2022 is going to fool a lot of people, the same way that 2020 and 2021 fooled them.
Do not let yourself be one of those who is fooled again. 2022 will be a year of extremes. It will either be your greatest year of opportunity or a massive missed opportunity.
Here are the big questions that confront us in the New Year:
— Who will lead the charge to restore American freedom? Will it be Trump or DeSantis? Our present "leaders" have humiliated us before our enemies, stolen our freedoms and wrecked our economy. It is clear that not only do we need a leader, we need that leader now. We cannot wait for 2024.
— What is the most dangerous distraction that is coming in 2022 for us as believers? It is the vast blanket of deception that evil will drop on us in an attempt to derail our progress and wipe out our gains. Some of that evil will look very Christian, yet it will be anything but Christian.
— How do we avoid being fooled again and chart a course to meaningful victory?
So, we begin. To clear away the cobwebs, we need to go back to December of 2019. Remember when almost every preacher predicted smooth sailing in 2020? They said a great victory lay ahead. We were going to prosper, be blessed and highly favored. But what happened? Within weeks we were locked down and the 'two weeks to flatten the curve' we were promised turned into years that flattened everything but the virus.
How did so many get it so wrong? I remember the firestorm that came against me when I warned everyone that megachurches could suddenly become empty and that Trump needed to act to keep the election from being stolen.
As late as October of 2020, I was issuing these warnings. I was ridiculed and condemned for my statements of see no evil, speak no and hear no evil.
Now I am issuing new warnings about 2022 and I am going against the grain again.
But my goal is not gloom and doom; it is discernment and preparation in order for you to be able to seize 2022 for the glory of God.
The deception that I see hitting American pastors is their yearning for the good old days. What these preachers do not want to face is that there is no going back. Once again, they are dusting off the therapeutic sermons and the smiley face talking points that fooled them at the end of 2019.
Once again prophets of ease are predicting a wonderful, carefree year—the very same things they said in 2019.
You look around and you see all of the same messages, the same conferences, and the same souvenirs from that moment which fooled them before. To understand the danger, we must look at Samson.
"And (Delilah) said, 'The Philistines are upon you, Samson!' So, he awoke from his sleep, and said, 'I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!' But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him" (Judges 16:20, NKJV).
Those who prophesy good times in 2022 are getting it wrong for the same reason that Samson was destroyed. You see, Samson did not lose out with God at that instant. He had lost out even before he met Delilah.
God's approval had lifted off of him, even though power still operated in him. His attitude was, "I will go out as before, at other times." He believed he could just do what he had always done, and that brought destruction on him.
That is no different from preachers who revert to their old ways—ways that failed to discern the calamity that was at the door. If they do the same things again in this New Year, I foresee a complete removal of their ministry.
It is not about politics. It is about evil.
Once again, we are hearing the tired argument that politics should not be in the pulpit. All around us are distractions from the real war which is to unite; to organize; to expose the last election; and to enforce election integrity in the coming elections.
Now let me say this: You do not need predictions as much as you need direction. False prophecies can be titillating, but they are destructive.
If you want to be ready for 2022, then heed my warning. We do not need to sit around and listen to all the soothing words coming from the pulpit describing how good things are going to be. We need to make something happen. God wants us to rise up in faith against evil. The last thing we need to do is to go back to a lukewarm fantasy world.
So, who led the political charge in 2022? My answer must include a mention of Gen. George S. Patton. You must see Victor David Hanson's lecture on Patton. In that lecture, he said this explained why Patton was constantly kept from commanding an army: because his superiors did not understand war.
"There is a pattern here of undeniable experience, preparation, and natural genius, who understands the horrific nature of war, and who bothers the people who command him, and yet, time and time again, when he is not given an appointment or a promotion befitting what he has earned on the battlefield, people die. And yet the way that the...therapeutic system justifies that, is that he slapped a soldier."
The Nazis, who had executed over 25,000 men for cowardice, could not fathom why the Americans would take their most effective general off the frontlines "just for slapping a soldier".
Eisenhower and Bradley felt pressured by the outraged "therapeutic community" at home. Patton was not only a brilliant general who won battles, he was an unequaled tactician who understood how to win wars. Time and again Patton suggested tactics that were rejected, but later were confirmed to be right, and because of those rejections, thousands died for no reason.
So, who do I think should lead us now? The answer is Donald Trump. I wholeheartedly trust in his ability to drain swamps. He is our Patton. Once again, the Christian therapeutic system does not like him. He is not sweet. He has given out mean tweets. But we do not need Mr. Rogers right now. We need a political general who understands the evil and will not quit.
How did Trump come to these skills of exposing corruption and forcing deals in America's favor? He did it in New York City. He faced towering corruption, mind-bending regulations, and criminal enterprises. He built his empire against insane resistance that none of us can understand. That is the skill we need now.
DeSantis is a stunning gift for the future who needs to build his legacy in Florida and win that state for Trump and the Republicans. But that future will not be there, then, unless we have a Patton now, leading the way both in the midterms and in the presidential election.
Our job is clear in 2022. Victor Davis Hanson said it best about the Democrats, "So this is a revolutionary Jacobin movement. I think everybody saw that in 2021 and I think they fear rightly that it's going to continue in 2022—even if it explodes and takes us with it. But they're not going to change on their own."
The revolution the Democrats are trying to bring is not going to stop—even if it explodes and takes us down with it.
Let that settle in your heart—the revolution the Democrats are trying to bring is not going to stop—even if it explodes and takes us down with it. And they are not going to change. We have no choice but to stop this threat.
Our job is clear in 2022. We must not back down from our free speech as Christians. We must brace ourselves for a long battle against further lockdowns and tyranny from all directions.
Do not let anyone shame you for believing in American freedom. Do not let the head-in-the-cloud Christians who are binging on emotional experiences distract you from speaking out. We must pray, evangelize, organize and keep our foot on the gas. Freedom is in sight!
Mario Murillo rose from poverty in the Mission District of San Francisco. After being revolutionized by Christ, he felt a call to the University of California at Berkeley, where he shared his faith and saw healings result from his preaching. His international ministry was launched after a four-day conference in San Jose, California, extended for six months with a total attendance of nearly 250,000 people. Since then, his voice has been heard by millions around the world, bringing a message that zeroes in on the hurts of society. He presents Christ clearly and intelligently, openly declaring the power of Jesus to totally transform a life.
This article originally appeared at mariomurillo.org.
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