At the heart of many cities are an interesting combination of historical events and spiritual influences.
These spiritual influences, for the most part, are invisible, yet very real in terms of how they affect cities and regions.
While this particular article and prayer cover the local area of the Temecula Valley and Lake Elsinore, the information contained in this article may also be applicable to many other geographic areas.
It has been an interesting day of being led by the Holy Spirit into studying the history of Lake Elsinore (which is also relevant to the entire Temecula Valley), connecting the dots, rabbit trails of information and revelation.
I can’t possibly explain how I happened to land on so many different details of information, but it has proven to be quite extensive as far as gaining spiritual understanding.
There are several factors such as the Masonic/ Freemasons, the native Luiseno tribe, the Catholic influence, and of course historical events — all which carry a degree of spiritual significance and influence over this geographic region.
I believe these factors have caused a great deal of spiritual resistance and warfare for God’s people, and has hindered many in the body of Christ from being able to cross over and take their land.
Others have felt significant delays in being able to make progress. We need to understand the spiritual influences in our individual cities and regions so that we can effectively advance the Kingdom of God.
It’s time to gain traction and build momentum!
The Gold Rush brought greed, animosity, murder, rage and injustice. A spirit of war was released over the fight for gold, territorial claims and land grabs.
The Freemasons brought in a spirit of secular humanism, false religion, a perverse spirit, heresy, idolatry, oaths and ungodly agreements to spirits of the underworld, sorcery and blasphemy.
Freemasons are also tied into the Knights Templar, Scottish Rite, York Rite, the Knights of Malta, Knights of St. Paul, Job’s Daughters, DeMolay and other secret societies.
Freemasons are also known for hiding historical artifacts inside the cornerstone of the Masonic lodges and other buildings they build and dedicate, such as government buildings, schools, post offices, etc.
They are often within a very short distance of city hall or historically the first church planted in the city. Masons have been around for a long, long time.
Their goal is to destroy the church through the invisible influence of corruption through compromise, all from within.
They look for those that have Christian beliefs and appeal to them, yet conceal their true motives until members can be initiated into their cult and they have sufficiently darkened their understanding.
One of the ‘rituals’ of laying the cornerstone called for bloodshed. Sometimes bodies would be encased within the walls or crushed under the foundation of the building as a sacrifice to the gods of the Freemasons.
The dedication ceremony involves making the declaration that the cornerstone is laid upon the shadow of man, (just as the soul of man was buried within).
The Catholic Church, through some of the early resident of Lake Elsinore, dedicated the city to the patron St. Frances of Rome and the Lady of the Lake, who is associated with the many names of Mary, also known by other names such as the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Queen of Heaven, the goddess Diana, or Artemis, as she is known in the Greek.
This is a reference to ‘mermaid’ and other water spirits that ‘enchant’ their victims so as to drown them in the lake. (Mary, star of the Sea is another reference to the Catholic idol which is also a water spirit)
Catholics also practice building altars to the deceased, burning candles and praying to the dead, (including All Saints Day and Day of the Dead celebrations) which is idolatry and invites familiar spirits.
I understand that there has also been a strong Mormon influence and I’m sure other religions as well, but I think I’ve covered those false gods and beliefs in the prayer declaration below.
The Luiseno tribe, native to the Temecula Valley and Lake Elsinore, brought in shamanism (witchcraft), sorcery, pagan rituals and ceremonies, indoctrination into occult practices, mourning ceremonies, animal and other familiar spirits.
Several of their ceremonies involve the use of herbs and intoxicating mixtures that caused a stupefying effect on their children and others as part of indoctrinating them into pagan rituals.
There are direct ties to alcoholism and drug addiction that run quite high in those with native ancestry, quite possibly originating from stupefying and intoxicating rituals.
In the 50’s, a heated dispute over the mineral waters and water rights between the property owners (who were Jewish), the State Health Department, the City Council, and other officials in the City of Lake Elsinore became an all out war of slander and defamation.
