Are You the United States’ Last Generation?

There is a passage of scripture in Proverbs that has intrigued me for years. The truth of its meaning continues to unfold each time I study from it. The depth of its inspiration takes us from one end of the Bible to the other. The most stunning force radiating from this ancient revelation is that it projects itself upon my time and our generation as if it were an ancient mirror angled through the ages at us. The scriptures seem to be reflecting the light, or darkness, of our generation back to us through the pages of scriptures. It presents a true perspective of how great the depths a culture can decline and at the same time present the ideal background for God’s greatest demonstration of power and grace.

It is as if our generation is simply a stage with all its props and lighting being well prepared and waiting for the show to begin. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by the props or fixated on the stage created by the last 120 years of history or else you may miss your part in this production. Instead, be focused toward the stage because it is here the main show is going to unfold. 

Through out history Jesus Christ has always allowed the stage to be prepared, the props positioned and the lighting set before he came on the scene. All great actors know the importance of timing. Timing is needed to receive the greatest response, to draw into the show the greatest number of the audience, and to communicate the message most effectively. Do not allow yourself to be disinterested by the style of lighting on the stage or discouraged or alarmed by the props. The next great scene is about to begin. The season of the harvest is upon us. Now that you know, begin to anticipate the intervention of the Lord. With this book I hope to focus some members of this generation toward the stage upon which a mighty demonstration of God is about to begin.

The Word of Revelation

In Proverbs 30:11-14 there are four sequential generations listed. Each generation leads into the next generation. The NIV reads like this:    

            “There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers;

            those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth;

those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;

those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives,

to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.”

We need to look also at the King James Version. Notice the different method of translation and notice the italics in the King James: 

            “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

            There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

            There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.

            There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives,

to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.”

The italicized words in the KJ text are words that are not in the original language but added in the English translations to make reading easier. In 1872 Joseph Bryant Rotherham captured the essence of these verses in his translation which reads:

            “A generation! Its father it revileth,

                        And its mother it doth not bless.

            A generation! Pure in its own eyes,

                        Yet from its filth hath it not been bathed.

            A generation! How lofty are its eyes,

                        And its eyelashes uplifted

            A generation! Swords are its teeth,

                        And knives its incisors,

                        To devour the humbled out of the earth,

                        And the needy from among men.”

The Word of God is setting forth four successive generations. Each generation develops a life style and a worldview and then raises the next generation. When the children begin to form their generation they build on what their parents developed. The attitudes that the parents hold tend to be viewed as absolutes by the children. Attitudes about money, religion, family, society, politics, etc. are engrained into children by their parents. There is very little chance of children having an opportunity to decide if their parents are right or wrong because they must use their parent’s views to make this decision. By the time they reach an age of critical thinking they have been positioned to evaluate their parents views from the same perspective as their parents. The children are trapped. It is very difficult to overthrow their parent’s ideas, while at the same time it is very natural to develop these same ideas to the next level during the next generation.

Generation Number One:

A Generation Who Curse Their Fathers

“There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.” (Pr. 30:11 KJ)

 How does this all begin? In Deuteronomy 11:18-21the Hebrew parents are told to:       

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”

The command to continue a righteous line comes with the promise that they would be enabled to stay in the land that God had given to the generations before them “for as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.” This is similar to the promise of a thousand generations in the second commandment that says, “I am the Lord your God. . .showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” The righteous line has the potential to go on forever and never be driven from their land. The parent’s responsibility was to introduce their children to the Lord. The Lord was the living God that the parents had a relationship with. In fact, everything they had and everything they were was from the Lord.

Proverbs 30:11 begins a spiritual and moral decline that will span through four generations. The decline begins with a generation that curses their righteous father and does not bless their righteous mother. A brief word study for the Hebrew word for curse develops like this:



                                    Hebrew Word:                        qalal

                                    Hebrew Pronunciation:            /kaw-lal/

                                    Root Meaning:                        “be light”

                                    Literal Meaning:                      “small”

                                    Figurative Meaning:                “trifling, vile”

                                    Translated Meaning:                “to bring contempt, to curse, to despise”[1]

