Jesus Christ’s teaching: Foundation for Life — Fellowship of the Secret

Here my namesake covers verses that often nudge me because not only do they follow Jesus’ instruction not to judge one another and point the finger, but also the version at Matthew 7:21-27 brings a stern admonition that’s personally pertinent: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you, depart from Me you who practise lawlessness!”

Here’s what Richard has to say n the Lucan version:

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when…

Continue reading at > LUKE 6 – CHRIST’S TEACHING: FOUNDATION FOR LIFE — Fellowship of the Secret

GPS #29: “The Day of Reckoning is now upon the Church”

What I’d blogged last week can now be seen as the conjunction of a ‘God-incidence’, or God’s GPS (Global Prophecy Signals), on the parable of the wheat and the tares:

  • Wed 27th Feb: republished prophetic insight brought by Chris Bennett on chapters 34 and 37 of Ezekiel as being applicable ‘now’, which includes: “I WILL SHAKE MY CHURCH FIRST TO EXPOSE THE BAD AND TO THEN BUILD UP THE GOOD. IT IS THE BEGINNING OF SEPARATING WHEAT AND TARES, AND THE BEGINNING OF JUDGEMENT, FOR DOES MY WORD NOT SAY THAT JUDGEMENT SHALL BEGIN WITH MY CHURCH?”
  • Thurs 28th Feb: 10th anniversary of when the wheat and tares time-bomb blew up and I inwardly hear “This is ALL about to be fulfilled’.
  • Friday 1st Mar: Veronika West posts the above text-image on her Facebook.page Ignite Ireland Ministries.

So yes please Lord, let’s see it happening at long, long last because it’s You who’s re-building Your ekklesia. Yet, I bless you Lord that the deep divisions decades ago which made me reject you and seek truth in the ‘new age’, were actually within Your purposes and plans for my life and destiny in You.

In view of recent perturbations within His Bride across the United Kingdom it was very timely and a heartening reminder to hear the visiting speaker at church, and leader of Iris Global in India, distinctly emphasise,

“Nobody died so that we may judge!”

Puzzle in sky - Idea go

Puzzle In Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.com

 

Schematic of the World as ‘Mystery Babylon’ in the End-Times; Mark Davidson

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Mark brings a most fascinating, eschatological perspective of our times:

The purpose of this post is to describe how the entire world may be set up for the end times, based on the findings from chiastics in Chronicles of the End Times. This post is not saying what will happen, but what might happen, based on this chiastic study. The diagram presented here will be […]

Continue reading > The World in the End Times, Shown In A Diagram — THE FOUR SIGNPOSTS

10 years ago: ‘time-bomb’ in my Bible blew up in my face!

Wanting to verify Peter’s grousing about John’s grasp of Jesus’ parable ‘the wheat and tares’, I grabbed my Bible to look at the Gospel of Matthew…BUT IT BLEW UP IN MY FACE! – metaphorically, that is.

I’d opened it many times before without that ever happening. Had someone sneaked into the house overnight, cut and scooped out the inside of my thick tome and put a pressure-sensitive stick of spiritual dynamite inside?? Or, had some clever being, the Holy Spirit even, already known when I’d be checking on a topic that’s churning around within my mind – a specific simile on the Kingdom of God – and arranged for me to be zapped at that precise instant?

This time upon opening it, however, a supernatural flash exploded within my mind. It didn’t go >>BANG<<  but EXCITEMENT EXPLODED within my spirit as I heard,

“THIS  IS  ALL  ABOUT  TO  BE  FULFILLED!”

That unforgettable, formative event had its origin in 2008’s controversial ‘outpouring’ led by Todd Bentley at Lakeland, Florida. We’d known of him from a few years earlier and had attended an inspiring conference in Dudley where he’d taught in depth on the Holy Spirit as he energetically motored through the Bible for over 10 hours daily!  However, in 2008 he allowed personal sin to overtake him and thus stumbled from grace; but ‘good Samaritan’ Rick Joyner came alongside to direct and assist in his restoration. A part of the problem was Todd’s failure to be accountable, despite the efforts of his Canadian church’s leadership.

At that time Peter Horrobin, director of Ellel Ministries, was staunchly opposed to what was happening and the ‘lassez-faire’ (my term) attitude of N. American churches’  top leaders. John Arnott of Toronto was of the opinion the Lord would deal with it, as may be inferred from the parable of the wheat and tares – but Peter firmly disagreed with such a flimsy handle on an important part of pastoral and spiritual oversight.

On top of that controversy I’d been noticing since the attack eight years earlier on the twin towers in New York a few things happening that were biblically related. So, after my inner explosion I began taking those things more seriously and realised the need for more Christians to become aware of the prophetical implications of scripture.

Therefore on 28th February 2009, 10 years ago today, I emailed friends and the church leaders whom I knew personally, as follows:

THE ENDGAME IS NOW IN PLAY

‘Dear Friends – further to Rev’d Bill Smith’s recent request re Christian Freedom, may I offer some observations upon our times and, in another message, suggest a way forward?

