We are two days from the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America. This phrase alone sparks all kinds of emotions from both sides of the political spectrum. We live in unprecedented and fragile times. The response of people all over is very interesting. Some are celebrating, relieved to get rid of Donald Trump and move on with our lives. Others are concerned and saddened that the election was stolen by the Deep State and the Republic as we know it has fallen. Some believe that Trump will somehow still pull off a last minute victory by declaring emergency powers, causing a media blackout and making mass arrests. There is no shortage of information out there. As you and I navigate the coming days of political chaos and information warfare I want to share with you some impressions I feel. It has to do with the “HAIL CAESAR” feeling that many have or in other words, “HAIL TRUMP.” “HALLELUJIAH”, on the other hand, means God be praised. Amidst all the turmoil, where are we turning for answers?
#1 IMPRESSION: TRUMP is a secular Caesar. Our faith should not be in him as a person. The following verse from the Bible helps clarify this point, Mark 12:17 – “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.”
I get concerned with how many people will blindly follow Trump. Jesus’ movement is the one we need to be aligned with. Jesus was clear that we should separate our allegiance to political figures and to Him. Political figures come and go. Trump has massive rallies and has promised so much to the American people. Trump has such good intentions to “Make America Great Again” but is surrounded by people who do not have his best interest. Many are caught in a false hope that he will somehow get 4 more years and bring America back to prosperity, traditional Christian Values and Constitutional principles. When he falls, now or later, I am concerned that many people will become depressed and vengeful. Some are talking about taking up arms to defend our rights and the falling Republic. In these complicated modern times is this the correct course of action? My heart says no. I choose to follow the Savior, and not to blindly follow Trump.
The ego in all of us will fall eventually. Trump and his ego will eventually fall. His Twitter is already gone. What will the rest of the fallout look like? 2nd impeachment already underway. Blacklist and arrest all Trump loyalists and supporters? I don’t think it will be pretty. We need to understand that the war we are fighting is spiritual. Satan is having is “hay day” right now and pitting family and friends against each other. While we are divided with the Trump side show he grabs more power and control over us. Unless America repents, it will face the same fate as secular Rome or ancient Israel. The United States of America is God’s covenant land. We are only guaranteed protection, prosperity, posterity if we are faithful. What has become of the 10 commandments? What about all the unborn babies being killed? What about the debt and materialism and pride in our hearts?
Moroni, the last of the authors in the Book of Mormon and the lone Nephite civilization survivor from destruction saw our day and described what things would be like. His words found in Mormon 8:34-41 in the Book of Mormon will shake your heart. Its not pretty but important to understand what he said.
“34 Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you (we have the Book of Mormon so this time is NOW).
35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
37 For behold, ye do love money and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?
39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret combinations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?
41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer.
The prophecy is crystal clear. The Lord is upset with us at large and unless we repent in our hearts individually and then collectively embrace our Savior, we will be destroyed. I don’t see widespread repentance happening until times get very tough. Can 2021 be worse than 2020? Indeed it can. I don’t want to preach doom and gloom but the reality of our awful situation is clear.
#2 IMPRESSION: The prophecies of the scriptures WILL come to pass. I don’t recall the scriptures saying that there would be an overall victory for truth or goodness in this world until the Savior comes again. We need to stand up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the President of the Church. The servants of Christ are under attack from the enemy. People are leaving the church in droves. Most fall victim to sin and are desensitized but others are choosing to leave based on disagreements with church leaders or church history. Despite what anyone says the scriptures say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will never be taken from the earth. Daniel saw it in vision as the “stone that was cut out from the mountain without hands which would roll forth and fill the whole earth (see Daniel 2:31–45; D&C 65:2).”
The destiny of the church and its members is to gather Israel, build Zion and welcome the return of the Lost Ten Tribes from the North and eventually the Savior back to this earth. The time is not far distant where this will all come to pass. We are in the last days of the last days. The problem is that many do not know or understand the signs of the times or the prophecies and they lose faith. Remember Nephi and the humble Christian followers at the time right before Christ’s birth? Society thought the time had passed for the sign to be given and gave up hope. The believers were rounded up and going to be executed. Then what happened was a miracle. The sign did come! The believers were validated. Prophecy was fulfilled (See 3rd Nephi Chapter 1). Our greatest desire right now and our greatest work is to build up Zion and to align ourselves unfailing with the Savior of the World. We need to maintain in the prophecies of the Kingdom and know that the world at large will get worse before it gets better. Things will get so bad eventually that everyone who doesn’t flee to Zion will have to take up the sword against their neighbor (see D&C45:68). Our only hope in this world is to establish Zion in our hearts first and then physically for protection. Zion will be built in this American continent. Until then we must wait and watch patiently and prepare for the worst.
#3 IMPRESSION: DEFEND THE SAVIOR AT ALL COSTS.
Rather than defending Trump at all costs and taking my assault rifle to protest at the capitol, I would rather defend my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at all costs. Rather than sit here and feel guilt that I am not doing more to “save the Republic,” I should be feeling guilt that I am not doing more to defend Jesus Christ. I want to be on the front lines sure enough, but the front lines of the spiritual war and not the political war. I am concerned that many of us are being lulled to sleep in our devotion to the Savior by the trying times that are around us. I truly believe the Lord is looking for who he can count on. Now is the time to stand up and be counted! When I get concerned about the politics in our country, or the one world government takeover, I would do well to remember to have faith in the Savior and the prophecies that have been written concerning the church. This is the movement to get behind 100%. Zion is my greatest desire.
I will not become uneasy or restless or lose faith because of what happens with the Presidency of the United States. Indeed, our cause is far greater than the MAGA or “HAIL TRUMP” movement. I am amazed at how the brethren stay politically neutral and talk mostly about the “rule of law.” This is upsetting to some but the Lord’s kingdom is not of this world. We must realize that the Savior is in control and while the world is divided and chaotic, he is quickly and quietly preparing a people and a nation to build Zion. Let us join together regardless how we feel politically in building the Kingdom of God on earth and ushering in the Milennial reign of our Lord. Let us all shout “HALLELUJIAH” as we trust only in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.