Well I said at an earlier time that I wouldn’t write anymore but now I am making myself a liar as I feel impressed to write. That is the problem with us making any oaths or promises. We often do not have the power to keep them and then need to repent. From some comments I have seen, I realize that some people are concerned that I am trying to get “followers.” I just want to state unequivocally that I have no authority other than whatever truth has been given to me. I have not seen Jesus Christ in the flesh although I hope to soon! I know many people have had similar experiences to me and I do not think that visions or the like mean as much as some people might think. Even a vision can deceive the recipient and many others if the interpretation is not given by the Spirit.
That is why I never really pay attention to people’s interpretations of their near death experiences or visions unless I have it confirmed that their interpretation is correct. Life is tricky and God teaches people different truths in different ways, tailored to their understanding and individual progression. So anything I have shared is how God has taught me. If you feel it is incorrect or not suitable then by all means take what you think is useful or whatever the Spirit prompts you to receive and set the rest aside. I do not think anyone is condemned for disbelieving anyone’s message or experience right now. This is still a preparatory time before the storm hits.
Today I am going to try to pack in a lot of things that I have learned and if you have considered me deluded before then today’s post will probably only add to that consideration.
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. – Matt 29:28-29
These words of Jesus were spoken after other’s accused Him of casting devils out by the power of Beelzebub. Like most verses in scripture there is so much information here. First it is imperative that in order for the kingdom of God to come again on the earth, the power to cast out devils by the Spirit of God must be here, and in order for someone to do that he or she must first have bound the strong man of the house.
In these verses the house spoken of is the body of flesh that we are all given in mortality, and the devils must completely be cast out of that house or tabernacle in order to be bound. Now I know people are thinking that the power to cast out devils is here on the earth, but there are actually two types of “possessions” that exist, and we only usually talk about one of them. One is when an evil spirit is given complete control of the mind of an individual, and thus is given complete control of the body as well. I have seen these types of possessions a couple of times and they are not pretty. Through faith these are cast out from time to time. This power to cast these suckers out has been around for ages and I am sure many readers could tell stories of this type of thing, but there is another kind of possession that people rarely talk about, and perhaps have never considered. It is the possession that has a grip on every person on the planet right now (save for heavenly visitors).
And he shall cast out devils, or the evil spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men. Mosiah 3:6
So to be absolutely clear on what I am saying, you can call it lower energy, evil spirits, devils, whatever you want, but they actually reside in our flesh and our spirits war against them to gain the power over the flesh. I have talked quite a bit in previous posts about the change that can and must come upon our bodies. This can’t happen until all this evil is cast out first. You could call it cleansing the inner vessel, or preparing the temple for the Lord to come to in all of His glory.
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils. Luke 8:2
Like many corruptions and twisted things that have been said about Mary Magdalene, people often read this and think less of her. Anyone who had seven devils in them must have had something wrong with them right? Wrong! This was the highest form of complement! I am seeking for all seven devils to be cast out of my flesh! I would sure love to not have to deal with evil spirits or infirmities. This meant Mary had been blessed with the very thing that we must all be seeking. Her body had been changed and filled with the Spirit of the Lord.
In many traditions people have still retained the idea of the “the seven evils of the flesh”. These often go by different names but they are summed up as pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, and sloth. In some traditions each of these has a different devil attached with it. We don’t need to go into all of that, but as each of us progress grace for grace, we will encounter and confront different evil spirits along the way that must be cast out by faith. Just as there are different orders to spirits of God, and angelic beings, there are also different orders of evil spirits. The scriptures list quite a few of them.
Often as we progress we will encounter periods of darkness, powerful forces of heaviness and oppression, and many different encounters with evil. If any of you have experienced SLEEP PARALYSIS you may begin to understand these experiences better. I would suggest looking up sleep paralysis if you haven’t heard of it. Some people who have experienced things like this actually feel guilty afterwards and wonder if they are being punished for something. These things will happen! As the Spirit of God expands within us, cleansing layer by layer of our flesh until it breaks through with all of its’ glory, evil spirits will be warring to hang on and cling to our flesh and remain the “strongman” mentioned earlier. If we are ever to have the power over the elements for more than glimpses at a time, the first elements to be won are the elements of our own body.
It is interesting in the Zohar an old legend exists where Elijah learned seven names of power to overcome the demons of women. Reminds us of the power of names and the “Eternal Words” that are promised to be given in the last days. I believe that if one prophet or prophetess gains a fullness of glory and grace, even to the renewing of his/her body, they will be able to then cast evil spirits out of the hearts of the children of men. They will have obtained the Word, and each command and teaching will be filled with power to cast out evil.
Jesus said though that if evil spirits are cast out of a person, and then those people are not filled then with the spirit of God, the evil spirit will grab seven stronger evil spirits and return to possess the body from before. (Luke 11:26) This teaching is so awesome and I believe totally misunderstood!
In the times of great seers, and of course in the time of Jesus, they had this gift to cast out the seven evil spirits from people. Those people who were changed and filled with the Spirit of God, (another interesting study would be the seven spirits of God) were given power so the evil spirits could no longer return to the body of the one who has been completely sanctified by the power of Christ.
So where do these evil spirits go after being cast out of the disciples of Christ? Well the power of the word of Christ also cast out the devils that were within the Pharisees and those who wouldn’t hear as well, but the Pharisees did not want to have anything to do with Christ’s spirit. So the seven evil spirit cast out of the followers of Christ go find other evil spirits that have been cast out of the wicked and say “let’s go possess that person who rejected the voice of God”, even after God cast the evil spirits out of him/her, and then the person becomes even more wicked as they are possessed by more evil than they had in the first place! Thus as person after person is cleansed in the coming days, the evil spirits will fill the wicked more and more and a greater polarization will occur. Then we will see the powers of darkness manifest as well with their evil and falsehoods. Wo unto those who reject the spirit of God!
