Some thoughts about the United States of America, "God's Stone Kingdom",
2 Samuel 7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as formerly,
This verse 2 Sam. 7:10 is one of the more truth revealing verses in the whole Bible.
Why so you ask?
Read it again very carefully:
"...I will appoint a place for my people Israel,.." (the lost tribes of Israel). see pamphlet #1064 and #1020 to learn what people God is talking about. We already know that the people who today call themselves God's chosen people aren't who they claim to be. see Rev. 2:9 & Rev. 3:9
"... appoint a place ..., ... and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; ..." God's certainly is not talking about that appointed place being Jerusalem, in the land of Judea, is he? No, because Jerusalem is where King David and the prophet Nathan were when the Lord told Nathan to give this message to David. 2 Sam. 7:8-10. He says, "In the future I'll plant them in another place, a place to become their own forever."
2 Samuel 7:8 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
We can learn more about this appointed place in Chapter 18 of the Book of Isaiah
Chapters 13 thru 27 of the Book of Isaiah contain prophecies about many nations. Isaiah is looking down the long corridor of time and recording the future of each nation. Babylon, Assyria, Philistia, Moab, Damascus(Syria), Edom, Arabia, Jerusalem, Tyre, Egypt, and others are mentioned by name.
But, there is a short chapter, Chapter 18, right there in the middle that prophecies about a unnamed land beyond the rivers of Ethiopia. We believe this to be a vision of the land of the United States of America, not named as such only because it was completely unknown in the 8th. century B.C., playing a very big part in the providence of God among the nations of the world in these end times.
(Live Link)to-Prophecy concerning a Woe to a land which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia (The United States) "The Stone Kingdom"
Editors note: In 1857 the Rev. F. E. Pitts of Nashville, Tennessee, did recognize the United States as being in Bible prophecy when in an address to congress he spoke the following words: "There are many passages in Scripture which are universally admitted, by the very learned and judicious, to foretell the rise of a great nationality in the latter times. these predictions cannot, by any reasonable construction, be applied to the rise of such nationality in the land of Judea; but are most wonderfully descriptive of this United States of America, and of no other country under heaven."
Rev. Pitts was referring to Chapter 18 of the Book of Isaiah.
It appears God's prophet, Isaiah, was looking across the Atlantic ocean seeing glorious things.
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
Don't be mislead by the word translated "Woe" to start this verse. The word "Woe" used here is the same Hebrew word translated "Ho" In Isaiah 55:1. "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, .... H1945 дей ho?y hoh'ee A prolonged form of H1930 (akin to H188); oh!: - ah, alas, ho, O, woe. Having established that, in your mind's eye, let's examine the verse.
One identification of this land is "... beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:". If you stand in Jerusalem and look beyond, or west of, the White and Blue Nile rivers of Ethiopia you will see no great country until you come to the east coast of the United States.
The other identification in the first verse is "... shadowing with wings, ...". Again, in your mind's eye, could this be referring to North and South America loosely resembling the expanded wings of a great eagle? or, could it suggest a country "shadowed" or concealed until God was ready for its discovery? or, could it be foretelling "the spread eagle", the symbol of Americanism.
Note: While Mexico, Germany, and Russia all have eagles in their nation emblems, no other country except the United States has the eagle on its emblem with spread wings; therefore "the land of outstretched wings."
That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
"...ambassadors by the sea, ..." Being located across the Atlantic from Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; American ambassadors for 150 years traveled by sea when on government business. Even to South America, Mexico, and Canada they traveled by water.
"...vessels of bulrushes..." In your mind's eye see steam ships (water-drinking vessels), but in technical language of 2800 years ago, "vessels of bulrushes". Vessels that drink water like bulrushes, cattails, or papyrus.
"...Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning..."
"scattered" H4900 ощ?к ma?shak maw-shak' A primitive root; to draw, used in a great variety of applications (including to sow, to sound, to prolong, to develop, to march, to remove, to delay, to be tall, etc.): - draw (along, out), continue, defer, extend, forbear, X give, handle, make (pro-, sound) long, X sow, scatter, stretch out.
"peeled" If as peeled in Ezekiel 29:18 H4803 оши ma?rat? maw-rat' A primitive root; to polish; by implication to make bald (the head), to gall (the shoulder); also, to sharpen: - bright, furbish, (have his) hair (be) fallen off, peeled, pluck off (hair.)
Is Isaiah seeing a vision of a land possessed by men who were tall like trees with the bark peeled off. i.e. "tall and clean-shaven people"
"...terrible from their beginning hitherto..." is this a true description of the fierce and warlike Indian tribe found in the new world?
Also, America has never been defeated in defense of her own lands or in the freedom of the seas. (a pretty terrible I would say)
The word, "hitherto" in the prophecy also suggests that America will never be conquered from without, throughout the future ages.
