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Has God Raised Up a King Cyrus? - By pastor Mike Taylor - realteam1999@sbcglobal.net  
 
1 "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." (Proverbs 29:1-2)
 
I don't know about  you, but the last several months have been a roller coaster of emotions, fears, and me deciding to put the matter into God's hands. The election is finally over and whether your candidate won or not, we as a nation have enormous problems that will not go away anytime soon.
 
The last 8 years have seen an administration that has pulled this nation down a wide path of moral depravity. This POTUS, (I will NOT say his name) has so divided this country along racial, gender, economic, and political lines drawn in the sand to such an extent that the country I grew up in, played in, and worked in has changed to a near unrecognizable image of its former glory and stature in the world and at home.
 
As I take a long, slow breath, I thank God for His mercy and grace that did not allow the single most criminal, flawed, and divisive candidate to ever run for the highest office in the land and leader of the free world that did not win the trust and the winning votes of the American people. On this day after the most important election of our times, second only to the last two that went the wrong way for the continued success of this experiment called the United States of America, I take a long look at where we have arrived and where possibly, we might be headed to.
 
WHAT CAN WE HOPE FOR IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
 
Know this, my friend, this is no mere man that can solve the problems that has taken so many years in slow increments to come to a near boiling point, and find a solution to our collective national problems. 

Now a man who has the corporate and business experience of a Donald Trump may point the nation in the right direction for our economic recovery and as he likes to say "Make America Great Again". Realize that this man has huge problems to tackle in his first 100 days in office, let alone for the next four years. It will take more than human intervention to aright this sinking ship of state. What this nation needs is a deep, spiritual revival to restore the God centered institutions that were laid by our founding fathers after and during the American Revolution. America needs to be on her knees crying out to God for mercy for the sins of this nation which has been in rebellion against God for the last 50+ years and even more so in the last 8 years.
 
One thing I believe is probable here, is that a Trump administration could...I say COULD slow the decline of this nation into the abyss of destruction and becoming either a One World Government participant in the near future, or becoming a third world banana republic with no influence in the world affairs that affect human kind.  I truly believe that his opponent, I believe would have "put the pedal the metal" for our complete downfall or brought on a larger conflict with the rising power and our chief nemesis, the Russian bear. Our social, political and foreign policy programs would have been a continuation of the present administration, but doubling down on the proverbial psychedelic high of a Clinton presidency.
 
Right now, the liberal left is in full panic mode and reacting as you would expect, like total children who just lost their rubber ball to the bully on the block. I read about protest and rioting on the west coast. Threats on Twitter of taking the law into their own hands and advocating the assassination of the newly elected President of the United States. The rule of law has taken a detour in the last few years and lawlessness abounds.
 
I find it amazing that they can't see, that in prior elections half of the country elected the "usurper in chief" the community organizer that had virtually no experience in running any government outside of Chicago slums. But they are swift to condemn this election when the results are not to their left leaning agenda of political correctness and what seems right in the minds of mortal men who find pleasure in unrighteousness. Paul described our world that we live in nearly 2000 years ago, some 40 years after the Lord Jesus ascended  to heaven in front of His apostles.
 
18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:18-21)
 
I have preached for some time the demise and complete destruction of this country, as I see it going from bad to worse in our generation. Men have become just what Paul expressed in the above verses in Romans. The debauchery that has called evil good and good evil is in front of the nation's eyes everyday. We have succumbed to the left with it's abortion rights and the killing of millions of innocent lives without end for the last 50 years. We have given legitimacy to homosexual relations within the bonds of Holy Matrimony which in God's eyes is an abomination. We have allowed terrorism in this world and entering into our nation to grow and fester to the point that no one is safe in their own home. And the national ills keep growing as we have, as a nation, turned our back on God and our leaders are immoral and set the tone of the morality of the nation.
 
23 "And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Romans 1:23-28)
 
That is our country. That is our collective sins before God and it goes even deeper...We need some national day of mourning and repentance and turning toward the God of heaven and weeping in sack cloth and ashes, just as Ninevah did during the time of Jonah. Who can God use to  bring this nation out of the moral fog we have drifted into? Will God throw us a lifeline and bring us to repentance?
 
ENTER THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2016
 
Thus we have a complete outsider that in the beginning, I feared had no chance of winning anything past the beginning primaries. As an aggressive, even bombastic man slowly whittled the pack of contenders down where he was the last man standing I will admit, I had reservations about the man's qualifications, but I knew he was a success in just about everything he did, and as he has always said "we have so many problems, what do you have to loose?"
 
HAS GOD RAISED UP A MODERN DAY JEHU OR A KING CYRUS ?
 
