Satan opposes the advancement of God’s kingdom by establishing strongholds. These strongholds consist of spiritual and human elements, which work together to hinder God’s purposes. In this Discerning the Times, we shall begin to discern the demonic stronghold which goes under the name of the Chinese Communist Party. We shall consider the tactics and influence of the CCP upon Judeo-Christian cultures and offer some initial prayer points to assist you in doing the work of intercession.
The stronghold centered around the Chinese Communist Party involves high-level demonic spirits, principalities, and powers. These demonic spirits influence the structures and systems of a demonic/human interaction which forms the physical reality we see in our world. Of course, the impact of the stronghold is felt by individuals who may be entrapped within it or profoundly influenced by it.
The Call for Prayer and Intercession
Intercession is the primary way of exposing and destroying these strongholds. Intercessors are called to pray into all the various levels of this stronghold, to expose, limit and dismantle the structures and lies that Satan is ultimately utilizing to hinder the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Intercessors must step into the gap to pray that the gospel of Jesus Christ overcomes this demonic stronghold that goes under the name of the Chinese Communist Party. This high-level spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer work is vitally important to constrain the forces of evil over the next few months. The influence of the demonic stronghold behind the Chinese Communist Party is growing worldwide. Oppression of the Church in China and the people of China is intensifying and involves the development of totalitarian high-tech surveillance systems.
The influence of this stronghold is no longer limited to China. The stronghold colludes with other strongholds to infiltrate our western societies. Together the enemy intends to undermine the Judeo-Christian values of western culture by targeting both the political institutions that constrain evil and ensure our liberties and the Church of Jesus Christ, which is seeking the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Praying for encounters with Jesus
Some great evil seems to be growing under the shelter of the dictatorial regime of Xi Jinping. This is intensified by the intentional provocative actions, first against Hong Kong, in the South China Sea, and now against Taiwan. It appears that the red dragon is about to unleash Satan’s fire upon the earth to oppose the Holy Spirit fire from God.
As I discussed this DTT with Steve Aceto, his response was deep, discerning, and hopeful! “These increasingly aggressive actions and seeking greater and greater power and control could well be the indication that Xi Jinping is fleeing from the Hound of Heaven. This is a call to bind this evil but also that God will reach and touch this man and bring him to faith in Jesus Christ.”
This DTT and other forthcoming videos and articles with Rev. John Chang are intended to help intercessors worldwide understand the threats and engage in this intercession to constrain evil from the CCP and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in China. Above all, it is an invitation that the leaders of the CCP will be encountered by God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Nature and Tactics of this Stronghold
In this video, The Rev. John Chang and I discuss the nature of the demonic stronghold that has formed in the Chinese Communist Party, which is the means of Satan’s work of oppressing the Church of Jesus Christ in China but also is having a very negative effect on the advancement of the Kingdom of God worldwide. Both John Chang and I have lived in Taiwan and been to China many times, so in this video, we made a lot of references to history and facts that most people are unfamiliar with.
Barb Koob, my writing projects manager, has done a lot of research to provide the background for this video discussion. She also did a summary of the key points of the video. Martin Boardman, our prayer mobilizer, has added prayer points.
In Christ, Brad Long
How can these High-Level Demons be Exposed and Defeated?
The Chinese people have experienced thousands of years of dictatorship through their many emperors. Even the Chinese Dragon, which we often see associated with Chinese culture, is a powerful symbol of power and control, with these ancient emperors calling their sons “seeds of dragons.” While not an emperor, the communist dictator Mao Zedong knew how to use that evil dragon. He engaged the demonic and advanced Satan’s plan by manipulating and controlling people.
So how can these high-level demons be exposed? To start, we need to recognize this evil, asking the Lord to be able to see. In the video, Pastor John shared three characteristics of communist propaganda:
1. Expose and Enlarge your Enemy.
If you have an enemy, expose, and enlarge him! For example, if you see your enemy make a mistake, let all the world know and blow it up out of proportion. Tell a big tattletale, and do not let up. This tactic is in all the communist manuals. It’s called unrestricted warfare. Without restrictions, you can attack anyone and everyone.
