Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?
By Irvin Baxter
I believe that this is the most exciting prophecy in the entire Bible. We have absolute proof that the United States can be discovered in the Bible.
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.
And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. (Daniel 7: 2-4)
The Four Beasts
Daniel wrote in 550 B.C. And yet God said that no one would be able to understand these prophecies until the time of the end. (Daniel 12:9). Most commentaries teach that the Four Beasts of Daniel’s dream are the same four successive empires represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. However, all four of Daniel’s Beasts are in existence when Jesus returns. In Daniel 7:12, Daniel saw that the other beasts “had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” It is clear that the fourth beast is still in power when Jesus comes, because “little horn” on that beast, “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” (Daniel 7:21-22)
Modern Nations Represented in the Bible
We can identify the modern nations represented by the Russian bear, the German leopard with wings of a fowl, the French Rooster, and Daniel’s dreadful Fourth Beast, the last superpower on earth.
In modern times, the lion, the first Beast, is most clearly associated with Great Britain. The British Lion is universally recognized in the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom and several national emblems, flags and British coins.
What about the eagle’s wings that were plucked?
The American Eagle can easily be associated with the British Lion because the United States of America was plucked up from the British Empire when the citizens of the thirteen original American colonies declared their independence from King George III in 1776. Two thousand years ago Daniel saw the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents ever written in the history of mankind.
The symbols used to depict modern nations in Daniel chapter 7 are used one other time in scripture, but in a different way. In Daniel chapter 7, the four beasts depict four individual nations. In Revelation chapter 13, the Apostle John saw a vision of one beast instead of four. The one beast was described as having the body of the leopard, the feet of the bear, the mouth of the lion, and the ten horns of the ten-horned beast. This conglomerate beast of Revelation 13 is depicting the endtime world government of the Antichrist. All of the beasts in Daniel chapter 7 have now merged into this one unified beast…except for one. The eagle’s wings are not mentioned in the description of the world government beast. So, the big question is, “Why not?”
Will the United States Be Destroyed?
We know that Revelation 9: 13-21 depicts a war that will wipe out one-third of mankind. So, we have to ask the question “Is there a chance that the United States of America will be wiped out in this war that is going to kill 2.3 billion people?”
Perhaps the United States will be awakened to what has been happening in our world, the antichrist’s one-world governmental system that is coming. Perhaps the United States will pull back and say, “We don’t want to be a part of that.” We may move into isolationism. We may even have a revival.
Is there any evidence in the Bible that the United States is still here after World War III, the Euphrates River War described in Revelation 9: 13-21? In Revelation 12:13, the dragon, Satan is depicted making war against the woman, Israel. Then, Israel is rescued by “two wings of a great eagle.”
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. (Revelation 12:14)
There is no doubt that the United States is in Daniel 7: 4. In Revelation 12:4 it is not quite as explicit. If this is true, it means that the United State is still a factor in the world when Satan begins to come against Israel three and one-half years before Armageddon.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, during the Great Tribulation, the United States could be a harbor of safety, one nation under God, as the Antichrist dominates Europe and most of the world?