To understand the outcome of this referendum, and particularly the constitutional chaos that is about to follow it, we need to be aware of the historical roots that are involved - and today, not many people are aware of them.
It was in 1603 that the English and Scottish crowns were united in the reign of James I who also set in motion the birth of the 1611 King James Version of the Bible, also called "the Protestant Bible." That was just over 400 years ago. This was the establishment of the Protestant throne, but it was another century before the union of England and Scotland took place in 1707.
In those days it was a running battle between Protestant and Catholics - the remnants of which we have seen in more recent years in Northern Ireland. But for those who may think that the Catholic/Protestant competition is now locked away in history, the recent referendum is a reminder that the struggle is not over, witness the so-called Orange march that took place in Edinburgh last week when thousands marched in support of a "No" vote. They wanted the United Kingdom to remain intact.
What we have to understand in all of this is the unseen and devious hand of the Vatican, whose long-term objective has been the destruction of the United Kingdom and the Protestant throne. To most people today, that issue seems irrelevant. It is not mentioned. But the Vatican doesn't see it that way - they have been working hard in order to bring about a Roman Catholic Britain. Hence the issue sometimes discussed with regard to the Protestant succession to the throne, and whether the monarch can marry a Catholic.
The Catholic Church has been working to break-up the United Kingdom for a very long time. It has been a subtle and crafty promotion of Scotland's independence, using patriotic songs about 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' who sought the throne but fled "over the sea to Skye." Then there was the battle (massacre) of Glen Coe, about which another Scottish song cast the Catholics in a good light and the Protestants of "proud Edward's army" in a bad light. Then there were movies such as the Roman Catholic Mel Gibson's "Brave Heart" promoting Scottish independence ... and so on... The film presents William Wallace as a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.
If you ever come across the book "The Papal Conquest" by Alexander Robertson (published in 1909) read it! It is history now, but sheds so much light on Catholic attempts to undermine Britain. If you have ever pondered the moral decline of Britain, read the chapter entitled "Promoting Moral Deterioration." Then there is the book by the former Prime Minister of Britain, W.E. Gladstone, entitled "Vaticanism."
More up-to-date reading can be suggested, such as "The Abolition of Britain" by Peter Hitchens who shows how the King James Version of the Bible has been pushed out by new translations:
"If the purpose of all this was to revive the church and make it more part of the world, then it has not succeeded... so we must wonder if they have other over-riding purposes."
Then there was the book by John Redwood MP "The Death of Britain" showing how "the Government's devolution plans will create more tension and conflict rather than less... The end result will be a more divided more factious, more overgoverned, more overregulated United Kingdom." In other words, the loss of freedom.
Add to that the speech by Prime Minister David Cameron this week, in which he promises more power to Scotland, then more power to England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. What on earth is next? Home Rule for the Isle of Man? The United Kingdom may have survived the referendum, but it is now going to be divided by devolution as the country is divided up into regional governments. Britain faces a constitutional crisis if Mr Cameron and the political leaders press ahead with their promises of more devolution. It will mean stormy seas ahead!
So what can we make of it all? The answer is a simple one. Britain has turned her back on the Bible, once called "the Secret of England's Greatness." There can be no rosy future for a nation that turns against God. As Psalm 9:17 says:
"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
That is our lesson from these events. Britain must be humbled in order to bring repentance. Only then can we say that Britain has survived!
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