It comes directly from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. It amplifies your enemy’s mistakes and is a type of huge misinformation that will deceive many.
2. Create Conflict.
Always create conflict so that your city will have lots of trouble. Then, people will see these conflicts, creating other issues, which is a direct way to create chaos. Your government will never be good enough to fix this chaos; therefore, they must impose a communist totalitarian government to solve those conflicts.
In today’s US environment, these high-level demons are creating racial hatred among all these different groups, including Black, White, Asian, etc. It is causing a huge fragmentation of our families and our churches.
3. Entice with Bribery.
The Communist leaders will do whatever is necessary to manipulate people to obtain their desired goals, including bribery with money, sex, and power. To elaborate, here are some examples:
- I will give you money and directly deposit it into your account.
- I will provide you with an opportunity to come to my country and do business. You will be able to make lots of money.
- If you need women, we have them. Whatever you need, whatever you want, we can provide it.
- And we can give you a “high position”!
In China, bribery is an excellent way to manipulate, and 90% of people will buy into this. And if you don’t take the bribe, you will be threatened. And so, people will retreat and will be under their control. Then, they just give up and follow the communist rules doing what they are told. This is demonic power that controls people!
The American Situation
In America, our culture used to be decent and moral, but that no longer seems to be the case. Since 2020, we are seeing even more things change right before our eyes with the coronavirus pandemic, the shutdowns, the mask mandates, the vaccines, the silencing of information, protests and riots, the storming of the US Capitol, out-of-control immigration, and more.
Can you see what Pastor John spoke about in the video, that it is happening here in America just like it did in China? Can you see the chaos and confusion and how it directly relates to the Communist manuals and their propaganda? To me, these things are both divisive and demonically inspired by Satan to invade our nation, to divide and conquer us. But what do you think?
In Mark 3:23-25, it says:
“So, Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
I believe these divisions are not from God, and the true church of the Lord Jesus Christ must rise up with the light of the gospel. For years America has fought oppressive powers like communism and stood firm for democracy and human rights. If we lose our freedoms, it could hinder America’s ability to fulfill her destiny regarding advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
How can we defeat these high-level demons of communism? Just like in healing prayer ministry, we must have the veil torn away to see with our spiritual eyes. We must be trained on how to pray in the power of the Holy Spirit so that we may cooperate with Him to break those demonic strongholds and set the captives free. That is why Pastor John says, “In my church, there are important ways to deal with this. And fight we must, but not with carnal weapons.”
The Best Way to Fight Communism: Pray
In the video, Pastor John Chang revealed that the best way to fight against communism is to pray. He emphatically stated, “WE NEED TO PRAY!” Most of his church people from mainland China had already accepted Christ when they arrived, and they are very motivated to pray.
- He shared that hundreds of Chinese people gather in cell groups to pray every day for long periods and that this is the best way to fight. In his opinion, the Chinese people have a special authority to break the demonic strongholds of communism.
- In addition, Pastor John shared that some precious Chinese people still have evil spirits attached to them because of the deep wounds from communism. For example, they may have been part of the CCP or had a family member that was part of the CCP. In those cases, you need to cut off those relationships with Communist China. When you pray, some may faint and fall on the floor. Some may feel the demonic manifesting. Some learn they have been demonized and ask to be set free. Always bring these persons back to the biblical foundation of the true Lord Jesus Christ, for this is the only way to defeat this wrong mentality. And all of them gleefully say… YES!
Pastor Chang also reminded us never to forget these important basics to fight the good fight:
- We need to believe in Jesus Christ and affirm that He is the only way.
- We need to preach this truth and share it with people everywhere.
- And we need to save this country from this dangerous situation by praying and training up prayer warriors so that ordinary people like you and me can understand these truths, walk with God, and finish the race He has called us to run.
- Pray that God’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- Pray that Jesus would touch Xi Jinping and bring him to faith in Jesus Christ.
- Pray that the Chinese Communist Party leaders would encounter God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Pray that the Chinese Communist Party would be constrained and bent towards God’s good plans and purposes.
