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Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

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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.  

 

 

 

 

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The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ

Written by John Thomas, M.D.. Posted in Prophecy

A TRANSLATION OF THE APOCALYPSE BY JOHN THOMAS, M.D.

With notes added from “Eureka” & “Thirteen Lectures on the Apocalypse.”

The book of Revelation is as much part of the word of God as all the other inspired books that make up the Bible. To read it regularly and not understand it is unprofitable; not to read it is to despise the word of God. This does not mean that someone desiring to be baptised must understand the detail of the book of Revelation. As in all fields of education, one passes from the simple to the more complex and difficult; so in spiritual things. But it is essential that we progress in our understanding of the divine Will. We have to pass from babes in Christ to the full stature of the man in Christ Jesus. So much in the book of Revelation are themes taking their meaning from previous scriptural matters, that understanding the book of Revelation naturally takes its place as we progress in our studies. It must be the object of all who love God’s word to attain to a fair understanding of this last message; especially so when we remember the insistence of this by God himself in the opening words, “Blessed is he that readeth... and they that keep those things which are written therein.” The book of Revelation is probably of more importance to us than to any previous generation. We are living in the period when all its promises and warnings reach their climax. It may surprise some to realise two thirds of the Revelation — fourteen out of its twenty-two chapters — deal with the time of his return and the setting up of the kingdom. We live in this time and the Revelation is in a special sense OUR book — given specially for us... we have a key to present events, and God’s view of man’s present behaviour; and from our vantage point near the end of history, we can see the outline of the startling events that lie ahead. So we can be assured and enthusiastic about his imminent return. In particular, those attuned to the book of Revelation will know that the God of judgment of the Old Testament is unchanged in the book of Revelation, and they will be warning people of the approaching day of judgment at the hands of Jesus, returned in power to establish the righteous throne of the God of Israel.                                   Graham Pearce, (1974).

PREFACE

The author of “Eureka” wrote of the name he chose for his exposition of the Apocalypse: -

“Eureka signifies ‘I have found.’ If the reader enquire of me ‘What?’ I answer, ‘an Exposition of the Apocalypse in harmony with the things of the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Anointed,’ which completes the title.”

In addition to the exposition he provided the reader with a new translation. This small work is Thomas’s translation of the whole Apocalypse copied from the Robert Roberts’ 1889/90 (volumes 1 & 2) and, Thomas’s 1869 (volume 3) Editions. There are some variations in the translation of the first five chapters, at the beginning of Eureka, and those at the commencement of each section. The latter variations have been chosen for this print, in the belief that these represent Thomas’s preferred choice as he came to expound each section. The emphases are believed to be those chosen by Thomas.

The Compiler

The Apocalypse is a condensed and symbolic exhibition of literal things. There is only so much of the literal throughout as serves to give character and clue to the symbolism. (Thirteen Lectures, p.79).

Publishers Note

For clarity the notes are in ”blue” type and are purposely brief in character for easy comparison to the text of John Thomas’s translation, which is in “black” type. Deeper study can be found in other works by John Thomas such as “Eureka.”

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How Christ's coming will change the world

Written by Aidan Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

What do we mean by the phrase ‘change the world?’

 There have been many people who in some way or another have, in a sense, changed the world for good or ill. 
Discoverers, inventors, scientists, military leaders, dictators, amongst others, could all lay claims to have made an impact on the world and changed the course of history.

Whilst we would not wish to dispute this claim, the change that Jesus Christ is to bring about will exceed all others in its scope and in its permanent effect for good for the earth and its inhabitants.In fact he has already been responsible for a change in the world for good as a result of the manner of his birth, the holiness of his life and the manner of his death.

But the changes he will make when he comes again will be far greater.  They will be those which a benevolent ruler, who has control over the physical, economic and judicial aspects of human life, would introduce for the well being of the earths inhabitants.

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How and when is Christ coming?

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

How and When will Jesus Christ return to this earth?

It is not a question of whether Jesus Christ will come back to this earth, but in what manner and at what time he will return.

The personal, literal return of Jesus Christ back to this earth is the essential and necessary element for the realisation of the Gospel or the One Hope set forth in the Bible. Without his return there can be no resurrection of the dead; no establishment of the kingdom of God; no fulfilment of the promises to Abraham, David and all those who shared their faith; and no deliverance from the curse of sin and death, which continues to blight the earth.

How Jesus Christ will bring about these changes to the earth is not the subject of this article but to show how and when he will come.

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Where are we in the Divine timetable?

Written by A.D.H. Thomas. Posted in Prophecy

When will Jesus Christ return to this earth? Where are we in the Divine timetable?

Without his return there can be no resurrection of the dead; no establishment of the kingdom of God; no fulfilment of the promises to Abraham, David and all those who shared their faith; and no deliverance from the curse of sin and death, which continues to blight the earth.

The personal, literal return of Jesus Christ back to this earth is essential for the realisation of the Gospel or the One Hope set forth in the Bible. For believers of the gospel then, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ must surely be the single most important event on which all their hopes and expectations are centred.

Not only would we expect that his coming, and the events surrounding it, be the subject of much of the Scriptures, but that its Author would also reveal the time of his coming, for the benefit of those who are looking for and desirous of Christ’s return. And we would not be mistaken in this assumption.

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Illustrations of Prophecy

Written by Mark Smith. Posted in Prophecy

Joseph Lomas Towers 1796

Below are notes taken from this book, Volume 2

Illustrations of Prophecy: in the course of which are elucidated many predictions which occur in Isaiah, Daniel, the writings of the Evangelists, and of the Book of Revelation ... Together with ... extracts ... from Mede, Vitringa, ... Sir Isaac Newton, ... Bishop. Newton, and Bishop Hurd.

Notes from pp.568-569.

Deuteronomy 28:37, 49-52, 59-67.

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among the nations wither the LORD shall lead thee. The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; a nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: and he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trusted, throughout all thy land; and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful….and ye shall be left few in number…and the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other…and among these nations shalt thout find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee a trembling heart and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: and thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life; In the morning thou shalt sat, Would God it were even! And at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! For the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.”

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