News Review - 10 Jul 2020
USA The Modern Rome

Rome was impregnable… She was the world… and the world was Rome…

But Rome fell!

USA – The Modern Rome?

In the late 1960’s, a series of articles in the Plain Truth magazine warned that the conditions that preceded the fall of Rome were becoming very obvious in the USA, even back then. Fifty years on, both the USA and Britain fulfil all five conditions laid out in the Plain Truth articles.

After WW2, Britain’s world empire faded away. Now it looks like the USA is on the brink of losing its status as the world’s superpower.

And the threat comes not from enemies – but from within!

Decline And Fall…

“The five major causes for the decline and fall of the Roman Empire deduced from the writings of Edward Gibbon and noted historians of the Roman world are these:

  1. The breakdown of the family and the rapid increase of divorce.
  2. The spiralling rise of taxes and extravagant spending.
  3. The mounting craze for pleasure and the brutalization of sports.
  4. The mounting production of armaments to fight ever increasing threats of enemy attacks.
  5. The decay of religion into a myriad of confusing forms, leaving the people without a uniform guide.

Every one of these factors is brimful and running over today [1969]. You read it in the daily newspapers – growing incidence of divorce, broken homes and juvenile delinquency, inflation and taxation, the pleasure binge, the revelation of the gigantic ‘military–industrial complex,’ the startling growth of occultism and weird religion.

They are all part of our world – our society. They were part of Rome’s, too!( The Plain Truth, August 1969)

How You Topple The Greatest Nation On Earth

“The five major causes for the collapse of the Roman Empire are rife in modern America and Britain. Tragically, modern man has not learned from historical mistakes. Millions today believe America is too big, too powerful, too wealthy to suffer a similar fate. But the cold facts present a bleak warning - a warning we simply must not ignore!

History shows us how great empires like Rome fell, not because they could be beaten militarily, but because they could collapse from within. When the population of that country fails to unify under a single culture, that nation’s flag, only social unrest will result.

Jesus Christ gave mankind this warning:

…if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. ” (Mark 3: 24)

All the enemies of that nation have to do is instigate protests and influence the media to lie to the people and just watch an independent republic melt away. All it takes is relocating millions of refugees who do not share American values and allowing illegal immigrants to storm our borders, and you’ve established a voting base that can overturn elections!” ( 12160.info)

1. The breakdown of the family and the rapid increase of divorce

While conditions back in 1969 were bad, they have now sunk to a whole new level!

Teens are going feral

“The acrid smell of cannabis wafts across the green as a group of young teenagers brazenly pass around a joint. Nearby, underage drinkers swig from bottles of vodka and inhale balloons full of so-called ‘hippy crack’ laughing gas. This was the scene at 8pm on Thursday in a London park, and is similar to those being played out in open spaces across Britain this summer…” ( dailymail.co.uk)

Destruction of the family

“The family unit is one of the fundamental pillars of any society, and so the weaker our family units become the weaker our entire nation is going to become. For decades, the traditional family unit has been under assault in America, and the consequences have been absolutely catastrophic. Today, the marriage rate has dropped to levels that we have never seen before, we continue to have one of the highest divorce rates in the entire world, and more couples than ever are choosing not to get married at all.

As a result, the number of single parents has been steadily rising, and at this point the United States actually has the highest rate of children living with a single parent of any country on the entire planet. If we continue to go down this road, the institution of the family is going to continue to collapse in the United States, and there is no possible way that America will ever be great again as long as that is happening.” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Demographic doom

“Forget debt and deflation: the biggest threat to the global economy and the future of modern civilization as we know it, may be demographics, according to a recent Euromonitor study. Whereas over the past decade policymakers have been mostly focused on how to reverse the global infatuation with debt and how to reverse what appears to be a structural decline in inflation, an even more troubling trend has been observed in recent years: due to a culmination of factors including falling fertility rates, rising divorce rates and expensive real estate, family sizes across the world are shrinking. In fact it was as recently as 2012 when the number of couples without children globally surpassed the number of those with children.” ( technocracy.news)

2. The spiralling rise of taxes and extravagant spending

The looming financial nightmare

“Let’s talk numbers, shall we? The national debt (the amount the federal government has borrowed over the years and must pay back) is $23 trillion and growing. The amount this country owes is now greater than its gross national product (all the products and services produced in one year by labor and property supplied by the citizens). We’re paying more than $270 billion just in interest on that public debt annually. And the top two foreign countries who ‘own’ our debt are China and Japan.

