Continuation 2

 

 

Interpretation

 
of Prayer and Slaves
 

Thursday, November 14, 2002

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D,, @2002

   
 
Separated for Service
  In both Testaments of the Bible, the Hebrew and Greek words translated 'bondman,' 'bondservant,' and 'servant,' are the same. In some translations, the original words are also rendered 'slave.' Excepting one time when it is submitted as 'slave,' the KJV always translates it 'servant' - in the Old Testament 407 times in the singular and 411 times in the plural and in the New Testament 82 times in the singular and 69 times in the plural. Other translations use the word 'slave' dozens of times. For this reason, it is difficult to know exactly what the life arrangements were in a household unless the text so states. Further, within the category of servanthood, there were all kinds of servitude that included various types of socio-behavioral constructs. It is beyond our requirement for this interpretation to delve into the variant cultural norms related to slavery. What we need is to know God's attitude about it so that we do not miss the instruction from the message in the vision.
  The Hebrews considered it a privilege to belong to God and be His servants. As His bondmen, He was obliged to protect, provide, and guide them. And as if this wasn't enough, eternal life was standing by in the wings. What an arrangement! This was the result of having a covenant relationship with the author of life, the real God in heaven. Without seeming redundant, I am endeavoring to show the strength of spiritual alliances so that Christians can understand they have power over their unseen spiritual enemies. As the embodiment of the Philadelphian Church, the United States boasts a covenant relationship with Almighty God.
  The only thing that can cause our Lord to abandon us is playing the harlot and forsaking Him for strange gods, i.e., idols. Remember the report about the Northern Kingdom of Israel: "Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone" [Hosea 4:17]? Northern Israel was called Ephraim at times, and because they had backslidden so badly, they had passed the point of no return and God abandoned them. The United States came very close in the 1990s to passing that point when our government was openly permeated with adultery - spiritually and otherwise. This decade greatly enlarged her fractured substructure that led to 9-1-1.
Jeroboam sacrificing to idols, detail of painting by J.H. Fragonard (1732-1806)
 

Could this infamous day have happened except her God had forsaken her? Perhaps, but we were drifting far away from our spiritual roots and it looked like our government had lost every bit of its former glory and virtue. Because of tremendous supplication from faithful intercessors, we have been given a shot at being returned to our moorings. The vision speaks to the fact that there are in our government many leaders who have not bowed the knee to Baal. We must never forget to support them with our own prayers daily. God will still be a God for us if we show a contrite spirit and ask for His help. Even though the tree was cut in 1988, 9 there is still time to penitently ask the Lord to graft us back in again to our roots. Without an understanding of blood covenants and client nations, however, it will be difficult to perceive the subtle meaning of the double vision.

As has been pointed out in other visions, the Bible clearly indicates everyone makes a choice whether or not they will serve the Lord. "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE life, that both thou and thy seed may live" [Deuteronomy 30:19]. Anyone who chooses not to serve the God of the Bible has made a choice to become a servant to the god of this world, the devil, and after serving him faithfully, HE WILL KILL YOU! This is very different from the reward of serving God faithfully - "…they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him" [Malachi 3:17]. Serving the Lord of heaven translates into becoming a valuable asset in God's household. What a difference in the rewards for service. A priceless jewel! Glory! Hallelujah! Payday is coming!

A Priceless Jewel for the Glory of God!

As has been noted, Israel was raised up from one man to become witnesses to the world that Israel's God was in fact the one and only God, a merciful, holy, and righteous One who would fulfill His oath to Abraham. An oath is a solemn promise to fulfill a pledge. Since God cannot lie, it is superfluous for Him to take an oath. Yet, He did! Oaths are generally taken with something sacred as a witness - usually God - that something bad - usually death - would result if the oath were violated. So God swore by Himself that as Witness to the oath He was taking, He would see to it that He would die (?) if He kept not His promise to Abraham! This is perhaps the supreme oxymoron! But the Lord was trying to impress upon men the depth and intensity of His faithfulness to His Word and the extent to which He would go to watch over His Word to perform it [Jeremiah 1:12]. Hence, "by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, (the inviolate promise and the self-destructing oath) we…have a strong consolation…" [Hebrews 6:18] that God will keep His promises. In Abraham's case, He did send a Savior - a suffering Servant Savior - who obeyed God and performed His will to vindicate His honor, prove the Word's integrity, and save His creation. So, of a truth, "…in (Abraham's) seed…all the nations of the earth (have indeed been) blessed" [Genesis 22:18].

