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Is It Time?

August 26, 2015

By the author of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

[A fair warning.  This is long.  Sorry, but I just do not know how to cut short God’s word and His warning for the United States.  And let me make it clear, I do not desire America’s demise, but rather pray for her and the church in America to recognize her and its evil ways and repent and return to God and His ways.]

[Please note that this blog was started two weeks before the U.S. stock market started its meltdown on August 21.]

Is it time?  Is it time for God to judge America?  If not, why not?  There is a prevailing opinion (and it is only that) in America and among some Christian circles that God will not and cannot judge America because of her Christian heritage or the Christian faithful that live therein.  However, such a viewpoint contradicts biblical history and evidence, as well as modern and current history and events.

According to the Bible, the Jews were and continue to be God’s chosen people.  Yet, throughout the Old Testament and throughout history, the Jews have been continually persecuted and afflicted.  In the biblical accounts, God repeatedly chastised, judged and punished the people of Israel for disobeying His commandments; for rebelling against Him; for their sinfulness and perversions and for worshipping foreign gods.  When it comes to Christians, there is a 2000-plus year history of persecution, torture and death at the hands of non-Christians, which has intensified in the last three decades, largely at the hands of Jew-hating, Christian-hating Muslims.

In both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible it is made clear by God that He will not and cannot abide in the presence of unrepentant sin. America’s descent into wanton depravity and sinfulness parallels that of rebellious Israel in the Old Testament.  God repeatedly warned Israel about her rebellion against Him and turning to idols and godless behavior, but time and again they rejected God and His warnings through the prophets.

For decades now, America has been following the path of Old Testament Israel, with its rebellion against God and acceleration of perversions and godlessness reaching fever pitch.  Each time Israel fell away from God, God allowed judgment to fall upon Israel in the form of death and destruction by her enemies.  America’s enemies are lining up in queue (China, Russia, North Korea, ISIS et al), waiting for their opportunity to take on the ever weakening U.S.

America’s covenant with God.  Regardless of the repeated attempt by left-wing progressives (otherwise known as anti-American socialists) to revise America’s history, the undisputed fact still remains that those pilgrims from Europe that first landed on the East Coast of America over 400 years ago, planted the cross of Jesus Christ and made a covenant with Almighty God to found a just society of religious, political and social freedom.  That covenant—to establish a nation on biblical principles and to acknowledge Almighty God in all things—was repeated in word and affirmation by America’s founding fathers through numerous documents and declarations, including the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.  Although not everything went according to God’s plan, those dedicated to God and His holy word put into place the greatest constitution and rule of law the world has ever known.  Patterned after biblical principles and law it set in place the mechanism for righting wrongs and securing individual freedoms like never before.

America and its leaders, including many in the Christian church, have broken that covenant with God, thus allowing America to plummet into the immoral, godless abyss of hell.  Each time Israel violated the covenant it had made with God, the people paid a heavy price, including the innocent and those that were considered the righteous before God.

America’s abominations.  America has not been content with bathing in her own abominations but has become the world leader in exporting her perversions of abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, pornography, sexual immorality, destruction of the family and a host of other aberrations of biblical morality.

Pornographic web sites originating in the United States represent 60% of all the pornographic web pages viewed each day around the world.  Americans are so obsessed with pornography and elicit sex that even men and women of God have gotten snagged by the temptations.  It has led to such perverted web sites as Ashley Madison where over 39 million site users seek extra-marital affairs, including, it has now been discovered (due the site being hacked), members of the Whitehouse staff, members of the U.S. Congress and other government employees and high profile public figures.

One of the most recent egregious perversions was the 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to approve homosexual marriage as the law of the land, thus overturning thousands of years of man-woman unions practiced by thousands of cultures since the beginning of time, and most importantly, spitting in God’s face and His design and law for marital union between one man and one woman.  To celebrate the court’s decision, America’s pseudo-Christian leader had the Whitehouse—“the people’s house”—lit up in gay pride rainbow colors, thus effectively jabbing the collective thumb of rebellion in God’s eye.

During the time of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, the Jews also jabbed their thumb in God’s eye repeatedly. Furthermore He said to me [Ezekiel], “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to make Me go far away from My sanctuary? Now turn again, you will see greater abominations” (Ezekiel 8:6).

There seems to be no end and no limit to the level of sickening perversions that some Americans will seek.  Recently, in Times Square, New York, bare-breasted women paraded around in bikini briefs to earn money from men eager to have their pictures taken with them.  It is notable that none of them were arrested for such debauchery, nor did most pedestrians that were interviewed see anything wrong with it.

As God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel over 25 centuries ago, Now turn again, you will see greater abominations.  America has entered that perverted pit of no return.  Like Israel of old, she will not get out of the pit on her own, unless she wholeheartedly repents and turns to God.

The wickedness of the Jews and their pagan neighbors in the Old Testament is being played out once again in America.  God referred to the debauchery and sinfulness of Israel as harlotry 44 times in the Old Testament (NKJV).  It was detestable to God then; an abomination.  God’s laws and His righteousness have not changed.  If such sin was detestable to God then and an abomination, it certainly is today as well.  Will America receive the same judgment of God that Israel did?  Sadly, not only has America prostituted itself to the unbridled wickedness of the pagan world, but many churches and their followers who proclaim the name of Christ have done the same.

Slaughter of the innocents.  In my book, Revelation 18 and the fate of America, I wrote that abortion was akin to the child sacrifice that God abhorred in the Old Testament among the Jews and their pagan neighbors (p. 119).  Since 1973, America has been guilty of murdering (yes, murdering) over 58 million little children and has been the instigator for over 1.345 billion abortions worldwide.  How can God forgive such a heinous crime against His human creation?  No society in the history of the world has carried out such repeated acts of callousness and barbarity.  Should America not pay a heavy price for such wanton sinfulness and rejection of the life that God created in each instance?

God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah about Israel’s sacrificing of their own children, had this to say: Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (Jeremiah 19:4).  In the following verses God continues on how Israel will pay a heavy price for turning away from Him and committing such heinous acts of child sacrifice.

Through the prophet Ezekiel, around the same time period, God once again spoke this warning to Israel: You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries (Ezekiel 22:4).

The horrific undercover videos recently released that clearly demonstrate the barbarity of abortion and those who perform them without a shred of remorse or conscience demonstrates how debased our American society has become.  If you are a God-fearing Christian who professes Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior and yet you still support the Pro Choice agenda, Planned Parenthood and the anti-life, anti-God practice of abortion, or support those that do, you need to fall to your knees in heart-felt repentance and beg God’s forgiveness right now.  Nothing is more abhorrent to God than the taking of innocent life.  You can argue and rationalize all day long or until the proverbial cows come home about when life starts, but the truth is that life starts when God says it does, and that is at the very moment of conception.

Judgment starts with the House of the Lord.  In the Old Testament of the Bible there are numerous stories of how the Jews turned away from God and followed after the sinful, godless practices of their pagan neighbors.  Very often this turning from God was started by the very ones who were charged by God to keep the Jews on the narrow spiritual path of ordinances and statutes for godly living.  The spiritual leaders of the Jewish community, the priests, often became corrupted and strayed from their spiritual disciplines and led the people down the path of evil and debauchery.

The same appears to true today as more and more Christian leaders and Christian churches are prostituting themselves to the ways of the world and embracing government and societal dictates that clearly go against God’s laws and biblical teaching.

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; the Apostle Peter wrote, and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17).

God holds the people of God responsible first because they are supposed to know better; to be able to judge right from wrong; light from darkness; truth from a lie and righteousness from sinfulness.  Moreover, He holds His spiritual leaders, the shepherds of His flock, accountable for the direction of His church under their watch.  Both Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34 prophesy dire warnings to spiritual leaders who take advantage of their flocks or lead them astray.

God’s warning to Israel’s spiritual leaders through Ezekiel bodes well for America’s spiritual leaders today. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them (Ezekiel 22:26).

I have said it many times and I will say it again: America has slid so far into sinfulness that she is beyond human intervention.  No minister, no politician, no one can save her from God’s pending judgment.  There is only one thing that can save America from destruction, however and whenever it comes, and that is for the Church of Jesus Christ to repent and call upon God’s mercy and forgiveness for allowing America to sink so far with the church hardly blinking an eye of protest or shouting a word of warning.

The often quoted verse from 2 Chronicles 7:14 makes God’s intent clear: if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. For America to avert God’s judgment, God’s people must first humble themselves before God and beg His forgiveness.  “For what?” you say.  First of all, for all the sins we have committed, either in fact or omission, as individuals or as the Body of Christ, which has allowed America to slide to where she is now.  For us as individuals and the Church as a body not speaking up in boldness and taking a firm stand against evil, unrighteousness and wanton godlessness that has swept our land into an ever deepening pit of hell.  Repenting for remaining silent (ourselves, our parents or our grandparents) while atheists won victory to remove prayer and the Bible out of our schools; remove the ten commandments and other biblical symbols from our town squares, military sites, etc.; allowing the horrendous act of abortion to become legal and take the lives of 58 million prospective citizens and God’s children; allowing the courts to re-define marriage; ignoring the unfettered attack on Christianity in America by the government, courts and society in general.  The list is very long, but if you are serious about taking up the cause of repentance, I trust God will show you what is needed.

The risk of abandoning Israel.  America cannot live on the pro-Israel accomplishments of the WWII generation that rescued the Jews and established the Jewish state of Israel.  America and some evangelical Christians are now abandoning Israel like never before and it will come with the steep price of God’s judgment against America.

America’s attitude toward Israel has drastically shifted under the current president and administration.  In a speech at the Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, DC on May 22, 2015, President Obama had the audacity to proclaim that, “I am the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.” Like so many of his larcenous statements, not only was this one a farce and outright lie, but it was the furthest thing from the truth.  Obama is by far the most anti-Jew, anti-Israel president that America has ever had the misfortune of electing—twice.  He has repeatedly acted against Israel’s best interests; made public her military secrets (which should be an act of treason); sent billions of dollars to aid Israel’s enemies; actively supports the terrorist regime of Hamas in Gaza; criticizes Israel at every opportunity; supports and works for the “two state solution” (Israel and Palestine) which will greatly undermine Israel’s safety and existence.  If that’s not enough to verify his anti-Israel stance, he and his anti-Jew cohorts have “brokered” a deal with Iran—which every person with a speck of intelligence and wisdom, says is horrendous and a risk to the entire world—that just may assure that there will never be peace in the Middle East or the world.

President Obama addressing the Adas Israel congregation on May 22, 2015 wearing the Jewish yarmulke skull cap.

President Obama addressing the Adas Israel congregation on May 22, 2015 wearing the Jewish yarmulke skull cap.

Perhaps it should be no surprise that while Obama claims to be pro-Israel that his actions repeatedly demonstrate otherwise.  After all, he was born into a Muslim family; educated during his formative years in a Muslim school in Indonesia; admires Islam as a “religion of peace”; seems more comfortable among Muslims than Christians and surrounds himself with Muslim Brotherhood, anti-Jew advisors.  Notwithstanding, according to Obama, Muslims are the way they are because of the Christian crusades.

