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Jerusalem: The City of Controversy

While the nations are preparing for Armageddon, the catalyst that will draw them there is heating up. UNESCO has passed two resolutions in the past few weeks that denies any connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount. This is a denial of the Israel’s history, a denial of the Jewish faith, a denial of the Bible and a denial of God’s existence.
As Russia sends its ships down through the English Channel on the way to the Middle East, NATO forces from the US, Britain and Canada are being moved to Eastern Europe in what is being reported as the “largest buildup of troops in the region since the cold war.” Tensions have not been higher in years.

As the superpowers prepare for war, Jerusalem is once again at the center of world controversy – the catalyst for future an invasion.
October 28, 2016 – Audio, 22.33 MIN
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While the nations are preparing for Armageddon, the catalyst that will draw them there is heating up. UNESCO has passed two resolutions in the past few weeks that denies any connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount. This is a denial of the Israel’s history, a denial of the Jewish faith, a denial of the Bible and a denial of God’s existence.

As Russia sends its ships down through the English Channel on the way to the Middle East, NATO forces from the US, Britain and Canada are being moved to Eastern Europe in what is being reported as the “largest buildup of troops in the region since the cold war.” Tensions have not been higher in years.

The Catalyst for Armageddon: Jerusalem

UNESCO takes vote on Jerusalem in Paris

Yet the real catalyst for Armageddon is going on in the committee meetings of UNESCO where a spirit of madness has gripped the floor. The Bible describes the frog-spirit forces that will gather the nations:

“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:14)

These spirits of madness (the meaning of the word devil, translated from the Greek daimon), are at work in the halls of the nations of the world. UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is charged with preserving culture and historical sites, but has become a propaganda tool of Islamic states. Reuters reported this past week:

During the past two weeks UNESCO tabled and passed a motion which effectively denies the Jewish connection to the Temple mount in Jerusalem.

“Israel on Wednesday recalled its ambassador to UNESCO for consultations after the U.N. culture body adopted a second resolution in two weeks that Israeli leaders said ignored Judaism’s connection with one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites.

According to a text provided by Palestinian officials, the resolution adopted by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Paris refers to the compound – revered by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) – only as a “Muslim holy site of worship”, just as a similar motion did on Oct. 13.

Before being recalled, the Israeli Ambassador to UNESCO, Danny Danon, addressed the organization. It is worth listening what he had to say:

Madam chair, members of the committee, you have just adopted yet another absolute resolution against the state of Israel, against the Jewish people, against historical truth, and one which stands in complete and utter contradiction to all values with which this integrating organization is supposed to stand for.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon addresses UNESCO

All this at a time when the forces of radical Islam are destroying the history and legacy of many nations, demolishing mosques and churches, and not even sparing archeological sites. All this at a time when the when the State of Israel is the only nation in the region which upholds these values, protects these places, while allowing freedom of worship equally to all religions.

If it were not so sad, we would find it funny, that an international organization, established for the purpose of documentation and preservation of history and heritage is extorted into being used into a tool to rewrite the annals of history.

The battle for Jerusalem did not start with the last vote, nor will it end with today’s. Israel is sovereign in Jerusalem and will continue to exercise its sovereignty there, while Palestinians and other Arab nations continue to toy with imaginary and absurd resolutions which put to shame those who place them on the agenda, as well as those who raise their hands in favour. Jerusalem’s future will be determined by the one and only historical truth, one which we will stand by with deep determination, willing to pay any price.

 The fate of this resolution shall be no different than that of UN resolution 3379, adopted in 1975, which equated Zionism with racism. That absurd resolution was cancelled 16 years later, but the moral stain still remains on all those who adopted it. It might take years in our case as well until the Jerusalem resolutions are irradiated from the annals of this organization.

In 1975 it was Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, the late Chaim Herzog, who tore the resolution to shreds in front of the entire world. I have no intention of doing it in front of you today. Not because of your dignity, not because of the dignity of this organization, but simply because this resolution paper is not even worth the energy needed for tearing it to shreds. It will be much simpler, and a lot more appropriate to place it in its rightful place, the garbage place of history. This is the garbage, and this is the resolution, and this is the place it. On the one hand it will become one with similar resolutions adopted with regards to the Jewish people. On the other hand, it might get a bit crowded, between uncountable UN Human Rights Counsel resolutions, the UN in New York resolutions, UNESCO resolutions, and other day political ideologies for the destruction of Israel, devised by past empires and dictators not worthy of us mentioning them. All of them have this in common, this disappeared off the stage of history, existing no more, while the people of Israel is alive and well, and the blue and white flight with the star of David, “Magen David,” is waving above Jerusalem, our eternal and united capital.

Like any Jewish groom in the past 2000 years, on my wedding day, just before giving myself to my beloved wife, I swore before one and all, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand for get it’s skill.” “Im eshkachech Yerushalayim tishkach yemini.” As long “am-Israeli chaiy” (the people of Israel live), Jerusalem and its history will never be forgotten. Thankyou.

Arch of Titus in Rome depicting Roman destruction of Jerusalem, and taking of the Menorah

The ridiculous position of the Arab states, incorporated into this resolution is complete affront to history, as reported in the Jerusalem Post:

Netanyahu suggested that the Bible aside, UNESCO members should visit the Arch of Titus in Rome.

“On it one can see what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People, and I remind you, is also the symbol of the Jewish state today,” he said.

“Soon, UNESCO will say that the Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda,” Netanyahu said.

“To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. By this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost what little legitimacy it had left,” Netanyahu added.

The gross distortion of the truth being carried out by these nations is not to be underestimated as a spirit of madness will eventually bring the nations down to Jerusalem to battle. We live in a day an age when basic scientific fact is on its head, when a boy can call himself a girl, and despite obvious biological evidence, the world accepts this as truth. It is a time lamented by the prophet Isaiah:

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; That put darkness for light, and light for darkness; That put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, And men of strength to mingle strong drink:” (Isaiah 5:20–22)

This is the spirit of the age in which we live. White is ca lled black and everyone agrees, even though it obviously isn’t.

The Biblical Facts

The connection of Israel to the temple mount goes back to the beginning of time. This was the place where  Abraham took Isaac, inaugurating the connection between the mountain and the Jews:

“And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Genesis 22:1–2)

It was to Jerusalem that King David brought the ark of the covenant:

“And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared for it.” (1 Chronicles 15:3)

Temple Built By Solomon                             The Temple Built By Nehemiah                               The Temple Built by Herod

It was here that Solomon built the first temple:

“Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.” (2 Chronicles 3:1)

In his speech of dedication Solomon identified the link between Jerusalem, the temple and the God of Israel, citing the words of the King of the Universe:

“Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel: But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” (2 Chronicles 6:5–6)

In his prayer of dedication Solomon identified the temple mount as the place Jews were to pray toward for deliverance:

“Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive.” (2 Chronicles 6:19–21)

After the destruction of the Temple by the Babylonians, Israel returned and rebuilt it during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah.  God confirmed his hand in this rebuilding:

“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; His hands shall also finish it; And thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.” (Zechariah 4:9)

Again it was destroyed at the hands of the Romans in AD70, but this was only to last for a period of time, as David’s son, the Lord Jesus Christ, describes:

“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)

That regathering has taken place during the past 100 years, fulfilling the words of all the prophets, and hopes of the people of Israel and believers of the Bible worldwide.

