From the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, I believed Trump’s time in office would be just a brief pause in America’s continuing slide down a slippery slope into a pit of godlessness and total rebellion. My greatest hope was that it would be an eight-year pause, rather than a four-year one.
But of course, there are those who disagree with me and believe America’s government can be straightened out by cleaning up the Swamp in Washington, D.C. You know, just remove the rotten eggs and replace them with godly, good eggs. And then while the saints chant, “abra cadabra Jesus loves us,” a kingdom of God based government would suddenly appear in our nation’s capital.
The main problem with this thinking is that our governments – federal, state and local – and elected officials and judicial systems are all cogs in the world system, which is under the influence of Satan.
Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 NLT)
There is a coming time when the Lord will clean up our government and other nations’ governments, but that will be when the seventh angel blows his trumpet and all of heaven will shout, “The kingdoms [governments] of this world have become kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever.”
If we take the time to read the Book of Revelation and other end-time verses, we will discover that the Church is raptured at the last trumpet and what follows after this trumpet blast will be God’s punishments on the ungodly world system. Few will survive. Buildings, structures and mountains will be turned to rubble by earthquakes.
The Swamp will finally be removed!
Yes, at times, God does intervene in nations’ governments to advance His kingdom, in answer to prayers and because of His great mercy. But if you look at history through a long-term biblical mindset – and not a short-term American one – you will realize how history eventually conforms itself to God’s Word. It’s not about America achieving its manifest destiny, it’s all about His church becoming His bride, prepared for an awesome King.
Okay. Okay. Okay. What does this have to do with President Trump and the presidential election, right?
In August on a Zoom call, a friend prophesied to me: “You’re like a gyro that I see spinning, but it’s wobbling a little bit. Then I see the hand of the Lord touch the top of it. The wobbling is going to stop. It will then be spinning along its axis and moving and spinning the way it should under My anointing and power. If there are some things that are a little wobbly right now, God is going to set it in order and in divine alignment. I have better things for you…”
What do you do with a prophetic word like this?
Seek the Lord and ask for His insight.
Eventually, I felt the Lord told me that He was finetuning me, which of course, meant I had error in my prophetic makeup. Not only that, I felt the prophecy was meant for all of the prophetic voices in the Body of Christ.
What did this mean?
It wasn’t until I watched Amy Cony Barrett being sworn into her associate justice position on the Supreme Court on October 27th that I felt the Lord spoke to my spirit: “This is the last big thing President Trump will ever accomplish.”
“Oh dear,” I thought, “this means Joe Biden will be elected president.”
Let’s step back a few feet so we can have a look at a bigger picture of what’s happening in America right now:
I am seventy-four years old and soon to be seventy-five.
You can call it pride or whatever you want, but I have always hoped to see the Lord return in my lifetime. Maybe others can relate to this same hope. But all of this was shattered to pieces when I felt the Lord speak to my heart, “I am not returning in your lifetime. Help prepare your children and grandchildren for the End-Times.”
Whatever disappointment I might have felt at the time was erased by the urgency of His words.
Many preachers talk about the “Great Falling Away” as if it will be just a slight bump in the road for the American church. After all, America has the greatest concentration of Christians within its borders compared to any other nation in the world. 80 to 100 million Evangelical Christians by many estimates. Almost thirty percent of our total population.
Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you,for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed] (2 Thessalonians 2:3 AMP)
Do you actually believe the Apostle Paul was talking about a slight bump in the road when he wrote about the “Great Falling Away?”
It’s my belief that if we don’t take drastic steps that 50 to 75% or more of America’s Christians will abandon their faith during the soon coming End-Times period. That’s forty to seventy-five million believers turning their backs on God!
Why such a large number?
Corrie Ten Boom’s 1974 letter about the Rapture explains most of my reasoning:
There are some among us teaching there will be no tribulation, that the Christians will be able to escape all this. These are the false teachers that Jesus was warning us to expect in the latter days.
In China, the Christians were told, “Don’t worry, before the tribulation comes you will be translated – raptured.” Then came a terrible persecution. Millions of Christians were tortured to death. Later I heard a Bishop from China say, sadly, “We have failed. We should have made the people strong for persecution, rather than telling them Jesus would come first. Tell the people how to be strong in times of persecution, how to stand when tribulation comes — to stand and not faint.”
Somehow, most American believers have swallowed the same poisonous Pre-Trib Rapture doctrine and believe we won’t suffer even though Jesus said –
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved;but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened. See, I have told you beforehand.(Matthew 24:21-22, 25)
We believers are the elect. His warning was meant to inspire us to prepare ourselves ahead of time.
(Excerpt from my series, Will We End Up Being a Part of the Great Falling Away. You can read the whole series here.)
So, how will our Lord stir up His church to rid us of our rebellion, apathy and lethargy?
