[This is another long article, below is just the final segment of this interesting and thought-provoking piece]
America in the End Times
But America’s prophetically significant role in leading up to the end times doesn’t necessarily translate into a significant or even notable role during the seven year Tribulation.
In fact, the Bible doesn’t even mention the United States or America.
The Bible’s silence in regard to America seems to necessitate a notable decrease in its power and influence.
And given the lateness of the hour, it’s likely that America’s fall from power will be sudden and dramatic.
What could cause such a powerful and influential nation to suddenly fall from its perch?
Here are a few possible reasons for America’s absence in end times bible prophecy (Note that these are merely speculations and not predictions):
1) The Rapture While only God can know a person’s heart, there’s a good probability that the United States will lose more citizens as a result of the rapture than any other nation in the world.
With more self-proclaimed born again Christians than everywhere else on earth, the rapture has the potential to destroy the United States in a moment’s notice.
Imagine millions of hard working Americans – homeowners, tax payers, leaders – simply disappearing.
Aside from the Hollywood images of crashing planes and cars, think of the implications. Businesses crushed as owners and employees disappear… Millions of consumers gone overnight… Millions of additional vacant homes added to an already bloated housing inventory…
From an economic standpoint, the rapture threatens to destroy the American economy, and America’s military might is built on the back of unprecedented military spending enabled by a robust economy.
2) Financial Collapse Take an honest look under the hood of America’s debt-based economy, and you’ll realize it doesn’t necessarily take a major event like the rapture to spark a financial collapse.
By ignoring the biblical principles of financial stewardship, many Americans have set themselves and their nation on course toward bankruptcy.
Unless something dramatically changes, America’s national debt will exceed its total annual output within the next few years.
Meanwhile, several states are on the brink of bankruptcy, with most every other state and local government soon to follow.
But it’s not just America’s government which lives beyond its means. Our government is merely an extension of the behavior exhibited by its individual citizens.
Today’s average American today is burdened by a debt to disposable income ratio of 133%. That means the average American has already spent every dime of his or her disposable income, plus an additional 33%!
Is it really difficult to envision this debt-saddled house of cards suddenly collapsing?
If and when it does, America’s global power and influence will quickly disappear as well.
3) Defeat at the Hands of the Antichrist The Book of Revelation reveals that the Antichrist and his kingdom will become so powerful that no one will be able to resist militarily: “They worshiped the dragon for giving the beast such power, and they worshiped the beast. ‘Is there anyone as great as the beast?’ they exclaimed. ‘Who is able to fight against him?'” Revelation 13:4 (NLT)
Perhaps the absence of America in bible prophecy is due to the Antichrist conquering or annexing the United States into his revived Roman Empire.
4) Fading into Obscurity Of course, it doesn’t necessarily require a major event such as the rapture, a financial meltdown, or loss of sovereignty for the United States to fall from its position as the world’s most powerful nation.
In addition to our massive debt, America is in a state of prolonged moral decay. We’ve pushed God out of our schools, public buildings, and public discourse… Broken families are now the norm… Our entertainment grows more and more degenerate with each passing year… And a record number of citizens are dependent on government, not a result of disability, but as a result of sloth and laziness.
We can’t rule out the possibility that the United States will simply fade into obscurity, surpassed by its rivals due to a combination of financial turmoil, moral decay, and societal breakdown.
The rapture would simply serve as the final nail in the coffin of America’s international dominance.
5) A Host of Other Reasons The above scenarios offer just a few speculations regarding America’s absence in bible prophecy.
But in all likelihood, there’s a host of other reasons for the Bible’s silence that we have yet to understand or imagine.
Nevertheless, the sudden loss of America’s current role as the world’s lone superpower is not difficult to fathom, and it likely explains the Bible’s strange silence in regard to the world’s most powerful nation when it comes to end time matters.
As students of bible prophecy diligently search the scriptures, the question continually pops up…
Why isn’t America in bible prophecy?
In all likelihood, some of us will not know the answer in this life, but in hindsight, it will most likely be plain and obvious to the people of the Tribulation.
The need to see America in bible prophecy stems from a common mistake in the study of bible prophecy – trying to fit bible prophecy into the current headlines, rather than reading current headlines in the context of bible prophecy.
We can see the many signs of the end times, knowing the hour is late and His coming is near.
And with America still holding a position of strength and power in the world, it’s difficult to reconcile our belief that the end is near with the Bible’s silence regarding America’s role.
Nevertheless, we can be confident that bible prophecy will come to pass with 100% accuracy, and the United States will not be a significant player in end time events.