Prophetic Signs To America

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The photo shows a small portion of the damage done to the Washington Monument when a 5.9 earthquake hit Washington DC on August 23, 2011. It took 3 years to fully restore the structure and repair the damage so that it could be reopened to the public in 2014 on May 10th at 10am. Why do I mention this? I mention it because this particular monument is of special interest to America and to our way of life. It is what the Bible calls an “Ebenezer”, a stone of memorial for something God did not want the people to ever forget.

The concept finds its roots in the Bible where in Joshua, chapter 4, twelve men are commanded to pick up 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan River. Here God parted the waters and the nation walked across on dry ground. The men were to carry the stones into the Promised Land and stack them in the place they lodged. This stack was to be an “Ebenezer”, or stones of remembrance, that would be there as a sign for the generations that followed. When succeeding generations asked what these stone were they would be told about the amazing things God did in that very spot. They would be an undeniable reminder of where Israel came from, what God did for them and how they were to live out that godly heritage.

Interestingly enough, on the exact same day as the Washington Earthquake, the following things also happened in history as prophetic signs to the nations.  1903 – during the 6th Zionist Congress, Theodor Herzl declared Israel as a Jewish state, 1929 – Arabs make one of the first bloody attacks against Jews living in Israel, 1939Molotov-Ribbentrop pact is signed where Eastern Europe is divided between Hitler & Stalin, 1953 USSR performs a nuclear test in defiance to international law, 1958 Chinese Civil War breaks out with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy, 1963  US performs a major nuclear test at its Nevada Test Site, 1975  USSR performs another massive nuclear test in defiance to international law at Novaya Zemlya USSR, 1976 – Heavy earthquake hits China and thousands die, 1982 USSR performs yet another nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR, 1987 Violent rainfall and floods hit in Bangladesh where multitudes are killed, 1996 – Osama bin Laden issues message entitled “A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places”, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina first forms over the Bahamas to become a category 5 hurricane that would cause historic damage to America, 2013 – 50 people are killed in mosque bombings in Tripoli, Lebanon 2013  26 people are killed and 55 are injured by a suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, 2013  UN inspectors are stopped by Syrian government from investigating and inspecting a chemical massacre.

All of the above and much more happened on the date of August 23. Each of these stand out as prophetic warnings of things that were yet to come. Thus the events that hit washington on that date in 2011 were very significant from a prophetic point of view. What people don’t know is that strangely enough, the Washington Monument, God’s Ebenezer,  was the only structure in Washington DC that sustained any sizeable damage in that 2011 earthquake. What most people also don’t know is what is upon and in the Washington Monument. That is what makes the damage to it such a prophetic sign to our nation.

To being with, engraved on the monuments aluminum capstone are the words “Laus Deo”, which means “Praise To God!”. The city’s founding fathers in Washington insisted that “Praise To God” must to be the first thing highlighted by the sun in the morning and the last thing highlighted by it as it set over Washington at night. Thus having “Praise To God” as the high place in the city was very important. Next,  lining the walls of the monuments stairwell are massive blocks of stone carved with many Bible passages. The phrases “Holiness To The Lord”, “Search The Scriptures” and “Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go”, are just a few of those eternal bits of wisdom that greet and guide every person as they ascend that stairway.

In other words, when the Washington Monument was built, it was specifically designed to make common the knowledge that our nation’s capital and the nation itself was solidly grounded in God, and His unchangeable Word. As long as that foundation was remembered and clung to, America would stay strong and it would elect righteous leaders to serve the people. If we ever forgot this “Ebenezer” we would be in deep trouble. Thus, the fact that only this monument, this “Ebenezer” to America, was damaged in the 2011 earthquake is a significant prophetic fact we cannot and must not ignore.

