America just further confirmed her own irrevocable slide toward bondage. It is not that the other option would have stopped and reversed this trend, no; it simply would have slowed it down a bit.
I cannot think of a better illustration to express what I mean by the above statement than the quote that follows. Many of you have read it before I imagine, but for the sake of those who have not, I am including it; it is enlightening.
About the time the original 13 American states adopted their new constitution, in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior.
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage.”
With 32.000.000 people on food stamps 4 years ago and a staggering 47.000.000 today, I will let you decide where we are on this list. Things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better – if they even do. It will take more than a generation to restore the founding principles upon which this nation was founded – if and when God raises those necessary and for the length of time it will take to do it. The founding fathers of this nation gave us a Republic; not a Democracy. They knew the great difference between the two are like night and day. Most people today do not know what that significant difference is.
The conscience of the nation has not awakened from its slumber even in the face of the enormous moral and financial erosion it has already accepted as dealt by the several previous administrations both Republican and Democrat. It’s conscience has gradually gotten worse and worse. The erosion has gotten an even stronger boost in the first 4 years of the present government. The church in the West seems to be asleep and unconcerned. I am thinking of what Jesus (or Yeshua as His mama called Him) said to the Church at Sardis “Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which are about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God” (Revelation 3:2).
America has just allowed further influence and control from the forces introduced many decades ago to destroy the Judeo-Christian heritage of society in the West. It is very important – even critical – for us believers in our Jewish Messiah, to understand the why and how of this progressive destruction in order to make any sense of what is happening today, and of what will happen in the world as a result. “And the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, and knew what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
As Western civilization separates itself more and more of the God of the Bible and of the principles of His Word, He gives nations the leadership they deserve since “He removes kings, and sets up kings” (Daniel Chapter 2 verse 21). However, God does not do things with spite. He has His good purposes to accomplish in the earth and we need to understand those in the context of His own will, strategy, wisdom, and His prophetic calendar.
Christians who understand the times biblically speaking, and those who should but do not yet, need to prepare to be ready to give answers to two kinds of people in addition to those who wonder about eternal things:
1) Those who are baffled and have no comprehension of how and why this could possibly happen in the face of all the undeniable evidence that it should never have happened. We do have the answers!
2) Those who are rejoicing today at the outcome of this election (and similar ones in Europe), but whose joy will turn to bitter sorrow when they begin to reap the fruit of their own decisions.
The biggest mistake, by very far, the western world is making, is to not realize that the forces at play are secular humanist forces that are influenced by spiritual forces. Humanity does not operate in a vacuum. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Politics, finance, economy, and religion, are tools in this cosmic battle. Most people are content with the status quo until they are dramatically affected and by then, it is too late to do anything. The majority of folks are not really seekers of truth. It was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) who was quoted as saying “Truth eludes us unless we seek for it.”
The real problem America faces – and Europe – is the erosion of the spiritual make-up of western society and of the rotting of its moral compass by failing to consider and act upon the fact that the Bible is God’s truth about Himself and His instruction manual for life in all of its facets; even including its political and socio-economic systems. For many people the Bible is only a book dealing with religion. Sadly, the same perspective seems to animate the leadership of traditional Christianity. It was not always so. Of course, the fact that the traditional Christianity of our days considers the so-called Old Testament more like a glorified relic has not helped at all. It was not always so.
As President U.S. Grant (18th President of the United States) declared “The Bible is the sheet anchor of our liberties.”
The failure on the part of the West to recognize the truth that republicans and democrats are two arms of the same body, two wings of the same bird, is part of the problem. Furthermore, its great failure to be more concerned with the systems themselves than what animates the systems is what is actually bringing the downfall of western civilization. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
As far as the well-being of nations is concerned, Daniel Webster (to whom we owe our early dictionary in the USA) said it best: “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”
From my perspective, we have come a long way down the path to fulfill Webster’s prophetic insights.
Here is the bottom line and how I see it: I will put it very mildly. In His wisdom and mercy, the Lord is allowing the setting of a platform that will eventually cause people to look to Him for answers about life and its meaning. People must come to know there is more to life than its temporal nature and sadly, in general, it takes hardship to get people’s attention.
“When the judgments of God are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9).
Much grace and peace to you.
House of Israel Fellowship
Las Vegas, Nevada