GPS #18: Standards…of all kinds – all equally powerful

God’s GPS system (Global Prophecy Signals) is also our Global Prayer Signalling because, on the day I posted the Cryers’ call to prayer, ‘Cookie’ prays for Christians to find the courage to speak out, as well as quoting Gavin Ashenden’s objections in full to events in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Thank you Julie…

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“When depravity and immorality appear more prevalent in society,
one of the main causes can be traced to silent or inactive Christians”

David Fiorazo


(The Queen’s Royal Standard flying over Windosr Castle courtesy the web)

The Royal Standard, otherwise known as the Royal flag, is flown only when the Queen of
England and that of the British Commonwealth is physically in a particular residence—
The flag is her very visible calling card.

According to Wikipedia,
“the Royal Standard of the United Kingdom is flown when the Queen
is in residence in one of the royal palaces and on her car, ship or aeroplane.
It may be flown on any building, official or private, during a visit by the Queen,
if the owner or proprietor so requests.
It famously replaces the Union Flag over the Palace of Westminster when the Queen visits
during the State Opening of Parliament.
The Royal Standard…

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Brexit-EU battles follow Bible history and prophecy – 2: ‘spirit of Herod’ exposed in church

Readers unfamiliar with this topic are advised to read the first part for background info before joining our analysis of this unholy spirit’s other main influence, namely

OVER THE CHURCH:

‘Church’ in the ‘Fox’ prophecy’s context presumably means the Anglicans, or Church of England, because its bishops sit as ‘Lords Spiritual’ in Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, thereby becoming involved with the government’s legislative process; as well as in furthering or hindering The Lord’s desire in Britain’s severing ties with the EU. Peers elevated to the Lords as a political honour – many with large EU pensions – together with Anglican bishops, thwarted the EU Withdrawal Bill from becoming British law by defeating the government 14 times!! (read report together with Cranmer’s opinion here).

We’d expect, however, this spirit of Herod’s hidden influence to become increasingly observed because the Lord’s promiseto uncover, expose and bring to light the works of wickedness and witchcraft in the land”. Also according to this word, He will cause “those who have dishonoured Me and who have turned away and rebelled against My plans and purposes in the Nation…to be stripped naked and paraded out in the open before all men – thus, in their exposure and no longer remaining hidden and operating deceitfully, knowledge of their deeds will become public!

That the Lord’s already working on this behind the scenes was suspected a few years ago in A Passing Thought Becomes Fulfilled Prophecy, with examples reviewed here.

Over the last two years a number of Anglican bishops have spoken out strongly against Brexit, as reported by religio-political blogger Archbishop Cranmer (see ‘Bishops’ tag). The latest noted is the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines; but that diocese is now reported in The Guardian as being in a “serious financial crisis”!

Cranmer and contributors, therefore, wax satirical in last week’s post; whereas, knowing of that prophetic word on the intrusive spirit of Herod, I simply ask, “Could the Hand of the Lord be in this financial ‘crisis’ to expose and shake what’s not of Him?”

And now, Revd Gavin Ashenden exposes the ungodliness within the Church of England in its longstanding cover-up of abuse and bullying in addition to the introduction of false doctrine.

In Cover Up and Abuse in and by the Church – Corruption in the CoE he concludes,

‘Institutional bullying, cover-up and the abuse of power are unspeakably corrupt and damaging. If the Church can’t hold its own bullying bishops to account to tell the truth, it should not be surprised if the state and the public try.

‘But the Church of England is already in deep trouble. Many of its members are abandoning it in protest about its own abandonment of Jesus’s teaching about gender and marriage. Dependent on its members to remain solvent, it may find that they decline to subsidise what amounts to an exercise in institutional sado-masochsim. They may decline to pay to be bullied and lied to, by many, some, or even any its bishops.’

Keep watching and praying…

THE GOOD NEWS

Despite all the political aggravation it’s clearly implicit that a massive spiritual dynamic is well underway from heaven and that satan is pulling out all the stops to prevent it – no doubt it sees its future in the Lake of Fire beckoning over the horizon!

Just look at the marvelous goal implied in the prophetic promise for both the country and the Church, as bought by Veronika, as the explanation for why the spirit of Herod is manifesting today.:

“(It) comes at a time when a people, nation or individual is about to reach full maturity, growth, purpose and Destiny. The Spirit of Herod hates anything good or godly, this treacherous spirit seeks only to kill and destroy destinies that are on the verge of blooming.” (emphases mine)

Nina and I are particularly blessed to attend a local parish church and a healing centre where the leaders are Holy Spirit-filled and led by Him and keen for Father’s will to be done in our patch of earth – Thy Kingdom Come!

