The USA in Bible Prophecy
What will the ultimate destiny of the United States be according to the Bible? Can we know for certain?
In Daniel 7, there are four beasts portrayed a lion with eagle’s wings, a bear, a leopard and a ten-horned beast. These beasts are symbols for nations. It can be shown conclusively that the eagle’s wings represent the United States. (See Understanding the Endtime)
In Revelation 13:1-3, one beast is depicted, but this single beast has the body of the leopard, the feet of the bear, the mouth of the lion, and the ten horns of the ten-horned beast. It is obvious that all the nations represented in Daniel 7 are included in this composite, endtime, world government beast-except the eagle.
Why are the eagle’s wings representing the United States left out of the prophecy depicting the world government of the Antichrist?
There are several possibilities. Perhaps America’s dominance is destroyed in a war with China over Taiwan. Or could it be that the U.S. is represented under the lion out of which she originally came. Or maybe the United States will withdraw from participation in world government, with the center of global power swinging to the countries of Europe.
There is reason to believe that the United States may not be fully cooperative with the New World Order of the endtime. Just four verses before we read about Revelation 13’s New World Order, we see a depiction of the nation of Israel being protected from the Antichrist. The setting for this passage is the time of the Great Tribulation. Revelation 12:14 shows a woman, Israel, being given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness for three and one-half years where she is protected from Satan. Could these eagle’s wings possibly be the United States? The U.S. has certainly been Israel’s protector in these times.
If Revelation 12:14 does refer to the United States, then we are going to be standing with Israel and resisting the Antichrist and his New World Order at the time of the Great Tribulation.
Will the United States vanish from its position of world dominance between now and the time of the end?
Do the eagle’s wings split off from the world government and stand in opposition to it in support of Israel? We can’t say conclusively from scripture exactly what path the U.S. ultimately takes.
There is no doubt that the eagle’s wings in Daniel 7 is the U.S. Can we say the same of the eagle’s wings of Revelation 12:14? No. This scripture is not clear.
There does seem to be reason to believe that the United States may stand with Israel. If this is true, it may also be possible that the U.S. will serve as a center for world evangelism and a harbor of safety from the coming storm.
Since America’s future is not explicitly defined in scripture, we have to believe that the course we take could be altered through the power of prayer.
Perhaps the motto of America will continue to be “In God We Trust!”
By Irvin Baxter
Endtime Magazine – Nov/Dec 2000
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