While all Believers SHOULD BE involved in praying at all times which is from the Lord—nevertheless, it has seemed odd that with all the prayers we've prayed, MOST OF OUR NATIONS are in an uproar.
Finally, the LORD is speaking through HIS silence—the Lord has not suddenly cleaned up all of the nations, but HE has prepared the cleanup plan, starting with you and me. God is more excited about the upcoming Harvest than we are. But He must prepare us for this battle.
When much more of the Body of Christ realizes that our prayers are for preparation and to receive strategies to fight the enemy, we will be much more prepared to take on the giants in the land.
Pray, yes! Pray without ceasing. But remember, prayer is to bring strength, clarity and specific details FOR TODAY's BATTLES.
As we then pray without ceasing, may we also fight this battle openly and bravely, because the last thing our enemy wants from us is our actual "boots on the ground to fight him."
It's time to dig in—to pray yes, but to get in there and fight. That is the true soldiers reward...to be invited into the Lord's battles.
I know this may be a provocative question, but I find it to be something worth seriously considering. There seems to be much fear and anxiety going around the Body of Christ at this time, and we are becoming quite susceptible to emergency warnings to double up on prayer/intercession because Trump, our nation, etc. are at tremendous risk.
In my prophetic word from a couple of years ago, entitled "Trumpquake," I warned about this dynamic coming into play as Trump took on the serious matters he was called to take on. It seems that I now receive weekly social media warnings of Trump and/or our nation's demise with an urgent call to pass it on to everyone. I keep NOT doing that. Here is why...
I believe it to be quite important to understand what narrative we are living under at this time. It is also really important not to mix and match contradictory Biblical metaphors and narratives as being relevant at this time. I believe we have invited more angst than necessary by doing so. For instance, related to the opening question here is a follow-up question: Is Trump a Cyrus or is he a Nehemiah?
This is an important distinction, as the assignments are in no way related. One can not have both assignments. Many have understood that President Trump, as the 45th president of the United States, has an Isaiah 45 "Cyrus mandate" on his life. My "Trumpquake" word from 2016 states that fact. I have also heard multiple prophetic voices understand that this is the essential call on Trump's life as president. The assignment is laid out in Isaiah 45:1-8. The chapter starts out with, "Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held – to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut" (Isaiah 45:1).
"Just like the world historically marked the end of the powerful Babylonian Empire in Cyrus' day, today there is also a forthcoming end to the Babylon of our day."
In this passage, the Lord says things like, "I will go before you," "I will break in pieces the gates of bronze," "I will gird you though you have not known Me," and "I, the Lord, do all these things." There is a clear empowering by the Lord – not contingent on Cyrus' own holiness, nor the people of God's prayer cover. There is a straight "God is intervening at His own discretion" element to it all. It was clear both in the preliminary prophecy by Isaiah and then confirmed by Cyrus' subsequent success in all matters prophesied. So I believe that President Trump has been given a "Cyrus mandate" for our day, and Isaiah 45 gives us quite a bit of insight on what that is all about.
Nehemiah is being reasonably highlighted because there is the matter of a wall being built that rings similarly to today, with President Trump also pushing for a wall. However, beyond that similitude, there is very little relevance of the Nehemiah mandate, as compared to Trump's Cyrus' Mandate. Nehemiah was not a king or even a ruler of any sort. He was a spiritual man grieved not by drugs and illegal immigrants coming into Jerusalem, but by Jerusalem itself being desolate and, in essence, a dead city. He was trying to resurrect a very important city. They were not IN Jerusalem trying to make it safer, but rather they were OUTSIDE Jerusalem trying to now make Jerusalem livable. I do not see matching narratives, nor has that been the overwhelming prophetic identification of Trump's assignment. He has a "Cyrus mandate" not a "Nehemiah mandate."
