Can those in the USA/UK see the Handwriting on the Wall?

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By COGwriter

Are things truly well in the USA, the UK, and other Anglo-nations? Will they continue to lead the world economically? Are there signs that should be obvious to many? What might any of this have to do with the 'handwriting on the wall' that the Bible teaches about? (Here is a link to a related YouTube video Can you see the 'Handwriting on the Wall'?)

The State of the USA and the Anglo-descended nations

Once per year, the President of the United States must give what is called the 'State of the Union' address before the Congress of the USA. In it, presidents basically try to say some good things and explain some things that they hope to work on and/or accomplish.

Normally, the State of the Union speech is intended to be somewhat upbeat.

But what is the true spiritual state of the USA? And how is that affecting its economic might?

Ever since the USA considered legalizing abortions, it began been losing its position as the world's leading lender. And actually, the USA is now the greatest debtor nation of all time (read Abortion, the Bible, and a Woman's Right to Choose some may also, or instead, wish to view the YouTube video Abortion, the Bible, and US Debt).

As the USA has increased its acceptance of the homosexual agenda (The Bible Condemns Homosexuality) and celebrity pornography (read Pornography: A scourge on society some may also, or instead, wish to view the YouTube video Pornography: Harmless Fun or a Scourge on Society?), it has increased its federal deficit as well as implemented policies such as quantitative easing that devalue its dollar.

The Bible only supports marriage as being between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-5) and encourages modesty (1 Timothy 2:9), not lust (Jeremiah 13:26-27; Matthew 5:27-28) or pursuing 'strange flesh' (Jude 7). And it is not just the USA, Canada and New Zealand have legalized homosexual marriage and the UK and Australia are moving in that direction. The Bible also endorese being sober (1 Peter 5:8), something that drunkards (Deuteronomy 29:19; see also Binge Alcohol Drinking and the Bible) and marijuana users have real problems with (see also Marijuana: Should a Christian Get High?).

As far as pornography goes, on November 19, 2013, I read about two female celebrities wearing see-through dresses.  The media was trying to determine which one looked best. Shortly thereafter (on the same day), I read (did not see) a headline about some other female celebrity who wore a see-through dress and did so without wearing any underwear. That same day I read that some other female celebrity decided to do be on some singer's video topless. These were all USA/UK celebrities (Note: I was not looking for any of these type of stories--all I was doing was my normal news review to look for what news to comment on.) Earlier in November 2013, I read that more and more are looking into spray on clothes.  Essentially, some type of body paint that some will consider to be clothing. Painted nudity. And a couple of weeks ago, I read about an American female singer who decided to perform all or part of her concert totally nude.  And on national television, a different American female singer wearing a short skirt, bent over in front of a male singer and pretended to imitate sexual intercourse--this did not ruin her career, it made her more famous, which is a big part about why others are imitating her in their own ways. The trend is not good. Some have even suggested that inclusion of animals in some of this will happen--this may be--and is not good (Leviticus 18:23). None of this bodes well for the USA.

Furthermore, in the USA, essentially the US Federal Government and Federal Reserve print up more and more 'pledges' that are dishonest 'profits' that are not truly intended to be paid back.

The Bible does not look favorably upon these actions and warns of destruction:

13 “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst. 14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you. 16 You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 22:13-16)

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry…5 Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man… 6 “Will not all these take up a proverb against him, And a taunting riddle against him, and say, ‘Woe to him who increases What is not his–how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges’? 7 Will not your creditors rise up suddenly? Will they not awaken who oppress you? And you will become their booty. 8 Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you (Habakkuk 2:3,5,6-8).

US debt, combined with programs such as the Federal Reserves’ quantitative easing, are sending signals to the rest of the world that the US dollar needs to be replaced as the world’s primary reserve currency.  And from China to Russia to the Middle East to Europe and elsewhere, various world leaders are moving to replace the USA dollar’s position.  This will hurt the economy of the USA over 100 times as much as quantitative easing has helped it. I would also add that the on a per capita basis the UK is one of the most indebted nations of all time.

US President Obama in 2014 took steps to make dealing in marijuana easier (see Obama Administration relaxes financial restrictions for marijuana sellers), and this looks like it may lead to greater use and legalization of that intoxifying substance (see also Marijuana: Should a Christian Get High?).

But politicians and other leaders continue to turn aside from biblical morality and increase debt. They are causing people to err, and this will lead to destruction:

12…Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths. (Isaiah 3:12)

16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed (Isaiah 9:16).