The first generation curses their father who is to instruct them in the ways of the Lord. Within the word “curse” we can see that the first generation considered the things of God and the righteous heritage inherited from their father to be small, trivial, insignificant, or unimportant. This is what Esau did in when he considered a bowl of stew more valuable than the blessing his father could give him.[2] Genesis 25:34 says, “So Esau despised his birthright.” The family line of Esau and their nation never recovered and were obliterated as a people.[3] 

This same generation is said to “not bless their mothers.” A word study of “bless” reveals this:


                                    Hebrew Word:                        barak

                                    Hebrew Pronunciation:            /baw-rak/

                                    Root Meaning:                        “to kneel”                                  

The association between “to kneel” and “bless” is seen in the custom of taking a child on one’s knee to pronounce a blessing on it. The word is seen in a dual usage where “blessing” is said to be given and received in 2 Chronicles 31:8 where it says, “When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps [of offerings for worship], they praised (“barak”) the Lord and blessed (“barak”) his people Israel.” “It seems that this dual usage of “barak”, . . .is to be explained on the following grounds: God blesses human beings by speaking well of them, thereby imparting “blessing” (good things) to them, and so they are blessed”; human beings bless God by speaking well of him, attributing “blessing” (good qualities) to him, and so he is “blessed.”[4]

Since the mother was the instrumental source of teaching in the Jewish culture[5] we can conclude in this brief study that a generation that “does not bless their mothers” is a generation that does not attribute good qualities to their mother’s teaching. 

“A generation: Who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers,” is a generation of people who do not consider their righteous heritage worthy of recognition and adherence. This generation rejects the truth of scripture and the standard of righteousness.

How Long is a Generation in Scripture? 

A generation is said to be a period of forty years.  

            “He made them wander in the desert forty years, until the whole generation of those who had

done evil in his sight was gone.”                                                     Numbers 32:13

The Hebrew word for generation is “dor.” It means a revolution of time such as an age or generation. “A dor is roughly the period of time from one’s birth to one’s maturity, which in the Old Testament corresponds to a period of about 40 years.”[6] When Moses was eighty years old, Joshua was forty.[7] They represented the leadership in the first and second generations.

Generations of Righteousness and Wickedness

The Bible describes both the building of successive generations of righteousness and successive generations of wickedness. In Exodus 20:5 the second commandment is recorded along with a promise that is attached as a foot note to those who develop this command in righteous generations or a curse to those who digress away from it through wicked generations:       

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (also, Exodus 34:6)

The word “punishing” (translated “visiting” in the King James) has as its root meaning to visit with either friendly or hostile intent. It carries the meaning of “overseeing, charging, care for”[8] and “looking over, looking after, inspecting, examining.”[9] This means the Lord, Yahweh, “oversees, cares for, looks after, inspects or examines” the sins of the fathers (the first generation) into the third and fourth generation.

Notice that this statement has a beginning and an end. The beginning is “the fathers.” The end is in the third and fourth generations. This means there is not a fifth generation.

It is possible that the sin of the fathers in that first generation is removed by the second, third or fourth generation by repentance and through what Romans 12:21 calls the “renewing of your minds.” This would require something, some event or someone being more influential in that generation’s thinking than their parents who had committed or developed “the sin of the fathers.” We are a generation that needs to individually repent and renew our minds and then influence our generation towards righteousness.

Idol Worship in the Twenty-First Century

One other thing needs to be noted here. The declaration of God to watch the development of the father’s sin down to the fourth generation is a footnote on the second of the Ten Commandments.

            “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the

earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.”

(Exodus 20:4)

The emphasis is apparently on idol worship. The ancient people had a strong tendency to look to idols to explain their origins, to identify their purpose, to develop their ethics, and to determine their future. It would be difficult to find an idol in our modern world if we were to identity it as a statue representing a deity that we bow down to in worship. But, what would you label as an idol if we took the ancient use of an idol and used that as a definition to identify modern idols. What is used to identify modern man’s origins? Modern science and its theory or evolution would be an idol. What does the Western mind use to identity their purpose for existence? Materialism and pleasure. These would be an idol. What establishes our code of right and wrong in the United States? The answer could be our legal system that is run by a democracy that is based on the majority rule, also known as Popular opinion, which is itself established by the current cultural trends that are highly influenced by the media. Go ahead and pick an idol. Ancient idols were also used to determine their future. Everything mentioned above is looked at to predict and control what will happen in the future. 

