America in Prophecy: Part 4 - Judgment Coming to America

by Bill Rudge

God will bring America to her knees - either in repentance, or judgment. If we are to stand as a nation, we must be on our knees as individuals.

Back in the 1980s, after much prayer, fasting and biblical research, I warned about what I saw coming: America’s decline, apostasy, persecution of Christians in America, the move to a New World Order with a one world government and monetary system, and a unified world religion. What seemed to many impossible and far removed then is now at our doorstep.

The greatest peril facing America today is that she has forsaken the LORD. God has been pushed out of our schools, government and many other facets of our culture. In 1962 prayer was removed from public schools and in 1963 the Bible was taken out. The Ten Commandments, nativity scenes, Christmas carols, crosses and prayer in Jesus name have been systematically banned – while Eastern, occult, atheistic and New Age beliefs and practices are welcomed. 

A man I had met in Haiti, visiting the U.S. for the first time a few years ago, said something simple – yet profound: “Americans have everything, but they need God.” The move to remove God from every vestige of public life is hastening our downfall. America is no longer the same America of our youth.

When our fathers and grandfathers fought to liberate Europe from brutal Nazism, who would ever have believed what America herself would become? No wonder so many older Americans have grave concern for this country and see only devastation ahead.

To destroy Biblical Christianity by blaming, opposing and neutralizing it is to destroy America! This appears to be the demonically inspired agenda of a growing number of individuals and groups both nationally and globally.

Compounding our defiance of God’s Word, American (and world) leaders are pressuring Israel to divide the land despite biblical warnings otherwise:

I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land (Joel 3:2).

America, as well as many other nations, has abandoned God’s designed institution of marriage and the family. Almost anything that is contrary to God’s nature and Scripture is being embraced. There is no remorse as idolatrous and immoral practices are becoming the norm – first merely tolerated, then accepted and now enthusiastically celebrated. Today’s generation flaunts every imaginable disgraceful behavior right in God’s face.

Persecution Is Coming to America

The day is upon us when professing Christians who do not want to face harassment, persecution, lawsuits and incarceration will distance themselves from the Jesus of the Bible and deny biblical truth. Forsaking the Lord, they will become part of the prophesied apostasy.

On the other hand (ironically) a wave of unprecedented persecution in America will wake up many sleeping Christians to become totally committed to Jesus Christ. Instead of craving the fleeting pleasures of this world, their desire will be to honor the Lord. They will willingly sacrifice anything in this life to gain the eternal inheritance Jesus promises to all who love Him and obey His Word.

Is the Wound Beyond Healing?

There came a point when Judah’s idolatry, sorcery, immorality, violence and arrogance became so prevalent that God commanded Jeremiah not even to pray for her (Jeremiah 7:16, 17). He emphatically said to Jeremiah:

Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go (Jeremiah 15:1).

Again, God tells the prophet Ezekiel:

“Son of man, if a country sins against Me by committing unfaithfulness, and I stretch out My hand against it, destroy its supply of bread, send famine against it and cut off from it both man and beast, even though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, by their own righteousness they could only deliver themselves,” declares the Lord GOD (Ezekiel 14:13, 14).

God’s judgment always eventually falls – as we have discovered concerning the fate of unfaithful Judah, who followed the abominations of the nations and defiled the house of the LORD. Although God compassionately sent emissaries, the people “continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. ... to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah” (2 Chronicles 36:16-21).

Past Judgments

Cataclysmic judgments have happened several times in the past. Consider Noah’s Flood:

Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:5; 11, 12 ).

Sodom and Gomorrah is a classic biblical example of God’s judgment. Three men appeared to Abraham – two were angels and the third was a theophany (appearance of God in human form). Genesis chapter 18 gives the following account:

And the LORD said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.” Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” So the LORD said, ‘If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account’ ” (Genesis 18:20, 23-26).

Through Abraham’s intercession the Lord agreed to spare the cities if just ten righteous people were found within Sodom. They were not, and Sodom and Gomorrah were completely destroyed.

It is erroneous to believe that God will not judge America if there are more than ten righteous people. God may not annihilate America as He did Sodom and Gomorrah, but Israel and Judah faced severe judgments even though such righteous people as Daniel, Ezekiel and Jeremiah were there. Israel went into Assyrian captivity in 722 B.C. and in 586 B.C. Judah went into Babylonian captivity. God has also judged many other nations throughout history.

