Prayer Force One
Leadership Training Course

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"At Prayer Force One, we’re looking for believers.
We’re looking for those who believe that God isn’t through with America;
That our country can still be saved; 
That II Chronicles 7:14 is still true;
And that a faithful, praying remnant can still make a difference. 
We are Prayer Force One... and we are looking for you!"

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Welcome To Prayer Force One University

    Prayer Force One University is the ecclesiastical, educational arm of Prayer Force One, a servant ministry to America’s entire prayer movement. Our goal is to build a united prayer organization across our nation that will benefit our country’s prayer movement by developing and connecting prayer leaders across our land.

    In the days ahead, we will be making available various courses of on-line study from some of America’s leading teachers and writers. In time, we also hope to provide in depth training that will culminate in a full-fledged chaplaincy as part of Prayer Force One.

    Prayer Force One University is a work in progress, and as such, we ask for both patience and feedback from all of our participants so that we may perfect the body of instruction and the camaraderie of all who wish to be a part. Each new course will first be presented through a series of e-letters as a no-cost, pilot program before it is added to our on-line curriculum.

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Introduction To This Course

    Our first offering is our Prayer Force One Leadership Training Course, which will be presented in a series of lessons to be sent out once a month until completed. The purpose of this initial course is to present the goals, beliefs and organizational structure of Prayer Force One so that participants can work together with a common understanding and commitment.

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LESSON 1

 NATIONHOOD: AMERICA'S RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY
By Senator Ed Moore (OK-Ret.)

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“Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.”

From The Lay of the Last Minstrel, By Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Sir Walter Scott

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Introduction To Lesson One

    Today, there is much confusion and even disregard concerning the role of nations as it relates to the welfare of the family and the plan of God for the world. Therefore, in this first, foundational lesson, we will explore what the Bible teaches concerning the importance of  nationhood, as well as our personal responsibility as Christians as we battle the forces of darkness that seek to subvert and destroy our nation. It is vitally important that this first lesson, though quite long, be studied thoroughly before we can move forward with future lessons.

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IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?”

    In I Samuel 17, we read the story of David and Goliath. When David obeyed his father’s voice to take provisions to his brethren at the front lines of Israel’s battle against the Philistines, he was confronted with seven challenges which have great significance for America and other nations today. These also have great instructional value as we seek to build a national Prayer Force One leadership structure. Let us briefly consider each of these seven challenges as an introduction to this first lesson.

David

    1. David Bursts Forth On The National Stage At A Time Of National Crises.

    When one reads his or her Bible we do well to take note that God always worked through individuals, families, and nations; these three! The great example of course is Israel, as it relates to the redemption of the world.

    God first called a single individual, Abraham, and promised that, “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3b) The New Testament of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ elaborates stating, “In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8b) From these verses, we can easily see that God’s plan for world is to bless all families and all nations. Families are important! Nations are equally important!

    Abraham’s story became a family story and then a national story when his grandson, Jacob, sired twelve sons, who became the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel. Again, take note that God worked through the progressive sequence of individual, family, and then nation.

    In the Old Testament book of Ruth, we see how God continued to work through Abraham’s descendant, Boaz, and his marriage to Ruth, (a Gentile). This marriage produced Obed, who was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David, who became King of the nation of Israel. Here again, notice that God worked through individuals to produce a family, which in turn produced the royal, Messianic line of the nation from which Christ came.

    This of course leads us back to the story of young David who arrives at a time of national crises; and that by Divine appointment!

    2. David Was Confronted With What Everyone Else Considered To Be An Impossible Situation.

    David arrived at the camp of Israel just in time to witness the daily taunting of Goliath of Gath, the nine and-a-half foot champion of the Philistines. Goliath’s challenge was clear: “Send any one man to fight, and the entire war will be decided by the outcome!”

    Notice that Goliath’s challenge was a personal one, yet one that would affect the destiny of the whole nation. Notice also that no one was willing to face the giant, including King Saul, who himself stood head and shoulders above all other Israelites. No one was willing to fight because everyone, to a man, considered this to be an impossible situation.

    Likewise, today many Christians, if not most Christians have concluded that America’s relentless descent into debauchery is unstoppable and have given up on any hope of reversing the downward plunge to depravity and destruction. Today, it seems like the godless agenda that is ruining our children will inevitably prevail no matter what we do. In short, it seems like America’s situation is hopeless.