In 1st Kings 19, the Bible tells a story of Elijah who was running from Jezebel and King Ahab who wished to kill him for what God had done to the priest of Ba'al by showing them servants of a  false god, and their subsequent destruction.  If you read the passage, Elijah is distraught that there is none to proclaim God to the nations, that only he was left and they were trying to kill him, too.  What did God say? Elijah was expected something powerful, like He knew God was as he had witnessed fire coming down from heaven to burn the sacrifice before the Ba'al priest including the stones, and lapped up water in the trough built around it, but it came not in an earthquake, or strong wind or in a burning fire - and we have seen plenty of those lately -but it came through the still' small voice. And the message of that voice to God's servant was:
 
"Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."  (1 Kings 19:15-18)
 
So I have been praying for Jehu-like political leaders to be raised and anointed by God at this very late hour and spiritual leaders of the caliber of Elisha who are willing for God and the nation sake to go for broke like Queen Esther was when she was willing to act politically incorrect when she said: "so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"  (Esther 4:16)
 
Much of what we have seen is so mediocre and politically correct that real change is but a fleeting political promise that is quickly forgotten when the election is over. Concerning what God did when Elijah anointed Jehu, king of Israel, that he came and disposed of Queen Jezebel by having her thrown off a high balcony and the dogs ate her flesh. Then he rid the nation of all the sons of the despotic and evil King Ahab, thus ridding the nation of the abomination of Jezebel and Ahab the King. Yes, I realize that the answer to the problems of remedy for Israel's problems is extreme for our time. But God will not tolerate evil in the land for an indefinite period. He is patient and long suffering, but when His judgment comes, it comes swiftly and with Divine retribution and judgment for the sins of the people who are in rebellion against Him.
 
Oh, how it is needed today to find and anoint men like Jehu and Elisha, both in the political arena as well as in the spiritual arena who under the mighty anointing of the Lord are willing to do whatever it takes under that anointing to see the will of the Lord triumph in the affairs of men.
 
Is Donald Trump this hour's King Jehu or a King Cyrus?
 
Based on this story of Elijah at Horeb when he felt there was no more hope for his Jezebel, Ahab run nation and sighed: 'Let me die', the Lord impressed on me that as then, also now in relation to the US, He needed a Jehu-like leader to be anointed and a Elijah-like prophet like Elisha became. In other words His answer to the desperate situation in the land was a strong fierce leadership, both in the political as well as the spiritual dimensions.
 
The reason that there was hope in Israel in the time of King Jehu, was that there still was 7000 men who had not bowed the knee to Ba'al. This can also be said for the intercessors who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, who have stood in true intercession for the United States of America. I have been so distraught and resigned that judgment has come to America and we will see her decline into the pit of hell.
 
But as we watched the aforementioned candidates drop off one by one, and Donald Trump was left standing alone, I felt God may be preparing a modern day Jehu to bring America back to her foundational principles of God, country, family and allegiance to all  in that order.
 
I would like to share with you an article I just read in a column written in Charisma magazine:
 
"Jeremiah Johnson of "Behold the Man Ministries" in Lakeland, Florida, said he was praying 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."
 
Johnson cited the specific Old Testament example of God personally selecting the non-believing, pagan King Cyrus to work on His behalf, as recounted in the 45th chapter of the Book of Isaiah.
 
1"Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel." (Isaiah 45:1-3)
 
Not only may Donald Trump be a Jehu whom God will use to finish much of the corruption which has been the hallmark of the Obama-Clinton administrations in America and thus "drain the swamp" but he will also become a great, great friend of Israel, a modern day Cyrus who was God's anointed one to help and back Israel in days past even to build the temple unto the Lord in Jerusalem. As God's word in chapter 45 in Isaiah so clearly indicates
 
4"For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
5I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." (Isaiah 45:4-7)
 
I believe we will see political judgment come upon our modern day Jezebel and Ahab, the Clinton dynasty. Remember, Trump said if elected he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate all the inside dealings and criminal activity associated with the  Clinton Foundation. My friend, it will be a purging of the American political landscape and many will be found to be enemies of the United States and enemies of our most trusted ally in the Middle East, the nation of Israel.
 
And despite UNESCO and its stupid edict that Israel has no connection with the Temple Mount, Donald Trump will reaffirm this link publicly by moving the United States Embassy for the first time from Tel Aviv to Israel's true and biblical capital: Jerusalem and back Israel's desire to reconstitute prayer and worship for all nations on God's holy hill when Israel is ready to begin preparations to build the beautiful, Messianic Temple of God's holy hill as described by the prophet Ezekiel in the chapters 40-48!
 
I can imagine what you're thinking: "That is exactly what the Anti-Christ will do" Yes, the ultimate man of sin, the man of perdition will indeed give Israel the right to build a Temple in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount.  No, I don't believe that Trump is the prophesied Anti-Christ. What he will be is a facilitator of Israel's right to exist and give her the ability to continue in prosperity and be her defender. This will obviously lead to a time of  great political intrigue in the land of Israel.
 
