Jovial (10 Nov 2010)
"Is the USA the nation mentioned in Isa 18?"

Someone alleged this week that the USA is the nation mentioned in Isa 18 when it says
  הוֹי אֶרֶץ, צִלְצַל כְּנָפָיִם, אֲשֶׁר מֵעֵבֶר, לְנַהֲרֵי-כוּשׁ.
1 Ah, land of the buzzing of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Cush;
ב  הַשֹּׁלֵחַ בַּיָּם צִירִים, וּבִכְלֵי-גֹמֶא עַל-פְּנֵי-מַיִם, לְכוּ מַלְאָכִים קַלִּים אֶל-גּוֹי מְמֻשָּׁךְ וּמוֹרָט, אֶל-עַם נוֹרָא מִן-הוּא וָהָלְאָה--גּוֹי קַו-קָו וּמְבוּסָה, אֲשֶׁר-בָּזְאוּ נְהָרִים אַרְצוֹ.
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus upon the waters! Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation tall and of glossy skin, to a people terrible from their beginning onward; a nation that is sturdy and treadeth down, whose land the rivers divide!
The USA is at least a good candidate for this.    Cush considered itself part of Egypt at one point, then later more part of Ethiopia. it is located near the Nile, then moved it's headquarters downstream of the Nile a bit.  Several rivers empty into the Nile, but the Nile is the biggest river associated with the land of Cush.  the Nile splits Egypt into 2 sections, and it's Hebrwe Name "Mistrayaim" literally refers to two strips of land on the 2 sides of the Nile.
It is talking about a "land beyond the rivers of Cush".  Doesn't narrow it down that much huh?  Just a general direction?  There's LOTS of nations "beyond the rivers of Cush", right?  But how many nations are there that this woudl really be a hint for?
Because when settlers came to America, they found a land where the Mississippi river flows from the Northern lakes of Minnessota all the way down to the Gulf, almost dividing the entire country in half.  The Ohio river dumps into it, which itself is fed from 3 rivers at Pittsburgh.
The similarity between the Nile in Egypt (and Cush) and the Mississippi river in the USA is what caused people to call the city where the Ohio river dumps into the Mississippi River "Cairo" Illinois, since it is analogous to Cairo Egypt and how rivers merge with the Nile in Cairo Egpyt.
So not only is the USA  "land beyond the rivers of Cush", but it's biggest river that splits it in 2 is so similar to the Nile that more cities than Cairo, Illinois were named after Egypt in the river's path.  So was Memphis , Tennessee, named after Memphis Egypt, because the city is analogous to Memphis Egypt in its relation to the Nile. shows how the Mississippi River runs from almost the northern border of the USA, just shy of the Us/Canadian border, all the way to the South tip of the USA in the Gulf of Mexico, dividing the country in 2.  so the real question is this; is there another country so divided by a Great River?  Brasil's Amazon River is the only other country / river in which this type of thing happens West of the "rivers of Cush" that I can think of.  Between the two, Native Americans are much taller than Native brazilians, which is another characteristic mentioned.