President Abraham Lincoln is considered to be the greatest (or second greatest) president the USA ever had.
His focus above all else was the preservation of the Union, the United States of America as one nation. He wrote about this in a famous letter to Horace Greeley in August 1862:
“As to the policy I ‘seem to be pursuing’ as you say, I have not meant to leave any one in doubt. I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. . . . If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”
At some point he realized that freeing the slaves would help his cause to save the Union.
President Lincoln went to extraordinary lengths to support his vision. Lincoln called for the first nationwide conscription (the draft) of able-bodied men for the army. Lincoln had “greenbacks” issued—the first paper money since the Revolutionary War; before that money was silver and gold. The greenbacks were eventually withdrawn and the war debts paid, but it took twenty years or so to do it. He even suspended the writ of habeas corpus for a time, ignoring the US Circuit Court declaring it unconstitutional.
He did these unconstitutional things to save the Union—things that men with less noble intent would use again saying “here was a precedent.” I only say this to show that Lincoln pulled out all the stops to keep the United States as one nation.
The Union’s Legacy
So what did the preservation of the Union accomplish? It can be said it was to carry out God’s will. By human standards some of these things are considered good, and others bad.
Only the United States as one nation was able to turn the tide against Nazi Germany’s western front, and Japan, and end World War 2 by vanquishing both foes. This was good.
On the other hand it was the military force projected by United States on the other side of the earth that ended the reign of the rider of the white horse (Saddam Hussein), the wanna-be conquering leader of the kingdom of the first beast of Dan. 7, and accomplished the First Signpost by forcing the Iraqi (Babylonian) lion to stand and have its mind changed.
This was bad from the perspective of our human view but good in terms of Christ returning, for this one war started in 2003 triggered the Bible-prophesied chain of events leading to His return.
Fittingly, it was the USS Abraham Lincoln, named for the very same president who saved the Union, that supported war operations to remove Saddam Hussein—from the first volleys being fired in February 2003, to President George W. Bush’s speech, Mission Accomplished in May 2003.
And now the USS Abraham Lincoln is being used again. This time, it may very well be the main vehicle for the Union to trigger the second great end time event involving the bear and the ram, the Second Signpost.
Yes, the United States as one nation has enacted, and is enacting, God’s will. Besides sending out crowds of missionaries across the un-evangelized nations, and ending the horrific killing that occurred during two world wars, God is using this nation to trigger His end times.
How appropriate that the man God used to preserve the Union for His purposes, is now using a great ship and fighter launching platform named after that very same man, to trigger not only the First Signpost, but possibly the Second.
The USS Abraham Lincoln being used only for the First Signpost may be called a coincidence, but if it is also used for the Second Signpost, that may be called a message.