Dear Friends and Fellow-believers,
Regarding the tragic and incredible events of yesterday, September 11, 2001, another “day that will live in infamy,” some ten years ago, the Lord gave me a prophetic dream showing me, in essence, devastation of this sort taking place specifically in NY City. He also showed me in my discussion with Him about what transpired in the vision (far more than I can disclose here), that NYC was the epicenter of the financial, communication, commercial, and international political infrastructure of America, and hence the world. In the days following, He went on to tell me that there would come a time (I believe this is the beginning of that time) when everything that we have come to rely upon as being foundational to our individual and collective lives, the "foundations" of America and the free world, would be rocked, critically wounded, and indeed, some of them fatally wounded and destroyed.
Consequently, "life" as we have come to know it in this country especially, (at the time of the fulfillment of the vision) would be "forever changed." The words that continuously reverberated in my spirit, which I knew to be the words of the Holy Spirit within, were, “Nothing will ever be the same. Nothing will ever be the same.”
It was surreal for all Americans as well as people around the world to watch the events unfold on the TV screen, but especially to me personally, in that the WTC collapsing and decimation in a vital section of Manhattan was essentially a replay of what I saw in the dream. Without launching into detailed account of what the Lord has shown me concerning end time events particularly in this country, I will say that I believe these horrific acts of barbarism perpetrated against not only the bastion of freedom but also against the very precept of democracy are the beginning of a series of events that will precipitate international actions that will result in massive and wholesale global geo-political upheaval and modification; that is, “tribulation,” if you will. Tribulation that will cast the entire world into unprecedented trepidation, uncertainty, and a sense of insecurity the likes of which has not been known since World War II, and in many ways greater. Modification that is absolutely necessary to protect and defend liberty and democracy against those radically diabolical elements of the world whose totally indefensible and irrational dogma, more appropriately, “doctrines of demons,” make them enemies of all that is good and right. But, modification also that is required to comport the present geo-political landscape and international alliances with Biblical eschatological prediction to prepare the way for the only ultimate answer to the ancient struggle of good versus evil — the Kingdom Reign of Christ.
Nothing will ever be the same…for Americans, nor the world. Nevertheless, in many ways, into the relative immediate future, the changes that will take place in the natural, both nationally and among allies of democracy and freedom, will certainly be good and beneficial, and actually improvements to our personal and national security. However, the spiritual impact that will be realized from the ensuing global tribulation is the overriding “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow that will manifest when the sun (really, Son) finally breaks through this dark and devastating storm sweeping through our world at the present. In short, the spiritual effect will be that many rational and common-sensed people will begin to realize as never before that the creation, including its supremely sophisticated specie, mankind, with all its intelligence and “powers,” is not capable, in and of itself alone, of managing itself, but that a Superior and indeed Supreme Being, the Creator of the creation, the Originator of Life, is the only One capable of such macro-management of such a massive cosmos.
Myriads of so enlightened, in spite of their many unanswered questions concerning the seeming injustices and “mysteries” of this “life,” shall begin to cast aside as irrational and inconceivable the inane notions that the cosmos with all its unfathomable intricacies could have possibly somehow “evolved” out of itself or nothing, and to call upon the Chief Architect to take control of their “world” as well as the world. Indeed, though such spiritual concepts may be extremely difficult for many spiritual “newbies” who may be reading this to comprehend or mentally ascend to, the ultimate end-result of all the “tribulations” that shall gradually transpire over the next unknown period of years will be that Jesus will be exalted and revealed as the Supreme Lord of All and the true Bride of Christ will be glorified, though as through the furnace of affliction unto purification. All of the events that will be taking place in the years ahead will have one ultimate purpose: to demonstrate that there is only ONE God, the Trinity of Divinity, and that Jesus is LORD and the ONLY name given among men by which mankind can be saved! (Acts 4:12)
Regarding the Church, the Church that Jesus is building, “purification unto glorification” will be the Divinely inspired process through which it shall be taken. If the Ecclesia is to spare itself of unnecessary despair, grief, sorrow, and losses, not to mention delay in fulfillment of the plans and purposes of God which He has determined to carry out through her, as never before, then the Church MUST begin to comprehend and apprehend the strategies of God for the Church and in turn the Cosmos. The Body of Christ, and “now are we the Body of Christ,” must begin to receive the instruction and commands of the Christ, the Head of the Church. The Body for far too long has been doing its own thing rather than the thing of its Head.
Moreover, the Church must begin to incorporate into its collective understanding and mindset the indisputable and immutable fact that, like it or not, we have been thrust into a WAR! An all-out, life-or-death struggle against the well-armed and –trained forces of a diabolical enemy, indeed, the father of all evil. He is not a mythical red-pajama-adorned, pitchfork-wielding, double-horned figment of religious conjuration, nor a specter of irrational cogitation and paranoia, nor a mere looming prospect. But rather, as the innumberable faceless “terrorists” hell-bent on annihilating the “great satan” we have been told for years exist around the world, and who, with these recent attacks, we now know are very REAL, so also the arch-nemesis of the Creator and thus His Creation, the fallen arch-angel, satan, is himself the consummate “terrorist.”
