The crossroads has become a precipice for this generation

by Dennis Petersen

When the crossroads of decision become a precipice demanding action, only the determined, ‘all in’ warrior overcomers have any hope of seeing God’s ultimate victory.

There are plenty of Scriptural parallels in God’s recorded history of His people to give us ample insights to the challenges of our generation today.  Like God’s gift to the sons of Issachar in first Chronicles 12:32, we desire to have the insight of “understanding the times, to know what Israel – or God’s people today – ought to do.”

In previous episodes of Reclaiming Your Legacy, we’ve seen plenty of encouraging insight the Bible gives us to ‘choose this day to serve God’ as Joshua admonished the successful generation of Israel after the conquest of Canaan.  His call is clear to be courageous warriors like David and his mighty men. We must be active watchmen on the wall for our generation as Ezekiel spells out so clearly. With our Lord’s help, we all must chose to courageously refuse to bow to lies. With the boldness of the Holy Spirit filling us, we can expose demonic deeds of darkness, rather than participate with those who have been deceived.

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Thanksgiving in America – a legacy worth reclaiming

 Dr Marshall Foster, the brilliant Christian historian, American patriot, and founder of the World History Institute, was a master teacher of the story of America’s brave pioneers. His remarkable documentary called “Monumental,” produced in collaboration with patriot actor Kirk Cameron, is a profound telling of one of the best kept secrets among the historic places in the story of the birth of the American nation.

Two years before he died, Dr Foster wrote a brief summary of some of the providential events in the story that 21st century families seldom know about the people that inspired the tradition of American Thanksgiving. It was published in the March/April 2019 issue of the World History Institute as “The Pilgrims: The Untold Story.” See it at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.cloversites.com/7b/7b1202d0-06c2-40f6-b287-4071ddc76a28/documents/Mar-Apr_2019_v1r2-singles.pdf

All of Dr Foster’s journal issues are archived at World History Institute | Journals or https://worldhistoryinstitute.com/free-downloads/journals

I had the honor of getting acquainted with Dr Foster in the 1990s, and counted it a privilege to be his friend. His book, The American Covenant, was part of the history curriculum that my wife and I used to teach American history to our four children. I highly recommend you get a copy of it at https://worldhistoryinstitute.com/

Today, in honor of my favorite national holiday celebration season, I’ll share Dr. Foster’s essay with you.

While we celebrate Thanksgiving in our warm, cozy homes, most Americans who have at least some measure of Christian faith, will enjoy a feast and, perhaps even go around the table sharing some things they’re thankful for.  Some might even tell some of the story of pilgrims dressed in black and eating with Native Americans, giving thanks to God for all His blessings. But how often do we talk about the incredible struggles and the utter devastation that preceded that story?

It’s been over 400 years now since the Mayflower landed with 102 pilgrims at what become Plymouth, Massachusetts. Our celebration should remember their courage and what they made possible for us by laying down their lives as stepping stones for future generations. But we forget that the landing came after horrible persecution, trials and losses. After a treacherous 66-day journey across 2700 miles of stormy Atlantic seas, their suffering just began, as they faced even more devastation and loss during that first winter.

At a time when our nation is divided, facing unprecedented trials, and enduring so much loss, it’s easy to get depressed about a terrifying unknown future … and to almost despair.  Today we need the story of the pilgrims. As you hear the story of Thanksgiving, I pray you’ll find inspiration and courage to persevere.  We must do as they did, and fix our spiritual eyes on Jesus. He’s our only hope in times of trouble.

We would be wise to take the advice of God’s word in Deuteronomy 32:7.

“Remember the days of old; Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, your elders, and they will tell you.”

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting His glorious miracles and obeying His commands.” Psalm 78:7

The only authentic, true history of the Pilgrims who came to New England in 1620 was penned by their governor of 30 years, William Bradford. His priceless, handwritten history of Plymouth Plantation was lost, and thought to be destroyed during the American Revolution. Amazingly, a copy was found many years later in a London library, and returned to Massachusetts with great fanfare. Senator George Hoar from Massachusetts spoke that day saying that the Bradford history is, “the most precious manuscript on earth since the story of Bethlehem. This is the only authentic history of … the most important political transaction that has ever taken place on the face of the earth….”1 What follows is a brief summary of their incredible story.

During the late 16th century reign of Queen Elizabeth, a quiet revolution was taking root in minds and hearts of many people of England. For the first time in history, everyday people were reading and studying the Scriptures in their own language. Bibles were open on the counters of shops and its words discussed in the marketplace and in the streets. Groups gathered in countless cottages to listen to readings from the newly translated and available sacred text. The people began to question the arbitrary laws of the kings, queens and church prelates who enforced their self-serving religion on them at the point of a sword.

Many of these newly awakened citizens wished that England would return to the freedoms and rights of the people as revealed in Scripture. The finest of these thinkers were centered at Cambridge University and were part of a “mighty brain trust” which was “one of the most intellectually equipped in history.”2

At Cambridge University, two of the future leaders of the Pilgrims became a part of this brain trust. John Robinson, who became the scholarly mentor/pastor of the Pilgrims, excelled at Cambridge. After eleven years, he became the Dean of Corpus Christi college. William Brewster, after studying at Cambridge, accepted a position as assistant to the Secretary of Queen Elizabeth. Brewster was sent to Holland as a royal emissary and while there was given the keys to the city of Leyden.

However, soon after, a scandal erupted concerning the queen’s beheading of her cousin. Brewster’s superior, Elizabeth’s secretary, was falsely accused and thrown in the dungeon. Brewster, realizing the corruption in the court, left and returned to his home in Scrooby, England. He became the chief magistrate and genial overseer of a forty-room manor house and inn along the Old North Road, midway between Scotland and London.

Queen Elizabeth was shrewd and disciplined with a deep sense of duty to England. But she soon fell in lockstep with the other 16th century royal tyrants of Europe who had initiated a campaign to annihilate, exile or silence all the people who disagreed with them on religious matters. Millions of innocents were slaughtered as these tyrannical leaders attempted to stamp out faithful believers who were sincerely doing their best to earnestly follow the teaching of Scripture.

Elizabeth forced a severe law through Parliament in 1582. Imagine! The crown proclaimed it was treason to worship anywhere but in the queen’s Church of England. (And this was a time when pretty much everybody in society attended church on Sundays). The penalty was death if you disobeyed. She sent her archbishop to Cambridge, demanding that all students and professors be silenced on matters of religion and freedom of expression. She arrogantly declared that such thinking by the students, was “a tender matter and dangerous to weak, ignorant minds.”3

Robinson and Brewster, as young students, observed in horror as leaders of the freedom movement at Cambridge (who were accused of such treason) began to be thrown in dungeons to die, or were hanged, drawn and quartered – an unimaginably barbaric death sentence.  Robinson continued his academic career, trying to reform church standards within the established order. But, over time, he realized he must stand for the truth of Scripture which put him in direct conflict with the crown and prelates. He resigned his post as a priest in 1603. He was then defrocked and forbidden to ever speak again in public.

Brewster had come to believe, like Robinson, that he and his family must stand on biblical principle no matter the cost. Brewster opened his manor house to the Robinson family and to others who were suffering persecution. William Bradford, a young man who had been orphaned, joined the Bible studies at the Brewster home. Bradford was mentored for the next thirty-five years by William Brewster. He became a gifted scholar, the historian of the Pilgrim saga, and their governor in the New World for thirty years.

In 1603, Queen Elizabeth died without an heir, leaving James the 1st to claim the throne. Sadly, for the people of England, King James was more tyrannical than Elizabeth, especially in religious matters. James declared that he had a “divine right” to rule and claimed to be as God on earth.

The believers who met in secret by candlelight in William Brewster’s home had grown together with great love for one another and for God and His Word. In 1606 they all agreed to form a church, following the New Testament model. They wrote that they were “Shaking off this yoke of anti-Christian bondage and as the Lord’s free people [they] joined themselves (by a covenant of the Lord) into a church estate, in the fellowship of the gospel, to walk in all His ways … whatever it should cost them, the Lord assisting them.”4

Daily the persecutions, initiated by the king, increased as dozens of the Pilgrims’ friends had been arrested and were starving in dank prisons. The king’s spies were now closing in on the Scrooby congregation. Robinson and Brewster realized that they would soon be locked up. If they didn’t leave the region, they would languish the rest of their lives in some foul dungeon, or be killed.