What I pray is that God will give the man we know as Donald Trump the wisdom of Solomon to govern in righteousness and justice for all people of this land. The coming AC will be so charismatic that he will swoon the people with soft words and a lying tongue. At the moment, Donald Trump is hated by half the nation, and the world is fearful of what his foreign policy positions will be. I pray that his actions will galvanize the American people to know that the man is a lover of the USA and the American people. The Anti-Christ will have no such limitations. What I pray for is that God will give us a time of a reprieve from judgment. A temporary time that we will have a chance to reach many more people for the Kingdom of God and bring more people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  We have "God willing" four  to eight years to increase the entrance of many more souls into the coming removal of the church from this earth known as the "rapture". If it be in the next 8 years, know that many people in government will vanish, just as common folks will. It is reported that Trump and Mike Pence are both born again Christians. If they would suddenly vanish with millions of other souls, would it not be a total chaos in the United States and around the world, even in Israel? The world will need, they will clamor for a man to bring tranquility back to the nations which has been turned upside down. So sets the stage for the coming Anti-Christ. WE may see many changing things in the political landscape in the near future, we may not. And I may be all wet in this assessment, but I have seen God's hand moving in our political landscape and the alignment of world powers. The rise of a well known, but political outsider to the highest office in the land at near insurmountable odds, can only be the hand of God, as people said the man, Donald Trump had no chance...
 
But here he is folks, the next POTUS was elected last Tuesday night. We live in very exciting times and the end of the world as we know it, got a little extension as the end of the age grows ever closer.  Let us spread the Gospel to all men and women who need the salvation found only in our Lord Jesus Christ, before this short reprieve ends and we see another administration that won't be in the best interest of the United States of America.  I have postulated that the coming Anti-Christ would have to be the leader of the strongest nation on earth with Babylon being the center of all commerce and trade, and for the last 150 years, that place has only been New York City...will the USA and it's leader become the beast power, or will we be reduced to rubble in the coming future?. God only knows and I make no predictions, but just give you the facts found in your bible, and let God reveal to you what will be based on the signs of the times....For more Biblical aspects of the coming end of this age to add even more depth to the coming end of the age...go to my website and read articles and sermons that warn of the coming Tribulation and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in possibly the very near future at:  

www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com.
 
"For God so love the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."
 
God sent not His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him, might be saved".
(John 3:16-17)
 
 
TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET

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"Thus saith Hashem to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, and to loose the loins of kings; to open the doors before him, and that the gates may not be shut." Isaiah 45:1 (The Israel Bibleā„¢)
 
The Nascent Sanhedrin is calling on Russian President Vladmir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump to join forces and fulfill their Biblically-mandated roles by rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
 
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Sanhedrin, contacted Breaking Israel News to announce that the election of Trump, who has promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, coupled with Putin's expressed desire for the Temple to be rebuilt, prompted the Jewish court to send a letter offering the two the opportunity to act as modern-day Cyrus figures: non-Jewish kings who recognize the importance of Israel and the Temple.
 
Cyrus the Great, King of Persia in the sixth century BCE, announced in the first year of his reign that he was prompted by God to make a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt.
 
Thus saith Koresh king of Paras: All the kingdoms of the earth hath Hashem, the God of heaven, given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Yerushalayim, which is in Yehuda. Ezra 1:2
 
Cyrus sent the Jews under his rule back to Israel with a considerable sum of money with which to rebuild the Temple. The Sanhedrin plans to call on the two world leaders to take up this ancient Biblical decree and support the Jewish people in their holy mission.
 
Rabbi Weiss explained that the US elections have made the eternal Jewish dream a very real possibility.
 
"We are poised to rebuild the Temple. The political conditions today, in which the two most important national leaders in the world support the Jewish right to Jerusalem as their spiritual inheritance, is historically unprecedented," Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News.
 
The Sanhedrin's letter notes that Trump's upset victory was due to his support of Jerusalem, and reminds Trump of his campaign promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognizing the city as the capital of Israel. The Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed in Congress in 1995, initiated the moving of the embassy, but has been vetoed since every American president since. The Sanhedrin calls on Trump to withhold the veto after he takes office.
 
The Sanhedrin also recalled Putin's connection to the Temple in its letter. During his third official trip to Jerusalem in 2012, Putin paid a late-night visit to the Kotel (Western Wall). When he arrived at the holy site, the Russian leader stood in silence for several minutes, offering up a personal prayer, after which he read Psalms from a Russian-Hebrew prayer book.
 
An Israeli bystander called out in Russian, "Welcome, President Putin." Putin approached the man, who explained the importance of the Temple Mount and the Jewish Temple. Chadrei Charedim, an Orthodox Hebrew news site, reported that Putin responded, "That's exactly the reason I came here - to pray for the Temple to be built again."
 
Putin at the Western Wall
 
 
After this remarkable exchange, the Sanhedrin sent a letter to Putin calling on him to fulfill his prayer. At the time, President Putin did not respond to the Sanhedrin's request, but now that the incoming US president is a potential ally in the project, the Sanhedrin believes it is time for Putin to take an active role in rebuilding the Temple.
 
In addition to its requests concerning the Temple, the Sanhedrin is also calling on Putin and Trump to renew the 1920 League of Nations resolution known as the San Remo treaty, which essentially enabled the creation of a Jewish State by dividing the Ottoman Empire. It incorporated the Balfour Declaration, issued by Great Britain in 1917, which gave official recognition and backing for the establishment of Israel.
 
