Scripture of the Day 1 Peter 2:1 through 12

The Lord is Good

1Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Living Stone

(Isaiah 28:14-22; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

7Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Is the U.N. fulfilling ancient biblical prophecy?

Friday, December 22, 2017


Dr. Michael L. Brown – Guest Columnist


After watching the last 2,500 years of history, coupled with the U.N.’s anti-Jerusalem vote on Thursday, it’s hard to read the Bible and think that the writers just guessed things right.

On December 21, 2017, the U.N. united as one to stand against one city on the planet: Jerusalem. Twenty-five centuries earlier, the prophet Zechariah wrote these words from the Lord: “I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle.” (Zech. 14:2) Did the U.N. just move us one step closer to fulfilling this ancient prophecy?

Before answering this question, let’s look at the events on the ground.

First, the U.N. once again distinguished itself for hypocrisy by targeting Israel for its criticism – specifically, America’s support of Israel – while remaining silent on so many issues of world importance.

What has the U.N. been doing during the horrific war in Syria? Where has the U.N. been during the attempted genocide of Christians in the Middle East? Decades earlier, what did the U.N. have to say about Tiananmen Square in China or Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare against the Kurds? Yet when America recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.N. is in an uproar.

As I noted previously, groups like have documented the U.N.’s consistent policy of singling out Israel for rebuke and condemnation while virtually ignoring atrocities committed on a mass scale by other nations, including Israel’s neighbors.

To give one case in point, during the U.N. General Assembly’s 61st session (2006-2007), “the time spent by ambassadors on enacting the 22nd anti-Israel resolution of the year was time not spent on passing a single resolution on Sudan’s genocide in Darfur.”

So, while Sudanese Christians were being slaughtered en masse by Muslim soldiers and gangs, the U.N. General Assembly spent its time enacting 22 anti-Israel resolutions.

In 2015, as noted by Israeli journalist Noga Gur-Arieh, “At the closing of the 59th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women … only one political resolution was passed; one that accuses Israel of mistreating Palestinian women, in all aspects of life.”

A similar resolution was passed in 2016 by the same U.N. commission.

So, of all the nations on earth, only Israel was singled out for its alleged mistreatment of women.

That’s why Abba Eban, Israel’s legendary diplomat, once remarked: “If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.”

Second, in anticipation of the U.N. vote, the United States handled things exactly as it should have: with a strong word of rebuke and warning.

After all, different international leaders did not simply call President Trump and say, “We strongly differ with your recognition of Jerusalem.” Instead, in the most public forum available, 128 nations stood together to condemn America for doing was what right and righteous, declaring our decision “null and void.”

Nikki Haley’s words to the U.N. before the vote said it all:

“To its shame, the United Nations has long been a hostile place for the state of Israel. Both the current and the previous Secretary-Generals have objected to the U.N.’s disproportionate focus on Israel. It’s a wrong that undermines the credibility of this institution, and that in turn is harmful for the entire world.”

Good for you, Mrs. Haley. Call the U.N. on the carpet.

Then, after articulating all the good our country does around the world, along with its support for the U.N., she rebuked the U.N. for disrespecting America, saying:

“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. We will remember it when we are called upon to once again make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations, and so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”

And finally:

“America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. This vote will make a difference in how Americans look at the U.N. And this vote will be remembered.”

Here, here, Ambassador Haley!

Third, the seven nations that stood with Israel and America today are a most unusual group, consisting of Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo, and Palau. Honestly, now, how many of us heard of some of these countries before? And how many of us could locate some of them on the map?

Whether it was out of economic dependence on the USA, a connection to Israel, or something else, these nations should be remembered for good in the days to come. They did what was courageous and correct.

As for the countries that abstained (35 in all), two (the Czech Republic and the Philippines) already stated they are considering relocating their embassies; a number of African nations have developed solid ties with Israel; some might have considered their need for American dollars; and others might have remembered Israel’s kindness to them (such as Mexico, which was greatly aided by Israel after their disastrous earthquake in September, although Mexico did use its floor time to speak critically).

