AUGUST 3, 2007











 “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”   (I John 3:8b) When we follow closely the works of Jesus during His earthly ministry, we cannot help but notice that the Son of God spent a lot of His time exposing the “self-righteous” works of the religious order of that day.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were the leaders of the people and they ruled in the name of Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They boldly declared, “Abraham is our father.” “But Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.” (John 8:39b)

Jesus was telling them that they were not doing the works of Abraham; they were doing the works of their father the devil. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.” (John 8:44a) How much clearer could this be? The religious works that are done in the name of the Lord are often the works of the devil. Jesus was made manifest as a contrast to these; His works were the works of God. May our eyes be opened to the hidden works of the devil, and may we be assured that our Lord, now sitting at the right Hand of the Father, is directing the sons in the earth, to expose and destroy these works forever.  


When we read the Bible, especially the Old Testament, we are reading history. It is only when God’s Spirit opens our spiritual eyes and ears that we are able to understand that what is written is much more than mere history; it is God’s purpose and plan for the ages.

It is as we progress under the unction and teaching of the Holy Spirit that we begin to understand that we have been chosen in Him from the foundation of the world. We meet Him in the written word and when we do, we meet ourselves as who we really are in Christ.

In Him, we are redeemed to our former state through the death of His cross, and then we are raised with Him in newness of life to become a new creation of God in Christ. So what we read in the Old Testament is not only His story, it is our story as well.

It is then that the book becomes life to us. It is no longer a book of law; it is a book of discovery. Jesus told the Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” These are powerful words.

The Pharisees were searching for life in the history of their ancestors in the Old Testament, (there was no New Testament at the time) but what they read did not lead them to recognize Him when He stood right in front of them. The reason for this was that their painstaking search of the Scriptures did not lead them to Him. It did not even lead them to know about Him; it just lifted them up intellectually and gave them power over the people.

We must conclude that it does not matter how much of the word we know and how much we love to study it, unless He reveals Himself to us, it is of little benefit to anyone.

It was after His resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, that Jesus opened the Scriptures to His disciples. “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in ALL the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27)

By the power of His resurrection, the Spirit speaks to those who walk with Him. He opens the Scriptures to them and lifts Him out of the pages so that He becomes Bread to them. The disciples heard Him as He expounded the word to them, but it was not until they broke bread with Him that their eyes were opened and that they knew Him. It is as He is lifted.

“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.” (Luke 24:30-31)  We may accumulate many glorious revelations as the Spirit reveals them to us, but it is when we break bread with Him that our eyes are opened, and we begin to really know Him.

We may be in awe at the revelations that some of the brethren (and sisterns) are sharing today, but only those who have been with Jesus, those who have broken the bread of life with Him, have the heart to know Him.

We do not find this Bread in the pages of the good book; the book introduces us to Him. We find this Bread as He reveals Himself to us in the nitty-gritty of everyday life. The book will make us know about Him. We find Him there, as the Way and the Truth, but it is when we find Him as our Life that we begin to know Him.


Recently, I found the website of Brother Douglas Clark, ( where he has posted many interesting writings.  Among these I found a dream, received by Robert Burnell on April 10th of 2007 – The dream is very long and after praying about it I felt to just write some excerpts that pertain to what the Lord wants for this writing.

In the dream, he saw a traveler who was looking for the City of God. He writes, “In my dream I see the lone figure of a man following a road. As the sun sets beneath the hills, a city comes into view. Nearing it, the traveler sees what appears to be a large group of churches. Spires and crosses pierce the skyline. His pace quickens. Is this his destination?

He passes an imposing structure, a neon sign flashing “Cathedral of the Future.” Farther on, a floodlit stadium supports a billboard boasting that fifty thousand people crowd into evangelistic meetings there three nights a week. Beyond this, modest “New Testament” chapels and Hebrew Christian synagogues cluster together on the street front.

“Is this the City of God?” I heard the traveler ask a woman at the information booth in the central square. “No, this is Christian City,” she replies. “But I thought this road led to the City of God!” He exclaims with great disappointment. “That’s what we all thought when we arrived,” she answers, her tone sympathetic.

“This road continues up the mountain, doesn’t it?” He asks. “I wouldn’t know, really,” she answers blankly.  I watch the man turn away from her and trudge on up the mountain in the gathering darkness. Reaching the top, he starts out into the blackness; it looks as though there is nothing, absolutely nothing, beyond. With a shudder he retraces his steps into Christian City and takes a room at a hotel.

