America: Past Present and Future - Part 1

Very few know that many things about the past, present, and the future of the United States of America or U.S.A. or America for short had been mentioned and foretold in the Bible. But many people, even those from other countries know how America began. So everybody thinks that America has very young history which started when Christopher Columbus discovered the continent, known before as the New World. Well, that is how people know how America started.

The Bible traces America's past, present and future far way back in biblical times. America's origin is already discussed in the article, The Real Roots of America. It is important to read this article before proceeding with this topic.

From those times of humble beginnings, God also revealed in advance how America will become a great nation. Some of these are found in the Book of Ezekiel, chapters 31 and 32. For this topic we will study God's blessings to America that made her became so great.

The Beginnings

Ancient Egypt immortalized their famous pharaohs in giant sphinx. The U.S. does the same in Mount Rushmore.

Ezek 31:1-9
1 In the eleventh year, in the third month on the first day, the word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his hordes:
"'Who can be compared with you in majesty? 3 Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon ,with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage. 4 The waters nourished it, deep springs made it grow tall; their streams flowed all around its base and sent their channels to all the trees of the field. 5 So it towered higher than all the trees of the field; its boughs increased and its branches grew long, spreading because of abundant waters. 6 All the birds of the air nested in its boughs, all the beasts of the field gave birth under its branches; all the great nations lived in its shade. 7 It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters. 8 The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it, nor could the pine trees equal its boughs, nor could the plane trees compare with its branches — no tree in the garden of God could match its beauty. 9 I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God.

First, knowing that America is the modern Egypt, her leaders are also called pharaohs. We call them presidents. The prophecy is talking about the presidents preceding the coming of the Antichrist, the great Pharaoh ruling over Egypt (Please read Isa 19:4. More on this next time). America is likened to the mighty Assyria who was once a superpower in the ancient times. She is also likened her to "...a cedar in Lebanon with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest; it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage."

A cedar mentioned here is the Lebanon cedar, the country's national emblem which is also displayed in the Lebanese flag. The tree can grow up to 40 meters tall, its trunk can grow to 2.50 meters in diameter. It is a fairly huge tree outgrowing other trees in the forest. So America is like the cedar. The prophecy then describes America to be:

  1. Beautiful - "..with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest..." She will be the envy of nations because of her God-given beauty
  2. Great military power - "it towered on high, its top above the thick foliage." She will be the most powerful nation on earth
  3. Great economic power - "its boughs increased and its branches grew long, spreading because of abundant waters." Her economic base is deeply rooted, her wealth greatly spread far beyond her shores.

Only one country in the world possesses all these combination—the United States of America. In 2011, America received almost 60 million tourists, second only to France with 77 million. However, the U.S. topped the tourism receipt with $103 B.

Undoubtedly, the U.S. is also the world's sole superpower today. No one can rival her supremacy over air, land and sea. She is also, and still the greatest economy so far. This is the result of God's blessings through the patriarchs, from Abraham to Joseph then to Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.

The melting pot of the world

The U.S. has the most number of foreign immigrants in the world, basically due to availability of job opportunities, good economy and open immigration program.
Source: Wikipedia

The U.S. is also know as the world's melting pot of races.

"All the birds of the air nested in its boughs, all the beasts of the field gave birth under its branches; all the great nations lived in its shade."

"Melting pot" according to Wikipedia was used to describe the fusion of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures. It was used together with concepts of the United States as an ideal republic and a "city upon a hill" or new promised land. The United States still receives the largest number of immigrants per year. Based on Live Science article, the most important factor that determines a country’s rate of immigration is the availability of jobs. Janne Batalova, an immigration policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, told Life’s Little Mysteries--with America still running the world’s largest economy, it is little surprise that people moving to the U.S. account for 20 % of the entire planet’s immigration, according to the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Far second are Russia and Germany with 5% each. "In terms of the U.S., it's widely known that no other countries can really match the economic, educational, and social mobility for people in all walks of life," Batalova said.

God's blessings to the United States exceeds that of the Garden of Eden

"The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it, nor could the pine trees equal its boughs, nor could the plane trees compare with its branches — no tree in the garden of God could match its beauty."

The garden of Eden, the garden of God, for sure was a paradise but the above verse says, Eden can not compare with the beauty and blessings that America received. We may desire the unknown beauty that was in Eden, forever lost due to the sin of Adam and Eve but what we do not know is, God has blessed America more than He blessed His own garden. Take note, this is not a figure of speech using the Garden of Eden as base of comparison with the beauty of the America. God is telling us the truth. Today, Americans continue to sin, continue to defy God, never pray and say thanks to God's abundant grace for the mother country but still God continue to bring rain and harvest to the American people. Eden went down and cursed due to one "small" sin of eating the forbidden fruit. That sin pales in comparison with the countless sins we are all committing every single day these days. The blessings brought about by the blood of Jesus Christ is surely far better than what the Garden of Eden received. The mercy, patience, faith and forgiveness of God towards His people is always enduring to the end—until He comes again.

The blessings of America comes from God and not by the works of men

"I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God."

The last verse of the passage emphasized God's the only power that made America great and mighty. It is not by American people that she became what she is today.

An article from http://www.examiner.com lists 17 reasons why America is a great nation. Not one of the list mentioned God as among the reasons why America is great. I believe though that this is not what everyone thinks. I know that there are so many out there who believed that it is God who is the reason and only reason why America is very rich. There is only verse that determined the beginning of America. America is actually Manasseh, one of the two sons of Joseph, the other being Ephraim whom this prophecy below was passed onto.

Gen 49:22-26
22 "Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. 23 With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. 24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 25 because of your father's God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb. 26 Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

Between the two sons of Joseph though, Ephraim received the greater blessings.

Gen 48:19-20
He (Manasseh) too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother (Ephraim) will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations." 20 He blessed them that day and said,
"In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing:
'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'"

GDP by countries as measured by International Monetary Fund and World Bank. This is the prophecy to Joseph, to his sons Ephraim and Manasseh came true.
Source: Wikipedia

Ephraim became great as well, in fact greater than Manasseh because of this prophetic promise. Ephraim became the European Union, a group of nations wealthier than America. These nations are actually the lost tribes of Israel. Click the chart at left for details.

[Related topics on modern-day Israel: Israel, The Divided House; Who Are the Ten Horns of the Beast? - Part 1 and Part 2]

The prophecy of Jacob also mentioned that the blessings to his two sons are better than all other blessings given to the rest of the world in earlier times (in parenthesis mine).

Your father's (Jacob) blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains (great nations), than the bounty of the age-old hills (small nations).

That explains why God's blessings to Ephraim and Manasseh through Joseph are better than those of the ancient Garden of Eden as discussed above.

It is by recognizing how the prophecies applied to the great nations today shall we realize how great our God is and how true is the Bible. If we really want to know how the Divine Plan plays a very big role in leadership and governance of nations today, read your Bible. It is the blueprint of past and future history of nations. The end has been foretold from the very beginning.

The future of the U.S.A. will be discussed in the next topic. Know it before it happens.

Praise and glory be to God!

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