Such anti-Israel actions are not limited to America’s leader.  On May 16, Pope Francis reached out to the Palestinian terrorist leader, President Mahmud Abbas, calling him an “angel of peace”.  No real surprise since the pope and Catholic doctrine assert that Muslims and Catholics worship the same god and that Muslims are looked upon with favor by God.  Such a position is a strong slap in the face to the One and Only True God of the Bible, Jehovah God and His only begotten Son in Jesus Christ, whom the Muslims reject as the Son of God.

The only position or stance on Israel that counts is God’s position, and His position is that those who curse Israel or come against her are coming against Him. I will bless those who bless you [Israel], and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:3).

Separating the sheep and the goats.  A great sifting is occurring in the church in America.  Not everyone who calls Jesus “Lord, Lord” (Matthew 7:21-23) will inherit the kingdom of God.  The church in America has done a good job of preaching that one needs to call upon Jesus as the Savior of one’s life, but have poorly communicated that it is equally important to accept and follow Him as the Lord of one’s life.  Christians are called to follow Jesus as both Lord and Savior.  One without the other is ineffectual Christianity.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus talked about His return and His judgment of all nations.  The sheep, those that truly followed Him as Lord and Savior, will be set on His right hand to receive eternal life with Him; the goats, those that rejected Him and refused to do His will, will be gathered on His left to receive everlasting punishment.

The Apostle James wrote, Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:21-22). Followers of Jesus Christ are called to be doers of the Word of God, not just to sit in the pews and say, “Amen!” on Sundays and then go forth to act and live like they never heard the Word of God at all.

Jesus and His apostles warned that in the Last Days many false prophets (teachers) would arise in an attempt to deceive His followers. Unfortunately, in America, many false teachers have emerged, teaching a false, diluted or polluted gospel that has been leading people astray from God’s truth and righteousness. They [false teachers] promise freedom, Peter wrote, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.  And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.  It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life (2 Peter 2:19-21; NLT). Despite centuries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ being preached in the United States, the Christian church has gotten weaker and its light grown dimmer as the world around it embraces ever greater depravity and unrepentant sin.

During the time of the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel and before the Jews were taken captive to Babylon, God revealed to Ezekiel that He was sending an angel to put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it [Jerusalem] (Ezekiel 9:4).  When destruction was to come upon Jerusalem and all Israel, those that mourned over her (the righteous) were not to be touched.  However, when God’s judgment came, God said it was to “begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple (Ezekiel 9:6).  Once again, God’s judgment starts with those in His house and especially those who are shepherds over His people.

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23).

Peace, peace.  The false prophet of peace in America has found a home in the heart and mind of America’s president.  Speaking before the United Nations on September 23, 2014, President Obama declared to the world that it was lot safer since he took office.  “As a result of this [international security] work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”  Once again America’s deceiver-in-chief pontificating ridiculous words that all too many people actually believe.

When the Jewish leaders and their prophets proclaimed a similar assurance to the people, God spoke through the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel, saying, They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace (Jeremiah 6:14). Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace . . . (Ezekiel 13:10).  In addition, those who were rebelling against God, ridiculing Ezekiel for prophesying “doom and gloom”. Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off’ (Ezekiel 12:27). However, the rebellious soon found out that their destruction was not far off, but imminent.

Neither false prophets nor false leaders stand in the gap for their country.  God made this clear through the prophet Ezekiel. Thus says the Lord God: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!  O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.  You have not gone up into the gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the Lord.  They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that the word may be confirmed.  Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The Lord says,’ but I have not spoken” (Ezekiel 13:3-7). If this were to be paraphrased and put into context for America and the world today, it would go something like this: Woe to you foolish leaders who follow after your own narcissistic spirit and have knowledge of nothing! America, your leaders are like foxes in the hen house. They have not done anything to protect you or lead you in the right direction in preparation for the judgment of God. Their words and plans are worthless, providing false guidance. But the Lord God has not sent them or spoken to them. Yet they think their evil doings will prosper. They speak with deception and their plans are futile. I, the Lord God have not spoken to them.

Americans can rest assured on one thing: The majority of America’s political leaders, especially those in the Whitehouse, do not seek God for His wisdom. “How can you say that?” you might challenge. “Well”, I will counter, “just look at the results.” If our leaders were seeking God, America would not in the immoral cesspool she is in, nor financially and spiritually bankrupt.

And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed” (Isaiah 6:9-10).

America has no excuse.  America and Americans have no excuse for their godless, anti-Christ actions.  The Word of God has, perhaps, been preached and more widely available in America for over 400 years and since its founding than any other country on earth.

However, as it was mentioned earlier, God cannot abide in the presence of unrepentant sin. Something has to give and it will not be God.

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ (Ezekiel 33:11).

The Apostle Paul warned the followers of Christ almost 2,000 years ago that, The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).  It would seem that America has, indeed, arrived at that point.

The Key to America’s Redemption.  God, speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, said: If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.  And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom,  but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would (Jeremiah 18:7-10; NLT).  Will America and the church in America be stubborn like Israel and refuse to repent or will she and the church acknowledge their wicked ways; repent and once again turn to Almighty God, the healer and reconciler of all things?  Time is running out and, as yet, there are few signs that either the church or America are ready to give in and repent.

In the midst of Israel’s rebellion against God, God spoke through Ezekiel and said, So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one (Ezekiel 22:30).  Although there are a few Christian leaders, such as Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Franklin Graham and others who have been blowing the trumpet of warning, both to the church and America, the church in America, for the most part, has been unmoved in a call to repentance and revival.  Instead, more and more churches and their leaders appear to be embracing the sinfulness of the world in which they live and minister.

God stands ready, willing and able to redeem that which is lost, but He will not act unless invited to do so. Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; the prophet Isaiah wrote, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity (Isaiah 59:1-4). America and the church in America are running out of opportunities to reverse the current sinful slide. There will come a point (and it may already be upon us) when God can no longer tolerate the pervasive evil in the land and withhold His judgment—whether at His hand or at the hand of others that He allows to bring judgment.

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Related blogs:

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 2

Apostasy in the American Church, Part 1

A Depraved Mind

The Fundamental Changing of America

America’s Only Hope

Has God Forsaken America?

Can America be Saved?

How Evil Works and Prevails

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God’s Judgment in One Hour (excerpted from Revelation 18, Chapter 13)

August 24, 2015

Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her. . . .

. . . standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

Revelation 18:8, 10

In Revelation 18 it is stated that Babylon’s judgment will come swiftly—“in one hour”—and is mentioned twice in verses 8, 10 and 17.  But is that possible in this day and age?  The simple, direct answer is, yes, but first let us take a look at America’s financial foundation and the financial stability of the world before reaching any conclusions. 

United States of America’s National Debt.  On October 18, 2013 America’s National Debt was rapidly advancing past $17 trillion or 107 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  To gain a perspective on the significance of America’s debt one should look at the history of America’s indebtedness as well as compare the current national debt to that of some other countries.

At the end of 1929 America had just suffered a major financial collapse.  The national debt was a mere (by today’s standards) $17 billion or 16 percent of GDP.  By the end of 1933 and with advent of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” Great Depression recovery plan, the United States was $23 billion in debt or 40 percent of GDP.  At the end of 1941 and just after the country entered into World War II against both Germany (and the Axis powers) and Japan, the national debt stood at a manageable $49 billion or 39 percent of GDP.

The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Shelton Gilliam, June 19, 1808

When World War II ended in 1945 at a cost of $296 billion for the United States, by the end of 1946 America’s national debt had soared to $269 billion and a historical high of 121 percent of GDP.  During the post-war recovery the debt remained relatively stable from 1946 to 1960, ranging from $252 billion in 1946 to $286 billion in 1960.  During the same period the debt to GDP ratio steadily declined from 121 percent to 54 percent.  During the decades of the 1960s and 1970s the debt grew steadily, but the GDP growth rate exceeded the debt growth rate so that the debt to GDP ratio dropped further to a post-World War II low of 31 percent by the end of 1981 but just before the recession of 1982 hit.

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.

Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816

Just before the start of Ronald Reagan’s first presidential term, the national debt had risen to just under one trillion dollars—$908 billion or 33 percent of GDP by the end of 1980.  During the Reagan presidency of two terms the national debt more than doubled to $2.6 trillion or 51 percent of GDP by the end of 1988.

During the two presidential terms of William Clinton the debt grew modestly from $4.4 trillion to $5.674 trillion while the debt to GDP ratio fell from 66 percent to 57 percent.  From 2001 to the end of 2008 (the George W. Bush presidential years) the debt climbed significantly to a little over $10 trillion or 70 percent of GDP.  Although this increase in indebtedness was dramatic, America was about to become shell-shocked.

With the election of Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 as the country’s president, America would witness the reality of a big-spending government behemoth like never before.  By July 4, 2013, less than six months into his second presidential term, President Obama has overseen the growth of the country’s debt to $16.9 trillion or 107 percent of GDP.  By the end of his second term (if the taxpayers allow him to get there), the national debt could well exceed $20 trillion.  If so, he will have accumulated more debt than all 43 presidents before him and the United States will be on the verge of financial ruin (if not before then).

Everett Dirksen, the former Republican who represented the state of Illinois in the U.S. Senate from 1951 until his death in 1969, when reflecting on the national debt in 1965 (which was $317 billion), told this humorous story, which he labeled “cat in the well”:

One time in the House of Representatives (a colleague) told me a story about a proposition that a teacher put to a boy. He said, ‘Johnny, a cat fell in a well 100 feet deep. Suppose that cat climbed up 1 foot and then fell back 2 feet. How long would it take the cat to get out of the well?’

Johnny worked assiduously with his slate and slate pencil for quite a while, and then when the teacher came down and said, ‘How are you getting along?’

Johnny said, ‘Teacher, if you give me another slate and a couple of slate pencils, I am pretty sure that in the next 30 minutes I can land that cat in hell.’

If some people get any cheer out of a $328 billion debt ceiling, I do not find much to cheer about concerning it. (Congressional Record, June 16, 1965, p. 13884).

In the world of American politics and financial mismanagement, the way to deal with the ever skyrocketing debt is not to restrain spending but just to raise the level of the amount one is allowed to spend.  A similar philosophy followed by the American taxpayer would soon land them in prison.

Debt to GDP Ratios Around the World.  The one most commonly used measure of a country’s economic health is the Public Debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) ratio or percent of public debt a country owes compared to their GDP.  Public Debt is the amount of money the federal government owes itself and other creditors.

With America’s debt to GDP ratio at 107 percent and rising daily, how does the country measure up to other developed countries, as well as third world or undeveloped countries? Global Finance reported on the Public Debt to GDP projections for 2014 for OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.  The OECD includes just about every developed and developing country in the world.  The debt to GDP for all OECD countries is projected to be 113 percent.

The worst country by far is Japan at 246 percent.  Japan is followed by the European Union countries of Greece (200%), Portugal (135%), Italy (131%), Ireland (128%), United Kingdom (114%), France (110%) and Spain (105%).  All of these Euro countries are in significant financial trouble and turmoil.  The United States is projected to be at 114 percent debt to GDP, the same as the UK.

