By Pastor Everett Ramsey
November 11, 2012
Scripture Reading: Revelation 20:1-9
The first fourteen verses of the 26th Chapter of Isaiah Sets forth the triumph of the Kingdom and the destruction of the enemies of the Kingdom. In the 13th and 14th verses Isaiah referred to lords who had ruled over God's people in the past, stating in the 14th verse that they were now deceased that they would never live again. We say that the expression, '''they are deceased,'' is ''they are Rephaim. '' Attention was called to the fact that Rephaim referred to shades, fearful ones! Ghosts etc.
Thus the Rephaim were the disembodied spirits of the offspring of the angels who begat children by taking the daughters of men for wives. As a result of these forbidden marriages, we found that added to the sensual and carnal- the result of the temptation and fall-was now added highly-increased discernment and understanding but wholly devoid of spiritual direction. This enhanced the violent and power of those who exercised control over the population, the lords who ruled over them.
Because of the rule of the antediluvian giants, the earth became corrupt, meaning genetically mixed and degraded and filled with violence, necessitating its destruction by the waters of the Floods so that the offspring of all genetically mixed plants, animals, Adamites and fallen angels might be destroyed and the rule exercised by the angels themselves brought to an end.
Isaiah declares that, as a result of this destruction, even the memory of them had perished. It was also pointed out that, when the Deluge overwhelmed the earth, while the bodies of the offspring of the fallen angels perished, their disembodied spirits lived on. When the waters of the Flood receded, the place of their abode still remained under the sea and it became the place of their perpetual grave where their spirits were.
Turning to Job 26: 5 we read:
''Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.''
These disembodied spirits, chained in darkness, are unable to bear the light but when, in the earth's full shadow, darkness engulfs the earth at the midnight hours, they apparently can ascend from the abyss and do come forth for a short time each night. Peter warns:
''Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (1 Peter 5: 8-9.)
The Apostle stresses the danger of darkness for, under the influence of liquor or drugs, men and women are susceptible to demon possession and certainly are in no position to be vigilant.
What is the main objective of the evil spirits? It is to prevent coming judgment and, in order to do this, they are constantly endeavoring to frustrate the plans of God for the establishment of His Kingdom upon earth. But they must have a vehicle-a body-through which they can work.
Therefore, they have continually in the past sought human beings whom they may possess and through whom they can carry on their subversive activities. If they can secure the willing, or even the unwilling, consent of an individual to that possession, they seem to be temporarily released from the confinement of darkness. By securing the use of a body and mind, with the power of speech by which they are able to operate and exert an influence over those whom they wish to control, they and their fathers hope to frustrate the plans of God as the consummation of the age approaches.
Human beings who are evil, or who unwittingly lend themselves to subversive activities, supporting programs in opposition to the establishment of His Kingdom, are furthering the plans of these devils.
lf the eyes of men could be opened so they could see, even for a moment, the fearful apparitions whose influence and directions they are following, fear and horror would seize them. From time to time men have caught glimpses of these denizens of the never world and it has left them frightened and shaken.
The man of God, occupying the front-line trenches in this sanguinary conflict, is fully aware of their existence, having learned by experience to respect their power.
Presents of the Rephaim
Due to translation difficulties, the full significance of the activities of these evil spirits has been more or less concealed until men today have come to believe they are nonexistent. In fact, one who expresses belief in their existence is apt to be called a simpleton by his fellowmen.
But that these evil disembodied spirits do exist and are active in every phase of human sinfulness is very clear and testified to in numerous passages of Scripture.
They themselves are pleased that men refuse to recognize their existence, for then men will not be on guard against their influence. Solomon declared:
“Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. But he (the one partaking of such secret evils) knowth not that the dead (Rephaim) are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.” (Prov. 9: 17-18.)
Where sin abounds these disembodied spirits are ever present as unseen guests in the midst of evil merrymakers.
This fact accounts for the preponderance of sinful and degrading activities in the early hours of the morning- after midnight. This also explains why wicked men love darkness and are more courageous in their wanton acts of evil after the sun sets.
Solomon, speaking of strange women who flatter with their lips, said;
''Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead (Rephaim) . None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.” (Prov. 2: 17-19.)
The moral degradation of the offspring of the fallen angels made the Deluge necessary and their disembodied spirits, craving evil but without bodies, are unable to fulfill their desires, so they seek companionship with evil men and women. Did Paul have this thought in mind when he said:
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” (1 Cor. 6: 15-16.)
