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When we toured the Shasta caverns on June 18, we had no instructions or insights as to its significance. This was because we were not to do anything until after we had banded together as a 3-fold cord on the morning of June 21.
On June 20 we actually did the work of binding the beast from the earth, because the three of us were all present, along with others who were in agreement to support us.
Only on the evening of June 21 did we get the instructions to pray in regard to the caverns. We were led to break the curse upon the Shasta caverns, deposit a blessing upon it, and take captive all the spirits associated with Azazel there and in the vicinity. Azazel himself had already been taken captive the previous day, but we needed to finish the work at sundown of June 21. And because Darla had been attacked while we were in Shasta, this technically gave us occasion to capture the attackers and to take the caverns for the Kingdom of God. God allowed them to attack her in order to get occasion against the attackers. (See Judges 14:4 for another example of this.) Darla received a bruise on her heel, but we received occasion to crush the serpent (beast) on its head.
This completed the work of dealing with the two bears, who are the two beasts of Revelation 13. The book of Revelation and many other books of the Bible are full of references to the constellations, because, as Psalm 19:1 tells us, "The heavens declare the glory of God." This is not astrology, but biblical astronomy that tells the plan of God from beginning to end. God is the One who named the stars.
I find it interesting that Ursa Major (big bear) and Ursa Minor (little bear) are the better-known names of the constellations, but that their names were originally the Greater Sheepfold and the Lesser Sheepfold. They were not bears at all, but became bears by usurping the position of those truly called. This usurpation is part of the picture that reveals another side to this whole issue. On June 20 we discussed and dealt with "the usurpers."
The two constellations are in the sign of Cancer--not the disease, but from the Latin word Cancer. That Latin word is in turn derived from the Arabic Khan = "an Inn," and Ker or Cer = "encircling." It describes a sheepfold that encircles the sheep for their protection while they rest.
The various stars in Cancer also describe sheepfolds. The brightest star in Ursa Minor is Dubeh, "a herd." In Arabic, Dubah means "cattle." In Hebrew, Dober means "a fold" and is derived from the word dobe, "rest or security."
But here is where the confusion and mistake arises, because the Hebrew word for "bear" is dob. So instead of seeing the constellation as a sheepfold, they ended up picturing it as a bear, because of the similarity of the Hebrew words. This was all in the divine plan, of course, but nonetheless, the original meaning and significance in the Star Gospel was hidden by this usurpation. God allowed this to occur in order to show us what was happening on a prophetic and spiritual level--with the two bears of Revelation 13 usurping power over the Church (the Greater or larger Sheepfold) and the Remnant Overcomers (the Lesser or smaller Sheepfold).
Hence, this was the problem that we were called to deal with from June 18-21.
I was led earlier to obtain a small wooden medallion of the two bears at Crater Lake (the Cup of Wrath). One bear was pictured about twice the size of the other. This associated the bears with the Cup of Wrath (divine judgment), something not understood until later when we figured out its significance. I am, of course, continually amazed at all the details of revelation that are given in so many ways, but which are only understood later. God does this so that we know clearly that the revelation is from Him, and not just because of our own ideas.
Another major theme of our meetings June 20 and 21 was the connection to Father's Day, which fell on June 21, the last meeting day. Once we had completed the work in Sacramento, we began to receive divine revelation of this aspect of the warfare. I will write about this after the fact, so as not to give occasion to the opposition who may attempt to hinder the work. Let me also make it clear that our ministry is not designed to harm our opposition, but to set them free from witchcraft and satanism and any other religion that seeks power by unlawful means and which rules by fear. I write of these things, not merely to keep believers informed, but to demonstrate the power of God to those who think that they can obtain greater power apart from Jesus Christ. Such thinking is a lie. I have read the Book. We win in the end.
This past month we received the revelation, based on Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7, that the beast had been given power to overcome the saints for a long time, but that this time had now ended. The remnant was now beginning to overcome the beast, "and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony" (Rev. 12:11). This is the first ministry trip being conducted upon that change of authority. This is why we have been able to accomplish so much, in contrast with previous times when we could do much overcoming but had to leave the bears intact. This is encouraging to me, and I hope to all of you as well.