Peter was called by Christ, shadowed Him and learned from Him in the years of His ministry. Then together with others, he got baptised in the Holy Ghost, enabling him to realise, acknowledge and walk in his call. During this time, King Herod imprisoned him but the Lord set him free. He went into hiding after testifying. Herod had all those he set to watch over him killed. A while after, he took the glory of God upon himself and the Lord struck him dead. Peter continued with his ministerial duty and the gospel spread. Herod always was the killer of destinies in Christ. King of destruction.
The born again Christians have been and continue to be mocked for unapologetically choosing to serve Christ alone and no other gods. They have made their stand clear regarding the worship of ancestors and other gods, as well as consulting spirit mediums. Those who mock them don’t make an effort to understand why they chose this stand, instead they play defence and blame game. Christians on the other hand talk about their stand in their circles, but don’t make an effort to make the mockers understand why this stand.
I was raised in the culture and tradition of ancestral worship. I was in it quite deep. So much that I was being pursued to accept the ‘ancestral gift’ to become a spirit medium. On the other hand I ‘believed’ in God. It was after one of our sacrifice sessions that I fell ill. After that my life literally just became a mess. I was furious because supposedly, the session was meant to bring us an outpour of blessings. Instead, we were told to do more. That very mess made me rethink the whole business of ancestral worship. In my mess, I lost everything. No calling the forefathers could help. Eventually, I started hearing a certain song over and over. I asked a friend about it and was told that it is a verse in the Bible and they gave me the chapter. I read it. From that scripture, I went all the way into scripture. In my ‘believing’ in God, scripture was not anything I read. However, when I started getting deep in it, I found out that all sorts of questions we have, scripture has an answer for it.
Revelations 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Abaddon [Apollyon] is the name given to the fallen angel which means destruction. In this chapter we read about all things that’ll happen by this angel at the end of days. However, everything physical happens first spiritually. Until the 2nd coming of Christ we are living in spiritual times. So, Abaddon [Apollyon] even Herod, works currently as the Spirit of destruction. Among other forms in which it causes destruction, is ancestral worship.
The demonic agents of this spirit live in trees; soil(ground); animals and water. This is how it spreads it’s controlling power. It penetrates individuals through families. It comes in a manner of a familiar spirit (meaning that it uses anything familiar to the family to make itself accepted and embraced). The first form in which it requests an embrace is through a sacrifice. It’ll appear to the family members as something familiar to them and state what it wants. That is why people offer sacrifices when they either dream seeing a familiar face requesting something, or when bad things happen to the family and they consult a spirit medium, to whom it reveals itself as a familiar face requesting something. This spirit is all about bringing destruction to the family.
Destruction means, an act or process of destroying something. Synonyms – ruin; desolation; waste or demolish. As it is a family spirit, its aim is to ensure that the family amounts to nothing or that it amounts to only a fraction of what God intended for it. Yes you may say that some families have success and they serve their ancestors, but what else do they serve? The ancestral spirit takes, it is not about growth but destruction.
In the scripture above, we see that this spirit multiplied itself in a form of locusts. A locust is a large, mainly tropical grasshopper with strong powers of flight. It is usually solitary, but from time to time there is a population explosion and it migrates in vast swarms which cause extensive damage to vegetation. These are the locusts that are referred to in Joel 2:25 where the Lord promises to restore all that they have eaten. They are devourers of crops. Crops refer to produce or fruit. Each individual is designed to produce, to bear fruits. Gen 1:28 God blessed them and said, “be fruitful and multiply”. Therefore humans generally are meant to produce or be productive. The moment one works endlessly but has nothing to show for it, when there is no fruit bearing, there is a spirit of destruction at play. Some may get to producing something, a fraction of what they are truly meant to produce. The devourer is not merciful. Either you get nothing or a fraction of what you are meant to get when it is at play. Even when you do get that fraction, you will spend it endlessly on things that are just meant to take from what you have in order to create dependence.
Malachi 3:11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;
LOCUSTS AND ANCESTRY
Laugh out loud, but yes, ancestors are spiritual locusts. That is why when there is a ritual, to speak to them, a visit to identified trees; rivers and pouring of alcohol to the ground are normal acts. However, all of this is done to appease farmiliar spirits [family spirit(s)]. Each family has a dedicated familiar spirit (spiritual locust). Embracing them is embracing a devourer into your life. You literally give access to the enemy to take from you, to devour your produce. Some others don’t understand why their money goes out of their hands. No matter how much they make, wealth is not a possibility – spirit of destruction.
NO OTHER GODS
Anything that has control over you and influences your decisions. If it has power over you and you are willing to sacrifice for it, it is a god.
You might say, ‘but in our family we don’t worship ancestors’. Perhaps not in the traditional form of rituals. But there is a case of legacy. Just by following the iniquity of the family you are trapped. There are businesses built by forefather(s) that gave pride to the family name. That pride has to be protected in all ways possible. Some may not even know how the wealth came about or how the businesses found their position, while some may know. However, protecting the legacy is protecting and worshiping the spiritual means. Therefore, following in the footsteps of the forefathers who made it possible. In the process worshiping the farmiliar spirits – ancestral spirits. Those who inherited the wealth maintain the legacy. In this case the devourer devours the soul. That means destruction in hell.
