Isaiah 5:20 NIV “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
Are you familiar with my use of the term “Egyptian Heresy?” It is one of the big three. The Edomite Heresy (or curse) is a perversion of God the Father’s heart and work. The Babylonian Heresy (or curse) is a perversion of the work of Jesus Christ. And the Egyptian obviously is a perversion of the work of the Holy Spirit.
If you want more detailed info, you can find this teaching in our Spiritual Warfare album.
The short version of the Egyptian is that the spiritual values are inside out, upside down and backward. To use one simple illustration, God sent man into the world to take the Garden into the non-garden parts of the world, establishing life giving ecosystems. The Egyptians are famous for investing the best of the culture into the pyramids of death that are not even a memorial to a life well lived! They are not life giving, are not ecosystems and do not memorialize the essence of God in the culture.
When you get into the Egyptian witchcraft (which I don’t recommend you explore), you will see intense reversals of everything that God holds holy and right.
Isaiah captures it with his usual exquisite eloquence: darkness for light and light for darkness. Doesn’t get more upside down or backwards than that.
So the power word in the verse is simple: woe.
I looked it up in the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament and it said, “Six usages refer to mourning for the dead and forty involve negative warnings or threats of God’s physical chastisement.”
Threats of God’s chastisement. Yes. Like it.
We as a team have been working through the ten plagues, studying and praying them as judgment on the Egyptian spiritual dynamic that is involved here. We feel that this week we are ready to go for the jugular.
I understand that not all intercessors are comfortable with imprecatory prayer. That is why we are doing these commitments a week at a time, so any week I get too wild for your taste, you are free to opt out.
And let me be 100% clear that I am not calling down judgment on any single person or organization. We have no human enemies in this battle. It is totally a war against the unseen world.
That said, I invite you to join me this week in overtly asking God to bring “physical judgment” on the demonic realm that has been pushing back hard against God’s agenda here.
In order to be on very solid legal ground (in my opinion) I am asking God to be the judge, not me, and any spirit that has acted according to Isaiah 5:20 should be dealt with according to the judgment He deems appropriate.
“Father, I come to You as the Righteous Judge of the Universe and ask for a legal hearing in Your court. I bring accusation against Your ancient enemy and his minions claiming that there has been a deliberate attempt to call some of the good things we do, evil. I believe those spirits have also inflicted some of Your children with darkness when they were seeking the light of God from us. Finally, there have been very successful attempts to take that which is sweet from Your hand and my hand and make it bitter in the lives of Your people.
“Righteous Judge, You have a much larger perspective than I do on these things and all the different players involved. You also know the right time for judgment. In all things we defer to Your superior wisdom and Your knowledge of justice.
“However, if we are right that this week in March is a time of release from Egyptian curses and heresies, I stand in my covenant position and request that judgment be proclaimed AND executed by You against all unclean spirits that have in any way been hindering Your work in us or through us.
“The Exodus occurred at a precise time in Your master plan for the Middle East. If we have heard right, there is a window that You have created this week that is for explosive freedom from long term bondage. We ask, proactively, that You would destroy any and all demonic forces that would attempt to pervert Your ancient purposes for this window. Let it be perfectly aligned with heaven’s time and design so that Your people the world over may walk in the freedom You desire.
“We ask these things as a people in agreement with each other, seeking to come into agreement with heaven’s agenda in this window of time.”
Copyright March 2014 by Arthur Burk
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