A2. Which God Do You Worship?
All demonic problems in the world originate because the formerly second most powerful Personage after God (Elohim) Himself - an archangel - decided he wanted to be God. All the woes of mankind are attributable to this first cause - when a created being wanted the power, glory and attributes of the Creator.
It may surprise you to learn that this archangel is not named in the Bible. The popular myth amongst Christians is that this archangel's name was "Lucifer" because of a single passage in the Book of Isaiah which reads:
"How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart:
'I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.'
Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.
"Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
'Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who did not open the house of his prisoners?'
"Lucifer", however, is a Latin name and translates the Hebrew heylel which means "Morning Star" or "Bright One". This title is addressed to the King of Babylon as a representative of the embodiment of this fallen angel. The titanic pride and ambition reflected in verses 14 & 15 are out of place on anyone's lips by the archangel's. Thus the ignominious downfall of the tyrant of Babylon, prophetically pictured here, whose corpse lies unburied and unhonoured, reflects upon the fallen archangel who is his master or lord.
The word "devil", also used to describe this fallen archangel, is likewise not a proper name, but translates the Greek word diabolos which means "false accuser" or "slanderer". It is first used in the Gospel of Matthew in our Greek Bibles where we read:
"Then Jesus (Yah'shua) was led up by the Holy Spirit (Ruach haQodesh) into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil (haSatan). And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God (Elohim), command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Yahweh).'" Then the devil (haSatan) took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God (Elohim), throw Yourself down. For it is written:
'He shall give His angels charge over you,'
'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.' "
Jesus (Yah'shua) said to him, "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God (Yahweh your Elohim).'" Again, the devil (haSatan) took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." Then Jesus (Yah'shua) said to him, "Away with you, Satan (adversary)! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God (Yahweh your Elohim), and Him only you shall serve.'" Then the devil (haSatan) left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him" (Matt.4:1-11, NKJV).
This is the English translation from Greek. However, the Greek New Testaments we use are not the original New Testaments which were originally written in Hebrew. Please notice the original names and titles, both of God and the Devil, in the text above which I have placed in red letters in parentheses.
The first thing you will notice is that God has a Name, and that Name is Yahweh. Our English Bibles substitute this Name for "Lord". Secondly, you will notice that the word "God", when used of Yahweh, is Elohim (also Eloah and El). God is not a name but a title, and the word itself is of pagan origin. And throughout the Bible you will learn that the true God is to be worshipped by His Name:
"And Elohim said further to Mosheh (Moses), "This you are to say to the children of Yisra'el, Yahweh-Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Yitshaq (Isaac), and the Elohim of Ya'aqob (Jacob), has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations" (Shemoth/Exodus 3:15, ISRV).
Later on, Yahweh declares:
"I appeared to Abraham, to Yitshaq (Isaac), and to Ya'aqob (Jacob), as El Shaddai (God Almighty). And by My Name YAHWEH, was I not known to them? (Ibid.,6:3)
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob knew God not as "God" but as Yahweh. Later, Yahweh told Moses:
"But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name [Yahweh] may be declared in all the earth" (Ex.9:16-17, NKJV).
If you have a Bible Concordance database, search on "My Name" and you will find over 100 matches. In each of these, "My Name" always refers to Yahweh.
You will also notice that the original, correct Name for the Son of God is Yah'shua and not "Jesus". The Scriptures in the New Testament also say that this Name is the Name above all other Names, and the only Name by which a person can be saved, and this is correct. Does this mean that Yah'shua is more important or more saving that Yahweh? Not at all. The Name of God - Yahweh - is sometimes abbreviated to Yah (e.g. Psalm 68:4, KJV, where is is incorrectly rendered as "Jah"). Yah'shua is an abbreviation of Yahweh'shua which literally translated means "Yahweh saves". Yah'shua is therefore the instrument of Yahweh's salvation. You will see why this is important in deliverance in a minute.
