Monday, August 25 2014
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
To understand our warfare with the enemies of God we must first know the difference between fallen angels and demonic spirits, something I believe that has been greatly misunderstood in the body of Christ. First of all we will look at what fallen angels are and what their mission is upon the earth so that we can know how to defeat them.
The first time we see a fallen angel in scripture is when Satan is cast out of Heaven and enters God's garden to deceive and corrupt His divine creation. Satan, or Lucifer as he was known in Heaven is thrown out of paradise for rebellion and pride, cast to the earth by the arch angels and sentenced to roam in the outer darkness as the prince of the power of the air and he has wreaked havoc for eons ever since, robbing, killing and destroying anyone whom he desires who fall for his schemes.
From the garden up until the advent of the New Testament there is no correlation between fallen angels and demonic spirits, nor do we find Satan leading a band of demons even though people try and connect the two, the reason being, fallen angels are not disembodied spirits, they simply don't need to inhabit an earthly life form although they can travel through inanimate objects as well as humans if so desired. In the garden, Satan did not try and possess Adam and Eve he just attempted to deceive them by his cunning schemes of deception. Throughout scripture fallen angels seem to be of a higher order than demonic spirits and their mode of operation although at times different seemingly are similar.
And angels who did not keep their proper (own) domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Jude 6
RESERVED FOR JUDGMENT
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to Hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment. II Peter 2:4
It seems that the fallen angels were cast down to Hell by the Most High but how can they be in Hell when they are obviously roaming the earth as prowling lions seeking someone to devour. The answer being, they have a reservation with judgment to be delivered at the end of all things when the dead are raised and those who are not written in the Lamb's book of life are cast into the Lake of Fire forever!
The previous scriptures reveal that fallen angels hold reservations for judgment and are not at the present time in Hell as we have supposed but as the damned of the earth await their sentence, so do the angels who rebelled also wait for their appointed doom! These angelic entities control the domains of the earth as principalities (the territory of a prince) and dignitaries of doom creating evil environments around the earth. Have you driven from one neighborhood to another and sensed a different spirit about it such as one will be controlled by drugs and another by violence and maybe another by immorality, but all are controlled by someone. I wonder who is controlling Washington?
The distinct difference between fallen angels and demons are the obvious positions and tactics they possess and the mission they have been given to carry out. To understand our enemy is to gain an advantage over them and be able to not only withstand their attacks but to defeat them, having the victory over them as the Lord promised us! The authority has been given to those who will accept it and war with these destroyers as we approach the end of all things prophesied in the word of God.
Behold I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Like 10:19
THE DARKNESS OF THIS AGE
And another sign appeared in Heaven: behold a fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. Revelation 12:3
Cast out from Heaven's splendor, the great red dragon, Satan appeared as the new ruler of the world, or so he thought being an arrogant legend in his own mind! The most beautiful creature ever created, endowed with supernatural strength and wisdom and filled with violence is unleashed to destroy the world. Truly the original "Master of Disaster" this roaring lion begins eons of wreaking havoc and chaos on God's creation!
The garden of God's creation, beautiful and serene was about to be darkened by a storm of evil from the serpent of old, the new owner was about to take possession of his new domain, a hostile takeover if you will as Adam handed the keys to the deceiver of all mankind, Lucifer, fallen angel of light! It seems the mission of fallen angels is to control the domains of the earth as Satan did with the garden that began a war to end all wars, a spiritual battle that would rage against all that was good or created by God, a war that would destroy the lives of millions of people and could only be stopped by the blood bought saints of the Most High God!
The greatest story ever told was about to unfold in the earth as Satan began to possess the world's domains along with his fallen angel brothers who were hell bent on exercising their authority over all of humankind. An alien invasion unmatched by any science fiction novel or movie was being played out for real and for the most part totally unseen by the human race. It looked like the world was to be totally given over to the Devil until the greatest event in the history of the universe came into being, the birth of the Son of the living God, the Lord Jesus Christ!
His tail drew a third of the stars of Heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as He was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Revelation 12:4,5
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, August 18 2014
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. I John 2:15
Imagine your spouse beginning to draw away from you as their affection for other things begins to capture their heart. It happens every day as we are under a constant bombardment from the media to vie for our affections to seduce us into buying whatever they are trying to sell us. Lets face it, the world has a lot to offer: money, power, medicine, science, education, not to mention anything the flesh would desire to have, available at the touch of a button.
