Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Daniel's Little Horn

The following sermon from Pastor Gary C. Price at Omega Church & Ministries Center was one I heard during my first year as a new Christian.  Apart from the truth of the message, one of the things I remember most was the way the devil vehemently reacted to it.

Towards the end of the sermon - just as Pastor Price began to speak about God's judgment against Satan (and all those who follow him) - a demon rose up in a woman attending the service.  She took off her shoe and began to violently attack the woman next to her with its high heel. Chaos erupted as some people began to flee the congregation while others attempted to restrain the attacker or assist the bleeding victim.

Personally, I too wanted to flee - and even turned around to do so - but God would not let me.  He told me to stay and to intercede.  I did as God directed, while Pastor Price began to pray over and cast the demon out of that woman.

Many thoughts ran through my head. THIS was church???  Wasn't church just a place you go to once or twice a week to hear a nice sermon, sing some songs, and exchange well wishes with our brothers and sisters in Christ?  But violent reactions to the word of God?  Spiritual warfare? Casting out demons?

My perspective of church challenged, I went back to the Scriptures to search for an answer.  What a surprise it was for me to read about the power and authority in which the early church walked.  These people were committed to preaching Jesus Christ, even until death; and the Lord confirmed the word which came forth with signs following as demons were cast out, the lame were healed, and captives set free.

This was God birthing and manifesting His church in a dieing world.  The same Spirit which empowered them then lives within us now.  He will raise up His church again in that power in order to stand against the lying signs and wonders of the Anti-Christ.

"And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].  And they who are wise and understanding among the people shall instruct many and make them understand, though some [of them and their followers] shall fall by the sword and flame, by captivity and plunder, for many days.

Now when they fall, they shall receive a little help. Many shall join themselves to them with flatteries and hypocrisies.  And some of those who are wise, prudent, and understanding shall be weakened and fall, [thus, then, the insincere among the people will lose courage and become deserters. It will be a test] to refine, to purify, and to make those among [God's people] white, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for the time [God] appointed.

And the king shall do according to his will; he shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished, for that which is determined
[by God] shall be done." Daniel 11:32-36

As a young Christian, this experience showed me several things:
Satan does not like to be reminded that he will be judged by God and damned for his evil deeds.

We can appear outwardly to be a saint- sitting in church, talking about Jesus, doing 'good works', etc. - but inwardly be filled with the devil.

We must not be shaken by demonic activity.  As in the early church, we need to be filled with the Spirit continually and ready to be used by God at any time in order to trample the powers of darkness.
Since the devil seems to hate this message so much, I thought it only fitting to post it so that it may be enjoyed worldwide.

Although this sermon was originally given years ago, it is still valid today....even more so.  There are actually four parts to this message, but part 1 is below.  I am attempting to convert the other parts to video as well and will post them once completed.

  • America is heading towards a time of economic trouble so severe it will result in anarchy in the streets.  As a result, people will welcome in government control and even martial law as a means to control the masses.
  • Understanding the prophesies in Daniel Chapter 8.
  • Type of the anti-christs seen in world history.
  • Characteristics of the Anti-Christ.
  • Understanding Daniels 70 weeks and the parenthetical period of grace.
  • Nebuchadnezzar's golden image and the worship commanded to it at the sound of the music typifies how Satan will use music in the end times to degrade man and compel worship to himself.
  • Fatherlessness produces children who have no identity.
  • Being anti-Christ is synonymous with being anti-truth.
  • The power of God is holding back the revelation of the Anti-Christ as a means of grace so that more souls can be harvested.
  • The anti-christ spirit is active in the church and uses religious bondage as a means of holding people back from the truth.
  • The truth is evil spoken of by those who do not want it.
  • The mark of the beast is having a nature of sefishness.

  • How does the Anti-Christ operate? How does he get others to follow him? What has to be in a person in order to follow him?
  • The wicked shall not understand the end times, but the wise shall.
  • After the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled, God's focus will be turned back to Israel so that those Jews who will see Jesus can be engrafted back into the olive tree.
  • Not knowing how end time events will unfold will result in people being blind and falling away because they have not been prepared to stand.
  • A love of this world will cause one to be blind to the end times. Through salvation, our minds are transitioned not to be focused on this present life (which is temporary) to eternal life with the Father.
  • The pattern for Christians must do in order not to be deceived by the Anti-Christ is typified in II Kings Chapter 23's depiction of Josiah. We must be internally cleansed of all idols and perversions.
  • The Anti-Christ rules over people who reject God's truth and are instead full of lies and fantasies.
  • The problem with man is in his soul. Man's soul is able to carry images or stains from the world and these images are the holding ground for unclean spirits.
  • Our souls must be cleansed from the image of idols so that we can transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, which will then be empowered by His Spirit.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this post i really needed to hear that it confirmed alot of what i felt about a spiritual delusion but it also pointed out to me some things i need to get straight its like a reminder of something i put at the backburner and didn't get around too- it was a right-on time message for me to tie up loose ends - God BLess


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