大而重要的末世目標已誕生,仇敵正竭盡所能的使這一世代的命定夭折。

感謝主,若我們與聖靈合作,並順服在父神的旨意中,

祂已經供應豐盛的恩典來建造我們成為得勝者。

By Bob Jones

and Paul Keith Davis

 

一個被稱為「虺蛇(Basilisk)」的季節即將來臨。這段時間亟需分別為聖、悔改和禱告。過去我們大力強調以色列,以及她需要禱告遮蓋與屬靈介入,這項強調依然持續。然而我們察覺在這一段期間,對我們的國家—美國和教會而言—一樣需要特別的遮蓋。

1999年我們寫「虺蛇(Basilisk)」一文時,恐怖主義尚未來臨,但是現在它已在這裡。這恐懼仍然真實。但是代禱可以讓這些仇敵對以色列與我們國家的屬靈計畫失去作用。在過去幾週中,主給予特殊的許可造訪天國,來釋放並啟動大能的爭戰天使,包括著名的天使長米迦勒。

在但以理書中我們看到米迦勒的特別重要性,與天國計畫在地上的成就。我們的異象和專注要單單置於主和祂的聖靈。然而,神揀選人釋放天國的資源與服役的靈,來與仇敵交戰。這讓我們知道我們的資源大過仇敵所擁有的。

神人說:「不要懼怕!與我們同在的比與他們同在的更多。」以利沙禱告說:「耶和華啊,求你開這少年人的眼目,使他能看見。」耶和華開他的眼目,他就看見滿山有火車火馬圍繞以利沙。(王下 6:16-17)

大而重要的末世目標已誕生,仇敵正竭盡所能的使這一世代的命定夭折。但是,感謝主若我們與聖靈合作,並順服在父神的旨意,祂已經供應豐盛的恩典來建造我們成為得勝者。

 

簡介

一個人只要看報紙或收看晚間新聞,就可以發現今日以色列地的混亂、緊張局勢與政治不安。沒有更大的禱告需求過於為以色列政權、聖經所應許的地土及亞伯拉罕、以撒、雅各的後裔禱告。在這動蕩時刻,站在破口為以色列禱告,不僅是主耶穌基督教會的責任,也是一項殊榮。

聖經應許神會賜福亞伯拉罕的後裔:

我必叫你成為大國。我必賜福給你,叫你的名為大;你也要叫別人得福。為你祝福的,我必賜福與他;那咒詛你的,我必咒詛他。地上的萬族都要因你得福。(創12:2-3)

主對以色列的愛是永遠的,要分擔祂的心就是去愛猶太人和祂流出寶血的那塊土地。

一份對以色列地與亞伯拉罕後裔的深厚之愛已賜給基督的教會,一如以斯帖已被潔淨、裝扮,穿上王家的衣飾,基督的新婦也應在有需要時,坦然無懼來到施恩寶座前,為以色列求憐恤與幫助。

過去幾年,主已經賜下先知性的啟示為抵擋以色列與教會的屬靈仇敵作策略性代禱。長期的、每日的禱告在為以色列與教會的屬靈爭戰上是非常重要的。然而,主在聖靈中已經定了一個特殊季節,在這季節中重大的爭戰將會增強。此季節就是虺蛇的季節。這個關鍵性時期開始於今年7月3日結束於7月24日,24日即是猶太曆的埃波月第九日。在這段時期我們應當增加禱告量,並在屬靈爭戰中操練儆醒。

這個特殊季節在猶太歷史上已經發生過許多悲慘事件。這個十字架的歷史仇敵,不僅特別憎恨以色列人,同時也恨惡所有與神立約的百姓。我們相信以下的內容,在這次屬靈爭戰中對讀者有很大助益。

Paul Keith Davis

 

屬靈爭戰的計畫與策略

歷史已經證明,使不同團體合一的最好方式是有一個共同的敵人。當國家面臨外患時,政黨彼此之間也會團結一致,這在第二次世界大戰與911事件中獲得證明。這項基本的真理也適用於教會。雖然教會中有著不同的流派,卻是流向同一條河流。聖靈正啟示我們有個在地上抵擋神計畫的共同敵人。

聖經宣告以色列是我們的樣本(example)。舊約中以色列的仇敵象徵今日教會所面臨的屬靈反對勢力。藉由差遣先知啟示天國的計畫並揭露仇敵的意圖,恩典的主仍持續的幫助我們,一如祂過去為以色列所做的。亞蘭王因先知以利沙將他的計謀報告以色列王,以致計畫失敗而憤怒 (王下6:8-12)即是一例。

透過神聖的啟示,聖靈已經啟示仇敵的計畫,牠正努力用大困難和死亡來分裂這個國家;神也啟示了如何用神所定的方式來對抗仇敵的策略。這仇敵就是我們所說的虺蛇。

 

虺蛇的異象

1996年7月23日與1997年7月23日,Bob 從主得到一個異象,顯示主想要我們瞭解並抵擋的邪靈。異象中清晰可知,此邪靈不希望被發現,牠通常在暗中運行,而不被察覺或阻止。

