THE TALIBAN - SPIRT OF THE CHALDEANS and The Lapis Lazuli, Stone of Afghanistan


Sunday, September 12, 2021



The Lapis Lazuli, Stone of Afghanistan


I found some of my notes dated September 19, 2001, through November 2001.  It has been 20-years since that fatal day of 9/11/01.  Why is this year more emotive than prior years?  It is because we have turned Afghanistan back over to the Chaldeans.


The September 19, 2001 notes described an open-eye vision I had of Jesus coming in the air with clouds of saints. I preached and believed we were under a visitation.  I still believe that.  I remember how grieved the LORD was that so few people were being saved and many Christians were backslidden. 


Our invasion into Afghanistan was on October 7, 2001.  I had a vision November 1, 2001.  “I saw in the Spirit Jesus walk toward me and hand me a stone.”  I made a handwritten note: “lapis lazuli, a precious stone found in Afghanistan – (Zech 3:9; Eze. 1:26; Eze. 10:1: Exo. 24;10; Exo. 28:18).”  I did preach a message on the “Lapis Lazuli” but I have not been able to find those notes. 


Tuesday, 9/7/21, after Bible Study, I came home under a heavy anointing.  As I sat before the LORD, I heard, “The Taliban have the spirit of the Chaldeans.  They are planning another attack.  Pray against the spirit of the Chaldeans.”


What is the spirit of the Chaldeans?  Habakkuk tells us:


Hab. 1: 6-10: The Chaldeans, are a bitter and hasty nation that marches through the breadth of the earth to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.  They are terrible and dreadful.  Their horses are swifter than leopards and fiercer than evening wolves. Their chargers charge ahead.  Their cavalry comes from afar.  They fly as the eagle that hastens to eat.  They all come for violence.  Their faces are set like the east wind.  They gather captives like sand. They scoff at kings. Princes are scorned by them they deride every stronghold.  For the heap up earthen mounds and seize it. His mind changes, and he transgresses.  He commits offense, ascribing his power to his god. 


These verses describe the Chaldeans as a weapon of judgment forged by the Almighty as the rod of his anger.  


I heard Giuliana on Newsmax yesterday.  He said, the three presidents sitting in places of honor at the 9/11/2021 ceremonies were Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden.  He publicly accused Bill Clinton of purposely refusing to capture Ben Laden giving him latitude to develop his terror organization.  Giuliana went on to charge Barack Obama as being guilty of supporting Al-Qaeda through financial support to Iran.  He accused Joe Biden of funding the Taliban.


I spoke out loud recently “The Taliban take-over of Afghanistan is a judgment on Joe Biden.”  I can’t say if that was me talking, or if the Holy Spirit talking.


G. W. Bush was given the honor of speaking at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania site.  After all, he was the President at the time of the attack and was the Commander and Chief of the invasion of Afghanistan.  However, I felt President Bush’s speech was a lecture on “unity.”  I felt the messaging of the 9/11/21 ceremonies was about “unity.”  This being the attempt of the Biden Administration to redirect the American people from out grief and disdain over his handling of Afghanistan. 


As I was searching through hand-written notebooks and yellow legal pads which are not on my computer, I ran across one of my posts dated 3/23/2004: “The Chaldeans invading America and the world are the economy, immorality, terrorism, and violence.”


So, this is not the first time the LORD has spoken to me that the spirit of the Chaldeans is part of terrorism and violence.


First, let us deal with the LORD’s judgment of the Chaldeans.  Habakkuk was a contemporary prophet alongside Jeremiah.  He prophesied the last two years before Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar and the nation was taken captive to Babylon.  Habakkuk’s prophecy differs from Jeremiah in that it is personal between the prophet and God.


The prophet struggles to “embrace” the ways of God.  Habakkuk first asks “how long” and “why” God will allow violence to go unchecked in His nation and among His people.  The answer is given that God is raising up the Chaldeans to deal with this problem.  This brings even greater perplexity for the prophet cannot understand the righteousness of punishing the sinful nation of Judah by means of a more sinful nation. 


After praying and receiving a fresh vision, Habakkuk finally “embraces” the justice of God’s ways by unreservedly “embracing” God Himself.  From this revelation flows his prophetic psalm of faith and confidence in God.


In January 2009 I preached out of Habakkuk right after the inauguration of President Barrack Hussein Obama.  I saw coming upon the earth escalation of same-sex marriage, lawlessness, and unrighteous judges, shedding of innocent blood, immorality, and persecution of Christians.  (Message on the website, – Rest in the Day of Trouble.)  I knew the election of President Obama meant judgment had been released upon our nation.  When we were attacked on 9-11-01, I knew judgment had begun.  There was temporary repentance.  However, even the pulpits were silent that God would allow the Assyrians to attack our nation.


