BACKFIRE

Emboldened by overstated victories, the Democrat party will persecute the church.  I believe we’ll see it this week. The mood—the one that pleases people when Christians are harassed and blamed, is upon us.  I am warning you it’s about to spike, and the mindless ferocity of it will surprise you.

Already, the University of California at Berkeley is trying to squash—like a bug—the only Christian on the Student Senate.  The left believes they have permission to wreak havoc on the church because of the victories in the midterm elections.

A moment like this is recorded in the Book of Acts: Acts 12:1-3, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”

As I prayed, I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement.  The Holy Spirit made it clear that persecution against Christians is going to spike in the United States in the next few months.  He also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles of healing.

Satan wants America destroyed.   It is the grand prize.  With America gone, the devil can unleash worldwide devastation.   But the global tyranny that he craves cannot happen until the American firewall is removed.

He also knows that he can only destroy America from within.  Somehow, he must pit us against each other. 

The only deterrent to civil war at this point is Christianity.  Notice that I do not say the church, I say Christianity.  The church is sidelined by equal parts division and denial.  The Christianity seeping out despite religion is the only thing protecting us.

The devil’s weapon of choice is hate.  He must foment hate.  Today, that hate is coming from the very people claiming to be fighting hate: secular progressives, and social justice warriors.  You have seen how the things that were once loving, moral and trustworthy, including marriage, manhood, military service, freedom of speech, witnessing, the Bible and, yes, freedom itself, are now hateful.

 

God has been lovingly warning the American Church.  He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one against immorality, but she has flatly refused.  God now reserves the right to use persecution to wake up the church and spare the nation.

Is there any good news in this?  There is much good news, but only for a certain group.  The core of Christians who refuse to side with the compromised church, and who are seeking Jesus, will be protected and used mightily.  Persecution will backfire!

The boomerang effect is seen in ancient Israel.  Exodus 1:12 says “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.”

After Herod arrested Peter, an angel appeared and brought him out.  This miracle ignited the church.  I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me.  Every vessel that seeks God right now will receive greater power and greater miracles.

Call it legend, call me crazy, but I know that this wave of persecution is here.  We can turn it all around.  We can regain lost ground.  Those who disobey God cannot escape this misery and those who obey God will granted special grace and increased supernatural power.

Paul wrote to a worried Philippian church to tell them about the shock outcome of his imprisonment.  It serves as a promise to us of what is about to happen as a result of persecution in America.

Philippians 1:12 “And I want you to know this, dear brothers: Everything that has happened to me here has been a great boost in getting out the Good News concerning Christ. 13 For everyone around here, including all the soldiers over at the barracks, knows that I am in chains simply because I am a Christian. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here seem to have lost their fear of chains! Somehow my patience has encouraged them, and they have become more and more bold in telling others about Christ.”

Writing about the book of Acts Church Matthew Henry said this:  “The persecution that was designed to extirpate the church was by the overruling providence of God made an occasion of the enlargement of it. Christ had said, I am come to send fire on the earth; and they thought, by scattering those who were kindled with that fire, to have put it out, but instead of this they did but help to spread it.” Amen!

 

A WAVE OF PERSECUTION IS UPON US BUT IT WILL BACKFIRE

 

The mood—the one that pleases people when Christians are harassed and blamed, is upon us.  I am warning you it’s about to spike, and the mindless ferocity of it will surprise you.

I was led to a specific moment like this recorded in the Book of Acts: Acts 12:1-3, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”

As I prayed, I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement.  The Holy Spirit made it clear that persecution against Christians is going to spike in the United States in the next few months.  He also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles of healing.

Satan wants America destroyed.   It is the grand prize.  With America gone, the devil can unleash worldwide devastation.   But the global tyranny that he craves cannot happen until the American firewall is removed.

He also knows that he can only destroy America from within.  Somehow, he must pit us against each other. 

The only deterrent to civil war at this point is Christianity.  Notice that I do not say the church, I say Christianity.  The church is sidelined by equal parts division and denial.  The Christianity seeping out despite religion is the only thing protecting us.

The devil’s weapon of choice is hate.  He must foment hate.  Today, that hate is coming from the very people claiming to be fighting hate: secular progressives, and social justice warriors.  You have seen how the things that were once loving, moral and trustworthy, including marriage, manhood, military service, freedom of speech, witnessing, the Bible and, yes, freedom itself, are now hateful.

 

God has been lovingly warning the American Church.  He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one against immorality, but she has flatly refused.  God now reserves the right to use persecution to wake up the church and spare the nation.

