Summary: Part 1 in a series that looks at how spiritually connected the two nations America and Israel really are.
America and Israel: Spiritually Connected
Part 1 – Can America Be Found in Bible Prophecy?
This new study entitled America and Israel: Spiritually Connected is a study that has been a long time coming. I have studied this topic on and off for several years and have contemplated bringing it before you several times, and I did present some of the information we will look at to the adult Sunday School class about five years ago. But this week, I had a little more time to actually look at this study again and I feel that perhaps now is the time to share it with you.
This study is a complicated one with many offshoots. It holds some great depth and fascinating treasures about God’s chosen people, the Jews, and God’s redeemed children, the church. I will include in the bulletin inserts each week the list of sources I have consulted and quoted from for each teaching, so that you can review them for yourselves. These are some great sources for any serious Bible student and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
Having said that, let’s get into Part 1 of this new teaching: Can America Be Found in Bible Prophecy?
Since America became a nation, Bible scholars and students have wondered if America is mentioned anywhere in the Holy Word, but more specifically in the verses that cover end-time prophecies. Surely the most powerful Gentile nation on earth, a nation that has become the lighthouse to the world by proclaiming the Gospel of Christ wouldn’t be omitted from the thousands of Scriptures covering end-time predictions, would it?
Well, most Bible scholars agree that this is probably one of the most frequently asked questions they have been asked, and it is one of the most difficult to answer.
Most ancient peoples and empires mentioned in Scripture can be easily traced through Bible prophecy to their modern day forms. The present day European Union is clearly anticipated in Bible prophecy as the revived form of the culture and people of the old Roman Empire in the last days. Even the city of Rome occupies a large place in the final form of western power as predicted by the Bible.
In the same time frame the vast populations of Asia and especially China are predicted under the sphere of power called the kings of the east. They occupy a fateful role in the battle of Armageddon.
All the nations that surround the reborn state of Israel are named in prophecies about the last days. These nations are all connected today by Islam. The ancient Hebrew prophets predicted this confederacy and its passion to destroy the reborn state of Israel in the last days.
Ancient nations like the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians can all be tracked across history to nations present in the last days.
Even ethnic groups can be traced through their forefathers to their modern counterparts. The descendants of Magog can be traced through the Scythians to modern ethnic Russians. Descendants of Cush are the modern black Africans. The modern descendants of a Biblical character known as Put are the peoples of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.
But if you are to go looking through Bible prophecy for something that can be traced to America as easily as some of these countries and people can then you aren’t going to find anything. There’s not even so much as an inference. When it comes to answering the question, “Where is America in Bible Prophecy?” pick any five Christian theologians and you will get six or seven opinions. That is what makes studying this question so confusing and mind boggling, and why it has taken me so long to try and put this teaching before you.
After studying and listening to various respected Bible teachers I’ve formed my own opinions about this question, and I will present it to you today and in the weeks to come, but keep in mind that it is only my opinion. I am basing it on what I have studied and my own understanding as far as the Holy Spirit has made clear to me. I am only human though, so I encourage you to listen to several teachers as I have, do your own studying, and form your own opinion, even if it contradicts mine.
Hal Lindsey and Perry Stone are two of the most highly respected Biblical prophecy teachers today. Throw in John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Tim Lahaye, Jerry Jenkins, and Clarence Larkin, and you can’t go wrong listening to the teachings of these great men about what is going to occur when Jesus returns. But you will also find after looking at their teachings, that even though in general, they all agree about end-time events, when it comes to specific passages, even they have differing interpretations.