7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (KJV)
We are at war. Make no mistake about it, the time has come for the cleansing of our heavens to begin and that which God has winked at in times past, He is now dealing with it in judgment and deliverance. There are some mistaken teachers that are teaching "kingdom truth" that think judgment is dead and that we have no need of any further judgment or process of correction, but I think that is a gross error.
This kind of thinking comes from being under the judgments of men, of which we can all testify out of our own personal experiences that man's judgment is lacking in integrity and redemption. It is very short sighted to try to compare God's judgment with the judgments of men. Just because we all know the judgments of men are to condemnation and not to righteousness does not give us the right to pronounce the demise of God's righteous judgment itself, because God's judgments are to be sought after and should be embraced by all believers, since His judgments bring about absolute salvation unto life eternal.
So it is, when I put at the first sentence of this article the phrase, "we are at war," I suppose many had a mild knee jerk reaction at that terminology, with the past history of the meanings that men have transcribed to that word, "war", but just because we have only known the natural order of "war" as men wage war, we should not discount nor negate the fact that God will allow war to break out in heaven at the appointed time and season. The Manchild Order is a warrior-priest order, a King-Priest operation that rules with righteous judgment. The Dragon of the religious mind in every man must be cast out of our heavens, and that measure of removal and dispossession is going to take the kind of rule and authority that the Manchild Order represents.
When the Manchild is caught up to the throne of God, he is ushered into a throne room experience that is unequaled in any other realm formerly known to man. John the Revelator saw a door opened in heaven and then a series of events and a cast of characters started to present themselves in orderly sequence. For some, these events are in the past and are not being experienced today, but I find that kind of polarized interpretation to be too confining, too dictating of what God can and cannot do. I prefer to view the whole book of The Revelation to be involved in events that are multidimensional. By that, I mean that I believe there are events that transpire at different times on different levels in God, which may or may not be parallel to one another at the same time. I am sure that certain events were fulfilled on a certain level by the year of 70 AD, but those same characterizations may be still unfolding in another dimension as time marches on.
We all know the natural Feasts of Israel were accomplished on certain calendar days, according to the planting and harvesting of the fields and the changing of the seasons. However, we all know that those same Feasts are still being experienced today, as we see all 3 Feasts being ministered in the earth at the present time. Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles are being ministered in the same generation, but not all are in Pentecost and not all are in Passover and not very many are in Tabernacles. Yet, they are all being experienced by those that are being called according to their order and rank in the purpose of God. Indeed, there are some presently experiencing the order of Passover that have an ordination to join us in Tabernacles at a future time. All of the chosen sons destined for Tabernacles are not all present yet, but we are paving the way for those yet to come to this great Feast.
Using myself for an example, I see a Dragon in me, a religious mind set that seeks to corrupt every truth of God that is being revealed to my spirit, and I know that in me there is a war beginning to break out, and a casting down of the Dragon into my earth is taking place, even as the birth within me of a Manchild Order is being ushered into the Throne Room of God within my temple. As a result of this "casting down" of the Dragon in my being, my spirit is ascending and taking a seat in the throne of God, which is starting to cause a new rule and dominion in my being which is ushering into my life the endless government of the Kingdom of God.
This is no small thing that I am writing about. I am speaking of nothing less than the overtaking of my vessel by the power of the arisen Christ and the pulling down of all strongholds of ego and self worship, leaving only one voice and one will in my heart, that being the Lordship of my Prince and King, Jesus Christ, whom I now serve with all of my heart, soul and mind. The overthrowing of my kingdom and the reinstatement of Godís kingdom is what the war is all about. My kingdom will not give up its place willingly, because it is governed by the rule of the Dragon, which has entrenched itself in my very thinking and keeps me under itís enchantment by the power of lust and greed and my inherent god-complex, seated in the realm of my psyche. For this reason, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lover of my soul, is visiting me with a fresh appearing and is not presently coming to me as a lover that covers me with grace, winking at my ignorance and disobedience, but His coming at this hour is as a Warrior-Priest, with a sword in His hand, cutting off the bands of wickedness and baring my soul to be converted by His determined grace and love. His love for me burns hot as fire and His jealousy over me is unquenchable. His time is come to redeem me with His blood and to reconstitute me with His nature and life. His love for me will not be denied and my enemies are His enemies and He is executing swift judgment upon those lords that have had dominion over me. Whereas, under the government of the Dragon, my name has been forsaken and desolate, He is my flaming Star and He is in hot pursuit to change my name to Hephzibah and Beulah, meaning, I am His delight and I am married to Him by covenant and by undying love and commitment.
