|Revelation 16:13-14 |
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.2
14 For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, who go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle3 of that great day of God Almighty.
3 For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, who go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle. We have already read where the beast with horns like a lamb, but who spoke like a dragon, had great power to perform many wonders, including bringing fire down from heaven; those miracles were permitted to establish the false church. Now we see where more demons with power to work miracles are permitted to maintain the army that opposes the true church, this army being the collection of the many sects in Christendom and other world religions, gathered together in a place called Armageddon with the rulers of the world to do battle with the saints.
Edward Burrough, who was a kingdom-dwelling giant in the early Quaker movement, wrote that the many sects in Christendom along with the rulers of the world, were gathered together in the early Quakers' time to do battle with the saints, which is commonly referred to as Armageddon, which battle was, is, and is to come, (like Jesus, who is, who was, and who is to come, so is His revelation, so is the battle; all are experienced by those past, those present, and those in the future):
By faith with Abraham, have you come out of your native country, from your kindred, and out of your father's house: with Moses, have you forsaken the glory of Pharaoh's house, and chosen rather to suffer affliction among the poor despised people, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin. Great shall be your reward, you condemned ones; glory, honor and everlasting happiness is prepared for you if you stand faithful to the end. The Lord is with you as a mighty terrible one; and therefore shall all your persecutors be ashamed and confounded. The sound of a trumpet is heard among you, which makes all nations come to a stand, and all the heathen to wonder, and all the rulers, nobles, and chief priests are in consultation, combining together to suppress the Army of the Lord of hosts, which he is gathering together; fear not, nor be dismayed, for the sounding of your trumpet causes an alarm, and makes all the inhabitants of the land to tremble, and all bow before the sound of it, for the sound of it is terrible to the nations, to all kingdoms and dominions. The Lord of heaven is your captain, who rides upon the clouds, and whose glory is above the world; and therefore you shall obtain the conquest in the battle, and all your enemies shall be put to flight, and one of you shall chase one thousand, for he who has all power in his hand is with you; and all your enemies are limited by him.
The sects of Christendom, (including Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, Puritans, etc.), along with judges, justices, sheriffs, mayors, generals, colonels, governors, legislators, even the King and Lord Protector, made brutal war against the early Quakers, which Quakers as the Word of the Lord within said: "exhibited their moral ethnicity of the Church of Christ." Speaking of the sects of Christendom, the Word of the Lord within said:
they are the spirits of demons, working miracles
With miracles, demons convince those in the deficit sects of Christianity that God is answering their prayers and that their religion is the true religion. Despite the scriptures of the New Testament clearly stating that we should love our enemies, that we should pray for our enemies, that we should turn the other cheek, and that it was Satanic to even think about killing those that do not share our faith; with misdirected zeal in defense of their false religion, do the deficit sects of Christianity, (wolves in sheep's clothing), hunt and kill who are truly born of the Spirit: but as it was then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Gal 4:29. Yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2.
All the Protestant and Catholic sects that killed, (or even approved of killing), those with a different religious opinion were very different from real Christians; in even considering murder, they were following and yielding to their father the devil, who was the murderer from the beginning.
When the true church comes out of the wilderness to become a publicly seen entity again, the battle will once again be taken up — the army of false Christians persecuting the true Christians; the false Christians of Christendom having been massively deceived with the miracles of demons performed over the centuries, fooling all except the elect to think the source of the miracles was God. When the true church appears again, it will come in such power that the miracles of the demons will pale in contrast.
Does this mean that all prayers from those in Babylon are answered by demons? No, God hears the prayers of those still inside Babylon who are struggling to avoid sin, whose hearts are truly tender to Him, and who repent of anything they are shown by Him; and because they have yet to discover the true hope and true gospel, because they have yet to be shown that Babylon is worship of the devil, because they have yet to be called out by Him, He will sometimes take pity on such a soul and grant his prayer. But to those healing ministries with great show, great pomp, great words of vanity, loud and raucous services, the same cannot be said; you will know them by the fruits they obviously lack: self-control, peace, gentleness, humility, etc. One such healing ministry of several years ago, (still highly touted by the Pentecostals), had a minister who slugged people in the stomach to heal them; one man he slugged so hard that he died, but of course the minister then raised him from the dead. I won't comment on the current ones, but you can judge them by their fruits and thus trace the source of their miracles.
The Lord is recorded as warning us three times about false Christian prophets, (ministers, evangelists, teachers), that perform miracles:
Power without truth is how the false church of Babylon was established. Do not be deceived with power accompanied by lies. Unless power is accompanied by the true gospel, (freedom from even the desire to sin, union with Christ and God, and translation into the kingdom of God while still on earth), through repentance on the inward cross of self-denial that results in Jesus appearing in your heart to destroy all sin, such power is from the devil and not God.
Never accept any demonstration of power as necessarily coming from God. Remember Jannes and Jambres, the Egyptian Magicians, who cast down their rods that turned into serpents, and who turned the waters of Egypt to blood. The miracle workers of Christendom, who preach the false gospel of instant grace as a license for excusing continuation of sin, derive their power from Satan. However, the power of Satan is not limited to false Christian ministers; it is also frequently demonstrated in other religions.
Although Babylon's false prophets are very difficult to discern, the elect are not deceived because their love of the truth overrides their being impressed with demonstrations of power accompanied by lies.