Other European Union countries, such as, Switzerland (39%), Germany (85%), Sweden (47%), Norway (43%), Finland (54%), Denmark (48%) and the Netherlands (72%) are looking much better.

By comparison, how do some of our non-European allies and adversaries look financially?  Of the United States’ clear allies, Canada appears to be in the worst shape but still healthier than the U.S.  Canada’s projected 2014 debt to GDP is 86 percent.  Australia, a long term U.S. ally, on the other hand, is far healthier with only a 28 percent debt to GDP.  However, two of America’s long term antagonists and adversaries are also very healthy financially.  China has a 2014 projected meager debt to GDP of only 17.3 percent and its neighbor to the north, Russia, at merely 10.8 percent.  Ironically, the United States has not been near that level of debt to GDP since the financial crash of 1929 when debt to GDP was at 16 percent.

Clearly, the majority of America’s long-standing allies in Europe are battling tremendous financial pressure, while its two largest and most bellicose decades-long enemies are financially strong and in a much better position to threaten the United States at every level of diplomacy or future military confrontation. . . .

The Derivative Financial Volcano.   Men around the globe in general and Americans in particular, in their greedy quest for wealth and more wealth, have been led and known to do some very foolish things.  It was greed that led, in part, to the “Crash of ‘29” and the ensuing “Great Depression”.  It was greed that led to the real estate and banking collapse in 2008.  The only question is not if another financial collapse will come, but how soon?

In the Bible there is a stark warning to all those who make money their god.  In his first letter to his disciple, Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9; author’s emphasis). Paul knew human nature and that the temptation to be rich was more than most men could deny. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil,” Paul continued, “for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (verse 10; author’s emphasis).

It is not money that destroys men’s lives—we all need a form of money to live—it is the love of money that draws men to do all kinds of evil.  “But you, O man of God,” Paul warned, “flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

Because of modern man’s lust for money and more and more of it, there is one foolish financial move over the decades that could come back to haunt him and financially destroy the big and small fortunes of millions of people and the hopes and dreams of current and future generations for years to come.

So, what exactly is a derivative?  They were at the center of the 2008 real estate and banking collapse. A derivative is a type of options contract—a gamble that some underlying investment will go up or down in the future. Derivatives are largely “imaginary” investments with little or no intrinsic value.  In essence, rather than a true tangible investment, they represent more of a “crap-shoot”—a horrific gamble by men driven by an insatiable appetite for wealth and more of it.  The future impact, when the derivative market unravels, will be catastrophic and unfathomable.

Steve Denning, in an article for Forbes, in an explanation for the financial collapse of 2008, wrote “the warning signs were everywhere: too much borrowing, foolish investments, greedy banks, regulators asleep at the wheel, politicians eager to promote home-ownership for those who couldn’t afford it, and distinguished analysts openly predicting this could only end badly.

The worldwide derivative estimate: $600 trillion to $1.5 quadrillion (that is $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeroes). At the upper estimate, the financial risk is 20 times the entire global GDP, which was estimated to be around $75 trillion in 2012.

“. . . The root cause wasn’t just the reckless lending and the excessive risk taking,” Denning explained. “The problem at the core was a lack of transparency” [among financial institutions].

The worldwide exposure to derivatives is anyone’s guess.  Estimates range from $600 trillion to $1.5 quadrillion (that is $1,500 trillion or 1.5 followed by 15 zeroes).  At the upper estimate, the financial risk is 20 times the entire global GDP, which was estimated to be around $75 trillion in 2012.  No one really knows what the world financial markets exposure is to these worthless financial “investments”.

The Current Problem:  Many financial analysts and financial writers like Denning are warning that the next financial crisis, which they see as imminent, will make the burst of the financial bubble of 2008 look like a blip on the financial radar screen.

Denning points out that one financial institution alone, JPMorgan, at the end of the third quarter of 2012, had a “notional” (that is, “imaginary” or “speculative”) exposure to derivatives of $72 trillion or about five times the world economy at that time.  According to the United States Controller of the Currency office, at the end of 2012, American banks held an astounding $223 trillion in “notional” derivatives with only four of the nation’s largest banks holding 93 percent of the total.

The Flash Crash and Electronic Meltdown—In One Hour.  So, is it possible, in this day and age, for America’s financial system and that of the world to collapse in one hour?  Absolutely!  Not only in one hour, but perhaps in a matter of seconds. With absolutely everything tied together by computer systems, electricity and electronics it would not take much to create havoc with a nation’s or the world’s financial system and life in general.

On July 29, 2013 a panel of experts convened in Washington, DC to consider the level of the threat on the U.S. infrastructure via an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, whether naturally occurring or via terrorists or a nation-state.  The panel included R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence under President Bill Clinton; former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; Ambassador Henry Cooper, former Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization under President George H. W. Bush and Dr. Peter Vincent Pry who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission.

They assessed America’s vulnerability to a natural or enemy attack by means of an electromagnetic pulse coming from the sun or a nuclear device.  They concluded that the U.S. is extremely susceptible to EMP disruptions whether natural or from a lone terrorist or a rogue government.

On a smaller, local scale, many people have had the experience of a temporary interruption in electrical power or use of electronic devices due to a powerful thunder (electrical) storm.  On a grander scale, such interruptions can be caused by the electromagnetic pulses sent from the sun as a result of solar flares or solar storms.  Such natural EMP events can be regional or wide spread; can be minor inconveniences or devastating.

Mr. Woolsey pointed out that an EMP event originating from the sun struck the electrical grid in Quebec, Canada on March 13, 1989.  The solar geomagnetic storm resulted in the blackout of eastern Canada and billions of dollars in economic losses.  Within two minutes the entire Quebec power grid was shut down and millions thrown into darkness and winter cold.  Schools, businesses and transportation hubs were closed.  The impact affected some northeastern U.S. power grids as well.  The energy released during the event was estimated to be like thousands of nuclear bombs exploding.  The geomagnetic storm that it created resulted in spectacular “northern lights” being seen as far south as Florida and Cuba.  Over 200 power grids from coast to coast in the United States experienced disruptions.   Even some satellites were affected, tumbling out of control for several hours.

Although such solar geomagnetic events are relatively rare, Mr. Woolsey warned . . .

For more on America’s financial crisis, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 4 (final)

July 13, 2015

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Abortion―Child Sacrifice. The human race, regrettably, has had a long history (since Cain killed his brother Abel) of having, at times, a strong disregard for human life—especially for those judged to be less valuable or less than human.  When the first colonists arrived in the “New World” that was to be dubbed “America” they had a vision for a new life of peace and freedom.  However, it did not take long for some among them, including clergy, to ascertain that the resident peoples were unlike them and therefore “savages” and proclaimed them to be somehow less than human and therefore worthy of the superior invaders wrath and adverse sentence, including murder.

Right behind the oppression of the Native American came that of those of dark skin color, the Africans who were imported against their will and also treated like savages and sub-humans, even by members of the Christian church.  Many were tortured or murdered for no other reason than they were the wrong skin color and considered to be less than human.

Fast forward to the second half of the 20th century in America and another large group of human beings were adjudged to be non-human just because, although they were fully alive, they were still in their mother’s womb and therefore determined to not be an independent human being.  The prejudice against them had nothing to do with skin color, race, ethnicity, heritage, economic status or any other human factor other than that they were determined to be unwanted; an inconvenience; a mistake.  The innocent blood of these victims was shed simply because they were conceived by one or more uncaring, unloving people who considered the miracle within the womb as just a lump of tissue.

U.S. Abortion Statistics:

  • Since 1973 an estimated 56+ million babies have succumbed to the horrors of abortion.
  • About 1.2 million abortions are performed annually.
  • Approximately 3,300 abortions are performed daily in the U.S.

Source: http://www.numberofabortions.com

Abortion is a form of child sacrifice, and as such, is detestable to the Living God.  Child sacrifice is a type of witchcraft and idol worship which God cannot and will not tolerate.  America started the worldwide acceptance of abortion with the acceptance of the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion.  America is the world leader in this heinous crime against life and since 1973 an estimated 56-plus million American babies have prematurely lost their lives (as of this writing).  Worldwide, thanks to this initiative introduced by the United States, over 1.3 billion babies throughout the world have been aborted since 1980 and over 26 million in the first eight months of 2013.

The Word of God clearly states that “children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3-5; author’s emphasis).

Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?  And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. 

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

King David, in Psalm 139 acknowledged to God that “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:13-16; author’s emphasis).  According to the biblical incite of David, God considers His creation within the mother’s womb to be fully human from the moment of conception.  A baby in the womb is no less human than anyone walking around outside the womb.  In fact, in Jeremiah 1:5, God tells Jeremiah that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you . . .” God also spoke similar words to the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 49:1, 5).

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America in the Declaration of Independence wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life . . .”  Note that the Declaration uses certain undeniably clear words: self-evident; created; endowed; unalienableSelf-evident means that what was to follow was so obvious that anyone with any intelligence could understand it.  When the Founders declared that all men are created equal they understood that this equality started at creation in the womb, not after birth.  Otherwise they would have said that all men were born equal.  And, they understood that it was God, not man; not government that endowed mankind with certain unalienable (non-transferrable; not to be terminated or sold) rights; among the first of those was life.

. . . the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis for all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and ware, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Noah Webster, 1843, A Collection of Papers on Political, Literary, and Moral Subjects

In the Old Testament God forbid the Israelites to sacrifice their children to Molech (or Moloch), the god of the neighboring Ammonites.  The Ammonites routinely sacrificed their children to Molech in an attempt to ward off evil.  However, God condemned the practice and told the Israelites that “. . . you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:21).   But Israel rejected God’s warning.  King Solomon, despite the faithfulness of his father David, worshipped the gods of the heathens around him and even built a temple on the Mount of Olives for Molech and the god of the Moabites, Chemosh (1 Kings 11:5-8).  Almost 250 years after the end of Solomon’s reign, Manasseh became king of Judah after his righteous father, Hezekiah, had eliminated pagan worship and child sacrifice.  Manasseh turned his back on God and again led the Jews into child sacrifice, even offering up his own son to the pagan god (2 Kings 21:6).  Thus, the descent of the Jews continued as they did what was an abomination in the eyes of their God and their end was assured.  God promised when He laid down His law, that those who sacrificed their children to alien gods would be cut off from Him.  Not only those who practiced such a heinous act, but also those who accepted it (Leviticus 20:1-5).

In an attempt to stem the flow of U.S. taxpayer monies to fund abortions outside the United States, Republican President Ronald Reagan announced in August, 1984 that any foreign NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that received funding through USAID (United States Agency for International Development) must not use non-USAID funds to perform or promote abortions as a method of family planning.  This policy stayed in effect until two days after Democratic President William Clinton took office on January 20, 1993.  One of Clinton’s first objectives was to rescind the policy, thus once again opening the door to U.S. taxpayer funded abortions abroad.  As soon as Republican President George W. Bush took office in January, 2001, he re-instated the policy.

Mexico City Policy

                In August, 1984 Republican President Ronald Reagan directed that USAID (United States Agency for International Development) withhold U.S. taxpayer funds to NGOs (Non-government Organizations) that use non-USAID funds for the practice of abortion and other related activities.  Since the policy was announced at the United Nations International Conference on Population in Mexico City, it became known as the “Mexico City Policy”.

