"I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" (Isaiah 62:6, 7).
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Colin Campbell is an internationally known author, speaker, and authority on Biblical Manhood and Family.
Called to the encouragement and lifting up of men throughout the world Colin is an author of books, teaching CDs and DVD's.
As author of Where Are The Real Men of God? and 21st Century Patriarch DVD studies, Colin often speaks at family retreats and Men's groups throughout the year also.
Believing God’s plan is "building godly generations" through men and families, he seeks to impart God’s truth to the next generation and their children too.
We continue to asks ourselves some sober questions.
3. Does the nation of Israel have a place in our foundations? And from where do our ethics and values come?
There are people who will always cry out, “Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). Many of the wealthy Jews in Europe did not believe those who told them that Hitler would try to exterminate them all if he could. They regarded those who warned of approaching danger as alarmists and doomsday extremists. Those who fled Europe by whatever means they could saved themselves, along with their families. Those who believed they would survive by continuing to stay were fed as fuel to the concentration camp oven fires and mass graves.
The main reason why we elect a new president once every four years is primarily for our own protection. However, being the rich, powerful, and blessed nation we are, with a foundation based on biblical values, we need a president who will stand with the little nation of Israel which is the cradle nation for our Judeo/Christian ethics and values.
God has blessed our so-called “Christian nation” because we have stood with Israel over the years--until this last administration. God has promised to bless those who bless Israel. God said to Abram in Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
We are almost the only nation in the whole world that has stood by Israel, but now much of the liberal press, the liberal government, and even the liberal church have been deceived by Palestinian propaganda.
Throughout the President Obama era Israel has been snubbed and threatened, especially the area of the West Bank, along with their amazing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel is surrounded by nations that hate her with an unholy vengeance and they want to destroy her from off the face of the earth.
I believe God will remove our protection if we do not stand up for Israel’s protection. We must have a president at this time who will not force Israel to surrender any more of its ancient boundaries that were given by God’s divine mandate, and which they also won back as a result of being attacked. We cannot have a president who is pro-Palestinian because they hate Israel and want to completely destroy it.
Israel wants peace with is neighbors, but cannot afford to give them the strategic West Bank which makes them more vulnerable to attack from the heights of these mountains.
All the nations that once blessed Israel and have enjoyed great prosperity and peace had better not forsake her. If they do, they forsake their blessing. Sadly, many Christian nations have already become pro-Islam, pro-Palestinian, and anti-Israel and now their angelic defense is departed from them. Now they are under ISIS attack, plus many forms of spiritual attack.
P.S. Have you check out this link? It is important to get your understanding from the Scriptures rather than the media: http://aboverubies.org/EverlastingPossession
Why are many young people and students voting for Bernie Sanders and his extreme socialist/communist policies? He believes that even Obama and Hilary Clinton are not far enough left in socialism and makes no apologies that he is an outright socialist. This reveals how far the USA, one of the most blessed countries of the world has, and still is, drifting away from our biblical, conservative foundations.
The other night I listened to Trump on Hannity where he stated that because he is a great deal-maker he would use his skills to try for a peace treaty between the Palestinians and Israel. He admitted that it would be a great challenge, even to him. “But I will give it one hell of a shot,” he said (Trump language!).
To be honest, this is one of the things that scares me most about Trump. We should all be aware of the natural disasters that have hit the United States of America every time we have forced Israel to give up the West Bank, which is THE HEARTLAND OF ISRAEL and includes part of Jerusalem. (Have you read the book, “As America has Done to Israel?” by John P. McTernan?)
Ezekiel, chapters 36 - 37 are prophetic promises to His people, Israel. (Take time to read these amazing chapters). They are God’s specific promises about the mountains and waste places of Israel which are all in the West Bank. They have all been prophetically promised to be restored and populated with God’s ancient people.
Will Trump seek to negotiate with Israel to give the West Bank back to the Palestinians, as if it always belonged to them? The Heartland of Israel is filled with the evidence of certain tribes of Israel living there. They also took it back by a miraculous war after they were attacked by Arab armies coming at them from strategic parts of the West Bank.
Israel needs these center of their land, firstly because it was given to them by God for an “everlasting possession,” and secondly, because when Israel controls the West Bank it lessens their vulnerability from enemy attack .
