Why isn’t the United States mentioned in the Bible, especially when we read Bible prophecy regarding the future of the world?
When I became a Christian, about 35 years ago, I believed it was because our country would be reduced to just a few people after the “rapture” of the church.
The rapture, which comes from the Latin word “raptus”, means caught up. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 states, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Thirty five years ago, we were “One nation under God,” but we were already on the decline as a world power. I believe a large part of our decline has been our failure as Christians to be “salt and light” to those around us. Jesus told His followers, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.”
Sometimes I read the angry postings from those who don’t believe. They just need to be patient. The only thing holding back unbridled evil and the wanton pursuit of every kind of sensual, self-seeking pleasure is we “crazy” Christians. When Jesus comes for us, as promised, those who remain will be free to pursue every lust without hindrance.
I used to think the United States wasn’t mentioned because so many Christians would vanish from the earth in the rapture, but I have changed my view. I don’t see so many standing up for what is good, righteous, and holy. The salt and light have become a minority.
There is now good reason to believe we, as a nation, will destroy ourselves.
We have proven we are capable of destroying ourselves. Just look at the legalization of abortion.
Since 1973, when we legalized a woman’s right to end the life of her unborn child, we have killed almost 56 million babies. That is a whole generation who would have been here to insure the future. We lost those who would work in the workplace, support the government (if you lean in that direction) and pass on our heritage.
That number is equal to the population of California, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Oregon combined in case you have trouble putting things in perspective.
Christians, don’t give up standing up for what is good and wholesome, and to the rest, pray that Jesus comes soon to get all of us Christians out of your way.
Noel Reese is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Rio Vista. He can be reached at www.calvarychapelriovista.com.