In restoring the policy, President Bush stated, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.”

Then, just like the wicked Manasseh that took Judah down the path to destruction, the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, only three days after his first term inauguration on January 20, 2009, rescinded the Mexico City Policy.  In a White House Memorandum of January 23, 2009, President Obama instructed that the three previous Memorandums by President Bush be revoked and parroting the words that President Clinton spoke on January 22, 1993, said that, “These excessively broad conditions on grants and assistance awards are unwarranted.  Moreover, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning programs in foreign nations.”

On August 13, 2013 the total number of abortions in the United States since Roe vs. Wade were estimated to be 56,514,430.  Since 1980, over 1.3 billion abortions have occurred worldwide.

Source: U.S. Abortion Clock.org, http://www.numberofabortions.com

Obama not only supports the evils of abortion, but he supports the barbaric practice of killing of those who are already born but unwanted, otherwise known as “partial-birth” abortion, the gruesome act of partially delivering a near or full term baby and then killing it.  Obama has been an outspoken advocate of this murderous procedure since going on record in support of it in 2003.  So in favor of abortion at any stage of infant development that he hired the most radical abortion supporter he could find as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor.  Together they turned around and actively supported Planned Parenthood, making sure it was funded with hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money—$542 million in 2011 alone.  Thus, once again America was led down the slippery slope of ignoring God’s directive as well as the intent of the Founders of this once great nation.

The loss of innocent life at the hands of another is always tragic, but with abortion there is also collateral impact of immeasurable magnitude.  There is the great emotional trauma—realized or not—for the one having the abortion.  There is also an ancillary impact on those associated with the one having the abortion; and the untold impact on the soul of America—psychologically, morally, economically, and most importantly, spiritually.

Who knows what the impact is to America in the loss of 56-plus million future contributors to American society as inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, taxpayers, etc. has had on the American psyche and development.

If the mother of an unborn child can freely chose to terminate the life of a human being, why would anyone expect that surviving children would themselves have any respect for human life or grow up to be adults who do?

More U.S. Abortion Facts (2009):

  • In 2009, 85% of abortions were performed on unmarried women.
  • Only 1% of women having an abortion were rape survivors.
  • New York City has the highest abortion incidence: 713/1,000 live births.
  • 75% of women having an abortion said that having a baby would interfere with their lifestyle.   Source: http://www.abort73.com

The moral conscience and compass of American society and all future generations has been permanently seared with the blood of the innocents.  Once again man has set himself up as a god as he ignores the dictates of the One and only true God.  Man is no longer accountable to moral absolutes or the precepts of the Bible.  He is now God and only he has the wisdom of the ages and knows what is best for him and society.

God detests the spilling of innocent blood, especially that of children. He severely chastised the Jews for succumbing to the evil practice of sacrificing the lives of their children. “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons,” the Psalmist wrote in reflecting on Israel’s past, “and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they were defiled by their own works, and played the harlot by their own deeds” (Psalm 106:37-39).

To preserve the government we must also preserve morals.  Morality rest on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall.  When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper. 

Daniel Webster’ Oration delivered at Fryeburg, Maine, July 4, 1802

Those who have abortions, and especially those that call themselves Christian, seem to forget that the life within them first belongs to God.  He created it; He ordained it.  No human has the right to take that life away.  God told the Jews through the prophet Ezekiel that the very children that they were sacrificing were first born to Him and that they were slaying His children (Ezekiel 16:20-21).  Because of this shedding of innocent blood God promised the Jews that, “I will bring blood upon you in fury and jealousy” (Ezekiel 16:36-38).

NOTE:  For more on America’s moral decay, including Evolution, the Great Deception, Sexual Perversion, The Complicity of the Voter & Church and more, read Revelation 18 and the fate of America.

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America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 1

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America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 3

July 7, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Prayer Out of the Schools.  The United States Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren issued three crushing decisions on prayer in public schools.  The first was in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale) and two in 1963 (Murray v. Curlett and Abington Township School District v. Schempp). The decision to ban prayer and Bible reading from public schools was made as a result of the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the First Amendment and the “wall of separation between church and state” dogma.

In the 1962 Engel v. Vitale case the issue centered on a prayer drafted by the New York State Board of Regents.  It simply read: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country.”  Although it was not a biblical prayer or denominational prayer, the parents of ten students took offense and sued the Hyde Park, New York school district claiming the prayer violated the U.S. Constitution.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

The Board of Regents believed that such a non-descript, non-denominational prayer would get the students off to a good daily start and encourage good moral character, promote spiritual guidance and help overcome juvenile delinquency.  Since students were not required to participate and participation in the prayer was completely optional, the educators felt they were on solid constitutional ground.

The case was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 3, 1962.  Nearly three months later the Court rendered a majority 6-1 decision on June 25.  Associate Justice Hugo Black rendered the opinion for the Court.

In part, Justice Black wrote for the majority: “This daily procedure was adopted on the recommendation of the State Board of Regents . . . they recommended and published as a part of their ‘Statement on Moral and Spiritual Training in the Schools,’ saying: ‘We believe that this Statement will be subscribed to by all men and women of good will, and we call upon all of them to aid in giving life to our program.’

“. . . We think that by using its public school system to encourage recitation of the Regents’ prayer, the State of New York has adopted a practice wholly inconsistent with the Establishment Clause. . . .”

Without citing any references, Justice Black then went on to enlist Thomas Jefferson to support his contention and conclusions about the “religious nature of prayer”.

Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth.

Psalm 54:2

In the paragraph containing the Court’s decision, Black wrote: “The petitioners contend among other things that the state laws requiring or permitting use of the Regents’ prayer must be struck down as a violation of the Establishment Clause because that prayer was composed by governmental officials as a part of a governmental program to further religious beliefs. For this reason, petitioners argue, the State’s use of the Regents’ prayer in its public school system breaches the constitutional wall of separation between Church and State. We agree with that contention since we think that the constitutional prohibition against laws respecting an establishment of religion

must at least mean that in this country it is no part of the business of government to compose official prayers for any group of the American people to recite as a part of a religious program carried on by government.”

Associate Justice Potter Stewart was the lone dissenting vote.  Justices Felix Frankfurter and Byron White took no part in the decision.

In part, Justice Stewart summarized the case as he saw it.  “A local school board in New York has provided that those pupils who wish to do so may join in a brief prayer at the beginning of each school day, acknowledging their dependence upon God and asking His blessing upon them and upon their parents, their teachers, and their country. The Court today decides that in permitting this brief nondenominational prayer the school board has violated the Constitution of the United States.  I think this decision is wrong.”

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart (1915-1985)

Justice Stewart was appointed to the Court on October 14, 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower and confirmed by the U.S. Senate the following May in a 70-17 vote.  All dissenters were Democrats.  Stewart was a centrist Republican who believed that the Warren Court misinterpreted the First Amendment “Establishment Clause” and exceeded the intentions of the Framers of the Constitution.

“The Court does not hold, nor could it,” Stewart wrote, “that New York has interfered with the free exercise of anybody’s religion. For the state courts have made clear that those who object to reciting the prayer must be entirely free of any compulsion to do so, including any ‘embarrassments and pressures.’. . .  the Court says that in permitting school children to say this simple prayer, the New York authorities have established ‘an official religion.’

“With all respect,” he continued, “I think the Court has misapplied a great constitutional principle. I cannot see how an ‘official religion’ is established by letting those who want to say a prayer say it. On the contrary, I think that to deny the wish of these school children to join in reciting this prayer is to deny them the opportunity of sharing in the spiritual heritage of our Nation. . . .”

Religion is necessary to correct the effects of learning.  Without religion I believe learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind . . .

Dr. Benjamin Rush, Letter to John Armstrong on March 19, 1783

Justice Stewart went on to point out the inconsistencies of the nation’s religious observances.  “At the opening of each day’s Session of this Court we stand, while one of our officials invokes the protection of God.  Since the days of John Marshall our Crier has said, ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court.’  Both the Senate and the House of Representatives open their daily Sessions with prayer.  Each of our Presidents, from George Washington to John F. Kennedy [then in office], has upon assuming his Office asked the protection and help of God. . . .

“In 1954 Congress added a phrase to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag so that it now contains the words ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’  In 1952 Congress enacted legislation calling upon the President each year to proclaim a National Day of Prayer.  Since 1865 the words ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ have been impressed on our coins.”

Stewart wrote that he could list countless other examples but that his position could be summed by the fact that, “It was . . . this Court just ten years ago in a single sentence: ‘We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being’” [see Zorach v. Clauson].

“I do not believe that this Court,” Stewart concluded, “or the Congress, or the President has by the actions and practices I have mentioned established an ‘official religion’ in violation of the Constitution. And I do not believe the State of New York has done so in this case.”

Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974)

Warren was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1953 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Warren, although a Republican, was philosophically a centrist to liberal in his judicial renderings.  He served on the Court until 1969.

A year later, on the same day, the same Court (with Arthur J. Goldberg, a Democrat replacing Frankfurter) decided two other contentious cases that were argued before the Court at the same time concerning school prayer— Murray v. Curlett and Abington Township School District v. Schempp.

In the Murray v. Curlett case, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, a radical militant atheist, who was despised and hated by many Christians and fellow atheists, brought suit against the Baltimore, Maryland school board.  Like the previous complaint in New York, O’Hair sued because she claimed that her son William’s school violated the First Amendment by having students recite the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13).  She also came against the school board’s approval of the daily reading from the Bible.

14th Amendment

Section 1 [of 5]. . . . No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Passed by Congress on June 13, 1866

Before reaching the Supreme Court, a local Maryland judge, J. Gilbert Pendergast, dismissed O’Hair’s petition, saying, “It is abundantly clear that petitioners’ real objective is to drive every concept of religion out of the public school system.”  The Maryland Court of Appeals had a similar viewpoint and concluded that, “Neither the First nor the Fourteenth Amendment was intended to stifle all rapport between religion and government.”

In the Abington Township School District [of Pennsylvania] v. Schempp the complaint was similar—that the voluntary student participation in morning prayer and listening to a teacher recitation of ten verses of the Bible was unconstitutional.

In its majority 8-1 decision in both cases, with Justice Stewart once again being the lone dissenter, the Court once again cited its position as in Engel v. Vitale but with many more pages of nebulous Founder legal positions and case law.  The bottom line was that, again Thomas Jefferson’s non-binding, non-Constitutional statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” was held up as the justification for their affirmative decision for the plaintiffs.  When attorney for the petitioners, Leonard Kerpelman, used Jefferson’s statement in his presentation and implied it was in the Constitution, Justice Stewart quickly interrupted and asked him where it occurred.  A silence fell over the Court as Kerpelman was stumped for an answer.

In writing his dissent, Justice Stewart stated, in part:

I think the records in the two cases before us are so fundamentally deficient as to make impossible an informed or responsible determination of the constitutional issues presented. Specifically, I cannot agree that on these records we can say that the Establishment Clause has necessarily been violated. But I think there exist serious questions under both that provision and the Free Exercise Clause – insofar as each is imbedded in the Fourteenth Amendment – which require the remand of these cases for the taking of additional evidence.

