WHERE IS AMERICA IN END-TIMES BIBLE PROPHECY?

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Welcome friends in the wonderful name of Jesus! This is Reverend Ron and I want to talk about about a question that has puzzled and even almost haunted me over the years, and that question is: where is America in end times Bible prophecy? Now over the years, I have heard various scenarios, and yet, frankly, after much study and prayer I just couldn’t seem to find America, the greatest nation in the world, anywhere in the pages of end-times prophecy. And folks, it still bothers me today, because I love America, and I consider myself a true patriot. And I’m truly saddened to see the moral and spiritual crisis this country is now in!

Years ago, when I first began to study Bible prophecy, I never thought I would ever live long enough to see Bible prophecy literally being fulfilled before my very eyes. But by the grace of God, I have now lived long enough to see and understand, just how very relevant and urgent end- times prophecy is for the hour in which we are living. And folks, I am honestly shocked and dismayed to see just how rapidly and dramatically, this once-great-nation- under God has turned it’s back on the God who made this nation so great. And abandoned our Christian heritage and the Christian beliefs and values that this nation was founded upon. And friends, I’d be less than honest , if I didn’t tell you that I am now convinced, that nothing short of a great spiritual awakening and a turning back to the one true and living God, can save America from the fate of every other nation or empire before us, that has rejected God and His Word.

Now as I’ve said, many writers and prophecy teachers today, have offered various scenarios about where America is in end times prophecy. However, I believe that too many are often based on mere speculation and conjecture, and therefore, they are not biblically sound. So what I want to do today, is to present a scenario that I believe is not only biblically sound, but also scripturally plausible. Now I won’t be dogmatic about it, because only God knows the future with 100% accuracy! But this scenario includes another very important thing to take into consideration, and that is the current path that America is on today. A path that I believe will soon lead America on an inevitable collision course with the judgment of a righteous God, who has been so long-suffering with this nation, that to date, has murdered over 60 million innocent babies in their mother’s wombs, banned prayer and the 10 commandments from our schools, and most recently, legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. And folks, I can’t help but wonder, if our Supreme Court has ever considered that one day, they will stand before the real Supreme Court and ultimate Judge in Heaven!

So folks, the truth is, it’s really hard for me and many others today, to call America a Christian nation anymore. And therefore, I wasn’t really all that surprised, to find that America was conspicuously and suspiciously absent from the pages of end-times Bible prophecy. And friends, my only conclusion is that something sudden and very dramatic, and probably soon, is going to happen to America, that will bring this country down to her knees. Now I know that’s not something any American wants to hear, much less believe, it certainly wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, there are so many end-times prophetic signs merging all around us today, that you would have to be blind to deny that we are living in the last days. and very near to the Lord Jesus’s return for His Bride, the Church!!! Amen

Let me briefly give you a few scenarios, that I have often heard and believe are biblically plausible explanations of the question: Where is America in end times prophecy? The first is that America will be destroyed by nuclear or biological war. Certainly a plausible and realistic possibility, especially in todays world; where so many nations, even rogue nations like Iran and North Korea have nuclear weapons or are on the verge of acquiring them. And we see so many enemies of Israel and the United States that have already stated very plainly how much they hate us, and would like to wipe us off the earth. And if you look in the Word of God, especially in books like Revelation 8 & 9, Zech. 14 and 11Peter 3, you will discover numerous passages that seem to be describing nuclear attacks or nuclear warfare. And we know from scripture that there will be at least two more world wars: the Gog of Magog War (Ezek. 38-39) and the other, of course, is the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 19), where Jesus returns and destroys the armies of the antichrist at His second coming! Amen!

