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The following letter-form was brought about as a means of teaching my children the Word of God through the mail. And of course, quite naturally so, that’s the reason I begin these letters with "Dear Children" and end them with "Love Dad". So for the rest of you who participate in these weekly messages, please keep their original intended purpose in mind.
23 March, 2008
Believe it or not but today’s message – “The Devil’s Destroying My Church!” – is going to be what we’ll call a “double whammy”. I mean not only are we going to address the issue of the church that’s being destroyed, (and the pastor who’s helping the Devil accomplish it), but we’re also going to expose the prophetess who was called of God to speak correction to the pastor but didn’t do it.
And having said that, “the church” I’m referring to is Victorious Life Church in Wesley Chapel (Tampa), Florida, “the pastor” is Ed Russo, and “the prophetess” is Teresa (Theresa) Lea who just so happens to be one of the many backslidden members in this rather large congregation.
Now, before we go any further in this message, I’d like to first of all mention our upcoming sermonet – “The Making Of A Junkyard Dog: The Prophet!” Because, you see, whenever the Lord gives me the directive, we’re going to lay out a few of the details on how the Almighty trains His chosen prophets to be the dedicated “watch dogs” that He’s called them to be. And just in case you didn’t know it, the proverbial “junkyard dog” is a vicious, brutal, ferocious, fierce, and violent animal when it comes to protecting the property of it’s master. In other words, “thieves and robbers” beware!
So with “junkyard dog” in mind, what do you say we check out “Prophet Jeremiah” in the early stages of his “watch dog” training:
“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:4-10 KJV)
Now the first thing to take note of is that God Almighty “designed” Jeremiah to be a prophet. Jeremiah did not have to volunteer for the position…he got volunteered before he was ever born! And the second thing worth noting is that Jeremiah thought himself to be totally inadequate for the job: “Who, me?” I mean he was very humble to say the least!
You see it was only with “fear and trembling” that Jeremiah became the “mouthpiece of God” and spoke as the Father directed. I mean, without a doubt, Jeremiah fully understood the responsibility that went along with speaking what “thus saith the Lord” to the rebellious people of God:
“In two things he must be faithful: - (1.) He must speak all that he is charged with: Speak all that I command thee. He must forget nothing as minute, or foreign, or not worth mentioning; every word of God is weighty. He must conceal nothing for fear of offending; he must alter nothing under pretence of making it more fashionable or more palatable, but, without addition or diminution, declare the whole counsel of God. (2.) He must speak to all that he is charged against; he must not whisper it in a corner to a few particular friends that will take it well, but he must appear against the kings of Judah, if they be wicked kings, and bear his testimony against the sins even of the princes thereof; for the greatest of men are not exempt from the judgments either of God's hand or of his mouth. Nay, he must not spare the priests thereof; though he himself was a priest, and was concerned to maintain the dignity of his order, yet he must not therefore flatter them in their sins. He must appear against the people of the land, though they were his own people, as far as they were against the Lord.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Whole Bible)
So are you starting to see the “junkyard dog” in all of this? Well, it was the job of “Prophet Jeremiah” to speak whatever “hurtful Words” God gave him to speak, to whomever God gave him to speak it, and regardless of the “pain and suffering” it would bring about. The “Words of a prophet” are meant to “chasten” the “enemies” of God (those who call themselves “Christians” but yet don’t live it). That’s the way God’s designed it! In fact the word “chasten” simply means to inflict pain on the offender (root out, pull down, destroy, and throw down) in order to bring them to their knees in submission to the Almighty. I mean there just ain’t nothing pretty about a snarling junkyard dog ripping into the flesh of the enemy. It’s one more bloody undertaking!
Now with that in mind, let’s continue on with the story and see how God develops this junkyard dog in Prophet Jeremiah. Because you see it’s only a few verses later that we find the Almighty giving Jeremiah a gentle nudge to put it in gear and get on with the attack, and He does it through a very obvious threat:
“Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them…And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver them.” (Jeremiah 1:17, 19 KJV)
So did you get the picture? Well please allow me to add a little color to it. Because you see it was on the 13th of January 2002, that I found myself in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a lush “Motel 6”, preparing to go before Jimmy Swaggart the very next morning. God had given me a “Word of correction” for Jimmy Swaggart, but, to tell you the truth, I was ready to “forgive and forget” and head on back to El Paso, Texas. Junkyard dog? Who me? Not even! I was scared spit-less! In fact it was because of my overwhelming fear of the impending confrontation with Jimmy Swaggart that the Lord gave me the same one-liner He gave Jeremiah…and He gave it to me with much understanding:
“Speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I destroy thee (break thee to pieces) even in their sight.”
You see the choice was mine! Either: (a) develop a “junkyard dog” attitude real quick, or (b) end up like one of those dogs on the Interstate that tangled with a “18-wheeler”!
Well, as you can see I chose option “a”, and you can read the rest of the story in our 3/10/02 sermonet “A Journey Of Fear!”
And having said all that, it’s now time to focus our attention on the prophetess (Teresa/Theresa) whom chose option “b”. In fact the following is “in the beginning” of her correspondence with me (emphasis mine):
From: Theresa Lea
Sent: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:07:25 -0500
Subject: DEVIL DESTROYING MY CHURCH!
I was searching the Internet for information relating to the Jezebell spirit when I cam across your website. WOW! I was lead to your sermonet titled The Shepherd Who Scattered The Flock!
