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Death of an Empire?

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Following the “Brexit” vote a few weeks ago, many have speculated about the future and fate of the UK. Many anticipate the United Kingdom may not remain united for long (New York Times, July 12, 2016). Sobering rhetoric about Britain’s future appeared in a recent New York Times article entitled “England’s Last Gasp of Empire” (ibid.). The writer, describing the excitement over the Brexit vote, lamented, “What its partisans, celebrating with flag-waving in the street, tearfully called ‘Independence Day’ will unravel the role that England has played since the 16th century as a great power, along with the City of London’s reign as a financial capital of the world” (ibid.).

While the exact future of Britain and the UK is not immediately apparent, Bible prophecy has long foretold that due to the Israelite-descended nations’ turning away from God and His laws, God will “break the pride” of their power (Leviticus 26:19). At the birth of Queen Elizabeth, less than 100 years ago, Britain’s empire covered nearly a quarter of the globe. However, that empire has been contracting ever since, just as God predicted. Although God prophesied Britain’s fall from leadership and power, it is still very sobering to watch. For more insight into the encouraging future of Britain and the Israelite nations following the return of Christ, be sure to read The United States and Britain in Prophecy.