Complete denial is a common reaction to the truth that the Baals and other imposters of God are prominent in the church and other believing communities today. It’s even common with experienced ministers who should have knowledge of our adversaries in the spiritual war – the dark spiritual powers and rulers in this world, for our struggle is not against flesh and blood people, but against these spirits of darkness who reign in realms of wickedness (Ephesians 6:11).
Why should so many be blind to the adversary? One reason is because they seduce with cleverly hidden lies and deception to make root for what appears to be true and reasonable teaching, but actually are false teachings. The uninitiated readily accept these lies, especially when truth is often given with them, and so they become ensnared and held captive by these demons to be loyal to false doctrine and guidance – they are held captive by the devil just as Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:26.
These demons are also the seducing/deceiving spirits that spread false doctrine mentioned in the New Testament (1 Timothy 4:1)
. But because many of these demons claim to be God or a saint or angel of God, those who accept their lies unwittingly make themselves loyal to them and their false teachings instead of God, which is idolatry I have talked about before (see Light Within and God’s Alarm for more)
The New Testament mentions them, but these demons are not new to this age. God’s original chosen people fell to them as well. They are found in the Old Testament under a different name, or actually title, - Baal, Ba’al, or Baalim (plural of Baal). It is an ancient Hebrew title meaning Lord, Master, Owner, or Possessor. The word most often appears in the Bible in relation to God’s people committing idolatry by worshipping these pagan deity lords (Judges 2:11-13, 8:33; 1 Samuel 12:10; 1 Kings 18:18, 22:53; 2 Kings 10:18-28, 17:16; Jeremiah 11:13, 19:5, 23:13; Hosea 2:8, 2:13, 11:2).
In ancient times, Ba’al was a Hebrew title used to address the Lord, but because the imposter Baals or Lords became widespread, the title fell out of use in relation to God and now only refers to the pagan deities.
There is also a misconception that idols related to these Baals and other pagan gods are only physical objects, because God states, "[they] threw their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but only the work of human hands, wood and stone [idols]" (2 Kings 19:18; Isaiah 37:19), and "Can a person make gods for himself? But they are not gods!" (Jeremiah 16:19-20).
Yes, people cannot make real gods and man-made idols or “gods” which people use in worship are not truly gods or living spirits. They are only figurines and statues, which was why God said, “they are not gods,” and Paul also reiterated, “gods made by hands are not gods at all” (Acts 19:26) and “an idol is nothing in the world” (1 Corinthians 8:4).
However, these idols are associated with real spirits, like the Baals and other pagan gods, who do have power and are “gods” in the sense of actually having real spirits or demons associated with them.
They had and continue to have real spiritual powers to work signs and miracles and give spiritual guidance. These “false” spiritual powers are only false in the sense that they are not directly of God, but they are real spiritual powers, which the New Testament says are of the work of Satan, with all power, signs, and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
This is why peoples throughout history paid homage to and tried to live within the commands of these gods. Doing so did give real benefit because these spirits do give tangible and real favors, miracles, and protection when you obey and satisfy them. All the false miracles I’ve seen from today’s imposters attest to this reality.
This is why Paul also acknowledged these other gods also existed. He said, “though there are what are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords” (1 Corinthians 8:6), and he also affirmed their existence in Ephesians 6:11, which I used above - our fight is not with people, but with the rulers and powers of the spiritual realm.
Paul also told the Athenians that they were ignorantly worshipping our one true God along with their other gods when they made an altar labelled “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD,” of which Paul proclaimed to them, “The God who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made by hands… though He is not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His descendants’” (Acts 17:24-28).
So, the ancient Greeks actually knew of our one true God and worshipped Him along with other gods, though they did not know Him as His people did. That is why their altar to Him was labeled “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.”
To further show that pagan peoples served other gods to appease and get favor from them instead of curses, the Bible shows the foreign peoples that came into Samaria after the north kingdom of Israel fell to Assyria, asked what the customs of our God was so they could appease Him. They did this because the Lord was still spiritually connected to the land and was angry the new peoples were not living by Jewish law, so He sent lions to kill them (2 Kings 17:24-28).
They obviously knew they had to do things in accordance with the “God of the land” (2 Kings 17:27) to take away the curse of lions, just as they knew they had to do what their pagan gods wanted in order to gain their favor. So the king of Assyria got one of the exiled Israelite priests to come back to Samaria and teach the new peoples God’s laws (2 Kings 17:28).
We can see that these pagan gods are real spiritual gods when we look at the ancient Hebrew word, elohim, which is used in the Bible to refer to God, as well as other gods, angels, rulers, judges, and divine beings. Elohim is a plural word and appears in the first sentence of the Bible where it says, “In the beginning God [Elohim] created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
This use of plurality for God goes with His nature of being more the one person that is still only one God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the foremost persons of God and all are considered to be equal and one with God.
