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   HAVE YOU BEEN SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT? : PART ONE



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Published On : June 29, 1998

Last Updated : January 3, 2009

Deceptive Spirits, Persecuted By The Dragon, Defining 'Slay'
God's Word Or Man's Word?, Overcome By The Spirit Or Demonic
Attack?, Hebrew And English Words, Defining 'Fall', Nephilim
Defining Overwhelm And Overcome, Look To His Word, Negative
Context Of Falling - Adam And Eve, Fallen Angels, Nimrod And
Babel, Joshua And Jericho, Philistines And Dagon, Lucifer's
Fall, Nebuchadnezzar's Idol, Demoniac And The Swine, Drunk
On The Spirit?, The Demon-Possessed And Satanic Sorcerors




Recently, after reading the article 'Are The Gifts Of The
Spirit For Today?', one of my readers wrote to me regarding
the remarks I had made concerning a modern-day occurrence
within some churches which is commonly referred to as being
'slain in the spirit'. As those of you who have read the
aforementioned article will know, I personally have some
serious reservations regarding this so-called manifestation
of the Spirit. For those of you who haven't read it yet,
allow me to share a few quotes with you from that article:

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This leads us to another important topic concerning the
various Gifts of the Spirit which I touched on earlier. One
dangerous pitfall into which some churches have fallen, such
as some of the Roman Catholic charismatics, as well as the
Pentecostals, is that of being taken over, or possessed, by
a false spirit which attempts to imitate God's true Holy
Spirit. Don't ever forget that Satan is a copycat; he is an
imitator; and he is a usurper who unrightfully tries to take
that which is not his. This deceptive spirit tries to
convince its deluded victims that it is the true Light of
God; and that its manifestations are of a Divine Nature,
when in fact they are not. Remember again the Apostle Paul's
admonition:

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14)

.....

Maybe some people are being 'slain' by the spirit in their
churches, but it certainly isn't the Holy Spirit with which
I am familiar! It is a deceptive demonic spirit of which we
are warned to beware! It is what Paul also referred to as a
'seducing spirit'. If you have any doubts whatsoever about
these people who foam at the mouth and fall all over the
place, and writhe in what they call 'spiritual ecstasy',
then I seriously advise you to consider the following
verses:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils;" (1 Timothy 4:1)

"And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he
foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I
spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and
they could not." (Mark 9:18)

"And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out;
and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him
hardly departeth from him." (Luke 9:39)

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Being one who seriously considers my opinions, after reading
the above comments, this dear person was quite alarmed due
to the fact that being 'slain in the spirit' is a regular
occurrence within their church. According to this person's
description, their congregation actively practices the Gifts
of the Spirit, and prayerfully looks to God's Word in order
to confirm His Will. This person also stated that sometimes
during prayer, when the spirit is believed to be present,
certain people will 'fall in the spirit' when hands are laid
upon them. In fact, this person states that this has also
occurred to them on a number of occasions as well.

In addressing this person's concerns, allow me to first
state that I personally have never actually witnessed anyone
being 'slain in the spirit'. I want you to understand that
any views that I may express concerning these things which
appear to be going on in some modern-day churches, are based
primarily upon testimonies I have read, as well as upon the
observations made by others who have then described these
events to me. In addition to this, I have also seen a few
things on certain American television shows in the past
which have not impressed me in a very positive spiritual
manner. In other words, my understanding of what is said to
happen during these events is by no means based upon
firsthand experience. Because of these facts, the only thing
that I know how to do, is to look to the Word of God in
order to hopefully provide a Spirit-led answer to this
question concerning being 'slain in the spirit'.

