FIRST CHAPTER OF LANCE WALLNAU's BOOK: GOD'S CHAOS CANDIDATE
GOD'S CHAOS CANDIDATE
DONALD J. TRUMP AND THE AMERICAN UNRAVELLING
DR. LANCE WALLNAU
Copyright © 2016—Lance Wallnau—All Rights Reserved.
Chapter 1: America’s Fourth Crucible
Make no mistake, that gnawing concern you have about the future of our nation is not delusional. While it’s trendy in Christian circles to make fun of those who see trouble ahead, the Bible makes it clear: “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household” (Hebrews 11:7).
Noah wasn’t paranoid—he was perceptive.
When Jeb Bush referred to Donald Trump as “the chaos candidate,” he may have been tapping into something more prophetic than he was aware. America is already in chaos and heading into what I am referencing to as the fourth American Crucible.
I remember when the Lord spoke to me about Trump, at a time when there were still 15 or so candidates contending for the nomination. I heard in my spirit: “Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness.” I wondered how far he would go. The answer I heard—and will share with you in this book—will surprise you.
Most people forget what was happening when Trump first emerged.
You could hear the eggshells under the soft feet of Christians trying to figure out how to respond to “safe places” on campuses and inner cities burning. As left wing activists kept popping up at every hot spot of discontent, many believers could sense that something insidious was being orchestrated. All we knew was that the ugly spirit of racism was rising up and Christians were shocked to see it coming back after such a long period of racial harmony—especially in the church community. The Islamic State group (ISIS) was on a rampage—targeting Christians—and the Supreme Court was advancing the LGBT agenda in a manner that shell-shocked conservatives. With the White House bathed in a rainbow and the embers of inner cities still burning—and incidents of homegrown terror and border invasion ignored by leaders in both parties—the church in America was caught flatfooted and confused.
Who or What Is Really Behind All This?
The groups who fight conservatives and Christians are better funded and better organized than Christian conservatives. The climate change groups—such as Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter— are run by the same group of political activists and donors. They periodically kick-start new names for organizations as opportunities present themselves. Most Christians are clueless as to how the cultural battle is organized and fought.
Which brings us back to the “Chaos candidate.” No one unnerves radicals more than Trump. No candidate in history has ever stirred up so many devils at one time. Strap yourself in because the Left will manifest!
The Parable of Jesus regarding the end-time harvest could not be more relevant to our condition: “But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away” (Matthew 13:25). Note the state of the people Jesus described: They were asleep, unconscious, unaware of what was going on. The disciples, wanting further clarity on what Jesus meant, asked him to explain.
But are most evangelicals even awake to what’s happening in this hour?
“The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one.” The meaning could not be more obvious—in the very place where God wants a harvest, Satan plants people who attempt to disrupt and unravel the harvest!
America is unravelling at the seams because a powerful group of Americans want it to. They are leaders, politicians, academics and activists. One might consider this group to be an expression of the “weeds” Jesus described.
But know this: The decline you see is not an accident—it is a policy objective. Over the last 50 years there has been a scheme at work to remake America. And if this decline continues one more presidential cycle, America as we know it will cease to exist.
This plan has progressed through seven spheres of influence. We call this the 7 Mountain Strategy. These are the 7 institutions, or mountains, that progressives seek to penetrate and dominate. Once occupied, these domains are shaped by their ideas. In essence, these 7 institutions are being transformed into the image and likeness of those who dominate them. The 7 institutions are the real gates of influence that shape culture. If you wonder where the “gates of hell” are located, you should look closely at the summits of these mountains. Proximity is power. There will always be a battle for who is at the top of these 7 mountains. Those gatekeepers shape the nation, and there is a lot of selfish ambition and corrupt deal-making at the top of the mountains. Temptation is always greatest where money, power and influence overlap.
Let us take a look at the seven mountains of culture, or the seven pillars, that make up our nation:
5. News Media
If you are a Christian, you can go down the list and mark the progress of progressives from redefining marriage to targeting Christian bakers, florists, photographers and wedding chapels to put them out of business. In education, progressives use new textbooks like Howard Zinn’s alternate interpretation of the history of the United States—an interpretation of history that shames and blames America. These false teachers use false doctrine to disciple the next generation of leaders. They want a revolution and they are so close they can taste it.
