THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT: PROPHECY, VISIONS AND
SPIRIT-HELPERS. Compiled by S.N.Strutt 01/04/19
I thought that you would appreciate the following:
and 'Hearing from God', has been something that I personally, along with my wife have been doing for most of my lifetime.
I would like to share
the beauty of having this 'relationship with the Lord' with others.
Contrary to what most churches teach, we can have personal contact with Jesus, as well as Spirit
Helpers and upon occasion God's good angels of Light to assist us.
During the 45 years that I have been a missionary in different countries, I have experienced many miraculous happenings.
I will begin to write about these matters in greater detail.
I did put some of my miraculous encounters in my first book 'Out of the Bottomless Pit' https://youtu.be/A0ZWsjMJDLU?t=3
There are so many amazing experiences that both my wife and I have had
over the years, including encounters with God's Angels.
We have also had 'Encounters with Satan's angels' (not by choice).
We have had many prophecies given to us by
Jesus and by spirit helpers over the years. We have also had amazing supernatural protection in very dangerous circumstances in different countries.
Hopefully we will we able to tell our story more fully in the
hope, that it can help others in some way to realize the beauty of the world to come, of which this life is a mere fleeting shadow.
We are here on earth to learn to love and care for others,
and as Christians to teach others about the TRUE JESUS, not the RELIGIOUS DEAD ONE, but the live one who lives in our hearts
You can believe in Jesus without the CHURCH SYSTEM.
All you really need is your Bible and to receive Jesus as your personal Saviour,
then He and His Holy Spirit will take care of you and will indeed speak to you and teach you what is really important in life:
Not to live for 'SELFISHNESS AND MAMMON',
but to live for Jesus and the lost souls of Humanity.
If you are already SAVED, then please become a WARRIOR for CHRIST and dedicate some of your time to telling others 'HOW TO GET SAVED':
Here is the LINK ON MY WEBSITE and the prayer of Salvation. http://www.outofthebottomlesspit.co.uk/418605189
We hope that the following
writings will be a help and inspiration to you:-
'If you think just because people have gone on to be with the Lord that their job is over, we can prove from the
Bible that their job is far from complete!
According to all we read in the Bible and we've experienced, we have a long way to go,
and the spirit world is a heaven-of-a-lot busier than this hell on earth!
Heaven is not the end: it's only the beginning!
My idea of Heaven is not floating around on a cloud strumming a harp by some gift of God! That would be my idea of death! Total inactivity, cessation of movement, total rest is total death! And it doesn't seem
to be God's idea of Heaven either! His universe is full of movement, and He'll never stop!
All these people who look forward to death as the end are going to get a big surprise! Death from this life is just graduation from this grade. In the spirit you're no longer
weighted with the flesh and burdened with the problems of the physical life. You've graduated from this grade of this earthly life.
You'll be given the power to do a lot more than you're doing now. And
you're going to do it - even more! "Their works do follow them!" (Revelation 14:13b). They haven't finished them: They're still going to be working at them! You got good grades in the last grade and have arrived
in the next grade.
That's my idea and I believe it's God's and His Bible's
idea, and we're a long way from the end! In fact, according to the Bible, for us there isn't going to be an End! - Eternity has no end!
The Spirit World
The spiritual realm is an eternal, invisible dimension which exists concurrently with the physical world.
The next world is already here, you know, we're
in it! We just can't see it! The other world, the spirit world is surrounding us!
The world of the spirit is also here, and is coexistent with this
present world. It's here, not just there! It's also there, but it's also here!
When the Bible talks about Heaven and the heavenly it's usually talking about
the world of the spirit; it doesn't necessarily mean some place a thousand miles high or way off somewhere in space. There's another heaven in the world of the spirit that's right here, and you're living and
moving in it without even realizing it. [Speaking of God, the Bible says,] "In whom we live and move and have our being," meaning in the Spirit, in God (Acts 17:28). So we live and move in the spirit world as well as in the temporal world.  *[However,
there are numerous references throughout the Bible to the Heavenly City, New Jerusalem, the 1,500-mile-high supernatural city of God that He has prepared for His people, which will come down from God to settle on the earth, as described in Revelation chapters
21 and 22.]
Right here you're surrounded with the realm of the spirit and "cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1). This room is full of them -- isn't that wonderful? They're observing what we do and enjoying our
fellowship, although there's a gulf fixed between, in a sense, and we can't rend that veil except in the spirit, [which is when] the Lord can show us things and we can take a little peek in.
Under normal circumstances, a veil or gulf exists between the spirit world and the earthly plane in which we presently exist. However, God, on occasion,
opens or lifts this veil in order to reveal things or give special assistance to His children.
Just think of all the angels and the holy spirits that are interested in us, that are all around [us]. But they
have to operate under certain rules and they can't put in too many personal appearances or speak out loud unless on some very rare occasions they are allowed to. Most of the time we just have to believe without seeing anything - except we certainly can see
how the Lord has worked.
God has laid down certain restrictions and limitations on what [those] in the spirit world can do for those who are yet in the material, physical world and earthly life.
He wants you to believe in things unseen because of His Word and to have faith in Him and Heaven and salvation purely through faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; Romans 10:17). For if you could see all
that is around you in the spirit world, it would be too easy to believe. - And it also might frighten you as you see how the Enemy [the Devil] is operating, as well as the angels of God and the holy spirits
You are usually spared these scenes and the sights and sounds of the spirit world unless you particularly need them for some reason on some particular or special occasion, when you desperately need
to see or to hear something to encourage your faith or to guide you or counsel you or direct you or warn you.
