God's Plan for America--Part 4
Jun 16, 2011
There are some truly major biblical concepts that one must believe and understand in order to know the mind of God and His divine plan.
1. Abraham's calling was to be a blessing to all families of the earth--not to oppress them or treat them like slaves.
2. The command for Israel to eradicate the Canaanites was based upon the failure of Israel to hear the Word at Sinai--not merely the sin of the Canaanites.
3. Had Israel been properly equipped with the Sword of the Spirit, the Canaanites would have been converted--not exterminated by a physical sword.
4. Old Covenant methods have always been inadequate to fulfill the will of God. Only by following the New Covenant can any man hope to be a blessing, rather than a curse to all families of the earth.
These truths are self-evident from Scripture, but they are not often taught and even less are they understood and put into practice. The Church in general has had too many years of traditional thinking that is rooted in the Old Covenant.
Because of this, the Church has often justified war and even torture as an evangelistic tool. Hence, while "heretics" were being tortured on the rack, Churchmen would command them to submit to the authority of the Church and to recant what they believed to be true. Likewise, in their zeal to take possession of holy real estate, they were willing to send "Crusaders" to the "Holy Land," thinking this would please God.
Nation fought against nation in Europe, with each monarch offering the greatest amount of money to get the papal blessing upon his troops. "God bless our swords, that we may smite the enemy!"
The Gospel of the Kingdom is based upon the New Covenant conquest of the earth. It can only be done if and when Christians are filled with the Spirit of God and are able to use that dunamis(power) to be a blessing to everyone they meet. Such power is tested in the crucible of opposition and persecution, which God Himself raises up in order to show forth His glory when it is overcome by the power of the Spirit.
Yet when men drop the Sword of the Spirit, they inevitably take up the physical sword and begin to use raw force to extend the Kingdom. When they do so, they merely extend the kingdoms of men by the traditions of men. It is NOT the Kingdom of God that is extended.
Here is where it is very helpful to understand that King Saul was the prophetic type of the Church under Pentecost. He was in rebellion against God, yet he was truly anointed, and He even prophesied under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Nonetheless, when God threatened to replace him, he fought back, attempting to defend his throne from God.
Understanding Saul gives us a better knowledge of Church history. It explains the actions of the Church and informs us that God disapproves of its actions. Saul thought that his kingdom would last forever on account of his genuine anointing. The Church, too, has thought that "the gates of hell will not prevail against it." The Church has not comprehended that the gates of hell are not its problem. Its problem is the gates of heaven.
The dispersed Israelites, who were taken to Assyria and who later immigrated into Europe, became known as the Christian Nations and the bastion of Christianity. God indeed fulfilled His obligation to bring them the Gospel of the Kingdom, as promised through the prophets. But the Age of Pentecost was the Age of Saul--not David. It was a time of transition into the Age of Tabernacles, where prophetic "David" would rule as a man after God's own heart.
Both the Protestant Reformation and the settlement of America occurred during the reign of prophetic "Saul." Saul's 40-year reign is a type of 40 Jubilee cycles from 33 to 1993 A.D. Hence, when America began to be established as a nation in 1776, it was inevitable that it should fail to establish righteousness in the earth. It was full of the same mixture as the house of Saul. That mixture would give it both good qualities and bad, but the bad would eventually leaven the whole lump.
From the start, this mixture realm was seen most clearly in the slavery issue. The Roman Church had condoned slavery for centuries and even owned slaves at the Vatican. Thus, many Christians saw nothing wrong with slavery itself, although, thankfully, many treated their slaves with kindness. But when the Declaration of Independence was being drafted in 1776, it ran headlong into this issue of slavery. The first draft included in the list of grievances against King George II:
"Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he [King George] has prostituted his negative for suppressing every Legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished dye, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he also obtruded [forced his policies on] them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the Liberties of our people with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another."
Unfortunately, this clause was taken out of the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The issue of slavery festered among the states until the Civil War. Even then, the problem has persisted to the present time in somewhat lesser forms.
The Civil War was a divine judgment against America that had its roots in the ancient House of Israel. In fact, the Declaration of Independence itself was written 2,520 years (7 "times" in prophecy) after Israel had begun to be deported to Assyria (745 B.C.).
America's capital, Washington D.C., was built in the 1790's, and the government moved to that location in the year 1800, which was precisely 2,520 years after Israel's capital, Samaria, had been destroyed (721 B.C.).
The Civil War followed a different prophetic time cycle, because it had a different cause. The cycle we know as "Judged Time" has to do with late obedience, and it is characterized by 434-year cycles. In this case, the delay was in outlawing slavery, which ought to have been done in 1776 or in 1789 when the Constitution was written.
Instead, slavery was institutionalized in the laws of the land, and as time passed, it became more and more entrenched as "Constitutional." So God brought judgment upon America in the form of a Civil War. It occurred 6 x 434 years after Israel had begun to be deported in 745 B.C.
And so, while 1776 was 2,520 years after 745 B.C. (ending the 7 "times" of captivity), their delay in this matter of slavery brought about divine judgment in 1860, which was 6 x 434 years after 745 B.C.
Israel's 7 "times" of captivity and judgment were in accordance with the divine laws of tribulation set forth in Lev. 26:18. God enslaved the lost Israelites for 2,520 years and then formed a new nation in America to begin the process of bringing the rest of the Israelites--and the world--out of their own forms of slavery. The ultimate slavery, of course, is bondage to sin.
America did indeed have a genuine anointing as a nation to bring Liberty to all men. But the leaven in the nation perverted this and delayed even the simple eradication of slavery for decades. The fact that God judged America on the "Judged Time" cycle shows that God held America accountable by His Law. When a son is judged, it is because he is a son of his father.
Hence, these very judgments prove that America has a calling in the divine plan.
This is the fourth part of a series titled "God's Plan for America." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones