Pax Americana - (Latin "American Peace") describes a period of relative peace in the Western world since the end of World War II in
1945 (See Wiki).  The recent financial market meltdown, costly extended military adventurism, loss of standing in the emerging global
community, ideological polarizations in America, extra- ordinary deficit-over expenditures from Obamaization/Obamafication and
demo-congressional power grabs could irrevocably change the '
Pax' to 'Insolvent American'.
America is virtually undergoing cataclysmic 'changes' as promised during the 2008 POTUS campaign cycle.  Yet, the resultant
change(s) are having significant unintended consequences for the average American, as well as for those at the outer limits of the
financial wealth/poverty continuum.  The systemic threat from
rapid change is a course that may well be irreversible, once it reaches a
certain momentum and has crested over the top of the proverbial Bell Curve.  Once crested, the slide down the slippery right-hand
slope of the curve can become unstoppable.  America, in the judgment of many, is about to teeter at the very apex of such a precipice.
Question is: what will it take to nudge this nation over the top and plunge it towards the infamous abyss?  Highly probable
antecedents include seismic/climatic eruptions/upheavals of historic proportions, utter economic collapse, a preemptive terrorist
strike, rampaging civil disobedience, explosive immigration issues, rise of Militias, confiscation of firearms, and/or a great falling away
apostasia) from the Judeo-Christian foundations upon which this nation was built.  In all likelihood, it will involve several, if not all
of the above.  The distinct and ongoing denial of
endtime (eschatological) scenarios by national leadership factions in political,
governmental, financial, military, social/academic institutions, and even throughout some of the "religious community" at-large, is all
but bewildering to say the very least.  America is still a Christian Nation, irrespective of what some
apostate's allege.
One's Own Worst Enemy
History has shown a 'nation' can become its own worst enemy - Nazi Germany is a contemporary example of outright orchestrated
self-deception on a grand national scale, and the resultant consequences of a nefarious mindset.  There are other times when "we have
seen the enemy, and it is us" (Pogo).  Is America close to becoming its own worst enemy?  From a secular vantage point, the answer
given is 'well certainly not, yet'.  From a 'religious' standpoint, most likely.  Since we are witnessing having "In God (we place) Our
Trust" removed from almost all public venues, it would not be at all surprising to see "In God We Trust" summarily deleted from our
paper currency and coinage.
The promised ubiquitous '
change' is not only swiftly advancing, it is voicing plans for morphing America into something that was
never envisioned by the Founding Fathers.  During the recently convened G20 conference, discussions were initiated to design the
architecture for an international currency to replace the US dollar as the international standard for exchange.  The Renminbi(1) is being
advanced as a preliminary monetary exchange standard for consideration, foreshadowing a one-world-currency.  Do not for a  moment
think China is not in the game for the long haul.
The EC will counter the Renminbi with its own EURO.  International monetary speculators believe the goal will be to create a reserve
currency "that is disconnected from individual Nations" and modeled on the Monetary Fund's special drawing rights (SDR's).(1)  
Whichever model emerges, an individual's personal wealth will be converted to the International Standard, and in all likelihood be
devalued by at least 6-8 percent.  Standardization always involves an unintended (disguised) set of costs and penalties, in order to
fund the continued governmental  oversight monitoring.
America's current domestic geopolitical faux naif(2) will become its Achilles' heel.  Ultimately, inflation springing from unsustainable
national debt will demand a US currency reevaluation, if not devaluation as well.  The compounding National Debut is calculated at
17B+ in 06-01-09, and will surpass 18B in 2010, and possibly even before then, if the Administration's Health Care legislation
receives its preliminary start-up appropriations.
Over leveraged
Pax Americana has been the envy of the world and today much of that world is quietly chortling at America's
economic/political/intrinsic-values decline
.  The overriding question is: "can we keep what we now have, and stay the course?" or do
we as a nation have to literally 'bottom-out' before being able to regain our national stability and exorcise our increasing vulnerabilities.  
The popular vote in 2008 POTUS race ended with the President receiving 52.9% (365). The majority (slim at best) spoke clearly and
they carry an inordinate responsibility for placing the present Administration in office, and bringing Congress under a majority
Democratic auspice.  A variation of an old saying reads,' be careful what you vote for (wish) for, for you very well may receive it'.