Now some others see the Church with the "Nehemiah mandate" accompanying Trump with his "Cyrus mandate." A "wall building" equivalent is described – it is about raising up a wall of intercession that protects our nation. Again, I still see it as a poor metaphor. In the Nehemiah story the people ALSO prayed but there was a clear action that accompanied the prayer. There was prayer and action. Building a wall of intercession and metaphorically connecting it to Nehemiah's commission falls apart under just a little scrutiny. Nehemiah stopped building the wall when it was finished after 52 days – I think we know we cannot stop praying for President Trump after 52 days.
Where Are the Joshuas?
Without accompanying action, prayer is rarely effective, and I find little supporting evidence that it "builds a wall." As important as prayer is, we continuously try to make prayer the end-all/do-all when it is only what goes hand-in-hand with action. Moses on the mountaintop with his hands held high by Aaron and Hur was important (Exodus 17:12), but without Joshua executing the action of the plan in the battlefield, Moses was just exercising. It seems that so many are panicking that we don't have a sufficient "Moses-like prayer cover," but the real problem is that we don't have enough Joshuas strategically engaged on the 7 mountains of society. We have reversed the dynamics from that Biblical model, as it were, sending Moses to the battlefield and raising thousands of Joshuas onto the mountaintop of prayer.
We are unfamiliar with the 7 mountains battlefield so we more easily gather around prayer assignments. The Isaiah 60:1 call to "Arise and shine" is not really about raising intercessors. It is about raising Joshuas on the 7 mountains in a "9 to 5" manner. "Kings come to our brightness" as we step up to the plate with practical solutions and anointed presence in the 7 mountains of society (media, economy, government, education, family, arts, and religion). We are panicking about not enough prayer covering, but the real weakness is not enough "foot soldiers." We have an unbalanced army dynamic with great air power, yet way too few boots on the ground.
Repairing walls and gates as Nehemiah did, for us, has to do with the real reformation of systems of the 7 mountains. We cannot just pray evil out of the mountains. We have to rise and shine with real strategies and solutions. This is how we need to accompany President Trump. Honestly, we often don't even know how to pray because we are so besieged with "fake news" from the mountain of media that much of the Body of Christ is confused as to what really is going on and therefore how to pray.
For instance, in our lack of having Kingdom media outlet(s) that can do proper due diligence for us on what is real and true, we are often playing tug of war with competing prayer strategies. This is why I say that the mountain of media has been, perhaps, the greatest unreached mission field on the planet. "Watchmen on the wall" (Isaiah 62:6) may provide warning for incoming attacks, but they neither build the wall nor repair any gate, as the metaphor itself demonstrates. The building and repair comes from everyday "boots on the ground" – meaning those who have positioned themselves for work/action on the 7 mountains.
Of course prayer should accompany the work, but it is not the whole work. Prayer is primarily to discover the strategy. Then accompanying action is required. It is only because we are out of balance that it sounds like I am trying to diminish prayer. As I have traveled around this country and as I have seen social media posts, I have noticed a common pattern with people. It seems everybody is praying for Trump (or a lessening minority, against him). What still seems very rare is for someone to have positioned themselves for Kingdom action on the 7 mountains in the "9 to 5" window itself. The few that do are really making a difference, but the army is essentially MIA. This is changing and will progressively change as we come into a better transformation of our nation's paradigm. For all the hundreds of millions of dollars raised for prayer towers, mountains, centers and houses, how much better shape might we be in if we just had one "Kingdom FOX or CNN" giving clarity as to what is really going on and what needs to be done about it?
Remembering Trump's "Cyrus Mandate"
Again, though the southern border wall of the United States has been highlighted in recent weeks, it is by no means Trump's primary assignment. President Trump has been assigned, much like King Cyrus in Isaiah 45, to dismantle an existing evil and a clandestine power structure of the world. I believe it is the Babylon of today – such as what Cyrus took down – and it counts on open borders for its financing. Yes, it is The Swamp, it is the Deep State, it is the New World Order, it is in Agenda 21, and it is behind globalism. It is an agenda of death (a goal to "depopulate" the world to 1 billion) sponsored by great darkness and financed spuriously through sex/human trafficking and the drug trade that needs no border controls to be achievable. Rogue elements of the CIA are the army for it. This is why they fight against Trump so intensely and intently and it is why they spend billions in sophisticated disinformation to the public. It is a daunting "Cyrus mandate" that Trump has.
