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from “Charisma Magazine”
Prophecy: Donald Trump Shall Become the Trumpet
10:00AM EDT 7/28/2015 JEREMIAH JOHNSON
Is Donald Trump the Lord’s trumpet?
In His great wisdom throughout the course of human history, God has chosen not only to fulfill His plans and purposes through men and women who have yielded to the sound of His voice, but He has also chosen to accomplish His will through men and women who have ignored and rebelled against Him. One such man was King Cyrus mentioned in Isaiah 45.
Isaiah prophesied of Cyrus and speaks as a mouthpiece of the Lord when he declared, “I have even called you by your name [Cyrus]; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the Lord and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.
I strengthen you, though you have not known Me, so that they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west that there is no one besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other” (Is. 45:4-6).
What a powerful and profound prophetic declaration to a man who did not know or serve the Lord! Could God not use the wicked and ungodly to bring about His plans and purposes thousands of years ago and can He not still do the same thing again, especially in the midst of the crisis that we find America in today?
I was in a time of prayer several weeks ago when God began to speak to me concerning the destiny of Donald Trump in America. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days. Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquility, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him. I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfill My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfill my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election. You must listen to the trumpet very closely for he will sound the alarm and many will be blessed because of his compassion and mercy. Though many see the outward pride and arrogance, I have given him the tender heart of a father that wants to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy, to the foreigner and the stranger.”
As the body of Christ, we must keep our ears and eyes open as we continue to move toward the 2016 elections in the United States. I believe that God is not only going to use the prayers of the saints to bring about His plans and purposes, but He is even going to use those who do not know Him. What a great comfort and source of encouragement we have in the wisdom of God in this hour.
Just as Job declared to God in Job 42:2, “I know that You can do everything, and that no thought can be withheld from You.” Let’s begin to pray in faith, knowing that God can do all things and that no purpose of His in the 2016 elections can be thwarted!
“And may God bless the United States of Amerika….” for they sure do need it with numpties like these
from The Raw Story website:
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) this week warned Americans to remember that God “wrote the Constitution” based on the Bible.
During an appearance on John Hagee Ministries’ Global Evangelism Television (GETV) network on Wednesday, host Matt Hagee asked the Texas Republican where the country had gone wrong.
“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government,” DeLay explained. “When we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.”
“Governments like we have are very easy to destroy,” Hagee later noted.
DeLay recalled that he had closed the Capitol rotunda for three hours as Majority Leader so that members of the House and Senate could get “on our knees seeking the face of God and praying.”
READING: John 6 verses 51-58
Just over a hundred years ago, a poor family from middle Europe decided to seek a better life abroad.
A couple, with their teenage son and four little daughters decided to emigrate from their poverty-stricken little village to America and all its promise.
A week before their ship sailed, the family’s relatives and friends threw a ‘going away’ party for them, at which gifts were presented – practical things: several loaves of bread and some blocks of cheese.
A week later, the family boarded an Italian ship, sailing to New York. Since they had never been out of their village, and since few on board spoke their language, they didn’t mix with the other passengers or crew, preferring their own company.
They had been assigned a third-class cabin below deck, and that’s where they decided to remain for the duration of the voyage, especially since the weather was so wintry.
And it was there that they ate their bread and cheese – sparingly – to make it last the entire journey.
On the last day of their voyage, the weather cleared up a bit, and the teenage son asked his father for permission to go above and explore the ship.
When the lad didn’t return within the hour, his father went to look for him, and eventually found him in a big dining room, sitting at a table, eating from a plate overflowing with meat and vegetables.
The father’s heart skipped several beats. How were they going to pay for all this food that his son had ordered and was now devouring?
He had visions of spending his first months in America in prison, or even being refused entry into the country altogether.
When the boy saw how frightened his father looked, he said, ‘Don’t worry, Papa, it’s free!’
And he went on to explain that while the family had been eking out their meagre rations of bread and cheese below decks, all the other passengers had been feasting on meals like the one he was now enjoying.
Such feasts were included in the price of the ticket.
The world is full of people like that family, insofar as they are journeying through life, totally unaware of the incredible ‘Banquet of Life’ that God spreads out for them. And it’s included in the ticket of life.
