When I listened to Pastor JD Farag of Aloha Bible Prophecy give his Bible Prophecy Update from January 11th, 2015 (Watch it HERE), I was extremely shocked and dismayed. Although I usually like his sermons very much even though we differ on when the Rapture will be (I am a Pre-Wrath Rapture proponent, whereas JD Farag is a Pre-Tribulation Rapture proponent), I did not like his January 11th sermon at all! In fact, I had to stop listening to him about half way through his sermon because of all the untruths he believes - along with countless other pastors in America and around the world!
First of all, Pastor JD made a point of saying that, although God will protect Israel from all of the efforts of the Terrorists to hurt them, He will not protect America because it is not Israel. This is NOT true! For one thing, the Middle Eastern nation of Israel has experienced many successful Terrorist Attacks on its citizens, and many innocent people have died there because of this. Secondly, Israel is NOT just that tiny nation in the Middle East! Israel is, was, and always will consist of both the Jews who will one day come to know Yahshua, and all the Christian and Messianic believers in Yahshua that truly love and follow Him!
Furthermore, despite the encroaching apostasy in America and the rest of the once Christian West today, there are more Jews and more true believers in Yahshua living in America than in any other nation on Earth! This is because America was founded on Christian principles, and this allowed Christianity to flourish here until those who hate God moved in and started to destroy the Liberty and Freedom that Americans enjoyed for over 200 years. America is the ONLY nation to ever offer true freedom of religion, which allowed it to provide a safe haven for numerous Christians that disagreed with the established State-run Churches that once controlled life in Europe and Great Britain.
Despite these facts that prove Pastor JD's conclusions about America to be fundamentally wrong, he jumped on the band wagon with countless other uninformed Christian Bible Prophecy teachers today who have said that - because America is conspicuously absent from Bible Prophecy - it will likely be destroyed before the Great Tribulation - when Israel will be in its worst state of peril. However, as I have shown in my books and articles, America is indeed spoken of in Bible Prophecy - if you know where to look for it. In fact, it is featured prominently in the Bible's End Time Prophecies and the Gospel in the Stars as a key nation in God's plans.
As a Sister in Christ recently pointed out to me, part of the reason why so many Bible Prophecy teachers are missing the place of the United States in the Tribulation period is because they see the Rapture as a Pre-Tribulation event, meaning that it is believed to happen before the 70th Week, or seven-year final End Time Tribulation of the world. This doctrine rests on the interpretation of the Prophet Daniel's 70-Weeks Prophecy in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 9 as being partly unfulfilled. The Rapture has alternatively been called the Harpazo or Catching Away of the True Church. Likewise, the True Church is alternatively known in Scripture as the Wise Virgins, the Bride of Christ and the Church of Philadelphia. Sadly, not knowing these alternative names for the True Church in regard to the key Bible Prophecy concept of the Rapture has led to much confusion on the subject.
Another problem rests in the interpretation that the Church does not appear in the Book of Revelation after Chapter 4. This is actually not true, since the 144,000 Witnesses and the great multitude of saints that come out of the Great Tribulation (Rev. Ch. 7; Rev. Ch. 14), and the Two Witnesses (Rev. Ch. 11), appear in the Book of Revelation after Chapter 4, and they are all to become translated and resurrected members of the True Church! In fact, the multitude of saints mentioned in Revelation, Chapter 7 appear in Heaven precisely when they should - IF we catch the statement in Revelation Chapter 6 that the Wrath of God begins to be poured out in great measure with the opening of the Sixth Seal, and NOT before:
~*~ Revelation 6:15-16 ~*~ “And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, 16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! 17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”This means that the Church, which is to be spared God's Wrath according to several statements in Scripture (See John 3:36; Romans 1:18; Romans 5:9; 1 Thess. 5:9), will not be here after the Sixth Seal is opened, but can be here before then, when the first Five Seal Judgments are opened. This is because the plagues of the first Five Seals deal with tribulation that comes from the persecution rather than God's Wrath, and believers are not spared from tribulation! It is the wicked elite members of the Illuminati that are aligned against God who are persecuting the poor and those uninitiated into the black arts right now. We are also seeing the removal of God's protection right now as many churches and people groups around the world sink into gross spiritual apostasy by denying some or all of the central tenants of belief in Yahshua and His Gospels of Salvation and the Kingdom of God.
For this reason, I firmly believe that the born again saints living today are the Tribulation Saints mentioned in Revelation Chapter 7. In fact, I also believe that we have already witnessed the opening of the first Five Seals. After all, the Fifth Seal deals with martyrdom, and there have been a great many martyrdoms and beheadings over the past few years. Indeed, more so than at any other time in history, the blood of the martyrs is being made known via mass media, and those who cry out to God for vindication and justice in Revelation, Chapter 4 are now posthumously being heard from here on Earth - as never before!
After the Rapture, which I believe will occur just before, or as the Sixth Seal is opened, the United States may then collapse, as a majority of its population will likely have summarily disappeared, leaving the nation crippled and vulnerable to attack. However, even after the Rapture, I do not believe the United States will cease to exist. Even though the proponents of the New World Order of the Antichrist have taken over the government of the United States, we must not forget that there are many Foolish Virgins, or believers that are not living sanctified lives living in America today that will be left behind, and many of them are well-armed Doomsday Preppers that will likely be here to fight the Antichrist and His wicked world system. It is also my belief that - despite heavy persecution amid a genocidal war aimed at the extermination of them all - they will persevere until Yahshua's Second Coming.
I prove that the USA is featured in many End Time prophecies throughout the Bible and the Star Gospel in a free 90-page PDF book excerpt taken from my book "The Language of God in Prophecy", which is available online. Sadly, however, it has been almost completely ignored by every Bible Prophecy teacher I have heard. This is tragic, especially because I made this book excerpt free and began advertising it years ago in an effort to try and counteract this tragic ignorance on the part of so many pastors.
If you have not read my book excerpt yet, I beseech you to download and make time to read it now, so you can begin to pray for America with the hope that it can and will survive the coming Great Tribulation - along with the tiny nation of Israel. You can download your own copy of it from a link within my Ministry Blog Article concerning the End Time War Prophecy in Psalm 108 and its connection to the USA and Israel in the End Times.