FROM THE SHADOW TO LIGHT

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FROM THE SHADOW TO LIGHT

THE WELL AND THE SAMARITAN CHURCH

By Isaiah-Phillips

Prophetic spectrum to current affairs

Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again… John 4:13

 

 

WHO WILL STAND AND SPEAK?

 

The church of the Lord globally is currently in the turning point of a new spiritual era that requires we confront things we’ve been avoiding and hiding within the deformed and veneered, commercial, religious system of our time. There’s an urgent need to precisely answer some of the most crucial question members of the Body of Christ and society are generally asking, particularly, regarding the overreached, abusive nature of what is accepted as spiritual representation.

 

In this article, I intent to draw your attention to an important scripture many are quite familiar but as the Spirit of truth impresses this scripture to my heart a few days back, I begin to witness a new divine emphasis and direction with regards to the demand of the Father for the deliverance of his Church from the hands of those the Bible calls peddlers of the word of God.

There’s nothing more dangerous than to be spiritually abused, and it becomes even more deadly when it is done with the bible and in the name of Jesus Christ. While many may continue to deny the reality of leadership deception and spiritual abuse in the Body of Christ, yet, it is obvious that the Church of Christ globally is being drained and taken advantage of by those I call commercial gospel peddlers.

 

The story of the Samaritan woman at the well brings to light many things we should carefully compare and highlight as the Lord continues to speak in line with the present reformation and restoration of his Church. To further amplify this subject, the account of the gospel of John chapter 5 about the story of the temple pool at Bethseda gives better clarity that cannot be deny. the Falsehood is at the center of this great capitalist, motivated church system that is blinding, crippling, and impoverishing the lives of those separate for some kind of a spiritual intervention from God.

 

John chapter 5:1-6

Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 

THE WELL DUG BY MEN

When a well dug under the inspiration of God for a season, which has elapsed continue to be used as the current voice and direction of the Spirit, it becomes an idolatrous system. The scripture said regarding Moses the servant of the Lord that he kept the veil on his face while the glory that used to shine from his face had faded away. This false sense of attachment to what has become obsolete, redundant, and irrelevant in the prophetic calendar of the Spirit is a big issue that must be addressed if we must step into the new day of the Lord, and I’ll like to address this as the Lord will give me utterance in the light of his present truth.

 This is the moment of confrontation and intervention that demands that we are exposed to a higher [intense] degree of Christ brilliance at a level that will reveal every form of shadow within and outside the parameters of our existence.

The standard is, we serve a God in whom there is no variableness nor the shadow of turning. In other words, the variations of the fallen, human ideologies, cultures, the system that sought to eclipse our minds from the original purpose and destiny of the Father for us is starting to fade away under the dawning of this increasing light of Christ shining from the surface of the stream of life we are invited to drink.

This is the dawning of the third day prophetic activity of the Spirit of the Lord; a day of the unprecedented revelation of God’s light and glory that will expose and blind every form of shadow in and around of the world. We’ve now been invited to a new sphere of the revelation in our journey towards maturity in Christ, who will be making his appearance within the religious system of what had kept us all bond or limited from entering the full reality of what we’ve been destined for before time began.

The more we see and honestly embrace the current illuminating light of heaven, the more the shapes and images of human shadows and influences in our thought pattern over the years, begins to shatter even as Christ becomes more magnified in us. In Christ, there is no influence of earthly, carnal reflections. Last year we spoke about the nearness of the kingdom and how we ought to prepare for this so, we don’t cut up unawares.

THE NEARNESS OF THE KINGDOM

The nearness of the kingdom of God is the nearness of the divine light of heaven, ordained to remove every form of false light that have shaded and shape our minds from stepping into kingdom lifestyle. The day of breaking away from the silhouetted nature of power, religious forms and shapes men have falsely embraced. The time has come for us to embrace the reality of truth which is often painful because we will need to be confronted by the blinding light of heaven. Every form of shadow within the spiritual structure of our existence must now give way to the glorious brightness of Christ light emerging from the dawn of this new kingdom Age.

 The purity of hearing come through the level of light we expose our soul and spirit too. To the degree, we embrace this present light of the Christ is to the level we are going to see and walk in the glorious light of what we’ve been called to represent. Shadow is defined as a dark area or shape produced by a body of coming between rays of light and a surface. Rather than producing light we’ve been producing shadows due to the lingering [human system] darkness still present and alive within us.

The light of heaven only reflects what is in the human heart; when the heart is filled with falsehood and lies, you can be rest assured that whatever form of light found within such a space will not produce a fruit that comes from the very life of God. The light the soul produces is a light that is born out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and it will never bring you into the realm of divine truth which brings deliverance and reform to the total man. When there’s a willingness to face the reality before us as the ministry of Christ light increases, what then happens is that this light goes way beyond the power of illumination into becoming transformative.

THE CHURCH AT THE WELL

As the Father brought my attention to the life of the Samaritan woman at the well, I began to gain fresh insight to a parallel truth that speaks directly to the condition of the present-day church as a company of people operating within the system of shadow. The present, active reality of shadow ministry is more dangerous than darkness itself, in the sense that a shadow gives is a false reflection. A shadow is a refraction of light upon a dark image or surface which is an operation of deception. Only the Father carries the technology to produce light out of darkness.

On the other hand, man can produce an image out of another shape through the operation of a shadow, and in fact, this is the current position in many churches today. Many have produced some forms of images that are given the power to ‘talk’ out of false light being offered to the people, and those lights have produced some form of temporary relief and therefore, millions have become addicted to this temporary light designed to ultimately destroy them.

 

While I am trying not to be too technical with the example, I cannot but stress this point of light, shadow, false wells dug by men for spiritual consumption. The parallel reality of what was witnessed at Jacob’s between Christ Jesus and the Samaritan woman with the present state of today’s church is so profound that need critical scrutinization.

