Saturday, February 6, 2021

American Manifest Destiny

This is a vision for America’s future and not a lingering tour on its past, expanding upon America in the End Times  - Part 1 and America in the End Times  - Part 2 

In the 19th century, a phrase was used to describe a vision United States had to encompass the North American continent, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. The people saw it so clearly, believed it so vividly, that it became a reality. The phrase was “Manifest Destiny”. 

Writing this, I realize that some people could be offended. The title alone may offend Americans in Canada or Mexico, and I don’t mean U.S. citizens residing in Canada or Mexico. I was reminded years ago by a Canadian friend that people in both those countries are also American and that the U.S. still claim the title “American” as a holdout to the days of Manifest Destiny. 

Other readers may be offended by the way the U.S. claimed the North American continent for its own without respect to the indigenous peoples. As a nation, we owe an apology to the Native Americans. I sometimes wonder what this country would be like if we had grown together collaboratively over time, but without wanting to sound callous, we can’t change the past, and the only healthy response is to try to move forward together. It’s unproductive to dwell on what-if scenarios and together we should answer the question: what now? 

The Latin motto for the United States is E Pluribus Unum, from many one, and the current mantra is a call to Unity. But can there be unity with opposing values? This war of values is nothing new, and in my half-century on earth I’ve seen it become increasingly pronounced. The truth is by its very nature exclusive so we’ve been asked to let go of truth; the agenda or party line is the new truth, a fluid concept defined by whoever is in power. Unity is therefore found in Conformity: don’t make waves and do your part. Maybe one day you’ll ascend to power and be able to define what is true for others. 

Truth does not yield to the finite power of man!

However, the fluid truth of “progressive” thinkers is incompatible with following Christ. In reality, we only become one from many by pursuing and yielding to an absolute Truth. The current call for Unity is in direct opposition to the Creator of Truth, the Truth Incarnate, the All-Powerful God, Who alone defined reality at the dawn of the universe. As followers of Christ, we can’t participate in a relativistic culture and represent the light of God’s truth; it’s time to stop living otherwise!

The reality is that the universe was ordered by God at the very beginning into the natural and moral law. Yet since the tower of Babel, man has attempted to organize and centralize power under the banner of Unity, to reach the point where man can say “I have no need for God since I can do all in my own power. Now, what I have made is good because I have called it so.” Mankind has reached a point where they believe they can rewrite the creation as desired.

Sadly, the prevailing worldview reflects the culture of hell as described by C.S. Lewis in the Screwtape Letters. He modelled hell’s culture after corporate America, where the powerful exploit useful idiots to grow their kingdom. This is the culture of the financial and socialist elites as they centralize control over everything: news, education, government, commerce and even speech. The globalist centralization of power is the culmination of rebellion against God that started in the Garden of Eden. I wonder: has mankind reached the pinnacle of lawlessness that God foretold for the last days?

But true Americans will not submit!

America was founded with the biblical value for every individual, that each and every person is created with the inherent right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. People were not made to conform to the powers that be, the power centers that seek to control their fiefdoms. Americans realized the innate value of every person, the weak and the strong, understanding the responsibility of the strong is to protect the weak. While this belief has not always been modelled well, it is nonetheless the standard to which we’ve been called. This calling separated us from the British monarchy and later rallied us to oppose the threat of Hitler. Over time, these beliefs broke the evil chains of slavery and opened doors for civil rights. 

America has symbolized freedom and hope for nations across the world and slowed the threat of globalist elites, but this American Dream had to be removed for a New World Order to appear. This new order is simply the old powerplay of the past where strong prey on the weak, and we are now facing giants that are larger than ever, unprecedented power centers of elitists that seek to use and oppress the common man for their own purposes. 

So this is what the Almighty Lord says to them: I will judge disputes between the fat sheep and the skinny sheep. You fat sheep push the skinny sheep with your sides and shoulders, and you knock down all the sick sheep with your horns. You have scattered them all over. So I will rescue my sheep, and they will no longer be prey. I will judge between one sheep and another.

Ezekiel 34:20-24

America in the Bible

I’ve written about my belief that Isaiah 18 is a prophecy for America. It describes a nation beyond the borders of the known world and is referred to as the land of whirring wings (shadowed by buzzing wings), renowned from their beginning. This country is divided by many rivers and its inhabitants are recognized by their height, their strength and their smooth skin, a sign of health, prosperity and beauty. Where did man learn to fly but in America? What nation was filled with airplanes until locked down by COVID fears? The shot heard around the world was the start of the American Revolution in defiance to the greatest giant known up to that time, the British Empire. From it’s very beginning, America’s founding fathers were renowned and victorious for shaking off the yoke of tyranny. They humbly acknowledged God as the source of their independence, and they dedicated this nation to Him.