Is there any good news in this?  There is much good news, but only for a certain group.  The core of Christians who refuse to side with the compromised church, and who are seeking Jesus, will be protected and used mightily.  Persecution will backfire!

The boomerang effect is seen in ancient Israel.  Exodus 1:12 says “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.”

After Herod arrested Peter, an angel appeared and brought him out.  This miracle ignited the church.  I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me.  Every vessel that seeks God right now will receive greater power and greater miracles.

Call it legend, call me crazy, but I know that this wave of persecution is here.  We can turn it all around.  We can regain lost ground.  Those who disobey God cannot escape this misery and those who obey God will granted special grace and increased supernatural power.

Paul wrote to a worried Philippian church to tell them about the shock outcome of his imprisonment.  It serves as a promise to us of what is about to happen as a result of persecution in America.

Philippians 1:12 “And I want you to know this, dear brothers: Everything that has happened to me here has been a great boost in getting out the Good News concerning Christ. 13 For everyone around here, including all the soldiers over at the barracks, knows that I am in chains simply because I am a Christian. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here seem to have lost their fear of chains! Somehow my patience has encouraged them, and they have become more and more bold in telling others about Christ.”

HERE’S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Jesus was talking about a day like today when He said, “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.” -Luke 21: 34
There is no reason for tonight’s election results to wreck our peace or weigh us down.  Yeah it was disappointing.  Yeah we got work to do.  But here are facts to help get a true perspective on last night:
-God placed a significant burden on me and many other voices to warn the church about what could have happened.  I have been totally obedient to deliver some pretty stern warnings.  While I am still passionate about nominal Christians repenting, the massive losses we could have had did not happen as Christians showed up to vote their conscience.
-There is no way around the fact that Democrats won victories last night (I lament the losses in my new home state of Nevada) but the blue wave hit the shore like a manageable ripple. No doubt, there will be much ballyhooing by the left, don’t let that shake you…we dodged a big bullet last night.
-At this same point in his presidency—in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama lost 63 House seats plus 6 seats in the Senate.  If you went by the predictions of the left, Democrats would have gained much more than they did.  Obama’s losses were double the losses of last night.
-Star power and lefty billionaire money did not deliver key victories. There were key losses for Obama, Oprah, Hollywood and leftist billionaires in Texas, Florida, and Georgia.  Pop superstar Taylor Swift’s endorsement of Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen failed to persuade the great people of Tennessee on Tuesday.  This is a clear indication that Trump is more popular than they want to admit, and star power is less than they hoped.
-Governorship victories in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and Vermont???  These and other key Governors victories point to strong reasons for hope in Trump’s reelection.  Note: Governor Kasich did not help Trump in Ohio in 2016.  The new governor DeWine is all in for Trump.
-Incumbent Presidents usually lose the House in midterm elections.  This was no indication America is moving left.  In fact, Trump fared better than average.  Especially when you consider that virtually the entire media was vilifying him.
– The gap closed against Cruz and others is because out of state lefty billionaires and Hollywood personalities poured in money and time.  (Give me 100 million dollars and I could get people to vote for Bozo the Clown.)  Wealthy leftist elites feel burned after failing with Hillary and the now nonexistent blue wave.  They will be difficult to tap for future elections.
-Republican candidates finally realize they get votes by identifying with Trump.  That plus a 51% approval rating means that going into 2020 Trump looks strong.
-We gained a stronger majority in the Senate.  Not only this but never Trumper senators are all but gone.
The bottom line is what Newt Gingrich said, “The Trump Revolution will be safe and continue to grow in the Senate – and that is an amazing outcome for this year.”

 

TODAY IS NOT A REFERENDUM ON TRUMP

Don’t believe a single word from those who are calling today’s election a referendum of President Trump.  Today is not a verdict on Donald Trump.  This is not about the left seizing the perceived hatred of Trump.  This is something else altogether.
Some Republicans in the House did not jump on the Trump train soon enough to benefit from his wins.  Let’s not forget how, early on, the leadership of the Republican Party fought Trump.  They even maneuvered to prevent him from running for President.  He had to overcome obstacles on both sides of the aisle.
If the Republican Party had seized two issues, they would be seeing a Red Wave today instead biting their nails.  Immigration and the economy are the two things an overwhelming number of Americans care about.  They want jobs and they don’t want their neighborhoods invaded.  Establishment Republicans were to slow to understand that.  They still feared the media.
Even during this election cycle, many House Republicans were slow to understand the groundswell of grassroots support for Trump.  Look at candidates whose hide is being saved because, just in time, they wisely identified with Trump.

