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?
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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