(The first of 2 posts)
In 2007, I went through a several week season in which the spiritual warfare around me escalated exponentially. It is hard to explain but it felt like I was in a cloud of darkness and oppression. The attack was daily and relentless; it was hard to think and very difficult to sleep. I had to resist this attack diligently in order to keep from becoming overwhelmed.
I called a prophet and friend, Chuck Pierce, and asked if he had any prophetic discernment as to what this was all about. He immediately prophesied to me, “Yes. This has to do with your calling to the nation. It is the spirit of Baal. He is the spirit/principality over America. God wants you to learn about this spirit - how it operates, how we can overthrow him - and teach the rest of us.”
I knew that Daniel 10:13-20 and other passages reveal that principalities in satan’s kingdom are assigned to regions. I had no idea until that point in time that Baal was ruling America, let alone that my situation was related to this. I also was confident that through Christ, God has given us authority over all the powers of darkness; we are fully able to resist demonic spirits and keep them from overtaking us personally. However, this was a different situation; it was not about me but the nation. Essentially, I was in intercession, “standing in the gap” (Ezekiel 22:30) for the nation. What I was experiencing and feeling was actually warfare toward America. This began a process of breaking Baal’s influence off of America, a process that God is now taking to its next phase.
When a person or people (nation) “give place to” the devil (Ephesians 4:27) through perversion, shedding innocent blood, idolatry, covenant breaking, and other sins, satan has a legal right to rule and control them until the sin is cleansed. The word “place” in this verse is topos, from which we get topography. It literally means a location, as in a piece of land. Interestingly, it is also a scabbard, a “place” to hang a sword. Figuratively it means “opportunity.” This verse is telling us sin gives ground to satan, a place for his sword, a legal opportunity to steal, kill, and destroy. This has happened in America. Through our sins, we have given place to the devil and his demons, and Baal is the principality in charge of overseeing this authority.
Baal is identified as “the ruler of the demons,” (Matthew 12:24; Beelzebub is another name for Baal). The name Baal means “lord, master, or owner.” As with most of what satan does, taking this name is an attempt to usurp and replace God. Baal was considered the god of fertility, storms, rain, provision, and much more. He was called by several other names in scripture and also in historical accounts. People referred to their gods by different names to represent different facets of their character or activity, just as we do with Yahweh. For example, God is Yahweh Rapha, “the Lord our healer”; He is Yahweh Shalom, ‘The Lord, our peace or well-being.”
As the strongman over America (see Matthew 12:29), much of the evil in our nation, including the shedding of innocent blood (abortion), is caused by Baal’s influence. Most biblical teachers attribute the spirit over abortion to be Molech, but Molech serves under Baal. Baal always goes after the next generation, trying to cut off the extension/extending of God’s covenantal purposes. He is a violent spirit and throughout history has always required human sacrifice. Not only is abortion under Baal’s influence, he is also behind the “cutting” of today’s generation (see 1 Kings 18:28), the vampire and goth movement, and the death culture in general that has so invaded America.
Jezebel, the spirit behind so much immorality and sexual perversion in America, is also under Baal. Baal is the spirit influencing the plethora of divorce and covenant breaking. Even though satan nor his demons are omnipresent, Baal has many spirits working under him, and where there is demonic activity in our nation, he is most likely involved.
Baal was/is called Baal-zephon, meaning “Lord of the north.” This name included his supposed lordship/rule over the seas, winds, winter, and more. We discussed this in a previous post and I will mention it again tomorrow. He was/is called Baal-hamon, meaning “lord of wealth or abundance.” People considered him their provider and worshiped him in order to receive prosperity or wealth. (The symbol of Baal-hamon was a bull; yep, as in Wall Street’s symbol of prosperity.)
There are many more names and traits associated with Baal; however, my purpose in today and tomorrow’s posts is not to teach on him, per se. It is to point out that America is in the process of being delivered from this spirit’s control; and also to reveal where we are in the process. This brings me to the last name of Baal I will mention, though there are numerous others. Baal-berith means “the lord of the covenant.” The Hebrew word baal actually means “husband” or “marriage.” The spirit of Baal always attempted to cause Israel to “divorce” or break covenant with God and “marry” or align with Him. Look at the words of Hosea regarding Israel’s marriage covenant with Yahweh.
Therefore, behold, I am going to persuade her, bring her into the wilderness, and speak kindly to her...And she will respond there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she went up from the land of Egypt. And it will come about on that day, declares the Lord, that you will call Me “my husband” and no longer call Me “my Baal.” For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, so that they will no longer be mentioned by their names...I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in favor and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord. (Hosea 2:14-20)
After God showed me these things and more in 2007, I began teaching on how America had broken covenant with the Lord, just as Israel did on numerous occasions, and was now “married” to Baal. To see God’s favor and blessing return, we would have to “divorce” Baal by repenting of our sins, and return to covenant with (“remarry”) the Lord. This was the theme of a national prayer event in 2007, hosted by Lou Engle. After this, intercessors in every state went to key places where corporate repentance needed to occur, and made decrees of divorcement to Baal and remarriage to Yahweh.
I will tell you about this 2007 event in Friday’s post. The information is extremely important because God is bringing America into another phase of deliverance from Baal’s hold, and re-covenanting us to Him once again.
Pray with me:
Father, we thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin and unrighteousness. We thank You that this blood can be applied, not only to an individual, but to a nation.
America has rejected You. We have broken covenant with You and aligned ourselves with Baal. And we are paying a great price for this: violence, bloodshed, the deterioration of families and so much more. We have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind (see Hosea 8:7).
But for the past 25 years, You have led intercessors to pray prayers of repentance that would now total in the millions, filling the bowls of heaven. And You are a gracious God that hears those prayers - it still works. Through many prophetic voices You have said You are now going to restore and heal this land through a great revival. We ask You for this, Lord. We ask for a complete divorce from Baal and a remarriage to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen
We decree that God, in His mercy, is delivering America from our covenant with Baal and restoring us to Himself.