It Is Fast Approaching

The TGAF Entrance
The TGAF Entrance

During the first weekend in each September a strange spirit covers the land - strange because it is not the usual spirit of America. People from 28 states and ten foreign nations join together to pray and fast for our falling nation. Prayer is the only thing that will sustain our nation at this point. The government will not, and can not save us. A turn to morality will not, and can not save us. An upswing in the economy will not, and can not turn this country back again. What will save this nation is a return to her roots. That can only be accomplished through deep heartfelt prayer, and anguish.

For those who are watching, for those who are waiting, the spirit of prayer can be sensed across the nation like a cool, refreshing breeze. So, what is going on? - It is almost time for The Great American Fast, and it is quickly approaching.

This year's fast is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 5 and will continue until Saturday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. The individuals and churches that will be participating will meet with their God in whatever manner they see fit. We will seek God's presence at our gatherings and in our homes for a 24 hour period. I pray that even now God will hear.

While folks will be gathering from Hawaii and Alaska to Massachusetts and Florida; from the Pacific Northwest to the plains of Kansas, many will be calling on the name of the Lord seeking His face, and His face alone.

Kishor Senapati with wife Mary
Kishor Senapati with wife Mary

For those who can make the trip, the main TGAF observance is held in Lamar, PA at the Lamar Lighthouse Camp. We will begin Friday night with a time of self reflection,and confession of sin. This will be followed by a much needed message from one of our members from India, Kishor Senapati of Manna Ministries. Kishor is one of more than 300 Indian pastors who will be upholding America in prayer this September. He is a true man of God and we look forward to welcoming him to The Great American Fast IV..

Pastor Kenneth Codner
Pastor Kenneth Codner

Pastor Kenneth Codner of Grace Baptist Church in Spring Mills, PA will speak to us after a time of prayer and intercession for our crippled nation. Make no mistake; our nation is severely crippled. Our only hope is to seek God's face and plead for mercy.

This will be Pastor Codner's third time to preach at The Great American Fast in Lamar, PA. We look forward to hearing what the Lord has to say through this great man of God. He has wonderful insights into the Word and he is a bigger blessing each time he comes.

The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle

The "tabernacle" as they call it, will be open all night for people to come and seek God in prayer as they feel led. One of the most memorable prayer times I have had was at TGAF II where I spent the night in the tabernacle seeking God's presence. He was faithful to deliver. God is so precious during the night watch. It would be wonderful for many to take advantage of this uinque opportunity.

The Dave Iseminger Family
The Dave Iseminger Family

The Saturday sessions will begin Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with another important revival message from Dave Iseminger (MI). Dave's main ministry is that of bolstering up weak churches. He invests his time in strengthening, building, and encouraging churches that are ready to close, giving them a second wind so they can continue building the Kingdom of God.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on revival. Folks of the Fast can ask or send in questions to The Great American Fast website (www.thegreatamericanfast.org) focusing on revival. Several men will be on hand to discuss the topics and answer the questions to the best of their abilities. Prayer times will be sprinkled in between as we join with those from across this great nation in prayer. We will be lifting up each other, our churches, our government leaders, our families - you name it. Still, the main focus will be Jesus Christ as we come to plead with Him on behalf of a rebellious nation gone wild.

Chaplain Rick Vincent with wife Lynn
Chaplain Rick Vincent with wife Lynn

Prison Chaplain Rick Vincent (NJ) will bring the noon message. This is a fast, so we will eat spiritual, living bread from the Word, rather than from the kitchen.

Rick also is no stranger to The Fast. He is the chaplain for Preeminence of Christ Ministries - a one of a kind prison ministry. Chaplain Vincent has developed a Bible study program for the inmates at many US prisons. After going through the Bible study these incarcerated men will be able to start local churches after they are released from prison. God has called, and is using many men from this ministry, and in the process, Magnifies Himself.

Pastor Larry Richmond and wife Evalynn
Pastor Larry Richmond and wife Evalynn

The afternoon will bring more time for prayer, and a much needed message from Pastor Larry Richmond (CT). Pastor Richmond also has spoken at The Great American Fast before. This will be his third year. When you are looking for genuine, you need look no further than the Richmond's. They have a wonderful ministry in Ledyard, Connecticut. It is an honor to have him with us again.

