The United States in Bible Prophecy
by Bill Perkins
Most Bible prophecy teachers teach that the United States is not in Bible prophecy. I disagree. I believe the United States is mentioned specifically, scores of times, and is described in great detail. I know I will receive a lot of mail on this, so my only request is that before you tell me that I am wrong, first tell me who this nation could possibly be… other than the U.S.!
The words “United States” or “America” are not in scripture. But often buried within scriptural text is a parallel subject revelation or dual fulfillment.
Obvious examples of this double reference 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 comments about Satan:
“How you have fallen from heaven” Is 14:12.
The same is true with Ezekiel 28 where verse 11 speaks of the “king of Tyre,” but the following verse moves 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 had to dig a little first before we could uncover the scriptural jewels buried therein.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter…” Prov 25:2
If we are living in the final decades, years or days of the Church Age, the United States, still the #1 power in the world, should logically be in the Bible somewhere. Applying the above principle of “Double Reference,” or “DuelFulfillment,” there are numerous verses in the Bible that may give us some insight into what ultimately happens to the United States in the future.
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 United States, that fully fits this description!
Who Is This Nation?
The Bible calls this unnamed nation, “Babylon,” and sometimes refers to it as the “Daughter of Babylon.” These characteristics of Babylon are taken from verses in Jeremiah 50, 51, Isaiah 18, 47 and Revelation 17, 18. These scriptures record a fascinating description of a nation that has much wisdom, wealth and knowledge, thinks it is secure and invincible, but is suddenly totally destroyed.
Bordered By Many Waters
“O you who dwell by many waters,” Jer 51:13
“The sea has come up over Babylon; She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.” Jer 51:42
This is a nation who is bordered by “many waters.” Later you will see that it also imports primarily by ships. It is important to note that Babylon in Iraq has two relatively small ports on only one ocean. In comparison, the U.S. is virtually surrounded by water. It has no less than 15 major ports, on three oceans, 5 Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.
Has A Mother Nation
“Your mother will be greatly ashamed, she who gave you birth will be humiliated. Behold, she will be the (youngest) of the nations” Jer 50:12
This nation has a mother nation . . . like the U.S. has a mother nation – Great Britain. And this nation is the youngest of the world’s superpowers at the end of the Church Age.
“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;” Jer 51:20
This nation is the military hammer of the earth. We have bases
“A sword against… all the foreigners who are in the midst of her,” Jer 50:37
“… A sword against her treasures, . . .” Jer 50:37b
“. . . Against you, O daughter of Babylon.” Jer 50:42c
“At the shout, ‘Babylon has been seized!’ the earth is shaken, and an outcry is heard among the nations.” Jer 50:46
“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.” Rev 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;” Rev 18:22
“…your merchants were the great men of the earth..” Rev 18:23
“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” could be another reference to the Rapture or possibly a post-Rapture nuclear attack that takes out this nation. The phrase “in one hour” could also be translated “in a moment.” The Greek word used there, “hora” was translated “moment” in two other places in the Bible. So it too could be a reference to the Rapture.
Has Good And Bad
“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
“Alas, oh land of whirring wings…” Is 18:1
Sends Diplomats Worldwide
“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
Bill Perkins is the founder and Executive Director of Compass International, Inc.
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