A disastrous fire broke out in the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel in November, 1980, claiming 85 lives. It was the second worst hotel blaze in American history.
Fire investigators later determined that the fire had begun in an electrical wall conduit long before the flames appeared. It had actually started six years before. It had grown slowly…inexorably…smoldering to the flash-point, building up tremendous heat until it burst into a blinding sheet of flame travelling 485 feet in 19 seconds.
The sins that brought Israel’s fall in 722 BC and Judah’s in 586 BC had long been festering in the nation. Before Babylonians incinerated the Temple, sin had burned out Israel’s vitals. The capture of the city was just the visible expression of the disaster expanding within her over the years.
We often find that troubles seem to instantly appear. When carefully investigated, however, it’s found that all the ingredients for a recipe of turmoil had existed long before. They had combined in secret, slow growth that eventually burst into view as division: in a church, divorce in a marriage, trouble with the kids, being fired from a job, or the fall of a nation.
2015 America began in 1950’s America. 1950’s America began in the war years of 1941-1945. Not before in our history (a subject covered in the writer’s coming E-book Factors That Have Secularized American Life), had war been such a divisive factor. Those of us who were young adults in the 1960’s, in graduate schools and preaching, sensed the ominous changes in the country’s values, music, and morals. With better hindsight of the 1950’s, we could have anticipated the 1960’s. At least now, with the hindsight of the 40 last years of the 20th century, we can understand the depraved nature in the 21st century. It’s an ugly sight, but we can see why America is now a past-ripe fruit over-ready to be picked, awaiting only God’s timing to drop it into tribulation.
Of all people, Christians shouldn’t be surprised at the judgment coming to America. But count on it; many of them will be among the most vocal critics of God’s wrath when he expresses it.