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Test the spirits to See
They Are From God

By Dale P. Kruse

(From the Book The Nature of Spiritual Warfare)


Some time in the past, exactly when, we do not know, before God created man, He created angels. The writer of Hebrews tells us about angels in Hebrews 1:7 "Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire." The word Angel258 means "messenger". Psalm 103:20 states about angels "Bless Yehovah, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!" According to these passages angels were created to deliver and carry out God’s word. There are different classes of Angels: Cherubim259 and Seraphim260. A Cherub was posted at the entrance of the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:24). Seraphim guard the throne of God (Isaiah 6:2-3).

Angels, are spirits who like humans have free will. While they were created to deliver and carry out God’s word, yet, like humans, they had a free will to not do so, to choose whether they wanted to serve God or not. Satan, a cherub, was the first angel to rebel against God. Ezekiel 28:14-16 Tells us about Satan,

"You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of Elohim; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of Elohim. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

When Satan fell he took a third of the other angels with him. Satan in the Bible has many names. He is called ruler of the world, god of this world, adversary, The Devil, murderer, liar, father of both, angel of the abyss, serpent, and tempter.261 The angels who fell with him are called demons and angels.262 Now that these angels are no longer in heaven, no longer serving God, what then do they do? They now serve Satan and spend their existence trying to destroy God's creation. How do they do this? By pretending to be God's angels, by disguising themselves as angels of light to deceive men and lead them astray from God and the truth (2 Cor 11:14).

Being that this is true, how then do we distinguish from a an angel of God, a spirit from God, and an angel from Satan pretending to be God's messenger? If you receive an impression or a spirit appears to you as an angel of light claiming to have a message from God, The Bible tells us that we are to test that spirit to see if it is from God. John wrote in 1 John 4:1-3,

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world." (1 John 4:1-3)

Let’s examine this passage. John states that every spirit which does not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh is not from God. What does the Apostle John mean by this? To understand the answer to this, we must examine some prophecies in the Old Testament which describe who the Messiah Jesus Christ is in nature and in attributes. Starting with Isaiah 9:6 it states,

"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty-God, Father-of-Eternity, Prince-of-Peace."

God through Isaiah tells us that Jesus Christ the Messiah will be Himself Almighty-God and the Father of Eternity. In Isaiah 43:10-11 God states to Israel the following about Himself. He states,

"‘You are My witnesses,’ declares Yehovah, ‘And My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am Yehovah; and there is no Savior besides Me.’"

In this passage God tells us that He is Yehovah by name and that He and He alone is God, that there was no God formed before Him, nor will there be any God formed after Him. He and He alone is exclusively God. This means that He and He alone is the Father-of-eternity meaning no one came before Him and He states that no God will come after Him. He also states that He and He alone is Savior. Therefore God through Isaiah in Isaian 9:6 tells us that Jesus Christ the Messiah will be Himself God-Almighty, the Father of eternity in the flesh.

Another prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 states this about the Messiah Jesus Christ. Isaiah prophesied "Therefore Yehovah Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." God here through Isaiah tells us that not only will Jesus be Himself in the flesh, but that His becoming a man will be the result of conception of a virgin by the Holy Spirit of God, not by the seed of a man. He also tells us that because this is true, that Jesus will be called Immanuel.263 The term "Immanuel" is a compound word and means "God-with-us." Jesus is never called by the title Immanuel in the New Testament. This is because it is not a title but a predicate adjective describing who Jesus is. Jesus is Yehovah God of the Old Testament in Human flesh dwelling among us.

Matthew, in the Gospel of Matthew 1:18 states "Now the birth of Jesus-Christ was in this way: Mary, the mother of Him, being betrothed to Joseph before they came together [before they had sexual-intercourse] was found to be pregnant by the Holy-Spirit." So Matthew tells us that Jesus was conceived of not by man, but by the Holy Spirit.

When Mary became pregnant outside of wedlock, Joseph, her fiancé, sought to put her away secretely. As He was planning this, an angel of God spoke to him in a dream and said to him the following about the child Jesus Mary was carrying. The Angel said "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is by the Holy-Spirit." Thus the meaning of Jesus being born of a virgin meant that He was not conceived of by the seed of man, but by the seed of the Holy Spirit. Then the angel explains to Joseph what this Holy Spirit conception of the baby Jesus means in Matthew 1:21. The Angel explains,

"‘And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.’"