‘Last year, I encountered two conflicting claims about Jesus’ explanation of the parable on the end-time harvest of wheat and tares (Matt13:36). So I went to check scripture but upon opening my Bible a deep excitement exploded within as I heard, “This is ALL about to be fulfilled” – WOW!!

‘Hence, my previous remarks about a sifting of the Church – in preparation for a rapid ‘sHifting’? Jesus urged His disciples to look out for and observe signs of the times. Regarding their questions about His return at the end of this Age, the earliest Gospel account has Jesus stressing 7 times, Watch…be alert…on your guard (Mark 13). Matthew 24 reports Jesus saying 4 times, Watch…and when you see…” followed by the parables of the burglar and of the virgins:> “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (ch21:36) and chpt 12 (NIV) has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).

‘Have you studied or read/heard/given any teaching on this topic lately? So, let’s watch closely what’s happening here and globally…’

That two-part email continued by drawing attention to:
  • case of a nurse who was sacked for praying for patient. We took exception to this and wrote to N.Somerset PCT saying so pleased their policy wasn’t in effect when Nina was fighting for her life when no doctor was present to perform tracheotomy! (A nurse who was there only for that night (!) asked her if she could pray for her. She did so in tongues and Nina’s throat immediately opened; she became calm and at peace, as verified on her monitor’s read-out.)
  • tyrannical tool of intolerance: equality and diversity – MI5 director warns of ‘sleepwalking into police state’ – lawlessness within society and authorities…
  • note verses in Revelation, chapters 1-3Rev 21:7 and Luke 12.
  • take a stand per Ephesians 6:10-20, shocking open vision of Britain torn apart!
  • 2009 UK Prophetic Council – prepare to rule and reign – Luke 12 warnings
  • ICEJ meeting Southampton – overcomers, the Lion of Judah and His lions!

THUS, began my calling to write on the relevance of Bible and contemporary prophecy to current events, and the next month’s double-email Not Many People Know referred to the EU’s 666 connection!

This was soon followed by a confirmation whilst attending a school on prophecy on 21st May 2009 at Winchester Vineyard church and led by internationally renowned teacher Isabel Allum.

Isabel was led to prophesy for individuals in the audience. Walking straight up to the two of us, she discerned for me, “An impartation like Daniel had is going to come into you and you will start understanding the ‘riddles’ of the Lord in a different way – the gift of interpretation itself as Daniel and Joseph had is going to come to you and God is going to open up your understanding to hear from heaven.”

As my writing started soon after Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the USA, many of my emails would cover his involvement in the Middle-East (see Obama’s Cairo SpeechEurope and Two Daniels…).

Therefore, I was encouraged to continue writing a couple or so emails a month until, by mid-2011, I was getting distinct ‘digs in the ribs’ to circulate to a far wider audience. The dream of seeing and realising the Kingdom is being set up in Britain, as told here, made me determined to deliver on those ‘nudges’ by launching this blog with some trepidation on 21st November 2011.

What had, however, had first piqued my curiosity in Bible prophecy and End-times as an anti-Christian was my reading a secular book in mid-1980s about the convergence of Jewish, Christian and Islamic calendars with historical events in the Holy Land and Jerusalem.  ‘Coincidentally’, what was showing on TV of elite units of Iranian and Iraqi armies rehearsing the liberation of Jerusalem (despite their being at war!!) plugged straight into what I noticed whilst I was flicking through The Invisible Hand.

Since starting this blog time I’ve noted the increasing incidence of those ‘Gog-Magog’ events, even an impediment over the blog’s second anniversary to writing about Iran! To read about Bible-related current events see Bible Updates tag (note: not exhaustive).

TODAY’S RELEVANCE OF THE BIBLE

In addition to the increasing prophetical focus this year on the wheat and tares parable, as in the previous post, we’re now, 10 years after my having that revelation, watching the direct relevance of the Bible’s predictions in everybody’s everyday life!  It predicts precisely what happens today when – of all things – people go shopping!

That is, the Holy Bible states in writing that, instead of handing over cash to buy goods, people will be waving their hands, or some indicative marking they’re got in or on their hands!  In other words, contactless payments – the cashless society!

Check it for yourself in the Book of Revelation: ‘no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark of the beast on their right hand’ (Rev 13:17).

However, as the main part of that book after the first three chapters is highly symbolical then we’re not necessarily talking about a specific sign on a person’s hand or forehead. To consider this further you may like to read whether the ‘mark of the beast’ is a spiritual sign, as claimed in RFID, Technology and The Mark. (NB. End-Times Prophecy is 7th Day Adventist website which I’ve yet to check in any depth.)

Chris Bennett on Ezekiel 34 & 37 – bad shepherds and renewal of the Church

I thank the Lord and UK Prophetic Words for bringing this from Chris Bennett to my attention as I don’t recall anyone teaching on Ezekiel 34 since 25 years ago! It is very helpful to those who, like me, have been deeply concerned with these issues over the past month, and may answer our concerns and queries:

‘The Lord just revealed something to me. I don’t think for one moment I’m the only one hearing this, but this is the confirmation of what’s been brewing in me for several days.

‘The Lord is saying that NOW is that Ezekiel 34 moment – the exposing of the bad shepherds. Those who have led their flock through the wide, easy gate; who have omitted so much from the gospel and from the salvation experience.

‘Those who have suppressed and grieved Holy Spirit, forcing Him to be more a spectator than contributor in their services. Those who, in Ezekiel’s own words, have grown fat without feeding the flock, or who have denied healing to the sick, succour to the poor, and justice to widows and orphans.

‘The Lord is exposing and deposing such shepherds – “THEY SHALL FALL!”, says the Lord, BECAUSE THEY DISHONOUR MY NAME AND MY PEOPLE!! THEY FOLLOW THEIR OWN SINFUL PATH WHILE DESTROYING THOSE IN THE FLOCK WHO DO THE SAME THING! HYPOCRITES!!! THEY DO NOT PREACH MY GOSPEL NOR MY SALVATION, RATHER, THEY LEAD MY PEOPLE ASTRAY AND THEN CAST THEM ASIDE IN FAVOUR OF THEIR OWN EVIL SCHEMES !!!”, says the Lord.

‘Then the Lord showed me a wonderful Ezekiel 37 moment of prophesying to the bones then prophesying to the breath. He showed me the Valley of Dry Bones – the bones coming together. He told me to prophesy over these bones and, as I did so, the Lord showed me the army of the Lord here on earth, the church, coming together in unity once again. As I watched them, the Lord commanded me to prophesy to the breath, as in Ezekiel 37, “Command the breath, their voice, to return!” As I did so, I heard the sound of a roar coming from the resurrected army – a roar of authority and of the power of the Lord.

‘Having watched the shepherds exposed and the dry bones resurrected, the Lord spoke once again:

“I WILL SHAKE MY CHURCH FIRST TO EXPOSE THE BAD AND TO THEN BUILD UP THE GOOD. IT IS THE BEGINNING OF SEPARATING WHEAT AND TARES, AND THE BEGINNING OF JUDGEMENT, FOR DOES MY WORD NOT SAY THAT JUDGEMENT SHALL BEGIN WITH MY CHURCH?”

‘As I thought about this, the Lord continued,

“I SHALL BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO MY CHURCH, MY PEOPLE. MY CHURCH, MY BRIDE, SHALL RETURN TO MY GOSPEL INCLUDING FAITH, REPENTANCE, SALVATION, AND DISCIPLING, FOLLOWED BY THE RESTORATION OF ALL THE GIFTS OF MY SPIRIT. THEN FAITH, LOVE, SIGNS AND WONDERS SHALL BE THE HALLMARK OF MY PEOPLE.”

‘I felt the Lord had finished speaking, but He gave me a final question for all of us – When pastors start to fall, who will shepherd their flock? In this coming season, ‘all that can be shaken’ includes pastors being exposed and falling. Who will shepherd the flock then?

‘I heard the words, “The House Church movement will return just like the first church, 2000 years ago!” There is a hunger for this yet a rejection of the ‘church as usual’ mentality that pervades the body today. It’s the days of personal church meetings – small groups gathering for fellowship, often a meal, a time of teaching and discipling, with occasional larger group meetings when we all get together in celebration. I see much joy, great faith building, and miracles being the order of the day – every day! And evangelism will be rampant – church will be a lifestyle, no longer a social scene, but our way of life IN JESUS!!

‘HALLELUJAH !!!!’

Chris Bennett, 23rd February

RB Footnotes:
  1. About 25 years ago the Lord pointed me to Ezekiel 34 and I thought it may relate to my cell-group leadership’s inability to help me with my ‘New Age’ background. However, my godly pastor Barry Kirk at Tilehurst Free Church (Baptist) kindly encouraged me to seek deeper ministry help.  And so I was intrigued to learn that a recent Ellel Ministries ‘Battle for the Mind’ conference had specifically covered Ezekiel 34!
  2. Note carefully what Chris brings from the Lord on ‘Wheat and Tares’, which we’ve already covered this year – but much more on that in my next, very special post!!

Unity and Schism

An important and sound reflection in view of recent issues that have upset many of my readers. Am particularly pleased with Nicholas’ central emphasis on ‘accountability’, which is where the many non-traditional, modern churches can be vulnerable – yet 30 years ago ‘heavy shepherding’ gave rise to concerns and reaction to steer away from that style of pastoral oversight.
When I objected to joining a church as a possible new believer the Lord gave me the definitive answer by opening my new bible to Hebrews 13:17 – ‘Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so their work will be a joy and not a burden, for that would be no advantage too you.’ Such a clear directive was foundational to my journey along ‘The Way’!

