Vol.94/11

THE REVEALED TRUTH (PART 2)

Introduction:

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to His good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: (Ephe.1:9). And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephe.2:6). “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (Ephe.1:21). To the only wise God be praise and glory! May the eyes of your understanding be enlightened that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, as you read this literature.

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(From a recorded sermon of bro. Julius Adewumi, October 1980, at the three-days Camp meeting; Zuru, Sokoto State, Northern Nigeria.)

AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES

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AND HE THAT OVERCOMETH, AND KEEPETH MY WORKS UNTO THE END, TO HIM WILL I GIVE POWER OVER THE NATIONS: AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; AS THE VESSELS OF A POTTER SHALL THEY BE BROKEN TO SHIVERS: EVEN AS I RECEIVED OF MY FATHER. (Rev.2:26-27).

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Brethren, don't ever lose sight of the fact that it is the same God that spoke and the red sea parted, whom you are worshipping. It is the same God that spoke and the locusts came into Egypt overnight, multitudes of them without number. It's the same God you are worshipping! God has never changed! Some people think the new testament means God cannot do what he has done in the past. He has never changed. Fear before him all the earth! He also said Touch not my anointed, do my prophet no harm! Of course his mercy endureth for ever. The devils know God is still the same and Satan knows his bounds. The devils know also that when some individual saints get to know their right and power in Jesus, Satan has to do what the saints say. Therefore he fights to keep them from the knowledge. He knows God will do what the saints command in proper faith, whether to judge the devil or to smite an enemy, therefore Satan knows his bounds. I was going to the fellowship of brethren in 1978 in Ibadan, Nigeria. There was a spiritualist church on the way . The church was having a revival service and there was a certain minister in their midst who was prophesying and carrying on. We do not regard that church much because they do not understand salvation nor the atonement by the blood of Jesus. I was a member of such churches before I was born again. Therefore I knew the kind of manifestations in those churches are basically from spirits of divination. As I was about to pass the front of the church the Lord told me to branch there and speak with them. While I was still contemplating, one of their ministers ran out of the building speaking in tongues and shaking; two other men were holding him up. I said to myself, this is emergency; therefore I branched to the church and tried to speak to the minister outside the church. To cut the story short, though they first welcome me, in the end they pushed me out as I began to teach them about salvation and how to be born again. One particular man came at me and pushed my chest through the door, and I almost fell on my bottom. Then they closed the door at me. Not quite one minute later, some ladies rushed out to charge at me asking what have you done to the man? what have you done? He has fainted! I said, I have done nothing, He was the one who pushed me out. When I think of the episode, I usually remind people that God is jealous over his true children. Touch not my anointed. Do my prophet no harm! The man fainted perhaps because the angel of the Lord, which ministers to me, touched him. He is the Lord He changeth not! However whether we are dealing with men or with issues, we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickednesses in high places. (Ephe.6:11-17). I want you to know how the world is set up spiritually. Who are these principalities? How do they rule the world from the spirit world? This is what the unbelievers do not realize. They do not realize that in many instances and concerning many issues (moral issues, governmental issues, religious issues and so on), we are not dealing with flesh and blood (human beings). There are spirit- beings behind many of those issues. But as a christian we must not be babies forever. When you realize that in this world where you walk, you are actually walking in many worlds (invisible). Surrounding you are things invisible that do influence the visible world. Therefore, take most issues spiritually. Apostle Paul wrote: Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God whereby you shall be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickednesses in high places. (Ephe. 6:11-14). He called them principalities. In every school on earth we have principals, don’t we? Paul is comparatively telling us that we are not fighting against students” in this battle, but against the principals. Therefore know that it is a tough battle. I will like to describe those principalities and their activities and also show to you that you, as a believer in Christ, have overcome them and you should now arm yourself with the proper knowledge and weapons to put the rebellious spirits down where they belong. Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. (1Jn.4:4). Remember the armour of God as described by apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians. This armour of God is only through Jesus. Every religion which is not in Christ cannot get the proper armour and therefore they cannot even realize the spiritual setup which we are discussing today. After you have the knowledge, realize also that you have more power than the power of the enemy through the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord said, Behold I give unto you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Lk.10:19). Who are these principalities? In this world, just as we are on this planet, there are angels also patrolling the earth, and there are evil spirits. In the book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar said in his vision, a holy watcher came down to the earth to decree that the tree be cut down. (Dan.4:13). "And I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven." So there are holy watchers. In the book of Zechariah, the prophet saw some horses which were said to be the powers of God which patrol the earth. They went to and fro over all the earth. (Zech.1:8-11, 6:1-7). Therefore, angels of God are also on the earth. They resist the Devil from going beyond his bounds. With all of those, God has allowed the Devil to be ruling over the domains of the earth. Satan is called the prince of the power of the air. They disturb prayers one way or the other. There are two worlds on this planet: the physical and the spiritual worlds. There are good spirits and also bad spirits in the unseen world. There are angels of God patrolling the earth, ministering angels that watch over the saints and also special ministerial angels that walk with the specific ministers of God. The Lord Jesus said: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my father. (Mat.18:10). God also appoints special angels to walk with specific ministers sent on a mission. For example God told Moses "I send an Angel before thee to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." (Exo.23:20-23 ). As you and me have willingly surrendered our life to Jesus and are being used by the Holy Ghost for righteous works when we witness to people, trying to turn men unto righteousness, there are men and women also on this planet who have given their life voluntarily to Satan in clearly defined cults. They willingly are instruments of the devil to afflict and to cast demons upon people. Those men of the underground are distinguished from the common unbelievers who are indirectly and ignorantly used by the devils. The common unbeliever is simply yielding his/her members to the devils without knowledge. That is why the scriptures say Neither yield ye your members as instrument of unrighteousness unto sin. But yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Rom.6:13). Those men and women who have willingly joined the cults such as witchcraft cult and so on, are servants of Satan. I was in a place preaching the gospel and certain men in the place said before me openly that “we know about the kingdom of God, but as for us, we don’t want it!” Those men are occultic people who had been accused of ritualistic human sacrifices. They have heard the gospel and they have chosen to go the opposite direction after Satan. We cannot say they were deceived by the devil. They voluntarily decided to follow Satan. Now, Jesus said about some pharisees “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.” (Jn. 8:44 ). That means there are two categories of human beings on this planet. They come from the two seeds, Cain and Seth, from the garden of Eden. Therefore you should not waste your energy in trying to convert some folks to Christ. Remember Judas Iscariot? If Jesus could not save him, though he was the treasurer of the ministry of the messiah, no one else could. Jesus said Judas was the son of perdition. Christ said "I know my sheep." (Jn.10:14 ).

