Sunday, June 6, 2010
Two Nations That Changed the World
3 Two Nations That Changed the World
How could a relatively small island nation and a group of backwater colonies huddled along the coast of a continent rise to dominate the globe for the last two centuries? The surprising answer lies in Bible prophecy!
6 God's Commitment to Abraham and His Descendants
The amazing story of the rise to greatness of the United States and Britain begins 4,000 years ago with the biblical patriarch Abraham. God's promises would bring an astounding future for his descendants.
27 Israel's Golden Age
God's desire was for Israel to be a model nation to the other kingdoms and cultures around them. Under the reigns of David and Solomon, the kingdom of Israel reached its zenith. Sadly, its glory would be short-lived.
42 From Empire to Exile
Israel would prove to be an example to other nations—though not in a good way. Solomon's sins set the stage for Israel's division and downfall, and ultimately for the disappearance of 10 of the tribes from the pages of history.
58 The Mysterious Scythians Burst Into History
Not long after the kingdom of Israel disappeared in defeat and captivity at the hand of Assyria, a new people suddenly arose in that general region who would eventually populate northwest Europe. Is there a connection?
73 Britain and the United States Inherit Joseph's Birthright
Britain suddenly emerged to lead the greatest empire the world has ever seen, soon followed by the rise of the most powerful single nation in world history, the United States. Both were foretold long ago in Bible prophecy!
92 From Punishment to Destiny
God foretold not only the rise of Britain and the United States, but also what will happen if, like their biblical ancestors, they reject the true Source of their blessings. Does prophecy reveal what the future holds for them?
Two Nations That Changed the World
"Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing ...To whom then will you liken God ? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?" (Isaiah 40:15, 18).
It's an amazing story—the unprecedented rise of English-speaking people to their dominant positions of power and influence over the modern world.
History shows that their rise to greatness began in the turmoil of the Protestant Ref-ormation. Having broken from Rome and faced with the combined hostility of both the continental church and imperial Spain, then the most powerful nation in the world, England began to look beyond the seas for her security and trade.
London's famous Big Ben and New York's Statue of Liberty are apt symbols of the power of Britain and the United States and their great contributions to civilization.
Explorers were sent throughout the world during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1(1558-1603). This led to the establishment of colonies that later developed into the United States of America and the nations of the British Commonwealth
Historians have called these countries "revolutionary empires." They were not despotic tyrannies as were other countries or earlier empires in which everyone was subject to domineering autocrats.
Each colony had its own parliament or house of assembly to which voters sent elected representatives. People could own land, practice their religion and even take their government to court, while newspapers were free to criticize the authorities. Books were freely published. Innovative ideas nourished in what became the most politically stable nations in modern history.
Why has history been so benevolent and economically generous to Britain and the United States? Why have they been blessed so favorably over the nations that preceded them in history? The answer lies in the understanding and fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
Surprising as it may sound, both were destined according to Bible prophecy to become superpowers. One was to precede the other to world-power status. Both would dominate international affairs in their own time. They would even be called upon to save other nations from the forces of despotism. Above all, they would make possible democratic and religious freedoms for the English-speaking nations.
In two world wars the British Commonwealth and the United States saved virtually the entire civilized world from powers intent on world domination. Without them our world would be entirely different in many ways.
The climate that encouraged freedom of expression led to the Industrial Revolution, which changed the world. In the century between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the beginning of World War I (1815-1914), British capital and expertise developed the economies of her colonies (one quarter of the world's peoples) and contributed to the development of the fledgling United States and the newly independent nations of South America. After World War II America's economic prosperity and generosity—through the Marshall Plan—got Europe and Japan moving again.
Today the decline of Britain and America is leaving a vacuum around the globe. Already the dissolution of the British Empire has brought to the surface ethnic conflicts long held in check under colonialism. Wars in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific are the direct result of decolonization and have made the world more complex and unstable.
American power may seem to be successfully dealing with these problems. But the international standing of the United States itself is in decline. Long in the vanguard of progress, Britain and the United States are increasingly faced with complex and seemingly insoluble
dilemmas at home and abroad. Meanwhile, other powers, in the East and West, flex their muscles, preparing to challenge America's superpower status.
For more than 400 years England and the nations spawned by her have played a crucial role in the world. Together, Britain and the United States have dominated the world scene for two centuries during a time when crucial biblical prophecies concerning the time of the end are being fulfilled before our eyes.
Now we come to some vital questions. Why are economic blessings —and democratic ideals—so evident in the English-speaking nations? Who are the British and American peoples? How do these two great powers—the United States and the nations comprising most of the former British Empire—fit into Bible prophecy?
Are the British and American peoples ignored in the pages of your Bible while less-powerful nations are mentioned specifically and often? Is it logical to believe that God, in revealing the events that would lead to the return of the Messiah in the last days, would simply overlook the United States and British Empire?
Or is it possible that most people, including many students of the Bible, have simply failed to understand the prophecies that accurately predicted the rise to greatness of these nations and what will happen to them in the end time?
Reading through the pages of this publication will take you on an incredible journey through ancient and modern history. You will meet peoples you may never have heard of and visit lands you have not seen. This knowledge is a vital key to understanding our world and age.
This journey will also remind you that the great God, to whom "the nations are as a drop in a bucket" and "as the small dust on the scales" (Isaiah 40:15), is always faithful to His promises.