The second commandment tells us not to make any idol from the created world that replaces the Creator of the world. The impression is that if a generation were to turn from God to some form of idolatry they would unknowingly begin a fall that ends with the overthrow of their grand children and their great-grand children. This principal has been repeated for hundreds of years and through multitudes of generations. Rarely, if ever, is this process identified because it is almost impossible to connect the elimination of a family, a culture or a nation to a process that began four generations, or 160 years, earlier. Within the pages of scripture this principle of God has been recorded clearly for all to see.


1880-1920: The Generation that Cursed Their Parent’s  

It was during this generation in the United States of America that the “sin of the fathers” was committed. It was at this time the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself an idol” was violated and its accompanying promise of watching the its possible development began. The first generation “curses their father and does not bless their mother.” This means they consider their father’s relationship with God as trivial and they despise the worship of the Lord. According to Proverbs 30:11 this first generation does not attribute good qualities to their mother’s teachings about the Lord.

This first generation knew Robert G. Ingersoll as the “the great agnostic.” According to the Chicago Tribune in 1899, Ingersoll could have become great in the political arena, but instead choose to enlighten the world concerning the “Mistakes of Moses.” His completed twelve volumes of writings were published in 1902. In this collection was this quote from his article “The Absurdity of Religion written in 1890:

            “Has a man the right to examine, to investigate the religion of his own country – the religion of

his father and mother?”[10]

Here is a statement of an individual whose attitude of cursing his mother and father’s religion was embraced by a generation. He goes on to violate then the second commandment in a classical textbook example:

“We find now that the prosperity of nations has depended, not upon their religion, not upon the goodness or providence of some god, but on soil and climate and commerce, upon the ingenuity, industry, and courage of the people, upon the development of the mind, on the spread of education, on the liberty of thought and action; and that in this mighty panorama of national life, reason has built and superstition has destroyed.”[11]

It is fairly easy to see the violation of the second commandment:

            “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of

            anything in heaven above. . .                (Ingersoll lcalls this “climate” )

            or on the earth beneath. . .                   (“soil”)

            or in the waters below.”                      (“commerce,” they traded with ships in the seas)

The first generation of Proverbs 30:11-14 appears to have unfolded within the years of 1880-1920. Through the documents that time has preserved for us we see this generation questioning or rejecting the validity of Christianity. This criticism grows during these years in several areas including science, education, industry, and philosophy and even with the church itself.

Charles Darwin, the founder of the modern theory of evolution died in 1882. His teachings had captured the academic world and had flooded the “logic” of evolution into every area.

Karl Marx, implemented the concept of evolution into human society, died in 1883. Marx’s influence in America is revealed by what two American papers wrote about him at his death. The Boston Daily Advertiser wrote, “Karl Marx was one of the most remarkable men of our time. . .” and The Chicago Tribune called him “a man of high intelligence, a scholar, and a thinker.”[12]

Julius Wellhausen (1844-1918) brought the principals of evolution to the interpretation of the Bible. He abandoned the view that the Bible had been divinely inspired. His views were published and consumed by the academic world. Seminaries through out America taught his form of Biblical interpretation to the pastors who would teach and lead the believers in the first and second generations.

Sigmund Freud, (presented his pioneering work on psychoanalytic method of free association in 1895. Freud explained the phenomena of religion through psychoanalysis. “Freud, an atheist, gave every successive detractor of the value of religion a set of clever, psychological remarks through which to express contempt for God and His work.” To Freud religion was a pointless delusion. It is clear that Freud believed society would be more productive and more pleasant if Christianity was abandoned and in its place Freud’s theories were embraced.

These preceding men spoke about many things and represent several fields of study. They consistently spoke in unison against God and exalted man. If we desired, we could follow this investigation into business, politics, medicine, and many other areas. Here we would also find the key leaders speaking against God. Remember though, these men are leaders not because they were right, but because this first generation (1880-1920) followed them. These men are not influencing society because they are presenting correct information; instead, the general population is hearing what they can accept to be correct information. A leader of this caliber is only a leader because he is in the front of the line that is going where everybody is already going. These men did not cause the change; they were the voice of the change.

Human reason had laid the foundation of liberalism that not only saw man evolving physically, mentally and socially, but also saw the scriptures and the concept of God evolving through time. The application of this false truth is to say that if Christianity is to be relevant today it must lay down the old ways, the old truths and the old doctrines and change with the new growth that is being formed as we continue to evolve physically, mentally, socially, and religiously.

