The Great Advantage

I want to mention a dream today that I believe, in part, was about the Supreme Court overturning Roe. I addressed the dream, given to Greg Hood, with a fair amount of detail a few months back, so I will not revisit all of it. (I have included the entire dream at the end of the post.) In summary, the Ekklesia and kingdom of darkness were contending for America; this was pictured by a baseball game. The event was called the World Seers Series. Four batters on team Ekklesia faced the opposing pitcher. I and other prophetic voices felt that our four batters represented assignments and strategies in the four quarters of 2022.

Without restating the details and complete interpretation, we felt the first quarter represented a concerted prayer effort to remove the hold of a religious spirit over America. The spirit of religion seeks to promote form without power, erode intimacy with God, remove Holy Spirit’s influence, and more (see 2 Timothy 3:5; Revelation 2:4, 3:1). We were given very specific assignments through which to do this, culminating with a private prayer gathering in Washington D.C., on 2/22. Though the fruit of this will take time to manifest, we are beginning to see signs of such, and are confident our assignment was accomplished.

Again, without giving details, it seemed clear to us that the second quarter (April-June) was about abortion and the Supreme Court reversing Roe. Obviously, this occurred, with a week left in the quarter. Here is the portion of the dream that we feel applies to the upcoming third quarter of this year:

“Dutch then called from the dugout, ‘Hamon you are up!’

“Jane Hamon grabbed a bat and stepped from the dugout. Dutch said to her, ‘They will position themselves at the wall because they know you can break the home run record with one swing of your bat. I feel you should bunt towards third.’

“She replied, ‘That's exactly what I was thinking. I have noticed that the third baseman does not have the rapidness in his eyes that he thinks he has.’ As Jane stood in the batter’s box we could see the number on her jersey: 4851. The pitcher mocked her as she waited for the pitch. He threw a fastball, high and just outside the corner of the plate, missing the strike zone. Jane stood still; she never even twitched.

“Seeing this, the angel, Gabriel, our third base coach, looked at the runner on second base and gave him the signal to steal third as soon as the pitcher started his next wind-up. The pitcher drew back his arm and as soon as he did the runner left second base; he was so fast, it was almost as if he supernaturally appeared on third base. This confused the pitcher as he saw our runner out of the corner of his eye stepping on third base. He pitched the ball and it came to the plate. It was low and just outside the strike zone.

“At this point, Dutch stepped outside our dugout and motioned to Jane to come over to him. He leaned in to her and said, ‘Let the next two pitches go through. No swinging at what he is throwing. This will give us the strategy we need to win this.’ Some thought Dutch was thinking the pitcher was tired and wouldn’t be able to throw any more strikes, that he would walk her. But this wasn’t the case.

“Jane stepped back into the batter’s box and did as Dutch had coached her to do. The next pitch came hard and fast. ‘STRIKE ONE’ the umpire shouted, then laughed. The next pitch came as a change-up, very slowly. ‘STRIKE TWO!’

“Jane stepped out of the batter’s box and took a deep breath looking back at Dutch. He motioned Jane back to where he was standing and said, ‘The count is 2 and 2. We are at the right point to bunt down the third baseline.’

“Jane approached the plate again and positioned herself. The pitcher released a curve ball. She bunted it down the third baseline, which caught the third baseman off guard. (Batters don’t normally bunt with 2 strikes; if they bunt a foul ball, they’re out.) He moved very slowly and retrieved the ball, but he didn’t throw it to first base out of fear that our runner on third would advance to home plate. Consequently, our runner on first easily moved to second and Jane ran to first. Now the bases were loaded.” (End of this part of the dream.)

There is more to the dream, but I believe this portion is about the third quarter of the year. Our third batter, Jane Hamon, could have tried for a home run. She was obviously capable, and to have successfully done so would have broken the home run record. Her actions speak of humility. I believe Holy Spirit is saying this is a time for the Ekklesia to walk in humility. This is not a time to gloat over the victory we just achieved. It isn’t a time to mock and belittle those who disagree with us. If we do so, we will alienate those we want to reach. Also, pride will cause us to fail. Take the humble approach.

Jane was unmoved by the enemy’s mocking and the pitches he was throwing. “No swinging at what he is throwing,” she was told. “Jane stood still; she never even twitched.” This is a warning to not be distracted by what satan does during this season. We must listen to Holy Spirit’s strategies, not be moved by what the powers of darkness say or do.

