My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Europe including seven countries. One thing they all seemed to have in common was that even though they said religion was very important the people had no time or desire to go to church. The churches were empty except for weddings and funerals. Even in the United States, the cornerstone of the worship of the only true God, church attendance and commitment to service is dwindling. Although our family is privileged to serve in a great evangelical church in Houston Texas, Sagemont Church, I believe our great nation is at a tipping point. We neglect the Godly principles on which this nation was founded while our religious tolerance in the name of freedom allows Middle Eastern religions to infect our schools, our way of life and even our courts. Where are we going? We are on a collision course with God’s judgment.
My wife Sharon, and I just returned home from 10 days in Israel on a service trip with our church just prior to the bombing of a bus in Jerusalem. Shortly afterward Vice President Biden was in Israel and insulted the Prime Minister for the way he is leading Israel and protecting their land. During our service trip we attended a synagogue where believing Jewish people were worshiping. During the service I noticed this prayer in the Jewish prayer book. The Jewish people in this prayer are praying for the safety and well being of the United States military. Can you believe that? We cannot see our way to back our only democratic ally in the Middle East and yet they are praying for our military.
I know the picture of the prayer is fuzzy so I reprinted it below. Where in the world are we going????
Read NIGHTMARE IN TIMES SQUARE, published later this year, to see where we are going!
PRAYER FOR THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES
GOD ON HIGH WHO DWELLS IN MIGHT, THE KING TO WHOM PEACE BELONGS, LOOK DOWN FROM YOUR HOLY HABITATION AND BLESS THE SOLDIERS OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES WHO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE ON EARTH. BE THEIR SHELTER AND STRONGHOLD AND LET THEM NOT FALTER. GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH AND COURAGE TO THWART THE PLANS OF THE ENEMY AND THE RULE OF EVIL. MAY THEIR ENEMIES BE SCATTERED AND THEIR FOES FLEE BEFORE THEM, AND MAY THEY REJOICE IN YOUR SALVATION. BRING THEM BACK SAFELY TO THEIR HOMES AS IS WRITTEN, “THE LORD WILL GUARD YOU FROM ALL HARM, HE WILL GUARD YOUR LIFE. THE LORD WILL GUARD YOUR GOING AND COMING, NOW AND FOR EVERMORE.” AND MAY THERE BE FULFILLED FOR US THE VERSE, “NATION SHALL NOT LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST NATION, NOR SHALL THEY LEARN WAR ANYMORE.” LET ALL THE INHABITANTS ON EARTH KNOW THAT SOVEREIGNTY IS YOURS AND YOUR NAME INSPIRES OVER ALL YOU HAVE CREATED, AND LET US SAY AMEN.
If you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of the most important presidential election in the United States in our lifetime. Never have we seen candidates for the office of president like the current front runners. One candidate may be indicted by the Attorney General and the other has no political background, education or experience having never held a public office. Our nation is spiraling out of control financially, spiritually, and morally and is in desperate need of a president that is capable of and willing to begin the arduous process of turning our corrupt, vessel of democracy around. It has taken years for America to reach this stage of debauchery and it will take years to make substantive changes-but we must at least begin now. God will not continue to ignore the spiritual freefall that America is in or just wink at the mockery Americans are making of God’s word, His messengers and His church. We must return America to the Godly nation that was established more than two hundred years ago by our founding fathers before it’s too late. Time is running out!
NIGHTMARE IN TIMES SQUARE will be available later this year and is a must read book about where our nation is going and what we must do to turn it around. Find out what America and Israel have in common and why.
On this plot of ground fourteen years ago, September 11, 2015 the two World Trade Center buildings that towered over New York City for 28 years were suddenly and completely destroyed by nineteen terrorists taking the lives of almost 3,000 people in less than two hours. If it had not been for a 40 minute delay in United Airlines Flight 93 taking off, flight 93 may have successfully crashed into the capital in Washington D.C., believed to be the fourth target. In addition there were only about 15,00 people in the WTC complex that morning for various reasons rather than the usual 50-60,000. So the attack could have been much more deadly.
We frantically stopped what we were doing, flooded the churches looking for answers, prayed for a while and then after a few months returned to business as usual. Most of our younger generation do not know about 911 while the memories of that day have faded for many others. Of course we built a stronger, taller Freedom Tower in the place of the fallen towers. That’s what we do! Since I worked in the South Tower during my engineering career and had a close encounter with the terrorist attack on the WTC those two iconic buildings will always have a special place in my heart.
Notice the image of the cross on the Freedom Tower caused by the reflection of the sun on the glass the day I took the picture. Is this a message for us? Interesting! We visited the NYC WTC Memorial this week and found it to be absolutely awesome. I was even able to look up the bio information on one of the guys I worked with who died in the terrorist attack.
Accounts in the Bible supported by history confirm that there is a stark similarity between the spiritual DNA of ancient Israel and America. Israel was warned by God’s prophets many times over the years to return their nation to Him but Israel repeatedly refused to listen and blatantly followed after other gods. The people as well as the religious leaders and the political regime mocked His messengers and ignored His word. As a result they suffered His judgment eventually seeing Jerusalem destroyed and the Israelite people scattered across the world for almost 2,000 years until 1948 when Israel became a nation again.
