Hi Everyone, By now, most of you know my story. How God brought me to a First Nations meeting in 1995, hosted by Canadian senator Elijah Harper, called ‘Sacred Assembly’. How, through the sovereign grace of God, and the incredibly sacrificial leadership of Kenny Blacksmith, Jonathon Maracle, and finally Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a resolution of apology was drafted up, and presented to the host peoples of Canada, that they prayerfully reviewed for a year after it was publicly passed through the Canadian House of Commons in August 2009. This resulted in the epic ‘Forgiven’ summit in Canada in 2010, that is now known as a Canadian national holiday called the ‘Day of Reconciliation’, part of Aboriginal Days. http://vimeo.com/42439986 God blessed Canada, they aligned with the nation of Israel, and history was made! Years of anguished prayer had arisen to God, as people gave God pain too deep for human words…. God Himself answered, giving people the grace and strength, to forgive the unforgivable, to speak the unspeakable, and to heal… This is now occurring in the United States, years of deep, deep prayer from the host peoples of this land: for healing, wisdom, justice, understanding…. In 2009, a formal Apology to Native Americans, was drafted up by Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, in conjunction with Dr. Negiel Bigpond (Yuchi), and Dr Jay Swallow (Cheyanne/Arapaho), and passed through Congress and signed by President Obama in Dec 19th, 2009. To my knowledge, this has never been publicly read by the President, or any state official. It needs to be done. There is power in the spoken word, life and death are in the power of the tongue. Many First Nations leaders are eager to forgive, reconcile, and create a new day of grace and honor for America when this is done, but at present, for those of us in tune with heaven and the voice of the Holy Spirit, there is a scream emitting on behalf of the innocent bloodshed, and broken treaties that still bear witness before the throne of God, against this great nation. God wants it fixed… This is pivotal, before His throne, for this happening. My requests as I post this are twofold: 1. Prayerfully read the resolution, and include Indians and host peoples in your daily prayer. 2. Ask your governor or state official to read this publicly, and invite whatever tribes and host peoples live in their jurisdictions. Last night, at Window Rock Church of God, Cory Wolfe read this here on the Navajo nation, and God clearly bore witness to its power and impact. Please, circulate and post this across America, as I believe this is the current the number one thing on the heart of our heavenly Father, in seeing this nation restored to its destiny, honor and calling. https://www.facebook.com/ApologytoAmericanIndianshttp://vimeo.com/56785141 The deepest move of God in America presently, is occurring among the host peoples of the land. Are you in, or out? Sure love you, Keep Smiling! Jesus is Lord! Chris
There is an event planned in Washington, DC,
We have set a date for the READ THE APOLOGY gathering!
Date: MAY 8th, 2015 (day after NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER)
Location: Lincoln Memorial
Dr Negiel Bigpond has committed to be there and will be Key Note for this event.
The goal attendance for this event is 10,000+
We need $20,000 to cover the costs of this event.
There will be a web page on the Apology2natives.com web site with a Paypal button soon. Until then, please pray and spread the word!!!
For the Record, here is the actual text of the apology:
READ THE APOLOGY:
United States of America
Congressional Apology to American Indians
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2004
Text of S.J.RES.37: Apology to Native peoples
The following is the text of S.J.RES.37, a bill to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States, as introduced on May 6, 2004.
To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.
Whereas the ancestors of today’s Native Peoples inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of peoples of European descent;
Whereas the Native Peoples have for millennia honored, protected, and stewarded this land we cherish;
Whereas the Native Peoples are spiritual peoples with a deep and abiding belief in the Creator, and for millennia their peoples have maintained a powerful spiritual connection to this land, as is evidenced by their customs and legends;
Whereas the arrival of Europeans in North America opened a new chapter in the histories of the Native Peoples;
Whereas, while establishment of permanent European settlements in North America did stir conflict with nearby Indian tribes, peaceful and mutually beneficial interactions also took place;
Whereas the foundational English settlements in Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, owed their survival in large measure to the compassion and aid of the Native Peoples in their vicinities;
Whereas in the infancy of the United States, the founders of the Republic expressed their desire for a just relationship with the Indian tribes, as evidenced by the Northwest Ordinance enacted by Congress in 1787, which begins with the phrase, `The utmost good faith shall always be observed toward the Indians’;
Whereas Indian tribes provided great assistance to the fledgling Republic as it strengthened and grew, including invaluable help to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their epic journey from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Coast;
Whereas Native Peoples and non-Native settlers engaged in numerous armed conflicts;
Whereas the United States Government violated many of the treaties ratified by Congress and other diplomatic agreements with Indian tribes;
Whereas this Nation should address the broken treaties and many of the more ill-conceived Federal policies that followed, such as extermination, termination, forced removal and relocation, the outlawing of traditional religions, and the destruction of sacred places;
Whereas the United States forced Indian tribes and their citizens to move away from their traditional homelands and onto federally established and controlled reservations, in accordance with such Acts as the Indian Removal Act of 1830;
Whereas many Native Peoples suffered and perished–
(1) during the execution of the official United States Government policy of forced removal, including the infamous Trail of Tears and Long Walk;
(2) during bloody armed confrontations and massacres, such as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 and the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890; and
(3) on numerous Indian reservations;
Whereas the United States Government condemned the traditions, beliefs, and customs of the Native Peoples and endeavored to assimilate them by such policies as the redistribution of land under the General Allotment Act of 1887 and the forcible removal of Native children from their families to faraway boarding schools where their Native practices and languages were degraded and forbidden;
Whereas officials of the United States Government and private United States citizens harmed Native Peoples by the unlawful acquisition of recognized tribal land, the theft of resources from such territories, and the mismanagement of tribal trust funds;
Whereas the policies of the United States Government toward Indian tribes and the breaking of covenants with Indian tribes have contributed to the severe social ills and economic troubles in many Native communities today;
Whereas, despite continuing maltreatment of Native Peoples by the United States, the Native Peoples have remained committed to the protection of this great land, as evidenced by the fact that, on a per capita basis, more Native people have served in the United States Armed Forces and placed themselves in harm’s way in defense of the United States in every major military conflict than any other ethnic group;
Whereas Indian tribes have actively influenced the public life of the United States by continued cooperation with Congress and the Department of the Interior, through the involvement of Native individuals in official United States Government positions, and by leadership of their own sovereign Indian tribes; Whereas Indian tribes are resilient and determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their unique cultural identities;
Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian was established within the Smithsonian Institution as a living memorial to the Native Peoples and their traditions; and
Whereas Native Peoples are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND APOLOGY.
The United States, acting through Congress–
(1) recognizes the special legal and political relationship the Indian tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant with the land we share;
(2) commends and honors the Native Peoples for the thousands of years that they have stewarded and protected this land;
(3) acknowledges years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes;
(4) apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States;
(5) expresses its regret for the ramifications of former offenses and its commitment to build on the positive relationships of the past and present to move toward a brighter future where all the people of this land live reconciled as brothers and sisters, and harmoniously steward and protect this land together;
(6) urges the President to acknowledge the offenses of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land by providing a proper foundation for reconciliation between the United States and Indian tribes; and
(7) commends the State governments that have begun reconciliation efforts with recognized Indian tribes located in their boundaries and encourages all State governments similarly to work toward reconciling relationships with Indian tribes within their boundaries.
SEC. 2. DISCLAIMER.
Nothing in this Joint Resolution authorizes any claim against the United States or serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.
Holy Ghost Mandate: If you get aggressively in the heart of God, seeking His face for revival, and for America, you are going to learn about Indians. Over the years, as I have sought His face for North America, I have discovered my answers lie in the host peoples of this land.
As I began to seek the will of the Lord for keys to unlock His power and glory to the United States, I began to get a burden to pray for the host peoples of this land. Many of you know my testimony, of the dramatic encounter with the Holy Spirit that occurred in Canada, in 1995 at an event entitled ‘Sacred Assembly’ hosted by Canadian senator Elijah Harper, where God met me, and made me into a molten puddle of tears, for 2-1/2 hours at the back of the room.