Normally ghosts are not allowed to appear. Those are the rules of the game, unless it's
some kind of an emergency. They're restricted from appearing or speaking audibly or touching or making any kind of physical manifestation unless it is some kind of extreme emergency. You'll find in most cases,
ghosts, angels or spirits have not appeared to people unless it was really something very drastic. In other words, when nothing else could stop them, when nothing else could get through to them but an audible voice or a personal appearance or touch or feeling.
So [the spirits] are to remain unseen and unheard and even unfelt, except in spiritual manifestations, such as dreams and visions and the still small voices with which [they] speak within your mind and
heart, so you will continue to depend entirely on His Word and faith in Him without any other proofs except His constant, faithful, never-ending care, provision and protection.
William Branham [a
well-known American Christian faith healer and prophet of God, 1906-1965] used to symbolize it by saying, "These spiritual experiences that I have, these visions and revelations, they're sort of like when I was a little boy. I wanted to see what was going
on at the ball game and I couldn't afford to pay my way in, so I used to climb the fence and cling to the top of the fence and peek in.
"That's sort of how the Lord does with me, only I don't do it in my
own energy anymore. Now it's like when my big brother used to lift me up and hold me so I could peek over -- the Lord sort of lifts me up and lets me peek in. Then once in awhile I'd find a knothole in the fence where I could see through a little hole, see
what was going on with just one eye, but not very clearly."
Regarding the barrier the Lord has placed between the physical realm and the spiritual, the Apostle Paul wrote that our perception of the unseen
world is presently somewhat obscured. Paul wrote,
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then [when we leave
this life] face to face: now I know in part; then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Corinthians 13:12).
These spiritual revelations - the things that
I get and you get and the Lord gives to all of His children in some way at some time - dreams, visions or some revelation - you've probably all had something at some time, some spiritual experience or something, but even then you only "see as through a glass
They didn't have very good glass in Paul's day. You know, it was pretty murky. We don't really know what he's talking about nowadays because the glass we have is so good, so clear. But have you
ever seen those real old-fashioned windows with the big globs in them and wavy wrinkles, and everything you see through it is sort of distorted? That's what Paul was talking about, "seeing through a glass darkly," somewhat distorted.
These [gifts of the Spirit] are all going to be in complete, full, total operation in the next world without any hindrances or "seeing through a glass darkly" (1 Corinthians 13:12). We're going to be full-grown and
mature and we'll have all these gifts - all of'm! - and the wisdom how to use'm! In full power! - Not just partially, not just seeing through a knothole, or a piece of dark glass, like Paul suggests.
didn't say that your sight's going to be changed; He didn't say that you're not going to see some of the same things; He just said you're going to see it clearer. You're going to see things as they really are,
not kind of like I have dreams and visions now in which I don't get everything perfectly clear and I feel like I'm almost looking through a fog sometimes and not everything is always exactly in focus. Sometimes they're extremely vivid and clear, but everything
is going to be perfectly clear then and we'll see and know "even as also we are known."
The Great "Cloud of Witnesses"
The eleventh chapter
of the New Testament Book of Hebrews is an inspiring account of the faith and exploits of many of the most outstanding men and women of God who appear in the Old Testament. Immediately following this listing of heroes and heroines of faith, we are told in
the first verse of the next chapter,
Seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth
so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).
The original [manuscript of the New Testament] was not divided into chapters, so you've got to keep in mind
the chapter before this in order to know what "great cloud of witnesses" he's talking about. -- All the saints  who have already gone on to be with the Lord! And they're not only watching us, they're praying for us!
Immediately after having listed [those in] God's great Hall of Fame and many of the great saints already gone to be with the Lord, he [St. Paul] says: "Seeing therefore we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses!"
That ought to thrill your hearts to know that they're watching and they're cheering for you and rootin' for and prayin' for you!
They're all praying for us and they're all watching us, and every
now and then God sends one of them down to give us a hand if we need some extra help! They are like our cheering section on the heavenly bleachers cheering for the team, and when you win a battle they really cheer and rejoice! When you win a soul, all the
angels in Heaven rejoice, praise God!
Think how wonderful it is that there are millions up there, all watching and praying for you, and lots of them
coming down to help you! This is really where the action is! This is where the big test is going on. Once you get over There, well, there is more in store for you, but this is the primary test. - This is what
the whole universe is watching, the big game!
They're all watching! They're all rootin' for you! Imagine how much they must jump up and down and shout when you do the right thing! Every time
you win, every time you make a goal, every time you win a soul. I imagine they yell and holler as much as the football crowd does! Why not? They're still human!
A striking example of this "cloud" of spiritual helpers that encompasses God's children is found in the Old Testament story of when the prophet Elisha awoke one morning to find that the king of Syria had sent "a great army" to capture him. Upon seeing
thousands of enemy soldiers surrounding the city in which they dwelt, Elisha's servant panicked, until the Lord removed the veil between the spiritual and physical realms and opened his eyes to behold the far more powerful heavenly
host that was at that same moment surrounding them:
And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said
unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray Thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17).
The Lord told us one time to thank Him for His angels that guarded and protected us! ... Thank You, Lord, for Thy many counselors and the multitudes Thou hast given us at our disposal and our command. Open their eyes as
You did the young man to see the multitudes of Thy host! ... Thank You for these who work with us within the veil and the Fifth Dimension!  [David often referred to the unseen spiritual realm as the "fifth dimension," as compared with the four dimensions
of our present earthly world: height, breadth, depth and time.]
Another reference to many of these heavenly "witnesses" can be found in the following Scripture passage, where a roll is called of the inhabitants
of God's great Heavenly City, New Jerusalem:
But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews
"Ministering Spirits" God's Holy Ghosts
The good spirits or "holy ghosts" who compose the "cloud of witnesses" around God's children are not merely witnessing or observing our activities, but they are assigned by the Lord to actively assist and minister to those
of us who are still alive here on earth.
