On his website, Steve Quayle has pointed out several examples of how demons—formerly working undercover in our culture--are beginning to manifest openly, announcing and naming themselves.
Strong warrior spirits are particularly targeting women, and as women respond, we see the culture changing.
Who would have thought just decades ago that we would see college girls, housewives and professional career women protesting in the streets of the nation’s capitol, shouting profanities and flaunting their war on decency with T-shirts that label themselves Nasty Women.
Amazon spirits, once buried in Greek folklore and mythology, are resurfacing to tear down age-old family values and break cultural restraints. Since Amazons were strong female warriors dubbed “man-killers” by their Greek enemies, it’s not surprising that they are putting women on the warpath with demands for power and control.
Of course, every uprising needs an icon, a model to emulate and follow. So now enter a strong woman warrior clothed in leather boots and chains to lead the insurrection: Here comes Wonder Woman!
She zooms in via the movie of her name that opened this summer. As the highest- grossing film directed by a woman, its success says a lot about our changing culture and why women particularly are getting angrier and louder in their demands.
Actually, these Amazon spirits are not new; some we can recognize from ancient times, further back even than Greek mythology. They were active in the biblical days of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. When the king wanted to get Naboth’s vineyard for himself, Jezebel is the one who worked behind the scenes to get Naboth killed.
“As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive but dead.” I Kings 24:15, 16.
The Jezebel spirit appears again in Revelation 2, where God rebukes her for leading the church into sexual immorality and teaching them occultic “deep secrets”.
“I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.” Revelation 2:22
If we recognize that a Jezebel spirit is astir today, we begin to wonder where did the spirit come from, and how has it been influencing women through the ages.
We can go back in history and trace the emergence of the modern-day Amazon. She was denizen of a nation of female warriors in Greek mythology--tall, robust, athletic women on the order of David’s “Mighty Men” in the Bible.
In fact, it is commonly believed the Amazons were giantesses. But of course, we don’t have to worry about giants today because characters in Greek mythology are not real, right?
After all, if they aren’t real, they could not still be influencing us today. That is, unless the Greek myths were based on a time when real giants roamed the earth, those known as “mighty heroes, men of renown,” whose wickedness caused God to wipe out mankind via the flood.
“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4
And if these are like the days of Noah, it makes sense that those spirits are back! They may be in disguise, but with sharpened discernment, you can see them manifesting in our culture as comic book characters, movie idols, heavy metal superstars and other icons.
In Greece, the warrior Amazon women were said to have lived near the shore of the Black Sea, where they formed an independent kingdom under the government of a queen known as Hippolyta, which means “loose, unbridled mare.”
Mythology tells us that every Greek hero or champion, from Hercules to Theseus and Achilles, had to prove his mettle by fighting a powerful warrior queen, so the Amazons became arch-enemies of the ancient Greeks. Historian Herodotus called them Androktones, or “killers of men.”
The Amazons inspired William Moulton Marston’s creation of the comic book character Wonder Woman in 1942. A psychologist and writer, Marston dug deep into Greek folklore to study Amazonian origins in ancient Greece. His comic strips, he said, were meant to chronicle “a great new movement under way—the growth in the power of women.”
Pleased with his creation of a dynamic super-heroine, Marston called Wonder Woman “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”
The Amazons still didn’t rule the world in 1947 when Marston died, and with the advent of television the popularity of comic books and comic strip characters gradually faded out.
But Wonder Woman experienced a resurgence in the Seventies when Gloria Steinem put her on the first cover of the feminist magazine Ms. It ran with the headline, "Wonder Woman for President.”
American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, who wrote Seduction of the Innocent in 1954, called the cult-like following of Wonder Woman an example of “advanced feminism.” He complained of superstar comic strip heroines, “They do not work. They are not homemakers. They do not bring up a family. Mother love is entirely absent.”
Is it any accident then that the lead role in Wonder Woman is played by a self-proclaimed feminist? Gal Gadot, clarifying the film’s message of empowerment for women, stated, "Feminism is not about burning bras and hating men. It's about gender equality. Whoever is not a feminist is a chauvinist."
That view echoes the feelings of many professional career women today whose work and family situations reflect the truth of an old Virginia Slims cigarette ad: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”
But many of their sisters with conservative Christian views are content with the status quo, aspiring to fulfill the role of a “wife of noble character” described in the Bible. The Proverbs 31 woman tends the home and blesses her husband and children by providing food and clothing as well as using her marketing skills to buy and sell property.
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her….Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.” Proverbs 27, 28
As warrior spirits continue to expose themselves, women who look to the Word of God for their identity may become a minority in our culture. Since they provide a direct contrast to their brazen counterparts, conservative women who speak out may become objects of bullying and abuse by hostile spirits.
But activists like the late Phyliss Schlafly, who championed traditional, family-friendly roles for women, consider themselves “true feminists,” pointing out that they stand firm and sure in the time-honored role originally assigned by their Creator.
In founding the nation’s conservative Eagle Forum, Schlafly succinctly summed up the not unpleasant plight of the average American woman: “Equality,” she said, “would be a step down for most women, who are extremely well-treated by society and laws.”
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