In the past several decades, two of the United Kingdom's remaining 'sea gates,' Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands, have been in the news as other governments want them.
It got so serious that in 1982, Argentina sent its military to attempt to claim the Falkland Islands for itself.
Will the UK to Lose Gibraltar and the Falklands?
What do political leaders say? What does Bible prophecy show? A related YouTube video would be Will the UK Lose Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands?
Before going further, let us look at how Dictionary.com defines a sea gate (viewed 08/05/2013):
sea gate noun a navigable channel giving access to the sea.
That is part of the definition. But for the purposes of this article, my use of sea gate implies that that some government has the land and thus is able to exert at least some control over the channel that is near that land. Such as, for example, how the UK can control access (to a degree) in and out of the Mediterranean Sea with the peninsula of Gibraltar.
Britain's Prime Minister has made statements concerning the sea gates Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.
Notice the following news report related to the Falkland Islands:
The UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron made a claim about defending one of the UK’s remaining sea gates, the Falkland Islands:
David Cameron: we would fight a Falklands invasion
Britain is prepared to defend the Falkland Islands with military force if Argentina launched another invasion, David Cameron has said. (January 6, 2013)(thttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9783568/David-Cameron-we-would-fight-a-Falklands-invasion.html)
January 13, 2013
Military chiefs have drawn up plans for a 'show of force' to warn Argentina against hostile action over the Falkland Islands...
Just last week the Mr Cameron insisted that Britain would not shirk from defending the islands if Argentina attempted another invasion.
Referring to a recent briefing on the Falklands at a National Security Council meeting, the Prime Minister said: 'I get regular reports on this entire issue because I want to know that our defences are strong, our resolve is extremely strong.
'We have strong defences in place on the Falkland Islands, that is absolutely key, that we have fast jets stationed there, we have troops stationed on the Falklands.'
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence, said: 'Our overall military posture on the Falkland Islands remains unchanged and they remain well-defended. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2261616/Britain-set-military-presence-Falkland-Islands.html#ixzz2b7THKaaV)
The war for the Falkland Islands was from 2 April 1982 – 14 June 1982. The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean on a projection of the Patagonian Shelf about 310 miles (500 kilometers) east of the Patagonian/Argentinian coastline. They consist of two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, along with about 700 smaller islands. Stanley, which is on East Falkland, is the capital and largest city. Less than 3,000 people live on them. Argentinians refer to the islands as the Malvinas. Here is a link to an article with a map picture of the Falkland Islands: Falklander Islanders overwhelmingly vote to remain British, but Argentina does not care.
The UK has controlled the Falkland Islands since the 1830's and most who live there want to remain under British rule.
March 25, 2015
The U.K. has sent extra military support to one of its overseas colonies at the bottom of the world, the Falkland Islands, amid concerns that it is facing increased risk of attack from Argentina, backed by Russia.
Two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and a new surface-to-air missile system have been sent by the U.K. to the remote islands in the South Atlantic, known as Las Malvinas in Argentina. ...
Left-leaning President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, struggling with a debt crisis at home, has also recently brought the islands back to attention. She said late last year: "The Malvinas has always belonged to Argentina, the same way that Crimea also belonged to the Soviet Union until it was given to Ukraine." http://www.cnbc.com/id/102534017#.March 25, 2015
Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said the islands will be ready to repel “any potential threat” after reports the Kremlin is preparing to lease 12 Su-24 long range bombers to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat.
It came as Russia questioned the legitimacy of Britain’s claim to the islands.
Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador in London, compared the referendum held in 2013 that found 99.8% of the Falkland Islanders wanted to remain a British territory to that held in Crimea last year.
The snap Crimean poll, used to justify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, has been widely seen as a sham. ...
The Russian riposte follows weeks of rhetoric from pro-Kremlin newspapers and leading Russian MPs denouncing Britain’s “colonial occupation” of the islands, dubbed the “Crimea of the Atlantic.”
Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Duma’s committee of international affairs, tweeted, “Information for London: Crimea has immeasurably more reason to be a part of Russia than the Falkland Islands to be part of the UK.”
Cristina de Kirchner, the Argentine president, has also backed Mr. Putin.
“The Malvinas has always belonged to Argentina, the same way that Crimea also belonged to the Soviet Union until it was given to Ukraine,” she said last year.
