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Prophetic Times: MAGA or Build Back Better?

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MAGA or Build Back Better?

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The slogan for the U.S. Democrat party is “Build Back Better,” and it often quoted by U.S. President Joe Biden. On the other hand, President Donald Trump often uses the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” No one doubts the stakes are high for the leading nation of the free world. What if we could address the nation about what is truly needed for the people?

What is wrong with the direction of the United States, and what needs to be fixed? 

Most are not aware of what truly made America great. The United States of America became great because of the blessings bestowed on it by God’s promises made to the faithful patriarch Abraham (Genesis 26:5). In Genesis 12:2-3, God told Abram, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

And just as God promised, through the descendants of Abraham, the families of all the earth have been blessed. The U.S., the U.K., Australia and New Zealand are a few of the modern children of Abraham and Sarah. Their economies have thrived for the last two hundred years. The U.S.A. and Britain combined give nearly twice as much in foreign aid to other needy nations than their nearest contender. The true secret to America’s greatness is not its military might, but that God has fulfilled His promises made anciently to Abraham. Despite all the rich blessings God has given, we have lost our way spiritually. We are quickly losing the values which also contributed to making America great. 

Alexis de Tocqueville, a French sociologist and political theorist, made significant observations in the 1830s that are often quoted regarding the secret to the strength of America. Tocqueville’s writings about the United States, made in the more innocent days of the union, are almost prophetic. He wrote: “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

The real secret to America’s greatness 

Oh, that all the leaders and people of our country would heed what Tocqueville wrote! The dry rot of evil is overtaking the nation, and that is what will rob us of greatness faster than anything. America is set to lose any goodness it had. And yet so many are so blinded they cannot see; they just can’t understand what is happening.

Fundamentally, the nuclear family is in danger of suffering extinction. Almost a quarter of U.S. children under the age of 18 live with one parent and no other adults (23%); that is more than three times the percentage of children around the world who do so (7%). A Policy Brief was prepared for the fall 1996 issue of the Brookings Review adapted from “An Analysis of Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing in the United States,” which appeared in the May 1996 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. It stated: “Since 1970, out-of-wedlock birth rates have soared. In 1965, 24 percent of black infants and 3.1 percent of white infants were born to single mothers. By 1990 the rates had risen to 64 percent for black infants, 18 percent for whites. Every year about one million more children are born into fatherless families. If we have learned any policy lesson well over the past 25 years, it is that for children living in single-parent homes, the odds of living in poverty are great.” 

The nation’s morality has been in free fall for generations, and in recent years it has been going through an even greater corruption that attacks the family. Evil political and social forces have inflicted this on the country. The Woke and the gay rights movement have been given license to peddle their lifestyle right into the class rooms of American schools. They believe children are whatever they choose to be sexually, because they are “born this way.” The “born this way” narrative of sexual orientation and gender identity has an impact; it has been used by some activists and others to justify claiming children as part of the LGBTQ community. As a result, they are pressuring schools and political leaders, and even churches, to support the idea that children are a part of the rainbow movement. One must wonder about the great damage being done to our children who are so impressionable. Immorality should be of grave concern to the nation. This is what hits at the core of the future of the nation. As we often hear, “Children are our future.”

In recent years more than ever, public and private educational institutions have been utilized to advance social causes by using the “right” pronouns. The idea being taught: you can’t always know what someone’s gender is by looking at them, by their name or by how they dress or behave. They say everyone has the right to use the gender pronouns that match their personal identity. 

Critical race theory (CRT) is another hot topic of discussion at colleges and universities which teaches that the entire judicial, legal and economic system of the United States is racist. This kind of mindset is troubling. It injects attitudes of lawlessness by those involved, concluding “the law doesn’t apply to my race.” Though we have had racism in our past history, many believe the United States has grown to be one of the least racist nations in the world.

What is “true” about our legal system is that increasingly justice is difficult to see. It is hard to tell whether real justice is being done by the laws we have on the books. In the confirmation of one of the Supreme Court judges, she stated she didn’t know the difference between a man and a woman. In the 13th hour of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing, Senator Marsha Blackburn asked the Supreme Court nominee to define the word "woman." Jackson, appearing confused, responded, “I’m not a biologist.” 

