We Are Living in the Days of Acts 16


There is a lot of turmoil in our politics of today. You see the national media and some #NeverTrump Republicans blasting Donald Trump from all sides along with the Democrats. Although to separate the Democrats and the media from each other would be as difficult as trying to explain the difference between fascists and communists. The media is almost all activist Democrats. However, when reading Acts 16, I could not help but notice all the turmoil described in it is also present today in the United States. We have the Democrats which includes the media and the establishment Republicans fighting against a messenger God has sent into our country. This turmoil is exactly what God wants to bring into this country in hopes of changing America back into a country more like the Founders created.

So, let us read Acts 16 to see what happened back then that parallels what is going on in this nation, today. Beginning with verse 9:

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, “Come over into Macedonia, and help us.” And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis;  And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spoke to the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, so that she attended to the things which were spoken of by Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there.” And she constrained us. 

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying. The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which show to us the way of salvation.” And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out the same hour.

 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace to the rulers, and brought them to the magistrates, saying, “These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.” And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely: who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open then drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, “Do no harm to yourself: for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Then Paul and Silas said to him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house. And they spoke to him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. 

When it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, “Let those men go.” And the keeper of the prison told this saying to Paul, “The magistrates have sent to let you go: now therefore depart, and go in peace.” But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out in secret? No way; let them come themselves and fetch us out.”

The sergeants then told these words to the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans. And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city. And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

Now of course before I get started, a lot of people will contest me about saying Donald Trump is a messenger sent from God. Donald Trump is no Paul. That is true, but God uses people of all stripes, Christian and non-Christian to bring about his perfect will. Donald Trump is a Paul or Silas in the respect that the message he brings has stirred up great agitation in this nation among those who do not want to hear the truth and those who do not want things to change.

The general population in this passage are the people of the United States becoming agitated at the lies being spoken by the Democrats, the media and the establishment Republicans. These Macedonians react to these lies, protest loudly and give the officials the pretense to arrest Paul and Silas, sending them into prison for a night.

Those who want to cling to their sin do not like the truth to be told. Donald Trump threatens those people who are speaking out against him so vehemently, because he does speak truth. He does put himself openly in opposition to political correctness. He does offer change which threatens those who hold lofty positions in the media and politics to resist him, since they do not want change. As a result, all this turmoil is stirred up and lies told about Trump are never ceasing. All of these so called status people are looking for the slightest morsel given to them from him to attack him. This is all about keeping America on the course to destruction.

God wanted change in Macedonia. He sent Paul and Silas into a region which would react to the message they were bringing. He knew it would cause turmoil. He knew riots would break out. God was getting their attention. God is getting our attention, today.

Trouble followed Paul everywhere he went. The establishment Jews like the establishment Republicans did not want change. The populace at large living in sin were ignorant about spiritual things. They did not realize that when someone is ignorant about spiritual things, then they are merely puppets of those who control the society which today is the national media, our politicians and others in strategic positions like university boards. These people do not want things to change, because that threatens their power. With them it is all about me.

The establishment Jews followed Paul to other places trying to stir up trouble. In Lystra Paul did a miracle healing, so that the people thought they were gods. They wanted to do sacrifices to them. Later, however the establishment Jews came to Lystra to stir up the people. They successfully got these people who at one moment wanted to make ritual sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas to instead now want to kill him. They stoned Paul to death. However, God raised Paul from the dead to continue his ministry.

You can look for similar types of events to happen in this nation. I mean you can expect riots against Trump and possibly even assassination attempts. I do not want to give the impression that Donald Trump is any saint, but he is the messenger God is using to try and wake this nation up to what has been occurring throughout this country. God is trying to wake us up to the evil that permeates and now dominates our society. If we remain deaf and blind to all that surrounds us, then the destruction of the United States is assured.

I do not see an election happening later this year. I believe President Obama will postpone and essentially cancel the election. He has been for many years preparing the nation for martial law. However, if God’s people would rise up and take this nation back, then Obama’s plans could be foiled. Hillary’s plans for that matter will also be foiled. I think we need to demand all these immoral laws now dominating our society be removed. I know that faith without works is dead. Some like Glenda Jackson who sees the same thing I see coming believes a lot of earnest prayer may be enough. I would hope she is right just to avoid what is coming, but I do not see it that way.

Regardless of that, this country needs an awakening. God has sent Donald Trump to help initiate this awakening. We need to realize that this nation is in a spiritual battle for its very existence. We have to turn to God to save this nation. There is no other medicine or salve that can save us otherwise.

 

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