Already, “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley invited representatives of countries who didn’t vote in favor of the United Nations General Assembly’s Jerusalem resolution to a reception as ‘thank you for your friendship to the United States.'”

Donald Trump has always appreciated loyalty.

But what of the matter of ancient prophecy? Is there a connection between the U.N.’s vote and the Bible?

I would say yes, for at least three reasons:

  1. The vote confirms international hostility towards a Jewish Jerusalem.
  2. The vote reminds us that the biblical authors were inspired when predicting that an end-time coalition of nations would come against a Jewish Jerusalem.
  3. The vote tells us that, just as Scripture indicates, the city of Jerusalem alone is the whole world’s business (see Zech. 12:3).

Of course, this does not set a time frame for a united attack on a Jewish Jerusalem, and we don’t know if “all nations” (in the words of Zechariah) means every nation on earth or simply a worldwide coalition. But, after watching the last 2,500 years of history, coupled with the U.N.’s anti-Jerusalem vote this week, it’s hard to read the Bible and think that the writers just guessed things right. What are the chances of that?


There’s no missing Trump’s ‘Merry Christmas’ message

Associated Press

Nativity 1WASHINGTON (December 23, 2017) — There’s no mistaking President Donald Trump’s “Merry Christmas” message — he wields it as a weapon against political correctness.

For weeks, he’s been liberally sprinkling his public remarks with Christmas tidings. And then pointing it out in case anyone fails to notice.

Trump has long promised that this year would be different after what he saw as a trend toward giving the Christian celebration short shrift in favor of a more generic and inclusive “happy holidays” message.

“Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” Trump announced in October at a Values Voter Summit of conservatives.

For all of that, though, it turns out the 2017 holiday rhythms at the White House are similar to those of years past.

The president participated in the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The house has been decked out for the season with an array of traditional trimmings, including the longstanding crèche in the East Room. There has been a whirlwind of parties — roughly 20 receptions and more than 100 open houses, including a reception to mark Hanukkah.

“It is as beautiful as it has always has been. It is as special as it always has been,” said Anita McBride, who served as first lady Laura Bush’s chief of staff.

The White House holidays under Barack and Michelle Obama also included plenty of Christmas trappings and cheer. Obama offered a more general holiday message on the official greeting card, but wished “Merry Christmas” at the National Tree lighting, on his Twitter account and in his weekly address.

Trump has expressed concern about a diminished “Merry Christmas” message for years. In 2011, he criticized Obama’s approach, saying on Twitter that the president had “issued a statement for Kwanza but failed to issue one for Christmas.” In fact, that year Obama wished people “Merry Christmas” from his Twitter account and gave a video address with his wife in which he wished people a “Merry Christmas and happy holidays.” Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also offered greetings marking Kwanza, the weeklong African heritage festivities in December.

The White House said Trump will also have a statement on Kwanza.

At the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree this year, Trump offered an overtly religious message, noting that “for Christians, this is a holy season.” He added that the “Christmas story begins 2000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of God’s love for all of humanity.”

But his predecessor also made remarks grounded in Christian traditions. At his final tree lighting, Obama opened with “Merry Christmas,” and spoke about this being a time to “celebrate the birth of our Savior, as we retell the story of weary travelers, a star, shepherds, Magi.” He went on to discuss the message of the holiday, saying that it “grounds not just my family’s Christian faith but that of Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, non-believers— Americans of all backgrounds.”

Asked if the White House thought the previous administration did not acknowledge Christmas, first lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said, “We are focused on our administration.”

Trump’s emphasis on Christmas has been welcomed by evangelical Christians who see it as evidence of his commitment to religious liberty.

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, said Trump “has talked about it more frequently and with more intensity.”

Conservative angst over a perceived shift away from “Merry Christmas” has long percolated. Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly talked about the “war on Christmas” on his show for years, highlighting businesses that opted to say “Happy Holidays.”

