Misconceptions about America in prophecy

Many Christians have the impression that America is the hinge upon which the final door is opened regarding the return of Christ and the rapture. This leads to the misconception that all the American political disruption, immorality, economic disruption, deep state, support of abortion, the fall of traditional marriage, the alphabet of sexual orientation, climate change and whether your neighbor considers you a bigot and racist for which political candidate you support, must inevitably hasten the return of Christ. While it may play a miniscule part in general, scripture points to God the Father, not America, in this determination. Acts 1:7 says “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in his own power.”

Now the rough part: God’s timepiece on the return of Christ is not found in America. 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 the prophecy clock. During the immediate past president’s two terms, American policy decidedly favored Israel’s enemies. The current policy highly favors Israel. America is so powerful that it is currently a player in God’s prophetic plan. This comes, however, with a scriptural warning: 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.” Best understand that America does not replace Israel in God’s prophetic plan.

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Bill Wilson