At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers—the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the LORD Almighty.
~ Isaiah 18:7 (NIV)
This passage seems to aptly describe the United States. Although many biblical commentators have traditionally applied it to Egypt, some did not live to see the power our nation would come to wield. Additionally, many prophecies have more than one fulfillment.
This is certainly a prophecy we are destined to yet fulfill.
Our nation has long been powerful and feared throughout the world. We can only attribute our might to fulfillment of other words—the words with which we made our Declaration of Independence. We birthed our nation with words which first established our faith in God …
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them …
… continued with the words which have compelled our nation, for two-hundred-thirty-six years, to defend liberty at home and abroad …
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that 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.…
… made the appeal to God with which we declared ourselves a free nation …
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions …
… and closed with the prayer with which we committed ourselves …
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Almighty God, thank You for answering the prayer and appeal which gave us liberty as a nation. Please compel each of our citizens to remember and live out the words of Isaiah and the words of our founding fathers. Please continue to show us grace, and make us worthy of it.
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