The Enticement

Journal Entry:

Title:  The Enticement
Date: 6/16/12

fifty dollarsI was walking down a big city street, which had a large building made of stone, with tall columns and steps which spanned the width of the building. A lady dressed in black came down the steps and said to me as I walked past, “How would you like a fifty dollar bill for free?” Then she stuck a folded “fifty” in my back right pocket. I immediately pulled it out and held it up in front of me to look at it. She said, “It’s free and won’t cost you a thing.” I wasn’t fooled because I knew her game. I had seen it before.

Then she showed me four beautiful young women sitting in a row just to her side. There was a blonde, brunette, redhead and one with black hair. She said, “You can have anyone of them you want and it won’t cost you a thing.” Then she handed me a brochure with their pictures and bio information of each one of them. I noticed in the bio under the blonde’s picture had her nationality as Arabian. She said, “Have you ever had an Arabian woman?” She was beautiful and I felt a fleshly thought come into my mind, “Wow, I could have an Arabian woman.” Then I came to my senses, “A blonde Arabian?” I thought to myself. How more false can it get than that?

I still held the fifty dollar bill and she said it was mine and it wouldn’t cost me a thing. There is an old street saying that says. “Never play another man’s game.” I looked down the street in the direction I was headed and knew if I kept the fifty and tried to slip away with her money that she had people in waiting take back the money and rough me up as much as necessary.

Then I was shown a vision in the dream of four trees growing up together. As they grew they were competing for space to see who could become the biggest of the group. It was painful to watch as each tree pushed on the other trees like goats trying to see which one can be on the top of the mound. The struggle went on for some time before one tree finally prevailed over the other three.

I handed the money back to her and said, “No thanks.” I could tell the woman’s feelings were hurt and then I saw the tallest tree of the bunch began to cry. Water flowed like a spring from the top of it, down its leaves onto the smaller trees. I asked the Lord, “What’s wrong with a tree crying?” He said, “Watch.”  As I watched, the tears from the tallest tree turned an ugly brown as it flowed down over the other three trees. I began to weep in my spirit as I walked away with such a saddened heart.

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Meaning: I awoke immediately after the dream ended and lay quietly in bed seeking understanding from the Lord as to the meaning of the dream. Then he showed me a vision of a largest church in a city, which had a promotion in the park starting on the same day of this dream.

The event was advertised as one of the largest of its kind and offered activities for people of all ages. The ad offered families the opportunity to experience some things they may never have the opportunity to enjoy otherwise and it was FREE.

IPalm Trees and Blue Skyt is the classic “Love with a hook.” Their actions appear to be someone doing something for you at no cost, were actually them doing something for their self. They wanted to use this event as an enticement in order to grow their church attendance. The event was created and promoted to rise above the other churches in the city and motivated by self-serving interest. Although they would defend their actions as doing it for the people, God, and serving their church, it was spirit driven, but it is not of God, because of the motive behind it. It was driven by self.

Churches, just like businesses have used all manner of enticements to get new blood in the doors to grow their numbers. Businesses and churches plan a “special” event to create a buzz in order to get people excited so they will tell others about what they experienced. Some of the special events include: celebrity speakers, famous authors, drawing for big prizes like trips or big screen TVs, signage on billboards, postcards, flyers, online newsletter, creative website, establish contacts with businesses or colleges and do lunch together with the employees or students. Create special events such a night projection on large buildings, referral incentive program, contest, streaming services online, clever quotes on sign out front, have the greatest worship team in town, and Super Bowl parties

Some of the more traditional promotions are bus ministry, Sunday school, vacation Bible school, Christian school, and church day care.

Have you ever attending a “How to grow the church” planning meetings? Have you ever been involved in setting up events like the ones listed above? What was your real motive to do so? Was it successful? Did you see an increase in numbers? Does watching other churches to put on events motivate jealously in your heart? Are you in direct competition with other churches in your city?