Having said all of the above, while this will surely offend
a few, allow me to first state that just the term alone,
'slain in the spirit', bothers me. I honestly do not know
where the phrase originated, but it simply does not strike
me as being a very godly term. As I began to ponder this
issue, the very first thing which came to my mind was a
picture of the red dragon persecuting and attempting to slay
the Lord's children. I am reminded of such verses as the
following:

"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,
and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before
the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her
child as soon as it was born...And when the dragon saw that
he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which
brought forth the man child...And the earth helped the
woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the
flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon
was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the
remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and
have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
(Revelation 12:4, 13, 16-17)

As I explain in many other articles, such as in 'Leviathan:
An Ancient Sea Dragon?', this red dragon who seeks to slay
the Lord's children is none other than Satan himself, who
has been permanently banished from the Halls of Heaven.
While he still possesses limited powers, this old demon is
nevertheless under God's control. This is quite evident from
reading the Book of Job where we see Satan slaying Job's
family, possessions, and then even poor old Job himself. It
might interest you to know that I just discovered that the
word 'slay' is used exactly seven times in the Authorized
King James Version of the New Testament; and in every
instance, it means to kill, or to be killed in some way.
Four different Greek words are used in these seven verses.
They are 'apokteino'; which means to kill in any way
whatever; 'katasphatto'; which means to kill off or to
slaughter; 'thuo'; which means to sacrifice, immolate, slay,
or kill; and finally, 'anaireo'; which means to kill or slay
a man among other things.

Following are the seven verses where these four Greek words
are translated as 'slay' in the New Testament:

"Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them
prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and
persecute:" (Luke 11:49)

"But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign
over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
(Luke 19:27)

"And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to
slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath
day." (John 5:16)

"When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took
counsel to slay them." (Acts 5:33)

"And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay
him." (Acts9:29)

"And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and
eat." (Acts 11:7)

"And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an
hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the
third part of men." (Revelation 9:15)

In addition to the previous verses, there are others in the
New Testament where the word 'slain' is used. In most cases,
this word is derived from the same four Greek words I
described previously; however, there are two others as well.
These are 'sphazo'; which means to slay, slaughter, butcher
or to put to death by violence; and 'apothnesko', which
means to die of a natural or violent death. What we see then
is that, according to the way it is used throughout God's
Word, 'slay', or 'slain', only means one thing, and nothing
else; and that is to kill man or beast.

Now, I don't doubt that some of those people who support
this practice of being 'slain in the spirit', and who have
probably been 'slain in the spirit' themselves, are going to
scoff and laugh, and accuse me of being a legalist. They are
probably going to suggest that I come out of the 'dark ages'
and look at a modern dictionary. Of course, I have already
consulted a dictionary; so I am already aware of what their
argument is going to be. In the 1981 edition of the American
Heritage Desk Dictionary, the second meaning for the word
'slay' is 'to overwhelm, as with laughter or love'. In other
words, those who indulge in this practice would have us
believe that they are being overwhelmed by God's Spirit, and
not by some demonic force of darkness. As I have said on
many occasions, we must each operate according to our own
faith, and according to our personal understanding of God's
Word, and how we each feel led of His Spirit. As the Apostle
Paul wrote in his discourse concerning the eating of meat:

"One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth
every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own
mind." (Romans 14:5)

If you wish to accept modern man's definition of the word
'slay', that is entirely up to you. Personally, I prefer to
look directly to the Word of God, and at the original Greek
roots, in order to see how the Lord Himself, and His First
Disciples, used these different words. As I have already
clearly pointed out, in the New Testament, 'slay' and
'slain' mean only one thing; and that is to kill. If I am
being a bit too technical for some of you, I am sorry, but
this is just how I feel about this issue.

Some of these testimonies I have read simply disturb me.
When some of my readers write in and inform me that either
they, or else someone that they know, has been pushed down
or knocked down to the ground by some invisible force in
some of these churches, it worries me. It causes me to be
spiritually on the alert. I recall the testimony of one
troubled person some time ago who described one of these
events. This person stated that as the congregation began
their praise session, this person began to feel a warm
tingling sensation first in their feet, and then moving up
slowly through their legs. This person was totally horrified
by this experience because, while they had expected God's
Spirit to descend from above, this feeling was originating
from the ground below. For good reason then, this person
began to rebuke the sensation in Jesus' name, and it
immediately stopped. I am reminded of several verses from
the Epistle of James where he is discussing divisive spirits
within the church:

"But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts,
glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom
descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual,
devilish." (James 3:14-15)

