PART 2 - BY APOSTLE JONAS CLARK
WIZARDS IN PROPHETIC CLOTHING
At Cyprus the apostolic team met occult opposition. In Paphos, the capital city of Cyprus, they faced a sorcerer Bar-Jesus. His name translates Son of Salvation. He was a prophetic mystic, false prophet and a Jew.
In Paphos was the great temple to the Goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of Jezebel. False apostles and prophets, religious spirits and the spirit of Jezebel will be the three main demonic powers to oppose the apostolic Church in the last days. Apostolic teams must be prepared to meet these demonic territorial representatives.
Since they are sent ones they have the grace and anointing on their lives that cause these dark territorial rulers to manifest. Apostles are not peacemakers when it comes to spiritual opposition. Apostolic teams are sent by the Holy Spirit as instruments used to challenge demonic strongholds. The objective of spiritual warfare is to remove hindrances to the Gospel. "And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus" (Acts 13:6).
Satanic government resides in various territories for the purpose of influencing its leaders. Demonic rulers seek positions of power and influence. The false prophet Bar-Jesus was influencing Sergius Paulus the Roman ruler of the island of Cyprus. Apostolic churches are called to influence their territories and are divinely equipped to hit Satan's leadership hard. Bar-Jesus was about to meet his match.
SELL ME YOUR SECRETS
Facing demonic territorial guards is part of apostolic ministry. When Philip preached in Samaria he too faced opposition from a sorcerer. Simon. "But there was a certain man, called Simon, which earlier in the same city used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, this man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because for a longtime he had bewitched them with sorceries" (Acts 8:9-11). Simon accepted the preaching of Philip and joined the ministry team. Philip, however, could not see that spirit still operating in Simon's life. Could it be possible that it takes apostolic anointing to deal with this? "Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen on none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost" (Acts 8:14-19).
Simon was a false prophet who attached himself to Philip's ministry. It's common for evangelists, revivalists and others to have people with selfish ambition latch on to their ministries. Simon's heart was not right and was exposed in the presence of the apostolic team Peter and John. Simon saw something happen when the apostles laid their hands on believers. The people spoke in other tongues and prophesied. Simon pulled out his money, excited, and said, "Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price" (Acts 8:18 Message Bible). They were able to see what Philip could not and the Apostle Peter revealed Simon's motives and rebuked him. Apostolic teams will confront these territorial guards.
In many parts of the world false personal prophecy and judgmental cursing given by spirits of divination is causing confusion in the body of Christ by mystifying the purpose of prophetic ministry. Prophetic ministry is not mystical, confusing, ambiguous, self-serving, enchanting or bewitching. If it is, it's not prophecy its sorcery! There are many modern sorcerers that have hijacked the prophetic ministry. The restoration of the apostolic church will bring fearless men who will not tolerate these demonic wizards that some label as God's prophets.
Apostolic ministry teams are sent into gateway cities to open a way for the Gospel. On the isle of Paphos, Sergius Paulus wanted to hear the word of God and called for Barnabas and Saul. "Elymas (the sorcerer) was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul and desired to hear the word of God" (Acts 13:7).
Elymas was a demonic guard that wished to keep the governor of the Island from hearing the Gospel of Christ. He opposed the apostolic team. "Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith" (Acts 13:8). The Greek word withstood is anthistemi, meaning to set against, withstand, resist and intensely oppose. This reveals Elymas' demonic objectives:
Guard the territory from Christ' truth.
Keep the people in spiritual ignorance.
Influence the governing leadership.
Oppose Christ' ministers.
Turn hearts away from Christ and His truth.
Elymas postured himself as a prophetic voice to deceive the people. He was a voice, but a demonic one. Facing one another in fierce opposition were God's apostolic team and Satan's territorial representative. Governing authority verses governing authority. Elymas challenged Barnabas and Saul just as the magicians in Pharaoh's court withstood Moses and Aaron. scri pture describes demonic guards as men that resist truth with corrupt minds and reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Timothy 3:8). scri pture makes clear there are unseen battles raging in the spirit realm for the souls of mankind. Apostolic teams, however, are God's battle-ax to reach a lost and dying world with the truth of the Gospel (Jeremiah 51:20). Apostolic teams...
Face demonic guards.
Claim new territories for Christ.
Restore forgotten truth.
Preach the resurrection of Christ.
Impart spiritual gifts (Romans 1:11).
Demonstrate that the Kingdom of God has arrived.
Spearhead Gospel operations.
Equip believers for battle and victorious occupation.
Get people baptized with the Holy Spirit.
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