God’s Angels at Work

In several places in Scripture, we are shown how the angels of God work on behalf of God’s people and against their adversaries: both physical and spiritual.

We see angelic intervention in the lives of Christians – even after Pentecost – for the communication of God’s plans and purposes, deliverance from danger and judgement on the enemies of God (Acts 8:26; 12:5-7, 23 etc.).

In this article, I will share some true life experiences; some from mine and others from the testimonies of other Christians.

This is the first time I’m publicly sharing some of the personal stuff you will read in this piece, so I might not go into details. I just want to use them to gear up your faith in the power of God.

  1. Protection from a messenger of Satan

This happened a year after I began to walk closely with God, in 2004, to be precise.

I had formed a habit of praying every night before going to sleep. That night in April, I remember praying fervently against the operations of the powers of darkness.

That wasn’t my first time of praying these. Those days, I wasn’t even sure of what was fighting me, but the dream I had afterwards gave me a clue.

I don’t think I had slept up to 30 minutes, when I had this revelation. In it, I walked through our house and into the sitting room to see a lady there. This girl had the physical identity of a close family member, but I somehow knew in my spirit that she was diabolical.

She had a big earphone (similar to the one I used in listening to my favourite Christian music) plugged to her ears and it was connected to our stereo. She was listening to something.

I looked at my mum, but she was fast asleep on the couch (now I know what that means). I walked up to this girl and unplugged that earphone from the stereo. I then turned to go into my room which was close by.

Suddenly, I heard footsteps from behind me. As I turned to see who it was, I saw this girl about to pounce on me. This time, her form had changed; she now had fangs protuding from both sides of her mouth like the popular Dracula imagery.

In a flash, a tall man dressed in a white linen appeared between us and held her up like a tractor holding a car off the ground.

I stood back in amazement. Though this strong angel held her with just a hand, she was completely incapacitated as she struggled fruitlessly to be freed from his strong grip. Then I woke up, appreciating the Lord for His love for me.

Was that lady a demon associated with my family? Was she a human agent of Satan in my family? I will never know for sure (though I suspect the latter). But what I do know is that God protected me from her savage bloody rage.

2. “Beware of these things…”

I had this revelation mid 2006, in my late teens. I was on my Pre-Degree Science programme in the University at the time. I was much in prayer and intense study of the Word that year.

One night, in a dream, I saw myself back at home and I heard a knock on the door. When I opened it, I saw a young man standing there. He was dressed neatly and carrying a bag. His mien was like that of a preacher.

At first, I thought to myself, “Is he one of those fake ones, a Jehovah’s witness?” But without uttering a word, it suddenly flashed into my spirit that he was genuine. I quickly apologized for my mistake and he sweetly smiled and nodded in agreement.

He brought what looked like white slides or plaques. On the first one was written a word in capital letters, then he showed me the second one, on it was also written another word in capital letters. These words were sins/vices common to humanity.

On the third one, however, there was no word written on it, but a drawing, illustrating another sin. But it seems to have a double application. Then the dream cleared off.

Later as I prayed and asked the Lord for its meaning, it dawned on me that those things the angel showed me were things I must avoid in my life, particularly in years to come.

In retrospect, there are two interesting things here. One, some years later when I left the ways of the Lord, I now see that one of the things what led me astray was based on the first vice I was shown.

Two, in this present age of the social media, I now see how easy it is for me to be sucked into the second and third vices, but those warnings have helped me to be cautious in those areas.

3. The spirit of death vanquished

I had this experience in 2016. I saw myself in our family sitting room, relaxing on the first chair while my younger brother sat on the second chair. Then a tall, handsome man dressed smartly like a Navy officer walked in and moved close to where we were.

In that dream, I seem to know him from somewhere, because I had no inkling that he was a stranger. He was tall, so he easily reached his hands into the ceiling and brought out two owls nesting there – one from above my head and the other from above my brother’s.

The owls were flapping their wings and struggling, trying to escape from his grip, but he squashed them on the wall. I was shocked.

As he turned to leave, I got up from the chair and went after him. I asked, “Sir, how were you able to do that so effortlessly? But I was told that those who killed these animal familiars usually get killed?”

He looked at me with such love and understanding of my naivete and smiled without saying a word. Then he kept moving. And the dream cleared off.

