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Note: This blog post is part of a series titled "Intercession to End the Famine." To view all parts, click the link below.
In the early 1850’s the Roman Church saw the advantage in settling the rich farmland of the upper Midwest with its own voters. So they advertised in Germany, Poland, and Ireland, and this brought a host of immigrants to the area, mainly Catholic and Lutheran. To this day, then, Catholics and Lutherans dominate Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and southern Minnesota.
At the same time, the issue of slavery was coming to a head, especially with the Dredd-Scott decision by the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roger Taney, a Roman Catholic, ruled that “Negroes have no rights which the white man is bound to respect.” This mindset was common in those days, having passed into America from the Old World, where Catholic Christianity had long condoned black slavery in spite of claiming to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
While they justified slavery on biblical grounds, they did not accept the biblical view that even slaves have rights under God. In Scripture, slavery was imposed by court order to pay restitution that was owed, or by taking captives in a just and righteous war. The Bible never condoned kidnapping anyone for the purpose of slavery, as was done with the black slaves taken from Africa. Furthermore, if a man mistreated a slave, the slave was to be set free (Exodus 21:26, 27). Biblical slavery was not like slavery among the nations.
While there were many Christians who understood this from studying Scripture, they fought an uphill battle against the long-established mindset of the Church. This attitude carried over to their relations with the Native Americans as well. Treaties were regularly violated, as if to say, “Indians have no rights which the white man is bound to respect.” The carnal mind is selfish and seeks only its own advantage. Sin is justified on the grounds that others somehow do not deserve to be treated in a moral way.
In 1862 this carnal mindset came to a boil in southern Minnesota with the so-called “Sioux Uprising.” They were not Sioux, but Dakota. Their tribal name was Dakota, which means “friends,” but the white settlers called them Sioux, “enemies.”
In July 1851 the treaty of Traverse des Sioux, two bands of Dakota ceded land in southwestern Minnesota, Iowa, and parts of South Dakota to the U.S., while creating a Dakota reservation along the Minnesota River. The U.S. government agreed to pay them $1.665 million for the land.
A month later, two more Dakota bands ceded land in southeastern Minnesota for a sum of $1.41 million. This was the Treaty of Mendota. In 1858 the reservation land north of the Minnesota River was taken as well, and the reservation land was cut in half.
The Civil War broke out in 1861, and the promised payments were late. It was widely rumored that if the payments were made at all, they would not be made in gold as agreed, on account of the Civil War. The Dakota then demanded that the payments be made directly to them, rather than through traders. When the traders learned of this plan, they refused to sell provisions on credit, in spite of widespread hunger and starvation on the reservation. At the same time, crop failure occurred in the summer of 1862.
To resolve the dispute, the Indian Agent Thomas Galbraith negotiated with Andrew Myrick, the spokesman for the traders. Myrick said, “So far as I am concerned, if they are hungry, let them eat grass.”
In spite of the starvation, the U.S. agent refused to give out any food to the Dakota until their money arrived from Washington. The money, however, was delayed while the government in Washington debated whether the payment should be made in gold or in paper currency. Meanwhile, the Dakota were starving, angry, and desperate.
In August of 1862 some of the Dakota became desperate enough to fight back, and this became known as the “Sioux Uprising.” U.S. troops were sent to quell the uprising, and trials were held, sentencing hundreds of Dakota to be hanged. In November, General Pope sent a list of names to President Lincoln of those convicted, urging him to condone the execution of all that were convicted. He warned of mob violence if his recommendation were not followed.
Such a mob action actually took place on December 4, 1862, when hundreds of civilians tried to raid the camp where the Dakota were being held prisoner. Of the 300 or more who had been sentenced to death, many on flimsy evidence, Lincoln ordered all but 38 be released. These were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota on December 26, 1862 and buried in a single grave at the edge of town.
In April 1863 Congress passed a bill banning all Dakota from setting foot in Minnesota. This law has never been repealed and is technically still in force today.
One missionary who witnessed the harsh way that the Dakota had been treated, wrote to Bishop Whipple, saying, “If I were an Indian, I would never lay down the war club while I lived.” Hence, there were some who recognized the lawless attitudes of the people.
The Dakota wars continued periodically, ending finally in 1890 at the Battle of Wounded Knee.
The Pentecostal Revival
Just 20 years later (1910) the big bankers met at Jekyl Island to discuss writing the Federal Reserve Act that would put America into bondage. The bill was passed in 1913, while the bankers pretended to oppose the bill. The Act resulted in America’s bankruptcy in 1933. The banks foreclosed, taking its government and institutions in payment of debt, even taking the citizens as collateral. The work of changing the nation from a Christian Republic to a Secular Democracy then began, and the rest is history.
The interim between 1890 and 1913 saw the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as Pentecost was re-established. However, this failed to stop the judgment of God, for they did not think to repent on behalf of their government. Pentecost is called the feast of Weeks in the law and is a celebration of the day that God spoke the Ten Commandments to Israel. Under the New Covenant, it signifies the law being written on our hearts, rather than on external tables of stone.
