Should the Church be actively engaged in politics? South Africa gives a lead

In view of the on-going political upheaval here, Roger Jervois, who’s been keeping us updated on the political Ulster-Eire front, offers a Southern African perspective based upon his personal experience, on the value of the Church getting directly involved in politics.  It is particularly a-propos with my increasing political coverage, albeit from a prophetical stance. Roger writes,

‘I was born in then-Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, in 1963. There, the evangelical church was largely silent, with basically only the Catholics resisting the racist Rhodesian government. The evangelical Church largely stayed out of the political realm, to the great cost of the average person in latter decades.

‘After emigrating to South Africa, in 1986 I (reluctantly, to be honest) joined a very controversial church, Rhema Bible Church, Randburg under a fearless pastor Ray Macauley. The political climate was very difficult still, getting steadily worse – the Apartheid government was ruthless in dealing with criticism.

‘God spoke to Ray’s heart about getting involved in politics and changing the course of the nation. God said it was going to be very costly for him and the church in terms of public opinion, a fact which continues today. God sent many great men and women of God to confirm His word, in front of the congregation, which I personally witnessed.

‘As a church, we rallied around our pastor in obedience to the Holy Spirit. Thus we began to pray for the nation diligently, from 1988 onwards. God opened doors, and even the then-Minister of Finance, Barend Du Plessis, a newly born-again Christian of Afrikaans background, came and spoke briefly to the church, to tumultuous applause. It continued, and God led Ray to reach out further, and he did.

‘The result was a gathering in 1990, after months of intercession, of the extreme left-, centre- and right-wings of the Christian Church in SA at a place of great spiritual significance, Rustenburg – the first capital of the Transvaal Republic and bastion of Afrikaanerdom. It was known as the Rustenburg or Bishop’s Conference where the church leaders wept openly for what they had brought into the nation, asking God’s forgiveness. The result was the miracle turnaround in SA, which continues unto today.

‘Last weekend saw the inauguration of a convert of 20 years, from the very same Rhema Bible Church Randburg, take the oath of office as our State President. The Church in SA continues to be prodded by difficulties into praying for and interacting directly with politicians, to our greater benefit.

‘It is highly recommended that Christians engage with their authorities.’

Roger Jervois, 1st June 2019

PS 3rd June – ‘Just see this story, Richard > Thousands raised for petrol attendant hero (reply: Good to learn of a Godly guy helping a gal)

PPS 4th June – ‘Donations to the petrol attendant have now topped R460,000. Original target was R100,000. (His monthly salary would be around R5,000) > News24.com Shell-has-exciting-plans-for-nkosikho-mbele-the-petrol-attendant-who-went-the-extra-mile

‘This says a lot about race relations in SA, the fruit of the revival perhaps.’

‘The Truth matters’ – LBC radio’s Nick Ferrari asks why it matters that the C of E covered crosses and hid Jesus. When he finds out he graciously apologises. The difference between the Gods of Islam and of Christianity is at stake and is crucial — Gavin Ashenden

I strongly recommend your ‘taking 5’ to listen to this most informative interview:

Radio link available here on Revd Gavin Ashenden’s post.

A reasonable person would think ALL CLERGY should be trained in the fundamentals of their Christian faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, and fully understanding the difference with every other religion!  Or is that far too much to expect??

A post-Resurrection miracle as a ‘mystery’ now revealed – part 2

[First published 2018]

His disciples came to Jesus and said, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” and He replied, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him (and her) more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand…” (Matthew 13:10-13 NKJV)

Definition: ‘Mystery’, Greek musterion (moos-tay-ree-on; Strongs #3466). From mueo, “to initiate into the mysteries”, hence a secret known only to the initiated, something hidden requiring special revelation. In the NT the word denotes something that people could never know by their own understanding and that demands a revelation from God. The secret thoughts, plans and dispensations of God remain hidden from unregenerate mankind, but are revealed to all believers. In non-biblical Greek musterion is knowledge withheld, concealed or silenced. In biblical Greek it is truth revealed (Col 1:26). NT musterion focuses upon Christ’s sinless life, atoning death, powerful resurrection and dynamic ascension.’ [New Spirit-Filled Study Bible]

Prophecy: “2018: I will impart to My Prophets the ability to see clearly My Numbers…” (delivered by Leisa Ebere, read in full here).

The above, ancient meaning of ‘mystery’ is rarely understood and appreciated, even by those solidly grounded in scripture. As told in my testimony, my pre-Christian life got immersed in that esoteric knowledge, and so I’m experienced in this matter and can attest that the difference between that discipline and holy revelations from the Almighty is like the contrast between His Light and the devil’s darkness.

MATHEMATICIANS’ MYSTERIES

Roger Penrose, “The Road to Reality: A Complete Guide to the Laws of the Universe”, Knopf (2005)

Therefore, the modern definition of ‘mystery’ as an unsolved puzzle, or something difficult or impossible to explain is comparatively trite!

Even the eminent mathematician-physicist Sir Roger Penrose tends toward a circumscribed perception of reality when using this term, as quoted and discussed in RTU’s Three Worlds, Three Mysteries.

According to its author Joseph, Penrose posits the existence of three “realms” existing around us and “which brings three mysteries” that raise interesting questions on how the world should be viewed. These realms are the physical, mental and Platonic mathematical worlds:

Of course, such hypothetical mysteries cannot equal the much deeper ‘mystery’ of revelatory scripture! Yet in positing that mathematical entities don’t belong in space or time and are eternal and unchanging, Penrose is approaching our understanding of the mathematical aspects of the Bible. His recent thoughts upon consciousness originating at a quantum level may approach ideas I’ve broached in the convergence of science and scripture.

JESUS POINTS TO MATHS

Continuing from Part 1 on Apostle John’s account of the miraculous provision of 153 large fish and the re-blog of New Zealander Joanne Rolston’s posts on it, we learn that she asked Jesus direct on why such specific details are noted. Let me quote some pertinent parts of her highly personal account:

I asked the Lord about the meaning of the 153 fish in John 21:10, and I was given a maths answer. Amazingly I grasped the explanation. Having to learn statistics in order to get my Diploma of Business helped. I had to overcome a lot to learn the math behind statistics…(including) my loathing for maths. Fortunately, I have a very patient husband who helped me with the mechanics of maths in statistics.

“But I kept complaining to God. “Why do I have to learn this?” I protested, “We’re never going to use it in our business!”

“Make friends with maths” the Lord told me. Not reconcile myself to maths, not become acquainted with maths; He wanted me to believe I could learn maths and take an interest in it! It was a big ask. In a Father’s instruction, He says;

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)

So we read that Joanne progressed and mentions Factorial numbers and Venn diagrams as being the first things she learned in statistics. These were the basis of all the wonderful things she was later shown about that ‘action replay’ fishing trip by seven of Jesus’ disciples.

She succinctly explains the unusual significance of the 153 fish by maths of factorials and square root of the third prime number (3), as well as geometrical constructions and proofs in diagrammatic forms, PLUS their relevance to the triune relationship of God, Christ and mankind.

Now examine these facts more closely and delve deeper into the ‘mysteries of the kingdom’:

That historic catch’s mathematical meaning is a surprising shock to we moderns but, in the immense sweep of history, such intellectual knowledge was a relatively ‘recent’ development to those living in the inter-Testamental times of the Graeco-Roman world. The principal propositions, or theories and proofs, of geometry had been compiled by Euclid of Alexandria about 300 years before Jesus’ life. To give us some perspective, this is the same period since the accession of George I (1714) and the appearance of John and Charles Wesley to lead a major evangelical revival, from which was born the fourth largest church denomination in England, Methodism (in Oxford, 1729).

Fascinating Fact: the first proposition of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry is to construct an equilateral (three sides of equal length) triangle by describing a Vesica Piscis (known as ‘Vessel of Fish’!) with a pair of compasses. It’s done by drawing one circle and then a second one exactly the same size, but with its centre on the circumference of the first.

The common, overlapping area looks like a canoe and the ratio of its length to width is 265:153, which closely approximates the square root of 3 as calculated by Archimedes of Syracuse.

