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Good reason for Christians to vote for Romney!

The consensus among Republican elites is that this election is about three things: the economy, the economy, and the economy. The latest Fox News poll shows Mitt Romney is building a huge 13-percentage lead over President Barack Obama among the vital independent voters who are likely to decide November’s election. Tea Partyers in some major states have voted for Romney in their primaries.

During the primaries, skeptical evangelical Christians flocked to any other candidate but Romney. Now that the race has narrowed, dubious Christian voters don’t feel they can morally vote for either Romney or Obama. They believe their religious beliefs dictate their political beliefs when it comes to voting. Even though Romney supports the pro-life issues, he is mixed on other important social issues.

We’ve been here before, and sadly, some will not vote. It’s a proven fact that opting out is the same as casting your vote for the candidate you don’t want to win.

There appears to be a softening among some evangelicals “who may be coming to terms with the idea that they can support someone who shares their values—but not necessarily their religious beliefs.”

Even some Christian conservatives who never thought they could vote for a Mormon are relaxing their opposition, as they see the alternative as…. well, a living hell.

“I will support anyone against this president,” said Penny Young Nance, president of the advocacy group, Concerned Women of America, and who was a Rick Santorum supporter.

Mitt Romney will give the commencement address at Liberty University on Saturday, May 12 in Lynchburg, Va. The fact that Liberty University extended their hand to Romney is a clear indication that evangelicals are willing to embrace him. This very well could mark a serious turning point in Romney’s relationship with evangelicals.

Could it be possible that Romney is God’s Cyrus to bring restoration to the nation?

While praying for the 2012 presidential election, we’ve been asking the Lord to bring forth His chosen David. As I pondered Romney’s lead, the Holy Spirit spoke the name Cyrus to me. Could it be God’s plan to use a Cyrus instead of a David?

The Persian king Cyrus was a great military leader, bent on universal conquest. His name means “the sun”. Babylon fell before his army (B.C. 538) on the night of Belshazzar’s feast (Dan. 5:30), and then the ancient dominion of Assyria was also added to his empire (Isaiah 21:2). The Prophet Daniel’s home for a time was at Cyrus’ court. (Daniel 6:28)

Isaiah prophesied about Cyrus 100 years before his time to prove to the Persian king that YHWH was the only true God. Cyrus was chosen to restore Jerusalem and bring the dispersed Israelis home. His mission included rebuilding the temple. (Isaiah 45:1-3) The edict of Cyrus for the rebuilding of the temple was in fact the beginning of Judaism.  (2 Chron. 36:22,23; Ezra 1:1-4; 3:7; 4:3; 5:13,17; 6:3)

In these modern times, we need to recall how the LORD has used unique men and women on behalf of His Chosen people; Saul of Tarsus, Ruth the Moabite, and Cyrus the Persian king.

As a nation we are headed into captivity. America certainly needs its national foundation and Christian heritage revived and restored. Let us not reject possible instruments when God judges according to the heart. Peter heard a voice speak to him: “Those things which God has purified you shall not make impure.” (Aramaic Bible in Plain English ©2010)

Post Written by:  Rev. Ruth Schofield

The Church and Israel

Christians must stand with Israel with unwavering faith, regardless of the government’s position.

In 1 Samuel chapter 25, Abigail’s very rich husband Nabal demonstrates ingratitude towards David, after they had guarded his flocks for a season. Abigail attempted to appease David’s anger in order to stop him from taking revenge. She took him food, urging him not to “have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed” (verse 31, NIV) and reminding him that God will make him a “lasting dynasty” (verse 28).

The Church must do for Israel, what Abigail did for David and his army. Abigail’s greedy husband failed to recognize God’s anointing on David to be Israel’s king.

The entire U.S. Congress and a majority of the American people, favor standing with Israel against Iran. Acting like Nathan, President Obama has betrayed Israel numerous times on the world stage. Iran’s threats to annihilate Israel are becoming more of a reality each day as their nuclear weapon ability advances.

