“Within two weeks of the expedition, other things happened which I believe are also connected: the huge fire in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation; an earthquake destroyed the basilica of Assisi, where the Pope had called a meeting of all world religions; a hurricane destroyed the infamous temple 'Baal-Christ' in Acapulco, Mexico; Princess Diana died, a representative of the British throne, to which Sir Edmund Hillary dedicated Mount Everest; and Mother Teresa died in India.”
In my first two posts in this series on basic NAR beliefs I outlined C. Peter Wagner’s views of the demonic and dominionism. In this third blog I want to explain how these two ideas are intimately connected to each other in Wagner’s thought and, significantly, in NAR practice. Wagner gives a clear summary of this connection in Dominion! (D):
“Satan has polluted the land and cursed it. Satan has deployed high-ranking demonic powers to darken the spiritual atmosphere over society and to block the freedom of heaven flowing to earth. Both of these arenas need to be and can be cleansed spiritually. We have the tools to do it, we have the gifted personnel to do it and we have the power of the Holy Spirit to do it. It will be done! (D, 207)
In order to take dominion, the “high-ranking demonic powers” must be defeated and the territories they rule over “cleansed spiritually”. In Wagner’s worldview these demonic powers can be known, identified and defeated through the new spiritual warfare techniques that God has given to the church in recent decades (see my earlier post on NAR and the demonic). To skeptics Wagner and his NAR apostles and prophets point to very specific and measurable victories they have achieved. The most tangible of these “victories” reads, as Rachel Tabachnick has said, like an Indiana Jones movie script (or a Frank Peretti novel, which Wagner credits with inspiring his spiritual imagination). Tabachnick wrote the piece quoted below in 2008 and it remains the clearest example of how NAR sees dominion advancing through their unique model of spiritual warfare. Stick with it to the end and you will understand why I referred to the death of Mother Teresa in the title of this post.
It began as a plan for a secret mission that would take place high in the Himalayas. Twenty-six people traveled from locations around the world including, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Vietnam, and the United States, and met for the mission in 1997. For three weeks the teams split and made preparations at base camps at 13,000 and 18,000 feet on Mt. Everest. Then the teams began the last dangerous ascent to make an assault on their target.
“Our assignment from God was to take down the foundations of The Great Babylon, the harlot over many waters, who supported the false systems of the world. God clearly showed us where we should go for our main prophetic act by revealing a large, brown stone formation, completely surrounded by walls of ice resembling a castle and shaped exactly like an idol of the Queen of Heaven! This seat of the Mother of the Universe was 20,000 feet high, and to get there we had to cross the ice fall, the most dangerous par of the Everest ascent, with no guide but Him and no help from anyone else other than the angels." Quote from Ana Mendez, Special Task Coordinator, World Prayer Center in C. Peter Wagner’s, Confronting the Queen of Heaven, Colorado Springs, Wagner Publications, 2001. p.51
After the mission they reported that they barely escaped with their lives.
“God told us to leave the camp before 11am, because it was going to be destroyed. We left the camp at 10:30. When we had all reached safety, one of the largest avalanches on record occurred on all three mountainsides around the camp - Everest, Loh-La and Nuptse. The camp was completely destroyed, and the climbing season had to be cancelled. The only flag left on Everest was for Jesus, the King of Kings.” Quote from Ana Mendez, Special Task Coordinator, World Prayer Center [See C. Peter Wagner's account here.]
This is not the latest script for an Indiana Jones sequel. It is from actual accounts by the lead Apostles and Prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation concerning their first major spiritual warfare mission against the "Queen of Heaven" in 1997. They later revealed the secret mission and reported it as a great success in attacking this major demon, the Queen of Heaven.
C. Peter Wagner, Convening Apostle of the International Coalition of Apostles, and founder of the New Apostolic Reformation reports,
"Several unmistakable signs in the natural world confirmed that it had been a successful venture and that it had deeply affected the invisible world. If not the strongest, the Operation Ice Castle would be seen as one of the strongest assaults on the Queen of Heaven ever undertaken by the armies of God."
The results are also celebrated in the testimony of the lead strategist for the operation, Prophetess Ana Mendez, Special Task Coordinator of the World Prayer Center. The target is identified as, "... a demonic power misinterpreted as Mary by some Christian churches, honoured by Muslims as Fatima, and known to others as Diana or Artemis." The testimonial continues with the dramatic results, "Since then, we have seen millions come to faith in Asia. Pastor Lok Main Bandhari, who had welcomed us to Nepal, then had a church of 70 people. Two years later, his movement had grown to 1,000 churches. Within two weeks of the expedition, other things happened which I believe are also connected: the huge fire in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation; an earthquake destroyed the basilica of Assisi, where the Pope had called a meeting of all world religions; a hurricane destroyed the infamous temple 'Baal-Christ' in Acapulco, Mexico; Princess Diana died, a representative of the British throne, to which Sir Edmund Hillary dedicated Mount Everest; and Mother Teresa died in India.”