The Inauguration is a Charade

l was walking into Washington, D.C. to observe the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump. I was curious to see what was going on. It was early in the morning on the day before the inauguration, and many people were already arriving early to find a good viewing spot. As I walked passed buildings and parking lots, pressing my way towards the U.S. Capitol, there were camps of people occupying rows of parking spaces. Many were entire families sleeping outside, even setting up small living quarters. All were covered with purple tarps. I eventually worked my way into some buildings, wandering through several meeting halls. People were finding their seats to view the inauguration on large video screens. Outside the buildings and in the streets and foyers, people were dressed up and celebrating. It felt like a carnival or a circus. The last building, I entered felt like an old church, but there were no crosses or any other Christian artifacts inside. It was dark and musky inside. There was a sparse gathering of people, and they also were expecting to watch the inauguration on a video screen. I found a chair near a window and sat down next to a young man who I believe was from New Zealand. He had a German shepherd. The dog began to lick my face but then began to attack me. I pushed the dog away several times. I wanted to talk with the man, but the dog distracted us, so I decided to leave instead and get away from the dog.

I now started to work my way back towards Virginia to bring my wife to the inauguration. It was later in the day, and thousands of people had arrived. Everything was crowded and every parking lot filled. Buildings were spilling over with people, and thousands lined the streets awaiting the parade, the spectacle of this new leader who was being put on display for our nation. I saw a group of people dressed like priests from the Old Temple in Jerusalem. One of them was a woman, which I thought peculiar as women were not allowed to serve in the Temple. They were false priests dressed in costumes, pretending to be something they were not. They walked passed me in a single file, holding gifts in their hands, and heading towards the soon arriving presidential parade. I met up with my wife and began to lead her back towards the Capitol. But in all the chaos and confusion of people, it was now impossible to find my way back. I scanned over the city towards the U.S. Capitol but could not see the building. Protruding into the skyline was the old church where I had been attacked by the German shepherd. It was a Catholic Church and now looked modern and glistening like the Crystal Cathedral in Los Angeles.

This complex dream left me initially confused when I awoke, but the details began to emerge. The people gathering to watch the inauguration were Christians. They were covered in purple blankets representing the scarlet blood of Christ that covers them. The man from New Zealand represented the people who profess to be Christians but do not demonstrate any fruit of the spirit. These pretend to be friendly towards Israel, but without warning will attack them. Often these denominations believe in replacement theology. The group of people dressed like priests were imposters, pretending to be Christian but are not. The rest of the crowd was the American populace, waiting in excitement and anticipation for the arrival of their new king, Donald Trump. But this earthly gathering is a charade, a circus. All have been deceived by the promise of earthly riches. What is seen is not as things are. America has been deceived, and most importantly the church has also been. The church wants a Cirrus, a savior to deliver this nation. But our Lord Yeshua said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” And therefore, neither are we. We are in this world but not off it. And the church needs to regain her spiritual eyes and set her gaze and affection back upon her Lord and Savior.

Seventy gentile nations are aligning this week at the Paris Peace Summit to take a position against the God of Israel conceivably; His land and His people. America is included. This is biblical prophecy unfolding: “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zechariah 12:3). We want to believe that our new president has the strength and authority to dictate righteous policies for our nation, but the sad reality is that much is dictated by other rogue organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). For example, the CFR holds weekly discussions on Capitol Hill with house staff and elected officials on major foreign policy, economic, and national security issues. These same staff formulate opinions and then draft legislation for Congress and the President. When administrations change, the policies continue to advance. Hence, we often see little to no change from one administration to the next.

If America remains in any way tied to the nations’ plans to divide the land of Israel, we will essentially be shaking our fists in His face saying, “we are in charge of our own destiny, and the destiny of Your land and Your people.” It is the rebellion of the nations to resists the sovereignty of the God of Israel to rule over them. This is the time of the Gentiles, for it says, “And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). We may have a short window of grace for which the Lord will test our hearts, and to see the course of our new President. But if this week’s articles regarding Trump’s reversed positions are any indication of what is to come (his promises to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal, and to move the American embassy to Jerusalem), then 2017 may prove to be a very tumultuous time for this nation. Our shaking fists will be turned upon ourselves, and this nation will be shaken to the core, even torn in two.

Therefore, “Tremble, you women [you nations] who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent ones; Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, And gird sackcloth on your waists… Because the palaces will be forsaken, The bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever… Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high…” (Isaiah 32:11-15).

This is a warning to God’s people—His church—and a warning to the nations of the earth, for as the church goes, so go the nations. God is calling His church to a place of repentance for the sins of His people and the sins of the nations, and standing in the gap of intercession. We are to remain in this place until He answers and pours out His spirit upon us from on high. Let us continue to humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, and may these supplications move His heart to show mercy on us and the nations of the earth.