Water can reflect the precise image of the one who comes to the stream, but not everyone is truly prepared to wait for the calmness of the water to reveal an image. Most have come to the well because they are thirsty and desperate; they need a quick solution to get them out of their needs. Due to the mode of material and financial survival many lives in, they hardly can see what the Lord is trying to show them at the well.

Secondly, the life of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, typifies many of us regarding how our mindsets have been negatively shaped and have been framed through the years of rigorous religious practice and life’s challenges — this woman who is a type of today’s church who has come to accept a particular way of lifestyle as her primary source life existence even though such a source does not really minister to the very inner realities of her needs and challenges.

Further still, the Samaritan woman, beyond the fact that she had a significant dosage of religion, mixed with a long time, abusive relationship, combined with her own traditional belief strongholds, yet had a flicker of inner [light] awareness of a need for some different type of ‘water’ that can wash her and quench her inner thirst.

AN OPEN CONVERSATION

She was willing to open herself to the truth when confronted with the inner reality of her true self which is very rare today. Many of us, including those who claim to be in the forefront of what the Spirit of the Lord is doing, is filled with deception, we can hardly stand being honest to ourselves and others.

 

The greatest lie is when we begin to lie to ourselves just because we don’t want others to see us a weak, poor, uneducated, uninformed, spiritually blind. Following humans and religious folks dread being observed to be wrong, regardless of the issue. They would instead continue to support what is false and abusive just because they don’t want others to them, but we told you that you’re wrong from the start.

 

The Samaritan woman at the well seems to have come to the end of herself for two main critical reasons, one, she was willing, to be open and honest with Christ. Secondly, she recognized that the well, she’s been coming to drink from do not satisfy her true, inner need as much as the good does provide specific temporal provisions.

This [Church] woman was willing to exchange her seemingly default dependence and sustenance which always demand her traveling daily to the well for this new concept of talking well standing before her. Many may not appreciate what this woman was confronted when someone suddenly stood before her and claimed he is the living water she needs.  Of course, you will expect her to fight, froze or flight, but she was willing to listen and be honest as she engages in this new season of her life.

Many of us have grown so accustomed to the daily journey of going down to Jacob’s well to fetch water that only gives us temporary pleasure or satisfaction. We have been wrongly wired to co-depend on some kinds of religious substance, people who claimed they represent God in our lives, religious rituals, our customs and tradition, our workplace, our children, our spouses. To some, is their friends, parents, what the media says about them, what the politicians promised them, and the list continues.

This is the reality of the religion called Christianity today, mostly in American and the African set-up by the church. There are all kinds of alternatives today that have replaced the correct position of Christ and his assignment in our lives, particularly, within the community of what we call church. There’s no doubt that the idea and the look of the type of church we are building today are not better than Jacob’s well this woman kept returning to, hoping to find lasting sustenance.

 WHEN THE WELL NO LONGER MEET YOUR SATISFACTION

There’s no doubt that this well met some essential needs in her life and of course, that’s the reason she kept coming back, but this well dug by man cannot meet the very core need of her. Just as this woman connected Jacob’s well to important aspects of our custom and tradition, which is a big deal to her, many of us to have chosen to remain connected to certain places, people or circumstance both physically and mentally just for the fact that those people or places are directly or indirectly related to our tradition, nationality,  former way of life, even if those things or people are abusive, we remain there. These things or individuals have become our coping method and to some degree, our definition of spirituality, this is what I call the Samaritan church.

The Samaritan church is well dug by great icons; renowned men and powerful and highly skillful women, individuals who fought and defended specific cause for the advancement of society. Some of them were a significant voice in their time who did great things in the name of God, and we’ve built a towering image of memorials to remember, and this is good. However, these individuals are no longer alive in the new dynamics of your needs and challenges.

They might be able to inspire faith, courage, and determination in pressing towards your ordained destiny, and that’s all they can do with the lingering memory of their past achievement in you. You need to zero into the mind of the Lord for this moment of your life; you must seek what the Spirit of the Lord is saying regarding his prophetic strategy in dealing with the current situation.  Drinking from dead wells in the name of custom, tradition, and past experiences that have long become obsolete to the present demand of the Spirit is a soul-tie.

LEAVING THE OBSOLETE INSTRUCTION

There are many past experiences, individuals, and events that have become wells we keep returning to, hoping we will get the same feeling, experience, or even answer the people of the past received. Therefore, we become more fixative on the ministry of revival, instead of redemption and reformation. Our pursuit for revival is more about trying to experience what happened in the days of some great revivalist.  The fact that heaven gave the power to some individuals to dig wells for their time and generation does not mean such well will satisfy the complex needs of today.

 

Divine instruction is crucial to relevancy and advancement to the frontier of divine engagement.  How many lives, ministries and church are stuck today on the visionary word given to a vessel of God some hundred years ago? There are countless numbers of churches out there that have not revolved with the shift in prophetic seasons. Many of the denominations and traditional churches began with a leading, prophetic position of accuracy. Many of the founders and leaders of those churches had God for their times and season but has times and season changes, many refused to move on with the Father as he demands a change of their perceptions and wineskin for the next announced season.

 The stocked to the first voice they had from the Lord. They are like Abraham, who had the initial voice of the Lord and was obedient to the voice but on like Abraham, when God spoke to him the second time regarding the same issue, he was able to hear and allow his zeal to commit murder. Many had the voice of the Lord the first time, but never kept their ears and eyes open to receive further instruction and directives from the Lord. Many did not wait to listen to the elapsing time of a prophetic word. Their ministry has killed more people in the name of zeal the redeem or restore.   The well they dug in the name of ‘a ministry’ is today a blockage for a new generation to see and experienced the living well standing before them.

The more people travel to these wells of Jacob, hoping to experience the same intervention of the past, the more people get weary, tired and dissatisfied even though they dare not show their weariness. They must continue to make the trip to Jacob’s well. The fact that God met us in space and point in the past does not make such a spot the permanent resident of God. The Father is nomadic; his plan and desire are to reveal himself where ever his people gather and find their voice.

In the scripture, their various types of wells and streams built at various times and seasons that speaks directly and specifically to the peculiar need of such a season. duplicating such instructive prophetic words will not only be a violation and abuse to divine instruction but a manifestation of idolatry.  If we don’t understand the context of the speakings and instruction of the Lord for a season, we will make the mistake of trying to repeat an experience that was designed for a season in time, and that will make us the enemy of God.

New spiritual emphasis demands that we shift and change our modus-operandi if we must remain highly relevant to the movement of the Spirit. While some will need to move from our former position of life due to the evil influence and resistance to change, others might not need to leave their community if the leaders are willing to change their garments and wineskin to the current demand of the Spirit.

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A PROPHETIC REVIEW OF DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE DESTINY OF AMERICA AS A NATION



 




A PROPHETIC REVIEW OF

DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY AND THE

DESTINY OF AMERICA AS A NATION

 

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola.

Amos 3:6-8

When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it? Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared—who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?

 

A sense of awareness

In some of the past articles I did, I extensively dealt with the concept of living in a constant state of awareness, if one is ever going to work in the counsel of the ever-unfolding realities of Christ. To be given an assignment, particularly, a sensitive one like the office of a leader of a nation, requires a sense of keen divine knowledge of such assignment beyond the prestige and power of its office.

The scripture above puts into perspective the things I have shared in this article, and I sincerely hope that these words will stand as a confirmation to the watchmen over the walls of the nation of America. It is my prayer that the elders at the gate will find coherency and relevance with the things the Lord is highlighting in this article.

I am not sure how Donald Trump is acutely aware of his prophetic assignment as the president of one of the strongest nations, if not the strongest in the world, the nation of America. I believe that him becoming better aware of his position as the leader of a nation than just a constituent, will not only help in putting the concept of precise governance into place, but will also adjust his perspective in employing restraint, particularly, when the media and his protagonist deliberately stir up issues, they expect him to react to. Donald Trump current position is one that is tagged to a definite, assignment that carries a limited timeframe, and this must be very clear to him.

A prophetic parable.

Where America is today in relating to its domestic affairs and the character of leadership that has been put in place, is a parable that clearly speak into the very nature and character of the American dream philosophy and value.  Donald is many things in the hand of the Lord not just to the state of America, but to the world has a whole that will continue to unfold at different periods and season.  There are several events right now highlighting the prophetic program of God that the nation of America must pay close attention to if she must successfully navigate this critical period.

This may be a seven-year period of economic abundance for the United State, but she needs to be assured that a period of famine is coming that will require the wisdom of a Joseph and not the character of a Saul who later lost the prophetic objective of his call into the place of leadership. Donald Trump needs to be informed that his current position in the White House is highly strategic for the next plan of the Lord, but he must see this period beyond just some political achievement accorded to him.

This position is not another trophy of a business gain as his been used to; this is about the destiny of a people who desperately need to reclaim their nation from the hands of the evil system, set in place to divide and derail the nation for humanist and Islamic gain. A people who have been praying for their nation and the manifestation of God’s power and government for global reformation and restoration.

Donald Trump should be reminded that he has been brought to the position of prophetic shift over the atmosphere of a nation and a generation for such a time as this. This is a time to be strategic, courageous, yet, humble, wise, and ready to dialogue on the agenda of seeking true peace and unity of the nation so divided and fragmented. A time that requires a leader to be completely selfless and accountable to the mandate of the mission at hand.

 

 

The Obama’s administration and divine intervention

It is no secret that Donald Trump came into the position of presidency under a strong prophetic mandate to carry out a definite agenda. An agenda that is divinely ordained to offer the opportunity for redirection and readjustment in the way and manner the globalist, Democratic Party has been leading the nation of America. It was apparent that there was an agenda being run by the former Obama’s administration to frustrate Christians, and any program that promotes sound, moral values within the state of America, Europe, and Africa to be precise, even though, this was not made known through the power of media sensor.

The agenda of power control either politically, or economically, means several things to various international community to the extent that the influence of religion and not the economy over citizens seem to be the heartbeat of this control.

Those with the agenda to use their narrative of globalization to gain control over human, have, to some extent, been gaining ground, particularly, in America, and they will continue to gain higher ground until the church realize this and start buildings strategically in order to challenge this ungodly satanic agenda, but if we are truly sons of light, walking in the ascended knowledge and wisdom of the Lord in this critical season, we will appreciate how fortunate we are, when one considers the vast, prophetic resource made available for us to stand against the lies of the enemy.

Understanding the unfolding prophetic, trajectory of the Lord for us, particularly, in the context of the reformation and development of spiritual wisdom in the rebuilding of the walls and gates of nations, particularly, the nation of America is a thing of great joy.  Through the power of discernment and prophetic hindsight, we can almost determine the direction and emphasis of the new global alliance, essentially, with the rise of China as a global influence. There’s a dangerous gap America is leaving China and Russia to occupy globally that call for worry, knowing the agenda of China in terms of seeking global economic power.

The unfolding of the Father’s prophetic direction for nations and their government is one major value, we all should have a keen interest.  As global events shake and awakens the dawn of each new day, we need to learn to regularly view the mind of the Father as we are faced with circumstance that will be requiring our attention, choices, and decision making.

Divine perspective and spiritual meaning of nationhood

Allow me to give a brief background of the divine intention of the Father in relating to his prophetic order for a nation. The way human beings see themselves in terms of nation, geography, and boundaries is completely dissimilar to how the Lord intended it. In God’s eyes, the purpose and mission of a region or nation goes beyond the legislative laws and cultural links that hold the people together as important as the legislations of nations maybe; it cannot be circumscribed to the financial prosperity of the region as important as that may also be.