Now Is The Time

In his upbeat editorial on The Future of Christianity Clifford Hill writes there’s a new openness to religious belief among young people, and so he concludes:

‘This is the challenge to Christians in Britain today: there is an incredible window of opportunity for evangelism, particularly during this time of political and social upheaval due to the Brexit negotiations. Many young people are trying to understand what’s going on in the nation: this is our opportunity to talk about social values, ethical principles and religious beliefs.

‘Now is the time to talk about the future of Britain outside the European Union. It is the time to talk about the history of Europe, the secularisation of the EU, and the whole subject of values and beliefs. It is the time to talk about the ultimate truths presented in the Bible and the basis of our Christian faith which transforms lives.’

Yes indeed!

PS (8 August) – This weekend sees yet another example of the ‘great falling away’ (#15 of About Signs) as the spirit of Herod continues to operate over church – read Gavin on Ely Cathedral and the Great Apostasy.

Passion for the Nation: a Declaration for The Church

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Join with Passion for the Nation in making the following prophetic declaration, as posted on their website today and re-published by kind permission:

CHURCH

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” – Song of Solomon 8:5

We declare this is a new day, when the Bride of Christ will arise in all her fullness, radiant and covered in Glory and we call her forth in the Name of Jesus.

We decree that as Your people move in revelation from servants to sons and from sons to the Bride, fresh awareness of Your love, Your care and Your faithfulness will come to Your people, fueling a new boldness to step into all You are making possible in this day. We declare this is the day for Your people to come out of the wilderness, out of fear and failure, into the dreams, the plans and the purposes You have prepared for them.

We declare Your Bride will arise, surrendered to Your Spirit, moving with great authority in the spiritual realm, influencing the earth, ruling and reigning as You have desired.

Now, as You are establishing new Kingdom networks across the nations, we decree and declare these nations will stand in their God-given calling and identity, be visited by the power of Your Spirit, releasing the life changing power of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Even as Jesus said Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for the catch” we declare networks and relationships across Your people in these lands that have not carried life in the previous season, will be replaced and renewed, that the capacity to bring in the fullness of the Revival and Kingdom Transformation You are opening before us will be established.We decree and declare life-giving Kingdom relationships will be extended across the nations of Europe, preparing the way for Your Kingdom to increase in both numbers and influence, reversing every negative statistic and forecast in the Name of Jesus.

Read this post under sub-heading ‘Passion for Britain’ to learn about the genesis of this ministry, and click/tap following image for a link to its website:

Important spiritual insight and prophetic words on the anti-Brexit spirit

A number of you may be aware of the following message brought on Sunday and which may be one of the most politically important visions that Veronika has received. Since the vision of EU as glacier she has been contending in prayer and asking the Lord for more clarity on what the enemy is doing in Britain. In this message she explains the spiritual dynamics behind this week’s Parliamentary shenanigans in voting on Brexit. (To those viewing she apologises for the first five minutes disruptions.)

Veronika brings a fulsome report and word from the Lord, of which the following script is only a ‘nutshell’:

A DIVINE CONVERGENCE, A TROOPING OF THE COLOURS, THE (FOX) SPIRIT OF HEROD OVER THE LAND

Yesterday early morning I was impressed during my time with the Lord to watch the ‘Trooping of the Colours’ that took place in celebration of the Queen’s Birthday in London. Now as I began to watch the replay of the event, the Holy Spirit immediately spoke these words to me,

“DAUGHTER WATCH, FOR THERE IS A SPIRITUAL TROOPING OF THE COLOURS TAKING PLACE OVER THE NATION IN THIS HOUR, AS MY REMNANT WARRIORS ARE GATHERING TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY AND ALIGNMENT, WATCH! FOR A DIVINE CONVERGENCE IS TAKING PLACE ON THE BATTLE-FIELD OF THIS NATION”!

Quickly, I wrote down what I heard the Spirit was saying and then continued to watch the event, now there came a time during the festivities while hundreds of royal fans were watching and waiting for the Queen and her Royal Regiment to march onto the Square Parade, when a small fox came running out of the bushes and ran onto the square. Brazenly, the small fox somewhat pranced across the grounds in front of everyone until it eventually left the square through a narrow gap between a wall and a fence. Now as I looked at the fox in amazement, immediately I felt the anointing become so heavy and tangible, and then I heard the Spirit speak again to me saying, “Daughter Look and See for the Spirit of Herod seeks to destroy and annihilate the Vision and Destiny of this Nation, WATCH AND PRAY! for this cunning, crafty and treacherous Spirit is now operating over the Government and the Church in this Nation”!

