Often buried within scriptural text is a parallel subject revelation or dual fulfillment.
The most obvious examples are in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28. In Isaiah 14:4, the text begins with references to the “king of Babylon” but gradually changes into obvious comments about Satan (“How you have fallen from heaven . . .” Isa 14:12).
The same is true with Ezekiel 28 where verse 11 speaks of the “king of Tyre” but the following verse move into specific traits and characteristics of Satan (“you were in the garden of God”). It’s from these two chapters that many of Satan’s characteristics are revealed, yet we have to dig a little first before we can uncover the jewels buried therein.
If we are living in the final decades, years or days of the church age, the U.S., as the #1 world power, should logically be in the Bible somewhere. Using the above principle of “double reference,” or “duel fulfillment,” there are at least five passages with numerous verses in the Bible that may give us some insight into what ultimately happens to the United States.
Below is a list of the characteristics of an end-time, latter-day nation. I’ll challenge you to find another country, other than the U.S., that fully fits this description! The Bible calls the nation, “Babylon,” and sometimes refers to it as the, “Daughter of Babylon.” These characteristics of Babylon are taken from Jeremiah 50, 51, Isaiah 18, 47 and Revelation 17, 18.
This is a fascinating description of a nation that has much wisdom and knowledge, thinks it is secure and invincible, but is suddenly totally destroyed in one day, even in one hour.
“. . . you sensual one, Who dwells securely, Who says in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me. I shall not sit as a widow, Nor shall I know loss of children.’ . . . these things shall come on you suddenly in one day . . . you felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘No one sees me,’ Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ But evil will come on you which you will not know how to charm away; And disaster will fall on you For which you cannot atone, And destruction about which you do not know Will come on you suddenly.” Isaiah 47:8-11
“Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;” Jeremiah 51:8
“. . . Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.” Jeremiah 50:2d
“. . . it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.” Jeremiah 50:38
The nation in question has a lot of “images.” How would Isaiah describe TV, movies, Internet 3000 years ago? And, any way you define, “idol,” the United States is full of them. Money, cars, sex, TV, football, pornography, self, etc., would certainly qualify as “idols.”
“For a nation has come up against her out of the north;” Jeremiah 50:3
“For the destroyers will come to her from the north,” Jeremiah 51:48
The nation is attacked from the north. Interestingly, if Russia is aligned with Persia in the Ezekiel 38/39 post-Rapture invasion of Israel, and they attack not only Israel but also attack her protector the United States, the U.S. nuclear attack would come to the United States from Russia over the North pole. (See Jeremiah 50:9).
“Your mother will be greatly ashamed, she who gave you birth will be humiliated. Behold, she will be the (youngest) of the nations, A wilderness, a parched land and a desert.” Jeremiah 50:12
This nation has a mother nation . . . like the U.S. has a mother nation—Great Britain. This nation is the youngest of the world superpowers.
“How the hammer of the whole earth . . . has been cut off and broken!” Jeremiah 50:23
He says, “You are My war-club, My weapon of war;" Jeremiah 51:20
This nation is the military hammer of the whole earth.
“Come to her from the farthest border; open up her barns,” Jeremiah 50:26
“And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more . . .” Revelation 18:11
“. . . all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth,” Revelation 18:19
“. . . for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!” Revelation 18:17
This nation is the breadbasket of the world . . . and is a rich, world-wide, importing nation via the sea.
“. . . For she has become arrogant against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.” Jeremiah 50:29
“Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one,” declares the Lord GOD of hosts, for your day has come, the time when I will punish you.” Jeremiah 50:31
This nation “has become arrogant against the Lord,” indicating that at one time the nation was once humble to the Lord.
“A sword against . . . her wise men!” Jeremiah 50:35
This nation has many educated men.
“A sword against . . . all the foreigners who are in the midst of her,” Jeremiah 50:37
This nation is full of foreigners, legal or illegal.
“. . . A sword against her treasures, . . .” Jeremiah 50:37b
“Abundant in treasures, . . .” Jeremiah 51:13
This nation is full of treasures.
“. . . Against you, O daughter of Babylon.” Jeremiah 50:42c
This nation is not Babylon, but the “daughter” of Babylon. Not the original Babylon, but another country.”
At the shout, ‘Babylon has been seized!’ the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations.” Jeremiah 50:46
This “shout” might be a reference to the timing (Rapture, I Thessalonians 4:16).
“The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them.” Revelation 18:14
“And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer;” Revelation 18:22
This nation lives in luxury and splendor with many musicians, craftsman and mills. It is quite an advanced nation.
“. . . your merchants were the great men of the earth, . . .” Revelation 18:23
This nation reaches the far corners of the earth with her dominating trade.
“Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine;” Jeremiah 51:7
God blessed this nation greatly and the world is making great profits selling her their goods.
“Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;” Jeremiah 51:8
“...for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!” Revelation 18:17
Suddenly, something akin to a nuclear attack, will take out this nation.
“O you who dwell by many waters,” Jeremiah 51:13
“The sea has come up over Babylon; She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.” Jeremiah 51:42
This is a nation who is bordered by “many waters.” It imports primarily by ships. Note that Babylon in Iraq has two relatively small ports on one ocean. The U.S. is virtually surrounded by water. It has no less than 15 major ports, on three oceans, five Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.“
“For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor At the time it is stamped firm; Yet in a little while the time of harvest will come for her.” Jeremiah 51:33
This nation is compared to a “threshing floor.” It is a nation that for the moment has both good and bad people, but eventually God promises to come get the good (cleansed by Jesus’ blood—at Rapture).
“Come forth from her midst, My people, And each of you save yourselves From the fierce anger of the LORD.” Jeremiah 51:45
Note: There are no Christians, or Jews, living in Iraq today (other than the military)
“Alas, oh land of whirring wings . . .” Isaiah 18:1
This nation has a lot of “whirring” going on. Airplanes, helicopters, and other engines make that whirring sound.
“Which sends envoys by the sea, Even in papyrus vessels on the surface of the waters. Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, To a people feared far and wide, A powerful and oppressive nation Whose land the rivers divide.” Isaiah 18:2
This end-time nation sends diplomats around the world, is considered “tall and smooth,” is known worldwide and has lots of rivers dividing the land.
“Though Babylon should ascend to the heavens.” Jeremiah 51:53
It seems this nation takes space shots! That certainly narrows the field of prospective qualifiers!
So, for those that insist that Babylon MUST be rebuilt in Iraq to fulfill prophecy, I submit it doesn’t fit Scripture. Iraq is not bordered on many waters, it is not the world’s military hammer, it is not full of wise men, it is not a mingled people nation, it is not the world’s largest importer, it is not a new/young nation and certainly doesn’t take space shots!
This nation, whoever it is, is wiped out in one hour, apparently by a nuclear attack soon after Rapture. Would God do that to America? In a post-Rapture scenario, yes, in a heartbeat! With the Church gone, and nothing but liberal non-Believers left, it makes sense to me! But in the meantime, God bless America!