In response to my last few entries to "Out of the Box" several people have asked about some of my resources for the things written here concerning end times. While on a trip to Israel I read a book by Joel Rosenberg called "The Twelfth Imam." This book is fiction, but based upon real possibilities given certain scenarios in the Middle East. Mr. Rosenberg documents much of his information. The events are speculative but could come to fruition within a short while. The Biblical foundation is plentiful and accurate in the book, but I was a little uncertain of the extra-biblical insights. I was then turned on to the book, "The Islamic AntiChrist" by Joel Richardson. This book is non-fiction and is heavily footnoted. I did not check every footnote but I did google many of them. I found them all to be authentic. Many of his references were not in the Christian media, but so many were from secular news sources.
Another question that has come up is the relationship of America to end times prophecy. I can't find the USA identified individually anywhere in Biblical prophecy. We are related only to the extent to which we are involved in Middle Eastern affairs. Since I believe we are going to continue to be heavily dependant upon OPEC oil, we are certainly counted as one of the merchants who weep at the billowing smoke of Babylon's demise. (Revelation 18: 9 - 19) American Christians have certainly been partly responsible for spreading the gospel to every corner of the world. This of course is a requirement to trigger the Second Coming of Christ. (Matthew 24:14) But other countries are now taking the lead in sending messengers of the gospel into every land. Many of them are now sending missionaries to the US.
No the USA is not geo-centric when it comes to prophecy. The world has its eyes fixed on the events in the Middle East. As news comes from that small corner of the world we will continue to see the pages of Scripture come real before our eyes. There has never been a more exciting time to be a follower of Christ.