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Scripture reading: Luke 8:26-39

The “bottomless pit” is first mentioned in Genesis 1:2a, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the DEEP.” This spiritual language says that it was hell.

The word “deep” in Hebrew means “cavern, a place of darkness, hell.” In its spiritual rendition, it is hell. In Psalm 104:6 it speaks of the deep, subterranean waters beneath the earth, “t’howm” in the Hebrew language. When God looked down upon the earth, the earth was a hell realm, an abyss. He had cast Satan and his angels down to the earth, and He had bound them in this realm, separated from God, the giver of light and life. Thus they dwelt in darkness and death which is called hell.

When God said, “Let there be light,” hell was driven back from this realm and it was given to man to possess. Romans 10:7, “Or, who shall descend into the DEEP? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)” The word “deep” in this verse is the word “abyss,” from the Greek “abussos,” meaning the “abode of demons.”

Luke 8:27, “And when He went forth to land, there met Him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.” Because this man had devils, he wore no clothes. We wonder about the people who are stripping off their clothes in our time. Verses 28 and 29a, “When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man).” Verse 30, “And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.”

This same story in Matthew gives us new thought. Matthew 8:29, “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” Matthew’s account added “before the time” and we are grateful for this thought, because it tells us that there IS A TIME to cast out devils from the human realm. It was very early at that time. It was too early to put them into the bottomless pit. God is saying the time of the end is when devils should be cast out and put into the bottomless pit from whence they do not return to torment humanity.

These devils were possessing the soul of this man and his body (their house) and they were cast out of the house. They could have been bound in the pit, but they besought Jesus asking Him not to do it to them, to please let them go, give them a break, because it was too early. They gave Him the reason they were pleading. They said that it was too early. Jesus, amazingly, gave the devils the authority to go into the swine. These devils knew that when they got into those swine, the swine would consume them and they would be free. The swine rushed into the sea and drowned themselves and the demons were set free.

We will deal with this subject more fully some other time because these words “bottomless pit” are also found in Revelation 9:2, 9:11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:1, and 20:3. It is important to understand what we are writing about. The bottomless pit is not just hell, but part of hell that is a prison house, where spirits are bound and chained because God will not allow them to come out. There will be a time when God will release them. God is telling us that we do have the authority to cast these spirits into the abyss, into the bottomless pit, where they will be chained. When they attack humanity, we have the power to cast them into the bottomless pit.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 169-170)

Thought for today: Remember, you have the authority to bind spirits and cast them into the abyss where they will be chained.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 8:10

Let us look at Revelation 8:10, “And the third angel sounded (all these sounds are messages of life being given in the world of sin), and there fell a GREAT STAR from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the RIVERS, and upon the FOUNTAINS OF WATERS.”

This is very accurate in its representation. “Star” means son of God. “Rivers” represent living waters, the Word of God, the fresh waters. The “fountains of waters” mean the Word of God that gushes forth from the earth.

“A great star falling” means that a great Christian will fall from his Christian place. I can see as clear as day many Christians trying to get into politics. Many would love to be President of the United States. Many would love to be head of the United Nations. They do not care where but they are pushing forward in politics. Brethren, we cannot gain by political activity that which we cannot gain by prayer and spiritual activity. We are spiritual people ordained by God to work in the Spirit. We should have all our efforts in the Spirit and we should NOT be fighting political battles to win the world.

You cannot overcome the devil with his own weapons. The devil will always win when you use his weapons. Weaponry of political agitation, voting, and putting a man into this position or that office to make things better is the way that the devil likes to see Christians go.

Christians were ordained of God. The word CHRISTIAN means CHRISTLIKE. We are a called-out people, the church, “ekklesia” (Greek word which means “called out”). Out of the called-out you have the “eklektos,” the selected group that God has selected for a purpose – to bring forth life and light to the world.

We have no mandate in politics. We have no right to be agitating politically for various offices. Watch my word, brethren. Brethren who are fostering this political activity will be among the first that are hit and destroyed. This is not God’s way. They say that they have done great things and have caused certain laws to be changed. Brethren, we are only fooling around the edge of a mighty ocean and this thing is going to flood over all that we could ever do. The puny political activity that will come from Christians will only cause more persecution of Christians. Mark my word.

