James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
“To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations; Greetings.” (James 1:1 NIV)
Editor’s comments: Those committed to a socialist society or one-world government are poised to take over as Western democracies begin to collapse. Globalists, like the Hungarian Multi-Billionaire, George Soros, seek to disrupt governments where nationalism, capitalism and personal freedoms are promoted. Globalism is paving the way for the Antichrist.
God decreed that his people increase and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1). In Genesis 11:1-11, He foiled the plans of the first globalist society, Babel, by confusing their language. “From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” (11:11)
Where are Babel’s descendants today? They reside among the nations, ready to build an “enlightened” Babylon, and looking for a “great leader” like Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-12). jf
(This series is taken from the essay “What Gives America?” by our newest contributor, Benaiah Fredericks.)
Last time we looked at Israel’s fateful “struggle with God.” As Genesis 11 shows, Israel was not the first scattered to the four winds, the people of Babel were.
The Bible prophesied that Jacob (a.k.a. Israel or Ephraim) would be dispersed over the earth (Deuteronomy 28:64, Jeremiah 13:24, Ezekiel 22:15). There, among the nations, they would remain until the gospel was preached and their King returned (Micah 5:7-8, Ezekiel 37:16, 21-23, Acts 1:6).
In the U.S. and Britain, we recognize God’s promises of blessedness made to Abraham. The national greatness that father Jacob prophesied to Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph, is observable in these Western allies (Genesis 48:19-20).
Prophecy distinguishes between “Godly” and “Beastly” nations. Godly and righteous nations are exalted by God. The Beastly are the worldly countries who foolishly oppose him. This is not to “demonize” nations or people. This is a spiritual category. Godly nations generally advance the Kingdom’s purposes. Beastly or ungodly kingdoms promote worldly philosophies that deny the God of the Bible and persecute his people.
The Bible offers blueprints for Godly and Beastly nations. Israel, under David and Solomon is our model for a righteous people. God chose Israel to make other nations jealous, so they would look on its prosperity and praise the true and Living God (ex. 1 Kings 10:1-13). Israel’s failures do not alter their permanent status of blessed or nullify God’s promises anymore than his saints’ failures negate their service. Though the Lord uses flawed people, still He cannot fail.
Beastly kingdoms are found in the Daniel 2 dream given to Nebuchadnezzar. This all-encompassing vision revealed godless and humanistic empires in history and in prophecy, kingdoms hostile to God’s people, Israel.
Do America and Great Britain fit the Godly or Beastly category? It is easy to answer. Britain’s rise as a superpower was meteoric and miraculous. By the early 1800’s, the prosperous British Empire spanned the globe. Scholars focusing on Lady Britannia’s failures, often disregard the benefits that followed colonization. The British raised living standards in their colonies. In exchange for raw materials shipped to Britain, they built roads, bridges, railroads, schools and hospitals.
Britain’s adherence to the rule of law, curtailed tribal wars and one group oppressing the other. The absence of civil conflicts laid the groundwork for British missionaries to carry the gospel to remote villages and to far-flung tribes, at times paying with their lives. And so they fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham, “…all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you…” (Genesis 12:3).
(Editor’s note: Benaiah Fredericks is qualified to speak on the positive aspects of British colonization and missionary enterprise. He is a native of Kenya, a former East African British colony. His grandfather assisted with the first Bible translation in his tribal language.)
By the 20th century, Britain was in decline. By World War II’s end, the once prosperous nation had become the world’s largest debtor. The baton of power changed hands. As a departure from the past and a precursor of the future, the transition was due to economic factors. Devastated by the cost of fighting Hitler, Great Britain required American cash to rebuild. Thus Britain’s financial market dominance ended. Where the pound Sterling had been preferred, the U.S. dollar took over as the currency for a global market. Unable to sustain their empire, post-war Britain one-by-one granted independence to its colonies, so its decline was complete.
America became the next superpower. Unlike Britain, it did not colonize nations. It wielded power by dominating trade, exercising a form of economic imperialism through its giant industrial conglomerates such as their oil companies.
America continued–or perhaps exceeded–Britain’s world Christian missionary service. Nationally, granting billions of dollars in aid and loans to nations, America has been a stabilizing force to the world.
It also became the “Promised Land” for millions. This fertile land of opportunity encouraged the ambitious to migrate to America. In the minds of many, it was the Garden of Eden that Christopher Columbus expected to find.
By advancing the cause of peace, U.S. blessedness was the hand of God at work. In general, the world has been enormously helped by American foreign policy and military might, often resulting in U.S. soldiers’ blood spilled onto foreign soil.
With British and American evangelistic efforts covering much of the world, who fits the prophecy to Ephraim and Manasseh better than these “cousin” nations?
In Part 5, we will list ways Britain and America abandoned the Godly nation path, even denying the Lord who blessed them. We will discuss what saints must do as a result.