We must pray for our own sakes that America will not go against God’s will for ALL of Israel’s promised land. The United Sates of America is a big and powerful nation, but like banks and motor companies, is it too big to fail? I think not.
If we meddle with the foundations of little Israel we could find ourselves fighting against our God who is still the God of Israel! God can easily take America down from its pedestal. * **
We need a president who understands these biblical truths. Our own foundations have been seriously eroded under Obama. We must be prayerful and careful who we chose this time.
May God have mercy on us for we have become deceived by glamour and surface popularity. Foundations are meant to be deep and solid, not glitzy, showy, prideful, and deal-making. These things are just surface, building on the sand.
Be encouraged Colin Campbell
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* Genesis 12:3; Psalm 129:5; Jeremiah 51:24; Ezekiel 25:7; 35:1-15; 36:1-7; 38:18-23; Joel 3:1, 2; Obadiah 15; and Zechariah 12:1-9.
** Our God is called THE GOD OF ISRAEL 203 times in our Bible, although He is also called THE GOD OF JACOB and many other similar names. If our God is not the God of Israel, we worship a different God from the Bible. And if He is the God of Israel, as He is, we had better have His understanding of Israel and the land.
The picture for this post is of vineyards growing on the Mount of Blessing, Har Brakha, on the West Bank of Israel. This area is where the Israelites first came into Israel when they came into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 11:29-32). This picture is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy as these luscious and fruitful vineyards grow out of stones and barren dirt. Only according to the Word of the Lord which states in Ezekiel 36 that when God brings His people back to the land that these barren mountains will “shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come”
The picture for this post is of vineyards growing on the Mount of Blessing, Har Brakha, on the West Bank of Israel. This picture is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy as these luscious and fruitful vineyards grow out of stones and barren dirt. Only according to the Word of the Lord which states in Ezekiel 36 that when God brings His people back to the land that these barren mountains will “shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come”
No one in their right mind would build a house on the ground without a solid foundation or the storms, floods, and severe winds would quickly destroy it.
One of the first things we do when purchasing a house that has already been built is to employ a qualified building inspector to check its foundations. Even though the house may be of the finest design, expensive trimming, superb paint work, and the surroundings look like a beautiful park; if the foundations are weak, cracked, or compromised, who would be foolish enough to purchase it?
During the 2010 Tennessee floods, a house approximately half a mile down the road from us was completely carried away overnight. There was no trace of it to be seen in the morning. It was a relatively new double wide trailer that had not been adequately tied down to a firm foundation. Fortunately, the occupants got out just in time before it was destroyed.
One cannot help but wonder why people who want to live in a safe house fail to build their own lives on a solid foundation. The teachings of Christ are the only foundations upon which we should build our lives. All other teachings are seriously flawed. Jesus Christ alone is the Solid Rock as the old hymn says:
“On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.”
To be continued.
P.S. We ourselves were affected by the May 2010 Tennessee floods. The Duck River close to us exceeded its record level by almost 10 feet, flooding or destroying homes, roads, and agricultural land. The road down to our spring was completely washed away. To this day we cannot drive on it. Although we live on a hill and a secure house, the water came up through the concrete floor, squirting through the tiles and thoroughly flooding our downstairs. The Cumberland river crested at 51.86 feet, a level not seen since 1937. Twenty-one deaths were recorded in Tennessee.
If America is to hold its stand of being a powerful and leading nation of prosperity, it will need to have leadership that God approves.
I take no pleasure in any type of negativity or judgment upon this great country. Even though I was not born in this country (although I now have American citizenship) I have been blessed to live here for the past 25 years. I have loved every minute of the freedom and liberty this nation affords, as well as the great largeness of heart that is inherent in most of the citizens of this great land.
However, honest Christians can’t help but ask ourselves some very sober questions:
1. Why is this nation losing its greatness?
One of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans is “I will make the United States of America great again.” Obviously this resonates with a lot of Christian people who realize we are already losing our greatness. But can a worldly man, who has little, if any respect for the reverential fear of God, make America great again? God always blesses godly leadership as He did when His servant David ruled over Israel.
2 Samuel 5:12 says: “And David perceived that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.” Is it possible for the USA to have a David in the White House?
We read of a 16 year old king called Uzziah. 2 Chronicles 26:5 says: “As long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.”
Proverbs 29:2 states: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
The question is: who amongst the three leading republican contenders for the White House would be the most righteous? Trump, Cruz, or Rubio? Who would be most likely to humbly seek after God so that God would enable them to prosper? The answer is obviously Cruz or Rubio.
