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Hello Firestorm:

The recent Friday Night Prophetic Training Classes have been focusing on Discernment and Discerning Spirits. This week we looked at a picture, which a friend of mine took, while she and her husband were driving by the Andrew Jackson Hermitage Mansion. They were celebrating Veteran’s day with a beautiful and very extensive display of our American Flags, a lot of flags.  Her camera caught something unusual/supernatural on the video and I wanted to share it with the class to see if anyone felt or saw something spiritual for us. This is a real discernment exercise for all of us.

There is a very large white form in the picture and some small lighting effects at the base of some of the flags and the tree.  Some of the sparkling can be attributed to the rain falling and the lighting of the fields.  Here is the picture. What do you see and/or sense?

We discussed the picture in class and some felt the large white object could be a Watcher or Guardian, another shared it looked like someone with a hoodie and another didn’t see anything supernatural.  One person said “A ghost?” To which I responded, “I don’t believe in ghosts.”  I have studied the history behind the Ghosts and Goblins tied into Halloween and truly sense we are really dealing with spirits. If you study where and how Halloween’s origin came to America, you will realize it is an evil holiday and was not birthed in the US.

Halloween originated in Ireland as the Celtic festival of Samhain around a thousand years ago, which is why so many of Halloween traditions – regardless of where you are in the world – are Irish! Halloween was originally a pagan festival called “Samhain,” meaning “end of summer.” It is not hard to find the information regarding Halloween and all the darkness involved with it. It is “still” a pagan festival.

Anyway, I mentioned the picture to a friend at lunch who see’s in the spirit.  Later in the day they called and said, it’s a ghost, even though you don’t believe in ghosts, (chuckle). They said the Andrew Jackson Hermitage Mansion is haunted and they have ghost tours. I went to check it out and they were right.  Tickets for tours $22 – $89.



They are actually advertising the Hermitage as being haunted and have several photo’s showing several apparitions, meaning: “ghost like images of a person,” something remarkable or unexpected. Here are a couple of the pictures where the picture is feminine and notice from about the waist down the rest of their image is missing. 


After reading all the history and some of the personal things they shared on the site about Andrew Jackson and his family, I was quickened in my spirit when I looked at the pictures of the women. I believe this apparition is what is called a “familiar spirit,” “family spirit,” which might have revolved around Andrew Jackson’s wife or her family and continues to counterfeit the appearance. *Satan is the great counterfeiter. 2 Thess 2:9; 2 Cor 11:14-15.

The word “familiar” is from the Latin familiaris, meaning a “household servant,” and was intended to express the idea that sorcerers had spirits as their servants, ready to obey their commands.

The Bible refers to ghosts or spirits of the dead as “familiar spirits” and warns us against having anything to do with them. (see Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:11; 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 8:19).

From the Prophet’s Dictionary (Paula A. Price, Ph.D. Foreword by Dr. Bill Hamon: 

Familiar Spirits – A divining demon working through a sorcerer or conjurer. A witch’s or occultists’s guide. In ancient times, the term was derived from the generation spirit that supplied a family with its supernatural knowledge,, worldly possession and success, and spiritual wisdom. That spirit was thought to belong to the family line, therefore it was worshipped and sought for ancient and spiritual divine light and knowledge. Spiritism, necromancy and psychic revelation were believed to come to certain “gifted” members of the family by this medium which received its powers from the demons Satan assigned to their family line. Leviticus 20:27; I Samuel 28:8; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 29:4.

Definition of familiar spirit. 1 : a spirit or demon that serves or prompts an individual. 2 : the spirit of a dead person invoked by a medium to advise or prophesy.

It appears many believe the Hermitage is haunted by a ghost and no one seems to be coming forth with any other explanation. They probably don’t want to hear this is not really a ghost but a demon or better said, a familiar spirit. They seem to be happy marketing this spirit and making a profit, but a word to the wise, playing games with a demonic spirit is a very dangerous thing.

(For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:26) 


FS Prophetic Training Class

Discerning Spirits – Introduction

Bonnie Nelson


This last week, in the prophetic training class, we started discussing what it means to have the gift of “discerning spirits.” This is an important gift, especially in this day and age, as the enemy of our souls is increasing his spiritual attacks, bringing havoc and distress to people all over the world, including the United States. Never before have I seen or heard such evil things happening in the US, through all our media outlets, the work places, markets and stores and even in the churches.  Perhaps this is why Yahweh is bringing attention to us regarding the gift of discerning spirits. 

Without the gift of discerning spirits, we are spiritually crippled. How can we stop spiritual attacks, if we don’t know who or what is attacking us?  Our enemies are cunning and know how our body functions. They are quick to attack our brains through the way our thoughts process our emotions and belief systems. 

There are two forces or voices residing inside of a Born Again Christian. The soul and all it entails and the Spirit of Christ, both of which speak into our brain and motivate us to make decisions, which at times, war against each other.  In one encyclopedia I found this some interesting information regarding our soul.

Discernment of Spirits is a term used in Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Charismatic (Evangelist) Christian theology to indicate judging various spiritual agents for their moral influence. These agents are: from within the human soul itself, known as concupiscence. Not sure about you, but I did have to go look up concupiscence, which means:  Strong sexual desire. 

Our soul has some flesh issues, which can rise up and cause us to do things, we should not do. How do we get control of these things in order to live a righteous life? The Word of God and the Voice of Yahweh. When an issue arises, what does the Word of God say about it? What voice are you hearing in your thoughts? Does that voice line up with the written Word?