If we continue down the path we are now headed, more than just the Washington monument will suffer damage. The cracks to it’s structure are a prophetic symbol of the brokenness that has hit our nation. Lifestyles of same-sex sin are now legal, children in the womb are cut up and their body parts sold to the highest bidder, fornication is embraced and promoted in every movie while commercials are now sexualized in every way. There are websites that promote pornography of every kind and others that encourage infidelity in marriage as a way to be happy. Even our children in public schools are being indoctrinated at the earliest possible age to embrace and accept things that would have sent people to jail 50 years ago. We are truly a nation in spiritual, moral and ethical decline and there seems to be no one willing to put on the breaks to stop it.

God is trying to get our attention with what happened to the Washington Monument. My question is, “ Can we see it and are we listening?” Can we see the brokenness of that monument and let this “Ebenezer” remind us what we once were, and what we can yet be? Will we lift our eyes to its capstone and once again give “Praise To God” as our founding fathers intended? Will we ascend its stairway and read the wisdom, the biblical truths that are carved into its foundational walls? More than that, will we apply what we read and return to that which once made us great?

Of note is the fact that it took three years to repair the structure. With that three years of repair it was deemed safe once again and reopened to the public. I don’t believe that was by chance. God is a triune God. He is three and yet one. Could it be that the three years represent His very nature and existence. I believe this is just one more prophetic statement to us about our national need to turn back to God so that we also can be deemed safe and sound once again.
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If we will not return to God who gave us and blessed us in this nation, and repent as a nation, there will come another great shaking that will rock us to the core. These events will either bring us to our knees or to our grave. How it turns out is completely up to us. May God grant us the insight to do what is really pleasing in His sight! May we elect righteous people who love God, who love this nation, and will restore it as a world leader that is genuinely seeking “The Truth” as one nation under God.

The Rise Of Discretionary Law

As our laws, law enforcement and Christian foundations have changed, our national “foot print” has changed as well. The ripple effect this has caused around the globe is quite remarkable. The pattern of aggression towards America, Americans and Christianity in general has escalated dramatically. Things unheard of a few years ago are now becoming the norm, and we hear about them nightly on the news. The statement made by Rand Paul, now made famous because of our clear lack of national leadership, is painfully coming to pass: “our allies don’t respect us and our enemies don’t fear us”. We have gone from being a leader that gave hope and vision, to that which lacks direction and desperately needs hope and vision to be restored.

The murder of four Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee by a lone Muslim killer hit the news and hardly anyone blinked an eye. An illegal alien, one of 11 million who are here due to our failed national security policies, killed kathryn Steinle, and it was simply ignored by the White House. Homosexuals in Germany now tear pages out of the Bible and wipe their backsides with them. These pages, covered with human excrement, were thrown at Christians who were peacefully expressing their concerns about unbiblical marriage. What happens? To prevent a homosexual riot the German police demand that the Christians leave the area and the vulgar, illegal, discriminatory actions of the gay community go unpunished.

Our president just brokered a deal with Iran, which is a nation that continually sponsors global terrorism. He lifts all sanctions against it and then promises to give them billions of American dollars, meanwhile it’s citizens are publically chanting, “death to America, death to Israel”. The president does all this while failing to talk about, or make any provision for, the release of American Citizens being illegally held in prison by that same government. Yet this president feels proud that he personally signed the order to release five known terrorists, who openly hate America and have vowed to attack it, in exchange for Bo Bergdahl, a known traitor to our country.

The betrayal and disgust I feel right now about all of the above is beyond words. In fact, I cannot remember a time when I have been so angry because so many forces are simultaneously at work, within and without, to destroy the nation that I love. Lawmakers, judges, and now law enforcement officers are making decisions that were unthinkable 50 years ago. The rule of constitutional law has given way to the rise of discretionary law. That is, laws are now made and enforced based upon personal discretion. How the official actually “feels” about a particular law is what determines if it will be enforced or not.

Worse yet, law enforcement, government agencies and unelected bureaucrats keep adding insult to injury. They post signs that say “Turn In poachers”, “Report Any Illegal Hunting”, “Call The Anonymous Fishing Hotline For Any Illegal Activity” or “Call This Number To Anonymously Report Code Violations”. They actually expect people to turn in others who don’t comply with the laws they all too often do not choose to enforce. Does anyone but me see the hypocrisy and irony in all of this? What troubles me is that 2015 America under Barack Obama feels more and more like 1939 Germany under Adolph Hitler, and no one seems to be bothered by it. I have to wonder why???

