America in Prophecy: Part 2 - How Long Can America Stand?

by Bill Rudge

God will bring America to her knees – either in repentance or judgment. If we are to stand as a nation, we must be on our knees as individuals.

America has been the greatest nation in the history of the world – built upon the principles in God’s Word and seemingly invincible. She once honored the LORD but is forsaking and rejecting the ways of the One who has blessed and protected her. America is hardening her heart to the God of the Bible while enthusiastically embracing that which is contrary to His nature and will.

Accordingly, the testimony of Scripture, the lessons of history, and the witness of God’s Spirit pronounce America’s inevitable fate.

Any discerning person should recognize what is happening: America’s glory is rapidly diminishing; our beloved country is being methodically destroyed. We are facing impending judgment, yet too many have stopped-up ears, blinded eyes, calloused hearts, and values too twisted to recognize what is coming. We have forgotten the prophet Isaiah’s warning:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness... (Isaiah 5:20).

How did we so rapidly turn from faith and righteousness to disbelief and wickedness? Why have we trampled under foot the very Word of God? Are we deaf to God’s calls to repent? Have we become too stiff-necked to turn back to the LORD and walk His path before it is too late? Does this generation not realize that the apocalyptic events described in Revelation are on the verge of occurring? How can we continue this foolhardy course even as cataclysmic judgments loom at our door?

What Jesus said to His generation is so relevant for us today:

This people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them (Matthew 13:15).

Loss of Freedom

In the guise of tolerance and freedom, Americans are being enslaved by every lust and perversion imaginable. Many in the Church, lacking knowledge of prophetic Scripture, do not realize they are reflecting prophecies regarding apostasy. Is it too difficult for professing Christians to realize we must turn from the morally bankrupt path we are progressively pursuing? Instead of being influenced by, and following the trends of secular society, the Church should be guided by God’s Word and Spirit.

Under the pretense of protection, U.S. and global citizens are being methodically monitored, strategically controlled, and systematically enslaved. Increasing surveillance and loss of privacy are speeding us toward the reality of Revelation 13 – not being able to buy or sell without a mark on your right hand or forehead.

Blessings and Curses

Although initially written millennia ago for the nation of Israel, Moses’ words are relevant for America today. God promised great blessings for obedience (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Leviticus 26:3-13) as well as restoration if repentant for violating His Word (Leviticus 26:40-45; Isaiah 1:18, 19). The LORD also strongly warned of harsh consequences for defiant rebellion, willful disobedience, and persistent violation of His decrees (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Leviticus 26:14-39; and Isaiah 1:2-31).

Scripture has proven to be amazingly accurate throughout history and is being fulfilled today. Are the leaders and people of this nation so blind they cannot see that some of these prophesied curses are already being experienced in America for violating God’s laws?

Michael Wright, president and CEO of the Urban League of the Shenango Valley, insightfully stated in a recent issue of The Herald: “The world and all of us who inhabit it are on the brink of destruction. Everything wrong has become right. ... The perilous times that the Bible speaks of are upon us right now.”

America in Prophecy?

I have grave concerns for this nation I love so much. Every Fourth of July for the past several years I have pondered the gradual –  sometimes dramatic – changes in America. I see the flag at our ministry center swaying in the breeze and wonder how long it will fly.

One day America, like Judah, may be invaded, our people humbled and taken captive. One day we may sit in mourning over the loss of the great cities of America – as the Jews grieved for Jerusalem when they were taken into Babylonian captivity (Psalm 137:1; Ezekiel 14:14-20).

America is not specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy because she will either suddenly or gradually cease to be a world power. At this time America is playing a significant role in end time prophecy as she helps lay the foundation for much of what Revelation foretells.

Some believe that the rapture mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 4:16-18 will take so many political and military Christians that it will weaken America’s leadership. A weakened America could easily be absorbed into the Revived Roman Empire and become part of the Antichrist’s future regime.

