Have You Been Slain in the Spirit? Part 2
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
June 29, 1998

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

Spiritual And Mental Sobriety, Our Bodies A Temple, Still
Small Voice, A Lack Of Genuine Faith?, Oppressive America A
Divided Nation, Micaiah, Jeremiah And The False Prophets Of
Peace, The Withdrawal Of God's Spirit And Judgment, Child
Chastisement And Temporary Abandonment, A Spiritual Vacuum

The behaviour of the Spirit-filled Christian as described by
the early Disciples, is extremely different from what we see
happening in some modern-day churches. As I have explained
before, we are supposed to control our minds, our thoughts,
our spirits and our actions. This advice is Scripturally
sound doctrine. When the people in some of these churches
behave themselves as I described in part one of this series,
they are doing so in contradiction to the very Word of God.
Consider the following examples:

"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city
that is broken down, and without walls." (Proverbs 25:28)

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

"But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That
the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in
charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be
in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not
given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may
teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands,
to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at
home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of
God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober
minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good
works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity,
sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he
that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil
thing to say of you." (Titus 2:1-8)

"A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife,
vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality,
apt to teach;" (1 Timothy 3:2)

I think it is important to point out that in the previous
verses, that word 'sober' is not just speaking of sobriety
as in the case of limiting our intake of wine, but it is
also speaking of mental and spiritual sobriety as well. In
other words, just as the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at
Corinth, it is talking about self-control. It is derived
from the Greek words 'nepho'; which means to be sober, to be
calm and collected in spirit; and from 'sophron'; which
means to be of a sound mind, sane, in one's senses, curbing
one's desires and impulses, self-controlled, temperate. I
honestly do not understand how some of these people can
claim to be in control of their minds, bodies and spirits
when they are falling down, being knocked unconscious, and
doing all of these other grotesque things while being 'slain
in the spirit', or 'falling in the spirit'. It makes
absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. The Apostle Paul tells
us that we are supposed to glorify God in both our bodies
and in our spirits:

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

How is being 'slain in the spirit', or 'falling in the
spirit' glorifying the Lord? With all of the loud music,
singing, screaming, yelling, stomping, laughing, foaming,
fainting, tongues, prophesying, and falling over going on,
how is the Lord supposed to even get through all of that
racket and confusion? He can't! And that is exactly what it
is; nothing but total chaos and confusion! Of course, you
already know what the Bible says about that:

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in
all churches of the saints." (1 Corinthians 14:33)

Now, some of these people claim that in their particular
church, it isn't quite like that; and I don't doubt that it
is true. As we are told in the Book of Ecclesiastes, there
is a time for everything. There is a time for studying the
Word of the Lord in quietness. There is a time for singing
and praising the Lord. There is a time for exercising the
Gifts of the Spirit such as Tongues and Prophesying. There
is a time for everything; and undoubtedly, some of these
churches do it well. Despite this, based upon everything I
have discovered in the Word thus far, and shared in this
article, I am not convinced of the Divine Nature of being
'slain in the spirit', or 'falling in the spirit'; and you
will notice that I purposely do not capitalize the word
'spirit' because I am not certain that it is the right one.
Do you honestly want to know how God's true Spirit normally
operates with His children? Consider the following:

"And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of
hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy
covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets
with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek
my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand
upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed
by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and
brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was
not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the
LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a
fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a
still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that
he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood
in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a
voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?"
(1 Kings 19:10-13)

I can personally testify that when the Lord speaks to me,
that is exactly what it is like; it is a still small almost
imperceptible voice which speaks His Word to my heart. It is
something very deep. While I use the word 'heart', I am
speaking metaphorically here. It is just something that I
sense deep within. It isn't an audible voice. There is no
overpowering onslaught of physical emotions. I don't become
overwhelmed or overcome by some invisible force so that I am
in some kind of a stupified daze. One interesting thought
which has occurred to me, is that perhaps one reason why
some of these people need all of these physical signs and
manifestations, is because they really don't have any real
faith. If that statement strikes a raw nerve with you, then
perhaps you are the one who needs to hear this the most. As
I mention in other articles, we all need to remember that,
concerning the conditions of the Endtime, Jesus did in fact

