Lese-Majeste

If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. (1 John 5:16 NIV)

Do not agitate the lion! What fool sticks his finger in the eye of the king? Will not such a thing be judged?

Since the time of the Roman Empire, laws have been made to punish anyone who does injury to the emperor, a monarch, or head-of-state. “Causing harm to a reigning sovereign,” is a rough translation of the French “lese-majeste.”

Thailand’s lese-majeste laws sanction anyone who defames or attacks the king, his queen, a regent or the heir-apparent to the throne. If guilty, sentences range from three to fifteen years per count, making Thailand’s lese-majeste laws the world’s strictest. I contend the weakness of democracies is an unwillingness to enact such laws.

Blasphemy is what God, the High King of Heaven, calls the act of defaming Him or diminishing His glory. For such an offense, do we know what His consequences are? There will be no forgiveness or mercy, since it is a treacherous act against a Holy God (Matthew 12:31).

Can you imagine the furor in America if a judge gave a three-year jail sentence for insulting President Trump or members of his family? Would that we could enforce lese-majeste! We could use at least some restraint. But, alas, I fear it is too late.

Our system of government appears bound for the ash heap. At the root of America’s great schism is “an absence of fear for God in particular or of authority in general.” Authority is being undermined by government leaders who demand respect themselves. Insolence and vulgarity, directed at the leader of the free world, cast a long shadow on the future of free speech.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear God and shun evil. (Proverbs 3:7) 

“No fear of God or authority” means we slander and think nothing of it. Each day brings fresh disrespect, threats, attacks and insults. There’s no fear because no one ever pays for the harm they do. So what results from all this? We have a general breakdown in authority resulting in increases in police officers shot, with many gunned down ambush-style.

It is no coincidence Satan worship is rising in popularity in the Western world. According to the late-Saul Alinsky, in his “Rules for Radicals” Dedication to Lucifer, the evil one is the original radical. Once a certain percentage commit to spreading lies, hate and discontent, a tyrant will eventually assume power. Look at the 20th Century successes of the revolutionary Communists and Fascists.

There is little doubt of what will replace what we now have, but failed to protect? Since God places rulers on their thrones, an attack on authority is a lese-majeste against the Most High. Read Romans 14, then, before it is too late, teach respect and pray for those in authority so that we all may live in peace.

Love Never Fails

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6b NIV)

On consecutive days last weekend, a large group of Americans turned out in different cities to demonstrate for what they believe in. The March for Life on Friday, the 18th, saw tens of thousands support the right to life for the preborn. Self-interest was not the motivation for the many who traveled the long distance to brave the cold in the nation’s capital.  Love was the reason.

Saturday, the 19th, witnessed massive numbers of women marching in major U.S. cities. Female celebrities’ speeches and the signs carried a message that no one would confuse with love. If love was their motive, they would have been in D.C. on Friday, standing for their unborn sisters.

The love on Saturday was the fawning media’s coverage as opposed to media’s involvement in the hatred that boiled over for students of a private catholic school in Covington, Kentucky. Seems that a fake news story about a group of the school’s teens at Friday’s event stirred hatred and threats from across the country, so many in fact, that the school needed armed-guard protection for classes this week.

In the Crosshairs

So where’s the love? Love is in the crosshairs because those who preach about tolerance also shout hate. Today Jews and Catholics are publicly despised, but tomorrow it will be all who call themselves Jesus’ followers. Fear not dear Christian brother and sister, because love never fails.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:6-8a)

To commemorate the life of a man who knew full well about violence, the recent M. L. King annual holiday was celebrated in America. Who better than Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood what was provoked by exposing hypocrisy and a demonstration for equal justice under the law? For Dr. King, his actions provoked an assassin peering through the crosshairs and pulling a trigger. This giant-figure in American history also understood love’s power, because he saw it overcome hostile threats, fire hoses, police brutality and ignorance, to change minds. In speeches, Dr. King exhorted the faithful, since it was natural to grow weary in the struggle. He often put it like this:

“You can beat us with clubs, burn our churches, attack us with your dogs, and put us in jail but we will still love you. Yet be assured of this, we will wear you down with our love.”