Might it possibly be that this experience of being 'slain in
the spirit', or 'falling in the spirit' is by no means what
some sincere God-fearing people have been led to believe? If
I were to ignore the witness of the Spirit, and look at
these experiences with my natural reasoning, I might think
that perhaps this falling over, or fainting, or whatever it
is that is actually happening to these people, might simply
be due to the room being too hot, or perhaps due to not
enough oxygen being in the immediate air around the person
being prayed over, or perhaps due to extreme emotionalism,
or maybe even simply due to the weight of all of the hands
being placed upon a certain person; but I tend to feel that
there is more to it than this. This whole idea of falling
over just does not strike me as being a part of real godly
manifestations. I simply don't believe that God operates
this way. While these people are being overwhelmed by
something, I simply have a difficult time accepting that it
is something good. As I have warned many times before, we
must try, or test, the spirits, to see if they are truly of
the Lord. We must choose the good and eschew the evil:

"Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and
ensue it." (1 Peter 3:11)

As I mention in my discussion on spiritual discernment,
found in the article 'Exposing The Tactics Of The Enemy',
the Apostle John appears to have been blessed with this gift
of seeing things in the spirit. This is why he wrote:

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are
gone out into the world." (1 John 4:1)

At this point, I should mention that while the Bible does
not use the word 'slay' in the context of meaning to be
overwhelmed by something, as in being 'slain in the spirit',
it does contain the words overwhelm, overwhelmed, overcome
and overcame. The word 'overwhelm' is only used in the Old
Testament, while 'overcome' is used in both Testaments. I
must admit that I was quite surprised when I discovered the
Hebrew root for 'overwhelm', which is only used one time in
the Old Testament. One thing which I have noticed since I
first began writing articles for the Lord, is that there are
quite a number of English words which are very similar in
pronunciation to Hebrew words. For example, in the Old
Testament, the word 'cord' is derived from the Hebrew word
'chebel', which is pronounced khay'-bel; just like our
English word 'cable' Following is an example from the story
of the harlot Rahab and the two spies sent by Joshua to spy
on Jericho:

"Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for
her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the
wall." (Joshua 2:15)

Another clear example is our English word 'money'. While
doing my research for the article 'Mondex And The Mark Of
The Beast', I discovered that there is, or at least was at
one time, a Jewish coin called the 'maneh'. This word is
derived from the Hebrew 'manah', which means to count,
reckon or number. This coin is equal to sixty shekels, or
two pounds six ounces in English troy-weight. This word
'maneh' is very similar to our English word 'money' in that
it is pronounced 'maw neh'. While today we are told that our
word 'money' is derived from the Latin word 'moneta', I tend
to believe that this Hebrew word 'maneh' helps to emphasize
for all of us who is really in charge of the worldwide
commercial system; as if we didn't already know. Following
is an example where we find this word 'maneh' in the Old
Testament:

"And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five
and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh."
(Ezekiel 45:12)

According to some information I came across at one time, if
it is to believed, approximately ninety-five percent of all
English words can be traced to a Hebrew root. It was because
of personal discoveries like the above, that I was a bit
surprised when, while studying this issue of being 'slain in
the spirit', or 'falling in the spirit' as some refer to it,
I learned that in the single instance in which the word
'overwhelm' is used in the Bible, it is used in a rather
negative context. More importantly, I discovered that it is
derived from the Hebrew word 'naphal', pronounced naw-fal',
which means to fall, or to be cast down. Here is the one
verse from the Book of Job where we find this word
'overwhelm' being used:

"Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig a pit for your
friend." (Job 6:27)

I am sure that you see can the obvious similarities in
meaning and pronunciation between our English word 'fall',
and the Hebrew word 'naphal'; however, what you may not know
if you haven't read my article on the subject, is that it is
from this very same Hebrew word that we derive the word
'Nephilim'. As you will learn in my article 'Nephilim: The
Giants of Genesis', the Nephilim were the evil spawn of
giants which were born as a result of the ungodly union of
the rebellious fallen angels, and the beautiful women of
Earth. This is why they are also sometimes referred to as
'the fallen ones'.