Lake Elsinore became known as a City of Hate and an anti-semitism movement to try to drive out the Jewish population.
Many places in various cities are known for the familiar spirits that ‘haunt’ them, which promotes spirits of dread, horror, turmoil, fear and grief.
All of the above-mentioned practices, traditions and rituals have opened up doors to the enemy that have allowed spiritual gatekeepers to resist the progress of Christians sent to this area to build the kingdom of God in this earth.
This is part of the reason why Christians have encountered such resistance and a spirit of delay in trying to break new ground and keep moving forward.
We must take authority in prayer, identifying with and confessing the sins of those in the land and those that came before us, appropriating the blood covering of Jesus’ sacrifice so that breakthrough can follow.
Please see the following Prayer Declaration:
As a citizen in this region, I take responsibility for the sins of the people that came before me and those living in the land now. There have been great sins committed against You, O God, and others.
I declare that people in the Temecula Valley, Lake Elsinore and throughout the State of California are now awakened to righteousness, and choose righteousness over sin, according to 1 Corinthians 15:34 and John 16:13.
I ask You to please forgive us for idolatry, and for inviting false gods and masters to have dominion over us. For it is written in Exodus 20:3-5 that we should have no other gods before You.
Forgive us for making false oaths and agreements with spirits of darkness. Let every ungodly agreement and oath be broken off of the residents of this geographic region now, in Jesus’ Name, for it is written in Matthew 5:33-37:
“Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’ “But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.”
And in 1 Corinthians 3:11 it is also written,
“For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Forgive us for profaning the name of our LORD and Savior and for blasphemous ways of perverting truth.
Father, we have allowed heresies and false teaching to infiltrate the church and bring destructive doctrines.
I declare that those people that have propagated destructive doctrine, leading people into rebellion and apostasy either repent or be removed immediately, for it is written in 2 Peter 2:1,
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.”
And again in Galatians 1:8-9 the curse is upon those that preach a different gospel.
I declare that people will test the spirits according to 1 John 4:1-3 and discern between truth and error.
Forgive us for declaring that the cornerstone of our cities is laid upon anything other than the revelation of Jesus Christ. For it is written in Acts 4:10-12,
”… Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. “He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
I declare that every ungodly word spoken by those in covenant with the demonic realm and secret societies such as the Freemasons will have no influence in the geographic region of the Temecula Valley and in the city of Lake Elsinore, for it is written in Jeremiah 51:26:
“”They will not take from you even a stone for a corner Nor a stone for foundations, But you will be desolate forever,” declares the LORD.”
And in Deuteronomy 12:31 it is written,
“You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.”
It is also written in Deuteronomy 18:10,
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,”
I declare the cornerstone of our cities is laid upon the revelation of Jesus Christ, according to Ephesians 2:20-22, for it is written:
“Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the LORD, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”
And, it is also written in Zechariah 4:7,
‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”‘”
Forgive us for the sins of injustice, human sacrifice, bloodshed and murder. For it is written in Exodus 20:13 and Matthew 5:21 saying,
“Thou shall not kill,” and ‘Do not murder, for anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ “
Let the influence of every secret society and every hidden influence of compromise be broken now, and let every person return to the ways of righteousness.
For it is written in Romans 6:12-14:
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin,
but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
And in Psalm 119:3 it says ,
“They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.”
Forgive us for dedicating our cities to spirits of the deceased or demonic spirits, for it is written in 1 Corinthians 10:14 that we are to flee idolatry.
I cancel every assignment that gave spirits of darkness authority over residents in this region through ungodly dedication ceremonies.
I condemn those words and declare each person is reclaimed for the kingdom of God.
For it is written in Romans 5:8:
“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
And, in Titus 2:14:
“Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”
Forgive us for the devastation and curses we have brought upon ourselves which caused us to feel scattered as outcasts, unwanted, and unloved.
Forgive us for the shame and rejection we have embraced, for Your word tells us in Zephaniah 3:15,
“The LORD has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more.”