The Kremlin’s reported deal with her government will ease the pressure on Russia’s food supply as a result of western sanctions, and comes alongside arms deals with Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru. http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/25/fearing-russia-may-be-arming-argentina-britain-beefs-up-falkland-islands-defences/
The UK wants to keep the Falklands, but the Argentineans want them back. Argentina wants them back so much that it even put a drawing of them on one of its bank notes with the (translated) words “Malvinas Islands, a sovereign love” (see also Argentina to release 50 peso note declaring ‘sovereign love’ for the Falklands).
Argentinian 50 Peso Note
The above note is a reminder to the Argentinians that they consider the Falkland Islands their territory. Despite UK claims.
There are also concerns about Gibraltar as Spain wants it back:
August 5, 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron is "seriously concerned" about the escalation of tensions at the Spanish-Gibraltarian border.
Spain has said it is considering a range of proposals including a new 50 euro (£43) fee to cross the border into the British territory...
Spain's latest move follows increased vehicle searches at the border last weekend...Mr Garcia-Margallo also hinted at the introduction of other measures including the closing of Spanish airspace to flights heading to Gibraltar. Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has accused Spain of "sabre-rattling". (David Cameron 'seriously concerned' by Gibraltar events. BBC, August 5, 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23574507
August 7, 2013
Furious David Cameron today warned his Spanish counterpart to back down in the row over controls at the border with Gibraltar.
The Prime Minister told Mariano Rajoy increased checks and plans to charge £43 to enter and leave the Rock were ‘totally disproportionate and unacceptable’ during a 15-minute phone call...
Mr Cameron warned that UK-Spanish relations could be damaged ‘unless the situation at the border improved’.
This week Gibraltar's chief minister asked Britain to send Royal Navy warships to the area in a bid to stop Spanish boat police making unauthorised incursions into the Rock's territorial waters...
A Downing Street spokesman added: ‘The PM made clear that our position on the sovereignty of Gibraltar and its surrounding waters will not change...Britain's ambassador to Spain made a formal protest over ‘disproportionate’ checks at the border... ambassador Giles Paxman also sought an official explanation for Spanish threats to levy a charge on vehicles crossing the border and to close airspace...
‘The ambassador reiterated that the UK would stand shoulder to shoulder with Gibraltar in face of threats from Spain.’ (Chorley M. Cameron warns Spain it must back down from 'disproportionate and unacceptable' threats to Gibraltar. Daily Mail: MailOnline, August 7, 2013. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2385863/Cameron-warns-Spain-disproportionate-unacceptable-threats-Gibraltar.html#ixzz2bI9PSfP4)
August 8, 2013
Royal Navy warships to visit Gibraltar amid diplomatic row
Exclusive: Britain has said a rapid reaction force of warships will visit Gibraltar on its way to naval exercises in the Mediterranean, even as the fierce diplomatic row over the disputed territory looked set to continue. (Farmer B, Govan F. Royal Navy warships to visit Gibraltar amid diplomatic row Telegraph, August 8, 2013. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/gibraltar/10231438/Royal-Navy-warships-to-visit-Gibraltar-amid-diplomatic-row.html)
So, Britain is trying to tell the Spanish that Gibraltar should not be bothered and is under the protection of the UK.
Gibraltar's territory covers 6.843 square kilometers (2.642 sq mi) and it shares a 1.2-kilometer (0.75 mi) land border with Spain.
In 1704, an Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from the Kingdom of Castile during the War of the Spanish Succession The territory was subsequently ceded to Britain "in perpetuity" under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 (Wikipedia). Here is a link to an article with an aerial photograph of Gibraltar: David Cameron is concerned about Gibraltar-related tensions, but UK will still lose it.
David Cameron is right to be concerned. But that will not change Gibraltar's destiny.
There was a vote in March 2013 about whether or not the Falklands should cease British rule. The results of the vote by those living in the Falkland Islands show that they wish to remain British:
March 12, 2013
Only three vote against staying British in unsurprising landslide, which Argentina dismisses as irrelevant…
The prime minister said Argentina should take “careful note” of the referendum result and that Britain would always be there to defend the Falkland Islanders.
