Monday, March 14, 2011

Let It Begin With Me

The question is asked very often, “Is America in Bible prophecy?” Many say no. I believe God addresses America in His word, albeit not by name. I believe this can be proven in Bible scriptures.

There are references that point to America in scripture, although not by name; how could that be, it wasn’t named yet?   Because of the tremendous power demonstrated by the U.S. since coming to power through history indicates it is a prophetic nation. There are scriptures that reference America;  past, present and future.  Let us look at Jeremiah 18:7-10 “At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it. If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.” 

An Amazing Beginning

We go to Isaiah 60:14, 15
“The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, the city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel”

This passage is referencing the gathering back of Israel as a nation. It references the nations that despise Israel.  Isaiah is referencing the return to their homeland.  He speaks of how they would be honored by the very nations that have despised, even tried to eliminate them.
15 “Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal  excellency, a joy of many generations.” 

This refers to the many times Israel was and is being persecuted. From 70 A.D. to the 19th century, Israel was disbursed  even until 1945.  For 2,000 years, Israel was disbursed. Hitler tried to wipe them out, others have tried, but they remain. In 1948, they blossomed and became a nation.
16. “Thou (Israel) shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, (in her birth) and shalt suck the breast of kings; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.”

This is a prophetic verse if I have ever seen one in my life. America is a land of Gentiles. England is run by a kingdom. Israel would grow off the milk of the Gentiles as she just started out in 1948.
Isaiah 60:21 “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.” 

The verse above is very interesting for several reasons.  First of all, we see through the scriptures that whenever a passage ends with “…that I may be glorified” this indicates the end of a “thought or line of thought.” So, we see that Isaiah completes the passages in which he refers  to  Israel. However, look at what verse 22 tells us (almost as a postscript):

“A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.”  (his being a reflective pronoun, a masculine noun, that nation’s time). America is known as “Uncle Sam” therefore; the USA is referred to as a “she,” a “her” as well as a “he.” 

This is powerful. America may be the one being mentioned here. We must recognize the hand of God in the formation of our nation. How, in less than 240 years, did America become such a strong nation?  How did it become such a world power? This was no coincidence. It is the fastest gain to power of any nation on the face of the earth.

Theodore Herzl is known as the father of modern Zionism.  He believed that Hebrews from all over the world would come back together and that the day was soon coming when this would happen.  He wrote, he spoke, he began the “movement” of the formation of Israel. God used this man to help accomplish this. He petitioned two nations in particular. He petitioned England (refer to Isaiah 60:22) for Israel. Britain had the Balfour Declaration and basically held the “title” to the land. This declaration was due to lapse in 1948. We see that something is happening here around this time, it is unfolding in these passages. What did Britain do? It gave the homeland back to Israel! This fulfilled prophecy of Isaiah that Israel would become a nation overnight. 

These are not just obscure verses referenced. The word mentions Gentiles and kings. America is a land of Gentiles. There is another nation that would help Israel. It is England, run by a kingdom. Indeed Israel became a nation in 1948.  When the Balfour Declaration ended, Britain gave Israel their land.  Were these coincidences? Who has been a staunch ally of the Nation of Israel? Who has stood by Her? No, clearly these scriptures refer to the United States of America and to Britain. 

In Isaiah, we are told “a little one shall become a thousand and a small one a strong nation…” It is important to note the huge growth America has experienced in just a short time. The American population in 1776 was 2.5 million people. That’s roughly the size of greater Birmingham, Alabama. We should never have been able to defeat England. How must that have been done?  By the hand of God, that is how.

Something supernatural happened when the Jewish were rallying to go back to their homeland. The USA was having a massive influx of immigrants coming from Gentile Europe at the same time. In 1907, three million people to America. 1913 brought six million people and on and on….The potato famine in Ireland brought millions of the Irish people to our shores. The German goldmines closed and people were coming to America. The Italian economics were collapsing, so they were coming as well. In Poland, crop failures pushed many to the USA.

150 million persons came to America in a short time, fulfilling Isaiah Chapter 60. Today 306 million people are in America…why? Look back at the scriptures.  And , The United States has historically and prophetically gone straight to the heart of a tiny nation called Israel. 