"...Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find
faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8)

While these people claim that these things happen as a
result of their faith, could it be that some of them occur
because of a lack of it? Might it be possible that the
Christian world today has so little genuine faith left, that
they have a need for all of these emotional props, feelings
in the flesh, and other odd manifestations in order to
convince themselves that they still do have faith, and that
God has not abandoned them? As alarming as this statement
might be, could there be some truth to it? It is a Biblical
fact that even though the Lord had abandoned ancient Israel
on numerous occasions due to their sins, the Jews were in
denial of this very fact. As I explain in 'Oh Israel, Why
Will Ye Die?', when the true Prophets of God tried to expose
the sins of their brethren in order to encourage them to
repent, the political and spiritual leadership of Israel
mistreated them, and accused them of being liars and false
prophets; and they eventually paid for their grave error.
Consider what happens when the ungodly persecute God's

"And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his
messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had
compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But
they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words,
and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose
against his people, till there was no remedy. Therefore he
brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their
young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary,
and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or
him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand."
(2 Chronicles 36:15-17)

As I point out in such articles as 'Civil Disobedience And
Christian Persecution', this is why we find verses like the
following in the Bible:

"Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no
harm." (Psalms 105:15)

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he
sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that
toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye."
(Zechariah 2:8)

As troubling as this might be to some of you, is it possible
that the United States of America is currently in the very
same position as the Jews of old? From all of the material
that I have seen and read, it appears that the Christian
community in America is divided into two major camps. On the
one hand, there are those who honestly acknowledge the many
sins of America. These people have witnessed the violence,
the oppression, and the anti-God nature of a corrupt and
cruel government which forces its will, not only upon its
own people by the quiet, subtle enactment of restrictive
laws, but also upon other nations of the world through the
imposition of economic sanctions and other harsh measures,
through the overpowering of weaker nations by sheer military
might and intimidation, etc. While seemingly justifiable
reasons have always been given for these actions, which many
Americans have blindly accepted, the truth of the matter is
that these political, economic and military forces only wish
to maintain the United States of America as the dominant
power in the world. This first group has also sadly watched
as God has been taken out of the public school system, while
the teaching of EVILution, the practice of abortion and
other such things have become the norm. Thus, these people
see the judgments of the Lord soon coming upon a nation
which has clearly turned its back on God.

On the other hand, there are those who claim the exact
opposite. This second group continues to wave their red,
white and blue flags. They sing 'God Bless America' and the
'Star-Spangled Banner', and claim that so-called Christian
America is headed for even greater heights. Some of these
people are convinced that there is a great spiritual revival
sweeping across America. They assert that God has begun to
raise up, or else will soon be raising up great Apostles and
Prophets as in times past. These people envision a second
day of Pentecost in which a great outpouring of God's Spirit
will occur as is prophesied in the second chapter of the
Book of Joel. I discuss this topic in 'Are The Gifts Of The
Spirit For Today?', and will discuss it in more detail in
part three of this series. These erroneous beliefs are tied
in directly to another widespread belief concerning a final
great American Prophet of the Endtime known as Elijah. As I
point out in my series 'Elijah: Where Are The True Prophets
Of God?', based upon my personal understanding of the
Scriptures, such as the verses found in the Book of Malachi
where this belief originates, I believe that this is a
totally false doctrine due to a gross misinterpretation of
the Scriptures.

Obviously, both of these groups cannot be correct. One of
them must be speaking the truth, while the other speaks and
prophesies a lie. In ancient Israel, the Lord had His true
Prophets who prophesied destruction and doom to a rebellious
unrepentant nation, while Satan had his many false prophets
who countered them with prophecies of victory, peace and
safety. A primary example of this can be found in 1 Kings
chapter twenty-two. This story revolves around the death of
Ahab, one of the rebellious kings of Israel during the years
of the divided kingdom. At that time, Jehoshaphat, the king
of the southern kingdom of Judah who ruled from Jerusalem,
went to see Ahab, who ruled Israel to the north from
Samaria. As earlier chapters reveal, the Lord was very upset
with Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel due to their many
evildoings, such as persecuting the Prophet Elijah. In the
story, Ahab reveals his plans to attack Ben-hadad, the king
of Syria. King Jehoshaphat asks Ahab if he had first sought
the Lord concerning the matter. In order to appease King
Jehoshaphat so that he would join him in the planned battle
at Ramoth-gilead, Ahab calls for his prophets. What did
these politically correct false emissaries tell the king?
Consider the following:

"Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together,
about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go
against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they
said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of
the king." (1 Kings 22:6)

King Jehoshaphat obviously felt that something was amiss
with this prediction, so he makes further inquiry. Ahab then
informs him that there is another Prophet by the name of
Micaiah, whom he doesn't particularly care for because he
never prophesies anything good for the king:

"And Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the
LORD besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of
Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah
the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I
hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but
evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so."
(1 Kings 22:7-8)

It didn't matter to Ahab that Micaiah was a true Prophet of
God. He preferred to be lied to by his false prophets due to
the fact that his mind was already made up. Regardless of
what the Lord thought, Ahab was determined to fight against
Ben-hadad. At first, Micaiah was hesitant to reveal the
truth; perhaps he feared for his life; however, after being
prodded by King Jehoshaphat, he finally told them that Ahab
would be defeated and killed:

"And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as
sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These
have no master: let them return every man to his house in
peace. ...Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw
the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the
LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and
fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and
another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit,
and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will
go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all
his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and
prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold,
the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these
thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning
thee." (1 Kings 22:17, 19-23)

Naturally, King Ahab wasn't the least bit pleased that this
one lone Prophet of God would dare to insult and contradict
his four hundred politically correct prophets by calling
them liars, and then prophesying defeat for the king; thus
it should come as no surprise that Ahab rejected the words
of this true Prophet of God by saying:

"... Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good
concerning me, but evil?" (1 Kings 22:18b)

Because he was faithful to obey the Lord instead of worrying
about the opinions of men, Micaiah was cast into prison by
this evil king of Israel. Ahab and Jehoshaphat then went up
to war against the king of Syria. During the course of the
battle, one of King Ben-hadad's archers shot an arrow up
into the air by chance. In precise fulfillment of Micaiah's
prophecy, the arrow found its mark; and Ahab was mortally
wounded and died that same day. As had been prophesied,
Ahab's blood was licked up by the dogs when it was washed
out of his chariot. Later, his evil wife, Queen Jezebel, was
also eaten up by dogs. Thus, Micaiah was vindicated as a
true Prophet of God, while the four hundred false prophets
were exposed, precisely as Moses had admonished hundreds of
years before when the Lord spoke through Him saying:

"And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word
which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in
the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to
pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but
the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be
afraid of him." (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)

At this point, some of you might be wondering why the Lord
would purposely allow someone to be deceived, even to the
point of sending one of His own ministering spirits to bring
about the deception. The answer can be found in an old
saying which states that a man convinced against his will,
is of the same opinion still. In other words, the Lord knew
that it was useless to try to change King Ahab's mind. The
Lord could have easily forced the situation, but that would
have interferred with Ahab's freedom of personal choice.
Thus, the Lord gave the king exactly what he wanted, and
chose Ahab's delusion for him by sending the spirit to lie
through the mouths of his four hundred false prophets. This
is why we find the Lord saying through the mouth of the
Prophet Isaiah:

"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their
fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer;
when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before
mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
(Isaiah 66:4)

In the article 'The Office Of A Prophet', another classic
example I mention concerning a true Prophet of God being
persecuted and ridiculed by the false ones, is that of the
Prophet Jeremiah. From the very beginning of his prophetic
ministry, due to his sharply-worded message which pierced
the hearts of the wicked, Jeremiah was not well-received by
his idolatrous countrymen. Unlike the politically correct
false prophets of peace of yesterday and today, he was not
afraid to speak the truth; despite the persecution which it
brought upon himself. Consider the following harsh words
spoken by this fiery Prophet:

"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by
their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will
ye do in the end thereof?" (Jeremiah 5:31)

