Sid Roth - Satan's Ultimate End-Time Attack Exposed
Sid Roth: I was just telling my guest, the Holy Spirit is here. He is here in such a strong fashion. My guest, Rick Joyner, best-selling author of books like "The Final Quest," is known for his very accurate prophetic dreams, visions and revelations from God for over 50 years. In his book "Overcoming Evil in the Last Days," Rick speaks of his, get this, 30-year-old vision that is exploding with accuracy right now. Rick, tell me about the evil stronghold of racism.
Rick Joyner: Well, in Matthew 24, when the disciples asked Jesus, they actually asked Him three questions. "When will these things be"? He had just talked about the temple being destroyed in Jerusalem. And then they said, "and of your presence, and of the end of the age"? The word that's often translated coming there literally is presence, the "Parousia" of the Lord. So He answered all three. Many of the details He gave, I think one of the most important that's unfolding right now when He said, "Nation would rise against nation," and the word translated nation there, it's the Greek, "ethnos," from which we derive ethnic.
Sid Roth: Right.
Rick Joyner: He wasn't talking about countries fighting each other. He was talking about ethnic conflict would be one of the signs of the end of the age. I think that's what we see unfolding in our own time. It's rising to a crescendo I think is unprecedented, even though it's been present, I think, since the garden, since the fall, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Sid Roth: It's like we were making progress in some of these areas, and then all of a sudden, no-holds barred, it's gone, and it's skyrocketing to extremes that are scary.
Rick Joyner: Yeah. Well, the Lord is going to raise up a standard against it. Anytime the enemy comes in like a flood, like this we know, He has something He's going to rise up to counter it, and that's what He's called His people to be. His church is called to be a house of prayer for all ethnos, same word. And I believe we have an ultimate opportunity to overcome this evil. I think we need to understand that racism is built upon two of the most evil characteristics of fallen man, both pride and fear. People become racists because they become proud in the flesh, proud of what race there are. I believe there are all forms of bigotry, such as spiritual bigotry. When we start thinking we're better than others because we're a part of a certain group or denomination or whatever, "God resists the proud and gives His grace to the humble". So if the devil can get us proud in these areas, any area, he knows he doesn't have to deal with us. God will deal with us. We'll even have the resistance of God in our life. So that's one of the ultimate evils. The other is fear, where we start becoming racist because we're afraid of those who are different from us. We're so insecure. If they don't fit right in with our mentality, with our beliefs and everything, we react. And you see this happening today on a level that I don't think there's ever been. Intolerance for differences or distinctions when we serve a Creator who made every snowflake different. Every human being is different. He loves that. The right kind of diversity that He made us unique, every one of us. So I think if we really are abiding in the Creator, when we meet someone different from us, we're not going to be intimidated or fearful, we're going to be expectant of learning something.
Sid Roth: Tell me about the evil stronghold of witchcraft.
Rick Joyner: Well, witchcraft is actually named in Galatians 5 as one of the works of the flesh.
Sid Roth: Hmm.
Rick Joyner: We tend to think of it as the black magic and all that.
Sid Roth: Right.
Rick Joyner: That's an aspect. That's not the most prevalent kind of witchcraft. Witchcraft is using any spirit other than the Holy Spirit to try to control, manipulate other people. I think using hype is a form of witchcraft.
Sid Roth: Huh.
Rick Joyner: There are things I... but the Holy Spirit has more dignity than to try to hype things, than to manipulate or control. He didn't even control Adam and Eve in the garden. He gave them freedom. He told them, "Don't eat from this tree". But He gave them the freedom to do it. So I think we really have to start recognizing how much witchcraft has gained influence even in the Body of Christ. I think one of the greatest, most clear examples in scripture is King Saul.
Sid Roth: Right.
Rick Joyner: He started, when he saw the enemies gathering and the people scattering, he caved into the pressure and offered the sacrifice. He had no spiritual authority to offer that sacrifice, and Samuel had told him, "Wait until I get there". But he caved into the pressure because he feared the enemy and feared the people more than he feared God. And this is where it enters, when we start getting all of our encouragement by how the people receive us rather than God. And the people can be fickle. The same crowd that said "Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord," 5 days later is saying, "Crucify Him". So you're going to be all over the place if you're moving or living by the fear of man, the fear of people, in place of the fear of God. So that's crucial to understand and be rooted in. Where you see the opposite of this spirit in King David. When his family and all the families of his faithful followers, they get kidnapped by the Amalekites, who were the terrorists of the day, and if anything, could be worse. But then to have your own men ready to stone you, picking up stones to stone you with because of all their families that were kidnapped. If there was ever pressure to just charge out and just do something, that was it. David did not respond to that pressure. It says he strengthened himself in the Lord, His God. He sought the Lord for a clear direction when he was about to get stones rained on him, and he still cared more about what God thought, what God was saying. So I think this is a test everybody in authority has to go to, and if they cave in like Saul... It was no accident he ended up his last night in the witch's house. This is witchcraft. It's counterfeit spiritual authority.