The Dragon in me is wroth and is trying to find a foothold in me. I am in disarray, with different parts of me in servitude to God and other parts in me in servitude to the Dragon, but this will not remain so, for He that began this work in me will bring it to itís finality and He will not rest until every enemy in me is brought under the foot of his rule, including Death itself. Because I know that He is after my soul, I have positioned myself in His holy place and will remain there until the desolation is passed over me. I have committed my members to Him and I have taken my hands off my life, even to the door of death, trusting in His love toward me, surrendering to Him to perform His curious work in my being. I am not in struggle, but some of my parts are in struggle, to continue to live their own life, but I am in Him, and death cannot find me there. Though it may find my earthly body, and though it may sorely grieve my soulish heart, death cannot approach me; for I am hid in Christ, and the life that I once had is no longer my life, but my life has become intrinsically entwined into His eternal life.
I thank God for the unrest of my soul, for the unrest signifies change and change signifies the manifestation of the Kingdom of God overtaking my kingdom. Until He has accomplished the necessary overthrowing of my Dragon, I will incline my heart to Him and I will sing of his greatness and the enduring mercies of David. I will have my rest in Him, until the kingdoms of my world become the kingdoms of the Kingly Lord. I will go in and come out no more, neither will I labor for my sustenance, but I will partake of His sweet communion and there I will satisfy my thirst and hunger. Let the heathen rage and let the earth reel to and fro like a drunkard. but I will stand still and hold my peace, for the Lord is my Deliverer and my Reward. Woe to the inhabitants of my earth, for the Dragon is cast down into my earthy mind, and there will be great judgments upon that part of my fallen self, but I will stay in the house of the Lord and will open up my doors and my gates to the Rising King and He and I will sup together and will drink the new wine of His kingdom and will break the bread of this fellowship. Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
All of this that I am writing about is happening in me. There are things happening in the world and there are things happening in the church, but my focus and my singleness of mind is on what is happening in me, for it must happen in me first before it can ever happen anywhere else. In fact, all that is happening in the world is only a shadow and a pattern of what is happening in our inner being. The outer world is a world of cycles of morality and immorality, of darkness and day, of good and evil, of righteousness and unrighteousness. Each age and generation of mankind has given rise to different episodes of goodness and corruption, from the age of the early church to the dark ages through the reformation and onto the age of enlightenment and industrialism, on into the present day of technology and science, it is all a mirror of the manifold transformations and changes that are going on in the heavens themselves.
Just as much as there is a decided time of corruption and outrageous immorality in our present day, so there is an equally outrageous and immoral activity going on in the heavens. Today, we are seeing an onslaught of the spirit of homosexuality in the world, with grand agendaís being undertaken by the homosexual community to make their lifestyle accepted and given equal rights in the eyes of the law and of the church. They have taken large strides in making this a reality, with more and more Television shows casting the homosexual lifestyle in a positive light and Hollywood is following suit with the movie studio's choice of material that favors a homosexual lifestyle. What does this mean to us, in light of what I have just written? Simply, the homosexual movement in the world is only a mirror of the homosexual nature being promoted in the heavens! The high places of the Lord are being profaned by homosexual ministry, not necessarily homosexual in the unnatural acts of men with men and women with women, but homosexual in the spirit and ministering a genderless word and revelation. I have witnessed an unprecedented time of seedless word going forth, an amount that I believe is beyond any other time in the history of the kingdom of God. Just as men are being intimate with men and women are being intimate with women in the world, so it is that within the kingdom ranks there is an agenda of soul ministering to soul, mind ministering to mind, flesh ministering to flesh, all with the effect of having no seed of life conceived in the hearts of the hearers.
At this present time, true kingdom believers are in the battle of their lives, for there are those in our midst that are false prophets and false apostles disguising themselves as men and women of God. They are nothing less than spiritual transvestites, religious cross-dressers, putting on the clothes of believers, but inwardly they are messengers of the Dragon, having gone so far in their deception that they are totally confused as to their identity, proclaiming themselves to be one thing, but under the guise of their message, they are found to be the opposite. They call themselves spiritual, deep revelators of the truth, seekers of God, revealers of the mysteries of a higher consciousness, light bearers of the higher vibrations of an immortal life, and yet, under the guise of their vernacular is the form of a vile deceiver, fleshly messengers standing naked before the Lord. They are unable to face this sad reality, so they have created a delusional lifestyle, that will come falling down like a house of cards at the appearing of Jesus Christ within the Manchild company.
The Dragon is all about deception. It is what he does best. Once the Dragon is cast out by the angels of God, he then undertakes a vast scheme to deceive the world by disguising himself in an unholy trinity of Dragon, beast and false prophet.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?