Jesus refers to this in our Gospel Reading Listen again to what he says:
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he
will live forever. The bread that I will give him is my flesh, which I give so that the
world may live. (John 6, v.51)
Jesus declares to us that because God sent him, he lives by the very power of God alive in him.
And through our relationship with him, we too are lifted nearer to God himself with all his benefits and blessings, and are given the gift of life itself.
Not just everyday existence which depends on plain ordinary bread – but more, much more – life in all its abundance: a veritable feast of life with companionship, care and love, hopes and dreams, memories, and the sustenance that only Christ, who is the Bread of Life, can offer.
It’s all included in the believer’s ticket of life!
The Huffington Post 06/01/14
Some states take their religious services very seriously. Breaking these laws could send you straight from the chapel to the cooler for something as simple as a sneeze. Though these appear to all still be on the books, a lawyer probably wouldn’t have a prayer of successfully prosecuting anyone arrested for eating peanuts in church. At least, we hope not…
Courtesy of DumbLaws.com, here are eleven strange church laws that could get you arrested.
It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
In Rehoboth it is illegal to whisper in church.
Maine Shotguns must be taken to church in the event of a Native American attack.
Massachussetts In Boston, it is against the law to eat peanuts while in church.
North Carolina It is illegal to have sex in a churchyard.
Ohio It is against the law to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license.
the Easter Bunny comes from pagan rites of spring – new life, fertility etc, – but more from pagan Germany than pagan Britain. Eighteenth-century German settlers brought “Oschter Haws” to America, where Pennsylvania Dutch settlers prepared nests for him in the garden or barn. On Easter Eve, the rabbit laid his coloured eggs in the nests in payment. In Germany, old Oschter lays red eggs on Maundy Thursday.
Children in the countyside are wise when it comes to reproduction, observing it first-hand in the animals and hens around them every day. Why would children in an agrarian society believe a rabbit lays eggs?!!!
One of the best examples of how ridiculous government paperwork can be is illustrated by a recent case in Louisiana. A company president was trying to buy some land in Louisiana for a plant expansion, and he wanted to finance this new facility with a government loan.
His lawyer filled out all the necessary forms, including the abstract—tracing the title to the land back to 1803. The government reviewed his application and abstract and sent the following reply:
‘We received today your letter enclosing application for your client supported by abstract of title. We have observed, however, that you have not traced the title previous to 1803, and before final approval, it will be necessary that the title be traced previous to that year. Yours truly.’
As a result, the lawyer sent the following letter to the government:
‘Gentlemen, your letter regarding title received. I note you wish title to be claimed back further than I have done it.
‘I was unaware that any educated man failed to know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803. The title of the land was acquired by France by right of conquest of Spain. The land came into possession of Spain in 1492 by right of discovery by a Spanish-Portugese sailor named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by Queen Isabella.
‘The good queen, being a pious woman and careful about title, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope of Rome upon Columbus’ voyage before she sold her jewels to help him.
‘Now the Pope, as you know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God. And God made the world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to assume that He also made that part of the United States called Louisiana, and I now hope you’re satisfied.’
By Philip Sherwell, New York9:00PM BST 26 Oct 2013
They live in opulent mansions, enjoy the company of beautiful women, drive flashy sports cars, proudly sport their clunky gold jewellery and heavy tattoos and revel in their celebrity status.
They also happen to be the pastors of six evangelical Californian so-called ‘mega-churches’ who deliver their charismatic messages to tens of thousands from the pulpit each Sunday.
And they are now the stars of Preachers of LA, a new hit reality television show chronicling the lavish lifestyles, emotional dust-ups, entrepreneurial flair and of course spiritual zeal of these men of the designer cloth and their wives and admirers.
Among their ranks are a one-time Los Angeles gang member, a former professional skateboarder and drug addict, the brother of Grace Jones and a chart-topping contemporary gospel music singer.
What unites them is an interpretation of Christianity that is dramatically at odds with the “church of the poor” frugality espoused by Pope Francis since arriving in Rome.
Just last week, the Pontiff suspended the so-called “bishop of bling” Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from his German diocese of Limburg after he racked up a 30 million euro bill for new church headquarters.
