When we look across the landscape of America, what is clearly apparent? To me it seems that our nation is adrift, floundering like a ship in a mighty storm, heading for dangerous reefs of potential shipwreck (see ‘The Lighthouse Vision’). Those with Biblical discernment recognize that as a whole our country is spiritually catatonic and morally bankrupt.
Pondering every area of our society reveals the extent of the crisis: 1) The plague of sanctioned abortion- a Federally mandated travesty, has taken the lives of nearly 60 million innocent ones; 2) Violence in the streets continues to plague very many cities in America- with homicides, home invasions, armed robberies, drug/alcohol/porn/gambling and all other addictions exploding; 3) Corruption in all levels of government and the private sector continues to escalate- from the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. to small town municipalities- from Wall Street boardrooms to cyber-hackers; 4) Our educational system over the past 25 years has failed us all. The profound ignorance of a selfish populace has sunk to the level of beyond ridiculous- where even college students cannot answer very basic questions regarding American and world history, or even current geopolitical issues that will affect all of our lives in the near future.
Space will not allow me to continue the litany of woe that is daily upon us, while most go about their business at a frantic pace like nothing is wrong, with heads buried in the sand unwilling to stand up and resist the cancer consuming America.
2 Chronicles 7:14… “If My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways- THEN will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land.”
The LORD gave a specific portion of a verse of Scripture to my wife and me this past year, as we were going through a very troubling extended period in our family on multiple levels. It came to each of us through unique circumstances confirming His Desire for our lives in answer to much travailing prayer.
Jeremiah 6:16… “Thus says the LORD: Stand at the crossroads and look, And ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.”
This I believe is what EVERY Biblical Christian must respond to- both of these commands of the Holy Word of GOD need to be internalized and acted upon daily in our lives to prepare us for a better future than what we can currently ‘see’. Our children and grandchildren cannot be saddled with a depraved society loaded with $20 Trillion dollars of debt, and the many tentacles of cancer already described. We must respond to the Call to corporate and individual intercession that will make a profound difference both today and for our future, as it has in the past. Along with the multitude of Biblical examples, we all have a testimony of answered prayer and radical changes in circumstances that only manifested after sincere repentance, confession, and crying out to the LORD.
This post is a review of a small book of magnificent proportions! It expresses the Heart of GOD for His children specifically, and for our nation in particular. It provides a catalyst of understanding that has the great potential of spreading beyond the borders of our nation, and encompassing hurting humanity worldwide. It is clear to those who are ‘awake’ that we are at the end of the Age, and ominous darkness is seeking greater entrenchment leaving death, mayhem, and destruction in its wake. BUT GOD has other plans, as revealed in “An Appeal To Heaven” by Dutch Sheets.
I will highlight selected quotes from the text (6 Chapters of 75 pages) and will link a video teaching on the subject by the author Dutch Sheets at the bottom of this post. There is no question in my mind that ALL who get a book copy in their hands will potentially revolutionize their lives, families, churches, and communities… and impact the future history of our nation, hemisphere, and the world- IF we respond to the Call with consistent daily prayer! Recently the ministry created a twitter app which can be downloaded “Give Him 15” by clicking on the link name, and then clicking the visual link. The premise is awesome! Give GOD just 15 minutes per day to pray specifically for both our nation, and the felt needs that are shared on this medium, and watch the transformation that will manifest!
Book citations as follows:
pg ix– When GOD brought the Appeal To Heaven flag into my journey, it launched me into another exciting chapter of my life calling: to see America experience a Third Great Awakening. This awakening, of course, isn’t just for America; GOD doesn’t love Americans more than any other group of people. This revival will sweep the world, becoming the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit since time began…
pg x & xi– It is Not Too Late For America
Some Christian leaders teach usually from theological influences, that America will not awaken, turn back to GOD and recapture her spiritual destiny. Their eschatology doesn’t allow for a “comeback”; for them, the apostasy must continue to worsen.
