Hold your shields of FAITH high! We are in the last days of the
prayer focus, “Contending with your Enemy”. This next week is
crucial in the war dimension. We received word from some of those
that we are praying for in Iraq that much intense warfare will occur
in the natural through April 23. The locals there are being
intimidated by the insurgents. Pray against outside help from other
nations that would come into Iraq for the aid of those who are
overtaken by lawlessness. We must hold out shields high for those
troops that are there on the land.
We Will Determine
the Outcome of the War in Iraq
What we are seeing in the physical in Iraq is a picture of the
spiritual. Pastor Dutch Sheets sent the following to me:
“There is no doubt that much of what is
happening currently in Iraq is spiritual in nature. Do not focus on
the politics and do not expect our military to win this war on their
own. We, the prayer army, will determine the outcome. Do not move on
in your prayers and thinking. Let’s break through this situation.
The outcome will also greatly determine this year’s elections and
influence the courts for years, if not decades, to come.”
Revenge Against America
While I was preparing this and listening to the news the
following was released: April 15: A new audio tape claims to be the
voice of Osama B*n Laden offering a truce to European nations.
CAIRO, Egypt - "In a recording broadcast on Arab satellite
networks Thursday, a man who identified
himself as Osama b*n Laden offered a ‘truce’ to European countries
to withdraw from Muslim countries. Britain, Germany and Italy
quickly spurned what appeared to be an attempt to drive a wedge
between Europe and America...
"The tape, which ran more than seven minutes, also vowed
revenge against America for the Israeli assassination of a militant
Palestinian leader and denounced the United States as using the Iraq
war for corporate profiteering...'I announce a truce with the
European countries that do not attack Muslim countries,’ the taped
message said as the stations showed an old, still picture of
al-Qaeda leader…'The door to a truce is open for three months.’ This
time frame, the voice said, could be extended. ‘The truce will begin
when the last soldier leaves our countries,' the speaker said
I find this so interesting since I wrote about the three month
intervals that the Lord showed me when He visited me in December of
2003. The real issue here seems to be that the enemy of God’s
covenant plan in the earth is offering a truce if we quit moving
forward to liberate and free people and nations from his grip.
Intercessors: The Next 90 Days Are
Jean Steffenson, who has worked with Native American leaders for
years over broken covenants and land issues in our nation, wrote the
“Iraq has not been constantly in my spiritual
radar. I have been in intense prayer regarding Iraq. I keep crying
out for the Lord's intervention. There are less than 100 days until
the time President Bush has said that America will pull out of Iraq.
This of course could change; however, I sense a real urgency
from God for His army to close some ancient gates and advance on the
kingdom of darkness.
"The land of Iraq is soaked with blood and some of it with the
blood of the martyrs. I saw hoards of hell coming from the
underworld going through a conduit and forming a dark covering over
the land. As you well know this is a horrific spiritual battle,
and it has been intensifying. I keep thinking that this is the
year for secrets and mysteries to be revealed. There are some things
that God wants in place and established in this window of time.
"There must be a shift now to create a clear
sound. God made it very clear to me that this is a governmental
issue. It is not just the government that American wants, the
Shiites or any others in Iraq. It is God's intended government for
Iraq, which will take the involvement of His Kingdom people.
"Will you please make this a matter of prayer to see if you are to
call the Body of Christ to concerted prayer for God's Kingdom
purposes to be established in Iraq? It has been a long time since I
have seen a national call to prayer for Iraq. Intercessors for
America mention it along with other topics of prayer.
"What happens in Iraq over the next 90 days
or so will have a definite effect on the elections and the very
heart of America with so many families involved. ‘Ask of me
and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth
your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter’ (Psalm
2:8). Iraq is the inheritance of Christ and we as joint heirs have
entered into His inheritance."
BABYLON: A Biblical Understanding
To better understand this issue from a spiritual standpoint, we need
to look biblically at Babylon. Babylon, one of the oldest cities in
the ancient world, was an ancient city-state in the plain of Shinar.
The name is derived by the Hebrews from the root Balal which means
"to confound". We can reference this area to the confusion of
tongues at the Tower of Babel (Gen 11:9). “God came down to see what
they were building and did not like it all.”
