America: Past Present and Future - Part 2
The U.S. 10-year unemployment rate history.
Source: Data.BLS

The Present: Is America in Decline?

The previous topic explains the root of America's greatness that we have been witnessing for many generations. The Bible traced America's power to God's blessings and not of her leaders or the people's own doing. Yet only few accepts that reality anymore. Nowadays we can see how America is still suffering with economic difficulties with no sustained recovery in sight. On the other hand, America is pursuing economic and political interests around the world by flexing her military muscles and wealth. In spite of that, there seemed to be no real achievement with her investments on foreign soils. Is America on a decline?

Most Americans believe that not only that they have a great country but also they have the greatest country in the world. One survey showed how they perceived America compared to the rest of the world.

“Nearly all Americans think they live in the best country on Earth. While a majority of Americans believe there are other countries just as great, nine in 10 say no nation is better. Within this high view of America, there are differences between different religious groups,” the magazine noted.

To this end, Christianity Today suggested the existence of a “patriotism God-gap in America.”

Among those surveyed, evangelicals were the most likely to think the United States is No. 1.

“Other Christian traditions were less enthusiastic about America's position in the world, but they still saw the U.S. as one of the best on the planet. About 40% of other Christians said the U.S. stands alone as the greatest country; around 55% said it and some other countries were equally great. As with evangelicals, only a few said there were greater countries in the world.”

Source: CNN

America is proud of her height
Indeed, America is like a cedar tree towering over other trees in the forest. The Americans are proud of their nation but there is an increasing scepticism about America's future. They have a reason to be wary of the future due to their current economic difficulties. However, it is not only true with America. Many nations in Europe and around the world are also suffering economically as well. When America is down, so goes the others because she is the tallest tree in the forest. Why is this happening to America? If most Americans believe that their greatness is brought about by their own doing, can they also accept that America is suffering because of their own doing? Depending on whom one will talk with, there shall always be two sides or opinions on every what and whys. But the fact is, the Bible has all the answers why these are all happening to America. Going back to the Book of Ezekiel, we read,

Ezek 31:10
10 "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because it towered on high, lifting its top above the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height,...

Consider this example from the American President himself who had launched recently an aggressive campaign to achieve economic prosperity in the coming years.

The Obama administration unveiled plans Wednesday (July 18, 2012) to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1-billion US effort to boost U.S. students' achievement in science, technology, engineering and math.
The program to reward high-performing teachers with salary stipends is part of a long-term effort by President Barack Obama to encourage education in high-demand areas that hold the key to future economic growth — and to close the achievement gap between American students and their international peers.

"I'm running to make sure that America has the best education system on earth, from pre-k all the way to post-graduate," Obama said. "And that means hiring new teachers, especially in math and science."

Source: CBC News

The American leader has completely missed the point on how to accomplish something. He completely ignored God who is the only key to success. Once again America, through her leader, a symbolic Pharaoh has relied on her own strength—money, human power, math and science as sure cure for her economic problems. He is is very proud of America having the best education system on earth without giving due reverence to God as a source of all their blessings.

Not only did America ignored God but also removed God as a source of her military superiority.

On Feb. 6, 2012, thirty six members of Congress -- including Congressional Prayer Caucus Co-chair Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) --sent a letter to Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz in protest of the removal of "God" from the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) logo.

In their letter, Forbes and his allies said “The action taken by the RCO suggests that all references to God, regardless of their context, must be removed from the military. We ask that you reverse this perplexing decision.”

The logo, which was recently altered thanks to a complaint from the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers, contained the motto Opus Dei Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus (Doing God's Work with Other People's Money). The motto is now Miraculi Cum Pecunia Alienum Efficemus (Doing Miracles with Other People's Money).

The U.S. Congress may have toned down the impact of the Air Force's atheistic ideology on the logo but certainly, it has not satisfied God. Their hearts remained the same that they do not believe that there is a supreme Creator anymore. This is just one example that reflects the sentiments of the people in the military, people who holds the power of world supremacy over the air—that they want the word "God" out of their vocabulary. Simply means, they no longer need God. We should not forget that the work of our own hands means nothing without putting our trust in Him.

Ps 127:1
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Thousands of atheists, agnostics and other non-believers turned out in the US capital on March 24, 2012 to celebrate their rejection of the idea of God and to claim a bigger place in public life. The Reason Rally, sponsored by 20 atheist, secular and humanist groups, was billed as the biggest-ever "coming-out" party for the fastest-growing religious group in the United States -- those with no religion.
Source: Google News

There are other things that American leaders and people (Pharaoh and his hordes) are now doing that are so ungodly. There is no difference to what the ancestors did in their beginnings. No leader believes or acknowledge God anymore as the source of our success.

Hos 5:4
4 "Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD.

America is indeed in decline. The O'Reilly Factor Show surveyed the Americans and here's the result:

1. 69% of Americans believe the United States is in decline

2. 83% are worried about the future of the United States

3. 47% of the Democrats say the United States is in decline

However, we shall still see America struggling in her present state until the time she is handed over to the last days "Babylonian" king and then she will fall.

