Worship & Spiritual Warfare

Continuing to look at vision, it became very apparent after first receiving this 'wheel vision' that others were among the body of Christ who's anointing to express vision in a given area would be greater than mine.  For months now, I have been unable to put in any words what the Lord has shown me concerning worship and spiritual warfare.  Recently though I ran across several prophetic visions the Lord has given to Holly L. Moody.  When I read through them I felt the Lord speak to my spirit that I have been unable to put into words part of what He has shown me concerning Worship and Spiritual Warfare; as He had already given these words to Hollie.  What follows is an excerpt of two prophetic visions.

Bring Me A Minstrel

2 Kings 3:15 ~ "But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him."

2 Chronicles 20:19-29 ~ And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on highAnd they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosperAnd when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.    And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Se-ir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.   For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Se-ir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Se-ir, every one helped to destroy another.    And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.   And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.   And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the Valley of Be-ra-chah; for there they blessed the Lord: therefore the name of the same place was called, The Valley of Be-ra-chah, unto this day.   Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.   And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the Lord.   And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of Israel.  

Zephaniah 3:17-20 ~  The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.    I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.    Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.   At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.

1 Samuel 10:5-7 ~  After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy.   And the spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.  And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee.

Joshua 6:10, 16, and 20 ~ And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.   And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the citySo the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Almost a year ago, the Spirit of the Lord began to speak to me about a coming day and time of an arising of anointed minstrels, psalmists and musicians.   I know this is something the Lord has also spoken to many others about.   So this is not a new message.

I will first briefly share the message contained in the two dreams I had.   I then will share the vision the Lord shared with me. I am praying that others will also share with me and others whatever their piece of the puzzle is in regard to anointed singers/musicians.

In both dreams that I had, I was in a church service. The congregation was singing songs of praise and worship.   Suddenly, in the midst of the congregation, I began to sing in tongues.

In the second dream, I was also in a church service.   I also began to sing in this dream, in the midst of the congregation.   But this time, instead of singing in tongues, I was singing in my native language (which is English).   The song, however, was spontaneous, and it was a new song.

In both dreams, when I began to sing (both in the Spirit and in my own language), those who heard these songs appeared to be drastically touched.   It was as if an anointing from God fell upon them.

I don't feel these dreams were actually centered around me.   In the dreams, I feel I was just representative of what the Lord is desirous to do in the midst of church congregations.   And that is to break forth into spontaneous songs of praise and worship that are anointed by His Holy Spirit.

The vision the Lord shared with me is as follows:

In the vision, I saw a group of people at the top of a mountain gathered silently around the Lord. I saw clouds swirling around the sides of the mountain. The sound of loud voices was coming from within the clouds. I felt a spirit of confusion concerning the clouds and the raised voices.

At first, I noticed that many of the people on the top of the mountain had their attention focused on the swirling clouds, and not on the Lord. I saw some of the people turn and go back down the mountain, speaking forth words as they went. "I sent them not," I heard the Lord say.

I saw as the Lord spoke to just a very few of the people left on the mountain top. These people appeared to become quite terrified. The Lord spoke again, and this very small group of people then turned and also went down the side of the mountain. As they went, they also spoke forth words. "These I have sent forth," the Lord said. "They will prepare the way, yet they will speak sparingly."

The Lord then spoke quietly yet firmly to the remaining people on top of the mountain. All of them then focused their attention entirely upon Him.

The Lord continued to speak softly to the people as they remained silent around Him. The sound of raised, loud voices from within the swirling clouds increased. Yet still, the people on top of the mountain remained silent and focused on the Lord.

Then, the Lord began to sing. As He began to sing, I saw both angels and demons begin to converge towards the mountain top. The Lord's singing began to get louder and louder. As He sang, He spread out His arms over the people gathered silently around Him.

I saw the angels gather over the heads of the people gathered around the Lord. The angels spread their wings out over the people as if in protection. I then noticed that the demons were also trying to come over the people, but that the wings of the angels prevented them from doing so. There was a great struggle going on between the angels and the demons as the demons sought to influence the people gathered around the Lord. Through it all, the Lord continued to sing.

The Lord reached down with one of His fingers and began to gently touch the lips of each of the people gathered around Him.  When the lips of each person was touched by the finger of the Lord, that person would immediately break out singing. Soon, all the people on top of the mountain were in song.