Please excuse my simple words, I only know how to say it “how it is”. Fancy words are not of me.
I am deeply concerned for my Church and my pastor. It was apparent long before I started to attend, that there was something terribly wrong with my church is covered by evil spirits whose sole intention is to destroy Gods and everything he stands for. The Devil is rampant in my Church.
For some reason, God told me “it is time”. I started attending. My being there is a testimony of truly God sent. That’s all I could say was “it’s time, it’s time” having no idea what I was saying. God has since revealed to me why.
I am having the hardest time writing this. Although I am fully aware of what is going on in the flesh and of the spirit in my church, for some reason it is proving real hard for me to put in to words.
My Pastor is struggling. He conforms to man, the flesh, yet I can clearly see the spiritual fight going on inside him. My church is falling apart. People are leaving left right and center. The people that should stay are leaving! The people that are destroying the church are being promoted! People are dying ...... at an alarming rate, 6 from automobile accidents in less than 1 month, the the pastors nephew in a motorbike accident, the frustrating thing is I saw the first 3 accidents, but I did not know what it was, who it was or what to do.
The last being a friend, who less than 24 hours earlier played a “skit” as God, his death was awful, log fell down, hit him in the back which immediately caused his neck to break. Youth dying in auto accidents. A Promotion to Pastor secretary of one who engulfed by the Jezebell spirit, she now is at the core of the church and easy access to the Pastor. Upon her husband being approached about this, by the Pastor’s “right hand man”, who left after 20 years of attendance, stating to the husband that this was not a God decision, the husband admitted that he knew that, and went on to state “but we are going to try it anyway”.
Approximately 2.5 years ago, right around the time I started attending my local church, I received the following knowledge;
That people would come from miles around to ***church because of the reputation of the amount of “gifted” people at the church. However, before that, 50% of the people would leave, and 50% of those people would come back.
I’m sorry but I am having the hardest time putting this into words. I will try again later. Teresa
So what did you think about that? Well, I don’t know about you but it really blew me away! I mean the part about “church members dying off” was a frightening reminder of what God gave me back in 2002: “You’re going to see a lot of ‘Christians’ dropping dead!” In fact the gruesome reality of that particular Word was given in part 2 of our sermonet series that Teresa mentioned in the beginning of her email to me – “The Shepherd Who Scattered The Flock!”
But anyway, after having received her email, I went to the Lord in prayer and responded back as He instructed, with Teresa’s reply following shortly thereafter:
To: Theresa Lea
Sent: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 01:43:14 -0600
Subject: Re: DEVIL DESTROYING MY CHURCH!
Thanks for writing. It is obvious that you are called, and the devil is angry at your obedience to the call. If it would be easier to talk by phone please let us know a time when we can make the connection. We can call you or you can call us (915-751-6789). Looking forward to talking.
Also, it was in 2002 that the Lord told me I would witness Christians dropping dead (Acts 5:5), and it was only several weeks later that one dropped dead in my truck. I actually watched in as this "Christian" dropped on into Hell. That was only the beginning of what is yet to come.
From: Theresa Lea
Sent: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 20:46:15 -0500
Subject: RE: DEVIL DESTROYING MY CHURCH!
Thank you so much for your quick response. Will tomorrow evening work for you at 7p.m? I don't know what the time difference is, I'm in Florida, close to Tampa. If that is not a convenient day or time, please let me know what will work for you and I will make sure I am free. I am self-employed and work from home, and can easily adjust my schedule. My telephone number is: (813) 994-XXXX.
So that was the plan! In fact it was only a few hours later that I confirmed our appointment with yet another email back to her: “That's good with us; 7:00 your time - 5:00 ours. See you tomorrow!”
And then came the appointed time of our “conference” call, because there were actually three of us – Lisa, Alan and myself – who talked with Teresa that night from El Paso, Texas. You see Father God, in His infinite foreknowledge, knew that things would eventually get really “UGLY” with Teresa, so He made sure that I had two witnesses to substantiate everything that she was going to say that would eventually get put into writing. I mean, after all, remember “option b”?
Well, it goes without saying that our first conversation was intense (to say the least) with Teresa giving out many graphic and vivid details of “her church” being demolished by the Devil. Talk about death and destruction! Victorious Life Church is consumed with it! But is there any wonder? I mean Teresa actually confessed to having watched in horror as Pastor Ed’s face “morphed” into the face of the Devil during one of his services. Talk about demonic! In fact what really jumped out at me during our conversation was that more than 2.5 years ago God sent Teresa to VLC as a prophetess on an urgent mission to speak a Word of correction to Pastor Ed, but yet that Word had not been spoken. So what went wrong?
“For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country.” (John 4:44 KJV)
You see what went wrong with Teresa and her prophetic mission at Victorious Life Church was that she started calling it “my church”…because that’s the way she intended to keep it. And seeing how a dedicated “prophetess” is even without honour in her own church, it shouldn’t be any too hard to figure out the rest of the story. I mean the very real possibility of suffering “excommunication” for speaking what “thus saith the Lord” to Pastor Ed did not fit Teresa’s long-term plans of retaining her membership at VLC. And, of course, therein lies the problem!
It’s what you call COMPROMISE – the deliberate act of disobeying God in order to find favor with man (or the pastor). And of course that’s exactly what took place each and every time the Holy Spirit moved on Teresa to speak correction to Pastor Ed but she didn’t speak it. I mean, after all, Teresa actually confessed that she would shake under God’s anointing to speak during church services, but yet she held back her tongue. And now she complains “the Devil’s destroying my church”? Give me a break Teresa!
