Hastened in Its Time

By Francis Frangipane

There isn't one church leader I know who does not believe we are living in the end times.   Exactly where we are along heaven's prophetic time line is debatable, yet everyone has his or her own catalog of confirming end time signs. If it is true that we have, perhaps, less than a generation before the end of the age, we should expect is to see a divine hastening of spiritual realities.

Indeed, this ministry often quotes Isaiah 60:1-3 concerning the manifestation of the Lord's glory in the end time church.  Yet, Isaiah's revelation concludes with this added encouragement: "I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time" (vs 22).   Let's personalize this hastening: our maturing and transformation will be accelerated in the days ahead!

Consider also Paul's word: "For the Lord will execute His word upon the earth, thoroughly and quickly" (Rom 9:28).  There is no reason the Lord cannot do things quicker should He choose to: He created the universe in seven days!  I love that the end times are not just about God moving quickly, but also about Him accomplishing a deep and thorough work in us.  Indeed, if we want the quick, we must focus on the thorough.  Yet, His promise is for both a quick and thorough work!

"Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons" (Isa 66:8).

I know many are wearied with battles and delays, yet the Lord says a time is approaching when there shall no longer be any delays: "As soon as Zion travailed, she . . . brought forth her sons."  Prayer warriors, this is why we must prevail in prayer! 

In The Fulness of Time
As most of us are already aware, the Scriptures were written in Greek and used two words to describe the concept of time. Chronos referred to chronological time while Kairos was usually translated "fullness of time."  Kairos times are those unique, spiritually heightened bursts of spiritual fulfillment that exist between dispensations and epochs. 

During Kairos seasons the Spirit of God invades the fabric of life itself: everything accelerates and changes as reality is redirected by the unalterable will of God.  Noah lived in a Kairos time. Moses led Israel out of Egypt during a Kairos time.  Jesus came "in the fulness of the time" (Gal 4:4), and the world marks its calendars from the birth of God's Son. 

It is also amazing to me that, during the first century Kairos, Jesus was able to take common,  nonreligious men and, in just three and a half years, transform them into powerful apostles.  These men healed the sick, raised the dead, had deep spiritual substance and wrote the very Scriptures which we consider inspired by God Himself.   How did they grow so fast?  The answer is that the Lord hastened their growth "in its time."  They were alive during a Kairos time. 

Imparted Life
But the apostles quick maturity did not occur simply because they intellectually grasped Jesus' teachings.  There was another facet to their accelerated growth.  Jesus imparted His anointing to them through the Holy Spirit.  It took thirty years to reach full stature in Jesus and just three and a half years, culminating at Pentecost, to impart it to His disciples!  The proof was that in less than 44 months the disciples, on their own, were doing what Jesus did.

Jesus taught them the word, but He also imparted to His disciples the authority to do what He did.  Jesus' goal was to replicate His ministry through impartation.  He was speaking of the effect of impartation when Jesus told His disciples, "The works that I do shall [you] do also" (Jn 14:12a).  Even after He died, the effect of impartation would continue through His positional seating at the Father's right hand, "and greater works than these shall [you] do; because I go to the Father" (Jn 14:12b).

At Pentecost, traditionally we have focused upon the disciples speaking in tongues, but what emerged was much more profound.  Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus imparted to the disciples apostolic leadership and a penetrating strength of character; the endowment of spiritual signs and wonders confirmed their authority.  This is why, when the disciples worked miracles, they would automatically point crowds to Jesus, saying, "Why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?" (Acts 3:12) They knew the power of impartation that came through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, "He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you" (Jn 16:14).  This disclosure of Christ's life and power is the impartation of anointing.  The proof that we have received Christ's anointing is that we have power, at least in some measurable way, to do what Jesus did.  Christ's anointing may be revealed through you uniquely in serving others; it may be manifest first in your prayer life or study of God's word. Christ's anointing may emerge through a passion and power to heal the sick or to exercise authority over demons or in a variety of other ways, but it's the anointing of Christ upon our lives that defines and empowers our sense of purpose on earth.  Whether we serve as a teacher, pastor, prophet or evangelist, "of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace" (Jn 1:16). 

Old Testament
We also see vivid examples of the transference of anointing in the Old Testament.  Elijah was one of the most intense prophets in the Old Testament; his protege, Elisha, was a farmer.  The two could not have been more different.  Step for step, the sons of the prophets watched Elisha follow the great prophet Elijah.  Elisha's goal was not just the appropriation of information from Elijah; he sought a "double portion of the spirit" that rested upon the man of God.  He was in earnest pursuit of Elijah's anointing. 

The anointing on Elijah's life was manifest or symbolized in his mantle. This mantle is what Elijah used to cover his face when the Lord drew near on Mt Horeb.  When the prophet first approached Elisha, Elijah actually "threw his mantle on [Elisha]" (1 Kings 19:19).  In so doing, in essence, he was saying to Elisha, "If you can keep up with me, you will not only become my successor, but I will give you my anointing."

Elijah approached the Jordan with Elisha at his side; in the distance the sons of the prophets watched in earnest.  Taking his mantle, Elijah struck the river, and he and his protege, Elisha, crossed on dry ground.   As they were going along and talking, the Lord suddenly called Elijah home in a whirlwind. As he was lifted by the wind, his mantle fell from his shoulders. Elisha took up the mantle and walked to the bank of the Jordan. Then he struck the waters, just as the prophet had done, and said, "Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?"  Immediately the Jordan parted and he walked across the dry river bed.  The text continues, "Now when the  sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him saw him, they said, 'The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha'" (see 2 Kings 2:9-15). 

The sons of the prophets could tell Elijah's anointing (or "spirit") rested upon Elisha because Elisha did what Elijah did.  Through the Holy Spirit, the spiritual power of an anointed man or women of God can be imparted into the life of another!  Through impartation we will see the acceleration of growth in ministries at the end of the age.  

The House of the Lord
Among all the awesome realities that shall emerge at the end of the age, we will also see the restoration of the house of the Lord.  The foundation of Christ is again being restored. As a result, we will again see the fulness of Christ's anointing in the church (See Isaiah 2:2; Acts 3:21; Eph 4:11-16).  

I know the anointing to rebuild the house of the Lord, not only is a living power resting upon my life, it is a transferable power in my ministry.  In my remaining years, the communication of this anointing to others is the passion of my life.  Through our training school, utilizing Internet and television outlets, as well as through conferences and the printed word, I seek to impart the anointing to build the house of God to as many people in as many nations as I can. 

What will we achieve by returning to Christ-centered, citywide unity in the church? God's word tells us as His house is restored, then "the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple" (Mal 3:1).  The hastening work of God will again occur through the church. 

Isn't this exactly what we so desperately desire: that the living God would be revealed through us?  When we lay hands on the sick, all the sick recover?  I believe a time is coming when ambulances will stop at churches before they go to emergency rooms!  God is waiting to accompany our efforts to reach our inner cities; He seeks to raise up and send powerful teams of missionaries into the Muslim world, just as He sent His early disciples.  They will go forth healing the sick, raising the dead and proclaiming the goodness of our God. 

As the house is rebuilt, the living God will begin to accompany our efforts.  Indeed, He says, "Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me" (Mal 3:5).  

Let us purge our focus of the multitude of distractions and lay hold of that anointing to build God's house.  The Holy Spirit repeatedly tells me, "Do not focus on the fearful things around you, the threats of terrorism or economic collapse, focus steadfastly upon your transformation!" 

Again, He says, "For I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time."

On the Road to Damascus

By Francis Frangipane

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit" (Jn 12:24-25).

There is a profound truth about spiritual growth hidden in Jesus' remarks.  He likens our growth to the same pattern seen in a life cycle of a seed.  There are two aspects to the seed: a husk and its kernel.  The husk is the harder, outer covering that protects the tender, inner kernel. Of course, it is the kernel, not the husk, which contains the power to bear fruit and reproduce.

However, once the seed is planted in soil and watered, the outer husk must break. Its completeness and usefulness "dies." Without the death of the husk, the seed will never produce fruit and will abide by itself alone, just as Jesus said.

Likewise, our spiritual development unfolds through a similar process that is sequenced through a time of breaking, dying and finally culminates in an inner rebirth. The Lord does not have to create difficulties to come against us; there are pressures, people and perplexities in abundance   even direct satanic attacks   that He can orchestrate to break the outer man, and awaken and release our inner self.

We fight against the idea, but brokenness and the death of our old self are integral parts of our spiritual journey. Our outer, husk nature must break.  It must experience death in order for our inner man to find true spiritual life with Christ. Every genuine spiritual advance comes because, in some way, our outer man breaks and our inner man is touched and made alive by the breath of God.  Beloved, every act of true faith comes because this inner man responds to the promise of God.  Genuine worship   that which exists only in spirit and in truth   is the product of God intimately loving the inner man, even at the funeral of the outer.

As it is written, "God {sees} not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Sam 16:7).  Even at this moment, our Father, who sees in secret, is looking at the inner man of your heart. 

