While we might be due for a decent short-term bounce in the financial markets and the economy, the hard reality is that these are the Last Days for America and the twilight of Western Civilization as we know it. As an American, I deeply wish I was wrong on this score and that another era of material prosperity lies somewhere ahead, but that is not what the historical cycles indicate.
[NOTE: This video is from October 19th, 2007]
With regard to the State of the Union, I think Alan Keyes recently offered a more accurate assessment than Barack Obama did in tonight's address to the nation:
But who's listening to Alan Keyes? (Who, unlike Barack Obama, is a true American of African descent.)
The problem here is that Americans, and the world in general, are simply not coming to grips with the scale of the 'correction' now underway. This 'correction' isn't simply a bear market in stocks and recession or depression in the economy. It is the inevitable collective consequence of denying God and letting human nature run its historical course. When a society lets greed run amuck and lives chin-deep in sin, there will be historical accountability.
Consider the apostle Paul's passage from the Book Of Romans:
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. [Romans 8:5-8]
What the heck do you think people have been up to in America in recent history? Do you think Americans are ruled by the Holy Spirit or their sinful nature? Have you flipped on a television in the past decade?
And its not that one should necessarily condemn America or people in general for going the way of greed and sin as this is apparently inevitable and a necessary evil for the generation of the knowhow and material basis for building a global Kingdom of God. But the cycles are the cycles and God's moral laws for society are no different than the laws of physics....if you disobey the law of gravity, there are painful negative consequences.
On this occasion, the negative consequences are manifesting historically as evil, rabidly anti-semitic, literally Antichristian forces headquartered in the Kremlin.
"The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." [2 Thessalonians 2:9-12]
"Today the Soviet system can no longer seriously strive toward the spectre of Communism - but at the same time it cannot yet abandon the grandeur of its tasks, for otherwise it would have to answer for fruitless sacrifices which are truly innumerable. But in what then can the Soviet system find its justification? Only in the consciousness that it was unconsciously in the past, as it is now quite consciously, God's instrument for constructing a new Christian world. It has no other justification, and this is . . . a genuine and great justification. By adopting it, our state will discover in itself a truly inexhaustable source of Truth, spiritual energy and strength, which has never before existed in history . . . The old pagan world has now finally outlived its era . . . In order not to perish with it we must build a new civilization - but is Western society, whose foundations have been destroyed, really capable of this? Only the Soviet sytem, having adopted Russian Orthodoxy . . . is capable of beginning THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD." (Passage written by Russian nationalist Gennadii Shimanov quoted in Yanov's The Russian Challenge, 1987, p.236)
"If we presume the coming transformation of the Communist Party into the Russian Orthodox Party of the Soviet Union, we would obtain truly the ideal state, one which would fulfill the historical destiny of the Russian people. It is a question of the Orthodoxization of the entire world." (Gennadii Shimanov)
From outward appearances it would seem that the old Soviet Union has returned. A thing crucified, dead and buried has been resurrected. Four weeks after Vladimir Putin’s re-election, a procession led by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived at the Church of Christ the Redeemer in Moscow. In keeping with ancient tradition the doors of the church were shut, symbolizing the sealed cave where Christ’s body was placed following crucifixion. “After midnight,” noted Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, “the Orthodox faithful taking part in the procession await the opening of the church doors. The patriarch stands on the steps at their head and is the first to enter the empty temple where the Resurrection of Christ has already occurred.” In due course the Patriarch offered up a prayer, the doors of the Church of Christ the Redeemer were opened and out stepped President Vladimir Putin. If any Christians were present for this ceremony they offered no protest to this blatant sacrilege. The woman who reported this event for the benefit of Western readers has since been assassinated. The KGB defector who was investigating the circumstances of her death has been poisoned (i.e., Litvinenko). ["Kremlin Poison", Jeff Nyquist, 11/20/06]
And when Americans wake up to this hard truth, the Fate of our Union will be clear....this nation will not stand for much longer.
Our Spirit and the love of human freedom, on the other hand, is indestructible....even by the devil himself. And it's this Spirit, and serving our Creator, that we should focus upon at this juncture. Material prosperity is likely done for quite some time since the Lord giveth and now the Lord taketh away, so let's truly start giving some genuine heed to our Creator since this is what counts most.