The U.S. in the Good Book?
The white stuff all in the air, gently wafting to the earth?
Oh, that’s only more snow.
Started sometime during the night; must’ve accumulated up to four, five inches by nine o’clock this morning.
Sitting squarely on 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to our porch thermometer.
Yep, we’re still up here on a Northern New Mexico mountain.
The snowdrift on our north side must be up to about five foot by now, edging up over the bottom of windows on that side of the cabin.
Yes, Mother Nature can really pretty-up its face with her white-fluffy powder.
Speaking of the earth and its nations…well, I was thinking about the subject anyway… and we hear so many prognosticators say the United States is not found in the Bible, especially in its last-day event prophesies.
If this is so, don’t you kind of wonder why not?
After all, the U.S. is currently near, if not at the top of nations of the world in so many categories, and has been for a long time.
Why wouldn’t we (the U.S.) be found in eschatological end-time events from the Good Book?
I’ve thunk of some reasons.
Number One is theoretical.
In our formative years, right on up to and through the founding fathers, we were a nation of smaller nations (colonies/states), formed on the idea of their inhabitants actually being the colony, state, or nation, that is, a government of, by, and for the people. Think about it; are we yet that government (nation)?
I think not. We the People have become nothing more than blocks of special interest voters and primary sources of revenue.
So, in this respect, the original colonies/states and early United States have been turned on their head.
In the eyes of a people, once knowing themselves to be sovereign and under the authority of a sovereign God, now find roles reversed and central governments, local, state, national, and international, assuming the role of the people and of the Good Lord.
So, will the real United States please stand up?
If the latter (current) authority is really not the authentic United States, as envisaged by generations of original-intent thinking Americans which, alone, could be reason for its not being found in the Holy Scriptures depicting latter day events.
In the eyes of Providence, could He be asking, where is that land calling itself One Nation Under God?
*In very early America, "united" and "states" were signified in the lower case, i.e., "u" and "s."
They were adjectives of America and of each individual colony.
Patrick Henry, I believe, saw the handwriting on the wall, refusing to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1776 saying, "I smell a rat."
The previous Articles of Confederation needed only micro adjustment, but there are always those who desire more power and control from a governmental point of view.
Mr. Henry may have seen the seeds of 19th, 20th and 21st Century totalitarianism springing out of the long-ago Independence Hall convention in Philadelphia.
The real United States may have, even then, begun a descent from its original intent.
Actually, it was only 85 years from that City of Brotherly Love convention until its newly formed central government in Washington decided to wage war on itself…or, more properly, on a segment of its society (the South) which insisted on clinging to original intent.
The winning of that war, in itself, consolidated central power at Washington into the monolith currently holding sway and which will, undoubtedly, in its death throes, merge into a one-world government.
The Good Book does make mention of that final futile attempt by man to elevate himself to godhood with a new world order.
Shades of Babel and its tower supposedly reaching Heaven and up to God (without God’s assistance, of course).
Our hope as an individual or as a 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." II Chronicles 7:14
So, a key may be whether we are his people or not, and if we are, are we willing to humble ourselves and pray, to seek his face…and most difficult of all, to turn from our wicked ways so our land can be healed.
If so, maybe the big thing is not whether we’re U.S. citizens found in the Bible, but that we’re definitely his people.
Then it’s a sure thing we and our abode (land) are found in the scriptures and in his end-time prophecies.
May God, through Jesus Christ, bless.