With the departure of Trump, many Christians are depressed or are angry with liberals and even with God as they fear the end of America or of their conservative way of life. What are they missing that can bring relief, comfort, and restore their connection to God?
Ever since the election in November, I have been getting the direst messages of despair from readers. After enjoying four years of Trump, some are perplexed at how God could let him be defeated, or cheated as many see it. They are scared or angry at the prospect of a Biden presidency for the America they know and love. They are even angry at God for letting all this happen. Here is just one example:
Hi Tim. As you probably know, we are in the fight of our lives against evil rulers here in the US. Millions are praying for a deliverance from this. Many (including myself) still have hope of President Trump being able to intervene before it's too late. Many US Patriots are ready to pick up arms to defend against this tyranny. We found out today that SCOTUS is a traitor as well. I have watched many prophetic videos who believe God will intervene to save our country. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on this? Does any of this play into your prophetic timeline?
Are These Thoughts Telling You Something?
It breaks my heart to read such messages. Not only because I empathize with feeling sad and abandoned by God in hard times. It’s also because I know from past experience what having these negative emotions can signify. When we cannot harmonize our unpleasant reality with a good and loving God, it makes us feel bad, even despondent. We want to believe God is good and just, but our distress can make our hold of that concept tenuous at best. This puts us out of the faith at the moment, not a place we want to linger (lest we meet our death while unsaved). This is the same point Job was brought to in his suffering, one of doubting God’s goodness or rightness so much so that he repeatedly accused God of injustice in his debate with his three friends. God had to point out how preposterous it was for the creation to accuse its creator of impropriety when they did not even understand how God does all that he does to run the universe competently with all its life forms. We often are in need of a similar correction when we find ourselves displeased with what God is allowing down here.
Towards that end, in each of the sections below, I will give you an insight from prophecy or Jesus that can help you move on to a new perspective that brings peace again. Rather than just tell you what to do with no guidance, I will also share practical action steps to help you get there.
Don’t worry about all the action steps or let yourself be overwhelmed by them all. The goal is that the reader may be convicted in one of these areas of repentance and then focus on that one new behavior with God’s help. As long as we’re tender-hearted and working on something Jesus said or the Holy Spirit convicts us of, we will bear the lasting fruit of repentance required for salvation (Mt 3:8=John 15:16=Mt 7:21).
1. Are You Opposing God’s Written Will To Destroy America?
When I read comments like these about saving America...
"I feel like our country is on the verge of being lost unless Trump makes some very drastic moves soon"
"I would say that at least 100 million people are aware that this Country is on the brink of falling. If the US falls, the whole World falls. The rest have been brainwashed by the Media.They say that 90% of Republicans and 30%of Dems believe the election was stolen. The truth is Trump won in a landslide. … We are truly in a fight of Good vs Evil! I believe that God is working through Trump to expose all this Evil. And I believe that we with God's help, will win in the end. This country was once one of God's crown jewels, and I believe he is very angry that this Evil has taken hold. I am confident in saying "God Will Win"!
PS... For the last 5 years, I have been following closely what's been happening here."
...I suspected that some readers did not know or did not accept that America was already doomed in Bible prophecy. This has been my understanding and teaching for over 20 years since God brought it to my attention in 1998 on a shortwave radio Christian program. I made peace with this hard truth long ago. Once I did, I was soon after guided by God to leave America to live overseas where I have lived ever since. I may love America but I had to let it go in multiple ways to stay in alignment with God’s will.
My suspicion was confirmed when I asked one of my readers quoted above whether he knew or accepted America’s doom as written in Revelation 17-18. It turned out he saw those chapters as about Iraq or some economic system, not America as a whole. These are common views and they do have their appeal. But under scrutiny, they do not hold up nor do they explain all of the dozens of verses on Babylon/Daughter Babylon in the Bible. In addition to Revelation 17-18 showing America as the whore with a great deep seawater port city (NYC) burned by fire, there is also Daniel 7 depicting America as eagles’ wings plucked off a host lion (UK) and left to die (Dan 7:4). Later in Revelation 13 after the beast or Antichrist gets rid of America and rises to power instead (Rev 13:1) the eagle’s wings are missing from the same lion body (Rev 13:2). This important and foundational truth of end-time prophecy is all covered extensively in my book Know the Future but you can prove it out for yourself with my articles on the topic:
- Why Mystery Babylon is America
- 60 proofs Babylon is not Iraq, the Vatican, or anything else
- Why no economic collapse comes first.
For most the first step is getting past the psychological barriers to seeing your home country’s destruction already written as God's will. You may have to go through the five grieving stages (DABDA): denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Give yourself space to do this without judging where you are or how you are feeling. It’s a lot to accept. However, remember what God said to the prophet Samuel over his grieving process. Samuel was sad because of God’s decision to reject the disobedient King Saul. Samuel mourned for Saul until God told him to stop and move on to the king God had chosen (1Sam 16:1). Saul’s story was indeed tragic and mourning was appropriate but God's work could not be hindered. The same goes for America’s fate. Will we accept it and move on and not stay stuck in non-acceptance or sadness over it? This could hinder God's will for us as well.
