Category Archives: Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

As we walk through various trials and attacks of the enemy God is our refuge, our strength and our shield. He equips us with all we need to wrest the Kingdom back from the one who stole dominion on Earth. The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much: as events count down to the return of Jesus Christ we need to focus our energy on drawing closer to God in prayer and worship.

Whatever you Bind on Earth… (Teaching)

“Whatever you bind on Earth will be bound in Heaven” (Matt 18:18)

The Greek tense here is actually a future perfect: “It will have been bound in heaven.” In other words we can only “bind and loose” on Earth that which has already been bound or loosed in heaven. When Peter, and through Peter the church, was given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, these were the terms under which those keys were passed on. Keys are a symbol of authority: with the authority that Jesus has given us in His name, we can unlock Heaven on Earth.

When Jesus taught us to pray, we learnt to pray for God’s will to be done one Earth as it is in Heaven. In other words, for that which is bound or loosed in Heaven to be bound or loosed on Earth. King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus was also the firstborn of all the New Creation. Not only are we His disciples, called to do what He did; but we have His DNA and we have His Spirit within us. He has set the precedent and laid down the pattern for everything he has called His followers to carry on doing in His name. He held those keys Himself before He passed on a set to the Church, and we see that His ministry operated on the same principles that He gave to Peter.

Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. (John 5:19) He didn’t bind or loose anything on Earth that He didn’t see the Father bind or loose in Heaven. Although a few people have been given some partial revelation, none of us really know the dynamics of the relationship between Heaven and Earth; the realm of the Spirit and the realm of the flesh. But we do know one thing, because it is in Scripture: what is here below is a “shadow” of the greater reality above. The original glory of Creation, when it was good, and God walked with King Adam in the garden, was lost at the fall. Sin moved in, Heaven moved out, and reality became a shadow. But when God’s will is done on Earth as it is in Heaven, the doors of Heaven are unlocked on Earth and the shadow takes on something of the substance of its true spiritual nature.

So how do we disciples follow the pattern we were given in order to “bind and loose” on Earth in the name of Jesus? The keys we have been given are the keys of heavenly authority: what we don’t do is see “binding” just as something we might carry out on demonic “strongmen” (Matt 12:29) or principalities (Ps 149:8) and try to use the term as a verbal weapon of spiritual warfare. We do see the power of demons bound in the gospels, and we see people loosed from their grip; but the words describe the results of effective deliverance ministry; they don’t bring it about. I think we make a lot of noise and fire a lot of blanks when we try and “bind” demons, and unless we have seen it done in Heaven first we are surely wasting our time.

Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights. This is the key to how we exercise our heavenly authority on Earth: we simply release what we have seen the Father doing. And here again we have to model our ministry on the ministry of the Master. If we want to see what the Father is doing, we need to spend time with Him. We need to ascend into heavenly places in worship and prayer in order to take hold of what the Father has given us for the situations we are bringing to Him. We need to be hungry for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, because it is by these gifts that we receive revelation. Revelation might be the end of the Bible, but it is the beginning of effective ministry. Whether we are dealing with demons, sickness, relationship issues, material provision, or anything else where we are calling on the Lord, it is only by revelation that we can see what the Father is doing in Heaven, and so it’s only by revelation that we can unlock His Kingdom purposes on Earth.

Entering the Land 3: Gilgal (Teaching)

We are the new generation, and we are camped between the Jordan and the Promised Land. We have not been this way before. Some of us feel we have been here a long time, waiting for everyone else to catch up; others are just arriving. Ahead of us we see the promise of many prophetic words for this coming season being fulfilled. But as we look into the promised land we see the walls of an enemy stronghold before us. Each of us is facing a wall: it may be in our ministry; it may be in our personal lives; it may be the strongholds we are seeing in the nations, and it may be any combination of these. But the Lord says: “Because you are seeing Jericho, it means you are about to enter the Land.”

And we ask: “Lord, how?”

