CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – Flag Day – 6/14/2020
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Dear Citizen Sentinels Network newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project since 2018. Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. At this time in which we celebrate Flag Day, it is appropriate to remember how our nation came to be.
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“Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them. Make sure you are very strong and brave! Carefully obey all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep! Do not swerve from it to the right or to the left, so that you may be successful in all you do. This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful. I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.” Joshua 1:6-9
Today is Flag Day as well as President Donald Trump’s birthday. Many Americans may not know it is also the birthday of the United States Army, and very few would know it is my youngest son’s birthday who is currently serving in the Middle East. It is quite a day to say the least. But, there are truly many moments in history that this single day binds together. Flag Day started before the nation was born. The U.S. Army was born before our nation was born. And I did not realize that my son was born on the same day as Donald Trump until he announced he was going to run for POTUS. Yet, when Trump announced he was running for POTUS, I was already in full swing support to promote Dr. Ben Carson for president.
It is often strange how the twists and turns of history weave together. The Continental Army in 1775 did not imagine that they would become the U.S. Army; in fact, those brave boys and men who took to arms in and around Boston in 1775 may have never conceived that they would be responsible for the creation of a new nation. The flag of the nation was created only after the commander of the Continental Army insisted that the troops had their own flag. General George Washington was that Commander, and few people at the time would have believed that General Washington would become a president of that new nation, conceived in Liberty. In addition it is highly unlikely that many today believed that Donald Trump would have made such an amazing POTUS. Unfortunately, he has become a lightning rod for all the hate in America.
With this Sunday edition, we celebrate Flag Day, the birth of the U.S. Army, and our president’s birthday. Yet, the times we are living in are more indicative of the times in which the nation was first coming to birth itself. There is a great deal of turmoil in this time, which are significantly very similar in a central theme. And, that theme revolves around the fact that the United States of America was conceived in Liberty. Today, revisionist historians and “Progressives” want to cast serious doubt upon this fact – a fact that has always been contestable, but is absolutely correct.
It is the lies of the Left that contest this fact. Sadly, from the very beginning God’s children have fallen for the lie. And, the result is that God’s children abandon their birthright and inheritance.
As we survey the terrain in this nation today, it does not resemble the nation that the Founders had in their more idealistic minds. In fact, there is a serious danger that Americans have allowed themselves to be lulled into thinking that the U.S.A. would last forever. Ben Franklin would not have agreed as he expressed a bit of his own pessimism when he responded to Mrs. Elizabeth Powel, in answering her query about what kind of government the delegates had given to the people. Dr. Franklin answered: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Americans have never been closer to losing it than in this time. Much of “keeping it” has to do with how tightly or furiously American citizens will hold on to the “self-evident truths” proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence.
On Flag Day 2020, “We the People” are under attack and we are again in a position to affirm and proclaim those self-evident truths. The most fundamental truth is that our precious rights come from God — not governments of men. Men can create any government they may incline themselves to, but without God and God’s blessings, the rights governments institute can also be withdrawn. Consider today that governments of men are in the process of withdrawing true protection of the law to enjoy those precious God-given rights. And will the people allow it? Will they hold on to the self-evident truths? Or, are such truths no longer true?
Flag Day is a celebration of the people’s flag – not so much the government’s flag. Today is also the celebration of the birth of the U.S. Army – which was truly only a common people’s army. If that does not sink in, ask yourself for what nation’s army were they fighting? The United States of America was not actually born until 1783! The Declaration was just a declaration of intent to form a country. It took the War for Independence and many brave people’s lives and sacrifice to establish this Land of the Free. Is this generation capable of holding on to our Republic?
Today, Rachel Toland, the founder of Remnant Rising, offers a realization about this time that she received recently in prayer. It is an important realization and it truly gets to Dr. Franklin’s point. In the speech he made to the delegates urging them to accept the new Constitution, on the last day of the Convention, this is what he said:
In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better constitution.