The process had begun. These teachings of the first generation were going to be engrained into their children as absolutes. The second generation would not even have the challenge of making a decision. The “sin of the fathers” was handed to them and they would develop it into a worldview.

Generation Number Two:

A Generation Who Are Pure in Their Own Eyes

“There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” (Pr.30:12 KJ)

Since this generation does not have in their thinking the truth of a perfect, holy and righteous God to compare themselves to they “are pure in their own eyes” even though they are utterly sinful. This generation does not have the true teachings of the Christian doctrines established from the scriptures to identify sin or be delivered from sin.

This generation will have to form their own rules. They will have to establish their own values of right and wrong since they have none being handed down to them. The source of their values will be the human mind. So their standards will be the standards of a fallen man. Whatever they developo will be as distant from God’s ways as the heavens are above the earth.[13] 

They will face problems in the world and problems within themselves. These are the same problems that every generation faces. The problems do not change from generation to generation, but what does change is the source that a generation resorts to in search of answers. This generation will develop theories and potential answers that are logical to their human minds but they will not have theoption of the divine viewpoint. This generation will be ready to accept and put into practice anything that makes sense after it has been evaluated by the judgment system that is based on human reasoning.

1920-1960: The Generation That Was Pure in Their Own Eyes

During this time span a generation began to fill the void left to them by the first generation. They began to redefine sin and to drift further away from the means of temporal and eternal salvation. This was keenly observed and pinpointed by a great man of God to this generation on November 3, 1921. J. Gresham Machen, a New Testament professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia said,

“Modern liberalism has lost all sense of the gulf that separates the creature from the Creator. . .According to the Bible, man is a sinner under the just condemnation of God; according to modern liberalism, there is really no such thing as sin. At the very root of the modern liberal movement is the loss of the consciousness of sin.”[14]

Of course, a generation that had been raised to question, doubt and consider traditional Christianity’s doctrines as ancient myths and pre-scientific thinking would have no trouble rejecting the sinfulness of man, the most sacred and basic truths of the scriptures. In their darkness the concept of a God that would judge the world could only have been an ancient human ploy used to intimidate others into acceptable social behavior. They assumed that the outdated teaching of the sinfulness of man would only prove to be a damnable stumbling block to their human potential. The cross of Jesus was explained as a barbaric form of escapism from the reality that modern man was ready to face and conquer through knowledge and human cooperation. By the 1920’s the Federal Council of Churches had adopted “The Social Creed of the Churches” to promote this liberal social gospel to the second generation.

The 1920’s began with an American culture in turmoil as it tried to implement the new “user friendly faith.”

=     The divorce rate in the United States increased five fold between the beginning of the first generation and the middle of the second generation (1870-1930)

=     Authors attacked religion and mocked the revivals in books like Sinclair Lewis’s Elemer Gantry in 1927.

=     The false hope that had disillusioned this generation was expressed in books like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

=     250 people died in Chicago gang warfare during Prohibition.

=     Modern woman known as “flappers” smoked, danced, wore short skirts, drank, and bobbed their hair.

=     America became obsessed with sports

=     40,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

The flash point came in 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee. Early in 1925 the Tennessee legislature passed a bill which stated: “It shall be unlawful for any teacher in any of the universities, normals, and all other public schools of the State. . .to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) advertised to pay the costs to test the statute in court. By July 10, 1925 they had their day in court. It was the State of Tennessee verse John Thomas Scopes. Scopes had been convinced to admit to teaching evolution in the public school classroom and thus violating the statute.[15]

This second generatioin was the first to listen to a trial on radio. The results were a classic example of winning the battle but losing the war. As America listened on their radios and read the daily reports from Dayton in their newspapers they witnessed the jury return a guilty verdict and the judge assign a $100 fine on the evolution teacher. But, due to the questioning of William Jennings Bryan as he tried to defend the Bible from a position that combined his political arrogance with his unprepared responses to the attacks on the Bible the second generation of Americans loss even more confidence in traditional Christianity.

Scopes was slapped with a $100 fine but with it the open minds of the public were purchased. The public mentally accepted the concept of teaching evolution. This set the stage for an immediate reversal of the law in the third generation.  

