Britain’s government fell on July 7. For months Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration was dogged by scandal. In the latest revelation, a senior member of Parliament was accused of inappropriate behavior after getting drunk. It turned out that he had had similar problems before, yet Prime Minister Johnson gave him a job anyway—then lied about it to the country.
This time, a large number of government ministers drew the line and began resigning en masse. About a week after the scandal broke, Mr. Johnson was forced to announce that he would step down as Britain’s prime minister.
The timing was remarkable. Just a few weeks before, Israel’s government also collapsed. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett failed to get the support of his coalition on a key piece of legislation. Mr. Bennett resigned, and his coalition colleague Yair Lapid took over the government. So now, on November 1, the country is scheduled to hold its fifth election in the past four years.
This has all happened as America’s politics are also in turmoil, as they have been for the last two years. The truth has been exposed that the last presidential election was stolen. Now an illegitimate president is careening from one crisis to another.
The fact that these three countries are falling apart at the same time—and in very similar ways—is deeply significant. The link between these nations points directly to a profound secret in Bible prophecy.
The Profound Secret
A critical Bible passage for understanding what is happening in these nations can be found in Hosea 5.
The book of Hosea is one of many Bible prophecies directed to “Israel.” Intriguingly, ancient Israel had gone into captivity hundreds of years before, but as we shall see, many details of the ancient captivity do not match the description in Hosea.
Why? Because Hosea, like many other biblical books, actually prophesies of a soon-coming, end-time captivity of Israel. God preserved these writings for thousands of years for the modern descendants of ancient Israel.
Hundreds of pages of your Bible are filled with these prophecies, yet few people talk about them. They don’t understand them. The key that unlocks the meaning of so much biblical prophecy is widely unknown.
That all-important key is the identity of the descendants of Israel today. That is to whom those prophecies about “Israel” are directed.
The Bible is a book about God’s chosen nation Israel and how God established it—despite the fact that its people were no better than other peoples—to serve as a blessing to all other nations. The Jews in the Middle East are descended from one tribe of Israel: Judah. But the Bible has a lot to say about other tribes—the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh in particular. Where are they? If the Bible is the inspired Word of God, they must be somewhere—and God intends for us to know.
As Herbert W. Armstrong proved in his book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, the modern descendants of the biblical Israelites are in fact the American and British peoples!
America’s blessings are indeed birthright blessings that God promised the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel—specifically those of Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh (modern-day Britain and America; e.g. 1 Chronicles 5:2). End-time prophecy about Israel actually reveals the fate of the United States and Britain! (I urge you to request from us a free copy of The United States and Britain in Prophecy.)
The fact that these three nations are all descended from Israel ties them together in a special way. Hosea 5 gives us even more detail.
Note verses 8-9, where God says, “Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin. Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.” God says, I have made known what shall surely be! He prophesied in advance events for our day.
Notice: These verses talk about a message going out to the “tribes of Israel.” That is not just talking about the modern Jewish nation in the Middle East called “Israel.” There were 12 tribes of Israel anciently, and three of them are mentioned in particular in these prophecies. The identity of these nations in biblical prophecy is a profound secret that we all should know and understand! Still, no one is talking about this. That is because God has to reveal this secret. He reveals it only to people who earnestly seek Him.
Now—closely note what verse 5 says about these nations: “And the pride of Israel [America] doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim [Britain] fall in their iniquity; Judah [Jewish Israel today] also shall fall with them.”
Three nations of Israel are singled out. Ephraim refers to modern-day Britain. Judah refers to the Jewish state of Israel in the Middle East. Israel in this case is specifically talking about Manasseh, which is the United States, the strongest, more prominent of the nations of Israel in this end time. God put the name “Israel” on Ephraim and Manasseh in particular (Genesis 48:14-16), and the prophecies about end-time Israel apply most specifically to the modern descendants of these two. God lists Ephraim separately here, so Israel overall refers to the United States. I believe God refers to America as Israel in Hosea 5, and “the pride of Israel,” because the U.S. is the superpower of the modern nations of Israel, though it is now failing to fulfill that role.
God says that all three of these nations will fall together.
That fall is painful to watch. But when you prove the biblical identity of these three nations and realize that Hosea is giving you a detailed end-time picture—and describing exactly what we see happening to them right before our eyes—it provides a spiritual perspective that is actually quite inspiring!
God also says these three countries are afflicted with similar problems.
“Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness” (verse 12). The word rottenness means like a worm or like maggots infesting open wounds. Spiritually, there is something very rotten about these three nations that they need to see, and it goes right to the bones—it’s that deep. Americans, Britons and Jews have rejected God and His law and lived contrary to Him. Our nations are sick!
All three are deeply divided along ideological lines. This chasm is at the heart of the political upheaval in these three countries.
America is split between two warring halves. The radical left will stop at nothing to ensure they prevail in this war. Across the Atlantic, the British have struggled to empower any leader who can last for more than a couple of years. And Israel has rocked from one inconclusive election to the next.
Instead of loving their constituents above self, most politicians lust for power. We have seen examples in our day where politicians will do virtually anything, even commit egregious crimes, to get elected and cling to power.
Consequently, people in America, Britain and Israel have less confidence in their governments than ever.
What Next for America
The Bible goes further than telling us that these three countries will fall together. It also says that God will give at least two of them a temporary reprieve together so He can warn them.
The book of Amos, like Hosea, is full of prophecy for this end time. Amos describes a final warning going out to these nations of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam ii. For this book of prophecy to describe this man shows that the ancient Israelite Jeroboam ii is a type of a modern leader. We must then turn to the book of Kings to learn more about him.