There’s more to this story. Those owls represented the spirit of death. In any case, my naive question in that dream is a reflection of how our little human reasoning makes us want to figure out the supernatural or succumb to fear rather than faith.

About a year after this revelation, my brother and I were delivered from two separate happenstance that would have taken our lives. Glory to be to God.

4. Deliverance from spiritual assassins

This happened to a close family member who is an ordained minister. Let’s call her Funke. I narrate it here as she told it to me.

In 2006, Funke was ordained as a pastor and posted to a church branch. This church had been a troubled one almost from the time it was started in 1999 or so.

The church was not growing; its members were lukewarm and indifferent towards Christian living, and the last pastor had tendered his resignation after his wife died of cancer. He abruptly left the church in despair and was not heard from again.

Few months after Funke was posted there, she started to lead the church to pray aggressively and the powers of darkness fought in return. She began to experience demonic attacks – about four people (whose physical identity she knew) would pursue her in the dream with guns and shoot her.

Soon, she began to observe physical lumps growing on her breasts. She went for a scan which revealed them to be cysts and consulted a doctor. Though she knew this was a result of spiritual arrows, she also sought medical therapy.

After some sessions of spiritual warfare, the lumps disappeared. Then she had that dream again. As these people were pursuing her this time around, a man appeared and stood between her and these spiritual assassins. He also had a gun with which he shot each one of them in the head and the dream cleared away.

Since then, that nightmare never repeated itself, and soon, two of these agents of darkness, (long standing church members) physically stopped coming to the church. Funke was also transferred to another branch.

5. Rescued from kidnappers

This was a testimony relayed by a lady (I’ll call her Gloria) during a programme held in my family church in 2007.

Gloria was kidnapped by ritual murderers at a bank near Iwo Road, Ibadan. She vaguely remembered that a man walked up to her as she was leaving the bank premises, and asked her what time it was by her wrist watch. Then she took a look at her watch; that was all she could recall.

Gloria regained consciousness as she was being roughly dragged from a vehicle and forced into a room. She lost count of days.

Others victims were in the room too, incapacitated by hypnotism. These murderers would come into the room, select any of them and take them away. She never saw them again.

At a point, she was the only one left. After the last victim was taken out, the door to the room was left unlocked. It seemed far-fetched, because she didn’t hear the “click” sound the door always made each time it was closed.

Then she mustered some bravery and escaped that evening. It was dark, and after running for a while in the forest, she fell down in exhaustion and slept off. She woke up the next day and continued to try to find her way out of the forest.

Gloria finally saw a man who inquired of her and informed her that she was far from Ibadan (where she was kidnapped). He took her through a path to the main road, helped her flag down a vehicle and talked with the driver (she didn’t hear the content of their discussion) who conveyed her right back to Ibadan.

I have no doubts that the man Gloria met in that forest was an angel of God.

6. The invisible helpers in spiritual warfare

The next three stories are taken from Paul Ivbarue’s book, Deliverance: The Children’s Bread (House of Grace Publications, 2000, pp. 38-40).

I have known Pastor Paul since 2001 and I have been under his ministration. He has been (and is being) used by God in the ministry of healing and deliverance.

“Some 8 years ago at Oyo town, we were ministering deliverance to a sister. We were four, plus the sister, making five altogether. The demons in her spoke through her mouth, inviting other demons to come and attack us as the fire of prayers was too much for them to bear. The next words we heard from the sister’s mouth was: “You mean you cannot attack them because they are too many? No! They are only four, attack them and help us!”

“Immediately, it dawned on us that truly there were many heavenly angels around us to protect us during the ministration.

“A woman came for our Wednesday deliverance clinic, and the power of God touched her. She was on the floor for about 30 minutes.

“Later she testified that while on the floor, two men in white overall like doctors (angels) took her on a stretcher and wheeled her to a beautiful theatre where there were other doctors (as she called them) who began to operate her womb.

“She said when the operation was completed, the two men wheeled her back and placed her on the floor. It was then she opened her eyes.”

“We were in a meeting in Lagos, and our Father in the Lord, Rev. Kayode Kolawole was ministering. The power of God touched a sister among others. She started shouting “Give me my brain! Give me my brain!!” I moved to where the sister was and laid hands on her commanding her brain where it is hidden to be returned to her.