Perhaps it is just a matter of coincidence, or perhaps I am
simply imagining things, but could it be that when these
people are being 'slain in the spirit', or 'falling in the
spirit', that the invisible presence which is overwhelming
them and causing them to be knocked unconscious, or to be
pushed over, or to fall to the floor is not the true Spirit
of God whatsoever? The simple fact that the word 'overwhelm'
in the previous verse from the Book of Job is derived from
'naphal', is something worthy of consideration in my view.

To add a degree of balance to my previous statements, as is
only appropriate, allow me to also mention that in the case
of the word 'overwhelmed' as it is used in the Old
Testament, it is derived from a variety of Hebrew words. One
of these is the word 'kacah', which is pronounced kaw-saw'.
Of the one hundred and fifty-two times that it is found in
the Old Testament, one hundred and thirty-five of those
times, it is translated as 'covered'; so this is apparently
its primary meaning. Only two times is it translated as
'overwhelmed'. Here are a few examples where it is used:

"Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath
overwhelmed me." (Psalms 55:5).

"And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the
sea overwhelmed their enemies." (Psalms 78:53)

Another Hebrew word which is translated as 'overwhelmed' in
the Old Testament, is the word 'ataph', which is pronounced
aw-taf'. As will be seen by the following verses, it means
to envelop oneself, or to be faint or feeble; to grow weak:

"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my
heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher
than I." (Psalms 61:2)

"I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my
spirit was overwhelmed. Selah." (Psalms 77:3)

"Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart
within me is desolate." (Psalms 143:4)

One more word which is translated as 'overwhelmed' in the
Old Testament, is the Hebrew word 'shataph', which is
pronounced shaw-taf'. This word means to wash, rinse,
overflow, engulf, rinse or wash off. It is used in the
following verse:

"If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men
rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick,
when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had
overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the
proud waters had gone over our soul." (Psalms 124:2-5)

What I personally find rather interesting is the fact that
in all of these verses, no matter which Hebrew word is used,
the English word 'overwhelm' is used in a negative context,
and not in a positive one. It is used to describe either the
oppression or the destruction of the innocent by the wicked,
or else the destruction of evildoers. Nowhere do we see this
word 'overwhelm' being used in a positive manner. This again
shows how some words in our modern English language have
meanings which differ from their original definitions and
intentions as used in the Bible. Another word worth studying
is the word 'overcome'. This word is found in both the Old
and the New Testaments; and it is used in both a positive
and a negative manner. In the New Testament, it is derived
from three different Greek words. These words are 'nikao';
which means to overcome, to conquer or to be victorious over
another; 'hettao'; which means to be overcome, or to be
conquered, or to be made inferior; and 'katakurieuo'; which
means to bring under one's power, to subject one's self, to
subdue or to master. In a general sense then, all of these
words mean to overpower another, whether for good or for
evil. We see these words being used in a negative context in
such verses as the following:

"But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and
overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he
trusted, and divideth his spoils." (Luke 11:22)

"And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and
overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled
out of that house naked and wounded." (Acts 19:16)

"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the
servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of
the same is he brought in bondage. For if after they have
escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of
the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled
therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them
than the beginning." (2 Peter 2:19-20)

"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the
beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make
war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."
(Revelation 11:7)

"And 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." (Revelation 13:7)

On the other hand, we also find a number of very positive
verses which demonstrate the Lord and His saved children
overcoming the evil of the world. Consider the following for
your personal inspiration:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that
is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because
ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little
children, because ye have known the Father. I have written
unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from
the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because
ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye
have overcome the wicked one." (1 John 2:13-14)

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
world." (1 John 4:4)

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my
Father in his throne." (Revelation 3:21)

"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." (Revelation 12:11)

"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
faithful." (Revelation 17:14)