Believers who obsess over President Obama miss the big picture. He is not the architect—he is the accelerator. We are dealing with a powerful resurgence of a spirit rooted in the radicals of the 1960s. The difference between 1960 and now is that the radicals have changed their tactics and have learned how to achieve their desired end result. They do so by taking seats at the gates of influence where they have the power to shape and manipulate public policy and perception. Author Dinesh D’Souza says, “What makes the plan especially chilling is that most Americans are simply unaware of what’s going on. Their ignorance, as we shall see, is part of the plan. It should be emphasized at the outset that the domestic champions of American decline are not traitors or America-haters. They are bringing down America because they genuinely believe that America deserves to be brought down. Their actions are the result of a powerful moral critique of America, one that has never been effectively answered.”
Compared to other nations, America is relatively young. Yet America has already experienced three significant times of testing—crucibles—that have defined us as a nation. Understanding the American crucible is of massive importance, and it is my belief that we are now facing the fourth.
• The first crucible involved the founding of our nation known as the American Revolution, 1775-1783.
• The second crucible was the Civil War, 1860-1865. Abraham Lincoln writes of civil war as a “testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”
• The third crucible was the Great Depression, 1929-1939, and World War II, 1939-1945. It was a test of our survival as a nation.
The fourth crucible is upon us. We are already witnessing the first phase of “unravelling”— left/right wars, race wars, class wars and gender wars, and possibly religious wars with homegrown terrorism—which will increase until it culminates in a great economic “reset.” Beware of voices that say, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.
The trigger for this fourth crucible could come from any number of global incidents, but whatever the cause, it will most likely manifest in regional social upheavals and a national economic meltdown. It can be fast or prolonged. It can be severe or not. The governing philosophy that enters the White House in 2016, will shape America and the world for better or worse.
Just How Close Are We?
The first wave of “crisis” has already begun to manifest. The period we are in could be called “The Great Unravelling” as the nation shakes, but the real catalyst to revolution in America is not religious, racial or a matter of sexual orientation—it is economic!
Under President Obama we have gone from $10 trillion in debt to $19 trillion in debt. The fiscal breaking point is $20-$21 trillion—it’s that close! We are propping America up by printing Monopoly® money and setting it up to be a banana state with triple digit runaway inflation, much like Venezuela or Zimbabwe. Wall Street is a bubble right now, much like the housing market of 2008. The only difference is we can’t bail ourselves out again.
Before WWII, Britain dominated world trade. After the war, global trade shifted toward the United States, putting the U.S. dollar at the forefront of international finance. But now China has surpassed America as the largest merchandise trader in the world. The pattern is clear. When a country dominates world trade, it becomes the world’s primary currency. For years I’ve heard prophets say that China will overtake the United States as the world economic power by 2016- 2017. I’m shocked by the enthusiasm of believers who hear these things. Do you think China is Gospel friendly? Really? Doesn’t all this suggest the Yuan will be the next primary currency? As we speak, China is seeking to be a reserve currency. What happens to America if China is successful? It’s fairly possible we’ll see the U.S. dollar collapse. If that happens and inflation spirals, our money will be as worthless as confederate dollar bills after the civil war.
How Bad Can It Get?
You can already see what's happening to America. Radical progressives are trying to ride the wave of social unrest in order to implement their ideologies and trigger a socialist reset of America. It is up to you and me to resist this remaking of America.
It will be hard to stop, however, because “America is on sale,” and foreign nations settle up with American debt by buying our assets, major corporations, real estate and national parks. In the future, Americans out of work will reach levels not seen since the Great Depression. Families will have to share apartments and living spaces as home ownership will be a luxury. The number of homeless will surge.