US President Calvin Coolidge ratified the San Remo agreement in 1925, thus making recognition of a Jewish State legally binding by US law. The Sanhedrin emphasized that it is imperative at this time, when the Palestinian Authority is attempting to rewrite world history by campaigning against the Balfour declaration, to strengthen the historic American commitment to the State of Israel by readopting the agreement.
 
Rabbi Weiss emphasized that supporting the Jewish claim to Jerusalem would bring benefit Russia and America, as well as the entire world.
 
"The leaders of Russia and America can lead the nations of the world to global peace through building the Temple, the source of peace," Rabbi Weiss explained. "This will offset the disgraceful UNESCO resolutions that are the root cause of increasing terror and violence."

Last month, the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) passed two resolutions denying any  connection between the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish people, ceding to Islam a religious monopoly on many of Judaism's holiest sites.
 
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Michele Bachmann prayed with millions at crucial moment tide turned
 
Election eve 2016 began without any real sign of a gathering storm. No hint a popular revolt was brewing. In fact, just the opposite.
 
The networks were reporting the mood in the inner circle of the Republican candidate was subdued, somber, tense, even foreboding - as if fearing the worst.
 
In direct contrast, the mood in the camp of the Democratic Party presidential candidate was described as confident, expectant and already almost celebratory.
Giddy.
 
When the first polls closed on the East Coast and the first results began to come in, those moods seemed to be swiftly confirmed by reality. The pre-election polls were not wrong. Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton immediately took the lead.
 
And she was winning in the battleground states.
 
She was leading in Florida. She was leading in North Carolina. She was leading in Pennsylvania. She was leading in Ohio. Clinton was threatening to pull away and end the suspense early.
 
At 7 p.m., there was no sign of a popular uprising led by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. There was no sign at 8 p.m. There was still no sign as time inexorably marched on.
 
Something would have to break.
 
And then it did.
 
Like a scene out of the film "It's a Wonderful Life," people had begun to pray.
 
But not just in one small town. Across America. And around the world.
 
Simple acts of faith heralded the first faint wisps of a breeze that would soon become a storm that would shake the world.
 
It began in Jerusalem.
 
Christians from many nations gathered in the heart of Israel to pray and fast for the fate of the United States. Americans knelt on stage as the faithful prayed. Organizers instructed them to pray like never before for a just God to deliver his most Christian nation. They called it the Jerusalem Global Gathering.
 
Christians also gathered to pray for the nation outside the U.S. Capitol. As WND reported, pastor Dan Cummins of the small rural East Texas town of Bullard led prayers for a return to biblical principles.
 
And it was in Texas that the prayers for deliverance were sent around the world, using modern technology.
 
A large prayer group had gathered in Dallas, hosted by Ken Copeland ministries. It was broadcast by the Daystar channel. Presenters David Barton and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., invited viewers to join in prayer.
 
Daystar has a global reach of 400 million potential viewers.
 
As they prayed, something began to stir.
 
"At the precise moment we began broadcasting on Daystar," Bachmann told WND, "as the polls were still open, and a national audience of believers joined together and prayed in concert, we literally saw the race break in favor of Trump."
 
"At that very minute."
 
She presented proof.
 
"The New York Times documented the shift in voting from that minute."
 
 
"The Times put out a timeline tracking the election results as they broke for Trump last night," Bachmann continued. "We went wild in the Dallas studio last night when David Barton, Ken and Terri Copeland, and various pastors saw that the victory for Trump began exactly at the precise moment believers corporately, over national television, sought the Lord for His favor upon our nation."
 
"We knew it was at the exact same time that believers joined in corporate prayer on behalf of voting for a godly platform. Believers brought the Lord into this election, and that made all the difference," added the devout believer.
 
"That is the story of last night's victory. I have no doubt. The strong right arm of a holy God heard the prayers of His people and graciously answered our prayers," Bachmann reflected.
 
"It truly explains the Trump victory. I have no doubt. No man can take the credit. Only the strong right arm of a merciful God."
 
But that was in harmony with the "believers interceding on behalf of the American election last night in Jerusalem, praying in concert with those of us praying in America."
 
And there is no doubt someone was listening.
 
In addition to the hundreds-of-millions of viewers within Daystar's reach, the event drew about a million views online.
 
Bachmann said there had been a genuine repentance and coordinated beseeching of God. She told WND, "We saw the effective fervent prayers of righteous believers availing much."
 
"And, prayers so specific," she explained, "we prayed for elections by county and cities and districts. We literally watched results follow the faithful effectual prayers of righteous people who had humbled themselves and cried out to God for his mercy. This wasn't credit for us; this was clearly the Lord's gracious doing."
 
Bachmann proclaimed, "It is the story of the night and the biggest story of the year. I have no doubt."
 
"We were told more believers came out to vote in this election than ever before," she reflected, and the numbers confirmed that.
 
Trump benefited from the largest evangelical turnout in history.
 
Exit polls showed that an overwhelming 80 percent of white evangelical voters (who made up 25 percent of all 2016 voters) supported Trump.
 