From that moment to this, I have loved First Nations peoples .
Maybe I did not make this plain enough: The Number One priority of Father God, Creator of Heaven and earth, for the United States of America, is His workings among the North American Indian tribes: It is the hour of His visitation and mandate.
I had two recent experiences that were very dramatic, in prayer.
The first, was at a Tulsa City Wide all night prayer watch, headed up by Dexter Sullivan. In this meeting, I experienced a great burden for the 39 Indian tribes of Oklahoma. During the prayer meeting, a microphone was opened to the participants, that we might share what the Lord was directing us to pray. I felt God was dispatching angels to minister to the tribes, and to raise them up to their place in Him, in honor and authority, before His throne. At the same time, a woman on the worship team collapsed in the Holy Spirit. Later in the meeting, she testified, that when I had given the word, dispatching angels to the 39 tribes of Oklahoma, she had a vision. She saw warriors, adorning themselves with war paint and regalia, as Indian warrior braves were known to do, before battle in the ancient days of their power and glory in this land. The Lord caused her to know that these warriors were real angelic hosts, actually dispatched at that time, to fight in the realm of the Spirit for the call and destiny before God, of the 39 Indian tribes of Oklahoma.
The Second, was as I was introduced to defilements upon the land, and how these defilements, gave legal right, to actual demonic spirits to operating in the realm of the Spirit, across this land we call the United States of America. More about this later…
Gibeonites and broken covenants
Read Joshua 9,10, and 1 Sam 21.
God Made a Covenant with the Gibeonites through Israel:
In Joshua chapter 9, we read the story of Joshua and the Gibeonites. You know it, how Joshua had been given the land, and was to destroy and annihilate every person living there. The Gibeonites knew they would die in battle, so to preserve their lives, they deceived Joshua, and appeared before him with moldy bread, and worn out sandals and wineskins.
Josh 9:14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
What God might have counseled Joshua and Israel at this time, is only conjecture. They did not seek God on what their relationship with the host peoples of the land should be, and we will never know what God would have instructed them to do here.
15 ¶ And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.
15 So Joshua made peace with them by making a treaty which allowed them to live. The leaders of the congregation swore to it with an oath
v16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.
Joshua and the leaders of Israel entered into covenant with the Gibeonites, and God honored it!
When their deception was discovered, Joshua made them slaves, (or at least laborers, the Scripture calls them hewers of wood, and drawers of water) but did not kill them, for they had come under the protection of God’s covenant with Israel.
This was the TREATY between the Gibeonites and Israel.
In Joshua Chapter 10, we see the strength of this covenant or treaty:
Gibeon was a great city, but because she entered into covenant with Joshua and the children of Israel, she had problems with her neighbors.
Josh 10:4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.
5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
7 ¶ So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
Notice here that God honored the treaty, and sent Joshua to defend Gibeon.
9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
Who sent the hailstones? ‘that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah,’
12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
So the Gibeonites, came not only into covenant with Joshua, and under the military protection of the nation of Israel, but also under the protection of God, for God Himself fought at Gibeon, sending hailstones, and causing the sun to stand still in her protection, that enemies be destroyed.
God honors treaties and covenants!
Some have described the conquest of the North American Indian, as ‘manifest destiny’, that the season of their rule upon the land had ended: God had given the land to the white European settlers. “Indians are savages, pagans, worshipping idols and false gods they say, just like the Philistines and enemies of God in the Old Testament, they are to be annihilated.” was the speech and teaching of the day. Churches preached this devilish doctrine, citing Old Testament passages, of the Israelites marching into their promised land and destroying and annihilating the pagan inhabitants there, as the will of God for America. The Calvary was under divine mandate to march against the Indians, and to totally destroy them, for God had given the land to the American empire.
History records posters, offering a $350 reward, for Indian scalps…
Was this manifest destiny, as some have taught, or demonic genocide of an honorable people, who in many cases knew God, and who had prepared for generations for the coming gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ?
As I study the history, traditions, culture, and worship of the host peoples of America, I am convinced that it was genocide, an abomination in the sight of God, a complete and total violation of the gospel message and the kingdom of God.
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
God is love! The very word gospel means: GOOD NEWS!
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
19 ¶ So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Lu 10:27 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
I do not see settlers and pilgrims coming to Indian tribes in general, in love, honor and respect, and performing the acts of Jesus, healing the sick, raising the dead, teaching all things He commanded.
Learning the traditions of the tribes, or doing as all good missionaries should: become one with the tribe, to discover the ways they lived, spoke, worshipped, the ways God already visited with them, then using these Holy Spirit visitations as entry points for the gospel, and the Word of God.
Some say, that God cannot speak to humanity until after they are born again, but
God spoke to Adam after he had fallen, and His cry is the same today: “Adam, where are you?”
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh…
God is still the Creator, and is well able to speak to His creation!
Jesus came to seek and save the lost, not slaughter them….
Nope, pretty black and white what really happened.
Denominational ministers came in certain cases, and when any tribe did not comply immediately to their version of the gospel, they called the Calvary to come and slaughter anyone who did not immediately listen to them.
Okay Chris, you are an Indian lover, but really, I wasn’t there when all this happened, and neither were you, so why are you bringing this mess up again?
Remember our friends the Gibeonites?
They show up in the Bible again, and what happened to them directly applies to the plight of America, today.
God Withheld His Blessings over the Nation of Israel, because of their treatment of the Gibeonites.
2 Sam 21:1 ¶ Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.
Seems genocide is nothing new….
2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)
So we see another religious zealot slaughtering innocent people….
3 Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites, What shall I do for you? and wherewith shall I make the atonement, that ye may bless the inheritance of the LORD?
Notice here, that God was on the side of the Gibeonites here, and David knew it, and needed their blessing.
In the United States today, we are seeing the hand of God removed as America has yet to fully right her wrongs in her treatment of her host peoples. God is not judging America, we are simply reaping what we have sown.
Even so, I believe, there is authority, given by God to the host peoples of America, to forgive and bless… Let’s read on:
4 And the Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul, nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel. And he said, What ye shall say, that will I do for you.
Justice was needed. Money would not fix it, and the Gibeonites had no authority to execute those who committed the atrocities…but David did…
5 And they answered the king, The man that consumed us, and that devised against us that we should be destroyed from remaining in any of the coasts of Israel,
6 Let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose. And the king said, I will give them.
Notice here that it took blood to atone for blood, for justice to be served here. Now, to my knowledge of these historical events, there is no account given of what part Saul’s son’s played in the genocide committed against the Gibeonites, perhaps they themselves rode in the armies that commanded the killings….
7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the LORD’S oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.
8 But the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul, whom she brought up for Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite:
9 And he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the hill before the LORD: and they fell all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest.
10 ¶ And Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth, and spread it for her upon the rock, from the beginning of harvest until water dropped upon them out of heaven, and suffered neither the birds of the air to rest on them by day, nor the beasts of the field by night.
11 And it was told David what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.
12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabeshgilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa:
13 And he brought up from thence the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son; and they gathered the bones of them that were hanged.
14 And the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son buried they in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the sepulchre of Kish his father: and they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God was intreated for the land.
Let’s encapsulate the story and see how it applies to us today:
There was a famine, drought in the land, that had lasted for three years.
David cried out to God, to ask Him why?
God spoke to David about the Gibeonites, a people supposedly under the protection of Israel.
David discovers that Saul had gone into their villages and slaughtered their people, and GOD WAS UPHOLDING THEIR CAUSE.
David asks what needed to be done, and no money could atone for the innocent blood of their families slain, blood was required.
They required seven descendants of Saul to be killed, that the judgment of God against the nation might be lifted.
David ordered it done.
God was then entreated (heard and answered prayer) for the land. He healed their land.
Great story Chris, but what does this have to do with America?
Well, since 1492, when Columbus supposedly discovered America, white men were eventually ‘discovered’ upon Indian lands. From that day until this, there has been a trail of blood across this continent. Some was shed in battle, in the war of conquest, but much was shed through treachery, clearly genocide of great peoples, who had neither the weaponry to defend themselves, nor in most cases, the desire to war against these foreigners to their soils.