All Along the Watchtower

Today I have spent some time reflecting on history and tradition, having watched Gavin Ashenden’s presentation on why he left the Church of England. Earlier in the week, I read a post at Cranmer’s site about the problem of schisms in politics and churches. Christianity has a long history of dividing into factions. In the very pages of Scripture we read:

“For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:11-13, NKJV)

Verses like these present us with questions. When is it appropriate to put aside one’s differences and go…

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Observations upon Wembley Day of Prayer for Britain

In view of Revd Dr Clifford Hill’s critique of the Day of Prayer at Wembley Arena on 26th January, and expressions of concern I’ve received from several people, I’m grateful to Dave Chapman and his wife for responding over the weekend to my request for a brief report of their impressions from the event, especially for permitting a wider publication of their personal observations, thereby adding to comments at ProphecyTodayUK.:

‘Richard, greetings in Jesus name.

‘I have to be honest and say I was surprised to see Dr Hill there. He was introduced as an old friend by David Hathaway.

‘I suppose I have seen him – rightly or wrongly – as a Jeremiah type, as opposed to an Isaiah type over the years.  I’m sure it was good he was there. Clearly his endorsing the need for repentance was a fine one, though for me revival and repentance go hand in glove and each can follow the other!  One black Pastor even shared that his/their church baptised 5,810 people last year, has 100 coming to Christ every Sunday (in London!) and was asked by the Police what they were doing or giving these people in that they’re so drastically reducing crime!  He told them “We give them Jesus”!

‘I noted his remark on the day about the church in the 90’s falling about in laughter rather than repenting, in the morning.  But the state of the church in that era certainly needed a baptism, or refreshment, and bringing into new things which we were very happy to join in with, in fact we went to Toronto to find out whether this was God or not in October of 94.  We got in the river!

‘Personally, I found the Day to be the most significant gathering I have been in during my lifetime (incl 56 years born-again).  In trying to quantify why, I’d say it was because of the embracing of the prophetic by all of the participators as a normal part of their ministry, and the spiritual warfare that took place.  The latter mirrored the kind of approach we have been in whilst on some of our visits to Uganda.  They just go for it ’til breakthrough, passionately, and with great endurance!  It could be there were some there on the Day who would not want to be part of that next time!  But we shall want to be there if possible.

‘As for the asking forgiveness of white to black and vice versa, personally that is not one I see as the problem so much as the issue of culture difference, which he mentions. It’s one of behaviour, approach or practice, style, and not colour itself.  But hopefully the publicly and mutually given forgiveness worked something.

‘Of course, we have not replaced Israel and I wholeheartedly agree with him that Replacement Theology needs to be taken from the Body of Christ, root and branch.

‘Not sure why he had a go at the ‘NAR’ in this piece of his, and though it could easily be there are human weaknesses in practice in their make up, where the core of that is going, and what they stand for, in seeking transformation here on earth is definitely where we are at.  Perhaps it’s what is needed to do away with the lack of vision he sees in the British charismatic and pentecostal churches he refers to!

‘I would suggest though, this difference can be to do with an eschatological stance over at what stage ‘’the Kingdom of God” (already here in our lives) can come in its fullest form, and Christ’s rule is possible in the earth now.  Perhaps the one emphasis concentrates almost wholly on getting the church ready for the bridegroom (and their rapture), but the other on seeking to bring in Christ’s rule and reign now as a mighty ecclesia – like a John the Baptist preparatory ministry!  The first stance can miss the great revival harvest, and the latter can step into a wrong understanding of authority and practice!

‘Nevertheless, David Hathaway said his friend Clifford Hill said to him before he left the Day, “I’ve been waiting for this gathering for 50 years”!’

PS: Thank you too, to Rosemary Piercy for commenting today via Thursday’s post:

‘Richard, did you know that Clifford Hill and David Hathaway have had a constructive meeting in which many difficulties were cleared up? I can’t speak on what happened at Wembley, because I was not there, but I do see that the basic premise of Prophecy Today’s concerns – that we are unlikely to have any sort of revival unless it is preceded by repentance – is Biblical. Clifford Hill himself recently wrote that he felt we are on the cusp of something life-changing, but that we still need the focus on repentance which is really hammered home in both the new and the old testament. Bless you lots!’

Europe recognised as modern ‘Babylon’ – guess by whom!

A couple of comments submitted this week offer informative insights into the scriptural and contemporary recognition of the European Union as being akin to ancient Babylon, in addition to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg being built like the Tower of Babel. That brought by a Muslim refugee seeking entry into Europe is exceptionally striking:

Graham of Plymouth commented as follows on this blog’s Contact page:

‘Hi all
‘I am new to Richards Watch and have found it very interesting; confirming many things I have felt; and helping me to pray more specifically. I wanted to share something I feel the Lord shared with me. ….

