One thought that persisted with me when I read the accounting of nations that take part in the events of Revelation is the apparent absence of the United States as a world power during this time. It is fair to say that the US has been a world power economically, socially and militarily especially since the early part of the 20th century up until the present time (2009). However the US does not appear to be a player on the world stage during the end time based on the Book of Revelation. Israel certainly appears to be: And I saw another angel coming up from the east, carrying the seal of the living God. And he shouted to those four angels, who had been given power to harm land and sea, “Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.” And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God— 144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel… (Revelation 7:2-4 NLT). The Middle East region certainly appears to be a player: Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence of God. And the voice said to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River.” Then the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were turned loose to kill one-third of all the people on earth. I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops. (Revelation 9:13-16 NLT). An eastern power the “Kings from the East” certainly appears to be a participant: Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River, and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west without hindrance. (Revelation 16:12 NLT)
The first G20 (Economic) meeting, last fall, appropriately took place in Washington. But holding this second conclave in Beijing would have signaled a clear recognition that the Washington-Beijing axis is the most important relationship in the world today; it is the X factor in the quest to rescue the global economy. If the two powerhouses work together, the world may yet emerge prosperous and stable. If they work at cross purposes, the world's future will be as grim as the gloomiest doomsayers forecast. - washingtonpost.com
- "If I were a Christian, I'd be appalled to have this primitive and pornographic bloodbath presume to speak for me." – The Chicago Reader
- "Since Mr. Gibson chose to concentrate on the last twelve hours of His life, Jesus, played admirably by Jim Caviezel, spends the entire film bloodied and beaten, almost beyond recognition. He has no character; he's a symbol - which might be what Mr. Gibson intended. However, unless you're already a devout Christian, you have little invested in the Savior as Whipping Post." – bigpicturebigsound.com
- "Might be mistaken for an instructional video on meat-tenderizing techniques for cannibal chefs. Mel's a muscular Christian without a philosophical bone in his head." – seattleweekly.com
It’s not too difficult to see why a nation who’s journalists can write the blasphemy such as the above about an accurate representation (read Isaiah 52:13-15) of Christ’s death for our sins could be reduced to but a bit player or a non-participant in the events that affect human history at the end of days. Yes, I believe that the US will be reduced from its current position of power and influence in time. Perhaps in relatively short time. I don’t presume to know how this will happen; whether it will be in a devastating cataclysmic event or death by a thousand cuts. As an object lesson, ancient Rome was a world power for hundreds years and because of a very similar pattern of moral decay to what passes as normal life in the US today, the Roman power of old was removed as a world power by a sovereign God who will not be mocked: Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck—the worst since people were placed on the earth. The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. (Revelation 16:17-19). Perhaps the US is in the Book of Revelation after all. It could very well be one of the “many nations” listed in this last scripture.