America & Britain in Prophecy

Originally written by Raymond F. McNair and republished in 1996 by the now-defunct Global Church of God.

and Britain
in Prophecy


The Identity Question


The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel

A Great Mystery of History

Anglo-American Ethnic Roots

The Birthright Finally Realized!

What Is Now Prophesied?



Originally written by Raymond F. McNair and republished in 1996 by the now-defunct Global Church of God.



America & Britain in Prophecy:
The Vital Key to End-Time Prophecy


Perhaps most of us remember reading the biblical story of Joseph. It is one of the most touching and meaningful stories in all the Bible. Joseph's jealous brothers had sold him into slavery. For more than 20 long years, it had been assumed by his father Jacob and the rest of his family that Joseph was dead or lost for good. But the God of Abraham had orchestrated a series of remarkable events to make Joseph the ruler, under Pharaoh, over all of Egypt. In this capacity, he had stored up grain during seven plentiful years. And, while he was sharing that grain with starving multitudes during the seven years of famine which followed, Joseph's brothers came to Egypt to buy some.

Finally, Joseph revealed himself to them and a joyous reunion followed! When his brothers went back and told their father, the old patriarch just couldn't believe it. But, after they recounted the details of how Joseph revealed himself to them--and he saw the wagons Joseph had sent him--Jacob said, "It is enough. Joseph my son is alive. I will go and see him before I die" (Gen. 45:28).

Where is Joseph today? While it is true that the Jewish people were given the "scepter" promise of kingship and the lineage of the Messiah, the Bible makes it very plain that the tribe of Joseph was to inherit the promised blessings of national greatness and power--"the BIRTHRIGHT was Joseph's" (1 Chron. 5:2). Where are these people who were to become a great "nation AND a company of nations" (Gen. 35:11), who were to inherit the "gates" of their enemies (Gen. 24:60), and which were to be physically BLESSED above all nations? Did they end up among the so-called "Ten Lost Tribes" of Israel who seemingly disappeared from the world scene after being taken into captivity by Assyria around 734-721 B.C.?

The story of the discovery of modern-day "Joseph" is moving and powerful in its implications. It presents to us the vital KEY that unlocks the real understanding of scores of end-time Bible prophecies! But is it really important that we understand such prophecies?

Jesus Himself prophesied of the last days of this world's present civilization, "For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be" (Mark 13:19). These are powerful words coming directly from the Son of God. After describing a number of specific events to occur at the end of this age, Jesus stated in this same prophecy, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away" (v. 31). We all need to wake up, look at what is happening all around us and realize that we are truly living in the prophesied "last days." Things are not going to continue as they have been. Many of the major countries we live in or are familiar with will literally cease to exist within the lifetimes of many of you reading this!

Knowing this, and knowing that God's true servants have always spoken out to warn His people about major future catastrophes, we who publish this material do not want to let you down. We feel inspired and impelled by the Spirit of God to let you know the real meaning of today's news and what prophecy indicates is soon to occur. As the Prophet Amos wrote, "If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:6-8).

So as you read this brochure about what is prophesied to happen to America, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand--and, to a lesser extent, all the other peoples descended from the nations of Northwest Europe--recognize that this is exactly what the true servants of God ought to be talking about at such a time as this.

There have been times in the past when centuries went by with very little in the way of prophesied events taking place. Perhaps even God's true ministers need not have spent too much time on prophecy back then. But not now! For now it is all beginning to come together--and you need to be informed. You need to understand. God warns us, "Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'" (2 Pet. 3:3-4).

Let's be sure that we are not found among those who scoff at or belittle prophecy. Let us rather be alert to prophecy and to the meaning of present world events. Let us obey Jesus' inspired command, "WATCH therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36). And let's also be sure that we fully grasp the importance of understanding who the American and British-descended peoples of the earth are in Bible prophecy--as most end-time prophecies directly concern US (and our Jewish brothers). For, truly--as this brochure proves--Joseph has been found!