‘Just after the referendum in 2016 I was chatting to the Lord.
I asked him why the result was 51.8% to leave. Why wasn’t it 52%?!
As I pondered this question I looked up a few chapter 51 verse 8s and this is what Jeremiah 51.8 says…

8 But suddenly, Babylon will fall
and be destroyed.
I, the LORD, told the foreigners
who lived there,
“Weep for the city!
Get medicine for its wounds;
perhaps they will heal.”

‘This seems to confirm what many are saying; that the EU is a type of Babylon; that it is sick and corrupt through and through and will fall before long.

‘Verse 9 continues…

9 The foreigners answered,
“We have already tried
to treat Babylon’s wounds,
but they would not heal.
Come on, let’s all go home
to our own countries.
Nothing is left in Babylonia;
everything is destroyed.”

‘On Richards Watch I have read contributors who say the EU can’t be saved or reformed and this seems to confirm this. I also found it interesting how “foreigners” discuss the situation and decide to go home to their own countries!

‘Confirmation if we needed it that the EU is in a mess and it’s time to leave!’

Graham kindly agreed to copy this observation onto the recent post on the exposure of The Spiritual Nature of Brexit vs EU Battle, as well as to the reference page featuring the EU’s Tower of Babel shown at the start of Significant Spiritual Signs.

About that last entry, Margaret now comments at Triple Synchronisation of ‘Jigsaw Pieces’ as follows (emphases mine):

‘I read Graham from Plymouth comment on Significant Spiritual Signs re tower babel last night. The night before I had watched a recording of Simon Reeve’s Middle East tour where he was with refugees hiding near a border in Morocco waiting to try and get into Europe via Spain. One of these was talking to Simon saying, “We need to get to Babylon” – I think Simon asked if he meant Iraq, but he said no – Europe. “You call Europe, Babylon?” “Yes” the refugee casually said, as if Simon should have known that all along!’

On behalf of us all, I thank you Graham and Margaret for such helpful contributions.

Now, what do ordinary Muslims know that Eurocrats, ordinary Europeans, politicians as well as many churchgoers here don’t?  Could that remark explain why Muslims were the religious grouping most in favour (69:31) of Britain staying in the EU (source)?

Is that Muslim’s opinion not a severe indictment upon our spiritual ignorance!

Another Isaiah verse and vision for UK: ‘shroud over Parliament’

We continue considering visions of Britain’s Parliament in turmoil with a third sent to me  yesterday.  First, let’s quickly refresh our memories (all emphases mine):

15th Jan (Brexit Must NOT Be Allowed To Fail) – ‘This is what I read today in the news concerning Brexit. “Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement was voted down 432-202, the largest defeat for a prime minister in the history of the House of Commons”  As I was reading this I saw a vision of grappling hooks being shot over from Europe to England to pull the country back into the E.U. Britain must be totally free from the E.U, or, I feel, that it will share in the judgement that is coming to Europe. Additionally I saw in this vision Theresa May standing at her podium looking out. As I saw her looking out I saw a very large snake slithering up and down the rows of the House of Commons. I feel in my spirit that this snake is fear and deception and I do believe that this has to do with the rise of the antichrist and an independent England would greatly hinder his plans…’

24th Jan (Biblical Precedent Relating to Britain’s Constitutional Crisis) – ‘Revisiting the words on ‘Spirit of Herod’ brought by Veronika West I prefaced them with an email from Rosemary: 

‘Catching up with your posts, I read about the picture of the snake in the houses of Parliament, and now know why I was given Isaiah 27:1 a day or two ago:

‘In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish the Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.’

30th Jan – Rosemary emails ‘Another Isaiah Passage’:

“On this mountain I will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations…” (Isaiah 25:7)

‘I felt led to this passage and, after contemplating it, I had a dream of the shroud being like a huge piece of knitting; the knitting – which consisted of lots of pieces joined together – was not well-produced and was full of holes. Underneath were masses of writhing people who had their arms and legs stuck in the knitting; the more they struggled the worse it became. God of course, promises to destroy the shroud, and if he can lead his people out of Egypt after so many setbacks He can do the same for Great Britain IF we are praying, repenting, seeking his mercy.

‘This made me think of the Brexit schemes, so as with the previous Isaiah passage I wonder if this ties in with anything you have received.’

Watching only very few scenes of the recent mayhem in the House of Commons, Nina likens it to ‘hell on earth’, and so this from our friend in the south-west aptly describes the situation but promises a much better, blessed outcome for the United Kingdom.

Rosemary’s dream, however, reminded me of a picture accompanying Veronika West’s report of 29th January on ‘A Terrifying Dream’, wherein she perceived that denizens of hell can see heaven, but those of heaven cannot see into hell.