 
Servitude Leading To Cursing
 

Heathens cannot make a legitimate, calculated choice of whom to serve if there is no difference between the way of the world and the way of God. How can unbelievers wisely choose between like kinds? Worldliness is sinful. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God " [James 4:4]. The Israelites had become worldly and were engaging in activities forbidden to them by God's holy Law. They were worshipping the Lord of hosts and Baal at the same time and this was an abomination. They had taken their idols right into the holy sanctuary of the Temple, unashamedly insulting God to His face. As a result, He cut them off from His protective custody, and they became a curse on the land. Because the land of Palestine was a sanctified divinely selected piece of ground where God chose to put His name for worship, it has proven mysteriously unproductive over the years for any other group of people save Israel. God will not allow His name, His glory, or His holiness to be trodden under foot by another people in covenant with the devil. For this reason, although phenomenally fertile for agricultural production, the land lay barren, shut up, and unyielding whenever Israel departed into servitude under the Romans in 70 c.e. until they returned in 1948 c.e. Can anyone deny that this is an improbable and puzzling happenstance that can only be attributed to a supernaturally engineered testimony as to whom the land belonged?

Captain Avraham "Bren" Adan raising the Ink Flag at Umm Rashrash (a site now in Eilat), marking the end of the war.

Israel As God's Witness

God purposed that the Israelites were to be His witnesses attesting to the fact that He was the real Lord and there was no other. During the course of their existence, God performed miraculous feats to demonstrate they were supernaturally protected and delivered from their enemies - that is, when there was no strange god among them.

  Isaiah 43:10-12
 

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant (or bondman) whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
12 I have declared
(prophesied), and have saved, and I have shewed (miraculous things), when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

The Lord God also declared a wealth of prophecies way in advance, hundreds, and even millenniums of years, to prove He is the only One who can accurately predict the future. In a number of places God challenged the inauthentic gods to prophecy things to come, but they dare not.

Isaiah 41:21-24
21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
[Remember the Holy Spirit's definitive description of these entities. It will be important for the conclusion.]
Isaiah 43:9
9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

No other god in existence today has any prophecy attributed to him because the devil dare not chance being wrong; for if the prophecy failed, the demon posing as a god would lose his following. The slaves bound to him would see the truth of the lies enslaving them, perhaps change kingdoms, and the generational curse of perpetual slavery spoken of by the 'rocking elder' would be torn asunder. As the light of truth shines brighter, the gloom of darkness becomes sharper and the way out of slavery more clear.

Israel was indentured to God's service to be His witnesses in order to carry a message to humanity that there is an invisible angelic conflict in the heavenlies. Evil angels relentlessly fight for the souls of men and struggle to hold their allegiance in servitude to satan. God does not do this. He allows men freedom to choose whom to serve. "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" [Joshua 24:15]. Not to serve is not an option because everyone serves something. If not a demon idol or the true God of heaven, then it is the god within - self.

God knows man's condition and that the propensity to sin is strong, so He insisted Israel stay separated from other nations and not entertain their ways. Human nature has not changed, and even today, people must stay separated and follow God's Word wholly in order to be holy. Israel failed to stay severed from the surrounding nations and slipped into worshipping their so-called gods along with the true God of the Bible. Having broken covenant with their deliverer, they forfeited the claims of His protection. After they brought strange gods into the Temple and would not heed prophetic warning, the glory of the Lord departed the nation, and they became indentured to a merciless god of the underworld. The curses of Deuteronomy fell upon them and they wound up in slavery as prophesied.

