Featured Article: Sept. 11, 2001
The Touchstoning of America's Heart
by Gary Amirault
This Is A Prophetic Warning To American Christians
September 11, 2001 The Touchstoning of America's Heart Through Strikes Against Its Financial And Military Symbols By United (and) American Airplanes.
A "touchstone" is a black stone used to determine the quality of gold by rubbing or scraping it against the dark surface of the stone and comparing the streak left behind with that of pure gold. There is usually an acid involved in the process of determining the quality of the gold. We find that word in the New Testament mistranslated by most leading selling Bibles as "torment" in places like Revelation 20:10. The Greek word mistranslated torment in most leading selling English Bible translations is the word "basanos" which in English is a touchstone. On September 11, 2001, the business, military, political and religious heart of America was tested, that is, touchstoned by fire produced by our own airplanes. How we, especially American Christians, respond to that touchstoning, may determine whether greater atrocities await us. This test will reveal what is in our hearts - what spirit we are really of.
Before I get into the prophetic heart of this writing, let me first of all express my deepest condolences to the thousands of people who lost their loved ones in the horrible events of this darkest of days. Let me also say that the religious system that has molded the minds of the young men who turned America's power on itself is a cold, heartless and vengeful system. The world would truly be better off without it. Let me also say that many of the Americans who may be bringing many catastrophic events upon America in the days ahead will do so for the same reason these young Moslems did. Our heavenly Father tells us that "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6) It is the hopeful purpose of this writing to bring some light into this gross darkness.
While I am going to take a look into the dark side of America and the American Church, let it be also remembered that America and particularly American Christians have indeed done many wonderful things in the world. America, in its greatest moments, can truly achieve remarkable feats. But it has also sown some poisonous seeds that if we don't respond to the events at hand with much care, reflection and prayer, may bring upon us destruction far worse than the destruction we are presently planning for those we think are responsible for the horrible acts committed September 11, 2001. Let me also say that America still has much great potential. While some of my writing may sound anti-American, I certainly prefer living in America to living in third world countries, especially of the Islamic variety. My purpose in this writing is not to point out some darkness I see for the sake of shaming America, but that through heeding the warnings contained herein, America may prevent catastrophes far worse than what happened on September 11, 2001, from coming upon itself. May this writing contain the words and the spirit to turn the hearts of thousands of Christians away from the spirit of revenge towards a contrite and humble heart filled with mercy, forgiveness, understanding and grace, which may give room for our Creator to extend His mercy upon us in exchange for the great evils we have poured out - evils which unfortunately, many Christians are presently blind to. Therefore they cannot repent. May this writing bring light where there is presently great darkness.
It is said that Manhattan, the land now covered with dust and ashes, was bought from the Indians for twenty-four dollars worth of beads and ribbons by Dutch settlers. This is but a small example of the thousands of times white (and usually Christian) peoples have taken advantage of innocent less sophisticated darker skinned peoples. The project that produced the first atomic bomb which killed many hundreds of thousands of Japanese and turned two Japanese cities into dust and ashes was called the Manhattan Project. On September 11, 2001, the Manhattan of New York became covered with dust and ashes. May this article bring thousands of American Christians to "repent in dust and ashes."
"I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:5, 6, KJV)
May the reader be given eyes to see beyond the surface of these events into the very heart of America. May the reader clearly see what will come upon us if we do not handle this situation according to New Covenant principles.
In the mid-eighties, I made a trip to Israel thinking that I was going to receive some kind of special revelation because it was the "holy land." I did receive a "special" revelation, but not the kind that I expected. I discovered a land filled with religious idolatry of every kind, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. And then the Lord showed me how much idolatry was also in my own heart. I was truly shocked because I've never considered myself a "religious" type. I truly thought that I was only a zealot for the truth found in Jesus Christ.