All three symbols, triangle and circles with intersecting segment, feature in the ‘mystery’ of the 153 fish – note the use of equilateral triangle as this will be considered another time:

It’s noteworthy that John closes his Gospel account of Jesus’ main post-Resurrection appearances with this most tantalising morsel:

‘And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.’ (John 20:30)

That statement lodged indelibly within my soul when a teenager and I determined to set on a quest to discover the fullness of Jesus’ work. A lifetime later, I learn that ‘seal’ sets the scene for the last chapter’s account of the amazing fishing expedition. That is, it is a clear signpost of the next and final miracle’s deep significance to the early Church.

UNLOCKING THE SIGN MIRACLES OF JOHN – SIGN 8: 153 FISH

Jonathan R Hill, whose above-titled book explains how ‘pi’, the mathematical ratio of circumference and diameter of every circle is found in Genesis 1:1, and that of ‘e‘ (base of natural logarithmic and base rate of growth in all growing processes), are found in John 1:1, devotes a full chapter to ‘Sign 8’, the miraculous catch of 153 fish.

Consider this summary of his main points on Sign 8:

  • It is the 8th ‘sign’ miracle recorded by John and found in his book only. First and only post-Resurrection sign-miracle and last of the eight, thus reflecting the divinity of Jesus as ‘first and last’ and the ‘alpha and omega’! (I now recall hearing Him tell me during a ministry-team prayer, “I Am Alpha and Omega” – watch for more on this later.)
  • Time and death represented in this succession by number 7 is followed by 8, the number of resurrection (a new beginning, as blogged in January), underscored by 8 resurrections in scripture other than that of Jesus.
  • Jesus’ command to cast nets from the other side of the boat, the right, symbolises and prefigures God visiting the Gentiles and taking a people for His name.
  • The Greek word ‘ekklesia’ translated as ‘church’ means nothing more than ‘called out of’. Thus, the fish being caught out of the sea reflect the characteristic of the Gentile church as those who are ‘called out of’ the world.
  • 153 is of considerable mathematical and typological significance and represents the fullness of the Gentiles.
  • Key composites of 153 are 7 (spiritual perfection), 10 (numerical completeness) and 9 (finality) because (7+10) x 9 = 153 (= 9 x 17).

Jonathan makes many more deep connections between scriptures and Sign 8 and their importance to the Church and the Consummation of the Age. Building upon the 17-rowed triangle of the number 153 displayed in Jo-Blog’s Go Fish, this is how Jonathan describes this mathematical principle (drag to enlarge, noting number 153 forms an equilateral triangle of sides 17 x 17 x 17):

Triangular Numbers, courtesy Jonathan R Hill

CONCLUSION

From this brief overview of well-researched data we can confidently conclude that the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven include mathematical principles as an important part of its transcendental wisdom. Selah!

Further Reading:

A post-Resurrection miracle as a ‘mystery’ now revealed – part 1

[First published 2018]

Not long after Father God brought Jesus the Messiah back from the dead by His Spirit, the One who’s the radiance of His glory went once again in search of His ex-fisherman friends. Of the two sets of brothers who’d been partners in the fishing trade on the Sea of Galilee before deserting their nets to follow a peripatetic teacher, their boss had an exceptionally severe crisis of self-confidence.

GONE FISHING!

So this ‘son of Jonah’, named Simon, decided to return to the simple life of sitting in a boat with buddies and dragging a net in the hope of getting a catch – but it proved to be an exercise in futility!

A few years earlier on that inland sea, the four fishing partners encountered and had been ‘called’ by The One to follow Him. Jesus amazed the crowds there with His teaching and had asked Simon if He could address them from his moored boat. Jesus knew the men had worked hard all night without having caught anything because, when He’d finished speaking, He told Simon to sail into deep water and lower his nets despite the fruitless night – Simon was overwhelmed by the result!  They’d got such a large number of fish that another boat was called for – then both began to sink with their massive weight!!

So Simon changed his tune. Upon hearing Jesus’ instruction he’d objected because of the poor night, yet respectfully referred to Him as “Master” – but in amazement at the fresh catch breaking nets and sinking boats, Simon addressed Him with the superior term of “Lord”; thus suggesting he was beginning to understand the status of this astonishing teacher. In the account by one of those partners, John, they’d previously met Jesus immediately after His baptism in the river Jordan and Andrew had brought his brother Simon to see Jesus, who then spoke of his identity and implicit destiny, “You are Simon son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas,” (which is translated ‘A Stone’, Petros/Peter: John 1:42).