這十字架的仇敵具有在地上釋放大規模破壞和不幸的權柄,尤其當教會不藉著禱告加以攔阻,情況將更加惡化。這個被辨識出來的邪靈就是虺蛇。

虺蛇是一個範例,證明仇敵的第一個目標是死亡和破壞。這邪靈藉由天災、疾病、災害,甚至恐怖份子,帶出肉體的死亡。牠的起源可追溯到上古的以色列。

埃及人敬拜此靈為「眾蛇之主與王,配得敬畏並永遠不朽」。

埃及泥版上可以看到他們將虺蛇置於眾神冠冕上。

這顯示撒但把自己置於神之上,以及欲受人敬拜的企圖。

1997年,Bob第二次領受異象。異象中,這靈比幾年前倍增數百倍大,表示這靈擁有的權柄增加。顯然在某些循環季節中,這靈的能力大增,可以帶來死亡和毀壞。此外,這靈正在孵化一窩蛋,渴望週期性地將憤怒和悲劇誕生在地上。

他們菢毒蛇蛋,結蜘蛛網;人吃這蛋必死。這蛋被踏,必出蝮蛇。 (以賽亞書 59:5)

在每一個啟示中,這黑暗之子被發現時,顯得很意外,因牠已習於不被察覺,也無須像其他大多數的邪靈藏匿在黑夜裡,卻可以在白晝中四處遊行。然而,雖然牠不需要黑夜,牠卻和所有的邪靈一樣,喜歡躲在黑暗中。

也不怕黑夜行的瘟疫,或是午間滅人的毒病。(詩91:6)

 

經文中的虺蛇

「虺蛇」(basilisk)一字由「basiliskos」而來,意思是「懦弱的國王」或「國王」,牠是一種由蛇蛋生出的虛構爬行動物。聖經中,Basilisk有時譯為「毒蛇」、「蛇」。希伯來文Basilisk出現在詩篇 91:13;以賽亞書14:29,11:8,59:5;箴言 23:32和耶利米書8:17。

你要踹在獅子和虺蛇的身上,踐踏少壯獅子和大蛇。(賽91:13)

終久是咬你如蛇,刺你如毒蛇。(箴23:32)

吃奶的孩子必玩耍在虺蛇的洞口;斷奶的嬰兒必按手在毒蛇的穴上。 (賽11:8)

非利士全地啊,不要因擊打你的杖折斷就喜樂。因為從蛇的根必生出毒蛇;牠所生的是火焰的飛龍。(賽14:29)

論南方牲畜的默示:他們把財物馱在驢駒的脊背上,將寶物馱在駱駝的肉鞍上,經過艱難困苦之地,就是公獅、母獅、蝮蛇、火焰的飛龍之地,往那不利於他們的民那裏去。(賽30:6)

他們菢毒蛇蛋,結蜘蛛網;人吃這蛋必死。這蛋被踏,必出蝮蛇。 (賽 59:5)

看哪,我必使毒蛇到你們中間,是不服法術的,必咬你們。這是耶和華說的。(賽8:17)

在以色列,這個名詞一般被解釋為「毒蛇」或「角蛇」,牠是一種很毒的蛇,並且被視為是最危險的毒蛇。顯然,這象徵了黑暗之子要來對抗神在地上所要成就的旨意。

但以理書第10章中,我們發現波斯國的魔君攔阻神的使者釋放神的指示二十一日。虺蛇是一個高層次的魔君,牠攔阻神的旨意,並且被賦予死亡的權柄。一些神祕學說相信,死亡的權柄存在於牠的呼吸,甚至在牠眼睛的一瞥。

上述每個異象中,聖靈都給Bob詩篇91:13的話語,來抵擋這種罪惡的運行。用悔改與堅定的信心來宣告神的話語,使我們能處於神的保護遮蓋中。讓我們預備好的心,分別為聖,釋放神的權柄來打敗這個敵人。

聖經上說,我們的腳要踐踏蛇與蠍子(路10:19)。這並非因為我們自己有力量,而是藉著基督所賜予的權柄,我們擁有勝過仇敵一切的能力,而且斷沒有什麼能害我們的。

申命記32:24也提到,這個邪靈必因飢餓消瘦,被炎熱苦毒吞滅。而且神要打發野獸用牙齒咬他們,並土中腹行的,用毒氣害他們。

 

歷史上的虺蛇

在歷史上,這邪靈曾藉著瘟疫或天災帶來大批人類死亡,特別是在中古時代的黑暗時期。這靈也促使人們陷入迷信,甚至使基督徒用自己迷信的圖畫來禱告,而不倚靠神藉聖靈所賜下的應許話語。保羅在雅典就曾描述了這些人的迷信與「宗教」,並向他們說明福音的真理。這也是神在今日所要做的。

1997年,Bob在異象中見到這黑暗魔君在兩座橋樑之間將要接近地面。藉著風,牠帶來了瘟疫、病毒,以及天然災害,造成無數悲劇。藉著猶太人的說明,此異象顯明並確認了這邪靈旺盛的運行是在某些特定的季節裡。在猶太文件中,這季節稱為Bein Ha'm'tarim。

這時期被稱為「在艱困中」或「水深火熱中」。這個季節是從猶太曆的搭模斯月第17日開始,直到埃波月第9日。這靈盛行在這段時期,而要對付這個高層次的邪靈,基督徒不能單打獨鬥,必須透過基督眾肢體合一的同心代禱。

就在1997年Bob見到異象後,同年,丹尼颶風進入美國阿拉巴馬州的海灣,此景正好符合兩座橋樑中間的描述。「丹尼」的意思是「審判」,此即再一次指出神要來施行審判,而且極不尋常的,丹尼颶風在這海灣停留了12小時。

