When Spirits Play Power Games | Episode 782

When Spirits Play Power Games | Episode 782

January 17, 2020 31 By William Hollis


MUSIC. ANNOUNCER: WELCOME TO MANNA-FEST HOSTED BY INTERNATIONAL EVANGELIST, TEACHER AND AUTHOR, PERRY STONE. ENJOY UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO PROPHETIC AND PRACTICAL TRUTHS. IT’S TIME TO FEAST ON FRESH MANNA SO GET READY TO BE BLESSED AND ENCOURAGED. AND NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST AND TEACHER, PERRY STONE… PERRY: THE PLACE I’M STANDING IS UNIQUE. I’M IN ISRAEL. I’M RIGHT OFF THE COAST OF THE SEA OF GALILEE AND IT’S CALLED MAGDALA. FOR MANY YEARS SINCE THE MID 1980’S WE WOULD TRAVEL HERE BY TOUR BUS AND WE KNEW THAT SOMEWHERE UNDERGROUND WAS BURIED THE AREA OF MAGDALA. THIS AREA IS FAMOUS BECAUSE OF A WOMAN NAMED MARY MAGDALENA OR MARY MAGDALENE AND SHE WAS FROM THIS AREA. NOW FOR THE NEXT FEW MOMENTS HOWEVER I’M GOING TO SHARE SOMETHING WITH YOU THAT I FIND VERY INTRIGUING AND THAT IS THIS. IN THE MINISTRY OF JESUS HE ENCOUNTERED MORE DEMONS IN THIS AREA AROUND THIS LAKE THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN ALL OF ISRAEL COMBINED. WHY WOULD THERE BE MORE DEMONIC SPIRITS IN THIS AREA THAN IN THE OTHER AREAS WHERE JESUS MINISTERED. WE KNOW HE RAISED A DEAD BOY AT NAIN. WE KNOW THAT HE WAS IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM. HE HEALED A MAN AT THE POOL OF SILOAM. MIRACLES, HEALINGS AND DELIVERANCES. FOR EXAMPLE, RIGHT ACROSS THE LAKE THERE WAS A MAN, WE CALL HIM THE MAN OF GADARA THAT WAS NOT HIS ACTUAL NAME. HE HAD TWO THOUSAND DEMONS. THERE WAS AN EPILEPTIC BOY IN MARKS GOSPEL THAT WAS HEALED AT A MOUNTAIN, A CITY THAT EXISTED BACK IN THAT DAY OVER ACROSS THE SEA OF GALILEE. WE ALSO KNOW ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE THAT THERE WAS IN CAPERNAUM A MAN THAT HAD A DEMON AND IN THE MIDDLE OF A SYNAGOGUE SERVICE JESUS CAST IT OUT. MARY MAGDALENE, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE, HAD SEVEN DEVILS AND SHE WAS DELIVERED BY THE POWER OF JESUS AND SHE FOLLOWED HIM ALL THE WAY TO THE END. ALL THE WAY TO THE CROSS. ALL THE WAY AT THE RESURRECTION. THERE’S A LOT OF CHURCH TRADITIONS THAT DEVELOPED ABOUT MARY MAGDALENE AND A LOT OF THESE TRADITIONS WE DON’T KNOW WHAT’S TRUE OR WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE TRUE. ONE TRADITION SAYS THAT SHE WAS RAPED BY A ROMAN SOLDIER. ANOTHER TRADITIONS SAYS SHE BECAME A PROSTITUTE IN THE AREA. WE’RE NOT SURE SO WE DON’T WANT TO SPECULATE BUT WE DO KNOW SOMETHING CAUSED HER TO BE POSSESSED BY SEVEN DEVILS. WHAT I’M GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU TODAY HOWEVER IS HOW SPIRITS PLAY POWER GAMES AND I WANT TO SHOW YOU LEVELS OF OPPRESSION TO DEPRESSION AND THE WAY THAT THE ENEMY TRIES TO GET INTO PEOPLES LIVES. AND AGAIN, WE’RE HERE IN THE PLACE WHERE JESUS DEALT WITH MORE SPIRITS THAN ANY OTHER LOCATION. YOU KNOW I’VE OFTEN WONDERED, IF I CAN GO AHEAD AND ADD THIS, WHY WERE THERE MORE SPIRITS HERE IT SEEMS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE? WELL JERUSALEM WAS THE CENTER OF THE RELIGION FOR THE JEWS. IT WAS A VERY RELIGIOUS CENTER. TORAH TEACHING, PREACHING. ACTUALLY THERE WERE FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SYNAGOGUES SCATTERED THROUGHOUT JERUSALEM AND THE AREA ACCORDING TO JOSEPHUS. THAT’S A LOT OF RELIGIOUS TEACHING. THE GALILEE, BOTH THE UPPER GALILEE WHERE NAZARETH IS AND THE LOWER GALILEE WHERE WE ARE, IS EXTREMELY INTERESTING BECAUSE IT WAS GENTILE DOMINATED. AND IF YOU’LL REMEMBER IT’S THE GENTILES THAT WORSHIPPED THE IDOLS AND ANYWHERE YOU HAVE A RELIGION THAT WORSHIPS IDOLS YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE MORE DEMONIC ACTIVITY. I WON’T NAME THE NATION BUT THERE IS A NATION THAT HAS OVER ONE BILLION PEOPLE. MAYBE YOU’LL FIGURE THIS OUT. THEY HAVE MILLIONS OF GODS IN THEIR PARTICULAR RELIGION. SO ANYWHERE THAT YOU HAVE IDOLATRY YOU HAVE SPIRITS. WHY? BECAUSE DEMONS WANT TO BE WORSHIPPED. REMEMBER WHEN SATAN FELL FROM HEAVEN WHAT HE SAID? HE SAID I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH GOD. WHAT DID HE SAY WHEN HE TEMPTED JESUS IN MATTHEW 4 AND LUKE 4? BOW AND WORSHIP ME AND I’LL GIVE YOU THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD. BECAUSE SATAN AND HIS KINGDOM HAS ALWAYS DESIRED WORSHIP AND TO BE WORSHIPPED ABOVE GOD THEN YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT WHEN JESUS IS MINISTERING IN THIS AREA THAT HE’S MINISTERING IN AN AREA WHERE THERE’S A LOT OF IDOLATRY THUS THERE’S A LOT OF DEMONIC POWER. THINK ABOUT THIS. ONE MAN ACROSS THIS LAKE WAS FILLED WITH SO MANY DEMONS THAT THE DEMON TOOK ON THE NAME LEGION. A ROMAN LEGION WAS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FOUR THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED MEN AND SIX THOUSAND MEN. SO WE CAN ASSUME THAT THIS MAN WHO HAD THIS LEGION IN HIM HAD TWO THOUSAND DEVILS. WHERE DID THE NAME LEGION COME FROM? IS IT AN ANCIENT NAME? NO. IT IS A NAME USED BY ROMAN SOLDIERS. BECAUSE THERE WAS THE TENTH LEGION THAT DESTROYED JERUSALEM. THERE WAS THE NINTH LEGION. THE EIGHTH LEGION. AND IT JUST MEANT MANY. HOW WOULD THAT DEMON KNOW TO TAKE ON THAT NAME? WELL BECAUSE ROMAN SOLDIERS WOULD COME FROM SYRIA AND LEBANON IN THIS DIRECTION AND THEY WOULD MARCH ON ROADS AROUND THE DECAPOLIS WHICH WERE TEN CITIES. ONE OF THE DECAPOLIS CITIES HAPPENED TO BE LOCATED RIGHT ACROSS THE LAKE HERE NOT FAR FROM WHERE THE GRAVEYARD WAS WHERE THE MAN WAS POSSESSED WITH TWO THOUSAND DEVILS. MEANING THAT THE HEAD SPIRIT THAT WAS POSSESSING THIS MAN KNEW THERE WERE MANY UNDER HIS CONTROL THAT WERE LIVING INSIDE OF THIS MANS SPIRIT. BECAUSE THERE WERE MANY HE TOOK ON THE NAME LEGION. YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT SPIRITS TAKE ON THE NAME OF THE THING THAT THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING TO A PERSON. FOR EXAMPLE THERE WAS A SPIRIT THAT CAUSED A PERSON TO BE UNABLE TO HEAR OR TALK. IT WAS CALLED A DEAF AND DUMB SPIRIT. THERE WAS A SPIRIT THAT TOOK A YOUNG BOY AND WHEN IT CONTROLLED HIM, IT WOULD CAUSE HIM TO HAVE SEVERE SEIZURES AS IF TO TAKE HIS LIFE. WE TODAY WOULD CALL THAT A SEIZURE. BUT IN THAT DAY, THEY SAID MY BOY IS A LUNATIC. NOW THAT, THAT’S, THAT’S AN AWFUL WORD. WE WOULD NEVER SAY THAT SOMEONE WAS HAVING A SEIZURE WOULD BE A LUNATIC. BUT LET ME GO BACK TO THE GREEK WORD. IT’S A GREEK WORD FROM LUNAR AND THE REASON THAT “LUNATIC” COMES OUT OF A GREEK WORD FOR LUNAR IS BECAUSE THAT THEY BELIEVED IT WAS CAUSED BY THE MOON CYCLES. IN OTHER WORDS, IT’S, IT’S BEEN PROVEN THAT WHEN THERE IS A FULL MOON, ASK ANY NURSE IN A HOSPITAL, MORE SICKNESS. IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL, THEY WILL TELL YOU PEOPLE ARE MORE EDGY DURING A FULL MOON, AND APPARENTLY DURING A FULL MOON THERE IS A DIFFERENT PRESSURE THAT’S ON THE EARTH. IN FACT, CAN I BE HONEST WITH YOU? THERE ARE TIMES, I DON’T DO THIS ANYMORE, I WOULD GET SEVERE HEADACHES FOR THREE DAYS RIGHT BEFORE A FULL MOON AND RIGHT AFTER. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD IT UNTIL A DOCTOR BEGAN TO EXPLAIN TO ME THE GRAVITATIONAL PULL AND HOW IT CHANGE (THAT CYCLE CHANGES) FOR THREE DAYS. SO THEY BELIEVED THAT THESE SEIZURES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WERE CAUSED BY THE MOON. NOW ACCORDING TO JESUS HOWEVER, MAYBE THERE WAS MORE PRESSURE ON THE BOY (MAYBE NEUROLOGICALLY THERE WAS SOMETHING THAT CAUSED IT) BUT ACCORDING TO JESUS IT WAS CAUSED BY SOME KIND OF A SPIRIT. NOW HAVING THAT SAID THAT, LET ME SAY A COUPLE THINGS TO YOU. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT SPIRIT KNOW AND THEY KNOW THIS THROUGH THE SPIRIT WORLD. THEY KNOW THIS THROUGH THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. FOUR FACTS THAT SPIRITS KNOW THAT I WANT YOU TO BE AWARE OF. FACT NUMBER ONE IS THIS. THEY KNOW THAT ALL MEN AND WOMEN HAVE A POINT OF WEAKNESS MEANING EVERY MAN AND WOMAN HAS SOMETHING. IT MAY BE YOUR TEMPER. IT MAY BE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE FEARFUL. IT MAY BE A FACT THAT YOU BATTLE UNBELIEF. BUT THERE’S A POINT OF WEAKNESS IN EVERY PERSON. THE SECOND THING I WANT YOU TO KNOW IS THIS. HE KNOWS HOW TO EXPLOIT THAT WEAKNESS THROUGH WHAT WE CALL PRESSURE. NOW THE PRESSURE THAT SATAN USES IS WHAT I CALL INTIMIDATION, AND A LOT OF TIMES HE SEEKS PEOPLE’S INTIMIDATION THROUGH WHAT WE CALL PEER PRESSURE. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LOVED. EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LIKED. NOBODY WANTS TO HAVE THE DISFAVOR OF FRIENDS. SO WHAT SATAN DOES IS HE TRIES TO EMPHASIZE TO YOU, IF YOU WILL DO THIS (EVEN THOUGH IT’S PRESSURE AND YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT) YOU WILL BE MORE LIKED THAN YOU ARE NOW. YOU’LL BE MORE FAVORED BY PEOPLE, AND SO HE KNOWS HOW TO USE WHAT I CALL “THE ROAR OF THE LION” OR INTIMIDATION. FOR EXAMPLE I WAS IN AFRICA, AND I WAS TEN FEET AWAY FROM LIONS (OF COURSE I WAS IN A TRUCK TO BE HONEST WITH YOU – A BIG JEEP) BUT THE MAN SAID THIS, HE SAYS NOW THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. DON’T MAKE ANY SUDDEN MOVES. HE SAID THIS LION SEES THIS TRUCK AND PEOPLE AS ONE THING. HE DOESN’T KNOW YOU’RE A PERSON. BUT WHEN YOU JUMP UP AND YOU GO ABOVE THE TRUCK, HE WILL LUNGE FOR YOU, AND SOME PEOPLE WERE TAKING PICTURES THERE, AND ONE LADY MADE A FAST MOVE AND THIS LIONESS WITH ITS CUB WAS PROBABLY 20 FEET AWAY, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT LUNGED LIKE THAT. NOW I’M GOING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. I ABOUT DID AN ELIJAH AND TRIED TO OUTRUN THE HORSES OF AHAB. CAUSE, I MEAN, THIS LION COULD HAVE JUMPED IN THERE. NOW THE POINT I MAKE IN THAT LITTLE ILLUSTRATION IS THIS, THAT IF EVERYBODY IN THE BODY OF CHRIST, IF PEOPLE STICK TOGETHER, THE ENEMY SIMPLY SEES US AS ONE BODY. OH YOU’LL GET THIS IN A MINUTE. HE SEES US AS A GREAT ARMY. BUT WHEN PEOPLE BEGIN TO ISOLATE THEMSELVES OR WALK AWAY FROM OR GO AWAY FROM THE THINGS THAT GOD IS WORKING ON AND GOD IS DOING IN THEIR LIFE AND THEY BECOME ISOLATED, THEY ARE MORE SUBJECT TO THE….LET ME SAY IT THIS WAY. YOU ARE MORE SUBJECT TO THE ADVERSARY WHEN YOU’RE BY YOURSELF THAN YOU ARE WHEN YOU’RE IN A GROUP OF BELIEVERS. SEE PETER WROTE A VERSE IN THE BIBLE AND HE SAID THIS, SATAN IS A ROARING LION WALKS ABOUT SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR. NOW WHAT WOULD PETER KNOW ABOUT A ROARING LION? I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU. JESUS SAID, SATAN HAS DESIRED YOU THAT HE MAY SIFT YOU AS WHEAT. SO PETER UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT WAS TO BE UNDER A ONE PERSON, ISOLATED AND BE HIT BY THE ENEMY AND THAT’S WHY HE WROTE IN HIS EPISTLE TO BE CAREFUL. BECAUSE SATAN IS A ROARING LION WALKS ABOUT SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR. THE THIRD THING THAT SATAN KNOWS IS THIS. HE KNOWS THAT PRESSURE CAN BE INTRODUCED TO YOUR LIFE BY OTHER PEOPLE TO INFLUENCE YOU TO GO AWAY FROM GOD. YOU HEAR IT ALL THE TIME. BOY MY KIDS WERE DOING GOOD UNTIL THEY GOT AROUND THE WHAT? WRONG PEOPLE. MY FAMILY WAS DOING GREAT UNTIL WHAT? MY HUSBAND STARTED HANGING AROUND THE WRONG GUYS AT WORK. PEOPLE INFLUENCE PEOPLE AND THE ENEMY KNOWS THAT. SO THE THING HE’LL TRY TO DO, IS HE’LL TRY TO PUT THE WRONG TYPE OF PEOPLE IN YOUR (NOW WATCH HOW I’M GOING TO SAY THIS) THE WRONG TYPE OF PEOPLE IN A WRONG SITUATION AT THE RIGHT TIME. I DIDN’T SAY THE WRONG TIME. BECAUSE THE WRONG TIME IT WON’T WORK. BUT HE’LL TRY TO DO IT DURING THE RIGHT TIME WHEN HE BELIEVES IT’LL WORK. NOW HAVING SAID THAT, I WANT TO SHARE, I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THE FOURTH THING. HE ALSO KNOWS THE PRESSURE POINTS BECAUSE HE’S BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME THAT WOULD CAUSE A PERSON TO EITHER WALK IN DISOBEDIENCE OR WALK IN SOME FORM OF SIN. NOW THERE ARE…WHILE I’M, WHILE I’M TALKING ABOUT THIS, THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND AS IT RELATES TO DEMONIC POWER AND DEMONIC SICKNESS. JESUS MAKES A STATEMENT ABOUT SEVEN OTHER SPIRITS AND IT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS. WHEN THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT’S GONE OUT OF A MAN, HE WALKS THROUGH DRY PLACES SEEKING REST AND FINDING NONE. HE SAYS I’LL RETURN TO MY HOUSE (AND THAT’S THE BODY – NOT AN ACTUAL HOUSE) FROM WHENCE I CAME. WHEN HE COMES HE FINDS IT SWEPT AND GARNISHED, AND THEN HE SAYS, I WILL GO AND GET SEVEN OTHER SPIRITS MORE WICKED THAN MYSELF, AND THEY ENTER IN AND DWELL THERE AND SO THE LAST STATE OF THE MAN IS WORSE THAN THE FIRST. NOW WHILE IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO PROVE THIS, YOU KNOW JUST FROM SCRIPTURE) I