Prayer Targets J.Q. Adams; DC Oppression; Navy Abuse; RFRA’s; San Antonio; Iran Letter; Marriage

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Pr 28:4

Dear Praying Friends,

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), son of President John and Abigail Adams, was our sixth U.S. President (1825-1829). A distinguished statesman, Adams became the only U.S. President to retire and run for the House of Representatives, where for 17 more years he led the fight to end human slavery. Excerpts from his July 4, 1837 Independence Day Speech to the people of Newburyport, Mass.:

Why is it that [Christians with contradictory doctrinal views] unite with all their brethren… year after year,” in celebrating this, the birthday of the nation? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence… laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

The object of this Declaration was two-fold. First, to proclaim the People of the thirteen United Colonies, one People, and in their name, and by their authority, to dissolve the political bands which had connected them with another… A Nation was born at once! Well, indeed, may such a day be commemorated by such a Nation… But whether as a day of festivity and joy, or of humiliation and mourning… depends [after many years], not so much upon the responsibilities of those who brought the Nation forth, as upon the moral, political and intellectual character of the present generation…

The sovereign authority, conferred by the Declaration upon the people of each of the Colonies, could not extend to the exercise of any power inconsistent with that Declaration itself… [It] was at once a social compact of the whole People of the Union, embracing thirteen distinct communities united in one, and a manifesto proclaiming themselves one Nation, possessed of all the attributes of sovereign power….one People consisting of thirteen free and independent States, was new in the history of the world.

The Declaration implicitly denied the unlimited nature of sovereignty. By the affirmation that the principal of the natural rights of mankind are unalienable, it placed them beyond the reach of organized human power; and by affirming that governments are instituted to secure them, and may and ought to be abolished if they become destructive of those ends, they made all government subordinate to the moral supremacy of the People.

The Declaration itself did not even announce the States as sovereign, but as united, free and independent, and having power to do all acts and things which independent States may of right do. It acknowledged, therefore, a rule of rights paramount to the power of independent States itself, and virtually disclaimed all power to do wrong. This was a novelty in the moral philosophy of nations, and it is the essential point of difference between the system of government announced in the Declaration… and those systems which had until then prevailed among men. A moral Ruler of the universe, the Governor and Controller of all human power, is the only unlimited sovereign acknowledged by the Declaration… and it claims for the United States of America, when assuming their equal station among the nations of the earth, only the power to do all that may be done of right.

All the legislators of the human race, until that day [held] sovereignty to be unlimited and illimitable. The Declaration… proclaimed… a law of resistance against sovereign power, when wielded for oppression. A law ascending to the tribunal of the universal lawgiver and judge. A law of right, binding upon nations as well as individuals, upon sovereigns as well as upon subjects. By that law the colonists resisted their sovereign. By that law… they appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of their intentions, and neither claimed nor conferred authority to do anything but of right (Read Complete speech at Library of Congress).

Adams went on to excoriate the sin of the Union’s failure to live up to the Declaration by ending human slavery, warning of civil war and the high cost to future generations, foremost, the failure to fulfill that mission of Jesus Christ. He ended his speech with what was, in essence, an altar call to repentance.

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Prayer Targets: Communism; Israel; ObamaNet; Bonhoeffer Moment; RFRA’s; Prayer Days; Ceaseless Prayer

Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 1 Kg 16:20

President Reagan, a focused anti-communist, said, of W. Cleon Skousen’s 1958 book, The Naked Communist, “No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you’ll be glad you heard him.” I’ve previously quoted former FBI Agent Skousen’s riveting book and his list of 45 strategic communist goals to bring down America. Here are just 17 of the 45 (see all 45 goals, Book Reviews):

  1. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
  2. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
  3. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism… Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
  4. Infiltrate the press… Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.
  5. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of (true) artistic expression… “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive meaningless art.”
  6. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
  7. Present homosexuality… and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”
  8. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and …the need for… a “religious crutch.”
  9. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
  10. Discredit the…Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations… .
  11. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats…
  12. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
  13. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions and…big business.
  14. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
  15. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
  16. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
  17. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

This demonically-inspired strategy has destroyed much good in our culture and brought much evil. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Pr 14:34; see also Ps 9:17). We now have myriad new enemies motivated by other false doctrines who are similarly bent on destroying whatever good remains in our culture from the influence of Christianity (Watch this 6-minute video by Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA, Ret.). I urge you also to view the online video of last Saturday’s South Carolina National Security Summit. It is riveting!)