The bishop would encounter no criticism of such apparently conspicuous consumption from these celebrity ministers who champion the gospel of “prosperity theology”.
This doctrine, an offshoot of Pentecostalism and one of the fastest-growing in the US, holds that financial wealth and physical health are the blessings of God, a material reward in this life for a faith that alleviates the curses of poverty and sickness.
So it is that Bishop Ron Gibson, who joined the Crips street gang at 16 but now ministers to 4,500 people each week at Life Church of God in Christ, is shown cruising the streets of Los Angeles in his red Cadillac, one of his fleet of luxury vehicles.
“P Diddy and Jay-Z – they’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses,” he says to the camera as he compares himself to secular celebrities. To whoops from his congregation, he notes: “You see my bling, you see my Bentley, you see my glory but you don’t see my story.”
For Noel Jones, the brother of Grace who has a spa session before delivering his Sunday sermon to a 15,000-strong congregation and lives in a hilltop Malibu mansion with sweeping Pacific views, life as a unmarried rock star of the evangelical movement brings other attractions.
“Of course, women throw themselves at you in this business,” he notes. “When you get to be my age, then you think ‘why can’t you have some fun’.”
And viewers follow the personal and religious struggle to emerge from scandal of Deitrick Haddon, who started preaching at 11 and is a also a famous gospel singer. He is now forging a new life with Dominique, the attractive second wife with whom he had a child out of wedlock while divorcing his spouse of 15 years.
It is hardly surprising the show has been prompted controversy and condemnation, even from others within the prosperity theology movement, such as Bishop TD Jakes, senior pastor at a Dallas mega-church, so-called because they attract more than 2,000 worshippers to a service.
“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV,” he told his congregation recently. “I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own.
“I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging….I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.”
The show has, unsurprisingly, been denounced by prominent figures in the African-American church – five of the six preachers are black – for the example set by its participants. “If you watch on mute, you can’t tell if these are preachers or rap stars,” lamented Jacob Samuels, who leads an Orlando church.
At Harlem’s New Horizon Church. Michael Faulkner was just as scathing.
“These guys are so off the wall they give the church a bad name, they give preachers a bad name, they give TV a bad name,” he said.
But the stars of Preachers of LA are unapologetic. Mr Haddon said that he was “humbled to be able to be a part of such a groundbreaking, history-making product”, referring to the series’ popularity, and that God had told him he should take part in a reality show about preachers.
“Never before have you ever seen the name of Jesus on a reality show like this proclaimed throughout the entire show,” he told The Christian Post.
“The men on this show, are men of integrity, established men who have been working hard down through the years, and they should have something to show for it. When you work hard, especially working for the kingdom of God, sacrificing your life for the kingdom, He rewards those that are diligent about what they do for Him.”
He said that the programme would win souls in an unorthodox way, a message echoed by Jay Haizlip, the former professional skateboarder-turned-pastor.
“They’re not going to come listen to a preacher, they’re not gonna turn on Christian television,” he said. “This is not a preaching TV show. This is a show where millions of people will get to watch us do life, and what it’s really like to live in our shoes.”
Indeed, the cameras follow Mr Haizlip as he returns to the crack-cocaine dens he once frequented as a drug user to minister to addicts and Mr Gibson as he drives into the hard-knock district of Compton to encourage “gang-bangers” to follow his path away from street crime.
But this new breed of preacher is as at home in the language of the entrepreneur as the minister, referring to their “brands” and income streams, describing off-shoot churches as franchises and terming themselves as chief executives.
It is from the for-profit arms of their operations that they fund their lifestyles — and according to the tenets of prosperity theology, set an example for others.
“The prosperity gospel is one of the most popular theologies of modern Christianity in American,” Kate Bowler, a professor at Duke Divinity School who has written a book about the doctrine, told The Sunday Telegraph. “It is about faith, health, wealth and victory in this life, with an emphasis on the wallet and the body as in part of the contract with God.
“Even many believers in the prosperity gospel will hate The Preachers of LA as it seems to distill certain excesses, but others will love it because of their belief that the high life might actually be divine.”