Many secular leaders also contend, often with an ideological fervor fueled by their personal desires, that this rebirth will never occur. “America has ‘progressed’ too far”, they assert with smug satisfaction, “having left behind its antiquated, puritanical ideals and outdated beliefs”. These naysayers are indeed, correct when they euphorically and gloatingly bloviate about how far we as a nation have drifted from our original beliefs. Secularists and humanists are accurate when they condescendingly point out our moral shifts toward relativism and unbiblical values. With satisfied arrogance, these modernists gleefully vociferate that our government no longer sees itself under and accountable to an “imaginary” Creator, or even to an “outdated” Constitution He supposedly inspired.
It must, indeed, be acknowledged that America’s populace is now filled with great apathy toward its history. It is also true that we are so ignorant of the ideals that shaped our identity as a nation that we have lost our national moorings. GOD’s intent is that history be more than information; the past can be an important anchor. Without this stabilizing force, however, America is now adrift in a sea of secular experimentalism, blown about by the wanderings of our own fantasies and the delirium they create. Truly, America’s narcissistic independence from GOD has left us spiritually and morally bankrupt. We have searched for meaning apart from our Creator- a search which by definition must fail, for the purpose of any created thing can only be found in its creator- and are racing toward an even greater identity crisis of horrific proportions. With this loss of identity, America is experiencing a continuous drift from greatness to mediocrity and becoming increasingly irrelevant around the world.
pg xiii– Don’t embrace any theology or creed that allows GOD to lose!
As you read this book, my prayer is that you will be awakened to hope. Hope is to the heart what seeds are to the earth. Without hope, life is sterile, unfruitful- dreams aren’t conceived and destinies aren’t realized. Hope is the starting line, the launch pad; it’s the seedbed from which faith springs up, and a creative force that keeps the soul dreaming. Without doubt, the reemergence of this flag is intended by GOD to awaken hope.
pg xiv– Let it be said of our generation that when a nation teetered on the edge of destruction, having lost the ancient path of truth, we answered the divine call to war for its restoration. Let it be said of us as it was of our forefathers, that in the face of overwhelming odds, we took our stand in the celestial courtroom, appealing to the Judge of all the earth for His saving grace, mercy, and sustaining power.
Join the movement– Appeal to Heaven!
pg 5– The generations are far more inter-connected than most of us realize. In GOD’s mind, accomplishing something through our descendants is the same as doing it through us. Our comparatively shortsighted approach assumes every promise He makes will take place momentarily, or at the very least before we die! We can’t fathom that a transcendent GOD might not share our urgency about the 80-year window we think of as life. Meanwhile, GOD feels no pressure, and understands that if He fulfills His promises through our offspring, the accomplishments were for us, as well as for them.
Conversely the opposite is true. The Scriptures tell us that the actions and accomplishments of individuals in former generations are sometimes credited to those who follow…
pg 7– What is the synergy of the ages? I quietly wondered.
Synergy is a fascinating concept. Think of it as a multiplication of power through combined effort. In almost all cases in the physical world, one plus one equals two. But not when people work together. When two or more people combine their efforts and strengths, power is multiplied– not just added. GOD so loves unity and agreement that He created a phenomenon through which power multiplies if we will simply work together!
…Spiritual synergy takes place when two or more agree in prayer. The result is that through multiplied power much more is accomplished than would have been had we prayed alone. Leviticus 26:8 teaches us about this power of multiplication, “Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before your sword.”
pg 8– But something unusual and supernatural takes place through agreement– synergy. When we agree in prayer, our power grows exponentially.
Synergy also occurs when generations connect. Honoring our parents multiplies our years on earth (Ephesians 6:1-3), while disconnecting from them brings forth curses (Malachi 4:6)… GOD’s plan is always for the present generation to build on the strengths of the previous. This is the Synergy of the Ages— multiplied power through generational agreement and honor.
pg 17– Can we connect with our good history while pretending the bad doesn’t exist? It seems somewhat disingenuous to tout our great past, while overlooking our not-so-great portions. I was very aware of the pain embedded in the memories of various groups of Americans. Native and African Americans come to mind. Should we ignore their pain and expect them to simply “move on” or “get over it”? Obviously, this insensitive attitude only perpetuates their pain. That is not how GOD thinks. He doesn’t want us to bury the pain, living in denial regarding the destructive part of our story; He wants to heal it.