For a full forty years, the Prophet Jeremiah faithfully
warned the Israelites to humbly submit themselves to the
Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, and to accept the invasion
as a chastisement from the Lord. But, as with Micaiah, Satan
raised up his false prophets who ridiculed, persecuted and
contradicted Jeremiah. Consider the following incident
concerning the false prophet Hananiah:

"Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the
prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it. And Hananiah spake in
the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD;
Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two
full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way...Then
said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear
now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest
this people to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith the
LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the
earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught
rebellion against the LORD. So Hananiah the prophet died the
same year in the seventh month."
(Jeremiah 28:10-11, 15-17)

This wasn't the only time that Jeremiah had confrontations
with the false prophets of Israel. Shortly after the above
event occurred, the Lord further exposed the demonic
delusion of these deceptive liars when He spoke through
Jeremiah saying:

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let
not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of
you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye
cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in
my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD."
(Jeremiah 29:8-9)

As the Apostle Paul wrote over six hundred years later in
his Epistle to the Hebrews, the Word of the Lord is like a
powerful sharp sword which pierces the very hearts of wicked
rebellious men:

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

Later, a plan was developed whereby some of the rebellious
Jews thought to escape from the Babylonian forces by fleeing
into Egypt. In other words, they were trying to flee from
the chastisements of the Lord. Jeremiah again tried to warn
them not to do this as it would not fare well with them; but
again he was accused of being a liar and a false prophet by
the very ones he was attempting to save:

"And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of
speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their
God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even
all these words, Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and
Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying
unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath
not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:"
(Jeremiah 43:1-2)

Of course, we know from both the Bible, as well as from
secular history, that all of the words of the Prophet
Jeremiah came to pass exactly as they had been stated; for
in approximately 587 B.C., Jerusalem was indeed invaded and
destroyed by the forces of Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar.
Thus, just like Micaiah years before, Jeremiah was also
vindicated as a true Prophet of God; thus fulfilling the
words of his fellow Prophet, Ezekiel, who was inspired by
the Lord to say:

"And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then
shall they know that a prophet hath been among them."
(Ezekiel 33:33)

This attitude of the ancient Israelites is very typical of
some people today, such as many hard-hearted Americans, who
likewise hate God's true messengers and accuse them of being
false prophets of doom. Despite this verbal, and sometimes
physical, persecution, rather than go along with all of the
other false prophets of peace of this modern era, who strive
to be politically correct, the Lord's true messengers are
not afraid to speak the whole counsel of God; even if they
are words of coming destruction and judgment. In contrast to
this, notice what the Apostle Paul wrote regarding the false
prophets of the Endtime, who will deceitfully lull everyone
to sleep with their false words of comfort and well-being,
even though their destruction is almost at hand:

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

It is because of these examples that I have given, as well
as the verses which I have quoted, that I personally am
greatly concerned about all of these spiritual leaders in
the United States of America, who are currently speaking of
a second day of Pentecost, of some coming American Prophet
Elijah, and of a time of great revival in America in which
many Apostles and Prophets will arise and inspire people to
repent of their sins and return to the Lord. In my view, all
of this talk seems totally contrary to what we find in the
Scriptures. I am reminded of the following verse from the
Book of Genesis:

"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with
man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an
hundred and twenty years." (Genesis 6:3)

In the above verse, the word 'strive' is derived from the
Hebrew word 'diyn', or 'duwn', which means to judge, to
contend, or to plead with someone. In this case, if we
consider the rest of the verse, as well as what happened
right after this in the Book of Genesis, I believe that the
appropriate meaning in this particular verse, is to plead.
In other words, it may be that what the Lord was saying, was
that He was running out of patience with the wickedness of
man; and that the time was soon coming when He would simply
withdraw Himself from the Earth in order to execute His
righteous judgments upon the wicked. You may recall that in
the very first chapter of the Book of Genesis, we find the
following verse:

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was
upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon
the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:2)

Whereas God's Spirit had previously moved close to the Earth
in order to create life, by the above statement, it appears
that the Lord may have been saying that He was soon going to
withdraw Himself, and thus remove His life-giving Spirit,
that is, the breath of life, in order to destroy all that He
had previously created. Depending upon how you work out the
chronology of events, some people believe that, as is stated
in the verse, it was exactly one hundred and twenty years
later that the Flood occurred; thus fulfilling the Lord's
Words. The point is, when it came time for judgment, the
Lord withdrew Himself and His Spirit, and that is why we are
told that everything with breath died:

