Chapter 2: America’s Real Enemy
When he became president, Barack Obama promised his supporters a radical transformation of the U.S. By the end of his first term, some supporters felt the change he promised wasn’t coming fast enough. To them the president explained: “What’s frustrated people is that I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008. Well, it turns out that our founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes” (emphasis mine throughout).
This is one of several statements the president made showing his distaste for America’s Constitution. Mr. Obama is an outspoken critic of the Constitution and has long desired to cast off its restraints. In a 2001 public radio interview, then Senator Obama said the Constitution reflected the “fundamental flaw” of the United States. He characterized the supreme law of the land as “a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”
There is a reason the Constitution focuses on what the government can’t do to you: It aims to restrain despotism and to preserve freedom! That is its great strength, not its fundamental flaw!
America’s Constitution has given more freedom to more people than any other government charter in history. It is a noble document that has inspired and enabled so many to attain accomplishments that any other system anywhere else in the world would have denied them.
You would think Americans would love the Constitution, but that is not the case in this country anymore. The radical left wants to destroy the Constitution! The radically left Democrats are very hostile to the Constitution, and so are the mainstream media. Some in the media said Mr. Obama’s only real problem was that he didn’t issue enough executive actions to enact radical policy. Many liberals now preach that for America to solve its many problems, it needs to abandon the Constitution. Most of the educational institutions would like to get rid of it. Many even argue that it is not even the supreme law of the land! Even one of the Supreme Court justices said the Constitution is outdated and should not be used.
This too is a liberal strategy to usurp power that America’s founders never intended politicians to have. An administration that ignores the Constitution when it doesn’t serve its own agenda has a lot of power!
More recently, the attack on the Constitution has become even more vile. People have criticized it not only for making change more difficult, but also because it represents what they perceive to be institutionalized racism inherent within the American system!
“The goal of the Constitution was to make an agreement between factions known as states, which were built on the backs of black slaves.” That’s a paraphrase of what Alicia Garza said during a University of Missouri Black Lives Matter event in February 2016. Garza is one of the three founding members of Black Lives Matter, an organization for which Mr. Obama and the radical left have been major supporters. “The people vowing to protect the Constitution,” Garza said, “are vowing to protect white supremacy and genocide.”
That is a satanic lie! How could Mr. Obama and the radical left support such a racist organization? The truth is that it was the system built by the Constitution that allowed the United States to become one of the first societies in history to completely abolish slavery!
Comments like these are a contemptible attack on the U.S. Constitution—the supreme law of the land! Such vile statements are stirring up a lot of anger and bitterness against the system of government established by America’s framers.
The Constitution is based on many biblical principles! The framers of the Constitution said it worked only if our people had a certain measure of faith in God and the Bible. Our people have forsaken God. And God is full of wrath because of it. He is cursing this land!
Do you realize how deadly dangerous this trend of lawlessness is? Very few people do. But it gives insight into the real nature of the threat facing America.
This is quickly moving America toward a race war and rule by dictatorship or tyranny.
Mr. Obama repeatedly said how transparent his administration would be—yet virtually everything he did was in the dark. Many journalists complained that his was the most opaque administration in history.
That is the path to a violent dictator ruling America! And it wouldn’t take but a few large and destructive riots to reach that nightmare.
In March of 2013, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was called before Congress and asked, “Does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper replied, “No, sir … not wittingly.” That was a lie, and he knew it.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder also lied to Congress—about the Fast and Furious scandal and about what his department did to reporter James Rosen.
As these scandals piled higher and higher, nobody could get administration officials to tell them anything! They lied and lied and lied—and were caught in their lies! That administration covered itself in a cloak of deceit. In some cases, they even joked or bragged about their lies!
It is impossible to measure the damage such deception wreaked on the fabric of our politics and our society. But nobody seems to care. When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was investigated over the lies in the White House’s response to the Benghazi attack, she responded, “What difference at this point does it make?” Apparently a lot of Americans agree with her.
That speaks volumes about our people. We get the leaders we deserve. Especially in a democratic republic, we the people must accept the blame for the problems!
Many traditional Christians pray for more righteous leaders, but their prayers are not being answered. Why? Because of their sins.
What happens to a nation when people come to expect their leaders to lie? When people embrace deceit? That is a far deadlier crisis than most people realize. Lies enslave and destroy us. Lies are the tools of tyrants. It is truth that sets us free. We should be passionate lovers of truth.
We must see reality: Something deadly dangerous has seized the country—far more than what people realize. There is a spiritual dimension to what is happening, and you cannot understand these events unless you recognize this.
Know Your Enemy
What is happening to America’s leadership, its domestic policy and foreign policy is not just a quirk of history. The fact that Americans are casting the Constitution to the ground and encouraging lawlessness in their marriages, in their government and in their foreign policy has a very definite cause.
We must know our enemy in order to understand what is going on in America.