In the dream I was offered the beautiful blonde who was advertised as an Arabian woman, but she was not Arabian whatsoever. The blonde woman represented spiritual Egypt and she is driven by one thing and that is the desire of the flesh and all its lust. In life, a person has to choose between spiritual Egypt and all that it offers for the flesh and the lust thereof or seek out the things of God. When Jesus told His disciples to come and follow Him it was to lead them out of spiritual Egypt just as Moses led out the Hebrew nation from natural Egypt. Spiritual Egypt is in the world and found its way into the church many centuries ago.

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Gal. 5:20-21

In the vision the largest tree began to cry when I turned down the woman’s offerings. As the tears flowed from out of the top of the tallest tree, the water turned an ugly brown color, which represents a polluting, corrupting, and carnally minded spirit. The same corrupted spirit that is at the head flowed down onto the lesser trees, destroying their natural beauty as well.

Spiritual Babylon is described best as all that is carnally minded. It is mankind exalting himself above the things of God, and doing what he thinks is right. Spiritual Egypt and Babylon began to influence early Christians causing division and dissension among the community of believers, eventually it evolved over the many centuries to this thing called church today. The church organization today is a counterfeit of what Christ implemented by Holy Spirit.

sea foam smlWe are led to believe that being in right standing with a church organization is the same as being in right standing with Christ. Man has merged the two together and compelled others to believe that it is Christ’s will for them to join in with them in their spiritual adultery. People are led to believe that serving in the church organization is the same as serving Christ. When men ascended to power over other believers, by creating the clergy system they took for themselves titles like bishop, established a hierarchy of administration, and promoted their interest over God’s. Today, you will find organizational charts in churches just like it common in corporations. It is the Babylonian spirit and there are many forms of that spirit.

Ignatius the third pastor at Antioch created this doctrine cementing the power structure of the Clergy paradigm that is in the Church today.

“Follow your bishop, every one of you, as obediently as Jesus Christ followed the Father. Obey your Clergy too, as you would the Apostles; give your deacons the same reverence that you would to a command from God.  Make sure no step affecting the Church is ever taken by anyone without the bishop’s sanction. The sole Eucharist you should consider valid is one that is celebrated by the bishop himself, or by some person authorized by him. Where the bishop is to be seen, there let all his people be; just as wherever Jesus Christ is present, we have the Catholic Church. Nor is it permissible to conduct baptism, or the Eucharist without the bishop. On the other hand, whoever does have this sanction can be sure of God’s approval too. This is the way to make certain of soundness, and validity of anything you do.”

In the dream the woman offered free money, but nothing is for free. There’s always a hook. On the surface everything seemed innocent enough, but I had experienced the deception first hand for myself.

A few years ago when I was going about my day, suddenly I knew I had an audience with the Father. I quickly grabbed my pen and tablet and sat down in His presence. I began with one question, which led to asking five. As I inquired of the Father about a particular church in the area which had tried every scheme known to man to grow church membership without any success.
Five Questions I asked the Lord

Q1. Why doesn’t this church grow?
A1. Because they want it to grow.

Q2. What’s wrong with that?
A2. It’s their vision not mine.

Q3. The early church grew and increased?
A3. As I added members.

Q4. Why then do some churches grow and other don’t?
A4. It’s not about growth. It’s about the Kingdom. Each church has a different assignment and the motives behind the pulpit must be 100% for My things and not things, not numbers, or anything that man can say, “This is a successful ministry because of a building or pews filled”. What are they doing with the people in the pews, warehousing them? Corralling them as their sheep to control while they feed themselves and starve My sheep? It is not My way and a day of judgment awaits for those evil, sluggard, selfish shepherds.

Q5. How does leadership change their mind set?
A5. Give up control to Me. Find their true place in My heart and allow My heart to reign in their lives.