And still others say it won’t be an enemy from without that destroys America, but rather it will be an enemy from within: moral decay and political corruption. Folks, there is no doubt that America was founded on Christian values, no doubt at all. But in the last several decades, America has gone down down, down, until now we literally call evil good and good evil. And by almost every statistic that you may want want to site: abortion divorce, crime, spouse and child abuse, drug & alcohol addiction, homosexuality, pedophilia, violence & lawlessness in our streets and cities, terrorism, sex trafficking, and I could go on- America is without a doubt on a downward spiral as never before in our history.

And folks, the Apostle Paul in second Timothy chapter 3: 1-5, says that in the last days perilous times shall come( in the original Greek it means dangerous, unsafe & hard to bare), and then he goes on to list 19 characteristics of people in the last days. For the sake of time, you can read them for yourself and I hope you do, because you’ll see that the Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, looking almost 2,000 yrs into the future, gives us an amazingly accurate description of the times we were living in today! So certainly that scenario is also very plausible!

Now I’ll mention just a couple more plausible scenarios as well- like our grid or water supply is destroyed or contaminated by terrorists or by cyber warfare. Could be. Can you imagine what would happen if all our computers, laptops, televisions and cellphones and virtually everything dependent on the very latest technology, suddenly no longer worked? And you can be sure there are terrorist cells out there right now plotting just such a scenario.

And then lastly, some believe that America actually is found in end times Bible prophecy: as the Merchants of Tarshish and his Young Lions in Ezek. 38. They believe that England is the merchant of Tarshish and we are the Young Lion. Again, could be. However, if that is true, it can only mean that America has somehow been so greatly weakened, that we are reduced to just a minor role player in the world.(see Ezek. 38:13) And I say that because when Israel is attacked by many enemy nations in the last days, all we can seem to do is muster a weak and pitiful protest, despite the fact that since 1948, we have always been Israel’s greatest ally. Could it be that we have abandoned Israel to fend for themselves? “I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you”.(Gen. 12:3)

As we start to close, you know all of those scenarios are plausible and have some measure of biblical backing, okay. But now, I want to give you another scenario that is not only plausible but biblically certain! And I’m convinced it is the very next event on God’s prophetic calendar – and that is the Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ!!! And I want to encourage all Bible believing, born-again Christians, that if you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are what the Bible calls the Bride of Christ and Jesus is your Groom! And listen, He is going to return one day soon for his Bride( that’s you and I brethren), and we’re going to be taken out of this sin-filled, Christ-rejecting world! And we’re going home to be with Jesus and to be with our loved ones who have gone on before us, and oh my, what an indescribably awesome and joyous day that will be! Amen!!!

And think about it folks, should the Rapture occur tomorrow, what would the day after the Rapture look like? I believe, taking into consideration the current path that America is on now, it might well be the final straw that broke the camels back, so to speak. It could be the one earth-shaking event, above all others, that brings America down! Why? Because no other nation in the world would be so dramatically affected like the United States of America! Many other nations, especially Muslim, Hindu and Buddist nations would hardly even be affected by the rapture, many probably wouldn’t even know that it had occurred.

But the latest available statistics by the Barna group show that about 25 to 30% of Americans identify themselves as born-again, Bible-believing Christians. Folks, think of all the honest, dependable, patriotic and hardworking Christians that would be removed from our society, gone instantly! But an even more vital loss would be that the salt and the light of this dark world and our nation would be gone! And without the Holy Spirit living in Christians, what’s going to withhold sin and darkness anymore? There will be a flood of evil like this world and this nation have never seen! And how long can America and this world survive? (Perhaps, 7 yrs under the Antichrist?) And folks, I close by saying this, and I say it unequivocally: the Church of Jesus Christ can and will survive without America, but America will never survive without the Church of Jesus Christ! And that’s why I believe that the deciding factor in the end times that will bring America down to its knees, will be the Rapture of the Church, when Jesus Christ returns for his Bride the Church. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words”. (1 Thess. 4:16-18)

I’m convinced that the time is drawing very close and that the return of our Lord Jesus is near, even at the door! God bless and always remember: MARANATHA-COME LORD JESUS!!!

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