Last weekend it was our pleasure to welcome visitors from Jönköping here in Sweden with whom we had many hours of pleasant and uplifting conversation and fellowship. One of the visitors asked me if I believed that Sweden was spiritually asleep, to which I replied without hesitation: "Yes, absolutely." She shared with me her wanderings through the various congregations in her home city and elsewhere, and the frustration she felt when she became painfully aware that not only were nearly all the Christians in the land spiritually slumbering but, worse, they were being led by a counterfeit Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Sweden, however, is not alone - the whole world is spiritually asleep.
For the last four weeks we have been examining why it is that in spite of preaching in the pulpit of the saving truths of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) that what is said seems to go in one ear and straight out the other. The reason is because they can't hear. And a reason they can't hear because they have never been parented in love.
For years this church and ministry preached and wrote articles in the hundreds and has been publishing them in books and on the web. We knew that the message we had was potent and needed, and yet it was not being received. And, of course, we asked ourselves why. Not until we entered deliverance ministry did we get the answers we have so long searched for, and which have in turn completely changed the way in which we do things. The deep doctrinal truths remain needed - absolutely - but first souls have to be awakened. Here is a letter from a new brother in the United States, one of many now coming to us, and this is what he wrote:
"I have just finished reading the four parts of your article, The Awakened Spirit, and I must tell you that it may very well be one of the most important pieces that I will ever read in entire life. I am 43 years old, and at a spiritual crossroads right now, but this article helped me to understand that my spirit has indeed been asleep but is now slowly awakening through the love and guidance of those in your organization. Since I found (more appropriately 'was led') to your website, I have not been able to stop reading, and I know it is because I have found what I was so desperately looking for, a place where I could find love, acceptance and guidance. It is very obvious from your writings ... that (they) are being produced with the help of a very spiritual source. In fact, I will be going back to the earlier Slumbering Spirit articles, to read those, and reread the later ones .... This work is changing my life, literally day by day, so much so that I cannot concentrate on anything else but this, since I feel there is nothing more important. I begged God to lead me into truth, and there is no doubt that He has, and I am so grateful for that ..."
There is nothing more precious than life, and not mere biological life, which is temporal, but spiritual life. You can teach two people exactly the same truths - the one who is spiritually awake or awakening will rejoice in it and be transformed by it, but the one who is spiritually sleep will not react at all. Indeed, it will seem meaningless to him. Therefore I have to in all honesty and urgency say that there is nothing more important today - more important than even true doctrine in some respects - than to awaken sleeping spirits. That task, brethren and sisters, is a cooperative one between the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) and those cal.led to ministers who are filled with it - and that means all true believers. It is here that the Body of Christ fulfills, perhaps, its most vital function. And if it is to do that, it must itself first awaken.
It astonishes new believers, who have encountered the living Christ and been transformed within, that there are churches teeming with hundreds or even thousands of members who are utterly and totally spiritually asleep, who are simply going through the motions of religion. But it is the sad and sorry truth. The churches are asleep and almost none of their members has any idea that this is so. They do, however, have a 'life', if I can call it that, which looks like the real thing but isn't. The life of these churches - because it is not spiritual - is psychic. Without realising it, and in spite of the Christian language employed, these churches are a part of the system of witchcraft that controls our modern world. They are entirely blind to it which is why they must be spiritually awakened. And what is perhaps even more amazing is the fact that their theology may be as near 100% correct as is possible, and yet ... and yet ... they are both spiritually asleep and unconscious practitioners of the occult.
I do, of course, expect such a statement to be met with almost total unbelief, not to mention outright hostility. It's inevitable. The blind believe the world to be one way when it is another. When I was a youth I had an operation that required my head to be extensively bandaged so that both my ears were covered. And whilst I could hear, the sounds that struck my tympanic membrane were muffled. When the bandage was removed, after many weeks, I was shocked at how different everything sounded. Perhaps some of you have had similar experiences. We can easily become convinced that reality is one way when it is entirely another. The same contrast that a blind or deaf man experiences when he can suddenly see or hear is no different from the one who is spiritually asleep who is awakening.
We all physically awaken somewhat differently. I don't know about you but I tend to awaken rather fast because I am a light sleeper. But there are those who take a long time to wake up in the mornings who stagger around the house in their pyjamas only half conscious. Either way awakening is a process, and the same is true spiritually. Some people just can't be hurried up and we must live with that. You may want to empty a bucket of cold water over their heads to wake them up, and whilst this might do well in an emergency, for the most part it is not advisable. Yahweh has His own ways to shock people into wakefulness.
I wonder if you have ever listened to some very loud music for a long time and it has suddenly stopped, leaving a ringing in your ears? It is possible to overload the senses that results a state of numbness. Our physical senses are good - all of them - so long as they are not overwhelmed.
