December 2017 Prophetic Observer
by Bob Glaze
“The early United States was predominately rural. According to the 1790 census, 95 percent of the population lived in the countryside. The 5 percent of Americans living in urban areas (places with more than 2,500 persons) lived mostly in small villages. Only Philadelphia, New York, and Boston had more than 15,000 inhabitants. The South was almost completely rural. After 1830 the urban areas of the country grew more rapidly than the rural areas. By 1890 industrialization had produced substantial growth in cities, and 35 percent of Americans lived in urban areas, mostly in the northern half of the United States. The South remained rural, except for New Orleans and a few smaller cities. The number of Americans living in cities did not surpass the number in rural areas until 1920. By the 1990s three out of four Americans lived in an urban setting, and since World War II the southern half of the country has become increasingly urbanized, particularly in Texas, Arizona, and the states along the eastern seaboard.” (www.theusaonline.com) The Second World War was a defining moment for the people of the United States of America. It began a move from the farm to the cities, and began the return to the “Tower of Babel” philosophy with its population gathering together in beehives “and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do” (Gen. 11:6). With the men going off to war, the need for workers to fill jobs for the war effort making guns and ships, the wives and mothers moved into these positions. Certainly, these women did this country a great service but it also had an adverse effect. To some who began to receive a paycheck for the first time, it gave them a sense of independence. With the husbands away during the war, divorce soon became accepted socially.
- “Full employment during the war restored economic prosperity. Average weekly earnings among industrial workers increased 100 percent during the 1941–1945 period, and even farm income went up temporarily due to demand. Once women began working outside the home, it became increasingly common. The female work force rose from 16.8 million in 1946 to 31.6 million in 1970, and the trend has not halted.” (www.familysearch.org)
- There are 74.6 million women in the civilian labor force.
- Almost 47 percent of U.S. workers are women.
- More than 39 percent of women work in occupations where women make up at least three-quarters of the workforce.
- Women own close to 10 million businesses, accounting for $1.4 trillion in receipts.
- Female veterans tend to continue their service in the labor force: About 3 out of 10 serve their country as government workers.
- Seventy percent of mothers with children under 18 participate in the labor force, with over 75 percent employed full-time.
- Mothers are the primary or sole earners for 40 percent of households with children under 18 today, compared with 11 percent in 1960. (United States Department of Labor)
Women have become an integral and inseparable part of our workforce, and therefore our economy. They are also the primary caregiver for their children and aging parents. These changes have all come about in the past century due to generational changes. We began to see a downward shift in accountability and morals with each passing generation. The need for money has become the driving force for change in the struggle for position. The need for affluence has become the “god” of this day and age. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:10). Everything revolves around money including our position in this life. For instance, I found out lately that I am not a “Baby Boomer,” but rather a member of what is referred to as the “Silent Generation”—a moniker that my mother would disagree with, as to being silent. I was born in 1940, which slotted me into the generation of those being born between 1925 to 1945. I was actually a “Boomer Sooner,” being born in southeast Oklahoma in the same small town that brought forth my uncle, Noah Hutchings, past president of Southwest Radio Church. Like most of America we were climbing our way out of the Great Depression and facing an even greater danger than hunger: World War II. We were a self-sufficient bunch. We were poor, but didn’t know it. We made do with what we had or could grow in our gardens. My mother canned what we were to eat during the winter and the following spring until a new garden produced for the next year. The words cholesterol and artificial sweeteners were not in our vocabulary, and so were not a worry. There were no such thing as hybrids, GMOs, or Roundup—my brother and I were the weed control. My dad volunteered for military service, but was not taken because the quota for our county was already filled. Jobs were scarce, but he took whatever was available to pay bills, supplement the garden, and support the domestic war effort. Each month we were issued government stamps that allowed people to purchase a certain amount of goods such as meat, sugar, flour, gas, and tires if you had the money. There were no child labor laws in those days; therefore, all of us kids had chores. My mother cooked on a coal oil stove that was an arsonist in itself; it caused fires that burned down many houses. She would heat an iron on that stove to place at our feet at night to give us some heat in a feather bed that always left nothing under you but the ticking once you lay down. We didn’t realize it