Despite near zero temperatures and flurries of snow and rain, the turnout was 92% from an electorate of 1,650. All but three people voted yes to the question posed on the ballots: “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom?”
Nobody expected anything but a landslide in a vote that the Argentinian government had dismissed as illegal. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/mar/12/falkland-islands-referendum-votes-yes)
Notice that although the voting people of the Falklands have again made their preferences known, the Argentinean government has a different view.
Also, noticed that in June 2012, Argentina’s President went to the United Nations to try to get the Falkland Islands:
15 June 2012
UNITED NATIONS – Argentina’s president took her country’s claim to the Falkland Islands to the United Nations on Thursday, on the 30th anniversary of Britain’s ouster of an Argentine invasion force from the islands.
In a highly emotional speech, President Cristina Fernandez challenged Britain to “act more intelligently” and sit down to talk about the future of the tiny archipelago. (http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/159144835.html)June 14, 2012Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has demanded that Britain enter negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.President Fernandez was addressing the UN Committee on Decolonisation on the 30th anniversary of the UK territory’s liberation from Argentine occupation. She said history and geography backed Argentina’s claim. But an islander told the committee Argentina was “bullying”. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said there would be “no negotiation”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18453372)
Spain wants another sea gate, the UK’s Gibraltar. Gibraltarians rejected proposals for Spanish sovereignty in a 1967 referendum and again in 2002. Gibraltar is a British overseas territory. The British Nationality Act 1981 granted Gibraltarians full British citizenship. Under the Gibraltar constitution of 2006, Gibraltar governs its own affairs, though some powers, such as defense and foreign relations, remain the responsibility of the UK Government.
Yet, that does not satisfy Spain, so notice the following:
Spain will go to the United Nations on Friday to insist that talks are opened on the sovereignty of Gibraltar. June 13, 2012 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/9329766/Spain-to-go-to-UN-over-Gibraltar-sovereignty.html)
Thus, both Argentina and Spain have both petitioned the UN against the UK keeping territorial sea gates.
Notice also the following:
Latin American and Caribbean nations have agreed to set up a new regional body without the US and Canada. The new bloc would be an alternative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), the main forum for regional affairs in the past 50 years. Mexico has been hosting a regional summit in the beach resort of Cancun. The OAS has been dogged by rifts between some members and the US over economic policy and trade, and criticised for promoting US interests. ‘Regional integration’ The proposed new grouping was one of the main issues on the agenda of the two-day summit, which ended on Tuesday. It “must as a priority push for regional integration… and promote the regional agenda in global meetings”, Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the summit, which includes leaders and representatives from 32 countries… The terms of the new bloc and whether it would replace the Rio Group of Latin American countries has not been clarified. “It’s very important that we don’t try to replace the OAS,” said Chile’s President-elect Sebastian Pinera. “The OAS is a permanent organisation that has its own functions.” On Monday, Bolivian President Evo Morales proposed that it begin operating in July 2011 with a summit hosted by Venezuela.
Falklands row The Cancun summit has also unanimously backed Argentina’s claim over the British-owned Falklands. (Americas bloc excluding US and Canada agreed. BBC - Feb 24, 2010 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8531266.stm).
Argentina has pressed its claims to Latin America, and Spain has made its claims known to the European Union.
Furthermore, Spain is not pleased with the actions that the UK took in August 2012:
August 9, 2013
Spain's prime minister has declared he is prepared to take action over Gibraltar to defend his country's interests after Britain said it would send warships to the island for a "routine" visit. (Mason R. Gibraltar row: Spanish PM promises to protect his country's interests. The Guardian, August 9, 2013. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/09/gibraltar-row-spanish-pm-rajoy)
So, there are major disagreements about these territories. Notice also some headlines in September 2013:
Argentine militant group threatens Princess Royal over Falklands
The Princess Royal has been threatened by a militant Argentinian group as she begins the first official senior royal engagement to the South American country for 14 years. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/10290998/Argentine-militant-group-threatens-Princess-Royal-over-Falklands.html
British man arrested for branding Gibraltar border check police ‘torturers’… as Spain pledges to back Argentina’s claim for Falkland Islands
- The British man, named locally as Emilio Esteban, posted attack online
- Published the rant alongside pictures of unidentified police officers
- Spanish foreign minister backs Argentina over Falklands comparing them to Gibraltar http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2413976/Gibraltar-arrest-Briton-called-Spanish-police-torturers-Spain-backs-Falkland-Island.html
Falklands’ referendum recognized by CPA members and South Africa as ‘free and fair’
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association during its conference in Johannesburg noted a motion recognising the Falkland Islands Referendum as a free and fair expression of the Falkland Islanders wishes and their right to Self-Determination. http://en.mercopress.com/2013/09/07/falklands-referendum-recognized-by-cpa-members-and-south-africa-as-free-and-fair
Argentina and Spain have not given up.
