Chapter 11: Jebusites and the Mountain of Family
Once again, we've come to a mountain that is arguably the most important. Malachi 4:6 promises that Elijah will come and "turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers." It's the last promise-even the last verse-of the Old Testament. Elijah will come and he will save families.
We live today among unprecedented family breakdown that has caused unprecedented social and physical ills. Many diseases can be attributed to unloving parents. (Most diseases, in fact, do have a psychosomatic source. Not all, but most.) That means that some level of deep unhappiness weakens the immune system and makes room for a "dis ease"-a physical manifestation of an "ease" that is missing. The number one cause of emotional trauma is a dysfunctional family foundation.
The family unit is clearly under assault by Satan. More specifically, it's fathers who have failed, although Satan's assault shows up in other areas too.The Mountain of Family is in dire need of an infusion of Elijah Revolutionaries. It could also be called the Mountain of Social Justice because the true greatest social injustice we currently face is that the hearts of fathers are not turned toward their children and the hearts of the children are not turned towards their fathers. All other social injustices spin off of that central injustice.
Scripture says that in the last days, it's not just the parents "fault"-something evil will be released on children to turn them against their parents.
But know this that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
The italicized words specifically describe the kind of children's behavior we may be familiar with, but their intensity and degree in the latter days will be worse. It is Satan's attempt to subvert the last days work of the spirit of Elijah with a preemptive strike.
What Is Family?
The first definition for family in the dictionary is "parents and their children." That's pretty clear and simple. Family is an institution created by God. Without God's plan of morality for humans, we digress to animal and sub-animal qualities. Family and morality are the very fiber of order for society. When family order disintegrates, then social order also disintegrates; there's a direct correlation between them, as societal ills and dysfunctions have coincided with the breakdown of the family unit. Statistics on human criminality overwhelmingly indicate that broken homes are a major influence on those who become lawless. Broken homes are major contributors to drug use, illegal sexual activity, inability to secure gainful employment, jail sentences, and almost every other societal ill imaginable.
Since the father's absence or abuse is the most damaging factor in a broken family unit, that's where Satan will concentrate his attack. A family unit's glue is love-first the love between husband and wife, and then the love among the family members. Without love, family cannot really exist.
Who Rules the Mountain of Family?
The seventh nation listed in Deuteronomy 7 is the Jebusites. The name Jebusites means "a place trodden down, rejection." That's the spirit on the Mountain of Family that must be dispossessed. The Jebusites represent rejection as it applies to our understanding of a main enemy on this mountain.
Rejection is defined as "the refusal to accept, consider, submit to, hear, receive, or admit." Its manifestation is essentially the opposite of the love described in 1 Corinthians 13. That kind of love glue for marriages and for family.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing…Love suffers long and is kind, love does not envy, love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails . . . and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13).
Without the help of the Lord, a person can go through a lifetime of counseling and medication and still not recover from the effects of rejection, which is just as often a lie as it is a reality. A child buys into that lie when he or she wrongly interprets the stern words or actions of a parent. In some cases, a parent's words do express rejection; for an adult, it's a brief "losing your cool," but for a child rejection can really sink in. Or a parent may compare one child to another to try to motivate that child to behave better. A Jebusite demon will take advantage of these types of situations and whisper to a child that he or she is not wanted. A child can come into agreement with that lie at a very young age and live out of that rejection complex, affecting every future relationship that person is in.
A Jebusite will take advantage of every opening to sow rejection. If he sows rejection on one side of a relationship, then the person on the other side begins to reject the one they think they've been rejected by in order to protect their own heart from hurt. Very real earthquakes in a family can release seismic waves of rejection in all directions. If a husband leaves a wife, the rejection is very real and obvious and can leave incalculable damage. If there are kids, they too will absorb the rejection and take it personally. Psychologically, oldest boys tend to put the blame for a divorce on themselves and absorb it as a personal rejection. Rejection begets rejection, which begets more rejection. A person with a strong "rejection complex" will send out strong vibes that say "please reject me," which then become self-fulfilling. We now have compounded relational problems in this area with multiple stepfamilies trying to survive emotionally while all family members are carrying strong rejection baggage.