I'm not even talking about seemingly evil things, I am speaking of anything that attempts to steal your heart away from God! Sports, TV, activities of all kinds, hobbies and even your kids can take up all your time, leaving nothing left for God. That's OK though, we can make it up on Sunday at church, surely pastor has something spiritual for us so that we can keep up our appearances and will look like good Christians to the rest of the world, after all, going to church once a week pleases God. Can I just tell you that going somewhere once a week to experience God is like seeing your spouse once a week. What kind of relationship would that be and how pleased would they be to see you come home for an hour a week and then run out the door to pursue all your other lovers?
The truth of the matter is this: the modern day, fast food, microwave everything people who profess to be believers, but don't spend time with God don't know Him, nor do they have a relationship with Him, because they have given their heart to the world. Millions will be shocked on that last day when God judges the world and they hear those fateful words: depart from Me, I never knew you! What do you mean, you never knew me, I prayed "the sinner's prayer," I was in Sunday school every Sunday, went to church every time the doors opened, paid my tithes and led a good moral life and even read my bible some times when things got rough, Oh, and don't forget, I prayed every day on the way to work for at least five minutes, surely you heard me.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. I John 2:16
THE LAST HOUR
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. I John 2:18
The last hour is upon us because many antichrists are arising around the globe. The homosexual agenda, the pro-choice movement, false religions, cults and false prophets abound, not to mention Islam, the fastest growing religion in the world. A demonically inspired religion of works, violence and death, founded by a child molester is gaining momentum as it spreads its poisonous roots throughout the world. Even in America this terrible scourge of murdering devils is beginning to take control of schools and invading our government because our leaders are cowards immersed in political correctness!
God commanded Israel to destroy the entire race of people who came from the loins of Ishmael, Abraham's fatal mistake by taking Hagar as a vessel for the promise of God instead of Sarah, his wife, chosen by God. Israel disobeyed and God said, "They will become pricks in your eyes and thorns in your side." And so they have wreaked havoc on the planet ever since even becoming instruments of judgment that God sent against His people when they sinned. Remember the Jebusites, the Amalakites, the Philistines and all of the other un-circumcised pagans that God hated? Who do you think flew into the trade towers on that fateful day of 911? The same bunch of infidels that God told Israel to destroy centuries ago! If that's not the judgment of a holy God then I don't know what is and to end up years later with a President, named Barack Obama who is a Muslim sympathizer is almost ludicrous!
The spirit of anti-christ is here, alive and well, warring against anything that represents the Lord Jesus Christ and His church spreading its refuse of lies and deception deceiving even the elect who have given themselves over to doctrines of demons and false shepherds who have plundered the body of Christ with venomous teachings and misguided leadership. A cloud of demonic deception is beginning to cover the earth with its darkness as the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ slowly dims and God's people are brought under a spell of apathy putting them into a sermon-induced coma of religious ritual and rote.
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. I John 2:22
Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity (ill will) with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
I'm not talking about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees when I speak of the world, I am speaking of the world system that is made up of science, education, wealth, medicine, government and even religion, but is devoid of the Spirit of God. The church has been entwined in the matters of this life that pertain to the world and are quick to obey its every dictate wanting to be politically correct, and strive to keep up with its every regulation not wanting to be accused of any governmental wrong doing.
I would hate to think what would happen if Bibles were outlawed, the church would be collecting them for the government, not wanting to suffer any persecution or break any worldly laws, or lose their non-profit status. The body of the Lord Jesus Christ is not of this world, our primary citizenship is in Heaven and our mission is to reap a harvest of spirit filled disciples from the earth. We are a holy bride, the wife of the Lamb of God, the spiritual woman who when intimate with her husband, Jesus births spiritual children raised up into the knowledge and wisdom of the Most High. The church of Jesus Christ has only One Lover, a God King who loves her with all of His heart and expects her to love Him with the same love and devotion that He has for her.
Because of the seduction of the world and it's lusts many have gone a whoring after other gods. Gods of gold and silver, gods of sports, gods of religious idolatry and gods of fame and fortune, only to eventually end up in the world, lost and alone with all of their lovers, estranged from their heavenly Husband and devoid of His Holy Spirit. Fallen away from the only hope of eternal life because they loved the world more than they loved the Lord Jesus Christ! We would do well to pay attention to the above mentioned scripture so that we too don't end up as enemies of the living God!
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:7-10
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, August 11 2014
And when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam's anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?" Numbers 22:27,28
The story of Balaam and his donkey reveal the fact that God can speak even through the mouth of a dumb beast of burden. The prophet/seer Balaam was being paid to go and curse Israel for the sons of Moab, the enemies of God, but in the events that followed on the way, the Angel of the Lord withstood them, standing in front of them with sword in hand.