Then Matthew continues in Matthew 1:22-23,

"Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us."’"

Here the angel and Matthew tells us that His name is to be "Jesus" which means "Yehovah is Savior". He further tells us that the baby Jesus will save us from our sins, thus telling us who Jesus is: Yehovah God in the flesh, and that for that reason that Jesus will be called Immanuel meaning "God with us." Thus Jesus is the only true God from eternity past who in time took on also a full human nature through Holy Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary so that He is now fully God and fully Man but one person and will remain so forever. So when John in 1 John 4:1-3 tells us to test the spirits to see whether they are from God and then tells us that if they are that,

They will confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, which means that Jesus is Yehovah God from eternity past who in time by Holy Spirit conception of the virgin Mary took on a full human nature as well and is therefore fully God and fully Man but one person and will remain so forever. Any spirit if truly from God will also confess that Jesus came to die for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross and then rose physical alive from the dead as absolute proof, and is alive forevermore and that He will come again to rule over the earth and rules over all creation in heaven.

The Apostle John tells us in the Gospel of John 1:1 & 14,

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. . . . And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."

If a spirit talks to you, this is what you do, you say to the spirit:

"In the name and in the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, I command you to tell me who Jesus is?"

If that spirit does not confess that Jesus is God our Creator and thus Lord of Creation and the universe who in time took on a full human nature, became flesh, through Holy Spirit conception of the virgin Mary so that He is now and forever fully God and fully man but one person; and that He died for our sins through shedding His blood on the cross and then rose physically alive from the dead on the third day as absolute proof of our salvation, that spirit is not from God, but is a demon, a fallen angel and is therefore to be rejected.

A demon, a fallen angel, servants of Satan, cannot confess Jesus as Lord or God and will never confess that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh and therefore fully God and fully man. They will confess that Jesus is a man, a holy man, a good teacher, they might even say he is a god of many gods, but they will never confess that Jesus is the only true God from eternity past and thus Lord of all creation who in time took on a full human nature as well. Don’t settle for anything less then the complete highlighted confession above. If the spirit does not give you this complete confession then this is what you do, you pray like this, you say:

"In the name and in the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, unclean spirit, I bind your mouth and your power! In Jesus’ name I bind you and command you to be gone forever!"

Jesus said in John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to You." Jesus lives inside of us, and therefore If He has something to say to us, first, it will always be inwardly by the Holy Spirit through our human spirit. Unless Jesus for His special reasons sends us an angel, Jesus will never talk to you from outside yourself. If something does appear to you looking like Jesus and begins talking to you, ask Him to tell you who Jesus Christ is. It is God’s Command in His Word in 1 John 4:1-3. Jesus said in John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the Words of God." So we are first to listen to His Word the Bible. Anything contrary to the Word of God, Jesus says, is not from Him. If it is truly Jesus it will line up with His word. Once in my life I had a vision of Jesus and when he spoke to me, it came from within, not from the vision of Jesus in front of me. He quoted Matthew 5:8 to me "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." It came as a result of a long trial of fighting of efforts of outside forces trying to force pornography upon me, a long story. When Jesus appeared to me, He quoted from within my heart Matthew 5:8. God’s word is literally true from Genesis to Revelation and is never to be taken any other way.

If a spirit appears to you and does not confess that Jesus is the only true God from eternity past our Creator, the Lord of the universe in the flesh, that spirit is not from God. If it appears and looks like you think Jesus looks and does not confess that Jesus is the only true God our Creator, the Lord of the Universe in the flesh, it is not Jesus, but a familiar spirit trying to deceive you that he is Jesus. In that case, in the same way as we have already discussed, you are in the name and the blood of Jesus Christ to bind it and command it to leave. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:4-11,

"For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. . . . For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder for Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. It is not a great thing then if his ministers transform themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end will be according to their works."

Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 8:19-20,

"And when they say to you, ‘Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn."

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*For More Information on These Subjects See the Following Books:

Brown, Rebecca M.D. He Came To Set The Captives Free. Chino: Chick Publications, Copyright 1986 by Rebecca Brown, M.D.



Rebecca Brown, MD. Prepare For War. chino: Chick Publications. Copyright 1987 by Rebecca Brown.



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