In the simplest terms, the present Administration and the Democratic Congress are over leveraging(3) their massive borrowing in order
to improve the probability of success in their
reformist social-political agenda (they cannot afford to fail). They are literally
borrowing on the margin (against future speculative tax revenues) without having any, any personal responsibility for failure in such
stopgap "stimulus investments".  When this
risky business is played in the present-day financial market place, the "investor" runs the
risk of a
margin call (a margin call would occur when the value of the collateral falls below the 50% equity requirement).
No Equity Requirement
The US Treasury has ostensibly no equity requirement per se (no longer on the Gold Standard) and thus it borrows more and more to
cover the accruing interest on debt AND further to
equitize its debt obligations with promissory obligations on future revenue offsets.  
America will never see a time of revenue-neutral taxation. If China et al.,
calls the margin on the debt-paper they hold against US
Treasury Bonds, it would mean
sayonara for the US economy.  Such a call  could come when "a new" international currency standard
is established and China dumps it US Debt Bond holdings. Those ram rodding the gargantuan federal
bailouts, stimulus fund
and bankruptcy under writings know the "game", yet are playing it well beyond the hilt.  If national leadership were
asked today,
what is the probability index for US insolvency and when, the answer would surely be, we need to form a blue-ribbon
Congressional Committee to design that "camel" index!
Under the Proverbial Bus
Without too much stretch of the imagination, it now appears Israel is about to be thrown under the bus in order to garner favor with
the moderate 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)
.  Federal leadership seemingly has arrived at the point where
Israel is now valued as a costly international liability (irrespective of the postured rhetoric). The power of the purse strings is mighty
(2B+ per annum to Israel plus defense materiel), yet the Administration apparently chooses not to understand that Israel under
Netanyahu's leadership, will go the distance with whatever it takes, if and when it is attacked, with or without America!
Worst & Best Case
Netanyahu is facing a set of demands from the present Administration to divide Jerusalem, relinquish in toto the Golan, cede East
Jerusalem and 98% of the West Bank, dismantle the barrier wall, waive rights to the Temple Mount to the OIC, plus grant a graduated
"right of return" for a fixed percentage of Palestinians i.e., for the "new Palestinian state".  If he refuses America can quickly say,  
"They are just too unreasonable to negotiate a reasoned resolution to the long standing "conflict".  
Thus to abandon Israel in these
Times is tantamount to inviting the war outlined in Ezek. 38 & 39, to say  nothing about Zec.
12:1-4(4)  Seasoned diplomatic negotiators know well, if the terms of the foisted reconciliation for Middle East factions are too
lopsided, the end result is most often violence, terror and war.  The
audacity of arrogance always leads to sophomoric judgment and a
diplomatic crapshoot.  The forming Arab-Muslim Gulf Caliphate has targeted Israel for annihilation or annexation.  Either way,
Jewish Israel is rapidly approaching its
endtime prophetic coup d'etat(5)  irrespective of the recent 'evangelical' mounted outcry.
Even though Israel will endure great losses and destruction to their present-day infrastructure from the coming military attacks, they
will survive and be the seat for the Millennial government via King David's Throne, i.e., King Christ Jesus' Throne.
Pax Americana is rapidly becoming a casualty of nefarious misjudgments. As of June 2009, the present National Debt stood at 11+
Trillion.  Pres. Obama stated in late 05/09, "we are out of money now"(6), and the proposed gargantuan national healthcare legislation
has yet to even be tagged with the first three-year cost estimate
s. California's solvency is sinking into the San Andreas, GM in
bankruptcy, Chrysler OTL, AIG close to being in default, Pelosi anti-CIA, V.P. increasing collateral damage, and Christianity coming
under attack and oppression the likes of which has not been seen since the early 19th Century.