Some believe America is the Babylon mentioned in Revelation chapters 17 and 18. If this is true, America will be a leader in oppression of biblical Christianity and persecution of true believers. Her apostasy and prosperity would continue until she is completely destroyed near the end of the Tribulation period by the Antichrist and the world leaders who support him.

There are several possible scenarios for America’s gradual decline (or quick demise) neutralizing her as a superpower. Out of that vacuum could arise the global leader who, with brilliant proposals of peace and prosperity, will rally the world to unite on an unprecedented scale.

Potential Threats

Many potential threats are creating the “perfect storm” that could devastate America and turn the American dream into an American nightmare. The following are a few possibilities:

China is a major concern and is preparing for an inevitable war with America which they intend to win, because China wants to be the next superpower. While many Americans are becoming undisciplined and weak, the Chinese are training and strengthening. With guns being increasingly confiscated, China’s massive military could sweep across America and decimate her.

Cyber attacks by hackers have broken into computer systems and breached our security, stealing military secrets as well as identity information on millions of federal workers, military personnel, and U.S. citizens. The data breach could potentially affect every federal agency. This information could be used to impersonate or blackmail federal employees with access to sensitive information.

Iran is nearing nuclear capability and has repeatedly announced its intention to nuke Israel and America. North Korea continues to be a real threat with their nuclear weapons.

Russia could unleash devastation on America with a preemptive strike using nuclear submarines off our shores. Russia and a coalition of Arab nations, in fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and 39, could then invade Israel without the U.S. hindering or thwarting their attack.

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) with resulting loss of all electronic equipment would throw America back to the 1800s.

Acts of terror across America, including attacks against major utilities (water, gas, electric, ...) could cripple America.

The border with Mexico is extremely vulnerable. Mexican drug cartels are reported to be running operations in many American cities.

Internal chaos from violent crime, gang violence, mass shootings in public buildings, military bases, schools, and other places, and rioting have permeated our country to the point that no area is immune.

Extreme weather and natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, polluted/toxic streams and rivers, droughts, heat waves, hail, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and/or earthquakes could cause untold havoc across America.

Financial burdens could cascade into economic chaos and collapse from escalating national debt, skyrocketing health care, soaring living expenses, and increasing taxes. Insurance premiums would rise. Grocery expenses would increase from the scarcity of food.

We are the most formidable fighting force in the world, but the state of the economy could be our undoing. You cannot fund a strong military with a weak economy. It could result in our having to reduce our military and pull our troops home leaving the world a much more dangerous place.

Sexually transmitted diseases could reach epidemic proportions and pandemic bacterial and virus infections are not inconceivable. Already, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and other such maladies are ravaging one or more members of virtually every family in America.

Moral decay resulting in divorce, family turmoil, child abuse, pornography, incest, molestation, rape, abortions, political and corporate corruption, theft, lies, drug addiction (both illegal and prescription), alcohol abuse ... are taking a heavy toll on America.

Just as a strong boxer, taking blow after blow, falls unconscious to the canvas, America is close to being “knocked out” from the relentless assaults. Muhammad Ali used his famous ‘rope-a-dope’ to tire opponents in the boxing ring, and America is punching herself out morally, financially, and militarily.

The chipping away of the foundation of America leaves us vulnerable to widespread confusion and chaos. America faces many possible crises that could take her down slow and steady or hard and fast.

None of the deadly scenarios referred to above would have been possible had we not turned from the Lord, forfeiting His protection and blessing. How blind have we become that we cannot see our imminent danger and dire circumstances?

Do we not perceive that the consequences recorded in the Bible are repeated throughout history with the same tragic results for nations that defied the LORD? These consequences are playing out now in this nation before our eyes.

Will terrorism, nuclear attack, invasion, moral corruption, economic collapse, internal chaos, natural disasters cripple or devastate the U.S.? Or will America repent and turn back to the Lord? God only knows.

In part three we will deal with America’s future and coming judgment.