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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: Jottings of an Englishman
By Colin Swann
01/10/09


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USA - 'Babylon the Great' of the Great Tribulation.

Some prophetic Bible students and scholars state that the above is the fulfilment of a world financial and trading power that would dominate the earth in the last days. Suddenly there will be a monetary crash, with no recovery, and this will cause the whole world to mourn. They can see no other country, at the present time, that fulfils the criteria other than the USA.

America? Could this be true, or not?
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America didn't win the second world war but they did help. The allies had fought the enemy hard and long before America joined the battle. The enemy could probably have beaten any of the opposing side on a one-to-one basis but they had a worldwide alliance against them.

A good analogy would be of two boys fiercely fighting each other to a standstill and then a friend joins in fresh and strong and helps knock the other out.

Triumphant film making has blotted out the sacrificial efforts of other nations during that war.

A wrong assessment, or correct?
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America is Manasseh.

British Israelism declares America to be Manasseh and Britain to be Ephraim as a rediscovery of the ten lost tribes of Israel. The ten tribes moved westward passing through Europe and eventually sailing to the Isles of the Sea (Britain). The main tribe Ephraim settled in England and the other significant tribe Manasseh settled in the rest of the Isles; later some left to go to the New World and form a great nation as a part of the fulfilment of Genesis chapter 35 verse 11.

The Prophet Alfred Brown of Canada relates a vision that he recorded in his book, 'Future Foretold' of how he saw those early members of the lost tribes making their final journey to the Isles in quaint little boats.

Is this an infatuation and a tall story, or a possible truth?

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In spite of the USA being considered by some as brash, big headed and boastful, I like its self confidence. It contrasts rather our English small mindedness, and lack of self confidence that even reflects in our Christian lives.

My several visits to America have been very enjoyable.

Some of the things I enjoyed and learned whilst in the USA:-

(1) The doggy bag. In England I had only ever witnessed ladies craftily sneaking meat for their pets into a serviette and hiding it in their handbags with the speed and deft of a magician. It is a shameful act to be caught out doing just what comes naturally to the Americans. I was also converted to eating with just with a fork or my fingers.

(2) American generosity. When visiting the Vineyard Church, we stayed with Ken and Linda Wong, a most generous Christian couple. We were amazed when we were offered the free use of an Alfa Romeo sports car for the duration of our holiday. Then a fuel card was offered so all fuel could go on their bill we refused that bit of course!

Whilst staying with the couple we had to refrain from eating their mega sized beef steaks one cut in two was nearly too much. The fruit in their fruit bowl was twice the size we see here in the UK.

After John Wimber and Linda Wong died, I believe Ken married John's widow.

(3) Other memorable things: The openness to the gospel and so many being seemingly interested in spiritual things. The ride up to the top of the Empire State Building and the view was breathtaking. A visit to Statin Island that was made to come alive because of a book we had just read by Frank McCourt titled, 'Tis'.

Double decker trains seen for the first time in Penn Station. The biggest bookshop we'd ever seen in Baltimore and the street entertainment in the harbour area enjoyed! A wonderful jazz worship evening in Boston. Crab cakes and lobsters - wow wonderful! The Holocaust Memorial left us feeling devastated.

In response to a text from my daughter a frantic search for a pair of authentic cowboy boots. Disappointment at how run-down Martha's Vineyard seemed, which was salvaged by the amazing Gingerbread Houses.

By and large we have loved our relationship with the USofA.

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Maybe one day I will get the view of what America thinks of Great Britain.


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Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
I'm not enough of a Biblical scholar to comment on the first half of your musings, but I very much enjoyed your impressions of your visits here.

I visited England for the first time this summer, and I could write a book about my impressions!
Sharon Kane01/19/09
I liked your personal memories which show a real fondness for the USA. I felt in the first half you touched on some weighty questions but did not develop them far enough to reach a conclusion. This left me a bit frustrated. I have my own opinions, but would have liked to have found out what yours are since it is your piece of writing. As a fellow Brit you confirmed some of my ideas of all things American, but enlightened me in some other areas. I enjoyed learning something new about her.