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New Series Charts Rise of Clay Clark and Mike Flynn’s Conspiracy Rallies

From influential Christian Right media CEO Stephen Strang:

I just watched the first episode of the new ReAwakening Docuseries that documents what’s happening in America, and I was blown away.

It’s riveting and even better than the trailer shows. It’s a powerful story about how Clay Clark’s vision to reawaken America is taking fire across the country.

ReAwakening tells the story behind why Clay Clark joined with Gen. Michael Flynn to hold huge ReAwaken America Tour events in Oklahoma, California, Florida, Texas and many more locations.

I even had the privilege of speaking at several of these events.

The series is made by Strang’s Charisma Media in cooperation with SperoPictures, which previously brought us The Trump I Know. This was a collection of interviews with women around Trump, in which the filmmakers discovered that the women and the president “share a deep love for God, family, and country”. That documentary came about after its producer, Joe Knopp, “struck up a friendship with Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, while premiering his pro-life film ‘Unplanned’ for White House staff”.

The “ReAwaken America Tour” (originally branded as “Health an Freedom” conferences) is a concerted effort to evangelise churches with pro-Trump conspiracy rhetoric and coarseness, with Flynn being the biggest draw. The most recent rally, at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church, featured Clark leading the crowd with a chant of “Let’s Go Brandon” (a surrogate phrase for “Fuck Joe Biden”) and included among its speakers Alex Jones. The next event, scheduled for Keith Craft’s Elevate Life Church in Dallas, will feature Eric Trump. While Hagee was embarrassed by “Let’s Go Brandon”, Craft is less likely to be concerned: back in March, he used a men only “Warrior Night” at his church to mock the government as “pussies” over anti-Covid measures.

Clay Clark believes that his own role in all this is prophetic:

The ReAwakening docuseries details at least two prophecies connected to Clark’s current work. “It turned out—you can find it on YouTube—in 1963, Kenneth Hagin said there would be an atheistic, communist, Marxist and racially divisive spirit that would descend upon America—sound familiar?—and that the spark of the revival would start from Tulsa, Oklahoma,” Clark explains. This August, when he held his first “Health and Freedom” event, later renamed the ReAwaken America Tour, his team called civic centers and event centers, but the only facility willing to host the tour was Rhema Bible College, led by Hagin’s son, Kenneth W. Hagin.

As the popularity of the tour grew and the demand for Clark to appear on various media outlets rose, someone sent him the Kim Clement prophecy from April 20, 2013, that seems to have a clear connection to his calling to reawaken America. It mentions a “man by the name of Mr. Clark,” and says in part, “You have been determined through your prayers to influence this nation. You’re watching me; you’re an influential person. The Spirit of God says, ‘Hear the word of the prophet to you as a king, I will open that door that you prayed about.'”

Clark has some success as a business entrepreneur, and so it is natural that he would have felt an affinity with the Hagins and their prosperity gospel teachings. Clement, meanwhile, has received posthumous attention over a 2007 “prophecy” in which he predicted that “Trump shall become a trumpet”. The context seems to have been that Clement was predicting that Trump and Bill Gates would become evangelists and that Rudy Giuliani would become president, but the most successful prophets are obscure enough to facilitate various interpretations. Clement’s “Mr Clark” (or “Mr Clarke”) was supposedly someone watching him at the time he was speaking; this person also “came on the show”, which suggests a member of a live audience.

Commending the documentary series, Clark told Strang:

So if you’re out there, and you say, ‘I want to know in the natural the truth about medical fraud, election fraud, religious fraud, mainstream media fraud, ReAwakening is a great movie to watch. If you’re saying, ‘Spiritually, I just want to be educated, I want to be inspired’ … it’s going to be fabulous.”

Clay here is slightly downplaying the QAnon-adjacent character of his rallies: the first time I heard of him was a year ago, when he interviewed Lin Wood on a podcast. Clark’s introduction referred to the “Satanic Luciferian Left”, and Wood expounded on elite “paedophilia” and “satanic worship”.

Wood has also participated in Clark’s rallies, and it remains to be seen where he stands regarding Wood’s recent denunciations of Flynn (the feud is also awkward for Strang, who previously ran an article linking Wood’s election fraud claims to his “intimacy with the Holy Spirit”)

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