Notice that it is not just those who participate in biblical sins, such as homosexuality, abortion, and pornography, but also those who approve them that are subject to destruction:

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)

5 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed; Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time I punish them, They shall be cast down," says the Lord. (Jeremiah 6:15)

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of homosexual marriage, the mainstream media often promotes celebrity pornography and other immortality, and as immorality spreads this will lead to destruction. As far as sexual immorality goes, New Zealand females are considered to be the most promiscuous in the world. All of this does not bode well for the USA or its Anglo-allies.

"Experts" in the media who justify the immorality and the debt are involved in fulfilling Romans 1:18.

It should be understood that it is not just political leaders and celebrities that are involved in all of this. The generation known as millennials has been impacted by all of this. A2014 Pew Study has findings about the generation known as millennials:

March 8, 2014

New poll numbers show big differences in the oft-maligned millennial generation.

The wide-ranging study conducted by Pew shows millenials, or those falling into the 18 to 33 age group, differ from previous generations…Pew notes, ”They are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry— and optimistic about the future.”Specifically, the research found as many as 50 percent of millennials describe themselves as political independents. Though they also tended to lean left…

According to a writer for The Wire, that could mean bad news for Republicans.

“For the Republican Party, it’s hard to see Pew’s new survey of American millennials as very good news. …  Pew walks through a number of social issues, finding younger people more likely to support same-sex marriage, legal marijuana and immigration reform.”

The study also found millennials tend to differ from previous generations on traditional American institutions like religion and marriage as well.

On religion, 29 percent of millennials said they were not affiliated with any particular faith. According to Pew that’s the highest the number has been in the last quarter-century.

And when it comes to marriage, just 26 percent of millennials have tied the knot…

Though millennials are the most-educated group of young adults in American history, they also have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty, and unemployment than the two generations preceding them.  http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/poll-millennials-tend-be-less-religious-patriotic/nd8JS/

March 8, 2014

Pew Study:

Millennials are more liberal than their grandparents. This probably goes without saying, but there is a huge gap between how Millennials vote and how their parents and grandparents vote. In general Millennials are very supportive of universal healthcare and don’t really care that much about the size of the government…

In general, Millennials think they are less patriot and less religious.   http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/03/08/pew-study-7-charts-explaining-how-millennials-view-politics/

One chart that I saw related to the Pew Study above showed that 56% or so of millennials favored abortion.–that does not bode well for the USA (watch also Abortion, the Bible, and US Debt).

When debt ends up being a factor that gets foreign creditors willing to take dramatic action against the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies (cf. Habakkuk 2:6-8; Daniel 11:39), the debt-prone millennials may realize that living off of borrowed money was not as good of an option as many seemed to have thought.

As for the more present time and nearer future, some have indicated that the views of the millennials would be expected to affect USA politics.

Those who have hoped that the USA would attempt to decrease the size of its government, become more like how its Constitution seems to define it, and/or wanted to see a change towards more biblical standards of morality,  will likely be disappointed by how the millennials and those that are coming up after them will behave.

The USA has become an evil empire (see also Is the USA now an Evil Empire?).

There is Plenty of Food, So Isn't Everything Fine?

Most in the USA are oblivious to what is really going on. The prevailing attitude as far as increasing debt goes seems to be "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!" (1 Corinthians 15:32). In other words, let's delay or ignore the problems and we will all be fine.

And through various budget talks, the so-called fiscal cliff, sequestration, government shut-downs, and the so-called debt limit, the leaders of the USA have continued to not solve the problem. Instead the net result of all the negotiations is that the federal debt has gone up (at rates between 20-100 billion dollars most months) and the US Federal Reserve keeps creating money that should not exist (an additional $85 billion per month).

Its almost like a big party. Many overeat (see Obesity, processed foods, health risks, and the Bible) and over drink (see Binge Alcohol Drinking and the Bible).

Jesus warned that because of personal interests, many would not see what is going on:

26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-29)

36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:36-44 )

People are in a partying state that and believe nothing will get too bad. Well it will. And one of the things that Sodom was destroyed for was for going after "strange flesh":

7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 7)

6…the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6)

The Bible is clear that Sodom was intended for an example for today. Are not the Anglo-nations living ungodly now?

Laodicean Issues

Many in the USA and UK have been part of one or more valid Church of God (COG) groups. Yet, because of wrong focus and priorities, relatively few truly understand end time prophecies.