The Invisible World:

Now let's talk about the invisible beings on this planet. There are demons who are more or less disembodied spirits. These spirits roam the earth and they torment people, and are the cause of diseases and sinful influences. Many believed they are the spirits of animals of the pre-historic age who were destroyed from this planet when Lucifer fell. (Isa.14:12). They are used by the evil angels of Satan to torment people. That is why most sinful behaviors are animalistic. But human beings in their right mind are of higher order, for we are made in the image of God. What I really want to discuss is the activity of the evil angels that fell with Lucifer. Those are the rulers of the darkness of this world. They are the spiritual wickednesses in high places. They control the governments of the world. That is where I want you to get the understanding so that you can resist them. When your prayer is being hindered you will know and can take the proper action. You will also need to learn how to wield your spiritual sword against them. (Read Rapturing Faith part 11).

Upon this earth, in every city there is physically a king, or mayor, or call it any title you want in every language. There is also in the spirit world, a ruler of that city, an evil angel. This is because the world is still under the dominion of Satan. However angels of God can go and come to minister to the elects of God. The evil angels can hinder the believers effectiveness also only up to a point. Not only in the cities, also every nation or country has an evil angel controlling the evil affairs of Satan in that country. They are called princes or kings of the nations depending upon how much influence they have on the physical rulers. (Read Ezekiel 28). These satanic powers are the spirits behind major occultic groups where you will find the dignitaries. Some clubs may look like social clubs of the highly placed men, while other clubs are spiritual where they actually practice ritualistic worship. They have different names in different cultures, like the “Freemasons”, the “Rosicrucians”, and so on. By initiating the magistrates, and judges and political leaders, the devils can perpetuate perversion of justice and so on. The evil spirits affect the physical world by poluting the mind of the unholy by their ideas and suggestions. All the political movements from activists which try to change the biblically based principles are directly from the forces of satan. Such movements as abortion rights, and homosexual rights are from the pit of hell. Those evil cherubs that fell with Lucifer work mostly against the plan of God. They usually will not go after an individual unless that individual is a prophet of God whose prayers have become hinderances to the plans of the devils. They also hinder prayers of the saints.

