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Watch & Pray

​”Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.” (New York school prayer, 1963)

1959, a few atheists filed a lawsuit to stop New York’s mandatory School Prayer, which took place every morning after the Pledge of Allegiance.
In two landmark decisions – Engel v. Vitale on June 25, 1962, and Abington School District v. Schempp on June 17, 1963 – the Supreme Court declared school-sponsored prayer and Bible readings unconstitutional.

Congressman Albert S. Herlong, Jr., warned of the socialist-communist agenda infiltrating schools.On January 10, 1963, he read into the Congressional Record the list of Communist goals for America (Vol 109, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Appendix, pp. A34-A35), which included:
·      “Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of ‘separation of church and state’
·      Control schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda
·      Soften curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put party line in textbooks … Control student newspapers …”
·      “Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with ‘social’ religion (ie. ‘social justice’)·      Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a ‘religious crutch’ …
·      Discredit American culture
·      Discredit the family as an institution.

America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and Biblically-based culture established by the Founders was given a fatal blow in the 1963 Abington vs. Schempp decision to remove the Bible from public education. The Founders had placed the Bible as the backbone of education. The Warren Court’s decision established secularism as America’s official religion, or as The Wall Street Journal put it, as “the one belief to which the state’s power will extend its protection.”

“A secularized public square policed by government is viewed as providing a neutral, rational, free, and safe domain that keeps the ‘irrational’ forces of religion from creating conflict and darkness. And we are told that real progress requires expanding this domain by pushing religion ever backward into remote corners of society where it has little or no influence.” David Theroux 
“When a nation goes down … one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from.” Carl Sandburg 

THE FOUNDATION IS UNDER ATTACK
Psalm 11:3-5 “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?  The Lord is in His holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.”

“Evil Is Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid.” Ronald Reagan

THE TEST OF LOVE
John 14:15-17 “If you love Me,]keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

THE TEST OF ENDURANCE 
1 John 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us…”
Matthew 24:13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

THE BATTLE IS SPIRITUAL 
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:1-2
·     “The Course of this World”·     “The Prince of the power of the air”·     The spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience” 

“It is impossible for a man chosen of God to be at peace with the children of the devil. A man or woman [or a culture] anointed by the Holy Spirit is immediately the target of Satan – the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman will always be at enmity until Jesus comes.” Alan Redpath

THE TIME IS NOW TO “WATCH and PRAY”  
Signs of the Times 
Iran: UAE-Israel deal a ‘stab  the back’ to Muslims
ALJAZEERA | August 14, 2020 UAE only the third Arab country to strike a peace deal with Israel. The others are Egypt (which signed a deal with Israel in 1979) and Jordan (1994).

The Abraham Accord 

Against
Iran – “Huge Mistake”Turkey – “Hypocritical behavior”
Libya – “Betrayal”
Hamas – “Rejected”
Palestinian Leadership – “rejects and denounces”

For
Germany – “welcomed the historic deal”
Oman – “would help achieve a lasting Middle East peace”
Bahrain – “welcomed the accord”
Egypt – “welcomed the agreement”

The Return of Christ 
Matthew 24:42-44 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore, you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Revelation 16:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame” 

Matthew 25:13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”Mark 13:33 “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”

Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”