KJ made a good comment in the last thread about this not being the end. I happen to agree. I don't think this is the end of time in the apocalyptic sense. It may be the end of America. That's not the same as the end of the world.
I've been trying to work out my views on eschatology for over 30 years now. I still don't have it figured out. I doubt that I ever will in this life.
My current understanding of the subject leads me to agree with Barnabas. Beyond that, I still haven't made a decision on the many individual facets that are presented as "facts" or "doctrine" or whatever you want to call them. Hermeneutically there are too many issues sort out to definitively issue a "thus sayeth the Lord" on what I've heard preachers proclaim over the years.
Back to the end of America: We deserve it. Not because we are bad people. In general that isn't true. Americans are generally decent, giving, helpful people. We deserve it, because we abdicated our responsibility to progenerate the values, morals, standards, and practices that our forefathers established.
America didn't fail. Americans failed to pass on that which made America great. Americans failed to stand up for that which is right, good and true. We exchanged the blessing of liberty born in righteousness; for the pursuit of happiness. No one bothered to define happiness beyond "doing your own thing". Responsibility of any sort was shunned. We had wealth and could buy leisure, or goods.
We became bored.
We forgot about what made us great.
We quit trying.