I grew up in the United States of America and retain a deep emotional attachment to it even though I have lived in Israel almost half my life, so it pains me deeply to see the US in such existential turmoil. Not just the US, but the entirety of what I’m just barely old enough to remember was once called “the Free World” seems to be teetering on the brink of unrecoverable disaster and dissolution. The future world that my children will grow up in looks like it’ll be a pretty dark place.
Let me tell you what gives me some comfort.
The United States of America, and the “free world” it was the central pillar of, was created by God for a purpose, and I think that this purpose was to serve a similar role for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ as the earthly ministry of John the Baptist served for the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.
John the Baptist did indeed “prepare the way” for Jesus’ earthly ministry, as you can read in the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. But as John the Baptist said in John 3:30, when some of his disciples (students) came to him and asked him how they should react to Jesus becoming more well-known and respected than John himself had ever been, John replied by saying “He must increase, but I must decrease”.
John the Baptist knew something very important, and it’s something that we need to be aware of as well. He knew that he had been empowered by God to do a job, to fulfill a purpose and to be involved in a process. But he also knew that he himself was not the object of all those efforts. He was not building his own kingdom, his own ministry, his own legacy or his own future. He was part of an effort to build something far more important, far better and far more permanent.
The USA (and, lest we forget, the British Empire before it) did much to “prepare the way” for the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth to set up His Kingdom here. It did this by sending missionaries around the world, establishing religious freedom as a basic human right, and in many other ways. Also, of course, the British Empire and the USA were both used mightily by God to help create the modern State of Israel, fulfilling prophecy and paving the way for the imminent return of Jesus Christ to this Earth.
But, like John the Baptist, the British Empire and the US needed to “decrease” so that the Kingdom of Jesus Christ might “increase” and I believe that’s precisely what we’re seeing happening today.
America is not an end unto itself. It was created for a purpose and it was never meant to last forever. The Kingdom of Jesus Christ will last forever, as it says in Daniel 2:35;
“Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.”
Furthermore, Matthew 11:11 quotes Jesus as saying “Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
I hope God doesn’t mind if I paraphrase that by saying, “Among all the nation states that have ever been formed on this planet, none was greater than the USA, but the worst day we will ever have in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will be much better than the best day we ever had in the USA.”
Therefore Brothers and Sisters, do not despair and do not lose heart. We’re losing something which was fantastic while it lasted, but a new world is coming and this pain we’re going through now is necessary for us to get there. Be in prayer and communion with God and be in fellowship with each other, for our Redemption is very near.