A man from Uganda had given a message that changed my life in regard to the way I perceive spiritual warfare. It has to do with fighting for our nation. Right off the bat, I almost feel the need to stress that this is not about patriotism, but about entering into the ultimate intention of God for our nation. We’ve prayed for revival for so long, and we’ve been pouring out our tears, and we’ve been hearing for so long that persecution is coming to America. So many seem to speak messages of revival, restoration, enduring hardships and suffering, and the coming persecution upon Christians.
Ignore all of it. They know almost nothing of God’s purposes.
What people are sensing is from the enemy, and not from God. They are hearing the taunts of Satan, and are then crying because of his jeers. Let me explain this as clearly and concisely as I possibly can.
There are two ways that the enemy destroys nations. The first is only temporary to lead into the second. The principalities and powers will lull to sleep the strong, so that the net comes around them, and when they finally wake up, they have no strength, no authority, no voice, and no hope. Though they know their strength and have desire to fight (and will fight), they simply have handed over all strength to the enemy – like Samson gave his strength over to Delilah.
The second way that Satan destroys nations is to use violence and terror. He will come in like a flood to oppress anyone who stands in his way. Women are oppressed. Men live in fear. Children are taken from their homes and forced to serve in the military. Anyone who opposes the powers that be is annihilated. Absolute oppression is poured out upon all – even they who are being used as puppets at the top. For an example of this, look in the Middle East. See the work of ISIS for what it really is: the tactic of the enemy to destroy entire nations. (Another example in modern times would be Nazi Germany.)
Here is the problem: When we pray about issues regarding the Middle East, or regarding homosexual activism, or regarding abortion, or regarding the political agendas and the government that rules over us, we often are praying in regard to the issues that we see. There are deeper issues than that.
When we examine America’s history, what is one of the issues that comes up over and over again? Racism. I saw somewhere that 150,000 people were killed in the trail of tears – the utter destruction of the Native Americans. Slavery has been something that has left a tarnish upon this nation, not just from 1700’s, but even from the Civil War through the Civil Right’s movement of the 1960’s. When we see the racism issue being displayed every day on the media, it is not because we still struggle with racism. Whether that is true or not is a non-issue.
There is a principality over our nation that is driving the racism thing. It is an Assyrian spirit, one that would claim itself to be the “master race” (it was the Assyrians who coined this term), and their leaders were called “Khatti-sars”. From this we have words like Caesar, Tzar, Czar, Kaiser, etc. The Assyrians used symbols like the double-headed eagle, the iron cross, and the swastika as their representations. Yes, the eagle on the dollar bill comes from the Assyrian symbol. They are recorded by Philo and Josephus as being people with blonde hair and blue eyes, and white skin. The Indians (country) called them “white demons”. This is what has infiltrated Germany, thus the rise of Nazism, and what has come across the sea into America, thus the racism and elitism.
The roots need to be noted and understood. We are fighting principalities and powers, not racism and abortion. The problem stems unto a spirit that presides over our nation, that until it be cast down by the Church that has come out from all influence of the principalities and powers, we will continue to find these problems. They won’t stop here. The goal is to oppress the people of God, to numb them and to deceive them, until eventually they have no power at all. To use their wisdom at all is to surrender your authority to them (see here for more information on their wisdom). To harness patriotism, which I do love what American is supposed to stand for (freedom), is to play directly into their power.
God has called us out of father, kindred, and nation – just as He called Abraham out – so that we might come into a different Kingdom entirely. It is from that heavenly kingdom, with the authority invested in us through freedom from demonic influence and manipulation, and freedom from sin, that we are able to war against those powers over our nation.
Ultimately, the casting down of principalities from a national level requires the command over even the elements of nature (see my blog here on the two witnesses). In our prayers for our nations, instead of seeking revival to come (for this has become the pattern here in America), we need to seek the Lord to understand His purposes for our nations. It takes prophetic discernment, and nothing less, to see the roots of the spiritual climate of our nations. It takes prophetic discernment, and nothing less, to hear from heaven to know what it means to be Zion instead of America, or Canada, or Uganda, or Japan.
The Church of the nations cannot be everything that it has been called to be while the principalities and powers have their rule in the heavenly places. They affect our ability to discern, hear, and even pray. Nothing short of the glory of God is necessary to cast them down. What that entails is this: Living in unity with one another. When you are one with each other, as Jesus is one with the Father, you have overcome into a realm of eternal significance. It takes God’s wisdom of sacrificial love in order to break the bonds of denominationalism and ethnic prowess. It is that wisdom that defeats the powers.