Isaiah 59:4 speaks of a time like ours: “No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.”

We have a $31.42 trillion national debt and billions of dollars are wasted every day. In regard to ancient Israel, the prophet Isaiah said: “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths” (Isaiah 59:7). 

The head is sick and the heart faint

The Bible warns of the signs of a failing system and the destruction which may be coming soon to the United States and other countries of modern Israel: “Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence; and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers” (Isaiah 1:5-7).

The “head” in this prophecy pictures the leaders of government who are sick, being more desirous of fulfilling selfish political ambitions than helping to heal the nation. The “heart” is a symbol of the morale of a nation. America’s upbeat confidence is fading. There needs to be the voice of a great communicator which can give people hope, and search as you will, we don’t have that at this critical time. It will take more than a single leader to fix the nation; it will take the whole nation working together to turn it around.

The United Church of God is a reasonable voice crying out to the nation and striving to reveal the core problems of our society and also giving the country a hopeful vision, but it will take much more than that. The people of this country must come to a repentance and turn back to God. We pray that occurs. Unless that happens, neither of the slogans, “Build Back Better” or “Make America Great Again” will make much difference for the future of the United States. A great punishment will come if no repentance occurs, and our cities will be laid waste and a prophesied captivity will take place.

The Almighty God says to modern Israel through the prophet Ezekiel: “Say to them, as I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11).

God implores His people to react and return to Him while there is time: “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

Without that happening for Americans and others around the globe, we have the tremendous hope most don’t have—the hope that is beyond the great tribulation ahead. We have the glorious return of Jesus Christ and the coming kingdom of God. He will bring hope and order, and rule in righteousness forever!

This is my Perspective and the current edition of the Prophetic Times follows below: 

Prophetic Times

Gazans take to streets to protest Hamas leadership, call out Sinwar and Haniyeh 

February 22, 2024 jpost.com reported:

Residents of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip and Rafah in the south took to the streets on Tuesday night to protest against Hamas leaders amid the ongoing war with Israel. Since the beginning of the conflict, there have been several protests by Gazan residents against the terrorist organization, but this is still a rather exceptional event.

In footage circulated on Palestinian social networks, residents are documented calling out against Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and against the organization’s political bureau chief, Ismail Haniyeh, who continues to live in luxury in Qatar.
The protesters also shouted for humanitarian aid, saying, ‘We need food, we need flour, Sinwar and Haniyeh, stay away from us, you thieves.’

Iran Boasts of Expanding Arsenal of Kamikaze Drones

February 22, 2024 breitbart.com reported:

Iranian state media reported on Wednesday that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has ‘taken delivery of sophisticated homegrown kamikaze and combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), featuring state-of-the-art technologies suitable for operations against enemy targets.’

According to Iran’s PressTV, IRGC commanders attended a ceremony on Tuesday to take possession of the latest Shahed-131 and Ababil-5 drones, upgraded versions of two designs that have helped Iran’s homegrown drone industry become a significant threat.

The Shahed drone is a ‘suicide’ or ‘kamikaze’ design, intended to fly an explosive payload to its target and then explode. Iran admitted in November 2022 it has supplied Russia with a large number of Shahed drones to attack Ukrainian targets. Iran also supplied Shahed models to the Houthi terrorists of Yemen, who have used them to attack commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Northern, Southern Gaza

February 21, 2024 voanews.com reported:

The Israeli military said Wednesday it carried out airstrikes in northern and southern Gaza, a day after the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire, scaled up aid access and rejected the forced displacement of Palestinians.

The Israel Defense Forces reported killing dozens of militants, including in the Khan Younis area of the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said Wednesday it recorded 118 deaths during the past day, pushing the total number of Palestinians killed to 29,313 with another 69,333 injured since the war began in October.

Nuclear Threat: Russia Will Drop ‘Entire Arsenal’ on London, Washington if it Doesn’t Win Ukraine War

February 20, 2024 breitbart.com reported:

Top Putin Ally warns West off striving for a Ukrainian victory, warning that would lead to nuclear strikes on ‘Kiev, Berlin, London, Washington’, as well as an apocalyptic civil war in Russia with ‘tens of millions of’ dead.

Deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, who was also formerly the Prime Minister and President of Russia in service to Vladimir Putin, has threatened Western capitals with the ‘entire strategic arsenal’ of Russian nuclear weapons. Medvedev, for whom absolutely no slight is too small to necessitate a nuclear response, was speaking of Ukraine’s hope to retake its U.N.-recognised national territory which in some cases have been occupied by Russia for very close to ten years…

He said: ‘Attempts to return Russia to the borders of 1991 will lead to only one thing. To a global war with Western countries using the entire strategic arsenal of our state. In Kiev, Berlin, London, Washington.’

US moves to stop Israel’s invasion of Rafah

February 19, 2024 telegraph.co.uk reported:

The US said on Monday night that Israel’s planned invasion of Rafah “should not proceed under current circumstances” as it sought to use the UN to halt fighting.

Joe Biden is pushing for a United Nations vote on a “temporary ceasefire” in a break with the Israeli government as its troops prepare for an assault on the city, in south Gaza.

In a draft resolution, the US warns that a ground offensive into the city, where more than one million Palestinians are sheltering, would have “serious implications for regional peace and security”.

The move comes as Israel has rebuffed efforts by frustrated Western allies to call off its planned invasion of Rafah, the only remaining city controlled by Hamas.

It marks a departure from America’s initial position at the UN that Israel has the right to defend itself. Washington has twice vetoed council resolutions for a ceasefire in Gaza since the Hamas terror attack on Oct 7.

Iran claims to add two new ‘stealth’ ships to IRGC Navy 

February 19, 2024 jpost.com reported:

Iran held a ceremony to mark the addition of two new patrol ships, the Shahid Sayad Shirazi and Shahid Bagheri ships, to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. Iran has two navies: one is the official navy, and the other is the IRGC Navy. Iran’s Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, head of the armed forces, attended the ceremony.

These ships look different than most naval ships. They are based on a catamaran or twin-hull design and have a sleek futuristic look. They are apparently based on inspiration and designs from the Chinese Type 22 missile boat. China has more than 80 of these coastal patrol vessels, which are 42 meters long. The Iranian ships are 60 meters long. Iran is seeking to build four of these ships. The ship has a helipad on its stern section and can also apparently hold fast boats. It has naval radar and anti-ship cruise missiles, according to reports.

Iran believes these vessels have stealth aspects. Iran has invested in these types of designs recently to make up for Tehran’s lack of naval power. Another ship, the Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, represents a second type of twin-hull design along with a third type Iran commissioned back in 2016 called the Shahid Nazeri.

Al-Qaeda resurfaces in Afghanistan with new training camps, Islamic schools

February 19, 2024 jpost.com reported:

The al-Qaeda terrorist organization is having a resurgence in Afghanistan under the ruling Taliban, setting up eight new training camps alongside five madrasas, Islamic educational institutions, around the country, a report from the UN Security Council in late January has revealed.

The report said that the training camps are located in various provinces, including Ghazni, Laghman, Parwan, and Uruzgan. It also listed sites used by al-Qaeda to move its operatives in and out of neighboring Iran, and said that a new base to stockpile weaponry has been established in the Panjshir Valley, north of the capital, Kabul. 

‘The group maintains safe houses to facilitate the movement between Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the provinces of Herat, Farah, and Helmand, with additional safe house locations in Kabul,’ the report said.

Russia developing ‘troubling’ anti-satellite weapon: White House

February 16, 2024 spacewar.com reported:

Russia is developing a space-based anti-satellite weapon that is ‘troubling’ for the United States but poses no immediate threat to people on Earth, the White House said Thursday.

The announcement came a day after a wave of speculation sparked by US lawmakers making a cryptic warning of an unspecified but serious national security threat to the country.

Moscow denied the ‘malicious’ and ‘unfounded’ claims, describing them as a White House ploy to try to pass a multi-billion-dollar Ukrainian war aid package stalled in Congress.

‘I can confirm that it is related to an anti-satellite capability that Russia is developing,’ National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters in a briefing at the White House.

‘This is not an active capability that’s been deployed. And though Russia’s pursuit of this particular capability is troubling, there is no immediate threat to anyone’s safety,’ he said. Kirby confirmed that the Russian weapon was ‘space-based’ but would not comment on reports in US media that it was either nuclear-capable or nuclear powered.