by Billye Brim
During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln heard someone say he hoped the Lord was on the Union’s side. Lincoln replied, “I am not at all concerned about that, for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side.”
At this critical time, that must be our prayer as well.
The Lord has a side. It’s in the Bible, exactly as it is written.
The Bible is the plan of the ages, and it’s not subject to change. Jesus said to look at the fig tree—which represents Israel—to see where we are in God’s timetable (Luke 21:29-31). Through Abraham, God chose Israel, blessed them, and gave them the land.
God’s original plan was to reveal Himself to the nations and demonstrate His blessings through Israel. “And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee” (Deuteronomy 28:10).
The Jews were literally scattered to the four corners of the earth (verse 64). But just before the coming of the Messiah, God promised to gather them back to their land. The Jewish people began to return to their homeland in 1948 when Israel was declared a state. Even today, we see that happening. “For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it” (Jeremiah 30:3).
America’s Untold Foundation
God also clearly declared the outcome of those who bless Israel and those who curse Israel.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).
From our beginnings, America has blessed Israel. As a result, we have had a chuppah (canopy) of blessing over us. But if we stray from God’s plan, we damage our covering and become exposed to the storms.
Judgment of the Nations
I believe we are now in a time called the “judgment of the nations.” Although every nation will be judged, the Bible tells us how, as a nation, we can pass that judgment. It also tells what will happen to the nations that don’t go with God’s plan.
Joel 3:2 says, “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” The Hebrew says, “I will bring all nations to the valley of Jehoshaphat and will indict them there.”
So the Bible tells us that God will bring all nations to the valley of judgment (Jehoshaphat means “Jehovah shall judge”). At that time, He will indict those who scattered the Jewish people and divided up the land of Israel. What that judgment will be was revealed through the prophet Jeremiah. Through him, God said to Israel, “Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey” (Jeremiah 30:16).
In this crucial hour, the United States of America needs prayer. Our leaders are involved in great discussions and pressures to part the land God gave His people. Those in government and in spiritual authority need our prayers of intercession that they will understand God’s will and His plan for Israel, and act accordingly.
First Timothy 2:1-2 is the prayer platform of the Church and gives us authority to pray for our leaders. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
Leading a quiet and peaceable life depends on our prayers for those in authority. The future of the United States is not in the hands of politicians…it is in our hands.
Pray that America will be on the Lord’s side. We must have our canopy of blessing intact. We must continue to bless Israel.
Billye Brim is the president and founder of Billye Brim Ministries. For ministry materials and information write to Billye Brim Ministries, P.O. Box 40, Branson, MO 65615, call 1-417-336-4877 or visit her Web site www.billyebrim.org
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