It is a deeply salutary reminder of the truth about hell – and of the dream wherein I learned I was about to be consigned there, but saved by Jesus himself. So, here’s Veronika’s account:  Continue reading

UK Situation Summary #2 – Suzanne Ferrett on this season of opportunity for Christians

Suzzanne Ferrett kindly permits me to republish this from Passion For The Nation. She posted it as an informal chat on the message she’s been teaching for the past couple of years.  Yet it’s timely in my own considerations of prophecy and politics arising out of a personal challenge to my referring in Cranmer to the Lord’s mind on Britain and the EU. Your attention is drawn to Suzanne’s outlining differences between Britain and Europe and to our laws in particular, further details of which may be found in two footnotes.: 

I thought with all the confusion and the noise of the challenges in our nation right now, It would be good for me to explain why I believe this is a season of huge opportunity for the Body of Christ.  Let me take a moment to explain why.

I am aware that even with the promises of God that we stand on the brink of huge revival, many are still struggling.

Background

My whole journey with praying and speaking into government, began with a number of revelations God gave me around 2015 and the beginning of 2016, when I moved with my husband to Windsor in Berkshire, not long before the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta.  At that time, with several other ministers, we called a Convocation to celebrate this document, which had never been overtly successful, yet had shaped our nation and the nations for 800 years.

During that time, God showed me how the roots of our nation, Government, justice system, democracy, institutions and way of life are based through the Magna Carta on Christian principles and foundations. The Magna Carta itself was not totally original, but drew on the Law Code of King Alfred, a Christian who is often called the first King of England, although that title should really go to his grandson.

At that time, as we looked backwards to celebrate the past, I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit to look towards the future, and we released a decree about the rising up of a governmental army, who would through their prayers govern in the spiritual realm above natural government. At that time, I felt God said, what we “have seen in the past of Godliness in this nation is only a shadow of what is possible in the future as His people rise up and take their place.”

Around that time, I also felt there would be a void in government and that would be the time when the Ecclesia would arise!  (In my book Declarations to Change a Nation – published 2016)

About a month later, in July 2015 God spoke to me clearly in the words of a poem:

‘It’s the day of clash of Empires,
It’s the Day of the Clash of Sounds,
It’s the Day of the Clash of Spirits
as they seek to take the ground,
The no-man’s land of England will become a Battleground,
The forces are preparing, The swords are being ground,
I’m calling to my church now to listen to the sound.’

This speaks of a spiritual battle in the nation, which is affecting many areas of society, and right now is sitting very squarely on our Government.

It is very clear from the gospels, that Jesus was really concerned that the “yeast of the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians” did not infect His church. Those three groups, the religious, the wealthy and the political, have historically held the power in many nations, and the key word is power – which is so often, the DNA of the world systems.

What is God doing?

I believe God is shaking nations, because it is the beginning of a new era.  When things are stable, change is difficult, but great shaking has the capacity to bring great change, therefore as everything moves, there is room for the establishment of something new – which right now, for simplicity, I will call the Government of the Kingdom of God.

Resounding above all the noise is the Kingdom call. A day for the Kingdom to come in all its glory and fullness, embracing the call for salvation, but also bringing righteousness, mercy, truth and justice to the earth. The DNA of God’s Kingdom is very different from the world’s systems and kingdoms, and yes, it is a Spiritual Kingdom, but it will touch and affect every part of society.

Jesus gave the coming of the Kingdom huge priority: pray “Kingdom Come” and “Seek first the Kingdom of God.”

The danger is that as everything shifts and moves, and changes take place, voids open up, and there is confusion and fear. But if God’s people will see from His perspective and stand in the assurance of His covenant and His blessings, we are those who have the potential to fill those voids with everything from love and hope, to the righteousness and justice of the Kingdom. Otherwise, something else will fill those spaces.

I believe what we are seeing in the shaking around Brexit, is part of the shift God is seeking to bring. The roots of Europe are different from ours. Their spiritual heritage is different, more based on the Roman model and influenced by Enlightenment thinking, and they have a different view of democracy.

The nations which hold the same values as ours, from the freedom of choice and the value of life, to the value of the individual, are those whose heritage roots back to the UK and to our political system.

What’s Unique about our Democratic System

It is because of the early roots through the Magna Carta and back to King Alfred 200 years before it, that our democracy is founded on the truth that there is a Higher Authority – God the Judge, the Lawgiver and the King. It means there are absolute truths which underpin everything else.

This is the foundation which has made us the nation envied around the world; the freedoms we have enjoyed, the expectation of truth and honesty, the value put upon life and the freedom of religious belief and more. The nations which were part of, or influenced by the British Empire, for all its faults, can still be identified by a similar, if eroding value system and interestingly, are also the only nations which carry all these values.

Other democracies are different.  I remember being taught at school that Democracy of itself carries the seeds of its own destruction. Without the understanding of that Higher Authority, Parliament is at the whim of the current flavour and belief of the people.
I have had people say to me that democracy is not Biblical, God wants a theocracy. I agree, however, a theocracy still needs a system to deliver God’s government. If you look at the book of Genesis, Israel went into Egypt as a family, they came out as a nation, but a nation with no laws, and no understanding other than their experience as slaves in Egypt.