Rejection by a father (real or perceived) often comes with another severe price tag: it warps the developing sexual identity of a little boy or girl. A boy will tend to seek male approval endlessly, becoming confused and often crossing a sexual line into abnormality. In young girls, the flower of being a woman never opens, and their father's rejection commits them to a path of never needing anything from a man again. When the Jebusite demons can do this level of emotional damage, then they have prepared their prey for the principality atop this mountain.
Who Is King of the Jebusites?
The principality who sits atop the Mountain of Family is Baal. He and Jezebel are very similar, but Baal is more encompassing. Jezebel serves Baal. The nations surrounding Israel had their own versions of Baal that were a constant snare to God's people.
Baal means "master," "owner," or "lord." He was the god of fertility, the sun god, the god of provision, the god of rain, and looked to for basically everything. The cult of Baal worship often included male prostitution. Service to the god Molech was also connected with Baal worship, as we can see in Jeremiah:
They built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to cause their sons to pass through the fire to Molech (Jeremiah 32:35).
One could serve Baal by serving Molech, the one to whom children were brutally and cruelly sacrificed. [note: Worshippers would heat up statues of Molech and then place their children in the statues' red-hot arms and watch them burn to death.] For us, this represents the prevailing god and influence over abortion. Since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973, more than 50 million children have been sacrificed at this altar of convenience. Baal worship in our land has cost millions their life. Abortion is the rejection of a child by a parent, evidence of the Jebusites of rejection at work. We see the heart of a parent turned not toward their children, but rather against them in a deadly way.
Homosexuality is also a manifestation of Baal worship and why male prostitution was integral to Baal ceremonies. Homosexuality is the rejection of one's natural sex drive. This rejection isn't necessarily a conscious choice; it's the fruit of rejection that has been sown in someone and defiled him. The point is not whether one is born homosexual or not. God's standards of morality reflect the feelings we must be trained into, not the feelings we were born with. None of us were born with His standards "bubbling up" in us.
For example, we are all naturally selfish. That's something that must be trained out of us. For most of us, it's a lifetime fight, as the "me first" feeling seems wired into us. Because of this selfishness, we easily feel angry, sad, jealous, vengeful, and just plain mean. These inherent feelings we're born with must be corrected by embracing God's higher authority of righteous morality. All of the descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13 are anti-natural feelings. To bear with, believe, forgive, endure, think no wrong-none come naturally.
So why do we deify a "natural" sexual drive as God-ordained? It isn't. None of us, heterosexual or homosexual, are born with a monogamous sex drive, but that doesn't justify fornication and adultery. Some apparently think they are "born" with feelings toward pedophilia or even bestiality. If a sex drive is self-validating in itself, as many assume, then we really begin to stray into apostasy.
Having said all that, I do recognize that demons are on assignment to warp our sexual psyches when we are young so that we'll have inordinate and confused sex drives. Studies show that most porn stars and strip club dancers were sexually abused by a close male figure when they were young. That's also true for a high percentage of homosexuals. This is tragic, but is certainly no reason to validate sexual deviance.
God will begin to release a new level of power for healing and restoration through and into His people at depths few have been able to experience. I am very aware that many, if not most, with homosexual feelings have cried and pleaded with God to no longer have these feelings. The powerlessness of the church has been complicit in this overall problem, and the "spirit of Elijah" will bring that power back. Homosexuals will come back to the church en masse and submit to special prayers for restoration when the word gets out that total sexual healing is really available in God's house. Many feel hopeless about their sex drive because nothing they have experienced so far has dimmed the deviancy. The combination of embracing His standards, whether we feel them or not, and the new power of God coming to His church will provide true, undeniable deliverance for hundreds of thousands of homosexuals. This will be a primary evidence that the Elijah Revolution is upon us in full measure.
