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Do you understand your Bible?
Do you know that a third of the Bible is about prophecies?
Do you know that modern nations are also mentioned in the Bible? Nations such as America,Britain, Russia, China, Iran, Canada, Australia and more are named by their ancient names in the Bible and their fates have been foretold thousands of years ago!
And believe your Bible because they are playing out just as prophesied in the Bible? There is no other book as accurate as your Bible!
Did you know that the blessings such as the Greatest single nation bestowed to America and the British Commonwealth of nations was promised to Abraham?
Did you know that The Royal family of Britain is a continuation of the Throne of David?
Because of its use and construction in the sentence, and because of what actually happened, it is certain that in verse 18 this Hebrew word shibahrefers to duration of punishment—seven prophetic times, which, during this punishment, was an actual 2,520 years!
But also, because of the verydifferent sentence structure and because there cannot now beanother 2,520-year withholding of what has now been bestowed, it is just as certain that the shibah in verse 21 refers to a sevenfoldintensity of punishment. Notice, the wording in verse 21 is entirely different from verse 18. This time it is not worded “seven times more for your sins,” but “seven times more plagues.” The expression “seven times” in verse 21 is descriptive of plagues to be brought on them.
So now, if 20th-century Ephraim and Manasseh—Britain and America—refuse to turn to God in obedience—refuse to live the way that causes, retains, and increases blessings, God will punish them in a manner far more intense—and even strip entirely from them this colossal, unprecedented national blessing—returning them to captivity and slavery—as continuing verses of this prophecy show.
Do you think so great a fall could not come to so great powers as Britain and America? Do you say, “It can’t happen here?” Do you think the great God who was able to give them such unprecedented world leadership and power and wealth is not able to take it away from them and throw them, like their ancient forefathers, back into slavery?
You need to open your eyes to thefact that Britain’s sun already hasset! You need to wake up to the factthat the United States, even still possessing unmatched power, isafraid—fears—to use it, just as God said: “I will break the pride of your power”; that the United States has stopped winning wars—that America was unable, with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam! The United States is fast riding to the greatest fallthat ever befell any nation!
The handwriting is on the wall!
You need, now, to understand theremainder of this prophecy of Leviticus 26—and also of Deuteronomy 28—and the many other prophecies relating to them and events soon to violently affectyour life!
You need to look at the prophecies of Jesus, of Jeremiah, of Isaiah, and others describing how much more intense is to be the punishment God is going to lay on the British and American people.
For many prophecies warn us of acertainty that it will be trouble such as never happened to any nation or people!
Knowing our identity—knowinghow the British and American peoples are identified in the prophecies—you need now to become aware of what is said about us in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Joel, Hosea, Amos, and the other prophecies—whatJesus foretold—as well as in these prophecies written by Moses!
And you need, also, to know why a just and loving God is going to punish His chosen people—people He chose for a glorious purposethey have refused to perform.
The very fact of punishment implies correction. We need to understand that correction is applied to correct wrong waysharmful to us—to turn us around into right ways that will causedesired blessings! Understand! God punishes every son He loves(Hebrews 12:6).
Understand also human nature! Human nature wants to be good—to consider itself and beconsidered good, while it wants only to do evil. It wants the goodresult. But it wants to receive thegood while it sows the evil. It somehow fails to grasp the truth that as we sow, so also shall we reap! It’s all a matter of cause andeffect!
God’s punishment only reflects God’s love—turning us fromcausing evil results to the way that brings happy results! God is now about to stop us from bringing colossal evils on ourselves! God is not angry because we are harmingHim—but because we are harmingourselves—whom God loves!
The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented multiplied intensity of punishment already beginning to descend upon America and Britain. The prophecies record also the resultof that intensified punishment. The result will be a corrected people. The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have done to ourselves. The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our lesson! The punishment will break our spirit ofrebellion! It will lift us up from the cesspool of rottenness and evil into which we have sunk. It will teach us the way to glorious peace, prosperity, abundant well-being!
On beyond the frightful national calamities now descending upon us will come a blessinginconceivably greater than the national material birthright we have possessed.
