Chapter 6: Girgashites and the Mountain of Government
The Mountainof Government, or politics, is a mountain that the Lord is beginning to position His children to invade and take. As with media, we've virtually given this mountain over to the devil. Entire denominations have been known to prohibit their people from being involved with politics because of the corruption that always seems to infect it. The reason politics are considered "of the devil, of course, is because we have abandoned this mountain to him.
Because of the enemy's firm grip on this mountain, it's a very dangerous mountain to take if one is not spiritually prepared for it. Yet we must take it. The Elijah Revolution will begin to displace the forces of darkness from this mountain and establish righteous government on its top.
What Is Government?
Government can have many applications, as there is government in many, many arenas. For our purposes, we are considering the political institutions that rule a land. They administrate civil righteousness and justice at multiple levels. Though it's a widespread field that extends far, the top of the mountain is occupied by a relatively small handful of people. In the United States, the president is the physical person at the top of the mountain, with senators and congressmen also high on our national mountain. Because our nation is the lead nation of the world at this time, it automatically places our national leader at the top of the world Mountain of Government.
Who Presently Rules in Government?
The second enemy nation mentioned in Deuteronomy 7 is the Girgashites. The name means dwelling in clayey soil and represents being motivated by earthy desires and ambitions. In essence it represents corruptionbrought on by the "pride of life" (1 John 2:16). The definition of corruption is "the impairment of integrity, virtue, or morality. This is what presently rules in politics and government.
All governments suffer from corruption, a built-in sabotage that guarantees their eventual implosion. The only government that will never have any corruption is the theocratic Kingdom of God. Here on earth, there will always be something less than a perfect government. We can (and should), however, insist on high ideals, principles, and individual character people who can help manifest a form of government that is a blessing to a nation. We cannot instill a theocracy in a human government because theocracy is transcendent to humanity. The Kingdom of God can be superimposed on people through influence, but only God Himself can be "theo." Therefore, any attempt to establish a physical theocracy is ill-conceived unless it is reinterpreted as something other than what it actually means. (-cracy government, theo of God). A government can potentially function as a virtual theocracy, but only as the individuals in power allow themselves to be puppets (i.e. servants) of the theocracy (God's rule and reign). The goal is to bring the influence of heaven to bear on whatever political machinery that exists.
Who Is the King of the Girgashites?
The Mountain of Government is perhaps the most important of the mountains because it can establish laws and decrees that affect and control every other mountain. Therefore, we find Lucifer himself entrenched on this mountain as the usurping "prince" over the nations. Whereas God's government is established through service and humility, Satan's government is established through manipulation and pride. Lucifer sits at the top of this mountain, where he specifically functions as the Antichrist. His role over the nations is to stir and raise up whatever would defeat the purposes of God on earth. When he is firmly entrenched in a nation, that nation will manifest the following "antichrist" distinctives.
1) Working to destroy Israel
2) Working to destroy the next generation (abortion, wars, and plagues)
3) Working to destroy Christians
4) Working to suppress women or release "Jezebels"
5) Working to pervert sexual mores (homosexuality, adultery, etc.)
Every one of these topics deserves a book of its own, so we won't be able to develop them much deeper here. The point is that Lucifer tries to weave into all aspects of governmental influence the seeds of these five distinctives. He attempts to change and arrange laws, pacts, and agreements that will advance his antichrist agenda. And he still thinks he can succeed which will just make the end result a little sweeter. Anyone attempting to climb this Mountain of Government must understand who is ruling and what he is looking to perform. The Girgashites of corruption serve his purposes because they condition people to be pawns of his master plan. The displacement of Lucifer is guaranteed by God, and nation by nation will be pulled out of his clutches.
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest side of the north, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you saying, Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?" (Isaiah 14:12-16).
All who progress on this Mountain of Government will need to beware of the specific motivation brought out in this scripture. It's encapsulated in his statement, "I will ascend." Once your spirit has been penetrated by "I will ascend," you now carry the DNA of Satan whether you're a "Christian" or not. Then the manipulation and pride work together. This mountain must therefore be taken by practicing Christians, not just confessing Christians. Corruption has no place for a practicing Christian, and many who have confessed Christ have later been exposed as corrupt. The antidote to Lucifer and his Girgashites of corruption is to walk in Matthew 20:28: "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
This attitude must be the starting point for an Elijah Revolutionary in politics. Humility and spiritual authority are required to take this mountain. That's the kind of person the Lord will raise up to displace the demons and their human puppets in the arena of government.
