How Should A Christian Vote in 2012?
This will be the most important election in history to date. At stake is the institution of marriage defined by God and NOT civil government is trying to be overturned by a small minority (homosexual, bisexual, etc) who seek to justify perverted sexual behavior by changing the definition of marriage. My friends the family is at the core of society. If the family breaks down society will break down. When laws are passed that violate God's word these laws and policies invite eternal laws to go to work. Laws which will end up causing the land to ultimately cause a people to lose their nation (see Leviticus 18).
There are also issues of life, truth, debt, and more laws which violate God's word. All of these things invite judgment which harm a people and their land.
Sadly Many Called Christians Act Like They Don't Have a Conscience
We all espouse vote according to your conscience. Sadly it is clear that many in Christendom act like they don't have a conscience or they are ignorant. That should not surprise us as 1 Timothy 4:1-3 says "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron," NKJV
How do I vote and use the privilege afforded to me in my nation? How do I use my influence? How do I make decisions? Well I can tell you this I don't care about a candidate's color, race, party or any other external issue as much as I care about what the Bible says. I vote the Bible.
Click here for Obama, Romney & Other: Who Should Christians Vote For in the 2012 Election. By Stephen McDowell.
Click here for Moral & Spiritual Issues in the 2012 Election by Dr. Wayne Grudem. This study illustrates the liberal and conservative view of moral issues today and in the middle lists the scriptures.
Click here - Preserve Marriage and Reject - R74
Click here for Washington State Prayer Targets
Here are some of the core issues and what the Bible teaches.
The Oath - The Curse & alah
Over the last couple of years the Lord has really been emphasizing to me that we need to "pray and hit the mark." There are many applications for it but in my personal bible study a few weeks ago I came across a very interesting definition in my Strongs Concordance reference the Hebrew word in the Old Testament 423. It is pronounced
'alah (aw-law') and it means an imprecation. It is translated in 36 scriptures as curse, cursing, execration, oath, or swearing.
Last week I wrote an article urging Christians to begin to pray the prayers of King David. Some know these as imprecatory prayers (click here for It is Time to Pray the Prayers of David.) This article was partially provoked by the persecution many of our brothers in the Lord are facing and a specific attack on team members in Pakistan that hospitalized three.
Yesterday I was sent a Youtube video by one of our church members that provides even more thought provoking illumination on this subject. It gives me a whole new perspective of "praying to hit the mark." Click here for this Youtube excerpt.
For more click here for Sid Roth's Interview with Walid Shoebat on this subject. Walid is a former Muslim from Bethlehem who was raised to hate Jews and was a forerunner terrorist in America.
The alah is found in 36 scriptures in the bible.
"I AM" Not Using God's Name in Vain
Our friends from Hawaii, John & Linda Keough, the directors of the healing rooms in Hawaii visited us a couple of days ago and shared an amazing insight they gleaned from Josh Mills concerning taking God's name in vain.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Vain comes from a Hebrew word that means evil, vain, false or a lie.
The question is, what was God's name revealed at during that time period?
"And God said to Moses , “I AM WHO I AM .” And He said , “ Thus you shall say to the children of Israel , ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
Think about this! God's name was revealed as "I AM." The Hebrew word translated as name teaches us that the name refers to the mark or memorial of the name, the character, nature or authority of that name. For example:
“If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight , give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes , I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians . For I am the LORD who heals you.”
Revelation 1:6 and 5:10 say that we are called to be "kings and priests." These are two different functions. Hebrews 7 illustrates well the role of a priest (worship with offerings and intercede for people) while Revelation 19:11 sums up the role of a king well (judge, make decisions and make war).
These functions were summed up well in David's heart such that God declared in Acts 15:16 that in the latter days He would restore David's tabernacle. It is important to realize that almost every Psalm was written while David was the king. Kings are called to judge (make decisions) regarding issues of truth, justice, righteousness and mercy.
Today in the Church we excel at mercy but are often weak on issues of justice and righteousness. It is because we confuse personal responsibility with corporate responsibility.
Why Do the Nations Rage?
Recently the US embassies in Egypt and Libya have been attacked, killing one ambassador and three staff members (click here for the story.)
The rage that is coming from Islam is sweeping the globe. It is captured in in this picture of a blogger who has come to be known as "Islamic Rage Boy." Since 2006 he has dispensed what Wikapedia calls an exaggerated form of Islamic justice. Lawlessness is sweeping the globe in many nations spurred on by the demonic spirit behind it.
Our own nation seems to have forgotten what the first role of government is, and that is the protection of its people (Romans 13:1-4). Because of our nation's growing sin we've become blinded to certain truths and principles which have led to our economic decline and the weakening of our power to protect freedom, liberty and human rights.
The excuse for this mob violence was a protest to an Egyptian Christian who created a movie in America criticizing Islam. Many may not be aware but since the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Egypt, the violence against Christians and those who oppose that violent regime has escalated to the point where people are being CRUCIFIED (click here). Bringing the world's attention to a human rights violation is an issue of justice. In America we have a First Amendment which guarantees among other things, free speech.
Our embassy's first response to the mob violence and attack on our sovereign soil of the embassy was an apology. Here is a biblical principle of government:
Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Now, with all this being said, the truth is our government's response is less than half the issue. Many do not recognize that this is a spiritual war that has gone on for thousands of years before America was even discovered. Click here for the History of Islamic Hostility Towards the West is Much Deeper Than You Think.
So how do we confront the "RAGE" that is sweeping the globe?
