America and the Sword of the Lord 10/06/12
On Sept the 5th while contemplating on the things of the Lord, God dropped a strong word into my heart. I’ve waited a few weeks to publish this word because I really wanted to make sure it was the Lord but He has compelled me to release it.
While on our family vacation Olivia was watching the Democratic convention and so I watched this with her, at least some of it every night. I was stunned by the nature of the message being broadcast by this party. For the record, I am not a political animal, I don’t have loyalties to any party. I’m really a one issue voter; a pro-life voter since that is the heart of God. My commitment is to vote pro-life therefore what I am about to say to you doesn’t come out of a political heart or from some Republican conservative heart. Both parties have principles I agree with as well there are principles in both parties that I don’t agree with based on the priorities of God.
As I was watching the convention, it was amazing how every political speaker spoke about two opinions: pro-choice – the right for women to kill children (abortion) and the right to choose whoever you want to love (the homosexual agenda). Even though we know people out there who have this same view and we know many people in the Democratic Party who hold these views, this is the first time in US history that a political party as a whole, decided to come out of the closet in unity and declare these things to the American public. It is a new day, a new page being turned in American history that a political party would be so blatantly open about things that grieves the heart of God.
This isn’t about condemning Democrats. I was flabbergasted that a political party who represents such a large portion of the American public (about 40% have identified themselves as a Democratic in terms of party) that they would be so unashamed to declare these statements about abortion and homosexuality allowing it to become part of their public agenda. Their brazen support of these agendas have made this the new norm, a new reality.
When I watched speaker after speaker after speaker espouse this same message, it impacted me how these changes were happening right before me, changes in American history, pages being turned. In order to cleanse my heart and my mind of these things I spent time with the Lord. God spoke this word out of Ezekiel 33:2
2 “Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’
It was like the Lord was saying to me you must sound the trumpet, speak this word and you know this isn’t a comfortable word to speak about the possible judgment on our country. Many prophetic people, who I have much respect for, seem to try and always comfort America. It’s like they can’t come to grips with the fact that God has a history, out of His jealous love for people, to bring a sword. To bring judgment, not out of bitterness, but out of His desire to remove hindrances to His love. To cause a people to begin to mourn for Him; long for Him to deal with their hearts that have strayed away and become casual towards the things that are fiercely important and passionate to God. Because we love our country and we love our freedoms and everything that comes with that, and we’ve made such an idol out of America and the American dream, it is hard for us to hear hard words. Those who know me know that speaking hard words is not part of my normal personality temperament, but this word from Him was so strong about being a watchman that if I didn’t speak this message, the blood would be on my hands and He would hold me responsible. He allowed me to witness testimonies of those at the Democratic convention. It’s not about a President it’s not about a political party it’s about God testing the heart of America. What’s happening now in this election is we are facing a test from God. The Lord has allowed the enemies agenda – the enemy not being a political party or politician – but the enemy, the evil one, his demonic ‘agenda’ was revealed to the American people. These things so grievous to God, He has brought to the American people’s attention in order to test their hearts.
Several months ago God gave me this word from Zephaniah 1:12 – the Lord had taken out a lantern and is searching for the heart and the soul of America. I saw that He had a lamp and He was searching in kind of a foggy dark place and he was walking around looking in the smallest places, searching for America’s soul. His quest – is there still a soul in America that chooses the things of God? He allowed the message to come forth from the convention in order for America to clearly hear what’s being presented and what the options are. Why? Because God is testing the hearts of America to see if He can find where her soul really is. Following the convention the Democratic party received a bump, the president received a bump – which so breaks my heart. Again it’s not about a party or a person, it is about the principles. The fact that they received a bump speaks volumes to me and so much to God. It is as if the majority of Americans were all saying ‘ya we are all for this agenda going forward’ or if they just ignore this agenda it is an indictment in itself, that they endorsed what was being said over and over again. I believe God has made it very clear to me we are in a heart testing season. He wants to see where the heart and soul of America is. If America isn’t choosing Him and she simply ignores the agenda of the evil one and allows these choices to govern our country then America has failed the test. If America fails the test then God will bring a sword. There have been many prophetic words about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and this move of God that America is going to be a part of it, the reality is that we might need to go through the sword ministry of the Lord in order to get there. If we choose the agenda of the evil one, that was made so clear during that convention, the reality is America needs to go through the sword of the Lord so that God can bring us to a place where our hearts are longing for him again.
In Joel chap 2:1 say ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion, And sound an alarm in My holy mountain! let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; For the day of the Lord is coming, For it is at hand.’ That’s what this prophetic word is, it is a sound of a trumpet, it is the sound of warning to the American people. For all those who hear this word, CRY OUT and pray that when God searches for the soul of America that America will be stirred and troubled. The result of that convention should not have been to receive a bump, the result should have been an outcry and this shock to America would been seen a great reduction in the people that supported the agenda, BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED. There is much about us that hangs in a balance, Jeremiah 12:10 ‘for a sword of the lord is devouring,’ in verse 11 it says ‘it has been made a desolation, desolate it mourns before me,’ what He is saying about us is true about individuals but also America – is when God brings a sword it is to create desolation – desolation to invoke and inspire desperation – to invoke and inspire mourning for God and the ways of God. It may be that America will have to go through a season of the sword of the Lord in order to bring about a ‘desolation’. So that we can know desperation as a people crying out to God – crying out for Him to come – crying out to Him to enflame our hearts and to ignite our love for Him in a new way – to set us free from all ‘casualness’ towards Him. To set us free from the things that grieves His heart – and choose Him – to embrace him. I believe it’s the season we are in. I believe it’s the most important season in American history. I believe in the next 35 days or so it will become very clear, very obvious God’s giving us a test. That is what the whole convention was about – the political party thought they were going to be brash and blatant about their agenda and God allowed it so we would know very clearly what the choices are – it’s not about one person – it’s about the principles of the Kingdom. If we as a nation ignore the things being said support their agenda that are so clearly an offense to God, I believe with all my heart He is bringing a sword. Again, maybe it’s what we need to have in order for us to be desperate enough to experience the harvest that God wants us to experience. But I’m crying out and I know that God put the word on my heart because America still has a chance, still has a choice, to go through and experience the harvest without having to go through the sword. So those of you who are intercessors – cry out, fast and pray that God will find the heart and soul of America saying YES to HIM and NO to the powers of darkness. I have great compassion for our president and great compassion for those who want to serve our country but they are just deceived. The deceiving that they represent, is just Gods way of giving us an opportunity to declare yes to Him or no to Him.
Take this word; allow God to speak clearly into your heart. Hear His call for us to cry out to Him for His mercy and compassion on our county.