The Important Role of Apostles
True apostles will play a unique role in the taking of this mountain. I have to say "true apostles" because most of those now calling themselves apostles aren't - and won't be anytime in the future. It takes more than a Web site and a business card to become an apostle. It also takes more than having a network of churches under you. We have seriously "dumbed down" what an apostle is, and that has to change.
The church at Ephesus was praised for having "tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars." (Revelation 2:2). Their self-promotion didn't disqualify them from being believers, and it didn't mean that they didn't have some kind of leadership position. It just meant that they weren't apostles and were therefore liars.
We have a good number ofsuch "liars" bursting on the scene, thus muddying the waters for true apostles. That's not really a problem, because a basic trademark of a true apostle is that he doesn't mind not being recognized as one. The low profile helps his "cover" - he can access more grace from God (because God gives grace to the humble), and he's more overlooked as a target of the enemy that way. The temporary downside of less-than-apostles is that they are influencing many who want to properly honor true apostles. They are serving as distracters for a season, but that will be remedied as God continues to shake His house.
An apostle is called and anointed to take the tops of the mountains. That anointing is not based on their charisma, their money-making ability, their networking, their personality type, their speaking skills, or any other naturally understood ability. It is authority with heaven based on a specific call - and then an obedient response to that call. It is moored in profound intimacy with the Godhead.
A quick look at the original twelve apostles should convince us that none of the natural qualities I've listed above define the role. Peter and the gang were primarily unlearned, redneck-type fishermen, and their natural gifts did not indicate the level of spiritual call upon their lives. Through them, we see a manifestation of God's divine strategy of choosing "nobodies" to turn the world upside down.
"For you see your calling brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty, and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence" (1 Corinthians 1:26-29).
The Lord often hides His greater power and glory in unappealing wrapping paper. The apostles are a prime example. In fact, Jesus Himself is the perfect example of this dynamic. God came in the flesh and manifested Himself not through the household of Caesar, of Herod, of a centurion, or of any other prestigious leader; rather, He came hidden to a young maiden and then was born even more unpretentiously in a manger. Only wise men discovered Him, and it still takes "wise men" to discover the greater gifts of God.
Apostles are some of the "greater gifts" God gives usï¿½often hidden, but anointed with power. And the greater of them will be some of the most unlikely individuals imaginable. In heaven they are very well known, mostly because of their cloak of humility. An apostle will have untold thousands of angels working with him because of the call upon his life, and many will be major territorial angels with a "displacement" anointing. They are the apostle's backup for taking mountaintops by displacing dark forces that are there.
Apostleship can be a virtually wasted gift here on earth if no "wise men" discover the gift of God that is in him. Many apostles themselves may not even know that they are apostles, as the Lord may or may not reveal to them that identity. The title of apostle isn't important; it's the function and anointing that must be restored. A legitimate prophetic ministry in its proper place is supposed to call out and validate true apostles. Even as John the Baptist announced Jesus, so too do we need the prophetic voice to call forth and confirm apostles.
Jesus was the first legitimate apostle (Hebrews 3:1), and He was the first to carry the "proofs" of an apostle. Everywhere Jesus went, apostolic phenomena took place. He confronted the top of the mountain in the spirit realm, so all hell and all heaven would break loose wherever He was. When He went into a city, the entire city would be confronted and shaken in some way. Both human and demonic leaders were intimidated - all powers felt the displacement caused by the anointing upon His life. The atmosphere would suddenly change, and storms would suddenly brew. His authority over every kind of sickness, disease, and demon would manifest. None of His influence was the product of well-oiled PR machinery, television, books, a large church, or any other natural element. It was all spiritual empowerment.
All of these apostolic proofs were also evident in His twelve followers, who, once the Spirit fell on them, evoked the same kind of response wherever they went. They had apostolic anointing that engendered signs and wonders of every type, always confronting mountaintop principalities. They were therefore subject to much suffering and persecution - further evidence of a fully functioning apostle.
