HISTORY PROVES GOD RESPONDS WHEN NATIONS REPENT

In the year 1849 in the United States a major cholera epidemic broke out and quickly spread. Soon  more than 150,000 died.  The death rate was far higher than today’s covid19.  In response President Zachary Taylor called for a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer – a solution that had been called by Americans many times previously, beginning with the Pilgrims.   Within days the epidemic was stopped. God responded.

Abraham Lincoln called three times during the Civil War for such Days of Humiliation

The Lord has allowed today’s global pestilence. New more virulent virus strains of the Covid virus are emerging worldwide. God typically uses catastrophes whether it is pestilences, famines, floods, wars to cause nations to repent and turn to Him. Read the story again of Jonah and Nineveh (Jonah 3:6-10).  If sincere repentance happens, “God will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:12-14). Abraham Lincoln called three times during the Civil War for such Days of Humiliation, He said, “But we have forgotten God; we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplies and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

Yet this simple but humbling solution is ignored by not only our nations leaders but most church leaders.  I would suggest we are living in the last days Jesus spoke of prior to His return to rule and reign on this earth. Jesus said, lawlessness will abound like the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah. Apostasy in the church, a great falling away, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)
 
Personal and national repentance is typically not on the agenda of most political leaders and most churches. In that vacuum, you and I, are called to be examples, if necessary to start a prayer network, certainly to join other prayer networks, participating, for example, in Global Days of Repentance.  The next Global Day of Repentance focuses on Australia on February 7, 2017. If you want to join in then do so by going to: www.globalrepent.com

NATIONAL REPENTANCE THE ONLY SOLUTION

The following letter to President Trump assembled by Pastor Jeff Daly of Global Day of Repentance, http://www.globalrepent.com, presents the only way forward for the USA ie. a call to national repentance.

“Tonight, FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

The United States is in a crisis. The President and First Lady having tested positive for the COVID19 virus is a sign that the pestilence allowed by the Living God has come home to the White House.  God has a cure for that pestilence.
It’s time, IT’S WAY PAST TIME, for God’s Solution. 
God’s Solution:  personal and national repentance. 
Yes, prayer events are great; and a powerful move of the Spirit took place on the Mall recently with The Return,  Franklin Graham’s Prayer Walk, Jonathan Friz’s 10 Day ministry, and Redigging the Wells of Revival.  Now it’s time for the next step: a call made by our forefathers—ten earlier Presidents among them—proclaiming a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. 
I hope you’ll call for such a day Mr. President.  One of your predecessors, President Taylor, called for such a day in 1849 to stop a cholera epidemic. Within days the plague ended. 
This is not just a political battle for the future of the nation. It’s a spiritual battle against the spirit of Liberty that God planted in this nation.  We need to use God’s Strategy to defeat the enemy. 
During the dark days of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed three such days. In his April 30, 1863 proclamation, the President noted, “We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.”   He went on to say, “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!”  And his conclusion was, “It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Mr. President:  It’s time for God’s Solution, personally, and in sacred assemblies, even at the local church level.  In the face of national crisis, the Living God has His Strategy, just waiting for us to make the next “chess” move.  
Humble yourself before Him, Mr. President, and call us all to join you on a given day. That will be our spiritual “get well card ” to you and to the First Lady. 
Over the past 400 years of this nation that process has worked every single time— close to 800 separate times! 
As we humble ourselves He lifts us up!
God bless you, sir, 

NATIONS AT THE CROSSROADS

THE NATIONAL AND GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER AND REPENTANCE

Jonathan Cahn delivers a sobering message to the USA (and the world) in the nation’s capital, Washington. Thankfully, because of Jesus, it can be an exciting, inspiring, eternal message, it all depends upon you. What you do with Jesus decides your eternal destiny.

The USA stands at the crossroads: God’s shaking of the USA has been escalating since He first took His hand of protection off the nation in 9/11/2001 with the terrorist strike on the foundational and economic capital, New York, and the defense capital, Washington.

The Day of Solemn Assembly was chosen by God and it is in the Jewish Calendar, unknown to the organisers. It is Rosh Hashanah and it marks the start of the Jewish High Holy Days leading up to Yom Kippur. It marks the beginning of the 10 “Days of Awe,” in which Jews focus their attention on repentance and reflection leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, considered to be the holiest day of the Jewish year. This day of return, repentance is a prophetic moment. a time of reflection on one’s actions of the past year and sincere repentance for those sins.