先前滿有人民的城,現在何竟獨坐!先前在列國中為大的,現在竟如寡婦 ;先前在諸省中為王后的,現在成為進貢的。 他夜間痛哭,淚流滿腮;在一切所親愛的中間沒有一個安慰他的。他的朋友都以詭詐待他,成為他的仇敵。猶大因遭遇苦難,又因多服勞苦就遷到外邦。他住在列國中,尋不著安息;追逼他的都在狹窄之地將他追上。(耶利米哀歌1:1-3)

根據歷史記載,許多悲慘的事件都是在這段時期中發生:

 

搭模斯月17日

**摩西在西乃山將十誡法版摔碎

**每日的獻祭止息了

**Apostomos在聖殿將經卷燒毀

**偶像被擺放在聖殿中

**城牆遭到毀壞

 

埃波月第9日

主前1200 – 神在曠野告訴以色列民,這一代不能進入應許之地

主前586 – 巴比倫軍隊毀壞了聖殿

主後70 – 提多與羅馬軍兵毀壞聖殿

主後135 – 堅城"Bethar" 被攻破,羅馬完全佔據以色列

主後136 – 羅馬帝王褻瀆聖殿

主後1096 - 第一次十字軍東征殺害許多猶太人

主後1290 - 猶太人被驅逐出英國

主後1306 -猶太人被驅逐出法國

主後1492 - 西班牙國王費迪南德在這天將猶太人完全驅逐出境。在埃波月第9日前,所有猶太人必須離開西班牙

主後 1648 - Chmelnicky屠殺上千名波蘭猶太人

主後1914 – 第一次世界大戰開始

主後1942 – 消滅猶太人的計畫被草擬出來,並導致二次世界大戰

 

虺蛇─Barsilisk

令人注目的是——搭模斯月第17日至埃波月第9日——在歷史上,這廿一天是猶太人一段痛苦和毀滅的日子。根據拉比的教導,這段時間盛行的惡魔叫做「ketev」,意思是毀滅、痛苦。猶太拉比認為「ketev」不只帶來天然災害,而且是有權柄藉著天然災害引發死亡和毀滅的惡魔。主預言耶路撒冷的毀壞正是分毫不差地在這時間發生。

主後70年,羅馬人攻破耶路撒冷的城牆。羅馬軍隊掠奪毀壞這城三星期,直到埃波月第9日,並在那一天焚燬聖殿。

在被擄至巴比倫和羅馬的日子,聖殿都是在這傷痛的日子中被毀的。

據報導,在大屠殺期間,納粹有系統地選擇在埃波月第9日,針對猶太社群進行謀殺或其他邪惡的行動。

先知撒迦利亞在撒迦利亞書8:19提到這些日子:「萬軍之耶和華如此說:『四月、五月禁食的日子,七月、十月禁食的日子,必變為猶大家歡喜快樂的日子和歡樂的節期;所以你們要喜愛誠實與和平。』」

猶太曆四月的禁食是在搭模斯月第17日進行,它代表了一個哀傷的日子,因為在這一天耶路撒冷被攻破,並且曾發生各樣的災難事件。

猶太曆五月的禁食是在埃波月第9日進行,目的是為了記念在歷史上這一日所發生的悲劇。這些哀傷和禁食的日子會一直持續進行到猶大和彌賽亞國度的復興應許實現為止。

古時的領袖認為,義人要在這個患難時刻藏身在至高者的隱密處;他們相信這是彌賽亞生產之痛的預表。先知以賽亞說到一個季節:「當烈怒和發怒的日子,義人被指引要隱藏片時。」(以賽亞書26:17-21)西番雅書2:3也先知性地預言一個季節:「屬神的人,當尋求耶和華…當尋求公義謙卑,或者在耶和華發怒的日子可以隱藏起來。」

根據這些拉比的教導,中午12點到下午3點這段時間,是這個惡靈最活躍的時候。

回顧最近幾年,可以看見這季節因著暴風雨、乾旱、淹水、酷熱和饑荒,造成不少的毀壞。倘若教會沒有藉著代禱來遏止這個惡魔大君,大的毀壞將會臨到百姓。我們要出黑暗入光明,免得因對這惡靈和牠運作的無知遭致滅亡。

1994年7月16日,即猶太曆的埃波月第9日, Shoemaker-Levi彗星的21塊碎片開始撞擊木星。木星一般被認為是偶像崇拜和異教的象徵。以色列史上最大的破壞之一,就是木星的形象被放置在神的聖殿中。我們持守著光明節,就是慶祝馬加比的得勝—除去聖殿中的異教神祇,重新設立聖殿的崇拜。

Shoemaker-Levi 彗星在這值得注意的一日開始撞擊木星,顯然有先知性的重要性。經上說,諸天述說神的榮耀,而彗星碎裂為21片,正代表了從搭模斯月第17日至埃波月第9日的21天,就是這盛行的邪靈有最大權柄的季節。

木星雖然是異教世界偶像崇拜的象徵,但在希伯來語它是「仁義」的意思。木星的希伯來名字是「Tzedeq」(洗德),出於「公義」或「公義者」一詞。麥基洗德是出於這詞,意謂「仁義王」。我們可以清楚地看見,撒但把木星扭曲成為偶像崇拜的象徵。然而,我們可以從這詞的「公義」象徵窺出盼望的端倪,就是我們被神話語的真理潔淨,成為祂聖靈可以居住的居所,叫我們與祂的聖潔有份。

 