When we see the incredible growth of America’s immigration, we can see that God was at work.  He has always been working in our nation and He has a desire to see something from America. It [America] has a divine destiny.  See it today and you will see it for the rest of your life.  

God’s eye is on Israel. God caused America to grow in his time. Israel became strong by a Gentile nation. It’s more than a coincidence – it is in God’s Word and it’s been there all along!
Jesus taught parable of the fig tree, “…know that summer is nigh.” The fig tree has blossomed. As our Lord said, the generation that sees all the signs shall not pass away before they see the return of Christ.  Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948 and America has backed her financially and militarily since that time. We have fed her and supported her as she has grown. Israel has one of the most fierce armed forces in the world because the United States has assisted them. 

Who can’t get excited about this? Manifest destiny is the belief that the divine providence of God enabled us to grow strong and bless all nations and that is indeed what America has done. We have had leaders who recognized and respected this. By 1945, we knew what it meant. We were raised up to defend tiny Israel from the 22 aggressive nations surrounding her.  We called ourselves a Judeo-Christian nation….we didn’t call ourselves anything but that.  We acknowledged God in this nation.

One nation, Under God

In 1943, five years before Israel Zionism was mounting and talk was all over the world of an Israeli nation, one state in the United States of America passed a unanimous decision to support Israel before others. That was the State of Alabama. Five years before Israel became a nation! Interestingly enough, the Governor at that time was named Israel Perkins.  God has used Christians everywhere throughout history. This event further underscores that fact.

By our very ancestry we have a manifest destiny to support Israel. Gen 12:2 gives us the account of what the Lord promised Abram. “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  This was a promise from God to Abraham and God has kept His promise.

 He continues to do it. For our entire national history, our desire has been to bless the nations and to bless Israel. In the past, Israel was the only nation we gave money to that we never expected to have repaid. 

We have allowed Israel to grow as a nation. We have obeyed God. We are strong today and experience prosperity today  because this nation’s forefathers blessed Israel.  By our very ancestry, our blessings depend upon blessing Israel. You and I by our very ancestry have a manifest destiny to support Israel. We are the future.

It has been said that when the Japanese Admiral ordered the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant.”  I believe it is time to awaken a sleeping giant called the church. We have been too divided by our differences and among ourselves. Let it begin with me, let it begin with you.  It is time to STAND UP as Christians. The enemy is not us, and it is time to stand up against him. God has allowed many to give the message to stand up to quit taking the oppression, to unit together in Jesus Christ!

God has brought our nation to where we are today. We Christians must unite together – start a revolution for Jesus Christ or we are never going to keep our nation….by the pure love of God we must do this. Take back America for Jesus Christ. We’ve got to have the love of Jesus Christ in us in order to do this! America has had an amazing beginning!

God continues to use America to accomplish His purpose supernaturally.  But, there are matters we see coming to pass that indicate a change in our society.  I believe the Lord is speaking to American in type and shadow in the following passage: Jeremiah 51:7 “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand,  that made all the earth drunken:  the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. “

Babylon in scripture can and does refer to any nation that bends toward the ungodly. I believe in Jeremiah, the golden cup reference points to America. A cup contains something. There is no other nation on planet earth that has had the fullness of God like America has had. Even old Babylon that captured Israel was not full of God. There is a quote,” America is great because America is Godly. When she fails to be Godly she will fail to be great…”   Yes, we’ve had our problems, but we’re the ones who will unselfishly go and help.  It is not the government to which I am referring.  It has been Churches ministering to others in their time of need, people who care about people…not our government.  They  [the governments] care about our votes – we are not destined to be ruled by man, but by Jesus Christ when He takes the throne of David and rules.
It is God’s mercy and grace that has made America great in order to minister to the poor of the world.  We’re the ones that will unselfishly go when no one else will. We have a responsibility as Christians to follow God. God’s hand has been on us.

