Free Speech Chilled

28 10 2014
Christians gather to pray for Houston pastors. ((Pray for the Pastors of Houston Facebook page))

Christians gather to pray for Houston pastors. ((Pray for the Pastors of Houston Facebook page))

Everyone has heard about the Houston Mayor Parker who subpoenaed pastors sermons and emails for a lawsuit in which they have no part. It certainly crosses a red line of the First Amendment. So a friend on Facebook (thanks, Jane) asks if the policy will be expanded. Should Imams be forced to submit their sermons in the mosque? How about university professors? Maybe their lectures should be reviewed as well.

Anne Graham Lotz wrote a great note to the Houston Mayor. Here is a portion:

“So…I have written a note to Mayor Annise Parker, City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002, telling her that God loves her, that I am praying for her, and urging her to read the Bible I included with my note.  Although I am not a pastor, I also sent her a copy of the “speech” I delivered at the Official Observance of the National Day of Prayer in Washington, DC. , calling on people to repent of their sin, cry out to the Lord…for the Day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.  Joel 1:14-15

I agree with Eric Metaxas. The red line has been crossed. Persecution of God’s people has begun. In response to the question the Lord voices in Psalm 94:16, I want to answer clearly, I will!       Will you? ” Charisma News

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Psalm 94:16

My heading today uses the word “chilled”, perhaps it should say “killed”. We are at crossroads in our nations history. Christians must wake up, stand up and speak up. There is no time to lose. Start by voting in this critical mid-term election. Pray and compare candidates and indeed parties on how they stack up to Biblical values. This is no game, folks. If you do not vote, you can’t complain about the direction our country is headed. VOTE!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists         (READ MORE)




Psalm 83 and Caliphate Revisited

14 06 2014

MC900030073The Muslim Caliphate and The Psalm 83 War: The Domino Theory Ends Here

(This is a reprint of my post of February 19, 2011. It seems more appropriate than ever.)

We are now seeing the dominoes falling at a dizzying pace. Where will it lead? Where will it stop? The final result will be the resurrection of the Islamic Caliphate. The entire Islamic Empire will be revived from Indonesia to Morocco, and from Turkey and the “stans” to the Sudan and Somalia. This will transpire in just a few years.

How can such a monumental event occur so fast? There are two forces, one physical, one spiritual. There is a physical theory of dominoes falling called “domino amplifier” which has proven that each domino can be larger than the previous. This can be demonstrated by starting with a normal one and, in 29 steps, knocking down the last one as tall as a skyscraper. See Domino Amplifier (scroll down to Article 1.68 on this link).

Thus what has already begun in Gaza, Lebanon, Tunisia and now Egypt, Syria and Iraq, will continue to amplify until the fall of the Arab world to radical Islam and the revived Caliphate.

The second force is spiritual. Radical Islam is above all else a spiritual movement. By this I mean that it is a political ideology on steroids. If Communism was not godless it may have conquered the world. Ideas are not enough. But ideas with fanatical allegiance to an apocalyptic deity will indeed threaten the entire world. Now couple these facts with the Biblical narrative.

Psalm 83 is a core prophecy that must be understood. The first five verses explain the motive of these enemies: hatred of the God of the Bible who is worshipped by both Christians and Jews. Since God is out of reach, they must indirectly attack His chosen people Israel, even to the extent “that the name of Israel be remembered no more.”

Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You (Psalm 83:1-5).

The Psalm continues by listing the actual attacking countries. The prophecy stands alone, but is even more profound when compared with a more common prophecy of the Gog and Magog War recorded in Ezekiel 38. This later war also lists the countries involved. The amazing fact is that none of the Psalm 83 protagonist countries are listed in Ezekiel’s prophecy. This leads to the conclusion that Israel actually wins the Psalm 83 war and occupies much of the surrounding territory. The first Israel land promise to Abraham was “from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18)

Another distinction between the prophecies is that the Psalm 83 nations in the closer ring around the land of Israel are all Arab Muslim nations. The nations remaining are all non-Arab Muslims. It is this larger circle of nations that fulfills the Biblical antichrist prophecies. The Islamic Empire will rise again and be governed under Sharia Law by the Caliphate. This revived empire will be ruled by the Islamic messianic figure called the Mahdi (or Twelfth Imam).

My friend Walid Shoebat, an ex-Muslim and former terrorist, expressed the process clearly in his excellent book: God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the  Bible (p.81; Top Executive Media, 2008). “Biblically, the Empire of the Antichrist will not be a new empire; rather it will be the revival of a previously great empire that will have suffered what the Bible calls a ‘fatal head wound’. (Revelation 13:3) But the wound will be healed and the empire will be revived from the dead as it were: ‘And the beast [Antichrist Empire] which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain and his fatal wound healed. And the whole world was amazed and followed after the beast.” (Revelation 13:2-3) “Today the Caliphate exists only in the desires of hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide who want to revive this beast that was slain March 3, 1924. The last Caliphate – the Ottoman Caliphate – was officially abolished by the first President of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The abolition of the Caliphate is profoundly significant for our study. For it was on this day that the Islamic Empire, led by a sitting Caliph for over fourteen hundred years suffered a fatal head wound. The position of “head of state” of the Islamic Empire was severed.”