To deny the connection of the people of Israel with the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, is to deny the existence of God himself, or the truth of his word.

Palestinian Claim Doomed

For thousands of years the Temple mount was in the hands of the gentiles, either the Romans or Turks. This is not to be the case anymore. The Palestinian quest to dominate the temple mount, and erase Israel’s historical connection is doomed. It is reminiscent of the goal of the nations surrounding Israel during the period of the Babylonian invasion. They thought that the holy places would be theirs in possession, and ridiculed the people of God.

“Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people:  Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that are round about… (Ezekiel 36:1–4)

And the arrogance of the nations went beyond this… similar to UNESCO they ‘appointed’ God’s land into their own possession with rejoicing:

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.” (Ezekiel 36:5)

UNESCO and world court will have no say over the land. Not because of historical claims, not because of archaeologic evidence, but because there is a God in heaven who is alive today, and his word is alive. It is HIS land and HE has appointed it once again to Israel… news flash, the times of the Gentiles are over!

The Catalyst for a Crusade

Yet, the nations of the world will not listen to reason. They are drunk with an intoxicating drink that will bring them down into the land… and the issue will be Jerusalem. It is when Jerusalem is in Jewish hands the nations again lift up their hands against God’s people.

“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, When I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, And will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:1–2)

The UNESCO vote was interesting because one of the few non-Muslim nations that voted in favour was Russia.

Among the nations who abstained, not having the spine to state their real feelings were Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and Ukraine, all who will join Russia in the future invasion of the Land as described in Ezekiel 38.

Among those who opposed the resolution were: the US, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and others, some of which will form the opposition to the Gogian invasion, as part of the nations of Ezekiel 38:13.

Zechariah records the same future event:

“For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; And the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; And half of the city shall go forth into captivity, And the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Zechariah 14:2)

However, although there will be tragic events, it will not be like previous invasions of Israel by the Babylonians and Romans… God will intervene:

Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, As when he fought in the day of battle.” (Zechariah 14: 3)

The Future of Jerusalem and Israel

The future of Jerusalem and Israel is certainly not in the hands of the United Nations, of the hostile nations of the world. It has been determined by Almighty God himself.

Jerusalem isn’t just any City… it is the city of Messiah:

“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, On the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” (Psalm 48:1–2)

It is the eternal capital of Israel. It is not just the place where the first and second temples were built as houses of prayer to the God of Israel, but will be the place where the third temple will shortly be build.

The Psalms tell us God’s thoughts on the situation, where God…

“… chose the tribe of Judah, The mount Zion which he loved. And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, Like the earth which he hath established for ever.” (Psalm 78:68–69)

This isn’t just historical, but eternal and soon to be established again:

“Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; And the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, And shall yet choose Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 1:17)

This prophecy is very specific, that Jerusalem again will be the centre of world worship. It doesn’t belong to the Palestinians, Muslims or Catholic nations of Europe and the Russias, but to the God of Israel:

 “For the LORD hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for his habitation.” (Psalm 132:13)

“And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, And shall choose Jerusalem again.” (Zechariah 2:12)

It is from here that a house of prayer will be built again:

“The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, That the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; And he will teach us of his ways, And we will walk in his paths: For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, And shall rebuke many people: And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, And let us walk in the light of the LORD.” (Isaiah 2:1–5)

All nations will be invited to come and pray there, but only to the God of Israel.

So as we await this glorious time, let us join in the prayer of the Psalmist:

“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.” (Psalm 137:5–6)

Thank you for listening to the Bible in the News, we leave you with the words of Psalm 137 sung in Hebrew, by Israeli’s living in Jerusalem today, in and of itself – a fulfillment of prophecy. This has been Jonathan Bowen joining you.

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Bible in the News: Britain’s Exit from the European Union

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A Political Earthquake of Religious Significance

July 1, 2016 – Audio, 8.15 MIN
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Hello, this is Paul Billington bringing you this week’s edition of the Bible in the News.
The political earthquake that occurred in Britain last week has a religious dimension which many today will be unaware of. Most of those who took part in the referendum would not have appreciated the full significance and background to it.
Built into the history and culture of Britain there is an almost instinctive rejection of European authority over the freedoms and institutions of the Island Race. Britain’s separation from Europe has its roots in the religious divide that was brought about back in the days of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and it is expressed in the Thirty Nine articles of the Church of England which stated in 1571, “The bishop of Rome hath not jurisdiction in this realm of England.” The nation that would not obey the decrees of the pope is the same as that which today will not submit to the rules and regulations of the European Union – which, incidentally, is a Roman Catholic project known as the Treaty of Rome, signed in 1957.

“The political earthquake that occurred in Britain last week has a religious dimension which many today

will be unaware of.”

“There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.”
While giving us a picture of world history in advance the prophecy describes a vast empire that is to exist in the latter days. It is described by other prophets also, for example the great confederacy of Gog that we read about in Ezekiel 38. But in describing the latter-day image empire the writer, John Thomas, wrote in his book Elpis Israel (published in 1848),
“Britain is not included in the ten toes. She is reserved of God to antagonize Russia… The ten toes belong to the image as an united dominion, hence Britain cannot be included among them unless it is first conquered by the overshadowing power; which it will not be, as is clearly demonstrable from many parts of the divine testimony. Russia will command the land, and Britain rule the sea.”
John Thomas based his remarks on the Bible of course. He pointed out that while Britain was not to be included in the ten European toes of the latter-day image, she would have a mission to fulfill in making a stand against Russia and the European confederacy while also protecting the Jewish nation of Israel. He wrote:
“I know not whether the men, who at present contrive the foreign policy of Britain, entertain the idea of assuming the sovereignty of the Holy Land, and of promoting its colonization by the Jews; their present intentions, however, are of no importance one way or the other, because they will be compelled, by events soon to happen, to do what, under existing circumstances, heaven and earth combined could not move them to attempt… The decree has long since gone forth which calls upon the Lion of Tarshish to protect the Jews.”
In order for Britain to fulfill that mission, it is necessary that she be separated from anti-Semitic Europe and the Roman Catholic influence. Consequently in exiting Europe she must form other trading alliances, and these are identified for us in Ezekiel 38:13 where we read of the opposition to the Russian Gog and his European “company.”
“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”
This describes a trading alliance, as can be seen from the New English Bible:
“Sheba and Dedan, the traders of Tarshish and her leading merchants, will say to you…”
Sheba and Dedan are ancient nations found in the Saudi Arabian peninsular. So on the basis of this prophecy we would expect to see that Britain, having separated from Europe would build – or should we say re-build – a relationship with certain Arabian countries as well as with her “young lions,” or former colonial partners.
But in addition to the trading links that Britain is to establish with those countries, there is the important connection with the Royal Family and crown. It is relevant that we recall the words spoken at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. She was given a copy of the King James Bible while being told:
“We present you with this Book the most valuable thing this life affords… Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God.”
She was then asked:
“Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the peoples of Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand… according to their respective laws and customs?”
To which she replied, “ALL THIS I PROMISE TO DO.”
The Royal establishment is based upon the historic Act of Settlement of 1689, which has never been revoked, and which reads:
“Whereas it hath been found by experience that it is inconsistent with the safety and welfare of this Protestant Kingdom to be governed by a Popish Prince or by any King or Queen marrying a papist… Every person who is or shall be reconciled to, or shall have communion with, the See or Church of Rome, or shall marry a papist, shall be excluded and be for ever incapable to inherit, possess, or enjoy the Crown or Government of this Realm and Ireland; and in every such case the people of these Realms shall be and are hereby released of their allegiance.”
This separates between Britain and Catholic Europe. It does not matter that most people are unaware of these things today – or whether they care about them. The fact is that it is built into the constitution of the kingdom. To challenge that position today, as Liberal leader Nick Clegg wanted to do a few years ago, would create a constitutional crisis. It is little wonder that the Queen questioned the reasons for Britain remaining in Europe in the run-up to the recent referendum. It is also little wonder that a headline in the Catholic Herald commented on the referendum saying:
“Forget the Remain propaganda. This vote is about Britain’s spiritual identity.”
As I said at the beginning, there is a religious dimension to the referendum and resultant political earthquake that many are unaware of.
This subject is examined more fully in the recent Bible Magazine, Volume 29 number 3.  To obtain a free copy while supplies last, send your name and address to The Bible in the News, PO Box 514, Burford, Ontario, N0E 1A0 Canada.
This has been Paul Billington bringing you this edition of the Bible in the News.