A Christ Encounter
Paul is speaking of these two aspects of our identity when he writes, "though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day" (2 Cor 4:16). Again, he tells us that he joyfully concurs "with the law of God in the inner man" (Rom 7:22). Finally, he prays that God would grant us "to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man" (Eph 3:16).

If we do not suffer the death of the outer person, its husk nature becomes a mask that hides the corruption and selfish motives of our hearts. Without personal, first hand contact with our spiritual need of the Savior, we become Pharisaic in nature: trusting in ourselves that we are righteous while viewing others with contemp (see Lk 18:9). We may not wear the robes of a Pharisee, but we possess the attitude of one. To save us, Christ must confront us.

I'm thinking of Paul. Here was a man who was a "Pharisee of Pharisees," a man who was self-righteous, a persecutor of the church.  Paul hid his true character behind the religious mask of a Pharisee.  But when the Lord met him on the road to Damascus, Paul not only saw God's glory, he saw his personal corruption in Christ's light. His self-righteous opinion of himself was crushed; his outer man, broken.

Likewise, we too are on a journey.  We cannot help but come to God as we are. Yet, beloved, there will be a time when we meet Jesus in a new way.  It will not be goose bumps and chills; it will be devastating and liberating at the same time.  The Lord's goal will be to remove the falseness of our outer man to awaken love in the inner.  He meets us on the road to "De-mask us."

Yes, dear friend, our opinion of ourselves will be crushed; we will be more passionately humble.   Our need of a Savior will no longer be just a doctrine; it will become a desperate fact of our lives, as we meet Christ on the road to De-mask us.

A Child in the Womb of God

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 compassion becomes our compassion. However, what God hates we must not be afraid to also hate, for our thoughts and attitudes must exist in yielded surrender to His own. 

I am thinking of Ezekiel.  As the Lord showed the prophet Israel's sins, six men appeared, one of whom was told "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" (Ezek 9:4).  It was important to the Lord to identify those who were united to His heart, who cared more about what He thought than finding acceptance in a godless world around them. 

Beloved, there is a great, false tolerance in the church today. Instead of the kingdom of God, we serve a "philosophy" called Christianity.  We have learned to live with a deceptive compromise that masquerades as a virtue.  If we truly possess godly convictions, there will be times we will be labeled offensive or "extreme."  I fear that many of us have so adjusted to living in the midst of sin, that we no longer "sigh and groan" over it.

Perhaps we have felt heartache concerning the sin and injustice of our society, but not knowing what to do, we buried our feelings. Today, we barely hear the whisper of what once was the voice of outrage in our hearts.  Even when alone before God, we have become silent concerning our vexation about abortion and child abuse; we have learned to quietly accommodate the multi-leveled invasion of immorality into our society; we have accepted with but a whimper the loss of virginity among our youth. 

The Lord continued and said, "strike . . . and do not spare" those who do not mourn.   And then He warned, "And you shall start from my sanctuary" (Ezekiel 9:5-6). 

Dear pastors, as leaders, we must not be afraid to show our heartache and distress concerning sin in our land, even if we seem out of step with our times.  I'm thinking of the ordaining of gay bishops in the Episcopal Church.  It is one thing to have mercy on homosexuals, to pray for them with the love of Christ.  It is another to sanction homosexuality and put perversion in the pulpit.  What kind of example is this?  The man of God leads not only by word, but his life is a pattern for young and old alike.  Without becoming proud or self-righteous, we must lift our voice to God and, in meekness, defend the truth of God's word.

We are at a crossroads in our nation.  The true church must show itself loving, but also uncompromising.  Even as we bow to help sinners, we must stand to defend the truth.  We cannot give up on our nation.  There are some who simply have given up and believe the increasing wickedness is a sign the Second Coming is near.  Beloved, we don't know when the Lord will return, but even if I knew He were returning tomorrow, I would not use the anticipation of the rapture as an excuse to stop caring about my nation.  I tell you, even when the trumpet sounds, as I rise at the command of God, you will hear me pleading for mercy for America!   

Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn."   If the church today isn't a revelation of the heart of Christ in the earth, if it isn't mourning over wickedness and weeping over the suffering masses, it is only because we have positioned ourselves outside the passions of God.

The Lord said to put "a mark" on the foreheads of "those who sigh." The Hebrew word for the "mark" was the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the "tau."  Its symbol was that of a cross without the top, similar to our letter "T." This sign was often used in first-century Christianity as the symbol of the cross. Looking at it from God's eternal perspective, it is as though the Lord had said, "Put a cross on the foreheads of those who grieve over sin."

Consider also that the Book of Revelation declares there will come a time prior to the judgments of tribulation, when the Almighty shall again send forth His angels to seal "the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads" (Rev 7:3).  This "seal of the living God" on their foreheads shall identify them during the ensuing plagues.  Whatever this mark is, whether it is visible or invisible, it shall become a shield of immunity in the days ahead.  Because of the similarities between Ezekiel and John's revelation, I am struck with a question: Is the Spirit of God still seeking to identify those who sigh and groan over the injustices, heartaches and abominations of their land?

Dear friends, let us shake off the intoxication of compromise.  Too many of us are entertained by things we should weep over.  God destroyed the world during Noah's day because of violence, yet we sit before televisions and in theaters amused by violence.  The Lord ultimately destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their twisted morality, yet we do nothing to protest similar perversity entering our lands.  A simple letter or email to the sponsors of immoral television shows carries great weight in their decisions concerning what they will pay for; a letter to government officials stating you will not vote for anyone who supports legalized homosexuality or the further degradation of our society can, under the blessing of God, begin to sway elected officials. 

I am talking about being alive to the feelings of the God in Whom we dwell.  Yes, we should be grateful for all He has done, but let us also break the spell of compromise. We can transform our land and God will help us!  He does not want us only to react with outrage, but to turn our anger into intercession and godly action.  His desire is that we reconnect with the passions of His heart.  Ask Him how He feels about the needs in the world around you.  If the church indeed is a child in the womb of God, can we open our spirits again to the passions of His heart? 
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The Pathway to Power

By Francis Frangipane

A new awakening is coming to the church. It will be birthed by prayer and sheltered by humility, but its power will emerge through compassion.  The strength of this fresh move is the deep yearning of the Lord Himself. Yes, even in the midst of hellish conditions on earth He has promised, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION" (Rom. 9:15).

Common people, flooded and compelled by the burning compassions of God, shall be used mightily in the coming years: they shall transform multitudes. Christ's compassions shall be especially revealed where human suffering is unrelenting.  Let us remember, the Lord is not aloof from the human condition; mankind's suffering exists in the thought-life of God.  The book of   Judges reveals an amazing quality about the relationship of God's heart to human sorrow.  Scripture says, "He could bear the misery of Israel no longer" (Judges 10:16).  As a result, He rescued His people from their enemies.

Today, the Holy Spirit says, "The more devastated the region, the greater My compassions shall flow." Africa and parts of Asia shall see multitudes convert from Islam and come into a powerful relationship with Christ.  Indeed, during Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, many Muslims shall have visions of Jesus Christ and shall personally be converted, as Paul was converted from Judaism.  Missionaries from Pakistan shall be used by God to touch many nations.  The Holy Spirit says, "Pray fervently for Pakistan, for its President, General Pervez Musharraf, and for the church in Pakistan, for missionaries from Pakistan shall reveal Christ's compassion to many nations.  Additionally, the Lord says, "Pray for and watch India."   India's hour is drawing near.  Satan would like to destroy these two countries before the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit falls upon them.  Thus, the Holy Spirit commands, "Pray for Pakistan and India!"

Yet, this move of divine compassion will not be limited to poorer nations.  In select cities and communities in the West, the compassions of God will also flow.  Indeed, even now the Lord is preparing Christians from all backgrounds, including believing Catholics, Presbyterians and Episcopalians.   Some whom God will use most mightily will come from denominations many Christians consider dead or apostate.

Many influential, but hardened businessmen and women will be touched and transformed by the compassions of God.  Governors, mayors and other civic leaders will experience life changing healings; attorneys, doctors and scientists will testify to undeniable miracles. Transformed gang leaders and criminals, some of whom are currently in jail, will be used by God to start powerful churches. Yes, once seemingly hopeless criminals will be used by God to bring hope to devastated neighborhoods.

The Key to Power: Divine Compassion
Because the taproot of this revival will be compassion, it is important to isolate it from other virtues and inspired ministry gifts.  For one can be a skilled teacher who functions authentically in communication skills, but not have true compassion. A leader might possess effective administrative skills, yet also be void of compassion.  Simply because one is a gifted psalmist and leads many in Christian music and arts, that does not mean he or she was empowered by compassion in their ministry. Yes, even the most stirring of prophets or apostles may himself be stirred by something other than compassion. All of these gifts and ministries can be truly inspired within the parameters of their functionality, but not carry at their core the deep pulse of God's compassion.

Compassion, according to its Greek definition, is "a yearning in the bowels."   It is not a function of the intellect, but a deeper reality of the spirit.  Thus, it is important we do not let religious intellectualism rule us.  True compassion emerges from the compassions of God; the human channel of His compassions must be united with the yearnings of God.  Because most of us have been exhausted by the limits of our compassions, we must submit again to the opening of our hearts.  Trust God to help, for we must learn to surrender afresh to the fire of compassion's quest. 

