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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, July 28, 2008

**In This Issue**

  1. Do We Know America's Ultimate Destiny?
  2. 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 ultimate destiny.

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:

"If My 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.

"Yours, O 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 glorious name."   1 Chronicles 29:11-13   KJV ER


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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 send your question in an email to me at biblequestions@reflecthisglory.org.  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.

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 people).

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 distribution:

"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,"   Deuteronomy 30:10-11

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.                   


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**MEMORY VERSE OF THE MONTH**

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.

Psalm 98:1 KJV ER

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