Prayer for America

O America, return to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled and fallen due to your iniquities.  America, recognize and understand that the Lord, is your God; the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations; acknowledge Him Who is leading you through this great and terrible wilderness of uncertainties with its serpents, and scorpions ready to consume you; America, pull down the altars of Baal, where you sacrifice your children disregarding their cries of pain at your mercy!  Examine your ways and return to the Lord; the Lord, the Lord, is compassionate and gracious; He will forgive you!  Return to the Lord, put away your abominable false gods, for a lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations is on his way.  He has gone forth from his place to make your land a desolate waste; and your cities shall be left in ruins without an inhabitant; for this, gird yourselves with sackcloth, lament and wail; the evil time is upon you America, for truth has fallen on the streets and uprightness cannot enter [the courts of justice.]  Shake yourself from the dust, loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O America, God shed His blood for you and crowned you with loving-kindness; seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; His precious blood will cleanse you clean, when you repent of your wicked ways and turn to Him.  Take away from your midst yokes of oppression. Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you; you know not your way to peace.  The Lord waits for you, America; He will be pleased to bless you again, when you turn to Him with your whole heart and mind.

The stripes YAHSHUA suffered in His body was for you, America! The bruises He suffered in His soul was for you America, His blood shed through the crown pierced on His head, through the nails pierced hands and feet was for you America; the merciless floggings applied on His body, was for you America.  Annul your contract with the darkness and death; come to the Light, let justice run down like waters and righteousness as a mighty and ever-flowing stream, then the glory of the Lord, His holiness and goodness will shine on you from east to west, from north to south.  Seek good and not evil that you may live, and the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you.  Know in all your heart and in your soul that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord has promised concerning you.  Return to the Lord, America, circumcise your heart to the Lord and be revived to receive His blessings.

PRAYER

O Lord God of heaven, You Who keep covenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love You and keep Your commandments, let You ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to listen to the prayer of Your servants which we pray before You day and night for America, confessing her sins which she has sinned against You.  We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments statutes and ordinances which You commanded.  O Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere and fear Your name.  Lord, we Your people are crying to You for mercy; hear us from heaven according to Your loving-kindness; You are just in all that has come upon us, for we have acted wickedly.  God, be merciful and gracious to America and bless her and cause Your face to shine upon her and among her, that your way may be known upon earth, and Your saving power among the nations; O You Who hears prayer, to You shall all flesh come; You Who still the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves and the tumult of the peoples, You, O God, You are our God!  In Your wrath, remember mercy, so that America and Your people who call on Your name, will not be destroyed.

We acknowledge our sins and the sins of our nation before You: O Lord, we and our nation have sinned and dealt perversely and done wickedly and have rebelled turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.  O Lord, to us and our nation belong confusion and shame of face, because we have rebelled against You.  O Lord, according to all Your righteousness and justice, we beseech You, let Your anger and Your wrath be turned away from us, Your people; listen to and heed the prayer of Your servants and their supplications and for Your sake cause Your face to shine upon us; O my God, incline Your ear and hear, for we do not present our supplications before You, for our own righteousness and justice, but for Your great mercy and loving-kindness; O Lord hear!  O Lord forgive!  O Lord give heed and act!  Do not delay, for Your own sake, O my God, because Your people are called by Your name.  Hear our prayer, O God!  In the multitude of Your mercy answer us today.  In You, O Lord, do we put our trust and confidently take refuge; let us never be put to shame or confusion!  Deliver us in You righteousness and cause us to escape; bow down You ear to us and save us!  Be to us a rock of refuge in which to dwell, and a sheltering stronghold to which we may continually resort, which You have appointed to save us, for You are our Rock and our Fortress.  We will wait and hope for You O Lord.  We call on Your name for our salvation, drag us not away with the wicked, with the workers of iniquity, for we are your people.  Arise, O Lord and vindicate Your holy name among the nations.

In the most precious name, the name of YAHSHUA, amen!