Heidi Baker, a respected global missionary, shared a vision she received while visiting a church in the United States. She was almost hesitant to share it because the host church had a strong emphasis on faith and victory: “I saw bread lines, soup kitchens, and I saw people wearing beautiful clothing. Their clothing was not worn out…I didn’t want to see what I saw, but I saw what I saw…I was so undone, that I just said what I saw. And I saw all these people and they had beautiful cars, 4 by 4’s and Lexus, Mercedes, BMWs, Toyotas. There they were with fancy shiny cars, but they were standing in line.” The word she heard was “suddenly.” She also saw “worriers” become “warriors” and miracles similar to what she has seen in Mozambique.
Let’s dismiss the economics of an unravelling and assume that it does not happen. How else will America be changed?
Hugh Hewitt makes this observation: “If Hillary Clinton wins, the Left gavels in a solid, lasting, almost certainly permanent majority on the Supreme Court. Every political issue has a theoretical path to SCOTUS, and only self-imposed judicial restraint has checked the Supreme Court's appetite and reach for two centuries.
That restraint will be gone when Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first appointee is sworn in. Finished. This is not hyperbole. I have the advantage of having taught Conservative Law for 20 years, of having argued before very liberal appellate judges like Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the very liberal Ninth Circuit, of practicing with the best litigators in the land. I know what a very liberal Supreme Court means: Conservatism is done. It cannot survive a strong-willed liberal majority on the Supreme Court. Every issue—EVERY issue—will end up there, and the legislature's judgments will matter not a bit.”
Imagine the impact on religious liberty and free speech when a liberal majority in court hears cases by the “Human Rights Campaign”—America's largest civil rights organization advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender equality.
The Next Generation of Leaders
When Christians read about “doctrines of demons,” “false Christs,” and “false teachers,” who or what do you think scripture is talking about? The territory to watch isn’t in the church—it’s a call to keep an eye on your government, universities and thought leaders. Watch who is shaping the minds of the populace and what they are feeding them!
Unbelievers are quick to talk about how many wars have been fought over religion, but the truth is, far greater devastation has come through false “doctrines” and “false Christs” tied to political ideologies like “National Socialism” under Adolph Hitler, and “Communism” under Joseph Stalin. A religious frame of reference sometimes misses what's really going on. Just for a moment let us look through this lens: What if the “false doctrine” today isn’t the teaching of a preacher on the radio, but the teaching of progressives in schools and universities? What if the “false prophets” and “counterfeit apostles” we should look for are not emerging from religious cults, but rather progressive politics? Look at the myriad of well-funded, single-issue focused activist organizations on the Left. What if we saw this as a counterfeit evangelism movement? What do false apostles do? They govern and launch small groups of trained disciples to target specific cities or institutions in order to alter the American mind and change the nation. You think I am crazy? Why do you think we lost so much ground for the last decade in spite of revival ministries and church growth flourishing? Jesus taught that “tares” are people the devil plants, and he plants them to entangle and thwart the harvest of God. This is the story of the United States. While we preached and prayed, the Left discipled the nation.
The Role of Prophetic Leaders in Crisis
Winston Churchill was mocked by contemporaries because of his constant tirade about “Herr Hitler” and the menacing threat he was becoming to all of Europe. The public simply did not want to see the reality of the threat that was facing them. Instead, they wanted what Neville Chamberlain gave them— a useless piece of paper— a promise of “peace in our time.” The problem was that England wanted peace in a time of war.
Churchill ended up the true prophet who saw the threat for what it was. He explained the cost of not taking action, and when the time came to lead, he laid out the price of victory in blood, sweat and tears.
He was a prophetic leader.
He was—as I will explain thoroughly in a moment—God’s “Cyrus.” He was raised up in WWII as the instrument to stop Hitler. Churchill saw the bigger battle and described the struggle as involving the survival of “Christian civilization.”
I have Churchill’s memoirs in my library and I think you’ll find the titles of the first three books quite prophetic to our day:
1. The Gathering Storm
2. Their Finest Hour
3. The Grand Alliance
The Gathering Storm—which tells of Churchill’s critical observations on the settlement of WWI and its place in the causes of WWII—reminds me of what many of us feel now—that gnawing concern for our nation’s future.
Their Finest Hour is the story of the remnant of Royal Air Force pilots who stopped the German invasion— in the air! It reminds me how a properly mobilized remnant can make a difference against great odds. The battle is fought “up there,” so to speak, in the spirit realm.