And, in Zephaniah 3:17 it is written,
“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
Your Word also reminds us that You so loved the world that You gave Your only Son as a ransom for our lives, according to John 3:16.
In addition Father,
I bind up the spirit of adultery and idolatry and I release the Fear of the LORD according to Proverbs 16:6.
I bind up the spirits of heaviness, mourning and grief: and I release the Spirit of Joy according to Psalm 30:5 and John 16:22.
I release the Spirit of Praise according to 1 Chronicles 16:23-31.
I bind up the spirit of fear, horror, and dread; I release the perfect love of the Father to cast out all fear, according to 1 John 4:18.
I bind up the spirit of disunity, suspicion and jealousy; and I release the Holy Spirit to comfort, love and bring unity according to Philippians 2:1-2.
I bind up the spirits of hate, division and cursing, and release the Spirit of reconciliation according to Colossians 3:13 and Ephesians 4:32.
I break the power of word curses that declared the City of Lake Elsinore was a city of hate.
I declare Lake Elsinore is named the City of Love. It is a city of reconciliation, and the spiritual water living in each individual is healed from this day forth, for it is written in 2 Kings 2:19-22 that the source of the water is healed and remains healed to this day.
I bind up the spirit of discouragement, hopelessness and despair; and I release the Spirit of rejoicing according to 1 Kings 8:66 and Esther 8:6.
I bind up all familiar spirits, spirits of python and divination from remaining in the land according to 2 Kings 23:24; Deuteronomy 18:9-14 and Acts 16:18.
I command them to go back to the pit of hell that was created for them and remain there until their day of judgment.
I bind up the spirits of death and hell and forbid them from operating against the people in this land.
I apply the blood of Jesus to every sin, both of those that settled the land, those that came before us and those that live here now.
For it is written in Ephesians 1:6-7 that “In him (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance to God’s grace,” and we also have acceptance in His Beloved.
I bind up the spirit of abandonment and release the spirit of adoption according to Romans 8:15.
I bind up the vagabond spirit that causes wandering, and I release the Holy Spirit and the angels of heaven to gather people together according to Psalm 27:10, Jeremiah 23:3 and Mark 13:27.
I bind the spirit of rejection and shame and I release the Spirit of love and acceptance according to Joel 2:27 for it is written that You are in the midst of us and Your people will never be put to shame.
It is also written in Revelation 21:3 that You tabernacle among men and You dwell with Your people, and we are Your people.”
I bind the spirits known as unloving, unwanted and forgotten, and I release the Spirit of Remembrance according to Jeremiah 31:20 and Isaiah 49:15-16.
For it is also written that You have given help to Your servants in remembrance of Your mercy according to Luke 1:54-55.
I command all evil entities to go the abyss according to Revelation 20:10.
Ii command the spirit of delay to be broken now according to Ezekiel 12:21-28, for it is written,
“The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by and every vision comes to nothing’? Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. For there will be no more false visions or flattering divinations among the people of Israel. But I the LORD will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious people, I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign LORD.’” The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’ “Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign LORD.’”
May angelic assistance be released to come to the aid of Your people, O God. Send help from the sanctuaries of heaven and earth to free Your people, O God.
Enable us to move forward, I pray.
Father, let us each come into the kairos timing of the LORD.
I call for all the missing pieces to come into place now, and for all that is needed to be put into our hands to enable us to advance the Kingdom of God.
Let everything that is needed to empower your people to cross over into their inheritance come to them now.
Thank You Father, for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
~ Laura Gagnon
Laura Gagnon is a woman who has been blessed with the gift of understanding God’s restorative work through her own personal experience. Through her insights and revelation, God has led her to influence many individuals into a restored relationship with Jesus Christ. She is a woman who stands on the promises of God, encouraging others in an elevated expectation of the miraculous and declares the gift of His life. Laura is the author of Healing the Heart of a Woman and writes for her blog, Beyond the Barriers.