Proclamation/Prayer:  O Lord, as American Christians we standby, pray, and support Israel, regardless of what our government says or does. Please forgive them for they know not what they do! Let it be done to them, as they have done to Israel. But O Lord, in Your Mercy spare the United States from your judgments. Obadiah v.15, “For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.”

Pray that YHWH will frustrate the plans of the nations regarding His own Land.

“Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:8-11)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem! Pray that no weapon formed against Israel will succeed.

O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted…no weapon forged against you will prevail.” (Isaiah 54:11,17)

So goes the Church, so goes the Nation!

America is in a present battle for its survival! The nation will either see revival, or it will implode.

Church leaders agree, we are facing a Mount Carmel moment in which we must challenge the ungodly false prophets that are working to recreate America into the socialistic European model. The LORD is grieved over the condition of the state and the nation.  This present generation of the church has been placed on earth “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). If we do not arise and let our light shine in this dark period, then the LORD cannot intervene to remove wicked leaders for the judgments they have brought upon the land.

This is a call for the Church of Jesus Christ to wake up and arise to its calling! Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. (2) For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.”

Romans 8:22 says even the creation travails for the church to enter into its true stewardship. Because of tradition, the church has not prayed judicially. The church prays mercy and enables the wicked to continue their destruction. The truth is that we are to pray that God will in fact take away the wicked and remove them. This is the only way America will be preserved as a Judeo-Christian nation.

The LORD wants to help us win over our enemies….who threaten His Harvest of souls! David prayed for the Lord to intervene and remove those who opposed his government. (Psalm 109:8) The Davidic Psalms present a real picture of how God intervenes on behalf of His people who pray justice. It is time we specifically ask for the removal of the wicked and perverse leaders that occupy positions of authority! Pray they are replaced with God-fearing men and women who will uphold righteous standards for the nation. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” (Psalm 29:2)

In Isaiah 42:5-13, the LORD speaks of His Messianic promise…. Verses 3-4, “He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged,  till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

Some are waiting for the Kingdom of God to begin with the millennial reign of Christ, but the LORD is saying this promise began with the Covenant Jesus established with His Church. While Christians around the globe are experiencing the greatest suffering and persecution in history, the Church in America is responsible to hold up its “lampstand” against the gross darkness. (Isaiah 60) 

The LORD will restrain our enemies here on earth, through His Holy Spirit within the Body of Believers. (2 Thes. 2:7)

Jesus died for a harvest of nations and has given them to His Bride for an inheritance. Our responsibility is to pray for God’s Judicial Hand to smite His enemies with the “rod of iron”. (Psalm 2:8-9) Let’s prevail together on behalf of America!! “If the light goes out in America, then the light will go out around the world.” (Quote by: Rev. Billy Graham)

PRAYER WITH ACTION = ALSO VOTE!

A Line in the Sand!

A wide “Line in the Sand” has been drawn over the Abortion battle!

As Elijah faced 450 false prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, the Church is facing a Mount Carmel showdown against pro-abortion proponents. (1 Kings 18:16-46)  Planned Parenthood has released a pro-abortion prayer guide, urging their anti-life followers to pray for more abortions and calling it “sacred care.”

The abortion industry truly does worship at the altar of abortion. The abortion battle is both physical and spiritual. The physical battle is in the courts. The spiritual is calling upon the LORD God to send His Fire to end this 39-year legalized holocaust of the unborn.

The pro-life community is aggressively fighting back against Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and ObamaCare’s abortion surcharge on health insurance. The Catholic Church has drawn a line in the sand over providing abortion pills and contraception on demand.

Christian legal groups like ACLJ, ADF, and the Beckett Fund are battling Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar budget in federal court in the largest lawsuits against the abortion industry in the country. In Washington, DC, and in several states, there are court battles to defund Planned Parenthood and protect pro-life pregnancy centers from being shut down.

The Church of Jesus Christ must stand together, so we can declare, “If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8: 31)

Please join the battle by praying and fasting for the false god of Molech (child sacrifice) to be defeated. Your financial support also helps keep the armies of God on the frontline. How will they know our God is with us if we don’t have enough strength to win the battle?