Strangely unrefreshed, at dawn he arises and follows the road up the mountain again; in the brightening light of the sun, he discovers that what seemed like a void the night before is actually a desert, dry, hot, rolling sand as far as the eye can see. The road narrows to a path which rises over a dune and disappears. “Can this trail lead to the City of God?” He wonders aloud. It appears to be quite deserted and rarely traveled.

Indecision slows his steps, he again returns to Christian City and has lunch in a Christian restaurant. Over the music of a gospel record, I hear him ask a man at the next table, “That path up the mountain, where the desert begins, does it lead to the City of God?”

“Don’t be a fool!” his neighbor replies quickly. “Everyone who has ever taken that path has been lost… swallowed up by the desert! If you want God, there are plenty of good churches in this town. You should pick one and settle down.”

After leaving the restaurant, looking weary and confused, the traveler finds a spot under a tree and sits down. An ancient man approaches and begins pleading with him in urgent tones. “If you stay here in Christian City, you’ll wither away. You must take the path. I belong to the desert you saw earlier. I was sent here to encourage you to press on.

You’ll travel many miles. You’ll be hot and thirsty; but angels will walk with you, and there will be springs of water along the way. And at your journey’s end you will reach the City of God! You have never seen such beauty! And when you arrive the gates will open for you, for you are expected.” “What you say sounds wonderful,” the traveler replies. “But I am afraid I’d never survive that desert. I’m probably better off here in Christian City.”

The ancient one smiles. “Christian City is the place for those who want religion but don’t want to lose their lives. The desert is the territory of those whose hearts are so thirsty for God that they are willing to be lost in Him. My friend, when Peter brought his boat to land, forsook all and followed Jesus, he was being swallowed by the desert. When Matthew left his tax collecting and Paul his Pharisaism, they too were leaving a city much like this to pursue Jesus out over the dunes and be lost in God. So don’t be afraid. Many have gone before you.”

Then I see the traveler look away from the old man’s burning eyes to the bustle of Christian City. He sees busy people hurrying hither and yon with their Bibles and shiny attaché cases, looking like men and women who know their destiny. But it is clear they lack something which the old man with eyes like a prophet possesses.

In my dream I imagine the traveler turning things over in his mind. “If I do go out there, how can I be sure that I will really be lost in God? In the Middle Ages Christians tried to lose themselves in God by putting the world behind them and entering a monastery. And how disappointed many of them were to find that the world was still there? And the people here in Christian City who are preparing to go to some jungle or a neglected slum, maybe they’re coming closer to what it means to be lost in God? But then, a person can travel to the ends of the earth and not lose himself.

The traveler turns again to see the old person starting up the road for the narrow path down to the desert’s edge. Suddenly, his decision mobilizes him and he leaps to his feet, chasing after him. When he catches up, they exchange no words. The ancient man makes an abrupt turn to the right and guides him up still another slope which steepens as it rises toward a peak shrouded in a luminous cloud. The climb upward is very difficult. The traveler appears dizzy and begins to stagger. His guide pauses and offers him a drink from a flask hanging over his shoulder. Panting, he drinks it in great gulps. “No water ever tasted sweeter than this,” he says with great feeling. “Thank you.” (End of quote)

This dream touched me as it describes so well the struggle that we have experienced as we have left one church after another in Christian City. But the message is clear; we will not find God in the busyness of religious activities. It is only as we leave behind the security that we had in these places, and begin a lonely narrow walk up the path that the Spirit places before us each day, that we will get to know Him. It is only then that we will reach that City not made with hands.


At this point I am reminded of a dream that I had years ago when God called us out of the last of the string of churches that we had faithfully attended over time. At first, I could not understand this dream yet I knew it was from the Lord.

In the dream, “I had been to this church with a large attendance. The service was over and the people were filing out of the building. They were walking in orderly fashion up the side aisles toward the large double doors. I was standing outside looking at the procession. I was especially listening to the song that they were singing in unison as they walked. They were repeating in monotones over and over again, “We are one, we are United.” Even though it all seemed holy and good, but something inside me just cringed at hearing the words…”

It took a long time for me to understand this dream. God had to remove some of the religiosity from my heart so that I could receive what He was showing me.  We cannot understand the Word of the Lord until He purges us from the evil in our own hearts. When our hearts are as His own, we will then understand His word clearly and know Him as He is.

Today it is obvious that this dream was referring to Christian City or as the Bible calls it “Mystery Babylon.” In God’s language, Babylon represents the systems of this world, but among these, Mystery Babylon is the system of Christian religions that have been ruling the people as if it were God.