"What do you mean? - You believe in ghosts?" Yes, I believe in ghosts! I especially believe in the Holy Ghost and all [God's] holy ghosts, and all His departed saints and the good spirits of the Lord, that we are "encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses!"
got millions of angels and billions of good, saved spirits, holy spirits, holy ghosts! Every departed saint that's gone to be with the Lord - including those still working down here - is a holy ghost!
good spirits not only go to Heaven to be with the Lord, but are also operating in the spirit world here, helping us! That we know through personal experience.
Apparently they are on assignment. They don't just drift around in space with no place to go, nothing to do, and not knowing what their specific duties are. They're all so busy! There are a lot of places where they're working, not only in this world but in the world of the spirit.
Look how that perpetuates the wisdom and the talents and the gifts
that God has given each individual! Those marvelous talents and abilities are not lost and gone forever way off in some heavenly places. ... They [are used to] continue to minister.
Oh, we go up to Heaven for a little while if we die now; we go up to be with the Lord in heavenly places ... [but afterwards] an awful lot of us stay right here in a heavenly sphere
in another dimension right here on this earth, only in the spirit world, and stay here and help others, as many helpers are helping us right now.
saints are obviously still extremely active agents or angels of God, messengers.
God's Great "Lending Library"
of Departed Saints
It's like a lending library of God's saints who are, you might say, arranged on heavenly shelves, and you can just pull down any one you need any time - or the Librarian can. God's
the Librarian, or His Spirit is. He can hand you any one that you need at any time. Can you imagine! Think how many spirit-books He's collected by this time!
We've got the benefit now of such a tremendous
collection of departed saints, men of God, great men of wisdom, administrators, kings, prophets, psalmists and what have you! Look what a collection God's got by this time! - Of all these that have gone on to be with Him! Why, He's got people available for
anything you want to know, for anything that needs to be done.
He [the Lord] can call on anybody to give you whatever you need; you just need to want it and receive it and have the faith to give it.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8).
We have at our disposal the wisdom of the ages and the sages, the wisdom of all the kings and all the prophets that have ever lived. What a collection He's got by this time! All those that have ever lived are at our disposal.
What a great company!
What a great cloud of witnesses! You know what a cloud is composed of? It is composed of billions of tiny little particles of moisture,
water, the water of life, symbol of the Spirit and Word of God!
The Gift of Prophecy
When the Lord speaks and gives a message through one of His children, either directly or by means of one of His agents (such as an angel or a departed saint), we refer to such inspired utterances as prophecy. Throughout the Bible
the Lord spoke to His people this way, inspiring His prophets to give His words and messages to those for whom they were intended. However, before going further, it's important to understand how the biblical usage of the word "prophecy" (and its derivatives)
differs from its most commonly associated modern meaning.
In its article on the role played by the biblical prophets, The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia says,
prophets were first of all forthtellers and spokesmen for God. All who act in the capacity of proclaiming the Word of God are His spokesmen. It is in this
sense that the New Testament believer may prophesy when directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words adds: The basic word for "prophet" in the Old Testament is "nabi," which means "spokesman" or "speaker." Essentially a prophet is a person authorized to speak for another,
as Moses and the Old Testament prophets were authorized to speak for God. ... God called individuals from every walk of life to bring His message to His people. Nor was the message of the prophets primarily predictive. God's messengers spoke whatever word
was needed by the Lord's people at their moment in history.
Most people think of "prophecy" as predicting the future, but the word "prophecy" is taken from a Greek word which actually means forthtelling. Not foretelling, but forthtelling.
have to be a fore-teller, all you have to be is a forthteller to be a prophet of God! That's what the word really means, you're forth-telling the Word of God.
The literal word [for "prophesy"] in
the Greek means "to forthtell," not always foretell. Prophets do a lot of foretelling, a lot of forecasting, a lot of predicting, that's true under the inspiration of God's Spirit. But the literal meaning ... means "to forthtell the Words of God," to simply
give God's Word, whatever it may be, whenever it may be, at any time, at any place, to any people, whenever it is God's will.
In both the Old and New Testaments, God tells us that in the days prior to
Jesus' Second Coming, a period known in Scripture as the Time of the End, or the Last Days, that He is going to pour out His Spirit in a special way, anointing many of His servants to prophesy. He says: And it shall come to pass in the
Last Days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants
and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy (Acts 2:17-18; see also Joel 2:28-29).
When we ask the Lord to fill
us with His Holy Spirit, we can then receive what the Bible calls the "gifts of the Spirit." These are special spiritual gifts from our heavenly Father to strengthen and assist us in many different ways. The
gift of prophecy is included among the nine gifts listed in the New Testament book of First Corinthians:
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same Spirit; To another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues
(1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
The Bible also tells us that the gift of prophecy in particular should be desired and sought after by God's people. In other Bible passages we are encouraged to desire this spiritual
gift, and to let God speak to us and through us via prophecy.
Follow after charity [love], and desire spiritual gifts, but rather
that ye may prophesy. ... I would that ye all spake with tongues [another spiritual gift, usually manifested during prayer, when someone speaks in a language he or she does not know], but rather that ye prophesied:
for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the Church may receive edifying. ... Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues
(1 Corinthians 14:1,5,39).
Despise not prophesyings (1 Thessalonians 5:20).
Prophecy, of course, is a very important gift. In fact, Paul practically puts it at the top of the list in the 14th chapter [of 1 Corinthians]. He said, "I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied."