But pagan gods are also referred to as elohim in the Bible, and they used that title in ancient times which is confirmed in ancient texts outside the Bible. In the Bible, God affirms these pagan gods or elohim are real beings because one of His titles is God of gods, which in the original Hebrew reads, “Elohim of elohim” (Deuteronomy 10:17), a title much like Lord of lords and King of kings (Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 136:3; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16), so he is referring to real gods, elohim spiritual beings, and not idol figurines or statues.
However, today, many of these elohim spirits, actually claim to be our one true living God. They are the modern day Baals and imposters I have talked much about and are the reason why I no longer use the title Elohim for God and prefer to use God’s personal Hebrew names. Just as the title Baal fell out of use to address God, we as a People of God should be having our focus on our one true God as directly as we can, so I avoid titles and words that other gods use and have taken over. I will discuss God’s Hebrew names in another article, but you probably already noticed I prefer to use Yehovah and Yeshua.
Here, I will share testimonies given directly to me that show today’s Baals are truly imposters of God as I have said, and that people are unwittingly giving them loyalty and proclaiming false prophecy from them, which truly puts the church into idolatry and is another sin of the Harlot Babylon that the Lord is angry about in these days at the end of the age.
So just as Jeremiah prophesied judgment on His people for their loyalty to and prophesying by the Baals, I repeat God’s words for this generation because His people have fallen to the very same sins as the last:
I capitalized “Last Days” in that prophecy because we are truly coming to clearly understand now at the end of this age – the Last Days - why God is bringing judgment on the world, church, and all believing communities. I have been proclaiming the details a while now, and the testimonies I share here further show the reality of idolatry to modern day Baals in God’s People.
Therefore this is what the Lord, Yehovah of hosts, says concerning the prophets, “Behold, I am going to feed them wormwood and make them drink poisonous water, for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread into all the land.”
This is what the Yehovah of hosts says, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility. They tell a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of Yehovah.
They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘Yehovah has said, “You will have peace.”’
And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, they say, ‘Disaster will not come on you.’
But who has stood in the council of Yehovah that he should see and hear His word? Who has paid attention to His word and listened?
Behold, the storm of Yehovah has gone forth in wrath, even a whirling tempest. It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
The anger of Yehovah will not turn back until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart.
In the Last Days you will clearly understand it.
I did not send these prophets, but they ran. I did not speak to them, but they prophesied.
But if they had stood in My council, then they would have announced My words to My people, and would have turned them back from their evil way and from the evil of their deeds.
“Am I a God who is near,” declares Yehovah, “And not a God far off? Can a person hide himself in hiding places so that I do not see him?” declares Yehovah.
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares Yehovah.
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’
How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, these prophets of the deceitfulness of their own heart, who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they report to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?
- The first testimony is from a woman living in Tennessee. She complained about a spirit speaking to her through a voice in the mind, but the spirit could also be felt. She thought it was God, but it tormented her for years with words of condemnation and constantly put her in fear of going to hell, though, she is a saved believer.
The spirit also said multiple times that she would die by a certain date, but it never happened. It also kept telling her to obey and kept her in worry because she could never deliver everything it asked. It even proclaimed the people at her church were his people, but made her feel she did not belong there and told her not to go unless she did what it said.
I told her the spirit was not God and that she had an imposter spirit of slavery. It would have come from her church or believing in false teachings that are commonly spread today. It cannot be God because God does not lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19). If the Lord truly told her she would die by a certain time, it would have happened.
Being pressured with constant fear is also not from God's Spirit, because we do not receive “a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but [we] received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15).
The Lord also does not constantly condemn to make us live in that fear of slavery trying to be absolutely perfect and sinless, for “there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Mashiach Yeshua - Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death” (Romans 8:1-2). However, the Lord does discipline and chastise, giving us judgment for sin to remind us of keeping on the path of righteousness and to work towards spiritual maturity (Hebrews 12:5-11).
- The next testimony is from a young man in Nigeria who told me what happened after he did a prayer of dedication to God and Christ when he was about seven years old. He wasn’t sure if he was saved into God’s kingdom after that, but afterwards he started hearing voices in his mind telling him what to do. They made him very worried about sinning and suggested he would lose salvation from any small sin and needed to repent. The pressure was so constant that he ended up praying for forgiveness more then 10 times a day.
This case is obviously very similar to the first testimony. The young man received a religious spirit or spirits of slavery that promoted a false gospel of salvation by works or complete obedience. The True Gospel is one of free grace by God (Ephesians 2:8-9), which requires belief in Christ and maintaining public loyalty to God through Christ, but sin in general will not take our names out of the Book of Life (see The True Gospel and Imposters for details).