America to fall

If these are the kinds of people America has among her leaders, then what the Bible is saying is true about them today. Let us continue with Ezekiel's prophecy which is the central piece of our topic today.

Ezek 31:10-14
10 "'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because it towered on high, lifting its top above the thick foliage, and because it was proud of its height, 11 I handed it over to the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside, 12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. 13 All the birds of the air settled on the fallen tree, and all the beasts of the field were among its branches. 14 Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortal men, with those who go down to the pit.

This prophecy is for the last days
Many will think this is a prophecy for the old Egypt. Of course, Egypt fell at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar but that was only a pattern of bigger things to come as the old covenant of God with Israel will be confirmed or repeated. The prophecy is in the past tense, common to other prophecies since God is telling us that they are already fulfilled from the very beginning. That is how sure the prophecies are. Look at the continuation of the above prophecy in Ezek 32:7-8, which speaks of the last days when earth will be covered in darkness, one of the signs of the Lord's Second Coming mentioned in Matt 24:29. The prophecy is for the Egypt of our days, not for the ancient Egypt, nor the Egypt in the Middle East as we know today. However, the Bible's admonition of Egypt to remain faithful applies to any nation who is disobeying God, particularly those whose God is YAHWEH.

The prophecy speaks plainly, that is, what America has gained, America will lost. And here are the consequences:

  1. She will be handed over to the ruler of nations - "I handed it over to the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside, and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it."

Here is a parallel verse from the prophet Isaiah:

Isa 19:4
4 I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master [Antichrist], and a fierce king will rule over them," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

Another reference to Antichrist setting his throne in America:

Dan 11:45
45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain.

In referring to nations, a mountain is a biblical symbol for a big nation. Scan the globe, and we will find no other nation that befits a great nation that is between the seas. It is no other than the great land America or, specifically, the U.S.A. She sits between the two of the world’s largest oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. Then why beautiful and holy? Understand that USA, the “Egypt,” was Manasseh , the recipient of the other half of the birthright promise of God to the patriarchs. The other half was Ephraim’s, his younger brother. It is holy not because of the nation’s predominant Christian religion but because of the blessings and promises of God that were passed on through four generations from Abraham to Ephraim and Manasseh. The fruits of those blessings are what we are witnessing today in Europe, America and Israel for many generations. But just as God took away the greatness of once was the glorious Kingdom of Israel due to King Solomon's sin, He will do the same today as a consequence of our disobedience. We must remember too that America is still partly Israel being a half Hebrew, half Egyptian.

We should not wonder how a world power will get defeated by a much less powerful invader. The Bible has many examples of how mighty nations in Canaan were easily defeated by the young, outnumbered, and  much less powerful nation of Israel.

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  1. "Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land."

The wealth of America she is proud of will be possessed by a ruthless ruler. The prophet Daniel saw this happening:

Dan 11:42-43
42 He [Antichrist] will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt...

  1. "All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it. All the birds of the air settled on the fallen tree, and all the beasts of the field were among its branches."

Because of the rule of the Antichrist, many will want to escape from Egypt. Prior to this, many of the Europeans will escape to America while Europe is burning.

Related articles about how people will take refuge in America in the last days:
The Minor Prophets and the Last Days - Hosea

The Prophet Micah - Part 1

But while many people who took refuge in America think they are secured, they will soon realize that they are under the direct rule of the Antichrist, the last days Pharaoh mentioned in Ezekiel 32. America will have no power over the father of sin, Satan. Then those people will finally acknowledge Jesus Christ, their God and their Saviour. They will also know finally who they are, that they are Manasseh, one of the two sons of Joseph, partly Hebrew, partly Egyptian. That they are the Egyptians spoken of by the prophecies. That they are the product of the promises of God to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, then to Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.

Isa 19:20-21
20 It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21 So the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the LORD.

  1. "Therefore no other trees by the waters are ever to tower proudly on high, lifting their tops above the thick foliage. No other trees so well-watered are ever to reach such a height; they are all destined for death, for the earth below, among mortal men, with those who go down to the pit."

America shall be the only nation in all history that has achieved such a great height through the blessings of God. Surely, the Antichrist will attempt to establish a New World Order and to remake America, his throne as a superpower. Yet he will not achieve the same greatness as God did to America. Pharaoh, the Antichrist and all his hordes shall all die and will brought down to the pit (Bottomless Pit or the Abyss). This is to show to all men that only God can bring a country up to a lofty height like a cedar tree. He also shows He can bring a lofty nation down low to the pit.

I am not anti-American or judging them, I love this great country and I live just north of it. I just have a job to do and that is to reveal what the Bible says about the present and bring the Truth not only to the peace loving Americans but also to all peoples around the world. Learn about the about the greatness of our God, the only source of our strength, our Saviour and Lord and the power and the authority of His Words, the Bible. He made all things known from the very beginning.
 
More on America under the Antichrist in the next topic.

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