“Later, this sister came to me to say that when the command was being given, she saw an angel with a flaming sword cut down a big tree and there she saw her brain being held by a man under the tree. The angel ordered the man to return her brain to her and he did and fled.

“She said she was preparing to [write] her School Certificate (W.A.S.C) the third time. The ones she did were not successful despite her preparation. I then prayed with her and assured her that God has delivered her and this time around, she will succeed in her exams.”

7. A satanist arrested by angels

The following account is taken from Evangelist Kalu Abosi’s book, Born Twice: From Demonism to Christianity. In this book, he narrated his past sojourn in the kingdom of darkness and how he was caught in the net of the Lord Jesus to witness for Him.

This is the most informative book authored by an ex-satanist (published in the early 1990s) I’ve read so far exposing the infrastructure of Satanism in Africa. Unfortunately, it’s now out of print.

The part I am relaying is his encounter with the angels of God during an occult assignment in Abiriba, Abia State.

One day, at about 4:30am, while he was having sex with his “spiritual mother”, the Queen of the Coast (she would transform into a girl of about his age whenever they had intercourse), the entire palace began to shake.

They had to disengage and she changed back into her real form. At her command, their screen showed where the quake was coming from: a Christian man was preaching the gospel (“morning cry”) around Ameke Square.

Whenever the gospel of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed in the physical world, it causes ripples in the realm of darkness.

The queen began to chant an incantation and a bottle appeared in her hand. She rubbed its gummy/sticky contents on Kalu’s face and commanded him to go after that preacher and stare at him face-face with that concoction and the demons would melt that preacher into natural water. It was a deadly occult weapon.

Kalu woke up physically, and left the house immediately. His family knew he had a habit of visiting the restroom every morning so they didn’t think it was unusual for him to go out at that time.

After walking hurriedly, he located the preacher from a distance, as he was about catching up with him, suddenly, two angels appeared and we’re walking towards him.

It soon got to a point that the angels were close to him and wouldn’t allow him go any further. He chanted an incantation against them, it didn’t work. He had been given a “special” ring when he visited Satan’s kingdom; the ring is called “the good, the bad, the destroyer.”

Satan told him that the demons attached to the ring would make a bad situation become “good”; turn a good thing into bad and would also destroy a bad thing/person. He used this ring against the angels as he had been instructed, but it didn’t faze them.

He couldn’t even stand in their presence as their countenance was like the sun in its zenith, so he began to stagger like one who is drunk. The two angels captured him and took him to a place in the woods where they had him tied down to a tree by bright white cords they produced from their bodies.

They then left their two swords by each of his ear and left the place. The sword began to sing in a most melodious voice he had ever heard and later began to preach the gospel to him.

Though he found the message tormenting (each time the name of Jesus was mentioned, he would feel burns on his body) one line from the messages stuck with him: “I will make you fishers of men if you will follow Me.”

Later, the angels returned, picked up their swords and untied him. By then, the day had dawned, and after an initial frustrated attempt, he chanted an incantation that took him back home.

We Christians simply have no idea of the invisible battles that take place in the spirit realm with each step we take for Christ. But let me assure you, if you are with Christ, God’s angels will protect you. But if you are not in Christ, you will not be protected.

 

 

Have you been Touched by an Angel?

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The topic of angels is one that inexorably incites curiosity and keen interest from both Christian and non-Christians. It is a subject that is frequently explored in literature, music, art, film, cyberculture, television and religious circles.

A TV series that fuelled much of the angel hysteria in the 1990s was Touched by an Angel (featuring Della Reese and Roma Downey). This series became such a cultural phenomenon that it was nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards between 1997 and 2000.

It might interest you to know that it’s not only Christianity that believes in angels. Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, even Wicca, Hermetic Qabalah and New Age spirituality also believe in angels, but their angelogy contradicts Christianity and the Bible.

This is why a fine line should be drawn. In the age of deception which we live in, a biblical view of angels is vital, so that we do not veer out of the original faith handed to the saints in a bid to get “touched by an angel.”

What you need to know

The Bible defines angels as “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). In plain words, angels are sent forth to minister for God or to serve us, God’s people.

The use of the present participle in that verse emphasizes the continuance of angelic ministry even in our day. The word translated angels from the original Greek language is angelos which carries the same meaning as “messenger.”