And, the Church must quickly come to the realization, as did President Bush regarding the senseless attacks on America, that the attacks against us are not merely acts of terrorism by a terrorist. They go far beyond that. They are acts of WAR! The intent of this enemy is not merely to terrorize, but to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). The chief enemy is not merely engaging in psychological warfare. Rather, it is shoot-to-kill WAR! The sooner we recognize this reality and respond with deadly and unrelenting force against the assailant, the fewer the casualties and the lesser the losses. Without the slightest hesitation, trepidation, and intimidation, we must aggressively engage ourselves in the warfare against the forces of the enemy in which we have been conscripted, utilizing "the weapons of OUR warfare (which) are not of the flesh but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (strongholds)" (2 Cor. 10:4, emphasis, italics added by author), remembering at all times, though, that the real enemy is not flesh and blood, that is, people, but the true enemy behind all the warfare waged against us in the natural is a spiritual enemy, a spirit-being, along with unnumbered hordes of diabolical spirit-being cohorts:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph. 6:12
There is one other critical word of advisement to the Church that it must begin to hear and heed. The Body of Christ must begin to understand and incorporate into its collective psyche and strategies that the Head does nothing without doing it through the Body. Christ is the Head; we are His Body. The perhaps enigmatic Divine Choice is, rather than by-pass the betrothed Bride, to deputize Her and to work through Her to implement every aspect of Divine plans and purposes. Though the Church assuredly is the Family of God endowed with and the conduit of the Agape-Love of God, it is also the Army of God equipped with the weapons of spiritual warfare and enjoined by God as His soldiers to carry out His strategic battle plans against the megalomaniac and master-mind behind all evil perpetrated upon the Earth (cf, Eph. 6:11). We are the Army of God, and not a bunch of rag-tag, undisciplined, untrained, independent commandos, without leadership or direction. No! Just as American armed forces are the most highly trained, skilled, armed, commanded, and lethal in the world, so also is the spiritual armed forces of God! Though many segments of the Church-at-large, do not understand this, nor even the imperativeness of it, it is nonetheless true. As outlandish as it may sound to some, no true believer is called to be a pacifist. Rather, every Christian is called and anointed to be a spiritual WARRIOR!
Indisputably, the foundation of any armed forces is its leadership. An army, as any enterprise, is only as effective as its leadership. No military can function or succeed, and therefore, survive, without highly skilled, knowledgeable, wise, tested and proven, and seasoned leadership. Likewise, the leadership of God’s military is its foundation. God Himself unequivocally and categorically states in His Word that the foundation of the Church is the apostles and prophets (Eph. 2:20).1
God Himself has Hand-chosen, commissioned, extraordinarily anointed, thoroughly equipped, and specially and uniquely prepared an extensive corps of military leadership at every level of command to lead His Army in ferocious, unfailing, undefeatable, and Divinely designed strategic battle plans that in the end will thoroughly and finally vanquish the unseen forces of the ancient foe, the devil. The Church must begin to recognize, appropriately respect, and receive these leaders God has appointed and consigned with the unenviable and inglorious task of leadership in His military. In the wars that lie ahead, God will be communicating His Divine Directives through His appointed hierarchy of leadership, and the bona fide, Spirit-trained and -led soldiers of His Army will operate in total order, discipline, and obedience:
America is under siege, and is no longer in peacetime, but rather war. Wartime brings with it constraints upon freedom necessary to preserve freedom and protect the citizenry at-large. Certain civil liberties in place during peacetime of necessity must be sacrificed for purposes of the greater good during wartime. Pacifism must give way to protectionism and the counter-aggression it requires. As a US Army Vietnam War veteran, I can tell you that war certainly is no game, but as in sports, the best defense is an overwhelming offense. In war, stealthy and preemptive strikes of overpowering force are absolutely necessary in order to swiftly vanquish the enemy, and thereby limit casualties. As with Desert Storm, under the direction of our current President's father, George Herbert Walker Bush, we must act suddenly, swiftly, decisively, and definitively. Moreover, if our armed forces and those of our allies are to win for us a quick and decisive victory, Americans must immediately acquire a political appetite for expanded intelligence gathering in groups and nations that pose a threat to American security as well as the absolutely necessary preemptive aggressive action against known potential terrorists that our intelligence agencies identify.
Likewise, the Church must draw the parallels of these principles regarding war in the natural and apply them to the war in which we have been engaged for eons against the real enemy behind all evil and hatred in the world. Believers must begin to develop an appetite for the spiritual intelligence and guidance of its corporate intelligence agents, the prophets, as well as give them the funding necessary for them to do their job, a la the U.S. Congress and our national intelligence agencies. The Body of Christ, that is, the Army of God, must also begin to follow the commands and directives of its preeminent spiritual military leaders, the apostles, though the wartime strategies they propose, in comparison to peacetime strategies, so to speak, the Church has been engaging for centuries, may seem to some to be radical, overly aggressive, mystical, and even irrational, at times.