Historians also record multitudes died in what is known as ‘the great plagues’ that often exterminated entire tribes in a years time, that did not have the immune systems to fight these diseases. Yet, if you understand the very nature of sickness as a demonically inspired result of the fall of mankind, as one man of God stated: ‘Sickness is the foul offspring of mother sin and father satan’ then you see the death of the great indian races such a horrible tragedy in light of the gospel, for the gospel is supposed to be preached with a demonstration of the love and power of God in healing the sick, and demonstration of God’s miracles. Yet I digress…
The US Government, formed and wrote treaties with the host peoples of this land, for in almost every case, each tribe had either received the first American government, in peace, or in cases of war, terms of peace were carefully written by treaties.
These treaties were taken carefully before God, and GOD HIMSELF BORE WITNESS TO THEM, AND UPHELD THEM. In the courts of heaven, these treaties are eternal covenants written, and upheld by God between the United States government, and the host peoples of this land.
Even the language of the treaties was clear to both parties: “Each tribe or band shall have the right to posses, occupy, and use the reserve allotted to it, as long as grass shall grow and water run, and the reserves shall be their own property like their horses and cattle.”
Article 5 of the Treaty with the Comanches and Other Tribes and Bands, 12 August 1861
As in the case of the Gibeonites, where the US government has broken her part, God is now bearing witness to the treachery and genocide that occurred to First Nations peoples in the US, and this root, is what is causing much ugly fruit in US politics presently.
Let’s look at a couple of thoughts on how God views innocent bloodshed.
2Ki 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.
Ps 106:38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
Joel 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
De 19:10 That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
Each tribe, has it’s own particular ‘trail of tears’ in their conquest by the US government. Please read ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown, to learn of some of these.
Truthfully, every treaty, ever written between any Indian tribe, and the US government, was systematically broken by the US government, and any Indian that rose up to discuss it, or who picked up arms to defend his land or family, was killed, without discussion, or anything remotely representing a legal trial. Even our great President Abraham Lincoln depicted above is no hero in native American history, just ask the Lakota Sioux about the Dakota 38, the largest public hanging in US history, of 38 natives accused of war crimes for defending their lands. There was no trial, simply capture of supposed killers, and a public hanging…
So much for freedom, liberty, and justice for all….
The Uneducated Savage?
It was said, ‘the uneducated savage’, could not understand the white man’s ways…
Though English, and white man’s law was new to the Indian, civilization was not. Five tribes had formed the Iroquois confederacy, in the year 1050, and governed this land we call America, according to ‘The Great Law of Peace’, until almost 1800. This ‘Great Law of peace” was passed down through the generations recorded on Wampum belts, carefully given to each generation, as the governing documents or constitution of the confederacy. This constitution was recited, and explained to the framers of the US Constitution (http://www.ratical.org/many_worlds/6Nations/) and is clearly the main line of thought that allowed the creation of our US Constitution.
During the Albany congress of July 1754, Benjamin Franklin said of the Iroquois confederacy: “It would be a strange thing.. if six nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming such a union, and yet it has subsisted for ages and appears indissolvable, and yet like a union should be impractical for 10 or a dozen English colonies.”
Washington’s Commendation to the Delaware Indian Chiefs
While encamped on the banks of a river, Washington was approached by the Delaware Indian chiefs who desired that their youth be trained in American schools. Washington commended the chiefs for their decision, saying:
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.” 
Yet, though the heart of God was sure, from Columbus til now, to bring the good news of His Son Jesus to the host peoples of the United States, in general, greed, and lust for land and gold has corrupted the dealings of the US government with each and every tribe they interacted with.,
To understand more of God’s plan for America from it’s inception, please read: The Light and the Glory, by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, where it is clear, that God Himself has been speaking to Christopher Columbus for many years before he sailed about His plan for this nation we call the United States of America. In his journal entries, we clearly hear the heart of God for the host peoples of the land, that Columbus bring to them the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach them Christian ways. It is also clear from his entries, that he saw the great riches of this new land, and was corrupted by greed and lust for power, and committed many, many atrocities here, setting a precedent for conquistadors to follow…
Yet, we are talking about the United States government treatment of host peoples, not just Columbus.
The Cherokee Trail of Tears:
One of the most famous cases, of US government treachery, is what resulted in what is now known as the Cherokee ‘Trail of Tears’.
As you know, we have three branches of government here in the US, Executive, Judicial, and Legislative.
These three branches of government, or divisions of powers, were given to the framers of our constitution, directly from the Bible:
Isaiah 33: (NKJV)
22 (For the Lordis our Judge, The Lordis our Lawgiver, The Lordis our King; He will save us);
In the case of the Cherokee, they had written a treaty with the US government in 1785.
Just like the Gibeonites, they had submitted to the government of the United States, AND the United States government had recognized that submission, and granted them a treaty, clearly delineating the lands and rights of the Cherokee in the eyes of the US.
Yet, a new nation was being formed, and a new state wanted their land…
By the 1820’s, Cherokee lands were invaded by citizens of Georgia, and the new found state of Georgia imposed its jurisdiction upon Cherokee lands and inhabitants.
The Cherokees tried many legal remedies to enforce their treaty rights, and in fact won their case against the state of Georgia, in the US Supreme court in 1832.
They now had judicial authority to protect their lands, but not enough military might to do so.
They appealed to the office of the President, to send military to protect and defend them, from Georgia trespassers upon their lands.
President Andrew Jackson, refused to do so. his chilling words: ‘They may have a supreme court decision, now let’s see them enforce it!’
Now the plight of the Cherokee remained in the vote of Congress, and to Congress their case went, holding it in session, for a full five days.
During this time, many impassioned speeches were made, but I quote only one:
Before the removal of the Cherokees (The trail of tears) there was heated debate in Congress. Senator Edward Everett of Massachusetts fought against the removal of the Cherokees, holding the house in session for two whole days, speaking on Cherokee affairs, sometimes with effective irony, On Feb 21st, 1831 he said:
‘Here, at the center of the nation, beneath the portals of the Capitol, let us solemnly auspicate the new era of violated promises, and tarnished faith. Let us kindle a grand council fire, not of treaties made and ratified, but of treaties annulled and broken. Let us send to our archives for the worthless parchments, and burn them in the face of day. There will be some yearnings of humanity as we perform this solemn act. They were negotiated for valuable considerations; we keep the considerations, and break the bond. One gave peace to our afflicted frontier, another protected our infant settlements; nearly all were at our earnest request. Many were negotiated under the instructions of Washington, of Adams, and of Jefferson-the fathers of our liberty. They are gone, and will not witness the spectacle; but our present Chief magistrate, as he lays them, one by one, on the fire, will see his own name subscribed to a goodly number of them. Sir, they ought to be destroyed as a warning to the Indians to make them no more compacts with us.’
John Ridge (Cherokee) and one of his colleagues sat in the gallery of the House and were deeply moved by Everett’s sonorous words reverberating through the chamber. ‘I happened to be a spectator of this debate,’ wrote the correspondent for The New York Observer. On the second day, towards the close of the long speech, he found it hard to “shield his heart” against the “subduing power” of Everett’s words. “Two of the Cherokees stood immediately behind me and over me. In the midst of Mr. Everett’s peroration, I thought I heard something like a drop of rain fall upon…my cloak, near my ear. I looked up, and the head of one of these Cherokees had fallen upon his hand, and he was endeavoring to conceal his tears.”
Excerpt from the book – The Cherokee Tragedy, – Thurmans Wilkins, p 220,221
Despite the just cause of the Cherokee, Congress voted as to whether or not the Cherokee were to be removed from, or protected on their homelands, and the vote went to the state of Georgia, by one vote.
So, we now had two branches of government, directly opposing one, and the result was a compromise of integrity of this nation, that still affects us today.
A Treaty had been made, and then broken by political treachery.
History records that the Cherokee were forcibly removed from their lands, and placed upon the ‘trail of tears’ where it is estimated that over 4000 Cherokees died. They were removed to supposed ‘Indian territory’ here in the state of Oklahoma, where they still reside today.
