The Dragon Wars--Part 1
Aug 20, 2008
In September of 1996 an unusual astronomical event occurred for the first time in history. The moon passed through the womb of Virgo, the Virgin, and moved down to her feet, while the sun was positioned behind her. The moon was like a child being born and laid at her feet.
In other words the heavens actually portrayed what is written in Revelation 12:1-5,
" (1) And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; (2) and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth . . . (5) And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne."
This occurred for four years in a row each September. There was some excitement in various Christian circles, of course, and many thought the "rapture" was about to happen. When it did not happen, they went on as if nothing had happened. It is unfortunate that so many Christians think that every sign can point only to a "rapture," as if God does nothing else, or as if nothing else is important in the progression of the Kingdom. So when the "rapture" does not happen, they move on to the next sign in hopes that it will bring the "rapture," forgetting all previous signs.
Greg Killian described this sign in 1996:
"Draco is poised above the woman, waiting to snatch the manchild. The moon is poised in the 'birth canal' of the virgin who is lying down with her feet in the air . . . The constellation of Coma Bernice is the crown of twelve stars above the virgin's head."
Again, he wrote:
"Those who celebrate Rosh Chodesh (the new moon) have learned that Messiah is represented by Lavanah ("moon). The celebration of Rosh Chodesh, the new moon, includes the announcement of the new moon with the words: 'David, King of Israel, lives and endures!' Lavanah, the moon, represents Messiah in this unique astronomical event. This particular positioning of the mazzaroth (constellation) Bethulah, the virgin, about to give 'birth' to the moon (the Messiah) has never occurred before, and will never again, due to the precession of the equinoxes."
As I said, this sign occurred four years in a row, and the greatest precision of all came in the fourth year--September of 1999. This was Jesus' 2000th birthday, which we celebrated on September 11, 1999 (Rosh Hoshana). But the first occurrence was in 1996, the month we declared the Jubilee.
This was a major astronomical sign of the birth of the Manchild which, in some way, was being birthed in our day. It began with the Jubilee declaration and ended with Jesus' 2000th birthday, the end of the "two days" prophesied in Hosea 6:2,
"He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him."
These three years (1996-1999) saw what we called "The Dragon Wars," in which we participated in spiritual battles in the heavens to overthrow the Red Dragon and prevent him from devouring the Manchild. These battles were prophesied in Revelation 12, but because the "rapture" did not occur, the Church largely missed the significance of the times and seasons.
Keep in mind also that these "Dragon Wars" were essentially the last half of the 7-year prayer campaign against Babylon (1993-2000).
The Dragon Wars really began as early as July of 1996, immediately following our decision to move from Seattle to Minneapolis. Our final decision was made on July 5, 1996, and we physically left Seattle on August 5. But before we left, we made a special trip to Sidney, on Vancouver Island (British Columbia), to visit Margaret Price, whose name means "Pearl of Great Price." She called on July 11, and we made arrangements to visit her and have a short vacation before leaving the area.
We arrived in Sidney on July 15 and returned the 17th. After she had called to invite us, and before we arrived, she was attacked spiritually in her feet by the spirit of Python (Acts 16:16, puthon, "divination"). We only learned of this after arriving there. We immediately went on high alert, because we recognized that we were up against a major spiritual power, which is pictured in constellation Draco, the dragon, who seeks to devour the Manchild. Gen. 3:15 spoke of the dragon (serpent) being bruised on the head, while in turn inflicting a bruise on the heel. Thus, Margaret's feet were attacked.
We prayed for her protection and entered the time of warfare against this dragon. Then we returned to Seattle to prepare for a second trip a few days later to the other end of the State of Washington to attend a conference. It was at Clarkston on the Snake River, which separates Washington from Idaho. I had never been there and did not really even know precisely how to get there until we were on our way. But as we proceeded, I began to see highway signs advertising "Hells Gate Canyon."
I discovered only then that Clarkston was situated at the "head" of the deepest gorge in North America known as Hells Gate Canyon, located on the Snake River. So we went from Vancouver Island to Hells Gate Canyon within the same week to deal with the serpent-dragon. At Clarkston, a group of women from Alaska joined with us to decree judgment upon the dragon July 21, 1996.
I also found it interesting to see so many people at the conference in Clarkston having problems with their feet! One was even on crutches. It looked like a war zone. There were indications everywhere that the dragon had bruised the heel (and feet) of the believers.
This plunged us into spiritual warfare for the next 3 1/2 years. The purpose of our warfare was to ensure that the "woman" would be protected, and that the Manchild would not be devoured as soon as He was born. After all, "David" was just then emerging after the death of "Saul" in 1993. The company of overcomers (the Manchild) was in its 7 1/2 year transition from May 30, 1993 to Nov. 30, 2000, and this company was being threatened by the dragon.
Over the next few years we would engage the enemy as he attacked in different ways. I will share more in Part 2 about the progress of the Dragon War in 1997.
This is the first part of a series titled "The Dragon Wars." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones