Absent Without Leave

I hope you are all doing well and had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Over the Thanksgiving weekend I used my travel time to be with family and to catch up on a few phone calls. I was inspired by a word from a good friend, Jack Tyner, who told me of his visit to Battleship Cove in Massachusetts which is the largest Navy ship exhibit in the world. There are decommissioned US Navy ships there – large and small – that can be visited. You are free to wander at will on any of the ships or boats. What struck him was how inspiring it was to see the representation of the massive power available, and the openness with which the public could freely wander at will. But also what struck him was how few people were there taking advantage of this opportunity. He had sacrificed, if you will, to travel one hundred and fifty miles just for a visit, yet there were very few people other than him taking advantage of the opportunity. It was in this situation that he had a prophetic impression that, in the current battle, there are comparisons for the Church in the USA. He felt that spiritually speaking we have been given unprecedented access to spiritual armaments. In the natural realm we have unprecedented opportunity to speak and make known the situation and to use our spiritual authority to bring about much needed change. But there are comparatively few who are heeding the call and showing up for duty, so to speak.

As we are all aware this year Veteran’s Day fell on Nov 11th (11-11-11). While there were festivities and celebrations across the nation there was a little known, but perhaps very important gathering of Veterans and other supporters, at the Washington Monument in Washington DC. called Restore the Constitution Rally. This gathering was hosted by the group Veteran Defenders of America, a group which was begun by top ranking retired US military officers in response to what they believe is the extreme urgency in our nation. They believe we are beyond political solutions alone, and are definitely not trying to be politically correct. Some find their candor refreshing. The seriousness of the alarm they are calling includes accusations of treason and calls for impeachment. They are not alone in what they are observing, but they are among the very few crying such an alarm so clearly. Yet they have been nearly ignored by the press and mostly unknown to the American public. I had to search for an update on their rally when I returned home from Thanksgiving and could get back on my computer. What I found I thought was alarming – and I felt it tied in nicely with the prophetic word that Jack had shared with me.

One of the first things that struck me from one of the articles was the description of the event – “word about the rally had been slow in getting out, and the venues promoting it were few, that I should not be surprised by a relatively sparse attendance…” This stood out to me in light of what Jack had shared about the word he received while on his visit to Battleship Cove. If one judges an event according to its attendance than this was not an important event, yet one generally cannot judge the importance of an event simply by numbers in attendance. Recall there were only 56 who signed the Declaration of Independence, only about 70 minutemen who stood before the British on Lexington Green, and only 120 gathered to change the world on the first Pentecost.

A gathering of modern day patriots at the Washington Monument on Veterans Day 11-11-11 led by US Generals (Ret) and other “top brass” is historically significant in its own right, but perhaps more significant than we know.

One other thing which stood out to me from the article was the photo of the top of the 555 foot tall Washington Monument with a one-inch wide, four-foot long crack sustained in the August 2011 East coast earthquake. This can serve as a sobering wake up call, for sickness is first revealed in the leaves of a tree, but it is usually first sustained unseen in the roots of the tree. The signs are there for those “who have ears to hear and eyes to see.” There is still time, but more need to hear the call and heed the call.

One of the speakers at the event, and the author of the article I have referenced, wrote about his speech: “I pointed up at the cracked, damaged, but still standing Washington Monument rising above our heads. Engraved on an aluminum capstone on the top of the obelisk’s pyramidion are the words “ Laus Deo” — “Praise be to God.” Those words are the first thing that the morning sun strikes each day in our nation’s capital.”

May it always be so, and may we His people and the people of this nation who call upon His name not be Absent Without Leave in the hour we are most needed.

“And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed his truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure; one little word shall fell him.”

From A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Martin Luther


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