Allegheny Valley Church Of God
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Rev. 17:1-6)
If you've ever spent any time watching or listening to prophecy teachers I'm sure you have heard this statement: "America is not in Biblical prophecy." The pundits have described the final world empire in terms of the European Union (once the common market), Islamic states, even the rebuilding of what was once ancient Babylon. Even as a young Christian many years ago I was curious as to what would be the fate of the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the face of the earth. Some of the explanations:
One of the theories was this:"When the rapture happens most prominent Americans will be gone and our nation will collapse after losing a majority of it's people." This, of course, is laughable. While 80% of our population claims to believe in Jesus Christ, our national social and political behavior tells a far different story. When the rapture happens there will be a lot of people who will disappear, but it is my belief that our government and most of our social infrastructure will remain virtually intact. How many of our political leaders really follow Jesus Christ? Our former president (George W. Bush) claimed to be a Christian. Many of our evangelical leaders lifted him up as a godly praying man, Yet he stated publicly that everyone finds their own way to God. Our current president, Barak Obama, claims to believe in God, but his policies and actions tell a different story. Some believe he's a Muslim, but he acts much more like a Marxist. To a Marxist religion is an opiate that is to be expunged. Other leaders claim to have "faith" but they never say in what or whom, and their voting records and lifestyles say otherwise. In the last election we were faced with choosing between a Marxist and a Mormon. Mitt Romney was a very moral man with family values that seem to mirror those of many Christians. But as a Mormon he denies the very foundations of the Christian faith. Will the American population be decimated by the rapture? I don't think so.
Another viewpoint is this: "America will suffer a great natural disaster that will render her powerless and of no consequence in world events." This idea has a little more credibility. With a volcano brewing underneath Yellowstone Park and an island in the Atlantic ocean getting ready to fall into the sea to create a 200 ft. tidal wave that would wipe out the eastern seaboard, this scenario is not as far fetched as some may think. Earthquakes and fire and brimstone falling from the sky are Biblical allusions, and there would be no defense against such natural disasters. Such disasters are predicted in the scriptures. Do they refer to America? Quite possibly, but to have a prophetic application they must happen during the 7 year tribulation period.
Finally, here is another opinion: "America will sustain a devastating nuclear, electronic or germ warfare attack, and be rendered helpless." Again, this is a plausible idea. Again if this happens it will probably happen during the time of Jacob's trouble, and happen according to the prophetic pictures given in Revelation and elsewhere.
It is quite obvious to me and to an increasing number of Bible students that America is indeed included in Biblical prophecy. One thread that runs throughout the scriptures from the Old Testament to the New is the presence of Babylon on earth. It started out as a tower that was commissioned and built by the first human hero, a king named Nimrod, and has represented everything that manifests man's rebellion against God throughout the millennia.
About 500 years before Christ the inhabiants of Jerusalem were carried away captive by the king of Babylon. Nebudchanezzar was the most powerful man on the face of the earth at that time. In Daniel chapter 2 he had a troubling dream that could not remember. Through the grace of God the dream was revealed to Daniel as was the interpretation.
In the king's dream he saw an image of a man. The man's head was gold, his chest and arms silver, his loins brass, his legs iron, and his feet of iron mixed with clay. At the end of the dream there was a great rock that came and destroyed the statue and became a kingdom. Daniel clearly states that each metal in the image represented a kingdom. Those kingdoms were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. These all represented world kingdoms who had anything to do with God's people, Israel.
In a later vision Daniel saw these kingdoms represented as viscious ravenous beasts (Dan. 7) that were set upon devouring everything in their paths. Centuries later the Apostle John saw a vision of these beasts combined into one (Rev. 13). We are living in the time when the kingdoms of this world are joining together once again, just as they did at the tower of Babel, to raise their fists against a holy God. At the forefront of this effort is the nations that has as it's motto, "In God We Trust."
Barak Obama has laid out a vision for our nation that is an anti-christ manifesto. Everything evil is being seen as good, and everything good is considered evil. I believe that America and American democracy and culture are represented as the feet of iron and clay,
Da 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
America has tried, like the ancient Romans, to export not only it's form of government, but the filth and sinfulness of our culture, our entertainment industry,our growing disdain for Biblical and traditional marriage and relationships, our hatred for anything righteousness and our embracing of everything evil. We are truly living in Babylon, and just as predicted, Babylon will fall. It's time for believers to make a decision that, like Daniel, we will not be defiled with the king's meat.
Don't be dismayed, Christian, at what you see. Romans chapter 1 explains it all. Look up, for your redemption draws nigh.