The congregation knew they must flee. Heartbroken, in the fall of 1607, they sold their homes and possessions and secretly made their way several days through the woods to the harbor at Boston, England. They had hired a Dutch sea captain to meet them at his ship and take them to Holland. But the captain betrayed them and alerted the soldiers when they arrived. The authorities stole their goods and (as they recorded) “searched them, and rifled their persons for money, even to their innermost garments and the women beyond the bounds of modesty.”5 These innocent believers were paraded through the streets of Boston as common criminals. Then the leaders were imprisoned indefinitely. The women and children were left homeless without food or shelter.

After months in prison, the men were released. Knowing this reprieve was only temporary, the church immediately planned another escape for 1608. Once again, they were betrayed as they came to meet another hired Dutch ship in the bay. But again, the English soldiers had been alerted to the attempted escape. They surrounded and captured the terrified women and children who were in small boats. Most of the Pilgrim men were already on the ship and were forced by the captain at gunpoint to sail into the North Sea.

The ship was caught up in a gigantic hurricane that swept hundreds of ships to the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Norway. But after two weeks of horrific storms, the ship with the Pilgrim men aboard rose as it were from the grave. After another year, the English authorities, tiring of the Pilgrim women and children, sent them over to Holland. The families were re-united with great celebration in Holland, the only place on earth then that allowed religious freedom.

In Holland, they chose to settle in the city of Leyden, home of Leyden University, the most prestigious and freedom-loving university in the world at the time. Robinson and Brewster were employed at the University. Robinson taught theology and Brewster taught English to the diverse population.

Here they became a part of a unique cadre of the finest scholars from every field of study who had been assembled from all over Europe. They were reasoning through the Bible in search of wisdom for every area of life. This was made possible because, for the first time in the history of western civilization, the original Hebrew manuscripts of the Bible, especially of the Torah, were being studied by Dutch scholars like Hugo Gortius and Peter Cunaeus. Cunaeus’s book, The Hebrew Republic, was published in 1617 in Leyden while he was a professor at the Leyden university. At that very moment, John Robinson was a scholar at the University as well. It is certainly no coincidence that the successful biblical strategy of the self-governing Hebrew republic, which was being modeled in Holland, was mirrored by the Pilgrims to create the world’s most successful “model republic.”

Most of the Pilgrims, though free to worship, were thrown into poverty. They were not members of the Dutch unions and so could not take any good jobs. They and their children took any job available to survive. They took comfort in having Pastor Robinson teach them, almost daily, the Bible and its principles of freedom and constitutional, limited government modeled after the Ancient Hebrews. Bradford says that Robinson “taught them, not only in spiritual matters, but also in civil affairs.6 He taught them how to become a body politic, conducting civil government through elected representatives as taught in the Scripture.

William Brewster

William Brewster, and his Scottish friend Thomas Brewer, began the Pilgrim Press, a clandestine publishing company. They printed great books so the people could learn the liberating power of Scripture… but they were banned in England and Scotland. Many of their published books were smuggled back to England in wine barrels. But King James had sent his spies into Holland, who ruthlessly tracked down the Pilgrims, especially Brewster. In 1619, the king’s troops broke into Brewster’s home and printing press. He and his family barely escaped. The press was destroyed. Sadly, Thomas Brewer was arrested and sent back to England, where he lingered for 14 years in a dungeon. He died soon after his release. William Brewster was able to make his way to England avoiding capture traveling from place to place one step ahead of the king’s troops. The next year he was able to hide on board the Mayflower and join the vanguard of the Pilgrims who sailed to America.

By 1619, the Pilgrims faced annihilation once again. The Dutch and Spanish were about to go to war again. All religious dissenters would likely be killed, especially groups like the English exiles. The leaders gathered and decided that they should find a place to colonize where they could be free to practice their faith and teach their children. At that very moment, the undeveloped continent of America opened up before them. Edwin Sandys, a member of Parliament and friend of King James, was able to convince the king that it would be wise to give the Pilgrims a charter to settle in the New World. Little did the king know that his charter given to his avowed enemies, the Pilgrims, would ultimately result in the triumph of liberty over tyrants like himself.

All those who chose to go knew that their decision would likely result in their deaths. Several settlements had been attempted, but only the Jamestown Colony had succeeded in 1607, but with casualties of 90%. The Pilgrim response was to declare: “though they should lose their lives in this action, yet might they have the comfort of knowing that their endeavor was worthy.”7

John Robinson knew he must stay behind in Holland to care for the hundreds of believers remaining. But he sent the leaders he had prepared all those years, to be the vanguard, the pioneers of lasting liberty in the New World. Bradford records their final moments together at the dock in Holland.

“But the tide which stays for no man called them away …and their reverent pastor, falling down on his knees, and all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with most fervent prayer to the Lord and His blessing. Then with mutual embraces and many tears, they took their leave of one another — which proved to be the last leave for many of them.”8

On September 22, 1620, after several false starts, the Mayflower, a tiny former wine ship, left Plymouth, England, bound for what is modern day New York. The little ship was almost immediately swallowed by storms in the North Atlantic. The main beam cracked, and the captain told the people to prepare to meet their God. But one passenger had brought a giant building jack that was hoisted into place just in time to save the ship. After a sixty-six-day voyage, the little ship took refuge at the tip of Cape Cod. They attempted twice to go around the Cape and head south, but fierce gales drove them back.

On November 11, all the men on board signed a new plan of government because they were outside of the king’s charter. It was a covenant with God and with each other to set up a “civil body politic.” It was called the Mayflower Compact. The compact began, “In the name of God, Amen.” Here in the wilderness, a self-governing republic, under God, was created – for the first time in history. It was founded upon biblical concepts including equal rights, private property and the election of godly leaders. The world would never be the same.

Realizing that they must settle on the Cape or sail back to England where they were outlaws, William Bradford led a dozen men down the Cape in a small boat to look for a source of drinkable water. After many days searching for a place with water and fertile land, the men were shipwrecked on an island off the coast. Since the next morning was the Sabbath, they had a worship service and dedicated the day to the Lord. Then on Monday, with a broken sail and missing oars, they paddled into an unknown little harbor just three miles inland. Upon landing they saw a clear fresh stream beside an abandoned village. Later they discovered that the place had been the village of the Pawtuxet Indians who had been wiped out by a plague a few years before. The scouts made their way back to the Mayflower. Then on Christmas day, 1620, all the settlers began work on their first building in Plymouth.

That first winter was horrific. At one time, only six people could walk, nursing the rest, who lay deathly ill and freezing cold. They buried the dead in a common grave to avoid revealing their weakness to possible enemy attacks (from natives). By March, nearly half of them had died. But despite their grief, they remained strong in faith and charity. A plague broke out among the sailors on the Mayflower, which had stayed through the winter to help the Pilgrims. The women, most of whom died themselves, cared for the sailors to their peril. One dying sailor said, “We let each other lie and die like dogs but you care for one another like true Christians.”9

Amazingly, a native American, who had been captured and taken to Europe where he had learned English, walked into their camp in the spring of 1621. His name was Tisquantum, or Squanto as the Pilgrims called him. He brought the chief of the Wampanoag tribe, King Massasoit, to meet with the Pilgrims. They concluded a treaty of peace, based on equal rights and justice between their peoples. The treaty lasted for 50 years with mutual respect. That fall, — 1621 — , the Pilgrims had a harvest festival and invited Massasoit. He came with 91 braves and some venison.

However, Plymouth remained on the verge of extinction until 1623. The Pilgrims needed merchant investors to help finance the mission. The final contract with these investors was signed after they sailed to Plymouth. It obligated the settlers to work in common fields and send much of their production back to England. This communal living plan led to low productivity and near starvation. (Socialism has always failed.)

In the Spring of 1623, newly elected Governor, William Bradford, immediately abandoned the failed socialist system and assigned each family their own plot of land to farm themselves. Bradford wrote, “So, every family was assigned a parcel of land …This was very successful. It made all hands very industrious.”10 The lazy could no longer live off the labor of their diligent neighbors. The crops flourished as each family worked their own land.

Bradford then exposes the philosophy of socialism through the ages. “The failure of this experiment of communal service … proves the emptiness of the theory of Plato and other ancients … that the taking away of private property, and the possession of it in community, … would make a state happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.”11 Bradford calls the plan that had been imposed on them a “communistic plan of life.” (This was centuries before Karl Marx initiated the modern communist movement.)

Suddenly, in July and August the rain stopped. The corn began to wither before their eyes. Famine was imminent. They declared a day of fasting and prayer, asking God for His help. Their crops were revived, saving the colony. It was at this time that William Bradford declared a Day of Thanksgiving to be observed every year. From that day forward, the colony never again experienced famine.

