What I’d considered for blogging today had to be changed in view of this morning’s mail from Roger Jervois in South Africa. In thanking him, I said I’ d recalled Dutch Sheets’ ‘Transformation prayer call of four years ago based upon ‘The Appeal to Heaven’.
However, I was unable to remark on it because my time was tight after the first hours of my blogging day were spent dealing with a critic on a prophecy group’s Fbk. I closed by thanking him as the Lord always brings encouragement whenever I get critiqued and hindered when blogging – especially on Thursdays! SO many thanks once again Lord, and Roger:
Recently there was a reference to “Evergreens” within Veronika West’s recent prophetic word. This may refer to Christians in the US and elsewhere who are rallying around the “Appeal to Heaven“ flag symbolized by a large conifer, as below:
“Pine tree symbolism
The pine tree has been symbolic in New England since the late 16th century, predating the arrival of colonists. After warring for decades, leaders of five nations — the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk — buried their weapons beneath a tree planted by the Iroquois Confederacy founder, the Great Peacemaker, at Onondaga. The “tree of peace” is featured in the center of the Iroquois national belt, named for the Great Peacemaker’s helper, Hiawatha.
Colonists adopted the pine as a symbol on flags and currency in the 17th century, including variants of the flag of New England and coinage produced by the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1652 to 1682. Leading up to the Revolutionary War, the pine tree became a symbol of colonial ire and resistance as well as multi-tribal support of independence.
New England’s eastern white pine was prized in the colonial shipbuilding industry for its quality and height. Following their 1620 arrival to Plymouth, the Pilgrims began harvesting the indigenous pines; two decades later, they began exporting the wood as far as Madagascar.
Lacking domestic production of timber, and with imports from Russia and Sweden vulnerable to disruption, England included a mast-preservation clause in the 1691 Massachusetts Charter to ensure a reliable supply of 24-inch (61 cm) diameter trees for the Royal Navy. Surveyors marked trees appropriated to the Crown with the broad arrow symbol, but the so-called broad-arrow policy was never effectively enforced and colonists cut mast pines for sale on the black market.
In the Province of New Hampshire, enforcement led to the Pine Tree Riot in 1772, where a statute had been in effect since 1722 protecting 12-inch diameter trees. After being fined and refusing to pay for possessing trees marked with the broad arrow, a New Hampshire mill owner leading other mill owners and townsmen assaulted the sheriff and his deputy sent to arrest him by giving him one lash with a tree switch for every tree which the mill owners were fined, cutting the ears, manes, and tails off their horses, and forced them out of town through a jeering crowd. This was one of the first acts of forceful protest against British policies. It occurred almost two years prior to the more well-known Boston Tea Party protest and three years before open hostilities began at the Battles of Lexington and Concord.”
“Appeal To Heaven
The phrase is a particular expression of the right of revolution used by British philosopher John Locke in chapter 14 of his Second Treatise on Civil Government which was published in 1690 as part of Two Treatises of Government refuting the theory of the divine right of kings.
And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment. And therefore, though the people cannot be judge, so as to have, by the constitution of that society, any superior power, to determine and give effective sentence in the case; yet they have, by a law antecedent and paramount to all positive laws of men, reserved that ultimate determination to themselves which belongs to all mankind, where there lies no appeal on earth, viz. to judge, whether they have just cause to make their appeal to heaven.
Locke’s works were well-known and frequently quoted by colonial leaders, being the most quoted authority on the government in the 1760-1776 period prior to American independence. Thomas Jefferson was accused of plagiarizing Locke in certain sections of the Declaration of Independence by fellow Virginian delegate Richard Henry Lee.
Prior to Colonel Reed’s suggestion and Massachusetts General Court establishing the Pine Tree flag as the standard of the Massachusetts navy, “an appeal to Heaven” or similar expressions had been invoked by the Massachusetts Provincial Congress in several resolutions, Patrick Henry in his Liberty or Death speech, and the Second Continental Congress in the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. Subsequently, it was used again by the Second Continental Congress in the Declaration of Independence.
In the 2010s, the flag began to be flown during protests by conservative activists in both political and religious contexts within the United States.
The flag was adopted by conservative Christian activists in multiple locations. In 2015, the Freedom From Religion Foundation demanded the flag’s removal from a county courthouse in Arkansas. In 2015 the Appeal to Heaven flag and slogan were also adopted by a conservative religious movement using the same name. In 2019, Illinois State Senator Chris Miller made a public appearance with the flag to “help focus attention” on a National Day of Prayer.
The flag was also adopted by conservative political activists. In 2013, the flag was seen at a soi-disant Million Vet March where it flew behind Sarah Palin in photographs. At the time, commentator Andrew Sullivan discussed the relevance of the flag’s appearance, focusing on the connections between the historical message of the flag and its modern usage by political conservatives.”