Salvation is not to be found in a deity called "God". The word "God" (Heb. El, Eloah, or Elohim is a generic name that can refer to the true God, Yahweh, as well as to the false gods of other religions like Allah and Brahama, to angels (true and false, including demons), idols, and even human judges. Neither is it to be found in the word "Lord" which can similarly be used of Yahweh, Yah'shua, angels, demons, and Satan himself. The word Beelzebub (actually Ba'al Z'vuv), which is applied to Satan and some categories of demon, literally means "Lord of the Flies" or "Lord of Dung" (Mt.10:25; 12:24,27; Mk.3.22; Lk.11:15,18-19).
You will have noticed, I hope, that "Satan" is not a proper name either, and that in the Hebrew Bible this fallen archangel is called haSatan which literally translated is "the satan" or "the adversary". Everyone is "a satan" if they oppose the work of Yahweh, just as everyone is an "antichrist" or "anti-Messiah" if they oppose the work of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). This is important to understand in the realm of demons as some may use the name "satan" (adversary) or even "lucifer" (bright one) and fool people into thinking that it is the fallen Archangel (whom we also call 'Lucifer' or 'Satan'). To make things more confusing (and you must always remember that the dark forces deliberately try to cause confusion through the telling of lies), there are evil men and women who call themselves "Satanists", "Luciferians" and "Devil-worshippers" who insist that all three are different. Many Satanists so not even believe in a personal being called "Satan" (and in a way, they're right) but believe "Satan" to be the personification of certain forces. They view "God" in the same way. They worship themselves.
The fallen Archangel - Heylel - goes under hundreds of names and titles (dictators are rather fond of such things). The fact of the matter is he is not named in the Bible at all. Rather, he is known by certain appellations, namely ADVERSARY, LIAR, DECEIVER, COUNTERFEIT LIGHT-BEARER, TEMPTER, MURDERER, FALSE ACCUSER, SLANDERER and so forth. So when he is given the names Satan, Lucifer, and Devil, it is important to know what they mean. These are the attributes or qualities of the fallen archangel who wants to make himself out to be God.
Finally, there is one other crucial title that is given to Satan that we must be aware of. It is written in Scripture:
Mark this well: Satan is also called "father" just as Yahweh is called "Father". Every man and woman has one earthly father and one or two possible spiritual fathers - Yahweh-Elohim or Satan.
"If God (Eloah) were your Father, you would love Me [Yah'shua/Jesus], for I proceeded forth and came from God (Eloah); nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:42-44, NKJV).
What do we mean by a "father"? A "father" is someone who originates something. Yahweh-Elohim is literally the Father of this physical universe and everything in it. In the beginning it was all good, holy, and pure. When Lucifer fell, he became the father or origin of everything untruthful, evil and impure. Thus if a person loves evil in any way, his father is Satan.
The reader may be wondering why I have gone to such great trouble to distinguish between Yahweh the Father and Yah'shua the Son. The reason I have done so is because to misunderstand their true relationship is to actually invite a religious demon into you. Anything that dishonours Yahweh is grounds for demonic infiltration. This infiltration may not at first be obvious because it is so subtle but the demonic presence is enough to subvert the spiritual life. The majority of Christians have it.
The Scriptures tell us that we are to worship Yahweh and noone else (the Shema). We are to address Him by His proper Name (Yahweh) and call Him our Father. Yah'shua (Jesus) tells us how to pray in the so-called "Lord's Prayer": "Our Father, which art in heaven..." (Lk.11:2, KJV). We are nowhere commanded to pray to Yah'shua (Jesus) but through Him. We are commanded to baptise in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) (Mt.28:19). That Name is revealed to be Yahweh who saves us from our sins - Yah'shua - Yahweh our Salvation.
I had to write this article three times because I was attacked spiritually in order to prevent me to getting it up on-line. Twice the entire article was erased. And the reason this happened was because of a revelation that I had earlier. I want to share that experience with you here.
