Gideon's Army of Apostles
Oct 08, 2008
The final battle on March 22-24, 2001, overthrowing the last four of the seven princes over America, was divinely named, "He is Building Effective Apostleship." It was only a month ago that I really began to get insight into the meaning of this. In the Age of Pentecost, God gave gifts to the Church for their edification--the five-fold ministry of Eph. 4:11. But while in South Africa, I learned from John Boney that Jesus Himself did not function under the gifts of the Spirit. Isaiah 11:2 says prophetically of Him,
"And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord."
In other words, He functioned by the SPIRIT of knowledge, rather than by a simple gift called the WORD of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8). His calling stood above the mere gifts of the Spirit. Likewise, His calling stood above the five-fold ministry that was given under the anointing of Pentecost.
And so in South Africa I came to understand that under the anointing of Tabernacles God is raising up the overcomers who function in a calling that stands above the mere five-fold ministry. The revelation from 2001 uses the term "Apostleship," but I see now that this is not on the same level as the "apostle" of the five-fold ministry. It is essentially like the Apostleship of Jesus Christ Himself, who was (you might say) the Apostle of apostles. Hebrews 3:1 calls Him "the Apostle and High Priest of our confession."
As I pondered this last month, it occurred to me that I myself functioned on the lower Pentecostal level as a Teacher in the five-fold ministry. Others function in one of the other ministries. But when we engage in spiritual warfare or other types of ministry under the (early) anointing of Tabernacles, we are essentially functioning in the Body of Christ, our Apostle, and we function above the mere apostleship of Pentecost. This high-level Apostleship is a complete package in itself, rather than one-fifth of what it takes to build or edify the Church.
This is the "Effective Apostleship" that God revealed He was already building in 2001. It took me 7 1/2 years to understand this, but we have already been functioning under this new Apostolic calling. This is most clearly seen when we engage in spiritual warfare.
On May 19 and 20 in 2001, a group of us gathered in Coer d'Alene, Idaho to petition the Divine Court that God would unite the Sons and Daughters in the Order of Melchizedek. During this time, I was led to anoint everyone with rose oil, which has a frequency of 320 Hz.
Out of this came forth a revelation that 32,000 of the overcomers have been assigned at least two primary angels, instead of just one. An angel, of course, determines one's calling, because an angel contains a specific empowering Word from God that commissions a person to do what he or she is called to do. But some have more than one angel.
The Lord then connected these 32,000 to Gideon's army. Recall from Judges 7 that 32,000 men originally volunteered for battle, but God reduced that number first to 10,000 and then to a mere 300. The fearful had to go home first, followed by those who were not discerning in their use of the Word ("water"). But in 2001 God indicated that the overcomers being called for battle were the full 32,000, because by definition they all were overcomers who did not have the problems in Gideon's day.
This was encouraging to us, because we only knew of a few people who would actively participate in spiritual warfare. The vast majority of those actually participating were unknown to us, and yet God had joined them to us by the Spirit. Jesus is the Commander of this army, and He certainly knows each participant whose spirit was joined with the rest of the army.
On July 1, 2001 the new Gideon's army was suddenly called into battle. I had just returned home from a trip, whereupon I received a telephone call from friends who told me that the battle had already begun. That evening, five of us held a conference call to determine why we were under spiritual attack and to ask God what to do about it. We discovered that certain leaders in the Church had decided to come against us with imprecatory prayer--that is, calling for God's curse upon us, as if we were God's enemies. (This was their carnal version of spiritual warfare.)
We came against that unclean spirit of Imprecation and prayed to bless those Church leaders--that is, we asked that God would cause them to repent and come into alignment with the true will of God.
The next day we discovered that we were again under attack by 280 spirits, all named "Jester." The army of "Jester" had come against the "Effective Apostleship" that God was building. Jester's mission was to make a mockery of what God originally intended this position to be. So we prayed that God would remove false apostleship and replace it with the true. I do not think, however, that true Pentecostal apostleship will cease, for there will be many in the Age to come who will function in the true Pentecostal anointing, for many will be limited to the "outer court" realm to minister to the people (Ez. 44:10-14).
On July 3, 2001 we found ourselves again under spiritual attack, this time by the spirit of Krypton and 3,000 adversaries. The word means "hidden, secret thing," and this is where we get our English word cryptic. This spirit has to do with the secret or hidden motives of the heart. The natural element, krypton, is the 36th element. Number 36 is the biblical number of "adversary, or enemy." If you add up all the numbers from 1 to 36, they total 666.
This attack was followed by a spiritual army of 700 spirits of Mammon, and then an army of 300 spirits of Balaam, assigned to oppose Gideon's army of 300. All of this took place on July 3, 2001.
Two nights later, on July 5, we came under attack by a much more powerful group. We inquired of the Lord about the nature of this attack in order to know where this was coming from and how to deal with it. The Lord told us, "God gave to Abraham the New Jerusalem that is full of mercy. . . This is the land, and you are the seed [of Abraham]."
One of us then heard "King of the earth" and "King of the Jews." He was surprised and asked if anyone knew of anyone on earth going by that title. Yes, I said, it is written in Niall Ferguson's book, The House of Rothschild. The Jewish Rothschild banking family often referred to "our royal family" (see page 8), because they had a rather messianic view of themselves. Ferguson says on page 21 of Volume 1,
"His wealth was in fact intended for a higher purpose: 'to avenge the wrongs of Israel' by securing 'the re-establishment of Judah's kingdom--the rebuilding of thy towers, Oh! Jerusalem' and 'the restoration of Judea to our ancient race'."
The Rothschild family trust was established in 1810 to work toward the establishment of a Zionist state. They believed that to be eligible as the messiah, they would have to be descended from David and work toward the establishment of a Jewish state.
This revelation was the basis for the new phase of spiritual warfare from July 5-8, 2001. We called it "The War of the Shields," because their symbol was the Red Shield (i.e., "Roth-schild"), while our symbol was the Blue Shield. The red shield was their wall around old Jerusalem; our blue shield was the wall around the New Jerusalem--which had been repaired a year earlier on July 16, 2000 (if you recall).
The Rothschilds were represented by the archprince over Europe and America named Theos, who claimed to be "God" in the Temple (2 Thess. 2:4).
Dr. Stephen Jones