There are many prophecy teachers today teaching that America is about to experience the wrath of God or the judgment of God, because of her sins. Many are saying if God doesn’t judge America, he will have to apologize to Sodom & Gomorra. And others have been sounding the alarm that American churches need to repent from self-centered activities and pray for our American leaders, rather than just engaging in intellectual gymnastics with high profile atheists and others that do not believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Consider the words Simon Peter wrote 1 Peter 3:15,
But give honour to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride; (Basic English Bible.
I don’t believe Peter was suggesting that we should practice intellectual tit-for-tat with unbelievers. Jesus did have some seemingly intellectual discourse with some of the scholars of his day. Bit he often had harsh words for them and directly spoke to their conscience, not just their minds. Consider the words of 1 Timothy 2:15,
Study to show yourself approved unto good works.
(Not study to win intellectual arguments and debates)
What am I trying say? I’m saying that words from the mind can only reach a mind. But words from the spirit can reach a person’s spirit. Biblical revelation turns on the light of understanding, which enlightens the mind. But a believer must learn to activate that revelation, taking it from one’s mind and activating it in one’s daily experiences. I submit to you that Information changes minds, but action change lives. I believe that is exactly what the following Bible verses are telling us. So, simply winning an intellectually based argument is not what the Bible teaches. Intellectualism was practiced by the Greeks, though. And intellectualism has dominated American educational system. To illustrate the fallacy in this way of thinking, consider this. If you thoroughly understand business math and make straight A’s in college math, if you don’t learn how to implement it in the business world, it would be fruitless.
Further, James 2 says…
15 Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth. (Complete Jewish Bible)
I am also suggesting that God will judge mankind by our works, actions and inner motivations, not just by the number of intellectual arguments that we think we’ve won; or theological mysteries that we’ve solved. Perhaps that why Matthew 7:23 says,
And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.
The Bible is replete with examples that clearly illustrate and demonstrate the following,
1. God created man to love people & use things, not use people & love things.
2. God created mankind to love people and take dominion over things, not take dominion over people and love things.
3. God intended for his disciples to elevate, activate and demonstrate the truths of the Bible, not just learn an intellectual appreciation for them.
In Daniel 5, King Belshazzar was all about going his own way, ignoring the teachings and warnings of God. There are a number of well-known Bible teachers teaching that America is wicked and finished. After all, they intimate, the USA is not found in the Bible; so that means America will probably be destroyed before the second coming of Christ. But I don’t agree with that. I believe that America can be found in the Bible, because God has great plans for her during the last days. The Bible also appears to mention the significant role America will play during the “Great Tribulation”. Perhaps I’ll share that in another article, because in this article.
So, is the handwriting on the wall for America’s destruction?
To help us determine an answer to this, we will review the following two scriptures: Daniel 5 & Isaiah 38.
Daniel 5, New International Version (NIV)
The Writing on the Wall
5 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father[a] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them…
13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
18 “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes...
22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son,[d] have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription…
26 “Here is what these words mean:
Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Did you notice how quickly the judgment of God can come upon a leader? Do you believe that America’s leadership is about to experience the hand of God against them? Or perhaps the hand of God against will be against America? Or is it still possible that Americans can humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways so that God will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land? What do you think?
Now let’s look at the writing on the wall in Isaiah 38
38 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.
These two walls, like two roads that are in a fork in the road. Which one will America take? The broad one that leads to destruction or the narrow one that leads to eternal life?
Perhaps the late Robert Frost communicated it best with the following words,
'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
I believe America is at the crossroads of deciding her future: one is broad and leads to destruction and the other is narrow and leads to reformation and success and is ‘less traveled by’. The question is, “Which road will America take?” And that my friend, will be the end or a new beginning for the USA.