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Guest Post: Open My Eyes to Jesus

A dear brother submitted his own thoughts today.

Enjoy as you seek Christ.

Daniel



15When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my LORD! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

2 Kings 6:15-17

How many times in our life have we looked at situations that seem daunting and scary? I have fallen into the trap of not believing that our God has things under control.

I have fallen into the trap of not believing that our God has things under control.

I pray that God would open up our spiritual eyes and have Faith that God has it under His control. We may never see chariots of fire, but we can by faith see our tough circumstances in the light of God’s power.

Open my eyes, LORD. I want to see Jesus.

Mark

Voting, Elections and God

Here is another guest blog by Jesse Walker. I am enjoying my time away from the blog, watching some movies and playing some video games with my wife, actually relaxing a little, getting several weeks worth of homework done in an afternoon (because it is so much easier than what I have done … ever in college!), and working on other theological and ministerial things.

I do not usually get too into politics on this blog, but that does not mean my guests have to shy away from it! For this election season, here is an early post (instead of my usual Tuesday schedule). May it help you in making a decision on how to vote (and, please, vote!). Pray, pray, pray! Listen to all advice and weigh it by the your convictions, what the Bible says, and how you feel the Lord leads.

Many blessings until later! Your brother in Christ, Daniel

If you’re like me, you probably have had questions about the candidates, the party’s and which candidate might possibly have God’s endorsement (since, of course, His is the only one that matters).

While there are many issues that are important to each of us, be it the economy, immigration, the second amendment, or a plethora of others, I believe that there is one that will not only last for eternity, but is near and dear to God’s heart. It’s not that the other issues aren’t important, but that only one involves eternal souls. You see, God is a protector of the innocent and a defender of the weak, and the issue that is on His heart, the only one that will last for eternity, is preserving the life of the innocent un-born. As Christians it is vitally important that we vote for the pro-life candidate who can win. I say, “who can win” because many of us would like to vote for a third-party candidate. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that our system of government, a democratic republic (NOT a democracy), is a two-party system, which makes it very hard for a third-party candidate to win. I almost registered as an Independent, because I felt that elected officials from both sides of the aisle had let us down, but as I researched the party lines, I began to see that all of my principles and convictions were already laid out in one of the two main parties.

But no matter you’re political persuasion, as a Christian it is your responsibility to vote pro-life. Please take a moment to listen to a radio program I did here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tP22TwZbvk

Based on this information, I had a lot of peace about who to vote for, and then God gave me confirmation through a great man of God, Lou Engle. Here is an email I received from Lou this past week:

Can I vote for Romney?

Over the last year I have wrestled greatly with this question. I have been mostly silent, waiting on the Lord for understanding. Prior to TheCall Detroit I’ve felt a strong calling to pray for President Obama, that he would be a Lincoln-type President who (through the dealings of God) would be changed into another man on the issue of life. Should he win the election, I will still hope and pray for this outcome. However, many people have misconstrued my statements and even twitter’d that I intend to vote for President Obama. Quite the contrary! My clear and pointed statement has been that I cannot vote for anyone who by legal decree supports the shedding of innocent blood, believing such a vote would make me an accomplice to the act.

In recent years I have further refined my position to include no exceptions for rape and incest, understanding that life begins at conception, therefore all life is sacred. My position has been to reject the compromise of simply voting for the  lesser of two evils, believing that my allegiance is given to a higher King and a higher kingdom, therefore my  No  vote actually becomes a prophetic act” a vote of conscience, not abdication. I have believed that if the church would stand on principle, and also require the same of our candidates, that we could actually shift our political climate from confidence in man to confidence in God for the healing of our nation, and that God, in response, would answer with the fire of revival on a people who refused to bow (via a compromised vote) to the image of Caesar. Jesus said,  Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s.  How can I stoop to surrender the image of God in marriage to Caesar (Gen. 1:26″ 28)? How can I forfeit God’s image in the unborn through abortion to Caesar, when Scripture clearly warns against the shedding of innocent blood? (Gen. 4:10, 9:6; Deut. 19:13; Psa. 72:12-14; Ezek. 35:6)