It's interesting that the homosexual activist agenda is about "acceptance." They band together and find cities of acceptance. Their legal and political maneuverings aim to let them finally function under some level of social acceptance. The internal rejection is so profound that they must attempt extreme natural measures to make that rejection bearable. Though the gay agenda is wrong and very damaging, it's very understandable. It's also a reminder to us, as the church, that we have done very little to bring heavens answers to a significant hurting segment of society. We are going to have to learn how to bring God's love and power to gay communities while still warning them of the profound judgments of God that will come their way if they should continue to embrace their sins. To stay locked in homosexuality is to remain in worship of Baal-and it is specifically Baal who is about to suffer profound repercussions brought on by the Elijah Revolution.
The Worship of Baal and Judgments
I wrote a prophetic newsletter in October 2004 (i.e., before Katrina) warning of judgments coming to a stretch of land from Mobile to New Orleans. I wrote that an altar to Baal existed between these cities and that Mobile, Biloxi, and New Orleans all carried stones of this altar. Mardi Gras began in Mobile back in 1699, though New Orleans has become more famous for it. The origins of Mardi Gras come from the fertility festival of Lupercalia, which has direct roots to Baal worship. Mardi Gras is essentially a Baal celebration. I wrote that the next hurricanes would now be the judgment storms, and that New Orleans was headed for a "big uneasy." I also wrote, "Biloxi: the eye of a hurricane has your name on it." I shared that the hurricanes of 2004 were warning storms of what would now be God's manifest judgments on Baal's altar, at that geographical area of our nation.
A mass homosexual parade and celebration that was to bring many millions of dollars to New Orleans was scheduled the week Katrina hit the city. Baal was doubling up in the city by adding homosexual decadence to his existing active altar there. Hurricanes Wilma and Rita also each brought judgment on cities that were about to host major gay events-Key West and Cancun-thus seriously curtailing the celebration of gay acceptance. God loves homosexuals so much that he will spare no expense in making it clear that homosexuality is an abomination to Him, and that He can deliver someone from it. The name Katrina even means "purity"-perhaps a message of God's intent for that hurricane. What looks like God's anger against homosexuals is really His passionate love working to spare them from greater judgment-lifetime in a real hell.
When Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord. (Isaiah 26:9-10).
There is a point when grace ceases to reap a reward, and we are at that point in many areas of societal sin. We have entered a time when His righteous judgments must be made evident so that the wicked can learn righteousness. We are headed into a season when the Lord will entreat the gay community with His judgments so they will learn righteousness. Nobody understands more than the Lord the tragic rejections that homosexuals have had to endure. Nobody is cheering more for them to overcome these challenges of life. Yet sin cannot go unpunished, and abominations receive the more severe judgments of God. The feelings of homosexuality are not an abomination to Him, but crossing the line into actual homosexual behavior is.
So Baal is the principality of the Mountain of Family and his demons of entrance are the Jebusites of rejection. Abortion and homosexuality are forms of worship that strengthen Baal, and his goal is the disintegration of the family, which he knows will in turn disintegrate society. In the last days, the mountain of the Lord's house will dethrone him, and we are now in those days.
The Important Role of Pastors
Taking this mountain will fast-forward as God's true pastors begin taking their proper places. The people we now call "pastors" are far removed from what this ministry is designed to do. We traditionally view a pastor as someone who heads up a church and preaches the message of the week. It is more biblically correct for apostles and prophets to lead the church (Ephesians 2:20) and for pastors be the very hands-on ministers of God's mercy and grace. Their strength is not administration, not necessarily even teaching, and not laying out vision, but rather in having a heart that has been conditioned to apply the one-on-one personal care of the Lord. Many such pastors also attempt to do all the things that running and leading a church requires-which is why burnout is such a problem among pastors, with a reported 15,000 quitting every year.
As churches become more biblically ordered, many more pastors than we presently have will be discovered and commissioned. They will be unencumbered by financial considerations and therefore free to love on God's lambs with no concern for remuneration. There is nothing more polluted than a pastor who is a "hireling" (John 10:12-13).
Another reason we are so pastorally weak is that we have excluded or limited women from stepping into this role. Women often seem more wired for intercession than men, and this is also the case with pastoring-perhaps even more so. A woman's natural gifts are much more nurturing, and when we finally recognize enough of them in their proper role, we will have a church that much better represents the heart of our Good Shepherd.