Therefore, God does not honor any of the confusion
that is there, resisting His purpose. The biblical account ascribes
the founding of the ancient prehistoric city of Babylon to the
descendants of Cush and the followers of Nimrod (10:8-10). The
beginnings of the city of Babylon are unknown to us except for the
biblical passage mentioned in Gen 10:10. Babylon was situated along
the Euphrates River about 485 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of
the Persian Gulf and about 49 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of
modern Baghdad in Iraq. According to Babylonian tradition, it was
built by the god Marduk.
Daniel 4:30 explains the ancient exalting power that surrounds this
area: "Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a
royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my
majesty?" Everyone that comes into power in this area seems to be
overtaken by this ancient root of self exaltation. This is what
creates wars. We also find in Luke 21:24 and Rev. 6:16 -- in this
area is great "confusion" into which the whole social order of the
world has fallen under Gentile world domination.
In Isaiah 11 we find a Divine Order: Israel, in her
own land, as the center of divine government of the world and the
medium of the divine blessing, and God calling forth a remnant from
all other nations. We are contending for that remnant to come forth.
Anything else is politically "Babel" (confusion). This area is so
deceptive spiritually because it has a political and religious
structure that has formed a handshake to attempt to thwart God’s
redemptive plan for this age in the earth (Rev 17:5-18, Rev 16:19;
18:2-21). That is why we are contending.
The Church Must Rise to a
New Level of Power
We are contending for a major transference of freedom, salvation,
wealth, and political liberty. Babylon also means "the gate of god."
This area was known as a “holy place of the gods” and ancient
etymologists explained it as meaning "place of the seat of life".
Some even thought this was “Paradise”. The Garden of Eden was
located here. Its great god, Merodach, became the head of the
Babylonian pantheon, partly through the influence of Babylon as
capital, and partly because the city was the center of his worship.
I believe this is why there is so much confusion in
the area. We have not understood the spiritual dynamic that we have
come up against. We do not war with flesh and blood; in this are
principalities and powers. The Church must rise to a new level of
power. Other important passages to read are: Rev 14:8; 16:19; 17:5;
and 18:2, 10, 21.
This is a year of mysteries. Babylon is one of the major mysteries
to understand in the Bible. The characteristics ascribed to this
Babylon can apply to many other places in the earth: (a) as ruling
over the kings of the earth (Rev 17:18); (b) as sitting on seven
mountains (17:9); (c) as the center of the world's merchandise
(3,11-13); (d) as the corrupter of the nations (17:2; 18:3; 19:2);
(e) as the persecutor of the saints (17:6). In many areas, Rome and
New York are both likened to Babylon. Rome was thought by both Jews
and Christians as being antagonistic to the Kingdom of God, and its
downfall was confidently expected.
Contend, Remove, and
I declare that all of the confusion from this situation in
Babylon break from around your thinking! This confusion is producing
political chaos in the earth. I pray that our President remain
focused to get to the end of this season. I pray that we hold our
shields high and contend.
In Matthew 16:13-20 the Lord
promised us that the gates of Hell would not prevail against those
who had revelation of Him. We need “strength at the GATES!” Read
I pray that our troops have a spiritual alertness
like never before to hear “a word from behind them telling them
which way to GO”. We are approaching a time where we see a
transference of wealth into the Kingdom of God. Keep contending with
your enemy, remove the tempter’s covering, and possess the spoils to
advance the Kingdom of God. Stand against confusion that would allow
a surprise attack.
Keep Fighting - Satan Knows We're on the Verge of
We must not draw back from our enemy at this time in the history of
the church, nor in the history of this nation. Moses told the
children of Israel in Deuteronomy 2:24, “Rise ye up, take your
journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into
thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin
to possess it, and contend with him in battle.” The time has come to
cross over and battle for the inheritance of this land. This is a
season to contend for our faith.
Religious spirits will arise to stop our faith from
increasing. Contend means to vie with a rival and bring to close a
point of contention. This word is linked with struggling for
victory. Another word very closely related to contend is “wrestle”.
