“America is uniquely paralleled to ancient Israel in many ways. From its very conception it was built upon a biblical foundation and dedicated for God’s purposes, as was Israel…. Now, as with ancient Israel, it is falling away from that foundation.”
— Jonathan Cahn
America Uniquely Parallels Ancient Israel!
DID YOU KNOW?
- Ancient Israel was conceived through a promise.
The Lord God, creator of the universe and planet Earth, called a man named Abram (a.k.a. Abraham), nearly 4,000 years ago, to travel to a place called “Canaan.” That ancient land is currently hotly contested real estate in the Middle East.
Supernaturally, God vowed to make Abram’s descendants into a great nation, which was odd because he and his wife were well beyond child-bearing age. When God did not make good on his promise immediately, Abram’s wife Sarai brought her Egyptian handmaiden to him and convinced him to have intercourse with her. Sarai figured that her husband had “misunderstood the message” and that they should take matters into their own hands!
Sarai’s maid, Hagar, conceived and gave birth to Abram’s firstborn son, Ishmael. (You can read about that in the family record book, which we know today as The Torah, or “the Old Testament” in The Bible — Genesis 12-16.) Ishmael’s descendants are modern-day Arabs, who for millennia have conjoined with other ethnic peoples from around the world.
After Ishmael was born, the Lord appeared to Abram again with a disturbing message. The Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham, and he promised that ABRAHAM would be “a father of many nations.” Then the Lord God made a covenant with ABRAHAM and gave to him and his “descendants after him” the “whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession.”
The Lord changed Sarai’s name to Sarah and said, “I will surely give you a son by her … she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” (Gen. 17:16). God told ABRAHAM and SARAH to name their son Isaac. Then he promised: “I will establish my covenant with him [ISAAC] as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” As for ISHMAEL, “He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. BUT my covenant I will establish with ISAAC” (Gen. 17:20-21).
A meticulous record was kept of Isaac’s family tree — not so for Ishmael. The Torah bears witness to Isaac’s direct descendants who were promised the whole land of Canaan — the promised land — as an everlasting possession. Genesis 24 document’s Isaac’s supernatural connection with and marriage to an extended family member named Rebekah, who bore twin sons named Esau (the firstborn) and Jacob — who would be given the promised birthright to the land of Canaan and the Abrahamic covenant. Later in the family history, there was bad blood between the descendants of Esau (a.k.a Edom) and the descendants of Jacob (renamed ISRAEL), which can still be observed within the makeup of the current Middle East.
- Ancient Israel agreed to a covenant with the Lord God after he rescued them from bondage in Egypt.
The twelve sons on Jacob (Israel) — known as the 12 tribes of Israel — were held as slaves in Egypt after Joseph died. (Read his story in Gen. 37 through 50.) The Israelites (also called Hebrews) were led out of Egypt by another direct descendant of Jacob, named Moses. (Read that documented account in Exodus 1 through 14.)
BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE ISSUES, the Hebrews, were sentenced to 40 years of complete dependence on the God who had brought them out of bondage. Then, before they were allowed to enter the promised land, the Lord God laid down laws for their security and protection.
He foretold BLESSINGS if they obeyed the set laws and CURSES if they refused to obey the laws. (Read the entire covenant in Deuteronomy 28.)
The blessings included:
- People, livestock and crops will multiply.
- Bountiful rain and plenty of good food.
- Enemies will be defeated.
- Prosperity in the promised land.
- “You will lend to many nations but borrow from none.”
- “The Lord will establish you as his holy [set apart] people.”
- You will be a godly example to other nations.
The curses included:
- Confusion and rebuke in response to every action.
- Scorching heat, drought, blight and wasting disease.
- Dust and powder from the skies instead of rain.
- Attacks from birds of the air and beasts of the earth.
- “You will be unsuccessful in everything that you do.”
- “All the nations will ask: ‘Why has the Lord done this to the land?'”