And He answers: “Gilgal. I will roll away your reproach as I did at Gilgal. Make yourselves vulnerable Me, and rest in my presence. And then in that place of peace I will bring you my word, and you will move out on my word to enter the land with a trumpet sound and a shout of victory, and you will see the walls of the stronghold collapse. Where is your reproach? I will roll it away. What stronghold do you face? You will see its walls collapse.”

And some of us might say: “Lord, I’ve been staring at that stronghold for years, even for all of my life. How come I’ve never yet seen the victory in this?”

And He replies: “Because only now are you at Gilgal. But you need to take off your shoes, for you stand on holy ground.”

Whatever shoes we have worn to take us to this point must be removed: from here we move forward in the holiness and the beauty of His presence. When that stronghold collapses it’s because of the unassailable victory of the cross. It is not about us, it’s about Jesus. And if it’s taken us most of our lives for him to get the glory, that’s fine, because that is our purpose and the point of our lives. It doesn’t matter how long it’s taken to get to this point: it’s the glory of the cross that counts.

Entering the Land (2): Greater is He that is in you…(Teaching)

“So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we  had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel.” (Joshua 5:1)

The new generation of the children of Israel had been circumcised and were gathered between the Jordan and Jericho. As I wrote in the previous article we, the Church of Jesus Christ and the brothers of the second Adam, are the new generation who will enter the Land of Promise: the old generation, the children of the first Adam, cannot enter. And we live in a time when many prophetic voices are declaring that the Divine Nature will be manifested more powerfully than ever before when a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit equips us to live more fully in the good of the “great and precious promises” that we find in the Word (See 2 Peter1:4). So we too find ourselves between the Jordan and Jericho: we’re born again of the Spirit – we’re over the Jordan – and we know that there is a great advance ahead of us. But first we need to get past Jericho. What can we learn?

First of all, we need to remember that “greater is he that is in us than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The darkness is scared of the light, because it knows the light is stronger. The devil knows that he is no match for the spiritual weapons of our warfare, which are “mighty for pulling down strongholds (2 Cor 10:5),” because of course he knows what they are. The question is, do we? I think one of the devil’s main strategies in our warfare is to make sure we don’t. Jesus cast demons out ‘with a word’ because they knew who Him. The demons that overpowered the sons of Sceva knew Jesus, and they knew who Paul was, but they obviously couldn’t see anything of Jesus in the sons of Sceva. Their words alone were not enough.

Over the years I have done my share of “spiritual warfare.” I think I’ve won a few battles, but I have also lost many; and I have come to the conclusion from reflecting on my own experience and applying what I understand from Scripture, that we spend a lot of time firing blanks when we think we are shooting down the enemy.  We can talk, pray and declare all night, but Paul says that we are to “stand” when we have “done all.” When we “stand” in prayer against the forces of darkness, have we “done all?” Are we actually wearing the armour of God, walking in faith, righteousness and truth, spreading the gospel and speaking God’s word, or have we just rushed into prayer mode while the armour of our spiritual selves is still shut away in a locker in our heavenly home? James says we need to be “doers of the word, not hearers only” (James 1:22). The two house builders of Jesus’s sand and rock parable have both heard His word, but only one of them keeps it.

The enemy knew who Paul was because he clearly didn’t just teach the church about the armour of God; he wore it himself, all the time. To put on the armour of God, stand in it, and to “do all” is to put on Christ and walk in the Spirit. The enemy looked at Paul, and doubtless at Peter and the other apostles after Pentecost, saw Jesus, and had to succumb to the victory of the cross. Paul didn’t give us a check-list for a quiet time procedure in Ephesians 6, he gave us a picture of what the weapons of our warfare look like when we let our spirits do the walking in our lives. If we are walking in the light before confronting the enemy, he will see us coming before we reach him: he will recognise Jesus in our faith (the shield), our righteousness (the breastplate), our thinking (the helmet), our words (the sword), and our footsteps (the shoes). He will still put up a fight, but will be defeated in the end. But if he doesn’t see them he won’t know who we are, and no amount of “praying against” him will make any difference: we will just be firing blanks.