Notice the following:
Gibraltar, Falklands accuse Spain and Argentina of bullying
April 6, 2016
GIBRALTAR: Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands have accused Spain and Argentina of “bullying” after the two countries called for talks with Britain to end the “colonial situations” of the two territories.
In a rare joint statement issued late on Tuesday, the disputed territories accused the two nations of “ganging up” on them and ignoring the wish of the people of Gibraltar and the Falklands Islands to remain British.
The statement was issued a day after Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said Argentina and Spain were “committed to ending the two colonial situations” of the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar “through bilateral negotiations with the United Kingdom”.
The minister was speaking during a joint news conference with his Argentine counterpart Susana Malcorra in Buenos Aires.
“It also does not say much for the democratic credentials of two large countries that they should seek to gang up in this way in order to bully two very small territories and in the process completely ignore the right of their people to choose what they want to be,” the joint statement said.
“Referenda held in both Gibraltar and in the Falkland Islands have made those wishes abundantly clear,” it added. …
The people of the Falkland Islands voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining a British Overseas Territory in a referendum held in 2013 in the sparsely-populated territory in the southwest Atlantic Ocean.
In Gibraltar, a rocky outcrop on Spain’s southern shore, nearly 99% of the population rejected sharing sovereignty with Spain in a November 2002 referendum. — AFP http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1752900
The people who live on the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar flat-out want to remain part of the UK. They have consistently made that known, but many in Argentina and Spain still feel that they are entitled to those territories.
Notice also the following:
24 June 2016
The Spanish government has called for joint sovereignty over Gibraltar in the wake of the UK's vote to leave the EU.
The British overseas territory of 30,000 voted overwhelmingly for remain, with 95.9% opting to stay in the union.
"The Spanish flag on the Rock is much closer than before," Spain's acting Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said on Friday. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36618796
Notice what has happened since the formal triggering of Article 50 by the UK to leave the EU::
31 March 2017
The EU has put the future of Gibraltar at stake in the coming Brexit negotiations, in effect backing Spain in its centuries-old dispute with the UK over the British overseas territory.
After lobbying from Spanish diplomats, the EU’s opening negotiating position for the Brexit talks presents the British government with the choice of reaching agreement with the Spaniards about Gibraltar’s future, or exposing its citizens to economic peril by pushing “the rock” outside any EU-UK trade deal.
“The union will stick up for its members, and that means Spain now,” a senior EU official said. Residents of Gibraltar, which Spain has sought to reclaim almost since it was ceded to Britain in 1713 …
The surprise clause gives Spain the ability to exclude Gibraltar from any UK-EU transitional single market access arrangement or future trade deal if it is not satisfied with the status of the territory.
It says that once the UK leaves the bloc “no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom”.
This suggests that unless Britain is willing to let its citizens on “the rock” be subject to an inferior economic future than those in the UK, the EU has in effect handed the Spanish government a veto on Britain’s entire future relationship with the bloc.
A senior UK source with knowledge of EU negotiations said the clause was extraordinary because it effectively signalled a lack of total British sovereignty over Gibraltar. It gives Spain a greater say over the future of Gibraltar than the British government is likely to be willing to accept, the source said .https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/31/future-of-gibraltar-at-stake-in-brexit-negotiations
31 March 2017
Gibraltar has accused Spain of manipulating the European Council for its own political interests.
A draft document on the EU’s Brexit strategy said no agreement on the EU’s future relationship with the UK would apply to Gibraltar without the consent of Spain, giving it a potential veto.
But Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said this was “unacceptable”.
Conservative MPs in the UK have warned that the sovereignty of the UK overseas territory is non-negotiable.
