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When the Enemy Comes In Like a Flood, Pray THIS

When the Enemy Comes In Like a Flood, PRAY THIS | Encouraging word from Isaiah 59:19 about the misplaced comma theory | by Jamie RohrbaughHave you been attacked left and right in your life lately? If so, you need to know that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord wants to make your enemies VANISH for you.

Today’s word comes from Isaiah 59:19, which says:

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV).

There is a lot of debate in the church about the correct translation of Isaiah 59:19. The debate centers around the portion of the verse where it says, “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

Many people like to say that the English translators placed the comma in the wrong place on that verse. They say that the verse should read “when the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.”

However, the Isaiah 59:19 “misplaced comma” theory isn’t actually correct–and I’m glad it isn’t.

Here’s how we know that the “misplaced comma” theory isn’t correct. The arrangement of the Hebrew words, in the original Hebrew, goes like this:

“When / comes in / like a flood / the enemy, / the Spirit / of Yahweh / will lift up a standard / against him.”

The placement of the original Hebrew words, and the way it was originally written, clearly place the descriptor “like a flood” between the subject of the phrase–“the enemy”–and the verb of the phrase–“comes in.” There is no room to attach the phrase “like a flood” to anything else in that verse. The wording is clear in the Hebrew.

So, Isaiah 59:19 is definitely telling us what happens when the enemy comes in like a flood.

I know it sounds good to preach that the comma is misplaced. However, just because it “preaches good” doesn’t make it true. The misplaced-comma theory is simply not supported by the original text.

And you know what? I’m glad it’s not, because we have all experienced times when the enemy comes in like a flood.

Personally, I experienced it yesterday. Yesterday, I had a pretty significant surgery on my skull. We left the surgery center afterward and my husband brought me home. I promptly went to bed, as one does, with the innards of my skull dripping with blood (TMI, I know) and gauze on my face–and in severe pain.

At the same time yesterday, our refrigerator/freezer unit here in the house failed. All our groceries were in danger. Read: all the food my husband needed to be able to feed our child, himself, and me as I recover was in danger. Not to mention that food costs money. 🙁

My husband had to leave and go get ice and try to pack all the food in coolers, as well as scheduling a repairman who will come today. (And who knows if our 14-year-old frig is even worth fixing.)

A couple hours later, my son suddenly spiked a 101+ fever.

He insisted that mama must go with him to the doctor. And what do you do when a 4-year-old cries for his mama? You go.

So, bloody gauze and all, we packed me up and my husband drove us all to the pediatric night clinic, where we found out what was wrong with my son; and sure enough, he’s sick.

But when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

This morning, as I was researching the Hebrew wording of Isaiah 59:19, I also researched this phrase “will lift up a standard against him.” And you know what? I found the most fascinating thing.

Here’s what’s fascinating about this phrase: 

The word that is translated “lift up a standard” here is the Hebrew word 5127 in Strong’s Concordance.

This word is transliterated /noos/. (By the way, if you don’t have a Strong’s, I highly recommend that you get one. Everybody can use one, and it’s pretty much the only outside-the-Bible study tool I use.) And Hebrew word 5127, /noos/, in this instance literally means to put to flight, cause to flee, or cause to vanish away.

Yes: When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will put him to flight and cause him to vanish away.

I receive that, don’t you?

And it gets even better.

In Isaiah 59:19, the Lord specifically tells us that it’s “the Spirit of the LORD” who  causes the enemy to flee and vanish away. The word “LORD” in that verse is written in all caps.

Why is that important? Because that word denotes the usage of God’s covenant name, YHWH, which we often write “Yahweh,” in the original Hebrew.

“Yahweh” is God’s covenant name that He gave the Israelites.

It’s His first name; His intimate name. (Read more here about this name, the Spirit of the Lord/the Spirit of Yahweh.) It’s the special, private name that is His alone. And He gave the Israelites permission to use it; permission to know Him in that intimate way.

But guess what? You and I have been grafted through Christ into the covenant God gave Abraham. That means we have become spiritual Israelites–and we also have permission to use His first name, His covenant name.

God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Yahweh, and He has given us the privilege of calling Him by His first name.

So let’s round up the gems from this passage so we can see in one place how encouraging this verse is today.

Remember that Isaiah 59:19 says:

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV).

And looking just at the last half of the verse, the Lord wants us to know today:

  • The enemy does sometimes come in like a flood. 
  • BUT, when that happens and the enemy does come in like a flood, GOD SEES YOU. He sees what is happening to you and in your life–and the attack angers Him. (Isn’t it comforting to know that God sees you? He is not ignoring your situation; He sees you right now, and He knows all about it!) 
  • The fact that He included this verse in Scripture is comforting, because the Lord wants you to know that He has already made provision for when this specific thing happens to you. He already has a plan for what He will do when the enemy comes in like a flood.
  • His plan is this: His Spirit is going to put the enemy to flight. His Spirit is going to cause the enemy to vanish away and to flee away. HALLELUJAH!
  • And last but certainly not least, the Lord identifies Himself for us here by His first name: Yahweh. By doing so, He is telling us that He takes our protection very personally. He is personally going to put our enemies to flight and make them vanish away because He takes any attack against you personally.

