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Esther, a woman of deep faith, courage and patriotism. The Scriptures describe her as a woman raised up as an instrument of God for a great purpose.
I read the following email from my sister and wanted to pass it along to you: the incredible first person account of Mark Arnold from Lebanon, Ohio, and his encounter with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
This past Tuesday, the McCain / Palin Bus came through a little town called, Lebanon , Ohio . The LORD allowed me to go to the Rally giving them a message that He wanted me to personally deliver.
Sunday Night – a burden hit me that would only shake me to my knees – I prayed and wept for our Nation. Never has my heart been so broken before God. I literally interceded for these wonderful people who do not deserve all the hate against them. The GOD-Haters are going to try everything to stop them, but they will not succeed!
God is not pleased with the ‘bashing’ in the News of this ‘Anointed’ person. He has called her for this time! I promised God that I would pray and hold them up in prayer. I would ‘listen’ out and be mindful of where they were. The following day is important in this time-line…because I didn’t even know until God spoke to me…
Monday and into Monday Night – the burden of prayer was so heavy that I was literally shaking and could not stop weeping. I didn’t know that they were coming to Ohio . I prayed and walked and wept and walked. I prayed and prayed and wept and prayed…
Tuesday at 2:00 A.M. – God spoke these words to me – ‘…Go turn the Radio on!’ Immediately the Reporter’s Words were – ‘McCain & Palin Bus to be in Lebanon later this morning for a 10:00 A.M. Rally!’
Immediately on hearing that news, I heard God again….God said, ‘You are to go. You will meet them and give them a message for Me!’
I prayed as an intercessor and went to a place in prayer that I don’t think I’ve ever been…because the LORD had just visited me…and I knew I was on a ‘ Mission .’ I had now been up since Sunday NIght…and now it’s Tuesday and I’ve got to go on the ‘WORD of the LORD.’ He sure became My Strength as this unfolds…
I didn’t stop praying until I drove over to the town and parked the car. The News would later report they were expecting 5,000 people and the actual head-count of those who had been scanned was more than 10,000 people.
I simply obeyed…and God actually told me where to stand, who to talk to…and when to be on the move. I had sure learned on the Mission Field, when God wants to open a door, He will do it at the appropriate time. He always has someone to assist…and even those standing beside you may just be an Angel.
I struck up a conversation with an agent on the ground – he simply said, ‘I can’t allow you to stand here!’ Here is where the bus was going to actually pull up to. They had to make a much larger perimeter so the entire area was now being moved back several blocks. The only other thing he told me to do was to go through the metal detector zone and just watch from the back. So, that’s what I did.
Due to sensitivity of the Internet…I can’t share much of the story as to what happened next but it was a definite GOD THING ALL THE WAY.
Looking over the shoulders and backs and heads of all those people…I knew it would take a miracle for what GOD told me to do.
As I was standing there, two Boy Scouts came running up my back….literally, they almost knocked me to the ground because they were running so fast behind me…up my back and over to the right. These Boy Scouts were about Junior High Age. Their Scout Leader and several others were behind them…but as the two out front were trying to push through the crowd, saying they were late…the smaller scouts were left in their dust. The Scout Leader who was with a McCain Rep from the State grabbed me and told me bring the other Scouts up front as they tried to keep up with the first two that just came through.
I just became the leader of the rest of the Scouts to lead them right up front and center. As the Rep was shouting back at me…to bring the Scouts forward…the people parted just like God parted the Red Sea.
I marched those boys right up front and to the right of the stage as one was looking from the back. When I got there I was fifteen feet from the podium. GOD said, ‘Stand here, and don’t move from this spot.’
Within five minutes…the bus pulled up and around the other side, McCain, Sarah Palin and her husband Todd stepped up and the speeches took off. I was where God placed me…and even Sarah Palin and Todd were standing on my side of the stage. I made eye contact, I gave them thumbs up gestures…and I knew they were just happy to see me standing there. Ha Ha
When they came around the podium and started on the other side, I knew they were coming right toward me, a little lady who stood by me, reached up and told the Rep that they had promised a Picture with her because she was the one who had lost a son in Iraq, recently. The Rep confirmed
she would get a pic with them and they would talk to her. When McCain came to hug her… he immediately shook my hand and following his moment
with her, I shook his hand as he grabbed my hand, now for the second time, and I said, ‘God wants you to know that I’m praying for you, Sir!’ He thanked me and kept smiling. I repeated that phrase to him five times. He grabbed my hands and looked right into my eyes and said, ‘I won’t make it without prayer. Sir, Thank You for praying for me, and don’t let one day go by that you don’t pray for me. I need all the prayers that I can get. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!’
As he moved to my right, Sarah Palin, came over to my left side…standing over the crowd and then looking at the little lady who had lost the son. It took a moment for her to shake some hands and people were pushing in all around. Sarah came and got on her hands and knees on that side of the stage and hugged that little Mom, telling her, ‘…it was not in vain.’ She promised her support.
It was at this moment Sarah Palin, reached out for me to help her up and as I was assisting her to stand I was now face to face with her and GOD said, ‘Open up your Mouth and I will fill it.’
Here is what came out…
‘God wants you to know that you are a present day Esther!’
[She immediately began to cry]!
‘God wants to tell you that you are Chosen for such a time as this!’
‘You are called, and chosen to be a leader.’
‘Don’t lose heart and don’t fear man.’
‘The news and nay-sayers and criticizers are going to be very hateful toward you… and in the days ahead they are going to turn up the heat…but do not fear.’
‘You are a present day Esther.’ You are an Esther. You are an Esther!
‘Keep your eyes on GOD and know that He has chosen you to Reign!’
‘Stay strong…be strong…don’t tire. Don’t be weary in well-doing. Be strong.’
Her husband Todd came over and I told him what I told her. He began to cry. I emphasized the fact that he was to guard her at this time…and know that ‘…she is GOD-CALLED and GOD-ANOINTED.’ ‘…this is a GOD-THING … and your wife is a Present day Esther…she is for God to use at this time…She is an Esther…she is an Esther…she is an Esther.’
‘You will be hated…but stand strong…GOD has called both of you to stand!’
‘We are praying and I am praying for you…!’
At this moment, McCain came right to where I was finishing talking to Todd and I told Mr. McCain exactly what I told to Sarah and Todd Palin.
‘Mr. McCain, ….they are called of God and she is an Esther.’
‘Don’t lose hope and don’t lose heart.’
‘We are praying for all of you!’
He shook my hand and with a deep look of understanding what I had just said, he said, ‘Thank you for your prayers and support…I really do mean that!’
And he turned and shook more hands…and I watched them as they went through the crowd.
When I got to my car I sat there for quite a long time…knowing the GOD of the Universe had just used me to deliver a message confirming to Sarah and Todd to realize they are truly chosen vessels of God.
I wept. I have not stopped praying and crying. My heart is full knowing they had to have all the staging and all the hype and all the crowd…but the GOD of Heaven and Earth…wanted to give them a Divine-God-Appointment!
To God be all the GLORY and HONOR.
If anyone wants to know if I believe God can speak. Yes…Absolutely, is my Answer!
Be praying for me…and let me know what you think about all of this.
Pastor Mark Arnold