- Scattering of the previously blessed population into other nations. (Happened 3 times — (1) 10 of the 12 tribes were scattered among the nations and did not return after Assyria destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel and its capitol Samaria on the 9th of Av, 722 BC; (2) The First Temple was destroyed and “Jews” (mostly from Judah and Benjamin) were taken into bondage in Babylon for 70 years on the 9th of Av, 586 BC; (3) The Second Temple — rebuilt after the Jews were allowed to return to their capitol Jerusalem — was destroyed and the Jews scattered among the nations in 70 AD. The Jews returned to part of their promised land in 1948, but their temple has not yet been rebuilt.)
- The Jews were dispersed throughout the nations following the destruction of Jerusalem and their Second Temple UNTIL 1948, when a small percentage of them were supernaturally regathered and Israel was declared a nation once again!
AND, DID YOU KNOW?
The Pilgrims and Puritans left Europe to establish a new world where they could practice their biblical faith freely. They worked hard to build a civilization founded on biblical principles and dedicated to God’s purposes. They identified with the people of the Bible and the covenant given to the ancient Hebrews.
- The Pilgrim’s celebration of Thanksgiving was modeled after the Old Testament Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot, in Hebrew).
- Their first laws, established to legislate the New England colonies, were influenced by the Hebrew scriptures, and America’s first universities were established to train ministers to spread God’s Word.
- More than one hundred years later, the first official seal of the United States was proposed, which depicted the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. It read, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” The motto acknowledged the Lord God of the Jews as America’s ultimate king. The argument against tyranny was followed by the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and a brand new republic, which expected to reap the blessings of liberty “for all.”
- American founders referenced the Bible more than all Enlightened authors combined.
- As America has sought to fulfill the vision that A NATION WHOSE GOD IS THE LORD WILL BE BLESSED (Psalm 33:12), America has been blessed more than any other nation in the world!
- “Historians have traditionally divided American Jewish immigration into three periods: Sephardic, German, and Eastern European…. The first group of Sephardic settlers arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654 from Brazil…. While the Ashkenazim outnumbered the Sephardim by 1730, the character of the American Jewish community remained Sephardic through the American Revolution. Colonial American synagogues adhered to Sephardic ritual customs and administered all aspects of Jewish religious life…. Synagogues established rules of order so that services and meetings proceeded with the proper amount of deference and decorum….German Jews began to come to America in significant numbers in the 1840s. Jews left Germany because of persecution, restrictive laws, economic hardship, and the failure of movements–widely supported by German Jews –advocating revolution and reform there. They looked to America as an antidote to these ills–a place of economic and social opportunity. Some 250,000 German-speaking Jews came to America by the outbreak of World War I…. in 1924, over 2 million Jews from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Romania came to America. Once again, the character of American Jewry was transformed, as the Eastern Europeans became the majority…. Eastern Europeans brought with them unprecedented support for Jewish nationalism…. Large-scale Jewish immigration to the United States ended in 1924. Still, the contemporary American Jewish community remains very much a product of these founding groups.” (Source: My Jewish Learning — http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jewish-immigration-to-america-three-waves/) “… in the face of increasing legal repression and physical violence, many Jews fled Germany. Until October 1941, German policy officially encouraged Jewish emigration. Gradually, however, the Nazis sought to deprive Jews fleeing Germany of their property by levying an increasingly heavy emigration tax and by restricting the amount of money that could be transferred abroad from German banks. In January 1933 there were some 523,000 Jews in Germany.” (Source: Holocaust Encyclopedia — http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005468)
- In the 20th century, the United States became the world’s most powerful nation, both militarily and economically.
Sources: The Harbinger Companion and Bible Study by Jonathan Cahn; Front Line / Charisma House Book Group; 2013); The NIV STudy Bible; Zondervan; 1984)
Coming Next: Did You Know? … Ancient Israel was given numerous supernatural warnings before God’s judgment fell!