Keepers of The Keys (3)
The Gates and Gatekeepers of the New Order
Spiritual Warfare – Ritual & Superstition
An aspect of the Gatekeepers’ role that is especially worrying involves what is called “spiritual warfare”. Instead of simply resisting the devil on a personal level, spiritual warfare has become a whole industry of pulling down strongholds, cleansing the heavens of evil, establishing righteousness on the earth and identifying and challenging specific, named, spiritual powers - none of which is supported in the bible.
Now it has become the Gatekeepers’ task to open and shut the spiritual gates that supernatural powers use to influence mankind. At a Baltimore revival meeting, Tommy Tenney said:
Compare this with the description of a Gatekeeper found on a pagan site:
A lot of spiritual warfare is now becoming similar to (or identical to?) witchcraft rituals and is descending into superstitions reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Yet the people who do such things believe they are genuinely effecting great changes in the heavens and on earth.
In the report that follows, the participants believed they had brought all the North American Indians – whether dead or alive - to a place of conversion!
Notice the use of the term “water gate” and “fire-water”. In the next quote, notice a similar use of natural materials, in this case rocks, minerals:
In both cases, natural materials are associated with “gates” and a spiritual effect is accomplished by the use of these materials. In the occult world, gates are likewise identified with natural objects, as the following demonstrates:
Although the Christians who are acting as sharmanistic gatekeepers to alternate worlds do not perhaps realise their close affinity with their African counterparts, they have stumbled almost by accident on two of the “gates” (the water gate and the rock gate) known to these magicians.
They also frequently refer to the “upward heavenly” gates, although not in the exact terminology used by occultists, obviously. But there HAS been teaching on contacting those who now live in heaven. i.e.“ancestors”, and “elementals” are demons; “angels” are of course angels; “muses” are spiritual forces that influence people to receive new revelations, music or artistic creations; and “beings in the universe” are gods, that is, what the bible calls “powers and principalities” in the heavenlies.
The battle of light and darkness, good and evil, that spiritual warfare has become owes more to Gnostic dualism than biblical Christianity. It is a struggle in which two equally matched forces are in eternal combat (so clearly illustrated by the Star Wars films).
But God is not battling evil - HE HAS ALREADY WON! Satan is a defeated foe! In Christianity we do not see a war between two equal powers with the outcome in the balance and resting on how powerful or knowledgeable we are. We see only God Triumphant and victorious, the Creator, who made all things INCLUDING THE FALLEN ANGELS. Yet statements like the following edge us very close to spiritism even though they masquerade as Christianity:
Diane Bahler also cried off tackling one assignment because : "I can't really go on that land right now because the "gatekeeper" there was so offended at Christians praying there last November that I've been asked to stay away for awhile."
Personal Spirit-Guides and Guardians
An aspect of revival teaching that has been barely touched upon is the danger of people contacting spirits and believing they are angels or the Holy Spirit. In the occult world, people pride themselves on contacting their personal spirit-guide who becomes a companion to them, teaching and advising them, keeping them company and showing them deeper levels of spiritual "light".
Should we be at all concerned that such sprit-guides are known as "gatekeepers" outside the Church?
I now want to look at a major exercise in both spiritual warfare and "bringing in the kingdom", that has to do with gates and rituals. But before I do, let me ask this: how have we come to such a place in the Church that not only such things are taught, but hundreds of pastors and others Christians obediently follow, sensing no contradiction of the scriptures and no aberrant doctrine in what they do?
Pastors are encouraged to see themselves as Gatekeepers with the power to stake a claim on their physical localities, to drive all demons out, and to claim the land for God. They then make a declaration, or proclamation, to close the door to evil and open it to righteousness, thus converting their cities. The teaching comes from spiritual warfare proponent Frank Damazio, and Tommy Tenney of Baltimore, author of the book "God Chasers".
The ritual is extensively outlined in Baltimore Rock Church literature, with instructions on preparing, inscribing and anointing the stake, and placing inside it a piece of paper containing the proclamation.
(The Stake Out document, along with a commentary and the Pastor's Covenant bringing together all the Pastor/Gatekeepers in city-wide denominational UNITY can be seen by clicking HERE).
