But when he used the above passage to justify his claim
that America could experience a different outcome from the Northern
Kingdom's, he lost me. In my
mind the book was instantly downgraded to another work of fiction, although
with convincing historical and spiritual analysis.
I had a hard time getting through the last few chapters, because they
were just a human opinion based on an incorrect interpretation of 2
chronicles 7:14. At its end
the book had become just as vague and fanciful as it had been precise and
direct at the beginning.
If the author is correct in his assertion that as far
as God is concerned political leaders officially speak for their country,
then America is not the country of “my people who are called by my name” to
whom 2 Chronicles 7:14 is addressed.
At a press conference in Turkey in April of 2009 President Obama said
that America is not a Christian nation.
He was repeating something he'd been saying since 2007. When asked to
clarify this he once said, “What
I mean is America is not just a Christian nation.
We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a
Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”
That statement doesn't make sense.
A nation may count among its residents people of many faiths, but it
can't be a nation of all of
them. Such a nation could only
be a nation of no official faith. And that's what America is, we're a nation
of no official faith. (I sometimes wonder how it makes Christians from other
countries feel when American Christians act as if they think America and the
Church are one and the same.)
It's true there are a lot of Christians in America.
But we all belong to the Church and the Church has no national
homeland, not in America and not anywhere else.
The Church comes from every nation on Earth but our citizenship is in
Heaven (Phil. 3:20) and that's where our home is.
American believers are not called to repent and save America any more
than believers who live in other countries are called to repent and save
theirs. No matter what country
we live in we're supposed to be like Abraham, strangers in a foreign land
looking forward to the city whose architect and builder is God (Hebr.
Israel was a nation officially in a covenant
relationship with God whose eternal destiny is to live with Him in the land
He gave them here on Earth (Ezekiel 43:7).
After King Solomon's death the
nation was divided, both physically and spiritually.
The Northern Kingdom didn't just split from the South, they also
split from God. The Levitical
Priests were expelled, and the faithful from all of the northern tribes fled
to the south with them (2 Chron. 11:16).
Only the unbelievers remained in the North.
A new priesthood was formed and altars were erected to pagan gods.
Failing to win the Northern Kingdom back, the Lord sent the Assyrians
to warn them. They refused to
heed the warnings and were ultimately conquered.
Even though our relationship with Him was different
from theirs, America officially renounced God just as the Northern Kingdom
had. Now God is judging America,
and the only way for Americans to escape the coming judgment is to
flee with the Church, like the believing Israelites fled with the priests.
(To his credit the author did provide a moving set of instructions on
how to become part of the Church.)
Once the Lord takes us home, what's left of America
will be destroyed for failing to heed God's warnings just as the Northern
Kingdom was destroyed. The dual purpose of the Great Tribulation is clearly
explained in Jeremiah 30:11. The first is to completely destroy all
the nations among which the Jews have been scattered, and the second is to
discipline Israel in preparation for the coming Kingdom Age. If you're
looking for a Bible verse that refers to America in the end times, look at
the first part of Jeremiah 30:11.