MP Jack Lopresti said Spain was using Brexit as “a fig leaf for trouble making”, while fellow Tory Bob Neill tweeted “no sell out”.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke to Mr Picardo as the UK government attempted to reassure Gibraltar and said: “As ever, the UK remains implacable and rock-like in our support for Gibraltar.”
An EU source told the BBC the inclusion of the Gibraltar issue in the document had come after lobbying from Spain.
Spain has long contested Britain’s 300 year-rule of Gibraltar.
Gibraltarians, who number about 30,000, rejected by 99% to 1% the idea of the UK sharing sovereignty with Spain, in a vote in 2002.
However, Spain has continued to press its territorial claim.
In the wake of last June’s EU referendum – in which Gibraltar voted by 96% to 4% to remain in the EU – Spain’s then foreign minister suggested shared sovereignty could allow Gibraltarians to maintain some of the benefits of EU membership and enable Spain to “plant its flag” there. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39453535
The Brexit matter may result in the UK deciding that it really cannot negotiate with the EU if it wants to keep Gibraltar.
Spain still wants Gibraltar.
So, what will happen?
Various leaders have their own ideas, but what does the Bible teach?
Let's begin by looking at a promise given to Abraham;
16 "By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son — 17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." (Genesis 22:16-18)
Enemy gates were promised to Abraham's descendants.
Notice what was told to Rebekah who had just agree to become the wife of Abraham's son Isaac:
“Our sister, may you become The mother of thousands of ten thousands; And may your descendants possess The gates of those who hate them” (Genesis 24:60).
And many "sea gates" were later in the hands of her descendants. But many no longer are.
We in the Church of God have been teaching for decades that the United Kingdom and USA would ultimately lose many of their sea gates–we believe they possessed them because of blessings from God and would lose them because of blatant disobedience.
Notice a couple of prophetic warnings that are consistent with that:
58 "If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, 59 then the Lord will bring upon you and your descendants extraordinary plagues — great and prolonged plagues — and serious and prolonged sicknesses. 60 Moreover He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. 61 Also every sickness and every plague, which is not written in this Book of the Law, will the Lord bring upon you until you are destroyed. 62 You shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God. 63 And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess. (Deuteronomy 28:58-63)
24 ‘Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. 25 For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. 26 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you 27 (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), 28 lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. (Leviticus 18:24-29)
23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. 25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant; when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. (Leviticus 26:23-25)
So, those that were promised blessings were also told that they would be subject to losing those blessings if they disobeyed God. As far as being plucked from the land, see Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?
Also consider that for many years, the major sea gates of the world were possessed/controlled by the United States (Panama Canal and certain locations in the Pacific ocean; watch also The Panama Canal and its Impact on Biblical Prophecy) and the British Empire (Straits of Malacca, Singapore, Suez Canal, Bab el Mandeb, Strait of Hormuz, Simon’s Town/Cape of Good Hope, Malta, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, etc.). And while that is no longer the case for many of them, they seem to have been prophesied to be taken away for disobedience as well (c.f. Deuteronomy 28:52)—and certainly these nations have disobeyed the God of Abraham, as well as actually have lost many of those gates. Thus, it seems logical to conclude that the remaining “sea gates” that the UK has such as Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands will be separated from UK control. Spain directly, or perhaps, through the EU (or some other European confederation) indirectly, will force out British control over Gibraltar.
The fact of the losses so far of many of the Anglo-American sea gates should show us that various curses have began to hit the Anglo-nations. More will as well until the Anglo nations (including the USA) will be no more.
Many people do not realize that the Anglo-descended nations received their wealth and influence partially because of blessings that God had Jacob/Israel give to the descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh.
Notice the following blessing that was given to Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph, by Israel/Jacob:
16 Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth…
19 “…He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations." 20 So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!' " (Genesis 48:16, 19-20).
The British Empire, including the Commonwealth, was the biggest empire in the world and consisted of a company of nations. And while the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar are not technically separate nations, they are separated from the British Isles, do consider themselves British, and are subject to both the blessings and cursings given to Israel and his descendents.
Prosperity was also promised to the sons of Joseph:
22 "Joseph is a fruitful bough,
A fruitful bough by a well;
His branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have bitterly grieved him,
Shot at him and hated him.