Bob Jones told this story about himself:
In the late 1980s, the Lord told Jones that Rev. Jimmy Swaggart would have his sexual sins publicly revealed for all to see. Jones then told his friends and his church. When the news about Swaggart was finally released in the media, Jones and his friends rejoiced and acted with festive attitudes. “We got Swaggart,” they said to one another.
The Lord also spoke to Paul Cain about Jimmy Swaggart, but Cain told no one. When Cain heard the news on TV about Swaggart’s sin being exposed, he spent the day weeping before the Lord for Swaggart, his family and the Body of Christ.
Jones later repented of his attitude and used it as an example of how “knowledge puffs us up, but love edifies all.“
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)
Let’s say that when all of the smoke settles, Joe Biden is determined to be the 46th President of the United States. Will the Christians who supported Biden follow Paul Cain’s example and weep before the Lord for the shame and pain being suffered by those Christians who supported President Trump?
Or what if Trump is declared the winner? Will the Christians who supported Trump weep before the Lord for the shame and pain of those Christians who supported Biden?
The answer to both questions is: probably not.
…You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law. (Romans 13:9b-10)
The truth is that we believers do not love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who disagree with us on doctrine, politics, race issues or whatever. Oh, we mumble a few words here and there, acting like we do, but we are quick to expose their so-called flaws without ever once considering that our love should cover their sins.
Here’s our dilemma:
On the one hand, we want the Lord to send His light and truth into all of the election processes throughout America, exposing fraud and bringing forth His justice, but on the other hand, we do not want Him to do the same for His Church.
We are caught between a rock and a hard place! And this is exactly where the Lord wants us right now.
For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17)
“We helped make a movement that went totally off the rails and, of course, politically is still going now.” (Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer)
Francis Schaeffer was a Christian theologian, pastor, author, political activist, founder of L’Abri community in Switzerland, noted intellectual, and profound speaker. He emerged as a powerful critic of American Evangelical churches and their many compromises with the world, especially abortion. He lectured, wrote books, and filmed a series of documentaries.
Schaeffer then crisscrossed America in the early 1970’s with his wife Edith and son Frank, pointing out our nation’s sins. His messages caught the attention of powerful Christian politicians: Congressman Jack Kemp, Senator Bob Dole, President Jerry Ford, Ronald Reagan, and the Bush family. These politicians believed the Republican Party needed to back Schaeffer’s ideas.
Also, during the 1970’s, Rev. Jerry Falwell, pastor and founder of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University, realized America was becoming more and more secular, moving away from its Christian roots. Although he had believed and preached for years that Christians should not be overly involved in politics, he noticed the success of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in changing America through the political process. He then traveled across the nation in his “I Love America” tour in 1976 and preached against Equal Rights Amendment, lack of prayer in schools, and abortion.
Schaeffer happened to see Falwell on a televised crusade in 1978. Schaeffer instantly recognized Falwell’s potential for building a broad fundamentalist-evangelical alliance. The two met and Schaeffer convinced Falwell that Christians needed to change America through political involvement.
From this meeting, Falwell went on to found the Moral Majority with Paul Weyrich, a Republican political activist. President Ronald Reagan stated that the Moral Majority helped put him in the White House in 1980.
The Moral Majority was eventually disbanded in 1989. Jerry Falwell stated: “Our goal has been achieved…The religious right is solidly in place and … religious conservatives in America are now in for the duration.”
I agree with Francis Schaeffer’s son Frank’s above quote, but for totally different reasons. More on that later.
But once again, what if Francis Schaeffer had never met with Rev. Jerry Falwell in 1978?
(Taken from a series I wrote in 2016: Will America Survive?)
Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer, wrote a best-selling memoir, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back.
His quote — “We helped make a movement that went totally off the rails and, of course, politically is still going now” — mainly refers to his disenchantment with Evangelical Christianity from his insider’s view of the participants.
But more on that later.
Let’s say that Francis Schaeffer was busy reading a book and didn’t watch TV the night Rev. Jerry Falwell preached at the televised crusade in 1978. Then, they probably would never have met. Then, Rev. Jerry Falwell would not have been involved in politics. Then, the Moral Majority would never have begun. Then, the Evangelicals would not have flocked to the Republican Party. Then. Then. Then. Then. Many other things would not have happened in America.
Would we be any worse off in America today if Schaeffer and Falwell had not met in 1978?
I believe the answer is a loud “NO!”
In fact, I believe we might be better off today if these two men would never have met.
Both Schaeffer and Falwell were dynamic, persuasive, intelligent believers. So, when they arrived at American Christianity’s fork in the road in the late 1970s, they set the standard for Christian leaders by choosing the much-traveled path of preaching and lecturing, which allowed them to reason with hundreds of thousands of people. Their examples spawned tens of thousands of pastors and preachers to tread on the same roads.