Consider also beloved, that this "yearning in the bowels," this "the innermost being," is the very region from which Jesus said rivers of living water shall flow. This new level of compassion will not exhaust us with impotent sympathy, but will instead align our spirits with the power of Christ to heal, save and redeem. 

Compassion is stronger than sympathy and more enduring than empathy: both of which are dimensions of vulnerability and identification--essential escorts that lead us to Christ's compassion.  But compassion captures those feelings and transforms them into love-empowered actions.

Consider Christ as He healed the afflicted in the gospels:

"Moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, 'I am willing [to heal you]; be cleansed' " (Mk 1:41). Again we read, "Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him (Matt 20:34). And again, "When He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick" (Matt 14:14).

Jesus was moved with compassion; He felt it, and He "healed their sick." Do we feel compassion?  Are we aware today of compassion's inner pushing?  Can you list when you too were "moved with compassion"?  Too often, instead of compassion, we are moved by ambition, self-interest and pride. We desire to be seen by men, to be admired for the size and scope of our ministries or talents.  In our zeal to fulfill our passion, we miss compassion.  May God deliver us! To many, the multitudes are symbols of power and success. Yet, when Jesus saw the crowds, He did not see them as a means to personal fulfillment. Rather, "He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast like sheep without a shepherd" (Matt 9:36).

The people had Pharisees, but not shepherds; they endured the influence of doctrinal experts, the "lawyers," but they had no one who truly cared for them. Christ felt compassion, was moved by compassion and let compassion find its fulfillment in the healing and comfort of the sick and afflicted.

I am not speaking of others, beloved.  We ourselves have locked our compassions and restrained the yearnings of God within us. In this day it is not enough for us merely to be friendly or nice; we must allow the Spirit to unlock the bowels of our compassion. The Lord has promised, not only will He have mercy on many and lead them into forgiveness and salvation, but that He will also reveal His great compassion. Let me repeat His promised, irrevocable purpose: "I will have compassion on whom I have compassion" (Rom 9:15b).

The Lord is with us to fulfill His great yearning to save and heal.  He has set His heart to reveal His compassion in this hour; we must allow His compassions to move us.  We have learned how to have church, to produce Sunday morning events that stir and excite.  Now, however, the Lord says, "But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION , AND NOT SACRIFICE.'" He tells us to not look beyond the hardened or the hopeless. He reminds us, "for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matt 9:13).  Compassion is the pathway to power.

The Power of Impartation

By Francis Frangipane

I know a man who, as a young teenager, endured a violent outburst from his father. The incident had to do with a style of shirt that other teens were wearing. First, his dad told him not to buy the shirt and then, after the young man showed up wearing it anyway, his father told him to take it off. When the boy resisted his dad exploded, actually ripping the shirt while it was still on the young man's body.

For whatever damage the violence did to the young man's psyche, there was a deeper side effect. Later in life, my friend married and had his own children. As life would have it, his oldest son wanted to wear a certain "hip-hopper" shirt, to which my friend objected.  Later that day his son tried to sneak out of the house wearing the shirt but was caught.  Just as his dad before him had done, my friend exploded and, while the shirt was still on his son, he ripped it in several places.

My friend was not an evil or violent man, but something wrong, like a "time released curse," had been imparted to him 25 years previous. This enraged behavioral pattern had incubated in his spirit until the right circumstances arrived; then it repeated itself identically. 

My friend was shocked by his unpremeditated action.  However, he was also amazed as he pondered the power and mystery of impartation.  His father's deed was a seed that, apart from my friend's conscious choice, bloomed on its own in the garden of his life.  It was true:  the "sins of the fathers" are "visited" upon the children.

Human Relationships: Channels for Good or Evil
Of course, my friend's dad had imparted many good things into his life as well.  My point is that the principle of impartation shows itself in a thousand ways during our lives. There are things we are doing and ideas we defend, not because we thought them through, but purely because they were imparted to us by others around us. 

The fact is, the unfiltered human spirit is very much like a sponge that absorbs into our soul the substance of the world around us.  Thus, scripture warns "bad company corrupts good morals" (1 Cor 15:33).  I know of too many kids who were raised in Christian homes who, for one reason or another, became friends with kids who were sexually active or experimenting with drugs.  Soon, the morals of those children were quietly compromised. How? Through impartation.

Yet, God's word also promises "he who walks with wise men will be wise" (Prov 13:20).  There are those whom God has put in our lives, whose influence inspires us to reach for the stars. 

The human soul must not become an "unwalled village"; we cannot exist spiritually without guards and boundaries.  Plainly, we need rules and standards of God's word; divine truth creates a wall that keeps out the enemy.  We must be selective and wise in walking in this world for it is, in truth, a war zone. 

It is also why Jesus warned, "Therefore take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him shall more be given" (Lk 8:18).  Whatever you intently focus upon and listen to, of that thing "shall more be given."   What we yield to in unfiltered openness in varying degrees conforms us to itself.  Entertainment "enters."  Consider wisely, therefore, the next time you turn on the television or select a movie to watch.  Whether the impartation comes via the media, friends or family, take heed what you allow into your spirit. For whatever you allow into you through impartation, that reality shall more be given until you have an abundance. 

He Who Receives a Righteous Man, Receives
Yet, the good news is that impartation can be a wonderful and positive influence in our lives.  A life-giving church can fulfill and support your spiritual journey.  Prayer partners can stand before God with you and for you, encouraging you by the holy and impartable influences of their faith. We can also receive impartation from our pastors, mentors and Christian authors. 

As a spiritual leader, my goal is not just to inform you, but to conform you to Christ.  This involves not only instruction, but impartation as well.  If you are reading a certain author that God is using right now in your life, believe God for the best that ministry can supply. There's no reason you cannot receive of the grace given to that person for you. 

Jesus was specifically talking about the value of godly impartation when He taught, "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.  He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward" (Matt 10:40-41).

Of course, God may meet you sovereignly, and we should covet and pursue times alone with the Holy Spirit, in prayer or study of God's word. But, often the Holy Spirit will have something to impart to you through a righteous man or woman.  You say, "I don't need men, I have the Bible and a relationship with the Lord." The Bible did not fall from heaven, untouched by human hands; it was written by men inspired by God.  Imagine if the early church shared that attitude!  Of course, today there is much deception in the church and we must each personally know the written word of God.  Impartation does not take the place of our personal relationship with our Father.  Simply, Jesus says that God will "reward" us just by our ability to "receive" from those He sends. 

Moses and Joshua
The Bible supplies many examples of impartation: Elijah and Elisha, Saul prophesying among the prophets and, of course, Jesus and His disciples (1 Kings; 1 Sam 10:5-11; Jn 14:12).  Consider the commissioning of Joshua, the son of Nun.  I'm sure he had his own walk with God.  He didn't need Moses in order to dwell in right relationship with the Almighty; Joshua was a man who followed the Lord fully.  Yet, we read,

"Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him . . ." (Deut 34:9).

The laying on of Moses' hands imparted the spirit of wisdom to Joshua.  Joshua, apart from Moses, possessed personal character; yet through Moses' hands, God gave Joshua the "spirit of wisdom."   Joshua received Moses in the name of a prophet and received a prophet's reward.

Not only did Joshua receive by impartation, through his unique ministry God would impart great faith to Israel.  Consider what the Lord told Moses,  "Encourage [Joshua], for he shall cause Israel to inherit [the land]" (Deut 1:38).  

Joshua didn't just lead the Israelites, he would cause them to inherit God's promises!  I am struck by this verse.  Just as my friend's dad imparted something that caused him to temporarily fail, so there are people God has given us whose faith, example and encouragement will "cause" us to succeed.  That individual may be your mentor, pastor or a leader in your church; he may be a national leader whose messages seem perfectly timed for your needs.   Either way, God has placed people in your life whose influence will "cause" you to inherit His promises!  Beloved, even as you hold fast to Christ as your head, may you also understand the gift and power of spiritual impartation. 

When God Responds To Israel's Repentance

By Francis Frangipane

For the most part, I've been silent and simply prayerful concerning Israel, the "Road Map" and the future.  Now, however, as terrorism and reprisals again escalate, let me offer some thoughts.

First, both the Old Testament and New Testament reveal that God's purposes are irrevocably intertwined with the return and restoration of Israel (Ezek. 37-39; Rev 7).  For those who believe the church has replaced Israel, the Bible tells us that the Jews are God's covenant people, and that as long as the sun, moon and stars exist, the Lord's covenant with Israel shall stand (Jer. 31:35-36).  Of course, through Jesus Christ, Christians receive a better covenant with better promises, but God has not broken His covenant with Israel.  Nothing will thwart the promises of God, as centuries of persecution, Hitler's ovens and, in time, Muslim terrorists will all testify before God in eternity.  Be assured, Israel's full restoration will come to pass in its time.

