The New Gideon's Army
Issue No. 217
Last October I began writing daily articles on my web site [www.gods-kingdom-ministries.com] six days a week. I began sharing things there that I have not shared openly in the past 25 years, because these things have to do with spiritual warfare, rather than pure Bible study as such.
It was not my intent to share these things in public, but it was not long before I felt compelled to do so. I now know the reason for this. It was because many people needed to know the history of our spiritual warfare in the past 25 years in order to prepare themselves as part of a New Gideon’s Army.
When I look back at the roots of the Foundation For Intercession bulletin, I note that I began writing this in 1988 to prepare people for a prayer campaign to be held on August 2-3, 1988 called “These Stones II” prayer campaign.
In those days, God said that we needed at least 50 people to join with me in prayer to put an end to the war between Iraq and Iran that had been killing people on both sides since September 1980. The Lord said that if we did not stop this war, America would be drawn into it, and we would send a half million troops to the area.
We knew that we were unable to stop the war itself, but the prayer campaign was designed to stop it temporarily in order to give America time to repent and pray. And so, our instructions were to gather all the prayer agreement in place by July 25 and to hold the actual prayer campaign on August 2 and 3, 1988.
We did so, and on July 25, 1988 the Iraqi army began to withdraw from Iranian territory. Within a few weeks, a truce was signed, and the war was over.
The reprieve lasted just two years. On the night of Aug. 2-3, 1990, precisely two years after our prayer campaign in 1988, the Iraqi army invaded Kuwait, and the United States began to mobilize a half million troops to the area.
The 1986 Vision of the Two Gulf Wars
Two years before “These Stones” prayer campaign, I had a vision on March 26, 1986 where I was shown two “bears” that represented two Gulf Wars. They were each commissioned to “devour much flesh.” At first I did not recognize this phrase, because at the time I thought the “bears” signified Russia. But later I realized that they represented Medo-Persia, as shown in Dan. 7:5,
5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a BEAR, and it raised up itself on one side; and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it; and they said thus unto it, “Arise, devour much flesh.”
I have related the full story of this vision and the way that the first Gulf War was fulfilled in a little booklet entitled, The 1986 Vision of the Two Gulf Wars. They are now available for $1.50 each and are listed on our new literature list.
The point is that the FFI was established as a training vehicle for intercession and spiritual warfare. Most of that training, of course, involves Bible study, because that is our primary training manual. Without an understanding of the Scriptures, true spiritual warfare is not possible, because to be part of God’s army, one must have some understanding of the Divine Plan.
Let me also say that one does not need military skills in God’s army, because it is not that kind of army. The skills needed are spiritual and biblical understanding, along with knowing God Himself. 2 Cor. 10:4 and 5 says,
4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
The Warfare in 2001
The year 2001 was a year of spiritual warfare, and the results began to emerge into the world in 2005 and 2006. Spiritual warfare changes conditions in the heavens, but are also like seeds being planted. According to the law of fruit-bearing trees, it takes four or five years before one can begin to actually enjoy partaking of the fruits of the trees that are planted (Lev. 19:23-25). So it often is with spiritual warfare.
We began to see the results of the 2001 battles emerge into the world four years later (2005), but it has only been this year (2006) that we have really begun to “eat” of that fruit.
The primary harvest came in June 2006 when I was led to raise a New Gideon’s Army and actually hold an online prayer campaign. The response was overwhelming and matched the number that had been seen spiritually in 2001.
In 2001 we began with just eight people staying in touch by telephone, but God had shown us that He was joining thousands of people with us by the spirit. The number of people responding in June 2006 reflected that specific number.
What You Can Do
Not all of you have internet access, and so you may have no way of keeping in close touch with events through the weblog on our web site. The postal service is slower, but this does not mean you are left out. You may still participate in the prayer campaign, if you wish. All you have to do is make your prayer retroactive to June 15. Since there is no time in the spirit, you can transcend time, and it will be as if you participated from the beginning.
I have done studies in the past, including my 3-part taped series on the Book of Haggai, showing how some of the most important events of modern history are actually the fulfillment of prophecy on a 2,520-year cycle.
From the beginning of Assyria’s deportations of the House of Israel in 745 B.C. to 1776 A.D. (regathering of Israel) is precisely 2,520 years.
From Samaria’s fall in 721 B.C. to the building of Washington D.C. in 1800 A.D. is precisely 2,520 years. This is the time between the destruction of Israel’s capital city to the building of America’s capital city.