    3. Now Notice That David Was Appalled At The Blasphemy Of The Enemy.

    When David heard the taunting, the mocking and the blasphemy spewing forth from the mouth of this giant, he was shocked and appalled that such unholy indignation should go unchallenged by the men of Israel. When he witnessed this he said to the men around him, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Samuel 17:26)

    We in America today must take heart and never forget that God takes notice of those who grieve over the humiliation of their own country. For while, “Righteousness exalteth a nation... sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) Even when God is poised to judge a city or a nation, He pauses to honor and deliver those who grieve over its sin. (Let us remember Lot, who vexed his righteous spirit day by day over the sins of Sodom, and how God also delivered him.)

    This can also be seen in Ezekiel chapter nine. In this account, God was preparing to pour out retribution upon the city of Jerusalem for the multitude of her unrepentant transgressions. However, in verse four, we see that God instructed one of the angels to, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” Later, when God instructed the angels to “slay utterly,” He sternly added, “But come not near any man upon whom is the mark!” (Ezekiel 9:6)

         4. David Was Indignant That No One Would Defend God’s Honor.

    What set David apart in his love of country was his jealously for the honor of God. Patriotism that displaces God is both putrid and full of pride. America in particular must remember that, “If God spared not the natural branches, take heed that he also spare not thee.” (Romans 11:21) History is full of humiliated kings and fallen nations whose misguided patriotism discarded and dishonored the God of Heaven. The Bible is still true when it declares what Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way; namely that: “The Most High God ruleth over the kingdoms of men!” (Daniel 5:21)

    Our own President Abraham Lincoln humbly concurred in this when he plainly stated: “It is the duty of nations as well as men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the LORD.”

Abraham Lincoln Quote

     David was a man after God’s own heart, and, like the many prophets that came after him, was jealous for the honor of his God. Elijah for example, offers the following inspiring cry to God. “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with a sword.” (I Kings19:10-14) Notice here however, that like David before him, this jealousy for God’s honor was manifested in a national context!

    5. David Was Ridiculed By His Brother Who Accused Him Of Pride & Arrogance.

    So it is with the newly called, that “Heavenly obedience often looks like earthly pride.” David’s eldest brother, Eliab, instead of being born for adversity, (Proverbs 17:17) became his brother’s accuser, and angrily said: “Why camest thou down hither, and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart.” The Bible then says that others of the people soon joined Eliab in upbraiding David. Thus, we notice that the 'bold and obedient' was here accused of 'pride and arrogance.' Such heavenly visionaries are often misunderstood, misrepresented and misjudged. This painful reality is why Paul instructed young Timothy to, “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example to the believers.” (I Timothy 4:12)

    So too, some of those who become a part of the Prayer Force One family may find themselves criticized, scoffed at and even ridiculed by otherwise good people. Do not let this deter you, for as David himself wisely responded to his brother, we should also kindly but firmly respond with the interrogative, Is there not a cause?”

    6. David Believed That One Single Individual Could Make A Difference.

    David did not hesitate to volunteer himself to fight Goliath. He believed that God could use him to win this impossible battle. David knew and understood that one individual could make a difference in the battle for the future of his nation. In reality, this is what God is always looking for. In Isaiah’s day, God said: “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” To which Isaiah replied, “Here am I, send me!”

    In the book of Ezekiel God again tells of his search for a single individual through whom he might deliver the nation, when he said: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)

    Again, in II Chronicles 16:8, Hanani the seer spoke to King Asa for the LORD saying: “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” God does not change, and though he found not a man in Ezekiel’s day, nor in Asa’s day, he certainly did in David’s! Such men are very, very rare. So let us conclude our introduction by returning to David.

    7. David Had Faith That God Would Deliver The Nation By His Hand! 

    Is it any wonder that Samuel, speaking for God, would refer to David as, “A man after His own heart?” As we have seen, God is always looking for such a man. God wanted to show himself strong through some individual. God wanted to save the nation of Israel and found such a man, such a believer, such a heart in David!

    Listen now to David’s as he spoke directly to God, saying: “And what can David say more unto thee? For thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant. For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.” (II Samuel 7:20)

    In the matter of Goliath, David knew that God’s word was at stake. He knew that God’s honor was at stake. He knew that the nation of Israel was at stake; and again, in all of this, David believed that God would be with him as he volunteered to fight Goliath! And so God was!

