14 January 2021

No Faith

14 January 2020: As lawmakers prepared to impeach Donald Trump for inciting a mob to attack the Capitol and D.C. readied for Joe Biden's inauguration, Cliff Dyrud wasn't focused on man-made actions. He was listening for the words of prophets. Five years ago, a prophetess Dyrud follows said she'd gotten a message that Donald Trump would be president and save Christian America. Trump would be "as fearless as a lion being robbed of its cubs," and cause the "tall and lofty mountains" of establishment types to fall, her prophesy went. And Dyrud, a 73-year-old missionary, saw her words come true. So last week, he brought his "Appeal to Heaven" flag from Fargo to D.C., and marched with thousands of other Christians: Christians who, like him, believe another dimension - high above the news frenzy - is in charge, a supernatural one where God reigns, and where Donald Trump has very clearly already been prophesied to serve a second term.

"Anyone who think this ends tonight is totally mistaken ... you are still the president and we need you to stay on the front lines, sir," prophet Mario Bramnick, one of Trump's faith advisors, said Jan. 7. "We thank God for exposing and foiling all the plans of the enemy set against him. We affirm his lawful election and pray for four more years with Donald Trump as our President!" the 24/7 National Strategic Prayer Call, a 10,000-member Arkansas-based ministry that hosts weekly live prayer calls,told its listeners Monday.

"What's different from the past [of apostolic, charismatic Christianity] is it's just so wound up with the person and presidency of Trump," says Peter Montgomery, who has studied and written about right-wing religious movements for decades. "Many of these prophetic leaders in 2015-2016 said Trump was anointed by God, divinely assigned to save America and protect religious freedom. And now with them believing that Trump is standing in the way of Christianity being criminalized in the United States, this is an existential moment."

Dyrud says he was not at the Capitol when the riot took place, and is doubts the mob was made up of Trump supporters. He has been active in Tea Party events, and said he's very concerned that what he sees as an overzealous government reaction to the coronavirus that "took people's rights to businesses and jobs." He believes in Q-like prophesies that there is a large, hidden cabal of people who want America to be subsumed into a global system of government. To him, persecuting Christians is an obvious part of this plan.

With Trump's future in doubt, prophets and their believers Wednesday were working hard to discern God's will in the events this month - and to look for the next prophesy. A couple have apologized for wrong predictions (though "it doesn't make me a false prophet," said Kris Vellotton, senior associate leader of the massive prophetic church Bethel, in Redding, Calif.) By Monday, Wallnau was urging followers to focus on true prophesies and disregard conspiracy theories making the rounds on prophetic sites - such as one about Trump being about to declare martial law, or another about how major social media sites are about to go black. In December, Wallnau said on a prayer call that God would "overturn" the election because Trump's "assignment" from God has not yet been completed. Later that month, in a video on his Facebook page, he said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) congratulating Biden on his victory was just another example of the deep state that Trump was sent to fight. Now, Wallnau said Monday, the prophetic word he's now hearing is "enlargement." How God is just about to "enlarge his sphere on Earth." As far as the false predictions, he asked: "Why is it our people are so vulnerable to this stuff?"

Well, that is an easy question to answer. . .

The people do not have the faith of Jesus Christ.

People who lack faith seek *signs and wonders.*

Two thousand years ago, the *religious,* standing right next to the Lord Jesus Christ, hearing His words, seeing His ministry of service, could not recognize His absolute authority, and lacking faith, pestered Jesus for *signs and wonders:*

The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And He left them, and departed.

Today's MAGA *religious* are the same.  They have no faith.  They need heretics, deceivers, charlatans to tell them God is here in the person of Donald Trump to save them, they saw his election in 2016 as a confirmatory sign, and what they imagine to be faith, they placed in Trump, and of course now they cannot accept Trump's defeat, which would expose their own duping, and force them to acknowledge their worship of a cheap idol.  An idol so crude, so false, even the heathen were able to discern his worthlessness.

Yes, the godless abortion lovers and sodomites were right, and they, the elect bride of Trump, were wrong!  

When Trump is out of the White House, we can imagine some of the MAGA *religious* abandoning the cult of Trump, they will see that as a *sign!*. . .and will promptly begin looking for the next false Christ.  Have no fear for them, for God will send them a strong delusion, to confirm their damnation.

Others of the MAGA cult will continue to profess the anointing of Trump, and will wander their spiritual desert eternally lost, insisting, as they do at this very moment, Trump will be returned to the Throne of God (which they blaspheme by placing it in the White House. That is their abomination of desolation).  False prophets will tell them the military will arrest Biden and restore Trump, or he will be re-elected in 2024, or any of a number of absurd fantasies.  They will await the second Presidency of their savior Trump as a sick, hellish inversion of the true faithful's waiting for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ha! These faithless seekers of signs and wonders, with their love and worship of the MAGA myth, fulfill the last words of the Apostle Paul:

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

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