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Prayer Targets: Prayer & Fasting for Marriage; HHS Mandate; Human Trafficking; Marine Chaplain; More

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:25-31 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4

Andreas J. Kostenberger is the Director of Ph.D. Studies and Professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) and founding president of Biblical Foundations, which aim toward “restoring the biblical foundations of the home, the church, and society.” He writes:

Incredible as it may seem, we can no longer assume that people in our culture understand what the proper definition of “marriage” and “the family” is. Not only is this a sad commentary on the impact of same-sex marriage activists on our society, it also shows how the culture’s memory of the biblical tradition on which it is based is fading fast…marriage and the family are institutions under siege today. Only a return to the biblical foundation of these God-given institutions will reverse the decline of marriage and the family in our culture… What Is Marriage? It is a covenant, a sacred bond between a man and a woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God and normally consummated by sexual (intimacy). God’s plan for the marriage covenant involves at least … five vital principles:

(1)Permanence: Marriage is intended to be permanent, since it was established by God (Mt 19:6; Mk 10:9). Marriage represents a serious commitment that should not be entered into lightly or unadvisedly. It involves a solemn promise or pledge, not merely to one’s marriage partner, but before God. Divorce is not permitted except in a very limited number of biblically prescribed circumstances…

(2)Sacredness: Marriage is not merely a human agreement between two consenting individuals (“civil union”); it is a relationship before and under God (Gen 2:22). Hence, “same-sex marriage” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. Since Scripture universally condemns homosexual relationships… God will never sanction a marital bond between two members of the same sex.

(3)Intimacy: Marriage is the most intimate of all human relationships, uniting a man and a woman in a “one-flesh” union (Gen 2:23 -25). Marriage involves “leaving” one’s family of origin and “being united” to one’s spouse, which signifies the establishment of a new family unit distinct from the two originating families. While “one flesh” suggests sexual intercourse and normally procreation, at its very heart the concept entails the establishment of a new kinship relationship between two previously unrelated individuals (and families) by the most intimate of human bonds.

(4)Mutuality: Marriage is a relationship of free self-giving of one human being to another (Eph 5:25-30). Marriage partners are to be first and foremost concerned about the wellbeing of the other person and committed to each other in steadfast love and devotion. This involves forgiveness and restoration of relationship in the case of sin. Mutuality, however, does not mean sameness in role. Scripture is clear that wives are to submit to their husbands and to serve as their “suitable helpers,” while husbands are to bear the ultimate responsibility for the marriage before God (Eph 5:22-24; Col 3:18; see also Gen 2:18, 20).

(5)Exclusiveness: Marriage is not only permanent, sacred, intimate, and mutual; it is also exclusive (Gen 2:22-25; 1 Cor 7:2-5). This means that no other human relationship must interfere with the marriage commitment between husband and wife. For this reason, Jesus treated sexual immorality of a married person, including even a husband’s lustful thoughts, with utmost seriousness (Mt 5:28; 19:9). For the same reason, premarital sex is also illegitimate, since it violates the exclusive claims of one’s future spouse. As the Song of Solomon makes clear, only in the secure context of an exclusive marital bond can free and complete giving of oneself in marriage take place. http://www.frc.org/brochure/the-bibles-teaching-on-marriage-and-family

Marriage is holy, the image of Christ’s union with His Bride, an image being debauched in America. Because we love God and neighbor, we must stand up boldly for marriage. God will judge all who violate the holy estate of marriage, how much more a nation that discards His building block for every fruitful society? May we give ourselves to unceasing prayer for the U.S. Supreme Court!

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“God Save the United States and This Honorable Court!”

The soon to be considered, all-important Marriage Case

A Prayer Strategy

“God save the United States and this honorable court” is the statement that has started every Supreme Court session for the last 100+ years.  Today we must pray… save the Supreme Court and our nation, or save us from this court as they decide the legal fate of marriage.

Who Will Stand in the Gap for Marriage at the 11th Hour?  The next few months… Feb – June 2015 could very well be last stand for the integrity of biblical marriage in America.  The Supreme Court will hear four same sex marriage cases this term that may well put the last nail in the coffin of marriage as a God ordained foundation of society.

