Fellow Watchmen on the walls of the Nations,
We bring you greetings this 7th New moon of this year 2013. We trust the LORD of perfection will perfect many things that concern your lives and nations as we watch with Him our High priest in the place of strategic prayer and warfare this season. As mentioned in the last newsletter, the summer is a time when kings go to battles, 2 Samuel 23:13ff. In essence, then, summer or harvest battles are “throne battles.”
This harvest season, we must worship at the throne of Ancient of Days and the Lamb (Daniel 7: 9-14, Rev 4, 5). As we do that, we will be strengthened to arise and overthrow through the blood of Yeshua, every throne of wickedness (spiritual or physical) set up by the adversary in attempt to rule over our lives and affairs (Rev 12:11-12).
The new moon will occur at 07:15 UT on July 8 (8:15am Nigerian time; 2:15am US Central time) in alignment with Mercury, the messenger planet. This is a crucial month of intercession for Israel because it is the month of Av, a month of deep sorrow and calamities; traditionally, the enemies of Israel attack the nation this month. During this time in Israel numerous wars began in the Middle East and at that time in Israel when two temples were destroyed. This period coincides this year with Ramadan, the time of Muslim fasting, which is always a tense time in Israel and the Middle East (July 9th to August 7th 2013). Please pray for protection over Israel and believers in the middle-east as in this season persecution seems to be growing (Ps 83). Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122).
We also request prayers for the people of Nigeria, who are going through major challenges. Pray against the activities of jihadists (Boko Haram) who have taken many parts of Northern Nigeria hostage, killing Christians inside churches on a weekly-basis. Pray that the Lord of Hosts will help the Nigerian troops deployed to rout this insurgency in Nigeria. Let the Lord defend Nigeria and make it a territory that Islamists of any shade of terror brand will find unsafe to operate in. Pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort those who have lost loved ones to these mindless killers. Pray that the Lord will defend the defenseless. Ask the Lord of Hosts to ride through Nigeria and shake the strongholds of Boko Haram and their sponsors (Is 19). Based on the scripture in Ezekiel 11:1-12, pray that our God will judge those who devise mischief and give wicked counsel in Nigeria.
As we seek the Father (Abba) this new moon, let us pray for a mighty harvest of souls worldwide. Currently, there is turmoil in the whole world: Terror, wars, rumors of war, scarcity of food, inflation, earthquakes, floods, fires, and so on. Please pray that these shakings will pave way for the unsaved to receive the Good News of Yeshua so that they can be incorporated into a Kingdom that cannot be moved in order that people "… may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28 )
The month of Av is also the month of Simeon, the second son of Jacob. His mother, Leah named him Simeon, saying “Because God has heard that I am unloved, He has given me this one also.” Simeon, a hot-blooded youth, often reacted quickly and physically, especially when paired with his brother Levi. When their sister Dinah was kidnaped and raped by the prince of Shechem, Simeon and Levi, stirred up by righteous anger, killed the men of the city, ignoring the fact that Dina’s other brothers had already convinced the residents of Shechem to circumcise themselves, and live in peace with Jacob’s family (Genesis 34). By circumcising themselves, the men of Shechem had become covenant-brothers of Jacob and his family, and to murder them was to repeat the sin of Cain. Just as Cain was exiled from the land near Eden into a place of wandering, so Jacob cursed Simeon and Levi to be scattered in Israel (Gen 49:5-7). Consequently, instead of being a strong tribe, Simeon became the weakest tribe (fewest in population) in Israel (Numbers 26). When the land was divided among the different tribes, Simeon somehow had no lot given him; but as the allotment of Judah was too large for that tribe, Simeon was allowed to occupy a portion of the inheritance of Judah (Joshua 19:1&9). He and his descendants stayed close to Judah his brother (Judges 1). The lessons to be learned here for purposes of prayer this month are as follows:
Praise: This new moon as we fellowship together, let us worship the LORD of Hosts with songs, timbrel, dance, and the sounding of the shofar. The Word of God says:
“Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” (Psalms 81:1-3)
Pray using Psalm 92 asking the Lord to sanctify and refresh you with His heavenly oil. Pray that the anointing will break every yoke. Prophecy from Is. 60 that you will be quickened to rise and shine in the everlasting light of Yeshua, the light of the world. Receive renewed strength and supernatural victory as you fight a good fight of faith.