"And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the
earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life,
from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth
shall die...All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of
all that was in the dry land, died." (Genesis 6:17, 7:22)

This goes hand in hand with something that the Apostle Paul
said in Acts chapter seventeen when he stood on Mars' Hill
and preached to the ancient Greeks in Athens:

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as
certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also
his offspring." (Acts 17:28)

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul dwelt on this very
same topic when he penned the following lines as well:

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him, and for him: And he is before
all things, and by him all things consist."
(Colossians 1:16-17)

What does this have to do with our current discussion? Quite
simply, Jesus clearly said in His Endtime discourse found in
three of the Gospels, that at the end of the world, the
situation would be exactly as it had been in the days of

"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in
the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they
married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day
that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and
destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of
Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they
planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of
Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and
destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when
the Son of man is revealed." (Luke 17:26-30)

As I have explained in other articles such as 'Selfishness:
A Sign Of The Endtime', the above verses tell us two things.
First of all, they tell us that in the Endtime, many people
will be living selfish, spiritually-blind lives; totally
indulging themselves in the things of the world, and the
things of the flesh. The Apostle John perfectly described
this kind of decadent life when he admonished the Lord's
children with the following words in his first Epistle:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:15-16)

As we saw earlier with the verse from Paul's first Epistle
to the Thessalonians, the second thing that Jesus' Words
tell us is that, as in the days of Noah, the destruction of
the wicked will come quickly. However, I am now going to
propose a more hidden meaning. Might it also be that Jesus
was hinting that just as God abandoned the Earth during the
Flood in Noah's day, that He, and thus His Spirit, have for
the most part abandoned the people of the world in these
Last Days as well? This is not to say completely; after all,
the Lord was surely with Noah and His family in the Ark. To
help you to better understand this concept, consider how we
act at times as parents when we are upset with one of our
children. Let's face it; kids are kids. Sometimes they do
things which so totally irritate and upset us, that we don't
even want them around us; because we are afraid of what we
might do to them in our heated moment of anger. So what do
we do? Well, we might send the child to his room in order to
get him out of our sight while we think of an appropriate

In a way, this act of sending the child to his room is like
a temporary form of abandonment. We haven't really abandoned
him, but we want to let him think that we have, so that he
will seriously consider the gravity of whatever the wrongful
act was which brought down our wrath upon him. If that child
has been brought up correctly, if he has any reverence for
his parents, while he is waiting in his room, knowing that
judgment is soon in coming, he is going to be fretting quite
a bit. He is going to be seriously thinking about what he
has done wrong. He will probably even be thinking of words
to say in order to make things right once the chastisement
has been meted out. As I explain in the article 'Beholding
The Evil And The Good', this act of temporary abandonment is
fully supported by the Scriptures. God does this with His
own children when they have rebelled against Him. Allow me
to share the following verses with you from that article:

"We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not
pardoned. Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us:
thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. Thou hast covered
thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass
through." (Lamentations 3:42-44)

"Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day,
and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them,
and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles
shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are
not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among
us? And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the
evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned
unto other gods." (Deuteronomy 31:17-18)

"When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and
when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it
be done against a nation, or against a man only:"
(Job 34:29)

"Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear
them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as
they have behaved themselves ill in their doings."
(Micah 3:4)

"And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what
their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation,
children in whom is no faith." (Deuteronomy 32:20)

"<<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.>> How long wilt
thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide
thy face from me?" (Psalms 13:1)

"Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in
anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake
me, O God of my salvation." (Psalms 27:9)

"LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand
strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled."
(Psalms 30:7)

"And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in
trouble: hear me speedily." (Psalms 69:17)

"Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble;
incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me
speedily." (Psalms 102:2)

"Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy
face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the
pit." (Psalms 143:7)

"For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great
mercies will I gather thee." (Isaiah 54:7)

"Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have
poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the
Lord GOD." (Ezekiel 39:29)