Gatekeepers use intercession, worship, song and music to open spiritual doors.
So, spiritual warfare of minstrels will defeat the spirit of Assyria? Hmmm. Let's see if the bible actually says that! Are there really SPECIFIC instructions in scripture?
A quick look at the scripture shows us some things right away: the "Assyrian" of these verses is NOT a spiritual stronghold or ruler-spirit at all, but a real live enemy of Israel, the name of a country and the mighty empire that dominated the ancient biblical world from the ninth to the seventh century B.C. The Assyrian empire in fact attacked and defeated Israel and carried away most of its inhabitants as captives. The only real defeat of the Assyrian was during a later attack against Judah, the Southern kingdom, in which the "Angel of the Lord" himself dealt the death blow, as follows:
As one Commentator says, the tabrets and harps were used as a "demonstration of joy and thanksgiving for the destruction of the enemy in so wonderful a manner: with hymns of praise, accompanied with musical instruments". It is so plain in scripture that it cannot be misinterpreted! There is ABSOLUTELY NO SPIRITUAL WARFARE TO BE SEEN HERE!
Where does this idea come from? In the OT books mentioned there is no mention of music, praise, worship or even intercession "opening the gates" of heaven, allowing righteousness to flood a nation, or destroying spiritual strongholds.
Praise is offered to God, and exalts his name. For that reason the enemies of God resent and loathe praise (when genuine, and in the Holy Spirit that is) and demons can therefore be made to flee from a situation in which they are oppressing or influencing people or places by a straightforward use of worship.
BUT (and this is a very big but) that simple truth does not take us on to the belief that music contains some kind of mystical power in and of itself so that (as mentioned above) a piano that contains percussion and stringed instrumentation can act as a weapon in a supernatural battle against rulers in the heavenlies. Such a thing is never once mentioned nor recommended in the bible. It has been developed out of new revelations heavily influences by an occult view of music as a spiritual force. (See my articles on music THE SOUND OF MUSIC and THE NEW SONG).
Where can we find the concept of the Gatekeeper utilising the power of music to open and shut spiritual gates? In the bible? NO. But here is an advertisement for a CD of new music, music to affect the mind and spirit. It is called "The Gatekeeper". The CD is from PrimaSounds Music, composed and performed by Ralph C. Losey:
Intercessory Praise as Gatekeeping
When traditional Christians use the term "intercession" they mean praying for somebody; the word itself means standing in the gap, to be a go-between, to stand up on behalf of a person in need and the Lord, to ask favours, mercy and grace for that person. To intercede is to become a mediator for somebody who needs prayer. It is to INTER (between) CEDE (from Latin cedere=go) to go between them and God, for their benefit.
So then, intercession is ALWAYS directed to the Father through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit. Prayer in the bible is never directed AT anyone or anything! The kind of activity Dutch Sheets speaks of in saying " let our prayers go forth like missiles, guided missiles and smart bombs." indicates a terrible misunderstanding of what prayer is intended to be and do.
The English word "pray" simple means "request, or ask". This word was in common use in normal conversation until fairly recently in our history. People would say "pass the salt, I pray thee (or, prithee)" and there is nothing mysterious about the word itself. Therefore to PRAY to God is to ASK God the Father for something.
Knowing this, it's difficult to imagine the concept of a prayer being a weapon, a guided missile or smart bomb, or an arrow or laser that goes out to affect, influence (or afflict?) a person or place or situation. To think of prayer as such is to misunderstand the whole concept and to descend into witchcraft, where spells are spoken for the purpose of sending forth (as missiles) demons that affect a situation or person.
Prayer directed AT a person or place is ALWAYS wrong! And, there are plenty of Christians who can tell you that such guided missiles and darts are in fact - in their own experience - the "darts of the enemy" and do indeed affect them! As the bible says, we need to actively lift up the "shield of faith" to protect ourselves against such aimed prayers.
Have you ever felt yourself going in a certain direction, not knowing why, or felt drawn towards a person or church that in the natural you had decided to avoid? Have you ever felt a mental pressure to adopt a certain belief, or to receive manifestations or revivalist doctrines? Do you know that revival churches unceasingly and actively send out 'smart-bomb prayers' AT people like you and me in order to affect our minds and hearts and make us soften up to the new revelations?
