What is America’s Destiny? (Part 5 of 7)
By Dr. David Reagan
How God Deals With A Rebellious Nation
From this history of Judah, we can draw some conclusions about how God deals with a rebellious nation which He has so richly blessed.
1) He raises up prophetic voices to call the nation to repentance. And, if there is no repentance,
2) He places remedial judgments upon the nation.
3) If the nation repents, He forgives and blesses. But if there is no repentance,
4) God destroys the nation when its rebellion becomes entrenched, reaching a point of no return.
This point of no return occurs when “the wound becomes incurable.” Nahum declared that Nineveh had “an incurable wound” (Nahum 3:19). Jeremiah used the same terminology with reference to Judah (Jeremiah 30:12).
Jeremiah was even told to stop praying for Judah (Jeremiah 7:16). Ezekiel was told the same thing, but in even stronger terms. Ezekiel was told that if the most righteous men who have ever lived — Noah, Daniel and Job — were to intervene for Judah, it would be of no avail, except for themselves and their families, because the nation had reached the point of no return and was going to be destroyed (Ezekiel 14:12-21).
All of which reminds me of the words of the prophet Nahum (Nahum 1:2-3):
A jealous and avenging God is the Lord;
The Lord is avenging and wrathful.
The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
Application to the United States
Now, let’s apply these principles to the United States.
As I pointed out before, I believe God raised up this nation with the purpose of using our great natural resources and technical ingenuity to spread the Gospel all over the world.
As we fulfilled His purpose, He poured out blessings upon us — blessings like unparalleled freedom and prosperity and immense power, worldwide influence and — the greatest blessing of all — sharing the Gospel with the world. He even gave us the blessing of serving as the key nation in the re-birthing and nurturing of the nation of Israel.
But we became enamored with our wealth and power, and we began turning our back on God.
– The Almighty Dollar became our god.
– Greed became our motivator.
– Gambling became a national pastime.
– Sex became our obsession.
– We became the world’s largest consumer of illegal drugs.
– We kicked God out of our schools.
– We legalized abortion.
– We endorsed moral perversion.
– And we became the moral polluter of planet earth through our violent, immoral and blasphemous movies and television programs.
As we wallowed in the sexual revolution of the 1960’s, God began raising up prophetic voices like Dave Wilkerson, calling this nation to repentance.
And in the years since that time, he has raised up many more prophetic voices, 13 of which I identify in my book, God’s Prophetic Voices to America.
When we refused to repent, the remedial judgments began to fall. (And let me just pause to say that I do not believe that all calamities are remedial judgments. Most are simply products of natural forces. A true remedial judgment can be determined by its magnitude or its timing or both.) Considering those factors, I believe that some of the remedial judgments we have experienced in recent years are:
The Vietnam War
This war occurred on the heels of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.
The 9/11 Attacks (2001)
God allowed the terrorists to be successful in attacking the two symbols of our pride: The Twin Towers in New York which represented our wealth, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC which represented our power.
Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Undoubtedly God’s response to our immorality and our forcing Israel to abandon the Gaza Strip. The storm formed suddenly in the Gulf on the last day of the Gaza Strip withdrawal and hit New Orleans just as it was getting ready to host its annual homosexual festival.
The Sept 2008 Stock Market Crash
Again, a response to our attempts to strong arm Israel into surrendering its heartland. It occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the market fell by 777 points — indicating the signature of God.
The Type of Leaders We Deserve
It is no accident that President Obama was the most pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-Capitalist, anti-Israel leader in the entire history of our nation. The man who promised us hope proceeded to destroy that hope with his myriad of ungodly programs and actions.
In the sixth part of our series concerning America’s destiny, we will look at some of the remedial judgments the United States has endured.