1 TWO NATIONS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?” (Isaiah 40:15, 18)
Would you like to hear an amazing story — the unprecedented rise of English-speaking people. One that dominated positions of power and influence over the modern world? One that was foretold with extreme accuracy? One that was told in BIBLICAL TIMES?
History has shown that these two nations rise to greatness began in the time of turmoil within the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation, often referred to simply as the Reformation (from Latin reformatio, lit. “restoration, renewal”) was a schism from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther and continued by John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli, and other early Protestant Reformers in 16th century Europe. Having broken away 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.
Explorers were sent throughout the world during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). This led to the establishment of the colonies that later developed into the United States of America and the nations of the British Commonwealth. Historians have quoted these countries as being “revolutionary empires”. They were not authoritarian tyrannies as were other countries or early empires in which every citizen was subject to domineering tyrants.
Each colony had its own parliament or house of assembly to which voters sent their elected officials or 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 flourished in what became the most politically and religiously stable nations in modern history. These new ideas led to the gradual establishment of a great and powerful company of nations, the British Empire and Commonwealth, and the world’s most successful republic, the United States of America.
Why has history been so benevolent and economically generous to Britain and the United States? Why have they been blessed so favorably over the other nations that preceded them in history? The answer lies in the full understanding and fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy.
Surprising as it sounds, both were destined according to Biblical Prophecy to become superpowers. One was to precede the other, and gain world-power status. Both would dominate the international affairs in their own time. They would even be called upon to save the other nations from the forces of authoritarianism. Above everything else, they would make possible democratic and religious freedoms for the English-speaking nations.
During the II World Wars, it was the United States of America and the British Commonwealth that virtually saved the entire world from a power intent of bringing Christianity back to the forefront. Without them our world would look a lot different than it does today.
The conditions that encouraged the freedom of expression led to the Industrial Revolution, and was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840, and with it the changing of the world. In the century between the end of the Napoleonic Wars, (1803–1815) which were a series of major global conflicts pitting the French Empire, led by Napoleon I, against an array of European powers formed into various coalitions, led and financed by Great Britain, and the beginning of World War I, (28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918), it was the British capital and expertise that developed the economics of her colonies (basically one quarter of the world’s population) and contributed to the development of the fledging United States and the newly independent nations in South America. After the end of World War II, (1 September 1939 to 8 May 1945), America’s economic prosperity and generosity – through the Marshall Plan – got Europe and Japan moving again. (Marshall Plan: An Act to promote world peace and the general welfare, national interest, and foreign policy of the United States through economic, financial, and other measures necessary to the maintenance of conditions abroad in which free institutions may survive and consistent with the maintenance of the strength and stability of the United States.)
Today, with the decline of Britain and America, we are being left with a vacuum around the globe. Already the dissolution of the British Empire has brought to the surface ethnic conflicts that were long held in “check” under colonialism. Wars within the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific are the direct result of decolonization and have made the world more unstable and complex.
The American power may seem to be successfully dealing with these problems, but the international standing of the United States of America itself is in major 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, are flexing their muscles, preparing to challenge America’s superpower status.
For more than 400 years England and the nations created by her have played a central 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 right before our eyes.
Now, we come to some very crucial questions. Why are economic blessings – and democratic ideals – so evident in the English – speaking Nations? Who exactly are the British and American peoples? How do these two great and powerful nations – the United States and the nations comprising most of the former British Empire – fit into Biblical prophecy? Are the British and American peoples ignored in the pages of your Holy Scriptures while less powerful nations are mentioned more specifically and more often? Is it logical to believe that Yahweh, in revealing the events that would lead to the return of Yahshua 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 Holy Scriptures, have simply failed to fully understand the prophecies that accurately predicted the rise to greatness of these two nations and what will happen to them in the end time?
Reading through these pages of this booklet it 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 that you have never seen. This knowledge is a vital key component to understanding our world and age.
This journey will also remind you that the great Yahweh, to whom “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing” (Isaiah 40:15), is always faithful to His promises.