God's prophets are called to speak only that which He speaks, to correct, rebuke, warn or to exhort His people. Balaam on the other hand was sent by the enemy to curse the people of God and was so blind that he didn't see the Lord who would have killed him if he had proceeded. God had to speak to this evil seer though the mouth of a donkey, a common jackass to warn him of impending danger and so it is today, the so-called "Pillow Prophets" are also blind to the coming judgment foretold in the word of God that they have failed to warn God's people of what is ahead.
Could it be that God is using the secular media, Hollywood and the last thirty years of disaster movies portraying the endless effects of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, not to mention hundreds of demonically inspired possessions, contagious diseases, zombies, alien abductions, UFO's and an entire rundown of doomsday preppers, survivalists and shows of all kinds dealing with the coming Apocalypse? If God can use a donkey He can use Hollywood to warn people to prepare their hearts and repent before its too late! I don't think it's a coincidence that so many of these movies have come out at this time in the last days and we need to take these prophetic warnings seriously. I have only seen two movies in my Christian journey that deeply touched my heart and inspired me, Jesus of Nazareth and the Passion of the Christ, both produced by unbelievers and both had great success in reaching millions unlike some of the mush that is produced today.
Now when the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. Numbers 22:23
INTO THE STORM
"Behold disaster shall go forth from nation to nation and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the farthest parts of the earth." Jeremiah 25:32
There is no doubt that many of these disasters around the world have been portrayed on screen for all to see and in real life have wreaked havoc around the globe. In the movie trailer for "Into the Storm" it shows planes and trucks thrown into the air like toys, something we have already experienced here in Texas in tornado alley!
The prophet Jeremiah told of great natural disasters of biblical proportion foreseen in the last days as a warning of impending judgment on the wicked. As sin abounds throughout the world so judgment also abounds, for as a man sows, that he shall also reap! Many today think that all this talk of judgment and end times prophecy is just nonsense, something to laugh about but they fail to notice that it is already here before their very eyes and because of their hard hearts they will perish, not having eyes to see or ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.
We have been desensitized because of all the disasters and catastrophic events portrayed daily on the news and we have become accustomed to the death of thousands of people with little or no sympathy for them because our hearts are hardened. As we approach the "Great Tribulation" spoken of in the book of Revelation and as the powers of darkness are poured out upon the world and the Holy Spirit is taken up, men will cry out for mercy but it will be too late!
Behold the whirlwind of the Lord goes forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it will fall violently on the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the last days you will understand! Jeremiah 30:23,24
Behold, a pale horse. And the name on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8
In the book of Revelation it speaks of a pale horse which I believe is riding throughout the earth at this present time with the power to kill millions in these last days. The sword speaks of war, hunger speaks of famine, death is all around us, but what does it mean when it speaks of wild beasts? Many times in scripture wild beasts refer to demonic powers, but I believe in this context of scripture it is speaking of the source of a disease contracted from animals, such as the Ebola virus.
The Ebola virus is the one of the most deadly virus's in the world, believed to come from monkeys or bats and it is now breaking out in western Africa. There is no vaccine nor is there a cure for this vicious killer and most who contract the disease succumb to its deadly sting. In my previous message I spoke of Ebola staring at America from the shores of Africa, but through a series of events chronicled by the nightly news it is now for the first time in America. Will it break out of its containment, only God knows, but it is not the first disease that wiped out most of the population of the planet, remember the Bubonic plague spread by the fleas of rats that killed millions? It is just a matter of time before we experience another outbreak of deadly disease, not if, but when!
There is a new TV series, The Last Ship, a story of a sort of last days Noah's ark, a Navy ship with a doctor on board trying to find a cure for a virus that has killed most of the population of the earth. In this suspenseful mini-series the ship traverses the seas in hope of finding a cure while all the while trying to evade the Russians who are trying to kidnap the doctor. A coincidence, I don't know, but it sure does seem like something for us all to take a hard look at as we examine our spiritual lives and where we are in the scheme of things in these last days!
But the rest of mankind who were killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries (drugs) or their sexual immoralities or their thefts. Revelation 9:20,21
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin
Monday, August 04 2014
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment. Jeremiah 25:10,11
Judgment doesn't always come in the form of hell-fire and brimstone, lightning bolts and earthquakes, it can simply be the absence of God. America for instance has forced God out of their schools, out of the government and even out of their churches and the results of their rebellion to the Most High has left them in the hands of the devil!
