Thank you to the reader who gently took me to task for mixing personal remarks with others’ prophecies. There’s absolutely no way I’d wish to engender disunity – and I do not want to be misconstrued (for the sake of brevity the remark wasn’t in full context ).
As others may have felt uneasy over my lead into the previous post, please allow me to clarify:
First, my service to the Body of Christ is like being an air-traffic controller in an airport tower watching incoming and outgoing aircraft, or coordinating messages on the Lord’s ‘GPS’ (Global Prophecy Signals). Moreover, I see what they bring may fit into certain patterns, or jigsaw pieces. – I wanted to name this blog ‘Invisible Jigsaw’ but couldn’t find a suitable graphic! 🙂
Hence my frequent blogging about prophecies that come by ‘coincidence’ and ‘marry-up’, or fit into a ‘jigsaw puzzle’, thereby confirming what others hear from the Lord. This is in accord with the protocol for prophecy at 1 Corinthians 14:29-32, viz:
‘Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.’
Secondly, as and whenever possible I notice events indicative of prophecy coming to pass and have logged nearly 190 examples. This is not for the purpose of measuring anyone’s capacity to prophesy, but simply to prove that contemporary prophecy works.
(When revamping that catalogue’s content, the Lord took me to task over truncating its opening scripture on true and false prophets – so I retained it in full. It got confirmed that afternoon when a website requested removal from my directory within The State of The Prophetic in the UK on the grounds of theological objections to others! In fact, whilst revamping I’d noted that site’s very small number of prophecies.)
Therefore, my introductory comments to prophecies on this blog are provided not only as personal observations, but also as a contribution to weighing and testing them.
A couple of recent items, however, have confirmed details of my points in a protracted discussion on an issue that unusually generated a righteousness anger within me.
Two readers drew my attention to a critique of The UK Blessing. I agree in the main with its author’s remarks on churches’ failure to follow Biblical teaching and not encouraging repentance; but not his claiming, “Though well-intentioned, what these singers are doing cannot be justified from Scripture, nor does it express the message that God wants to communicate at this time.”
The article had attracted dozens of responses and as my wife’s healing of a broken knee-cap had been powerfully accelerated, I briefly commented upon two facts: an error in his quoted timing and the Holy Spirit’s effect through that song. Polite debate ensued, but I was saddened to be wrongly accused of attacking him in person! Maybe it arose from my later quoting Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as implicitly authorising the song ?
Another commentator felt uneasy with the song and agreed, “it’s true that people aren’t really wanting to hear the message of repentance…even now. It’s all about unity….. It doesn’t seem right to me.”
Therefore, I quoted Jesus’ prayer for unity in all who believe in Him. The addressee fully accepted this and from his own background agreed with my additional remark:
“Little wonder satan seeks to destroy and rip apart the Church. The back-stabbing between various clergy and churchgoers made me utterly despise churchianity as a child and I ended up in the devil’s camp for decades. Only Jesus’ personal rescue when I almost died 30 years ago made me see sense and get saved and freed me from it – praise you Lord!” [See ‘Churches in Conflict’ in first part of my personal story.]