 Kelly Varner in his book, Rest in the Day of Trouble (1993), Destiny Image Publishers, Shippensburg, Pa.: “This book is a word from the Lord to America.  Even though its message is a warning, it is nevertheless filled with the promise of hope and comfort…America and the Church in America are in trouble.  There has never been a day like this.  We will need to experience the peace of God and rest in the day of trouble.  These are serious times for America.  We are a nation that votes for its own judgment, choosing money over morals.  The people of our nation are hurting.  The Chaldeans are not coming, they are already here.  Economic disaster, rampant immorality, and violence in our streets ravages the land.  So it was in the land of Judah centuries ago.  Out of that history comes the cry of a weary man of God.  Like Habakkuk of old, we are all crying, “How long?” and “When?”


Hab. 3:3-11: “God came from Teman and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah.  His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.  His brightness was as the light.  He had horns coming out of His hand, and there was the hiding of His power.  Before Him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at His feet.  He stood, and measured the earth.  He beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow.  His ways are everlasting…Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? Was Your anger against the rivers?  Was Your wrath against the sea that You did ride upon Your horses and Your chariots of salvation…The mountains saw You, and they trembled.  The overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered its voice, and lifted up its hands on high…You did march through the land in indignation…”


These verses magnify Jesus’ progressive and complete victory over all enemies as the Word of God (3:4-6); the Will of God (3:7-9), and the Water of God (3:10-12).  The Lord alone can fight America’s battles, having won the conflict of the ages.


David, Judah’s greatest giant killer learned the secret of military strategy.  He sat under a simple, single tent (the tabernacle of David and sang to God (2 Sam. 6).  Once established in worship, David’s authority (throne) was confirmed by the covenant through Nathan the prophet (2 Sam. 7).  While the sweet psalmist ministered to the Lord, Jehovah went out and defeated all his enemies (2 Sam. 8).


The picture is clear.  Jesus defeated the devil from cradle to coronation.   Satan and his crowd seem to be in charge in America, but the day has come for true patriots to arise and enforce the devil’s demise.


Isa. 28:2: “Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.”


Isaiah is here prophesying of the demise of wicked politicians upon his own time as well as the glance of his prophetic eye over the entire world and into the far distant future.  God’s word and way is unchanging through time.


The Assyrian army was to come upon Ephraim and Samaria in the metaphor of a three-fold storm:  a hail storm; a destroying storm (a cyclone); and like a mighty flood, leaving the country barren as a fading flower, when it is cut down. 


Prov. 10:25: “When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.”

Shanna told me Midland, TX has had 81 earthquakes this year.  Johnny Enlow has prophesied an increase in earthquake activity.


“USGS data show there have been 81 earthquakes this year in one cluster, a 7-mile stretch about 9 miles north of Midland. The cluster is near the intersection of State Highway 349 and the Nadine and Tom Craddick Highway and sits in the middle of several oilfields.


The Lord shows Habakkuk his glory in the majesty of three storms.  His triumphant procession is continual through time and eternity. 


Before Him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at His feet.” 


The prophet was given a full display of the glorious might of the King of Glory, Jesus Christ.  The word “pestilence” carries the idea of destruction.  God is rising within His people as he marches across this land.  Empowered with the name of Jesus, the Church is a sleeping giant who has begun to rouse.  All unrighteousness is going to come under the subjugation of God’s Kingdom.


Through fasting and prayer, we can thwart the plots of Satan to destroy our nation, the Church and God’s people.


3:7: I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.


Cushan and the curtains of Midian speak of Jesus’ victory over Arabia.


“Midian” means “strife, contention, quarreling (what flesh is all about).”  The strife in Washington, the media, our courts, schools, homes, and cities.  All strife finds its roots in the human heart. 


Jesus is Heaven’s Arbiter.  He makes strife and chaos shake in its boots.  Fully God and fully man, He brought reconciliation by arbitration.


There will never be peace in America’s streets until there is peace in the hearts of its people.  Then “strife” will be afraid to speak or act.


Habakkuk then sings about the “chariots of salvation.”  The psalmist describes the throne-chariot of the Lord going forth in great power.  The metaphor of the “chariot” has one primary thought victory (2 Ki. 6:17).  Jesus is not going to win---He won!  What can we do? Nothing.  Doesn’t He need our Help? No.  We must rest in the day of trouble.  How? By letting the Lord teach us how to sing when there is no visible evidence of Him anywhere.  We can then sing with Habakkuk as a testimony to real faith.


