Why is it that when Charismatic Christians are prayed for and “slain in the Spirit” that they fall backwards? If someone really went out, the body usually falls straight down or wavers and stumbles. Why then consistently backwards?
Have you ever seen anyone be “slain in the Spirit”? If you have gone to Charismatic meetings, it can be quite common. The speaker/preacher usually comes up to the willing prayer recipient, touches or pushes their head, and backwards they fall. At organized meetings, there will be someone behind the prayer recipient to catch them. When women wore dresses, there was someone there with a cloth to cover their legs. But, why is it that they consistently fall backwards?
The answer is found in the Scriptures, and we will begin with a passage that is often quoted regarding the application of Christian teachings. In Isaiah 28:13 we read:
So the word of Yahweh to them will be, “Order on order, order on order, line on line, line on line, a little here, a little there…”
So, you ask, what does this have to do with falling backward? Well, this is the portion of this passage that Christians often quote (which is in verse 10 as well). But, they never continue reading the full passage, though it is as relevant and revealing as is this preceding portion. Here is the rest of verse 13:
“… that they may go and stumble/fall backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive.”
This is exactly what has happened to Christians for 2,000 years, and what has to take place today as never before. Thus, today we see this attested when Christians do precisely what that verse says—they fall backwards! You might then ask, is this Satan who does this or is it Yahweh God? Read 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 and tell me who moved David to number the people, costing 70,000 men their lives.
Let’s look at some other passages that tell this same fate for the first 2,000 years of the church, including the first Remnant, which is a legal part of that period. In Genesis 49:17 we read:
“Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward.”
The horned serpent, Satan, bites the heel of the horse (horses speak of power) that has born the body of Christ and they fall backward.
The same is testified in the type of Christianity when the ark of the covenant is taken by the Philistines and placed in Dagon’s, the fish god’s, temple for seven months (1 Samuel 6:1)—the same number as the seven-branched lampstand representing Christianity as it separates the two olive trees in Zechariah 4. When the holy was placed in the profane (or, when the kingdom was given to carnal man), we read in 1 Samuel 4:18:
When he [the messenger] mentioned the [fate of the] ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backward beside the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he was old and heavy. Thus he judged Israel forty years.
First, forty is the number of the wilderness, which Stephen called “the church in the wilderness” (literal of Acts 7:38). This is the forty Jubilee waiting periods of Christianity, or 40 x 49, for 1,960 years. Also, Eli was old and overweight, and had two sons who defiled the ways of Yahweh God and were killed in the same battle when the ark was taken (1 Samuel 3:13, 4:17). In like manner, Christianity is an old and vast work that for 2,000 years (two sons) has defiled the ways of Yahweh God and died, falling backward as attested by Charismatics. When Eli died, the next verses (19-22) give an account of a son being born at that very time by Eli’s daughter-in-law. She named him Ichabod, which means “the glory has departed.” So it has been with the church up to now—the glory has departed.
Finally, these prophesying antics of Christians are testified in John 18:4-6 when those who came to take Yahshua into captivity did likewise:
So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am,” they drew back and fell to the ground [John 18:4-6].
But Yahweh God must turn evil into good. That which has brought death, must now bring life. So, on the hopeful side, when King Hezekiah cried out for help, Yahweh was going to have mercy on him, and as a testimony of this turned time backward.
So Hezekiah answered, “It is easy for the shadow to decline ten steps; no, but let the shadow turn backward ten steps” [2 Kings 20:10].
Such is what Yahweh must do now. For the sake of the elect (Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20), the 3,000 years that were given to the church have to be cut shortturned backwards—and they thereby receive only 2,000 years. Otherwise, as we read, no flesh would be saved. Or to say this another way, the two-part Remnant must cover the nakedness of the Father, as we read:
But Shem and Japheth [versus Ham, who was cursed] took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father’s nakedness [Genesis 9:23].
Christianity must now fall, be turned, backward 1,000 years; and in these Charismatic shows we see this evidenced—they fall backward! These are like the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel with Elijah—not knowing that what they do reveals their own ill fate and speaks against them. “Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls backward.”
After sending out this message, a woman wrote me, asking, “Have you ever been slain in the spirit?” My reply was, yes, one time, and that in the frenzy of a moment. But, there was another time in which I actually went up for prayer, and that at a Kenneth Hagin meeting. What was I doing there and why did I go forward for prayer? The only reason I went and went up for prayer was because the others that I was with all wanted to do this.
While standing there, I thought: If I’m going to be here for prayer, I might as well ask for something. There was a man at our church that I decided to pray for. But when I started to pray, Yahweh clearly spoke to me: “Don’t tell Me what to do!” I was stunned, and this has impacted my prayer life ever since. As it is written in Ecclesiastes 5:2, I am a man of few words when I come before Yahweh God, spending most of my time humbling myself before Him as His servant and seeking His mind and His will.
When Hagin came by and prayed for me, I was not going to fake anything and was maybe the only one who was still standing. I did not fall backwards.
And most interestingly, when I was at a state-wide Full Gospel Business Men’s meeting in Texas, I went forward for prayer for an ear that I had not been able to hear out of for a month. The founder, Demos Shakarian, was praying for people. When I walked up, out of all the multitude that was surrounding him, he asked me to catch people for him. I did so, and I cannot but think that it was prophetic that I would catch these who are and will fall backward in the fulfillment prophesied in the Scriptures. The Bride prepares the way for Yahshua’s return to cut time short, catching those who have fallen backward.