“Four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.” – Daniel 7:3-4 (NKJV)
Many Bible scholars think the lion and eagle correspond to ancient Babylon. However, a family member believes the lion is the United Kingdom, while the eagle is America. [So does Ken Raggio here and here.] I concur. If one looks at the nations’ symbols and relationship, the comparison is obvious. God plucked America off the back of Great Britain in 1776 (and 1783). He lifted up this nation in the 20th century to become a world power in commerce, industry, and war. Finally, if any country has a heart of compassion, it is America. We outgive other nations in times of need.
However, the eagle with the “man’s heart” has a second meaning and it’s not good. It is found in Jeremiah: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart; I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (17:9-10, NKJV).
Is America deceitful and wicked? Yes. In relation to abortion, homosexuality, adoption (DCF), religious pluralism, and other issues, our government slithers and lies like a snake. I know from many films what the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security are doing to American citizens here and foreigners overseas. America wants to control the Middle East so she can have an oil monopoly. Don’t believe me? Watch the four recent “Bourne” movies (2002-2012) and “Syriana” (2005). Still, they’re just fiction. I’m certain the reality is worse.
Who killed JFK? Who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City and the World Trade Center? The American government wants us to believe it was Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh, and Arabic terrorists, respectively. They want us to believe loners and Muslims are our enemies. Maybe the real culprit each time was the American government. They will do whatever it takes to accomplish their agenda. Conspiracy theories are closer to the truth than people think. No one really knows what the heart of America is like. I don’t.
Has God punished America according to its ways? Yes. I believe the American Civil War (1861-1865) was God’s letter of justice to the South and its churches, to people who either condoned or practiced slavery. An even more direct letter was the destruction of Atlanta, Georgia’s capital, in 1864 – the only city that burned to the ground on Sherman’s march to the sea. Thirty-five years before, the state governor and legislature had racially persecuted thousands of Christian Cherokees, resulting in the “Trail of Tears.” I once felt sorry for Atlanta and the South. Now, having learned African-American and Cherokee history, I rejoice.
More recently, September 11 (2001) was God’s letter of justice to American commerce, just like Hurricane Katrina (2005) to New Orleans. Prevalent witchcraft there is a spiritual hurricane to the soul. For the past two weeks, the Oklahoma City area has been battling strong, deadly tornadoes. The weekend before an F-5 tornado hit the suburban town of Moore on Monday, May 20 and killed nearly 25 people, the state celebrated gay pride in its capital city. Homosexuality is a spiritual tornado to families.
Communism and socialism have led America’s cultural agenda in the last fifty or sixty years. Abortion, homosexuality, racial strife, and other anti-Christian immorality are all socialist. However, thanks to a recent lecture by ACross America founder Barbara Gilbert, I learned that the American government is now welcoming Islam, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood. The American Muslim Council, headquartered in Chicago, has offices in both Illinois and Tennessee. This council wants to make all states conform to Sharia law. Mosques dot landscapes in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and other states. Some American Muslims are members of federal agencies, including Homeland Security.
This recent development is odd, since Islam and socialism are polar opposites. Yet it seems Muslim and socialist-atheist countries have collaborated before, mainly in the Middle East. They have a common enemy: Israel. How does America enter this cocktail? The umbilical cord is oil. But I suspect that since she has treated Christianity like a doormat, God is letting America become a doormat to Islam – to punish her, to make her realize what she lost, and to show her what true religious zeal looks like. Those who refuse freedom in Christ will always experience tyranny under his enemies, for discipline if nothing else.
God once let Israel become a doormat to Assyria, and Judah to Babylon, for their national disobedience to his revealed will. Israel was scattered, never to return. Judah, however, found grace and returned to Jerusalem. Both Assyria and Babylon were eventually destroyed. In the late 1930s, the UK in Palestine turned its back on the Jews and became a doormat to Islam. In 1948, however, God had the final word. Israel was created and the UK left.
Regardless of her pretensions to world dominance, trying to force all nations to the will of Allah, the future of Islam mirrors ancient Babylon: total destruction. The creation of Israel in 1948 was just a foretaste. There is no room in Bible prophecy for Islam – only the church (rapture) and Israel (salvation). According to Ezekiel 38 and Zechariah 12-13, the Jews will conquer all of Israel, see their enemies destroyed, and recognize Christ as their Messiah. Muslims who want salvation, not destruction, had better flee to Jesus.
If America is the eagle in Daniel 7, her future is ominous. The lion and the eagle, the bear (Russia), and the leopard (EU – Greek culture) will be destroyed by a “dreadful and terrible” fourth beast with ten horns (7:7). This beast will produce the Anti-Christ, an eleventh horn with the “eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words” (7:8) who will persecute and prevail against the saints (7:21). The Ancient of Days will destroy this fourth beast (7:9-11). The three other beasts will “ha[ve] their dominion taken away, yet their lives [will be] prolonged for a season and a time” (7:12). Then the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, will be given dominion for all eternity (7:14).
What does this mean for America now? She may be scattered like Israel or she may find grace like Judah, but only if she returns to Jesus Christ. But without Jesus in her heart (education, economy, etc), America will collapse like a house of cards. The only question is when.