Monday, April 3, 2017

The Mystery of the Triangle

Shalom, to you my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission…
The Cyrus Factor
Scripture: Ps. 25:9
See Message: The Harbinger Of Baal
In last month’s Sapphires, I wrote of the surprise of 2016 - the stunning outcome in the presidential election that shocked almost all of the world’s governments and most of the world’s people – the election of Donald Trump. In this issue, I will begin to speak of its significance.
Where was God in the election of 2016? First: He clearly allowed it. Second: In Scripture, God’s hand is often seen in the overturning of probability; when something appears to be against all odds, a David against Goliath; the armies of Israel against far greater forces; twelve disciples of a Jewish rabbi overcoming the might of the Roman Empire. The election of Donald Trump, without question, went against all odds.
2016 was not only a surprising year, but a troubling one. Many sincere believers were torn over Donald Trump. He certainly had not lived the life of a believer nor had he exemplified many Christian values. In many ways, his life spoke in the opposite direction. Could God use such a man and such a life?
The answer from Scripture is clearly yes. God used the Persian and pagan king Cyrus for the sake of His people Israel and the fiery ungodly warrior Jehu to shake a government and nation to end the dynasty of Ahab and Jezebel and the priests of Baal.
If so, then what could be the purpose of a Donald Trump? We know clearly what would have happened had the Democrats won. It was all there in the Democratic platform. The Hyde Amendment would have been struck down causing our tax dollars to go directly to the killing of the unborn. The government’s anti-biblical agenda, the endorsement of immorality, the oppressing and punishing of those who stood for God’s word, and the indoctrination of the nation’s children against the ways of God would not only have continued, but would have deepened and accelerated. It threatened to seal America’s future against the word of God. Indeed, as I wrote last month, the Democratic presidential candidate demanded that “deep-seated religious beliefs be changed so that abortion could expand.” Regardless of what one feels about Donald Trump, his election turned the political and governmental landscape upside down and gave hope that none of these were inevitable and that there could even be a turning back.
And something else happened: he began to surround himself with believers, from his vice president, Mike Pence, to members of his cabinet, to Christian ministers and leaders serving as his counsel. And we have even received confirmation that several key members of his campaign have read or are reading The Harbinger.
This issue is so important that I will continue to share in Sapphires next month as to the prophetic implications, the warning, and the call we have in the days ahead. In the meantime, are we to place our hope in politics, government, a party, or a man? No. But we are to and we must now pray for the new president, that he will fully yield himself to the will and leading of God. And above all, we must pray for revival.
This month, intercede as God’s priest for America, that this revival would come. And may God greatly bless you as you do!

Your brother and co-laborer
in His love and service,

Thursday, March 2, 2017

J. Cahn , PIPB 1.20.17 (Photo: Na Navi Gallery/ajmu)
Restoration and windows of grace: Jesus and Trump
Exclusive: Joseph Farah asks if God has given U.S. 'a refrain from imminent judgment'
As someone who has studied Bible prophecy for most of my life, I have been bemused by some of what I have considered over-the-top, sensational proclamations and assertions by fellow believers about Donald Trump being God’s chosen one for a time such as this.
As much as I am thrilled with most everything I’ve seen from the new White House – from the key appointments, to the first priorities, to the consistency in actions, to the tenacity and steadfastness of his heart, honestly, I’ve had trouble swallowing that Trump is God’s Cyrus for the “restoration” of America’s greatness.
In addition, in my new book, The Restitution of All Things, I take a close look at the ultimate restoration of planet earth – what happens when Jesus comes back and what it will be like during His Kingdom.
Then someone posed this question to me: “Where do Jonathan Cahn’s insights fit in with the Trump revolution?”
It made me think.
People who read what I write consistently know what a profound impact Jonathan Cahn’s teachings have had on me personally over the last five years. When I read “The Harbinger,” it was like a life-shaking revelation. It gave me a profound new understanding of the importance of repentance in the life of a nation. It prompted a redirection of my life with a new emphasis on the spiritual things and less on the political.
Don’t get me wrong. I understood the necessity of repentance in the life of each individual. It was a matter of life and death. But there was something in the way Cahn explained 2 Chronicles 7:14 that gave me, I believe, with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, a subtle new way to understand what this meant for nation-states like Israel and America.
It was as simple as this: God was not expecting the populations of entire nations suddenly to turn to Him. Rather, He was expecting – and possibly demanding – that believers in those nations do so, if they wanted to see their countries saved from imminent judgment. It’s a familiar pattern throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.
That seemed reasonable – and hopeful.
And I absolutely believe America has been on the brink of imminent judgment.
Before I move on, let me ask you: Did you believe that, too? If so, do you think it’s possible that Jonathan Cahn’s profound wake-up call issued in “The Harbinger” and “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment” and his other best-selling works may have been more successful than we thought – leading to a respite for America, a Sabbath rest, if you will, a refrain from imminent judgment, a window of grace?
Cahn’s teachings, books, television appearances and movies have prompted continuously the forming of prayer movements in churches, in para-church ministries and networks across the country. There have been annual days of prayer and repentance with, by all accounts, the participation of hundreds of thousands – maybe far more.
I’m entertaining this idea right now in attempting to answer that question from a reader – as well as my own curiosity and longing to know what’s happening in America – a seemingly shocking, perhaps miraculous, megashift.
I’m not forming a conclusion, nor jumping to one.
Clearly, there is only one restitution of all things in the Bible. It’s what all the prophets from Creation forward point to with hope. It’s what I have been researching continuously for several years.
But there are many examples of windows of grace in the history of the Israel and through the history of the world. I strongly suspect we may be experiencing one of the latter right now.
The dizzying pace of Trump’s complete reversal of the very policies that seemed to be dragging America down into imminent judgment is, after all, remarkable. Who would have predicted it? Did it seem even in the realm of possibility in the near term – in 2017?

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