Ask the Pastor 152
Is America in prophecy?
Obviously, the name America was not yet in use at the time of the writing of the Scriptures and the nation of America was not yet founded for many years yet. However, prophecy does speak about nations that had not yet appeared at the time of the prophecy. The key to understanding the prophecy of the last days is found in the book of Daniel. In chapter two we have the dream of Nebuchadnezzar that was told and then interpreted by Daniel. In it was an image of a great man where the head of gold is the Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar; the chest and arms of silver were the kings of the Medes and Persians; followed by the belly and thighs of bronze which is the kingdom of Greece under Alexander; then the two legs of iron which is Rome and finally ten toes of clay and iron which is the kingdoms of the last days. Greece and Rome were not known during the time of Daniel and yet are easily identified. A further description of these kingdoms is given in another vision in chapter 7 of four great beasts coming out of the sea. The fourth beast has ten horns which are the last kingdoms and out of them comes a little horn which can be identified as the antichrist. Whereas the four major kingdoms are easily identified the final ten kings are not. The best that we can come up with is that they represent the revived Roman empire which would include parts of Asia, Africa and most of Europe. Inasmuch as America, U.S.A. is an extension of Europe by people, culture, government, and economics, it could be a part of the last ten kingdoms. At the same time it could be a part of one or two of the other kingdoms or it could be taken over by other kingdoms outside of these ten which appear in the book of the Revelation. I have seen maps where the U.S.A. is divided between Russia and China. One thing is clear and that is that the U.S.A. is not a significant world power during the last days. This would indicate that we can anticipate the fall of this once great nation in the near future. What might cause such a fall would be a good question for another article.
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