Sid Roth: How about the evil stronghold of religious spirit?
Rick Joyner: The religious spirit, I call these three together Satan's cord of three strands because they usually come together.
Sid Roth: Hmm.
Rick Joyner: He uses all three of them against us. But the religious spirit fundamentally is an attempt by the devil to get us to try to base our relationship to God on our religious performance rather than what Jesus did on the cross. We don't seek the Lord in order to gain His approval. We don't serve the Lord to gain His approval. We already have it through the cross. We seek to serve Him from a position of having His approval and because of our love for Him. We want to please Him. We want to do these things. But not for what we'll gain, not for an acceptance we'll gain. That's already been done totally. I personally believe right now the religious spirit has more influence in the church than the Holy Spirit and what we consider the church as a whole.
Sid Roth: And you say racism is a sign of the last days. Why do you say that?
Rick Joyner: Because Jesus said it in Matthew 24 when He said, "Nation would rise against nation". That's the Greek word ethnic. He was talking about ethnic conflict. These were all seeds that were sown in man. When Jesus said the end of the age is the harvest, it's the harvest of every seed that has been sown, both the good and the evil coming to full maturity, the wheat and the terrorism. That's why we're entering into the period of the ultimate conflict between light and darkness.
Sid Roth: What have you found is the best way to overcome this spirit of racism?
Rick Joyner: Well, I think, first, let's start with humility. I think we have to understand there's nothing more valuable than the grace of God. What could be more valuable than that in our life? And when He says, "He gives His grace to the humble," how would our lives change if in every day, in every way, we're seeking to humble ourselves instead of make ourselves look bigger and better and trying to promote ourselves? Then God could promote us. Doesn't it say...
Sid Roth: That's so opposite human nature.
Rick Joyner: The Holy Spirit is opposite of fallen human nature. No doubt about it. The exact opposite. And we're supposed to be of a different spirit, not the spirit of the world. And it says Jesus said, "Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled". He didn't say some. He said everyone. Then he said, "Everyone who humbles himself will be exalted". Now, I think really one of the most arrogant things we can do is try to humble other people. I see all over, in a number of places, He says, "Humble yourselves". I've never seen anywhere where it says, "Humble your pastor. Humble your neighbor". And then when we start criticizing the church, this is God's own workmanship. What we're doing is criticizing God and what He's doing. Now, that's different from understanding, recognizing problems with the church or with Christians. But I think if we have His Spirit, we're going to do it with a redemptive purpose instead of one that is judgmental and condemning. We'll also do it understanding, it's not just a cliche, "Except for the grace of God, there go I". I would be the same thing if it weren't for the grace of God, and you don't want to become arrogant about the grace of God because then you lose it.
Sid Roth: It seems we take all these wonderful things that God has given us, and we pervert them.
Rick Joyner: We start to think it's because of us. It's all because of the Son. All things can be summed up in Him.
Sid Roth: Rick reveals the ultimate racist barrier to undermine believers. It's urgent that we overcome this. It's going to shock many of you when you find out. Be right back.
Sid Roth: Okay, Rick. What is the ultimate racial barrier that we have to overcome? The ultimate.
Rick Joyner: Jew and Gentile.
Sid Roth: See, I told you you'd be surprised. Explain.
Rick Joyner: Well, racism actually empowers the spirit of death. More death has entered the world through racism in all of its forms. Most wars are actually racist wars, country, nations against others, but it's really ethnic conflict. People fighting each other because they're different or different religions and faith. But we also see that when Jew and Gentile are grafted together, as we see in Romans 9-11, into that One New Man, said, "What is this but life from the dead? The overcoming of that spirit of death".
Sid Roth: Hmm.
Rick Joyner: So it's one that I believe the Lord has allowed for His own purposes. It has to be overcome. The church cannot understand its full purpose without understanding Israel, the natural Israel's full purpose. They can't understand their full purpose without understanding ours. And right now, there's great division between them. At the end, I think we're going to understand how we are made complete with each other, and that's going to bring forth what is called the One New Man, which I believe is the new creation man manifested on the Earth as God intended because it will have overcome every racial barrier... fundamentally.