While the church was succumbing to modern liberalism and the public was embrac ing freedom from their responsibility to a God formerly known as their creator, a religion entirely knew to America called humanism was organizing its ranks. IN 1933 the Humanist Manifesto I was signed by 34 people and published in the May/June issue of the The New Humanist. It begins as follows:

“The time has come for widespread recognition of the radical changes in religious beliefs throughout the modern world. The time is past for mere revision of traditional attitudes. Science and economic change have disrupted the old beliefs. . .In every field of human activity, the vital movement is now in the direction of a candid and explicit humanism. In order that religious humanism may be better understood we, the undersigned, desire to make certain affirmations which we believe the facts of our contemporary life demonstrate. 

“There is great danger of a final, and we believe fatal, identification of the word religion with doctrines and methods which have lost their significance and which are powerless to solve the problem of human living in the Twentieth Century. . .Today man’s larger understanding of the universe, his scientific achievements, and his deeper appreciation of brotherhood, have created a situation which requires a new statement of the means and purposes of religion. . .To establish such a religion is a major necessity of the present. It is a responsibility which rests upon this generation. (bold and underline mine).”[16]

The Humanist Manifesto then lists fifteen affirmations. Here are just a few of the affirmations:

1)    Religios humanists regard the universe as self-existing and not created.”

3)    “Holding an organic view of life, humanist find that the traditional dualism of mind and

    body must be rejected.”

8)     “Religious humanism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the end

of man’s life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and how. This is the explanation of the humanist’s social passion.”

9) “In place of the old attitudes involved in worship and prayer the humanist finds his religious     emotions expressed in a heightened sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to     promote social well-being.”[17]

Number eleven is the clear introduction that man’s problem is not the sin nature but the lack of knowledge.

11)   Man will learn to face the crises of life in terms of his knowledge of their naturalness and probability.. .We assume that humanism will take the path of social and mental hygiene and discourage sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking.”[18]

The application of affirmation number eleven is going to result in an emphasis on the attainment of knowledge. The humanist believes that their salvation rests in the area of education and the attainment of knowledge to solve and control life’s problems. The humanist reference to “social and mental hygiene” is obtained by discouraging “sentimental and unreal hopes and wishful thinking.” What are these “unreal hopes and wishful thinking” that need to be discouraged so modern man can “face the crises of life?” The humanist are referring to traditional Christianity as “unreal hopes and wishful thinking.”

Obviously knowledge is considered a very good and necessary thing in the scriptures. The lack of it is presented as a sure path to destruction. The contrast between humanist knowledge and Christian knowledge is more clearly seen when we identify the difference between knowledge and information. Can you see the difference when we put the word knowledge into a group of words? The Bible lists knowledge with wisdom and understanding. The humanist lists knowledge with experience, expermentation and probability. Would you rather have insight or information? Would you rather have truth or an experience? Would you rather have wisdom or probability? Beware of knowledge that men call good. 

The humanist believe man is pure and good within himself. They are not talking about controlling or changing his sin nature. They do not believe the sin nature exist. This is prophesied in Proverbs 30:12 as “pure in their own eyes” and stated in their affirmation number three as “traditional dualism of mind and body must be rejected.” Their answer is more knowledge or education. More information and more experience.

The third and fourth generations will prove that the second generation’s theory had no power to overcome the sin nature. The Christian Liberalism and Humanism of the second generation was a philosophical abomination. The third and fourth generations are going to live such lives of abomination and sin that the Christian Liberals and Secular Humanist should easily have recognized their theology and affirmations are a powerless disaster in the face of a sin nature they desperately denied.

The Humanist Manifesto I ends like this:

            “So stand the theses of religious humanism. Though we consider the religious forms and      ideas of our fathers no longer    adequate, (bold and underline mine) the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind. Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible      for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its           achievement. He must set intelligence and will to the task.”[19]

Thirty-four people signed the Humanist Manifesto I after these closing comments were written. Most of the names are unfamiliar to the average person, but one name stands out as familiar, even famous. Listed ninth on the list of signers of this Humanist Manifesto I from 1933 is John Dewey. 