In 2 Chronicles 31:21 we read of the great revival in Israel under the leadership of King Hezekiah: “And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.” In 2 Kings 18: 1-7 we read that Hezekiah “Did that which was right in the sight of the LORD . . . For he cleaved to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth.”
We read in Genesis 29:2-3 about Joseph who served in Potiphar’s house: “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”
Why do many Christians vote for Trump instead of righteous candidates? Why do Christians think that a worldly man who has a history of immorality, and does not believe he should ever ask God for forgiveness, could give them prosperity? It boggles my mind how fickle we can be. Is Trump a biblical example of a righteous man?
To be continued.
The framers of our constitution were undoubtedly inspired by God. The constitution is an amazing foundation stone that has been tried and tested over 200 years with great success and prosperity. The nation began operating under this constitution on March 4, 1789.
The liberals regard our founding documents as archaic, outdated, and non-applicable to our modern times. Liberalism, socialism (with its new name of progressivism) also regard the divinely inspired Holy Scriptures as outdated and restrictive to our 21st century appetites.
However, liberalism and socialism, with all its so-called liberating and anti-God philosophies, have been tried by nations dating back to Rome and ever further to Sodom and Gomorrah, with devastating effects.
When nations cast away biblical values, they erode and destroy their prosperity and protection. USA has risen to super-power status faster than any nation in the history of the world. I believe this is because they adhered to biblical values upon which our founding fathers framed our constitution and the Bill of Rights.
It seems an insanity to me that as we race down the track towards socialism, etc that in other parts of the world, nations that have been oppressed and depressed by these same philosophies are doing their best to rid themselves of such tyranny. They cannot understand that the most blessed country in all the world looks to an ultra-socialist like Bernie Sanders to take “America the blessed” to the delusion other nations struggle to be free of.
Obama and Hillary Clinton are really not that much different to Bernie Sanders. They are all communistic, Saul Alinksy disciples. Sadly, people who have no desire to follow God are easy prey to all their promises to take from the rich and give to the lazy, good-for-nothings who do not know how to do one day of hard work.
America was built on a hard work ethic and lazy people who look for hand-outs will quickly destroy it. Real money does not grow on trees. It is rightly earned by hard-working people.
Socialists are not at all concerned for the welfare of the masses. They want revolution and power they never worked for. Socialism and communism has a long track record or repression and poverty, e.g. China, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, East Germany, and the list goes on.
It is very important that we pray for a God-fearing president at this time. America cannot afford to be deceived again. The stakes are too high. We cannot take the risk of appointing man that has no proven track record of honoring godly values, as well as conservative principles. Not only do we need a president who seeks with all his heart to protect us from enemies without, but also enemies within. He must also be one who will nominate conservative judges to the Supreme Court.
Psalm 2:1-5 exclaims: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”
Jesus said in Matthew 7:24: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock." Matthew, chapters five to seven, gives the laws and principles of Jesus Christ’s teaching in a nutshell. The Mosaic law covered most of Exodus and all of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Jesus said that His teachings, which covered only three chapters, are a rock solid foundation on which all His true followers are to build their lives. Added to this, He promises in Matthew 7:11 (compare Luke 11:13) good things: “How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give GOOD THINGS to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13 says that He gives the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep His teachings.
The children of Israel meticulously sought to follow the law of Moses, but failed miserably. There was so much to do and learn that they often became weary of it all and fell away from God. However, with the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we who are the followers of Christ, should not find it that difficult to keep only three chapters of Jesus’ teachings.
God has blessed our nation as God-fearing people sought to make serious application of the teachings of Christ. But sad to say, something has happened that has turned our hearts to elect a leader in this critical hour who is flashy, fleshy, speaks evil of good men, favors various aspects of Planned Parenthood, and so on. It burdens me terribly that certain Christian celebrities would dare to endorse him.
Jeremiah 6:16 says: “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the GOOD WAY, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
The democrat socialists offer new paths that have no foundational truths. They scorn the teachings of Christ and now we see a great deception threatening to deceive the followers of the old paths.
“We the people” should not blame the politicians we elect when we discover they were in fact RINOs. We should blame ourselves for being so naïve and gullible to elect them. Jesus said that we’ll know them by their fruits (Matthew 7:16, 20).
