Jesus says… Start Recognizing Your Adversary – Part 1 + 2
September 21, 2015 – Words from Jesus to Sister Clare
(Clare) The Lord has so blessed us with a beautiful teaching tonight to help us to recognize our adversaries.
Jesus began… “How much I appreciate all of you. This world is cold, so cold and indifferent, especially in your country (America). To find the warm arms of My waiting Bride is a prize beyond compare.”
(Clare) Since I had been waiting a while to hear Him, I asked Ezekiel if it was the Lord, and he prayed and got confirmations that it was the Lord. But, Jesus didn’t miss a beat…
(Jesus) “What? You don’t know My voice yet?”
(Clare) Why did You wait until Ezekiel got up from his nap before You started speaking to me, Jesus?
(Jesus) “This is a two-man ship: one stands before Me petitioning, the other writes. You very much need one another. How blessed you are to have this relationship.”
(Clare) I give all the credit to You, Lord.
(Jesus) “Yes, well, you waited for My choice. I wish all would do that.”
(Clare) Thank You, Lord. Never will I be able to thank You sufficiently.
(Jesus) “Just take good care of him, like I know you do. That says it all.”
“Yes, under the tree, you were feeling My sadness on the state of souls who refuse to respond to Me. I call and call and call all the day long, and nothing, not even a whimper, just death upon death. Souls that are stone cold dead and unresponsive weigh Me down.”
“This is why the shaking needs to come, comfort zones need to be shattered, those encrusted with the world need to be stripped. Oh, if only I could do it another way, I would much prefer that. But other ways are too mild and don’t get their attention.”
(Clare) What about sickness, Lord?
(Jesus) “Yes, that always elicits a response, but as soon as they are better they forget about Me again. You will never really understand how much joy the souls on this channel bring Me. It’s hard to fathom, how a creature could bring Me so much joy…but they do. I am so grateful, that I am answering many, many of their prayers and preparing them for greater graces.”
“Yes, My Spirit is moving upon the troubled waters of their families and beginning to stir the dead back to life, and they will lift up their eyes unto the hills, from whence I come. It is happening slowly and imperceptibly, almost – but the ice is beginning to thaw. Don’t rush them, dear Brides. Let Me open the petals of curiosity and hunger so they will receive the Son’s rays.”
“Others in families are still quite hardened. Leave them to Me. Put confidence in My promises to you and leave them in My capable hands. I alone understand the times and seasons for them to repent, and I am patient, endlessly patient. So place your hope firmly in Me and let them go. Don’t fret – that only wastes energy rather take those thoughts captive and put your trust in Me. Those who put their trust in Me will never be put to shame.”
“Wicked are the times and the more wicked they become, the more My People need to know what is behind that wickedness, lest they slay the ignorant and let the culpable go free onto the next victim. It is so easy for you to place blame on others when they act badly. So easy. It’s like stating the obvious with self-assured confidence. But nothing could be further from the truth. In fact it is the ignorance and weakness of those being used that allows them to impact you. If they knew, if they saw, if they understood, they would turn on the real enemy and stop allowing themselves to be used.”
“But there is a certain release of anger and frustration that is satisfying to those who abuse others. They themselves have been oppressed and bottled up for so long, it’s actually a relief to find someone they can vent on… someone who it seems obvious to them they should vent on. And My People in their self-righteousness think it fitting to retaliate. Yes, you know you’ve been way guilty of this, Clare.”
(Jesus) “You were thinking of others, not yourself. That’s dangerous, My Love. Always, to be safe, put yourself in there. Besides, you almost always belong there. When I speak to My Bride, I am speaking to you also.”
(Clare) I know, Lord. Thank You for not letting me forget it, lest I become more proud than I already am.
(Jesus) “Good thinking. Rest assured, I won’t. But I cannot stress enough for all of you to be aware that every single day assignments are made against you, and what seemed like a trickle of oppression before is about to become a torrent as satan turns more and more people against Christians. This is why I want you to be aware, those who calumniate, persecute and downgrade you, blame you for things you never even thought of – they are in a vice grip with demons of hatred, scorn and contempt. With the new dimensions opening up comes a torrent of evil to be used in assignments.”
(Clare) What He’s referring to is CERN here, with the dimensions opening up.