Neither can it be merely accessed by the shared ideological agreement of its people, nor defined by the powerful, economic drive of its business community, as critical as the economy is for the sustenance of a nation or region. The intention and purpose of the Lord for a nation are a phenomenal that has to be understood by a well-established, spiritual composition of the very ordained, prophetic intention and program of heaven, built on the solid footing of righteousness and justice.

When man was created in the Garden, he was created as a spirit being, designed directly to reflect the image of God through the virtues and values of obedience to the objective of the Father. The attributes of God’s likeness were the central theme of man’s life and nature as he set to govern and dress the garden. Eden was designed to be the extension of heaven’s influence and presence through the precise rulership and administration of Adam. Everything that Adam and his wife were created for as regents in Eden was ordained to be part of the Father’s plan to replicate his authority and influence through the leadership of man on earth.

From the position of life, we see authority and dominion given to man to rule over all that was within the garden except his wife and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His fall and exit from the garden introduce humankind to what we can call an alternative way of life. A life designed to be governed through the rebellious, fallen human soul. A soul in constant rebellion to the pattern and ways of the Father, created an alternative self-pattern of leadership that became corrupt and self-centered in all its objective and aspiration. The Lord allowed man to have his way in the art of self-governance until everything the soul represent comes to the end of its influence, and the spirit regains ascendancy in the ways and affairs of the Father for him.

It is highly important the Church understands this concept of life and nation formation, if we must find a solution to the numerous complex challenges bewildering the nations. The people within a region must understand that what makes a nation great, goes beyond its geopolitical strength, location, ideological beliefs, economic power, or cultural philosophy.

The Lord allows people to coexist in communities for various reasons designed to expose the weakness of their humanity and to teach them how to live in the power of shared community. The study of humanity is not limited to the study of our racial or cultural differences, but the bringing to pass, God’s eternal purpose, through a coherent concept of manhood and nationhood. God defines a nation through his desired, prophetic intention.

The redeemed human spirit does not recognize geographical boundaries as birds in the sky do not recognize national regions. When there is no solid, holistic biblical teaching in a nation the spiritual foundation of such a nation gets affected in such a way that threatens the prophetic agenda of God for the people. We have several prophetic utterances declared about this great nation but very little have been done spiritually today to bring divine clarity in terms of the required prophetic responsibility needed in preparing the nation of America for the next frontier of her assigned destiny.

This nation has journeyed through a season created by the Lord to prepare her for her day of manifestation. Like any other prophetic purpose, there must be a season of great warfare to test and rebuild her ability to stand in the day of restoration.

The blueprint of the Father’s plan for a nation is what defines their future enemies and victory. This reality must inform how they view themselves in regard to political and socioeconomic challenges, weakness, and victories. In other words, when a nation clearly understands her national destiny it helps galvanize the required human and capital resource needed to function within the context of her assigned global mission.

When there are no clear prophetic voices to amplify this mandate at the gate of a nation, the Lord certainly will use various occasions and events as His prophetic voice to create the right platforms that put His trumpet {message} on the lips of His watchmen, who are assigned to introduce the nation to her glorious destiny.

Donald Trump and his political foundation

The nation of America and the rest of the world was at a critical junction when the Lord handpicked Donald Trump to push back the activity of darkness, particularly, relating to the advance of certain Satanic agenda seeking to infiltrate the American nation seat of power which would have had a ripple impact across the rest of the world. Islam for a long season had successfully used the open boarder system to infiltrate also every aspect of the European world.

Mentioned the country today in Europe that the presence of Islam is not felt. The Obama presidency has almost succeeded in opening American political system and its power to the influence of Islam which has it is seen today in the United Kingdom.  Donald Trump was deployed by the Lord through the platform of make America great again to push back this Islamic agenda that was also succeeded through the liberal, globalist movement.

The battle Donald trump was raised to fight was far greater than the issue of politics, like many believed. Am I sure many by now would have noticed that Donald Trump was never, and he is still not a politician. The idea of politics and diplomacy, particularly, when dealing with other members of the opposition party.  Beyond the political truth that was looming, there was also the challenge of economic instability that was biting hard on the people to the point of treating the philosophy of the American dream.

 Let me be quick to say that some of the issues Donald Trump is ‘seeking’ to address or fix, in terms of his political, leadership objective as the president of one of the most powerful nation in the world, are the very things that gave him the number one position of leadership In the White House, which is, economic restoration and of cause, the determination to challenge and frustrate the politically correct, globalist agenda. Politics in America have a far, more reaching impact and consequence than what happens within the walls of the United States of America.

Politics in the United State affects and shift things internationally and globally; from how monetary policies in the economic direction of other nations are formulated and projected in global market, to how smaller nations are secured from certain foreign aggressions.  Further still, certain parts of the globe still immensely depend on America Aids and economic incentives for their economic development.

Whoever is in the White House carries to a very large degree, the next economic narrative of many nations, and this is one of the reasons why we should pray for the nation of America, and God forbid, America decides to go into war with any country, particularly, one of the super powers, try to imagine who will suffer the consequence of such. We cannot be naïve that we are not bothered about who is in the seat of power in the White House.  Everything that happens in America has a ripple effect on us, directly or indirectly. This is why all eyes are usually on the American vote when the time of election comes around.

 

Donald Trump and the Clinton campaign election.

Casting our minds back to the election campaign of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, we can immediately see how the nation of America is deeply divided in terms of its identity, economy, and its international policy. The idea of the new world, global order which has permeated almost every facet of the social life of the citizens has brought to questioning, the real agenda behind this movement.

The message of America first; a returning to a nationalist identity and economic resurgence for the forgotten American workers, appealed to the people than the one world, citizenship campaign being promoted by the far left.

