The Lord God, Jehovah, has never been shy about describing Himself to the human race. He is the creator of all that can be seen even though HE is not visible to our human eyes. Faith is required to reach into the spiritual realm and understand Who He really is and how He administers the universe He created. Without faith, His character cannot be ascertained, and without faith it is also impossible to PLEASE Him (Hebrews 11:6).
God (re)created the earth and gave its administration over to the man He created in His image, but He has always maintained His ownership of the earth and its fulness (Psalm 24:1); He has the authority to determine who will rule in the kingdoms of the world and the Bible makes many references to that fact:
1 Chronicles 29:11—“Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all”
Psalm 22:28—–“For the kingdom is the Lord’s And He rules over the nations”
Psalm 47:2——-“For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth”
Psalm 66:7——-“He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah”
Isaiah 40:17—–“All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity”
Psalm 110:6——“He will judge the nations … crushing the rulers of the whole earth”
All Nations Will Answer to His Authority
The final state of every nation on this earth is in the hands of Almighty God. Nothing and no one on earth can change that fact. The above scriptures are sure and certain because, being God’s word, they cannot fail, He WILL NOT change them and man CANNOT change them. The only input mankind has is in the manner in which their nations, and their nation’s leaders, conduct the business they are selected to do. And even though God sees all, and knows EVERY deed done by men and nations, there is one primary way in which God determines how those deeds will greatly affect that nation’s future.
Speaking to Abraham, the human being chosen by God to be the father of the people from whom His only begotten Son, the Messiah, would come, He said: “I will bless them that bless you and Him that curses you, I will curse” (Genesis 12:1-3).
After some word study, I have determined that (for me), the better translation of these words is: “I will bless them that bless you and he that disrespects or makes light of you, I will utterly despise and destroy”. I suggest a careful word study, using a good Strong’s Concordance, of the Hebrew words “bless” and “curse” as used in those verses and it will be seen that God’s actual statement is much stronger than the simple word “curse”.
This is what many consider to be God’s foreign policy towards all people who interact with the Apple of His eye, the Jewish people. As such, it stands to reason that His policy will have a major impact on how and when God delivers His sentence on nations in light of the manner in which they treat the Jewish people and the nation of Israel, and the way in which they accept and/or honor His Son, Jesus Christ. No evil deed done by man will go unpunished and ALL will face His righteous judgment.
I will NOT be surprised to see this formerly great nation ‘demoted’ to a ‘third world nation’ status before all the great final prophecies are fulfilled. God promised that He would bless those that bless Abraham (Israel), and curse him that disrespects, or curses Abraham, and at this point, the US stands in the disrespectful/cursing line, awaiting the just recompense of reward.
The Changing State of the USA
I was born in the United States, in the southern state of North Carolina, and have considered myself to be a patriotic American citizen all my life. In 80 years, I have seen a lot of changes take place that have reshaped our nation so as to make it nearly unrecognizable. I started an article several years ago titled “I No Longer Recognize My Country”, but put it aside as being too depressing to think about.
I have been a “Pledge of Allegiance reciter” all my life and assumed it really meant something important. As a child, I memorized the words having no idea what the pledge meant, but I did gain that knowledge as I grew up and learned the history of the United States of America. I was always thrilled to place my hand over my heart and say those amazing words. It was always a ‘feel good moment’ that stayed with me all my life.
Eventually, it became obvious to me that God was behind the many blessings bestowed on our nation. As the gospel flowed from the US to the world, the blessings increased as did the pride of being such a rich, prosperous and blessed nation. The abundance of pride, along with the failure to credit God with our prosperity began to change the nation, and NOT for the better. When sin multiplies, God will NOT bless those who promote and engage in the sins; at some point, it appeared that God became absent from the American scene.
However, I am now trying to see the situation in a different light, from the perspective of a Bible-believing Christian who, though still concerned about the state of my birth nation, is open to seeing whether or not God is actively working here behind the scenes to change the status of the country I still love, to return her to her former glory.
I hear nearly every politician, when running for office, bloviate, seemingly endlessly, about the value of being an American, working on the heartstrings of their constituents to pull out the ‘patriotism’ from their listeners, speaking about “their love for this great nation” and how much they want to solidify and strengthen our ‘democracy’, how they are the only ones who can make things better again, but I have yet to hear one politician (with the possible exception of Trump) in the past 40 years mention our REPUBLIC; it’s always about our ‘democracy’ and democracy was NOT the intention of the Founding Fathers.
I thoroughly believe many Americans are still holding out hope that a man will arrive and be the person they have awaited who will restore our nation to its previous glory. I had some small portion of that hope when Trump won the presidency in 2016, but it faded into despair in short order with the political war of words setting the nation on a course toward failure.
The Cause of the Fall
Many may be wondering just what happened to the US to bring us to this place in time. I reflect on the word of God describing what happened to Lucifer (means ‘Lightbearer’) who was perhaps God’s most beautifully created and powerful archangel. He was described as being “the anointed cherub that covereth”, and as having music ‘built into him’, and God said of him: “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:13-15). Here was the most perfect archangel that God created, he had his own earthly kingdom, but he was not satisfied with all that God had given unto him. He became prideful and wanted to rise above God and usurp the authority and power that God alone possessed. In his pride, he was brought down low and his earthly kingdom was stripped from him. Sound like a nation you know?
