Mario, where have you been?
I am breaking the longest silence in the history of this blog. Why have I been silent? It began with the three days of FIREPOWER in Fresno. FIREPOWER succeeded in a way we could not have dreamed of.
The reaction of the 1,500 people who attended the master class was so epic that it forced me to take some time to remain quiet, until I could fully discern the meaning of this moment.
The cataclysmic breakthrough in Fresno is a sign to you and me. The message is clear. The remnant in America is much larger that we had realized. But there is something even greater to take away from what happened in Fresno.
Two branches of God’s army that have long been separated, came together at FIREPOWER: the arm of the Body of Christ that is politically active, and the arm that is revivalist. I watched them become a single unit of fire-breathing warriors.
Processing all of this took a lot out of me. But my journey, since I last wrote you, has not been painless. I am witnessing the powers of darkness getting bolder. Just as America is home to a rising army of prophetic and politically savvy signs-and-wonders soldiers, she is also the site of a rising evil.
America is continuing to polarize. Wickedness is deepening. Debauchery has become even more brazen. Worst of all, an entire segment of the church is sinking further and further into the delusion that America’s condition is ‘not all that bad’.
My message to you is this: we must not hesitate! We cannot let religious devils slow down our march toward reformation.
It will cost us friends. It will demand a profound focus and courage from us. And, there will be a price to pay as we remain faithful to the truths that God is revealing through the Bible and His prophets.
Because I feel a clear warning for the lukewarm church, I must ask you a couple of questions. Perhaps the most important questions anyone could ask you:
Why didn’t the Chinese church stop the communist takeover?
And why didn’t the German church stop Hitler?
Why am I singling out those two nations? Because both of their tyrannies began with socialism. Yes, indeed―the National Socialist Party became the Nazi Party, and socialism spawned communism in China.
Both churches in these two nations had the chance and the ability available to them to stop the destruction of their country. So why did they fail?
Corrie Ten Boom said, “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 the tribulation comes–to stand and not faint.’”
In the 1930’s Dietrick Bonhoeffer begged the German church to wake up to the threat posed by Hitler. He said, “The Protestant church is in its eleventh hour. The German church is dying or is already dead.”
But, as Eric Metaxas writes in his book, Bonhoeffer, “Few took him seriously.”
Metaxas continues: “In the spring of 1933, Bonhoeffer was declaring it the duty of the church to stand up for the Jews. Bonhoeffer’s three conclusions – that the church must question the state, help the state’s victims, and work against the state, if necessary – were too much for almost everyone. But for him they were inescapable. In time, he would do all three.”
Bonhoeffer warned them, time and time again, but “few took him seriously.” Unlike the church in Germany, we must take the threat against us very seriously. And unlike that Chinese Bishop, I believe we must do more than “make people strong for persecution.” We must prevent the persecution. We must restore America as one nation under God.
We must do what the Chinese Church and the German Church did not do. We must seek the heart of God for strategies to bring down this evil. We must face this threat. Then we must confront this threat. And, finally, we must destroy this threat, before it destroys America.
“God is already beginning to arise and He is scattering His enemies; let them also who hate Him flee before Him! As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish before the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them glory before God, yes, let them rejoice!” (Psalm 68:1-3)
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! FOR SACRAMENTO!