When God judges the United States no one here will question why, because everyone will know why. What is interesting is that most will be surprised! In Noah's day it was not until judgment was upon them that they finally understood. What they felt was astonishment ... surprise.
Likewise when Lot went out of the city that God was going to judge and utterly destroy, the peoples of the city continued their wickedness and violence until the moment they were consumed. What was their last emotion? Surprise!
Both these events in history are likened to a time shortly to arrive, the rapture. But the rapture is the view from the Christian point of view. What about the view of the unsaved? It will be .... SURPRISE!
The seven year tribulation is a time of judgment for the inhabitants of the earth. And it will come on them like a flood. Strange that God has many times spoken of judgment as coming on those being judged as a flood. But just as those in the city where Lot lived, those who watched Noah for years build the ark, and now us here in the US; they were and we are, certainly warned by God.
Since even the unsaved know why God has reason to judge us, why should they be surprised? It has to do with human nature, I think. We call out to God in our terror and then when things get quiet we wonder if He exists or if whatever event was related to God at all.
When 911 occurred many flocked to the churches seeking out help from God .... just in case He exists, and was judging the US. But since then things have quieted down and for many of those who sought God out in their terror and fear now have returned to their previous ways as if God no longer exists.
Then a less than gentle reminder. Something a little more personal, the blackout. Millions were in the streets, many walked down countless stairs to just get to street level, and then exhausted realized that trip to the street was just a beginning ... they had to find a way home.
Millions were personally affected, and the first thing that came to their minds was what? God's judgment, terrorism. Will they flock again to the churches? I think not. Those who truly sought out God on the first event are still in the churches, and those who aren't are convinced that whatever happened, they survived it without God whom they never really believed existed for sure anyway.
So when God's time of the tribulation begins the time of judgment many of these will just be surprised. They will no longer say, "Where is God? Can He not see? or can He not hear? He sees and He hears, and He comes!
Now back to the analogous event via the Christian point of view. Noah was saved out of judgment, as was Lot. And Lot is closer to the actions of the real church than we'd like to acknowledge. Noah was a just man. Righteous by faith in the coming Messiah Jesus Christ. And so was Lot.
But Lot was worldly and sought out to be with the wicked. I find it interesting that his daughters were both virgins. Lot himself went to the next wicked city when God delivered him from Sodom and Gomorrah. So we see that salvation is by faith, and not works.
Lot, even though he ran with the wicked, was saved because He had believed in the Lord Jesus Christ's payment on the cross for his (Lot's) sins, (an event that was to come) and he proves that one cannot lose their salvation by his testimony as poor as it is. Lot was counted righteous by God by faith, as Abraham spoke, "the just shall live by faith, Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness", and to Lot also.
Reread the event of Lot, Abraham said "Gen 18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?" And God would not. Many think that we shall go through the tribulation, but this just shows their lack of understanding as to what the tribulation is all about.
It is for them not enough that God said "1Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." and 1Th 5:9 "For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain, salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,"
Even the wicked will know the tribulation is the time of God's wrath "Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:" Yet some Christians are yet in fear that we will go through that time of God's wrath the tribulation.
Just as God spared Lot and Noah, He will spare us. And just as the wicked were warned, I believe that we in the US have been warned. Judgment of God is soon to come and in that day ..... God will remove those whom are His .... and that includes me. Praise God!