On hearing the Spirit speak those words, I switched off what I was watching and I began to intercede for the Nation. Now I was praying in tongues the Holy Spirit quickened to me Luke 13:31-32 – And Jesus said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work’.”

Now as I read that verse, I inquired again from the Holy Spirit what He was showing me and He revealed to me that the ‘Fox’ was prophetically symbolic of the Spirit of Herod that is now operating over the Nation. The Spirit of Herod comes with the purpose and goal of total destruction and annihilation, this cunning and dangerous spirit comes at a time when a people, nation or individual is about to reach full maturity, growth, purpose and Destiny. The Spirit of Herod hates anything good or godly, this treacherous spirit seeks only to kill and destroy destinies that are on the verge of blooming.

Now, as I continued praying, I began to see a powerful prophetic parallel unfolding before concerning the Nation and BREXIT. I clearly began to see how this same Spirit of Herod which came against the Destiny of Jesus, John the Baptist, Elijah (operating through Jezebel), Moses and Joseph is now operating over our Government and over the Church in the Nation. This Spirit of Herod is Warring against the people of God in this Nation, and this Treacherous Spirit is contending for the Birthright and Destiny of Great Britain. (This Spirit of Herod is a GREAT THREAT TO THE NATION AT THIS TIME)!

While still in prayer, the Holy Spirit then spoke again to me saying,

“Now is the Time for the True Worshipers to Arise in the Nation, (THE TRIBE OF JUDAH), Worshipers who will walk in Spirit and in Truth who will Stand against and combat the powers of the Spirit of Herod over the Government and in the Church, the remnant Warriors must ARISE FROM THEIR DEEP SLUMBER AND TAKE THEIR PLACE ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN THIS NATION”!

Then the Spirit of Revelation showed me a coming together of mantles over the Nation, I kept hearing the words, ‘A DIVINE CONVERGENCE IS NOW TAKING PLACE IN THIS NATION TO COMBAT THE POWERS OF THE SPIRIT OF HEROD THAT IS OVER THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CHURCH’. The Spirit then showed me again the Mantles of Moses, Elijah, Joseph and John the Baptist and how these mantles (Anointings) will now begin to emerge or converge in the days ahead. (LET US BEGIN TO CALL FOR A MANIFESTATION OF THESE POWERFUL MANTLES TO COME FORTH IN THE GOVERNMENT AND IN THE CHURCH).

“GOD IS REBUILDING THIS NATION; GOD IS RESTORING, REVIVING AND REFORMING”

As I continued to inquire of the Lord the Holy Spirit then lead me to the Book of Nehemiah Chapter 4, where we see the REBUILDING OF THE WALL and how Nehemiah came up against THE SAME SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION AND DEATH. We read how just as Nehemiah and his people began the work of REBUILDING THE WALL, the Spirit of Herod showed up in all his glory, threatening to destroy and dismantle the wall from being restored. YES! the Spirit of the Fox came with the goal of distracting, derailing and ultimately destroying the vision, mission and Destiny of Nehemiah and his people. BUT!! Nehemiah being as BOLD AND COURAGEOUS AS A LION HE STOOD HIS GROUND AGAINST THE SPIRIT OF HEROD AND HE DECLARED THESE WORDS, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome! It’s time to fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

Nehemiah was NOT GOING TO BE INTIMIDATED OR THREATENED BY THE SPIRIT OF HEROD. (I encourage you to read the whole of chapter 4, it is both very powerful and prophetically poignant in what I believe God is revealing at this time for the REBUILDING OF THE NATION!)

After posting the video the Lord called me back into the place of prayer and He spoke these things to me;

I heard the Spirit say,

“The fox is moving in the Houses of Parliament”, then He likened to me the Houses of Parliament as a HEN HOUSE, and He said “Just as a fox comes to the hen house under the cover of darkness to scatter, to steal, to kill and to destroy, so the fox has come to the Houses of Parliament in this Nation”. 

The fox is moving subtly and stealthily, he is cunning, crafty and treacherous not to be underestimated. BUT THEN I SAW THE MIGHTY ONE, THE LION OF JUDAH ENTER THE THE HEN HOUSE AND HE BEGAN TO ROAR AND THE FOX FLED IN GREAT FEAR AND NEVER RETURNED.

And then the Spirit spoke again saying;

“Daughter just as the fox was seen on parade square in the light of day, out in the open for everyone to see, Watch! As My Spirit of Truth and Righteousness moves to uncover, expose and bring to light the works of wickedness and witchcraft in the land, and Watch! For those who have dishonoured Me and who have turned away and rebelled against My plans and purposes in the Nation, I will cause them to be stripped naked and paraded out in the open before all men, FOR NO LONGER WILL MY JUSTICE AND VINDICATION TARRY IN THIS NATION”!

