Test the Spirits and the NAR

It struck me this morning, as I looked out over the sea coast, that this world is currently under the power of Satan. Jesus referred to him as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and Paul calls him “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). John makes a further distinction when he says: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).

The Bible frequently uses “the world” or “this world” to refer to the present evil system of opposition to God. So, the Bible never teaches that Satan actually rules over the entire world, but that he is ruler over the current system of sinful opposition to God. In other words, he’s leading the rebellion against God.

It’s also interesting to note that in the Garden of Eden, God says in Genesis 3:15And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

According to this verse, there will be enmity between the individual woman (Eve) and the serpent who deceived her. The word enmity indicates a blood feud. There will also be enmity between his seed and her seed. God promised that eventually the serpent would bruise the heel of the seed of the woman. However, the seed of the woman would also bruise (or crush) the head of the serpent. This will be a fatal blow. Who is the seed of the woman and who is the seed of the serpent?

The ultimate seed of the woman would be Jesus Himself. Therefore, we have in Genesis 3:15, the first promise of a Redeemer. It is the beginning of a long line of prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. The Promised One would be from the woman’s seed an indication of the eventual virgin birth of Christ. 

The phrase seed of the serpent also does not mean the physical descendants of the Devil but rather those who are his spiritual descendants as in unredeemed humanity beginning with Adam and Eve’s first son Cain and continuing on to all those who oppose God. Jesus called the religious leaders of his day the children of the Devil (John 8:44).

The seed of the serpent would bruise the heel of the seed of the woman. On the cross Satan bruised the heel of Christ, causing His death. Bruising suggests something that was not ultimate or final. Christ died on our behalf being made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He bore our judgment upon Calvary’s cross and, in doing so, bruised His heel. Though wounded, the damage done to Jesus was not final, for He came back from the dead three days later. 

It is for this very reason that the Son of God took on flesh and blood was “that through death he might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). When Jesus died on the cross, he took away our sins, satisfying the demands of God’s law, and he triumphed over Satan, disarming the power that he holds over people–the power of death, because sin leads to death (Colossians 2:13-15).

The rebellion is still underway and Jesus now waits for the final judgment and the decisive victory over Satan to be accomplished, when he will be “thrown into the lake of fire” and “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10), and his kingdom and authority will be taken away from Satan and given back to King Jesus, its rightful Author and Owner.

Did you ever notice when it comes to testing of the spirits, what the qualifier of authenticity is?

1 John 4:1-6 reads as follows: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Couple of things that I would like you to notice. The subject here is knowing when it is that the Spirit of God is speaking through a prophet. Note that in order for the Spirit of God to speak through a prophet, there will of necessity need to be a prophet. Secondly, the test to confirm as to whether the spirit that is speaking through the prophet originates from God is whether or not the spirit confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. If the spirit that speaks through the prophet confesses this truth, the spirit speaking through this prophet is the Spirit of God and if the spirit that is speaking through the prophet cannot confess this truth, then this confirms that the prophet is a false prophet.

With all the prophets that are so plentiful within the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement, and all the prophecies and decrees being made by these prophets, why is it that you NEVER see this testing of the spirits being done?

Why is that critical? Because God has determined that a false prophet with a spirit of the antichrist, will NOT be able to confess this truth. And why is this truth critical? Because even though God has allowed Satan to lead the rebellion against Himself on this world or planet, the fact that God sent His own Son in the flesh to oppose and nullify this rebellion for believers, must be acknowledged and the acknowledgement is confirmed by the spirit of the antichrist NOT being able to make this confession, while prophecies uttered by a prophet via the Spirit of God WILL be able to do so.

Interesting to note that naturalism denies that there is a spiritual realm or reality.
Interesting to note that false prophets claim to speak from within the spiritual realm.
Interesting to note that the opposition to the reality of God sending us His Son and what He accomplished on our behalf is attacked from both without and within the church.

I’d be interesting on any feedback you may have on this one!

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


  1. Good word, Bruce! And the NAR, which I am only slightly familiar with, has individuals making numerous claims and “direct” revelations from God. At times, they will say all the right things, just like the serpent to Eve, with only the slightest of a twist, but slight twists after slight twists turns the whole knob to another station completely.

    I wonder sometimes if the “confession” of Christ can be undoubtedly determined by not just the words someone says, but the actions and heart from which they do it. Like the Pharisees saying the “right things”, but really didn’t live or do the right things….if that even makes sense….