The battle to preserve marriage has now run its course.  The biblical view of marriage has been successfully marginalized so much that…

Supreme Court to rule on 4 Same Sex Marriage Cases

From Supreme Court (SCOTUS) website & blog

February 27, 2015 – Same Sex Couples file briefs
March 27 – States lawyers file briefs – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee
April 17 – Same Sex couples lawyers file responses
April 20 through 29 – Oral Arguments for all cases
June 2015 – Decision handed down

The focus of the Court’s review will be a decision issued in early November by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that upheld bans on same sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  Thus the Supreme Court will be addressing the only Court of Appeals that upheld state amendment bans against same sex marriage.  This is significant because it’s really the last hope of upholding state rights to domestic marriage because the Supreme Court settled a fundamental issue in a summary ruling in 1972 in the case of Baker v. Nelson where they ruled that the federal courts have no jurisdiction to rule on matters of domestic relations, including marriage in the states.  That means that the regulation of marriage has to be left to the states to decide.  So it appears to me that their decision here would either support or throw out state rights to domestic law as well as confirming appellate court rulings making same sex marriage the law of the land in the United States of America. (Read Full Article)

Let’s be clear, in legalizing gay marriage, we are seeing the pinnacle of secularist “living constitution” thinking.   Cal Thomas explained in a recent article,

Secular progressives believe in a “living Constitution” that constantly “evolves” to serve the people.
The Founders (and Blackstone) believed the people are best served when they conform to laws established by God.  Blackstone was a contemporary of America’s Founders, the founders referred to him more than any other English or American authority. It wasn’t until the middle of the last century that the Supreme Court began repudiating Blackstone and started making law and creating rights.   As noted on the website Blackstone Legal Fellowship, “Blackstone called this concept (of endowed rights) ‘ultra vires,’ which means it is beyond the authority of man to write a law that violates God’s law. Blackstone also said that law is fixed, it is uniform, and it is universal. It does not change based on who the president is, or who holds judicial positions. It is the same law for everyone at all times and in all places.”

Now if you call yourself a bible believing follower of Jesus Christ, know this.  This has all happened on our watch.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  1 Cor 16:13

Twenty one Egyptian Christians (and many others) preferred to have their heads chopped off rather than deny their faith in Christ.  Meanwhile here in land of the free and the home of the brave, marriage, the fundamental witness of Christ and his church to the world, has been thoroughly adulterated, with even the President of the United States advocating for same-sex marriage, using his pen, his website and his bully pulpit to push it.  But we can’t blame the president for this one.  It’s been in process since before no-fault divorce which became the law in California in 1969.  As one brother said recently… it’s as if we want to become Sodom and Gomorrah.

How many hours have you spent on your knees crying out to God about it?  Well the Lord impressed on me recently to tell everyone that you get one last chance and then it’s time for the full “Harbinger” effect to hit America.

It’s not like people have not been praying about the marriage debacle.  But since we are at the 11th hour, and we truly need a miracle for marriage to survive, perhaps we should take a minute and ask the Lord why our prayers have gone unanswered?

Is there any God-given strategy that might turn this battle at the United States Supreme Court when it appears all is lost?

As you consider your role as a prayer warrior for marriage over the next several months, picture yourself standing before God and the subject comes up about taking a public stand for Christ in Matthew 10…

32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Additional info…   Two sitting Supreme Court Justices have officiated same sex weddings

In Sept 2014 Justice Elena Kagan officiated a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater director Molly Smith.

***A prayer point: If those two justices simply recused themselves… we would probably win the cases due to majority vote.

Federal appellate courts have already overturned state marriage amendments in many states, so this is it.

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Ten Reasons I’m Asking God to Intervene to Save Marriage

  1. His Word defines marriage and God’s definition of marriage is worth fighting for.  Since all other means of fighting for the legal definition of marriage are exhausted, only the Lord can intervene.
  2. I genuinely care about homosexuals and fear for their souls.
  3. As a man of God, I believe God calls me to protect my family, my community, and my country against evil and spiritual darkness.
  4. Legal Precedent – When the U.S. Courts legalize gay marriage they granting special rights to individuals, violating religious freedoms, and I believe there will be major consequences.  We are already seeing the beginning of it… and it will get much worse.
  5. Love – Accepting and celebrating a sinful relationship is not loving those individuals.
  6. Children – I believe it’s heartbreaking to force children to grow up in same sex households.  It’s a lie to teach children that the “marriage” of two men is the same as their mother and father’s marriage.  Yet that is what public schools must now do regardless of how parents feel about it.
  7. I believe that the biblical marriage covenant is sacred and the bedrock of a stable society.
    Eph 5:25 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.  27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.
  8. We are commanded to pray for our leaders.  And they are about to codify a huge mistake.
      I Tim 2 tells us to pray for our leaders.
  9. It will take a miracle to save marriage at this point.
      Isa 43:11 “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.”
  10. God beckons us to bring these type of cases before him.
    Isa 43 25-26 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.  Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.”