5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV)
In this 13th Chapter of The Revelation we see how the Dragon has taken the very fabric of Godís plan of redemption and has twisted it into a plan of deception and destruction. Nothing that the Dragon sayís or does is original, but it takes the truth that is in the Father and then corrupts it and modifies it into a Dragonized concept. The Dragon gives his power, his seat and his authority to the first beast, which is birthed out from the sea, which is the humanity of mankind, the tumultuous duality of the psychic, religious mind set of man, from which comes both good and evil, but not evident evil, but evil that displays itself as good! It is my opinion that God can deal with pure evil, undisguised and frank evil, but what He hates is disguised evil, evil that sits amongst the holy things of God and profanes them with itís deception. That is why the publican and the harlot will enter into the Kingdom of God before the religious minded person. The harlot knows she is a harlot and that she is not leading a clean life, but she will enter in through repentance and salvation. In contrast, those that talk about a finished work of perfection and those that portray themselves as being without a sin nature or that deny any need of repentance or redemption will be the last to enter into the reality of the fullness of God, for they have given themselves over to the deception and have gone into a mind of delusion. For such, there can be no repentance or conversion at this present time, but they must wait for a time of further judgment in the ages ahead.
The whole world will be deceived by the Dragon, and all that dwell upon the earth will worship the lamb that speaks as a Dragon. I am not talking about the external world, my friend, although. it may come to that dimension and maybe already has, but my focus and concern remains upon our own being. Those things within me that remain in the realm of the earthiness of my humanity must be totally swallowed up into the power of the Dragon. My earthy man desires to be like God, but it wants this to happen without going through the door of Jesus Christ. My carnal man wants to be God in the flesh, with a lust for power and dominion, and it wonders after the miracle of the Dragon within me. My carnal mind sees an image set up within it, and it is not the image of God. But it is the image of the beast and my carnal mind is made strong by the power of the Dragon and itís beast. Daily, my carnal mind strains to stay in control of my life, and fights my inner, spiritual man for the control of my members and my thoughts. As a result, in my earth, the Dragon rules and reigns and is worshipped and adored. But in my spirit, I am living in the heavens and am situated in the Mount Zion with the Lamb of God, the Captain of my salvation. Hallelujah! In my earth, death reigns and my body and mind is subject to aging and disease, each day bringing new signs of the corruption resident in my earth, but in my heavens there is the sound of Singing, glad tidings of the Lord, Who is mighty and True. In my spirit, there is a gathering taking place in the heavens of my being, a gathering of the Lamb and the hundred and forty four thousand, an ingathering of the highest order, and I am at rest in my God and in the wisdom of His plan. For you see, He has said that He will not leave my soul in hell, neither will He leave me a divided house, but He is coming forth out of His secret place and is making another appearing in His sons, individually first, then in a corporate anointing rising upon His Body. There will be a company of sons, each marching in rank and file, under the command of the Supreme Ruler and Commander In Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Under the rule of the Dragon, my earth is in constant turmoil, not able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast, a limited life that is totally dependent upon the illusions of my religious, carnal mind. My carnal man either lives in the past or in the future but cannot bear to live in the now. As a result, it makes up fantasies of grandeur and refuses to see anything as it truly is, but out of a survival instinct, it clothes everything within it that looks evil with the garb of good, and the Costume Ball keeps going on and on in my carnal mind, playing house and making pretend that things are not as bad as they seem. My heavenly man, however, lives only in the now and sees everything exactly as it is, with a faith and a knowing it has been given the power to change those things in the resurrection power of the Lord of lords and the King of kings, Jesus Christ. My carnal man can only postulate a positive statement and confession, hoping against hope that somehow the words of my mouth will make things better, but my spiritual man has the authority and power to declare war on those enemies of my soul and to destroy them through the brightness of the coming of the Lord. My carnal man lives in delusion and imaginations, but my spiritual man lives in the presence of God and is renewed day by day with the communion of the Lord.
For some, this makes us sound too divided for us to be able to call ourselves the sons of God. They choose to proclaim only what they perceive themselves to be after the spiritual man, only accepting that part of themselves that is in the image and likeness of God. But, I believe in the restitution of all things. Not only all the things in the external world, but all the things within myself! So, to be able to be reconstituted in God, I must be able to realize there are things within me that are in need of salvation, and they are still a part of me, not dismissing them as though they donít exist, but confessing before the Lord my need to be made holy (whole) in him. I must walk in the holiness (wholeness) of the Christ, I must believe to the saving of my uttermost parts. No matter how dark and fearsome they may look now, I know my salvation comes from the Lord. I have been reconciled by his death, but I must now be totally saved, redeemed, transfigured, transformed, changed, and restored by His life!
This is not some future event I am talking about dear friend, but it is happening at this very second, and it will continue to happen until God is all in all of me and in the entire creation of God. Even now, in us there is a progressive, ever increasing takeover taking place in our being. The light of Christ is shining forth in the darkness of men, and is bringing light and life to the forefront, first in the firstfruits of the original Firstfruit, the elect of God, the chosen sons, the remnant seed, the company of overcoming sons that are called into the Manchild Order. Then to the rest of the sons, then to the church, then to the nations, then to the prisoners of darkness, until that Light which presently shines ever so faithfully in our heart right now, shines into the furthest regions of outer darkness. This is not a fanciful thought of a hopeful man, but this is nothing less than the ordained will of God Almighty, and nothing in hell or in heaven or in the being of mankind will keep this from happening. It is a plan that was written in the heart of God before time began, and it is without the possibility of failure.