The great tragedy of the Cherokee, sets historic precedent on the dealings of the US government with North American Indian tribes. Between the years 1860-1890, each Indian tribe was betrayed in some fashion or another, and warriors who rose up to defend their families and lands were slaughtered, those that peacefully submitted were forcibly removed from their homes and lands, and placed upon reservations. Each tribe has its own particular ‘trail of tears’, as solemn oaths and covenants were systematically broken by the Federal government, and any disputes were not handled by rule of law as promised, but at the end of a gun barrel. Any Indian that dared challenge the Calvary, or arbitrary dealings of a treacherous government or Indian agent, was shot without trial, and in many cases, this still goes on today….
And God heard, saw, and watched it all….
Gen 4:8 ¶ And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
In this case, we see the first murder recorded in Scripture. Cain killed Abel, and God judged him for it, and this unjust bloodshed had a voice that God hears: ‘the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.’
Secondly, there were spiritual repercussions from this murder in the earth itself:
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength;
Notice, here, the earth itself is defiled by unjust bloodshed, and refuses to yield her produce…
Martyrs before the throne
Rev 6:9 ¶ And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
As we study the history of the North American Indian, we discover many tribes had received Christ enmasse, and entered into Christian worship.
Yet, treacherous people, devoid of truth, or fear of the Lord, had them slaughtered.
One night as I was praying, I saw the throne of God, and heard a deep cry, from the throne of God:
‘How long until you avenge our blood?’
Suddenly, Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see before the throne, a great cloud of martyrs, and they were North American Indians!
In an instant, God caused me to know that these had kept their side of the treaty, the covenant between the US government and their tribe, but had been treacherously murdered for their lands…And they loved Jesus, and knew Him! They bear eternal witness to truth before the throne of God still….These are the voices of the ancestors, that still live before the throne of God…
That over the generations, millions of innocent, Christian, native Americans have been slaughtered, and though their spirits have left their bodies, they live, and stand before the throne of God, still crying out for justice in the earth.
In America today, that justice is being worked out…
Time does not heal wounds, only truth, the cross and blood of Jesus can do that.
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
God is speaking to His church to fix this mess!
Today, Heaven is speaking loudly on behalf of the its host peoples, and I pray we have ears to hear, and eyes to see what our Father is doing at this time in the earth!
What does all this look like spiritually?
In the earth:
Innocent bloodshed brings a curse to the land, part of the groanings heard in
Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Many elders and native people, feel the distress of the land, and many know it is the unjust bloodshed of their ancestors still crying out!
Gen 4:9 ¶ And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
We in the traditional church, love to quote:
2 Chron 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will HEAL THEIR LAND.
Yet, we do not know what this looks like practically.
Does the land itself feel the weight of sin and injustice?
The truth is, there are four main categories of sin listed in the Word of God, that will defile the land.
Winkie Pratney states in his book Healing the Land, “Famine, ecological devastation, war, and disease are four prophetic voices designed to get our attention when our moral madness is full. What we do not want to acknowledge will not be overlooked – that we cannot get away with living as if God does not exist or as if He has nothing to say to us.”
Scripture teaches us that there are at least four major categories of sin and defilement, the result of fallen stewardship and disobedience.
Bloodshed (Num. 35:33; Is. 59:2-3, Ps 106:38, Pr 6:17, 2Kings 24:4) – Includes the shedding of innocent blood (abortion) and slaughter of suppressed people groups.
Broken Covenants (Is. 24:5-6; 1 Sam. 18:3-4, 1 Sam 21:1-14)
Remember in the beginning, I said that I had two powerful experiences in the Holy Spirit, that affected my life? Well the second came as I was listening to my audio Bible, and I heard this verse:
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss,
So we pray, and seek the Lord, and ask Him for mercy, to forgive our sins, and the sin of our nation, to heal our land, but are we asking accurately?
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
How many people are willing to pray accurate prayers for the sake of truth, justice, and the manifest glory of God?
Or, do we simply pray, as my friend Billy Joe Daugherty once aptly quoted: ‘Just throw one up there” hoping we might hit something?
Try putting a pump action shotgun to your shoulder, and aim at nothing, and start blasting off rounds into the air. Sure you make a lot noise, and feel the recoil through your whole body, but did you hit anything? No!
Now, set a target out 100 yards, and find yourself a 30/30 deer rifle with a scope, correctly sighted in. Allow for windage, sight in, let out half a breath, remember to squeeze off your shot (not pull the trigger), and bam! Bulls Eye, every time!
Our prayer life is exactly like that. When we pray, we release power from heaven in the earth, to destroy evil and sin.
Yet, are we hitting the mark?
In the case of the groanings in the earth, I heard chief Anne Richardson state it this way:
“In a large measure our people can walk unto any piece of land and literally feel, and intuitively know what the land is feeling and saying, and intuitively know what caused it, and what must be done to heal it.”
Yet, we must read the preceding couple of verses in Romans 8 to understand this:
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Those of us who know Jesus, have been adopted into the family of God, sons and daughters of the most High God. We are the ones, according to these verses that must deliver creation from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty we have as children of God. God is raising up ‘land warriors’ across America, many of whom are host peoples, to actively, aggressively break curses and shatter demonic destructions over land regions, literally cleansing the lands upon which we walk.
OK, so we see the problem: broken covenants and innocent bloodshed defile the land, and cause God to withhold His blessings from our nation. Now, we need to look at what it takes to fix this, spiritually.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where torepent:
Broken Covenants – Now what?
The treaties have all been broken. Millions have been murdered in unjust bloodshed. The lands have been taken, either by conquest or treachery, and the white man now rules, by the law of piracy: dead men tell no tales…
Or do they? Before God, we never die, and clearly our ancestors still live.
Yes, we are all going to live forever, the question is where: Heaven or Hell? Justice will be served, either in this life or the next. We either do business with God now, or we will most surely upon the moment of our death for Jesus is Lord of Heaven and of earth.
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
So what must be done?
Well, some time ago, my wife and I experienced marital difficulties. Seemed we could not get along, and no matter what she did, I just wanted out of the relationship, I just wanted out! Seemed nothing I could do was good enough for her, so we went and met with a couple of pastors at the church where we attended.
As we got into the ‘He said, she said’ painful dialogue, one of the pastors said boldly: ‘Stop it!, the way I see you two is that you have erected a wall about 20 feet high between you two, and all you are doing is throwing rocks over the wall at each other! What I want you to consider is this: I’m not saying that there are not serious problems in your marriage and in your home, but can you simply forgive each other, and come over to the same side of the wall, and look at it together? Fight the problems, not each other!”
The lights went on in me. My wife is not my enemy, and pain makes a lousy Lord. Unforgiveness, offense, and bitterness are like drinking poison, and hoping our enemy will die! We must forgive, Jesus commands it!
Mt 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If we want forgiveness from God, we must forgive. Period.
In the case of broken covenants, and treaties, we must recognize past injustices and begin to attack the problems, not each other…
It is all about the cross of Jesus, the only place we discover true victory and justice in this life: ONLY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CAN FORGIVE SIN AND REMOVE CURSES.
Remember our friends the Gibeonites?
Only the blood of Saul’s sons could provide the justice and atonement needed to heal the land. Likewise, only the cross and blood of Jesus can forgive and remove judgments from this nation.
The message of the cross, must be mixed with faith, in a very living, and active God in this: For the sinner, or oppressor in a historic, or temporal setting, they must see the truth of God’s holiness, and fear Him enough to ask forgiveness, and let those they are oppressing go free. This takes faith, when much money is being generated from their labor and oppression. They must believe the 1. What they are doing is wrong AND 2. That God is love, and well able to supply and provide for them more than they give up monetarily through their oppression. This has been done with words, by the US government…https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/us-government-apology-to-natives/, yet whether they will take responsibility for their deeds is another question..
