In the meantime...we can charge our faith, as Andrew Whalen shares in this article and word from the Lord:
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A Cloud of Spiritual Resistance & an Encounter with Lou Engle
In my dreams, God will often take me into a place of intercession where I can feel/know/understand what others are experiencing in realms of resistance and what is needed for breakthrough and victory. The other night, I woke up from a powerful dream in which I 'knew' that many people were under a heavy cloud of oppression and spiritual resistance. In the dream, I was aware that this wasn't just happening in the world, but specifically among many in the Body of Christ.
Since I was functioning as a prophetic intercessor in the dream, I felt the weight of this resistance that many people are experiencing. The best way I can describe these feelings is an overwhelming sense of disillusionment, confusion, hopelessness, shame and quiet desperation – there was a nagging feeling that God's promises might never come to pass.
Suddenly, in the dream, Lou Engle came up to me and said, "Andrew, you need to deliver a word to the Body of Christ!" Lou then picked me up and brought me to a massive gathering of Believers – I knew they were the ones experiencing the resistance I had just felt. (Image of Lou Engle)
Before I took the 'stage,' I began to pray in the dream and ask God what word was needed for their breakthrough. I heard the Lord say, "Write down what I tell you." So I began to write what I heard Him speak. He said, "The name of this prophecy you are to give them is called 'PROPHETIC WAR.'
It's hard to fully describe how I felt, but at hearing the name of that title, I suddenly felt the despair and confusion lift off me. I knew that this is what would happen for the people who received God's directives from this word.
Next, I wrote down a long list of things I was hearing Him say. Here are some of the things I remember writing:
"My people need to relearn the art of war. They have not yet learned prophetic warfare like many of the ancients.
"My people need to know that when I give them a prophetic promise, there will be resistance – all of Hell will be set against it – and My people must change their mentality from passive acceptance to militant faith."
Striking the Belly of Leviathan
In my dream, after I wrote this down, I realized that resistance was suddenly set against me. An unseen enemy came after me to steal my notebook with this word. I looked to Heaven and said, "God, in Your mercy, deliver me from this foe! I pray Your sword would now slay this 'Leviathan.'" I knew, as I spoke this prayer, that it was a Leviathan spirit which was operating to take the 'faith and fight' out of God's people – to keep them under the twisting lies which say that God's promises will not be fulfilled.
In the dream, I broke through the resistance, taking the stage where crowds had gathered to worship and hear a message. As I opened my mouth, I saw the heavens open and a sword descend, striking the belly of Leviathan. I knew, in that moment, the ears of the people could now receive this word. (Photo via Unsplash)
"Somebody Needs to Hear This!"
As I opened my mouth to speak, the spirit of prophecy came upon me and I declared, "GOD SAYS: SOMEBODY NEEDS TO HEAR THIS!" I then proceeded to prophesy: "You must now fight! You must now learn to war for the promises, stand up and believe."
Those who had gathered to hear this word were being set free from their shame, apathy, hopelessness and disillusionment. I watched as a visible resilience came back into the people of God. The word was delivering a breaker anointing to restore their hope and faith yet again!
To summarize this dream encounter, I believe God is coming to refresh our hope in His promises. He has seen the resistance set against His people and He is coming with the key of prophetic war – a call to stand and fight for the fulfillment of His words, regardless of opposition!
Our faithful warfare in this time will release the sword of the Spirit to strike down Leviathan's lies, confusion and twisting contradictions to God's good report.
It is time to fight again. Throw off the unbelief, the disappointment, and the hopelessness – believe the report of the Lord! He says YES and AMEN to your prophetic promises. He is a promise keeper! This day, we must fight!
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Vanquish – Prophetic Warriors
Andrew Whalen is an emerging leader and prophetic voice to a generation. He functions as a prophetic warrior to advance the Kingdom of God in all spheres of society. Andrew is uniquely called to raise up spiritual special forces, equipped to achieve spiritual breakthroughs against regional and national level, demonic resistance. Andrew and his wife Kelly have pioneered and led various ministry initiatives, while also engaging in the marketplace, for over 15 years. In the last 4 years, they have served as core prophetic leaders with Lou Engle ministries. Today, Andrew and Kelly, along with their 3 children, reside in DFW Texas region, where they lead VANQUISH – PROPHETIC WARRIORS, and are also working to establish an apostolic training center.
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