Veronika West, 9th June 2018

Troops parading along The Mall on return to barracks after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in Horse Guards Parade (photo BBC iplayer)

Footnotes:
  • We cannot forget the supernatural scroll seen on 11th June 2016 just before the start of Trooping the Colour, a couple of weeks before the EU Referendum. The Coldstream Guards marched down the Mall for the ceremony and then Nina gets  ‘hit’ by the Holy Spirit, knows the Lord is speaking to her and trembles and weeps as His words scroll like moving text in front of her eyes: ‘This is MY country!’
  • The closing promise of uncovering and exposure is yet another confirmation of an earlier prophetical musing and several examples of its early fulfillment (#10 refers). Therefore, we can expect the above words from the Lord to be soon fulfilled.
PS – continue reading:

Vision and Word on reviving Revival for Britain, and beyond!

Don’t you love it when the Lord points to similar incidents that ‘just so happen’ in our lives? It happened a week ago tonight and tomorrow, just like pieces of God’s invisible jigsaw:

First Jigsaw Piece:

This prophetic vision and word delivered by Robert Joy of Kingdom Cause Community appeared last Thursday morning on UK Prophetic Words (republished with permission):

WORD FOR GREAT BRITAIN AND BEYOND – THE WINDS OF REVIVAL

Recently, when praying, I had a clear vision for the nation of Great Britain and beyond. It was panoramic, a crystal clear vision. I’ve had lots of dreams and visions but there have been few that put so much attention on the need for an immediate response.

In the vision, I was standing as if in the sea looking towards the white cliffs of Dover from Europe. And I saw the Union Jack flag positioned at the top of the white cliffs of Dover. I noticed that the flag wasn’t blowing. It was just stationary, motionless. And as I looked in this vision, I saw this huge dense thick block of ice wrapped round the flag that was preventing the flag from blowing; the wind couldn’t get to it. And the Lord began to speak to me; He said, “Son, the majority of the church in this nation has become cold. It’s become lifeless; it’s become just religious.”

And the cry came in my heart, ‘Where is the wind; where is the wind?’ When I say wind, I’m talking about the Spirit of God. In Acts 2:2 it describes the Spirit of God as the wind: Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm (TPT). It wasn’t just a little tinkling breeze. This was an outpouring of the Spirit of God with such ferocity, with such violence, that when it came, it shook the whole place. One hundred and twenty were baptised in the Spirit of God, with tongues of fire remaining on them, infusing them, empowering them. This wasn’t a natural wind. This was the Spirit of God. When you look at the Word wind in the Greek or Hebrew, it always points to the breath of God or the Spirit of God. It is the pneuma, the ruach, the breath of God.

And I just felt like there’s a wind coming, there’s a wind coming, but I tell you, the wind will only touch those who lay their lives down. A few days after the first vision, I was praying in my living room, just ministering to the Lord, and I had a picture of me, and my face was right by the floor, low, low down. And I saw like a wind coming; it went right through my face.

And I said, “Lord, what does that mean?” And He said, “Son, the wind that is coming will only touch the lowly. It will only touch those that are contrite and laid down and humble, that put down their own agenda, that lay down their own platforms and their own programmes and their own plans – lay their face to the ground in the spirit, and say: God, how dare I try and do anything without your presence?”

God resists the proud. And so God’s holding back from so many churches this incredible wind of his Spirit because hearts are cold. And all he wants you to do is just to lay yourself down, and he’ll release the Holy Spirit like we’ve never known before.

And last night God spoke to me, and he said,

“I’m about to revive Revival”.

And what the Lord showed me was this: the wind is about blow and it’s going to pick back up every single one of those ancient Revivals; all of them will be resurrected and restored. There is going to be a Revival like we have never seen before. It will be THE GREATEST AWAKENING, not just another great awakening. It will be like we have NEVER EVER KNOWN!

The Welsh Revival will be picked back up; the Hebrides Revival, Azusa Street Revival. Pensacola and Toronto and all those outpourings. They all brought with them something unique to the body of Christ. The Azusa Street Revival was all about the outpouring of the gift of tongues and the ministry gifts. And words of knowledge and all that stuff being released again. I’m telling you, we’re about to see a ‘word of knowledge’ revival like we have never seen before. The Lord is about to release everyday people to go into the marketplaces and to get words of knowledge and release people from their bondage, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2 says: ‘This is what I will do in the last days...’ Here is the gauge, the benchmark, the true litmus test of what God is doing in the church. God clearly says, “I will do this in the last days: I will pour out my Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions, and your old men will experience dreams from God. The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.” (Acts 2:17-18 TPT)

God wants to blow in such a way that the streets of our land are filled with everyday revivalists, hungry to see God move in the marketplaces and stun the world as Jesus’ power is revealed.

