Amid a growing consensus that America's future is in peril, Charisma asked several faith leaders with prophetic gifts what they believe God's message is for the church and the nation as it experiences an escalating series of "shakings." These four individuals—Cindy Jacobs, Paul McGuire, R. Loren Sandford and Hubert Synn—agree that America is facing turbulent times ahead. Simultaneously, though, they believe there is still a great deal of hope, and if the church truly repents and returns to God, that America could experience the greatest awakening in its history.
What Is God Saying to America?
By Cindy Jacobs
It doesn't take a prophet to know that our nation is at a significant crossroads.
With so many voices swirling around and the news full of its own forecasts and predictions, what is the Holy Spirit saying to His people above the fray and noise? Since 1999, a group of respected prophets called the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders has met annually to ask this very question of the Lord.
For several years, the news was not good. Words from before 2008 were that, depending upon what happened in the next elections, America was on the brink of losing a measure of greatness in the world as a leader. Almost a year before the 2008 economic shaking, we knew that there would be "no more business as usual."
Then, before the 2012 elections, we heard some good news—that God was going to give us a chance to regain what was lost.
In the years since then, the prophetic words have spoken both warnings about more coming shakings and promises of the spiritual renewal God wants to bring to our nation.
We received warnings of potential terrorist attacks, which were realized with the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, as well as warnings about racial tensions escalating and cities burning from riots, which also proved accurate over the past year.
At the same time, the Holy Spirit revealed that we are on the verge of another Great Awakening and Jesus People movement. We are in a season of contrasts; in other words, the light will be very light and the dark very dark.
So what is God speaking right now about the future of the nation?
We know that more shakings are coming, and we have also heard that there are more terrorist "sleeper cells" spreading out across the nation. Economically, there are some turbulent times ahead, although they can be lessened through the prayers of the saints.
Women will determine the next election, and Asians will be the swing vote. The states will polarize on an even greater level, and some will threaten to break with the union if their state constitutions are violated.
Pastors will be increasingly pressured by out-of-control courts to preach only part of the Word; some will stand before the courts of the nation as a result. However, this will wake up the church to her finest days as she finds her voice in the governmental arena once again.
Threats from all types of radical extremist groups will be posed against Christian leaders, resulting in a shifting and sifting of hearts as some will compromise to avoid persecution.
Those who do not compromise, though, will find their churches aflame with the power of the Holy Spirit as the new "not ashamed" generation of millennials takes the field.
Colleges and universities will experience major moves of God. Even now, we are in the beginning stages of the next Great Awakening. Prayer is being mobilized on college campuses, and young revivalists are preaching across the land.
God does not reveal these things to cause us fear or discouragement; rather, He invites us to partner with Him as He fulfills His purpose for our nation. Let the warnings move you to pray, and let the promises move you to hope.
Will Fires of Revival Burn Again?
By Paul McGuire
As a teacher and author on Bible prophecy, the No. 1 question I get asked is: "Where is America in Bible prophecy?"
The general consensus from a significant number of teachers in Bible prophecy is that America is in a state of irreversible decline and may no longer exist in the near future as a separate and independent sovereign nation.
One of the primary arguments for that is that America is not named specifically by name in the prophetic Scriptures. In addition, America is in the greatest crisis it has ever been in.
The majority of believers in our nation fall into three basic categories. First, the largest percentage are ignorant of the depth and danger of the crisis. They are, as it has been said, in "la-la land." The second group of Christians believe America is in a free fall due to the long list of sins committed by the church and nation. The third group of believers are those who truly recognize the great peril we are in, but believe if a "remnant" of believers will "stand in the gap," engage in true intercessory prayer and cry out to God, that the Lord is willing to send to whatever degree He chooses, revival, mercy and a temporal restoration to our nation. I use the word temporal because at some point on the prophetic timeline the coming global economic, political and religious system that will be headed up the Antichrist and the False Prophet will emerge.
On July 4, 2012, I was praying and interceding for America with my wife in our home in Southern California when I experienced what can only be described as a supernatural vision from God that began immediately after I began to repent for my sins and repent for the sins of the church as an intercessor.
I want to be very precise about what I am about to share in terms of the use of my terminology. First, even though I was saved during the Jesus movement of the 1970s and took part in the charismatic renewal movement, I have what I would call "inspired imaginations or pictures from the Holy Spirit," but rarely if ever what I would technically classify as a vision.
Therefore, I do not use the term glibly. Secondly, even though I have experienced being "set on fire by the Holy Spirit," the burning fire of the Spirit that came upon me immediately after repenting was of an entirely different dimension than anything I had ever experienced before.
Immediately after repenting, my body and hands began to burn with a heat so intense that I could not understand why my flesh was not burning.
