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Judgment of the U.S. in Light of 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Remember 9/11

Remember 9/11

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; if my people, which 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 7:13-14).

The blessings the U.S. has enjoyed are the product of God using this nation for his purposes (a matter of sovereign Election). God sets up and tears down nations according to his purpose.  The judgment of the nations will come at the End, at Armageddon.  Afterward, Christ will rule all nations from Jerusalem for 1000 years. All OT prophecy must be filtered through the lens of NT revelation.  If God “pulls the plug” on the U.S., it will be because our usefulness has ended, either as part of his Plan, or because our apostasy makes us no longer useful.

The passage 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 refers specifically to Israel, which is/was Elect in terms of God’s covenant with Abraham.  God made special provisions for Israel, including a process of bringing them to repentance through famine, then persecution and war, and ultimately deportation. God did not necessarily make 2 Chr 7:14 applicable to other nations.

If we repent corporately, I suppose we may extend our usefulness, as did Hezekiah, and in a sense Nineveh and other nations.  But if destruction of the U.S. as a nation is part of God’s Plan, individual or subgroup repentance might not change that fate.  Yet those who are Christians — saved — remain a “remnant” who are of Israel, being grafted in through faith, and will be preserved through Eternal Life.

In the meantime, Christians in the U.S. should definitely do all they can to “by any means save some” (Rom 11:14, 1 Cor 9:22), and indeed to affect their society, culture, and yes, government, toward Godly purposes.

© 2011 Paul A. Hughes


Written by biblequestion

September 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

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