August 21, 2017, saw the first of two total solar eclipses to criss-cross the USA mainland in less than seven years.
What could 2014-2024 eclipses mean for USA? explored the timing and visibility of a series of six eclipses — four lunar and two solar — focused over the USA within 10 years. That article was written in 2015 (with updates in 2017 and 2020). Along with timing and visibility of these particular eclipses, it gave a brief overview of proposed meanings for eclipses in ancient literature.
This article goes a step further, proposing to answer that question, and the answer is this: the series of eclipses over the USA, particularly the solar eclipses for timing, foreshadow the decline of the USA’s economic, political, and good-will interests in the world.
That’s not a prophecy, just a prediction, but it’s far more evident today than it was in 2015 because we’re about halfway between the eclipses and about halfway to losing our good name and reputation. In the long run, it’s probably a good thing so many of us don’t care about that.
American decline is destined to come in preparation for the way the world must be in the last days. Besides, we let things get so out of hand the last 40 or so years, there’s really no other way it can go.
Why would God send a sign?
It is often reasoned that if God is going to send a sign to His people, it is going to be to the nation called Israel. That is very well the case but let’s consider that not only is the people group called Israel in the Old Testament rightly defined as God’s people, but so is Christ’s church.
The USA community was largely founded and fashioned by men and women of God seeking to worship Him according to His Word, coming to these shores to escape the persecution of the harlot established state church in Europe. From the beginning, America’s people and the laws they made respected God and His Word.
Over the years, the USA sent more missionaries to foreign lands than any other country. Her monuments speak of God’s providence as do her days of remembrance and celebration. America’s people in large measure think of this as a Christian nation, and until as recently as the past few decades it was easy to see God’s love for people reflected in her good works both at home and abroad.
God offered this land as a haven for His people, the remnant church. He provided for their livelihood as they shaped early communities to honor Him and His Word.
The earliest schools taught directly from the Holy Bible with text books using the Scriptures to teach basic language skills. The people grew up under His care, steeped in His teachings, and the country flourished.
Tares were sown in with the wheat, but the wheat still grows.
That’s why God gives this sign: so His people will see it,
understand it, and prepare for what is coming.
That preparation may need to be material, physical, emotional, or mental, but it definitely needs to be in our relationship with God.
Spiritual preparation is the most important and will be most valuable in these days to come. Draw near to God.
The start of USA decline
It is nearly as often misattributed as it is said, but nonetheless it is true:
“America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
As America began her moral decline in the last half of the 20th century, there was no way she could escape decline overall. For if we do not honor the only One who is good, how can any good thing be in or flow from us?
Today, people living in the USA live under the curse of addiction. And not just the obvious addictions to prescription drugs, street drugs, and alcohol but pornography, sugar, the Internet, video games, entertainment, social media, pleasure, ease, and and the list goes on and on and on, much of it coming from advances in technology only available in this generation.
Far worse, we have allowed our courts to be filled with men and women who see prayer, Bible reading, and teaching creation as evils to be removed from our schools, while twisting our Constitution to protect murder of the unborn and promote the perversion of God’s most sacred institution.
A nation that once valued sacrifice, integrity, compassion, and moderation now hosts a population with its sights set on profit, relativism, me-firstism and indulgence.
We have followed the exact same pattern God gave for Sodom in Ezekiel 16:49-50:
Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.
How far we have fallen and it’s hard to see how we can ever get up again.
America has been in moral decline for more than half a century. Why would the quickening of the slide start now?
We know that one reason it has not happened sooner is that God is patient. He wants to give everyone a chance to come to repentance, even nations.
It may also be that the USA has not quite reached her fullness of iniquity.
But why would now be the time our decline begins?
One reason is that this is what a lot of the American people want. Americans are tired of sending money to other countries. They want to bring home our military from all over the world, even those in so-called peace keeping operations. And, we want to bring the jobs home.
Americans made this loud and clear in the 2016 by electing a man to the presidency who promised to put America first in all things and caring much less about the rest of the world.
And, it’s working. A March 2019 survey by Pew Research asking what Americans think the country will be like in 2050 found that 60% see a USA that is less important in the world. As for the rest of the world, the USA lost more half its 2016 overall rating in the 2020 Best Countries Report falling to 24 out of the top 25 countries.
Which way to insignificance?
Choosing to step down from the center of the world stage is a far better way to decline as a nation than oppression or disaster. We are a powerful nation with many resources to exploit for the good of our people as well as for profit. To say we want to keep what is ours, put America first in all things, is an easy way to go. It sounds painless and even comfortable.
And it may go just that way. God might overlook our sins as individuals and as a nation, allowing us to simply bow out of world affairs in time to not be a major player in the last days. Or, we could be hit with a huge asteroid in the middle of the country that sets off earthquakes along all of our fault lines.
But we’ll go with the easier way and say that the current POTUS is sent from God to take our country off the world stage in time to not be a major player in the last days. Which brings us to reason 3 for the timing of the six American eclipses.
The USA in Bible prophecy
Looking for America in last days’ prophecy? Well, she’s not there.
That doesn’t mean there will be no Americans in the world or no government in the land, only that she is not a major player in end times events. Knowing how we love to poke our nose into every crisis in the world, it’s all but impossible that the United States of America as she is today could resist taking the lead as the world falls apart. Unless she went first.
Finding the USA in end times prophecy has become almost as popular a game as pin the tail on the Antichrist has been over the years, but the traditional view is that she is not there. Greg Laurie, David Reagan, Hal Lindsey and other well-know prophecy teachers agree, and most list the same reason among the possibilities for it — America is no longer a world leader at that time in history.
When must American decline take place for us to be out of the picture by then? Some believe the last days are upon us already, others say within 20 years and others yet see a 30 to 50 year timeline. All of those require some changes to begin soon.
There’s a prediction out there (not a word of prophecy, but a prediction based on data) that the American population will decline to 100 million by 2025. GDP falls from $19 trillion to $2.4 trillion. Military from $637 billion to $32 billion. What could cause that?
Looking at the data and the analysis given below the data table, it could be a pandemic leading to system collapse and a mass migration out of the USA.
2025 world population is estimated at 6.9 billion, a 500 million-person drop from today and 1.2 billion fewer than the 8.1 billion predicted by the United Nations. That could be the result of a pandemic sweeping the earth.
Note in the data table that populations for the USA, France, Italy, Spain, and several other countries all take a bit hit (though none as much as the USA) while others barely maintain or drop modestly and only a few show much growth. That may show the countries people abandon and where they take refuge after system collapse.
And these predictions time out about a year after the 2024 eclipse.
The total lunar and solar eclipses going across the USA in a span of 10 years likely foreshadow the quickening decline of the country in the world because:
- America has reached the point of no return in her iniquity;
- Her people want to pull back from the rest of the world; and,
- She will no longer be a world power as the last days begin.
It could be good for us, really. Less responsibility with other countries no longer asking from us or looking to us.
We can hope that’s all it is, not total a plague, economic destruction, wide-spread natural disasters, or being overtaken by a hostile power.
We can hope.
Are you ready?