Has America passed the point of return? Unless it does return and repent, judgement will only escalate, and eventually lead to the wrath of God being poured out when the Scroll of Revelation is opened. The Trumpet and Bowl judgements are then unleashed on an unrepentant world. This is just prior to Jesus return to earth to begin His Millennial reign from a restored Jerusalem.

SID ROTH GETS IT RIGHT: CHURCH! IT’S TIME TO REPENT

“The major mark of this next move of God’s Spirit is repentance,” Roth said. He urges Christians to use this time in quarantine to do two things: repent and pray in tongues “without ceasing.”

“I’m excited about the new beginnings God is giving the church, and it starts with us as individuals living in rapid repentance,” Roth said. “It flat doesn’t matter what’s going on in the world. It’s what’s going on with you. It’s, ‘Are you living in rapid repentance? Are you praying in tongues every moment you have?’ That’s what’s more important because all things work together for good if you are praying in tongues and living your repentant life.”

“I think this is God’s time to have believers operate in all of the promises of the New Testament. The truth is we know how to stand on the Word. We’re experts about that. But what about the power of God being manifested as we speak, that is what occurred for the early Christians as expressed in the Book of Acts, that is what we will see evident in the “last days” church.

Roth said that despite the chaos happening in the world, God’s glory is “erupting now” and the church will be invited to fulfil Jesus’ words in John 14 that his followers will do greater things than He.

“I believe many should set their day to operate in the glory because it’s not going to be a superstar movement. It’s going to be one where the church knows we already have a superstar. His name is Jesus or Yeshua, and it’s Yeshua in us the hope of glory.”

ABORTION IS A NATIONAL SIN

Chaplain Pierre Bynum at the Family Research Council in Washington DC has written a powerful article on the killing of innocents which we need to heed if we want God to lift His hand of judgement on our nations.

Abortion is not only an individual sin; it is national sin that we must repent of as a people. We all share some guilt. We have elected people to public office who advocate for abortion. Many advocate for using our tax dollars to pay for abortions. As citizens of a free nation “of, by and for the people,” we elect our leaders and so affirm the policies they support, advocate for, enact, and execute. Among “we the people,” Christians must do their absolute best to elect candidates who share biblically informed values. We must participate in the process. Abortion, the shedding of innocent blood, is a bellwether issue. Those who advocate for life will usually be good on other issues, too. But when we vote for an abortion advocate, we are voting for abortion and for a culture of death. Of course, we should examine how a candidate stands on other biblical values fundamental to our faith — marriage, family, religious liberty, and other values pleasing to God. The Christian who says, “Politics! I don’t get involved in politics” is denying the responsibility to be salt and light in our nation and denying the responsibility to love our neighbour (all our fellow citizens and those yet unborn). (Matthew 22:21).

We need to take up the baton of the man that produced the video The Silent Scream, Dr Bernard Nathanson.

Dr. Bernard Nathanson built on the foundation laid by Margaret Sanger to co-found the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), gaining widespread support for abortion and ultimately its legalisation. He succeeded in winning generations of men and women to the ideology of “choice” through deception, a plethora of outright lies, and modern public relations and advertising to persuade America to believe abortion was OK. It was not until after he had been personally responsible for the abortion of 75,000 babies that he was convicted and shaken to moral senses.

Dr Nathanson saw, in his first live viewing of an abortion via sonogram technology, the tiny baby in the womb struggling to avoid the abortionist’s deadly instruments. With its mouth open, clearly the baby was screaming aloud although she could not be heard. The “abortion king” instantly decided he had performed his last abortion. Repentant, he sought God’s forgiveness. He later produced a short video, “The Silent Scream,” to warn the world just what an abortion really is — the intentional killing of an innocent unborn human being.

TIME FOR PRAYER AND FASTING

President Trump has just called for a Day of Prayer in the nation this coming Sunday, March 15. This is an acknowledgement that the issues the USA face including the corona virus requires something more than the best thinking from key people; he recognises they clearly also need  the blessing of the Living God. The full Proclamation is shown below.

May this special National Day of Prayer lead to a call for national repentance.  Here and in every nation.  The Lord is waiting to help.   The Lord will hear the righteous! When we humble ourselves and turn from our ways to follow His Way,  the Lord delivers us. 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Governor General David Hurley at recent National Day of Prayer and Fasting in Canberra

‘”Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” Psalms 33:12-15

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. for our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.” Psalms 33:18-21

PROCLAMATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.
 
     As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.
 
     On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.  We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country.  As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.”
 
     As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help.  Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.  As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.  May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.
 
     NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.
 
     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.