John Dewey is described “by biographers and commentators as ‘America’s foremost philosopher and educator.’ ”[20] He:      

            “refashioned the educational system I America, moving it from the so-called static concepts of      the past into a wholly new era in education. In the process, he redefined almost everything        from the nature of truth to the responsibilities of the teacher and the   capacity of the human personality. . .That the ‘new thinking’ at the turn of the twentieth century became ‘the way the   world thinks’          can be laid at the feet of this man who more than all others made education in         America what it is today.”[21]

John Dewey said:

The educational system must move one way or another, either backward to the intellectual and moral standards of a pre-scientific age or forward to ever greater utilization of scientific method in the development of the possibilities of growing, expanding experience.”[22]

Dewey speaks as if threatening society with a return to a hopeless and barbaric past if they do not embrace the modern wave of the second generation. The past included the recognition of a creator, or his revealed Word and his Son, our savior, Jesus Christ. According to Dewey, these things must be abandoned to enter through Dewey’s door into a society with ever increasing use of scientific thinking.

Why can’t scientific thinking co-exist with the creator? Dewey is convincing a generation that they will never be able to enjoy the advances of modern man while crippled by the bondage of Christianity.

Dewey reveals how he used the public school system to promote his self-proclaimed humanistic religion when he said:

            “Schools do have a role – and an important one – in production of social change.”

The second generation developed the philosophy and the thinking that the third generation is going to commit to live by and put into action. 

Generation Number Three:

A Haughty and Disdainful Generation

“There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.” (Pr.30:13 KJ)

The NIV says “There are. . .those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful.” (Pr. 30:13 NIV). This is the title of the third generation that follows the first and second generation, that has rejected the God of creation and pursued idols.

The reference to “eyes are so haughty” speaks of a people who are filled with pride and arrogance. This is a symbolic gesture describing the attitude of the heart. This generation has been raised by parents who failed to acknowledge the sin nature in them selves or in their children. This generation has an over-rated evaluation of themselves and believes they should get what they want. They are self-absorbed. Their thoughts are always about themselves and about fulfilling their desires. They control whatever they can for their own advantage.

The description “glances are disdainful” refers to their outward view of the world and of others. They rationalize, “Nothing and no one on the outside can be as important as ‘me.’ ” They could be called the “Me Generation.”

The third generation has been influenced by the second generation who believed man had the answers. They have developed an over inflated view of man kind and of themselves, but have failed to acknowledge man’s sinful state. They have a concept of self-perfection and are in pursuit of an utopia. Since neither of these concepts are a reality this third generation is destined to live in disappointment and in the end fail to understand why it didn’t work out.

1960-2000: The Haughty and Disdainful: The ‘Me’ Generation

The third generation came into influence in the 1960’s. They made decisions and demonstrated behaviors that our culture had never seen before. In fact, it was not even anticipated. According to John Dewey and the Humanist this generation should have been within reaching distance of a utopia. The last forty years has been far from utopia. We have continued to make scientific advances and introduced unimagined technology and medicine. What has failed to be productive in the third generation has been the wholesale trade of morals and Christian truth made by the second generation for self expression and information.

This third generation has pursued every dream and desire they can imagine and they did it often at the cost of other people. Those that appear to have suffered the most were the children or the spouses. In a “good” home the children became instruments to bring credibility and recognition to the parents by being loaded down with non-stop performance based activities like music, sports, education. In “good” homes the parents stole the childhood from the child. In “bad” homes children and spouses were ignored and left to themselves. Their value being lost due to the inability of a “haughty and disdainful” parent or spouse to evaluate the value of another person. The landscape of our society would seem to be a landfill of broken marriages and broken homes. We do not yet know or understand the affect this is going to have on the coming fourth generation that grew up rummaging through this social landfill for truth and guidance. It will horrify us when we understand the results it will produce in the next generation.

Generation Number Four:

A Generation Whose Teeth are Swords, With Knives Set in Their Jaws

“There is a generation whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives,

to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.” (Proverbs 30:14 KJ)

In the sequence of four generations the fourth is the most self willed and violent. They become oppressive and abusive to anyone they can get the advantage on. Their insatiable desire makes them as cruel and remorseless in destroying, as is the cold steel with which they work.  