Angels are also called “ministers” (Greek: leitourgous) of God, that is, servants of God. Though they are spirits, they can manifest themselves physically (cf. Gen. 18:2). They are living beings that possess personality (intellect, emotion and will).

They are variously called the sons of God, morning stars (Job 38:7), sons of the mighty (Ps. 29:1 NASB), watchers (Dan. 4:13-15), holy ones (Matt. 25:31), princes (Dan. 10:13), thrones and dominions (Col. 1:16).

The angels of God were created long before the earth. God said “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth … when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38: 4, 7).

This indicates that at Creation, angels were shouting for joy when they saw what God was doing. 

We also learn that there are innumerable angels with God. At one place Jesus said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt. 26:53).

In the ancient Roman army, a legion consists of 3,000 – 6,000 soldiers. So when Jesus speaks of 12 legions of angels, it’s clear that He refers to tens of thousands of warrior angels. These are possibly the “armies of heaven” that will come with Him at the Second Advent (Rev. 19:14).

In another place, the Bible speaks of “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” where there are “thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly” (Heb. 12:22).

It’s also worthy to note that these angels are organized into ranks (Col. 2:18) and are sent for various assignments:

They guard gates (Rev. 21:12); wage war in actual bodily contact (2Th. 2:10); execute judgements (Gen. 19; 2Kgs. 19:35 etc.); lead sinners to gospel workers (Acts 10:3); witness confessions (Lk. 15:8-9); impart God’s will (Acts 5:19-20); take the saints at their death to God’s presence (Lk. 16:22); strengthen them in trial (Mt. 4:11); protect the saints (Ps. 34:7); give revelations (Lk. 15:8-9) and bring answers to prayers (Dan. 9:31-23) etc.

Five Popular Myths about Angels

#1 All angels have wings

In arts and popular culture, angels are always depicted having wings on their backs. Renaissance European arts even added a twist to it: they portrayed angels as winged chubby infants holding bows and arrows (obviously borrowed from depictions of the Roman god, Cupid).

Many Christians today still adhere to this hallowed myth, that all angels have wings. But with the exception of cherubims and seraphims described in the Old Testament, there is no description in the Bible of angels with wings.

Every time an angel made an appearance to someone in Scripture, the person always thought the angel was human. Humans did not observe that angels had wings or could fly.

Cherubims are a special group of angels attached to the throne of God whose task is to guard the Holiness of God.

For instance, a cherub was placed at the gate to Eden so that people might not enter after Adam and Eve were cast out. The two likenesses of angels that were placed on the Ark of the Covenant were were cherubs (Ex. 25:18-22).

The Bible also speaks of seraphims (from the word “burners”) who had six wings. These are angels who are concerned with the holiness of God. They cry out continually: “Holy, holy, holy” (Isa. 6:3).

So technically, angels don’t have wings, but cherubims and seraphims – which are higher order of angels – do.

God’s angels are powerful beings; they are not the sweet-faced chubby infants found in Catholic art.

#2. Female angels

This was one of the misleading concepts popularized by the Touched by an Angel series.

Many statues and artwork also depict angels as female. In Choo Thomas’s Heaven is so Real, she also claimed to encounter a female angel.

But going to the Bible, we see that the word angel is always used in the masculine gender both in Hebrew and Greek. Sex, in a human sense, is not ascribed to them.

#3. Everyone has a Guardian Angel

This myth is a very popular one. It pervades both religious and secular circles, for obvious reasons.

In the Touched by an Angel series, the angel usually appears to a person who is a derelict or has some moral problems and helps them solve their problems with the credit going to the angels. This sort of teaching is loved by the world.

Plenty of people (even if non-religious), are fascinated with the idea of having a personal spiritual protector working out their life’s hassles without really submitting to God. So, they seek a spirituality that gives comfort to such warm, fuzzy sentiments. 

Some Christians actually believe every child born on earth has a personal guardian angel assigned to him/her by God. He follows, helps and protects them until the point where they start to sin. Though they appeal to Matt. 18:10, the doctrine doesn’t appear to be based on sound exegesis.

Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. The unsaved have no angel. “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Psa. 34:7). 