The Grand Alliance describes how the Allied Nations finally started working together collaboratively “as one” to defeat their common enemy.
Trump’s Churchillian Perspective
In many ways, I see a similarity between Donald Trump and Churchill. Especially in the way that Churchill grated on the nerves of his contemporaries, saying things they didn’t want to hear, and describing things others didn't want to see. Churchill had an ability to prophetically intuit what was coming. He saw the world in a particular way and would not back down.
After Donald Trump finished his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 21st, 2016, his media critics described his message as “dark” and “dystopian.” They were turned off by his “relentlessly grim” and “gloomy” picture of America. What really happened? Trump gave a Churchillian assessment of America on its current course. In contrast, the Democratic National Convention was an upbeat beating-down of Trump. It was like watching a celebrity dance party on the deck of the Titanic.
The liberal media’s response was 100 percent in agreement, that Trump's speech would cost him votes. They were shocked when they discovered that 75 percent of the viewers said his speech had a "very positive" or "somewhat positive" effect. The media may have been shocked, but I wasn’t. I was not taken by surprise because 65 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.
To a great extent this explains something about Trump’s supporters and his critics. Barack Obama ran intentionally as a blank slate upon which you could write anything. You could give him whatever qualities you were looking for. Trump is the opposite. He is a mirror that reflects back the worldview of the beholder. If you have a lawless spirit, Trump is your bad cop. If you are an open borders, open arms type of person, Trump is the Grinch that stole Christmas.
Donald Trump: The Wrecking Ball
As I said earlier, and prior to my first meeting with Trump, I heard the Lord say to me, “Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness!”
I published this prophetic word right away, exactly as I heard it, at the beginning of the 2016 Primary Election season. I did not know exactly what this meant, other than the fact that he would be used to challenge and disrupt the nation's political discourse. That first meeting was wild. Virtually everything I needed to know about Trump was there. (I write about this landmark meeting in a later chapter.)
Cyrus the 45th Chapter
It was prior to my second meeting with Trump when I ran across an unusual image on my computer. It was a picture of him seated in the Oval Office with these words: “Donald Trump 45th President of the United States.” The image made a peculiar impression on me. With literally 17 candidates running to be the Republican presidential nominee, no one, including me, was thinking of Donald Trump as president. I wanted to return to my work, but could not shake the image. It struck me the same way the “wrecking ball” word did.
I was curious about whether or not the next president would be American president 45. “That can’t be right,” I thought, “Is Barack Obama the 44th President? Sure enough, he is the 44th president, and when he was re-elected for the second term, the number stayed 44. So, the 2016 election will determine the 45th president of the United States.
Immediately after that, I heard the Lord say, “Read Isaiah 45.”
Now I don’t pretend to hear God all the time so the few times I do hear, it stands out. I had a King James Version Bible near me and began to read: “Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed” (Isaiah 45:1).
“Cyrus,” I thought? “Who is he again? How does this matter to America right now?”
Here’s what I found: In Isaiah 45, God prophesied that He would raise up a ruler named Cyrus, and this was announced 150 years before the man was born. Cyrus is mentioned by name 30 times in the Bible, and it was the Cyrus decree that authorized the return of the Jews to Jerusalem to rebuild the house of God. It was also this decree that empowered Nehemiah to build his wall.
Isaiah predicted that Cyrus would virtually walk right into Babylon and take it. In 539 B.C., a man named Cyrus did just that— he took Babylon without a struggle. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, his army diverted the course of the Euphrates river, making the river level drop and giving the invading forces the ability to enter into the city that night through the riverbed. It was just as Isaiah the prophet said, prophesying to Babylon, "I will dry up your rivers" (Isaiah 44:27).
The Bible tells us that as the Babylonian King Belshazzar and his friends were drunk with wine, no one had noticed that the waters in the Euphrates were diminishing. Cyrus marched his armies across the riverbed. Just as Isaiah wrote, the gates would “not be closed” (Isaiah 45:1), and the Persians easily entered the city through the open gates. "That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain” (Daniel 5:30, NIV).