pg 20-Every family, race and nation has painful chapters in their story– points on the timeline with which we would rather not have a connection. America is no exception. As I sought the LORD regarding this, He began showing me that we, like Josiah in the Bible, can disconnect from our ungodly past [i.e. the sins of the fathers… he then explains that it is like setting a broken bone for proper alignment and healing].
pg 22– These breaches in the timeline would mandate restorations, reformations, and reconnections to His predetermined plan. Therefore GOD not only declared the aligning of the ages, but where He knew it would be necessary, He also decreed their realignment— the healing of time. The fact that GOD heals history can be seen in:
Isaiah 58:12… And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the paths in which to dwell.
pg 23– Racism in America is a prime example…. Government tries to heal this breach through laws and programs, but this will never succeed. Individuals sometimes attempt it through denouncing and condemning the injustices and prejudices, but this too fails. Other misguided people espouse the “get over it” or “move on” approach. Meanwhile the wounds fester.
… [healing] is intended to happen through redeemed people as they understand and participate in prayer, fasting, confession of sin, and other spiritual activities. We are the peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). Through humility, repentance, GOD’s love, and forgiveness, we can heal history’s timeline… As this occurs… people groups and cultures will be truly healed of yesterday’s pain allowing GOD’s life and blessing to flow through…
pg 45– GOD’s Dream For America
From the days of the pilgrims godly men and women have believed the Almighty was involved in the birth of our nation. They also felt that if a nation chose to partner with and honor GOD, it would experience His favor and blessing in extraordinary ways…
pg 51– When we live in covenantal faithfulness to GOD, not only are we blessed but our children and grandchildren are, as well. This has certainly been the case with America. We have been extremely blessed by the GOD-connections of the generations before us. But each succeeding generation must also honor GOD and His Word…
If we would once again honor our promises to Yahweh, returning to the GOD of our fathers; if we would return to GOD’s original purpose and plan for America, partnering with Him in His cause of redemption throughout the world; then the faithfulness of the Everlasting GOD would be demonstrated to us, delivering us from the giants ravaging our land.
pg 53– Many of our churches, which are supposed to carry the antidote for this poison, are now lukewarm, if not totally apostate. Uncertain about the Bible, these congregations now wallow in the same moral relativism that they are supposed to be a standard against. Having become sub-cultures, not counter-cultures, they change nothing. No Bible-believing Christian who understands the wages of sin could deny that America is in desperate trouble. [end of citations-sg]
These quotes barely touch upon the problems before us all that need fervent prayer. The author gives strong encouragement with historical evidence and specific strategic remedies that are ordained by GOD. When acted upon they will allow our Heavenly Father to move in our behalf, stem the tide of destruction that we can see on the horizon, and usher us back into a holy relationship with Yahweh and each other. That will allow profound blessings to be poured out upon us from the open windows of Heaven. Get this inexpensive book via the Amazon link above, and consider purchasing several- one for your pastor, and at least one to circulate among your family members. This is our golden opportunity to partnership with GOD and the praying Body of Christ to see real positive change come to our nation!
Related essays on Advancing Christ’s Kingdom that are vital for the coming Outpouring in response to our ‘Appeal To Heaven’:
- Arthur Burt’s Word: “Greatest Move Of GOD The Earth Has Seen
- “Make Ready For Revival” by Richard Owen Roberts
- “A New Season”- Prophetic Word Of Paul Keith Davis
- “A Tsunami of GOD…” by John Mark Pool
- Praying For The Healing Of America
- The Joy of Fasting: Discipline, Deliverance, And Delight
- Prayer, The Church, and The Next Great Awakening
“An Appeal To Heaven” – Dutch Sheets at Christian International Ministries
“Restore Me” – Vineyard Live Worship
“This Blood” – Rita Springer & Voices of Praise
For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); as well as the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book’s Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked via Book Title: “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”