Dear Fellow Americans,
A Call to War!
The shofar (ram’s horn trumpet), spoken of throughout the Holy Scriptures, is sounded every day this month in traditional synagogues since August 2021 coincides with the month of Elul on the Hebrew/ Biblical calendar. Elul precedes the month of Tishrei and is a month of preparation of the heart before the fall Feasts of the Lord. The shofar calls God’s people to repentance.
The shofar is also a call to war. “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets (shofarot, show-far-OAT), and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies” (Num. 10:9).
Last month, in obedience to the Lord, I wrote about two of the evil spirits that are warring against us in the U.S.A. at this hour in history: the lying, deceiving spirit and the antichrist spirit. The spiritual warfare, mentioned in Ephesians 6:12, is the scriptural basis of this war against demonic forces. My compulsion to continue expounding on our call to war is also based on another verse from Ephesians: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph. 5:11).
EXPOSE THEM. Plural. It was drawn to my attention recently that the world-wide pandemic was just beginning at the time of my husband Neil’s unveiling (of a monument one year after his death). This was in March, 2020. No one wore masks yet, everyone was unsure about Covid-19, and the “pandemonium” had not yet begun (PAN-DEMONium, from the Greek for “all demon”). I consider it a possibility that the enemy unleashed or at least stirred up a horde of demonic spirits during the pandemic of 2020, and they are harassing us now. The Lord wants to unveil them and give us victory over them, but we must be AWARE of them and ENGAGE in the battle against them. The End-time bride is destined to be a Warrior bride. Please be assured that we are not alone in the battle. God is with us. Take heart from Nehemiah 4:20, “Whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet (shofar שופר ,(
rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
The Spirit of Partiality / Censorship
Partiality is the unfair bias in favor of one thing or person compared with another—favoritism. The spirit of partiality is leading to censorship in unprecedented ways in our country today. Some of our schools are welcoming Allah into the classroom while banning Jesus. In one Florida school, students had to design and create Muslim prayer rugs (Freedom Center, David Horowitz). At the same time, children are not permitted to pray to Jesus. [My advice: Parents need to get involved in schools, run for
the school board, cease from passivity, and be salt and light in their communities.]
The media. Anyone taking a stand for Judeo-Christian values is a potential target for being accused of “hate speech.” Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others have censored believers and suspended accounts. Credit card companies have shut off online donation processing. There is a concerted effort to silence free speech. The Radical Left seems to have open doors. The prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) hates the Word of God and the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach. I was upset and concerned
“…A Time of war….” Eccl. 3:8 when a columnist for the New York Times, Paul Krugman, recently wrote: “Closed-mindedness and
ignorance have become core conservative values…” This is not who we are! (who we should not be!)
There is a peculiar form of favor being given to “radical” groups: radical Muslims, radical feminists, radical homosexuals, radical leftists—but NOT radical Christians. If you are a radical Christian, you are likely to be labeled homophobic, islamophobic, racist, sexist, and more. What should be the core values of a “radical” believer? Love. Truth. Justice. Mercy. Forgiveness. Righteousness.
Let’s pray: Abba, help us be salt and light in an ever-increasing world of darkness. We desire to reflect You, not partaking of the works of darkness, but speaking the truth in love. Give us the strength and courage to engage in the battle for righteousness and not give in to the spirit of fear that would seek to paralyze us. We need Your wisdom and the power of Your Spirit to fulfill the admonition of Philippians 2:15.
The Jezebel Spirit
In his book, Jezebel’s War With America, Dr. Michael Brown identifies various aspects of an ancient, evil spirit that he believes is bent on destroying the U.S.A. It is actually a coalition of demonic forces that have the characteristics of Jezebel. Who was Jezebel? She was the most wicked woman in the Bible, an idol worshipping seductress who slaughtered God’s prophets and was the epitome of evil. One of her goals was to transform the spiritual fabric of Israel, to turn the nation away from the one true God. Dr. Brown states that the same demonic forces that operated in Jezebel are operating in our country today. Their goal is to turn us away from God. The spirit of Jezebel is a spirit of control and intimidation, manipulation, seduction, sexual immorality, and idolatry. Yeshua warned the Body of believers of the Last Days (Akha-REET ha-yah-MEEM) not to tolerate the spirit of Jezebel (Rev. 2:18-24). This spirit is in operation when our government supports hormone therapy and gender reassignment for minors without parental consent. (Pushing back against this is standing for a parent’s role and right according to the commandments of Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:1 and Colossians 3:20).