Do not fear the one who destroys the body, but He who can destroy both body and soul in hell – Mat 10:28
The only legacy we need to build up as humanity is one in God. Bible tells us that we should not store up treasure on earth where moth and rust destroys. If you are not fully worshiping God in Spirit and in truth, you are worshiping another god. Yet, He told those that are His that have no other gods besides me.
How does this spirit manipulate its subjects?
Lust of the flesh
Sexual immorality is the one element conveniently ignored by many. The Bible forbids it many times, yet as the children of God we are repeatedly subjecting ourselves to this act. Sexual immorality is engaging in intercourse with anyone either than your spouse. Before you say I do to him/her they are not yet your spouse. Therefore, engaging in intercourse with someone you have not said I do to, is engaging in sexual immorality. This seems very innocent, but spiritually the implications are enormous and manifest themselves in life in the physical. It is an act that is carelessly promoted as ‘ok’ for those in a relationship. This is one way the devourer destroys one’s crops.
Numbers 5: If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. 29 “ ‘This, then, is the law of jealousy when a woman goes astray and makes herself impure while married to her husband, 30 or when feelings of jealousy come over a man because he suspects his wife. This is a curse over a woman who has engaged in sexual immorality – bitterness and miscarriage.
You might say, but this only refers to adultery. Not so! Every woman is a daughter of the Holy Father inherited by the king as a bride. Every woman’s first husband is Christ. Your husband on earth is a man Christ gave as a steward of His wife. So when you have no steward yet as a woman, by default you are Christ’s. So when the Lord has not presented Eve to Adam, and Eve presents herself instead, she is engaging in sexual immorality. Rest assured that the curse of bitterness and miscarriage is passed because God is a jealous God who sees all. The curse of bitter waters causes barrenness on the land, meaning there is no production [2 Kings 2:19]
1 Corinthians 5: It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you … 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh.
Paul here is addressing a reported case of sexual immorality by a man and his judgment on it is destruction.
So if you want a slow poison of destruction in your life engage in sexual immorality.
Lust of an eye
Material possession. We have a list of things we would like to achieve before we die or before we reach a certain age, including ownership of this and that. Let me just give you an example.
A young and very beautiful girl has big dreams but very low hope of ever achieving them. Her mother encourages her to use her beauty and date financially abled men who can take care of her needs. She eventually decides that she wants to go to school and find love and even get going with it. However, this young man she falls for cannot help with her needs. An older man comes along and offers her a luxurious lifestyle. Only to find out that this man is married to a wife who opened herself up to an open marriage. Agreed to this for the sake of the life the marriage is affording her and her kids. Both these women subject themselves to sexual immorality for the sake of lifestyle. Many women are married to men they do not like for the sake of money, status and lifestyle.
Hosea 2: For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’ 6 Therefore I will hedge up her way with thorns and I will build a wall against her, so that she cannot find her paths. 7 She shall pursue her lovers but not overtake them, and she shall seek them but shall not find them. Then she shall say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, for it was better for me then than now.
Pride of life
Power is one of the most destructive desires. It gets people drunk, so drunk that they can do just about anything to remain or be in position of power. We are surrounded by this desire, at our workplaces and even families. People want to be gods over others and power gives them that ticket. David in his kingdom faced this with Absalom, his own son and Solomon with Adonijah. Both Absalom and Adonijah died by the sword. This desire for power is better found in men. They are the kingdom carriers of power, the kings. However, this power cannot unleash itself. They need a woman to help them conceive, birth and walk in it.
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” -1 Cor 11:7
Women wonder why men sometimes would leave a good woman for a Jezebel [wicked woman]. They have a need for someone to help them unleash what is in them. This is the biggest trap. Jezebel will help them of course, but straight down to destruction. It is noted between Jezebel and Ahab. In pursuit of gender equality between male and female, women have now also fallen prey. They have become power hungry. If Jezebel can control, rule or govern through a woman then why not. If Jezebel sent Ahab down the path of destruction, why not a woman. Women are turned to nothing in the name of career.
Farmiliar spirits know the ins and outs of each family member. They are the suggesting and manipulative voices that teach people how to do things – family and social culture. They teach them a way of life. What you will see however, is that, this way of life is never good nor does it bear good results. It is what we refer to as iniquity. It’s a generational trap. If it doesn’t attract curses to the family, it attracts barrenness. An individual can disconnect themselves from this demonic association, but only the entire family can rebuke it completely.
Of course we cannot tell people to stop embracing demonic spirits in their lives if they wish to, but I believe that change in us can lead to change in the entire family. We just need to learn to respect each other’s wishes, keep praying and letting God do the rest. We change people by our actions more than we do with our words.
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?, So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:9-12