We must remember that the same spiritual powers of darkness that were over  the “Kings of the Canaanites” are at work in today’s world. If they had had shut up Jericho for fear of the people of God, what weapons of warfare are they scared of finding in our possession today? The answer can be summed up in a single word: Christlikeness. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more like him we become, and the more likely we are to pull down the strongholds that stand between us and the promised land.

Entering the Land (teaching)

(Adapted from my new book, “Two Seconds to Midnight,” scheduled for publication in the Spring.)

Many of us believe that a season of harvest is coming soon, and that it will be greater than anything that the church has yet experienced; that we are about to enter a “promised land” of revival. We read about God’s people entering the Promised Land in the book of Joshua, and the principles that we see there speak to us today. If we pick up the story at the beginning of Joshua 5, we can find four main points: the men were circumcised; they celebrated Passover; they ate unleavened bread; Joshua worshipped the Lord and took his instructions from Him.

Circumcision
When they had all crossed the Jordan and set up camp at Gilgal, the Lord commanded Joshua to make flint knives and circumcise all the men of Israel: all those old enough to bear arms had died in the wilderness, and the new generation had not been circumcised with the sign of their covenant relationship with God. When this had been accomplished, God said to the Israelites through Moses: “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” (Jos 5:9) The reproach of Egypt was the yoke of slavery that they had been under: now, through this act of consecration to the Lord, this yoke was broken.

Under the new covenant, we, the Church, are that new generation, born not of the flesh and the will of man, but of the Spirit of God (John 1:13). Each one of us is a new creation. There is a Land of Promise waiting which the “faithless and perverse generation” of the flesh cannot enter. but there will be another Jericho facing us as we come up against the godless systems of the world.

Paul reminds us (Romans 2: 29) that  “he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter.” To face the end-time Jericho we will need hearts that are totally open and yielded to the Lord. It’s easy to gloss over the use of the word “heart” in this sort of context. But if, in biblical terminology, the heart is the seat of the emotions, this is exactly what must be yielded to the Lord. It is so often our unyielded emotions that cause damage and disunity, and consequently defeat; whereas it is the unity that commands the blessing, as we well know. Only with “circumcised hearts” can we be free of all that ties us into the old, binding us to the yoke of slavery to sin, and be free to take the yoke of Jesus and rise up in the spirit.

Passover
The second heading is Passover. There is only one way to be yoked to Jesus Christ, and that is under the power of His blood. I believe that the Church needs a restored understanding of the power of the blood, and especially of the truth that “the life is in the blood.” Whenever we take communion as Jesus commanded us to do “in remembrance of Him,” we reaffirm not only the covering of the blood and all that it means in terms of forgiveness of sin and shelter from its consequences, but we affirm also the life of the Spirit that courses through it in our renewed hearts.
After Passover comes Pentecost. Our preparation for an end-time outpouring has to be a season of Passover. Many Christians the world over have felt that coronavirus lockdown has been, and still is, a taste of that season, shut off from the world and reaching out for the protection of the blood of the Lamb. We know that many Christians, sadly, have not survived the virus; but we also know that there are many testimonies of genuine divine healing that were granted through the power of the Blood.

Unleavened bread
The deeper significance of unleavened bread has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve always felt that there is more to it than it being a reminder of leaving Egypt without having time for the bread to rise. Jesus talked about the “leaven of the pharisees,” for example, when He was warning the disciples to keep away from their deceptive doctrines; and it is a positive symbol in the parable of the leaven, which is probably (I haven’t done a word-count) the shortest parable in the New Testament. So what might be the symbolism in its Old Testament usage?

