Did God Cause America To Exist?

The Bible states that God birthed the nation of Israel for a purpose. Did God also birth the United States of America for a similar purpose? There are some who feel that the United States has taken the place that God gave to Israel, since they denied their Messiah when He came to earth. This is not true, particularly when we examine the texts of Romans where Paul answers this question in detail.

I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not!  No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning. ~Romans 11:1-2

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved. ~Romans 11:25-26

We also find in the Bible, great evidence that no nation, people, or their leaders, can exist apart from God’s Sovereignty. God made this clear to Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus, the kings of the two greatest empires that have ever existed.

God made this clear through the prophet Daniel:

In order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, He gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.’ ~Daniel 4:17

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” ~Daniel 2:20-21

God calls every nation of power, for His own purposes. There is no nation on earth that exists apart from the sovereignty of God. It is also true that God ordained America to be a light to the world. The first people who came to the land of America, came with the intent of founding a land where the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be proclaimed to the whole world. These men who first came to America, believed that God had brought them to this land and that He would cause them to fulfill a destiny that God had determined.

The Pilgrims who first came to America, stated that they had come to this continent for the express purpose of Evangelizing those here to a saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ. Individuals would knit themselves together into a community which would govern themselves according to the standards found in God’s Word.

The Mayflower Compact

150 years later, when the Declaration of Independence was authored, it was from these first principles that the Declaration declared that all of America could and now would completely govern itself under God’s laws, the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”.

This belief was so strong, that they would rely upon God’s Word, that it was written on the currency of the American Revolution. On the back of the currency is the words “The Law is our King” across an open bible

During the American Revolution, the Bible and God’s Law were recognized as the Basis for our self government. These principles were instituted 150 years previously by the Pilgrims.

America’s Spiritual Heritage

God has also used the United States to help Israel, protect Israel, and make it possible for the Jews to go home to their own land once again and become a nation again, born in just one day. This fulfilled the prophecies of Ezekiel 36 and 37, a prophecy that had to be fulfilled before Jesus could return to earth again as the Messiah, to rule and reign over the earth for one thousand years.

None of the events described in the book of Revelation could be completed unless the Jews were back in their land once again. The prophecies of Daniel 9, Zechariah 12, 14, and Ezekiel 36-37, all depended upon Israel being a nation again. The prophecies of the last days require that the third Temple will be built on the Temple Mount at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, according to 2 Thessalonians chapter 2:3-4.

Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (the Tribulation) will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. ~2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

The antichrist cannot make his entrance into the world, and he cannot sit in the Temple and be proclaimed as God, unless the Jews are back in their land again, and Jerusalem is once again the capital of Israel.

A nation born in a day

The prophet Isaiah predicted that the nation of Israel would be born once again in their own land, in one day:

Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? ~Isaiah 66:8

America was called by God to act on behalf of Israel in 1947, to become a nation once again. During the voting process conducted by the United Nations, it was the vote of the United States that allowed the Jews to gain control of the lands they now occupy. If not for the existence of the United States, Israel and the Jews would not exist today in their own land. These are facts of the historical record. On this basis alone, we can see that God ordained America to be a country that He would use to fulfill His word.[8]

Everything in the Old Testament was written so we might learn

Paul wrote that everything that is in the Old Testament was placed there for us today, so that we might learn from what was said and done, and apply it to our own life.

For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4

The principles that God gave to Israel and Judah, are universal, and apply to all nations and peoples. The covenant of the land was uniquely given to the Jews by God, but their faith in the God of the Hebrew scriptures was for anyone who would trust in Him.

When we examine the words of the men who founded America and framed the constitution, we learn that they also believed that God had birthed America to be a city on a hill for all nations. The United States was established by God to send the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations, just as the Jews were called to declare salvation in the coming Messiah.

Benjamin Rush

SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; SURGEON GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY; RATIFIER OF THE U. S. CONSTITUTION; “FATHER OF AMERICAN MEDICINE”; TREASURER OF THE U. S. MINT; “FATHER OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION”

I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament.”[A]

See the 52 Christian men who founded America

The men who founded America, and framed the Constitution, believed that God had ordained this nation for a specific purpose. In the texts of the founding documents we find evidence of this truth, and in the personal words and statements of America’s founders.

The framers of the Constitution and the men who signed the Declaration of Independence believed that all of our laws in the United States of America came from God and from His Word, as found in the Bible. The Founders of the United States of America believed that man does not have the right nor the capacity to institute any other laws outside of God’s law.

