The word 'woe' is found 117 times in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. 112 verses contain the word, and some few contain it twice and one verse has it thrice. The word means distress, misery, grief, wretchedness, misfortune, calamity, sorrow, dismay, and on and on. All bad. Isaiah gives us one of the best examples of causes for woe:
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him." (Isaiah 5:20-23 KJV)
In this prophetic passage in the 8 B.C., the kingdom of Judah his being upbraided for their total rejection of His covenant with them. These descendents of Abraham had received a precious gift from Jehovah. "...to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises." (Romans 9:4).
But they squandered this blessing and became as pagan and immoral as their heathen neighbors. For their ungodliness God pronounces a series of woes upon them. In the year 586 B.C. their time was up. God sent the Babylonians against them. Their capital city of Jerusalem, along with Solomon's temple, was destroyed and most of the population sent off into exile.
The United States of America is headed for many woes. Our nation was once looked upon as a "Christian nation" although no nation has ever been such since Christianity originated. Yet our laws and customs did often have a biblical base. The signers of the Declaration of Independence and the framers of the U.S. Constitution understood the importance of religion and morality in society. It would be virtually impossible for them to recognize the godless path our nation has taken in the past generation. We, as ancient Israel, have lost our way. We have now reached a point that we cannot turn back. Godlessness and worldly pleasure has engulfed the minds of the masses and the only things which would ever bring us back to God, would be a
series of woes beyond comparison. Mankind has experienced the many woes which engulf a people who have abandoned God many times, and almost without fail, when they see their condition, they have cried out to God for salvation.
As the opening quotation above points out, 'Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil'. Yet we have fought, and demanded in many cases, the end of use of capital punishment which is a God-appointed method for justice (Romans.13:3-4) Yet we hold it perfectly righteous for a woman's and doctor's right to murder an unborn child.
Our sexual immorality has run amok. No longer are our young people being taught the sinfulness of premarital sex, perverted sex, and those who speak out against it are swiftly labeled a bigot and should be silenced! Not only are our young people being exposed to AIDS and other STD's, oral sex has been declared as not having sex, yet they run the high risk of mouth and/or throat cancer from this activity. All parents and young people are urged to read this article, It’s True. You Can Get Throat Cancer From Oral Sex, where actor Michael Douglas revealed to The Guardian, that his throat cancer was caused by HPV which is spread by oral sex.
Why is the U.S. headed in the direction of the Israelis of Judah? The same reason those were. They were deceived by their own ideas that they were self sufficient, prudent in their own sight and above the need for God. Our young have been taught in their classrooms, secular humanism rather than the righteousness of God. Also they are being taught that God had no part in our being here, but rather a totally false and baseless theory of evolution. No scientific explanation of creation, life, or anything else other than the natural laws God has given us. But it denies the greatness of God and removes any glory towards him.
There is no foreseeable chance of reversing the present course into destruction now under way. Only God can cause a calamity strong enough to wake people up, and after such, most would be dead.