What’s Going On in America?
Summary: There’s a period of great turmoil and uncertainty developing in America, resulting in numerous blows that totally overwhelm the nation, so it’s important for us to know what is happening and why. This isn’t a gloom-and-doom message, rather a “heads up” alert of major changes facing us. Actually, this may be the American church’s finest hour; and yours and mine if we respond properly.
Note: This article is not a Bible study but is based on what Larry believes the Lord has shown him about America.
Page Contents (updated January 1, 2016)
The Big Picture: God’s Kingdom vs Satan’s
The End Times
Increasing Spiritual Conflict
The American Church
How This Relates to Us
Many Christians say God will judge America because we took prayer out of our schools, export pornography worldwide, approved gay marriage and so on. God doesn’t judge a nation today because of sin as he did under the old covenant. We live under the new covenant of grace and Jesus paid the price for the sin of the whole world. In his grace, God empowers us to overcome our personal sin, enables us to do the work he called us to do and provides all the resources we need.
However, because the American church collectively and we Christians individually have failed to honor our covenant relationship with him, God is temporarily and gradually withdrawing his blessing and protection, making us vulnerable to the natural consequences of our own actions. If we, the American church, had been doing what we should for the last 100 years or so, we wouldn’t be facing most of the problems we’re experiencing or seeing develop today. We’ve failed to represent God properly. In the absence of life and righteousness from the church, corruption and evil are increasing in our culture. What else should we expect? God isn’t withdrawing his blessing and protection from our nation because sinners are acting sinfully, rather because of the spiritual and moral decay among American Christians. We’ve rejected the truths that would set us free and settled for a cultural Christianity that may look like a church but has no power.
In the following sections, I summarize what I believe God has said to me over the years about America’s future. This isn’t a gloom-and-doom message, though it may sound like one; it’s insight to what’s really going on in America and what we can do about it. I believe the best days are ahead for the American church, if we respond properly to God’s warnings.
There are two spiritual kingdoms in operation on earth. God’s kingdom is within those who have accepted Jesus as Savior, while Satan functions as the god of this age. True Christians embrace God’s nature and ways, and the world embraces Satan’s.
God chooses to let Satan attack so he might totally destroy his works and even use the process to mature, train and strengthen Christians. God uses everything to advance his kingdom and make us more like him, even the enemy’s efforts.
He works through seemingly weak people to overpower the strong and the seemingly foolish to decimate the ones who consider themselves wise, because his power and authority alone are sufficient to win the victory. God Almighty is the champion and there is no one like him.
While it may appear that Satan is becoming more powerful and successful, God’s unlimited, overwhelming power will totally crush him and those who side with him. Satan has no real hope for victory, but he’s full of vanity and believes his own lies. The deceiver has deceived even himself, but his plans and abilities are laughable compared to God’s. By comparison, Satan is an absolute failure. If we could see him from God’s perspective, we’d see how pathetic he really is.
God is about to unleash some things on the earth never seen before – some will be blessings and some will be the natural consequences of sin. He must prepare the earth and world system for his kingdom, and there are some major changes and events which must occur. Don’t be disturbed by what you are about to see, for it is all in his control. He is Lord God Almighty and what he does, no one can stop; what he opens, no one can close; what he speaks, no one can silence. Keep your focus on him and how he is fulfilling his will.
He’s set broad boundaries and given latitude for a long time, allowing men to express themselves, make their own decisions and experience the consequences. This next phase will be different because it will be a time for allowing sinfulness to mature. Sin always corrupts and destroys. Because man is the ruler of the physical realm, people’s authority makes things happen throughout the universe; both directly and indirectly. Every action produces cascading effects and all of creation reverberates with them. The upcoming events may seem like God’s judgment of sin, but in reality they’re warnings and therefore redemptive in nature; that is, redemptive judgment.
Watch Israel closely and be aware of Islam’s effects on the world scene, because these are the major players.
