The Message of Hope in America’s Fall

17 Apr

I’m convinced America’s fall is soon, but I have no idea when. Some Biblical prophesies seem to indicate it could happen very soon. Other Biblical prophesies state certain things must happen first. The collapse could be generations away.

In today’s post I want to share my understanding of a verse people cling to for hope. It’s is a verse of hope. A great verse. But at some point in time that the Father has set, even it will not prevent God from fulfilling his final will. A day will come when he will bring an end to sin’s temptation, an end to his creation trying to rule itself without him, an end to even one more soul being lost forever.

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)

What this verse isn’t:
1. This verse will not delay the completed salvation of God’s creation. He has a timetable set that only he knows. All things will come to that climax.
2. Geographic and political entities don’t have souls. They can’t be saved. The verse is often used to hint, if not actually intend, that a nation can be the subject of the challenge and salvation. God seeks souls of individuals.
3. The verse cannot be used to finger point at the sins of others around us.

What this verse is:
It’s addressed to those—individually and corporately—who claim to be his, who are called by his name. Christians must turn away from a watered-down gospel. Stop seeking to be liked by or to please the world. We are sent to change it. We need to repent from presenting a wrong image of Jesus. Of course, that means we must hotly pursue him and his righteousness in us and expressed through us.

Think how different the Church will appear when we walk in Christ’s meekness and authority. The verse speaks to me that we (his people called by his name) must first become broken. In the church’s present state, we acknowledge with our lips that there is nothing in us warranting his mercy and grace to us, but yet we try to do his work in our own strength. We go about our daily lives as if we by ourselves can handle our own trials and destinies. Instead, we must submit to him in everything. Second, we must mourn. Again, God’s heart is than none should die an eternal death, forever separated from him in torment. Know his heart for the lost because we were once numbered among them. Feel his desire to be known and loved by them.

What must happen before the end:
Think about the first Church. Remember its burning passion for others to believe on the name of Jesus. Consider their immovable convictions in the face of persecution and their complete commitment to make it happen. I believe the last Church will see all these things restored. Paul puts it this way in Romans 8:18-22 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” (NASB)

In Ephesians 4:13 he wrote, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” (NKJV). It will happen sometime. The Church will minister on earth with the full authority of Jesus. It will walk in kingdom life, be a clear and accurate expression of him on earth, and be prepared as a bride for the wedding feast to come.

If we are truly in the last days, this must happen. It’s been stated prophetically by Jesus and the early apostles. The process begins with “If my people…”

Therefore, if we are in the last days, and if the Church reaching that full stature of Christ must happen first, then we must conclude the full restoration could happen with the current generations on earth. Our prayers, our focus, must not be on saving America, but on the condition of individual hearts and souls of the people in America. What eternity lies before them?

For additional reading, click on the categories button and find Baptism of Fire and Blueprint for the Church. The blogs are listed most recent first so to catch the flow, start at the bottom of each group.

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