My God, My Country, My Ancestors and Me
Posted August 26, 2011
I love my country. God took his Kingdom from Israel and brought it to America in the 1600s through my ancestors and it is His love that's in my heart for America.
My life changed in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. I was 31, a veterinarian and x-raying a horse on the Texas State Fairgrounds in Dallas when a man came up and told my client and me that Kennedy had been shot. Right after we heard, and once we were alone, my client, a wealthy oilman and the owner of the horse, made a comment that startled me. That impacted my life like no other moment, to think that my president could be assassinated. I could not understand how something like this could take place in the United States of America. I closely followed the events associated with his death and read everything I could get my hands on. Ultimately that event made it easier to sell my veterinary hospital and practice when God directed me to in the summer of 1969.
I finalized the sale of my veterinary practice and hospital in January 1970 and in June God led me to begin praying for my country according to 1 Timothy 2 and I have been doing so ever since.
1) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2) For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4) Who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth .
I had never given much consideration to my heritage. I knew I had Scot, German, English and Irish lineage in my background and I knew my maternal great-grandfather had fought in the Civil War for the Union. However in June 2008, I was ministering Sunday morning and I said, "My ancestors came here so I could preach the gospel." God was speaking to me; I had never said or thought anything like that before. At that time I had my staff begin researching the founding of America, and also my ancestors. They also began looking into their own heritage. We have found that God has set a number of people with me whose ancestors arrived in America on the Mayflower.
The Davidsons are of Scottish heritage and came to America in the late 1600s to early 1700s and settled in Virginia. My great-great grandfather Joshua Davidson and his father, born in Virginia, also lived in Tennessee and Alabama before migrating to Illinois where they are both buried. A number of them fought for this country, Joshua served during the War of 1812 as a Sergeant in Tennessee. Three of his sons served during the Civil War. The Davidsons were land owners-farmers. My great-grandfather came to Missouri in the late 1800s and I was told by an uncle that he farmed 100 acres of strawberries in Jasper County. My grandfather and my dad were men of faith and they ministered that faith to me throughout my life.
God has revealed that my maternal heritage is traced back to a group in Rhode Island who arrived in America in the early 1600s almost ten years after the Mayflower and they were seeking freedom to worship God as they understood the scriptures just as the Mayflower Pilgrims were. As they arrived in New England and began to settle in the Massachusetts area, they found the same persecution and oppression they had sought to get away from in England. The ruling elders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and adjoining colonies, were of strict Puritan beliefs, who governed according to their beliefs. Those who disagreed were, fined, jailed, beaten and even killed. Many who would not submit to the doctrine of the Massachusetts colonies were exiled, some left of their own accord, and they ended up in Rhode Island, where Roger Williams had settled a few years earlier. They were labeled as heretics, because they endeavored to obey the scriptures as they understood them and did not believe that government could dictate man's conscience.
There has been little written in history books of the United States about this group of people and God has revealed to us in our research: but for the tenacity and perseverance of this group of men, in the face of tremendous persecution, our government might look very different. It is evident God caused them to stand when it appeared hopeless. One early historian wrote:
"As we examine the progress of this deeply laid scheme and observe the steadiness with which it was pressed through a long series of years, we cannot but admire the firmness of our ancestors toiling at every turn, nor can we fail to recognize the hand of a Supreme power in preserving a colony of whose peculiar principles at first made it an object of aversion, and finally were adopted as the cardinal doctrine of a whole nation."
Samuel Gorton, who was my ninth great-grandfather, was one of those who was exiled from Massachusetts and moved to Rhode Island. He came to America with his family in 1636 and wrote: "I left my native country to enjoy the liberty of conscience in respect to faith towards God, and no other end." In researching original records, Samuel Gorton was elected to office for many years and highly respected by his friends and colleagues. His knowledge of English law and government was very beneficial for the early Rhode Island colonies as they fought to maintain their independence from the larger Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a friend to the Indians and believed in purchasing land from them rather than taking it by force. He and his friends were advocates of religious freedom and the separation of church and state, believing that government did not have the right or authority to dictate what men believed. One historian is quoted as saying that the government that had originally been formed on Aquidneck Island by Gorton and associates at Portsmouth, "operated like leaven in diffusing itself through the minds of the masses and formed the nucleus out of which sprang the Declaration of Independence."
Gorton's writings reveal that he believed men are ordained by God to minister the gospel, not by men. He was not only a leader in civil affairs, but was also a minister and teacher of the bible. Historians have labeled the believers in Rhode Island as Baptists, but our research has not produced writings documenting that they called themselves Baptists. There was much dissension in Massachusetts over infant baptism and sprinkling versus immersion and many were exiled because they said infant baptism wasn't scriptural, nor was sprinkling. History has described them as practicing the first principles of the oracles of God found in Hebrews 6. A recorded deed in 1711 listed the church at Providence as a Six Principles Church. I have taught these verses in Hebrews 6 since my ministry began.
1) Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2) Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3) And this will we do if God permit.
Jesus promised us there would be persecution; He said we would receive one hundred-fold what we forsook, with persecution and I have found that to be true. For almost 41 years, I have obeyed God and not men and for that I have experienced much persecution. In December 2003 God ministered out of my mouth that the power of darkness would hit my ministry. That year God had sent me to pray in every state on the mainland. I took six others with me and we flew charter and prayed in all 48 states of this country, completing the trips by the end of June 2004. Out of those six people who traveled with me, Kathy Mai, my daughter is the only one still with me.
During that time, the powers of darkness increased and there came greater persecution. A woman who attended Water of Life on occasion, killed her infant daughter by severing both her arms with a butcher knife. The news media descended on my ministry and a Google-search revealed I was mentioned in 285 news outlets in one day. I was labeled as demented, a lunatic, a baby-killer, and many were convinced I was at least partially responsible for the Schlosser woman's actions. I was subpoenaed to testify at the Schlosser trial and there the prosecutors did all they could to provoke me to lose my composure, but God upheld me, and Jesus Christ ruled and reigned in that courtroom that day. Amy Morenz, staff writer of the Plano Courier wrote in the February 16, 2006 edition: "Davidson, 73, was a dominating presence in the courtroom, with his gravelly voice and scriptural references." Since then though, the persecution and affliction has only increased.
November 2, 2008, God woke me in the early hours of the morning and spoke to me about then Senator Obama: "Because he has lied to God's people and made them promises he cannot keep my hand is against him." As I have stood against the principalities and powers that would destroy this country through the current administration, I have endured physical affliction on my body like never before and there has been such pressure on my soul that it has affected my eyesight. I have experienced the words of Paul as he talked about his own eye sight in Galatians 4:
13) Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
14) And my temptation which was in my flesh ye depised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
15) Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
My eyesight is improving daily as I continue to overcome and Paul's words in chapter 6 have encouraged me for it is obvious his eyesight was restored to write a letter to the Galatians:
9) "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
11) Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand."
The Lord Jesus most certainly prophesied in Mathew 21:
43) Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth fruits thereof.
God took the kingdom of God from Israel and gave it to the body of Christ in America and His purpose for this nation is to minister the gospel to the world according to Mathew 24:
14) "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
I have been preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Spirit, publicly since 1980. I have been on many venues: radio, short-wave radio, satellite, television and in January 2007 God led me to begin ministering seven days per week Live Stream on the internet.
It was established by the United States Supreme Court in the unanimous opinion of the Court in Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States (143 U.S. 457, 36 L. Ed. 226, 12 S. Ct. 511 February 29, 1892), that the United States is a Christian nation. That unanimous opinion has remained today, however we have a President who said in a press conference in Turkey in 2009, "that we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation." I know my fight is not with people, it is with spirits: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" and those spirits operating in the White House and the current administration seek to destroy this country in order to stop the purposes of God, to stop the gospel being preached by the Spirit to the world, but they will not prevail.
I and all those God has joined with me, meet daily in the sanctuary and wherever they are throughout the world on Live Stream, to worship according to Psalm 149:
1) Praise ye the Lord, Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2) Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.
3) Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4) For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5) Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6) Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7) To execute vnegeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8) To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9) To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Prior to the beginning of the Gulf War, I taught for 10 weeks out of Jeremiah 51 and 52. Jeremiah prophesied about the war:
19) The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance; the Lord of hosts is his name.
20) Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war; for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
21) And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
When Operation Desert Shield began in the Persian Gulf in January 1991, I spoke publicly that the Iraqis would not fight. God had shown me that as I read Jeremiah's words. The Iraqis did not fight. Time after time, the Iraqis soldiers would hold up a flag of surrender, lay down their weapons and surrender to our troops, or they would turn and run.
30) "The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their hold; their might hath failed; they became as women; they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken.
31) One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
32) And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
33) For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her; yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come."
God had instructed me when the war began to meet every night for worship during the duration of the war. We met every night for four nights and not one of our planes was lost. I stopped worship for three nights and several planes were shot down. God spoke to me and said, "Now get back to worshipping me and you will rule in the midst of this war." It was incredible to watch the words of Jeremiah being performed in the news headlines.
God has shown me and proven to me, that through our praise and worship, Jesus Christ in us rules to fulfill the purposes of God in the earth; through our praise and worship Jesus Christ in us, accomplishes the words of Psalm 149.
Psalm 102 tells us:
"16) When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
17) He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18) This shall be written for the generation to come: the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord."
I am convinced by the Spirit of God, by both word and deed, that we are the generation created to praise the Lord.