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Britain’s Exit From Europe

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Britain’s Exit From Europe
Bible in the News live with Paul Billington as results come in for the British Referendum on Europe.
June 24, 2016 – Audio, 28.50 MIN
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John Billington:  Good evening and welcome to the Bible in the News. Tonight we are recording live, after watching some of the election results coming out of Britain this evening, Paul Billington joins us to discuss the situation and where it is going from here.

Paul Billington: Hello everybody, nice to be with you. Why are we so interested in this referendum? Because we see, being involved here, the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy. Going back to my youth, around about the 1950’s, ’58 probably, I was studying a book by John Thomas called Elpis Israel. In that book I saw evidence to the fact that Britain has a lot of work to do as far as establishing Israel is concerned. Now we have seen that happen. We have seen Israel move back into the land at the time of the First World War; we have seen what happened at the Second World War and we have seen in 1948 the State of Israel, so Bro Thomas’ ideas, his writings have proved to be pretty well correct on all that. However there is another issue that comes up and that is Britain’s relationship to Europe, and that is what this referendum is all about. What were our expectations there? Well, John Thomas in at least two places, one was in Eureka and another was in some of his other writings like Herald of the Kingdom, made it quite clear that Britain’s place was not in Europe. He enumerated the 10 horns of the beast and pointed out that Britain was not to be numbered with those 10 horns but was separate from them. He goes into all of that, that they were Anglo-Saxon and not Germanic. I have no prepared notes, this is just off the top of my head.

Britain goes to the polls for a vote on leaving Europe.

However, to simplify the matter, why do we expect Britain to come out of Europe? That’s the fundamental question that we are looking at here. The reasons are in two parts. The one is that through the writings of John Thomas we have always expected that Britain would not to be part of the ten horns. That is to say,  they would not be part of the European beast.

The other matter is perhaps even simpler. Britain’s alliance in the latter days is given to us very clearly,  in Ezekiel 38:13. It is important to notice that the alliance is not with European powers. It is interesting this alliance because of what it has to say about traders and merchants. We see an alliance of nations which are enumerated as  Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions thereof. There is another translation of that given to us in the New English Bible. It talks about the traders of Tarshish and all the leading traders thereof. Instead of young lions it has all the leading traders. I don’t know about the translation of that but the import of it is quite clear. There is to be a trading block centred upon Sheba, Dedan, this Tarshish power, and all its young lions, and that is to be in the latter days. Now, if you look at the context of that chapter you see that it is at the time when Russia, namely the Gog of Ezekiel chapter 38 is coming down upon the mountains of Israel and he is going to take the mountains of Israel and it is going to be a time of trouble for Israel, until they are delivered by the Lord Jesus Christ. As that happens you have got this block of nations, which is Gog of the land of Magog, Meshech and Tubal, but opposite that you have got Tarshish, the traders of Tarshish with all the young lions thereof. So there are other trading partners which are related to it. They are young lions of the Tarshish power, so they are there to trade. It is a trading block. It is in opposition to Gog who comes down from the north to plunder, to take a spoil. He is going to Israel. Now does this indicate that at the time there is a much stronger connection between this Tarshish power and the nation of Israel? I suspect it probably is so. We are probably going to see in the future some rather interesting developments as Britain and Israel come back together again. They were together pretty strongly at the time of the Balfour Declaration and because of work being done by opposing powers, namely the papal power, they were restrained and Britain did some rather horrible things as far as Israel is concerned with those Jews who escaped the Holocaust, were trying to get back to the land and Britain at that time under Bevin did everything he could to stop them doing it, and there were some very tragic stories and even deaths resulted from that.

So we expect to see Britain reform an alliance. Now she is not going to be in an alliance with Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and the young lions, as well as with Gog, Magog. She is either on one side or the other. It is very, very clear which side Scripture puts her on and that is on the side of Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish. So that’s basically Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and those nations to the south of Israel. That’s what we see told to us in the Scriptures. That’s what we expect to see. On that basis then we do not expect to see Britain being part of the European Union, rather we expect to see her being part of a trading block with the Arab nations such as Sheba, Dedan,  the merchants of Tarshish which would broadly be the old colonies which developed into the Commonwealth as we now know it. That would include Canada, New Zealand, Australia and many other smaller nations as well. You would be surprised if you looked at a map to see where the Commonwealth countries are just how much territory they cover. Even including, still today, India. The head of the Commonwealth is of course, Queen Elizabeth II. So when she is crowned queen, when you go back and look at her coronation she is to become queen, not just of Great Britain, not just Scotland and Ireland and Wales, but she would be queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries as well.  So the interest isn’t just simply one of Britain being part of the European Union or not but rather that she should have this other alliance, so she will be moving to establish that alliance. Now, if it should be that this referendum choose that she should come out of Europe she is going to be desperate to form another alliance or alliances. So we would expect her to move closer to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all the rest of them.

That is what I would expect to happen.

The question is, when is it going to happen? Now for us it is exciting thing that it could happen now. As a result of this referendum tonight. We hope and would think that it is because if that happens the Lord Jesus Christ is at the door and we can expect it at any time. If it is no, and she does not come out at the moment, all I can tell you is this, that Britain is going to go through a terrible time of suffering. There is going to be a lot of trouble for Britain.

