In a recent survey of more than 4,000 Britons, the Church of England and two other religious organizations came to better understand the nation’s declining faith. “The figures found while 57% classified themselves as Christian, fewer than 10% read the Bible and prayed regularly, or go to church at least once a month” (BBC, October 31, 2015). Also, “four in 10 people did not believe Jesus was a real person, with a quarter of 18 to 34 year olds believing he was a mythical or fictional character” (ibid.).
The Bible reveals that when the ancient nations of Israel and Judah turned away from God, rejected His laws, despised His prophets and went seeking after foreign gods, they were carried off into captivity—fulfilling ancient prophecies (Deuteronomy 28:15-51). Many today do not realize these ancient prophecies are dual and also apply to modern Israelite nations. The prophet Ezekiel, writing nearly one hundred years after Israel’s captivity, told of a future time when Israelite nations would again be taken captive, “Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you... I am against you and will execute judgments in your midst… And I will do among you what I have never done… I will scatter [you] to all the winds” (Ezekiel 5:7-10; see also Hosea 8:11-14). Unless modern Israelite nations repent and turn to God, they will reap the consequences of despising the God who has blessed them so abundantly (Jeremiah 2:17-19; Hosea 4:6-9).
For more about the future of the Israelite nations, be sure to read The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.