“And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star.” The “star” is a man; somebody we know, someone who has gone to a great height in things of God, as a preacher, as a person whom we respect and trust. He is going to fall from heaven as a burning lamp (gives a lot of light) and fall upon the rivers (the Word of God) and upon the fountains of waters. This is the twisting in the theology of many of those who are trusted and whom a lot of Christians are supporting with their strength and money. This is ONE that will fall upon the Word of God, translate the Word of God incorrectly, give some wrong interpretation, and get many people to follow him.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 160-161)

Thought for today: We cannot fight with the weaponry of this world but with the armament of the Spirit of God.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 3:10-11

Brethren, we need to understand that we are to “bind” spirits and we are to “loose” the people of God. Your power to “bind” and to “loose” is to “bind” spirits and to “loose” their organization and the orders that they have received (their program). You pull up, break up, and dismember their program. To bind them is to stop them from being able to do what they were supposed to do. We are to bind them, and to loose, to deliver the people of God. That is our job.

Let me ask you now to go around everywhere, every place – beginning to pray right now, that the devils in your area be bound. Also, bind all the spirits in areas where you meet to worship God so that your meetings might go forward with power and the glory of God might come down in your midst.

Let us read Ephesians 3:10 where God says that we were brought here to teach devils and that “by the Church” would be made known to them “the manifold wisdom of God.”

To the intent (meaning to say that this is God’s intention) that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. 

It is God’s intent that the Church is teaching the whole spiritual realm (both heaven and hell) “the manifold wisdom of God.”

I remember meeting a devil one time. In this battle, I saw the cross of Jesus rise up before me. I saw the Blood falling down, and when the devil got the blow from the Blood of Jesus Christ, he said that he had never seen this before. He had not seen this happen before! It means that he had been conquering; he was hurting Christians all along. He believed that he was invincible until that moment when he met the Church of the living God, and got slammed! Glory to God!

Brethren, please pray. Begin now to call upon the name of Jesus to break the yokes and bondages that have long enshrouded the people of God. Call upon the name of Jesus to break the power of Satan in your area. Hallelujah!

Let us all join together to pray to God that the bondages be broken and that every one of my readers who are bound by spirits will be let loose in the name of Jesus Christ; that every sickness will be touched and every body will be healed (healing and deliverance is “the children’s bread” – Matthew 15:21-28); that the Lord God will manifest Himself in our midst “…to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18). “For the day of deliverance has come,” saith the Lord God. Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus.

We pray, my God, that you send forth your mighty angels and bind every devil in our areas. Bind the satanic forces. Bind the powers of darkness. Bind the principalities in our various areas. Bind them now, Lord God, and set the people free! Let men be saved! Let men be delivered. Let men be cleansed! Hallelujah! In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen! 

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 15-16)

Thought for today: Let us find ourselves to be so much in God that He would be able to use us to teach His manifold wisdom to the whole spiritual realm.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:19

Brethren, we need to begin to bind the devil in every area where we live. We must start now to bind Satan; to bind his work in your different areas, in your towns, in wherever you live – to bind the ruling spirits. God has given you the power and a mandate to bind and to loose! You have become responsible through your knowledge; and, “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). As God’s people recognize their responsibility, the power of devils will be bound all over the earth from continent to continent; from sea to sea.

What will happen next is that Satan will attack the Church. Some people are afraid to bind Satan because they feel that he is going to attack them; but since we have the power to bind him, then his attack will not mean too much. I believe the reason why he is attacking us so much at this time is because we are not binding him enough. If one has the firepower to stop an enemy, then that one should not be afraid to provoke him. We have the firepower to stop him.

Satan does not dare to manifest in the world as he would like to. I remember the time when flying saucers were the talk of the town. Everybody was talking about flying saucers. People were reporting seeing flying saucers. I happen to know some friends of mine who actually saw one of the things land in their yard. Do you know why those reports never came off to anything? Most of it was demon activity and the littlest child, the youngest baby in our midst would destroy him and disrupt his charade, if he binds him in the Name of Jesus. It would pull up all his organization.

I remember a brother sharing a revelation concerning us speaking and saying, “LOOSE!” He was saying that it breaks up the concentration of the devils. You have the power to loose and to bind. When a devil comes out to do a job, he is programmed the same way a computer is programmed to do certain things to you, and he cannot help but keep on doing, doing, doing – unless you hit him! By the power of God!