Back in 1975 I went to listen to a talk, after the referendum of 1975. That is when Britain voted to go into, what was then the European Economic Community, the EEC, the Common Market as they called it. I remember that quite well, and afterwards we were all disappointed because we thought that Britain did not have to go into Europe. Well, she did go into Europe. So sometime after we went to a Bible class delivered by Graham Pearce, back in those days. I have got the recording still at home. It is very interesting. As a matter of fact the new Bible Magazine which is in the process of being prepared at the moment. That Bible class has been transcribed and will appear in full in the  Bible magazine when it comes out, in a few weeks.

Yes, we have seen this all happen before. We have seen referendums and it did not go the way we had hoped, but Bro Graham pointed out that the reason for that was that Britain had changed. The Britain today is not the Britain that did exist in the past. Anybody can see that’s the case. In Canada or some of the other countries as well.  Just taking for example, the moral state of these various countries. They are not what they were. These countries did not have the Truth but they honoured the Bible. They honoured the 10 Commandments. They honoured the Beatitudes as people call them. People read the Psalms. There was a much higher respect for the Bible. People had a greater knowledge of the Bible in those days too. So the country has changed, and with that change there is no longer a respect, and this is true for Canada as it is for Australia and the United States as well. Countries which were brought up on the Bible. Sometimes on Puritan principles, especially in the States. All these things changed and gradually came in a terrible time as far as their relationship to God is concerned. You had come in the principle of evolution. People started to say well, it wasn’t God who created man after all. It just evolved. There was a determined effort by certain people. You can read about it in such books as ‘In the Minds of Men’ by Ian Taylor. He points out how this was a determined effort by certain atheists, humanists to turn the tide against religion. It has been done very successfully. When you go to Britain today, you would never think that it was the Britain of long ago, who put the queen on the throne and honoured the Bible, and she was presented with “The lively oracles of God.” That  was the situation and all that has gone. There is now no respect for the Bible or what the God of the Bible has to say.

So Bro Graham, in his talk, said that now she has chosen to stay in Europe. As a member of Europe, she is a member of that harlot system which is described to us in the book of Revelation. So where  does that leave us now? God is very merciful in my mind, and he has given people another chance. They now have had a chance to vote again. This time they can vote to come out of Europe, and separate themselves. But if they do so it won’t be on a religious basis. It should be on a religious basis but it won’t be because people don’t know. And why don’t they know? Have we, the witnesses, done our job properly? Have we enlightened the people around us as to the nature of that European system? The harlot that it talks about in Revelation. My own conclusion is that we have not done so. We have been very lax in that regard. We have not made a witness and we have not done it strongly enough.

So consequently, what is going to happen if Britain decides to stay in Europe now, having been given another chance by a gracious God, to come out of Europe? If she refuses to do so now, she can expect a lot of trouble. It is going to be very, very nasty for those people. That’s how I see it. So let me put it another way, I see the result of this referendum for Great Britain and probably for the Commonwealth countries as well, I see it as important as the outcome of the Second World War. Now, that’s saying a lot. The Second World War was a dreadful time. 55 million people were killed in the Second World War. I can remember it quite well. Britain came out of that and as the King of England, King George VI called for a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. He thanked Almighty God for a great deliverance. What have they done with that deliverance? What have people done with it? They have turned to humanism. They have turned to all these immoral laws that are now passed. Even in Canada here too, we have them. You know they call them transgenders or whatever it is. It is a terrible situation. The world has now come down to the sink. The dregs of the sink. All you can say is that a terrible time will come. Our prayer is that the Lord Jesus Christ will return, and we the believers will be taken out of it. As Israel itself will be taken out of it.

Israel will go through a time of trouble. They will suffer terribly. It is the time of Jacob’s trouble but the prophet says that she will be delivered out of it. We need to beware that we lay emphasis upon Russia coming down and destroying Israel. Israel will not be destroyed. Israel as we know it might be removed out of the scene and change but it will not be destroyed. Israel is going to develop. It is going to become more spiritual. A lot of people in Israel may lose their lives. There is going to be a time of trouble such as never was, but the prophet says that she will be delivered out of it. I pray that we the believers may be delivered out of it, because we have a rising generation coming up and you think of them.

I have in my hand here a little booklet. It is one that we published. It is called ‘Guardians of Israel and Arabia.” We published it in 1990. How many years ago is it since 1990? In 1990 we have a full page published here that says “Britain’s exit from Europe is inevitable.” So we have been looking at it for all that time. We have been expecting Britain to exit from Europe. We did not use the word Brexit, but we used the word exit.  So you can see why this referendum is so interesting to us.  Because we are looking at events that we have been expecting for a long, long time. I can take you to two or three issues of the Bible Magazine, probably three or four, which say the same thing, that Britain must come out of Europe. So it is something that is a matter of faith. So I remind you that we say that is because her alliance is with Sheba, Dedan and the trading powers of the young lions. That’s where her alliance is going to be. It can’t be with them and with Gog. It either has to be one or the other because the two are opposed. We look at the Scriptures and see the indications. The question for us is, is it going to be now? Could it be tonight? As we listen to these results coming in now and we don’t know what the answer is yet, could it be tonight that Britain votes to leave Europe?  We would hope and pray that it is.

You might recall the time when God spoke to Abraham and he said he was going to destroy Sodom. And Abraham said, Lord, will you do it for the sake of 50 people? and he said if I can find in the country 50 people I will not destroy it for 50 people’s sakes. You will remember the story, how it comes down, and down and down. Will you destroy it for the sake of 10 people? If there are 10 people there who are righteous I will not destroy it for the sake of 10 people. It is a very similar situation now that we face. Will Britain be destroyed like Tyre of old was destroyed. The daughter of Tyre is Britain. Will it be destroyed? It all depends on God’s will and purpose. But as Abraham pleaded with God, Don’t destroy it because there are some righteous people there. What happened was that God sent his Angel and took Lot and his family, such as would come and took Lot out.  Sodom was destroyed. So you look at the situation today and say, how many faithful, and I emphasize the word faithful, Christadelphians are there in Great Britain today? Well, we are not judges so we don’t know. But we hope that for their sakes, Britain will now choose to come out of Europe. But coming out of Europe doesn’t mean to say it’s all going to be a garden of roses because it isn’t. If tonight we hear the vote that she’s going to come out, you are still going to have a lot of trouble that Britain will have to face. She is going to have to face it economically. She is going to have to face it politically. She is going to have to face it in terms of a military build up that is getting very, very dangerous now, and is the forces of Russia.  We see Russia resurgent. We see Russia building up her forces. We see her going into the Ukraine. We see her going into Crimea. We see her now threatening the Baltics. All this in preparation for what I believe will be, Russia moving into Europe. Now, when Russia moves into Europe, the little island of Britain is going to be in a terrible state. It is going to be in a dreadful state. We hope and pray that the saints, the true believers, are called out of it when that happens.

As we watch these results coming in tonight it will be a bit boring for those who don’t understand the issues but when you really understand the issues, and you see what’s going on, you know that the time is at hand and we pray that we may see Britain come out. Listening to the media, listening to the results it doesn’t look very likely that Britain will leave but you don’t know. The Most High rules in the kingdoms of men and giveth it to whomsoever he will and that is what we are going to see happen tonight. He will give it to whomsoever he will. If it is to be a Britain that stays in, that is one story, but if it is to be a Britain that comes out  that is another story more in harmony with what we think prophecy to be. It is a matter of time. Britain will come out. I am as convinced of that now as when we published this booklet in 1990. Quite convinced that Britain will come out but what circumstances it will be and the timing when it will be that we are not told. We do not know. All we know is when the time comes for Russia to come down on Israel, Ezekiel 38, at that time she has formed another alliance with her trading partners, namely Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish.