This case also highlights the problem in using things like the “Sinner’s Prayer” to become saved, as these prayers are not what saves a person into God’s kingdom. Personal acknowledgement of God does have positive effect, as it will bring God to act more in the person’s life, which can bring about salvation when the person expresses public loyalty to Christ in addition to having belief.
Prayers that ask for God into a person’s life bring about the working of Christ’s statements, like, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10) and "if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20).
God promises His presence to people who seek Him even if they are skeptical, so when they pray to ask Him into their lives, He will act in their lives, but this alone does not save them into God’s kingdom. True belief in Christ is needed as well as public acknowledgement of that belief for a person to be saved, and that often does come after a person prays to have Christ come into their life because God often provides supernatural signs and wonders to aid a skeptic’s faith.
Problems come if prayers are also said to save a person into God’s kingdom, which often happens with preaching that goes with Sinner’s Prayers and prayers for salvation. If this is done, they become instruments of a false gospel and are cursed accordingly, because if you understand that the True Gospel is the one revealed to Apostle Paul, which the Lord also taught me, all other gospels are a different gospel associated with a different Jesus and a different spirit (2 Corinthians 11:4), and so are cursed as Paul said of these false teachings - "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!" (Galatians 1:8-9).
The curses associated with false gospels and teachings include receiving imposter spirits like these testimonies show. People truly can get a different spirit and different Jesus when they accept a different gospel.
- After I told a woman that she was following an imposter of God and the Holy Spirit, she gave me a word from “God” through this spirit which she claimed was the Holy Spirit. The message, though, contained obvious lies, such as claiming God was only within me (my body or person).
God does not lie (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; Numbers 23:19) and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth (John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:13; 1 John 5:6), so obviously this woman was loyal to an imposter Holy Spirit, which she treated just as God.
- I met a man on the street in my area who claimed to be a prophet of God. He was from out of state and begging for money to continue traveling. That in itself does not say he was a false prophet, as the Lord can have His disciples go without money or much material means, but this man gave me his name and website which I later checked. I found his pages were full of false prophecy proclaiming lies in the name of the Lord.
- A minister with a long history of end time Rapture Tribulation teachings and sharing and interpretation of prophecies from his “trusted prophets” continued to share his false teachings and false prophecies after I told him about his errors and that his prophets were getting false guidance from imposters of God.
Many of these prophecies come in the form of dreams that these false prophets make public (do you recall the Lord speaking of dreams in Jeremiah 23 above?). But because this minister denied being a prophet himself and instead admitted only to be a “prophetic teacher,” I could see he fulfilled the prophecy of false prophets in Zechariah 13:2-6 when the Lord led me to look at that scripture. The false prophets in that prophecy also proclaimed, "I am not a prophet; I am a cultivator of the ground," which I talked about it in The Lord said, Let no one argue and let no one rebuke.
These are only a few of the many examples I encountered that show the Baals and imposters of God and the saints and angels are leading God’s People astray. The churches associated with the first two testimonies are listed in Ministry Warnings
and that page gives many more examples of ministries and people I examined and found to be following imposters or are in serious errors of teaching and judgment, so you can go over the details there if you want more information.
The false teachings and gospels that spread these modern day Baals are stumbling blocks for people in God’s kingdom because they can prevent salvation by misleading them with incorrect conditions for the New Covenant, and they also have people lose salvation because they change their mind about Christ and His grace when imposters promote false sin, condemnation, and absolute obedience to have get to heaven.
Those are the products of the tares or weeds in the kingdom, which were planted by the devil (Matthew 13:39). They are stumbling blocks, but we are at the end of the age now when those products will be burned with the weeds in the kingdom, for at the end of the age, the Son of Man will send forth his angels and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks and those who commit lawlessness (Matthew 13:40-41).
"'I will utterly consume all things from off the land, declares Yehovah. I will consume man and beast. I will consume the birds of the sky, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked, and I will cut off man from the land,' declares Yehovah. 'I will also stretch out My hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place.'" (Zephaniah 1:2-4)
"The Lord Yehovah will be terrifying to them, for He will starve all the gods [elohim] of the earth; and all the coastlands of the nations will bow down to Him, everyone from his own place" (Zephaniah 2:11).
The time of the weeds, Baals, and imposters is coming to an end with the end of this age, along with the Harlot Babylon who remain loyal to them and their teaching, so may you take to heart the truth and strive to remove them from your lives and do not remain loyal to their teachings.
They may have real powers, but remember that God wants your loyalty through our true Mashiach - Christ today, not these imposters, which goes with why He sent lions to plague the people in 2 Kings 17. The lions represent Satan, the adversary and imposters of God, even today, who "prowl around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8), but the Lord said to the people, “You shall not fear other gods, nor bow down to them, nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them. But Yehovah… you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow down, and to Him you shall sacrifice… and you shall not fear other gods… But you shall fear Yehovah your God; and He will save you from the hand of all your enemies" (2 Kings 17:35-39).