Monday, July 28, 2008
**In This Issue**
- Do We Know
America's Ultimate Destiny?
What Does the Bible Say About...?
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Do We Know America's Ultimate Destiny?
Can we find were the United
States appears in Bible prophecy?
This question has been asked this question over the
past few years. So in this month's issue of the
Reflections Newsletter, I
would like to take a brief look at what the Bible has to say about America's
The United States appears to be conspicuously absent from Biblical prophecy.
Biblical scholars tend to disagree on this
subject. I could give you
a multitude of conjectures concerning America's fate, but the fact of the matter
is that the Bible does not specifically explain God's plan for the USA.
However, we can learn many things about America's
possible destiny by looking at the parallels between the US and the
Northern Kingdom of Israel as described in the book of Hosea.
The Northern Kingdom enjoyed material prosperity unequaled since
days of Solomon, but they had sunk to the depths of immorality and idol worship.
As a result of their sin God judged Israel and they were destroyed
by their enemies.
The United States also enjoys unprecedented wealth and prosperity.
However, as a nation we have turned our
back on God. So why hasn't God judged America?
Is it too late? Or
is there still time? Our Lord has power over all
that is in heaven and earth and He alone has the power to transform our nation.
God made a promise to the people of Israel that
may apply to us as well:
people, who are called by My name, shall humble
themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from
their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV ER
This call for repentance is not addressed to our
President, our Congress, conservatives, or the liberal
left: It is addressed to "My
people, who are called by My name." It
speaks to the Body of Christ. Our stewardship of
this nation does not begin and end at the ballot box. There
is much more required of us. We need a national
revival, and it must start with you and me.
LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the
majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is
Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and
You are exalted as head
above all. Both riches and honor come of
You, and You reign over all;
and in Your hand is power and might; and in
Your hand it is to make great, and to give strength to
all. Now therefore, our God, we thank
You, and praise Your
1 Chronicles 29:11-13 KJV ER
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the
Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.
If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having
printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to
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The question for this issue is,
"How could Moses read the Law to the people, and command them to do it
themselves every seven years, when it was in the Ark of the Covenant, and
the punishment was severe for anyone who looked inside of the Ark?"
It is true that the Law, on the
second set of tablets given to Moses, was placed in
the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 40:20). It is
also true that those who had unauthorized contact
with the Ark paid a very heavy price for doing so.
1 Samuel 6:19-20 and 2 Samuel 6:6-7 record such
examples. Remember, the Ark of the Covenant
was believed to contain the very presence of God.
The contents of the Ark were symbolic of that
belief. The Ark of the Covenant contained the
Law (God's Word), Aaron's rod that budded God' s
power), and a jar of manna (God's provision for His
I believe that the answer to this
apparent dilemma is found tin the fact that
additional copies of the Law were made. The
Bible tells us that the Law had widespread
"And Moses wrote this law,
and delivered it to the priests, the sons of Levi,
who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to
all the elders of Israel," Deuteronomy
31:9 KJV ER
In the following verses, the
command is given to read the Law periodically:
"... At the end of every
seven years, in the solemnity of the year of
release, in the feast of tabernacles... you shall
read this law before all Israel in their hearing,"
This would be difficult to
accomplish if there was only one copy. But
eventually, all of the Old Testament Scriptures were
available throughout the ancient world, including
the synagogue that was visited by Christ Jesus in
Luke Chapter 4. They were written on scrolls
to be studied everywhere in the Jewish world.
Therefore, it was not any great task to read the Law
every seven years, without accessing the original
tablets in the Ark of the Covenant.
Moreover, the "Law" to which
Moses was referring in Deuteronomy 31 was more than
just a Decalogue which was encased in the Ark, and
which contained the moral law of Israel. It
also consisted of both civil and ceremonial law that
is summarized in the Book of Deuteronomy, most of
which records an address Moses gave to the
Israelites, just before the Lord called him home.
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
O sing to the
Lord a new song; for He has done marvelous things: his right hand, and His holy
arm, has gotten Him the victory.
98:1 KJV ER
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