O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed again? For of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Romans 11:33-36
Any new Christian who reads through the New Testament sooner or later comes across a startling story in Acts 5:1-11 regarding the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira. The context of God’s judgment upon them is laid out in the prior chapter, where we read these words of Peter and John who had been commanded not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”(Acts 4:19).
Later in Acts 4:29 we read, “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word” and then in verse 31, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” The consequence of these declarations was that “the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul” and many were led to sell land and houses and to lay the proceeds at the feet of the apostles.
But Acts 5:1 begins ominously, “But a certain man named Ananias and Sapphira his wife sold a possession, and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But 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?”
The question Peter asked Sapphira a few hours later was, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? And we know, if we read the rest of this story, both Ananias and Sapphira fell down dead, which brought fear upon the newly formed church.
There are many good commentaries on these particular scriptures, but today in this post I want to highlight the sharp division God which makes between the bold speech of the Holy Ghost and the honesty and integrity of the Christian heart which is seen before all men versus the bold lying of Satan which fills a person’s heart who professes to be a Christian, yet has no fear of tempting the Spirit of the Lord.
Later in Acts 8:9 we read yet another story illustrating once again the sharp division of God. This time it involves Simon, “which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: to whom they all gave heed, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” In verse 13 we see that Simon gets baptized along with others. However when we get to verses 18-24, which recounted Simon’s “conversion”, we realize that once again God is placing a sharp division of judgment, and once again the theme involves Covetousness, which is idolatry.
Acts 8:18-24 testifies, And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money. Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.”
Now regarding the story of Ananias and Sapphira, I have written before of the use of this drop dead scenario in the language of Steve Quayle. In my article dated October 13, 2015, To V or Not to V: The Implausible Deniability of Steve Quayle, Steve Quayle in 2008, had told a man who was critical of him, to DROP DEAD!
On February 10, 2015, on the Hagmann and Hagmann radio broadcast, it was declared three times in reference to targeted critics, that It Is Ananias and Sapphira Time!
Again, in my June 27, 2015 article Night of the Betrayers: The Communion of the Blood Crowned With Dirt, I note that Steve Quayle again makes use of the judgment on Ananias and Sapphira.
Now when I was reviewing the extensive prayer spoken by Steve Quayle on April 16, 2014 during the Hagmann and Hagmann Report, which was the foundation for my articles called The Man Who Said Too Much, I read this statement: Lord, I ask that those who have raised themselves up in opposition against this message turning people to Jesus, who have literally said to you, Lord move over I’m on the throne, I ask Lord for those who will not abide by Matthew 18 um Lord I’m serious about this Lord, I pray for an Ananias and Sapphira Anointing on them. I pray that they either repent or you take them out-of-the-way. You said it would be better that to never have been born than to cause these little ones to stumble.
An Ananias and Sapphira Anointing? Is this some kind of tongue in cheek phrase, or is Steve Quayle serious? Normally an anointing references the application of oil which represents the Holy Spirit assigning a calling, ordaining of a chosen one, an election by God of some kind. But here I believe Steve Quayle is using this so-called drop dead anointing as a means to curse someone who is in opposition to his “anointing”.
Using Steve Quayle’s own words, I am going to make an educated guess at the whole context of scriptures which surround his use of this particular “anointing”. First of all we are discussing Acts 5:1-11 regarding Ananias and Sapphira, and as we have already noted, Acts chapter 4 highlighted the opposition of certain men against the early church’s bold proclamation of the gospel.
But then Steve Quayle makes reference to Matthew 18, which is his shorthand for verses 15-17, which deal with the situation where a brother trespasses against another brother. These verses do not reference someone opposing the gospel. He then refers to someone who would cause a little one to stumble, or be offended, which also can be found in Matthew 18, verse 6.
But here it gets interesting. Quayle says to the Lord, You said it would be better that to never have been born than to cause these little one to stumble. Can anyone find where God said this? It would seem to represent two different verses spoken by the Lord at different times and under different circumstances.
How is this for identifying the context of the better-to-have-never- been- born statement? The context is the Passover communion. Mark 14:18-21 says, And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I? And he answered and said unto them, It is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been born.
Now the final element of context concerns someone who literally says, “Lord, move over I am on the throne”. There are several scriptures which represent this attitude, but Isaiah 14:13-14, which represents the hubris of Lucifer who falls from heaven, and also that of the King of Babylon, is a major one in the Old Testament. In the New Testament in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, we find reference to ” that man of sin (be) revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
So the scriptural context of the Ananias and Sapphira anointing deals with an anointed devil, Judas Iscariot, the son of Perdition who betrayed Jesus Christ, and instead of reconciling with Jesus under Matthew 18, Judas ended up going to his own place, the abyss. He opposed the gospel in the greatest possible way by turning the Lord over to the judgment of evil men, which certainly qualifies as a means to offend a little one who believes in Jesus.
Ironically, one of the contexts of this curse was mentioned in my article called Night of the Betrayers: The Communion of the Blood Crowned With Dirt. In that post, I compared Steve Quayle’s dumping of dirt on his head, making him unclean during an on-air communion service, with Judas Iscariot.
Steve Quayle in his mercies, prays, “that they either repent Lord, or you take them out of the way”. The Holy Spirit says the same words more vividly in Revelation 2:16, Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
I have posed the question as to whether The Ananias and Sapphira “Anointing” is SOLI DEO GLORIA, or Glory To God Alone? Because Steve Quayle has placed his anointed curse within the context of the Scriptures, I place my question also within a context, “that according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord”, ( I Corinthians 1:31). So here is my context of the question I pose to Steve Quayle:
- Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.
- Luke 11:34-36 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light: but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.
- Genesis 1:3-4 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
O Wielder of The Ananias and Sapphira Anointing, Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?