The dream shows that God has a plan to surprise the enemy, the powers of darkness, in this season. They were expecting Jane to attempt a home run but she was instructed not to do so. She was to bunt, and do so at a time when they would never have expected it. God has surprises coming.

Jane is a prophet. I believe the dream shows us that God is going to give very important strategies to prophetic leaders in this season. We must listen closely to them. I also believe it is a caution to prophets, and we who are prophetic, to walk in the humility demonstrated by Jane. We must not sensationalize, try to hit “home runs” with our revelation, prophetic words, etc. We must listen carefully to Holy Spirit and only say what He gives us to say.

And lastly, the number Jane wore on her jersey is the number of the Greek word (in Strongs concordance) meaning, “to bring together, causing an advantage.” This is the word Jesus used in John 16:7 when He said it was to our “advantage” that He went back to Heaven. This was because He would send Holy Spirit to us. In his fleshly body, Jesus could only be in one place at a time. When Holy Spirit came, He would be IN us, not just with us, and could be in/with all of us, all the time.

I believe this is telling us Holy Spirit is “coming,” being “sent” to us - that He is about to be poured out in powerful and unexpected ways over the summer months. He, and He alone, is our advantage. Only His strategies, power and presence will give us victory. We must humble ourselves and ask for Him to move in exceptional ways - starting now. This “coming” was made possible by the Supreme Court’s ruling. Holy Spirit is now about to “load the bases,” positioning us to win the game. America shall be saved!

The shaking must and will continue. But we must not be alarmed or distracted by this. It is what we have asked for - the exposing and removing of evil in our land. Keep appealing to Heaven, church. It still works!

Pray with me:

Father, we thank You once again for Your deliverance from the evil decree of Roe. We believe that in Your mercy You are cleansing us from the national, corporate defilement it brought upon us. Wash us in the blood of Jesus. May it flow from Your mercy seat to the heart of our nation. We thank You also for delivering us from the effects of a religious spirit: having a form of godliness without power, a reputation that we’re alive when, in reality, spiritual death controls us. Forgive us for rejecting Holy Spirit.

We now turn ourselves to the next [third] quarter of this year. As we do, we humble ourselves before You. No victory we gain is from our own strength. You are the strength of our lives. You are the greater One.

Holy Spirit, we ask You to come to us in extraordinary ways. Come in power, revelation, salvation, and deliverance. You are our advantage; You make the difference. May the next three months mark a distinct shift in Your activity in and across this nation. Shake what must be shaken; strengthen that which remains.

Refresh the leadership of Your Ekklesia, especially those who lead us prophetically. We ask for them to be fine-tuned, more so than ever before. We ask that they be convicted by You to weigh their words very carefully, to listen until they are confident they are releasing only Your words. And we ask that all of us are reminded to be alert. Enable us to recognize the attacks and strategies of the enemy meant to distract us. We declare now that by Your grace and strength we will not be distracted in this season. We pray all of these things in Christ’s name, Father. Amen.

Our decree:

We declare that Holy Spirit is our great advantage - He will not fail!

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The World Seer Series Dream

(Dreamed early the morning of January 2, 2022, by Dr. Greg Hood)

As the dream started I could see that we were in a baseball stadium. I knew we were playing on our home field which in the dream was known as Royal Stadium. I also knew that the stadium was located in Washington D.C.

All the seats in the stadium were filled with people. I knew the people in the seats were mostly Americans. A smaller portion of the people were from somewhere I had never heard of. The attendees were there to watch what we knew was the World Seers Series.

Dutch and I coached one of the teams playing in the World Seer’s Series. (Our team was the Election prayer team, and more.) It was the final game in the series and we were ahead. It was our turn to bat. Dutch was the Head Coach of the team. He wrote out a new batting order, and hung it in our dugout for the team to see. The atmosphere in the dugout changed somewhat, with some thinking that the old batting order was better than the order Dutch had rewritten.

We had a home-field advantage. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and we were winning. The scoreboard displayed the score of 20 for the opposing team and 22 for our team. I could see clearly on the scoreboard our team name - Kingdom Ekklesia. I could not make out the name of the opposing team; their name was very blurry.

