“Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.” General George Patton, 1944
Patton gave this speech to the army he was commanding, the Third Army, just before D-Day. It was made famous in the movie Patton starring George C. Scott in the title role.
Indeed, up to that time America had never lost a war. It went on to win World War 2, having fought both Germany and Japan.
Over the past century or so, that victory added to the argument as to why America really has been an exceptional nation. It was founded on Christian principles. God blessed America bountifully so. Harvest after harvest of plenty, year after year, was the norm. Running water and electricity were assumed. Any adult American can travel at 60 mph in comfort and privacy, taking only days to travel over an entire continent in their automobiles, fueled by oil found in abundance underground. In July 1969, one million Americans traveled in their cars to the state of Florida to watch the launch of the first manned flight to land men on the Moon, again by the only nation that ever sent people to walk on the Moon and come back safely.
Despite all the abundant God-given blessing, America has been slowly turning away from the true, living God that made all these things possible.
At the same time, America still has a tradition of pride in its abilities, and an expectation that America will prevail in any situation, foreign or domestic. Patton’s words “the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans” is just as true today as it was in Patton’s time.
It is this tradition of Americans expecting America to be first that has even given support to many of President Trump’s “America first” economic and military policies.
American Pride In The End Times
It is also this tradition of pride that colors American Christians’ thinking here in the end times. The Word of God in Daniel 8:3–4 may be telling us all something very different from what Americans are expecting in the US-Iran standoff going on right now.
My books, Daniel Revisited and Iran’s Great Invasion, show that the evidence is rather overwhelming that the fulfillment of those two verses is about to occur. Those verses tell us (along with Daniel 7:5) that Iran will invade the Middle East, occupy and ravage many countries, and be completely successful. This would mean the United States will fail to stop Iran. This could mean a great military defeat for the United States or a wrecking of the American economy.
Of all the Second-Signpost skeptic’s opinions I have heard over the years, this one point is probably the most common: “the United States would never allow Iran to do what it wants.” This very statement stems from the tradition of American pride.
We can see this “universal” and pervasive “knowledge” that the United States will be victorious in any military encounter with Iran, in the news, all the time: Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton’s two strikes, Congress voting that Trump doesn’t need permission to strike Iran (because it is trivial), the US Navy confidentially stating it will deter attacks, the Iran regime is close to breaking, and Iran plays with fire enriching uranium.
And on and on it goes. In addition to the secular world, many pastors have told me that there is no way the United States would fail to stop Iran.
I believe the idea that America will stop Iran—and easily too—is rooted in the tradition of American pride and belief in its continued exceptionalism, and is the main reason the Signpost interpretation is not believed, by the great mass of Americans, Christian or not.
But it will also be the main reason that if and when Iran does actually bypass American efforts to stop it, and Iran does run out across many countries, America, and much of the world will be shocked. Matthew 24:6 and Revelation 6:4 are part of the Signpost interpretation and show that the Second Signpost will start a terrible time in world history, kicking off in earnest the end times.
Oil prices will be many times higher than they are today. The US petrodollar will end. It will impact the cost of everything, being a drag on the economy. With the dollar down, and oil up, and interest rates likely being very different than they are now, this will cause the derivatives’ notional values to go in the wrong directions, causing all the major western banks to become insolvent. This would result in at least a temporary loss of the banking and credit system.
Americans (and possibly Canadians and Europeans) may be surprised, for a time, at all the things in life they cannot pay for, even down to grocery store trips and electric and water bills. Everyone assumes the internet will still be running, but how can it if server companies cannot pay for electricity because there is no credit system?
Americans will no longer feel they are in control. Tens of millions may have no idea where their next meal is coming from.
All these things will come as a shock.
Proverbs 16:18 tells us pride comes before destruction and a fall. The people of Babylon probably felt very safe behind their 300-foot-high walls and three years’ worth of provision. The response was likely shock when King Cyrus and his armies diverted the Euphrates and simply walked through the holes in the wall where the waters of the Euphrates had been.
Many Christian leaders have spoken of judgment and revival coming to America. The Second Signpost may very well be the catalyst.