Meanwhile, almost 60% of Americans are so financially strapped that they don’t have even $500 in savings and nothing whatsoever put away for retirement, and yet they are being forced to pay for government programs that do little to enhance or advance their lives. Folks, if you haven’t figured it out yet, we’re not living the American dream. We’re living a financial nightmare. The US government — and that includes the current administration — is spending money it doesn’t have on programs it can’t afford, and ‘we the taxpayers’ are the ones who will pay for it.” ( rutherford.org)

3. The mounting craze for pleasure and the brutalization of sports

UK attendance at live sporting events

“The UK is the only country in the world whose sporting attendance is greater than its population, allowing the UK to officially claim the world capital of live sport title according to new analysis by Two Circles. The total attendance for professional UK sporting events will hit 75.1m in 2019…” ( twocircles.com)

The global gambling industry

“Gambling on football is a huge and growing global industry worth billions of pounds per year. While having a flutter at the bookies has long been associated with horse racing, the growth of online betting could see football challenge that position in Britain. ‘The current estimations, which include both the illegal markets and the legal markets, suggest the sports match-betting industry is worth anywhere between $700 billion and $1 trillion (£435 billion to £625 billion) a year,’ says Darren Small, director of integrity at betting and sports data analysts Sportradar.” ( bbc.co.uk)

Horse race betting in the United Kingdom

“Between October 2018 and September 2019, the turnover of on course horse betting amounted to approximately £227.46 million.

Off-course horse race betting in the United Kingdom for 2019 was £4.2 billion.” ( statista.com)

Sports TV broadcast hours in the United States

“In 2017, 134 thousand hours of sports programming were available for viewing in the United States.” ( statista.com)

The North America sports market size

“The sports market size in North America from 2009 to 2018, with forecasts from 2019 to 2023. In 2018, the North American sports market had a value of about 71.06 billion US dollars. This figure is expected to rise to 83.1 billion by 2023. The market is composed of the segments gate revenues, media rights, sponsorships and merchandising.” ( statista.com)

4. The mounting production of armaments to fight ever increasing threats of enemy attacks

The military-industrial complex

“Call it a colossal victory for a Pentagon that hasn’t won a war in this century, but not for the rest of us. Congress only recently passed and the president approved one of the largest Pentagon budgets ever. It will surpass spending at the peaks of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. As last year ended, as if to highlight the strangeness of all this, the Washington Post broke a story about a ‘confidential trove of government documents’ — interviews with key figures involved in the Afghan War by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — revealing the degree to which senior Pentagon leaders and military commanders understood that the war was failing. Yet, year after year, they provided ‘rosy pronouncements they knew to be false,’ while ‘hiding unmistakable evidence that the war had become unwinnable’.”

However, as the latest Pentagon budget shows, no matter the revelations, there will be no reckoning when it comes to this country’s endless wars or its military establishment — not at a moment when President Donald Trump is sending yet more US military personnel into the Middle East and has picked a new fight with Iran. No less troubling: how few in either party in Congress are willing to hold the president and the Pentagon accountable for runaway defense spending or the poor performance that has gone with it …a Congress that allows endless wars, terrible spending practices, and multiplying conflicts of interest is, as the history of the twenty-first century has shown us, a recipe for disaster.” ( zerohedge.com)

5. The decay of religion into a myriad of confusing forms, leaving the people without a uniform guide

Satanic temple wins IRS recognition

“Many Americans regard paying taxes as a necessary evil. If they want to worship Satan, now the IRS has officially given them a tax-exempt place to do so. The Internal Revenue Service has granted the same non-profit status given to churches, synagogues and mosques to The Satanic Temple, an organization in Salem, Massachusetts, that calls itself America’s first devil-worshiping church. It is now protected by federal laws governing churches that operate as charities.” ( bloomberg.com)

Mass exodus from the church

“We are witnessing a religious shift that is unprecedented in size and scope in American history. With each passing year, the percentage of Americans that claim no religious affiliation is growing, and this trend is especially pronounced among our young people. If things continue to steadily move in this direction, that is going to have enormous implications for the future of our society. The United States was founded by people that were extremely committed to their faith, and now we are rapidly becoming a nation where people are choosing no religion at all.

We live at a time when there is a mass exodus from Christian churches, and while it is true that some smaller faiths are growing, the reality of the matter is that most of the people that are leaving are remaining unaffiliated. According to PRRI, if you go back to 1991 only 6 percent of all Americans were ‘unaffiliated’, but today that number has shot up to 25 percent…

If we ever hope to restore the Constitutional Republic that our founders once established, we must return to the Christian values and principles that this nation was originally founded upon. Any other approach is simply not going to work, and time is running out.” ( theeconomiccollapseblog.com)

Witches outnumber Presbyterians in the United States

“Halloween has passed, and as Christmas approaches, millions around the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. But news outlets are referencing a 2014 Pew Research Center survey on religion and the rising number of those who practice witchcraft in the US, saying that witches now outnumber Presbyterians in the country. ‘Experts believe that the explosion in the witch population is due to millennial women’s embracing of new-age spirituality, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga,’ the Daily Mail reported in its witchcraft coverage last week. Wicca is recognized as an official religion in the United States. ‘Experts say that one does not need to be a Wicca or Pagan in order to be a witch, meaning that the actual number of those who practice witchcraft may be higher,’ the Mail reported.” ( breitbart.com)