As I listened to the singing, I was amazed to hear that all the people were singing the exact same song the Lord was singing. The people remained totally focused upon the Lord.   It was this unremitting focus upon the Lord which enabled each person to sing the exact words the Lord was singing.

"Go sing to the weary warriors," the Lord instructed the people gathered around Him.   "Then go and sing to My frightened and confused people."

The people turned and began going down the sides of the mountain, singing as they went.  I then noticed that many of these people also had musical instruments in their hands that they were playing upon as they sang.   As they went down the sides of the mountain, I saw as they began to encounter groups of what appeared to be warriors lying down on the sides of the mountains.   These warriors appeared greatly tired and defeated.

As the singers gathered around the weary warriors, I saw as the songs began to refresh and strengthen the warriors.   I watched as the warriors got back to their feet. When the warriors were all back on their feet, the singers continued down the sides of the mountain. The warriors fell in behind the singers, and followed them down the mountain.

 

 

 

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.  And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Se-ir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

 

 

At the bottom of the mountain, I saw as the swirling clouds became swirling masses of loud, confused people.   I saw that there were many demons gathered around and above this mass of swirling people.   These demons were flapping their arms and their wings at the people, causing even greater confusion.

The singers began to gather around the swirling mass of people.   The demons saw this and turned from the mass of people to come and attack the singers.   The warriors rushed to step between the attacking demons and the singers.   As the warriors and the demons battled, the singers continued to gather around the swirling mass of people and sing to them and play upon their instruments.

Then, a spirit of peace began to fall upon this mass of people.

When the demons saw this, some of them then also began to sing.   Some of them then began to also play upon musical instruments.   At first, the songs and music of the demons appeared almost similar to the songs and music of those who had been gathered around the Lord on the mountain top.   Some of the people who had been listening to the songs and the music of the singers from the mountain top began to listen to the songs and music of the demons.   They didn't seem to realize that they were listening to demonic songs and music.

I saw the Lord standing slightly apart from this scene, and went quickly over to Him.   "What do we do?"   I asked Him almost desperately.   "How do we tell the people which songs and music to listen to?"

"Those who have ears to hear will hear and discern what is from Me and what is from the enemy," the Lord replied.   "The warriors will also continue to do battle against this demonic attack.   The enemy has for centuries dominated the songs and music of the nations.   This power will be wrested from the hands of the enemy.   For I am touching and have raised up a generation of people who will bring forth through songs and music anointed by My Spirit a time of healing and salvation.   My Spirit is releasing these people.   They will bring forth what I have placed within them through the times they have spent quietly alone with Me.   Their music and songs will deliver the captives and refresh the weary.    Listen closely, child," the Lord said to me, "and you will hear."

High Praises And Two-Edged Swords

Psalms 149:1-9 ~ Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.   Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their KingLet them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harpFor the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvationLet the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their handTo execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;   To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of ironTo execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

Matthew 6:10 ~ "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." 

Ephesians 6:17 ~ "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." 

Hebrews 6:12 ~ "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

Revelation 1:16 ~ "And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."

Revelation 19:15 ~ "And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God."

I "saw" what I took to be a man because of the size and stature of the person I was seeing. This man was coming down the side of a large mountain. He was completely encompassed in the type of armor I have been taught the Israelites in the Old Testament wore during battle. In the hand of this man was a large, gleaming sword with two very sharp appearing edges. What caught my attention, was that in this mini-vision, the man/warrior was singing as he descended down the side of the mountain.

As I gazed at the man, I noticed that following him down the mountain were both men and women. They were dressed as he was as a warrior and they each also held a two-edged sword. These men and women were also singing as they were coming down the side of the mountain. 

These warriors were singing:  “Holy, holy, holy are You, Lord!  Lord, You are holy!  You are great and You are marvelous.  You are excellent in all the earth. You are just, Lord, and You are true.  All men will fear You.  All men will give glory to Your Name.  For You, and You alone, are holy. Lord, You are holy.  All nations will bow down before You, for You are the Lord God Almighty and You are the King of Kings. You are to be feared, Lord, for the time of Your judgments is here, and they are being made clear."

As I prayed about this mini-vision and the song of the warriors, the Lord laid it on my heart that the song the warriors were singing was the song of Moses. I read the song of Moses in Exodus 15:1-19. What struck me about the song of Moses was that it was a song of warfare and praise for the overthrow and destruction of enemies.