But anyway, a few years ago God Almighty sent Teresa into VLC with a Word – “It is time!” So what did it mean? I mean how did it apply to Pastor Ed and VLC? What was it “time” for?
Well, that’s exactly what I asked the Father, and this was His reply:
“It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.” (Psalms 119:126 KJV)
Psa 119:126: To work - To put forth thy power for the restraint of evil-doers. They - The wicked. Made void - Or, abrogated thy law, have openly cast off its authority. (John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes)
Now did you get the picture? Well, in the pure and simple of it, Pastor Ed is not directing his church “God’s way”. He has made “void” God’s law. The Devil is in control at VLC, and VLC has become the wicked “they” of Psalms 119:126 that God has threatened with “It is time!”
But let’s not stop there! I mean please allow me to develop a deeper understanding of Pastor Ed’s predicament through a short study on the very powerful “God-design” of Psalms 119. First of all, Psalms 119 is not only the longest chapter in the book of Psalms but it’s also the longest chapter in the Holy Bible. There are 176 verses in Psalms 119 which are grouped into “8 verse” sections to make up a total of 22 sections (8 x 22 = 176). The beginning verse of each of the 22 “8 verse sections” begins with one of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, starting with the first letter “Aleph” in verse 1 and ending with the last letter “Tav” in verse 169. And breaking it down even further, each and every one of the 176 verses in Psalms 119 “speaks” about one or more of the different characteristics of God’s “Word” which is His “law” – the “operative or all powerful Word or command of God!”
You see the number “119” is representative of the “resurrection” that takes place whenever the “Light of God’s Word” (#22) has brought about “new birth” (#8) in the Believer who’s trusted in God’s directives for their life. In fact going back in time, “existence” was actually brought forth from “nonexistence” by the “operative or all powerful Word or command of God!” In other words, the entire universe was both created and sustained by the “Light of God’s Word” (#22) spoken through the 22-letter Hebrew language.
Now getting back to Pastor Ed and God’s chosen Scripture for him, Psalms 119:126 comes under the Hebrew letter “Ayin” which is the 16th letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The meaning of “Ayin” is “eye”, as in “to see”, and by extension, “to understand and obey”. In fact the “Ayin” is sometimes described as having two eyes that connect to a common “optic nerve” that leads to the brain. The two eyes represent “choice” or the “actions of the will” (i.e., the heart). Because you see we all have to make a choice; to either use the good eye or the evil eye to perceive things. When the eye is evil (ayin ra), it becomes a slave to the purposes of sin and the evil impulse (yetzer hara). As Rashi said, “The heart and the eyes are the spies of the body; they lead a person to transgress; the eyes see, the heart covets, and the body transgresses (Bamidbar 15:39).
And having said all that we can get back to this thing about Teresa and “It is time!” Because you see for way too long now Pastor Ed has had his “eye” on growing his church. It’s all about the numbers! Bigger is better! And of course the “seeker sensitive” method for bringing in the new members, (and keeping the ones you got), is to give them what they want. In fact a real good example of “how it’s done” can be found in the following VLC “promo” given by Pastor Ed’s wife:
“…We believe in presenting the gospel in a very real, relevant way, and we strive to do so every week. Exciting music, dynamic drama, captivating videos, and the Word of God delivered to you right where you are.” - Janis Russo -
So do you get the picture? I mean contrary to VLC’s promo, the “exciting music, dynamic drama, and captivating videos” are not “relevant” to saving lost souls. “Entertainment” excites the flesh, but it will not convict the soul of sin unto salvation!!!
I mean what ever happened (?) to the old-fashion fire and brimstone preaching that brought sinners to their knees in repentance before the Almighty – “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge…For our God is a consuming fire…Be ye holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” And then what ever happened (?) to the preaching of God’s Word that separates Believers from the world and it’s fleshly appetites –“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Church? Entertainment?? Get real, Pastor Ed!!!
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:2-3 KJV)
So you see Pastor Ed’s “Ayin” has been focused on the wrong thing for way too long…and of course that’s the reason God sent Teresa to speak a Word of correction that would encourage him to get VLC back on the “straight and narrow path” with Jesus:
“IT IS TIME” to do it “God’s way” Pastor Ed
“That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:2 KJV)
Now you’ll just have to admit; that’s one more tough Word for such a “flesh-conforming” pastor! Ouch! In fact to soothe the sting of it all, God gave Teresa a few encouraging Words to go along with it:
“…people would come from miles around to VLC because of the reputation of the amount of ‘gifted’ people at the church. However, before that, 50% of the people would leave, and 50% of those people would come back.”
You see “if” Teresa would have given Pastor Ed the Word, and “if” Pastor Ed would have corrected his “entertaining ways” by preaching the gospel of “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, one-half of his congregation would have jumped ship and headed for the hills. I mean the “fleshly folk” just ain’t a gonna stick around for “flesh-killing” preaching, but of course that’s exactly what God wanted. Because “if” Pastor Ed would have cleaned up his act by cleaning house, God would have shown His approval by blessing VLC with a powerful move of His Spirit that would have brought in more members!