Change comes at a price

Hearts are only changed by love, but for hate to be defeated a price must be paid. The Covington Catholic students now know something about that.

For love to shine, hate must be exposed.

Love walked with three young Hebrews in the fiery furnace. Love shut the lion’s mouth. Love hung on a cross. Irresistible force that it is, love never fails. (Quote from unknown source.)

Rule #5, The Five Major Rules

Rule #5, The 5 Major Rules of Bible Interpretation

“Watch for near/far prophetic applications in Scripture.”

We have been warning readers about popular Christian teachers who are attacking Jesus’ prophecy. From both extremes of the “how to interpret Matthew 24″ issue, we have anxious Christians. Individuals on both sides are deeply concerned about America’s political drift from a long-held tradition of economic liberty toward socialism. They say, “Where has socialism ever worked? Show us when a government takeover of commerce has ever benefited the people it promised to help?” Their argument is called “an appeal to history.” God also says, “Look at history!” Rule #5 is an example.

Where is His-story largely told but in the Old Testament. Rule #5 encourages believers to look for “near/far prophetic applications” in the account of God’s people. The “near” is a past model for what is promised in the future. The “far” shows that if He can do it once, God will do it again–but next time for the world to see.

The LORD is faithful to all his promises. (Psalm 145:13b NIV)

God’s angel spoke to Daniel while in Babylon. The prophet described the “near” and “far” warning signal for Israel.

“The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood… He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple, he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Daniel 9:26b, 27).

As our savior, the Lord recorded the “why” “what,” “when” and “where” in Scripture. The “why” is “destruction will be poured out” on Jerusalem. The “what” was “the abomination that causes desolation,” the “when” was “near” while the “far” was halfway into the last seven years. The “where” was inside the temple’s courts.

Centuries after Daniel’s prophecy, Antiochus Epiphanes appeared, ruler of the Greek-Syrian Empire. After sacrificing a pig on the sacred altar, this antichrist-figure proclaimed himself to be God, placing his image inside the temple (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Those privileged to have the Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek version of Daniel’s prophecy, but ignored it, paid with their lives. (See The Apocrypha’s 1st and 2nd Maccabees). Eighty thousand died, forty thousand violently, while another forty thousand were taken into slavery.

Two hundred years later, Jesus said that Daniel 9:26-27 was a sign of His coming and of the end of the age. Those throughout the world choosing to reject it, will do so at their own peril.

Jesus said, “Let the reader understand:” Readers of the Scriptures, The Book of the Law and the Prophets and The Old Testament. Many others have Matthew, Mark and Luke. Failure to take the Lord seriously will result in a mass execution of Jew and Gentile.

Those like Judas Maccabeus who in 168 B.C. fled to the mountains, lived to tell what happened. He read and understood. Naysayers who discouraged taking Daniel’s prophecy to heart, tragically, were unprepared. They stood around like frozen statues waiting to die. It will be just like that again, only the massacre and ensuing time of great distress will be global. Take heed.

Next: A short series summary

Deception Surrounding Matthew 24

“So when you see standing in the holy place, the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand–then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”   From Jesus Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24:15-16 NIV)

Our mind often submits to our will and accepts the lies it prefers to God’s truth. For example, if we fear a time of great distress, then we will seek an alternative explanation of last day’s events. If we are determined to choose a path other than the one God provided, what do we think will happen?

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)

Our series about Matthew 24 and the “The 5 Major Rules for Bible Interpretation” is vitally important, since it informs God’s people that deception has infiltrated a key prophetic teaching of Jesus. As a result, many Christians cannot accurately speak on the sign of Christ’s coming and of the end of the age.  All this despite having Bible translations that cannot lead to a meaning other than the one God intended.

In Jesus’ warning (see top of page), he offers the signal God has prepared for his saints. The hard labor of childbirth will suddenly come on His people; they must immediately evacuate and flee to a place of safety. Yet, the “any moment rapture” teachers would have Jesus’ followers believe this will not apply to them. According to their doctrine, before the time of great distress, believers will have been taken to heaven. According to their teachers, Jews in Judea, not the Church, are those for whom the warning is intended–or so they say.