However, this assignment of our presidents is not designed to succeed or fail on the backs of mere mortals. God, Himself, is "girding" President Trump for the task and He thought through that aspect of it long before He put Trump in as president. For the spiritually discerning, we celebrated when Trump won the election because we knew if God could put him in then He would also see him through on his assignment.
Just as God did not raise up Gideon to then fall to the Midianites, He did not raise David to then succumb to Goliath – though NONE of the people even supported him, and even less offered a "prayer cover" for him. Likewise, President Trump was handpicked by God and thought through in detail a long time ago, before he was given the repeat historical "Cyrus mandate." God already knew all Trump's peccadillos that have made the news. He also knows all the ones that have not yet made the news, or even the ones that will never make the news. God had no trouble resetting the world's history with the heathen, idolatrous Cyrus, and He has less trouble using a much-less heathen, idolatrous man to do so again. (Photo via Unsplash)
Our God honoring President Trump is a massive upgrade on ancient Cyrus, and he is not going to lose his commission because he lacks the full package of the "fruit of the Holy Spirit." Most of us can't even take a slight deserved correction from a spiritual leader, yet we demand that President Trump take public character assassination after public character assassination with a Jesus-like "turning the other cheek." We forget that even Jesus called the religious leaders of His day a "generation of vipers" or "whited sepulchers." Smiling with a halo is not always the right answer. Having said that, I am not comparing Trump to Jesus, because the standard is Cyrus not Jesus.
So this takes us back to the original question: Did the Cyrus Mandate require intercessors to succeed? The quick obvious answer is NO. When God interrupts history to put in a Cyrus or a Trump He covers all His bases in the plan's inception. Both of these special assignments are connected to the justice of God. He has a macro view none of us are capable of understanding, and He hears the cries of all the abused and destroyed by the criminals and Luciferians operating with impunity. There are breaks in history where He says, "ENOUGH!" This is such a time.
The Expanded "Cyrus Mandate"
Now, for a clearer understanding of the expanded view let me lay out the broader "Cyrus mandate" – this time out of Jeremiah 50 and 51. In those two chapters, many are unaware that Jeremiah prophesies specifically against post-Nebuchadnezzar Babylon. He is speaking in detail of what would be accomplished by Cyrus. Nebuchadnezzar had made Babylon the strongest it had ever been and it seemed impregnable. Babylon boasted of a hundred formidable bronze gates of defense around it. The "double doors" mentioned in Isaiah 45:1 – that God would open before Cyrus – were the gates connected to Babylon's impressive defensive moat. History tells us that somehow those "double doors" were open when Cyrus invaded and captured Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar was king for over 40 years until 562 BC. He positioned a world-dominating Babylon for a seemingly endless rule with its incredibly advanced defense systems. However, just 23 years later, Cyrus would come from the north and conquer Babylon with shockingly little resistance. God went ahead and broke the bronze gates and opened the double doors. He did it once and He is going to do it again.
Jeremiah 50 and 51: Destruction of the "The Swamp"
These two, long chapters of Jeremiah are worth taking the time to read and study as a guideline for what God is presently anointing President Trump to do. It is a parallel, repeat assignment. God can do that. Just like the world historically marked the end of the powerful Babylonian Empire in Cyrus' day, today there is also a forthcoming end to the Babylon of our day. Jeremiah 50 and 51 are surely for today, and the nations will shift with the monumental change of this Trump era. God is clearly using the name Trump to symbolize that whatever the enemy plans or counterplans, He will play the "Trump card" to take the hand. When God plays a Trump card He is not going to lose. Now should we pray as well? Well sure – but in faith, not in fear of God somehow not having thought through the dangers, thus causing it to all rest on our shoulders.
