A NATION IN DECLINE

(Modified from old website files—this article was originally written a few years ago by the editor for www.mtCOGsm, no longer in use.)

 

Our focus in this article will be that of the USA, which is in a rapid decline and will soon reach the point of failure as a nation. This is not just the writings of a “dooms day” nut case, as the scoffers of truth will say and have in the past of others who have warned of this. The facts are all around us, if we are willing to honestly acknowledge them, as the USA is no longer the strong nation that it once was. We have had our up’s and down’s in the past but let’s face it, we have been in decline for a number of years now and it is getting worse. We, as people in this country, cannot stick our heads in the sand and hope the reality of what is happening will just miraculously “go away”! We have a national debt that is ticking away like a time bomb and the present President has racked up more debt than anyone before him. Will he be allowed to destroy the nation by his apparent inability to lead in a right direction, before anyone wises up enough to take the reins from his hands? Will another president be able to correct this downward trend? That, only God knows but time will soon tell!

 

Let us first reflect back in time and get some history, tying it in with Biblical prophecy, which may help us to have a better perspective of what we are seeing today. The once great Roman Empire found itself in serious decline long before it was realized that the whole empire was about to crumble. Julius Caesar, (46 BC) began to rule what was becoming a great empire, long before the birth of Jesus Christ. Many “emperors” ruled through time until it was overran completely in 476 by barbarians. However its decline began, according to some historians, as early as 180 AD or CE, so we should be able to easily determine the decline of the Roman Empire was in progress long before its fall in 476.  The Roman Empire is called the “Beast” in the book of Revelation. This fall is one and the same as what we read prophesied in Revelation 13. Notice V. 3  “And I saw one of his (4th beast/Roman Empire—see Dan.7) heads as if it had been mortally wounded, (476 AD) and his deadly wound was healed. (That “healing” came about in 554—when Justinian was crowned emperor by the Catholic pope.) And all the world marveled and followed the beast.”  Many prophecies relating to end time prophetic events connect to the decline of the USA and prophecy concerning it, as the beast is on the rise again for the last time. The COG has had individual members of that body who have been voicing these things for decades. What is given above is just an example to remind our readers that prophecies dealing with kingdoms or nations are to be fulfilled, just as sure as those of the beasts of Revelation/Daniel‘s visions and the rise and fall of kingdoms, including the Roman Empire! The “king of the North” prophecies in Dan.11 that have already partially been fulfilled, also concern the end time for a final fulfillment. (SCRIPTURAL TEXT FROM NKJ THROUGHOUT, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.)

 

Let us just notice; Dan 11:40  "At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.” The time for this prophecy to be fulfilled seems to drawing very near and the terrorist troubles in the middle east could spring this forward more quickly.

 

The United States of America is a nation in decline that will end with its utter destruction and removal as a nation by that name because of its national sins and lack of repentance. Punishments are already coming and will increase, just as the nation’s sin are on the increase. For example; many of the things we see happening, that affect its people and the US economy, come through failing presidential policies, illegal aliens consuming jobs and goods, various weather related disasters, such as record heat, drought and wild fires and in other areas too much rain, snow, flooding hurricanes and tornados, all destroying homes and farm land with the much needed crops! Then there are war expenses, now in various areas of the world which is absolutely contributing to the draining of our financial resources and the breaking of the pride of our power! This was prophesied over three thousand years ago. (See Lev.26:18-20 & Duet.28:43-44) The USA is now one of the greatest debtor nations of our modern world. The USA will soon cease to exist in the near future and we as US citizens need to wake up to that fact before it is too late! (For the identity and more about where the USA is mentioned in Biblical writings, see the booklets page for, AMERICA & BRITAIN IN PROPHECY, by Raymond F McNair.)