We have to learn that material goods are not the source of happiness. I have often mentioned the many rich men I have known—men whose bank balances were full—but their lives were empty! Material prosperity is indeed desirable—but it is not the source of happiness.
After all, real happiness is aspiritual commodity! The birthright was only one of twomajor promises God made to Abraham. The scepter promise involved not only a dynasty of human kings. It need not have included them at all—had the Israelites retained and been obedient to God as their King. The scepter pointed primarily toChrist and spiritual salvation through Him.
Our peoples have basic lessons yet to learn. The true values are spiritual. Actually, God’s law is a spiritual law. It involves physical acts—but it is based on spiritualprinciples. And it requires God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in the mind to fulfill!
Punishment implies correction. Correction means a change of course. It means repentance—and repentance means turning aroundand going the other way!
Now, before I give you these sensational prophecies, understand why national punishment must come, and who needs the correction! Only those who are sowing evil need it—who are transgressing God’s right ways—God’s law! Those, and only those, who are bringing on themselves the evils that result from transgression.
And understand this: Although thenations as a whole are to be put through this unprecedented punishment, yet those individualswho yield to accept God’s correction without the punishmentshall be protected from it! No one need suffer this intense tribulation!
Now notice again what is laid down in Leviticus 26.
After the national birthright had been withheld 2,520 years and thenbestowed; after God gave our peoples that national power, and has now, because of our national rebellion against His laws, brokenthe pride of our power; after He shall have punished us with unprecedented drought and epidemics of disease in its wake, then if the British and Americans still continue in their evil ways—still refuse to repent and turn to their God—He warns: “… I will bring seven times more plaguesupon you according to your sins.” Read that in the Revised Standard Version: “… I will bring more plagues upon you, sevenfold as many as your sins” (verse 21).
What people do not seem to realize is that sin does bring upon the sinner the consequences of sin—the plagues of suffering. The Bible defines sin as the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4), and the law of God is a spiritual law (Romans 7:14).
Let’s understand this! I have said that money is not the source of happiness. Money can buy only material things or services. But there must be the spiritualcontent, as well as the physical, to happiness. Material things alonedo not provide satisfying happiness. God’s law is a spirituallaw. In other words, it is the way to peace, happiness, abundant well-being. Going that way is what God supplied to cause real happiness.
Conversely, then, can we not see that transgressing that way is to cause unhappiness, pain and suffering, emptiness, heartaches, fears and worries, frustrations? All these evils are caused by transgressing God’s law. The sinner is really plagued with these evils he brings on himself.
Now study again that 21st verse of Leviticus 26. Punishment iscorrection. To teach us the lesson we have failed to learn by experience, God is going to plague our peoples sevenfold more than our sins already have plagued us—sevenfold more punishment than we have brought on ourselves!
Or, as the Authorized Version says, “seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.“Sevenfold intensity of punishment—of correction!
Notice now verses 23-25 (rsv): “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me, but walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will smite you sevenfold for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you … and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.”
Slavery once again!
Get the real meaning of this! Oursins have brought punishment. This punishment we have brought on ourselves. If we still refuse to learn the lesson, and be corrected for our own good, God says, “I myself will smite you sevenfold.” We have brought the consequences of sin on ourselves—now God will Himself bring on us sevenfold more intense punishment—punishment that iscorrection!
Now read on to verses 27-33 (rsv): “And if in spite of this you will not hearken to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury ]the seven last plagues—Revelation 15:1], and chastise you myself sevenfold for your sins. … And I will lay your cities waste …. And I will scatter you among the nations ….”
God is going to keep multiplying chastening—correction—upon our peoples until they do turn from their evil ways—until they turn tothe ways that cause peace, happiness, prosperity, all the good things!
How unthinkable!—that our Maker shall have to force our peoples to be happy, to have peace, to be able to enjoy prosperity, to yield, to accept—our own choice—eternal life in abundant well-being and joy for all eternity!
How unbelievable!—that human nature, desiring these blessings, has insisted stubbornly in going the way that cuts them off andcauses punishment—correction—and then refuses to be corrected until it is multiplied in intensity sevenfold! Yes, sevenfold—three successive times!