The spiritual void

“We are witnessing a huge increase in the number of atheists and agnostics in the western world. Europe is much farther along than the United States is in this regard, and many areas of the continent are rightly regarded to be ‘post-Christian’ at this point. In the UK, the Christian faith has declined so dramatically that now we are seeing the rise of ‘humanist chaplains’ that don’t hold to any sort of faith at all…

In the United States and Europe people are leaving the faith of their forefathers in astounding numbers, and that spiritual void is often being filled by other faiths such as witchcraft and Islam. So what does this mean for the future of our society?( endoftheamericandream.com)

As Empires Collapse – The Vultures Gather!

It seems that Europe now believes that America is losing its superpower status. Other nations are now starting to challenge America’s position…

German chancellor Merkel warns Europe

“The US may voluntarily relinquish its status as a world power and Europeans must brace themselves for such a contingency, including by boosting their militaries, the German chancellor has warned.” ( rt.com)

“She also warned that Europe should be ready for a reality without the US as a world power.” ( rt.com)

Now China threatens US military power

“Chinese state media said Saturday the double US aircraft carrier deployment to the South China Sea is ‘at their pleasure’. The state run Global Times said analysts noted and they could destroy the carriers at any moment with missiles in a chilling threat.” ( hideoutnow.com)

Even tiny North Korea threatens America

“North Korea has threatened to use nuclear weapons on the United States should there be war with the South.” ( thesun.co.uk)

The Lessons Of History

“The five major causes for the collapse of the Roman Empire are rife in modern America and Britain. Tragically, modern man has not learned from historical mistakes. Millions today believe America is too big, too powerful, and too wealthy to suffer a similar fate. But the cold facts present a bleak warning — a warning we simply must not ignore!

‘HO, HO!’ THEY LAUGHED AT THE WARNINGS OF SENECA. ‘ROME FALL? NEVER!’

To Roman citizens living in the glitter of empire — enjoying an explosive frenzy of building, with huge cities, bejewelled with rising marble columns, with paved, pleasant tree-lined avenues and rushing fountains; seeing the victory parades through triumphal arches of yet additional conquests; hearing of the exploits of this or that great general —

Rome was impregnable. She was the world — and the world was Rome.

To speculate for one brief moment that all this could soon collapse — that the ravages of wars, taxation, mounting crime, race riots, subversion from within, political assassinations, natural disasters and public apathy would one day bring Rome to utter collapse and ruin, was not only unimaginable to them — it was folly to the heights of idiocy.

And to millions of American and British people today — the thought that America and Britain could suffer a similar fate — though with more modern consequences — seems equally ludicrous.

BUT ROME FELL.( The Plain Truth, August 1969)

Modern day Israel – the USA and Britain – is now in real jeopardy of suffering the same fate … just as God’s end time Apostle warned!

Will the US and British nations HEED? They could yet avert this colossal national tragedy, IF they would!

But if you – you now reading this, you as an individual – will be corrected, voluntarily, before God lets this indescribably horrendous chastening strike; if YOU come to real REPENTANCE, realizing HOW TERRIBLY WRONG you have been; if you can see yourself as you really are – as a rebellious wrong, evil person; and if you can SURRENDER to the loving, all-merciful, yet all-POWERFUL GOD – and make it an UNCONDITIONAL surrender, coming to Almighty GOD through the living Jesus Christ as personal Savior – then NO PLAGUE shall come near you! (Ps. 91:8-11), but you shall be accounted worthy to escape all these frightful things and to STAND before Christ at His return (Luke 21:35-36).

Those in the true Body of Christ shall be taken to a place of SAFETY, until this Tribulation be over (Rev. 3:10-11, applying to those faithful in GOD’S WORK now going to the world; Rev. 12:14; Isa. 26:20).

But you must make your own decision – and to NEGLECT doing so is to have made the WRONG decision!

Most people, we know only too well, will take this SERIOUS WARNING lightly – put it out of mind – turn to other immediate interests of no importance by comparison! That is why a loving, just, all-wise, all-POWERFUL GOD is going to take away from them these unimportant counter-interests, and apply such intensified CORRECTION that they shall, finally, come to their senses, and turn to Him and His WAY which will bring them eternal happiness and abundant blessings!

But YOU need not have to suffer this intensified correction, greater than any trouble ever suffered by humans. By God’s direction and authority, I have laid the TRUTH before you! To neglect it will be tragic beyond imagination! To heed it will bring blessings, happiness and GLORY beyond description!

The decision is now YOURS!

( US and GB in Prophecy - Chapter 14)