Franklin was prophetic in these words, and it seems we have arrived at the day he considered in his own thought. However, the day he predicted came in the middle of the 1800s. We know it as the American Civil War. The American Dream almost died in that time because of corruption and an outright rejection of America’s founding principles. It is likely that we are on the threshold of another task challenging all true American citizens. In his day, Abraham Lincoln explained the unfinished task that he saw laid before the American people:
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
I offer an article I wrote on this double or triple day of remembrance and it follows Rachel Toland’s article. We are also providing a link to an article we featured in the Citizen Sentinels Network news from Lindsey Jensen. It is a most timely article: https://
These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the “David Project.” Please receive this message as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their hearts. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean to become more serious about what was most important to the son of God that he urged all of those who were his followers to put into practice. May we seek to more furiously hold on to the foundation for His kingdom.
PEACE and WAR”
by Rachel Toland June 9, 2020
On May 20th, the Lord woke me up at three a.m. and had me read Jeremiah 22-24. Upon reading that, the Lord gave me this.
It’s interesting to note that these protests are in the name of “peace” but there is no peace.
The days of Donald Trump are a preview of what it will be like when the Messiah comes. The enemy will rage and writhe but we must prepare our children and future generations for this: To fear not in the face of intense war. One thousand will fall at our right hand and 10,000 at our other, but it does not come near us. It will look very close, but the hedge of protection that I have placed around you is greater than how close the calamity can come. The shepherds are coming that will dispel fear, discouragement in the battle ahead, for fear and discouragement will be the downfall. You will walk through the valley of the shadow of death but you must know and be able to walk without fear and discouragement.
These shepherds will do this.
They will lead, guide and show you the intents and purposes of My heart. The slippery way is greed of gain, self-righteousness, and selfishness—always needing glory. No longer strengthen the hands of the evil one through slander, bitterness and division; through resentment, fear or dismay. There will not be peace but war—but fear not, for I have overcome the world.
He has found corruption in His house: Falsehood, greedy shepherds leading His beloved flock astray. His anger has come to bring a whirlwind. Fear not you who stand in His counsel and obey His words. My Word is a refiner’s fire to purify. Prophets have prophesied and dreamed dreams for greedy gain. “No more,” says the Lord. I am separating the sheep of my pasture from the world. You will know them by their love for one another not their love for gain or glory. My Word, My identity has been stolen from My people. They no longer know who they are or Who they belong to. The love of glory is too dangerous. It separates you from Me. There are good figs who have been sent into exile for their own good and for their cleansing. And My eyes are on them for good. They go through a foreign land for their good. They will have a heart to know Me and will turn to Me with all their heart. But for the spoiled figs—They will endure the same storm, the same hardships. They will become a mockery and a curse. They will be pursued until they are destroyed, until the land is rid of them, for the land groans under them. Jeremiah 22-24
Flag Day and the birth of the Army of Freedom”
by Dennis Jamison June 14, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 14, 2015 — Flag Day in the United States, celebrated on June 14, has undergone some degree of revival in recent years. Still, it is not high on the list of favorite summer holidays like the celebration of Memorial Day or Independence Day. Even worse, many people in the United States are not aware that on the same day of Old Glory’s birthday, there is a celebration of the birthday of the U.S. Army. It is amazing is that these two celebrations occur on the same day; yet, when understood from a deeper historical perspective, they both represent a significant concept often missed in the contemporary American environment.
While the alignment of these two celebrations may go unnoticed by most Americans, the significance of the two days is forever bound to the birth of the United States of America. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the rag-tag band of men and boys who had defended their right to bear arms, powder and ammunition before the troops of King George III. Additionally, on June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes, the official U.S. flag was born. In each case, an official act of the Second Continental Congress established a powerful foundation for the future development of a new nation.
The “army” that the Continental Congress had formally adopted, however, did not resemble a genuine army because they were simply a volunteer force: farm hands and farmers, clerks, merchants and shop-keepers, dockworkers and sailors, doctors and teachers. It was on June 14 that Rep. John Adams rose to address the delegates of the Second Continental Congress and convey the appeal of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress to avoid a disaster should the British troops manage to break out of Boston and “spread desolation as far as they could go.”
Adams’ resolution was for the Congress to take charge of the band of amateur troops and to appoint someone as commanding general to take charge of the troops in the field. Some of what Adams recommended has been recorded regarding who should lead such an “army,” and he proclaimed that he “had but one Gentleman in… Mind for that important command, and that was a Gentleman from Virginia who was among Us… a Gentleman whose Skill and Experience as an Officer, whose independent fortune, great Talents and excellent universal Character, would command the Approbation of all of America, and unite the cordial Exertions of all the Colonies better than any other person in the Union.”
