There is a lot of buzz in Christendom in the USA for us to fall to our knees so this nation can be turned around. Favorite quote, which in reality is for the nation of Israel, is 2 Chronicals 7:14.
Without being a traitor or a heretic, I can’t help but ponder, “Are we past the point of no return? Will things continue to decline morally and is the Anti-Christ soon to take control?” Historically we have had spiritual revivals in this great nation that have had altering impacts on our course through history. But because of prophecy to be fulfilled and judgment to come, is the God who rules set in His ways that cannot be altered just like it was in the days of Jeremiah?
I remember about 36 years ago I listened to a Bible teacher who made a statement that intrigued me. He said that before the Anti-Christ comes on the scene, the United States must be greatly weakened from its Christian roots and its sovereign power. But instead of seeing a weakening in the next two decades, I watched the United States usurp its power as the world’s guardian of what was good. I watched the Iron Curtain come down in the former Soviet kingdom and the unprecedented growth of wealth in our mighty nation. All seemed splendid. But then as we entered the next millennium, I watched as the tide turned and we began selling our souls to the ways of the Anti-Christ. We formed Homeland Security to trump the Constitution and we became fed-up with any mention of religion or God on the social front. The sacredness of life and the family unit were attacked viciously. Traditional values have become scoffed at causing many to become totally silent. We are becoming very quickly a welfare nation where people do not want to work and are relying on the Government as their ‘god’. As each day goes by, Washington is figuring out new ways to re-distribute wealth. At the same time they are setting up FEMA concertina wire camps in discrete locations on our military bases for when civil unrest occurs. To ensure enforcement they have amassed huge amounts of armored vehicles with plenty of firepower. To guarantee that the vehicles will be manned they have trained foreign troops within the confines of our military bases. I am not an alarmist. All I do is carefully stay in-tune with the buzz around me and realistically see the storms that are coming.
So, could it be that we truly are at the point of no return like it was with Israel destined to fulfill 70 years of captivity in Jeremiah’s time? Jeremiah was considered a traitor when he made the following three declarations:
1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord when King Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying, “Please inquire of the Lord for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon makes war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works, that the king may go away from us.” Then Jeremiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the walls; and I will assemble them in the midst of this city. I Myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence. And afterward,” says the Lord, “I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, his servants and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence and the sword and the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life; and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword. He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” ’ “Now you shall say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord : “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence; but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be as a prize to him. For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good,” says the Lord. “It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.” ’ (Jeremiah 21:1-10 NKJV)
2. Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the Lord : ‘Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, “Behold, the vessels of the Lord ’s house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon”; for they prophesy a lie to you. Do not listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live! Why should this city be laid waste? (Jeremiah 27:16, 17 NKJV)
3. Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you surely surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, then your soul shall live; this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live. But if you do not surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans; they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.’ ” (Jeremiah 38:17, 18 NKJV)
I look at the early church and see that they did not concentrate on changing the evil society they lived in as a whole. They concentrated on changing individuals, one at a time. Many gave their lives as martyrs at the hands of a wicked society they lived in. Could it be that that is where it is with America right now? Is it that we must concentrate on winning individuals to The Lord Jesus Christ and not be sidetracked or in despair with what is taking place on the political scene? Is it that we are to pray for one last spiritual revival that will transform multitudes of individual lives despite the fact our government and leaders become more and more wicked?
Yes, continue to vote! Yes, continue to speak out on important issues! Yes, continue to pray for our leaders! But most of all pray for spiritual revival and do not despair if we watch our nation decay before our eyes. Despair is much different than depression. Despair is lack of hope, which is something we should never be as true Christians! Jesus nailed it to the cross!
We as Christians are not to despair no matter what the world throws at us. Look what Paul says:
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8, 9 NLT)
Jesus tells us when we see the signs of the end times taking place that we are to look up:
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. (Luke 21:28 NKJV)
Smile brothers and sisters! Our Lord’s return is that close:
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (I Thessalonians 4:17, 18 NKJV)