The United States has been around for well over 200 years. On the surface it looks likely that we will be around for another 200, or more. However, when you scratch that surface you will see many flaws and cracks that make you wonder.
This used to bother me. I like this country. I am blessed to have been born here. I study other cultures and would like to visit some other countries sometime, but I can’t picture myself living anywhere but the good old USA.
I am also a Christian who is looking forward to the soon return of Christ. So I have to ask myself how the US plays a part in the End Times events. Or does the US play a part? Let’s look to see what the Bible says.
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, let your face be turned against Gog, of the land of Magog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and be a prophet against him, And say, This is what the Lord has said: See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: And turning you round, I will put hooks in your mouth and make you come out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them in full war-dress, a great force with breastplate and body-cover, all of them armed with swords: Persia, Cush, and Put with them; all of them with body-cover and metal head-dress: Gomer and all her forces; the people of Togarmah in the inmost parts of the north, with all his forces: a great number of peoples with you. Be ready, make yourself ready, you and all the forces who are with you, and be ready for my orders. After a long time you will get your orders: in the last years you will come into the land which has been given back from the sword, which has been got together out of a great number of peoples, on the mountains of Israel which have ever been a waste: but it has been taken out from the peoples and they will be living, all of them, without fear of danger. And you will go up, you will come like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your forces, and a great number of peoples with you. (Ezekiel 38:1-9 BBE)
There are a lot of countries and rulers named in this prophecy yet I don’t see the US listed anywhere. Many of the countries named are unfamiliar to us today but they are all in the east and Middle East. We’re looking at Turkey, Russia, Iraq and Iran, for the most part. Remember that everything about last days prophecy centers around Israel and Jerusalem in particular.
It doesn’t look like the US is mentioned. Does that mean that we are going to be gone? Or ineffective? Maybe yes to either of these questions. It could also be that because of the distance that we aren’t major players. If America exists when this all goes down we will be contributors in some way, I’m sure, but remember, it revolves around Jerusalem!
I believe that Jesus’ return is going to be during my lifetime and I’m sixty-six years old. So, yes, I think it will be soon. (This is my opinion, not prophecy.) There are many ways that the US can become ineffective very quickly. I see several of these things happening now. World Net Daily had an article that I liked that pointed to one way that we could cut ourselves out of the picture. Here we can see the falling into chaos that George Orwell predicted in his book 1984. This is a disturbing picture of what we see happening in America now. Glen Beck co-wrote a series of books based on the UN’s Agenda 21.
Do I think any of this will happen really soon? I’m sorry to say that I do believe that something will happen soon. I don’t know, maybe what I’ve talked about above or maybe something very different. That are two things that I do know.
First, God has everything under control. He knew what was going to happen before the creation of the world. He laid out the plan of redemption on Genesis chapter 3. Whatever takes place in the US or anywhere else in the world, it is His plan.
Secondly, I know that no matter what, I have a place reserved for me in His Kingdom. Whether that place is in Heaven or on a new earth, the reservation is there. Thank-you Jesus!
Time is getting short and things may seem like they are falling apart. A lot of people are fretting, worrying and even flipping out over the events that are taking place in Washington. And I suspect that it’s only going to get a lot worse.
We are not promised deliverance out of the tribulation, but we are promised that Jesus will be with us through whatever we go through. Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? When threatened with being thrown into the furnace what was their response? “If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18 WEB)
They were firm in their commitment to not worship the idol and they believed God would rescue them. But even if God choose not to rescue them, they still would not bow down! This is the mindset that we need as we go into these years of trials and tribulation. No, it won’t be easy, but Jesus will be with us. Will He save us like he did these three? Maybe not, but we cannot bow to the political and false religious idols no matter what. Our reservation is waiting and we shouldn’t do anything that would jeopardize that.
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