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01/10/2018

Hades – Hell – Lake of fire – Abyss

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:05

What is Hades?

Hades is a Greek word that interpreted properly means “unseen”. Hades is often interpreted as “hell” or “the grave”, and also as “the region of the dead” or “the kingdom of the dead”. It is a location for the dead, waiting for the final judgment.

Hades, or the kingdom of the dead, is divided into two parts. Those who dies after having received Jesus as their Savior go to one part (Jesus talks about that part as ‘Paradise’), and those who have not received Jesus go to the other part (Hell). The latter will begin their torment in hell, and they will be cast into the lake of fire on the Day of Judgment.

Luke 16:23-24
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 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.

The two parts of Hades are separated by a great gulf that cannot be passed.

Luke 16:25-26
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Will hell last forever?

When it is time for the final judgment, the dead who have been kept in hell will be brought out to be judged. Then both hell and those who do not have their names written in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire.

Rev. 20:13
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev. 20:14
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire …

What is the lake of fire?

The lake of fire is the final place of torment for the devil, his spirits, and for people who have not received Jesus as their Savior.

Are hell, and the lake of fire the same?

No, hell is the first location for those who died without having received Jesus. They are held prisoners there, until the day of judgment when they will finally be cast into the lake of fire.

Is hell the place where the devil has his headquarters?

No, the bible doesn’t say that the devil or the evil spirits have their headquarters in hell.

Believing that hell is the kingdom of Satan, where he and his evil spirits torment sinners, is a doctrine that has its origin in Greek philosophy affecting Jewish thinking. During the Middle Ages that doctrine was introduced to the Christians.

The devil has his headquarters in ‘the middle heaven’. See The three heavens.

What is the abyss?

The abyss, or the bottomless pit, is a prison for evil spirits. The devil himself will be imprisoned there during the Millennium.

Rev. 20:1-3
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

The evil spirits fear the abyss.

Luke 8:31
And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.

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01/09/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 14:50

Many are surprised that they are being attacked by evil spirits. Some believe that they must have done something wrong because they get attacked. Actually, it probably means you have done something right! We need to realize that it is the evil spirits’ job to attack us. There is nothing strange about that. What is strange is that we don’t do anything about it.

01/08/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 330

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:58

Scripture:

Ps. 145:17
The LORD is righteous in all his ways …

Comment:

One of the most basic truths is, God never does anything wrong. He knows everything, and He does the right thing. All the time!

Jam. 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God never changes. He is only good, and He only gives good gifts.

The devil does everything he can to make us get the wrong picture of God.

Gen. 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

It is important for us to have the right picture of God, so that the enemy can be exposed. If we, for instance, believe that God sends sickness in order to teach us something, how then can we believe for our healing? We must realize that God never sends illness, and recognize who is really sending the sickness. Then, and not until then, can we reclaim the health which the thief has stolen from us. Notice that it is not until the thief is found that he has to restore sevenfold.

Prov. 6:31
But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.

If we hold on to the truth that God is good, and only good, in everything He does, the thief will be exposed in one area after the other.

01/05/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 329

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:18

Scripture:

Ps. 145:15
The eyes of all wait upon thee …

Comment:

At first, this scripture might not seem to have anything to do with spiritual warfare, but it does.

The eyes of all …

We must know about the enemy, and be focused on his tactics, in spiritual warfare, or we will not be effective soldiers. But, unless we keep our eyes focused on Jesus, and are obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will be striking into thin air. Remember, it is Jesus who is fighting, and we are His tools, the channels for His power. And, Jesus knows what should be done in every part of the battle.

The eyes of all wait …

There is a difference between what seems good, and waiting for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We can be tempted to act from what we see, but the Holy Spirit knows when and what needs to be done. That doesn’t mean we should be passive, and just wait. What it means is, we must let God decide what needs to be done and then do it.

There is also another meaning of ’wait’ in the original text. The word can also be translated ‘expect’. It is important for us to have an expectation of God’s intervention. We can, for instance, expect God’s power to flow through us when we speak commands against the evil spirits.

The eyes of all wait upon thee …

We have already said that we should put our eyes upon Jesus, but let’s state that truth once again. He is our army leader. We should expect His intervention, and at the same time we should know we are a part of the process. Therefore we wait for His orders.

01/03/2018

The three heavens

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:16

Is there more than one heaven?

Yes. The bible speaks about more than one heaven.

Deut. 10:14
Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it.

Ps. 102:25
Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Isa. 65:17
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

Hebr. 4:14
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

2 Pet. 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

How many heavens are there?

Judaism talks about seven heavens, but the bible talks about three.

2 Cor. 12:2
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago–whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows–such a one was caught up to the third heaven.

Where is ”the third heaven” that Paul was caught up to? The third heaven is where the throne of God is.

Hebr. 8:1
Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

Where are the ’first’ and the ‘second’ heaven?

’The first heaven’ is the heaven we see, i.e. the sky

’The second heaven’ is sometimes called “the middle heaven’ and it is believed to be the head-quarters of the devil.

Why is it important to know that there is more than one heaven?

It is important to know that there is more than one heaven, in order to understand certain scriptures. It is also important to know, since we are to make spiritual warfare against principalities, powers, and rulers in heavenly places.

Eph. 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

What scriptures will we understand better when we know about the three heavens?

There are several scriptures where it is important to know about the three heavens.

Eph. 3:10
to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,

the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” can mean the angels of God, and it can also mean the evil spiritual world to which God wants His wisdom to be made known. In the latter case, it does not mean that the evil spirits should gain more knowledge, but it means the evil spirits will get to know God’s wisdom when the church makes them harmless.

Matt. 18:18
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

There are different interpretations of Matt. 18:18. One is, when we here on earth bind the principalities in the ‘middle heaven’, they will be bound.

