January 17, 2000
On May 9, 1998, I was given a powerful prophetic experience. I was seeking the Lord for an answer concerning the constant whirl of confusion and mistrust that is pervasive among leaders in the Body of Christ. There had to be an answer to the breakdown in communications. The Lord permitted me to go into the second heaven, which is where the devil formulates his wicked schemes, and there I was able to observe evil twin demon beings. These beings come from the bowels of satan himself. These twins were not identical but were extremely wicked.
I observed them in their dressing room, watching them as they made preparations for their malicious mission. Putting on their deceptive disguise, they dressed as telephone repairmen. Each had a very winsome personality and had the appearance of being so very helpful. In their disguise, they appeared handsome and even charming. No one could ever detect their dark demonic plans and purposes in the natural. This type of activity must be revealed and seen by the realm of the spirit.
Malicious Mission - Contaminate Communications
They were dispatched to every home and office of all those in leadership. Their mission is to place “bugs” in the telephone receivers. These “bugging devices” were planted in the telephone receiver to distort what was being said and heard. I was given their names. The names of these two evil twins are “Accusation” and “Suspicion.” Their mission is an attack against Christian leadership’s communication. Their goal is to ultimately contaminate our communications to breakdown our unity and trust in one another. They seek to hinder our exchange of information and expression of ideas by clouding and confusing our words.
One of the definitions of the word “accusation” deals with charging someone with a crime by using our words. If we give ear to the accusation, soon we will receive the evil ministry of suspicion, which fosters mistrust. This evil suspicion causes the suspicious person to always look for the very worst in others, whether they be one person or a large group. Additionally, a person with suspicions seems to be blinded to the good qualities of the other person(s).
Deception in Perception
"These evil twins affect what is being said and heard. They cause deception in one’s perception. These bugs infect communication, causing doubt, skepticism, and apprehension; these breed mistrust and distrust, which brings about cynicism. Their goal is to bring about the paralyzation of pessimism. They bring about slander and all types of false allegations and contentious complaints. Our words are twisted and are used to promote a lack of trust that paralyzes the people of God.
Because of this strife and debate, many in leadership are driven to solitude and detachment; they detach and disconnect from walking in real unity. When these two evil spirits minister their deception, it brings about a spirit of self-pity and a feeling of being alone. (This makes it seem that no other Christian can be trusted.) The foe of our soul strikes best when we are going through self-pity and a feeling of isolation. An example of this was John the Baptist, when he had been placed into prison. The once bold prophetic voice who stood proclaiming the Lamb of God now sits in a lonely prison cell, and the thief of his soul comes to rob him of his faith. The dark cloud of doubt moves over his heart, and soon he is questioning if anything he has done is truly, of God (Matthew 11:1-8).
We can make terrible mistakes while in this spirit of desperation and detachment. Look at Elijah after he withstood the hundreds of prophets of Jezebel. He now flees and asks the Lord to take his life. He is so misguided he thinks he is the only one left (1 Kings 19). Identification of the Bugging Devices I was shown the names of some of these bugging devices. They are rivalry, which produces a spirit of competition, slander, gossip, faultfinding, murmuring, smearing, using our words to bring about insinuation and bitter backbiting. When this happens, the very poison of malice is in our mouth. The Lord said He would give the Church power to take the sword of the Spirit and cut the throats of these two evil spirits, but this can only be accomplished by bringing every hidden feeling into the light.
We must be open and transparent with each other and willing to confront issues of the heart. We must guard our words when doing this. Our words are to be used to build up the Body of Christ, not to tear people down. Our words can be used by the Spirit of God to help or by satan to hurt, to minister healing, or inflict wounds. Words have a potent effect on people!
Once a lady in the community had gotten very bitter in the local Church. She had let hatred build up in her heart, and she began to go all over the community spreading slanders and lies about the Pastor, and this went on for days. She would gossip to all who would give her their ear. Soon, the Spirit of God began to move powerfully on her, bringing about deep regret, moving her to go to the Pastor and apologize. The Pastor said, “Oh, yes, I forgive you, but please come with me.” He took a pillow filled with feathers and led the repentant woman to a windy hillside, where he cut open the feather pillow. The strong swirling wind took the loose feathers, blowing and scattering them all across the community. Then the Pastor said to the woman, “Now, please go and retrieve each feather.” She exclaimed, “that is impossible! The feathers have gone all over the town!” I could never gather them all up. The Pastor answered, “that’s right, and neither can you take back all the lies and allegations you spoke.”
God will give grace to bridle the tongue if we are willing to face these foes. One of these demons’ main intentions is to bring about such contamination in communication that all lines of communication are shut down. They intensely seek to foster allegations, malicious words, and spiteful slander so that people in leadership will totally separate themselves from one another. The Word of God reminds us that our tongue is an indicator of a person’s spirit. It reveals what is in the heart.