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After that huge catch of unspecified quantity, Jesus called Simon into his destiny: “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men!”  That is, a fisher of men. When they’d landed their boats the four foresook all and followed Him (Luke 5:10-11). Continue reading

GPS #32: words and visions on the significance of Notre Dame’s conflagration – and Jerusalem’s!!

A personal thank you to Angus MacKillop for alerting readers of Ignite Ireland Ministries to Newsweek’s report that whilst flames were engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, there was also a fire in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque – it cannot be mere coincidence or a ‘God-incidence’, as we’ll learn from the prophetic word of yesterday shown below.

Tom O’Conner writes in yesterday afternoon’s Newsweek, ‘Fire broke out at the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem just as flames ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

‘Footage showing smoke and fire emerging from the roof of a structure known as the Marwani Prayer Room, or Solomon’s Stables, could be seen on social media. The Palestine News Agency, the official outlet of the Palestinian National Authority, cited a guard as saying Monday that “the fire broke out in the guard’s room outside the roof of the Marwani Prayer Room, and the fire brigade of the Islamic Waqf handled the matter successfully…Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director general of the Jerusalem Waqf and Al-Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department, told Jordan’s Al-Mamlaka TV that the fire broke out in the courtyard and preliminary information suggested that it may have been caused by children tampering in the area.’

Let’s not forget that intriguing ‘coincidence’ of an unusual lightning strike in Mecca on the 14th anniversary of the attack upon New York’s Twin Towers (see Paws-4-Thought: Kingdom-related Events Since Lightning Strike on Mecca’s Grand Mosque).

THREE PROPHETIC WORDS ON NOTRE DAME FIRE

That the above buried news of the Al-Aqsa compound fire is not only synchronous but also is part of what God is doing worldwide, will become clear upon reading the first of two words received in this morning’s email, namely:

1. FIRE IN PARIS PROPHECY 

The Lord would say, “The fire of the Paris Cathedral is a signpost of My Spirit and is the beginning of the tearing down of the high places of religion across the nations of the Earth. For surely I am doing a new thing in the midst of you and My Spirit shall burn down the old entrapments and raise up the new places that I have decreed.”  For the Lord says, as is written in Jeremiah 23:29 ‘Is not My Word like fire and like a hammer that breaks a rock into pieces?’

“Watch and Listen for I am causing both heavenly and earthly signs to identify the changes I am making to re-frame the earth so that My righteousness and glory are at the forefront,” says the Lord of Hosts. “Be vigilant Watchman and make My Signs known to My People,”says the Lord.

Leisa Ebere, 15th April 2019

2. “NOTRE DAME IS ON FIRE…! PRAYING FOR PARIS FRANCE…!!

While watching the FLAMES RISE OVER NOTRE DAME the Holy Spirit quickened to me this powerful word I gave for France last year…!

A WORD FOR THE NATION OF FRANCE; “WATCH! FOR THE FIERY PHOENIX IS RISING, RISING, RISING FROM THE ASHES TO NEW LIFE AND NEW BEGINNINGS”

This afternoon while sitting talking with the Lord in my garden suddenly I saw the Nation of France and as I looked at the Nation I saw a FIERY PHOENIX RISING UP FROM THE ASHES, as I looked again at the Nation the Word of the Lord was quickened to me saying, “Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days like the phoenix’. On hearing these words I immediately inquired of the Holy Spirit and I heard Him say,

“DAUGHTER, I HAVE HEARD THE CRIES OF MY PEOPLE AS THEY HAVE WEPT FOR MERCY, MERCY, MERCY OVER THIS NATION, FOR SURELY IT HAS LOOKED LIKE THEY WOULD DIE IN THEIR NEST, BUT WATCH! FOR A MIGHTY WHIRLWIND OF MY SPIRIT NOW BRINGS FORTH RESURRECTION POWER TO THAT WHICH LIES BENEATH THE ASH HEAP, WATCH! FOR THE NATION OF FRANCE SHALL BE LIKE THE FIERY PHOENIX RISING, RISING, RISING FROM THE ASHES OF DESTRUCTION AND DEATH TO THE BEAUTY OF NEW LIFE AND NEW BEGINNINGS. WATCH! AS MY SPIRIT NOW MOVES ACROSS THIS LAND TO RESURRECT AND RESTORE, TO REFORM AND REVIVE, WATCH! AS MY GOVERNING HAND MOVES MIGHTILY IN THE DAYS AHEAD TO MULTIPLY HER DAYS LIKE THAT OF MY SERVANT JOB,” says the Spirit of God.