Within a year, Cyrus declared all the Jews held captive in Babylon were to be set free and allowed to return home to Jerusalem, as described in Ezra 1. These two events— the taking of Babylon the Great, without a battle, and the freeing of the Jews soon after— are both remarkable historical events tied to a prophecy in Isaiah 150 years before they occurred. I find it remarkable that God calls people to specific tasks before they were born, don’t you?
The Cyrus Cylinder
Centuries later, Hormonz Rassam, while exploring an excavated site in Babylon in 1879, made one of history's greatest archaeological discoveries. He held in his hand the fragile “Cyrus Cylinder”!
The Cyrus Cylinder is an artifact, dating back to the time of Daniel, between 538-529 B.C., that records the destruction of the Babylonian empire and the return of the Jewish people to Palestine from their captivity. This confirms what the Bible tells us, and here’s what I found interesting about that: According to the cylinder, this ruler dealt with three issues we have today—terrorism, faith and the economic well-being of the people.
Here’s the part dictated by Cyrus himself: "I did not allow any to terrorize the land of Sumer and Akkad. I kept in view the needs of Babylon and all its sanctuaries to promote their well-being. The citizens of Babylon. I lifted their unbecoming yoke. Their dilapidated dwellings I restored. I put an end to their misfortunes.”
Why should this discovery matter to us? Because the idea of God raising up “Isaiah 45” secular leaders who are anointed to help God’s people build healthy nations is a GAME CHANGER for us! Cyrus was an anointed secular ruler raised up through the intercession of God's people. Isaiah calls Cyrus, “My anointed,” yet this man was not a Jew. He was a king outside the royal lineage of Hebrew kings.
As Daniel's time in office overlapped with Cyrus, it is entirely conceivable that he influenced Cyrus regarding the return of the Jewish population held captive in Babylon for 70 years. Remarkably, Josephus the historian records for us that Cyrus read the Isaiah prophecy about himself and followed this up with a decree. Based on Cyrus’ official decree, successor kings permitted the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple and city walls.
Cyrus was a secular shepherd, the anointed ruler, selected by God, as an answer to the prayers of God's people. He set in motion 50 years of national recovery for Israel.
Cyrus My Anointed
Even with a degree in theology, I have to admit that this Isaiah 45 scripture was taking me into some strange theological territory. I’ve never heard anyone teach that God actually raises up “anointed” secular shepherds, but the language from the Bible was clear.
I began reading further back in Isaiah and found this: “When I say of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd,' he will certainly do as I say. He will command, 'Rebuild Jerusalem'; he will say, 'Restore the Temple'" (Isaiah 44:27-28, NLT). Cyrus a secular ruler, a non-Jew, was not only anointed, but also God called him “My shepherd!”
The idea of Trump being an Isaiah 45 “Cyrus” archetype was intriguing to me. The word “anointed” in Hebrew denotes a person “specifically chosen and set apart for a specific task.”
The puzzle pieces were starting to come together in a strange way. I went back to study Daniel and rediscovered the spiritual warfare he engaged in for 21 days (Daniel 10:13). That period culminated in a meeting with the archangel Gabriel who, fresh from battle with the “Prince of Persia,” revealed that his warfare in the heavenlies was needed to shift and confirm leaders, like Cyrus and Darius, in office (Daniel 11:1). Daniel’s account explains why there is spiritual warfare over certain elections and Supreme Court appointments. It explains what is happening even now in the United States!
Remember, at the time I heard this word, there were 17 candidates running to be the Republican nominee. Evangelicals were searching for the best conservative Christian candidate capable of beating Hillary Clinton. Many were leaning towards Senator Marco Rubio or Senator Ted Cruz. Others were attracted to Dr. Ben Carson, or the former pastor and Governor Mike Huckabee. All were running as clear-eyed conservative Evangelicals, so why would God be talking about a secular ruler named Cyrus? Could Trump be God’s Cyrus?
Think about it. How else would you describe a modern day Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, or Ronald Reagan? These leaders were not men or women who emerged out of the church—they were “Cyrus” leaders. It was only in retrospect that we canonized them and saw the hand of providence in raising them up to deal with the crisis of their times.