Remember the prince of Persia which hindered the prayers of Daniel (Dan.10:13). The presence of the saints in each nation through the Holy Ghost represents the kingdom of God, which is symbolized as the stone cut out without hands in the visions of Nebuchadnezzar. (Dan 2:40-47). The Holy Ghost and the presence of God’s angels restrict the influences of the Satanic spirits as it is written: the mysery of iniquity doth already work; only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way; and then shall that wicked be revealed; whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. (2 Thes. 2:7-8). It is still the Almighty God that controls the heights and the depths. The devil has no liberty to attack even the sinners if God had not allowed it. Even though the devil is ruling over the earth temporarily, God wants us to know that the earth was given to Adam and the sons of Adam in the beginning. Adam lost the control and the Messiah has taken the control back from the devil, waiting for the sons of Adam to come to the level when all of us can control the earth and subdue it. From among the believers, God is raising up christians that can come to the level of faith and height to be able to subdue the devil. These are sons among the sons. There will be some elected few that will live in the firmament in the new world after the cherubs of satan have been cast out of the firmament. We are to replace the cherubs of satan who rule the cities and countries now. These satanic cherubs live in the firmament. They are to be casted out of their offices in the firmament. (Rev.12:9). Those are the rulers of the darkness of this world. Those are the devils that the christians have to fight to take over the planet earth. But God is actually raising up prophets to fight those cherubs and to subdue them. The sons of God to be manifested in this last days are in this higher order who shall fight those satanic cherubs and overthrow them. The war that was recorded in the book of revelation chapter 12 has to do with these sons of God overthrowing the satanic cherubs. Maybe as of now you simply overcome sicknesses by the word and by your faith when you say “in the name of Jesus let this aching stop”. Those are commonly caused by demons, which are animals. They quickly run out. The rulers of darkness may use those demons to torment. But to be totally liberated from being tormentable we must subdue their masters who send the demons on errands. Those devils go against the plan of God most often. They go against the taking- over of the earth by the saints. When they perceive the Lord moving heavily upon a believer to the level of bringing him up as a prophet, the devils go furiously against the believer to threaten him. But God will use such attacks to build up his servant as He inspires the believer to fight them and subdue them by the word. When you are in that class of believers, you have become part of the army of God. (Joel 2).

The battlefield:

There are some human beings who have surrendered to the devil as I said earlier: the witches, and many in the cults. They have purposely decided to be members of the devils gang. It is for you as a christian to be able to stand and not be moved by any wiles of the devil by putting on the whole armour of God. Now, God is rousing in many of us to come to the level to be a soldier for him. There is a difference between a soldier and someone who is defending oneself. During the wartime, most citizens of a country will be instructed about how to defend themselves and how to hide when bombs are sighted. But the training for soldiers go beyond defending themselves. They are trained to attack the enemy strongholds! God is electing at this end of the age the soldiers for his kingdom for the final spiritual battle against the dragon. From among the saints, God is rousing up faith in some, to come and be warriors. Those are the people that will really go to the battle field.

This testimony will perhaps reveal what I mean: I was brought into this spiritual realm by the Lord many years ago. It was more than a vision! The Lord pulled my spirit into this spiritual city, I know not where. The Lord was invisible in the background but I could hear his voice. He told me to preach to the people in the streets of the city and I began to preach Jesus and the fear of God. There was a riot against me! It turned into a war! Multitudes of these people were raging against me and as I would speak the word of judgement of God at them they would turn back and flee. When another host of them came against me from another direction, I spoke the word and lightening came against them from the sky above and they fled. It was a forceful battle. Suddenly the Lord pulled me back to my bed in my room. As I woke up I sighed and said “Lord, that was a battle. Let’s go fight some more! The Lord said "Okay!" And immediately I was back into the midst of that spiritual city. They came against me again like a mighty rush of water and I blew them back with the word of God. When the bible said one shall chase a thousand, it was so in this experience, as multitudes of those inhabitants fled before me. This continued for few more minutes before the Lord pulled me back to my bed. Then I understood why the evil spirit said to those exorcists (the seven sons of Sceva) “Jesus I know; and Paul I know, but who are ye?” (Acts. 19:15 ). That was one of the underground cities of the demons - the spirits that fell with lucifer. Those were the inhabitants from whom we must take back the earth.