But, in the New Order churches, intercession has been notched up several slots to become (like music) a weapon of warfare. Now, Gatekeepers open and shut gates with intercession.
So, from an allegorical interpretation of actual guards at the doors of the real Temple in Israel, we come to this understanding of prophetic gatekeepers as intercessors who now have jurisdiction over spiritual gates on the north, south, east and west of the world! They have the task of keeping evil out of the nations and letting good in. How they do this is demonstrated, once again, by the prayers at the Prophetic Conference:
This of course is a parody of intercession - not intercession at all in fact, since it involves shouting commands into the air that achieve nothing (but look so impressive) and are all to do with opening gates to let righteousness in without anybody hearing the words of the gospel message - even without setting foot in the areas that are supposed to be affected so drastically. (Anyone who believes the Eastern Seaboard has dramatically changed its allegiance and is now full of righteousness as a result of these proclamations, please do tell us!)
These Gatekeepers of the New Order are not only Intercessors
according to the following article, but also PROPHETS:
A prophetic role is given to these men and women according to the names of the literal porters/gatekeepers of the OT Temple. But those names reveal a certain tendency in Gatekeepers - to dole out judgement on those they believe are holding back the kingdom!
So we see that intercession today, especially that of the Gatekeepers, is a far cry from a simple ministry of standing before God to ask help for one another. It has become an active warfare exercise aiming proclamations and commands at people, places and spiritual powers, bringing about judgement on offenders and releasing forces of good to affect mankind, making their minds more susceptible to receive the new revelations and teachings of the apostate church.
I have no doubt that a good number of those involved have no idea of what they are doing! But does their ignorance and good intention mean that God overlooks their activities, or that satan will be kind enough to ignore them and not use them for his own ends?
A Personal Testimony
While in America I was asked to attend a church meeting along with people I hardly knew, and out of politeness I agreed to accompany them. What happened was an education for me.
After some softening up by the leaders, with instructions on what to do, we were told to stand up and face the four cardinal directions one after the other and command the blessing of God to come. I felt embarrassed but rather pleased when I and my husband and two others in our party sat during the whole show, looking a bit conspicuous by our refusal to take part.
But during the "prayers" and proclamations that took place during that time I felt (literally felt) an increasing, chilling, hair-on-end sort of demonic power flowing around that building. It was disturbing to say the least, but not really surprising. Satan doesn't care who chants his spells or summons his help; even if Christians, in a church building (which is no different to any other building in fact!) carry out the exact same process needed to summon demonic forces, then that is exactly what will happen. Satan cares not one whit whether the people involved claim to be Christians!
God expects us to exercise wisdom, discernment, knowledge and above all obedience to HIS WILL when we worship or pray. He doesn't expect us to get into occult rituals in the name of Christ; nor does he promise to protect us from the consequences if we do.
(In the car on the way home, one lady in the group - who was already partly cautious - asked for my opinion. "what did you think? What should I do?". I replied "run like the wind". She was not amused.)
To sum up, we have seen that "gatekeepers" are:
What can we say about these matters? All Christians want to see evil driven out and righteousness come. All Christians long for the Kingdom of God on earth. So why oppose the gatekeepers theory? Because it is not in the will of God; it is not the way God will accomplish his divine rule over the earth.
Although I have no sympathy whatsoever for leaders who are knowingly teaching false doctrines in direct opposition to all that is scriptural, I do feel sorry for those who have been deceived. They are often well-meaning.
Where prophecies and teachings have emerged from individuals within the revival churches I think that, manytimes, they come from people who are on the side of right and goodness, and believe they are doing a good work. They seem to be good-hearted and genuine in what they say and do; many are full of zeal. It is unfortunate for them (and I say this in love) that they are terribly misguided in what they believe, so much so that they are crossing the borders, in some cases, into the occult.
It is possible to be a good-hearted but wrong-headed. Many have zeal but “not according to knowledge” (Rom 10:2) – like the Jews of old who in some cases served the Lord with many personal sacrifices and attempts to be holy and law-abiding, yet missed the mark when it came to following the true will of God, in Jesus Christ.
