From Genesis to Revelation the Bible is full of godly warnings. Prior to punishing His people, God has always warned them beforehand of His intentions. Tragic occurrences normally come after people have first been warned.
Although some observers are still predicting a substantial national recovery, a more sobering factual analysis clearly points in the opposite direction. Did the Bible foresee America's rise to world leadership and its subsequent national decline more than two millennia ago?
The United States certainly appears to be undergoing a terminal decline that could possibly lead to the biblically prophesied time of Jacob's (or Israel's) trouble (Jeremiah:30:7Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.).
Just 100 years ago, there were several nations dubbed "superpowers," which were vying for dominance; thus America has been called the "last superpower" in the sense that it is the last remaining superpower from that era. As a child, I thought that the word "last" in that phrase indicated that America was the final superpower that would ever exist. Bible prophecy reveals that there are two more superpowers yet to come that will supplant America and rule the entire world!
According to many polls, well over fifty percent of Americans believe that their country is headed in the wrong direction. It is not hard to see why. The United States has not bounced back from its most severe economic slump since the Great Depression.
As a kid, I loved fireworks and my sons loved fireworks. It's a boy thing. It made for good father-son outings. Girls love the beautiful aerial displays, but we guys love detonating everything and making things go boom. Firecrackers added a lot to my make-believe world of warfare. I would become engrossed in planting my "bombs" in anthills and annihilating the enemy towns, and putting my "mines" under toy cars and see how high they would get tossed. And a firecracker in a pipe made a mean cannon.
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