The people - and God - have spoken: by Pat Boone
 
Trump: President by the sovereign intervention of God: by Michael Brown
 
Evangelicals of color preferred Clinton, but she did not get the same support from Hispanics and African-Americans as did President Obama.
 
Polls also showed that Trump recaptured the Catholic vote for the GOP by a margin of 52 percent to 45 percent, after most of them voted for Obama in the two previous presidential elections.
 
Bachmann said all of this "shows the necessity of believers voting for biblical principles in the voting booth."
 
Despite the victory, she concluded the work has just begun for the faithful, as well as the president-elect.
 
"This is not the time for believers to celebrate and turn away from doing our part affecting our society with the salt and light found in the Bible."
 
"Now is the time," she continued, "for pastors to preach biblically from America's pulpits on the various issues we confront in America."
 
"This is a beginning for people of faith. It is an opportunity to share the gospel and educate people on the fundamental primacy of the foundation of western civilization: the Bible."
 
So, what did happen around 8 p.m. Eastern time, when the Times indicated the odds favoring Trump began a dramatic turnaround in his favor?
 
Did prayers sway the vote, or did they coincide with the moment the tabulations began to swing to Trump?
 
Either way, there could be a case to be made that the Trump victory was not really the work of man, because man chose Clinton.
 
She won the popular vote. Just as the polls predicted.
 
But it was where those people voted that made all the difference. Providentially, perhaps, the shift toward Trump happened in the key swing states needed to push him over the top in the all-important Electoral College.
 
From that perspective, Trump's victory might indeed be seen, even by the skeptical, as less the work of man, and more of an act of God.
 
Thessalonians 4:16: "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God."
 
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As the political pundits weigh in on the many sociological and ideological factors that contributed to Donald Trump's stunning victory, allow me to weigh in on the spiritual side of things.
 
I believe Trump has been elected president by divine intervention.
 
I'm aware, of course, that some people believe that everything happens by the will of God, which means that whoever wins the presidency wins by God's express will.
 
Yet there are times when there are so many odds against something happening, when it so greatly defies logic, that it is easier to recognize God's involvement.
 
That, I believe, is the case with Donald Trump winning - and remember, this comes from someone who endorsed Ted Cruz and was one of Trump's stronger conservative critics during the primaries.
 
Just think of the obstacles Trump overcame, including:
 
1. The massive baggage of his past, including the release of a vulgar video with his tremendously offensive sexual comments along with numerous women accusing him of sexual assault (as reported by no less than the New York Times)
 
2. his myriad campaign errors, with enough misstatements and inappropriate remarks to sink several candidates
 
3. a very strong Republican field, including governors like Bush, Christie, Kasich, Huckabee and Walker, senators like Cruz, Rubio and Santorum, and outsiders like Carson and Fiorina
 
4. the massive power of the Clinton political machine
 
5. the overwhelming collusion of the mainstream media.
 
To be sure, some will say, "Yes, God has raised up Donald Trump, but it is to judge America, not bless America. He has given us what we deserve, and it is not good."
 
That is certainly a possibility, and either way, Trump's many negative qualities are still glaring and our nation remains terribly divided.
 
But if, indeed, God has raised Trump up for certain divine purposes, it behooves us to ask what those purposes are.
 
First, consider this post from Pastor Jeremiah Johnson, now just 28 years old, dating to July of last year.
 
Jeremiah knew very little about Trump when he wrote these words: "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.'"
 
Obviously, Trump's policies regarding immigration would seem to contradict the final sentence here, but if the rest of this proclamation is true, then perhaps this part will prove true too as well.
 
Second, consider the perspective of Dr. Lance Wallnau, a Christian speaker and leadership coach who often thinks outside the box. He too felt that God was raising up Trump to be a Cyrus-type leader - someone used by God to help the nation, even though he himself was not a believer - feeling directed to read a passage from Isaiah 45 to Trump (this passage speaks of Cyrus), and say that Trump was called to be the 45th president of the United States.
 
Wallnau believes that God is using Trump as a "wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness," claiming, "His emergence is such a destabilizing threat to the vast deal making machinery embedded in both parties that he has the unique distinction of being rejected by both liberal Democrats and establishment Republicans at the same time."
 
In Wallnau's words, Trump is God's "chaos candidate." (For my 90-minute interview with Dr. Wallnau on this subject, where he took calls from critics, see here.)
 
But here is the major caveat, even if all (or most of these things) are true: If Trump, indeed, is a divine wrecking ball, then he could do as much as harm as good, and to the extent that he is appealing to the fears and frustrations and anger of a nation, he is channeling some potentially dangerous emotions.
 
