Does the Bible mention America in prophecy?
Prophecies about Jesus
All prophecy is written to glorify God. That’s because much of it points to Jesus Christ, Whom God seeks to glorify, so all biblical prophecy has to do with God, even if it’s about Israel, Egypt, or other nations mentioned in the Bible. One specific prophecy about Jesus Christ was about where the Lord would be born. It comes from Micah the Prophet, who wrote, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2). That was fulfilled when Christ was born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem (Matt 2). Isaiah also prophesied about Jesus Christ, but this was much different. This was well after His birth and speaks of His suffering and death during the passion, ending at the cross. Isaiah wrote that “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). The gospels bear these facts out, but what about other prophecies, especially in regards to Israel?
Prophecy and Israel
A great deal of biblical prophecy has to do with the nation Israel. They are the subject matter for most of the prophets. Large portions of the prophecies were concerned with warning Israel about the consequences of falling into idolatry, and those consequences would be the judgment of God. As part of that judgment, God would sometimes use other nations to destroy their cities, including Jerusalem, and take the people captive, leaving only a tiny remnant behind. Some of the prophecies of Israel have to do with the future, and many have not yet been fulfilled. Some won’t be fulfilled until Jesus Christ reigns directly over the nations of the world. Ezekiel writes concerning Israel as God speaking, saying “thus says the Lord God: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies’ lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations” (Ezk 39:25-27). That sounds very hopeful for Israel’s future, but what about other nations?
Prophecy and other Nations
There are dozens of prophecies concerning other nations in the world, however, some didn’t even exist at the time these prophecies were written. In one case, God told Ezekiel to “prophesy against Gog and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel” (Ezk 39:1-2). This seems to refer to nations to the uttermost north of Israel. Could these be references to a push toward Israel’s final destruction? Who are these nations? Are they, as many suppose, the Russians, along with other nations that become part of a federation? God also speaks through Ezekiel, saying “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you” (Ezk 38:1-6). These could be forces from Asia and beyond that move against Israel in an end time scenario, but that’s another article. Right here, we’re seeking to find out whether the U.S. is mentioned in biblical prophecy.
Is America in Bible Prophecy?
The Bible doesn’t mention America or the U.S.A. by name because the nation did not exist at the time the Bible was written. There was no America, but some of the nations mentioned in the Bible no longer exist as a nation. Try and find an Edomite’s or a Philistine. Some nations are known by a different name today, while others like Egypt are still around and have the same name. Those prophecies are easier to know, but there are some churches today that believe the English speaking people of Great Britain, Canada, the U.S., and Australia (and a few others), are descendants of the lost 10 tribes of Israel that were taken captives by the Assyrians. When Israel became a divided kingdom, shortly after Solomon’s reign, ten of the tribes became known as Israel, also called the Northern Kingdom, The remaining three tribes (Judah, Benjamin, and the Levites) were called Judah, from which we get the name, Jews. After the ten tribes were taken into captivity, some believe that they populated Europe, England, and then migrated to North America, so they try to fit some of the prophecies which are meant for Israel, into their teaching that America and England are part of Israel. One book that tries to do teach that idea is about the United States and England in prophecy, however those prophecies seem next to impossible to fit the English speaking people, because prophecies about Israel always center on Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the direction from which all nations are referred to. In other words, when prophecies mention nations to the north, south, east, and west, those directions are based upon Jerusalem’s location. The U.S. wouldn’t make sense for many of these prophecies because of where America is located.
I was not able to find significant historical evidence to prove that the lost tribes of Israel are now English speaking people, (along with a few other European languages), however, I suppose it’s not possible that some of the tribes as individuals survived and became part of the society around them, but genealogical evidence seems to point that this is a tiny minority because nearly 96% of Europeans can trace back their lineage with relative certainty. For the “lost ten tribes” to prove their ancestry seems nearly impossible, but what does that mean if a few can? Isn’t Israel still the focal point of prophecy?
Is the U.S. mentioned in biblical prophecy? What about the great Babylon (Rev 18:1-10)? Perhaps this nation (and others) will be a part of a worldwide financial system that controls the entire economy (Rev 13). I don’t have all of those answers, so I’m going to keep my eyes on Jesus and trust Him with history. My hopes not found in knowing who is who in biblical prophecy. My hope is found in Christ Jesus and nothing less than His righteousness (2nd Cor 5:21).
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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