In the physical army of many nations, the fearful soldiers usually run and hide in the military when war breaks out. But no one goes to battle with the Almighty God and lose. He has never lost a battle yet. He also is not looking for a crowd in this battle. Remember the story of Gideon and his three hundred men? God is looking for the few, the bold, and the rugged to trust in him! I said the rugged, because there is rough-handling in every battle field! It’s not for gentlemen! Those occassional attacks in that demonic city hurt the soldier but the rugged endures the little pain which turns the soldier wild, like a horse in the battlefield. (Job 39:19- 25). The battle is the Lord’s! Remember Gideon’s army. God told him to choose the three hundred who lapped the water like the dog. The rest of the Israelites were told to go back home. And the three hundred went against an army “like grasshoppers for multitude”. (Judges 7:7,12). The rest of the people who were told to go back home were not lost. They were the citizens for which these soldiers were fighting. Remember that! Just because you are not called into this battlefield, or because you had not received such experiences as quoted here should not make you jealous. I have to say this because many believers become jealous when they hear some testimonies. God knows what He has created in people and He is simply bringing it out in all of us. Certainly those whom He will use to fight in such war need the special artillery and protective garments (His glory) for the job lest they die in the battle. If your lot is to be a citizen of the kingdom and stand in the gap by your prayers or your support for such ministry, do it whole-heartedly. Don't be jealous of the military men’s equipments. (However the soldiers are enrolled by public announcements and open calls like this literature is sounding.) Many are called but few are chosen. Therefore if you are not called into the endtime battle of God, you are still to keep yourself at home from being hurt. Because sometime during war, enemy’s bombs bypass the battlefield to land among the civilians. The civilians better be in wartime carefulness. The Lord is calling you to come and get the faith and be in the army of God. You are not going to trust in your sword. You are going to trust in him. Like the soldiers of Gideon; As they blew the trumpet, they broke pitchers. And the enemy fought one another in the confusion that followed. ( Note: don't allow the devil to use God’s tactics against the children of God, when he causes believers to antagonize one another. A house divided cannot stand. "You are wrong- I am right" types of quarrel only turn people’s attention away from the real enemy, till he comes and smite one of the people; because the believers are not watching. There is a war going on! Be alert! “A servant of God should not strive. ) . Gideon’ army blew the trumpet and broke the pitchers! It was God who fought the battle. Remember my testimony above: I spoke the word only! And lightening, from the cloud of God’s presence, struck the multitudes that were gathered against me.

It is from among this generation of believers the Lord will select the spiritual army that will overthrow the force of darkness. The picture in the book of revelation shows that out of the woman clothed with the sun, comes forth the manchild that is to rule the nations with a rod of iron. (Rev.12:1-5). The army of God , in a way, is described in the book of Joel that “a fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea nothing shall escape them”. (Joel 2: 3). The fire of God is a major weapon for these believers like Elijah the prophet was very conversant with the Holy Ghost fire before he left this planet in a chariot of fire. (Read Rapturing faith part 2. Rev.11:1-8).

This manchild who will overthrow the force of darkness represents the mystery group of God - the "coup d'etat" group! In the world gorvernment, when a coup is to take place there is always a secrecy among the military-groups who are planning the coup until it occurs. So also in the spirit: "When he has opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for a space of half an hour." (Rev. 8:1). What was going on in the silence? It's some of these things which I am telling you. God comes down and begins to number his army, and to build them up spiritually. They are the few that are going to confront Satan and his evil angels and overthrow them to cast them out of their offices in the spirit world. An example of those evil spirits was that “prince of Persia which Daniel confronted. (Dan.10:13). Those devils are not common demons of sicknesses. They are the evil cherubs. They know the plan of God and will always try to go against it. For example, look at what Daniel was praying for when that prince of Persia resisted him: Daniel wanted to understand the plan of God and things about the people of God. Fear not Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. (Dan.10:12). The Angel came to tell Daniel what was planned for the ages to come and the devils didn’t want such knowledge to be freely passed to men. Why? Because they want to keep the dominion on the earth! But the saints have won the battle through Jesus! Amen. When Daniel fasted and prayed, what was revealed to him was not only to Daniel but it was revealed to the body of believers who will later learn about it and thereby know the plan of God. That was why the devils would go against such prayers. When God calls an individual to a long fast and when great revelations are given to a believer, it is not to make the believer proud neither is it to make only him wise. God calls a believer into great heights of faith for God’s purpose. He builds up a specific believer into a prophet so that revelations through him can come to the body of Christ worldwide. The brother may become wiser due to the knowledge of God which he has, and human nature may also make him a little proud, but God will work on that to make him as humble as God wants. However the tendency of other believers around him is to be jealous of him. The Lord himself said “a prophet is not without honour but in his own house and among his own people.” ( Jn.4:44 ). That is always true of every one whom God has used. What every saint should do is to give moral support or whatever support is possible to any believer among you upon whom you see the Lord moving. After Daniel fasted for twenty one days to get the answer to his request, the angel came to him. The angel said further: "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days." The angels are under authority. They cannot just do what they like. They have to receive instruction from heaven to act. The devils will not hold the angel of God, but they know how to disturb Daniel’s prayers. But it is your faith that will pull down things. It was the faith of Daniel that brought the angel to him. Because Daniel did not give up; he continued to fast for the twenty one days. The devil is the accuser of the brethren. He resists prayers by bringing up your offences why the prayer should not be answered. When you repent of the shortcomings, by the instinct of the word, the Lord will internally inspire you in what to pray for. Once you pray as instructed, the devil will bow! The angel said "but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days, for yet the vision is for many days." The mystery is these: In all the earth there are spiritual princes ruling over every country and every city. But there is one single location on this earth where the devil does not have a prince. There is a portion of land on this earth where God has chosen to reserve as his own land; and that land is Palestine: the land of Israel which God gave to Abraham to inherit. When the earth is being allotted in the spirit, God said this portion of land belongs to me! When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. (Deut.32:8-9). Actually, "all the earth is mine" saith the Lord. (Ex.19:5). All the other lands is left for the devil to have his principalities; Of course the devil will like to overthrow whoever lives on the portion that belongs to God, because he knew the plan of God wherein God said of Israel: The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name. Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms. (Jer.51:19-20). That land gives room legally for the holy God to use as the stepping stone to save the seed of man, since it is the order of the day on earth for a nation to overthrow another nation.(Gen.12:1-3). God told the hebrews that the land belongs unto him and that the land is holy. They are to bring the firstfruits of the land unto God. (Lev. 18:24-25,27-28; Deut.11:12 ). He told them not to do as the gentile nations previously on the land because the land itself will spue them out. In Daniel chapter 12 verse 1, you will see the name of the prince for that land of Israel as Michael: both the physical Israel and the spiritual Israel, which means all of us that are joined spiritually to the God of Israel. We who are the spiritual Israel have no portion of the earth at present, but we have a promise. That is why we are not of this world. However even though Christ is the king of the land of Israel, because the wrong men were in the posts as chief priests and high priests, Christ could not do anything for them. He lamented over Jerusalem: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killeth the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee; How often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not. (Lk.13:34).