The spirit of intimidation is very strong in Jezebel. Consider the effect she had on the prophet Elijah. He was a man full of faith and courage, yet when threatened by Jezebel after his victory over the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, Elijah ran for his life. (See 1 Kings 19:2-4.) We, as believers, must not allow the spirit of intimidation to silence or hinder us from doing God’s will—from fulfilling our divine assignments.
Dr. Brown makes a connection between the Jezebel spirit of idolatry and immorality. As we have
turned from the worship of the God of the Bible, our moral standards have eroded. America bows to the gods of carnal entertainment, sports, fashion, and, most of all, intellectual pride. We have created God in our own image. (See Romans 1:18-32.) The spirit of Jezebel is behind our pornography epidemic. (Pornography plays a role in around 60% of divorces and is majorly involved in human trafficking.) The fact that almost 50% of first-born babies in the U.S. are born out of wedlock is the result of our sexual seduction. Dr. Brown comments: “There are tens of millions of people actively pursuing adultery. Tens of millions
considering the possibility of an affair.” (They use a hookup service company.) The spirit of Jezebel at work.
Sadly, the spirit of Jezebel has also invaded the Church in the form of compromise, hypocrisy, lack of confronting sin, both inside and outside the Body, as well as proclaiming a gospel void of holiness, sacrifice, and selflessness. Dr. Brown’s comment on this aspect of the Jezebel spirit: “Our contemporary gospel says, ‘This is who I am, this is how I feel, and God is here to please me.’ This is a form of idolatry. The biblical gospel is, ‘This is who God is, this is how He feels, and we are here to please Him.'”
Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, we yield to You. We give You control of our lives. We choose the fear of the Lord, and we resist the spirit of Jezebel in the name of Yeshua. She must flee from us, according to Your Word (James 4:7). You are King. You are Lord. We worship only You. Help us (me) to push back against the evil spirit of Jezebel in my family, city, neighborhood, country with grace, compassion, courage and respect, covered by the blood of the Lamb, clothed with the armor of God, and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit. Release an Elijah anointing on Your bride in Yeshua’s name. Amen (Rev. 12:11).
The Spirit of Violence (Murder)
The Hebrew word for violence is hamas (kha-MAHS, חמס .(Have you noticed the increase of violence in our homes and on our streets since 2020? The following is typical of a daily headline that I see on my cell phone: “Florida mass shooting: Video shows crowd just before three gunmen opened fire.” The other day it was a grandmother and her toddler grandson randomly shot in a Publix supermarket.How do we explain these senseless killings? An evil spirit—the spirit of violence and murder.
There has been a surge of urban crime, with murder increasing by more than 25% in the U.S. in 2020, the biggest jump in 65 years. While guns may be part of the problem, the problem is deeper than guns. It is spiritual—a spirit of violence. I sense that behind this spirit is another spirit—the spirit of ANGER. What are people angry about? Inequalities, prejudice, poverty, rivalries, politics—often fueled by a spirit of entitlement.
The spirit of murder is clearly manifest in the abortions that occur daily in our country. My research on abortion can be found in our June 2020 newsletter. I find it impossible to deny that abortion, especially when it occurs up to the point of birth, is anything other than murder. It is a violent way to end a baby’s life. Erwin W. Lutzer in his book, When a Nation Forgets God, 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany, explains that things that are legal might also be evil. This is the case with abortion. In the same way that Hitler declared the Jews “not human,” we have declared the child in the womb “not human.” The status of the Jews as persons was removed by law. The same can be said of the preborn child today. Thus, the spirit of murder is given an open door. As Lutzer says: “If evil is called good, then it becomes good.” “Show me your laws and I will show you your god.” “Abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, homosexual marriage—these are the inevitable results of secular humanism’s worldview.When God dies, so does man.”
Rev. Lutzer points out that sanitized terms were used by the Nazis to camouflage unspeakable crimes. The extermination of Jews (murder) was called “cleansing the land.” Children were put to death in “Children’s Specialty Centers.” Hitler never said he was going to kill people. He spoke in abstract slogans such as “the final solution.” In the same way, no one speaks of killing preborn infants. Pregnant women exercise their “right to choose.” They are only removing “a product of conception” or “terminating a pregnancy.” The spirit of murder goes under cover with deceptive language.