Don’t Oppose God’s Will Like Jonah
Knowing what prophecy says to a high degree of confidence, even with expert help, is difficult. But you do not have to do it alone, nor, really, can you. God’s Holy Spirit is available to guide us if we really seek the answer with God. If you’re not already curious or excited to understand prophecy (like I was), then perhaps another motivation is needed. The prospect of finding yourself standing against God’s will in a matter like the Pharisees were (Acts 5:39) might do the trick.
The story of the Prophet Jonah is a cautionary tale in this regard. Jonah did not want to play a part in saving Israel’s cruel enemy Nineveh from God’s judgment by bringing them God's word of warning. He made the extreme choice of running in the opposite direction knowing it would cost him his life. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make for his nation. God saw the love for Israel motivating his disobedience and spared his life, but not in a pleasant way. He was tossed into the stormy sea and swallowed by a great fish. Have you ever thought about what it was like to be kept alive in the dark belly of a creature for three long days and nights? Are you claustrophobic? Afraid of the dark? Prone to anxiety or panic attacks or hunger after missing a meal? Then you can imagine the suffering Jonah endured for opposing God’s will. To try to innocently fight for a nation that God has decreed for destruction is unlikely to bring you such harsh suffering, but it could cause you psychological suffering as an exercise in frustration.
Lest there be any doubt God will change his mind on this point, Jeremiah affirms that America cannot be saved and what to do next:
Jeremiah 51:8-10 — 8 Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm for her pain; perhaps she can be healed. 9 “ ‘We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed; let us leave her ...’ 10 “ ‘The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done.’
The place of safety when America is destroyed is called “Zion” by Jeremiah and Jonah or Judea by Jesus (Mt 24:16=Joel 2:32).
"Depart From Me, I Never Knew you!" - Jesus
Jesus predicted that he will tell many sincere believers to basically "get lost" instead of welcoming them into the Kingdom. So...who are they and what did they miss or do wrong? In this study, get those answers and the one requirement for salvation Jesus taught (that Christianity misses) so that you can make sure you don't hear these dreaded words yourself!
- If you are not sure America is doomed in Bible prophecy and you are spending time over your concern for America, it would be good to make sure you are not against God there. I suggest taking the time to pray consistently about this question every day and doing your own study as able.
- If God confirms this, make your intention and prayer to accept it with God’s help.
- Then move on to praying for the strength to escape (Lk 21:36) from America to safety when the time comes. It won't be easy to leave home but we have enough time to prepare mentally for it.
2. Do You Hate Those You Disagree With Ideologically?
In addition to sadness, anger is another emotion I have heard expressed a lot. For example:
"guess you have heard it seems it pays to be dishonest if you can slither your way into a high office of the land with seemingly no consequence...you can loot and burn things down with no jail time. I will remain calm and stand on God's promises...and learn Chinese.”
It’s easy and natural to hate people you see as your enemies or who are doing things you disagree strongly with or who you feel threatened by. I’m not judging anyone feeling such emotions. But when I read what Christians write on social media about their enemies, I know this action represents a drift far from what Christ lived and taught about forgiveness, tolerance, and kindness:
Matthew 5:43-48 — 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
If you are hating and slandering the other side, it is doubtful you are praying for their good (although you may be praying for their cursing). You are not acting with love for them in your heart.
- You may not even be aware when you are angry or offended at people. Pray for God to reveal this to you, any hidden sins like David did.
- Monitor yourself to see if you have not just unloving words but unloving thoughts.
- When you uncover them, do not judge or reject yourself but accept the feelings are there from God to tell you something. Learn what that is and then work on releasing these feelings with God’s help such as asking him to reveal the source.
- Keep at it and don’t get depressed if it takes a long time to forgive or stop being angry. These are big challenges and God gives us credit for the intention and is not expecting perfection or judging us off our imperfect performance.
3. Are you blaming others when Jesus said to examine yourself?
If you’re not consumed with anger at the other side, that is good, but even without toxic emotions, it is no good when you are obsessed with what the other side is saying and doing. You may be playing the blame game or focusing on everyone outside your ideological group as the source of the world's problems. For example:
"millions of us who have just been stunned by the utter Godlessness, Lawlessness and moral depravity of the liberal party. For 4+ years now...constant lies, thievery and deceit against conservatives and President Trump...I am guessing with this totally deceitful election, there has been millions of prayers seeking for Gods intervention and truth to prevail and yet every day we just get more and more lies and depravity from the liberals and the lost.
The Bible tells us that all of us are fallen, sinners, and depraved. Even the man after God’s own heart, King David, fell into adultery and murder. We must all humbly be on guard for the sinful nature in us that is ever ready to manifest. Focusing on other peoples’ issues is a proven way to distract yourself from it, the real problem God holds you responsible for, your own sinful nature and sins.
Talking about Other People’s Sins
Jesus taught on this tendency:
Luke 18:9-14 — 9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
When I see people spending so much time drawing attention to what the other side is doing, and spreading what they find around on social media, I think of that parable.