While we fearlessly rest in our Father's sovereignty, we are not excused from prayer.  During Israel's first restoration in 538 B.C., the prophet Daniel concluded that Israel's seventy year exile  was fulfilled (Jer. 29:10).  Yet, knowing Israel had entered the season of her return did not stop Daniel from prayer (Dan. 9:2-3).  His intercession was then multiplied by the prayers and actions of Ezra and Nehemiah, as well as the restoration prophets.  Eventually all of the returning Jews embraced the call to humbling themselves in prayer--and we must assume even among those Jews that remained in exile, prayer was offered. 

Beloved, when the Almighty desires to bring revival, He first inspires intercession.  All things wonderful and powerful begin in prayer: first with perhaps just one person, then several, and then an ever increasing crescendo of voices, all crying to God for His word to come to pass in the season of its fulfillment.  As intercession multiplies, miracles of provision and grace emerge, as well as breakthroughs and favor that were previously unimaginable.  

Divine Expectations
At some stage, however, the people for whom prayer is offered must themselves repent and turn to God. In Israel's case, there never was a time when they were restored to the full blessedness of God's love and provision that did not include repentance.  They never enjoyed border security and peace apart from repentance.  National repentance was always the path; full prosperity and security was always the result offered Israel by God. 

Indeed, throughout the Old Testament, from Moses to Malachi, repentance was central to Israel's dwelling securely on their land.  This condition is embodied in Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple: "If Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You, and they return to You and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication before You in this house, then I will hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land which You have given to them and to their fathers" (2 Chron. 6:24-25).

If the Lord allowed hardship, pestilence or drought; or if He allowed strong enemies to plunder Israel's land; if He exiled the Jews to other nations because of their sins against Him, in His love He provided a means for their restoration.  His promise is familiar and has become, by application, universal to all men.  However, remember that this promise was first spoken to the Jewish nation as the only means offered by God for Israel's national security and healing. 

"If . . . My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chron 7:14).

The principles proclaimed in 2 Chronicles 7:14 represent heaven's pathway to restoration and healing.  Whether we pray as individuals or nations, to know divine protection, blessing and prosperity, we must sincerely return to the Almighty.  If I, as an individual, fall into sin, but humble myself, confess my rebellion and return to God, I will find personal revival in my life. In prayer for the USA, I confess our national sins, humbling myself with other intercessors on behalf of our nation. Yet, while the Lord may delay wrath because of intercession, not until government and community leaders confess our national sins as well, and not until they seek God's help to change our society, will His presence be restored in a true national revival. 

Who can argue against the need for repentance as a prerequiste for personal and national revivals?  I say this will the utmost love and compassion for the Jewish people, as one who desires all Israel to be saved and in hopes of seeing God's destiny climax in the Jews: they are not exempt from seeking God in repentance.  I am not even referring to them coming to Jesus Christ and embracing the New Covenant, which I believe they ultimately will.  I am saying that Israel's covenant with God still endures and under that covenant, God called them to repent as part of their restoration process.

Please understand, I know there are many godly intercessors in Israel, and perhaps even a greater number of godly Jews already crying out to God for His help.  We certainly have a strong beachhead of prayer in the Holy Land. We know that God hears the sighs and groans of His people, and counts the voice of heartache as intercession. Such supplication keeps Israel alive. But we must also be honest.  I say this without any condemnation, but Israel is just as sinful as our western nations.  Israel suffers under the weight of legalized abortion, flagrant immorality, gay parades and perversion, prostitution and many other legalized vices.  In the nation known as the Holy Land, these sins are flaunted by many and protected by law.  How can we expect a Holy God to restore and defend Israel's biblical borders?  

I am not pro-Muslim, but I am pro truth, and the truth is that the Islamic world is pro-life, Muslim women dress modestly, Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol or use drugs, and they must bow in prayer daily.  Israel's more permissive society dwells in contrast with the ultra conservatism of Islam.  Beloved, this is one of the core reasons the Muslims hate the Jews (and hate America moreso)!  In the Muslim world, America is called the Great Satan and Israel is known as the Little Satan, because our cultures export immorality and rebellion.  I love America and thank God for our freedom, but I also hate the sinfulness of my nation.  Even as I hate that Hollywood seeks to export immorality into my home and corrupt my children, so I understand why radical (or even sincere) Muslims hate this invasion of filth into their societies.

I am not in any way justifying Islamic terrorism or legalism.  Such religious fanaticism has unleashed hell on earth.  I am only saying that the moral lawlessness of the West (which includes Israel) is a legitimate core problem in the search for peace with the Muslim world.  If we in the West, with Israel, were not such a threat culturally, Muslim sons would certainly be less willing to die to keep our sin from their culture.

May History Repeat Itself
Please do not read this as though I am saying that Israel deserves the ongoing heartache of terrorist attacks. May God grant Israel some peace, even a season, before the last great revival occurs in the Holy Land.   This article is not about what Israel deserves, it is about the facts of life in the Middle East, and the fact that God has always used Israel's enemies to push the Jews toward Himself. 

My hope is to guide us in prayer toward the only breakthrough that can ultimately last: a national repentance in Israel embraced by both government and a majority of citizens alike.  I am not speaking as one uninvolved with Israel, but as a lover of Israel who intercedes daily for the Jews.  Nor am I speaking as one whose own nation isn't desperately sinful in many ways.  But as we look for a solution to the Palestinian conflict and Israel's peace, from a historic, biblical perspective, the only peace solution offered by God is God.  The adversaries surrounding Israel are allowed by the jealousy of the Almighty to goad Israel into His arms.

So, I am saying that, until the Israeli government, together with a majority of Israel's business and religious leaders, determine to seek the favor of God, hardships will continue to exist.  In my opinion, the current peace plan will try, but fail, to realize its full objectives. I do not see the Road Map as evil, but as an international attempt to remedy both Jewish and Palestinian suffering. However, when Israel returns to God, it will not need American protection or political solutions to its problems.  God Himself will surround and protect the Holy Land.

Some argue that this present aliyah (return) of the Jews to Israel is unique and separate from other biblical times, that the Spirit of God is somehow obligated to restore all of Israel's land without Israel's heartfelt national repentance.

Consider: the very prophecies we use today to celebrate Israel's aliyah, were all initially fulfilled in 538 B.C., when the Lord brought the Jews back from Babylon.  During the Biblical account of Israel's restoration, the Lord provided a living pattern, so we would understand His expectations today.  Read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah; study of the prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi and behold how often the call to repentance came, and was embraced, during their rebuilding period.  The Lord did not restore Israel to her ancient borders without times of repentance deepening their commitment to Him along the way.

Let me also remind you that, during this time, God Himself stirred up several Persian kings (Cyrus, Artaxerxes and Ahasuerus, etc.) to protect, as well as help fund the return of the Jews, and even help rebuild the temple (see the books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther).  God used the prevailing world power, Persia, to protect the rebuilding of the Holy Land.  Not every nation was arrayed against Israel during the return.  The strongest nation in the ancient world was a defense and supply for the Jews. Given that we do not see a national repentance in the Holy Land, current American efforts to bring peace to Israel, in my opinion, are a compassionate provision, perhaps orchestrated by God, to temporarily minimize Jewish suffering until Israel's full repentance comes. 

Let us, therefore, continue to pray for Israel, yet not condemn the nations that today, via the Road Map, are seeking to minimize Israeli and Palestinian heartache.  Let us pray that divine justice and wisdom will guide the administrators of this peace plan to the best outcome possible, even though it will be temporary.  However, let us never assume that the Road Map mirrors God's final plan.  The world will stand in awe when the Lord purifies Israel. A repentant Israel will initiate a time of peace, a season when Israel will "live securely . . . without walls and having no bars or gates" (Ezek 38:10-12). She will still face her greatest challenges but first, He who has brought the Jews back to their land, will work all things until He brings her back to Himself.  

Let us also pray that God will raise up an anointed Jewish voice (or a chorus of voices) that, with great mercy and tender compassion, shall call Israel to God and repentance.   Yes, and let us pray that our eyes will see the time when God Himself responds to Israel's repentance.

The Stone Which the Builders Rejected

By Francis Frangipane

The goal of God in this new anointing is to return the church to the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.  The correct foundation is not just what Jesus did in redemption, but what He commands as Lord. Once the foundation is properly laid within us, the house of the Lord can be built.

Becoming Wise Master Builders
Paul said, "as a wise master builder I laid a foundation" (I Cor 3:10).  The eternal foundation of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ; we rest and build upon Him. It is wisdom to build the Lord's house with only Jesus in mind, for He must be the central figure of every effort; He must abide as the living source of all our virtue.

Yet, there is a tendency to unconsciously avoid the teachings of Christ in favor of some other emphasis from the Scriptures.  We make our favorite teaching the cornerstone of our church rather than the life and power of Christ Himself.  Inevitably, we find ourselves attempting to make disciples in our image instead of His. 

Jesus said, "The stone which the builders rejected, this became the chief cornerstone" (Lk 20:17).  We cannot separate what Jesus says from who Jesus is. Christ and His word are one. To the degree that we fail to teach what Jesus taught, we are actually rejecting Him as Lord and unconsciously redefining the dimensions of the cornerstone of the church.