"What does this have to do with Your children today, Lord?" I asked the Lord.  The following is what I feel the Lord replied to me:

"For too long, My children have hesitated about confronting sin and wickedness. They have been made to feel ashamed that they believe there is absolute sin and absolute good. The world would have all to believe that there is no absolute right or wrong; that everyone is god of their own choices and decisions.

"Yet very clearly does My Word set forth what is sin and what is righteous. There absolutely are things that are evil, wicked and sinful. My Word declares very clearly what is sin. When My children cling to and fall deeply in love with what is just, true, pure, holy, and righteous; then with clear eyes will they see what is sinful and wicked, and will hate and oppose that which is evil.

"I am and have raised up a generation of My children who will now be revealed in this time as warriors for truth and justice. They will be called militants. They will be seen as intolerant. They will be persecuted and laws in their nations will be enacted against them. Yet still they will stand strong and unmoving against sin.

I am not advocating that they attack people; for vengeance is Mine. They are to oppose and attack sin, and withstand the onslaught of that which is wicked. For this, these warriors will face ridicule, persecution, and in time, even imprisonment and death.

"My Kingdom truly will come. Yet, it will be ushered in through the destruction of the kingdom of darkness, and against that which is against Me and My Word.

"It is no longer a time to be tolerant of sin.  This is the beginning of My seven angels being revealed.  It is the time of My judgments being loosed.  There is a small amount of time left allotted for intercession, then I will shut that door.   Now is the time for all men in all places to repent and turn from their wicked ways, and to turn unto Me with all their heart. For when I shut the doors of intercession, I will begin My set time of judgment.   Let My warning be heeded."  (Hollie L. Moody)

The Mountain of the Lord

A number of times over the years I have seen visions of the Mountain of the Lord... some I have documented, others were for personal revelation and encouragement.  One stands out as being related to this vision

During worship in our home in late 2003 I saw a vision in my spirit of the Mountain of the Lord.  In the vision multitudes were ascending the sides of the mountain...a vast army of righteous soldiers.  Many were lifting up banners proclaiming high praises to the King of the Universe.  A Voice proclaimed: 'These are the ones who have answered the call to ascend unto Me... to receive the Utterance of the King and the counsel of the Most High.'

I then saw a high plateau where multitudes of His Righteous ones were changed from glory to glory as they exalted the King in their midst.   As these precious ones worshipped... they received wisdom and revelation of His Word by His Spirit... becoming one with the Father and the Son.   As they were changed... all vestiges of their former denominations appeared to vanish as the Glory of Jesus enveloped them. 

These were the ones who worshipped the Lord in Spirit and Truth... and they were receiving their reward.

It was only last week that I realized what was happening as a result of conversation with a brother in Christ.  While we did not discuss the vision, it has become apparent to me that what I was seeing was an impartation of the "Unity of the Spirit" mentioned in Ephesians 4.

The approaching of the time of the anti-christ is marked by a number of things.  One characteristic of this time is the increase of the spirit of unity; designed to birth a world wide religion drawing from the false beliefs in the earth.  Everyone who is steeped in religious tradition, having their understanding darkened are those who will be shaken in this hour as they are not rooted and grounded in Christ. 

The spirit of Leviathan

Several years ago I had a dream... that I believe is connected to this vision. 

In this dream I was in a very thick jungle battling demonic forces and killing many foul spirits with a two-edged sword that was in my mouth.  As these demonic forces fell, (in the hundreds and possibly the thousands by now) the jungle began to thin out.  It was then that I saw it... just before the base of what I now realize was the Mountain of the Lord.   What I saw was the principality called Leviathan hovering in the air and moving along the base of the mountain.  In Job 41 we see a number of characteristics concerning this demonic presence.   The most telling is the last verse of the chapter; "He beholds every high thing; he is king over all the children of pride."

I then was able to discern a pattern over the last several years of my life as I have watched those who were un-accountable as ministers and those who were novices in the faith become snared in the devises of Leviathan and "fall into reproach and the snare of the devil" (which is pride).  Verse 15 & 16 are very telling..."His rows of scales are his pride, shut up tightly as with a seal; One is so near another that no air can come between them..."  What we see in this are ministers and ministries so confident in their anointing that the Spirit of the Lord cannot correct them gently... "no air can come between" the scales of pride. 