And what the Lord said to me was this: that the wind that is coming is going to carry with it refreshing; it’s going to carry with it healing; it’s going to carry with it anointing; it’s going to carry with it forgiveness and mercy and grace. It’s going to carry with it fresh songs of the Lord and fresh prophetic words and raise up men and women of God, young and old.

But at the same time as it blows in carrying something in, it’s also going to carry something out. It’s going to carry out your hardships; it’s going to carry out your strivings; it’s going to carry out your failings; it’s going to carry out your insecurity; it’s going to carry out your judgements of one another.

It’s going to bring us to our knees. And the same wind that carries in the glory of God will carry out the worldliness and the Babylonian church thinking. And it’s going to be an incredible wind of the Spirit. And I believe it’s coming over from Europe; I believe it’s going to hit Great Britain; I believe it’s going to affect the whole continent of Europe. There is going to be an incredible reviving of all of those revivals. It’s going to fill stadiums around the world; it is going to fill fields and car parks.

My wife Lydia had a dream the other night; she said, “You were giving a word of knowledge in a pub and the guy came forward, responded to the word of knowledge. As you gave it to him, the dream turned; there was a huge queue going right out the pub – people waiting for you to prophesy over them.” Two days later, Anna Sofia, a friend of ours rings me up, she says, “Rob I had a dream: you were walking through the street and there was an army behind you. And you were teaching them and training them how to heal the sick. And there was a healing movement breaking out in the streets.”

And I’ve been prophesying for nearly a decade now that the next real revival will not come through a platform and a preacher, but through the corporate body being obedient to go into all the world. The moment you become professional, the wind will pass you by. The moment you continue to carry offense, the wind will pass you by. The moment you continue to be judgmental of others that make mistakes and fall, or don’t dress the way you like or speak the way you like, the wind of God is going to pass you by.

I’m telling you this, the only way you’re going to receive this wind and keep this wind is when you get on your knees, put your face on the floor, in the spirit I’m speaking about, lay yourself down. Jesus said this, “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

I’m telling you, if you want to see revival, serve your neighbour. Serve one another. Learn to build each other up and encourage each other. When we learn to honour each other, we’re going to see the wind blow, and the ice will unfreeze; it will fall off, and we will start to see Aslan on the move again in the nations of the world.

The cry of God’s heart is for the people of God today to cry out, “Where is the wind? Where is it? Where is the real manifestation of the Spirit of God?” Lord, you are not hiding from Great Britain; you are hovering. And you do not hover without a purpose. You are hovering and you are waiting for the spoken Word. And you have shown us God through Ezekiel, that we have to speak that Word: prophesy to the breath; prophesy to the wind. Speak to the dry valleys and the dry bones:

“Hear the Word of the living God.”

Robert Joy, 6th May 2018:

Rob is currently on a Winds of Revival tour. Watch and listen to him preach a powerful message based upon the vision and word on this video:

 

Second Jigsaw Piece:

Last Thursday was a full-blogging day before starting our long weekend and to ensure the above wouldn’t escape my attention, editor Suzanne Payne kindly sent me a copy direct. I acknowledged and over the weekend read a hard-copy, but was amazed that what Rob’s wife had told him about being in a pub had in fact happened with our own rector in the village pub at Liphook the Thursday night!!

He’d been given permission to have a small team visit it to pray for anyone who wanted to be prayed for. However, our visit clashed with weekly quiz night! Joining in with that event led to people starting to talk after it finished and rector reports, “One by one they began to open up – the real breakthrough came when I prayed for a bad arm – the pain went from 10 to 5 almost immediately & ended up praying for…- that was enough to get the conversation going!!”

Third Jigsaw Piece:

On pasting Rob’s text from UKPW I noticed the video, played an excerpt and found where he talks about the vision and how he heard from the Lord. He starts introducing it at 1:05:00 mark and then what I hear from 1:10:00 speaks to me of the Smith Wigglesworth 1947 & 1997(!) Visions of mighty Revival in Britain. Do read about them via that link!

Also note Rob’s Call to Intercession re-issued from last June.