Listen, beloved, to how the Lord associates Himself with His teachings.  He said, "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day" (Jn 12:48). He warned, "Whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory" (Lk 9:26).  He exposes our hypocrisy, saying, "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Lk 6:46) 

You see, Christ and His word are inseparable. Jesus was not a man who became the Word, but the eternal Word who became a man.  His very core nature is the Word of God.  And to reject or ignore what He says is to reject or ignore who He is.

We cannot build the house of the Lord if we do not honor and build upon the full spectrum of Christ"s teachings. Unless we are teaching our converts "...all that [He] commanded," we are not making disciples (Matt 28:18); we, in our church society, will always be trapped in spiritual infancy and religion.

Therefore, let us honestly ask ourselves: In the building plan of our churches, how much of an emphasis are we placing upon the words of Jesus? Is there a process in which new converts can become disciples of Christ?

If you are like most congregations, there is probably little focus given to systematic study and application of Christ's teaching. You see, if Jesus is truly the designer and builder of this house, then we must come to Him for the architectural plans.  The building code of the kingdom must be obedience to the words of Christ.

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to a wise man, who built his house upon the rock; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall; for it had been founded upon the rock" (Matt 7:24-25).

Beloved, there is a storm coming; even now the sky has darkened and the first drops are falling.  If we will endure, we must be built upon the rock. Please hear me, you cannot build your house in a storm. It is through the Spirit and words of Christ that the house of the Lord is built. This is exactly what Jesus meant when He said, "I will build My church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt 16:14).

The Apostolic Foundation
Multitudes of Christians today know what Jesus did, yet remain stunted in their spiritual growth. Why? Without realizing it, we made the teachings of Paul the "cornerstone" of the church.  The apostle's emphasis centered upon salvation, faithfully bringing us to Jesus. With great wisdom, Paul presents God's plan of redemption in Christ. Paul's message revealed what Christ did; but Paul himself was built upon what Christ said. Paul did not become apostle Paul apart from the words of Christ dwelling in him richly.

But it is Jesus, not Paul, who reveals "the Father."  Christ's Spirit and His word, like no one else in history, has the power to restructure our souls, conforming us inwardly in true accessibility to God.

Obviously, my dear friends, we are not in anyway against the rest of the Bible.  Each year I read the Bible through, often reading on my knees.  I love all of God's word.  Yet, I one time spent three years just reading and studying the gospels over and over again. I am convinced we, as the church, have lost sight of Jesus in the blur of Christianity. He must be to us the very cornerstone and foundation of our lives. Indeed, it was upon this foundation of His Spirit and words that the Lord has built and empowered the ministry in my life.

It is not as though I am alone in my view: all the New Testament writers are in absolute agreement with my emphasis upon Christ.  Indeed, Paul writes in I Tim 6:3-6, "This is the sort of thing you should teach, and if anyone tries to teach some doctrinal novelty which is not compatible with sound teaching (which we base on Christ's own words and which leads to Christ-like living), then he is a conceited idiot!  (Phillips). 

When we seek to build upon a foundation other than Jesus, the results are everything but Jesus!  Only Christ can create Christians. If we focus on our "doctrinal novelties," seeking to be just different enough to attract more people than the church down the street, we have missed the entire purpose of both the gospel and the ministry of Christ!

Paul based his teaching "on Christ's own words." Look at what John taught, "Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.  Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God" (2 John 1:8-9). The priority of this hour is for the church to abide in the teachings and Spirit of the Lord Jesus.  From this foundation, the huse of the Lord will be built. 

We have had our pet doctrines and particular emphasis.  We have been like Peter speaking to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles" (Matt 17:4).  We are so ready to offer a plan to God instead of simply hearing and obeying Jesus.  I believe the Father Himself has had enough of our ideas and advice. In His love He is interrupting our programs with the same word with which He interrupted Peter: "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased: hear Him!

Lord Jesus, forgive me for following winds of doctrines instead of picking up my cross and following You. Help me now to return with my whole heart to Your words.  Lord, I desire to abide in You.  I recommit my life to You, that You alone would be the focal point of all Your people. In Jesus' name, amen.

The Wings of an Eagle

By Francis Frangipane

We recently discussed a potential wounding that may strike America in the coming months. Whether it is something from hell that God allows or something that actually comes from His hand, the Lord will use this to help purify America's soul.  I do not see the USA being destroyed, crushed or even marginalized; the chastening, if needed, I believe will bring this nation into its highest spiritual destiny.  Whatever the conflict, its effect will help break the bonds of uncleanness from the land. 

If there is a wounding, remember His hands also heal.  Recall Jesus' statement to Peter, that Satan had demanded permission to sift Peter (and the disciples) like wheat.  There were "two Peters" fighting for dominance in the apostle's life: a superficial, ambitious chaff nature and a deeper "wheat" nature.  America is much like Peter: strong, self-confident and carnal. The Lord had to break Peter's self-will in order to unleash the spiritual side of the apostle. 

Yet, it is possible that our prayers, our deepening godliness and fasting might cause conditions to change across the nation.  It is possible to avert the wounding altogether.

As the Lord calls us to pray for the United States, I want to share with you my vision of God's plan for this nation.  To do so, we will look into the Revelation of John.  I know some think of America as a modern Babylon.  To you I say that, even if we are exiled in Babylon, the command is still to pray for the nation, for in its welfare is our welfare (Jer 29:7). 

The Revelation Of Jesus
The last book of the Bible is, as its introductory sentence proclaims, the "Revelation of Jesus Christ." The book begins with John's profound encounter with the Lord Jesus in which the apostle collapses like a dead man. In chapters two and three we see Jesus correcting and encouraging His church; in chapter four He is displayed as the King sitting upon His throne. In the next segment we behold the Lamb followed closely by His elect, where He opens the seals of judgment. And in the final section, Christ is revealed in a glory so expansive and brilliant that the earth and sky are swallowed in light, and in the Holy City, the sun itself pales and is needed no more. 

Throughout the book, Jesus is continually unveiled as the Eternal Commander of the heavenly host, leading a triumphant church into His victory.  If we do not see the revelation of the Son of God in this book, we will assume it is merely a prophecy of events. Without a vision of Christ, our fears magnify the judgments of God; we will miss the Eternal Champion Who has written His autobiography before it happens. 

It is with the reassuring knowledge of a conquering, invincible Christ that we step into the drama of end time events. And, I believe, as we study the twelfth chapter of John's Revelation,  we will see a prophetic picture of America's end time role. 

The chapter begins with a "great sign" appearing in heaven: "a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars."  This woman is most often interpreted by Bible scholars as the true church (although a few scholars see her as ancient Israel).  Clearly, however, the early Christians did not recognize the woman as natural Israel; they saw her as a prophetic picture of themselves (Jews and Gentiles united as a new creation in Jesus Christ). Indeed, because her children hold the "testimony of Jesus," and since they overcome by the "blood of the Lamb," she is Christian in nature and fulfills, in my opinion, the role of the "Jerusalem above," whom Paul says "is our mother" (Gal 4:26; see also Heb 12:18-23). 

Verse two tells us that this woman is not aloof or quietly composed, rather she is in "pain to give birth," pregnant with the end time promises of God (see Gal 4:19).  Her travail represents the most complete and focused intercession she can utter: the release of Christ in His many membered body.  In spite of Satan's attempts to abort or kill her child, she fulfills her holy mandate and gives birth to that which shall rule the nations.  

Those few commentators who identify the woman as natural Israel, logically identify her offspring as Jesus Himself.  However, Matthew Henry, author of perhaps the most widely read Bible commentary, writes that the woman is the church.  Of her offspring, he writes: "She was safely delivered of a man-child (v. 5), by which some understand Christ, others Constantine, but others, with greater propriety, a race of true believers, strong and united, resembling Christ, and designed, under him, to rule the nations with a rod of iron; that is, to judge the world by their doctrine and lives now, and as assessors with Christ at the great day" (from Matthew Henry's Commentary).

The Great Eagle
As compelling and profound as the above interpretation is, my purpose is to identify for our intercession a scriptural understanding of God's purpose for America.  Let us, therefore, continue farther into Rev 12.   After the woman gives birth, great conflict increases between the kingdom of God and Satan, first with a war in heaven, then with the dragon warring with the rest of the woman's offspring.  Knowing his time is short, the devil rages, both against the woman and her seed.  Now consider this next verse.  John tells us that, to protect her, ". . . the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman" (Rev 12:14).

Commentators offer various interpretations as to who or what is represented by "the great eagle."  It is significant that within their range of perspectives, there is this view offered by the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary: "The great eagle is the world power . . . in early Church history, Rome, whose standard was the eagle, turned by God's providence from being hostile into a protector of the Christian Church. As 'wings' express remote parts of the earth, the two wings may here mean the east and west divisions of the Roman empire."

According to this 1871 commentary, early Christians interpreted the "great eagle" as the Roman Empire.  In partial fulfillment of John's prophecy, under Constantine in 312, great protection did indeed come to the early church.  (Constantine himself was viewed as the "man-child . . .caught up to God" through his vision of the cross, and he also "ruled the nations.")