His Word tells us, "covet earnestly the best gifts"
(1 Corinthians 12:31). The most common gifts are listed in I Corinthians chapter 12: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, other tongues and interpretation. These are all gifts from a loving heavenly Father to His simple
little children to help communicate understanding of Himself and His will, a mere sample of glorious realities to come!
Prophecy is a special gift of the Spirit, one of the nine gifts of the Spirit.
It's the Word of God coming right through your mouth!
The Lord wants you to draw on the Word -- not only the recorded [written] Word, but the living
Hearing from the Lord is our spiritual nourishment -- and you've got to be able to hear from the Lord! The power is always on, the message is always there. God's Spirit is like a broadcasting station,
broadcasting all the time. All you have to do is throw the switch and tune in. You have to have the vacuum and sincerely open your mouth and He'll fill it!
The hand of faith turns the knob which
makes the contact and throws the switch and turns on what little power you have, and the hand of hope turns with expectancy, feeling for the frequency upon which God is broadcasting, and suddenly His great broadcasting station booms in with tremendous positive
volume and power and certainty - and the messages come through loud and clear.]
Channels for God's Communications
Realizing that those who receive spiritual messages, visions and revelations are commonly viewed not as "prophets" but "channels" or "mediums" by much of the world.
You're all mediums (channels) and you're all now going to talk to the spirits, including the one Great Spirit! So you're mediums, you talk to ghosts and spirits! You hear voices, still small voices. -- Maybe not out loud, but in your heart and your
mind, right? In the world's way of describing things, you're all mystics because you believe in the mystical, the supernatural, the spiritual. [So in that sense] we're all mystics, we're all mediums!
to the American Heritage Dictionary, a medium is "A person thought to have the power to communicate with the spirits of the dead or with agents of another world or dimension." So in a sense, anyone who communicates with "agents of another dimension,"
which would include anyone with the gift of prophecy, could be considered a "medium." Everyone who has Jesus in his heart is a medium - someone whom a [good] spiritual power can possess and use to communicate things which normally under their own power they could not do!
"Adding to the Book"?
Due to a misinterpretation of a verse in the last chapter of the Bible's final book, The Revelation of Saint John, a number of churches believe
that God stopped speaking directly to His people almost 2,000 years ago when this last book of the New Testament was completed. The verse in question says,
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words
of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book (Revelation 22:18).
other passages in the New Testament, including a number of those quoted above, make it clear that the gift of prophecy was encouraged and utilized by the early Christians. In fact, Jesus Himself told His religious enemies,
Wherefore, behold, I [will] send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them
from city to city (Matthew 23:34).
The Church was to continue beyond this book [the Bible] which closed its doors about 90 A.D. with the final natural death of dear old John the Apostle, the Revelator.
... But he was not the last prophet of God! Because God's Word says that in the Church there are to be prophets and there are to be those who have the gift of prophecy.
God has spoken since then! God has added words since then to tell us things! And down through the ages, after this book was written, after John, God still had many prophets and prophetesses who continued
to prophesy and speak with tongues and interpretation and prophecies throughout the whole 2,000 years of Church history since the days of John and since this book was finished! God's prophets and prophetesses have been continuing to prophesy in these Last
Days according to the Word of God, throughout the Church of Jesus Christ, throughout the Family of God, throughout all Christendom, all those that love Jesus, all Christians everywhere, millions of them!
God who can't talk and can't do anything anymore would be a dead God -- which may explain why so many people's religion seems to be so dead today! But thank God,
our God is a live God and He still loves His children and He is still working and still speaking to us today!
Just as He spoke to His prophets thousands
of years ago, giving them revelations and information that God's people then needed for their day, so He is still alive and speaking today, giving His Words and
revelations to guide His children now! He says, "I am the Lord, I change not!" (Malachi 3:6).
God's Agents in Prophecy
I know from personal experience that some of these revelations do come in this fashion. And why not? They did in the Bible in several cases where angelic messengers were sent to convey a message to some prophet of God,
or a man or woman of God, even occasionally the angel or spirit of some former man of God, such as Samuel, Moses, Elijah, etc. Search the Scriptures and see if these things be so! 
In almost every case
of the [biblical] prophets there was some spiritual agent or an angel or someone helping him most of the time. Time and again when the prophets revealed something, they said the angel of the Lord or someone else was there showing them. So it must have been
the angel who was communicating those visions, and the prophet was able to see what God was showing the angel to show to the prophet to pass on to the people. (See Ezekiel 40:1-4; Daniel 7:16; 8:15; 9:21-23; 10:all; 12:5-7; Zechariah 1:9; 2:3; Matthew 1:20;
2:13; Luke 1:11-20; Revelation 1:1; 19:10; 22:8-9, etc.!)
Most of [the religious teachers] give absolutely no credit to the good spirits of the departed "dead" as being agents and
messengers. And yet, it's there [in the Bible] as plain as day! It makes it all very simple if we realize God uses angels, departed human spirits, etc., as His agents or messengers.
Appearances of Holy Ghosts
There are numerous instances recorded in Scripture where spiritual encounters and communications with angels or departed saints clearly took
Scriptural evidence of this [God using the spirits of departed saints to communicate with those still living on earth] is found in the account of the spirits of the departed prophets, Moses and
Elijah, appearing and conferring with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration; the appearance of the departed prophet Samuel's spirit to King Saul; and Saint John's account in the Book of Revelation of his conversation with a heavenly messenger sent by God to
reveal to him mysteries of the future.
We will now examine these and other examples from the Scriptures.
Saint John's Revelations
One of the most striking examples in the New Testament of departed saints or "holy ghosts"
ministering to a living Christian can be found in the mysterious Book of Revelation, written by the Apostle John, often referred to as John the Revelator. In chapter 19, after receiving a glorious revelation of the future from a heavenly being, John writes:
And he saith unto me, "Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he saith unto me, "These are the true sayings of God." And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto
me, "See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God:
for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:9-10).
