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The Decline And Fall Of The British Commonwealth

“What can be done to make us great again?” was the title of an unusual article appearing in the Sunday Express, London, February 24, 1963. The British Empire became the greatest Empire, in wealth, extent of domain and glory – the world had ever seen! The sun never set on British soil! Her Navy ruled the seven seas. She controlled most of the major commercial and military gateways of the world. Her influence was paramount throughout the world

The average Briton of today has no real goal. He does not have the ambition or the driving zeal which his forefathers possessed. “Who has the quality to raise our sights to a higher goal than an evening with the telly (T.V.)? “asked The Daily Sketch, January 30, 1963,

The general tenor of the press in England shows, however, that many Britons now realize they are a second-rate power and know that something must be done or else they will never again regain great-power status.

The Sunday Express begins to pin-point the real problem and to hint at the solution to British decline. It says, “A renewed sense of right and wrong would transform the life and economy of these islands more swiftly than any legislation.” This was 1963 remember!

But what is right and wrong? Who is to define what constitutes right and wrong? People today have different moral, educational, religious, philosophical ideas. They are in confusion; they do not really know “right and wrong.”

God only determines what is “right and wrong.” God determines what sin is! No man inherently knows “right” from “wrong.” “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25).

Before anyone can answer the question “What can be done to make Britain great again?” – we need to know what God reveals in Bible prophecy – relative to the rise , decline and impending fall of Britain, and believe it or not, America! For our peoples stand together or fall together!

It is God Almighty who makes and unmakes nations (Job 12:23). In Isaiah 40:15 we read: “Behold the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.”

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, learned that it was Almighty God who controls the destinies of all nations – that none can thwart His will. “He (God) does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, what doest thou” (Dan. 4:35)?

Even the Apostle Paul was inspired to write, “And God hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitations” (Acts: 17:26). God Almighty has set the frontiers of the various nations.

Notice another significant prophecy in Deut. 32:8. “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.” God set limitations on their expansion according to the number, or population, of the children of Israel, which He knew would later be born.

Before one can understand, from the inspired prophecies of the Bible, the destiny of the nations of this earth, he must first understand the ancient Bible names of the peoples dwelling in the earth today.

The major nations on the earth (and most of the minor nations) are clearly identified in the Bible. The complete Bible proof of the identity of the peoples of America and the British Commonwealth are in our DVD series “The Blessings of Abraham”.  (Send for them today, they are free of charge). It proves that our peoples are mentioned more often in Bible prophecy than any other people. It proves that our people were destined to lose their identity - until these latter days!

The Bible – and history, too – are explicit in identifying the Anglo-Saxon peoples of America and Britain as the descendants of the lost ten tribes of the “House of Israel.” Notice these prophecies!

Notice the following prophecies

  1. Abraham’s children were to become “as the dust of the earth” (Gen. 13:16).This has never been fulfilled in the Jews – the House of Judah – alone.

  2. “Many nations” and “kings” were to descend from Abraham (Gen. 17:6).

  3. Through Abraham and Sarah (and their son Isaac – not Ishmael) would descend many “nations” and “kings” (Gen. 17:16). This is not true of the Jews who have never been more than one nation.

  4. God said to Abraham, “I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” (Gen. 22:17). This is an unconditional promise made to Abraham concerning his descendants even today!

  5. This promise was repeated to Isaac and Rebekah: “Be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them” (Gen. 24:60). The Jews alone have never been thousands of millions!

  6. God Almighty inspired Isaac to bless is son, Jacob, with this blessing: “Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness (fat places) of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee. Cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blessed thee” (Gen. 27:28-29).

  7.     Notice the tremendous promise given to Jacob “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the West, and to the East, and to the North, and to the South” (Gen. 28:14).  God predestined that Israel would go beyond the bounds of Palestine, becoming great colonizers. Jacob’s seed were to be “as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude” (Gen. 32:12).

  8. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel (Gen. 35:10).”And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins” (v. 11). Who is the great nation and this great company of nations?

  9. Anybody familiar with the Bible knows that Jacob had twelve sons. One of those twelve sons was called Joseph – meaning “fruitful.” Joseph’s two sons were named Ephraim and Manasseh. It was Ephraim and Manasseh (the sons of Joseph) who were to receive the birthright – the choicest material and physical blessings.

    Notice the blessing that was given to Ephraim and Manasseh. “He (Manasseh) who shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother (Ephraim) shall be greater than he, and His seed shall become a multitude of nations (Gen. 48:19).

  10. Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh and their descendants) was prophesied to be a “fruitful bough by a well” (Gen. 49:22). Verses 23-24 show how other nations and peoples would invade and war against the descendants of Joseph, but Joseph was to be given victory by God.