This interpretation by the early church, that a great nation would be turned to God to protect the church from persecution offers a legitimate faith-pattern for us.  Beloved, consider: the symbol of the United States is, in fact, the great eagle! And while we may argue about the future, let us acknowledge the past: the wings of this eagle have indeed provided refuge for persecuted peoples for hundreds of years!  It is highly possible that the great eagle mentioned by John is a reference to God's plan to use the USA as a place of protection prior to the rapture of the church! 

Seeing As God Sees
We cannot ignore the fact that there is great spiritual wickedness in high places over America.  Still, as wickedness has become increasingly more brazen over the last 30 years, so the true church in the U.S. has become more pure, with maturing prayer and unity.  Thus, we would be in great error to ignore the Father's intentions for America.  This is not to limit His purpose with other nations around the world, either.  Great evangelists will come from Africa and Asia; even Russia will have a mighty role in the end time harvest.  God's heart is for the nations.  However, within the context of all that He is doing, we are confronted with a prophetic reference to the wings of the great eagle being given to the church at the end of the age.  Even Bin Laden is credited with saying he desires to die in the belly of the eagle (in a terrorist act).   Why should we not accept that the Almighty might have created the USA to protect Christians during the time of Satan's worst raging?

I realize that, for some, the mere suggestion that the United States may be the (or "a") fulfillment of the "great eagle" resurrects all the negative impulses they have had about America.  Some are convinced that America is the final manifestation of Babylon.  Yes, the spirit of Babylon is here (as it is throughout the western world), but this nation is not "Babylon" spoken of in Revelation 17 and 18.  The "blood of prophets and of saints" (Rev 18:24) has not been poured out upon America's streets.  The exact opposite has been true: America has been a place of safety for the church and a gift of divine protection for the nation of Israel!

Imperfect as this nation has been, still the United States has been a strong defense for the oppressed of the earth.  Time and again the wings of this "Great Eagle" have been given to Christians fleeing persecution from around the world. Despite all the flaws, prejudices and injustices committed by Americans, there simply has never been a nation whose spirit was more given to protecting the church, or people in general, than the United States.  Can any one nation on earth better fit the prophetic profile of this verse?

Both Wings
Consider also, our Scripture text reads, "the two wings of the great eagle" were given to the woman (the church).  Why would John specify "the two wings," as though we did not know how eagles fly?   I believe the Holy Spirit wants us to know God's will is not just sheltered under the eagle's "right wing."  There are divine passions sheltered under the "left wing" as well.  Christian Republicans ought to pray for and publicly support the interests of Christ, as they are revealed in the Democratic party: care for the poor, civil rights and protection for the environment.  Likewise, believing Democrats should cross the aisle and take strong pro-life stands, and also publicly resist the legalization of perversion under the guise of freedom.  Beloved, I believe the Spirit of God has set His sights upon this nation.  America has a unique role in end time events which will take both wings to fulfill. 

Will there be a wounding, a chastening of our land?  If the prayer movement staggers, if we put down our spiritual vigilance, increased difficulties will be almost inevitable, especially if the entertainment industry continues to embrace the deep things of hell.  Yet, we are moving in the right direction.  The Supreme Court recently made significant restrictions on abortion rights, and more restrictions are coming.  This is an answer to prayer, but obviously much work is needed. 

However, I am fully convinced that whatever happens, it will be filtered by the mercy of God and redeemed to serve His purpose.  I also believe that our Father will increasingly capture the soul of America until "the two wings of the great eagle" are given to the woman.

In our next message we will discuss the spirit of strife that is in the land.  Until then, let us stand before God for all nations during this difficult time.  

Love Powered Prayer

By Francis Frangipane

Love is the fire behind all intercession.  To perfect love, God unites us to other people; to empower prayer, He allows us to be vicariously identified with the sufferings of those we care for.  As it is written, "If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it" (1 Cor. 12:26).

If we cease to love, we will fail to pray.

Are you weary or vacillating in your prayer life? Return to the love God first gave you, whether that love was for your family or church, city or nation. Love will identify you with those you pray for; it will revive your intercession, and prayer empowered by love will "never fail.

Consider the prophet Daniel. Daniel loved the people of Israel. He loved the temple and the Holy Land. Although Daniel was not guilty of the sins of Israel, his prayer was an expression of his identification with the nation. Daniel put on sackcloth and ashes and sought the Lord with prayer and supplication. He prayed,
Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from Thy commandments and ordinances.  Daniel 9:4-5

Had Daniel sinned? No. But his love and identification with Israel made his repentance legitimate. Additionally, Daniel was faithful in his daily prayer for Israel he prayed all his life for the restoration of the nation. Consider: After a year or two our faithfulness begins to wane. But Daniel was faithful every day throughout his life!

When Darius passed a law forbidding petitions to any god or man other than himself, Daniel was not intimidated. We read,

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.  Daniel 6:10 nkj

Daniel was one of the first exiles from Israel to Babylon. We can imagine, in the terror and trauma of seeing one's society destroyed and its survivors enslaved and exiled, that Daniel's parents had firmly planted in his young heart Solomon's prayer, which embodied God's requirements for restoration:

When Thy people Israel are defeated before an enemy, because they have sinned against Thee, if they turn to Thee again and confess Thy name and pray and make supplication to Thee in this house, then hear Thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of Thy people Israel, and bring them back to the land which Thou didst give to their fathers.  1 Kings 8:33-34

Thus, Daniel prayed three times a day, every day, since his earliest years. He continued in prayer for nearly seventy years, until the time Jeremiah's prophecy came to pass!

You see, the work of God takes time. How long should we pray? We pray as long as it takes. Consider Anna, who ministered to the Lord in prayer and fasting in the temple for approximately sixty years, crying out to God until He sent the Messiah. Or Cornelius, whose "prayers and alms . . . ascended as a memorial before God" (Acts 10:4).  We do not understand how faithfulness in prayer releases the destiny of nations.  What sustained these champions of prayer? They loved God and loved the people of God.

Lord God, restore us to Your love. Your Word says that love never fails. Master, we know that we have failed often; we faint because we lose sight of love. Master, by Your grace, we purpose to identify those people that we love and then to be faithful in prayer until You touch them. We also purpose to follow Your leading until all the Christians in the city are united and crying to You in prayer. Help us, Father, to discern the power of love empowered prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, "The Power of Covenant Prayer " available at www.arrowbookstore.com.

What Will You Give in Exchange For Your Soul?

By Francis Frangipane

"In the last days, perilous times shall come" (2 Tim. 3:1).

When Paul writes that, "perilous times shall come," with holy fear we ought to consider his words. Indeed, we might expect the apostle's warning about the last days would focus upon coming persecutions or specifics concerning the Great Tribulation. But what Paul actually describes as "perilous" is a world full of obsessive self-fulfillment and readily attainable, and almost unbridled, opportunities for pleasure.

Consider well his warning.  For his spiritual analysis reads like the advertisement section of a local newspaper. He continues,

"For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Tim 3:2-4).

It would be difficult enough if Paul were warning of the world's condition.  However, the conditions he describes are not isolated to pagans or atheists, for such attitudes have always run rampant in the non-Christian world.  Paul is warning about the worldly attitudes of people in the church.  His concern is that many Christians will be intoxicated with the pleasures of this world.  He then tells us that a religious veneer will mask this preoccupation with pleasure: Christians will hold "to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power" (2 Tim 3:5). 

Beloved, Paul is warning about the conditions in many of our churches in the western world.  

We need a deep, cleansing revival that returns us to passionate, biblical Christianity.  I am not talking about a "flopping, hopping, run around the church sanctuary" emotional experience, but an all consuming return to the pursuit of Christ's character and power.  

In a world replete with temptation and self love, I ask you to consider the In Christ's Image Training program.  View the testimonies on our webpage from some of our students.   If you are truly hungry for more of God, beloved, the opportunity to move nearer to God is at hand.

So many things steal into our soul with the intent of capturing our attentions and affections.  Jesus challenges this trading of spiritual things for natural. He asks, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mk 8:36-37)

Dear one, if it is an inevitable life principle that we exchange our souls for something, let us choose to exchange our hearts for Christ's!  Let us possess the meaning and power that comes from conformity to Him.   Indeed, if we miss this opportunity, what shall we give in exchange for our souls?

Lord, awaken again my passion for You.  Forgive me for being dissipated with the things of this age.  Draw me near to You.  Empower me to lay hold of the true purpose of my existence: to become like You.  Amen.

The Father's Family of Nations

By Francis Frangipane

People who study prophetic signs have repeatedly warned us the "end of the world" is at hand.   Indeed, we are inundated with books, movies and sermons, each proclaiming in their own way the end is near.  While I agree that we are certainly in the season of great, end-time prophetic fulfillment, can we press "pause" for a moment on some of our darker apocalyptic expectations?  The Spirit of God is doing something worldwide, and we should unite our hearts in faith and prayer for the Lord's amazing purpose.  The Holy Spirit is being poured out upon the nations.

