In 1620 the Mayflower made landfall at Plymouth Rock. The people on board, referred to as the Pilgrims, were more than adventure seekers, they desired the freedom to be a set-apart people wholly devoted to the purposes of Almighty God. A similar story took place a few thousand years earlier when a persecuted people group was led to a homeland where they could live in wholehearted devotion to the Almighty God of heaven and earth. Through the years both people groups were infiltrated with opposition, deception, and apostasy. So, what is the root that is producing such bad fruit? And should we be wary of it?
Amalek was a descendant of Esau who aligned himself with Ishmael through marriage. Of Ishmael, the Bible says, (Genesis 16:12) He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he shall dwell over against all his kinsmen.”
The story continues when Isaac gave this “blessing” to his first-born son, Esau, (Genesis 27:39-40) Then Isaac his father answered and said to him: “Behold, away from the fatness of the earth shall your dwelling be, and away from the dew of heaven on high. By your sword, you shall live, and you shall serve your brother; but when you grow restless you shall break his yoke from your neck.”
Jacob, Isaac’s second-born, by cunning, received the birthright blessing of the first-born. This blessing was for abundance, leadership, the position of authority and power, the favor of YHVH, to be the head and not the tail. (Gen 27:28-29) When you study these two brother’s blessings you see they are conditional; Jacob’s blessing dependent on good stewardship of the position and power associated with the blessing and Esau’s revolving around Jacob’s stewardship or maybe more significantly his lack of stewardship. Reading the stories of the children of Israel through the Bible one can clearly see that when Israel turns away from YHVH and falls into idolatry and rebellion then comes, captivity, persecution, destruction and/or oppression.
Let’s take a look at one story from Scripture that tells us about Amalek, Esau’s descendant. (Exodus 17:8-16), Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So, Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So, Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So, his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called the name of it, The LORD Is My Banner, saying, “A hand upon the throne of the LORD! The LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.“
Now let’s take a look at modern-day America. Is “Amalek” manifesting itself among us? Have we, as believers in Yashua/Jesus as our Savior, kept the blessing of Isaac, given to his son Jacob, in high esteem, living holy as YHVH is holy?
When the oppression got so intense the people, during the time of the First Testament, would acknowledge their sin, their falling away, and make teshuva — turn from their wicked ways, repent and call on the name of YHVH. And YHVH would hear from heaven and deliver them. Many examples of this deliverance revolve around the people going to war with the assurance of YHVH giving the victory. (Read 2Chronicles 20 for one example of deliverance.)
Last month during a time of prayer I believe I heard clearly to join the heavenly forces and begin to pray for the destruction of Amalek. From the story in Exodus YHVH says that from generation to generation He will have war with Amalek. Read this one chapter of Jude for a clearer understanding of the times we are in and then join the heavenly forces in the war against Amalek. We don’t name names, YHVH knows who Amalek is and we leave it at that — remember, though, that as you pray, an undeserved curse will not find a place to rest (Proverbs 26:2), so pray with fervent effectiveness! (Romans 12:11)
What “Amalek” represents to us as Americans has been allowed to get much too powerful. Why? Because, we as believers, have allowed this entity, by our very lack of attention to the proper care and stewardship of our YHVH-given blessings, to grow unchecked. By-n-large we have laid down our swords, and taken off our armor. It is my belief that we, as a nation, need to engage (or learn how to engage) in serious warfare prayer.
Let us shake off the deception of John Lennon’s 1971 song “Imagine” and go to war against the powers and principalities and rulers of this dark age that are working through Amalek by praying for Amalek’s destruction!
Jude 1, Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ.
They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.”
It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.