Are There Prophecies of America in the Bible?

by Jack Wellman on March 19, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

The Bible contains many prophecies.  Many nations are spoken of including Israel and Egypt but what about America which is perhaps the greatest nation on earth and the most influential and powerful – or at least she was?  Does the Bible mention America in prophecy and if not, why not?

Prophecies of Many Nations

There are many nations that are mentioned in the prophecies of the Bible.  Some of these nations still exist while others exist no longer.  The greatest number of prophecies in the Bible concern Israel because this is the nation that God called through Abraham and He led them out of slavery from Egypt.  Some prophecies are of nations that God said would be vanquished from the face of the earth but Israel continues to exist and will for all eternity.  Here is a list of peoples and nations that no longer exist:

The Jebusites, the Parasites, Edom, the Canaanites, Cush/Kush, Persia, Babylon, Assyria, the Medes, Hivites, Semites, Arkites, Amorites, Philistines, Caphtorites, Zemarites, Hamathites, Semites, and dozens more.

Israel at War With the Jews?

Believe it or not, Israel went to war with the Jews or what is known as Judah.  When the tribes of Israel split up into a Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah), they became enemies and warred with each other.  The Kingdoms of Judah and Israel had co-existed along a border for almost 200 years before they fought each other.  What is interesting is that not all Israelites are Jews just as not all Americans are Californians.  Judah split from the other ten tribes of Israel because the Northern Kingdom had begun to worship foreign gods while the Southern Kingdom remained – more or less – loyal to worshiping God.  The term “Jews” does not appear until Israel splits and the word Jew is derived from the tribe of Judah and not the other tribes of Israel.

The Southern Kingdom (the Jews) was comprised of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and the priesthood of Levi with their capital in Jerusalem.  The Northern Kingdom consisted of Manasseh, Ephraim, Dan, Naphtali, and the remaining 10 tribes of Israel with their capital Tirza in Samaria.  From the time that these tribes split into different nations, they would forever remain separate and be completely independent of each other. In 1 Kings 12:21 this is clear as Israel and Judah were often at odds with each other: “When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered the whole house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin–a hundred and eighty thousand fighting men–to make war against the house of Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam son of Solomon.”

Are There Prophecies of America?

Prophesies of America
There are actually no definitive Scriptures about the U.S.

There are some denominations that teach that the lost ten tribes of Israel still exist today in the present day nations of Europe and North America.  For example, several churches teach that the descendants of Ephraim are in England, the descendants of Manasseh are in America, the descendants of Dan are in Denmark, and so on.  These tribes were actually taken captive by the Assyrians and absorbed into their nation and eventually into other nations.  Consequently, they lost their identity due to their disobedience of God’s laws and their national idolatry. Today, the descendants of the lost ten tribes are scattered throughout Europe and North America but the majority of them likely don’t know that their original ancestors were from the House of Israel.  They have completely lost their identity.

There are actually no definitive Scriptures about the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, or the European nations unless you look at what is described as the image that Daniel saw in Daniel chapter 7.  This image reflects world powers such as the Roman Empire, the Persian Empire and others.  Nowhere in the Bible are their specific prophecies about the United States.  The only prophecies that are found relate directly to the nation of Israel or those nations who have had or will have dealings with them. This is not to say that America will not be involved in end time events leading up to Jesus Christ’s return, but God did not see fit to include the U.S.   At the time that the Bible was written, both the Old and New Testament, America was not even a nation, so this should not surprise any biblical scholars or students of the Bible.

National Blessings Are For All Nations Who Obey

God does promise to bless people and nations who do follow godly, biblical principles and nations who also befriend and give aid to the nation of Israel.  God has said in relation to nation’s dealings with Israel, that He will bless those who bless her and curse those nations who curse Israel.  God said this not only to Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel (Gen 12:3) but also to Balaam in Numbers 23:8, “But how can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned?” I believe there are two reasons that God has blessed the nations of Great Britain and the U.S.  They have helped Israel and they have also had a foundation of biblical values, laws, and principles.  The Bible was in every school in America.  In the first universities, the Bible was studied and read, the Ten Commandments were in most establishments and in fact the first universities were actual seminaries as well.  God therefore blessed this nation and will bless any nation that tries to obey God and what is written in Scripture.

