Bible Prophecy and the United States
One of the hardest things for American prophecy students to accept is
that the United States is not clearly mentioned in Bible prophecy, yet
our nation is the only superpower in the world today.
-- Tim LaHaye
What explains this scriptural silence? Mark Hitchcock, contributing
editor to the Left Behind Prophecy Club, outlines four possible explanations
on why America is not specifically referred to in prophecy.
America will still be a powerful nation in the last days, but the Lord
simply chose not to mention her specifically.
This is possible, but it seems unlikely. In Scripture, the dominant
political and military power in the end times is centered in the
Mediterranean and in Europe. This scriptural silence concerning America
seems to indicate that by the time the tribulation period arrives,
America will no longer be a major influence in the world.
America is not mentioned specifically in Scripture because she will be
destroyed by other nations. She will suffer a fall from the outside.
Those who hold this theory are quick to point to the notion that America
will be crippled by a nuclear attack. However, in recent days the terrorist
attacks on our nation have led some to conclude that our own freedom
and technology will be the Achilles' heel that brings us down.
America is not mentioned in Bible Prophecy because she will have lost
her influence as result of moral and spiritual deterioration. She will
suffer a fall from the inside.
As you can imagine, this is a very popular view today in light of the
moral malaise we see all around us. Proponents of this view have no
trouble citing alarming statistics related to drug use, alcoholism,
teen pregnancy, children born out of wedlock, divorce, pornography,
abortion and on and on.
America is not mentioned in Bible Prophecy because she is brought to
her knees by the Rapture.
If the rapture were to happen today and all the true believers in Jesus
Christ were whisked away to heaven in a split second, America would be
devastated. It is estimated that America will lose somewhere between 25
and 65 million citizens: Christians and their small children. Not only
would the country lose a minimum of 10% of her population, but she would
also lose the very best, the "salt and light" of this great land
(see Matthew 5:13-14).
Mark Hitchcock is contributing editor of the Left Behind Prophecy Club
newsletter. He is pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmonds, Oklahoma and
a nationally recognized prophecy author and speaker. Mark is the author
of several books, including "Is America In Bible Prophecy?"
Original article: Left Behind
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