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Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?

Posted by wordforit on January 18, 2008

One of the most common questions regarding Bible prophecy is where is the United States in scripture? Many nations of the world are not mentioneed in scripture, however it is hard to understand how the world’s most powerful nation would not be. At least not in a way that we recognize it clearly.

There are many theories and ideas as to why this is but here are three of the most common:

*The United States is no longer relevant
*The United States is destroyed
*The United States is no longer its own country – but part of a larger union of nations – possibly controlled by the Antichrist.

All of these responses are based on speculation. We simply do not know the answer but it is very possible there may be some symbolism that the United States may fit into. We must simply watch and wait to see what God’s plan for America is.

To that effect we monitor what impact terrorism and war might have on the United States as well any other factors that could contribute to its decline or change on the world stage.

America is also Israel’s closest ally. God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3). America’s relationship with Israel will be closely watched.

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Visit: ProphecyNewsWatch.com for more insights and information to augment your understanding. I am convinced the USA will no longer exist as we know it, sooner rather than later, but will instead be part of a region under the United Nations/ Global Alliance. Be equipped and prepared to share God’s message!

Note: Click on the link provided here (opens in new window), page down, and hold your mouse over any of the topics of interest to you. I pray that you enjoy learning more about God’s promises! ~WordForIt

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2. Israel – God’s Timepiece

3. A Revived Roman Empire

4. The Gog/Magog War

Ezekiel 37-39 describes a time when Israel has been restored to her land but will then face an invasion force from a country in the north and her allies after God puts hooks in their jaws. Those countries are listed by names we don’t recognize today but many scholars believe they have identified where those people groups were once from. The following are the most common interpretations for those countries:

MAGOG is believed to be modern-day Russia and should also include Kazakhstan (the area north of the Caspian Sea).

MESHECH can include the southern part of Russia by the Black Sea, as well as Georgia and Armenia. Some believe Turkey could also be included.

TUBAL is a part of Russia between the Black and Caspian seas. It also includes the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and possibly Georgia and Azerbaijan.

PERSIA is modern-day Iran.

ETHIOPIA (or Cush). Some consider that other surrounding areas, such as the Sudan or Eritrea, could also be included.

AND LIBYA (or Phut).

GOMER may include the Ukraine. Some believe it may also include the area SE of the Black Sea, such as Georgia. Some believe this may also be a reference to Germany.

THE HOUSE OF TOGARMAH OF THE (far or remote parts of the) NORTH QUARTERS may include Armenia. Many believe this will also include Turkey,

AND MANY PEOPLE (or nations) WITH THEE. This may indicate that there will be yet other nations allied with Russia that are unlisted. It may be noted that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan are not mentioned.

Russia is no longer the superpower it once was and while it may be hard to see such a scenario happening today, it is no more difficult for God to accomplish than He did the recreation of Israel as a nation in 1948.

Ezekiel 39 would also seem to indicate the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict as specific instructions are given on burying the dead, including specialists who do this.

We will continue to monitor Russia’s relations with Israel. Iran, one of the nations mentioned is also important to keep an eye on in light of its mutual assistance treaty with Russia. Israel has threatened to attack Iran if it continues with is nuclear program – this very well could be the hook in the jaws that draws Russia down. Another nation to keep an eye on is Turkey as it is currently Israel’s ally. If Turkey is to be involved in this invasion it would be a great dupe on Israel or things could change quickly in this Muslim country. The nuclear arms race in the Middle East continues and could play a factor in this conflict.

5. Apostate Christianity

We are told in Revelation[,Chapter] 3 of the 7 Churches. The last church or church age is symbolized by the Church of Laodicea. Laodicea means “the rights of the people.” Thus, this was a church governed by the will of the people, rather than the will of God. This is the church age from which the Antichrist and the False Prophet will emerge. It is the church age Paul talked about that would not endure sound doctrine, but would gather around them teachers that would say what their itching ears wanted and desired to hear (2 Tim 4:3). This church is described as lukewarm, indifferent, not concerned with right and wrong, or with good and evil. They take a neutral position: one of “live and let live; don’t rock the boat; and don’t cause waves.” They are trying to serve two masters-God and self (or the world).

We will continue to monitor the church’s faithfulness to the teaching of the Word of God, realizing that the church of the last days will be marked by apostasy and a falling away. This does not mean that God is not moving and doing great things – but can we also identify the wolves in sheep’s clothing? “For false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the very elect”. (Mark 13:22).

6. The Rise of Islam

Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Demographics studies indicate that it could soon become the dominant religion in many European countries. Very few Christians understand Islam and it’s impact on the people and societies that it governs. Sharia law does not permit a Muslim to leave the faith and to do so means stiff penalties, jail time and even death in countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Radical Islam’s hatred of Israel and the West will be monitored as well as it’s potential role in Bible Prophecy, especially the desire by many Muslims to see the reestablishment of an Islamic Empire or Caliphate. What role will Islam play beyond the traditional Ezekiel 38 scenario? Will it be connected to a Revived Roman Empire or the EU? Will the Antichrist be a Muslim?

