America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment Part II Conclusion
As some of us enjoyed the 4th of July Independence Day with its picnics, barbeques, and fireworks, a good part of the America is suffering with wildfires, power outages including our nation’s Capitol, heat waves, and misery.
Deuteronomy chapter 28- God’s Warning of National Curses
These are the curses Moses wrote about should the nation of Israel disobey God’s Word: ‘But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee’ De28:15. They shall be cursed in the city, in the field, in their food supplies, and not be fruitful. Nothing would go right with them. There would be troubles, and rebukes in all that they do, and they will be destroyed and perish quickly because of their wickedness of forsaking God. The Lord would bring pestilence and consume them off the land. He would smite them with a consumption and sickness; with the sword, with blasting and mildew. Thy heaven shall be brass and the earth shall be iron; their prayers will not be answered and God will not help them. Drought and dust will set in when the rain ceases. The Lord will allow their enemies to overcome them. They will be in deep confusion, madness, blinded, and not prosper. They shall be oppressed and spoiled. Their wives shall be abused by other men; homes stolen from them. They shall plant a vineyard, but will not enjoy the fruits of their labor. The locusts or others shall consume them. Others shall also take and consume their cattle and sheep. Their sons and daughters shall also go into captivity. They shall be an oppressed and desolate people, be taken into captivity and scattered, and become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword of a once great nation! They shall need to borrow and no longer be the head, but the tail v44. All these curses came upon Israel and will also come upon America!
America, Once the Beautiful is now America the Broken
Perhaps the song America the Beautiful should have been our national anthem, the words being so beautiful. This is the 1st verse:
‘O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties. Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea’.
But this is no longer true! Why is America in such a terrible financial, economical, and moral shape? Our productivity has fallen sharply and many factories are shuttered; the national housing market has collapsed; personal debt is at record levels; banking and corporate failures rife. Over 46 million people are receiving food stamps and over 53% of our college graduates today are either unemployed or under-employed, some with loans exceeding a $100,000. Because of the present recession, over 25 million adults are living at home with their aging parents. Many cities today are now blighted, with increasing street gangs and crime, such as Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Newark, Washington D.C, Baltimore, and Oakland. In Detroit, a 3-br home can be purchased for below $10,000. Many municipalities are also running out of money and in sharp deficit. Corporate and personal bankruptcies continue to skyrocket. Since 2008 the housing market has crashed with over 4 million homes foreclosed. Latest gov’t statistics report an 8.2% unemployment rate, but using a former method of calculation, it should be more like 15%. California recently announced a $16 billion deficit for FY2012, revised upward from an earlier $9 billion. The US national debts stand at nearly $16 trillion, while back in 2008 it was less than $10 trillion. America has fought two costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wasting vast amounts of money. These no-win wars have saddled America with huge unrepayable debt. Daily, the US Gov’t spends over $4 billion more than what it receives, with annual deficits nearly $1.5 trillion over the past three years. Today for every dollar America spends, nearly 50 cents is borrowed money with interest added on daily. Presently there is a record heat wave hovering across the US with over 2000 records broken so far this year. Severe thunderstorms have struck the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic states causing fallen trees and power outages affecting 4 million people. Wildfires have also broken out in many places, such that in Colorado Springs over 350 homes have been destroyed so far. Texas is experiencing its worst drought in history, with a once 6000-acre lake completely dried up. America appears forsaken by God and is no longer blessed, with all of her myriad social, economical, financial, and spiritual problems, and making the curses spoken by Moses in Deuteronomy 28 ring very true.