Satan Hates What God Loves

    As we have stated earlier, God works through individuals, families and nations. Is it any wonder then that Satan hates and fights all three. Let us consider each of these in their order.

1. Satan Hates & Seeks To Destroy Every Individual

    Jesus reveals that the devil is  “A murderer from the beginning.” He called him “A liar and the father of it.” He also said that “There is no truth in him.” (John 8:44) Knowing this, we must understand that Satan in his war against God and godliness, seeks to destroy as many individual lives as he can.

    The Apostle Peter makes this very clear when he warns us to: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” (I Peter 5:8) Notice that Satan is again called “the devourer” in Malachi 3:10, and also “the destroyer.” (Jeremiah 4:7 and I Corinthians 10:10)

Lion

    Because the devil seeks to destroy individual lives, believers are told how to fight against him. In the scripture above we are instructed to steadfastly “resist” him. In James 4:7 we are told to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” In another passage we are told to forgive one another “Lest Satan should get the advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (II Corinthians 2:11)

2. Satan Hates & Seeks To Destroy Families

    Today, the Biblical, God-ordained family unit is under attack as never before. The institution of marriage is under attack. The innocence of our children is under attack. The very fabric of family purity is under attack on every hand.

Family Under Attack

    When God called Abraham, he explains why Abraham was chosen. God said of Abraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgement; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” (Genesis 18:19)

     When Cornelius was instructed of God to seek out the Apostle Peter to find salvation, the angel said “Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” (Acts 11:14) Likewise, when the Philippian jailer asked how to be saved, the Apostle Paul replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house!” (Acts 16:30)

    As we have seen from the beginning, God’s promise to Abraham was so that “In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3b) The New Testament clearly reveals that in making this promise, God “Preached before the gospel unto Abraham.” (Galatians 3:8) This promise was about a gospel that blesses and saves whole families!

    This is why Satan attacks the family unit, for as Paul states, “If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (II Corinthians 4:3-4) When Satan attacks the gospel, he is in fact, seeking to deny its blessing to whole families!

3. Satan Also Hates & Seeks To Seduce The Nations

    Now we come the crux of this lesson, for our nation, yea the very foundations of nationhood are under attack by Satan himself. The prince of Babylon has come full circle through time and history to resurrect his diabolical dream of a global order, which had been thwarted by God at the tower of Babel many centuries before.

    When Isaiah prophetically introduces Lucifer to hell itself, we find a mocking welcome by all of those Christ-rejecting world leaders across time and history who preceded him. In Isaiah 14:9-12 we read these words:

    “Hell from beneath is moved for thee, to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? Art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations.”

Satan Cast Down

    While much can be learned from this passage, the pressing point of this lesson is that Satan is here described as he “which did weaken the nations.” While we as believers readily concede that Satan hates and attacks individuals and families, many often forget that the global work of Satan is also to weaken the nations as well! While we would concede that each of us will give account for our own souls and that we are responsible for our families, we just as readily excuse ourselves of any real personal accountability where the welfare of our nation is concerned!

    This is exactly the danger that President Ronald Reagan warned about when he said: “There is sin and evil in the world, and we are enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might. I urge you to beware the temptation of pride - the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong, between good and evil.”

Reagan Quote

    During his First Inaugural Address, Ronald Reagan also made this clear, stating: “I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing!” Ronald Reagan believed that America was Divinely established by God for a great purpose; that we were placed here between two oceans to be “A shining city on a hill.” President Reagan firmly believed that each American citizen had a personal responsibility to preserve this great national trust for each suceeding generation.

Why God Establishes Nations

    Benjamin Franklin, sage of America’s Constitutional Convention understood that God established nations. During the contentious days of debate in Philadelphia, Franklin stood up and said: “I have lived Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this great truth - ‘That God governs in the affairs of men.’ And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His recurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” Franklin went on to propose that every succeeding day of the convention be opened in prayer by various members of the city’s clergy.

Benjamin Franklin

    The Bible is clear in its teaching that God establishes nations. The rationale and intent for establishing governments is to provide order and stability in which individual citizens and families can live peaceful, productive lives. He establishes governments to prevent the reign of anarchy and so that evil doers can be punished. In Romans 13:3-4 we read: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.... 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.”

