Before ancient Israel's destruction via the judgment of God, they foolishly believed themselves safe because they were more righteous than the surrounding nations. But Scripture is adamant that the more one receives, the more is required of them (Luke 12:48). (Indeed, God used the pagan Babylonians to execute judgment on ancient Israel.) And as God spoke with increasing urgency to the remaining southern kingdom of Judah, culminating with the prophet Jeremiah, they only further hardened their heart. Despite God’s repeated warnings from other prophets, the previous loss of the northern tribes, and encroaching foreign powers, those that remained in Jerusalem believed that the existence of the temple and their religious practice therein would ultimately keep them safe. Through the brave rhetoric of Jeremiah, God reveals his disdain for such confidence.
As recipients of an extraordinary degree of God's grace and blessing, much more is required of America that the surrounding nations. Yet, led by a political class drunk with money and power, an entertainment industry renowned for debauchery and a largely apostate church, we have sunk morally lower than even some of the worst pagan nations.
I believe the total solar eclipse over America on Aug 21, 2017 signals that God's patience with America's astonishing moral descent is coming to an end. As He reveals His sovereignty in judgment during the next 7 years (until the next total eclipse on Apr 8, 2024) with increasing frequency and power, America will either collectively harden or soften.
Destruction or restoration await America. National repentance or willful, stubborn rebellion - the choice is collectively ours.