(Jesus) “What was a trickle is about to become a torrent. May I say, I even allow that for your sanctification? But never will I allow it to overwhelm you. The more you grow in holiness, the stiffer the tests. Remember, I am bringing you to perfection, from glory to glory. Glory comes at a price, as you observed in My passion.”
“When you are in the grips of the attack, try to visualize yourself in that courtyard being whipped. Cry out to Me to uphold you. Know that your adversary is not the poor slave to evil who is whipping you, but the demons behind him or her.”
“You see, these vile creatures have lusted for the flesh of man since the foundation of the world, but those dimensions were closed. Now that they have been opened, what evil has burned after for centuries can finally get access to in order to vent their fury and devour those in My image. Yes, their hatred is against Me but being unable to touch Me, they attack My Creation and especially those souls who love Me with all their hearts.”
“So the lesson is… START RECOGNIZING YOUR ADVERSARY. This will keep you from sinning against the weak and ignorant. Yes, they are cooperating with evil but on their own they most likely would have passed by the opportunity to make trouble for you. It’s the thorn in their side, the poisoned arrow shot by the demons that is egging them on and fueling the fires of hatred without cause.”
(Clare) In that moment, when He said that, I thought of Rick Joyner’s dreams.
(Jesus) “Yes, I gave those Dreams to him in the hopes that all of you would see who your real adversary is. Those dreams are important for you, My Bride. Read them and let the lessons go deep. They will be immensely helpful in the moments of trial. There are many, many good lessons in his books. I love allegory, and the contrast between good and evil is best portrayed in allegory. In his dreams, he talks about creatures landing in a tree, vomiting, urinating and defecating on people. That’s precisely what I mean. That’s fueling the fire.”
“Well, I come to you, My Bride, in all seriousness. Take these lessons to heart and prepare yourselves to recognize and deal with the true enemies. Once they have been dealt the fatal blow, you can minister to those that have been their captives.”
And now to Rick Joyner’s Dream, mentioned in the Message above… THE HORDES OF HELL ARE MARCHING
On February 16, 1995 I was given a dream in which I saw a great army from hell that had been released against the church. Two days later I was given a vision in which I saw this diabolical horde again, but in much greater detail.
There are some aspects of this vision that were honestly repulsive, but I have tried to share it just the way I saw it. The works of darkness are repulsive in the most profound sense of that word, and we must recognize them as such.
In the first part of this vision I saw the degree to which this evil has its grip on believers, how many Christians are being used by the enemy, and what it will take to set them free. In the second part of the vision I saw a unified, glorious church rise up as a great army in the most pivotal battle of all time between light and darkness. This battle is already beginning to rage.
Dreams and visions are usually metaphorical, and this one definitely is. Even so, what it represents is real, and is happening now. It was for this reason I decided to share it in this abbreviated form, even though it may at times seem incomplete. If you hear the Lord’s voice through this vision, do not harden your heart. Put on the whole armor of God, and prepare for the battle.
THE EVIL ARMY
I saw a demonic army so large that it stretched as far as I could see. It was separated into divisions, with each carrying a different banner. The foremost and most powerful divisions were Pride, Self-righteousness, Respectability, Selfish Ambition, and Unrighteous Judgment, but the largest of all was Jealousy.
The leader of this vast army was the Accuser of the Brethren himself. I knew that there were many more evil divisions beyond my scope of vision, but these were the vanguard of this terrible horde from hell that was now being released against the church.
The weapons carried by this horde had names on them: the swords were named Intimidation; the spears were named Treachery; and their arrows were named Accusations, Gossip, Slander and Faultfinding. Scouts and smaller companies of demons with such names as Rejection, Bitterness, Impatience, Unforgiveness and Lust were sent in advance of this army to prepare for the main attack. I knew in my heart that the church had never faced anything like this before.
The main assignment of this army was to cause division. It was sent to attack every level of relationship– churches with each other, congregations with their pastors, husbands and wives, children and parents, and even children with each other. The scouts were sent to locate the openings in churches, families or individuals that rejection, bitterness, lust, etc., could exploit and make a larger breech for the divisions that were coming.
The most shocking part of this vision was that this horde was not riding on horses, but on Christians! Most of them were well-dressed, respectable, and had the appearance of being refined and educated.
