America in Prophecy
By Ronald Graham
“Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!” Isaiah 5:8. Does this verse pique your interest at all? Although Isaiah is addressing the Southern Kingdom of Israel, referred to as Judah, America should see a very striking resemblance in regards to her own current state of affairs in this and the following Scriptures.
Israel was used by God as an example for other nations to follow, at this point in chapter 5 of Isaiah’s writings the Northern Kingdom of Israel was probably already gone, conquered by the Assyrians, and the Southern Kingdom of Judah was on the fast track toward becoming captives in Babylon. They had set an example alright, but it was anything but godly. The entire world once looked to America for leadership. God’s hand was on America to be an example to people of other nations on how to live godly lives. Such should be the responsibility of prosperous nations. But America, like Israel, began to fall from God’s grace when she began to lead in a manner that is diametrically opposed to the God of all creation. What more can God do but speak woes – alas, the inevitable has arrived on the shores of America as well as everywhere in between, and learning from past history has never been a strong point for Americans.
Is America in Bible prophecy? The verse above speaks of those who have greedily amassed land, houses, and much more materialistic nonsense to themselves than they can ever use. They are never satisfied, thus they become inflamed with the desire to increase their holdings. They’re like the drug addict who can never get enough highs. America today has just such an attitude towards abundance; we are the most materialistic nation on earth. This gluttony of materialism has left us deliriously seeking what we don’t need and can’t use. Through all this extremely covetous existence the only thing waning, and in many cases not sought after at all is our love for Jesus and for our fellow man.
In this abundant land of America, even many of our poorest families live like kings when compared to the living conditions of many people in other nations. I once read of a diplomat from China who came to see for himself what America was all about. He told those he traveled America with that we (American’s) are a most prosperous people. His quote went something like this “There are nicer things and in greater abundance in your garbage dumps than what most Chinese people accumulate in a lifetime”.
“In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.” Isaiah 5:9. As God pours out His judgment on America it’s not hard to see that this verse is now coming to pass just as Isaiah prophesied would occur concerning Judah. The RSV translates this verse thusly “The LORD of hosts has sworn in my hearing: “Surely many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.” Many of America’s once most populated and productive cities are now nothing more than cesspools of filth, as they become more and more uninhabitable. Don’t believe me? Take a look at Cleveland, Baltimore, and the Michigan cities of Detroit and Flint to name but a few; these cities are deteriorating waste lands. Many cities all over the US are either currently filing for bankruptcy or contemplating filling.
Detroit, once the automotive manufacturing Mecca of the US, is now rampant with crime. Right now you can buy a house in Detroit for as little as $500.00 – that is if you want to live in the middle of crime central USA. I read on a blog recently that the city of Detroit will give you a home just for keeping the weeds cut around the house. The vacant lots, which are now quite numerous in Detroit, have become dumping grounds for dead bodies. Incredibly, many American cities are treading on similar ground.
Reno, Nevada, a city once bulging with visitors gambling away their hard earned wages like drunken sailors, is now on the verge of financial collapse. Homes and businesses have remained vacant since the recession of 2008. There are new subdivisions around Reno that are ghost towns “many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant”. This once admired and coveted city has been turned upside down. Reno has now acquired a new nickname. Once known as “Biggest Little City in the World”, it is now known as “The Meth Capital of America”. My friends, America is not becoming a more prosperous nation by any stretch of the imagination, we’ve allowed ourselves to be turned into a society of dummied down individuals greedily awaiting our next government handout.
“Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.” Isaiah 5:10. If these scriptures hold a prophetic future for America, and I believe they do, then what we see occurring in America is very scary indeed. There will be little in the way of fruits and vegetables produced in our near future in accordance to the availability of land mass. Famine will increase as crops begin to produce far below their normal output. Could it be that America’s crop lands will no longer feed the national populous? When there’s not enough food to go around watch what happens to a civilized nation. America is currently the number one exporter of food to other nations; what will happen in those foreign lands when America’s food production becomes insufficient even for Americans? The government may use its fiat power of creating money to help farmers and ranchers in the US stave off bankruptcy, but they can’t create food out of thin air.
“Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!” Isaiah 5:11. Alcoholism, drug addiction, and crime are now consuming the masses here in America. Many people just want to stay high or drunk all the time. People who ignore or turn away from their God have no hope so they seek it from drugs and alcohol, and there are always adverse consequences to those bad decisions, not to mention they are never satisfied.
“And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.” Isaiah 5:12. America has plenty of time for foolishness, all forms of entertainment and lascivious lifestyles are promoted yet we give no credence to what God has done, or to what He is currently doing. Those who party endlessly, seeking constant entertainment, will be judged and all their laughter and amusement will cease. Watch out America “For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” Deuteronomy 4:24. God’s principles never change.
“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.” Isaiah 5:13. America was once the leader in promoting the gospel of Christ around the world, but in more recent years has become the world leader in promoting filth, such as pornography, homosexuality, fully funded abortion on demand, to name a few. Are not God’s children being systematically forced to live in a very hellish form of captivity right here in the good old US of A? There will be a famine and a thirst for the knowledge of God’s word, but that knowledge will become quite elusive in America’s final days.
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” Isaiah 5:14. We are a nation of people who rejoice in the pomp and circumstances of our own depravity. Hell is awaiting the multitudes of the foolish to come and join the rest of the Christ rejecters. Hell was created for Satan and the angels that rebelled with him, but it has enlarged itself to accommodate the massive amount of the foolish perishing.
“And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.” Isaiah 5:15-17. As a nation, America will be humbled from the high and mighty to the least of the least. Whether or not the populous considers God relevant has no bearing on God’s exaltedness. God will be exalted and His righteous judgment will stand. God is holy and He will be glorified. The mockers and scorners have cast their lot with the devil.
“Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: “That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!” Isaiah 5:18-19. These two verses are very interesting in that they describe and expose the perverse nature of a certain segment of our society today. Who is it that continually draws attention to themselves with wicked cords of vanity? Their perverse and depraved nature is always an open display as if there was no sin involved at all. Can you not see in this verse the gay pride parades flaunting themselves in front of their Creator as though to say “We regard you not”? America, what made you fall so low as to attempt to rub God’s nose in your depravity? What arrogance, flaunting their lascivious lifestyles and mocking God in their haughtiness. America, where is your heart? God will not be mocked. As God lifts His hand of protection from the land and people who once promoted His precepts with vigor, we shall see these arrogant and evil people becoming more and more inflamed in their own wickedness.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20. Does this verse not describe America in its current state? Everything is upside down. What was once seen as good and godly is now disparaged, and everything that was once an aversion is now being promoted as normal and acceptable. What sorrow shall befall America as she continues to rejoice in her iniquity?
“Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:24. Rejecting and despising God will only bring sorrow. The Northern kingdom of Israel went through many evil kings and lived many years rejecting their God. The Southern kingdom of Judah, for the most part, did likewise. Our God is patient and merciful. But ultimately God’s patients wore thin and they were punished for their iniquities. We can see this occurring again today right here in America. Prosperity has all but vanished from this once most prosperous nation. There are now just a few who hold the wealth and power of America in their hands. According to this verse, nothing that is humanly contrived and instituted will bring it back. God sees America as rotten to the core as we’ve despised His word and many have joined the ranks of the enemy. America may well be in Bible prophecy and if so God is warning of sudden, and severe judgment.
It’s not hard to see that God’s anger is just as fierce and directed at America today as it was against the Southern Kingdom of Judah. America was founded on Judeo Christian principles. The land of the free and the home of the brave can be assured that God’s mighty hand of judgment has arrived. What will become of America in these last days? What happened to that Southern Kingdom of Judah?
Can we see America in prophecy in Isaiah’s prophetic words? Certainly there are many similarities between Israel’s downfall and America’s. The Southern Kingdom of Judah and the Northern Kingdom of Israel found out the hard way what happens to those who turn their backs on God. There are always horrible and very destructive consequences to every bad decision. All the nations that have had world prominence then embraced depravation as they reached their zenith soon began a decent into oblivion. Are we watching prophecy unfolding before our eyes as America has reached her zenith and as she now descends into some very unfavorable but predictable twilight years? What an ending!
God help us,
All original scripture is “theopneustos” God breathed