Donald Trump and Don Francisco’s Balaam

Don Francisco - Got to tell Somebody

The final verse goes, “The Lord’s the one who makes the choice of the instrument He’s using. We don’t know the reasons and the plans behind his choosing.” I think this sentiment applies perfectly to the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump.

I’ll admit that I watch the campaign process like a sports fan because I find the whole thing fascinating.  After witnessing the Fox News/Facebook debate on March 3rd descend to the level of a Jerry Springer Show, I had to speak up.  My full disclosure is: I subscribed to Marco Rubio’s email list right after he announced his candidacy for President of the United States, but I have not decided yet for whom I will vote in the Florida primary on March 15th. Consider me one of those “late deciders” so desired by all the campaigns.

Ever since Trump made his way down the escalators at Trump Towers last June 2015, I have been following his campaign very closely because last February, Kim Clement announced that God was making “Trump a trumpet.”  Others prophetic voices have characterized Donald Trump as a “wrecking ball”, “bulldozer” or a “King Cyrus” (Isaiah 45) archetype who changed Israel. Both Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Lance Wallnau  have been offering thought-provoking insights recently on Periscope and Facebook video about Donald Trump and describe him using those terms.

We are living at a time where evil is rising and we need righteousness to again become the standard. The human condition of sin is blatantly obvious. But I believe God in His mercy is about to give the Church, the United States, and the world yet one more chance to repent and turn from its wicked ways and embrace the salvation message of Jesus Christ before the end comes.

“2 Peter 3:1-18:1 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

Students of Bible Prophecy know that a stage must be set for the Anti-Christ, the False Prophet, and a one-world government to take power. My belief is that God will set the stage and not a man or Satan. Just like when Jesus walked the earth, Satan and man conspired to kill him yet God had the ultimate “trump card” — Resurrection Power, which raised Jesus from the dead and defeated the enemy forever.

So now we see the battle lines being drawn like David with a slingshot standing up to the Philistine Goliath or Samson armed only with the jawbone of an ass to fight an army there is an independent change agent who is beholden to no one but the God who gave Donald Trump the ability to create massive wealth challenging and exposing the corruption of the entrenched powers of government and media. (Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.)

Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV) “12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” My thought is if Trump is actually God’s instrument for this hour then the media’s and the political establishment’s attempt to circumvent Trump’s candidacy is physical evidence of the spiritual conflict referred to above and like Daniel in a Lion’s den or Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, no harm will come to them.

There’s a long time yet before the Convention and the General Election and a lot can happen. My suspicion is that voices against will get louder and the attacks become more and more vicious. But God’s hand will protect and favor him to such an extent that no harm will befall Mr. Trump and his support will increase to the utter amazement and marvel of everyone. That will be the irrefutable proof that Trump is actually God’s instrument. Like the song says:

“That donkey’s just a donkey, but she’s still the thing God used. And that’s the point I want you all to see.

The big takeaway for me is to see how much the body of Christ has transferred their trust away from the power of God and into man-made institutions.  There is a great lack of the fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23 being demonstrated in the public and social media forums. I see and hear a lot of anger, hate, arrogance and intolerance. (NKJV 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law)

Judgment always comes first to the House of the Lord. Big revelations are ahead and more sins will be exposed as this shaking continues.It;s time to clean up because Jesus is soon coming back for a bride without blemish.

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Written by James Kevin Burkhardt

 

 

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Our Constitution Rocks and so does this election’s Presidential Choices: Mormon or Muslim?

It’s the Friday morning after the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. I’ve waited until now to write this blog in the American spirit of fairness to both sides. But I cannot deny my inner urging as a former talk show host at a conservative radio station in Central Florida to speak my mind and exercise my right to free speech. But within the guidelines of keeping SnT Radio.com as politically neutral as possible and trying to give equal time as was the rule when I operated stations under FCC licenses. That being said, I have something relevant to say to the followers of Jesus who are participating in this election process. First, my hope is that these past ten days serve to positively affect the level of political debate in this great land of ours. That’s right, I said ours. Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Tea Party, Libertarian or whatever, this land is our land… and God’s because the whole earth is His anyway. So let’s express ourselves with love and not hate as the ambassadors of the Kingdom that we are.