We are not of this world. Spiritually we are being separated from our mother’s land and linked to the prince of the land of Israel. “At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people. Michael is the one that fights for the Israelites. But each time they went away from God, he kicked them out of his land. Remember when certain gentiles were moved to some cities of Israel by the Assyrian kingdom after the Israelites were carried away captive, it was reported that lions were killing the people and they sent to the king of Assyria to return some priests from among the Israelites who could instruct them on how to fear the God of the land. ( 2Kgs.17:25-26). Those people knew better about spiritual things. Nowadays they will be classified as “superstitious”. In every other region of the earth, the devils control the land, and they have some authority to hinder prayers unless you become more powerful than them. These devils rule in the air. Some devils are locked up in prison yards. (Rev. 9:13-14). Other devils are controlling the world affairs in every country. But God is still the supreme authority over all things. However He has set up certain rules which He himself regularly follows.

Those devils that rule over the earth, are going to be overthrown by the army of God as written in revelation chapter 12. The scriptures concerning when these kings of the air will be arrested is thus: And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. (Isa.24:21-22). Christ has the keys of hell and of death. When he shuts them in, they cannot come out. (Rev.1:18).

Someone asked me one time that where is the Devil right now since Christ said I saw Satan fall like lightening? Yet Revelation chapter 12 said the dragon is cast out, which is yet to occur, since it says “woe unto the inhabitants of the earth, for the devil has come among you having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” (Rev.12:12 ). Where is the devil at present? In the book of Job, Satan said he walks to and fro the earth. (Job.1:7). He is the chief for all those devils who are ruling the countries from the firmament. In the end, after God has raised up the number of soldiers He wants and has prepared them, the devils will be cast down.

How many are in the end-time army of God? In a place it said the firstfruits are 144000. In another place it said "behold the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints"; that is another inner circle of saints. yet in another place it said behold the Lord cometh and all his saints with him; that is when they are coming back to the earth. ( Rev.14:1; Jude v14 ; Deut.33:2; Zec.14:5). In another place it said “the word of God sitteth on a white horse and all the armies in heaven follow him on white horses. In righteousness shall He judge and make war”. (Rev. 19: 11-14). He is going to make war against this planet! God said "I will not shake the earth only, but also heaven". (Heb.12:26). That is the war when the spiritual world on this planet will be overthrown by God's army. Satan will gather his cohorts of evil angels to fight the army of God. Therefore, it was written that there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. And the dragon fought and his angels and prevailed not. (Rev.12:7-8). The war in the heaven occurs first to cast out the evil angels from the air.

At this end time, many evil spirits will be allowed to be released upon the earth for a season and the sons of God will demonstrate the power of the seven Spirits of God. Then suddenly the sons of God will be withdrawn to the spirit world. The dragon will be cast out of his office. When the sons of God manifest, even demonic legions will scream at their presence just like the demoniac legion of Gadara that fell down before Jesus and were sent out of the man into the herd of swine. (Lk. 8:26-33). This will repeat itself through the sons of God before the end. It will be for a quick short work after they had been perfected by God.