We will be monitoring Islam’s rise in terms of both military, political and demographic power. Islam’s impact on Christians and efforts to witness to Muslims will also be covered.

7. Increase in Knowledge/New Technologies

Studies have suggested that the amount of human knowledge is doubling every 8 years. Some of the technologies that are emerging will no doubt have a role to play in Bible Prophecy.

Revelation 13 describes a mark, in the right hand or forehead that will act as not only a form of allegiance or worship, but enable people to buy or sell items – in fact you can’t conduct commerce without it. When you hear comments by the head of MasterCard that microchip implants under the skin could be used for commerce – you can’t help but see the path we are on. The recent approval of the FDA for implants under the skin for medical purposes will no doubt play a role in this emerging trend. The increase of RFID technology also presents some amazing possibilities in terms of commerce and tracking technology.

Revelation 13 also mentions the ability of an image of the Antichrist – to somehow come to life and speak. With cloning and other advanced computer technologies it seems there is nothing man can’t do.

8. Christian Worldview/Issues

9. Other World Events To Watch

Thanks: ProphecyNewsWatch.com

God Bless You Always, in All Ways.

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‘Twas the Month Before Christmas…

Posted by wordforit on December 20, 2007

‘Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand

Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas – no one could say

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a “Holiday

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate “Winter Break” under your “Dream Tree”

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!

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Thanks to: AmericanProphet.org  (<<new window)

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Designer Faith, Rootless Values

Posted by wordforit on December 19, 2007

Anytime we add to or take away from God’s Word, we are elevating ourselves to know “a better way”. A little blasphemy with that pride, ma’am/sir?

The two articles below reference the confusion and doubt our youth are feeling regarding the Holy Bible. I observe daily that adults are also rejecting God’s Word, or changing it to suit their desires, and are just as ambivalent in seeking answers elsewhere or to “add to”. Not to excuse the folly of youth, but it’s not hard to understand, given our culture, why they opt for what seems easy and self-gratifying… Again, no excuses. We have resources for study in God’s Word.

According to Malachi 3:6, God does not change. Those who are revising and adding to His word into a lie will have the blood of those they mislead on their hands. Ezekiel 33:1-9 teaches us to “watch” and “warn”.

As a brother blogger said, and I agree, one can almost ‘feel’ the darkness. It’s so prevalent, how could we miss it if we pray, study and discern in the ways of Jesus?

Double condemnation to those who know and do nothing (good) through idleness or spreading false teaching . . .  I didn’t say so, God did.

God’s Blessings on those who persevere for righteousness.

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Poll says American Youth Waning on Christianity – Secularism Edges Forward <<< Complete Article (all links=new windows)

by Rev Michael Bresciani

AmericanProphet.org

…In today’s system of education and learning we still appeal to youthful idealism and that compunction to choose the shiny and new. The only difference today is that with the emergence of all that is called or related to “political correctness” the thrust of secular humanism’s teaching is based only on what has been proscribed, slanted or wholly founded on a Godless world view. More than a trend, this has become the order of the day. It has become that “authority” that is conspicuously overlooked even as the young are urged to question all authority.

… That Christianity is viewed as hypocritical is not surprising. The young of this generation follow the same proclivities as those of all other preceding generations. Seeing the world and its various classes and social segments through the lens of youthful idealism always produces the same result when reality sets in over time, disillusionment. Shiny coins grow dull in a very short time when left exposed.

The secular humanist cannot afford to teach their students or proselytes that hypocrisy is a world wide human condition and not something generated by or exclusive to Christianity. Every religion, profession, calling, discipline or philosophy has its hypocrites. This fact neither disproves the aforementioned nor establishes them.

Christianity isn’t about the revered saints juxtaposed against the faltering wannabes. It is about Jesus Christ, the consummate example and the only litmus test. He could not be charged with any sin or hypocrisy. If we hold our selves up to his example, we would not dare to compare ourselves to others. There is something about the business of noting hypocrites that is in it self quite hypocritical…

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Barna Finds Four Mega-Themes in Recent Research <<< Complete Article

by The Barna Group

…Designer Faith, Rootless Values

As young adults, teenagers and adolescents have become accustomed to radical individualism, they have introduced such thinking and behavior into the faith realm, as well. Faith is an acceptable attribute and pursuit among most young people. However, their notions of faith do not align with conventional religious perspectives or behavior. For instance, young people are still likely to claim the label “Christian,” but the definition of that term has been broadened beyond traditional parameters.

In fact, the values that young people are prone to embrace are often consistent with Christian beliefs but are not based on biblical foundations. For instance, while young Americans have adopted values such as goodness, kindness and tolerance, they remain skeptical of the Bible, church traditions, and rules or behaviors based upon religious teaching…

…The Barna Group, Ltd. (which includes its research division, The Barna Research Group) conducts primary research, produces media resources pertaining to spiritual development, and facilitates the healthy spiritual growth of leaders, children, families and Christian ministries. Located in Ventura, California, Barna has been conducting and analyzing primary research to understand cultural trends related to values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors since 1984. If you would like to receive free e-mail notification of the release of each new, bi-monthly update on the latest research findings from The Barna Group, you may subscribe to this free service at the Barna website www.barna.org.

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