There’s extensive heated discussion on the upcoming US election, of which my fellow ‘watcher’ John Barber’s Trumpwatch 35: Crunch Times presents an honest, balanced viewpoint.
According to Professor Wayne Grudem, author of the huge tome Systematic Theology on my bookshelf, “every time viewers heard a negative evaluation of Biden, they heard 158 negative evaluations of Trump. For every positive statement they heard about Trump, they heard 18 negative statements” (emphases mine). He doesn’t cite his source but we’ll revisit his opinion later.
Personally, after hearing the Lord say “This is all about to be fulfilled” upon opening my Bible 12 years ago (as recounted in The Endgame is Now in Play), I began paying close attention to events in the Middle-East, especially those related to Bible prophecy. Also, I began emailing some friends and church leaders in order to keep them appraised of the situation. This included monitoring American involvement through weekly reports from a Christian editor based in the White House. Things took a fascinating, surprising turn of direction with January 2017’s change in the US administration.
Yet politics turns almost all Christians in Britain off because of its nature and public distrust of politicians. However, choosing to remain ignorant seriously affects our grasp of how the Lord and His servants work behind the scenes. Much as I respect all church leaders, too few appreciate the prophetic – even accepting media’s deception.
UNEASE OVER TRUMP
Consequently, pastors are prone to dismiss prophetic insights, as have national prayer and healing ministry leaders I know! After circulating the video of Trump declaring Jesus Christ is more famous than himself to some local church leaders, I got a gentle rebuke by email from one who quotes two scriptures relating to his unease over Trump, and encourages me to look carefully at the fruit of his words, attitudes, values and actions: “I have to say that I struggle to see the values of Jesus or a heart for His Kingdom in what I have seen over the years.”
This is not surprising as he admits to not being well-informed on politics and, in view of Trump’s seemingly peculiar character, his cynicism is understandable. He offers, “I suspect that many have done this for votes or political advantage – and few have actually been in submission to God and on His side. I pray that Trump and Biden both get to this place, and that God’s will is done and His Kingdom comes in the US election.”
AT least we can stand in agreement and I say a definite ‘AMEN’ to his closing prayer!
Even so, I can’t let the opportunity go by without sharing some facts for the sake of his being better informed. So I sent a short briefing based upon what I’d already said in my email with the video: “In thirty five years watching events relating to Bible prophecy, and involvement in the prophetic for the latter half of that time, plus keeping close tabs on US administrations since 2009, I do not recall being so blessed with how the Lord graciously used me as this week.”
I since realise my reply, expanded by some post-2009 observations, may be of some help to my readers on both sides of ‘the Pond’. First, the church leader’s criticisms based upon:
BRIEFING 1 – re. scripture
“These people honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matt 15:8) – Reply: “This can refer to Democrats’ leaders Obama and Biden (supposedly Catholic yet a RC bishop of Tennessee asks him “At your judgment before God, how will you explain changing your position about abortion and how will you explain promoting no limits and allowing all protections removed protecting the most innocent? Will you tell God you supported the ultimate child abuse because of the American Constitution?”)”
“By their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matt 7:16) – Reply: “Some is obvious in Trump’s attempting to return Kingdom values back into public life (eg his Pro-life stance and his supporting ‘March For Life’) and nomination of Amy Barrett for a Supreme Justice, as well as furthering Father’s prophesied purposes for the state of Israel.”
BRIEFING 2 – re. President OBAMA
May 2009 – Early in his first term Obama met Netanyahu to discuss the latter’s 2-state solution for the Middle-East….involved attempts to turn the Arab world and Europe against Israel, and to appease Iran – even to ‘blackmailing’ Israel over its nuclear defence! (Obama wanted to be able to use Iran’s territory for supplying US troops in Afghanistan/Pakistan.) Also, there’s been dismay in Cairo and Riyadh over his courting the terrorist mentors in Teheran. No wonder Egypt and S.Arabia – both kept militarily informed by Israel – and five Gulf emirates turned a deaf ear to Obama’s secret (and 3rd) delegation seeking hundreds of billions dollars investment in US and global economic stimulus plans! That weekend a political furore gripped Washington and frayed Obama’s key policies.