Yahweh-Elohim, our Heavenly Father, also created in human beings what is called a psyche. It is an invisible part of the self wherein our thoughts and feelings lie. It is a subtle body rather like our physical one, at least in shape. The best analogy I can give you of it is that it is like a complex energy field that surrounds and penetrates the physical body. Occultists call it an astral body and its field, which extends beyond the body, is sometimes called an aura. It can, under certain circumstances, be photographed when placed in a magnetic field, a technique invented by a Russian called Kirlian. Whilst it is invisible, it is not our spirit - it derives from the material plane. When the physical body dies, this energy field slowly diminishes, lingering on after physical death, until it dissipates into the atmosphere and ground.
When a man and wife procreate, they produce sperm and egg that not only contain part of the genetic makeup of each but also this energy field. When sperm meets egg, the chromosomes combine, becoming diploid, but so too do the psychic fields. The chromosomes contain physical information about the body makeup, but the psychic energy contains the memories of the parents - their tastes and dispositions, and even demonic curses. Our physical bodies are much more than mere organic and inorganic molecules - they also consist of this energy field in which our parents' natures, and their ancestors before them, are found. Into this combination of physical genes and psychic energy, Yahweh sends our preexistent spirit, containing our real Self, which then occupies the physical and psychic space of the developing embryo. Even though the physical embryo is immature, the psyche contains the fully developed adult character elements of the parents, into which the spirit, which is also adult, enters. But there is a fourth element, which the apostle John calls the Ruach haMashiach, or Spirit of Christ, which is placed into that combination of material-psyche-spirit, in what is called a 'man' ('woman') or 'human-being':
"There was a man sent from Elohim (God), whose name was John (the Baptist). This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world" (John 1:6-10, NKJV).
Every human being born into the world receives this Light - the Light of Christ, the Spirit of Christ. It is a gift. It is there to guide us into sufficient truth so that we can make a choice for the giver of that Light, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), and be filled with the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), and all Truth. This is that 'spirit' which the Old Testament testifies returns to Elohim (God) at death, to the One who gave it in the first place. Once the Ruach haMashiach (Spirit of Christ) has gone, so has the leavening influence on our own spirit - for that Light is like the yeast that transforms our own spirits into becoming Christ-like (Mt.13:33). We can listen to it and obey it (as it testifies of what Torah teaches to our hearts) or we can reject it. If we reject it, then - whilst it remains 'in' us for the duration of our mortal span - it is, to all intents and purposes, suppressed or locked away. And when that happens, demons occupy the vacated space.
Our psyche - where our thoughts and feelings are located (the brain only processes thoughts) in the physical dimension - can be acted upon by either the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) or by demons. When demons are admitted through breaking the commandments, the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) withdraws in those areas of life where sin has been committed, and demonic entities take their place. Once in, they tap into the psyche and start modifying it in precisely the same way as parasitic organisms do when they enter our physical bodies. They cause us to think as they do and to experience feelings as they do, so that we dwell on unrighteousness in our minds and experience perverse pleasure with our feelings anf flesh. In the process of time, and as the psyche is more and more subverted, so areas of our essential being can be shut down, and in particular that which connects us to our real self, our spirit. As these channels are shut down, so the spirit slumbers or goes to sleep. It is there, but only tenuously.
The brain, as we know, is enormously complicated. It has millions of neuronal connections or synapses. Demons are able to interfere with these too, as with any other physical aspect of the body, causing memory loss (such as in Alzheimer's Disease), organ degeneration, cancer, and other illnesses. A favourite target is the immune system which is the bodily equivalent of the blood covering of Christ. Weaken your enemy's defenses, and you have got him in the end, something I have learned from my study of history time and time again.
The psyche is no less complicated. It has it's own 'organ system', as it were, that allows us to experience feelings in a coherent and intelligent fashion in conjunction with our thoughts, and with the impulses from our spirit. Human beings were created to be an echad whole, where body, psyche (mind and feelings), and spirit are integrated as a single unity. Satan causes the wholeness to be fragmented, inserting his Fifth Column to spread lies, misinformation, clog mental pathways, and cause confusion in our feeling life. When this happens, only the Ruach haMashiach (Spirit of Christ) can properly repair and reintegrate the whole system.
I should of course mention that the physical-psychic system has inherited Adam's fallen nature, the carnal or fleshy nature, which is contrary to the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God). It acts as a potential countercurrent to the life of the Ruach (Spirit) and must be subdued or brought under control. If it isn't, then demonic entities are able to manipulate it and cause further internal disruption and chaos.
The object of the satanic forces is to sufficiently isolate the spirit-self from the body and psyche that the latter rule the whole. Because the psyche and body contain ancestral memories, and often ungodly bonds to the living and the dead, not to mention that irritating carnal nature, it is possible to overwhelm the soul (which is the whole being) with contrary impulses and motions that are far from being in its self-interest.
