Four hundred and twelve years after the flood, God called Abraham to be the father of a new nation. This was the beginning of what was to become the nation Israel: “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee; and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis:12:1-3).
Notice that this is not a conditional promise, and there is not a passage in the Bible anywhere that revokes it. God promises to preserve his nation: “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah:31:35-37).
We ought to take note that while Israel has the promises of preservation and blessing, the United States does not. In fact, in the study of biblical prophecy, one is hard pressed to find any mention of the United States.
--Roy Delia (The Argus Observer weekly faith column, Ontario, Oregon)