Open Our Eyes, Lord
As I walked through the streets in the Arab section, I was surprised at how many large billboards there were promoting vengeance-filled Rambo-like movies. I had this eerie feeling that all that hate and revenge coming from these movies would one day actually manifest through those young people. Many of those movies were produced in Hollywood, California and financed by corporations headquartered in New York. Billions of those dollars came from tithes and offerings from American Christians which were "invested" to bring a healthy return on that investment. The average American Christian would be absolutely shocked if they were to ever trail where their billions upon billions of dollars of tithes and offerings are invested. The young Moslems who hijacked and drove United/American airplanes into the heart of the symbols of America's financial and investment communities knew far better than most American Christians what is done with our dollars and the havoc that has been wreaked upon third world countries through our selfish ways.
On September 11, 2001, four airplanes headed to California, the state that has poured out more immorality and filth into the world through its entertainment industry than all the filthy cities of the world combined. Those planes (all scheduled to go to California, home of Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world), were turned to the business and military hearts of America. There they were used to poured back into us the revenge-filled violence which these young Moslems became infested with from watching Hollywood produced poison which poisons the soul. They became ripe for religious fundamentalists to use their hate-filled hearts for the purpose of their religious causes. We have gotten a taste of our own bitter fruit, our own poison which we have been spewing out even like a volcano upon all the lands of the earth including our own. It is obvious we don't like its taste. But let us take a closer look to see who has been planting these noxious seeds of violence all over the world.
If we, American Christians, truly spiritually saw the filth which has been spewed forth from Hollywood, California financed by corporate America whose heart in Manhattan, New York, we truly would be utterly shocked. Not only has our "entertainment" industry filled the world with violent murderous thoughts, our "defense" corporations have filled the world with the weapons to turn those evil thoughts into murderous actions. Billions upon billions of Christian church tithes and offerings went into both those industries and the American church is so blinded by greed, the traditions of men and the doctrines of demons that it can't see this. America and its churches are blind to their dark sides. The fruit from the seeds Hollywood and corporate America has planted are now maturing. Not only do we see the fruit of those seeds coming forth from the violent behavior of our own children and neighbors, the filth we have exported to the other countries of the world are now being imported back upon our own heads.
May the events of September 11, 2001 be a loud wake-up call for not only the American Church, but the church of the Western world as well. How we respond to this tragedy may have a strong bearing upon our foreseeable future.
So far, the signals coming from the military, the politicians and President Bush are ominous indeed. One would think that a mature Christian would be quick to turn to our Sovereign, All-powerful, All-knowing God to find out what this act might mean. After all, the Sovereign God of the universe allowed it. But President George Bush's first response was a knee-jerk reaction of revenge. He fully intends to punish those "faceless cowards" AND the nations that harbor them. And most of America, including the Christian sector, presently seems to support him. This is an absolute sign that we have not seen the end of the catastrophes which will befall the nation of America. The airliners which wreaked this havoc upon America were "United" and "American." The very airpower of the United States of America has been turned upon itself.
It is NOT an accident that these airliners were American; that they were headed to California, that the twin-towers of the heart of America's financial industry came down, and that the walls of America's military were pierced using America's own power. And now the religious heart of America is being tested and it appears that it may be found as blind and corrupt as our business, political and military counterparts. It is not an accident that nearly all the components which brought this horror upon us were American-made. Even the money used to finance this terrible act came from a man who got all that money from American-built oil fields in Saudi Arabia! (Much of Usama Bin Ladin's hundreds of millions of dollars came from his father's construction company that received billions of dollars from the Saudi and other Arab countries' governments which were profits from American and European-built oil fields. Ironically, the USA via the CIA actually funded USAma when he was a freedom fighter (mujahedin) against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Ronald Regan is quoted as saying, "The Mujahedin are the moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers of American." There is much more information like this available, but for the sake of brevity I can't include it. Use the internet to search out all the strange connections between USAma and America, especially his financial connections with the Bush family.) Surely, if we have any thinking ability left in us, we must see that there is something here to which we should pay close attention.
On the very day of the attack, I received an email from an American software company using this tragedy to promote itself while at the same time beating the war drum of retaliation calling America to destroy all those involved in this atrocity. It said in part:
"We would like to also say on record that if any country is found responsible for these attacks, we call for that country's complete destruction and annihilation. Do not let terrorism, which is designed to create fear and stop production, halt your life or work. Stay focused and do not stop what you are doing. May God bless us all and the decisions we must make. (name deleted)" -end of email.
"May God bless us all and the decisions we must make?" Let's take a very brief look past the natural events and see spiritually what kind of decisions America has been making over the past few decades.
First of all, let us all be honest. The love of money is one of the main gods America worships. Greed and fear are the foundations of America's financial community. If one had spiritual eyes, one could see that from those very twin towers built upon the powers of greed and fear came forth hundreds of financial and military decisions which drove the third world countries into deeper and deeper poverty. Is this reflective of the heart of God? If one had spiritual eyes, one could see that America's churches poured hundreds of billions of dollars into those twin-towers of fear and greed which were invested in scores of defense contract businesses whose soul purpose was to build weapons of mass destruction. We scream about the handful of so-called weapons of mass destruction which Iraq has accumulated, never once questioning the fact that America has probably built more weapons of mass destruction than all the other countries in the world combined AND has made quite hefty profits in the process. Much of that profit went directly into the coffers of America's churches. Of course the average person sitting on a pew in a typical church would never see a penny of those profits. Those profits would go into all sorts of church programs the average church-goer isn't even aware of.
I did an audio tape using the financial information of the American Church derived from the financial condition of the American church from the 1970's. At that time the American Church owned more than a trillion dollars of real estate, stocks, and bonds and other investments like mutual funds, much of which was poured into companies the likes of which were housed in the Twin-Towers. At that time, many billions of dollars of your tithes and offerings were invested into American corporations whose soul purpose for being was to build weapons of mass destruction to be sold to our government and the governments of the world for a return on investment. During the time of this research, the interest alone, on the mortgages of American church buildings (which remain empty ninety percent of the time), could have fed, clothed and housed all the poor in the third world countries. Instead of investing in the lives of the poor people of the world, we invested in weapons of mass destruction. Unless God has mercy upon us, we will now receive the true dividends of our past investments. (If the reader would like a copy of that tape, simply write me requesting a copy.)
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Today, hundreds of millions of human beings will not find out about what happened in New York and Washington D.C. These millions have no T.V's, radios, computers, etc. They have no Twin-towers or Pentagons. These men, women, and children will not be shocked at the number of people like many of those who have been killed today. You see, they see millions of their own brothers and sisters and friends and neighbors killed every year because of the decisions made by the people who work in those Twin-Towers. No, they will not weep a single tear. They have cried thousands of tears from hunger often caused by the greedy powers of the Western world. Truly America is by far the greediest nation on the face of the earth. We consume over half the world's natural resources. And when we make political and military and religious deals in the third world, we always make deals which will bring more of those resources to our doorsteps. And yes, many of the church's decisions in third world countries have been based upon greed.
It would be a great lesson for American and European Christians to study third world histories from the perspective of what effect the "civilized" nations had upon them. We would be utterly shocked! If we looked at how the white Western world "conquered" Africa, the Americas, and the Asian countries we would have to hang our heads in shame.
What the United States of America needs right now is not to start another war, this one a "War on Terrorism." This is NOT a time to wave the nationalistic pride flag, especially for Christians who live in America. What it desperately needs first is a long, deep, reflective time to look at a side of itself that it has been unwilling to look at. This present time is no time to be dropping bombs on our perceived enemies - it is a time to rend our hearts - to turn within - and to wrestle with the American conscience. It is time for a wrestling match like Jacob had at Peniel.
President Bush thinks this cowardly act was perpetrated primarily upon innocent civilians. But does not having on a military uniform turn one into an "innocent civilian?" The movie mongrels of Hollywood who produce their filth and blind our eyes to so much truth and export those films all over the world may be civilians in our eyes, but they are certainly not innocent. And neither are those who financially back them and that includes "civilian" Christians. The Moslems do not separate their enemies into military and civilians and perhaps rightfully so. The real power behind the military is always those who control the money -- those who use the military to further their own interests which ultimately means those who have much money and want much more. Those who really control the powers of "civilized" nations are civilians of the white-collar variety. The Twin-Towers of Trade was full of such people and those who worked for them. I think we should learn a few things from the strategy of these Arabs. They know that the real source of evil is not the military itself, but the civilian powers that direct the military.
Is Military Retaliation upon USAma Bin Laden And Countries That Harbor Him The Answer?
Should Christians Be In Favor Of Trying To Overcome Evil With Evil?
Vengeance Of The Old Covenant
Under the Old Covenant, the right response to an act like the one perpetrated on September 11, 2001, would be, "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, wound for wound, stripe for stripe, burning for a burning and a life for a life." Exodus 21:23-25
This is the kind of vengeance that Moslems exact from their enemies because that is what Mohammed taught in the Islamic Bible, the Koran. Islam is really just a modified version of ancient Judaism. Both religions are much closer to each other than they care to acknowledge. The heart of both religions is revenge. The war cry of modern Israel is "Never again!" It is the cry of Abel's blood which speaks of revenge. It is the cry of the natural man who does not know the true heart of the Creator of the world. Siding with either side of the conflict in the Middle East is sure to bring bloodshed up us, not peace.
The Vengeance of the New Covenant
Is the foundation of the New Covenant the same as the foundation of the Old Mosaic Covenant, and modern Judaism (which is quite different from ancient Biblical Judaism) and Islam? Or is there a different Spirit behind the New Covenant which Jesus inaugurated through His own blood through the Cross? Let's see what Paul, who probably knew more about the spirit of vengeance than all the other apostles combined because of his former hatred towards the body of Christ, wrote:
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom. 12:19-21, KJV)
Jesus, in complete agreement with Paul's words says:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matt. 5:38-48, KJV)
This is the heart of God manifested through Jesus Christ, overcome your enemies with love, not vengeance. Is this the heart of the American Church and the business, political, and military leaders in it? I think not. What we are hearing from it is the same cry we hear from Old Judaism, from modern Judaism and from Islam - they all want to take vengeance into their own hands. This means that what they desire for their enemies will fall upon their own heads and, unfortunately upon our heads as well. That means we can expect far worse things to befall us than what happened today, if Christians, don't quickly wake up and change their hearts, actions and prayers.
President George Bush may be "conservative," but he is NOT as "compassionate" as his public relations team paints him. George Bush is a Law-man, not a Love-man. He does not know the difference between the Law of the LIFE in Christ Jesus and the Law of Moses. The theology he has been taught has mixed them both together and the end result of such a mixture is death. His state, Texas, puts more prisoners to death than any state in America.
It deeply grieved my heart when given the opportunity to delay Karla Faye Tucker's execution, that he did not exercise his power in her defense. Karla was a murderer who became truly converted to Christianity during prison. Anyone, with just a little compassion, especially a Christian, could see that this woman was filled with the love of God. She was made new by the Spirit of the Living God. She was doing a lot of good for other prisoners AND to many outside of prison. Surely, if her life would have been spared, she would have reached many people for Jesus even if kept behind bars for life. When Bush did not come to her defense, he revealed what was truly in his heart, a vengeful spirit. President Bush has been poisoned by a false theology which came from his church, a theology that has poisoned the minds of much of the American Church.
America's Heart Has Been Touchstoned.
"Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting." (Dan. 5:27, NIV)
Those four United and American airplanes truly touchstoned the heart of America. Those twin-towers represented the real power behind America's business community, greed and fear. Those are the powers that drive the financial markets of the world. Hundreds of business decisions have came from those towers that literally killed millions of people in the third world countries all for the sake of a quick profit. That is why they were such symbols of evil to many trapped in the poverty of the third world. The laws of supply and demand that rule in that financial world think nothing about the consequences of those decisions upon the poor peoples of this world. The only thing that counts is profit. On the very day this act occurred, many American gas stations raised their prices to $4 and $5 dollars a gallon. Was that because the Arabs further cut our supply? No! These gas station owners knew that when the people's heart are filled with fear of lack, they can raise their prices accordingly and get away with it. They capitalized on fear and their motive was plain old GREED! Grocery shelves were quickly emptied in many grocery stores in New York City? Motive? FEAR and GREED!
The real story behind all the events this day really has nothing to do with airplanes and buildings, it has to do with the heart of America and more specifically the heart of the American Church. (The world is simply a reflection of the church. We, God's people, need to greatly humble ourselves.) It has to do with foundational principles that touch the subject of vengeance, revenge, retaliation, retribution. Most Americans say it's "payback time." If the American Church responds in agreement with the Old Mosaic Covenant System, modern Judaism and Islam which will respond with a life for a life and even worse - many lives for one life, then we are all doomed to have far more tragic events to come upon our own heads than the ones which rained down on September 11, 2001. But if the American Church wakes up to see that it has greatly fallen from grace; that it has been seduced by the same spirit that holds Israel and the Islamic states in bondage; if it cries out for mercy for all peoples; if it repents and turns from mixing Old Covenant Law with the New Covenant of grace and mercy; then there is hope.
The Church Has Fallen From Grace
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Tim. 1:7)
Most American Christians have been seduced by a religious spirit which has destroyed the true power of the Christian life. Most Christians have fallen from grace and do not even know it; they are asleep; they are blind and drugged by a power which has been injected into probably every single denomination.
The American Church has no business siding with either Israel or the Moslems in the Middle East. Both systems are built upon revenge which will merely perpetuate hate and lead to further loss of lives and property. Resentment breeds resentment. Hate breeds more hate. Greed breeds more greed. Love breeds more love. What are we going to reproduce?
The end of Jacob's life contains a lesson which we, Christians, in America and Israel, would be wise to learn at this time. Jacob (meaning heal-grabber, conniver, manipulator) took Esau's birthright and then later Esau's blessing which provoked a spirit of revenge in Esau that forced Jacob to leave the promised land for fear of his life. (Genesis 25:20-34; Gen. 27:1-33:20)
After many years in the land of Laban, Jacob knew that he had to return to the land which would later be renamed Israel even as his name would be changed. (The change of a name in the Bible actually reflects a change of nature.) As Jacob (heal-grabber) came to the place where he had to face his own life-long fear as he approached the Promised Land, he had a wrestling match with God or an angel of God or himself or all of the above. (The Hebrew in that verse is very unclear as to who he was really wrestling with. Those of you who have had your own wrestling match at Peniel know what I am talking about.)
After his wrestling match at Peniel (which means "face of God" in Hebrew), Jacob had his thigh or something close to the thigh injured. After this incident, he walked with a limp and had no more children from his loins. From that day forward, Jacob, the manipulator, became Israel, (one who wrestled with God and prevailed). After this incident, Jacob (now Israel) had to face his life-long enemy, his twin brother, Esau from whom he stole his position in the family, his birthright and his father Isaac's blessing. (If you have ears to hear, Jacob had to truly face his own worst enemy - HIMSELF.) After Jacob put off his heal-grabbing, conniving, manipulative, deceitful nature, he could no longer trust in natural God-given talents which could be used to deceive; he could no longer trust in his great wealth and great numbers of people he attracted to himself. Look and see what a man becomes when he truly comes to the end of himself after a wrestling match at Peniel! Here is how Jacob overcame his greatest enemy:
"Then he (Jacob, now Israel) crossed over before them and bowed himself to the ground seven times until he came to his brother." The bowing down before his enemy brother seven times speaks of perfect humility. And what was the result of such humbling behavior? Did Esau get his rightful revenge and kill Jacob for all the wrongful things Jacob did to him?
"Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." (Gen. 33:4, NKJV)
At this point Jacob also became delivered from his greed and fear of lack. He offered Esau much of his property as a gift. But Esau didn't want any of it because the God, who supposedly hated Esau, actually blessed Esau greatly. (Gen. 33:9, NKJV)
Remember, Jacob's wrestling match with what seemed to be another being, maybe God or maybe himself? Read how Jacob saw Esau, his enemy after he became humble. After Esau told Jacob that he really didn't want any of his property, Jacob/Israel said:
"No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen YOUR FACE AS THOUGH I HAVE SEEN THE FACE OF GOD, and you were pleased with me." (Gen. 33:10, NKJV)
There are millions of proud stiff-necked Jews and Christians in America and Israel who do not know how to overcome their enemies according to the pattern in the Bible. Instead of humbling themselves before their enemies and becoming "prevailers with God", they are maintaining their conniving Jacob natures trusting in the arm of the flesh, their brains, their natural resources and their great military might. But we can be certain that those who are called by God will NEVER overcome their enemies in the long run with such methods.