The unsaved are excluded from angelic protection and deliverance. (Though it doesn’t mean God, in His grace, cannot sovereignly protect them). Children having angels who see God’s face (cf. Matthew 18:10) most likely refers to those that have come to know the Lord or are born to Believing parents. 

Of course, there have been many accounts of personal supernatural angelic experiences in books, documentaries and daytime talk shows. But two things are common to many of such “angel” narratives:

One, these individuals are not Christians. Two, the angel frequently occupies a central figure in their lives. He – not God – becomes their personal saviour/guru, which makes their experiences highly suspect.

How can a non-Christian who is not in the light nor has yielded to the authority of Scripture be able to discern between what is coming from God or what may be of the devil? Answer: They don’t! Everything is accepted as true because it resonates with their emotions.

#4. We need to locate our guardian angels and listen to them

This myth is circumscribed on #3. In recent times, the Internet has become cluttered with “angel reading” ads aimed at luring people into seeking out messages purportedly coming from their “guardian angels” in heaven.

These online readings are said to guide inquirers on their life purposes, relationships, weekly plans and their future.

Though the terms have changed a bit, it’s the same old stuff that many people have sought at seances, palmists, star gazers, crystal ball readers and other brand of diviners for centuries.

When you read these “message from your angel” ads carefully, you will realize that the so-called angels being contacted for information are spirits imitating the departed. The old spirit guides have been rebranded as “angels” and sold in the market place.

Some Charismatic churches also teach that we need to communicate with our angels and “put them to work” – to bring us money, healing, peace and helpers. These are more based on Frank Peretti’s school of the spirit world than a historic, biblical thought.

Talking about Frank Peretti. His Christian fiction novel, This Present Darkness, has sadly been used as the manual of spiritual knowledge for many believers. That was one of the books which popularised the idea of localised angels contacting humans.

But in every instance of an angel physically appearing to individuals like Abraham, Lot and his family, Gideon, Moses, Manoah etc., it’s clear that the angels had the physical appearances that matched the people to whom they appeared; they dressed like them and spoke their languages.

There were no “European” angels contacting Asians or “American” angels, “Chinese” angels or “African” angels doing the same.

Aside that, the angels that appeared to God’s people and gave them revelations did so only at God’s sovereign arrangements.

Daniel wasn’t trying to contact angel Gabriel for visions. Zechariah wasn’t in the temple, trying to locate an angel. Mary the mother of Jesus didn’t seek an angel. Apostle Peter or John wasn’t seeking an angel for a revelation. Neither should we.

#5. We need to pray to and invoke angels for help

This is often a consequence of myth #4. When folks have been seduced to believe that angels have a corner in the market where they can be contacted for knowledge, the next best thing would be to learn their names, call on them and make them intermediaries.

In African syncretic/ “spiritual” churches (as well as Roman Catholicism), the special invocation of and prayer to angels is inextricably linked with their rituals.

They invoke and pray to angels Michael and Gabriel, as well as names of “angels” found in post-exilic rabbinical traditions and ceremonial magick, like Raphael and Uriel. These are all fallen angels.

In the Bible, only three angels’ names are recorded: Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. Lucifer fell, and with him a host of angels known as fallen angels.

The Bible distinguishes between these unrighteous angels (or  unclean spirits) who followed Satan and “the elect angels” who follow God (1 Tim. 5:21).

These fallen angels are the force behind the “angel craze” in pseudo-Christian religions, New Age spirituality and the secular world, leading many down the path of a false god.

They give their followers false miracles and supernatural experiences that deepen their delusion and strengthen them in their iniquities.

An ex-satanist who worked with such evil spirits said:

“The sylphs [elemental spirits] do shout and make noise when they are in full control of the medium. Besides this, they teach series of rituals that are unscriptural. They are fond of doing rituals with eggs, sugar, ginger nuts, earthenware, coins and cereals …

“The sylphs [also] make their congregation abstain from meats, especially pork, rabbit, crab, snail, mudfish, duck meat, grass cutter and other forest animals … The spiritual churches erect altars by burying alive ram, crucifix, doves and Bible’s as a ritual. That serves as a point of contact to the spirits of the air or fallen angels. The powers in the church depend on the number of days fasted for the rituals, some fast 21 days while others for 14 days.

