America now appears to be at a major crossroads in its history. Unless our peoples deeply repent before God, the fabulous blessings bestowed on America and the British-descended peoples will soon come to an end!
A number of us in this Work of God have taught for many years that the Great Tribulation predicted by Jesus Christ would fall primarily on the British-descended and American peoples. For, as our booklet What's Ahead for America and Britain? proves, we are the descendants of the so called "lost ten tribes" of Israel. Both the blessings for the house of Jacob-and the prophesied PUNISHMENTS-are due our peoples. The awesome "birthright" promises were given to us-NOT to the Jewish people (see 1 Chronicles 5:2).
But now, as our nations have turned away from God and from His laws, the God of heaven has definitely indicated that He will need to give us loving CORRECTION in order to bring us back to Him. God warned our forefathers that if our peoples turned aside and began to "act corruptly" and to "do evil" in God's sight, then He would intervene to SHAKE us to our senses (Deuteronomy 4:22-25).
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed. And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you" (vv. 26-27). God said that we would be left "few" in number and would become completely idolatrous until we were truly humbled and began to "seek" Him with all of our hearts (vv. 28-29).
And when would all of this take place? "When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the LATTER DAYS, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice" (v. 30).
We are certainly now in these "latter days"! We are now capable of DESTROYING all human life on this planet as Jesus predicted in Matthew 24. We are now extremely corrupt just as the Apostle Paul predicted for the latter days in 2 Timothy 3:1: "But know this, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times will come." And so a number of factors seem to be coming together to bring about the final humbling and chastening of our peoples. In a "dual" prophecy applicable before Israel's first captivity and now again at the time of the end, God stated: "And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will break the PRIDE of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze" (Leviticus 26:18-19).
America and Britain still have power-although the British Empire is no more and America's power is already beginning to fade. But as the "little" wars in the Middle East drag on, the seething hatred of millions of Muslims in that part of the world will intensify. Almost to a man, they are now beginning to side with the Palestinians against the Jews in Israel. And America especially-as the primary benefactor and "protector" of the Jews-is looked upon with increasing contempt. In the Middle East, there have recently been many riots and public demonstrations against America. The American flag has been publicly burned and spat upon numerous times. And terrorists are now threatening major actions right here in American cities!
Will you or your loved ones become targets?
Another major threat to our national strength and prestige was revealed in America's post-election uncertainty last year. Other nations, often with weak democracies or no democracy at all, made fun of the confused and bitter process by which our new President was selected. Seeing America's fumbling attempts at practicing "democracy," they are also-bit by bit-beginning to lose the profound respect for America and its institutions which many of them held in the aftermath of World War II.
Truly, the "pride" of America's power is being broken around the world.
And IF this situation leads to political gridlock in Washington, D.C.-as many feel it will-America's prestige and power will sink even lower. As Senator John McCain said: "The likely scenario is gridlock. The other scenario is that members of both parties figure out that the American people are fed up. They don't get it-why we can't work together on issues that are important to them and their families."
Additionally, as this issue's lead article explains, America's record-shattering national debt has now reached a point where many top economists are concerned that it could lead to DISASTER. Note this quote:
"'The inevitable question raised by huge and growing trade deficits is whether this situation represents a train wreck waiting to happen,' said Ken Mayland, economist with Clear View Economics in Pepper Pike, Ohio" (San Diego Union-Tribune, November 22, 2000).
Many other prophetic situations are right now coming to the fore, including the revival of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe, foreshadowed by the fledgling European Union. But in this brief message, I want to focus all of your minds on the fact that America and our Israelitish allies are at a major crossroads. The clouds on the world horizon are getting darker. Truly, apart from a genuine, heartfelt REPENTANCE on the part of our English-speaking nations, we may be turning the last corner before the prophesied Great Tribulation strikes within the next several years.
As we have seen, when we have finally hit bottom, God prophetically instructs our peoples: "But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you SEEK Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the LATTER DAYS, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice" (Deuteronomy 4:29-30).
In the coming months and years, you will probably begin to hear and read more and more about America's national malaise. Our SINS will undoubtedly continue to increase, and God's judgments will begin to fall on us-and on our peoples in Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The confusion of this current presidential election has already led to hard feelings between our nation's liberals and conservatives. Will the increasing lack of respect for our leaders' authority result in protests, riots and a breakdown in the peace and civility that America and most of the English-speaking nations have enjoyed for so many years?
Will our trade deficit loom even larger and lead to a plummeting dollar and financial difficulties for the United States and for our major corporations? Will the European Union rush in to fill the void of American power and begin to replace the United States as the major power influencing events in the Middle East and around the world?
If we still do not repent, will our weather turn really ugly-with alternating massive floods and droughts, leading to crop losses and eventual food shortages? Will the prophesied disease epidemics begin to occur? Will immense earthquakes strike America, Canada and Britain?
My friends, all these things and more will begin to change EVERYTHING around you IF there is not a national and individual repentance before God and a willingness to obey His laws and follow His ways instead of the modernism and sheer paganism that is so often substituted for genuine Christianity.
If you are willing to listen to the words of your Creator, then read carefully and check up in your Bible on the powerful articles appearing each month in this magazine. And put forth the effort to call or write us today and enroll in the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course. This outstanding course will really help you to understand and prove to yourself God's TRUTH, if you are willing to study it with an open mind.
We in this Work are God's "Watchmen" (Ezekiel 33). As many of you already know, we are not part of the "mainstream." We will tell you what is really beginning to happen on the world scene, and what you should do about it. God in His mercy has given us genuine understanding. Let us share that understanding with you, before it is too late.