A secular nation?

It is a common error amongst those who are uninformed, that the United States was founded as a secular nation. In fact, when we examine the hundreds of thousands of founding documents for the nation, we find that the entire purpose for our break with Britain was to become a Christian nation, under the God of the Bible.

King George III of Britain had declared that when he spoke, it was with the voice of God. It was with this belief that he felt that Britain had the right to dictate to the people of the new land of America, that their obedience was to the king of England and his laws only.

The motto of the American Revolution declared that they would have “No King but King Jesus.” Benjamin Franklin frequently stated during the revolution against Britain: “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

The entire purpose of our war with Britain and the seeking of our independence was to secure laws for our nation based upon the laws of God, and to exist as people who are governed according to the dictates of the Bible. Notice the specific text in the introduction to the Declaration of Independence:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, 1. the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 2. all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 3. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That 4. whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

  1. The basis of law for the United States is “the laws of nature and of nature’s God.”
  2. These laws are created for all men, and come to us from God as our Creator.
  3. In order to institute these laws that come from God, government is established.
  4. When any government becomes destructive in not following the laws of God, the people have the right to abolish that government and start a new government.

The purpose of this Declaration of Independence was necessitated because of the actions of the king of England, who said that he was acting in the place of God and had the right to institute laws himself. The war that took place between the newly-formed nation of America, and Britain, was to establish a new government based upon the laws of God, and not those of a king nor any man.

The framers of the Declaration of Independence stated that our rights, which would be a part of the new nation they were founding, came to all men by their “Creator.” Further stating, these rights are “self-evident.” These men believed that the God of the Bible exists and He is the source of all creation. They believed that the entitlement of liberty and freedom from government oppression and tyranny were rights bestowed to the citizens of America by God. They declared that this fact is self-evident—meaning that God’s existence and His intention to make men free is clear, obvious, and manifested by the existence of the universe itself. It was because they believed in the God of the Bible, that they took the laws of America from the laws of nature and nature’s God.

It really could not be any clearer than has already been stated in the most famous of all American founding documents—The Declaration of Independence. The founding fathers were primarily Christian men, who believed in God and were seeking to found a nation that could enjoy the freedoms God intended for all people. For this reason, the laws that make up the Constitution came from the basic principles of God’s law, as found in the Bible. If we examine the laws God has declared for mankind, we see that the laws of the United States closely parallel what God has ordained for all people.

There are thousands of other documents from the founding fathers that further define the purpose for our nation’s original purpose. The opening words of the Declaration of Independence is the most familiar language that many people have seen for themselves. If we just read the text of this document and let their words define, for themselves, the purpose for this declaration, it is clear that the United States of America was founded upon Christian principles, with its laws coming from the Bible—the laws of God.

I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament.”⁠[1]  ~Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”⁠[2] ~John Quincy Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The United States was founded upon the belief that God has called us as a nation and that our liberty was given to us from God. If we remove our conviction that God is the source of our nation, and begin to act in ways that are contrary to His laws, we will experience His wrath.

[C]an the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? – that they are not to be violated but with His wrath?[⁠3] ~Thomas Jefferson

To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. All efforts made to destroy the foundations of our Holy Religion ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation… in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom… Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government – and all the blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.⁠[4] ~Jedidiah Morse

If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”⁠[5] ~Ronald Reagan

The Bible is clear that no nation exists apart from the sovereignty of God and no people may remain free unless they believe in and honor God.

The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.’[6]

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.[7]

When Israel abandoned God, over the process of 490 years, they slowly saw the effects of their abandonment in their nation. The enemies of Israel began to attack their cities. The financial prosperity of the nation declined. Lawlessness increased, and people began to do what was right in their own eyes rather than what God said was right.

As a result, the nation began to decline; and eventually, God removed His total protection over the nation, resulting in Israel and Judah being taken captive by their enemies.

Just as God called Israel to become a nation for His purposes, He also called the United States to be a nation that He would use to help the Jews become a nation once again in the Last Days, and to declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations.


