America Will Fall: The Evidence

3 Apr

My eighth-grade teacher made an announcement—prediction, really—that angered me and made me a bit suspicious of him. That was hard for me because I thought he was a great teacher, and a friend to his students. But I wondered where his loyalties lay when he said the United States had only another 50 to 75 years. The basis he gave was reasonable, but everything within me still refused to accept it. He talked about the world powers throughout history and showed how their years at the top has been growing shorter down through the centuries. Historical realities didn’t sway my bruised patriotism. Just because it has been so in the past, didn’t mean it has to be so in the present. I mean, aren’t we supposed to learn from the past? Can’t we avoid their errors?

My teacher went on to show how every world power went through a cycle of geographic and economic growth, excelling in science and industry, reaching level of dominance, resting on their laurels, focusing on entertainment, collapse.

So, apart from the Bible, an argument can be made that America will fall based on the life cycle of nations. And, given Americans’ obsession with entertainment and sports, we could be quickly approaching the precipice.

The Bible also has a lot to say about the Lord establishing or destroying a nation’s rule. Here are a few references to his judgment humbling nations:

Psalm 9:17 “The wicked will return to Sheol, Even all the nations who forget God” (NASB).

After Israel was taken captive, 2 Kings 17:7-8 gives the reason, “Now this came about because the sons of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and they had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the LORD had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs of the kings of Israel which they had introduced” (NASB).
Amos 9:8a “Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom,
And I will destroy it from the face of the earth;” (NASB).

The Apostle Paul wrote a warning in his letter to the Roman Christians who felt they had replaced Israel as God’s favorite people. He told them to beware of such thinking

Romans 11:17-21 “But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the [h]rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.”

I feel this principle applies especially to nations who exalt themselves.

I share these things as witnesses to the inevitable fall of America. I gave up a long time ago on the thought America will beat the odds. I believe history and the Bible indicate it will happen. Why? For what sin will God bring judgment on our land? Some Christians will say it’s because the millions of children aborted cry for justice. Others believe sexual immorality is to blame. And still others have a long list. I say it’s far more basic. It’s for rejecting him. For the idolatry of viewing ourselves (the U.S.A.) as the one who brings peace to the world. For the arrogance in believing we are his chosen. For believing we need only to elect the right person to solve our problems.

The fact is: we are the problem. In my next blog, I will explain where I see us in biblical prophecy.

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