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When Jeroboam set up the golden calves in Bethel and Dan, he empowered the Prince of Persia to destroy the nation and send the people into exile. Intercession by the prophets delayed this destruction to give the people and nation time to repent. However, they did not repent, nor did the great earthquake waken them (Amos 1:1). Ultimately, the judgment fell upon them.
Bethel means “house of God,” and Dan means “judge.” The golden calves, then, took over their religion and their judicial system (laws). The golden calves were not overthrown when Bethel and Dan were destroyed. Instead, the Israelites came fully under their dominion during the entire length of their captivity. No one, it seems, received revelation to come against these demonic “gods,” because God’s intent was to bring judgment on Israel and to make them live under the dominion of their gods of choice.
As we approached the end of this captivity, God saw fit to reveal this to us, and this brought us into spiritual conflict with these demonic entities. Once the house of David was fully empowered on November 30, 2000, we used that authority to declare and implement the will of God, which ran contrary to the policies of the golden calves. This brought about an immediate reaction.
The golden calves were represented primarily by the Prince of Persia, who had long been empowered to rule the exiled Israelites. The law of God had given him this power, for this was the judgment of God upon Israel. Therefore, when the house of David began to declare the restoration of all things, the golden calves were offended and appealed to the Divine Court on January 22, 2001.
As we prayed about this on January 23 to get our instructions, God said,
“The petition has already been filed yesterday, but January 29 is the court date. The Prince of Persia intends to attack America with the help of seven other princes. The Prince of Persia is the main petitioner, as in a class-action lawsuit, for he believes that he has suffered the most damages, due to the new policies now being implemented. If Stephen does not respond to this petition on January 29, the Prince of Persia will get his wish by default.”
This was the first hint that America would be attacked shortly. At the time, we did not connect it to the Twin Towers demolition on September 11, 2001, but after the fact, it became obvious.
The “new policies now being implemented” had to do with casting out the bondwoman and her children of the flesh, which had culminated with the overthrow of the earthly Jerusalem on November 29, 2000. The next day we replaced the earthly Jerusalem with the heavenly Jerusalem as the capital of the Kingdom.
The golden calves had been empowered by the flesh and its bondage to sin. We had undercut their source of power and thus done damage to the Prince of Persia and the other princes. They could not allow this to stand, so they appealed to the Divine Court. But the transfer of authority held up in court, and so it was only a matter of time before these new policies would prevail.
The Legal Response on January 29, 2001
Robert and I filed this response in the Divine Court, stating in part:
“Lord, the Ephraimite, Jeroboam, the first king of the divided Israel, sinned by setting up two golden calves, one in Bethel and one in Dan… Therefore, You poured out upon us the curse and the oath which is written in the law of Moses, the servant of God (Deuteronomy 28) …
“And now, O Lord, as an Ephraimite I ask that these golden calves be cast down, burned with fire, and ground to powder, even as Moses Thy servant did to the golden calf in his day. Let this be our morning sacrifice unto Thee this day, for burnt offerings of bulls and goats are not what You desire, but the sacrifice of our lips and of our hearts.
“I also ask forgiveness first on behalf of the entire tribe of Ephraim, who led Israel into this great sin; also on behalf of all the tribes who concurred in the worship of the golden calf. Blot out their sins, O Lord, that Your promises and covenants may be established in Your people and in all the earth.
“I ask that the whole Church be set free from any and all influence and domination by the golden calves and that the Church be put under the full authority of Jesus Christ alone.
“I ask also for forgiveness on behalf of our whole nation, wherever they may be found. I thank You, for I know that You are a loving and merciful God, and quick to forgive our sins.
“Having removed all the legal grounds on which the Prince of Persia has filed his petition in the Divine Court, I ask that his petition be denied.”
[Confirming Scripture: Psalm 32:1. “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!”]
When the Holy Spirit gave us Psalm 32:1 as an initial ruling, we knew that we had won our case.
The Enemy’s Attack
On February 2, we deposited our staves in the heavenly tabernacle, and our adversaries knew then that they would lose their case. They attacked immediately on February 2, but God told us to “file another petition on February 8 between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., after they have completed their warfare against you. Do as Hezekiah did when the Assyrians blasphemed.” (Note: 2 Kings 19:1-4).
This attack came through Billings, Montana, which was one of the 12 gates on the spiritual wall surrounding America. Recall that in July 2000 we had completed the work of repairing the Sheep Gate at San Francisco after it was breached many years earlier (1981). We did not realize that one of the northern gates (Billings) was still vulnerable.
In our revelation, there are 12 gates on the prayer wall around spiritual America. The north gates are Billings, MT, Minneapolis, MN, and Syracuse, NY. The south gates are Las Cruces, NM, Corpus Christi, TX, and Pensacola, FL. The west gates are Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, and San Diego, CA. The east gates are Miami, FL, Washington DC, and Boston, MA.