Prophecies for All Nations

There are some terrible times ahead I fear for the United States, perhaps for Canada, and even for Great Britain.  But not these nations alone.  When nations kick God out of the schools, out of the public square, and out of all sectors of society and tragedy strikes, people then exclaim: “Where was God?”  I say, don’t you remember, you kicked Him out!  Any nation that strives to obey God’s laws and keeps a focus on the statutes of God will prosper, but when they push God out of society, society is outside of God’s will.  Nehemiah’s prayer is a model prayer for any nation seeking God’s face, for seeking His blessings, and praying for national restoration.  Just read this prayer and in fact, pray it for your own nation to see if God will not hear and honor it.

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.  Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments,  let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.  We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’  “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand.  Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man” (Neh 1:4-11).

Nehemiah was the king’s cupbearer.  That means that he was the king’s closest and most trusted confidant.  The king that Nehemiah served allowed him to return to Jerusalem and restore the city and the nation.  Jerusalem’s walls were in rubble.  The city was a pile of stones.  The residents were living in squalor.  They were destitute.   The walls of many nations today are torn down and lying in financial ruins.  Today, we can be the King of Heaven’s cupbearer.  He wants us to seek His face and come to a national repentance to “restore the walls.”  Only then will God hear and answer a prayer of a nation that is in trouble.  Nehemiah acknowledged his people’s sin, their wickedness, and their law-breaking.  We need to confess our sins and repent, individually and then nationally.  This is a nations and a people’s only true hope.  If we do, we don’t need a prophecy to predict that God will hear and answer our prayers and He will grant us His favor, His blessings, and our success.  If we do not, then God will remove His hand and blessings for it.

If only we will repent, confess, and turn to Him to obey again our Mighty God.  By His great strength, His great mercy, and His mighty Hand we can be restored.  We need no prophecy to make this come to pass.

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Sheryl March 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

Great blogpost, as usual!

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Jack Wellman March 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Thank you Sheryl. You are too kind indeed and thank you again for visiting us my friend. You truly are appreciated.

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Raoul Duke March 23, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Hi Jack – great article. I have three questions:

1. You say that God blessed america because we supported Israel and because:
“The Bible was in every school in America. In the first universities, the Bible was studied and read, the Ten Commandments were in most establishments and in fact the first universities were actual seminaries as well. God therefore blessed this nation…”

But then you say we stopped doing those things that were the foundation of that blessing (described in your quote above) and we need to start doing them again. My question is did we lose God’s blessing as a result of having “kicked God out” as you say?

I am assuming the answer is yes (unless I have somehow misread your article). So isn’t it proper/correct to say that currently America does not have God’s blessing?

2. You write that one of the reasons the bible does not mention america is because it did not exist at the time the bible was written. Are you saying that God did not know America would exist and be around to support Israel as a friend and even play a critical role in actually creating the State of Israel after World War II? I have a hard time believing that God did not know America would be here at such a key moment for Israel and it would have been easy for him to mention that or include it as a strong and specific prophecy. Why do you think he did not do that?

3. Finally, you say that to get God’s blessing back America must, as a nation. You say we have to “come to repentance before God” and that we have to “confess our sins and repent as a nation.”

My question for you is this: Isn’t that actually impossible given that our founding fathers created this nation and under the written rules they made (specifically the 1st Amendment) the founders created a nation that ensured religious diversity regarding religions of any kind. As you know, our history and heritage is in part the story of an incredibly diverse collection of faiths and beliefs found among the American citizens. I think it is one of the key reasons people come to this country and become Americans. But the practical effect of that is that “as a nation” we do not all believe in the same God. As a result we will never be able to repent “as a nation” and so you seem to say then that America can never get God’s blessing for us as a nation. Am I reading this correctly?