Yes, it was clear that many do not love the seemingly, prideful, arrogant character of Donald Trump, yet, majority were willing to vote for him and the Republican Party as they considered the worst alternative under the presidency of Hilary Clinton. It was clear that a lot of things went wrong, in terms of the leadership and administrative management of Hilary Clinton as the sectary of state under Obama, particularly, the cover up of evidence after the bloody attack on America embassy in Libya which claimed the life of the ambassador.

The average American spoke through their vote by approving what Donald Trump stood up for in his campaign, as they saw and observed the nation’s political direction, leading further away from the sociopolitical, economic freedom of the American Dream philosophy.

Secondly, the flicker of moral dignity that was almost been snuffed out by the influence of the Deep Sate, progressive, globalist, agenda in the fight to rewrite the constitutional policy framework of America was something that Donald saw, and capitalized in his campaign which was also music to the eyes of many. The Donald Trump position of nationalism and the American first campaign, challenged the almost entrenched, politically correct narrative of the democratic, globalist economic philosophy, entrenched under the leadership of the former president Barak Obama.

During his campaign, the frontline media houses never thought he could pull of a win, yet, it was clear that that was part of the agenda of the Lord. Not even Donald Trump himself, at the initial point thought he could win the election.  However, God had a plan that through him, he was going to give America an opportunity to reset and redress what many, saw as an important role in the regaining of their national, spiritual identity.  America citizens favored Trump at the voting poll in place of Hilary Clinton, and for the fact that he was seen by the mainstream, Evangelical churches in America as a prophetic symbol for a spiritual renewal and restoration.

Personally, I do believe with all my heart that God gave Donald Trump the edge against Hilary Clinton to establish his ordained prophetic counsel for the nation of America as a key player in the unfolding of the new spiritual season upon the earth.  Yet, this appointment is not a blank-Check from God, nor should Donald Trump assume it was his influence or righteousness that placed him in the seat of power. There’s certainly a clear, divine agenda that is keeping him in the position of leadership that must be consistently reviewed, lest he forgets and incur the judgment of God.   Heaven’s prophetic initiative over our lives and the regions of the earth carries a profound, seasonal review, to check if we are still adhering to the character and moral values of his program.

The prophetic and the context of its fulfillment

The father’s prophetic intention is always consistent with his biblical, value model. Meaning that, God’s prophetic objective over an individual will usually align with the principle of righteousness and justice, especially, when the prophetic program deals with the administration or governance of communities, cities, and nations. The father’s prophetic counsel does not condone nor override abuse of power and injustice, regardless of who or where such is committed.

The nation of America is strategically positioning to stand for righteousness and defend justice, and when that seem not to be what projects the direction of its leadership, including that of the current presidency of Donald Trump, it is seen to be standing against its own very prophetic assignment.

This is a sacred appointment that must be clearly communicated with the best of wisdom to the president so that he may finish his assignment. There are several things presently shaping the new, spiritual topography of the nation of America that will determine the next reality of the father’s prophetic, progressive agenda, which I think is critical to the remaining or removal of the edge of God over Donald Trump as the president of America.

The nation of America has been on the frontline of geopolitical shift, redirection, and even, to some extent, at war with its key European allies. It’s economic battle with China has not gone on noticed, in fact, the impact of the trade war is now being felt across the world, particularly, in the emerging markets, and no one is quite sure when this trade war will subside.

The migrant caravan as it been popularly called is a very sensitive matter that requires a well-matured approach, particularly from the president. There’s no doubt that this was a carefully planned arrangement to destabilize the government of Donald trump as to create, or maybe, further imprint a narrative of how the president has been defined by some media houses.

Therefore, how this crisis is handled will determine so many things. The president now needs to show maturity beyond political gain. a new season has dawned upon the president that demands a deep sense of maturity in representing the true value of the nation of America. The wildfire that claimed so many lives in California is a true, soul-searching issue, lives and properties worth billions have been destroyed.

 

it is critical to hear and know what the Spirit of the Lord is saying, and how to respond accordingly. I have no doubt that this fire disaster speaks deeply into various aspect of the lord’s dealings and redemptive program for America, but who is listening? can the handwriting on the wall through this fire be discerned precisely in a way that will turn the heart of the nation back to truth, justice, and righteousness? the ways of the father are truth and righteousness. just has the father uniquely deals with individuals and families, he also deals with community, cities or nations.

The dealings of God for a nation is highlighted in the way and manner the governing policies of a nation promotes justice or prevents it. secondly, the way the leader of a nation represents and promote truth, equity, and justice within the national identity and policy of such a nation is critically important to the future of such a nation. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to the people.  if the idea of money overturns the higher position of moral justice, such a nation will eventually become weakened and defeated, it’s only a matter of time.

 

The need for matured display of wisdom

Donald trump has entered into a new phase of his prophetic mandate. How he transits this season will not be determined by his economic recovery plan for the nation of American, but his wiliness to restore America’s moral value for truth, justice, and equity, particularly in the wake of the murdered Saudi journalist, Khashoggi. if Donald trump allows his economic, bilateral connection with the Saudi government to prevent him from firmly standing for truth, he may find himself standing alone in days, weeks, or months to come. The death of this man is a powerful, moral test of where the value policy of the nation of America lies.

 

The policy of money is not the policy of God for America

Donald Trump now need the Spirit of wisdom to mature is understanding in dealing and relating with the highly complex, but yet, simple matter before him. If the president of America chooses to place money before honor and dignity, then, he is certainly not fulfilling his prophetic assignment to the fullness. God’s desire is for America to shift from the grip of mammon to righteousness. The Lord’s desire is for the nation of America to fight on behalf of those who are weak; those who cannot defend themselves. If Donald Trump decides not to fight for the justice right of this Saudi Journalist, in the name of trying to get back at is protagonist, I am afraid, that he will not win this battle.

This is the time for maturity; this is the time to put aside political agendas and stand for truth in the name of justice. I believe this is what most Americans desire to see, and this will be what the Father would love to see, and not the false, economic and regional alliance with the Saudi Arabia government who took the life of a weak, harmless man in a vicious manner.  If Donald refuses to stand for this injustice, then, I am afraid to say that he no longer represents the value of God nor of that of America.


SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS SEXUALIZED CULTURE.

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SOUTH AFRICA AND ITS SEXUALIZED CULTURE.

Grappling within teens girls

 Motherhood culture…

 

By Isaiah-Phillips Akintola

On Friday, the 6th of September 2018, I listened to a troubling presentation done by stats SA, Home Affairs, and the department of education on SABC on the impact of teenage pregnancy in South Africa.

Information from SA statistics

Numbers released by Statistics South Africa last week (30 August 2018) show that more than 3 000 girls aged between 10 and 14 became mothers or registered the births of their children in South Africa last year. Over 100 000 teenagers became moms in the same year.

 

The Recorded Live Births report commissioned by the state’s official statistician, Statistics South Africa, showed that a total of 3 261 girl children aged between 10 and 14 became registered mothers in South Africa last year. Of the 3 261, 1 959 registered the births, late which means the babies were born earlier.

 

This is a shocking information that should trouble any serious government, individual, church, or community leader. As I listen to this interview on SABC 3, I could not avoid tears rolling down my eyes as my thoughts began to ponder about the future of these children who have become mothers with absentee fathers. It is said that seventy percent of the fathers of these teen mothers are nowhere to be found, they’re identities cannot be captured on the Home Affairs database.

This is the height of irresponsibility from the men who impregnate these girls. It is likewise affirmed that South Africa is becoming a fatherless generation. Meaning that most of the children being born are growing up without a father in the house, no wonder many of the South African boys are becoming homosexuals, due to this lack of a well-defined identity by their fathers. These are all big issues that could overwhelm anyone without the required spiritual wisdom and apostolic, governmental grace to engage them effectively. When you listen to some social issues, you will immediately agree with most of the things I’ve been saying that the church needs to change its wineskin and concept of visibility and operation within society.

 A weak, religious, church, philosophy does not have the required capacity for such complex, socioeconomic and sociocultural challenges.  I have had several versions of the reason why teenage pregnancy is increasing in South Africa, especially, amongst the colored and black community, but the one that shocks me the most is, teens are lured by some guys, or their parents just for the sake of the social grants that come from the government.

The question is, how much do these teenagers get from the social department that they would forfeit their future for this kind of lifestyle. Something is terribly wrong with the social fabric of this nation that requires an urgent, strategic engagement to be fixed. There cannot be a lasting economic security for South Africa if these challenges are not handled seriously and effectively. When you convert the monetary loss of this social irresponsibility from the taxpayer, then you’ll realize that the nation is actually at a loss than gain.

The money government is spending to try to manage these avoidable issues are far greater than the money they can spend on preventing and empowering these teens to become better, productive citizens. But of the cause, this is seen as a political strategy by some politician to stay in power. The government cannot continue to play political games with the lives and destiny of this vulnerable teens.

It is highly hypocritical to preach or talk about moral regeneration while the very system that drives the laws and policy mechanism of South Africa, allows pupils as young as the age of 12 to be loose and indecent, by giving them the freedom they have no mental or emotional capacity to handle. Please, don’t get me wrong, every child should, and must be given the space and the right to express their God-given or constitutional right of freedom.  We shall elaborate more on this point, but for now let’s look at this rising, destructive trend.

Irresponsible policy and leadership

The idea of promoting social rights and freedom by allowing children to have their choice in such a highly complex matter, in my strong opinion, is an irresponsible policy decision, particularly in a society like that of South Africa where it is still struggling with one of the highest rates of marginalization, poverty, and inequality, divorce, criminal activity, drugs, prostitution, and the list continues. To allow teens to experiment on drugs, alcohol, and sex is not only immoral but a failure in leadership right from the position of parenthood all the way to those in church and state power.

Experimenting sex certainly is not part of the preparation for educational empowerment, nation-building, or economic development, if you ask me. In fact, it is one of the easiest ways to destroy a nation and its economy. Such high-level call to allow teens to make a decision on when to start seeing the posit sex openly is a violation of the moral dignity of society.

To do such a thing requires a deep sense of maturity and responsibility that should first be carefully taught and nurtured, not just within the walls of a classroom, as crucially important as that may be, but by a well-informed parent, who should by default know the character formation of their children’s sexuality better than any teacher, social workers, or any other entity or group in the society for that matter.

 

There are certain rights that should be effectively managed and held in custody of the true ministry of parenthood, while they seek to build the right, quality character foundation that should allow their child to effectively grow up spiritually, psychologically, and biologically. The position of responsibility and accountability of the choice and decisions made in life begins from the solid foundation established through the assignment of parenthood.

It is a fact that feelings and sexual chemicals within humans are most active between the teenage and adulthood stage, yet, if the right, balance, educational interaction and relationship is formed between caregivers and parents, such period can be correctly and effectively managed with the help of right leadership from all the necessary stakeholders.

Teen sexualization

Two months back, a news made headlines on SABC news, which said that primary school children, this is the age between 4-10 are more sexually active than teens in the secondary grades. This is shameful and shocking, to say the least.  This almost sounds impossible, but of course, the truth is being told, and we sure do need to wake up to this reality.

 

Sometimes, you want to ask the question, where are the parents? But the fact is, we know where the parents are. Many of them are very busy trying to make ends meet; and unfortunately, by the weekend, many of the parents are both drunk with alcohol. I have seen too much of this scenario, and this is often the opportunity where these predators gained the opening into the lives of these teens.

 

For the rich parents, they hardly care or have the time to bother about the emotional or spiritual state of their children because they are all over the place, playing the high life as long there’s enough money for the caregivers and housekeepers to spend on the children.

 

These children who are regularly mentored on TV Popstars, and the irresponsible nude shows they watch, begin to emulate what they saw on the television with one another. The world of the YouTube and other social media has not really helped them. The culture of sex and sexual idolization that is accepted and practiced by the Europeans and the Americans becomes the preferred culture most teenagers want to embrace without thinking of the consequence.             

