Two of the most powerful nations in the last two centuries are currently laboring under patently unworkable governments.
On the one hand, Germany wobbles under a coalition government that has recently lost its majority in the nation’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat. Its chancellor faces pressure from the public and her fellow politicians due to a poor showing leading the country since Germany’s last federal election in September 2009.
On the other, Britain—for so long the nation that juggled the balance of power in pre-World War i Europe, and which has been a balancer of types till recently even in the European Union—has cobbled together what appears at first sight to be a most dysfunctional coalition between the conservative Tories and center-left Liberal Democrats.
Both nations are caught in the midst of crises. Germany sits at the very center of the eurozone sovereign debt crisis. Britain faces a national debt of horrendous proportions, and teeters on the brink of being classed among the piigs countries—Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain—in terms of the risk to its financial standing in the global community.
At present, Britain is part of a European Union that is patently dominated by Germany. Even its own newspapers admit that Germany is once again master of Europe.
Among the staggering challenges facing Britain’s newly appointed government—not the least being its overwhelming debt—it will soon have to face up to one great, overarching political decision: Will the government continue to resist the will of the people by retaining membership of the European Union? Or will it yield to the rising tide of anti-EU sentiment and leave?
An intriguing prophecy in the book of Hosea describes an aging Britain (biblical Ephraim) as a multiethnic society whose national energy is sapped by the foreigners that live within its island borders: “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth it not” (Hosea 7:8-9).
The prophecy declares that when Britain finally wakes up to its problems, it will go cap in hand to, of all peoples, its old, traditional enemy: Germany! “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian … yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound” (Hosea 5:13).
In this context, it is interesting to note that certain voices within the EU have already warned the British government to not consider help from that quarter in its hour of financial need. “Officials from both euro and non-euro countries said Britain should not ask for help if it runs into trouble because it had not signed up to a £378 billion support fund,” the Telegraph reported.
“French, Swedish and many Brussels officials have predicted that it is only a matter of time before sterling is hit by the same market turbulence that came close to destroying the euro at the weekend.
”Jean-Pierre Jouyet, a former French Europe minister and the current chairman of France’s financial services authority, yesterday predicted only ‘God would help’ a rudderless Britain after it snubbed its eurozone neighbors. ”‘There is not a two-speed Europe but a three-speed Europe. You have Europe of the euro, Europe of the countries that understand the euro … and you have the English,’ he said. ”‘The English are very certainly going to be targeted given the political difficulties they have. Help yourself and heaven will help you. If you don’t want to show solidarity to the eurozone, then let’s see what happens to the United Kingdom’” (May 11).
Will God and heaven help Britain in its hour of need?
How could that even be remotely expected when even the level of honor bestowed on God by those who prayed for victory over Nazi Germany 70 years ago has been sacrificed on the altar of the EU in Britain’s own iconic bastion of its traditional religion?
On Sunday May 6, a service was held in Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, the founding instrument of today’s European Union, a document based on the corporatist ideal of Nazi Germany. Prayers were offered in support of all EU institutions in a manner that paid obeisance to the EU over and above that owed by the British peoples to their sovereign and any normally due acknowledgment that was once paid to its once-sovereign British institutions. The European flag was the dominant symbol of the day—displacing the once-time-honored Union Jack, with all of its wonderful symbolism of the Britons’ true national heritage. (Read our book The United States and Britain in Prophecy for further understanding on this.)
Had it been possible, the rumble from the heroes of Britain turning in their graves at Westminster would surely have shaken the entire cathedral to its very foundations!
Help from God, help from heaven in Britain’s hour of need? I think not—not until the true God of the British and of all mankind witnesses a great national repentance from the British peoples!
The good news is, that day will come! But until that day dawns, God is going to hide His face from a sin-sick, morally deficient and rebellious people who, having lost their true national identity, have trashed their incredible national potential! They are a nation that has turned its back on the very God who once had blessed it more than any single nation on Earth!
So what is God’s response? “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early” (verse 15).
OH! Once-Great Britain, PRAY for that day—for time is short! It is later than you think!