“Those who have learnt advanced magick, as I did, buried the general seal of the spirits called ShemHamephorash in Hebrew or Seal of Solomon according to magick. This higher seal of magick attracts fallen angels and Olympian spirits to execute their duties in the church” (Romanus Monday Ekeocha, Christian Alive, vol. 2. No. 14, 2006, p. 2).

The angels being invoked in these syncretic churches are Olympian spirits also invoked in occultism. Angels of God do not accept worship, prayer or veneration from anyone (cf. Rev. 22:8-9).

Nevertheless, true Christians enjoy angelic intervention just as God’s Word says. I have personally experienced this, and I will be sharing them in my next post.

Further Reflections on the Integrity Challenged Warriors – II

Doctrinal Aberrations 

Rebecca Brown’s teachings, though good in some aspects, are also plagued by flawed Bible interpretation, warped theology and strange ideas about spiritual warfare that can mislead those who blindly accept them.

  1. Spirit bodies

She taught that the human spirit body can act independently without the person’s knowledge. But a careful reading of the Bible texts she cited (2 Cor. 12:2-4; Rev. 4:12) reveals that while the persons’ spirits left their bodies (or didn’t leave), they were clearly aware of what they perceived. She wrote:

If you hate someone, Satan can step in and use your spirit body to attack the person you hate. Such an attack can produce all sorts of illness, accidents, emotional problems, and even physical death. The person doing the hating usually is never aware that Satan is using his spirit body.” (He Came, p. 177).

This teaching unjustly incriminates Christians as occultists. The Bible calls hatred a sinful work of the flesh (Gal. 5:19); it doesn’t turn Christians into part-time witches.

In her third book she wrote:

Even though we do not see the armor of God, it IS real armor in the spirit world. We can use it in the physical world if the Holy Spirit directs” (Becoming p. 82).

This is an error. We do not wear Roman armour on our spirit bodies! They are spiritual qualities. Just because Apostle Paul employed metaphors such as “helmet”, “breastplate”, “belt” etc. does not mean they are literal pieces.

  1. Standing in the gap

Have you ever experienced a time of intense intercessory prayer after which you felt completely exhausted? That is because, while you were praying with your physical body, God had taken your spirit body and put it into combat with the demonic forces you are praying against … The fatigue you felt is mostly a reflection of the stress your spirit body experienced” (Prepare, p. 287)

She misapplies 1 Cor. 5:1-4 to support this idea, but there, Paul was using a metaphor. It’s quite common for a person to say he is with us in the spirit if not in person, meaning that he is sympathetic to our situation even if absent.

Apostle Paul was not astral projecting to be with the Corinthian church. He was simply responding to reports of sin there.

She also wrote:

In other words, any demonic powers directed the minister must get past you first. This will mean suffering for you – both physical and emotional … You will rarely be consciously aware that you are ‘in the gap.’ This is because the Lord has complete control of our spirit bodies” (Ibid, pp. 286-287).

There’s no scriptural precedent for the interpretation of bearing others’ physical pain and sharing in their affliction as “bearing others’ burden.”

When Paul told the Galatians to bear one another’s burdens, he was speaking about restoring a brother taken in a fault (Gal. 6:1-5).

Yes, we are to help others in need but there is no Scriptural teaching that we are to suffer pain so someone else will not have to.

Rebecca also misapplies Ezekiel 20:30-31 to “prove” her teaching that bearing another’s pain is equivalent to “standing in the gap.”

In these verses, God was merely saying that He was going to destroy the land because He found no one to stand in the gap i.e. intercede in prayer for them. Jesus is the One who took our burdens on the cross.

It’s interesting to note that during the hearing for the revoking of her license, eye witnesses testified:

“That Respondent [Rebecca] has stated on numerous occasions that she possessed the capability of ‘sharing’ her patients’ illnesses in fighting the demons, devils and other evil spirits that were allegedly causing the various ailments and conditions and that she was, in fact ‘sharing’ Edna Elaine Moses’ leukemia”  (Finding of Fact, no. 20).

On page 319 of Prepare for War, she alludes to this bizarre idea: “I asked the Lord if He would be willing to remove Rene’s pain and let us share the pain.”