Before we can fully displace powers and principalities, apostles will have to be properly positioned on the tops of the mountains. Again, an apostle is someone who has been given authority to displace top-of-the-mountain demons and bring the reign of heaven in their place. We will not fully take the Mountain of Government without this gift in place. The apostle gift is specifically a government gift, whether inside or outside of the church. This does not mean we will need the title of apostle, but only the actual anointing of apostle. I'm fairly convinced that modern day apostles will function better with other titles other than "apostle." It's a very distracting title and carries a great deal of baggage, particularly at this time. In fact, we could probably weed out 90 percent of so-called apostles just by informing them they can't use their title anymore. The love of the title is perhaps the first evidence of not really being one. The natural instinct of anyone who knows the responsibility associated with the call would be to run in the opposite direction.
It will take true prophets and "wise men" to uncover true apostles. Whether or not the title comes into play, God is now preparing and raising up apostles to possess the Mountain of Government. They will be humble, intimate servants of the Lord who carry great spiritual power and authority. They may either be the advisors (intercessors) of politicians or the politicians themselves. (These will be the natural "disguises" for an actual apostolic anointing. Many will be women, who are the key for the church being released into her full destiny.) Daniel, for example, had an apostolic anointing from a position of influence. Esther and Joseph had actual positions they operated from - as well as influence beyond the position. King David was a good example of a presidential/apostle type. He had the highest spiritual authority and natural authority in the land.
This apostolic positioning will increase more and more among the nations of the world as the mountain of the Lord's house is exalted above all others. One reason we haven't advanced as far as expected in this area is that "Christians" who have come into power in various national governments haven't always been apostolic Christians. By apostolic Christians, I mean that they have made it to the top of the mountain without carrying apostolic authority. Apart from apostolic anointing, there is no displacement authority. Therefore many of these Christians have fallen to the same corruption as their predecessors. Lucifer and his corrupting Girgashites have not been spiritually displaced by the angels that would normally accompany a true apostle.
The goal is not just to have Christians in high places, but rather to have Christians who are called to be in high places step into that role. And wearing a "Christian" label on our sleeve isn't the point. We need to learn to be "as wise as serpents and harmless as doves" and realize that stealth authority and influence are much preferred over overt authority and influence. A low profile diffuses resistance from the opposition. Political righteousness isn't determined by whether someone calls himself a Christian or not anyway. That's established by whether the political values they are prepared to defend or establish are actually righteous. A Christian who espouses abortion rights or the validity of gay marriages, for example, is worthless as a "Christian" candidate. If candidates don't understand righteous politics, they aren't anointed for this mountain. They may have enough Christianity in them to enter heaven, but they don't have enough Christianity to bring the rule and reign of God down to earth.
This will change as the Elijah Revolution is released upon the nations. Sons and daughters of the King who understand the call to take the seven mountains will rise to the mountaintops. More important than their confession of faith will be their understanding of Kingdom issues. Do they understand God's redemptive plan for Israel in these last days? Do they understand that "if you touch Israel, you touch the apple of His eye"? (Zechariah 2:8). Entire nations will be severely judged or highly blessed and favored based on this issue alone. Governing cannot be done by the flesh anymore, as the issues will be increasingly highly charged spiritual matters that God will directly address - often through devastating judgments (Isaiah 26:9).
The world will come to learn, for example, that though God passionately loves every homosexual, remaining in that sin will cause someone to fall under the sword of His judgment. Feelings don't validate a homosexual lifestyle any more than they validate a murderer's desire to kill. We are all born with feelings that we must curb and cut off, and the sooner we embrace God's standards, the sooner we have a chance to be at peace with Him. It is well understood that any child, when left to his or her own standards based on a feeling, will become a spoiled, unruly brat. What comes to us naturally is sin. We will lie, cheat, fornicate, dishonor our parents, and commit every other form of sin when we define righteousness by whatever we think we were born with. The sooner we understand that God expects righteousness - regardless of what our innate tendencies tell us - the sooner we will be able to eliminate His judgments from our personal and corporate lives.