Like wise, for the oppressed. When their cries reach heaven, and God moves in power to deliver them from the hands of their oppressors, they must forgive their enemies, but with understanding that when they obey God and forgive their enemies, that He, the Creator of Heaven and earth, is well able to create, provide, and bless them, far greater, than what was stolen and robbed from them. My friend Quincy AfraidofLightning is right, grace is the gospel, Grace being the power of God made available to any person, anyway, that will look to Jesus, to receive His power, love, and creativity, wisdom, restoration, to literally recreate a new and beautiful way for anyone, anywhere that will believe.
Remember the Gibeonites?
They were mentioned again in Scripture, after God had judged Israel for breaking His covenant with Him. God called everyone together to renew the covenant. Seems idolatry and sin against God is nothing new.
Let’s look at it:
Deut 29:10 Ye stand this day all of you before the Lord your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water: 12 that thou shouldest enter into covenant with the Lord thy God, and into his oath, which the Lord thy God maketh with thee this day: 13 that he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; 15 but with him that standeth here with us this day before the Lord our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day: 1
Notice in this passage that God the Creator, Himself, came down to renew the covenant and He clearly recognized and included the Gibeonites. Today, God has no grandchildren, only children, and He gives no race, language or skin color preferential treatment before His throne. We have all sinned, gone our own way, and can only come to Him humbly, seeking mercy and forgiveness, through the blood of Jesus.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all
In the case of the Indian, we cannot remain bitter, hating all white men. Just as all Indians are not perfect, neither are all white men. Forgive, and you go free…Look to our Creator for justice, and let Him deal with the government! He will supply, bless, and move on your behalf, He cannot lie!
At his time in US History, God is again visiting His people and renewing His covenant through Jesus shed blood. There is a major difference between the account of the Gibeonites, and what God is doing presently. In this historic account, the Gibeonites were in covenant with God, only through Israel. Now, He has now second class citizens, only royal children adopted into His family, through Jesus shed blood. Seeing ourselves as he sees us, and moving in His power and authority.. Here are a couple of articles I wrote on this:
to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Yet Forgive in faith recognizing that when we come to our Creator in faith, giving Him our broken Hearts, dreams and promises HE AGGRESSIVELY GETS INVOLVED TO RECREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR US AND OUR PEOPLE!
Refuse to remain bitter or oppressed.
Learn your language, honor your elders, help your tribe heal.
Get educated, and become a force for good in this nation that cannot be stopped, because God is with you!
There is a call to war being issued to you and your people from heaven. In certain cases this will be walked out in military service, but the ultimate call is to hear the voice of our Father in Heaven, and to do like Jesus does, in taking the battle to the real enemy, the demonic spirits that influence and control the minds and souls of men. Please read this and determine to rise up and fight for your people and this nation. When Jesus closest friend, John the Baptist was beheaded, He took the fight to the demonic spirits that caused his death, not in earthly military action.
Wake up! America is in great peril! Repent! Learn, and understand the foolishness of our historic Indian policy, and begin to pray, fervently, for God to open your eyes to the plight, culture, and condition of the red man. Truthfully, how many prayer meetings have you ever attended, that even mentioned Indians, or Indian issues? This will not go away, time will not heal it, prayer, true repentance, and the blood of Jesus will.
If you love America, fess up where we have messed up, and educate yourself to the culture, rich tribal history and traditions of whatever host peoples are around you.
Ask Holy Spirit for ways to reconcile…to be involved in restitution wherever possible.
Educate yourself and get involved with reconciliation, restitution and healing and understanding, wherever possible.
With the Navajo, the Lord directed us to donate 100 peach trees to the tribe as a peace offering for what happened when the Calvary burned their beloved peach orchards under Kit Carson in canyon des Chelley in 1864, and made over 8000 people walk over 800 miles through the snow, in what is now called ‘the long walk of the Navajo’. Over 4000 died on this journey.
Warriors heal warriors. While this was being planned, combat veterans asked to get involved, claiming this is not the freedom, liberty, and justice for all that I fought to defend. One man said, ‘all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, warriors heal warriors’ He then asked for forgiveness for what the military did to their people. He and a marine then presented a medal received in operation Desert Storm, and a Marine Corps K-bar(combat knife) as honor gifts to the tribe, and we worked to plant a garden of reconciliation together. https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/navajo-ministry-report/
On July 11th, 2014 we had a flag-raising ceremony with Navajo president Ben Shelley:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5pO_8gzR6s. This was part of the Gathering of Tribal Nations where I understand 57 indian tribes were in attendance.
Here is the story of how and why the cedar stage and amphitheatre was donated and constructed in Window Rock, AZ, across from the Sports Complex.
Ge 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
Deut 1:11 (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
Hosea1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
In these verses, we see the promise God made to Abraham, manifesting down the corridor of time…Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Hosea echos the same promise, being fulfilled through the seed of Abraham, Israel, the Jewish people.
Yet Jesus came, born of a Jewish lineage, fulfillment of the seed of Abraham, the promised Messiah. He fulfilled the prophecies, and He died upon the cross, as Isaiah said he would suffer. Yet, He rose from the dead! He’s alive! He ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of Elohim, God our Father.
And so we are commanded to believe, to become adopted into the family of God, sons of the living God…
Ga 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Ga 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Ga 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
No longer is the covenant only to the Jew, but God, in His infinite mercy, has opened it to us Gentiles too! We can now worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, only through the shed blood of Yeshua! Jesus has made a way, for He is the way, the truth and the life!
Ga 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Ga 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Ga 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
Ga 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
It is by faith that we are saved, not by works. If you believe in Jesus as your Lord, Savior, and redeemer, you shall be saved, and the blessing of Abraham is working in your life.
1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown [the seed of] spiritual good among you, [is it too] much if we reap from your material benefits?
1 Corinthians 9:14 [On the same principle] the Lord directed that those who publish the good news (the Gospel) should live (get their maintenance) by the Gospel.
Paul goes on to say, that he did not use his position as a minister of the gospel to take up offerings, rather he worked, making tents, to support himself. You might notice here, that Paul was not married, nor did he have children. Family responsibilities take time, and just as you bust a move on your job to provide for your family, I work every bit as hard, doing this, faithful to the Lord in prayer and the ministry of His Word, to you.
I will never charge for this: it my responsibility to God, my calling. Freely I have been given, now, I freely give…
As you give, hear Holy Spirit what to give, and honestly expect God to reward you for your giving.
Matt 10: 41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.
I am a five-fold ministry gift and office – this is my life – I pray, I hear, I write, and wonderful things happen. You have your job description, I have mine – this is mine….
I have ‘see through’ faith for you, in this: Gal 3: 9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
I believe I have a responsibility before God to be like Jesus, in every offering I receive. I receive it with thanksgiving, just like Jesus did the little boys lunch.
Then, because I walk and live by faith according to the blessing of Abraham, I believe that God will take your seed sown, and multiply it, according to what the blessing of Abraham promises:
Genesis 22:17 In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies
It has been a joy to me, to see the hand of the living God act in the lives of those of you who have supported us this year!
Many have seen tremendous blessing come into your households, and for this we give thanks, and give Jesus all the glory!
Where: Window Rock Church of God, Window Rock, Arizona, on Hwy 264 across street from the Sports Center.
When: Friday, July 11th, at 1PM
Opening Remarks: Chris Walsh, AOM Ministries
Speaker #1: Raising of US Flag
Speakers from Navajo Nation for raising of Navajo flag.
Speakers from state of Arizona: Raising of AZ flag.
Speaker on behalf of Israel, on raising of the Israeli flag
Speaker on behalf of the kingdom of God, on the raising of the Christian flag
As many of you know, on April 12th, 2014, US veterans presented representatives from the office of the President of the Navajo nation, honor gifts, asking formally, that the Navajo nation would forgive the US Calvary, for atrocities committed in the campaign led by Kit Carson, that resulted in what is now known as ‘the long walk of the Navajo’ where over 8000 Navajo were marched 830 miles through the snow, resulting in 4000 deaths. In the process of this campaign, the great peach orchards of the Navajo were burned in a scorched earth campaign.
Warriors healing warriors.
