As the world watches China and Hong Kong struggle over differing definitions of freedom, and many nations express individual concern, why have four nations recently chosen to issue a joint statement disapproving of how events are unfolding in southeast Asia? Those four nations are the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States (UK.gov, May 28, 2020). But, why would these four nations, out of all the other nations of the world, choose to make a joint statement about freedom?
The Bible provides a perspective that is missing from news events covering this event. In the book of Genesis, we learn about two peoples who would become world-leading nations in the decades leading up to Christ’s return. They are the descendants of Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:19–22; 49:22–26). Ephraim’s descendants would become a “company of nations” (the British peoples), and Manasseh’s descendants would become a “great nation” (the U.S.). This connection, rooted in ancient origins, explains the proclivity of these nations to work together on numerous issues. This informative perspective is found in the pages of the Bible and is supported by numerous facts of history. However, Bible prophecies not only reveal why these peoples rose together historically, but also how they will decline and fall together as we approach the end of the age—because they will continue to turn increasingly away from the God who blessed them. To learn more about the special connection between these four modern nations, be sure to read or listen to our well-documented booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.