Being as Hebrew is such a precise language, in the Old
Testament, there are seven different words which are all
translated into English as the word 'overcome'. These seven
words are the following: 'guwd'; which means to invade or to
attack; 'chaluwshah'; which signifies weakness, defeat or
prostration; 'yakol'; which means to prevail, to overcome,
to endure, to have power or to be able; 'lacham'; which
means to fight, to do battle or to make war against;
'rahab'; which means to behave proudly, to act stormily,
boisterously or in an arrogant manner; 'halam'; which means
to smite, to strike, to hammer or to strike down; and
'abar'; which means to pass over or by or through, to
alienate, to bring, to carry, to do away, to take, to take
away or to transgress. For the sake of brevity, and because
the New Testament words already provide us with a clear
understanding of how 'overcome' is used in the Bible, I am
not going to provide examples from the Old Testament for
these Hebrew words. Of course, as Christians, our main
concern should be, as the Apostle Paul wrote, to fight
against evil, and not to be overcome by it:

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
(Romans 12:21)

This is really the key issue here. Are these people being
overcome by God's true Holy Spirit, or is it something else?
As I have stated on a few other occasions, when my readers
ask me certain questions, sometimes I simply and honestly do
not know how to answer them. I might have an inkling of an
idea, but not much. All I know how to do is to go straight
to the Word of God. I just have to trust fully in Him, and
believe that He will show me what I need to see in order to
answer the person's question. I will just sit here in my
chair, with my hands on my keyboard, and the Lord's Spirit
will just begin to bring different verses to mind which I
have read or memorized over the years. As I begin to type,
things just start coming together from all over the Bible.
As I type what I believe He has given me to share, He
continues to give me more. While some people may find this
hard to believe, I just can't deny the way these things
happen. All I can say is that He promised to bring all
things to our remembrance by His Holy Spirit, and I believe
that this is exactly what happens with me:

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you." (John 14:26)

While Satan has slipped into some of these modern churches
and deceived the congregations by turning everything around,
so that being 'slain in the spirit' or 'falling in the
spirit' is now viewed as a very positive thing, I believe
that the Lord has shown me how totally contrary it is to His
Word. Let me state for the record that when some of these
people say that they 'fall in the spirit', I am not sure if
they mean that they physically fall to the floor as when one
faints, or if they simply mean that they fall under the
influence of the spirit. I tend to believe that in some
cases, depending upon to whom you are talking, it means the
former, and in other cases, it means the latter. In other
words, some people definitely are literally falling down
under this spiritual force. While this may alarm some
people, the truth of the matter is that from the very
beginning of the Bible to the very end, the act of falling
is a negative experience, and definitely not a positive one.
It involves rebellion and God's displeasure in some way;
physically-speaking, as well as metaphorically-speaking.
When Adam and Eve rebelled against the Lord by listening to
the subtle lies of Satan, they fell from grace and were
kicked out of the Garden:

"Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of
Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he
drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden
of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every
way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
(Genesis 3:23-24)

As a result of the fallen angels rebelling against the Lord
and mating with human women, the wicked generations of the
pre-diluvian days fell under tons of water, while Noah was
lifted on high in the Ark by the grace of God:

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face
of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the
sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair;
and they took them wives of all which they chose. 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. There were giants in the earth in those days;
and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the
daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same
became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And GOD
saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only
evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made
man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the
LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the
face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping
thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I
have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the
LORD." (Genesis 6:1-8)

When proud Nimord and his followers tried to build the city
and tower of Babel in order to make themselves a name, the
Lord confused them with different tongues; and thus the
tower was either destroyed, or fell into decay in His hot
displeasure:

"He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is
said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And
the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and
Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar...And they said, Go
to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach
unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered
abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came
down to see the city and the tower, which the children of
men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one,
and they have all one language; and this they begin to do:
and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they
have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there
confound their language, that they may not understand one
another's speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from
thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to
build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel;
because the LORD did there confound the language of all the
earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon
the face of all the earth." (Genesis 10:9-10, 11:4-9)

When Joshua and the children of Israel marched for seven
days around the city, the heathen of Jericho probably
thought that they were crazy. While they relied upon their
walls of brick to keep them safe inside, the Lord made the
walls of the city fall due to the faith and obedience of His
children:

"And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose
early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city
after the same manner seven times: only on that day they
compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the
seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets,
Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given
you the city. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and
all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot
shall live, she and all that are with her in the house,
because she hid the messengers that we sent. And ye, in any
wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make
yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and
make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the
silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are
consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury
of the LORD. So the people shouted when the priests blew
with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people
heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with
a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the
people went up into the city, every man straight before him,
and they took the city." (Joshua 6:15-20)