Unfortunately, the Pentecostals themselves a century ago did not really comprehend the meaning of Pentecost. They were caught up in the signs and wonders of Pentecost, but did not carry this into the area of righteous laws and equal justice for all. Even if some had come to understand these things, their numbers were insufficient to change the culture of the people or of the Church in general.
The Holy Spirit is always poured out to empower people for some purpose. In my view, God poured out His Spirit in the early 1900’s to prevent divine judgment through repentance and understanding of the divine law. The law teaches us what sin is, and this knowledge ought to lead to repentance. Whatever they did during those years, it was insufficient to prevent the bankers from putting America into captivity.
December 23, 2013 will mark the hundred-year anniversary of the Federal Reserve Act. It appears that we today are being called to repent, even as the Pentecostals were called a century earlier. Their call was designed to prevent this captivity to Mystery Babylon; our call is to end the captivity through repentance.
God’s Liability Laws
My friend Philip told me two days ago about a group of men in Mankato who have been raised up to establish a 40-day period of repentance and intercession, beginning today, August 6, 2013. Mankato is the site of the Dakota hangings that occurred 150 years ago (as of last December).
In 1862 the Dakota were blamed for the uprising, but the majority of the Christians must take responsibility for CAUSING the uprising. Biblical law shows that if anyone causes something to happen, he is liable. This is seen, for example, in Matthew 5:32. Paul also warns parents not to provoke their children to anger (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21).
Furthermore, we read countless times how Israel “provoked” God to anger (Numbers 14:11, KJV), and then when He judged them, they often thought God was being unjust! Such is the carnal mind, which cannot see past its own self-interest and comfort. This lack of genuine love is the mindset that the Church has exhibited throughout most of its history. This is what was manifested in 1862, and we are being called to repent of this sin.
Timing of the Intercession
This 40-day period of intercession is timed to coincide with Teshuah, the 40 days leading to the Day of Atonement. The revelation being brought forth by various brethren includes Psalm 81:3, which was given to my friend Philip.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, [and] at the full moon, on our feast day.
This “new moon” is a reference to the feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hoshana), which will begin the evening of September 4, 2013. It appears that on the day of Trumpets, September 5, some of us will go to the headwaters of the Blue Earth River, even as we went to the headwaters of the Mississippi River three years ago.
Mankato was misnamed. The original Dakota name was Mahkato, “Blue Earth,” named for the healing clay that looks blue in the area. (It was also used for war paint.) Ironically, the white settlers misnamed the town Mankato, which means “Blue Skunk.”
The time of intercession ends on the Day of Atonement, which also coincides with the “census” being taken by Robert Henley for some unknown work ahead.
Although the purpose of this census is yet not fully known, it appears that this 40-day intercession is designed to prepare us for what comes afterward. There is an obvious connection between these revelations.
The Seven Sons of Saul
In 2 Samuel 21 we see the story of the seven sons of Saul who were hanged on the first day of barley harvest in order to pay for the sins of their father. Saul broke Joshua’s treaty with the Gibeonites, bringing divine judgment to the whole nation of Israel. We know from studying the Scriptures that Saul was a type of the church under Pentecost. That means the seven sons of Saul represent the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3.
This means also that these seven were intercessors on behalf of their father, Saul, because they took the liability for his sin upon themselves. They paid for his sin. So also are we today paying for the sin of our father, the Saul-church. Of course, we have the advantage in that we are part of the body of Christ, who has already paid for the sin of the whole world (1 John 2:2). For this reason, we do not have to die physically, for Jesus already paid that price, being “hanged on a tree” (Acts 5:30, KJV). Our death is in the form of repentance, dying to self, crucifying the old man, so that we may also walk in resurrection life.
The fact that the seven sons of Saul were hanged identifies them with the intercession of Christ, but also with the 38 Dakota men who were hanged in Mankato.
The following model prayer is only a suggestion that is designed to unify us in our prayer focus. The ultimate rule is to be led by the Spirit in your own way. This prayer is directed to God, asking His forgiveness for sin. A separate matter is to ask the Dakota themselves for forgiveness. The way that this prayer campaign is evolving, I am confident that God will lead us in that regard as well.
The Model Prayer
Father, we come before your throne of grace in the name of Jesus and under His blood.
We ask forgiveness for the sins of our fathers and for the Church. Forgive our carnal attitudes and selfish motives. Forgive us for blaming others for their sin after we have provoked them to anger. Forgive our hypocrisy and pride. Forgive us for our ignorance of your laws and for justifying sin both ignorantly and wilfully.
We confess the sins of our fathers and recognize our own liability as well. Cause us to know Your will and your mind, so that we may live and move in the Spirit of Christ, manifesting the life of Christ to all men. Where we have provoked others to anger, let us instead provoke others to love and good works [Hebrews 10:24, KJV].
Father, release us from the famine of hearing your word. Open our eyes and ears, that we may know Your will and teach Your word until it is the basis of our government and culture. Write your law in our hearts until it becomes part of us, causing us to be like Jesus and to do all the works that He did.
Note: This blog post is part of a series titled "Intercession to End the Famine." To view all parts, click the link below.