The Body And The Beast -
Can an Eagle Be Born Again? -- Conclusion
In Part II, in our introduction to the Cyrus anointing, we granted the possibility that Cyrus the Persian—despite the surroundings of his Persian religion—may indeed have known the Lord. Certainly it’s possible. But we also noted that, even if this is true, it didn’t change the nature of
from what it was—a beast alien to God ultimately to be defeated. We have similar evidence that Nebuchadnezzar—despite his worship of pagan gods—may have come to know the Lord. It’s hard to tell. But if so, it didn’t change Persia from what it was—part of a statue to be broken down and replaced. Babylon
The same is true of the American founding fathers. Like Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar, the substance of the American forefathers’ faith in Christ is of very dubious nature given the average permeation of their hearts and minds by Freemasonry and Enlightenment philosophy. Their hearts were as tainted with false religious influences as Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar were in their pagan nations.
But even if it were not so—even if every last American forefather had a strong uncompromised testimony to faith in Christ, and even if they had the equivalent of an “apostolic calling” to found America—it really wouldn’t matter. For the fact remains that the nation they ultimately did build was built on the principles of the flesh and of the world systems before them--not on their own faith in Christ, much less any supernatural revelation or provision. Thus they merely gave birth to a new beast in the earth, however tame in its beginning and otherwise anointed for divine purposes it originally was.
The Verdict on America's Alleged Christian Identity
Clearly then, having neither law established by divine revelation, nor economy established by supernatural provision, nor founding leadership advocating such as a basis for their new nation--nor even at the very least advocating open testimony to their own faith in Christ for personal salvation or as necessary to the "divine purpose" for the new nation--America was neither a makeover of Israel nor otherwise certifiably "chartered" by God as a covenantal "Christian nation!"
If America could be said to fulfil a Gentile type of Israel in any way at all, it would only be in that America has proven in its age that no fleshly people—even if born under the New Testament era—even if founded under the Cyrus anointing—and even if exposed to the word of God from ten thousands of pulpits day and night for 200 years—can ever fulfil the righteousness of God, bear the fruits of the kingdom of God, or ever therefore answer to Peter’s definition of a Christian nation. (For more on this, see the series Concluded in Unbelief).
anointed for a purpose? Yes. This need not be disputed. The evidences of the exceptional oversight of “divine providence” in America ’s establishment (which we are calling the Cyrus anointing) are equally clear to the spiritual eye. But the Cyrus anointing hardly makes a new version of Old Israel out of a gentile nation, much less enables it to produce the fruits characterizing what Jesus and Peter call a Christian nation. America
What Really is the
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If then America’s “intrinsic link” with ancient Israel is simply imaginary, and if America has not lived up to the standards necessary for a fleshly Christian nation to be founded—never mind that the apostles themselves make no room for a fleshly Christian nation—then what have we left to understand about America? Is it not that
is just a religiously clothed beast? America
From an objective prophetic perspective, all we really find in the founding of the United States is a mix of very religious people—believers and non-believers alike, tamed by the strong permeating influence of the gospel, whose clearly stated corporate purpose was to secure natural human liberty—the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”—under the power of self-government.
As noble and as laced in general acknowledgment of “God” as this purpose was, neither the nature of what was founded nor the agreed purpose for its founding was uniquely Christian. Humanly enlightened? Yes. Religious? Very. Christian? No!
The history of the United States ultimately testifies only to the fact that a people generally disposed to or at least influenced by true faith—by the unseen power of the Cyrus anointing, and quite in spite of their own wisdom, abilities and the wrangling of their own petty fleshly egos and politics—managed to throw off the visible yoke of an earthly king, and to find the grace to otherwise begin a nation that assigns governmental responsibility to the individual citizen in consort with his fellow citizens. And that is all.
By way of a carnally fought Revolution (however angelically overseen), the founding fathers replaced the rule of a king with the rule of themselves as a corporate body. In this, they accomplished what Revelation calls the “wounding” of the head of the beast.
But the founders did not and could not convert themselves as a corporate body from the nature they possessed as a natural beast into the Body of Christ. They gained the pursuit of human liberty, but did not gain liberty from sin or from the wages of sin. They gained the pursuit of life, but not the pursuit of eternal life. And the only happiness they gained was what fleeting happiness can be found through chasing the carnal things of this life for a few short decades of life--hardly an accomplishment worthy of the first apostles of Christ.
And so, a “headless” beast has the
remained to this day. And now, with the gradual lifting of the Cyrus anointing, yet still devoted to the self-indulging pursuit of freedom, life and pleasure--this headless beast is being readied to receive a resurrected head of tyranny—becoming a part of that finally indescribable beast Daniel saw—“the beast” against which all true believers are being readied to war. United States
And so, in answer to our metaphoric question that heads this section: as the noble eagle by which it has been portrayed, the
has never become the Body of Christ. It is not a Christian nation. It remains a “kingdom of this world.” A beast yet remains a beast. And even an eagle, however tamed, can never be born again. United States
Hopefully, it is now obvious that the Lord’s anointing on a fleshly nation in service to His ends or resulting from the church’s influence does not make it a Christian nation. An anointed beast is still a beast. There is no such thing as a Christian beast. “Animals do not go to heaven.” Only those converted out of beast-dom, who lose the heart and identity of the beast to receive the identity of the Man Christ Jesus and to be joined to the Body of Christ—only these are accounted the nation of Christ.
Perceiving and maintaining this awareness becomes increasingly more critical as we approach the time of rendezvous with our risen Lord. For only as this distinction becomes realized and perfected in the heart of God’s one true nation can we as His Body fulfil our appointed destiny and rise to the stature necessary to be physically joined to the Lord in Immortal union.
A True Christian Pledge of Allegiance
If these things be so, and they are, we need to understand that God is calling His Body to a new perception of separated identity and purpose relative to the
and to all nations. In the sections to follow, we’ll look at some scriptural prophetic types that can help us understand our true role as a prophetic people regarding the United States in this generation. United States
In the interim, allow me to close by offering a truer version of a Christian’s only “pledge of allegiance:”
I pledge allegiance, to the cross,
of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ
And to the theocracy, for which it stands
One nation, bearing the fruits thereof
With righteousness and immortality for all.
New Meadow Neck, Rhode Island
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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