 

For some more recent US history, it was during the month of July in1942, seven months after the United States had been forced into World War II; magazines across the nation had the American flag on their covers. At that time in American history, adopting the slogan United We Stand, approximately five hundred publications had the stars and stripes depicted on their covers to promote national unity, rally support for the war and in celebrating our Independence Day. It was this rallying support and the resolve of the American people, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, that drove America in those next few years. America eventually was seen as winning that war but only and realistically with the help of Almighty God! A few understood this and gave credit where it belonged, but could they really see God as clearly as should have been and the reason for their victory? That was a time in the USA when promised blessings were still coming and the country was still growing. The idea in the minds of some back then was to set the world free of global conflict, with God’s help, to bring about unity, prosperity and lasting peace for all. This was the war to end all wars, as some thought and even spoke in public back then. But did it happen? NO, of course not! Not even close! Mankind does not seem to realize it is only God, based on His Commandments and other Laws for the good of man, who can bring about peace and real lasting prosperity.

 

Dwight D. Eisenhower once said this “There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens, cannot cure.” This could have been true if there was national repentance and a turning back to God. Has the United States of America ever understood the unearned blessings from almighty God or the unseen hand of Almighty guidance we were already receiving?—that it was God who supplies victory and blessings for peace and unity for obedience—not the American citizens on their own! However, in that time frame of American history, many more were at least looking to “the God of the Bible” as they saw Him and praying to Him for help, even if they did not really know Him or fully understand how to obey Him. Many at least had the concept of what it meant to obey God and believed the Ten Commandments should be taught and kept, even if they had a wrong concept of how. The world has greatly changed since then, becoming far more sinful in many ways.

 

The USA was not such a divided country then as it is today, nor was it in such decline. Just as the Roman Empire began to decline long before too many were even aware, the USA is in a far more rapid decline because God’s blessings and fulfillment of prophecy is the only reason it became great! Now those blessings are being removed and followed by the curses, as GOD inspired Moses to write. (Duet.28) This division and subtle decline finally became far more obvious to those who were even watching a little, as the presidential elections for the year 2000 were in their final stages. However, as some of us realize, the decline started years before that. Most recently, after the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York City, a slogan of unity and teamwork as a nation was renewed again for a short time and many across America were again waving the American flag in a show of patriotism and support for battling the terrorists. How long did that last and how many really turned back to the God of the Bible and sought the way of life revealed there for a true Christian? Few if any, simply because what is claimed as “Christianity” today does not know the God of the Bible or His Son, the true Jesus Christ.

The majority, ignorantly and in deception, look to another Jesus and a counterfeit Christianity, (Which is under the influence of the god of this world) as was already happening in the Apostle Paul’s day. What did Christ Himself say in Matt 24:5? Note the wording of this well and file it away in your mind!  "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.” They do not claim they are the Christ (son of God) but that HE is, then they misappropriate the name of Christ in their brand of “Christianity”! (True Christians follow the example of obedience to God and His Commandments just as Christ did) So the world is being deceived because they verbally acknowledge Christ is THE Savior, just as Christ said they would do and yet do not follow in the way He lived in obedience to God! They will not and cannot acknowledge the truth because they have been blinded to it. Paul said it best in 2 Cor 4:3-4  But even if our gospel (The Gospel of true Christianity) is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

 

So the nation is now divided and in decline because it ignores the Spiritual Laws that will bring about peace if obeyed and practiced. Certainly carnal man and the USA cannot survive without God’s help, as we live in a world of confusion fueled by animosity, racism, hatred and violence, influenced and deceived into the “getting your own way” by the god of this age. (2Cor. 4:3-4 & Eph.2:2-3 & Rev. 12:9)  The nation will not survive, but you as an individual can repent of your own wrong ways and the sins of following the trend of the society around you. Many in the COG who have also succumbed to a laid back and lukewarm compromising approach will also have a rude awakening when the tribulation suddenly comes. We must all (In the COG as well as the nation) wake up and rekindle the zeal for truth and a right way of living before it is too late. God has only allotted so much time for this age and it has almost run out. Repentance and change is our only hope as a nation and individually, if we are to expect God’s protection from the wrath that is yet to come. It looks like it may be too late for the nation because there is no sign of repentance, but what about you and what is your choice going to be?      (Editor for tcogmso)

 

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