So that gives you a little insight into why we are interested in the referendum tonight. It is not just about politics. Not that at all. It is about the destiny of a people. And the destiny of that people are linked to the destiny of our own people, to the Christadelphians. People that we know in these countries and we hope and pray that God will be merciful and pull us all out of it before the crunch comes. The crunch is coming. We know it from the prophecies. It is going to be Armageddon. Is it going to be sooner or later? With that we don’t know.

This has just been off the top of my head. I do not have prepared notes. With that I am going to thank you for being with me and listening to me for another edition of the Bible in the News.

 

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Prophecy and the nations

One of the amazing things about Bible prophecy is that God has revealed to us how the nations will be positioned just before Jesus Christ returns to the earth.

In Ezekiel 38 we read of a great confederacy of nations headed up by Russia who will attack the people of Israel in the land of Israel. These nations consist of European, North African, Far Eastern and of course, Russian territories. By comparing this scripture with other scriptures such as Zechariah 12-14, Joel 3 and Revelation 16 we discover that it is at this time that Jesus will return to the earth. He will defeat the invading forces, save Israel, show himself on the world stage and establish God’s kingdom on the earth.

With him will be a group of people, who will have been raised from the dead, gathered from the nations, judged and rewarded with immortality. This “cloud” of people will be with Christ to assist him in establishing the Kingdom, to rule with him as “kings and priests” for a thousand years. At the end of the thousand years another resurrection and judgement will take place, and then the globe will only be filled with immortal men and women. Indeed “the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea”.

We have seen the return of the Jews to the land of Israel. This part of the picture is firmly in place. We are now looking at the gathering of the nations to attack them with Russia (the Rosh, Meshech and Tubal of Ezekiel 38) taking a leading role.

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Notable signs of the times predicted in the Scriptures of truth
June 4, 2016 – Audio, 19.19 MIN
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Hello and welcome to another Bible in the News. This week we look at the notable movements of Russia from a Bible perspective and see how recent news reports are signs of the times. This is Matt Davies joining you.

Notable signs of the times predicted in the Scriptures of truth

Bible student John Thomas wrote this in 1850 in the preface of his book “Elpis Israel”:

“The future movements of Russia are notable signs of the times, because they are predicted in the Scriptures of truth. The Russian Autocracy, in its plenitude, and on the verge of its dissolution, is the Image of Nebuchadnezzar standing upon the Mountains of Israel, ready to be smitten by the Stone. When Russia makes its grand move for the building-up of its Image-empire, then let the reader know that the end of all things, as at present constituted, is at hand. The long-expected, but stealthy advent of the King of Israel, will be on the eve of becoming a fact…”

This statement summarises the Christadelphian understanding of many Bible prophecies.

The word of truth

The term “scriptures of truth” refers to the claim of the Bible to have been inspired by God and that it is this word only which can be trusted as it has not been tampered with by human fallibility.

We read in Peter:
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21

The word for “moved” there is the greek “pherō” which means to carry or to move by bearing, to be carried along. This verse is describing the method of inspiration. The pen-men of scripture were moved and compelled to write down specific words of God. God chose the men, their circumstances and the words which they would be moved to write.

In Hebrews chapter one, quoting from the Psalms of David in many places, we read that it was not David speaking – but God!

This is why the scriptures are indeed God’s word and indeed true.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

So the word of God is truth. What a privilege we have then to have it so readily accessible to us. What a responsibility we have to look into its pages to seek to understand its divine revelations.

Prophecy and the gospel

Prophecy is, of course, a huge part of what is written in the Bible. Many prophecies have come to pass, most notably the return of God’s people of Israel back to their land. However there are prophecies though that are yet to be fulfilled, especially those which are connected with the great theme of scripture, the gospel message.

The gospel message is set out in scripture as having two key themes. We read of these themes in Acts:

“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.” Acts 28:30-31

So the two themes then which made up the preaching in the first century were: “the kingdom of God” and “the Lord Jesus Christ”. Both of these aspects of the gospel contain prophecy.

The theme of the Kingdom is all about the future restoration of the Kingdom of Israel on the earth (Ezekiel 21:27, Acts 1:6, Luke 1:32). It is all about God’s ultimate purpose to fill the earth with his glory – with men and women who manifest His characteristics. They will be rewarded with immortality in a future age (Isaiah 11:9,  Habakkuk 2:14, Psalm 72:19, 2 Peter 1:4).

The theme of the things concerning Jesus Christ is all about the principles of God. These principles were enacted and demonstrated by Christ (John 17:6, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Hebrews 4:15) and it is by understanding and believing in these things that God has declared he will save us in the future from sin and death (Romans 1:16. 3:21-22, Mark 16:15-16, Colossians 1:20, Galatians 3:26-29).

Prophecy then is a very important aspect of the scriptures of truth. In both of these key themes of the gospel things in the future are promised and prophesied.

Prophecy and the nations

One of the amazing things about Bible prophecy is that God has revealed to us how the nations will be positioned just before Jesus Christ returns to the earth.

In Ezekiel 38 we read of a great confederacy of nations headed up by Russia who will attack the people of Israel in the land of Israel. These nations consist of European, North African, Far Eastern and of course, Russian territories. By comparing this scripture with other scriptures such as Zechariah 12-14, Joel 3 and Revelation 16 we discover that it is at this time that Jesus will return to the earth. He will defeat the invading forces, save Israel, show himself on the world stage and establish God’s kingdom on the earth.

With him will be a group of people, who will have been raised from the dead, gathered from the nations, judged and rewarded with immortality. This “cloud” of people will be with Christ to assist him in establishing the Kingdom, to rule with him as “kings and priests” for a thousand years. At the end of the thousand years another resurrection and judgement will take place, and then the globe will only be filled with immortal men and women. Indeed “the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea”.

We have seen the return of the Jews to the land of Israel. This part of the picture is firmly in place. We are now looking at the gathering of the nations to attack them with Russia (the Rosh, Meshech and Tubal of Ezekiel 38) taking a leading role.

Nebuchadnezzar’s image

In Daniel chapter 2 the king of the Neo-Babylon empire, was given a dream which was an amazing prophecy of the kingdom of men down through time. This kingdom of men was represented by a statue of metals, each metal representing a ruling power. The image of the rulership of man stayed the same but the ruling powers which controlled it changed.

The image had a head of gold, representing the Babylonian empire. This gave way to the Medo-Persian empire represented by the chest and arms of silver. Then the Greeks took the power from the Medo-Persians and they are represented by the belly and thighs of brass. Then came the rule of Rome which took the power from the Greeks and is represented by legs of iron. The Roman Empire eventually broke up into stronger and weaker territories and these are represented by the feet of the image which was made of clay and iron. This is our time today.

