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Where is America in Bible Prophecy?

By Walid Shoebat

For many years, it has been taught that in the Last-Days literally every nation of the earth – including the United States – will be utterly dominated by the Antichrist; there will be no place to escape from the dreaded Mark of the Beast; every last nation of the world will come against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12 is usually used to validate the theory, as is the Apostle John. After all, the Antichrist will be given “authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation,” (Revelation 13:7).

This would seem like an ironclad case for the Antichrist ruling the globe, including the United States, which he uses in his march against Jerusalem. It is this dilemma that caused many to believe that the United States will be taken over by Antichrist.

Before we attempt to solve this issue, it is necessary to clarify the dilemma. For this, we can ask a Jesus-style question: does the usage of the phrase, “the whole earth” and “every tribe, tongue and nation” in the Bible mean “the entire globe”? If so, then did Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:1 send his letter to every nation, tribe and tongue in the “entire globe”?

“Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.” (Daniel 4:1)

“O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him,” (Daniel 5:18, 19).

How about…

“Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom,” (I Kings 4:34)

Did anyone visit Solomon from China?

How about…

“Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt,” (2 Kings 17:29).

Did the inhabitants of every last nation of the earth have Samaritan gods in their homes?

How about…

“the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries.” Isaiah 37:18

Did King Sennacherib of Assyria actually destroy all nations on the face of the earth?

How about…

“As I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth,” (Daniel 8:5).

Did Alexander the Great occupy the whole earth?

So then, let us offer a new perspective regarding the end-times verses:

Zechariah 14:2 “For I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for battle”
Matthew 25:32 “I will also gather all nations”
Joel 3:2 “I will gather all nations”

Such verses should not be isolated. In context, Zechariah 12 only encompasses the surrounding nations:

“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves,” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

In Joel 3:12 we find the same:

“Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations.”

“The surrounding peoples” and “all the nations of the earth” are two references pertaining to the same people; “all the nations” and “the earth” is not the entire globe, though the translation may seem to allude to it as such. The problem is that the translation at times makes it difficult since – in English – “the earth” tends to mean “the entire globe” and in Hebrew the word “Eretz” commonly means “the land” and not “the entire globe.”

Then we have the culture. In ancient Hebrew, we find a grammatical construct that makes emphatic statements in order to convey a point, whereas using hyperbole is extremely common in eastern cultures. Elaborating on the exceptions would entirely blunt the impact of the statement. For instance, imagine a speed limit sign that listed the exceptions painted on it, “speed limit 55—except ambulances, fire trucks, police giving chase, etc.” Thus, exceptions cannot be ruled out on the basis of exclusive language. This type of language is actually found quite frequently in the Bible. Throughout the prophecies of end-times the Bible is speaking of a regional war and not global (Ezekiel 36:4, 5, Psalm 79:12, Jeremiah 12:14, Ezekiel 28-32).

One common argument I always get is an objection that “the earth” is meant to be “the known world,” that today’s “known world” must then encompass the entire globe. This assumption is false since all “Four Beasts” in Daniel chapter 7 arise out of “the Great Sea” (Daniel 7:2). “The Great Sea” is the Mediterranean region, not the entire globe. That with all the literal nations of end-times encompasses only the Middle East and Asia Minor. If the first beast (Babylon), second beast (Medo-Persia) and third beast (Greece) all were out within the “Great Sea” (Mediterranean) then the fourth beast of Daniel 7 could only pertain to the Mediterranean Sea as well.

To make the Antichrist rule a global one, many western interpreters today allegorize “The Great Sea” as “the sea of humanity.” In so doing, we lose the meaning and the intent of the prophecy. This reference to “The Great Sea” cannot be an allegory pertaining to the “sea of humanity” since every verse in the Bible refers to “The Great Sea” as the Mediterranean Sea (see Num 34:6-7, Jos 1:4, Jos 9:1, Jos 15:12, Jos 15:47, Jos 23:4, Ezek 47:10, 15, 19, 20, Ezek 48: 28).

The Bible makes every effort to clarify that the nations surrounding Israel are the ones to which it is referring:

“And render unto our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord,” (Psalm 79:12).

Do Israel’s “neighbors” include The United States? No. This is confirmed in many places in the Bible:

“Thus Says Jehovah against all mine evil neighbors that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit,” (Jeremiah 12:14). The neighbors are all Muslim.

In the Bible, Antichrist “will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it” (Daniel 7: 23), yet several prophecies state that Antichrist will be confronted and will not take over the globe (Daniel 11:40-45, Daniel 11:30, Ezekiel 28:7-8).

So where is the United States in the Bible? How many ever think about this, that perhaps in the end, the United States is mentioned fighting against the Antichrist. Daniel 11 tells us that Antichrist “acts against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory” (Daniel 11:39).

Who are these “strongest fortresses” [the strongest military might]”? How could the Antichrist rule the entire globe if we have strongest fortresses that fight against him? Does he truly defeat these strongest fortresses? Does he defeat the United States? Does he rule the entire globe?
The answer to this is “No.”

