Doctrines of Demons Part 1 & 2-second editions are ready for purchase, and on Kindle they are as cheap as a happy meal only the food is much better. We all could spend more time and money on nourishing our souls. I’m enclosing a small portion concerning prosperity and salvation from Part #2, but first, I wanted to share an Amazon review that sums up what these books entail.
“This book answered so many questions that had plagued my mind for years and confirmed a lot of things I believed were wrong in the teachings I had been brought up in. If you are hungry for the truth and feel that something is missing in your understanding of G-d’s Word then this book will truly bless you. It is a book that obviously took countless hours of study and research to make available to everyone– a life-changing understanding of so many wonderful truths that have been hidden to so many of us. My deepest gratitude goes to the author for her diligent commitment to make this book a reality. I can’t wait to read Part 2!”
What a blessing to read such a comment! As of right now you can get both books on your kindle and in paperback. Part #3 is almost complete and so is Blow a Trumpet in Tekoa. Here’s a small portion from a chapter titled “Wolves in Wool, Promoting Prosperity.”
Doctrines of Demons Part #2
“Have you ever had anyone ask you where the Prayer of Salvation is in the Bible? Can you tell me where the sinner’s prayer is located among scripture? Ah yes, this is a tricky one. Some would say no, it’s not so difficult it’s found in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” KJB. Nicodemus asked almost the same question. He came at night to converse with Jesus/Yeshua. In the darkness, he came to talk to the Light of the World. Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5 KJV.
When the people asked John the Baptist what they should do to bring forth fruit worthy of repentance he said, “He that has two coats, let him give to him who has none. And he that has meat let him do likewise.” Luke 3:11 KJV. How many coats do we have? How many pairs of shoes? In the book of Luke, we see a man of small stature in a tree. He went out on a limb, no pun intended to see the King of Kings. “And when they saw it, they all grumbled, unto the Lord, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’” Luke 19:7 ESV. But this is what Zaccheus said, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken anything from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.” Luke 19:8 KJV. Now here is the kicker, Jesus/Yeshua says to Zaccheus, “This day salvation has come to this house.” Luke 19:9 KJV. Jesus/Yeshua had not been to Calvary yet, but because of this man’s giving heart salvation had come to his house. How many believers are willing to just sell half their goods and give to the poor? Just half? Yes, it seems the lust of the eyes and the things of this world get us side tracked.
Do you remember the rich young ruler who ran, yes ran, and then knelt at the master’s feet? He asked Jesus/Yeshua what he should do to inherit eternal life. It seems they knew about eternity before the cross as well. Let’s look at these verses.
“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Jesus looked at him and loved him” Mark 10:18-21 NIV. Jesus heard this young man’s words and He stopped what He was doing and He looked intently at this man and he studied him and he treasured him. I want to repeat that. The Bible says He loved him.
Jesus said, “Thou knowest the commandments, do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.” Luke 18:20-21 KJV.
Jesus/Yeshua said, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22 NIV. The King James Version doesn’t word it like that, it says, “Sell all”. But this young man was so saddened by Jesus words that he went away heavy hearted and grieved because he had great wealth. “Jesus said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:24 KJV. So why is there so much teaching on prosperity? I’m not sure. The blessings that are being spewed from the pulpit do not line up with what Jesus/Yeshua said being blessed was. He said, “”Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” Matthew 5:11 NIV. Again, 1st Peter 4:14 says, “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you” NIV.
Let’s read about a rich man who died. Jesus/Yeshua said, “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivest thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” Luke 16:19-25 KJV
This is a Parable: The rich man clothed in purple and fine linen was most likely a Pharisee. That is the attire they wore. We also know from other verses like the one in Acts that the sick, blind, and lame were laid at the temple gate. The Pharisees and Sadducees would have seen them daily, just like the story suggested. Let’s read that verse before moving on: “Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.” Acts 3:2-3 NIV. Yes, more than likely this parable was told by Yeshua/Jesus in the midst of the Pharisees.
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him.” Luke 16:13 NLT. I have heard many take this parable and butcher it. They even say it wasn’t a parable but a real story because after all it mentions hell…hmmm, that is not what the Bible says: “Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; He did not say anything to them without using a parable.” Matthew 13:34 NIV. What is a parable? It’s a short spiritual allegory with metaphors that compare things through a poetic prose or story.
No one seems to point out that Lazarus was a believer who had sores, who lived in poverty. He died and went to Abraham’s bosom. He wasn’t rich because he loved the Lord Adonai, nor was he healthy. Is poverty something you can curse and bind and make flee in the name of Jesus/Yeshua? If a person gets sick and then loses everything they own, is it their fault? If they are born into poverty, is it their ancestor’s fault? Was it Job’s fault he lost everything? What happened to the Believers who drew close to Jesus/Yeshua in the book of Hebrews?
“Think back on those early days when you first learned about Christ. Remember how you remained faithful even though it meant terrible suffering. Sometimes you were exposed to public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who were suffering the same things. You suffered along with those who were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for you that will last forever.” Hebrews 10:32-34 NLT. Sounds like things became worse not better, but Paul said, these people waited for eternal life and a better place after this world and they accepted it with joy!
What did they do in the Bible about the poor? “The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world.” James 1:27 CJB.
No, I don’t believe our Father wants His children to be poor and living off the government. He doesn’t want us uneducated and living in poverty; that is not what I am trying to say. There are plenty of rich that keep the commandments. The Rich man had honored his parents; he had not committed sexual sins of any kind, nor stolen anything. He had never taken a life nor even told a lie since he was a young man. One thing held him bound, he could not part with his wealth.
If you read James chapter five, you will find some sobering, if not fearful scriptures on this, “Go to now you rich men weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver are cankered and the rust shall be a witness against you and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. You have heaped treasures together for the last days. Behold the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” James 5:1-4 KJV. That word “Saboath” is talking about the Lord Adonai’s Army or host. Have we heaped up treasures for the last days?
James describes these men as cattle before a slaughter. Have you ever thought about how cattle have no idea that they are going to be killed? They just soak in the sun and continue chewing the cud without a care in the world; their god is their belly. These wealthy men are eating and storing up wealth without any thought to the poor. How often do we really think about the poor? How often do we step out and do something afterward?
Today it is easy to write a check and give to a number of ministers and church leaders, but have you ever wondered what they do with the monies they receive? Now that we have ministrywatch.com at our fingertips we can easily see how much money was taken in and how much was given back. I encourage you to check out who you send donations to. Many that should deem a five-star rating only have one star to show. I know pastors who give ten percent of the money they bring in to evangelist and missionaries. I have seen them give to men from this list in ignorance. Check out their lifestyle and what they do with the money that comes in before you give. And I also think it’s good to take care of a family member who is in need first and those in our community. Help those you work with that are in need. In part two of this teaching, we will look more into the heart of giving and the prosperity teachers who made a trail for the others to follow.”