One of the primary roles of future government leaders will be to instruct in righteousness. The more God's judgments are poured out on earth, the more explicitly will they be able to give that instruction.
The Levels of the Mountain
As I covered in the first chapter, there are three levels of a mountain: the top, the middle, and the base. The top of the mountain is our objective; that's the nature of the tsunami's grace that is being released. That's where Lucifer is entrenched in some capacity or another, and that's where the stronghold of corruption (the Girgashites) is. "Top of the mountain" can apply at a national level or at a city or regional level. The promise is that nations are to taken by the light on the sons and daughters of God.
The top of the mountain is held by a visible face, like the president, and the spiritual influence that has him there. We must always make a distinction between the natural faces and the ruling powers that influence them. We could become wrongly obsessed with changing only the physical people in power, not realize that unless the mountain is simultaneously secured spiritually, a new person in office will likely succumb to the prevailing demonic influence over that area of the mountain. That's what has happened even in the U.S. Supreme Court, as Republican presidents have appointed apparent conservatives who then, inexplicably, begin to vote with the liberal block. They are conditioned by the not-yet-displaced powers over Washington, D.C. Ruling powers always affect the thought life of those under their geographical sphere. Judges may have a history of ruling one way in their home state, yet the "air" of Washington, positioned under the influence of a larger demon, can cultivate another response from them.
Other levels of the mountain include lower political positions - anything from governors to judges to mayors. We need to fill the entire mountain with children of the Kingdom who know why they are there: to allow the Lord's house to be exalted. This mountain has many niches and grooves and many ways to approach it. Some may be called to go after unjust laws as their arena of action. Others may be called to formulate foreign policy or push for budget reform. The more significant the repercussions of those laws and policies, the higher the mountain level represented. However high we go, enough grace will be provided because this is our Promised Land.
What the Bible Says About Government
I've already addressed many scriptures about the call to take nations that would also be applicable here, but here are some others:
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, the people groan" (Proverbs 29:2).
This is a good verse for those who doubt whether God would even want us involved in civil affairs. This is why the mountain of the Lord's house will be exalted. The peoples of the world are exhausted and "groaning" under the rule of wicked people. Every form of government has been tried, and all have failed dramatically. There is no new government prototype to try, and the earth knows it. It's groaning and travailing for those who keep their promises of righteousness and justice. Most politicians pledge to fight corruption, but few have been successful. All promise justice, but none are able to bring it about. The world's thinking is disconnected, as few seem to realize that only the influence of the Kingdom of God can bring about a real change. Only He is the Desire of the nations (Haggai 2:7).
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice. From that time and forever the zeal of the Lord will perform this" (Isaiah 9:6-7).
This powerful passage is a prophetic announcement of the coming of Jesus. Though we have secured elements of truth from this scripture, we have missed the eschatology it lays out. This Jesus who is coming will carry "government" on His shoulder (literally "back"); His rule and reign are being released through His coming. It is the Lord Jesus who will show up, not just the Savior Jesus. He is coming to earth with heaven's government on his back - and of the increase of His government there will be no end!
Jesus has no intention of visiting temporarily to see who wants to "get saved." He will release His government and rule upon the earth - through His sons and daughters - and His Kingdom will never stop growing. He never gives the planet to Satan! The takeover of the affairs of earth is somehow tied into bringing order to the entire universe. Our planet is the last bastion of rebellion, and He will overwhelm it on His terms here on this planet. His terms? That His weak, foolish, simple, love-struck sons and daughters finally wake up to their inheritance and become the instruments that crush Satan - here and now.
This awakening will be so profound in His church that even the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Gates, of course, are defensive. Jesus will have a generation that will take all the land assigned to it and push Satan out of the second heaven "at the top of the mountains" all the way back into hell where he belongs. Apparently, he'll experience the surprise of our ability even to chase him into hell as his gates collapse. I, for one, intend to demand some personal payback from him and his minions at that time with whatever leeway that authority gives us.
Copyright 2007 Johnny Enlow. Used with permission. Chapter 6,The Seven Mountain Prophecy and the Coming Elijah Revolution,Johnny Enlow, Strang Communications, January 2008 For more resources from Johnny Enlow visit http://www.TGIFBookstore.com and click on 7 mountains category.