 

Vision1 - On the Left

America as God's Witness

Can anyone not see that America has forsaken her Lord for the sake of unity and elusive peace? She has allowed unbelievers and strangers in the land to dictate her policies and guide the course of her destiny. Her fate is not inevitable, though, because God always gives room for repentance. The mountain behind the foothills represents Mt. Zion in heaven where the God of the Bible resides. It towers above the foothills of nations overseeing and controlling the fortunes of men. "The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heaven; and his kingdom ruleth over all" [Psalm 103:19]. The leaders in the vision are praying and supplicating to God on behalf of America because the Church in the United States has erred as Israel did and is flirting with a similar discipline. Interdenominationalism within the Church and interfaith without has broken down the walls of separation and brought us to the brink of ruin. Having left her moorings and unanchored her ship, America has strayed into the deep, dark, waters of destruction.

Seal of U.S. House of Representatives
Many of our governmental leaders are aware of this and are doing what they can to avoid ignominy. The House of Representatives has passed numerous pieces of legislation to abrogate past wrongs, which President Bush would sign, but they have been held up in a logjam in the Senate.
 

The people of America must stop serving the god of mammon and vote in righteous men and women who will uphold the values and principles that made this nation great. Someone has said 'it's the economy stupid,' but what good is money if "…Babylon is fallen, is fallen, and all the graven images of her gods is fallen to the ground" [Isaiah 21:9]; Indeed, it is written that "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" [Revelation 14:8].

The American flag Jeannette saw superimposed on the map, was waving on the foothills before the mountain in humble obeisance at the foot of the King. This metaphor symbolizes the leaders trying to get the Lord's attention. President Bush, who has been 'right on' in applying Biblical precepts, said that the group standing before the Lord of heaven was not placing the flag before His presence as an icon for worship. Rather, it is symbolic of a desire to return morality to our government as the bowed heads and tears testify. This is proper covenant protocol. The waving flag was emblematic of the covenant our forefathers made with God when our nation was formed. It depicted the intent of the prayers being offered. The message of Vision #1 is this. God wants us to remember our blood covenant with Him and return to being His people. It is an exhortation for the Church to put Him in remembrance of His covenant with America so that He can turn the tide of disciplinary judgment. We have a longsuffering God but He will not wait forever.

From the Mayflower Compact, to the Declaration of Independence, to the Articles of Confederation, to the Constitution, the Monroe Doctrine and the Northwest Ordinance, our nation has been indentured to the God of the Bible. It is only in the last part of the 20th century that strange doctrines began undermining our predestination as God's servants. It was noted in 'The Apostasy' prophecy that the Church is in process of changing banners from the Philadelphians to the Laodiceans. It was noted that prosperity could be a curse as well as a blessing. Greed and the economy controlled elections during the 1990s as morality looked askance from the wings of time. Imperceptibly, the undercurrents of world trade eroded America's shorelines pulling her loose from her foundations.

 

Separation of Church and State

Separation of church and state has become a red herring for internationalists who would like to see the pride of America broken. The idiom is nowhere found in the Constitution. It is noted in only one place in all of the extant writings related to American history. Thomas Jefferson used the phrase in a response letter to a Baptist minority religious group who had questioned whether the first Amendment to the Constitution might endanger their free expression of worship. On the contrary, Jefferson explained, the Amendment guaranteed them freedom to express their beliefs in public forums. Abolishing manger scenes from governmental property and taking the Ten Commandments out of schools was not the intent of the law. In fact, in the early days when travel was slow and cumbersome, Jefferson, as President, started churches in the War Department building as well as the Treasury Department building so that people would not have to walk so far to church in bad weather. In fact, the largest church in the United States in those early days met in the rotunda of the Capital building! It's a travesty how far afield our courts and historians have taken us from the original intent of the framers of our Constitution!

