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He Shall Prolong His Days


BY HENRY M. MORRIS, PH.D.   | 

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024


“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10)

In this one verse, found in the wonderful 53rd chapter of Isaiah, there is an amazing prophecy of the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins, His resurrection from the dead, and the resulting salvation of many lost sinners.

This Old Testament chapter, written 600 years before Christ, contains probably the most complete and cogent exposition of the saving work of Christ on the cross to be found in the entire Bible.

How could it “please” the Lord to bruise His only begotten Son? It could only be because of the great work this would accomplish.

Then, indeed, “the pleasure of the LORD” would be realized. As to the Son, “he shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11).

After the Father has allowed the enemies of His Son to “bruise him” to death, it would be soon known that this was actually “an offering for sin” and that, having satisfied the requirements of God’s holiness, the Son “shall prolong his days.” Though He died and actually “made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death” (v. 9), death could not hold Him and “he shall prolong his days.” As He would later proclaim: “I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18).

And because He has done this, He “shall see his seed.” “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10). What a wonderful Savior! HMM

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  • persecution watch

    Christian Persecution in Nigeria Intensifies as Colleges Reportedly Ban Christian Worship

    With persecution intensifying in Nigeria, many Christians face amplified social pressures.

    The latest example centers on two government colleges. Sean Nelson, legal counsel for ADF International, warns of dangerous, anti-Christian bias on these campuses.

    Listen to them on the latest episode of “Quick Start”:

    “The situation in Nigeria, just generally, is a very, very difficult situation for Christians, in particular, especially in the northern part of the country,” Nelson said. “Nigeria [is] the largest democracy in Africa. … It’s roughly equally divided between Christians and Muslims, with the northern portion of the country being predominantly Muslim.”

    It’s in that region where many Christians become “marginalized” and face discrimination.

    Nelson and ADF International are now sounding the alarm over two universities — one federal and one state — that have reportedly barred Christian students from “being able to use any facilities for worship [or] fellowship.”


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    “The reason you know it’s discrimination is that … the Muslim students are completely allowed to use all of these facilities,” he said. “They’re preventing Christians from using those spaces, from worshipping on campus, having fellowship; they have to go off campus to do that. It’s just plain discrimination.”

    Nelson said such restrictions are a total violation of Nigeria’s constitution, which protects freedom of religion and belief. But, as CBN News has extensively reported, Christians aren’t only facing social pressure; some are facing violence and death, with officials failing to uphold protections.

    “When you combine [the college issue] with some of the targeted killings that Christians are facing all across the north — there’s been hundreds of kidnappings recently just the last couple weeks,” Nelson said. “It’s a really horrible situation for them.”

    Nelson said the government in Nigeria isn’t prosecuting people who commit such horrific crimes, citing the case of Deborah Emmanuel Yakubu, a Christian and a Shehu Shagari College of Education student in Sokoto, Nigeria, who was brutally murdered May 12, 2022.

    The violent attack was purportedly filmed and shared on social media, but Nelson said no one was held accountable.

    “Nobody is ever punished,” Nelson said. “In Deborah’s case, they arrested two attackers … and they release them a year later for failure to prosecute, and so they are free. No one has been held accountable for that. No one is ever held accountable for any of these kinds of attacks.

    As CBN News recently reported, Open Doors’ World Watch List 2024 placed Nigeria in the sixth spot in its rankings of nations where anti-Christian persecution and discrimination are the worst. A line from a press release announcing the results read, “More than 82% of Christians killed across the globe for faith reasons were in Nigeria.”

    “Faith-related killings in sub-Saharan Africa far outstripped those of any other region on the annual
    list,” the release continued. “This has been a trend for several years.”

    Other persecution watchdogs have come to similar conclusions. Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern (ICC) and one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on religious freedom and persecution, told CBN News last year that his organization’s “2023 Persecutors of the Year” report also reveals the full scope of the problem.

    “Most Americans have no idea what’s going on in Nigeria, but imagine this: for the last 20 years, probably up to about 100,000 Christians have been murdered,” King said. “Three-and-a-half million Christians, their lands have been taken from them, and the government’s pretty much done nothing.”  MORE


    Read more about the dire situation in Nigeria here.


  • culture watch

    The New Evangelical Voter: Populist and Skeptical

    Defining the evangelical voter has always been a challenge. And nowadays, it's become even more complicated. Former GOP nominee for president Mike Huckabee says evangelicals don't just fit into one box anymore. 

    "I get so tired of hearing, particularly this line, 'Well, evangelicals are all...' and then fill in the blank," Huckabee tells CBN News. "Evangelicals are not all anything. Evangelicals are people with a lot of different views." 

    Huckabee knows the playing field because when he first ran for president in 2008, his more populist tone resonated with evangelicals long before Donald Trump came along. "I was talking about working-class issues," Huckabee says. "At that time, it was a little bit too soon for the Republican Party to hear it." 

    Fast-forward to 2024 when headlines began declaring ''Trump has Transformed Evangelicals" and Trump is "Connecting with a Different Type of Voter." It highlights the change. They result from the former president's appeal to those who might not attend church regularly and are seen as anti-establishment and anti-elitist. 