We must check out their past history and how conservative they have been over the years. We should never be so naïve to believe them when they say they recently changed from pro-choice to pro-life; that they were once on the democratic liberal side, but now have become conservative; that they a “good Christian,” but have never asked God for forgiveness.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 exhorts us to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” The NLT says: “Test everything that is said.” The NASB says: “Examine everything carefully.”
The office of the president of the United States of America is a high office indeed and each candidate should be checked out thoroughly.
Psalm 11:3: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
We must beseech God as never before, that we, and the people of this country will not be deceived.
All of a sudden, with the passing of the Supreme Court Judge, Antonin Scalia, this election has taken on a whole new impetus. This election is now deeply rooted in the founding documents of our nation. Religious freedom protects the rights of the religious beliefs of all peoples. The Christian citizens of this nation should not have to bow down to the demands of the homosexual agenda. I myself feel very deeply about this and I do not believe that someone’s business should have to serve the homosexual community by being forced to bake them a wedding cake, etc.
Likewise, Christian hospitals should not be forced to provide against fundamental beliefs. The Catholic Sisters hospital being forced to provide contraception, sterilization or abortions, or pay fines etc. is against the religious rights of these people’s beliefs.
The financing and support for Planned Parenthood groups is taken out of taxpayer’s pockets and multitudes of Christians find this offensive.
Our Supreme Court is all about the preservation and interpretation of the founding documents on which this nation was built. Because Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, a two-faced wolf in sheep’s clothing should not even be considered for election for the nation’s presidency. Donald Trump promises to make this country great, rich, and powerful again. Many shallow Christians put this before the foundational, conservative truths on which this country was founded. I ask the question: what is the point of voting in someone to make America rich, powerful, and great at the expense of losing our constitutional rights and liberties? What is the point of building a mansion or castle if the foundations are soon to collapse?
Donald Trump does not in any way have a proven track record on conservative values. In fact, his track record shows that he is a democrat. He states in public that he was always opposed to the Iraq war. However, Glen Beck shares that in one of his books he reveals the opposite, especially at the beginning of the war.
Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are strongly for another Scalia type Supreme Court judge and both could be trusted to preserve the foundations of our nation. However, I definitely favor Ted Cruz to be the strongest of the two.
Our nation is being sifted by God to see if we still have what it takes to preserve the conservative values that have been the strong foundations of our past.
The battle for our nation is heating up even more. Now that the Supreme Court Judge, Antonin Scalia, has passed away, it puts the conservative cause in a very precarious position. President Obama will undoubtedly seek to elect a liberal judge to take his position. This would tip the delicate balance of interpreting and making final judgment on the American supreme legal system in favor of liberalism. It would affect the very tenuous stand we already have on such important values as abortion, planned parenthood, the right to bear arms, the homosexual agenda on gay marriage, and the list goes on.
Even if the House and Senate were able to stall the election of a liberal judge, proposed and appointed by President Obama until a new president is sworn into the oval office, what happens if “we the people” vote in a liberal-minded president?
It is not only a democratic president that we should be concerned about, but a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” republican president.
We, the citizens of this great country who confess we fear and trust in God must now intensify our fervent prayer, and even some fasting. We must pray that God will enable His people to have true, godly discernment and get behind a true, proven-by-experience, God-fearing, constitution-loving, uncompromising candidate who will lead this country with courage and godly wisdom.
Although I would not say no to Marco Rubio, I believe that the right man to get behind is Ted Cruz. I know it’s not politically correct to espouse any one candidate in the Christian community. However, I for one, do not believe in political correctness. It’s time for God’s people to put our antennas up to Heaven and seek God as to who we can get behind and support.
We must be very cautious that we do not get behind an unknown candidate who does not have a previous track record in conservative values. Why are “evangelicals” enamored with someone just because they are pushy, showy, rich, and successful in wheeling and dealing? Good talkers do not necessarily make good presidents as our current president proves.
We must be careful not to get behind a candidate because some religious celebrity has endorsed a certain man. I am very disappointed at the shallowness of some of our respected celebrities. The moral future of our nation hangs in the balances and we as a people need to draw closer to God and get His wisdom, right now.
This is such an important time in our history and your prayers can make a difference.
