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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Stay of Execution!

A stay of execution does not a pardon make. I realize that for the individual being walked up the gallows, feeling the rough noose slipping over his head and feeling it tighten around his neck the distinction is meaningless at best, but once he has had time to process, once he has had time to assess, once he has time to come to terms with the reality that he will live to see another sunrise, eventually, inevitably, he will be confronted with the unyielding reality that sooner or later the walk down the gallows will commence anew, and the feel of the tightening rope will once more be a reality.

What happened in America last night was a stay of execution. It was not a pardon. We must be very clear about this because I know as surely as I am sitting here that the voices will begin to chirp anew insisting that God has somehow forgiven a nation that never repented of its sins, and that He has somehow restored a nation that has never humbled itself. Just because we managed to dodge a protracted, painful, and pernicious suicide by political correctness last night, it does not mean that we have somehow come into fellowship with God anew as a nation.

It simply means that God has shown this nation grace, He has stayed its judgment for a season, and if true change is not evident beginning with the church and sweeping out from there, when next He weighs us, when next He will be called upon to once more decide whether He will stay our execution or allow judgment to be poured forth, we will be judged not only for what we are profoundly guilty of up until this point, but also for the season of grace we will have once again squandered from here on in.

Yes, I do believe last night was an act of sovereign grace. If this election had gone the other way, I am certain we would have been at war with Russia within six months of Madame Chairman Rodham being sworn in, and that the persecution against the household of faith would have been accelerated to a breakneck speed. ­­­

A merciful God has once more shown this nation mercy, and now it is up to us to decide what we will do with the mercy we’ve been given. It is up to us to decide what we will do with the reprieve and stay of execution that was handed down by the Judge of the Universe.

This is just the first of many critical moments we will have to face as a nation, and if you think it will be rainbows and kittens from here on in you are fooling yourself.

So, yes, take a second, breathe a sigh of relief, say a prayer of thanks, enjoy the sunshine on your face, but then roll up your sleeves and get to work. Not tonight, not tomorrow, not next week, not whenever we get around to it and we have nothing left on our agenda.

The countdown clock has already started ticking, and in what will seem like the blink of an eye this nation’s case will once more be up for review. What we do from this point to that will determine whether we still have a future, and whether our stay of execution will once more be extended.

Do I believe that we’ve avoided judgment altogether? No, I do not, but the best we could have ever hoped for was a reprieve, a delay, a season of grace wherein we could return to the purity of simply being about our Father’s business and preaching Jesus unashamedly once more.


We have so much work to do, and time is shorter than we might think. 

With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr. 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Preach it, brother!!

Nina Stone said...

I agree with this 100%. Will true Christians step up and do what needs to be done? We'll see. I think it will be telling when it comes to the abortion issue and how it is dealt with.

Jas. Kermott said...

I absolutely confirm that we have merely received a stay of execution ... at best!

During a time of prayer this morning, I received a confirmation that what has actually begun is an opportunity -- perhaps the last opportunity -- to humble ourselves, to repent (especially TURNING from our evil ways), and to seek our Lord's forgiveness and favor, before He will of necessity humble us by harsh methods.

I do not believe He has recanted: we as a people remain under judgment. Following the world's prescriptions of "tolerance" and "getting along" (both of which mean just going along down that wide path to perdition) won't cut it!

We must continue to seek the Lord. Many of us will have to openly warn those around us -- both the blatantly worldly and those who believe themselves saved -- as to the need to seriously change. Some of us (myself included) who are Believers need to get more serious and become more intimate with our Lord, to better live in our Lord's Peace in the days to come. (That doesn't promise material anything.)

The Remnant Awakens said...

I agree. I am quite glad that at least one of the Christian voices is reminding the disciples of Jesus that Trump is not this nation's saviour. I have about had it lately with all of the pro-Trump talk. Don't get me wrong, I know that Hillary is the worse of the evils--by far. I also breathe a sigh of relief of sorts in knowing that it is a Trump/Pence regime coming in instead of a Clinton one. (I did vote).

