By David Schnittger
The Bible presents Yahweh God as both transcendent and immanent. By transcendent, we mean that He stands beyond and is unaffected in His essential being by the circumstances of earth and the universe. By immanent, we mean that He is, at the same time, concerned and intimately involved in the affairs of this universe, and, in particular, with mankind. As such, God has chosen to be responsive to man’s actions, whether judging and punishing sin and unbelief, or granting merciful intervention in response to man’s repentance and faith. It is the latter subject that we will explore in this series of articles. We have already looked at the Exodus intervention under Moses as well as the Babylonian Captivity intervention under King Cyrus. We have also dealt with the Nineveh intervention under the prophet Jonah. In the previous chapters we have looked at the American Revolution intervention under George Washington and the Dunkirk intervention under Winston Churchill.
In this article, we are going to examine the Divine intervention that took place during the 2016 presidential election. At the outset, let me make some disclaimers. First, I am not a Republican partisan. I have voted for Democrats in past election and I have voted for Independents as well. I vote for the person, not the party. Second, I am not a prophet. I do not know the future. I do not know how the Trump presidency will turn out, or whether national judgement is yet impending. I believe each of us as American citizens will have some effect on these question, which is why I am including this chapter in this series.
AN UNLIKELY PERSON
Donald Trump’s decision to run for president in 2016 was a long time coming. This was something he had been considering for at least 30 years. In the 1980’s Trump made a guest appearance on the Phil Donahue show. Following this, he received a letter from former president Richard Nixon, which read: “Dear Donald, I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me that you were great on the Donahue Show. As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner! With warm regards, Sincerely, Richard Nixon”.
In 1987, Donald Trump had the privilege of meeting then President Ronald Reagan. It is said that, after the meeting, Reagan said, “For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president.”
A year later, in 1988, Trump appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. In the interview Trump was asked if he would ever consider running for President. Trump said he “was sick of watching America lose,” and although he had never considered running for high office at the time, he “would never rule it out.” The young Trump said he would and he could help.
THE RESISTANCE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT
It is a miracle of God that Trump was elected President, as he was opposed by every facet of the establishment. The Democrat party opposed him viciously. In fact the DNC and Hillary Clinton spent millions of dollars obtaining a bogus Russian Dossier filled with salacious lies about Donald Trump. He was also opposed by 16 Republican candidates during the primary season. All of the candidates pledged to eventually support the party nominee, but the following have refused to honor it: Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and George Pataki.
The Mainstream Media opposed and continue to oppose Trump. In a May 2, 2017 article entitled, “Anti-Trump media: 91% coverage negative, 96% of donations to Hillary,” which appeared in The Washington Examiner, stated, “With the coverage of President Trump putting media bias on display as never before, an influential House chairman and longtime press critic has opened a campaign to call out the ‘mainstream media’ for what he thinks it is.
“The media and the Democrats are so close in association and so close in their philosophical views that we might as well use one word to describe both, and that’s ‘Mediacrats,’ said Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, founder of the House Media Fairness Caucus.”. . . In an interview, he cited the media’s ills: 91 percent of Trump campaign coverage was negative, 96 percent of media campaign contributions went to Democrat Hillary Clinton.”
Even the Pope weighed in against Trump. A New York Times article of February 18, 2016 stated: “Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump is ‘not Christian’ because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. ‘A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.’” By the way, let me note that Vatican City, the Pope’s residence is surrounded by a 30 foot wall, built about 1,200 years ago to keep Muslims out.
IS GOD’S AGENT TO AFFECT DELIVERANCE
The election of Donald Trump interrupted the globalist’s 16 year plan to destroy America. Barak Obama set that destruction in motion and Hillary Clinton was intended to complete that process. Allan Erickson wrote an op-ed piece entitled, “Obama’s Destructive Legacy” (January 17, 2017 WesternJournalism.com):
“The American people were both generous and patient with all those in the Obama administration for eight long years. Average Americans from all walks of life, even those opposed, tried to cooperate, tried to accommodate, tried to understand and remain supportive.
“However, some were vigorously opposed from the beginning, detecting a devious and destructive spirit. It turns out they were right.
“At every turn President Obama and his minions insulted us. Lied to us, manipulated us and undermined us, working against our best interests.
“They took radical environmentalism to toxic heights, turning loose a punishing bureaucracy, churning out ridiculous regulations lethal to a once great economy.
“They ran up insurmountable debt, purposefully pouring sand in the gas tank. They squandered our resources, gorging themselves, insatiable pursuing their appetites and utopian fantasies, laughing at us as they picked our pockets. . .
