January 28, 2014
A January 2014 Rasumssen poll shows that 62% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track. Most see a steadily declining economy with full time manufacturing jobs being replaced by part time retail work and steadily increasing prices for food and energy. They hear of increased violence in all aspects of life and are amazed at the steadily declining moral standards. The Bible very clearly states the root cause of our problems is the rejection of God. Psalm 33:12 tells us a nation under God is blessed.
Some of us remember when the United States was the number one country in economic growth, education and military strength. Every indicator today is that we have dropped in all categories with no clear resolution to stop the decline. Ezekiel 38:13 is perhaps the one verse in the entire Bible that could be the United States. This verse shows a weak nation watching the events of prophesy unfold.
Prophesy always foreshadows itself. Just as the Roman ban on Jewish capital punishment completed the prophesy of Genesis 49:10, it set the stage for the completion of many others, such as Psalm 22:16 and Zechariah 12:10, in the crucifixion of Jesus.
We are currently unwilling to evaluate leaders on their character, but only by their promises and stage presence. As a result we are lied to and taken captive as in Revelation 6:2. Our shrinking military is being deployed to more nations to participate in more civil wars as predicted in Revelation 6:4. Ezekiel 38 predicted alliances never seen in history, but they are in progress as many Gulf States have lost their trust in the US.
Income disparity is the new rally point for some. This was dramatically demonstrated at the most recent Davos conference in Switzerland. Interestingly, the ones calling this their focal point are the ones responsible. The pending economic chaos of Revelation 6:5 & 6 cannot be far behind.
Both 2 Timothy 4:3 and 2 Peter 3:3 explain why so many people recognize the problem without recognizing the answers to our problems are found in the Bible. The media has no problem supporting any unbiblical view with a “minister” spouting contemporary psychobabble. Many in the pulpit simply choose to ignore the warning of James 3:1. The incredible rejection of God’s forgiveness predicted in Revelation 9: 20 & 21 occurs as some choose to continue on a path of greed, sex and drugs.
We are not the first nation in history to experience degradation. The answer to our problems is neither political nor economic. The foundation of our problem is spiritual. In 2 Kings 29, a young King Hezekiah inherited the chaos and conflict, and correctly restored his country through the word of God before addressing any other problem.
Ultimately we do not exist as a country, a city or even a family. We stand before God a individuals as the promise of death and judgment in Hebrew 9:27 will occur. In Matthew 16:15, Jesus asked “Who do you say I am”? Our answer ultimately is reflected in our lives. Isaiah 64:6 states clearly no one deserves the grace of God. God is loving, forgiving and patient, but ultimately we see in Revelation 4:8 that He is Holy. Exodus 34:7 says His holiness will be satisfied. 1 Timothy 2:4 states that God’s desire is that all people turn from their self-centered goals, and fully trust in Him. Jesus’ most frequent command was that we turn from what we want and follow Him.
We may not be able to alter the fate of our nation, but we can certainly choose our own future. Collectively, we could be the salt and light called to stem the decay and darkness in the world.
Bob Clark, Edison