Australia, the“Lucky Country”
It is hard for men to grasp that our creator God made a plan thousands of years ago, which is still current and ongoing today!
Almost 4,000 years ago God made rich and specific promises to one God-fearing man. That man was promised to become the father of a multitude of nations (Genesis 17:4, ‘As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations,’) by which all the world would be blessed, (Genesis 12:3, ‘And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.’). His descendants would become as the stars in the heavens and the sand upon the sea shore, and control the strategic points of the earth ( Genesis 22:17-18, ‘That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.’)
That man was called Abraham, and God honoured him because ‘Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.’
Later, God promised Abraham’s grandson Jacob who He renamed Israel, that of him would come ‘a nation and a company of nations ....and kings shall come out of thy loins.’ Jacob’s own grandsons were called Manasseh and Ephraim. Manasseh was promised to become the single great nation, but his younger brother Ephraim would become a company or commonwealth of nations, Genesis 48:19, ‘And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.’ Of their father Joseph, God said ‘Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall.’
His descendants were prophesied to spread out over the world, and Ephraim in particular would become a great colonising power, teaching many nations how to increase their agricultural production. While both Manasseh and Ephraim have been leaders in the service of humanity, helping to overcome famine and disaster in nations around the world, they also carried the Bible with them as they went, just as God intended, by making them the nation through whom the rest of the world could know God.
From Britain, Manasseh separated to eventually form the United States of America, just as Israel had been sifted through the nations on its migration from the Middle East, Amos 9:9, ‘For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.’ The Pilgrim Fathers sailed to America from this very spot in Plymouth harbour.
Later in 1787, Britain dispatched the first of its colonists to ‘Terra Australis’ – the great South Land – again from this very same harbour in Plymouth. What started as two great colonies were to become two great nations of roughly the same 3,000,000 square miles; the United States of America and Australia. The Biblical prophecies were coming true!
God would bless the children of Joseph, just as He promised in Genesis 49:25, ‘Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb.’ While they kept His Laws He made them great, Deuteronomy 28:3-6, ‘Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.’
However, as time passed, Britain led the way in departing from their laws and traditions which were originally based upon God’s word. Liberal minded leaders brought in politically correct ideas which were diabolically opposed to Biblical teaching in almost every part of society and a downward spiral into violence, perversion, corruption and mis-education is still bringing Britain low today.
No human leaders can be perfect, but some are wiser than others. As part of that great company of nations, the Commonwealth, headed by a sovereign descended from the Bible’s King David, exactly as promised in the Bible long ago, the great South land has indeed become the ‘lucky country.’ (Sinim, Isaiah 49:8-12, is translated Australia in the Latin vulgate translation). Australia has benefitted from wiser leaders than most nations for many years and so for some time avoided the worst excesses of political correctness, which have so plagued Britain, and has continued to prosper.
Regular visitors to Britain, who are residents of Australia, appreciate that Australian standards and traditions remain stronger than those of its mother country. Australia’s sense of nationhood has not been diluted as much by multiculturalism, which European nations now recognise as divisive, and because of its one time carefully controlled immigration. The nation’s unity and pride are still seen in our annual Australia Day celebrations and our outgoing national generosity was outstanding when our near neighbour Indonesia was struck by that infamous tsunami.
Neither does Australia’s isolation in the Southern hemisphere prevent our participation in the fight for freedom, from the famous ANZAC’s in the First World War, to Afghanistan. The dogged courage and independence of the famous ‘Aussie battler’ relates to the harshness of the red interior of the land, where their struggle with heat and storm, drought and flood, has moulded a stronger character less subject to the vagaries of ‘modern’ thought.
Consequently, Australia still enjoys most of the blessings as described in Deuteronomy 28 and I have enjoyed gathering the following examples of God’s blessings in my travels over this wild and beautiful continent.
