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Synopsis of Mobilizing for Battle
Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from:
ISA 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles (a foreign nation) shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
Many of the words of this passage had a different meaning in the vernacular of that day. So I’d like to read it again, but with the changes of some words as found in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Listen in.
ISA 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness shall cover the earth, and gross gloom the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the a foreign nation shall come to thy illumination or happiness; and kings to the brightness of thy rising. 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be fostered as a parent at thy side. 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned over unto thee, the resources, army, and wealth, of the foreign nations shall come unto thee.
We find nothing in the history of the Jews which can be deemed a fulfillment of this prophecy in this chapter; we must conclude it relates principally to future events. We are in that future. It predicts the purity and enlargement of the church. The conversion of souls is here described. They fly to Christ, to the church, to God’s word and ordinances, as doves to their own home. They fly for refuge and shelter, and for rest. What a pleasant sight to see poor souls rushing to Christ! Get ready for a great awakening.
It was this transformation of nations that was a basis for the “manifest destiny” doctrine that motivated many of the first settlers to America. This doctrine is still a basis for the Christian culture of America. This doctrine asserts that America has a special place in the purpose of God and is therefore sanctified because of this.
This doctrine is sown throughout our history and is embedded in our most treasured documents such as The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and Bill of Rights. It is also stated in some Supreme Court decisions. Is this true? Does America have a special place in the destiny of God? In Scripture, there is a difference between those who have a covenant with God and those who are dedicated to God.
The only nations in Scripture that have a covenant with God are Israel and the holy nation that is often called “spiritual Israel”, that is: the Church. Even so, the things dedicated to the Lord are considered holy, and they could not be used for profane purposes or a curse would come upon those who did. This is why America, which was dedicated to God, a dedication that was affirmed by the Founding Fathers, cannot get away with things that other nations might without suffering judgment.
America may be dedicated to the Lord and blessed only to the degree that we walk in His ways that He prescribed for all nations. Even so, that blessing from our dedication can also turn into a curse if we turn from the ways of the Lord, which America has been doing for the last half century. The pace of our departure from His ways is accelerating now. Even so, there is still time to change our present trajectory and become a nation blessed and protected by the Lord once again.
If we do not have another Great Awakening in America, a revival that revives His people until they become the salt and light they are called to be, the Republic could be lost very soon. Let us also keep in mind that even if our Republic is lost and our nation crumbles like the rest of those that were not built on a foundation that could endure the shaking which is now upon us, the kingdom is growing in the earth—our true home if we are in Christ.
Rick Joyner wrote about 25 years ago in his book, The Harvest, is that the nations that were then under the yoke of communism would enjoy increasing liberty, while the nations that had known freedom and democracy would be brought into increasing bondage. This has happened and is continuing. America lost more of its liberty in the first 100 days of this administration than it has lost in the last 100 years. With the implementation of the Health Care Bill, every American will be wearing a terrible yoke from the government. Freedom in America is being lost much faster than it ever seemed possible.
One major demarcation point will be between those who are putting more and more of their trust in government and those who are growing in faith in the Lord.
We will address this in a little more depth as we continue to examine how we are called to prepare the way for the Lord and His kingdom. As we in America approach one of the most important elections in our lifetime, I find many Christians are still conflicted about their choice for President. Many are conflicted about their choice for a political party. As a minister, I consider it a responsibility to address this issue that will impact so many of the Lord’s people.
First, many Christians do not understand how any Christian could be a political liberal. Others do not understand how a Christian could be a political conservative. To understand means to “stand under” someone else’s position. So regardless of which of these we are, let’s at least make an effort to understand those who have a different position.
The two most diabolical governments in history came from the extreme right, the fascists, and the extreme left, the communists. Both were socialists (the Nazis were called “National Socialism”, and socialism can be found on the right and the left. This would require a book to elaborate on, but socialism is basically the result of seeing man to be the answer to our problems in place of turning to God and seeking His ways. This was the root of the Tower of Babel in Genesis, which is the root of the prophetic Babylon in the Book of Revelation.
As Christians, we must base our beliefs and actions on Scripture alone, not by how we are treated or mistreated. The Lord Himself warned that His followers would be rejected and even hated because of Him, so it should not surprise us when it happens. He also commanded us to love everyone, and to even love our enemies. Bro. Dick, how do we do that?
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