America was established and patterned after Israel and for many years America was blessed by God. So what happened to our country?
Well, first of all as time passed many attributed America’s achievements to human intelligences rather than God’s blessings and instead of thanking God for His blessings, many ignored his Word, rejected His guidelines, and wanted to go their own way and do it without Him. So the downward journey became a pattern for today and is found in Deuteronomy 8:10-20: “”…when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them… your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God. … you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’
“…if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods… you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.”
We see this happening in America today and at an alarming rate.
By the early 1960’s, atheistic leaders were banning prayer and Bible reading from the halls of our schools, while humanistic leaders persuaded gullible followers that God was not real, just a myth. But many became disillusioned and found it was unfulfilling and instead of seeking Christ, it created a hunger for supernatural power opening the door to trying anything that might allow them to gain spiritual power.
“You have eaten the fruit of deception… you have depended on your own strength.” Hosea 10:13
In the 1990’s the New Age movement came upon the scene and promised unconditional spiritual power for self-centered seekers. It mixed Eastern mysticism, an inflated view of human potential, and a fascination with a mystical force and it invited gullible seekers to be their own god. By the start of the 1990’s it had desensitized America to occult formulas.
“…the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
“In later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.” 1 Timothy 4:1
Today on the rise is Neo-paganism and multitudes are trading truth for lies and reality for fantasy, and God’s promises for pagan dreams. Disguised as angels, animal spirits, wise guides, or extraterrestrials – demonic spirits are spreading a welcome message and many are falling for it. It all sounded so good, how can it be false? The scriptures tell us why they are false.
“The whole world is under the sway of the evil one.” 1 John 5:19
“…they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator….” Romans 1:18-25
Then we have Babylonions paganism where Biblical morality is despised, banned, or forgotten. The masses imagine new gods or enticing new distortions of the true God. The self-focused spirituality means war against Biblical Christianity. Those who chase the rising tide of promiscuity feel nothing but hatred for the old moral guidelines that protected Americans from destruction for almost 2 centuries and is now corrupting America today.
“‘They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ when there is no peace.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time I punish them…’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 6:14-15
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth…” 2 Thessalonians 2:9
And finally to global dominion. The Old Testament speaks about times of mass rebellion and idoltry and how God withdrew his protection from the land that He loved.
Numbers 14:9; Mic. 1:11; Isaiah 22:8-9; Deut. 8:6-20, 31:17; Ezra 8:22; 1 Cor. 10:1-11
It is a time where the enemy will enslave the foolish and rebellious people and all the presumed “rights” to free speech, private property, and Christian child raising is ebbing away. But the loss of those rights is only the beginning of what is to come. The earth will be ruled by a global tyrant controlled and empowered by Satan – the Anti-Christ.
“The beast… was given power to make war against the saints… All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the book of life… [The second beast] forced everyone… to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark…” Revelation 13:7, 16
No one knows when this will happen, but it will and we are given signs to watch for.
“Learn this parable from the fig tree,” said Jesus after telling His disciples about end time events (wars, famines, persecution, false prophets, lawlessness, apostasy, worldwide evangelism…) “When its branch… puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the very doors… Watch therefore…” Matthew 24:32-33, 42
As long as you follow God – He will bless you with peace. Here are some scripture to back that up:
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” 1 Corinthians 10:6-10
“…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…. Professing to be wise, they became fools…. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves….
“God gave them up to vile passions. …
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased [depraved] mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness.” Romans 1:18-32
“….there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words
“…if God did not spare the angels who sinned… and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly… then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment….” 2 Peter 2:1-10
I cannot believe that these various forms of spirituality are truly fulfilling and give those who seek them out true peace and a sense of security. God is the only way to true peace, to true fulfillment, and knowledge that you will be with Him in heaven. There are no other ways to God, no other paths that will get you to heaven, only one way – a straight and narrow path, but one of solid security in who holds your future and truly what a heart seeks – God is able to provide more abundantly than any other source out there. It is never too late to turn from these false paths and gods to seek the one and only true God! He is waiting with open arms to embrace you and welcome you – no other God really welcomes you and loves you – only the God of the universe and all creation can give that!