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 and 1 Peter 3:12 KJV)
God’s plan was to bless VLC! But seeing how Teresa did not deliver the message, and Pastor Ed did not correct his evil ways, they got the curse: “…the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
But anyway, getting back to that first phone conversation with Teresa, she was truly heart broken over the situation at VLC. She desperately wanted to help her pastor recover from his fiery tailspin, but yet she had such a feeling of utter hopelessness. It was overwhelming! So we prayed about it. And what the Lord showed me was that Teresa needed to do what she was suppose to do back in the beginning of her journey with Pastor Ed and VLC. It wasn’t too late! In fact we were called to help her, with prayer and encouragement, as she stepped out in faith and delivered the Word of God to Pastor Ed.
So, God’s plan for Teresa was to pay Pastor Ed a visit, and even though she doubted she could get passed her daughter-in-law – “the Jezebel”. Because you see Pastor Ed’s secretary, the one that Teresa talked about in her first email, was none other than her oldest son’s wife. And even though the odds were stacked against her, we knew that God was more than able to get her through to Pastor Ed.
In fact to help her get the point across, the Lord also had me to send Teresa “The Serpent And The Sword” as a handout for the pastor. Because you see the reality of this simple little story also applies: Pastor Ed was called – “Who will declare the whole counsel of God?” – and Satan (the serpent) threatened – “Anyone who obeys the voice of God, I will kill with this sword.” And of course it’s only because of Pastor Ed’s fearful reactions to Satan’s persistent threats that Tesresa got her calling to deliver God’s Word in the first place – “It is time!” I mean just as the story concluded, Pastor Ed’s “time” is quickly running out too:
“…The clergymen that you saw, are men (and women) from every church who pretend to know Me, but they teach My people things which are not written in the Book of life; and their pride and their presumption, and their worldly spirit force them to obey Satan, who is a liar and the father of lies; and each of the clergymen try and exceed the other in elegance, in extensive writings, argumentation and the like; but they only consider the" letter" of the Word, and leave out the "spirit" of the Word. And the day will come and now is at hand, when they shall all perish, just like these.” (Read “The Serpent And The Sword” in it’s entirety.)
So, our first phone call was a success! Teresa was all set for the long awaited confrontation with her pastor. In fact we were “on call” to pray with her whenever she needed, which even included being “online” with her whenever she paid Pastor Ed his visit. And to go along with that, the Lord brought to mind the following prophetic Words to help her overcome her feelings of utter hopelessness:
To: Theresa Lea
Sent: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 20:16:13 -0600
Subject: Prophecy (death)
The Trumpet by Bill Burns
I had a vision of a door opening in the heavenlies, and I went through the door. The Lord was waiting there in a room; He didn't say anything at all to me, but He just looked around the room, and so did I. I saw two different doors, and as I came closer I could see that one door had the words written on it "Hope Deferred," and the other door had "Hope Renewed." These doors both opened inwardly instead of outwardly. I opened the door marked "Hope Deferred" and was reminded of the scripture in Proverbs 13:12: Hope deferred makes the heart sick. In that room was great darkness, and on the back of the door was written words such as hopelessness, helplessness, weakness, heaviness, sickness, and the Lord said, "Such is the condition of some of My people." When I opened the door marked "Hope Renewed" there was a great light. On the back of that door was written, "Those who hope in God have renewed their hope. The renewing of this hope re-establishes faith, which becomes the substance of those things they have hoped for and desired to see." The Lord then spoke to me and said, "This is a time of a great cross-over. It is a time of choices when My people shall decide to go back into darkness, defeat and sickness; or they will turn their eyes again upon Me, for indeed I am the author and finisher of their faith, and their hope will be renewed, which will cause a faith explosion. Dare to believe Me in this season, and the promises of old that have slipped by or even been forgotten will be remembered and renewed in their hearts. As those promises are re-ignited and mixed with faith, My people will come forth and receive that which I am giving. I say to you again that the season before you is a time of acquisition and of receiving the blessings and taking the spoil. The glory of My kingdom shall come upon you and fulfill the promises that I have made to you, the promises that are written and have been prophesied for this season. Only believe, and you shall receive, for it is My intention to give the goodness of My kingdom to those who will stir up hope again and believe."
Small Straws In A Soft Wind by Marsha Burns
November 20, 2006: In a dream I saw a young man sitting on a chair up against a wall. I walked toward him and offered to help him, but he refused my offer and told me that his condition was terminal and that he only had two weeks to live. As I studied his body language and his face, I knew that he had given up. I also knew that this was the work of the devil to kill him. I found myself involuntarily proclaiming to him, "You will live and not die, and you will declare the glory of God." Then, I began to rebuke the spirit of death and bind the powers of the enemy to steal, kill and destroy the life of this young man. As I did so, I could see life beginning to come into him again, and I knew the devil was defeated. When I awoke, I realized that we, the Body of Christ, need to call people forth (those who have given up) from death to life and to do battle on their behalf so that they might rise up and begin again. Luke 10:19, "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
November 21, 2006: Beloved, now is the time to rise above the darkness that tries to engulf you. The ultimate price was paid at the Cross of Calvary for your salvation, deliverance and healing. Be renewed in hope and receive by faith the promises afforded you, says the Lord. You have two choices; you can either give up and accept certain defeat, or you can overcome and gain the victory. Psalms 42:5, "Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance."
