RedMark

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Perilous times have come upon this once-great nation. .. We are witnessing division , the likes of which we’ve never experienced in our lifetimes. .. Political & moral upheaval abound! .. In fact, it has gotten to the point that many social & political ‘experts’ say it has gone beyond the point of no return. .. Looking at their position from an historical perspective, one would have to agree. .. Let’s take a brief look ……

The great historian Edward Gibb wrote about the fall of the Roman Empire, the greatest of all the world-ruling empires. .. He asked why great nations or empires fall? .. It is a fact of history that all empires have collapsed. .. But why?

In his masterpiece, “History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbons identified five major causes that contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. .. 1st – the breakdown of the family;  2nd – increased taxation;  3rd – an insatiable craving for pleasure;  4th – an unsustainable build-up of armaments;  5th – the decay of religion.

One of the greatest historians of all time is telling us how & why ancient Rome fell. .. Don’t the conditions surrounding Rome’s demise sound eerily similar to the conditions prevalent in our country today? … Let’s for a moment look at the five major causes & compare them to today’s America. ..

*Breakdown of the Family – History shows that the strength of any nation depends on the strength of its families. .. “Family” is the solid foundation on which a country’s superstructure is erected. .. That ‘was’ the case for America. .. Rome, in its heyday was affluent & had the mightiest army on earth – just like America today. .. Back then, when people talked about Rome falling, they were scoffed at & scorned. .. When Seneca, the famous Roman sociologist, warned that Rome would fall – even telling people why it would fall – the people ignored him. .. In the words of Seneca, one of the foundational reasons Rome would fall was the fact that, “They divorce in order to re-marry.  They marry in order to divorce.” .. Seneca warned that family breakdown would destroy the Roman Empire! … Couldn’t Seneca’s warning just as easily apply to America today? .. Divorce & family disintegration are rampant in our nation. ……

*Increased Taxation – Prosperity ruined the Roman Empire, & it’s ruining America also. .. Historian J.P. Bauzon, in his book “Roman Civilization,” notes that in Rome, by the “… third century, the silver coins had become copper pieces washed in silver, and issues of gold had virtually ceased.” .. Little by little, the Roman emperors cheated their citizens & creditors, paying debts with coins that had reduced ‘precious metal’ content. .. Debasing the coinage ruined the prosperity of its citizens. ..

We in America are doing the same thing today. .. The coins no longer contain metal of any value. ..The dollar has lost some 95% of its purchasing power since the establishment of the Federal Reserve in 1913. .. And America continues to debase its currency in order to pay its bills. .. Every time you hear a politician use the term ‘stimulus’ or ‘bailout’ or ‘borrowing,’ what it means is that the government is devaluing the currency a little more. .. Every dollar of debt makes the greenback worth a bit less. .. The dollar’s purchasing power is being compromised. .. With some $20 trillion in current debt, borrowing, quantitive easing, stimulus packages & borrowing will continue at an ever-increrasing pace, ultimately leading to an economic ‘implosion!’ .. Sadly, in America today, prosperity is no longer synonymous with actual wealth. .. Prosperity goes by an entirely different name today – DEBT!!!!!! … It was the same in Rome before …………

*Insatiable Craving for Pleasure – 2 Timothy 3:1-4 says, “But mark this;  there will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” .. Simply put, hedonism will rule the day. .. Webster’s Dictionary says this about hedonism – “The self-indulgent pursuit of pleasures as a way of life.” .. Is this really true of our society today? … Highlighting the 2nd Timothy passage, we see narcissism, love of money, boastful & proud attitudes, kids being abusive & disrespectful toward their parents, violence, materialism, evil & depraved entertainment, drug use & abuse … we get the picture. .. sounds like the evening news most every day now! ……

*Unsustainable Build-up of Armaments – Like Rome in its day, America has the world’s largest & most effective military machine. .. However, as the economy & dollar weaken, & its political landscape remains divided, this machine is, & will continue to decline in superiority. .. But interestingly, the worldwide economic crunch has not affected the military spending in Russia, China, & others. .. Even though the strained economic climate has slowed their economies, they continue to spend billions on armament. .. Both Russia & China are working feverishly to modernize their military forces. .. Not America. ……

*Decay of Religion – 2 Timothy 3:5 says, “Having a form of godliness but denying its power.” .. Also, 2 Timothy 3-5 speaks of increased apostasy in the Church. .. There is no question that we are seeing a ‘famine of God’s true Word’ in America today. .. The “itching ear” theology spoken of by Paul in 2nd Timothy 4:3-4 is rampant in our religious institutions today! ..

Here’s just a few more examples  of our ‘current church in America’ … increased immorality (Matthew 24:37), increasing blasphemy (2 Timothy 3:1), explosion of cults (Matthew 24:11), false Christs (Matthew 24:5), increased occultism (1 Timothy 4:1), denial of the 2nd coming (2 Peter 3:3-4), & denial of the creation by God (Romans 1:18-22). … The list goes on ……

In conclusion, one would have to be deaf, dumb & blind not to see the comparisons between Rome & America. .. America, if it continues on its current path, WILL fall just like all the rest have fallen. .. Sadly, my belief is that America will only continue to accelerate on its self-destructive path. .. And the greatest tragedy is that we will witness more & more souls ‘signing on’ to this destructive way of life. ..

Finally, we, the ‘remnant,’ must arm ourselves with the “shield of Faith & the armor of God” so as NOT to succumb to the ways of this world. (see Ephesians 6:10-18) .. And even though persecution will continue to accelerate in these final days, we MUST NOT stop sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ. .. That IS THE ONLY MESSAGE that can save America & the rest of mankind from its own destruction. …..

Know that I am praying for you, & God knows exactly who you are & what your needs are .., Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

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