Now you might think that understanding the complexity which is a human-being is only for the specialists, and in a way you would be right. I have been probing the mystery of man all my life and am still learning. However, as I have reminded you in earlier sermons, you don't need to know how a aircraft works in detail in order to fly in one safely - you need only know that there is a competent qualified pilot who will get you from A to B safely. Our pilot is the Lord Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) and our manual for life is the Bible. By receiving Yah'shua (Jesus) as the pilot of your life, and obeying Torah in love, everything else will be taken care of. The problems come when we don't do these things, then the repair work required on the soul can be complex and time-consuming, not to mention painful.
If you wake up in the morning and you discover your leg or arm has gone to sleep because you have been sleeping on it and have cut off the blood circulation, the first thing you do is wake that limb up by slapping it and otherwise moving it around. When the spirit falls asleep because you have been neglecting it, and allowing demons to rewire your mental and emotional circuits, you have to get to the root of that negligence - which is called sin - and get rid of it and your demonic masters. That requires faith, obedience and perseverence.
Yah'shua (Jesus) talks about the end-times and how false christs or anti-Messiahs will arise and almost deceive even the elect of God. He says some quite astonishing things and couches His words with a mystery. Let's take a look at them:
"Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it" (Matt.24:15-27, NKJV).
This passage of scripture has both an inner and outer meaning, as most do. It is a warning against false christs. Since most of you know what the outer, literal, meaning of these verses are, I will not go into these today, but rather ask you to read them in the context of your own soul. Your soul has a 'holy place', which is your heart, where the throne room of Yahweh is located in your fleshy temple. On that throne can sit either Yahweh, yourself, or Satan - and since worshipping self is Satanism, we can simplify that by saying that the throne in your heart can either have Yahweh or Satan on it. When Satan is seated there, the "abomination of desolation" is ruling in your heart.
If you discover that to be the case, you are to take immediate, hasty and drastic action. There is no time to delay, no safety in procrastination. If Satan is seated on the throne of your heart (which he will if you don't ask Yahweh to), then you need to get delivered quickly. If you don't, you will have no Sabbath peace, no shalom. If you don't, your soul will be wrecked by the tribulation of inner civil war. And even more frightening, false christs will present themselves from within to you, offering to remove the 'abomination of desolation'. Yes, Satan will make you believe you are getting rid of him by admitting a false christ.
Now what will these false christs within do to convince you they are the true Christ? Well, what does Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself say? He says that they will "show great signs and wonders" in order to deceive you. Remember, we are not talking about false christs in the outer world (though Yah'shua/Christ is most definitely talking about these too), but in our context today about false spirits pretending to be the Ruach haMashiach (Spirit of Christ)!
What we understand from this passage is that Churches can be preaching the Christ of the Bible (by using Bible language and doctrine) but, because their spirits are slumbering, they have unknowingly admitted a demon pretending to be Christ - a demon that is able to show wonders and miracles, false charismata, supernatural signs, the lot. Satan can imitate practically everything - remember that - all except true love that comes from the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) - that parental, nurturing love that brings souls to life. And he accomplishes this not only by ensuring that children are not nurtured in love, but by twisting the truth and telling you, for example, that the commandments have been done away with and all you have to do is follow your heart.
I have met some wonderful people - sincere, honest people - people searching for Christ with all their hearts - who have been profoundly shocked that the christ they were serving was a demon and not Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) at all. I meet them all the time. I am shown in visions how the demons in them manipulate the psyche and convince them they are walking in the presence of God whilst all along Satan is sitting on the throne room of their damaged hearts.
Brethren and sisters, the psyche is the theatre of demons. It is a medium only, it is not the real you. If you lose contact with your spirit, you will be connected to that vast invisible domain called the psychic plane, one of the heavens which is fallen and totally under demonic control. That is why our lives must never be steered by the psyche. To break out of deception and be free of demonic control means subjecting the psyche entirely to the spirit, and then subjecting your spirit to the biblical Yah'shua (Jesus). Our task is to help people do that by a combination of giving nurturing love and acceptance, casting our demons, and preaching the whole biblical revelation as absolute truth. The world will condemn us as only it knows how to, for when we do these things, we topple the kingdom of Satan, and establish the Kingdom of Yahweh.
False christs - demons - live out in the 'desert' and in 'secret places'. The desert is empty and void, dry, and merciless. The Gospel of Yah'shua (Jesus) is to be preached openly and without compromise - on the hilltops, not in darkened rooms haunted by demons. So we make our public proclamations, come what may. We are hated and abused for it, which is itself evidence that the enemy is threatened by it, as he is.
People need to be nurtured as human beings - spiritually parented with the loving-kindness which Yah'shua (Jesus) revealed - and then - when they are awakened - they will grasp Torah with all their hearts, feed off it, and obey it in joy. Then they will grow and exult. Amen.