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7 Stages of an Empire

​THE CHURCH has allowed itself to be muzzled for seven months!

Influence is one of very few California churches who are decided to open based on the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Senator Daniel Webster stated in 1802 that, “Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened…may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”

If America should lose its sense of God, it can only be explained by the church’s failure to stand in the marketplace with a unified voice. We do not need silence, appeasement, and compromise.

If the pastor does not recognize the need for boldness and courage, the people do! Time and time again, we have heard the phrase, “thank you for your leadership and courage during this season.” This kind of boldness should not be unusual or the exception – it should be the norm for those who are called to follow the radical message of the eternal Son of God.

Sir John Bagot Glubb, British General and historian studied the life cycle of empires

7 Stages of An Empire:

The Age of Pioneers

The Age of Conquests

The Age of Commerce

The Age of Affluence

The Age of Intellect

The Age of Decadence

The Age of Decline & Collapse

THE TIME FOR PREPARATION

Jeremiah 12:5 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the [jungle] of the Jordan?”

    Wearied – exhausted, faint-hearted  
    Contend – to burn, kindled in anger
    Trusted – feel safe, confidence, be careless

Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8  “the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

THE TIME FOR COMMUNITY

Hebrews 10:22-25 “…Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

3 Imperatives

An imperative is a command, not optional

“Let us draw near”

“Let us hold fast”

“Let us consider one another”

THE TIME FOR ACTION

Nehemiah 2:18-20  “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.  But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the AraBiub heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?” So I answered them, and said to them, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”

    We will Build For The future

    We Will Stand

    We Will Preserve Our Heritage

President John Quincy Adams,  “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity… The United States of America were no longer colonies. They were an independent nation of Christians.”

John Jay, delegate to the Continental Congress, co-writer of the Federalist Papers along with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Governor of New York and original Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court: “Providence has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty, as well as privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

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