Thousands of immigrants would follow the Pilgrims to New England in the coming years. Many would prosper and their names still shine in the pantheon of the miracle that is America. But the foundations of freedom and prosperity, including faith, a constitutional republic, free enterprise and biblical character had been set in place by these incredible yeomen from Scrooby, England.

Many of us Americans today follow the Pilgrim’s example of feasting at Thanksgiving. Too often we ignore the entire reason the Pilgrims set aside a special day. Sure, they were highly conscious of their intention to give thanks to Almighty God for His many providential interventions. But they were deeply compelled to acknowledge their utter dependence upon Him for their very existence.

While most of us today barely give a thought to where next week’s food supply comes from, we can’t even imagine a need to cry out to God for simple things like clean drinking water, a cleared spot in the forest to pitch camp, or the sight of land on the horizon in a vast empty sea after two months of enduring the darkness and cramped conditions on a wooden boat with no restroom. The Pilgrims relied upon God in their lack and they thanked Him in their abundance. Their trust was in God and not in their plentiful provisions. This reality became even more obvious in the years that came after their first Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, 90% of children living even in America today have almost no chance of ever hearing the legacy of the Pilgrims and the foundational reasons we celebrate Thanksgiving. The story is filled with more drama, suspense and the powerful discovery of God’s mercy than most of us could begin to imagine.

But none of us can do much about that, can we? The question that challenges us all, is what are we doing to make a difference in the community of where we live?  Have we even prayed about it with one other person?

There’s nothing quite like the impact we receive from hearing the true-life stories of those who’ve gone before us… They’ve experienced the guidance and provision of God.  

Psalm 77 reminds me, “I have considered the days of old, the years of long ago (v. 5)… I will earnestly recall the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will earnestly remember the wonders you performed for our fathers of old. I will meditate on all Thy work and consider all your mighty deeds. …You are the God who does wonders; you have demonstrated your power among the peoples (vs 11-14).

Is there one person on earth to whom God’s ever present Holy Spirit could lead you to share a story like this? Why not ask Him? And if nothing else, you could at least share how God’s providence has intersected your own life and the lives of some of the people whose paths you have crossed.

The drama of the lives, to whom God has shown His amazing grace and mercy, is always a rich potential to open the spiritual eyes of those who are lost in the darkness of our very confusing world. Look for some of the resources linked at the end of the transcript for today’s episode at ReclaimYourLegacy.com when you search there for “Thanksgiving in America.”

After hearing some of the Pilgrims’ story we can understand why Scripture tells us “but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (I Timothy 6:8).

Resources:

https://worldhistoryinstitute.com

https://wallbuilders.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/12/TheMeaningofThanksgiving.pdf

https://americanminute.com/pages/posts

https://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/sidefrm2.htm

footnotes:

1 Hoar, George F., The Return of the Manuscript of Bradford’s History

(Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, 1895)

2 Bartlett, Robert M., The Pilgrim Way (Pilgrim Press, Philadelphia,

1971) p. 32

3 Ibid, p. 27

4 Willison, George F., Saints and Strangers (Kingsport Press, Inc.,

Kingsport, Tenn., 1945) p. 49

5 Bartlett, Op. Cit. p. 80

6 Brown, John, The Pilgrim Fathers of New England (Pilgrim Publications,

Pasadena, Texas, 1970) p. 124

7 Bradford, William, Of Plymouth Plantation, (Reprinted by The

Vision Forum and Mantle Ministries, 1998), p.23

8 Ibid., p. 50

9 Ibid, p. 78

10 Ibid, p. 115

11 Ibid, p. 115

Tyranny or Liberty – the Choice is Yours

True Christians Obey God, Resist Corrupted Governors & Influence Their Nation for Good

Why, in 1620, did the little congregation of Pastor John Robinson’s English Christ-followers, whom we call Pilgrims, risk their lives, leaving their native land of England, to become unintended pioneers of an untamed wilderness in North America?  In a word, the motivation was tyranny – Religious tyranny.

Why, in 1776, did 30% of the British colonists in America risk their lives to declare what no people on earth had ever done to resist the ruler who dominated their private lives? Again, their motivation was tyranny – tyranny of their conscience by a greedy monarchy, preventing productive, law-abiding, God-fearing families from common natural rights.

The Role of Tyranny in God’s Providential History

Tyranny is a powerful motivator. It naturally evokes our human emotions to resist. In the 4,000 plus years since the Great Flood, almost a thousand generations of humans have experienced the rise of hundreds of tyrants.  Only among God’s chosen people, descending from Abraham, has the human family seen a divine pattern of human government! It began with Moses. It was able to inspire the Christian founders of America to form a model of human government like no other in all history.

When you take the time to survey the panorama of all human history, you can’t help but see a tapestry of divine composition. Some might simply shrug it off as ‘coincidences.’  But do we aspire to spiritual understanding, rather than thinking like a pagan “natural-man?” If so, how can we not identify that tapestry as the fingerprints of Providence Himself?  That’s why the Lord enables us to see a thoroughly unique view of human history – Providential History. The prophetic apostle Paul summarized it well to the pagan intellectuals in Athens in Acts 17. He said,

“God who made the world… (not only) gives to all life and breath and all things; He made from ONE BLOOD (understood to be Adam and Eve), every nation… on… earth, having (pre)determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation.”

Acts 17:24-26

Paul even gave us the reason God does that.  It’s expressly for the purpose that human people groups (called nations – from the word ethnos – from which we get the word ethnicity)…

“…should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, even though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our existence.”  Acts 17:27

Today, after over 1,990 years since the divine birth of the Ekklesia of Christ, the whole God-fearing world is looking to America for the last hold-out of heavenly leadership. Will America overcome a goliath that seems undefeatable – corporate global Medical Tyranny?  Unlike other forms of demonically-inspired tyranny in the past, this elite hidden tyranny has been caballed together from co-conspirators from the very gates of hell. They are mountains of domination. Like their “father of lies” – the devil himself – their consciences are seared. They have no genuine regard for human life. They openly defy the moral laws of God. They condone evil and actually criminalize acts of goodness. They mock humble servants of Jesus Christ. They actually think they can create a godless utopia that serves their lying agenda.

These engineers of what they themselves call the “global reset” have been largely out of view from most citizens.  But now they are openly strutting their agenda as if they had already achieved it.  They work through puppet magistrates like governors and legislators of rogue states. Those elected officers and appointed bureaucrats have employed openly Marxist tactics to sidestep the Constitution of We the People of the United States.

The cabal is dominated by globalist eugenicists, descended from many generations of tyrants who expect their god of enlightenment to expel Creator from His Divine rule of all creation.  Like Nazis of the past, they actually believe they can create their own man-made utopia and exterminate every human that doesn’t meet their criteria. They are supported by amoral secular scientists; by idealogue multi-national corporate moguls; and by demonically inspired religious leaders.  They’ve all been led to chant in unison to the wealthy sorcery of Big Pharma, Big Tech and Big Media. They are all pawns under the spell of a secret society. And, like the arrogant society under mighty Nimrod, just a couple centuries after The Great Flood – 4,000 years ago – they are unwittingly about to be shaken from their lofty self-deification.

As evil has increasingly manifested for all to see, the Lord has been orchestrating the exposure of it by selfless truth-seekers who value freedom of conscience over political compromise. They are about to see the Lord of heaven’s armies vindicate those choosing righteousness, and justly execute His vengeance on those choosing the idolatry of trusting in corrupted human power and reason.

What is the distinguishing characteristic of Christ’s disciples in the book of Acts in those turning points when they were transformed by the influence of the Holy Spirit?  Were they timid?  No, they were bold! Were they politically correct?  They respectfully disregarded the threats of lesser civil magistrates. They embraced their citizenship in the Kingdom of heaven. They were fundamentally and radically emboldened to speak the truth of the King of kings, no matter their risk of personal comfort.

This is a defining challenge to anyone who would claim to be a leader of Christ’s followers today. We all face unusually deceptive pressures to conform to so-called politically correct speech and behavior. True followers of God’s Messiah are searching seriously for Biblically-committed, prayer-filled spiritual mentors.  Will those mentors be discerning watchmen on the wall?  Will they warn of hidden minefields that would disarm us from being courageous warriors in a corrupt generation? This is no time for cowards. Courage must be at the top of our priority list. And when our children and grandchildren are targets of tyrants in any way, don’t think for a moment that God isn’t arousing mama bears in every corner of society to stand against these demonic serpents.