  1. Rebecca as Elaine’s Saviour

Rebecca said God sent an angel with a sword to kill Elaine after becoming a Christian for refusing to enter into a covenant with Him to protect her from being killed by Satanists. Elaine’s words too were revealing:

I can fight and protect us. I know our enemy well. After all, I spent 17 years serving him, I should know him! I’m not a weakling, why should I go running to God to protect us? … God is insulting me. Why should I ask Him to protect us when I can fight just as well?” (Prepare, pp. 16-17).

Note: these are not words that would come from someone who has been born again by the Word of God and has the Spirit of God in him/her.

In this scenario, Rebecca says she asks God to let His wrath fall on her instead of Elaine and it so happened.

She cites Moses as an example, but Moses didn’t suffer in his body or spirit for Israel. There’s no scriptural precedent for God pouring His wrath on His children, let alone an innocent child for the sake of a guilty child.

There’s no scriptural evidence that God would destroy one of His children for not entering into a covenant. And there’s no scriptural precedent for God forcing anyone to enter into a covenant with Him. All His covenants are open to rejection or acceptance.

God never forces himself on anyone, let alone send an angel to kill someone who refused to enter into a proposed covenant. We have one God and one Mediator, Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5). His blood cleanses us from our sins, not a woman’s idea of self-sacrifice.

  1. Guardian angels

The angel also told me that God created all his angels with so much love that every person has a special guardian angel who guards him or her because he has so much love for that individual that he petitioned the Father for the job of guarding him from his birth” (He Came, p.127).

The idea of every individual having a guardian angel from birth is unbiblical. Here’s what the Bible says:

“Are not angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14)

There’s no mention here or elsewhere in scripture of a special guardian angel given to each person. Angels are ministers only to the heirs of salvation.

When the Bible says “He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways,” it was specifically referring to God’s people (Ps. 91:11).

Rebecca said she accepted the angel’s teachings because no fallen angel can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. She based this on 1 Cor. 12:3, but she was in error: this verse applies to men, not to spirits of deception.

The historical context of the verse mandated that expression of faith, but the test today is not whether someone says “Jesus is Lord,” but whether what they teach is wholly backed up by the Bible (Gal. 1:8).

  1. Covenanting with God

God makes a covenant with each of us when we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and to become our Lord and Savior and Master … [God still] desires to make a covenant with us even as He did with Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua and so on…” (Prepare, p. 25).

This is not quite accurate. Jesus established the new covenant with His disciples and commissioned them to invite whosoever will to enter into that covenant (Matt. 26:28; Jer. 31:33-34).

There is only one covenant. We do not all have separate covenants in Jesus’ blood, although we have individual relationships with the Father through that one covenant.

When we make Jesus our Lord and Saviour and Master, then we don’t need to make other covenants like Noah, Abraham or Moses did with God because the new covenant is “superior” to theirs and is “founded on better promises” (Heb. 8:6).

Indeed, there could be times when God would lead individuals in a specific assignment and attach certain promises to it, that may be called a “covenant” in a sense, but the type Rebecca teaches is a deliberate kind of formal oath that Christians must enter into with God. God doesn’t require such oaths (Matt. 5:34-37). Besides, God is sovereign; He’s not bound by any covenant we initiate.

She continues:

My first covenant with the Lord was at the time of my salvation. My second covenant was when I made Jesus the total Master in my life by making that total commitment. I was the initiator of these two covenants.”

This statement betrays her lack of understanding of the new covenant. She has it backwards.

At salvation, God initiates a covenant with us through Christ’s blood. Making Christ Lord and Master over our lives is part of that agreement.

One cannot enter the new covenant in Christ’s blood without making Him Lord (Rom. 10:9-10). The idea that Jesus can be our Saviour without being our Lord is in error. Where it becomes apparent that her idea of covenanting is legalistic is seen on page 32:

I anguished over the decision for about a week, counting the cost as best as I could. I knew without a doubt that once I made such a covenant, there would be no opportunity for backing out … If I did, I would lose my relationship with the Lord.”

The new covenant is based on grace. We have access to God the Father through the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of grace. It’s heretical to teach that God would condition our salvation on entering into an oath with Him.

Even Rebecca’s personal life evinced her deceptive doctrines. She had claimed God told her to be covenanted to Him and not get married, but she later says God released her from that covenant and commanded her to marry Daniel Yoder (Standing on the Rock, Solid Rock Family Enterprises, 2002, pp. 33, 82).