In most cases what I have spoken about applies to the church system. In some case the hearts of the people are true for God and its about what’s in the heart. However, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it. We should always honestly ask our self why I want to do a certain thing. We should lay our ideas on the altar before God and allow Him to lead us in the things pertaining to ministry. We should always allow God to show us the vision of what He wants the ministry to look like. We must always lay down the idols in our heart before pursuing answers from God. If not, you will simply hear what you want to hear.

We are living in the time where Jesus Christ is calling out His bride from spiritual Babylon and to leave the riches of Egypt and choose to follow Him. The plumbline is laid. Come out of her or suffer her plagues. Rev. 18:4

May You Be blessed in the Lord’s Favor,

Bro. Bill

Scripture References:

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. 2 Tim 4:14-15

“I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.” 3 JN 1:9-10

“For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.” Jude 1:4, 10-19

“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality. And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. Rev. 17:1-5

  • The Adulterous Church – Many Are Called – Few Chosen

    Journal entry August, 25, 2009 – At 5:15 am – I heard in the Spirit what sounded like a “notifier contentment” ring tone available on a Blackberry phone. I quickly turned to my phone, which was on the nightstand table, to see if the sound possibly could have originated from the phone. The phone indicated that it had no message activity at all. In fact the alarm, which initiated at the present time of 5:45 am, that morning didn’t play the alarm tone at all. I had to pull the battery out, reinstall it to reboot the phone, in order for the sounds to start working properly again.

    I have heard other messages similar to this one in the Spirit before when God was about to give a revelation or a word to me or to me for someone else; Hearing in the Spirit sounds as real as hearing in the natural. The best way I know to distinguish the origin of the sound is to take a quick inventory of my surroundings looking for anything that may have caused the sound. A good example would be knocking at the front door, if no one is at the door; nor anyone in the area at the time of the knocking, more than likely you heard in the Spirit. If you can rule out all natural sources of the sound, then you may indeed have heard something in the Spirit. Therefore, I put myself on full alert to be listening, watching and waiting to see what the Lord had to say to me. Hab. 2:1-2

    adulterous-church1Journal entry August 26, 2009 – Sometime during the night I was given a series of dreams where a bed was situated in the middle of a dark expansive room that reached into infinity. The bed was the only piece of furniture in the room.  Lying in the bed was a naked woman and she was committing adultery with another being, which was a demonic spirit. I saw Jesus standing out in from of me, slightly to my right, watching this take place.  I heard Him say, “This isn’t my bride”. I began to say, “Oh Lord I don’t want to be part of this, Lord forgive us, and forgive your church!”

    The same message was given to me in a dream July 17, 2009. Read The Preparation of the Bride – The Epoch Dream #5 The Condition of the Bride.

    Scripture Ref. 1 Cor. 6:15-16 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body {with her?} For He says, “THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.”

    I believe the primary spirit in which the church is committing adultery is the Babylonian spirit. What is the spirit of Babylon?

    Martin Luther wrote in 1520, “Hence we see how angry God is with us, in that he has permitted godless teachers to conceal the words of this testament from us, and thereby, as much as in them lay, to extinguish faith. And the inevitable result of this extinguishing of faith is even now plainly to be seen – namely, the most godless superstition of works. For when faith dies and the word of faith is silent, works and the traditions of works immediately crowd into their place. By them we have been carried away out of our own land, as in a Babylonian captivity, and despoiled of all our precious possessions. This has been the fate of the mass. It has been converted by the teaching of godless men into a good work, which they themselves call an “opus operatum” (from the works done referring to the efficacy of the Sacraments) and by which they presumptuously imagine themselves all-powerful with God.”

    Babylonian SpiritThe Babylonian spirit is a spirit that sets out to extinguish faith with false doctrine which leads man into works. For when faith dies there is no faith which leads people to ascend to God in their own way. It disrupts the plan and purposes of God by its influence of a non-God spirit.

    The Babylonian spirit influences ministries to do works such as, let us build, let us make a name for ourselves, let us do great projects, let us be like God. It replaces the faith with works and does not follow nor seek the leading or direction of Holy Spirit.