That means that we should pray that:
 
1. he will continue to surround himself with solid men like Mike Pence, his Vice President, or Rudy Giuliani, possibly his Attorney General
 
2. he will listen to the godly leaders who have been speaking into his life, like James Robison and Tony Perkins
 
3. he will humble himself, recognizing that the pride that has brought him this far is the pride that could destroy him
 
4. he will keep his word about the Supreme Court justices he will nominate
 
5. he will not compromise the Republican platform in some misguided effort to prove his moderation
 
6. he will do his best not to alienate those who are horrified by his presidency, instead pledging to be the president of all Americans (that would mean, for example, declaring war on radical Islam without declaring war on all Muslims)
 
7. he will demonstrate that he will ultimately help our nation as a whole (for example, with good economic policies or by proposing something better than Obamacare)
 
8. he will learn to act presidential (rather than vengeful and impetuous) on both a national and international level.
 
In short, if Trump indeed is president by divine intervention, we should pray for divine restraint on his life as well, lest this divine wrecking ball wreak havoc on the nation while tearing down what is wrong. May he be a divinely guided wrecking ball!
 

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You might be thinking that there was something mysterious in the sudden disappearance of millions of people, but the Bible has already explained this so-called mystery. Jesus said that when He came again, He would come for those who are saved. He said, "I will receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-4). The Apostle Paul put it this way: "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet"
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As millions across the nation breathe a collective sigh of relief, we have been given a gift that is nothing short of miraculous. Although we did not deserve it, given the depravity to which our nation has sunk, God has mercifully intervened and given our country another opportunity to repent and turn to Him.
 
The platform chosen by Americans speaks volumes to those that have tried to crush both the hopes and freedom of the American spirit. The people have voted for their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
 
The people have voted to be free from the chains of big government and the status quo in our Capital. The voices that have cried out for justice for the unborn, traditional marriage, limited government, and law and order have been heard.
 
Our Founding Fathers would be cheering right now at this historic victory. Our patriots, past and present, who have sacrificed so much, can know that their sacrifice has not been in vain. America still has breath and fight, courage and hope. This is a victory to all Americans, both the born and the unborn.
 
Hopefully, in time, our nation will come together and all Americans will realize the undeserving gift our country has just been handed. It's as though we have been allowed one final moment as a nation to get things right and our houses in order.
 
We've been given another chance to repent and cling to our Creator. We have experienced over the years this truth: Rule apart from God can be ruthless and people who rule without godly morals can leave both devastation and destruction in their wake.
 
Proverbs 29:2 reminds us, "When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."
 
Proverbs 29:4 further explains, "By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down."
 
We have seen the tearing down of our country and we  have now been given the task to build back up. As we move forward and strive to put our nation on the right track, let's not forget it is God who has  given us this opportunity. And yes, we are thankful to all those patriots who pulled together to vote for real and positive change. We are appreciative to all the volunteers who tirelessly fought  to make American voices relevant again.
 
We owe much gratitude to those behind the scenes who have pulled back the curtain and exposed the deeds done in secret. We are thankful to the American people for standing on the side of right and voting their conscience.
 
We are thankful for being given a platform  in which we can believe. We are grateful for the sacrifices that were made and will continue to be made by the Trump and Pence families as our nation closes a chapter in its history and turns a new page.
 
But most of all, we should all give our utmost thanks to Almighty God...the only One who could have pulled this off this victory! It is He who promises to defeat those that would shake their fists in defiance...those who would want to dismiss Him as irrelevant, antiquated, a fable of the feeble minded.
 
NO! He is and will always be EL SHADDAI, our Redeemer, our Provider, the King of the entire universe. A God of justice and righteousness whose will and ways will always prevail, whose mercies are new every morning, and who sees and knows all. 
 
NOTHING, absolutely nothing, escapes His attention. Proverbs 15:3 makes this truth crystal clear,  "The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good."
 
Thank God for hearing the cries of His people and coming to their rescue. Let's never forget individually or collectively-we all need the Savior.
 
 Jesus said in John 15:5: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
 
If you boast in anything today, boast in the fact that your God intervened and performed a miracle on your behalf, just like He did for the Israelites against a hardened Pharaoh's heart; just like he did for Noah in the wicked world in which he found himself, and for Joseph and David.
 
God has stepped in and fought a giant too big for us to fight. He has kept to His word and proven again He is trustworthy.  Thank God for the truth of Proverbs 29:16:
 
"When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall."
 
God's justice will always prevail. It may not come when we expect it, but it will always come in God's perfect timing. He is the Judge and holds the whole universe in His hands.
 
As we move forward, let's not forget to take God with us. If we forget to do so we will inevitably repeat past history:
 
"But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time." (Nehemiah 9:28)
 
We will only get it right if we allow God to reign. No man on earth can save us, only God can do that. He is the true Commander-in-Chief and should take His rightful place in our hearts, communities, nation and world.
 
God gave us a gift yesterday. Now, let's do what should have been done from the start. Let's not just make America great again, let's turn back to the Creator of All, our Almighty Savior, and make America godly again! He is our only true hope.
 