God took Israel aside, He gave them a leader and through that leader He gave them laws, instructions and principles, but He told them to choose for themselves those who would be the Judges of those laws – those who would interpret and apply that law. For the United Kingdom there is a linking of some of those concepts; the coming of the Kingdom –  righteousness, justice and mercy –  in our nation is  linked to the battle for our democracy and the Christian heritage contained within it, but I believe the primary goal, is the increase of His Kingdom government in our land. (Peace and goodwill to the people)

A Question

How do we view our present situation, if the nation and parliament no longer recognise or submit to a Higher Authority?

I stand in amazement of what God is doing at this time. Coinciding with Him shaking our nation, He is shaking the church, and that means you and I are being shaken. We stand at the end of 500 years of the reformation and restoration of the church, the Body of Christ, during which He has been restoring New Testament truths and values to His people. Even in the past few years, we have seen the Father’s Heart message, the call for the church to go beyond its walls, the inner healing movement, restoration of the five-fold ministries to name a few, and recently the understanding of the word Ekklesia.

What is God doing now?

God is raising a people who know their identity, who know they stand positioned in blessing despite the situations around them, who know God is with them, that they are both kings and priests, and who also recognise and carry His heart for the people around them, crying out for a revival which will transform lives and situations.

And, there is fresh revelation into the prayer movement to know how to legislate in alignment with heaven, through declaration and decree. In this way, through the power of His people praying according to His will, God takes His place as the true lawgiver in our land.

A Parliament of Christian MP’s will never replace the authority of God’s Ekklesia.

The reason it’s been such a confusing season is that the changes God has been bringing to the nation, the Church and His people are all coinciding.

Why? I believe, it is so that we can go out and be all He has called us to be, we can fulfil the unique call on the inside of us – filling those voids of hope and need all around us, but also through prayer and declaration, aligning our government with His will and purpose for this time – turning the nation back to Him and discovering a new national identity.

One thing about our nation is obvious, we are called to lead and influence others. As we fight for our land, we are really fighting for the nations.

An amazing season of opportunity for the Kingdom of God.

Suzanne Ferrett
January 2019

Further reading:

UK Situation Summary #1 – Neil Mackereth on Brexit Withdrawal

Further to writing about ‘Divine Designs‘ behind Britain’s leaving the European Union, and my exposure of the EU’s attempt to entrap the UK by conniving, devious politicians, Neil Mackereth offers this brief summary of the state-of-play and recommends a course of action for Christians:

BREXIT: WHEN IS A WITHDRAWAL NOT A WITHDRAWAL?

WHEN SOME HALF-WAY HOUSE AGREEMENT RESULTS IN THE UK KEEPING MOST OF THE DRAWBACKS AND LOSING MOST OF THE ADVANTAGES.

The outcome of the “peoples’ vote” referendum which asked: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” (not much scope for confusion there) was 52% leave to 48% stay (not much scope for confusion there either).

However, the British intelligentsia (in their view, not mine) or, more accurately, the majority of those who are in, or who influence, the “Westminster Bubble”, think “the people” are wrong and, furthermore, not qualified (competent, wise, intelligent enough …) to make such decisions. Once in “the bubble”, the elected ones and their advisers seem to become detached from the democratic process (even though it got most of them there!).

The main aim of one faction, since the Referendum, seems to be to frighten, confuse, undermine, condemn and generally grind down the electorate that a second referendum will be welcomed. The expectation of this elite group is that their view of common sense will then prevail.

It is interesting to note that it was the ordinary public who vetoed our application to join the Euro 15 years ago, and who were more recently not deterred by the alarming stories of immediate post-referendum recession, that we heard from [Messrs; messers! RB] Cameron, Osborne, Carney and others. In fact, every step of the way the protestations of doom and despair, and the forecasts from the insiders and pundits, have been proved wrong.

Why are we still listening? In one sense the outcome of a second referendum, if it were to be called, cannot be judged; in another sense it can: it would undoubtably cause further division in our very fractured society.

Clever EU negotiators have run rings round us and inveigled many of our politicians into believing that we must strive for an agreement that is not worth having. The waters are so muddied that we cannot see that it is they who are on the back foot.

Insisting on “a deal” is a snare to keep us in the EU. By continually emphasising that an agreement is essential we have, in effect, transferred our advantage (bargaining power) to the unelected EU bureaucrats. Mention the clean-break option and, my goodness, see how that motivates the doomsayers! In trade terms, the EU’s share of the world economy is approx. 15%. The EU’s share has been falling for several years while the rest of the world has been growing [itals RB]. Obviously, sensible trading arrangements, as agreed between any nations and economic groupings, are in everybody’s interest. However, the UK is stronger, more adaptable, better connected internationally and in many ways more innovative than most of the EU. We continually play from our weaknesses instead of our strengths!

