In the late 80s, a rebranded message against the host of darkness and their possessions in the lives of the people of God heavily came on air through an Apostle called Dr. Daniel Olukoya (the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries) in the western part of Nigeria in Africa. He re-echoed the acts of our Lord Jesus Christ in the book of Mark 9:20-27 where He openly addressed a demon to ‘come out of him, and enter no more into him’. Unfortunately, this type of message which exercises the authority in the name of Jesus has not been a very common or popular type of ministry. As a result of this ignorance, Dr. Olukoya was mercilessly criticized, even by co-ministers. As God will always defend His interest, this message of deliverance has now been majorly absorbed by many, including the critics. No problem, all is to the glory of God. The most important thing is to stay free from demonic attacks which have been on the increase side in this end-time.
My main point here is to remind us how important it is to have deep understanding about the events that go on in the spirit world. This world controls our world and it determines many human activities that lack proper understanding and explanation.
Don’t be over-conscious of the demons, lest you get captured by fear; rather, be informed that demons exist and their activities have eaten up many lives who now live under their yokes.
Rick Joyner’s revelation of the activities of the powers of darkness (as told in his book Final Quest) should be given a refreshed attention. It will give you a clue to the decisions you should take over your actions and the current state of the Church.
“The demonic army was so large that it stretched as far as I could see. It was separated into divisions, with each carrying a different banner. The foremost divisions marched under the banners of Pride, Self-righteousness, Respectability, Selfish Ambition, Unrighteous Judgment, and Jealousy. There were many more of these evil divisions beyond my scope of vision, but those in the vanguard of this terrible horde from hell seemed to be the most powerful. The leader of this army was the Accuser of the Brethren himself. The weapons carried by this horde were also named. The swords were named Accusation, Gossip, Slander and Faultfinding. Scouts and smaller companies of demons with such names as Rejection, Bitterness, Impatience, Unforgiveness and Lust were sent in advance of this army to prepare for the main attack.
These smaller companies and scouts were much fewer in number, but they were no less powerful than some of the larger divisions that followed. They were smaller only for strategic reasons. Just as John the Baptist was a single man, but was given an extraordinary anointing for baptizing the masses to prepare them for the Lord, these smaller demonic companies were given extraordinary evil powers for “baptizing the masses”. A single demon of Bitterness could sow his poison into multitudes of people, even entire races or cultures. A demon of Lust would attach himself to a singles performer, movie, or even advertisement, and send what appeared to be bolts of electric slime that would hit and “desensitize” great masses of people. All of this was prepare for the great horde of evil which followed.
This army was marching specifically against the church, but it was attacking everyone that it could. I knew that it was seeking to pre-empt a coming move of God which was destined to sweep masses of people into the church.
The primary strategy of this army was to cause division on every possible level of relationship – churches with each other, congregations with their pastors, husbands and wives, children and parents, and even children with each other. The scouts were sent to locate the openings in churches, families, or individuals that Rejection, Bitterness, Lust, etc., could exploit and make larger. Then the following divisions would pour through the openings to completely overcome their victims.
The most shocking part of this vision was that this horde was not riding on horses, but primarily on Christians! Most of them were well-dressed, respectable, and had the appearance of being refined and educated, but there also seemed to be representatives from almost every walk of life. These people professed Christian truths in order to appease their consciences, but they lived their lives in agreement with the powers of darkness. As they agreed with those powers their assigned demons grew and more easily directed their actions.
Many of these believers were host to more than one demon, but one would obviously be in charge. The nature of the one in charge dictated which division it was marching in. even though the divisions were all marching together, it also seemed that at the same time the entire army was on the verge of chaos. For example, the demons of hate, hated the other demons as much as they did the Christians. The demons of jealousy were all jealous of one another. The only way the leaders of this horde kept the demons from fighting each other was to keep their hatred, jealousy, etc., focused on the people they were riding. However, these people would often break out in fights with each other. I knew that this was how some of the armies that had come against Israel in the Scriptures had ended up destroying themselves. When their purpose against Israel was thwarted, their rage was uncontrollable, and they simply began fighting each other.
I noted that the demons were riding on these Christians, but were not in them as was the case with non-Christians. It was obvious that these believers had only to stop agreeing with their demons in order to get free of them. For example, if the Christian on which a demon of jealousy was riding just started to question the jealousy, that demon would weaken very fast. When this happened the weakening demon would cry out and the leader of the division would direct all of the demons around that Christian to attack him until the bitterness, etc., would build up on him again. If this did not work, the demons would begin quoting Scriptures that were perverted in such a way that would justify the bitterness, accusations, etc.
It was clear that the power of the demons was rooted almost entirely in the power of deception, but they had deceived these Christians to the point where they could use them and they would think they were being used by God. This was because banners of Self-righteousness were being carried by almost all of the individuals so that those marching could not even see the banners that marked the true nature of these divisions.
As I looked far to the rear of this army I saw the entourage of the Accuser himself. I began to understand his strategy, and I was amazed that it was so simple. He knew that a house divided cannot stand, and this army represented an attempt to bring such division to the Church that she would completely fall from grace. It was apparent that the only way he could do this was to use Christians to war against their own brethren, and that is why almost everyone in the forward divisions were Christians, or at least professing Christians. Every step that these deceived believers to in obedience to the Accuse strengthened his power over them. This made his confidence and the confidence of all of his commanders grows with the progress of the army as it marched forward. It was apparent that the power of this army depended on the agreement of these Christians with the ways of evil.
I hope to come up with a second episode to this article, shalom!