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U.K. Denies Thatcher Funeral Snubs as Merkel, Rajoy Stay Away.


Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said it wasn’t concerned that foreign leaders are staying away from Margaret Thatcher’s funeral as it became clear that the German and Spanish heads of government won’t attend.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, are sending their foreign ministers, Guido Westerwelle and Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, to the service in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral on April 17, their governments said Monday.

Merkel signed a book of condolence for Thatcher at the British Embassy in Berlin April 11, describing her as “one of the great political figures of the 20th century.”

Thatcher’s and Cameron’s Conservatives were part of the same pan-European bloc as Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Rajoy’s People’s Party before pulling out in 2009.

Cameron said in January he will seek looser ties with the European Union if re-elected in two years’ time, promising a referendum on renegotiated membership terms by the end of 2017

Cameron’s spokesman, Jean-Christophe Gray, asked by reporters Monday if the premier is concerned about the absence of senior statespeople at the funeral replied, “Not at all.”

He said that the list of guests already announced “says a very great deal about the breadth of Lady Thatcher’s global stature.”

Canada’s Stephen Harper, Mario Monti of Italy and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk are among the most prominent guests whose attendance has been confirmed so far.

Too Strenuous

Thatcher-era German Chancellor Helmut Kohl declined an invitation to attend the funeral because the trip would be too strenuous, his spokeswoman, Marion Scheller, said by phone Monday. Kohl, 83, is wheelchair-bound.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, 82, a man Thatcher said she “could do business with,” won’t be there. “Unfortunately, he can’t come because of his health condition,” his spokesman, Vladimir Polyakov, said April 10.

More than 2,000 invitations have been sent out for the funeral, the biggest for a political leader in Britain since that of Winston Churchill in 1965.

The U.K. has invited all surviving U.S. presidents but has yet to hear who will attend. The French government has also to announce who it will be sending. Three members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, will attend, Speaker John Boehner said Monday.

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Source:  NEWSmax.com

Proactive Servants Soar in the Ministry.


 

Dr. Morris-CerulloDr. Morris Cerullo (l) and Greg Morrow in Moscow in 1989

One of the great privileges and most rewarding opportunities you can experience serving another man’s ministry is found in the secret of being a proactive servant.

 

A proactive person is defined as one who “creates or controls a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.”

A fruitful, effective disciple is much more than an order taker. After proving yourself faithful over time, a foundation of trust is established that is the key ingredient required to move from a relationship of simple service to becoming a proactive partner.

I will never forget Moscow, 1989.

For 14 consecutive years prior, from the platform of the world renowned Royal Albert Hall, Dr. Morris Cerullo prophesied that Russia’s iron curtain would come down and the Soviet Union would open in an unprecedented way to the preaching of the gospel.

In the late 1980s, that is precisely what began to happen as a movement for the democratization of the Soviet Union referred to as “Perestroika”  was being championed by then General Secretary of the Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev.

The beep of the fax machine at my desk in our European office in the fall of 1989 signaled an incoming communication. As I began to read, I discovered that it was an invitation from the President of the Russian Pentecostal Union, Rev. Bilas Roman, asking Brother Cerullo to be the first to come to Moscow in the Perestroika era to conduct an open public crusade.

Immediately, I shared the invitation with Dr. Cerullo and made flight arrangements to meet with Rev. Bilas and his leaders to begin to make the plans for this historic invitation.

We settled on a date in December at the historic 7,000-seat Izmailovo Auditorium on the outskirts of Moscow.

When the time came, I arrived in Moscow with Dr. Cerullo the day before as he was scheduled to appear on the Moscow news that evening. An interview that was set to fill a one-or two-minute segment was mightily visited by the presence of God and extended to nearly 30 minutes!

The host was so deeply touched that she asked Dr. Cerullo to pray for the viewers to receive the miracle of salvation, and then followed that with a request for Dr. Cerullo to pray for all viewers who were in need of physical healing.

The phones there at the news station immediately were jammed with callers testifying to God’s saving and healing power. God was beginning to shake the nation right before our eyes.

That night, when our interpreter returned to his apartment, he was met by his elderly atheist neighbor who had waited for him in order to testify that when Dr. Cerullo prayed, she experienced a deep heat in her back and an immediate healing from years of a debilitating spinal condition! Right there on her porch, she prayed with our translator to receive Christ as Savior!

The next afternoon, even after opening the doors three hours early and filling the Izmailovo Auditorium to capacity, the crowds were still 10-deep encircling the entire arena with great expectancy.

The police insisted that the church leaders convince Dr. Cerullo to cancel the meeting so that they could disperse the people, who had now begun to damage the property, breaking panes of glass, etc., in an effort to force themselves into the building.

The top leaders approached me and requested to speak with Dr. Cerullo about the security problems and to make the request that he postpone the meeting.

My job was to not disturb Dr. Cerullo with a negative report before a meeting, but to simply solve it myself so that he was able to stay focused and uninterrupted prior to the service.

This was an opportunity for me to be proactive, and not disturb the servant of God who was in his customary time of prayer, fasting and preparation for the meeting.

With the Russian leaders standing before me shaken, I quietly prayed for God’s wisdom.

Here’s what I recommended to the leaders:

What if we take the many boxes containing 5,000 brand new Bibles we had delivered in the arena to give to the new converts, and take them outside to the people who couldn’t get in—with the promise that Dr. Cerullo would come back to Moscow again soon in a larger stadium for another meeting?

The leaders nodded their heads in agreement. We handed the boxes of Bibles to the police who brought them out to the people. The people scooped the Bibles up as if they had just won the lottery! They were happy to receive them and peace was restored when they heard that Dr. Cerullo would return to Moscow for another meeting in the near future.

That night was one of the most glorious services I have ever been a part of. As Brother Cerullo brought the simple message of the gospel, nearly all of the 7,000 present received the greatest miracle in the world—the miracle of forgiveness of sins and the healing of their souls through the salvation of the blood of Jesus Christ!

Several months later we returned to Moscow, this time in the 15,000-seat Olympic Stadium, for three capacity nights—nearly 50,000 precious Russians combined—giving their lives to Christ!

The Apostle Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase” (I Cor. 3:6-7, KJV).

As the mentor/student relationship grows over time, you will know the heart of the man or woman you are serving and what he or she would expect in certain situations.

This knowledge makes you a much more valuable servant, and you are able to move from a place of simply waiting for instructions to becoming a creative contributor to the overall vision and purpose of your leader and their ministry.

While Dr. Cerullo is the unquestioned visionary and strong spiritual leader of MCWE (Morris Cerullo World Evangelism), one of his great strengths as a mentor is his humility, and the expectation that his key team members operate with an authority and spiritual license to bring their creative ideas and input to the table on any and all aspects of the ministry.

It takes the investment and trust of a great mentor to know when and how much authority his servant can successfully be released to handle.

A man can only truly be responsible and accountable for the success of that which he perceives he has authority for.

Some of the most successful outreaches of MCWE through the years were a result of the synergy between Dr. Cerullo and our team, which fueled our passion and creativity to bring “God ideas” and suggestions to our leader—and many were implemented with great spiritual fruit.

However, a word to the wise: Be ready when bringing an idea to be willing to become responsible for personally filling it!

Are you ready to take your next step in serving another person’s ministry?  If there is a need in your church or ministry that you see is not being filled, maybe it is God calling you to be proactive and volunteer to fill it—and not wait for someone else to do it—or for you to be asked!

Now is your season to soar as a proactive servant!

Note: The above is an excerpt from The Blessing of Serving Another Man’s Ministry: Seven Serving Secrets That Will Sentence You To Success, available on Amazon.com starting at $2.99. Discounted bulk copies available direct from author at gregmauro1159@gmail.com. Join Greg Mauro’s Facebook page.

Written by Greg Mauro

For the original article, visit gregmauro.com.

Thatcher Adviser: Britain’s Iron Lady Embodied ‘Freedom’ in Life and Death.


Reflecting on his time as a senior adviser to Margaret Thatcher, John Browne tells Newsmax TV that Britain’s Iron Lady, in both life and death, embodied the central theme captured in her country’s Magna Carta, and in America’s Declaration of Independence — freedom.

“It meant freedom from onerous taxation. It meant freedom from outside aggression. It meant freedom from the abuse of trade union’s power, and all of these things,” said Browne in an exclusive interview on Monday. “Of course, by the time it started to filter through into the British economy it became freedom and enterprise.”

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A former member of England’s Parliament, Browne said that he was deeply saddened by Monday’s news that Thatcher, whom he considered to be one of the world’s greatest leaders, had passed away after suffering a stroke.

“When she took over in 1979 England was giggling its way into the ocean,” he lamented. “When she left it was a really vibrant and growing economy. And it spilled into other areas. For example, we had a public sector debt repayment schedule — not borrowing $1 trillion a year and printing $1 trillion a year.”

Browne, who is now a senior market strategist with Euro-Pacific Capital, last saw his former boss several years ago when he was a guest aboard magazine publisher Steve Forbes’ yacht, The Highlander, off Fishers Island in Long Island Sound.

“Margaret Thatcher was there at dinner and she greeted me by touching me softly on the wrist and she said, ‘John, we fought many great battles together,’” he recalled. “That was very touching. I mean it was a very touching farewell in a way, because I haven’t seen her since.”

Having served as principal adviser to the Thatcher government on issues related to the then Soviet Union, Browne was struck by Thatcher’s willingness to accept the notion that then Agriculture Minister Mikhail Gorbachev might be someone with whom she and the West could do business.

“I was put in charge of looking after Mr. and Mrs. Gorbachev when they first came to the West, and of course he was then a Politburo member, but not the leader of the Soviet Union,” said Browne.

“Over the first day I got the distinct impression that this man was going to be the next leader of the Soviet Union. I took him to the British Museum and all this other stuff, and to receptions and things like that,” said Browne, who shared his impression with the British Foreign Office, only to be dismissed.

“On the other hand, about 15 minutes later after division, I was in Margaret Thatcher’s private office in the House of Commons and she sat forward in her chair. She said, ‘really? Do you really think there’s really going to be change in the Soviet Union?’ And so she was prepared to listen,” said Browne. “And exactly the same thing happened in the United States. She asked me to send my paper, which I wrote all about it afterwards, to President Reagan, who wrote a charming letter back.”

But like their British counterparts, the U.S. State Department “poured cold water” all over such a notion, according to Browne, who said that he was subsequently dispatched by the British government to personally brief Reagan before his Geneva meeting with Gorbachev.

“He was prepared to listen, just like Margaret Thatcher. The others weren’t prepared to listen. They were so steeped in the old ways and these two great leaders were prepared to think outside the box,” observed Browne, who noted that both leaders left their countries with vibrant economies.

“When they combined with Gorbachev we had the huge achievement of the end of the cold phase of the Second World War, and the massive freedom spread throughout the world,” he explained.

Browne likened the Cold War to a “glue” that restricted movement and stifled free enterprise throughout the world.

“When that glue melted, suddenly, the world was free,” he said.

Thatcher’s death, like Reagan’s several years earlier, marks the end of an era.

“Yes, it is a sad day,” said Browne. “But I’m lucky and privileged to have lived under her, and to have enjoyed the free enterprise she and Reagan gave the world.”

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By Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter

Historian Brinkley to Newsmax: Reagan Treated Thatcher With Deference.


The late President Ronald Reagan enjoyed former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s character and personality so much, he would put her on speaker phone in the Oval Office so that aides could hear her speak, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley told Newsmax.

“He just got a kick out her aura, steadiness, and resolve,” Brinkley said. “He was close to others, but nothing like Margaret Thatcher.”

Thatcher died Monday at age 87 after suffering a stroke.

Brinkley said Reagan and Thatcher gelled in part because they saw eye-to-eye concerning the liberal excesses in the United States and socialist overreach in Great Britain during the 1960s and 1970s.

As champions of free markets and limited government, they both sought to curtail labor unions from gaining too much power. “They both believed in clipping the wings of the labor unions,” said Brinkley.

Brinkley noted they didn’t always agree, especially over Britain’s conflict regarding the Falklands Islands after Argentina invaded the South Atlantic archipelago in 1982.

When Reagan objected to the British fighting over the small islands, Thatcher asked if he would seek U.S. sovereignty over a similar attack against portions of Alaska.

They agreed on issues far more than they disagreed, Brinkley noted, including Thatcher’s helping to convince Reagan that former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev was someone they could work with as the Cold War came to a close.

“He would treat her with the deference of Mother Teresa,” Brinkley said. “He was very deferential because he admired her so much.”

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By David Yonkman, Washington Correspondent

Thatcher Speechwriter O’Sullivan: Iron Lady Restored Britannia’s Greatness.


John O’Sullivan, who was a special adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and part of her inner circle of speechwriters, on Monday credited her with restoring Britain’s world reputation and its economy.

In an interview with Newsmax TV, O’Sullivan said Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, played a key role, in putting Great Britain back on the world stage.

“She is the woman who managed to restore Britain’s reputation much in the same way that [Ronald] Reagan restored America’s,” he said.

“She was his partner in the victory over the Cold War, but domestically she reversed failures spanning about 30 years and turned Britain into a significant country globally and economically,” he said.

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O’Sullivan also told Newsmax that the close relationship between Reagan and Thatcher and their approach to ending the Cold War brought about an event that may not have been achieved until 20 or 30 years later than it occurred, if at all.

“There was a real risk it would have become more bloody. Some people were killed in the latter stages of the Cold War in Georgia and Lithuania, and we shouldn’t forget that, but there wasn’t the mass slaughter that you associate with the end of empires,” he said.

“That’s due in large part because, having established conditions for defeating the Soviet Union, they drew [then-Russian Prime Minister Mikhail] Gorbachev into a collaboration to make sure that whatever happened, it wouldn’t be war and violent upheaval.”

O’Sullivan said initially Thatcher was somewhat of a reluctant politician and didn’t initially see herself as someone who would help women break the glass ceiling in politics.

“The year before she was elected, she had led the House of Commons and fought Labor’s resistance against the budget.” He said she had initially supported the candidacy of fellow right-winger Sir Keith Joseph, who went on to serve in her Cabinet.

“When he withdrew from the race, she decided to carry forward the mantle of free enterprise and conservatism,” Sullivan said.

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By Cyrus Afzali and John Bachman

Gorbachev: ‘Exceptional’ Thatcher Helped End Cold War.


Image: Gorbachev: 'Exceptional' Thatcher Helped End Cold War

Margaret Thatcher was “a great politician and an exceptional person” who helped end the Cold War, said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union.

Thatcher, Britain’s first woman prime minister, died of a stroke on Monday.

“Thatcher was a politician whose word carried great weight,” Gorbachev, who sought to reform the Soviet Union and improved its ties with the West but failed to avert the collapse of the nuclear-armed superpower, said on his website.

“Our first meeting in 1984 marked the beginning of a relationship that was at times difficult, not always smooth, but was treated seriously and responsibly by both sides,” Gorbachev, 82, said.

After that meeting, months before Gorbachev succeeded Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader following his death, Thatcher said of Gorbachev: “We can do business together”.

Thatcher, an enemy of communism, said at the time that she and Gorbachev each firmly believed in their respective nation’s political system and were never going to change one another.

But Gorbachev said on Monday that his relationship with Thatcher helped bring change and tear down the Iron Curtain.

“We gradually developed personal relations that became increasingly friendly,” he said. “In the end, we were able to achieve mutual understanding, and this contributed to a change in the atmosphere between our country and the West and to the end of the Cold War.”

“Margaret Thatcher was a great politician and an exceptional person. She will be remain in our memories and in history,” said Gorbachev, whose resignation as president December 1991 marked the end of the Soviet Union.

Gorbachev’s reputation may be as mixed as Thatcher’s, if not more so. He is reviled by many Russians who blame him for the Soviet collapse, but some see his efforts to reform the country and ease oppression as heroic and he a well respected figure outside his homeland.

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Source: NEWSmax.com

Gorbachev: All I Did Has Been Destroyed.


Mikhail Gorbachev believes his achievements as Soviet leader have not only been reversed but “distorted, violated, and destroyed.”

And he had harsh words for current Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who, he said, understands the country’s problems but is looking in the wrong direction for a way out.

“We need to restore a real democratic system. People need to be involved. We won’t solve the problems of developing the country and strengthening it so that people can really feel [they are] their own masters, if we push the people out of politics,” Gorbachev said.

He added that during the last election, the country was “overtaken by a mood of protest.”

“I think [Putin] understands what the last election showed. He understands. But he’s looking for a way out in the wrong direction,” Gorbachev said, referring to Putin’s harsh treatment toward critics of the regime.

Gorbachev, 82, was speaking in a landmark interview with Vogue magazine. He said he believes he will most be remembered for ending the Cold War.

Interviewer Evgeny Lebedev asked him if he believed his achievements during his six years in power from 1985-1991 had been put into reverse. “‘They have not just been reversed,’ he insists, but ‘distorted or completely violated, destroyed,’” Lebedev wrote.