- Pray that Jesus would rule his church by His Word, the Bible, and His Spirit so that the Church remains strong and submitted to the Lord.
- Pray that the devil’s schemes would be demolished, and the forces of evil would be frustrated.
- Pray that the Lord would destroy every force which revolts against Him.
- Pray that the demonic cloaking, which hides the enemy’s work, will be pierced so that the truth may be seen.
- Pray for truth to be clearly seen and that the enemy’s work, which seeks to exaggerate and distort, would be unable to find any ground.
- Pray for God’s shalom peace amid chaos.
- Pray that the Word of God would pierce the chaos and bring light.
- Pray for conviction and healing in the places of compromise.
- Pray that the encroachment of communist ideology into western culture would be broken and frustrated.
- Give thanks that the Cross of Jesus Christ has the final word and that the strongholds of the enemy can be broken as we listen and pray as led by the Lord Jesus, through the Holy Spirit.
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Some History about China and Taiwan
China is one of the world’s ancient civilizations, with a written history dating back 3000 years. This vast nation had many dynasties through the centuries and many glorious memories of times gone by. Today, it has a population of over 1.4 billion people.
From the 1st century to the 19th century, China was known as one of the world’s foremost economic powers for most of the two millennia. She gave the world several great achievements such as papermaking, the compass, gunpowder, and moveable type technology like printing and topography to reproduce elements of documents. She was also known for various agricultural and medical improvements. And who could forget the famous Silk Road? China was instrumental in connecting the East and the West by establishing trade routes.
But in 1912, the Chinese monarchy collapsed due to a revolution, and the Republic of China (ROC) replaced the Qing dynasty.
Then, from 1927 through 1949, a civil war broke out between the “Kuomintang (KMT)-led ROC government” and the “Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” In addition, China was invaded by Japan in 1937. This full-scale war, also known as the Second Sin-Japanese War, is often marked as the beginning of World War II in Asia. What a tumultuous time to live in China!
The result in 1949 was that the “Chinese Communist Party (CCP)” led by Mao Zedong established the People’s Republic of China on the mainland, and the “Kuomintang (KMT)-led ROC government” led by Chiang Kai-shek retreated to the island of Taiwan. During the White Terror, Chiang imposed martial law and persecuted critics for almost 40 years. His son Chiang Ching-Kuo, the eldest and only biological son of Chiang Kai-shek studied in Russia and learned the communist ways early in his life. Three years after his father’s passing, he became the president of the Republic of China in 1978 on the Island of Taiwan.
These people lived through so many revolts, uprisings, conflicts, and wars, in addition to tyranny and communism filled with iron-handed policies and rules. Pastor John Chang and many who attend his church have experienced this first-hand.
They Came to the United States for Freedom
Currently, Pastor John Chang is serving several churches in the NYC area. His congregation includes people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. These people came to America for freedom, education, opportunity, and a better life for themselves and their children.
He also revealed some things that many Americans have never experienced in the United States. For example, you can make money in China; however, if you do not follow the communist rules, everything you worked for can suddenly disappear. Even if you say one word wrong, and by mistake, all your belongings can be confiscated in one night! From the stories I have read, living under communist rule is utterly miserable. Life is hard, and people are hungry. You are controlled, and if you don’t submit, there are severe consequences like prison camps and even death.
And so, to these Chinese Americans, who are so thankful that they have been able to come to the United States to live freely, it is a very dangerous time. When they see what is happening in our country today, they become worried and fearful, as it is terribly similar to what they encountered in China.
Some say, “why are Americans so naïve and foolish?” Others wonder, “why are they so easily deceived? Pastor John thinks the reason is that Americans only know the Christian foundation of our nation and innately believe that you should be able to trust people. But if you are Chinese, if you lived under communist rule, you know you cannot trust people. And these Chinese Americans can see this same ideology from the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) coming to America!
Again, if the Lord is speaking to you about praying specifically into this stronghold of the Chinese Communist Party and its growing influence in our Western cultures and you would like to join a cohort to pray more specifically you can use the button below.
If you have discernment that you want to share, you can do so here: