In the coming year few new predictions are slated for the United States. The focus will soon be Europe and the political changes there will not be noticed until after the 2015 Euro elections are finished.
The U.S. economy is absolutely set to crash if not slide into its last hurrah. Jobs, new businesses and corporate profits will show declines. Obama’s economic policy, started in 2008, will bear fruit in his lame duck years from which there will be little to no recovery. Racial distractions the promised new warfare with the newly elected republican congress and senate will fuel distraction, but provide little economic relief. The predictions are dire.
Interloping into all of Obama’s reckless economics policy will be the battles of social changes, lost freedoms and big government that he has introduced like a blitzkrieg into the America way of life and the pursuit of happiness. Not a very happy prospect.
Even as markets and corporate earnings begin to show decline radicalism, rebellion and general lawlessness will take Obama’s cue and begin its debut both at home and around the world. From Bush’s drive to increase police and law enforcement to the recent cry of protestors in NYC to produce “dead cops” only someone living on a remote desert isle could not see the spirit of lawlessness beginning to flower.
Under the Obama administration we have gone from the petted slogan “don’t let a good crisis go to waste’ up the ladder to “why not just create our own crisis to keep the nation off balance.”
We can analyze Obama’s policies till the cows come home to see what they mean. A shorter route would be to examine what they are not.
For example, race riots and race baiting are not the protests of the sixties. Opening our borders to anyone at any time is not “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.” Bailouts and battles with coal and other energy companies are not free enterprise, but it is welfare for corporations. ObamaCare is not assurance against bad health it is a disease in its own right that promises to leave the nation in death and disarray if not thrown out or seriously modified.
Battles with congress are not bipartisanship they are instability, confusion and lawlessness at best. Worst of all, the continuation of abortion policies and the striking down of marriage between one man and one woman is not social progress – it is moral decay and perversion. In God’s eyes it is intolerable and it will lead to his action against the nations who are calling it progress.
Who cares what Obama’s legacy will be – what about America’s future. Worrying about how Barack Obama will fare in his lame duck years is nonsense and distraction compared to the question of whether America will have any years left when he finally leaves office.
Those with only a scarce understanding of Biblical prophecy know that the spirit of lawlessness precedes the coming of the “Lawless” one. (2 Thess 2: 3) The warning stages for this prophecy are behind us as we enter 2015 - it has already begun.
Europe Races to the Left and Beyond – Will America Follow?
America has seen itself as the last of the superpowers since the decline of the Soviet, that false confidence has blinded her and insulated her from seeing that power shifts are taking place all over the world which are now leaving the U.S. behind in many ways. China has surpassed our economy, Arab nations have dominated energy production and last, but by no means is least. Europe is about to emerge as the most politically left and radical confederation this world has ever seen.
While the congress and senate have taken a turn back to conservatism and Britain has shifted back to the right the rest of the world is racing, not sliding to the extreme left – to raw radicalism.
From the left wing Podemos party of Spain emerges 36 year old Pablo Iglesias, a communist who has vowed in no uncertain terms to restore Spain to total sovereignty to block EU control and her alliances with America. Iglesias announced plans to replace the not so radical neo-leftist alliances with extreme radical left leaders and thinkers. He has also made it clear that he will pull Spain out of NATO. The old post war school is not just closing – it is being burnt to the ground.
Out of Greece flies the extreme radical Alexis Tsipras on the EU political scene with connections to the Golden Dawn behind him and extremist radical views before him. Tsipras who named his son after Che Guevara has taken his SYRIZA party to the brink of power even as pundits and political prognosticators have assured everyone in the zone that he had no chance. Clearly, something greater than ‘politics as usual’ seems to be guiding him. He and the SYRIZA are on the precipice of victory. It is too soon to tell, but he should be watched in the light of biblical prophecy for all the obvious reasons. Watching the apostasy in the U.S., and the radicalism of the EU - has prophecy students on high alert.
It is safe to say that if unbelievers in general cannot see the gospel, they are bound to miss the subtle nuances of prophecy. The veil factor may keep them from seeing what they are doing and what it means to the world, but prophecy not only sees, but has the only true interpretation of what it means.
The bottom line is that prophecy sees politics, but politics remains totally blind to prophecy.
Morality is not a hot button issue – it is the deciding factor in our nation’s future
Abortion, the eradication of DOMA and the gay agenda may seem like something debated and finally settled, but they will only settle the future of the nation and nothing less. Already conservatives are debating what will make their list of top priorities for the newly elected house and senate. The Keystone pipeline, immigration and the securitization of the borders are at the top, but so far no one has mentioned abortion or the restoration of DOMA. We may think Obama’s policies are in place and unalterable, but God does not see it that way. If these mis-guided policies are left to stand we will continue to decline and suffer a full judgment as a nation.
Politicians, news organizations and pundits cannot decide the morality of our nation, only our citizenry can make that decision. In the old school of thought such changes were called repentance, revival, renewal and the end of backsliding. Can America wise up in time? That also is entirely up to us. We will soon see that if we don’t return to some old school thinking that class will soon be let out and the school will close completely.
Last Day’s Prophets are God’s Grace at Work
The promise of scripture is that in the last day’s God will once again send prophets to warn the world of impending judgment. Speaking of a time when the moon will be turned to blood and judgments will begin to fall on the earth, God promises an outpouring of his Spirit just preceding these events. Whatever the reasons some have decided that prophecy has been put to bed does not take preeminence over the promises of God for the last days. To wit:
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2: 28)
Each person called to be part of this promise can only tell what they have seen and heard. Some will have overlapping messages and yet others will have more detailed visions of what has already been revealed. Together the messages make a conglomerate that serves to warn an unsuspecting and unprepared world for what is to befall us in the last days.
I saw the complete economic collapse of our nation many years ago, but a colleague of mine recently saw a much more detailed vision of that coming collapse. We both love the Lord and hang on every word of the scriptures along with other modern day prophets and while we don’t exchange endorsements of our separate revelations we share one thing in common – we all believe in Joel 2: 28 and its obvious meaning.
It is absurd to think that God would send us founding Fathers, but no fathers to address our failing. In times of great distress and decline God has always sent his best to those he loves. True prophets are his best. The trend may be to heed only those with the feel good, cotton candy gospel, but that is only evidence of our deeply rooted proclivity to rebellion and apostasy, it is not the absence of grace.
“The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?” (Jer 5: 31)
God is a Father not a Flatterer – Don’t Look at the Mirror - Look at the Clock
Today’s false prophets and sugar candy preachers would have us to believe that we are just so beautiful to God that he can’t take his eyes off of us. We teach self-esteem in place of the gospel and America acts like a silly person who can be led around by flattery instead of being guided by the authority and care of a loving father. If we are told we are beautiful the battle is won and away we go in a wave of hidden motives buried in the heart of the charlatan. We’re like a dopey young girl whose eyes light when her handsome young beau whispers how lovely she is.
We have forgotten the rule, if we ever knew it, that, charlatans, false prophets and those with motives of gain all tell us what we want to hear – the real messengers prophets et al - tell us what we need to hear.
God surely loves every one of us but he also hates flatteries and they are never used to call his children to repentance and a life of productivity.
When Christ’s arch enemy finally approaches the world in the last days he can’t fool everyone, but those he does deceive are knocked out of the game, not by a deep complex and well hidden act of deception and skullduggery, but by mere flatteries.
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Da 11: 32)
If this nation and its present leaders don’t turn away - flatteries will leave us bereft. Our President conducts himself somewhere between the golf course and the lovely rose garden of his own imagination. Policies that are destructive and backward are sugar coated with lies and reports of how well we are really doing. Flattery is always false, but if the flatterer doesn’t know that - we are all in the very worst position imaginable.
The time for change is closing. All calls to repentance have a clock watching and the creator in wait. Whether you use the words return, restore, renew or repent, these words are meant to show us a means of making remedy, but they have a time stamp on them which is fast approaching the expiration date.
“He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” (Pr 29: 1)