Under Joshua the Twelve Tribes invaded the land of Palestine in 1447 B.C. After they had possessed the land for about 475 years, there was civil strife. The southern Kingdom of Judah (comprising the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and some of the Levites) seceded from the Kingdom of Israel.

After that time, the southern Kingdom of Judah had its capital at Jerusalem. The northern Ten Tribes – the House of Israel-- had its kingdom in Samaria. According to the Biblical account, at various times there were wars between the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah (II Kings 16:5-6).

In 721-718 B.C., the capital city of the Ten-Tribed Kingdom of Israel finally fell in war to Assyria. The entire population was taken into captivity to the region of the Caucasus Mountains near the Black and the Caspian Seas. How many Israelites were there at the time of the captivity? There could easily have been six or seven million Israelites in the world.

Hundreds of years before Israel went into captivity, King David numbered all of the able-bodied men of Israel for war. “Joab reported to David the total number of the people who had been registered: all in Israel amounted to one million one hundred thousand men-at-arms, while Judah numbered four hundred and seventy thousands men-at-arms. Joab had not counted Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king’s order was detestable to him” (I Chron. 21:5).

This shows there was in the time of David a total of 1,570,000 able-bodied “men-at-arms” in Israel and Judah not including the tribes of Benjamin and Levi!

The total population of Israel at this time, including the aged men, the women and children, must have been at least 6 or 7 million! It would be extremely rare for as many as one-fifth of the population of any country to be in military service!

Remember, this numbering of Israel by David occurred three hundred years before Israel was taken into captivity! Just what happened to these several millions of Israelites who were taken captive by the King of Assyria into the regions of the Caucasus Mountains? History answers: the Angles, the Saxons, and Celts – who now live in Northwest Europe and America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – all came originally from the area of the Caucasus Mountains and the regions of the Caspian Sea. And that is where Israel was carried into captivity.

 Millennium ago, Moses was inspired to reveal to Israel that they would be punished for a period of 2,520 years if they disobeyed God (see Lev. 26:18, 21, 24, 28).God would punish Israel for “seven times” meaning seven years, prophetically speaking. A “prophetic year” according to the Bible always had exactly 360 days. And these seven times or seven years were also prophetic. Since a prophetic year has 360 days, one must multiply seven years x 360, which totals 2,520 years. (Also compare Numbers 14:34 and Ez. 4:6 where each day represents a year in actual fulfillment.)

The 2,520 years of punishment ended at the beginning of the 1800’s. Notice what happened to our people. The Industrial Revolution was just getting under way in Britain about this time. The Industrial Revolution was one of the big factors in causing Britain to leap ahead of the other nations! In the year 1803, the United States bought from France the choicest piece of real estate that any nation ever purchased – the Louisiana Purchase! This purchase of the territory in West Central United States, between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, extended all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the border of Canada.

The Louisiana Purchase included 885,000 square miles of some of the richest and best land in the world, and this purchase was made for a mere $15,000,000! And remember this was acquired in 1803, exactly 2,520 years after Samaria’s three-year siege – 721-718 B.C.!

It was also after 1800 that England consolidated her far-flung Empire. In 1800, Britain had a population of 8 million, the United States had only 7 million. In 1963 England’s population was 52 million and if we included those of British descent around the world, then she would have at least 90 to 100 million. The United States’ population in 1963 was over 180 million, today the population is 317,297,930, probably more than half are of the Gentile descent.

America and Britain together have been the mightiest allies the world has ever known! Together, they controlled much of the world’s developed resources. America and Britain still dominate the seas (but not for long) of the world.

Now let us notice Micah 5:8, “And the remnant of Jacob (America and Britain) shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds” (Micah 5:8-14).

Here we have a clear-cut prophecy revealing what the remnant (last generation) of Jacob (Israel) would be like in our time. The descendants of Jacob were to be “as a lion” and none of their enemies would be able to stand before them. But because of their sins (vs. 10-15) God says He is going to destroy their cities, their power and their pride (see Lev. 26:19).

Now let us examine a number of amazing prophecies in the Book of Hosea revealing conditions in Britain (Ephraim) today.

In chapter 2, verses 5-7 show that Israel (primarily America and Britain) have diligently sought after alliances with their national “lovers” (allies). But God says our alliances with Gentiles will be our undoing.

Israel will finally say, “I will go and return to my first husband (remember – God was, by the Old Covenant, Israel’s husband – Jer. 31:31-32); for then was it better with me than now” (v. 7). This shows Israel will return to God (her first husband) and will at least realize her identity, and that her allies are both unwilling and unable to save her. America and Britain have not yet learned that lesson!