America Under Judgment- Obama Nation
A nation is only as great as its leaders. Pr29:2 states ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn’. If the leaders are righteous, that nation will be blessed. If the leaders are corrupt and evil, that nation will be brought down low. This is also true for any organization, such as a church, a school system, and society in general. This is God’s spiritual principle- do good, live; do evil, perish! The Bible reveals many of God’s judgments on mankind due to violence and corruption. In May 2012 Pres. Obama announced his support of gay marriages. Earlier he declared that he would not defend the federal law passed by Congress in 1996 against gay marriages, DOMA (Defense of the Marriage Act) in federal courts. He also removed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ rule for the military. Obama said his views have evolved through the influence of his friends and family, such that he now approves of gay marriages. While Obama claims to be a Christian, he has openly praised the Koran and mocked the Holy Bible. Conservative author David Barton’s wrote that Obama is the most biblically hostile president ever in America: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=106938
In 2008 it was shown that Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright was very harsh against white America, even calling for God to damn her. Before his inauguration, Obama in his travels abroad stated that America is no longer a Christian nation; neither a Muslim nor a Jewish nation. Also Pres. Obama has been soft in his support of the traditional National Day of Prayer began in 1952 by Pres. Truman, not holding a White House ceremony generally in May for this occasion, like his predecessor George W. Bush. But he has recently invited a LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals) coalition to the White House on June 15, 2012, attended by 20 groups to advance their cause. In America, June is Gay Pride month. The Pentagon recently announced they would allow the US military to celebrate it for the first time ever. America is challenging and provoking God, and under her present immoral leadership is quickly becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah!
America’s Freedom at Stake- More Obama Nation; More Judgment Coming
Someone said ‘Today, freedom is taken away by a stroke of a pen; tomorrow, it will be at the end of a gun barrel’. The freedom that we long enjoyed is being eroded by new laws and actions by Congress and the Gov’t. This year the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) was enacted which allows the military to imprison anyone without an arrest warrant, without issuing Miranda rights, without telling you why you are being seized and allowing you access to an attorney; against your constitutional rights, etc., all in the name of fighting terrorism. On March 16, 2012 Pres. Obama issued an executive order called the NDRP (National Defense Resources Preparedness) that allows the Gov’t in a national emergency to confiscate anything that they deemed necessary- food, oil, water, etc. It has recently been revealed that the NSA (National Security Agency) is building a super-spy data center in Utah by Sep 2013, to capture all forms of personal electronic communications, including the contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches; all sorts of personal data trails. The use of spy drones with very powerful cameras in America’s skies is also increasing. It is a ‘total information awareness’ program and a huge invasion of our personal privacy. America’s freedom of information, of privacy, of speech, of religion, of movement, and of property are now at great risk- taken away by a stroke of a pen today, and later by a gun barrel. This is the prelude to the full establishment of the Antichrist system that the Bible revealed in chapter 13 of the book of Revelation. What will happen to America? Obama and many of our leaders today are archetypes of the coming Antichrist 1Jn2:18. Their decisions to support same sex marriage will turn America into a Sodom and Gomorrah and make America ripe for God’s judgment. America is on a fast track to destruction. She has become morally corrupt with sexual perversions, and is financially bankrupt! Every major institution today now suffers malaise- marriages, families, churches, schools, etc. Because we have rejected God and have forsaken His ways as written in the Holy Bible, God will also forsake us! America is certainly in decline and under God’s judgment!
America In Decline and Under God’s Judgment
As we in America celebrate the 4th of July, our Independence Day and our freedom, we need to also understand that America is in decline economically, financially, morally, and spiritually, and is under God’s judgment.
Why Is America Under Judgment?
Have you ever wondered why things are going so bad in America; why we are so broken spiritually and financially? In all of recorded history, there has never been a nation so blessed by God like America. The Bible states ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance’ Ps33:12. This scripture certainly once rang very true for America. America was settled by people seeking religious and political freedom from the oppressive religious, monarchial, and feudal systems of old Europe. Later people from other lands came to America for the economic opportunities she afforded. People found God in America and the freedom to worship Him. America is blessed with many natural resources, food and security- with two large protective oceans on both sides, and friendly neighbors to the north and south. America was a nation under God as evident in our historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Before the 1776 revolutionary war, in defiance to King George III of England, the slogan ‘No king but Jesus’ was coined in America. But things have changed. Jesus used to be Lord of America, but not anymore. God spoke to King Solomon in a dream, ‘If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.. But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments.. and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them..’ 2Ch7:14,19. While these scriptures referred to the nation of Israel, they are also applicable to backslidden America, as we will see below.
