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This Matter Is By The Decree Of The Watchers
"This matter is by the *decree of the *watchers, and the**demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." Daniel 4:17.
*decree: H1510 gezÍr‚h, from H1505 gezar determination & g‚zar to cut down or off...to destroy, divide, exclude or decide. Strongís Exhaustive Concordance.
*By the decree of the sifters is the sentence, and by the saying of the holy ones the requirement, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High is ruler in the kingdom of men, and to whom He willeth He giveth it, and the lowest of men He doth raise up over it. Daniel 4:17 Youngís Literal Translation.
**demand: H7595 she'Íl‚' a judicial decision or mandate. Strongís Exhaustive. Concordance.
Less than half a dozen years ago Barack Hussein Obama was unknown to most of the nation and the world. He appeared suddenly on the scene and became an overnight sensation. No other man comes to mind that had ever gained something so high, so swiftly. One would have thought that his personal and political records alone would have stopped him, not to mention his lack of achievements that are usually essential for such a position. Many also thought that among the secrecy about his past, in addition to allegations questioning the authenticity of where he was born and the validity of his birth certificate, would have been the Achilles heel upon his run for the presidency. But not so! For he went on to become the president of the United States of America, and has now been elected for a second term. Some were very pleased with the outcome, others were not. As many who were overjoyed that he retained his seat of power, just as many were overwrought with dashed hopes.
Most of his supporters believed that he needed another four years to save the nation from its death throes of economic collapse, while others felt just the opposite, that without the restraints of an impending reelection slowing him down, he would take the nation to her knees in bankruptcy and another great depression of rampant unemployment. Rumors have it on the opposing side that this is his and his socialist billionaire handlersí goal so the nation can be rebuilt according to their clandestine specifications. They believe also that the U.S. will become a police state of unprecedented measures, even as far as Martial Rule. A lot of people are in the survival mode of stockpiling food, money, guns, and ammunition. They are saying hard times like we have never known are on the horizon. I have not received anything by the Spirit concerning their fears. So we will see.
It is believed by his supporters that this president is the answer to all their political and economical woes, that under his watch all will be made well. He is looked upon as the one who will set things right. And this could be so; but knowing a little about the spiritual state of affairs the nation is in, and Godís order of things, I am more than a little skeptical. Moreover, since the people have wantonly lived without shame in deceitfulness, as well as rampant unrighteousness, and would not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. God has sent them strong delusion, that they would believe a lie, and that they would be damned (Grk. condemned, tried). 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11.
God has truly sent upon this nation, and the world, strong delusion to believe a lie, and they believe wholeheartedly that with the right man, or men, in high offices that destruction can be averted; but this has never been the case. Those being judged are never mightier and wiser than the One who passes judgment. So think not that it would have been different if Mitt Romney had been placed in the presidential office. Judgment upon this nation would have been the same. It mattered not which Persian king was chosenóGodís anointed king Cyrus or DariusóBabylon fell from power each time the demand came from the Holy ones, and each time it was made clear the He rules in the kingdom of men.
Some believe the judgment would have been swifter if Romney had won, others feel it would have been a slower process. Whether it is a quick work or a lingering one, this nation will not escape the decree of the Watchers. Until the elect of God comes forth in power and authority, it will continue its downward spiral of rebellion and debauchery.
When I was in grade school, we often got to choose our punishment, such as, a paddling, write a 100 or 1000 word essay on why we wouldnít do this or that again, stand in the humiliating corner or go to the principle. Some might say that the people chose their type of punishment at the polls this election, and they did, but only as the Watchers decreed and demanded from behind the scene. Even so, most, I am sure, still believe they have chosen the one who is more capable in saving them from the perils of the times. But there is no man on the human level who can bring this nation back to its former glory. The entire government has grown to such enormity, corruption, and self-serving ways, that there are no answers that lie inside this towering monolith. Since man is responsible for creating the problem, he can only make it worse. He is incapable of fixing it. The more he puts his carnal hands to it, the worse it will get; but he is slow to learnóactually, never learning, never coming to the knowledge of the truth.
Another strike against any hopes of the country being healed is that there has never been such a polarization of the people over one person, races of people, and classes of people. And at least half of them, probably more, look to the government on all levels for the answers to any and all their problems, and the president is the head from which a major portion of the supposed solutions come, whether directly or indirectly. They trust him with their lives while literally being worshiped by many, while equal numbers despise and hate everything about him. Only a handful, it seems, are neutral. However, there are others who see that this is all by the hand of God whether for good or for evil, and this remnant knows this and are instrumental in what is taking place.