November 22, 2006: I have blown the trumpet, says the Lord, and I have sounded the alarm. It is time for you to awaken from a complacent sleep to see and know the enemy's tactics. Arise now and be alert to the subtle attacks against you, particularly to get you to lose hope and to give up. For, certainly, if the enemy can disable you in this way he has no trouble overcoming you. But, it is not My will that you be overcome by the devil, but that you overcome him at every opportunity and in every situation and circumstance. Rise up and make a quick end of his devices and lies designed to disable you. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! Romans 12:21, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
November 28, 2006: The enemy has loosed hindering spirits against you so that everything you try to accomplish takes greater effort and concentration. Do not believe the devil when he tries to convince you that you are inferior or just plain stupid. Refuse the condemnation that he brings. Instead, bind his work against you and command this attack to cease. Wage a good warfare, says the Lord. Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
So, just what did it all mean? I mean how did those prophetic Words apply to Teresa and her feelings of “hopelessness and confusion”? Well you see it all goes back to Teresa’s calling, and her desire to help Pastor Ed turn VLC back around for Jesus, but yet her unwillingness to do it “God’s Way”:
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord…to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James 1:5-7; 4:17 KJV)
You see the Power behind God’s “Wisdom” can only be made manifest through an “obedient faith” in His Word. He upholds all things by the Word of his Power (Hebrews 1:3), but the Power cannot be loosed to do the work if the Word is not followed. And as it concerns God’s Word that was given to Teresa to speak to Pastor Ed, it didn’t do either one of them any good because she didn’t speak it:
“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20 KJV)
You see the Power in “God’s Word to Pastor Ed” was designed to work on two different individuals in particular: Pastor Ed and Teresa. Because if Teresa would have “forsaken it all” (which included her church membership) in order to deliver God’s Word so that “Pastor Ed’s soul might be saved from death”, she would have proved her love for God and thereby “hidden a multitude of her own sins”. That’s how the Word of His Power works!
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
However, seeing how it had been some 2.5 years that Teresa had put the Power of God’s Word “on hold”, she was without “the Power” to ward off the attacks of the enemy (hopelessness and confusion). In fact it was only hours after our first “phone conference” that the Lord showed me the reason for some of Teresa’s confusion – WITCHCRAFT! And it was the very next day (11/20/07 @ 7:00 PM) that we had a little talk.
Now conference call #2 was not received with as much enthusiasm as #1. Teresa was starting to realize the responsibility of getting Pastor Ed turned around rested on her shoulders. She needed to take action, instead of just talking about it, and this was something she really wasn’t any too crazy about doing. In fact the witchcraft that the Lord had me to expose was being performed by her closest friend at VLC. They talked about the situation with Pastor Ed in great detail, but her friend’s recommendations on what she should do were of the Devil and not the Lord. In other words, her friend spoke with a forked tongue, her counsel was not from God, and the Lord had me to say so.
Well, it was only a few hours after that “hot” Tuesday night conference call that the Lord gave me revelation on a Word spoken in “tongues” by Teresa during our first conversation the night before. In fact the next two emails are what followed shortly thereafter (emphasis mine):
To: Theresa Lea
Sent: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 11:17:07 -0600
Last night, as I was preparing to get in bed, the Lord gave me the following interpretation of your Monday night tongues as it applies to this ministry (FMHCCI):
In a little while and you will see, the glorious workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who believe: Miracles, great and mighty miracles.
You will see miracles, great and mighty miracles.
You will experience miracles, great and mighty miracles.
You will testify of miracles, great and mighty miracles, great and mighty miracles in the Name of Jesus.
Also, below you'll find a frame from one of Chick's tracts. It reminded me of what you saw in your dream/vision.
Hope to speak with you tonight. God be with you on your mission. AMEN!
From: Theresa Lea
Sent: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 15:21:39 -0500
Subject: RE: Tongues
WOW! That's an awesome word. The picture is almost the same except the back of the chair extened beyond our Lord's God's head and shoulders.
Look at this. This is from one of my friends on myspace, blog that I clicked on this morning; Confirmation, AMEN!!!
There are many people that have left "The Church" because of the condition of the Body of Christ. I speak to every one who was wounded in a place that has masked itself as a House of God.
Jesus went to the cross for each of us, he also died for the den of thieves. If you were allowed to see Truth in the mist of darkness, it is time to come out and be who you were chosen to be in God.
You are not crazy, you were so detrimental, the enemy knew that he had to discourage you, to the point where you would walk away and die. We are in a time and season where the TRUE of God have been given a mandate.
We are not concerned with the outside, just as Hezekiah, we are to get our house in order.
For Halloween, many were concerned about the witches and the witch covens. All you would hear is, "there will be human sacrifices. Halloween, is the highest time of evil. Cover your children with the blood. Trick or treat is evil. We will have candy for the kids on that day, but we will call it…"
Calling Halloween by another name is a masking but is the same devil in a different yet receptive wrapper.
The purpose for the Halloween story was to show the deception and the copycat spirit that is in the Body of Christ. How can we ask a Holy God to bless pagan rituals? I was speaking with someone, who was nice and respectful and he asked "Ramona, why would I become a Christian, you all steal from us. Look, you even stole our Christmas tree." Reacting out of ignorance or should I say, his strategy worked…I began to boldly defend Christianity. As a great teacher would, he dropped info on me, grabbed my hand, took me on a tour of what I thought was the house of God and pointed out truth. He looked at me and said you people do not know what you believe.
Needless to say, it was on from that point to this one. I began to see and hear truth in the lie. And hear the lie in the truth. I learned the gray area. I asked for the Spirit of Truth and I asked the Lord to place a heavy conviction upon me, before I would tell a lie. Everything I was, everything I believed and everything I saw was a lie. The Lord knows us and he knows how we learn and who is able to teach us. A dummy can teach an intellect. If you want to learn the operations of a system submit to the not so bright. They are so happy to be in control, they are messy.