“Watch for near/far prophetic applications in Scripture.” Rule #5, “The Five Major Rules of Bible Interpretation”

A huge, insurmountable problem with the “imminent, any-moment Jesus returns” argument is that their advocates have ignored the above rule, as well as others. It is the same on opposite ends of the last day’s argument. They both apply the above rule to some things (such as Jesus’ first coming as a baby in Bethlehem), yet brush it aside in any discussion regarding Jesus’ second coming. The sad part is that long ago no one called either side to account for breaking the rules. Now it looks like millions who could be saved, will die.

It is ironic that what opposing “any moment” and “allegorical, non-literal or already happened” teachers actively promote, has already reaped catastrophic consequences.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, The Law of Repetitive Consequences 

If only God’s people knew history. Eighty thousand who lived in Jerusalem and Judea were slain by the sword of a Gentile king. Forty thousand including pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children, suffered a violent death. Another forty thousand were spared but carried away to serve as slaves. It was because they ignored God’s warning written into prophecy. Did they even know Daniel’s prophecy? Were the “educated” dismissive of the prophet? Those who lived to write about it, fled to the mountains at the first sign of the abomination that causes desolation. 

In our last segment, we will examine the catastrophic events of 168 B.C. and the near fulfillment of prophecy that concerns the last days.

Deception Surrounding Matthew 24-Part 3

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to take place?”

Jesus said to them, “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and deceive many.” (Mark 13:3-4 NIV)

Parallel passages in the Gospels are not uncommon. Details may be added or omitted but there is no doubt they describe the same event. Of the four Gospels, John’s was the last written. Of the other three, Mark wrote his Gospel first. Reliable scholars believe it was around 50 A.D., not 75 A.D. as some suggest.

I offer this as background for the charge that Matthew 24’s account of The Olivet Discourse was written for Jews and not for everyone. Since this is an attack on the credibility of a significant part of the Bible, this charge merits a full investigation.

I follow this principle: If an argument’s foundation is based on a faulty assumption, it cannot produce an accurate conclusion. A faulty assumption is like inaccurate data entered into the guidance system of a rocket. Everything looks good on the pad, but when launched there is no chance of success.

Unfortunately, some Bible teachers frequently pull faulty assumptions and erroneous arguments out of their hat. We must listen for what’s presented as fact.

Evidence given to back the Pre-Tribulation Rapture claim that prophecy in Matthew 24 does not pertain to Gentile believers is the absence of “Church” in the passage. In logic this is termed “an argument from silence,” the weakest of all arguments. (The YouTube link offers an example of a violating Rule #1, The 5 Major Rules of Bible Interpretation, “Accept the meaning of Scripture in its most normal, natural and customary sense.”) Watch and see how long it takes before confusion sets in. It is a sample of “muddying the water” a type of deception among Christians surrounding Matthew 24. Check out another link that presents a refutation of the charges about Matthew 24. Whose case is clearer?)

Before we decide, we need to give this matter “due diligence.” Consider: If Mark was written earlier and contains the same account, why was Matthew 24 for Jews while Mark 13 was not? Luke 21 was written during the same time period as Matthew 24. Why no argument about the Olivet Discourse in Luke being only for Jews. Matthew has two references to “the Church” (16:18 and 18:17), Mark and Luke have zero, yet they say Matthew was written to Jews and not the Church. They assume we all agree with their untenable assumption.

These shenanigans are only supposed to happen in politics, not within Christianity. By making their charge against Matthew 24, these teachers have crossed the line. They discredit Jesus’ prophecy, inject confusion and obscure God’s sovereign plan of salvation in the last days.

To whom was Jesus referring when he stated, “Let the reader understand”? (24:15b) Was it Torah reading Jews or Matthew reading saints?

Playing to the vulnerable, teachers claim faithfulness to God’s Word, but is that important to the trickery (Matthew 24:4)? This has nothing to do with Jews and everything to do with deceiving the saints.