虺蛇的計劃

仇敵渴望削弱美國整體的經濟。虺蛇企圖在不同地區帶來災難,毀壞重要的必需品、農產品,並瓦解那因著天然災害和恐怖主義已動搖的經濟。主已經清楚表明,恐怖主義不是將要來臨,而是它已經在這裡。(這一點我曾在1999年寫過。)

許多的恐怖主義和災難將瞄準猶太人高度集中的地區。這些災難連帶影響的範圍,不只包括事件發生的那幾州;一旦仇敵成功地執行了他們的計劃,整個國家都將遭受負面影響。這些必需品是國內百姓和支援海外的基本所需。一旦國家的安全減弱,經濟受損,我們就可能要面對戰爭的衝突。

削弱的軍事力量,加上嚴重的經濟困景,會更加深防衛和供應我們國家所需的困難。更重要的是,這會危及我們與以色列一同站立的能力和意願。

仇敵正處心積慮欲使列國與以色列分離。一旦牠們成功,將對靈界和自然界造成極其重大的影響。聖經明白地宣告:為以色列祝福的,我必賜福與他;那咒詛以色列的,我必咒詛他。過去美國國家領導人的重大貢獻之一,就是願意堅決地支持以色列,以致釋放出屬天的昌盛和祝福。

此外,以色列是美國在世界這區域裡的強大軍事聯盟。沒有以色列緊密的聯盟,我們在中東和歐洲的軍事和經濟的機會,將受到嚴重的危害,而我們的仇敵正企圖使這事提前發生。尤其是在以色列和她仇敵對峙的時候,牠企圖使軍事衝突、經濟震動、政治動盪提早發生。神的百姓必須站在破口中向天發聲,抵擋這些邪惡企圖。

 

擊敗虺蛇

主在祂的恩典裡賜給我們眼光得知仇敵的計謀,目的是要裝備我們,使我們有得勝的藍圖,擊敗這個魔鬼。我們愈明白牠的計謀和目的,就愈能精確地禱告。

主也有祂的計劃和目的,就是將平安的意念,而非降災禍的意念,賜給那些順從祂屬天命定策略的人。對一個基督徒來說,沒有比甘願獻上自己作義的器具,恨祂所恨的,愛祂所愛的,得以在神面前蒙恩寵更好的賞賜。藉著個人和團體的忠誠委身,這計畫是可以完全成就的(或至少部份成就)。

預備這爭戰的首要事項,是真誠地為我們和我們的祖先的罪孽悔改。悔改總能帶來主同在的安舒。真實的憂傷痛悔不只是在口中,更是發自內心,叫公義和屬天權柄得以從天賜下,以致我們能擊敗仇敵。聖經宣告說:我們的救贖主來到世間為要除滅魔鬼的作為。祂揀選了祂的教會作為器具,藉以顯明祂的得勝。

但以理書第9章記錄但以理這位偉大的先知,為他和他的百姓、領袖和列祖犯罪作孽,行惡叛逆,偏離神的誡命典章,認罪悔改。猶如古時的以色列,我們容許了世界的靈入侵我們的生命,倡導了妥協和屬靈錯誤。現在我們個人和群體再次被賦予屬天的機會來改正錯誤。美國東南部的城市以及地區性的悔改尤其重要,因為此處是虺蛇鎖定的目標。真誠的悔改會觸摸天父的心,釋放屬靈的「軍備」來擊敗虺蛇。

得勝需要藉著群體的代禱。當初代基督徒同心合意地一起禱告,就為天國成就了大有能力的事。但願賜忍耐安慰的神叫你們彼此同心,效法基督耶穌,一心一口榮耀神─我們主耶穌基督的父!(羅馬書15:5-6)

沒有比看見祂的百姓合而為一更能討天父喜悅的事。看哪,弟兄和睦同居是何等地善,何等地美!這好比那貴重的油澆在亞倫的頭上,流到鬍鬚,又流到他的衣襟。(詩篇133:1-2)

雖然我們在地理上常是分散的,我們的意念情感在目標上卻是一致的,就是要擊敗我們神的仇敵。有一位解說員曾如此說過:「就像一個大型音樂會中每件樂器都受指揮的指導,同樣地,聖靈將基督教會中每個肢體的生命也結合在一起。」

詩篇91篇是給我們作為保護和與這惡魔靈爭戰使用的經文。教會已經被賦予權柄勝過仇敵一切的能力,在基督裡的權柄和得勝要透過祂的身體使用出來。如同以薩迦支派,我們要裝備對聖靈的時候和季節的知識,委身於主的計劃和策略。如同過去許多被神的靈引導的人,這些人將是神的兒子。主正在呼召悔改和群體性的代禱來抵擋上述摘要整理之仇敵的特定計謀。

 

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"THE SEASON OF THE BASILISK"

By Bob Jones and Paul Keith Davis

 

The period identified as the "Basilisk" season is approaching, and we once again want to reiterate the importance of this timeframe and the great need for consecration, repentance and prayer. In times past, we greatly emphasized Israel and her need for prayer covering and spiritual intervention. That emphasis continues. However, we perceive an equal prominence for our nation and the American Church and its need for extraordinary covering during this notable time.

 

In 1999 we wrote in the "Basilisk" article that terrorism was not coming...it is already here. That threat remains real. Nonetheless, intercession can nullify those spiritual plans of the enemy both for Israel and our nation. In recent weeks, the Lord has given specific permission to call upon Heaven for the release and activation of the mighty warring angels, including the distinguished archangel Michael.