When ancient Israel rebelled, God sent angels of destruction against them and turned them over to their enemies to be destroyed until they would cry out to Him and He would deliver them. So it is today we have rebelled against all sound wisdom and have forsaken our only hope of recovery because we have grieved His Holy Spirit and rejected the mercy and grace of God, Who has been deeply offended by our actions. In the above mentioned scripture God is seen removing His joy and gladness, His word, the voice of His body, which is the gospel, and the harvest of souls, but more importantly, the light of His presence.
When God's presence is removed there is gross darkness, destruction, death, immorality and perversion of all kinds. Just look at America in the last twenty years since she began to expel God from everything. Abortion was legalized, the homosexual agenda increased, gay marriage was legalized in several states, marijuana is beginning to be legalized, the borders were opened to illegals, wars could not be won and sickness and disease is rampant throughout the country, not to mention the addiction and deaths of multitudes of our youth. Do you not see the results of the absence of the presence of the Most High God?
"And it shall be, when you show this people all these words, and they say to you, 'Why has the Lord pronounced all this great disaster against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?' Jeremiah 16:10
WE HAVE FORSAKEN GOD
'Because your fathers have forsaken Me,' says the Lord; 'they have walked after other gods and have served them, and worshiped them, and have forsaken Me and not kept My law.' Jeremiah 16:11
To forsake someone is to stop caring for them and not wanting them involved in your life anymore and that is exactly what has happened in America, in the country and in the American church. Fifty years ago there where still men of God preaching the un-compromised gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; moreover they preached against sin and rebellion standing up to the schemes of the devil and tearing down strongholds of iniquity wherever it was seen to take root!
In the early fifties and late sixties something began to happen, the voice of the preachers railed against the beginning of rock and roll, but shortly after they seemed to just fade away with the advent of a softer side of God, a more user friendly Father who didn't want to offend the multitudes or scare them with the gospel, especially the mentioning of that awful place called Hell! As the preachers finally mellowed out and stopped this ongoing war against sin and rebellion the churches began to grow and people started flocking to a new type of religious spectacle called the "Mega Church!" Now your talking, a place to be yourself, so big that no one notices that you are there, why you can live your life anyway you see fit during the week and then come on Sunday and have your sins washed away by the preaching of self-help gurus speaking smooth words of hope and self esteem.
No more judgment on sin, no more talk of that awful cross or the shedding of blood, no, now we have a much more politically correct gospel that tickles our ears as we listen, no condemnation or shame anymore, just peace and safety as we are lulled to sleep on the lap of the devil! From the time that this drastic change in the preaching of the word came in and people began to do whatever was in their evil hearts America and the church began to deteriorate to the point it is today, a dead and lifeless organization filled with spectators who could care less about being in the will of God or obeying His commands to go into all the world and make disciples.
'And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me. 'Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.' Jeremiah 16:12,13
IN GOD WE TRUST
'This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.' Jeremiah 7:28
Have you ever visited a "Third World" country where the worship of idols, foreign gods and demons is prevalent? The very first thing you will notice is the widespread poverty, disease and premature death that covers the land like a dark cloud bringing with it a hoard of demonic activity that floods the people's minds with witchcraft, sorcery and divination!
Do yourself a favor and take a trip to the border of Texas and Mexico and cross over, it will be like going to another planet because in minutes you will experience a whole new atmosphere in which the landscape is filled with poverty and corruption! Many of the shops have armed guards at the door and there is chaos in the streets, kids begging for money, traffic out of control, hookers out in broad daylight and the underlying spirit of fear from the drug cartels stalking the people of Mexico. The reason for this drastic difference in countries is because the dominant religion is Catholicism and in many cases mixed with witchcraft, if you don't believe me ask an Hispanic raised in a predominantly Hispanic Catholic church and they will tell you stories that will make the hair on your neck stand up! For more information go to: www.mindsay.com/wiki/witchcraft
We would do well to take a hard look at ancient Israel and how their rebellion against God brought about severe and lasting consequences, some even today with Hamas at their back door being what God said they would be eons before when Israel would not destroy them, pricks in their eyes and thorns in their side! With Ebola, the most deadly virus in the world staring at us from the African coast, we as the people of God need to be repenting and unifying under the banner of the cross of Christ pleading for mercy to a God, deeply offended by our un-holy actions against Him! I'm not sure America can recover because her church is so complacent and fragmented and God's people are the key to restoring the former glory of a land now filled with idols and overcome with a flood of demonic influences. May God have mercy!
Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as some of them were. As it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play." Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty three thousand dropped dead; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain as some of them also complained and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, (instruction) upon whom the ends of the ages have come. I Corinthians 10:6-11
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin