By David Mitchell, Founder, C.E.O. TRADEway
As I observe this election, here is what I see. Both candidates are flawed, as are we all (1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.) Yet, these are the two candidates Sovereign God has placed before us. If we vote for one of the Independents we throw away a vote, and in essence vote for one of the two key candidates by default, so this is not wise or pragmatic. This leaves us needing to focus on the issues which the two candidates support, and have clearly stated, rather than their personalities, and flaws. Both are liars. Both have moral issues in their personal lives, this is undeniable, and anyone who points a finger at one without admitting this is true of the other is self-deceived (or worse, as we shall show from Scripture, below). So, their platforms become of ultimate importance.Trump’s platform is undeniably more in line with key Bible principles with regard to moral issues, family issues, economic freedom issues, taxation issues, constitutional rights issues, and others, which I have listed in previous e-mails. The next President will determine who is placed in power in the Supreme Court. This is particularly frightening in light of the fact that one of the Candidate’s staff (Hillary’s) is now known to be not only against second amendment rights, but against freedom of religion. Through the leak of the Clinton e-mails, and those of her staff, we know that they have spoken with disdain about the Roman Catholics and the Protestants in this country, and she has clearly stated that those of us who disagree with her own secular, amoral belief system are “despicable and unredeemable.” If we are not part of her secular “religion” then we are unredeemable as human beings. She can take it back, but her mouth has given away her heart! As Jesus Christ said, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” Matt. 15.18
Any Christian, Democrat or Republican, who does not see a red flag here is BLIND, and our Lord had a lot to say about blindness.
Every day new revelations of what is in her heart, and how her heart is anti-Christ and anti-Bible, come out. For example recent e-mail leaks showed that she was for a world with “no borders.” Yet look what the Scriptures say!
7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations: Ask thy father, and he will shew thee; Thy elders, and they will tell thee.
8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, When he separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people....
It was God who placed the races and nations on their various continents and nations. Trump wants strong borders, which is perfectly in line with Scripture, and God’s will. Clinton wants “no borders” which is perfectly in line with the one-world government that the anti-Christ shall set up, according to the Bible. Only a BLIND person would miss these facts.
More importantly, and what concerns me the most, is that the white house (Obama), the state department, the justice department, the FBI, and main-line media have been shown (through the e-mail leaks) to have colluded with one another to defeat Sanders through unfair advantage, against the will of the American people, and then buy his support; and now to attempt to defeat Trump. People who believe that the Attorney General met with Bill Clinton in an airport for just a few minutes, to discuss his golf game and family, and then both flew away, are BLIND.
They have colluded to cover up the fact that Hillary lied while being questioned about state department issues, and discussions exist between her staff about how to best cover this up, and we know that she destroyed tens of thousands of e-mails AFTER being subpoenaed by Congress. This is against the law, and any common citizen would have been in jail for this.
Also, anyone who believes that several women would all of the sudden decide they have been sexually harassed by Trump, without the involvement of these same colluding power structures, is BLIND.
In the light of all this, there are still people, even people who claim to be Christians, even people in OUR TRADEway database, who would vote for a lying, criminal-minded candidate, like Hillary. She clearly has the power to co-align many arms of the government and media, which are supposed to be independent (and create checks and balances) in order to accomplish a cover-up. It is clear to me that people who would vote for such a dangerous person are BLIND.
I have lived long enough to know that in the past, neither Democrats nor Republicans would have ever put such a flawed, and yet powerful, candidate up for election. I remember Nixon resigning in fear of being impeached, and I remember Clinton (Bill) being impeached. In each case the news media reported the news in a relatively unbiased way. Yet today, we have more than half the population willing to vote for a person who put top-secret information at risk, and caused state department people to die due to her lack of attention. She allowed the middle East and Africa to fall under chaos and helter skelter under her “watch” (and I use that term loosely, as she does). Today, the media is not asking any questions, except for Fox! Our people today are willing to put such a person in power KNOWING that she lied to cover up her failures and crimes, and then THE WHITE HOUSE (OBAMA), THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE FBI, together with the main-stream news media companies have been shown to have colluded to cover this up and bury it.
