FAQ :: Why is there no mention of America in prophecy?

The United States is mentioned nowhere in Bible prophecy by name. However, as the greatest nation ever to exist –technologically and scientifically speaking– and as a nation that seems to have been designed by God to act as midwife and protector of Israel in its rebirth in 1948, one has to wonder if America is referred to somewhere in God’s Word.

Some people believe it’s mentioned in passages of Jeremiah, but I don’t see it, personally. The Babylon spoken of is for a literally reborn Babylon, in my studied view.

The only reference we find, even obliquely, is in the Gog-Magog account of Ezekiel 38.

The “merchants of Tarshish” is reference to traders that came from the area of “Tarshish” or “land of tin.” This is most often said to be the area of present-day England. The Scripture where this is mentioned is as follows:

“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezek. 38:13).

The “young lions” that follow “merchants of Tarshish” could include America, the offspring of Tarshish, as well as Australia, Canada, and a number of others that England spawned.

My own view is that when the rapture occurs, the US, which contains the largest numbers of true believers in Christ, will be in considerable disarray and chaos. Out of that might come a determination to join with the European Union in an effort to bring some semblance of order to the world.

Thus the US could be absorbed by that growing beast-state, out of which the beast, Antichrist, will come. This last world government is seen in Daniel 7 and more details are given in Daniel 9. More on Antichrist is found in Daniel 8 and in Revelation 13, which also speaks of this beast-state in the first few verses.