Jesus said, in Matthew 12:33-37, Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say unto you; That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words, thou shalt be condemned.”
The Lord warns that our words are a window to our heart. So, what comes out of our mouth is a revealing of what is deep within our heart.
Additionally, Christ declares in Matthew 15:18 (KJV), “Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”
Taming the Tongue
In the timeless New Testament passage on the tongue, the Apostle James warns precisely against the evil of an uncontrolled and uncharitable tongue.
—James 3:1-12 (NIV), “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both freshwater and saltwater flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
Small but Powerful
The tongue is a small yet powerful organ used for talking and taste. The Bible reveals many different descriptive examples using the tongue. For example, the tongue can be sharpened like a sword.
In Psalms 64:1-4 (AMPC), David states, “Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; guard and preserve my life from the terror of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly, from the scheming of evildoers, Who whet their tongues like a sword, who aim venomous words like arrows, Who shoot from ambush at the blameless man; suddenly do they shoot at him, without self-reproach or fear.”
—The tongue can be used to speak forth words as a weapon for attack (Jeremiah 18:18), wounding like a sharp sword (Psalms 57:4).
—The tongue can be deadly like a serpent (Psalms 140:3). Like a serpent refers to the tongue’s ability to utter sarcastic, caustic, and poisonous words.
—The tongue is like a warrior’s bow, in that the tongue can project lies (Jeremiah 9:3), which can fly like an arrow, striking down with its deadly deceit (Jeremiah 9:8).
—The tongue can be used for flattery, which can be just as deadly and destructive as criticism. (Psalms 5:9, Proverbs 28:23) Also see Backbiting (Psalms 15:3, Proverbs 25:23), Cursing (Hosea 7:16), Deceit (Psalms 50:19), Destruction (Psalms 52:2), Craftiness (Job 15:5), Unrestrained speech (Psalms 73:9), Lying (Psalms 109:2, Proverbs 26:28), and Strife (Psalms 31:20).
The tongue can be yielded to the Spirit of God and used for good. Or yielded to the evil spirit and used for harm and hurt. Our words can heal or wound. People may use the tongue to sin (Psalms 39:1) or speak of the Lord’s great grace and tender mercies (Psalms 35:28). Our tongue can be used to sound out the praises of God (Psalms 126:2).
—The tongue of the wise render’s health (Proverbs 12:18).
—The tongue of the righteous is a treasure, like choice silver (Proverbs 10:20). The Bible speaks of keeping the tongue from evil (Psalms 34:13), of guarding the tongue (Proverbs 21:23), and bridling the tongue (James 1:26).
Note the following verses from Proverbs (NIV):
—Proverbs 8:8 “All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”
—Proverbs 10:19 “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
—Proverbs 12:6 “The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the speech of the upright rescues them.”
—Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
—Proverbs 17:27 “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.”
—Proverbs 18:4 “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.”
—Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts.”
—Proverbs 19:27 “Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”
—Proverbs 22:12 “The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.”
—Proverbs 22:17 “Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach.”
—Proverbs 22:21 “Teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?”
—Proverbs 23:9 “Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.”
—Proverbs 23:12 “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”
—Proverbs 29:19 “Servants cannot be corrected by mere words; though they understand, they will not respond.”
—Proverbs 29:20 “Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”
—Proverbs 30:6 “Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar..”
Hatred, Strife, and Contention are as a fire. It burns and sears the soul, burns up all that is good, and puts families, friends, and even entire societies into a consuming flame.
In Proverbs 26:20-22, we are told how that fire is commonly kindled and kept burning so that we may avoid the occasions of strife and so prevent the devilish consequences of it. The Scriptures warn that we must not give ear to talebearers, for they feed the fire of contention with their verbal fuel. Each time we permit ourselves to join in slander or gossip (it does not matter if we are the one speaking or the one listening), we are guilty of spreading wildfire set on fire by hell itself (James 3:6). These words we speak are fireballs, causing devastation and destruction everywhere they fall. The souls of men are in a time of drought because of a lack of unity and mistrust. These winds of mistrust and doubt have fanned the flames of these wildfires into a burning raging fire. We cannot continue to give ear to anyone busy revealing secrets and misrepresenting words and actions. These people are doing what they can to make relations, friends, and neighbors jealous of one another, to alienate them, one from another. This work is the work of the accuser of the brethren himself. When a person is used for sowing discord among believers, they are working against the Spirit of God. Whisperers and backbiters are incendiaries not to be allowed to burn out of control.
In Proverbs 18:8, the word declares that the words of a talebearer are as wounds - deep and dangerous wounds (see also Proverbs 26:23).
—Psalm 141:3-4 (AMPC) “Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips. Incline my heart not to submit or consent to any evil thing or to be occupied in deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their dainties.”
— 2 Corinthians 10:5 (AMPC) “[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
Let us take every thought AND WORD captive and submit it to Jesus Christ. Ask God to guard your tongue against speaking anything that would oppose Him!