I am not a watch dog, I don't go breaking in buildings and searching files, the Lord has people cross my path just to drop a nugget from time to time.
Deceivers are deceived. I did not like the idea of a Pagan knowing more my God than I did. He did. I was advertising a system but not the system that was on the packaging.
Because we are in a Society that has become seeker friendly, the word of God has been compromised, adulterated and watered down.
The Word of God has been used to make us feel comfortable in our sin and mostly to Control.
I have learned that my relationship with God must be priority and if need be, the only relationship. When I am in Righteous relationship with God. He warns me before destruction. I am able to walk in darkness and not stumble because I gain night vision.
After my back sliding episode, I had to be restored. People, it is a terrible thing to be Samson… powerless and do not know it until the battle is on. Even with Samson, the enemy pulled his eyes out. Darkness.
I have said all of that and have dropped nuggets, only to ask questions. How can we as Christians, speak against witches who are in their covens worshiping their gods call them wicked yet we are allowing charismatic witchcraft to flourish in the courts of our God. We lie and say "oh the Glory" knowing good and well that if the Glory ever came through, we would have a Aaron, Ananias and Saphira moment?
We have had emotionalism. We experience one another, besides a demon will react to a demon. Don't let your fan club fool you. What is the condition of my soul after you sing, after you speak?
Plainly, we are messy and the devil is laughing and saying why would I hurt them, they are already serving me. The wages of sin is death. They are a done deal.
So was that confirmation, or was that CONFIRMATION?!?! I mean God was speaking to Teresa “loud and clear” through that particular “my space” posting…and she even admitted it – WOW! In fact let’s just list a few of the “facts” from Teresa’s first email that got “confirmed” through that posting from her friend:
* True Believers have left "Pastor Ed and VLC" because of the condition of the Body of Christ within (they were wounded in a place that masks itself as a House of God).
* Pastor Ed has compromised, adulterated, and watered down the Word of God in an effort to grow his congregation (conforming to the flesh – “seeker sensitive”).
* Pastor Ed has allowed “charismatic witchcraft” to flourish at “VLC”, and the judgment of God is now falling (death and destruction – an “Ananias and Saphira” moment).
Now with those three “bullets” in mind, let’s follow it up with three more “confirmed facts” about the person Teresa:
* Teresa has seen God’s Truth in the mist of VLC’s darkness. It is time for her to come out from among them and speak God’s Word of correction to them.
* Teresa’s “high calling” has made her vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy (hopelessness and confusion). His purpose is to stop her from delivering God’s Word of correction to Pastor Ed.
* Teresa’s mandate from God is/was intended to save souls, which even includes her own.
So, God’s Truth was made obvious to Teresa in a very real way, but was she really willing to receive it?
Well, we’re just about ready to go there, but before we do let’s do a little refresher. Because it was on the 17th of November 2007 that Teresa first cried out for HELP. The Devil was destroying her church, and her email confessed it. I prayed over her situation and responded back in the early morning hours of the 18th with a request to discuss the matter by phone. Later on during the day I received confirmation from Teresa for our first talk on the 19th which was followed by a second talk on the 20th. During both conversations we strongly encouraged Teresa to speak God’s Word of correction to Pastor Ed. In fact my email of the 21st ended with a fruitless “God be with you on your mission.” Because you see the more we encouraged Teresa, to step out in faith and do the work of a prophetess, the more she rebelled against doing it.
“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee...” (1 Samuel 15:23 KJV)
Then on the morning of the 26th the Lord showed us (Lisa and me) what seemed to be identical visions. While praying for Teresa we both saw a frightening sight, and it was urgent that we share it with her. Because you see in our visions we saw Teresa being assaulted in a similar way to that of the man in the drawing on the left. I mean the “hindering spirits” were really working Teresa over, and the reason for it was her continued stubbornness in doing the Will of the Father. And it was that same night that we had our third and final conference call with Teresa. However, just as before, our warning fell on deaf ears. In fact Teresa was so much more “distant” than the previous call that, after our talk had ended, the Lord told us to just leave her alone.
Well, as far as I was concerned the real-life drama of “Teresa and her church” was over. I mean, being perfectly honest with you, I had had enough already! But you see Father God had other plans. Because it was only about three weeks later that the Lord directed me to send the following “Word” to Pastor Ed by way of email and fax, and He also had me to email Teresa a copy:
Sent: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 16:45:10 -0700
Subject: An Important Word
Shalom! I come to you in the mighty Name of Jesus on a mission from the Lord.
I was recently contacted by one of your church members with a desperate cry for help. The subject of her email was DEVIL DESTROYING MY CHURCH!
This is a serious matter and I'm sure that you'll want to hear the rest of her story. I'm available to talk most any time day or night.
In closing, we are a ministry of prophets called of God to minister to the ministers. Amen?
FMH Children's Club International
Now wasn’t that nice? I mean, seeing how Teresa wasn’t doing her job, the Lord had me to help her out. In fact the following day I even informed Teresa about the response I received from Pastor Ed’s secretary concerning our fax:
To: Theresa Lea
Sent: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 18:26:39 -0700
I received a phone call in response to my fax to Pastor Ed. The caller (Cindy) requested I get back in contact with her. Is this your daughter-in-law?