This is not the America I grew up in. I grew up in a nation, especially in Texas, where everyone was a democrat. But these were God-fearing Democrats, not secular Democrats like today, who are willing to lie and cover up lies, and worse, to VOTE for people who did such things. People are not well read enough to understand that history repeats itself, and where leaders are allowed to circumvent the checks and balances, they become corrupt and take freedoms away from everyone else! Perhaps such dumbed down citizens do not, in fact, deserve freedom, and this may be what the Lord is considering!
Half our population have such a lack of common sense that they talk about being worried about “Trump’s finger on the nuclear button,” while being willing to vote for a person like Hillary, who ACTUALLY HAS COLLUDED TO TURN AMERICA INTO A “BANANA REPUBLIC” LIKE SOME OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN AND AFFRICAN “DEMOCRACIES” WHERE THE PEOPLE IN POWER ARE ALWAYS “RE-ELECTED”; AND LIKE COMMUNIST NATIONS SUCH AS CUBA, NORTH KOREA, VENEZUELA, THE FORMER SOVIET UNION, and CHINA WHERE PEOPLE IN POWER ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRUPT, and through this corruption, they maintain power for long periods of time, destroying the freedom of the people. People like the Clintons and the Bushes are exactly the type people anyone who loves freedom should be worried about, people with unusual amounts of power over the system, who perhaps have bought the system. Only the intellectually and spiritually BLIND would not fear such a thing.
Our founding fathers created a Constitution to keep any one person from having this absolute power, knowing that the depravity of man (taught in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation) would cause any human being with unchecked power to become corrupted and dangerous. Now over half our people, being dumbed down by government schools, and being brain-washed from the age of four, through college years, by socialist and communist universities and media, are willing to put such a person as Hillary, who controls the white house, the state department, the justice department, the FBI, and the Media, EVEN BEFORE she is elected, into power!
I am not afraid of Trump, he still believes in the Constitution, and separation of powers, and those same controls would keep him in check—Hillary and Obama do not submit to this, and this is proven by their words and actions, and especially by Obama’s many regulations and proclamations without Congressional vote! Usurpation of authority such as this only happens where populations are too ignorant and gutless to stop it. The system, as it has stood under such people as the Clintons and the Bushes, now takes well over 50% of everything we have away each year through various taxes—this is slavery and usurpation of authority not given by our Constitution. ...And then we just elect a similar person the next time—never electing the man or woman who promises to lower taxes or eliminate the complex taxation system we currently have—we are dumb and blind!
My conclusion, then, is that any human being who is willing to support Hillary, or anyone like her from either party, in the light of recent e-mail revelations of fact, and revelation of collusion of these government agencies and the media to destroy Sanders, and now Trump and lift up Hillary, is SIMPLY BLIND.
Now when I remind myself of Biblical truth with regard to this, it both makes me shudder, and at the same time, it gives me the solution.
Look what the Bible says, and think about what it teaches about “instruction” and about “blindness”:
2 Timothy 3:16–17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Now look at how we ought to (and ought not to) handle people who seem blinded. Look how we are to behave around people who make us “crazy” with their lack of common sense and their lack of knowledge of facts. (By the way, it was my wife, Charlotte, a HUGE Trump supporter, who read this passage to me recently, and got me thinking about it.)
2 Timothy 2:23–3:7
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
This passage is remarkable. It teaches first that we ought not entertain foolish ideas which are not based in fact, but only upon emotion, because all they do is create strife.
Second, we are not to strive (fight and argue) but to INSTRUCT! ...and this implies we instruct from facts and Scripture. This is our role as salt, preservative, in the world. We may not save America, but we are called to slow down its rot, and that is our job! We do that with truth.
Third, these people who totally lack common sense, actually oppose themselves. We have all witnessed how their arguments are not consistent, and follow no rules of sound logic and are not based in fact. Their arguments oppose their own argument!
Fourth, this teaches us that they will not change their minds, unless God, peradventure, GIVES them repentance (which in the Greek means, simply the changing of the mind) to acknowledge the truth!
Do you see this? They will not change their minds unless God “peradventure” decides to change some of their minds!
And lastly, if God DOES give them the ability to repent (i.e. change their minds) then THEY must also recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive AT HIS WILL!
Brothers and sisters, this is talking about spiritual warfare.
These blinded people cannot possibly agree with you and the Bible, and God, unless God Himself grants them the ABILITY to change their minds, and then THEY recover themselves (with God’s power, newly placed upon them) out of the snare of the devil who previously controlled their mind and actions at HIS will—only then can they acknowledge the truth!
It is very interesting that the Scripture says they must “recover” themselves, but can only do so if God peradventure “give them changing of the mind.” “Recover” in the Greek is, ananēphō, to become sober again!
We cannot win them over, therefore, through argumentation. It is like arguing with a drunken man. We must win them over through instruction in truth, and through PRAYER! ...Prayer that God Himself will remove the blinders from enough of them to save our nation!
We must back everything we do with prayer that God will see fit to empower enough of the American people to become free of Satan’s control, to change their minds and see the truth, so that the right person can win! Without God answering this prayer, which He will not do if WE do not pray, all is lost.
Look at the immediate context of this teaching, and you will shudder even more! Remember, there are no chapter divisions in the original, so the thinking just continues...
3.1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
It is fascinating to me that we are not to strive with them, but to teach or instruct them. Jesus said that even with regard to salvation itself, only those who are instructed, or taught, by God Himself will come to Jesus.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
didaktŏs, instructed or communicated by teaching.
“taught of God” -- “of” is not in the GK, therefore it means “God-taught.” Or, in plain English, “taught BY God Himself.”
akŏuō, to hear with understanding.
manthanō, simply, to learn.
Of the Father
Of = para = along side the Father
This makes it clear that only people who have been taught by God the Father, and have learned along side the Father, and have thus been ENABLED to hear with understanding, may come to Christ and believe Truth! All others are blind.
Jesus spoke all the time about “having ears to hear.” This is exactly what He was talking about.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
Jesus made it clear that there was an “us” and a “them.” Jesus taught in such a way that the “us” would understand and learn the spiritual truths, and the “them” who are “without” (Gr. Exo = outside the door, i.e. outside the Kingdom of God) would not be able to understand. They would see Jesus teach, but not SEE Him as all of the fullness o God, in a body! They would hear Jesus teach, but not HEAR with ears that could understand the message or agree with it at all, so that their sins could be forgiven.
The ability to hear and even be instructed by God, is a gift given by God.
52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.
54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
mathētĕuō, intrans. to become a pupil; trans. to disciple, i.e. enroll as scholar:—be discipled, instruct, teach.
The Theological Dictionary of N.T. Words says the following concerning the use of “instructed.”
“...Behind this peculiar NT use there possibly stands the insight that one can become a disciple of Jesus—this also stands behind Mt. 13:52—only on the basis of a call which leads to discipleship. (Emphasis added by me. dpm)
RengstorfTheological Dictionary of N.T. Words.
In order for people in America to gain understanding from our instruction, they must be CALLED by the Holy Spirit, and given this understanding—given ears to hear. Where does this leave us, then? We can instruct, but we cannot give ears to hear, only God can do that. Therefore, in addition to instructing, WE MUST PRAY FOR OUR FELLOW AMERICANS—THE ONES WHO DISAGREE WITH US MOST OF ALL!
2 Corinthians 4:3–4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Again, in the 2 Cor. Passage, we see the “god of this world” who is Satan, has blinded the minds of them which believe not.
Now do you see why you are so frustrated with them when they cannot hear you, and why they are so frustrated with YOU and ME?
In Ephesians we see that all lost people (even we before our own salvation) walk in darkness (i.e. spiritual BLINDNESS) and in vanity due to the blindness in the human heart. We see in vs. 21 that the only solution is when folks have “heard him” and have been “taught by him.”
Ephesians 4:17–18, 21
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
In 1 John 2:11 we see...
“But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
In Ephesians chapter two, we see that before we were saved we walked according to the power of the world system, the power of Satan himself (who NOW works in the children of disobedience), and according to the power of our own lustful flesh, and we did this by nature!
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Therefore, I contend that our only hope is PRAYER (along with Biblical instruction).
Look at the truth about the world at the time Jesus came! (Remember in this passage in John 1, “The Word” is a reference to Jesus Christ, who is the Living Word of God—see vs. 14 below.)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own [the Jews], and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
We see that the Gentiles (the world) and the Jews (his own) received him not. Only those who are born again, not due to their bloodline (i.e. family); or due to any desire within their own self; or due to the desire of any other person; but saved only because of the WILL OF GOD (end of vs. 13), have ears that hear and receive Christ and truth!
So, we must pray that God will move across this land, and hover over America as He did the world while it was still in chaos, in Genesis chapter one, in the beginning of time.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
In the same way that God spoke light into the darkness of the world, he does this in the hearts of men!
1 Peter 2:9–10
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
...And when God brings light, there is a division between light and darkness, the two cannot fellowship together.
We are not fighting Hillary and Obama (i.e. flesh and blood), but principalities, and powers, and the rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places!
I want you to contemplate the amazing passage in Eph. 6.11-19, which deals with spiritual warfare.
...And the passage ends with, “...And praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
... and “watching” as a watchman in battle, watching out for the wiles (strategies) of the enemy, and praying for our own brothers and sisters in battle!
We must be praying for enough Americans to be granted, by the Lord, the ABILITY to open their eyes and SEE the truth, and change their minds, and vote AGAINST Hillary, so that Trump may win, because his platform is more in line with Biblical principles and principles of freedom.
Pray that they may see clearly that the reason Trump must win is because Hillary’s clearly stated positions, and e-mail communications have proven that she is backed by the full power of the “rulers of darkness of this world,” and by “spiritual wickedness in high places” who oppose the truths of the Bible, and who desire to take down the greatest free nation in history.
Pray that American people may become free from the devil “who takes them captive at his will”! If this prayer is not sent up to Heaven with sincerity from every saint in this land, and if God does not choose to hear this prayer and grant it, then America, which is ALREADY BLINDED, is lost.
Nothing you or I can do, other than INSTRUCT and PRAY, will change it—only the Lord can change it. May we properly fear Him, and humble ourselves, and sincerely go to sackcloth and ashes in prayer EVERY DAY from now until the election.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Therefore, this is what I call you to do, as a Preacher of the Gospel, a Bible student, and a Christian businessman. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your mind often throughout the days until the election, to pray a spiritual warfare prayer to the God of Heaven along these lines:
“Lord, I ask you to bind the powers of the enemy, and rebuke them because of the power of the blood of Christ, as proven by His resurrection. Thwart their efforts to blind the American people at their will, confuse the candidates who are in line with the enemy, and give clarity of thought and purpose to those who are more in line with Scriptures. Grant, for Jesus’ sake, to a majority of the voting American public, the ability to see the fact of the unconstitutional collusion of different arms of government and the news media, against FREEDOM, and cause them to fear this, and vote against the one that these “powers that be” are attempting to elect—Hillary Clinton. Grant us your mercy once again, even though we do not deserve it, and postpone the utter annihilation of America, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
This is just a prayer formula for spiritual warfare prayer, you get the idea, but obviously pray from your own heart and in your own Spirit. Be the watchman in this critical hour! May we agree in prayer for the postponement of the destruction of America, if it be God’s will.