"...a nation meted out and trodden down,..."
meted H6957 че че qav qa?v kav, kawv From H6960 (compare H6961); a cord (as connecting), especially for measuring; figuratively a rule; also a rim, a musical string or accord: - line. Compare H6978.
trodden downH4001 обе?сд mebu?sa?h meb-oo-saw' From H947; a trampling: - treading (trodden) down (under foot).
Put together this could translate "measured out under the treading" that is a land measures out by lines and feet. This is a description of how the United States and only the United States is surveyed and divided into literal checkerboard sections. Surveyed by the North Star; a base line run east to west, and all land marked up into mile squares. These sections then sub-divided into quarter sections of half mile squares. No other nation was so "meted" out into blocks before. All the other countries of the earth have surveyed and marked their land by local boundaries.
"...whose land the rivers have spoiled!"
"spoiled" H958 б?жа ba?za?' baw-zaw' A primitive root; probably to cleave: - spoil. This is a term used to describe an animal killed, hung up and quartered. The United States is divided in half by the Mississippi River. The halves are again divided east to west from the Pacific Ocean to the Mississippi by the Columbia River to the Snake River to the Missouri River in the west. and the from the Atlantic Ocean by the Ohio River to the Monongahela River to the Younghiogheny River which becomes the Castlemen River to the Potomac River and runs into the Bay and unto the Atlantic dividing the eastern half into two parts. Thus the whole land is "quartered by rivers". No other land on earth is divided by rivers this way into four sections: northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.
All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when He lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when He bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.
Note the words "ensign" and "trumpet" which are symbols of war. Isaiah saw America lift up an ensign on the mountain, meaning nation, and blow the trumpet, meaning declaration of war. Twice when America has declared war, most nations of the world "took heed" and became involved.
For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruninghooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
Although hard for a Westerner to understand, verses 4-6 being highly figurative and Eastern, it is possible that Isaiah is taking about a nation blessed with fertile soil, sunshine and showers, clouds of dew, providing favorable conditions for cultivation and a bountiful harvest; a nation possessing natural resources favorable for national productivity.
The branches of ill omen, or "sprigs" will spring up, of verse five may indicate a time of cleansing for our nation as Matthew tells us about in Matt. 13:39-41.
In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
This verse summarizes this eighteenth chapter and indicates this is a Christian land: "...the place of the name ... of mount Zion."
Chapter 11 acknowledges that God kept an eye on our forefathers, according to His covenant: Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
Isa 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Ancient Israel was but one family, settled in a very small and limited territory, Israel Restored, however, would be gathered from all the nations and languages where they had settled and would be set up in a vastly larger territory. They would have the headship of the world in the work of reformation, in establishing civil and religious liberty, in overthrowing all despotism, and proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
Ancient Israel furnished the world with the Bible and with the only plan of salvation. Israel Restored will show all people in all nations its heavenly teachings by which man will be freed the bondage of sin, superstition, and slavery. Israel will show the world man's highest status attainable under the gospel of Jesus Christ, that form of government best suited for human development and religious prosperity.
"The Stone Kingdom" and Publisher John Rhine's comments.
Nebuchadnezzar's dream about the four great world empires, (1st. Babylonian, 2nd. Medio-Persiain, 3rd. Grecian and 4th. Roman) all of which Daniel prophesied would fall, (they have, they are history) followed by a fifth world empire "The Stone Kingdom" (still future, but very near)
Daniel 2:25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.  The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?  Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and He that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.  But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.  Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. Daniel 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly nd his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Ok, with that background in mind, let's and pick it up in chapter 2 vs. 35 after Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he saw a stone cut out without hands smite the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces. That stone is Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation, the Stone of Israel as He is called in Gen. 49:24. He is the stone which the builders rejected and He shall now be the head stone of the corner over all the earth (Ps. 118:22)! Jesus Christ is the Rock, the only true foundation upon which you can stand. Don't put your trust in the beast and his system because the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw had a very weak foundation of iron mixed with clay and it's coming DOWN! Stand firmly upon the Rock and put your trust in Him.
Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.  This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.  Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. Daniel 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.  And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.  And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.  And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.  And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.  And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Daniel 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Publisher John Rhine's thoughts about "The Stone Kingdom": Yes, I believe the land of these United States is the location of the "God's Stone Kingdom". and Yes, I believe the Christian nations of the world are pretty much made up of descendants of the "True House of Israel", from all twelve tribes. But, let's face it; the United States won't really be "God's Stone Kingdom" until Jesus Christ, our King, returns and we learn the difference between what is Holy and what is profane.Revelations 22:20 ...Surely, I come, quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
A special point of interest from the book of Leviticus 745BC to 1776AD = 2520 years - Check it out! Coincidence? Not a chance! God's plan and His timetable are perfect. Pamphlet #1825