The Two Wings

By Francis Frangipane

As American elections close, many Christians have felt discouragement with the outcome.  Yet, let me remind you that, even in what seems like loss, God continues to work all things for good.  Yes, we've been praying for our nation, desiring to see the country return to a moral, God-fearing culture.  Yet, I hope we all know that the kingdom of God is not limited to a political party!

What encourages me is that among those Democrats who won Republican seats, most were either moderate or very conservative in their moral outlook; they were not liberals.  In other words, the Democratic party, which for years seemed to resist any advance toward traditional moral values,  picked conservative Democrats to run against Republican conservatives.  Indeed, in a number of contests, pro-life Democrats ran against pro-life Republicans. 

I personally interpret this as a good sign. The reality is, both political parties realize America has a strong percentage of God-fearing people whose views and convictions cannot be ignored. Today, both parties recognize the increasing influence people of faith have to determine our nation's future.

America in the Bible
"The two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent" (Revelation 12:14).

For many years this verse has served to help define my vision for America. I wouldn't call my view an unbendable doctrine, but more a faith-text: a revelatory adaptation that adds to my already God-inspired motive to pray for the USA. 

In the above text, two symbols need explaining: The woman and the eagle.  Who is the woman? According to verse 17, she "and her children" hold "the testimony of Jesus."  Thus, her confession of Jesus reveals that the woman is a symbol of the church.  But what does the eagle represent?  It is quite possible that this text points to the eternal destiny of God for the USA, whose national symbol is, in fact, the "great eagle."   

Consider also that at the core of America's self-identity is its role as a place of refuge for persecuted peoples.  We have not always lived up to our standards here in the States, but our ideal remains true.  In many ways, America was actually founded by people fleeing persecution.  Thus, it is not unreasonable that America will again offer protection to persecuted Christians and peoples in the last hours of this age.

Would such action be inconsistent with the historic vision of America?  Not in the least.  Consider the Stature of Liberty and its famous poem, The New Collossus, written by Emma Lazarus (a Jewish American poet/author). 

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

The Statue of Liberty, here called the "Mother of Exiles," welcomed the world's persecuted.  This is not a political issue, but something deeply embedded into the DNA of the American psyche. John says "the two wings of the great eagle" were given to the woman: the right wing (Republicans) and the left wing (Democrats)

Thus, I welcome the increase of godly leaders into the left wing of the great eagle. May the Spirit of God increasingly be represented in every level of government!  I am also thankful that thirty Jewish politicians were elected (an all-time high).

Yes, some things might have gone better in certain elections and trends, but we must never doubt God's plan nor His ability to work all things for good.  Let us keep the vision of a holy nation, cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. Let us believe our nation can be made pure by the fires of revival, fanned by the presence of a holy God.

Regardless of which side of the political divide you fall, let us pray that both wings of the great eagle shall be lifted to the service of God.

Authority Over the Nations

By Francis Frangipane       

"Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out to meet Jehu and found him in the property of Naboth the Jezreelite. When Joram saw Jehu, he said, 'Is it peace, Jehu?' And he answered, 'What peace, so long as the harlotries of your mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?'" (2 Kings 9:21-22).

There is a war going on. It involves the future of our nation.  In this war, even Christian leaders are occasionally isolated, deceived, and then trapped by the enemy in sin.  I know some may be weary of hearing about the spirit of Jezebel; they just want peace.  But what peace can there be in our land so long as the harlotries of Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?

When I warn of Jezebel, I am not saying beware of the rebellious women at church (rebellion is a gender inclusive sin!).  No, I am speaking of a spirit whose influence is far more expansive and its power far greater.  Whether its access to our culture is through the entertainment industry, the Internet or is manifested more subtly through subconscious modification of our cultural mores and standards, its influence is pervasive.

For those who desire to walk godly, the Jezebel attack comes on two main fronts, sexual and witchcraft.  These powers work together to increase vulnerability and ultimate defeat.  I know too many men and women who yielded just a little only to increasingly find themselves captured in the worst of sins.

"With her many persuasions she entices . . . with her flattering lips she seduces . . . her feet go down to death, her steps take hold of Sheol" (Proverbs 7:21, 5:5).

How can we have peace when Jezebel is legally protected in our nation? 

"She is now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks by every corner" (Proverbs 7:12). 

Our public schools have become like the very gates of hell.  We need a national revival of righteousness!  And, as we fight the good fight, we must never drop the cross Christ calls us to daily carry, denying self the momentary pleasures of sin.   

Solomon discerned this spirit. He exposed its methodologies and wrote warnings that actually became Scripture!  Yet, just having a doctrine about Jezebel isn't enough.  Indeed, Solomon, while knowing the truth, still fell to the seductions of this spirit.  What drives a man to have "seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines."  These were ungodly women who "turned away his heart [from God]" (1 Kings 11:3).  Seven hundred wives! Solomon was so totally overwhelmed by the unquenchable seductions of Jezebel.  His life was given to "acts of immorality."  They brought him into a relationship with false gods, where he bowed "to idols" - the very evidences Jesus ascribes to the spirit of Jezebel (Revelation 2:20)!   

Beloved, it is not enough to know about this spirit; we must war against it.

The Real Issue:
Yet, the goal of Jezebel is not merely to manipulate our flesh nor swamp the human soul with shame.  The ultimate aim of Jezebel is to disarm the church of its spiritual authority.  It uses lust and condemnation to reduce the voice of Christ's disciples to a whimper when it should be a war cry. Remember, Jesus gave His disciples authority "over all the power of the enemy" (Luke 10:19).  Therefore, to defeat Jezebel we not only need to repent, we must submit to Christ and use His authority in our prayer life. 

One might argue, "I don't have authority to pray against this spirit."  Who convinced you of this lie?  What good is your position in Christ ("far above all principality and power" Ephesians 2:21 NKJV) if you do not use the authority of your positioning?  You see, for Jezebel to function she must gain access to this realm by canceling the effect of authority.  Remember, Jezebel was married to king Ahab, a man who had kingly position, but lost his authority to Jezebel.  Remember also Christ's warning to the church in Thyatira.  Instead of dealing directly with the Jezebel influence in church, they had come to "tolerate the woman Jezebel" (Revelation 2:20).   

Christ has given us "authority over all the power of the enemy," but we must use His authority. He assures us "nothing shall injury you" (Luke 10:19), but we must not yield to fear.  We are new covenant people who have been sent by Jesus with His authority.  

Be assured, many have overcome Jezebel's influence, and the promise to them is significant: "authority over the nations" (Revelation 2:26).  You say, "This promise will occur after Jesus returns."  Yes, but many of God's promises have a partial fulfillment in this age.  Many godly individuals, in times past, were truly able to exercise authority over their nation.  Luther influenced Germany. Wesley moved England toward God.  We can walk in the "powers of the age to come" now (Hebrews 6:5).

Therefore, let us confront and renounce the influence of Jezebel.  Submit to God in the specific areas of personal purity.  Make yourself accountable to others concerning the Internet, movies and relationships with others of the opposite gender.  Finally, when you pray for America, ask God to forgive this land of the influence of Jezebel and her "many harlotries and witchcrafts." We each can walk in purity and holiness, even in the 21st century. 

Use your authority to overcome Jezebel and God will give you authority over the nations.

Lord, I submit my heart to You.  I ask that You cleanse me of tolerance, of compromise and fear.  You have given me authority over all the power of the enemy. You said no weapon formed against me will prosper.  You said he who overcomes shall inherit Your promises.  Lord, make me as Jehu of old.  Empower me to overcome the spirit of Jezebel.