Michael and Peniel Commissioned
On February 8 Robert and I were led to file petitions for the commissioning of Michael and Peniel to deal with the spiritual warfare that we knew we would be facing. We discussed the situation by phone and discerned that the angel Peniel, who had been assigned to me in October 1995, had never actually been commissioned to do any warfare.
As the angel of Tabernacles and Transfiguration, Peniel could not do anything specific to fulfill his calling until after the golden calves had been removed from power. (Recall that Peniel had been decommissioned after Israel had worshiped the golden calf in Exodus 32:31 to 33:3.)
Our court case on January 29, 2001 allowed Peniel to begin the final work of preparing the hearts of the overcomers for transfiguration. So on February 8, I drew up the petition to commission Peniel against his natural enemy, the Prince of Persia. After reminding the court that our adversaries had called the word of the Lord “an abomination,” I stated:
“Will not the Judge of the whole earth do right? Father, in obedience to You, we have not answered our accusers, but we recognize that this is Your battle and not ours. Your Name is being blasphemed, not ours. They have nothing but contempt for Your court, Your Law, and Your character of Love.
“In view of these things, we ask that Your mighty angel, Peniel, be commissioned with Your Word of Transfiguration and sent out to destroy the man of sin with the brightness of Your presence and Your Face. We humbly ask that You glorify Your saints with the light of Your countenance. Fill Your people with Your Fullness, even as we petitioned You seven years ago. Withstand and utterly push back the Prince of Persia and bind him with chains of darkness until the time of his final judgment comes. We ask that You fulfill Your vow in Numbers 14:21 that You swore in the presence of Moses, Your servant and friend: ‘As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.’
“We petition this court to empower the angel Peniel to do the work that he has been called to do from the beginning—the work that he was prevented from doing when Israel chose to worship the golden calves. Let this commissioning be established retroactively ten days to January 29, 2001 by turning the clock back to that appointed time.”
When this was completed, Robert presented his petition to commission Michael against his natural enemy, the red dragon. In part, he stated:
“We ask that Your ‘blasts,’ your ministering angels, namely Peniel and Michael, be called forth and commissioned to not only put hooks into the nose of the Prince of Persia and send him back home to be slain in his own country, but also to destroy all who are within the Prince of Persia’s army, including the red dragon, for the blasphemy and illegal siege that has resulted from their actions.
“We also petition for a complete cleansing of Your Heavenly Kingdom, to remove all feces left by the red dragon during his tenure here, along with the cleaning out of the residue left by any others that have been involved in this warfare, whether identified or not. Father, please clean America of her sins and dress us in new garments, so that we may approach You, as Your Son Jesus Christ has (approached You) on our behalf.
“Create new hearts within the people of America, so that we may lead Your flocks into shepherdhood and bring forth Your Heavenly Kingdom here on earth. Thank-You for Your time, and thank-You for opening our eyes to see Your hands in action around us.”
These commissions prepared the way for the warfare that took place throughout most of the year 2001. We did not know it at the time but this warfare would continue until November.
America's Phrygian Cap
The Black Obelisk of Shalmanezer, king of Assyria, pictures King Jehu of Israel wearing a Phrygian Cap. Phrygia was a district in Pergamos, which is called “Satan’s throne” in Revelation 2:13. Phrygian caps were given to freed slaves to show the world their liberated status. However, Roman law stated that this freedom could be revoked at any time for any cause. In the other words, their liberty was granted as a privilege, not as an inherent right. Whoever wore a Phrygian Cap had been given privileges, not rights. This was the status of Jehu when he was pictured bowing before the king of Assyria on the Black Obelisk.
When the Capitol was constructed in Washington D.C., the painting on the inside of the Dome was called “Apotheosis of Washington,” i.e., the deification of George Washington. The word Apotheosis means “the act of placing a prince or other distinguished person among the heathen deities.” This was painted by Constantino Brumidi.
In this painting, the character representing Liberty (or Young America) was given a Phrygian Cap, which is mistakenly called a “liberty cap.”
“Liberty wears a red liberty cap symbolizing emancipation, from a Roman tradition where slaves being manumitted would be given a felt cap (Latin pileus).”
Whoever designed this painting was pretending to present America’s freedom from slavery, but in fact, it portrayed a deeper bondage than what was apparent. It portrayed America as functioning under privilege under the King of Assyria, who in turn was a servant of the Prince of Persia.
This little detail was soon to become significant in the spiritual warfare against the seven princes who supported the Prince of Persia. The purpose of these battles was to set America free and to restore true liberty with God-given rights.