I am not saying you must go around and speak, “Loose!  Loose!  Loose!” The devil does not hear that. However, when you speak the Word of God through the Spirit of God as the Spirit of God moves in you, it becomes absolutely effective. Call upon Jesus in your private prayer time; call upon His Name. “Fill my being, oh Lord God.” “Fill my cup Lord. I lift it up, Lord!” When you are filled, you are going to overflow, and it will flow through your mouth. As the revelation came to this brother, he said that when you speak the word “LOOSE!” to a spirit it disorganizes him. It pulls him up like you pull up an engine and the parts are scattered all over. He cannot function, because you have ripped him apart with the Word of God. The order “Loose!” from the Holy Spirit to a spirit breaks up his organization! Glory to God!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 13-15)

Thought for today: Will you call upon Jesus in your private time so that He may fill your being? Then, you will be able to say one simple word, “Loose,” and the devil’s operation will be scattered.

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Scripture reading: Luke 10:19; Zechariah 4:6

Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” This says something. It says that the Church is in an attacking position! Gates are not used for attacking, but for defending. The Bible says that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, which means that the Church will be anointed of God to tear down the gates of hell.

God divinely put in the Scriptures the story of a man called Samson in a harlot’s house. He awoke at midnight; he was touched and anointed by the Spirit of God, and transformed into a mighty wrecking machine. This terrible anointed wrecking machine took hold of the gate. Mighty men of valor were standing behind the walls with their swords ready to pierce him through.

You see, no man can stand against the anointing of God. There are many among us who are coming against the basic gospel of Jesus Christ. Some are coming against the Blood; some are coming against the baptism of the Holy Ghost; and others, against the speaking in tongues, etc. However, it is God they are really fighting against.

These men were ready to tear down the man Samson. Their covenant with the demons and devils that motivated them was destroyed by the anointing of the Lord upon Samson. They were sure they had Samson all cornered now, but God Almighty touched him and he became a mighty wrecking machine. Only the anointing of God could make an ordinary man be able to lay hold of and lift the gate of a city. It probably weighed a hundred tons. He shook the gate, and the walls were torn asunder; he rooted the gate out of the sockets as he backed off with it. The gates of Gaza could not stand against Samson, so the gates of hell will not stand against the church (God’s anointed people)! Jesus said, “Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).

Remember – it is by faith! “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord (God) of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). By faith, the anointing will break the powers of hell and set the people of God free.

Start at your doorstep. Start in your home. Start in your area. Spot a man, spot a woman, target someone for Jesus. Start praying for them and the forces of hell will let them loose, because you believe God and because you are one of the “lively stones (Peter).” Hell will not be able to stand before the Church when she moves, for Jesus said, “…and whatsoever you bind on earth is bound in heaven! And whatsoever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven!

What is Jesus talking about? Look at the Church. I am talking about all the people of God who have been washed by the Blood of Jesus. They do not have to belong to our group. They do not have to believe what we believe. They do not have to have the same sensibility towards God that we have, but just look at the Church on the whole, big and small, and tell me if you see a free people. Or, do you see a people who are bound?

The people of God are bound everywhere and God is rising up a people and giving them the power to lose them. Those who have received the Word of the Kingdom have become responsible. The church that has eyes to see, the church that has the Holy Spirit, the church that has the river of God flowing through them, the church that has the firstfruits of God – those who believe, those who speak of having the firstfruits of God, those who desire the fullness of Jesus Christ – you have now become responsible! Every single one of you, from the youngest to the oldest, has become responsible for the condition of the Church at large.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 12-13)

Thought for today: Take the power that has been given to you, start praying for the people of God, and the forces of hell will let them loose.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 16:13-19

Let us see if we can understand this passage in Matthew 16 as I believe that having this understanding is very important for every one of us. In the dialogue between Jesus and Peter, it is not something that God was saying just to Peter. Jesus was not saying to Peter that he was the only one who had the revelation that Jesus is the Christ, but that all of you who get this revelation are building on the rock and this rock is Christ Jesus. The word “Peter” means “a little stone.” Moreover, He punned upon the word “stone,” and said “rock.” Jesus is the “rock!” “…And upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The relationship between the stone and the rock is that a stone is a little piece of the rock.