Beside the change that is coming into the church ranks itself are changes that will come to the extended church-the church in the marketplace, where these seven mountains will be actively taken. The Mountain of Family must be infiltrated by pastors in every sector of society. Regardless of your title at your place of employment, you may be called to serve as pastor of that workplace. Your specific assignment is to displace the Jebusites by bringing the healing, redemption, and acceptance of Christ to wherever you may be. Rejection is the door that opens people to all sorts of Baal complications. We must deal with it in its early stages, and then we must be empowered to bring God's might to set Baal's captives free.
Government Services Pastors
Government services that assist families are one of our primary areas of need. The Department of Family and Children Services should be staffed entirely by pastors-not official, professional pastors, but those who see this mountain of society as their mission field. Many Christians have no desire to enter that arena because the pay is weak and the positions carry no prestige. That's why the task requires true shepherds, not hirelings, in the social infrastructure of our nation. This is a clarion call to Elijah Revolutionaries to enter this arena and begin to bring the reign and rule of God to earth.
Judges Who Are Pastors
Judges are granted great latitude to intervene in personal family issues. The Kingdom would be best served if judgeships were filled by sons and daughters of God who understand the King's ways. Only Holy Spirit-filled judges can have the proper instinct for how much mercy or justice to dispense. We need judges who know that God really considers them pastors and are willing to bring His light in this way.
Levels of the Mountain
We have already addressed the fact that Baal and the Jebusites are the spiritual influences on the top of this mountain. The physical faces are not as clear as those on other mountains. Laws that govern family relationships, however, are clearly up there. Laws are important in the sense that they represent the government's tacit approval of behavior. Government then becomes accountable before God for the laws on the books. For example, some abortions will occur even if there's a law against it. But if a government sets no standard of righteousness on the matter, then it is called into account for the sins of the people-and not just the individual sinners. Therefore, laws and ordinances that govern "family"-and, by extension, those who have power to change laws and ordinances-sit at the top of this mountain.
The Supreme Court, then, is probably even more influential on the Mountain of Family than on the Mountain of Politics. It decided Roe v. Wade and is the only entity with the power to reverse it. Its justices have the power to determine, for legal purposes, what a family is. They are involved in all morality-related rulings. To fully dethrone Baal and take this mountain, we will have to "take" the Supreme Court. The emerging Elijah Revolution will begin to bring God's order to the top of this mountain.
Less influential judgeships that have significant authority in family legal issues are probably at the mid-mountain level. On the low level of the mountain is the presence of God's people as pastors in every segment and fabric of society-particularly those involved in government family services.
What Does the Bible Say about Family?
The Bible uses the word "family" 123 times and the word "families" 174 times. The Lord clearly establishes Himself as the God of families. Even the Trinity reflects a family dynamic. There is Father and Son, and the role of the Holy Spirit is to prepare and a bride for the Son for the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation19:9). His heart towards relational life is further expressed in Psalms 68:
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation, God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity (Psalm 68: 5-6).
God's heart is the heart of a family man. The members of the Trinity communed among themselves as the world was created. They then made Adam, who, since he was in the image of this Trinity, was lonely without a family identity. In Psalm 68, God announces Himself as "father of the fatherless." He knew that man would fail in His model, so He provided Himself as the Father of the fatherless. To a widow who has lost her husband, He is her defender and even her husband, as He says in Isaiah 54:5. "God sets the solitary in families." We are all solitary by nature, but He has put us in families to bring forth fruitfulness as we live a proper family life. The "greatest" individual on the earth can produce nothing outside of the context of family. The Elijah Revolution will recover and reveal the beauty of family. The hearts of parents and their children will be turned toward each other.
"Behold, I will send you Elijah, the prophet, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, and he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest, I come and strike the earth with a curse" (Malachi 4:5-6).
We haven't touched on that last phrase yet, but it's important. If this family restoration doesn't come, the earth will be struck with a curse. That word "curse" means "annihilation." The earth will suffer annihilation if true family is not restored on earth. AIDS is a disease that has its roots in the violation of God's mores for the family. It's a sin disease that decimates families and leaves millions of orphans behind. A man and a woman who marry as virgins have provided themselves with the ultimate protection against AIDS. There are innocent AIDS carriers, but the source of the disease is sinful, anti-family behavior. Forty million people in the world are now infected with a death sentence that is directly attributable to violating God's known standards for family life. Could the curse of Malachi 4:6 be an even worse disease or virus that takes out the disobedient? Elijah Revolutionaries will not stand by and allow that possibility to unfold. We will receive and carry the restorative work of the spirit of Elijah to the nations.