Well, I didn’t hear back from Teresa, but I did get a call from Pastor Ed the very next day (12/18/07). In fact the following is the message that he left on our answering service:
“Hello Bruce my name is Ed Russo, ah, Pastor at Victorious Life Church in Tampa, Florida. Ah, had an email forwarded to me by my, ah, by one of my staff members in our general email account, ah, and was simply calling you in response to it. Not sure what it is but be more than happy to dialogue with you and, ah, see if I can help this individual. God bless you. Our telephone number here is 813-073-2230 and today is, ah, Tuesday the 18th. It’s 5 minutes to 2 Tampa time and, ah, about 30 minutes from now I’ll be going into my pastorial staff meeting for the rest of the day. God bless you and have a great day.”
So, with that in mind, do you understand the reason that the Lord had me to send both an email and a fax? Well, seeing how the Pastor’s efficient secretary (Cindy – the Jezebel) intercepted the fax, it took the email to finally get the message through to the Pastor. In other words, Teresa’s assessment of her daughter-in-law was correct.
But anyway, it looked as though we were starting to make some headway. However, before I was able to return the Pastor’s call I got the following “bomb” of an email from Teresa (emphasis mine):
From: Theresa Lea
Sent: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 17:48:53 -0500
Subject: IT IS FINISHED!
December 19, 2007
To: " Bruce"
c/o Alan Richardson
5227 Fairbanks Drive
El Paso, TX 79924-3981
delivered via email @firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS WILL BE MY ONLY RESPONSE TO YOUR UNSOLICITED RECENT BARRAGE OF MESSAGES TO ME REGARDING MY INITIAL CONTACT WITH YOU.
I initially contacted you was for understanding and guidance, you quickly, took my nievty as a weakness and have "attempted" to use it as the platform for your evil plan. I may well be a "baby christian", however, I was first born long before that.
It became clear to me, hence my intentional refusal to respond to your emails following our last 3rd and last conversation regarding your allegedly receiving a word from God that "witchcraft" was the reason for my confusion, that you are lets say, "challenged". Yes, I fell for your "bait" and called as requested, Fortunately, however, God explicitly revealed to me your lie and absolute desire to use me in your evil doings.
Hence my obedience to God and knowledge that I never contact you again. 7 weeks later, you contact me with your sick-minded justification in an attempt to reel me in again. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!! I find you to be consumed with hate, lies and self glorification. You are not of my Father! nor are you for my Father!
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Clearly you Worship the ENEMY, Lucifer. God does not create confusion nor division. That is the work of the Devil. I do not know your master, however, I am perfectly aware of his intentions and therefore yours. I am protected by the covenant and the Almighty Power of my Father.
Isaiah 54:17 - No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Ephesians: 6:10-17 "Be strong in the Lord. Put on the whole armor of God"
You worship a liar and blasphemous traitor. You have no place in my home. My home is built on the ROCK.
Your feeble attempts to create division toward me and within my church never had a chance to blossom. I stand by my Pastor, whom I have informed you previously, I adore. He is a strong man of God, no one walking this earth "can" be perfect. This was never about him, it was always about the Devil (read and comprehend the heading of my initial email to you) Nothing you do, will or can change that.
As far as you attempting to bully me to do what "YOU" wanted me to do, I knew at the time it was not right, which is why you could not manipulate me to do as you demanded, despite your desperate attempts to convince me otherwise, using scripture out of context. The DEVIL has never been a very good liar! and always uses the same old tactics.
Exodus: 20:7: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in falsehood; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in falsehood".
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.AMEN!!!
Numbers: 15:31 Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt will be on him.'"
God knows us by our fruits, your fruit attempts to mimic an apple when in all actuality, it is a rotten orange. My suggestion to you is find that Mustard seed and nurture the true fruit, connect to the vine. Only then can you gain the Truth and receive salvation.
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings..." (Malachi 4:2 KJV) "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5 KJV)
In closing, let me make it perfectly clear, you are not welcome nor encouraged to contact me again, either by telephone nor email or any other method. In the event you choose to continue contacting me, weather directly or via 3rd party contact, I can assure you I will be contacting your local state attorney to file criminal harassment charges, which can carry a class "C" felony status, as well as contacting the federal Communications Department.
Now was that a blast, or was that a BLAST? I mean, when you take it down to the basics, that letter was nothing less than the false prophet (Teresa) calling the prophet (me) a false prophet in order to discredit what I was about to speak concerning what God had given her to speak about “Pastor Ed and VLC”. That letter was all about Teresa letting “her church” know that she intended to keep it that way: “HER” CHURCH! Got it?
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets. But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:22-26 KJV)
So there you have it – a very good example of a very bad prophetess! In fact a very good subtitle for this little message on “the Devil’s destroying my church” would be “Teresa Lea Chooses Option ‘B’” In fact the following very good Scriptures also apply to the “false prophetess” and “her church”:
“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” (Isaiah 56:10-11 KJV)
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17-18 KJV)
So do you get the picture?
It’s all about the fire! I mean, how do you want it: now (option “a”) or later (option “b”)?
And, with that in mind, choose the “a” and “keep on keeping the faith in Jesus!!!”