A similar passage from chapter 22 says,
And I John saw these things, and heard them.
And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel  which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, "See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God" (Revelation 22:8-9).
was revealing a lot of things to John when he was [taken in spirit to] Heaven?
He thought it was an angel, he fell down and worshipped him, and what did the guy say? "I'm one of your fellowservants
the prophets! I'm just another prophet, don't worship me! I'm just explaining it to you, that's all, because you don't understand yet. But I've already been told and I know and I understand and I'm telling you
He was another Christian, and it sounds like maybe he was a prophet, one of the prophets like John. And John thought it was so wonderful
and he was so wonderful telling him all these things, he fell down to worship him and thought it was some kind of an angel. But he said, "Don't worship me, I'm just a guy like you!" -- Which goes again to show
you there are lots of people like that up there, all the good spirits.
The Book of Revelation contains a number of other passages where Saint John records messages he heard from departed saints. For
example, in chapter six, John writes:
I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And
they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little
season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled (Revelation 6:9-11).
It is interesting that
in this passage John sees and hears the so-called "dead," and identifies these "souls" as "fellowservants" and "brethren" -- the same terms applied to the messenger that he fell down to worship in the previously quoted text. It's also noteworthy that these
spirits who had already left this life still expressed concern about "them that dwell on the earth."
In chapter seven, John describes more astounding sights and sounds he partook of during a spiritual trip to Heaven:
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders
and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, "Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen." And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, "What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they?" And I [John] said unto him, "Sir, thou knowest." And he said to me, "These are they which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb" (Revelation 7:9-14).
Here John beholds an innumerable multitude of people in Heaven, and he then carries on a two-way conversation
with one of them, an "elder," who clearly appears to be a departed saint. In chapter five, verse nine, these same "elders" proclaim to Jesus, "Thou hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation," showing that
indeed these elders are departed brethren, or saints.
Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration
outstanding appearance of two very renowned departed saints is recounted in three of the four Gospels, in the description of Moses' and Elijah's meeting with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. These two prophets had left this life hundreds of years earlier,
but held what was no doubt an important conference with the Lord shortly before He died for the sins of the world.
[Jesus] took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as He prayed,
the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias : Who appeared in glory, and
spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw His glory, and the two men that stood with Him. And
it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias:" not knowing what he said (Luke 9:28-33).
These two former prophets, Moses and Elijah, had departed from this life many centuries previously, yet God sent them to counsel and confer
with His Son! So God can and does use His human servants who have already passed on from this life to minister to and help those of us who are still here!
‘Think you that this is a strange
thing that I should minister to My servants through My servants who have gone before? For even as Moses and Elijah ministered to My Son on the Mount of Transfiguration, are they not as the angels of God sent forth to minister unto thee?
Even as My servant John was told through the one who showed him great glad tidings of God and mysteries, and told him not to fall down, "for I am also thy fellowservant," so I can use Mine who have gone on before. Be not
weary in well-doing, for in due season you shall reap if you faint not! Thou art compassed about with a very great cloud of witnesses!
The John the Baptist / Elijah Connection
Another mysterious but revealing example of behind-the-scenes spiritual assistance
from former prophets and ministers of God concerns the herald and forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist. Before John was even conceived, an angel appeared to his aged father, a Jewish priest named Zachariah, startling him with the announcement that he and
his barren wife would have a son named John, who would prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah:
But the angel said unto him, "Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall
bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy
Ghost, even from his mother's womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he [John] shall go before Him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers
to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord" (Luke 1:13-17).
Some 30 years after John's birth, Jesus told a large crowd something even
more astounding about John the Baptist:
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, ... "But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written, 'Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, which shall prepare Thy way before Thee.' Verily I say unto you, Among them
that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. ... And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which
was for to come. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 11:7-15).
Later, in the same Gospel, Jesus sheds more light on this mystery:
His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?" And Jesus answered and said unto them, "Elias truly shall first come,
and restore all things. But I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also
the Son of Man suffer of them." Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist (Matthew 17:10-13).
We now read that the angel Gabriel
said that John would accomplish all these predicted things "in the spirit and power of Elijah," and we also have Jesus saying that John was Elijah. How can this be? How could a prophet in the first century be
operating in the spirit and power of a prophet from the ninth century B.C.? And what did Jesus mean when He said "if you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah?"
Is this a case of reincarnation, where John literally was Elijah? Clearly not. For when the Jewish religious
leaders specifically asked John if he was Elijah the prophet, notice how he replied:
And they [priests sent by the Jewish elders in Jerusalem] asked him [John], "What then? Art thou Elias?" And he saith, "I
am not." "Art thou that prophet?" And he answered, "No" (John 1:21).
John the Baptist was predicted as "Elijah which was for to come" (Matthew 11:14), that he would have the spirit and power of Elijah,
and now we understand that he actually had the spirit and power of Elijah himself!
So what do you begin to fathom from this business about Jesus saying
that John the Baptist came in the spirit and the power of Elijah? (Family member: Maybe Elijah was an actual spirit helper of John, but it doesn't mean that he was necessarily Elijah.) John himself denied being
Elijah, personally (John 1:19-21). But Jesus is trying to show people the operations of the Spirit, and that is, John was operating under the influence, obviously,
in the spirit and the power of Elijah, in doing what he did in preparing their hearts in those days before Jesus' first coming.
John came in the spirit and
the power of Elijah! I believe Elijah was with him, and he was anointed with Elijah's spirit and power.
