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I Was 22. Now I’m 40. The Message Hasn’t Changed. Remembering 9/11

I was 22. I had dark hair then. I’m turning 40. I have gray hair now. The message the Lord gave me then burns in me brighter than ever today. 

Seventeen years ago, on September 9, 2001, I had a dream that I will never forget. 

The angel was guiding me through New York City. We were walking around lower Manhattan, and I was admiring all the buildings. For whatever reason, I was not intimidated that I was with an angel. I’m not even sure how I knew he was an angel, but it was clear from the beginning. I was happy and chatty, telling him everything I had studied about all the buildings. He was not happy. 

I never really clued in to the angel’s demeanor until after the events he showed me. It wasn’t until then that I wept. It wasn’t until I understood that I was shaken. 

As we walked around New York, in between the skyscrapers, I could see that my angel was gripped with something; something terrifying. He never spoke a word. It wasn’t that I couldn’t tell; for some reason it just didn’t matter to me. I was too excited. 

We walked on for what seemed a long time until we came to a clearing. He stopped, turned and looked with even greater intensity. By this point, I stopped talking because I was so intrigued by the pain on his face. I turned to look at what he was so intently gazing at.

His eyes were fixed on the World Trade Center’s “Twin Towers,” buildings One and Two. Our silence was broken when I blurted out how excited I was to be there and that I couldn’t wait to go up into the observation deck with him. I had never been into the observation deck there.

I would never get the chance.

After I finished telling my guide about the building, I realized he had grown more intense, so I stopped talking. Then he held up his hand, palm open, as if to point at the building. He wanted me to see what was about to happen.

As I looked back at the towers, they both descended straight down into the ground. As they collapsed, I thought it was funny that they didn’t fall over sideways like a tree. The whole event was more curious to me at the time than tragic. I just couldn’t feel it. 

As we stood there, thousands of people began to swarm past us, fleeing in terror. I still remember their faces. I had never seen anything like them before. It was only after seeing their eyes did their plight become real to me. I realized that the buildings had actually fallen down.

I woke up, but I didn’t know what the dream meant. I thought the Lord was trying to speak to me about something figurative, but I didn’t know what. But those faces stuck with me. I hoped to never see anything like that again.

Two days later, my hopes were dashed.

I watched on television the events of September 11th along with the rest of America. I was devastated beyond what words can express. The Lord had seen fit to show me two days in advance, a 22 year-old, one of the most important events in American history. 

My heart collapsed like the buildings we watched that day over and over again. Why? 

Why would God allow this? Why would God show me this? Why didn’t I understand the dream sooner? 

Eventually, those questions gave way to, “God, is there anything more you want to show me about this?” After several months, I understood that the Lord only wanted me to know what was coming, not for me do anything about it.

Eighteen months later, the Lord did show me more. It came in the form of another dream. This time, the Lord spoke with clarity. He spoke to me about America, and her future.

God showed me the building that would replace the towers, a decade before it would rise from the ground. In March of 2003, the Lord showed me exactly what stands in lower Manhattan today. I don’t mean I saw something like what is there now. I mean I was there at that building long before it was built. I have since stood in the exact place I saw in my dream. It is a real place now, but in 2003, the Lord knew it would be there  and let me walk there then.

The Lord tied the new building to the future of our nation; He wanted us to understand that what was coming was going to be worse than the events of 9/11, if we chose not to listen to Him. The events of the dream are too long to discuss here, but a strange thing happened after I woke up. 

My heart was broken for what America had become in the dream, and I startled awake to hear a voice clearly say, “That building will be a sign and seal of My judgment against America.”

When I heard that voice, I knew that God was serious, and that the completion of that tower I saw would signify His judgment being sure. The building was completed in 2015. 

I believe America is headed for harder times, but that does not leave us without hope. It may force us to reevaluate what our hope is currently in, but we are a people of the greatest hope in history, if we will choose it. 

I wrote a book about all of these events in much greater detail, and on the anniversary of God speaking so clearly with me, I want to share it for free with you. My book, The Year of the Lord’s Favor, will be free on Amazon Kindle for the next several days.

I want to encourage you to read it on this anniversary of 9/11, and share it with your friends and church. The coming days will prove difficult for those who have not heard or are not prepared, but I believe we are a people called and chosen by God to lead many to righteousness. 