There are powerful eternal truths found in the feasts celebrated in Israel and throughout Judaism. Many refer to them as the feasts of Israel but the truth it, these are the feasts of the Lord. They belong to Him.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. NKJV
The evening of Sunday September 16th marks the beginning of Rosh Hoshanah. This is the Hebraic new year. Chuck Pierce from Glory of Zion held a conference just days ago celebrating the "Head of the Year." Chuck said;
"At the “Head” or start of the Hebraic year, we have access to fresh revelation for the coming year. Join us on September 20-23 for Head of the Year 5773: The Camels are Coming – A Year to Bridge the Past and the Future and Move from Recovery to Wholeness!This will be the year of Ayin Gimel (73). Gimel is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet as well as the number 3, and originally pictured a camel. This is a year that we will be looking for the camels to come! This is a time to keep your feet moving and go beyond where you have been in the past, until you drink and eat of the produce of your promise! The Kingdom of God will become the greatest influence in the earth realm (click for source).
Rosh Hoshanah is not actually found in the Bible or Torah. It is actually refered to as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance) or Yom Teruah (the day of the sounding of the shofar). This is a call to repentance. The feast is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25. To learn more and to hear the shofar blasts click here.
Chuck Colson said "the history of Islamic hostility toward the West goes back centuries. Radical Muslims are still smarting over the defeat of their armies south of Paris in the year 732, not to mention the catastrophic defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the gates of Vienna on September 11, 1683. That's right, September 11. Bin Laden chose his date for a reason. He was avenging the defeat of Muslim armies more than four hundred years earlier. September 11 has roots in an [ongoing long-term] irrational hatred of the West."
The truth is, it goes deeper than this. This is a spiritual war manifesting itself on earth as it was in heaven. This war has been manifesting itself ever since Abram fathered Ishmael and Isaac (Gen. 16-25). It actually began in eternity.
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Last Tuesday was the first meeting of the local church we are planting in the greater Renton/Kent area. We are so blessed to have John and Linda Keough (founders of the Healing Rooms Honolulu) with us and they ministered prophetically at the end of our meeting. Susan reported a powerful encounter she had with the Lord that resulted in her healing. In the past week she had ended up in the emergency room seeking assistance as her symptoms led her to believe that her pace maker was failing. Here are a few excerpts from her testimony.
" Last night I was at KLI’s September 4th 2012 start up question and answer session, when an extra-ordinary encounter began to take place! It was during worship. As we entered into His gates with thanksgiving, I felt a door open in heaven leading to His temple (His courts) where the glory is. Revelations 15:8 “And the temple (in heaven) was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power . . . “ during the worship time at the KLI meeting, I saw movement, like a ripple in the atmosphere in front of me. An angel then materialized in that spot, stepped forward, turned and sat down by my right side. He put his right hand on my shoulder and then moved it to the exact area on my chest that the intense pressure was emanating from... When they (Keoughs) got to me, , just touched my forehead with his finger and the Kabod or weight of God’s glory increased to a greater level upon my physical body. Soon I couldn’t stay in my chair. I had to get to the lowest point, the floor.
As I was laying there on the floor under the weight of the glory of God, after speaking praises into the glory for my healing, I began to physically feel my chest cavity enlarging and my lungs expanding. I had breath like I have never had before. I could breath deeper than I have ever been able to in the past, especially in this last month when the incidents of severe chest pressure began. Last night, that pressure was completely lifted!
September 4th was a historic day for us. We presented the KLI charter to a small team of people we've invited to help us establish an ARC (apostolic resource center). On September the 9th we'll host our first Sunday meeting. This day was 20 years in the making. Here is a glimpse into this history that we see unfolding.
May 28, 1995 - Bill Johnson (prophet from Christian International) prophesies "you are training for kingdom ministry and God has got you in a process of development sort of like the space shuttle." He went on to describe in detail how its prepared and then once all is fitted together it is moved "very slowly to the launch pad." He went on to say "your overall destiny is leadership, vision holder, touching others, part of a ministry staff that will be a covering and a support to you... it is a place to launch from... I mean it is the two of you. You two are truly a team ministry..."
February 26, 1996 - Unknown prophet - This was the vision "stage 1 hot air balloon carried by the wind of the spirit. Stage 2 - blast off Space Shuttle Challenger!!! Stage 3 - Communications satellite - worldwide vision fulfilled. Prayer general.... you will be a prayer strategist.
October 10, 1996 - Bill Johnson - "You guys are going to be senior leaders in the house of the Lord.... God has got a people and a church planting that you are going to do. You are going to have the responsibility for the whole ship.... watch for the people you are destined to be with."
On February 24, 2011 I called a summit where I presented what the Lord showed me about an ARC. This led to the launch of KLI. This history is documented in detail elsewhere. On the first day of this summit the Space Shuttle Discovery launched for its last trip to space. On the last day of the summit at 11:15am the leaders that gathered together in this summit set Brenda and I in the middle of the room and began to prophesy that it was time to launch this "apostle-ship." At the exact time our prayer began the Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the "International Space Station."
These prophetic words led to the establishment of KLI in 2011. This led to a local church plant on September 4, 2012 which is the Genesis of the base of operations we need to build in order to demonstrate all the Lord showed me to do. It is an Apostolic Resource Center; an ARC. It is based upon an ancient pattern (wineskin) that is just new to us. It is a local church plant that will connect with the Church in a city and a region.
Founder and overseer of KLI, and the spiritual architect of 1Church1Day & Operation Rolling Thunder.