America! There is Still Hope

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"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?" (Joel 2:15-17)


It was a beautiful Autumn Sunday in Pennsylvania. I sat listening to the Sunday school teacher in the adult Sunday school class as he taught on prayer. It was in that quiet moment that God spoke to me about the need to dedicate myself to calling America back to her God, back to the foundations she left long ago. By December 28, 2010 The Great American Fast website was launched, and now we are preparing for The Great American Fast III.

Each year the first weekend in September is set aside for The Great American Fast. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening and ending at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, folks from all across America and eight foreign countries will join together wherever they are to seek God in a time of prayer and fasting, pleading for His presence once again.

Although individuals will be seeking God in their own way in their own place, the main observance will be held at the Lamar Lighthouse Camp in Lamar, PA. During that 24-hour period we will seek the face of God on our knees, perhaps on our faces, with tears and fasting. It truly will be an American event. Special music will be provided by Dan and Alescha Richmond (Massachusettes). Joe Knouf (Ohio), Dave Iseminger (Michigan), and Rick Vincent (New Jersey) will be the speakers. Much personal and corporate prayer time will be sprinkled throughout the 24-hour period.

Please consider joining us for the weekend if you possibly can. All expenses are paid for by Lifegate Baptist Church. If you can get here, we'll take care of the rest. There are several private rooms and cabins just waiting for you; all free so take me up on it. If you can't make the trip, please sign up to stand with us wherever you are at www.thegreatamericanfast.org.I realize no doubt that it will take more than one day of prayer and fasting to turn our nation around. The website was created to encourage us to be seeking the face of God on a daily basis throughout the year. God is moving so come be a part!

This year has been proclaimed as the Year of the Fast. Our members have entered into a perpetual fast that will culminate with The Great American Fast in September. The members have volunteered to pray and fast on a continuous schedule until we beak fast at 6:00 p.m. September 7. Each shift is 24 hours and as one is breaking fast, another is beginning. We're seeing great results as God is moving.

We're told in Joel 2:15 to "Blow the trumpet . . . sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly." Then we will "Gather the people, sanctify the congregation." There will be time for ". . .the priests, the ministers of the LORD, [to] weep between the porch and the altar . . . and say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?"

In verse 18 and 19, we're told of God's response - " Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen." Then - then the Lord responded. That's the nature of God. May we trust Him for a complete and thorough work in our lives, families, churches, and yes, even our America.

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lambservant 3 years ago

wish I could join you Bill. But you know I am continuing in prayer.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Hmmm, this takes me back to what I use to believe, lol. That rapture and the Jew fleeing happens at the same time. (which is probably mid-tribulation) Another reason for that was that being the time the anti-Christ will be revealed going into the new temple and claiming to be God? But then there is scripture saying more or less anti-Christ would have been revealed if the restrainer was not taken away (Holy Spirit I take it to mean) But then maybe we are rapture just before the anti-Christ does this...could be even minutes I suppose. What are your thoughts on that?


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Wish you could be too Lori, but thank you for holding up the hands of the great state of Washington. My daughter just took a trip through Washington and Oregon. She says it's some of the most beautiful country she's ever seen. She's seen 47 states so that says a lot.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

Thanks for the visit. I admit the rapture question can be tricky, but when it's ll said and done I believe the rapture takes place at the beginning of the Tribulation. There are many passages that would seem to indicate this, but I'd just refer you to a hub I had written a few months ago - Revealing Revelation - Part 5, at http://lifegate.hubpages.com/hub/Revealing-Revelat... I give some thoughts there and if you're looking for some other verses, let me know. I'd be glad to send them along.


tinamarie9884 3 years ago

Hello Lifegate, It has been quite a while. You know coming here to visit I had to stop by and see your work, great hub. I'm going through alot but God is #1 and He has been right here with me every step of the way. You the almighty man glorifying God again your work is great. Glad that I stopped by and took the time to read. May God continue to bless you in every way!!


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Tina,

It's great to hear from you. So glad you were able to check in, and thank you for your comment. Don't be a stranger.


Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago

Thanks, I probably have read it but will go back and I had changed to pre-trib a few years back; just these scriptures seem to be talking about the two events together, but as you say, it can be confusing. Will go read that now, thanks!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

A most worthy venture! Will visit the website. Praying now for God's blessing on this great American Event.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks MsDora,

Hope you are able to sign up. We're represented in 27 US states and nine countries. Would love to have you be a part no matter where you are.


Jackie 3 years ago

The link is not good, may want to check it out. Meant to tell you last week but got busy. Sorry.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Jackie. I just tried it and it seemed to work for me. Not sure what the problem might be.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

It says 410 That page does not exist. I will go through your hubs tomorrow though and see can't I find it. Am beat tonight, spring cleaning and planting.... Look forward to reading it though.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Jackie,

I checked it again, and it seems to be working on my end. You can always go to www.thegreatamericanfast.org. Get some rest! :)


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I appreciate your faith and call. Will be taking my post on the wall today in prayer and fast.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for your faithfulness, Tammy. If it means much to me (and it does), it means so much more to the One we long for. Keep on keeping on.


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

My dear friend, God is using you in a mighty way. You have heeded His call to stand in the gap for America. It is a privilege to join with you. I pray peace, blessings, and safety as you continue to lead the way in seeking revival for America.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi LS,

Thank you for your encouragement. Glad to have you standing with us! Keep at it, Sister.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hello Dear Brother In Christ,

God bless you with this effort. I certainly will be in prayer and pray for a revival for our country; that we seek Him first in all things!!! I will visit the website as well.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Your Sister in Christ,

Faith Reaper


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for stopping by, Faith. America is in a very dire situation, but not beyond the hand of God. I have seen Him working much lately and expect He will continue. Thanks for the vote and the prayer effort. If you get over to the website, I hope you'll sign up and and we'll welcome you as part of the TGAF family.

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