The following article, written by Minister Ronnie Stricklin, Childrens Bread Ministries Inc, Mesa AZ, is reprinted from the Vol. 15, #8, September 2017 issue of “Just Good News,” a Christian newspaper published in Milwaukee, WI. It has been edited and updated to reflect accuracy and recent developments.
The Trumpet To Repent
Minister Ronnie Stricklin
Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
Joel 2: 1
Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head…But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
Ezekiel 33: 4, 5c
Recently, “Evangelical” leaders have sought to justify the current President, #45, of the United States of America’s (POTUS) threats of “pre-emptive” nuclear bombing attacks against North Korea by perversely using Romans 13, Biblical scripture. Just as unseemly, some “Christian” and other “leaders” perversely used Biblical scripture to call for prayers that the 44th POTUS die an early and frightful death and that his family be decimated.
Romans 13: 1-7 King James Version*
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom is due; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
These are the scriptural verses used to justify the POTUS prerogative to preemptively attack North Korea. Yes, it is true that there is no one in power that God does not allow to be in power, good or evil. It is equally and more so such that God allows what mankind allows to happen on/in the earth. Matthew 18: 18 He gave mankind dominion over the earth. Genesis 1:26
Since there are persons who argue that God puts political/civil governments in place, is it not so that God put Russia’s, North Korea’s, China’s, Saudi Arabia’s, Iran’s, Cuba’s, the United Kingdom’s, France’s, Canada’s, etc. governments in place? God allowed the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Chaldeans, the Medes/Persians to invade and destroy the land, to enslave, kill, and terrorize the Children of Israel. He allowed it because through their disobedience to Him, they allowed it.
All of the modern countries mentioned above, and more are Communist, Socialist, and Islamic. Russia, Iran, the UK, India, Pakistan and other countries, “Christian” and not, have nuclear weapons. Yet we’ve heard no one call for nuclear destruction of Saudi Arabia, found complicit in 9/11 and in funding groups terrorizing the UK and Israel.
No calls to destroy Russia, China, the UK/European Union, etc. Saudi’s have oil, Russia and China have nukes, Europe has “skin-ship.” That “exempts” them from the bellicose threats made by the “Leader of the Free World.” Interestingly, only countries who do not kowtow to America’s wishes (usually hinging upon natural resources and/or “strategic” positions,) are condemned and threatened for developing nuclear weapons. No one should use nuclear power to threaten or engage warfare.
Apparently in America, Romans 13 : 1-7 is reserved only for those who resist the current version of American exclusionalism and Manifest Destiny. Nowhere is it found that those breathing threats on other countries seek to bring the Gospel of God’s Grace and Reconciliation between God and man through the blood of Jesus Christ. Is that why quotations from Romans 13 stop at verse 7 and do not include verse 8?
Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Jesus showed us how to behave with those who are aligned against us. In Matthew 15, a “heathen” (Canaan/Gentile) woman beseeches Him to help release her child from demonic oppression. He tells her that it is not right for Him to help “dogs,” (which is what Jews felt about non-Jews,) with “bread” that belongs to the “children.” (God’s people.)) She replies that it is true, but that even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children’s table. Jesus recognizes the woman’s faith that He is the Messiah and causes her daughter to be healed because of her faith.
In Luke 10, Jesus recounts a story of how a man was robbed, beaten, and left for dead on the road. He was passed and ignored by two religious Jews. A third traveler came along, bandaged the victim, and took him to shelter, paying for the bill. The third man was a Samaritan, a descendant of the invaders (and the peasant stock of Samaria/Northern Israel left behind) from Babylon who took Israel captive almost eight hundred years beforehand. Samaritans were well despised by all Jews. This man Jesus called a true neighbor of the victim because he set aside political/religious animosities and helped a person in need.
Incidentally, Jesus never called the man “The Good Samaritan,” He called him a “certain Samaritan.” This is another one of the ways Satan works to pervert the Word of God. Jesus stated very clearly in Mark 10: 18 “…there is none good but one, that is God.” To talk of the “Good Samaritan” is the way of the world, set apart by Satan who boasted that all the kingdoms of the world were given to him, and he gives them to whomever he pleases. Luke 4: 6 A simple thing, yet, when multiplied with all his other deceptions, seeks to undermine the power of God’s Word.
Jesus instructed again in Matthew 22 when questioned by “legal authorities” of Israel as to what the greatest commandment in the Law as given by Moses. Christ responded;
…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Nowhere has it been said that these “Evangelicals” and others, so ready to plunge into warfare using Romans 13, have considered the true message of our Lord and the Bible/New Testament.
The same can be said of those people who prayed for the death of POTUS #44 and the decimation of his family. Their prayer begins from Psalm 109: 8,
Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places…Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any favour to his fatherless children…Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
This was not a prayer against a foreign enemy, but against the 44th President of the United States of America. A death threat. From “men of God,” and US Senator. Yes, #44 supported civil measures that go against the teaching of the Bible. As done from the beginnings of this country until this very day, so have other Presidents, high profile politicians and elected officials. No death threats were issued against them for that.