The First Amendment declares that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” It is, I think, a fallacious oversimplification to regard these two provisions as establishing a single constitutional standard of “separation of church and state,” which can be mechanically applied in every case to delineate the required boundaries between government and religion. We err in the first place if we do not recognize, as a matter of history and as a matter of the imperatives of our free society, that religion and government must necessarily interact in countless ways. Secondly, the fact is that while in many contexts the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause fully complement each other, there are areas in which a doctrinaire reading of the Establishment Clause leads to irreconcilable conflict with the Free Exercise Clause.

Religion is the only solid basis of good morals: therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.

Gouverneur Morris, Signer, U.S. Constitution

Interestingly and sadly, not one Christian group, church or organization chose to file a brief in either case on behalf of prayer or Bible reading in the public schools.  However, it is important to note that these joint decisions by the Supreme Court, DID NOT, as widely believed, remove prayer or Bible reading from the public schools.  The Court only concluded that “government-sponsored” prayer and Bible reading were a violation of the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment.  Students in public schools are still free to pray or read the Bible on their own or to conduct or participate in prayer or Bible study groups.

In essence, what the Warren Supreme Court decided to do was to deliberately misinterpret and re-write the First Amendment.  They changed the intent of the “Establishment Clause” of the Founders and replaced it with at statement out-of-context made by Jefferson in a letter.  North Carolina’s senator at the time, Sam Ervin (1896-1985), quipped, “I should like to ask whether we would be far wrong in saying that in this decision the Supreme Court has held that God is unconstitutional and for that reason the public school must be segregated against Him?”

Perhaps ironically, O’Hair’s son, William J. Murray, became a Christian and a Baptist minister and is chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition and author of My Life Without God.

America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 1

July 1, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

As America’s wealth and power grew, so did its worldwide influence.  However, what it gained in influence it relinquished to pride, moral collapse and perversion.  The once great nation that was founded on Christ-centered ideals and life style slipped ever so slowly at first (like the proverbial frog in a slowly heated pot), then swiftly into hedonism and godlessness.

Not long after the end of World War II church attendance peaked at around 60-62 percent and hovered around there until the end of the 20th century.  From there those that attended church regularly plummeted to low estimates in 2004 of under 20 percent.   While Gallup and other pollsters claim that about 40 percent of Americans attend church, other researchers say that if you look at the attendance of the same people, perhaps less than 18 percent attend church regularly.  A poll listed by NationMaster.com (date unknown) lists 44 percent of Americans claim to attend church weekly.

“All nations would say, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?’”

Deuteronomy 29:24

The prophet Jeremiah, before the collapse and captivity of Judah, continued to speak God’s words of warning and Judah’s pending judgment.  “‘Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,’ says the Lord.  ‘Look high and low; search throughout the city!  If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the city.  But even when they are under oath, saying, As surely as the Lord lives, they are still telling lies!’” (Jeremiah 2:1-2, NLT).  There was a time, how long ago is debatable, when to serve one’s country in Washington was a great honor and required a person of great integrity and honesty.  Today, such a servant-leader is hard to find much less recognize.  Lying under oath, even at the highest positions of leadership, are no longer given a second thought.  For decades, the American people have been widely deceived and lied to on everything from the country’s military involvement abroad, the economy and national debt, government clandestine activities at home and overseas and a host of other potentially devastating issues.

Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.

Samuel Adams (1722–1803), Father of the American Revolution

God spoke through Jeremiah and told the people of Israel and Judah that their leaders “have dealt very treacherously with Me” (Jeremiah 5:11).  The Jewish leaders were repeatedly deceiving the people about God and His role in their lives.  “They have lied about the Lord, and said, ‘It is not He.  Neither will evil come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine.  And the prophets become wind, for the word is not in them.  Thus shall it be done to them’” (Jeremiah 5:12-13).

For decades, America’s leaders, including some in the church, have lied about the importance of God in the affairs and lives of Americans.  Rather than teach, guide and be an example of God’s grace and righteousness among us, they led the citizenry down an errant path away from God, deceiving them with words of comfort and false expectations; repeating not only the sinful behavior of the past but capitalizing on it and enhancing it.  Furthermore, they told the public not to listen to the “naysayers”, those who spoke God’s words of truth and tried to guide the people back onto the right path.

Because of the Jews refusal to listen to His prophets, God told them that . . . “I will bring a nation against you from afar, O house of Israel . . . It is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, nor can you understand what they say” (Jeremiah 5:15).  What America’s fate will be, only God knows for sure.  However, for those who

are paying attention to world affairs, one cannot deny that there are at least two powerful forces or nations lining up to overtake America: China and the “nation” of Islam (see Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast by the author).

“’Nevertheless in those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will not make a complete end of you.  And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours’” (Jeremiah 5:18-19; author’s emphasis).  The words of God through Jeremiah, of course, came true for the Jews of Judah, as they were overrun and taken captive by the Babylonians.  As America’s debt and indebtedness to others (including its enemies) mushrooms and its economy and military are decimated, will it fall victim to those who desire its demise?

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.

Samuel Adams

Letter to John Trumbull, Letter of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, Volume 11, October 1778.

One of the biggest problems for the Jews of Jeremiah’s time and during the age of the prophets was that they turned a deaf ear to God and what He was telling them through His prophets.  “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear?  Indeed their ear is uncircumcised [not purified], and they cannot give heed.  Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it” (Jeremiah 6:10; author’s emphasis).  While there are still millions of God-fearing people in America, the majority of Americans and their leaders have turned from God and what He expects of them.  Not only have they turned their backs on Him but they disdain and reject everything about Him and His commandments. “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?” God asked rhetorically of the Jews.  “No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush” (Jeremiah 6:15a).  Like the Jews, the majority of Americans no longer blush at sin.  Man is no longer sinful; he is just seeking self-fulfillment and pleasure on all levels.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the new Christians in Rome, told them God is against all sinfulness and that mankind has no excuse for not knowing God because the truth of His existence was all around them in His creation.  “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them [or, “God is known to them instinctively”].  For ever since the world was created,” Paul declared, “people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (Romans 1:19-20, NLT).

If people cannot believe in God when His majesty is on display all around them every day, then Paul stated that their hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21) and that, “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22; author’s emphasis).

Perhaps the biggest reason for America’s downfall is that its leaders became prideful and arrogant, believing themselves to be wise, but were in reality nothing but fools who did not consult God on anything.  The words spoken by the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews long ago bear much truth for the leaders, past and present of the United States today.

Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. . . . Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. . . . “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. (Jeremiah 7:24, 26, 28; author’s emphasis).

A Depraved Mind

June 30, 2015

Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

Romans 1:28 (NIV)

Obama’s blatant, tyrannical, depraved “in-your-face” symbol to America.

Obama’s blatant, tyrannical, depraved “in-your-face” symbol to America.

President Obama has repeatedly—in concept and deed—raised and flicked his middle finger to the American people, defying the will and desire of the majority—mostly conservative Christians and Jews, including people of all ethnic and racial heritages.  The latest such act of defiance, of course, was his lighting up of “The People’s House”, the Whitehouse on June 26 in his sick celebration of the Supreme Court’s “illegal” declaration that same sex marriage is now the law of the land.  Lighting up the Whitehouse with the rainbow colors of the gay community was Obama’s way of sticking it to the people—those who stand for godly values and the biblical imperative for marriage being between one man and one woman.

While Obama repeatedly professes to be a Christian, his actions would strongly dictate otherwise, as he continues to obliterate God’s law and tenants of the Judeo-Christian faith.  His lighting of the Whitehouse not only showed his overwhelming support of perversion and depravity, but it was a blatant contempt, “in-your-face” gesture to the American people and to God that was highly offensive and disrespectful, but clearly demonstrated his own depraved, perverted and blasphemous mindset.

No, love did not win, but depravity and the sinful soul did.

No, love did not win, but depravity and the sinful soul did.

So, what does the God of the Bible have to say about this?  After all, it is only His voice that counts—not Obama’s, the gay community, the liberal left or the courts and their radical socialist agenda.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to new Christian believers in Rome, most of whom were converted Jews, warned them about the consequences their ancestors endured due to their sinfulness.  His words are ageless and continue to be a prophetic warning for today’s unrepentant sinners.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse (Romans 1:18-20; my emphasis; NIV).

God has made it plain through His creation and through His holy word; who He is and what He requires of mankind.  People have no excuse for their sinfulness, especially in America where the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s plan of salvation have been preached since the founding of the country.

 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles (Romans 1:21-23; my emphasis; NIV).

When people turn away from God and reject His principles for life, He allows their hearts to become dark, devoid of His illuminating knowledge and understanding.  They then become fools even though they think they are wise.  Such is the state of America today, although it has been a process in the works for a long time.  It seems that a rapidly growing number of Americans are being consumed by secular, evil thought and practices.  Even within the Christian church, many have become seduced by the deceit of morally deceived and corrupt leaders.  Many churches in the U.S. and even denominations are no longer salt and light in their communities, but have become absorbed into the world around them.  Their hearts have become darkened and they have become spiritual fools just like those they are supposedly trying to reach for Christ.

 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen (Romans 1:24-25; my emphasis; NIV).

In the Bible there are numerous accounts of God turning the Jews over to experience the consequences of their sin.  Often at the hands of their enemies who oppressed them; destroyed their cities and took them captive.  Despite God’s repeated demonstration of His love and compassion for His chosen people, the Israelites continually, from generation to generation, resisted God, turned from His commandments and statutes and turned to pagan gods and practices, including sexual immorality.  God refused to intervene in their sinfulness, but allowed them to have mistaken and immoral desires of their hearts.  He allowed them to experience the degradation of humanity as they entered deeper and deeper into a perverse and sinful behavior.  The Jews, time and again, exchanged the truth that they knew about God and had been taught about through the generations and willingly accepted the lies and deceptions of the evil one who sought to destroy them.

For the past several decades America has been sliding down the slippery slope of decadence, just like the Jews of old.  There was no unified outcry of objection from the church or the American people at-large when a couple of atheists convinced the Supreme Court that prayer and Bible reading had no place in our schools.  Not one church or Christian group took a stand against the Court in its heinous decision to allow abortion which now has brutally terminated the lives of 60 million young Americans (God’s children).  For the most part, once again, the church is near silent as perversity and rampant sin is sanctioned throughout the land.

The big question is: How long will God tolerate such wanton disregard and disrespect of His moral and religious law?—Not only by government and the courts, but more importantly by His church.  Has America gone too far and will God’s judgment be soon at hand?  If God could not ignore the immorality of Sodom and Gomorrah, how can He ignore that of the people of the United States who have had a rich heritage steeped in His word and the Gospel of truth?

 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error (Romans 1:26-27; my emphasis; NIV).

There were times in both the Old and New Testaments when immorality was rampant among the people to the point that they sought sexual pleasures among those of the same sex—men with men; women with women.  Such was the case with among the pagans in Sodom and Gomorrah.  Since those who lived there refused to repent, God had no other choice but to destroy those cities to prevent the immoral depravity from spreading.

