When God Hears the Cry of Ishmael

By Francis Frangipane

We've been discussing God's heart and purpose toward the Muslim peoples. For the sake of new readers, I believe the attack of 9/11, at the highest levels, was allowed by God to incite a multi-tiered war effort against the spirit of terrorism that exists in Islam. For those who think Islam is a peaceful religion, remember that during the century following Mohammed's death, Islam spread primarily by Jihad: Muslim armies swept through and conquered the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Portugal, and much of the Mediterranean World. Islam spread holding a sword and the threat of death upon its captives; Christianity spread as men and women, following the redemptive pattern set by Jesus, gave their lives for others. Plainly, Allah is not the same God who inspired Jesus Christ.

Additionally, besides the spirit of terrorism in Islam, there is also a spirit of lust. Consider: according to the Koran, Paradise supposedly has 72 virgins waiting for the young Muslim suicide bomber who dies in Jihad. Additionally, Muslim men can have up to four wives while Muslim women can have only one husband. It is not hard to imagine where such "inspiration" comes from: it is earthly, carnal and demonic.

The Muslim World Shall Hear the Gospel, Part 2

By Francis Frangipane

The Coming Harvest
Christ's resurrection from the dead had just occurred and Jesus' disciples were already questioning Him concerning the Second Coming. "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" they asked. From the beginning, Jesus' disciples have always been anxious concerning His return. Thus, Jesus answered, "It is not for you to know times or epochs . . . but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:6-8).

Is Jesus saying that we shouldn't want to know the details of the time of the end? No. But there is a right time to know the times and that is after the gospel has legitimately been lived and proclaimed worldwide, even to the "remotest part of the earth." Until that worldwide outreach is fulfilled, much discussion about the Second Coming can almost become a religious diversion from the real task at hand, which is winning the lost.

The Muslim World Shall Hear the Gospel, Part 1

By Francis Frangipane

Hardly a day passes when I do not receive via email, newsletter or postal carrier a warning concerning Islam. The most common fear has to do with the apparent homogenization of religions in America. We know our President is a sincere Christian, but why are Muslims having dinner with him at the White House? Christians are concerned that the glorious atonement of Jesus Christ will be compromised and a false unity arise, one that sacrifices truth on the altar of tolerance.

I, too, grieved as I watched network television and heard mullahs praying to Allah at memorials. I was especially offended that, while America was still reeling from the atrocities committed by radical Muslims, so called moderate Muslims manipulated our conciliatory invitations, and then brazenly "witnessed" for Mohammed in public meetings. I knew that behind the eyes of "sympathetic" Muslim clerics was a vision of an Islamic America.

Consecrate Yourselves, For God Will Do Wonders

By Francis Frangipane

As the war against terror attains certain breakthroughs, we should not interpret these incremental successes as a signal to relax. In many ways, the battle has actually escalated.

Consider the threat spoken by the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, "The current situation in Afghanistan is related to a bigger cause -- that is the destruction of America. If God's help is with us, this will happen within a short period of time -- keep in mind this prediction." Then he reiterated, "The real matter is the extinction of America, and God willing, it will fall to the ground." Such a threat might be an idle boast, but consider it against the back drop of a recent article in the Pakistani Newspaper, the Frontier Post. It reported that "Pakistani and American investigators conclude that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network may have successfully transported several nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction to the United States." According to a recent article, "at least two briefcase nuclear weapons may have reached the US shores." (http://www.frontierpost.com)

Let the Fainthearted Go

By Francis Frangipane

A Word To Leaders:
I am concerned about the leaders who have not dealt with their personal fears. I have a word for you: stop terrorizing the people under your influence. A number of ministries have submitted to the oppression caused by the terrorist attacks. As a result, they are speaking to their constituencies from a position of fear and trepidation. Leaders, please hear me: The people who are listening to you are already praying, fasting and repenting. Don't burden them with fear; empower them with vision and faith.

