Friday, July 27, 2007

America in the Bible - final thoughts.

There have been those who find America and events that have transpired here throughout the pages of the Bible in the so called "Bible Code." It wouldn't surprise me since I believe that the Bible is God inspired, but I personally feel that I need to understand more of what is plainly written and leave the search for hidden coded messages to others.
What is plainly written is that there is a right and wrong. Sin has infected the human race and the only cure is the price that was completely paid by the Son of God - Jesus Christ - on the cross. Those who believe on or rest on the completed work of Christ and have come under His Lordship will be saved. Those who reject Him; nations, as well as individuals will be judged by God Almighty.
In a broad sense all nations including America, it's people and it's leaders will be judged by God. For instance there are judgments predicted against those nations who are bent on the destruction of Jerusalem. Nations that forget the Lord will be turned to hell. In those particular verses where certain actions by nations themselves cause the entire country to enter a period of judgment, the finger of God certainly could now be pointing toward America.
The message of the day is the same as it was when Jesus walked the earth-- REPENT - and it all starts with the with the people of God themselves. See this verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn (repent) from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As believers it's really up to you and me.

Here are my final thoughts on America's place in Biblical History:
Jesus is coming again, His feet will touch down on Mt. Olivet (Zechariah 14:4; Acts 1:10-12). The reaction of the Jews will be what this Old Testament Prophet, Zechariah predicted in around 500 years Before Christ (BC): "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.""And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." Zechariah 12:10; 13:6.

Where does America fit in?
Today America fits in as America deals with Israel. What we do to Israel will be done to us. The law of reciprocation (Matthew 7:2; Mark )
America has pushed Israel to give up Gaza, part of the roadmap to peace. Shortly after Katrina hit. When we push Israel to commit national suicide by relinquishing their God given land to Hamas or Fatah, then we're writing out our own doom. God said in Joel 3:2 "... there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for their treatment of My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and because they have divided My land."
We're now pushing Israel to give up part of Jerusalem, their Capital, which is to become the Capital of the Palestinian state. If that happens I would not want to live in Washington DC.
Beyond that, the Bible says "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
The role of America in God's economy is to spread the Gospel to the world. Interestingly enough Jesus said: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14) Today that Gospel is being preached in all the world through the many Gospel Television Networks and the Internet.
Almost all of our great historic Universities began as Bible Colleges for that purpose. But I'm not saying anything new. Have you read the Mayflower Compact, written more than a hundred years before the Declaration of Independence? The Compact is often referred to as the foundation of the Constitution of the United States. In part it states the purpose as "...for the Glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith ..."

We've fallen a long way from there.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Gay Lifestyle Unfulfilling - There's Room at the Cross!

Michael Glatze now declares not only has he given up activism – he's no longer a homosexual.

Charlene Cothran, editor of a magazine for African-American gays and lesbians, on how she renounced homosexuality and came to Christ.

Faith in Christ makes the difference!