”The verdict of history is sometimes slow in coming, but in this case, it has already been written –- Obama and his henchmen are guilty of crimes against the American people and against all humanity, liars and lawbreakers, enemies within.
“Thank God the long winter is over, and spring is coming. Thank God the republic lives, despite Obama and his allies.”
WHEN A NEEDY PEOPLE CRY OUT TO GOD IN DESPERATION
During his presidential campaign Trump actively sought dialogue and support from evangelical leaders. In an article entitled, “Donald Trump Receives Standing Ovation at Evangelical Meeting,” Elizabeth Dias states:
“Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with nearly 1,000 evangelical Christians Tuesday morning in (an) attempt to win over the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc at a pivotal moment in his campaign.
“Taking the stage to a standing ovation, the presumptive Republican nominee participated in a carefully orchestrated question-and-answer session in a hotel ballroom. The event was billed as a conversation where pre-selected conservative Christian leaders would ask Trump questions culled from a survey of all participants, on such topics as religious liberty, the military, abortion and attacks against religious minorities in the Middle East” (June 21, 2016 Time.com).
The prayers of God’s people for the Trump miracle were at no time more evident than on election night, November 8, 2016. An article that captured this well is entitled, “Signs of Divine Intervention in Trump Victory” (Garth Grant, November 9, 2016, WorldNet Daily.com).
“Election eve 2016 began without any real sign of a gathering storm. No hint a popular revolt was brewing. In fact, just the opposite. The networks were reporting the mood in the inner circle of the Republican candidate was subdues, somber, tense, even foreboding – as if fearing the worst.
“In direct contrast, the mood in the camp of the Democratic Party presidential candidate was described as confident, expectant and already almost celebratory.
When the first polls closed on the East Coast and the first results began to come in, those moods seemed to be swiftly confirmed by reality. The pre-election polls were not wrong. Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton immediately took the lead.
“And she was winning in the battleground states.
“She was leading in Florida. She was leading in North Carolina. She was leading in Pennsylvania. She was leading in Ohio. Clinton was threatening to pull away and end the suspense early.
“At 7 p.m., there was no sign of a popular uprising led by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. There was no sign at 8 p.m. There was still no sign as time inexorably marched on.
“Something would have to break.
“And then it did.
“Like a scene out of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” people had begun to pray.
“But not just in one small town. Across America. And around the world.
“Simple acts of faith heralded the first faint wisps of a breeze that would soon become a storm that would shake the world.
“It began in Jerusalem.
“Christian from many nations gathered in the heart of Israel to pray and fast for the fate of the United States. American knelt on stage as the faithful prayed. Organizers instructed them to pray like never before for a just God to deliver this most Christian nation. They called it the Jerusalem Global Gathering.
“Christians also gathered to pray for the nation outside the U.S. Capitol . . . Dan Cummins of the small rural East Texas town of Bullard led prayers for a return to biblical principles.
“And it was in Texas that the prayers for deliverance were sent around the world, using modern technology.
“A large prayer group had gathered in Dallas, hosted by Ken Copeland ministries. It was broadcast by the Daystar channel. Presenters David Barton and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., invited viewers to join in prayer.
“Daystar has a global reach of 400 million potential viewers.
“As they prayed, something began to stir.
“At the precise moment we began broadcasting on Daystar . . . as the polls were still open, and a national audience of believers joined together and prayer in concert, we literally saw the race break in favor of Trump. At the very minute.’
“She presented proof.
“The New York Times documented the shift in voting from that minute . . . The Times put out a timeline tracking the election results as they broke for Trump last night . . . We went wild in the Dallas studio last night when . . . the victory for Trump began exactly at the precise moment believers corporately, over national television, sought the Lord for His favor upon our nation.
“We knew it was at the exact same time that believers joined in corporate prayer on behalf of voting for a godly platform. Believers brought the Lord into this election, and that made all the difference . . . That is the story of last night’s victory. I have no doubt. The strong right arm of a holy God heard the prayers of His people and graciously answered our prayers,” Bachman reflected.
THE PATTERN OF DIVINE INTERVENTION
What factors do we see in the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and does this fit the pattern that we have observed in previous divine interventions? I believe it does:
A needy people cry out to God in desperation. God has respect to their cry and raises up an unlikely person, who, against the resistance of the establishment, is God’s agent to affect deliverance. In the next article, we will see if the pattern holds for the events in the greatest divine intervention that will occur in the future.