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America reset?

America reset?

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has turned, and is turning, the world upside down. While the impact on Israel is yet to become clear, some initial signs are encouraging. Is God resetting the clock?

Twelve years ago I wrote the following:


“I believe the main reason the United States was founded 250 years ago was so that our great country would be in a position to stand with the restored nation of Israel in these days.”

This astonishing point of view was expressed by a North Carolinian Conservative candidate for the US Congress in conversation with an American pastor friend early in 2004. Apparently, David Huffman believed that when, in the early 17th century, God moved on the hearts of men to leave England and make their way west, it was in His mind to plant a new nation to which He would bequeath a special honor and spectacular destiny. When God brought about the independence of the United States in 1776, He was supervising the founding of a nation He purposed to have in place about two centuries later as the world’s mightiest superpower. And His reason for elevating America to this position was so that she would ally herself with the surviving remnant of the Jewish people, help them take root again in their national homeland, and support them in their struggle against a hostile world.

So America exists for Israel’s sake? What an absurd thought!

By such reckoning, all the major events that shaped the United States – from the days of early settlement [to] the Space Race – took place ultimately so that the United States could be positioned to stand with the Jewish nation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Surely a ridiculous idea! Israel is one of the smallest nations on earth, just 26,990 square miles or 43,436 square kilometers in total surface area. It is home to 6.8 million Israelis, nearly 80 percent of them Jewish. The daily lives of its people revolve around the basic issues of survival against military onslaught, preserving Israel as a Jewish state and yet a democracy, absorbing hundreds of thousands of new immigrants, building a prosperous economy for its citizens, and battling for acceptance in a world that has never had much time for Jews.

Events happening almost everywhere on the globe impact Israel in one way or the other.

By contrast, the United States could swallow this scrap of Jewish homeland 130 times. The 3.5 million square miles (5.6million sq. km) of that mammoth country are home to 300 million people, 98 percent of them non-Jews. It is the wealthiest, most powerful military and industrial nation in the world.

For the majority of its citizens, America is the center of the world. For some it is the world. There is so much going on somewhere in the US at any given moment of every day that events outside its borders often don’t penetrate the daily news bulletins.

The United States lies half-a-world away from the State of Israel. Politically, it is largely consumed with issues affecting its relations with the other great nations [sponsoring numerous global initiatives] with a finger in almost every political pie on the planet. And this giant’s purpose, its primary raison d’être, is to be allied with Israel against the rest of the international community?

How could any serious-minded person accept such a notion? Well, David Huffman and his pastor friend believe this to be true. For that matter, so do I. As a non-American, however, perhaps it is easier for me to see things this way. For most American Christians, raised to be deeply patriotic and fiercely loyal to their country, and enjoying the sense of near-invulnerability offered by such a powerful motherland, reaching a conclusion like this would require a revolutionary paradigm shift.

To fathom this and ultimately embrace it means to recognize that little Israel and no other nation – no matter how large and mighty – is at the center of God’s plan for mankind.

But God had not abandoned Jacob “whom He foreknew.” Although humanity had now entered the Christian epoch, Israel – the desolate land and the scattered people – outlived or survived in spite of every major kingdom and empire that existed from the time of Christ until today, including Rome, the Byzantium and Islamic states, the Crusaders, the British Empire, Nazi Germany, and the USSR.

Unlike all other Gentile nations in history, America had the distinction of being built on biblical bedrock. Dig down to her foundations, and you’ll find the Scriptures there. George Washington: “It is impossible to govern the world without God and the ­Bible.” His successor, John Adams, expressed it this way: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge wrote: “The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.”

It is this belief which holds the key to America’s victorious survival against the forces that want to see her go the way of all the powers before her. The Bible contains all the answers, and all the plans, that God has for individuals and for nations. And the nation central to its subject and present on all its pages is Israel.

I believe God has always had a special destiny laid out for America. And, tall order though it may be at this late hour in our era, I believe that America can yet rediscover and pursue that destiny.

It will require that God’s people in that land exchange their perspective – which has their great country at the center of the world – for God’s perspective, which has little Israel in that place, at the hub of His still unfolding redemption plan.