I DECLARE AND DECREE; THAT THE NATION OF FRANCE SHALL RISE, RISE, RISE LIKE A FIERY PHOENIX FROM THE ASH HEAP OF DESTRUCTION AND DEATH TO THE BEAUTY OF NEW LIFE AND NEW BEGINNINGS.

Note; PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THE NATION OF FRANCE IN THIS HOUR. (click to read vision to Pray for France Arising dated 3rd May 2017)

SEE A SECOND WORD GOD GAVE ME JUST A FEW DAYS LATER; (Click to read France! France! France! Pray for France! dated 7th May 2017)

Note; Job, notwithstanding his present despair of it, was favoured and satisfied with, (Psalms 91:16 ) ( Job 42:16 Job 42:17 Job 29:18) . Some versions render it, “as the phoenix”, a bird of that name, spoken of by many writers as a very long lived one; some say it lived five hundred years, others five hundred forty, others six hundred sixty…!

Veronika West, 15th April 2019

3. BRITISH ISLES/UK and EUROPE: IT’S TIME TO REAP WHAT YOU’VE SOWN

Roger Jervois in South Africa kindly forwarded copy of yesterday’s conversation he had with a sister in UK who moves in the prophetic. They note a specific reference to ‘Fire of God’ in an American’s prophetic word, the title of which I’d noticed a few days ago but for different reasons.

It is published in Elijah List as British Isles/UK and Europe: It’s Time to Reap What You Have Sown, the pertinent part of which reads (emphasis mine)

‘We make room for the Holy Spirit in our local church gatherings. It’s impossible to see culture shift without a local church that maintains an open atmosphere to the supernatural movement of the Spirit. I prophesy, Europe and UK – may the fire of God burn strong in your churches! I even see some of the ancient landmarks of faith, the cathedrals and beautiful sanctuaries of old, coming alive again with the fire of God.’

Larry Sparks, Dallas, Texas, 12th April 2019

Footnotes:

Passion For The Nation: Declarations to shape a nation, day 11

Readers will recall the work of Suzanne Ferrett and the many declarations over our nation she publishes at Passion for the Nation, as well as a Spiritual Magna Carta. (Click link for introduction). Today’s declaration appears below:

Click/tap image for link to Passion For The Nation and previous declarations

Declarations to Shape a Nation – Day 11

National Day of Prayer

We thank You for the mantle of prayer resting upon this nation at this time, for the individuals, groups and movements You are raising up, for the diversity of how people pray and the different anointings, callings and strategies being released at this time, orchestrated by Your Spirit. Even as Your word states ‘if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven,’ we declare as the Headship of Jesus is established over Your people, a new ‘oneness’ in prayer will be released, uniting those of different generations, culture groups and streams. We praise You for the work of Your Spirit and for the depth and width of Your purposes at this time. We declare as Your people pray, Your Kingdom will be released in great measure, changing hearts, touching lives and transforming communities.

We decree and declare the Name of Jesus will be lifted over the villages, towns and cities in this nation, that the awakening breath of Jesus will blow in us and through us – until this nation is fully His. We decree and declare God’s people in this land will arise, going through the gates; preparing the way, removing the stones, lifting a banner for the people.  We speak to this nation in the Name of Jesus and we declare “surely your salvation is coming.”

Now, as Parliament meets today, we decree and declare the outworking of every emotion, frustration and weariness will serve and facilitate His purposes today.

We declare the Kingdom of God will be established over every other rule and dominion, of power, of greed and of the thoughts of man, that the new season God has planned for this nation will be delivered in full, in order and on time.

We declare the power of God-appointed leadership to bring about Kingdom purpose. We declare this nation will be led throughout this Brexit season by those appointed by Him for this task, those carrying God-given vision, supported and surrounded by the prayers of His people and aided by the Hosts of Heaven.

