Trump: The Nehemiah of our Times?
“Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?” About 539 before Christ, Nehemiah came into limelight when he determined to put his life in harm’s way for the sake of his fatherland, Jerusalem. Nehemiah got the news of devastation about Jerusalem and the Jewish inhabitants. “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” Neh. 1:3. Nehemiah was heartbroken by the news, and left his royal job in the palace (after securing permission from the king), to embark on rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem.
But he faced stiff opposition from different directions and interest groups who fought him for their individual but selfish reasons. The oppositions objected to the restoration of the destroyed fortifications of Jerusalem. One of the opponent and antagonist was the provincial governor of Samaria, Sanballat. The Samaritans had been sworn enemies to the return of the Jews from Babylonian exile. Sanballat in his opposition had many allies such as Geshem, a ruler of the Edomites, and Tobiah, head of a wealthy Jewish family in Transjordan, who was considered a feudal lord, with support of some other Jews in Jerusalem. They ganged up to stop the great project of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem embarked on by Nehemiah and the people who favored the rebuilding of the holy city. They used all forms of discouragement technics, ranging from ridicule to outright threats of physical attacks, to try to stop the work. The opposition resulted to use of force when it appeared that the building was on course. It was so severe that the builders did not only have armed militia posted to protect them, but they also individually carried weapons and girded on their swords as they continued to build.
“Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless, we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night”. Neh. 3: 7-9. “And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.” (15). According to the account, the bodyguards and the builders never took off their clothes except for washing because they were determined not to allow the enemies stop the project. The enemies caused to be published in the newspapers that Nehemiah was building the wall in order to proclaim himself king (“fake news”). Nevertheless, the wall was built because Nehemiah was on mission of God and would not be deterred by any adversaries.
This is history and a true record of events, not fiction. The world is a funny place; since Satan got into the world, he has messed up every place, the earth has returned to its original state of being without form, and void; and darkness is enveloping the world again. A similar event is happening in our world of 2017, not in Israel but in America. Many different groups of oppositions are bent in not allowing President Donald J. Trump to rebuild the walls of America that has been destroyed by Satan and his followers. Much attention is being paid to the wall between Mexico and America but we forget that the major broken and burnt wall is that of American character and values. College professors, opinion molders and others are now exhibiting vices that were hitherto not known as American. Political intolerance and violent demonstrations mostly among college students are now common occurrences in the name of freedom. I have read and heard many indecent words and unparliamentary language which are only heard in uncivilized societies now common in America of 2017; and mostly said against the president of the United States of America, a servant and an instrument of God.
The spate of attacks on the government of the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump by the liberal insurgents is nothing but crazy. It has not only demeaned America but is attempting to destroy the good name that George Washington and other past heroes labored to build. Politics in America is no longer based on principles, but is now about persons, whether you like or do not like them. The issue in American politics today is not about the country, the welfare or the standards of living of the people but about personal political agenda and survival. The only strategy to achieve this as being exhibited today is to destroy political opponents. In the past three months and since Trump was sworn in as the president of the United States of America, the efforts of the opposition have been about how to destroy him and his presidency. Russia has suddenly become an issue in American politics, and not American issues. Putin must be happy to see his name and that of his country dominating the discuss in American polity. We have since put at the backburner the thought of a strong defense for the America nation, our economy, education and man-power development and the improvement of the health of the people. In the efforts of the opposition to destroy Trump, they have opened America up for complete reputational damage. It actually seems not to matter to some people if America is destroyed as a nation, so long as Trump is politically or physically eliminated.
Satan seems to have taken firm control of the political systems in America and he is using it to promote his kingdom on earth. But sadly, the people that are being used of Satan will never agree or accept that their current attitude is not normal and that their lives and conduct do suggest something strange and evil is on the influence. Satan does a bad job of keeping them ignorant of the evils in their actions. I have heard more than one member of the Democratic Party voicing out their frustration that the 8-years of the Obama administration has taken their party too far to the left, and has destroyed the vision of Democrats for good governance for America. The legacy being given to the next generations of Democratic Party members is that of violence against views that they do not share and calling their president any indecent name on earth because he does not come from the Democratic Party. The new generation of aspiring leaders within the Democratic Party are now being taught that a successful political process is about how to destroy the opponent. That is not politics but evil. It is not different from the agenda of the Islamic jihadists.
Also, the Democratic Party under Obama gave the impression that they were anti-God; the God of the Christians. The platform of Obama’s campaign for 2012 openly rejected the name of God. It was a wakeup call to the Church that the Democratic Party has been hijacked by people who are anti-Gods. The opposition today in our political horizon, mostly Democrats, therefore, appear as against anything having resemblance of God, or clothed with God’s name or Christianity. The loud mouths in the Democratic Party are politicians, pressmen, presswomen, student activists, and professors whose voice is that which is against everything in the name of God. You must not expect the Christian families in America to support such groups that may come after their Christian faith. Tragically as Obama looked as someone who favored Islam, the major Islamic countries of the world were actually not comfortable with his foreign policies when he was empowering Iran, who they consider a major threat to the peace in Middle East. They now seem to look up to Trump to redress the dangerous path the Obama administration had set the world on. It is not a secret that those who were opposed to Trump anywhere in the world, including the Europe, are now realizing that while they may not like everything about Trump, he is the only option for now for a decent world order. The violent post-Obama events in America is a food for thought for those who love to reason. Most of Europe are today debating the issue of open border and immigration policies because they are going through painful lessons with the spate of terrorist attacks.