Almost overnight, eighteen state Moral Majority Chapters were organized with grassroots volunteers, supporting the Republican party. This probably helped elect President Ronald Reagan in 1980, but it also encamped most Evangelicals inside the GOP as lemmings following supposed Christian/conservative candidates.
The sad fact is that Christianity entered into spiritual warfare against abortion and anti-Christ attitudes by aligning itself with a political party and placing its hope in politicians. Yipes! We’re using the world’s weapons to try and defeat Satan on his battlefield and with his rulebook. It will never result in victories for Christ and His followers!
Yet, if anyone mentions that we’re heading the wrong way, tens of millions of believers will rise up and scream, “It worked for us in 1980. We just need another Ronald Reagan to change America!”
It would have been better to have suffered defeat in 1980. Then, we could have licked our wounds, sought the Lord, and learned how to fight the good fight. And anyway, almost every accomplishment of President Ronald Reagan has long since been lost…except for the political template, which we Christians drag out every four years to supposedly “take back America.”
I agree with Francis Schaeffer’s son Frank’s quote, but I believe Evangelical Christianity never had its wheels on the right track even at the beginning of the journey in 1979. However, we’re still trying to beat the rock with Moses’ worn-out staff, hoping to get water from it.
(Taken from a series I wrote in 2016: Will America Survive?)
I really believe that God is backing Donald Trump’s bid to become the Republican candidate for President of the United States.
Okay, okay, relax for a moment. Take a deep breath and then continue reading.
No doubt, it’s easy for all of us to point out Trump’s flaws and his lack of Christian credentials. What you see with Trump is pretty much what you get: a seventy-year old man with swooped back hair, wearing a Brioni suit and dripping with pride, petty anger, lack of graciousness, intelligence, and bravado. He is what he is and nothing more.
Aha, so why would God back him?
Trump is the perfect tool in God’s hands to expose the Republican Party — GOP, as in God’s Own Party — to us mostly white Evangelical Christians. And oh my! Has he ever! Trump has ripped open the underside of the Republican Party and exposed the party as a bunch of lying, conniving, manipulating, money-hungry scalawags that cares little about us believers, except for needing Evangelicals to keep them feeding at the money trough.
“Deception lasts until the faith for it is all used up.” (Francis Frangipane)
We Christians should praise God for Donald Trump. We should rejoice that our eyes are opened to the whitewashed deception that is the Republican Party and our involvement with it. We should bow on our knees and repent for placing our hopes for America in the GOP. We should then say, “Lord, what do You want us to do?”
Will Donald Trump become President of the United States? Maybe, but I do not know for sure.
Will America survive?
I believe America will survive – and may even see prosperity again – for a few more years, but we need to use this time of grace to wisely prepare for the horrible times that await us. How well we and our families handle the bad times in the future depends on our preparations now.
(Taken from a series I wrote in 2016: Will America Survive?)
Over forty years of America treading down a path of superficial spirituality has brought us to this moment of time, just seventy-two hours away from Joe Biden being inaugurated the 46th President of the United States.
How could the Lord let Evangelical Christians down? Didn’t He understand the importance of the 2020 presidential election? What about Israel? What about Planned Parenthood and abortions? What about our religious freedom? What about this? What about that?
As I mentioned in Part 1, we American Evangelical Christians look at God through our American mindsets. Most of us truly believe God has chosen to bless our nation, allowing us freedoms mostly unknown in the rest of the world because our forefathers made sacred covenants with God.
“Others may come to the New World for wealth and furs, but we have another goal, another end. We have entered into an explicit covenant with God to be His people in the New World,” said John Winthrop, leader of 700 Puritans to Massachusetts in 1631.
The Virginia Compact and the Mayflower Compact became models for our Declaration of Independence and U. S. Constitution, which most signers considered contracts with God. These forefathers wanted to be that city on a hill. They wanted to be a model of Christianity for the rest of the world to see.
So, what do we do?
Every four years, we Evangelicals remind ourselves of our national Christian birthright and then drag out our favorite Bible verse:
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Yada yada yada! Talk. Talk. Talk.
If only we would read our Bibles and check out the nation God first chose to make a covenant with: Israel.
Like America, Israel enjoyed the prosperity and blessings God bestowed on them, but sadly, Israel also wanted to be like the other nations. They wanted a king rather than God as their leader. They wanted to ignore many of God’s laws and allow each person to walk in his own ways.
How did God handle Israel’s rebellion against Him?
He sent messengers and poured out His judgments on Israel, trying to awaken them to His love for them. But the Israelites scoffed at the messengers and ignored God’s judgments. Eventually, God removed Israel from His sight.
Whoa! Wait a second! Didn’t major prophetic voices and countless others prophesy that President Trump would win reelection?
(Continued in Part 8)