The mood shifted in our dugout as our team made an effort to encourage one another. We knew we were in the last innings of this game and the game was tight. We didn’t take anything for granted now. We focused intensely. We were the underdog, it seemed, and there was great urgency to win this game for the nation.

Dutch shouted, “Smith, lead us off!”

Smith stepped from the dugout, but before making his way to home plate I said to him, “The ball needs to be hit straight down the first baseline with great force. Your assignment is to remove the hindrance that’s guarding first base.” As Smith walked toward home plate we could see he was wearing the number 5221 on his jersey. He stepped into the batter’s box and the pitcher threw him a curveball. He hit it so hard down the first baseline that the first baseman could not see it coming. It struck him on the side of his neck and incapacitated him. Anger became very evident in the opposing team because they now had no first baseman. The umpire at first base held Smith on first and would not allow him to advance.

Ken Malone was coaching first base and begin to speak to Smith. He instructed him to watch the third base coach for he would give the sign he needed to steal second. Coaching third base was the Archangel, Gabriel.

Dutch then said, “Jones, you are up. We need advancement. You know the pitch you are looking for!”

Jones said to Dutch, “I feel a confidence that I have never felt before. The pitcher will not be able to resist throwing me my pitch.”

Before Jones approached the batter’s box I said to him, “The guy in left field is expecting you to hit it high and long. Hit it high and short into left field. He won’t be able to adjust his position in time to catch you out.”

Jones smiled with a big grin and said, “This is what I was built for. I was born to give ‘left field’ problems.” We could see the numbers on his jersey as he walked to the batter’s box. He was wearing the number 2388. Just before the pitcher released the ball, Gabriel gave Smith the sign to steal. Smith shot from first and stole second.

The pitch landed just in front of home plate. The umpire called it a strike. Jones looked at Dutch for the correction. Dutch came out of the dugout very quickly and proceeded toward the umpire with fire in his eyes, and as he pointed his finger at the umpire he declared, “YOU WILL REVERSE THIS CALL AND GIVE IT BACK! YOU DO NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE STRIKE ZONE!” The umpire reversed the call immediately. I could tell in the dream that it weakened his authority on the field when Dutch addressed him this way.

Before stepping back into the batter’s box, Jones looked at the pitcher and said, “You don’t have the nerve to throw me my pitch. You don’t have the ability to cause me to miss it. Throw that ‘cutter’ and I will hit it.” You could see the anger and pride on the pitcher’s face. He drew back and threw Jones his pitch. He threw it hard and fast. Jones hit it high and shallow into left field. The left fielder called it which stopped any of his other teammates from advancing toward the ball. The left fielder ran forward for the ball and as he did this he was watching the spin Jones had put on the ball. This confused him and caused him to trip, which caused him to miss the ball. When he fell, he dislocated both of his knees and could not stand back up. Jones easily made it to first base. Smith stayed at second.

Dutch then called from the dugout, “Johnson, you are up!” (When I first shared this dream, I had not yet received permission to use Jane Hamon’s name, so I used the fictitious name of Johnson.)

Johnson took a bat in her hand and stepped from the dugout and I said to her, “They will position themselves at the wall because they know you can break the home run record with one swing of your bat. I feel you should bunt towards third.”

She replied, “That’s exactly what I was thinking. I have noticed that he does not have the rapidness in his eyes that he thinks he has.” As Johnson stood in the batter’s box we once again could see the number on the jersey. Her number was 4851. The pitcher mocked her as she stood there waiting for the pitch. He threw a fastball high and just outside the corner of the plate missing the strike zone. Johnson stood still. She never even twitched.

Seeing this, Gabriel looked at Smith and gave him the signal to steal third as soon as the pitcher started his next wind-up. The pitcher drew back his arm and as soon as he did, Smith left second base and it was almost as if he just appeared on third. This confused the pitcher as he caught Smith out of the corner of his eye stepping onto third base. He released the ball and it came to the plate again this time, low and just outside the strike zone.

Dutch stepped outside our dugout and motioned to Johnson to come over to him. He leaned into her ear and said, “Let the next two pitches go through. No swinging at what he is throwing. This will give us the strategy we need to win this.” Some thought that Dutch was thinking that the pitcher was done and he did not have any more strikes left in his arm.

Johnson stepped back to the batter’s box and did as Dutch had coached her to do. The next pitch came hard and fast. “STRIKE ONE” the umpire shouted and then laughed. The second pitch came as a change-up pitch and was very slow. “STRIKE TWO!”

