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Wordwise Insight, Issue #139
March 14, 2016


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is the United States of America mentioned in Bible prophecy?

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USA in Prophecy

QUESTION: Is the United States found in prophecy? Isn’t America too large and powerful to not be mentioned in the Bible?

ANSWER: If you are asking whether the Bible specifically refers to the United States by name, the answer is no. Not directly. However, there are some points to be considered. Of course, America did not exist until more than sixteen centuries after the Bible was completed. But it would be no problem for God to refer to it, since He knows all things, and can speak of things that are far in the future (Isa. 46:10). However, the Bible is not a geography book. There are about 200 countries in the world now, and very few of them are named in the Scriptures.

The Beginning of the Nations
After the worldwide flood of Noah’s day, the human family began again with Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. In a remarkable passage, Genesis chapter 10 explains how all the nations of the world began with the descendants of those three men: Japheth (vs. 1-5); Ham (vs. 6-20); and Shem (vs. 21-31). “These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations; and from these the nations were divided on the earth after the flood” (Gen. 10:32).

In his fascinating book After the Flood (New Wine Press, 1995, revised and expanded in 2014), author William R. Cooper traces the history of modern nations from the Genesis record, confirming the accuracy of God’s Word.

The beginning of the world’s nations is certainly of interest to us, but the main story God has to tell is of His chosen people, Israel. From late in Genesis chapter 11, all the way through to the early chapters of Acts, the central focus of the Bible is Israel. Other nations enter the picture mainly because ...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on USA in Prophecy.


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