This example (24th) of the media mirroring a prophecy took me by surprise as it relates to one that left me deeply stunned 16 years ago – I can still recall and see it!
The above article was at the foot of the left-hand page opposite the editorial column of Daily Telegraph’s Wednesday 4th March edition. Its authors are John Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, and Danny Kruger, Conservative MP for Devizes. They begin by stating,
“If last year’s general election tells us anything, it is that the social fabric of the places we live in matters. The corners of the country we represent could hardly be more different, but the issues that animate our constituents are strikingly similar. On doorsteps from Dagenham to Devizes and beyond, voters of all parties lamented the slow ebbing of community spirit, the fraying of their neighbourhoods, and the uprootedness that seems to characterise modern life”
Their headline reminds me of what I’d ‘heard’ as describing what I was seeing only feet right in front of me in 2004, as told in my email of 18 August 2011 on Dr Sharon Stone’s prophetic words on riots in the UK and a shop-front notice ‘Due to the imminent collapse of society we are closing at 6pm tonight’.
Here’s my pre-blog email Comments Upon the Collapse of Society with original notes in blue text. Its emphasised text relates to the above headline:
‘Dear Friends, Further to circulating a word received through Lance Lambert on the eve of the London Riots (see email 9 August) and Dr Sharon’s insights 12 August (original email and link n/a but amended Oct 2016), I was reminded Billy Graham’s grandson is coming to stir the youth of Britain in late September. (HA! Only after having inserted that line to precede my comments written below, have I just noticed its title, Will Graham Set to Rock the UK, alludes exactly to the climax of the event I’m writing about….)
‘Personally, I’m encouraged that this word (through Revd Dr Stone) confirms the gist of an open vision that came at the opening of worship at the start of a conference in St Albans in October 2004.
‘Before me I ‘saw’ a map of Britain surrounded by the sea, as though painted on rotten sacking – like old, wet coal-sacks I saw in my youth. It seemed the Lord was saying the fabric of our nation (society) is so rotten He could tear it apart so easily.
This ‘map’ then began to rip apart in the middle, from about the line of Hadian’s Wall down along the line of the Pennine chain to the Midlands, and I sensed the Lord say, “I’m going to put the backbone back in Britain”. (I recalled that the Pennines are known as the spine of England.)
‘But out of the (frayed) tear arose a very long rock, which I understood as meaning the Lord would restore our strong, spiritual backbone when we stand upon Him, The Rock.
‘[Previously I’d noted, ‘Could the Lord be allowing increased persecutions here for the purpose of putting the spine back into Christians and making us stand up strongly?’… And Parliament has since been, and continues to be, thoroughly shaken and ripped open – do it to the media and elsewhere, Lord…Did you know that mounted, body-armoured police in Manchester interrogated a street preacher just because he was inviting people to an Easter service? Next, a hate-crimes unit visited him at home!!!]
‘It wasn’t so much the unexpected and unbidden nature of the event that startled me. It was because I thought I heard the Lord say that He would rip the nation apart as easily as an old sack because of its rotten nature!! That troubled me for I considered such to be contrary to his loving nature.
‘But NT scriptures do speak of judgement and He gives many repeated warnings of such impending action (eg. as given this month through Lance Lambert). Yet, we must plead His remembrance of mercy and of Jesus’ sacrifice, through which comes the fullness of true blessing. All rather a profound mystery. Also, let’s not forget that the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11.2) were aspects of the Holy Spirit prophesied for the descendant of King David’s father Jesse: Jesus Christ.
‘NB: the vision was submitted to several church leaders for weighing yet without any response! However, upon our attending a prophecy school the next year at Bath, I submitted it to Dr Stone who immediately agreed its validity.’
If you’ve ever seen rotting jute sacks you’d notice how easily the fibres fray and split apart.
The closing of this upsetting vision of Britain’s prospects beyond 2004 is encouraging in the dramatic re-appearance and restoration of our Christian spiritual spine. Moreover, , many prophets have now been receiving powerful visions and words from the Lord on such a great change in our spiritual destiny.
My paper on The State of the Prophetic in the UK refers to prophecies being known to take a decade or more before they begin to manifest, or even fully come to pass. For many years, however, the fragility of the fabric of our society has been all too apparent, as amply demonstrated in the near demise of our democracy last year.
And now two Members of Parliament from opposing political parties recognise the deep need to repair the many issues at the heart of our communities. Although not referring to the cause of these deep-rooted symptoms as extensive societal and political rebellion against the Lord, they may realise it is the only way and hope for our four nations.
In fact, you may have read this on Danny Kruger’s opinion of the solution > MP Urges Britain to Return to its Christian Heritage.
So, the pendulum is beginning to swing back….