His love, grace and mercy, His desire is still that people repent.  He has been longsuffering, as scriptures bear witness, but the door to the ark is closing.

I would encourage the reader that before they continue on in their reading of that which I will be presenting, that they take some time to pray to our heavenly Father.  Pray to be protected from any deception or temptation (from any spirit, whether flesh or demon) that may try to persuade you away from truth that the Lord is revealing.

Pray for the Holy Spirit of the Most High God to rest upon you, as He did Christ.  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; [Is 11:2]  

Pray for strengthening to receive and hear only truth.  Pray for His counsel alone.  Pray for eyes to see and ears to hear and for anything else that His precious Spirit leads you to pray about.

Give thanks for whatever you are so led to give thanks for, but remember His great love, His faithfulness and His sovereignty. I implore you to pray before proceeding. 

Be at peace, for you can trust Him who is called Faithful and True. He will never lead you astray when you trust in Him and walk by faith. His Sovereignty is a reality that even Lucifer/Satan cannot deny, although he adamantly will.

Indeed, the battle is above the clouds, but the invasion upon this earth shall be as never before.  In fact, it has already begun. We must not fear, but we must be prepared.  That time is upon us.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.  [Rev 12:12]

This is indeed, the time of revealing.

Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets.  [Amos 3:7]  

This day, the Lord reveals His secret to His servants, His people, the true body of Christ Jesus/Y’shua, who are filled with His precious Holy Spirit.  

And we have known and believed the love that God has to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him.  
 [1Jn 4:16]

for His glory


1 comment:

  1. Bonita,

    You truly are gifted and it amazes me the amounts of research and truth put into watchmen's/women's blogs and it truly makes sense especially what we are seeing coming to pass.


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