The 4th chapter of the Book of Hosea shows that God has a controversy with the people of Israel “because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land” (v. 1). This prophecy has certainly been fulfilled. Many in Britain have turned to agnosticism and evolution (modern form of atheism). The former Bishop of Woolwich published a book (Honest to God) in which he says he doesn’t really believe in a personal God (no “daddy in the sky” he says). His god was a nebulous, ethereal nothing!

“By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood” (v. 2). This verse surely describes conditions in modern-day Britain and America. It is for this reason that God declares He will punish the people of Israel (vs. 3-10).

God says His people, Israel, are destroyed for lack of knowledge: but He also adds that because we have rejected knowledge, He will reject us – because we have forgotten His law –that He will also forget our children (v. 6). “Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone” (v. 17). Yes, this shows that there is a great deal of idolatry in Great Britain and her Commonwealth today.

God reveals that Israel (including Ephraim – the leading tribe) and Judah shall all fall together (Hosea 5:5). World War III is prophesied to bring the downfall not only of the Anglo-Saxon people of Britain and America, but also Judah (the Jews)! “Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of (God’s) rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be” (v. 9). Imagine – the British Isles empty, with its people in slavery to other nations!

Read carefully verses 11-15.This shows that Ephraim is oppressed (high taxes, etc) and has no judgment, because they walk after vanity (v. 12). “When Ephraim saw his sickness (post WWII debility) and Judah saw his wound (6 1/2 million Jews slaughtered by the Nazi) then went Ephraim to the Assyrian” (v. 13).

The Assyrians are clearly revealed to be the ancestors to the present-day peoples of Germany and Austria.

God is going to let Ephraim and Judah alone (let them go their own way) “till they acknowledge their offense (their sins) and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early” (Hosea 5:15).

Though God will punish Ephraim and the Jews for their sins, yet “in the third day he will raise us up” (Hosea 6:2). This Scripture reveals that God will mercifully cut short the coming captivity and Great Tribulation (the prophesied time of “Jacob’s trouble”) - in its third day or third prophetic year! (Other prophecies show the Tribulation and plagues of the Day of the Lord will be about three and one-half years).

The goodness of Ephraim and Judah will vanish as a morning cloud and as the early dew (v. 4).This shows the blessings God gave the British Commonwealth will be stripped from her.

“Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people: Ephraim is a cake not turned. Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knows it not; yes, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knows not” (Hosea 7: 8-9).

Here we see very clearly that the modern-day descendants of Ephraim are like a cake on the hearth which was not turned – it has become burned and worthless. The descendants of Ephraim have mixed themselves among the other peoples or nations of the world. This has been more true of the British than any other people in history – except for America. Even though Britain’s’ Empire has been dissolved, and her Commonwealth is fast breaking up, yet you can still find many racially mixed Ephraimites in India, Hong Kong, Malaya, Egypt and around the world.

Also more that “gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knows it not.” This verse show that old age has set in, and Ephraim no longer has his youthful vigor. “Gray hairs” characteristically represent his old age and loss of natural physical strength.

“Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: And the glorious beauty shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer” (Isa. 28:1-4).

Here under the symbol of a “fading flower” and like the vanishing of the “hasty fruit” (prematurely ripe fig), so the strength and beauty of Ephraim are fading away!

Now let us return to the Book of Hosea. “Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure, for they have gone up to Assyria. Ephraim hath hired lovers. Yes, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them” (Hosea 8:8).

Verses 11-13 show how Ephraim has sinned, paying no attention to God’s law. “For Israel hath forgotten His Maker” (v. 14). Notice Ephraim 9:11, “As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird. Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, yes, woe also to them when I depart from them” (vs. 11-12).

God says the “root” or strength of Ephraim will dry up, so that they will “bear no fruit.” And then God says “and they shall be wanderers among the nations” (Hosea 9:16-17). God pleads with Israel, “Oh Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.”

The Book of Hosea ends with a happy note! God promises, however, “I will heal their back-sliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel. Ephraim shall say, what have I to do any more with idols” (Hosea 14:4-8)?

Here is a picture of Israel (including Ephraim) yet to be blessed with tremendous greatness in the soon-coming Millennial age. Then it specifically says Ephraim will have nothing more to do with idols. As that time they shall have learned their lesson and will then gladly serve God with all their heart! And God will receive them “graciously.”

Yes, the people of America and Great Britain (modern-day Israel) have a terrible lesson to learn before they can keep the fullness of their blessings. They are going to have to go into the greatest period of trial that any people have ever experienced.

Jeremiah 30:3-8 shows that a time of terrible Tribulation is coming upon modern-day Israel, or Jacob. Men will faint because of stark fear when it comes!

“Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble: but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jer. 30:7) The 8th verse shows that God will break the “yoke” and “bonds” of the Gentiles (strangers) from off Israel, once they have learned their lesson.

King David will be raised up (resurrected) to rule over the Kingdom of Israel at that time (v. 9).

