Why America Is Not Mentioned In Prophecy

Prophecy students often notice that America does not seem to be mentioned in last-days prophecy. Of course Israel and her neighbors are central to the predictions of future events. A renewed form of the Roman Empire is seen in Daniel. In Ezekiel’s war of “Gog and Magog” Russia is prominent, along with an Islamic alliance including Iran and Libya. But where is the mighty superpower of the 21st Century, the United States of America?

Some have thought we are mentioned in Ezekiel 38:13 as one of the “young lions” of what might be the old British Empire. But that is not convincing today since Great Britain is not all that powerful and the United States is obviously no longer a British colony.

Others have thought America could be equated directly with Babylon the Great at the point of her future destruction in Revelation 17 and 18. But that is too great a stretch, and there are far better explanations of Babylon in the last days.

So, what happens to the United States between now and the likely near-future unfolding of the end times scenario?

There are several possibilities. One theory is that the war of Gog and Magog will take place before the rise of Antichrist’s final world empire. It could be the war of the Second Seal of Revelation 6:3-4. That series of events, described in Ezekiel 36 through 39, includes the rebirth of the nation of Israel and an attack against her once she is living in peace and safety. Israel was reborn in 1948 in magnificent fulfillment of this prophecy, but she has not yet enjoyed peace. That peace could be achieved any time now, setting the stage for the attack of Russia and an Islamic force against Israel. Ezekiel’s prophecies about this war say that Israel’s enemies will be destroyed by fire and brimstone. This, of course, could describe a nuclear exchange. What if Iran were to use a nuclear weapon against Israel? Wouldn’t the response also threaten to involve the United States in an unwanted nuclear exchange? If that did happen, it is not likely that the United States would still be a powerful world-player after that war.

Another likely scenario would be that America will have suffered a financial collapse by the time of the last days, and would still exist, but not be a super-power. That is exactly what many political and financial analysts are saying about our current course. The unconscionable spending of recent legislation, with its inevitable tax burden on future citizens could easily be the real reason for the demise of America as anything more than another cog in the European socialistic machinery that Antichrist will use for his economic dictatorship (Revelation 13).

In either of these cases, The United States will not be gone in the last days. We will just not be worth mentioning.

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38 Responses to Why America Is Not Mentioned In Prophecy

  1. Paul Casas says:

    Ron,

    We as country Its so easier to complain about our govermnent than helping our government in the the right direction, “the opposition ” would rather have a dysfunctional gov. For four years than bipartisian. So the four and out rule may apply, meanwhile we Americans suffer with the status quo.

    How can we help?, one, those complainers of big gov, encourage them to get a job and get off. Obamas handouts, Two, our Military is way over budget, rally against wars that are not threating the U.S directly, The argument is wht about guys like Bin Ladin? He was a criminal,just llike Mcvey, do we bomb his home town?, the Muslim jihadis ? This was an Irjaf act, muslims condem acts of likes of Bin Laden, the quran jidah is used in time of war against nations, footnotes mar 26 2010 El Swaray, NPR Bottom line, we spend more on our military than all defitcits combined….. and all the new “cool Jihadis” our found here. Cool. Jidhadis is a term used now to recruit the youth who don’t want to read the the quran and follow rituals, but only to cause mayhem against westerners.

    Synbolism and interpretion of the Bible I leave to you and other theologians, you guys do a great job.
    The real time, I can only physically work with, if we produce a more peaceful acts as a nation and arbitrate with our neighbors in other ways criminals won’t pop up as much as they do now.
    We invest in our children creating a better culture, greater economy. Education is appalling, Kansas just let go 1/2 their teaching work force. Spend the money here upfront go alots further than after the fact such as end roads such as prisons.

    Gov. Regulations need be in place in some aspects of the free market, such as the governance of healthcare, I know where u stand on this issue,lol. But the 30 or million uninsured will cost us less in the long run than un-insured.

    Ok thanks, for the sound board,

  2. Chad says:

    I believe America is mentioned in Jer 50 and 51 and Rev 17 & 18 and Ez 38. America is the end times Babylon. While reading Ezekiel 38, please consider this. Gog will think an evil thought and will also GO UP (north) to the land of unwalled villages. This land has no bars and gates, dwell safely, a nation of many peoples and has cattle and goods in the midst of the land. This describes America, not Jerusalem. They are both attacked.

    Question is when? Ez 39 says burning weapons for 7 years. Could this be prior to the last 7? I believe it could be, and could be later 2010.

    Peace

  3. Kurt says:

    The government will not solve your problem because the government is the problem-Ronald Regan

    The health care bill is unconstitutional. Does not matter what it costs or who it insures or how noble are its intentions. Health care like a lot of things the federal government has co-opted is a matter reserved strictly for the states under our Constitution. But, don’t worry the totally corrupt judicial system will surely uphold the health care bill as they would never let the very explicit words of the Constituion and their oaths of office to stand in the way of a well reason legal-logical gymnastic that they normally use to get the Constitution to allow anything passed by Congress.
    It looks to me like the economy is intentionally being taken down. Probably to introduce us into a common currency. You have to admit even a Harvard graduate cannot possibly believe that you can spend your way out of debt without major economic consequenses.
    We will not be a major country, if we survive at all because of our treatment of the Jewish people. Both Democrats and Republicans have attempted to partition Isreal in direct contravention of the commands of the creator G-d, as specifically written in his word.
    The problem is that although most leaders of both parties confess to be christians and believe and follow the Bible, it turns out like, Bush, who after they are done running finally state what they really believe. Most seem to think the Bible is not literal, but is a good book for morality or some such nonsense like what Bush stated. They refuse to take G-d’s promises of curses literally and fail to take G-d’s statement that he owns the land and he gave it to the desendents of Araham, Issac, and Jacob as an inheritence forever as the truth. G-d also said that once the Jewish people return to the land they will not be dispersed again. So good luck to Obama, his cabal, and his Muslum friends as their current plans to devide and destroy Isreal are doomed to fail.
    I know Isreal will be alright as I have read the end of the Book. However, as for the US I am not so sure, as it is not mentioned in the Book as a major power or otherwise.

  4. insurance says:

    Nation building by the United States has failed countless times so why continue a failing idea. The U.S. put the sha in power in Iran and Islamic extremists over threw their government, and Iraq is about the same story. Nation building has almost always failed since the Wilson administration. I think the real reason the U.S. is in Iraq is because of oil. Since the 1990s the U.S. has always fought in oil rich countries. This terrorist crusade seems to be a fight for oil, and there’s no way the U.S. isn’t drilling for oil in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  5. BCBS says:

    The American strategy in Afghanistan is neither to stabilize the country nor to remove terrorism. Do we remember the USSR war? Who were the very hands feeding these Talibans and training Alqaeeda against USSR? The whole world knows that America and Pakistan supported them in every possible way with Ammunitions, explosives and trainings in CIA and ISI camps. The very American Media used to call them as Jihad’s fighting against USSR. Just because at that time it was in America’s Interest to use them Against USSR. But now they have been termed as terrorists. And there’s a reason behind portraying them as terrorists. Actually American Government needed a reason to enter Afghanistan. And why they wanted to enter Afghanist is the American Government’s interest and policy to reach Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, Gawadar Port and many other like these. One more reason is to reach China. Pakistan’s nuclear power is a major threat to Israel and American could do anything to save Israel. If Gawadar port becomes operative, South Asia would become the World’s trade Hub and America would never want that again. And why America wants access to China I think every one of us can understand that.

  6. Bring the Word of God says:

    Only God knows for certain whether or not America is a player in the end time prophecy. One thing is for certain, though, we are commanded to bring the Word of God to the world, our world and the world around us.

    The Bible tells us that we are to love one another to show the world what Christianity is all about. When we try to live out this command, we bring the Word of God to all nations and tongues.

    We are also called to love the world (not the system but the world that Christ died for) so that the world can experience the love of God. God blessed America so abundantly so that we, as a nation and as individuals can bring the Word of God to the ends of the earth. I praise God for sending missionaries to homes, communities, and nations.

    The world is becoming more complicated. It is scary to witness what is taking place all over the globe. But God has ordered things. It is not a person, a program or a political ideal that will prevail. It is the plan of God. He is in charge. He controls all.

    God Bless

  7. Steve Morris says:

    Regardless of how everything comes down, are you a soul winner?
    Do you witness and hand out tracts every day.
    Lets pull people out of Hell!!
    Talk is cheap.
    Go into all the world and preach the gospel.
    They who obey the already given commands of the coming Jesus administration will be rewarded and promoted. What are you doing today about what the Lord said to do.
    ?? If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

  8. I agreed partially with Chad. New York City is the Babylon and would be destruyed at the end-times. The current financial situation would end up with USA as a super power, a super nation. We would become another nation.

  9. howdy, nice blog post.

  10. With this latest extremist danger in Sinai, I really hope all the visitors particularly Israelis are secure and keeping safe.

  11. Aaron says:

    I disagree. America is mentioned in Revelation 13:11. The beast mentioned here fits no other possible description for a kingdom, and here is why:

    All the other major kingdoms listed in Daniel/Revelation (Babylon, Medio-Persia, Greece and Rome) arise out of the water, which is a multitude of peoples, nations and tongues. The beats in 13:11 however arises from the earth- the exact opposite of the others!

    The bible says this beast looks like a lamb but speaks like a dragon. America was founded on Christian morals but is evil so quickly changing into a nation of moral decay.

    I invite you to check out this link, which will further explain:
    http://www.bibleprophecytruth.com/topics/usa-in-prophecy.aspx

    feel free to mail me:
    midnight_aaron at yahoo . com

  12. USAinBible says:

    I believe the US is mentioned in the bible. In the book of Daniel it is explained that beasts represent nations. One of the 4 beasts of Daniel is a lion with eagle wings. It says the the wings are plucked from the lion. The lion represents the UK aka Great Britain, and the eagle wings represent America becoming its own. The 4 beasts of Daniel are found again in revelation as 1 beast representing a one world government led by the Anti-Christ. Take a look and tell me what you think.

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  16. John Fogle says:

    Revelation 8:7 states that during the first Trumpet judgment, 1/3 of the earth will be burnt up. North and South America make up roughly 1/3 of the land mass of the earth. Since Europe, Asia, and Africa play later roles in Bible prophecy it is more or less required that this 1/3 of the earth be located in North & South America. When 1/3 of the sea (Pacific Ocean) is turned to blood in the second Trumpet judgment, we can see why the Kings of the East will want to head to the Middle East later in the Tribulation – the Pacific Ocean is blood and North and South America are burnt up. The Kings of the East will kill 1/3 of the world’s population as the head to the Middle East – most likely in Pakistan, India, etc as they travel west.

    The 4 beasts of Daniel 7 are 4 eschatological kingdoms that will appear in the last days. It is possible that the US could be associated with the Lion with Eagles Wings beast (I am not dogmatic on this one). The Bear is Russia and her allies, while the Leopard with 4 heads and 4 wings would be the Kings of the East. Of course the 4th beast is the Antichrist’s kingdom in Europe.

  17. Chris says:

    “The first will be the last and the last will be the first”
    America was a leading nation build on God’s word, focused on this word to be the guidance and direction… In many ways America failed, when abusing other human beings, when allowing judgement to dictate the direction and decision of actions… America failed to keep the Government out of the Church and Church out of the Government… the government dictates the church and the Church has no prophets to tell the government “you are wrong.” Because the prophets are afraid by saying this they face death and afflictions and suffering and jail…
    There have been times, hundreds of years (I.E. 400), in history of a nation or nations, when nothing was known about it or God was quiet, because God allowed the darkness to cover the nation till the nation will wake up and its people will turn to God.
    We are like any other child, who needs a spank to fix a problem. America is like this child and needs this time of loneliness to reflect how good was when its people were looking for God and God was their divine, spiritual true leader. So, when a generation like that is coming America will ba again like any other nation, first in God’s sight, if God will allow a second chance…
    All advice I have is while we wait and see fix our hearts and minds for the coming of our Lord and Saviour, because if we loose the moment it will not be a second chance.

