A month before the 2016 U.S. election, author and “futurist” Lance Wallnau released a book entitled God’s Chaos Candidate. In this book, Wallnau went against the odds and almost every poll and pundit to correctly predict Donald Trump as the next president.
This was an unusual prediction, given that many other Republican candidates were evangelical Christians, as is Wallnau himself. Indeed, Lance Wallnau was one of only three evangelical leaders to accurately predict Trump’s victory from the moment he began his campaign.
The reason Wallnau wrote his book was because in 2015, he began hearing unusual phrases in his spirit about the upcoming election. He was at first skeptical, holding to the biblical injunction to “test the spirits to see if they are from God”. But the phrases kept coming.
“Donald Trump will be the next president.”
“Donald Trump is a wrecking-ball to the spirit of political correctness.”
“You will see Trump Derangement Syndrome in the media.”
“The next president of the United States will be an Isaiah 45 president.”
This word about Isaiah 45 was especially specific and unusual. Wallnau went to Google to check which number president Obama was: he was the 44th.
Wallnau then opened Isaiah chapter 45, and read about King Cyrus.
1 This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one,
whose right hand He will empower.
Before him, mighty kings will be paralysed with fear.
Their fortress gates will be opened,
never to shut again.
2 This is what the Lord says:
“I will go before you, Cyrus,
and level the mountains.
I will smash down gates of bronze
and cut through bars of iron.
3 And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness —
I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
4 “And why have I called you for this work?
Why did I call you by name when you did not know me?
It is for the sake of Jacob my servant,
Israel my chosen one.
5 I am the Lord;
there is no other God.
I have equipped you for battle,
though you don’t even know me,
6 so all the world from east to west
will know there is no other God.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
7 I create the light and make the darkness.
I send good times and bad times.
I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.
8 “Open up, O heavens,
and pour out your righteousness.
Let the earth open wide
so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together.
I, the Lord, created them…
13 I will raise up Cyrus to fulfil my righteous purpose,
and I will guide his actions.
He will restore my city and free my captive people —
without seeking a reward!
I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
The story of Cyrus is fascinating. 120 years before Cyrus was born — and even before Israel was in Babylonian captivity — God used the prophet Isaiah to call Cyrus by name and give him the task of freeing the Jews from their captivity and sending them back to their land to rebuild the temple.
Unknown to him, in fulfilment of other prophecies, Cyrus dried up the Euphrates River in order to march into Babylon on dry ground and capture the city. The prophet Daniel, now well on in age, was there in Babylon, waiting with the scroll of Isaiah to show Cyrus how he had carried out the will of a God he’d never met.
Cyrus then understood that it was his calling to stand up for the people of God and allow them to retake their land and fulfil their destiny. Cyrus made one request of God’s people: “pray for me”. The rest, as they say, is history.
For theological reasons, some Christians can be nervous about applying prophecies from ancient times to modern situations. More than this, because of Donald Trump’s belligerent personality and prior lifestyle, there are Christians who are very reluctant to acknowledge God might possibly have had a hand in Trump’s 2016 election victory.
But the Isaiah parallels are striking. Like Cyrus, Trump was an outsider and an unbeliever. Despite this, he has seen impressive foreign policy achievements with the “kings” of other nations, having recently brokered two historic peace deals in the Middle East after a quarter century of stalemate. He made surprising progress with North Korea, and has stood up to a menacing and tyrannical China. Trump is also the first U.S. president in 40 years to start no new wars.
In the face of an illogically hostile media, a powerful globalist elite in Washington and Hollywood, and a cultural fortress of identity politics enveloping the West, Trump has taken an unpopular but intrepid stand for Western, American and indeed Christian values.
He moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which many past presidents promised but ultimately failed to achieve. Trump barred federal agencies from teaching Critical Race Theory — the divisive Marxist doctrine animating much of the violence in American cities. And for his bold policy agendas and judicial appointments, Trump has been widely hailed by evangelicals as the most pro-life president in America’s history.
Trump is now winning much more favour with African Americans and Hispanics than any recent Republican president — a trend that may put him on the path to reelection.
Moreover, Trump has done all this “without seeking a reward”. He has lost $1 billion in personal wealth during his first term, and has donated his quarterly $100,000 salary to charities helping the sick, veterans, farmers and children.
So what has Lance Wallnau said about the upcoming 2020 election?
Wallnau is soon to release another book, God’s Chaos Code. Earlier this month, he was interviewed by radio host Eric Metaxas about his new book and the election. It’s a must-watch video, and can be viewed here.
Wallnau is more guarded in his predictions about Trump this year.
Surprisingly, he did foresee the rise of Kamala Harris. Originally assuming she would win the primaries, Wallnau’s staff made him wear it when she bowed out of the race. But with Joe Biden and his team selecting Harris as the party’s running mate, given Biden’s age and rumoured health concerns, it indeed seems likely that if the Democrat ticket wins, Harris will become president.
Wallnau is deeply concerned about the prospects of this, given Harris’s expressed radical viewpoints, which she either promotes or walks back with a charming smile, depending on who is in her audience.
In the above interview, Wallnau and Metaxas discuss how Kamala Harris went after an investigative journalist who video taped Planned Parenthood employees discussing the harvesting and sale of unborn baby body parts. Instead of prosecuting Planned Parenthood, Harris made sure that the journalist was heavily punished and made an example of to prevent others doing the same.
Wallnau warns that Harris will be a “Hillary Clinton 2.0”, making up for lost time and enacting retribution against Christians for the ground that the Obama administration and its supporters have lost on social issues since 2016.
So what can we expect in November?
Wallnau says that it’s not enough for Christians to sit on the sidelines: they need to pray, and they need to repent. He is quite specific about this repentance. Wallnau believes that America’s Christians need to repent, not just on behalf of the nation, but themselves. There are enough Christians in America to change the country, he says, but they have failed to use their God-given influence for good.
He speaks of the church’s failure to confront “the spirit that deconstructs the boundaries and the borders that God put around marriage, sexuality, gender, identity, family”. Wallnau warns that “if we do not actually become a firewall now then we have allowed boxcutters to storm the cabin of the plane while we sat in the aisles listening to Hillsong music.”
Wallnau sees this election as the tipping point. He describes a healthy anxiety creeping up over the awakened part of the body of Christ, who sense that we are standing at the precipice of the collapse of Western civilisation.
He has called on the 30 million American evangelicals who have opinions about everything that’s wrong with America, but who are not registered to vote to make their vote count in 2020.
More than this, he longs to see America experience a bona fide revival — not just politically, but spiritually. Like many other Christian leaders, Wallnau is calling on the church to properly discern the times; find consensus on the social issues of the day and give a clear trumpet sound; and “occupy the gates of influence” once again in media, entertainment, politics, business and academia.
To Christians who object to political involvement, or who have resigned themselves to coming persecution or the return of Jesus, Wallnau pushes back. This is not just about Christians: there are young people whose lives will be destroyed if America continues in its current direction. “Vote for them,” Wallnau says. “Fight for other people, don’t fight for yourself.”
What do you think? Is Wallnau correct?
And how do these issues speak to the church in Australia?
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