These are not small questions, driving me in great consternation to much dialogue with my Christian brothers and sisters across the nation. I found myself challenged by a simple question: Can you be sure that if you don’t vote for Romney you aren’t still accountable for the shedding of innocent blood, similar to a sin of omission? After all, abortion could greatly proliferate under Obamacare. Furthermore, though Romney allows for the exceptions clause, with which I disagree, he remains opposed to all other cases, and this statistically represents 98.5% of current abortion procedures. Successfully overturning 98.5% of abortions would represent a massive shift in our national blood guilt. In this view, voter accountability becomes more complex, and the answers not so clear.

Bringing further challenge, I was given a scenario, a true moral conundrum. If I had been a Christian conservative in pre-Nazi Germany, as the nation floundered in moral and economic woes, and there I heard the rousing moral clarity of a leader promising a strong economy, who was also pro-family, pro-marriage, anti-debauchery and drunkenness, etc., could I have actually made the mistake of voting as a matter of conviction for Hitler (who in fact adopted those many  good  positions). Could principles in fact blind me to the moment, such that I would support the raising of a king whom Christ Himself would want torn down? Whoa! This is a deeply troubling thought. To me it seems clear that if I had made my stand on principle alone I would have missed God and joined in the destruction of 6 million Jews. This is why we must submit ourselves to the governance of the Holy Spirit, for the wrong application of right principles can cloud even the discernment of the righteous.

At about this time of crisis in my own thought processes, my closest friend (and a true prophet in my life) had a compelling dream concerning Romney s viability as a candidate. In the dream, Romney was clearly favorable from a divine perspective. After this, the substance of my friend s dream was immediately confirmed by another prophetic encounter from another well known prophetic voice. Now hear me, this election is not about Romney being the great answer to America s problems. Rather, these prophetic experiences seemed to indicate that Romney was a sort of window of mercy to America on several fronts, but chiefly the dividing of Jerusalem. The thought of protecting that ancient covenantal bond of God shifted my paradigm dramatically. I found myself having to peer into another biblical principle that I heretofore had not pondered with the same intensity as I had the life issue.

As I sought the Lord concerning these various biblical truths and prophetic words, it was as if a light began to shine into my heart. I sensed the Lord saying,  Will you stand with Me in my covenantal faithfulness? Will you stand for my ancient covenant with My people? A deep abiding ‘Yes’ began to conquer my arguments.

Therefore I now make this statement for the sake of both my own conscience and for the clearing of any misconceptions or questions currently circulating in the body. I remain to this day a no exceptions voter, though very challenged by lingering questions regarding the practical application of a principled vote. I am committed to the highest, best moral and faith response to the political issue of abortion. I seek its ultimate end, and its progressive end. But I refuse to castigate any well-meaning believers who come to a different conclusion than mine. It seems to me there is room for great Christian understanding and patience with one another in the journey.

With that said, I am declaring my best, personal understanding of the Lord’s heart in this hour: that in this election, America’s future is on dangerous ground, facing judgment not only over abortion and other key issues, but most definitely over the high possibility of breaking faith with God’s covenant with Jerusalem, the land of Israel, and His covenant people. President Obama has publicly called for the return of the land of Jerusalem and Israel to the pre-1967 boundaries. I can’t go there. I won’t. My heart had been opened to another great theme:  The Life of the unborn has called me and God’s covenant to the Jewish people restrains me .

I am voting for Romney.

In clean conscience,

Lou Engle”

I challenge and encourage you to vote for the pro-life candidate, Governor Romney.

With all Sincerity and Love in Christ,

Jesse Walker

The Rapture and the End Times

When Daniel asked if I would like to post a topic on his blog, my first thought was what an honor it is. Daniel is an amazing man of God, trustworthy, reliable, has a soft heart, and you can count on him to never put God in a box – because Daniel never thinks inside the box anyway.