This generation’s attitude and behavior is the fruit of the sin of the fathers that God has been watching into the fourth generation. This fourth generation must turn back from the sin of their fathers and of the corrupt fruit it has produced in their own character. Israel had a generation described like this in Amos 8:4 where it says “you trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land.” This behavior belongs to the last generation of a society. God says in Amos 8:2 in reference to that generation in Israel, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”

Teeth are instruments of eating. Eating is symbolic of meeting the needs of the individual doing the eating. To have teeth that are swords is to say these people use weapons to meet their basic needs. People in a normal society would use trade, commerce, labor, industry, etc to meet their basic needs. This is a generation that “devour my people as men eat bread.”[23] It will be a time of escalating violence and oppression. It will manifest in a variety of ways. It will be seen in the streets, in the schools, in the corporate office, in government, in legislation, and on and on where ever the people of this fourth generation decide to engage themselves, their time and their effort.

2000-2040: The Last Generation?

In the late 1800’s our culture replaced God with some new ideas, and in the early 1900’s we developed those ideas into a philosophy to live by. During the second half of the 1900’s we have applied this new philosophy to life in our homes, schools, churches, governments, businesses, etc. We are now able to test the results of the past 120 years of development. Are they good or bad? Are they productive or destructive on society? It is now time for our culture to quickly evaluate ourselves and the society we have created. Do we see benefits of evolution, or even the reality of evolution, in all the areas of life it has been given responsibility for? Are we getting better? Has the humanist advice to abandoned the morals of traditional Christianity made our children better? Has John Dewey’s “knowledge” solved your problems that he said could not be solved with the outdated “knowledge” of scripture?

You yourself have lived through at least part of the third generation and have moved into the fourth generation. Are you satisfied with your life? Has this culture’s philosophy met all the expectations you have for yourself? For others? For your nation? Can someone show me now why we needed to abandon traditional Christianity??? Can some one explain to me in what way is our nation better now as a result of having shaken off the shackles of a Creator and of a Savior??? Let me know when you are ready and I’ll listen, but before you speak, you may want to know what is in store for us in the next forty years if you still think we are on the right path.

The fourth generation is coming out of their high school years and have began to take positions in our adult society. They will remove the needy people from the earth. Life and death are not a factor in their thinking. They were raised by parents who, over a period of forty years, had themselves been taught by schools and bombarded by media that there is no creator, sin nature, judgment day, or after life. The fourth generation, the children of the third generation, do not even wonder about God. The concept of God and the traditional Christian values are no where in their humanly developed conscious.

Yet, they are faced with a world that does have a Creator and is deeply interwoven with spiritual realities. This generation is left to face a real world, that includes a real Creator, that they cannot even begin to understand. In other words, they do not have true answers for the real problems. They can only implement inadequate responses to situations in a world they even realize can not be explained by Darwin and Dewey. The Truth has been lost and the “knowledge” isn’t working.

What will be the basis of their problem solving methods? The answer is in the description: “to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind.” When faced with a problem kill it, remove it, or destroy it. They cannot cope with realities such as life, people, circumstances. It makes complete sense to them that since there is no God then they have to take matters into our own hands. The Humanist Manifesto I says, “Man is at last becoming aware that he alone is responsible for the realization of the world of his dreams, that he has within himself the power for its achievement.”[24]

In the next few years anyone and anything that is not productive will be removed. Abortion is just the beginning. Euthanasia has not even become a reality. Assisted suicide will become assisted death, not suicide. There will be nothing voluntary about it. It will become mandatory. It will not stop there. At this time in our history the fourth generation holds no political offices. This will change in the next ten, fifteen, and twenty years. What is prevented today because it is illegal will be done in the fourth generation when the laws are changed. We live in a democracy where the voice of the people governs the land. How will the land be governed when that voice is the voice of a fourth generation saying, “devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind?”

While There is Time

There are several parallels of this in the scriptures to re-enforce and clarify this information. This is available in other notes, tapes and booklets. At this time we must concern ourselves with what can we do? The time will come in the fourth generation that the Humanist Manifesto’s advice will be followed:  

“Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world. . .Though we consider the religious forms and ideas of our fathers no longer adequate, the quest for the good life is still the central task for mankind.”[25]

The window of opportunity to reach this fourth generation with the truth of the Word of God is gradually closing and will eventually be slammed shut. The logic of the fourth generation will not allow what they consider to be divisive and unproductive views and information to be presented. They are in “quest for the good life” and it will be their responsibility to stop any interference. The presentation of God and his Word will be a form of interference. We must move while there is time. We must go while the fields are “ripe for the harvest.”[26] (Jesus said this to his disciples while they ministered to a culture that was leaving the third and beginning the fourth generation. In 30 AD Jesus spoke of the end of that fourth generation on the way to the cross.[27] In forty years, 70 AD, his words where fulfilled when Jerusalem and Judea fell to the Romans.)