The repentant elected officials with bowed heads in the vision represent the silent majority of Bible believing Christians in this nation. Are you aware that as many as 120 congressmen and congresswomen in Washington D.C. have not bowed the knee to Baal? Now that President Bush' party has gained control of the government, there is no telling how many more have been added. Many people in President Bush's cabinet are born-again believers with likeminded staff members and are not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus. These people understand the importance of bringing morality back into the forefront of our governmental system as the vision we are addressing implies. They know our window of opportunity to turn things around is fleeting. Please note that the military leader accompanying President Bush in the vision said they were pleading not only for His help for our nation, but our armies were being sent to battle for the sake of His honor and name - to show gratitude in being chosen as a place to put His name before the Gentiles.

The embedded message from God in the vision on the left is that we have a predestination, which no terrorist can contravene. That ought to warm your heart, reader. Only the Church herself can sever America from God and bring a curse of death. So, if there are only a handful of repentant believers, we have reason to believe, like Abraham, that God will give us victory in this war against terror. Henceforth, we must support our leaders with daily prayers now, not next week or as soon as there is time. We have a President now, who is not ashamed to take a stand for our Christian heritage and who shares his faith with the leaders of other countries at every opportunity. Who knows what the next election will bring. This President gave his testimony concerning his faith to the head of China recently. In addition, he spent thirty minutes alone with the President of Macedonia in the Oval Office praying on his knees for that country. What a cleansing has occurred in the most powerful room in the world. Do not forget to thank God for a godly man in the Oval Office of the White House. Also, let us pray that he will not become so engrossed with governing that he neglects to seek advice from the One who is really at the helm, for "(h)ow shall we escape if we neglect so great (a deliverer)…?" [Hebrews 2:3].

 

Grafted Back Into The Tree?

God sent this vision to let us know we have a shoot sprouting from the tree severed in 1988. We must nurture and water it with prayer. Is it coincidence or irony that it is a stem from the root of his father's administrative tree? If you will recall, the tree was not uprooted in the ' 88-1821' vision.

 

God sent this vision to let us know we have a shoot sprouting from the tree severed in 1988. We must nurture and water it with prayer.

 

Rather, it was cut off, meaning that God has left opportunity for being grafted back into the powerful moral giant she once was under His guidance.It was noted at the end of the 19th century by astute Europeans that the United States had become a great nation because of her tenacious attention to righteousness and morality. At that time, the Ten Commandments were posted on the walls of virtually every school in America and the Bible had been the basic textbook in public schools.

There is a subliminal effect producing righteousness whenever God's Word is permitted expression, hence we must get the Bible back in our schoolrooms so that we can get the guns out, and peace can flow around our children like a river. Hearkening to Biblical principles was the reason she became a nation awesome and terrible from her beginning hitherto [Isaiah 18:2], and a return to her spiritual roots can override her mistakes of the recent past and circumvent another 9-1-1 disaster. The key lies in our resolve to put God back into our educational institutions. The war on terror we find ourselves in today and the morass of crime in and off the streets can be traced back to 1963 when the Bible was banned from public schools. We must elect representatives who will fearlessly pass legislation to allow the Bible equal time in the discourse of public education so that the youth of our nation can receive its cleansing power, its wisdom, and its truth that sets people free [John 8:32].

I said in the forward to the 'USA Prophecy' that George Bush, Jr. has been given opportunity to turn America back to her spiritual heritage and correct the mistakes of his father. The first mistake his father made was turning the United States toward internationalism thus hindering her separation unto the Lord for blessing, and the second was not deposing Saddam Hussein when he had opportunity. Our current president has certainly instilled a sense of nationalistic pride since 9-1-1 bringing back a feeling of self-respect among the nations in much the same way as President Reagan when he came into office. And, as for Saddam Hussein, President Bush, Jr. is doing his best to rectify the mistake his father made in not deposing him when he had opportunity.

