As a student of Bible prophecy for many years, I have always been struck by the accuracy of the Word of God. God, living in eternity, sees the future as clearly as we see the past. The Bible maps out events in the last days with vivid and rich detail.
In these last-days prophecies, however, there is no mention that I can find of the greatest superpower on Earth at this moment, the United States of America. Where is our nation? Why are we not in these last-days prophecies? I would like to offer three theories.
One possibility is that our country will be devastated by war or terrorism. The vivid descriptions in the Book of Revelation sound a lot like nuclear war. Not only is there war, but then famine and plague also follow it.
Or, possibly the United States simply will decline as a world power. As our nation becomes more and more secular, we will reap the inevitable results of sin. As the Bible says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). We could perhaps fade into obscurity as we have pushed God out of our lives.
But here is the theory I favor. The United States of America is not mentioned in descriptions of the last days, because there may be a great, nationwide spiritual awakening so that when the Rapture takes place, there wouldn't be many of the U.S. population left. Can you imagine the effect if millions of people suddenly disappeared? Our economy could collapse overnight.
I don't know the answer to this question. But I want to ask you this: If Jesus Christ were to come back tonight, would you be ready?