America was the sole superpower – that is GOD’S handiwork. Tragically, the US is the hybrid offspring of the Babylonian system of the world. We have walked down the path of Babylon. Our appreciation for God has been devalued. Make no mistake, God still values America. He is true to His word. He is correcting America now. “For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Proverbs 3:12 God will not destroy America if there is one righteous person in her.

Was 9/11 a wakeup call for America? You bet it was. It’s about time we see that. When we shy away from the truth because we’re not popular, we’ve missed the gospel. 9/11 was an alarm clock for America. People went back to church, they turned to God. After three months, things went back to the way it was before that tragic day. Something is missing. 

People have better things to do than to serve God here in America?  Was the tragedy of September 11, 2001 prophesied in your Bible? Was it foretold? You be the judge. 

Isaiah 30:25 “And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.”  Isaiah 33:18 “Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? Where is the receiver? Where is he that counted the towers?”  You remember watching it, we stood and watched and saw as they fell. This has been in our Bible since Isaiah wrote it in 1500 BC. It was an act of terror. America is all over scripture. 

Is America in prophecy, yes.  Is God chastening America?  You bet. Right up to this present hour. Our economy is failing because our money has become our god. It’s time we understand that money is not our god. If god is behind it he will pay for it. You can bet on that.

God is calling to our nation; to our churches, to us as individuals today.  No matter what this man says, Obama does not show the fruits of a Christian. 1942 marked the first National Day of Prayer. Obama declared that America was no longer a Christian nation. He is the first president ever to not show up for the National Day of Prayer. Yet, he takes off his shoes and bows before Allah.  This matters to God. We are called to a higher level. We are to serve the law of God before we serve the law of men.  Our nation has been and will continue to receive judgment of God for this unacceptable behavior.

The time has come, as Christians that we should not be satisfied with church as usual. We must stand for Jesus now.  We don’t have to march to Washington D.C., we march right where we are! The time has come and we must submit ourselves to be used by God.  Lest we forget, the Lord is still upon His throne, Isaiah 6 :1 In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple”  Yes, our Lord is still on the throne, will we see what is happening or will we continue to turn our back? 

There is a big difference between kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world. During the last presidential campaign, Gov.Huckabee was asked” if Jesus was around, what side would He be on, Republican or Democrat?”  He said, “Jesus wasn’t stupid enough to get involved in politics.”
Rome was worse than the Obama administration could ever be. 

Jesus said you have another kingdom inside you. Yes we vote, but government is not our answer, God never fails. God can take care of us, His ways are not our ways…we must focus on submission to God. God forgives, God desires lasting achievement, and man should yearn for the approval of God. Go back to your Bible, understand what is happening. 

There are people who want to hear the truth of God. We must answer God’s call. Our president may not recognize it but it can take a sleeping giant called the church and wake her up. There is a time to sow and a time to rend. Today is the time to speak out. Be surefooted; take the message to the world. Be proactive; tell your children “…as for me and my house we serve the Lord.”  Tell people, I am a CHRISTIAN!”

We can take America back one person at a time by the power of Jesus Christ. Yes, America is in prophecy.  The God that created America,  that our government doesn’t recognize, can revolutionize our nation.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-7  “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up…a time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.”  The time to speak is now. 

Today is a day to speak. Today is a day to turn to God. Speak out. The greatest thing we can speak out to is to God Himself. God has His hand on these last days. God has His hand on America. He is speaking to all who will hear.  I feel the Hand of God,  surely you have felt it as well?  

Psalms 22:2 “O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent…Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.”  We are losing our rights as Christians…if we do not stand up we will lose our very right to speak the Word of God ,yet Muslims can call to prayer five times a day while church bells cannot be rung because they are offensive. 

The pressure is here so that the church can rise up. The cream always rises to the top. The joy of God will be upon us, we must stand. Persecution brings the move of God. Stay as close to God as we can. Let God’s work be done in our nation!  Yes, America is in Bible prophecy. 

We are the hope of this nation.  God is calling to us. He loves us, He will care for us, He will heal us, He will raise us back up again, He has plans for us. Look to Him at this moment. It is now that He will meet our needs….stand up for Jesus Christ. 

Let it begin with me.

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