For several weeks I have had numerous encounters with the Lord instructing me to sound the alarm and awaken the warriors! At 5:00 a.m. on January 8, 2012, this commission was confirmed and amplified by an extremely vivid prophetic dream.
As the dream began, I saw myself in my office busily finishing a new book. Suddenly, I was summoned to the courts of Heaven. In a split second, faster than you could ever imagine, I was transported to stand within the most beautiful, brilliant light, the Living Light of the heavenly courts. Pouring from this radiant, pearl-colored Light came a powerful voice, saying; “Look and see!”
An Evil Plot Exposed
This was not an invitation but rather a command. Suddenly, my attention was drawn to the second heaven, an evil, wicked place where I saw satan quite clearly from a place of perfect peace and protection. What I saw was beyond anything I had previously seen or encountered: satan was forming an evil plot and plan to destroy untold millions of people.
The foe of our soul, the devil, was giving orders to a principality in a wicked, cruel voice. Although he sounded very sinister, he was nevertheless very excited, declaring: “The time has come!” All Hell suddenly buzzed with expectancy. The principality summoned another demon to bring a box that appeared to be a chest, covered with a black vapor. The devil then opened the chest and removed a key, which he then gave to the wicked principality. That principality immediately inserted the key into his belly.
With the insertion of this key, an evil door was opened inside the second heaven, making a way for the passage of the principality who began to spin his head around so fast that he quickly transformed into a living black cloud, spinning like a tornado. I was stunned by what I saw.
Then the voice from the bright, beautiful, pearl-colored light spoke, saying, “His mission is to release the evil hordes upon humanity. Your mission is to stop him!”
I was then told to follow the evil, spinning cloud. The principality began traveling to earth, heading toward a vast, mountainous region much like the Bad Lands of the Dakotas. The spinning cloud landed in a cave on the side of a very rugged mountain. Suddenly I, too, was deep within the cave, which felt like the heart of the earth. Although it was darker than dark, I was surprised that I could see clearly, as if I were wearing night-vision goggles.
The cave reeked with the smell of death. The stench was beyond description, the entire atmosphere saturated with wickedness. Slowly, the cloud began to rearrange itself into the form of an evil being standing on two feet, but much different from a man. Its arrival in the deep cave caused a stir of excitement to untold numbers of demons who seemed to be bound by some invisible force. The evil being raised the key that had been in its belly and prepared to release these demons of death.
Suddenly, a struggle began that was more violent than words can convey. The principality summoned demonic help and I knew that I must also call for Heaven’s help. I began to pray loudly in the Spirit. My wife was awakened by my struggling beside her in bed. She had heard me praying in tongues and declaring,“Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy! Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy!” She also heard me saying, “Step! Step!” In the dream, I was shown that the only pathway for returning from this dark place was to step into the light. This is the meaning of Psalm 119:105, which declares that Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. During the dream, the Holy Spirit assured me that He would show me each step I would have to take to navigate out of the evil fortress of that dark cave.
At this point I awakened. My wife was praying with me during the struggle and related to me what she had heard me saying. The following morning, I was amazed when my son and grandsons came to our home to share some dreams they had also experienced that same night. Their dreams were also extremely relevant for the season we are in.
Call For Heaven’s Help
In response to the demon hordes now being released upon the earth, we must call for Heaven’s help and step into the light! We must sound the alarm and awaken the warriors of God, never forgetting that we are struggling against extremely deadly foes. Paul gives a strong warning and offers specific guidance for us in Ephesians 6:10-20 AMP:
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
Having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
And [pray] also for me, that [freedom of] utterance may be given me, that I may open my mouth to proclaim boldly the mystery of the Good News (the Gospel),
For which I am an ambassador in a coupling chain [in prison. Pray] that I may declare it boldly and courageously, as I ought to do.
What is our response to this releasing of the demon hordes of Hell? We are not called to live in fear, but in faith, knowing that God has already given us His power (1 John 4:4). We are called to stand strong, knowing that our foe has already been defeated. Christ our King is already victorious (Colossians 2:15)! God has already transported us from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of light and love (Colossians 1:13)! We have already been given power to withstand the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) from a position of peace (Romans 16:20).
Do not cease to worship the Lord with thanksgiving and praise, no matter your circumstances. Recognize that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Ruler over ALL. After He was crucified at Calvary, Christ Jesus took the keys of Hell and death away from the enemy (Revelation 1:18). And in Matthew 16:19, the Lord Himself assures us of this:
And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.
We have also been given keys, mighty keys, to unleash the dunamis power and unconditional, matchless love of God in the Person of Jesus Christ, to seek and save the lost to the uttermost.
Our Keys: Power and Authority
What are these keys that have been given to us? The Greek word translated key in these Scriptures in Revelation 1:18 and Matthew 16:19 is kleis, a word used to denote “power and authority.” This Greek word is from the root word klei, which literally means to “shut” or to “shut up.” We have literally been given the authority to “shut” the doors of access to the devil on earth and to “shut” the mouth of the accuser who tries to convince us of Hell’s victory.
Bind up those evil spirits! Rebuke doubt and unbelief! Bind up the evil hordes who oppress, depress, confuse, defeat and discourage! We have been given the keys to loose the will of God on earth.
Let us pray that the Lord opens our eyes to see our position and authority in Christ! The distance between Heaven and earth is gone, forever removed by the Father from His side through the sacrifice of His Son, in whom we are made warriors of mercy, love and truth. Placed in Christ in the throne room, by and with the Father, we have been given His authority on earth! Call forth the heavenly hosts with authority! Step into the light of Christ to follow the Lamb wherever He goes!
May these days be filled with the overflowing peace, grace and favor of God for you and your loved ones. Amen!