16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard. 17 Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities. 18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me. 19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted. 20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep. 21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh. (see 1 Nephi 17:47-55, perhaps Nephi’s first experience with being filled with the Spirit of the Lord, or the Spirit of God)
22 He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me. 23 Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time. 24 And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me. 25 And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceedingly high mountains. And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; therefore I was bidden that I should not write them. 26 O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions? 27 And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?
28 Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul. 29 Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions. 30 Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation. 31 O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin? 32 May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road!
33 O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy. 34 O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm. 35 Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen. (2 Ne 4:16-35)
How beautiful in this lamentation of Nephi. Can we now see what Nephi was asking for? He had experienced the power of the Spirit of the Lord, and he wanted it permanently! He wanted his soul redeemed just as the brother of Jared’s was when he saw Jesus Christ in the flesh. (Ether 3:13)
I have talked a lot about this in subsequent posts, but I wanted to talk a little bit about the “robe of righteousness” that Nephi mentioned. I have learned that right now every mortal person (except for perhaps in cases where someone might live without a veil), has a “robe” or covering over them. This acts as a veil over our minds and our eyes. It not only is a veil of forgetfulness but it also serves as a protection for us right now from more evil spirits from getting in (for the most part). “Enmity” is a good word for it. At some point as the Spirit of Christ grows within each of us, if the Lord and us are ready to impart a fullness, there will be a changing of this robe, to be clothed with a heavenly robe. These are also called garments. I would suggest doing a study of this. “Holy garments,” “robes of righteousness,” “clothed with light,” “mantle,” are phrases that come to mind. Not to mention all of those who receive white or shining robes or garments either in this life or the next.
These new garments no longer serve to keep evil out, but actually serve a two-fold purpose in my opinion. One is so that the elements of our body will no longer be corrupted, and the other is to actually shield everyone else from our glory. Remember the case of Noah and his sons when Ham “discovered his nakedness.” I believe what was going on is Ham wanted to see his drunken father in his glory and knew that he could when his father was passed out in a drunken state. Then his two brothers walked in backward and covered their father back up with his garments, because they knew they shouldn’t look upon his glory without permission from God. If those who were changed did not have such a covering, they would walk around shining like Stephen and Abinidi and Moses did while the Spirit of God rested heavily upon them.
Of course many people in history have seen Jesus Christ in the flesh, and for whatever reason God did not want their transfiguration to remain for more than a short time. My understanding is that in the coming dispensation, all who remain will be changed and receive these robes. John the revelator saw thousands upon thousands of people clothed in white.
It seems in the scriptures that at different times, when the fullness of the gospel was upon the earth, people (women in particular) were blessed with the gift of making these holy garments. I would imagine that there is some type of ordinance or blessing involved in this, and it seems that the garments were always made of linen. (Acts 9, Rev 19:8)
Also remember the story of the woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment and being healed, was this a “garment of light?” In my opinion all Jesus had to do on the mount of transfiguration is take off this outer robe or garment and his glory would be revealed to Peter, James, and John.
The other wonderful thing that seems to happen to people when this change is wrought upon them is they may be commanded to either eat what the Lord provides, or that their food will be sanctified as to not corrupt the elements of the body again. Manna is called “angels food” in the scriptures. Just before Elijah fasted for forty days an angel brought him food that gave him nourishment to endure the long fast. Once when the disciples wondered why they didn’t see Jesus eat, He said that He had “meat to eat, that you know not of.” I know people usually say this is not a literal statement, but I would have to disagree.
I know I am jumping all over the place but I want to end this post with some more thoughts on the sacrament, wherein the wine and bread are blessed and sanctified if the ordinance is done correctly. All of this leads up to the redemption of the body, wherein it is changed to a state of holiness. Remember the line in the sacrament where it says “to the souls of all those who partake of it”. This typically is understood that all those different people who partake of the sacrament will be blessed accordingly. I believe this understanding is correct, but I wanted to throw out an idea that might cause us to think a little deeper.
Most scientists would agree (although there has never been a consensus) that a human body contains TRILLIONS of cells. I know this might sound like a silly question, but does each cell have a soul? Seriously think about it. Cells move around within us with independence, working in harmony with each other to make up tissues, which make up this organism we call the human body. Are they not all partaking of the wine and bread that is blessed and sanctified during the sacrament? Inside of these cells you have lysosomes, mitochondria, ribosomes and more that seem to be working as individual creatures to keep that individual cell alive. There is no doubt we could go smaller and smaller. Do these little guys have souls?
Now think of our bodies, and how they were formed from the material of this earth. If our bodies are redeemed by God, then a part of the earth is literally redeemed with it, and perhaps trillions of organisms that live within this body are redeemed and overcome decay and death. Can we really fathom the marvelous work of redemption? In the day of Enoch so many people received this redemption of the body that the power of their spirits (really the Spirit of God) lifted a whole portion of the earth with all of their buildings, animals, plants etc with it.
In our day the work of redemption will be so great that the Spirit of God that rests upon those remaining will lift the whole earth! All things must be prepared in order for us, and the earth to not only be able to withstand, but also to be in complete harmony with the glory of Jesus Christ, who will walk among us and lead His people. What a marvelous time to be alive! What a terrible day for those who will reject the Spirit of God, and must be cast out for their own good. I know the day is soon approaching.
I really wanted to cover more in this post but perhaps I will write more if Tim will allow it. I have enjoyed Tim’s writing as well as Log’s, and hope that nothing I write will spread contention. God bless us all with greater light, and a greater portion of His spirit. – Nate