On a side note – I did some studying on why we removed the bible from our public schools. It made no sense to me that once it was there that we would take it out. I assumed it was a result of pressure from secular non-christian citizens. What I found out surprised me. It turns out that it was actually Christians who wanted it removed from the schools because they could not agree on which version of the bible (and the related faith systems) should be what is used and taught in the schools. I believe it was the result of a massive effort by the Catholics to influence what was taught in the New York schools. The Catholics and Protestants could not agree (and then the Protestants could not agree among their various denominations) and so the “solution” was to simply remove it from the schools altogether. Not only is this in the history books, there was even a multi-part television series on public television some years back that documented the whole sordid affair. Really quite interesting.

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Jack March 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hello Raoul. Great, in-depth observations my friend. As to Question #1, I do not know to what full extent God has removed His blessing on this nation. A nation prospers according to His will but it seems, at least financially, that this blessing is gone.

Q#2 I believe that is what is called “God’s permissive will.” He allows things in this world to occur and can not possibly mention every nation or event that happened in the 4,500 to 5,000 or so history of Israel. Remember that prophecies revolve around Israel. Neither is China mentioned in the Old Testament prophecies, although some believe that the “Kings of the East” may be associated with them. Neither was Hitler and Nazi Germany nor the greatest world power up to the U.S. where it was said that “The sun never set on the British Empire” yet the Bible is silent about them. No one book, the Bible, could have possibly contained all the events that were to occur. We know that abortion is murder yet it is not mentioned in the Bible (save the commandments).

On Q#3 Nothing is impossible with God the Holy Spirit. I can not put God nor His power in a box and say “never” because even the least likely of all the apostles, Paul, from Saul, the greatest and fiercest persecutor of Christians who many thought would never convert became the greatest writer and apostle to the world in general, the Gentiles, writing most of the New Testament. Revival might seem impossible but with God, is anything to hard for Him?

It is not fair to say, I believe that Christians were to blame for getting the Bible out of the public schools. One man started this with a court case and Christians and Catholics do not seem to be the real culprits from my research from the U.S.Supreme Court cases in the last 60 years. The main cause was: Abington Township School District v. Schempp (consolidated with Murray v. Curlett), 374 U.S. 203 (1963),[1] was a United States Supreme Court case argued on February 27–28, 1963 and decided on June 17, 1963. In the case, the Court decided 8–1 in favor of the respondent, Edward Schempp, and declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools in the United States to be unconstitutional.

1. Text of Abington Township School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963) is available from: Justia · Findlaw

Thank you Raoul. I will have to research that TV special. As for the history books, I would like to know which textbooks these are. History is one of my BA degrees and I don’t remember this. Thank you sir.

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Raoul Duke March 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I just found it again – it was in the PBS series called “God in America” in the episode called “A New Eden.” You can get it on iTunes and I believe you can watch it online here: http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/view/. If you are a historian I would recommend the entire series to you as it is a fascinating look at the history of religion in America. Enjoy.

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Jack March 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Raoul, I owe you an apology. I am so sorry. I see what you mean now. I will look more closely at what you sent me. I did check out some of it and yes, you are right, there is much religious division and infighting that ended up hurting their own cause. I will look deeper and more fully into this. Again, I am sorry. I just looked at the U.S. Supreme Court rulings which tend to make laws and I should have looked more closely at U.S. History. Thank you sir for your intelligent and in-depth look at this issue.

