AMERICA IN PROPHECY, PART 1
BY DR. RICHARD BOOKER—
America is the greatest nation in the history of nations. America is the only superpower in the world. Our military, our economy, our form of government, our wealth and prosperity, with all its faults, far exceeds all the other nations in our world today and is the envy of every nation. If you don’t appreciate your blessings here I suggest you go live somewhere else for awhile and then come back. While oppressive nations build walls to keep their citizens in – America build walls to keep people out. Most of the people of the world would come to America if they could.
Yet when we read the prophecies in the Bible about the end times, we don’t find any mention of America. There is not even the vaguest reference to America in the Bible. As American people who love our country and enjoy living here, thinking that it will go on forever, we should ponder why America is not mentioned in all the great end-time events. What could this mean? The question that should concern all of is “Where is America in Bible Prophecy?” It is a sobering question.
General PropheciesSo where is America in Bible prophecy? Why is it that our nation, the greatest of all nations in all of history, and, what I believe to be the last Gentile superpower, is not mentioned specifically in Bible prophecy?
There are two types of prophecies in the Bible regarding nations. One is general prophecies and the other is specific prophecies. America is included in the general prophecies about the nations.
Whether we are Christians or Jews, we should take heed to the following words from Jesus recorded in Luke 21:24, “And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
While America is home to about 6 million Jews, America is a Gentile nation. All Gentile nations, including America, have a life-cycle. They have a beginning, a time of development, and they have an end to their prominence. While only the Almighty knows the details, when Israel liberated Jerusalem in 1967, many believe this signaled the end of the times of the Gentiles. America, it seems, is the last great sovereign, superpower Gentile nation. Those of us who live in America love our country and are grateful to be Americans. But we must understand that as a Gentile nation, our days of glory and prominence will, in God’s time, come to an end.
There are numerous Scriptures that speak of the end of the nations. When the Bible says that God will destroy the nations, He doesn’t mean that all the people will die but that the empire will die. But at the end of days, the former empires of the nations will worship the One True God and His kingdom will rule over the earth. While Jews and Christians have theological differences, we both long for the day when the nations will acknowledge the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The prophet Isaiah gave the following word of assurance, Isaiah 2:1-4, “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established on top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isaiah 2:1-4).
An Everlasting Nation
Even though America as we know it today and the empires of all the Gentile nations will come to an end, there is one country that has a promise from God that it will last forever. That everlasting nation is Israel. Could it be that America is now reeling under the judgment of God because of its policy to divide and weaken Israel? Yes, the nations that seek to destroy Israel will themselves be destroyed but Israel lives forever—Am Yisrael Chai!
Jeremiah 46:28 reads, “Do not fear, O Jacob My servant, says the LORD, for I am with you; for I will make a complete end of all the nations to which I have driven you; but I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, for I will not leave you wholly unpunished.”
Dr. Richard Booker is a bestselling author and speaker and the Founder of Sounds of the Trumpet and the Institute for Hebraic-Christian Studies. He is a contributing editor for the Jerusalem Connection. To invite him to speak to your congregation or conference and to learn more about his work, see his web site at: www.rbooker.com. This is the first of six articles on America in Bible prophecy. The articles are excerpts from Dr. Booker’s new book, “The End of all Things is at Hand—are You Ready?” To get the full text, order this book directly from Dr. Booker’s web site at www.rbooker.com.