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Revelation 13, The United States in Prophecy
The United States in Prophecy
The United States plays an important role in the closing events of earths history. Revelation 13 describes it as arising out of the earth and being like a lamb before it turns into a dragon.
Before starting this study there needs to be a couple of principles.
1. Always start with prayer before studying the Bible and ask God to guide you to all truth. (John 16:13)
2. The Bible always interprets itself. Meaning that you look elsewhere in the Bible for the meaning. It is not of any private or personal interpretation. (2 Peter 1:20) Compare scripture with scripture.
An example of this is in Revelation 13:1. Notice that a beast rises out of the sea. According to a angel explaining beasts in Daniel 7:17, 23, the beasts are kingdoms or nations.
The sea means peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. (Revelation 17:5)
When you study the Bible you should always take it just as it reads unless it is obviously symbolic like Daniel and Revelation.
Notice that the beast has 7 heads and 10 horns. Heads would be the governing power and the horns are nations rising out from them. (Daniel 7:24)
This beast cannot be a ordinary nation since it has a blasphemous name. Blasphemy according to the dictionary is something or someone who claims to be God. So this has to be a religious power.
Revelation 13: 11-17
Verse 11 is where the United States comes in. We are jumping ahead since there isn’t room to explain everything here.
Another beast comes out of the earth. Instead of coming out of the sea this beast comes out of the earth. If the sea means large populations, the earth would mean a sparely populated area. When you check out the full study you will find that the time of this beast is around AD 1798. What nation is just newly arising at the time? It can not be any other than the United States.
This new beast exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. The first beast is the religious power that persecutes God’s people during the dark ages. This is just a brief study, so be sure to research this on your own. Also you can read some of my other articles to learn more.
The United States starts out as a peaceful lamb and becomes a persecuting dragon.
The Bible goes on and tells us that that this beast, the United States will force everyone to worship the image of the first beast. Those that won’t obey will get a death sentence. Everyone will have to get a mark on their forehead or right hand. Again I won’t go into details how I arrived at this.
However I will put the conclusions in a nut shell. The United States will soon become a persecuting power. Even though it does not seem likely right now, our nation will attempt to force everyone to worship only on Sunday. I am speculating that this could come about as a way to combat terrorism.
From Terrorism to Sunday Worship
During this great controversy Satan likes to work all sides. From those who protect radical Islam to those who try to save our world from terrorism, the evil one is in the background pulling strings.
First the evil one encourages policies that give the radicals a free pass into peaceful countries. Once this is established the terrorists are in sufficient numbers to cause mayhem and chaos.
This will result in the people panicking and changing sides to escape the terror and save our world from the radicals.
From what I read in the Bible and from world events I am speculating that in response to the terror threat our nation will stop being political correct and will make some new laws to try to stop the mayhem. I agree that this has to be done to a certain degree. Our leaders needs to protect their countries from harm.
But then things will go to far.
In order to join everyone together, Christian churches will form a unholy union with the world and push Sunday as a day of worship. Those that disagree will be thought of as traitors to world peace.
This will make it easy to persecute peace loving Christians who want to worship on the true Sabbath as God gave it.
Satan can now oppress the ones who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)
The Gospel in Revelation
I have personally read this book several times and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more. “The Gospel in Revelation : Unlocking the Last Book of the Bible” by Robert Wieland.