[Puzzle In Sky by Idea Go, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net]

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

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” – see below).
  • 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

ALEPH-TAV (ALPHA-OMEGA) HIDDEN WITHIN GENESIS 1:1

In Appendix I on the meaning of number 37 and its palindromic partner 73, Jonathan says both form the numerical value for the fundamental Hebrew word ‘wisdom’. He tells how this pair play a role in a multiplication, the result being the precise number of the Hebrew for the creation verse of Genesis 1:1. He goes on to relate this to 666 and a diagrammatic representation, which he interprets as meaning:

‘This transformation represents the dispensational truth that at the second coming of Christ, the dominant spiritual hierarchy of the world changes from 666, the number of the ‘beast’, to 12 – the governmental number of Israel. All this information including this powerful intervention of God is elegantly and visually encoded in the first verse of the Bible.’

That’s on page 202 and page 203 divulges this absolutely astounding mystery:

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!

If you liked that, you’ll like this: Amazing Geometrical Symmetry of Gen 1:1 & John 1:1

Further Reading:

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

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).

This event would be replayed later but at a higher level when, once again, Simon will be caught by surprise! But before that, the four fishermen disciples were to become part of the twelve chosen as ‘Apostles’, who were given power and authority (Matt 10:2). And Simon was to have a personal revelation of Jesus’ real identity. He blurted out “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” to which Jesus responded, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Also, he was further blessed to see Jesus’ transfiguration and hear Father speak about His beloved Son and instruct Peter, James and John to heed Him (Matt 16 and Matt 17).

Yet this same Peter later earned a severe rebuke from Jesus because, in his devotion, he was shocked upon hearing Jesus speak of His destined execution and in dismay he spoke against God’s plans!  AND then, when that dreadful event transpired, poor Peter was distraught during Jesus’ trial to hear himself thrice deny his association with Him! Even so, he was again blessed when Jesus visited, instructed and commissioned the Twelve (minus Judas the betrayer) after His miraculous resurrection from the dead.

However, Peter must have considered his thrice-denial would cost him dearly in losing his standing with his Lord. Hence, a critical crisis of self-confidence for Peter.

So, why not go back to fishing – and far away from Jerusalem?  His ex-fisherman friend John records Simon Peter as having told him and five others – seven in total – he was going fishing – and they replied, “We’re going with you!” (John 21:2-3).  In fact, Peter was heading into his own resurrection: that of his own self-worth, identity and calling!

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John continues: ‘They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing. But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children have you any food?” They answer Him, “No” and He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” So they cast, and were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish…

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‘Then as soon as they came to land they saw a fire of coals there and fish laid on it, and bread (Note:) Jesus said to them “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three, and although there were so many, the net was not broken.’

Believing readers will be very familiar with the wonderful reinstatement of Peter.  When John recognised who the man on the beach was he told Peter and, being determined to be back with Him, Peter donned his outer garment and dived fully clothed into the water and swam about 100 meters to shore.

This dear man, so like all of us as imperfect disciples, is asked thrice if he loves the Lord much more than his fellow disciples – that is, with ‘agape’ love: the unconditional, unconquerable, benevolent goodwill, as given by the Father and Jesus. Peter, rescinds and over-rights his previous thrice-denial to profess a less emphatic love (‘phileo’) that he knows he can give. In repeating His question at that lower level Jesus accepts but tests his profession further, thus giving him a threefold commission to be His under-shepherd.

[Note: ‘agape’, a word to which Christianity gave a new meaning, for outside the NT it rarely occurs in existing Greek manuscripts of the period. It means a love by choice and refers to will, rather than ‘phileo’, a brotherly love by chance and emotion – New Spirit-Filled Study Bible.]

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Read more deeply, if you’ve not already done so, about the significance of the specific size of this ‘resurrection’ catch in Joanne Rolston’s 153, Signs and Symbols.  In part 2 we will go deeper into them as we look into the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven… continue reading.

[Photos: ‘The Life of Christ’, Wintershall Players, copyright R Barker]

Veronika West: urgent prophetic dreams for the hour

An exceptionally important message published Saturday on Veronika’s Facebook on a few passages I’d been mulling over in connection with a ministry issue, and blogging. It also relates to previous posts about the manifestation of wheat and tares parable and sifting of the Church (emphases mine):

AN URGENT PROPHETIC DREAMS….FOR THE HOUR..!

“WATCH! FOR 11TH HOUR PROPHETS CARRYING THE MANDATE OF DIVINE DESTRUCTION UNTO RESTORATION WILL BEGIN TO ARISE OVER THE NEXT 3 YEARS..LISTEN, TAKE HEED FOR THEIR MOUTHS WILL BE FILLED WITH THE MESSAGE OF ‘REPENT, RETURN OR HE WILL COME QUICKLY TO REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND”.

10 days ago I had two very powerful and poignant dreams that I want to share with you. I believe that the dreams are prophetically significant for both the Church and for the emerging Prophets for the hour.