 Let me say that again: 

God takes any attack against you VERY PERSONALLY.

He is in covenant with you. He is in covenant with me. And because He is a covenant God and a Covenant Keeper, He personally is rising up right now to not only fight your battles, but to obliterate your enemy and cause the enemy to vanish away out of your life.

That’s good news, isn’t it?

I believe so. It’s good news to me, anyway, sitting here writing this morning, bloody gauze, no frig, sick child, and all. But God has it all covered. He will work it out for our good, for His Word promises:

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

And while we walk through the process, we choose to count it all joy. We choose to get out our weapons of praise and thanksgiving, giving thanks to God through all circumstances.

Has the enemy come like a flood into your life?

If so, believe the Word of God today. His covenant-keeping Spirit of Yahweh is right now putting your enemies to flight. He is making the enemy vanish and flee away. Amen?

Amen!

So if you’re ready to pray, pray this with me today when the enemy comes in like a flood:

“Dear Heavenly Father God,

I love You so very much. Thank You for taking care of me. Thank You for helping me and holding me in the palms of Your hands. You are good, and Your mercy endures forever.

Father God, Your Word says that I should count it all joy when I fall into various trials. So I choose to do that today, Lord.

Thank You for these tests and trials and circumstances. Thank You for working them all out for my good. Thank You for giving me this word of encouragement to stand in faith and watch You fight my battles today.

Father God, I thank You that by Jesus’ stripes I was healed. Thank You that You, my God, shall supply all my needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. And thank You that You work all things out for my good–and that You never allow me to enter a battle that You don’t plan to win on my behalf.

Heavenly Father, I ask today in Jesus’ name that You would rise up and get vengeance on my behalf.

Rise up and work justice for me. Rebuke the devourer for my sake, Lord. Let the enemy’s attacks flee away and vanish as Your Spirit of Yahweh goes out to fight for me. Let them be obliterated and come to the nothingness that they are.

Father, I thank You that the enemy’s attacks are only smoke and mirrors. I belong to You, so nothing can by any means harm me.

Therefore, Abba Father, I also ask that You would work all these things out for my good, for my blessing, and for my promotion. Give me favor with You and with man, and flaunt the favor You have given me to the world and to the enemy. Teach the enemy a lesson, Lord, and elevate me even more.

Father God, with the words You gave to Jabez long ago, I pray today that You would bless me indeed today! Enlarge my territory. Let Your hand be with me. Keep me from evil, and I pray that I would not cause pain. 

And with Jesus I also say, “Father, glorify Your name.” And I thank You that You have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

In JESUS’ holy and precious name I pray, amen and amen.”

Beloved, when the enemy comes in like a flood into your life, the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.

That standard means the Spirit of Yahweh will personally cause your enemies to flee away and vanish.

Is that good news to you today? Leave a comment below if so!

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41 Comments

  1. JOSEPH KAITA says:

    Dear Jammie,
    This is so true and very powerful. May the same Spirit of our LORD and Master see you and your family through each and every flood.

    1. Francie Robertson says:

      And a BIG AMEN LORD!
      WHOLENESS AND HEALING for JAMIE and FAMILY RIGHT NOW LORD as we LIFT THEM UP TODAY as YOUR PERFECT STANDARD!

    2. SOLOMON BOGALE says:

      Dear Jammie,
      Good afternoon,

      Thank you and God Bless you for your commitment to serve us. For me and my family it’s a timely message.

    3. Annie Francis says:

      Jamie thank you for each and every prayer that you send. I live by it. It would have been very difficult for me to survive without your prayers. God bless you dear.

    4. Kim skinner says:

      Dear jamie, Thank You so much I has been a blessing to my. So powerful. May God continue to bless you and you keep you in Jesus Christ name. Amen

  2. Michele Simmons says:

    Good morning Jamie,
    Thank you for this word and prayer. This is very good news. I have had some health issues with migraines and fatigue for the last year and a half. Actually migraines since 1992. This is very powerful, knowing Papa fights for us every battle.

  3. Shirley Fairley says:

    Great Word!
    Prayers for God to miraculously meet all your needs today Jamie!
    You are truly a blessing.

