The United States in Bible Prophecy

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Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York, a prominent American political leader of the 20th century and twice a candidate for the presidency, stated in his final public appearance why he believed God would never abandon the United States.
Speaking of this country, Smith stated, “I have been taught to look upon this
country as designed and founded by Divine Providence itself to be the haven of rest and the harbor of refuge for the downtrodden and the oppressed of every land.”
From America’s earliest days, men and women throughout the world have sought its shores seeking this promise. A young woman from New York City— herself a descendant of immigrants to the United States—penned the poem that is quoted on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” (Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”)
Millions of people from all over the world have been inspired by America’s assurance of liberty and justice for all. But for students of the Bible and many others, the questions arise: Will America continue to o er this promise? And at the close of human history as foretold in Bible prophecy, will America still be the world’s champion of freedom?
What does a beast represent in Bible prophecy?

The fourth beast shall be a fourth __________________ on earth.
Hint

In Bible prophecy, a beast represents a nation or a kingdom.
When does this beast rise to a position of power?

I saw _________________ beast coming up out of the earth.
Hint

John saw this second beast, or nation, of Revelation rising to prominence after the demise of the first beast. The first beast experienced a period of decline before ultimately losing power in 1798. [See It Is Written Study Guide #18, “The Mystery Beast of Revelation.”]

As the first nation declined and ultimately lost power in 1798, the second beast would arise around the year 1798.
Where does the second beast of Revelation 13 arise?

The waters which you saw . . . are _________________, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
Hint

The first beast in Revelation 13 comes up out of the sea, as do the four beasts in Daniel 7. In Bible prophecy, waters represent multitudes of people. In contrast, the earth represents a part of the world that is sparsely populated. This beast will arise in a sparsely populated area of the world.
What is the character of the second beast in Revelation 13?

He had two horns like a ____________.
Hint

In the book of Revelation, Jesus is repeatedly described as a Lamb. (Revelation 5:6; 6:1; 13:8; 14:1; 21:27; 22:1; etc.) John the Baptist exclaimed, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

This nation would in some way be Christ-like, exhibiting principles consistent with Jesus, the true Lamb.

Political, historical, geographical and philosophical evidence all suggest the nation portrayed in Revelation 13:11–15 is the United States of America.

This power is represented as a lamb because it was founded on the very principles Jesus came to this planet to share. As Jesus came to make people free (John 8:32), this nation offers—and models for the world— religious and political freedom. And as horns represent power and strength in Scripture, these two freedoms are the great strengths of the nation portrayed.

“[The Declaration of Independence includes guarantees of] . . . right to trial; guarantees of freedom of assembly, free speech, free press and, for the first time in history, the guarantee that the state would support no ‘establishment of religion.’” (Theodore H. White, Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon, p. 323)
Will this nation always stand in defense of freedom?

He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a _______________.
Hint

Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Revelation predicts that there will be a change at the heart of this nation that will cause it to appear as a lamb but speak as a dragon.
Hint

Like a lamb, America offers people a life of freedom. But according to Bible prophecy, this country will one day abandon liberty—setting aside the methods of the Lamb for those of the dragon.
What type of influence will this second nation have in the world?

He exercises all the authority of the _____________ beast.
Hint

Of the first beast, the Bible says, “It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them.” (Revelation 13:7)

Revelation predicts a time when the second nation will govern in the manner of the first nation of Revelation 13—Vatican City.
How does the second nation of Revelation 13 cooperate with the first nation in Revelation 13?

He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to __________________ the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Hint

The Bible says that this power will unite with the first beast to restore power to the first beast and cause the world to yield to its power.
How will the second nation in Revelation 13 (the United States) influence people to yield to the authority of the first nation (the Vatican)?

He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and _______________ the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Hint

A nation affects the actions of its citizens by passing laws, and laws will be passed causing people to yield to the first beast of Revelation 13.
What form of worship will be enforced by the second nation of Revelation 13?

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a ____________ on their right hand or on their foreheads.
Hint

Revelation 13 concludes with the Vatican and the United States simultaneously reaching a pinnacle of power. This will result in the implementation of the mark of the beast.

The Bible says that if you receive the mark of the beast, you will be on the right side of civil powers, but on the wrong side of the will of God. If you refuse the mark of the beast, you will be in harmony with God’s will but out of harmony with the will of civil powers. [For more information on the mark of the beast, see It Is Written Bible Study Guide #19, “The Mark of the Beast.”]
What will become of those who choose to resist the power of this nation?

He [causes] as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be _______________.
Hint

Not only will America establish an image to the first beast—that is, a replica of medieval intolerance—but it will eventually levy the death penalty upon dissenters.

The old saying states that “history repeats itself.” The book of Revelation reveals that the future of this world will see the return of religious intolerance and persecution toward all who do not cooperate with Satan’s end-time agenda of enforcing the mark of the beast. [See It Is Written Study Guide #19, “The Mark of the Beast.”]
Hint

The lack of freedom and the enacting of laws governing worship will see virtually the entire population of the world uniting with the beast against God and His people. The entire world—all but those who allow Jesus to possess their lives—will be united in a state of defiance against God and His people.

This same scenario played out in the days of the prophet Daniel.

Daniel 3:4–6 says, “A herald cried aloud: ‘To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, ute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.’”

Nebuchadnezzar cast the young men into the furnace because they disobeyed him and chose to obey the commandment of God. (Exodus 20:4–6)

God responded by miraculously protecting Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, as Jesus stood with them in the fiery furnace.

Daniel 3:25 says, “‘Look!’ he answered. ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the re; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’”
Hint

Revelation 16:14 mentions “spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”

Earth’s final days will be a time of strong deception, calculated by Satan to separate people from faith in God and His Word.
How can God’s people be safe from the deceptions of earth’s final days?

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this ____________, it is because there is no light in them.
Hint

Complete reliance on the Word of God will keep people from being deceived in a time of overwhelming deception.
Hint

Disciples of Jesus who have surrendered their lives to Him will esteem obedience to God far above obedience to any human being.
Hint

Jesus acknowledged that His followers would “have tribulation” (John 16:33), and Paul wrote that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will su er persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)

But Jesus has pledged that through the Holy Spirit, He will dwell in us. Just as Daniel was able to be faithful to God while facing the lions’ den, the grace of God is pledged to sustain every child of God—all who choose to be faithful to Him.