These were Christians who had opened themselves to the powers of darkness to such a degree that the enemy could use them and they would think they were being used by God. The Accuser knows that a house divided cannot stand, and this army represented his ultimate attempt to bring such complete division to the church that she would completely fall from grace.
Trailing behind these first were a vast multitude of other Christians who were prisoners of this army. They were all wounded, and were guarded by little demons of Fear. There seemed to be more prisoners than there were demons in the army. Surprisingly, these prisoners still had their swords and shields, but they did not use them. It was shocking to see that so many could be kept captive by so few of these little demons of Fear. These could have easily been destroyed or driven off if the prisoners had just used their weapons.
Above the prisoners the sky was black with vultures named Depression. These would land on the shoulders of a prisoner and vomit on him. The vomit was Condemnation. When the vomit hit a prisoner he would stand up and march a little straighter for a while, and then slump over, even weaker than before. Again, I wondered why the prisoners did not simply kill these vultures with their swords, which they could have easily done.
Occasionally a weak prisoner would stumble and fall. As soon as he or she hit the ground, the other prisoners would begin stabbing them with their swords, scorning them as they did so. They would then call for the vultures to begin devouring the fallen one even before they were dead.
As I watched, I realized that these prisoners thought that the vomit of Condemnation was truth from God. Then I understood that these prisoners actually thought they were marching in the army of God! This is why they did not kill the little demons of fear, or the vultures–they thought these were messengers from God! The darkness from the cloud of vultures made it so hard for these prisoners to see that they naively accepted everything that happened to them as being from the Lord.
The only food provided for these prisoners was the vomit from the vultures. Those who refused to eat it simply weakened until they fell. Those who did eat it were strengthened, but with the strength of the evil one. They would then begin to vomit on the others. When one began to do this a demon that was waiting for a ride would be given this one and he or she would be promoted to the front divisions.
Even worse than the vomit from the vultures was a repulsive slime that these demons were urinating and defecating upon the Christians they rode. This slime was the pride, selfish ambition, etc., that was the nature of the division they were a part of. However, this slime made the Christians feel so much better than the condemnation that they easily believed that the demons were messengers of God, and they actually thought this slime was the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Then the voice of the Lord came to me saying… “This is the beginning of the enemy’s last day army. This is Satan’s ultimate deception, and his ultimate power of destruction is released when he uses Christians to attack other Christians.Throughout the ages he has used this army, but never has he been able to capture so many to be used for his evil purposes.
Do not fear. I have an army too. You must now stand and fight, because there is no longer any place to hide from this war. You must fight for My kingdom, for truth, and for those who have been deceived”
I had been so repulsed and outraged by the evil army that I had wanted to die rather than live in such a world. However, this word from the Lord was so encouraging that I immediately began yelling to the Christian prisoners that they were deceived, thinking that they would listen to me. When I did this, it seemed that the whole army turned to look at me, but I kept yelling.
I thought that the Christians were going to wake up and realize what was happening to them, but instead many of them started reaching for their arrows to shoot at me. The others just hesitated as if they did not know what to make of me. I knew then that I had done this prematurely, and that it had been a very foolish mistake.
THE BATTLE BEGINS
Then I turned and saw the army of the Lord standing behind me. There were thousands of soldiers, but we were still greatly outnumbered. Only a small number were fully dressed in their armor so that most were only partially protected. A large number were already wounded. Most of those who had all of their armor still had very small shields which I knew would not protect them from the onslaught that was coming. The majority of these soldiers were women and children.
Behind this army there was a trailing mob similar to the prisoners who followed the evil army, but very different in nature. These seemed to be very happy people, and were playing games, singing songs, feasting and roaming about from one little camp to the next. It reminded me of the atmosphere at Woodstock.
I tried to raise my voice above the clamor to warn them that it was not the time for this, that the battle was about to begin, but only a few could even hear my voice. Those who did gave me the ‘peace sign’ and said they did not believe in war, and that the Lord would not let anything bad happen to them.
I tried to explain that the Lord had given us armor for a reason, but they just retorted that they had come to a place of peace and joy where nothing would happen to them. I began praying earnestly for the Lord to increase the faith (shields) of those with the armor, to help us protect those who were not ready for the battle.