It follows that if there is a counterfeit Father, that there must also be a counterfeit Son, and a counterfeit Holy Spirit. We recently delivered a man who believed he had been led by the Holy Spirit for 26 years. One of our ministers, realising it was a counterfeit, bound it up and cast it out in the Name of Yah'shua and by the power of His Blood. The result was astounding. Suddenly this man "saw" for the first time the lie he had been under most of his life. All the angels that has appeared to him turned out to be demons. All the supernatural activities he had experienced were from the dark realm. His story is told in one of the articles that follows.
Most of what happens in the charismatic movement with its tongue-speaking, falling unconscious, rolling on the ground, and similar activities, is caused by a set of demons counterfeiting the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). I was recently talking to an ex-warlock who came to Christ and had been through deliverance. No-one could help him be rid of the demonic influence that oppressed him in the form of a tight band of pressure around his head when it was challenged. After carefully interviewing him I discovered he was a part of the Toronto Movement and knew at once that there was a counterfeit Holy Spirit in him. This "spirit" had done so many spectacular things in him that he was not willing to let go of it and to my knowledge is still oppressed. Millions of Christians are afflicted by this demon along with large numbers of Christian evangelists and "apostles" on the Christian scene. They are all under a strong demonic delusion - a "religious" spirit. They may be "good" in most other aspects of their lives but they are nevertheless not free. They have two fathers within them - Yahweh the Father of Truth and Satan the father of lies.
You may discover that you have a whole set of demons in you masquerading as "the Father". There may indeed be many "counterfeit fathers" inside. Get rid of them. When I did, I felt this enormous sense of release. I prayed something like this:
"Yahweh-Elohim, my true Heavenly Father, in the Name of Your Son Yah'shua the Messiah, I hereby bind up all spirits or demons who call themselves, or are, 'fathers', and I cast them out. Amen."
There are also many counterfeit "Sons" - those who claim to be Jesus or Yah'shua or Yeshua. Yah'shua Himself warned of false christs (messiahs) - and He didn't just mean human beings claiming to be the Messiah but demons who teach "another Gospel" (2 Cor.11:4; Gal.1:6) belonging to "another Jesus".
It was just before I wrote this article that I had an experience with "counterfeit sons". As I was meditating on the possibility and was formulating the prayer of deliverance in my mind, I heard a voice inside cry out: "No! No! No! No!" After uttering the prayer and casting out the demon(s) associated with false sons, I was again aware of a spiritual release. I became aware that what I had expelled were religious demons attached to the many "Jesus's" of other gospels I had once heard and believed.
Satan is a liar and a counterfeiter. Whatever is true, good, and holy, he has a counterfeit of. I guarantee it. And once you believe his lies, he begins to start exercising control of your mind through powerful demons. Once he has your mind, he begins subverting your feelings and behaviour. You become his prisoner. And it doesn't matter whether you believe in the true God or not if you don't believe and obey Him as Yah'shua (Jesus) did!
We do not know Satan's name probably because no one single word could ever represent the scale of the evil and darkness that is in him. The true Elohim, however, does have only one Name - many Titles, but only one Name - and that Name is Yahweh. You'll never hear a more important Name in your life, nor the Name which He has placed on His Son, Yah'shua. And that Name, moreover, has a meaning. In many ways it is untranslatable, and it is not my purpose to enter into an in-depth theological treatise on the subject; but the most satisfactory translation I have come across is THE ULTIMATE REALITY - literally "I am that I am".
Yahweh is the ultimate Truth, the ultimate Being. He is the only constant reference point in the Universe which He created. He is El Elyon - the Most High God, for there is none greater than He. And He has placed His Name on His Son, Yah'shua, who is our Deliverer, Rescuer and Saviour. Through Him - and Him alone, by decree of the Father - we may be delivered from all demonic powers through faith in His Name and stay delivered by subsequent obedience to His commandments. If we don't, then seven times as many demons we got rid of the first time can - and will - come back.
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