Could their motive be to protect their amassed wealth and power?

The Deception Surrounding Matthew 24

“…and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and deceive many.” (Matthew 24:3-4 NIV)

The following is the first installment of an 11-part series on the fakery involved persuading Christians who do not read, but listen to “main-stream sources” on Matthew 24. Referring to it as fake news, illustrates the current level of deception from formerly trusted sources–our pastors and teachers of the New Testament. Our goal in this series is to not only alert the saints, but to arm them with the means of acquiring an accurate understanding of this vitally important prophetic text while exposing some of the lies used by modern-day false prophets. We pray our readers will find it to be a valuable contribution.

Christ’s answer (above) gives his servants a chronological order to what takes place during the last days. We would do well to pay close attention to what was spoken by our Lord. Recognize also that strong forces of deception threaten this generation just as they did in Noah’s day, before the flood (Matthew 24:38-39).

Why is Jesus’ plain, step-by-step description of the last days (Matthew 24-25, Mark 13 and Luke 21) among the least understood or most frequently misinterpreted passages in the Bible? The enemy is at work. The lie is Satan’s chief weapon and deception his specialty.

Once the end times started to capture a significant amount of interest, is when fake news moved in. Satan’s plan is to disrupt our study of God’s Word and place teachers before us speaking like experts. Through them we are susceptible to cleverly invented stories that neutralize God’s warnings. The Bible says that no one who believes the fake news will be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4 and 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. –French author, Victor Hugo

Accurate interpretation of prophecy is an idea whose time has come. The devil is very aware, so he is hard at work. He will stop at nothing to distract or dissuade Christians from studying their Bible and demanding sound teaching.

When apostles Paul and Peter described future events, they offered warnings (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 2 Timothy 3:13, 2 Peter 3:3-13). Why were their warnings consistently posted alongside prophecy?

Fake news surrounds prophecy. Take for example, Matthew 24:4’s “Watch out that no one deceives you…”  Christ’s alert is aimed at those claiming “Jesus is the Christ” (cf. Matthew 16:16). This means Christian leaders may do Satan’s dirty work (Matthew 24:10-11). (Have you been warned about this?) Many will fall away from the faith sealing their fate. (In our assemblies, has this been made sufficiently clear?) These deceivers are cleverly disguised. They sound like sheep, but their words belong to he who leads the whole world astray (Revelation 12:9). 

Unfortunately, gullible sheep will repeat the lie lending it credibility. By failing to critically analyze what came from trusted ministers, they become dupes and pass on fake news. Many, believing they are glory-bound, will be derailed. False prophets and false Christs will cover the globe (Matthew 24:11, 23-25). 

Maybe you heard a fake explanation of Matthew 24:4, that it applies to the crazies who declare they’re Jesus. (I was told this was what Jesus meant, but do the delusional influence our beliefs?) Will many fall away or turn away from the faith because of some nut who claims he is Christ?

Could it be instead that teachers who claim that “Jesus is the Christ” confuse the Lord’s warning, and, like a virus-carrier, unwittingly spread the devil’s lies?

We have only scratched the surface of the deceit surrounding Matthew 24. Stay tuned!

What is lacking?

Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. (1 Thessalonians 3:10 NIV)

For half of 1 Thessalonians, Paul praised the believers for, among other things, standing firm in the Lord (3:8) and giving him joy (3:9). Encouraged by Timothy’s on-site report, a longing was stirred in Paul to visit them and “supply what was lacking in their faith.” 

As churches go, the Thessalonians ranked high on the list. They were god-fearing people and generous givers. Even so, Paul knew that something was amiss.

There are many good churches, large and small. It would be wrong, however, to assume that because a church is doing well, they should not be doing better. Often as fellowships grow, they become immune to criticism. A church may be theologically sound, but still be less than 100% on matters of faith.

As great a teacher as Paul was, he understood that a hole in the foundation was a calamity in the making. So what did the Thessalonians lack that Paul needed to fill? It was the same as is lacking in most churches today. What was vital then, as it is now, is an accurate knowledge of prophecy. We have Paul’s Thessalonian epistles as evidence that false prophets had spread deceit (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). In the dark days ahead, a failure to fill up what is lacking will result in the house’s collapse (cf. Matthew 7:26-27).