America & Britain in Prophecy:
The Identity Question



hat, or WHO, was really behind the rise of Britain and America to the very pinnacle of national wealth and power? Many world leaders have stood in awe of the economic and military power which the Anglo-Americans have wielded during the 19th and 20th centuries.

How did U.S. President Ronald Reagan view America? He said, "I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom" (Newsweek, Dec. 27, 1982, p. 44).


U.S. President Ronald Reagan



"I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom."


And President Harry S. Truman once said, "I do not think that anyone can study the history of this nation of ours without becoming convinced that divine providence has played a part in it. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose!"

Other national leaders have been recognized America's special role. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India said, "Today the U.S. is the top country, with a high opinion of its global responsibilities. There is no part of the world that does not sense American influence. Even societies built on other ideals wish to emulate American standards in material consumption" (Time, Nov. 1, 1976). Mrs. Gandhi also spoke about America's sheer vastness and natural endowment, the vitality and friendliness of its people, and its immense achievements as a civilization.

Admittedly, America has become much greater than Britain during this 20th century. Nonetheless, Britain was already a great nation for centuries before America gained her independence. Furthermore, Britain and the British-descended members of the Commonwealth (Canada, Australia, New Zealand) are, together, much larger in geographic size than the United States. Australia alone is nearly as large as America.

In this eye-opening brochure, we will examine the Bible prophecies, given long ago, which clearly reveal that the Anglo-American peoples were to become the greatest national powers on earth.

Would the Bible Ignore the Greatest Nations?

Stop and think for a moment. Is it reasonable to believe God would not even mention influential nations like America and Britain in Bible prophecy? Bible prophecy mentions all of the mighty empires which arose in ancient times: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome--and even smaller nations like Arabia, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Malta and Spain. Would the Word of God utterly neglect to mention the greatest empire in human history--the mighty British Empire of modern times which dominated the world for over two centuries?

Also, one might ask, is it rational to believe God would totally ignore mentioning in His Word the richest, most powerful nation this earth has ever seen--the United States?

As we will see, God Almighty does not ignore mentioning our great nations. In fact, the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic-descended peoples are mentioned more often in the Bible than any others. Of course, they are not referred to there by the modern names of America and Britain. To know who they are, we must come to understand their ancient origins. What are the ancestral roots of the peoples of America and Britain? Why have they played such a dominant role in the affairs of this world in modern times?

In his famous work, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill wrote, "Vast numbers of people [Americans and Britons] on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the British Commonwealth of Nations have felt a sense of brotherhood" (vol. 1, p. vii).

And Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher later commented, "I think there was... a bit of anti-Americanism [in Britain]. But the moment you remind people that the world is not likely to be free or safe unless we [Britons] and the U.S. stick together, and of the fantastic generosity of the U.S. to Europe, putting it on its feet with the Marshall Plan [following World War II], immediately they get their things in perspective. People [in Britain] are not anti-American really. It is really like being members of the same family" (Time, June 20, 1988).

Who ARE these people? French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing said this of the Americans: "You have begun to question your identity... you have ceased to believe in your destiny" (Time, May 24, 1976). Just what is the identity and destiny of these peoples?

Searching the Scriptures for National Identity

The British people have traditionally looked to the Holy Bible in an attempt to define their role in the world. Winston Churchill, arguing against the idea that Moses and the Exodus were merely legendary, remarked, "We may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ; we may believe that they happened to people not so very different from ourselves" (Thoughts and Adventures).

However, national identification with the Old and New Testaments has nowhere been stronger than among the American people. A 1982 Newsweek article, "How the Bible Made America," stated, "Now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document: the source of the [belief in]... the United States as a special, sacred nation, a people called by God to establish a model society, a beacon to the world" (Kenneth Woodward and David Gates, Dec. 27, p. 44).

Why would modern English-speaking peoples base their culture on the ancient book of a Middle Eastern people? The same article explains, "Only one other nation has ever looked to the Bible to find a warrant for its very existence: Israel, whose early history is actually written in it. The foundation of this [belief]... was laid by the New England Puritans who literally 'discovered America in the Bible'" (p. 46).

