Apostles Corner > The Spirit of the Hittites
March 19, 2016
"Hittite" literally translated means, "sons of terror; and as we know, the word "terror" refers to an extreme manifestation of fear. Terror is when you are walking down a dark alley at night and you don't know if someone is about to leap out and attack you. Terror is when you have heard that a serial killer has been attacking in your neighborhood and you don't know if your house is his next target. In other words, terror incorporates the unknown and things for which we cannot plan. Therefore, we can say that terror is a mystery that is more emotional than mental and is based more on what your emotions hear than on what your mind actually sees.
Hittites, being spirits of terror, attack the emotions and are the spirits behind nightmares and non-rational phobias such as claustrophobia, agoraphobia, exaggerated fear of dogs and fear of being in the dark. As anyone who has suffered from a phobia can testify, terror produces a sense of deep emotional despair and torment.
Since Hittite spirits prey on people's emotions, they like to stay in the dark and remain unseen to the mind, whispering speculations into the person's emotions. This means that people who operate more according to their emotions (as it pertains to the spirit realm) will always be more vulnerable to these spirits than people who operate more according to their cognitive thoughts and the assuredness of what the spirit has already demonstrated to be true. In essence, what I’m saying is that when (or if) our emotions overtake or masquerade as our spirit the Hittite spirits can prevail, become stronger and produce in us the illusion of truth where truth doesn’t exist.
What makes this so important is that the most "emotional" of all the ministry gifts is the prophetic. This explains why the prophetic ministry is the one most linked with music and the arts, because artistic spiritual expression is a powerful evoker of emotions. It further says that if a prophet is not restrained by a mind bound by God's judgments and a heart submissive to God's will, he or she may be prone to let his or her emotions be taken over by Hittite spirits that take advantage of them and use them to drive their prophetic ministry into purposelessness.
In order to illuminate this point, I want to take you through a study in 2 Chronicles chapter 18 where a group of prophets prophesied to kings Ahab and Jehoshaphat that God would grant them victory against the Syrians. Ahab, who was an evil king, believed in "consulting the Lord" only when he could be sure that he would hear a "good report"; but he ignored God's word when it went against his carnal desires.
Jehoshaphat, a righteous king who sometimes committed the sin of "hanging out with the wrong crowd", was able to discern a spirit of error in these prophets; and asked Ahab if he had some other prophet who could confirm or refute this "word of victory". The Bible records the following,
But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides, that we might enquire of him? And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla. And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria; and all the prophets prophesied before them." (2 Chronicles 18:7-9)
Ahab hated Micaiah, because Micaiah always told him the truth. In other words, Micaiah always prophesied (non-emotionally) the truth; whereas, the other prophets were more interested in impressing the kings and submitting to the will of human authority than to the will of God, so they always ended up prophesying (emotionally) what the king wanted to hear.
As we continue to read, it becomes obvious that these "false prophets" were in fact real prophets. They were real in that they really did have a prophetic calling on their lives. What made them "false" was not the fact that they were not prophets, but the fact that they did not abide in truth. In other words, the truth was not ingrained in their hearts. They were delighted to be known as prophets and to be seen as those who ministered to the kings. They were enamored of their positions and desired to maintain their influence and high rank. They are not unlike false prophets of today who may or may not actually hear from God, but who definitely won’t jeopardize their standing in the church community by prophesying what people won’t receive.
A false prophet might give a false prophecy and actually "feel" a strong spiritual (emotional) presence as he or she gives the prophecy. He or she might utter words that are not coming from his or her mind but are actually being given to the prophet by a spirit moving through his or her emotions. They might really believe that everything they say is actually of and from the Lord, but in reality, they are actually prophesying from their own emotions via Hittite spirits. They would never admit the possibility that the word didn’t come from God, but if we examine their lives, we might find that it wouldn’t be likely that the word actually came from the heart of God. It’s not so much that they are lying; it’s more a case of how they are living.
As was the case in 2 Chronicles 18, the spiritual presence they feel might not be God's presence, but, rather, a spirit of deceit sent by God Himself as He did to deceive the prophets and Ahab. The prophets actually heard from God, but were not in alignment with the heart of God. This is a dangerous precedent to set when prophets hear from Heaven, but don’t really hear the heart of God. God may actually speak to them, but not for His people, just for them and those who don’t actually want to hear from Him. As was the case when Micaiah was brought before the kings:
Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee. Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I return in peace. And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people." (2 Chronicles 18:18-27)
Micaiah preferred to give a true prophetic word and go to prison rather than yield to the emotional atmosphere of deceit that surrounded him at the moment. Micaiah was a prophet whose spirit was used by God to give prophetic word because his heart and his mind abided in the truth.
Notice how Zedekiah slapped Micaiah and asked him, "When did the Spirit of the LORD go from me to you?" This means that Zedekiah, who had a legitimate prophetic calling, actually felt what he presumed to be some type of spiritual presence flowing through him as he prophesied and he thought that this presence was God. Alas, it turned out to be emotion.
Those of you who have given a prophetic word know that, sometimes, you get goose bumps and feel a strong presence running through your physical being as you prophecy, and this is probably what Zedekiah felt. This physical sensation is not unusual when giving prophecy, which makes it all the more important to be certain that you are not prophesying emotionally or under the guidance of the wrong spirit.
Some of you might be asking, "How can we know that the spirit of deceit that was in the prophets of 2 Chronicles 18 was a Hittite spirit?" And how can we recognize a Hittite spirit today? Two facts provide the evidence in 2 Chronicles 18:
- First, the fact that Hittites attack the emotions, and the false prophets felt strong emotions flowing through them
- Second, the fact that Hittites disguise themselves and pretend to be friends when they are really foes. This is accentuated by the fact that Ahab disguised himself.
In 2 Chronicles 18:29, when Ahab and Jehoshaphat decided to fight against the Syrians (ignoring Micaiah's word), Ahab told Jehoshaphat to wear kingly robes while he would disguise himself for the battle. Ahab knew better than to believe those lying prophets. He hoped they were speaking truth, but he couldn’t take a chance in actually believing them.
Jehoshaphat's obedience to this request almost cost him his life (2 Chronicles 18:30-32). The fact that Ahab decided to disguise himself and used Jehoshaphat as bait for the Syrian army is a "classic" Hittite move. Be very careful when the prophets that gave the word aren’t willing to commit everything to the very word they gave. If they truly believe God said it, why not be just as willing to demonstrate it as to verbalize it.
For example, if you are so certain that God will bless me with a huge amount of money; bless me with a loan today. You know I’m good for it. Wouldn’t that really cement the word in my heart?
In Proverbs, the Lord declares the following:
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18)
God provides the Church with vision through the prophetic anointing. When Hittites enter a place, they pervert the prophetic anointing. This means that they rob people of true prophetic vision and this causes the perishing of the people, which in turn leads to the wasting away of the believers' gifts and ministries.