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Unleavened Bread Ministries with David Eells

The Battle to Take the Land

Reuel Stewart - 08/14/2008
(David's notes in red)

In a dream, I was in a dungeon in the center of a castle that I knew to be the enemy's. There were about 8 to 10 other people who were there locked up with me. All of a sudden it was like an unseen being opened the door to the dungeon and gave us all swords. ("Reuel" means "friend of God" in Hebrew. These Josephs are in prison in Egypt, in bondage to the old man, awaiting their release to dominion authority to rule over the wicked.) The sword I was given was a long two-edged sword that took two hands to wield. {Heb.4:12} For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.) We immediately began to fight our way out of the dungeon through the hallways and up the stairs of the castle. (Use the Word to conquer the old man and the spirits that empower him. {Eph.6:12} For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].)

There were what seemed to be endless amounts of enemy troops that continued to attack us all the way out of the castle. It seemed like we fought nonstop until we got outside of the castle walls. I began to notice by this point that we had all gotten a lot better at swinging our swords and we were able to take on more and more enemies at a time. {Lev.26:7} And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. {8} And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. {9} And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and will establish my covenant with you. {10} And ye shall eat old store long kept, and ye shall bring forth the old because of the new. {11} And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. {12} And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. {13} I am Jehovah your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bars of your yoke, and made you go upright. {14} But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments... {17} And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be smitten before your enemies: they that hate you shall rule over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.

I also noticed that we all fought close together in a group, in a circle sometimes when we were in open areas as if to defend each other's backs so the enemy could not sneak in behind us. (We must pray for one another constantly to strengthen one another so others may strengthen us. {1 Thes.1:2} We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention [of you] in our prayers; {1:3} remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father. {1 Tim.2:1} I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men. {1 Thes.5:17} pray without ceasing; {18} in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward. {Jn.16:24} Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be made full. {Jas.4:2} ... ye have not, because ye ask not.)

When we got out of the castle there was a large field (overcoming the world) that we had to cross which led to a big river that flowed past the other end of it. As we fought our way to the river (of life in the Word), we looked up ahead and there was a dock with a ship that was tied to it. I somehow knew at this point that our castle was miles upstream from where we were and that we needed to get on the ship and sail upstream to our castle. (We always go contrary to the direction of the world.) We fought our way onto the ship and overtook it and began to sail upstream. I thought about everything that we had gone through and it was hard to imagine how we had been able to make it this far against so many enemies with there being so few of us. {Joshua 23:8} but cleave unto Jehovah your God, as ye have done unto this day. {9} For Jehovah hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath stood before you unto this day. {10} One man of you shall chase a thousand; for Jehovah your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he spake unto you. {11} Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love Jehovah your God. {12} Else if ye do at all go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you; {13} know for a certainty that Jehovah your God will no more drive these nations from out of your sight; but they shall be a snare and a trap unto you, and a scourge in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which Jehovah your God hath given you.)

It seemed as if we had been fighting for a very long time, but we knew that there were going to be a lot more battles up ahead. We were all very sober at this point. We knew that the enemy was very mad that we had escaped and that they were going to send a large army after us to defeat us. (Pharaoh's army came to bring Israel back into captivity to serve them.) So we sailed upstream until we made it to our castle and we were greeted by other friends of ours who were excited to see us. We told them about everything we had been through. We now all began to make plans to defend against what we knew was to be a major attack from the enemy. One thing I noticed was that our entire army, even with the eight or 10 of us who just got there, only consisted of about 50 men. For some reason I didn't think that numbers were much of a factor at this point. Our plans did not only involve defending our castle, but also attacking the enemy's castle. (We must take the battle to the enemy constantly and not just wait until he hits us unawares. Fight for his ground instead of yours. {2 Cor.10:3} For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh {4} (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds), {5} casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.)

The final plan was that we would defend the best we could, but if the enemy began to push us back we would fall back to a little tunnel at the far rear of our castle that led to the river where we had a few ships that we could get on if we had to. (If we plan to fall back we will but we must plan to stand. {Eph.6:11} Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. {12} For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places]. {13} Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand. {14} Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, {15} and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; {16} withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil [one]. {17} And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: {18} with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the Spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.)

Almost immediately after we had finished making our plans we looked up at the river in front of the castle and I saw the entire river filled with hundreds of ships and tens of thousands of troops unloading on the beach. They filled the entire field in front of the castle. {Mt.26:53} Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? {Lk.8:30} And Jesus asked him, What is thy name? And he said, Legion; for many demons were entered into him. {31} And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss... {33} And the demons came out from the man... Once the entire field was full, then they attacked all at once and the battle began. There were so many of them they just began to pour over the walls from all directions and we all began to fall back to the tunnel. Now the tunnel was only about 15 feet wide so we were able to hold back the enemy pretty well once we got there. We decided to send about 40 of our guys to go ahead on one of the ships to attack the enemy's castle (more should be attacking the enemy than defending our ground) while the other 10 guys and I stayed back to keep fighting the enemy that were in our castle. This may sound like crazy thinking with such ridiculous odds against us but we all agreed that it was the best decision to make at the time because we could only have a few of us fight at a time in the little tunnel. The ship left and the 10 of us who stayed back kept on fighting in the little tunnel. Now the fight went on for what felt like hours. I kept noticing that the longer I fought the faster I kept getting with the sword. We got so good with the swords that we were able to push the enemy farther and farther back. I began to feel like there was nothing the enemy could do to stop us. (Confidence comes from practice and victories. {1 Tim.6:12} Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.)

