Election day in the United States was nearly two weeks ago. Everywhere I looked I saw people mourning the loss of their nation.  There was an air of resignation, dismay, even doom as people battled hard to change minds and votes.  The decision has been made, and not everyone is happy.  There is unrest among the losing team.  And even among the winners, there is an air of uncertainty.  Below are the words I wrote on election day, before the results were in.  I pray that as you read, you will be blessed by this message of hope.

Many who have found peace on this day do not have it because they are confident in the choice of their vote.  They do not have it because they know that God is in control and that He will restore America to its former greatness.  They have the peace that passes all understanding knowing that America is in decline, and that it will never be great again, BECAUSE God is in control.  The United States of America is not, and has never been, intended to be the end time focus of the world.  

Israel is.

In fact, it is widely agreed upon that the United States isn’t even mentioned in any of the end time prophecies in the Bible.  But the United States has had a purpose in God’s sovereign plan.  And it was/is an amazing, incredible, humbling plan!

A few years ago I was praying about the rapidly increasing rate of brutal persecution of Christians, particularly in the Middle East.  Honestly, the rise of ISIS terrified me.  God spoke one line to me during that time of prayer.  I have been praying and seeking the meaning behind it ever since.  He said, “You are Joseph.”  What I did know immediately was that He was referring to Joseph, son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt by his brothers only to end up saving his entire family from destruction decades later in a great famine.  Beyond that, I had no other understanding.

“You are Joseph” has been on my mind and in my heart ever since.  I have prayed and prayed.  Did God mean that I was somehow going to be a place of safety for my own extended family?  Did He mean that the state I living in here in the US would be a place of safety for people, particularly Christians?  Was it broader than that?  Is the United States Joseph, and we are a place of refuge for persecuted Christians from other lands around the world?  I didn’t know, so I continued to pray and wait on the Lord.

It wasn’t until I was sitting in church this Sunday where Pastor has been preaching a series on the entire book of Genesis (we started this time last year, and it has been incredible, by the way).  Sunday’s focus was on the reuniting of Joseph with his brothers.  Suddenly God began to speak to me and slowly on flushed out the meaning behind the word He gave me so many years ago.

Joseph is the United States, or more specifically, the Church in the United States While there are similarities to the stories, it is not an exact parallel.  Allow me to explain.  In pain and despair, Joseph was sent to a land other than his home.  But God had a plan, unknown to Joseph at the time, to use him to save the land, and especially, the family from whom the Messiah would come, from a famine that He foreknew decades in the future.  The first settlers to come to America from Europe were Christians.  They fled because they were being persecuted by the state-run church.  Unbeknownst to them, God had a plan to use them to preserve His Church, and to save it from the famine of the Spirit and the Word which resulted from the influence of the government.

In Matthew 28:19-20 Yeshua commanded His disciples (the fathers of the Church) to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey God’s commands.  The Church, under state rule, had become corrupted to the point it was no longer capable of fulfilling this command.  God preserved a remnant by sending it to a new land from which missionaries in greater numbers than any other nation have been sent out to all the world doing exactly as Yeshua commanded.  In Matthew 24:14 (TLV), while explaining the signs of the end times, Yeshua said this, “This Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  Last year I heard a report on Christian radio from a missionary outreach organization (who’s name I cannot remember) which said that approximately 10% of the world was currently still unreached with the Gospel, but that 10% was expected to be reached within ten years or less.

While God has preserved the Church to carry out His command, He has also used the United States as a safe haven for Jews.  The state of Israel was re-established thanks in large part to the leadership of the United States in the late 1940’s.  And we have been one of their strongest allies for decades.  However, now is coming the time when Israel must stand alone, as is prophesied in Ezekiel.  During the end times, the United States will not be a powerful force able to stand by Israel’s side.

Today, as the Church comes closer and closer to fulfilling its command from Yeshua, its influence declines, and along with it, declines the United States of America.  The mission for the Church is drawing to a close, and so is the need for the United States to be a powerful force on the world stage.

Knowing this, what should the Church expect in the near future?  Regardless of the outcome of today’s Presidential Election, we can expect a sharp decline in our freedoms of speech and religion.  Just as the Israelites lost favor and freedom in Egypt after Joseph was gone, so we will lose favor and freedoms here in the United States.  We already see the beginning of that, and it will continue.

But also as Egypt suffered God’s judgment for the mistreatment of His chosen people, so this nation will meet with God’s judgment for its mistreatment and rejection of Yeshua’s Bride, the Church.  Prepare yourselves.  Remember that Israel was affected by the first 3 of the ten plagues on Egypt, then God exempted Israel from the rest.  I don’t know what God’s judgment on America will look like.  I suspect we will know it when we see it.  In the end, Israel was bodily removed from Egypt, guided to their Promised Land by Moses.  And soon, very soon, we too will be bodily removed and guided to our Promised Land, the place where Yeshua has gone to prepare with many mansions.  We will be guided by Yeshua Himself!

REJOICE Brothers and Sisters!!!  Our mission is nearly complete!  When it is, WE GET TO GO HOME!!!!!

Today, remember the promise of Yeshua, “What I am leaving with you is shalom—I am giving you my shalom.  I don’t give the way the world gives.  Don’t let yourselves be upset or frightened.”  (John 14:27, CJB).  Don’t look for peace and comfort in the election results or anything else in this world.  We have peace of a whole other kind!!!  We know God’s purpose, and we know God’s plan.  Don’t mourn this world too much.  Everything worth loving here will be hundreds of times better in Heaven!!!

Come quickly Lord Yeshua!!!!!  Amen!