Jesus went a little further and said, “…and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 

Jesus gave a people a mandate to bind the devil, thus giving us a mandate to bind devils. We have not been using it as much as we ought. We need to use it more effectively, for I have discovered that we can “overload” Satan’s circuits (if you understand what I am saying). Have you ever had a circuit overload? You turn on your stove on high yet you are getting low heat because your circuits are “overloaded.” There are too many things pulling power on the same circuit! Overloading Satan’s circuits might sound preposterous, but do you know why this is possible? It is because Satan is limited. He has limits to his ability and scope while God is unlimited! Therefore, we are dealing with a limited Satan and an unlimited God! Hallelujah!

Now, if you press Satan to his limits, he does all kinds of foolishness. Like one time he got some unfortunate brother and sister to write me a letter that was against the Blood of Jesus Christ. Satan had lost his marbles! Aren’t you glad that he is losing his marbles? He’s getting wild and desperate! When Satan writes to the church a letter going against the Blood of Jesus Christ as a weapon, he must be pretty desperate. The Blood of Jesus Christ is given to sanctify, save our souls, deliver us from evil, bring down the kingdoms of darkness, and destroy devils. He is really running out of ammunition and cannot seem to find anything else to attack us with. He is in trouble! Revelation 12:12b says, “…For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Let us look into a few pointers on how to overload the circuits of the devil and at the outset let me ask you to do it every morning, and every day at midday, and every night! So that, while the brethren in America are sleeping, the brethren in Germany will be doing it. Then we will call to the brethren in Africa, and then we will go further to the brethren in India (who are nine hours different in time from us), and so on, so that we will have an around the clock bombardment of the devil. We will break the enemy down and will destroy him from our midst. Hallelujah!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 1-4)

Thought for today: Take hold of the mandate that God has given to us to bind devils. As we do so, we will overload his circuits and cast him out of our midst.

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Scripture reading: I Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18

Some of us are throwing bombs at one another and we do not even know that we are doing it. It is like children playing with hand grenades. If you see a Christian robbing the pockets of other people, it is not your duty in the Spirit to speak evil or pronounce evil on him, but you should pray for him, and rebuke the evil spirit that is motivating him to the intent that he should be set free, so that the spirit will be smitten and not the man. Let us realize that the weaker Christian will always fall prey to the devil, and will do things that are really bad.

I John 3:9a says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” Therefore, when you see a Christian do wrong things, curse the devil, for there is no will in the child of God to do sin. Committing sin is a deliberate act. When you see children of God doing wrong, look right behind them and you will see the devil; for he is using the individual in such a way as to make you come against the individual. The brother (or sister) is made to look so bad that we have the tendency to strike at him instead of at the spirit that is motivating him. We should begin now to strike at the kingdom of Satan and at the rulers of darkness.

I remember there were a few things that have come that have caused us to bombard the kingdom of Satan as a Body united together. The first occasion on which this occurred was when a force had come from outside of our ranks and divided the flock. We were bombarded with evil prayers (sorcery) from this source. God would awaken us at three every morning, and some of us in other parts of the country could not sleep during other hours. We continued binding the spirits of the kingdom of Satan, from the principalities that rule in the different areas, to the lowly human vessels that were submitting to them. This went on until there was a loosing and a deliverance for the brethren.

I will give you a secret – the kingdom of darkness cannot stand the bombardment of the kingdom of light. It has been proven time and time again. If you want to see the devil confused and do foolishness, just start to bombard him in every area. Every morning when you get awake, bombard him! Speak against the ruling spirit that rules in your area. Command them to lose their hold on the children of God, that God’s people might be set free; and command that he be bound this day, that he cannot deceive the people of God. Then you will see the churches around you begin to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to be free in their services.

Some of you have problems with sleeping. Every time you get awake, bombard the devil! When you cannot sleep, call upon the name of the Lord; break the strongholds of Satan! Command the deliverance for the people! Some of our groups are almost covered with demons. Everybody seems to be possessed and oppressed by his or her own business. There is a secret that can deliver the people. Let somebody begin to tear down the walls of hell, and you will see people running to church, to assemble themselves together with the Body of Christ. It is God’s will that we should meet together. When we meet together, there are prophecies and the working of the Spirit in our midst, which is a special manifestation of the Spirit that does not happen when we are alone! It is happening, because we are together. And so, bombard hell and command the deliverance for the people of God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 6-7)

Thought for today: Are you in a business of bombarding the devil? Don’t let him rest but bring the light upon him so that he is confused and the people of God are made free.

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