Fear Not What the World Fears

(Isaiah 8:11-13)

Since covid-19, the spirit of fear has permeated the entire world; masks, a mandatory face covering, have hidden people’s faces, and have taken the freedom to speak, as a symbol of what is to come in the future of the world.  In the biblical days of Israel as a nation, many circumstances enveloped this nation that resembled what we are going through today. Invasion of nations was a means by which God removed His people from the Land, when Israel grossly kept sinning against Him.  In the days of the Prophet Isaiah, God warned him not to be in fear what the people were fearing and dreading, but to fear God and let Him be his dread in time of judgment.  Fearing circumstances will lead a person to emotional and physical breakdowns of the body, for it comes with torment.  To fear God however, is to revere and respect Him, acknowledging His sovereignty over all as the only true God.  Fearing Him will remove the power of torment the spirit of fear brings us.  The Lord tells us in Proverbs 24:10: if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. It is a fact that faith is the source of our strength.

Today, the world cries in despair in view of unheard-of circumstances that mercilessly robbed it of its many lives, opening fear’s door to control humanity.  Everywhere we go, we see it in the faces of the multitude through the use of an unnecessary facial covering.  The hearing impaired can’t understand their muffled words, causing frustration on both sides. This is time of confusion, mind boggling, for fear has taken over the hearts of many, including ignorant Christians.  Fear deafens the ears and reasons contrary to the reality of truth.  God has spoken through today’s prophets, but as it were in the days of ancient Israel, who rebuked and punished their prophets, Christians are doing the same today, embraced by fear, not realizing what God is doing to warn us, and in His mercy to let us know the outcome of things that are happening right now, meaning, Donald J. Trump will remain the president of this nation.  He revealed to them the outcome in part, not in full, so that we will learn to trust His Words spoken to His prophets.  President Trump won; it is a fact. The victory will be reality to all after God reveals all those who are corrupted.  He did not tell them how or when, but He told them the important fact in the equation, Trump’s victory.  America stands now at the mercy of God.  Like the Israelites, after leaving Egypt, on the third day when they faced the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptians behind them, without a place to run, even if they could have done, due to the multitude plus their flocks, they could not.  Moses, whom God had given the task to free them from slavery, put up with the Israelites doubts and complaints, as if he had wronged them by leading them out of Egypt.  Here are their words against God’s anointed: Did we not tell you in Egypt, let us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?  For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness (Exodus 14:12).  God however, did not tell Moses His plan in full, neither how He was going to do it.  He did not tell Moses about the Red Sea through which He was going to lead Israel to the Promised Land.  Likewise, God did not tell His prophets the how and the when, just that it will happen.  That should have been satisfactory to all of us, to know the end of the story, as many of us turn to the last page of a book to see how the story is going to end.  As it is, seemly this nation is now at the point of hopelessness: the Red Sea point.  It is the time to battle, not to complain; divided we will not be established in the faith. Blaming the prophets will do us no good, but to turn us against God, as if we were His enemies.

Until I Entered the Sanctuary

(Psalm 73:16-28; Job 42: 5, 6; Lamentations 3:20-23)

But as for me, my feet were almost gone, my steps had well-nigh slipped, for I was envious of the foolish and arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 73:2, 3).

Why is it that “the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence?” I suppose a cow could answer this question. Sometimes our hearts are so full of self-pity and wants that we become blind to the blessings before us; we keep looking out for it instead in someone’s success and desiring it for ourselves in the spirit of envy and jealousy, as the Psalmist so wrote, But as for me, my feet were almost gone. . . for I was envious of the foolish and arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.. .  Until, I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end (Psalm 73:17). In the presence of God the psalmist saw the end of the wicked whom he envied the riches and success. When he realized their end, he also realized his sin of envy and there in the presence of the Lord he repented. He said, For my heart was grieved, embittered, and in a state of ferment, and I was pricked in my heart, so foolish, stupid and brutish was I, and ignorant; I was like a beast before You (vs. 21-22).

The Two Witnesses

At the beginning of Israel as a nation, God established the law of two or three witnesses against the accused person. He said, One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity of any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established (Deut. 19:15). The importance of more than one witness in any case is necessary, for it provides protection for the innocent accused of things he has not done, especially in a court room when the accused faces the judge with his sentence: condemned or acquitted. If every court in this world would practice this law, there would be fewer innocent people sent to jail. A false witness, the Bible tells us, is an abomination to the Lord (Prov. 6:16-19).