Just the other day the Holy Spirit gave me my personal revelation. This may not be the same for you, and I’m not saying it is what He has breathed into the scriptural significance of unleavened bread for everyone to receive, but the following is what He gave me. A negative reaction to something was rising up in my soul. The Lord said to me: “That thing rising up in you is leaven. Get rid of it.” Having “circumcised our hearts” we need to keep them soft.  Paul writes: “For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” (1 Cor 10:17). To move forward into our Promised Land we need to deal with any leaven in our souls that causes us to rise up emotionally and undo the work of the cross in our lives. The children of Israel “ate of the produce of the land on the day after the Passover, unleavened bread and parched grain, on the very same day.”  The grain of our land consists of the seeds of truth sown into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, and these are what we must feed on as we advance. We cannot arise in the spirit if we let negative emotions rise up in our souls: the best way to keep unleavened our corner of  the “one bread” that we are part of, is to make sure that we are feeding on the truth.

Worship in Holiness
And so, with hearts soft and sensitive to God, covered in and fully grasping the power of the blood of Jesus, and feeding on the living truth of His Word instead of the leaven of our emotions as our spirits are filled with His, we come into the Holy Ground where the Commander of the Lord’s Army is standing, and we worship Him. In this place, we can say, like Joshua, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” (Jos 5:14). And His commands to us will be of the same order as His words to Joshua: first, respond to His Holiness (Take off your shoes), and only then move in to defeat the enemy.

The accuser of the brethren has been cast down.

 “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.” (Rev. 12:10)

We have been raised with Christ and are seated with Him in Heavenly places. We know that those heavenly places are vast beyond any notion of human measure, and we also know from Ephesians 6:12 that somewhere “up” there “the principalities and powers of this present darkness” are doing battle against the will of God and the saints of the Lamb. But Ephesians 1:21 gives us some detail about where, in those heavenly places, Christ is seated. He is seated “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” And not only is Christ seated there, but we are too:

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2: 4-6)

We have been raised to those same heavenly places above the same principalities and powers, by the love and mercy of God, to be seated there together with Him. And while we have been lifted up there, Satan, the “Accuser of the brethren,” has been cast down:

 “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.” (Rev. 12:10)

If you have been born again – and you almost certainly have been, or you wouldn’t be reading this – you know this as a fact, and it’s always good to remind ourselves of the scripture where that truth is declared. But I think many of us – me included, for sure – can take a massive stride forward in our walk of faith if we live every day in the knowledge that any accusing words coming into our minds originate from the devil, and that when we walk free of the accusations of the enemy we can walk in salvation, strength, the kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ. It’s what Revelation 12:2 says. Accusing is what the devil and his fallen angels do. And now that they have been cast down, and “there was no place found for them in Heaven any longer,” (Rev. 12:8) their desire is always to bring us down with them. Whether we are accusing ourselves, or accusing others; whatever the accusation and wherever there is a pointing finger, we can be sure that the voice doesn’t come from heaven, because there is nowhere in Heaven that accusation has a place.

By contrast, we read the following in Revelation 4: 1-2 “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.’ Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” In the book of Zechariah, the prophet writes five times that he “raised his eyes” to see what the Spirit was revealing. If we too “raise our eyes” we also can sometimes catch a glimpse of what God is doing. Jesus has opened a door in Heaven and has given us access to where we can look in the Spirit to the One who is seated on the throne. And if we keep looking, we can see ourselves seated there as well.

Zephaniah said this:
“The LORD has taken away your judgments,
He has cast out your enemy.
The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;
You shall see disaster no more.”
(Zeph 3:15)

The accuser can have nothing more to say to us, because the Lord has taken away our judgements. Even in our trials we can “count it all joy” (James 1:2) because of the enduring fruit that is borne by the testing of our faith. So when we look up to where we are seated and praise the One whose great love lifted us there, we are not only encouraging ourselves and giving Him glory, but by the very stance that we take we are doing battle with the enemy of our souls.

The psalmist knew this battle well:

“As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
(Psalm 42: 10-11)

Our praise to God is always an act of war.

