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Father, we lift up our nation and the world at large before You. We thank You for all that You have done, and we pray that You would continue to move throughout the earth and bless us.

Analysis. Are we living in the last moments of human history? Is the whole world about to explode? Has America ever been in a worse condition than it is now?

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Certainly, we are living in chaotic times, times of trouble and upheaval. But how bad are things, really? How dire is the condition of the world?

There is a mindset that C. S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery” which he defined as “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate of our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that count discredited.” In other words, if it’s newer, it must be better.

The exact opposite of this concept is the idea that if it’s newer, it must be worse. Society is not what it used to be. Families are not what they used to be. Morality is not what it used to be. Education is not what it used to be. Everything is on the decline!

But are things really that simple? Can we make such blanket statements?

Andrew Klavan, who was born in 1954, was describing his early days with the Daily Wire team, which included much younger men like Ben Shapiro and Michael Knowles.

Klavan wrote, “sometimes the younger guys would say things like, ‘This is the most divided era in American history,’ and I’d say, you know, between the ages of ten and fourteen, I saw the president of the United States murdered by a Communist, his senator brother murdered by a Palestinian and the greatest civil rights leader of the age gunned down by a racist pornographer. To me, things look pretty chill. I think that was useful to keep the rhetoric in check and align our feelings with reality.”

Of course, it’s easy to think that America is the worst it’s ever been. Doesn’t it often feel like that?

After all, when is the last time we’ve been this politically polarized? When have we had to deal with LGBTQ+ extremism? When have we faced such uncertainty about the future? What about the horrific school massacres? What about the dangers of cancel culture and wokeness? What about the racial divisions? What about the plague of porn? And the epidemic of fentanyl overdoses? The list goes on and on.

Still, as Klavan said, we need to “align our feelings with reality.” How bad are things, really?

The fact is that some things are the worst they’ve ever been in our nation’s history, such as the ubiquity of porn or the rise of radical transgender activism.

On the other hand, other things are better than they’ve been in decades, such as the strength of the pro-life movement, from the overturning of Roe v. Wade to the passing of pro-life legislation in state after state. And despite the racial tension we’re living with, things are certainly far better today for black Americans than they were prior to 1964, let alone prior to 1865.

It’s true that we’re having serious economic struggles. But Americans today, on average, live in far more luxurious conditions than did previous generations, and we’re nowhere near the times of the Great Depression.

And despite the deadly uptick in certain drug overdoses and the legalizing of pot, illicit drug use is lower today than in past decades, as is violent crime. (The murder rate in big cities is back to where it was 25 years ago, but again, that just means things have been really bad before.)

As for being a divided nation, which we are, we are nowhere nearly as divided as we were immediately before and after the Civil War.

Even our colleges and universities, many of which had strong Christian foundations and most of which have swung far to the left, have had bad days before. As revival historian James Edwin Orr noted in one of his lectures, after the Revolutionary War, America experienced a period of spiritual decline.

Things got so bad on some of our campuses that not a single professing Christian could be found at Harvard, which was founded for the glory of God. At Princeton, only two believers were found and only 5 students who did not belong to the filthy speech movement.

Students rioted on some campuses and, on one occasion, took a Bible from a church and burned it. Orr even states that Christian students were so few on some campuses that they met in secret, and recorded their meeting notes in code lest they should be discovered. This really happened in our country! (I strongly encourage you to take 25 minutes to watch this old lecture by Dr. Orr. He also mentions how Thomas Payne joyfully repeated Voltaire’s words that Christianity would be forgotten in 30 years.)

As for the state of the world today, we are actually living in one of the more peaceful times in history, despite Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine. Just compare things today with the worldwide upheaval and massive loss of life during World Wars I and II. Or consider the tens of millions of lives snuffed out due to the policies of Stalin and Mao.

Even in the Middle East, Israel has friendlier relations with more of its neighbors than at any time since its reestablishment in 1948.

To be sure, the whole world is like a tinder box ready to explode. And there is more potential for some kind of global government than ever, not to mention a potentially catastrophic “Great Reset.”

On the other hand, the gospel is spreading through the nations at an unprecedented rate, and the church is experiencing its greatest growth in history.

To borrow the words of Dickens, these are the best of times and the worst of times. These are times for great concern and great hope.

These are times of great shaking, of powerful spiritual outpouring, and of intense demonic activity.

These are critical times in which the scales could tip either way, quite dramatically and suddenly, in the days ahead.

Let us be vigilant. Let us be active. Let us seize the moment.

As one of my missionary colleagues has said, “This may not be the last generation, but it’s our last generation.”

Let us use these times for the glory of God. These are the only times we have.

How are you praying for America and the world? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

(Used with permission. Ask Dr Brown, by Dr. Michael L. Brown. Photo Credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash)

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Herb Johnston
August 29, 2022