NOTES:

[A] Benjamin Rush, Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton, New Jersey: American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I, p. 475, to Elias Boudinot on July 9, 1788

[1] Benjamin Rush, Letters of Benjamin Rush, L. H. Butterfield, editor (Princeton, New Jersey: American Philosophical Society, 1951), Vol. I, p. 475, to Elias Boudinot on July 9, 1788. Signer of the Declaration of Independence; surgeon general of the continental army; ratifier of the u. s. constitution; “father of american medicine”; treasurer of the u. s. mint; “father of public schools under the constitution”

[2] John Quincy Adams, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), pp. 5-6

[3] Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (Philadelphia: Matthew Carey, 1794), Query XVIII, pp. 236-237

[4] Jedidiah Morse, A Sermon, Exhibiting the Present Dangers and Consequent Duties of the Citizens of the United States of America, Delivered at Charlestown, April 25, 1799, The Day of the National Fast (MA: Printed by Samuel Etheridge, 1799), p.9

[5] Ronald Reagan, “Remarks at a Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Dallas, Texas,” The American Presidency Project, August 23, 1984 (at: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=40282)

[6] Daniel 4:17

[7]  Romans 13:1

[8] 1. On 12 May 1948, President Truman met in the Oval Office with Secretary of State Marshall, Under Secretary of State Robert A. Lovett, Counsel to the President Clark Clifford, and several others to discuss the Palestine situation. Clifford argued in favor of recognizing the new Jewish state in accordance with the partition resolution. Marshall opposed Clifford’s arguments, contending that they were based on domestic political considerations in the election year. Marshall said that, if Truman followed Clifford’s advice and recognized the Jewish state, then he would vote against Truman in the election. Truman did not clearly state his views in the meeting.

Two days later, on 14 May 1948, the United States, under Truman, became the first country to extend any form of recognition. This happened within hours of the Jewish People’s Council gathering at the Tel Aviv Museum and David Ben-Gurion declaring “the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel”. The phrase “in Eretz Israel” is the only place in the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel containing any reference to the location of the new State.

The text of the communication from the provisional government of Israel to Truman was as follows:

MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to notify you that the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of 29 November 1947. Source: wikipedia article.

2. Re-birth of a nation: On 29 November, 1947, a 2000-year-old dream became reality: A Jewish State was born anew in its ancient homeland.

On that day the UN General Assembly voted on Resolution 181, adopting a plan to partition the British Mandate into two states, one Jewish, one Arab.
Having ruled the area since 1917, Great Britain announced in February 1947 its decision to terminate its Mandate. The Special Committee appointed by the General Assembly recommended the establishment of two separate states, a Jewish State and an Arab State, to be joined by economic union, with the Jerusalem-Bethlehem region as an enclave under international administration.
The borders of the proposed state were far from what the Jewish side had hoped for and left the Jewish population without access to key areas of national historic and religious significance. Nevertheless, the Jewish leadership responded positively to the international proposal, cognizant of the historic opportunity: this was the first time after 2000 years that the Jewish people had the chance to restore its sovereignty in its historical homeland. The Jewish leadership was also hopeful that the UN plan would help achieve a peaceful solution with the Arab world.
Resolution 181 was adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947, with 33 countries voting in favor, 13 countries against, and with 10 countries abstaining. The historic vote was followed with unparalleled excitement on radio by Jews around the world, while news of the positive outcome brought thousands onto the streets across the future state to dance and celebrate the great moment, as forth expressions of local Jewish population welcomed the vote and expressed their joy by going out to the streets.
Resolution 181 was emphatically rejected by the local Arab population and the Arab States. Denying the Jewish people’s right to a state of their own, the Arab countries openly declared their intention of preventing the creation of the Jewish State by all means. A wave of violent attacks was launched against the Jewish population and when Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948, five Arab armies invaded the new state the same night, seeking its annihilation. Israel prevailed in what came to be known as its War of Independence, but the war bore a heavy cost: 1% of the total population died in the war.
The Arab population of the Mandate territory also suffered as a result of the Arab refusal to accept the partition plan. Some 700,000 heeded their leaders’ calls to flee or left after being caught up in the fighting. The large numbers who stayed in Israel became full citizens, with equal rights, while their brethren were kept by their Arab hosts in perpetual refugee status to serve as pawns in the political struggle against Israel.
Meanwhile, some 800,000 Jews were expelled from Arab countries, finding refuge and a new home in Israel.
At war’s end, Egypt had control of the Gaza Strip and Jordan annexed the West Bank. Neither saw fit to establish a Palestinian state in the territory they were to control for 19 years until the Six Day War of 1967.
Israel was admitted to the United Nations as a full member on May 11, 1949, and has been a fully democratic country with equal rights for all its citizens from its inception until today. Source: https://mfa.gov.il/Jubilee-years/Pages/1947-UN-General-Assembly-Resolution-181-The-international-community-says-Yes-to-the-establishment-of-the-State-of-Israel.aspx


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