Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Does America Have A Role In Prophecy?

For the last week or so I've been reading a book by Dr. David Jeremiah called "What In The World Is Going On?" In this book, Dr. Jeremiah talks about 10 end-of-times events as interpreted through the books of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation. These are the the chapters in the book: The Israel Connection, The Crude Awakening (Oil), Modern Europe...Ancient Rome, Islamic Terrorism, Vanished Without A Trace, Does America Have A Role In Prophecy?, When One Man Rules The World, The New Axis Of Evil, Arming For Armageddon, and The Return Of The King. I strongly recommend this book for anyone that is interested in how the events of the past and the events of today are fulfilling Bible prophecy.

I just finished reading the chapter dealing with America's role in prophecy and wanted to share a few snippets of it with you.

The Sovereignty of God in the Founding of America

"Christopher Columbus was not oblivious to God's providence in his discovery of America. In his journal, Columbus expressed his literal belief that "his voyages were ushering in a millennial age...and initiating a messianic period." He was firmly convinced that Isaiah's words, "so shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west" (Isaiah 59:19), referred to the lands west of Europe that had not yet been discovered.""

"I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the ocean to be found by people from every corner of the earth who had a special love of faith and freedom." Ronald Reagan

"Throughout our nation's history we see America's leaders turning to God for guidance. We see Washington kneeling in the snow of Valley Forge. We see our Founding Fathers on their knees at the first Continental Congress. We see the gaunt Lincoln praying in the hour of national crisis. We see Woodrow Wilson reading his Bible lat at night by the White House lights. Washington summarized this national dependence on God, when he said, "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of man more than those of the United States.""

"Why has God blessed this nation above all other lands? Why has America in her short history outstripped the wealth, power, and influence of all ancient and modern civilizations? Can God have blessed a nation so richly without having for her a pivotal purpose?

America Has Been the Force Behind World Missions

"75% of all missionaries have come from a country boasting only 5% of the total world population. God blesses those who make His priorities their priorities."

America Has Been a Friend to the Jewish People

"America's historic support of Israel is based not so much on efforts by Jewish lobbyists in Washington or the presence of Jewish groups in our society, but on the Judeo-Christian heritage of our nation. President Truman's determination to recognize Israel as a modern state was fueled by his lifelong belief that in the book of Deuteronomy, God had given the land of Israel to the Jewish people for all time. God has promised to bless those who bless Israel (Genesis 12:1-3)."

America Has Been a Free Nation

"In my studies of both the Old and New Testaments, I have observed that the principles of freedom are united with the tenets of Christianity. Today our precious heritage of freedom is being challenged internally by the erosion of our culture. As long-held freedoms come under fire, some Americans, especially those with wealth, are deciding that the United States is no longer the best place to live. If our culture continues to jettison the principles that made our nation great, we can hardly expect the blessing of Almighty God to continue."

America Has Been Founded on God and His Word

"George Washington set the tone for the nation's governmental authority when he said, ""It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."" That philosophy remained intact through the time of Abraham Lincoln, who is quoted as saying, "God is my witness that it is my constant anxiety and prayer that both myself and this nation should be on the Lord's side." Benjamin Franklin explained why he requested that each day of the Constitutional Convention be open in prayer saying, "The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of the truth -- that God governs in the affairs of Men. And," he continued, "without His aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel." Today as I write these words, our heritage of national dependence on God is under fire. Forces within our nation threaten its divine lifeline.

The Silence of the Bible on the Future of America

I will finish this post some time in the future.