Warning Rulers of the Earth
Taken from the Elijah List
I recently had
what I believe is a profound prophetic experience. I was preaching in an
African American church in San Francisco when a tall man and his
entourage entered the room. With every eye on him, he made his way to
the front row and sat down. I did not know who he was, but after I
finished preaching, the pastor introduced him as the mayor of San
Francisco! He then asked me to pray for him. The Spirit of the Lord
stirred me with conviction and agitation as I stretched out my hand to
him and prayed forcefully, "God, I thank you that all earthly government
is derived from your heavenly government. Therefore, let this man know
that he will be held accountable for everything he does in this city
under the government of God. In Jesus' name. Amen."
Three weeks later, this same man, Gavin Newsome, mayor of San Francisco,
was on the front page of every newspaper in America, having ignited the
same sex marriage firestorm in America by instructing city clerks to
issue gay marriage licenses.
Sent to Warn Our Leaders
As I pondered this amazing 'coincidence', God gripped me with the
conviction that He had sent me to warn this man in the spirit of Psalm
2:10, "Therefore, you kings, be wise, be warned you judges of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest
he be angry and you be destroyed in your way."
This warning was not for Mayor Newsome alone, but prophetically
represents leaders and politicians everywhere. I believe it is a
prophetic picture of the Church's role in this hour; to stand for
righteousness and justice and to soberly warn those in authority who
would pass laws that hold the Law of God in contempt. The same-sex
marriage issue transcends political differences and touches on the very
foundations of society.
Clash of World Views
In this confrontation, I felt that God was thrusting me again, as in
2000, into the spiritual and cultural battle for our nation. These
upcoming elections are not about the war or the economy, but about the
titanic clash of worldviews - one which can still call evil 'evil' and
good 'good' because it is founded on a biblical worldview espoused by
our forefathers - and the other based on relativity, where ethics are
vague and absolute truth does not exist.
Let us be very clear on this: God is neither a Republican nor a
Democrat. He stands alone, above all governments of men, unmoved by the
raging sea of history. He judges nations, and He does not ask kings and
presidents for their opinion. Instead, He holds them accountable to
carry out His unchanging Law lest they come under His wrath, as Psalms 2
God instituted human government to bring order to society and to
restrain violence. Romans 13: 3-4 tells us, the government should hold
no terror for the blameless, since it bears the sword to punish
evildoers. However, when governments become renegade, they cross their
own boundaries and use that sword against the innocent. Through
legalized abortion, over 40 million American babies have been
terrorized in the womb since 1973. Yet the church still votes for those
who sanction this atrocity!
Through our votes, we are guilty before God of making alliances with
governments whose laws enshrine evil, particularly the evil of shedding
innocent blood, the ultimate moral offense.
America at the Crossroads
In a few short months, America will vote again and the stakes are even
higher this time. The outcome of this election will shape America's
judicial future for decades to come. The next President of the United
States of America will almost certainly decide the fate of legalized
abortion and whether millions of innocent lives will continue to be
taken 'legally' in our country.
Chief Justice Rehnquist, appointed 32 years ago by Nixon, is now 80.
Justice Stevens, a liberal, is 84 years old. Justices O'Connor and
Ginsburg are 74 and 71 years old, respectively. Any of these pro-choice
Justices could vacate their seats during the next 4 years, due to
illness, death or retirement.
In 2000, in Stenberg v. Carhart, the U.S. Supreme Court - by a narrow
5-4 vote - struck down a Nebraska abortion ban. This five-member
pro-choice majority would be overthrown by the appointment of just one
new Justice, potentially by the next president!
In January 2004, we officially closed The Call offices, having fulfilled
our mandate from the Lord for that season. However, our country and our
leaders remain in desperate need of prayer, now more than ever. In fact,
I believe that we are at a place of far greater crisis than we were in
2000. This is not hype or rhetoric, but a sober assessment of our
In the four short years since The Call DC, America has endured the
horrors of 9/11 and fought two wars that continue to claim lives.
The nation and the church are buckling under an escalating spiritual and
moral crisis, punctuated by events such as the removal of the Ten
Commandments from the Alabama courthouse, the Catholic Church sex abuse
scandals and the ordination of a practicing homosexual, given a place of
prominence and spiritual authority within the Body of Christ as an
Episcopal Bishop. Last month, Massachusetts (home state of Sen. John
Kerry) became the first state in our nation's 200 year history to
recognize homosexual marriage in bold defiance of the law of God."
Governmental House of Prayer
In light of these things, I am compelled, as never before, by the
word the Lord spoke to me, "Raise up a House of Prayer that will contend
with every other house."
Now is time for a House of Prayer that will contend for the government
of our land!
We believe God is calling for 120 young Nazirites to come to Colorado
Springs for 50 days of day and night worship and intercession. We're
inviting thousands more to join them at this 24/7 Governmental House of
Prayer at the Navigator's Facility from July 10 to August 28, 2004.
This will be no easy walk in the park.
It will be intense. Each student will be expected to give eight hours a
day or night. Many will go on extended fasts. The night watches will be
as important as the day battles.
I am asking for worship teams that can carry the fire of worship. There
will be two-hour shifts for devotion and spiritual refreshing. Then we
will follow the Lord again into the battle for the elections, for the
courts of our nation and the overturning of Roe v. Wade, for a great
youth awakening, for the ending of the Iraq war and for a powerful move
of the Holy Spirit in the homosexual communities of America.
While many are convinced that George Bush somehow 'stole' that election,
we believe it was the prayers of the church which ultimately decided the
outcome of that struggle, as God intervened in human affairs in response
to our intercession. Many ministries, including The Call DC, called for
extended fasting and prayer during that time and perhaps as many as 1
million people went on a 21-day fast.
It is clear that this coming election will be just as bitterly fought
and just as closely won by whomever triumphs.
I believe this is the hour for thousands of young people to come to
Colorado Springs to shake the heavens over America for 50 days! Will you
help us do this - through your prayers and by giving generously to this
cause? Thank you in advance for joining us in this battle.
The Governmental House of Prayer has concluded as of