Monday, May 25, 2009
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Will Be America's Ultimate Destiny?
- What Does the Bible
Welcome to the
Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory. RHG is a co-ministry
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What Will Be America's Ultimate Destiny?
Where is the United States in
Bible prophecy? The easy
answer to this question is that without a
crystal ball, we cannot even guess. But
this question has been
asked by many people
over the past several
years. While I have
addressed this question in our Bible studies,
both ABF and Small Groups, I thought I would
take a brief look at what the Bible has to say
about America’s future.
As far as I
can tell, the
United States appears to be conspicuously absent
from Biblical prophecy. Biblical
scholars tend to disagree on this subject.
No surprise there, eh?
There are a whole host of conjectures
concerning America's fate, but the fact of the
matter is that the Bible does not specifically
explain God's plan for the US.
However we can learn many
things about America's possible
future by looking at
the parallels between the US and the Northern
Kingdom of Israel as described in the book of
also look at it from God's point of view.
The people had exchanged their loyalty to their
heritage for pagan worship with golden calves
and such. What was the result of the lack
of loyalty. Widespread adultery, social
injustice, violent crime, religious hypocrisy,
political rebellion, selfish arrogance, and
spiritual ingratitude. Does this sound
familiar to you at all?
The Northern Kingdom enjoyed
material prosperity unequaled since
the days of Solomon,
but they had sunk to the depths of immorality
and idol worship. You could
say that it was the best of days... it was the
worst of days. As a result of their
sin God judged Israel and they were
effectively destroyed by their enemies.
The United States also enjoys
unprecedented wealth and prosperity, but as a
nation we have turned our back on God.
Again, you could say that it was the best of
times... it was the worst of times.
Granted, you can say that the wealth that we the
people of the USA have
enjoyed for so long has diminished recently.
But at the same time, we can ask, "Why
has God not judged
America? Or is
it too late? Or is
there still time?"
The Lord has power
over all that is in heaven and earth and He
alone has the power to transform our nation.
God made a promise to
the people of Israel that may apply to us as
people, who are called by My name, will humble
themselves, and pray, and seek
My face, and turn from
their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven,
forgive their sin, and heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14
This call for repentance is
not addressed to our President, our Congress,
the liberal left, or the
conservative right: It is addressed to "My
people, who are called by My
name." It speaks to
the Body of Christ. Our
stewardship of this nation does not begin and
end at the ballot box. There
is much more required of us.
We need a national revival - and it must
start with you and me.
O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the
glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all
that is in the heaven and in the earth is
Yours is the kingdom,
O LORD, and You art
exalted as head above all. Both
riches and honor come of You,
and You reign over
all; and in Your hand
is power and might; and in
Your hand it is to make great, and to
give strength to all. Now
therefore, our God, we thank
You, and praise Your
1 Chronicles 29:11-13
What Does the Bible Say About...?
this section of the Reflections Newsletter
we answer questions that have been asked.
If you have a question that you would like ask,
and do not mind having it printed in the
newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned),
feel free to send your question in an email to
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question for this issue is, "How do you
reconcile the everlasting nature of our
salvation with Revelation 3:5?"
The verse in question is part of the message to the seven churches of Revelation, given to us in the Book of Revelation, Chapters 2 and 3. Specifically, it is in the letter to the church at Sardis, one which as a whole was spiritually dead, but still had a believing remnant. Our Lord Jesus said to that church:
"He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels," Revelation 3:5 KJVER
This is a figure of speech in which an affirmation is expressed by the negative of a contrary statement. By a denial of the opposite, (I will not blot out), our Lord Christ Jesus affirms emphatically that the overcomer's name will be retained in the book of life.
For sure there are many who profess to be Christians, but who firmly and resolutely, at some point, turn their backs on the Lord God and embrace a life of sin. While I cannot make a blanket statement about such individuals, I can say that many of them were most likely never really saved from the beginning of their walk. Jesus said that we would know His true followers by their fruits (Matthew 7:20). The absence of such fruit for an extended period of time, even a lifetime, gives a strong indication that a person was never grafted into the true vine of Christ Jesus, as described in John Chapter 15.
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and
His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain;
but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God
which was with me.
1 Cor 15:10
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