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I've dug up at least one reference that may be a candidate.

Jeremiah 6:21-23

Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth. They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.

I've heard some say this verse is talking about the nation of Russia rising against Israel, and that the 'great nation' that is 'raised from the sides of the earth' is a allusion to the United States.

  • Are there any other verses that people have cited as evidence the USA is mentioned in the Bible?
  • Is there anyone (denominations/prominent individuals) who believes that the USA is mentioned in the Bible?
  • What are the arguments for or against this reference (or any other)?
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The US has been pointed to as the spiritual successor to Israel, although I haven't see much written on this of late (most of what I've seen was written quite a long time ago). –  wax eagle Jan 8 '13 at 18:50
    
@waxeagle What did you mean by "Spiritual Successor"? –  tunmise fashipe Jan 9 '13 at 23:05
    
@aceinthehole: as far as the Bible as a historical document, no. As far as prophesy it is impossible to know when the Bible mentions general lands from some coordination. –  Greg McNulty Jan 10 '13 at 1:51
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The passage is most likely referring to the nation of Babylon.

Per ESV Study Bible Note:

Jer. 6:22–23 great nation. Babylon. the farthest parts of the earth. Babylon’s army had outposts all over the ancient world. This army has no mercy; its horses are so numerous that their thundering hoofs sound like the roaring sea (4:13, 29).

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Prophetically speaking, there are a few possibilities.

The Great Eagle

In Revelation 12, the Scriptures speak of a "woman" who gives birth to a "male child" who is to "rule all the nations". It is understood that the woman here is speaking of Israel, as Jesus was born of Israel and will one day rule the nations.

It also speaks of a Satan who sought to devour the "mail child". Satan is thrown down to the earth where he persecutes the woman (Israel).

Then, **the two wings of "the great eagle" were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place" where she stays for 3 1/2 years.

It is conjectured that "the great eagle" could be a reference to the United States, who has long held a close relationship with Israel and who is symbolized the an eagle.

The Eleventh Horn

Daniel 7 speaks of a beast with 10 horns which represent 10 kings. As Daniel watches the beast, another horn comes up and uproots three other horns.

It is thought that the United States could be this Eleventh Horn. Our existence is quite young compared to other countries that could be represented by the other horns, and we certainly have the military power to uproot other nations.

Conclusion

Nothing, however, is in any way certain. There are some other speculations, but nothing really compelling.

Yet, we should not despair. It's not important that the U.S. be mentioned in prophecy. What is important is that our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

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