 

South Africa has grown to become a highly sexualized society, like many other western and European countries, unfortunately, and this is not good for a nation that is highly youthful in the number of its population, and still very young in its democratic formation, and the process of integrated sociocultural ideology. The almost nonexistent or loss of the sense of moral compass of the society, in general, is like trying to take a journey without a map or a directional GPS to lead one that precise destination.

Before proceeding into the issue I’ll like to bring to our attention, I think it is critical for us to lay this foundation as we ask some key questions that should give us a sense of objectivity and direction, and these questions are, what is the collective vision of South Africa for the future? where are we going as a nation, what can we define as that point of arrival in terms of the value model of the nation?

 

What sort of future do we envision for our kids? Who is the architect of this visionary mandate for the nation, what philosophy and ideology foundation, formulate the knowledge and understanding of such vision for the nation?

How do we intend to arrive at that future? And lastly, dose such vision carries within its compass, a moral direction, and what informs such morality? I have deliberately placed these questions in the front view of the challenges that are before us so we can have a measuring rod system to judge and appraise where we are now and where we want to be tomorrow.

It is clear that the footing of the eventual implosion and collapse of any society starts with the condition, and maybe, the celebration of its denial mechanisms. The inability to humbly identify and courageously challenge headlong, the moral deficiency of a society is first a problem of a weak and uninformed leadership character.

One of the main assignments of leadership right from the core family unit to the place of a provincial, national, and international space, is to shape and inform citizens in a particular manner that allows a sense of character discipline through the promotion of sheered moral values. Understanding the complexity of the formation of society, in terms of exposure, educational brackets, race, religious preference, and economic status, and other sociocultural realities enhances a great deal the precise formation of the right, national identity that helps in bridging the divided gaps.

Seventy percent of the population of South African falls under the bracket of millennial, meaning that the culture and direction of its values should be one that is speaking into the formation and establishment of a sound moral character discipline required in the building of the necessary productive template for personal and societal development.

How can we begin to address the concept of transformation when we have directly neglected the core process of forming the base of a solid foundational principle in human development? The misplaced priority in the process of democratic value has continued to play out in the kind of people the society produces today. The lack of a clear, balanced understanding of the type of nation we want to see lead us to adopt a kind of a finished product of societies that do not fully reflect nor represent a mold value of a stable society.

If our ideology and definition of building a strong nation is merely fixated on growing the economy without first developing a well-informed, disciplined, highly educated society with a strong moral based community, am afraid, all that we have invested time, money, and energy to build will soon be destroyed under the pressure of indiscipline.  To assume we can build a progressive, prosperous society without investing in a solid, and a well-balanced, behavioral, moral character values of millennia are a lie.

What is this blessers ideology in SA?

I have listened to this idea of a group of rich and highly influential individuals known as the blessers, who assume the responsibility of providing a financial and material blessing to young ladies, even if they are married in exchange for sexual pleasure. The most unfortunate thing about this is, many of these men are members of churches who play key leadership roles, while others are in the private and political space, who act on behalf of the government in society.

The question, however, is, what is driving South Africa, particularly, the millennial generation, as a society that is becoming extremely sexualized? What do I mean by being sexualized? Let me start by answering this question by sharing what came out of google search when I asked for what it means in definition as a sexualized society? This is the answer “there are societies where women apparently do not masturbate, do not feel any particular pleasure by sexual activity, and where female orgasm is an unknown phenomenon that does not even have a name.  Female sexual desire is a quality that can be fostered or suppressed during upbringing”.

 

You will certainly agree with me that this is a very shallow expiation with an undertone agenda of what the media wants to promote regarding the ideology of sex and sexuality, and this is certainly of the challenge’s society is faced with today, the disinformation and neutralization of truth.  If we don’t seek to prove to learn and truly find out what we are seeking for, we shall be given a wrong value and ideology of the real nature of things. It is a natural, non-truth that humans by default, experiment and utilize sex for different purposes beyond the act of seeking pleasure.  

 

Sex can be used as a weapon to win dominance, influence, position, authority and power. It can be used to blackmail, intimidate, manipulate, gain both material and financial status.  Because of the pleasure and power behind sex, it has become a tool many are now using to elevate themselves to whatever status, they desire as long as they can maintain the mechanism of attraction from the side of the female and provision from the side of the male.

    

 Meaning that almost everything within the daily, operative social system of human’s is one that gravitates towards the promotion and idolization of sex as a communicative, advertising tool. Normalizing the idea and culture of using sex even as children and teens as a normal, acceptable, open practice is an agenda that has been pushed forth for decades that has finally become a reality.

 

Sex is a gift from God to consummate a relationship that is tied in the love and covenant of marriage. Sex outside marriage is not just biblically wrong but carries the potential to destroy the joy of individuals, and the moral balance of society.

The idea of sex as an inter-cause between two intimate individuals has become a long gone, obsolete idea within the cultural system of the 21st-century society. Sex and sexy terminology have become so interfaced and inter-used in sales promotion, and even in just normal conversations. It’s become so bad that I have often heard and read many of our Christian fellow sister social media post, use the term ’sexy’ to refer to themselves or their children while they are trying to express some form of beauty complement.

There has been certainly a systematic groundwork of desensitization, in terms of the kind of societal values certain groups, or entities would like to see in South Africa, and I believe such a mission must have begun right from the Apartheid days, or even before.

Sexualizing a society is a powerful means of not just stealing or destroying just the identity AND FUTURE of a society, it’s also a powerful method of owning and enslaving the people.  When you give a careful thought to what I’ve just said, it will undoubtedly prove why the issue of the 21ST-century slavery trade is the second largest trade in the world; abuse of women, girl-child, and the sodomizing of teenage boys is on the increase even within the walls of the Church.  