Dad (Bruce Hallman)
The Sword and the Serpent
by L. Vere Elliott
The Sword And The Serpent
(The following vision was given to L. Vere Elliott in the late 1970's)
This is the vision/revelation. I was in the midst of a great meeting hall (a church), and the walls and ceilings were covered with jewels and ornaments, and the windows were made of colored glass (a typical cathedral or church). The hall was full of people, some rich, some poor, some sick and crippled, mute and blind; but all had chains on and were hand-cuffed, and no one was free, (a picture of today's church, they are in church but they are not free). In front of the meeting hall was a large platform, with a pulpit on one side and a large cage on the other, with a huge green serpent in it; and hanging over where the speaker would stand, was a great sword suspended by two strings horizontally; and on the platform were several ministers, 8 or 10, clothed in clerical robes, sitting one behind the other, one seated just a little above the other. The assembly looked upon these men and they looked upon the church. There was silence for a while, until a thundering voice sounded from the pulpit, as if it came directly from God, saying, "Who will declare the whole counsel of God?"
And the first clergyman arose with a Bible in his hand, and when he did, the old green serpent uncoiled and stretched out hissing against the man with sparkling eyes and protruding fangs; and the man of God, falsely so-called, sank back into his seat and placed his Bible under the chair. And when the serpent stretched up his head and touched the sword, he said to that man, "Anyone who obeys the voice of God, I will kill with this sword."
And for a little while, there was silence again. And then the Voice sounded from the pulpit again, "Who will declare the whole counsel of God?" And then the second man in clerical robes arose as if he would step forward, and again the serpent uncoiled against him, and he tumbled back with fear and sat down and placed his Bible under his chair (hiding the Word). The serpent again touched the sword, and with the same remark said, "I will kill you, if you obey the voice of God."
And for the third time the Voice from the pulpit thundered, and a third man arose and sat down like the two before him. And again and again the Voice sounded until each of the clergymen had an opportunity to resist the serpent, but fear overcame them all, like the first three had been overcome. And the serpent smiled with his evil smile.
And then the Voice sounded again from the pulpit saying, "Oh if there were a man, Oh if there were a man; Oh if there were a man who would declare the whole counsel of God, that these chained men might be set free! Is there not one man?"
Then a man of little stature (meaning he was nothing in the sight of the world), ascended the platform and stood under the sword, and he lifted up his eyes toward heaven and said, "Into Thy hands O God, I commit my spirit." Then he opened the Bible and read. He didn't add anything to It, and he didn't take anything from It; he read the Word, and spoke as a man having authority.
And when he had finished, the old serpent stretched up to the edge of the sword and cut off one of the strings holding the sword in place, and the sword swung down and missed him and passed over his head; because he was a man of "little stature"; and the weight of the sword made the other string to break, and the sword swung back and pierced the hearts of those clergymen who were lined up and nailed them to the wall. And a great scream of despair sounded from the pulpit; but an even greater cry of joy sounded from the assembly, for every man's chains were loosed and they were set free! (By the word they were set free).
When this vision had vanished, I saw another vision of the Savior in a cloud, just above my head. He spoke saying, "Hear my son the meaning of these things. The meeting hall which you saw is the secularized church, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. They are all covered with the jewels of the joys of this world, and there is no end to their silver and gold. The people, whom you saw, are those for whom I died, but My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they cannot hear. They are truly in bondage and must be set free! The platform in which you saw, on which the clergymen were sitting; the platform is the preconceived ideas, having their origins from the pit of hell. The pulpit is the throne of God; and the serpent, old Lucifer himself. The sword which you saw, is the Word of God; and the strings on which it was hanging, mean the power of the Word to give life or the power of the Word to take life. Life was given to the man of little stature and life taken from the clergymen that did not preach My Word! The clergymen that you saw, are men (and women) from every church who pretend to know Me, but they teach My people things which are not written in the Book of life; and their pride and their presumption, and their worldly spirit force them to obey Satan, who is a liar and the father of lies; and each of the clergymen try and exceed the other in elegance, in extensive writings, argumentation and the like; but they only consider the" letter" of the Word, and leave out the "spirit" of the Word. And the day will come and now is at hand, when they shall all perish, just like these.
After having considered this horrible scene, the Lord spoke again with these words, Do you remember My words in the prophecy of Jeremiah 23, as well as My words in the prophecy of Ezekiel 34? Jesus said, Read it.
And I opened my Bible and read, "Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 23:1) In the prophets I have see a horrible thing, they commit adultery and they walk in falsehood: (a perversion of the Word of God), and strengthen the hands of evil doers. (Jer 23:14). Jesus said, "At the end of days you shall understand this. Woe to the shepherds that feed themselves, should not the shepherds feed the flock! (Ezek 34:2). The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed the sick, you've not bound up that which was broken, and neither have you sought that which was lost; but with harshness and with rigor have you ruled over them. (Ezek 34:4). I will destroy the fat and the strong shepherds; and I will feed them with judgment. (Ezek 34:16). Then He said to me, That these false shepherds shall in no wise escape when the sword falls upon them. But My sheep must be warned, they must be set free! And again He said, Do you remember My words in the prophecy of Jeremiah in the latter part of chapter 25? Read it!
And I read these words, And the slain of the LORD shall be in that day from one end of the earth, even to the other end of the earth: (Jer 25:33). Howl ye shepherds, for the day of your slaughter is come! Then He said to me, These days shall come quickly, the shepherds shall howl, yea, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth; but when the sword has fallen it will be too late forever. The man whom you saw who was of little stature, is every man and woman who will humble himself or herself, and be obedient even to the death of the cross, putting his or hers trust in God, and going forward declaring the whole counsel of God! Oh, if I could find such a man, can you tell Me where there is one? With such a man I could shake heaven and earth, saith the LORD.
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