  1. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Perhaps in a bid to impress Jack Chick who had much gripe against Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, Rebecca goes out of her way to misrepresent their teachings in order to demonise them.

On page 176 of her second book, she tells a story of a Christian lady named “Lea” who met a woman who tried “to get her to speak in tongues” and when she couldn’t, “the woman told her she was grieving the Holy Spirit. The woman accused Lea of refusing to let Him speak through her in tongues.”

No informed Pentecostal would say the Holy Spirit “speaks through people in tongues,” a more accurate expression would be for a person to “speak as the Spirit gives utterance” (cf. Acts 2:4)

After Lea was prayed for by a guest pastor, she began to speak in tongues. Rebecca said Lea received a demon of false tongues because “she subjected herself to a person whom she did not know, accepting whatever he chose to give her.”

On the contrary, it’s the Lord who baptises with the Holy Spirit not man (Lk. 3:18).

Jesus said, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13).

It falls outside the sphere of biblical and balanced thought to posit that when a Believer prays to God to be filled with the Holy Spirit, he/she will receive a demon because the person ministering to him is not known.

Our God is not so weak as to leave us unprotected even when we are ignorant. Rebecca’s stories present a warped picture of God

Again on page 181 she throws out another straw man about speaking in tongues:

This is probably the area where Satan has had the greatest success in our day … People involved in TM and many other forms of Eastern meditation speak in tongues.

This is an argument anti-Christians use: “If pagans pray to their gods, then prayer is of pagan origin!”

In Transcendental Meditation and other form of Eastern meditation, folks don’t “speak in tongues.” What they chant is called “mantra” and its concept is far different from speaking in tongues as taught by Scripture.

  1. Counter-petitioning Satan

Still on her second book, Rebecca tells of being taken up to heaven where Satan was petitioning God to allow him sacrifice her and Elaine at the Black Mass and she presented a written covenant to counter petition him (Prepare, 22). This is what she calls “counter petitioning Satan.”

She says, “Satan is daily standing before God asking him for various people on the Earth” (Closet #2 A).

But she gets alerted by God whenever Satan is petitioning Him for someone or something within the sphere of her work and ministry.

Satan can do so much because God’s people don’t bother to counter-petition his requests.” Because God is just, “He must grant Satan his petition if it is not contested.” (Prepare, pp. 98, 146).

In Standing on the Rock, while Daniel was repenting and praying over his sins, Rebecca claims to be transported in spirit to God’s throne room where Satan was present as well:

Suddenly, as Daniel reached about the fifth ritual, I realized that each ritual was indeed being wiped out!” and then she petitioned God “that Satan will not be permitted to kill or torture him or destroy him [Daniel] in revenge for turning to [Him]” (p. 81).

Where does this leave Jesus Christ our Mediator? Where does this leave His blood of the new covenant?

In her visions, she doesn’t see Jesus our High Priest mediating or interceding for Believers before God, she sees herself petitioning on behalf of other Christians. Isn’t that suspicious?

When God allowed Satan to afflict Job and sift Peter, it was to test their faithfulness – and they were restored without being taken to heaven to “counter petition Satan.” To conclude from these two cases that God must honour Satan’s petitions on His people is bad theology.

His Word says “the Father himself loves you” (Jn. 16:27). The Bible shows us over and over how God protects His people from harm and evil orchestrated by the devil.

When Satan accused Joshua the high priest, God sent His angel to take away his filthy garments and put on him a rich garment (Zech. 3:1-4). No need for “counter petitioning Satan.”

As Jesus was facing the cross He said: “Now the prince of this world is driven out” (Jn. 12:31). He also said: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Lk. 10:18).

Through the blood of Jesus we have peace with God and have become “members of God’s household” (Eph. 2:19). God loves His household!

Yet, in Rebecca’s fifth book, her warped idea is seen in what her “Father” tells her:

Satan’s kingdom is so unified and so persistent and their petitions so numerous that if you don’t do something I will have to honour their petition and allow you to be killed” (Standing, p. 163).

So her “God” answers the prayers of witches and Satanists! Believe me, this book is a riot.

Her materials depict a weak Jesus and a powerful Satan and that’s exactly what Satan wishes to plant in the mind of Christians.

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