Solomon further declared:
''The man that wandereth out of the way of under- standing shall remain in the congregation of the dead (Rephaim).'' (Prov. 21: 16.)
Evil spirits were particularly active in our Lord's day, trying to interfere with His ministry. An interesting incident occurred at that time, demonstrating the impossibility of those disembodied spirits to continue during the hours of light apart from human possession, for they seem to be without power to carry their plans to completion except through the medium of the human body.
When Jesus arrived in the country of the Gadarenes, a man met him who was possessed of devils. Jesus asked him:
“What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.” (Luke 8: 30.)
Recognizing that Jesus was about to cast them out:
“They besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.” (Luke 8: 31.)
The Greek word here translated ''deep'' is abysses and is the identical word translated ''bottomless'' and ''bottomless pit'' in Revelation, from which place evil ascends and into which the Devil and his angels are to be cast (Rev. 9: 1 , 2, 1 1; 1 1: 7; 17: 8; 20: 1, 3). It means a very deep place and Job informs us it is under the sea.
These demons besought the Lord to allow them to enter into some swine nearby and He allowed them to do so with the result:
''Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.'' (Luke 8: 33.)
Apart from human possession, evil spirits apparently have no protection from the light, the exposure to which seems to cause them excruciating pain. The flesh of the swine gave them no such protection and the swine could not endure their presence so they plunged into the water and the evil spirits were precipitated into a mad scramble to reach the security of the darkness of the great deep.
Ascending From the Abyss
Unknown to natural man, these denizens of the Bottomless Pit are often the source of their inspiration as they plan acts of aggression and reach out for wealth and power.
Even Christian men and women are susceptible to their influence when they walk in their own spirit and refuse to be led by the Spirit of Christ.
Origin of Modernism
The inhabitants of the great deep are especially active today. In the form of a beast ascending from the Bottom- less Pit, John, in Revelation, describes their warfare against the Two Witnesses whom they succeed in overcoming and slaying. The facts pertaining to these Two Witnesses are amply covered in Study in revelation.
It is sufficient here to point out that, as a result of this attack from the Bottomless Pit, Modernism came into being, propagating its false doctrines which have permeated the entire body of organized Christianity with the result that the faith of millions has been destroyed. Its source is the great deep, or abyss, where the Rephaim reside. Its inspiration comes from the minds of the demons, or disembodied spirits, the denizens of the deep.
The spirit and doctrines of the Rephaim have already become so well established in our theological seminaries and schools that they are being proclaimed as truth from most of the pulpits in our land. The man who has the audacity to oppose these evil doctrines of devils is considered a renegade, a no-body, or at least unlearned.
Thus, from the eerie abode of the disembodied Spirits of the giants of darkness Modernism has come, with its Christ-denying and miracle-belittling teachings. These spirits of evil have succeeded beyond perhaps their own fondest hopes in inoculating and indoctrinating millions of Christians with their poison.
Playing upon the egotistical covetousness of many ministers of the Gospel to claims of super-scholarship, the Rephaim have found in them allies made to order, avid listeners to their whisperings of the superiority of intellectualism.
From the darkness of the abyss came the withering blight of a great apostasy which has cast its malignant shadow over all Christendom. Surely the demons of the nether world must rejoice at the stupidity of their devotees who are proclaiming as true from their pulpits doctrines whose origin is from the depth of hell.
Modernism, with its spiritual apostasy, has prepared the soil in the Israel lands in which the seed of Communism can readily grow.
Approach of the Great Day
Isaiah declares that with the fall of Babylon, the Rephaim, or disembodied spirits from hell, would be stirred into tremendous activity:
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirrers up the dead (the Rephaim) for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.” (Isa. 493 14: 9 )
In the Life of Christ these forces were chained and prohibited from gathering the nations to war. However, in 1776, these evil forces were loosed and began their work through Adam Weishaupt, who was a descendant of Cain’s race and started the Illuminati.
Since that time we have seen great wars against God’s people in North America and Europe. First, was the war of 1812, then followed the civil war, the First World War, Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and current wars of today. These are wars motivated and moved by the Rephaim.
The doctrines of Communism, socialism, and Jihadist are the acts of these disembodied spirits from the great deep, for they are all atheistic and, thus, anti-God and anti-Christ.