Revelation 12:12 reveals that Satan is our deadly adversary. He is the one behind these dangerous developments. The devil is full of wrath, and he has gotten control of the radical left. The fruits prove it. These people want to bring this system down. They are deceived (verse 9). But the problem is much deeper than that.
Our people don’t understand their Bibles as they once did. They don’t understand the many scriptures about Satan the devil. He has his agenda against America, and it is prevailing because of America’s sinful way of life.
Only God can protect us from this powerful evil spirit.
In his second epistle to the Church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul drew attention to this evil spirit being. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, he called him “the god of this world” who has “blinded the minds of them which believe not.” In 2 Corinthians 11:3, he warned about how easy it is to be beguiled through his subtlety. In verses 14 and 15, he wrote that Satan actually transforms himself into an angel of light, and his ministers look like ministers of righteousness! This is an extremely deceptive being with a lot of power!
Paul cautioned the people to be careful and vigilant, “[l]est Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). In any war, ignorance of the enemy is dangerous. We are far more vulnerable to the devil if we are ignorant of his devices, designs or schemes. The more you know, the better equipped you are to resist and fight! Satan is laying a trap, and you need to recognize it!
The devil’s fingerprints are all over what is happening to America today. The rampant deceit bears the stamp of the father of liars (John 8:44). The contempt for law springs from Satan’s own lawlessness.
Still, many people scoff about there even being a devil—while he is tearing them apart! They know little or nothing about their Bibles. They don’t understand anything about God, nor do they know the devil. Until they do, the problems will only intensify.
Those who fail to see the devil behind what is happening in America today will end up being his victims.
Let me warn you again not to forget Revelation 12:7-12. Satan and millions of his demons have been cast down from a war in heaven. They are now confined to this Earth. Their time is short because of Christ’s imminent return, and they are full of their worst wrath ever!
You see evidence of that wrath in this violent world full of treacherous deceit.
America is being attacked from within and without. There are failures everywhere: economically, culturally, politically, militarily and morally. Anyone who says there isn’t a real problem here needs to open his eyes! We need to see what is happening to our nation.
The radical left is not our big problem. Ultimately, this isn’t about a man or an administration; it’s about an evil spirit being who is working to destroy this nation—and about why God is allowing it to happen!
God is not blessing America—He is cursing America!
Time Is Short
God is against three nations in particular—America, Britain and the Jewish nation—because of their history with God, the birthright and scepter blessings today, and their unparalleled rebellion. Not only is God not helping us, He is against us! (Ezekiel 5:8). (This is all explained in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)
Look at what God says about this through the Prophet Ezekiel: “Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence. Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled” (Ezekiel 7:23-24). This prophecy is about America in particular (for proof, request our free book Ezekiel—The End-Time Prophet).
“The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the Lord” (verse 27). God blames the people for their sins, not the leaders! America is full of sins—and the whole world sees them! The leader may lead us to destruction, but God blames the people.
God says He has broken the pride of our power (Leviticus 26:19). Many examples confirm that this is true today. Although America has tremendous power, we fear to use it. America has receded into the background and is declining rapidly.
Being weak causes violence and wars! The fact that America is withdrawing from the world stage will only allow evils to increase. As we get weaker, people will attack us more and more violently.
Why is America so weak? Study Leviticus 26. Again—it is because of our sins. This is why God has brought this curse upon us.
The curses on America are plain to see. Prophecy is being fulfilled in events all over the globe! You would think that as times get worse and worse, people would look to the Bible to see what God has to say. Conditions are intensifying and getting so bad that anybody can recognize something is terribly wrong. But virtually nobody is turning to God. That is to our shame.
America’s problems are a direct result of America’s sins. No politician is going to “make America great again,” no matter what people think! I would like to see it happen, but it isn’t going to happen in this age. Everyone will come to recognize that truth before much longer! God will make America great again in the World Tomorrow. He is going to solve our problems—in spite of our rebellion. He will save America—and the world—at Jesus Christ’s return, which will occur immediately after all these crises climax.
Notice the end of Ezekiel 7:27: All the punishment that is coming upon us is intended to bring people back to God. This is good news: In the end, people are going to know God!
You absolutely need to understand the truth about what is happening to America today. We have been protected in this country for a couple hundred years. We have not experienced the turmoil that many other nations have. Yes, we were involved in two world wars, but God has given us a lot of peace. As a result, our people have settled into an unreality about what is really happening around us. They don’t understand how deadly dangerous this world is!
This is not God’s world. There is a lot of evil in this world. It is full of tigers waiting to tear people apart. It has always been that way. As Winston Churchill said, the history of man is the history of war. Yet somehow we can’t come to grips with that today.
Are you willing to face reality? Most people are not. A haze of deception enshrouds our world. It is absolutely stunning how easily the people in this land today are duped.
How could Americans allow the radical left to get such dangerous control of our country? Herbert W. Armstrong prophesied how and why this would happen over 50 years ago!