Combat veterans that have seen the horrors of war, have come to the Navajo nation, looking not for a political solution to this wound, rather a spiritual one. Recognizing only an Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth could fix this wound, veterans and elders have come in humility before the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ to both find forgiveness, and to offer it, knowing that only His shed blood could repair the atrocities committed so long ago…
Forgiveness has been extended by the tribe, and it is our prayer, that this event begin a new chapter of positive relationship between the Navajo people and the rest of America. In remembrance of this event, a ‘Garden of Reconciliation’ is being constructed as a historic landmark of the strength, dignity, honor, respect, humility, and love in the hearts of the Navajo, and the United States of America. 100 peach trees were donated, and distributed to those in attendance, planted in faith, that ‘the desert would bloom as a rose,’ and that the Navajo nation again rise to her place in the earth, as co-equals to the grace of God upon America, to find true freedom, liberty, and justice for all…
The Earth Weeps, and we pray….
Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Ps 139: 13 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
My Theology is very simple on certain things, and this is one of them.
I believe that God gives our spirit into the earth, the moment our fathers sperm hits our mothers egg, at conception.
I also believe that God plans for each and every life, and that when He gives our spirit into the earth, that our unique DNA, is encoded in that very spirit, as is the call of God. He plans for our life, provision, and prophetic destiny, before we are even born.
This is why murder, whether in the womb, or out, is wrong.
Thou shalt not kill means though shalt not murder.
The unlawful killing of another human being without justification or excuse.
When someone takes the life of another person, who is defenseless, or who has done nothing wrong towards them, it is murder.
This is the crime perpetrated by abortion. There may be accidental parents, but there are no accidental children, God knows and plans for every human being in the earth.
Killing an unborn child, is, murder.
In the list of things that God hates, we find: Pr 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Yet, the blood of Jesus, is more powerful than all the innocent blood shed in abortion. God hates it, I hate it, but Jesus died upon the cross for sinners, and we have all sinned.
Whether greatly, or minimally in the eyes of man, sin has consequences, and there is only one cure: looking upon Jesus upon the cross, where He paid the price for sinners, of which I, and you, find forgiveness…
If you have murdered, either through abortion, or some other way, Jesus will forgive you, if you honestly ask Him to, and turn from your wrong doing…
De 21:8 Be merciful, O LORD, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them.
De 21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
This verse is not only your solution, but mine, as a man of God. Daily, I humble myself before His throne, for the cry of the slaughtered unborn arising from this nation, is great before Him. My cry for mercy, along with many others, is also great, as we weep, and pray that this bloodshed stop.
And now, I hear another cry, also deep, also painful, also before His throne…this is the cry of the countless innocent red men, that have died upon this land we call the United States of America. Innocent blood, speaking before the very throne of the Creator, for justice…
Re 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Rev 6:9 ¶ And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Re 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
Indians, that cried out, and spoke for peace with the white man, yet were slaughtered in their teepees, for land, gold, racism…
Black men and women groaned under oppression of slavery, and those that spoke out, were killed for it…
Innocent blood, heard before the throne of God, speaking, still….
Ge 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Ge 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
The Ro 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
The earth groans, and the Holy Spirit, hearing the prayers of the innocent, who still live before His throne, groans, and we, with ears to hear, and hearts to obey, also groan…mourning deeply in prayer, for the sins of this nation…praying for mercy, praying for healing for this blood drenched land…
And it is coming!
Despite the foolishness of proud men who think they rule, heaven rules! Jesus is Lord, and that which is wrought in agony of intercession, is bearing fruit in the hearts of the oppressed. The blood of Jesus is being applied to the lands, and curses are lifted, broken, shattered, and demons, that have held uncontested sway, from the time of Adam, are now being contested by the Church of the Living God!
Here, and only here, can mercy triumph over judgment, as the army of God, takes on and takes out, the very demons of murder, and their reign of terror and oppression.
Eph 6:12 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.
This is the generation that knows our place, knows our authority, and knows how to use it effectively against the real enemy, satan.
He is the one ultimately behind the violence, murder, injustice, and bloodshed, and he is a defeated foe!
As we stop him, in prayer, wicked people serving him, are also stopped…
‘Father, we see, we feel, and we understand, the pain of your heart for the murder of our future, the unborn. We hear the pain in Your heart, for the innocents that have been slaughtered on this soil, both the host peoples, and our black brothers and sisters, in this land we call America, and some of us, feel the groaning in creation, in the very earth itself, from the weight of this sin. Yet, you reign! You rule, and you have given us authority, to bring life from the dead, that they not die in vain. We take our place, and stand before this nation, knowing that you back our authority in Your kingdom. As we sit above this nation, in our station in heavenly places, so we pray that Your mercy would again triumph over Your judgment. That the blood of Jesus, would wash this land, and that You would forgive us…..
Now Father, we take our place, and command every spirit of murder to leave this nation, now! We command abortion, to cease, now! We pray for Your visitation, restoration, and restitution to come to the red man. We stand against racism, and believe we receive your grace upon our black brothers and sisters. We come against the deception, treachery, lies, and blindness over the land, and bind it, declaring the truth, freedom, and love of Your kingdom in every heart, every home, at every level of authority, in the mighty and matchless name, of our King, Jesus. Amen.’
Today, as we go through our yearly Bible reading, these simple words jumped off the page at me, ‘WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS!’ coupled with the thought: BRING BACK THE CROSS!
It seems as I endeavor to be fully led by the Holy Spirit, fully, daily, each new season of life and ministry, requires a fresh trip to the cross, where another alter is raised up to Jesus in the sacred depths of my heart, where the fire of His holiness, meets the idol of my self-will…and again I consecrate, and become that living sacrifice to Jesus this generation needs…
Let’s take a look together:
Rom 8:1 ¶ There is therefore now no condemnation to them WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross- bearers here below.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Today, as I find myself surrounded by good people who struggle with grief in the loss of loved ones, guilt and shame over things they have done, trauma and torment over atrocities they have seen or committed, I weep, knowing the freedom that can only come at the cross of Jesus Christ. Counseling, medicine, even great churches and the comfort and love of family and great Christians, cannot replace the horror of the cross of Jesus. Here, and only here, when an individual, personally admits to God, their crimes, hurts, frustrations, losses, heartbreaks, and deepest sickest secrets, does the divine exchange occur. He forgives, and removes the burden, heals the broken heart, delivers a sin sick soul from torment.
Only, at the cross…
We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross.
There is no other way. Human counsel only goes so far…
There are sacred secrets to be told to God, and God alone. Pains too deep for human consolation, healing and forgiveness granted, only at the foot of the cross of Jesus.
At the Cross, His blood flowed freely, and it provides an atonement, a healing, a cleansing from our sin, sickness and pain.
Heb 9: 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Under the law, in the holiness of God, there was only one punishment: death!
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life…
Yet, even under the law, God allowed certain substitutions to occur. Instead of us bearing the punishment for our crimes, we could offer the life of an animal, as an atonement, a guilt offering, it’s blood shed in our place, to cover our transgression.
Yet, there are things in the earth that no animal blood can cover. Murder, rape, treachery, betrayals of sacred trusts, perversions of the worst kind, innocent blood shed at our hands…
The blood of animals could cover our sin, but never erase it. Our conscience, our memories deep inside, still ate at us with guilt.
This is the torment of the mother who aborted her child, flashbacks, guilt, depression, because as Mother Theresa said: Abortion is the only crime that takes two lives, the life of the child, and the heart of the mother. There is only place to find peace, when, in truth, we face the horror of what we have done, and we cry out to God, and ask Him to forgive us for taking the life of our child. Then, we discover the horror of the cross, become the object of our deliverance, and the divine exchange occurs. His blood, ever alive before the throne of God, reaches into the deepest part of us, and He washes us clean, taking our guilt, shame, depression, grief, pain, and exchanging it for His love, acceptance, forgiveness, and blessed peace that passes all understanding
The panic attacks, the explosive fits of rage, the nightmares, the flashbacks, tormenting beyond what words can express, in response to horrors performed or witnessed in the heat of battle. You can counsel, medicate, perform therapy, but at the cross, God reaches into the deepest part of a man, and recreates him, free from it all.