Here are some verses and phrases from Jeremiah 50 and 51, and they are to encourage us for the historical thing we see transpiring today. Let us start with the first couple of verses.
"The word that the Lord spoke against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. 'Declare among the nations, proclaim and set up a standard; proclaim – do not conceal it – say, "Babylon is taken, Bel is shamed. Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are humiliated, her images are broken in pieces." For out of the north a nation comes up against her.'" (Jeremiah 50:1-3a)
Bel was the Babylonian deity and is associated with Jupiter worship. Merodach worship became particularly strong under Nebuchadnezzar. It was associated with the red planet Mars, the blood shed and violence of it. The name means "your rebellion" and it was all about an agenda of death, much like we see when the New World Order/Agenda 21 goals are really understood. I believe their plan has already missed many depopulation goals. I also believe they have felt like they were at the threshold of being able to pull off their agenda with some orchestrated collapses, first of the United States, the world economy, and then induced world wars. Open borders were the key for this plan to succeed. I believe their sinister plan was closer to accelerated implementation than almost anyone knew. That is what God interrupted in another of His grand rescue operation of the ages.
"We cannot just pray evil out of the mountains. We have to rise and shine with real strategies and solutions."
Babylon was also called "the land of the Chaldeans," and the Chaldeans were noted for thinking they were wiser than anyone else. They were also greatly connected to magic, astrology and the occult. This is the essence of the puppet masters of the "Deep State." They believe they know better than anyone how populated the world should be and what kind of genetic makeup there should be to it. I believe when that aspect of the agenda becomes public, the very minorities that fell for some of its agenda are going to recoil in a demonstrable way. They will realize they were played like a fiddle – much like the poor in Venezuela – and it will be a great, but perhaps rude awakening. This "Chaldean" agenda is laced with the occult and Jezebel, and she is going to be taken down.
Isaiah 47:5 describes the state of this Chaldean/Luciferian/Jezebel spirit when Cyrus gets done with her. "Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no longer be called The Lady of Kingdoms."
That word "Lady" is also translated to "Queen" or "Mistress." So how does God use someone who barely knows Him to take out a world principality? He did it before and He can do it again. Let's watch and see. I believe a certain person being brought to justice will be a key marker to let us know this is taking place.
The Fall of Babylon
The following Scriptures are things said about Babylon.
Isaiah 50:9, "...from there she shall be captured..." For us today this means arrests of significance are coming. Isaiah 50:11, "...You destroyers of My heritage..." This speaks of the Lord seeing their antisemitic agenda and activity over the last century. Of course, "His heritage" is also ALL His children. In Isaiah 50:13-15 He says, "Everyone who goes by Babylon shall be horrified and hiss at all her plagues.
"Put yourselves in array against Babylon all around...shoot at her, spare no arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord. Shout against her all around...her foundations have fallen, her walls are thrown down; for it is the vengeance of the Lord..."
Jeremiah 50:23-27 says, "How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken! How Babylon has become a desolation among the nations! I have laid a snare for you; you have indeed been trapped, O Babylon, and you were not aware; you have been found and also caught, because you have contended against the Lord. The Lord has opened His armory, and has brought out the weapons of His indignation; for this is the work of the Lord God of Hosts in the land of the Chaldeans. Come against her from the farthest border; open her storehouses (i.e. they will be drained of resources); cast her up as heap of ruins, and destroy her utterly; let NOTHING of her be left" (emphasis mine).
Jeremiah 50:29-31 says, "Call together the archers against Babylon...let none of them escape...Repay her according to her work; according to all she has done, do to her; for she has been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel...Behold I am against you...for your day has come, the time that I will punish you." I believe all this speaks into the Lord's heart and resolve toward the present Babylon made up of the Deep State.
