Same as the rest of the world.
The bible, in entirety, was written before the middle east, Europe, Asia, and Africa knew the western hemisphere existed.
True, God knew it was there. But his apostles and prophets had no idea. And God didn’t see any point in informing them. It’s not like the Americas, nor any other yet-to-be-discovered islands in the world, were excluded from the scriptures’ blanket statements about humanity. The L
So North and South America—the Indian nations then, and the current nations now—aren’t in the bible. At all. Neither suggested nor alluded to in it.
So even if you’re citizen of the United States, loyal and patriotic, or even just a big fan of all things American like so many of our resident aliens, I gotta break it to you: Other than the bits about “all the world,” we don’t figure into End Times predictions whatsoever.
But you’d be surprised how many American prognosticators simply can’t have that.
We’ve been taught exceptionalism all our lives. It’s a huge part of American-style
This attitude has trickled into our religion. Our End Times prognosticators figure the United States is special, doggone it, so we oughta fit in the End Times timeline somewhere. They’re not entirely sure where, but they shoehorn us pretty much anywhere they can get away with it.
Sometimes at the detriment of common sense. Fr’instance John Hagee’s
Thing is, where were these lunar eclipses visible? North America. Nowhere else.
So… since most of the End Times events of Revelation appear to be centered on Rome and Jerusalem, shouldn’t these folks be able to see these world-redefining lunar eclipses? Well you’d think so. But Hagee didn’t. Idea simply never occurred to him.
Hagee’s from San Antonio, Texas. Seems so long that Texas can see the eclipses, that’s all that matters. God has a message to the world… and I guess Rome and Jerusalem can hear that message secondhand from their American friends.
I pick on Hagee, but he’s far from the only one to do this. Every End Times scenario Americans pitch, finds a way to squeeze us into it. In their movies and books, Americans make up most of the protagonists, and often the Beast is American too: He might have a European origin, yet somehow he manages to become our president, or gets financially backed by our billionaires and multinational corporations. (Certainly promoted by our entertainment industry.) On the “non-fiction” front, End Times proclaimers regularly imagine the American economy, technology, culture, and social standards as driving the Beast’s government.
So how do these American prognosticators explain why the United States—or any unknown but powerful new nation in the western hemisphere—never pops up in Revelation? Most of ’em deduce some sort of cataclysm is gonna knock us out of commission before any of the End Times stuff really gets started. Like a plague or economic collapse. Or we’ll elect some idiot who ruins us, or at the very least turns us isolationist and withdraws us from the world stage. Then after America is out of the picture, the End Times events can play out in Eurasia and Africa as described in the bible.
(Is that why so many conservative
But what if we’re the exception?
Frequently I pitch an alternate theory. One which, I totally admit, is based on wishful thinking on my part. I’d really like this to be true, same as all the folks who’d really like Jesus
Here’s the theory: There might be some form of great tribulation… but the United States gets to sit it out.
Roughly four out of five Americans figure we’re Christian. According to my theory, once the Beast shows up and starts leading the world astray, American Christians quickly identify the Beast for what he is, refuse to have anything to do with him, and stay aligned with Christ. We know what he’s up to, and we can stand alone against him if we have to. Somebody has to.
Thus we watch the rest of the world as the Beast plays merry hell with it. But not doing nothing: The United States remains an oasis for Christians, a haven for refugees from the Beast’s persecutions. And
True, that’s probably not gonna happen. It’d be awesome though.
Considering how so many Evangelicals are willing to bend over and grab their ankles for politicians of the lowest character, solely because these guys are fellow members of their political party, it looks a lot to me like the “Christians” of the United States are predominantly
Still, Revelation’s description of the End is largely focused on the world superpower of John the Revelator’s day: The Roman Empire. If those events haven’t already played out centuries ago (as I believe they have), and they really do have yet to take place, they’ll have to be Mediterranean. Not American.
Which means the Americas could be the one part of the world where the bulk of the bad stuff doesn’t happen. Where God’s remnant dwells. Maybe even thrives. I don’t know, and the scriptures don’t say. I hope so, though.
Regardless: We’re not in there.
In any event any “End Times prophecy” about the United States—or Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, or even the present-day Dumpster fires of Venezuela and Columbia—is a false prophecy.
Unless the prophecy involves the people of the planet as a whole, there’s no basis for saying any such thing will specifically happen to any of the countries of the Americas. We aren’t in the bible. God gave us a pass.
I’m hoping it’s a passover. Regardless, we aren’t there, and your End Times prognosticator is all wet.
What your End Times guy is doing, is filling in the gaps of his knowledge with his own fears and politics. They all do. They regularly disguise their current-events punditry as End Times biblical commentary. That’s the real reason they spend so much time discussing the United States: They’re trying to influence our country, and get us to behave as they want. It’s nothing to do with God. ’Cause if it were, you’d see
That, plus how their predictions always come to nothing, is how you know they’re false prophets. Don’t fret about them. Read your bibles. The bible is way more hopeful.