Man has always rejected God's instructions and nullified His gifts to them. In the very beginning when man and woman were created, they were given a totally utopian life in a special garden which would have fed them and cared for them. Death was not included in their lives, provided they followed God's instructions to the letter. They blew it. Their disobedience brought death upon all living things. They were removed from the garden and were forced work to secure their livelihood by the 'sweat of their brow'. If any are unaware of these circumstances and the occurrences, you should take the time to read carefully, the first five chapters in the book of Genesis. This link will being up all five chapters in sequence for your easy reading. (Genesis chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 KJV)
The patriarchal dispensation offered man the entire world to pursue a livelihood if they would obey God. All of these people were blood relatives and were given instructions which would have given them great lives. The conditions on the earth at that time allowed these people to have healthy lives into hundreds of years. Some almost lived to be 1,000. But again...they blew it. The 6th chapter of Genesis tells the story of why God became disgusted with mankind and
determined to destroy them. But Noah found favor in Gods sight and he spared Noah, his wife and their three sons with their wives. Read carefully: (Genesis 6, 7, 8 KJV)
God knew in advance that man would never live above sin. So, He prepared a plan to give man a chance for salvation and eternal life even if they did sin, but would repent of those sins and devote their lives to living the best they could offer for Him. In His plan He would send His Son to live among His people, teach them and guide them in the way they should live in order to their sins forgiven and further sins not to be imputed to them. So He chose faithful Abraham to be the father of the people who would furnish the lineage to live among, teach and finally die for the entire world would accept His Son as such and would obey that son, Jesus.
His chosen people were given a special law to sanctify them from the other people of the earth. He made them great and precious promises if they would only abide by His law. A large part of the Old Testament is devoted to the history of those people, the children of Israel, who became known as the Jewish nation. Even they did not live up to His expectations of them, and after struggling to save them for many years, they were finally allowed to be conquered and subjects of foreign enemies, because of their worshiping idols and other forbidden sins. So, even they blew it although they were allowed to being Jesus into the world while they were subjects of the Romans.
Although Jesus' ministry and sacrifice succeeded in establishing his spiritual kingdom, his church according to prophecy and God's plan. His apostles and disciples spread the words of Jesus throughout the then entire world in less than a century. Some accepted it, others rejected it and Jesus as well.
God no longer uses miracles to make or destroy nations. They are not needed. God's requirements for men are such that, where they are carried out, will make a nation wealthy and strong, while without these principals and devotion, the nation will weaken and self destruct, or at least become so susceptible as to be overrun.
Our nation is currently in such condition and is swiftly becoming much more so. History is replete with stories of nations and empires whose morals and ethics bottomed out to the point they were destroyed. Many of our early American statesmen issued brilliant warnings to the people when this nation was very young. One of the most brilliant and true comes from one Jedidiah Norse, a Congregationalist minister, father of Samuel F.B. Morse, taken from an election speech in 1799. All Americans should take this as a dire warning:
“The foundations which support the interest of Christianity, are also necessary to support a free and equal government like our own. In all those countries where there is little or no religion, or a very gross and corrupt one, as in Mahometan and Pagan countries, there you will find, with scarcely a single exception, arbitrary and tyrannical governments, gross ignorance and wickedness, and deplorable wretchedness among the people. To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoy. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. I hold this to be a truth confirmed by experience. If so, it follows, that all efforts made to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them” (1799, p. 9).(Apologetics Press, [Is America doomed? part III])
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34)