  4. This was so timely when everything seems to be imploding on me- I needed this more than you can ever know, It is going to be an everyday read and prayer as well, I am seeing that when the enemy is working hardest God is a work with something greater, I thank you so much for your anointing, obedience especially through the most difficult times. You are an example of strength and the power of Jesus Christ during adversity and what God can and will do in his promises. Troubles will flee and are but for a moment, I have to stand on that and believe it. Blessing, healing and strength to you and your family,

  5. Hello Jamie, your blog blesses me so much daily. I look forward to your posts daily because I know The Lord speaks through you. May God continue to bless you and your family❤️. May The Lord continue to protect you and your family from the enemy’s attacks, and may The Lord renew your strength daily. May you come out so much stronger as a family, and as an individual, and as a Ministry. So much love from Uganda Africa. I continue to pray for your Ministry, and May God👑grant you a quick and speedy recovery and Healing. You are healed in The Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Love you sis and thank you for doing Gods Work. God bless you greatly🙏🏽

  6. Dear Jamie,

    This is a true prophesy for me. The enemy has been rushing like a flood \, and that you LORD for raising the standard against her!

  7. This message was right on time for me. I write this in tears after reading the prayer. I have been falsely accused for the most part by the federal government and was told I would have to do prison time leaving my pregnant wife and 3 boys for maybe 2 years+. This is an attack on me and my family. So I pray the enemy gets crushed and true justice is served in this situation. His mercy endureth forever!

  8. Meloni G Simpson says:

    Thank you Jamie for this word from God. I need to count it all joy, regardless of the circumstances.

    Praying for you and your family for your family’s health and other things, including your fridge, hope its working now. Why does it seem like trials come in threes. May God continue to Bless you and your family, your ministry. I thank you for your love of God and for spreading His word.

  9. Penelope ware says:

    Continued healing prayers beloved Jaime and for your son also
    😇😇😇
    May all be well in Jesus’ Holy name😇
    Blessing upon blessing 😘

  10. May our Lord bless you & your son with quick & compete healing. This was a good word for me today. I will be reading this scripture daily. Blessings!

  11. Very good news and much needed ❣️ Thank you Jamie ❣️ So grateful for you 🙂

  12. Valerie Price says:

    Dear Sister in Christ,
    Thank you for this post, just awesome. I am praying the enemy flees from you and your familie’s lives, immediately!! It seems health issues have been prevelant in your lives for awhile. I am praying the Spirit of the Lord will act, asap, for immediate healing, nullify and heal these situations and bring fully recovered health to you and your family. Take the rest time you write about!! God is working in your life, give Him the time He needs by resting in Him….Blessings and healing, Valerie

  13. Gladys Mutungu says:

    This is a great word. Thank you Jamie.
    May the Lord heal you and your son speedily. May He provide for all your needs.
    Love and blessings in Jesus’ Name.

  14. IRMA NORTJE says:

    AMEN, Thank You Jamie, God bless and keep you and your family in his gracious divine plan for full health wealth and strength. You are an amazing loyal devoted selfless true Woman of God. I praise honor thank the Lord for helping me, my family and all the friends and neighbours that asked for intercessory prayers in some serious trials and battles of life. They confessed that they need God, Jesus in their lives to deliver them against the vices of the evil one. We pray believe and receive Gods grace in the power of prayer against any bad strongholds to restore healthy relationships in the will of God. Let the prayer of Jabez be relevant in our lives.Thanku Beloved

  15. Deb Smith says:

    Praying for healing for all of you and your fridge too!

    1. Thembi Mabuza says:

      Dear prophet of GOD,as I write this l woke up at abat 3h45with a long dream I closing zips and I was with someone and that perso said I must open those zips,many things were happening I also felt like I was pregnant and I don’t remember very what was happening but when I woke up to go to the toilet my spirit told me to. Pray and open the doors for my children,I started praying with holy anger because these days I am praying for the applications of my children for work after praying I opened this email is me woman of GOD that you are talking too thank God for using you to help me pray according to His word
      Thank you so much
      May God increase you and bless you abundantly

  16. Mary Chamberlain says:

    Thank you for this timely reminder😊 I so needed this encouraging word.