A messenger came up to me, gave me a trumpet and told me to blow it quickly. I did, and those who had on at least some of their armor immediately responded, snapping to attention. More armor was brought to them, which they put on quickly. I noticed that those who had wounds did not put armor over their wounds, but before I could say anything about this enemy arrows began raining down on us. Everyone who did not have on all of his or her armor was wounded. Those who had not covered their wounds were struck again in the same place.
Those who were hit by arrows of slander immediately began to slander those who were not wounded. Those who were hit with gossip began to gossip, and soon a major division had been created within our camp. Then vultures swooped down to pick up the wounded to deliver them into the camp of prisoners. The wounded still had swords and could have smitten the vultures easily, but they didn’t. They were actually carried off willingly because they were so angry at the rest of us.
The scene among those in the camp behind our army was even worse. There seemed to be total chaos. Thousands lay on the ground wounded and groaning. Many of those who were not wounded just sat in a stupor of unbelief. The wounded and those who sat in unbelief were being quickly carried away by the vultures. Some were trying to help the wounded, and keep the vultures off of them, but the wounded were so angry they would threaten and drive away those who were trying to help them.
Many who were not wounded were simply running as fast as they could from the scene of battle. This first encounter with the enemy was so devastating that I was tempted to join them in their flight. Then, very quickly, some of these began reappearing with full suits of armor on, and large shields. The mirth of the party had changed into an awesome resolve.
They began to take the places of those who had fallen, and even began forming new ranks to protect the rear and flanks. These brought great courage, and everyone resolved to stand and fight until death. Immediately three great angels named Faith, Hope and Love came and stood behind us, and everyone’s shield began to grow.
We had swords named the Word of God, and arrows that were named for biblical truths. We wanted to shoot back, but did not know how to without hitting the Christians that were ridden by the demons. Then it occurred to us that if these Christians were hit with truth they would wake up and fight off their oppressors. I fired off a arrows. Almost all of them hit Christians.
However, when the arrow of truth went into them, they did not wake up, or fall down wounded – they became enraged, and the demon riding on them grew much larger. This shocked everyone, and we began to feel that this may be an impossible battle to win, but with Faith, Hope and Love we were very confident that we could at least hold our own ground. Another angel named Wisdom then appeared and directed us to fight from the mountain behind us.
On the mountain there were ledges at different levels for as high as you could see. At each higher level the ledges became narrower, and harder to stand on. Each level was named after a biblical truth. The lower levels were named after foundational truths such as ‘Salvation’, ‘Sanctification’, ‘Prayer’, ‘Faith’ etc., and the higher levels were named after more advanced biblical truths. The higher we climbed, the larger both our shields and our swords grew, and fewer of the enemy arrows could reach that position.
A TRAGIC MISTAKE
Some who had stayed on the lower levels began picking up the enemy arrows and shooting them back. This was a tragic mistake. The demons easily dodged the arrows and let them hit the Christians. When a Christian was hit by one of the arrows of Accusation or Slander, a demon of Bitterness or Rage would fly in and perch on that arrow. He would then begin to urinate and defecate his poison upon that Christian. When a Christian had two or three of these demons added to the Pride or Self-righteousness he already had, he began to change into the contorted image of the demons themselves.
We could see this happening from the higher levels, but those on the lower levels who were using the enemy’s arrows could not see it. Half of us decided to keep climbing, while the other half descended back to the lower levels to explain to those still on them what was happening. Everyone was then warned to keep climbing and not stop, except for a few who stationed themselves on each level to keep the other soldiers moving higher.
When we reached the level called ‘The Unity of the Brethren’, none of the enemy’s arrows could reach us. Many in our camp decided that was as far as they needed to climb. I understood this because with each new level the footing was more precarious. However, I also felt much stronger and more skillful with my weapons the higher I went, so I continued climbing.
Soon my skills were good enough to shoot and hit the demons without hitting the Christians. I felt that if I kept going higher I could shoot far enough to hit the leaders of the evil horde who stayed behind their army. I was sorry that so many had stopped on the lower levels, where they were safe but could not hit the enemy. Even so, the strength and character that grew in those who kept climbing made them great champions, each of which I knew would destroy many of the enemy.
At each level there were arrows of Truth scattered about which I knew were left from those who had fallen from that position. All of the arrows were named after the Truth of that level. Some were reluctant to pick up these arrows, but I knew we needed all that we could to destroy the great horde below.