When the courts turned away from Blackstone, they turned away from our first principles, our Founding Fathers, and the Declaration of Independence which all agree that  “rights come from God”.

Learn more about how America abandoned William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law.

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Derek Packard, long-time award winning Producer & Director  for broadcast and internet (video and live), is a leader in the nation’s prayer movement connected with Men for Nations.

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Prayer Targets: Dave Butts; Netanyahu Warning; Charlotte SOGI; Alabama Court; SCOTUS & Obamacare

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith… 1 Peter 5:8-9

Dear Praying Friends:

Dave Butts is chairman of the National Prayer Committee (NPC), president of Harvest Prayer Ministries, and a leader in many other national groups. In 1991, Rev. Butts wrote A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer:

It is very easy to allow our attention to be diverted back to what we call “normal.” Unfortunately, “normal” often means life without God and without a dependence upon Him in prayer. I believe it is vital for us to hold on to our first response…the response of prayer.

The Church desperately needs to both issue and respond to a new call for extraordinary prayer. Extraordinary prayer goes beyond the normal expectations of the past. It is prayer that can bring God’s power to bear on a whole new world facing us–a world of uncertainty, fear and war.

The Bible records times of extraordinary prayer like this. One good example occurred in the Book of Esther. The crisis there concerned the lives of every Jew held captive in Babylon. A decree had been issued that would result in genocide for the Jews. Queen Esther was going to risk her life by going to the King on behalf of her people; however, before she went, she called her people to three days of prayer and fasting for her mission. Extraordinary prayer brought about extraordinary deliverance.

The Book of Ezra gives another good example of extraordinary prayer. Ezra… preparing to lead a group of the exiles back from Babylon to Jerusalem (realized the danger and) that they should not merely presume upon God’s protection. So he called the people to humble themselves and pray and fast over the journey. God heard their prayers and gave them safe passage…

Charles H. Spurgeon, was used by God to bring many into the Kingdom and in the process, a large church was built in London. He challenged his people to extraordinary prayer… He wrote… “Have we not tried to preach without trying to pray? Is it not likely that the church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? O Dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer, and it shall come to pass that (we) shall witness the sighs and groans of the penitent and the songs of the converted”…

In the United States, the Great Awakenings came in response to Christians gathering for extraordinary prayer… Robert Bakke in his wonderful book, The Power of Extraordinary Prayer writes, “It was born out of convictions that say with certainty that, regardless of how bright or dark the hour we live in, God is about to do something greater than He’s ever done before… A great and lucid vision of Christ’s earthly reign was before their eyes–with (people in every nation) united… before the throne of God… It was a compelling vision that would not let Christians rest or let go of God until the rule of God held sway in every aspect of life.”

Has your church made a decision to pray extraordinarily for the working of God’s power? The key … was for Christians to gather together for times of extraordinary prayer–as was the practice of the early Church (see Acts 2:42-47; 4:17-37).

We are living in times that are not “normal.” What has been normal for us in our prayer life and experience of Christianity will not suffice for this hour. God is calling us to extraordinary prayer! How will you respond? (Dave Butts, A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer, 1991, abridged).

The urgency of Dave’s timeless message has grown exponentially. May we all hear and respond!!!

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Prayer Targets: Franklin Graham; Government and Sexual Sin; SOGI’s, RFRA’s, Watchmen on the Wall

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints… Ephesians 5:3

Dear Praying Friends,

As a young man, Franklin Graham rebelled against his faith and fled his father’s footsteps but later returned wholeheartedly to Christ. Through faith, faithfulness and hard work, over time, he rose to become Chairman of Samaritan’s Purse and later the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Graham is a powerful spokesman for Bible-believing Christians across America, courageously addressing the issues of our day with plain biblical truth.