When the pagan Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant
from the children of Israel and placed it in their temple
next to the statue of their false god Dagon, in His fury,
twice the Lord made it fall over so that it split into
several pieces:

"And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it
from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark
of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it
by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow,
behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before
the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his
place again. And when they arose early on the morrow
morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the
ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and
both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold;
only the stump of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither
the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house,
tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day."
(1 Samuel 5:1-5)

When Satan became lifted up in his pride and tried to exalt
himself to the very Throne of God, instead, he fell, or was
cast down to the Earth until the day that he is cast into
the Lake of Fire:

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations!" (Isaiah 14:12)

"And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall
from heaven." (Luke 10:18)

"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in
heaven. 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." (Revelation 12:7-9)

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet
are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and
ever." (Revelation 20:10)

While the wicked rebellious men of Earth continue to build
their puny governments and temporal kingdoms, just as King
Nebuchadnezzar saw in his vision of the great idol in Daniel
chapter two, we are told that the Rock, Jesus Christ, will
soon strike the idol of man in its toes; and it will come
crashing down when the Lord subdues the nations of the world
and sets up His own everlasting Kingdom:

"Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands,
which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and
clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay,
the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces
together, and became like the chaff of the summer
threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no
place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image
became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth...And in
the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a
kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in
pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand
for ever." (Daniel 2:34-35, 44)

"And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but
on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
(Matthew 21:44)

When the possessed man was cleansed of his legion of demons
in Mark chapter five, we are told that a herd of swine was
filled with the demons; and that they then violently ran
down a steep place into the sea.

"And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do
with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure
thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him,
Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him,
What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is
Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he
would not send them away out of the country. Now there was
there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the
swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave
them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered
into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep
place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were
choked in the sea." (Mark 5:7-13)

Over and over again we see that this act of spiritually or
physically falling down, or being cast down, is a negative
event brought about by the sin of rebellion, which results
in the judgments of God in some way. Despite this Biblical
Truth, today we have people who claim to get so 'drunk in
the spirit', that they actually become giddy and fall over
as if they had actually drank too much wine! I have read
some of these testimonies for myself. If there is one thing
of which I am certain, it is that absolutely nowhere in the
Bible do we find the Lord's servants being filled with the
Spirit, and then acting in this manner. In fact, it was the
false unbelieving Jews who launched this accusation of being
drunk against them in Acts chapter two:

"Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But
Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and
said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at
Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but
the third hour of the day." (Acts 2:13-15)

No place in the Book of Acts, or anywhere else in the New
Testament, have I ever found people falling all over each
other 'drunk on the spirit', rolling on the floor, barking
like dogs or making noises like other animals, stomping
their feet, foaming at the mouth, staring in some kind of a
hypnotic trance, shouting 'Jeez-us, Jeez-us, Jeez-us!' at
the top of their lungs, being knocked or pushed to the floor
by some invisible force, laughing hysterically totally out
of control, or asking 'Do you feel the spirit brother, do
you feel the spirit?'. It just isn't there; at least not in
my Bible! As I pointed out at the beginning of this article,
the only people who manifested odd behaviour of any kind in
the New Testament, were those who were either possessed by
demons, or else those who dabbled in the occultic forces
like the two sorcerors Simon and Elymas:

"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime
in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of
Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom
they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying,
This man is the great power of God. And to him they had
regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with
sorceries." (Acts 8:9-11)

"But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by
interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the
deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,)
filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O
full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the
devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease
to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the
hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not
seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on
him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to
lead him by the hand." (Acts 13:8-11)

In part two of this series, we will be discussing such
topics as the spiritual and mental sobriety of the mature
Christian, the still small Voice of God, charismatic groups,
Micaiah, Jeremiah and the false prophets of peace, the
withdrawal of God's Spirit and judgment, child discipline
and temporary abandonment, and the dangers of creating a
spiritual vacuum. I trust that you will join me. We still
have a lot of territory to cover.

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