then, but those experiences were preparing us for life. During those years, we learned work ethics and a respect for authority whether it came from God, parents, or the laws of the land. Then the “Baby Boomers” arrived. The “Baby Boomers” were children born between 1946 and 1964 to families after the GIs returned home from the war. This generation was going to save the world by a revolution of yuppies. They were all about “me,” and they ushered in free love and flower power. They are the first to be responsible for changing the values of America that were accepted by a few to represent all. Savings accounts became credit accounts because waiting and saving took patience, and they had to have it now. Newlyweds expected to begin married life with a new home, fully furnished, with two cars in the driveway, and an inexhaustible bank account. They didn’t realize that when their parents said they wanted more for their children than they had, was dependent upon the children earning it. They wanted more than what their parents had, but could not reach it on one income, so the wives began to work outside the home. The “d-i-v-o-r-c-e” word became a socially accepted way of life, and so marriage vows became just words said to a preacher, not vows made to God. Since the mothers now worked outside the home, neighborhood schools became a burden. They could no longer wait for little Johnny’s school to open, so we had to have school buses pick them up and drop them back at home when school was out. In order to justify buses, schools were placed miles away from home additions. Thus, the “latch key children” became the word for the day. Now it took two family incomes to afford their wants, so mothers had to work to pay for all the conveniences they could not wait for … and now have become slaves to. Then the children left home, and all those “necessary” things became useless, so a garage sale became the way to rid yourself of all those things that were once so important. Once the house was emptied of all the necessary things required by the children who left home to correct all of the world’s woes, they began to return home after finding out that they can’t make it on their own. Since the chickens have come home to roost, it was necessary to once again change that extra bedroom back to the way it was. So, they headed out to garage sales to buy back all that stuff. The “Baby Boomers” are the present generation of bureaucrats who are filling the roles of our government. Many of these are the “flower children” of a “free love” society of spoiled brats who are incapable of working with others and have a selfish attitude that life is all about “me.” Some notable political “Baby Boomers” are: George and Jeb Bush, Ted Kennedy, Jr., Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Franken, Al Gore, and Donald Trump. We now see the fallacy of destroying the continuity of the order of the home that was established by God. That is, dad earns the bread; mother cooks the bread; and the kids eat the bread while learning what a family is all about, get married, and leave home to begin their own family. We cannot improve on God’s arrangement. The best thing we can do for our kids is to teach them to respect what God has done and how to make good decisions in life. It was on the “Baby Boomer’s” watch that the Supreme Court, on June 25, 1962, decided that prayer in school violated the First Amendment by constituting an establishment of religion. This decision was made after dissecting a 22-word prayer previously written for school prayer, “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.” This decision opened the path to rejecting God and allowing Satan to creep into our schools. The following group was born between 1965 and 1980, and carry the moniker of “Generation X” or “Baby Busters.” These children are the product of “Baby Boomers,” but more or less have rebelled against a society that has failed. Instead of changing the world, they just want to change their inner circle and keep their plans close to their chest. Just think of all the things that have come and gone in our lifetimes, all the would-be futures we watched age into obsolescence—CD, DVD, answering machine, Walkman, MTV, video store, mall. There were still some rotary phones around in our childhood—now it’s nothing but virtual buttons. Though much derided, members of my generation turn out to be something like Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca—we’ve seen everything and grown tired of history and all the fighting and so have opened our own little joint at the edge of the desert, the last outpost in a world gone mad, the last light in the last saloon on the darkest night of the year. It’s not those who stormed the beaches and won the war, nor the hula-hooped millions who followed, nor what we have coming out of the colleges now—it’s Generation X that will be called the greatest (www.theusaonline.com). “Generation X” has been disappointed by government and big business, and they tend to shy away from participation. Unlike the previous generation, their school problems involved drugs, and AIDS became a menace to those who had multiple partners. Many of this generation tend to live together for some time and marry later, only to divorce after a short time together. They also tend to be short on loyalty and don’t like commitment. Therefore, their loyalty to political or private organization is shortlived. They don’t have respect