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Watching Ephraim and Manasseh

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A recent 70-nation meeting in France saw Great Britain side with Israel and Australia against the majority. “Instead of demonstrating international consensus as intended by France under President Francois Hollande, the summit turned into a showdown between France and the United Kingdom over Israel” (Jerusalem Post, January 19, 2017). This comes on the heels of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech outlining how the U.K. will break from the European Union (New York Times, January 17, 2017). Australia is also one of the first nations to open trade talks with Britain following the Brexit vote (Politico, January 22, 2017). Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has intentions of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem (The Economist, December 24, 2016). Prime Minister Theresa May will also be the first foreign leader to visit the newly elected Donald Trump, continuing a special relationship that Mr. Trump promised to make an even closer one (Telegraph, January 24, 2017).

Long ago, God warned that because of their rejection of Him, He would allow the Israelite-descended nations to go into an end-time captivity. Students of Bible prophecy should know that these nations—the U.K., Israel, Australia, the U.S.—are bound together as some of the modern nations of Israel, and that the world will eventually begin to turn against them. For more on this coming reality, read or listen to The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.