My name is Jesse Walker, I’m the host of a radio program called “The Unwinding Path” on KXEG 1280AM in Phoenix, and do a lot of guest speaking at churches, conferences and college groups. Some of my most requested messages are “Proving the Resurrection of Jesus,” “The Science of Genesis,” and, with the uproar about December 21st 2012, “The Rapture and The End Times,” among others.

I have been studying what the Bible says about the end times (aka Eschatology), for years, and, though God’s Word makes it clear that no man knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ return (whether the rapture or the second coming), I have often wondered how I would live differently if I knew Jesus was coming back at a specific time. One of the main ideas I have is that I would sell most of my possessions and give the money to the poor and hungry (Luke 12). Another is that I would tell as many people as I could, as fast as I could, about Jesus (Matt 28).

To get to the basics then, the rapture and the second coming are two separate events and are often times confused and mis-understood. On top of all this, there are many differing views about this subject. For the sake of time I will condense this blog to focus on the rapture, and the view that the majority of Christians believe about the rapture, namely pre-tribulationism.

The rapture is an event that will occur sometime in the future at which time Jesus will come back in the clouds (and will not come down to the earth) and call all Christians up to heaven. Sometime after this event, Jesus will come back to earth and set up His earthly kingdom. Please note that they are not the same event but two totally separate events. First the rapture happens then the second coming (where Jesus will actually come back to the earth).

Years ago I ask God to show me the truth about the rapture since there are so many views held by many good Christian people. On any issue I simply want to know truth, whether it’s good or bad. Here’s what God allowed me to believe: That the rapture (where Jesus comes back in the clouds and calls all Christians up to heaven) would occur before the 7 year tribulation period.
However, in the last few months I started digging even deeper into God’s Word. As I did, I forced myself to question, not only my beliefs about the rapture, but also everything I had ever heard from Bible prophecy teachers. Let me stop right here and say that I still believe that the rapture will occur, but after careful study of God’s word (consulting even the Greek New Testament), what I found is nothing like any of the teachings out there. In fact, the pre-tribulationists will probably call me a pre-wrather and the pre-wrathers will probably call me a heretic. After God showed me this new information, I asked Him why He allowed me to believe something that wasn’t fully accurate. His response was “You asked me to show you the truth, but you weren’t strong enough to handle it until now.”

I believed and taught the “typical” pre-tribulation rapture doctrine for more than a decade. I still call myself a pre-tribulationist when it comes to the rapture, but it does not occur in the timeline of Revelation the way most pre-tribulationists teach it.

Having said all that, I see Revelation, and what the Bible teaches about the end times more clearly than I’ve ever seen it before, and am currently working on the teaching about the subject for one of our upcoming radio programs.
I would appreciate your thoughts. I know this can be a sensitive subject and I want everyone to remember that salvation is not based on what one believes about the end times, but that Jesus is our risen savior!

I might also like to use some of your thoughts on one of our upcoming programs so please post your name and town if you comment.

You may read Matt 24 and 25, 1 Thess 4, and Revelation (among many others) for scriptural basis.

Speaking through another …

Today marks the first time I have written a guest post for another blogger!

Heather is out on a short-term mission trip to Costa Rica this week (pray for her, her team, and the Costa Ricans!), and I am one of the people helping her out while she is gone. I know some who read my blog do not care for a few of their beliefs, but Heather is a member of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church which is famous/infamous (depending on your view) of being Kings-James-Version-Only-ists. In other words, they believe only the King James Version of the Bible is the only viable and authorized version. Regardless of this, Heather is one of the most amazing young Christian women I have ever had the privilege of befriending (albeit, only online).

Not only should you go check out my guest post, but seriously consider reading more of her work. As I said, she is pretty amazing.

God bless! Catch ya later, Bill and Ted… I mean, everyone!

Daniel M. Klem

(In case you want to copy and paste the link: http://growup318.com/2011/08/17/guestpoststupidprayers/ )