Babylon conquered Nineveh (the capital of Assyria) and became an empire in its own right in 607 B.C. Mystery Babylon became an empire in its own right when it conquered America in 1914 through the Federal Reserve Act. This established a banking empire that conquered America by stealth precisely 2,520 years after the original Babylon became an empire.
Babylon conquered Jerusalem in 604 B.C. Precisely 2,520 years later, British General Allenby took Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire in December 1917. A few weeks earlier, however, the Bolsheviks took control of Russia and created the USSR. This set the 70-year pattern of captivity under an iron yoke (“iron curtain”).
In 1987, on the 70th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution, President Gorbachev of the USSR announced a big change of policy called Glasnost and Perestroika. This proved to be the beginning of the end of the iron curtain in Eastern Europe—precisely 2,520 years after the end of the captivity in 534 B.C.
After the fall of Babylon, the Persian King Cyrus allowed the former inhabitants of Jerusalem to return to their old land and begin to rebuild. They also laid the foundation for their new temple in 534 B.C., but the work ceased when opposition arose from the Samaritans.
Finally in 521 B.C., in the second year of Darius the Persian, the work began again. Here is where Haggai began to prophesy and to encourage them to finish the temple (Hag. 1:1). We note that 2,520 years later is 2001 A.D. This was the primary motivation behind our spiritual warfare in 2001. We called it the 5-year Haggai ministry.
The temple was completed on March 15, 515 B.C. Thus, 2,520 years later was March 15, 2006 A.D. This marked the completion of the corporate Temple of God, made of living stones, each of which is a temple in itself.
Not until earlier this year did we know what the next step might be. But then we discovered that the next step was to build and dedicate the vessels of the temple. What were these vessels? We knew that vessels indicate various ministries within the temple. In a sense, they are also the priests of the new temple.
The priesthood in the temple was called to “war the warfare.” Num. 4:23 says of them,
23 From thirty years old and upward until fifty years shall you number them; all that enter in to perform the service [literally, “war the warfare”] to do the work in the tabernacle of the congregation.
In other words, the priests of God engage in spiritual warfare. They were exempt from engaging in physical warfare, because their warfare was on a higher level and was actually more important. They were called to engage in spiritual warfare to ensure that the army of Israel would win their physical battles.
Thus, as the priests did their temple duties, using the temple vessels, they were changing conditions in the heavens. This is called “warfare.” So it is also today. The “vessels of the temple” were dedicated to God on June 15, 2006 on the same day as the online prayer campaign.
Of course, I do not mean to imply that one can only be a temple vessel if one consciously joins this prayer campaign. Certainly, God is bigger than that. We will always have more participants in the warfare than those who consciously participate. Ultimately, it is a matter of the heart. That is how we were able to conduct warfare in 2001 with just eight people. Those eight conscious warriors were joined by thousands of warriors whom we had never met. Whoever is called of God is united with us as one spirit.
“God is Able” Prayer Campaign: June 15, 2006
Our Father told us to name the prayer campaign, “God is Able” from the challenge in Num. 14:16. If you recall, Israel refused to enter the Promised Land in Moses’ day. God threatened to destroy the whole nation and just work with Moses himself, making him a great nation.
Moses knew God well enough not to fall for that line. It was merely a divine test to see if Moses would be flattered at the thought of replacing Abraham as the father of the nations. He was not. Instead, Moses said in Num. 14,
15 Now if Thou dost slay this people as one man, then the nations who have heard of Thy fame will say, 16 Because the Lord could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.
Moses knew that God was the one who had blinded the people in the first place, so it was up to God to open their eyes, if He expected them to enter the Promised Land. He recalled that God had told him in Ex. 4:11,
11 . . . Who has made man’s mouth, and who makes him dumb or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?
And again, after 40 years in the wilderness, just before Moses died, he told the Israelites in Deut. 29:4,
4 Yet to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.
So it is clear that Moses understood that only God could open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf. As long as God did not choose to do so, Israel would remain blind and deaf. Israel would remain the “blind servant” and would be the subject of Isaiah’s prophecy in 44:18,
18 They do not know, nor do they understand, for He [God] has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.
Isaiah asks in 42:19,
19 Who is blind but My servant? Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he that is at peace with Me, or so blind as the servant of the Lord? 20 You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; your ears are open, but none hears.
Because only God can open the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, we have been called in this prayer campaign to appeal to Him to open the blind eyes and the deaf ears. Because He has instructed us to do so, we are confident that we are nearing the time when He intends to do just that. And we know that the best way to get a prayer answered is to pray what God intends to do! This is what it means to pray according to His will.
One additional thing in regard to the prayer campaign itself. When we asked the Father if there was anything else that He wanted us to pray about, He responded with Mark 11:23,
23 Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain [fig tree nation], ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.