I enjoy Premier League football and occasionally go to watch matches. One day we had tickets for an away game: it was the last game of the season, and our opponents on that day were in a relegation battle with their bitter rivals from the same city. Normally all attention is on the game taking place in the stadium, but on this occasion the home fans were far more interested in the score from their rivals’ game as it flashed up on their mobile phones than what was happening on the pitch in front of them. When it was obvious that the rival team had lost and would be relegated, the following chant reverberated round the stadium: “We’re staying up; you’re going down! We’re staying up; you’re going down!”

When the enemy whispers his accusations in our ear, we just have to remember one refrain, adapted slightly from the football chant: “We’re staying up; you’re staying down!”

Are You a Believer?

“I also asked about the ten horns on the fourth beast’s head and the little horn that came up afterward and destroyed three of the other horns. This horn had seemed greater than the others, and it had human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly. As I watched, this horn was waging war against God’s holy people and was defeating them, until the Ancient One—the Most High—came and judged in favor of his holy people. Then the time arrived for the holy people to take over the kingdom.” (Daniel 7: 20-22 NLT)

Are you a believer? Do you believe that the Lord made the Heavens and the Earth? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for your sins, was resurrected on the third day, is seated at the right hand of God and will return one day, possibly quite soon, to judge both the living and the dead? Do you believe that Man was created in the image of God and did not evolve from lizards? Do you believe that unborn children should not be murdered? That you and I were designed to have a lifelong relationship with a member of the opposite sex? And do you support a political party that, in the main at least, upholds these values?

If you do, you are in good company: you are in “the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven.” (Heb 12:23) We belong, not because we know better, but because we believe.

But when you speak of these things that you believe, are you mocked and vilified? Are you made to feel at times that you are simple-minded, ignorant and foolish when you even think them; that it really is time that you woke (pun intended) up to reality? If this is you, remember that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,  against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12) The voice that seeks to make you feel ashamed of what you believe is not the voice of the secular media, it’s not even the voice of the editor of that left-wing journal that claims to speak for freedom; it comes straight from the mouth of the prince of the power of the air whose servants they are, who “boasts arrogantly” against the Most High God and wages war against His people. The more arrogant the voice, the closer it comes to judgement.

And if you are a brother of sister in the USA right now, be encouraged, Child of God, for the Most High will, in His time, judge in favour of His holy people.

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.” (1 John 3:1)

Spiritual Warfare (SOP 19 Sept)

Jakes thoughts on how we respond to the battle in the Heavenlies.

What I sense the Lord is saying

1) that He is searching for a church that will “Go ye.” What I mean by that is not waiting for people to come to us, but going to the gates ourselves.

2) He is searching for a church that will stand up and say, “enough is enough.”

3) I believe that for those of us who are intercessors this is going to be ramped up to a point where we won’t be in a place of asking the LORD for things to happen our prayers; we will be decreeing things into being. We as a church will finally grasp the spiritual authority that we have been given.

4) We will see instant healing without prayer just as the disciples did.

5) We will have dreams and have visions of what the lord is doing, and be doing spiritual battle in these dreams and visions.

We are to be constantly listening to the prompting of the Holy Spirit wherever we are and be prepared to stop when he says stop, and to pray speak to or decree, whatever that may cost us. This could be anything from as little as causing us to run late to imprisonment etc.

Accountability is going one of the defensive ways we can shore up our weaknesses.

 I saw the human army as I was praying. It was having to reshuffle extremely quickly as people were deserting their position, fleeing as they weren’t prepared to make a stand.  The battle lines were becoming thinner and thinner, and this was before we had even entered battle. But what I see is for every stronghold and demon that we bind, more people were being released and added to the battle, more than replacing the casualties.

The Battle and our part in it

I have been asked: “If the battle in the heavenlies is intensifying, what should our response be on earth?“ The following are a few thoughts on certain aspects of the battle and what the nature of our involvement might be.


The American Eagle

We know, from prophetic words that have been given, that battle forces on both sides are arrayed. They are lined up in both heavenly realms and here on Earth. We can see the battle being fought in various locations, but I’d like to think here about the USA in particular. As an Englishman, I won’t have the same perspective as an American citizen, but I do recognise that the founding fathers established America as a land based on the principles of the word of God; and that the liberty which the USA stands for among the nations is ultimately  not just about personal, political and social freedoms, but it’s about the freedom for which Christ has set us free, which is freedom from the law of sin and death.

At the risk of oversimplification, I see the USA as unique in the extent to which the division between Christian and non-Christian agendas has broadly polarised into a choice between two political parties, one of which represents God’s agenda, and the other which represents the world’s. If the symbolism of the American Eagle ultimately points to freedom from sin, the vote is about whether the eagle keeps flying, or if the enemy shoots it down. Legislation already exists in the USA, passed under the Obama administration, that makes it illegal for churches to preach what the Bible tells us about sexuality and “lifestyle choices,” so this is not empty polemic: the pulpit is already being gagged. Already the eagle is not soaring so freely. The political state of the USA and its spiritual state are closely connected, and they affect us in the UK: it’s important that we don’t think of the USA as miles away over the Atlantic, but that we see that the nation is connected to us in the Spirit, and that we need to uphold in our prayers.

Israel
But the battle of the USA is not just about America: it is part of a bigger picture still. Ultimately, the big picture is always about Israel. Trump’s support for Israel is evident, and he has already caused not a little stir, both among the nations and among the principalities and powers in heavenly places, by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The Democrats on the other hand align with Palestine, with all that that implies. The enemies of Israel are gathering. Turkey is flexing its muscles, and is establishing control of Libya from afar, with an eye on its oil, of course. President Erdogan is now flying the flag of the ancient Ottoman empire. Squeezed by sanctions, Iran has dropped its own nuclear program but is forming an alliance with North Korea, which hasn’t, as we know. The inflated egos of power-hungry world leaders unwittingly roll out the red carpet to welcome demonic control, while the eye of Mordor is fixed unblinkingly on Israel.

The USA is Israel’s “Big Brother,” the ally they will turn to for support and resources when conflict escalates, so the enemy will do everything he can to minimise that support as he continues his long-running campaign to eliminate Israel. The party he wants in control in the USA is the party that will distance itself from Israel.  Satan has read the scrolls, and he knows that Jesus will be returning to reign from Jerusalem. He cannot eliminate Jesus, so he is trying to eliminate the nation that He is returning to. By praying for the outcome of the USA election in November we are aligning ourselves with the spiritual forces that are blowing the trumpet to herald the return of Christ.


Draining the Swamp
Many prophetic voices in the USA and elsewhere are in agreement that there is a level of sin in certain political circles that is almost too shocking to name, and that God is going to expose it. Some say that this sin goes to the deepest level of Luciferian involvement, with all the nefarious activities that this entails. Some prophetic voices and secular whistleblowers have started to reveal similar things: names involved in the Epstein and “pizzagate“ scandals are floating to the surface like scum. Clandestine handshakes have been revealed prophetically in recent months, and now deals worth billions of dollars between individuals in the highest political circles and America’s enemies are being exposed. Things that have been seen in the Spirit are starting to happen in the flesh.

Donald Trump came to power promising to “drain the Washington swamp.“ Many people say that this isn’t happening because the imbalances in American society haven’t changed and the revolving door into the White House of collusion and kickbacks doesn’t seem to have slowed down. But I think people are looking at the wrong swamp. I think Trump was speaking prophetically without knowing it: through his administration, upheld by the prayers of the saints, God will drain a far deeper and darker swamp than many people know exists. It is for the exposing of that level of corruption that we must be praying. And if God is exposing corruption and sin, we have to be squeaky-clean ourselves, ensuring that we keep short accounts with God and one another so that “the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.”

What’s our part in this?
I felt the Lord gave me two specific verses when I was asking Him about how to pray. They were Isaiah 30:31-32:

For through the voice of the LORD
Assyria will be beaten down,
As He strikes with the rod.
And in every place where the staff of punishment passes,
Which the LORD lays on him,
It will be with tambourines and harps;
And in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.