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    • Hi Jeff, I’m thinking that this “confession” is a means whereby those who feel they are being led by the Holy Spirit, to give forth a decree or prophecy as coming from the Lord, to check on the validity of the source. God’s Word tells us in 2nd Peter 2:20 that no prophecy comes from the prophets private interpretation (his own thoughts), so this is clearly where the Holy Spirit provides the words the prophet is given and then the prophets speaks. The minute you receive some words from the Lord in your mind and you note that they disagree with God’s Word or you suspect that what you are being given may be dubious, this sum check so to speak, would be an excellent validator. Problem being, these so called NAR prophets just assume what they are being given is all on the up and up and they let it roll out of their mouths without testing the source. That warning in scripture is there for a reason and the vast majority of these prophecies being given out by NAR prophets are downright scary when you cross check them with God’s Word. I don’t know if you have heard of automatic writing but that is where some people are literally dictated to by a spirit and they write it down. Graham Cooke did this for one of his books. Prophecy is similar but in this case you are given the words in your mind and you speak them. I’ve only experienced this twice in my life and both times the thoughts coming to my mind where very clear and effortless, once at a worship service and another time with a youth group. Hard to put into words but it is something else. Nothing that was given to me to speak deviated from God’s Word and I was in total control (I could stop whenever I wanted to), which again lines up with God’s Word (1 Corinthians 14:32). I don’t know if this helps but I hope that it does! Blessings.

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  2. Hi Bruce! I don’t know if you have ever read my post on “testing the spirits” (https://bluecollartheologian.blog/2018/10/31/test-the-spirits/); however, my most favorite thing to teach and encourage is for people to learn how to discern God’s Word. What I do not understand about NAR is they actually believe the world is getting better. Jesus does not promise to make this world better. Paul in the next verse in 1 Corinthians says that “God is not a God of confusion” (v. 23). God works in the average everyday time. Each day that we have on earth is a miracle (not to sound corny or cliche), in my opinion the false prophets of NAR encourage their followers to live by sight and feeling by chasing miracles, healings, prophecies etc. This of course is in direct opposition to Scripture (2 Cor 5:6-7). I grieve for the people who have been hurt by the NAR. I am so thankful for the light you shine for Christ!

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    • Hi Mandy, they believe the world is getting better because of their belief in the 7 Mountains doctrine where they basically are going to make heaven here on earth so that Jesus can return. https://bcooper.wordpress.com/2017/10/21/the-seven-mountains-apostasy/. It’s pretty twisted but that’s in keeping with the vast majority of their doctrine. Scary stuff. Graham Cooke, who is associated with the NAR movement wrote a whole book via what he calls automatic writing where a spirit dictated everything to him, line after line. All without questioning the source. Pretty sure this is all part of the “strong delusion” that is sweeping the church all over the world. Hard to believe. As per your post, the Word of God is our standard by which everything else is weighed against. The NAR is deadly and vast multitudes are being deceived. They literally have tentacles everywhere. Whole countries, Australia, South Africa, it’s akin to the division in the USA with regard to Trump (sure hope you’re not a fan!). If I didn’t know better I’d swear people are literally losing their ability to think. I’d better stop, starting to rant. Grace and blessings!

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    • Hi Bruce! You do not need to apologize! In all honesty, I am not a fan of any politician right now. I vote solely because it is a biblical mandate. For what it is worth, anytime I go to a hockey game or meet someone from Canada, I sing your national anthem (only in English, I don’t know French, sorry, don’t hold that against me!). When I worked in Rehab and I found out my patient was Canadian I would sing in an attempt to “win” them over and by into therapy. All this is to say that I agree with you, people are losing the ability to think for themselves. People want an echo chamber of voices that agree with them and their position, never considering any alternatives which may lead to compromise/middle ground/understanding. There are people who are repulsed that I would sing another Nation’s anthem. For whatever reason, God has allowed me to travel all over His Creation and while I am proud to be an American, I am even more proud to be the daughter of The King. I am a Christian before I am anything else. Do Nations have a right to defend and protect their border, certainly. However, anyone who identifies themselves as a Christian is a pontifex, (Latin for bridge builder), leading and showing people the way to Christ. It is not easy, it is not pretty and in some cases it is down right uncomfortable. Christ did not care about His comfort on the Cross when He died for our sins to reconcile us to God. Jesus is the ultimate High Priest, the supreme Pontifex and Ruler over Nations. Like I said Bruce, you do not owe me any form of sorry or apology, if you were wondering where I stand on things, here it is! I do not care about people’s political parties, I do not care about people’s socioeconomic, race, ethnicity, gender, what I care about is the state of a person’s heart/mind/life. I love people. I get it wrong A LOT and I praise Him for His rebukes, discipline and corrections. As Nathan loves to say, “if you do not live by the Truth, you will fall for anything.” May God continue to keep the land that is your heart, mind, soul and spirit “glorious and free!” Love and blessings, Mandy

