Way Past the Patience of God

  

I am an American. I’m also a Christian. For the last four decades I’ve been a serious Bible student. I’m also very interested in both politics and history (left over politics). I’m in awe of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. I’m astounded at Bible prophecy – at the number of prophecies that have already become reality, and the speed at which prophecies intended for the end times are turning up as news stories. Lately I’ve been watching in stupefied horror as those two areas – America and Bible prophecy – are heading, like run-a-way trains – straight at each other.

It’s looking like the Rapture is going to arrive before America can pull herself together. In one sense that’s fine with me – I’m “packed” and ready for that last trumpet, ready for the zooming shot into the clouds – a roller coaster ride in reverse, and at top speed. What do I care what happens to America? I’m not going to be here. That’s one approach.

However, I’ve never been much for roller-coasters – I tend to throw up – and I can’t bear the idea of America falling. My generation grew up during the Cold War. We practiced cowering under our school desks so we’d be safe in case of an atomic attack. (Even as a child I had a concern about how senseless that precaution was – we lived just miles from SAC, from Offutt Air Force Base, which would have been one of the first targets.) But I grew up proud of my nation, and aware of what living in the USSR must have been like with Pravda lying to the people, dissidents being locked away either in the Gulag or in mental hospitals, teachers being forced to teach propaganda. I was so grateful I didn’t live there.

As far as I can tell, Obama has succeeded at two out of those three – education is now under federal control and the press is for the most part pro-dictator, anti-freedom. It no longer guards the 1st Amendment – or the 2nd. I pray for the revival of the America I knew, or something better, but I’m also watching what’s going on out there in the rest of the world and nowhere is human society very sane right now. Most economies are working themselves into a total, socialist meltdown. Most societies have lost any vestige of a moral code. Families are in decline world wide, most populations are not reproducing at replacement levels, which will, of its own, demolish financial security. Environmentalism has run amuck in most 1st world nations, ruining production, destroying jobs, killing off small towns, which are, like the family, the heart of any society. The world has lost its sense of good vs. evil and it seems few are particularly horrified by the brutality of ISIS or by the nuclear plans of Iran.

That’s the bad part. The good part is that almost daily something else, some additional prognostication, transforms itself into historical reality. At a slower pace this has been going on for the last 100 years: WWI, the Balfour Declaration, WWII, the return of the Jews to Israel, the ensuing Palestinian conflict, the recovery of control of Jerusalem, the Six-Day War and the recovery of even more of the original Israel’s territory.

Read Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Revelation; these things are coming to pass. Yes, there has always been strife in the world, hideous, horrifying strife. Yes, folks once thought that the Pope was the Anti-Christ. Yes, people have, ever since the disciples started writing the New Testament, expected the Rapture in their lifetimes; Christians have that right – to look hopefully for the removal of the Church.

But at no time in history:
•    Have people known what was going on everywhere? We can now see the big picture.
•    Have groups proudly sworn to kill off hundreds of millions of people?
•    Have banks and economies been so intertwined? One-world banking and government is a big part of the Tribulation prophecy.
•    Have electronic technologies made many of the End Times predictions literally possible? --
o    Christ will be seen all around the globe at the same time.
o    The Anti-Christ will mark every person with a code that will make trade and work possible.
o    Armies will be more mechanical, robotic, than ever before.

More than these phenomena, is the spiraling nature of it all. Nothing is stable; the world’s most solid, dependable, Gentile countries, the United States and the United Kingdom, are crumbling. Israel is in more danger than ever before. Russia is pounding on its war drums. North Korea is not only nuclear, but desperate and run by a madman. The fuse is burning quickly in the Middle East – where the majority of the Tribulation activities will occur.

The prophetic clock keeps spinning, and meanwhile, back at our ranch, things wind ever tighter; the spring is torqueing up massive tension – racial tension, religious tension, financial tension, political tension, which will one day soon break loose. Maybe once it’s sprung and our society has exploded, people will wake up and work together to restore this country. We have a debt to pay off, jobs to create, two educational systems that need complete overhauls, a church to re-align with biblical principles, a military to rebuild, a central bank to get rid of, quite a few federal agencies that need disbanding – well, you know; you read the news. We’re almost in “last rites” condition and ISIS, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Latin America are circling overhead like a vortex of vultures.

Then look back at the Middle East. The Islamists build their Caliphate and look forward to the time when the 12th Imam, the Mahdi, the Anti-Christ, arrives to rule the world. A group of Jews have made ready all the furnishings for the Temple, so that as soon as they regain the Temple Mount, that essential part of Judaism and of the Tribulation, that sacred building can be quickly reconstructed. Jews are, this spring, running dress rehearsals for a coming Passover celebrated in the Temple.

And in just the last year anti-Semitism has been baring its fangs. In France it’s dangerous to walk the streets of Paris wearing a yarmulke. On our college campuses – especially west coast campuses – Jews are being verbally attacked. The swastika has made a comeback. Our own president just released Israel’s nuclear bomb plans, and is planning to let Iran (who swears it will destroy Israel) keep and enhance its nuclear prowess. Given the historical testability of God’s promise to Israel (Genesis 12:3) America is in serious trouble.

Then note the condition of modern society and compare it to 2nd Peter 3:3-4 -- Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

Or note 1st Timothy 1:4 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  or 2nd Timothy 3:2-5 -- But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.

The End Times, i.e. the Rapture and the Tribulation, are upon us. So is the end of the grand and amazing United States of America – no reference to such a great nation happens in the End Times prophecies; I find that ominous. On the other hand, God appears to be raising up strong and good people to lead us out of this. Now, the question is – how do we balance our desire to see our country recover with our desire to see the Lord’s  Consider what will happen to this country when that happens….

In the past God has given His nations – Israel, the prime example – ultimatums, last straw declarations from which there is no reprieve. Israel suffered such a decree in the 8th century B.C. when Assyria came to attack first the Northern Kingdom, Israel, and then the Southern Kingdom, Judah. The world saw this happen again in 70 A.D. when Rome sacked Jerusalem. America has so arrogantly turned its back on God’s mandate for this country, so hurt Israel, that we may well be in the same place, way past the patience of God.