Some more prayer time and a final challenge will bring the weekend to a close. The ladies of Lifegate Baptist Church will provide the break-fast meal at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night.

Repent - or be Judged

Is Revival Really Possible?

I believe there is great misunderstanding about what revival is today. Revival is not some kind of cheap hocus-pocus meeting to feed the emotions. As a matter of fact, revival is not a meeting at all. Vive simply means to have life or to live. Re-vive means to be brought back to life - in this case, spiritual life. For the most part, American Christians are so near death they do not even realize they are dying, or need new life infused into them.

Actually revival can be summed up in one word - repentance. Our nation must repent if we are to last. Once I was talking to a preacher about revival. He said in so many words that we live in the Laodicean Age - that age of lukewarm, fuzzy, feelings. I know the passage he referred to well - " And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. .So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" (Revelation 3:14-17).

I have to admit that passage pretty much sums up 21st century American Christianity, but give me a break. What about the following verses? "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:18-20).

Jesus is waiting at the door waiting - waiting for what? He is waiting for us to repent. he has knocked, and if we open the door He will allow us to buy fine gold, goodly raiment, oh and, eye salve so we will be able to see. it is not over until it is over. And as long as there is God there is hope.

You Are Invited!

If you have not signed up yet, time is running out. I would like to invite you to join us on September 5 and 6 as we approach the gates of Heaven seeking Jesus through prayer. Go to the website listed above and add your name to The Great American Fast as we look for God to do Great things. Prayer really does a make a difference, and we need you to be a part.

Those of you who are already involved, keep the fires burning! We are not home yet.

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lambservant 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

You know Bill, it would be great if you could make a video of the speakers or anything else. I'd love to hear them.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am excited for you all who will be there and can feel the Spirit. I will be with you in spirit too. With all the prophecy coming to pass right now with things I never expected to see I know time is so short and it is a very exciting time of anticipation but very horrifying for those Christians such as the Iraqi ones. God help us not to have to make those decisions but it could very well happen. "Come Lord Jesus!" should be in our every prayer. I believe if we all fell to our knees praying this; He would.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Actually Lori, I have thought about that, but it probably won't happen this year. Someone asked about a stream, or at least Skype, but there's no internet at the camp. I'll have to work on that and see what we can do for next year.

What would be even nicer is if you could be with us here in PA. I know that doesn't work for everyone, but you're not forgotten. There will be a special prayer time for those who can't make it. Feel free to send in any prayer requests you might have, and we'll make sure they're prayed for. Have a great week!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning Jackie,

Glad you'll be with us in spirit. You will be one of many. In actuality probably less than 10% of TGAF will be able to attend the meeting in PA. It's all you from around the nation (and the world) who will be praying in various parts of the nation that bring God's Spirit to America, hopefully for more than two days every September.

I appreciate you so much being a part, and look forward to hearing how God worked throughout this great country. Thanks again!


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Pool Of Thoughts 2 years ago from Southern Ohio

God has already pronounced judgment on this nation and no amount of prayer will "revive" it. However, to assemble and fast and pray to the Lord for lost souls and to bring in as many as possible before the judgment falls, is right. This was the greatest nation on earth at one time but she has sinned away her day of grace like all other nations and she will never repent.

There was a great prophet in this nation for many years saying the same thing you all are saying now but back in the 40's and 50's. Jesus Christ was his point and he was laughed at a ridiculed. People have a different Jesus Christ that they want to worship today, as back then, and they don't care that "their" Jesus Christ is contrary to the Word Itself and the vindicated Message of our day. The hour is truly fast approaching, but it is as the hour when God shut the door to Noah's ark.

God bless

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

This nation needs to do a whole bunch of repentance. Very interesting read my friend.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Pool Of Thoughts ,

I have to admit America is in bad shape. But judgment hasn't fallen yet. If it has, there would be no America. We still exist as a nation by God's grace. Warnings have come, but have not been heeded. That will surely bring judgment. We know from Old Testament passages as well as the New Testament that America will face judgment at some point. Until then our only hope is to seek Christ.

Thanks for your thoughts and input. Just so I can be biblically correct, what verses do you use to back up your statement, "God has already pronounced judgment on this nation and no amount of prayer will "revive" it." Thanks in advance.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You are absolutely right, Bill. And if we don't . . . the worst is yet to come. As always, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to comment! Have a great week, Teacher.


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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Dear Brother Blessings. I so miss hubpages. Many changes in my life. It is all good because our Lord God is so good and amazing. I got sick but I am here to tell you I am healed. Our Lord has so blessed me. He is worthy to be praised. All glory to God. I will be with you in spirit and will pray for the fast. Hope to get to writing soon. Love to you and yours brother. In Christ Jesus, skye


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Pool Of Thoughts 2 years ago from Southern Ohio

Bill,

It would take me a book volume to properly address your question but I will show you a few scriptures that will shed some light on what I said. Please don't take anything I have said as some haughty idea or some condescension from a person delusional with ideas of their own righteousness. My heart is in helping people come to Christ and if that is what your fasting is about I certainly want to be in your amen corner.

However, do not build upon the redemption of America for those you are speaking, but rather the redemption of their own souls.

Here is a brief attempt at helping you to see what has happened. I am not a scholar, nor Bible expositor, but I have an experience with the Lord and have great faith in what He is doing right now:

You give witness that you have found in both the Old and New Testament that America will face judgment. You surely know that God does not send judgment without first warning the people. This is with individuals as well as nations. God sends mercy/warning by a vindicated prophet before he sends His wrath. The Lord promised this in the Bible many places but you may know more popularly the versus in Malachi the fourth chapter:

MALACHI 4:5

» 5 † Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

MALACHI 4:6

» 6 † And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

The spirit of Elijah is used 5 times according to the Bible. Once on Elijah, then Elisha, Then John the Baptist, Once in our day with a final Message to the Gentiles to fully restore and open the Word in our day, and lastly to accompany the spirit of Moses in the last 3.5 years of ministry back to Israel again. Those two prophets will be preaching the same Message that the Gentile prophet does. Acts 2:38 to start with.

God sent the spirit of Elijah in our very own nation to preach to the world and to bring those to repentance who would accept Christ. There has never been such a ministry on earth outside of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, which was working through this man mightily showing great signs and vindication of a Message of Grace and a warning of soon coming judgment. The world calls him a fanatic, but we call him Bro Branham. William Branham was a vindicated prophet of God and this is what he said concerning our nation and whether is will repent or not:

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« 176 † Remember what I said that time about the United States, three or four years ago, five, then run all through the papers? I said, "This year the United States will accept the Gospel or they'll never do it." They've declined since that time. And there will never be a--a big revival in America no more like that. If you believe me to be a prophet, you remember that's the Word of the Lord. Just watch and see if it isn't dying. The churches are dying. They are withering away. And it kills me, inside of me, to know that, men and women that I love better than I love my own life, that I've give my life.

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« 177 † I've come among you as your brother, not your God; your brother, not your enemy; your brother! I've told you the Truth, and God has declared the same. With every word I've preached, He's declared it to be the... exactly the Truth. [Congregation says, "Amen."--Ed.] Then why not accept It, brother, sister? In the love of Jesus Christ, why don't you accept It? If you will just believe that to be the Truth, just accept It to be the Truth, that's all I ask you to do.

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« 61 † And our political world, today, and our religious world, is just exactly like it was in the days of the first coming of the Messiah. It's polluted. The whole system is rotten. Our politics, it could get no worse. And our religion, I don't see how it could get any worse than what it is now. The whole thing is corrupted; our political world, man-made systems, and--and fashions. We just...

62 We want everything just, everything, so we can take it easy, and retire, and take life easy. Life wasn't intended to be easy. Life is a struggle. Anything that's got life is a struggling. Look at the trees, how they struggle. Look at everything that's got life; it's a struggle. And when we try to get some kind of a system that takes it easy, then we're wrong. And we know there's something wrong.