The main issue today and of great concern is how we can put down these oppositions so that president Trump can implement his agenda to redress the damages done to the America polity over the years and particularly in the past eight years. I intend to address true Christian believers to know that the current war is not against Trump or his government; it is not about Trump but about our Christian faith and survival in America. The president, has succeeded in appointing one of the best constitutionalists to the supreme court of the United States. That was a victory not for Trump but for the Church. We can now freely bless people in the name of God without fear and we can now say Merry Christmas without fear of going to jail. But the journey to the land of promise is still far. We must be determined to work with God at this time to get to our Ebenezer.
The prophecy from Jim Baker, a man of God as covered by Bob Eschliman in the news of Charisma magazine of 5/16/2017 says: "There is going to be an attempt on our president's life very soon," Jim said. "We need to pray for the protection of our president." Baker said the president's election last November was a miracle, and "the adversary is so angry because they expected to win." They're not going to give up until they destroy him (which by the grace of God will never happen), he added. "They want him killed—they refer to him as being like Nixon," he said. "They want him impeached. If they cannot kill him with words, they will try to physically murder the president of the United States. "They have called for it online. There have literally been thousands of people online calling for the assassination of the president of the United States ... I believe voices of sound reasoning need to speak out, 'This is wrong. What is going on?'". But then, we need no prophesy to know that the enemies are out against the president of the United States of America.
Where is the defense for Trump so that the building of the wall of America will not be scuttled by Satan? The president has vowed to clean up the mess of corruption and lobbyist activities in Washington. Things are moving not in the direction the adversaries of righteousness thought it would be; they are therefore scared and are up in arms to preserve their sinful legacy which Donald Trump is dismantling. This is no longer ordinary politics, it is war from the pit of hell and the only arsenal that can stop this is the prayers of the Saints. Like Baker, I have always campaigned through my writings (blogs) and through tweets and other social media that American Christians should come out of their comfort zones and declare solemn assemblies and intercede for the president of the United States. This administration must not be allowed to die in the hands of the enemies. This administration must be supported to build America back to the intentions of the founders. True Christians in America must stop listening to detractors, but must obey the injunctions of the Bible to uphold our political leaders in ceaseless intercessory prayers. Christians in Great Britain, France, Germany and Sweden would wish their countries could get back to their original states; which is possible only by a miracle. American Christians must not allow same fate to befall a nation that remains the only country capable and standing against Islamic jihadists and terrorism in the world. Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 1 Tim. 2:1-3
I am not going to join people to criticize or ridicule the president of the United States, rather I am going to continue to mobilize prayers for the preservation of his life and his government before we start witnessing the worst in America. Donald Trump like Nehemiah had nothing to lose if Christian worship is abolished in America, but I do. Some friends have called me names, Trump apologist, republican, etc. I have no problem with name calling. I however want to state here that I am not a partisan politician. I am neither a registered democrat nor republican, I am an ordinary American who cares about my Christian faith and wish to have freedom to believe and practice my faith while we wait eagerly for the soon coming Lord Jesus. My ideology is Jesus, Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I have Muslim blood relations and friends. I will maintain my good relationship with them, will talk to them about Christ because it is my duty to care about their eternal destiny. However, I will not put a gun on their heads to force them to convert to Christianity. They have the liberty to join me in my aspiration to spend eternity in heaven or they can choose not to. I have a lot of friends who do not share my faith, but my responsibility ends when I have told them Jesus saves, and that Jesus loves them.
Here is my suggestion for those who share my philosophy. I know there are a number of individuals in the Democratic and Republican Parties who are concerned about the destruction of the ageless American Christian values. We should be united to support and promote individuals in and outside of either of the political parties who we can vouch for their integrity to be voted into the Congress. This way their activities in the Congress will not be solely loyalty to party but loyalty to the nation and to God. Most of the current Congressmen and women place their loyalties first to themselves (what’s in it for me?), and secondly to their party, even when it is very glaring that the party’s policies are anti-God. I am not a democrat because of what the party currently stands for. I am also not a republican because most current members are hypocritical and do not believe in what they say the party stands for. If Christians and those who love Christian values do not reverse the political trend in America, we will all be in our sleep at a night and the enemies will overrun our nation, turn all of us to slaves in a nation built on freedom. Let’s remember that Egypt, Turkey, Iraq (Abraham’s root) were one time great and powerful nations with Godly society; the rest is history. The United Kingdom, France and other countries of Europe have been overrun by liberal ungodliness and the people are paying for it now, and it is the beginning of troubles for them in those part of the world. America is the main target of Satan’s current offensive, if we relent and allow America to be captured, our children will witness our legacy.
Michael is the author of “Saving America: the war that we can’t ignore”. His new book is “Sheltered through the storm: the travails and ultimate triumph of the Church”. He welcomes any comments on his website: www.conservativevoiceofreason.com