1st DREAM
I found myself standing in front of what looked like an ancient door, and written upon the mantle of the door was the word “REVELATION”! As I stepped towards the door in the dream suddenly an Angel appeared to me and he spoke to me saying, “Come and I will show you what will begin to take place over the next 3 years, for the Time is NOW”.

Then the Angel took me by the hand and lead me through the door of “Revelation”, now as soon as my foot crossed over the threshold it was as if I was standing in the ‘BOOK OF REVELATION’. Then the Angel spoke again saying, “What do you see”, to which I replied, “I see a tree that is in full bloom, and its leaves are lush and green”, then the Angel answered me saying, “Daughter of Man, it is a fig tree”! Then I looked again and suddenly I saw 7 golden lampstands and 7 bright shining stars. Then the Angel said, “Tell me what do you see?”, to which I replied, “I see 7 golden lampstands and 7 bright shining stars”, suddenly in a moment the dream shifted and I found myself standing in front of a very large, well known Church in the Nation of America. Then I heard the Angel speak again saying, “What do you see”, and I replied, “I see a golden lampstand and a bright shining star”, then suddenly the Angel stepped forward and dropped a plumb-line, then he spoke with a voice of great Authority that made the ground beneath my feet shake and tremble, and he said these words, “WATCH! FOR THE HAND OF THE LORD NOW PUTS FORTH A PLUMBLINE IN THE MIDST OF HIS PEOPLE”! Then suddenly the dream shifted and I found myself standing once again in front of the fig tree and I heard these words echo in the realm of the Spirit, “CURSED ARE THEIR ROOTS FOR THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND BEARING NO FRUITS”! As the words went forth I watched as the fig tree withered and died….!

Immediately the Angel spoke to me saying ”Come!”, and suddenly I found myself standing as I did before in front of another large and well known Church in the United Kingdom. As I stood watching in the dream, again I saw the Angel put forth his hand and drop a plumbline. Then the Angel took me by the hand and he showed me 3 other Churches, first I was shown a large Church in Asia, then I was shown a Church in Europe and lastly I was shown another large and well known Church in the Nation of Australia. Now when I was taken to the Nation of Australia I saw the Angel drop a plumbline as he had done in all the other Nations but this time, I watched as he put his hand through the walls of the Church and he removed the lamp stand from its place, then I heard these words,

“HAVE I NOT SAID, I WILL COME QUICKLY TO REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND FROM ITS PLACE UNLESS YOU REPENT”!

(The Dream Ended)

2 Nights Later I had a 2nd DREAM…!
Again I found myself standing in the ‘BOOK OF REVELATION’ where the Angel of the Lord appeared to me saying, “Daughter of Man, What do you see”, to which I replied, “I see a tree as I did before”, and the Angel answered me saying, “BEHOLD THE TREE OF JESSE NOWS COMES FORTH”, then the Angel told me to put out my hand and as I obeyed suddenly a branch grew out from the roots of the tree, and the Angel said to me, “FEAR NOT! TAKE HOLD OF IT”, as I opened my hand and took hold of the branch suddenly my hand took on the appearance of the branch, now as looked at my hand again the Angel spoke with a loud voice saying, “WATCH! FOR THE PROPHETS OF YESHUA WILL BECOME A ROD OF DESTRUCTION IN THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD, AND THE WORDS OF THEIR MOUTHS WILL STRIKE THE EARTH, AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHALL REST UPON THEM, THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, THE SPIRIT OF COUNSEL AND MIGHT, THE SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD”!

Then suddenly the Angel turned his face and a heavy mantle fell upon my shoulders and then I heard these words go forth across the Nations of the Earth, “GET READY, FOR NOW IS THE TIME OF DIVINE RETRIBUTION, RESTORATION AND REFORMATION IN THE EARTH”!

Then again the dream suddenly shifted and I was now standing high above the Earth and I watched as the Angel of the Lord began to unravel what looked like an ancient scroll and written in gold I saw these words, “BEHOLD, THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION”! (The Dream Ended).

Veronika West, 17th March 2018

Please listen to the video link below for the prophetic significance and interpretation of these dreams. (Veronika joins Stephen at approx 4:45 mark.) Please listen prayerfully and share with others if you are led to do so.