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« 63 † I listened, today, of our--our television and--and programs, and our papers, and all these things that's going on, and everybody is telling a joke. Trying to get... American is built upon a bunch of laughter, some kind of a joke, like Ernie Ford and all those television stars. To make all... And our movies is so corrupt, it's just could not be any more corrupt. That's all.

64 It puts me in the mind of a little boy going through a graveyard, whistling, trying to make hisself think he's not afraid. But that's the reason he's whistling. See? He's afraid. And that's what's the matter. You're trying, the world today, is trying to laugh it off. America is a joke and know that our number is up. She is weighed in the balance and found wanting. If God Almighty doesn't tear this nation to pieces, He'll be--He'll be obligated to Sodom and Gomorrah, to raise her up and apologize for His burning her up. Right. We are doomed. The whole world is doomed. She's falling apart, and there's no way of saving it. She's done sinned away her day of grace.

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« 65 † We talking about revival? We're living on ashes of the revival. It's past, long ago. And yet we're trying to build some system on top of something. Oh, my! It's corrupt. We must again begin to... They, our religious programs, surely becomes a stink in the nostrils of God, as it did in the days of Israel, our Methodist program, our Baptist programs, our Pentecostal programs.

66 Someone said to me, long, not long ago, "You condemned those Pentecostal people so much, why do you stay with them?" I love them. That's the reason. Love is corrective. If it doesn't...


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

I'll be participating from a distance--meeting with you around God's mercy seat. The videos is a welcome idea! Praying now for God to show up and have His way.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Our Lord certainly is worthy to be praised, Sista. It's so nice to see you again, and glad you're healed. Hope that means you'll be around more. Either way, I'm glad you stopped by for this one. Thanks for your support!


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Pool of Thoughts,

Thank you for your thoughts. I certainly don't expect you to write a book, like you said, but i guess what I was looking for was Scripture, rather than Branham's thoughts. The Bible is the only book I hold as absoilute truth and although Branham had some good thoughts, I don't find them to be biblical. Anyway, thanks for the input. I appreciate the time you put into your reply.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MsDora,

I'll be waiting for you around God's mercy seat. Looking forward to it, and thanks for the support.


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Pool Of Thoughts 2 years ago from Southern Ohio

Bill,

Thanks for considering my posts as well. Most would delete them. I believe that the Bible said that God sends a Word of the Lord through the mouth of a vindicated prophet. Amos 3:7 There are still people with the office of a prophet today as part of the fivefold ministry just as there was in the days of St Paul, such as Agabus.

I'm no prophet but if someone told you, for example, "Thus Saith The Lord, 'Do not change the date of your Fast or a storm will flood the area.'" And then suddenly there were those compelling you to move the date up or back and you did so, and you were flooded out. Would that be a good guess or would that be vindication that this person spoke in the name of the LORD? It would be the fulfilling of scripture. Also, Heb 13:8 says that the Lord is still the same and that He doesn't change.

Scripture is everywhere concerning where we are at. You said you even see in the Old Testament where America will be judged. I'm not interested in any man's opinions much, including William Branham's, but I am interested in the Word of the Lord.

God bless you and I'll be praying that you will win souls to Christ in your Fast day.

David


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi David,

Thank you for your thoughtful explanation. Yes, I see God's judgment of this nation all through the Bible. But judgment hasn't fallen yet. There may not be a nationwide revival, but then again, I don't see anything in Scripture that says there can't be before judgment comes.

America has seen several warnings, and we know that judgment follows warnings if they're not heeded. If we (or any other nation) heed the warnings, judgment will be delayed. My prayer is that America will repent and heed the warnings. Only time will tell. Thanks again for your input!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dear Bill,

Wow, time is approaching so fast! I cannot believe it is almost September. I have been away from HP for many months and I am trying to slowly get back into the swing of things here. I am certainly praying and will join in prayer. I know God hears our prayers no doubt. So many are lost.

God bless you.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Yes Faith, it's coming almost too fast. We're busy here in PA getting things ready for the meeting to come. I'm sure God hears our prayers, and will answer. Thanks for standing with us.

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