Is America in Bible Prophecy?
Beliefnet talks to the evangelist whose new book has zoomed up the best-seller lists in its first two weeks.
Michael D. Evans is an evangelist, writer, and founder of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, whose mission is "to guard, defend and protect the Jewish people...until the redeemer comes to Zion." Among its supporters are televangelist Pat Robertson, and Tim LaHaye, author of the best-selling "Left Behind" novels.
Two weeks ago, Evans published a book, The American Prophecies: Ancient Scriptures Reveal Our Nation's Future, in which he theorizes that biblical prophets predicted America is doomed unless it stops accommodating the Arab world in exchange for its oil. He believes Americans are risking God's wrath by not supporting what he believes is God's biblical mandate that Israel have full control of the West Bank and Gaza. Evans also theorizes that many of America's problems--including September 11--are evidence of God's fury that America doesn't fully support Israel.
Similar books about biblical prophecy have been written in the last 30 years. Hal Lindsey's The Late, Great Planet Earth was the first and most popular of the genre, and remained the best-selling book of all time from the 1970s into the late 1990s, when it was edged out by an even more successful apocalyptic series of books: Left Behind.
So far, Evans' book isn't quite at that level, though it stands at #10 on the New York Times Best-Seller List and #9 on Amazon's religion & spirituality best-seller list. It is also #2--just below Rick Warren's wildly successful The Purpose-Driven Life--on Amazon's Christianity best-seller list.
Intrigued, we interviewed Evans to see how he views America's role in biblical prophecy.
Why do you say that America's story is contained within biblical prophecies?
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