The next thing I knew I was looking down upon the North American continent from a satellite point of view and I saw the fires of a genuine revival break out in California. Then, as these fires spread, a supernatural and other-worldly golden glow began to move slowly from the West Coast to the East Coast.
I could see millions of people's faces being illuminated by this heavenly light and I heard the Lord say, "My people are rising in prayer." This divine light represented some kind of biblical revival and Great Awakening. The Lord spoke to my heart and said that it was not His will for America to be destroyed, but His righteous conditions must be met. The Lord impressed upon me that if the "remnant" truly repented and cried out that He would send revival.
However, the promise of revival was contingent on this act of obedience to the call for genuine repentance by at least some percentage of His church. The Lord spoke to my heart one day and said to me, "The cities of America will either burn with the fires of revival or the fires of race wars and destruction."
Can America Be Saved?
By R. Loren Sandford
Whether or not America can be saved rests squarely in the hands of the church.
God agreed to Abraham's plea to spare Sodom if just 10 righteous men could be found. Are we such a people? Righteousness implies a respect for the moral laws and principles articulated in God's Word.
As the influence of godless secular culture has invaded the church, however, we have seen a gradual erosion, not only of the morality of those who call themselves Christian, but of foundational historic theology. We need a massive move of repentance, beginning in the church, but repentance begins with a consciousness of sin, something increasingly missing, both in the surrounding culture and in the church.
Both the First and Second Great Awakenings in America began with repentance. Even as the masses fell into immorality, the nation shared an understanding of moral right and wrong and therefore knew what to return to when conviction came. Repentance made sense to them. Such a cultural agreement concerning moral right and wrong no longer exists.
A time is coming when increasing numbers of people will be crying out in pain as the lifestyles they've chosen inevitably fail. At such times people seek answers. Will the church then appear as a glowing beacon of light, a place of healing and restoration? Or as a dark wall of condemnation? Will we present a doorway to a better life? Or falsely affirm the sin that produced their misery to begin with—and all in the name of "grace"?
I know from experience that the closer one comes to the holiness, glory and goodness of God, the more clearly that which is unholy and unclean stands out. In that light, the Holy Spirit reveals sin for what it is. My job is to love; His is to convict, and I've seen it work time after time.
As the sinner draws nearer to the radiant goodness of God exhibited in and through His people, light exposes darkness.
When darkness is clearly revealed, conviction falls, lives change and people are healed. America can be saved as Christians lovingly radiate the glow of the goodness of the Father's heart.
Will the church as a whole step up to the plate in this crucial time?
Will we be that beacon of inviting light that draws the hurting to repentance and healing?
Will America be saved? The answer lies with us.
The Signs of Shaking Are Evident
By Hubert Synn
The history of America is a phenomenon. In less than 300 years since its inception, this young nation has accomplished what no other nation has been able to accomplish in a similar time frame: ascend to an industrial, economic and political world power; achieve reserve currency status; and be regarded as a universal symbol of prosperity.
America was founded as "one nation under God." God was morally and spiritually intertwined with our society, with evidence of sincere faith woven into the Constitution, Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem.
Scriptural mottos were displayed in government buildings and inscribed onto our currency. Sadly, our culture has steadily removed God as the anchor of this nation and the Bible as our standard for living. Christians are increasingly persecuted. The depth of moral and spiritual division and decline in this country grieves my spirit. Today, America is a country, but no longer one, indivisible nation under God.
As I wake up in the morning these days, I sense an uneasiness, the kind of uneasiness where you expect something bad to happen. The signs of shaking are evident in both national and global current events. When I spend time with the Lord, I am led to pray for our country like I have never done before. America is almost at the breaking point where it cannot halt the slide of what is going to come. As I have been praying for America, the Holy Spirit has shown me how the blessing of His hand over this nation enabled its rapid ascent to greatness, but the removal of His hand will result in a rapid decline into weakness. The Holy Spirit has told me the following:
The Lord wants us to know that as we continue along the path we are going, things are going to start to change rapidly. The successes we have enjoyed in so many things will start to turn the opposite way. The crops we rely on will not be as fruitful as they have been in the past. The change in the seasons will not be the same as it always has been as a gradual change. The changes will be abrupt. As my people continue to be persecuted and mocked there will be repercussions. His hand which has been on the land will be removed like it has never been before. The prosperity will be pulled back and the whole nation's outlook will change. For as He has been removed from our land He will remove His hand from holding America, and she will be on the same playing field as other nations. For the time she was a powerful leader, she will become a weaker nation and will have to rely on other nations for her needs.
I do, however, still have hope regarding the future of America. The way in which God supernaturally orchestrated my meeting with Rabbi Jonathan Cahn at an airport to bring forth the message of The Harbinger shows me He still cares for us. He wanted His warning to be heard loud and clear. Let's all pray for a spiritual awakening, accompanied by repentance and humility.
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