The day is rapidly approaching, however, when Jesus will return to make his rightful legal claim on the physical realm and everything will conform to his will. Everything he declares will happen, just as surely as his word brought creation into existence.
Many times God uses visions and prophecies to show what will happen unless people repent. But not this time. What he has said will happen because the earth-dwellers have totally abandoned him. Christians haven’t done much better, but there is a core of believers whose hearts are on fire for him and he’ll protect them and use them in ways that will astound them.
America has turned its back on God and his ways, and has become obstinate. He won’t continue blessing a people who continue to resist him. Instead, he’s beginning to withdraw his favor and protection, allowing the enemy to attack and afflict as he requested. His highest priority is to get the attention of those who think they’re God’s family but think and live like the world; their mediocrity is repulsive to God and the desire of Satan.
America is becoming a stench in Europe and Asia’s nostrils and they will fiercely oppose anything American. It’s part of God’s plan to restructure the world for the coming world dictator and lower America from its arrogant ways. Just like ancient Israel, America has become arrogant and unwilling to serve others. Americans want to indulge themselves and play while the world is crying out for its help. No more. America will no longer be a world power and its fall from influence will happen quickly. We’re seeing the initial trembling now, the tremors that precede the collapse. Our nation will continue to exist, but significant internal changes are about to happen and the entire culture will become radically different.
Don’t be fearful, but also don’t be naive. America’s fall from world power will be complete. God is patient to a point and he will not continue to bless those who ignore him, worship their own gods and go their own way. Don’t be anxious about anything, because he will care for and protect those who turn to him. But devastation is coming and it will be terrible.
There won’t be a single decisive cause for America’s fall; there will be one blow after another, each hitting a different area of vulnerability until Uncle Sam can no longer stand, and he will fall totally overwhelmed by the ferocity and magnitude of the assaults. We’ll experience a wide variety of problems: government failures, terrorist and military attacks – possibly including an EMP attack – civil unrest, extreme self indulgence, self destruction, economic turmoil, major earthquakes, extreme weather, and more.
Basic systems in society will collapse and many public services will be abandoned for lack of funding and overwhelming problems. The nation’s infrastructure will crumble due to financial problems, including transportation and utilities.
The world is already looking for substitutes for the American dollar, which will cause our currency to become virtually worthless. The only value it has had recently is the world’s commitment to use it as a reserve currency; that is now ending.
It will appear that even nature has gone wild, with devastating hurricanes and earthquakes, water resources suddenly changing location or drying up, rivers rerouted by landslides and earthquakes, crops destroyed by pests and diseases immune to man’s artificial controls. Many will claim it’s all the result of anthropogenic climate change, but it will instead be spiritually-induced and will wreak havoc on food supplies.
The nation will fall suddenly and completely from world power to virtual oblivion. People will still have jobs and be able to earn a living, but the standard of living will be drastically different. All the “toys” people struggle for today will lie abandoned in heaps because they will have no value. Those who relied on their investments to give them a life of luxury and indulgence will struggle to earn enough to buy basic foods.
Some of the future events are unavoidable, but not all of them are and their severity and duration will be determined by Christians’ responses. If we will humble ourselves, pray, seek his face and turn from our own wicked ways, then the extent of the damage will be reduced.
This judgment is not for destruction, but for correction and repentance. Although Christians will call out to God, there will not be significant, long term changes in the nation’s policies or the people’s behavior.
The spiritual war will escalate rapidly and there will be open conflicts in the streets; not with guns or brute physical force, but with authority opposed to rebellion, true power opposed to imagery. The enemy will do nothing new, only be more brazen about it. But we will see divine miracles that have never been seen before throughout human history.
People will live in despair and try to numb themselves by engaging in every form of indulgent and destructive behavior. Out of a sense of desperation and futility, they will abandon all restraints, throw off all standards of acceptable behavior, deliberately violate laws, and abuse others verbally and physically. They will live by their most basic desires and instincts in total depravity. Due to the darkness of their own spirits, people will embrace the ultimate darkness as enlightenment and the ultimate bondage as liberty. We must guard ourselves because the culture is about to be flooded with all forms of perversion and ungodliness.