When the sons of God are withdrawn into the spirit realm, it is then they are going to attack Satan and his forces in their offices. It's like a military headquaters during a war which is being lost steadily. The last stronghold will perhaps be their headquarters. The military leader will have fortified his headoffice with the best of his soldiers left, knowing that his enemies are coming for him. So Satan will have fortified his spiritual headquarters awaiting the attack by the sons of God. Like the Lord Jesus went to possess the gates of the enemy. Christ went down to hell and came back after defeating death and hell and all the forces of Satan, he took the keys of hell and of death. The sons of God must join in the fight and overthrow the forces of darkness in every spiritual headquarters they may have in the air over the nations. (Rev.1:17-18). Christ is raising up the sons to take over the principal offices of those spirit-principalities who are over the nations. Not by negotiation! They are going to beat them out! The following testimony may reveal some of the above: It was in 1976/77 just before I started my ministry. I had just taken a long fast. I was in this trance. Three aged-looking men came around me in this hall. (They were the spirits ruling the country where I was brought up). One of them called my name and said "Come and eat these things before you also go about preaching, because all the preachers like yourself have eaten of it." The Lord Jesus Christ moved upon me immediately in that vision, because I sensed a wisdom and boldness which I had never seen in me before. And I said okay, where is it? They showed me two baked food. He said "eat this one first". So I took a bite of that. When he said “eat this next one, the wisdom and boldness of Christ manifested and I said furiously: "What are these things you wanted me to eat? Tell me what they are for! What is this first one which I have eaten for? Like a force which they could not resist, the man said reluctantly: This is the medicine for one disease (he named the disease). I said “that is okay. What about this next one? Reluctantly again he said, "that is to prevent the ‘world’ (witches and wizards) from sliding your legs." (translated to english). I replied: "I donot need that one, because those witches and wizards can never slide my legs. I have already become a god under the Lord Jesus Christ!" They became angry and said "where do you become that?" I said, "Right here!" They said, "no way!" And they started to wrestle with me; they pushed me and I pushed them. That visitation by the rulers of darkness of the country was the beginning of their confrontation, until they were subdued. Since then, I have seen the Lord pull me occassionally to appear suddenly in their midst in the spirit, declaring the will of the Lord during political situations in the country. Lo, they will later be cast out along with Satan in the overthrow.

Jesus said, He that overcometh and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron. As the vessel of the potter shall they be broken to shivers; even as I received of my father. (Rev.2: 26:-27).

Michael was recorded in the book of Daniel as the Prince which standeth for the children of Israel. (Dan.12:1-2). Compare that verse with the statement when the Lord Jesus Christ lamented over Jerusalem. (Lk.13:34). Then you can realize that the land of Israel is the land whose spiritual prince is Michael. Jerusalem is called the city of the great king: Christ is the King of kings over all the earth. How do you think the spirits rule the physical? In the world governments, the spiritual princes live in the palaces of the nations. In some cases they may even possess the physical leader of that land. If not by possession, they live around the physical leader and make him or her rule by their suggestions to the mind. That is why it will be out of place for any knowledgeable christian, who is expected to be not of this world, to get involved in the politics of these nations. The deception is for some people to think their own nation is free from these rulers of darkness. The influence we have as saints is to wield our spiritual weapons in prayers and spiritual authority through the name of Jesus. Even Israel as a nation of present cannot claim to be free from the rulers of darkness since the current population of the land is not ruled by the life of Christ. That is why when Christ shall come to reclaim his land it is prophesied thus: Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem for battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Zech.14:1-2). God will allow the people of the land to be reduced to the choice ones in the battle before He steps in to fight as it was prophesied further: Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. (Zech.14:3).

Therefore if you are a true christian and you are expected to inherit a traditional throne from your family, if you understand that you do not belong to that family anymore by the adoption of God, you ought to pass off their throne. The same goes for the political systems of the world. You can now understand why all the various social and spiritual clubs and cults in every city or and in every nation demand or at least request the audience of their rulers and they may even invite their ruler to hold an "honorary" membership of their club or cult.

In summary, in every nation and city, those evil princes are going to be displaced. God is raising up his army in the classs of the “manchild”, sons of God, to overthrow the force of darkness and to cast the devils out of their spiritual offices in the firmament and to take their place. This was the kingdom of God symbolized in the visions of Nebuchadnezzar as the “stone cut out of the mountain without hands” which struck the image of Nebuchadnezzar, the head of gold, at its feet which was of iron and clay. (Dan.2:44). Daniel interpreted it that it will be at the end of the world -- the feet-- when there are multitudes of kings, "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms (of this world) and it shall stand for ever."

