Jeremiah 34:17 (NIV) "Therefore this is what the Lord says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom to your own people. So I now proclaim ‘freedom’ for you, declares the Lord—‘freedom’ to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth. 21 “I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials into the hands of their enemies who want to kill them, to the army of the king of Babylon, which has withdrawn from you. 22 I am going to give the order, declares the Lord, and I will bring them back to this city. They will fight against it, take it and burn it down. And I will lay waste the towns of Judah so no one can live there.”
Jeremiah was right! Because the Jews disobeyed God, their country and Jerusalem fell to the enemy, Babylon, who was led by God to come back to mete punishment on God's own people! Jerusalem was burned to the ground, the temple was destroyed and even the people were taken captive. Judah was laid to waste. Even to this day the city is not fully restored to it's one time glory and the temple, while there for a short while, is now gone! Accident or punishment?
Jeremiah 25:29 (NIV) 29 See, I am beginning to bring disaster on the city that bears my Name, and will you indeed go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, for I am calling down a sword on all who live on the earth, declares the Lord Almighty.’"
Yes, a loving God does punish! The entire disobedient people of planet earth will be punished... the United States included. Why? Because of disobedience.
We like to say "America is a Christian Nation!". It was founded on Christian principles which many now deny, but our citizens abandoned God. It's hard to say exactly when the rebellion began, but we know that rebellion peaked in 1962 when prayer was effectively removed from public schools because one atheist had a cause. Madalyn Murray O'Hair brought the practice to light and because of her, admirers brought forth U.S. Supreme Court decisions (USSC) in 1962 and 1963 which in practice took prayer out of, not only schools, but public life!
While the original USSC decision only eliminated "government sponsored prayer" from public schools, liberalism is as cancer; it spreads from the primary source until it destroys the entire body. Hence, today, any attempt to honor God in a public forum is cause for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to take cancerous cells from one facet of society and spread the melanoma to the entire arena. Sin is the disease. The ACLU is the carrier and we the American people are the victim!
If all areas of "moral crime" are considered from theft, to abortion, to child abuse to murder, all have grown exponentially since 1962! Is that coincidence or has the removal of God from our lives precipitated the citizenry to care little for obedience to God? I say the latter. It seems that Americans, even Christians, pay little heed to what God desires, even commands!
As a "lay Jeremiah", I will tell you our destiny! It's the same destiny which befell Judah and Jerusalem. It's the same destiny which befalls all decayed societies from Assyria to Babylon, to Egypt, to Judah to Rome. Sin and the pleasures of it cause great societies to destroy themselves from within!
Abraham Lincoln is to have said (paraphrased) "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." While this is partially true, it isn't entirely so. "Loss of freedom" does include the loss of freedom to worship and pray as we please, but sin is the "how" we destroy ourselves, and as we are destroying ourselves, we do it because God ordains it! Reinforcing what's happened throughout history, Ariel Durant said "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. "
Now look where the USSC has taken us! They have just scuttled the natural law of marriage. The sinful Court has ruled not only that same-sex couples can be married, but that ruling means the taxpayer has to pay for their benefits just as if they were in a legitimate marriage! Same-sex marriage is the law in most western countries; countries which were at one time hotbeds for Christ. Common homosexual activity is one of the signs of the end of times (the world will be as it was in the days of Noah).
The American Judicial System is the system which violates all Constitutional protections with no one to oversee them. The courts ignore legislation, they ignore the Constitution and they ignore what's right so as to institutionalize bad law. "Bad law" started with the high court upholding high tariffs and thereby making "nullification" laws unconstitutional, ruling that slaves were not human and only property, allowing income taxes, establishing the right to murder one's own offspring, taking prayer effectively out of public life, requiring the people to buy what they don't want with Obamacare and now propagating the secular view that homosexuals are entitled to marriage. Where will it all end? It will end with Christ's return because the Courts and government fulfill prophecy without deviation!
Some have accused Hitler of being the Anti-Christ. He wasn't! Some have accused the Pope. He's not! THE ANTICHRIST will come when all signs are fulfilled. I can't think of any which aren't already, but we know not the day nor hour of Christ's return! Preceding THE ANTICHRIST will be many anti-Christs. Drawing an anology between them and "Creeping Socialism" we have "Creeping Tribulation". The world will not all of a sudden have a One World Government and a World Dictator who proclaims himself God, but it will creep up on us. It has to to gain acceptance. Much good will be done by the evil one before we see the evil in what he's doing!
So what is an anti-Christ? It's a person who is against Christ. That person supports evil over righteousness and their own world view supersedes God's authority. An anti-Christ is in favor of a One World Church, Globalism, social justice (Socialism), gender neutral policies, tolerance of all sinful activities and pleasures, government control, and thought monitoring. Someday we'll all have to take the number of the beast for daily commerce and with that mark we'll be monitored for "right thinking". If you're thinking that the USSC justices are anti-Christs, most are. If You're thinking that Biden and Obama are anti-Christs, they are. If you're thinking that many progressive religious leaders are anti-Christs, they are. Anyone who sets the stage by propagating evil for THE ANTICHRIST are anti-Christs!
You have been warned! I'm no Jeremiah, but I see God's prophecy growing in intensity each day. Life is getting worse for Christians. It will get worse and worse! We will be decapitated under the ANTI-CHRIST for believing in Christ! If you're not for Christ, you're against him! If you're against Christ, you too, are an anti-Christ whether you go to church or not!
You say, "But I have believed in Christ since I was a child!" That's typical. Even the demons believe, but how do you love Christ? Are you obedient? Do you believe Scripture? Do you even go out and vote against politicians who do evil? I had one "pro-life" girl who voted for Obama tell me that she voted for him, although he is pro-abortion, because she thought he was just saying that to get elected! So a Christian will vote for a liar on purpose? Yes, that was the case, but he wasn't lying about that... but, he sure was about same-sex marriage!
We have to have God in government. That there must be a wall of separation is a lie of Satan! However, that God must be the Creator/Savior God, not the deceiving god of the world. That god is Satan, Ruler of this world. The anti-Christ will combine his own godhood with his Global Dictatorship. He will remove that "wall", but to his own malevalent motives. If we don't remove that wall for the True God, Satan will knock down that wall himself!
Matthew 25:13 "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."
The "Son of man" is Jesus! He will come before the anti-Christ takes over the world! If you're a Christian, dead or living, you'll join Jesus in the air and he'll take you to your eternal home. Some who remain will become Christians later. They will see that prophecy has just been fulfilled! Those are the Christians who'll suffer the dictator and decapitation! The way to avoid the tribulation is to accept Jesus. He may come for you tomorrow! Are you ready to go with Him?