Nations Shall Come To Our Light

By Francis Frangipane

Many thanks for the hundreds of encouraging responses to our message about America and Israel. Each of you who wrote greatly encouraged me. I would urge you, even as you pray for many other nations, and Iraq in particular, that you continue to pray for God’s best for the USA and Israel. Although the proposal (or road map) for a Palestinian State isn’t even to take effect until 2005, and the US government is not approaching Israel with a mandate, but with suggestions, let us pray for wisdom and humility for all. I believe the Lord will provide an answer that will secure Israel’s borders and homeland, while also providing for the Palestinian peoples. Remember, with God, all things are possible.

As I predicted, a small handful of zealous Christians have taken what I wrote about Israel and the US and, sadly, completely misunderstood it. In their fears, they sent a very skewed analysis of my message to their constituencies, sowing a lot of unnecessary division. You know that I never mention the names of people who slander or twist what I say, but if you are confused by the remarks of Mr. A.B., please understand that, in his legitimate zeal for Israel, he has misunderstood both my words and intentions. Before the Lord I have forgiven him, and I urge those of you who have read his words to forgive him as well. The last thing we want is a division among those of us who love Israel and are praying for her destiny.

Finally, for those few of you who are sure that America will soon abandon Israel, please do not lose your trust in God. Turn on your local news and look at what America is doing, at least partially, on behalf of Israel. Consider how many times Israel and the USA are mentioned together. We are fighting a regime in Iraq that has sought to destroy Israel, and we are going after the nations that are protecting terrorist groups that are avowed enemies of Israel. Those who warn that when it gets tough, America will back out, let me say this: it is tough and we have not back out. We are paying a price in blood, passion and tears; the least you can do is pay the price of gratitude, if not to America, at least to God for providing so great a nation on Israel’s behalf.

Again, for those few who think my correction of the extremes is a form of "muzzling the prophets", let me say that if the possibility of dividing Israel’s land comes near, I will be the first to personally warn the President of the USA that such action is wrong; that is, if I can get in line ahead of the other thousand Evangelical leaders in America who will also warn him. To the prophets who fear muzzling, let me say: beware you don’t confuse muzzling with correction. If you separate the precious from the vile, then you will become God’s spokesman. It is the role of the apostolic to balance the prophet. Each of us should be aware that, in one respect, prophets live between the "reality that is" and a host of possible future realities. They announce warnings of what could occur, often sensing and fearing things that are much further away from the present. As a result, they sometimes are very concerned about things that, to others, seem only minimally significant in the present world; yet, their warnings should be heeded as legitimate, even if the timing is premature.

However, we should never magnify what the devil might do above what God is doing. God is currently raising a prayer army that is the most powerful force in the universe. The future of the world exists in the prayers of the saints, and millions of Christians worldwide are praying for Israel and the last great harvest. Beloved, do not doubt the power of this prayer. Indeed, in whatever you consider will occur before Jesus returns, inject the reality of a revival in America. It is coming and will manifest. It is in this last great outpouring on our land that we all will understand the mystery of Israel and the church. This is why I plead, be patient with your judgment with the USA and with Israel.

To all, no matter which nation you are from, let me suggest that you go online or use a concordance and look up the word nations, as it occurs in the Psalms and Prophets. We think that the only thing awaiting the peoples of the world is wrath and judgment. Please read the whole of what God has said concerning the nations and what God has prepared for them since the coming of Christ. I made a brief, not exhaustive, survey of the scriptures, and in my incomplete study found more prophecies that speak of the Lord’s mercy for the nations than His judgment or wrath. It is a powerful, liberating study. What the Lord is doing today in the world is an awesome thing, a new thing, and a God thing. It is good news.

I do not believe that all nations will abandon Israel or soon line up to attack and scatter the Jews -- I TOTALLY do not believe the USA will. As I have said over the last several years: God is using the USA and our allies to confront demonically infested Islamic terrorism. The Almighty used the USA and our allies to end Japanese Imperialism, Nazi Germany’s quest for world domination, and the Soviet Empire’s attempt to rule the world. Even so, Islam’s quest for world domination will be subdued as well. The gospel of Christ will be preached to all the world for a witness to all nations, and then the events of the end will take place. Today, the Lord’s focus is on opening up the Islamic world for the gospel. Please do not lose your peace or open up to fear or judgment. It’s time to pray for the harvest of the nations!

What I believe is coming I wrote about in the book, The Days of His Presence. We are on the verge of seeing the fulfillment of Isaiah 60:1-3, which reads:

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth,
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you,
And His glory will appear upon you.
And nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Let’s focus our faith on the coming glory of God, not the darkness of which we are afraid. Beloved, the Lord’s promise is true: Nations shall come to our light and kings to the brightness of our rising!

USA, Israel and Jerusalem

by Francis Frangipane

I was sitting in the Cleveland airport when an angry businessman, about 14 feet from me, suddenly said, "I hate going through security. They searched everything. I even had to take off my shoes. It’s all because of the Arabs." He continued speaking, but his language and solution to terrorist problems are not fit to print.

We continued talking and, when our flight was called, we walked together toward the plane. Switching from terrorism, he now had very harsh words about the Pope. As we boarded, I suggested we sit together and continue the conversation. However, the seating configuration didn’t permit an easy switch, so instead of talking with him, I prayed. As I did, I felt like the Lord showed me this man’s heart. He wasn’t just angry, he was deeply wounded. His profanity and outrage were his means of dealing with injustice.

Beware of the Spirit of Strife

By Francis Frangipane

One does not have to do an exhaustive search to become aware of the spirit of strife that is rampant in our world. Whether we look at the strife between Iraq and the U.S. or look at the conflicts between Israel and the Arab world, our world is churning with strife. Consider the ranting of North Korea or the unrest in South America, Columbia, Bolivia, Argentina and Venezuela. Not since WW2 has Europe been more deeply divided: Germany, France, Belgium and Russia on one side and England, Spain, Italy and the Balkans on the other. Pakistan and India are ready to duel to the nuclear death. There are terror uprisings, civil wars and rebellion in the Philippines, Chechen, North and Central Africa, and many other places. Our world is just as Jesus forewarned, "nation [has risen] against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" (Matt. 24:7).

Yet we need not be familiar with world events to be personally affected with this invasion of strife. The church itself has had so much conflict that many now identify the ability to create division as a courageous and honorable virtue. Even the home is not safe, as we see divorce rates in the Western World have skyrocketed over the past 40 years. And who is unfamiliar with the phenomenal breakdown of families?

Strife has had a way of touching us all. Beloved, we must recognize that there is a war raging against relationships. It is hitting on all levels, and the sooner we deal with this fact, the quicker we can win our war against it.

Origin of Strife
There are many sources that contribute to strife: personal ambitions, jealousies and fear, to name a few. In fact, James tells us that, "where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing" (James 3:16). To look with jealousy upon a role that belongs to someone else creates a world of "disorder and every evil thing." David, though anointed as king twice by Samuel, never sought the place of King Saul; John the Baptist, though greatest of the prophets, never was jealous for the ministry of Jesus.

James tells us that the strife engendered by jealousy and selfish ambition is "earthly, natural, and demonic" (Jam 3:15). To overcome strife, we must therefore recognize the two primary fronts upon which strife advances: our flesh nature and the demonic realm, and the demonic will manipulate the flesh in every way it can.

To repel this attack, it is vital we seek humility. We are all vulnerable to deception. The ability of the enemy to deceive, frankly, is astonishing. Remember that Lucifer deceived one third of the angels, convincing them they could win a war against their Creator! These very angels had seen galaxies roll out from the mouth of God, yet they were seduced into deep deception. To assume we cannot be deceived is itself deception. So we must learn to be "quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger" (James 1:19). Indeed, to maintain a humble heart before the Lord is the best weapon we can have before our enemy.

Job 41:15 reveals that the "scale" that protect Satan (called Leviathan in this chapter) are made of pride. Pride is what "protects" Lucifer and keeps him from repenting, and it is pride in us that protects us from repenting as well. What if Adam had just admitted he was wrong instead of blaming Eve? What if Eve simply said, "I'm sorry," instead of blaming the devil? So much of the separation of relationships in our world comes because we simply are too proud to admit we were wrong. To be able to say, "I was wrong, please forgive me," is to eliminate much strife.

Additionally, many quarrels occur because we misunderstand each another or falsely judge based on insufficient information. Pride paralyzes our wrong perceptions. Instead of the peace of Christ guiding and protecting us, we react in the flesh to our environment. A quarrel is often nothing more than a misunderstanding manipulated by the devil until two reactions harden into walls around our hearts.

" The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out" (Prov. 17:14). Strife is like the "letting out of water." Once water pours onto the soil, it is impossible to retrieve or undo. Thus Solomon warns, "abandon the quarrel." There may be another time when things are calm, when you can sit down in peace and discuss what happened, but nothing positive is accomplished in a heated argument.

Yet, there is still another component to deception and strife. Isaiah 27:1 speaks of the serpent, again calling him "Leviathan." But here he is identified as "the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent" (English Standard Version). Isaiah calls the devil the "twisting serpent." I have personally been amazed how words spoken can somehow get twisted between my mouth and someone's ears. Sometimes people are certain of something I've said and I am just as positive something totally different left my mouth. Has that ever happened to you? Satan is a "twisting serpent." We should be aware that both the speaker and hearer may be accurately representing what was said and heard, but that a twisting spirit has stood between two (or more) people to divide them.

