In the midst of a year of many unexpected events in 2020, November has not disappointed. As we stepped into November, the 11th month, the Lord began to share with me that we had entered into a time of crossing over and He began to remind me of the story of Joshua in Joshua 1. The Lord came to Joshua and told him that Moses was dead. The Lord spoke sharply to Joshua to get his attention, to get him out of the place of grief. Joshua’s grief was causing him and the Israelites to stay stuck when it was time to move forward. As we have stepped into 2020, it has been a year of dying to what used to be and how things used to be. “Moses” is dead. Stepping into the threshold of 2020 was saying goodbye to life as we know it. It has been a divine reset back to divine purpose. we prayed, ask, and prophesied for the new. It’s here. It just didn’t come in the package we envisioned it would. Prophetically the number 11 can represent transition, but it also represents disorder and chaos. Transition is messy. it will often bring disorder and chaos because you’re going from one place to another. The new will always come with a battle and chaos, it’s the enemy’s smokescreen.
Recently, the Lord reminded me of a dream I had in 6/26/20 while I was ministering in Louisiana. In the dream I was with my spiritual son and suddenly, I noticed this thick, dense, black cloud began to come down out of the sky. As far as I could see this cloud was like a blanket coming down out of sky to come upon the minds of the people. The ends of the cloud had a wispiness that made it look like hands. It was like a spell and bewitchment coming upon the land.
As I pressed into the Lord for more understanding, what I thought was just the principality of the region, the Lord showed me it was a principality hovering over the United States. This black cloud reminded me of the books I read by Frank Peretti This Present Darkness and Perceiving The Darkness in high school. These fiction books told a story of the spiritual warfare and the effects of a principality over a city and, how it highly influenced what was going on. Those books stuck with me all these years as I've grown in greater understanding of spiritual warfare. As I was praying into my dream, I was reminded of Isaiah 60:2-3 TPT, "Look carefully! Darkness blankets the earth, and thick gloom covers the nations, but Yahweh arises upon you and the brightness of His glory appears over you. Nations will be attracted to your radiant light and kings to the sunrise-glory of your new day. Other versions of this scripture describe the darkness as deep darkness, total darkness, or gross darkness.
What is gross darkness. In Isaiah 60:2 two types of darkness are denoted here. The Hebrew word choshek means obscurity, darkness, night, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness. The next Hebrew word for gross darkness is araphel meaning cloud, heavy, dark cloud, thick darkness, gloom as of a lowering sky. These two Hebrew words for darkness paint a picture for what is going on in the world and in our nation of America. In this season of exposure the Lord is allowing the curtain to be rolled back to see what has been empowering what's going in our nation and beyond. Even though we are seeing manifestations in the natural of riots, covid, racism, etc , these things are being empowered by demonic forces. We must remember we are in a spiritual battle of light versus darkness. Some things we are experiencing and will experience have not been seen since biblical times. There is sin and darkness manifesting at levels we've not seen or heard of before.
I believe this dream has many layers to it but I want focus on the “spell” that has seem to blanket our nation this year. The spirit of witchcraft has been at an all time high this year. When we think of witchcraft we tend to think of voodoo or witch doctors. But witchcraft can come in a more subtle form of mind control and it’s just as powerful as the other acts of witchcraft. The signs of witchcraft are confusion, fear, chaos, division,rebellion, anxiety, etc. These are all taking place in our nation right now and it’s infiltrating the Body of Christ. Galatians 3:1 says, “O foolish Galatians who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth.” The Greek word bewitched in this verse means to charm, seduce, to fascinate by false representations. There is an agenda being released by the enemy to get us to come into agreement with what he is releasing especially through the media. as believers we can’t look the other way, we have to come into the season with eyes wide open, because the enemy is trying to put a veil over the people so we can’t see what’s really being done behind the scenes. May we be lovers of the truth and pursue truth, so we can see and discern the tactics of the enemy in operation at every level of society and place of authority. Another definition of the Greek word for bewitch is to speak I’ll of one, to slander, to traduce him. To traduce someone means to speak badly of or tell lies about someone, to damage their reputation. Coming under this “spell” over our nation has caused such division, accusation, and slander. It grieves the heart of God.
This demonic cloud is allowed to operate in our nation because some where in our hearts we’ve come into agreement with it, and we’ve been empowering it by our words. How do we shift this demonic cloud over our nation so the glory cloud can come in? We need to come out of agreement with the lies of the enemy about our nation, and those around us. Where the enemy has released such a spirit of division we have to purpose in our hearts and fight to come together in unity. We need to pray like we’ve never prayed before because, prayer changes things. In Joshua 3 when the Israelites were getting ready to cross the Jordan River, Joshua told the people to put some distance between them and the ark so they could see the direction because they had never been this way before (Joshua 3:4). As we continue to move forward in the midst of chaos and darkness, let the peace of God rise in you. Romans 16:20 declares, “The peace of God is coming to crush the head of the enemy.” The peace of God is one of the greatest weapons we can use to war and advance in a time of chaos. God is not done with America, some of our greatest days are ahead beyond the noise and chaos. Keep moving forward!
Madeline James is a prophetic writer and voice desiring to release the heart of the Father.