Satan is the overseer over all those rulers of darkness, and in the overthrow, they will go down with the devil, even as it has been written: “And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited,” saith the Lord God Almighty. (Isa.24:21-22). (to be continued ...)

God's Choice:

The following message is worth repeating. When we compare God's choice of the men for the army of Gideon, there is a parallel: they trusted God and “they loved not their lives unto the death. (Rev.12:11). They blew the trumpet and broke the pitchers; so the enemy was vanquished. In the days of Jehoshaphat, they sang and bless the glory of God, in the beauty of holiness, and the enemy was defeated. The end time prophecy of Charles Price said, "the spirit of David shall revive in this typical tabernacle." It is the spirit of worship and praise, like David used to write the songs in the book of psalms. Also David was fearless as he trusted God to go against Goliath the giant. If you find it hard to arise in the night to sing and to worship the Lord of hosts, it is doubtful if you can fit into this army of God. For by this, you are to be clothed with the anointing garment, thicker than what the enemy can penetrate. (Read Rapturing Faith part 6).

Power in Praising God

After I was born again, the Lord laid on my heart to wake up in the night and pray because the devils do a lot of evil while men sleep. Therefore Christians should redeem the time at night. I began by using an alarm clock to wake up at 3AM, so as to pray beside my bed. The Lord gave me insight that I should sing praises first, before prayer. I later found that other ministers have written about this. Since then I have always woken up between 2AM and 5AM to sing praises and to pray. The Lord delights in such activity which I voluntarily put upon myself. Nowadays, I donot use the alarm clock. On several occasions, the Lord himself had knocked on my bed or my door to rouse me up from sleep, only to wake up and find that no one visible was knocking. You must realize that this happens to be the lifestyle of prophets in the bible. Elisha was reported to be on a mountain top (2Kgs.4:25,27). Elijah also! (2Kgs.1:9). The Lord Jesus himself: "in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of olives" (Lk.21:37). We also read in the scriptures that the Lord Jesus, "in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed" (Mk.1:35). When I meditated on these verses, the Lord made me realize that they were not just having a quiet sleep on the cold mount. But what kind of prayer can take so long - all night??? They were SINGING PRAISES! That will take long: if the Holy Ghost takes over. If you are singing in the spirit, the Holy Ghost can sing all night and you will be edified.

Even King David, who also was a prophet said : "At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, because of thy righteous judgements" (Psa.119:62). Also he said "Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgement" (Psa.119:164). If a king of a nation can step aside seven times a day to sing praises, I was unctioned to meet the challenge; so I began many years ago to step aside from my daily schedule to pray every three hours, (9am,12pm, 3pm, 6pm,9pm), even if only for five minutes. These are the hours of prayer observed by the apostles of the Lord. (Acts. 3:1 "..9th hour" is 3pm). The Lord delights in every individual effort of his saints towards the furtherance of his kingdom, especially in intercessory prayers. If you have nothing to pray about, pray that you may be accounted worthy to escape all the evils of the end time and to stand before the Lord Jesus; also pray that his kingdom come. You are admonished to pick up these prayer and praise practices as much as you can do, and watch the Lord move you up to higher spiritual heights. Be sure to praise the Lord first in songs, before every prayer, in your hours of prayer, "and let the earth be filled with his praises". When you sing and pray after the midnight hour, the devils will not like it and they will try to resist you. But because the Lord Jesus delights in it, and he is the head of all principalities and powers, you have nothing to fear. The Lord will come to you to build up your anointing beyond what the devils can resist. "He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways"(Psa.91:11). By praising the Lord regularly, you will feel and know that you are really abiding under the shadows of the almighty: that is how to dwell in the secret place of the most high! (Psa. 91:1). We were created to praise and worship Him. Remember God came to Adam in the cool of the day (Gen.3:8). We were made to fellowship with the Lord, one on one, and this is how you do it: by praising him, one on one!