"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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
 
 
 
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"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4. Every word of Scripture is important. It's a treasure of God's truth and evidence of His love. It teaches us His ways and gives us the guidance we need to live our lives to please Him. Each of the 66 books are individual, but interwoven with each other to reveal full truth. The truth found within its pages must be sought after like a valuable treasure. "For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" Isaiah 28:10. For instance, you won't find a chapter that defines the Trinity, but you will find that Genesis 1:1 says "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." That rules out the big bang nonsense and evolution, and deeper study reveals that 'elohiym is the Hebrew word translated "God". This word is plural and Hebrew plurals always mean at least three parts. This points to the Trinity. Going on we see that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, then God spoke and creation began. Jumping forward into the New Testament, John explains who spoke. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1. From there John explains that the Word was in the beginning and all things were made by Him. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..." John 1:14a. Just from a few verses found in Genesis and in the Gospel of John it's easy to see that the Trinity is a fact and that Jesus is God. Further study reveals that all three Persons of the Trinity were present when Jesus was baptized. Studying line upon line and precept upon precept helps us to understand more and avoid false doctrine.
 
Most preachers today don't teach the full counsel of God. Instead of teaching line upon line and precept upon precept, it's more common to find that they pick a subject and scratch the surface. Because of that, important truths are missed. It's easy to avoid talking about subjects such as sin and the congregation is left ignorant but happy in their lack of knowledge. This lack of knowledge can lead to a person holding onto their sin, because they aren't taught truth. For instance, the sin that caused God to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah was very grievous. "And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it which is come unto me; and if not, I will know." Genesis 18:20-21. Homosexuality was the sin. In order to stop that abominable sin from spreading, those cities had to be destroyed. Is that just an Old Testament problem? No. Paul gets right to the point in his letter to the Romans. He says that because people know God but don't glorify Him or thank Him, they became fools. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their woman did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." Romans 1:26-27. God hasn't changed His mind about this grievous sin, but if the full counsel of God's word isn't taught, this point is missed. When pastors compromise truth in order not to conflict with secular government and protect tax exempt status, only feel-good sermons are preached. God's truth needs to be preached rather than government sin. "Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." Acts 20:26-28. People make bad choices, but Paul knew that he had done all he could because he taught the full counsel of God. If a person chose to die in their sin Paul was without blame. Preachers today need to take heed.
 
You can't walk close to Jesus unless you dig into all of His word, but many preachers refuse to teach from the Old Testament. These men deprive their congregation of understanding. The New Testament has its foundation in the Old Testament, and if you don't study the Old you cannot fully understand the New. "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." Matthew 22:29. The Scriptures Jesus referred to are what we call the Old Testament. Why should we study Leviticus or any other Old Testament book? So that we can understand God's expectations. God's law teaches us to recognize sin and helps us to understand that we are sinners who cannot do anything to save ourselves. Scripture shows us that we need Jesus for salvation. "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Galatians 3:24-25. Jesus fulfilled the law, but didn't abolish it. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, but the sin in our life needs to be recognized and turned away from. Unless you study all of Scripture you'll continue in your sin. God's grace should change your way of thinking and draw you into fellowship with Him.
 
Another subject that's ignored when all of God's word isn't taught is prophecy. The Old Testament is full of prophecy, and many have already been fulfilled. Their fulfillment confirms that God's word is true. Many were fulfilled by the birth, life, and death of Jesus. Isaiah foretells the virgin birth, Micah records that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, and Matthew and Luke give us details of His birth which fulfilled prophecy. Zechariah prophesied that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem, Daniel gives the calculations to determine the exact day that would happen, and Matthew records the fulfillment. If the Old Testament isn't studied we miss the importance of events recorded in the New Testament. On the day of His resurrection Jesus met with two of His followers who were walking to Emmaus. As they walked they discussed the crucifixion and the empty tomb. They were trying to put it all together and understand what had happened. "And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them." Luke 24:15. They didn't recognize Him, but continued to discuss all that had happened. Jesus listened, then explained it to them. "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke 24:27. What an amazing talk that must have been! This is proof that we need to study the Old Testament in order to understand the New. The Old Testament foretold the coming Messiah and the New Testament confirms the fulfillment of prophecy.
 
After Jesus finished speaking with those two men, He broke bread with them. It was then that their eyes were opened and they recognized Him. Then, He vanished! They were amazed and hurried back to Jerusalem to tell the others what had happened. As they spoke, Jesus suddenly appeared in the midst of them. They were terrified! Jesus put them at ease and explained "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" Luke 24:44-45. It's all there. Prophecy in the Old Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament. Jesus confirmed that we need to study God's word line upon line and precept upon precept. Pray over your Bible study and the Holy Spirit will help you understand.
 
