A couple of weeks ago friends told us about noticeable, encouraging changes in their localities. Also, the church we attend is in touch with developments in Gloucester, the Midlands, London and St Albans, as well as in Norway and Germany. I recalled the three-fold vision Jean Darnell had in the 60’s of small fires all over Britain multiplying and joining up – and then came heaven’s lightning strikes. She writes,
What I saw was the British Isles, as in a bird’s eye view. A kind of haze was over the whole, like a green fog. And then little pinpricks of light began to appear from the top of Scotland to Land’s End. Then the Lord seemed to draw me closer to these lights, and I saw that they were fires that were burning. They were multiplying from the top of Scotland to Land’s End. Then I saw lightening come and strike those fires, the brightest spots particularly, and there was a kind of explosion, and rivers of fire flowed down. Again, the sense of direction was from the top of Scotland to Land’s End. But some of those rivers of fire didn’t stop there. They went right across the Channel and didn’t stop there. They went right across the Channel and spread out into the Continent…
Then I asked the Lord, “What does the lightning stand for?” And He said, “Unlike the first part, in which I will be speaking to Christians and preparing My church and renewing it and reviving the saints, the lightning represents a second part of the vision, in which I will bring a spiritual awakening to the nation that will be a witness to the unsaved, to the un-churched, to the non-Christian. Through these believers I will bring a witness to this land. They will be an army of witnesses. And I will begin to release their ministries so that when they give their testimonies there will be apostolic signs following and accompanying their testimonies…”
Within days I read Michael Marcel’s transcript of Cindy Jacob’s Prophetic words for the UK on his UK Awakening site, as well as from one of my subscribers who’d transcribed Heidi Baker’s stirring prophecy about a new move of God in the UK. The next day an email arrived from a most enthusiastic Michael reporting:
“… I believe that revival has begun. I am sensing that the atmosphere of Heaven is increasing in the land and I am hearing others say the same.
This does not mean though that thousands are going to be instantly saved in the coming days; no, if we want that to happen it is down to us to make it happen.
This is the time for stepping out and being bold and offensive. If we continue to do what we have always done in this season we will miss what God is doing. We need to partner with what Holy Spirit is doing and change this nation. This is not a time for waiting it is a time for extending the Kingdom of God in your area.
Unless we take what the Lord is doing into the streets, into prisons, into restaurants etc, we will not be able to give testimonies of the incredible things God has done through us. This is the time to fill your journals with testimonies.”
Those whom we spoke to have just emailed their reports to me and this also came from Michael:
“I went to hear Rodney Howard Browne last night. He has come to tell everyone to get out there and start bringing in the lost, heal the sick etc. Same message I am giving but his platform is 1000 times bigger :)” (Read in full under Dec 5)
In May I published three posts about overseas visitors arriving in Britain and noticing changes in our spiritual atmosphere. It sure seems this is growing – dare I say ‘opening up’? – as in fulfilment of Jean’s vision and recent words from Cindy and Heidi.
Examples from East Hants and South Devon
First, news of something we’d planned to attend locally but couldn’t because of an unscheduled medical situation. We wanted to hear all about it and were pleasantly surprised to learn much, of which RG writes only a part:
“We’ve received encouraging reports of showing a new Billy Graham film, “The Cross”, which was launched nationally last month.
“Christian friends in Liss, Hampshire, hired the village hall, appropriately enough on Remembrance Day, 11th November, to show the film, which briefly looks back over 60 years of Billy Graham’s ministry in the UK, beginning with Haringey in 1954, but focuses on remembrance of a much earlier, history-changing event, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
“Despite his great age of 96 years, Billy Graham is still passionate about reaching men, women and young people with the unchanging message of the Christian Gospel, and the film contains powerful testimonies from young people about how they found Christ.”
‘The Cross’ is a professional, well-crafted film and its showing was part of our friend’s work as a local leader of The Gideons Bible society. He’s taught about the Gospel in schools but this was the first time we’d heard him so excited about what’s happening.
Our friend was surprised because reactions to the film he’d planned showing were that it’s irrelevant for today. So it was expected to be a flop – but it wasn’t. Support came from unexpected places and has enabled a greater harmony between churches.
Next, came news from RP a few hundred miles away west of Dartmouth:
“A Catholic church is inviting anyone of any denomination to join them in prayer on an occasional basis when some significant event raises a need: the Ebola outbreak was one example. Another church, having gone through several very difficult years, is now being rebuilt on strong foundations of the Word, and there is a real sense of the Holy Spirit at the meetings. I am finding it increasingly easy to make connections with other prayer groups in the area, and I am receiving information about groups which I never even knew existed. A distinct lightening of the spiritual atmosphere. This is small but exciting stuff!”
Thirdly, RG mentioned an area prayer meeting in Liphook being convened by a person unknown to us but whose name had cropped up twice before in that very week. So I made contact and was invited to a well-attended meeting at the parish church. That was the same week in which I received Michael’s email. So I mentioned it, and a retired vicar said he’s noticed an improvement across inter-church relationships in the Alton area.
NW, convener of that local meeting, took us through the Book of Amos, the first of the writing prophets, because it is highly appropriate for these times.
Is this happening in your locality too?
Are you finding unexpected changes for the better in your personal and church outreach and inter-denominational activities and co-operation, no matter how small?
Michael and I would like to publish such news, thereby encouraging many others and enabling everyone to know what’s happening in Britain. (Locations and denominations will be mentioned but not individual’s or any churches’ names.)
Do you have any news?
[Aurora from the International Space Station – image credit The Telegraph]