If you are interested in my views concerning Jesus's words
on the Cross when He said 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?',
that is, 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?', I
encourage you to read the aforementioned article. The main
point I wish to emphasize with these verses is that in His
moment of anger, while He metes out His judgments, God does
indeed abandon His rebellious children. In fact, as in the
case of ancient Israel, quite often He abandons them years
before the judgments even begin to fall. In American slang,
we refer to this as allowing one to 'stew in his juice'. In
other words, God sometimes allows people to suffer in their
sins for a while so that they really learn the lesson that
He is trying to teach them. He lets Satan buffet them about
a bit in order to sober them up. The Lord simply turns His
Face away, He withdraws Himself, and His Spirit, as if
behind a cloud, even though we are whining for help. But
don't worry; because He is a good Father; and He also knows
when enough is enough. If you doubt that God can even remove
His Spirit, consider the desperate plea of King David during
a time in his life when he greatly sinned against the Lord:

"Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy
spirit from me." (Psalms 51:11)

At this point, you may be wondering what all of this has to
do with being 'slain in the spirit'. As my regular readers
know, my approach to researching and answering an issue, is
to build my case one step at a time. I want to make sure
that you fully understand how and why I arrive at particular
conclusions. It would be very easy for me to tell you what I
believe without going into all of the details, but how is
that going to help you? This is what some Christians writers
do. They tell you what they believe, but they don't tell you
why they believe it. They don't point you to the Word of
God. In my view, this is what being a Bible teacher is all
about. It isn't about uplifting the man, or the man's words;
it is about lifting up the Lord and His Word; for as King
David wrote:

"I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name
for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast
magnified thy word above all thy name." (Psalms 138:2)

To join all of these different thoughts together then,
contrary to all of these false American prophets who talk
about a great revival, and a tremendous outpouring of God's
Spirit during a second Pentecost which will result in an
Endtime Elijah, as well as in many other great Apostles and
Prophets rising to the fore, I believe the exact opposite is
predicted in the Scriptures. In like manner, while some of
them predict peace, prosperity and safety for the United
States of America, based upon her many crimes against God,
against humanity, and even against the Earth itself, I can't
possibly see how these deluded people can make such claims.
We have already seen through the Scriptures, that prior to,
and during judgment, God does not outpour His Spirit; He
does the exact opposite; He withdraws it, Himself, and His
Divine Protection. You will also find this topic discussed
in 'The Children of God And Politics'; as well as in 'The
Fruits Of Disobedience'. Personally, I believe that this is
the point at which we are at with both the United States of
America, as well as with the world in general. God is poised
to let His judgments fall, and possibly very soon! While the
little boy has already been sent to his room in order to
think over the matter, he is by no means in a state of

I am reminded of something I have shared in such articles as
'Alien Abductions And The Evil Bird' and 'The Battle Is Not
Yours Alone!'. When people begin to reject God in their
lives, whether as individuals, or as an entire nation, they
create a spiritual vacuum. Under normal conditions, a vacuum
cannot remain a vacuum for very long. It must be immediately
filled with something else. Just as God's Spirit will not go
where it is not wanted, Satan and his demons will indeed go
where they are not only wanted, but where they are also
consciously invoked by those who are foolish enough to do so
through various means. This may even include people who are
young in their Christian faith, who don't really know how to
differeniate between the Voice of the Lord's Spirit, and the
voice of Satan or one of his evil cohorts. I have warned you
many times in my articles that Satan is one deceptive fiend!
He, his demons, and his worldly children, are much wiser
than most of us could ever hope to be. That is why Jesus
even said:

"And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had
done wisely: for the children of this world are in their
generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)

It is only by staying close to the Lord, and by faithfully
studying His Word, that we can possibly hope to recognize
the wiles of the devil; for as the Apostle Paul wrote:

"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11)

In part three of this series, we will be discussing such
interesting topics as the prophecy of Joel, the promise of
the Comforter, the evil deception of the Endtime, the
doctrine of a second Pentecost, evangelization of the world
and the final harvest, the changing spiritual tide, the
uplifting and liberating nature of God's Spirit, Godly
Conviction versus satanic condemnation, and praising the
Lord. I trust that you will join me.

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