June 2009 – Obama’s infamous Cairo speech to Muslim world included delegates from the banned Muslim Brotherhood who were invited at Obama’s specific request against president Mubarak’s wishes. I express reservations about his claims as a Christian and historian as he negated known facts and gave an Arabic and Palestinian narrative!
These indicated Obama’s direction of travel in being thoroughly anti-Israel, getting MB members in his administration (as well as throwing pres Mubarak ‘under a bus’ and creating a diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia!) and courting the terrorist regime of Iran.
He was also plainly anti-Christian in taking no action whatsoever against Islamist violence against Nigerian Christians; wanting American black churches to turn away from Biblical principles of marriage; promoting and celebrating lgbt and same-sex marriage nationally and globally; increasing accessibility of abortions and making US overseas financial dependent upon receiving countries introducing legislation to facilitate abortion (Ie. modern-day practice of abominable child sacrifice in worship to false-god Molech.)
Here’s a brief review of Obama’s legacy upon Israel .
BRIEFING 3 – re. President TRUMP
During his 2016 campaign, REUTERS STOPPED RECORDING on Sunday (4 Sept) as Donald Trump received a standing ovation at a black church and praise from African-American Bishop Wayne T. Jackson in Detroit. As Pastor Jackson presented Trump with a Hebrew shawl (tallit), a Jewish Bible, and offered his prayers, the black audience cheered and clapped. As a Reuters cameraman became suddenly aware of the strong impact of the moment, a voice is heard off-camera saying, “He’s getting a shawl!” The cameraman then says, “I’m shooting this, I don’t care what they say….I’ll take a demotion for this“ – but the feed got cut!
Just before his inauguration The Times interviewed Donald Trump with Tory party MP and ex-leader of the Brexit campaign, Michael Gove and reported: ‘Britain and America will get a new trade deal “done quickly and done properly”, Donald Trump said on Sunday night as he promised he would help make Brexit great. The US president-elect praised Britain for voting to leave the European Union, saying: “People, countries, want their own identity, and the UK wanted its own identity”. (emphasis mine)
It’s not so much that Trump trashes Obama’s ‘mobster-style’ threat, made during his visit to support ex-PM Cameron, to send Britain “to the back of the queue” in trade negotiations if we to vote to get out of the EU…more that Trump’s incisive remark about Britons wanting our own identity tallies so closely with a four years-old prophetic word brought by Revd Dr Sharon Stone. His remark demonstrates that, both nations’ new and radically different leadership that’s come into office through exceptionally unusual circumstances, IS ALIGNING WITH THE LORD’S STATED PURPOSES AND DESTINY FOR OUR NATIONS. (Fulfilled Prophecy #15)
Inauguration 20 Jan 2017 – Unprecedented Prayer On Display
Prayer played a major role in the inauguration of Donald Trump. The ceremony featured six religious leaders, more than any other inauguration in history. The list included Paula White, one of his spiritual advisors, Rev. Franklin Graham, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson.
Read Trump’s Inaugural Speech, Mentions of Faith Compared to Past Presidents
Black History Month (Feb 2020) ‘African-American religious and political leaders lay their hands on Donald Trump as they pray for him at a White House reception to mark Black History month. The US president vowed to deliver ‘abundant’ equal opportunities for all.’
And check out Trump’s dealing with the Nigerian President over Christian persecution:
PS. After the Inauguration, William Koenig notes in Eye View From The White House:
“There is great hope with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. They will need our prayers daily because the tasks at hand are enormous and very serious. I rejoice at the change because it has been very tough being in the White House press corps the last eight years.
“I am ready for greater involvement in the pressroom and keeping you up-to-date on what is taking place behind the scenes. Fortunately, Trump, Pence, Conway, Priebus, Bannon, Spicer and the nominees are very pro-Christian, pro-Evangelical and pro-Israel. This is truly a new day for believers in Yeshua.”
READ ALL THIS SERIES’ PARTS:
- 2008-2017 (as above)
- 2017-2020 – Dismantling Obama’s Legacy
- President Trump’s Personal Faith
- President Trump’s Faith In Action.
- President Trump’s Worship & Belief