Saul and the Witch at Endor -
Calling Up the Departed Prophet Samuel
In the Bible's book of First Samuel, we find an account
of the disgraced king of Israel, Saul, seeking posthumous counsel from the prophet Samuel, who had died some years earlier. Saul sought after Samuel via the forbidden means of a necromancer, a medium who dealt with familiar spirits.  Although Saul had
lost God's blessing due to his disobedience, the Lord allowed Samuel to actually appear from the dead and deliver His somber final message to the backslidden king, who was to meet his death the following day.
said Saul unto his servants, "Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her."
And his servants said to him, "Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit
And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, "I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit,
and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee."
And the woman said unto him, "Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the
land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?"
And Saul sware to her by the Lord, saying, "As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing."
Then said the woman, "Whom shall I bring up unto thee?"
And he said, "Bring me up Samuel."
And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, "Why hast thou deceived me? For thou art Saul."
And the king said unto her, "Be not afraid:
for what sawest thou?"
And the woman said unto Saul, "I saw gods ascending out of the earth."
And he said unto her, "What form is he of?"
And she said, "An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle."And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
And Samuel said to Saul, "Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?"
And Saul answered, "I am sore distressed; for
the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do."
said Samuel, "Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines."
Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night (1
This strange account of a disobedient king using a medium to hear from a deceased prophet has generated a good deal of debate among Bible scholars and theologians, particularly those who
claim that the spirits of the departed have no dealings with those who are still alive. However, it is clear from the above passage that the prophet Samuel did indeed speak to Saul from beyond the grave.
The Wycliffe Bible Commentary says:
Modern orthodox commentators are almost unanimous in the opinion that
the departed prophet did really appear and announce the coming destruction of Saul and his army. They hold, however, that Samuel was brought up not by the magical
arts of the witch, but through a miracle wrought by the omnipotence of God.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia adds:
In this instance God sovereignly permitted the actual spirit of Samuel to speak in order to deliver a solemn rebuke to the apostate king. Normally the alleged [familiar] spirit would speak somewhat favorably; in this unique case the inquirer [Saul]
was condemned to die on the morrow.
There was a witch in Endor, a fortune-teller, or a spiritualistic medium. Saul sought this witch for information regarding the results of the impending battle.
He came to her late one night. He wanted to know whether he was going to win the battle or not.
Why did he have to go to the witch at Endor? He was out of touch with God!
He couldn't get through to the Lord anymore, and dear old Samuel, the prophet that he used to go to for advice, was dead. Too often [Saul] failed to seek advice, and when he failed to seek advice from God, God eventually left him! Now when he wanted advice,
he had to get it from the Devil instead! --A very sad, sad picture of poor Saul!
Saul requested that she bring forth the spirit of Samuel, which according to God's Word, she is said to have done. Maybe
she didn't have too much to do with it! The Lord had something to do with it! According to the Bible story, she seemed to be almost as surprised as Saul was that Samuel actually showed up!
The spirits of the departed ones are anything but dead or sleeping! This was actually Samuel's spirit, and he was voicing the Words of God when he told Saul these things. This is
no fairy tale: This is the spirit of a departed dead person being called back to talk!
Samuel had to return from Paradise to revisit the earth here and give Saul this message. He didn't particularly like
the idea either, from what he said: "Why disquietest thou me?" (1 Samuel 28:15). "I've been in this beautiful place of Paradise and I have to come back to this awful world of yours, and have to talk to you one
more time! After all the times that you wouldn't listen to me before; now after I'm dead, you want to listen to me!" He had compassion on him, though, and he came back!
the Bible's Warnings against "Familiar Spirits"?
Here are the most commonly quoted passages where God Himself warns against this practice:
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God (Leviticus 19:31)
art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer,
or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God?
for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them
God clearly wants His people to seek and follow Him and His divine guidance, not the mutterings and utterings of anyone whose spiritual powers,
gifts or message are at variance with the teachings of His Word. To commune with evil familiar spirits such as those invoked by witches, wizards, sorcerers, etc., is extremely hazardous to one's spiritual well-being. The arch-deceiver Satan can appear as "an
angel of light," which is why God's Word exhorts us to "try [test] the spirits." Any spirit which is not of God is to be resisted and rebuked in Jesus' name. As God's Word says, "Neither give place to the Devil"
(Ephesians 4:27) and "Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the Devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).
we respectfully believe and heed the Bible's warnings against dealings with evil familiar spirits, witchcraft and sorcery. However, we do not subscribe to the belief that these passages mean that any communication with the spirits of those who have left this life is strictly forbidden by God and is therefore of the Devil. Such an interpretation makes no allowance for good spirits,
the spirits of those who loved the Lord in this life and have gone on to be with Him in the next.
This narrow approach was summed up by the well-known American televangelist
The Bible is clear in its teaching that we should not attempt to communicate with the dead. Leviticus 19:31 says, "Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be
defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." Isaiah 8:19 adds this: "And when they say to you, 'Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,' should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?"
When we die, we either go to Heaven or Hell. We will join those loved ones who have gone to the same place we have. Until then, the living are forbidden to attempt contact with the dead. So-called ghosts, or spirits who
speak through mediums, are really demons masquerading as the spirits of dead human beings.
To proponents of this hard-line interpretation, we ask, if the living are forbidden any and all contact with
the "dead," then what about the examples in the Bible where living saints encountered and communicated with saints who had left this life? Similarly, if one believes that God's rule is "no contact" between those in the physical realm and those in the spiritual,
then what about the innumerable individuals who sincerely claim to have seen, heard or otherwise sensed the presence of a loved one who has passed on from this life? To dismiss all such encounters as either fraudulent or demonic goes against reason and the
nature of God and the operations of His spiritual world as revealed in the Bible.