John, in Revelation, was given a vision of their activities as they use nations to accomplish their purpose:
''And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet; For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.'' (Rev. 16: 13-14.)
Within the Israel lands fellow travelers with Communists are supporting the plans of these demons. Those giants of the darkness, in the days of their earthly existence prior to the Deluge, exercised worldwide domination and used their power to rule with violence, producing chaos which finally necessitated the destruction of the ante-diluvian world.
Today their cohorts are actively seeking worldwide power and they are filling the earth with violence and blood, evil-inspired by these demons of darkness. The Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty is very, very near.
The ramifications and resulting evils wherever these denizens of the deep have infiltrated into the activities of men, or succeeded in possessing individuals in their plans of aggression, are almost inconceivable. They range from the work of independent individuals, in their restricted circle of sinful ants, to groups, and even nations, who are being used in this warfare.
The Rephaim are fully aware of the potential possibilities in the splitting of the atom and, are moving heaven and earth to acquire the wherewithal to release its energy in their warfare against His Kingdom.
Truly we are not wrestling against flesh and blood but against the powers of a malignant evil as these giants of the darkness move to consummate their plans and, in the planned destruction of the Kingdom people, will thus prevent, if possible, the return of Jesus Christ to take the Throne of His father David. This they hope to accomplish by destroying the Kingdom and the Throne.
Already Great Britain, the seat of the Throne, and the United States are beaten to her knees as the denizens of the deep stir her leaders and people to propagate doctrines of men rather than the commandments, statutes and judgments of the Lord. Fortunately, He is coming suddenly and will appear just in time to seal the doom of these Fearful Ones.
Evil, malignant and terrifying, is being spawned behind the scenes as the leaders of the United nations, dominated by the Rephaim, press the battle in this critical hour of their warfare against God.
Isaiah now declared that, though the Lord had increased the nation to His glory in accord with the Divine promise, yet because of their transgressions they were removed to the ends of the earth.
Today all this has been literally fulfilled in that Israel was scattered to the ends of the earth and, as a result of trespassing against the Lord, were driven out of Palestine and finally arriving in the Isles North and West of Palestine. Afterwards they went westward to people the new lands upon the North American continent.
The Prophet proceeds to state that in a time of trouble we cried out to be delivered, as a woman cries out in a time of travail to be delivered.
Isaiah depicts the sad facts for, though His people sought deliverance for the sake of being saved from their difficulties, no deliverance came, for the prayers of those who fail to walk in the way of righteousness are not answered:
''We have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.'' (Isa.26: 18.)
Ferrar Fenton renders this:
“Our hands no victory won; The World's men did not fall.”
Smith and Goodspeed translate this:
''No deliverance did we achieve for the land, no inhabitants of the world came to birth through us.”
This is a perfect appraisal of our inability today to win against our foes; not even the nations supposed to be friendly consider the necessity of uniting with us against a common foe. It is at this time when God's people are hopelessly involved that Isaiah exclaimed:
“Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs.” (Isa. 26: 19.)
Thus the resurrection is associated with the very conditions that confront us today.
Resurrection and Warning
''The dew of the herbs'' is ''The dew of dawn. '' What a glorious and great day that will be-when the day breaks for the dead, Just as a healthy man awakens at the break of day fully rested, so the dead in Christ will awaken to the light, as the morning of the resurrection day dawns to enter the Kingdom and partake of its blessings.
Isaiah also sounds an ominous warning..
''And the earth shall cast out the dead.” (Isa. 26: 19.)
Smith and Goodspeed translate this:
“And the earth will 'bring the Shades to birth.”
The Hebrew word translated ''dead'' or ''shades'' is Rephaim. Thus spirits, malignant and evil are to become of manifest in this day.
As a result the warning to God's people is:
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy clambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her Slain.” (Isa. 26: 20-21.)
The signals are flying that this judgment is at hand.
Crimes of cruelty and all forms of oppression will be fully revealed and all responsible will be judged--including those who failed to administer justice and equity. At that time the shades or fearful ones will put in an appearance in ever-increasing numbers-the evil ones or Rephaim.
They are indeed making their appearance, though at the moment very few are aware of this fact or of their identity.
This too is another sign added to many that judgment is drawing near. Even nearer is the resurrection and translation.
It is a glorious time in which to be living, at least for those who know and understand all this and are spiritually ready for the coming revelation of His presence and the glorious fulfillment of our expectations the coming summons to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.