Fear is not the only motive that will stir people to repentance. Yes, it moves the soul, but it is only temporary; fear cannot sustain righteousness nor create true purity of heart. Grace may teach our hearts to fear, but grace our fears relieve. The fact is, people are already afraid. It is time for faith to arise, where we put our trust in God's goodness and power.

When America Blesses God

By Francis Frangipane

I do not believe the Sept. 11th terrorist attack was a venting of the wrath of God, as some say. God is both good and just. Abraham had a theologically perfect revelation of the Almighty when He prayed, "Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked . . . Far be it from Thee to do such a thing" (Gen 18). Repeatedly, the Bible affirms the character of God: in times of divine wrath, the Lord separates the righteous from the wicked (Gen 9; Gen 19; 1Thess 5; etc.). Why should the "Judge of all the earth" kill innocent people for the crimes of pornographers, drug dealers and abortionists? This is not the mind of God, but the perverse psychology of the terrorist.

Prayer Army Arise!

By Francis Frangipane

Many are questioning whether or not the September 11th terrorist act against America was actually a manifestation of the wrath of God or the fury of Satan that struck our land. That we should even be confused seems strange, considering that the Lord and Satan stand at opposite moral extremes. However, Satan specializes in sowing confusion, and into confusion, deception comes. Indeed, the devil typically authors some heinous crime and then deceives people, causing them to blame God for the destruction and heartache.

Beloved, there is nothing more crucial to our spiritual, physical and emotional well-being than our concept of God. Everything in life springs from truly knowing God and embracing His ways. Thus, whenever there is confusion, we must return to basic truth, and nothing is more basic than this: the Lord is good; the devil is bad. If we drift from this foundation, we will inevitably present to the world around us a false, angry image of the Almighty.

Personal letter from Francis

Dear Beloved Friends and Family,

The events of recent days have been staggering, like nothing else in most of our lifetimes. We are in a new world, one that is significantly darker, significantly more unstable; but we are not trapped in this darkened world without God. Indeed, the promise of the Lord remains true. He said, "darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you." The outcome of this emergence of divine glory in the midst of terrible darkness, is that "nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising" (Isaiah 60:1-3).

So, while we are called to pass through this valley of weeping, ahead of us is the glory of God. Indeed, even now the glory of the Lord is rising. There has never been more prayer ascending from Americans. Catholics and Lutherans, Baptists and Pentecostals -- millions are meeting in cathedrals, churches, storefronts and homes turning to God in prayer.

To Delight in Hiddenness

By Francis Frangipane

The desire to be acknowledged and appreciated by others is basic to human nature. Jesus Himself seemed somewhat troubled that, after healing ten lepers, only one returned to give thanks (Lk 17). Yet, while the need to be occasionally appreciated is not sin, it can become sin when we begin seeking recognition. We must determine that our service to mankind is guided by a higher, more focused obedience to God.

Jesus lived solely for the glory of God. We, however, too often seek the glory and praise of man. In spite of the fact that Jesus repeatedly affirmed that the Father, who sees in secret, will reward us openly (Matt 6), we remain offended if we do not receive credit for our good deeds. This quest for recognition can become a source of wrong motives and failed endeavors; it can give a place to jealousy, pride and selfish ambition if we are not careful.

Those Who Sigh and Groan

By Francis Frangipane

The true church is a child in the womb of God; what the Almighty feels affects us. We absorb into our spiritual DNA the great loves of God; His passions become our passions. However, there are things that He also hates. Without becoming self-righteous, we must allow ourselves to feel the Lord's hatred for sin and injustice; we must receive into our spirits His attitude concerning violence, abuse and abortion.

I am thinking of Ezekiel. The prophet was commanded to walk through sinful Jerusalem and take note, not only of its perversity, but those who were affected adversely by it. "And the Lord said to him, "Go through the midst of the city"and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst."

To See the Face of God

By Francis Frangipane

Have you not deeply desired to see God to know Him intimately and truly? Beloved, to see Jesus is to behold God.