The Dragon is doomed to fail. Deception will reign for a time, but it has a determined end, the Dragon will and must deceive all that dwell on the earth, for this deception is as much of the plan of God as the appearing of Jesus Christ. The antichrist must appear first, and there must be an evident falling after that deception, even amongst the saints of the Kingdom ranks, there must come into our midst a strong delusion so that when the Truth appears the delusion and deception is fully revealed to the saints of God, in order to be consumed by that appearing. There can he nothing left hidden, but everything must be laid upon the altar of God, both truth and falsehood, so when the fire of God appears it will do itís wondrous and curious work of transformation and release. I havenít written these articles to try to convert those that are willingly deceived, but I have written them to strengthen the faithful servants of God and to speak peace to the troubled minds of the true saints that walk in the Truth. Those that are not ordained to stay in the holy place will fall away into deception. There is really nothing that I can write or say to them that can change that. But, I am instructed to encourage those that are willing to run the race set before them, to gain the prize of the high calling of God. I am making a clarion call to all those that would mount up on the wings of an eagle to come into the mount of God and to avail ourselves to His dealings and judgments. In this place, we will learn of His ways and we will mature into His likeness.
While the Dragon is forming his unholy godhead, the 14th Chapter of The Revelation describes an extraordinary gathering taking place on the mount called Zion.
1And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fatherís name written in their foreheads.
2And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4These are they which were not defiled with women (the soulish); for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (KJV.
It may be, beloved of the Lord, that we are in that generation that will see this scripture fulfilled in the earth. Even as the Dragon has deceived all of those that dwell on the earth, so it is that the indwelling life of the Christ has leavened us with the incorruptible seed of Christ and we are closing in on the consummation of all the ages, that grand finale of Jesus Christ coming in the clouds of saints bonded together in a corporate Christ-life, a vehicle of expression that has no peer in the prior history of the world. God has been forming a new man in the earth and that new man is rising up in the house of God, overthrowing the governments of the Dragon and transferring the power and authority of those defeated governments into the Kingship and Lordship of our sweet Lord. This is not the sporadic forays of the Pentecostal revival movement into the spiritual storehouse of God, but this is an abiding Priesthood of sons that have been ordained as priests after the order of Melchizedek, the same order and course as their Master and High Priest, Jesus Christ. Judgment is in their mouth, power is in their hand, their mind is filled with the mind of Christ, who has subdued all other minds and wills within them. There is one Lord on the throne of their hearts, and there is one voice in their land. They are totally subjected to His will, tried and tested by innumerable circumstances and situations by the Instructor of the faith. They only have one life, and that life is virgin before the Lord, as their past has been swallowed up and is as though it never was. The Fatherís nature is written, engraved, embossed, genetically encoded into their forehead, the frontal lobe of their being, and all thoughts and desires are borne from this sacred DNA of the Father. They sing a song that the carnal man cannot sing, and cannot learn how to sing, but it is only sung by the instinctive spirit of the redeemed of the Lord that have been redeemed from the earth. Their number is the number of the fullness of God, full of completeness and harmony, nothing lacking, but fully capable to do everything the Father asks of them. Their audience is the Father Himself, sitting upon His throne, and the four beasts and the twenty-four elders, and there is total agreement in the throne, yea and amen. They and the Lamb are one, and wherever He goes, they follow, with an inseparable oneness of union in nature and will. Out of this company, the earth will be harvested, the Dragon defeated, Babylon will fall, hell will give up the dead, the devil will be cast into the lake of fire, Jerusalem will fill the earth, the throne of God will be set in the center of the holy city of God, the river of life will flow through the center of this resting place of Godís glory, and the tree of life will be seen and partaken of. All of this has been written in the heart of God before anything was created by Him, and He cannot lie.
So, let the heathen rage, let the deceivers deceive, let the messengers of Satan prophecy, let the earth become full of wickedness and blasphemy, let the people love the lie, let the Beast and the False Prophet fulfill their destiny, but know, one and all, that this will all come to an end, for the Lord is stirring out of His dwelling place and the heavens are being cleansed as never before. His kingdom come. His will be done, in earth, even as it is in heaven. Even so, come Lord Jesus, and let your chosen ones rejoice, for the Day is here, the Manchild is ready, the birth is at hand, the temple is filled with His glory, the heavens are dropping into the earth, rivers are overflowing their banks, the quickening is upon us, death is being swallowed up into life, and the Lord is in control of it all. Marvelous!!
By Bob Torango
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