Sin in all its vile forms will explode on the scene as people try to numb their senses. The selfish attitudes of recent generations will cause people to throw tantrums because they can’t have what they want. They will destroy, assault and kill, just like their father Lucifer. American society will become increasingly dangerous. There will be a period of great danger, and anarchy will rule in many large cities, but God’s people will be safe if they trust in him. They will be affected by the calamity, but not destroyed.
You see, God must allow corruption to mature so it shocks the sensibilities of even the most immature believers, causing them to turn to him. If they continue to embrace the world as it becomes increasingly evil, they’ll have made their choice to abandon him. If instead they’re sickened by the revolting sinfulness around them and turn to God for help as he intends, he’ll gladly purify, strengthen and protect them.
Most Americans have substituted government for God. They want the government to protect them from all harm, guarantee their income even in retirement, and generally take care of them. That is why the government must be brought down and shown to be ineffective; it’s incapable of being god and the true God won’t share his glory with anyone. People will riot because federal, state and local governments will fail.
Elected officials won’t be able to counter what God allows to happen. It really doesn’t matter – in the long term – who wins elections because the meaningful activity is in the spiritual realm, now that our national destiny has been set and God’s plan for the end times has begun. Public officials, from the administrative clerk to the president, may do their best, but the winds of judgment and purification will blow away everything they do. While government actions and regulations often cause unintended consequences, this will be especially true during this phase and the results will be severe.
While our nation collapses and becomes almost non-functional, God’s kingdom will explode on the scene. While sin will abound among the pagans, his righteousness will abound among his people. While chaos and anarchy reign in the streets, his power and kingdom will reign in his people’s hearts and lives. Destruction will be prevalent and his people will flourish. Crime will skyrocket and holiness will thrive. Two kingdoms will be openly expressing themselves through their citizens and there will be open conflict between the two; one relying on natural means, the other on spiritual means; one advocating sinful indulgence, the other growing in Christlikeness. Then, when everything has been completed and grown to maturity, God will bring it all to an end.
This will be judgment designed to turn people to God, not to destroy them. If he wanted to destroy those who reject him and his ways, he could simply step back and allow them to experience the full consequences of their choices, because sin is totally devastating. We don’t realize how much he’s protecting and sustaining the world we live in. Without his constant intervention, this world would self-destruct. The events we’re about to experience are not extraordinary in their occurrence; only in their magnitude, location and timing.
This will not be God’s wrath, which he is reserving for destruction of the world system on the Day of the Lord. Instead, this is his temporary and redemptive judgment.
The problems we see in America today – fiscal uncertainty, skyrocketing debt, increasing divorce rate, terrorist threats, increasing decadence, cultural polarization, intolerance, escalating violence and hostility – are only symptoms. The real issue is the state of the church.
The judgment coming on America is due largely to the ineffectiveness of the American church. God loves us too much to allow us to struggle and suffer under worldliness. It’s his love and compassion that motivate him to refine his people. We’re in bondage to destruction and decay, yet think we’re free and prosperous.
Our nation will collapse as the result of internal decay – spiritual and moral decay among American Christians. The external blows will precipitate the collapse, but it is the internal weakness that will cause the fall. If our nation were spiritually strong, nothing would take it down. But most Christians are lazy and self-indulgent, spiritual infants unwilling to follow God.
The battle between the kingdoms will become very visible and we Christians aren’t ready because we’re preoccupied with earthly life. We need to be thinking about God’s kingdom, or we won’t understand what is about to happen and we’ll become afraid and of little value because we’ll be immobilized by the cares of life. We’ll be more concerned about protecting our belongings and reputations than about serving God.
The spiritual war between kingdoms will erupt on the social and civil scenes, and there will be violence against ministries and churches; not all ministries and churches, but some. True believers will meet secretly in many cities.