1Timothy 2:1-4 states: “I exhort therefore, that, FIRST OF ALL, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior:
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
I cannot help think that it is narrow-minded for people to think that God is not interested in our nation’s politics. The above Scriptures says that “FIRST OF ALL” we are to pray “for all men, for kings, and for all that are in authority.” We have to some political knowledge in order to include them in our “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks.” And for very important reasons: “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” and that we will have an environment where people can “come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Some say, “Yes, we should pray for them, but we should not vote for them.” I agree that we should not put our signature or vote toward an ungodly candidate. However, we can further the cause of righteousness by voting into office a God-fearing, praying, constitution-loving, and promise-keeping candidate.
In this great country, “WE THE PEOPLE,” have the privilege of having a say in how this country should be governed. If we cast our vote for a righteous leader, we help and assist the cause of righteousness. If we do not vote for the candidate who has the best track record of godly values, then we are fatalistic and irresponsible. There is something terribly wrong with a nation or its people when they become too religious to vote for the cause of righteousness and godly leadership.
It seems to me that the one man (I’m thinking of Ted Cruz) who many think is unelectable because he will not compromise his convictions is indeed the right man we should vote for. What does the Bible say? “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Some Christians think God is not interested in a nation’s politics. Therefore, they surmise that pastors and Christian leaders should not promote any particular candidate, nor should they voice their own political opinions to others in any way, shape, or form. They believe Christian leaders should keep their teaching and exhortations entirely to spiritual matters only. I personally respect these people’s opinions.
However the basis of their argument cannot be supported by Scripture. Spirituality and righteousness are required of all men, in every aspect of our lives-church attendance, our marriage, our family life, our career, the organizations we belong to, and our political persuasions.
It would not be scriptural to think that God was only involved with the spiritual laws of Israel, which would have centered around the priesthood and Mosaic covenant. Seeking and waiting upon God in order to live our lives according to His will is most important, but to say that the secular leadership of the kings of Israel, along with their governmental officials, was not important enough to be addressed by the spiritual leadership, is a far cry from the truth.
All the true prophets of God were used by God to exhort, encourage, and warn the kings and leaders of Israel whether they were in the priesthood, the secular, or judicial system of Israel. The leadership of the kings of Israel were addressed, even by the law, well before Israel decided to chose a king to reign over them (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). If God was not interested enough to be involved in secular leadership, why would He give such detailed instructions?
In Romans 13:1-7, followers of Christ are exhorted to be subject to the higher powers (governments). Verses 1-2 say: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” In verse 5 we are exhorted to pay tribute or taxes.
As citizens of this country we are privileged to have a say in who will govern us as president for the next four to eight years. It is in our godly interests to vote into leadership those who will not oppose our Christian/Judea values. I believe it is of vital importance to have a president who opposes gay marriage, abortion, and all the things we as Christians hold sacred. If we have an opportunity to vote in someone who will uphold our constitution and govern the affairs of this nation in the fear of God, then we should encourage, by all means, others to get behind that candidate.
To be continued.
The current GOP candidates all say they are pro-life. However, some are not totally pro-life, but compromise according to circumstances. They are happy to kill a baby in the womb because it was conceived through rape. And yet, if someone ended the life of that same person years later, they would be guilty of murder:
Ted Cruz: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Marco Rubio: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Ben Carson: Opposes exceptions for rape and incest.
Donald Trump: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Jeb Bush: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Chris Christie: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
John Kasich: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Carly Fiorina: Supports exceptions for rape and incest.
Who should we elect to be our next president? A very important question. As a nation we stand on the brink of a very important election which will test our national discernment.
In 1 Chronicles 12:32 we read of the children of Issachar “which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.”
This was an important time in the beginning of Israel’s history of choosing a king to reign over them. Saul, Israel’s first king, sadly lacked the qualities required by God to rule over Israel and now God chose David to be the second king of Israel.
Israel was made of twelve tribes of people and David could not rule over them all until they all received discernment and understanding that David, who was from the tribe of Judah, was indeed God’s chosen king.
The question is: will the citizens of USA have the correct discernment to elect the right man to be president over this nation for the next four to eight years?
In the last debate in New Hampshire, two of the candidates were asked their stance on abortion. These candidates both clearly stated they were pro-life and told of all the pro-life things they had done in their states. But at the same time they said they believed in exceptions for rape and incest.