Sid Roth: You say the Gentile church needs to take up the burden of reaching the Jew.
Rick Joyner: Of course. Matter of fact, I think we see, let's look at Peter was sent to the Jews. Paul is sent to the Gentiles. It looks like God got that mixed up.
Sid Roth: Yeah, I would have picked Paul that studied under the greatest rabbis of the day.
Rick Joyner: Exactly, they would have respected...
Sid Roth: And then but He picks a fisherman to go to the Jews.
Rick Joyner: He picks someone they would totally disrespect, and sends the one who they would have respected, the Jews would have respected, to the Gentiles. Gentiles hated the Pharisees. They, but what He did was He made both of them utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit to fulfill their calling. They, nobody was going to come to Jesus, none of the Jews were going to come to Jesus because they liked Peter. They were going to have to see something a lot bigger in Peter, operating in Peter that they could overlook that, and the same with Paul. Paul even told the Galatians, "I know my flesh was a trial to you, but you saw beyond that. You received me as if I were an angel from God". So they weren't, he understood his flesh was a trial to the very ones he's trying to reach. He has to have the Holy Spirit, the grace of God. And I think there's something that we're going to see, I know some, been in a lot of the Messianic movements and congregations, and I've asked a couple of the biggest, "Raise your hands. How many are Jews here that were reached by another Jew"? And it was almost nobody. I...
Sid Roth: Yeah, and most gentiles think it's the Jewish believer that's supposed to reach the Jew. It's kind of logical. Again, so what's God going to do? He's making the Gentiles the Peter of His day.
Rick Joyner: Exactly. That's exactly right. And the Jews did better at reaching the Gentiles. Our whole scripture is written by Jews, and we need to understand that the Jewish foundation that God has, the natural branches and how we were wild branches grafted into this.
Sid Roth: There's so much revelation in what you're talking about. In Rick's book, "Overcoming Evil in the Last Days," he teaches on how to discern and overcome all of these major strongholds. Why do you sense an urgency to get this word out now?
Rick Joyner: Well, the days are getting shorter. We really are coming to the end of this age, which to me is the greatest time there's ever been to be alive and to see the great works of God. But it's the time when all of this is coming together, and it is going to happen. It is going to happen. The harvest is coming in. The whole Earth is going to be reaped like we see in the Book of Revelation. We get to be here for this.
Sid Roth: You teach about Isaiah 60:1-2.
Rick Joyner: Yeah.
Sid Roth: Explain that.
Rick Joyner: Well, it says there, "Arise, shine; for your light has come! The glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the Earth, and deep darkness the people". Now, if that doesn't describe where we are right now, but then it says, "But His glory is going to rise upon you, and His glory is going to appear upon you". So at the very time of the deepest darkness, we're seeing the glory of the Lord manifest, and then the third verse says, "And the nations are going to come to the brightness of your rising". The glory is going to win. The light is going to win.
Sid Roth: It's the harvest.
Rick Joyner: Exactly.
Sid Roth: You're describing the harvest.
Rick Joyner: Yeah.
Sid Roth: Speaking of harvest, do you know about God? Or do you know Him? Have you had religion? Or have you had experiential relationship with God, your own experience? Not someone special. The special one, He died and rose from the dead. His Name is Jesus. He wants to have a real relationship with you. Say out loud with your mouth. Believe it to the best of your heart: "Dear God, please forgive me for my sins. I believe Your blood has washed away all of my sins. And now that I'm clean, Jesus, come and live inside of me. I make you my Lord and Savior". Rick, look in the camera and pray for the harvest.
Rick Joyner: Lord, You paid such an incredible price for our salvation, and it says You, "God so loved the world," not just man but the whole world, but You gave man authority over the Earth and responsibility of the Earth. And, Lord, I ask right now that that great glory that is spoken of by Isaiah in Isaiah 60, where Your glory would appear upon Your people, in this great darkness that is increasing like I believe at no other time at history, right now, Lord, raise up Your standard, raise up Your light that wins in the end just like we see there in those verses, where the nations will come to the brightness of your rising. Lord, I ask You that the greatest manifestation of what You created man to be like would come forth in this time that every man, woman, child, everybody, could point to your new creation and say, "That is what I am called to be. That is who I am," and be drawn to You the only way that we can become who we are called to be and created to be. In Jesus Name, amen.