One of the interesting features about the prophecy is how it is destroyed. Daniel describes this moment to the King as follows:

“Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.“ Daniel 2:34-35

Associating himself with this stone power the Lord Jesus Christ states this in Luke 20:

“And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.” Luke 20:17-18

So Jesus Christ will destroy the Kingdom of men when he returns and sets up a new Kingdom represented by a mountain in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. As Daniel tells King Nebuchadnezzar:

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44

The uniting of the territories of the Kingdom of men

United territory of the Kingdom of men in Daniel 2

What is fascinating about all this, though, is the detail given to us in Daniel 2 that all of the metals are “broken to pieces together”. This is an interesting thing  to meditate upon. How is it that the various metals, representing rulership structures of the past are broken together at one moment in time? The answer to this is that each successive ruling system obtained its power from the previous one and so they all represent the same thing – the power of man opposed to the power of God.

Also represented in these things, though, is the territory over which these systems governed. If one was to make a map of all of the territories of the various phases of the empires of men depicted in the image and joined all of the territories together, we would get a complete picture of the territory of the kingdom of men which was described in the prophecy. If one was then to compare this map with the territories listed in Ezekiel 38 you would find that the two match.

Territories of Ezekiel 38

We therefore conclude, because these things are written in the scriptures of truth, that these territories have to be united somehow at the time when Jesus returns. They have to be heavily influenced and controlled by a “Russian Autocrat” as John Thomas termed it. The movements of Russia then are indeed extremely relevant and interesting to the Bible student of prophecy because they give us indications that the prophecies held within the gospel message will soon be realised.

Signs of the times

Having then briefly reviewed the scriptural basis for considering the movements of Russia we look up from our Bibles and into the current political landscape. What do we see?

We see a resurgent Russian power which is not scared of throwing its weight around. This power is aggressive and involved in military operations south of its borders. We see it incredibly infuriated by the nations in the West as it looks to stamp its authority on the Eastern frontier of Europe. According to Bible prophecy we expect this authority will grow as it will eventually unite the nations of Europe under its leadership along with those already under its influence such as Libya, the Sudan and Iran.

We have seen Russian interest and influence growing in the Middle East with recent military involvement in Syria and infrastructure developments in Syria and Egypt. We have seen its relations with Turkey turn hostile.

In recent times we have seen Russian military amassing on the border with Europe. Since the annexing of Crimea in 2014 Russia has made several military incursions into the Ukraine parts of which are currently under control of pro-Russian groups.

PutinRussian President Vladimir Putin attends
the Russia-ASEAN summit.
Source: Reuters

Last week on 27th of May, Reuters ran a report entitled;  “Putin says Romania and Poland may now be in Russia’s cross-hairs.” The report went on to state:

“Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security. Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that it would have to take retaliatory steps but that Washington and its allies had ignored the warnings. Earlier this month the U.S. military — which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not threaten Russia — switched on the Romanian part of the shield. Work is going ahead on another part of the shield, in Poland. “If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin told a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. “It will be the same case with Poland,” he said. Putin did not specify what actions Russia would take, but he insisted that it was not making the first step, only responding to moves by Washington.”

In another article the Telegraph reported Poland’s response to these threats. On June 3rd a report was published entitled “Poland to recruit 35,000 strong paramilitary force to combat threat from Russia.” The report stated:
“Comprising civilians who have had military training, the force is intended to deter Russia from seizing Polish territory by infiltration, as it is perceived to have done in eastern Ukraine. “The territorial defence force is our response to the threat associated with hybrid warfare,” said Grzegorz Kwasniak, in charge with setting up the force, referring to the stealth tactic. Each of Poland’s 16 provinces are expected to have a brigade-level force, and Mazovia – the biggest and most populous region in the centre of the country – will have two. Priority in deployment will be given to eastern provinces… deemed to be the most exposed to Russian pressure.”

We see then the Russian bear looking to possibly obtain control over these Eastern European counties. We watch these events with interest.

The coming of Christ

John Thomas had stated in 1850:
“When Russia makes its grand move for the building-up of its Image-empire, then let the reader know that the end of all things, as at present constituted, is at hand. The long-expected, but stealthy advent of the King of Israel, will be on the eve of becoming a fact…”

John Thomas looked forward in faith to these times and it is our privileged to be living in them. But in this time when amazing events are unfolding on the world stage we find that it is also a time when the truth of scriptures is undermined or unheard of. We who have faith in these things therefore watch and wait. The world around us is fearful of the wars and rumours of wars. However we have the assurance that God is in control and that His righteousness and His peace will soon be in this earth.

“Because God hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness…” Acts 17:31

This has been Matt Davies joining you – come back again next week God willing for another Bible in the News

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Britain, the Bible & Europe
For the second time in my lifetime Britain is to hold a referendum on European membership.
May 22, 2016 – Audio, 13.48 MIN
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Brexit and Bible Prophecy

Hello: This is Paul Billington bringing you this week’s Bible in the News. On Thursday June 5, 1975, the people of Britain were asked to vote “Yes” or “No” to membership of what was then called “The Common Market.” Pamphlets were sent out to everyone by the Government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The official Government pamphlet read: “Britain’s New Deal in Europe: Her Majesty’s Government have decided to recommend to the British People to vote for staying in the Community.” Now, over forty years later another referendum is to be held onThursday, 23rd of June 2016, and the Government of David Cameron has sent out a pamphlet with the heading “Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK.”

Referendum 1970s Brexit

But is it? Scaremongering and a “project fear” are being used in this fierce campaign, and there is good reason for it.

News media are telling us that (at present) opinion is more or less divided. The “Remain in” group are presented as having a slight edge – but with another month to go anything can happen.

Britain’s separation from Roman Catholic Europe goes all the way back to the time of King Henry VIII (at least) and even to Tyndale’s translation of the Bible into English – and it was the influence of the English Bible that really brought about the original separation.

But as things are, Britain has chosen the path of association with Catholic Europe. This must be expected to change. We do not know the details, but we are justified in anticipating Britain’s eventual isolation from Europe – at some stage a breaking-point will be reached. But the coming referendum is hardly likely to settle the issue. As Europe moves along the road to a Catholicized socialism, British business interests will be forced to seek trade and friendship elsewhere. This will affect other English-speaking nations also.

On what basis is it claimed that Britain will separate from the EU? It is simply this: she cannot be on BOTH SIDES in the coming conflict foretold by the Prophets (especially Ezekiel 38)—either she must be with the latter-day northern power, allied with Russia and Catholic Europe, or she is to be identified with the southern group of “Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all the young lions thereof.” She CANNOT be on both sides at the same time.

Brexit 1970s and 2016

Which side will Britain be on? There is evidence to show that Britain is identified in prophecies that concern those who PROTEST AND OPPOSE the aggressive northern power that comes to invade Israel. She cannot protest and oppose herself, she is therefore PERFORCE, NOT PART OF THE EUROPEAN SYSTEM when Ezekiel’s prophecy is finally fulfilled. For this reason, writers over many years – some over a century ago – have seen Britain as being separated from Europe.

