THE BATTLE OF ALTARS
There are different types of altars – local altars, family altars, community altars, state level altars, village altars, city altars, national altars, international altars and global altars. The size of an altar is not determined by the number of worshippers or physical beauty, neither is it in the physical size. The size of an altar is measured in terms of impact. The greatest altar raised on earth was raised 2’019 years ago at the Cross of Calvary. Two thousand and nineteen years after, the altar is still as relevant as it was. The blood that was shed at Calvary is still as efficacious as it was when it dropped on the soil.
The battle of altars is a very fierce battle and to be ignorant is to be vulnerable. Whether you realize it or not, the moment you are born, you are born into the conflict of altars, you don’t really have a choice in this. The choice, however, lies in your decision to be an overcomer.
1 Sam. 5:1-6, “And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face on the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left of him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.”
The ark is a symbol of the manifest presence of God. The Philistines must have been jubilating following their victory over the children of Israel and in their celebration, they took the ark into the house of their idol, dagon. Little did they anticipate what would befall them and their God. The false god had to prostrate before the presence of the only true God. Take note that the half man part of the half man god was cut off and fallen on the threshold leaving only the fish stump at the base. I love to remind dagon of this incidence whenever I am ministering to dagon demonized persons. I enjoy watching dagon fall before the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Who is dagon? Dagon goes by many names; dagon was the god of the Philistines; their idol. It was a marine idol. It is the same spirit that goes by several names depending on languages. In English language, it is called queen of the coast. It is half human and half fish. It manifests in several ways and is worshipped by so many people all over the world. It is responsible for many contaminations – a lot of demons operate from the waters.
TO BE CONTINUED