Conrad Cherry, in his 1971 book, God's New Israel: Religious Interpretations of American Destiny, states, "They [the Puritans] believed that, like Israel of old, they had been singled out by God to be an example for the nations (especially for England)" (p. 27).

Patrick Henry sees God at work!

1. MR. PRESIDENT, - The gentlemen who are opposed to our resisting with arms the aggressions of Great Britain, tell us, sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary.

2. But, sir, when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction?

3. Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?

4. Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature has placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.

5. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

6. Besides, sir, we have no election [no choice]. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!

7. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace; but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale, that sweeps from the north, will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!

8. Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Heaven! I know not what course others may take:
But as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

An extract from Patrick Henry (1736-1799)'s Speech in the Convention of the Delegates of Virginia, March, 1775, upon a resolution for organizing the Militia.

Seeing the rise of the United States as a replay of the story of ancient Israel became a major theme in Colonial America: "In 1776 Benjamin Franklin proposed to the Continental Congress that the great seal of the United States bear the image of Moses leading the Israelites across the Red Sea. Thomas Jefferson also urged an Exodus image: he wanted the new nation represented by an Israel led through the wilderness by the Biblical pillar of cloud and fire" (Woodward and Gates, p. 47).

In assuming the U.S. presidency for the second time, Jefferson employed similar imagery: "I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessities and comforts of life" (Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1805).

In 1783, Connecticut Governor Trumbull asked Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University, to preach the state's election sermon. Stiles began with the Old Testament narrative of the Sinai covenant "as introductory to a discourse upon the political welfare of God's American Israel, and as allusively prophetic of the future prosperity and splendor of the United States.... This America Joseph (now separated from his brethren)... has already risen to an acknowledged sovereignty among the republics and kingdoms of the world" ("The United States Elevated to Glory and Honor," reprinted in God's New Israel, p. 83).


British P.M. Margaret Thatcher



"The moment you remind people that the world is not likely to be free or safe unless we [Britons] and the U.S. stick together...immediately they get their things in perspective.... It is really like being members of the same family."


President Stiles posed this significant question: "May we not see that WE [Americans] are the object which the Holy Ghost had in view four thousand years ago when He inspired the venerable Patriarch [Jacob, later renamed Israel] with the vision respecting his posterity?" Isn't that amazing?

There is just one nation whose biblically prophesied greatness remotely resembles what has been actually experienced by only the English-speaking peoples. That nation is, as you might have guessed, none other than Israel! Yet the modern state of Israel is a far cry from the fabulously wealthy and prestigious superpower nations that God prophesied end-time Israel to become. How can it be that the British and American peoples seem to have inherited the blessings of national greatness promised only to Israel? This publication will reveal the astonishing answer!

Does It Really Matter?

Does it even matter who "Israel" is today? Yes! The knowledge of Israel's modern identity is proof that the Bible is true--that it is, in fact, the inspired, infallible Word of God--and that God can be trusted completely.

Additionally, this wonderful understanding will bring the panorama of end-time prophecy into focus, as the vast majority of Bible prophecy revolves around "Israel" in the end time. So knowing who Israel is today is the major key to unlocking most of the prophecies given in God's Word. Thus, the identity question really IS important!

God Is Not Racist!


Countless millions have been tainted by attitudes of racial prejudice. Who is the author of racial bigotry? Is there any way to rid the earth of this curse?

"Racism... [is] a belief that... racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race...[or is defined as] racial prejudice or discrimination" (Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed.). Who is the real author of racial prejudice? The Bible reveals that God Almighty is not the author of racial bigotry. Rather, Satan the Devil is the author of hatred, murder, lies, bigotry and racism (cf. John 8:44). He wants all peoples to be divided by racial bigotry, and would like to get all races fighting one another. Conversely, the Great God loves all mankind and wants all men to be treated with consideration, respect and Christian love.