One strong recommendation that I will make right now is before you vote in November,  get a copy of Our Constitution Rocks! written by 14 year old Juliette Turner and read it aloud with your spouse and family. It is one of the most clear renderings of the Constitution that I have ever read, even if the language is in the vernacular of today’s young adults and teens. Everyone needs to remind themselves of the “law of the land” and understand their rights as citizens of these United States of America. My hope is that after you read this book, a renewed sense of respect will enter into the nature of the current political debate. If you want to know more about Our Constitution Rocks! check out the SnT podcast interview.  Ms. Turner’s youthful exurberance will bring a smile to your face and give you hope for America’s future as you listen to her share. BTW, her mother is actress and talkshow host Janine Turner. To listen now, click on this link: http://www.sntradio.com/podcasts

Now it’s crunch time as next up will be the three Presidential Debates and seemingly endless TV and radio commercials thanks to the huge response to fundraising efforts on both sides. I expect to see a tightly coached effort by both candidates. There is just too much on the line during September and October to leave anything to chance Only Ronald Reagan was spontaneous because he knew the value of a great one-liner and hung out with some of the most creative talkers ever in Hollywood. I really don’t see that same quality in either Presidential candidate. So the choice will be made on your decision as to who will be the better leader based upon their ideas and future plans for America. Which is exactly what our Founding Fathers wanted to see happen.

Most of my life I confess to being an amateur political junkie. I absolutely loved the show, “The West Wing” in principle because while the writing espoused a certain agenda, it showed the process and the human elements of politics that many people don’t ever see. The root cause for this can be traced back to growing up in Chicago during the 1960’s. I can remember watching the Kennedy-Nixon debates as a 6 year old boy and asking a lot of questions. My Democrat leaning Mom would usually cancel out my Republican father’s vote in nearly every election I can remember. My older brother was a Political Science major in college and we had lots of animated conversations about politics. My uncle was a Humphrey Democrat who worked for the Democratic Party Cook County Illinois. So I grew up hearing both sides of the political spectrum during the Civil Rights and Viet Nam War era. Our holiday gatherings as a family were always punctuated with a vigorous exchange of ideas. Somehow, I managed to stay independent.

That leads me to say as gently and succintly as I can to my fellow followers of Jesus… my strong belief is that what is going to transpire on the earth during the next 25 to 30 years will not be affected nor avoided by this election because G-d’s plans for  America, all  the nations of the earth and all mankind are coming to a head. There will soon be a clear choice between G-d’s Son and Satan’s imposter. Are we in the beginning of the end of days? Will 2012 signal the end of times (but not be the “end of time”) ? Quite possibly because G-d’s prophetic clock is ticking very loudly and I believe we are on the verge of some unalterable and unavoidable events. These things must come upon the earth. The Book of  Daniel in Chapters 2,7,8,9, and 11  plus Revelation 13: 1 – 17 speaks about economic consolidation and  the establishment of a ten nation One World government is near. Are you aware the UN has the whole earth is divided into ten zones? Am I spouting crazy conspiracy theories, No! I am merely suggesting that God’s plan for the Ages is rapidly coming to a close and the Return of Jesus Christ as Ruler of the Earth is near. The Bible says that the time of Jacob’s Trouble must come. It’s not a pretty sight but even so, “Come Lord Jesus”. It’s all written down in the Holy Scriptures.

I believe that a man’s religious beliefs should never be a “trump card” that either qualifies or disqualifies a man to lead. America has never been a theocracy, only Israel can claim that. The Bible says the governments of the earth are ultimately established by G-D. So this year our choice ironically is between a Mormon and a Muslim. My advice is pray and ask your Heavenly Father whom you should vote for. The end of days will come but the good news is that when Jesus returns, He will be here for a thousand years. So yes, your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren do have a bright future as the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ approaches. But first comes an extreme and trying time upon the earth. Are you ready?