A Multi-Pronged Approach
We've already addressed many aspects of the multi-pronged approach. The important thing is to realize that it is a multi pronged approach. We can't just pursue prayer or action; we have to cover both. Within these two broad approaches are several strategies. The infiltration of multiple levels that we've mentioned is key. We need to find our "row" of favor and anointing and marching in that row. The top of the mountain must be flooded with Elijah Revolutionaries, and those who do will find the most favor backing them up. It is time for the Lord's house to be exalted-and for all other infrastructures to collapse-leading the nations to run to the house of the Lord.
The Prayer Strategy
Intense prayer for the Supreme Court is obviously a high priority. It's important for us to understand and believe in faith that we can "legislate" in the spirit realm, even with the "wrong" people in office. If we don't understand this fact, we will only gear up in prayer for moments of election and selection and think we have won or lost based on that event.
The book of Esther reminds us of the power of intercession. Ahasuerus was historically considered an evil man, yet through Esther's intercession he made righteous decrees that greatly benefited God's people. Conversely, we've had Supreme Court justices who have apparently been the "right" people, but who, once under the powers influence at the top of the mountain, started voting against what is right and just. We must break through in prayer and create an "umbrella of influence" in the Spirit where righteous enactments are made regardless of who is in office. Baal must be knocked out of Washington, D.C., and a prevailing influence of God-consciousness must be raised so that the fear of the Lord begins to instruct Supreme Court justices. We have to work to have evil or deceived justices removed, of course; but the key is to remove Baal through prayer. Intercession is a powerful weapon for taking the Supreme Court and this mountaintop.
The Action Strategy
Several action strategies have already been laid out. We need both preventative strategies and redemptive strategies. By preventative strategies, I mean establishing or defending laws that strengthen the family unit. By redemptive strategies, I mean finding ways to restore, rebuild, and recover family life that has been lost.
Statistical evidence overwhelmingly indicates that our welfare laws are actually harmful to the family unit. Some adjustments have been made, but more are needed. Any law that financially remunerates those who have children out of wedlock-and then benefits them more if they do not marry-has negative effects on the family unit. The welfare laws that make it financially advantageous to have no job (as opposed to a low paying job), inadvertently promote lifelong dependence on welfare, which is not healthy either for an individual or a family. Whoever has the opportunity and the favor to tackle these legal issues should approach the overhaul of this system from the standpoint of what would most promote and strengthen a strong family unit. The financial factors cannot be the primary consideration for determining good law. God's grace will accompany efforts to implement righteous change.
The devastating problem of orphans in the world has already reached a critical stage and will only increase. There are millions of AIDS orphans in Africa alone-children whose nuclear family unit has been irrevocably destroyed. There are also orphans from war and combat situations. There are an estimated 250,000 child soldiers in the world, and most of them are orphans. This problem of children without a home and family breaks the Lord's heart.
Some Elijah Revolutionaries will be blessed with strategies and income to create an entirely new orphanage model. Orphanages that carry the spirit of Elijah anointing on them will be able to provide supernatural healing and restoration for their orphans-something that carries the "family of heaven" DNA. Some really good models are already out there, but a spiritual upgrade is even available. "Kingdom" orphanages will produce not only survivors of horrible trauma, but will also be the very place from which champions on the tops of the mountains will come from. Those whom Satan has stolen the most from will be granted authority and favor to cause him the most damage. Some of society's most incredible "mighty men" (and women) of the future are currently devastated orphans. Great grace is available for those who will extend themselves to reach these beloved children of God. His heart is always stirred most strongly toward the fatherless, the rejected, and those with no hope of a future except in Him. It's time to tackle this mountain and bring God's unshakeable kingdom to it.
Copyright 2007 Johnny Enlow. Used with permission. Chapter 11, 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.