At Olympic ceremony, US flag falls off bar holding it aloft

On August 5, 2012, during the ceremony for the Tennis medal winners at the Olympics, the United States flag fell off the bar holding it aloft. The bar held three flags, one for Gold medal winner, one for Silver medal winner, and one for Bronze medal winner. The other two flags remained secured but the US flag fluttered down to the ground to the gasps of a shocked audience. The line of the American anthem had just been played was "that our flag was still there..."

It is a suitable omen, symbol and portent for us here in America. God can and does cast down nations. David cried out in Psalm 56:7,

"On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations."

"See how the evildoers lie fallen--thrown down, not able to rise!" (Psalm 36:12)

Whether this was God, a prank, or an accident, it seems a fitting metaphor for our nations' fall from our previous place from on high down to the miry pit of sin where we dwell now.

"But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you. (Psalm 55:23)

Here is the video. If you google flag fell Olympics you'll find many Youtube results. This is just one. I was struck by the fact that the flag didn't totter, didn't hang, it gently and gracefully was released from the attachment and simply dropped instantly.


  1. Wow. I have to agree with you that it's an Omen, and whether God's hand or the enemy's, that it wasn't just some prank or accident. You can see how the wind blew it before it, and yet it didn't fall. Yet, right then, right at that moment in the song, of all the times, it finally fell, gracefully as you said. In away you could say it symbolized that the Grace (mercifully protecting hand) of God, was lifted. An Omen that the nation is about to fall. It's being shaken now, and I believe soon, it will fall, and be no more.


  2. Please see a similar story here:


    1. Thanks Cynthia. It was a little out there for me but a good visual image of the dam. [PS = martial law not marshal law]. I remember when the US Seal fell off Obama's podium and rolled away.

      A Pastor friend of mine posted yesterday "From a theological perspective, two questions have arisen in my mind: First, if God appoints Obama to be America's president for the next four years, what will America look like in 2016? Second, is God punishing the United States because of her sins, through an anti-colonial socialist? Biblically speaking, the November elections do not determine who will be the president; rather, the elections will reveal our values."

  3. Methinks it's a warning from God for the USA to stay out of Ukraine, as whatever objective they hope to accomplish by intervening in Ukraine will not end well for them, and end in spectacular failure!

    Sadly, they did not listen!


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