America has rejected God and forsaken His ways, and is no longer a Christian nation. She has become a diverse nation of cultures and religions, with many false gods- hedonism, money and corruption. The US Gov’t and Congress have deliberately shown their disdain for God. Over the past 50 years the Christian biblical influence in America’s culture has greatly waned, almost to the extent of extinction. America has become increasing anti-God. We have kicked God out by removing prayers and the Bible from our public schools; some sought to remove God from our Pledge of Allegiance and from our coinage. We have removed the 10 Commandments from the US courthouses. Since 1973, nearly 50 million babies have been killed in legalized abortion. Pornography runs rampant. Homosexuality is widespread due to the removal of sodomy laws against it. Six states have already passed laws allowing same-sex marriages, and 11 states have accepted civil unions, including Hawaii. Some denominations, such as the Evangelical Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, and the UCC churches, have allowed for some gay ministers to conduct gay marriages. God does not change Mal3:6. As God had destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the practice of sodomy, He will surely do the same to America. Pr14:34 states ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation: but a sin is a reproach to any people’.
America’s Deliberate War Against God and the Holy Bible
If the above was not bad enough, it appears that America and her liberal leaders are also in a deliberate war against God, fighting against the godly principles that once made us the greatest nation on earth. By their actions, America is warring against and provoking God. Prayers of invocation in the name of Jesus Christ during official assemblies have been challenged, discouraged, and in some places disallowed. America’s apparent war against God can readily be seen recently in the US military and other Gov’t agencies, where military chaplains are forbidden to invoke the name of Jesus, crosses removed in chapels and places of worship, and attempted restrictions of Bibles in military hospitals, all backed by our present administration. The same is also happening at the state level, where in Hawaii and elsewhere, invocations in the name of Jesus have been disallowed in the legislatures. Anti-Christian sentiments are rising such that soon there will be laws enacted that will prohibit us from expressing our faith. Ps2:1,2,4 state ‘Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed.. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision (contempt)’. From these verses we see that our gov’t leaders- the president, congressmen, and justices are openly warring against God, and His anointed, Jesus Christ. They will not succeed, but be held in contempt by God. They will be judged severely, but they will also bring down God’s judgment and destruction upon America.
America Weighed in God’s Balance and Found Wanting Dan5:27; National Righteousness and National Sins
The Bible has much to say about national righteousness and national sins. Simply, if we follow after righteousness, we will live; if not, we will all perish. The Bible is replete with many examples of kingdoms and nations falling since the time of Adam. Beginning with the great flood in Noah’s day when all but eight people perished, the fall of the tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah due to gross perversion and homosexuality, the 40 years wandering of the children of Israel because of unbelief, to the breaking up of Israel into two kingdoms because of Solomon’s sins of idolatry, to the going into separate captivity of both Israel and Judah for wickedness and idolatry, to the destruction of Jerusalem because of the killing of Jesus and the prophets Mt23:37,38, God will also severely judge America for her sins of corruption and idolatry. Ps33:12 states ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD..’, but Ps9:17 states ‘The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God’. If we, the people, collectively fear and obey God, then God will bless us as a nation. But if not, then our nation would be cursed and be turned into hell. Jesus said ‘.. except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3,5!
Deuteronomy chapter 28- God’s Conditional Blessings
Deuteronomy chapter 28 details God’s blessings and curses upon Israel that are also applicable to America. We will look at where America is heading for in light of these scriptures. Moses wrote ‘And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God’ vs1,2. Moses said ‘Blessed will they be in the city and in the field; the ground would be fruitful, and also the cattle and the sheep, the wheat and the grains’; everything they do will be blessed, including ‘their coming in and their going out’. He said that God will fight against their enemies who attack them, and will scatter them in seven directions. Their land will be blessed and their storehouses will be full. They will be a holy people, separated unto God by keeping His commandments, and walking in His ways. The world would acknowledge that God is for them, and thus shall be afraid of them. They shall be prosperous, and shall have rain in due season. They shall lend unto many nations, and not borrow v12! The Lord thy God shall make them the head and not the tail; above and not beneath if they obey Him and not depart from His words, and go after other gods vs13,14. This certainly once described America, but sadly this is not so today!