“Among the conservative Christians, they really do feel embattled,” said Mark Alan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Washington. “They have a sense of ‘we’re being persecuted.’ This Merry Christmas thing is part of it.”

Jeffress, who attended holiday events at the White House this year, said Trump’s Christmas comments were one of many moves supported by evangelical Christians, who have cheered as Trump appointed conservative judges, sought to weaken rules governing political activity by religious groups that received tax exemptions, and declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

“I believe a lot of Christians see his willingness to say Merry Christmas as the proxy for religious liberty,” Jeffress said.

But critics say Trump is using Christmas as a cudgel in cultural warfare.

“This is like kneeling during the national anthem,” said Dan Cassino, a political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Cassino, who has polled and written on the issue, said there’s no real downside for Trump in keeping up the Christmas talk.

“People who believe it is important feel much more strongly than people who feel you should say Happy Holidays,” Cassino said. “The people who are opposed feel much less strongly.”

Still, Trump’s efforts became a punch line on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” recently as Alec Baldwin portrayed a festive Trump wishing people a “Merry Christmas.”

He added: “You can finally say that again, because the war on Christmas is over. It will soon be replaced by the war on North Korea.”


Our Christmas stories may be missing their most important character

Our Christmas cards, carols, and crèches delight in the characters of the Christmas story. In pageants, there are a lot of parts to go around: Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus; the angels, shepherds, and Magi; perhaps even Elizabeth and Zechariah, Simeon and Anna. But for all the times and ways the story is told, one key participant is almost impossible to find: the Holy Spirit.

This omission is particularly noticeable in our music. We have dozens of carols centered on shepherds, Magi, angels, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, but few that acknowledge the work of the Spirit. It is a surprising omission, for the Gospel of Luke discloses a strikingly Pentecostal Christmas vision, testifying to the Spirit’s engagement with no fewer than six different characters: John the Baptist (1:15), Mary (1:35), Elizabeth (1:41), Zechariah (1:67), Simeon (2:25–26), and, later, Jesus himself (4:18).

Certainly, Luke is the same writer who described the coming of the Spirit on Pentecost (Acts 2), but Luke doesn’t at all believe that was the Holy Spirit’s debut. Luke depicts the entire Christmas drama as fully Trinitarian, involving God the Son, who was born in a manger, God the Father, who sent him, and also God the Holy Spirit, who was mysteriously active in so many moments in the drama.

Not only did Luke write about the Holy Spirit, Luke is himself a testament to the work of the Holy Spirit, whose inspiration graced Luke as he “carefully investigated everything from the beginning” in order to “write an orderly account” of Jesus’ life (Luke 1:3).

Luke is not alone. Matthew also testified to the Spirit’s work in Jesus’ conception (Matt. 1:18, 20). Isaiah, sometimes called “the fifth Gospel” because of the clarity of its messianic vision, announced that the Spirit of the Lord would rest on this Messiah (Isa. 11:2, 42:1, 61:1). Each Old Testament prophet who gazed into the future with messianic hope testified in advance about Jesus because of the “Spirit of Christ in them” (1 Pet. 1:11). The Spirit was active in, around, and through the entire story, as well as those who told it.

The ‘Double Gift’

An especially vivid Pentecostal account of the Christmas gospel unfolds in the stunning, symphonic words of Galatians 4:4–6, where Paul links two dramatic sendings. First, “when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son . . . that we might receive adoption to sonship.” Second, “God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ ”

Here are two missions, two gifts, two experiences of grace: God sent his Son, and then God sent the Spirit of his Son. The first gift arrived in Bethlehem. The second arrives deep within the souls of believers. The first Christmas gift came then and there. The second comes again and again in the here and now. Indeed, every single time anyone anywhere professes “Jesus is Lord,” we can be grateful for the work of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3).

Everyday examples of double gifts are all around us. In a middle-school math class, it’s a wonder when a teacher starts multiplying and dividing fractions. It’s a second wonder when a student who doesn’t like math suddenly grasps how to do it too. In an art museum, the first marvel is the artwork itself. The second marvel happens when someone who doesn’t like art suddenly discovers its beauty and wants to return. Beauty discovered is a double gift.

What a gift it is during an adoption process when, after months of parental longing and reams of paperwork, the adoption papers are officially sealed. But there is the second gift that parents long for, too, when the adopted child one day whispers, from a deep, mysterious place within, “I love you—we belong together.”

Paul uses this same comparison. God sent his Son “so we might receive adoption,” and God sends the Spirit of his Son into our hearts to turn the legal adoption into a loving relationship. Adoption flowers into attachment.

It’s an intimate business, this Spirit cry within, issuing forth in the deepest recesses of our souls, as “the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Rom. 8:16). While every defense mechanism of our well-protected selves resists pondering it, there is grace in the fact that God’s Spirit is at work in the deep haunts of our “inner being” (Eph. 3:16).

Sometimes, this mysterious inner working of the Holy Spirit lifts our drooping spirits, interceding “for us through wordless groans” (Rom. 8:26). Sometimes this mysterious inner working does some breaking down before the building up, scattering “those who are proud in their inmost thoughts” (Luke 1:51). In and through it all, God’s Spirit is at work healing our fragile and tender souls.

And so at Christmas, we rejoice. The Spirit not only prepared the way for our Savior to come to us but is also preparing us to come to the Savior. “We have received . . . the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us” (1 Cor. 2:12).

Once we see this, we recognize that this double-gift vision is woven into Luke 2 as well. The first gift is there, “a baby wrapped in cloths” (v. 12). But the second is there, too, as the Holy Spirit guides Simeon to recognize and cherish the newborn Messiah. In fact, in a flurry of Pentecostal fervor, Luke mentions the Holy Spirit in three consecutive sentences (vv. 25–27), emphasizing divine agency in Simeon’s tender celebration.

This “double gift” way of telling the story is transformative.

Without it, it is too easy to tell only half the story, to convey the part about Jesus’ birth then and there but to have nothing to say about God’s work here and now. We tell the story of God’s work through Jesus but convey that we are on our own to respond. We leave our hearers with a lot of imperatives to be better people but without a sense of expectation for how the Spirit works within us to unite us to Jesus.

In contrast, what a joy it is to announce that the same Spirit that came upon John, Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, and Simeon, the same Spirit that anointed Jesus to preach good news to the poor and raised him from the dead, has now been poured into our hearts (Rom. 5:5). The same God who sent the Spirit to answer the waiting people of Israel is at work restoring creation, healing drooping spirits, giving us Advent hope. The Spirit makes us participants in the Christmas drama.

Expanding our Perception of the Holy Spirit

All of this challenges our often simplistic understanding of the Holy Spirit.

In my own teaching and work with congregations seeking worship renewal, I am often struck by the profoundly different assumptions we hold about the Holy Spirit. Though we read the same Bible, some assume the Spirit’s work is typically perceptible, while others assume that it is typically hidden. Some associate the Spirit with spontaneity, surprise, and emotion; others with order, stability, and new insight. Some are readily aware of how the Holy Spirit works in and through us, while others talk as if the Holy Spirit’s agency picks up where ours leaves off (implicit in phrases like “we need to leave room for the Spirit.”)

Scripture as a whole challenges these simplistic, either/or categories. These Christmas-related Holy Spirit references are especially illuminating. Here we have the Spirit working through visions and dreams as well as through artfully crafted canticles, the beauty of soaring prophetic promises, Paul’s vigorous sermonic touches, and Luke’s “orderly account.”

We see the Holy Spirit at work, often imperceptibly, through centuries of divine providence leading up to this “fullness of time,” as well as in ways that were very perceptible for Luke as he narrated the dramatic story. Here the Spirit is doing a new thing but also affirming with continuity the hope and consolation of Israel now fulfilled in Jesus.