Then someone behind me said that soon the enemy would send one of their best guys against me and that he would be hard to beat. I could not imagine that they had someone that could be much of a challenge, being that by this point I was taking on dozens of enemies at a time. Not soon after he said that, the enemy stopped attacking and backed up about 50 feet or so. This huge guy covered with massive armor and all kinds of different weapons on him stepped forward. (The giant in the land, self; Goliath, who was felled with thoughts and words.) We began to fight right away. I noticed that he was at least as fast as I was at swinging his sword and every time I thought I had found a weakness in him, it seemed like he had the right weapon to counter whatever I did. (The flesh is trained to resist the thoughts and Words of the Spirit.) This fight went on for what seemed like about one hour. After a while I began to realize that I could swing my sword at the speed of thought. Once I realized this I quickly got to the point that I could move my whole body, arms and sword at lightning fast speed by simply thinking it. (It is not a war of fleshly ability but of the thoughts and Words of God.) Once this happened I destroyed my foe almost instantly, chopping him in pieces. I was amazed at what had just happened and felt like there was nothing the enemy could do to stop us now.

I then heard another voice behind me say that now they would send their two very best and most powerful guys to attack me and that even though I could swing my sword at lightning speed it wouldn't be enough to beat them. Again I couldn't think of how they had anyone who would be able to stand up against us now, but sure enough, almost immediately I saw two guys come forward and they began to walk toward me. At first glance I looked at them and they didn't really seem like much of a threat because they didn't have any armor on and if anything they were dressed in kind of fancy clothes. They had no shield either, just a little sword almost the size of a knife. When they reached me I instantly took my sword and knocked both of their swords out of their hands. Now they had nothing to fight with so I was really wondering what they were going to be able to do now that they had no weapons. I cut one of them in half at the waist but as my sword went through him it was like his body just sealed himself right back together and there was just a faint line that showed where I had cut him. This puzzled me for a moment but I quickly went and attacked again and this time cut both of them into about five or six pieces, but the same thing happened again -- all of their wounds just seemed to instantly seal up again. They continued walking toward me at a steady pace. I was not sure what to do next. The only thing that I could think of doing was maybe if I chopped them up fast enough and into enough pieces then maybe they could be beat. So I swung my sword as fast as I could at lightning speed and literally in a matter of about two or three seconds chopped both of them into thousands of little pieces about the size of the tip of my pinky, but the same thing happened. All the little pieces of them just kept holding together. I could still see all the cut marks all over them. I didn't really know what else to do so I just kept on swinging my sword as they kept walking toward me until they backed me up to our end of the tunnel and as they were about to get out on our side I heard a voice behind me say that those two guys could only be killed with fire. It was like at that moment I realized I could command fire to destroy them. (The enemy changes tactics so that we have to depend on the Lord's guidance constantly and not the methods of the past. In this way we are speaking the current Word of the Lord and not relying on the dead letter.)

So I put my sword up for a moment and I rebuked them and a fireball came out of me and instantly consumed both of them. Once they were consumed, the other 10 guys and I who were behind me all ran full speed at the rest of the enemy that was in the tunnel and destroyed everyone in our path until we got all the way to the other end; and at unnatural speeds we destroyed everyone of them who had been sent to attack us until our castle and land was completely rid of them. (When the enemy's influence is gone from our own camp, then we are truly a terror to him, as it was with Jesus and His apostles.) We then got on a ship and sailed downstream to the castle of the enemy where our other friends who had gone ahead of us and were fighting a major battle with the enemy. We joined up with them and we all fought together until the entire enemy was destroyed and we had conquered their castle.

Why is there not the great wisdom and authority to conquer the enemies now? When the men of Israel were beaten and fled before the men of Ai and the hearts of the people melted the problem was found to be one man's hidden sin in the midst of the camp. He was guilty of the blood of those who died because Israel found no power against their enemies because of his sin. {Josh.7:7} And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord Jehovah, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over the Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to cause us to perish? would that we had been content and dwelt beyond the Jordan! {8} Oh, Lord, what shall I say, after that Israel hath turned their backs before their enemies! {9} For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and will compass us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do for thy great name?

{10} And Jehovah said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore art thou thus fallen upon thy face? {11} Israel hath sinned; yea, they have even transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: yea, they have even taken of the devoted thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also; and they have even put it among their own stuff. {12} Therefore the children of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, because they are become accursed: I will not be with you any more, except ye destroy the devoted thing from among you. {13} Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, There is a devoted thing in the midst of thee, O Israel; thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the devoted thing from among you.

...{20} And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Of a truth I have sinned against Jehovah, the God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: {21} when I saw among the spoil a goodly Babylonish mantle, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

As we see, one problem was personal greed, as with Ananias and Sapphira, who cared not for the Christian community spirit but hoarded for themselves. As we see, the money was to be devoted to the Lord. {1 Tim.6:5} wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain. {6} But godliness with contentment is great gain: {7} for we brought nothing into the world, for neither can we carry anything out; {8} but having food and covering we shall be therewith content. {9} But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition. {10} For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. {11} But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. {12} Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

Also we see that hiding a Babylonish garment will rob the power necessary to defeat the enemies. This garment represents secretly putting on the works of that which pertains to apostasy and sin. Are there hidden sins in your life? You will weaken your faith and the faith and hands of those around you to conquer the enemies? Their loss and destruction will be your fault. Achan and his family were stoned to death for his hidden sins. {Mt.10:26} Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. {1 Cor.4:5} Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God. {2 Cor.4:2} but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

{Pr.28:13} He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy. Confess your sins to righteous brethren and have them pray for you. {Jas.5:16} Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.

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