The Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the beginning of British Rule over the historic Land of Israel was the culmination of a vision for the restoration of the Jewish people to the Biblical homeland which had developed in the church in Great Britain over the previous three hundred years. This vision supported by the great Christian revivalists and Bible teachers such as the Wesley brothers, Charles Simeon, Robert Murray McCheyne, CH Spurgeon and Bishop JC Ryle, was based on the covenants of Promise as well as other prophetic Scriptures found in the Bible. Many Christians were inspired to pray for the fulfilment of the vision and prominent leaders in England and Scotland, including William Wilberforce, Lord Palmerston and Lord Shaftesbury , encouraged the British government to actively support the restoration of Israel.
The outworking of Britain’s Christian heritage was intertwined with her geo-political objective in the Middle East of maintaining access to her Eastern Empire. Just as Cyrus, the King of the ancient Persian Empire, was the Divinely appointed facilitator for the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem after the first exile, the British Empire was entrusted by God of History after the second exile to restore His ancient covenant people to the Land that He promised to them as an everlasting inheritance.
I pray that our eternal Father can raise the church in repentance and continue to call on the corridors of power in this nation to consider an official apology and day of repentance so that we can once again find our way into God’s eternal plan for the continuation of 2w His glory.