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      • Hi Mandy, thank you for sharing that and I feel better already! I’m kinda of the opinion that if we spent more time doing for others and spreading the Good News, a lot of the problems that we’re currently facing wouldn’t be of the magnitude that they currently are. And just to clarify, our situation up here in Canada is nothing to get excited about. Having served in the Armed Forces I did get around to a lot of places. England, Ireland, Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, Bermuda, all through the Caribbean, and Israel (Jerusalem). I’ve also been right across Canada in all of the provinces and did visit a number of places in the States (New York city, Boston, Pittsburgh, Miami, etc). I spent six months in Cyprus with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces and that was something else. Jerusalem was unreal, and when my eyes first fell on the Mount of Olives, I could have sworn that I’d been there before. Temple Mount was also unreal. I volunteered to work with the University of Jerusalem for excavation work on the walls around old Jerusalem and actually saw large square stones uncovered that had been knocked down in 70 AD by Titus. So much history there that it is unreal. I studied Jerusalem archeology for about three months so that when I got there I’d know what to actually look for. And you’re right about people, the stories I could tell you. When in Cyprus I went to a Greek Protestant Evangelical church and was asked to preach a service there. The people were amazing. Again, so much history. It sounds like you’ve got a keeper there in Nathan! Just to let you know, every time I see your picture pop up and I see that smile of yours, well … it’s pretty hard not to smile back. I just love your smile. What I did learn in all of my travels is that people are all the same, and everyone needs kindness shown to them. Everyone. Anyway, gotta run. You have yourself a blessed day and thank you so much for taking the time to touch base with me. There will come a day, a glorious day, when we will meet and that also will be something else! Grace and blessings Mandy to you and yours.

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      • Hi Bruce! I was thinking the same thing earlier as well! The day that I get to meet you will for sure be exciting! You and Nathan have very similar outlooks/opinions on many things. He is also retired military (US Army) if I never shared that. Titus 3 encourages us three times to “do good, do good, do good!” and as you said if we spent more time doing good it would be a different place. I am fascinated by your experiences in Jerusalem and Cyprus! I am no archeologist. I spent a week at Gezer and that was long enough! I am one of those people who always smile, good, bad, sad, angry, joyous, I just smile! Sometimes it gets me in trouble but until God calls me home, I am gonna greet the world with a smile! Thank you Bruce, for being you!

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  3. Graham Cooke will be in Edmonton at church in the vine.
    Satan is indeed the prince of this world. When he tempted Jesus and offered Him all the kingdom’s of the world, it was his to give. If what the bible records at Matthew 4 is correct. I just can’t imagine Jesus bragging to His disciples about His encounter with Satan and no other human was present as witness. Not saying it didn’t happen, I just like to think on such things.
    As for confessing “Jesus is come in the flesh” I can assure you many a snake and wolf has confessed this. There’s more to it than that.
    The thing about free will is that it doesn’t stop you from lying or evil.
    Hope you had a good week Bruce. I seen you trading barbs with the atheist. As I’ve said before, the proof of Jesus Christ is non transferable. That doesn’t stop us from testifying of the reality of Jesus Christ, but we can not prove to others He is real. Bit we can praise Him. I don’t care if people think I’m dumb or crazy, I know what I know.


    • Hi Stephen, how did your trip go? I know any person can say that, the question is supposed to be put to the spirit to ascertain the source. Ya, I had a bit of a go with that Ark fella, stupid me. Graham Cooke wrote a whole book by writing down what a spirit dictated to him, line by line, page by page, without even questioning the source. Hard to believe. I really don’t think Jesus was bragging when he spoke of what transpired during His encounter with Satan. Anyway, good to have you back and blessings to you and yours also.


      • Trip was good Bruce. Can’t understand why our 22,20, and 18 year old boys still want to hang out with my wife and I but we’ll take it. Our 9 year old has no choice but to come. Haha
        As for you and Ark, you’re a baptist thru and thru. But when you get away from that, when you speak from your heart, well, it’s a beautiful thing. My wife is always reminding me that Jesus Himself did not come to condemn. She’s right and Jesus IS God in the flesh. May we all be mindful of this Truth. And I’m not talking about the greasy grace gospel neither but the Truth demonstrated by the life of Jesus.
        Enjoy your weekend Bruce.

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