Let us take note and let us understand, that we all are supernatural and spirit formed and therefore act as lightning rods in time of a storm … we are either going to be a conduit for the Holy Spirit or a demonic entity to work through us or influence us. If we play with fire that we don’t always understand, we might get burned. Since we operate in the spiritual realm, we have to remain mindful of the Lord’s holy and pure ways and the ways of Satan that are forbidden and profane.
For now more than ever we need to leave our ignorance at the door by thinking that we can operate in the spiritual realm with a nonchalant attitude, while in the meantime we are leaving ourselves open to all kinds of spiritual operations be they profane and forbidden or be it holy.
And because of the lack of watchmen in the churches to stand on the proverbial spiritual walls to be mindful and to be watchful as we connect with the spiritual realm, all kinds of deceptions and forbidden actions have seeped into the heart of the Bride and the institution called Church simply because we all act as conduits, just like a lightning rod in a storm.
As we see in the story of Jacob in Genesis 28, there is a constant spiritual interaction between heaven and earth, and we as human beings who have been made in spirit are caught up in the middle of all this activity. Question is, shall we eventually flow with God or with Satan?
Let us understand the significance of 1 Kings 22 – even when 400 so-called prophets declared a word of “truth”, then it can even be a lie. And here we find a very important spiritual principle as revealed in my spirit. How is it possible for 400 people to lie about the same event? It is because of a false spirit in operation. This can be named by many things – a spirit of lying, of deception, but it was shown it can be considered as the spirit of divination.
And here we need to sit upright and pay attention – for indeed, the followers of God walk a fine line when it comes to the spiritual, for there is a fine line between the Spirit and a deceptive spirit, between what is forbidden and what is legal, and between the truth and deception. There is a fine line when it comes to idolatry, rebellion, profane worship, and treating the holy and sacred with contempt. And we have on countless occasions crossed the line into the territory of paganism because of our strong will, of the Self, of our arrogance, ignorance, and complacency.
Prophecy deals with God’s truth and God’s order as revealed and shown by the Spirit. Divination is the counter-movement of Satan to present a false truth, a false reality, and a false state of mind. Divination operates out of the realm of the FORBIDDEN AND THE SPIRITUALLY ILLEGAL AND IS REGARDED AS A DETESTABLE ABOMINATION UNTO THE LORD.
Deuteronomy 18: 9 “When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you).
We need to therefore understand how the forbidden work of the devil compares when it comes to divination in regards to a true prophetic word or a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom. If a spirit of divination has been sowed into a person, then that spirit has infected and invaded the atmospheric realm around a certain place via that person. As in the case of 1 Kings 22, a spirit of divination was at work, sowing a false word and creating a false reality and a false outcome regarding the future. As the one ‘prophet’ spoke the false word, most likely because deception was already at work in him, the false spirit was transferred and imparted to others, and by uttering the spirit of divination was given a legal right to operate in the spiritual atmosphere and so sought to alter the outcome of the future. Now as the other “prophets” spoke concerning the matter, they were also infected by the initial deceptive and profane and forbidden word as they were operating in the tainted atmospheric realm.
Consider the following. If I pray for someone, and I have not prayed for discernment and for true guidance, I can open myself to the spiritual atmosphere within and around the person whom I am praying for. Now, let us say there is a spirit of deception at work inside the person; I will then pray, and without discernment and true guidance, can come under the influence of that spirit of divination. What this causes is that I will speak a word over this person WHILE OPERATING UNDER THE SPIRIT OF DIVINATION – and so I MYSELF BECOME SUSCEPTIBLE to what this spirit of divination want me to see regarding this person and his future and so a prophecy of divination is born instead of a prophecy of the Spirit.
It is very possible for someone to receive a word concerning a certain matter which has been confirmed by many, as we find in 1 Kings 22, yet the word can be false. It can happen because of the spirit of divination in operation. Such a spirit was in operation when the older prophet seduced another prophet, who had just spoken against the altar (1 Kings 13), to eat and dine with him when it was forbidden by Lord.
If I pray for someone, be it through direct contact or through intercessory prayer, we come into contact with the spiritual atmosphere in and around them, and so allow ourselves to be open to the deception guile of the spirit of divination. If this happens, then the spirit of divination will easily confirm the deceptive words and images that are actually tied in with the person’s spirit or soul over which I am praying. The problem begins thus with the source, and now what seems like a confirmation from the Lord is actually a confirmation from the spirit of divination!
This is also why it is so important to consider that we must not hastily lay hands on someone, for there is transference from the source. And if we are not covered by the Blood and standing in the discernment of the Spirit, we as the lightning rods can be manipulated to dance along with the music of the spirit of divination. Divination is paganism, and paganism is the forbidden, and so we can see how the devil can draw us into the realm of the forbidden and the profane if we are not alert, wary and discerning.
To come under the guile and deception of the spirit of divination can and does happen and this is why the Lord prompted me to understand the severity of this matter. Therefore, we need to realize that before we pray for someone we need to first bind any spirit of deception or divination. Divination is so deceptive it can even make one believe there is no such work in operation! And we need to bind any work of confusion, divination, false prophecy, or fortune-telling so that the word of God can operate.