In Jeremiah 50:33-35 I see a parallel in His heart to rescue the children of the sex trafficking rings. "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'The children of Israel were oppressed, along with the children of Judah. All who took them captive have held them fast; they have refused to let them go. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is His name. He will thoroughly plead their case...A sword is against the Chaldeans,' says the Lord, 'against the inhabitants of Babylon...'"
In Jeremiah 50:37 it speaks of the Lord going after the ill-gotten resources of Babylon/the Deep State. "...A sword is against her treasures, and they will be robbed."
Jeremiah 50:38 tells us something distinctive about these evil doers. "...And they are insane with their idols." The darker elements of the Deep State believe they have protection through their idolatry, but it will not protect them, rather, it will make them the bullseye. The last verse, Jeremiah 50:46, says, "At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles, and the cry is heard among the nations." What is taking place is Earth-shattering and monumental.
Jeremiah 51 continues the theme and there is more than we can cover. However, verse 3 is important in stating that Babylon's army will be dealt with – "Utterly destroy all her army."
Jeremiah 51:11 says, "...For His plan is against Babylon to destroy it, because it is the vengeance of the Lord..." Jeremiah 51:24-25 continues, "And I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all the evil they have done...Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, who destroys all the earth,' says the Lord..." (It has been a death agenda against the nations.) (Photo via Pixabay)
There are final and repetitive declarations of God against Babylon and they are to be applied today to the dark agenda that has been ruling among the nations. It starts with Jeremiah 51:27, "Set up a banner in the land, blow the TRUMP among the nations!" (emphasis mine). Jeremiah 51:29, "And the land will tremble and sorrow; for every purpose of God shall be performed against Babylon, to make Babylon a desolation without inhabitant." Jeremiah 51:37, "Babylon will become a heap, a dwelling place for jackals, an astonishment and a hissing, without an inhabitant." (Everywhere it says, "Babylon," read, "Deep State.")
Many more verses in Jeremiah 51 tell us what God will execute on both the Deep State and the god they have given themselves over to. Later it tells of judgment on her role in media and then in government. Jeremiah 51:55-56 says, "Because the Lord is plundering Babylon and silencing her loud voice, though her waves roar like great waters, and the noise of her voice is uttered, because the plunderer comes against her, against Babylon..."
Then after mentioning her voice in media, Jeremiah 51:57 says, "'And I will make drunk her princes and wise men, her governors, her deputies, and her mighty men. And they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not awake,' says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts." This describes the Lord's cleaning out of "The Swamp" in government. If He as King was allowed to do that before Jesus regained ALL authority on Earth, then how much more now? The last verse, Jeremiah 51:64, says, "Then you shall say, 'Thus shall Babylon shall sink and not rise from the catastrophe that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary...'"
With this you have now heard the full Cyrus mandate that is now on our President Trump. Even as Cyrus didn't need perfect strategy, nor perfect behavior, nor even intercessory support – even so, what has been decreed for this juncture in history does not require as much on our part as many might think. Yes, of course, pray, but pray more for matters that revolve around this Cyrus mandate than for the mandate itself. Intercessors, He loves you relationally joining in with Him in what He is doing, but He invites you to be free of fear and to be free of anxiety. He has seen the children and He is responding to His own heart of justice. He will be kind to the abused and He will be dreadful to the unrepentant abusers. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Johnny and Elizabeth
Johnny Enlow is a social reformer, international speaker, spiritual mentor, and author of The Seven Mountain Prophecy, The Seven Mountain Mantle, and Rainbow God. He and his wife Elizabeth are focused on awakening individuals to their call to provide practical solutions from the heart of God for every problem in society – until the real God of all of life is displayed in the seven primary areas of culture in all nations: Media, Arts and Entertainment, Government, Family, Religion, Economy, and Education.
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