    Now we know that like marriage, not all marriages live up to the intent and godly purpose for which they were established. Even so, not all governments obey God’s intent and laws. Many governments become evil and abuse the power that God has granted them. This is one of the reasons that God judges nations.

    The plain, simple and sometimes disturbing truth is this... That God gives nations the kind of government that the people deserve. If the people, as a whole, are pleasing to God, He gives them a government that reflects this goodness. But if, by a living consensus, the people embraces evil, God will give them an oppressive government or worse.

    This is reflected in Proverbs 29:2 where we read, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Upon first reading one might think that this verse reflects a top down benefit or curse, when actually the opposite is true. When Israel followed the LORD God, He gave them good rulers, but when they did evil in the sight of the LORD, he gave them oppressive leaders until repentance brought about revival; and so it is today. The book of Judges alone, repeats this cycle seven times, yet still, we like Israel of old, are quick to forget!

    Likewise, God not only establishes nations, but he also judges them. Ultimately, in the kingdom age to come, Jesus explained that God will judge the nations left and right. Those nations that predominately honored Him will share the glory of His coming kingdom, while the wicked nations will be annihilated. (See Matthew25:31-34)

Nations Are God’s Natural Check & Balance Against Despotism

    Another reason that God establishes nations is to prevent global despotism. Nations are God’s natural check and balance against despotism. Can you imagine a world under Stalin or Hitler? What if there had been no other nations to fend off and defeat such despotic rulers and nations? What if such a dictator were to rule the whole world, with no other entity to check his power?

    In prophetic fact, this is exactly what the Bible says is going to happen when nations are brought into subjection as ‘nation-states’ to a ‘new global order’ to be headed by a global despot known as the Antichrist. Some believe that the only thing preventing this from becoming a global reality is the existence of the United States of America. This also explains why there is such antagonism toward Christianity by some of the most powerful and influential elements within America itself.

Lessons From The Tower Of Babel

    Genesis, the first book of the Holy Bible, lays the foundations for a multitude of truths. Among the ‘beginnings’ of Genesis we find the foundations of human government. In Genesis chapter 11, we also discover  the story of the Tower of Babel in which God disrupts the human pursuit of a single world order. The obvious question is why? And moreover, why does the book of Revelation introduce the Antichrist as the ruler of this “Mystery Babylon?”

 

    The answer to this is also found in the first book of the Bible where we read, “And the LORD said, behold the people are one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.” (Genesis 11:6) Of course the imagination was to build an earthly utopia that excluded God and thwarted His plans for planet earth. Therefore, in verse seven, we see that God found it necessary to confounded their language and scatter them over all the earth. You might say that this act was the beginning of the nations of the earth as opposed to a one-world Babel.

    A sister passage to the one we just considered is Psalm chapter two, where we read more about this vain imagination alluded to above. It says, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” (Psalm 2:1-3)

    Notice that the vanity of the imagination is that it is against the LORD and His anointed, (Christ). Here we see that the wrongness of Babel’s imagination is not its unity but that the kings of the earth are united against God! Verses 4 and 5 again demonstrate God’s future response: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure.”

    Notice next that verses 6-9 tell us that God’s plan concerns his Son. “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath saith unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potters vessel.”

    Finally, notice God’s warning to the rulers of the earth found in the final three verses. “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” (Psalm 2:10-12)

Christ over the nations

    Compare these verses to the book of Revelation and we can clearly see that God is against the satanically inspired, humanistic global order, whose united agenda is against Christ, the Son of God! This is why Satan seeks to weaken and seduce the nations of the earth. In Revelation 17:1-2 an angel reveals the final judgement of the Babylonian order, saying, “Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgement of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication...”

    When we read on to verses 13 through 15, we see that the mystery of this global fornication is that the nations have yielded their individual freedoms to the Antichrist leader of a global order. We read: “These shall have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”

Why Does Satan Seek To Weaken & Seduce The Nations?

    Having seen all of this, the final obvious question is this: What motivates Satan to weaken and seduce the nations of the earth? Until we correctly answer this question from the Bible, little else will make any sense. Unless we understand the scriptural answer to this question, we can’t begin to understand why sovereign nations and national independence are so important; or why nations must guard against global subversion at all cost.