Johnson stepped out of the batter’s box and took a deep breath looking back at Coach Dutch. Dutch motioned Johnson back to where he was standing and said, “The count is 2 and 2. We are in the right place to bunt it down the third baseline.”

She approached the plate again and positioned herself. The pitcher released a curveball. Johnson stepped into it and bunted down the third baseline. It caught the third baseman off guard. No one had ever bunted on this pitch before. He moved very slowly and retrieved the ball. He held it in fear that Smith would advance to home plate. Jones easily moved to second and Johnson took first.

Now the bases were loaded.

The coach and the catcher from the other team went out to the pitcher’s mound and began speaking with the pitcher. In the dream, we could tell there was much disagreement among them. It even seemed that the pitcher had authority over the coach of the other team.

As we were watching this, a phone rang in our dugout. Dutch answered it. We could see him looking up and behind home plate into one of the skyboxes as he talked on the phone. He was speaking to our team owner. The owner of the team said to Dutch, “You are to pinch-hit. We have a wicket here to not only win the game but to win big.” He went on to say, “Dutch, you know this pitcher. He has lost big games before. He is not what he has made himself out to be. Be patient and don’t be distracted by what he will throw at you. He wants to get your eyes off the pennant.”

Dutch hung up the phone and said, “Hood, hand me my bat. I’ve been instructed to pinch-hit.” I reached for Dutch’s bat and pulled it from a large wooden communion box that it was locked away in. As I removed it I could see clearly that the bat had inscribed on it Ephesians 1:17. I handed it to Dutch as he said to me, “What direction should I launch the ball?”

I said to Dutch, “Straight for the throat of the pitcher! Remove his voice!”

Dutch replied with a smile on his face, “You know, many will think this is a dirty and illegal move on our part. But what the heck, we won’t allow them to force us to play by their rules anymore. We play ball for the Royals.”

As Dutch walked to the batter’s box I said, “If you hit the mark it will change this game.”

The pitcher approached the batter’s box and as Dutch stepped into it, said to him, “I am here to take you and this weak team out once and for all. You have no hope of making it out of this batter’s box in your right mind. This is my season and you will not steal it from me!”

Dutch stepped up to him, just an inch of his face, and spoke with a firm and bold voice, “I am here to uncover you. Now go back to your perch and throw the ball if you dare!”

As he walked back to the pitcher’s mound we could see his name on the back of his jersey. (Remember thus far in the dream we did not know who he was or who this team was.) Written there was the name, “Zephon.”

He released his first pitch and it was not aimed anywhere close to home plate. It went over the stadium wall behind home plate and hit a bus that was parked in the parking lot. It put a large dent in the back left side of that bus. An alarm sounded with a very distinct sound. We knew this was our team’s bus. The umpire shouted, “STRIKE ONE!”

The coach came to the pitcher’s mound again and brought the pitcher, Zephon, another baseball glove. It was a left-hander’s glove and an old greasy-looking ball. The pitcher had been pitching right-handed the entire game up until now. He went into his wind-up and released the ball; it flew into the dugout. The umpire shouted, “STRIKE TWO!” The umpire spoke to the pitcher, “You only have one strike left.”

It was at this time in the dream that we noticed the umpire was wearing a white doctor’s-type coat that had the insignia of a Pharmacist on it. Dutch turned to the umpire and said to him, "You are no longer allowed to call this game; we remove you, and Michael will take your place!” (I don’t know who Michael was in the dream but am thinking the angel.) Dutch then turned to the pitcher and said, “Throw your ball. This is your last pitch but not my last ball! I will deliver the third strike to you and your house!”

Zephon threw the ball and Dutch hit it with a powerful swing. The ball went to its mark and struck the throat of the pitcher taking his voice and his strength. Zephon was removed from the game. We knew in the dream the game had changed and this pitcher would never pitch again.

End of Dream

We Are the Post-Roe Generation

America changed on Friday [June 24, 2022].

