Summary: I would like you to read this chapter with rapt attention because you might not come across a message like this again.
I would like you to read this chapter with rapt attention because you might not come across a message like this again. One point that should be clear to you, which surprisingly, is not clear to many people, including pastors, is the fact that God’s definition for many things is different from Man’s definition. God’s definition of death is certainly different from ours. For example, some people were crying because Lazarus had died but Jesus told them that he was sleeping.
When God created Man, He put him in the Garden of Eden. He gave Man dominion over everything He created and God warned Adam not to eat from the tree of Life.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.
Adam ate the fruit and he experienced death; even though he lived for 930 years. This means that it is possible for heavens to have declared a person as being dead, but the person is still moving about. This means that there are corpses moving about on our streets. Sometimes, people cry for the dead but they do not know that the person had died many years back.
In MFM, we pray against evil powers and when we say ‘Die!’ we are commanding the powers that are responsible for the bad situation at hand. To cease to exist or function, because they are the ones energizing it for destruction. We are not telling Mr. ‘A’ or Mrs. ‘B’ to die. Death has many different definitions.
“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write: “These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead”.
This is a very fearful statement, that shows that a person could be breathing in and out, but as far as heaven is concerned, he or she is dead. As far as the Bible is concerned, there are sixteen types of dead people, which I would like to expose to you, before we zero in, into our topic.
The Living, but ‘Dead’ people
1. Those that are associated to strange women
“To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; 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. None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life”.
If you are a married man and you have a girl friend, you are a dead man. If you are a married woman ad you have a boy friend, you are a dead woman. You could be the chairperson of one association or the other, if you are living in sin, whether you are married or not, you are a dead person; as far as the Bible is concerned.
2. Those who patronize prostitutes
“Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths”.
3. Those who lack spiritual understanding
“The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead”.
4. Those who have familiar spirits, or are witches or wizards
“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead?”
5. Those living a desolate life
“We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men”.
6. Those who are in spiritual slumber.
Their spiritual monitor is dead and they do not dream of see visions.
“Wherefore he saith: “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”.
7. Those who live in pleasure
“But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth”.
8. Separation of spirit from body.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also”.
9. Those appointed to death.
“To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death”
10. Sinners: haters of God
“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death”.
11. Those pursuing evil