HAVE REALLY ASKED MYSELF WHAT MAKES A SPIRIT MORE WICKED THAN ANOTHER SPIRIT? BECAUSE TO ME ALL SPIRITS ARE WICKED, AND TO ME AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT IS UNCLEAN SPIRIT, IS AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT. A DEMON IS A DEMON, IS A DEMON, IS A DEMON. BUT ACCORDING TO JESUS, THERE ARE SOME SPIRITS MORE WICKED THAN OTHER SPIRITS. SO THEY ARE RANKED. NOW EPHESIANS CHAPTER SIX AND TWELVE TELLS YOU PRINCIPALITIES ARE THE HIGHEST, THEN THE POWERS, THEN THE RULERS OF DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, THEN THE WICKED SPIRITS IN HEAVENLY PLACES. BUT I’M GOING TO ASK YOU AGAIN THIS QUESTION, WHAT WOULD MAKE THEM MORE WICKED? AND THE THOUGHT CAME TO ME (AND THIS HAS TO BE TRUE AND I’LL SHOW YOU) IT’S THE AMOUNT OF REBELLION TOWARD GOD AND THE STUBBORNNESS IN THAT SPIRIT THAT MAKES IT STRONGER THAN THE OTHERS. NOW FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THEY WENT TO CAST OUT THAT SPIRIT…LET ME GO BACK. THE DISCIPLES WERE GIVEN AUTHORITY OVER ALL THE POWERS OF SATAN TO CAST OUT DEMONS AND DEVILS. RIGHT? WE KNOW THAT AND THEY WERE DOING IT. THEY GO TO ONE YOUNG BOY WHO’S HAVING SEIZURES AND THEY CAN’T CAST THE SPIRIT OUT. NONE OF THEM! PETER, JAMES AND JOHN WERE ON THE MOUNTAIN OF TRANSFIGURATION WITH JESUS AND NINE OTHER DISCIPLES COULDN’T CAST THE SPIRIT OUT, AND JESUS SAID WELL IT’S YOUR UNBELIEF, AND HE TALKED ABOUT HOW FASTING AND PRAYING WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BE ABLE TO CONQUER THE UNBELIEF TO GET THAT SPIRIT OUT. NOW APPARENTLY, THEY HIT A TYPE OF SPIRIT THAT THEY’D NEVER HIT BEFORE. SO WHEN THEY HIT THIS TYPE OF SPIRIT, WHICH THEY’VE NEVER HIT BEFORE, THEY DIDN’T EXERCISE THE SAME LEVEL OF FAITH OF DEALING WITH LESSER SPIRITS. SO THERE ARE LESSER SPIRITS, AND THERE ARE STRONGER SPIRITS AND JESUS MADE THIS VERY CLEAR THAT THERE ARE SOME SPIRITS (PARDON ME) THAT WILL NOT GO OUT EXCEPT BY WHAT? TALK TO ME SOMEBODY. PRAYER AND FASTING…THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT. YOU KNOW ITS PRAYER AND FASTING. NOW WHAT I’D LOVE TO DO IS GIVE YOU THE FOUR PHASES OF HOW THE ENEMY COMES AGAINST A PERSON. NOW THE PROCESS OF SOMEONE BEING POSSESSED OR DEMONIZED IS NOT SIMPLE. A DEVIL JUST DON’T SAY, I WANT THAT ONE. BAM, AND I GO IN THEM. IT’S A FOUR FOLD PROCESS. LET ME GIVE IT TO YOU. NUMBER ONE. FIRST OF ALL THE PERSON BEGINS TO ACT IRRATIONAL. KING SAUL, REMEMBER) HAD A DEMON COME ON HIM – A SPIRIT. HERE’S HOW HE’S ACTING IRRATIONAL. FIRST OF ALL HIS SON-IN-LAW IS DAVID. HE SHOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE DAVID FOR A SON-IN-LAW. HE WOULD BE, HE WOULD BE A GREAT SON-IN-LAW FOR ANY FATHER TO HAVE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? HE’S JEALOUS OF HIM. HE STARTS THROWING JAVELINS AT HIM. HE STARTS THROWING SPEARS. PEOPLE ARE SAYING SAUL HAS SLAIN HIS THOUSAND, BUT DAVID CAN SLAY TEN THOUSANDS. HE GETS EAT UP WITH JEALOUSY AND THEN HE BEGINS TO TRY TO TURN JONATHAN, HIS SON, AGAINST DAVID. HE TRIES TO TURN DAVID’S WIFE AGAINST DAVID. HE TRIES TO TURN THE MEN IN THE PALACE AGAINST DAVID. SO WHAT HAPPENS IS THIS. THE FIRST THING THAT TAKES PLACE IS A PERSON BEGINS TO ACT (LISTEN TO THIS CAREFULLY) IRRITATED. THEY BECOME EXTREMELY IRRITATED. NOW LOOK, WE GET IRRITATED ALL THE TIME. IT DON’T MEAN YOU’RE POSSESSED BY A DEVIL OR CONTROLLED BY ONE. BUT WHEN THIS GOES WEEKS, AND WEEKS, AND WEEKS, AND WEEKS, IRRITATION, IRRITATION, IRRITATION YOU CAN BE VEXED BY A SPIRIT – NOT POSSESSED BY VEXED. BUT WATCH THE SECOND AREA IS THEN FROM IRRITATED TO IRRATIONAL. NOW SAUL BEGINS TO DO IRRATIONAL THINGS – THROWING SPEARS AT DAVID, THREATENING HIS FAMILY FOR LIKING DAVID, CHASING DAVID AROUND THE WILDERNESS FOR TWELVE YEARS. GOD HAD ANOINTED DAVID AND SAUL WANTED HIM DEAD. HE WANTED HIS SON JONATHAN TO BE THE NEXT KING. SO HE STARTS DOING ABSOLUTELY, TOTAL COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL THINGS. WHY DOES A YOUNG PERSON JUST SAY, OK GIVE ME 30 OF THOSE PILLS AND LET ME TRY THEM? TOTALLY, COMPLETELY, IRRATIONAL. WHY DO PEOPLE DRINK UNTIL THEY’RE STONED AND THEN THEY GET IN A CAR AND DRIVE AND WRECK. TOTALLY, COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL. WHY