There will be all-out spiritual warfare throughout the world, including America, more intense and widespread than ever before. God’s people – both Jews and Christians – will seem overwhelmed with oppression, hatred and even physical attacks, but they will not have to defend themselves, because he will deal with those who oppose them.
God is setting up our mutual enemy for his defeat and preparing us so we can participate. At times, it may appear the enemy is prevailing and some of us are paying for their faith with their lives. But this is part of God’s strategy, too. Not only do martyrs bring him glory by honoring him more than their lives, their deaths prove that his sentence is just, that the enemy deserves exactly what he will receive. Though some will die during this time of turmoil and judgment, they will live forever and nothing will harm them. Though some will lose everything they own, they will enjoy all that God has. Though people will reject them, he will embrace them. Though they will be treated like outcasts, they will rule with him over the nations. Though they become the focus of abuse and ridicule and torment, they will receive honor and glory from him. They will lose nothing of value because this world has nothing of value to give.
Each person has a role and the church at large will need each person’s contribution. So it’s essential that each Christian understand what is happening and why, what their role is, how to work with God and other believers, and how to withstand the ungodly assaults they will experience.
As wickedness ramps up, grace will explode in those who love him and they will have everything they need to do the work he’s given them. He’s allowing sin to increase so that every being – humans, angels, demons and all other creatures – can see the devastation caused by sin and will confess that in his holiness he is justified in destroying all who embrace it. He is patient and also just.
Those who haven’t strengthened themselves in the Lord will fall and their end will be terrible. Some will enter his eternal kingdom but lose everything they gained in life; they will finish the race but will have nothing to show for it. Others will totally abandon him when things turn sour because he’s no longer satisfying their carnal desires. They will be lost; in fact, it will be worse for them in the end than if they had never been believers.
The secular church will continue to embrace the world system and promote a corrupted gospel. True believers and churches will be vilified, condemned, ridiculed and even denied basic rights, but they’ll grow spiritually and transform into his image with ever-increasing glory. He’ll work mightily through them and all the earth will acknowledge they’re his holy people, even while it rejects and persecutes them.
God has done all he can do and said everything he can say. It’s up to us to turn from the wickedness and self-indulgence of the world in which we live and turn to him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
God’s refining his people all over the world so they will provide life, light and hope during the coming time of death, darkness and hopelessness. This is the “big push,” when the conflict between the two kingdoms will erupt and everyone will have to decide finally and forever whom they will serve.
The dividing curtain between the spiritual and physical realms will seem to disappear and everyone from both realms will actively engage in the conflict. Violence, abuse, perversion and every form of evil will seem to be out of control. But God’s people will revolt against evil in their own lives and yearn for righteousness, and as they become more like him, the world will hate them even more.
As we seek his face, he’ll give us the resources we need – ideas, inventions, finances and materials – to do the work he ordained. We’ll be both despised and honored; despised by those who love the world and honored by those whom we bless.
Don’t be afraid of the calamities coming upon the world and America in particular. They are nothing compared to the glory God’s prepared for his people. The future will be devastating to earth-dwellers, but it will finish the cleansing work he’s doing in those he loves. This will be the most challenging, exciting and fulfilling time of their lives.
It’s true we’ve seen food multiplied, diseases healed, limbs restored and shattered lives made whole. But what we’re about to experience will be thousands of times greater in magnitude and frequency. We’ll be ecstatic when we see God destroy the enemy’s work.
We’re about to see miracles unprecedented in history for their magnitude and frequency. There will be a mighty release of God’s Spirit as believers worldwide turn to him in desperation. As human systems fail, they will rediscover the Holy Spirit’s power, which will dwarf the greatest of all human achievements. “Blatant miracles” will become commonplace and the extraordinary will become typical among believers. His power will completely overshadow the severity of the world’s problems for those who are willing to call out to him and receive his blessing.