America has arrived at such a time.  It has been a long, slippery trip, but she has arrived at a place of no return—unless she fully repents and returns to the God of her ancestors.  Notice in Romans 1:27, that those who turned to the immoral behavior of homosexuality received in themselves the due penalty for their error.  It is no small thing or great surprise that many of those who engage in such sexual deviance incur the life-threatening afflictions of AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.

 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.  They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,  slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;  they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them (Romans 1:18-32; my emphasis; NIV).

There is a point, according to the Bible, when God can no longer wait for the rebellious to repent of their sins and return to Him.  Although God is always willing and waiting to receive the repentant sinner back into His fold, He cannot and will not withhold His judgment forever.  America has reached that threshold.  Sin is running unchecked throughout the land as the church, the supposed light on the hill and the salt of the earth, by-and-large remains deafeningly silent.  God has now clearly given over the United States of America to a depraved (reprobate) mind and allowed its residents to enter into all types wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.  We have become a society where more and more Americans not only does not believe in God as evidenced by their thoughts and behaviors, but many are actually God-haters.  America has declined into a generation of rebellious, undisciplined, god-less brats (yes, I know there are millions of exceptions) who refuse to follow God and His moral and religious code.  There is no excuse for such rebellion.  God has been preached for centuries in every corner of the United States, so there can be no excuse for not knowing what He desires.

America has been richly blessed in the past.  Yes, America committed many sins and did not follow after God’s law, but more often than not, there was repentance that brought her back on the right path.  But not today.  Repentance, even within the church, is hard to come by.  America has reached the point of no return; the point where no human intervention can save her.  Only God can save America from her many transgressions.  However, He will not intervene where He is not wanted; or where there is no repentance for sin.  And that repentance must start within the Christian church itself.

Do not trust in princes, in mortal man,

in whom there is no salvation.

Psalm 146:3

Update July 14.  The Pandora’s box has been flung wide open and perversion is flooding in.  In Montana, a man bent on polygamy is suing to marry two women.  In Virginia, the Fairfax County school board has decided that students will be taught that there is no such thing as gender.  You can be whatever gender you desire or no gender at all.  Yesterday a group of Democrats announced that they are pushing forward a bill that would eliminate the term “husband and wife” from government laws and documents.  Today, Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense, announced that the military should rescind its ban of transgenders serving in the military.  This is just the beginning of an all-out assault on Judeo-Christian values and beliefs.  America will not survive.

Standing in the Gap—It Only Takes One

April 18, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

[Excerpted from Revelation 18 and the fate of America, pp. 347-354, 359-361.]

Although it could be justifiably said that American Christian missionaries over the past two centuries have evangelized the world, now with America’s decline, some of the world’s Christian missionaries are being sent to America.  They are coming from such countries as Brazil, China, South Korea and elsewhere.  In 2010, while the U.S. still sent 127,000 Christian missionaries abroad, an estimated 32,400 Christian missionaries were sent to the United States from other countries.  In the history of America, millions of Christians have stood in the gap for their fellow man at home and abroad through prayer, charity, ministry and missions.  Today, while many believers in Christ still do so, more and more Christians sit idly by, content to be CINOs (Christians in Name Only) while the country they live in is going to hell in a hand basket 

The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29

The words of the prophet Isaiah, spoken on behalf of God to the Hebrew people many centuries ago, could be spoken to America today.  “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me.  I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that was not called by My name.   I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts;   a people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face;” (Isaiah 65:1-3a).

When the Hebrews were taken captive to Babylon because they had sinned against God and were once again led astray by their leaders, God raised up Ezekiel, a common man; the equivalent of a street preacher.  Through Ezekiel God spoke and illustrated what he required of His people to return to Him.  God told Ezekiel that He had “looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one” (Ezekiel 22:30; NLT).

What God was looking for was one truly faithful person who would stand up for righteousness at all costs to lead His people back to Him so that their land; their heritage, would not be destroyed.  But God lamented that He could not find one among all Israel who was willing to stand in the gap, offering resistance to evil, on behalf of the people.  God was not necessarily looking for a high priest or theologian, but a common man like Abraham who pleaded with God on behalf of Sodom, or Moses, who stood in the gap and interceded for all of Israel and led them out of slavery in Egypt.

So will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.

Isaiah 66:4

As with Sodom (Genesis 18:32), God did not desire to see the city of Jerusalem destroyed by foreign invaders.  If He could find just one righteous person in the city He would see that Jerusalem was spared.

“Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;” God told Jeremiah, the prophet, “see now and know; and seek in her open places if you can find a man, if there is anyone who executes judgment, who seeks the truth, and I will pardon her.  Though they say, ‘As the Lord lives,’ surely they swear falsely.  O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?  You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction.  They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return. . . . I will go to the great men and speak to them, for they have known the way of the Lord, the judgment of their God.  But these have altogether broken the yoke and burst the bonds” (Jeremiah 5:1-3, 5).  God was not looking for someone to give Him lip service or a Sabbath day believer.  He was looking for someone who was totally committed to Him and Him only in righteousness and truth.

Just like the Israel of old, America has gone too far astray from God and beyond any human solutions to her overwhelming problems.  Once again, God is looking for someone to stand in the gap; someone who is sold out to Him that will faithfully intercede for America; to lead His people in repentance and revival and a wholehearted return to Him.

To whom can I give warning?  Who will listen when I speak?  Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear.  They scorn the word of the Lord.  They don’t want to listen at all.

Jeremiah 6:10 (NLT)

God gave the people of Israel many warnings through His prophets and many opportunities for them to return to Him, but they repeatedly rejected Him and His ways.  America and Americans find themselves in a similar situation today.  Over the decades, many men and women of God have repeatedly warned that the United States was on the wrong path in every corner of society.  Despite these warnings, as a country, America has repudiated God and turned away from Him.

When Israel was moving toward self-destruction, the prophet Isaiah offered this stark warning from God.  “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.  ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.  ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. . . . So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it’” (Isaiah 55:6-9, 11).

God is fair and just and He is always ready to pardon those who call upon Him and seek His face and return to Him.  The United States and its people are in desperate need of God and His intervention, whether they corporately know it or not.  But God will not intervene where He is not called upon or wanted.  For those who still follow Him and call upon Him, God’s promise to Israel long ago stands for those in America as well.  “Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In” (Isaiah 58:12; author’s emphasis).

The Authority of the Believer and the Church.   Many might ask: Why does God not destroy the wicked and idol worshippers of today like He did in the Old Testament times?  The answer is because God has given authority over principalities and powers and wickedness in high places to Christ followers and His church (Ephesians 6:11-13; Colossians 2:15).   Jesus also told His followers that they had the power to “bind” and “loose” God’s will on earth (Matthew 16:19, 18:18).

When it became clear to the Founding Fathers and their compatriots that freedom from the oppressive, tyrannical government of England was imperative, they agreed to assemble in Philadelphia in September, 1775 at the First Continental Congress to consider their course of action.  To start the Congress, they called upon Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia.  Rev. Duché, on behalf of those gathered, beseeched God through Jesus Christ, for His mercy and deliverance from an ungodly and unjust government.  It would be the first earnest prayer uttered in a Continental Congress, the forerunner of the U.S. Congress.

O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings, and Lord of lords, who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the Kingdoms, Empires and Governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in Council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their Cause and if they persist in their sanguinary [bloody] purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!

Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen. 

In spite of today’s revisionist history and political correctness, the Founding Fathers depended heavily upon God, His mercy, guidance and deliverance from their enemies.  They recognized their fallibility and God’s infallibility and He miraculously delivered them from their oppression (see We the People: Birth of a Nation” by the author).  God gave His people power and that power is in prayer and faithfulness to Him and Him only. 

From childhood we have watched as everything our ancestors worked for . . . was squandered on a delusion.  Let us now lie down in shame and cover ourselves with dishonor, for we and our ancestors have sinned against the Lord our God.  From our childhood to this day we have never obeyed him.

Jeremiah 3:24-25 (NLT)

Even Benjamin Franklin, who many claim was a deist (a person who believes in God, not through supernatural revelation, but through that revealed in creation), recognized the need for God’s direct input when the newly developing nation needed it most.  On June 18, 1787, in the midst of a contentious Constitutional Convention, when the Founding Fathers were finding it difficult to come to a consensus on various constitutional issues, the venerable and aged Ben Franklin rose and addressed the president of the Convention, George Washington and those gathered. 

I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing governments by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service. 

Franklin knew that it was only through God that the differences between those gathered could be resolved.  Three months later the United States Constitution, the most supreme governing document the world has ever known, was signed into law on September 17, 1787.

Benjamin Franklin, perhaps in some eyes, the least likely to do so, chose to stand in the gap for the fledgling nation and implore God’s help.  God is always looking for a willing partner to bring forth His will for a people.  He is not necessarily looking for the strongest in faith, but the most willing and obedient.  In 2 Chronicles 16:9, it says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”  God is always looking for a co-laborer to bring forth His plan and righteousness for a people who recognize their sinfulness and are willing to repent and follow Him.

America’s people who believe in God have one choice and one choice only when it comes to redeeming their lives, their family and their nation—they must turn from their wicked ways, repent and return to God.  Non-believers will scoff at this, convinced that they have the answers to America’s problems, but will only take the country further into the abyss.   “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

America stands at the proverbial fork in the road, and once again she must choose whether to follow the heathen, Baal, or God.  But “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,” warned John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 17, 1775, “can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

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The Prayer of One.   In 1857, a wave of financial panic swept over the United States—the first worldwide financial crisis brought on by a declining international economy.  As banks in America failed and railroads went bankrupt, they took thousands of business owners with them.  Unemployment shot up and thousands went hungry.  Desperate people turned to crime and society was collapsing.  One man in New York, Jeremiah Lanphier, heeded God’s call.

Lanphier was not a “hellfire and brimstone” preacher like the ones who led previous revivals in America.  He was an unassuming, quiet man who was called as a missionary to New York City by the Dutch Reformed Church.  The desire of the church was to increase its flagging membership.

Lanphier’s plan was simple: Post an invitation for others in the city to join him in prayer every Wednesday during the typical 12-1 lunch hour.  His hope was that those that were struggling—businessmen and workers—would come and spend a moment with God.  If they could not spend the whole hour, then perhaps they could spare 5 or 10 minutes.

Lanphier hatched his plan on September 23, 1857.  The first prayer meeting almost did not happen.  It was not until 12:30 that first day that the first person appeared to join him; then came five more.  Two weeks later, there were 40 men praying.   Lanphier decided to make the noontime prayer a daily occurrence.  Six months later an estimated 10,000 businessmen in New York were gathering for prayer over their lunch hour.  Within a two year period an estimated one million new converts to Christianity were added to the rolls of the churches across the country.

By 1858 the prayer movement became known as the Layman’s Prayer Revival and spread throughout the country.  Prayer meetings were being held day and night, in big cities and small towns.  They were led by businessmen, not ministers.  Before this prayer revival, thousands had become disillusioned with the church and Christianity, but now, through prayer, thousands were coming to the churches throughout America.  Lives were being transformed, crime was on the decline and the needy were being ministered to by those that had the financial means.