Again, our text verse:
"This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men." Daniel 4:17.
"My God! How can this be?" some will exclaim! But those who question such a truth know very little about God and the kingdom of men over which He rules.
Having said that, let me pose some questions: Did this unknown man appear to be so accomplished and seemed to have such problem solving ideas that he was able to gain the position of being the most powerful man in the world? Was the news media a contributing factor to his success? And do we think it was the majority of voters that elected him to the presidency? Or could it be that it was from the powers of evil that he sits as the president of the United States of America? Some believe this to be the case; but, frankly, I do not believe so, nor do I believe any of the other scenarios. For if we put any faith in what Daniel the prophet and the apostle Paul said, such assumptions cannot be valid. Both men of God made it clear that it is He who sets men as rulers over nations. The record states that He even sent lying spirits into the mouths of king Ahabís prophets and strong delusions to people so they would believe a lie. He even sent a lying spirit to Micaiah, His own prophet. Thatís right, God does things like this. Read it for yourselves:
"And the messenger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Behold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king with one mouth: let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one of them, and speak that which is good. And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, what the LORD saith unto me, that will I speak. So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Micaiah, shall we go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall we forbear? ****And he answered him, Go, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into the hand of the king. And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the LORD? And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master: let them return every man to his house in peace. And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil? And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee." 1 Kings 22:13-23.****This was a lie. King Ahab would not prosper but would be killed.
Paul and Nahum both confirmed that it is God who rules in the kingdom of men as well as storms and hurricanes:
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." Romans13:1.
"Jehovah is slow to anger, and great in power, And Jehovah doth not entirely acquit, In a hurricane and in a tempest is His way, And a cloud is the dust of His feet. Nahum 1:3, Youngís Literal Translation.
You see, it was Jehovah who directed the storm, Sandy, that reeked such havoc on the northeastern seaboard that some believe helped Obama to win the election due to his quick action to aid the people. One news commentator believed the stormís impact changed the results of the election so much that he said, "I'm so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things... No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics." Whether people are glad or not, one thing is clear, God was the director of the storm that won favor for Obama with many voters.
Do you not suppose that if He had been more on Romneyís side, and if He had heard the prayers and petitions of the majority of the Christians, He would have driven Sandy out to sea? Frankly, the question is not whose side God is on that makes a difference. The bottom line is that we should be on Godís side, for He does not take sides.
It is essential that we understand God is not idle in the kingdom of men. There are times when the powers that He places over nations for bringing about blessings and abundance, especially when their foundations are grounded in Him, and we have seen such with this nation, Canada, and western Europe; but the right hand of blessing is showing signs of being withdrawn, and there is no wonder. If we look at the signs of the weather in the field of politics, economics, religion, and morality, it certainly appears that there will be a flood of unprecedented hardships and evil to sweep over this nation and the world, even as the Psalmist wrote: "The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves." Psalm 93:3. However, let us not fret, fear, or forget that "The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever." Psalm 29:10.
So what is there to fear, brethren? Even if this basest of men is a cunning serpent and brings the U.S. to her knees, along with the world, as many believe will happen ó the most High, the Lord rules in all the kingdoms of the world. It may be true that Godís plan is to use a chastening rod called Barack Hussein Obama with the help of the 535 members of the House and Senate, the 9 Supreme Court justices, the 42,000 or so special-interest lobbyists, not to mention the banking system along with the feds. Even if this is so, can we not say praise God, so be it? Can we not see that this could very well be a part of what will set the stage for the Treasures of Darkness to be revealed, that is, the manifestation of the Sons of God?
Although to some, Barack Obama may be their messiah, which would make him an antichrist according to the wordís definition (instead of Christ), this does not make him the Antichrist no more than men such as Nero, several Popes, Alolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev were, to name a few.
Frankly, and no doubt to the surprise of many, there is no place in the Bible that singles out one man as "the Antichrist," often called the abomination of desolation. Notwithstanding, there were more than one that were considered to have been the abomination of desolation to which Daniel and Jesus spoke. Titus and his army, who were involved in Jerusalemís destruction were collectively called the abomination of desolation of which Daniel and Jesus spoke. Paulís reference was the man of sin, the son of perdition.