    As we seek to explore the Biblical answer to this question, it is essential to remember that Satan’s Babylonian agenda is directed solely against the LORD’s anointed, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Having said this, we must now consider something Jesus said in his great prophetic discourse; something that troubles the devil unto this day.

    Within Jesus’ Olivet discourse, found in Matthew chapter 24, we find a very curious statement made by our Lord Jesus. After describing many of the signs of the end of the world and of his second coming, Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to the nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)

Jesus on the mount

    Now, Satan cannot understand scripture because he has not the spiritual discernment that comes from God alone; but he is not stupid either. When Satan heard these words of Christ, there is one thing he did understand: namely, that his end could not happen until the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached in all the world.

    From the book of Revelation we find that the redeemed must include souls from every known tribe of the earth for we read, “For Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation; and hast made us unto our God, kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)

    Just as Satan sought to seek out and then kill the Messiah from the beginning of time, even so he now seeks to stop the spread of the gospel so that his day of judgement cannot arrive; for he knows that Jesus words must first be fulfilled! This is why Satan is so animated with hate against the spread of Christianity and also why he seeks to seduce the nations under a global order that hates Christianity.

    This and this alone is why the Bible says, “Woe unto the  inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! (the nations) for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12) This is also why Satan hates America in particular!

“America Was Born A Christian Nation!”

    Satan seeks to subvert and destroy the United States of America because this nation, more than any other, has championed the Christian message. For,“Where the Spirit of the LORD is there is liberty.” (II Corinthians 3:16b) I dare say that more missionaries have gone out from the shores of this nation than any and all other nations combined.

    Even our own President Truman, upon lighting the National Christmas Tree in 1952, asked Americans to pray, saying: “Let us also pray for our enemies. Let us pray that the Spirit of God shall enter their lives and prevail in their lands. Let us pray for a fulfillment of the brotherhood of man. Through Jesus Christ the world will yet be a better and a fairer place. This faith sustains us today as it has sustained mankind for centuries.”

Wilson Quote

    While some may say that “America is no longer a Christian nation,” there is still a praying majority that knows better. President Woodrow Wilson declared that, “America was born a Christian nation!”, and he was right. President John Quincy Adams adamantly acknowledged that: “The Highest glory of the American Revolution was this; that it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of self-government with the principles of Christianity.”

    President Theodore Roosevelt also recognized this stating, “Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and intertwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally, I do not mean figuratively, but literally impossible for us to figure what the loss would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards toward which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves.”

    Unfortunately, our generation is now seeing the result of a generation where Biblical morality has been systematically purged. Even now, Satan seeks to advance his choke-hold on America’s Christian heritage and influence. Time is running out for America. (To see a more complete list of presidential quotes concerning God, the Bible and the Christian faith, click here or on the photo above to go to our “Hail To Heaven’s Chief” website link.)

Why Nations Fall

    Satan is very experienced in destroying nations, and in this respect, we are not ignorant of his devices. But before we can possibly hope to save our country, we must first understand why nations fall. Fortunately, the Bible is very clear to explain why it is that nations fall. Three times the Word of God uses the word ‘because’ in relation to the fall of a nation. While David said, “Is there not a cause?” the Bible says nations fall, ‘because, because, because!’ Or, as the scripture plainly states, “The curse causeless shall not come.” (Proverbs 26:2) Let us briefly look at each of these three causes.

1. The First Reason That Nations Fall Is Because They Forget God.

     On a positive note, let us remember that any and all nations can be blessed if they will honor the LORD and His precepts. Many nations through the years have experienced God’s manifold blessing. Just the same,  many nations have also lost these blessings or been destroyed because they forgot God. The Bible cautions against this when it sternly warns, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and ALL the nations THAT FORGET GOD!” (Psalms 9:17)

    Do we not forget what God said to Israel of old? “Therefore will I scatter thee as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. This is thy lot, the portion of thy measure from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.” (Jeremiah 13:24-25, See also Isaiah 9:13-16, Jeremiah 18:15-17, & Ezekiel 23:32-35. Notice that each of these pronounced judgement upon Israel because they forgot the LORD)

2. The Second Reason That Nations Fall Is Because Sin Becomes Acceptable & Rampant Among The People. 

    The term, “because ye have sinned” or “because we have sinned,” is used many times in the Old Testament as a testimony of why God judges nations. Here are just two examples. The first is found in Jeremiah 44:23, Because ye have sinned against the voice of the LORD, nor walked in His law, nor His statutes, nor His testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.”