24 But his bow remained in strength,
And the arms of his hands were made strong
By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob
(From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
25 By the God of your father who will help you,
And by the Almighty who will bless you
With blessings of heaven above,
Blessings of the deep that lies beneath,
Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father
Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,
Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.
They shall be on the head of Joseph,
And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers. (Genesis 49:22-26)
The late Herbert W. Armstrong believed the previous attainment of various "sea gates" helped demonstrate the identity of the modern descendents of Joseph as he wrote:
Genesis 22:17. To Abraham God said: "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 again, the inspired prophetic parting blessing upon Rebekah, leaving her family to become the wife of Isaac: "And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them" (Gen. 24:60).
Earlier we quoted the correct Fenton translation: "... and your race shall possess the gates [plural] of its enemies." As explained there, the "gates" of enemy nations are the strategic SEA GATES of entrance to or exit from these nations. Although all wealth comes from the ground, prosperity and affluence on a national scale always have come also by industry and COMMERCE. And commerce between nations has been transacted almost altogether by the SEA- LANES of the world — by SHIPS, and, within a continent, by railroads.
How significant, then, that Robert Fulton operated the first steamboat in 1803 — precisely when Britain and America suddenly began to MULTIPLY in national wealth! And also that it was the nineteenth century that saw the development of the railroads!
As explained before, since the birthright pertains to NATIONS, the "GATE" of our enemies would be such passes as Gibraltar, Suez, Singapore, the Panama Canal, etc.
Britain and America came into possession of every such major "gate" in this world! So we MUST be modern Israel. World War II hinged on these "gates." They had become not only strategic passes, but the world's greatest fortifications. But today, we have lost most of them, most recently, the Panama Canal — and it appears that soon Gibraltar, too, will be lost. Why?
Notice Genesis 39:2, 23: "The Eternal was with Joseph, and he was a PROSPEROUS man ....the Eternal was with him, and that which he did, the Eternal made it to PROSPER." And God did prosper Joseph's descendants, Britain and America, with the fabulous birthright promised Joseph's sons! (Armstrong HW. The United States And Britain In Prophecy. 1980)
More on the identity of the American and British-descended peoples can be found in the article Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel (there is also a YouTube video of possibly related interest titled Is The United States Mentioned In Bible Prophecy?).
Back in 1954, Herbert Armstrong wrote:
The strange TRUTH of the PLANTING and the REBUILDING of David’s throne is revealed in a “riddle and a parable,” couched in symbolic language never understood until this latter day. Yet it stands, today, so clearly explained a little child could understand! It fills the 17th chapter of Ezekiel‘s carefully read. Notice, first, this pro- phetic message is addressed, NOT to Judah, the Jews, but to the House of Israel. It is a Message to give light to the lost Ten-Tribed House of ISRAEL in these latter days! ...“And all the trees of the field” (verse 24). A “tree” in this riddle and parable is likened to a nation. In other words, “All the nations of the earth.” “. . , shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree.” Judah, the high tree, having the throne 130 years after Israel had been taken captive, now is brought down to the low stature of slavery. “. . . have exalted the low tree.” For 130 years Israel had been a “low tree.” Now Israel is exalted, becomes again a nation with a king. “. . . have dried up the green tree”- JUDAH, “ and have made the dry tree to flourish.” ISRAEL, headed by the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, who possessed the BIRTHRIGHT, now shall flourish. become prosperous in due time. “I the Lord have spoken and have done it.” Yes, that BIRTHRIGHT is in ISRAEL. Tho LOST, tho supposed to be a Gentile nation, they are the people who were to grow into the promised multitude--the great nation, and the company of nations, possessing the gates of their enemy nations, becoming a colonizing people spreading around the world, being blessed with national resources and wealth. And, when they become thus powerful and nationally dominant, remember David’s throne will be found transplanted among them!...
Read again the prophetic promises of Genesis 22:17, and 24:60. Since the Birthright pertains to NATIONS, the “GATE” of our enemies would be such passes as Gibraltar, Suez, Singapore, Panama Canal, etc. Britain and America came into possession of every such major “gate” in this world! So we MUST be modern Israel. World War II hinged on these “gates.” They have become not only strategic passes, but the world’s greatest fortifications. (Armstrong HW. The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy. 1954)
Around the time he wrote the above, in 1954 Herbert W. Armstrong spoke in the UK and warned those who would listen that just as the British-descended nations received the sea gates as a blessing, that they would lose those gates (and he specified various ones at that time) as a curse for disobedience. Many of the sea gates have been lost and ultimately the UK will lose Gibraltar and the Falklands.