A Tree With Spiritual Meaning

Three important events happened in the life of YAHSHUA before His death: the triumphal entry, the cursing of the fig tree and the cleansing of the temple.

After His triumphal entry to Jerusalem, He and His disciples, on the following day, when they had come out of Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, He went to see if He could find any [fruit] on it [for in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. But when He came up to it, He found nothing but leaves, for the fig season had not yet come. He said to it, No one ever again shall eat fruit from you. When evening came on, He and His disciples, as accustomed, went out of the city. In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered away to its roots (Mark 11:12-14,19-20).

The fig tree is mentioned first in Genesis, when Adam and Eve used its leaves to cover their nakedness after they transgressed against God’s command. “They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apron like girdles” (Gen. 3:7). The fig tree in this instance served as a temporary covering for our parents in the garden, until God provided them with long coats of skins and clothed them (Gen. 3:21). Fig trees were prominent in Palestine, where Israel was heading in their journey of forty years. Moses told them that the Lord God was bringing them into a good land…a land of wheat, barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive tree and honey (Deut. 8:7-8). Fig trees were a symbol of blessing. In the days of King Hezekiah when he rebelled against the King of Assyria, he responded to Hezekiah by trying to sway his army by offering vine and fig tree. The fig tree constitutes a symbol of peace. In Proverbs 27:18 Solomon compares the tending of a fig tree to looking after one’s master. In the Song of Solomon chapter 2:13 the fig tree is a sign of the times. The prophet Micah mentions the fig tree in the latter days as a symbol of peace and security. “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Micah 4:4). In Jeremiah’s vision of baskets of figs- one good and the other very bad figs, the message here was of redemption and of judgment. Like these good figs so will I regard the captives of Judah whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good, (says the Lord) For I will set My eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land; and I will build them up and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up, and I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. And as for the bad figs… I will even give them up to be a dismay and a horror and to be tossed to and from among all the kingdoms of the earth for evil, to be a reproach, a byword or proverb, a taunt, and a curse in all places where I will drive them. And I will send the sword, famine and pestilence among them until they are consumed from off the land that I gave to them and to their fathers (Jer. 24:1-10). In the book of Joel, the fig tree is a sign of Israel’s restoration. The prophet encourages all to rejoice. He said, Be not afraid, you wild beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness have sprung up and are green; the tree bears its fruit, and the fig tree and the vine yield their strength (Joel 2:21-15).

Esther’s Moment

A Bible story we read from the book of Esther, is more than a children’s story “They lived happily ever after” happy ending. Hard to understanding the culture of those days, we wonder why it had to be so. Reasoning the whys, we come to the understanding it was in the spiritual sphere, purposed by God Himself, for a reason or redemption of Israel as “For such a time as this.” Hadassah, Esther’s original name, was a young and beautiful maiden, who was chosen among many others to be Ahasuerus’ wife. This Persian king reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces (Esther 1:1). It all happened in a controversial and hard to understand way, when King Ahasuerus, being drunk, commanded his wife, Queen Vashti to be brought to him to show her off to the peoples there represented. But she refused to do so. For that, the king was enraged, embarrassed, and humiliated at that reaction, which lead him to divorce her. After a while, the king’s servants recommended to be sought beautiful virgins for him. That’s the background in which Hadassah- Esther came in this story of redemption of her people, Israel.

I Sought a Man Who Should Build the Wall and Stand in the Gap

From the time that God created man, He has not ceased to seek that special person who will build walls and stand in the gap on behalf of a country or people so that He would not destroy them; a man who will stand in the gap for righteousness and justice. The Word of the Lord that came to the prophet Ezekiel while he and the nation of Israel were captives in Babylon were words of judgment against the sins of that nation. Israel laid bare before her Lord and her sins were exposed before Him. God’s love and patience over Israel and all other nations are evident in the length of time He waits before He sends judgment. Meanwhile He seeks intercessors who will stand in the gap in His presence for the land and for its people. He told Ezekiel that He had sought a man among Israel who should build up the wall and stand in the gap before Him for the land, that he should not destroy it, but He found none. Therefore, He said, Have I poured out My indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their own way have I repaid upon their own heads, says the Lord God(Ezekiel 22: 30-31).