How great is our God—and whatlove for our peoples He expresses, in patiently tolerating and correcting us until we accept His boundless blessings!
What\'s Prophesied to Happen, Now--to America and Britain
From the Book The United States and Britain in Prophecy By HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG
Copyright © 1967, 1972, 1975, 1980, 2003, 2007, 2009 Philadelphia Church of God
Just as God has bestowed on us such material blessings as never before came to any nations, now to correct us so we may enjoy such blessings, He is going to bring upon our peoples such national disaster as has never before struck any nation! Many prophecies describe this!
The Tremendous Prophecy of Micah
An important additional proof of modern Israel’s identity is found in a fantastic, detailed and most specific prophecy found in Micah 5:7-15. It is speaking specifically about the “remnant” of Israel—modern Israel today—wherever it is. It describes the wealth, the beneficent dominance among nations, and then the coming downfall of the American and British Commonwealth peoples in detail!
Notice: “And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people ]nations] as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men” (verse 7). Remember that dew and showers are absolutely necessary to agricultural productivity and are a symbol of national blessing and wealth from God.
Continue: “And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver” (verse 8).
Again, this symbolism describes the last generation of Israel as a great power—as a lion among the other nations of the Earth.
“Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off” (verse 9). They were cut off from the beginning of God’s birthright blessing on America and Britain starting about 1803, through the First World War, the Second World War, until the turning point of the Korean War at the end of 1950.
Since that time, however, these blessings are surely being taken away—and neither America nor Britain has come out on top in any major skirmish since that time!
So this prophecy shows that at the very time we were receiving God’s blessings, we were a tremendous blessing to the other nations of the Earth—for it is our peoples who have rescued the other nations of the world time and again through the Marshall Plan, the Point Four program, the Alliance for Progress, the hundreds of millions of bushels of wheat for India and other starving nations, etc. The Hoover Program saved up vast food supplies after World War i. It saved millions in other nations from starvation!
Anciently Joseph saved up the wheat and food and made it available to others. Modern Joseph did also. But—we are stiff-necked and rebellious toward God and His law, while our ancient forefather Joseph served and obeyed God with a whole heart.
It is our peoples who have been like a “lion” among the other nations of the Earth—preserving in two great world wars the peace of the world and stability for all human life on this planet!
Yet, in this detailed prophecy, God says: “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses” ]”war-horses,” Moffatt translation]—tanks, ships, rockets—”out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities ]by hydrogen bombs?] of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds” (verses 10-11).
God says He will do this! God determines the outcome of wars (Psalm 33:10-19).
How plain can you get? Here God identifies the great peoples of the Earth who are the most wealthy and beneficent, the most powerful—yet at the very time their power reaches its zenith, He suddenly “breaks” the pride of their power (see Leviticus 26:19), cuts off their implements of war and destroys their cities! Why?
Because, as the prophet continues to explain, we have too much “witchcraft” and too many “soothsayers”—false ministers—in our lands who refuse to preach with authority the commandments and ways of the living God!
Therefore, God will punish and destroy us—unless we repent—just before and leading up to the utter destruction to come “upon the heathen” (verse 15), which will take place at the very end of this age and at the second return of Jesus Christ as King of kings!
There is no other people that even remotely fulfills this great prophecy! But the American and British Commonwealth peoples fulfill it precisely!
As the “pride of our power” continues to be broken, as the British continue to lose their foreign sea gates and possessions around the Earth, as America signs away ownership of the Panama Canal—control over this vital sea gate—as our gold supply drains away from this nation, weather upsets increase, this focal prophecy alone represents giant proof as to where the modern “remnant” of the peoples of Israel resides today!
Punishment on All Nations!
Punishment on All Nations!
It will now be made plain—from God’s own warning prophecies—that this greatest multiplied intensity of corrective punishment will fall on Britain and America—including British peoples in Commonwealth countries. And it will strike them down first!
But they are not the only nations to suffer corrective disaster. God is Creator of all other nations, too! God is concerned about the people and races we have called “heathen.” They, too, are human. They, too, are made in God’s own likeness, with the potential of being molded into God’s spiritual and character image! God sent the Apostle Paul to Gentile nations!
All mankind has rebelled against, rejected, and turned from God and His ways! There can never be peace on Earth until all nations will have been turned to God and His ways, ruled by His supreme government!
All mankind, right now, is caught in the vortex of the swiftly accelerating crisis marking utter destruction of this world’s man-built, Satan-inspired civilization.
Through Jeremiah God says: “A noise shall even come to the ends of the earth; for the ]Eternal] hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh”—how? Right now the World Tomorrow program carries His peaceful pleading worldwide, but the world, except for scattered individuals, does not heed this kind of “pleading.” The next words tell how God is now about to plead: “… he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the ]Eternal]. … Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth” (Jeremiah 25:31-32).
God will use a Nazi-fascist Europe to punish Britain-America. Then He will use the Communist hordes to wipe out the Roman Europe.
We are entering a time of world trouble—utter world chaos! There is war, strife, violence in Asia, Africa, South America—as well as Europe and North America. The population explosion is a worldwide threat to human existence. Crime, violence, sickness, disease, inequality, poverty, filth, squalor, degeneration, suffering—these infest all nations!
But, as salvation is given first to Israel, so is corrective punishment!
Our Great Tribulation
Our Great Tribulation
Notice Jeremiah’s prophecy:
“For thus saith the ]Eternal]; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble …” (Jeremiah 30:5-7).
Remember—in passing on the birthright to the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:16), Jacob said, “Let my name be named on them”—on Ephraim and Manasseh—who today are Britain and America. This tells on whom this most terrible of national calamities is to fall—on Britain and America.
But now when is it to fall? Do not assume this is referring to anything that did happen to ancient Israel. Read right on—see when this prophecy is to be fulfilled!
Continue in Jeremiah 30:7: “… it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” (After he has learned his lesson IN it!) Continuing from rsv, “And it shall come to pass in that day, says the ]Eternal] of hosts, that I will break the yoke from off their neck ]yoke of slavery], and I will burst their bonds, and strangers shall no more make servants of them. But they shall serve the ]Eternal] their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.” (David, at the time of the resurrection—at the very time of Christ’s coming!)
So the time is just prior to Christ’s coming—coming to liberate our peoples—even as Moses liberated ancient Israel from Egyptian slavery.
Jesus Foretold It!
Other prophecies speak of this same time of national calamity greater than any before. The pivotal New Testament prophecy is that of Jesus on the Mount of Olives—recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.
The apostles had asked Jesus privately when His Second Coming would occur—and the end of thisworld and the beginning of the happy World Tomorrow. Jesus said the sign by which we might know when this is very near would be that His original gospel of the Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations (Matthew 24:14). But what else—just before His coming?
Jesus continued: “For then shall begreat tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved ]alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).
Here is described the greatest time of trouble—tribulation—in all history, or ever to be. Jeremiah described it as “Jacob’s trouble,” so great “that none is like it.”
Daniel described the same most severe trouble of all history. Speaking of a time now in our immediate future, Daniel foretold: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince ]archangel] which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time …” (Daniel 12:1).
The same most intense punishmenton Britain and America. Andwhen? Continue, same verse, “… and at that time thy people shall be delivered ]from this enslaved trouble], every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep ]are dead] in the dust of the earth shall awake ]resurrection], some to everlasting life …” (verses 1-2).
The time is just before theresurrection of the just, at Christ’s coming. As Moses delivered the ancient Israelites from Egyptian slavery, so Christ is coming to deliver modern Britain and America from the now-impendingBabylonish slavery. (See Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 7:37; Jeremiah 23:5-8.)
Jeremiah described it as a “yoke” on the necks of our peoples.Whose “yoke” of slavery? Isaiah tells us!
In verse 1 of Isaiah 47 the prophetic message is addressed to thedaughter of Babylon. Not the Babylon of ancient days. Not Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon of 600 years before Christ—but adaughter of that Babylon, now, in our 20th century. In prophecy a woman, or a daughter, means achurch—a religious organization.