God will save Israel from the land of their captivity (vs. 10-11). According to verses 12-13 our (Modern-day Israel’s) “bruise is incurable” and there are “no healing medicines” to heal us of our national affliction! Even now the pound sterling and the U.S. dollar are in serious trouble! The people of Great Britain and America are going to be gradually squeezed out of world trade until unemployment and depression will bring them very low!

    “All thy lovers (Allies – Moffatt Translation) have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because they sins were increased" (vs. 14). Again God’s Word shows that our sins are on the increase, murders, rapes, violence, adulteries, etc. (v. 15).

God will finally restore Israel to health (v. 17). Israel will become very prosperous during the Millennial rule of Jesus Christ the Messiah (vs. 18-24).

Jeremiah 31 shows that God will again gather Israel from the land of their captivity, and that Israel will be greatly prospered. Verses 6-7 mention a prayer of God’s people, Israel, asking God to “save thy people, the remnant of Israel.” God says He will bring them out of the North Country (Europe today), the blind, the lame and “a great company” (v. 8).

“They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of water in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn” (v. 9).

God, who scattered Israel because of their sins, will also gather them and ransom Israel from his enemy who was “stronger than he” (vs. 10-11). Those whom God redeems in Israel will “sing,” “rejoice,” and “dance,” and God will bless them with plenty of wheat, wine, oil, flocks, “and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord” (Jer. 31:12-14).

Notice verse 18, “I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yes, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.”

“Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he a pleasant child? For since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him: I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord” (v.20).

The rest of this chapter speaks of God bringing back the captivity of Israel (including Ephraim) and establishing them in their own land. Verses 31-34 show God will then make a New Covenant with the House of Israel and Judah. Notice also Ezek.37:16-26. If one can break the ordinances of the sun, the moon and stars so they cease shining in their orbits, “Then (God says) the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever”.

For a complete account of the Millennial prophecy and happiness, study carefully the following scriptures: Isa. 2:2-4; 11:1-11; Micah 4:1-4 and Jer. 3:17.

Notice the proud self-sufficient attitude of Ephraim as expressed in a letter written by a man from Nottingham, England. “I am a true British patriot, and I know that no nation in this world is strong enough to conquer us. Indonesia to conquer Australia? What a load of eye-wash. If only you would realize that they are a part of Britain, the ‘land of hope and glory.’ Just realize the words of a famous song, Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.’ “

     But see what God says about it! “All the people shall know even Ephraim (Britain and the Commonwealth)  that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, Thy bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars” (Isa. 9:9-10).

This attitude is echoed time and time again by the people of Great Britain. They say, “We have always come through our dark hours!” “There will always be an England!”  We’ve always found a way out of our serious difficulties, and we will again!”

Many of the people of Britain feel that since they were victorious in WW I and WW II (as they had been victorious over their enemies in the previous centuries), they therefore are invincible! But God says otherwise.

In Isa. 10:5 -6 God shows that He will once again bring “the Assyrians” (the German-speaking people) “against an hypocritical nation” to chastise them by their hand. God then shows that He will finally destroy the Assyrian (vs. 15-19).

    Now notice verse 20, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon (rely upon – for allies) him (the German) that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.”

Verses 24-34 explain that God will destroy the power of the Assyrian. This will be done by Christ at the Battle for Jerusalem (Zech. 14; Dan. 7 and Rev. 19).

Today, Britain and America “stay upon” the very power that smote them in two World Wars. Why is it that Britain and America feel they must ally themselves with Germany?

The real answer to Britain’s decline is that Britain has forgotten her Creator – the true source of her greatness! If the people of Great Britain will turn from their indolent, shiftless “it-will-get-down-in-its-own-good-time” attitude, if they will turn from witchcraft, adultery, “televisionists,” betting, lying, stealing – from transgressing the holy commandments (all Ten) of God  - then, and only then, can Britain again become truly great!

But instead of relying on God for wisdom, strength and protection, Britain (like America) relies on:

  1. its own ingenuity,

  2. its atheistic and godless allies, and

  3. on materialism – to save it!

In the meantime, moral and spiritual decay continue to spread as the Commonwealth continues to crumble! British power and pride around the world continue to disintegrate! In any future crisis Britain will lack the advantages of a far-flung loyal Commonwealth of Nations! The Bible prophecies clearly reveal that neither Britain nor America will learn its lesson except through defeat and utter humiliation at the hands of a United States of Europe – dominated politically by Fascism, and religiously by a great Church system!

But here is good news! After the people of Britain and America have suffered humiliating defeat, with their numbers greatly reduced, they will finally repent and turn to their God in heart-rending repentance! Then God will bless them, along with the Jews, until they become the happiest, most blessed and mightiest people of the whole earth! God solemnly declares that “Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit” (Isa. 27:6).

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