The fact is, the standards we all voted for and agreed upon as citizens no longer seems to hold any weight, or have to be enforced. Now that this new reinterpretation of the law has taken effect, where it ends up is anybody’s guess. I can tell you for a fact that for those who live in the Adirondack Mountains, and in most rural areas of this nation, the impact of “discretionary law” has been dramatic. Many no longer buy permits or licenses that were once considered a normal part of outdoor life. Beyond that, people buy and sell locally and on the internet, or work for themselves and they do it all in cash. They report nothing and put the money they earned right into their pocket. The list of these “violations” is extensive and it is growing bigger every single day.

People now feel it is at their “discretion” to work or not, to hunt, fish or build when they want, and they feel justified in doing it as much as they want to provide for their family. They do it without any license or care for the laws that were once considered a restraining force. They buy and sell guns and ammunition among themselves or at locally run gun shows. They build and repair homes, sheds and garages. They clear land, replace septic systems, drill wells and do a thousand other things across the country without compliance to the laws, purchase of permits or regard for the time of year. Why? Because they see government officials using “discretionary law” and they embrace their right to do the same.

Two headlines I just lifted from the New York State outdoor news are prime examples. The first reads “Low Compliance ” and it is a report of the fact that only 5% of guns that should be registered in New York State have actually been registered by gun owners since Governor Cuomo’s hated “safe act” was forced upon the people. The second is “sales of licenses plummet”. and this relates to the fact that sportsmen have simply stopped buying licenses as an act of defiance against laws that have been passed without their consideration or approval. This is a pattern of open rebellion by decent people that is not going to go away!

In reality, the destruction or our national Christian soul has been successful in creating a whole generation that feels entitled to living in rebellion to the rule of law. They know the laws will change to accommodate every perverse practice, or they simply ignore them altogether, and this encourages  people to run unrestrained. The results basically means we are now living in an autocratic society where people live by their own rules. They can defy every historical, legal, moral and social standard, and ignore what everyone else may be doing, as long as it does not conflict with them.

However, when the conflict of personal desires arises, it causes one group to create such a violent disruption that everyone else is willing to comply with what they want. This reaction and compliance only serves to open the door for the breakdown of society into mob rule. We are now seeing, and will continue to see this happen with more frequency in America and around the world. Make no mistake about it, what happened in Ferguson, Baltimore and London is just the tip of the iceberg. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Once Iran gets nuclearized, and the mid east bristles with escalated threats of war, things will really begin to unfold. We will see Israel surrounded by her enemies, and they will be excoriated by the UN and the world, for defending themselves against that aggression. We will see national economies continue to collapse, while world finances and world leaders continue to join forces to bail them out. The fact is, we are being set up for what is yet to come and it certainly is exciting to watch.

Get ready, because hostility towards Christians, the Bible and what is morally sound has only just begun. It is clear that the rule of constitutional law will continue to give way to the rule of discretionary law. Those who oppose this lawless change will stand out and they will have to deal with the consequences. They may not be welcomed by the powers of this present darkness, but they will shine as lights in a dark place. Rejoice and be glad, for there will be great joy over you in Heaven by the Power of the Kingdom that is yet to come. Now go out there and let your light shine because you really can make a difference!

The Torch Runners

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On page 32 of his book “Fan The Flame”, Stowell J. Moody writes of a unique race that was part of the ancient Greek Olympic games. The Greeks ran this particular race at one point in the games and it was the favorite of those who attended. In this race the winner was not the runner who simply finished first. No, the winner was the runner who crossed the finish line first with his torch still lit. One moment of distraction, a gust of wind or too long a delay could end the race at any moment. Once the finish line was crossed the flame was then use to light other torches so that the games could go on.

This special race demonstrated a quality that so many today have lost, or simply ignored. It confirmed that personal care and focus on the task at hand is of primary importance if reaching the goal is to have any significance. The point is, when we live each day in a careless and distracted way, life has no meaning. Worse than that, if we run carelessly, when we reach our goal will our flame be out, or will we be able to pass something of value along to those who are with us?

When I listen to the nightly news it is often filled with distractions that can snuff out the flame I have for enjoying life. I hear the aggressive rhetoric of those on the far left who want to rewrite American history, and redefine our American culture. I see laws being forced upon this magnificent nation that seek to redefine what “normal” is for marriage, gender, sexual behavior, personal life and family structure. I hear with frustration the weak, empty, spineless responses of our current leaders to terrorism, open borders, national security, crime and open rebellion to our nation’s laws. I am ashamed to say it makes me consider and wish for things I should not, on how to eliminate these people from political office.

Worst of all I see the youth of our nation caught in the flooding cesspool of political correctness. To their credit, many are honestly searching for the truth rather than blindly accepting what is being fed to them by teachers and the media. It is this search for the truth by a new generation that gives me great hope for what is to come. There are torch carriers in this race we are all running that are looking at the lay of the land and carefully considering how their race is to be run.

To the shock of old school politicians and the liberal left, there are a few torch carriers I have met who really do care about the truth, and do want to finish well. These are the ones who understand the value of our Christian foundation and they know the power a work ethic has to pull the nation together. They value life, all life, and will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent, stand with the helpless and speak for the voiceless. They are not victims who do nothing but complain, burn cities to the ground, and hold on until the next government handout shows up in the mailbox. No, these people have the real American spirit. They create their own jobs and use the mind they have to improve themselves and those around them.

This is the America I know and love, and it is the America my father and grandfathers before him cherished. These men did not look for help, they looked for ways to help others! They did not whine and complain because they lacked opportunity, they used what they had to create their own opportunity! They did not ignorantly burn cities to the ground, they beautified them from the ground up. They read and studied, labored and put forth the effort needed to change the life they had into the life they wanted.

These are the people who bought an inexpensive house that they actually could afford, and poured the time, and money they saved, into it to make it the house they loved, and raise their family in. They started at the bottom and through planning, effort and dedication worked their way up. They did not use their color, economic status or country of origin to gain an undeserved advantage over others. They used their brains and their backs to be an advantage to those who hired them, or had the good fortune of living near them. They did not look to be improved because they were a victim, they caused improvement as one who had decided to be a victor.

This is the real America, and I am looking for the torch runners who still believe in it. I want to help them go all the way with their flame still lit for the ideals and truths that made this nation great. I really do believe we can be a great nation once again. We must leave behind the policies of entitlement, the practices of sin and the politics of special interest groups who don’t reflect the ideals of the God fearing nation we once were. There is still hope for America, but we must do the right thing in this next election if this nation is to be restored.

We must return to the God of the Bible and seek His face with humility. We must be willing to pray for, support and encourage those who carry these ideals. We must expose, resist and raise our voices against everything that oppose them. Last of all we must be willing to pay whatever price is necessary to repeal, remove and replace anything that seeks to tear this nation’s morals and foundations apart.

All is not lost, but there  is a cost to be paid….. and some are already paying it! In America, hostility towards Christians, their businesses and beliefs is at an all time high. Fines, anger, lawsuits, jail time, picketing, mandated psychiatric evaluations and a host of other things are now being leveled against those who hold to the truth. The question is, if you are one who believes in biblical truth, will you really stand when they come after you? Unless we stand together and vote correctly in this next election, a day will soon arrive when we will not be able to stand at all ! It is time for all Americans to get on our knees and pray, then we must all stand on the Truth and vote!

Make no mistake about it, we are in a cultural war and our very existence and livelihood as a nation depends on what we do next. May God grant us the strength to do what is right, and the courage to walk with honor and joy in that decision. May He give us clear vision for what hangs in the balance if we falter and back down in this critical hour. We need those with the resolve of Churchill, the compassion of Christ and the vision of Abraham to carry us across the finish line. My prayer is that I will take my stand and be part of the solution and not part of the problem.  The question is… Will You Join Me?????