Whether there is disease in the body, trouble in your marriage, your ministry, your church, your business…everything has to be healed from the inside out.  This generation is going to die of old age in the counseling chambers.  Each of us must get on the watchtower until we see the victory of the Lord for ourselves.  Get in His chariot, and He will carry us through.


The Lord comes on the chariot of the clouds and the wind.  He is the Driver: mighty, resolved in purpose. 


Hab. 3:10: “The mountains saw You, and they trembled; the overflowing of the water passed by; the deep utters his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.”


The “mountains” are the kingdoms that men have built.


The overflowing of the water is a sign of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Let it be Lord.  Let it be.  God’s purpose is clear: to water the earth, to send His Word and His Holy Spirit to the nations.  The might and power of man cannot compare with the might and power of the Spirit.  An unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the nations is bringing tremors and earthquakes to every political system.


Hab. 3:12: “You did march through the land in indignation.  You did thresh the heathen in anger.”


The prophet sums up this section by telling us again what the Lord did when he came from Teman.  As a man, Jesus defeated the devil.  He threshed the “heathen in anger,” overcoming death, hell, and the grave.  Then he ascended passing through the heavens on the way to His coronation.  Jesus strode through the earth, defeating sin, sickness, poverty, and death.  Then he mounted upward, passing through the heavens to ascend the throne.


So, what about this stone? What is the purpose of the stone?  What kind of stone is it? What is the significance of the stone, and what is its spiritual implication?  Was I presumptuous to suppose the blue- stone was associated with Afghanistan since we had just invaded that nation?   The Blue Lapis is translated in K.J.V. sometimes as Sapphire in the breastplate of judgment and in God’s throne an emerald. 


Exodus 24:10: There (on Mt. Sinai) they saw the God of Israel.  Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli (KJV Sapphire), as clear as the sky itself (NLT).


The Sapphire is a clear blue stone.  Deep inside its blue depths, it often has a six-rayed white star.  As in the above scripture, the blue color of this stone speaks of the blue of the heavens.  However, the blue stone is seen, not above, but underneath the feet.  Eph. 2:6: (Christ) has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  When Christ was exalted to His Kingly position and all things were put under His feet, they were also put under our feet for we are His Body. 


In Exodus 28: 16-21, the Lapis is in the breastplate of judgment in the second row of stones.  28:16:  The second row shall be an emerald, a blue lapis lazuli (Sapphire KJV), and a white moonstone (Diamond KJV) (NLT).



Ezekiel 1:26: - Above this surface was something that looked like a throne made of blue lapis lazuli (Sapphire KJV). And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man (NLT).


Ezekiel 10:1: In my vision, I saw what appeared to be a throne of blue lapis lazuli (Sapphire KJV) above the crystal surface over the heads of the cherubim. (NLT)


This beautiful stone is part of the foundations of New Jerusalem.  This is our place in Christ.  This is the place of the persecuted church in Afghanistan as well as all the nations of the earth.   


Isa. 54:11-17: O storm-battered city, troubled and desolate!  I will rebuild you with precious jewels and make your foundations from lapis lazuli (Sapphire KJV).  I will make your towers of sparkling rubies, your gates of shining gems, and your walls of precious stones.  I will teach all your children and they will enjoy great peace.  You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.  Your enemies will stay far-away .  You will live in peace, and terror will not come near.  If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them.  Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.  I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction.  I have created the armies that destroy.  But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you will succeed.  You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. (NLT).


The procession has ended.  The King now sits enthroned triumphant over all enemies.


There is no limitation to His power, and His mercy is past finding out.  In 2001, we believed in the triumph of Jesus Christ over all the evil in Afghanistan.  The church has been established.  A generation of women has been educated.  People have lived free.  I believed when the LORD gave me the stone, that it was a promise to deliver Afghanistan.  I do not believe that nation is lost to the god of the Chaldeans or the Muslim god of Allah. 


The Lord shall ride through the heap of great waters, through the wildest and stormiest waves of persecution and bloodshed threatening to overwhelm and swallow His people.  The Church triumphant is alive and well.


The prophetic Church has seen the Lord.  We do see the Lord and His appearing in our midst.


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church

Scripture from KJV and NLT.  I entered into the labors of Rest in the Day of Trouble by Kelley Varner and various sermons and visions were given to Carolyn Sissom.

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