7: The God Who Strikes
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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September 11 plunged our nation into crisis. This series documents the move of God, the role of intercessory prayer, and the Spirit's wisdom, provision and protection in times of turmoil.
God moves always in the integrity of preparation, a long time in advance. He never leaves us with surprises for which we are unprepared. If we listen, AND obey, we are ready for what comes, like the Psalmist who says, “He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7 NASB).
In January of 1998, I understood by the Holy Spirit’s revelation in scripture that God’s judgment was coming to America and it could no longer be prayed away. In February, I told our small church group that war was coming; it was inevitable and we each should personally prepare for it, by a life of discipline even as voluntary soldiers.
So many others voices were saying “peace, peace” that at times I doubted what I had seen. Other voices were saying that we could pray and turn the nation around. I knew of only David Wilkerson as one who also held to his vision of great judgment and devastation for America. Surely there were others, but he was the only one I knew.
Carole Nelson, who has experienced judgment (and we all have, if we will see it), loves God’s hand of judgment as the sword “dripping with mercy and love.” A sword sent to save us and prepare us to face a Holy God. She envisioned a banner for our church with a name of God rarely known. The banner has a huge silver sword across the word Makkeh – the God who strikes.
We in this church know Makkeh! and love Him dearly . . . He has struck us and continues to do so. The Father’s sword cuts as a merciful surgeon going for the cancer of sin to save the spirit by slaying the soul’s self-love.
I have been waiting for days to hear a word from the Lord. I heard this one very clearly: “Ask that America will fall on her knees and pray.”
This was a frightening word to my heart because much of the church today are like those “servants” in the parable of the minas, taught by Jesus in Luke 19:11-27. The story says that this King’s citizens “hated him and sent a delegation after him saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.'”
Today, so many who are “His citizens” hate Him and the evidence of that hatred lies in the fact that countless “Christians” today do not welcome Jesus as master, King, and ruler. We have become no different that the “citizens of God” in His day.
To serve and obey can be two different things of two different kingdoms. To kneel means to bow to the reign of the Rightful King. It isn’t merely a posture but a mindset! Much of America is praying but standing in human strength – not surrendering to our Mighty and Awesome God. He who watches wants us on our KNEES praying. “On your knees” is just a picture of bowing to God’s will and purpose, not merely to ask for self-preservation.
I am silent and deeply troubled in my spirit because I sense another catastrophe is coming to American soil. Yesterday, the news media has warned of it through an official government alert, so I am going to speak out now.
The center of God’s will is the only place of safety, and our personal repentance is the way to His heart and presence. Our small group has experienced repentance in the last few years that I would describe as terrible and wonderful. Terrible by the pain of seeing sin from God’s view, and wonderful in the liberty that comes out of true repentance. When the Lord gives me the message, I will be writing about repentance soon.
Some of the catastrophe can be averted by the prayers of obedient and humble servants of the Lord. All have been called to prayer, but the prayers of surrendered hearts, of the “righteous,” avail much. Those who walk in the absolute reign of the King over them have access to special audience with Him, and they have His ear and favor.
David Wilkerson is called to New York City, so God shared with him and the congregation the urgent call to pray. I believe through the prayers of Times Square Church before September 11th, the president and the capitol and many other lives were spared. David Wilkerson’s church shut down all activities and went into silence and intercession in the two weeks before September 11th. They knew catastrophe was coming and as a whole body they met to pray. There is in that church a powerful call to holiness and obedience, the two prerequisites for prevailing prayer (The Towers Have Fallen, but We Missed the Message).
They have known a corporate repentance that is wonderful and rare, pleasing to our God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. We who have not learned the fear of God by the knowledge of who He really is – as GOD – will learn it now. Must learn it!
Many voices are calling for prayer. I am calling too! Begging the Father for intercessors who are intimate with Him and know His heart. Praying people who give Him His throne in the secret heart.
Somehow the internet is a tapestry of God’s weaving the transcendent church together. We have come to this hour with a mighty means of unity in the Holy Spirit, who alone is our counselor and source of prayer.
When believers met to pray for Peter in prison the scripture says: Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him (Acts 12:5 KJV).
The word in Greek for “without ceasing” actually means “stretched out.” This crisis will take being stretched out – fasting, night watches, sacrifice and crying out for repentance and mercy!
AMERICA! Church! Let us pray!
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