That is double talk. To be pro-life, and yet make exceptions for rape and incest, is not to be truly pro-life. There are many testimonies of women who have been raped and conceived, and yet still chose not to have an abortion. The children have been raised and nurtured in Christian homes and turned out to be excellent Christians, some now in full time service for Christ.
Obviously, a child born from a victim of rape would not be deemed worthy of death outside of the womb. Have we become so callous as to think that this is acceptable? Perhaps because it is more mature than selling the body parts of unborn babies in a gruesome market?
Because there are some who lie on this matter of rape, it is too easy to make this sort of exception. To be pro-life one should not have any exceptions, for life in the womb is sacred to God, and only He knows the real truth of how their life came to be conceived.
We must not play God on this matter anymore because millions and millions of precious unborn babies have been slaughtered in the womb of our nation’s mothers. Exceptions to pro-life amount to be pro-choice.
Please check out the list of candidates and their position regarding abortion.
Be encouraged to have godly discernment.
Luke 12:56; “Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?”
Hebrews 5:14: “Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Discernment is the ability to assembly all the facts and make judgment. It is the ability to read the signs.
When a nation lacks discernment it becomes vulnerable to all types of attack. When the military lacks discernment, they give their enemies a huge advantage. When a doctor lacks discernment, the patient could be given a false medication, which could be disastrous. When a pastor church lacks discernment, the enemy has a heyday in many ways (Ezekiel 44:23).
When parents have poor discernment regarding the schooling, friendships, and media in which their children are involved, they do not discern the battle afar off. But it will surely come upon them. make no mistake about it.
Democracy fails when people do not have godly discernment. They are short-sighted and cannot see the distant battle racing toward them.
Our country currently faces a huge battle demonstrated by the amount of people who prefer Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to be president. Both are tarred with the same brush of liberal socialism. Our country did not smell the battle afar off and now it has come upon us.
Job 39:25: “He smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.”
The warhorse has heightened senses. He is warned by the smell of the battle. Even though the battle is far off he can still smell it, hear it, and taste it.
Spiritually speaking, our senses need to be heightened to know where the enemy is attacking. We have become desensitized toward so much of the world, the flesh, and the devil because we have lost our spiritual sense of smell. It is much better for us to smell the battle afar off so that we can prepare ourselves and be ready to defend ourselves.
Naturally speaking, our senses are given to us to protect and entice us. If we lose our sense of smell we become more vulnerable to danger. Often the smell of fire warns us that we had better quickly check the house or the car lest we have a problem that we cannot contain or fix.
Many marriages could be saved if spiritual senses were alerted earlier, instead of waiting to try and fix the problem when it’s already too late. There are many battles that could be averted or won if only we smell them while they are still afar off.
To be continued.
It’s high time for the true people of God to begin laughing the laugh of faith. There is such a thing as the laugh of faith and there is such a thing as the laugh of unbelief.
The warhorse that prances and charges among the trumpets is not laughing in unbelief. Absolutely not. He laughs at the utter foolishness of the enemy because he knows from whom his strength and salvation come. The Lord Sabbaoth (the God of armies) is riding on his back.
A church or people who have no intimate relationship with the fighting ability, strength, wisdom, and power of Christ cannot laugh in the midst of battle. Instead they murmur, grumble, cry, and flee.
Psalm 78:9-11 states: “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying vows, turned back in the day of battle. They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgot his works, and his wonders that he had showed them.”
It is all very well to laugh, sing, rejoice, and dance when the battle is over, but who can do these things when the battle rages? Only in Christ.
Abraham laughed the laugh of unbelief when God told him Sarai would bear him a son and her name would now be Sarah (queen or mother of princes). Abraham reasoned that he was 100 years old and Sarah 90 years old. It was laughable! He wanted Ishmael to be his heir (Genesis 17:15-18). However, Ishmael, the son of Hagar (Sarah’s bondmaid) was prophesied to be a wild man and against every man and every man against him (Genesis 16:11, 12), not the type of man through whom God wanted to bring the covenanted Promised Seed (Christ).
Sarah also laughed in unbelief when God told her she would bear a son (Genesis 18:12-15). But Sarah would indeed have a son and his name would be called Isaac, meaning laughter. Genesis 18:14 says: “ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”
However, in Genesis 21:6 we read about Sarah laughing the laugh of faith: “And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.”
Mary also laughed the laugh of faith when she received the news that she was chosen to bring forth the long promised Messiah. When God encouraged Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible,“ she responded with the language of faith, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:27, 28).