This took me a bit by surprise, but we included it in the prayer. Remember, this prayer campaign was held on June 15. See the weblog, where it is dated. Within two weeks the Middle East would begin to heat up, and war would break out.
I know that the Israeli state will be “cast into the sea,” as Jesus prophesied. The only question has been “When?” With the current outbreak of hostilities, it is quite possible that this will continue to spiral out of control until the whole Middle East is engulfed in flames.
I have been aware for many years that the key event by which God intends to open the eyes and ears of the people will be the destruction of Jerusalem. This will be the moment when the bondwoman and her son is “cast out” according to Gal. 4:30. Only when Jerusalem is cast out, along with her spiritual children, will the New Jerusalem and her children (Isaac) be set up to inherit the Kingdom.
So, if you wish to join in with the others in this prayer campaign, please read the following as your prayer:
“Father, I have heard your voice, and so I approach you under the blood of Jesus and in His name. I declare that I forgive all who have trespassed against me, and I release their sins.
“Open their hearts, eyes, and ears, so that they may be blessed and turned from their iniquities, as you have done for me.
“Father, make me a clean and fit vessel for your temple. I present and dedicate myself to you for this purpose. Continue to open my eyes and ears to know both your will and your plan, so that I may be in full agreement with your perfect will.
“Father, bless [insert the name of your Nation]. Send your Holy Spirit upon us to turn our hearts and cause us to know you as you really are. I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit upon all flesh, as promised in your word. Send forth more laborers into the harvest as apostles to spread the Good News of your Kingdom to all, and confirm your word with signs following.”
“Father, because many have said you are NOT ABLE to bring this People into the Promised Land (Num. 14:16), I ask that you fulfill your vow (Num. 14:21), where you said to Moses, “As I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.”
“Nullify every curse, magnify every blessing, convert every foe, uphold every one of your friends. According to your word (Mark 11:23), we ask that you remove this mountain and cast it into the sea, that the counterfeit kingdom, which currently deceives and blinds your people, will be removed.
“Cast out the bondwoman and every system that brings men into bondage, and establish the free woman and the sons of God, empowering them by your Spirit to bring in the great harvest of souls to glorify your name.”
Last October, I was led to pour out the sixth bowls of wine and water in the river near Grand Junction, Colorado. This was to signify that the angel was pouring out the sixth bowl upon the River Euphrates. “Euphrates” means fruitful. So I poured out the bowls in Fruita, CO, because this has the same meaning as Euphrates.
We understood that this was the time that God would begin to gather the nations to the place called Armageddon (Rev. 16:16). While this word has various meanings, I believe that it indicates the final war in the Middle East is nearly upon us.
It therefore seems likely to me that the present Israeli invasion of Lebanon will continue to spiral out of control and could well bring the prophesied destruction of the Israeli state.
On June 28 the Israeli forces went back in to Gaza and arrested quite a few government leaders. This was in response to the capture of an Israeli soldier earlier.
It just happened that we were on a trip to the West Coast and traveled to Eureka, California that day. At the same time, the Bohemian Club was meeting at the Bohemian Grove near Eureka. This is an exclusive club of government leaders, CEO’s, and well-known journalists who meet yearly to discuss plans for the New World Order in the coming year.
They begin with a ceremony called the “Cremation of Care.” Supposedly, it is to leave all cares behind and just enjoy a super-vacation in the Redwood Forest. Certainly, they do have a party. In their 2000 meeting, Alex Jones (no relation) infiltrated their ranks and took a lot of video footage of the ceremonies. He reported that many prostitutes and homosexuals are brought to the Club during that time for the pleasure of the participants.
The “Cremation of Care” is actually a ceremony where an effigy of a child is sacrificed at the foot of a 40-foot statue of an owl while a prepared statement is narrated by Walter Cronkite. It is a thinly-disguised ceremony of human sacrifice. See the web site address below:
I do not know how many of the participants know the real purpose behind such ceremonies. No doubt many are participating in ignorance. But I was led by the Spirit to lodge a decree in the Divine Court against them while I was in Eureka on June 28.
I have always taken note that spiritual warfare is often much like sticking one’s sword into the haystack and seeing who yells “Ouch!” In other words, we know who the problem is when we see who is actually affected.
In this case, we struck with the sword of the Spirit, and the Israelis plunged themselves into war. This soon spread to Lebanon and now threatens to involve Syria and Iran. The Israelis are picking a fight with Iran and are using Hezbollah in Lebanon to draw them into a fight. Watch this carefully, for Iran is Persia, the conqueror of Babylon.