All I know is, I am trapped.. in this environment here.. in more ways than one- and any encouragement that I get does not come from the news.. and usually not so much from this website, – which I know sounds like a slam-, but that is not my intention-, I realize that our brothers and sisters here at intercessors for America have endeavored to bring us the occasional uplifting perspective.. and I appreciate that ‘,although-, for the most part… ( encouragement )..It comes from the prophets.. any encouragement to get these days comes from the prophets- especially since I’ve been following Pastor Greg Locke.. and I only listen to-, two.. Amanda Grace and Robin Bullock.. and of course Dutch every morning- who speaks prophetically.. even. though he does not bill himself as a prophet..if I listen to the news.. on a regular basis-, I would go crazy.
I subscribe to Brighteon-, and they rarely have uplifting perspectives.. (so my ingestion of their content is minimal .. )just the bare bones reality of what’s going on-, without the globalist filter.. so on one hand it does challenge me to increase my prayer life.. and especially being as how I’ve been stuck with covid here the last 15 days.. I have slacked off only to my own detriment.. I think of the stories of our Founders who prayed on their knees and sickness and in health.. even George Whitfield whose last prayer on his knees was just moments before his life expired- and he passed away in the prayer position. That scares me.. I’ll tell you I sure don’t see that ever being me.. but listening to the news just drives me crazy.
Hoping in Jesus, Amen

Pastor Curt Malizzi
August 29, 2022

Violent crime over the last three years is not down but up. Property destruction of stores, ribbing stores, the moral fabric that once held America together even during the 60s. It is Far Worse now. Dr Brown has downplayed the conditions that we and our children face. I am sad at his soft approach.

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    Herb Johnston
    August 29, 2022

    Do whatever you can to get your children out of public schools.. even if you have to sell your house and leave town.

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Barb
August 28, 2022

A wonderful article. Most important to pray for continued salvation.

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Kristyn
August 28, 2022

Pray hard and harder for a better more unified America. This is getting very scary. The day after 9/11 happened it didn’t matter who you were, your religion, sexual orientation, skin color, political affiliate, you were a American and that’s all that mattered. You loved your neighbor alittle bit more. You were kinder to a stranger and maybe even went the extra mile to help that one person you did not know. What happened now? Everything is dividing us now. Everything. There’s so much hate and finger pointing but no true communication and listening. My faith filled God fearing grandparents are probably rolling in their graves now at how this country has turned out. People are scared if they have the minority opinion and speak up they’ll have cancel culture after them and labeled as “Christian extremists”. It doesn’t have to be this way. We can have different views but still have love and respect for eachother and feel safe. We need faith and God more than ever. Sadly not just here in America but the world. I’m sure alot agree with this but again are scared to say it.

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    Herb Johnston
    August 29, 2022

    What happened now-,..Is-,.. 911, – the subterfuge and corruption of how it may or may not have happened.. how far back in our history that corruption goes.. and the accompanying erosion of our confidence in our government.. even given the fact that we are-, and were originally supposed to be.. the citizen government. With the advent of that attack on our soil-, the globalists-,in concert with muslim/ marxist forces- became bolder incrementally..as we struggled to not believe there were forces inside our own country-,that were helping them. As a result the confidence in our government.. in our own safety.. in our institutions.. has eroded greatly. The only good thing that has happened from this- is that it has called us back to seeking the Lord -and more than anything-, to a great awareness of The Godly foundations- of wbich..for the sake of- our founding fathers gave their lives-, their fortunes, and their sacred honor,.. to build.. and how we must carry that forward.
    And- the ensuing 20 years since then, we have been engaged in a war-, that as of last August 2021.. -,with. the disastrous debacle of Afghanistan.. throughout conservative news outlets it was declared- that we lost that war. Muslim and Marxist forces have taken a great foothold in our country.
    We must take hold as has been seen in local communities- at City Council meetings- and school board meetings.. but the patriotic Groundswell must rise to an even greater level- if we are to survive.. and it will be still to be seen- if the huge majority of the church that has decided they are too holy to be involved- will rise to the Call to Arms-,or not.. if they do not- we must do it without them.
    That- is what happened.

      Herb Johnston
      August 29, 2022

      Lord, bring courage to the hearts of the faint.. the misinformed in the church.. and those who are bewildered.. let us rise up in strength- in the power of your Holy Spirit.. to continue the Groundswell of patriotism- to defend America from her enemies- which are within- and without.. Let the church mature- and be bold and Godly leaders- like our founding fathers were.. let us keep that flame-, of that memory- alive..and not be holier-than-thou -..effeminate children.
      In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen

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Ed
August 28, 2022

Father, save 7,000,000,000 souls before You gather Your Messianic congregations in the air. Empty the wide road that leads to destruction and over flow the narrow road that leads to salvation. You can. You spared an entire planet for eight people. You spared an entire city for one person. You delivered people from demons without asking them what they did to be in the condition. You raised the dead, made the deaf hear, the blind see, the mute speak and the lame walk. You spread out the universe and named every star. Like King David, I’m waiting in expectation. In the name above all names, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

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Marta Gallegos
August 27, 2022

yes very horrible situations Never been here before But the end is not yet Matthew 24 Awakened just happened and we are shocked Trying to fully awake But crisis after crisis Some Revival was happening while we were in slumber REVIVAL AND END TIME HARVEST SAME TIME HAPPENING RAPTURE When My Lord JESUS appears HE IS LIRD AMEN

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Steven Carr
August 27, 2022

The best of times and the worst of times, what a paradox. I just received about 1,000 Bible tracts to hand out to share Christ Jesus with anyone who is interested. I’ve handed out a few at Cannabis stores and my local park. Please pray for the hearts of those receiving these tracts to follow Christ, and for me to be bold in my witness as I continue to hand out these Bible tracts that I received from http://www.btgs.org. Thank be to God that I am able.

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    Julie
    August 27, 2022

    Where do you get your Bible tracts, Steven? (I don’t get a website at the web address in your post.) LOVE your idea of handing them out at cannabis stores! We have “vape” stores in my state. I’d have never thought of this!

    God bless!

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