Let us rise up, Saints of God, out of our arrogance and spiritual lethargy into which we have been allured by the accoutrements and privileges of our enormous and unprecedented per capita wealth in this country. Let us never forget that the love of money is the root of all evil. First comes the natural, then comes the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:46). Events taking place in the natural realm are often a reflection and even forewarning of what is or is about to happen in the spiritual realm. Let US, the Body of Christ, not wait for the terrorist attacks of the arch-terrorist, satan, to awaken us out of our arrogance and complacency. Let us rise up now, listen to the reports of terrorists hell-bent on bringing destruction and devastation to our lives we have already received from the Supreme CIA, the Holy Spirit, which are published in the Word of God, and let us put on the full armor of God, go into battle alert, and launch a full-scale preemptive attack of our own against the forces of the enemy. For, we have one distinct advantage over our country's government right now, which is that we know without any doubt who our enemy is, for God has declared, “Your adversary, the DEVIL, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8). So, we know that like it or not we HAVE an adversary, who is the ultimate terrorist, who incessantly is seeking an opportunity to devour and destroy us. And, the ensuing verse tells us we must OFFENSIVELY "RESIST him, firm in your faith." As America must identify, root out, and vanquish those that would choose to be our adversaries, lest we be destroyed, so also believers must engage in offensive warfare against our adversary, lest we too as individuals be irreparably destroyed.
Regarding America, America is a Divinely chosen and blessed country. For hour after hour, the eyes of America were riveted on our television screens and the live images of the horrifying events and resulting devastation transpiring within the infamous and seemingly immutable Manhattan Island skyline the news organizations broadcasted. Looming somewhat inconspicuously but poignantly in the foreground of the aerial camera shots of New York Harbor, was the comparatively tiny, Ellis Island, unscathed by the dastardly acts of terrorism perpetrated only a short distance across the Harbor. There proudly “stands a Lady with her torch held toward the sky,” the Statue of Liberty, the universally recognized monument of liberty and democracy. Those profound images, which shall be forever etched upon our minds, perfectly symbolize the American spirit that shouts forth from our collective rooftop that though you lay siege to our institutions and the buildings that house them, the mere physical, outer elements of our nation and society, nevertheless, no one &mdash no individual, no group, no band of terrorists, no foreign or domestic power &mdash can destroy the American SPIRIT, the HEART, the internal elements, of this “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” &mdash the greatest nation in the world!
Make no mistake about it, America, despite its shortcomings and imperfections, is still the greatest nation on the face of the Earth, and indeed in the history of the world. And we can know with complete certainty, that God has heard and answered the simple prayer uttered countless times by millions upon millions of ordinary citizens, performers, speakers, bards, and politicians, “God bless America!”
Though perhaps humbled and chastened in a variety of ways, America will survive, will prevail against all aggression, will rebound, will rebuild, will prosper, will coalesce, and will as a nation return to God, to be used by God as primary base from which “this gospel of the kingdom (of Christ) shall be preached in the WHOLE world for a witness to ALL the NATIONS” (Mat. 24:14, emphasis, italics added by author).
Look up, all ye that would believe upon the one and only Savior of mankind, for your redemption draweth nigh!
Dr. Steven Lambert
1 For our purposes here, we must swiftly and completely debunk the cessation theories with the common sense assertion that if there is a viable, that is, living, Church today, comprised of “living stones,” and no true believer would deny there is, then there must of necessity be a viable, that is, presently living, not ceased or deceased, foundation to that Church. This fact of living, functioning apostles and prophets today, is indisputably corroborated by First Corinthians 12:28, in which the Spirit of God testifies that GOD HAS (present continuous tense; not “did”) SET (immutably fixed) in the CHURCH first apostles, second prophets.” Inherent in this passage is the truth that as long as the Church exists God is continuously setting into the Church apostles and prophets as its primary leaders.
2 The New American Standard Bible, 1995 Update, (La Habra, California: The Lockman Foundation) 1996.
READ: The Evil Face of Our Adversary, another article regarding the Attack on America, with incredible photographs showing the face of the devil in the explosions of the World Trade Center!
Dr. Steven Lambert is a Bible teach and theology scholar, and has been ministering prophetically 1977. He is an ordained minister, a Board Certified Christian Counselor, and holds several earned theological degrees. He is the founder and Director of Ephesians Four Network, a fellowship of Fivefold Ministers relating and colaboring for common purposes. Dr. Lambert is also a prolific writer, serving as contributing editor/publisher of two Internet E-zines (links below) featuring scores of online articles, and is the author of an ever-increasing number of books, booklets, courses, and other teaching materials. He also has served as a media consultant as an expert on Christian cults and authoritarian abuse.
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