A writer for the BBC recently made a sobering assessment of two nations that have led the Western World. Noting the “uncertainty in Westminster” and “something nearing chaos in Washington” he wrote, “Neither Britain nor America can boast strong and stable governments. Neither have the look of global exemplars. In the six weeks since Theresa May called her snap election, the global tectonic plates have shifted fast, leaving Britain and America increasingly adrift” (BBC, June 9, 2017). The author then concluded with the fatalistic observation, “These English-speaking nations no longer speak with such a clarion voice, and the rest of the world no longer takes such heed. A new world order seems to be emerging that is being articulated in other tongues.” The fading influence of America and Britain is creating a leadership void that others will rush to fill, especially Europe and China. A former U.S. presidential advisor commented that “a bolder, brasher Europe might end up defining itself in opposition to Washington” (Reuters, June 25, 2017).
The Bible tells us that the Israelite-descended nations would lead the world as a great nation and a “multitude of nations” (Genesis 48:19). However, God also warned that because of their sins, these nations would fall from this position of leadership and the pride of their power would be broken (Leviticus 26:19). We appear to be witnessing a turning point in history that was prophesied nearly 4,000 years ago. The Bible reveals that God makes nations great and also brings them down, to accomplish His purposes (Job 12:23; Daniel 2:21). To learn how and why God has guided the course of history, read or listen to our insightful booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.