The Spirit works through the miracle of Jesus’ conception and also the miracle of turning stone-cold human hearts into places of tender attachment. All these both/ands challenge simplistic assumptions and invite us into a deeper awareness of the Spirit’s resourcefulness.

Have you ever heard Simeon highlighted as a leading example of Pentecostal experience? Yet there he is, in seasoned old age, with the Holy Spirit working through his faithful obedience to the law, his immersion in the Scriptures of Israel (seen in a song echoing themes from Isa. 40–55), and his trust in God’s enduring promises. Seeing the Holy Spirit’s work in Simeon reminds us that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit—something we tend to forget in today’s cultural climate. Even this one episode is enough to challenge many of our assumptions about the Holy Spirit’s activity.

Praying ‘Come, Holy Spirit’

In the history of Christian worship, whenever awareness of the Holy Spirit’s vital work has been strong, Christians have learned to pray more intentionally for the Spirit-given gifts of recognition and attachment, not only in personal prayer but also in conjunction with public Bible reading, preaching, and celebrating baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Sturdy historic liturgical prayers echo Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, that out of his glorious riches God may strengthen us with power through his Spirit in our inner being (Eph. 3:16).

Only occasionally has this Pentecostal concern been woven into Christmas singing. In the 15th century, one popular carol text, still sung in English cathedrals, punctuated its opening stanza with “Veni Creator Spiritus!” (Come Holy Spirit!). In the 18th century, Charles Wesley’s magisterial hymn “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” culminates with the prayer “By Thine own eternal Spirit / Rule in all our hearts alone.”

Overall, the church has been strikingly silent about the Holy Spirit at Christmas. In the tidal wave of worship changes in the past generation, regular prayers for the Holy Spirit’s work in and through the reading and preaching of the Word and baptism and Lord’s Supper celebrations have too often been swept aside.

How fitting for us to make amends for our neglect. While our songwriters, artists, preachers, and prayer leaders can do so as they shape our Advent and Christmas worship services, each of us, in our own personal and family prayer, can do the same:

Lord God, this Christmas, send your Holy Spirit to give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Help the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened, that we may know the hope of his calling, the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and the immeasurable greatness of his power for those who believe. Amen.

John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

Prophecy: Donald Trump Is Unstoppable Because the Lord Is Unstoppable

President Donald Trump
Stephen Powell says the Lord has told him President Donald Trump is unstoppable because the Lord is unstoppable and Trump has a mandate from heaven. (Reuters photo)

Stephen Powell, one of the newer voices of the prophetic movement, has shared another word from the Lord regarding not just President Trump, but how his presidency is reforming politics in America.

Here’s what he wrote for readers of The Elijah List:

“There is great momentum behind President Trump right now. Momentum can’t be manufactured. It is a part of a spiritual movement, which in this case, is part of a move of God. This momentum enabled him to snatch the presidency from certain defeat, it enabled him to overcome the impossible, and he’ll do the same while governing. Where people believe “he won’t be able to do this, he won’t be able to do that,” this momentum and this spiritual force behind him will cause him to break through barriers others failed to break through.

I hear the Lord saying, “This man is unstoppable because I’m unstoppable. My kingdom is unstoppable, and this man has a mandate from heaven; he has momentum that is not his own. His movement will not dissipate, it will grow, and it will reach beyond the borders of American governing. It will inspire; it will stir up a nest.

“As the eagle stirs up the nest, so the Lord will do through this man. People are laughing at him, saying that his plans are too bold, his ideas are too big, that his plans will not work because after all, what president has been able to do these things before without gridlock?

But the Lord is saying, “This president shall not be in gridlock, for his strength is not his own. I have put a spirit of breakthrough on this man and on this land, and he will do things that will be monumental for the generations to come. I will use him to stir up the nest and cause this young generation of young eagles to soar.”