  18. St.Habitat says:

    America is not mentioned because the U.S. is included with all the other nations that reject God in the EndTimes. Although Gods People are here to teach the devils whats what.

    God sets the stage for his greatest works. Often he uses ordinary men and women to get our attention so we are prepared for what he is about to do. The messenger may be ordinary, but the message is divine.

  19. joey says:

    I beleive america is the end time beast of prophecy, babylon represents new york city. Only 4 beasts are clearly identified in daniel-rev. but rev.17 shows the beast with 7 heads or mountains.these heads are kingdoms.4 are rome, greece,medi-persia,babylon.the other 3 are egypt,assyria,british.rev17 there r 7 kings,5 are fallen, egypt,assyria,babylon,medi-persia,greece, 1is thats rome, and 1is yet to come british,and the beast even he is the 8th.

  20. jack carlson says:

    Gosh Ron, give us a break. America is the most talked about nation in the Bible. It is modern-day Israel, the contemporary descendants of Joseph and Manasseh, and the primary recipient of the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

    Everybody knows this.

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  23. Mike Perkins says:

    I am amazed and appauld at some of the comments made by way of reply to the above article. It is painfully clear that most “Christians” today do not read their Bibles, but adhere to the words, opinions, and doctrine of false teachers. Not all comments, but the majority.
    What a sad and sorry state the “church” is in. But exactly as Jesus said it would be just prior to His return.

  24. Bob D says:

    Jack Carlson is right – albeit, I do NOT believe in replacement theology. 10 tribes migrated through the Caucasus mountain ranges into Europe. Jeremiah came to the British Isles via boat through Mediterranean landed in France then up to Ireland/England at a later time. TWO tribes stayed in Israel, so we have long lost cousins there. WE ARE FAMILY, minus those of the “synagogue of satan”!!!

  25. Naked says:

    Great information I have Tweeted this, I will keep a eye on your other posts. Ohh what do you all think about the about the israel attack?

  26. jack I. says:

    I too agree with Carlson, everyone should know who america is. Bible says the time of jacobs trouble thats us. we will be stunned then stopped. God said but he will be saved out of it.

  27. Michael Honeycutt says:

    Well, I’ve been saying for years to keep an eye on Turkey as a possible Gog of Magog. When the Bible speaks of a Chief Prince (Ezek 38-39) it often refers to a spiritual entity not necessarily an actual person. Remember the prayer battle Daniel fought being against a chief Prince?
    Any way, according to several different sources I have looked at, it would seem that Meshech and Tubal, mentioned in Ezekiel 38/39 are or were located in the area now known as Turkey. Turkey has been facing increasing Islamization for several years now moving it away from being a secular government. Many folks have claimed that Russia fits the bill instead. I don’t believe that to be true necessarily but I do believe that Russia, with its recent agreements with Iran (aka Persia) will play a role of some sort. Either way, Russia and Turkey are to the North of Israel.
    Where is America? I’ve looked in the Bible and found no trace that I could be satisfied with as America. I do know that eventually all nations of the earth will turn their backs on Israel. That has been prophesied. I think that the USA will not be a world player to any real degree because of possible economic collapse, natural disaster or possibly because of internal strife. It is my belief that trying to ID the US in Bible prophesy is a symptom of our collective national ego getting in the way. Our arrogance yells to us that we have to be in there some where, but that does not make it so. The degree of political bickering and the failure of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of our government to keep to the honoring of God and His Word, have led this nation to the brink of collapse and possible civil war. We won’t be in Bible prophecy because I believe that we will be too occupied within our own borders trying to survive.
    IF the Rapture happens soon, and IF all of the church is pulled out as many teachers love to suggest, this Nation will be brought down in the twinkling of an eye, and only those left behind will face that ordeal.
    It’s time for us to reacquaint ourselves with the truth of God’s Word and study it whole hog. Far too many TV preachers act as though they have all the skinny on what is going to happen and I believe that far too many of them are only looking to sell their next book and CD set/tapes. Don’t listen to what your favorite TV guys says, too many of them claim to have the Truth but they disagree too much to be correct. Study God’s Word and ask Him, via the Holy Spirit, to reveal to you the true meanings of those Divine Prophecies.

  28. Manchester says:

    Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day 🙂

  29. Robert Ramirez says:

    I read your blog’s and i found them very intresting and believe that are lord will come to destroy the wickedness on this earth man has created and those who have faith and believe in are lord jesuse will be saved! i like to read more of your blogs my Brothers and Sisters

  30. GA=God's Army says:

    Gods People Should unite and form an Army to protect Gods people from the wickedness and harms way all believers of God should

  31. Big Dad says:

    Mystery Babylon is the Vatican -the Pope-false prophet will assist the beast in his work before He destroys them!!!!

  32. Deanna S. says:

    I am curious about America maybe not being mentioned also,but the one thing we do know is that Jesus Christ is returning for His church and I believe that time is drawing near. The main thing is that we prepare our hearts to walk closer to Him because his word says he will take care of His children no matter what comes. God said in James that He has made a way of escape through Jesus for us, Jesus is our “ark”. He said when we see all these things come to pass to look up our redemption is coming!!! Keep the faith He will take care of His own!!!!

  33. Amol says:

    I am glad i found your blog.
    Great work.

  34. Lester says:

    The two horns in Revelation 13:11 represents Jews and America (modern day Israel) to whom the promises of bible revelation and wealth were given. But both are apostate and have turned their backs on YHWH. Thus both are of the great whore of Revelation 17 and have adopted Babylonian beliefs. Both have money as the elohims. The Jews will be destroyed in Revelation 17:16 and America in Revelation 18:10. Both will have their peoples taken captive. But Yahweh will rescue them in the end.

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  36. Korey Vera says:

    Gog and Magog happen after Christ’s 1000 year reign and he lets loose the devil from the pit one last time. Revelations 20.

  37. admin says:

    Thanks for your comment Korey. That may be a possibility, but it seems that by then the expression “Gog and Magog” will have become be a generic description for attacks by Satanic enemies against God’s peoople. If you compare the war you mention – in Revelation 20:7-10 to Ezekiel 38 and 39 – you will find some similarities but many differences.

  38. Suzanne says:

    John Fogel Yes I agree with all that. That is the best explanation yet. quote John Fogel:

    Revelation 8:7 states that during the first Trumpet judgment, 1/3 of the earth will be burnt up. North and South America make up roughly 1/3 of the land mass of the earth. Since Europe, Asia, and Africa play later roles in Bible prophecy it is more or less required that this 1/3 of the earth be located in North & South America. When 1/3 of the sea (Pacific Ocean) is turned to blood in the second Trumpet judgment, we can see why the Kings of the East will want to head to the Middle East later in the Tribulation – the Pacific Ocean is blood and North and South America are burnt up. The Kings of the East will kill 1/3 of the world’s population as the head to the Middle East – most likely in Pakistan, India, etc as they travel west.

    The 4 beasts of Daniel 7 are 4 eschatological kingdoms that will appear in the last days. It is possible that the US could be associated with the Lion with Eagles Wings beast (I am not dogmatic on this one). The Bear is Russia and her allies, while the Leopard with 4 heads and 4 wings would be the Kings of the East. Of course the 4th beast is the Antichrist’s kingdom in Europe.

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