The Apostle Peter confirms God’s past and future judgments:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:4-9).

Jeremiah prophesied God’s impending judgment to apostate and unrepentant Judah for 40 years before it actually happened. All that time a loving God sought to turn their hearts back to Himself. Persistent in rebellion and apostasy, Judah’s judgment finally came. Today, many do not believe God’s judgment is coming to America – but it is.

Has America Gone Too Far?

Our nation lives on borrowed money for our national debt and borrowed time from a merciful God. If America continues on her reckless way, waves of judgment will intensify intended to bring those who will to repentance, and cleanse the earth of those whose persistent rebellion, arrogance and wickedness have defiled it.

By Tuesday night on September 11, 2001, most Americans were in their homes or places of worship praying to God for help, comfort, protection, and singing “God Bless America.” People all across the nation were remorseful. It appeared our nation was unified in turning back to God.

I had hoped that spirit of repentance would be long lasting. For many it was a genuine repentance – their hearts were truly turned to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, I felt most people would soon return to their former lifestyles. And as time has indeed proven, we did not experience a true national repentance. Today, we see a nation and world given over to the unrepentant behavior foretold in Revelation – sexual immorality, violence, sorcery, idolatry, thefts and lies. Many – even in the Church – have become spiritual prostitutes by tolerating, endorsing and participating in beliefs and practices that are detestable to our Creator.

9/11 was the wake-up call to America that exposed our vulnerability. Other crises and natural disasters since that time should alert us that God’s hand of blessing and protection is being removed; that even greater calamities await us. 

Many individuals and groups are praying for the upcoming election, but is it merely a crying out to God only to bless our nation and give us what we want? Or will these prayers result in turning from the wickedness that is enveloping our society and has infiltrated the Church?

Even a national day of prayer is insufficient without the true repentance that results in a change of heart and behavior. We must not merely deal with the symptoms of our dire dilemma but address the real, underlying cause. America is having a moral heart attack and the only remedy is spiritual and moral regeneration.

Unless we as individuals, and as a nation, fall on our faces before God in true repentance, I believe that in the not too distant future, a weakened America will be brought to her knees. Our day of judgment will be severe because “from everyone who has been given much, much will be required” (Luke 12:48)

The prophet Jeremiah states:

If that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it (Jeremiah 18:8).

In Second Chronicles 7:14 God promises Israel:

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

In His mercy God may grant us more time but we must change our course before intensifying darkness on the near horizon overtakes us. While my heart hopes America will repent, my gut tells me she will not.

If the Body of Christ does not purify herself, God will allow persecution to do so. If the Church does not truly repent and clean up her act, cataclysmic judgment will come to America.

What Should We Do?

We must humble ourselves and cry out to the Lord for grace and mercy. We must modify our beliefs, words and behavior to honor Him and His Word. We must seek to reach as many people with the Gospel as possible.

We should prepare our loved ones and friends for what is coming according to Scripture. We should warn those who do not know the Lord to never take the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:13-18; 14:9-11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4).

We must fervently pray for this nation and its leaders. We should be exemplary citizens. While I am thankful to be an American, my highest allegiance is to Jesus Christ and His Word. When America diverts from God’s Word, I must stand for truth and righteousness.

Jeremiah was considered a traitor for proclaiming God’s coming judgment on his country unless they repented. He was not a traitor; he was faithful to both God and country. The real traitors were the ones who led the people into the wickedness and apostasy that resulted in the removal of God’s protection and blessing. Our commitment to God and Scripture should make us outstanding citizens because we have America’s best interests at heart.

An Ancient Prayer for America

Daniel’s powerful prayer of repentance for the people of Israel while in Babylonian captivity 2,500 years ago should be prayed today, by Americans for America. Make time to read Daniel 9:1-19 in its entirety, but here are some excerpts:

O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with all who love Him and obey His commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from Your commands and laws. You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame because of our unfaithfulness to You.

Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against You. All this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to Your truth.

Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of Your servant. Give ear, O God, and hear; open Your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears Your Name. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people bear your Name” (Daniel 9:4-19).

If the people of America pray such a prayer as this – truly repenting and returning to the Lord with all their hearts – the Lord may bless and protect once again. If not, Jeremiah’s prophetic words to Judah will befall America: “The wound is beyond healing” and will prove to be fatal.