Is the United States in the Bible?

By Francis Frangipane

So, if the Lord's immediate plans are not to destroy America, then what is in God's heart for this nation? Is there anything in the Scriptures about the United States upon which our faith can rest? The Bible has a number of general promises that we can apply to our land. These, though they lack clear or specific references to the United States, still supply a foundation for our faith. Isaiah 60:1-3 is such a text. It reads:

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you. And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Think of it! Nations and kings will come to the glory of Christ arising in the church! Regardless of where on earth you currently live or how dark the world is around you, this text is a living promise to all who pray for their nation!

Personally, I have stood upon this word often, especially in the face of America's spiritual darkness, when doubts would creep in and I'd wonder if all effort was too late. Isaiah assures us that, if God's glory rises upon us, even in the midst of deep darkness over the people, nations will come to our light.

But, you say, America is too rebellious, too unrestrained. The Second Psalm gives us encouragement to persevere in prayer when it seems governments are casting away the cords and fetters of godly, moral restraint (see Ps 2:3). In the face of the world's rebellion, the Lord says, "Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Thy possession" (Ps 2:8).

There are many other Scriptures that call us to pray and believe for a national awakening (Isa 52:15; Ps 67:4; etc.). But I want to submit a text to you that may, indeed, specifically refer to God's plan for America in the days ahead.

The Eagle's Wings
The Scriptures speak of a time when great persecution will break out at the end of the age. In the midst of this persecution, we read an arresting message in Rev 12:14. It says:

And the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, in order that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

The book of Revelation is, by definition, a book of revelations. Its symbolic portraits must be interpreted not only in historic terms but also in light of end-time realities. Frankly, no one has accurately been able to interpret this book to the satisfaction of everyone else. It would be a sin of bold presumption on my part to assume I am the first to present an infallible interpretation. Even as we seek to stay humble, let us cautiously proceed, relying on God and time itself to confirm His Word. In that attitude, let me submit to you my thoughts.

The above Scripture speaks of the wings of the great eagle being given to the woman. The woman is not a singular individual, but a symbol of the holy, praying church, pregnant to give birth to its end-time elect (see Matthew Henry's Commentary on Rev 12:1-11). Amidst great spiritual warfare, she delivers her child, who in turn is caught up to God (Rev 12:5). Some interpret the woman to be unsaved Israel giving birth to Christ, but this cannot be, for the woman overcomes her conflict with the dragon by the "blood of the Lamb" (Rev 12:11). Therefore, since she trusts Christ, she must symbolize the true, glorious Church, those who hold "the testimony of Jesus" (Rev 12:17).

Just as the woman represents a holy people, so the "wings of the great eagle" depict a provision from God that secures for the woman refuge from the rage of the evil one. The eagle symbolizes something which is capable of providing protection from what would otherwise be a worldwide persecution of Christians by the dragon.

I submit to you that this reference to a "great eagle" could very easily be a prophetic portrait of the United States of America. Before you dismiss such an idea, consider: There simply has never been in the history of the world a nation more committed to being a refuge for persecuted people than America. Additionally, when we consider that the national symbol of the U.S. is the "great eagle," the symbolism becomes even more plausible.

It is this defense of freedom, as well as the American ideal of protecting human rights, that is central to what it means to be an American. Indeed, many of those who originally came to America did so while fleeing persecution for their faith. In a real way, this Scripture has already been fulfilled by many of our founding fathers. The persecution our forefathers suffered was sown, like a seed, into the DNA of American culture. Protection for persecuted people, from God's view, has always been at the center of America's historic purpose.

To provide shelter to persecuted people is still central to our ideals today. Since God provided the great eagle to symbolize protection of persecuted Christians at the end of the age, and since it is also the symbol of America, we ought not to abandon ourselves to a hopeless view of the future. It is in our compelling interest to pray that America would continue to be a place of provision and protection right up until the rapture of the church.