If they would study the teachings of the various COG groups and compare them to the Bible, they would realize that all the Laodicean and Sardis-era groups have serious misunderstandings about prophecy and the Bible.

Although Jesus had warnings recorded about these groups in Revelation 2 & 3, they refuse to see the problems and change as Jesus advised. Lists of doctrinal, prophetic, and other issues related to these groups are in the articles about the individual groups, as well as those titled The Laodicean Church Era and The Sardis Church Era. In many ways, there is a 'handwriting on the wall' that they themselves do not wish to heed.

The Handwriting on the Wall

Thousands of years ago, there was a big irreverent party. You can read about it in the fifth chapter of the Book of Daniel.

1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. (Daniel 5:1)

The King then decided to prove that he was above the God of Israel:

2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken from the temple of the house of God which had been in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. (Daniel 5:2-4)

Then something unexpected happened:

5 In the same hour the fingers of a man's hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king's countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. The king spoke, saying to the wise men of Babylon, "Whoever reads this writing, and tells me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck; and he shall be the third ruler in the kingdom." 8 Now all the king's wise men came, but they could not read the writing, or make known to the king its interpretation. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly troubled, his countenance was changed, and his lords were astonished. (Daniel 5:5-9)

So, the "experts" could not figure this out. So the queen has an idea:

10 The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came to the banquet hall. The queen spoke, saying, "O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance change. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father — your father the king — made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers. 12 Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation." (Daniel 5:10-12)

The queen realized that the experts that the king was usually relying on were not competent. And she was listened to this time:

13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. (Daniel 5:13)

The Prophet Daniel was then asked to interpret the handwriting that was written on the wall. The moral trend in that kingdom was not good according to Daniel (Daniel 5:22-23). After stating that, here is the interpretation that the prophet Daniel gave of that handwriting on the wall:

24 Then the fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written.

25 “And this is the inscription that was written:

MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.

26 This is the interpretation of each word. Mene: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 Tekel: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 Peres: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:24-28)

30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. (Daniel 5:30)

That kingdom was taken over that very night (Daniel 5:30-31)–but the USA still has several years, at least, left.

But, let us look at the words from the wall and apply them to the United States.

  1. Mene: Your days as being on the top of the world order are numbered.  And more in the world are starting to realize this.
  2. Mene: Despite signs of your decline, instead of repenting, you seem to be taking steps to speed it up–you are soon to be finished.
  3. Tekel: Your morality and “conscience” have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting.
  4. Peres/Upharsin: Your nation will be divided by the final Beast, the King of the North (Daniel 11:39), and he will make your people slaves as your nation will be finished.

Do you think that this may be alarmist? Even US President Barack Obama has stated the the deficits of the USA are unsustainable. And he was right about that. Something that is unsustainable cannot be continued forever. Despite talks of deficit reduction, the debt continues to rise and no serious concrete proposals are apt to be agree to.

Without national repentance, the USA is doomed for destruction. So too, are its Anglo-allies.

As it is unlikely that the USA will have national repentance, it is on the way to destruction. But that does not preclude individual repentance.  And that is something that you can do.

The vast majority of end-time Christians (Revelation 3:19) and all non-Christians (Acts 2:38) need to repent. All need to grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18).

Of course, most will not properly repent or change their lives. Many will conclude that they can safely wait as they believe that they will be able to know enough about the end that they will change just before it is time. Not only did Jesus warn against that in Matthew and Luke, see the following warning in Zephaniah:

1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, 2 Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the Lord's fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the Lord's anger comes upon you! 3 Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord's anger. (Zephaniah 2:1-3)

Notice that God wants His people (cf. 2 Peter 2:9-10) gathered together well BEFORE the decree for protection is issued (cf. Revelation 12:14-16), and then it MAY be that certain Christians will be protected (cf. Revelation 3:10; see also There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. Why it May Be Petra).

The USA and its Anglo-allies are in decline. The increased sexual immorality and debt are signs. Not properly heeding prophecy is an issue (see also ). The Bible warns not to wait until it is too late.

What will you do?

Can you see the handwriting on the wall?

Thiel B. Can those in the USA see the Handwriting on the Wall? Can those in the USA see the Handwriting on the Wall? http://www.cogwriter.com/usa-handwriting-on-the-wall.htm 2013/2014/2015 0905

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