There are five things here.

  1. The voice of the Lord. God’s voice is heard through His prophets. As His word goes out in power the enemy forces will be weakened. I see this happening in the heavenly realms, but on earth as well as the deeds of darkness are exposed by words of truth.
  2. The “Staff of punishment” will fall on prominent individuals as they are brought to justice. The word translated as “staff” is the same as used for the rod of Moses: it is the rod of authority.
  3. Praise. God’s move is accompanied by “tambourines and harps”. Psalm 149: 6-7 comes to mind: “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
    And a two-edged sword in their hand
    To execute vengeance on the nations,
    And punishments on the peoples.”

    The word of God – the two-edged sword- goes out, God executes judgement, and we praise the glory of His name. This is a part that we play, and it is essential to the battle.
  4. Battles of Brandishing. Central to our victory is of course the Cross. The word “brandishing” is the same as the word used for “wave offerings.” It is a word associated with sacrifice. Part of our warfare is to declare and “brandish” the supremacy of the sacrifice of Jesus over anything that might be sacrificed to the “gods” of the enemy. The forms of things and the battlefields may change, but the spiritual realities are still the same: we have the Ark of the Covenant, and just as in the days of Jehoshaphat we are still the tribe of Judah leading the battle and singing “God is good, and His mercy endures forever.”
  5. The Assyrians. According to the revelations given to Pastor Dana Coverstone, the most violent persecution of the church is going to come from within the wider church family; from “lukewarm” churchgoers who accept lifestyle compromises and therefore reject the full gospel of Christ. Their Christianity is mixed with humanism and is not centred firmly on the teachings of Scripture, and fulfills 2 Tim 3 vs 1-5: “in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

With this scripture in mind, we turn now to the story of Ezra, where we find these verses: “When the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the temple of the LORD God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and the heads of the fathers’ houses, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do; and we have sacrificed to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.” (Ezra 4:1-2)

The foundation of the new temple had been laid, just as our foundation has been laid in Christ. Those who resisted building were already inhabiting the land, and claimed to worship God, but their worship of him was just one element of their pagan mix. They had a form of godliness, but denied its power. Long before Paul and Timothy, the leaders of the people turned away from them:

But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers’ houses of Israel said to them, “You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the LORD God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.” (Verse 3)

The chapter continues the account of how “the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah,” and we know the eventual outcome. What is especially interesting for us in these days is that the people already dwelling in the land who resisted the building of the Temple came originally from Assyria, and it was “the King of Assyria” who took them there.

Parallels with the West
I think the parallels with the church in the West, and particularly in the USA, are striking. The temple of worship “in Spirit and in Truth”, including the truth that Scripture declares about marriage, sexuality and related “lifestyle choices,” has fallen into ruin. God has commissioned and sent His servants to set about the rebuilding programme, but it is resisted, and will be even more so, by “the people of the land:” those who claim to share the same faith but who reject biblical, evangelical Christianity as narrow-minded and extreme, and whose hearts are in reality far from God. I believe that these are today’s “Assyrians.” But they will be vanquished, and the Temple will be rebuilt.

So there is a battle in the Heavenlies, and it’s played out on Earth. It is God who wields the sword, and God who destroys. We play our part by accompanying the battle with our praise and by interceding for church leaders, that they remain true to the gospel and resist the discouragement and the schemes of “the people of the land.” We need to pray for the prophets who are the mouthpiece of “The voice of the Lord.” We need to pray for Attorney-General William Barr, who plays a key part in the battle as the one who holds that “staff of punishment” referred to above, and who has the actual power to bring indictments against individuals. We participate in the “battles of brandishing” by proclaiming the great sacrifice of the Cross and the name of Jesus, that is “above every other name that is named.” If you pray in tongues use the gift as much as we can, and if you find a “warfare” tongue comes to you, keep praying that way until the Holy Spirit takes that particular anointing off you. You will know. This probably won’t be in Church meetings (see 1 Cor 14 guidelines) but when you are on your own. I believe that this is part of the “brandishing” as well.