The Bible, of course, is full of men and women who stood in the gap and interceded on behalf of others.  Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Jonah, Esther and Deborah are just a few examples in the Old Testament.  In the New Testament there was Stephen who pleaded with God not to hold those who were stoning him accountable (Acts 7:60).  There was the Apostle Paul and the other disciples of Jesus, ordinary men, who were constantly interceding for others.  Then there is Jesus, the greatest intercessor of all, who is at the Father’s right hand, interceding before God on behalf of His followers (1 John 2:1).

Can Judgment be Averted?

April 18, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

[Excerpted from Revelation 18 and the fate of America, pp. 341-347.]

Is America the Babylon mentioned in Revelation 18?  Possibly.  One thing seems certain, the Babylon in Revelation 18 and elsewhere in Revelation is not the historic Babylon of the Old Testament or of King Nebuchadnezzar’s era.  By description, the Babylon of Revelation 18 is the epitome of a people or nation that has strayed from God and His foundational truths; rejected Him and have become prideful and arrogant, no longer needing God’s direction or input into their lives.  This Babylon represents a people whose sins are so great they seem unforgiveable and insurmountable.  They have become wealthy and have lived extravagantly and the rest of the world has depended on them for their own well being and prosperity.

The leaders of the United States, over many decades, have brought the country to the brink of destruction.  “The only sure cure for many of the ills of the modern world which men are vainly trying to remove by means of social and economic antidotes is to be found in the faith in God and loyalty to the eternal verities of religion,” stated Warren G. Harding (1865-1923), 29th President of the United States.  “The recognition of a personal God and of the individual accountability of men and women to him, for their conduct are the foundations of the highest patriotism and of those civic virtues which alone can make men and nations morally great. The human race has been getting away from its religious moorings. It needs a revival of the sincere conception of the personal relationship of God to man and man to God; a restoration of faith in the fundamentals of religion that are eternal. The world needs the assurance of faith in the Almighty, and the tranquility which comes alone of that faith. That faith in God which has made the ancient Hebrew nation great, is still needed to make nations great today.”

The story and history of America, in many ways, parallels that of ancient Israel.  As long as Israel followed God and obeyed His laws, they prospered as a people and nation.  When they chose to reject Him and follow after the dictates of their own hearts, the nation faltered and crumbled and often was overrun by their enemies.

Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today;  and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. Deuteronomy 11:26-28

President Abraham Lincoln, in his speech on March 30, 1863, proclaiming a National Fast Day, spoke words that still ring true today.  “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity,” he noted. “We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!” 

The Founders’ Wisdom and Insight.  When it comes to overturning or changing a tyrannical government the people only have four choices: a military coup that throws out the current occupants of office; a people’s revolution that forces the despotic leaders out; vote them out or a revolution of prayer and fasting.  The first two, while they can bring more immediate results, are not the American way and can result in bloodshed.   The third way takes time and could allow those in office to bring about even more public harm before their removal.  The last method, God’s preferred way, takes much patience, trust and faith in God to do what He desires to do (more about that in the next chapter).

Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’ Ezekiel 33:11

Daniel Webster (1782-1852), author, lawyer and patriotic senator from Massachusetts, in his remarks to the U.S. Senate, June 3, 1834, said, “God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.”  For over two centuries American patriots have done much to fight for and defend that precious love of freedom.  The question is: Have Americans lost the will to fight for that which their forefathers were willing to spill their precious blood?

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government,” George Washington wrote for his first inaugural address on April 30, 1789, “are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

Two years prior to the Washington address, Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adam’s wife, Abigail, on February 22, 1787 (Washington’s 55th birthday), wrote: “The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.”

Although Jefferson believed wholeheartedly in constitutional law and constitutional government, he apparently also recognized the inherent weakness of man and his inability to stay the course of constitutional freedom.  He anticipated that sometime in the future the people might need to rise up once again if the people they elected strayed from constitutional authority and the will of the people.

[A] wise and frugal government . . . shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion,” Jefferson wrote on November 13, 1787, to William S. Smith, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York.  “The people cannot be all, and always, well informed.  The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. . . . And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?  Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two?  The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  It is its natural manure.” These were strong, but closely held beliefs of the one who authored America’s Declaration of Independence.

James Madison, known as the Father of the U.S. Constitution, said before the Virginia Ratifying Convention of June 16, 1788, that, “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”  A few months before, Madison penned these words in Federalist No. 10 on November 23, 1787.   “[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.  James Madison, Federalist No. 62, February 27, 1788

John Hancock (1737-1793), the first governor of Massachusetts, whose bold signature was the first to grace the Declaration of Independence, said, “Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty [of] each individual. . . . Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”

General George Washington, after suffering a number of military defeats at the hands of the superior British forces in the first year of the Revolutionary War in 1777 and then enduring a bitter winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with his meager force of 12,000, encouraged his men on May 2, 1778 with these words:  “While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion.  To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”

In the previous year, Washington had seen his raw recruit force of 25,000 men decimated by the British.  Morale was low and his forces were weak and poorly prepared.  Yet, Washington had the foresight and fortitude to urge his men forward for the noble, patriotic cause of freedom from oppression and tyranny.

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.   Ronald Reagan (1911-2004), 40th President of the United States

In 1824, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in the blaspheme case of Updegraph v. the Commonwealth, the court offered this opinion, in part, of the role of Christianity in the well-being of the country.

No free government now exists in the world, unless where Christianity is acknowledged, and is the religion of the country. . . . Christianity is part of the common law of this State. It is not proclaimed by the commanding voice of any human superior, but expressed in the calm and mild accents of customary law. Its foundations are broad, and strong, and deep; they are laid in the authority, the interest, the affections of the people. Waiving all questions of hereafter, it is the purest system of morality, the firmest auxiliary, and only stable support of all human laws. . . .

While our own free Constitution secures liberty of conscience and freedom of religious worship to all, it is not necessary to maintain that any man should have the right publicly to vilify the religion of his neighbours and of the country. These two privileges are directly opposed.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the 28th President of the United States once offered this observation. “Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance.”

America’s Only Hope

April 16, 2015

So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

Isaiah 59:19

If America is to survive, her only hope is in the restoration of her Christian heritage and spiritual foundations.  There is no other hope; no other solution (Revelation 18 and the fate of America, page 379).

[This is perhaps the most important blog I have written.  Please take the time to read the entire post; click on the link to “A Prayer for Revolution” and view the video link from Australia and then pass this on to everyone you know (both Christian and non-Christian).]

Headline: The World’s War on Christianity—Robert J. Morgan, HuffPost 

Headline: The War on Christians—Paul Marshall, The Weekly Standard 

Headline:  Is There a War Against Christianity in America?

http://www.theconservative.info/html/war_against_christianity.html

Headline:  War on Christianity Still Alive and Well in America—David Limbaugh, Human Events

Headline:  Obama’s War on ChristiansWorldNetDaily

The headlines are endless, like no other time in American history; there is an all-out war against Christians, their beliefs and the Christian church in America, as well as throughout the world.

America is beyond human intervention.  No man, woman and group of people can turn America around and avert its plummeting into the moral and spiritual abyss ahead.  ONLY the divine intervention of Almighty God can save her.  But God will not act until His people—those who call upon His name and follow Him wholeheartedly—turn to Him, repent and turn once again to the foundation of His truth in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

America’s Founding Fathers, in grateful harmony, made a covenant with God.  It is time for America’s Christians to come before God and repent for allowing America to fall away from God.  We must repent for our own part and for the entire country.  It must start with the church and her sins of complicity and omission (Revelation 18 and the fate of America, page 379).

The Book of Esther in the Old Testament of the Bible provides an interesting insight that is of value to America, particularly to Christians and the Christian church.  I want to focus on chapter 4 in that book, but first a brief biblical background.  The period was 485-479 B.C., King Ahasuerus (aka King Xerxes) reigned over 127 provinces, ranging from India to Ethiopia in northeast Africa.  The Jews, both those still under the “captivity” and those that had returned to Jerusalem and Israel under the decree of re-patronization by King Cyrus of Persia in 536 B.C., were under the dominion of King Ahasuerus.

In chapter 3, it is written that Haman was given sole authority over all the princes of the king’s realm and that the king had ordered all his subjects to pay homage to Haman by bowing to him whenever he was present.  However, Mordecai, a Jew and cousin of Esther and her adoptive father, refused to bow down to Haman.  Haman was enraged and hatched a devious plot to convince the king that the Jews were a threat to his kingdom and therefore should be destroyed.  The king agreed, “And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions” (Esther 3:13).

This decree, of course, caused much distress, bitter weeping and mourning among the Jews.  “When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry” (Esther 4:1).  Esther, who was now married to the king and the queen of his realm, was in a prime position to influence the king, but was forbidden to approach the king unless he called for her.  Mordecai, through a messenger, alerted Esther to the king’s decree (Esther 4:6-9).  Esther was initially reluctant to go before the king because she had no authority to do so (vs. 11).

Mordecai refused to accept Esther’s hesitation and replied:  “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (vss. 13-14; my emphasis).  Esther was indeed in the place that God wanted her and to do His bidding on behalf of the Jews.

Mordecai’s response pricked the heart of Esther and she replied: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (vs. 16; my emphasis).

If I perish, I perish!  Esther was now convinced that God had called for a special purpose and that was to save her people, the Jews.

America is in crisis.  America’s Christian and moral fiber is being destroyed.  Christians and Christianity are under daily assault from atheists, gay rights people, pro choice advocates, the Whitehouse, the judicial system, Muslims, state and federal governments and a host of other attackers of righteousness.  But where is the Church?  Where are the Christian leaders and outspoken Christians?  Yes, there are some that are speaking out, but far too few to have any meaningful impact.  Virtually little has changed in the last few decades when prayer was first banned from our schools in 1962 without a whimper from the Church.

George Washington, in his first inaugural address as the first President of the United States, spoke these words of both encouragement and warning:

Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people (George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789 in We the People, Birth of a Nation, Second Edition, page 492).

April 30 is a day of significance—at least for the people of Australia if not Americans.  On that day, Australia’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting group is calling for all the nations of the world to join in seven days of prayer and fasting for the United States (April 30-May 6).

We in Australia believe it is our turn to bless the nation of America and pray for healing for the USA through prayer and fasting according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. We in Australia are grateful for the protection that America gave Australia and the nations of the free world during World War II.—Alison Jessup

It’s nice that the people of Australia appreciate America’s heritage and crisis when our own leaders and universities denigrate the country and its Christian heritage daily.

Listen to Australia’s Warwick Marsh pray for America by clicking on the YouTube video here.

“But you are a chosen generation,” the Apostle Peter wrote, “a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9).  It is time for Christians in America to stop making excuses or shying away from their Christianity and the devotion and allegiance to Christ and His Gospel.  The sooner Christians take a stand for what is right, just and holy according to the truth of the Bible, the sooner America will experience healing, reconciliation and restoration to the greatest “One Nation Under God” (Revelation 18 and the fate of America, page 380).

America stands at the proverbial fork in the road, and once again she must choose whether to follow the heathen, Baal, or God.  But “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,” warned John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 17, 1775, “can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever” (Revelation 18 and the fate of America, page 354).

