July 4, 1976 brought the bicentennial celebration of America’s birth. The nation was, at that time, like in most every era of modern U.S. history, facing challenges at home and abroad. The Soviet Union was at full strength and threatening to exert hegemony over territory even beyond the post-World War II nations it had dominated for more than three decades. China threatened its neighbors and the world. Our nation was considered to be in moral decline even then, having come out of the hippie generation and the sexual revolution and drug culture produced from the time before and since Woodstock in 1969. Roe v. Wade had just been instituted by the Supreme Court decision and all looked to be on the fast track to degeneration into a moral abyss.
The pastors and evangelists of the time were preaching from the pulpits against the many debaucheries going on. There was push back against the evils of the day that seemed to permeate every stratum of society and culture.
My own memory of the time is wrapped up into a single recollection. Our pastor at the time, who was an eloquent speaker—and a died-in-the-wool patriot—brought into our sanctuary sermons that rang with passion for restoration of the founding fathers’ Judeo-Christian based principles. Dr. Russell J. Clearman also wrote a book, whose poignant title I chose for heading this commentary as we emerge into the post-election light—”Which Way America?”
Dr. Clearman’s book was, like his spoken words from the pulpit, a moving clarion call, through the question implicit in the title, for America to choose which way it would move. Would the nation choose to continue the road that would lead to oblivion, or the road that would return to a Godly course?
Our nation went into severe economic recession shortly after that 200th birthday celebration, the Jimmy Carter years bringing fiscal distress and disrespect from nation-entities around the world. Iran turned from being an ally to, after overthrowing the Shaw, holding hostage Americans in the American embassy in Tehran.
Then, with God’s people’s appeal to Heaven through movements such as the Moral Majority, with much prayer, the nation went into an era of relative peace and prosperity.
But, alas, almost half of the American populace has seemed to again determine to walked down that descending slope of anti-Godliness, toward the nation’s doom.
Today, with the election of 2016, God has again answered prayers for national rescue. And, make no mistake, it was the God of Heaven—listening to His people—who answered prayer and saw to the outcome of that election.
This is, of course, a foolish assessment by those who haven’t spiritual discernment, but is true, none-the-less.
Just as was the 1976 celebration of America’s birthday, the election of the 45th president of the United States seems a place to ask the question, “Which Way America?”
The nation is much deeper in its descent into the abyss of anti-Godliness than it was during the 1970s. Back then, homosexuality still had a moral leash. Public restrooms being shared by both sexes simultaneously was unthinkable. Same sex marriage condoned and institutionalized by the U.S. Government was unacceptable. Christians being forced to serve customers whose demands went against the business owners’ Christian principles was unimaginable.
We, as a people in America, have a much sharper turnaround to accomplish than during that earlier era. The effort will require more resolve this time. The spiritual battle is much more intense and will become even more profound as we proceed toward the 2020 presidential election and beyond.
Which way we choose to go will depend directly upon God’s people becoming staunchly resolute. –In how devoted we are to Heaven’s directives in our prayer closets and on the front line of these satanically spawned battles we face in this end of the age war.
With all that said, I sense a very possible prophetic scenario developing, which I share here with the caveat that it is only a scenario, not a “word of knowledge,” as some would claim.
We presently have a president who is a person who has a certain degree of business genius. I have no doubt of that, having observed him over many decades of his empire building.
He is God’s man for this troubled hour in this nation and world, I have absolutely no doubt. I say “God’s man,” not in the sense that he is devoted to Godliness. I mean by this that I believe he is appointed to this prophetic hour for God’s own purposes. There are profound things afoot.
Globalism has been put briefly in the pause position upon the engine of world dynamics. The president-elect is a nationalist—one who holds firmly to national borders—to national sovereignty. He has vowed to “Make America Great Again.”
Whereas, I certainly don’t know the future in its detailed unfolding, I can, based upon studied, scripturally-based exploration, speculate and postulate just a bit about things to come.
We now have one of history’s proven, great builders in the business world with the reins of power of the United States of America—the most materially-blessed nation of human history. We have in Revelation chapter 18, a description of the most powerful and materially dominant entities in all human history. “Which Way America?”
I know this flies in the face of traditional, seminary teachings, but might we be witnessing the beginning of the final development of this entity that will eventuate in becoming the mystery Babylon described in that most astounding prophecy?
This is not to imply that Donald J. Trump—or anyone else—is a satanic plant. I’ve been a “Trumper” all the way, since he won nomination.
However, God lifts kings (leaders) to power and He brings them down. Could this genius builder be about to help build a national entity that is destined to fulfill a specific prophecy? We can only stay tuned—and spiritually attuned.
But, we won’t see the final product, in any event, if we know the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. There is an even greater event—that destruction of Babylon event scheduled for the tribulation era. We are looking for our blessed hope (Titus 2:13).
Even so, come Lord Jesus.
I am more than ready:)
In the Old Testament, God used prosperity as a last call before judgment. Your article fits into this scenario. David Wilkerson also saw judgment coming. It was interesting, he said only if God had mercy and gave us a Josiah, would we have a space of grace to repent and turn. I am praying that it will be so, but I don’t see widespread repentance in this nation.
As I read this article, it struck me that the Reagan years were also those of a pause in the unrolling of prophetic events, just as the Trump years are now. After the former, America resumed its decline and a resurgence of the forces of evil worldwide. This course was once again arrested by the election of Donald Trump.
I see two possible scenarios ahead: One, Trump somehow manages to get another term in which the holding pattern continues, or, two, he is defeated or successfully impeached and evil once again reasserts itself nationally and internationally, and we slide even farther into the swamp of immorality than we have ever before.
I truly have no idea which way this is going to go in the short term. The long-term outcome we already know from what the Bible tells us. We know that ultimately, God wins out over evil, but also that the road to that destination will be a perilous one.
But for those of us who believe in his Son, we will not be traveling it alone!
Once President Trump is no longer in power…we are doomed. It’s all he can do to get anything good done. The evil is fighting hard against him every minute. It will be a fast decent to the one world government and total debauchery. I don’t have any uplifting words to say except get ready to leave this earth and get close to the Most High God.