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(America Is in Prophecy)
Read Isaiah 18 Completely
There Are Four Countries not One
America Is the Main Country
Messengers Attack America
The Attack Happens in the Future
America Brings a Present to the Lord
Where Is the Land of Cush?
From Where Do the Messengers Come?
Avoid the Tragedy
We Can Still Save Some Lives
Jesus Is the Messiah
Isaiah 18 and the Future of America
America Brings a Present to the Lord
In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
What is the present? The Bible does not say here. It would be nice to know.
Israel Will Rebuild
One possibility is the rebuilding Jerusalem and the cities of Israel. In Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 the Bible prophesies the invasion of Israel in the last days by multiple countries.
|14||Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? |
|15||And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:|
|16||And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.|
|17||Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?|
|18||And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.|
|19||For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;|
|20||So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.|
Verse 19 tells us of a great shaking in the whole land. Verse 20 says all men on the face of the earth shall shake. Does "earth" refer to the whole world or the complete land of Israel? With either possibility the minimum extent requires every building in all of Israel to fall. For Israel to continue on new buildings must be built. This is another type of gift that could be brought. America could help rebuild Israel.
The Third Temple Will Be Built
Another possibility is that the present is gold, silver or materials to build a third temple in Jerusalem. Daniel 8:11 says, "Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down." In verse 19 daniel was told, "... Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be." While many think this refers to Antiochus it was explained to Daniel that this was about the end times. During the tribulation the temple will have to be built again in order to be cast down by the antichrist.
God Loves People The Most
The present might also represent all of the Jewish people living in America. They are worth infinitely more than gold and silver. There is no greater present that you can give to God other than yourself. Consider the parable Jesus told in Luke 15:
|11||And he said, A certain man had two sons:|
|12||And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.|
|13||And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.|
|14||And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.|
|15||And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.|
|16||And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.|
|17||And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!|
|18||I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,|
|19||And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.|
|20||And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.|
|21||And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.|
|22||But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:|
|23||And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:|
|24||For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.|
|25||Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.|
|26||And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.|
|27||And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.|
|28||And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.|
|29||And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
|30||But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.|
|31||And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.|
|32||It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.|
The father waited anxiously for his son and wished every day for him to come back home. What about Joseph and Mary? Following the birth of Jesus, Luke 2:22 says, "And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;" Joseph and Mary presented Jesus unto the Lord (God the father) in Jerusalem. Other than their own lives, this was the greatest gift they could give. God doesn't need our gold, he wants us to return to him. Today when Jews return home to the land of their fathers they often refer to it as an aliyah. You may have seen it mentioned on the Arutz Sheva and Jerusalem Post web sites linked to Nefesh B'Nefesh Aliyah Services. If millions of Jews returned to Israel it would be a great present unto the Lord and worth more than all the gold and silver in the world. Isaiah 33:6 tells us "the fear of the LORD is his treasure". We need not just a great physical Aliyah (a going up referring to immigration to the land of Israel) but a great spiritual one.
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