Tuesday, 13 August 2013
DESTROYING ANCESTRAL ALTARS/AGENTS (1)
”And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face. And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night. And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. (Judges 6:22-28)
From the story above we see the encounter Gideon had with God through angelic visitation. The people had gone into slavery and were under the tyranny of the enemies. God couldn’t help them because they had erected an altar for the worship of idols-baal and astarte.
The altar must need be demolished and destroyed before God could demonstrate His power according to His commandment in Exodus 22.God needed Gideon to do the job. He had to destroy the altar and replace it with another altar. There is no vacuum in life.
Take note that Gideon built his personal altar unto the Lord but God still told him to build another altar again unto Him in the place of the evil altar of baal. This means you can build a personal altar of your choice unto God but God demands His own self instructed personal altar.
Take note he had to offer a specified sacrifice on the new altar to be erected. He also had to shed blood of the sacrificial animal. There are four powerful revelations here.
1.It takes an altar to destroy an altar. A superior altar must replace an inferior altar.It takes a God’s divine altar to destroy satanic altars.
2.It takes a sacrifice to destroy the influence of an altar. This means it takes the influence of a greater holy sacrifice to destroy the influence of an unholy one.
3.It takes the shedding of sacrificial blood to destroy the evil blood covenant that had been made with the demons behind evil altars. Only a superior blood covenant can destroy and replace a satanic inferior blood covenant. Thank God for the PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS. Hebrews 9
4. God was involved in the leading and given of instruction. Destroying evil altars is no child’s play. One must be strong and led by the Holy Spirit. Mind you the angel addressed Gideon initially as A MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR-Judges 6:12. You can be spiritually strong but if you don’t have divine leading on how to go about destroying ancestral altars especially physically, you might get what you did not bargain for.
Many years ago, some zealous Christians went to cut down their village tree that was the shrine of the god of the land. They did it out of zeal without knowledge. Unfortunately they all died few days after. Only God can explain the full details of what went wrong. I shall talk more on those four points later on in these series.
Before I delve deep into this teaching we need to understand some terminology. That is;
a. What is an altar?
b. What is ancestral?
c. What is ancestral altars?
d. What is familiar spirits?
e. Who are ancestral agents?
a. WHAT IS AN ALTAR?
1. It is a special place of consecration dedicated unto a supernatural being.Genesis.12:7-8,28:16-18
“And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.” Gen 12:7-8
This can be any place that is set apart for supernatural purpose. The place is considered a special place for a deity or deities. It can be a room, a house, a tree, a part of the ground, a hill, a mountain, a river, sea or stream etc.
2. It is a place where sacrifices are made to appeal, appease or invoke the supernatural.2Chronicles 5:6-7,7:1-5,Genesis 4:4.
“And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:” Gen 4:4
“And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.” (Gen 8:20-21)
This is place where special sacrifices are made to either appeal deities or invoke them for one thing or the other. Sacrifices are the catalyst for stirring such deities into action for good or for evil.
3. It is a place of spiritual link with the supernatural anchored on a covenant bound by blood. Leveticus 17:5-7
“To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD. And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD. And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.” (Lev 17:5-7)
In short,an altar is a place of blood,blood covenant and spiritual stronghold. Evil altars are not to be toyed or joked with if you don’t know your authority in Christ Jesus.Your life must be sound in Christ if ever you will overcome the influence and manipulations from such altars.
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