And we know from the much-repeated scriptures in Matthew 7:22 that many who think they do a good work for God, in Jesus’ Name, will find themselves wrong-footed and excluded from blessing in the last days simply because they choose to follow whims, novelties, sensations, experiences and leadership instructions rather than the plain and simple will of God.
No matter how useful it might seem nor how effective it might appear on a certain level, the ONLY really effective, godly and spiritual approach is to do all things according to the will of God; and new revelations that contradict large portions of the written word of God are simply NOT the way God wants to get the job done.
And even more importantly, nothing good can come of ignoring the prophetic scriptures about these days, the Endtimes, and trying to establish the kingdom by sheer weight of numbers, or by proclamations.
When the Kingdom comes it will not be by cleansing the heavens through spiritual warfare. It will not be by proclaiming righteousness over your city. And it will certainly not be by drawing some kind of glory cloud down into your meeting!
The Kingdom - which is now a spiritual rule of the Lord Jesus as Saviour in our hearts - will come to earth with the physical, literal, visible Person of Jesus Christ as the KING; and not before the period of judgement and wrath on mankind that the bible decrees. Until that time an increasing number of supposed Christians will fall away, and a totally apostate religious system will be set up, persecuting the true Church.
The Church will not expand its influence and power and enjoy a Golden Age, but will be crushed almost out of existence if it were not for the grace and mercy of God. These things cannot be changed, avoided, or prayed away. They are prophesied in the word of God and they WILL happen whether we like it or not!
While the revivalists do talk of judgement and wrath they focus on the wrong targets. They slam Christians that they see as rebelling against their new revelations. And they see their own place of safety as a spiritual "Ark" of the Divine Presence upon them. However, the bible teaches that true Christians will be taken out of the wrath of God, not left on earth to rule during that time!
For those reading this article from the standpoint of biblical Christianity, I say grasp hold of the HOPE of your redemption and the JOY of His soon coming, and believe that all things work together for good. Resist the evil, "prove all things; hold fast that which is good" and fight the good fight of the faith. Look to Jesus the Authur and Finisher of your spiritual race.
To those reading from an antagonistic viewpoint who are questioning the facts above, I urge you "brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us" (II Th 3:6)
and "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God" (Heb 3:12)
for "because of unbelief they (the Jews) were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." (Rom 11:20-22)
Gatekeepers Teaching: I believe a tape by Tommy Tenney (whom I consider to be one of the prime movers behind this whole sonship/latter-rain/apostolic-prophetic New Order mess) has been the source of much of the present gatekeeper teaching; however, I have been unable to get a transcript of that tape to check out what it says. If anyone has it, please forward it to my e-mail address. In the absence of that, I can only judge the current teaching by what I have found on the Internet, at revival sites. If in anything I am mistaken, please write to me and show me (with facts and information) how this article may be corrected.
Tabernacle of David in Jewish thought: The Jews understood the verses about the Tabernacle of David to refer to their Messiah! The Adam Clarke Commentary states: “After this I will return, and will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: These two verses, 16th and 17th, are quoted from Amos 9:11-12, nearly as they now stand in the best editions of the Septuagint, and evidently taken from that version, which differs considerably from the Hebrew text. As James quoted them as a prophecy of the calling of the Gentiles into the church of God, it is evident the Jews must have understood them in that sense, otherwise they would have immediately disputed his application of them to the subject in question, and have rejected his conclusion by denying the premises. But that the words were thus understood by the ancient Jews, we have their own testimony. In Sanhedr. fol. 69, we have these remarkable words: "Rabbi Nachman said to Rabbi Isaac, `Whence art thou taught when Bar Naphli will come? He saith unto him, `Who is this Bar Naphli? ' The other replied, `He is the Messiah. ' `Dost thou then call the Messiah Bar Naphli? ' `Yes, ' said he, `for it is written, In that day I will build again the tabernacle of David, HA-NOPHELETH (heb 5307) which is falling down.'" This is evidently a quotation from Amos 9:11, and a proof that the Jews understood it to be a prophecy concerning the Messiah.”.
(c) Tricia Tillin 2001
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