As the European Leaders meet tonight, we come into agreement with Psalm 29, and we declare “Your Voice shakes the wilderness …and causes the deer to give birth, it strips the forest bare”. We declare God’s Voice will arise, silencing every other voice. We decree and declare the outworking of every emotion, frustration and weariness will serve and facilitate His purposes this day.

Amen, may it be so!

GPS #30.1: Mighty army told to “March Forth!” (on March fourth)

Monday 4th March saw the start of Lent Week of Prayer at the church we attend. One of its aims is to refocus our lives on all God has for us and give an opportunity to get rid of clutter hindering our relationship with Him. To help us in this, thematic displays had been set up for contemplative prayer in the chapel. We arrived at the same time as the rector for Monday evening’s prayers, but after having led a long worship and prayer session on his guitar he needed to leave for an appointment…

However, Nina’s email of Tuesday morning updated him on what happened…

WELL, WHAT NEXT!

‘Dear Val, Thank you for the wonderful worship yesterday evening. It was very special. Then you left the 3 of us and then……….!!!!!!!!

‘We carried on praying for a short while and then I had an extraordinary picture which I shared with Richard and N because I knew it was important.

‘It was in black and white and was a scene from an old war movie. The pilots were sitting around outside, by the Nissan huts, waiting for the alarm call so they could jump to attention and get into action [‘Scramble!’ thinks Richard].

‘As I spoke this N suddenly said, “That was the Battle of Britain!”   Britain is in another battle right now so we prayed on for a short while. Then I said, “We need to remember the picture and the date”. Suddenly N said, “March Forth!”

‘He didn’t say it is the fourth of March or March the fourth, he said “March Forth!” [Each of us intuitively knew that difference.]

‘By then we were standing and agreed that as members of The Lord’s Army we needed ears to hear His clarion call and ACT!

‘Richard added that this all confirms what he’d read earlier on the very same topic’!

And here’s what I’d read that day on Ignite Ireland Ministries FB:

WATCH! THE ARMY OF GOD IS NOW ARISING…….!!

‘The Spirit of God says, “WATCH AND PRAY BELOVED, STAY ALERT AND PAY ATTENTION FOR THE WOLF IS AT THE DOOR, YES! THE ENEMY COMES TO ROB, STEAL AND DESTROY IN THIS HOUR….!”

‘FRIENDS, I SEE THE POWERS OF DARKNESS INCREASE IN THIS HOUR, BUT I ALSO SEE AN INCREASE, ACCELERATION AND MANIFESTATION OF GREATER GLORY, SUPERNATURAL POWER, GREATER AUTHORITY, SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH.

‘I SEE AN UNSTOPPABLE AND AN UNQUENCHABLE FIRE OF THE HOLY GHOST MOVING SWIFTLY ACROSS THE NATIONS, THE POWERS OF EVIL AND DARKNESS CANNOT AND WILL NOT HINDER NOR DIMINISH IT.

‘I SEE A MIGHTY ARMY OF RADICAL, FEARLESS FREEDOM FIGHTERS RISING UP IN THIS HOUR THEY ARE NOT DETERRED NOR DISTRACTED BY THE SCHEMES OF SATAN. THEIR POWER, STRENGTH, SKILL AND STEALTH COMES FROM BEING DEEPLY ROOTED AND ESTABLISHED IN CHRIST JESUS. THE WEAPONS OF THEIR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL BUT POWERFUL TO THE PULLING DOWN OF EVERY STRONGHOLD AND DEMONIC STRUCTURE IN THE LAND.

‘THESE ARE THE RADICAL ONES, ANOINTED AND APPOINTED BY GOD TO PURSUE, PUSH BACK, OVERTHROW AND OVERTAKE EVERY POWER OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, THEY WAR NOT FROM THE REALMS OF DOUBT, FEAR AND TIMIDITY BUT THEY WAR IN THE REALMS OF SUPERNATURAL FAITH, COURAGE, HUMILITY AND VICTORY, WITH THE TWO EDGED SWORD IN THEIR MOUTHS THEY ARE WISE WITH THEIR WORDS ONLY SPEAKING FORTH LIFE, LIBERTY AND VICTORY.