What about the victim of sexual abuse? Whether the victim or perpetrator, things performed in the secrecy of darkness, sick secrets that continue to haunt, torment, seduce, arouse…Can there be freedom from this uncleaness?
Only at the cross…
It has been said, that we are only as sick as our secrets…
Tell Him about it today. Give it all to Him. Allow Him into your deepest pain, your sickest secrets, pour out your heart to Him. He knows anyway, He saw it all…and He loves you anyway, longing to forgive you!
Michah 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy
He will meet you there….
Time will not heal all wounds, but Jesus can, and will, at the cross.
Stop the dances with denial, deception and devils today, by embracing the blood He shed for you, personally, on the altar of ultimate sacrifice, His cross.
Father God, Creator of Heaven and earth, God Almighty: You know, You understand, You see, and You saw all that I saw, I did, and that was done to me. Forgive me! I choose to forgive those who did such evil against me, but only You can handle my rage, my pain, at the injustice of it all. Take it! I give it to You. It is too much for me, so I lay it all down at the cross. Replace my loss, with Yourself. Fill my heart with Your peace, Your presence, Your grace, and bring me peace, heal me, give me something to give back to this hurting world. I’m done running, but choose to allow Your to lead me, guide me, and use me as an instrument of Your blessing, honor, and glory in the earth, in this generation. I give it all to You Lord Jesus, knowing You hear, care, and love me, AMEN!
PEACH TREES FOR PEACE!
On July 7th, 2013 a group of us are travelling to the Navajo nation, to perform a ceremony, seeking peace, and healing for this land we call the United States of America.
Historically, the conquest of the Navajo occurred in a final campaign in 1866, by a Calvary company led by Rope thrower, Kit Carson, in Le Chelley canyon.
In that campaign, Calvary were under orders to perform a ‘scorched earth’ campaign, burning Navajo crops, winter food supplies, homes, and on this final day, torching the 5000 tree orchard in this canyon, known as ‘the bread basket of the Navajo’. This event broke the back of Navajo resistance, and preceded, what is now known as ‘the long walk of the Navajo’.
It has been said by elders, ‘that we could forgive rope thrower Carson for betraying and conquering us. We could forgive the US government for the long walk, and putting us on reservations, but we can never forgive the destruction of our precious peach trees!’
For over 100 years, the Navajo have survived, thrived, and now again the Navajo nation has grown back upon the land, in strength, dignity, and honor.
There is a tradition, from the Iroquois people, that has been passed down the corridor of time, from the great commissioning of ‘the peace tree ceremony’, where the white pine tree planted by the five initial tribes of the Iroquois confederacy, when ‘The great law of peace’ was implemented in 1050. As most tribes know, the Iroquois confederacy ruled the Eastern United States for many hundreds of years before they ‘discovered’ white men on their land, and because of the law of peace (that those who came in peace, were received in peace), the white men were allowed in America.
In this ceremony, a white pine tree was planted (its bundle of five needles symbolizing the five tribes of the Iroquois). Initially, a great hole was dug in the ground, and the elders welcomed their war chiefs in royal procession to this great hole in the ground. Each company of warriors would then throw their weapons of war into this great hole, until each company had taken their turn. The hole was covered up, and the peace tree planted, with the proclamation that :’As long as the weapons of war remain in the earth, there shall be peace in the land!’
We as followers of Yeshua, have learned that the cross of Jesus Christ, is the true peace tree.
We believe that at the cross, not only are our personal sins forgiven, but that as we forgive others, even those from past generations that there is a corresponding healing to not only us personally, but also to our families, and the very land upon which we walk.
The Voice (VOICE)
20 You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope 21 that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now.
We see in these verses, how the creation is waiting for us, the manifest sons and daughters of God, to show up, and bring ‘glorious liberty’ as the manifest sons and daughters of God.
We also see, that the earth has a voice, a voice of groanings….
For those of us with ears to hear, eyes to see, we have heard this voice, the voice of the lands of the Navajo, and by the Spirit of our Creator, we are responding, to take our place, in humble prayer before God, that the land itself be cleansed and healed.
It is our hope and prayer, that weather permitting, we might plant some of these trees in canyon De Chelley, or other suitable location on Navajo land, and that God, the Great Spirit, our Creator, might heal the Navajo lands, and bless them, and that somehow, there be healing and peace between all the North American tribes, and the rest of us who call ourselves Americans. For those of us who know North American history, only God Almighty can possibly bridge the gap between America, and its host peoples. There has been much pain, betrayal, blood, and tears…For those of us with eyes to see a better future for the relationship between the red and white man, may this ceremony be a simple seed, a token, of better days for our children … PEACE!
If you would like to either donate or purchase a tree, or help in some way transporting these trees to the Navajo nation (Window Rock, Arizona, by July 7th) please contact me or make checks available to AOM Ministries, 1928 E Oklahoma St, Tulsa, OK, 74110. Email: email@example.com.
One day in our yearly Bible reading, as I began to meditate upon my journey this year, as I have been studying diligently, the plight of the North American Indian tribes. I am convinced that this is the number one agenda upon the heart of Father God, our Creator, that will unlock the move of the Holy Spirit we all seek, in this land we call the United States of America.
King James Version (KJV)
141 Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
I am called to somehow bring the love of Jesus, and the truth of God’s covenant to these precious people, after the traditional church, has radically failed, in many cases to do so.
The general history of Christian missions to the Indian tribes, is, at best horrendous, although I am sure that there have been myriads of good hearted Christians (like the Christian missionaries that walked the ‘trail of tears’ with the Cherokee and Choctaw), who honestly did not have the understanding we now have of the Word of God, and a better perspective, of the visitations of the Creator, the Great Spirit, who we call the Holy Spirit, among the Indian tribes, over the centuries.
It has been said of a true missionary, that their true job, is not to go make disciples of their version or interpretation of how they believe that people should serve God, rather, to go, and learn the language, customs, traditions, and culture of the people they are sent to, “TO DISCOVER THE WAYS THAT GOD HAS ALREADY VISITED THAT PEOPLE!’
Notice I have deliberately capitalized this thought, for the Scripture states that:
1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Where the church has failed the indigenous peoples of North America, there has been judgment, and lost blessing, I am convinced, upon this nation.
Now, is the time to make wrongs right, and together with the red man, heal the land.
This is the amazing truth of American history: Not that the US has always done right, but in this land of the free and the brave, where we fight for freedom, liberty, and justice for all, that where America has done wrong, historically, they have always endeavoured to make wrongs, right. We have seen this in the cival war, to end slavery, and later under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr in the cival rights movement, that where injustice or institutionalized evil is in place, there have always been champions of justice, to bring course correction to America, to keep her from the shipwrecks of God’s judgement.
The three battlegrounds to be championed in this generation are, in order of importance: The plight of the US Indian, Racisim again, and the elimination of abortion. May God raise up voices and champions of truth in each of these battlegrounds!
As a spiritual leader, with anointing and power with God (yet no earthly title or recognition as of yet), I actually believe that God has been visiting the Indian tribes, long before the white man came to this land.
“Crazy Horse’s vision foretold the darkness that descended on his people. He saw the coming of automobiles and airplanes and the tragic world wars of the modern era. He saw his people gradually awakening after the last war and beginning to dance again under the Sacred Tree. Then amazingly he saw that dancing along with his people were representatives of all races who had become brothers. Thus he foresaw that the world would be made whole again, not just by his own nation but by all peoples working together.” – Bette Stockbauer http://bci.org/prophecy-fulfilled/ancient.htm
The Teton Sioux Chief Crazy Horse had a final vision in which “He saw his people being driven into spiritual darkness and poverty while the white people prospered in a material way all around them. But even in the darkest times, he saw that the eyes of a few of his people kept the light of dawn and the wisdom of the earth, which they passed on to some of their grandchildren. He saw the coming of automobiles and airplanes, and twice he saw the great darkness and heard the screams and explosions when millions of people died in two great world wars.