Let us not consider it heresy: We can surely see God! But first, we must renounce every perception of the Almighty other than what we have proven is true in Christ. Therefore, study the life, teachings and deeds of Jesus Christ and you will remove all mystery about the nature of God.

Jesus said, "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).

What truth could be more profound? Each time we read of what Jesus did, we are actually beholding the nature of God. Every time we listen to what Jesus taught, we are hearing the voice of the Living God.

The Valley of Fruitfulness

By Francis Frangipane

The battles we face are often intense times of weakness, distress and confusion. If the events of our lives were charted upon a graph, these would be the lowest points. Yet, God is no less with us during difficulties than at other times. In fact, these valleys are often as much the plan of God as our mountaintop experiences.

There is a story in the Bible which speaks plainly to this truth. Israel had recently defeated the Arameans in a mountain battle. In 1 Kings, chapter 20, we read,

To Represent Christ

By Francis Frangipane

"And Jesus was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. And the news about Him went out into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them all. And great multitudes" (underscore this in your mind) great multitudes, not just a handful here, "great multitudes followed Him..." (Matt 4:23-25)

When Jesus is lifted up, great multitudes follow. By the thousands, people left their cities, their market places and businesses. Great throngs of men, women and children eagerly left their homes and communities to be with Jesus in the wilderness. Such is the power of the Master.

Swallowed Up By Life

By Francis Frangipane

Two forces are increasing in the world: the power of life and the power of death. The Scriptures tell us that, before Christ returns, Satan will be cast down from the spirit realm to the earthly realm "having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time" (Rev 12:12). Jesus warns us in Matt 24:22 that,"...unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved." Prophecy after prophecy warns of these days. Satanic darkness is on the face of the earth, and where the devil is, death and destruction are soon to follow.

At the same time, the sons of the kingdom should expect to enter ever-increasing degrees of life. Through repentance and faith in God's word, we are seeing more of the Holy Spirit and more of Christ's actual Presence restored to the church. I believe before Jesus returns, the church will be as full of life as Christ Himself was when He walked in His earthly ministry. Is that heresy? No. To live apart from Christ in worldliness is heresy.

The Son's Answered Prayer

By Francis Frangipane

To know Christ is to know His heart toward His church. Consider: On the night before Jesus died, the most somber night in His life, our Master presented His most lofty request to His Father. He prayed His disciples would be "perfected in unity" (Jn 17:23). Yet, the only unity the disciples knew that night was a common fear and a collective abandonment of Christ.

Jesus told these soon-to-be leaders of the Jerusalem church that they would be known for their untiring agape love. But that night Christ's three closest friends could not remain awake with him even one hour while He agonized alone in prayer.

According to Your Word

By Francis Frangipane

Pardon for an Unrepentant People

"According to Your Word"

Moses sent twelve spies to Canaan to bring back a report of the land. When they re turned, ten said that, though the land was good, Israel would surely be defeated by the inhabitants. Although Joshua and Caleb argued that Israel certainly could drive out their enemies, the people moaned, complained, and rebelled, even seeking to stone Joshua and Caleb and return with new leaders to Egypt. And again, the anger of the Lord was kindled against them and threatened to bring judgment (see Num 12 14).

Faithfully, once more Moses intercedes.

"I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as Thou hast declared. The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations." Num 14:17-18

What Does Revival Look Like?

By Francis Frangipane

What Does Revival Look Like?

People often ask me, "How will we know true revival when it comes to our city?" To me, a revival is not legitimized merely by the increasing numbers of signs and wonders. Moses, Elijah and Elisha all had great signs accompanying their lives, but proliferation of signs did not create a revival nor does their existence equate to revival. Israel was often awed by manifestations, yet spiritual signs never brought the nation to lasting repentance.

What about powerful and exciting church services? Personally, I do not believe church services, even if they are daily and continue until midnight, are themselves a convincing sign of revival. Increased services may accompany spiritual renewal, but neither are they, in themselves, evidence of a move of God.