So you love your church? That’s great, but are they teaching  the truth about the Bible’s prophecy? The Bereans, a fellowship right down the road, critically analyzed what they heard by comparing Scripture with Scripture. Luke, the historian of The Book of Acts, offered this assessment: When it came to displaying a critical ear, the Bereans were more noble than the Thessalonians (Acts 17:11).

In Thessalonica and Corinth (1 Corinthians 14:1, 3-5), prophetic truth was lacking. When this is the case, our foundation in Christ–on which we build–is in big trouble. These were good churches with sincere believers. Paul wanted to supply what was lacking, not tear them down.

To support my point, read 1 Thessalonians 3:10 in its context, include Chapters 4 and 5. After he provided instructions on holy living, plus an admonishment on love, Paul wanted to eliminate an infection in the fellowship. That is what false prophecy does; it corrupts and sickens.

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)

Did Paul make this teaching up? Take note: He passed on what he received from the Lord himself (4:15). That’s what accurate prophecy provides; it offers clear teaching from the Lord himself. Does your church believe in a literal interpretation of 4:13-18, the classic rapture passage? Why wouldn’t Christians believe that it means what it says?  Remember, these words came from Christ.

If we were talking patient-to-doctor, I might offer a cure, “Here is where you are lacking! You lack the knowledge of your faith.”

Nearly every ill facing God’s people would disappear if we grasped prophetic truth. Allow Paul and other prophets to speak into your spirit. Be the eager student you should be (cf. 2 Peter 1:10).

Filling up where we lack is an easy fix; time alone each day studying God’s prophets. Determine your need, then prescribe your own dose of prophetic truth. jf

Conclusion- America’s Prophetic Destiny

Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. (Daniel 9:11b-12a NIV)

This series was taken from the essay “What Gives America?” by Benaiah Fredericks our newest contributor.)

Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before, and God will call the past to account. (Ecclesiastes 3:15).

We looked last time at America’s recent decline as a great empire. Following Britain’s downward spiral, the U.S. is forgetting their spiritual roots, and headed for disaster. These cousin nations have disobeyed God and have broken vows made by their fathers, Israel’s elders (Exodus 19:8, Joshua 24:21). Therefore, they will bring on themselves all the curses written in the Law (Deuteronomy 28 & 29). 

In Part 1, the connection was made with Ephraim (aka Israel), the people taken into captivity by the Assyrians. Heirs of Abraham’s and Joseph’s blessing, they were scattered about the earth and assimilated among the nations. This was all according to God’s warning.

Ephraim’s seed was manifested in America’s founding. An example is John Winthrop’s sermon made aboard the Arbella before the colonists landed on the continent. The then-future Massachusetts Bay Colony governor stated, in part:

“Thus stands the cause between God and us. We are entered into covenant with Him for this work… Now if the Lord shall be pleased to hear us and bring us in peace to the place we desire, then hath He ratified this covenant and sealed our commission, [and] will expect a strict performance of the articles contained in it.” Lack of performance of the articles in this view would bring down the wrath of God. (The Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol. 26, p. 217)

The Lord obviously heard. To this day, Americans still reap the blessings of Governor Winthrop’s oath on behalf of his Puritan brethren and the Mayflower Compact. Today, in Britain and U.S. cities, lawlessness stalks the streets and corruption sits in high places.

God loves America. He planted it, nurtured it and established it as a light to the world. But that does not mean he will overlook sin and rebellion. It may seem so for a time, but it is only His patience at work. The calm before the storm should lead us to repentance, both corporate and individual. God’s hedge is being removed. Soon the curse will be in full effect lest America turn back to their Savior. He is just. As Daniel stated, God must judge sinful acts. Concerning God’s people, Israel, the prophet confessed,

The LORD did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the LORD our God is righteous in everything he does, yet we have not obeyed him. (Daniel 9:14) 

We who live in America and Great Britain and have long enjoyed the benefits, but our sin has piled up to heaven. The stench has reached God’s nostrils. Come out from among the defilers, and be separate. Salvation for the righteous is of the Lord (Psalm 37:39). When Christ returns, they will be purified from their sin and redeemed from all nations. God said he would not abandon Ephraim. He could not give up the son He delivered out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1-3, 8). The Lord disciplines those He loves and will not forsake His faithful ones.

