America’s internal crises — of faith, of spiraling crime, of massive debt, of moral and spiritual void — could lead to an implosion and the best hope for preventing it is a spiritual great awakening, author Joel Rosenberg told Newsmax.TV.
Rosenberg new book “Implosion – Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges in Time” addresses the enormous internal threats America is facing. Rosenberg told Newsmax that he usually writes about the external threats to America and Israel, such as radical Islam but that “we’ve got internal threats that are enormous and they’re building so rapidly that it concerns me as an American.”
The author says that because America is not mentioned in the last days as prophesized in the Bible, “something happens to neutralize us, to sideline us, or at least to paralyze us from projecting influence and force into the world at large and into the Middle East specifically where most end times prophecies will happen.”
“Bible prophecy talks about very specific countries: Israel, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, and others with very specific plans and purpose for them in the last days,” he said. “What’s extraordinary is, United States does not show. Here we are the wealthiest, most powerful country on the face of the planet in the history of mankind and we don’t show up anywhere in end times Bible prophecy. And the question is why not, what happens to us?”
Rosenberg said the scriptures do not mention what has happened to America but the evidence might be found in what’s happening to the country now, pointing to the circumstances the country faces: “$15 trillion in debt, $65 trillion worth of unfunded promises that the government has made towards us with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid all coming due with no way to pay for that and the financial trouble we’re already in. On the economic side, people on both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, are talking extensively about how much danger we are of collapsing or imploding.”
Alongside the financial woes, Rosenberg said “if you look at the moral and spiritual side, we’re even in more trouble.” He cites the high divorce rate, infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse among young people, and violent crime in small-town America.
“Even in small town America, the FBI just reported – I don’t have it the book ‘Implosion’ because it just happened – the report shows from the FBI that in small town America, we’re seeing a murder wave up 18 percent. Murders. Up 18 percent in small town America. The place where we say, ‘That’s where are values are strongest, you know. That’s Andy Griffith and Barney Fife country, you know. Aunt Bee and Opie.”
One chapter of the book addresses natural disasters and how God tries to send messages with such events.
“He will use earthquakes and tidal waves and all kind on natural disasters to shake people and get them to start thinking less about the sins that they’re involved in and start thinking about their only hope being in Jesus Christ,” Rosenberg said.
“We’re seeing meltdowns in small towns, in major towns and then you add to that rampant pornography, the pornography industry’s making more money than ABC, CBS and NBC combined annually, and abortions,” Rosenberg said.
“We’re at 53 million plus abortions in the United States. We are rapidly approaching 60 million human beings murdered . . . How long until He either removes His hand of favor on our country or proactively begins to judge it?”
The book focuses on this question and explores whether a “third great awakening” could happen, “a spiritual revival so sweeping that it would rival or surpass the spiritual awakening of the Great Awakening in the early 1700s and the second Great Awakening of the early to mid-1800s,” Rosenberg said. Failing that, he added, “I don’t see, based on the evidence, economic and moral, that we can make it that much further.”
Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 03:23 PM
By Patrick Hobin and John Bachman
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