“Help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”  (2 Chron. 14:11)

Also pray for the U.S. Congress to draw a wide line in the sand over current federal bureaucracy. “Notwithstanding the supposed public revulsion toward more federal spending, waste and bureaucracy-building, Congress seems to have gone out of its way to draw a wide line in the sand in front of Carter.” —Washington Post, 29 October 1978

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Increased Genocide of Christians

Arab Spring brings rising genocide of Christians

On March 12, 2012, Saudi Arabia banned Christianity, and the Grand Mufti — Saudi Arabia’s highest Islamic authority – issued a “fatwa” to destroy all churches on the Arabian Peninsula. There should be a global outcry over this persecution, but the world’s silence has been deafening!

There is a rising genocide of Christians in the Islamic world that ought to provoke global alarm. Vicious attacks are happening on Christians because of their religion in a number of countries like Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. Islamic radicals have bombed many churches in Nigeria, Iraq and Egypt costing thousands of lives.

Christian churches are being burned and blown up. Christian clergy are being murdered. Christians are harrassed, discriminated against, beaten, and killed. Young Christian women are kidnapped from their villages to be converted and married off to older Muslim men.

Why? For 40 years, Middle East Christians lived under the protection of long-time dictators. The so-called Arab Spring ended that with the overthrow of regimes like that of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Christians have also become a threat to “sharia” which is becoming the state law in these Middle East countries. This is what the New Testament church faced. Caesar thought he was Lord, but Christians declared that “Jesus is Lord.” Caesar saw this declaration by early believers as a threat to the state and to his reign and, hence, persecuted and killed many Christians.

The West and the Obama administration will not even condemn this slaughter against Christians. They should be taking action by using financial and diplomatic pressure against offending countries. Unfortunately, their silence gives a green light to the perpetrators that it is alright to continue conducting a war against Christians. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refuses to add the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram to the official list of terrorist organizations.

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Stand Up in Faith!

The Church is facing a Mount Carmel hour…… 1 Kings 18:18-40 America is at a “tipping point” and only a Spiritual Transformation can save us….God will only heal our land when we fulfill 2 Chron. 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

This is an Hour to stand up for “such a time as this.” (Esther in 4:14)  During this critical hour in America, it’s imperative that we unite our voices in prayer. And, we are excited to report this is happening at the nation’s capital, across the nation, and around the globe! But, the biggest battle still lies ahead!

Here is a sampling of the prayer activity…..It is a heartwarming experience for us to be involved in these events. 

[1] 39th March for Life | January 23 |Pro-Life Groups gather the entire week to pray and then unite together to the annual March for Life, and rallies in front of the Supreme Court. Thousands of abortion opponents marched to the Supreme Court on Monday to oppose the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision to legalize abortion. Busloads of Catholic schoolchildren from across the metropolitan area and the country joined the march.

[2] U.S. Supreme Court | March 23-28 | “Stand Up for Religious Freedom–Stop the HHS Mandate!” | Sponsored by ProLife Groups and Prayer Ministries. These rallies were called a Mount Carmel encounter. (1 Kings 18:18-40) A “Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom” was held Friday, March 23 at noon, outside federal buildings in Washington, DC and across the nation.

Tea Partyers and prayer groups kept a 3-Day vigil outside the Supreme Court building from March 26-28. This is the first time we have seen Christian leaders praying together who have been at odds with one another or distanced by various indifferences. Numerous members of the U.S. Congress walked across from the Capitol and joined them.

[3] 61st National Day of Prayer | May 3 | Theme: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12)  Each year, millions of believers across our great nation join together to worship and pray on the National Day of Prayer. A morning national event is held at the U.S. Capitol and in the afternoon a local gathering for Washington, DC is held on the West steps of the U.S. Capitol. Local prayer gatherings are held across the nation. President Obama is the first president to not recognize the National Day of Prayer. Website: http://nationaldayofprayer.org/

[4] Annual Israel Solidarity Gathering | May 4 | Israeli Embassy, Washington, DC | Invitation Only | Church leaders meet with Israeli leaders to show their support of Israel and the Jewish people. The Israeli ambassador always addresses this group along with other special speakers.

