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In past years we have learned about the three courts of heaven. These were imitated, as best they understood, in Jerusalem during biblical times: 1) the throne of grace in the temple, where most petitions are made, 2) the divine court at Bethesda on the Mount of Olives, where judicial decisions were made, and 3) the Council of elders, where more important matters were decided.
In my early life I was accustomed to going before the throne of grace, depicted by the Ark of the Covenant, on which the presence of God “sat” in the Most Holy Place. Then during the Jubilee Prayer Campaign in November of 1993, the divine court was revealed to me, and I realized that spiritual warfare was not simply to be pictured in a military setting. It was a court battle that was to be won through God’s judicial verdicts. Only when the losing side refused to abide by the decision of the Judge did enforcement become necessary. This enforcement could then properly be pictured in a military setting.
In the middle of 2001, during our long year of spiritual warfare, the Divine Council was revealed to us. At first we called it the Holy Sanhedrin, but later we adopted the terminology of the New Testament and referred to it as The Council (Mark 15:43) and The Divine Council. Even then, it took some years to begin to understand the purpose of The Council and how it differed from the Divine Court.
In the past month our understanding was increased further. On March 16 God referred to The Council of Peace, which, in the Kingdom of God, will replace the United Nations and its International Court of Justice.
The Council members in the Kingdom will be composed of overcomers to settle international disputes and create “peace” (reconciliation) between nations. There will be representatives from all seven continents. These overcomers will have the mind of Christ, who is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Powerful nations will no longer have veto power in the Security Council; small nations will not have (or need) to be part of the hegemony of a larger nation.
To gain confirmation and get a better understanding of this was one of the purposes of our prayer/discernment meetings this past weekend.
The main prophetic type of the Prince of Peace is seen in the early reign of Solomon, whose name is derived from shalom, “peace.” Solomon was the son of King David—hence, he was a “prince.” The age to come is a Tabernacles Age, which follows the Pentecostal Age between the two comings of Christ. Isaiah 2:4 speaks of the coming age as an era of peace, where “never again will they learn war.”
Though we presently stand in the midst of wars and rumors of war, God is even now beginning to establish His Council of Peace. We ourselves have acted as Council members in recent years, but we know that we are not the only ones. God has called others to decide certain matters on earth as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Yet we know that our gathering this past weekend was one such gathering of the Council of Peace.
Replacing the Spirit of Revenge with Peace
On February 26-28, 2001 we conducted spiritual warfare against two demonic entities, one of which was the Spirit of Revenge. After defeating him on February 28, 2001 we were led to replace him with the Spirit of Peace. Twenty-one years later (2022) we find ourselves in a parallel time in which the results of the battles in 2001 are now becoming visible in the world. So last February 28 the Lord required John to forgive the bank manager who had caused him so much trouble.
It was as if we were overthrowing the Spirit of Revenge and replacing him with Peace. From then on, God began to give further revelation about peace until finally we had to call together a Council meeting to get a fuller revelation.
He is Building Effective Apostleship
As I wrote last Friday, March 18, there was to be a delay until Tuesday, March 22, based on the pattern of 1983. This overlays the delay of March 18-22, 1983 to the prayer battle on March 22-24, 2001, which overthrew the last four of the seven princes.
So these are our most immediate watch dates this week. It appears that the bank accounts in South Africa will finally be fully operational so that the work of the Kingdom can proceed unhindered. From an earthly perspective, we expect to see the accounts completed on the 22nd, but the prophetic patterns suggest a 3-day battle before full victory is established on the 24th.
Meanwhile, the key figure in the team opposing us suddenly died yesterday (unknown causes). We only know that he died in the hospital. He was only about 40 years old. Our banker friend reports that the blockages are dissipating quickly, perhaps as a result of this man’s death.
The prayer campaign on March 22-24, 2001 was fought to overthrow the Red Dragon, the Prince of Counterfeit, the Prince of Slavery, and the Prince of Influence. God said we were to call this campaign He is Building Effective Apostleship. The name implies that the apostles of Pentecost have failed to achieve the goal of their calling and that He was now going to raise up effective apostles—that is, successful apostles.
An apostle is “one who is sent.” God first trains people before sending them out. This is what Jesus did with His twelve disciples in the first century.
Recall that we first made a trip to the Apostle Islands in 2011 but were prevented from going on the cruise around those islands because of a storm. We succeeded in 2016, and, as a double witness, we also visited the “Twelve Apostles,” another cluster of islands on the south coast of Australia. Each of these trips spoke prophetically into the revelation of 2001 regarding God’s plan to build effective apostleship.
It has been nearly six years since the apostleship was established prophetically in May 2016. The way I interpret it, “the effective” apostles were ready in 2016, but lacked the means by which to do the work. Now we are seeing the 2001 pattern emerge in 2022. This is about the funding necessary for the “effective” apostles to actually do the work. So unless there is more preparation work that is yet hidden from us, we should be able to launch this greater work of building the Kingdom. The work should be ready when a sufficient number of apostles are trained and ready.