After Adams finished his proposal, George Washington consented to his nomination to “that important command.” Congress subsequently affirmed Adams’ resolutions. Thus, on June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the rag-tag band of men and boys who had stirred up such a great amount of trouble when they started shooting at the real army in North America. The United States Army was born and a commander-in-chief was appointed. Col. Washington willingly accepted command of the newly adopted “Continental Army.”
The “real army” consisted of the most powerful military force on the planet at the time. That British army was essentially the most disciplined, the best equipped and the strongest force of soldiers in the world. Like senselessly stirring up a hornet’s nest, the rag-tag army had dared to shoot at the king’s troops, an act equivalent to shooting at the king himself. The action was an outright act of rebellion. The real army was in the colonies by order of King George III, who was resolved to discipline the rabble-rousers in the colonies and crush the rebellion before it became any more of a problem. The real army did not honestly view the band of Americans as a serious threat to the mighty British military.
While the significance of the birth of the U.S. Army may be lost to most Americans outside of the ranks of the nation’s military, the birthday of Old Glory should be remembered because the birthday of the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1777, is directly linked to them. The American flag is a symbol of the American people more than it is a symbol of the U.S. government. How could that be? The historical record is quite revealing. The birth of the U.S. Army occurred before the birth of the nation and before the establishment of the government of the “United Colonies of North America.” Additionally, the birth of Old Glory occurred before the Articles of Confederation, which were enacted by Nov. 15, 1777.
The Stars and Stripes, the official U.S. flag, was born after Gen. Washington initiated a simple request to have a flag representing the new nation that would not reflect the official flag of Great Britain. The first flag on the U.S. was raised before there actually was a U.S. On Jan. 2, 1776, obviously well before the Declaration of Independence, had been approved by the Continental Congress, Gen. Washington raised the Grand Union flag at Cambridge, Mass. That flag had the Union Jack where the field of stars exists on the flags today. Note that the declaration was not the creation of a new government, but the intent to do so.
Even one year after the Declaration of Independence had formally expressed the conception of a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” as Lincoln expressed it, the new government did not exist and would not for several years more. The Continental Congress could be described as a “provisional government” yet to be determined, an “experiment,” as many of the Founding Fathers viewed it both privately and publicly. The actual first U.S. government was enacted through the passage of the Articles of Confederation, the formal document that gave birth to the newly conceived “United States of America.” However, the articles had been approved by the Continental Congress in 1777, five months after the flag.
Yet in reality, the new government of the United States of America did not come into existence until 1783, six years later. When the Congress approved the Articles, that did not substantially establish the United States. They were not formally ratified by the states until 1781, the year that Washington accepted the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. Even the peace treaty with Great Britain did not officially acknowledge the U.S. It was not until the peace treaty was signed by Great Britain, France and the new United States that the U.S.A. was born. While such chronology may seem inconsequential, it may represent a deeper significance.
h the birth of the U.S. Army and Old Glory preceded the birth of the nation and formal government of the United States of America. Washington’s leadership of the Continental Army can be understood as the formal embodiment of the willingness to offer his life for the sake of his country. What country? It simply did not exist in 1775! His leadership has been the focus of much documentation; yet at the core can be seen his physical embodiment of Patrick Henry’s cry: “Give me Liberty, or give me death!” This was reflected in many of the Founding Fathers who were willing to die for freedom. Washington’s effort to create a new banner of freedom led to the creation of Old Glory, the symbol of freedom to so many over the years.
The significance of these two days is totally bound to the birth of the United States of America, not as a government but as a human effort to fight for freedom at the risk of one’s life. The U.S. Army, and by association, the entire U.S. military, is associated with this willingness to fight for freedom at the risk of one’s life – not just freedom to be enjoyed within the U.S. only, but to be obtained throughout the entire world. If one considers all the armies in history, or all the flags that have flown over those troops in battle, there are very few armies before the creation of the United States of America that could be associated with the concept of liberation and the fight for a foothold of freedom of a people.
May “We the People” again resolve “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”