The altar destroyers and altar builders
Altars are raised places where there is a communion between the physical and the spiritual beings. These are places where humans communicate with the spirit world. Sacrifices are offered at these places. The altar areas may be visible or invisible. At the altar of God, blessings and goodness are released, but at the altars of the devil, curses, bad things, diseases, etc., are released. At the altars of the witches, people’s progress, success and peace are blocked. Many people are suffering today because of altars of the devil that are raised in their nation and their families by their leaders or by themselves.
These altars have priests who are servicing them always and they perpetuate the suffering of the people. Some people’s lives are sacrificed at these altars. Those who serve at these altars are those who go there to present blood sacrifices and do rituals such as pouring out water and snuff there. Many families are tormented by the ancestral spirits because they continue to serve them at the altars. Pastor Mukhuba taught us that God has brought us to His Kingdom for a purpose. As Christians we are the Gideons of today, chosen to destroy and tear down those altars of the enemy in our nation and in our families. We are appointed to destroy those altars of the devil and build a proper altar for the worship of the true God.
Let us read together the story of gideon
Key Verse: Judges 6: 1-6 (NIV)
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years He gave them into the hands of the Midianites. 2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. 3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4 They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. 5 They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. 6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.
When we read the key verses above we hear about the sin of Israel which resulted into them being handed over into the hand of Midian by God. The Israelites had rejected God and were into Baal worship. As a result, they suffered greatly. Israel’s enemies had a gateway to enter the land, and that gateway was opened because of sin. Remember that God told Israel that He is a jealous God. He told them that they should not have other gods (Exodus 20:3-5). The covering of the Lord was removed from them because of wickedness, they no longer had protection. The Midianites and the Amalekites came into their country and destroyed the crops of the Israelites. They could not get the harvest when they planted crops because the enemies would come and destroy everything that they have planted. They would even destroy their sheep and their cattle. Their enemies were destructive and they did not leave them with anything. The Israelites were forced to go into hiding because of the oppression and suffering.
We learn a lot from what is presented here:
When a nation rejects the worship of the true God, it is handed over to its enemies. Israel erected the altar for Baal worship instead of worshipping the true God and as a result, they suffered greatly. There are many nations today who are into idol worship. Their leaders are bowing at the altars of demons. As a result of that, such nations are suffering. They have opened doors for the torment by their enemies. The devil has a free reign of terror in such nations. You find that poverty is so prevalent in such nations. They are impoverished just like Israel of the time of Gideon. The demons are always winning against the people of such nations. Even if they may have a fertile land and natural resources that can supply them, you find them suffering not enjoying those resources as a nation.
That is when you find people dying left and right. Blood is shed everywhere. In such nations, people kill each other daily. Some die of accidents, suicides, diseases, criminal activities, satanic ritualistic sacrifices, etc. These happen to service the altars of the devil that are raised in such a nation. In such nations there are always excuses to shed blood, for example through the abortion, which is the murdering of unborn babies. God is not pleased by such things and as a result such nations never enjoy any peace and there is no prosperity. The demons of greed and of corruption rule and devour all the crops. This is the state in which most African countries are in. Repentance is needed for things to change in such nations.
There are families who are suffering greatly today because their forefathers erected altars for the worship of idols. You find that there is always a chosen priest in that family who is supposed to continue servicing such altars. That is when you find a person saying I have an ancestral calling. They continue to slaughter the goats and the chickens for the false gods and the family members keep on dying all the time. In families where these altars are serviced you find people dying mysteriously and this would be at certain months of every year. Such families are handed over to be tormented by the devil and premature death is prevalent there. In other words, their crops are destroyed before they harvest them.
Most members of such families do not succeed in their lives. They never enjoy the fruits of their hard labour. The Midianites are released to destroy their crops. They would go to school but they will not finish. When they reach a certain level at school they just get blocked. Those who finish never get a job in the area they studied for. If they do get a well-paying job, they never know what they do with their money, it is spirited away by the evil spirits. If they do have children, such children never bring any joy to them. Like Israel of Judges 6, they are never allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labour. This is the reason some people struggle to get delivered. You find a person complaining that he has been in the church for a long time and his things are not moving. Some of these people are pastors who find their ministries not moving forward at all. They move one step forward and the ten steps backwards. That sometimes happens because there are these family altars that are serviced in their families which give the evil spirits legal grounds to torment them.
Altars of witches
Some people do not go forward because there is witchcraft that is practiced against them. Their names are getting called out at the altars of the witches so that they do not prosper. Some are even given demonic food and drinks that are prepared at such altars in order to cause diseases and blockages. There are many people who have incurable diseases today and many who have moving things in their bodies because they were fed such foods and drinks in their sleep. Some are vulnerable because such witchcraft activities are practiced in their families.
Altars of false churches
There are people who are tormented by evil spirits today because they have been dedicated to churches where their leaders are serving at the altars of Satan. In such cultic churches, the altars of the devil are serviced by the priests. Members of such churches suffer a lot. Instead of them enjoying life, they die prematurely. Some of them lose their minds and some of them cannot hold decent jobs. Some have encounters with spiritual snakes and tokoloshes which make them never to have peace. It is very dangerous to be dedicated to a church where the leaders are worshipping other gods. Some of these leaders deceive people and say that they worship the true God. Some tell their members that they need to go to God through sacrificing to ancestors. Jesus said in John 14:6 that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through him. Joining such churches brings about suffering in one’s life.
