He Can Do It Again!

By Francis Frangipane

As I write this, a huge naval exercise by the US military and its allies is bringing a massive concentration of American naval, air and marine might to the Persian Gulf. American officials said the exercise, which will occur in late October, will practice interdicting ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles. Facing these units in the Persian Gulf are the naval, air and marine units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, together with the Iranian armed forces, all of which are on full war preparedness.

US naval, air and marine forces, as well as other NATO warships and troops, are also massing in the eastern Mediterranean opposite Lebanon and Syria. The stage appears to be set for what could erupt into serious conflict. (Preceding information has been adapted from various news sources, including the Debkafile).

In addition, North Korea continues to demonstrate an almost suicidal belligerence in resisting efforts to defuse its nuclear ambitions. Realistically, the situation in both North Korea and Iran could easily escalate into a widespread and catastrophic war, and it could conceivably spread throughout the entire Muslim world.

Or, by the mercies of God, there could be divinely empowered breakthroughs, advances in the spirit-realm that will release the exact opposite reality. Yes, war seems almost inevitable, yet let us not forget the fall of the former Soviet Union. The largest empire in the history of the world collapsed virtually overnight. It collapsed without armies, threats or bloodshed. Amazingly, Soviet Communism, an atheistic empire set on world domination, officially closed its doors and declared itself dead on the very day Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Christ. (See Gorbachev Speech Dissolving the Soviet Union (USSR): Christmas 1991).

Today, mankind stands before two doors, each leading into utterly different worlds. The first door opens to a reality saturated with inconceivable human carnage and death; the second door leads into a world of international breakthroughs and the spread of the Gospel. The key that unlocks the door to redemption and breakthroughs is prayer.

Remember, friends, the vision of Facedown40 is Engaging Heaven, Changing Earth. Let us not forget the stirring command of God to Jesus, His Son: "Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession" (Psalms 2:8).

At the command of God, and in the name of Jesus Christ, let us come to God boldly on behalf of the nations. Even while we hear the clamor of war, let us not be overwhelmed with doubt. Rather, with faith, with fasting, with fearless focus let us undergird our perseverance with the memory of what God did with the USSR. He can do again today.

O prayer warrior, in service to our Redeemer King, let us indeed engage heaven to change the earth.