Britain’s fall from greatness has been relatively swift. The nation that ruled the air and the waves and helped bring victory in two World Wars has fallen from its pinnacle of power. The New York Times soberly wrote, “Britain is undergoing a full-blown identity crisis. It is a ‘hollowed-out country… ill at ease with itself… deeply provincial… engaged in a controlled suicide,’ say puzzled experts. And these are Britain’s friends” (November 4, 2017). The article continued, “‘The sense in the rest of Europe is bewilderment; how much worse can it get?’ said Tomas Valasek, a former Slovak diplomat who lived in Britain for many years and now directs Carnegie Europe, a Brussels-based research institution. ‘After Brexit, no one is trying to help now. They’ve given up. Nobody on the Continent really cares that much about Britain anymore.’”
Long ago, God prophesied the swift fall of the Israelite-descended nations, including Britain (modern-day Ephraim), if they turned away from Him (Jeremiah 2). The prophet Isaiah warned, “Therefore evil shall come upon you; you shall not know from where it arises… And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know” (Isaiah 47:11). God also foretold the reaction of neighboring nations and former allies: “All your lovers have forgotten you; they do not seek you; for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy… for the multitude of your iniquities” (Jeremiah 30:14). While Britain’s decline is sobering, the Israelite nations have a surprising future ahead. For more information, listen to or read The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.