God-fearing leaders are urgently needed

The man-pleasing, anti-Christ, sin-deceived destroyers of righteousness in today’s society are being exposed.  Their wicked agendas are wide open for anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. God-fearing leaders are urgently needed. Their personal knowledge of God must be clearly reflected by wise insight… as much as at any time in history. 

Our faith communities must reflect the wisdom and power of God

The spiritual harbors that we experience locally must cultivate teachable men with masculine courage to lead us in our enduring lifestyle of contrite repentance. Did you get that?

Will our leaders be humble to invite us to join them to intercede and pray first for our nation’s leaders and our continued freedom to disciple the nations with the gospel of the kingdom of God?

Will they lead us wisely to bow to no king but Jesus and have no idolatrous gods in place of our Redeemer-Creator? 

Will they prove their loyalty to the absolute authority and reliability of God’s Holy Word? 

Will they lead us to discipleship training that will build our confidence in the Bible?

Are they filled with God’s Spirit, demonstrated by boldness to speak truth in the face of the devil’s deceiving influences?

Does their boldness and confidence lead us to humbly approach the throne of grace, anticipating that we will find grace to help in our times of need and healing for our broken lives?

To honor Christ and disciple the nation – our own nation first – we must be willing to be discipled. That desire must be one of our highest priorities.  When we, as individual followers of Jesus, are in the process of being discipled, then we can be trustworthy disciple-makers of our families.  Then we can expect the church – the Ekklesia – to be walking in discipleship authority and receive Christ’s power to use His spiritual gifts in us to bring glory to Him. And then we can expectantly disciple those in our communities whom the Lord uses us to draw to Himself. This is the reality of healthy communities of true believers who become beacons of light to the “ethnos” community of our regions and nations. Nothing in the Bible would lead us to expect anything less.  And that’s why we participate in the policy-making decisions of our communities however God leads us. At a minimum we must take seriously the privilege of being an informed voter.

That might mean we must exhort some of our church leaders to consider their responsibility in this dimension of life.

My friend, pastor Scott Lively says,

“Pastors who refuse to address the threats of the world that their congregants must cope with in their lives outside the church are not good shepherds, no matter how well they may teach the text of the Bible from the pulpit.”  

pastor Scott Lively

We can understand the disenchantment some citizens have with the contemporary regime’s corrupted system of elections. But that’s no excuse to abdicate our duty to our families to do what we can to let our voices be heard. What are you going to say to your children’s children when they ask you, “what did you do to stand against the tyrants of your day?”

The Spotlight is on our options of Good vs Evil

Never before in our lifetime has an election season spotlighted, with laser beam focus, the moral and spiritual issues made plain in the Bible. And never before, have two diametrically opposing party platforms, championed such clear distinctions between the forces of good and God, and the forces of evil and the devil.  This is not just an opinion. It’s obvious for all to see. Just look at their publicly published words, policies and actions.

One stands unwaveringly for the sanctity of life… the other promotes outright murder of babies.

One confidently declares allegiance to God – even frequently showing honor for Jesus the Messiah… The other fully embraces a party platform that removed ‘one nation under God’ from their pledge of allegiance and surrounds itself with avowed Marxists, openly committed to anti-Christian atheism.

One vigorously defends the constitutional principle that our ‘civil rights’ come from God as humans… the other supports the position that the government gives us those rights.

One receives wide support from law enforcement groups because of their clear support of the Biblical concept of personal property… the other avoids making a clear stand for protection of law-abiding citizens, but rather makes ridiculous excuses for anarchists to exercise their destructive behavior.

One has persisted in strengthening our nation’s borders and maintaining lawful control over immigration to keep our nation sovereign.  The other is determined to let our borders be overrun by masses of illegals, providing cover for human traffickers and drug cartels.

One is determined to restore the honor of our nation’s pride in our history, and school choice. The other has relentlessly supported the teaching of revisionist history and the secular monopoly on education.

One has already demonstrated their support for less government, lower taxation and greater accommodation to free enterprise and American jobs. The other actually promises to raise your taxes and makes policies to take more job opportunities away to foreign nations.

One favors American military strength and vows to continue supporting peace through strength, without entanglements in unnecessary foreign wars. The other is committed to the failed policies of prior administrations, involved in endless foreign conflicts at the needless expense of thousands of brave American soldiers.

The list could go on for many pages. Everyone with a basic understanding of Biblical concepts of ethics, morality, and honorable patriotism can see the sharp polarization between the choices that American voters have to make.

Knowing that only 50% of American Christian adults are even registered to vote, and that only half of them typically show up for even national elections, do you think we can make some effort to nudge some of them to participate in the choices for their future?

Consider these Fundamental Differences: Choose This Day –Right or Left?

The Conservative Right –                                               The Radicalized Left

preserve the good, then progress.                    tear down working systems

Faith in God (Highest Authority is God)                  Faith in Humanism (Highest Authority is Man)

Real Truth is binary (Truth/Lies are real)                Relative Truth (We all have our own truth)

Family Values (Fortify Families)                         Family Fluidity(Anything goes)

Traditional Morality (Common Sense)        Inverted Morality(Anything Goes)

Freedom (from Sin)                                                         Freedom (to Sin)

Sexual Responsibility                            anything Goes Sexuality-No Restraints

Male and Female – God’s Design                         Gender Spectrum-100 genders

True Stewards (Dominion Mandate) Rad Green(Mother Earth 1st-Man 2nd)

Compassion for Mothers & Unborn      Unrestricted Abortion killing babies

Limited Government                                                      Maximal Government – Eventual Globalization

Free Enterprise                             Socialism (Government controls Everything)

Personal Generosity                          State-controlled Distribution of Wealth

Equal Opportunity                                       Equal Outcome (Gov’t Intervention)

Justice (Good Rewarded/Evil Punished)       Pseudo-Justice (as ruled by Gov’t)

Open Dialog/Freedom of Speech         political Correctness, Coercion ‘Cancel’

Restrain Drugs, Prostitution&Crime   Promote Drugs, Prostitution&Crime

Mostly Humble People (Working Class)                   Controlled by Power Elite

The Published Agenda of Communism

Cleon Skousen published the book “The Naked Communist” in 1962. On 10 January 1963, the official communist goals, as published and exposed by this book, were read into the Congressional Record. These are a few selected items from the published communist Agenda:

•   Gain control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism …get control of Teachers Associations. Put the party line in Textbooks.

•   Gain control of all student newspapers.

•   Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions.

•   Gain control of key positions in radio, T.V. and motion pictures.

•   Continue discrediting culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression …eliminate all good sculpture from park and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

•  Control art critics and directors of Art Museums. Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsiveness and meaningless art.

•   Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them censorship and a violation of free speech and free press.

•  Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and T.V.

•  Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as normal, natural and healthy.

•  Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with Social Religion. Discredit the Bible.

•  Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand, or treat.

•  Dominate the psychiatric profession and use Mental Health Laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals.

•  Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

• Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to the suppressive influence of parents.

Cleon Skousen – “The Naked Communist”

Those are just a selection from the Communist Agenda as published in “The Naked Communist” over 58 years ago.

The Humanist Agenda

Over 25 years ago, the Humanist Agenda was widely published by Christian ministries like Frontline Ministries, led by my friend in South Africa, Dr. Peter Hammond.  Here are some of its tenants:

Man is a product of evolutionary chance and this theory must be taught as a fact of science in schools and in the media.

Education should be controlled by the State.

Education should be secular, free of moral absolutes and non-Christian.

Sex Education in schools should be compulsory.

Pornography should be allowed as ‘free speech’.

Abortion is ‘a woman’s right’.

Homosexuality is an acceptable ‘alternative lifestyle’.

Criminals are ‘victims of society’ requiring treatment and rehabilitation.

The right of citizens to obtain, own and use firearms for self-defense must be limited and eventually eliminated.

All power and authority must gradually and progressively be centralized in big government.

See “Agenda – Grinding America Down”

If you have not had the opportunity to see Agenda: Grinding America Down and Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit, you need to. Dr. Ted Baehr of Movie-guide, reviews the documentary film in these words: “Agenda is the most powerful expose of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far. The documentary presents the connections between the different communist, socialist, progressive organizations with great clarity and shows how they have implemented their agenda to dismantle American patriotism, morality and spirituality.”

The LORD of Hosts – the God of Angel Armies – is fully capable of parting the Red Sea, of Destroying Goliath, of preserving Queen Esther’s fellow Israelites.  All of those acts of God involved the participation of lowly servants willing to step up to the call of God in their generation.

What are your options?

