With so many prophetic voices speaking so many different futures for the United States, I would like to offer a sharp sword, which is able to separate lies from truth and soul from spirit. It is the word of God.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
A lying spirit of antichrist is sweeping across our land telling us we can have the blessings of God without meeting any of God’s requirements. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way, not even if a politician said so and not even if a preacher said so. The blessings of God are always conditional upon meeting His requirements. They are never automatic and there is never any substitute. For example, we are not saved because our parents are saved, or because we go to church, or because we were born in the United States, or because of anything besides doing what God says we must do to be saved, which is shown here:
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
The promise of salvation is just one example, but the same principle applies to every promise from God. This is not to say God does not want to bless us because He very much does, which is why He made a way for us to receive His blessings and showed us the way through the words of the Bible, the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not His will for anyone to perish, but He wants everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), yet many perish because they fail to qualify by doing what He requires us to do.
And what does God require? In scripture after scripture, testimony after testimony, and parable after parable, He tells us the same requirement over and over again. John the Baptist preached it:
1 Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying,
2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:1-2)
Then after him, Jesus came preaching the same message:
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)
Throughout the scriptures, Jesus preached repentance from His first message to His last when He appeared to John in a vision with warnings for the seven churches (Revelation 2:5, 2:16, 2:21-22, 3:3, 3:19). He clearly identified repentance as the requirement for entering into the kingdom of heaven, the requirement for eternal life, and the only way to avoid eternal death.
This same message was preached by everyone who followed after Jesus, including Peter:
Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
The Apostle Paul proclaimed the same message:
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)
This sounds so simple, but somewhere along the way many have forgotten it, which is why I took the time to document these scriptures.
Here is an example of the confusion now permeating our land. I received an email a few weeks ago saying, “I don’t know why anyone should pray the sinner’s prayer. I have prayed it many times, but my life has never changed.”
That is like saying I signed up for Weight Watchers and I paid my membership fee, but I never lost any weight! Weight Watchers does not promise anyone will lose weight just by signing up. They have a detailed plan they expect people to follow if they want to see results. That sounds so obvious, but it shows how confused our thinking has become. We would never expect automatic results from Weight Watchers, but for some reason we keep expecting automatic results from God.
The spirit of antichrist is sweeping across our land, led by the man of lawlessness who now occupies the most powerful office in the world. The prophet Daniel warned us, “With smooth words, he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and will take action.” (Daniel 11:32)
No political party will be able to stand against this spirit. It is not good enough to be conservative, or patriotic, or moral, or even religious. The only people who will be able to stand against this spirit are those who know their God. They will stand because their roots tap into a different source, not of this world. The spirit of God in them will cause them to find strength and take action against this evil spirit.
Smooth words promise blessings without any need for repentance. This message always comes to us in very deceptive ways, which is why it is called smooth. It sounds right. It can even include scriptures and sometimes is announced as a direct word from God, but if we examine it closely we find it contradicts the Bible by saying, “No need to get right with God because we can have all the goodies without any of the mess. We can do it our way, whatever we want, whatever seems right to us, without any need to submit ourselves in obedience to God. Yes sir, the future is very bright!”
This is a popular message because it appeals to our carnal sinful nature. We like hearing we can do it our way because our carnal nature does not want to submit to God. This spirit of antichrist has not only swept across our land, but also into the pulpits of many churches. The war against sin has become a war against repentance. Sinful lifestyles are now tolerated and even embraced in many churches. A new gospel of grace, grace, and more grace has replaced the message of repentance. They claim we are made righteous by faith alone, without the need for corresponding actions, but it is a message sent from hell. It is another gospel.
According to Jesus, trusting in the grace of God alone is not good enough because He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6) He instructed us to “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) Why would we need to hunger and thirst for right standing with God if we already have it automatically? Why would we need to seek first the righteousness of God if we already have it?
John spelled out the answer very bluntly:
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:2)
According to John, anyone who does not obey His commandments does not even know Him, the truth is not in them, and they are liars. I thank God for His grace when we miss the mark, but anyone who takes His grace for granted without repentance is in great danger.
John added, “everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him” (1 John 2:29), which means those who do not PRACTICE righteousness are not born of Him. Jesus confirmed this when He said, “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15:14)
Repentance and walking uprightly before God are requirements for receiving the blessings of God. There is no way around it. There are no blessings without it. Anyone claiming everything is going to be wonderful without any mention of repentance or righteousness is a liar, no matter what their name is and no matter how many Christians follow them.
Anyone can talk a good talk, but God requires us to walk the walk, in the same manner as He walked. He expects us to keep His commandments. He expects us to seek righteousness above everything else, which means daily repentance from our sins and daily encounters with God to make sure we are right with Him. Healthy people have appetites and they get hungry. Sick people lose their appetites so they are not hungry. Healthy Christians hunger and thirst to be right with God in every area of their life. Anyone who lacks that hunger is spiritually sick. Our hunger pains should drive us into our prayer room daily for relief. Getting right with Him is the only thing that can satisfy our hunger. Jesus said anyone who practices this lifestyle will be blessed and satisfied.
These things are not complicated. God’s word keeps everything simple and easy to understand. We actually need help getting confused because the Bible is so clear. Yet, along comes a symphony of prophetic voices saying America is going to become great again because we are going to elect the right person to be our President and millions of Christians say a loud Amen! Many of our most famous leaders have already jumped on the bandwagon giving their blessings, their endorsements, and their financial support.
Following their leaders, many Christians are embracing the smooth words of the antichrist spirit, unaware they are being led to godlessness because the lies produce false hope and false hope produces disappointment, which can shipwreck their faith and turn them away from God. It is far better to catch the lies from the start, and we can do that by knowing God and His requirements.