“But he saw, after the second great war passed, a time come when his people began to awaken, not all at once, but a few here and there, and then more and more, and he saw that they were dancing in a beautiful light of the Spirit World under the Sacred Tree even while still on Earth. Then he was amazed to see that dancing under the tree were representatives of all races who had become brothers, and he realized that the world would be made new again and in peace and harmony not just by his people, but by members of all races of mankind.” – Vinson Brown, Voices of Earth and Sky; 1974, Harrisburg, PA http://www.rexresearch.com/usa/usaproph.htm#us10
Crazy Horse had a vision he shared with sitting bull during a pipe ceremony just days before he was murdered. He said, “Upon suffering beyond suffering, the red nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for the sick world. A world filed with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations, when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred tree of life and the whole earth will become one circle again. In that day, those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come, to those of my people to ask for wisdom. I salute the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells, for when you are at the center within you and I am at the at place within me, we are as one.” – Crazy Horse from James Medicine Tree
This prophecy, uttered by chief Crazy Horse, in the presence of chief Sitting Bull (to my knowledge, the last free Indian chiefs), is widely accepted as being from God, by many, many Indian tribes and elders.
I too, believe it to be true.
It is now the time of the seventh generation, and I see myself as one of ‘the young white ones, with the light within their eyes where the whole universe dwells,’. That light in me, is Jesus, Christ in me, the hope of my glory!
Prayer as Incense:
Today, as I think of the Indian tradition called ‘smudging’, where cedar, or sage, tobacco, or sweet grass is burned as incense, or an offering to our Creator, I see a great similarity, between First Nations worship, and the worship prescribed by God to the Hebrews, in the temple, before the ark.
Here are some Scriptures, where God ordained the burning to incense to be offered up with prayer and worship:
And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it.
And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.
And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.
According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
Here we see prayer in heaven being received by our Creator, offered before Him by angels, with incense!
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.,
These verses speak of incense, being offered with prayer, as a sweet aroma before the throne of God.
Yet, traditional white missionaries, in many cases, at best, misinterpreted this traditional tribal
practice, seeing it as pagan, demonic, or at best merely traditional. Read this article from a Catholic brother, that I agree with: http://www.peace.mb.ca/00.Native/nlrnz06-sweetgrass.php
“Holy Smoke –
Fragrant smoke is one of these sacramentals. It has been used by peoples all over the world for thousands of years. Sweet grass, sage, cedar, etc. are forms of incense found in many First Nations cultures. It is used as a way of honouring the Creator, as a sign of prayer rising to God, and of the sweetness of prayer. It is a sign of humility (the humbleness of plants) and purity (the purifying effect of fire). Also for Christians, smoke is a reminder of the shining cloud that veils the glory of God.”
Yet, I believe the burning of sweetgrass, cedar, sage, as part of First Nations worship to be Biblical, spiritual, and one of the forms of worship God loves, as:
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Again, as I have said before. Jesus did not come to destroy language, culture, and sacred traditions of elders and tribes, rather to redeem it, purify it, and bring it back to our Father, Creator, the Great One from whom all life flows.
May we learn to love one another, in purity of heart, and true holiness, seeking to honestly understand, in humility, the visitations of God in other cultures!
‘Father, again, I lift up a cry, for the North American Indian! Father, again, visit them, heal them, deliver and redeem them, and please, visit us, heal us, forgive and deliver us, redeem us, and open our eyes, to see You, in Your movements, traditions, and the worship of other people groups than ourselves. May we be instruments of reconciliation, peace, justice, and healing, revealing Your love, power, and redemption. Father, open our eyes to the ways we must change, hear, and walk, in order to heal this great land, we call, the United States of America. We ask, knowing we are heard, for we come only through the precious shed blood of Yeshua, Jesus, God the Son, risen from the dead, they we too might live in Him, Amen’
Read Ezekiel 34, true and false Shepherds
Creation is affected by Godly leadership.
Ever see the children’s movie, ‘The Lion King?’ There are many spiritual allegories there, but the one I wish to bring out presently, is how the land mourns, and is in famine, under Scar, the wicked, usurping unappointed king, come to the throne through treachery and deceit.
Ezekial 34:24b (The Voice)
I, the Eternal One, have spoken.
25 I will establish a covenant of peace with them and drive away all the dangerous wild animals from the land. Then they will be able to live safely in the wilderness and sleep soundly in the forests. 26 I will make them and the area around My holy hill a blessing. At My direction, there will be plenty of rainfall when it is needed. There will be showers of blessing! 27 The trees of the fields and orchards will bear abundant fruit, the soil of the fields will produce ample crops, and My people will rest securely within their land. They will know that I am the Eternal when I destroy the dominion of their oppressors and liberate them from those who made them slaves. 28 Foreign powers won’t ravage them anymore, and wild beasts will no longer feast on their flesh. They’ll be safe and free and fearless. 29 I will make their land famous for its beauty and productivity. Never again will famine strike their land. Never again will other nations sneer at them. 30 They will know that I, the Eternal One their God, am on their side and that they, the people of Israel, are My people.
After God declares His opposition to the shepherd-rulers who neglected and exploited their human flock, God pledges to get involved personally. He will search for the lost sheep, return the strays, and care for them tenderly back in the beautiful land of Israel, the land of promise.
But in God’s human flock are trouble and competition. Even as God lovingly supplies His flock with plenty of good food, clear water, and pleasant pastures, some trample what they can’t control and foul what they can’t consume. Some bully and push their weight around, while others move aside or run for the hills. Again God sees the problem and promises to step in, personally, to rescue His hassled people and put an end to injustice. So God promises to send another shepherd-ruler, in the spirit of King David, who will love and care for the flock as God Himself does. This Davidic shepherd will be unlike the wicked, neglectful shepherd-rulers in Israel’s past; this son of David will rule as their prince in submission to Israel’s one True God.
But there is more. In the final movement of this oracle, God announces a new covenant—a covenant of peace. Its scope is beyond human community and politics. It is a renewal of life in the land of Israel and, by extension, in the rest of creation.
In Romans chapter 1, we read:
18 For the wrath of God is breaking through from heaven, opposing all manifestations of ungodliness and wickedness by the people who do wrong to keep God’s truth in check. 19 These people are not ignorant about what can be known of God, because He has shown it to them with great clarity. 20 From the beginning, creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible; and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people 21 because, despite the fact that they knew the one true God, they have failed to show the love, honor, and appreciation due to the One who created them!
God is revealed in creation, and we see from the preceding passage, Creation is designed to be stewarded by loving, kind, and wise shepherds, who know and walk with God, in truth and holiness.
Of course, this has never changed, for God has never changed.
We have lived like the good lions under the leadership of Scar, suffering as his leadership destroys everything it touches.
We, each of us, are the Simba’s of the story. Called to rise up, and fight our own particular fight of faith in this generation, taking our place as kings and lords in His domain, subject to the King of all kings, and Lord of all Lords, the true lion of the tribe of Judah, King Jesus!
Yet, there is a righteous roar that must come from the heart of the church, as we groan in agony with creation under the weight of sin and wickedness in the earth.
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children,[a] including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope[b] for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words
Groan, travail, then arise in the power of God and ROAR!
There must be a shout of violent faith in the earth!
‘Father, Heal our Land! Raise up shepherds, leaders, after Your own heart, with wisdom, gentleness, and sacrificial love to provide direction to this wayward generation, that you might quench the groans of creation, in the glory revealed in our unveiling. May you break our hearts in deep travail, groaning, and mourning, until we meet You Lord Jesus, the true Lion King! Let us arise, in passion, zeal, with the shout of a king amongst us, in violent faith, to turn the tide of filth, defilement, curses, and wickedness, overthrowing those foul spirits who have usurped Your authority, through the sin of man. May there be a deep move of Your Spirit, convicting of sin, and bringing forth fruit in keeping with repentance and the holiness You and Your Kingdom represent. We cry out, yet again, for Your mercy, Your presence, Your power displayed Lord Jesus, Amen!’