Pax Americana is in decline and only those in blind denial refuse to recognize the potential critical mass implosion looming just over
the near horizon.  At the beginning of the 21st C., GOD is being ostracized out of the American culture, and "Let us eat, and to drink,
and to be merry, for tomorrow we shall die"(7) is becoming the in vogue mantra.  It seems mankind has a propensity to wait until
external circumstances spur it to take action (e.g., 9-11), before the other shoe drops.  The next cataclysmic grade devastation to beset
America will more than likely be a single-footed nemesis.  One GPS detonated container-nuke in NYC harbor is such a nemesis.  
Arriving shipping containers are not scanned dockside until they are unloaded.
         Matt. 24:38-39  For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying, and
         giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would
         happen until the flood came and took them all away.   That is how it will be at the coming of the
         Son of Man
America is too big to fail, so they say, NOT!  This nation under its present auspice may be too big to recover from the political
gravitas that captured so many in the 2008 election cycle.  The next three and one-half years will be pivotal in orchestrating America's
place in the emerging global economy, mutual defense alliances, homeland military-gestalt, and outworking of  place in endtime
eschatology.  Sorrowfully to say, America seems utterly (95%) preoccupied with the coming global economy, coveted mutual
alliances, military stratagems, entitlement's reform,  and so little with God's prophetic outworking during these very last days.
Five Virgins
In the 21st C. Christianity
(n.) has become almost a pluralistic moniker for a host of religious persuasions, denominations, and belief
systems many of which are distinctly different, if not estranged, from the Judeo-Christian foundation upon which this nation was
originally anchored. The parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:1-13) sets forth a
wedding reception where those who are faithfully
prepared (to attend) are admitted, and those being lackadaisical have the entry door closed to  them. The account is seen by most as a
parable for those seeking to be admitted to the
Wedding Supper of The Lamb (Rev. 19:9) and those which will be found without
adequate merit (Holy Spirit) to attend.  Significance being, the
Rapture will most likely be much smaller in number than forecast by
many 'religious' bellwethers (See Matt. 25, Matt. 22:2-14, et al.,).
"That He (Christ) might present her (the faithful church) to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such
thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish (blameless)
"(8) is indeed a large expectation in view of today's welling
Today is The Day
This is the day, time, and season to make your decision, if you have not already done so, as to whom will you serve - the god of this
world (ha-Satan) or the Son of The Living God, Yeshua Ha Mashiah - Christ Jesus.  Once the door is shut, only the seven years of the
Tribulation Period await those remaining outside, you do not want to default into that time of HIS judgment and wrath on unbelieving

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin

(1)  The Chinese currency is called Renminbi (People's money), often abbreviated RMB.  Issued by the People's Bank of China,
 it is the sole legal tender for both the Chinese nationals and foreign tourists.  The unit  of Reminbi is Yuan and the smaller
 Jiao and  Fen. 05-22-09:1 Chinese Yaun=0.14657 U.S. dollars.
 Zhou (Ch.) recently proposed replacing the US dollar as the world' leading currency with a new international reserve
 currency, possibly in the form of special drawing rights (SDR's), a unit of account used by the International Monetary Fund.
 Zhou said the goal would be to create a reserve currency "that is disconnected from individual Nations" and modeled on the
 International Monetary Fund's special drawing rights.. [such
proffers as this, are the seedbeds for a one-world-currency].
 Economists have argued that while the SDR plan is unfeasible now, bilateral deals between Beijing and its trading partners
 could act as pieces in a jigsaw designed to promote wider international use of the Renminbi.
 Any nove to make the Renminbi more acceptable for international trade, or to help establish it as a regional reserve currency in
 Asia, could enhance China's political influence around the world.
(2)   Marked by a false and naive show of innocent and artificial simplicity.
(3)   The use of credit or borrowed funds to improve one's speculative capacity and increase the rate of return from an investment
  (Federal program), as in buying of the margin. (AHTD).
(4)   Zec. 12:1  The burden of the word of The LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens and layeth
  the foundation of the earth, and foreth the spirit of man within him.  Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto
  all the people round about, when  they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  And in that dy will I
  make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people:  all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the
  people of the earth be gathered together against it.
(5)   Coup d'etat, a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force.
(7)    A conflation of two biblical sayings: Ecclesiastes 8:15  Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under
  the sun, than to eat, and drink, and to be merry, and Isaiah 22:13  Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.
(8)   Eph. 5:26-27 (NKJV)