‘THEY WALK IN THE SHOES OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY, THEY COMMAND HEAVENLY ANGELS TO COME AND TO GO, THEY LOVE NOT THEIR OWN LIVES EVEN UNTO DEATH, THESE ARE THE GLORY CARRIERS OF HEAVEN, NEW LIFE, HEALING, HOPE AND MANIFEST PROMISE FLOWS FORTH FROM THEIR BELLIES, THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD GOES BEFORE THEM MAKING STRAIGHT THEIR PATHS AND ILLUMINATING THEIR WAY, ACCELERATED AND MOBILISED BY THE SPIRIT OF MIGHT AND POWER THESE BRAVE HEARTS MOVE WITH GREAT ACCURACY AND WITH SPIRITUAL VISION AND PRECISION THEY TAKE THE LAND.

‘I SEE SATAN AND HIS DEMONS FLEE IN A THOUSAND DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS WHEN THESE GLORY CARRIERS STEP UPON THEIR TERRITORIES, THESE DEMONS OF DARKNESS KNOW THEY CANNOT STAND AGAINST THE POWER OF THEIR UNITY AND AGREEMENT IN THE SPIRIT.

‘LISTEN!! I HEAR THE SOUND OF GREAT VICTORY AND JUBILEE!!’

Veronika West, Sunday 3rd March 2019

AND sitting in the morning’s email in-tray is this from Glasgow Prophetic Centre:

LION BITES Tuesday 5th MarchARISE!

The Spirit of the Lord says, “Arise, arise, arise and put on the armour of the Lord. My children, I desire for you to become a mighty army in my name. Listen to the voice of your God because I have not hidden you in the shadows. I have called you to shine and to let the world see who I truly am. Let them see who I have called you to be – my ambassadors, truth tellers, a mighty and holy nation, miracle workers in my name, atmosphere changers, and carriers of my presence and glory. You are gateways for heaven to move through. Now arise and be bold; take hold of the authority that I have given you. Truly, I say to you ARISE.”

Isaiah 60:1
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

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

 

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!!

Clifford Hill on God’s turning disaster into prosperity

Am pleased to learn the opening news in the reverend doctor’s latest editorial (click title below for link), as well as his aligning with what I’d heard elsewhere (footnotes refer). I particularly note his closing remarks about a coming spiritual awakening and revival:

TURNING DISASTER INTO PROSPERITY

God Is Working His Purposes Out.

Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking to a packed fringe meeting at the Church of England Synod in Westminster. There were a number of bishops and clergy of all ranks and the general atmosphere was one of deep concern for the state of the nation. The meeting was in Church House alongside Westminster Abbey and I think we were all aware of events across the road, where our politicians are struggling with seemingly intractable problems.

If any of those attending the meeting came expecting, or even hoping for, easy answers or joyful tidings, I’m afraid they would have gone away disappointed. The primary message I had to give was that God holds the Church responsible for the moral and spiritual state of the nation. I had been asked to speak about my latest book, ‘The Reshaping of Britain: Church and State since the 1960s’. I spoke about the last four Archbishops of Canterbury who I’ve known and worked alongside; and I spoke about the lack of a prophetic voice from the Church giving leadership to the nation in a time of revolutionary social, economic and political change.

It was not a comfortable message and in the short time of discussion it was clear that there are no easy answers to the situation. How do you bring creative, biblically-based change into an organisation as massive as the Church of England? I was only able to repeat what I’ve said so many times that there will be no revival in the nation until there is repentance in the Church. Of course, this is no easy message for those who are dealing with a multitude of pastoral problems in their congregations.

Right Understanding

One of the clergy asked, “Should we be encouraging young people in our churches to go into politics?” I know it is a very lonely and difficult place for Christians in the House of Commons at present. If there were a significant number of those who uphold biblical values and whose trust is in God, it would undoubtedly change the dynamics of politics and that should be a future hope and objective for all church leaders.

But I think it would take away a lot of our fear about the present political mess in the nation and our vast array of social problems if we simply understood what is going on. This means discerning the difference between the social engineering that has been driving the nation for the past 40 or 50 years generated by secular humanist advocates, and what is divine activity initiated by God.

Most Christians do not think in these terms because we do not rightly handle the whole word of God. We concentrate upon the Gospels and Epistles, but neglect to study the biblical Prophets, whom God used to reveal his nature and purposes to humanity in preparation for the coming of Messiah. Without a thorough understanding of this background we can never understand what God is doing in the world today. I said yesterday that this should be the major concern of church leaders today.