The Bible shares the fruit of the Spirit of God contains self control (Galatians 5:22-23) and when it comes to our flesh, we know we are to take authority over it and bring it into subjection because in 1 Corinthians 10:5, it says:  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Even more specific is Romans 6:12 :

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Learning to listen to the voices we hear in our thoughts and identifying the “feelings” of our soul (flesh) is a learning process our “mind” has to go through. The Bible says we are to “renew” our mind from the world system of thinking. Look at Romans 12:2:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Studying what Yahweh has said, gives us a compass to follow, and enables us to make decisions in our lives. It is His Word we are to follow, not opinions or desires, but what does His Word Say! Hebrews 4:12 reveals the Word of God is more than able to help us discern, which voice we are hearing.

For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edge sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Once we begin to recognize whether we are hearing the Voice of God, or the voice of our soul, we can move to the next level of the gift of discerning spirits.

Although knowing the Word is necessary for the gift of discerning spirits to function, the actual gift is a by-product of spending time in the Presence of God and getting to know Him, His Ways and His Wise Counsel.

The gift of discerning spirits is, a gift birthed in God’s Presence and, comes from Him. James 1:17


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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Discerning of spirits is not something we should be lackadaisical about or dismiss. We should press in to Yahweh and seek Him for this gift. It is foolish and dangerous to think we don’t need it.

This gift of discerning spirits is linked to the prophetic gift, as it is imperative for us to hear the voice of God, in order to put this gift to use. If we can’t hear the voice of our Shepherd, we can be deceived and misinterpret the identity and/or reasons behind a spiritual disturbance.

The spiritual gift of discernment is also known as the gift of “discernment of spirits” or “distinguishing between spirits.”  The Greek word for the gift of discernment is Diakrisis. The word describes being able to distinguish, discern, judge or appraise a person, statement, situation, or environment. In the New Testament it describes the ability to distinguish between spirits, as in 1 Corinthians 12:10,

To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues and to discern good and evil as in Hebrews 5:14.

The Holy Spirit gives the gift of discerning spirits to enable those He chooses, to clearly recognize and distinguish between the influence of God, Satan, the world, and the flesh in a given situation. The church needs those with this gift to warn believers in times of danger and keep them from being led astray by false teaching as in: Acts 16:16-18

Acts 16:16-18 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.  18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Acts 5:3-6 Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 

A lot of people today in the Church can feel a spiritual presence, but cannot identify it. Yahweh can! It is His Presence in us, which enables us to understand, who or what we are dealing with and how to deal with it.

Just being aware of demonic beings or influences around us is not enough and can be dangerous, especially if we don’t have the “spiritual power” of God in, us to resist and discern their deception. 



It is knowledge learned, through the washing of the Word, hearing the living (rhema) voice of our Shepherd inside us, and taking control over our soul, which will enable us to be victorious over the influences and plans of the demonic realm.


Part One- The Enemies 3 Main Weapons


Hello Firestorm:

This last Friday in the Prophetic Class, I asked everyone to look at a picture and discern if it was Biblical. Just for fun, take a look at the picture below and ask yourself, is this picture Biblical?



In the prophetic class the vote was even, with half saying yes, it is Biblical and the other half saying no. What did you sense in your spirit?

The picture reveals a scene mentioned in the Bible regarding Adam and Eve being expelled from the Garden of Eden. Does the picture confirm what the Scriptures say, for that is where we, as the Body of Christ, must cling.

Just as no prophetic word will ever go against what is written, so too does this apply to pictures or any other related materials. They must line up with what is written.

In going to the related Scripture for this picture, you can turn to Genesis 3:23-24.

23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Now that we have the Scripture to fit the picture, look again at the picture. Does it line up with what is written?



Verse 24 says: “and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims,”

Cherubims is the plural form of the word cherub.” A cherub (/ˈtʃɛrəb/; plural cherubim; Hebrew: כְּרוּב‎ kərūv, pl. How many Angels do you see in the picture?

Continuing with verse 24 we read: “a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” Does it say the Cherubim are holding the sword?

Now look at the picture below:



Do you see the difference between this picture and the earlier one? 

This picture reveals “cherubims and a sword” by itself, guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden.

One man quoted an article and shared, “A picture is worth a thousand words” which is an English language adage. It refers to the notion that some complex ideas can be conveyed with just a single picture, where a picture conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.”

However, in Genesis 3:24 there are only 35 words, but oh so important, in revealing Yahweh in His supernatural realm of power, creating a supernatural living sword.

In today’s world, we need to be wise and careful what we look upon and be sure the message painted, is the message, which was written in the Word. Whether it is a picture, a book, a song, a teaching, a prophetic word, whatever, I challenge you to look and listen, through the supernatural realm of the prophetic gift for understanding the Truth in it.

Don’t just look at something, look into it. Don’t just listen with your ears, listen with your eyes and your ears. Be alert and awake on the wall with all of your natural and spiritual senses.

The artist who drew this picture mis-represented what the Scripture said about what happened. This sword of Yahweh is not easily understood by our human finite minds and in our struggle to understand a supernatural happening, we can be led to assume the meaning or describe it in a manner where we can humanly wrap our brain around it, which can cause us to think and be in error. Isaiah 55:8-13

The prophetic classes on Firestorm are unique in helping people, not only hear the Voice of God, but to learn how to daily walk with their spiritual senses awake to spiritual things happening around them, which are important to their ability to stand in the midst of a battle, pray, prophesy, teach, preach and minister to the Body of Christ – The Church.



I feel the ground under my feet shaking
I hear the sound of an Army waking


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