Some are even rebuking other believers for refusing to join them, accusing them of lacking discernment, being immature, and full of anger. Some even refer to the message of repentance as “gloom and doom.” The church is now rebuking people for believing the message of the Bible! No wonder the judgment of God is coming upon us. We are spiritual midgets parading ourselves as spiritual giants.
Electing a new President does not meet God’s requirement for blessing our nation. Please find that in the Bible because I cannot find it anywhere. Claiming to have received a powerful word from God does not make it true either. The only plumb line is the Bible and it calls for repentance and righteousness. We should always be on guard against any smooth promises that omit those requirements.
King Solomon gave us the key when he wrote, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). He was not confused because his words are confirmed by many witnesses throughout the Bible. It is us, the modern day church in America, who has become confused.
The following prophetic message for America was sent to me by email. It claims to be a word from God, but I believe it is a great example of the spirit of antichrist sweeping through our land because it promises all of the blessings on America without a single mention of any requirement for repentance or righteousness.
A WORD FOR AMERICA!
This afternoon I heard these words!
“Listen my beloved America, watch for now the sickle of triumph will be used to reap the harvest of the seeds you have sown in the past seasons,” says God.
Now as I heard these words this afternoon, I was taken into an incredible spirit encounter where I saw an open heaven over the Nation of America and then I saw a sharp sickle in the hand of God coming down upon a large field that was ready to be Harvested. Now as I looked at the sickle I saw the word “TRIUMPH” deeply engraved upon it, and then again I heard a voice saying, “America I have appointed a harvest for you, in this season I shall restore the fortunes of my people and I shall bring them out of captivity, for my beloved America you shall not be cut off, but that which you have sown you shall now reap the harvest with great joy!”
America, I saw the face of your future president on the sharp, serrated and curved blade of the sickle in God’s hand!!”
Now again my eyes were drawn to the word “TRIUMPH” that was engraved upon the sharp sickle, and by divine revelation I saw and understood that God was showing me the “Anointing” and the “Mantle”, that is going to be upon of the future President of the American people. I was shown the face of a man which was reflected upon the sharp, serrated and curved edge of the steel blade. Now I watched as the hand of God held the sharp sickle called “TRIUMPH”, I watched closely as His hand moved upon the grain cutting it with great precision and great accuracy. Then suddenly I saw many Angels descending upon the field where they began to gather up the Harvest, as I stood watching suddenly an Angel appeared in front on me and written in gold upon his chest was the number (126).
Immediately it was quickened to me Psalms 126 which says, “It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations, “God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. And now, God, do it again bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest, so those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing!
America hear the word of the Lord, I prophecy there is a harvest that has been appointed for you as a nation, for the seeds you have sown in tears you shall now reap in joy. Watch for now the sharp sickle called “triumph” comes to reap the harvest of that which you have sown. I prophecy your future president shall carry the mantle that shall make America great once again to the glory of god, nations shall be drawn to the brightness of your rising, many will say, “it is like dream too good to be true!” America you shall turn and return to your first love and you shall become a launching pad among the nations of the earth for the greatest outpouring of signs, wonders and miracles.”
This word claims the seeds we have sown in tears will now be reaped in joy. What tears have we sown? If there is any voice of repentance in our land, it is so faint it cannot be heard. If there are any tears sown in our land, they are hidden. Meanwhile, sin has permeated our land. Political correctness has infiltrated our pulpits. This word makes no mention of repentance in our past, present, or future, and no mention of righteousness, but break out the party hats because happy days are here!
This word contradicts the Bible, which is why I believe it is a false prophecy, not a word from God. I present it here as an example of the powerful delusion attempting to indoctrinate us and lead us into godlessness. I believe this is what Jesus warned us about when He said, “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many” (Matthew 24:11). He was referring to the time of the end, which is here now.
Think about the absurdity of this claim. We are not in danger of losing our country. We already lost it years ago! Ever since the 2008 collapse of the housing market, the Federal Reserve has been the only game in town. They now control and manipulate every market in the United States including the stock market, currency market, metals market, bond market, and housing market. Every investor knows this is true and every financial news report bears it out. Today, investors no longer care about real market factors like earnings and jobs because the only thing that matters is what will the Fed say about it. Have we become so foolish that we now believe they are going to politely give it all back because the American people elect a new President? No chance!
In the political realm, the spirit of antichrist now controls the White House. This spirit has spread its’ evil tentacles into every area of our culture. Are these spiritual powers going to politely give our nation back because we elect a new President? No chance!
Our spiritual blindness has led us into a deep hole that only God can deliver us from. No new President can lead us out. The only way to get our nation back now is to take it by force, and the only force that will succeed is the power of God Almighty, and the only way He will release His power to fight in our behalf is if we get right with Him, and the only way to do that is to repent from our sins! And that is never going to happen if the church remains silent, refusing to even mention it!
We are not fighting a battle between liberals and conservatives or Republicans and Democrats. All of that is a sham and a charade for our entertainment and deception. This battle is between the spirit of antichrist and the spirit of Christ. Fighting a spiritual battle with natural human strength is a formula for certain defeat. This battle must be fought with spiritual weapons, which include praise, worship, the shield of faith, the sword of God’s word, and our feet standing firmly on His promises. These are the weapons that will bring victory!
As the prophet Daniel said, a remnant of people who know their God will stand strong against this lying spirit and will take action (to expose it and overcome it). That is the purpose for this article. This is not an endorsement or a rejection for any political candidate. It is simply a warning that the misguided hope displayed by many Christians today should be a great concern to all of us. We are being led to godlessness and it is time to turn around!
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.
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