 Just remember this – America is an idea founded by God-fearing Pilgrims and Patriots who were willing to die for the Bible principle of civil order, based on the fact that we are all answerable to our Creator and Judge. America has no king but “WE THE PEOPLE.”  America was never set up to be ruled by a democratic mob. It was a Republic from the start – set up on principles of checks and balances with a firm reliance on Divine Providence. Regardless of our doctrinal differences, if God-fearing people, who at least have a respect for the concept of accountability for what we do in this life, don’t willingly do their part to think through the issues and vote with their conscience, that means we give up our society to insanely demon-controlled “elites.”   

Are you prepared to shoulder the responsibility for that choice?

What actions can each of us take to recover from the terrible devastation that continues to be suffered in our land because millions of otherwise ‘good’ people choose not to participate in their community, their state, and their nation’s critical policy decisions?

First, we must take a little time to seek out a like-minded friend, and, together, find a local voter guide to help us be informed to make voting choices that we can be reasonably confident are in harmony with our values and convictions. Be sure you understand the propositions on your local ballot. Sometimes the wording can be confusing, making your “yes” vote end up being against what you thought the issue was all about.

We must soberly review the platforms of the parties to which the candidates are submitted. A good place to see details is the website of Family Research Council at www.frcaction.org/platforms.

We must determine to vote only for those with basic biblical values in every contest. Why would any true Christian ever favor a known atheist communist to represent him in any office?

We must print and review a sample personal ballot to get familiar with the positions and propositions for which we’re deciding our choices.

We must take at least some time to know the key candidates by reading their websites, and asking our questions at public candidate forums.

We must think honestly about why we are deciding to vote for the choices we make, and remember that we are answerable to God and to our families.

Vote in person. Vote early if possible. Avoid mail-in ballots, if possible, to secure your vote.

Take your time at the voting booth to vote for every race on the ballot, including any non-partisan races or propositions at the bottom of the ballot.

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”   Henry Kissinger

Your liberties, your life, the lives of your children, are all at risk here, NOT from COVID, but from Medical Tyranny!  And if you’re listening, it should be apparent to you that things are going to get a lot worse, before they get better.  And they will NEVER get better if a significant portion of the American public does not rise up, as other nation’s citizens have, and respectfully but firmly declare: WE WILL NOT COMPLY!  That starts with actively voting in local elections every time we have the opportunity.

Over 246 years ago, our nation’s founders made banners declaring “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”

The American people are at a crossroads, and they must choose either liberty, or slavery. There are no polite political solutions left. The corrupted distortions of the media have so many stupid people succumbing to fear. Why do you think governments are preparing for massive civil disobedience? Pray with others that peace and civility are maintained.  Remember, the tyrants are outnumbered, and they can NOT rule over us if we refuse to obey. They are outnumbered, and they know it.

A significant portion of your fellow citizens today will always choose slavery over freedom in exchange for perceived “safety” because they are cowards.  But if you’re wondering what it will take to stop this madness, remember that it does NOT take a majority of the public to transform a society.  It just takes a generation willing to fight for righteousness and peace.  Jesus started with only 12 students.

While God’s people rally to pray and intercede Biblically for God’s protection for the just and justice for enemies of truth, we must realize that as society is pushed to a breaking point, it takes less than 5% to build major movement in the right direction. When 10% actively resist, you will see a full-blown revolution. This is why we all need to be humbly calling our like-minded friends to pray, even if our church leaders are not doing it. Pray Biblically from Psalms for the deliverance of God’s people and the rightfully deserved justice upon His enemies.

When American colonists were being murdered by British troops at the dawn of the Revolution, the pastor at an historic meeting (the 1st Continental Congress) read the Bible Psalm in the Book of Common prayer for the day (September 7, 1774). It was Psalm 35. Hear some key parts of it.

A Psalm of David – Psalm 35

1 Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me.

4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.

6 Let their way be dark and slippery, With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.

8 Let destruction come upon him unawares, And let the net which he hid catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall.

26 Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress; Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.

27 Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.”

28 And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long.

Returning to our Roots is Imperative for Survival of our civil society

God had great purpose in the founding of America, where in 1607 America’s founders at Jamestown debarked, erected a cross, knelt, received communion, and pledged:

“We do hereby Dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land…be Evangelist to the World. May all who see this Cross, remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit join us in this Covenant …”

founders of Jamestown, Virginia – 1607

While contemporary America has drifted far from its Founders’ mission statement, the present days of adversity are reshaping a people called by Christ’s name. If by God’s grace, we see any reprieve through this election, let us not make the mistake of going right back to “normal” when the hard times seem to retreat. We must keep building on Jesus’ Kingdom Ekklesia assignment put forth in Matthew 16:18

“I will build My church (My Ekklesia) and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus of Nazareth

The Prayer of the First Continental Congress included Psalm 35 (from https://plymrock.org/first-prayer-of-the-continental-congress-1774/)

The date was September 7, 1774 when Jacob Duche arrived before the Continental Congress.  He read several Prayers in the established form and then read the Psalter for the 7th of September which was the 35th Psalm.  Adams writes to Abigail “you must remember this was the next morning after we had heard of the cannonade of Boston.”  He then added, “it seemed as if Heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on that morning.”

Adams went on to say “After this, Mr. Duche unexpectedly to everybody, struck out into extemporary Prayer, which filled the bosom of every man present… It had excellent effect upon every body here.”

Adams then quotes from part of Psalm 35 to his wife Abigail: “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me; fight against them that fight against me; take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help; draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them.”

As recorded by Headley, Duche’ prayed:

“O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty, King of kings and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth, and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all kingdoms, empires and governments, look down, we beseech thee, on these our American States, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor, and thrown themselves on thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee – to thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause – to thee do they now look up for that countenance and support which thou alone canst give.  Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care, give them wisdom in council, and valor in the field.  Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries.  Convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause, and if they still persist in their sanguinary purpose, O let the voice of thine own unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle.

Be thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable Assembly.  Enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed – that order, harmony, and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety may prevail and flourish amongst thy people.  Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds.  Shower on them and the millions they here represent such temporal blessings as thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come.  All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son, our Savior. Amen.”

This was one of those moments in history that captured the moving of God’s Spirit.  Washington was there with Patrick Henry, John Randolph, Richard Henry Lee and John Jay along with John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts.  In all, 56 delegates from every colony except Georgia attended.  John Adams wrote “It was enough to melt a heart of stone.  I saw the tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave Pacific Quakers of Philadelphia.”  Amazingly, Jacob Duche, who had been used so mightily in that hour and throughout the year of 1775, when he saw things go badly in 1776 and 1777, turned away from his country, ran to the British, and fled Philadelphia for England.  But let us remember that God reigns, not mankind.  The Scripture read by Duche, ordained by God, and then spontaneously prayed, inspired a group of patriots who began their deliberations on their knees.  This is what must happen again – oh may the Spirit of God fill delegates and move our Congressional halls again!

Why Christians must Engage the Culture to Influence voting in America?

The fact that the battle to preserve our society of liberty is a spiritual war against demonic principalities in high places is more evident now than ever before in our lifetime.  The question is – will God’s people who are called by His name not only humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, but will they be the preserving salt of influence on our society or will they continue to be ‘trampled’ by society’s mountains of influence?

The Power of Keeping People in Darkness (ignorant)

The gross darkness of ignorance that prevails in today’s world results from one thing: deliberate re-education.  Historic disciples of Marx, Lenin and Mao know very well that society-wide ignorance depends on the perversion of true history, and the censoring of moral truth found in God’s Word.  Paul insisted that Christ followers “prove all things.” Why?  Faith (in God, the Bible or all truth) comes by hearing the Word of God! Without a clear and spoken declaration of relevant, Christ glorifying words (Rhema) of God’s timeless truth, people are lost in confusion, deception, and pop culture entertainment. It’s all devoid of substance that challenges us to seek God.

We Americans are facing an imminent election that’s more crucial to our freedom and well-being than likely any election in our nation’s history. Yet, the mountainous influence of the main stream media, big tech and big pharma have effectively divided us politically by a total charade. It’s a completely corrupt series of schemes to confuse and divide us, making us unable to see that we’ve been cut loose from our anchors of morality, historic roots and God’s truth.

Only 6% of Americans hold to a Biblical worldview

Only 6% of American adults, and only 2% of American millennials actually hold to the very basics of a Biblical worldview (according to reports of Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center).  That’s pretty disturbing news, since 61% still claim to be Christian.