I just found it odd, and a little nauseating, that Christian teachers were so vociferously stumping for Trump, that they forgot to resound the alarm trumpets of repentance. I heard some say that Trump is going to be a sort of Cyrus, bringing restoration. My reaction to that was, "What! How did we skip ahead to 'restoration of our nation' without ever first having been judged and having turned to God in our sorrows and repenting of our great evils?"

This whole thing is a little deja vue to me. I remember well this all happening in 2000 when Bush Jr. came to power after all the years of Clinton. The 'right' was so excited and hopeful that restoration would come; but none did. We had even more freedoms taken away, and abortion never became illegal. The filth and putridity of this land only ever more abounded. Bush came out as basically a 'universalist,' in that he professed that we all worship the same God (Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc.). It was not the panacea many had hoped for and believed in.

I was sadly even a part of the effort to elect Republicans at that time. I was sorely grieved when I realized after a time that 'Republican' does not equal 'Christian.' God used that experience to remind me to trust in Him alone, and not in the arm of Egypt, to be my right hand of help. (Hopefully you get the reference). God does not work with unholy alliances, even though he sometimes uses evil nations to punish His own people. He moves in His way, His time, to accomplish His purposes, and only for His glory (as is evident in the case of Gideon).

The only saviour is Jesus. Blessed is a man who puts his trust in the LORD God; cursed is he who puts his faith in a man. This nation of Christians needs to start reading the old Testament prophets who warned the nation of Israel of the judgments which were to be brought by Assyria and Babylon. There is no peace coming. This is an illusion, and a very strong delusion, which is coming upon all who are fallen away from the faith because they worship the created thing (man, man's systems), more than they worship God Almighty. I still see nothing but the unfolding of Revelation before us, and I believe it is soon. Personally, I have sounded the trumpet. None listen. All are happily asleep, pursuing the things of this world, enjoying the benefits of being in friendship with the world, and hushing the voice of the Holy Spirit of God calling them to flee unrighteousness and filth.

I don't necessarily see this reprieve as working in our favor. Sadly, it will allow many to misinterpret it, to believe that it means that we as a nation are under God's divine favor and protection, when really, the winnowing fork is in God's hand. The already complacent majority will become even more entrenched in their Laodicean tendencies and will probably listen even more closely to the false prophets who had prophesied this 'stay/reprieve' if only we'd pray and get out and vote for Trump.

I know my Lord's Words, and all of the prophecies; it gets much worse before the restoration comes; and it only comes when Jesus puts His feet on the Mount of Olives. I wish that those who have the ear of the flock would be telling people to gear up for the coming destruction and the time of the tribulation. Where are the prophets, I wonder?

SHANNON RAY DAVIS said...

Thank You Michael for speaking the truth and thank you LORD Jesus Christ for more time

John said...

We are certainly in a perilous time!
Many have breathed a sigh of relief, believing that the United States has temporarily avoided judgment after electing the lesser of two evils. We have simply entered the eye of the hurricane.
We have multiple small tempests of anarchy presently battering our coasts, as our president leaves on his final farewell tour. These are of no concern to him, having been a community organizer himself.
Be on the alert!
If you see "counter anarchy" activity in the midst of the country, do not be surprised of it being a false flag. That would certainly catch the ire of the impotent president, and bring him to action.

I pray that I'm wrong. But I can't help but think that we are witnessing the visions of Dumitru Duduman being played out over 30 decades later.

John

The Message For America
https://www.handofhelp.com/vision_1.php

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. A period of grace, a stay, is what I prayed for. May God help me, and all of us, to make the most of it. I don't think we will have another chance.

Anonymous said...

Michael
Thank you for your faithfulness to post the truth even when hard. My husband and I totally agree that this is just a reprieve. We share your comments and your blogs with friends and with our church. We have been bi-vocational pastors on an Indian reservation for years and are always encouraged by what you post. Be encouraged! God is using you!
Vicki

Anonymous said...

Thank you Michael. I posted the very same day, the very same words...stay of execution...at another site. I am grateful for your posts, they reveal the heart of a watchman, and your love of Christ.
I realize you have decided not to post as much as before, but for some, they are a lifeline, as we cannot listen to you on radio, or purchase your books.
Thank you so much for your faithfulness and obedience.