Race Riots—Three Decades of Prophetic Warning
American cities are burning. Lawless rioters are destroying property, looting stores, attacking police and store owners, and committing murders. This started a week ago after a black man was killed in Minneapolis during an arrest. But it is about far more than that.
I have been warning about race conflicts in America since the earliest issues of the Philadelphia Trumpet. I want to share some quotes with you to show you how this problem has been building for decades, and, far more importantly, because the Bible prophesies that they will worsen and contribute to the downfall of the entire nation, if we don’t repent.
In 1992, following the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers for beating Rodney King, the city exploded in deadly riots that injured more than 2,300 and killed 63. In the June 1992 Trumpet issue, I wrote:
As the economy grows worse, the rioters are going to burn more and more because God’s wrath is upon us! And God is far more wrathful toward the white people in Israel than He is with the black people. The problems are going to intensify until our people repent [of their many sins]! … The Los Angeles rioting is just a type of what is going to happen to the whole nation! It is a stark prophecy of our future! The rioting and burning is the main thrust of the “pestilence” mentioned in Ezekiel 5. [The word pestilence can be defined as a plague of violence or burning. For more information, request our free book on Ezekiel.] And this rioting is going to spread to other Israelite nations—unless these peoples repent! God is going to get our attention, one way or another.
Three years later, O. J. Simpson was tried for a double murder that took place in Los Angeles, further exacerbating racial tensions. In the September-October 1995 Trumpet issue, I wrote:
Ultimately, the damage from this trial will be far worse than the Rodney King affair. Some have called this trial a circus—meaning a disorganized mess. But this trial has been carefully orchestrated by Satan, and God has allowed it. At a time when crime is out of control, our police departments are being stripped of their power. The Los Angeles Police Department is only leading the way. Satan is destroying the government of the land so he can explode the social bomb of racial hatred to tear us apart! That is easy to do with virtually no effective police department. …
The Los Angeles rioting in 1992 is just a type of what is going to happen to major cities in the whole nation! It is a stark prophecy of our future! The government has lost control. There is a breakdown of law and order. Government authorities asked black sports stars and other leading blacks to plead with their people to stop the L.A. rioting in 1992. That appears to be their main hope for peace! How pathetic! There was virtually no show of governmental force. We are getting dangerously close to social anarchy and chaos!
In 2011, Republicans tried to question Attorney General Eric Holder about Operation Fast and Furious. That was the operation in which the administration of President Barack Obama was smuggling automatic weapons to drug cartels in Mexico. Holder responded with vicious accusations that Republicans were racists for criticizing the program, since he and President Obama are African-American. I wrote in “U.S. Attorney General Ignited the Race Bomb” in the March 2012 issue:
Republican racism has become the battle cry of the radical left—led by the president and his attorney general! Mostly that charge is untrue. But many people are going to believe it is true and act accordingly. As the economy gets worse and people’s emotions become more heated, violent race riots are going to burst on the scene in our large cities. Do we think such hateful racist statements have no consequences? Like little children, the radical left makes these hateful statements and … the consequences … are going to be horrendous. Bible prophecy says so, but even common sense alone should tell us that! This is not President Obama bringing us together as he pledged to do in his presidential campaign. He is leading the way into violent divisions. And I do mean violent!
In April 2015, people were rioting in Baltimore, Maryland, after Freddie Gray, a black man, died in police custody. Before the cause of death was even known, protests against the police began, then erupted into riots. The six officers involved were later found not guilty of any wrongdoing, and three of them were even acquitted by a black judge. In the July 2015 issue, I wrote this in “Your Cities Are Burned With Fire”:
Accusations of police racism are heightening public mistrust of law enforcement and fueling a trend of violent race-related incidents and lawlessness. Anger among certain high-profile segments of the black population in particular is growing, and is boiling over in rioting and violence with increasing frequency in American cities.
In 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. The Black Lives Matter group formed, and many of its activists have resurrected the violent symbolism and anti-police rhetoric of the Black Panthers. Alicia Garza, a founding member of the group, says one of her key influencers is Assata Shakur, a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Army who killed a New Jersey state trooper and fled to Cuba. The agenda of groups like Black Lives Matter quickly spread through much of our culture, especially entertainment. American pop singer Beyoncé Knowles glorified Black Lives Matter during the 2016 Super Bowl. I wrote this in the May-June 2016 Trumpet in “The Real Agenda Behind Black Lives Matter”:
Like the Black Panthers, the Black Lives Matter movement is also becoming known for its chants comparing American police officers to pigs. “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” is one variation used prominently at a rally in Minnesota last year. The leaders of this movement are scrutinizing and magnifying the issue of racism among America’s law enforcement officers for evil purposes. They are using it dishonestly to justify some terrifyingly dangerous behavior! They are stirring up emotion and anger—but none of it is intended to solve the problem. They want revolution and war!
Later that year, after two incidents in which police killed black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, President Obama immediately posted on social media that these were “not isolated incidents” and emphasized “racial disparities,” insinuating that American police are racist, as he had done previously. Hours later, a black man went on a shooting spree in Texas, murdering five Dallas police officers and wounding seven more. A week later, a man who posted a video glorifying what happened in Texas murdered three officers in Louisiana. In “America Faces an Explosion of Racial Violence,” (September 2016), I wrote:
Such rhetoric is inciting evils that are quickly becoming far worse than those it purports to solve! …
Surely the statements the president has made—like his accusatory speech about those two policemen—help to stir up men like the Dallas sniper! Words have consequences! And they have many times the consequences when they come from the president of the United States! …
This is a slippery slope that is moving America toward a race war and rule by dictatorship or tyranny! …
I believe the radical left will do almost anything to cling to power in this coming election. Are they stirring up race problems in order to present themselves as the solution and to justify grabbing more control?
I then reemphasized the prophecies of Isaiah, including Isaiah 1:6-7, which prophesied that our entire nation would be sick from head to toe, wounded, bruised, afflicted with putrid, untreated sores: “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.”
Now we see terrible violence and destruction in our cities. Americans—and people all over the world—are seeing how quickly our racial tensions can snap into nation-threatening chaos. During the riots of the past week, other nations have sought to take advantage and join those who claim that police in the United States are racist. It is all aimed at destroying the enforcement of law in America, which will destroy America!
Why? Because Satan is real, he is attacking the descendants of ancient Israel, which includes the United States, and God is allowing it because we have disbelieved and disobeyed Him and turned to Satan’s way of sin.
The Bible is true! Bible prophecy is real! God is warning America of the consequences of our sins! Bible prophecy has proved true over these last few years. Its frightening prophecies of what is coming over the next few months and years will also prove true. In these increasingly terrible times, the Holy Bible is our only source of truth—and our only source of hope.