The Downfall of American Agriculture
Agriculture is one of the most critical and traditionally stable sectors of the American economy.
The Real Cause
The reasons for America’s agricultural downfall are easy to understand. There is tangible evidence proving their veracity. But do you understand the CAUSE of these problems? America has more farmland than any other nation on Earth, yet its farmers face stiff competition from the farmers of smaller, less advanced nations. What is behind America’s unpredictable weather patterns? What is behind the global anti-American trend that will impact American agriculture? The answer to these questions is at the heart and core of the impending downfall of American agriculture.
In his 1863 address advocating a national fast day, Abraham Lincoln summed up WHY America has such vast wealth, and also WHY America could lose this wealth. Lincoln stated: “It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the over-ruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. … We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation ever has grown; BUT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”
President Lincoln knew that America’s agricultural wealth was a gift from God. You too can learn about God’s great gift of wealth to America in the book ‘The United States and Britain In Prophecy’. In this book, Herbert W. Armstrong clearly and definitively shows that the peoples of America and Britain are descendants of the biblical patriarch Joseph, great-grandson to Abraham.
In this book, Mr. Armstrong comments on President Lincoln’s words: “Abraham Lincoln knew these great material blessings had not been earned, but had been given to our people by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel… And we should face the facts today and know that we were given all this vast unprecedented material wealth because God promised it, unconditionally, to Abraham. And He promised it to Abraham because Abraham obeyed God, kept God’s laws and commandments.”
America’s unprecedented agricultural wealth is a result of our patriarch Abraham’s obedience, while our present decline and future downfall is a result of OUR disobedience and rejection of God and His laws. THE ROOT CAUSE BEHIND AMERICA’S AGRICULTURAL PROBLEMS IS THE NATION’S FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE THAT ITS WEALTH WAS GIVEN TO IT BY GOD, WHICH HAS LED TO ITS PEOPLE VAINLY REJECTING THE LAWS OF GOD. For this reason, God has cursed this nation.
The curse of international competition was prophesied in DEUTERONOMY 28:33:
“The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always ...”
Unpredictable weather patterns were prophesied in verse 24:
“The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.”
Poor soil quality resulting in fewer crops was prophesied in verse 18:
“Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.”
Insects that would destroy our crops were prophesied in verse 39:
“Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.”
Even the global anti-American sentiment soon to impact our agricultural trade was prophesied in verse 25:
“The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.”
Practically every reason behind the failure of American agriculture today was prophesied over 3,000 years ago - and the fruits prove these prophecies accurate. Surely this is proof that the Bible is God’s Word.
By Brad Macdonald
Source: THE PHILADELPHIA TRUMPET, September/October 2004