Even though we are out of the system, it takes a long time for the system to be purged out of our own hearts. The reason God calls it Babylon is because it has its roots in the Tower of Babel. It was then that men’s pride began to stir within them. Their intellect told them that they could become powerful by reaching into the heavens. United by their common goal they began to pull their resources together to fulfill their dream and reach the heavens (spirit realm).

They found a plain (a level playing field) of Shinar which is Babylon, and they discussed their plans. “And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves (key) lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” (Gen.11:4)

They were not interested in finding God so that they could hear His voice and follow Him. They were looking to unlock the powers of the heavens for themselves. They wanted to be as God. The desire to elevate self above God is the spirit of the serpent that has been working in religious circles since the beginning.

Even though God intervened with their plan, it was the beginning of what He later called Mystery Babylon. From that time on, man has followed the same pattern and continues to organize those who think alike, or who are committed to be taught to think as they do, into groups or denominations to accomplish their goals. Whether it is the power of positive thinking, or how to influence people, man has tirelessly sought to tap the powers of soul and spirit within. This is the spirit of Babel that says, “Being of one accord, let us unite and form a community that we may be a more powerful people.” This same spirit rules both the political and religious world.

God’s plan for man to have dominion over His creation, was based on man’s obedience to His Spirit. When disobedience entered, man failed. This is why Jesus came as the pattern Son and showed that, through suffering, even He learned obedience to His Father’s will – even to the death of the cross.

When God saw that the people were in one accord and spoke the same language, He knew that they were feeling the power of their unity“And the Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” (Gen.11:6)    

This same deception is gaining momentum in the world. It is popular among Christians who are drawn to the mega churches in the land today. It is taught in the schools, it is strong in the media and on popular talk shows. It sounds good and yet it is the core of Babylonish teaching; it is nothing more than the worship of self above God.  Secular humanism is the power of self and it is the beast rising from the sea of humanity.  This is the beast rising from the sea of humanity.

It says that each person has the power within self to attain to whatever it desires in this life. One can become wealthy and even healthy by just believing that this is what they were born to be. It says that anyone possesses a power that can attract goodness to self. They proclaim that through the power of attraction, one can attract those who are beneficial to their well-being.

Dear ones, this is “soul power.”  It was that same evil spirit that drove the men of Babel to build a tower to reach up to the heavens. Communism has been a most powerful force in the world and has the same root; its motto is “union is power” but it leads the people to bondage. 

It is truly the highest card in the deck of the serpent spirit; he has saved it for the times of the end. It is the word that Jesus prophesied would even deceive the very elect if it were possible.

Babylon and secular humanism are closely related. It leads men and women to seek the instinctive power of their own souls. This is how they are deceived into worshiping themselves instead of God. It is the spirit of antichristian imitation of Christ. It is the same spirit that elevates Hollywood idols and sports idols to the eyes of the people who flock to root for them. In reality, they are worshiping them.

The way of Christ is simple and so it is not attractive to the soulish man. The way of Christ never attracted crowds unless it was for the belly. The way of Christ is to lay self down on the cross and follow God’s Holy Spirit daily. This will not make anyone popular among men and it will separate the true seekers of God from those who are just in it for the loaves and the fishes.

When John described Babylon the great, he called her the Mother of harlots. He said that she was full of “Merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet…and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men.” (Rev.18: 12a-13) Every valuable possession had been stripped from her followers, even their souls.

But God’s plan for His church has been ordained from before the foundation of the world. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph.2:10) The good works that the true church is called to do are not according to worldly ambitions; they are revealed by God’s Spirit as we walk with Him daily.

God is not building Christian Cities; God’s works have been prepared for us long before we came to the planet. As we walk by the Spirit, we find ourselves farther and farther away from any Christian City, even the best and most popular ones.

As the verse informs us, we are to walk in the works that God has already ordained and not start any new ones ourselves. The spirit of “safety in numbers” is what builds Christian Cities. We must learn that our safety is in Him, and then we can be one in Him, and complement one another rather than lean on one another.


Through His death and resurrection, the Son of God destroyed the works of the devil in the heavens. Since that time, He is seated at the Right Hand of power directing the sons to destroy the works of the devil in the earth.

From the day that the resurrected Jesus entered the invisible realm of Spirit (heavenlies), He has been gathering His church unto Himself.

Before leaving, Jesus made clear that He was primarily occupied with those that the Father had given Him. Speaking to the Father, He said, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.” (John 17:6) The first ones that the Father gave to Jesus were His disciples.