The sexual revolution that began in earnest five decades ago with promises of new and liberating sexual freedoms has instead left behind a shattered moral landscape that has undermined the fabric and foundation of our nation. Casting off what was perceived as the puritanical restraints of previous generations, the ’60s and ’70s launched a new era of sexual experimentation…

The new thinking said cohabitation wasn’t really a problem. Divorce wasn’t nearly as harmful as once thought. Promiscuity presented no clear and present danger to the family unit. Same-sex attraction was perfectly normal. Pornography was little cause for concern. Indeed, an entire industry developed around its spurious allure.

Fifty years later… in many respects the American family is completely unrecognizable, courtesy of a failed sexual revolution that has left a devastating wake of destruction.

In certain segments of American culture, more than 70 percent of children are born to single parents and remain in single-parent households… Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, and couples who cohabitate before marriage are even more likely to split. Some studies show that … pornography available on the Internet has likely contributed to the declining marriage rate.

The freedoms promised by the sexual revolution have instead given way to ever increasing slavery and captivity to sin. The attempt to cast off moral restraint has only opened wide the devil’s destructive, deadly toolbox… (2 Pet 2:19)…

The pervasive, immoral reach of popular media, which actively promotes every type of sexual misconduct imaginable, constantly agitates against the biblical norms of upright, godly behavior.

The Scripture is clear: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you. … For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral… has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph 5:3, 5)…

God’s laws and commands are given for our good. Sexuality is a gift from God to be used within His wise restraints. Like the levees that hold back mighty rivers from destructive floods, God’s Word and ways are designed to keep our thoughts, passions and desires in godly bounds…

“The body is not meant for sexual immorality,” wrote the Apostle Paul…”but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Cor 6:13)… To flaunt His design is, in essence, to commit idolatry by prizing and delighting in what God hates.

Our culture, like ancient cultures that ultimately were destroyed in large part due to their own moral depravity, has been severely weakened. A stable family unit committed to the truth and precepts of the Bible was once the foundation and backbone of our nation. That model is now the exception, not the rule… The earth, about to be judged by the King of kings and Lord of lords, has become completely intoxicated by wanton pleasures. “For all the nations have drunk … of her (Babylon’s) sexual immorality” (Rev 18:3)…

There is still time to repent. That is why Jesus is delaying His return, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). My prayer is that we do not refuse that offer while there is still time (Franklin Graham, The Plague of Sexual Immorality; Decision Magazine, Feb. 2015)

Sexual sins harm everyone: children, teens, women, and indeed all of society, not just the “consenting adults” (see FRC’s Labyrinth of Love, Ambivalence and Sex).

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Prayer Targets: Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim; Holy War; Alabama Marriage; Rekindling the Dream

For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall … deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

Dear Praying Friends,

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim is the chairman of Intercessors for Israel (IFI). He travels worldwide to preach, teach, pray and leads prayer teams to strategic locations to share Jesus — Yeshua, defend Israel, and call Jewish people to make Aliyah (emigrate to Israel), to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. From IFI’s December issue of Sound of the Shofar:

Tumultuous Times Are Upon Us: 75 – 80 years ago the Jewish people were under attack not just in Germany but in many nations around the world including the USA. Just a few months ago we saw demonstrations in many capitols of Europe and in some American cities calling for “Death to the Jews!” “Cut their throats!” and “Hitler was right!” This is a gross failure to learn the lesson of history from the Nazis and WWII (Ben-Haim wrote this before the horrific Islamist murder of Jews at a Deli in France).

Hatred of the Jews is once again blooming as an evil, poisonous flower. This world ruler of anti-Semitism is once again prowling the earth and being welcomed almost everywhere he goes.

The demonstrations we have seen all over the world reveal the truth. These demonstrators are not just anti-Israel, they hate the Jews. This is anti-Semitism pure and simple… Anti-Semitism did not start with Hitler; it did not even originate in Europe but it has infected Europe and Europeans for more than a thousand years.

During the Second World War representatives of the world wide Jewish community appealed to the American and British Governments to bomb Auschwitz and they were refused. Now the British Parliament has voted (a non-binding motion) to recognize a Palestinian State as have (at the time of writing), the Spanish, French, Irish and Belgian Parliaments. Sweden has already recognized a Palestinian State. The hostility of the Obama administration in the USA towards the Israeli Government has come out into the open in a rather ugly way. It seems that American Secretary of State Kerry and the European Union leaders really are obsessed with forging some kind of deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Anti-Semitism will likely be the passion that unites the world in the last days. It will be the spark that plunges the world into a murderous and blood-thirsty darkness that will only end with the return of the Lord. After all, all the nations will not come up against Jerusalem because they love us. (Zechariah 14:2; Jeremiah 12:14-17).