I believe God was trying to tell us something on that cloudless blue sky day in 2001 when nineteen terrorists were able to mysteriously breach our security and seemingly supernaturally hijack four modern commercial airliners out of three separate airports without a hitch and skillfully fly them into three of their targets with the precision of a Swiss watch. Sounds impossible doesn’t it? And were we not lucky that there were only about 15,00 people in the complex at that time? Or was that number kept small by the grace of God?
We must stop the accelerating downward spiritual spiral of America and return our nation to the Godly fundamentals on which it was founded before it is too late. The day we refer to as 911 may have just been another warning. God must shed tears as He watches: the family unit deteriorate; our government embrace a fundamental change in the definition of marriage that has been intact since the beginning of mankind; laws that tolerate any and all religions except Christianity and a Washington administration that continues to support abortion (we have now aborted more than 50,000 babies since Roe vs Wade). The world is on fire around us and we don’t even notice the smoke of destruction is at our doorsteps. It is only God’s compassion for us and His amazing grace that His patience with us continues. However as with Israel, God’s patience may soon run out!
Read ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON. I believe we are at the tipping point!
The lady in the photo works in the security screening area for the cruise ship port in Jamaica.
We recently returned from a cruise in the western Caribbean and one of our stops was in Jamaica. I had placed a copy of ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON in the ships library as I always do for guests to read. I wrote a note in the book for the guest to read it and then give the book to someone else. Someone took the book, read it and then gave it to a lady in the screening area at Jamaica who then gave it to this lady. We just happened to be walking by while she was reading it.
It is great to know that God used a passenger on the cruise ship that I never met to read the book and then place ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON in some ones hands in Jamaica. Hopefully many people will read the book.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 WILL BE THE THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON AMERICA IN 2001. AS THE WORLD IS AFLAME WITH THE ACTS OF TERRORISM TODAY PLEASE REMEMBER THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THE 3,000 INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THAT HORRIFIC ATTACK.
I WILL NEVER FORGET MY EXPERIENCES WORKING IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AND MY OWN CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH THE 9/11 ATTACK THAT DESTROYED THOSE TWO MAMMOTH BUILDINGS. IT WAS SOON AFTER 9/11 THAT I WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YOU SHOULD OBTAIN A COPY AND READ IT. THE BOOK WILL PREPARE YOU FOR THE FUTURE AND MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON IS AVAILABLE IN THE SAGEMONT CHURCH BOOKSTORE IN HOUSTON TEXAS AND FROM AMAZON.COM IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE.
I BELIEVE 9/11 WAS A WARNING FROM GOD TO RETURN OUR NATION TO THE GODLY FUNDAMENTALS ON WHICH IT WAS FOUNDED. TODAY, THIRTEEN YEARS LATER WE LIVE COMFORTABLY INSULATED FROM THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE KILLED BY TERRORISM ON OTHER CONTINENTS AND THREATENING TO INVADE THE WORLD. I WONDER WHAT IT WILL TAKE FOR THE SLUMBERING GIANT TO WAKE UP.
MY WIFE AND I RECENTLY VISITED THE TEMPLES OF SOME OF THE MAYAN RUINS ON THE ISLAND OF ROITAN. YOU MAY RECALL THE MAYANS PREDICTED THE END OF THE WORLD IN DECEMBER 2012. WELL, THE DATE CAME AND WENT AND THE WORLD CONTINUED ON. PEOLE SCOFFED AND WENT ON ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS LAUGHING ABOUT THE ILL FATED PREDICTION. IT WAS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD AFTER ALL, JUST THE END OF THAT MAYAN CALENDER. HOWEVER, THERE IS A PROPHECY THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO COMING TO PASS AND ALTHOUGH NO ONE KNOWS WHEN IT WILL BEGIN IT COULD BE AT ANY TIME. READ ABOUT THE PROPHECY OF THE APOCALYPSE THAT WILL END WITH ARMAGEDDON AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THIS ONE IS FOR REAL.
One of the most moving moments my wife and I experienced when we were in Israel was the time we had on the Sea of Galilee in a replica of the boat from the days of Jesus. You could almost feel the presence of Jesus. I was moved by God to paint this picture of a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee with Joshua 24:15 inscribed on it. One day Jesus will return and I hope you are prepared. Read ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON for an exciting update on the future of our world. After all, the world we live in is now on a collision course with destiny at the intersection of Biblical prophecy and current world events.
About a year ago my wife and I went with a group from Sagemont Church led by Stuart Rothberg to Israel. The trip to Israel was awesome to say the least and was a life changing experience. There were many incredible sights as we walked where Jesus walked, sat on the steps where he taught and prayed in the garden where he prayed before his crucifixion. One of the most awesome sights was to stand in the tomb believed to be the very tomb given to Jesus for his burial by Joseph of Arimathaea. After we arrived home from the trip I was moved to paint the picture of the tomb as accurately as possible to honor God for the talent he gave me to paint. Our Sagemont bookstore sells canvas giclees of the original painting for $45 and I give all the proceeds from the sale of the paintings to missions. Be sure and look at the painting or email me at email@example.com to get your copy. Remember ESCAPING ARMAGEDDON begins where the empty tomb left off.