Summary: The enemy has released certain powers into this millennium and these powers have started to do a lot of havoc since 2000 AD. It is very important to stand up, take up the garment of a soldier and fight your way to victory
THE STRONGMEN OF THIS MILLENNIUM
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
The enemy has released certain powers into this millennium and these powers have started to do a lot of havoc since 2000 AD. Our message this week will focus on “The strongmen of this Millennium.” Zechariah 1: 1 says, “In the eight month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord unto Zechariah, the son Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet...”
In that passage, we identify Zechariah and his father. And we also identify that it was the word of the Lord that came unto him. Every other thing in the Bible was a direct message from the Lord to a particular group of people. Beloved, pray and tell the Lord to speak to your situation now, in the name of Jesus.
Now that we have identified whom Zechariah was talking to, verses 18-19: “Then lifted up I my eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.” Four horns were sent into the midst of Israel and they scattered Israel, Judah and Jerusalem. So what we are looking at now are the horns, which have been sent into these millenium years. Mark 3: 27 says, “No man can enter into a strongman’s house and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strongman and then he will spoil his house.”
WHO IS THE STRONGMAN?
1. The strongman is the controller over a group of spirits.
2. The strongman is the ruling spirit over a group of evil spirits.
3. The strongman is the principal evil spirit or leading demon.
4. It is the dominant or the head demon in a particular department. Therefore, for you to set some particular situations free, the strongman is the key.
5. It is the power source in a particular situation.
In this millenium, the enemy has released all kinds of strongmen into the midst of men and a lot of people have strongmen attached to several departments of their lives and these wicked powers have started harassing them.
Let us identify these strongmen in order to prevent them from operating against us this year.
1. The spirit of heaviness: Isaiah 61: 3 says, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”
Under the spirit of heaviness, you have broken heart, continual sadness, defeatist attitude, discouragement, depression, hopelessness, sorrow, tiredness, troubled spirit, laziness of the mind and sleepless-ness. These things have started to do a lot of havoc. It is for you to decide that the strongman of the spirit of heaviness will not have a hold in your life this year.
2. The spirit of death and hell: This is a terrible spirit that the enemy has already set in motion this year. Although the year has just begun, many people that shouted happy New Year on the first of January have, all of a sudden, been snatched away by the devil. There have been accidents and other forms of tragedy that have taken away many lives. That is the work of the strongman of death and hell. They are also responsible for ritual killings and kidnappings. A lot of people are surprised at these happenings because they do not understand that it is the activity of a spirit that has been released into this millennium. Under the spirit of death and hell, we have sicknesses, cancer, arthritis, exhaustion, incurable diseases, heart attack and high blood pressure. These things are now on the increase starting from last year. Young people of 16,17 and 18 are talking of high blood pressure. It is the spirit of death and hell. Close your eyes and pray like this: “Every arrow of death and hell fired into my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
3. Lying spirit: This spirit is so much in action now that you also see some Christians telling lies. It is the spirit of the age. Adultery and fornication come under this because for you to be an adulterer or fornicator, you must have some demonic intelligence and some lying spirit. Under this lying spirit, you also have people who commer-cialise the word of God. I was told that a certain prophet sold anointing oil to a rich man in Lagos for N50,000. In spite of that, the anointing oil did not work. The correct price of the anointing oil was probably only N100.
Spirits of deception and all kinds of exaggeration and hypocrisy are also released into this age. Many went into business only to discover that their best friends were not their best friends again and that the person they thought was going to help them had destroyed everything they sweated for. I pray that, that shall not be your lot this year, in Jesus’ name.