In Old Testament times, when God got ready to destroy His beloved nation of Judah because of their refusal to repent of their sins, He raised up a chorus of prophetic voices to give the nation one last warning.
God is very patient. He will often tolerate sin a long time. But a day of reckoning will come if there is no repentance. The prophet Nahum put it this way: "The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished" (Nahum1:3).
In my book, America the Beautiful? The United States in Bible Prophecy (1st edition in 2003, 2nd in 2006, and 3rd in 2009), I outline in detail the way in which God deals with nations. I point out that when a nation begins to rebel against God, He will raise up prophetic voices and send remedial judgments to call the nation to repentance. Because He is a compassionate God (Psalm 103:8), He never pours out His wrath without warning.
The first voice he raised up to warn our nation and call us to repentance was David Wilkerson (1931-2011). I have always referred to him as America's Jeremiah. Two books of his in particular were visionary warnings to this nation, with passionate calls for our repentance: The Vision (1974) and America's Last call: On the Brink of a Financial Holocaust (1998). Unfortunately, our nation and our churches turned a deaf ear to both books.
Since the turn of this century, just as in the days of Judah's spiritual and moral decline, the Lord has raised up a chorus of voices to get the attention of our nation, all of whom are warning that our days are numbered if we do not repent. Here is a partial list:
- Terry James, The American Apocalypse (2009)
- David Jeremiah, I Never Thought I'd See the Day! (2011)
- Jonathan Cahn, The Harbinger (2011)
- Robert Jeffress, Twilight's Last Gleaming (2012)
- Joel C. Rosenberg, Implosion (2012)
On July 24th of this year, Billy Graham added his voice. In an open prayer letter addressed to the nation, Graham asserted, "My heart aches for America and its deceived people." He proceeded to proclaim that the only hope for America is for the nation to repent of its sins.
Meanwhile, the remedial judgments on our nation continue as we are in the midst of the greatest drought in modern history, with over 61% of our country in drought conditions. God's patience with us is drawing to a close. Will we wake up before it is too late?