The real question may be how long before America is no more.
What about the “land of the free and home of the brave” in a prophetical context? After reading several articles about the future of this country as foretold in scripture, the impending spread of homosexual marriage, impending financial ruin, terrorist cells embedded on our soil, national rejection of God, uncontrollable violence and many other things it may mean one thing. The ground we stand on is on borrowed time.
There’s no doubt the political, economic, and military influence of the United States of America dominates world fluxes.
With the election of Barack Obama, we may have just witnessed an apex in our nation. The world looked with unprecedented expectation to a political neophyte to solve the world’s problem. Just recently at Obama’s visit to the former Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, a famed but aging Elie Wiesel turned to President and said:
“Mr. President, we have such high hopes for you because you, with your moral vision of history, will be able and compelled to change this world into a better place, where people will stop waging war — every war is absurd and meaningless; where people will stop hating one another; where people will hate the otherness of the other rather than respect it.”
Wiesel isnt alone in attributing god-status, savior-level qualities to Obama. But even with that, Obama is simply a sign. A sign that we’ve crested into national idolatry: a pride devoid of God. This is truly a looking glass moment not only for America, but more importantly, for the church in America.
The church is (1) a thermostat which should regulate the spiritual temperature of the earth while simultaneously acting as a (2) thermometer which gauges the temperature. Both have a significant bearing on where America is headed prophetically and what may lead to its utter destruction which some believe will rival the fall of the Greek and Roman empires.
Too much, too little, too late?
Interestingly enough, Jesus characterized the church as salt, a significant dietary supplement.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13
The scripture applies both to you personally and to the church corporately. If you dont have Jesus in you, you are good for nothing spiritually. But let’s focus is on the corporate aspect of his teaching.
Thus, as the church goes, so goes the world. Salt not only serves to preserve and flavor foods, it is a necessary dietary ingredient. Too much salt or too little salt can cause health problems in humans. It can give good flavor/bless and it can make barren and worthless.
Jesus spoke of the church losing its positive attribute, which is to add good flavor. In other words, what happens to the world when the church loses or forfeits its preservative quality? And what is the earth being preserved from and to?
(1) The church is to perserve the earth from the decaying effects of sin. Just like unsalted meat, it would soon spoil. By living clean and holy lives and encouraging others to do likewise, the effects of sin (violence, sexual disease, etc) is minimized. We are to also fight against decay by refusing to support activities and lifestyles which devalue humanity.
(2) The church is to preserve the earth until Christ’s return.
Good for nothing? That’s what came out of Christ’s mouth. If it is lost, the same salt that was a blessing now becomes a curse of barrenness. The question is will the church actually lose it preservation abilities? You may say no, but consider this:
We do know the church in America is at teetering at the brink of an apostate free fall. Doctrines of devils, mammon lust, idolatry of all forms and sexual immorality along with multiple other blasphemies are common, widespread and go unchallenged in many quarters of the contemporary church. Apostasy itself is a major sign that decay is spreading. There’s an abundance of evidence that the great falling away isnt coming, its at our doorstep! Some prophesy “endtime revival” but are they misguided? The church doesn’t appear want revival. Corporately, it lusts for political power, prestige and influence. What it once was in this country, is but a shadow of itself. We have grown numerically and perhaps socially, but spiritually we are a blinded Samson.
That is not to say there are none holding fast to true faith and practice, but as indicated in scripture these are certain to become a remnant.
I believe a season of great persecution (being trampled under the foot of men) is about to fall upon the church in America because eventually it will lose its ability to add good flavor. But I also believe from this persecution a stronger, leaner more committed church will arise.
Thus, I have no reservations that we are quickly approaching a salt-free church. Do you realize what that means first for the church and secondly for the culture it is housed in?
Does this contradict Matthew 16:18? And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
I dont belive it does. Contextually, Matthew 16:18 is not about the church’s longevity but rather the church’s power. The church —the ecclesia— will cease to exist at some point in future. That’s been prophesied in Thessalonians 2. Thus when the “power to preserve” is removed, the man of perdition will be released with full power in the flesh upon the earth. But guess what? A “church” will be here and those who remain will believe it to be a legitimate church.
The late, great America
Prophecy scholar Hal Lindsay contends America is not even a “bit player” the eschatological timeline.
“In Bible prophecy everything orients from Israel. John’s vision of the apocalypse is from the perspective of Israel, during the time of Jacob’s trouble, not America’s. But the most conclusive reason is given in Revelation 17:18. John says Mystery Babylon is really a woman — that great harlot who will reign over the cities from earth. But John wrote that the great city was clearly Rome, and that is the city that will reign over the earth in the last days.”
There are several theories as to the fate of America —now the world’s only superpower— in the future. Some have said that America is blessed now only because under freedom of religion, it has given unprecedented sanctuary to the Jews and and aided Isreal since its prophetic birth in 1948. This is said to be a “living out” of Revelation 12:14. True, but what of freedom of religion when its practice is dictated by government interpretation? The rise of hate crimes laws foreshadow such a possibility.
I don’t know if America as a nation will cease to exist, but its clear that the church in America has pivotal significance on how the country will fare in the coming years.