Like Israel, so long as we followed God we were strong, but by turning from His ways, we have been handed over to our enemies, betrayed by the domestic globalists serving a New World Order. But like Israel, this unnamed nation in Isaiah 18 has a triumphant destiny. It’s not ordained for destruction like Moab in Isaiah 16. No, this nation will be pruned like a fruit tree to make it more productive, and I believe this nation has been given the great privilege of pronouncing Christ’s return!

Read chapter 18 in Isaiah asking God to reveal its meaning. Verses 1 and 2 describe the unnamed nation. Verse 3 describes the nation’s calling. Verses 4-6 outline when and how this nation will be readied to fulfill its destiny as finally explained in the 7th and final verse.

A New Manifest Destiny

Just as our Founding Fathers did not have the strength to overcome the giant of their day by their own strength, we cannot overcome the evil that has embedded itself to our nation through reliance upon our own power. We cannot borrow from the playbook of immoral leftists without becoming like them. So how do we subdue the subtle insurrection that has stolen this country? We need God to work in us and through us, and we need a vision for the future. We cannot achieve victory without first understanding what we are fighting to attain. 

With God’s help, America shall find its new manifest destiny by overcoming the unproductive shoots that have sprung up in this nation. These are not just the unproductive branches of Church, the halls of government or the mode of commerce. It is taking the entire culture with the truth of God; it is all encompassing, everything submitted to the King of Glory!

I truly believe that America will find its manifest destiny by resisting and overcoming the tyranny of the global elite, who arrogantly believe they have won. The oppression will increase until God’s people refuse to participate. Then, our triumph will be like a banner on the mountains and like the sounding of a trumpet that the Rapture is imminent. Finally, when Christ’s Millennial Reign begins, true Americans will offer the gift of this Christian nation, submitted fully to Him and His authority. 

An America dedicated to God is a nation that is inviolably tied to biblical values and principles. The Constitution was a means to that end but is not an end in itself. The individual leaders are a means to this end but not an idol to be worshipped. We cannot place our hope and trust in individual leaders or in anything that we’ve made. Our only hope is in Christ alone fueled by the ideals outlined in Scripture. Our governance, our commerce and every established system must yield to biblical values and principles or fall to the tyranny of the institution. For it is in the institutional centralization of power that we become enslaved to a law that is not from heaven. True freedom and empowerment is only found in dependency upon God’s provision and protection. 

To retake America for Christ, every leader and every construct can only be embraced as temporary mechanism for progress… yet cautiously viewed as a potential fortress for institutional tyranny. When our goliath falls, it will not be through the power of our own hands but in faithfulness to what God has told us to do. So when this giant topples, we will be like the men of Gideon rejoicing in the power of the God Who Saves!

Rather than trusting in our own strength, we will yield to the power of the Holy Spirit, wise as serpents yet innocent as doves. It was a serpent that Moses raised up in the wilderness to bring healing, and the wisdom of serpents is a mystery to man. A serpent stays hidden when possible and does not seek a confrontation, but serpents strike quickly when left no choice. It will be like the triumph of Esther as the unproductive shoots are pruned from this nation.

Over the coming years, draw close to God and remain close to Him for the time is near.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

America in the End Times - Part 2

Continued from America in the End Times  - Part 1.

This is not a political post, so bear with me for a paragraph or two. 

A new administration has taken office and globalists have assumed executive power and essentially taken the House as well as the tie-breaking vote in the Senate. There is too much happening to describe it all, but the globalists are securing their power base in America… or so they think. I write this not as a reactionary far-right extremist but as a law-abiding citizen, naval veteran, and Bible-believing Christian. The media and far-left would paint me as the former, and some have even accused me being a Trump-lover. 

The truth is that I didn’t vote Trump into office, and I often cringed at some of his behavior. Yet the way mainstream media twisted his words and attacked him actually led me to look at his words and actions more closely to discover that his policies reflected my desire as a Christian. That didn’t make him a perfect president or a perfect person, but it did lead me to vote for him in 2020. 

I admit that some of his supporters have looked to him for more than what he is or should be, but our hope was never in Donald Trump nor in the U.S. Constitution. Yes, I believe that the Constitution is the finest legal document constructed by man. It prescribes a set of checks and balances to resist corruption that reflect a biblical acknowledgment of man’s depravity and supports a set of values that brought out the best in men. But my hope is not in the Constitution, it is in Jesus Christ alone. It is not in what we can do by the power of our own hands or by the constructs of our own minds. God has brought us to these dark times to see our deep need for Him and so His Word will be fulfilled in the End Times. 