Wake from your slumber American Christians and take action.  Christian leaders in America, where are your calls for repentance and prayer and fasting for the Church in America and the healing and reconciliation and return to holy righteousness?

Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.

Psalm 9:19-20

Link to “A Prayer for Revolution”.

Will America Survive?

April 6, 2015

(Excerpted from the Introduction to Revelation 18 and the fate of America.)

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Will America survive?  That is the question that is becoming more frequent in the minds and on the tongues of Americans at home and abroad and also non-American observers worldwide.  Can the United States of America survive the unyielding assaults on its constitution, morals, economy, justice system and religious foundation—not only from without, but also from within its own borders?  Can America survive and regain its traditional strength and leadership when its own leaders are becoming more radical and anti-American?  America’s survival and re-establishment of its God-ordained greatness will depend on the response of the people of America in general and the Christian church in particular—not ten years from now; not in five years; not even one year from now, but NOW!

America’s Enemies Wait in Queue. Enemies of the United States are lining up and strengthening their resolve to take America down.  Islamic jihadists—who adhere to the letter of the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book)—are bent on destroying America and all that she originally stood for and they have established a significant foothold throughout the world and particularly within the borders and government of the United States of America.  While the news media casts the jihadists as a small, but irritating group of “freedom fighters”, in reality they are an estimated ten percent of the total world Muslim population, making them a formidable force of well over 100 million adherents to the violent overthrow of America and Western society.

Then there is the burgeoning political, economic and military giant, China.   Chinese businessmen, politicians and military are feasting on the hundreds of billions of dollars from Chinese-exported goods made on the cheap for largely American and western European companies and business moguls willing to sell their corporate and patriotic souls in exchange for quick riches at the expense of the economies and security of their fellow citizens at home.

All this wealth accumulated by the Chinese at the expense of the Western world has allowed the Chinese to become the economic bully and military might of the world.   Emboldened by her wealth and the overwhelming indebtedness to her by the United States and other Western nations, the Chinese are now extracting their pound of flesh from those who were foolish enough to jump in bed with her.

America’s Early 20th Century Struggles.  During the first half of the 20th century America had to battle a quintet of disasters that would test the resilience and fortitude of the country and the American people for almost 50 years.  After struggling to find its equilibrium after a brutal world war, the United States found itself engulfed in a nationwide financial collapse and the ensuing years of economic depression that followed.  The economic collapse was further exasperated by the dust bowl years of 1931-1939 in most of the farmland of the Great Plains region of the country.  This added to the already high unemployment and caused the dislocation of thousands of families seeking refuge from the ravages of nature and financial deprivation way beyond their control.

World War I (1914-1918; 1917-1918 for America).  This “Great War” or “the war to end all wars” pitted Germany and Austria-Hungary against France, Great Britain and Russia (a.k.a., the Allies).  The incident that sparked the regional European war was the assassination of the Archduke of Austria, Franz Ferdinand and his wife on June 28, 1914 by a Serbian nationalist.  A month later, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia with the support of Germany with whom they had a treaty.  Shortly thereafter Germany joined their treaty partner in the conflict.

            America’s survival and re-establishment of its God-ordained greatness will depend on the response of the    people of America in general and the Christian church in particular . . .

The war was a very bloody battle fought primarily in the field trenches of Western Europe.  It quickly became a war of attrition for both sides and by 1917 allied troops were dwindling.  While the United States saw no need to get involved at the beginning, the resolve of the country was tested on May 7, 1915 when the British luxury passenger ship, RMS Lusitania, was sunk by a German U-boat (submarine) just off the coast of Ireland.  The liner was carrying 1,959 people on board, including 159 American civilians.  In the sinking 1,198 (128 Americans) perished.  This event enraged the American public and set the stage for the United States to eventually enter the war against Germany.

However it would take another significant event before America would join the battle.  In January, 1917 the German Foreign Minister, Arthur Zimmermann, sent a coded telegram to Germany’s ambassador in Mexico.  In the telegram Zimmer- mann promised the Mexican government territory in the United States if they entered the war on Germany’s side.  The British were able to intercept the telegram, decode it and shared it with the U.S. government.  When the contents were disclosed to the American public, the thunderous outrage pushed the U.S. into declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

America would mobilize over four million soldiers during the duration of their participation in the war.  Over 65 million men from numerous countries worldwide were involved in this world war at the cost of an estimated 37 million casualties—17 million dead (including 7 million civilians) and 20 million wounded.  Although the United States entered the war only 16 months before the armistice of November 11, 1918, America would lose nearly 117,000 men and almost 206,000 more wounded.

The Crash of 1929. The decade of the 1920s or “Roaring 20s” was a time of exuberant living for many, along with reckless financial dealings.  With the end of World War I Americans became confident as the industrial revolution of inventions that began at the turn of the century once again picked up steam and prosperity fueled a burgeoning stock market.  Investors, both seasoned and novice, threw caution to the wind and there seemed to be no limit to the upward movement of stocks.  Those that did not have enough money to gamble on the market or were too greedy and wanted more, borrowed “on margin”.  Brokers were more than willing to loan buyers up to 80-90 percent of the value of their stock purchase.  Buyers, believing that their stock purchase would only go up, could repay the loan when they sold at a higher price.

Even many banks ill-advisedly risked their customers’ savings in the market.  Stock speculators were flooding the market from all quarters.  Then, on March 25, 1929, the market suffered a mini-crash.  By spring, the economy was starting to fracture as steel production receded and home building and automobile sales contracted.  The stock market rebounded during the summer months with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing at an all-time high for the period at 381.17 on September 3, 1929.  During September and into the first three weeks of October, the market bounced around with no new highs.

Then, without much warning, on October 24 (known as “Black Thursday”), stocks took a steep tumble.  Investors started unloading their stocks by the thousands.  Margin calls went out and thousands of stock holders were unable to meet their margin calls, i.e., pay back their loans.  By afternoon the panic selling had subsided and investors were encouraged when a group of bankers pooled their money and re-invested it back in the market, thus stemming the flow of losses. However, their enthusiasm was short-lived, when three trading days later, on October 29 (“Black Tuesday”), the stock market plummeted as panicked sellers ruled the day and margin calls plunged many into bankruptcy.

“The Crash” destroyed fortunes, businesses, banks and families overnight.  By early 1932, just two years afterwards, stocks were worth only 20 percent of their pre-crash value.  By mid-1932 the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 41.22 or an 89 percent decline from its September 3, 1929 high.  The market would not recover its high until the mid-1950s or 26 years later.  By 1933, unemployment neared 30 percent and nearly half of the country’s banks had failed.

The Great Depression.  The stock market crash of ’29 ruined the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans and destroyed thousands of small businesses, corporations and financial institutions across the nation. . . .

The Dust Bowl Years (1931-1939).  As if this dual economic disaster was not enough to do the country in, a combination of poor farming practices and prolonged drought in much of the Great Plains from North Dakota south to Texas, plunged the “bread basket” of the country into a near decade-long dust storm of mega proportions. . . .

World War II (1941-1945). Before the United States had fully recovered from the devastating impact of these events, the rapid rise of German Nazism in Europe under the demonic leadership of Adolf Hitler and the surge toward world domination by the imperialist Japanese quickly drew America into another world war. . . .

Post-World War II Resilience.  After World War II America entered into an economic boom period or “Golden Age of Capitalism” that lasted into the early 1970s.  Although the National Debt to Gross National Product (GNP) ratio (now called the Gross Domestic Product or GDP) soared by the end of the war to 110 percent, by 1970 it had dropped to under 30 percent.  Now, in 2013, the National Debt/GDP ratio has reached record territory at 107 percent. . . .

The Precipitous Decline. Nonetheless, America’s ascendant post-war prosperity did not come without significant cost to its moral and spiritual fiber.  The “can-do” God-centered, patriotic spirit that carried the country through World War II and the challenging first half of the century was replaced by cocky and arrogant leadership and an evolving, but downward spiraling and rapid decline into a spiritual and moral abyss.

Although church attendance (while not a complete measure of spirituality) in America rose from 45% (around the beginning of the 20th century) to about 60% after the end of World War II, it began a steady decline.  Today, church attendance in the United States has plummeted to around 25% (or perhaps as low as 17-18% depending on the type of survey) on any given Sunday.  Although such a statistic is only a glimmer of America’s decline, it is a measuring rod of the slippery slope into godlessness that America and Americans now find themselves.

As I enter my eighth decade as a U.S. citizen and having lived under the leadership (good and bad) of 13 U.S. presidents, I am dismayed by how much the great United States of America has declined economically, morally, spiritually and in world leadership in my lifetime.

This tome is not an attempt to prophesy or predict America’s future.  It is not my desire or intention to prophesy “doom and gloom” over the United States of America or its people.  I do not wish to see any evil come upon the USA or any of its inhabitants, many of whom are family, friends, or fellow believers in Jesus Christ whom I deeply love.

However, I am deeply grieved at what I have seen transpire over my brief life on earth in America. How Americans have so rapidly fallen away from God; from justice and righteousness and how the professed church of Jesus Christ of many denominations have perverted the Gospel and fallen prey to the ways and beliefs of the world in which they live is baffling to me.

This decline, not only in faith and morals, but in all facets of life, started long before my birth, which was just after America’s entry into World War II.  But this falling away from God and His foundation of righteousness and faith has hit the slippery slopes during my lifetime and the downward spiral has accelerated at near warp speed.

I pray fervently for America’s recovery and return to God, but I cannot help but wonder: Have we gone too far? Is it too late to repent?  Have forces been set in motion that America can no longer prevent or overcome? 

America is at a Crossroads.  America is at a crossroads―a flash point―of ideologies: Old Guard Christianity vs. New Age Atheism and Nihilism.  It is hard to watch as a child of the 1940s-1950s generation and see America decline from the idyllic society of my youth to a morally debased society of greed, corruption and self-aggrandizement.

This work is meant to be a warning that America is on the verge of fulfilling biblical prophecy because of the corruption, sinfulness and arrogance of its people and its leaders in churches, communities, educational institutions and politics throughout the land.

There are some who say that America is not in the Bible as far as End Time prophecy is concerned.  Others say that it is not a factor in End Time prophecy because at the time it will no longer exist.  While others are adamant that America is, indeed, the “Babylon” of Revelation 18.  In the context of the entire book of Revelation it would appear that the term “Babylon” does not refer to either the historic Babylon of old, nor to any specific place or culture, but rather to any people that oppose God and become an evil power.

If one accepts the premise that the “Babylon” of Revelation 18 (and elsewhere) represents any society or group of people that turn away from God, then one could easily be led to believe that the current state of America fits to a tee the Babylon described in Revelation 18 of the Bible.  It is up to the United States of America, its people and its leaders―both in the Christian church and in society―whether it fulfills this prophecy.

This is meant to be a dire warning to the United States and its citizens that it is in grave danger of fulfilling this horrific prophecy of the Bible.

To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it. . . .

Thus says the Lord:

“Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, here the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.  But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’  Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’. . .

Hear, O earth!  Behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people—the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words nor My law, but rejected it. Jeremiah 6:10, 16-17, 19

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