The coming referendum is Britain’s opportunity for an escape, if she had faith enough to take it. But Britain’s Biblical culture has now been abandoned, so what can nations expect when they reject the word of God in the Bible, and forget God?

The principle is surely stated clearly enough by the Psalmist: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, AND ALL THE NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD.” – Psalm 9:17.

Britain and the English-speaking peoples are indictable on the following grounds:
1. Rejecting the Bible as the Word of the Living God and replacing its teachings with humanism and theories such as evolution.
2. National Immorality: laws controlling wickedness have been abandoned bringing sexual license, gambling, social perversion and crime.
3. The acceptance of Roman Catholicism as a respectable religious organisation, overlooking idolatry, results of clerical celibacy and interference in the political process.
4. In Britain’s case, transferring national sovereignty to Catholic Europe (in the 1975 referendum) and thereby enslaving the country to her traditional enemy.
5. Government attitudes to Israel and the Jews have often been shameful, particularly since WW2 in Britain’s case. This must be accounted for.

It is because Britain and other English-speaking nations have ignored the warnings of Scripture (and the warnings of those who were enlightened by this Word) – and have foolishly allowed Roman Catholicism to infiltrate and weaken them, that defeat will come. As Delilah charmed Samson and deprived him of sight and strength, so the harlot of Rome is working to bring about the ruin of the English-speaking world. Britain is being bound and chained by her membership of the European Union with its laws and directives – when she wakes up to the realisation of her plight, her strength will be gone!

Whatever the result of the coming referendum in June: in or out, Britain has serious trouble coming. As it was once put: “Trouble Ahead for Tarshish!”

The God of Heaven is just and righteous in all His ways, but what is to become of nations who have been exposed to the word of God (as Britain was), have been addressed through it, have even been moved by it to fulfill His great purposes; have also been delivered as in WW2 – but then turned their backs upon God and despised the Holy Oracles? What is to become of nations we ask, who refuse to hear the cry of the Prophets, preferring science fiction and the myths of atheistic dreamers? Hear what the Almighty says through the prophet Jeremiah:-

“At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them” (Chapter 18:7-10).

This infallible principle will apply to all of the independent English-speaking nations who each bear their own responsibility before God. They will be held ESPECIALLY responsible for the way in which they respond to Bible teaching and treat His people, the Jews. The principle was seen with Ancient Tyre who was addressed as follows:

“Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more” (Ezekiel 28:18-19).

If these words are to find a secondary fulfillment in the latter-day Tyre in its ‘Tarshish’ lands or ‘isles.’ then we may be assured of a terrible and dreadful judgment that is to be poured out upon those who have hardened their hearts against God. The word through Ezekiel says: “…therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee…” What could this mean?

Avro Manhattan has painted this scenario for the United States in his book THE VATICAN MOSCOW WASHINGTON ALLIANCE:

“…fifty-five million Americans, many of them in positions of influence, could be a formidable minority if they supported Catholic Marxism (i.e. socialism). The vast network of the Catholic Church could provide a most efficient vehicle of subversion throughout the United States. Such a network, buttressed by religious, (including Islamic), social and cultural pressure groups, could interpenetrate the most sensitive and the most influential strata of American society…

“Should the Vatican strategy succeed, an even wider section of the U.S. church will be gently nudged towards the gradual acceptance of a form of socialism (such as Obama has been employing). This would mean the creation of a revolutionary minority which would carry on their subversion against American democratic institutions, disguised as a religious group exercising their rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution…

“To talk about Catholic fifth columnists sounds discriminatory. Yet, one generation ago, Catholic minorities helped to destroy democratic Europe. This they did by cooperating with Hitler. They helped Hitler because they were fired with ideological zeal…”

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The use of force in given situations is endorsed in several theological works, both Catholic and non-Catholic. There has been the use of the term “just war,” or as a Professor J.G. Davies of Birmingham (UK) expressed it in his book Christians, Politics and Violent Revolution (1976, SCM press): “resort to force must be regarded as just, if the cause is just.” The struggle against Western  capitalism would conceivably be regarded as “just” by the Church and could be grounds for subversive activity from Catholic-inspired “peace movements.”

In view of pseudo-christian teachings, the potential for subversive activity in a time of crisis is very great if the Church happened to think it suited its purpose. We hardly need to explain what this could mean if social anarchy and violence swept through the streets.

Today, as we see Britain under its present political leadership becoming more enmeshed in its association with Europe, we are right to fear for the future and to urgently warn of the consequences that could follow. Such a course will not bring God’s blessing upon Britain. The closer Britain becomes tied to Europe now, the worse it will be for her when the time to separate comes. Europe may well insist upon Britain maintaining links she has agreed to – and we must not be surprised if this issue brings violence onto the streets. Some leading political figures have already warned of such a possibility – and that would certainly bring about the situation described by Ezekiel: “a fire from the midst of thee…”

We do not know, because we are not told, exactly what will happen in the coming referendum. The Scripture principle is there for us to consider – and it provides a basis for warning those around us of what could happen. When subversive action and violence breaks out as “a fire from the midst of thee” – it will be too late then to hear the words of Christ: “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken” (Luke 24:25).

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There is no doubt from a scriptural perspective that Europe is to draw ever closer together, while Britain is to exit the Union. We don’t come to this conclusion due to any political prognostication prowess, by reading geopolitical tealeaves, or European entrails. Rather it is the clear indication of the scriptures.
The prophecies of Ezekiel clearly indicate that nations who come to destroy Israel at the time of the end are a conglomeration, largely European lead by Russia.


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An aggressive Russia is positioning itself to take more of the Caucasus region, while pushing into Europe.
This week Russia has again proven itself relentless in its push against the Caucasus region and the borders of Europe to retake the territory once held by Soviet Union.

 

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“The western world has once again been shaken by a terrorist attack performed by members of Islamic State. In this weeks Bible in the News we look at whether or not ISIS will fulfill their ambition of establishing a worldwide empire from the perspective of Bible prophecy.”

On the 22nd March 2016, three coordinated nail bombings took place in Belgium in the city of Brussels. Two bombs went off at Brussels Airport and one at the Maalbeek metro station. The Islamic State claimed the attacks as being from their organisation and experts are investigating the possibility of a terrorist network stretching across France and Belgium.

According to a BBC article entitled “Brussels explosions: What we know about airport and metro attacks” the following was reported “At least 35 people are now known to have died in and after the explosions at Brussels airport and a metro station on Tuesday 22 March.”

The New York Times in a report entitled “Strikes Claimed by ISIS Shut Brussels and Shake European Security” stated: “Bombs packed with nails terrorized Brussels on Tuesday in the deadliest assault on the European heartland since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris four months ago, hitting the airport and subway system in coordinated strikes that were also claimed by the militant extremist group. The bombings paralyzed Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, prompted international travel warnings to avoid Belgium and reverberated across the Atlantic to the United States, where New York and other major cities raised terrorism threat levels. Anxieties intensified about the inability to prevent mass killings at relatively unprotected places.”

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In response, the people of Brussels flocked to the streets in the aftermath of the attacks. They wrote messages of support and defiance on the streets in chalk.