    "I think it's fair that he's brought out a whole different segment of voters that have been really missing," says Chad Connelly, founder of Faith Wins. Asked whether evangelicals are part of that movement, he tells CBN News emphatically, "Absolutely it includes evangelicals."

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    Big Political Shifts for Evangelicals

    A growing distrust of the federal government has helped drive this change. In 2017, 31 percent of white evangelical Protestants expressed trust in the government. Today, the number has dropped more than half to 15 percent. 

    Perhaps a more telling shift is the standard on the personal morality of a candidate. More than a decade ago, 30 percent of white evangelicals believed an elected official could commit personal immoral acts and still be ethical in their public life. That number has now skyrocketed to 72 percent. 

    Then there's the contrast in education. Exit polls in this year's GOP primaries show that while Trump splits the college-educated evangelical vote, he wins more than two-thirds of those who didn't go to college. 

    Populism and Politics in the Church

    "We heard during the Obama years that the left wouldn't go visit in the areas in Pennsylvania that were coal mining areas, that were just blue collar, go-to-work, flag-waving, God-fearing but might have a beer on Friday afternoon kind of thing and go to church once a month," Connelly says. "I do think that Trump has brought those people out."

    Many of those types of voters are likely former Democrats or independents who have added a new layer to the evangelical column. They're also seen as leaning toward Trump on issues like illegal immigration, economic uncertainty, and that lack of trust in the federal government. "What he says makes sense," Huckabee tells CBN News. "And it makes sense to the hard-working people of America."

    Connelly's group, Faith Wins, is planning a "Common Sense America Tour' with stops at churches nationwide. Instead of the usual church conference focusing on areas such as life and marriage, this tour will be broader, touching on issues deeply affecting the body of Christ. 

    "I have been in 11 states this year and not a single one hasn't been affected by the drug trafficking, the fentanyl," Connelly tells CBN News. "I've had churches who had deacons or members or tithers or people who are really involved in their church; Sunday School teachers who've lost kids to this thing, all poisoning stuff, or even people in their family and community and the churches are the backstop. So I just think this populist movement is because people are fed up with what's going on. And you don't have to be a Christian to see it." MORE


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    'Waves of Glory': Former Witch Baptizes 200 People at Easter Sunday Service on Clearwater Beach


    Praise and worship music could be heard for miles on a beach in Clearwater, Florida on Easter Sunday as more than 400 believers celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Hundreds of people joined "Resurrection Sunday Held on the Beach," hosted by Revivalist & Senior Leader of the Core Group, Jenny Weaver. 

    "I believe we will see massive WAVES of Glory today on the beach," she wrote Sunday morning. 

    As CBN News has reported, Weaver, a former addict and witch, began the Core Group in 2022 to mentor women.

    "People are so used to going to church, hearing a sermon, high-fiving their neighbor, walking out, but sometimes there is no real transformation and actual change," Weaver said at the time. "In these groups, the women come in and they expect to meet with God."

    But it has quickly grown to a group of thousands of men, women, and children in the U.S., Australia, South Africa, and the U.K. as many are having their lives transformed. 

    "When they come in, there is deliverance that is happening," Weaver shared. "There's restoration that is happening. Women are crying and holding each other. They're forming life-long kingdom relationships and then they are going out on Saturdays, with this same group, and they are ministering to the community."

    Weaver gave her life to Jesus after growing up in a dysfunctional home, battling depression and feelings of loneliness. 

    At 17 years old, she was living on the streets and addicted to drugs.

    Weaver was also very involved with the occult and experienced many supernatural encounters with the spirit realm. 

    "You would feel demon spirits literally walking by you like a human being was walking by you," she said. "Touching you. Scraping the wall. It went from, 'Oh, this is gonna be really fun,' into, 'I'm gonna choke you out until you die. I'm gonna take your life.' All the time. Constantly tormented."

    One night while in jail, Jenny whispered a prayer and surrendered her life to Jesus Christ.

    Today, she is at the forefront of a budding movement that is seeing deliverance, miracles, and healing all taking place not in a church, but in people's living rooms. 

    "We probably have thousands of testimonies at this point," Weaver said previously. "Women giving up pill addiction, putting down weed. We have testimonies of women's legs growing out while in prayer with us. After years and years of being wobbly and having pain in their body... being completely healed."

    "My heart is to see people set free, whole, and walking in their true identity," reads her Facebook page.

    This past Easter Sunday, Weaver and her core group members celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Clearwater Beach and more than 200 people were baptized. 

    "This was absolutely EPIC!!! We took communion with hundreds of people then baptized people into newness of life in Christ!!!! The core group is a movement and it's BEGUN," Weaver wrote on Instagram.

    "Everywhere, all around us people are making choices. They are either choosing Christ or hell and destruction. There is no in-between. It is our job as ambassadors of Christ to lead them toward the answer," Weaver recently told Charisma News.  MORE


    About The Author

    Talia

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    Talia Wise has served as a multi-media producer for CBNNews.com, CBN Newswatch, The Prayer Link, and CBN News social media outlets. Prior to joining CBN News she worked for Fox Sports Florida producing and reporting. Talia earned a master’s degree in journalism from Regent University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.


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