27 Jan 2017 12 comments
  • Lynne Baker February 1, 2017 at 04:51 /

    So true Stan! Praying that God will move in the hearts of the people of America to understand how vital it is to stand with , bless and love Israel and receive His promised blessings. I believe strongly that Donald Trump has been raised up for such a time as this. If only those who are protesting against him would put their energy into praising God – what a country the USA would be! Bless you in your work Stan.

  • Arthur Writght January 31, 2017 at 05:30 /

    It is true that our nation ,USA, was founded on God’s principles . However when this naton turns away from this belief it to will be like all other Nations
    before the USA existed . Given Time it will be almost totally forgotten.
    Who remembers Rome any more ,hardly every mentioned in daily life.
    Israel has had its disbelieving generations and they to were punished .
    However other nations do not have any promises from God that is to
    keep them alive in future generations .
    The God that I trust is the God that promised Aaram or Abraham that
    his children would become a great nation .
    Where are all the other Nations that have tried to exterminate the Jewish
    race . Like Hitler they are gone .
    I can only pray that this nation ,USA , does not go negative to God word
    and if it does this nation is history . The things seen in this nation is not to
    my liking .

  • Lorna P January 30, 2017 at 07:48 /

    I’m glad you found this article from 12 years ago, its message of paradigm shift is as relevant today as it ever was. We seem to have both a Church and a secular world, in increasingly hostile ways, expecting Israel and the Jews to come in their direction,as it were, if they want acceptance and blessing, rather than the other way around. Nobody but Israel is predestined to an eternal place at the head of the nations. God has blessing galore and good governance planned for the whole earth – but zealously and unequivocally out of Zion. His worldview has always, always, always been Israel-centred. I think it a marvellous thing that He has provided opportunities for nations to show servanthood – in the best sense of the word – by standing with His chosen people in their promised land. May the US make the most of the new chance it has been given to do so and may other nations buck the world trend and join it.

  • Dorothy Healy January 29, 2017 at 13:39 /

    The hidden hand of God in our world is profound indeed. He will never forget his people. He has carved them on the palm of his hand. The world will be astounded to see his trump card played.

  • Beverly January 28, 2017 at 19:10 /

    If words could carry the sound of thunder that ring loud and true, these words you have written surely do. Thank you for being the scribe of such hope and encouragement!

  • Sue and Dick January 28, 2017 at 18:10 /

    Thank you for confirming what we already feel in our hearts: as Believers, we are excitedly expectant that the change of our government will release a might outpouring of God’s spiritual power over our nation, the United States. God’s people have prayed for God to have His way in the election and to again bless us with Godly politicians so we will bless Israel and in return God will fulfill His promise to America of Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you… We need continued prayer for revival, a great revival, so we can say with all Truth, “One nation, under God”. Thank you again for seeing our nation’s purpose in lifting up and standing with Israel, the Apple of God’s eye! Blessings for all you do for His Glory, Sue and Dick

  • Todd & Julie Haak January 28, 2017 at 16:47 /

    Excellent and right on Stan! Preach it!!!

  • Dave January 28, 2017 at 12:46 /

    You are correct. Great article!
    When the Messiah returns to rule the Earth, He will do so from Jerusalem . Zechariah 8:2-3
    2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

    3 This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”

  • Carole Kirton January 28, 2017 at 09:07 /

    A revelation Stan…. thank you.
    The Lord certainly is moving across the nations, particularly in the US at this time.
    Time to be on our knees and praying for the US and her citizens.

  • glue grant January 28, 2017 at 08:34 /

    an absolutely amazing article Stan. Thank you

  • Dee January 28, 2017 at 03:33 /

    I don’t think it is absurd that America exists for the sake of Israel, we may be an extension of Israel. We are not in prophesy and that is strange because America has been a super-power. BUT, Israel is the Center of the world and God has His Name on Jerusalem.

  • Alison January 28, 2017 at 01:58 /

    Stan, thank you for the shift in my paradigm that occurred last October 2015 when you guided us through The Beautiful Land. Jerusalem is the capital of the world. King Jehu is beginning to clean house. Shalom brother. May the God of the universe keep you safe and uphold you with his righteous right hand.