Time to Circle Jericho for Victory

(Joshua 6)

Jericho stood strong with tall walls, providing security against their enemies. A city with strong men, ready to defend it. But the time arrived when no longer by their might nor by their power were they going to withstand what was coming against them. No walls were going to stop God’s invasion of the city. The challenge was before Israel to destroy the city according to what they were commanded to do: They were to march around the city seven times and on the seventh day the priests were to blow the trumpets; the people were commanded to shout at their victory after the playing of the trumpets; at their shout, the walls came tumbling down; Jericho stood exposed to all they had.

These are Esther’s days, when we “Esthers” are petitioning God for America’s deliverance from her enemies. America has been betrayed by her sons and daughters and by her neighbors.  Evil days are here; God’s judgments are over this nation for having forsaken Him; but also refreshing times are coming as a result of the nation repenting and turning to God. Walls of corruption are coming down right now as we seek our God for deliverance. Many more walls will come down, as we continue to pray. God, in His righteousness, will expose the evil wrapped around this nation by a dragon, as pythons wrap their strength around their victims, to kill them. America was almost out of breath without realizing it, until the nation started to gasp for it, with their faces hidden behind a mask under the pretense of a virus. Our minds are bombarded with news, but only the Lord’s report should occupy our minds.

YAHSHUA asked a profound question: Will I find faith on the earth when I come back? In view of all that we are experiencing today, will He find us in readiness for Him, or lacking the oil of faith, because of fear, anxieties, and worries? Why have we stop circling the walls of Jericho for our victory? Was it because we stop listening to God’s voice, to listen to the voice of the enemy through the media? Will not God defend and protect and avenge His chosen ones, who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf?  Asked YAHSHUA. (Luke 18:7,8). The Lord is compassionate and gracious…for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him (Ps. 103: 8a,11). The trumpets are sounding the time of war, calling the bride of Christ to the battle. For this reason, He has equipped us with His complete armor. It is time to move along the lines against the despotism, the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, and the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly realm, which translates the devil and his demons (Ephesians 6: 12). Our guns and other weapons, will be of no help in the spiritual warfare, for the weapons of our warfare are not physical, but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds (II Cor. 10: 4). Let’s pray the Word of God, for it is the weapon that will bring down the enemy.

For my prayer is to You, O Lord. In an acceptable and opportune time, O God, in the multitude of your mercy and the abundance of Your lovingkindness hear me, and in the truth and faithfulness of Your salvation answer me. Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked, further not their wicked plot and device, lest they exalt themselves…My eyes are toward You, O God the Lord; in You I trust and take refuge; Be praise adored and thanked O Lord, our God forever and ever; Yours O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and Yours it is to be exalted as Head over all; both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hands are power and might; in Your hands it is to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name and those attributes which that name denotes; direct and establish our hearts toward You, O Lord, now and forever for the glory of Your name. AMEN!

Declare

The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear, though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. I will remain confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  I will wait for the Lord; I will be strong and take heart; yes, I will wait for the Lord.  I shall not dread the enemy, for the Lord my God is among us, a mighty and terrible God; The Lord our God is in the midst of us, a Mighty One to save! Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked, further not their wicked plot and device, lest they exalt themselves…My eyes are toward You, O God the Lord; in You I trust and take refuge; Psalm 27:1-6, 13-14).