However, not long ago, half a million people were gathering in London for a ‘Gay Pride’ march through Britain’s capital just after 2 car bombs were discovered there and defused. Few will connect these incidents, but sadly Australia too has its deviants, for remember she too is of Ephraim and all of Israel has always been stiff necked and rebellious. Deuteronomy 31:27, ‘For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?’ said Moses, who lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Australians need to remember that their constitution starts with these words ,“Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God ...” . Yes, He it is who has blessed Australia, but we too, as a nation, have strayed away from His words, into violence, drunkenness, adultery, abortion, ‘alternative lifestyles’ and evil “political correctness” of all kinds, though somewhat later than Britain.
Our merciful God however, will not fully pour out His wrath until all men and women everywhere have been clearly warned of the tremendous consequences to come, so that we might have a chance to repent and receive His protection during these terminal years. Some, just a very few, will heed this pre-announcement warning and begin to prepare themselves for the return of Christ. So, let’s examine that Divine warning and understand the chronological events of the last seven years before the return of Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom of God here on the earth.
Last Seven Years
First let’s read Matthew 24 and Revelation 6. These two chapters both reveal a great deal about the last 7 years of this era. Notice –
Matthew 24 Revelation 6
1. False Christs v5 1. False Christs v2
2. Wars v6 2. War v 3-4
3. Famines v7 3. Famines v5-6
4. Pestilences and earthquakes v7 4. Death
5. Persecution of the Saints v9 5. Persecution of the Saints v9
All of these signs are “the beginning of sorrows,” verse 8, and “the tribulation of those days,” as it tells us in verse 29 of Matthew 24. Only then, do we come to the warning under discussion. First we see it mentioned in a mostly misunderstood verse, Matthew 24:14, ‘And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ Christianity has taken this verse to refer to the commission given to the church by Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’ It does not. The church has fulfilled that commission to some extent over the centuries, but this verse refers to the same gospel being preached “in ALL the world” for a “witness to ALL nations,” and “then shall the end come.”
The church has never reached “all the world” with the gospel. Nations with strong, false religions like Islam and Eastern religions, as well as some communist nations, forbade it. Now the warning message is to reach every- one on earth, and not by man’s feeble efforts!
Lets read about that in Revelation 14: 6-7, ‘And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters’
Here is the same gospel of Jesus Christ, mankind’s only Saviour, who is soon to return to establish His Kingdom of God here on the earth, delivered miraculously by an angel to every man and woman, every people who dwell in every nation on the planet! The second part of the message instructs all to fear God and give Him true worship, ie, to change from wrong ways and wrong religions, for with this message the hour of His judgment has arrived!
These two short verses are the condensation of graphic visual images and spoken words which will be projected miraculously, into the minds of ALL, so that no-one on earth will be able to claim that they were never given fair warning to change their ways.
How will that be achieved? Joel 2:28, ‘And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions,’ - in dreams and visions that will astound the God defying atheists, who nevertheless will still find reasons to disobey. Worldwide, “Christians” will rejoice, but in their joyful celebrations many will neglect to actually begin to live by Jesus Christ’s words and example, as most have, during the last 2000 years!
This amazing worldwide event will mark the start of the final seven years of the end-time (see the chart no 5 of the end-time series on this website) and can neither be mistaken nor ignored.
Many Christians have understood the link between Matthew 24 and Revelation 6. Very few understand the link with the chronology listed in Revelation 14, which adds additional information about the end-time events, which have until now been generally unrecognised.
Soon, God is going to reach into all minds worldwide with dreams and visions to warn all of the coming result of man’s rebellion. When it comes, and no-one will be missed, don’t ignore the second part of the announcement at the cost of your life, as will many, in the excitement created by this staggering event. Today, you have been given advance warning of this message, and if you will act on it, like Abraham, you could play a special part in the Great Plan of God.
To find out more about the link with Revelation 14 and what you and all Australians will be told in those visions, go to ‘End Time Series 1-5’, ‘Dreams and Visions’ and ‘Revelation 14’ on this website.