IS declared the establishment of their Caliphate in June 2014. A Caliphate is an area containing an Islamic steward known as a caliph which is run by Islamic law. It is a kind of empire. IS’s ambition is to continue to grow it’s territory so that it eventually becomes worldwide. Will they succeed though?
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The unrest and resulting civil war, that engulfed the nation of Syria has now been raging for about five years. To begin with it was unclear what would come out of the Syrian civil war, but there were certain events that seemed probable – many of us may have said, “Wouldn’t it be significant if Russia were to move into Syria”. Five years on, at least some of the results are becoming quite clear. Today Russia is in Syria. Russia is now saying that they will be withdrawing some of their forces from Syria.

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The King of the North and the King of the South
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The unrest and resulting civil war, that engulfed the nation of Syria has now been raging for about five years. To begin with it was unclear what would come out of the Syrian civil war, but there were certain events that seemed probable – many of us may have said, “Wouldn’t it be significant if Russia were to move into Syria”. Five years on, at least some of the results are becoming quite clear. Today Russia is in Syria. Russia is now saying that they will be withdrawing some of their forces from Syria. What this will exactly entail and when remains to be seen, but the fact is that Russia will have a much stronger presence in Syria and in the Middle East going forward. Russia’s move to pull back some of its troops came as a surprise, however it is probably a tactical pull back, the reason for which will become apparent.
The conflict in Syria has been a potentially very significant event for students of Bible prophecy for several reasons. Why is the Syrian civil war significant? Here are four reasons.
1. The territory of Syria is part of the original territory of the “king of the north” or Greek Seleucid kingdom spoken of in Daniel 11. The Seleucid empire was much larger than Syria, however the area of Syria was the most significant in respect to the kingdom of Judah at the time, as it was directly to the north. The capital of the Seleucid empire was Antioch, which is today located close to the Syrian border in modern day Turkey.
It was the “king of the north” Antiochus IV (175–163), who erected a statue to Zeus in the Temple at Jerusalem. His persecution of the Jews and desecration of the Temple resulted in the Maccabean uprising commencing in 165BC. The Maccabean resistance resulted in the Jews taking control over Judea from the Seleucids and the creation of an independent Judea.
In the time of the end, there is a “king of the north” and it would seem fitting for the latter-day “king of the north” to have control over the significant areas or territory of the ancient kingdom.
2. Syria was part of Pan-Arabism, a nationalist notion of cultural and political unity among Arab countries. Hostility to Israel was a common ground they shared. Pan-Arabism loomed large around the time of the 1967 and 1973 wars. Yet the prophecy of Ezekiel 38:13 presents us with a divided Arab world. The Syrian civil war has brought these divisions to the forefront and solidified them.
3. From the moment of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, Syria was a significant threat to Israel’s very existence. This was especially true at the time of the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur war of 1973. At that time, Syria was much more heavily armed than Israel was. Today Syria’s power is all but vanished and is fighting for very survival. The nation of Syria encompasses the region of the Euphrates along with Iraq. These nations, who attempted to lead the Arab world and rise to great power, have seen their power dry up, just like the Ottoman Empire before them.
4. With the direct intervention of Russia and their presence in Syria, as well as the downing of the Russian jet by the Turks, Turkey has suddenly become a much more significant part of the picture. Not only was the territory of Turkey part of the ancient Seleucid “king of the north” empire, it’s capital Istanbul or Constantinople, was the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire. Turkey is also one of the remnants of the Ottoman Empire and therefore we can expect it to lose power – to be “dried up”.
The Syrian civil war and disintegration has brought Russia back into the Middle-East as a major player. This is a major step forward for Russia to assume the role of the “king of the north” in the fullest sense in the latter days. Turkey’s incidents with Russia have been serious and Russia continues to provoke Turkey and to escalate the situation. Russia is hitting Turkey where it hurts, bombing the Turkmen rebel group in Syria, continuing to violate Turkish airspace and supporting the Kurds with whom Turkey is fighting. Just today Ynet news reported that Russia claims that, “Turkish troops in Syria for operation against Kurds”. We can expect the Turkish / Russian confrontation to continue – both parties have opposed interests and goals in the region – and of course as a fulfilling Bible prophecy. It is quite likely that Russia will attempt to destabilize Turkey completely and gain control of Constantinople and the Bosphorus.
Today the Middle East is very divided and the days of “Pan-Arabism” are a thing of the past. A north / south split in the Arab world has developed. To the north there is the Russian influenced Syria, Iranian Shite axis. To the south there is Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States with their sphere of “Sunni” influence. On January 5th, it was reported on the Ha’aretz Israeli news website that “Saudi Arabia Defies West by Cutting Ties With Iran”. The article opens by stating, “The new rift between Iran and Saudi Arabia is liable to delay, if not completely undermine, diplomatic efforts to end the wars in Syria and Yemen.”  Just this week the Saudis and the Arab League have listed Hezbollah as a terrorist group. Hezbollah is fighting along side Assad in Syria, but they were originally dedicated to waging war against Israel and are identified as the largest threat to Israel. Yet now Saudi Arabia says it will punish anyone linked to Hezbollah. The left wing Israeli news website Ha’aretz, said that the “Hezbollah Issue Is Splitting the Arabs”, and “Paradoxically, the definition of Hezbollah as a terror group has turned into a dividing line between Arab countries, which must now decide whether to embrace Saudi hegemony.” Arab countries must now decide whether to support the Saudi led side or the Iranian/Russian axis. This is creating a split exactly as expected by students of Bible Prophecy and as outlined in Ezekiel 38, with Russia and Persia or Iran on one side and Sheba and Dedan – or Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states on the other.
Ezekiel 38 depicts an invader from the “uttermost parts of the north” (v15 ASV), this is Rosh (v2 ASV) an ancient name for Russia. He comes down on the mountains of Israel, that have always been waste, the prophet says but have been “gathered out of the nations”. This is the time we live in – the latter days – when Israel has been regathered. Not part of this invasion are Sheba and Dedan and the Merchants of Tarshish. While not invading they are apparently not stopping the invasion from taking place. Verse 13:
“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”
This is a companion prophecy to Daniel 11, which also speaks of the “time of the end”. Daniel 11:40,41 says:
” And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.”
A better reading of the Hebrew text here could be: “At the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with the king of the north.” The verb here “push” or “content” is in the Hitpael form, this is a reflexive verb and it only appears this way in scripture in this verse. The verb is used elsewhere in a different form, for example the ox in Leviticus, which was “wont to push”. Here in Daniel 11, the picture is more like two animals engaged in a struggle pushing back and forth with their horns. This is a characteristic of the time of the end. There would be a “king of the north” power and a “king of the south” power, contending with each other, until the “king of the north” comes against the “king of the south” like a whirlwind.
So the pull back of Russia is only temporary. Russia will overflow and pass over many countries and enter the glorious land of Israel. But she will come to her end and none will help. As we consider the events in Syria, we see things steadliy moving in that predetermined direction, that heralds the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth.

Come back again next week God willing as we continue to consider the Bible in the News, on www.biblemagazine.com or www.bibleinthenews.com. This has been David Billington with you.

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