As a Christian journalist for half a century, I have always tried to steer clear of sensationalism. But when Trump says: “America faces its final battle”; David Horowitz releases a book actually titled Final Battle; Franklin Graham warns: “We’re about to lose this country”; veteran analyst Cal Thomas says he sees “the contributing factors for the collapse of a nation”; and top commentators Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly both say that Biden has plunged us into what is probably the biggest presidential scandal in our nation’s history — I have to agree and present my own assessment.
My assignment is that of a “lookout” or a “watchman” akin to those in the Bible who understood the times with knowledge of what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). I’m convinced that darkness is descending upon America.
“… Put a watchman on the city wall. Let him shout what he sees” (Isaiah 21:6 NLT). I do foresee judgment. But at the same time, God is calling us to persevere and to transform this “final battle” into something like what Churchill hoped would one day be said of the struggling British forces during World War II: “their finest hour.”
The Bible warns us about saying that “everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4 NIV). God is patient … not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9 NIV), but there comes a time when the gavel falls!
Francis of Assisi said: “All the darkness can’t extinguish the light of a single candle.” And Scripture says: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5 NIV).
Survey the spectacle of Trump’s four indictments accusing him of nearly 90 felony charges that could potentially put him in prison for over 700 years! Franklin Graham shared in a nationally televised interview with Christian commentator Greta Van Susteren that radical “progressives” are aggressively working to “inflict enough political wounds on Mr. Trump to stop him from running because the left is scared to death of him and what he’s trying to do. … [I]f he’s reelected president, he’ll throw a monkey wrench into their agenda for one world government. … [I]t’s an all-out effort as sinister and dangerous to America as 9/11.”
At the same time, 40% of the nation and 90% of the corrupt media ignore the ethics violations, lying, influence-peddling, and bribery allegations of Joe Biden, and his son and family. The man in the White House has said repeatedly that he “never discussed or had any business dealings with Hunter or any family members” — who mysteriously took in between $20 million and $30 million (from foreign adversaries like China and Russia), even as Hunter confessed on “Good Morning America” that he “had no business experience.” Millions and millions of dollars for doing virtually nothing, as Joe engaged in roughly 20 speakerphone calls on dinners and meetings tied to these matters.
Bank records reveal that after one meeting, $142,300 was wired, and the next day, payment was made for Hunter’s $142,300 luxury sports car!
Devon Archer, Hunter’s business partner, admitted that these foreigners gave because of the Biden “brand,” which was Joe aligned with his son, and not because the admittedly cocaine-addicted Hunter was in anyway experienced.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act “prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials to assist in obtaining business.”
What did Hunter mean when it was revealed on the laptop he carelessly left behind that he had told his daughter he gave 50% of what he earned to his dad?
America has become very corrupt! Also, the policies of an inept figurehead president are actively promoting Marxist, morally bankrupt agendas. The Democratic Party has wrought unprecedented and unbelievable damage to this great nation. If these people have their way, we will soon be unable to recognize the United States of America.
The present corruption level is staggering, and yet the corrupt media is silencing the story (hear the crickets?). We must heed the prophetic warning of President Ronald Reagan, who told us: “Freedom is never passed on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years, telling our children and our children’s children, what it was once like in the United States, when men were free.”
In 1787, Ben Franklin told the people that they now had “a republic — if we can keep it!”
The Rev. Billy Graham once warned that “19 of 21 civilizations that collapsed did so from within.” America is teetering on the edge, and the trajectory is now like that of the fall of Rome.
Lessons to Learn
Recall the 1834 classic The Last Days of Pompeii, which tells the story of the prosperous and proud people who declined into decadence and deception, to then encounter sudden and cataclysmic destruction. The Mount Vesuvius eruption buried them alive, as, almost overnight, toxic smoke and ash spewed some 20 miles into the air. This “City of Sin” was infamous for its brothels, sexually explicit artwork, and homosexual imagery.
Will we learn these lessons from history, or will we be condemned to repeat that history?
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven … (Hebrews 12:25 NKJV).
Is it ultimately going to take a nightmarish calamity to jolt multitudes out of complacency and passivity?
Remember Jonathan Edwards in America’s First Great Awakening, who said that the primary hindrance to revival is spiritual pride, and nothing enables us to escape but humility, genuine repentance and total dependence on God. Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow … (Psalm 107:39 NIV).
Seven Causes of a Country’s Collapse
In 1776, when America was being launched through our Declaration of Independence, historian Edward Gibbon published a classic book that served as a warning to those early colonists and which should be a warning also to us today. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire listed certain contributing factors to the collapse of that once great empire.
Here are seven factors I believe contribute to the collapse of nations.
- Moral decline, depravity, and demonic activity
- Breakdown of the family
- Corruption in government and the press/media
- Massive national debt
- Skyrocketing crime and violence
- Uncontrolled immigration and foreigners’ invasion
- A weakened military
Here’s the deal: Alongside the Civil War, America is now at its defining moment — the most dangerous and divided time in our history. Our republic and Constitution are under unprecedented assault, and we must come to grips with widespread corruption in the White House, in our political parties, in the FBI, in the Department of Justice, and in the mass media. If this is indeed the “final battle,” America can still manage to survive, if we follow all the conditions in 2 Chronicles — before the sands in the hourglass run out:
“… 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).
I beseech you as a “watchman on the wall” to respond with a sense of urgency. The gravity of our situation is very real. Will this be the “final battle,” or our “finest hour?”
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Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator for more than 50 years, an IFA board member, a bestselling author, and a public-policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Hear his weekly podcast here. Photo Credit: Getty Images.