He continued His prayer to the Father, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (John 17:9-11)

As we read the next verses it is obvious that Jesus was praying for the beloved disciples that He was about to leave. He knew that His arrest and crucifixion would really shake their faith, but then He would return to them and show Himself in resurrection life so that their faith would be firmly established.

He establishes our faith in the same way. He reveals Himself to us in dreams and revelations that cannot be denied, then through many trials and testing, He brings His word to pass in our lives. This way we learn to trust Him and to know Him as He is.

Jesus continued His prayer, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (Vs.20) When He reveals Himself to us, we then testify of Him through the words that we speak. We then have a true testimony; we are not just parroting what we heard someone say.

Through His resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ has now all power in heaven and in earth.  In accordance with the Father’s plans ordained from before the foundation of the world, He has been gathering the ones who will believe His (living) word. They are His church, His bride. Contrary to what many have been taught, Jesus is not gathering the nations at this time, Jesus is gathering His church unto Himself, and this is what evangelism has been able to accomplish. 


One needs no discernment to identify the works of the devil in the world, but what the true church faces and needs to overcome is much more insidious and dangerous. 

As soon as we believe, we face three areas of overcoming: the world, the flesh and the devil. We first begin to overcome the world as Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, leads us to a closer walk with Him. As the old song goes, He walks with me and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own.

Indeed, He first woes us and assures us that we belong to Him. He also gives us more understanding of His word and as we turn our affections toward Him, we become less and less drawn to the things of this world. This phase of overcoming the world and our love of the world continues to work in us as we go.

As we walk with Him, we face another enemy. This one is even stronger than the first and we find that it takes us a long time to recognize it as a foe. It is our own flesh that trips us at every step.

We find that even though the world has great power to lure us, our flesh is the real perpetrator. As the apostle James so wisely wrote, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires (lust) and enticed.” (Jas. 1:14)

This is why it is vital that we yield ourselves to the daily cleansing of the Holy Spirit. He is the One who is commissioned to reveal our lusts to us. This is the area where dreams become a powerful tool in the hands of God’s Spirit. Lusts are any strong appetites that drive us.  When we squarely face them and are ready to part with them, He brings us to the cross where we can lay our old lustful nature down and be free.

If we do not yield ourselves willingly to the cleansing of His Spirit, our faithful Lord will bring us through circumstances that will pin us against a wall and compel us to cry out to be delivered. This is when we find that the cross is our best friend after all. And not only His cross, but also our own daily cross where we fully identify with His death. It is at the cross that we overcome the lust of our flesh (the appetites of our flesh for the things of this world).

When we think that we have reached the end of all our trials, and we are finally free from all our enemies, we come face to face with the most cunning foe of all. We slowly become aware of the devil’s most insidious ploy.

Up to this time, we had been faithfully attending church. We had piously read our Bibles and we had done our daily good deeds in the name of the Lord. We had paid our tithes and we had participated in the church’s programs; we had even taught Sunday school.

Later we left all these behind and joined with some who taught a deeper walk. But after a time, God’s Spirit turned His bright spotlight on that too. He lumped all these things together and called them “works,” even “works of the devil.”  How can anyone make such a statement? Can searching the Scriptures be called the works of the devil?

Jesus answered that question as He faced the religious leaders of His day, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do.” (John 8:44a)

The Pharisees were not criminals or thugs as far as one could see. They were the teachers of the Law (Old Testament) and the role models of the people. They searched the Scriptures and were extremely zealous and dedicated to their calling. Some of them even proudly displayed the blood on their foreheads caused by hitting their heads against the stones of the Wailing Wall to seek God in prayer. They were very pious and highly respected.

So why did Jesus tell them that they were of their father the devil? The truth of the matter is that Jesus knew the devil’s tactics. Jesus was manifested to reveal and destroy the works of the devil. And every son who will be manifested will reveal the works of the devil. It is when the works that have been admired and thought to be the works of God are exposed for what they really are, that they can be destroyed forever from the hearts of the people and from the world.

Religious works are the devil’s hiding place; they are his stronghold. The devil’s most cunning work is not found in the bars, the prisons and the jails; the devil’s stronghold is in the churches. The mega churches that are prospering today in our land are the devil’s greatest possessions and proudest accomplishment. The people that attend and support them are following the great deception. They think that they are worshipping God but instead they are followers of the counterfeit called “antichrist.” John wrote many antichrists had already been among them. See I John 2:18-19

There are many doctrines in Christendom today, but since the time that Jesus ascended, His Spirit has been fixed on destroying the works of the devil. Jesus defeated the devil in the heavens when He rose from the dead, but now He sits in full power, (the right Hand of God) and continues to defeat the works of the devil through His saints in the earth – death and the grave being the last works to be destroyed. This is what Jesus came to do and He is doing just that.