The definition of a biblical worldview included affirmation of these basic doctrines:

  • First, the existence of absolute morals communicated through Scripture.
  • Second, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life.
  • Third, God is the all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today.
  • Fourth, salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned.
  • Fifth, Satan is real.
  • Sixth, Christians have a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people.
  • And seventh, the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.

The 6% of Americans who have a Biblical worldview represents a drop-off from 9% in 2009, reports Barna.

After seeing these kinds of statistics reporting the dismal record low of citizens in USA who embrace Biblical Christianity, we need to honestly recognize that our culture has created a very shallow approach to whole truth.  Many Christians today have a lot of misconceptions about Scripture. They establish beliefs about truth based on misquoted verses without full context, because they’ve been taught by preachers who miss the balance of God’s righteous requirements with the amazing mercy of His grace.

Look at some Examples of misguided beliefs

** “in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).  It’s focused on “me” – personal fuzzy feeling about God’s care.  But what happens when we read the whole context?  Acts 17:23b-28…

“What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.  The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  And he made from one man every nation (ethnos) of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ as even some of your own poets have said, For we are indeed his offspring.”

** “if my people humble themselves and pray and seek my face… then will I hear from heaven and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.  Repentance directed by our humble free will is a noble principle we are encouraged by here… but read the whole context starting at verse 13 and then on to verse 19-22.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence (plague) among my people, if my people who are called by my name 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. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now, I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. And as for you, if you will walk before me as David your father walked, doing according to all that I have commanded you and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man to rule Israel.’

 “But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And at this house, which was exalted, everyone passing by will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore, he has brought all this disaster on them.’”

** “the truth shall make you free…” John 8:32. We must read the whole statement of Jesus starting at verse 31.

So, Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The Deranged Strategy of Exalted Demonic Powers in High Places

Today’s Democrat Party is, for all practical purposes, insane – or as President Trump put it, ‘totally, stone-cold crazy.’

“Democrats demonize and ‘defund’ the police that protects them and then complain when crime skyrockets. They encourage violent communist-anarchist mobs to burn down our cities.  They insist they can change the earth’s weather by adopting a bizarre totalitarian-socialist program that would destroy our economy and annihilate individual rights. They believe convicted terrorists should be allowed to vote from prison. They believe a beautiful, full-term human baby about to be born, can be slaughtered at will. They disagree with God, insisting that there are dozens of different genders – and that men can get pregnant. That is insane.”

What’s happening in the Party of Derangement?

World Net Daily editor, David Kupelian, writes in his essay about the Trojan horse of our time:

 “Today’s Democrat Party has become possessed by the dark revolutionary spirit of Marxism, which in reality is based on hatred and rebellion against God, against His commandments, against His morality, against the very idea of objective truth. Marxists want their own truth, their own laws, their own morality, their own biology, their own science, their own heaven … on earth. They want nothing to do with the Judeo-Christian values that have long served as the moral foundation of America – which they openly hate.  And yet, these are the very people who believe they’re much more intelligent and moral than you, and who, in just a few weeks, fully intend to take over America forever.”

Forever?

Rush Limbaugh, before the 2020 election, put it starkly: “If the Democrats win, that’s the end of democracy. It’s the end of the two-party system. We’re going to have a one-party government that is going to devote itself to eliminating all opposition. That’s what’s at stake. If they win, I think the Republican Party essentially ceases to exist.”

How is that even possible, seeing as America has been a two-party system for centuries?

“One of the first things they will do,” explained Limbaugh, “is grant statehood to D.C. and Puerto Rico, and that will give them four Democrat senators. They will never lose control of the Senate. They will never lose control of the House. They will pack the Supreme Court with who knows how many new justices, and they’ll all be left-leaning justices. And it won’t take them long to do any of this. And after they’ve done it, there will be a one-party state. The United States will be a one-party government.”

If that prospect seemed real in 2020, what are all of us are seeing more clearly now? The wicked controlling powers of society at all levels of politics, information distribution, and corporate business have mesmerized most of the population. We’ve been conditioned not to think for ourselves with so much as good old common sense.

A Clear Prayer for God to Rise Up Against the Wicked!

If we American Christians do not persistently petition our Lord for His mercy, guidance, and protection for our nation, and do everything in our strength to use our God given abilities and influence to urge fellow citizens to actively vote, the influential ‘gates of hell’ will corruptly steal not only the coming election.  If we do not get deeply serious about being the beacons of light to our communities – ongoing from here on – our feeble testimony will be squelched by tyrants who hate God and hate you.

Psalm 94:16-17 “Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?  If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.”

Tyranny requires that the truth be silenced, that real history be erased and rewritten, that speech be restricted, and that individual thought be silenced.

In this time of constant turmoil, false flags, wars, civil unrest, and now internal bio-terrorism and manufactured pandemics, a major agenda of the demonically influenced state’s ruling class is to silence all dissent, and mandate conformity.  And remember, the reason many of us live in denial about the reality of that, is because of the natural human inclination toward “normalcy bias.” Our brains are wired to resist change. But there is a globalist ruling class, whether we want to believe it or not. But, what many of us miss is that Jesus IS King of all earthly kings. He is the one who sets up kings and brings kings down. And Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. And He has delegated spiritual authority to His disciples. Not to use randomly but to exercise on behalf of the direction of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and will never leave us or forsake us.

It is imperative, considering a tyranny’s plan for total control, that it stifles criticism and retains the power to control the mainstream narrative, while aggressively eliminating all other resistance and questioning.

This is the state of the world that we live in today. As things continue to deteriorate, nonconformity cannot be allowed if global governance and a global reset are to be successful.

Current censorship has reached levels not seen in the past

… and with all the advanced technology available, this despicable plot to silence thinkers and hide the truth could affect all forms of speech.

It is getting much more difficult to find truthful information, as those like Google, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and others are deleting content and access to content at a scorching pace.  A day rarely goes by without something we are reading or researching on these sites is taken down or hidden.

This has already led to a world consumed by propaganda alone!  Only the state narrative is presented on most of the mainstream easily accessible media formats.  You have to really dig if you want to hear honest, second opinion sources of information on just about any topic.

A Change in our listening habits must be Top Priority

You Must reset your inputs.  Turn off network media channels and learn to regularly – daily if possible – listen to trustworthy voices reporting what God is doing and prophetically inspiring His servants to speak into our culture.  Access not only conservative voices like Dennis Prager and Tucker Carlson, but find Christ-honoring voices you can resonate with. And you’ll have to establish Internet connections to Free-speech platforms like Brighteon, Bitchute, Rumble. Roku is a good system to connect with many we’ve appreciated like “And We Know,” “Flashpoint,” and Frank Speech.  Charlie Kirk, Mario Murillo, Lance Wallnau, and Pastors Jack Hibbs and Rob McCoy.  Look up their posts and channels on YouTube and spend serious time catching up with truth-filled insights that will inspire you, equip you, and inform you with God’s perspective on what’s going on in your world and how to navigate it.

This is our real and dangerous situation because doctrines of demons are out to destroy mankind

It’s especially ominous, considering the likelihood that through vaccination or other methods, much of the population could soon become subject to transhuman experimentation where injectable nanoparticles and chips could be used to alter human behavior.

Corrupted Power is always troubled by any that dare to think and dare to question

This is not a new phenomenon, as tyrants throughout human history have censored writing and speech in order to protect their power structure.

In ancient times and not so ancient times, books were forcibly burned to keep the populace from having access to any material that was not acceptable by the throne or by the current political authority.

In cases of resistance to ‘high’ authority, many were also killed by the state, and in many cases these ‘cleansings’ were targeted to the educated class, because they had the capability to think critically and express their ideas publicly. If you’re not informed about the historic period of the Reformation, start watching the historic dramas on RedeemTV.com. The period of European history beginning in the 1300s with John Huss and John Wycliffe going into the 1500s with Martin Luther and William Tyndale is one of the most heroic episodes of God’s providential guidance of human history. It makes you realize more powerfully the fact of the hand of God in human society’s experience as recorded in Acts 17 when Paul spoke about God determining the times of nations and the bounds of their habitation (Acts 17:26).

Those that held power by force of arms would never allow criticism and dissent, because that could lead to hostility and insurrection by the people.

In this time of Covid and this fake virus pandemic, things have changed in part, but much is as it has always been throughout history.

Money, power, and control have always been the key concerns of the ruling class. But the methods to keep that power and control have changed. Instead of the sword and guillotine, propaganda and fear have become the primary tools used to fool the people into compliance. In order for propaganda to work, elimination of dissent is imperative.