Also, remember to pray during the 33rd hour of the moon on July 9 @ 16:15 UT (Nigerian time 5:15 pm, 12:15pm US Central time). When the new moon is 33 hours precisely, it can be seen with the naked eye as a thin sliver crescent moon. At this point, the wicked engage in satanic numerology, exploiting the number 33 in 33 degree-based occult enchantments into the moon. This is a powerful global enchantment fashioned to counter the outcome of the 33 years ministry of our Lord Yeshua Messiah on earth. But we ought to counter this satanic onslaught on the work of redemption by enforcing the truth that at 33 years, the Lord was lifted up through the cross in order to draw all men to Himself. The success of this enchantment especially in countering the work of the Kingdom of God is a major source of strength in occultism. The Church must stop that by proclaiming the death of Yeshua in Heb 2:14-15 so that the people of God can be set free:
“ For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Heb 2:14-15
Let us enforce this finished destruction of the devil and his works at the cross as we pray.
Other alignments (Plead the blood of Yeshua into the heavens and command the heavens to declare the righteousness and glory of God: Ps 97:6, Ps 19: 1-6)
-From July 9 to 12, the first crescent moon will be visible in the sky and is in alignment with Venus on the 10th. The first crescent moon is called “Diana’s bow” in witchcraft and occultic circles. With sorcery, it is invoked to shoot moon arrows for causing death to amass blood for healing and renewal. Please read the previous newsletters for more information on the central role of the moon in witchcraft and occult practices. Use the scripture from Hebrews 2:14-15 and Rev 14: 14ff to tackle this wickedness and break any evil bow or sickle programmed to shoot arrows of sickness and death.
-Conjunction of the Sun and messenger planet Mercury (July 9, pray from Luke 1 and receive the Lord’s good tidings and favor like Mary, the mother of Yeshua)
. Alignment of the first crescent moon and Regulus, the king star in the constellation of Judah (July 11, Rev 14:14ff)
-First quarter moon (July 16, Lift up the Cross of Yeshua (Col 2:15) in the prominent terminator of the quarter moon and proclaim that it is the terminator of all curses and satanic proclamations over you, your family, business, finances, ministry, nation, Church, etc.)
-Alignment of the first quarter moon and Antares, which has the likeness of a scorpion (July 19, Luke 10:19)
-July 21-22, planetary alignments: Venus aligns with Regulus, and Jupiter and Mars are in alignment-
-July 22: Full moon (Ps 81: 1-6). This Full Moon occurs @ 18:16 UT on July 22 (7:16 pm Nigerian, 1:16pm US Central). This moon is called Grain Moon to show that it is “harvest” moon. Please pray that the fullness of all the activities surrounding this moon will comply with the counsel of Jesus Christ because in Him only is the fullness of all things (Col 1:19). At least 3 days are devoted to demonic Full Moon “celebrations,” by witches, therefore, endeavor to pray from July 21-23.
-July 28, planetary alignment of Mercury and Mars in the morning sky. From July 28 to the end of August, many shooting stars (meteor showers) will flood the heavens. This is a potential weapon the enemy can use to shoot people. The LORD Himself fought Sisera with these stars as we read in Judges 5. Pray from Ps. 91 and other related scriptures.
-July 29, -Last quarter moon: Lift up the Cross of Yeshua (Col 2:15) in the prominent terminator of the quarter moon and proclaim that it is the terminator of all curses and satanic proclamations over you, your family, business, finances, ministry, nation, Church, etc.)
-August 3-6: Last crescent moon and so-called Hecate’s sickle in the heavens (Rev 14:14 ff)
-August 6: New moon and the gateway into the Cross quarter day (August 7 at 08:21 UT, 9:21am Nigerian, 3:21am US Central). This is the mid-point between summer solstice and autumnal equinox (Sept 22). This is the time of the celebration of witchcraft sabbat called Lammas—loaf mass. Major coven events will intensify from the full moon season to the end of the lunar month on August 7. Witches will like to affect the earth with war, fire and demonic fury in the nations. We ought to plead the blood of Jesus into this period and command the heavens to declare the glory of God (Ps 19:1-6). Proclaim these scriptures to judge the host of hell: Nahum 3, Is. 47, Micah 3: 6-7, Micah 5: 10-15, Ps 69: 22-28, Is 44:24-26, Ex 22:18, etc.
As you can see from the foregoing, this is a time to watch and pray so that the enemy will not catch us unawares. The joy of being rooted and grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ is that the Word says that we belong to a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, the Kingdom of Yeshua the Messiah, which cannot be moved. Hallelujah!
Let us sound the shofar continuously at this time. Thank God for His promise to grant us a mighty voice in the heavens (Is 51:16). Thank Him for His grace, love, mercy and favor. Thank God for creating the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night. Thank God for creating the heavenly elements for signs and seasons. Ps 136, Gen 1
As you seek the Lord, we pray that:
“... The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfill all thy counsel. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions. Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.” (Psalms 20).
May Yeshua our Chief intercessor strengthen and encourage you with victory and breakthrough this summer (winter in the south) as you watch and pray.
Your Brother & Fellow Intercessor
West Africa Coordinator
Intercessors For Africa