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Students of end-of-time prophecy have puzzled for years over the apparent absence of any mention of America in the Bible’s descriptions of the end of the world. “When I look at Bible prophecy, one thing that is of great concern is the absence of the United States,” writes bestselling author Greg Laurie.

“Where is the United States in Bible prophecy?” asks prolific Christian author David R. Reagan . “One of the most asked prophecy questions by far is whether the U.S.A. is mentioned,” notes Wilfred Hahn of the Eternal Value Review. “The religious community today cannot find the United States, Great Britain, Russia or China in Bible prophecy. Why?” asks David J. Smith of News Watch magazine. “What,” asks Ron Graff, editor of Prophecy Central, “happens to the United States” in the End Times?"

A convincing argument can be made that Russia is described in Ezekiel 38:1-4: And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.

“Although there is considerable controversy over the ancient names given in Ezekiel's Gog-Magog war prophecies,” writes Terry James on the website Rapture Ready, “there is sufficient evidence to conclude” that Russia will be the culprit leading a massive end-time attack on Israel'” that sets in motion the violent end of the world.

Will China join in the fight? James at Rapture Ready, says Revelation 16:12 tells us: And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Is this China?

“This prophecy, scheduled to coincide with Armageddon when all the armies of the world will be gathered in the Valley of Jezreel, almost certainly will include the modern nation of China,” writes James.

But what about America?

“It is interesting to note that a number of nations are mentioned,” notes Laurie. “Libya is mentioned by name. Persia, which became modern Iran and Iraq, is mentioned. Ethiopia is specifically mentioned. But the one nation that is strangely absent is the United States of America.”

Where is America? “ Given America’s influential role in the world,” writes Hahn, “There is a wide range of opinion. The debate continues even among learned and respected prophecy scholars.”

Irvin Baxter on the website End Time says the answer is simple: “Actually the U.S. was plainly foretold in the Holy Scriptures,” he writes. “The Bible prophesies a world government will rule the earth for a very short period of time. We are given a detailed description of the last world power that shall reign over the peoples of the earth immediately before the return of Jesus Christ."

“The beasts of Daniel’s vision, found in Daniel chapter 7, bear an uncanny resemblance to nations in our modern world, the lion, the bear, the eagle, and the leopard. The four beasts depict four individual nations.” America is the eagle, says Baxter.

However, notes Baxter, “in Revelation 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. All of the beasts in Daniel 7 have now merged into this one unified beast except for one.” America’s eagle is missing.

“The eagle’s wings are not mentioned in the description of the world government beast!” says Baxter. “Could it be that the United States will be one of the dissenting forces against the Antichrist and his world government, a harbor of safety during the troubled times ahead?”

Reagan is not convinced. “Since the United States is not mentioned specifically by name in Bible prophecy, people have resorted to their imaginations to find our nation in the Scriptures,” he warns, citing Revelation 12:13-17. “In the middle of the Tribulation, God will provide a means of escape for the Jewish remnant in Israel. They will be carried into the wilderness to a hiding place on the ‘wings of a great eagle.’” Is that America? “Some people have seized on this imagery," he says, to teach that the U.S., whose national symbol is the eagle, will supply an End Time airlift that will save Israel.

Others, says Reagan, “have pointed to Isaiah 18 which speaks of a people ‘tall and smooth’ who are ‘feared far and wide.’”Is that America? “The passage further states that this is a ‘powerful nation whose land the rivers divide.’ The chapter ends by stating that the people of this nation will bring ‘a gift of homage’ to the Lord when He returns to reign from Mt. Zion. Because these verses speak of a powerful nation whose land is divided by a great river, some have jumped to the conclusion that the nation is the United States since it is divided by the Mississippi River.”

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