Some of us are ecstatic; others are angry. The following quotes make clear the vast distinctions between the pro-life and pro-abortion camps in America:

“This is a great day in American history, especially for the millions of children whose innocent lives will be spared from the horrors of abortion in the years to come. For too long Roe V. Wade has poisoned our courts, our culture, and our laws. Today’s decision corrects the grave constitutional error of Roe v. Wade - and finally gives the American people, through their elected representatives, the power to fix America’s extreme abortion laws and enshrine protections for the unborn in law,” says Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts. (1)

Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins said, “The injustice of Roe has finally come to an end, and the momentum to protect life in law is finally on the side of innocent preborn children, and their mothers who deserve our help. Roe v. Wade has been a cancer…resulting in more than 63 million deaths. Today, the court has cut it out and that’s a win. Now we get back to building up a healthy society, affirming life for women and their children - born and preborn.” (2)

Rev. Franklin Graham stated, “The United States Supreme Court just announced one of the most significant rulings in my lifetime - officially voting to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision [which] was ‘egregiously wrong from the start,’ as stated by Justice Samuel Alito.” (3)

Dr. Alveda King shares, “I have longed for and fought for this day. A giant victory for the moment, but much work is yet to be done! I will continue to fight for human dignity for everyone - from the womb to the tomb.” (4)

Former President Barack Obama tweeted, “Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues - attacking the essential freedom of millions of Americans.” (5)

On Friday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “The ‘Republican-controlled’ Supreme Court achieved the GOP’s dark and extreme goal of ripping away women’s right to make their own reproductive health decisions. American women today have less freedom than their mothers. With Roe now out of their way, radical Republicans are charging ahead with their crusade to criminalize health freedom. A woman’s fundamental health decisions are her own to make, in consultation with her doctor and her loved ones - not to be dictated by far-right politicians.” Pelosi continues, “While Republicans seek to punish and control women, Democrats will keep fighting ferociously to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law. This cruel ruling is outrageous and heart-wrenching. But make no mistake: the rights of women and all Americans are on the ballot this November.” (6) I can’t keep from commenting on this. The derangement of calling this Supreme Court decision “cruel,” “outrageous,” and “heart-wrenching” is a profound and chilling indictment on the inhuman thinking of Nancy Pelosi. She is strongly influenced by evil.

“Today is one of the darkest days our country has ever seen,” says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. “American women are having their rights taken by 5 unelected Justices on the extremist MAGA court…These justices - appointed by Republicans and presiding without accountability - have stolen the fundamental right to abortion.” (7)

And last but not least, written on t-shirts and placards being worn and held by young adults standing in front of the Supreme court, were the words, “I am the Post-Roe Generation.” (8)

I have been very vocal about where I stand on abortion, as well as the need for the church to be engaged in prayer, voting, and other activities in order to end this evil. The Dobbs ruling did NOT end abortion in America - it simply sends the decision back to the states and, therefore, the people - but it was a GREAT victory. It ended “Hamon’s” evil decree. (see Esther 3)

Responsibility for sins and the reaping they produce occurs not only on a personal level, but also corporately. “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people,” (Proverbs 14:34). In scripture, judgments for sin occurred in the lives of individuals, but also in nations. Israel was judged several times for their corporate turning away from God. The book of Judges gives multiple examples of this taking place. Here is one of them:

“All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel. Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the Lord to anger. So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had spoken and as the Lord had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed.” (Judges 2:10-15; NASB)

Since the 1990s, I have been saying the “strong man” over America (see Matthew 12:29), Baal, lives at the Supreme Court. I’ve stated that they have opened the door for more evil to flow into America than any other group or authority. The evil and destruction their decisions have created are, quite literally, immeasurable. Not only have these rulings resulted in tens of millions of murders, but also of a consequent culture of death in America. Add to this other rulings that reject God’s (and the Scripture’s) influence, break His laws and redefine His covenants (marriage) - and the devastation has been unfathomable. In every presidential election of the past 30 years, I’ve warned that “It’s about the Courts.” Why? The president appoints the Supreme Court Justices and Federal Judges.

The election of Donald Trump caused a major shift and breakthrough in this regard. He appointed 3 conservative, Constitutionalist, pro-life Justices. The result: with the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe, a law/decree that brought devastating judgments on us as a nation has been canceled. This will now allow national cleansing to occur and permit the fruit of righteousness to flow down on our nation, at least in this regard. America’s most egregious sin - this national law/decree legalizing the murder of babies - has been reversed and our covenant with death has been broken (see Isaiah 28:18). This reversal is the first and most important step toward the ending of the death culture in America. The church should begin to pray for the ending of murders, including mass shootings. Our prayers will now have more influence in this regard.