Censorship plays a huge role in any effort to gain support of the masses, because without the possibility to reach the bulk of the people, the truth tellers become marginalized, and are shunned and ridiculed as troublemakers and conspiracy theorists.

The Broadest Mind Control Effort in Planet Earth’s History

The biggest censorship push in history is taking place today, which means that the biggest propaganda push is also underway.

This false flag event called the coronavirus pandemic is not about one king seeking control over his subjects, but is about the few globalist elitists attempting to take over the entire planet. There is no question that they are demonically inspired.

This is a global effort that is run by the few top claimed elites, with their tentacles of power reaching almost every country on earth through control of the banks, corporations, foundations, and the entire political class system.

Many have fought and died in order to protect free speech, but all speech is now under attack by the forces of evil.

If the globalists were to have their way, free speech would be lost forever.

This is the world of the Internet and computerized system saturation. Censorship today takes on a new sophisticated look through so called “fact checkers” and compliance to “community standards” but it’s meant to accomplish the same goals as in the past.

Blacklisting users, blocking content, and algorithmic manipulation allow for the state to control information, and with that control of information, it stands to reason that the general public will then be easier to manipulate and keep in check.

The acceptance of tracking and tracing technology, continued isolation, vaccines capable of altering the DNA structure of individuals, chips and dyes mimicking the mark of the beast, and a continued state of fear will lead to an end of what our society has long considered the state of normalcy.

The result sought is a new order, a “new normal,” that will be totally controlled by ruling ‘experts’ claiming to be able to sustain you, protect you, appease you, meet all your needs, and eliminate your worries.

This system is called technocracy, and is dependent on a societal class fully controlled by an upper class.

Does this sound familiar? It should, as that is what all tyrants want, but in this day and age, it will look much different.

All of this relies on a willing public

And in order to achieve that total compliance on a scale this large, the human spirit must be broken, and love, family, emotion, responsibility, open communication, mass gatherings, and debate must be squelched.

Once the pathetic masses accept this ruse, and acquiesce to the mandates coming, they will be transformed into a machine-like state through technological manipulation claiming to make life easier, safer, and more convenient.

A totally digitized system is necessary in order to retain constant control. This may sound outlandish, like a dystopian science fiction novel.  But it is exactly what is happening right in front of all of us.

Will Christ’s Faithful Followers Do What Past Faithful Heroes Did?

A completely new world is coming upon us for a limited time.  It happens by eliminating truth, eliminating our historical roots, and hiding all that is real and honest.  What is left is a fantasy, but this fantasy will be deadly.  Only those who, like the Pilgrims of Plymouth, are willing to form local bonds of true Ekklesia fellowship community and educate their children according to God’s Biblical truth will avoid the fate of Lot’s wife. She was consumed by her own longing for the shiny objects of this world rather than follow God’s escape route into the unknown. Abram followed God to a destination unknown that was predetermined by God alone.  And we have been given Abraham’s faith to trust God for our destination, no matter what happens in the world around us.

Seek the truth, seek honesty, ask questions, and believe nothing unless it can be personally verified. Do not allow the takeover of your lives by these monsters claiming to be your saviors.

We now know the plans of the enemies of freedom – the enemies of God.  It is absolutely foolish for Christians (the 50% who don’t vote in elections because doing their civic, constitutional duty is somehow beneath their dignity) to think they can continue their worldly guided behavior and not be accountable to God for it. They are assigned by Jesus to be preservative ‘salt’ to their culture. That takes deliberate effort. They are modern day equivalents to Ezekiel’s watchman on the wall.  They will be judged for their inaction when they could have prevented the destruction of their peers.

They have failed to think…

What would their family’s life be like IF BLM, Inc invaded their neighborhoods?

What will they do when tyrannical bureaucrats marginalize honest citizens who conscientiously choose to opt out of arguably dangerous public health mandates?

In controversial times, we must prayerfully think! And think extra hard before we act.

You and I can’t force someone to adopt an opinion against their will. “A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still!”  Don’t even try to do it. Refuse to argue with fools who embrace death over life, license over responsibility, and promised safety over daring to risk our temporal comforts.

Only God’s Spirit Can Open Our Spiritual Eyes that have been blinded by Deception

We are seeing publicly the open expression of ‘doctrines of demons’ – hellish teachings popularly accepted as correct for the masses. But you are a chosen generation; a distinct people for God’s own possession; to shine forth His redeeming and purifying light in the midst of darkness. Focus on truth and share it with those willing to receive it.

Just ask yourself; what is the chief aim of following Jesus?  Abundant life and knowing God intimately.

Ask; what is the chief aim of the devil?  To steal, kill and destroy.

What is the genius of the US constitution?  God is our King.  We have freedom of thought to be citizens – we the people – free to pursue a life of God’s order under a Biblically inspired nation of written laws – God’s 10 commandments. Righteous truths are eternally self-evident, teaching people to learn self-restraint. The unrighteous require external controls that can’t be enforced without draconian, anti-God restraints.

The mask and personal physical distancing rules by human governors do not recognize “natural laws of God’s creation.” Those natural laws are so obvious, that to ignore them, becomes absurdly stupid.  Not only do such foolish restraints endanger humans physically amid a sea of constantly changing opinions, they dehumanize personal relationships, leading to all manner of social and mental disorders.  If you doubt the fallacies of such conclusions, take the time to watch censored research reporters like those featured on TheHighWire.com, NaturalNews.com, and HealthImpactNews.com. Be informed by honest dissenters from the mainstream.

God is giving all of us an opportunity to influence the outcome of our nation because He commanded His disciples to actually disciple the nations of the world.  And that is possible because He proclaimed that all authority had been given to Him. Do you honestly believe that? Then why not make every effort to participate in the process of determining the leadership of your own nation under God?  Vote for freedom of conscience and the liberty to proclaim the truth of God.  You’re voting for a platform of principles, not for a personality. This is a rare opportunity in our generation. We now have a crossroads before us where every vote counts. Who, in their right mind, wants to throw their vote away by either not voting or voting for a platform determined to enslave all humanity by a globalist agenda? 

Only by constant intercession for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven… for His Kingdom to invade our earthly community… for His enablement to guide us to speak the truth to enlighten the darkness… these must be our priorities in each day God gives us breath. 

 Psalm 95:10b-15 promises us with consolation:

“He who teaches man knowledge—the LORD—knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath. Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.  For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage; for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.”

Ref. https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/many-have-fought-and-died-in-order-to-protect-free-speech-but-the-biggest-censorship-push-in-history-is-taking-place-today/

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Bonus Segment

In our bonus segment today, I’m providing you a report from HealthImpactNews.com contributing author, Gary Barnett. Gary’s comments are so timely and helpful for those with ears to hear to alert us how to pray and act in the challenges facing us all.  Listen.  

Erasing History and Erasing Truth: Censorship and Destroying Records Is the Cornerstone of Tyrants

“If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”

~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty ch. 2 (1859)

By Gary D. Barnett  https://healthimpactnews.com/2020/many-have-fought-and-died-in-order-to-protect-free-speech-but-the-biggest-censorship-push-in-history-is-taking-place-today/
Lewrockwell.com

Tyranny requires that the truth be silenced, that real history be erased and rewritten, that speech be restricted, and that individual thought be silenced.

In this time of constant turmoil, false flags, wars, civil unrest, and now internal bio-terrorism and manufactured pandemics, a major agenda of the state apparatus is to silence all dissent, and mandate conformity.

It is imperative considering the state’s plan for total control that it stifles criticism and retains the power to control the mainstream narrative, while aggressively eliminating all other resistance and questioning.

This is the state of the world that we live in today. As things continue to deteriorate, nonconformance cannot be allowed if global governance and a global reset are to be successful.

Current censorship has reached levels not seen in the past

Current censorship has reached levels not seen in the past, and with all the advanced technology available, this nefarious plot to silence the thinkers and hide the truth could affect all forms of speech.

It is getting much more difficult to find truthful information, as those like Google, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and many other venues are eliminating content and access to content at a blistering pace.

A day rarely goes by without something I am reading or researching on these sites being taken down or hidden.

This can only lead to a world consumed by propaganda alone, thus guaranteeing that only the state narrative will be presented in any mainstream or easily accessible format.

This is a dangerous situation, especially considering the likelihood that through vaccination or other methods, much of the population could soon become subject to transhuman experimentation where injectable nanoparticles and chips could be used to alter human behavior.

Tyrants throughout human history have censored writing and speech in order to protect their power structure

This is not a new phenomenon, as tyrants throughout human history have censored writing and speech in order to protect their power structure.

