Q. Hi and thanks for your great insight. I really enjoy your studies.
I have always been puzzled about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the statue representing the world empires. As great a country as America has been and being the only current world superpower, it’s puzzling why the “American” empire was not included when God revealed the empires that would rule before the return of the Lord. As great and powerful as our nation has been, you would think America would have been mentioned as one of the empires. Perhaps it’s because we won’t last long. Do have any insight on this subject?
A. A popular Canadian prophecy teacher who lectures all over the world once told me that Americans are the only ones who wonder why they’re not mentioned in the Bible. He thought it was due to our arrogance, but I think it’s more along the lines of your comments. America has been a great country, and is currently the only world empire in the sense that we influence the decisions of other countries, sometimes even imposing our will on them.
But the 200 years of our existence is only a small fraction of the 2600 years of Gentile Dominion. In the context of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, we’re but one of the remnants of the 4th Kingdom, Rome, filling a small portion of the time between its first life as the legs of iron and it’s second as the ten toes of iron mixed with clay.
You see Rome was never really conquered in the classical sense. It fell as a result of its own decay before transforming itself into the Holy Roman Empire that ruled for nearly 1000 more years. Since then various of its components have had their time in the sun first Spain, then England, and now the US which is a part of Rome by virtue of being a former colony of England’s.
But soon the revived Roman Empire, a ten nation confederacy represented by the ten toes, will once again be pre-eminent and America’s dominance will end just like all the other gentile empires before us.
The good news is that a fifth Kingdom, one that will never be destroyed or given to others will arise and will crush all those who came before it. This kingdom will be set up by God and will endure forever. Being a believer, even though you currently reside in the US, you’re a citizen of this kingdom and like the rest of us are anxiously awaiting the return of our conquering King.