Matt. 28:18
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

”Heaven” in Matt. 28:18 can mean both God’s heaven, and the ’middle heaven’. It is important for us to understand that Jesus has authority everywhere, not just here on earth.

01/01/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 328

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 19:09

Scripture:

Ps. 145:14
The LORD … raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

Comment:

The enemy makes people bow down; the Lord raises them up. The enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy; Jesus wants to give abundant life. Knowing that, it might be hard to understand why people want what the enemy is offering, and refuse to receive Jesus as their Savior. Not until we start to realize how deceitful the enemy is, can we see what it is all about.

2 Cor. 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

People are blinded when it comes to receiving salvation and restoration. In order to want a change in their lives, they need to see their situation. And in order for them to see, we need to command the evil spirits, who are blinding them, to leave.

In our church we take authority over the hindrances for people’s salvation. We have seen people receive Jesus after we have proclaimed, “We command every hindrance for ….’s salvation to leave, in the name of Jesus!”

In the same way we need to command evil spirits, who are hindering people from being restored physically, as well as mentally, to leave.

Jesus gave us a very substantially example of raising up a bowed down person.

Luke 13:11-13
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

Notice that it was a spirit of infirmity who caused her to be bent over. That spirit had to back off, in order for the woman to receive her healing.

Jesus has restoration for all who are bowed down, not just the bent over, but it is our job to command every hindrance stopping their restoration to leave.

12/29/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 327

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:34

Scripture:

Ps. 145:14
The LORD upholdeth all that fall …

(Swedish version: “The LORD upholds all who are about to fall”)

Comment:

It is very common that the enemy tries to stop us by making us want to give up. We can receive thoughts like, “I will never make it”, “I might just as well give up”, “God doesn’t care about me”, etc. We easily receive such thoughts as our own thoughts, instead of realizing that they come from the enemy.

The truth is, “The LORD upholds all who are about to fall”.

It is the Lord who holds us up, we don’t hold ourselves up. We are deceived to believe that everything depends on us. In order to make that more clear, I want to tell a vision I had many years ago.

In the vision I was hanging over a chasm, and I held myself up by clinging to a big hook which was attached to a wall. I wondered how long I would be able to cling to the hook, and I realized that when I let go of the hook I would fall and be crushed. I also realized that if the hook would detach from the wall, it wouldn’t matter how tight I held on to it, I would still fall. Then I heard God say, “Look down!” I thought, “No way, because if I look down I will be filled with even more fear, when I see how far it is to the bottom”. But God kept asking me to look down, and when I finally did, I saw something wonderful. Right beneath my feet there was a huge hand. God said, “Why are you struggling, trying to cling to that hook? Let go of it, and fall into my hand!”

When you are about to give up, let go and fall into God’s hand. He will bring you further in your service for Him.

John 10:28 (ESV)
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

12/27/2017

The two spiritual kingdoms – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:57

Does the war between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil mean we fight against people?

Eph. 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The bible tells that we are not fighting against people. We are fighting the evil spirits behind people’s actions. However, the fight will often manifest through people.

Is a nation influenced by the presence of the spiritual kingdoms?

A nation can be influenced by one or both of the spiritual kingdoms, but first and foremost by the dominating one.

How can the kingdom of the devil be driven back and the kingdom of God be expanded?

The kingdom of the devil is driven back by helping people get saved. But it is also driven back when believers receive the right teaching and act from the authority that has been given to us. Then the evil spirits will be cast out and the kingdom of God will expand.

Matt. 12:28
But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

Can the kingdom of the devil be totally cast out from a nation?

Even if it seems to be a utopia, it is still possible.

Why do we need teaching about the kingdom of God?

We need teaching about the kingdom of God because the devil tries to steal the revelation about the spiritual realities and about our function to expand the kingdom of God.

Matt. 13:19
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart …

Is the teaching about the kingdom of God important regarding the end times?

The bible says that people all over the world will have heard teaching about the kingdom of God before the end comes.

Matt. 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Notice that it doesn’t say ‘gospel about salvation’ but it says “gospel of the kingdom”. That doesn’t mean we should belittle the message about salvation. Salvation is, and remains, the central message. The kingdom of God consists of saved people. But, we must be observant to what the bible actually says, as opposed to just reading it out of tradition.

12/25/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 326

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:29

Scripture:

Ps. 145:13 (ESV)
… The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works

Comment:

It is very important that we have a solid foundation in the fact that God is faithful. Without that truth, we will not have the solid ground we need in order to act in the right way in the spiritual battle.

There is a scripture, in the Book of Job, which has been used many times when a person seems to have died prematurely.

Job 1:21
… the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Job didn’t know any better, in that situation, but in the Book of Job we can read that the real reason for Job’s suffering was the devil.

Unless we are anchored in the truth that God is faithful, we too can be deceived into believing that God is the reason for our problems. We might think, “I guess God wants me to be ill, in order for me to learn something” or “God wants me to be poor”. In reality it is the enemy stealing our health and economy. Not until we realize that God wants to heal everybody, that He is our provider, and that He has only good thoughts for us, can we expose the enemy. And not until the enemy is exposed, can we fight against him and crave sevenfold back from him.

12/22/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 325

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:11

Scripture:

Ps. 145:13
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

Comment:

When we see things happen that seemingly points out a process in the wrong direction, we might be tempted to wonder whether God really has the power or not. At that time it is important for us to hold on to what the above scripture says, and to the truths in the following scriptures.

Never forget that …

God is always the same. He never changes.

Mal. 3:6
For I am the LORD, I change not …

Heb. 13:8
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

God has all power even when things don’t happen the way we want.

Ps. 62:11
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.

Matt. 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

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