Jonah went to a nation and its capital city that was only forty days away from the end of the fourth generation.[28] His message was simple but the response was great. In fact, an entire civilization was saved. God did not send Jonah and his message alone. God had prepared the people’s hearts in a variety of ways. The people of that fourth generation in Ninevah were ready to hear, repent and change their ways. God moved in a mighty way.

Our lesson is not how bad the people of Ninevah were. Nor is our lesson about the big, bad Humanist. Our lesson is about Jonah; it is about you and me. Our lesson is about what Jesus told his disciples when they returned from saying nothing and doing nothing in the city of Sychar in Samara. He said,  

“I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”[29]

The disciples had gone to a city, ignored the people, and bought themselves some food. Then they went back to Jesus having ignored the purpose of the mission for going into the city. They bought food to meet their basic needs and were ignorant of why they were even there in the first place. Are we ignorant of the reason we are here in this generation? Have we become so influenced by our culture that we can not even offer a helpful word of instruction or a word of hope? Are we like the disciples, just here to get our bread and assume the “Samaritans” or the “Humanist” or the people of Ninevah are worthless and beyond hope? When the disciples wanted to offer Jesus some of their bread from the city he said:

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. . . I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”[30]

The people of Sychar did hear the message and did respond. But, they did not hear it from the disciples of Jesus. They heard it from one of their own woman who had met Jesus herself. Do you know what her message was? Do you know how ready the people between the third and fourth generation were to listen and respond? This is what she said that brought the whole city running to meet Jesus:

            “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”[31]

 Pretty simple. It was simple like Jonah’s message.

We are living at a time when God is not going to reveal something to us so we can go “watch Ninevah burn.” That is what Jonah wanted to do and was rebuked by God for not understanding the purpose of his mission. [32] This information is not for believers to pronounce judgment on our nation, but instead, to do something for our nation. The scriptures reveal where we are at in time as a nation. The purpose for knowing is so that we will be able to appropriately respond to the people from the third generation and in the fourth generation. Jonah’s response was perfect and a whole nation turned around. The woman from Sychar had a very appropriate response. If we do not try the window will be closed. We will not have another opportunity like we have today. You have with in you the appropriate response to the people of this generation. That is why you are here. That is why you are reading this book.


[1] Smith, Jerome H., The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Thomas Nelson Publisher, Nashville, TN, 1992, p. 106.


[2] Hebrews 12:16-17

[3] Obadiah 1-21; Jeremiah 49:4-22.

[4] Van Gemeren, Willem A., Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, p. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1997, vol. 1, p. 755-764,

[5] Proverbs 1:8; 6:20; 15:20; 20:20

[6] Strong, James, The New Strong’s Expanded Dictionary of Bible Words, Nelson Publishers, 2000, p. 413.

[7] Joshua 14:7

[8] Strong, The New Strong’s Expanded Dictionary, p. 750.

[9] Smith, The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, p. 106.

[10] Ingersoll, Robert G., The Absurdity of Religion, vol. 11, The Annals of America, Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1976, p. 269.

[11] Ibid., p. 270.

[12] Breese, David, Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, Moody Press, Chicago, 1990, p. 63-64.

[13] Isaiah 55:9

[14] Machen, J. Gresham, Christianity and Liberalism, Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1923, p. 64.

[15] Christian History, Issue 55, p. 10-18, “The Monkey Trial”

[16] Humanist Manifesto I from The Hew Humanist, May/June 1933, Vol. VI, No. 3

[17] Ibid.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Breese, David, p. 155.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Ibid. p. 162.

[23] Psalm 14:4

[24] Humanist Manifesto I from The New Humanist, May/June 1933, Vol. VI, No. 3

[25] Ibid.

[26] John 4:35

[27] Luke 23:28-31

[28] Jonah 3:4

[29] John 4:38

[30] John 4:34,35

[31] John 4:29

[32] Jonah 3:10-4:11