 

The point we must not lose focus of, which I think is highly important in dealing with these multi-layered, complex issues before is that, South Africa as a nation is a nation that is suffering from:

  1. SELF-ABUSE,
  2. POWER ABUSE,
  3. CULTURE ABUSE,
  4. RELIGIOUS ABUSE, AND LASTLY,
  5. SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

These abuses speak directly to what I have earlier alluded to, when you desensitized a nation in terms of what defines its identity and core value of such society, you have indirectly opened such a society to accept abuse as her normal ways of life.

What is the driving force behind teen pregnancy?

What in the world will drives teens, undergraduates, and most young professional, both ladies and men alike, into such a perverted, concept of financial lifestyle known as blessers?  Well, it is clear that it is both ignorance and poverty, which is not just the lack of money, but the total lack of the right, moral, value within homes and communities. When the lack of decency increases within society, it opens the door for other kinds of abnormality to thrive.

Yes, the economy plays a key role in how individuals and the society respond to sociocultural challenges, but we cannot lay the blame solely on the lack of finance or opportunity on issues that bring disgrace and shame to our names, families, community, and national identity.

The impact of the kind of lifestyle we choose to accept and practice as a social norm has a nation carries a greater impact in our socioeconomic condition than we can imagine. There’s no doubt that we are seated with a major social crisis time bomb in South Africa than we admit, and it will take an open acknowledgment of this, in humility to begin to find the right solution so we can salvage the destiny of our children and the millennial.

There are several complex, multi-layered issues that have grossly contributed to this major challenge, currently threatening the future of teens and millennia that must be addressed precisely and strategically. But the greatest contributor comes from the abdication of parental visibility and leadership responsibility within the family and the broader community. What do I mean by this? When fathers and mothers directly or indirectly neglect their sole objective and responsibility to others, particularly, to the government, social workers, traditional rulers, and the church community.

There are several abnormally I have personally noticed, having lived in this nation for almost two decades now, and I have watched how children have been left and neglected to assume the role of parenthood for their siblings, of course, due to several reasons. The first major reason is directly connected to the issue of poverty. Poverty is a major contributor to the sociocultural challenges the nation is faced with. Yet, poverty must be understood, way beyond the narrow-minded definition of the mere lack of money, or the opportunities one need in life.

Poverty is a state of mind, affected by other factors, which includes the lack of a sound, relevant, all-inclusive, educational, productive system. You don’t necessarily need to have a degree as highly as important as it is to have a good, qualitative educational culture. While I advocate education for all, I, however, believe that education must be tailored made for various reasons that should correctly address the unique challenges and limitation of individuals and their society. To address poverty, you have to correctly and efficiently identify people’s history and social exposures mechanism.

Poverty is how we think, and have been made to see others, particularly, those we think are far better us, or the people we assume we are better than them. It is amazing what the indoctrination of poverty can produce within the mind frame of fallen human thought pattern. Poverty doesn’t just produce a false sense of high self-esteem, it also creates a deep sense of destructive, low self-esteem that allows for all sorts of dysfunctional, rebellious, behavioral patterns to existence, particularly amongst children and teens.

Poverty, the lack of an honorable sense of dignity, identity is the central core of prostitution if you begin to think about it. While people may say it’s a job that pays, and that may be a fact, but what kind of a job do you want to get yourself involved in, that will make you offer the most sacred part of your Body to be violated for a few minutes just for money? This is a practice that destroys not just your body, but also your identity and dignity. It’s a recognized fact that prostitution is now a general practice even amongst teens in primary and secondary schools here in SA.

This is one of the reasons where all kinds of dysfunctional, delinquent characters are being displayed in the schools. Schoolers are not merely sleeping with other pupils, they are now having sex with their instructors. Some of the girls are disrespecting their female teachers to the point of physically hurting them. Teen girls have become more aggressive in the schools. Drugs and alcohol are being used in schools, while the teachers can do very little to challenge or try to stop them.

The role of Apartheid

 

Some of these teens now willfully record and post these obscene acts on the internet for others to watch as if they are advertising themselves, and the unfortunate things is, the church and government seem not to have the right, effective solution in addressing the challenge.  As I struggle to understand some of these factors that lead to this massive manifestation of such character within the young democratic culture of South Africa, I cannot but to link some of these issues to the ungodly, legacy of apartheid, racist, segregation policy.

Now, I am not saying the regime promoted the act of indecency. In fact, I think, at least, on face value that they stood against it. But the very agenda they promoted surely did clear the pathway for the kind of dysfunctional family and societal lifestyle we are witnessing today.

Apartheid was more than a geographical and economic segregation but was a psychological weapon used in trying to dehumanize others that don’t fit into their definition of whiteness exclusiveness. Apartheid used race, science, education, medicine, the economy, church and religion, and of course, other forms of segregation and sexuality in trying to destroy the majority’s identity so they may control the people at will.

This diabolic, destructive agenda was not hidden from the today, ruling party, but unfortunately, when they came to power, they refused to tackle the very heart of this problem. They, rather, went into building ineffective schools and in-functional RDP housing units that could not adequately address and correct the complex, sociocultural and economic divide of society.

The lack of the correct, determined political will to address the wrong of the past through massive, aggressive campaign to sensitize society, particularly, those who have suffered massive segregation, marginalization.  Those who have been excluded from the mainstream economy has to be systematically addressed not just by giving them what is known as RDP houses that don’t address the issue of community exclusions, and the present reintegration.

Rebuilding the social structure of South Africa starts by engaging the false, social views, most people living within the poverty bracket have been systematically forced into belief and accept.  You cannot change people by merely seeking to change their clothes. No. You must be ready to reach deep into their frame of thought, you need to address their understanding to live, self, and the environment.  We need to carefully and honestly identify the challenges, understand them thoroughly, and humble ourselves to seek for the right, lasting solution in addressing them.