God woke me up at 5 a.m. this morning. After I woke up, I sat on the side of my bed, and then God showed me a vision. In the vision, I saw the character Dorothy Gale from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz”. She was wearing her infamous blue and white gingham dress and the ruby red slippers that Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, gave her. In the vision, Dorothy had just missed her ride back home [to Kansas] with the Wizard of Oz in his hot air balloon, so Glinda showed Dorothy another method on how she could get back home. As advised by Glinda, Dorothy began to click her heels together three times, while reciting “There’s no place like home” after each click. However, here’s the twist to the story: Because the heels on the bottom of her ruby red slippers were broken, the shoes were ineffective and therefore lost their power to take Dorothy home. Then, the vision disappeared and I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “There is only ONE WAY back home.”
After hearing this, the Holy Spirit placed John 14:1-6 in my spirit, so I looked up the Scripture and it read:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…”
After I read the Scripture, God began to give me revelation about the movie, but from a spiritual perspective. God showed me that Glinda was a witch indeed. But she was not a “Good” Witch as she tried to portray herself to be. In fact, she was a bad witch, and even more cunning than the Wicked Witch of the West! At least the Wicked Witch of the West was blatant and outright evil, while Glinda the Good Witch of the North disguised her true nature. (But I am not surprised! Even Satan masquerades himself as an angel of light. -2 Corinthians 11:14) Hello, she was a witch! There is no such thing as a “good” witch. All witches are evil according to the Bible and will have their place in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8) if they do not repent from their sins.
But the reason why God showed me that Glinda would be considered more wicked, or dangerous than The Wicked Witch of the West (from a spiritual perspective) is because Glinda was giving Dorothy false hope; another gospel. The moral that Glinda was trying to teach Dorothy is that we must rely upon ourselves, for we alone have the power to save ourselves. I noticed that in the movie. When Dorothy missed her ride in the hot air balloon, she thought that she would be stuck in the Land of Oz and that she would never get back home. But then Glinda told her that the power to get back home was inside of her the whole time. (Basically, she was saying that Dorothy had the ability to save herself). Dorothy asked Glinda how come she didn’t tell her that from the very beginning. And Glinda told her that she didn’t tell her because Dorothy had to figure it out for herself.
The movie teaches that we can save ourselves. But the gospel says that salvation is found in none other than the person of Jesus Christ. Glinda was preaching a gospel that declares there are more ways than one to get back home–back to heaven–other than having faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary. And Dorothy actually believed the lie.
God told me that just like Dorothy, there are many of us [even in the Church] who have been deceived and led astray by the doctrine of wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, enchanters, magicians, and demons. We have allowed false prophets and false teachers to whisper in our ears a gospel of salvation that is contrary to the gospel of salvation that Christ gave the apostles. A salvation that has turned our hearts toward a message that focuses on prosperity, being the best you, meditation, performing good works to make compensation for our bad deeds, making ritualistic blood sacrifices, or following false religions. These paths do not save us; they do not lead us back home.
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ. Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed. Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron… If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
Again, from a spiritual perspective, in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy was led to believe that there was more than one way to get back home. But in the same way, who has bewitched us into thinking that there are more than one way to get into heaven, when Jesus explicitly explained to us in John 14:6 that the only way to get back home to the Father’s house is through Him? There is only one way back home.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.