    The second example is Daniel’s national confession to God, which is found in Daniel 9:7b &11. “O LORD, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against Thee...Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey Thy voice; therefore the curse is poured out upon , and the oath that is written in the law of Moses, the servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.”

    President Herbert Hoover understood the colossal danger of a nation yielding to rampant sin when he said, “Our strength lies in spiritual concepts. It lies in public sensitivities to evil. Our greatest danger is not from invading armies. Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance to scandalous behavior!”

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     We must recognize also that though all nations sin, there is a point, a threshold of iniquity, which goes beyond God’s mercy, and brings forth the sure judgement of God. When God promised Abraham that his descendants would come up out of Egypt in the fourth generation, and return to Canaan, the delay was in part because the “iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full;” (Genesis 15:16) that is; the volume of their sin had not yet reached the threshold that demanded the judgement of God. Although no one knows just when this line is crossed, it does exist! Our only hope is that America has not yet crossed this line!

3. The Third Reason That Nations Fall Is Because No One Lays It To Heart.

    This may sound like strange terminology to use, but we do so because it is the terminology that God uses. In Jeremiah 12:10, we find the third reason that nations fall, the third ‘because’ if you will. It says; “The whole land is made desolate because no man layeth it to heart!” In other words, the reason nations fall, is because God cannot find a David!

The Power Of Just One David!

    This brings us back to the unlikely, ruddy-faced David; the boy without armor; the young shepherd without a sword or spear. Notice how David's friend Jonathan described David to his thankless father, “He did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel.” In truth, Jonathan recognized that David alone had turned the tide and saved the nation of Israel!

    This also brings us back to you and I. We must each bear personal responsibility for the welfare and future of our nation and its families. We cannot pass the burden on to others. We alone will be held accountable for our children’s national safety and long-term destiny.

    In his famous, nationally televised speech, “A Time To Choose” given in 1964, Ronald Reagan spoke of our personal responsibility when concluded:

    “Alexander Hamilton warned us that a nation which prefers disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one. . . If we are to believe that nothing is worth the dying, when did this begin? Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery rather than dare the wilderness? Should Christ have refused the Cross? Should the patriots at Concord Bridge refused to fire the shot heard round the world? Are we to believe that all the martyrs of history died in vain?

    You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We can preserve for our children this, the last great hope of man on earth, or we can sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children, and our children’s children say of us, we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done!”

    Our nation is again at the crossroads of our “rendezvous with destiny.”  We too have a path choice to make, for as Reagan also reminded us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” The future belongs to us and our children if we have the courage of David to take sling in hand and do battle in the name of the LORD of Hosts! 

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“Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light.

Then to side with truth is noble, when we share her wretched crust,
Ere her cause bring fame and profit, and ’tis prosperous to be just;
Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,
Till the multitude make virtue of the faith they had denied.

By the light of burning martyrs, Christ, Thy bleeding feet we track,
Toiling up new Calv’ries ever with the cross that turns not back;
New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth.

Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.”

Poem By James Russell Lowell
1819 - 1891

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Assignment & Questions For This First Lesson.

    1. Write a brief one or two paragraph summary of this lesson, explaining the purpose of its message.

    2. Why do you think a lesson like this is necessary at the beginning of our Prayer Force One Leadership Training Course?

    3. Do you think America can still be saved?

    4. Do you think that God can use you to be a part in saving America?

    5. To post public comments click here or on the Comment Button below.

    6. To share private comments; to note needed corrections; or to suggest ways that this lesson can be improved, email Ed Moore at: ed@prayerforceone.com.

    7. Please note that we are now working on a conversational blog so that PF-1 University participants can post and respond to comments. This should be ready by the time Lesson 2 goes out next month.   

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     In the lessons that will follow, we will explore ways that a dedicated praying remnant can work together to change the course of American history. We will also lay out ways that you can actually impact your nation as part of Prayer Force One. You and I can indeed help America keep that rendezvous with destiny. However, it will take a personal committment from all of us. Together, and with God's help, we can make a difference!

 

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