Jun 21, 2010
Why Is America a Snake-Bitten Nation?
We seem to live in a time when everything that can go wrong has done so. Our
run of bad luck reminds me of the play Pippin, in which King Charles proclaims,
"It's smarter to be lucky than it's lucky to be smart."
Bad luck can only occur for so long before the odds require it to change. If
misfortune persists, there has to be some controlling factor that guides the
events. We have been stricken with such frequency that it is long overdue for
our nation to reflect on the nature of our problems. Consider the following
1. We currently have the worst oil spill in our nation’s history. According
to government estimates of daily flow figures, anywhere from 73.5 million to 126
million gallons gushed from the breached wellhead—whether that crude spilled
into the water or was captured. In case you were wondering, like me, whether the
oil might run out, there are still 2.1 billion gallons in the reservoir. The
vast majority of the released oil is still in the Gulf. Even if the flow were
stopped today, the consequences of the spill would continue to mount for years
2. There has been a spate of negative weather events. Tennessee was hit with
a massive amount of rainfall, shattering numerous all-time records. There was
also a deluge in western Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City being the hardest hit.
Last week, folks in Minnesota saw the most number of tornadoes they had ever
seen in a single day: On June 17, there were 31 twisters, topping the old record
of 27 set on June 16, 1992. And in Arkansas, just down the road from Terry and
me, a flash flood killed more than 20 campers at a state park.
3. It is well known that our federal government is facing a host of debt
problems. The financial trouble goes right to the bedrock of our nation. San
Diego and Detroit are on opposite scales from each other. The first has an
economy-based defense, tech manufacturing, and tourism, while the Second City is
a rust-bowl city with heavy ties to the automobile industry. Both cities are on
the verge of bankruptcy. San Diego is being weighed down by an under-funded
retirement and health system. Detroit is literally rotting away. There are now
10,000 abandoned homes in Detroit that the city managers want to tear down and
turn into empty lots.
4. Our foreign policy has become a slow-motion train wreck. The war in
Afghanistan is now the longest in our nation’s history. European heads of state
are starting to doubt America's ability to be a global leader. Opposition to key
aspects of U.S. foreign policy remains pervasive in the Muslim world. While
America’s favorability rating in Egypt has dropped from 27 percent to 17
percent, nut jobs like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are able to travel the globe and make
new friends simply because they are enemies of the U.S.
Commentators are now starting to say that Barack Obama's presidency is
looking much like the disastrous term experienced by Jimmy Carter. There is one
big difference: Obama was a Jimmy Carter even before he took office. American
voters knew his record before he took office.
Many prophecy students would cite our treatment of Israel as the key reason
we are lately such a snake-bitten nation. They base this assessment on Genesis
12:1-3: "I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a
blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth
thee." I generally agree, but I don’t think it is as automatic as some claim. In
other words, I don't believe that if our government does something on Monday, a
calamity will necessarily strike us on Tuesday.
It's hard to deal with a problem when you don't know it exists. To the carnal
mind, these four examples seem to have no connection to each other. Until enough
people realize that there is a God with the power to grant and withdraw favors,
the source of our "bad luck" will remain a mystery.
The current mindset in our nation is "wait until election day when we can
throw the bums out and change our political course." We just got done playing
musical chairs by switching from Republicans to Democrats. Until our nation gets
back to choosing Jesus as our spiritual leader, the snakes of misfortune will
continue to bite.
Sea and Waves Roaring in Gulf Gaffe
Let me begin by stating that I don't see Jesus' prophecy in His Olivet
Discourse fulfilled in the Gulf oil fiasco. However, the process of fulfillment
has begun, I believe. The prophecy to which I refer is the following: "And there
shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth
distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring" (Lk.
It is obvious that the many people of the Gulf region are roaring in their
distress--and rightfully so. The term "sea" is often used symbolically or
figuratively rather than literally in biblical language. This is especially true
in biblical prophecy. For example, in Revelation, John uses the term "sea" as
follows: "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of
the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and
upon his heads the name of blasphemy" (Rev. 13:1). Later, John prophesies about
another beast: "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon" (Rev. 3:11).