Ezekiel 18:19-20
19 Yet say ye, …doth… the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

This Scripture is given not to imply that anyone is wicked, but rather to show that offspring have opportunity to change course. They are not bound by the actions of their fathers. If they want to walk differently from their parents, they may do so. In some cases, it may cost them everything, even their lives, but they are morally accountable for their own decisions and actions. This Scripture speaks to the heart of this vision. Everyone has opportunity to choose which god they will serve. Rejecting Jesus as Lord, places a person outside the help of the true God. The only way to avoid hell is to change kingdoms and lords. Hell is the abode of the unlawful spiritual father on the right side of the ocean in the vision, and heaven is the abode of Mt. Zion on the left.

In Vision #1, we have a picture of the heart of President Bush, Jr. We dare not make him a clone of his Dad. I believe his heart is tender and submitted to the God of the Bible and our founding fathers. Although he is a very moral man, George Bush, Sr. was not as vocal about his personal faith when he was in office. His son, however, greatly respects the Lord, vocalizes his walk with the Lord, and unashamedly opens his cabinet meetings with prayer. I hear that he seeks the will of the heavenly Father early in the mornings in his daily devotions. What refreshment for the silent and hidden majority of the land. His meekness projects to the humble at heart, and his fearlessness is contagious to the consternation of the devil. This is important because fear can paralyze as we saw in the D.C. debacle recently. One lone sniper had the whole region under control to the shame of Christian believers. For two weeks, the local economy suffered and the people were immobilized. Friends, this ought not so to be. Over 110 times the Bible teaches Christians not to fear because God is in control. Saved believers especially have nothing to fear. We are going to die sometime and every believer at the very least should be ready to die at any time. If people would obey God, they would have nothing to fear, and satan would have less control in this world.

The responsibility for America's vulnerability to terrorist attacks can be laid at the foot of the Church. She has allowed unbelieving tares to dictate policy in her ranks - God forbid that the monied elite be offended! She has weakened her stance and departed from truth by discounting large portions of God's Word as spurious. This makes her vulnerable to the whims of the devil through fear. Discounting some Scripture makes all Scripture doubtful. The devil takes great delight when believers question the Word. On the other hand, when God's people pray and seek His face in contriteness, He will be found by them and hearken to their cries - when there is no strange god among them. The gods today are the same as those in the Old Testament. The dress is new and the names changed, but the ancient policy of mixing truth with error remains the first rule in deception. Illicit gods pose as angels of light and teach tolerance for the sake of unity. True to form, everything is tolerated except the truth of the Gospel. When any deity's name can be mentioned in public prayers except that of God's Son Jesus, it is an insult to the One who anointed America to be His client nation and His witnesses that Jesus is Lord. Woe to America if she does not makes some changes while she has the governmental control to do it.

If holiness is a measure of one's hatred for sin, there is little evidence that we are a holy nation. Everything is permitted today for the sake of mammon. Instead of being shock troops leading an assault on sin, for the most part, Christians have become shock absorbers dazed and benumbed by the flagrant flaunting of sex appeal everywhere. How many people do you know choose to turn off television rather than watch salacious ads and quick snapshots of borderline porn laced throughout programming? Are you willing to be offended for the Word's sake? To turn that around, which is the greater offense - being called a prude, or disgust in the promotion of voyeurism on the screen? How many Christians are offended when they see scantily clad men and women pictured on the covers of magazines in the grocery stores, right there in the checkout line where a patron and children cannot escape seeing it? This type of filth used to be closeted in America. Having gone the way of the world and few people taking a stand for righteousness, is it any wonder that we are now engaged in a frontal assault against terror? Our spiritual roots have been torn asunder by historical revisionists who would paint the founding fathers as deists whose god is disinterested in what goes on in the world rather than servants of a personal holy God involved in the ruling of His creation. Can we make the case that the United States is covenanted to the God of the Bible and our roots are grounded in His Word? I believe it has already been made in the vision entitled 'The Flow,' but just for refreshment let's see.

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