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