These references, of course, are to the political leader who will be
Antichrist in the first instant, and to the False Prophet who will be his
sidekick--his John the Baptist--in the second. Antichrist comes out of the sea;
the False Prophet comes out of the earth, or land.
Antichrist "coming out of the sea" refers to the sea of peoples of the
world--the Gentile world (non-Jewish world). The second beast, the False
Prophet, comes out of the earth. This, most of the Pre-Trib view of Bible
prophecy believe, means this character will come out of the land of
promise--that given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by God. Many are convinced he
will be a Jew.
While the sea of humanity that this terrible accident so adversely affects is
roaring in distress, the Gulf gusher is but a token of things to come. The
Tribulation hour is looming just ahead in the murkiness of these strange times.
What leaps at the observer of the days in which we live--those who do so
through the prism of God's prophetic word--is the swiftness of the global,
in-our-faces grab for power so unabashedly inflicted. And, it is done
overwhelmingly against the wishes of the American people. If I didn't absolutely
know better from intensive study and prayer, I might join some of the wonderful,
but not fully informed, folks whose emails I've received over the months since
the last presidential inauguration.
These believe Barack Hussein Obama to be the prime candidate for the first
beast of Revelation 13. He isn't, of course, although I've been called at least
twice by The Daily Show trying to get me to say he is, so John Stewart can have
his version of fun with us Christian types. When I told them I believe that Mr.
Obama is not the Antichrist, they have asked me on each occasion to give them
the name of someone--from among my colleagues, I presume--who does think he fits
The sea of humanity is indeed roaring, both here and around the globe. Not to
the extent it will be in the coming Tribulation years, but it is roaring
nonetheless, while governments seem to be striving almost deliberately to
prevent people from working, in order to create a dependent class on a global
scale. In this sense, the situation is in a very real way the stage-setting for
fulfillment of prophecy, I think.
Economic desperation has the people and the world beginning to "roar in
distress." This is a major birth-pang convulsion, in my view.
In these commentaries, we have detailed the many facets of America's
multi-trillion indebtedness. We have chronicled Europe's even-deeper slide into
the fiscal morass of these strange times. The Gulf oil spill and ensuing madness
just exacerbate the conditions in which we find ourselves, and the sea roars
ever louder. Rioting over socialistic largesse being withdrawn illustrates the
addiction to the proverbial "free lunch" among those on the government feeding
spigot. Others in Europe and Asia roar with demands that their freebies be
restored. There has been bloodshed in some cases, and the nations are in
perplexity as to how to assuage the collective anger.
And now the president of the United States has made the brilliant decision to
pile on the good people of the Gulf region who have been, perhaps
catastrophically, damaged by the British Petroleum oil spill. His presidential
edict seems to me not a bad decision by an incompetent, but a calculated
geopolitical move to begin the process of instituting his agenda and that of the
globalists-elite to bring the U.S. under a larger governance.
Remember the words of the president's chief of staff, who said that a crisis
is something that must not be wasted. We saw and heard his boss put those words
into action Tuesday evening, June 15, from the Oval Office. He went--in not a
subtle way at all--from talking about how the people of the Gulf were suffering
and how BP would pay to how it all means that America must convert to "green"
energy. The agenda is still to deal dictatorially with global warming--or
climate change, as the liberal ideologues now call it. Obama declared a
moratorium on offshore drilling, thus making it certain that the Gulf population
will suffer. In addition to the environmental and tourist impact, as well as the
loss to the fishing industry, none of the oil production jobs of the region will
exist any longer.
There is method to the madness, even if this president and the pundits who
rant in every confused direction can't see it all in terms of the biblically
prophetic picture. There is a supreme crisis that is welling--not just in the
Gulf of Mexico, but throughout the world. The sea is beginning to roar in
increasing waves of volume and violence.
The crisis-storm will break in full fury, I'm convinced, when the Rapture
takes the church to heaven, and the conscience of mankind is no longer
restrained by the Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul foretold the following in that
The mystery of iniquity doth already work: Only he who now letteth will let,
until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom
the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thes. 2:7-10)
When the Holy Spirit, resident within the church--the body of believers--no
longer restrains evil in mankind as before the Rapture, Antichrist will have the
"roaring sea" crisis that he will use to enslave most of the planet. The
stage-setting process for that ultimate prophetic eventuality is well underway.