The "terrible teeth" of Leviathan devour other believers, other ministers and ministries, without entering into a process of correction as outlined in Matthew 18:15-17.  There is nothing wrong with exposing the false doctrines of a ministry or the false fruit that a ministry produces... bringing needed correction as instructed through the Holy Spirit; the difference is that someone influenced by Leviathan resorts to personal attacks defaming other believers or ministers...without the due process of justice outlined in Matthew 18.

"Who can remove his outer coat?
Who can approach him with a double bridle?
" (vs. 13)  This speaks of the inability of those held captive by this principality to enter into genuine relationships requiring covenantal accountability.  Generally speaking... they end up consistently doing what is right in their own eyes.   In other words they "reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries."

Having seen the effects of this principality destroy at least two vibrant congregations and several  promising ministries in the past, and having tried to minister to others who are battling these things, I have come to one conclusion... "Remember the battle — Never do it again!" (vs. 8)  It is my thought that one can fast and pray concerning these things, but only the LORD Himself can draw out Leviathan, as He "resists the proud" bringing humility into someone's life.  Proverbs 8:15 says "By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice."  

Remembering the pride of Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4) it becomes clear that this king learned that "those who walk in pride He (the LORD) is able to put down." 

Back to the vision...

Coming up out of the back of this principality called Leviathan was the Jezebel spirit which operates in control,  manipulation, and intimidation.  Those influenced by this spirit are so certain about the presumptuous conclusions they have reached (pride), that they feel justified in their attempts to manipulate and intimidate God's children in the midst of the congregation.  In so doing, they become trapped in the lowest level of the Mountain of the Lord; having been defiled by the king of pride and the spirit of manipulation.  Part of the deception is that having taken only a step or two upon the lowest level; they are now lifted above the plain called lukewarm faith and perceive that they have accomplished something.  This too is part of the deception of leviathan.

In my dream I mortally wounded this principality with the two-edged sword in my mouth (The Word of God) running towards it much like David ran at Goliath.  It is also during this time in my life (beginning almost 10 years ago) that I personally began to experience a great refreshing.  When this refreshing began, I found myself after having worked 10 to 12 hours during the day, and after seeing the kids off to bed; that the Lord would move on me and I would be found in worship 4 to 5 hours a night - many times not going to bed till somewhere between 1 and 3 in the morning... only to get up at 6 a.m.  This would happen to me 4 to 5 times a week and continued for almost 5 years...   It was during this time that I learned some things about the connection between worship and spiritual warfare.  Honestly though, I know so very little about this subject and feel led to write that in total, the overall vision still lacks many pieces to the puzzle.

I am confident of this though; Psalm 24:3-5 says:

     Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?

     Or who may stand in His holy place?

     He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

     Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

     Nor sworn deceitfully.

     He shall receive blessing from the LORD,

     And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

 

It is this third day army of those who worship the Most High God and the Lamb Who Sits on the Throne... it is these who worship God in Spirit and in Truth who will ascend past the spirit of Leviathan and Jezebel; being clothed in a garment of Praise and a robe of His Righteousness.  Being able to see clearly... not having their eyesight blinded by pride; they are not only able to find footholds for themselves, they are also able to help others ascend into the Mountain of the Lord; moving up to the plateau where the Lord imparts the  "Unity of the Spirit"

 

 Isaiah 2:3a

Many people shall come and say,

“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,

To the house of the God of Jacob;

He will teach us His ways,

 

Last Night (March 14,2004) I saw this mountain once again.   Whether I was awake and saw a vision, or whether I was asleep and had a dream, I do not know... only that when I came to my senses, I was on my knees. 

 

It was only a short vision that I saw, but it was I believe the beginning of an awakening.  In my dream I was on the side of the Mountain, looking once again over the plain of lukewarm faith.  It was filled with a vast army of believers from what I sense was every corner of the world... many millions of believers.   All of the sudden I saw what felt like every believer in the world turn as one to face the Mountain of the Lord... and then as one they all took one step in unison towards the Mountain.  I then heard a voice say "I am imparting revelation of worship to every tribe, tongue, and nation... for the weapons of My warfare are not carnal... and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God will be brought down "

 

Victory is decreed! Yet it is a victory brought forth through intimacy with the Lord of Glory... as we lift His Name on high...

 

As they make music they will sing,
“All my fountains are in you.” *

 

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