A frequent question, particularly among Americans, is “where is the United States mentioned in the Bible?” Well, the United States is not mentioned in the Bible, nor is England, France, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, Australia or South Africa. Rome is named, but not Italy. The reason is that geography in the Word of God is concerned with Israel, the land that the Lord calls “the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 2:8)
In Ezekiel chapter thirty-eight the Lord spoke to Gog of the land of Magog. He says that Gog will come . . .
“upon the people that are gathered out of the nations . . . that dwell in the midst of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:12)The Hebrew language has a vocabulary of about 4,000 words, compared to about 100,000 in English. Hebrew words have a broader application. There are two words in the verse quoted above that can easily be translated differently; midst (Strong’s H2872 – center, navel, middle), and land (Strong’s H776 – land, earth, country). It could easily say, “upon the people that are gathered out of the nations . . . that dwell in the navel of the earth.”
This is why the rabbis consider Israel as the “navel of the earth,” and I believe, shows us the Lord’s perspective on Israel. In Biblical geography it is all about Israel and its immediate neighbors, with few exceptions. For this reason, distant lands, like Europe and the U.S., are not directly named.
Nations outside of the immediate vicinity of Israel are referred to as “isles” or “coasts” (borders – Strong’s H1366). An example is when the Lord prophesied that He would return the people of Israel from the coasts (borders) of the earth and the isles afar off. (Jeremiah 31:8-10)
Although not named, we are given various clues about empires. King Nebuchadnezzar had a vision of a strange statue and Daniel, with direction from the Lord, interpreted the vision. It was a prophecy of four empires, Babylon, Mede-Persia, Greece and Rome. (Daniel 2:31-45) The last part of this prophecy indicates that the last empire (Rome) will be in power in the Last Days. (vss. 44-45) Also, Daniel 7:7-14 describes the destruction of the “fourth beast” in the Last Days. For this reason, many Bible students believe this endtime empire will be the Roman Empire revived.
If this is so, then we need to look at which nations would compose this revived Roman Empire. At its peak the Roman Empire ranged from the western portion of the Middle East on the east to England on the west. This is primarily the area of Europe today. And the United States is a European country, even after recent immigrations. Consider the population of the U.S.; British, German, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish among others. These are all European.
If this Last Days empire is “Roman” then it would encompass Europe and North America of today. And this fits exactly. What we know today as the European Union (EU) began in 1948, an interesting date. Is it coincidental that the EU began the same year Israel became a state? (The Lord made a move, the Devil made a counter-move.) The U.S., Canada and the EU are united in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has recently become active after years of ineffectiveness. NATO is involved in the current Russia/Ukraine war, even though Ukraine is not a member of NATO. What are they trying to achieve?
If the U.S. and the EU compose the revived Roman Empire, then the United States, if not specifically named, is included in endtimes prophecy. Please note that the last three paragraphs all begin with “if.” Whether this analysis is correct depends on the will and timing of the Most High God, the Lord Jehovah. I know not.
But I do know that the Lord Jesus will return for His bride, the Church. “Even so, come Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20) Always praise His name!