The USA in Bible Prophecy
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11 (KJV).
The Bible speaks about the United States of America in prophecy and it reveals important details about the future of America's political and spiritual structure. So what is forestold about the United States of America? War, economic collapse and moral decay ? Is America headed for Armageddon?
Prophecy and Symbolism
To begin to understand both Daniel and Revelation and the key to unlocking prophecy you must understand 'symbolism'. What do 'kingdoms', 'beasts', 'churches', 'women', 'land', 'sea' all mean? Daniel records beasts or "kingdoms" arising from "the great sea." Seas, in prophecy, represent "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." So "coming up out of the earth" would suggest a country coming up out of a comparatively unoccupied territory. See Daniel 7:2; Revelation 17:15.
How do we know it's the USA?
The beast with two horns symbolizes the United States of America. There are various clues given in both Daniel and Revelation that can be used as a guide to determine without a doubt that it speaks of America. Firstly, it speaks like a lamb [Lamb like sybolically means Christ like or Christian]. Identifying marks are that this nation would rise to power in a comparatively unoccupied territory [arose out of the earth] around A.D. 1798 (at the end of the 1260-year prophecy).
What nation in 1798 began rising into power?
The United States of America was seen "coming up out of the earth" - the nation must rise in territory that had previously been largely unoccupied.
“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Revelation 13:11-12 (KJV)
How will America 'Speak' like a Dragon?
How strong and powerful is the USA today?
Does it have the power to urge other countries to cooperate? Consider for a minute, economically Wall Street is the dynamo of the economy of the world. Computer technology, medical technology, communication methods, military might. It is clear that both the influence and power of the United States and the papacy are escalating with rapidity.
I believe the United States as the world’s only super power and the Holy See,”( that’s the papacy), “as the only worldwide moral political sovereignty have significant roles to play in the future. Their actions will impact the lives of people in all parts of the globe." - US Ambassador to the Vatican (1989–1993) Thomas Patrick Melady
Could a government really control the buying and selling?
Revelation 13 says those that don’t worship the way they are being told to worship will not be allowed to buy and sell. Consider World War II, food and gas stamp rations were common place. In times of crisis its very common for the government to do this in the form of 'Economic sanctions' = cannot buy or sell unless you cooperate.
The prophecies in Revelation are talking about government powers so when it says those that do not cooperate cannot buy or sell it’s not just talking about the local person who wants to go to the market its talking about governments of the world cooperating with this universal worship that will be forced by the new world order.
The chief producers of the products of the world are the nations that buy into these two powers Europe and North America (even Australia is tied in as they recognize the Queen). And just about every other country is somehow tied in and recognizes one of these two powers.
What other factors could possibly help set the stage for a worldwide law to execute those who refuse to violate conscience?
Luke 21:25 25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Something is going to frighten them, will it be an economic collapse? Terrorist act? Natural disaster? Or a combination of events?