“And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 39:6 NKJV
If you are a student of biblical prophecy, I’m sure you have either heard or read that the most asked question concerning the end times is “where is America?” in all of this? What I have always believed is that if the United States was relevant, it would be mentioned in scripture. The fact that it seems to be absent lends weight to the idea that for one reason or another, America as we know it is rendered irrelevant. Many have taught that one reason might be found in the passage from Ezekiel which describes what some believe is a future nuclear attack. The following is an excerpt from an article by Chuck Missler of Koinonia House.
“The ultimate invasion of the Middle East by "Gog and Magog" is well known to most Biblically informed observers.1 The invading forces of Magog - recognized as referring to Russia by most authorities - are wiped out by "hailstones of fire" from the heavens, which also cause an earthquake felt around the world.2 A disturbing aspect of this encounter is that similar "hailstones of fire" also appear to fall on those "who dwell securely in the isles" or coastlands. 3 Some suspect that this could be a hint of an intercontinental nuclear exchange as part of the confrontation with Magog and its allies.4” http://www.khouse.org/articles/2001/344/
The relationship the United States has at present with Russia certainly might support this scenario as the sanctions we have put in place as a result of the conflict in the Ukraine, and the drop in oil prices has severely crippled the economy of Russia. At present there is absolutely no love lost between our two countries and it might not take much more to provoke this sort of response from Mr. Putin. As one of my former professors of geopolitics said, “wars are started by desperate men, and desperate men do desperate things”. If you have read any of the news lately on the state of affairs inside of Russia, this quote takes on new light.
There is, however, another scenario which certainly bears consideration in an effort to answer the question of America’s future. When the future world government is described in the book of Revelation, one fact which bears acknowledgment is the fact that nations “willingly” give over their authority to the antichrist.
“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. Revelation 17:12-13 NKJV
You need not look too far in the past to believe that the United States of America would never even consider doing something like this, yet the current state of affairs in our capitol has, to many, caused an unprecedented state of alarm as we see the strength and stature of our country evaporate before our very eyes. Many now are forming the opinion that, not only are we moving that direction but our country is being deliberately directed to that end. Is it possible that our current government would actually consider doing such a thing? Personally I believe there is one other thing we need to contemplate when considering an answer to that question and that is just how would the rapture of the Church affect our current government?
The following link is to an excellent article by Terry James of “raptureready.com”. I encourage you to read it and consider carefully all that he has to say. The time is short, and as believers we need all of the information we can acquire in order to answer the questions these times will produce.
“The United States of Antichrist”, by Terry James.