Another one to keep in mind:
Matthew 7:1-5 — 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
You’re Not A Watchman Sent To “Wake Up” People to Your Opinion
I think many Christians forget what Jesus taught here because they think God wants them to be “watchmen” or to wake up and warn everyone about what is going on or what they are doing or thinking wrong. They also mistakenly think they hold the truth when all they have is their opinion that feels like fact because they find so many people online who hold the same opinion as they do. This makes our position feel safe and unassailable. But that ignores the millions who hold the opposing position and feel exactly as confident about theirs.
I remember years ago one reader wrote to me about her attempts to try to warn people and wake up for such reasons and how frustrated she was that no one would listen or agree with her if they did. This was in the days before social media when living in an echo chamber of like-minded people who agreed with you was not the norm yet. People were more humble and open back then to see it when their position was wrong.
I explained to her that while the Bible does say to go to your brother or someone you have a close relationship with (who therefore might respect and listen to you) it’s not mainly talking about farflung strangers on the internet who don’t know you from Adam and would find your presumptuous attempt to correct them offensive. It’s also not talking about your opinions or grey areas but clear sin. Holding a different ideological position than yours is not the same as a clear sin, like stealing or adultery. Christians confuse this and go on an endless crusade to rebuke everyone with a different position. That is not our responsibility nor is it effective at convincing people of anything except that you are a self-righteous, judgmental hypocrite.
Once she realized that she was not responsible to do the impossible task of policing, waking up, or warning everyone, she was greatly relieved. She had children and this task on top of motherhood was wearing her out. I think she had to get over some initial guilt at letting go of this “responsibility.” But she quickly saw the logic of it and had peace with focusing on caring for her children (and herself) better without trying to “save the world.”
- If you want to really get down to it, it’s pride that says everyone else’s faults are the problem and that ours don’t exist or are excusable. Pride blinds us so we cannot see our own pride; rest assured, it’s there. God alone can reveal it if we pray for him to “show me my pride.” That’s a scary prayer to make, but remember, Jesus said you cannot be saved without becoming truly humble like a child is (Mt 18:3-4). Do you want to stay where you are in pride or be shown your pride (by our loving and gentle Father) and be saved?
- Just as with monitoring yourself for anger, monitor yourself for pride. If your conscience bothers you about something, ask if pride was behind it. Then humble yourself in that area if it is.
4. Are You Displeased With God? (It’s Normal)
A common theme in messages I receive has been disillusionment or anger at God.
“The Lord said hearts will grow cold at the end but I didn't believe it was because our God was going to seemingly abandon us and give all human activity all up to the God of this world. What about His Followers? Is it possible for you to give us your thoughts on "Where is God" "What is He up to". From now to His return, what is His role going to be? Is our final test to be silence from God? I don't even recognize this country anymore."
You would not know it since it’s not safe to talk about in Christianity, but anger at God is universal among humans, even or especially with believers. Even the prophet Jonah was angry at God over his mercy towards Nineveh (Jonah 4:1-4). Likewise, you may be angry at God for his mercy towards the other side or for allowing them to steal the election, destroy the country, etc.
This is again something to deal with immediately as it likely will put you out of the faith that God is good.
- Accept that you are angry at God and do not judge it. This is normal as most children get angry at their parents.
- Confess it to him in prayer. Tell him exactly what you think of him. Use four-letter words if that's how you feel. He’s a big guy and can handle it and will appreciate your honesty.
- Ask for him to teach you what you are missing that would resolve this conflict.
Why You Need To Take Action Now
It’s easy to read a message like this:
- agree with enough of it…
- be convicted by it…
- and even vow to do better…
- ...only to then do absolutely nothing different!
The cares of this world distract us from the cares of eternity, salvation. Worse, salvation is not so easy like Christianity represents it, as some kind of one-time decision to simply accept a savior for your sins. According to Jesus’ words, it takes the action of repentance by loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 7:12). This makes Jesus not just your Savior but your Lord, or the one whose instructions you obey. That’s why he said few are saved now, not many or billions of Christians. Loving others is hard and you won’t get anywhere with it as long as you maintain your default habits of pride and ignoring your unpleasant, toxic thoughts and negative feelings.
That we hypothetically could die at any moment through an accident or illness while not saved and miss out on being the Bride of Christ in the Kingdom ought to be enough motivation to take our salvation seriously now. However, to take action on anything, we tend to need more feeling of urgency than logic.
Bible Prophecy Helps With Salvation
What can bring a greater sense of urgency are the perilous birth pains of the end of the age coming that threaten to take all our lives prematurely. Time is running out. I have not wavered from my conviction that 2026 is the year that God sends Wormwood to demolish civilization.
Understanding end-time prophecy or staying informed through a website like mine is commendable but not enough to escape. Praying for strength to escape is good (Lk 21:36), but also not enough. We need to take action to repent and draw close to God so we have his help escaping when that difficult time comes to decide to leave our home country (wherever we are) and move to a nuclear fallout zone.
I have outlined several practical action steps above. I know these steps work as I have practiced them myself and counseled others to draw closer to God with them also. Using them can help get you onto the narrow path Jesus taught that alone leads to life (Mt 7:14). What's more important than that?
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