WHATEVER PEOPLE MAY SAY, BREXIT IS IN LINE WITH GOD’S PURPOSE
God has work for Britain which could not be accomplished while being shackled to Europe.
Long ago God foretold that she must come to Israel’s aid, when Russia and Europe make hostile advances towards the nation of Israel, before Jesus Christ intervenes to save Israel. In these circumstances Britain cannot be both for and against Israel,
Whilst the name Israel appears very frequently in the Bible, nowhere do we find the name Britain or Europe. What we do find, however, are the names “Tarshish” “Tharshish, and also “the merchants of Tarshish.” With clues provided in the Bible concerning the characteristics of this country or nation we can, with confidence, identify it as Britain. We briefly summarise three of the main characteristics of the power or nation called Tarshish, from the 24 references to it in the Bible.
Firstly we note that it is a seafaring nation. There are a number of references to “the ships of Tarshish.” 2 Chronicles 9:21, Psalm 48:7, Isaiah 2:16, 23:1, 23:14, Ezekiel 27:25. “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” Isaiah 60:9.
Secondly it is island power. In the genealogy of Noah one of the descendants of his son Japheth is named Tarshish, “by these were the isles of the gentiles divided..” Genesis 10:4, 5.
Thirdly it is a merchant power. “Tarshish was thy (Tyre’s) merchant by reason of the multitude of all kinds of riches; with silver, iron, tin and lead, they traded in thy fairs.” Ezekiel 27:12. Britain is the only country, the only island nation, which is a seafaring merchant power, and was able to supply silver, iron, tin and lead from its own resources. Interestingly, tin mining is to be revived in Cornwall by a Canadian company.
The Bible shows that Britain will be closer to Israel in the future when she exits from the European Union.
Although the religious constitution of Britain was originally under the jurisdiction of Europe, this was severed when Henry Vlll famously broke away from Rome, and now we are breaking away politically. Being part of the European Union (E.U) we conceded national sovereignty, but this will now change as a result of the recent E.U. referendum.
The Bible marks out a course for Britain, which is to go to the aid of Israel, when Europe will be part of a Russian led confederacy that goes to war against Israel. Mainland Europe is predominantly comprised of people that adhere to Roman Catholicism and are traditionally anti Semitic. It is for these reasons that, despite Britain coming to Europe’s aid in the last two wars, the future relationship of Britain with mainland Europe is to be, hostile.
Britain in the past has been hostile to the Jewish people. However, due to the influence of the Bible, coupled with commercial interests, between the mid 19th and early 20th centuries, the British became more favourably disposed to the interests of the Jewish people, particularly their desire to return to their own land, Israel, or the land of Palestine, as it was then called. 1917 was the year in which the British forces, under General Allenby drove out the Turks from Palestine. This was in December 1917, a significant date, because in November 1917, a month earlier, Britain had issued the famous Balfour declaration, named after Lord Balfour, the British foreign secretary, in which the British Government gave the Jewish people hope of a return to their ancient inheritance.
The declaration reads: “His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."
In due course, the British Government were mandated in 1920, by the then League of Nations to carry out the intentions of the Balfour Declaration. The period of the mandate lasted from 1920 until 1948. The Authorities appointed by the British Government, for the administration of the mandate, in Palestine were not, in the main, sympathetic to the Jews. And the relationship between Britain and those who would eventually become the nation of Israel, was not a happy one during this period. This was the period that witnessed the second war and the Holocaust, during which 6 million Jews perished at the hands of the German powers and their allies. Many Jews escaped to Palestine at this time, but many more were denied entry. This was because the British Government was more concerned with appeasing the Arabs whose leaders organized riots against the Jews.
Britain is to be a supporter and friend of Israel. A number of British Prime Ministers have said, on attaining this office, “Israel will always have our support. We will be a friend in good times and bad and we will never compromise our friendship for political expediency.” This is the stance that Britain was destined to take according to Bible prophecy. It is a position that God has ordained for it. It is the direction that was foreseen by a certain Bible expositor, over 160 years ago. Dr. Thomas in his book Elpis Israel, published in 1848, wrote the following, of Britain’s pre-ordained role, in promoting the return of the Jews to their own land.
“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 finger of God has indicated a course to be pursued by Britain which cannot be evaded, and which her counsellors will not only be willing, but eager, to adopt when the crisis comes upon them.”
Although the mandate they received to put this into effect was not done with the enthusiasm envisaged by those who drew it up, yet it did result in the colonization of Palestine by the Jews and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
When Israel is invaded by her enemies it is Britain and her commonwealth allies, not the E.U, who are destined to come to her aid then, as the prophet Ezekiel foretells. The prophet Ezekiel wrote of a time when Israel will be invaded by a Russian led confederacy of nations from both Eastern and Western Europe and Asia, and be opposed by Britain and her commonwealth allies. Ezekiel 38:1-6.
The nations that form part of the Russian confederacy include the countries of mainland Europe, and are identified under their ancient names of Gomer, and Togarmah. It will be “in the latter years that thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” (Ezekiel 38:8, 9).
This invasion will take place when Israel has made the land habitable, fruitful and prosperous, for so the prophet declares. “They, (the invading force) come upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:11,12).
Britain’s resolve to come to their aid will be tested at this time. Whoever is the Prime Minister and whatever party is in power then, their response is foretold.
“Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (the invading force), 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? Ezekiel 38:13. This could not happen until after they returned to the land, i.e. after 1948. The young lions are the erstwhile cubs; the commonwealth countries that have stood with Britain, the old lion, in the last two World Wars. It is significant that with Britain’s withdrawal from the E.U it is seeking new alliances and forming them with the commonwealth countries are at the forefront of her efforts.
It is the commonwealth countries that will ally them-selves with Britain, and it is to them, not the European nations, that come to Israel’s defence against the invading force; an invading force that will include a European contingent.
What this means, of course, is that Britain must eventually disassociate herself from Europe, for her future role is to be an ally of Israel, not part of the European confederacy that joins with Russia against Israel. Unfortunately, Britain will not be able to defend Israel against her aggressors. It will be God who destroys the Russian Confederate Armies on the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 38:18-23. Israel will then become “the head of all nations, and not the tail” …. “the first dominion of the Kingdom…and a strong nation.. over which the LORD shall reign in Mount Zion, even for ever.” Deuteronomy 28:13, Micah 4:7,8
Britain will be one of those nations that will submit to Jesus Christ, the future ruler of the world, but first she must be humbled. Having been humbled, Britain’s relationship with Israel and her king, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be that of a suppliant nation, as we read in Psalm 72. “He, the Lord Jesus Christ, will have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.” Just as the ancient Queen of Sheba brought gifts to King Solomon, many believe it would be appropriate if the present Queen Elizabeth, is on the throne when Christ comes, and submits to his rule. And again in Isaiah 60:9-11 “surely the isles shall wait for thee, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers (including the latter day Tarshish and Tyre who supplied labourers and material for the building of temple, in Solomon’s time) shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee (Israel) but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.. and the wealth of the Gentiles shall be brought unto thee. “
This is the destiny foreordained for Britain, but what of Europe’s destiny?
In the last book of the Bible the European powers are identified as the latter day Babylon. It is this power which suffers an irretrievable devastating defeat by the Lord Jesus Christ. After Christ has defeated the Russian led confederacy in Israel, the Pope gathers the remnant of the defeated forces throughout Europe to oppose him in the belief that he is the anti Christ. The destinies of Britain, Europe and Israel cannot be foreseen by those who view the future from the present perspective. But the Bible enables us to foresee what God has determined for the world, and enables us to take appropriate steps now.