Consider the prideful state of the deluded souls in the US who now believe they have the authority to determine who will live and who will die. They decide the fate of millions of unborn humans each year, in effect destroying the very future of the nation. They have placed themselves in the same position as Satan/Lucifer in desiring to have an authority not granted to them by God. Just as Satan told Eve when tempting her in the Garden of Eden, telling her that if she ate the forbidden fruit, her eyes would be opened and she would be ‘as gods, knowing good and evil’. Indeed her eyes were opened and she instantly realized she had made a grievous error, CHOOSING evil over good. Such is the national state of the United States now, having seen both good and evil, and unfortunately choosing the evil over the good.
This nation was NOT created perfect but it was blessed abundantly by God from the first day it was born as a nation. Over time, the so-called leaders of the US began to think more highly of themselves that they ought, pride entered into the national levels of government, with the credo, “The USA is the greatest nation on earth”, or “The US is the greatest nation ever”. When have you ever heard a national politician give credit for the success of this nation to Almighty God?
Only God has the authority to determine what is righteous and what is an abomination. The recent decisions made by the Supreme Court regarding what constitutes a “marriage”, or at what point a pre-born infant can be legally killed, have set this nation on a downward path from which there may not be a return.
If Satan, the highest archangel of God was stripped of his earthly status and authority because of pride and greed (yes, Satan WAS greedy) why would God spare this nation? The multiple national sins mentioned earlier, coupled with greed, desiring to be the world’s leader in EVERYTHING, establishing an American military presence on every continent and in nearly country, have placed this nation in God’s crosshairs and virtually caused the downfall of the “GREAT United States” and the future is now a foregone conclusion.
Unfortunately there are still many who think more highly of themselves than they should and they still promote the idea that the US is ‘special among the nations’.
What Does the Future Hold for the US?
There are now more questions than answers about Russia’s involvement in the war with Ukraine, and the many statements from western leaders who want to see Russia destroyed, militarily and economically indicate there is more to this event than what the media ‘shares’ with the public.
Most Christians who have ever done a thorough study of end-times prophecy are aware of Russia’s involvement in the end-times clash with Israel, which indicates that Russia will NOT be destroyed in this Ukrainian mess, but WILL prevail and exist long after and WILL be on the scene in the Middle East when God puts His hooks into the jaws of Gog and pulls him down to the face to face confrontation with Almighty God.
On the other hand, the nation that appears so desperate to see Russia defeated, the United States, has absolutely NO presence in any of the end-times events in the Middle East and specifically Israel.
So what does that mean, given that the US is still considered the major power in the world today?
To me, it means that, between now and the time when the earth-shaking end time events prophesied in the Bible in and around Israel begin to occur, the US becomes far less prominent and visible on the world scene than she is right now. There could be many explanations for that but for those who believe that God is Who and What He claims to be, the most likely is that God decides who will be present and actively involved in HIS great event: the day(s) of His judgment on the world especially those who malign Israel. That being true, and in view of the events of the past 22 years, since the disaster of 9/11 in 2001, what should we expect to see in the future in the US?
Based on the multitude of sins committed by the people of the United States, such as approving homosexuality (an abomination in God’s eyes), same-sex marriage, abortion on demand (murder of the innocent in the mother’s womb), stealing the wealth of one person, or group of people to enrich others (unfair and unconstitutional taxation) and mainly, the apostasy of the Church, turning away from God to worship a multitude of idols, judgment MUST come on the United States. The early fathers of the US were firm believers in the God of Israel and were aware that He keeps and honors His word. Thomas Jefferson was quoted as saying, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever”.
We appear to still be in a period of God’s ‘sleeping justice’ and can only speculate as to when that awakening may occur. To only look at the events occurring here in the US to try to determine when that judgment will occur is a serious mistake. God’s timepiece is NOT the United States; in fact, there are a great many people who have this misplaced notion that the world revolves around the USA, so everything MUST be about the condition of our nation. They are very sincere about this belief but they are very sincerely wrong.
The Bible fact is that God is orchestrating the alignment and placing of all nations where He wants them to be as He conducts the final movement and brings all nations to the Valley of Megiddo where He will judge them in righteousness.
God’s timepiece is the tiny nation of israel and specifically Jerusalem, the city where God said He placed His name. To understand what the really important events are, one must constantly, and carefully, watch Israel and the nations of the Middle East. Events are occurring that signal a soon-coming major clash between israel and Iran, along with most of the Arab nations surrounding Israel. As these events occur, God’s “timepiece” is signaling that time is short and the opportunity to seek the shelter of God’s secret place is fading away.
How Close Are We?
How close are we to seeing the culmination of God’s ‘cursing on the US’? One can only speculate, but watching how the nations of the world are now being realigned in preparation for the fulfillment of God’s prophetic word, with those nations spoken of in Ezekiel 38-39 coming together in an alliance which will attack Israel, and with the US embroiled in another ‘unwinnable war’, this time between Russia and Ukraine, with much of the US’s resources being poured into backing Ukraine, possibly the most corrupt government on earth, it is not too difficult to see where this situation will leave our nation. Already morally bankrupt, with financial bankruptcy following close behind, I am not at all hopeful that a change for the better is coming. The only advice I can offer is to seek God, repent, and pray that His mercy will continue to abound toward a nation that has all but forgotten Him.
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