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Last modified Oct. 11, 2016

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Q10 will be discussed in class at Fairlawn Mennonite Church on Oct. 16, 2016

Is there a “catch” in the promise of II Chron. 7:14?

Please read all of II Chron. 7:13-22. For over 30-years now some of my Christian friends have been excited about “the coming revival” in America, and there have been numerous “prophecies” to that effect. They seem to believe that the needed revival is for “them,” that is, that the rest of America will become Christians like we are and then all will be well. Supposedly God will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal our land.

I have alienated myself from some by saying that the needed revival is for “us” before it is for “them.” It is for those who claim to be followers of Jesus but who have not been preserving salt and guiding light to our nation.

Consider I Peter 4:17, “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?,” and read all of I Peter 4:12-19. Is there anything instructive there about the process that God might use to bring us to the place of repentance?

Note several things in the II Chron. 7 text:

Who is to call upon God and turn from their wicked ways?
What is the catch-word, or conditional word in the first part of v14, which must come before the “then” in the second part of the verse?
Does America qualify for what follows the “But if - -” in v19?
For about 100 years now America has been a dominant world power and the envy of most other nations in terms of freedom, opportunity, technology and resources. Could America possibly become as described in vv20-22, or could that only be reserved for Israel herself?

Clarification: I am not saying that America is another Israel, but I do believe that America is a nation who has been unusually blessed by God for His purposes, and that we have turned away from Him toward false gods. Is there any reason why the obedience/blessing and disobedience/consequences principles of II Chron. 7 and Deut. 30:11-19 wouldn’t apply to us as well?

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