What was Mary’s song of praise? “My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46, 47). Sounds like laughing to me!
Job 39:25: “He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha.”
People may laugh, but God will always have the last laugh. Psalm 2:4 says: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.”
The warhorse described in Job 39 is a well-trained horse. In a proverbial sense he is like the horse that Jesus Christ, the Conqueror of conquerors rides upon in Revelation 19:11.
Are you familiar with the words of “Chariot of Fire”? The words are by Jack Hayford to the tune used in the move, “Chariots of Fire.”
I rise up to worship,
I stand to acclaim,
The King of all Glory,
Christ Jesus, His name.
I ask you Lord Jesus,
Fulfill my desire;
Please light me and make me
A Chariot of Fire
Come ride on my life,
Lord Jesus Christ;
My King and my Master
Come ride on my life,
To this one thing
I wholly aspire.
Come rule in my heart,
Lord Jesus Christ;
My King and my Master
Come ride on my life
And I will be your Chariot of Fire.
It is true, by giving ourselves to come against principalities and powers we can also become great battle horses that King Jesus will be glad to ride upon. Perhaps one of the many reasons why this battle horse laughs “Ha ha” amongst the trumpets is because he hears the trumpet of his rider, King Jesus. His great voice is like the sound of a trumpet (Revelation 1:10, 11).
Jesus says in John 10:217: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Likewise, this well-trained warhorse (or sheep) is extremely tuned to the trumpet voice of its rider who is the Alpha and Omega. This trumpet voice he listens to in the midst of all the battles of life causes him to laugh loudly, Ha ha.
There are many riders blowing their trumpets, but perhaps there are many horses that are not as privileged as we are, for in the midst of all the trumpets, we can hear His voice which causes us to laugh, Ha ha.
Paul had a message of comfort and hope in the midst of a ship wreck (Acts 27:23). He was able to laugh at the storm. Do you remember the old song, “With Christ in my vessel I will smile at the storm”? Peter also said Ha ha to the raging sea when Jesus asked him to come and walk on the water.
Upon hearing the trumpet voice of its master encouraging him on, the true warhorse says Ha ha. This is the language of faith.
The battle for the right president continues to rage. What trumpet is the Christian church listening to? Are they tuned into the One who rides the white horse? Ha ha.
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Job 39:24: “Neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.”
Job’s warhorse has only an ear for battle. If the sound of the trumpet says, “Retreat,” he does not believe it. If the trumpet says, “Stand Down.” as at Benghazi where brave men died because they put American lives and honor before the trumpet of neutrality and indecisiveness.
These navy seals were true warhorses. They would not accept the trumpet call to stand down, even in the face of death. These men knew that whoever was blowing the trumpet to “Stand Down” was out of touch with truth and honor. To stand down when an American consulate, along with all the staff, were about to be overrun by blood thirsty terrorists could not be accepted, even if it came from the White House. It’s high time that the American warhorse be unshackled from the chains of feministic diplomacy.
Likewise, the Christian church needs to wake up and realize that if it’s going to win in the battle against the hordes of darkness, it needs to have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches (Revelation 2:17).
One thing for sure, the trumpet that sounds from Heaven does not call for its warhorses to stand down. It never has said “Stand Down” and it never will say “Stand Down.” Let’s have a thousand Amen’s to that!
We must not listen to those who stand behind polished pulpits and never challenge us towards spiritual warfare. If the church does not learn to wrestle and fight with the powers of darkness, how can we ever win?
We must be very careful who we listen to in this hour. There is something wrong if the trumpet does not call us to prayer. Or to engage in battle. Especially in this crucial hour with failing marriages, crumbling families, and all manner of advancing evil.
All evangelical leaders need to examine their trumpets at this election hour to see whether they are calling on their members to vote for a man who has used his own trumpet to the cause of righteousness or evil in his past. We must be careful not to lay hands on a man suddenly if his track record is questionable No matter how appealing he may be, if his record is dubious and clouded, stay away from his trumpet.
I do not believe we should listen to the trumpet of a billionaire who has amassed his fortunes through gambling casinos. What are these evangelical leaders thinking about? There is something very wrong with their trumpets, as well as their hearing. What foolishness.
1 Timothy 5:22 says: “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.”
Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.
Ezekiel 33:3-6 states: “When he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.”