What a glorious destiny for Joseph’s heirs, the sons and daughters of Ephraim and Manasseh! Will you be there when God fulfills the promise He made through Jacob?

May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm–may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth. (Genesis 48:15-16)

America’s Prophetic Destiny-Part 5

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34 ESV)

(This series is taken from the essay “What Gives America?” by our newest contributor Benaiah Fredericks.)

In our last study, we compared Israel’s tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh, with the prosperous cousins Great Britain and America. Presently, all is not well on either side of the ocean. Like Britain after the 2nd World War, America is headed in a downward spiral. While the U.S. remains strong in many aspects and a major player in the world, it has lost significant ground in important areas. Though there is optimism in America due to economic and foreign policy gains, our diagnosis is based on realism. Examination from a prophetic and spiritual perspective reveals a crumbling foundation. Though we do not neglect the political and socio-economic factors, we shine God’s light on matters other than the superficial. To do otherwise would ignore the real problem.

We declare Britain’s and America’s prosperity is a result of their Ephraimite inheritance, a blessing rooted in God’s covenant with the Patriarchs. All He asked in return was obedience from His people. By following God’s ordained path, nations prosper. Straying, however, results in curses such as defeat in battle, famine, poverty, natural disasters, and also slavery to the devil (i.e. reproach).

In Deuteronomy 28, God announced the way of continual blessing, but Britain and America have forgotten or willfully disregarded it. Not only has America incurred God’s wrath for its war on Christians, but she has left herself open for enemy subversion. The devil has not yet swooped in for the kill because the Lord has held him back–but how much longer?

Without a moral foundation, the house collapses. Examples of Western decadence and indecency abound. What was once forbidden is now lauded. The sluice gates of filth have opened wide. Hearts have grown cold. Bible believers are reviled and labelled as bigots, divisive or the enemies of progress.

Covenant people who abandon God are courting disaster.

You say, “We want to be like the nations, like the peoples of the world, who serve wood and stone.” But what you have in mind will never happen. As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I will rule over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and outpoured wrath. (Ezekiel 20:32-33 NIV)

Only the spiritually blind cannot foresee a looming day of disaster. Without any elaboration, examine the list: The National debt; Corruption at all levels; Filthy communications; Sensuality and lust; Greed; Self-centeredness and hedonism; Idolatry; Violence; Religiosity; Hostility toward devout Christians and Jews…and the list goes on.

Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their back on Him. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted… (Isaiah 1:4-6)

For the diligent student, the writing is on the wall. America is wounded to the core. She has broken her covenant with God, as did Israel in former days. If America is not willing to return to the Lord, then the nation will perish. If the saints repent of their sins and those of their forefathers, we will still share in the nation’s punishment, but will find refuge in the day of trouble (Romans 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:9).

We will conclude with Part 6: A look beyond the present and toward America’s destiny.

America’s Prophetic Destiny-Part 4

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

“To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations; Greetings.” (James 1:1 NIV)

Editor’s comments: Those committed to a socialist society or one-world government are poised to take over as Western democracies begin to collapse. Globalists, like the Hungarian Multi-Billionaire, George Soros, seek to disrupt governments where nationalism, capitalism and personal freedoms are promoted. Globalism is paving the way for the Antichrist.

God decreed that his people increase and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1). In Genesis 11:1-11, He foiled the plans of the first globalist society, Babel, by confusing their language. “From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” (11:11)

Where are Babel’s descendants today? They reside among the nations, ready to build an “enlightened” Babylon, and looking for a “great leader” like Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-12). jf

(This series is taken from the essay “What Gives America?” by our newest contributor, Benaiah Fredericks.)