 

In the book of Daniel we see special significance on the role of Michael and the implementation of Heavenly plans here on the earth. Our vision and concentration is placed solely upon the Lord and His Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, God has chosen the agency of man to release the resources of Heaven and hosts of ministering spirits to engage the adversary. That provides a source of great comfort knowing there are more for us than for our enemies.

So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." And the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16-17)

 

Great and notable end-time purposes are presently being birthed and the enemy is doing all that he can to abort the destiny of this generation. Thankfully, the Lord has made an abundant provision of grace to establish us as overcomers if we will co-operate with the Holy Spirit and yield our will to the will of the Father.

 

Introduction

One need only read the daily newspaper or watch the evening news broadcast to discover the turmoil, tension and political unrest in the Land of Israel. Never has there been greater need for prayer concerning the government of Israel, the land of the Bible and the natural seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has not only a responsibility but also a great privilege to stand in the gap and intercede for the land of Israel during these turbulent times.

 

The Scriptures promise the Lord's blessings for those who bless the natural seed of Abraham.

 

And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. (Genesis 12:2-3)

 

The Lord's love for Israel is eternal, and to share in His heart is to participate in His love for the Jewish people and the land upon which the blood of Christ was spilled.

A deep and affectionate passion is being imparted to the Christian Church for the land of Israel and the natural seed of Abraham. Even as Esther sanctified and adorned herself in her royal attire, so is the Bride of Christ in order to come boldly before the Throne of Grace to obtain mercy for the land of Israel and find divine help in time of need.

 

For the past several years, the Lord has spoken prophetically concerning strategic intercession against the spiritual enemies of Israel and the Church. Perpetual, daily prayer is essential in the spiritual warfare on behalf of Israel and the enemies of the Church. However, the Lord has identified a particular season in the Spirit in which considerable warfare is amplified. This has been known as the SEASON OF THE BASILISK.

 

Over the past several years, considerable revelation has been released to disclose the workings of this evil opposition historically and currently in Israel and the Church. As a result, we have published an article entitled "Lance of the Basilisk" to outline the revelations and the prayer strategy against this great enemy. The time is quickly approaching for this season to begin. For the year 2007, this notable season begins July 3rd and extends until July 24, which is the 9th of Av on the Jewish calendar. It is during this timeframe that heightened prayer and caution should be exercised in our spiritual warfare.

 

This unique season has produced many of the most catastrophic events in Jewish history. This historic enemy of the Cross has an extraordinary hatred not only for Israel but all of God's covenant people. We trust the following outline will assist each reader in this spiritual encounter.

Paul Keith Davis

 

Plans And Strategy For Spiritual Warfare

 

History has proven that nothing unites a diverse group more than having a common enemy. Opposing political parties will even join together when our nation is confronted by a foreign enemy. This was certainly proven during World War II and again on Sept. 11, 2001. This fundamental truth is also applicable to the Church. Though there may exist different streams within the Church, as long as each stream leads to the same River, we are joined in purpose. The Holy Spirit is now revealing to us that we have a common enemy who has set himself against the purposes of God in the Earth.

The Scriptures declare that Israel is given to us as an example. The enemies of Israel in the Old Testament typify spiritual opposition faced by the Church. Graciously, the Lord continues to assist us in much the same way that he did Israel by sending prophets to not only reveal the plans of Heaven but also disclose the intent of the enemy. On one such occasion, the king of Aram was enraged because he was unable to make plans for war without Elisha the prophet divulging those plans to the king of Israel. (2 Kings 6:8-12)

The Holy Spirit, through divine revelation, has outlined a portion of the plans of the enemy in his effort to disrupt this nation causing considerable hardship and death. In addition, He has also revealed His divine strategy for defeating this foe in His prescribed manner. The enemy we speak of is called Basilisk.

 

Visions Of Basilisk

On July 23, 1996 and again on July 23, 1997, Bob was given visions from the Lord displaying this powerful demonic spirit He is desiring that we understand and oppose. It was clear in the visions that this spirit did not expect to be uncovered nor revealed. This evil spirit is accustomed to operating in secret without being detected or obstructed. This great enemy of the Cross has authority to release extensive destruction and misery in the Earth, especially if unopposed by the praying Church. This evil spirit is identified as Basilisk.

 

Basilisk is the exemplification of the devil himself whose primary purpose is death and destruction. The natural physical death resulting from this spirit is derived from plagues, sickness & disease, natural disasters and even terrorism. Its origin can be traced all the way back to ancient Israel. The Egyptians worshiped this spirit as "the lord and king of serpents to awe all others, nor to be destroyed by any". They displayed a crowned Basilisk on the heads of their gods as observed in the Bembine table and other Egyptian monuments. This demonstrates satan's attempt to elevate himself above God as an object of worship.

 

In the second vision given to Bob in 1997, this spirit was multiplied hundreds of times larger than the previous year. This demonstrates a progressive increase in authority presently given to this spirit. Apparently, during certain cyclical seasons, a tremendous increase in power is given to this spirit to cause death and destruction. Additionally, in 1997, this spirit was shown brooding over a nest of eggs desiring to periodically birth wrath and misery in the earth.

They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper. (Isaiah 59:5)

With each revelation, this prince of darkness expressed considerable surprise at being exposed as he is accustomed to operating undetected. So well hidden is this spirit that he did not even require the darkness of night to operate as most evil spirits. He can operate and even prevail in the brightness of the noonday. Though he does not require the darkness of night, like all evil spirits, he prefers to be hidden in darkness.

Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. (Psalm 91:6)

 

Basilisk in Scripture

The word Basilisk is derived from basiliskos meaning "kinglet" or "king" signifying a mythical reptile hatched by a serpent from a cock's egg. In Scripture, Basilisk is sometimes translated "cockatrice" or "adder". The Hebrew word for Basilisk occurs in Psalm 91:13, Isaiah 14:29, Isaiah 11:8, Isaiah 59:5, Proverbs 23:32 and Jeremiah 8:17.

 

Thou shalt walk upon the asp and in the Basilisk; and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon. (Psalm 91:13)

But in the end, it will bite like a snake, and will spread abroad poison like a Basilisk. (Proverbs 23:32)

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the Basilisk. (Isaiah 11:8)

Rejoice not thou, whole Philistia, that the rod of him that struck thee is broken in pieces; for out of the root of the serpent shall come forth a Basilisk, and his seed shall swallow the bird. (Isaiah 14:29)

The burden of the beasts of the South. In a land of trouble and distress, from whence come the lioness, and the lion, the viper and the flying Basilisk, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of beasts, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels to a people that shall not be able to profit them. (Isaiah 30:6)

They have broken the eggs of asps, and have woven the webs of spiders; he that shalt eat of their eggs shall die; and that which is brought out, shall be hatched into a Basilisk. (Isaiah 59:5)

For, behold, I will send serpents, basilisks, among you which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 8:17)

 

In the land of Palestine, this term is generally presumed to denote the cerastes or "horned viper", a very poisonous serpent, considered one of the most dangerous of all vipers. Clearly, the spiritual symbolism points to a prince of darkness diametrically opposed to the purposes of God in the earth. In Daniel 10 we discover the prince of Persia withstanding Gabriel prohibiting the release of divine instruction for 21 days. Basilisk, also a high-ranking prince, desires to likewise withstand the intentions of God and has been delegated the power of death. It was believed in mythology that the power of death existed in his breath or even in a glance of his eyes.

 

In each of the visions, the Holy Spirit gave Bob Psalm 91:13 as a defense against this evil opposition. Repentance and steadfast faith in the declared Word provide a protection against this identified enemy. In so doing, our sanctified hearts would then be prepared for the release of the divine authority necessary to defeat this enemy.

 

The Scripture declares that our foot shall be placed upon the "scorpion" and the "basilisk", not because of any strength of our own, but because of the great victory appropriated to us through Christ. The Church has been given authority to deal with this spirit, yet mankind has perished throughout history because of a lack of knowledge concerning this enemy and the appropriate application of our Savior's triumph over all opposition. In Luke 10:19, the Lord promises that He has given us authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means injure us.

 

The Ante-Nicene Fathers records the priceless writings of the early Church leaders. One of these great Church Patriarchs was Irenaeus, an anointed messenger to the Second Century Church who died a martyr's death. His words provide valuable insight on this subject:

 

"For this end did He put enmity between the serpent and the woman and her seed, they keeping it up mutually: He, the sole of whose foot should be bitten, having power also to tread upon the enemy's head; but the other biting, killing, and impeding the steps of man, until the seed did come appointed to tread down his head,-which was born of Mary, of whom the prophet speaks: "Thou shalt tread upon the asp and the basilisk; thou shalt trample down the lion and the dragon; " -indicating that sin, which was set up and spread out against man, and which rendered him subject to death, should be deprived of its power, along with death, which rules [over men]; and that the lion, that is, antichrist, rampant against mankind in the latter days, should be trampled down by Him; and that He should bind "the dragon, that old serpent" and subject him to the power of man, who had been conquered so that all his might should be trodden down."

 

The great theologian and writer Tertullian spoke of Basilisk in this regard:

 

"Who is He that shall bestow the power of treading on serpents and scorpions? Shall it be He who is the Lord of all living creatures or he who is not god over a single lizard? Happily the Creator has promised by Isaiah to give this power even to little children, of putting their hand in the cockatrice den and on the hole of the young asps without at all receiving hurt. And, indeed, we are aware (without doing violence to the literal sense of the passage, since even these noxious animals have actually been unable to do hurt where there has been faith) that under the figure of scorpions and serpents are portended evil spirits, whose very prince is described by the name of serpent, dragon, and every other most conspicuous beast in the power of the Creator. This power the Creator conferred first of all upon His Christ, even as the ninetieth Psalm says to Him: "Upon the asp and the basilisk shall Thou tread; the lion and the dragon shall Thou trample under foot." So also Isaiah: 'In that day the Lord God shall draw His sacred, great, and strong sword' (even His Christ) 'against that dragon, that great and tortuous serpent; and He shall slay him in that day.' But when the same prophet says, 'The way shall be called a clean and holy way; over it the unclean thing shall not pass, nor shall be there any unclean way; but the dispersed shall pass over it, and they shall not err therein; no lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon; it shall not be found there,' he points out the way of faith, by which we shall reach to God; and then to this way of faith he promises this utter crippling and subjugation of all noxious animals.

 

This evil spirit is also described in Deuteronomy 32:24, according to the rabbinical writings.

 

They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust. (Deuteronomy 32:24)

 

The early rabbis taught that this passage could accurately be rendered "and I will fight against them with flaming demons". The "flaming demons" would be a reference to the spirit that the Lord desires that we understand.