(Ben-Haim documents broken promises harm done to Israel by her supposed friends, including the U.S. Read the article and weep. We have failed Israel repeatedly in moments of crisis).

Now we are waiting to see if American promises to prevent Iran’s becoming a nuclear weapons state are worth the paper that they are printed on (He goes on to document more historic and ongoing abuses of Israel and the Jewish people, then speaks of the March 17, 2015 Election).

The Israeli left is running on a platform of “Anyone but Bibi”… Ntanyahu is under tremendous pressure over his decision to speak to the US Congress on the threat of a nuclear threshold Iranian nation and of Islamic terrorism. He is being attacked by Israeli and American politicians and Jewish leaders, as well as by most of the left-wing media… Pray for Israel and PM Netanyahu (see Sound of the Shofar; Update & Prayer Points)

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Prayer Targets: Unalienable; SCOTUS Opens Texas Clinics; Pastors Subpoenaed; Baghdad; iPledge

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8

Dear Praying Friends,

In last week’s Prayer Targets, I introduced Rev. Richard Owen Roberts’ Unalienable Rights. He wrote, “God Himself instituted and regulated human government… designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created.” Our forefathers saw as self-evident the transcendent truths enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: 1) that we are the product of a Creator; 2) that the Creator rules by natural and revealed law; 3) that He alone grants unalienable rights, including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; <4) that He is the Supreme Judge of the World and thus the final arbiter to whom we appeal our cause; and 5) we should rely on His Providence completely. These truths provide the foundation of our nation.

Supreme Court Helps Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open – On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to prevent Texas from implementing a new law that requires abortion clinic doctors 1) to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and 2) to meet the same building standards required of all other “ambulatory surgical centers.” Insiders say that, at least for Planned Parenthood, the decision to close clinics is strictly a business decision and that implementing the regulations would reduce profit margins — their real motive for operating abortion clinics. The Supreme Court reinstated a U.S. District Court ruling that declared these provisions unconstitutional. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had overruled the District court, allowing the law to take effect while the state appealed the district court ruling. The Supreme Court reversed it again, sending it back to the Circuit Court for further litigation, but without any guarantee they would take up the case again if it found its way back.

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Prayer Targets: Godly Government; Despot Courts; Pastors; Jerusalem; Pentecost Walk; iPledge Sunday!

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Romans 1:18-19

Dear Praying Friends,

Richard Owen Roberts is founder of International Awakening Ministries (see R.O. Roberts Trust). He studied at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminary and pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. Since 1975, he and his family have lived near Wheaton College, Ill., where his collection of 9,000+ books relating to historic revivals and awakenings serves as nucleus of the Billy Graham Center Library. He has written extensively on these topics:

The sacred record makes clear that God Himself instituted and regulated human government… it was designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created.

The founding fathers… understood that government had the capacity to hamper or restrict the rights with which God Himself had endowed His people. Many… had personally experienced the destruction of their own rights by oppressive rulers. It was their profound conviction that when this happened, government should be either altered or abolished and replaced by a new government.

We need to realize that whenever government seeks to grant rights to individuals and classes that God Himself has not endowed, and whenever this granting of rights by humans to humans impinges upon the rights that the Almighty has reserved for Himself, that government ceases to be of God. Neither is it any longer truly for the people, for the best interest of the governed can never be served by a government which elevates itself to the stature of God. When this happens, either the people themselves will alter or abolish their corrupt government, or God will, in His own time and way, accomplish that nation’s destruction.

God has… revealed the specific areas in which He will… control the rights affecting man. These restricted areas were long weighed, regarded, and yielded to by the American people. They are set forth in the Ten Commandments which were, in the early years of our nation, a prominent part of every schoolroom. Their principles were incorporated into our national laws and into the laws of our several states. Included in the realms where God never endowed man with a right of choice are His restrictions on man’s relationship to Himself, the taking of human life, the use of sex, the appropriation of the private property of others, and the regulation of truth and falsehood.