The absolute depravity, hopelessness and turmoil will cause an inconceivable fear in the hearts of those who trust themselves and human solutions. Through those events, God will be making the strongest possible plea for everyone to turn to him.
The circumstances in the upcoming phase will seem totally hopeless and will cause people to be paralyzed with fear – common people and leadership alike. No one will seem to have answers. World systems will be in chaos; governments, societies and economies. The earth itself will convulse as if nauseous from the evil that has come upon it; weather, tectonic plates and oceans. All this will reflect turmoil in the spiritual realm, the conflict between the kingdoms. When people see spiritual beings released upon the earth, they’ll embrace every form of perversion to self-medicate, to reduce the overwhelming fear and hopelessness.
I call this a phase instead of a period because the important thing about it is what it will accomplish rather than how long it will last. It will last several years – as many as ten, depending on how we respond – but its purpose is primarily two-fold: (1) to demonstrate God’s glory in the midst of catastrophe, and (2) to purify us and help prepare us for our eternal roles in his kingdom.
The next Great Awakening is beginning now in ordinary people scattered across the nation and it will grow into a major spiritual movement, greater in size and impact than even the great movements of the twentieth century. At the same time, however, great persecution will arise unlike anything in recent American history, as intense as the conflict related to slavery, but it will be a spiritual conflict evident in every aspect of society and culture. We’ll see open hostility to every form of morality and righteousness, a demonically-inspired revulsion against God and his people. But God will use the enemy’s worst efforts to produce the best results in true believers, who will see the sheer danger of flirting with sin and turn to God with all their hearts. Even those who seem least likely will be victorious over sin in their lives and the culture around them. As we’re refined, we’ll reject the “great American dream” and embrace kingdom reality, willingly exchanging materialism and self-indulgence for spiritual maturity and glory.
God’s withdrawing some of his protection, mercy and blessing as discipline on his people; not as judgment for the sins of the ungodly, because that will come later. We, the church, have become complacent and developed a culture of self-gratification, enjoying his blessings as if they were the works of our own hands. We serve ourselves and observe Christian rituals instead of honoring him.
The perilous times we’re now entering will turn God’s people back to him; they’ll respond to the fearful events and flood of sin by rushing to him. He’ll be their refuge and strength, and will protect them from the enemy who seeks to destroy everything. Those who love him and long to see his face will flourish during that time, prospering in every aspect of life because they focus on his kingdom and righteousness. It’s essential we prepare ourselves spiritually now for the treacherous and dangerous times ahead; otherwise we’ll likely be overwhelmed by evil and our love will grow cold.
The darkness and foul stench of sin’s destruction will fill the earth, but the glory, power and purity of God’s presence in his people will outshine it all and cleanse everyone who turns to him. Satan’s greatest efforts will be nothing compared to what God will accomplish through the people who love him.
God created the universe and declared it his own, and the enemy, the accuser, the devil is determined to tear it all from God’s control and destroy it. That’s his goal, as foolish as it sounds, but he will never succeed. God is the Almighty and no one even comes close to being like him. No one can prevail against him. No one has even the slightest chance of setting aside what he’s declared. He’s given us authority over all the power of the evil one and nothing will harm us.
The best days are still ahead for the true church, that core of believers who center their lives on God and serve him with their entire being.
As we return to God in humility and repentance, he’ll restore us individually, but the fate of our nation is sealed and cannot be changed. He placed us here for this moment in history and intends to use us in these last days.
We have nothing to fear if we lean on our heavenly Father. The issue isn’t whether circumstances are pleasant or difficult, but whether we are utterly dependent on him by choice. We’ll be ready for the perilous times ahead as long as we stay in God’s word and presence. We must turn to him for everything, live in complete dependence upon him and conform ourselves to his nature and ways. Then it really doesn’t matter what the future brings because he will provide everything we need, including the ability to do what he asks.