Moreover, House elections are local not national.  What the left is grabbing hold of is the frustration of a do-nothing congress.  Candidates are vulnerable because of their local, lackadaisical leadership—their clinging to establishment ways—and for doing nothing while they had the chance.  None of which is Trump’s fault.
That is not to say the Left’s answer is any good. Their cure is far worse than the disease.
The Left has good reason to try to pin their nonexistent blue wave on Trump.  They want to weaken him.  However, the weakness came from Paul Ryan’s brand of “sort of say something, and sort of do something.”  Republican tabling, delaying, snide remarks against Trump tweets, and trying to appear to be getting things done, is coming home to haunt them.
Look at today this way: Your football team was down 28-0 at the two-minute warning and you finally put the right quarterback in.  He is miraculously driving up and down the field and may have enough time to pull out a win.  Trump has frantically rallied in so many places in the last few weeks that it makes me dizzy.  If God can use anyone to pull out a miracle it is Donald Trump.
But if the gun sounds before he can save the house…don’t blame him, it is totally not his fault.  If he does pull out a win the Republican Party better give credit where credit is due.

AMERICA’S DARKEST HOUR

 

Freedom flickers like a candle in the wind.  We have come down to it: America’s darkest hour.
We are the giddy inebriated fool laughing and stumbling in the dark of night at the edge of the cliff.
When they said Trump was racist.   Did you accept that without a shred of evidence?  Then you helped kill freedom.
When you hear CNN and MSNBC blame Trump for the massacre in the Pittsburgh Synagogue you weren’t outraged?  Then you are the assisting the suicide of our nation.
People hold candles as they gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
You witnessed the assassination of Judge Kavanaugh’s character—without a scintilla of proof he had ever done anything wrong.
Who trashed the presumption of innocence?  Who trashed due process?  You can’t see it?  You still see no reason to vote out the scoundrels in Congress who perpetrated this?     If so, you are helping plunge a knife into the heart of Liberty.
You heard Oprah promote celebrations of abortions and you continue to take her advice on your vote?  You are helping call down the judgement of God!
Are you the pastor who spiritualized your cowardice in America’s darkest hour?  Did you use trite phrases to recuse yourself from the horrors of wickedness—the very wickedness God called you to oppose?  Are you, by this, aiding and abetting the downfall of your nation and bringing misery upon the sheep—the very sheep God told you to protect?
If you don’t use your rights to stop evildoers tomorrow, you will never get another chance.  Because if they win, a shroud of darkness will descend on our beloved nation and snuff the lamp of justice.

They are the wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Parading themselves as champions of justice, and equal rights.  They infiltrated everything from the media to the pulpit.   Now we see their real face.  Now their true intentions are exposed for all to see.  Now, we are without excuse if we elect them.
And tell me America, how is it possible you still can’t tell who the real fascists are—who the real racists are—who the real haters are—who the real liars are…and, who the real lunatics are?  If you don’t know at this late hour, you never will.  And history says if you can’t tell good from evil then you don’t deserve to remain free.
You call yourself a Christian and you choose not to vote?  You are not innocent.  You are complicit.  You are one of the authors and finishers of decency in this country.  If you don’t vote, you are voting in Marxists by default.
Marxism has absorbed the Democratic Party and the press has no clue of what freedom of speech is.  We have never seen these things before.  Mark Levin is so right when he said, “So this election is not only about defeating many, many radicals that the Democrats have nominated. Some of them are outright bigots,” he said. “But it’s also about pushing back against the media that has no comprehension whatsoever what freedom of the press means, the history of freedom of the press and why it’s so important.”
The importance of tomorrow cannot be overstated.  This is America’s darkest hour.  Only once in your entire life will your duty be this clear.  We have wasted valuable time and it never should have come down to this. But now it has, and it is what it is: A last call to do what’s right.
If we don’t stop them, we will be doing something that no nation has ever done and survived.  No country has ever handed power to candidates like these and kept their freedom or prosperity.

TRUMP GOES THROUGH HELL FOR THE CHURCH

No matter how much I am attacked,  I will not turn my back on Trump.  Because of his policies I have been able to win more souls, and preach with greater freedom.   He is standing up for our ministry and he is standing up for you too.

You lefties need to save your strength.  Nothing you say is going to change my mind.

Now I have a burning question for the church…Have you seen the chilling video of Lance Wallnau relating the prophetic warning Trump gave to Evangelical leaders?   Our president found out what the Democrats plan to do to Christians if they retake the House and Senate.  He took the time to gather church leaders and warn them.