 

Basilisk In History

Throughout history, this spirit has sponsored plagues at various times causing great numbers of people to experience death. During those periods of time in history, especially the Dark Ages, man attempted various superstitions and fables in his attempt to combat this evil spirit and the death that it brought, rather than applying the blood of Christ and accepting the victory through His revealed Word. This spirit promotes religious superstition in place of faith. This resulted in Christians praying out of their superstitious imagination rather than the Holy Spirit anointed Promises of God. In his address to the Athenians, the apostle Paul described them as being "too superstitious", or "religious" as some translations rendered it. Paul presented the Truth of the gospel to replace misguided trust in fables and superstitions. The Lord desires to do the same today.

 

During the 1997 vision of Basilisk, Bob saw this prince of darkness approaching land between two bridges utilizing the winds bringing plagues, viruses and natural disasters causing considerable misery. It was revealed in the vision and confirmed through Jewish literature that this evil spirit prevails during a certain season of the year. This season is called Bein Ha'm'tarim by the Jewish writers.

 

This term means "between the straits" or "dire straits". This season is a three-week cycle beginning on the 17th of Tammuz extending until the 9th of Av in the Judaic calendar. It is a time when this spirit is prevalent even predominant when unchallenged by the authority of Christ given to the Church through His shed blood. This high level authority cannot be combated individually but must be engaged through corporate united intercessory prayer.

 

At the time that the subsequent vision was revealed to Bob in 1997, hurricane Danny entered Mobile bay in Alabama, in an area that perfectly fits the description "between the bridges". According to biblical definitions, Dan means "to judge" once again pointing to the coming justice of God.

 

Uncharacteristically, Hurricane Danny brooded over Mobile Bay for twelve hours dumping a reported 40 inches of rain combined with high winds seemingly verifying in the natural the spiritual truths of this revelation.

 

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. (Lamentations 1:1-3)

 

The effects of Basilisk are not exclusively demonstrated during this season, rather it is during that specific span that the authority of Basilisk operates at its peak. The Bein Ha'm'tarim season for 2002 is June 27 until July 18th.

 

History records many of the catastrophic events that have taken place on these dates.

 

17TH of Tammuz

• Moses smashed the tablets of the Torah at Mt. Sinai.

• Daily sacrifices ceased.

• A Torah scroll was burned in the Temple by "Apostomos".

• An idol was erected in the Temple.

• The city wall was finally breached.

 

9TH AV

• 1200 B.C.– Israel told by God in the wilderness that generation would not enter the land of promise.

• 586 B.C - The Babylonian army destroyed the Holy Temple.

• 70 A.D. - Titus and the Roman army destroyed the Holy Temple

• 135 A.D. - "Bethar" the stronghold of Bar Kochba, fell ending the last trial for Jewish Independence.

• 136 A.D. - Rome began to erect the pagan city on site of the Temple dedication.

• 1096 A.D. - The first crusades began.

• 1290 A.D. - The Jews were expelled from England.

• 1306 A.D. - The Jews were expelled from France.

• 1492 A.D. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella signed expulsion. By July, on the 9th of AV, all Jews had to be out of Spain.

• 1648 A.D. - Chmelnicky massacred tens of thousands of Polish Jews.

• 1914 A.D. - Declarations for World World I began.

• 1942 A.D. - Plans for the annihilation of Jews were drafted escalating World War II.

 

Historically, the twenty-one days extending from the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of AV represented a notable time of bitterness and destruction for the Jews. According to the Rabbis, the demon that prevails during this time is also called "ketev" meaning destruction/bitterness.

 

The Jewish Rabbis regarded "ketev" not solely as a plague, but a demon with authority to cause death and destruction through plagues. It was during this precise time that the Lord's prophecy concerning the destruction of Jerusalem was fulfilled. On the 17th of Tammuz 70 A.D. the Romans breached the walls of Jerusalem. For three weeks Roman troops ransacked and destroyed the city until the 9th of Av when they burned the Temple. In both the Babylonian and Roman captivity, the Temple was destroyed on this agonizing date. It is reported that during the Holocaust, the Nazis systematically chose the 9th of Av to carry out murderous and other demonically inspired actions against the Jewish community.

 

The prophet Zechariah spoke of these dates in Zechariah 8:19:

Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'The fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth {months} will become joy, gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so love truth and peace.' (Zechariah 8:19)

 

The fast of the fourth month was to be conducted on the 17th of Tammuz representing a day of mourning because of the capture of Jerusalem and the various other calamitous events that took place on this date. The fast of the fifth month was to take place on the 9th of AV because of the historical tragedies that occurred on this date. These periods of mourning and fasting were to be conducted until the promise of the coming restoration of Judah and the Messianic Kingdom.

 

The ancient leaders recognized that the righteous must be hidden in the secret place of the Most High during this time of trouble, which they believed was a dress rehearsal for the birth pangs of Messiah. In Isaiah 26:17-21, the prophet Isaiah speaks of a season when the righteous are directed to hide themselves while wrath and indignation take its course. Zephaniah 2:3 also prophetically forecasts a season when the Godly are directed to seek the Lord...seek righteousness...and seek humility and perhaps be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger.

 

According to these Rabbis, the heat of the noonday from 12:00 until 3:00 was a time of extreme activity for this evil spirit.

 

Even a review of recent years will reveal that this season of time has produced considerable destruction through storms, droughts, floods, extreme heat and famine. If this evil prince continues to go unchecked through intercessory prayer, then great destruction will come to people. We must be brought out of darkness into light so that we would not perish because of a lack of knowledge concerning this spirit and its operations.

