What does the Bible say about America’s future, if anything?
Nations Forsaking God
We don’t have to do a lot of guess work about what happened to nations that turned their back on God. Communism is a great example. When the Chinese Communist party came into power in 1949, there were about 500,000 Christians in the entire nation. The communists decided to take each one of them and move them to the farthest points in China, just as far away from the other Christians as they could, but something happened. When these believers were scattered to the far ends of China, they began to share it with their neighbors, and today, there are estimated to be over 50 million Christians in China and it’s the fastest growing segment of Christianity in the world, so just because a nation turns its back on God doesn’t mean God’s will turn His back on His people. His word will not fail to prosper from wherever it’s sent out. Every time the church is persecuted, it manages to spread, and although these Christians might suffer, the nation as a whole suffers even more. The former Soviet Union (USSR) is a good example. This atheistic nation began to crumble after its repressive regime tried to stamp out Christianity and begin to teach that God does not exist. The knowledge of God was not taught or spoken about in public or in their public schools and higher institutions of learning. The Russian Cosmonauts once reported from space, “We’re up here in space and we can report to you that there is not God.” However, I can assure you that if the reporter would have stepped outside the space capsule, he would have met Him.
A great example of what happens when a nation forsakes God comes from the prophets, like when “The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded” (2nd Chron 15:1), and he told Judah’s King Asa, “The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you” (2nd Cor 15:2). David told his son King Solomon the same thing, that he should “serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever” (2nd Chron 28:9). The point of both of these biblical references is that when the nation’s leaders forsake God, he will cast them off, and in some cases, forever! No nation wants to have God forsake them, but that seems to be happening today. Just as surely as Isaiah said that “those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed” (Isaiah 1:28), and “shall be like an oak whose leaf withers, and like a garden without water” (Isaiah 1:30), any nation that turns their back on God, will wither like a fall leaf and be blown away by the wind, as to be “cast off forever,” because “the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish” (Isaiah 60:12).
The Bible speaks more about Israel’s future than it does any other nation on the face of the earth. That’s because these are God’s chosen people and He is not finished with the nation yet. God speaks through Isaiah the Prophet of a time when God will “create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness” (Isaiah 65:18), and then “no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress” (Isaiah 65:19), and at that time, “No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed” (Isaiah 65:20) and “They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit” (Isaiah 65:21), for “they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord, and their descendants with them” (Isaiah 65:23). There will be such a time of peace on the earth that “The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD” (Isaiah 65:25).
America in Prophecy
I wish I could tell you specifically where America is mentioned in Bible prophecy. There is a chance that they could be part of the coming one-world system, a sort of financial Babylon where you can’t buy, sell, or trade without having a mark which allows them to keep track of everyone. In speaking of the time prior to His coming, Jesus said that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matt 24:7), and this could very well include the U.S, as well as several other nations. Some of these nations are already focused on destroying Israel, and so it could be an alliance that comes up against Israel in the end times when they will attempt to destroy the nation in one, final attempt, but as we know from prophecy, Israel will never be removed from the face of the earth or cease to exist as a people or nation. It is possible that the U.S. could be a defender of Israel or, we pray not, one of those who align themselves against Israel. Whoever does that is bound to lose, no matter what power that nation or those nations have. They are no match for the omnipotent (all-powerful) God.
There is just so much in Bible prophecy that we don’t really understand. Theologians and Bible scholars have gone back and forth about who Gog and Magog are, or who the “kings of the east” might be, but one thing we do know is Jesus Christ is coming back again to judge the world in righteousness, so the day of salvation is today for those who don’t yet know Christ (2nd Cor 6:2). If you wait too long and you could live with eternal regret because you didn’t trust in the only name by which you must be saved, and of course, that is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).