If this is the case, stay calm and simply repeat what you just said. Pray with your companions and take authority over the enemies" involvement. Whatever you do, do not react wrongly to one another. Leonard Ravenhill once said, "If your enemy has a social security number, you have the wrong enemy." We often think that the fruit of the Spirit, "self-control," refers to not eating two gallons of chocolate ice cream, but it is more than that. The Spirit can control our mind and emotions, our reactions and insecurities. The Holy Spirit's fruit is called "self-control." Indeed, the Bible tells us the "God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet"(Rom. 16:20).

As we stand on the brink of war, which is strife taken to the extreme, let us purpose to do spiritual war against strife on all levels. After 9-11, considering all the responses available, the USA has shown remarkable restraint in executing justice against terrorism. The rebuilding works in Afghanistan, the efforts to establish an open government and justice, and the billions of dollars poured in to rebuild a nation that had been instrumental in the attack against the U.S. was, in my opinion, divine guided justice.

Therefore, let us pray against strife on all levels, especially as tensions mount. Remember also, Satan rages when he knows his time is short (Rev. 12). If we can keep ourselves from reacting wrongly at the increase of conflict, we will find greater breakthroughs awaiting us on all levels.

The Secret to National Prosperity

By Francis Frangipane

For whatever ungodly conditions remain in the U.S., there are two biblical mandates America does obey that are fundamental to its economy and prosperity. I refer to them as "secrets" because, as Christians, we often speak of our nation as though it was completely without virtue.

I personally have felt the Lord's displeasure whenever I murmur or complain. After I repent for ingratitude, it is amazing how I am lifted above my circumstances; they are not as dark as they first appeared. Indeed, I actually can see what God is doing when I begin my intercession with thanksgiving.

So, even as we mourn for America's sins, we must also remain thankful to God for its virtues. It is not enough that we doctrinally know the truth of God if our attitudes contradict that knowledge. Thus, Paul warns,

"For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened."
-Rom 1:21

To pray without giving thanks dishonors God; it opens the door to futility, and darkens our heart's capacity to see the Lord and the blessings He has bestowed. Indeed, an unthankful heart is a grumbling heart, which makes our lives vulnerable to be "destroyed by the destroyer" (1 Cor 10:10). I have a Swedish friend, Lars Enarson, who taught me a great truth. He said, "Thanksgiving is the language of faith." Jesus prayed with thanksgiving (see John 11:41; Mark 8:6); Paul taught that we should always pray "with thanksgiving" (Phil 4:6). Ingratitude is a major stronghold in the church in America. We need to repent of it if we will truly fulfill God's will (see 1 Thess 5:18).

So, what has America been doing right that, according to God's Word, carries the promise of economic well-being? First, the United States is a giving nation. In fact, in the history of mankind there simply has never been a nation more charitable to other nations.

I know that a number of my colleagues are predicting divine wrath upon America's economy, but I would ask them to rethink or consider prayerfully the words of Jesus concerning the principle of giving. He said,

"Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."      
-Luke 6:38

The United States has cast its bread upon many waters and, economically and relationally, it is being returned to us. Think about it: when was there a calamity anywhere in the world where the suffering people were not helped by American hands, resources and finances? In fact, as the news breaks of a major disaster, American charitable agencies kick into action. Within hours, volunteers are at the scene and within days millions of dollars pour toward the need.

Here is an excerpt of a letter from a professor in Wisconsin. He wrote in response to the first two chapters of this book, which were published beforehand in our newsletter. He writes,

A doctor from a Rotary Club at the University of Minnesota was reporting on a project in Chile which his club and mine have jointly sponsored. We have been helping a school for deaf children with needed equipment, from school supplies and playground equipment to modern hearing aids which have been donated by a local manufacturer, Starkey Labs. At the end of his slides showing the school and the kids wearing their new hearing aids, he showed a picture of an older man. He said, "This man is originally from France. He told me that any place in the world that you see people from one country reaching out to help other countries, the Americans are behind it."

The amazing thing is that, for Americans, it does not take much coaxing to reach out and help. As soon as we hear of suffering people somewhere, we are looking for a way to respond. In fact, the president and chief executive officer of the national Council on Foundations, Dorothy Ridings, stated, "American giving to churches, foundations and other groups, is so phenomenal that this is being called the golden age of philanthropy" (Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 10, 1999).

God sees the suffering of mankind. Because of His great love, the Lord is touched by human tragedy, whether the suffering is in Africa or Central America, Kosovo or North Korea. In very real ways Americans seek to alleviate this sorrow among all peoples (see Judges 10:16; Heb 4:15 amplified).

Again, God promises,

"He who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed.
" -Prov 19:17

I believe a certain measure of American economic strength is attached to the generosity of this nation toward others. It is a blessing upon our land.

The Jewish Connection
There is a T-shirt sold in the Holy Land that reads, "Don't worry, America, Israel is right behind you." There is a special friendship that exists between America and Israel that is unique in all the world. America has been especially generous and compassionate toward Israel. In fact, no nation in the history of the world has stood with Israel as we have over the last half century.

To understand what this means to God, we must look at His promise to Abraham:

Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you;

"And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
-Gen 12:1-3

In the very first promise that the Lord gave to Abraham, He provided a means for all nations to receive and sustain divine blessings. He said, "I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse."

This promise was not limited to Abraham, but it was passed on to Isaac and then to Jacob, to whom the Lord gave the name, Israel. In the Old Testament, Balaam prophesied under divine inspiration. He said of Israel, "Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you" (Num 24:9).

Today, the people of Israel have inherited a most unique position among all nations: their origin can be tracked directly to an encounter with God. Israel's historic relationship with the Almighty makes the Jews a symbol, a unique possession, of God in the earth. The Lord has dwelt in their midst. From their beginning the Jews have been a people called by God unto Himself. The word holy means "set apart for God." As such, Israel, its land, and its destiny are holy, or "set apart" to the Lord. The people yet need revival. There is much need of prayer and support, but the God who brought them back will also raise them up.

Israel's relationship with America
According to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there has "never been in Israel's long history a friend like the U.S." (speech welcoming President Clinton to Israel, Fall 1998). This is quite an endorsement, and it is true: America has been the most faithful, absolutely the strongest, and by far the most generous friend Israel has ever had.

As we said earlier, if there had been no U.S., there would be no Israel. The Jewish state has grown and become stable and is now prospering because God has used American strength and generosity. Indeed, the very fact that Israel has survived is because it grew up under the shelter of American friendship and commitment (see appendix for comments from various presidents concerning the Jews and Israel).

Israel receives more foreign aid from the U.S. than any nation, currently over five billion dollars a year. Additionally, it receives several billions of dollars annually in charitable contributions from North America and Europe but, again, the biggest donor nation is America.

Remember what the Lord told Abraham? "I will bless those who bless you." It was only a few years ago that the deficit was climbing to over five trillion dollars; now the U.S. has to decide what to do with its annual surpluses. America has been blessed with the strongest economy in the world, and nations throughout the world use the U.S. dollar as a secondary currency. To have a stable economy is not a sin. It is a blessing.

Yet, good people keep predicting the collapse and death of the American economy. It is true that the Lord will withhold certain appointed blessings if there is sin in other areas of our lives, so we must proceed with humility and the fear of the Lord.

But I want to add another observation concerning Israel and the United States. I call this an observation, but it is more the awareness of a supernatural mystery surrounding the relationship between Israel and America. It is something holy that is attached to our mutual destiny.
Since WWII, there has been a parallel between the United States and Israel. Both have risen together into the forefront of human affairs; both have deep spiritual roots in the God of the Bible. I feel, somehow, as revival comes to America it will not only touch the world; it will also birth the moving of God in Israel.

"For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in; and thus all Israel will be saved." -Rom 11:25-26

Listen to this thought: "a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in." God's plan for Israel is activated after the fulness of the Gentiles come to Christ. The entire sequence of end-time events stands in the wings waiting for the fulness of the Gentile harvest-and America in revival is key to this worldwide ingathering.

One More Thought
Besides America's charitable side toward the needy of the world and Israel, there is one other consideration. The economic stability of the nation has run parallel with the emergence of the prayer movement. The Scriptures tell us, "By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down" (Prov 11:11).

Since the church has begun to bless America's cities, and pray for this nation and its leaders, we have seen the blessing of the Lord return upon us. I realize that economic conditions run in cycles and that, at the time of this writing, we are at the peak of growth. This could all change tomorrow, and will certainly be adjusted and shaken by the global effects of the Y2K problem. However, the words that experts are currently using to describe America's economy are all superlatives: "phenomenal," "extraordinary," "unprecedented," to name a few.

I don't think we realize the impact that the prayer movement has had on bringing change to the world. We are seeing so many areas transformed in our society: the statistics for crime, abortion, divorce and sexually active teens are lowering; God is doing a great work. It is also inevitable that there will be tremors in the financial sector of the world. However, for as long as we continue giving to oppressed peoples, particularly Israel, I think America's economy will continue to be resurgent and strong for the near future.