Many Christians either state or ask if the situation in the United States means that the end of the world is coming and the return of Christ is around the corner. Certainly, there are terrible things that this generation of Americans has never experienced—the plague of COVID, for example, has caused personal freedoms to be taken away at an accelerated rate. There are threats from other countries. Christians are seeing their values come under constant attack. Let us remember that it is not the United States that is the timepiece of Christ’s return. There is terrible persecution of Christians in other countries such as China, and persecution by Islam. Do you not think those Christians are crying out for Christ’s return?
The political, economic or social condition of America is not the axel upon which prophecy turns. America is not found in the Bible. You have to do some pretty fantastic wordplay, eisegesis, and biblical gymnastics to find America in the Bible. It doesn’t mean that America doesn’t exist or has been destroyed. It only means that it is not specifically found in the Bible. America’s role in prophecy today is contingent on its ability as a world power to spread the gospel, influence events, people and the political landscape in the Middle East, which directly or indirectly impacts God’s prophetic timepiece—Israel. Don’t get angry with me, read your Bible for yourself.
When we think of the end times, we often think about the great falling away and how there will be wars and rumors of wars, famines and pestilences. There will be earthquakes, persecution, betrayals and false Christs. And as Christ says in Matthew 24:6, “see that you are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Christ lists these events in general even as he says the gospel will be preached in all the world “for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Then Christ becomes specific to Israel and what happens there. In the chronology Christ provides, it is from Israel that the end time events culminate, and the rest of the world will know that the Lord is God. This is backed up by all the prophets that write of the end of days. So where does America fit in the end of days?
Currently, America is an influencer of prophecy. During Barack Obama’s two terms, American policy decidedly favored Israel’s enemies. President Trump’s policies highly favored Israel. Joe Biden appears to be reverting back to Obama’s policies. And this could present incredible danger for all Americans. Matthew 25:32-34, “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand…Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” Zechariah 12:9, speaking of the Day of the Lord, says “I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” The nations are judged. And individuals are judged. Pray for our nation and the souls within.