WHY CONFUSION REIGNS IN AMERICA!
By Pastor Robert W. Record
Nothing is quite so characteristic of our Day and Time as the confusion that reigns among our leaders as they seek to cope with our ever-mounting problems. And this confusion is what we might expect from all who have taken to walking the way that seems right unto them. As a nation, we no longer have any authority higher than our own wisdom and counsel. And only too often the policies of our nation are directed by those who control our money -- a people who do not believe in Christian Americanism and who are leading us on a course away from God and righteousness. Such a thing would not be possible if it were not for the fact that our people have lost the Divine perspective of things, and are themselves given to taking the way that seems right unto them.
Such a way of life is designated in the Bible as the Babylonian system of things. And since the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. (Jer.10:23), such a way can only lead to ever increasing trouble and confusion.
The American people have a national textbook from which they could get light and help that would eliminate their growing confusion. That Book, or course, is the Bible. But the Bible is little read these days, and less understood as to its overall message, even by those who do. This is the reason we have lost the Divine perspective and our nation is floundering along like a blind man who has lost his way. The Psalmist speaks of the Word of God as a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our pathway, but we are manifestly walking without that light today. We are walking rather in the darkness of human, finite reason, or in the light of fable and tradition that is preached from many a pulpit as being light.
Confusion reigns in America and the lands of Christendom today because they have been fed the lie that they are Gentiles, and that the Jews alone are Israel! And since the Bible story centers in Israel and the covenant promises that God made with Abraham and his seed, to mistake the identity of this people, or to ‘spiritualize’ them and apply their promises to a so-called ‘Gentile Church’ can only lead to confusion and spiritual darkness.
The Jews of today are a religious sect classed with Protestants and Catholics. They have not, they are not, and they never will fulfill the prophetic history of the nation of Israel! Yet most of our Fundamentalist and Futurist friends are vainly trying to prove that they have, or will yet fulfill, that prophetic history. We thus have the blind leading the blind and both are falling into the ditch. What is even more serious is, that the preaching of such fable and tradition makes the Word of God of none effect. Its light not only does not shine on our national pathway, it is hid beneath an avalanche of tradition that is taught as being the Word of God.
Think with me for a moment. The main feature of the Abrahamic Covenant was that of great national development. Not only was Israel to become a great nation, but Abram’s name was changed to Abraham because he was to become the ‘father of many nations’ (Gen.17:4-5). This promise of great national development on the part of the Israel people is reiterated time and again. And in Genesis 48:16-19 we are plainly told that two great nations were to spring from the birthright house of Joseph.
Then too, this national seed of Abraham was to be a blessing to the other peoples and nations. This could only be possible as they w ere living and walking in a covenant relationship to God. Since this was never realized in any of their Old Testament history, then it would have to be fulfilled in this New Covenant period. This means that to be a blessing to the other nations, they would have to be a Christian people. This should not be surprising to any student of the Bible for the New Covenant was to, and made with, the House of Israel. (Jer.31:33 & Matt.26:27-28). What is more, Hosea prophesies that in the place where Israel was called, “Not God’s people,”there they would be called “The sons of the living God.” (Hosea 1:10). And so we could go on.
The point I would make here, is, that none of the national promises made to Israel have ever been fulfilled in the Jews, nor are they about to be, and the end of the age is upon us. Neither have the Jews as a people entered into New Covenant salvation. The fact is, they are the most anti-Christ people in existence today!
To therefore present them as being “God’s chosen people” and heirs to the promises given to Israel, has led to confusion confounded. Yea, it leaves our people perplexed and in darkness with respect to the meaning of the events that are bringing this age to a close.
The great Israel nation as prophesied by Isaiah and Micah, which was to be chief among the nations, is none other than our own United States. The people who came here from England and Western Europe, are the Anglo-Saxons, Nordic and English speaking peoples. What is more, we comprise the people who above all others, have embraced New Covenant salvation. And by every Biblical mark of identification we are the once lost sheep of the house of Israel. It is only as we recognize this fact and get back to God in our national life in keeping with God’s Kingdom purposes, that we will ever be rid of our confusion and begin to solve our mounting problems.
(Originally published in The National Message Ministry-Escondido, CA.)