Why then do so many modern Western prophecy analysts insist that Antichrist hold the most powerful military might in the world? Which nations hold the strongest military might? Is it not the United States?

The text regarding end-times is clearly portraying what we see in Islam today. Even when we read that he declares war “against the strongest fortresses.” What could that mean except what it plainly says—to declare war against the most powerful nations on earth? Jihadists already declared war on Europe and the U.S. And now with the Arab Spring clearly becoming an Islamic storm, we see that what we have said to you years ago in advance; everything is happening in accordance to a plan.

However, the West today seems oblivious to this fact. Who else could be as maniacal as Muslim fundamentalists to declare war on the powerful West? Who else is deceiving the West with false peace saying that ‘Islam is a peaceful religion’? And it is all for the purpose of advancing their god, Allah.

This is exactly what we see today.

The position that every nation will fall to Antichrist is impossible since the Bible clearly states that some will even resist the Antichrist and even defeat him. The verses are rarely discussed. In Ezekiel 28, it even confirms that the most powerful nations (strongest fortresses) on earth will annihilate the Antichrist:

“Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of [them that are] slain in the midst of the seas.” (Ezekiel 28:7-8)

“They” pertains to these powerful nations and the term “terrible” implies to being “terrible in battle,” “most powerful,” “strongest fortresses.” God will rise up several nations who will carry out His judgment and attack the Antichrist in the end. Therefore, it cannot be true that every nation of the globe will fall to the Antichrist and attack Israel. There have always been attempts to establish a One-World Government, yet they have never succeeded; far too many in the West fail to remember that God divided the nations after the Tower of Babel to never allow them to be one; even in the Millennium we will still have nations separated. This promise is as the rainbow for Noah.

Too many today read the Bible narcissistically. Many books have been written that place the West at the center of prophecy and interpret history through a Western-centric lens. Far too many Westerners have missed the obvious fact that the Bible is thoroughly Middle Eastern. In the Biblical worldview, Jerusalem is the center of the earth, not Europe or America. The biblical prophecies about the End-Times are no different.

End-Times Today is a complete study of Bible Prophecy that will ensure a proper perspective on end-times.

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  • weatherman51

    Walid Shoebat is a good Christian Brother but when God’s WORD says the WHOLE…EARTH, you better believe the Lord means it!

    Just as Noah’s Flood inundated the WHOLE…EARTH:
    “But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the WHOLE…EARTH.” (Gen 8:9)

    The Antichrist will control ALL the EARTH:
    “It was granted to him to make war with the saints (Israel) and to overcome them. And AUTHORITY was given him over *EVERY* TRIBE, TONGUE, and NATION. *ALL* who dwell on the EARTH will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev 13:7-8)

    BTW: “THE-ONE” is probably residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

    MARANATHA!

    • damoncasale

      The one problem I have with responses like this is that it makes the assumption that our cultural perspective today, 2000 years after the most recent of the biblical texts were written, can accurately understand the meaning of those texts by simply literally interpreting the words.

      But that’s not true. Anyone who’s even studied something as simple as the evolution of language will know that a word that meant one thing 400 years ago might mean something a lot different today. For instance, in the KJV (which was translated about 400 years ago), the word “prove” means to put something to the test. But in modern parlance, the word has come to have a more specific meaning. 400 years ago one might say that one might “prove” an ox. That is, put an ox to the test to see if it’s capable of plowing a field. But today, we don’t use the word “prove” for that any more. Rather, we restrict its usage to testing if something is true.

      It saddens me that there are so many Christians who are, in their naivete, thinking that certain things are true when they aren’t. But Christians, as a rule, don’t tend to be the scholarly type. “Prove all things!” the bible warns, but few Christians really do.

      To respond to the previous poster, I say, prove it. Go and actually look at the meaning of the original Hebrew and Greek, in context. And then try again.

  • damoncasale

    I rarely see a proper geopolitical understanding of the biblical term “the whole earth” in prophecy forums, so I was pleasantly surprised to happen across this blog article, linked from WND.com.

    However, I have a concern. It seems like the majority of Mr. Shoebat’s focus is on the biblical conflict between the West and Islam, and while he’s absolutely slam-dunking this, I feel that there is a greater context that’s being left out, here.

    First of all, let’s go back and look at the story of Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:21-27. Esau in the bible gave rise to the Edomites, the inhabitants of Mount Seir, who are depicted in the bible as the eternal enemy of Israel. Basically, they and the sons of Ishmael are supposed to be the Arab, Islamic peoples today, right? But let’s ask the question, between Jacob and Esau, which brother was the righteous one?

    The correct answer is neither. Both of them had serious problems. God chose Jacob, not because he was truly righteous, *but because of his father Abraham*.

    The same thing is true today. Both Israel and the Arab peoples have serious problems. We can’t simply paint one all good and the other all evil.

