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November 7, 2012
Four more years ... of exile. But there is hope. My thoughts on where we go from here.... --Steve

From the Desk of:
Steve Elliott

Dear Patriot,

I'm writing to you to explain why, even after a late and discouraging evening that stretched past 1:00 a.m. on the East Coast, I was back at the office before 8:00 a.m. this morning.

And why the sinking feeling I felt last night has already been replaced with a deep determination.

And why I'm going out to buy equipment for our new office this afternoon. 

And why we are going to build, build, build -- despite a stunning and, for me, unexpected defeat.


+ + Let's Be Clear: We Just Got Pummeled

Before I go on, let's be clear: last night was a defeat, and I didn't see it coming. I expected a "Tea Party Wave" -- perhaps a 300+ electoral-vote victory for Romney. All the signs seemed to be there. The 2010 elections, the failed recall of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and even the Chick-fil-A Day pointed to a re-shaped political landscape. The polls and crowds made it clear that there was more enthusiasm with Romney.

But that wave never came. The people did not rise up and reject Obama's statism. Quite the opposite -- 15 million fewer people voted, and Romney earned less votes than John McCain did four years ago.

+ + Far Worse Than 2008

Upon reflection, what happened last night was far worse than what happened in 2008. Our first "dance" with Obama was mostly about smoke and mirrors -- "hope and change" that was never really defined. For many Americans, Obama 2008 was more an idea, an idealized dream and a collective catharsis from our dark past.

But Obama 2012 was something altogether different because now we know the real Barack Obama. We watched him advance the most radical leftist agenda since at least FDR. We saw him rape and pillage the free market and impose a government takeover of industries. We witnessed him go to foreign nations and apologize for America and then leave our people alone to die in Benghazi.


This time we knew Barack Obama. Yet a majority of American voters said, "More!" The opposition to Obama's agenda never really showed up at the polls.

We can try to console ourselves by saying it was a close election ... that the leftist media gave Obama the election ... that we couldn't really expect a Northeastern liberal Republican to be our standard bearer ... that a bizarre hurricane swung the election.

All that may be true.

But it matters little now. And the less time we spend blaming each other or the trickery of the other guys the better.

So here's why I'm more determined ... why I'm building.


+ + A 2,500-Year-Old Letter Written for Today

I want to share with you a letter that, although 2,500 years old, it could have been written this morning. For us. For faithful patriots who feel like they just discovered they will have to live at least the next four years in exile.

This letter was written to Jewish exiles who had been pushed out of Jerusalem and forced to live under a tyrannical ruler named Nebuchadnezzar.

The exiles wanted one thing: they wanted to be re-established back in Israel. They even had a prophet named Hananiah come to them and tell them that their time of exile would only last two years.

You can read about it in Jeremiah 28.

Hananiah was a false prophet. He died.

And so Jeremiah wrote a letter to the exiles. You've probably heard a part of that letter recited many times. It's one of the most commonly quoted passages in the entire Bible. Unfortunately, this passage is mostly taken out of its proper context and delivered as a "feel good" word that everything is going to be O.K.

One of my friends was quoting this verse yesterday morning:

 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Those words sound so good. The future is bright. God has a plan for prosperity, for a real hope and a real future. On the eve of the election, it must have meant a Romney win, the GOP takes the Senate and we start the rollback of the Obama regime, right?

Not exactly.

+ + The Plan Was Exile

Here's the shocking context of Jeremiah 29 (and I offer to you, the context for November 6, 2012): the plan was exile.

That was the "plan" Jeremiah's letter was talking about. I encourage you to go read all of Jeremiah 29. Here is the immediate context:

This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you ..."

The plan was 70 years of exile. Keep that in mind the next time someone quotes Jeremiah 29:11 to encourage you that your time of trouble will soon end. Not only was the exile going to last 70 years, the exile WAS the plan!

If you don't believe me, go back and read the beginning of the letter, from Jeremiah 29:4. Here you'll see the Lord (through Jeremiah) giving the Jewish exiles specific instructions on how to conduct themselves in exile:

--Build houses and settle down.

--Plan gardens and eat what they produce.

--Marry and have sons and daughters.

--Marry off your sons and daughters so they can have children.

--Increase in number; do not decrease
.

Again, remember the context. A false prophet had just come and said the time of exile would only last two years. That prophet died. The truth is, the people will be in exile for 70 years. And the directive is to build families, grow businesses, think trans-generationally and increase.

+ + Seek the Welfare of the Land

It gets better. Because Jeremiah's letter makes it clear that building and marrying is not enough. People in exile must do something else -- they must be a blessing to the land.

"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

So let's review. First, the plan is exile. Second, build. Third, bless. Simple, clear instructions.

