Regarding the fate of our nation, I do not believe that the United States is specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy, but I do believe we have a prophetic type that can be found in the Bible. If you'll remember, after the death of Solomon, the kingdom of David was split into two nations — Israel and Judah.
That northern nation of Israel was apostate from the very beginning. It was founded in rebellion against God, and it continued in that condition for 208 years, until it was conquered by the Assyrians in 722 BC. During those years, it had 19 kings, and not a single one was considered righteous in the eyes of the Lord.
The southern nation of Judah lasted 136 years longer for a total of 344 years before it was conquered by the Babylonians in 586 BC. It had only eight kings who were considered righteous in the eyes of the Lord, but at least it had eight.
I believe the nation of Judah is our prophetic type. No other nation has ever been blessed by God as much as we have, except Judah. Think about it. Look at the parallels. This was a nation that had great leaders. It was a nation that had freedom. It was a nation that had prosperity. It was a nation that had great spiritual blessing. The Shekinah Glory of God resided in Jerusalem in the Temple. What a blessing!
I wish I could end there, but I cannot, because there are other parallels, both negative. The nation became engulfed in pride. As it looked around and saw all of its blessings, it began to claim that the blessing were of their own. It became rebellious against God.
In Isaiah 5, the prophet tells how God asked him to compile a list of the sins of Judah. God knew the sins. He knew all the sins of Judah, but he wanted Isaiah to know them. So, he said, "Isaiah, you go out and you come back and you report to me a list of the sins of Judah." Isaiah reported back what he had found: injustice, greed, blasphemy, moral perversion, intellectual pride, intemperance and political corruption. Sounds like America today.
Seventy-five years later, God raised up another prophet in Judah by the name of Jeremiah, and God asked him to do the same thing. He was to compile an inventory of Judah's sins. Jeremiah came up with the same list as Isaiah, but he added one. He said, "In addition to all the things Isaiah found, I have found religious corruption. The prophets prophesy for money. The priests work for money, and not for the Lord God Almighty." So, even they had religious corruption.
He concluded his report with three summary statements, and, boy, look at these statements! He said:
- "Their faces are harder than rock."
- "They have a stubborn and rebellious heart."
- "They do not know how to blush."
Every time I read that I think of my dear wife. She is so sensitive to that sort of thing. She knows how to blush. She is just horrified by the ads on TV and the things that they advertise. She says, "There is no sanctity anymore? Does not anyone have any sensitivity anymore?" She covers up her eyes and hits the mute button when some of these advertisements air. We are talking about advertising all kinds of things that shouldn't even be mentioned in public, and that's where we are today.
Let me give you two examples that we are right there.
I'll note a recent edition of an Archie Comic book which is a publication aimed at children. It features and celebrates a same sex marriage on the front cover. This is aimed at children!
Or, consider what the U.S. Air Force did in June of 2013. They ordered the removal of a painting by one of the greatest Christian artists in the world, Ron DiCianni. They ordered that his painting be removed from the dining hall of Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. The painting was titled, "Blessed are the Peacemakers." It depicts a modern-day policeman in front of a medieval knight. At the bottom of the framed version there is the word "Integrity" with a reference to Matthew 5:9 which says, "Blessed are the peacemakers." The Air Force ordered this painting be removed from the dining hall because one person complained to the Pentagon and said the painting made him quote, "feel terribly uncomfortable, disheartened and disappointed." This man needed a psychiatrist!
Two months later in August of 2013, the Air Force used your tax money and mine to invite a drag queen and her group called "Jewels and the Brunchettes" to perform at a Los Angeles Air Force Base on Diversity Day. When challenged, an Air Force spokesman defended the action by stating that drag is a symbol of gay pride and unity. That is just unbelievable! It is beyond my comprehension to believe this sort of thing is going on.
The Moral Slide of America
Let's consider the parallels once again between Judah and the United States. Ancient Judah was blessed by great leaders, freedom, prosperity and spiritual blessings. Like Judah, we have drifted into pride and we have drifted into rebellion. And, as with ancient Judah, God has responded with warnings and judgments. Now we are courting His destruction.
This leads me to two of the saddest passages in the Bible. I can almost hear God weeping when I read these. They are found in 2 Chronicles 36:15-16, "And Yahweh, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers," this is speaking of Judah. "Because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place," the Temple, "but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Yahweh arose against His people, until there was no remedy."
This brings us to a very important question. Why should the United States be treated any differently?
The answer, of course, is that God is not treating us any differently. He has raised up prophetic voices to call us to repentance. He has sent national and remedial judgments. Our response has been one of patriotism, when the needed response is repentance.
After 9/11, my wife noticed an explosion of bumper stickers saying, "God Bless America!" One day she turned to me as we were driving down the road and she said, "Those bumper stickers are wrong, because God has already blessed America." So, she went home and she designed her own bumper sticker which said: "America Bless God!" Not, "God Bless America."
The 9/11 attacks were a wake-up call for our nation. But, instead of awakening and instead of getting on our knees in repentance, we reacted like a sleepy man who hits the snooze button on his alarm clock, rolls over, and goes back to sleep. So our society has continued to slouch toward Sodom and Gomorrah.
Let me take a moment to emphasize to you how serious the decay of our society has become. Only a person my age can appreciate how radically and how quickly our society has disintegrated. I was born in 1938 when autos still had running boards and gasoline was 20 cents a gallon.
When I was born, abortionists were sent to prison. Pregnancy out of wedlock was thought of as scandalous. Homosexuality was considered unnatural and immoral. Pornography was despised as a perversion. Drugs were something you bought at the drug store. Marriage was sacred. Living together was taboo. Divorce was a disgrace. Homemaking was honored, and day care was provided by mothers in their homes. Child abuse was unheard of. Ladies did not curse or smoke.
The word "damn" was considered flagrant in a movie. In fact, the very first movie to have that word was Gone with the Wind. In 1939, a release was held up for Gone with the Wind so that over three months Hollywood could debate over what they were going to do. They finally changed the Hollywood code and allowed the movie. It ended with that word. One time in the whole movie that word was said. In 2013, a film called The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio had the "f-word" in it 544 times in 180 minutes!
In the fourth part of my teaching on America's spiritual crisis, we'll look at how America has jettisoned its Christian heritage.