The former general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party said that his proudest achievement was ending the nuclear-arms race when he surprised the West with an offer to scrap all ballistic nuclear weapons within a decade at the Reykjavik summit in 1986.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Gorbachev said about his role at the summit. “We were proposing to give up trying to achieve superiority over each other in conventional weapons, too. In other words, to completely change the situation — to demilitarize the world.”

Gorbachev is a controversial figure in Russia, especially among the older generation that accuses him of destroying the USSR. Putin once declared that the end of the Soviet empire was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the last century.”

Still, Gorbachev is resolute that he will be remembered for his significant achievements and that his legacy will be defined “on the basis of the fact that I ended the Cold War. . . . That I opened up the opportunity for Germany to be unified. And because of that, the Germans today are our friends.

“And, of course, I think they’ll remember the great merits of glasnost and perestroika,” he said, referring to his policies of openness and reform.

He added, “And also, the fact that I was an OK kind of guy.”

Gorbachev, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, noted that his recent ailing health prompted him to give the interview. “In the last five years I’ve had four operations. Major operations. It’s why we’re here now. I’ve come to speak openly and honestly.”

To see Newsmax’s exclusive interview with Mikhail Gorbachev click here.

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By Melanie Batley

Public Schools Are Teaching A Government-mandated Global Humanism Curriculum.


 

 Would you hire Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev to teach your children about American values?.
 
 I’m sure you would say, “You’ve got to be kidding!” No, I’m not kidding. His philosophy is being taught in 10,350 of our United States Schools today.
 
Let me explain. The curriculum in these 10,000+ schools is patterned after this socialized program. This program is called GLOBE and it is being promoted worldwide.
GLOBE stands for Global Learning & Observation to Benefit the Environment. This GLOBE program is funded and implemented through the Federal Department of Education created under Goals 2000 and now carried over in the “No Child Left Behind.”

GLOBE teaches:

1. Earth Worship (pantheism)

2. Evolution

3. Socialized Medicine

4. World Government

5. Animal Rights (animals seen as brothers and sisters)

6. Redistribution of American Wealth to other nations

7. Contraception and “Reproductive Health” (legal abortion)

8. Debt Forgiveness for third world nations

9. Adoption of the gay rights agenda

10. Elimination of the right to bear arms

11. Setting aside massive amounts of private land where no human presence is allowed

GLOBE stands for Global Learning & Observation to Benefit the Environment. Mikhail Gorbachev is the head of an organization called Green Cross International, operating right here in the United States. Gorbachev is really working to create world government and he is helping implement this education scheme. He has also joined partnership with UNESCO, which is also the source of much of the anti-American education curriculum as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

This GLOBE program is funded and implemented through the Federal Department of Education created under Goals 2000 and now carried over in the “No Child Left Behind.” Gone is the history of the founding of our country, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. Gorbachev, as leader of the Soviet Union, couldn’t compete with America. But now, pretending to be an environmentalist and an educator, he is succeeding in helping to indoctrinate our children in the public schools. source – You Can Run International.

by NTEB News Desk.

Why the Earth (and the Heavens) Are Shaking.


 

As the year 2011 comes to a close, it is hard to be unaffected by the massive earthquakes that occurred these past years.

Remember, it was just 2004 when the great South Asian Tsunami roared along the Indian ocean, suddenly rising and striking the coastlines of nine nations.

Over 230,000 people died, and millions more were left grieving and homeless. Scientists tell us that this great disaster not only changed the landscape of Asia, it actually caused the planet to wobble on its axis.

But the physical shaking was not over. Nine and a half months later, in October, another devastating quake struck, this time in the Kashmir region of Pakistan. It killed nearly 80,000 people.

Millions again were left without homes or shelter.

Then, along with quakes in Chile and New Zealand, the horrific Haitian earthquake struck and another quarter million lives were lost. Lastly, a huge magnitude 9 quake and subsequent tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan, raising the specter of a nuclear meltdown and the widespread poisoning caused by radioactive contamination.

There is something happening in the earth. Massive earthquakes. Huge death tolls. Unprecedented storms. It may all be a coincidence, but I cannot help but call to mind the Lord’s word, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven” (Heb. 12:26). There is certainly a great shaking occurring in the nations.

