On the Rising Tensions between Iran and the US, What do the Scriptures Have to Say About It?
Is the Ongoing USA — Iran Conflict Anywhere
In Biblical End Times Prophecy?
By Minister Paul J. Bern
By now you all know or have heard and read the various arguments about America’s role in Biblical prophecy, both pro and con. There are those who say the US isn’t in the Bible and many others who insist that it is. These folks have included everyone from master theologians to televangelists on the Christian TV channels to some pretty wild conspiracy theories posted on You-tube and other social media sites. I see no point in debating this or in blogging about it based on what has already been disseminated. Instead, as I always do, I’m going straight to the Word of God as my reference point. This is not about dogma, denominational exclusivity, nor any particular version of the Bible being more “correct” than any or all others. This is based on a lot of research, study, prayer and meditation based on the Word of God, which surpasses the religious dogma of humankind.
So what will our starting point be? How can we make sense out of end times prophecy considering all the angles and points of view being discussed both within and outside of the Church? One good starting point is found in the book of Isaiah, chapter ten, verses 1–4, as it is written: “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless. What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches? Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain.”
Who is it that makes “unjust laws”? Was this intended for groups of people, or races, or entire nations? First of all, discriminatory laws are based on all of the above. Laws that discriminate against people due to their race, nationality, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation — and especially for class or financial status — have no place in any 21st century society. Here in the US, we have had institutionalized discrimination based on all of the above for…