In 1976, Alex Haley published his book, ROOTS: The Saga of an American Family, giving the background of blacks in America. "ROOTS was adapted as a multi-episode television program, which, when broadcast in 1977, became one of the most popular shows in the history of American television.... ROOTS spurred much interest in family trees [among blacks], and Haley created the Kinte Foundation to store records that aid in tracing back genealogy" ("Haley, Alex," Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1993 ed.). When ROOTS was televised, tens of millions of Americans (black and white) viewed it with great interest. Likewise, many white Americans also have a desire to know more about their ancient Anglo-Saxon-Celtic roots! It is perfectly natural and normal for people of whatever race to want to know more about their racial heritage.

Even the Apostle Paul stated, "For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin" (Rom. 11:1). Was it wrong for Paul to want to know about his racial heritage? Didn't Jesus think it important to preserve His own genealogy, all the way back to Adam (Matt. 1:1-14; Luke 3:23-38)? On the other hand, knowing about one's physical descent is of much less importance than knowing about his spiritual lineage!

Individually, God does not judge us by the color of our skin or by physical appearances (John 7:24). "For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7). The really important thing is to know that you are a true son or daughter of God (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13), being filled with, and led by, God's Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14)! Christians must always put the major stress on our spiritual lineage directly to our Father in heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ!

The Bible nowhere says that God's people, the Israelites, were superior. But He did choose them to fulfill a unique role among the nations of this earth (Deut. 7:6-8)! They were divinely chosen to serve as an example for the rest of humanity of what happens to those who obey or disobey the Creator God. As one Jewish man painfully remarked in the aftermath of World War II, "Why doesn't He choose someone else for a while?" The Israelites were to be the recipients of the covenant blessings which God Almighty promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but they've also been severely punished whenever they've flagrantly transgressed His covenant!

No true Christian should believe in or teach racism in any form, including "white supremacy" or "anti-Semitism." God calls Christians out of "all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues" (Rev. 7:9)! The Bible teaches that peoples of all races are "offspring of God" (Acts 17:29)--with the potential to become glorified sons and daughters in the great FAMILY OF GOD (2 Cor. 6:17-18)!

The Apostle Peter explained God's attitude toward racism this way: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him" (Acts 10:34-35). The golden verse of the Bible assures us that God sacrificed His Son, Jesus Christ, for the benefit of all mankind: "For God so loved the world [every single human being] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)!

Scripture reveals that racial harmony will be achieved in the soon-coming Kingdom of God (Zech. 8:20-23)! Real peace between the races of this earth will only come when all races follow the "Prince of Peace" and His law of love (Is. 9:6; 11:1-9; Rom. 13:10)! God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ, are NOT racists! We must make sure that we aren't either.


Furthermore, just as God foretold national "prosperity and splendor" for Israel, He also prophesied what would happen to that nation as punishment for continued disobedience. The erosion of its moral base and the promotion of godless values would result in unprecedented calamity!

God addressed many prophecies of divine punishment specifically to Israel--His direct chastisement upon them for flagrantly disobeying His commands. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that whomever God means by "Israel" in His Word must be made aware of their identity--and WARNED of coming destruction!

In this regard, we are like the Prophet Ezekiel, who was told by God, "I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul" (Ezek. 33:7-9).

We who know that God's punishment will soon fall on the people of modern "Israel" have a duty to warn them in brotherly love. This "watchman" responsibility has been called the "Ezekiel Warning." You will hear that warning sounded with greater clarity near the end of this brochure. However, in order to convince today's "Israelites" that God's prophecies in this regard concern them, we must first PROVE to them who they are!

But some might wonder, "What on earth does Israel have to do with America and Britain in prophecy?" Simply this: To understand what the Bible reveals about our Anglo-American nations, it is vital to understand what the Bible reveals about the people of Israel.

Suffice it to say for now that God has been working out a plan through the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the democracies of Northwest Europe that dovetails quite remarkably with His plan for Israel. In fact, by the time you reach the conclusion of this brochure, you will, no doubt, marvel at what a huge understatement that is!

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