Remember, Jesus warned that “great earthquakes” would be part of a variety of natural calamities, which He called “birth pangs,” that would introduce the End Times (Luke 21:11; Matt. 24:8; Mark 13:8).

 In other words, He told us to expect natural disasters to increase both in magnitude and frequency, as though the earth itself was recoiling against the weight of sin. As Isaiah said, “The earth is shaken violently. … It totters like a shack, for its transgression is heavy upon it” (Is. 24:19-20).

If we are, indeed, living in the last decades of this present age, we should not expect the planet to remain calm or tranquil. God will use these calamities to draw multitudes to Himself, but we should be aware they will probably grow in severity.

Spiritual Shaking

As disasters increase so also will fear increase, but it should not be so with us. For it is also during this time that the Lord promised that the ruling powers of darkness will be shaken from their position of influence and rule.

 The Lord will “shake not only the earth, but also the heaven” (Heb. 12:26). This verse is not referring to the highest of heavens where God dwells. The heaven mentioned here refer to the spiritual realm, also known as the “heavenly places” elsewhere in the Bible (Eph. 3:10).

 These “heavenly places” represent the spiritual dimension from which “the powers … the world forces of this darkness … the spiritual forces of wickedness” exert their rule over nations (Eph. 6:12).

Thus, the Lord says in Isaiah “It will happen in that day, that the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high, and the kings of the earth on earth” (Is. 24:21). The last great shaking will affect both the natural and spiritual realms. Likewise, Jesus warned that during the time of the end “the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matt 24:29). Remember, the shaking of these powers denotes the “removing” of their place of influence and rule (Heb. 12:27). In other words, every demonic stronghold that hinders the coming forth of the kingdom of God on earth is ultimately going to be confronted by the power and authority of heaven!

One may argue, “These verses refer to the end of the age.” Yes, the finality of this twofold shaking—things on earth, but also heaven—won’t reach its maximum power until just before the Lord returns during the tribulation period.

However, I believe it has already begun on a certain level. Consider the former Soviet Union. Here was the largest geographic empire in the history of the world; its military was powerful beyond measure. The USSR was avowed atheistic in nature, and it spread atheism to all nations under its influence. Yet, in an amazing and unfathomably sophisticated exercise of the divine will, the Almighty judged the spiritual powers ruling Soviet Communism. The USSR fell without a violent revolution, without an insurrection or war, suddenly and dramatically it disintegrated.

Not only did this great empire implode, it was on Dec. 25, 1991, that Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union, effectively ending the Soviet Communist Party. The next day the Soviet parliament acknowledged the dissolution of the empire.

What a great and enduring sign! On Christmas day, the very day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the demonic power ruling the USSR was shaken and toppled from its place!

Will the Lord’s final confrontation against the spiritual powers of wickedness be much more significant? Since the fall of communism, missiologists tell us that more people have come to Christ worldwide than the sum of all conversions since the first century. Of course, Russia still has its problems, but let us not overlook what has happened: a godless, evil power fell from its place of rule. Since then millions of people have come into God’s kingdom! (Anyone feel like shouting here?)

Even while the physical world will suffer birth pangs, I believe we are going to see other major “powers in the heavens” come down just as dramatically as the former Soviet Union. I know it is possible that Islamic factions will merge and become stronger, but remember, there are currently millions of Christians praying for these Muslim nations. Somehow, whether sooner or later, the power holding sway over Muslims is going to unravel. There will be unexpected, but significant breakthroughs. Muslims by the millions will open to the gospel and find Christ as their Savior. This is the prayer frontier God set before us right now.

We will also see major demonic powers fall in the USA. I believe it will not be long before serious restrictions will begin to curtail abortion in the USA. The demonic power that has blinded lawmakers and justices will be confronted and toppled. Let us, therefore, continue to pray for Supreme Court Justices to be appointed who are both pro-life and God-fearing.

It seems to me that we are living when, at least on some level, the “powers of the heavens” are being shaken. Our prayers and personal involvement in the affairs of life play a major role in toppling these powers of darkness. If we do not quit praying, we will see significant changes unfold before our eyes.

Finally, let us remember that, even while things on earth and in heaven are wobbling, we have received “a kingdom which cannot be shaken.” (Heb. 12:28). Beloved, God has an unshakable kingdom to which He calls us. It is the place where Jesus rules as King, from which place every knee in heaven and on earth shall bow.

By Francis Frangipane.

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