The globalists have not secured America as they believe, they have simply been used by God in a similar way that the Assyrians and Babylonians were used to chastise Israel. This is a result of our own infidelity to God, the hypocrisy and idolatry in the Church, and allowing the Church to be influenced by the culture rather than influencing the culture. It has happened over the span of decades. As I pointed out in a previous post, America started its slow decline in 1962 when we removed God from schools, raising generations to submit to a secular god. The idol of secularism needs to be removed from our lives and our government for God’s blessings to return to this nation. 

We need to remove the idols from our land wherever they have been erected.

Yet our current government leads us in different direction. Rep. Emanual Cleaver opened this current Congress by invoking the names of many gods, yet all most people know is that this pastor turned congressman ended his prayer with “Amen and ‘awoman’”. His words and his prayer have brought God’s judgement upon this Congress, and I believe it will entail more than the events of January 6th. The actions of the current administration and Congress to remove religious liberties in this nation pronounce their own condemnation. God will protect His people in this nation and remove the poisoned branches. 

I believe that Isaiah 18 is God’s prophecy for America, and we are entering a time of trouble that He has predicted for us. Yet it comes with a promise of hope and restoration. Look at verses 4-6 and see what God has planned:

This is what the Lord says to me:

I will keep quiet and watch from my dwelling place.

My presence will be like scorching heat in the sunshine,

like heavy dew in the heat of the harvest.

Before the harvest, when blossoms are gone

and grapes are ripening from blossoms,

he will cut off the shoots with pruning shears

and chop off the spreading branches.

They will be left for the birds of prey on the mountains

and the wild animals.

The birds of prey will feed on them in the summer,

and all the wild animals on earth

will feed on them in the winter.

Yet immediately after this time of pruning, God describes how this nation will bring gifts to the Lord or Armies in Zion. This is a nation that is pruned and not destroyed, refined and remade into what we were always meant to be.

As the globalists prepare to celebrate their victory, it will be plucked away from them. That does not mean that we go without suffering in the interim, and we need to be prepared to endure hardship well, representing Him well, treating those who abuse us as Image Bearers. Yes, treating people with respect who disrespect us, speaking the truth in love with the hope that we can win over those who have set themselves against us because of the God we serve. We should be prepared to actively resist the evil of this present age without drawing upon the tactics of the enemy. We should be wise as serpents yet innocent as doves, drawing close to Christ for strength and direction. The weapons we fight with are not of this world, and we should imitate Christ Jesus and not Donald Trump as we seek to join God in the work He is currently doing in these last days. We don’t know who in our camp will defect before the end, and likewise we don’t know who will join us from the other side when Christ comes for His Bride.

I confess my own frustration with those who pervert Scripture to breed passivity, calling for unity where we must remain separate, peace by accepting ungodly practices. No, we must actively resist evil with both our words and our actions, practicing civil disobedience when the law of the land contradicts the Law of our Lord. Yet always, our behavior in person and on social media should not resort to the ways of this world; rather, it should reflect the Fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. We will not be overcome by evil, but we will conquer evil with good (Romans 12:21), and we should be thankful that God has found us worthy for such at time as this.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

The 70th Week and 2021 - Part 2

Continued from The 70th Week and 2021  - Part 1 

As Jesus explained the End Times to His disciples in Matthew 24, He referenced chapter 9 of the prophet Daniel. Looking to that book, we find Daniel in a prayer forgiveness for his people, basing his petition upon God’s name and not anything that Israel deserved. Israel had sinned and was deserving of God’s judgement, and the historical tendency of Israel to turn away from God and His ways burdened Daniel just as our own tendency toward selfishness should bother us.

In today’s environment, we would do well to imitate Daniel’s prayer for Israel and apply it to the Church and to our country. Take a look at Daniel 9:3-20 and consider how to imitate Daniel’s example in prayer and supplication. 

So Daniel prayed, and as he did, he was visited a second time by the angel Gabriel (v21), who told him:

24 “Seventy sets of seven time periods have been assigned for your people and your holy city. These time periods will serve to bring an end to rebellion, to stop sin, to forgive wrongs, to usher in everlasting righteousness, to put a seal on a prophet’s vision, and to anoint the Most Holy One. 25 Learn, then, and understand that from the time the command is given to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the anointed prince comes, seven sets of seven time periods and sixty-two sets of seven time periods will pass. Jerusalem will be restored and rebuilt with a city square and a moat during the troubles of those times. 26 But after the sixty-two sets of seven time periods, the Anointed One will be cut off and have nothing. The city and the holy place will be destroyed with the prince who is to come. His end will come with a flood until the end of the destructive war that has been determined. 27 He will confirm his promise with many for one set of seven time periods. In the middle of the seven time periods, he will stop the sacrifices and food offerings. This will happen along with disgusting things that cause destruction until those time periods come to an end. It has been determined that this will happen to those who destroy the city.”