The brave little church that was established by the anointed preaching of the first apostles grew through many struggles. It faced persecutions from the Jews and from the Romans as well. As Jesus had prophesied, many were martyred and had to literally lay their lives down for the faith.

According to Church history, the Western Roman Empire disappeared under the repeated assaults of the German barbarian tribes on its northern borders.  Under the Romans, Christianity had been a persecuted minority but it became the religion of the Empire by the end of the century. Then in AD 312, a phenomenon took place when the Emperor Constantine was himself converted to the faith.

According to the records, Constantine himself testified of his conversion. At the time, Constantine was alarmed by reports that the present Emperor of Rome, Maxentius, had become a master at “magical arts.” So Constantine prayed to the “Supreme God” for help. The response was a sign, a cross in the noonday sky “above the sun.” With the cross were the words, “Conquer by this.”

That night Christ appeared to him in a dream and commanded him to use the sign “Chi-Rho” (the initial letters of the name of Christ), as a safeguard in all battles with his enemies. Constantine obeyed, marched on to Rome to defeat and conquer Maxentius.

Some have doubted the story, but none could doubt the genuine, though imperfectly understood, faith of the new Emperor. Right away, Constantine granted immunity to the clergy and lavished gifts on the church. It was then that many of the pagan ideas and images that Constantine brought with him were incorporated in church doctrine.

Constantine considered himself a Christian Emperor and soon meddled in the controversies that faced the church, such as disputes between bishops and presbyters and serious issues as well. This was the beginning of a solid marriage between church and state. It was then that the church became a strong political world power that approved and anointed kings and emperors. Mystery Babylon had been born. It was now a power reaching into the heavens for its own wisdom, and it was an influence to be reckoned with. The people considered it to be the throne of God in the earth and with pomp and pageantry, it ruled over the people and over the world.  


Contrary to what many think, we do not choose God; it is God who chooses us. Jesus declared to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give it to you.” (John 15:16)

It was at the table of the last Supper that Jesus told them, “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scriptures may be fulfilled… (John 13:18)

God chooses whom He will according to His purpose. He chose the first disciples and He has chosen His disciples ever since. When Jesus said this at the Supper table, He was saying that what was about to happen had been planned from the beginning and He was in step with it. He was also pointing out that Judas Iscariot had been chosen to betray Him. It was in Judas’ heart to do this, and Jesus said it was there because the Scriptures, the written plan of God from the beginning, had to come to pass accordingly.

The Scriptures are not just a collection of poetic or literary papers, the Scriptures are the written plan and purpose of God and Jesus knew that His purpose here was to fulfill God’s plan as written in the Scriptures. By the same token, anything that we do has to concord with the plan and purpose that God prepared from the beginning. This plan is in Christ and we fulfill His plan in Him.

Jesus came and followed the blueprints of the Great Architect to a T.  He is gathering His church the same way. She will appear and be the glorious replacement of the one called “The great harlot.” She will take her place as His true Bride, bearing His name (His nature) and fulfilling His desire.

We read, “After these things (the revealing and fall of Mystery Babylon) I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power to the Lord our God!” For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” (Rev. 19:1-2)

Make no mistake brethren, it is because of the great harlot that they earth is so corrupt. She is the masterpiece of Satan and she is the one who has corrupted the earth. She has killed God’s servants, if not literally, she has closed their mouths and has discredited their testimony to the people. Hiding behind a “holy facade,” she has used satanic powers to put multitudes in her bondage.

Just as it was the mission of the Son of God to destroy the works of the devil, it is the mission of every son that is called in Christ.  Multitudes of souls are waiting for the day when the sons of God appear to destroy the works of the devil in the earth, as it is in heaven.

John heard them, “And I heard as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God omnipotent reigns!’ Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife (His church) has made herself ready.” (Rev. 19:6-7)

The Lamb’s wife has made herself ready. She has feasted on the delicious Word of life of His supper, (for in Jewish traditions, the supper always came before the marriage). She is cleansed from all the filth that Babylon had deposited into her mind and heart, and she stands pure and totally free from all ties. She is ready for her Bridegroom.

We join in with the multitude from heaven and shout in triumph, adoration and great joy, ALLELUIA FOR THE LORD GOD OMNIPOTENT REIGNS!

Because of His love, 










WORKS of the DEVIL or MYSTERY BABYLON – MSG No. 173 [Jackie Caporaso]          1


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