Also, I believe the Lord recently spoke to me that the ending of Roe will now allow Him to deal with states on an individual basis rather than the entire nation. The states that stand for life will experience blessing; those whose leaders harden their hearts will not. HOWEVER, I also believe I heard Him say that the people who stand for life in pro-abortion states can be covered, protected, and blessed.

And I believe I heard one more thing: as an individual state’s cup of iniquity becomes full (Genesis 15:16), He will begin judging and removing those in its government who make the evil laws. God wants to redeem people, not judge them. He can judge the wicked while blessing the righteous. He can send revival to a state while removing deterrents, including people. The judgment of evil leaders and systems will be salvation and blessing to many people. We must pray for this to occur in states whose governments are now pro-death.

So, my praying friend, while Goliath’s head was indeed cut off, we must persist and not grow weary until abortion in America is only in our history books.

Pray with me:

Father, thank You for hearing our prayers and enabling America to reverse the evil, evil decree of Roe. We know it is not the end of the journey. We realize that millions of hearts will have to change through the coming awakening, causing a reformation of laws and actions, in order to see this shedding of innocent blood stop. We are praying toward this end and we know we are praying Your will. But for this incredible breakthrough, the reversing of Haman‘s evil decree, we thank You.

We pray that the cleansing from this sin will cause a heightened level of revelation, opening the eyes of people to the evil of abortion. We pray that it will cause the hold of the spirit of death to be broken off of our nation, resulting in fewer murders and suicides. We pray that as the cups of iniquity continue to fill for unrighteous government officials, You will remove them from their positions and free the people from their unrighteous rule. Send revival to liberal, leftist strongholds!

And we pray that the minds of the young generation of Americans - those who have been indoctrinated by ungodly educators and leaders - would be freed supernaturally fast through the coming revival. This generation is destined to experience and participate in the greatest revival in history. We pray now for their liberation and the shift of their paradigms to come quickly. Save and deliver them, we pray, in the mighty name of Jesus!

Our decree:

We declare, with grateful hearts, that we are “the Post-Roe Generation.”

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  2. Ibid.



  5. Tweet @BarackObama,10:26AM - Jun 24, 2022 - Twitter Web App




Keep the Serpent Out of Your Garden

My good friend, Chuck Pierce, told me recently I needed to revisit and teach from my book, Watchman Prayer. Chuck said it was more important now than when I wrote it 20 years ago. A couple of weeks back Gene Bailey and our friends at Flashpoint also mentioned the book. Gene said watchmen prayer is what he feels the upcoming Flashpoint Live in Atlanta is all about. This gathering on July 1 is so important. Please join us either in person or on the Victory Channel. You can find out more here.

With these confirmations in mind, over the coming weeks, I am planning to teach occasionally about being watchmen for our nation, families, and leaders here on Give Him 15.

Satan takes advantage of us when we are not functioning as watchmen, as is made clear in the following verse: “In order that no advantage be taken of us by satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11). The context of this verse is forgiveness, but a general principle is also revealed. Let’s analyze the verse more closely.

The word “ignorant” is from the Greek verb agnoeo, which means to be “without knowledge or understanding of.”(1) Our English word “agnostic” is derived from it. Technically, an agnostic is not a person who is unsure if he or she believes in God, although we now use the word almost exclusively in this way. In actuality, an agnostic is a person without knowledge or understanding, regardless of the subject. We also get the word “ignore” from the same Greek word. In this verse, we’re urged not to ignore or be an agnostic - without understanding - where the devil is concerned.

“Schemes” is from the word noema, which literally means “thought.” The verse is saying, “Don’t be without understanding of the way satan thinks.” Noema came to also mean “plans, schemes, plots, devices”(2) because these things are born in the thoughts of the mind. For greater insight, let’s insert all of these concepts back into the verse: “Don’t be without understanding of the way your enemy thinks and operates - of his plans, plots, schemes, and devices.” By the way, is there not also a promise in this warning? If God says we must not be ignorant of satan’s schemes, He is obviously willing to reveal them to us.

What will happen if we are unaware of satan’s schemes? The verse says he’ll take advantage of us. The word “advantage” is derived from pleonekteo, which is a compound word meaning literally “to have or hold the greater portion” (pleon - “the greater part”; echo - “to have or hold”).(3) It is easy to see why this is the word for “covet.” It also means “overreach.”(4) In boxing, the person who has a longer reach has the advantage and usually gets in more blows.