Power is always troubled by any that dare to think, and any that dare to question.

In ancient times and not so ancient times, books were burned to keep the populace from having access to any material that was not acceptable by the throne or by the current political authority.

In cases of resistance to ‘high’ authority, many were also killed by the state, and in many cases these ‘cleansings’ were targeted to the educated class, because they had the capability to think critically and express their ideas publicly.

Those that held power by force of arms would never allow criticism and dissent, because that could lead to hostility and insurrection by the people.

In this time of Covid and this fake virus pandemic, things have changed in part, but much is as it has always been throughout history.

This is one reason that history is so important, because regardless of progress and innovation, the underlying motives of the ruling class have changed little over time.

Money, power, and control have always been the key concerns of the ruling class, it is just that the methods to keep that power and control have changed.

Instead of the sword and guillotine, propaganda and fear have become the primary tools used to fool the people into compliance. In order for propaganda to work, elimination of dissent is imperative.

Censorship plays a huge role in any effort to gain support of the masses, because without the possibility to reach the bulk of the people, the truth tellers become marginalized, and are shunned and ridiculed as troublemakers and conspiracy theorists.

Many have fought and died in order to protect free speech, but the biggest censorship push in history is taking place today

The biggest censorship push in history is taking place today, which means that the biggest propaganda push is also underway.

This false flag event called the coronavirus pandemic is not about one king seeking control over his subjects, but is about the few attempting to take over the entire planet.

This is a global effort that is run by the few top claimed elites, with their tentacles of power reaching almost every country on earth through control of the banks, corporations, foundations, and the entire political class system.

Many have fought and died in order to protect free speech, but all speech is now under attack by the forces of evil.

If the globalists have their way, free speech will be lost forever.

This is the world of the Internet and computerized system saturation. Censorship today takes on a new look meant to accomplish the same goals as in the past.

Blacklisting users, blocking content, and algorithmic manipulation allow for the state to control information, and with that control of information, it stands to reason that the general public will then be easier to manipulate and keep in check.

The acceptance of tracking and tracing technology, continued isolation, vaccines capable of altering the DNA structure of individuals, chips and dyes mimicking the mark of the beast, and a continued state of fear will lead to an end of normalcy.

The result sought is a new order, a “new normal,” that will be totally controlled by ruling ‘experts’ claiming to be able to sustain you, protect you, appease you, meet all your needs, and eliminate your worries.

This system is called technocracy, and is dependent on a societal class fully controlled by an upper class.

Does this sound familiar? It should, as that is the want of all tyrants, but in this day and age, it will look much different.

All of this relies on a willing public

All of this relies on a willing public, and in order to achieve that total compliance on a scale this large, the human spirit must be broken, and love, family, emotion, responsibility, open communication, mass gatherings, and debate must be squelched.

Once the pathetic masses accept this ruse, and acquiesce to the mandates coming, they will be transformed into a machine-like state through technological manipulation said to make life easier and more convenient.

A totally digitized system is necessary in order to retain constant control. This may sound outlandish, and something akin to a dystopian science fiction novel, but that is because that is exactly what it is.

The new world is coming, and by eliminating truth, eliminating our historical roots, and hiding all that is real and honest, what is left is a fantasy, but this fantasy will be deadly.

Seek the truth, seek honesty, ask questions, and believe nothing unless it can be personally verified. Do not allow the takeover of your lives by these monsters claiming to be your saviors.

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches”.

~ Ray Bradbury – “Fahrenheit 451: A Novel,” (1953). p. 209, Simon and Schuster

Republished from Lewrockwell.com

Hearing Gary Barnett’s essay should certainly be sobering.  But, let’s not forget Who is really in control of the Earth that Scripture declares belongs to the Creator with all of its ‘fullness.’

Hear Psalm 2.

1 Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

3 “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying,

6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.

8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, you shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth.

11 Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling.

12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

It’s Time to choose courage as Evildoers Threaten

by Dennis Petersen

As the Angel of the Lord told Joshua in Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous” so, God is telling us this is a time to choose. And courage is rising in America to overcome the influence of ungodly secularism.

See http://reclaimyourlegacy.com/2021/03/24/courage-is-rising-in-america-to-overcome-the-influence-of-ungodly-secularism/#more-1073

In times of relative peace and quiet, the virtue of courage is often unseen and little spoken of. But when the pressure is on; when the conflict of good and evil is raised for all to see; when the dangers and threats of evildoers are brazen and menacing, then courage arises in those who are empowered with personal knowledge and experience.

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Has God lost control of this world? Are we all doomed to become cyborgs?

Anyone who is well informed by truth-seeking sources and avoids the main stream media, knows that all humanity is under attack as our world has never seen before. Many are wondering if there is any hope for the future. What if these evil Luciferian serpents actually get their globalist ways?

Let’s see why there is 100% assurance that Truth and Freedom wins, and the good people will overcome. But first, let’s quickly outline the severity of the attacks on humanity.

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The Battle for America’s Soul: Ways to Combat Mind Control

Listen to the complete program here:

The Bible has a lot to say about avoiding deception and renewing our minds with the purity of truth and righteousness, which is a right standing with our Creator and Savior.  In today’s world, the person who truly wants to follow Jesus and be led by the Holy Spirit has quite a challenge to sort out the influences in his life that can be potentially very dangerous and even lethal.  It takes prayerful work and spiritual discernment to make the best choices.

It’s no surprise to most adults in our society that a highly sophisticated culture of so-called “elitists” are manipulating many aspects of public perception.  You’ll find some helpful insights on modern day mind-control in several episodes I’ve posted at ReclaimYourLegacy.com.  Our attention is drawn to the key verse in the Bible, warning believers to be on high alert to the life-threatening dangers of mind-controlling deceptions.  They can easily draw us astray from the pathway of pure and undefiled faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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How can so many people be so easily deceived?

By Dennis Petersen

Have you been amazed at how so many people can be so easily deceived?  Even people who seem to be fairly even-tempered and practice common sense are surprising some of us when they reveal that they have bought into various common lies in today’s culture. It seems sometimes that many people have completely lost their minds. They’ve lost their ability to think… to reason… to discern what’s really true. So consequently, confusion prevails. And where confusion prevails you inevitably have a pandemic of fear. And when people are prone to fear they tend to make hasty and bad choices. And that only leads to more confusion plus a flood of hopelessness. They are set up to bow to a false authority, promising them deliverance and unable to deliver it, or they are prepared to hear good news that can change their lives for eternity.

Jesus predicted in two of the gospel accounts that “false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24, and Mark 13:22). When we see how effective the main stream media has been at persuading half the population of the entire world into the most spectacular deception in history, perhaps we can be more discerning.

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Perilous Times in exile for a lack of knowledge?

How do you restore a fallen country, culture, society?

Prayerful Education of Christians must begin with parents and pastors to restore a fallen country

Is there any doubt that we’re living in “perilous times?”

Proverbs 29:2 says:

“When the righteous are increased (or flourish in number and authority), the people rejoice; But when the wicked (man) rules, the people groan.”

Is it any wonder we’re hearing a lot of groaning these days?  And it’s not so much because of the ordinary stresses of life really, is it?  A lot of our complaining is the direct result of governing over-reach into the private affairs of citizens.  From where does corruption in political government come? Isn’t it from the infection of every nation or organization that is ruled by self-serving leaders?  But the policing part of the public government equation is increasingly necessary only because of the epidemic lack of Godly morality and self-control among the public at large. George Washington, John Adams and others insisted that those two things were absolutely essential for the preservation of our constitutional republic.

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God-orchestrated courage produced the Declaration of Independence – it is producing New Awakening

People all over the world are rediscovering many of the realities of the long chain of events that precipitated the unanimous declaration of some of the bravest honorable men who ever lived.

When those 56 very somber leaders of the American colonists gathered together in Philadelphia to sign the document they had crafted, the extreme hardship of revolution that they faced could only have been sustained because of the deep conviction and confidence they had in their Creator whom they often referred to as “Providence.” 

Over the course of their relatively young lives, their experience of dependency on their Creator reflected the profound knowledge that they had of the Bible and the principles of the God who is “at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” They intimately relied on the Sovereign of the Universe who “works all things according to the counsel of His own will (Eph 1:11),” and “works all things together for good to those who love God and …are called according to His purpose (Ro 8:28).”

As we review the preamble to that declaration, perhaps we can refresh our own need to make a renewed declaration of commitment to God’s purposes in the unfolding story of God’s development of this generation’s determination – determination to be a people – indeed, a family and community – whose God is the Lord.

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