2001: The War of the Shields
The archprince over Europe and America was called Theos, because he sat in the “temple” claiming to be God (2 Thess. 2:3, 4). Theos is the Greek word for God. Theos manifests himself in the three main religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. He is behind the obsession that these three religions have with possessing (or being possessed by) the old Jerusalem and the old temple site in particular.
In other words, Theos puts men into bondage to “Hagar” (Gal. 4:25) and is behind the heart attitude that makes men kill each other over possession of so-called “holy places.” He was behind the Christian Crusades centuries ago when the Christians fought to regain control of the “Holy Land.” He was behind Islamic fanaticism as well. And he was behind Jewish Zionism as led by the Rothschild family.
Solomon's temple was glorified by God's presence until the priests turned it into a den of robbers (Jer. 7:11). Then God's presence left that place (Ezekiel 10:3, 18, 19; 11:23). Jeremiah prophesied that God's presence would leave Jerusalem as it had left Shiloh three centuries earlier (Jer. 7:12-15).
In Jesus' day the temple was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, but its Most Holy Place was empty and devoid of God's presence. Jesus said that it was STILL a den of robbers, even in His own day (Matt. 21:13). In other words, the temple was “desolate,” or deserted (by God).
The power vacuum was soon filled by a counterfeit god who called himself Theos. This is the abomination of desolation, at least on the spiritual level. The Hebrew word for abomination is piggul—where we get our English word pig. It means “to stink.” Hence, the word came to indicate an idol, or a false god. Theos fits that description.
On July 7, toward the end of the “War of the Shields,” we sent the archangel Peniel to take Theos captive. The next day, Carlos called to tell me that the Lord had told him that some of our angels had been “wounded” in the battle. Oh dear, I thought I was going to have to re-arrange my entire theology once again! This seemed so bizarre to me that I was at a loss and so I did nothing about it.
Later that evening, however, others from Detroit called to tell me (independently of Carlos) that our angels had been wounded in the battle. Such confirmation immediately got my attention, and so we went into prayer again to seek council from our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus. Only then did we learn that we had inadvertently violated the divine law and that this was damaging our case before the divine court.
We had known from previous battles that it would take an archangel to bind an archprince. They had to be of equal rank, but we did not really understand why. Now we learned why. Each angel is empowered by a specific word from the Father, and each angel is also specifically empowered to take captive its unclean counterpart. Each archangel is the antidote to a specific arch-prince. We had taken Theos captive with the wrong archangel, and so our angels were being (legally) “wounded.”
Peniel's calling was to bind Apollyon, the Prince of Persia—NOT Theos. It was Gabriel's calling to bind Theos. Because spiritual warfare is actually a COURT BATTLE, we must do all things lawfully in order to win our case every time. We learned that the number of the enemy made no difference in God's courtroom, for the law instructs judges, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Ex. 23:2). All that really matters is which side of the law we are on. God's judgments are impartial, and even the adversary gets equal justice with Christians in the divine court.
So in view of our transgression, we asked our Advocate what to do. He told us to go back in time and bind Theos in the correct manner. Since there is no time in the spiritual realm, we were able to do this—and we did so. However, to do this, we had to present ourselves before the divine court with our adversaries present in order to make this special appeal.
We won our case, of course, but now we were exposed to our adversaries. Up until then we were able to conduct the warfare with full protection. Those doing battle against us did not know who we were. Our spiritual armies met in the heavens—sort of like fighting a proxy war. But this mistake changed the situation.
Two days later, on July 10, as we met for prayer, suddenly it was as if our line of communication with God was cut. After a brief moment of panic, we had to telephone someone else from out of state to pray quickly and ask what was to be done. (You have no idea how helpless we felt when cut off from divine communication.) We learned that this problem was caused by spiritual interference, now that they knew who we were. They knew when we went into prayer, and thus they could “jam” our ability to hear God.
We eventually learned how to deal with this problem. The Lord reminded us of the Word about entering the closet when we prayed. From that, we came to see that we could request a prayer closet, or a “canopy” that would prevent the enemy from seeing us or from discerning when we would go into prayer.
Then on the night of July 10 (or the 11th by Hebrew time), I asked God if there was anything that required my immediate attention in this battle. That was when I discovered that America itself was about to be attacked in a huge escalation of the war. I asked if we needed to call forth angelic reinforcements, but He said, “No, they are sufficient.” Numbers do not matter. All that matters is that we are led by the Spirit to do only what God says.
In my notes for July 11, I noted that at 8:00 a.m. [9:00 Eastern Time in New York] we were attacked by an army of 60 million unclean spirits from Asia and Africa. God was making a point here to let us know that the battle is not won by the strength of numbers, but by His Spirit. In fact, that was why, in Scripture, God weeded down Gideon's army to a mere 300. It was to make this very point.
By the night of July 12 this final world battle had been won. A little work was left for the next few days. Apollyon was the last to be bound on July 14, and then God installed the archangels over the earth's continents, each in his place on July 16, 2001.
Keep in mind that spiritual time is not the same as earth time. The Bible often speaks of spiritual battles that were won thousands of years ago, and yet by earth time the war continued. For example, in Revelation 12 John sees the red dragon cast down as well as the birth of the Manchild. It was happening in the present by spiritual time, yet he was seeing a “future” event by earth time.
For this reason also, Christ was crucified from the foundation of the world. In spiritual time, there is only the present, but in the earth historical events occur on linear time, and there was an appointed time for Jesus to die on the cross.
Nearly two years after the New Gideon’s Army had been deployed, Chad Taylor published a Word on March 28, 2003, saying:
“I heard the Lord say today during a time of prayer, 'The army is deployed in Detroit.' I could see an awesome gathering of warriors taking place there, not only in the natural but the spiritual as well. . . . I then saw major corporate heads and CEO's in Detroit running to Jesus and bowing down as Saul did on the road in Damascus.”
Yes, in fact it was a former CEO in Detroit who organized this warfare in order that we might engage the enemy by telephone conference calling. Of course, keep in mind that we understood that there were 32,000 engaged in these battles, though only eight of us were consciously involved in the war of July 2001.
The timing of this war in July 2001 was foreshadowed a year earlier in the repair of the wall around America. Recall that the inspection of the spiritual wall had been done on July 16, 2000, and this established the foundation that allowed us to conduct and win the war a year later.
Furthermore, by the old revelation from 1980, “July is like September,” the attack on America July 11 (starting the evening of July 10) emerged as the attack on the Twin Towers about 9:00 a.m. (EST) on Sept. 11, 2001. The headlines screamed, “AMERICA ATTACKED,” just as I had written in my notes for July 11.
Sept. 11, 2001 was precisely 3 years after President Clinton repented in 1998. Sept. 11, 2001 was also precisely 414 days after the peace talks broke up in 2000 and the Concorde crashed in Paris. And July is like September.
You can't make up this stuff.