  17. Thank you Jame for sharing your heart with us and praising God in the midst of your battle, that is really God’s battle and I trust our God that your deliverance and healing is on the way based on His Word. I have loved this verse since the day the Holy Spirit revealed it to me several years ago …I was under personal attack of the enemy when He made known His mystery to me..through His Word and the Strong’s concordance as well.. He personally taught me that the enemy coming in like a flood…is like a flash flood happening on a mighty rushing mountain stream….it rushes violently down the mountain at rapid speed taking out everything in it’s path…but down stream there is a mighty dam….which represents the Holy Spirit f the Living God…and when that mighty rushing water slams into that mighty dam wall that Wal of water comes to a sudden, mighty stop and can not proceed forward but is suddenly pushed back, until it comes to a halt behind the wall of that dam. Glory to God this mental picture has never left my mind since the Holy Spirit gave it too me….and yes the enemy is then vanquished by the Spirit of our God on our behalf’s !! What a Good, Good Father to protect us in this way when we call upon Him using His Own words ..and expect the victory through Christ our Lord!!! I hope this speaks to all of you as it did to me…and becomes a help to all of you against the enemies tactics as it has to me. Bottom line…our God is always greater than the enemy!!! You have lifted up that standard …that dam….Jamie by lifting up Jesus and His Word and praying in His Spirit…therefore we can know and trust Your enemy is bringing defeated in Your life the moment you prayed and praised our God…and as we all prayed for you!! Thank You God for Your Word and Jamie’s victory over the enemy. Her physical healing, her sons healing and a fixed or brad new frig by Your doing….there is nothing to hard for You and nothing impossible for You, especially defeating our enemies!! We belong to You and nothing can take us out of Your righteous right hand, which is the hand Jesus sits at and so do we and His shed Blood conquered our enemies once for all time, for all who will believe by faith. Your right hand O Lord is Glorious in power…Your right hand, O Lord, shatters our enemies …all glory to Your Holy Name…In Jesus’ Name we pray believing Who conquered death, hell and the grave to give us victory over the darkness and hope for our future. Amen!!!♥️🙏♥️

  18. Beautiful prayer thank you and healing and blessings to your family.

  19. Millicent says:

    Glad to know that God will not enter me into a battle he doesn’t plan to win on my behalf.

  20. Praise the Lord. Amen 🙏

  21. Beatriz Redd says:

    Hello Jammie
    First of all, praise God our Father and Christ Jesus!!
    I’m so blessed to of found your website through the YouVersion app and devotional plans. I don’t usually click to the website of the devotionals, but decided to do so today.
    I guess I selected this subject from your website because of our current world situation with Russia and Ukraine. I know that the Word of God says that in the last days, there will be wars and rumors of wars. I believe we are in the last days and I’m looking forward to going home with Jesus.
    However, while keeping our eyes on the return of our Lord and Savior, we need to be diligent in praying for our countries and our leaders.
    I pray that every follower of Jesus, will take this situation very seriously and pray like we’ve never prayed before.
    Things are not going to get easier but rather, worse.
    I for one, will make every effort to pray everyday for Ukraine and the US and our leaders.
    Thank you for your work in serving our Lord. I plan to follow you and keep you in prayer for your healing.
    Praising God with you.
    Bea Redd from Utah

  22. Anita Murphy says:

    “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered” Psalm 68:1
    Believing with you that God has arisen and is scattering the enemies that are attacking
    your peace, your needed healing, and all of the enemy’s attempts to rob you of all of
    God’s blessings “for such a time as this” ~~~even your refrigerator! For His glory and your joy, so let it be! Anita Louise

  23. Gina Trahan says:

    Dearest Jamie
    I have heard the misplaced comma theory many times over…but never agreed with it.
    Thank you for this word!!
    I pray that everything happening in your life right now works out for good and that you and your entire family are in Excellent health as I write this!! I pray the same for myself as well!!
    Blessings over Blessings my friend,
    Gina

  24. Diamond Hall says:

    Thank you for always being an encouragement to me and sometimes my family also! The word of God is much alive and it’s true! I bless God for you! 🇧🇸❤

  25. IRMA NORTJE says:

    Amen Thank you Ps Jamie for your true love for mankind. i trust the Lord will be my family Justice in our trials and tribulations to be victorious in the bold courage to stand against the attacks of the enemy. He helps me, my husband, my daughter and grandson and siblings in these times to be more than conquerors. Thy will be done Lord, thank You Beloveds Justice and peace will prevail.

  26. Amen 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  27. Thank dear God. Thank you Jamie. God bless you and your family

  28. Amen amen
    This was purely for me
    Dear Lord I pray and i believe you will cause my enemies to free

  29. Am on that season that I need God’s intervention

  30. Jamie, thank you.
    LORD I thank you for your love and care for me. Thank you for working all things for my good. I LOVE YOU GOD. You are worthy to be praised.

  31. Mary Simmons-Robinson says:

    Thank you “ WOG” we are getting ready to have a funeral service for my son that died from an accident at work by the hands of another. I forgive this person in Jesus name. My husband and I have been down this road before. Thank you for the road of God today.

    Much Love
    Prophet Robinson

  32. Moy Smith Walker says:

    This was indeed what I wanted this morning bless you WOG and may God continue to use you and cover your household with the blood of Jesus . Victory today is ours because he as conquer death, hell and the grave . God of vengeance and Miracle as won that battle for us . He said in his word that healing is the children bread so I pray for speedy recovery for u and your son . God bless you.

  33. SUDANE BLESSED says:

    Hallelujah Amen 🙏 🙌 I come in Agreement I stand on this word I trust you Yahweh. Trouble my troublers fight against them that fight against me.. Thank you MIGHTY GOD for this on-time word. So faith strengthen

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