What about the times in which we live today? Scripture has a lot to say about these end times and what is soon to take place. Ezekiel, Psalms, Daniel, and more give prophecy regarding today. If you ignore the Old Testament you will miss the importance of events taking place in the Middle East and how close we are to the fulfillment of prophecy spoken through the prophets and by Jesus. The Rapture will happen prior to Daniel's 70th week, and if you study Paul's letters to the Thessalonians you'll understand this. The Old Testament gives examples of how God removes people who love Him prior to His judgment being poured out. Enoch and Lot are used as examples. We read in the Old Testament  "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him." Genesis 5:24. This was prior to God's judgment...Noah's Flood. The writer of Hebrews tells us "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had his testimony, that he pleased God." Hebrews 11:5. Lot's story is also used to confirm that the Rapture will occur prior to God's judgment. Lot lived in Sodom among those who committed the grievous sin, but Lot didn't participate in that sin. Two angels were sent to destroy the cities but Lot had to be removed prior to the destruction. "And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city." Genesis 19:16. Jesus lets us know just how significant this was. "But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in that day when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:29-30. Peter also wrote about this incident "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; and delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) 2 Peter 2:6-8. Enoch and Lot both lived among people who committed sin against God, but neither of them participate in it. Nor should you. Christians will be removed prior to God's judgment, so be sure that you won't be left here to face God's judgment as described in Daniel, Matthew, Revelation, and other places in God's word.
 
Don't neglect any part of Scripture. Use it to witness to the lost and also for your own edification. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good  works." 2 Timothy 3:16. When Paul wrote these words the only Scripture was the Old Testament, which he used to reason with others about Jesus. "And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures." Acts 17:2. Philip also demonstrated the importance of knowing Scripture when he explained to the Ethiopian eunuch how a prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled by Jesus. "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus." Acts 8:35. Apollos knew Scripture and used it to show Christ to the Jews. "For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ." Acts 18:28. These men were regular people who knew the power of God and used Old Testament Scripture to explain Jesus to others. You can too.
 
Jesus said "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39. His words are as important to us today as they were so many years ago. Search all of Scripture and study line upon line and precept upon precept. Don't neglect the full counsel of God.
 
God bless you all,
 
Nathele Graham
 
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News analysts and Democratic Party campaign strategists are beside themselves that they were so wrong about this election. One Democratic political operator said that the entire party elite, including him, were so confident that they "totally missed it, and so did much of the news media." The news media missed it because they are an extension of the Democratic Party. A study by the Media Research Council indicates that some 96% of the media elite vote Democratic. There is a built in bias in that demographic. When does a reporter, or a poll sponsored by big media, or election predictions by the media cross the line into advocacy for a candidate or an ideology? And how can one be deceived by it?
 
These are pertinent questions in the wake of the election because they are fresh to discuss. They are also foundational in our current times to the warning Jesus gave in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." If we, as Christians, are susceptible to the media's bias, we are also predisposed to being deceived. The media is everywhere and touches us in many ways even if we did not have television or cell phones. The media is entrenched in our society to the point that most everyone we come into contact with is an extension of the media and its message in some way, shape or form. This recent election is a case study on deception and the perils of it.
 
From the onset, the media characterized Donald Trump as a bigot, racist and xenophobe. Although they are removed now, several media outlets put a disclaimer at the bottom of stories about Trump that emphatically said that Trump was a bigot and a racist. The media went right along with the narrative that if you believed in anything Trump said, you were a bigot and a racist. This message has been so ingrained in society that even after the election, people would ask how you could vote for a bigot and a racist like Trump. Then one media analyst suggested that the election was a "white-lash" because racist whites voted for Trump. In reality, a percentage point less whites voted for Trump than for the last GOP nominee, Mitt Romney. Trump actually carried more non-white vote than previous Republican presidential candidates.
 
The polls were another example. Most all the polls had Clinton winning from the start. The narrative was to convince everyone that Trump did not have a chance. The polls favored Clinton because the sampling was skewed up to 12 points in her favor before even the first question was asked. The point I am trying to make here is that when everything and everyone, even family members and close friends, is pointing at you and saying there is no hope, you are a bigot, a deplorable, unredeemable person, it takes a strong belief in a Standard of Truth to stand against this kind of pressure. If you are deceived, you will give in to it. We have to be an Ephesians 6 kind of people these days, and we must stand on the Word of God, the only standard of truth I know.

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Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. -Philippians 2:12-13
 
There was a special bond between Paul and the believers in Philippi. They were in great agony over the fact that Paul was in prison and could not be with them. So Paul was saying, "I don't want you to lower your guard spiritually, even if I am not around. I don't want you go into some kind of a spiritual cruise control and not continue to move forward."
 
Paul wanted the believers to stand on their own two feet spiritually. How were they to do this? We see the answer in verse 12: "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
 
This doesn't say to work for your own salvation. It says to work out your own salvation. This phrase, "work out," means, "to carry it to the goal and fully complete it." In the original language, the phrase also could be translated to mean working a mine, as in mining for gold.
 
God wants us to carry on to the goal and fully complete our own salvation. In recognition of what God has done for us, we have to realize that He has placed the mother lode of His grace and forgiveness in our lives. We need to mine it. We need to discover it. We need to appropriate it. We need to carry it to the goal.
 
That may seem like a tall order. It is. But let's not forget verse 13: "For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
 
Remember, the calling of God is the enabling of God. If God asks you to do something, then He will give you the power to do it.


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Maranatha! (Lord Come Quickly)
 
 "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, All other ground is sinking sand."
 
 "Let Us make the short time we have left count for all eternity!"
 
 YBIC-Randy