Let’s Pray: Avinu Malkeinu (our Father our King), please forgive us for the sixty-two million babies murdered by abortion since Roe v. Wade of 1973. Our nation has sinned against You, and we repent collectively and individually for our silence in the face of such evil. We have not done all we could to rescue those being led to the slaughter (Pro. 24:11). We need a holy wake-up call! Strengthen us to take a stand for life, to be clothed with love, goodness, and mercy, offering healing, hope, and restoration to women contemplating abortion and those who have had abortions. Show us what each of us can do for the Pro-Life cause. We take authority over the spirit of violence / murder that has assaulted our beloved country. Please let peace, shalom, replace violence in our streets. We say “L’chaim (to Life)” for the U.S.A., and reject the spirit of anger in ourselves, our families, and our country.
The Spirit of AntiSemitism
The spirit of antisemitism is on the rise globally and in the U.S. If our country yields to this spirit, we will not be blessed by the God of the Bible. Genesis 12:3 makes it clear: “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” Who is the “him” of this verse? Hasatan (ha-sahTAHN), the enemy, and those he motivates to hate the Jews, and the God who chose them.
Unfortunately, antisemitic conspiracy myths were spread worldwide via the internet during the Covid-19 pandemic, putting Jewish communities at risk of violence. In the U.S., a shocking 60% of all religious-based hate crimes targeted Jews, even though Jews make up just 2% of the population. The antisemitic spirit easily becomes an anti-Israel spirit and Israel then becomes known as an oppressor and villain. The “good guys” become the Palestinian Authority, while their known goal is the elimination
of the Jewish State. President Biden has approved hundreds of millions of dollars to the P.A., in essence funding terrorism. The spirit of antisemitism seems to have worked its way into the White House.
Jewish people have recently been targeted in N.Y. and L.A. by Pro-Palestinians (e.g., they threw bottles at Jewish people dining in a restaurant, and called them “dirty Jews”). Online marketplaces sell vile products that advocate hatred and violence toward Jews and also mock the Holocaust (Amazon did remove 920 of them). Jewish students on our college campuses consistently encounter anti-Israel sentiment. The terms “Zionist” and “Zionism” have taken on negative associations. Antisemitism disguised as anti-Zionism spreads across campuses resulting in resolutions supporting the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Let’s Pray: God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we choose today to stand by Israel and the Jewish people. We stand against antisemitism and anti-Zionism. We bless Israel and the people of Israel. We believe Psalm 135:4, value the Jewish roots of our faith, and reject any notion that You are through with Israel or have replaced her. We declare that the Spirit of God will raise up a standard against the spirit of antisemitism in our lives and in the life of our country in Yeshua’s name. (P.S. Thank You for the search and rescue crews from Mexico’s Jewish community and from Israel that came to Surfside, FL to help.)
Warring Against the Evil Spirits
There are other evil spirits warring against the U.S. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 lists many of them. Pride is the mother of most of them. Then there is greed, rebellion, unforgiveness, cruelty, among others. Let us reject them all, repent when necessary, and embrace God’s Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. As Yeshua’s great End-Time Army, there are many things that we can do to see victory over the
forces of the evil one. We can stand up. Stand against. Speak out. Keep the pressure on. Wake up. Pray. Fast. Do good. Get involved. Sign petitions. Call our representatives. Vote. Run for office. Give to godly causes. Expose the enemy. Love the Lord with all our heart! Shine. Yeshua is our victory!
Valuable verses for these days: the Word as our weapon.
1 John 4:1—Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God….
Isaiah 59:19b—When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
Isaiah 54:17— No weapon formed against you shall prosper.
Proverbs 16:18— Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Philippians 4:13— I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me.
Zechariah 4:6—Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
Luke 4:18— The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…
John 16:13— …When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…
2 Corinthians 10:5— casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against…God…
Ephesians 6:11— Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
1 Timothy 2:4— who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Ephesians 6:18— …praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…
Colossians 2:15— Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
2 Corinthians 2:14— Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Messiah, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
1 Peter 4:14— If you are reproached for the name of Messiah, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
John 15:18— If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
2 Timothy 1:7— For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.