Up until now, I have refrained from issuing any prophetic words about the outcome of the election. Here are two reasons why:
- Too many people throw their brains on the table and stop thinking when they hear a prophetic word, or they become complacent, thinking the outcome is a done deal. In a democracy like ours, God doesn’t decree outcomes. That would be to control people. In this crisis our nation faces, He waits upon the prayers of His people.
This is not unlike that moment when God was so fed up with Israel’s unfaithfulness that He threatened to consume them and start again by making Moses the father of a nation in place of the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Although I don’t believe God ever would have followed through on the threat, he chose to engage and respond to Moses as Moses interceded for the people to preserve them. Something like that is true today. The wrath of God, destruction to come, can be averted if the saints will intercede with God and pray.
- I have held back until now because I am very careful what I speak prophetically in times such as these. We have seen too many prophetic words on important issues fall to the ground over the years. I want to avoid becoming part of any ongoing discrediting of prophetic ministry at a time when we need it most.
That brings me to the point at which I’m finally willing to speak prophetically. If I turn out to be wrong, I will openly say so and ask forgiveness of the body of Christ.
Here’s where it begins. In a prayer meeting with our church on Oct. 12, I saw in a vision Joe Biden melting away, like a digital image disintegrating as the pixels fell apart. I saw him fading into obscurity. The Lord followed with a passage of Scripture, Psalm 47:1-4: “Clap your hands, all you people! Shout to God with a joyful voice. For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom He loved.”
I found myself crying for justice for those attacked by Antifa and other violent groups and for those who are suffering losses of life and property because of the deliberately set fires across the West where there have been none, or very few, arrests. These are man-caused fires set by those who hate. We have had massive fires burning in my own state of Colorado where we have seen no lighting storms or any other natural causes. The same has been true in the coastal states of the West.
I cried out for justice for the 20 or so Trump supporters who were attacked by a mob of hundreds of Antifa. One man of that group of supporters suffered teeth knocked out in the attack. What a travesty that there were no arrests. I prayed for justice for businesses burned by rioters on the left and how few arrests have been made. Even when arrested, so many have simply been released. The people doing these things are the Nazi brown-shirts of our day who won’t tolerate anyone who doesn’t agree with the party line.
“In the Lord, I seek refuge; how do you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain, for the wicked bend their bow; they make ready their arrow on the string, that they may treacherously shoot the upright in heart'” (Ps. 11:1-2). Witness the ugliness directed at Amy Coney Barrett in her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The psalm continues: “If the foundations are broken, what can the righteous do?” Clearly, the foundations of the nation are under assault and if we allow them to be destroyed, we are finished as a nation.
Continuing in Psalm 11:4-7, “The Lord is in His holy temple, His throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyes examine mankind. The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals of fire and brimstone and a burning wind; this will be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.”
I believe the president will be reelected, and by a wider margin than has been predicted or expected. In the ensuing months, a number of things both good and bad will unfold. First, the Democrats and the radical left will insist that he stole the election, no matter what the margin of victory turns out to be.
In early Dec. 2019 in a prayer meeting at our church—when the economy was booming and there was yet no hint of the coronavirus—I saw a vision of fires burning. When I asked the Lord for understanding, I believe He told me that the fires represented the rioting and burning that would be perpetrated by the radical left in protest of the president’s reelection.
This is an extension of the irrational and even frantic hatred that has been growing on the left. Even now it’s not hard to find statements posted on websites clearly outlining plans for extreme violence designed to bring the nation to its knees in order to force the president from office.
I have seen and sensed that, with nothing to lose politically in a second term, the president will intensify his draining of the swamp. We will see unfettered investigations and revelations of depths of corruption that will rock the nation, just as I prophesied in my annual word for 2015. Some of it will be political corruption, often involving money, and some of it will be sexual in nature—vile stuff—underlying the out-of-control hatred directed at Trump and the desperate attempts to convict him of crimes and to impeach him for things he was never guilty of is the desire to get him out of office before these things can be exposed.
After the election, the coronavirus will fade fairly quickly as an issue. There may be many reasons for this, ranging from medical solutions to a toning down of the exaggerations, the false reporting of both positive tests and causes of death, and the fear-mongering. The left, however, needs this crisis in order to blame Trump for it and to paint themselves as the saviors. This dies down with the president’s reelection. The strategy will have failed.
The economy will recover very quickly as things open up and as the president’s economic policies take fresh root. As you vote, take note that Biden has openly stated that he will roll back the president’s reforms and his tax cuts. This will mean job losses as companies once more move manufacturing out of the country. Prices will rise as companies seek to cover the tax increases. Everyone will pay. Don’t believe Biden’s assertion that if you make under $400,000 per year, you won’t see a tax increase. You’ll pay those taxes at higher costs for things you buy. You’ll pay for them in inflation and you’ll pay for them in job losses.
The economic resurgence, even as the violence erupts, will afford us a few years of economic ease in which to prepare—and I’m speaking now to the church—for the next crisis that will inevitably come.
COVID-19 has served to awaken the remnant and ignite a fresh passion. The years to come must be a time of awakening for the people of God, to come alive, make our voices heard, and shine as light in darkness. The darkness will intensify in greater measure down the road. We must be ready to bring in a harvest of hurting souls in the midst of it, complete with signs and wonders and demonstrations of the power of God.
These months of COVID-19 have been a wake-up call that has served to energize the remnant. We need to be certain during the coming years of life under a favorable administration to become oases of hope, love, and healing. The years ahead are years to shine aggressively to demonstrate the beauty of the Lord and display the goodness of His truth.
If we will choose passion and choose the foundation of God’s Word, if we choose to be holy, we will see the greatest outpouring of the Spirit of God since Pentecost. And I will confidently prophesy that in these days to come if we will pray faithfully for our president, we will see a Donald Trump, version 2, emerge in godly power, passion, and compassion.
But—hear me—it all depends on prayer and on faithful voting on the part of those who stand for righteousness. It depends on Christians voting not for or against personalities, not on the basis of emotional reactions, but for the party that best stands for the scriptural values we cherish. Vote for the party, not the man.
When you elect the man, you elect the party.
Loren Sandford grew up a preacher’s son in the Congregational Church in Illinois, Kansas and North Idaho. As a teenager, he played rock music professionally over three states and two provinces of Canada before leaving to attend the College of Idaho. In 1973, he completed a B.A. degree in music education, then moved to California and attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1976. Since then, Loren has served four churches full time, successfully planting two of them himself, including New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado, where he remains the senior pastor.