Our Nation lacks a clearly defined Global Strategy, on which all else should hinge. Harking back to military strategy, we are undoubtably suffering the “fog of war”. When faced with an outpouring of propaganda, plus incomplete, dubious and erroneous information, poor intelligence and no clear common goals, what happens? High levels of fear, doubt and hysteria are engendered. That is when rapid and unambiguous decision-making is required from an alert, competent and innovative leader.

So, we have a perfect impasse where no single “way-forward” suggestion commands a majority and the only motions that are carried are those that block progress.

However, as explained in an earlier paper, I see God’s hand on the steps that have brought us to this point. Like the Israelites during the Exodus, we are prone to forgetting the amazing things God has done over recent years, and over many centuries, in our nation. We are not forgotten: God’s plans will be fulfilled.

What should we do? For many years I have attended seminars about, heard sermons on and lightly accepted the principle of 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  (my emphasis)

I believe that this scripture is reaching the pinnacle of its significance for our nation. It is not the heathens, the atheists, the Muslims, the Hindus, the Buddhists, the secular MPs or humanists who are encouraged to pray; it is us, God-fearing committed Christians.

The Lord God Almighty is shaking, sifting and precipitating the circumstances that will awaken the Nation and the Church. I am convinced that this political log-jam is part of the process that will lead to the greatest revival ever witnessed (the final harvest). As R.T. Kendall explains in ‘Prepare Your HEART for the MIDNIGHT CRY’, there are three groups in the church: wise and foolish virgins, all asleep, and the watchers (who must be awake, by definition) who give the cry that heralds the arrival of the Bridegroom.

Soon everything will change: are you awake and ready?

Neil Mackereth, 28th January 2019

Further reading:
  • Prophetic, Historic Days: Part 1 introduces Neil, author of SIGNS.
  • 40 Things (or more) Wrong With May-EU’s Withdrawal Agreement
  • Robert Toombs, author of ‘The English and Their History’ writes in Saturday’s Commentary, In their pursuit of power MPs undermine the Parliament they claim to stand up for (emphases added):

    ‘…What makes the present attempted power-grab shameless is that it is being used not to enact but to thwart legal popular votes – votes which are the only thing that lend parliament its share of sovereignty. Those behind this intrigue then plan to hand over the sovereignty they loudly demand to another institution: the European Union, whose laws would override those of our no-longer-sovereign parliament. Some even have the nerve to claim that they want to give the people “the final say” – having refused to accept the previous final say which they promised to respect. Who are they to decide what is final?

    ‘What on earth do these people – Bercow, Cooper, Grieve, Soubry, Rudd, Cable, Letwin et al – think they are doing? Do they really think that blocking Brexit by some unconstitutional manoeuvre will end the matter? Can they really believe that people will just roll over and acquiesce? Do they not realise that they are stoking up a crisis far worse than anything that could follow from Brexit?

Paul Keith Davis: attaining to The Age To Come

Further to the recent posts about our preparation as the Bride of Christ to rule in His Millennial reign over all nations upon earth, Paul Keith Davis’ latest video on modelling ‘The Age To Come’ is well worth studious attention:

In view of the prophetic command he’d given (herein), and others’ expectation of whom I’m aware, his early remarks on how that Age may be achieved is especially noteworthy.

The depth of Paul Keith’s expertise in post-Reformation, especially 20th Century, Church history aids his thesis – or prophetical insight – on the new, radical move of the Holy Spirit that’s prophesied by many, as in several recent posts herein relating to the vision Smith-Wigglesworth had of His moving across our land. PK says the Lord has given a measure of clarity on what The Age To Come will look like, maybe even in the next decade or so.

About a year ago, the Lord told him many of us have been arriving at, and are already making, decisions that will dictate the course of our lives until that Age’s appearance. Also, PK has previously referred to 20th Century leaders whom the Lord has used as forerunners to demonstrate what this Age will be like.

He refers to the Lord having brought changes to His Church through the Reformation and subsequent moves and outpourings His Spirit through theologians and evangelists, and the major breakthrough within Pentecostal churches. These brought an improved understanding of the scriptures with fresh, deeper revelations.

He believes there is yet one more major outpouring to come very soon that will bring a fuller Reformation as the Lord builds His people into the full manifestation of His Bride to rule with Him upon His return to reign for one thousand years.

This new Reformation will be the revelation of mysteries and revelations within the Heart of God and fulfillment of 1 Corinthians 2:9.

Very exciting teaching, so set aside 22 minutes to listen and contemplate, especially one of the most striking promises made to disciples at Luke 20:34-36 about being kept alive and found worthy to attain and taste the powers of the Age to Come (Hebrews 6:1-6). Paul Keith brings essential teaching to prepare us for serving the Lord in the coming days: