How in the world did New York City go from the greatest “city that never sleeps” to the city that never woke up, in the state whose motto went from I Love New York to I Leave New York? Americans are voting with their feet in record numbers, fleeing blue states for red. What does that tell us? Property values are soaring in Orange County New York and Morris County New Jersey as thousands are reacting to phenomena outside their capability to comprehend, and beyond their ability to control. And the most amazing yet tragic thing of all to me is the friend who made his fortune in New York City Real Estate who cannot…or will not see the hand of God in any or all of it. And how would he…how would any of us who grew up in the promising glow of the Big Apple comprehend His hand in the chaos that has turned Times Square into a ghost town and threatens to extinguish the lights on Broadway…permanently? Start spreading the news…remember those good old days? Now, in the grand scheme of things, were we spreading news or manure? What is the really true and essential news for (your name) to know in this life…while there is still a (your name) left to know? God wants us ready…
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I read this from Lamentations in my Oswald Chambers read this morning and wept, “How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow is she, who was great among the nations! The princess among the provinces has become a slave!” Watching the sacking of our cities from within, as tragic as that is, is nowhere near as tragic as observing the posture of submission and the “just another day” response of those around me. Chambers writes, “The Bible looks upon the human race as it is as the result of a mutiny against God; consequently, you find in the Bible something you find in no other book or conception. The modern view of man is, What a marvelous promise of what he is going to be! The Bible looks at man and sees the ruin of what he once was. In the Bible everything is based on the fact that there is something wrong at the basis of things.” It grieves me beyond words to see so many fellow (New Yorkers) playing into the hands of the mutineers, by silence or consent it matters not. Please join us in Prayer & Fast Wednesday tomorrow, with prayerful focus on Lamentations 1:1-22. And 2 Samuel 3:28-29, that we as a people will ACT to encourage one another to come together as we were made to be, mindful of Whom we serve.
I’m in the middle of a conversation with a very intelligent young millennial from Michigan who is so spiritually lost he claims he doesn’t believe in God in one sentence, and then blames God for everything in another. “I don’t believe in Biblical God, but I believe in God-like creatures.” He goes on, “We are not responsible for the sins of God, our father, he must carry the weight of his own wrongdoings.” Yesterday I heard the tragic story of a once solid Christian family who watched a faithful daughter surrender her faith to a college sweetheart, while her sister rejected God and subsequently her own gender. It seems pretty clear that the church has been infiltrated by a spirit that has poisoned the well over the years, leaving the shepherds divided. There are the remnant few who have refused to allow any and all spirits antithetical to the Holy Spirit to gain any foothold whatsoever, while the majority seem to have mistaken the spirit for one that can be won over with peace, love, and understanding. And those who would sound the alarm and shine the light of truth become the threat to what has become a congregation huddled together in the dark with little or no understanding about what is really happening in the world outside. John Maxwell writes in Hope Springs Eternal, “One of the greatest gifts leaders can give to those around them is hope. Never underestimate its power. Winston Churchill was once asked by a reporter what his country’s greatest weapon was against Hitler’s Nazi regime. Without pausing for a moment, he said: ‘It was what England’s greatest weapon has always been—hope.’” Imagine what would have happened to that hope had Churchill kept his people below the streets in the air-raid shelters with no understanding of the events taking place on the streets and in the skies and world above their heads?
Leaving people in the dark without hope is the perfect breeding ground for fear. Perhaps this is why the eschatology debate has resurfaced. To my mind time spent on debating where we are relative to the end times discussed in the Bible’s last book of Revelation is like fretting over the cause of the fire while your house is on fire, rather than taking the right action to put the fire out. On the other hand, focusing, informing, and understanding the unfolding events taking place in the context of Revelation is enormously beneficial in helping the Bride with the one and ONLY thing the Bride is responsible and accountable for; to be prepared…and to be ready.
Fear is the enemy’s greatest weapon. We know we are in the final battle between the Offspring of the Woman and the offspring of the serpent, as Archbishop Vigano stated in his letter to President Trump. This is God’s fight but we are God’s army on the ground, as Scott Kesterson reminds us in Red Lines and Plumb Lines. We know the Bridegroom returns. Only the Father knows the exact day and hour. Is New York City doomed to be the lonely city of Lamentation? Famous NYC entrepreneur James Altucher seems to think so. Does it really matter to the Bride? What is VERY encouraging to me in this hour is to see a third shepherd stand up in California to proclaim, “God has not called us to be cowards.” We have to know and understand as God’s children, what matters most of all is that (your name and those you love) are standing on the Right side of the Plumb Line when the Bridegroom returns.