    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. Gen. 11:4

    “Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord ” Jeremiah 51:53

    Through false teachers which infiltrated the church hundreds of years ago the church has been divided and led into error and immorality.  Those who are to be the bride of Christ will have to come out of the religious system which is controlled by the Babylonian spirit.

    In the book of Revelation, the Bible gives us a clear picture of the spiritual status of the world in the last hour of the age. If the Bible says that in the end time judgment the Babylonian spirit falls, that tells me that it had ascended to a high place.

    After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed {acts of} immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Rev. 18:1-5

    In the book of Revelation, Jesus said to the early churches that they were holding on to false teachings, were eating things sacrificed to idols, tolerated the spirit of Jezebel and were committing acts of immorality. This pretty much sums up the methodology of the Babylonian spirit and it very much paints a picture of the world church today.

    Bride MadeReady“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: ‘But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit {acts of} immorality.  So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.” Rev 2: 12, 14-15 (Note: The Nicolaitans refers to those who, while professing themselves to be Christians, lived licentiously (recklessly and/or extravagantly.) This sounds exactly like the majority of the church today!)

    To the church at Thyatira:

    “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: ‘But I have {this} against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit {acts of} immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.” Rev 2:18, 20

    To the church at Sardis:

    “But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. ‘He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Rev. 3: 4-6

    To the church at Laodicea:

    “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.’ Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing, and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,” Rev. 3: 14-17

    When looking at the western church today, particularly America, I see the same immorality in the world has crept in. Not only is there gross immorality in the church today it is tolerated to a great extent and even defended by many denominations. The loss of the message of consecration and holiness has created a church which has no authority or the fire of God. For most Christians, intimacy with Christ was lost long ago and what remains exhibits few of the characteristics of the bride of Christ.

    As a prerequisite, the bride of Christ will have both fire and authority because she has been purged, purified and refined by His winnowing fork. The message I keep hearing from Holy Spirit is, “Come out of her my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues”.

    Recently the Father was speaking to me and said something which caused me to shudder. He said, “My bride doesn’t come from the church as much as from out of the world”.  That statement shook me somewhat but I know it is true. The great end-time harvest will bring in many souls from the world and a huge contingent will be made of youth. Those who are truly in the church system today, and are truly seeking Christ in intimacy, will come out of the church system to serve the Lord’s bride as gatherers and preparers, for the bride to make herself ready.

    “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright {and} clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ ” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.” Rev 19: 7-9

    Preparation of the BrideAccording to the Bible, the marriage supper of the Lamb is by invitation only. We must be a close and intimate acquaintance with the bridegroom to be invited and show up wearing the proper dinner attire.   In Matthew 22: 11-14 “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. “Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ “For many are called, but few {are} chosen.”

    The Message From the Podiums Must Change

    In the prearranged times of God there are revelations and insight released to appointed faithful individuals of God which bring new understanding to the body of Christ of the things of God. God has used individual such as Martin Luther, John Wesley, Kenneth Hagin and many others for His divine purpose. A now God is saying to the body of Christ, “I’m doing a new thing and it’s time to move from this mountain”.

    “”The LORD our God spoke to us at Horeb, saying, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Duet 1:6

    There has been a paradigm shift in the Spirit of God and places His focus on the preparation of His bride. The message from the pulpits must align with the purpose of God. Going forward, it will become evident which ministers are truly hearing Holy Spirit and which ones are not. Christ is coming back for a bride without spot, wrinkle or blemish; a bride which has made herself ready for the Son of God.  All those who hear His voice say, “Come out of the world and follow Me,” make yourself ready!

    “{Come} with me from Lebanon, {my} bride, May you come with me from Lebanon. Journey down from the summit of Amana, From the summit of Senir and Hermon, From the dens of lions, From the mountains of leopards. Sgs 4:8

    Bro. Bill Nelson