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phishing4men August 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

One should not expect to find truth on PBS as it is obvious they are among the ilk that are attempting to rewrite history. Could you tell me where you are coming from Raoul, as a born again believer in the finished work of Jesus Christ, a Roman Catholic, a skeptic, agnostic or what?
SolaScriptura
by grace alone
phishing4men

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S Dwight Miller March 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Recently a high ranking Jewish Rabbi told a prominent Evangelical Pastor that the reason the Jews have flourished in America was because America had the purist form of Christianity.
Where is America in Bible Prophesy? We are not mentioned but it does not mean we will not have a role in the End Times. However, Daniel and Revelation keeps showing the dominant power in the End Times is the 4th Beast of Daniel, a revived Roman Empire.

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Jack March 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm

You are so right my friend. Excellent point. I truly believe that America will be affected and play a role in end time events, as will all the world in one way or another. Great point sir. I wish I had included this statement of wisdom in my article. Thank you so much for adding this significant and important point.

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Raoul Duke April 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

But there is a problem with what you say here – as america does not have any single “form” of christianity. At last count there are at least 38,000 different christian sects – likely many of these are found in america. So, as you can easily see, statements about any form of american christianity are just nonsense.

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Jack April 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Raoul, there is really no problem. There is the Universal Church that exists worldwide. Many different denominations do not mean many different religions. These are not “sects” as you say. Sects are:

A religious group with beliefs and practices at variance with those of the more established main groups
religious denomination and a small close-knit group with strongly held views that are sometimes regarded as extreme by the majority.

Sects are not mainstream Christianity that believe that Jesus is the Son of God and is also very God. Statements about “any form of American Christianity” are not non-sense. There is nothing American about Christianity. It is Jesus church and HE is the Head of this church, no nation is. There is one single form of Christianity that believes for example, Rom 10:9-13:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

This is what most churches believe…if they do not, they ARE a sect and not Christianity at all. Take out Christ and it is just “ianity.”

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Chris Martel April 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

Read the book “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn, it is an eye openeder. While the US is not mentioned in the prophecies, by all accounts in this book, we are under judgement, see Isaiah 9:10.

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Jack April 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thank you Chris for the recommendation. I will try to look it under the Isaiah 9:10 lens my friend. I do agree with a nation being under the judgment of God without being the name for God is no respecter of persons anymore than He is a nation. Thank you sir.

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S Dwight Miller April 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Remember context, context, context. Isaiah 9:10 has frankly been ripped out of context. Isaiah 9:8-21 is about Israel and its arrogance. To apply Isaiah 9:10 to America is to ignore all the verses in that section. Its about Israel and nothing to do with America.
Now there are other verses that you can in context apply to America but definitely not this section.
Context context context!

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Jack Wellman April 2, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Mr. Martel and Mr. Miller, after reviewing the entire chapter (which is always wise to do I believe) I do see where Mr. Martel is coming from and yes, this message was intended for Israel for a specific time and purpose. I can see how in a way that this discipline from God applies to any nation that is full of “pride and [has an] arrogance of heart” (v 9) so, as I said, God is no respecter of persons or nations and He would not do any less to a nation that exalts itself and forgets their God. Saying that, Mr. Miller, I believe what you said that there are other verses that can, in context, apply to America, yes. However I do believe parts of verse 9 can apply to America or any nation that is lifted up with pride and arrogance, just like He would deal with any person…but not to apply it specifically for America, that I agree Mr. Miller. There was no such nation at the time of course. Thank you sir.

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phishing4men August 31, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Hi Chris, it might be helpful to gain another view of the Harbinger and one can be found at this site. Look at the end of the article and you will find many other articles dealing with this deception. God Speed
by grace alone
phishing4men

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Chris Martel April 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Mr. Wellman for clarifying these issues. I am relatively new to the study of eschatology and I find it fascinating, now I have SOOO much more to worry about!! LOL!
Again, thank you

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Jack April 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I thank you as well Mr. Martel. Truly a Nehemiah Prayer for this nation is about our only hope sir. May God continue to lead you hear and in your walk with Christ. I appreciate your grace-filled, kind words.

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