The word that I [Jesus] spoke in old times was true, for I did not wish for My children to seek out those with familiar spirits,
because they were not of Me. Even today I do not wish for My children to seek out those who have familiar spirits, for they are not of Me; they are a counterfeit
of the Truth.
Just because I warned My people not to go to those who had a familiar spirit does not mean that I will not allow those that have passed over to This Side to speak to My children, to speak
of Me. For did I not stand on the mount and confer with the "dead"? Was I not transfigured? Did I not speak with those [Moses and Elijah] who had gone on before? But I say to you, I did not commune with the dead, for these were alive, alive in the Spirit!
When I walked the earth, did I not say that I had many things to say unto you but you were not able to bear them yet? The time now is right for you to speak of these things. For
there is so much counterfeit in the world today that I wish to reveal the true.
Whether your brethren, those of the churches, believe and receive or not,
means nothing, for they have not believed nor received much of the message that I have poured forth through you. But that does not make the message that I have given to you any less the truth. Therefore receive My Truth and use My Truth to preach the
Gospel. Use it to stand against the tide of the counterfeit.
In this prophecy the Lord makes it clear that His admonitions against seeking out those with familiar spirits hold as true today as ever. But
He adds that those who have passed into the next life to be with Him are not barred from ministering to and communicating with His children who remain on earth, just as Moses and Elijah spoke with Jesus on the
Mount of Transfiguration. Those who are now with the Lord are anything but "dead," but are enjoying a far better life than they did in their previous earthly life: As the Apostle Paul said, "to depart [from
this life] and be with Christ is far better" (Philippians 1:23). When speaking of saints who had passed on from this life, Jesus said of His Father, "He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him" (Luke 20:38).
Also, the Lord is encouraging us to proclaim this message, to speak these things to the world. Despite the fact that the Devil's counterfeit messages
are becoming increasingly heard and known in the world, Jesus wants us to receive and publish His message about how He is allowing His people who have passed on to speak to His children on earth. Despite the rejection of this message by many churches, He encourages
us to use this as a means to fulfill our main calling and commission of preaching the good news of the Gospel to all who will receive it.
Rejection of the Concept of Holy Ghosts by Many Churches
In years gone by, I found that many Christians, pastors and Bible teachers
were afraid of the subject because they felt it bordered on spiritualism or spiritism, and that talking about the personal appearances of angels or of saints long dead sounded to them too much like having to do with familiar spirits, dealing with evil spirits and devils, which God's Word condemns, along with witchcraft and wizardry. But may God forgive us for condemning the entire spirit world and being afraid of the knowledge of it,
just because the Devil uses it, along with his demons. That would be like some narrow-minded churches which refuse to use music just because the Devil uses it! If we stopped using everything the Devil uses, there wouldn't be much left!
True, witchcraft, wizardry, and dealing with evil familiar spirits, demons and devils are condemned by God; but this does not mean
that we are supposed to blind ourselves, ignore, and shut ourselves off completely in ignorance to God's own marvelous spiritual world in which He Himself dwells with His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit, all His
ministering spirits, the angels -two thirds of the spirit world (see Revelation 12:4) -- and all the millions of the spirits of the departed saints! His glorious universe of good spirits in which God Himself
and all these others operate, and who constitute by far the vast majority!
The churches are afraid of the familiar evil
spirits, against which we are warned, but they seem to have forgotten that there are many good spirits, including the Holy Spirit, the seven spirits of God of Revelation 4:5, and the seven stars or angels or
spirits of the seven churches of Revelation 1:20, the four spirits of the heavens of Zechariah 6:5, and the many other celestial messengers, angels or spirits of God mentioned in the Bible, which are obviously all good
spirits. "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14).
Indeed they are! -And to deny that they are good spirits is to deny all the angels and the spirits of God, including the Holy Spirit, as well as all the spirits of the dear departed saints of God, including those who appeared or spoke to men of God
throughout the Bible, like the souls under the altar in Heaven in Revelation 6:9-11, and even your own personal spirit, saved by the grace of God, which shall join a Heaven-full of millions of the saved spirits of all the saints of God when you die or go to
be with Jesus when He comes!
These are they of whom Paul speaks in Hebrews 12:1 as a "great cloud of witnesses" which compass us about - here and now! And in Hebrews 12:22-23, He speaks of an innumerable
company of angels and "the spirits of just men made perfect."
While it is clear that communing with evil spirits is forbidden by God and is to be
shunned by His people, it is also clear that the Godly spirits of departed saints are an entirely different "kettle of fish!" We consider the spirits of the departed
saints to be our heavenly "teammates," who are striving together with us to spread God's light and Love in this spiritually darkened world. So yes, beware of and shun the Enemy's evil spirits, but don't fear or reject the Lord's heavenly hosts who seek to assist and minister to you.
The Old Testament was pretty hard on familiar spirits, maybe because in those days people didn't have the Holy Spirit to be able
to discern the difference between the good [spirits] and the bad ones. But now that we have the Holy Spirit, God's Word exhorts us to discern the difference and
try [test] the spirits (1 John 4:1).
Spiritualists are those who have contact with familiar spirits, and although the Bible does warn against familiar
spirits, it means, of course, evil spirits. That's why the Apostle says be sure you can tell the difference, "discerning of spirits" [see 1 Corinthians 12:10],
because there are some good and some bad. Thank God for the good ones we've got who help us.
Of course, it all depends on your discernment of
spirits and what kind of spirits they are! Just like there are all kinds of people, there are all kinds of spirits!
All of the departed saints are spirits -- good spirits! If you're going to condemn all spirits, then you'd even have to condemn the spirit of Samuel who was called back from the dead by, of all things, a medium! To give poor Saul advice.
