Month: August 2022

America In Biblical Prophecy

“Thus he explained: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on earth that will be different from all the other kingdoms. It will devour the whole earth, and trample it and crush it.

Daniel 7:23

It comes up at Bible studies, conferences, and during televised or live radio programs. “Where is America in Biblical prophecy?” the question is often preface by comment like “we are the most powerful nation on earth” and “given our unique place in history”……. surely America must be in the Bible! Some theologians have tried to satisfy the curiosity of the questionner by pointing to the eagle in Revelation 8:13 or the lion with eagles’ wings in Daniel 7:4.

I have two questions. 1. Does it matter? 2. Which beast in Biblical prophecy would you want America to be, especially since no of them are referred to in the positive? I could get technical and say that American is actually in the bible under the banner of “all nations” but I’m sure that wouldn’t be a welcome answer. I think the most important question is, what kind of nation does America want to be? We use titles like “exceptional”, “Christian/Judeo-Christian”, “light on the hill”, “nation of laws”, etc., but is American a faithful nation?

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WHAT IS AILING AMERICA?

“Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron shatters and breaks everything—and just as iron smashes everything, so will it shatter and crush all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly potter’s clay and partly iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. It will have some of the strength of the iron, for you saw the iron mixed with clay. As the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. Just as you saw iron mixed with clay, people will mix with one another, but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.”

Daniel 2:40-43

During Hezekiah’s reign, the king of Assyria sent his generals up to Judah. “Then the Rab-shakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the language of the Jews and said: “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria. ‘Thus says the king: Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you out of my hand! Nor let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in Adonai by saying: “Adonai will surely deliver us—this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria”” (2 Kings 18:28-30).

The Rab-shakeh’s strategy was to create division among the guards and create an internal (insider) threat. Divisions and internal threats are among the most dangerous any nation faces. To rot from within is often difficult to detect and may be too late to cure if detected. That to which our leaders credit America’s strength is the very thing that may also be its greatest weakness – its diversity. Not because a diverse nation is a problem, for such is the Kingdom of God (Revelation 7:9), but because there are those within its borders who would rather turn its borders over to another nation than share it with those who are different. They do not believe the freedoms inherent in the Bill of Rights should extend to others outside their race, which creates a never-ending internal struggle for power and equality.

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