And more than ever in these times, we keep our hearts pure and soft and our hands clean. We seek our God in repentance for the sin in our own lives, in our churches and in our nations. We seek the Unity of the Spirit above every doctrinal difference. The trumpet is sounding. Let’s arise.

Blowing the Trumpet

Beginning on Sept 18th and ending on Sept 20th, the Jewish Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah, heralds the Jewish New Year and commemorates the sounding of the first trumpet, when the Law was given to Israel and they became God’s covenant people. Following the feast of trumpets are eight “Days of Awe,” during which time Jewish people prepare themselves, through prayer and repentance, for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when the shofar is blown again. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the only two Jewish festivals when the shofar is blown ceremonially.

In the second vision of “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” Jacob Dominy prophesies that “The roar of the Lion is near and the blast of the shofar trumpet is about to be heard.” I posted that yesterday evening, and decided then to publish as a download the chapter in “Wheat in the Winepress” entitled “Blowing the Trumpet,” as it is relevant to what the Holy Spirit seems to be saying at the moment. Shortly afterwards I was drawn to pick up a messianic newsletter that we receive. When I opened it, I found that most of the content was about these two forthcoming festivals when the shofar is blown. Not knowing the Jewish festival calendar as well as I could (or should), I was unaware of these forthcoming dates until then, so when I saw them I felt the Lord was making a connection between the festivals and what I had just published.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is over the 24 hours from 27-28th September. If Jake’s visions were from the Lord, and I believe that they were as they are very much in keeping with what the Holy Spirit is saying through other prophetic voices at the moment, the shofar is about to be sounded in the heavenlies and the Lord’s army will be going into battle. On Earth as it in Heaven: what more strategic moment could there be than the day when the sound of the shofar reminds Christians and Jews alike of God’s wonderful provision of atonement for His people? What better moment for the commander of Heaven’s armies to launch His attack on the enemy than the commemoration of the Victory that He has already won?

I am not saying for certain that I have heard from God on this, but I think I may have done. If the battle really is about to intensify, (and even if it isn’t!) we need to make sure that we are right with God to avoid being a target for the enemy. I can think of no better time than to stand with the Jewish people as they prepare themselves for the Day of Atonement.

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord: Parts two and Three

Part Two
“I saw the angels arming up. They were picking up morning stars and flail type weapons.  The angels were too many to count. They were arming so quickly that they were in and out in a blink of an eye. Then I saw them in formation lining up for battle. The Lord is wanting us know the time is very near for us to attack. The Lord is saying that the flails and morning stars are for tearing down strong holds and defences.  He says: My people be ready.  I even felt that the angels that are messengers of peace were now arming up for battle. I felt that this was signifying two things.
Firstly, this is the Lord meaning business regarding waging war with the principalities and powers. And secondly, this demonstrates to us that it a far bigger battle than we will ever realise, and that we now need to shore up our weaknesses and stand as one with the Lord’s angel army leading the way. The roar of the Lion is near and the blast of the shofar trumpet is about to be heard.”

Part Three
“I saw angels moving into front lines of the battle. These angels were not arming up in the armoury and yet they were marching into position with no weapons. We lining up close to front of the angel army. The Lord told me that these are worshipping angels, and that their worship had to be close to the front of the battle as their praise and worship of the King, along with the huge angel army carrying morning stars and maces, would weaken the enemy defences.
  I also felt that this is how He wants His church: to line up with worship  and praise foremost in battle. There is a call to those who are creative to step forward; that creativity along with praise, worship and prayer are also to be at the front of battle lines as the church steps into this. Then when we hear the lion of Judah roar and the shofar sound, the church will march forward and take ground that is under the enemy’s influence.  The battle is going to be heavily fought and there will be many injuries.”

Jake Dominy.