The word pleonekteo is also translated “make a gain”; satan makes a lot of gains on those who are unaware of his ways. The Greek scholar, Bullinger, says pleonekteo means “to make a prey of, to defraud.”(5) Let’s use all of these definitions to translate the verse: “To the degree we are ignorant of the way our adversary thinks and operates - of his plans, plots, schemes and devices - to that degree he will gain on us, prey on us, defraud us of what is ours and have or hold the greater portion.”

The greater portion of what? Whatever! Our homes, marriages, families, communities, money, government, nation, and more. In the 1970s and 1980s, the church in America was without understanding of what satan was planning in our education system and he took the greater portion of our schools. The same could be said of our government.

Paul was taken advantage of by satan in 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Satan gained on him (plenekteo) in the ongoing war over spreading the gospel: “For we wanted to come to you - I, Paul, more than once - and yet satan thwarted us.” We know Paul won more battles than he lost, but he was human and at times satan succeeded in thwarting his plans. Please notice the verse doesn’t say God changed His mind about where Paul was to go. It clearly says satan hindered him. Those who would have us think that satan can do nothing except what God allows and, therefore, we are to simply ignore him, are misled. God doesn’t ignore the devil and neither should we.

And satan certainly does a lot of things God doesn’t “allow” him to do. The only sense in which it can be said that God allows everything which occurs on earth is that He created the laws and principles - sowing and reaping, cause and effect, and the free will of humans - that govern the earth. We, however, implement these principles and determine much of what we reap and experience. Satan understands these laws also, and uses them to his advantage whenever possible. (6)

The first example of failing to keep watch in the Bible was by Adam. God told him in Genesis 2:15 to “keep” the garden. The word “keep” is the Hebrew word shamar, which is one of the three Old Testament words used for a watchman. One of the main concepts of the word involves protection and preservation.

Adam was told to protect the garden, watching for attacks from the evil one, the serpent. Why do I assert this? Because first of all, it is much in keeping with the nature of God to have warned Adam. Not to have done so would have been inconsistent with God’s character. Second, neither Adam nor Eve seemed shocked when a snake talked to them. It evidently didn’t surprise them; they knew about the serpent! Third, what else could there have been before the Fall to guard, keep, or protect the garden from? Only the serpent.(7) From this first mention of the responsibility of watchmen, we can see that their first responsibility is to keep the serpent out of their God-given gardens.

The serpent is always interloping, seeking to grab the greater portion. He has sunk his venomous fangs into many portions of America and the world. The fruit of his poisonous venom is evil and deadly.

Pray with me:

Father, our lack of understanding has enabled satan to take advantage of us in numerous ways. You are giving us the understanding that this does NOT have to be the case. Holy Spirit is willing and ready to alert us to our enemy’s plans and schemes as he attempts to steal, kill and destroy. He will reveal what is happening behind the scenes and show us how to pray.

We ask for increased revelation of how to be watchmen for our families, homes, friends, leaders, and nations. Teach us more about this privilege. Help us to become more sensitive to the promptings of Holy Spirit as He alerts us to the plans of satan.

And regarding our nation, You are awakening the Ekklesia to our responsibility of watching over our government, our schools and children, our cities, etc. We were asleep for many years and satan gained a great advantage. But we are now understanding our authority and taking back what he has stolen. You said in Scripture You would make Baal vomit up what he had stolen (Jeremiah 51:44). We will take back our schools, our children, our government, and our nation, in the name of Jesus!

Our decree:

We decree that the hold of the serpent is being broken and we are retaking what he has stolen.

Today’s post was taken from my book Watchman Prayer.

Click on the link below to watch the full video.

Dutch Sheets, Watchman Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Bethany House Publishers, 2014), pp 15-21.

1. Ethelbert W. Bullinger, A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1975), p. 400.

2. Spiros Zodhiates, Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible - New American Standard, rev. Ed. (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 19990), p. 1797.

3. Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary (Iowa Falls, IA: Word Bible Publishers, 1992), p. 1173

4. James Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990), ref. No. 4122.

5. Bullinger, Critical Lexicon and Concordance, p. 28.

6. Dutch Sheets, Intercessory Prayer (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1996), pp. 138-140.

7. Ibid., p. 244.