In fact, Harry Truman was a “Cyrus” and even called himself that. As President, in 1948, he played a decisive role in making Israel a nation. Paul Charles Merkley of Christianity Today tells this story of Truman: “A few months after leaving office Truman was brought to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York to meet a group of Jewish dignitaries. Accompanying him was his good friend Eddie Jacobson, a comrade from his Army days and former business partner. Jacobson introduced his friend to the assembled theologians: ‘This is the man who helped create the State of Israel.’ Truman retorted, ‘What do you mean, 'helped to create’? I am Cyrus. I am Cyrus." He knew the biblical story and understood his role in modern history.”
The Power of a “Cyrus Decree”!
The reason for the spiritual warfare becomes further evident when you see what Cyrus did. This secular ruler not only ended a period of prolonged spiritual deterioration, but also authorized a spiritual release that ended a cycle of spiritual stagnation and captivity.
There are some interesting Bible characters who overlapped through this period. Daniel, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were all contemporary prophets at one point. Much of their prophecies and intercession concerned events in their time and were stored up in the heavens for release. For instance, it was Jeremiah's prophecy about 70 years of captivity that prompted Daniel to pray for release. It was Daniel's prayer that set in motion the emergence of Cyrus and his decree.
Some of the things we pray and prophesy need to align with certain future events before they are released. Daniel did his part, but God had to put Cyrus in office to complete the equation. When the natural and spiritual realms line up, the pent-up bowls of intercession in heaven are tipped and things start to change.
The Cyrus decree, recorded in Ezra 1:1-4, is the moment Heaven authorized the return and restoration of God's people. The first phase involved rebuilding the house of the Lord. It was this “Cyrus decree” that worked its way through King Darius and King Artaxerxes until Nehemiah engaged his task to restore the destroyed gates, and the wall that served as a protective boundary surrounding Jerusalem.
What About That Wall?
Trump is famous with his supporters and critics alike for his comments on “building the wall,” but let’s consider that perhaps this statement on rebuilding the wall is “prophetically symbolic.” What do walls represent in the Bible? Proverbs 25:28 says, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (ESV). America has become a country without walls— a nation without self-government.
We are out of control fiscally in Washington, physically at our borders, and morally in our values. On all points, our spiritual and natural gates are broken down.
What no foreign power could do, we have done to ourselves. It reminds me of a statement from Abraham Lincoln as he described circumstances of national unravelling preceding his own run for office. News then sounds like news today. Lincoln said:
“The increasing disregard for law, which pervades the country and accounts of outrages committed by mobs, form the every-day news of the times. At what point then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”
National suicide is the path America is on, and the 2016 election will determine if that future can be altered. I believe it's the wrecking ball— Donald J. Trump— that has been sent to break the momentum of this self-destruction. The Cyrus anointing is purposed to build and restore.
Consider Modern Day America!
How long have Christians been praying for revival and awakening in our land? We have three decades of prayers and fasting and prophesying over America stored up and waiting for release in my lifetime alone! There has been extensive labor to bring reconciliation between races and the first peoples of this land. In spite of that, what we have witnessed nationally for the last eight years is nothing but erosion. Debt doubled. Race riots. Terrorism multiplied. Marriage redefined. It has been an agonizing unravelling descent into Babylon where modern kings lift their goblets in praise of themselves and their progressive achievements.
Your Role in 2016-2020
No politician can do the task that has been given to the American church—the task that we alone have authority to carry out. The gates of Hell will not yield an inch just because of a ballot box. In this American unravelling we need both a unified church and a Cyrus leader in government who is built to navigate the chaos—a chaos candidate.
I believe Trump is the chaos candidate who has been set apart to navigate us through the chaos coming to America. I think America is due for a shaking regardless of whom is in office. I believe the 45th president is meant to be an Isaiah 45 Cyrus. With him in office, we have an authority in the Spirit to build the house of the Lord and restore the crumbling walls that separate us from cultural collapse. Yet even then, this national project is likely to be done as Daniel prophesied: “in troublous times” (Daniel 9:25).