The Trump Effect: A New Class of Young Politicians

“Even a new class of young politicians will see and say, “I can do that, I can soar. I can be bold and be brave, and not bow to political correctness or the fear of man. I can fear God and be bold and stand up for what is right, and I can truly make a difference. For if God is for me, what senator can be against, who can resist my agenda if my agenda is not my own? These senators, these congressmen, they are just men, they are just people. Who can resist the hand of God when it is upon a nation, and God begins to stir up the nest?

“For watch and see in this next season, as I continue to do the impossible in the face of adversity, as I continue to show you signs and wonders coming from this political sphere. There is a new faith available, a hope which I’m awakening right now, and it shall rise like the morning sun after a long dark night, and I shall rise with healing in My wings, even for the nations.

“This is My time of hope and healing, even from the womb of the morning, in the beauties of My holiness, to bring forth a new day. But no, this shall not be gridlock, for nothing shall stop this man that I have anointed for this hour.”

This Is Israel’s Time

“This is not just America’s hour, but Israel’s time as well. And this man whom I’ve chosen shall complete presidential assignments for Israel going back even to the days of the six-day war, for I the Lord have not forgotten the words I spoken to My presidents. I the Lord have not forgotten those mandates I gave to them for My chosen people Israel.

“Those mandates are still sitting here in heaven, waiting for this man to rise up and take hold of them again, and move in My breakthrough, even for My people, even for My land which lies to the east, a place of destiny for these times, a place which I shall make My peace.”

A Prophetic Word to President Trump

“The Lord would say to President Trump, “Continue to be unstoppable, for I will make you unbreakable, for even when they plot, and scheme and shrewdly construct their ways against you, I will give you the upper hand. I will give you their next moves. The enemy will not outmaneuver you, Mr. Trump, for I am with you now in this time, in this hour, to move something forward which has been stuck for years.

“Yea, even this past generation could not complete their assignment because Israel could not possess their land, just as it was in Joshua’s day. But as Joshua was preserved and matured for his hour of conquest, so have I preserved and matured you, Mr. Trump, for the time that would come to take the land.

“First you’ll lead a charge to take back your own land, a land which I’ve given for this republic which shall continue to stand. But I am the Lord, and I have purposed for My chosen people Israel to have their land, and they shall have their land, for I the Lord have spoken it, even before you were born. Israel, My chosen people, shall have their land, and nothing shall stop this.

“You, Mr. Trump, I have made unstoppable, not just for your nation but for Israel too, for you shall minister to her, you shall protect her and you shall set an agenda with her, partnering together for the next stage in My plans; and in this also you shall not be gridlocked like prior administrations have, for I am with you, and with the progress you make on the state’s side, so you will carry this unstoppable anointing across the sea.

“I have commanded My people to hear you, to heed your voice, for the frequency I’ve given you is not your own. It’s the frequency of awakening, it’s the sound of freedom, it’s a strength My people need, and they shall receive hope in this hour which will be like oxygen to their life-blood. The nation will receive fresh life again, because when you hope in Me, you receive fresh life.”

A Word for China

“And now I’ve come to deal with China, and with this nation, yes, I will deal, for they have defied Me and My words for many generations, but they will not defy Me anymore, for I have purposed a mighty harvest in the east, and in this harvest I will receive of their government, for what man can resist Me, what system can stand in the way of My advancing kingdom in this day?

“For the markets are Mine, the steel is Mine, the houses are Mine, the land is Mine. I will give My people in this land a house of glory, a house of freedom, a house of safety, yes to worship in the days to come. And I will come in like a covering father to carve out a place for My people, a place of safety, a place of refuge, for this is the day of My great refuge, even refuge for the nations,” says the Lord.

But with you, China, I will contend, and you will not be able to resist Me, for I’m calling for a new foundation in your land. It will be built on My Word, and My agenda will come forth. And just as I’ve brought men forth that would be led by My agenda in other lands, so will I bring this forth in your land, oh China. These men and women are being called forth now. They’re being harvested right now to carry My heart in high places of authority. I’m unstoppable here as well, and I will find men and women to bear My heart in this nation. I will do it. I am the Lord.”