 

On July 16, 1994, which is the 9th of Av on the Hebrew Calendar, the twenty-one pieces of Shoemaker-Levi comet began its bombardment on the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is commonly recognized as a symbol of idolatry and paganism. One of the most devastating events in the history of Israel occurred when the image of Jupiter was placed in the Temple of God. We continue to observe the feast of Hanukkah as a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees in removing this pagan god from the temple and re-instituting temple worship.

 

It is clearly prophetically significant that the Shoemaker-Levi comet began its assault on the planet Jupiter on this notable date. The Heavens declare the Glory of God. It is also significant that the comet was broken into twenty-one pieces also representing the twenty-one days extending from the 17th of Tammuz until the 9th of AV, the season in which this prevailing spirit operates with its greatest authority.

 

Even though Jupiter is a symbol of idolatry for the pagan world, it is also a term for righteousness in the Hebrew language. The Hebrew name for Jupiter is "Tzedeq" and comes from the word meaning "righteous" or "righteous one". It is from this term that the name Melchizedek is derived denoting "King of Righteousness".

 

Clearly, we can see that satan has perverted Jupiter into a symbol of idolatry. However, we can glean understanding from this term as a symbol of righteousness in the hope of our being cleansed by the Truth of God's Word thereby making us a suitable habitation for His Holy Spirit so we can share in His holiness.

 

The Plans of Basilisk

It is the enemy's desire to weaken our overall economy. Basilisk intends to bring such calamity to various geographic regions so as to destroy vital supplies, produce and agricultural goods, further disrupting our economy beyond the staggering cost natural disasters and terrorism already generate. The Lord has made it painfully clear, terrorism is not coming, it is here. (Note that this was written in 1999.)

 

Much of the terrorism and disasters will be directed at densely Jewish population areas. The ripple effect of these calamities will not be limited to those residing exclusively in these states; rather, the entire nation will be adversely affected if the enemy successfully carries out his plans. These supplies are essential for meeting the needs of our population and those we support abroad. With a diminished national security and a crippled economy, we would then be vulnerable to military conflict.

 

A weakened military force combined with severe economic hardships would make it substantially more difficult to defend and supply the needs of our nation. More importantly, our ability and willingness to stand by Israel would be compromised.

 

The enemy desperately desires to separate this nation from Israel. If successful, the spiritual and natural implications would be significant. The Bible plainly announces that the Lord will bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse her. One of the great attributes of this nation's leadership in times past has been the willingness to adamantly support Israel thereby releasing divine prosperity and blessing.

 

Additionally, Israel provides America with a strong military ally in that region of the world. Without the close alliance of Israel, our military and economic opportunities in the Middle East and Europe would be severely compromised. Our enemy is attempting to prematurely set in motion events before their time. He is attempting to bring about military conflict, economic shaking, and political upheaval prematurely; especially hostile confrontation between Israel and her enemies. God's people must stand in the gap as a voice toward Heaven withstanding these evil aspirations.

 

Defeating Basilisk

Our Lord in His grace has given us this insight into the plans of the enemy for the purpose of equipping us with the blueprint for success in defeating this adversary. The more we understand his plans and purposes the more capable we will be to pray with pinpoint precision.

 

The Lord also has His plans and purposes; plans for welfare and not for calamity toward those obediently following His divinely ordained strategy. Nothing could be more rewarding for a Christian than to find favor with God by willingly offering ourselves as instruments of righteousness, hating what He hates and loving that which He loves. This can be accomplished, at least in part, by committing ourselves faithfully to this battle both individually and corporately.

 

Foremost in our preparation for this battle is sincere repentance for our sins and the sins of our "fathers". Repentance will always bring forth times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord. Genuine sorrow that is not merely the articulation of our mouths but the incentives of our hearts will also pave the way for the impartation of righteousness and divine authority necessary for defeating our enemies. The Scriptures declare that our Savior came into this world to destroy the works of the devil. He has chosen His Church as the instrument through which this victory is to be manifested.

 

Daniel 9 records the great prophet repenting for his sins and those of his people, leadership and forefathers for not having obeyed the Word of the Lord to obediently walk in His teachings. Like Israel of old, we have allowed the spirit of the world to invade our lives promoting compromise and spiritual error.

 

We are now being given the divine opportunity to make this right individually and corporately. City and regional repentance is especially crucial in the Southeastern US , the target zone for Basilisk. Sincere repentance will touch the heart of the Father releasing the spiritual "ammunition" to defeat Basilisk.

This victory will be achieved through corporate intercessory prayer. When the early believers were together praying IN ONE ACCORD, great and mighty things were accomplished for the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus; that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

 

Few things please the Father more than to see His people in unity:

 

How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard. (Psalm 133:1-2)

 

Though often geographically separated, we are united in purpose with one mind and passion...to defeat the enemies of our God. As one expositor put it "as the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of the ekklesia of Christ."

Psalm 91 has been given to us as a Scripture of protection and instrument of war against this evil spirit. The Church has been given the authority over all of the power of the enemy...authority and victory in Christ must be rightly appropriated through the body. Like the sons of Issachar, we must be equipped with the knowledge of the times and seasons of the Spirit, dedicated to the Lord's plans and strategy. As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. The Lord is calling for repentance and corporate intercession against the specific plans of the enemy here outlined.

 

Bob Jones 
The Prophetic Ministry of Bob Jones 
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