It’s essential that we get our thinking off of worldly things and strongly resist being preoccupied with earthly life, the world’s condition, the culture and ways of doing things. This is a totally foreign environment, deadly to our true nature if we give in to its enticements. Its pollution and corruption will deface his image in us and alter our nature. If we continue to think as the world does and share the world’s values, we’ll suffer like the earth-dwellers. But if we transform our minds, we’ll see his glory and share its benefits. Perspective is the key.
There will be a distinction between the kingdoms that will be obvious to everyone. No more hazy, gray areas in which everyone can feel comfortable, both sinner and saint alike. God’s calling us out of the world system, to live exclusively in his kingdom though we physically still reside on earth.
We don’t need to be concerned for the future because he’ll show us what to do and deliver us out of all that happens – through the middle of it, through the flames, through the destruction that will be all around us. Thousands may fall around us, but we will not be harmed because he’ll shelter those who trust in him.
God will work through us in ways we couldn’t imagine, even if he were to tell us now. But step by step he’ll prepare us and propel us into our destiny. We’ll be awed at what he’s about to do in both the physical and spiritual realms.
God is showing us what’s ahead and how we should prepare ourselves. He doesn’t want us to be either fearful or oblivious. He wants us ready to engage in the final great outpouring by leading unbelievers to him and serving those who need help. It’s time for everyone to be involved and on fire for him.
If we turn to God and allow him to purify us now, the coming hardships will not have as much impact on us. It will be much more painful if we wait until the collapse and have to make the changes under great stress. If God were to use us without first preparing us, we would be vulnerable to personal spiritual failure and he loves us too much to allow that.
I have a sense of encouragement about this, not because I enjoy hardship – which I don’t – but because I’m tired of business as usual and want to see God gloriously and powerfully at work in every part of our world.
I also anticipate us fulfilling our God-given destinies and experiencing him working through us to advance his kingdom and destroy the enemy’s works. I can’t describe how much I want to see him do that through every one of us. But I realize it can only happen if we are serious about serving him.
I invite you to join me by committing yourself completely to your part in God’s plan.
A description of God’s judgment of America
- God is beginning to withdraw his favor and protection from America because American believers have turned their backs on him and his ways
- Most American Christians trust themselves and the government to meet their needs
- Judgment is allowing sinfulness to mature and produce natural consequences
- Judgment on America is not for destruction, but for correction and repentance
- This is not God’s wrath, which is reserved for the Day of the Lord
- God’s eyes are continually on those believers who are on fire for him, who constantly look to him
Numerous blows totally overwhelm the U.S.
- Major unintended problems from government actions and regulations
- Collapse of the dollar
- Major hurricanes
- Severe earthquakes
- Military attacks
- Terrorist attacks
- Weather extremes
- Crop failures
- Failure of some water resources
Effects on the Nation
- The nation will collapse and become almost nonfunctional
- It will not be destroyed, but life will be radically different
- Spiritual war will erupt on the social and civil scenes
- There will be violence against ministries and churches
- Anarchy, chaos, crime and destruction will be prevalent
- Basic systems and public services will collapse or be abandoned due to lack of funding and overwhelming problems
- The infrastructure will crumble, especially transportation and utilities
Effects on Individuals
- People will have jobs, but the standard of living will be drastically different
- People will struggle to buy basic foods
- People will despair and try to numb themselves with every form of indulgent and destructive behavior; total depravity will result
- Human strength and ingenuity will be totally inadequate
Effects on Christians
- This will be the church’s finest hour as believers spread God’s grace in all its forms to those in need
- God’s people will be righteous and holy, and will flourish
- As wickedness ramps up, God’s grace will explode in believers and they will have everything they need to do his work
- Calamities will finish cleansing God’s people of worldly attitudes and ways of thinking
- Those who haven’t strengthened themselves in God will fall; some will finish the race but have nothing to show for it, while others will abandon him and become eternally lost
- God will work through true believers
- We must turn from wickedness and self-indulgence; turn to God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength
- The best days are still ahead for the true church