More than any other candidate in history, Donald Trump is receptive to what the church can do. If you think about it, no candidate other than Trump would even risk the political liability of promoting a faith-based solution to a problem, especially if they ran as an evangelical Christian. With Trump it's a different story. No one thinks he’s a conspiring Christian trying to push God on people. Yet, as far as he understands, he is not embarrassed about his “Christianity.” Who else would have taken on the pope and said, “I am a Christian and I’m proud of it!”? While not a line calculated to help him with Catholic votes, Cyrus Trump may challenge all Christians, including Catholics and Protestants, to public service. If people of faith have a solution that works, this man will be interested in seeing it. Trump isn’t ashamed of Christianity. Through his journey, surrounded by African American clergy and white evangelicals like Mike Pence, Trump has come to the conclusion that making America great involves, in words he used in a Detroit church: “Renewing the bonds of trust between citizens and the bonds of faith that make our nation strong.” Trump has come to an amazing and underpublicized conclusion: “America’s been lifted out of many of its most difficult hours through the miracle of faith. Now, in these hard times for our country, let us turn again to our Christian heritage to lift up the soul of our nation.”
Why Is Trump God’s Chaos Candidate?
I have a theory. As the world's lone superpower, America has been a nation singularly blessed by God in freedom, prosperity, and peace. Indeed, we have proven the promise: “Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalms 33:12).
We were once a nation that honored God, not necessarily as a Christian nation, but as a nation with a respect for Christ and appreciation for Christian influence in our heritage. That disposition has changed. (I’ll share about this in Chapter 3.)
Trump once told a group of Christians that met with him: “If you don’t mind me saying so you’ve gotten soft.” From Trump's perspective, Christian leadership has become fearful of criticism and worried about confrontation. We have backed up and surrendered ground. Ministers want to avoid controversy. Controversy leads to loss of people and offerings. It opens a door to IRS persecution. In short, we have put ourselves into the very place Jesus warned about when he said that salt that loses its savor and “becomes trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13). We have disengaged from the battle and as a consequence we are treated with contempt.
“Why,” I asked, “did God not answer the prayers of His people by providing an experienced conservative Christian as a front runner?”
The answer seems clear now. I think it's an issue of stewardship. There is not a problem we could not change, if the Christian community actually showed up. Did you know there are 100 million born-again Christians in America? Of this number, only 50 million are registered to vote. Of these 50 million only 25 million show up to vote, and these 25 million are often confused about whom to vote for! We have been given a blessed land, but most Christians are too lazy or self-absorbed to steward the garden. Progressives on the other hand, live, eat and sleep to accomplish their vision of creating a “utopia” on earth. There’s no path to Eden without Christ— but that’s not stopping them. Don’t think you can hide. YOU are an impediment to their agenda. In the end they are coming for you—Hillary’s basket of “deplorables.” What’s troublesome is that many liberals don’t like each other, but they are willing to work together for their collective cause, while we Christians on the opposite side like each other but refuse to work together.
That’s going to have to change.
The most troubling aspect of all this is the fact that God's plan isn’t always what God's people choose. Just because Trump is a Cyrus doesn’t mean the people can’t end up with Hillary. Either way, onNovember 9th—the morning after Election Day—the nation will wake up divided like it hasn’t been since 1860. This book explains what’s happening.
So here is my theory: We, the people of God, have let the nation drift. Because we have not engaged our primary assignment of discipling our own nation, God is doing something that none of us expected. God continues to walk with a nation that once knew Him, but now disregards Him. Yet, God’s unique assignment for the United States is revealed by Him choosing a man that does not know Him, to meet Him, in the crucible of the calling to serve America.
God is at work. He is indeed making a statement by what He is doing. We may be watching a prophetic sign in Mr. Trump that applies to all of us. Donald, the self-made man who can “get it done” enters the arena, and through the pressure of circumstance, becomes the God-shaped man whom God enabled to “do it.”
The future of America is quite literally in our hands. History will happen in a matter of days. Will we show up or will we miss this moment?
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In the next chapter, I will take you to the moment Trump made the choice to run. You will be surprised who was used to get him to act.