Luke gave this account of what Jesus said: "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Luke 21:20 (NKJV). You see, the uncircumcised army of Titus with their idolatrous banners was not the only one to have defiled the holy place. Among others, there was one we hear little about. By noting history, we can see that what Luke wrote about was also the Roman general, Cestius Gallus and his army. This was the first part of the abomination of desolation which occurred in A.D.66. His army surrounded the city of Jerusalem, which was considered by the Jews as the holy city, i.e., the holy place, and it was defiled by this abomination of idol worshipers.
There were many notable men who maintained that both Luke 21 and Matthew 24 were speaking of the armies of Rome being the abomination that defiled and ultimately destroyed Jerusalem in A.D. 70, which was the end of that age. Clearly, it was not a prophecy for the latter days of this age. "For this it seems to me that the abomination of desolation means the army by which the holy city of Jerusalem was made desolate." (St. John Chrysostom of Antioch (347-407), The Ante-Nicene Fathers).
In conclusion, I want to share some thoughts made by a German couple who have some insight on the matter at hand:
OUR DEAR AMERICA - Where do you go From Here?
by Wolfgang and Mercy Simson
Today, Obama has been re-elected; all the efforts of many Christian leaders, prayer movements, "prophets" and "concerned Americans" who have lobbied, written appeals, articles, books, letters - some have even done films - to warn not to vote for him have come to nothing. Many of them have behaved as if the future of the Kingdom of God is at stake. Well, it is not.
Can we, as foreigners who dearly love you as a people, say a few words into this situation? It is evident to us that God has a clear plan with your nation. But many donít seem to see it, and therefore run the danger of fighting the wrong fight, wasting precious time and resources, and even endlessly call upon God to do what he just will not do.
The German weekly, Der Spiegel, kind of a German Time Magazine, has a cover picture of Uncle Sam in a sickbed with a thermometric sticking in his mouth, titled, "The American Patient: The decline of a Great Nation." We think this is a prophetic picture. As your friends, we know, acknowledge, and admire that America has had a great past. But what does your future look like?
God chastises whom he loves because he knows: pride comes before the fall, and humbleness and brokenness is the only condition he responds to. We personally sense we need to tell you: the destiny of your nation is in God's hands, not yours. It is not at all about Obama or Romney, it is about God using all the nations in the world according to his global and unchanging plans. Did you ever allow the thought that God in his sovereignty is using Obama like a pawn on his chessboard to humble the US as a nation because he wants to show his grace to a nation gone completely self-sufficient? A nation that is so full of independence, individualism, nationalism and trusting a greed- and fear-based economy that there may be only one way open to heal it from its idolatry and re-align itself with the Kingdom of God: a crisis beyond anything that America has ever seen?
In 2008, God was challenged by a man standing up in public, preaching to the cheers of a huge crowd: "Yes we can!" We watched it; we saw the tears of excitement in the eyes of the people; the statements were received as if coming from the Messiah himself, and the electoral rallies had all the flavor of a religious revival. "Yes, we can" is the exact opposite of the King of kings saying: "Without me, you can do nothing!"
If God is the one who "deposes kings and raises up others" (Daniel 2:21), does it really matter what are the names of the current puppets set in place by God that advance both the New World Order and the Kingdom of God? Neither Herod, Pilate nor Caesar were truly important for the development of the Kingdom. That is exactly why Kingdom people do not play in the Second League, but the First, the one that matters. The one that puts the Kingdom first, and everything else - including their own nation - second.
The problem of the current commotion and insecurities arise when even the people that call themselves after God keep confusing the Kingdom of God with the United States of America. And when that happens, especially through Christians with a public voice, then we have truly lost all perspective of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
America is being publicly humbled by God; and he is going to use Obama - and those after him - to further advance his agenda that will lead all nations to kneel before that one true King, Jesus, very soon. If any nation wants to become a tower that reaches up to high heaven, it will be humbled by a God who will not share His glory with people relying on their own strength.