for authority in most cases. Their suspicion of organizations is the root cause of their refraining from sharing their wealth with religious and needy causes. Under the watch of “Generation X,” murdering unborn babies became law which sanctioned abortion for any reason via a decision the U.S. Supreme Court handed down in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade. Next comes the “Generation Y/Millennials” born between 1981 and 2000. This generation is also known as “the 9/11 Generation” or “Echo Boomers,” and they bring a sharp departure from “Generation X.” They are nurtured by omnipresent parents, respect authority, present falling crime rates and teen pregnancy rates, schedule everything, feel academic pressure, have great expectations for their generation, prefer digital literacy, prefer to work in teams, get all of their information from the Internet, tend to be assertive with strong views, envision the world as a 24/7 place, expect to be treated special, and they do not live to work (www.theusaonline.com). They are completely foreign to the “Silent Generation,” because we don’t know their digital language and cannot even work our cell phones. They can send me five texts while I am trying to read the first one. I really don’t understand them because they do not mix with the older generations in order to learn from the past. For instance, I have on my wall in my office a shadow box containing a “Big Chief Tablet” and a #2 fat pencil with the inscription underneath that says “My First Computer.” These kids don’t know what a “Big Chief Tablet” or a #2 fat pencil are or what they were used for. I wonder how many who read this know what they are. The American that I know is phasing out because they tend to avoid even their grandparents. “Generation Z/Boomlets” are the next generation, born after 2001. Again, according to www.theusaonline.com, in 2006 their was a record number of births in the U.S., but 49% of those were Hispanic. In the early 1700s the most common last name was Smith, today it is Rodriguez. They have two different age groups:
- Tweens: age 8-12. There are 29 million of them, and they spend $5.1 billion every year; their parents spend another $170 million on them.
- Toddler/Elementary school age. 61% of these children have a television in their room; 35% have video games; 14% have DVD players; 4 million have cell phones. They are tired of hearing about saving the environment. And, as they reach the age of 4 or 5, they lose interest in toys and take up computers. Where do they get all the money?
Being from the “Silent Generation,” my brother and I got a quarter every month to spend as we saw fit. We went to a movie and saw either Tarzan or a Western for 9 cents. We then had enough money left to buy a Coke and popcorn, which cost another 11 cents. Upon leaving the movies, we would head straight to the drug store where we purchased a double-dip ice cream cone for 5 cents. That was equivalent to $3.00 a year. For other entertainment, we would visit the barrels of tar down at the tracks, which we chewed like the big boys chewed tobacco. I’m sure today that would cause concerns of cancer and global warming. Ours was possibly the last generation with “imagination.” Our toys were marbles, tops, and an occasional yoyo. We had no AA batteries or digital games; we entertained ourselves.
The “Z Generation” has not played itself out until the next generation begins, which could very well be the “Terminal Generation,” beginning about the year 2020. The “Terminal Generation” would necessarily be the generation of “Post America.” This would be the generation that possibly would enter the Tribulation period. We don’t know when the Rapture will take place, but I believe that it will be soon. Only our Father in Heaven knows that hour: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36).
Each passing generation has drifted farther and farther away from God. With every passing generation, the fear of God is muted to the point that man no longer fears Him, which is evident of every passing generation. Each generation is separated by a hatred of what the past generation stands for and its separation from God makes it more evil.
It could be that when the last person on this earth prior to the Rapture is saved, we will hear the shout and trumpet calling us home. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). God’s sovereign will has determined the time, and His permissive will allows individuals to either accept Him and join us in heaven, or die or enter into the Tribulation period.
“Remove the fear of God from the human heart, whitewash the reality that, sooner or later, all of us will answer to a supremely moral Being, eliminate the concept that He demands adherence to His laws and it is but a short step to the deterioration of the cornerstone of society … the Family. With the fear of God done away with there is no longer any reason to treat the marriage vows as sacred, to bring up God-fearing children. From there it is an even shorter step to all the other sinister and evil circumstances we find ourselves in today. … Teen pregnancies, violent crime, suicide, drugs and alcohol abuse are the very logical fruits of a society that has forgotten that He is a God of wrath.” (www.inplainsite.org)
God is the glue that keeps this people together as a nation. Remove God and you lose that cohesiveness. “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Col. 1:17).