DOES A GUY (IT HAPPENS A LOT ON THE WEST COAST IT SEEMS. I GUESS THE HIGHWAYS ARE STRAIGHT AND LONGER THERE) BUT WHY DOES A GUY GET IN A CAR, STEAL A CAR, AND THINK HE’S GOING TO BE THE FIRST ONE TO GET AWAY WHEN THERE’S 25 HELICOPTERS IN THE AIR, YOU KNOW? SIXTEEN POLICEMEN, I MEAN IT’S CRAZY. IT’S TOTALLY, COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL. WHY DO PEOPLE BECOME PROSTITUTES OR GIVE THEIR BODY AWAY? WHY DO WOMEN JUST GIVE THEIR BODIES AWAY TO GUYS KNOWING THERE’S SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES THAT ARE INCREASING EVERY SINGLE DAY IN PEOPLE’S LIVES THAT DO THAT? IT’S BECAUSE THEY ARE IRRATIONAL. NOW PEOPLE GO FROM IRRATIONAL TO IRREVERENT. THE BIBLE SAYS THAT GOD REFUSED TO SPEAK TO KING SAUL BY THE URIM, THUMMIM, OR VISION OR BY DREAM, AND WHEN GOD REFUSED TO SPEAK TO HIM IN THIS PARTICULAR MANNER, THEN THE BIBLE SAYS THAT THIS SPIRIT BEGAN TO COME ON HIM TO THE POINT THAT HE WAS VEXED CONTINUALLY BY THE SPIRIT. IT CAME UPON HIM AND NOW HE’S BECOMING MOVING FROM BEING VEXED TO BEING OPPRESSED, TO BEING DEPRESSED. NOW HE’S COMING TO THE POINT THAT HE IS SO CONTROLLED BY IT THAT HE’S TOTALLY IRRATIONAL AND NOW HE’S IRREVERENT. HOW DO I KNOW THAT HE’S IRREVERENT? BECAUSE HE SEEKS OUT A WITCH TO GIVE HIM INFORMATION, AND THERE’S NOTHING MORE IRREVERENT THAN THE OCCULT, OR ASTROLOGY, OR SEEKING WITCHES OR FAMILIAR SPIRITS. SO THERE’S NOTHING MORE IRREVERENT THAN THAT. FINALLY HE GOES FROM IRREVERENT TO IRRELEVANCE. HE WAS LED INTO A WAR AND THERE HE DIED, AND THE BIBLE SAID HE DIED UPON HIS OWN SWORD. ONE OF THE THING I WANT TO TELL YOU AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS FOUR FOLD PATTERN OF HOW SPIRITS ATTACK PEOPLE IS TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT THE GREATEST THING I SEE IN AMERICA RIGHT NOW, NORTH AMERICA, (LET ME TALK TO NORTH AMERICAN PEOPLE ALTHOUGH WE HAVE A WORLD-WIDE AUDIENCE) IS THE FACT THAT THERE SEEMS TO BE THIS SPIRIT OF HOPELESSNESS THAT’S COMING ON A YOUNGER GENERATION. YOU HAVE KIDS TRYING TO COMMIT SUICIDE. WE SUPPORT A MINISTRY THAT TRAVELS TO SCHOOLS, AND HE TEACHES KIDS ABOUT NOT COMMITTING SUICIDE AND ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THEIR LIFE IS, AND THIS MAN GIVES US A REPORT. HE’LL GO TO FOUR SCHOOLS OR EIGHT SCHOOLS, AND HE’LL HAVE AS MANY AS 4, 5, 10 AND 20 KIDS WHO WERE GOING TO KILL THEIR SELF THAT DAY OR THAT WEEK. PEOPLE…KIDS TURN IN RAZOR BLADES WHERE THEY WERE GOING TO CUT THEMSELVES. I AM STUNNED. BUT HERE’S THE THING THAT HAPPENS. THE SPIRIT OF HOPELESSNESS. THE BIBLE SAID HOPE DEFERRED MAKES THE SOUL SICK, AND WHEN PEOPLE GET INTO A SPIRIT OF HOPELESSNESS, THEN THEY HAVE NO REASON FOR LIVING. IF YOU’RE TOLD THAT YOU’VE GOT CANCER AND YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LIVE, THEN SOME PEOPLE SAY WELL JUST TAKE ME NOW BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITH YOU KNOW IN A SITUATION WHERE I’M IN PAIN. IF YOU’RE TOLD THAT YOUR MARRIAGE IS FALLING APART, YOUR KIDS HAVE LEFT, YOU HAVE NOTHING LEFT, IF YOU’RE TOLD THE STORM HAS JUST DEVASTATED EVERYTHING YOU’VE WORKED FOR ALL YOUR LIFE, IT’S EASY FOR A PERSON TO FEEL HOPELESSNESS. HOPE DEFERRED MAKETH THE SOUL SICK. BUT THEN THE BIBLE TEACHES US THAT WE AGAINST HOPE, LIKE ABRAHAM, WE STILL BELIEVE IN HOPE. ABRAHAM KNEW HE COULDN’T HAVE A BABY. HIS BODY WAS DEAD. THAT’S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. SARAH KNEW HER WOMB WAS BARREN. BUT THE WONDERFUL THING IS THAT THEY AGAINST HOPE CONTINUED TO BELIEVE IN HOPE AND WHEN THE SITUATION WAS IMPOSSIBLE GOD SAW THEM THROUGH AND GAVE THEM A COMPLETE AND TOTAL DELIVERANCE. NOW HAVING SAID THIS TO YOU LET ME JUST SAY THIS. THAT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS GIVE PEOPLE TRUE REAL HOPE IN THESE LAST DAYS. I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU A SCRIPTURE. THE LORD IS NIGH UNTO THEM THAT ARE OF A BROKEN HEART; AND SAVETH SUCH AS BE OF A CONTRITE SPIRIT. PSALMS 34 AND VERSE 18. ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL VERSES HOWEVER IN THE BIBLE THAT WILL DEAL WITH HOPE IS IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 42 AND VERSE 3. LET ME READ THIS TO YOU BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES YOU HAVE TO COME OVER HERE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT ISAIAH IS SAYING. THIS IS TALKING ABOUT, IT’S LIKE A MESSIANIC PROPHECY. A BRUISED REED SHALL HE NOT BREAK, AND THE SMOKING FLAX SHALL HE NOT QUENCH UNTIL HE BRING FORTH JUDGMENT UNTO TRUTH. NOW I WAS LOOKING AT THIS ABOUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT HE WILL NOT BREAK, A BRUISED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK. A SMOKING FLAX HE WILL NOT QUENCH. HERE’S WHAT I BELIEVE IT MEANS. IN THE TIME THAT THIS WAS WRITTEN AND EVEN IN THE TIME OF CHRIST THERE WERE OIL LAMPS AND YOU WOULD PUT OLIVE OIL IN THE LAMP AND YOU WOULD LIGHT THE WICK. IT WAS MADE OUT OF LINEN. YOU WOULD DIP IT IN OIL AND LIGHT THE WICK. NOW WHAT HAPPENS IS THIS. GIDEON AND I WERE IN A HOTEL YEARS AGO AND HE WAS SHOWING ME AN OIL LAMP AND HE LIT IT AND THE BLACK SMOKE STARTED COMING UP AND HERE GOES THE FIRE ALARM IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AT THE HOTEL. WE WERE LAUGHING. WE’VE LAUGHED ABOUT THIS SO MANY TIMES. IT WAS FUNNY. NOW, A WICK CAN BECOME SO FULL, WE CALL IT IN THE COAL MINES IN WEST VIRGINIA THE SOOT, THE BLACK PART, THAT WHAT HAPPENS IS IT’S USELESS. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? YOU THROW IT AWAY AND REPLACE IT WITH A NEW ONE. WHAT IS A BRUISED REED? ALL ALONG THE JORDAN RIVER ARE THESE REEDS THAT GROW. NOW THEY STILL MAKE THESE LITTLE FLUTES. BUT YOU CAN CUT THOSE REEDS DOWN, DRY THEM OUT AND MAKE A FLUTE. PUT LITTLE HOLES IN IT AND MAKE A FLUTE. BUT IF YOU SPLIT THE FLUTE OR SPLIT THE REED YOU HAVE TO THROW IT AWAY BECAUSE IT’S USELESS. NOW THINK ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE IS SAYING ABOUT THE MESSIAH. IT’S SAYING THIS. IF YOU ARE BURNT OUT; COME ON SOMEBODY. WE KNOW THE PHRASE. IF YOU ARE BURNT OUT LIKE A WICK. THAT’S JUST BURNT OUT AND FEEL LIKE YOU’RE USELESS. HE’S NOT GOING TO DO WHAT? THROW YOU AWAY. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE A BRUISED REED AND YOU’VE BEEN BRUISED AND THE SONG NO LONGER COMES THROUGH YOU. YOU SAW THE LITTLE GUYS IN JERUSALEM. THOSE ARE REED FLUTES AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM JUST RIGHT. DRY THEM OUT AND THEY CAN PLAY. MAKE LITTLE MUSIC. AND THE LORD SAYS IF YOU’RE AT THE POINT WHERE YOU’RE SO BROKEN AND BRUISED THAT YOU CAN NO LONGER SING AND YOU CAN NO LONGER PRODUCE WORSHIP AND YOU JUST FEEL LIKE YOU’RE AT THE LOWEST OF THE LOW. HE SAID I’VE GOT GOOD NEWS FOR YOU. I LOVE THIS VERSE. I’VE GOT TO SAY IT AGAIN. A BRUISED REED SHALL HE NOT BREAK. WHY NOT? HERE’S THE REASON WHY. READY? HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITY. THE CHASTISEMENT OF OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM. WITH HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED. HE HATH BORNE OUR GRIEVES AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS. THE REASON JESUS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND AND FOR YOU TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM IS GOD SENT HIM TO THIS EARTH TO BE TEMPTED LIKE YOU YET WITHOUT SIN. TO BE BRUISED. TO BE BATTERED. TO BE A MAN OF SORROW AND ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF AND TO BE A MAN WHO KNOWS WHAT IT IS TO PHYSICALLY DIE AND YET RAISE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD. SO WHEN YOU PUT YOUR TRUST IN JESUS YOU’RE NOT PUTTING IT IN AN IDOL. YOU’RE NOT PUTTING IN A FALSE TEACHER. WHEN YOU REALLY PUT YOUR TRUST IN HIM YOU’RE PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN SOMEONE WHO WALKED HERE AND DELIVERED PEOPLE AND CAN UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION THAT YOU’RE IN. MARY FROM MAGDALA, OR MARY MAGDALENE AS SHE IS KNOWN IN THE SCRIPTURE, FOR SOME REASON HAD SEVEN DEMONS IN HER. AND WHEN SHE ENCOUNTERED JESUS IT CHANGED HER LIFE TO THE POINT THAT EVERYWHERE YOU TURN AROUND HERE’S MARY, HERE’S MARY, THERE’S MARY, HERE’S MARY BECAUSE ONCE YOU’VE BEEN FREED YOU WANT TO FOLLOW THE ONE THAT DELIVERED YOU AND THAT’S WHAT WE’VE DONE HERE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE HERE. AMEN? WE’RE HERE, WE’RE HERE FOLLOWING CHRIST BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE. SO THOSE OF YOU WATCHING ME IN TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY NINE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT RELIGION OR WHAT RELIGION YOU ARE. I’M SIMPLY SAYING THIS TO YOU. DO YOU KNOW JESUS? HAVE YOU HAD A RELATIONSHIP? THE GREATEST THING IS YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE TO GO TO A SYNAGOGUE, A CHURCH OR A BUILDING. YOU CAN PRAY TO HIM RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE AND HE WILL FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS. HE WILL CLEANSE YOU AND FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS BY SIMPLY CALLING ON HIM WHERE YOU ARE. SO BELIEVE ON HIM TODAY. AND IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE BOUND BY A SPIRIT ASK HIM. JESUS DELIVER ME FROM THESE SPIRITS THAT ARE TORTURING ME. AND THERE’S POWER IN HIS NAME TO DELIVER YOU FROM THE POWERS OF DARKNESS AND DELIVER YOU FROM THOSE SPIRITS. WE’RE COMING FROM A PLACE RIGHT HERE WHERE JESUS DELIVERED A WOMAN FROM SEVEN DEVILS AND WE’RE COMING TO A PLACE WHERE HE ENCOUNTERED MORE DEMON POWER AROUND THE LAKE THAN ANYWHERE IN HIS ENTIRE MINISTRY. BUT THE GOOD THING IS, THIS JESUS IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, SAY IT WITH ME, TODAY AND FOREVER. COME ON. SAY IT ONE TIME. HE’S THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER. THAT’S WHY I KNOW THE SAME ONE WHO DELIVERED HER CAN ALSO DELIVER YOU. LET’S GIVE THE LORD A PRAISE EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW AND THANK HIM. AMEN. MUSIC PERRY STONE HAS PLACED IN PRINT, HIS NEW LANDMARK BOOK, CHRONICLES OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN, WRITTEN TO HELP ANSWER NUMEROUS UNUSUAL AND COMPLEX QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HEAVENLY MYSTERIES OF THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE! SOME OF THE TOPICS WILL INCLUDE: WITH PEOPLE IN HEAVEN FROM EVERY NATION – WHAT LANGUAGE WILL WE SPEAK? IF I HAD A MISCARRIAGE, IS THERE PROOF IN THE BIBLE THAT MY BABY HAS AN ETERNAL SPIRIT AND I WILL SEE THEM ONE DAY IN HEAVEN? WHEN WE RETURN TO EARTH TO RULE AND REIGN WITH CHRIST FOR 1,000 YEARS, WHAT JOBS WILL WE HAVE? ARE THERE THREE OR SEVEN LEVELS OF HEAVEN AND WHY ARE SAPPHIRES GOD’S FAVORITE GEMSTONE? DO MY LOVED ONES IN HEAVEN HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT’S OCCURRING ON EARTH? AT DEATH, DOES THE HUMAN SPIRIT OF THE DEPARTED LINGER FOR 3 DAYS ON EARTH AS THE ANCIENT JEWS BELIEVED? HOW WILL WE LOOK IN HEAVEN AND WILL OUR FAMILY KNOW US AS THEY DID ON EARTH? IF A LOVED ONE DIES UNSAVED, WILL WE ALWAYS REMEMBER THEM OR DOES GOD REMOVE THAT MEMORY IN HEAVEN? WHAT TYPES OF FOOD WILL WE EAT IN HEAVEN? THE BIBLE SAYS WE WILL ONE DAY JUDGE THE ANGELS, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? THESE QUESTIONS ARE CAREFULLY AND BIBLICALLY ANSWERED IN PERRY’S NEW BOOK, CHRONICLES OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN. PERRY ALSO UNLOCKS THE EZEKIEL 28 MYSTERY, REVEALING HOW SATAN WAS THE ANOINTED CHERUB AND WAS ASSIGNED IN THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW JERUSALEM, AND HOW HIS GEMSTONE COVERING LED TO HIS PRIDE AND DOWNFALL. THIS MYSTERY IS ONE OF THE MOST EYE-OPENING REVELATIONS YOU WILL EVER READ! ALONG WITH THE CHRONICLES OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN BOOK, PERRY WILL ALSO INCLUDE A RECENT PROPHETIC MESSAGE ON AUDIO CD, THE DANIEL KEY TO THE MESSIAH’S RETURN, REVEALING A NEW TIMING OF APOCALYPTIC EVENTS. THE BOOK AND AUDIO CD ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR DONATION OF JUST $30.00 OR MORE. AS A THANK YOU, PERRY IS ALSO INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL AUDIO CD, HIDDEN PROPHECIES IN THE PARABLES, EXPLAINING HOW END-TIME PREDICTIONS ARE CONCEALED IN THE PARABLES OF CHRIST. YOU CAN ORDER THIS NEW RESOURCE PACKAGE ONLINE AT PERRYSTONE.ORG, OR CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-21-BREAD, THAT’S 1-888-212-7323 OR WRITE PERRY STONE PO BOX 3595 CLEVELAND, TN 37320. WHEN WRITING OR CALLING, ASK FOR OFFER CS-117. OBTAIN THIS RESOURCE PACKAGE TODAY AND HELP KEEP MANNA-FEST ON THE AIR! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU SOON. PERRY: THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TODAY ON MANNA-FEST. LET ME MAKE A BRIEF STATEMENT. EVERY WOMAN THAT’S EVER HAD A MISCARRIAGE NEEDS TO GET THIS BOOK “CHRONICLES OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN” AND READ THE CHAPTER ABOUT YOUR INFANT THAT NEVER PHYSICALLY CAME INTO THE EARTH HAVING A SOUL AND SPIRIT THAT IS IN HEAVEN THAT’S GOING TO MATURE AND ONE DAY KNOW WHO YOU ARE. THIS IS A GREAT TEACHING. AND WE TALK ABOUT THE LANGUAGE OF HEAVEN. WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL WE EAT IN HEAVEN? WE TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST MYSTERIES OF AGES PAST. SO PLEASE GET THAT BOOK TODAY. IT’S NOT AVAILABLE IN ANY BOOKSTORE. YOU HAVE TO EITHER CALL OUR OFFICE, PERRYSTONE.ORG OR CONTACT US TO GET THE OFFER THAT YOU’VE JUST SEEN. OKAY? OR YOU CAN USE THE TOLL FREE NUMBER OF COURSE. THE MAIN EVENT IS GOING TO BE HERE IN CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE AT OCI, TUESDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 6 THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10. WE HAVE A SCHEDULE OF SPEAKERS. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THAT IN JUST A MOMENT. PAM’S FALL FESTIVAL IS GOING ON ON THE WEEKEND. PLEASE EVERYBODY TRY TO JOIN US. I’M TALKING ABOUT… YOU SAID EVERYBODY? YEAH. WE’LL GET YOU. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A TIME AND I DON’T WANT YOU TO MISS THIS. IT’S A WONDERFUL TIME IN THE FALL MONTHS. FAITH LANDMARK MINISTRIES ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT 7:30, MONDAY AT 10:30 THERE IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. I’M COMING TO MINISTER. LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. WE LOVE GOING THERE TO THAT GREAT CHURCH. ON FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16-18 I’LL BE AT VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTER IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA. FOLKS FROM THAT AREA, PLEASE JOIN ME. FRIDAY AT 7:00, SATURDAY AT 10:00 AND 5:00 AND SUNDAY AT 9:00, 11:00 AND 6:00. AND THEN I’M COMING TO ONE SERVICE ALL DAY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25. MOUNT OLIVE MINISTRIES HERE IN CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE WITH PASTOR GARY SEARS. THAT’S 9:00, 11:00 AND 6:00. REMNANT WILL BE MINISTERING WITH ME THERE IN THE NIGHT SERVICE. AND THEN ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH OF GOD IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA. NEVER BEEN TO THIS PARTICULAR CHURCH. MAYBE MANY YEARS AGO. SO WE’RE COMING INTO THE LAKELAND AREA FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 THROUGH SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1. THAT’S FRIDAY AT 7:00 AND WE’VE GOT SATURDAY AT 10:00 AND 6:00, SUNDAY AT 10:15 AND 6:00 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHERE WE’RE GOING TO BE GO TO PERRYSTONE.ORG AND LOOK UP THE ITINERARY. WE HAVE SOME GREAT THINGS HAPPENING NEXT YEAR. IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY NEXT YEAR, THE LAST WEEKEND, I’M DOING AN AWAKE AMERICA RALLY AND I’M GOING TO ASK INTERCESSORS FROM ACROSS THE NATION TO JOIN ME AND DUTCH SHEETS AS WE HAVE A TIME OF INTERCESSION FOR THE NATION AND A REVELATION FROM GOD FOR YOU. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK. ANNOUNCER: PERRY STONE INVITES YOU TO BE APART OF THE OCI FAMILY NOVEMBER 6-8 AT OMEGA CENTER INTERNATIONAL IN CLEVELAND TENNESSEE FOR OCI’S FIRST ANNUAL FALL REFORMATION WEEKEND. JUMP INTO FALL WITH POWERFUL WORDS FROM PERRY STONE, CHAD DANIEL, AND MARK CASTO. JOIN US IN WORSHIP LED BY EDDIE JAMES, BRYN WADDELL, AND THE OCI BAND, FIRST HEARTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER FREE ONLINE GO TOOCIMINISTRIES.ORGCOME BE A PART OF THE FAMILY THIS FALL AT THE 2015 FALL REFORMATION WEEKEND. WE’LL KEEP THE FIRE BURNING. ANNOUNCER: MAKE THIS YOUR YEAR TO FEEL THE HISTORY. TASTE THE CULTURE. EXPERIENCE THE ANTIQUITY. WALK WHERE THE MODERN TOUCHES THE ANCIENT. SIGN UP NOW TO JOIN PERRY STONE NOVEMBER 23RD – DECEMBER 2ND FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE TOUR OF ISRAEL. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT PERRYSTONE.ORG OR CALL 1-888-321-3629. MAKE THIS YOUR YEAR FOR A TRIP OF A LIFE TIME! MUSIC.