Two Nations That Changed the World
"Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little
thing...Too whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?" (Isaiah 40:15,18).
It's an amazing story—the unprecedented rise of English-speaking people to their dominant positions of power and influence over the modern
History shows that their rise to greatness began in the turmoil of the Protestant Reformation. Having broken from Rome and faced with the combined
hostility of both the continental church and imperial Spain, then the most powerful nation in the world, England began to look beyond the seas for her
security and trade.
Explorers were sent throughout the world during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). This led to the establishment of colonies that later
developed into the United States of America and the nations of the British Commonwealth.
Historians have called these countries "revolutionary empires." They were not despotic tyrannies as were other countries or earlier empires in which
everyone was subject to domineering autocrats.
Each colony had its own parliament or house of assembly to which voters sent elected representatives. People could own land, practice their religion
and even take their government to court, while newspapers were free to criticize the authorities. Books were freely published. Innovative ideas
flourished in what became the most politically stable nations in modern history.
These new ideas led to the gradual formation of a great company of nations, the British Empire and Commonwealth, and the world's most successful
republic, the United States of America.
Why has history been so benevolent and economically generous to Britain and the United States? Why have they been blessed so favorably over the
nations that preceded them in history? The answer lies in the understanding and fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
Surprising as it may sound, both were destined according to Bible prophecy to become superpowers. One was to precede the other to world-power status.
Both would dominate international affairs in their own time. They would even be called upon to save other nations from the forces of despotism. Above
all, they would make possible democratic and religious freedoms for the English-speaking nations.
In two world wars the British Commonwealth and the United States saved virtually the entire civilized world from powers intent on world domination.
Without them our world would be entirely different in many ways.
The climate that encouraged freedom of expression led to the Industrial Revolution, which changed the world. In the century between the end of the
Napoleonic Wars and the beginning of World War I (1815-1914), British capital and expertise developed the economies of her colonies (one quarter of
the world's peoples) and contributed to the development of the fledgling United States and the newly independent nations of South America. After
World War II America's economic prosperity and generosity—through the Marshall Plan—got Europe and Japan moving again.
Today the decline of Britain and America is leaving a vacuum around the globe. Already the dissolution of the British Empire has brought to the
surface ethnic conflicts long held in check under colonialism. Wars in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific are the direct result of
decolonization and have made the world more complex and unstable.
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[edit on 27-10-2008 by Bazil]