The Left will go after the church with vengeance because they think the church helped Trump.   Embarrassingly, that is a false accusation since the church at large really hasn’t helped him.   Nothing like they could have.   Now because of apathy, Trump’s hard won protections are being frittered away.  The President’s description of the left’s hatred for the church, and their plans for us should they win next Tuesday is chilling.

Think of it!  Everything Trump has done for the rights of Christians—the rights Obama removed—are threatened again.  On top of that, the most oppressive and tedious investigations ever with halt the engines of our economy.   Mueller’s investigation would look like a picnic compared to the tidal wave of investigations Democrats will start.

Informed sources say, radicals will be bolder to assault conservatives and Christians.  Social media would tear off its mask and openly persecute the church.  Yeah I’m mad.

It is maddening!  The excruciating suffering Trump and his family faced so we could do something so simple and easy: to vote and challenge other Christians to vote from our pulpits… AND WE COULDN’T EVEN BRING OURSELVES TO DO THAT?

It is jaw-dropping how oblivious many believers are about the moment they are living.  Trump is a divine disruption–a merciful pause button to give the church a chance to keep America from going off a socialistic cliff.  So far, most in the church have done little to act on this mercy, let alone appreciate it!  But I thank God for my president!

And what has the church done to repay Trump for his nameless, daily agony on our behalf?  Many reward him with apathy, ingratitude and abandonment.  My friend, we are about to pay an incalculable price if we don’t get a right view of this hour.

I am sorry to say this but…Satan has seduced many preachers who lead empires and independent kingdoms. They—at this hour—will not unify to speak to the nation as one voice.  They can’t afford to offend for the sake of their empires.  Little do they know that if the Left gets its way they’ll have no empire left to defend.

Mario is there any hope?  Yes, but we need God put electrode paddles to our faintly beating hearts.  We need holy rage, holy boldness.  We need to talk to every believer we know and wake them up to vote and to tell others to vote.

I realize that it takes courage to support Trump and our faith at this hour.  Just remember, right now it is hard but if we lose in November it will go from hard to impossible.

No one believes in miracles more than I—and that’s just what we must have at this hour.  We need a miracle of repentance, boldness…but it all begins with humble appreciation that we have this man in the White House.

There will never be a more important election than this one.  Your vote will never mean more than now.

THE WINNING ARGUMENT

Just for the moment.  Forget about Trump.  Forget about the Wall.  Forget about the “Caravan.”  The case to make against the Democratic Party to the American public is simple.  It begins with simple questions.

Who has fights to stop prayer in schools?  Who has attacked Christmas?  Who tried to ban Bibles?  Who booed God at their convention?  Who sued to put Christian bakers out of business?  Who sued to force Nuns to violate their beliefs?  Who wants certain Christian doctrine banned as hate speech?  Who is constantly trying to get rid of Crosses and Manger scenes?  Who said the church must evolve?  Who said that religious beliefs must be changed?  Who worked to ban Christian clubs on campus?

The winning argument is plain and simple: The Democratic Party is anti-Christian. 

John Hawkins said, “The GOP often foolishly retreats from social issues. This is a huge mistake in an era when 76% of the country is Christian and most liberals find sincere Christian beliefs to be repellent. We don’t have to preach at anyone, wag our fingers, or turn into legions of Ned Flanders, but we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about our Christian beliefs, stick up for Christians who are under attack, and hammer the Left for its anti-Christian bigotry. Conservatism is a pro-Christian ideology and liberalism is an anti-Christian ideology. We should never be afraid to drive that point home.”

And where do the Democrats turn to get outside help?  Witchcraft.  They did not hold a prayer vigil against Judge Kavanaugh—they had witches conjure up a spell.  I don’t think they believe in witchcraft.  They chose witchcraft for no other reason than it is anti-Christian. And for good measure the witches gave a big donation to Planned Parenthood.  Human sacrifice has always been a part of witchcraft.

Why are we afraid to zero in on this greatest of all arguments against Democrats?  Are we more concerned about appearing unloving than we are about our religious freedom being destroyed?

This mid-term election is solely about the kind of nation you want your family to live in.  Do you want freedom of religion or government openly hostile to your faith?

You need to wake up brother and sister and use our best argument.   Your commitment to Christ should come before your race and gender.  This is not a left-right or conservative-liberal debate.  This is totally a case of…are you pro or anti Christian?   We didn’t make it that way, they did.

This Sunday is the last sermon before the midterms.  Every pulpit should make this point: Your vote can’t get any more moral.  We can’t make a better argument.  The Democrats are at war with Christianity.