Summary: Part 2 that explores the spiritual connection between America and Israel. (Adapted from teachings by Dr. Perry Stone)
America and Israel: Spiritually Connected
Part 2 – Twin Nations of Prophetic Destiny
Last week we began a new study entitled America and Israel: Spiritually Connected. And we specifically looked at the question Is America found anywhere in Bible Prophecy? This is a question that spiritually hungry Christians in our country ask, because they have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a curiosity for the mysteries of God. It’s understandable that Americans would wonder if our nation appears within the pages of our Holy text, after all America was founded as a Christian nation. Americans believe in end-time prophecy more than any other Gentile nation, and Americans read their Bibles more than the people of any nation on earth.
Can America be found anywhere in the 66 books, 1, 189 chapters, and 783, 137 words of the Holy Bible? For centuries scholars, ministers and students of prophecy have searched, researched, and at times stretched the meanings of prophetic passages in order to pull a nugget from the text and identify America as a nation mentioned in prophecy.
But as we discussed last week, America’s prophetic destiny can not be found in a single verse or a single chapter of the Bible, unlike other nations of the world. Our prophetic destiny can be found in the symbolism and patterns of an ancient nation. Our country’s spiritual prophetic pattern is hidden within the pattern of ancient Israel.
In this study we will explore and examine these patterns, and correlate these amazing pictures with America. You will see that God may not have placed America in the direct textual reading of the Bible, but He has carefully hidden America within the historical context of Israel.
As you will discover, the patterns, cycles, and symbolism of ancient Israel parallel the developing movements and history within the United States. This is important because as the patterns progressively develop into the future, it means that the same Divine chastisements that fell on Israel may very well also be the destiny of America.
Now as I said last week, you will find a list of the sources I’ve consulted for this series in your inserts. In today’s teaching I have borrowed heavily and quoted from the book “Unusual Prophecies Being Fulfilled.” This series has some very deep teachings, so I’m also going to provide you with copies of the teachings each week after the service for your own study. If you were not with us last week, you will also find a copy of last week’s teaching on the vestibule table.
Most scholars recognize that God uses types and shadows to hide His mysteries. The purpose of this is to hide these mysterious from those who have only worldly wisdom, and reveal them to those who will search for the truth using spiritual wisdom. Examples of these would be the Tabernacle of Moses, which was patterned after the heavenly Temple. The Passover lamb in Exodus is a perfect picture of Christ as the Lamb of God who would suffer at the Jewish Passover season. The burning of the red heifer in Numbers 19 correlates with the crucifixion of Christ.
So, you see, in order to discover hidden truth, Biblical patterns and cycles often need to be studied and examined carefully. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “that which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done”. The future is hidden in the past, and our exploring the patterns of the past will unlock the events of the future.
With this concept in mind, I believe the prophetic birth, assignment, destiny and even possible demise of America can be found by examining the historical patterns of ancient Israel. To see how America is linked with Israel, we begin with a prediction God gave to Moses.
I. A New Nation
God revealed to Moses that His chosen nation, Israel, would eventually turn from their faith. He knew from the very beginning that His children would not always walk in the way He desired. So, Moses was warned that Israel would be brought into captivity for their sins and that God would raise up another nation to carry on the spiritual assignment of Israel.
Deuteronomy 32:21, “They [Israel] have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; they have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.”
The sin of the nation of Israel was always the same – spiritual unbelief. God warned His people through several of the prophets what would happen to them if they continued in their unbelief. Last week we looked specifically at the prophet Isaiah and then at the words of Christ himself which compared the nation of Israel to a vineyard, specifically God’s vineyard. Isaiah prophesied that the vineyard [or Israel] would be destroyed because it only brought for wild grapes instead of good grapes.