Other translations refer to the seven time periods as weeks, and as you can imagine, the time measurements of Daniel’s prophecy have been cause for speculation. Earlier in the chapter (v2), Daniel mentions the prophet Jeremiah’s prediction that the Babylonian exile would last for 70 years, so the seventy sets of seven are both a reference to Jeremiah’s prophecy as well as an extension to it. 

The Babylonian exile began in 586 BC / BCE. In 538 BC, Cyrus defeated Babylon, and in 539 BC Cyrus permitted Jews to return to Judah. Finally, in 516 BC Cyrus sent the command to restore Jerusalem (see v25) and the 2nd temple was rebuilt. 586 BC – 516 BC, seventy years exactly as the prophet Jeremiah predicted, seventy years without a temple to worship Yahweh. Seventy years were lost, stolen by the armies that had invaded Israel and Judah. 

But as mentioned earlier, the time periods in Daniel’s prophecy are not as clear as Jeremiah’s and they can only be understood through other biblical prophecies. Starting at 516 BC, we can count forward 49 years (seven sets of seven) to 467 BC, possibly the time of Israel’s salvation through Esther. And counting forward another 434 years (sixty-two sets of seven), we arrive at the year 33 BC, slightly more than a century before the temple is destroyed in 70 AD. We also see that the Annoited One (Jesus) wasn’t cut off until his crucifixtion in 33 AD. 

Again, we have a clear start and end to the Babylonian Exile, but the math isn’t as simple with the Daniel. Yet even if the timeline is uncertain, the outcome is certainly clear:

  1. bring an end to rebellion
  2. to stop sin
  3. to forgive wrongs
  4. to usher in everlasting righteousness
  5. to put a seal on a prophet’s vision
  6. to anoint the Most Holy One

From the list above, we know the first four and last one will occur when Christ returns. The fifth item above adds to the mystery, and by reading further in Daniel to verses 12:4 and 12:9 we see that God’s message was not for Daniel to understand. In fact, it cannot be understood until the end. 

We also can understand that these sets of weeks are not all contiguous since the last week has been delayed by two millennia. Yes, Jesus wasn’t cut off until after at least 483 years had come to pass. (i.e. – 49 + 434 = 483K), but the foretold events occurred over a period of decades... 103 years of apparently unaccounted time! Or was the time really unaccounted for?

Remember, the context of this entire prophecy centers on Jerusalem and the discipline for Israel’s disobedience. At the center of all this is the temple, where Israel worships Yahweh. The temple was destroyed for 70 years before the temple was rebuilt before it was again destroyed in the diaspora, when Y’srael was scattered across all nations. Yet true to God’s word, the nation was reestablished, Jerusalem was reinstated as its capital and the preparations for a new temple await the ashes of an unblemished red heifer

The prophet Joel also predicted Israel’s destruction by armies sent from God in judgement of Israel. These armies are compared to locusts, yet Joel 2:25 promises to restore the years the locusts / armies have stolen (from worship in the Temple), and if you look at the entire context of that chapter in Joel, you’ll see that it also refers to the End Time outpouring of His Spirit. 

So in those first 7 weeks and 62 weeks, 70 years were restored to the timeline so that God’s people could worship Him in the 2nd Temple. In addition, in the middle of that extension, Jesus was born and ultimately rejected by Israel, completing that part of Daniel’s prophecy. The life of Immanuel (“God With Us”) further extended the timeline by 33 years, completing the first two sets of seven leaving only the final set of seven years. The remaining seven years will bring an end to sin and the rebellion against God’s ways that started with Adam and Eve. This final week, the 70th week, will be completed as God foretold through Daniel, through John in Revelation and through the many other prophecies in Scripture. 

The world has been waiting for this 70th week of Daniel and the outpouring of God’s judgement. We deserve it, and like Daniel we should be praying for ourselves, our families and our countrymen, trusting in God’s nature and not our worthiness. The time of this 70th week is near and perhaps is upon us. Thankfully for us, He has decided to cut that time period short (Matthew 24:22)! 

How will we know for sure that this period of tribulation has started?


More to come…

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