This particular “lady” of this prophecy is pictured as a lewd harlot and “a lady of kingdoms.” That is, a great church ruling over nations. This same modern “female” Babylon is pictured also in the 17th chapter of Revelation—there called a “great whore,” sitting on, or ruling over, “many waters,” which are interpreted in verse 15 as “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Her name is there given as “mystery, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth” (verse 5). In other words, the Babylonian mystery religion—the same religion of the ancient Babylon—but now grown great and ruling over many nations of different languages.
Her kingdoms over which she ruled were called “The Holy Roman Empire” of a.d. 554 to 1814, briefly revived by Mussolini and soon to have a last and final “resurrection” by a political-military union of 10 in Europe (Revelation 17:8-14).
And at the time of this “great whore” sitting astride the political-military “beast,” they shall fight in war against the glorified Christ at His Second Coming (Revelation 17:14).
Now back to Isaiah 47. God says to this mistress of kingdoms: “I was wroth with my people ]Israel—Britain-America], I have polluted mine inheritance, and given theminto thine hand ]in tortured slavery]: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke” (verse 6).
That yoke of slavery without mercy is to be laid on the U.S. and Britain by the coming united nations of Europe! It has started already, through the economic Common Market and the recently implemented ems (European Monetary System). Its leaders talk continually of political union—which means, also, military. So far they have been unable to bring about full political union. This will be made possible by the “good offices” of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look. Two popes already have offered their “good offices” toward such union.
The prophecy does not literally say so, but in all probability, by present indications, the head of this new world power will be in Central Europe. And it will precipitate World War III. And this time it will be allowed to succeed!
Many of the ancient Assyrians migrated northwest from their ancient land south of the Caspian Sea—and settled in central Europe, just as the house of Israel migrated from the land of their captivity to the coastlands of northwest Europe. So when you read about Assyria in prophecies pertaining to now, they refer to Central Europe!
So, history is to repeat! It was ancient Assyria which invaded the house of Israel, and carried them out of Samaria into the Assyrian’s own land.
And where, today, are the ancientBabylonians—the Chaldeans? They migrated west and settled inItaly. Their religion was the Assyrian-Babylonian mysteryreligion. It is going to come as a breathtaking, awesome, shocking surprise when the world learns that one Simon, the sorcerer of Samaria in the time of the original apostles, leader of the Babylonian mystery religion having the title of Pater or Peter, meaning Papa, actually appropriated the name ofChrist and the Christian principle of grace, which he turned intolicense, doing away with God’s law(Jude 4) and started what is today called “Christianity.” How astonished the world will be to discover that it is not, and never was, the outgrowth of the Churchof God, founded by Jesus Christ and His apostles!
This knowledge will soon burst on an incredulous world as abombshell! People will be shockedto learn how they have beendeceived! When God’s time comes, the “news-bomb” will be exploded!
Now it becomes painfully clear! The Great Tribulation is this sevenfold intensity of corrective punishment which God is now soon going to lay on Britain-America!
Notice a few brief excerpts from Ezekiel’s description of it!
“A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part ]the remainder] into all the winds ]slavery], and I will draw out a sword after them. Thus shall mineanger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury ]last plagues] to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall knowthat I the ]Eternal] have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them” (Ezekiel 5:12-13).
Further: “In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste …” (Ezekiel 6:6). This could never have happened until the hydrogen bomb! Cities laid completely waste. All of them—”in all your dwellingplaces.”
Now let the Prophet Joel add more.
Joel’s prophecy was for the far, far future—verses 1-3 of chapter 1. Then he shows a plague of different kinds of locusts, devouring the fruits and food crops—stripping off bark from fruit trees. “He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white” (Joel 1:7).
Continue—now comes devastatingdrought: “The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. … ]B]ecause the harvest of the field is perished. … ]A]ll the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men” (verses 10-12). This is to happen just prior to the terrible plagues of “the dayof the Lord” (verses 14-15).
Continue the prophecy: “The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire ]hot sun] hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up …” (verses 17-20).