Listen to this from Isaiah 45:7“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” All the Prophets recognised that God creates disaster! But he is more than ready to change disaster into prosperity!!! In fact, that is God’s purpose! He is longing to see his children enjoying the blessings of those who uphold righteousness and live by the standards of truth he has revealed in his word over many thousands of years.

Shaking All Things

God is at present shaking all the nations, as he first revealed to the Prophet Haggai in 520 BC, the significance of which for today is explained in the New Testament in Hebrews 12. You can see this in the upheavals and bitter Brexit divisions in Britain, in the rise of the populist movement in many countries throughout Europe, and in the fear of the Brussels elite at what may happen in the EU election in May this year.

You can see it in the USA, where there has never before been such bitter division between Republicans and Democrats. You can see it in the upheavals in South America, in Venezuela; similarly in Africa, especially in Nigeria in recent days, in the Middle East, in the distressing humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria, and in many other parts of the world.

It is not only the nations that are being shaken, but all the great institutions in which we human beings put our trust – including the Church! Right now, the Roman Catholic Church is being torn asunder by having to face the sexual sins of its clergy over many decades that are being revealed to the public. Successive Popes have delayed the day of reckoning for many years, but the Vatican is having to face the uncomfortable truth that a system of forced celibacy in a social climate of sexual libertarianism is a recipe for disaster! Large numbers of clergy have misused their spiritual power for sexual gratification, exploiting vulnerable children and adults. The day of judgment has arrived, and this has not just been brought about by social pressure, but by the judgement of God

For Love

Why is God shaking everything? It may be amazing to those who do not study the whole word of God – but when God brings judgment upon the evil institutions of humanity it is an expression of his LOVE!

God so loved the world that he gave his own Son to save humanity from self-destruction. But our tiny minds simply cannot comprehend the magnitude of God’s purposes without the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit to flood his truth into our lives.

Let me give a small illustration of the great truth that I’m trying to convey. For more than 30 years I have been trying to teach a basic sociological truth that when you weaken and undermine the family, you destroy the social fabric of society, because the family is the linchpin holding everything together. This is what we have done in Western society and this is the underlying cause of knife crime, gang warfare, drug use, bullying, depression and suicide. We have crucified truth and produced an age of fake news, lies, hatred and violence, driven by the forces of darkness that we have embraced.

But amidst all this, God is working out his purposes to bring human beings to the point where they recognise that they have no solutions to the problems they have created. When they begin to cry out ‘O God, what has gone wrong?’ God knows they will be then open to the truth. He is calling upon his Church to be ready for a great spiritual awakening! Not a revival of the old institutions that we call churches, but a genuine new openness to the truth, met by a Church that genuinely both lives and declares the unchanging word of God.

That is the way disaster will be turned into prosperity! And the good news is that we may not be far from the turning point!

Dr Clifford Hill, 22nd February

RB Footnotes:
  1. Re. ‘shaking’ – about 20 years ago the Lord opened Hebrews 12:18-29 to me at a house-group and I was impressed to read it aloud, although no-one followed up. Hence, my blog’s covering an increasing number of prophecies on The Shaking; eg. in ‘a new season of shaking’ and ‘a merciful but severe course correction’. I’m aware that Dr Hill’s mentioned it many times before.
  2. Re. ‘prosperity’ – the foundational NT verse for this is central to Revd Dr Sharon Stone’s mentoring day as well as our associate minister’s message, on Sat 9th and Sun 10th February (ie. preceding Clifford Hill’s editorial): Matt 6:32-3 “…But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His Kingdom and His righteousness (his way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given to you besides…”
  3. Sharon’s session was the first in a track on principles behind wealth creation for a nation, introducing it with: “This morning we’re at a fresh place in our covenant – everything old is being left behind as we move into a fresh phase of ‘more’.”  
  4. After having read Dr Hill’s and ProphecyTodayUK’s judgmental condemnation of other ministries at the Wembley Day of Prayer, my reaction was that it would be far more appropriate to direct it at the apostasy and support of satan’s agenda in Anglican and other churches, and calling on them to repent!  So it’s good he’s at last addressed an Anglican synod – BUT, did they repent??  He doesn’t say.