Eph 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
Wrestle comes from the word pallo, which means to
vibrate or shake. Shake your enemy off of your back. This
word also means a contest between two in which each endeavors to
throw the other to the ground. The victor is decided when the
opponent is held down and the victor’s foot is put upon the
opponent’s neck. This is linked with the Christian’s struggle with
the power of evil.
Do not be afraid to contend this season! Satan
knows that we are on the verge of breakthrough! The enemy has
heard of the anointing that is being released. Consequently, he must
counterattack by releasing a horde of seducing spirits now!
We are nearing the last 10 days of the 40-day prayer focus,
“Contending with Your Enemy, Removing the Tempter’s Covering, and
Possessing Your Spoils”. This is a crucial time when we must
continue to contend with the enemy to see the Lord’s purposes
accomplished. For your reference, I will copy the final 15 days
below. (The entire prayer focus can be found at
5 DAYS OF PRAYER:
UNDERSTANDING THE TEMPTER
Day 26: Read Ps. 37. Be sure your desires are aligned
correctly. Temptation is linked to desires that are not within God’s
Day 27: Read Mt. 4. Resist Satan’s temptation in your
wilderness. Remember, the Spirit of God led Jesus into the
wilderness. Stop in the midst of your hard situation and see the
Day 28: Read Luke 10:25. Don’t be drawn into the enemy’s
trap. I like to say it this way: don’t swing at curve balls. The
enemy will try to say things that will make you respond in a wrong
Day 29: Read the Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11. Ask the Lord to
deliver you from temptation.
Day 30: Read Genesis 22. Temptation is linked to our testing.
See how God tested Abraham’s faith and revealed Himself to Abraham
as Jehovah Jireh.
10 DAYS OF
TRANSFERENCE: TAKING BACK YOUR SPOILS
Day 31: Read Genesis 14 and 15. God revealed Himself to
Abraham as the ‘Possessor of Heaven and Earth’. This was in the
context of war. Abraham gave to Melchizedek. Then notice the
covenant God made with Abraham. Ask God to reaffirm your covenant
Day 32: Read Deut. 20. Read Deut 32:30. One can put 1,000 to
flight, but two can put 10,000 to flight. This is a valuable
principle of multiplication. Ask the Lord for an increase in
Day 33: Read 1 Sam. 30. This is a transition chapter. The
activities in this chapter released David into his next level of
anointing. Especially notice verses 24-25. Receive new strength.
Pursue and retrieve all!
Day 34: Read Is. 9:3. The division of the spoil was a joyous
feast for the people. Rejoice!
Day 35: Read Esther 3 and 8. Let God develop your strategy to
take back what the enemy has plotted to take from you.
Day 36: Read Deut. 8, especially verses 18-20. Increase is a
harvest principle. Increase rises through faith and follows deeds
that are linked with faith. Increase comes through supernatural
Kingdom connections so we can all enter into a multiplied,
synergistic corporate measure of increase. Increase is also a reward
for obedience. A fundamental question we need to ask ourselves is:
What is wealth? There are several ways to look at wealth in the
Bible. Power means vigor, strength, force, or capacity-whether
physical, mental, or spiritual. Wealth means material substance,
strength, and the spoils of war necessary to accomplish God's plan
Day 37: Read Luke 19. Ask God what you have and how to
Day 38: Read Ps. 115:14-16 and 2 Chron. 20. Ask God for
increase. Ask Him to give you a mind for increase. Ask Him to open
your heart to any prophetic word that will bring you success and
cause you to be able to rake in the spoils that the enemy is
Day 39: Read Ps. 82:4. Declare deliverance from the hand of
the wicked who has tied up any of your wealth.
Day 40: Read Mal. 3 and 2 Cor. 10:3-6. Declare that the
generational curse of “GOD ROBBING” will be broken out of your
bloodline. This is one of the four major generational curses. Tear
down mindsets of poverty. Poverty has a voice which says, “God is
not able.” There are philosophies in your life that have developed
wrong mindsets over wealth. Dismantle unbelief over provision.
“Prove Me NOW” says the Lord! Look up and see the windows of
blessings that He wants to open up. Watch Him overcome your
Do not be afraid to contend in this hour. Loose a SHOUT OF
VICTORY that Babylon will let go and come under the subjection of
God’s Kingdom plan!
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