2 Kings 14:26-27 state: “For the Lord saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel. And the Lord said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.”
King Jeroboam ii was not a righteous man. He did evil and committed the same sins that the first Jeroboam had. Nevertheless, the Bible records something remarkable: God actually used this unrighteous king to save the nation.
Israel was in bitter affliction—on the verge of being blotted out of existence! God granted mercy when Israel really didn’t deserve it. Rather than sending Israel into captivity at that time, God used this king to save Israel and give the nation one last period of prosperity before facing a reckoning for the sins it never repented of.
We have taught for several years that Donald Trump fulfills the role of this end-time Jeroboam. God used him to save America from being destroyed by the radical left.
The next verse brings Judah into the picture: “Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?” (verse 28).
This verse shows that the end-time Jeroboam has to wage war to recover something. After using the word saved in verse 27, it uses another, even stronger word: warred. Jeroboam has to war to recover something. As I write in my new book America Under Attack, putting this together with other prophecies reveals that it is a stolen presidency that he will recover.
The fact that the verse about warring comes after the verse about saving indicates that the end-time Jeroboam wages “war” after he has already saved Israel once. There are several different ways in which God could use Jeroboam to war today.
Verse 28 strongly indicates that Mr. Trump recovers his presidency by some kind of warring—which strongly indicates a method other than a vote! It seems certain to me that this will happen before the next presidential election in 2024—unless there would be some kind of warring and voting combined. But this verse does not even hint of an election.
2 Kings 14:28 states that Jeroboam recovered Damascus and Hamath. The Soncino commentary states that Damascus was once ruled by King David, and that the king of Hamath paid tribute to David and became part of his son Solomon’s kingdom (2 Samuel 8:9-10; 1 Kings 8:65). So the indication is that Jeroboam reclaimed something to help Judah, the Jewish nation.
This verse ties the politics of the U.S. and Judah together.
When Barack Obama was president, he was terribly unmerciful to the Jewish nation of Israel. But in President Trump’s first term, he saved the Jewish nation of Israel (biblical Judah) from much of Obama’s tyranny. He supported Israel in many ways, including scrapping the Iran deal, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, and helping Israel sign the “Abraham Accords” with Arab nations in the region. Joe Biden has taken America back to the terrorist-supporting policies of Barack Obama.
From the time of Joe Biden’s inauguration, I predicted that we would have more Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel because of the change in leadership. That is exactly what began to happen. Anybody should be able to recognize why!
There is also a connection here to God’s work. Isaiah 40:9 shows that God’s Church in this end time has a message that must be delivered to “the cities of Judah”: “Behold your God!” As Hosea 5 confirms, we have a message that must go out in America, Judah and the United Kingdom. A worsening security situation in Judah could severely hamper our ability to deliver that message.
It appears Mr. Trump may have to recover some of Judah’s freedom for God’s work to even be able to deliver God’s message to the cities of Judah.
Once this message goes out during the time of the end-time Jeroboam, God says, “… I will not again pass by them any more” (Amos 7:8). God passes by the last time to show three end-time nations of Israel—the United States, Britain and the Jewish nation—how to solve their problems and to warn them of the consequences of their failure to do so. 2 Kings 14:28 tells us that Donald Trump comes back and it affects the politics of both America and Judah to enable that message to go out. Things get better in both these nations for a time.
Could the same thing happen in the UK? 2 Kings 14:28 does not specifically mention Ephraim. But it is still part of Israel. And God still has a powerful message to get to them.
These three countries all fall together. But this verse also indicates that God gives all three countries a reprieve from that fall, allowing His message to go out one more time. The change in politics in Britain and Israel could show that we are close to this prophecy being fulfilled.
Unless the people of these three countries heed the message, though, the fall will continue. They are still living the same way of life that causes all their problems. But the message that God gets out in this time will have an effect—even if the nations do not respond right away.
Why is God allowing and even bringing about such terrible suffering for America, Britain and Israel? Because it is the one and only way we can be cured of our spiritual sickness! After we are crushed and see what our sin produces, we will finally—finally—seek God!
It is going to be painful. The destruction and death will be unimaginable. But for those who survive, it will cause them to finally seek God and know Him! And those who do not survive, God will resurrect and teach, and they too will come to know Him!
Look where Hosea’s prophecy leads: “I will go and return to my place,” God says, “till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early” (Hosea 5:15). These nations have committed an offense against God. He doesn’t want to see people suffer—He wants the opposite! But they won’t listen to Him today. God says, however, that when He starts correcting them, then in that intense affliction and suffering, the Jews and the people of the U.S. and Britain are going to seek Him—and they are going to find Him.
Here is a powerful lesson from God: If we will seek Him, we will find Him, and everything will be fine. If we don’t repent and turn to God, we cannot escape the affliction coming on these nations. It may be too late for these nations to repent, but you can individually. Throughout these troubling times we are entering into more deeply every week, you can have God’s protection.
Hosea goes on to give us prophecy of these three nations seeking God! What a beautiful, repentant attitude! That is good news that we have never seen in our nations, but it is about to come to pass. All these events are leading directly to that point. This is better than a Hollywood ending!
Just as God’s prophecies have already happened, are happening and will happen, you can take infinite hope in where these dark days are leading. Our nations are going to suffer, but then they will repent! Along with the whole world, they will know the great God. And their loving Father is about to bring them and this whole world peace for all eternity!