I picked one up, shot it, and so easily hit a demon that the others started picking them up and shooting them. We began to decimate several of the enemy divisions. Because of this, the entire evil army focused its attention on us. For a time it seemed the more we achieved the more we were opposed. Though our task seemed endless, it had become exhilarating.
THE WORD IS OUR ANCHOR
Our swords grew as we reached each level. I almost left mine behind because I did not seem to need it at the higher levels. I finally decided that it had been given to me for a purpose, so I had better keep it. I drove it into the ground and tied myself to it while I shot at the enemy.
The voice of the Lord then came to me, saying… ‘You have used the wisdom that will enable you to keep climbing. Many have fallen because they did not use their sword properly to anchor themselves.’ No one else seemed to hear this voice, but many saw what I had done and did the same thing.
I wondered why the Lord had not spoken to me before I had made this decision. I then had a sense of knowing that He had already spoken this to me somehow. Then I perceived that my whole life had been training for this hour. I was prepared to the degree that I had listened to the Lord and obeyed Him throughout my life.
I also knew that for some reason the wisdom and understanding I now had could not be added to or taken away from while in this battle. I became profoundly thankful for every trial I had experienced in my life, and sorry for not appreciating them more at the time.
Soon we were hitting the demons with almost perfect accuracy. Rage rose from the enemy army like fire and brimstone. I knew that the Christians trapped in that army were now feeling the brunt of that rage. Unable to hit us they were now shooting at each other. With his arrows now ineffective against us, the enemy sent the vultures to attack.
Those who had not used their swords as anchors were able to strike down many of the vultures, but they too were being knocked from the ledges where they were standing. Some of these landed on a lower level, but some fell all the way to the bottom and were picked up and carried off by the vultures.
A NEW WEAPON
The arrows of Truth would rarely penetrate the vultures, but they hurt them enough to drive them back. Every time they were driven back some of us would climb to the next level. When we reached the level called “Galatians Two Twenty,” we were above the altitude that the vultures could fly. At this level the sky above almost blinded us with its brightness and beauty. I felt peace like I had never felt it before.
Previously much of my fighting spirit had really been motivated out of as much hatred and disgust for the enemy as it had been for the sake of the kingdom, truth, and love for the prisoners. But it was on this level that I caught up to Faith, Hope and Love, which before I had only been following at a distance. On this level I was almost overpowered by their glory. When I caught up to them they turned to me, and began repairing and shining my armor.
Soon it was completely transformed and exuded the glory that was in them. When they touched my sword, great bolts of brilliant lightning began flashing from it. Love then said… ‘Those who reach this level are entrusted with the powers of the age to come, but I must teach you how to use them.’
The ‘Galatians Two Twenty’ level was so wide that there was no longer any danger of falling. There were also unlimited arrows with the name Hope written on them. We shot some of them down at the vultures, and these arrows killed them easily. About half who had reached this level kept shooting while the others began carrying these arrows down to those still on the lower levels.
The vultures kept coming in waves upon the levels below, but with each one there would be fewer than before. From “Galatians Two Twenty” we could hit any enemy in the army except the leaders themselves, who were still out of range. We decided not to use the arrows of Truth until we had destroyed all of the vultures, because the cloud of depression they created made the truth less effective. This took a very long time, but we never got tired.
Faith, Hope and Love, who had grown like our weapons with each level, were now so large that I knew people far beyond the battle area could see them. Their glory even radiated into the camp of prisoners who were still under a great cloud of vultures. The exhilaration continued to grow in all of us. I felt that being in this army, in this battle, had to be one of the greatest adventures of all time.
After destroying most of the vultures that had been attacking our mountain, we began picking off the vultures that had covered the prisoners. As the cloud of darkness began dissipating and the sun began to shine down on them, they began to wake up as if they had been in a deep sleep. They were immediately repulsed by their condition, especially by the vomit that still covered them, and began cleaning themselves up.
As they beheld Faith, Hope and Love, they saw the mountain we were on and began running for it. The evil horde rained arrows of Accusation and Slander at them, but they did not stop. By the time they got to the mountain many had a dozen or more arrows stuck in them, but seemed not to even notice. As soon as they began to scale the mountain their wounds began to heal. With the cloud of depression being dispelled it seemed as if everything was getting much easier.