[5] Global Day of Prayer | 27 May | Originates in South Africa and goes around the globe. We must never think it a trivial, time consuming matter but rather something so significant in the Spiritual realm that it is impossible to ignore. This event calls all Christians to unified prayer for our communities, our cities, our nations and our world.

[6] Catholic Bishops | Fasting and Prayer | June 20 – July 4th | The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document, titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” warning all Americans to be watchful of government attempts to take away religious liberties. The bishops have scheduled what they call a “fortnight for freedom,” in the two weeks before Fourth of July. Article: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2012/April/BISHOPS-RELIGIOUS-LIBERTY/

This the Tipping Point for the Nation…..The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document, titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” warning all Americans to be watchful of government attempts to take away religious liberties. “Never has the federal government forced individuals or organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.

[6] USA Solemn Assembly | July 1-4 | Annual fasting and prayer for America. Praying people across America join together in churches and prayer gatherings to call America back to God. (2 Chronicles 7:14)  Website: www.embassyforworldpeace.org

[7] America for Jesus / Philadelphia | September 28-29 | A solemn assembly & National Prayer Event | Visit: http://www.afj2012.org/

[8] ASLPN | African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network | ‘A Call to Prayer for America’ in front of the U.S. Capitol | October 20 | ASLPN partners with the Awakening America Alliance by mobilizing the African Leadership to prayer. Website: http://aslpn.org

We are called to be the praying church…..So goes the church, so goes the nation! “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

Helping Persecuted Christians is Easy

Voice of the Martyrs offers their Be-A-Voice Network

Become an advocate voice for the persecuted church in your local church and community by becoming a member of VOM’s Be-A-Voice Network.  The Be-A-Voice Network is an online volunteer opportunity created by The Voice of the Martyrs. This ministry allows friends like you to help our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world in a real and immediate way.

It’s Easy! By becoming a member, you make a commitment to continue making the message of today’s persecuted church known through prayer, education and practical involvement.  If you are willing to PRAY, WRITE or SHARE with others, then the Be-A-Voice Network is the tool for you.

PRAY for the persecuted.  Often we ask Christians who have been tortured, arrested or abused, what they need most. They answer emphatically, “Please pray for us.” Be-A-Voice Network makes it effortless to pray for the suffering church.  Join now and receive up-to-date prayer bulletins to share with friends and family to grow your prayer network. Learn more and see a sample prayer bulletin.

WRITE to prisoners: “Please don’t stop.  The letters are a great encouragement …” says Joseph, a Chinese Christian, on behalf of Li Ying, imprisoned in China for loving Jesus.  We’ve seen how letters give strength to Christian prisoners and their families. In some cases letters have even led to a prisoner’s early release. Learn more and see a sample prisoner profile.

SHARE their voice: As a member of the Be-A-Voice Network you can send FREE copies of Tortured for Christ, written by VOM’s founder Richard Wurmbrand, to Christian friends and family members.

Become a Be-A-Voice volunteer by committing to one or more of the above. Register today!

Christians Worldwide to Fast & Pray for N. Korea

Global Day of Prayer for North Korea – 15 April 2012

Arise, warriors of God!

On the 15th of April, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-Sung, the founder of North Korea, will be celebrated. This will most probably be a lavish national celebration, with sumptuous dinners being arranged, to which international guests will be invited… All this will take place despite the fact that between two and three million people have died of hunger and that hundreds of thousands of prisoners are being held in infamous labour camps, including scores of discovered Christians.

Because of this, Open Doors calls on Christians worldwide to participate in a global day of prayer and fasting on Kim Il-Sung’s birthday on the 15th of April.

According to the US department of State, North Korea has one of the largest armies in the world. Its active duty military force is estimated to number 1.2 million.1

As God’s children we are part of His army and His army far outnumbers any force on earth. The Lord has given us the most effective weapon in the fight against the forces of spiritual darkness – prayer. So on the 15th of April, we would like to fight on behalf of our brothers and sisters in North Korea by fasting and lifting them up in prayer and asking the Lord to intervene in this nation.

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“Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.” (Isaiah 13:4 NIV)

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