The Bible does not specify how the sea gates would be lost. Basically it teaches that enemies will rule over the descendants of Israel who turn their back on God:
45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed...47 “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you. 49 The LORD will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a nation of fierce countenance, which does not respect the elderly nor show favor to the young. 51 And they shall eat the increase of your livestock and the produce of your land, until you are destroyed; they shall not leave you grain or new wine or oil, or the increase of your cattle or the offspring of your flocks, until they have destroyed you. 52 They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you (Deuteronomy 28:45,47-52).
Losing gates was specifically prophesied. This has happened with the Anglo-descended nations and other gates, like Gibraltar and the Falklands, will also be lost.
The Bible also warns that the end time power with the 'strongest fortresses' ( which currently would be the USA and its Anglo-allies like the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) will be be conquered and their lands divided by the final King of the North, a European Beast power:
39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain. (Daniel 11:39)
More on this can be found in the article Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? (there is also a YouTube video of possibly related interest titled Is The United States Mentioned In Bible Prophecy?). And unless it happens before the fulfillment of Daniel 11:39, this fulfillment will soon lead to the loss of the Falklands as well as Gibraltar.
So, there are disputes over the territorial control of both Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.
Bible prophecy suggests that the Anglo-nations received the 'sea gates' as part of the blessing given to the descendants of Rebecca. Bible prophecy also teaches that those who received those type of blessings would be on the receiving end of curses as they got farther away from God.
Because of disobedience, the USA and UK have lost various sea gates already.
The British Prime Minister can make statements and take physical steps to try to hold on to them, but I believe that the Bible suggests that the UK will end up losing the Falklands as well as Gibraltar. The loss of the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar will come to pass.
Those who live on those territories are subject to becoming slaves (see Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves?).
Thiel B. Will the UK Lose Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands? http://www.cogwriter.com/sea-gates.htm (c) 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017 0331
A related YouTube video would be Will the UK Lose Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands?
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Some items of possibly related interest may include:
Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo-Saxon nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? Here is a link to the Spanish version of this article: Anglo-América & las Tribus Perdidas de Israel. Information is also in the YouTube sermons titled Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? Why does it matter? and British are the Covenant People. A short YouTube of prophetic interest may be Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.
Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people? Here is a link to a video titled Will the USA and other Anglo-nations be Divided and Their People Made Slaves? Here is a related item in the Spanish language ¿Serán divididas las naciones anglosajonas?
British are the Covenant People What do ‘British’ and ‘Britain’ mean in Hebrew? Are the descendants of the Anglo-Saxons people of the covenant? Does the British royal family connect to the throne of David? What does the Bible teach? What does history show us? Is there any DNA evidence related to British-Israelism? When did Christianity make it to the British Isles? Could Jeremiah have made it to the British Isles? What type of Christians made it to the British Isles? Did the last King of England believe in British Israelism?
Canada in Prophecy: What Does Bible Prophecy, Catholic Prophecy, and other Predictions Suggest About the Future of Canada? There are prophecies that suggest involvement with Canada. And many are not positive about its future.
The Panama Canal and its Impact on Biblical Prophecy Do you know much of the history of the Panama Canal? Is there anything in the Bible to support the idea that the USA could have gotten it and then lost it? Dr. Thiel goes over aspects of the history of the Panama Canal, as well as biblical prophecies related to it and some of the other “sea gates” that the UK and USA have controlled. This was videoed at the actual Miraflores locks at the Panama Canal and some of the audio varies.
Protestant and Church of God views of the United States in Bible Prophecy Is the USA mentioned in Bible prophecy? Some Protestants say yes, while others say no. What does the Bible really teach? Learn the truth about this. Is The United States Mentioned In Bible Prophecy?
Who is the King of the West? Why is there no Final End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy? Is the United States the King of the West?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies for the Great Monarch point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States? Here is a link to a video titled: Can You Prove that the Beast to Come is European?