Gideon was chosen by god to deliver israel
In Judges 6: 6, it is written that: “Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the LORD for help”.
When Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Angel of the Lord visited a man of Manasseh named Gideon as he was secretly threshing wheat in a winepress… to hide it from the Midianites. In verse 12 the Angel told this “mighty man of valor” that God would use him to deliver Israel from Midian. Despite Gideon’s protests, the Angel repeated his call to him. In verse 14, “The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you? Verse 15: “Pardon me, my Lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
Gideon was surprised that how could he save Israel because he was a “nobody”, but the Angel of the Lord addressed him as a mighty warrior. Remember that this man was hiding from the Midianites, but the Lord appointed him and called him a mighty warrior. When God called Moses to save Israel, he also protested about his inability to speak (Exodus 4:10). When Saul was chosen as the first king of Israel, he also could not comprehend it because he was small in his own eyes, 1Samuel 9:21. Even when we read about the call of Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 1:6, we find that he also protested that he was unable to speak and he was too young. God qualifies those whom he chooses.
You are also called to be like gideon in your nation and in your family
Your people are crying to God to save them just like what Israel did. You are reading this article because God wants you to be a Gideon who will deliver your nation or your family from the hand of Midian, from the hands of those who have been tormenting them. The devil, the demons and the witches can no longer have a free reign in your family and in your neighbourhood. Do not look down on yourself because God shall be with you like He was with Gideon. He will never leave you nor forsake you. All that you need to do is to answer this call in the affirmative. Those altars of the devil that were raised in your nation or in your family were raised by people and they are going to be destroyed by people. An army of God is released to destroy those works of the devil in the power of Jesus Christ and the people of God shall be free from suffering. If you are occupying any post wherever, make sure that you get ready to be used by God to bring about the worship of Christ in such a place.
Before deliverance, baal altars have to be torn down
After God called Gideon to be Israel’s deliverer, He immediately asked Him to tear down the altar of the pagan god Baal, an act that would test Gideon’s faith and commitment. Gideon was afraid of the people. It was a tough call for him but he decided to obey God. The thought of being an altar destroyer might be causing fear in you. Do not worry, it was like that even for Gideon but he succeeded in doing it. You are also going to do it and succeed in the power of Jesus Christ. We read in Judges 6:25-32, that in that night, in obedience to the Lord, Gideon destroyed an altar which his father had erected to Baal and the wooden image beside it, and instead erected a proper kind of altar to Jehovah. He had to do it at night because he was afraid of attacks by the people.
Altar destroyers shall be persecuted
In the morning after the Baal altar was destroyed, the men of the city were ready to kill Gideon for this bold act. They demanded his life from his father Joash, who intervened, saying that if Baal was truly a god, he should be able to defend himself. Joash decreed that anyone who espoused Baal’s cause would be executed. Gideon was nicknamed Jerubbaal, meaning “Let Baal plead (for himself).” The Lord said to Gideon, you need to do something for the enemies to be destroyed. You need to close the gateways or doors that were opened by your fathers for the enemy. The reason the Israelites were suffering was because they had built an altar for Baal worship in their land. Something had to be done before Israel could be set free. Those demonic altars had to be destroyed. There is something that your forefathers, your grandparents and your father did that made the people to fall into the hands of the enemies. They built the satanic altars and those altars have to be destroyed by you. You need to tear them down.
Do not expect a pat on the shoulder after you have done that. The devil will get very angry with you. He might even attempt to kill you but he will not succeed because the God in you is more powerful than him. You need to know that you will be regarded as a traitor, a sell-out who betrayed the nations or family things. You need to stand your ground because God loves your family and He has been waiting to set them free. Things will change for the coming generations. Your grandchildren will not go through the sufferings that you went through. Their lives will not be dedicated to those altars that caused so much suffering in your life. Israel was delivered by God from the hands of their tormentors after the Baal altar was destroyed. God destroyed their enemies and they were set free and they got restored. The same will happen to your people if you can allow God to use you to destroy the altars raised in your nation or in your family. Your enemies shall be destroyed, you shall be free and restoration shall take place in your family.
Now what should you do?
Make sure that you repent of all your sins. Ask God to forgive the sins of your forefathers who forsook Him for the worship of idols.
Speak against the altars known and unknown that were raised in your nation and in your family. Prophesy against those altars of the witches where they were organising works of witchcraft against you and your family.
Like Gideon take your offering before the altar of God in order to raise an altar to the worship of the true God.
Refuse to consult spirit mediums. Do not go to those agents of the devil like witchdoctors, sangomas’ and false prophets. They are there to be used to perpetuate suffering amongst people.
Do not allow yourself to participate in ancestral rituals. Do not even offer your money to assist those who do them.
Do not allow your marriage to be dedicated to family spirits.
Do not allow your children to be dedicated to such spirits. Let us not give the devil legal ground into our children’s lives.