Something to ponder by Mark Millett (this’ll shake you up):
As the jet soared above California on my return home from my mission there in April, I felt compelled to read Chapters 17-18 of the Book of Revelation.
It seemed, again, as though a veil was lifting on this arcane book, like another page of thin tissue turning to reveal a bit more of the mysterious image of the “end times” emerging in our day. The word “apocalypse” means, in fact, the unveiling—a reference to the unveiling of a bride at her wedding.1
What I read began to place America in a completely new biblical light. To be sure I wasn’t reading into something that isn’t there, I have done some research that has left me somewhat astounded…
THE GREAT HARLOT
In St. John’s Apocalypse, he was given a powerful vision of the judgment of what he called “the great harlot”:
Come here. I will show you the judgment on the great harlot who lives near the many waters. The kings of the earth have had intercourse with her, and the inhabitants of the earth became drunk on the wine of her harlotry. (Rev 17:1-2)
As I looked down at America through my window, I marveled at the beauty of a country that lives near many waters…. the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, all marking the four borders of America. And what country on earth has had more influence upon “the kings… and the inhabitants of the earth”? But what does it mean that they “drunk on the wine of her harlotry”? As the answers came to me as quick as lightning, I was taken aback at what was unfolding regarding, possibly, America.
Now, I must pause for a moment to make something absolutely clear. I have numerous friends in the United States—awesome, strong, dedicated Christians. There are little pockets here and there where the faith is powerfully lived out. I am writing what has come to me in the course of prayer and reflection… in the same way the other writings here have come about. It is not my judgment upon individual Americans, many whom I love and have developed friendships with. (Furthermore, in my opinion, the Church in Canada is far more comatose than America where the critical issues of the day are at least openly debated.) Still, my American friends are the first to say how far their country has fallen from grace and entered into spiritual “harlotry.” From an American reader:
We know that America has sinned against the greatest light; other nations are just as sinful, but none have had the gospel preached and proclaimed as America has. God will judge this country for all the sins that cry out to heaven… It’s shameless flaunting of homosexuality, murder of millions of pre-born babies, rampant divorce, lewdness, pornography, child abuse, occult practices and on and on and on. Not to mention the greed, worldliness, and lukewarmness of so many in the Church. Why has a nation that was once a bastion and stronghold of Christianity and so wonderfully blessed by God… turned its back on Him?
The answer is a difficult one. It may lie in part in a biblical destiny that is now coming to light…. Continue reading …
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