We have been seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit to expose the demonic strongholds that are growing in America as well as in Canada and in the United Kingdom.
In a Discerning the Times released April 23, 2019, I invited intercessors to focus on praying for guidance about what I called the Axis of Deception that is forming the core of demonic strongholds not just in the Democratic Party in the United States Congress, but also in other areas of American politics.
In that Discerning The Times article, I also provided some teaching on the nature of strongholds and how they form around a core of leaders who are deceived and often demonized. The focus of that Discerning The Times article had been on the demonic strongholds based on the Radical Left and Radical Islam.
Demonic Stronghold Based on the R
adical Right, White Supremacy and Fascism
However, after that Discerning The Times went out, we have seen the terrible expression of what many would identify as the Radical Right—white supremacy and fascism. (The first actually took place on March 14, 2019, in which 50 people were murdered in a Mosque in New Zealand.)
On April 28th, the last day of Passover, 19-year-old John Earnest of San Diego, a member of an Orthodox Presbyterian Church congregation, walked into the Chabad of Poway and started shooting those in worship. You can read the details here.
The words spoken by the shooter during the shooting and in a manifesto that he had published over the internet were deeply disturbing and revealing. His manifesto has been removed from the internet, but I was able to get a copy of it. It was filled with vicious hatred of the Jewish people, calling for their extermination.
Frankly, this did not feel like something written by a 19-year-old, unless he was channeling Satan’s ancient hatred of God and God’s chosen people.
The words were the standard curses spoken against the Jewish people with echoes of Nazi genocidal propaganda and Martin Luther’s hateful diatribes. Intercessor JuleAnn read it and her reaction was as follows:
Reading this hurts, breaks my heart; I feel dirty, I am appalled, I am sickened in heart and gut. Saddened is not a strong enough word. I am also alerted. I have been reading things about the growing antisemitism in the US and globally and I have great concern. I just read an article this morning about how in Europe (western world) antisemitism and/or the climate is very similar to pre-WWII! How did Germany mindlessly follow Hitler? And yet this happens here in United States. Now reading this brings it all too close to home. The outright twisting of the Word of God. LORD have mercy on us. I agree this sounds like a curse.
These were my reactions too! Some of the remarks written and spoken by the shooter had twisted our Presbyterian and Reformed doctrine, or had articulated the “replacement theology” in Reformed tradition, to not only justify these heinous actions, but to affirm the delusion that murdering Jews was the will of God and an act of faithfulness in following Jesus Christ.
This is no different from the deceived Islamic terrorists who believe they are fulfilling the will of Allah by murdering the “people of the book”—Jews and Christians. 1
A Unifying Theme
Is there a unifying theme in these very diverse ideologies that form these different demonic strongholds?
The Radical Left, Communism, Radical Islam, the Radical Right, Fascism, White Supremacy, Intersectionality, Democratic Socialism and on and on seem like such totality different ideologies and movements which often are clashing against each other, that it is easy to miss that great common denominator in all of them.
The deep root of all these diverse ideologies is a hatred of God and of those with whom God has made His covenants—the Jewish people and all those who have been grafted into God’s covenants. The first and most ancient hatred is of the Jews, but Christians of Biblical faith follow as a close second.
The Core of Antisemitism Unites all the Diverse Ideologies.
Antisemitism which is rooted in a fundamental hatred of God as revealed in the Bible is the unifying element of these divergent ideologies. And it is the foundational deception of all of them.
For confirmation of this unifying bitter root of these three ideologies, I recommend the panel sponsored by the Heritage Foundation entitled: “Defeating Anti-Semitism at Home, Abroad, and on Campus”
In this video, the rise of antisemitism in the Democratic Party is named and addressed. It is identified as coming from both Islam and the Left. There is also some very helpful discernment between the different way antisemitism is expressed in the Radical Left from the Radical Right.
Political and Educational Solutions are Not Enough
The solutions that they give of how to defeat what is acknowledged to be a growing evil in Congress, American culture, and in the UK and Europe, range from education to political activism and to law enforcement. These are excellent proposals, but miss the spiritual dimension. This is not a criticism of the panel, but rather a call to us as intercessors to step up and do our part in the spiritual realm.
Here is a deeply disturbing but revelatory article from the Clarion Project: G
Europe with its combination of massive Muslim immigration and the Radical Left and the Radical Right is far ahead of the United States. But unless stopped, we are following the same trajectory.
A Call to Engage in Strategic Prayer
I believe the Lord is calling us to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in engaging and breaking the curses that are coming from this demonic stronghold that is growing. If history is any guide at all, we are witnessing the harbinger of a terrible impending evil that Satan is preparing to unleash upon the Jewish people and Israel.
And after that, next will be the three greatest supporters of the Jewish people and Israel— first, the United States led by President Trump, next is Canada (especially in the past under Stephen Harper) and third,
While individual intercessors need to start praying for guidance for how to engage this stronghold of antisemitism, I think it is much too powerful and dangerous for us as individuals to launch into breaking its power since such prayer will undoubtedly lead us into high-level spiritual warfare.
I believe such prayer should only be done in well prepared cohorts consisting of born again, Holy Spirit empowered Jews and Gentiles in unity together in Yeshua/Jesus as the “one new man.”
I believe that the Lord is calling us to prepare to engage the demonic strongholds based on antisemitism at the Kingdom Intercession event August 13-16, 2019 at William Black Lodge in Montreat, North Carolina. (This is not far from Black Mountain and the Community of the Cross.)
To help prepare us for this spiritual battle, a pre-requisite for attending will be the Foundations for Kingdom Intercession online course above, unless you have already participated in some of the advanced training for cohorts, Jerusalem Endeavors, or Mountain Top Equipping Projects.
I believe that this will not only be a great opportunity for learning about this work of history-shaping intercession and spiritual warfare, but also will be strategic for defeating Satan’s plans and advancing the Kingdom of God.
Please send to Martin and to me any discernment that you may have. We really hope to see a number of you involved in this online equipping course, and also at the Kingdom Intercession Prayer event August 13-16.
Following the publishing of this blog post the following article by Yaroslav Trofimov appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
The New Anti- Semitism: In Europe and the United States, rising political forces on both the right and the left have revived old patterns that scapegoat Jews for society’s ills.
This article confirms what the Blog post has been saying.
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- These statements as justification for killing Jews has elicited a soul-searching response from some of those in the Reformed tradition. Here is quite a good article from the Washington Post reporting on this.