But why was this important? Why a "plan" for exile with specific instructions on how to act in exile?

Historians tell us it was during the Babylonian captivity that the Israelites moved from a Temple/Jerusalem focused society to a synagogue and community focused society. Simply put ...

It was the lessons learned during their time in exile which enabled the Jews to survive 2,500 years in exile. But not just survive -- but to thrive and become the most prosperous, most successful and most innovative people group in the history of civilization.

Exile was the plan.

So that's why, today, I'm going to build. And I'm going to plant. I'm going to bless. And I'm going to pray.

For that is the final piece to the puzzle ...

"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

So let's get building. Let's get planting. And let's get praying. And let's bless this land. There are lessons to be learned in exile.

Steve Elliott, Grassfire

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Thank you, Steve. This is just what I needed to read. I have had such a heavy heart all day and then I got your email. My resolve is firm. We must continue to trust in the Lord's plan and pray for guidance and continue to fight for what is right.

I am far to discouraged right now to think ahead.  I don't know how to live in a communist state.  I don't want to know who either.  I don't have any good feelings to share.  I feel dread and depression like I have never felt before.  To think half of this country is ok with communism is not OK with me.  I don't see a way out  Plant a garden  guess what we  are not allowed.  Build a house  not allowed  the entire of Agenda 21 can now be seen with Obama at the head table.  The world order is just a breath away.  Gun rights are all but gone.  Sorry but I don't see anything positive.

I doubt the Israelite's did either for a while... but take time to grieve then lets get to work.

Agreed... It is already time to look ahead and regroup.

The Communist Party is always advancing and has been since on or before 1913. They are relentless in their quest to advance their ideals.

Steve's plan and prayer is dead right. 

Lets get going.

How can you be so naive'!  You actually believe we can be working to get our freedoms back??  All of the Patriot networks will soon be shutdown!!  Do you not understand that we just re-elected the first  DICTATOR of the United States of America???  The man who now finally has unlimited power and WILL eliminate us one by one?  Sorry I can't join in your optimism.  My only hope is in Jesus Christ and his return!

No matter what happens... God expects us to stand and fight for freedom and truth and with the grace of God...I will.

ISRAEL'S RESPONSE

by Aaron Klein

TEL AVIV — The state of Israel will not capitulate before President Obama, whose “naive” leadership has hurt the U.S., stated Danny Danon, deputy speaker of Israel’s Knesset.

Danon, a Knesset member from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, was reacting to the reelection of Obama.

Danon told KleinOnline: “Obama’s victory demonstrates that the state of Israel must take care of its own interests. We cannot rely on anyone but ourselves. Obama has hurt the United States by his naïve leadership in foreign policy, which prefers the Arab world over the Western world, along with Israel. The state of Israel will not capitulate before Obama. ”

The former USA has become the big devil in the west. We asked for it.

Hi Sharon, I wanted to share with you what I went through last night and today.  I cried to the Lord when I went in my room.  I said, to Him, Why Lord? have you abandoned your children.  The Holy Spirit replied to me, you know I have not abandoned my children.  I said, Yes Lord I know that and I am sorry I said that. I am so sad and upset.  He told me this: He is still in control and I am the one who places Presidents and Kings!  This is his plans.  And we are still in the Lord's hands!  We cannot always see why God does the things he does and allows these things to happen but it is his will.  I will no longer ? that.  Today I called a friend from my Church, which was very comforting.  I look to the Lord in all things!  He is my comfort and my redeemer.  No matter what happens I will stand with my God!  I can do all things in Christ which strengthens me  It's not over yet and we win in the end anyway!!!

very well said Teri, i totally agree with you, we need to forge ahead and be as God wants us to be, we do not know his plan, i believe he covers those who stand with him...i read a very interesting book called the Harbingers, food for thought it was, made sense to me, worth a read,  we are allowed to grieve, but still we must be good christians and continue to spread Gods love everywhere we go...

I'm with you Sharon.  Seems these people still don't get it!  We just elected the first DICTATOR  of the U.S. This man? will now finish what he intended all along.  That is bringing this country to it's knees.  And yes your right.  Gun rights are all but gone.  The united nations will see to that.  They already have a regulation in place.  They are just waiting for the word to implement it.  I have been involved for many years in the matter of trying to warn people about the encroaching Marxist movement.  Some listened and joined the ranks of patriots, others just expressed the desire to be left alone stating there was nothing we could do to stop it.  Woe be unto those still with scales over their eyes.  Woe be unto us.  MY only hope is in Jesus Christ and his return.

Blessings to you

obama would love to see you sad !dont let him take your joy we know who we are & what we believe

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