America, where do you go from here? What does this mean for you? The future is going to be very, very rough. Your securities will vanish, the economy will go down, the education system will become even worse, the streets more dangerous, the churches even more divided, the youth even more disillusioned - unless there is a true movement that abandons all those idols mentioned above, and radically repents, makes a radical alignment with the King of the Kingdom of God and His Constitution. Live the Law of Christ in all areas of life, first and foremost in the areas of sex, money, power and how we "do church". This is a defining moment for you as a nation. You could go down, as the German journalist of `Der Spiegelī predicted. Or, America could be literally re-invented by Kingdom people who are ready to implode the prevailing myths about America's greatness, and replace it by Godīs greatness. The King has even greater things purposed and would fulfill those purposes IF those who call themselves after Jesus the King, would turn away from their self-made religion, self-made churches and religious factions, self-made visions of success, and their self-made harmless God.
Can we lovingly but urgently call you back at this hour to begin and initiate a movement to reposition and repatriate yourselves into the eternal Kingdom by submitting yourself not only in theory but also in practical deeds to Jesus the King, starting to obey the King and His liberating decrees in all the areas that count? You might even want to write a Declaration of Dependence on God and each other, because by idolizing anything else before and over God, you will become illegal aliens in the country that counts, where we all are called to have our home: the Kingdom, the one place where our true citizenship, nationality and allegiance lies (Philippians 3:20). This is the only one country that will not be shaken, as it has an unchanging King.
If there is any way that we can help you in this great challenge and task - we want you to know we will.
Wolfgang Simson (1959) was born in Germany and has German, Jewish and Hungarian roots. He is married to Mercy and they have three kids. After living in the UK and India, they now live in the south of Germany.
In the midst of beginning a political career, a number of supernatural experiences brought him to a confrontation with the reality of Christ. After working as a social worker and taxidriver in Stuttgart, Germany, he later (1987) graduated with an M.Th. from Free Evangelical Theological Academy (Basel, Switzerland), where he later taught courses on Church Growth and Mission Strategy and became the assistant of the Dean, late Prof. Samuel KŁlling. While pursuing a Ph.D at various academic institutions in Belgium and the US - doing postgraduate studies in Missions and Cultural Anthropology - he found out that academia did not have the answers to the questions he was after - but God had them. In yet another direct experience with God he was shown the purpose, direction and path of his life, and he has been pursuing this ever since.
Wolfgang was working for two decades (1986 - 2006) as an evangelism and strategy consultant, researcher and journalist within various Christian networks and regional and global strategy think tanks in close to 60 nations. One of the founders of Dawn Europa, he has been a board member of both the British and the German Church Growth Associations, a member of the Lausanne Movement in Germany, editor of the well known EZines "Fridayfax", "Fridayfax2" (now merged into StarFish News ) and "Kingdom Economic News". He is the author of 12 books that have been translated into 20 languages so far.
Now, dear saints of God, neither fret nor fear that the United States of America is headed toward destruction; but rejoice in knowing all this is by the hand of God, and if we are His Holy Watchers, surely we were a part of it and had made the decree that Barack Obama would be reelected to the top office of this nation. I believe one way this decree took place was by many of us having sensed very strongly in the Spirit that he would not be unseated. Several of our friends, as well as myself, knew by the Spirit that he would win the race and finish that for which God had raised him up. What we knew was that which we could see unfolding by the Spirit from the throne of God. We were making the decree and causing it to become a fact. Some may have verbalized it from the heavens while in prayer as some did in 1989 when the powers of the nations along the Iron Curtain were brought down and given to others with the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union. The Holy Watchers of God were instrumental then, and they were instrumental with the past presidential election November 6, 2012. Therefore, since the holy Watchers/Sifters decreed Obama to be the president of the United States of America, how can we find fault with the fruit of our demand?
In our natural, human makeup, we may have made independent decisions that were contrary to Godís. In doing so, our decisions/votes at the polls might have been cast for the contender of His choice. If we had voted for Romney, or any other candidate, we missed the interpretation of the handwriting on the wall, while knowing in the Spirit we were making the decree from the heaven the exact opposite. Our spiritual command from the throne, and the fall of the gavel, stood over what our natural minds might have wanted. Therefore, we should well know that Barack Hussein Obama will do exactly for or against this nation that which pleases the One who rules in the kingdom of men. If he has been set to bless us, no man nor nation can prevent him from doing so. If he has been set as our German brethren wrote, even to the point of utter destruction, no man nor nation can prevent it. Although he and the powers pulling strings behind the scene believe they rule, it will unfold according to He who truly rules in the kingdom of men. That which has been decreed by His Holy Watchers are Sifting those appointed to high offices along with those of the nation! Can you say amen?
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Elwin R. Roach
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