America must decline as we approach the Tribulation, for a variety of prophetic reasons - notably, the book of Revelation spends considerable amounts of text on the world powers and the U.S. isn't mentioned once - not even a vague reference. Enough said about that.
The Jerusalem Post has a very well done summary of the situation, as it stands today, in the Middle East. This is fascinating, because it could have been written by a "prophecy watcher" - with one eye on prophecy and the other eye on the news, but it isn't. This is a mainstream article not written (intentionally) from a prophetic perspective, but it sure could have been:
"The Region: Meanwhile, in the ME..."
While the Obama administration is fiddling over the construction of apartments in Jerusalem, the Middle East is burning. Yet these other issues don’t attract the attention – and certainly not the action – required.
Iran is now allied with al-Qaida. Gen. David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, revealed a bombshell story that has been ignored: Iran is helping al-Qaida attack Americans.
Iran, he said in military-speak, provides “a key facilitation hub, where facilitators connect al-Qaida’s senior leadership to regional affiliates.”
Lebanon is being further integrated into an Iran-Syria alliance.
Meanwhile, Hizbullah, which enjoys veto power in Lebanon’s government, isn’t just building apartments, it’s building fortifications and importing record amounts of weapons.
It is now clear that Russia and China won’t support sanctions on Iran. The Obama administration’s plan is in major trouble and there’s no way out, except to do the most minimal possible sanctions and claim victory.
Russia openly defies the Obama administration by insisting it will finish a nuclear plant for Iran, just when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is visiting. This was a real slap in the face, much bigger strategically than the apartment issue in Jerusalem. But there will be no strong reaction from Washington.
So Russia still isn’t ready to support sanctions and isn’t building apartments in Iran but rather a nuclear reactor.
China isn’t building apartments in Iran but developing oil fields and building a huge oil refinery, plus reportedly supplying weapons.
DESPITE US concessions aimed to reduce Syria’s alliance with Iran, their bond is getting stronger...
There are increasing signs of Turkey’s close cooperation with the Iran-Syria axis. Both Ahmadinejad and the official Syrian government newspaper SANA now call Turkey an ally of Syria and Iran.
So let’s leave it to Ahmadinejad to summarize how things seem to Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hizbullah and lots of Arabs both pro- and anti-American: The Americans, Ahmadinejad said, “not only have failed to gain any power, but also are forced to leave the region. They are leaving their reputation, image and power behind in order to escape... The [American] government has no influence [to stop]... the expansion of Iran-Syria ties, Syria-Turkey ties and Iran-Turkey ties – God willing, Iraq too will join the circle.”
The administration’s policies aren’t making the radicals more moderate but rather – by feeding their arrogance and belief in American weakness – making them more aggressive.
A similar article has also been written:
"Israel's New Enemy: America?"
"Enemy: "a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent." — Dictionary.com.
Despite Vice President Joe Biden's recent pledge of unswerving fidelity to Israel during his recent visit there, the rhetoric and pressure directed by the Obama administration against the only fully functioning democracy in the Middle East more accurately resembles the behavior of an enemy. Increasingly under this administration — but also present in Republican administrations — America's policy toward Israel is full of "harmful designs" and "antagonistic activities." The intentions may not be deliberate, but the outcome would lead to the same injurious end.
The failure of this formula has been evident for decades, but U.S. policy continues to employ it, always with the
Israel always ends up getting its pocket picked.
A Washington Post headline illustrates the deteriorating relationship between the two nations, "U.S. Pushes Netanyahu to Accept 3 Demands." There is no similar demand that the Palestinians and especially Hamas, which has said it will agree to nothing less than the eradication of Israel
In this twisted thinking, whatever Israel does is unjustified so long as the Palestinian-Arab-Muslim side is unhappy. What part of annihilation does the State Department not understand? What State is blind to is that the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict," as it is erroneously labeled, is part of a worldwide religious war against all things Jewish, Christian, secular, modern and We
One who follows prophecy can't help but think of the two main warnings over Israel - one from Genesis 12:3:
"I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse"
and, of course Zechariah 12:3
"On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations"
Note that there are no exclusions granted, say, for ANY nations, including the U.S.
With this in mind, the article below is a "must read"...One can disagree with the opinion, but it is impossible to disagree with the facts presented.
"I Will Bless Those Who Bless You"
In this article, Jack Kelly presents a timeline which describes tangible actions against Israel and the immediate consequences. I personally do not believe that this can be a coincidence. I'll just put the concluding paragraph below:
We need to forget everything else where Israel is concerned and remember this one thing. God has claimed that land for Himself. No power on Earth is great enough to give even one inch of it to anyone else at any time for any reason without suffering the consequences. In the US we now have eleven clear examples of that truth. How many will it take before we learn?