The part that jumps out in Walid’s quote is the interpretation of the fatal head wound. By applying that verse to the line of Caliphs, we come full circle to our conclusion. The Middle East dominoes are falling. It is now unstoppable until the rise of the final Caliph and his Caliphate over the Muslim world and however many other nations that succumb. Ignorance and apathy are blinding many from this truth. It is time for the West to open their eyes to the inevitable realities. (READ MORE)

Les Lawrence, voice of Christian Zionists





Prophetic or Pathetic?

8 07 2013

Mideast EgyptToday’s headline in Egypt reads: At least 51 killed in Egypt as Islamists urge defiance.

How are we to pray about the coup that overthrew democratically elected President Morsi? We certainly have mixed feelings. He was quickly imposing Sharia law on all Egyptians and unleashed a greater permissiveness for attacking Coptic Christians. Yet, he was elected in Egypt’s first free election in modern history.

The answer to my question is not to reason out a position. We have a certain simple clarity: Pray God’s will. I don’t mean pray a prayer that says: “God, I pray that your will be done.” Rather, we must learn what His will actually is about Egypt, and then agree with God. This brings me to my title.

Prophetic or Pathetic? In January 1990, it was my privilege to attend  the International Prophetic Intercessors Conference in Jerusalem. Until then, even though I was a pastor of a healthy church, I did not really like intercessors all that much. They seemed somewhat pathetic to me. Too often the tone of their prayers was a whiny sort of begging. It was as if their faith required demonstration of their unworthiness to dare ask God for help. Or as one Scripture suggests, that they would be heard for their abundance of words.

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matthew 6:7

But I got a completely different perspective from a message by Lance Lambert at that 1990 Jerusalem conference. So what is the basis of a believer’s intercession? Pray the Bible! It is simply to find out what God intends to do and then agree with it in prayer. For example, I have led a weekly meeting for about ten years called The Issachar Forum: A Prophetic Think Tank. Our goal is to equip believers to pray into God’s will with confidence, because we know His intentions. We stand on this verse.

From the tribe of Issachar, there were 200 leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NLT

We desire to be sons and daughters of Issachar who “understand the times” and know what God wants. Think about it. Sometimes you have prayed without a clue. How much more authority do you have when you are confident of God’s revealed purpose?

Therefore, when we pray about Egypt at this critical time, we open our Bibles to Isaiah 19 and conform our prayers into agreement with this amazing “Arab Spring” chapter. Political implications are irrelevant. I commented on this last week, and also gave an eight step outline of the “Arab Spring” prophecy in my May 3, 2013 commentary: Yehovah Rides Into Egypt.

The surest way to get our prayers answered is to pray in agreement with what Yehovah God has already revealed. Amen!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists     (READ MORE)





Stunning Egyptian Coup Ousts Morsi

3 07 2013

egypt-0703-horizontal-galleryToday’s military coup has reversed the democratic election of 18 months ago which brought Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt. Morsi was President for exactly one year. I have been declaring that he was the “cruel master” and “fierce king” of Isaiah 19. It appears now that I was wrong about Morsi being that leader. However, the overall prophecy of Isaiah 19, the “Arab Spring”chapter still holds.

The first three verses are already fulfilled and we now look elsewhere for verse four, unless Morsi has an amazing recovery of power. Who will the army choose to lead Egypt? Will he be the cruel master, fierce king; or will it be someone who follows him? You can be sure that the prophecy of Scripture will be fulfilled. The chaos and divisions are not going to heal themselves. More to come.

The burden against Egypt. ​​Behold, Yehovah rides on a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt; ​​The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,​and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst. ​​“I will set Egyptians against Egyptians; ​​Everyone will fight against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor,

​​City against city, kingdom against kingdom. ​​The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst; ​​I will destroy their counsel, and they will consult the idols and the charmers, the mediums and the sorcerers. Isaiah 19:1-3
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Egypt in Free Falll

28 06 2013

APTOPIX-Mideast-Egypt_Horo1-635x357Today’s blaring headline in The Times of Israel:

Two dead, including US citizen, in clashes across Egypt: Israeli analyst: Egypt is in a free fall; 70 people injured, protesters storm 3 Muslim Brotherhood offices, torch ruling party headquarters in Alexandria. Two people are dead and over 70 people injured across Egypt Friday in clashes between supporters and opponents of the country’s Islamist president.

The article goes on to quote Israel’s Channel 2 News “Egypt is in a free fall,” commented Channel 2′s Arab affairs analyst Ehud Ya’ari Friday evening.”

And this is only Friday night. The big anti-government protests are scheduled for Sunday, the first anniversary of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s President from the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood. There are calls for millions of Egyptians to protest all over the country. Will this be a reversal of the Arab Spring revolution? No, it will not. My opinion is based on Isaiah 19, which I call the Arab Spring prophecy. I have written much about it already. Here is a link to the eight-step timeline in my May 8, 2013 commentary. That blog also has links to my previous posts on the same subject.

All of this is clarified by simply reading Isaiah 19. Please read it prayerfully, as a watchman on the wall. Here are just the first four verses.

The burden against Egypt.

​​Behold, Yehovah rides on a swift cloud,
​​And will come into Egypt;
​​The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
​​And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.
​​“I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
​​Everyone will fight against his brother,
​​And everyone against his neighbor,
​​City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
​​The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst;
​​I will destroy their counsel,
​​And they will consult the idols and the charmers,
​​The mediums and the sorcerers.
​​And the Egyptians I will give
​​Into the hand of a cruel master,
​​And a fierce king will rule over them,”
​​Says the Lord, Yehovah of hosts. Isaiah 19:1-4
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)
(As is my custom, I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah!) (for deeper study click here.)




200 Tanks, 16 F-16s

26 01 2013

f16_file1The Obama Administration is sending 200 Abrams tanks and 16 state of the art F-16 fighter jets to Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi. What could possibly go wrong? Has anyone noticed that Egypt is not being attacked or threatened by any nation? Does it matter that the 2010 deal was given to Murbarak before the Arab Spring revolution put the Muslim Brotherhood in power?

“It is appalling that the Obama administration would send F-16s and 200 military tanks to Egypt in the wake of the instability, [and the] anti-American and anti-Israel atmosphere,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, (R-Texas), told FoxNews.com.

Morsi’s Anti-Semitic ‘Apes and Pigs’ Comment Wasn’t Taken Out of Context, It Was Taken Out of the Quran (The Blaze.com) It is, by now, a well-established fact that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has, on repeated occasion and for over a decade in public life, referred to the Jewish people as “descendants of apes and pigs.” Despite asserting that his current bad press is merely the byproduct of a smear campaign led by the “Jewish-controlled media” (thereby doubling down on the hackneyed anti-Semitic slurs), the Muslim Brotherhood leader actually has an excuse for his  consistently inflammatory rhetoric. After all, he is simply citing the Quran. Tiffany Gabbay
 

The scripture which keeps coming to mind is the one in 2 Thessalonians that says that God Himself will send a strong delusion to those who do not love the truth. We must love and cherish truth even above our own opinions and traditions.

The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
 
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The “New Pharaoh” Principle

2 01 2013
Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara host rabbis and scholars at their home for a Bible study session in October (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Flash90)

Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara host rabbis and scholars at their home for a Bible study session in October (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Flash90)

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. Exodus 1:8

During Israel’s 400 years in Egypt they transitioned from great favor under Joseph as Pharaoh’s second in command. Eventually their expanding population threatened a new Pharaoh and he made them slaves. This is a prophetic picture of modern Israel’s circumstances. I call it the “New Pharaoh” principle.

Prime Minister Netanyahu quoted this text on New Year’s Day during his weekly Bible study. It came up in the regular Torah portion Bible reading for Jews everywhere. I was impressed with his insight into the prophetic application. He saw the threat from Egypt’s Morsi who replaced Mubarak; and he applied it also to the Hamas threat over the West Bank.

In this week’s Torah portion it is written, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt who knew not Joseph.” That’s also happening today,” he said from his Jerusalem residence, referring to the Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, who replaced Hosni Mubarak as Egypt’s leader last year. Everyone knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority. Benjamin Netanyahu 1-1-13

It is so wonderful to hear a head of state not merely use Scripture for image, but as the support for his political position. Hamas really is a threat to take over the Palestinian “state” in the West Bank. The Prime Minister continued:

As opposed to the voices that I have heard recently urging me to run forward, make concessions, withdraw [from the West Bank], I think that the diplomatic process must be managed responsibly and sagaciously and not in undue haste. Otherwise a third base for Iranian terrorism will arise here, in the heart of the country. Peace can be achieved only when security is assured. (ibid)

This principle has applied several times already in the so-called peace process. When Israel withdrew from Lebanon, Hezbollah took over control. When Israel withdrew from Gaza, the Palestinian Authority was soon overthrown by Hamas. The same scenario has now played out in Egypt. and is certain to result in Syria and even Jordan before we are through.

Application of Israeli SovereigntyTherefore, Netanyahu is wise to consider possible future changes when “negotiating” with Abbas. The corrupt PA will be replaced by Hamas in a short time. There is a growing move in Israel to simply annex Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). A Jerusalem conference is considering this concept this week.

Please keep the “New Pharaoh” principle in mind as you pray for Israel and real peace for Jerusalem.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists








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