America has a very beautiful beginning, starting when the Mayflower ship, bringing Christian refugees, running from persecution, landed on this land four hundred years ago, last month. America has gone through two main struggles as a nation, and now is going through the third more devastating and serious one, according to the vision President George Washington was given, when in prayer concerning the distress of the war he was fighting against the British for America’s independence. A vision of great significance for Americans today. The interpretation of the vision is as follows: “Three great perils will come upon the Republic; the most feared one is the third. But in this great conflict, the whole world united, shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, men and the union.” Two have passed presumably: one during President Lincoln’s day-the civil war in 1861, the second happened on September eleven, (911) two thousand one; now America faces the third one concerning electoral corruption and international interference with its election.  But America will prevail after a long and fearful trumpet blast, as the angel told George Washington in his vision and concluded by saying, “Until the stars remain and the heavens send due upon the earth, so long shall the union last.”   America has been a divided republic for several years. When evil became greater than the good, then the nation’s battle between good and evil started. Many years ago, President Lincoln echoed the words of YAHSHUA, trying to preserve the union: If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:25). So, let’s take our positions, standing our grounds, let’s take charge against Satan’s plan to destroy and divide this nation, lifting our voices in praises to our God, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever,” as we circle Jericho seeking victory for the sake of our country.

The Ultimate Gift

(Isaiah 53; Hebrews 10: 7,10)

Then YAHSHUA said, Behold, here I am, coming to do Your will, O God, what is written of Me in the volume of the Book; and in accordance with this will we have been made holy through the offering made once for all of the body of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10: 7, 10).

While He was carrying our grief and sorrow, while He was being wounded for our trespasses and transgressions, while He was being bruised for our guilt and iniquities, while He was taking our punishment and giving us His peace, we stood ignorant and considered Him to be under God’s judgment, rejecting Him to the point of hiding our faces from His appearance, which was marred beyond human form (Isaiah 52: 14). Why do think that was? The reason why, was that we could not stand to see our own sinful condition being put on Him. He didn’t fight back and we thought Him to be weak and marveled at His silence. He was taken away by oppression and falsehood and was led away to the slaughter with criminals, as if He were one of them. He was denied justice and a fair trial. We then, nailed His hands and feet to a tree for six hours when our guilt and iniquities were lighted on Him. With the intensity of His suffering, He cried, Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani? (My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me)? (Isaiah 53; Psalm 22)

Bruised, grieved and sickened, God made Him an offering for the sin of the world. Nailed to a tree, His face and body disfigured and poured out like water (in His blood), all His bones out of joint, His heart softened in anguish, no strength left in Him, thirst from dehydration, His tongue cleaved to His jaws, yet He endured the insults of men. “Come down from the tree, if You are the Son of God!” with many other insults they tormented Him. But again, they could never understand that the horror they had seen in YAHSHUA’S face body were indeed the reflection of their own sins He was taking upon Himself. They failed to accept that He was the perfect gift to them- the ultimate gift God was giving to the world– the gift of forgiveness.

Lord, Help My Weakness of Faith!

(Mark 9:21-24)

Faith, the vital and most important armor of defense, is often overlooked in our times of trouble. We look for the tangible to provide the solution for our physical and emotional problems, because we seem to think that in the touching and seeing, our faith is developed, as it is  often said, “Seeing is believing”. Thomas, one of the disciples of YAHSHUA, seemed to have believed that way. When the disciples told and kept telling him of the resurrection of our Lord YAHSHUA, these were his words: “Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe [it]. Why was Thomas so contrary and so emphatic in his unbelief? What was there to gain? He expressively detailed the conditions he would believe: “Unless I see the marks of the nails in His hands, put my finger into the nail prints, and on His side, I will never believe”. The adverb never implies permanent condition of disbelief. The Lord rebuked him saying, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe? Blessed are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed on Me (John 20:27, 29).

But Thomas is not alone. We too turn faith into a dilemma in our challenging circumstances. When we fall ill, the first thought to come to mind is to see a doctor.  Nothing wrong in that, humanely speaking ; but what does the Word say about that?  Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders. And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name; and the prayer of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults, and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The earnest prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (James 5:14-16). The Bible does not say, in sickness call in a doctor, but call in the church elders; it does not say, to give drugs, but it says, to pray over the sick, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. The results will be that the prayer of faith will save the sick person and the Lord will restore him. The first thing to do to experience restoration is to confess our sin to one another. In offending my brother or sister, I have offended God also and I have suffered the consequences. By admitting my sins to the one I offended, I have taken the first step to my healing, because that has opened heavens and called the attention of God to bless me with restoration and deliverance from that which has caused my illness. God will always do what He has promised in our obedience to His word.