(Roe v. Wade [abortion] was in place, since 1973, under a Republican administration, long before #44 got elected.) Again, the Word of God was perverted by agents of Satan to accomplish their own ends.
Some of these same “Evangelicals” recently held their annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona and engaged a heated stalemate on the question of equality for their Black members. In 2017!
It has not been recorded that #44 grabs women by the genitals (sexual assault,) or poses in master/slave photos with women, for outside consumption, or, sought out business opportunities with Russia, “the ‘God-less’ enemy.” #45 and his camp has.
Yes, every person who called for these prayers has enjoyed, and continue to enjoy the privileges of this country wrought through the murder, rape, exclusion, exploitation and oppression of _________ (fill in the blank!) that “made this country great.” Their haughty self-righteousness has ushered in a continued resurgence of hatred for people of color, for the indigenous people, for anyone who dares question whether their hate-filled tirades are really what made America “great.”
No longer are people allowed to go unmolested, physically and verbally, because they take a stand against the injustice that has become the order of the day in America. Some preachers who praise Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. for leading the protests that pricked America’s conscience, now ridicule the youth of this country who are taking a stand and saying “no more!”
All lives DO matter to our Lord. Black/poor/color/justice-seeking lives don’t seem to matter in the USA , the UK and other parts of the western societies. A high profile professional football athlete takes a knee to protest what is happening to people in the name of “patriotic Amurica,” and is scourged from every corner. Thankfully, he knew what to expect and move to donate some of his millions to the very people the haters in this country ignore, women, children, people of color, veterans and others.
There is yet hope. Some ministers from the south have organized a “mancott” of a sports institution that makes billions off the backs of athletes like the one in question, where 80% of the professional football athletes are Black men and 80% of the audience is white. They call it a “mancott” because they say, in this instance, “boycott” is for “boys,” not men taking a stand.
None of these ministers are marching in hoods, carrying torches. They are not recklessly driving their cars through peaceful protesters (several occurrences since Charlottesville, Virginia in Canada and the US.) They are not firing weapons at counter-protesters as the police stand idly by and do nothing about it. They are not driving to the places of worship of the hate-mongers and killing as many as they can (as done by hate-mongers from Wisconsin to Virginia.) They are calling for an economic “squeeze” on a particular institution that is trying to “whip their slaves into line.”
And the ministers are doing it without the blessing of POTUS #45, who gave/gives his tacit approval to the monstrous behaviors of the hate-mongers in Charlottesville, and other hotbeds of hate. So, we have a “leader” that we as a country allowed. I am reminded of Samuel, Saul and God;
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel…And they said…now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel…and Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said…Hearken unto the voice of the people…for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them…show them the manner of king that shall reign over them…He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen…he will…set them to ear his ground…to make his instruments of war…he will take your daughters…your fields, and your vineyards…and give them to his servants…you shall cry out because of your king…and the LORD will not hear you…
Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel: and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us…
1 Samuel 8
I am also reminded of two verses in Ecclesiastes 10;
: 20 Curse not the king….
: 16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child…
In the 700s B .C., and again in the 500s B. C., Israel and Judah were destroyed as a nation. God “allowed” this to happen because the people “allowed” themselves to be caught up in idolatry, disobedience, and occult practices. Can you say “I gotta have a new (truck, car, tv, wardrobe, etc),” even though it is only because you want to keep up with the Jones? Can you see how we collectively disobey the greatest commandments (“…love the Lord your God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all your mind…love thy neighbor as thyself.”? Can you see how the minds of our people are taken with walking dead, vampires, astrology, magic, and other popular occult practices?
Like Samuel’s people, like Israel and Judah, America is headed down the same road. God allowed Samuel’s people to have a leader who disrespected any and everything. Not unlike our getting POTUS #45. God allows us to wallow in the “undead.” God allows us to place material values over love of each other. God allows it because “we” allow it. Mathew 18: 18
John the Baptist told us “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3: 2 He was a herald for King Jesus who began His ministry, after baptism and His testing by Satan, by preaching “Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4: 17
Take time to learn about bible prophecy (1) and you will find that the stage is currently being set for the return of Jesus to take his church/bride, come back again to destroy the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet, and Satan, their General. It is not far away! Prepare yourself to receive him. It will not be pleasant for those who do not!
Update: North Korea has continually insisted that they are willing to sit down and negotiate what to do about their nuclear weapons programs IF the US will stop making threats of attack. Today’s major media outlets either ignores this or misrepresents it. See here for a reference.
*While I use the King James Version of the Bible, it is because it is the most accessible to most people. I will occasionally us other translations and commentaries, such as the Chumash, the New King James Version, the 1901 American Standard Version, the Message Bible, the Complete Jewish Bible, and others, in attempt to provide a closer translation to the original Hebrew and Greek languages and to provide some understanding in today’s “lingua.”
(1) In particular, Daniel (especially Chapters 7 and 9); Matthew 22 – 25; and, Revelation (especially Chapters 17 – 22)