This one is posted in honour of Sean. If I had a hat on, I'd salute. If you could clone him, your country wouldn't be in such a mess. (Discerning readers may notice that "honour" has been spelt correctly, and military protocol has been properly observed).
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3 Reasons why the US isn't in Prophecy | Frames of Reference
3 Reasons why the US isn't in Prophecy
People wonder why the United States doesnít play a role in end-times prophecy. Some believe after the rapture most of the country will be gone, thus the country essentially ceases to exist. Others have different theories; in the end theyíre all guesses.
Perhaps a quote from the past sheds some light on it.
America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within. (Stalin)
Three things the United States has going for it (according to Stalin):
Stalin believed corrupting those three would cause the country to collapse. So how are we doing?
Patriotism became a four-letter word. Itís fashionable to believe the country is inherently bad and evil ó or even causes most of the problems in the world. Two views exist: The first acknowledges the country makes mistakes, but remains basically good and stands for liberty, while the other believes itís mainly bad and evil, and needs to be ďfundamentally transformedĒ into something else, with more control over citizens and less liberty (here and abroad) ó a new world order.
Morality sunk to new lows as value relativism took over. With TV programming continuing to sink lower and lower, not even the family hour remains safe from the toxic ooze seeping across the country (oops, they call that ďpop cultureĒ now). As the country abandons God, atheist theology declares value relativism and even claims no absolutes exist. In other words, everyone does what is right in their own eyes, and the only absolute is the idea no absolutes exist (the one thing value relativists proclaim ó absolutely).
Spiritual life in decay. As we see bizarre doctrine infecting the church ó in some cases even replacing the Gospel of Jesus, the average church-goer fails to defend the true gospel against counterfeits due to both the failure of pastors to teach truth, and failure of people to ďvote with their feetĒ and leave churches failing to adequately teach truth.
Will Stalin be proved correct? Could these three ideas cause the collapse of the country, and perhaps thatís why itís not in prophecy?
We certainly donít know the future, or can provide a reason why the United States doesnít appear. However, itís time for the church to stand up and get the country to reverse course back from where it came, as the road itís on will not provide a happy ending.
Itís time for an action plan for the future. Three simple ideas:
Study your Bible. Once or twice a week during church wonít get the job done. If youíre intimately familiar with the truth, youíll quickly spot counterfeit gospels.
Study the Armor of God ó you must understand and properly use the tools Godís given you.
Get involved. Make your opinion known, and support those candidates and positions espousing Biblical principles, and shun those failing the test.
If the country abandons God, itís because the people allow it, and if it be Godly, itís because the people demand it.