Job 39:24: “He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage.” This describes the warhorse speeding along, motivated by anger and rage. I think the terminology used here of “swallowing the ground” means that the distance between him and the target is quickly diminished by the adrenalin rush, the righteous indignation and fierce rage that possesses the spirit of the warhorse.
Politically speaking, we now live in a world where all anger and rage are regarded as evil. Tolerance is the politically correct attitude toward all evil. No one is allowed to be angry at evil. As a result, western nations have become “milk toast” and mushy.
We are taught that civilized people should never get angry at anything, let alone evil. We are told we must take our time in the face of evil and must never rush to identify the target in case we hit the wrong one. We are told that our war planes cannot drop bombs on ISIS in case there are innocent civilians in the building, in the oil tanker or truck, etc. The rules of engaging the enemy have now become so feminized and emasculated that we can no longer win a war.
In the meantime the enemy punches us right between the eyes and scoffs at our so-called tolerant and sissy behavior. There are too many progressive, socialist, educators both within the church and the nation who want to destroy and take away our manhood. They want to take away our guns and fighting spirit. They want to turn us into a bunch of jelly fish wimps.
We see a different spirit in David. 1 Samuel 17:45-47 states: “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.”
Verse 48 tells us : “And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David HASTED, AND RAN toward the army to meet the Philistine.” In the face of great danger, David is filled with the same spirit of Job’s battle horse. He ran towards the enemy.
As believers, we are called to do battle with God’s enemies. We are to be “slow to anger” with one another, but never with the devil. We should not drag our feet to man the battle stations, the prayer meetings, where we fight it out with the devil.
Ephesians 6:12 says: “For we wrestle (hand to hand combat) not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
May God hasten our steps to run to the prayer meetings where we can start slinging our stones at the Lord’s enemies. It’s high time for us who dare to call ourselves Christians to get really mad at the devil, and not at each other. Tolerance can only be towards each other as brethren, but not towards sin or the powers that tempt us to sin.
We need to be clothed with the zeal of the Lord, the same zeal that caused Jesus to cast out the money changers in the temple (John 2:15-17). It’s high time we 21st century Christians cast off this wimpy tolerance toward evil and become eaten up by the same zeal for God’s house that Jesus had.
Job 39:23: “The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.”
The church must wake up to the battle that, never for a single day, ceases to rage against the cause of Christ. Every born again believer, without exception, must quickly come to the realization that they have a divine calling upon their lives to fight, resist, and stand solidly against the armies of hell.
We must clearly understand that we have not been purchased by the redeeming precious blood of Christ to have an easy life of self-pleasing and catering to the desires of our flesh while the enemy tears our nation’s morality to shreds.
How is it possible for us to not stand up and resist the ever-increasing holocaust of abortion, abuse of alcohol, drugs, marriage and family breakdown, sexual abuse within the church, let alone resisting it in the world which is outside the church. It will only get worse until we, the true church, rise up and mount our own white battle horses. We must willingly follow our Commander in Chief, The Lord Jesus Christ, who has already mounted His white horse and leads the charge against the enemy.
It’s time to get rattled by the rattling quivers. God’s warhorse gets rattled (yes, angry) at the sound of the enemy’s rattling quivers. King David was rattled (angry and indignant) at the arrogancy and mockery of the Philistine giant, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:41-47).
David says in verses 45-46: “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee: and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth: that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
Jesus Himself was rattled (righteously indignant) as the quivers of the devil rattled against him with the buying and selling in the temple (John 2:13-17).
What’s it going to take to get the sleeping church righteously angry at the enemy? Has our present leadership in Washington DC not rattled our cages enough? When will we say, “Enough is enough”?
Are we tempted right now to elect an immoral, compromising president who will lead the country into more immorality and sin? Are we not rattled enough to bust out of our cages and elect a president who will stand up against abortion, same-sex marriage, and all the evils of our times?
But that is just the beginning. The riders of God’s battle horses realize that the battle is only won through prayer and daily intercession. Yes, it is time to get mad at the devil who cleverly sucks us into lethargy, sin, and deception. In Ephesians 6:11-18 Paul exhorts us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (v. 11).
And he gives reasons why:
1. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (v. 12).
2. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (v. 18).
Only when we do these two things can we effectively ride the white horse of Revelation 19:11 and follow our Commander in chief into battle.