Last time we looked at Israel’s fateful “struggle with God.” As Genesis 11 shows, Israel was not the first scattered to the four winds, the people of Babel were.

The Bible prophesied that Jacob (a.k.a. Israel or Ephraim) would be dispersed over the earth (Deuteronomy 28:64, Jeremiah 13:24, Ezekiel 22:15). There, among the nations, they would remain until the gospel was preached and their King returned (Micah 5:7-8, Ezekiel 37:16, 21-23, Acts 1:6). 

In the U.S. and Britain, we recognize God’s promises of blessedness made to Abraham. The national greatness that father Jacob prophesied to Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph, is observable in these Western allies (Genesis 48:19-20).

Prophecy distinguishes between “Godly” and “Beastly” nations. Godly and righteous nations are exalted by God. The Beastly are the worldly countries who foolishly oppose him. This is not to “demonize” nations or people. This is a spiritual category. Godly nations generally advance the Kingdom’s purposes. Beastly or ungodly kingdoms promote worldly philosophies that deny the God of the Bible and persecute his people.

The Bible offers blueprints for Godly and Beastly nations. Israel, under David and Solomon is our model for a righteous people. God chose Israel to make other nations jealous, so they would look on its prosperity and praise the true and Living God (ex. 1 Kings 10:1-13). Israel’s failures do not alter their permanent status of blessed or nullify God’s promises anymore than his saints’ failures negate their service. Though the Lord uses flawed people, still He cannot fail.

Beastly kingdoms are found in the Daniel 2 dream given to Nebuchadnezzar. This all-encompassing vision revealed godless and humanistic empires in history and in prophecy, kingdoms hostile to God’s people, Israel.

Do America and Great Britain fit the Godly or Beastly category? It is easy to answer. Britain’s rise as a superpower was meteoric and miraculous. By the early 1800’s, the prosperous British Empire spanned the globe. Scholars focusing on Lady Britannia’s failures, often disregard the benefits that followed colonization. The British raised living standards in their colonies. In exchange for raw materials shipped to Britain, they built roads, bridges, railroads, schools and hospitals.

Britain’s adherence to the rule of law, curtailed tribal wars and one group oppressing the other. The absence of civil conflicts laid the groundwork for British missionaries to carry the gospel to remote villages and to far-flung tribes, at times paying with their lives. And so they fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham, …all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you…” (Genesis 12:3).

(Editor’s note: Benaiah Fredericks is qualified to speak on the positive aspects of British colonization and missionary enterprise. He is a native of Kenya, a former East African British colony. His grandfather assisted with the first Bible translation in his tribal language.)

By the 20th century, Britain was in decline. By World War II’s end, the once prosperous nation had become the world’s largest debtor. The baton of power changed hands. As a departure from the past and a precursor of the future, the transition was due to economic factors. Devastated by the cost of fighting Hitler, Great Britain required American cash to rebuild. Thus Britain’s financial market dominance ended. Where the pound Sterling had been preferred, the U.S. dollar took over as the currency for a global market. Unable to sustain their empire, post-war Britain one-by-one granted independence to its colonies, so its decline was complete.

America became the next superpower. Unlike Britain, it did not colonize nations. It wielded power by dominating trade, exercising a form of economic imperialism through its giant industrial conglomerates such as their oil companies.

America continued–or perhaps exceeded–Britain’s world Christian missionary service. Nationally, granting billions of dollars in aid and loans to nations, America has been a stabilizing force to the world.

It also became the “Promised Land” for millions. This fertile land of opportunity encouraged the ambitious to migrate to America. In the minds of many, it was the Garden of Eden that Christopher Columbus expected to find.

By advancing the cause of peace, U.S. blessedness was the hand of God at work. In general, the world has been enormously helped by American foreign policy and military might, often resulting in U.S. soldiers’ blood spilled onto foreign soil.

With British and American evangelistic efforts covering much of the world, who fits the prophecy to Ephraim and Manasseh better than these “cousin” nations?

In Part 5, we will list ways Britain and America abandoned the Godly nation path, even denying the Lord who blessed them. We will discuss what saints must do as a result.