    The next point I want to raise is that of the two witnesses. They are like two OLIVE BRANCHES. An olive branch is the traditional symbol of peace, and that’s exactly what these two men signify. We read in Isaiah 11:6-9 that the “animals” (symbolic of the peoples of the Middle East) will not hurt nor destroy at that time, but will lie down in peace together. And not simply because the Messiah has come and beaten them to a bloody pulp, either!

    Isaiah 49 explains the mission of the first of the two witnesses. This will be a man who is known from his mother’s womb (verse 1). He will be like converted Jacob, in whom God will be glorified (verse 3). But, he will experience frustration that his efforts for peace have thus far been in vain (verse 4). This CANNOT BE THE MESSIAH, because the coming messiah will not feel that he’s labored in vain! Not possible, can’t be. But now look at this man’s mission! In verse 5, it’s to “bring Jacob” (that is, unconverted Israel) back to God. It doesn’t mean the conversion of the Jews to Christianity, but rather the bringing of God’s people to repentance in the face of their sins. (Consider what I mentioned earlier about BOTH Jacob AND Esau having serious problems!)

    Now read verse 6. “Is it a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the desolations of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles (surrounding nations!), THAT YOU MAY BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.”

    Again, this is NOT the Messiah! This is one of the two witnesses. The book of Isaiah has a specific structure, like so:

    Ruin and Rebirth – chapters 1-5 and 34-35
    Rebellion and Compliance – chapters 6-8 (King Ahaz rebels against God’s will) and 36-39 (King Hezekiah complies with God’s will)
    Punishment and Deliverance – chapters 9-12 and 40-46:13b
    Humiliation and Exaltation – chapters 13-23 and 46:13c-47:15
    Suffering and Salvation – chapters 24-27 and 48-54
    Disloyalty and Loyalty – chapters 28-31 and 55-59
    Disinheritance and Inheritance – chapters 32-33 and 60-66

    In the beginning of the book of Isaiah, Isaiah has two sons that are intended to be “for signs and wonders in Israel” to King Ahaz (Isa. 7:10-16 and 8:1-4). This sign was to represent the final destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel — consisting of the ten tribes, not including Judah or Benjamin — as distinct from the southern kingdom of Judah. The *restoration* of the northern ten tribes is one of the responsibilities of the first of the two witnesses.

    Both Isaiah’s sons and the two witnesses are singled out by being known from their mother’s womb, and set apart for the specific task of either tearing down or rebuilding Israel. In the same way, Jeremiah the prophet was known from his mother’s womb for precisely the same task (Jer. 1:10; 18:7-10). But because the united kingdom of Israel wasn’t restored and “planted” in his day, that part of his task remains unfulfilled, waiting for one who will be known from his mother’s womb to fulfill it.

    Anyone who thinks that the only solution is for God to simply wipe out all of the infidels doesn’t understand God’s end-time plan. He has a way to separate out those who desire peace and who *do* worship Him (in whatever guise they may understand Him), from those who follow after violence.

  • Lydia

    Very interesting article. I must admit, I have NEVER looked at it this way. I wonder though… do you think this theory also applies for all the disasters etc? Revelations says that the sun will turn red and all the seas will turn into blood. It seems to me these catastrophes will effect the entire world, don’t you agree?

    Damoncasale, you wrote: “He has a way to separate out those who desire peace and who *do* worship Him (in whatever guise they may understand Him), from those who follow after violence.”

    What exactly do you mean with this? That not only the ones who believe in Jesus will be saved, but also everyone who sincerely believes in (a) God?

  • gnc422

    I have been studying this new paradigm of end-times prophetic events for the past year since reading Joel Richardson’s book on the Islamic Anti-Christ.

    I think the interpretations of Bible scriptures put forward by Joel, Walid, and others certainly deserve more attention and study.

    However, this article raised a question in my mind…

    If “strangers” (the United States and other Western and perhaps European countries) are brought against the Anti-Christ by God to destroy him, then why is Jesus seen coming back to lead a spiritual army against Anti-Christ?

    This would seem like an argument to more support the idea that the Islamic confederacy is destroyed by a foreign coalition of forces which would then allow the Anti-Christ and the beast system to arise.

    • Justin Coone

      when islam organizes its territory…it will be 1/3 of earths territorial land mass with close to 1.3-1.4 billion followers under the Caliph/Antichrist.. and the bible is clear in Psalm 83, Joel 2 that the confederation is destroyed when Christ returns.after and during the events of Zechariah chapter 14…. it all happens at one time in gatling gun sequence….

  • pepersc

    I highly recommend Walid and Joel’s joint book, titled “Islam, prophecy, and the Bible. Very thorough study, and he explains his views very well, from a literal view.

    I have been studying this view since I first saw Walid’s writings about 10 yrs ago. When I see today’s events it is not a shock because Walid has been saying the rising of the Islamic beast was coming! Check out his books and vid’s much meat!

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