Indeed, we need to first and foremost also bind any work of the imagination, of the flesh, of selfish intent and ambition, of selfish glory so that the Spirit of the Living Lord can work and not any other demonic presence.
We may say we are very discerning, and truly those who are discerning might very well pick up the work of deception if it exists and some may very well speak God’s word and truth by smashing and breaking through by sheer authority such falsework. But the problem with deception is that it is cunning and sly! So the Lord says we need to bind and silence it so that we can be certain that we speak in the Spirit and in the Truth, otherwise, we can become susceptible to the beguiling allure of the spirit of deception, of imagination, of the forbidden and of idolatry.
We can only speak a true word of prophecy or wisdom or knowledge when we are truly flowing in the Spirit, but in order to be a conduit through which the Spirit can flow, we need to be free from any other influence that seeks to deceive us. We need to remember that the spirit of deception and divination is primarily manipulating the source’s intentions and desires and wants and needs to create an illusion of reality and through that illusion sow chaos and destruction.
When it comes to prophecy or speaking a word of wisdom or knowledge, we have to keep in mind that there are those who intentionally deceive and beguile because they deliberately want to sow deception and destruction. Then there are those who are fooled into giving a false word through a deceptive spirit or simply because of the realm of the imagination and the flesh. Either way, we have to be VERY careful when it comes to speaking false words and declaring false visions, for if it is intentional or unintentional, they have a way of sowing destruction and chaos.
False and deceptive prophecies or visions eventually enslave someone, bring someone under the cloak of a false reality, and bring a person into a state of illusion and deception.
Either way, when we speak a word over someone, we need to be VERY certain we are doing so in the Spirit, for if we are not, we are ourselves sowing deception and so bring ourselves and the person into the realm of the FORBIDDEN and the realm of WITCHCRAFT.
Why witchcraft? It is simple. A false word or false vision or false prophecy is so designed to manipulate and control and influence negatively. It also seeks to enslave and destroy. If we move in any other spirit except the Holy Spirit, we are moving in control and manipulation, which is witchcraft and this is pagan in origin and pagan is the occult and the occult is the FORBIDDEN.
How easily do we not say sorry if the word we have given is wrong, but we do not consider that intentionally or unintentionally we have already stepped into the realm of the OCCULT AND THUS THE FORBIDDEN, opening ourselves and the source to who we have spoken to become conduits of magick and the work of the devil? The Lord has spoken many times that He will no longer tolerate false prophecies and visions, for they fall into the realm of divination and deception, and it allows for the operator and the receiver within that spiritual atmosphere to fall under the spell of the occult and the FORBIDDEN.
We live in times when God will act strongly against false ‘prophets’, false words, and false visions and dreams. Indeed, many are speaking things unintentionally, but still, they are sowing deception and destruction and they have engaged in the forbidden and the occult through divination. For those who are children of God, there should be no excuse for we are called to walk with the Spirit in Truth and in discernment and by the authority of the Lord to make sure we speak the Truth and not lies.
Consider Jeremiah 7 (New King James Version): Trusting in Lying Words: 1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 “Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the LORD!’” 3 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.’5 “For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, 7 then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever. 8 “Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know, 10 and then come and stand before Me in this house which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD. 12 “But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I set My name at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these works,” says the LORD, “and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren—the whole posterity of Ephraim. 16 “Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. 19 Do they provoke Me to anger?” says the LORD. “Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?” 20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.” 21 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat. 22 For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. 25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. 26 Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. 27 “Therefore you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.
And also Jeremiah 23: False Prophets and Empty Oracles: 9 My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets; All my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the LORD, And because of His holy words. 10 For the land is full of adulterers; For because of a curse the land mourns. The pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, And their might is not right. 11 “ For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness,” says the LORD. 12 “ Therefore their way shall be to them Like slippery ways; In the darkness they shall be driven on And fall in them; For I will bring disaster on them, The year of their punishment,” says the LORD. 13 “ And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria: They prophesied by Baal And caused My people Israel to err. 14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah. 15 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: ‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, And make them drink the water of gall; For from the prophets of Jerusalem Profaneness has gone out into all the land.’” 16 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD. 17 They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘ The LORD has said, “You shall have peace”’; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, ‘ No evil shall come upon you.’” 18 For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD has gone forth in fury— A violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked. 20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly. 21 “ I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. 22 But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings. 23 “ Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “ And not a God afar off? 24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “ Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD. 25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26 How long will this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart, 27 who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My name for Baal. 28 “ The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the LORD. 29 “ Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “ And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 “Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all,” says the LORD. 33 “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is the oracle of the LORD?’ you shall then say to them, ‘What oracle?’ I will even forsake you,” says the LORD. 34 “And as for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ I will even punish that man and his house. 35 Thus every one of you shall say to his neighbor, and every one to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 36 And the oracle of the LORD you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have perverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God. 37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’ 38 But since you say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Because you say this word, “The oracle of the LORD!” and I have sent to you, saying, “Do not say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’” 39 therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you and forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and will cast you out of My presence. 40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’”
Let us, therefore, be so mindful of our actions and flow in the power of God and not in the beguiling ways of the spirit of deception and the prophecy of divination. Let us humble ourselves and let us seek the Lord in all ways lest we become deceived and become workers of deception.