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“I live in the greatest nation this world has ever known.” I often hear that kind of a declaration, referring to the U.S.A, in prayers, and political discussions. While I appreciate the sentiment of it, and greatly love my country, there is a real danger in making patriotism the ultimate measure of one’s national virtue.
The prophet Jeremiah became a marked man in Israel, when he prophesied the captivity of his beloved land—of God’s chosen people—by a heathen nation. He was persecuted unto the point of death, except for God’s mercy to him through a faithful friend. Perhaps his greatest misdeed, in the nation’s view, was his command to them not to resist the enemy, but rather, to give in to them.
Two principles need to be understood:
Firstly, no nation is beyond the biblical law of sowing and reaping (as is also no individual). If America goes the way of Sodom, it will reap the judgment of Sodom ! If America chooses to replace the only true and living God, with a god of its own choosing, then it will reap judgment, as did Israel.
Secondly, that America was founded on bible principles, with abundant recognition that the founding fathers were doing the work of God, is without legitimate dispute. There was no thought in their wildest imaginations of these principled men, that an illegitimate religion , would ever seize the hearts of America. There is little hope, in my mind, that it is not already materializing (it will, I believe, come to fruition shortly after the Rapture of the Church). The First Amendment to our Constitution was not instituted to prevent government from relating to God, but to insure that government never established any religion as the official state religion. Had they had any concept that the travesty existing today would ever occur, I suspect they would have furnished the proposed amendment with additional clarity.
I love America, but it is the America that has God as the author of her freedom, and the constitution as the guarantor of her democratic political continuance. I will not pledge allegiance to an Obama style system of socialism, pledging allegiance to a godless government, or a government that has exiled our God into a state of oblivion.
America is “One nation under God,” and that is the only pledge I will make. We are not “One nation, under God,” as is most always indicated by the way it is vocalized. It is “One nation under God,” without a comma punctuation mark.
If I have any understanding of bible prophecy, America is going to fall—either from within, or from without. (There is no room in bible prophecy for a strong nation, like America is, or has been, as the case may be, to exist.) Whether now, or later, I can’t know. But it surely appears the “fullness of the gentiles,” is about to occur. If so, then we are even now seeing the development of the demise of America.
If America is great, it is because of her principled founding, and continuing dependence upon her great God, and because of godly people who are the building blocks of that greatness. But if she turns away--and she will, now or later--then she will be removed from her exalted position.
I would love to see revival come to America, and see her greatness restored. But, believing as I do, that her purpose in the scheme of things is about to end, I don’t look for it. America is the greatest nation, in our affection and loyalty, but there is coming one that will be greater.
Deuteronomy, Chapters 28 – 30, is a most important, but sadly, I think, among the most neglected portions of the Word of God. In it, and then continuing onto the end of the Book, we have God’s plan for the world’s future.
The first fourteen verses of Chapter 28 tell us what God will do “for” Israel, if they obey Him—in the Land. The next 54 verses tell what He will do “to” them, if they disobey. It is an awful, and awesome, revelation! The heart of it, however, is that Israel will either be the “Head of the nations,” hence, a praise to her God, or else, the “Tail,” and a byword and proverb, hence, a disgrace.
She, of course, disobeyed. God knew she would, and so did Moses, as he revealed to them a sad song.
You see, the nations of the world were allotted by God, based on the nation of Israel. The sons of Adam’s inheritance, was according to the inheritance of God. This latter inheritance—God’s inheritance—was allotted to Israel. The descendants of both Ishmael and Esau are excluded. It is the family of Jacob that comprises God’s inheritance.
Yes, Israel sinned, and that is why she is suffering all she has suffered, and is suffering, and is going to suffer. (Another holocaust lies yet ahead, for her). But, when she has endured, she will repent and call upon her God for deliverance—just as she did when in Egypt’s bondage. Then, look what God is going to do (Deuteronomy 32:35 – 44; 33:27, 28). Israel will repent, receive her Messiah-King, and be delivered—her enemies—Arab, Muslim, and atheistic enemies all around her, and to the North—will be destroyed, and Israel established in her land, forever!
We Bible believers must do all we can to stand for righteousness, warn America of her sin and coming judgment, pray for the continuance of our freedom, charge our leaders to obey God, and hope that Jesus comes to get us before it gets too bad. But to work for the reviving and restoration of America, as the hope for us and our heritage—that just doesn’t concur with bible prophecy. Those who preach such are the ones who deny that God has future plans for Israel, and that she will one day rule the world. They hold that all the promises God made to Israel, have now been transferred to the Church. They preach that we must pray and work for revival--that the world may turn to Christ--and we thereby establish righteousness in the earth.
It ain’t agonna happen!
It isn’t about America: Prophetically, this nation must fall, or fail.
It isn’t about the Church: Christendom will become apostate; a remnant of true believers will continue on, and be removed from earth’s scene, via the Rapture.
It IS all about Israel! She is destined to become the greatest nation on Earth.
(Your comments on this article would be welcome.)
 As always, your knowledge of the scriptures will determine your grasp of that which is stated. Read the Books of Jeremiah and Lamentations.
 The writer is not implying the nature of the judgment, but that judgment, in whatever form, will come.
 All religion is illegitimate, and false. Such is marked by a system of works, rooted in ritual and ceremony, a concoction of
some cultic, or apostate, leader. Easily recognizable, religion is always located on the Calvary bypass!
 Romans 11:25.
 Dear reader, I could list specific verses, but you really need to read all, and meditate on, all three chapters. I beg of you not to squander this golden opportunity to learn of God’s plan for this world.
Dr. Swaim is a native North Carolinian, where he now resides. He was saved as a young lad in Calvary Baptist Church, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and immediately became a student of the Word of God. Among his most influential teachers were the late Drs. W. Herbert Brown, and Elmer Piper, two of his childhood pastors. Others included, first of all, his late godly mother, who, beside her own testimony, equipped him with a Scofield Reference Bible, and fed him a spiritual diet of radio preachers. Prominent among them were the late Drs. Oliver B. Green, M. R. DeHaan and Charles Fuller.
Following high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Army, and trained as a helicopter mechanic. In November of 1959, he married Marnie Faye Jordan, his wife now of over 50 years. After six years of military service, he answered the call to preach, and enrolled in Piedmont Bible (now, Baptist) College, in his hometown of Winston-Salem. In the early part of 1971, he entered his first pastorate, graduating from college in the Spring with a Th.B degree. He pastored churches in North Carolina and Virginia until 1998, and being also involved in additional areas of service, including music, radio, print, and addiction recovery ministries. During this time frame, he earned his Master and Doctor Degrees, from the Andersonville Baptist Seminary,in Camilla, Georgia. (now, Andersonville Theological Seminary)
Though not now pastoring a church, due to some physical restrictions, he is an an active member of the Green Valley Baptist Church, Walkertown, North Carolina, where Brother Wayne Dunn is the fine Pastor. Pastor Wayne often calls upon Dr. Swaim to preach, and fill the pulpit in his absence, as well as being elected now as Teacher of the Auditorium Bible Class.
Several years ago, Dr. Swaim was diagnosed with a cancer on one vocal chord. Through much prayer, and appropriate medical procedures, he is now cancer free. To God be the glory, with many thanks also to the VA Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, for their great work.
Thank you, and may our Lord Jesus make this web site ministry a blessing to you,
Dr. O. Wilburn Swaim Th.D