Christians have no business supporting either Israel or the Arabs in international conflicts. "In Christ there is neither Greek nor Jew." (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11) Christians are ambassadors of the city whose Maker is God. We are ministers of reconciliation from New Jerusalem, the mother of us all. If we, Christians become nationalistic, we will lose our heavenly perspective and will lose our heavenly citizenship. Our fellowship with God will greatly suffer and we will not manifest His true nature.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8, 9, KJV)
True Christians are to operate from those "higher ways" which come from New Jerusalem, our true Mother and our true city of citizenship.
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." (Phil. 3:20, KJV)
If the American Church sides with the call for vengeance from President Bush, America's politicians, business and military leaders, then we are a doomed nation. But if the American Church wakes up and sees who the real enemy is and begins to realize the truth and the power found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, then perhaps we may yet escape the fiery judgment that is right at the door:
"If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from THEIR wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive THEIR sin and heal their land." (2 Chron. 7:14, NKJV)
President Bush called our enemy a "faceless coward." Is one who gives up his own life for a cause a coward? It seems one who gives orders from someplace thousands of miles away from a site to drop bombs on his enemy's head from the security of the White House, would be more likely be behaving cowardly. I'll leave that for others to decide. But surely this "coward" according to President Bush, is NOT faceless, that is, if one has spiritual eyes to see. If our response to the touchstoning of America's heart is retaliation and vengeance upon our enemies, then our enemy will remain faceless and we can be assured of far greater judgments to come upon us. But if we follow the good advice Yahweh gave to the first "chosen people" in 2 Chronicles 7:14, God may open our spiritual eyes and we may discover that "We have met the enemy and he is US!"
It seems most of the politicians, Republican and Democrat, Jew, Christian or other have all rallied around the War Cry. Unity is great if it is unity around the right thing. It is obvious that at the present moment, America is rallying around the wrong principles. The Moslems have their Jihad, their Holy War Cry and now American has its vengeful Holy War cry as well. On September 12, 2001, Senator McCain said to the whole world speaking of those they are holding responsible for the horrible act committed September 11, 2001, "God may show you mercy, we will not!" If American Christians rally around this statement and the proud cry of American nationalism, then we can be absolutely certain that America will not be shown mercy in the days to come. What happened on September 11, 2001 will be but a foretaste of what is to come, if we follow the path men like Senator McCain would like to take us on.
The true power of Christians is not national might, not the arm of the flesh; it is the grace of God. We have lost this power through denominationalism and teaching the traditions of men and doctrines of demons instead of the law of the LIFE in Christ Jesus. Paul warned the Galatians 2,000 years ago what would happen to them if they abandoned the power of the Spirit for the arm of the flesh and the Mosaic law. If Paul were alive today, I think he would begin the third chapter of Galatians like this:
"Oh, foolish American Christians, who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you. Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?" (Galatians 3:1-3, NKJV)
Christians who live in America have become spiritually powerless because they have returned to the flesh. They put country before God. They put law above mercy even though the scriptures plainly declare "Mercy shall TRIUMPH over judgment." James 2:13, NKJV)
In the ninth chapter of Luke verses 51 through 56, we find Jesus and his apostles going through Samaria, a land and people which modern Jews and many Christians would see similarly to how we see modern Arabs today. The Samaritans were despised enemies of Israel. The apostles began to witness to them that the Messiah had come. (Samaritans were half-Jews who also hoped for the Messiah, but they were despised by those who considered themselves full Jews.) The Samaritans rejected the apostles' evangelistic effort. Therefore, they asked Jesus if they should command fire to come down on the Samaritans' heads for their insult of rejecting them and the true Messiah. There are now millions of Americans, Israelis and other Western nations leaning towards pouring fire down upon the nations who have harbored those who committed these awful acts of violence in Manhattan and Washington D.C. What was Jesus' reply to his own apostles who had not yet learned the power of love to overcome one's enemies?:
"You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them." (Luke 9:51-56)
President Bush, Senator McCain, and a host of other political and military leaders of the United States do not know what manner of spirit they are of. If America follows them, surely the vengeance they seek to pour out on their perceived enemies will come back upon all of our own heads. I urge all Christians everywhere to pray that God changes the hearts of America's political and military leaders. Our country has poured more fire upon more nations than any other country that ever existed. Only the mercy of God will prevent us from reaping what we have sown. May God change the heart of President Bush and Senator McCain and those in leadership who have vengeance in their hearts. If not, God help us. This country will be covered with fire - and not the Holy Spirit kind!
(The main reason so many millions of Christians are being deceived into following ways and people that bring destruction rather than the healing power of New Testament Christianity is because modern Western Christianity is a noxious mixture of Mosaic Law and a little bit of grace. Christians seem to be oblivious to the fact that James made it quite clear that anyone who attempted to keep a portion of the Mosaic Law was obligated to keep it all. And if one failed in a single point of that law, the penalty was DEATH. This is the reason why much of the church looks dead - that's because it IS dead, spiritually speaking.
The only true power that Christians under the New Covenant have is grace through Jesus Christ. The only power Christians have to truly bring peace to this earth is God's love. The American Church has already been seduced to trust in the arm of the flesh rather than the Spirit of God. The Holy War cry of President Bush, a so-called "compassionate Christian conservative," is revenge. If a large percentage of the American church follows him on his warpath to vengeance, then we are destined to once again reap what we sow. The evil America intends to use to overcome its enemies will come back on its own head. Christians MUST come to a deep understanding of the power in the New Covenant. We have truly fallen from grace and returned to the works of the flesh - the works of the Mosaic Law. We are returning to an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life. May God open our eyes to what is happening to us and the consequences which will befall us if we don't quickly turn from this direction.
Truly, the United States of America is a great nation and its greatest days may be ahead. But in order for that to happen, it must turn from its warpath of revenge according to the Mosaic and Islamic systems and return to the commandments of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and the great apostle Paul who was commissioned to deliver the Glorious Gospel of Christ to all the nations of the world. (John 4:42; 1 John 4:14)
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom. 12:19-21, KJV)
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matt. 5:43-48, NIV)
The men who performed these horrific acts on September 11, 2001 acted out of their beast nature. They were not born from above. Will we, American Christians, fall from our heavenly estate by taking on their nature? I pray to our Father that we do not become like Yahweh's first "chosen people.
"These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men." (Isaiah 29:13; Matt. 15:8, 9, NIV)
Surely, one of the main problems America faces is that many of
its Christian leaders are filled with "rules taught by men"
and not by the principles of the New Covenant. May You, Father
give us the ability to humble ourselves before You and those we
think are our enemies that You may heap upon us beauty instead
of ashes. (See Isaiah 61) May You, Yahweh, and your Son Jesus
(Yahshua) the Messiah have mercy upon us all for without it, we
are all, friend and foe alike, hopelessly lost in darkness. Father
grant us room for repentance. Take our desire for revenge away
from us and replace it with the love of your Son for all mankind.
Give us the heart of Your Son Who had the power to lay down His
life for all of your enemies which was all of us. Open our eyes,
Lord, we want to see Jesus in places we have never seen. Amen.
The following articles will be helpful in bringing light to this great deception which has fallen upon most Christians. I hope the reader will avail themselves of all these fairly short works, especially the first one, which is nothing but scripture verses plainly showing the difference between the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant. Many Christian leaders teach that the New Covenant is the Mosaic Covenant written upon our hearts. This is utterly false and will surely quench the power of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life. If you have been taught that the New Covenant is merely the Old Covenant written upon our hearts, PLEASE, PLEASE read the following articles!)
This message is given to the world, but especially Christians in the United States by Gary Amirault on September 13, 2001 from Hermann, Missouri, the "Heartland of America."