I also want to invite you to join me in praying for America twice every day from 2 Chronicles 7:14. Head over to 714Prayer.org to find out more.

 

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Is Billy Graham’s Reward Greater Than Yours?

Billy Graham: November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018

The name Billy Graham is synonymous with evangelism. Possibly the single most influential Christian of the past hundred years, Mr. Graham touched the lives of millions of people in one way or another. He led gigantic crusades in places like the Los Angeles Coliseum and countless events broadcast on television before the idea of Christian TV was even a passing thought in anyone’s mind.

There has simply been no one like him in our generation.

Or has there?

Reward

On this day that he has passed from death to eternal life, many people imagine that his reward in heaven will far outstrip anyone else’s by miles. He won souls all over the world and touched the seats of power at home and abroad. For numerous administrations, he had a direct line to the President. His accomplishments for the sake of the gospel are unparalleled. But does that mean that his reward is greater than anyone else’s? I don’t think so.

I believe that Billy Graham was obedient to the call God gave him, and we should all be thankful for that. But that call—the call to evangelize—didn’t come to him because he earned it. In the Christian life, we are all called to evangelize and disciple, but not all of us are good at it. And it’s not for a lack of trying.

Ordination

There is an understanding within Christianity of something called ordination. That term gets tossed around a lot in Christian circles and it has basically come to mean that someone has finished seminary and has started working vocationally at a church. But that isn’t really what it means. Ordination means that God has graced you with a special gifting toward something that goes beyond what is normal for other people.

For instance, everyone is called to pastor. We must all shepherd (pastor) our children and our own family, but that does not mean that we have been ordained to pastor a local congregation of Christians. We have all been called to evangelize, but for most of us we may see one or two people become believers in our lifetimes—maybe only our children. Others, however, have been given a special grace to lead hundreds, thousands and even millions to the Lord. Names like Billy Graham and Reinhardt Bonke come to mind.

But does that mean that because their grace and ability are greater than yours and mine that they will receive a greater reward? Jesus put it like this:

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Luke 12:48 NIV

Even though we have all been called to pastor, evangelize and disciple, not everyone of us will be as good at each of them as others. Paul said it like this:

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

These are all rhetorical questions that Paul asks. Of course not everyone is an apostle or a prophet or a healer. There’s no magical spiritual understanding here—we see clearly around us that some people are just more gifted towards these things because of the results we see in their lives.

Gifting and Grace

I’ve known people who can walk into a crowded place and people will come under conviction and ask that person how to be saved. I’ve never experienced that and it’s not for a lack of trying. I have given the same kind of messages Billy Graham did, yet I didn’t have thousands respond to my altar call. It doesn’t necessarily mean I’m a bad evangelist, it means I’m not an ordained evangelist.

Billy Graham was graced as an evangelist like few others. And because of that much was required of him. God supernaturally gave him that gift. Billy Graham was no prophet. He probably wouldn’t have made a good pastor. Does that mean that he wasn’t obedient to the Lord because he didn’t pastor a church? No! His God-given assignment was evangelism and he performed it obediently.

If we judge ourselves by a standard that God doesn’t judge us by, then we will live in shame. Someone once said that if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree then it will spend its entire life thinking it is stupid.

Honor and Reflection

I think on this occasion of Billy Graham passing from this life to the next it is entirely appropriate to celebrate and remember the incredible life that he had and to marvel at his amazing accomplishments. I am thankful for his life, but I also know that he would not have wanted anyone to judge their life by his.

Today we should celebrate his life and ask ourselves, what is our assignment from God? What places in our lives have we been given much, and how can we fulfill them? How can we be similarly obedient to the specific call on our lives that Billy Graham was to his?

When we walk out our God-given ordination, we will hear the same words from God that Billy Graham heard today, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

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That Time I Would Have Cussed Out A Professor…

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I’m not proud of it, but I definitely would have cussed him out if it hadn’t been for the literal dream that the Lord gave me 12 hours before.

God literally showed me each of the details of what was going to happen in real life and it absolutely shocked me. I had never had a dream come so literally true like this before. It was the first, but it wasn’t going to be the last time it happened. Click and subscribe to my YouTube Channel if you want to know when I post new God Encounter Videos.

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