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord" (Psa.150:6). By praising the Lord, gifts of discernment and spiritual dreams shall be your reward from the Lord. You may even be visited by Angels. Listen to this testimony: One morning in 1974, about 5 minutes after I finished singing and went back to my bed, a band of angels appeared in my room. They were like little children. One was pulling at my leg and another was carrying me at my arms. I had clearly a physical visitation because I saw myself on my bed. I spoke to them thus: "Servants of God, let me stand up by myself". That was because I noticed they were trying to carry me up. (Psa. 91:12). It seemed they were speaking another language other than the English I spoke to them. They carried me joyfully to a cool place, like a shaded river-side. Then I saw that they were many who came that morning. They stood in front of me while I was made to sit on the stump of a tree. They stood like a choir in three rows. The smaller children in the front while the taller ones at the back. From human estimate I will say the age of human of their size will be from 8 year-old to about 16 year-old, both boys and girls. The leader was standing besides me carrying a musical instrument which looked like an accordion. I perceived they wanted to sing for me, so I asked them to begin by introducing themselves to me one by one. Throughout, the Lord was monitoring my words lest I say something wrong, since I was then a baby christian. Therefore when I spoke English to them, they paused to receive the interpretation from above before they replied. Yet for the few moments I was in their midst, they were conversing cheerfully among themselves in a language I did not know. When I returned to my bed, Oh, what a melodious song was playing to my ears even for a moment after I returned to my bed.

I tell you, heavenly singers will pay you a visit when you take up the practice to sing to the Lord every night.

(The following is a quote from another minister who wrote about praising the Lord:)

"THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER IS FINE BUT ONE SHOULD PRAISE THE LORD MORE OFTEN THAN JUST PRAY. PRAISING THE LORD CREATES MORE FAITH AND THE ANSWER IS QUICKER IN COMING! PRAISING IS A DIMENSION UNKNOWN BY MOST, IT IS THE DIMENSION WHEREIN THE LORD WHIRLS AND STIRS, WHEREIN FEELING OF THE SPIRIT OCCURS! A GROUP PRAISING THE LORD CONSTANTLY WILL CAUSE A REVIVAL TO BREAK FORTH AROUND THEM, IT WILL TURN INTO A DIMENSION OF PROPHECY! THE DIMENSION OF HEALING AND MIRACLES WILL BEGIN TO IGNITE, DEMONS WILL CRY OUT AND FLEE! FEAR AND NERVOUSNESS WILL TRAVEL FROM THEE AS FAST AS LIGHT. TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION WILL TAKE ON A DIMENSION OF REALISM AND WILL STRENGTHEN A CONGREGATION! WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE WILL RUN LIKE A BUBBLING BROOK OF WATER! FAITH WILL LEAP FORTH LIKE A FIRE IN THE FIELD DRIVING TROUBLES AND DISEASES AWAY! THE DISCERNMENT TO SEE GOOD ANGELS AND THE DISCERNMENT TO KNOW EVIL ANGELS WILL BE THY GIFT IN PRAISING HIM!... PRAISE HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS ALREADY DONE! IMPORTANT IN THE ART OF FAITH IS THE PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. ENTER THIS WAY INTO GOD'S PRESENCE; THE POWER TO MOVE ANY OBJECT IS AT THE BIDDING OF THOSE WHO HAVE LEARNED THE SECRET OF PRAISE!" (N.V.F).

Praising the Lord will help to focus your mind on the Lord as the Holy Ghost helps you to focus on the words of the songs which you sing to the Lord daily. In a way, it is the exercise that will teach your mind how to concentrate, because it is when you focus on the words of the songs which you are singing to the Lord in praises that your spirit will be edified. If you put such responsibility on yourself, and you are dilligent, like offering your daily sacrifice of praise to him, the Holy Ghost will help you to concentrate on the words of the songs.

Yea, new songs shall you receive, like the psalmist, for the treasury above is inexhaustible for fresh, original songs of praise to the Almighty. BEHOLD I SHOW YOU A MYSTERY: WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, AND YOU FALL OUT OF THE LOOP, WHEN THE ELEMENTS REFUSE TO OBEY YOU, BLESS THE GLORY OF THE LORD IN PRAISES AND YOU WILL BE BACK UNDER HIS GLORY FOR THE ELEMENTS TO OBEY YOU.

Yea, the prophets of old recognized the power behind a true worship and personal songs of praise to the Lord; therefore they loved it on the quiet mountains having their all- night fellowship. "God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (Jn.:4:23-24).

We must do the same thing to obtain the same reward: Lo, "ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD AND HE WAS NOT FOR GOD TOOK HIM"; AND A CHARIOT OF FIRE APPEARED AND TOOK ELIJAH AWAY! To go in the rapture, we must also walk the walk which the prophets walked, and please the Lord by keeping watch at night. And behold, He cometh soon! "AND LET THE WHOLE EARTH BE FILLED WITH HIS PRAISES!"
If you are edified by these literatures, please write and let us hear from you. As the Lord said "AND UNTO YOU THAT HEAR SHALL MORE BE GIVEN" (Mk.4:24b).

Bro. Julius Adewumi, Gospel Distribution Ministry Box 71027 Phoenix Arizona 85050, USA.