Our End is Near

By James Brown Jr.

"For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her, They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch their garments. They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there. The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders. As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us. They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come." -Lamentations 4:13-18

Some might think this is a strange title of an article for a Postmillennialist.  My Dispensationalist friends may even be rejoicing at this point hoping I have egg on my face.  But neither is true!

As a matter of fact I would think it strange for a Postmillennialist not to understand the judgment of God on nations.  So, unless God in His grace grants America a reformation our end is near.

This became more evident today when U.S. District Court JudgeRichard L. Young ruled today that Indiana’s law banning “same-sex” marriage was unconstitutional.  Upon his ruling, instant celebration broke out in the media and in county courthouses as homosexuals flooded the offices to request a marriage license.

It is hard to believe how fast we are declining.  At the present rate one wonders whether we will exist as a nation a decade from now.  It is apparent that we are becoming too weak to withstand the rise of Islam or even the Russian Greek Orthodox revival.

Our decay is being met with various responses: (1) political restructuring; (2) Jesus is coming soon.

Within the political restructuring view, it stems from strategy to different candidates.  What this view fails to see how long this decline has been in progress.  We have experienced the decay of the Church, the decay of the family and the decay of our governing institutions.

This decay has transcended Republican Presidents and Republican controlled government bodies.  Even the Reagan Revolution could not stem the tide and I do not even see any Reagan’s on the horizon.

The fact is in all of history restoration has never commenced with political revival.  Mark Levin’s Constitutional Convention will not save us and neither would a Ted Cruz or a Rand Paul presidency.  Political salvation is a myth.

This is not to say we should not be involved in government and politics.  Government is one of the three institutions God has ordained for the benefit of mankind.  Just as we are called to conform the family and the Church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, so too are we to bring government into subjection to Christ.

The problem is many see government as the cause to bring about an effect rather than godly government being the effect of something else.

The second response is not to worry about anything because Jesus is coming back soon.  These blind optimists point to events such as today as proof even though Scripture states He will come unexpected as a thief.

Why American Christians believe they are more special than any other Christian in any other place and time is beyond belief.  The Lord did not come back to deliver Jeremiah’s generation from the consequences of their sin.  Jeremiah, who is way more righteous than we, had to experience all the wrath of God upon his nation.  The Jesus is coming back answer is not only na├»ve but very arrogant.

At each step in our decay Christians say it cannot get any worse and that Jesus must come back.  I am afraid the Second Coming has become an excuse for Christians not to repent.

I still believe in the physical return of our Lord.  However, no one knows when that will be.  We are only told to be ready and to live in such a manner not to be ashamed at His coming.  What we ought to be afraid of is a spiritual coming of Christ in judgment upon our land.

So, what is the answer?  It is the same answer in all ages and all times—repent or perish.  If we do not repent our end is near.

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.” —Deuteronomy 28:1-2

“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:” —Deuteronomy 28:15

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” —2 Chronicles 7:14