“The patriot preachers of the late 1700’s fanned the flames of liberty and truth and when the time came, bravely led their men to fight to secure them… Like those men of God from long ago, modern preachers must once again “connect the religious and political dots” for their congregations if we hope to save our culture from certain disaster. Today’s preachers must return to their posts as watchman on the wall and keep a “sober and vigilant” watch. Without the return of this kind of spiritual leadership, America is destined to continue wandering blindly in the fog of “political correctness” and godless humanism – and, ultimately, to its doom”. (Former Oklahoma State Representative and Pastor Dan Fisher - ‘Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment’)
This update may be the most important I’ve written as some leaders seem to be backing off of their support and therefore their intercession for President Trump. However, this is not the time to retreat from the enemies of truth and freedom, because in doing so we will have embraced all that has set as its goal the president’s and this nation’s demise.
I have written a short continuation of the rest of the story from II Chronicles 23 we have used in the past as a rallying cry and strategy for our intercession. At the end we’ve included a link to a recent article by Mario Murillo I feel is most timely. I personally appreciate Mario’s boldness and willingness to hold nothing back in his writings. Martin Luther King was correct when he said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. Those times have come.
Thanks again for all who are staying true to this mission and all who have recently jumped on board. It seems as if Satan himself has set himself against the president and this nation. But while the darkness increases almost daily, a mighty church, (remnant), will arise and shine! It’s happening now!
Dan Fisher in one of the chapters in his book titled, ‘The Shot Heard Round the World Came from the Pulpit’, points out how John Adams, who became America’s second president once said, “the pulpits have thundered”! Of course Adams was referring to how many of the preachers prior and during the Revolutionary War who were unafraid to speak out in defense of liberty and freedom. They understood that if you wanted to live in freedom you could not take God out of the government. He is the One who established it!
The Tale of Two Kings
The Rise and fall of King Joash
In II Chronicles 23:6-7 we see where “all the people shall keep the watch of the Lord” while the Levites, with their weapons in hand, surrounded the king on all sides. They were to protect, stand with and “be with the king when he comes in and when he goes out”.
King Joash was not perfect by any means. In fact he was only 7 years old when he took the reigns as king. The king’s heart, like all men and presidents today, could be influenced by good or evil. Regarding the heart Jeremiah declared that it is “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). This is why we are commanded to, “keep (guard) your heart with all diligence” (Pro 4:23). The people and the Levites were to continually guard the king from every threat, of which the greatest came from Athaliah, Jezebel’s daughter, whose hatred for the king was clearly demonstrated in her accusations of “Treason! Treason!”
The Scriptures confirm how Joash the king did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest (II Chronicles 24:2). Jehoiada set the people in place to watch, guard and protect the newly enthroned king. As a result, Joash actually “set his heart on repairing the house of the Lord” (24:4). Joash was a friend of the people of God as long as the watch continued.
The Levites were divided into three groups. One third were to watch at the palace (government), another third watched at the temple (the church) and the remaining third watched at the Gate of Foundation (the connection between the palace and the temple). The fallacy of the “separation of church and state” has always stood on unsound, unbiblical and dangerous grounds. The watch continued so that Joash could be both crowned and continue as king even against great opposition. One parallel we see today is how before President Trump was elected, many in the church prayed as if their lives and that of their children’s depended on it, and they did. Now while some think his reelection is a done deal they no longer intercede for him. Others have ceased in their prayers because as a man he hasn’t met their expectations. Yet like the secret service today, the people and Levites were to risk their own lives to defend the king. This is evidenced in their shouts of, “Long live the King!” (II Chronicles 23:11).
My heart has always been grieved when I’ve heard prophetic voices speak of President Trump’s presidency and his reelection in 2020 as a ‘done deal’. This eliminates the urgency of the church continuing to stand with and intercede for the president. While God is certainly sovereign and can do anything He pleases, there is also the responsibility of man to obey God’s commands. While it is right to pray “no weapon formed against you (us, the president, our children, etc.) shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:7), we still are responsible to endure hardship, fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith, pull down strongholds, and on and on. Many of these prophecies have only served to put the intercessors to sleep while the enemies rage continued throughout the late night hours.
Unfortunately Jehoiada died and the watch over the king ceased. King Joash, who had begun so well and was a friend of God’s people suddenly began to listen to the wrong voices. Ungodly counselors who only served their own interests rose up to influence the king. As a result the worship of Baal was brought back into the land.
God raised up and sent prophets to turn the people away from their idols and back to the Lord. But the Scriptures declare, “but they would not listen” (II Chronicles 24:19). Finally we see where, “then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people and said to them, “Thus says God: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, He has forsaken you” (II Chronicles 24:20).
After the watch ended and because of his listening to other voices King Joash, who was ordained and anointed to be king, turned against God’s people and put the prophet to death. Soon God raised up a relatively small army of Syrians to come in to the land as His judgment. King Joash was murdered by his own servants.
We must never forget how men’s hearts can be swayed from doing what is right in the sight of the Lord to doing what is almost unthinkable. To back off our intercession now would be disastrous for both the nation and the church.
God placing President Trump in office was nothing short of a miracle because the church prayed. God keeping him in office and His continuing to do what is right in the sight of God will be nothing less than a miracle because the church continues to watch and pray.
“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (I Cor 10:11-12).
If John Wesley was correct when he said, ‘God does nothing except in answer to prayer’, just think how much God will and is doing in answer to our prayers!
· You can read Mario Murillo’s article,
‘Now is the Time to Stand with the President’ BY GOING HERE...