If you talk about holy spirits [some religious people] will curse
you right on the spot! "Don't you know you shouldn't have anything to do with familiar spirits!" Well, of course the Lord [in the biblical passages condemning witchcraft and necromancy] is talking there about evil
spirits. But you know good and well there are both!
I don't know what they think ever happened to all the angels
of God and all of the departed spirits of the saints! What in the world do they think happened to them anyhow? They say, "Oh well, of course they're not allowed to have contact, blah, blah!" Well, there're plenty of examples right in the Bible
where people who were not angels of God but were former prophets and men of God had contact with saints of God.
Well, there's only one Mediator between God and Man. One Mediator, [meaning] an advocate, like a lawyer or a defense lawyer, a defense attorney, someone
who can mediate between God and us, and who can settle the problem between us, which was sin, and that was only Jesus. But there are oodles of communicators, not mediators, but communicators, beginning with the angels, and ... many of the saints of God. ... It's right here in the Bible!
"Try the Spirits"
If we are going to be communicating and interacting with spirits, the question arises, how can we be sure that the spiritual entities we are in touch with are good spirits? After all, we know that Satan is an arch-deceiver, sometimes appearing as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14,15). So is there a sound means by which we can ascertain if a spirit is of God or not?
Thankfully, the answer is a definite yes. God has not left us without a means of discerning spirits. Saint John tells us:
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but
try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1).
Thank God for the spiritual, but pray to God
it is the right spirit!
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are
of God!" -- So some of them are of God! "Because many false prophets are gone out into the world." So therefore if some spirits are false prophets, others are
true prophets, right?
Beloved, try the spirits to see whether they be of God or not, because there
are spirits which are of God who are ministering spirits to help us, and then others who are just to annoy and trouble us, and we need to know the difference!
If we're not supposed to have anything to do with spirits at all, how are we going to "try" them? And yet that's what [many of] the churches teach today: "Oh, spiritism! - That's of the Devil! It's all of the Devil and it's all demonic and it's all devils and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!" Well, then why did John caution us to "Try the spirits, whether they are
This passage from First John chapter four continues:
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world (1 John 4:2-3).
These verses make it clear that there are many spirits that are "of God." And it gives us a criterion with which to gauge whether a spirit is of God or not: "Every spirit that
confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God."
(Prophecy:) The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are life. They must be discerned by My Spirit, that you may have full understanding.
For there are many false prophets which have gone out into the world, and you must first try the spirit of these prophets to first see if their spirit believes and has received Me. For he that has not received Me will not speak the Truth.
Those that claim to receive messages from the Spirit, but who do not believe in Me, do not speak by the Spirit of God. For them to be true prophets .. they must first believe on
Me and have received Me as their Savior. Those who do not confess Me and who speak words of prophecy receive these things not from the Spirit of God.
For those that know Me and confess Me and receive Me,
those that are My children, when they come before Me and become silent, and listen, and wish to hear My voice and wish to receive those things that I have to say unto them, they too must try the spirits. If I send one [a ministering spirit] to speak through
them, if I send My message via a messenger, then this messenger will be one who believes and who has received Me.
Hereby know you the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, for when you come before Me
in prayer and you seek to hear My voice, and you seek to hear the whispers of those from This Side, know that those that speak unto you must confess and believe that I am the Son of God, and thus must have received Me, received this Truth.
Another means to test a message received from a spiritual source is whether it is in accordance with God's written Word, which is the standard by which we measure truth and
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20).
Remember that not
all voices are of God and you must "try the spirits" to make sure that what you're hearing is of the Lord. If it is not according to His Word .. these things are not of the Lord.
Be sure that direct
revelation does not counteract nor contradict, but is in line with the Word of God! You have to measure it! Try the spirits! Make sure it is according to His Word, direct revelation from God Himself.
prophecy won't teach anything contrary, but it sure can fill in a lot of gaps! The Bible is still going to be the standard of measurement.
Another excellent means of "trying the spirits" has to do with
the "fruit" or effect that results from the message received by the prophet who is communicating with the spirit. If it has come from God, it will bear good fruit,
good results. When teaching His followers about how to discern between true and false prophets, Jesus said:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. ... Every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them (Matthew 7:15-20).
If it [a
spiritual voice or message] causes you to be discontent or bitter, dissatisfied or unhappy or critical of others -- these things are not of the Lord and you must rebuke the Enemy in Jesus' name when he tempts you with these negative thoughts.
We hope that this discourse on spiritual communication with the Lord
and His heavenly hosts has given you a better understanding of this subject. We also hope it has encouraged your faith that God and His agents are still delivering their messages to His people today!
God, He's not a silent God who shut up when the Bible was finished 2,000 years ago! He's a living God, a talking God, and He still
speaks and has been speaking ever since then - talking to His people and His prophets and His children down through the ages, ever since the days of Jesus and His Apostles and the Early Church.
age-old means of God's heavenly communication with all of His people has always been by oral and mental messages and dreams and visions and heavenly pictures and messages and thoughts, projected directly by His spirits and His angelic messengers in moods of
meditation and prayer and trance, that wonderful borderline of the spirit where the soul has one foot in Heaven! So that we [God's prophets] are God's lightning rods to ground His heavenly bolts to earthly man and shock them into the realization of heavenly
He still has prophets today, His messenger boys, who relay to the people what the Lord has said and shown to them. And just as the Bible prophets received dreams and visions, revelations
and thrilling messages from the Lord and His angels and ministering spirits, so His prophets today do the same!
If you have not yet personally experienced God's power and heavenly touch in your own
life, you can receive Him and His free gift of eternal life by simply asking His Son, Jesus, into your life, He loves you and says, "Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to you" (Revelation
from the writings of D.B.Berg) – 1990