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The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.[1] Divine power is not supernatural or spiritual power, for not all spiritual or supernatural powers are divine. That is, not all spiritual or supernatural powers are of God who alone is divine, although many may have supernatural or spiritual power and call it divine.

In Acts 8, we meet such a man of spiritual or supernatural power in Simon who practised sorcery, and as it is written: all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is the divine power, known as the great power.”[2] What Simon practised was sorcery, which is akin to witchcraft and divination, something that Manasseh, King of Judah, practised all three of.[3] Just as you have to know your weapons and your powers, so likewise you must be familiar with the powers and weapons of our enemy. The sorcery practised by Simon is also described by the apostles as “magic” as it is written: They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his magic,[4] which is delusional and is mere trickery and at best an entertainment to waste your time and money because at best it is a well thought out fraud. As with all things magical, nothing really happens, it just looks that way.

Witchcraft is practised by witches you say, but according to God it is firstly by Nineveh of Assyria and it involves spells. “I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells,”[5] through which people are enslaved. This is Nineveh who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft,[6] something that Babylon would also take up and follow after her when God promised Babylon its destruction when He said, “in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells.” [7] It gives us the clue to the power of the modern “Babylon the Great” that John saw in the book of Revelation as recorded in chapters 17 and 18, the prostitute church that is based in the city of seven hills. Like the Babylon of old, she also boasts in her heart, “‘I sit as queen, I am not a widow, and I will never mourn.’”

Compare that with what God said of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon. “You said, ‘I will continue forever—the eternal queen! …I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’” [8] The prostitute church draws its lineage from Nineveh, a city spared from destruction by God, and raised up as an instrument of God to punish Samaria and Jerusalem for their rebellion. However, we know that the Assyrians themselves became proud and cruel, going beyond what God intended for them, so God had to destroy them. God said, Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of My anger, in whose hand is the club of My wrath! …I dispatch him against a people who anger Me.”[9] As you read Isaiah 10:5-19, it is obvious Assyria is an instrument of God and not of Satan, and had “willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.”[10] Likewise, Nebuchadnezzar was an instrument of God, raised by God to punish Jerusalem, and again, she also had that same pride in her heart. Assyria, Babylon of old, and Babylon the Great, all have this in common; their power is witchcraft, which is cast through spells designed to enslave nations by their prostitution and enslave people by their spells.

Finally, there is divination, which was practised by Balaam. People who practise them are also called ‘diviners’ and what divination is, is exposed by Balaam. Divination is a form of sorcery that specializes itself in using sacrifices to compel God to speak either a blessing or a curse. It is written: Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not resort to sorcery* as at other times, but turned his face toward the desert. *to seek for enchantments;[11] to meet with omens and signs;[12] to seek omens.[13] And Joshua wrote: In addition to those slain in battle, the Israelites had put to the sword Balaam son of Beor, who practiced divination.[14]

You should be familiar with the story of Balaam who, when offered more gold by Balak, proceeded to make a sacrifice of seven bulls to God so that God had to come and speak to him even though God had commanded Balaam earlier not to go to Balak. As such, the sacrifice of the bulls was in direct disobedience to God’s command. King Saul made the same mistake later when he wouldn’t wait for Samuel any longer and made the offering himself so as to get a word from the Lord.[15] Because of that, Saul was told by Samuel, “You acted foolishly. You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure…”[16]

Sorcery, witchcraft and divination: for rebellion is like the sin of divination;[17] rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.[18]

Simon the sorcerer practised sorcery, which is magic, and as a man, Peter said of him, “For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”[19] While the witchcraft of Assyria, Babylon and Babylon the Great came from the wilful pride of their hearts, they were all instruments of God that disobeyed God and rebelled. And Balaam’s form of sorcery, which is called divination, stemmed from a love of gold more than a love for God and has within it the root of rebellion.

Like our weapons of divine power of thought, word and touch, so likewise, witchcraft, sorcery and divination arises from thought, word and touch. Thoughts coming from hearts that are filled with pride (wilful) with which spells are cast, that is incantations or words as well as deeds such as sacrifices. The problem is not whether a pagan can summon up some devilish power for use in sorcery, witchcraft or divination, but the purpose of this study is for you to see that you and I, who have been given the weapons of divine power, can take these weapons and power and use them against God. Remember, Assyria, Babylon and Babylon the Great, the prostitute, were all servants and instruments of God.

Anytime we harbour:

1. a love for money or gold

2. bitterness

3. are captive to sin with a wilful and proud heart

…we will make the same mistakes of Simon, Balaam, the Assyrians and the Babylonians.

As such, being educated in the power of God is not a matter of making sure you have the word of God, the thoughts of God and the touch of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; you must also be aware of the circumstances that will turn you into an Assyria, a Babylon, a Balaam, a Simon and a prostitute.

As the elect, in many ways, you are like Assyria, the club of God, to judge, to rebuke and to discipline, for as you restore the command, “Listen to Him!”[20] to those who claim to be disciples, that which is about those who listen or do not listen will come to pass.[21]

Your thorough knowledge and expert practice of the words of Jesus will be like Nebuchadnezzar to Jerusalem, to expose the practices and ignorance of those who claim to know, but do not, and are themselves blind guides. You are both a ‘resurrector’ (restorer) and a destroyer at the same time, and because of that, you too can fall if you:

1. Retain any love of money over the love of God. So, use money but do not love it. Remind yourself, it has an expiry date called 666, when you can no longer buy or sell. As such, our acquisition and use of finances are to destroy the financial powers, not build them up. The prostitute uses her witchcraft to enrich the kings of the Earth. We use our power to enrich the King of Heaven and Earth only.

2. Avoid bitterness and stay sweet. In this, do not just say or do nice and sweet things to each other, but think others more highly than yourself, not with envy or jealousy but with sweetness and kindness, always giving each other grace, or as the world puts it, the benefit of the doubt.

3. Master sin.[22]

4. Have a submissive and humble heart.

Without these four safeguards, the weapons of divine power you have of thought, word and touch will produce witchcraft, sorcery and divination to God’s grief and our shame. The false prophet who will be lost will have all these faults and even more.

As much as the basic power to heal the sick and so on will be available for all who believe and practise it, some of you are called and chosen to do more with the miraculous powers of God. For through the miraculous powers, all the powers of this fallen world can be controlled, and it is your work to learn and to devise ways by which the strongholds of financial, political, intellectual and physical (military) powers can be manipulated, controlled and then destroyed as part of the orchestration of the Lord Jesus Christ’s return. But first, remain safe. AMEN


 

[1] 2 Corinthians 10:4

[2] Acts 8:10

[3] 2 Chronicles 33:6

[4] Acts 8:11

[5] Micah 5:6,12

[6] Nahum 3:4,7

[7] Isaiah 47:9

[8] Isaiah 47:7-8

[9] Isaiah 10:5-6

[10] Isaiah 10:12

[11] KJV

[12] AMP

[13] Numbers 24:1 NASB

[14] Joshua 13:22

[15] 1 Samuel 13:9

[16] 1 Samuel 13:13-14

[17] NIV, NASB

[18] 1 Samuel 15.23 KJV, AMP

[19] Acts 8:23

[20] Matthew 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35

[21] Leviticus 26; Exodus 15:26

[22] Genesis 6:7

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