God Alone Is to Be Worshipped – When God endowed man with certain unalienable rights, He did not include the right to worship any god he chose or no god at all. God never granted man the right to worship the god of his own imagination. The God who made man has always insisted that the creature worship and serve his Creator. There is but one true and living God. He, and He alone, is to be worshipped and served. This nation was built on the conviction that there is a Creator God whose mercy is necessary to the well-being of all its peoples. There is no reason to suppose that it was ever the intention of the founding fathers of this nation to grant the freedom to future generations of Americans to make gods of their own imaginations, to worship and serve what they made, and thus to turn this nation from Christianity to paganism. The religious freedom granted by our national documents was not freedom to be irreligious. What was guaranteed was the freedom of every denomination of Christians to practice Christianity according to the dictates of their own consciences. All that was to be required of them was that they demean themselves peaceably and as good subjects of the nation. Our fathers guaranteed that no sect or denomination should ever be established by law, but it was absolutely not their intent to guarantee the right of the godless to turn the nation away from the Christianity upon which it was founded and into a cesspool of iniquitous infidelity. (Unalienable Rights, 1993 – read more at Herald of His Coming).

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For the Pillars of the Earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the World upon them. 1 Sam 2:8

Dear Praying Friends:

Dr. Ellis Sandoz is Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University, his alma mater (B.A, 1951; M.A, 1953). The first sermon from Sandoz’s collection of political sermons from the founding era, entitled, “Government the Pillar of The Earth,” was delivered on August 13, 1730 before the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, Jonathan Belcher, by Boston Pastor Benjamin Colman. The text was from 1 Samuel 2:1-10:

Hanna could not have spoken with more loftiness and majesty; more authority and command — to the nobles, rulers, captains and mighty men; … She celebrates the Lord God of Israel, his unspotted purity, his almighty power, his unsearchable wisdom, and his unerring justice…

“He maketh poor and maketh rich, He bringeth low and lifteth up: He raiseth up the poor out of Dust, and lifteth up the Beggar from the Dunghill; to set them among Princes, and make them inherit the Throne of Glory; For the Pillars of the Earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the World upon them.”

Thus my text is introduced as a reason for those dispensations of God towards a person, a family, or a people… We see then that the natural earth has no pillars, in any proper sense; Neither has the moral earth, (i.e. the inhabitants of it) any, but in a metaphorical sense: And so the princes and rulers of it are called it’s pillars… the text explains it self… speaks of the Bows of the mighty Men, and of the Thrones of Princes, and then adds — the Pillars of the Earth… We are to understand this to mean governors and rulers among men; but not the persons that bear rule, so much as the order itself, government and magistracy. For the persons may be weak and slender reeds, little able of themselves to bear up anything…

The Great God has made the governments and rulers of the earth it’s pillars, and has set the world upon them… Magistrates need be strong, for government is a great weight; and it is laid upon their shoulders. Pillars are also for ornament…those in power and magistracy are to be adorned with superior gifts, powers and beauties of mind to adorn the offices which they sustain… by employing their superior wisdom and knowledge, skill and prudence, discretion and judgment for the public good… Wisdom is both strength and beauty, a defense and ornament.

But then, is the pillar for ornament only? Integrity, uprightness, faithfulness added to knowledge and wisdom, makes men strong and beautiful pillars, whether in church or state. Every man is ready to proclaim his own Goodness; but a faithful Man who can find? Pr 20 … David, that pillar of Israel, came into the government with that noble purpose and resolution, Ps 75. When I shall receive the Congregation, I will judge uprightly. So he fed them in the integrity of his heart, and led them by the skillfulness of his hands. God’s righteousness and faithfulness, justice and judgment, are the foundation of his everlasting government, the habitation of his throne (The entire sermon may be read online at The Belcher Foundation Website. See Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805, 2 vols., Ellis Sandoz, 1998).

Those who govern are vitally important in God’s economy. Scripture charges us, as Jethro did Moses, to select people: “such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” (Ex 18:21). We must know the candidates and consider supporting those we believe meet God’s test. How must God look upon nearly half of all American Christians who do not vote in presidential years and even less vote in the midterms like this year – the consequences of their inaction being the election of officials who impose upon our nation abortion, same-sex “marriage,” anti-Christian oppression and other evils? As Election Day approaches, we must make sure we are registered to vote, make sure at least two friends are registered, get to know the candidates, help inform our friends and families on the issues, and this time, vote biblical values! Visit 123Vote.com for more and take the 1-2-3 Vote pledge!

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