As we get together with family and friends this holiday season, it is highly probable that President Trump will come up at the dinner table conversation. President Trump has definitely got a lot of people talking. So I thought I would share with you something God showed me when he became President that has helped me with a greater perspective and peace in this process as he leads this nation.
Many prophetic people in the Body of Christ declared that God showed them that President Trump was going to be like King Cyrus in the Bible, who helped with the process of allowing God’s people who had been in captivity by the Babylonians to go back to Jerusalem and build the temple.
But this was not what God showed me. Instead, I got a picture SAMSON.
In Judges 13-16, we read about the story of Samson. God chose Samson to be a judge and a deliverer for the Israelites before he was even born.
“For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his ahead, for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines” (Judges 13:5).
Oddly enough, the mother of Samson was told not to cut her son’s hair, for it was Samson’s hair that was the secret to his supernatural strength, giving him the ability to fight lions and conquer an army of Philistines. (Isn’t it ironic how Trump’s hair has always somehow been the talk).
As Samson became an adult, he decided he wanted to marry a Philistine; the very people God prophesied he would need to conquer to save his family. This appeared to be a sacrilegious thing to do since the Israelites were only supposed to marry someone “circumcised,” (meaning they had accepted the Abrahamic Covenant and believed in the Lord). Marrying the enemy of the state also appeared treasonous.
Samson’s father and mother tried to persuade him not to do this, BUT GOD was the one who actually directed it.
“But the father and mother did not know that it was the Lord-that He was seeking an occasion to move against the Philistines. For at that time, the Philistines had dominion over Israel” (Judges. 14:4).
In a simliar contrast, Donald Trump grew up with an anointing to “conquer” in the field of Babylon. He became known as the master of the “Art of the Deal.” He conquered the giants in the money/land industry, and his name became famous all over the world. Then GOD decided to choose him to be our next president, even though most Christians had a difficult time voting for him because he did things that seemed “sacrilegious.”
Prior to taking his position as president, Trump had grown in fame and fortune. But he also had a weakness: women.
Samson also had a weakness….women. As you read the story of him and Delilah in Judges 16, it would appear that Samson’s weakness for women got the best of him:
“When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, ‘Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.’ So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand” (Judges 16:18).
Delilah ended up taking a bribe from the Philistine leaders to turn Samson in. Because of her greed, Samson found himself in a position at the mercy of his enemy. His eyes were taken out, his hair was cut, and he was imprisoned to say the least.
“Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison” (Judges 16:21).
Before this moment in biblical history, Samson had a track record of using his strength to take out anything in his way and justifying his ungodly behavior. He killed a lion with his bare hands. He destroyed a whole city of the Philistines for betraying him. He even put the whole tribes of Israel at jeopardy due to his unruly behavior. The Israelites had to corner Samson themselves and request he turn himself in to the Philistines because they were threatening to wipe out the whole nation.
I am not sure if you are tracking with me on the similarities with Samson and Trump, but there are many. But the one that God highlighted to me was Samson’s greatest victory at the end of his life, which is the main reason WHY God showed me Samson when praying about why Donald Trump became our next President.
The Philistines believed they had defeated Samson after Delilah cut his hair and turned him in. But then we read this amazing word that is a word for all of us and this nation…..HOWEVER:
“HOWEVER, the hair on his head began to grown again after it had been shaven” (Judges 16:22).
While “appearing” to be a trophy for the enemy, and an end to Samson’s strength, destiny, and influence, God causes Samson’s hair to grow back in the midst of the worst of circumstances, and while the enemy was celebrating their victory, and humiliating Samson in front of the crowds:
“Our god has delivered into our hands, Samson our enemy!…..So it happened when their hearts were merry, that they said, ‘Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.’ So they called for Samson from prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars” (Judges 16:23-25).
The next scriptures are very revealing. Samson asks a lad to lead him to the pillars that support the temple so he could lean on them. In that moment, Samson was going to use his anointing (strength) and strategy (getting a helping hand without any of the enemies even noticing it was to take them down.)
The destiny scroll on Samson’s life was not going to return void. God’s purpose for Samson was going to prevail OVER the enemy, regardless of Samson’s past shortcomings. The circumstances were NOT going to thwart the plan of God to keep His promise of Covenant to a people who trusted in Him.
After being imprisoned by the Philistines, chained, broken, beaten, and both eyes ripped out of his sockets, Samson FINALLY had a “Damascus” moment to STOP leading with his own strength, his own purpose, and his own goals. He finally invited the Lord into his heart and asked the Lord HIS PURPOSE for giving him all this fame, strength, fortune, and charisma:
“Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, ‘O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!’ (Judges 16:28).
This is really the first time we read the story of Samson that he is seeking God’s help. He was still NOT completely changed in his heart. He still had a personal vendetta in why he agreed to the idea of being a martyr for God. But, God showed Samson (with his spiritual eyes) that he was born to take down the GIANT that opposed His people.
God made Samson to be a wrecking ball to take down the pillars of iniquity that kept his people under oppression. God anointed Samson with His strength for the purpose of saving His people:
“And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!’ And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life” (Judges 16:29,30).
Samson began his “race” running full force into the enemies territory and conquering for self gain and gratification. He learned the enemies tactics and rose above them. He learned the strategies and found a way to beat the system. He even found a way to be self sufficient so that the enemy had no power over his decisions or productivity.
BUT…there came a moment in time (God’s time), when Samson realized he was serving a bigger purpose than building an empire onto himself. Samson realized that God had given him all those qualities and abilities because he was the man for the job to take down the greatest giant that threatened the existence of His people He had made a Covenant with.
In that moment of humility, Samson chose to sacrifice his life for the greater good. He died as a martyr doing it, but in the end, ALL the pillars of government, the leaders, the GIANTS of power came crashing down when he gave all his strength for God’s cause.
So in an effort to pull this parallel together between Trump and Samson, I wanted to share this:
We may not like President Trump’s tactics, his rhetoric, or his method of running this nation. The children of Israel didn’t like Samson’s either. I am sure they scratched their heads many times wondering what the hec God was thinking in putting Samson in charge of them for 20 years. BUT God was working His plan that would eventually annihilate the enemy. And it would take someone like Samson/Trump, a man who had sat in positions of strength similar to the enemy, to crash the Philistine system and oppression.
America’s God given destiny is to be a light to the nations and a place God’s people can freely worship Him. America has been held captive to a shadow government that has worked it’s tentacles into the fabric of her foundation. The strongholds are so gigantic that it will take a wrecking ball of God’s supernatural strength and strategy to deliver her from the hand of the enemy.
GOD’S MERCY AND UNCONDITIONAL COVENANT HE MADE WITH DAVID BACK IN THE OLD TESTAMENT GIVES US THE BLUEPRINT THAT GOD WILL SAVE AMERICA IN THE END. But the “Mystery of Babylon” can only be exposed and torn down by a strategy that defies our own feeble minds, just as it did in Samson’s day.
I encourage all of you to read the story of Samson and see how many similarities there are to him and Donald Trump. You will get a whole different perspective watching all these events unfold in our nation, and your prayers may surprisingly shift with this different perspective.
Even though Samson had some flaws, he ended up in the “Heroes of faith” Hall of Fame mentioned in Hebrews 11 (Heb. 11:32).
“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords form us.’
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision” (Psalm 2:2-4).