The former prisoners had great joy in their salvation. They seemed so overwhelmed with appreciation for each level as they began to scale the mountain that it gave us a greater appreciation for those truths. Soon a fierce resolve to fight the enemy also arose in the former prisoners. They put on the armor provided and begged to be allowed to go back and attack the enemy.
We thought about it, but then decided we should all stay on the mountain to fight. Again the voice of the Lord spoke, saying… “A second time you have chosen wisdom. You cannot win if you try to fight the enemy on his own ground, but must remain on My Holy mountain.”
I was stunned that we had made another decision of such importance by just thinking and discussing it briefly. I then resolved to do my best to not make another decision of any consequence without prayer.
Wisdom then stepped up to me quickly, took both of my shoulders firmly and looked me intensely in the eyes, saying… ‘You must do this!’ I then noticed that, even though I had been on the broad plateau of ‘Galatians Two Twenty’, I had drifted to the very edge without even knowing it, and could have easily fallen. I looked again into the eyes of Wisdom, and he said with the utmost seriousness… ‘Take heed when you think you stand, lest you fall. In this life you can fall from any level.’
For a long time we continued killing the vultures and picking off the demons that were riding the Christians. We found that the arrows of different Truths would have more of an impact on different demons. We knew that it was going to be a long battle, but we were not taking any more casualties now, and we had already passed the level of ‘Patience’.
Even so, after these Christians had the demons shot off of them, few would come to the mountain. Many had taken on the nature of the demons, and continued in their delusion without them. As the darkness of the demons dissipated we could see the ground moving around the feet of these Christians. Then I saw that their legs were bound by serpents called Shame.
We shot arrows of truth at the serpents, but they had little effect. We then tried the arrows of Hope, but without result. From ‘Galatians Two Twenty’ it was very easy to go higher, so we started up to the higher levels. Soon we happened upon a garden that was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. Over the entrance to this garden was written… ‘The Father’s Unconditional Love’.
It was the most glorious and inviting doorway I had ever seen, so we were compelled to enter. As soon as we did, we saw the Tree of Life in the middle of this garden. It was still guarded by angels of awesome strength. They looked as if they had been expecting us, so we had the courage to pass them and walk up to the tree. One of them said, “Those who make it to this level, who know the Father’s love, can eat.”
I did not realize how hungry I was. When I tasted the fruit, it was better than anything I had ever tasted, but was also somehow familiar. It brought memories of sunshine, rain, beautiful fields, the sun setting over the ocean, but even more than that, of the people I loved. With every bite I loved everything and everyone more.
Then my enemies started coming to mind, and I loved them, too. The feeling was soon greater than anything I had ever experienced, even the peace on ‘Galatians Two Twenty’. Then I heard the voice of the Lord, and He said… ‘This is now your daily bread. It shall never be withheld from you. You may eat as much and as often as you like. There is no end to My love’.
I looked up into the tree to see where the voice had come from, and saw that it was filled with pure white eagles. They had the most beautiful, penetrating eyes I have ever seen. They were looking at me as if waiting for instructions. One of the angels said… ‘They will do your bidding. These eagles eat snakes.’ I said, ‘Go! Devour the shame that has bound our brothers’.
They opened their wings and a great wind came that lifted them into the air. These eagles filled the sky with a blinding glory. Even as high as we were, I could hear the sounds of terror from the enemy camp at the sight of these eagles coming toward them.
The Lord Jesus Himself then stood in our midst. He touched each one, then said… “I must now share with you what I shared with your brothers after My ascension – the message of My kingdom. The enemy’s most powerful army has now been put to flight, but not destroyed.”
“Now it is time for us to march forth with the gospel of My kingdom. The eagles have been released and will go with us. We will take arrows from every level, but I am your Sword, and I am your Captain. It is now time for the Sword of the Lord to be unsheathed.”
I then turned and saw that the entire army of the Lord was standing in that garden. There were men women and children from all races and nations, each carrying their banners that moved in the wind with perfect unity. I knew that nothing like this had been seen in the earth before.
I knew that the enemy had many more armies, and fortresses throughout the earth, but none could stand before this great army. I said almost under my breath… ‘This must be the day of the Lord.’ The whole host then answered in an awesome thunder… ‘The day of the Lord of Hosts has come.’