 

Bible Update: 2Thess 2 cont’d – the new Gay Gnosticism, by Gavin Ashenden

Further to my briefing in the previous post, here Dr Gavin wields a scriptural scalpel with forensic precision to expose unrighteous falsehood behind some discussions at last July’s ‘Sex Sin-od’.:

New heresies spring up in the life of the Church from time to time, although on closer examination they turn out to be old heresies slightly reformatted. Jayne Ozanne is a vocal exponent of a gay rights and her approach is a very simple one, but no less perverse for its simplicity She preached recently […]

Continue reading via The New Gay Gnosticism. — Gavin Ashenden

The Who, Why, When & What of Watching – cont’d

Continuing the reasons for watching for the Lord Jesus’ return we consider when that might happen:

WHEN?

Jesus’ major End-time teaching was given soon after leaving the Temple with some of His disciples and having foretold its complete destruction, which was to happen about 40 years later after the infamous Roman siege of Jerusalem.

Jesus on the Mount of Olives:

When He went and sat on the nearby Mount of Olives, two sets of brothers (Peter & Andrew, James & John) asked Him to expand upon that prophecy, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign when all these things will be fulfilled?” (seee Mark 13, Luke 21, Matthew 24).

He answered in some depth, and by examination of the details we can conclude that not only does Jesus describe later events in that First Century but also those of a much later time, one yet to come but which is now at the door!  So Jesus did, but didn’t, tell them precisely ‘when’!

In talking of that far future time however, He tells them a parable about the appearing of leaves on a fig tree – which many believe refers to the establishment of the Jewish state of Israel.:

“So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it (or ‘He’) is near – at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place..But of that day and hour no-one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is…Watch therefore…I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:28-37 NKJV emphasis mine)

Other passages of the New Testament imply that He, or Holy Spirit, subsequently gave those leading disciples, and Saul of Tarsus who became Apostle Paul, further insights on the approximate timing of those signs, as below:

Peter preaching in the Temple:

After Jesus’ Ascension into heaven Peter, when teaching in the Temple, called people  to,

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets since time began…” (Acts 3:19-21 – my emphasis.)

So there’s a huge contribution followers of Christ have yet to make across all spheres of society towards such restoration – we’ve hardly started; not to mention both human and demonic opposition – but however do we restore ‘all things’?  We must conclude that only The Almighty is able to bring about the ‘restoration of ‘all things’ – and doubtless in the manner Zecharia prophesied to governor Zerubbabel:

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit”, says the Lord of hosts. (Zech 4:6 NKJV)

Although we need to beware of false prophets, Acts 3:21 implies that the Lord will keep His prophets informed of His intentions in bringing this about (Amos 3:7). Hence the important relevance of contemporary prophecy.

Paul writing to the Thessalonians:

We know from Acts and accounts in Paul’s Epistles that this Apostle to the Gentiles was blessed with visions of and revelations from Jesus Himself as, for example, in the main scripture quoted by ‘pre-Tribbers’:

‘For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
‘For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.’ (1Thess 4:15-17 NKJV)

‘But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.’ (1Thess 5:1-5 NKJV – emphases added)

Maybe it’s as well the Palestinian leaders have been defiantly intransigent over the so-called ‘peace plan’ with Israel and, like Iran and Hezbollah, want to wipe Israel off the face of the map!  Even so, let’s keep watching!

NB: the theme of UN’s Year 2017-18 is ‘Together for Peace, Dignity, Safety  & Respect For All’, as outlined in Three Prophetic Jigsaw Pieces.

Next, we include Paul’s later explanation as we check what it is we’re watching out for...

Welby’s inability to stand on the scriptures comes home to roost

By Victoria Jones/PAIn needing to Pray for the Pope to Take a Stand upon the Bible, we should include the Archbishops of Canterbury and York too. (In fact, I nearly included ‘and all clergy’ in that title but it was entirely about Pope Francis and Jerusalem.)

2017 saw Archbishop Justin Welby’s standing enter into deep decline as a result of his inability to give satisfactory answers to interview questions and deal with transgender issues. For example, he was taken to task by Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden in Justin Welby Unable to Give a ‘Straight Answer’ on Whether Gay Sex is Sinful.

Furthermore, a HUGE furor is now brewing over his handling of a past Anglican court’s inquiry into an unsubstantiated claim of abuse against the revered, deceased Bishop of Chichester, Dr George Bell.

Gavin opens his latest in this ‘sexuality saga’, Welby’s Will-to-Power: Pride & Ego – Sanity & Sanctity in the Saga of George Bell:

‘The facts are on the whole well known. Lord Carlile, having been forbidden by his terms of reference to judge the innocence or guilt of poor Bishop Bell, did allow himself to tell the world that Bell would never have been found guilty in a court of law. (Mail Online columnist) Peter Hitchens was almost apoplectic with surprise and frustration at Welby’s intransigence…’

His deep experience gives Gavin perspicacity of insight for analysing the situation. His careful, well-considered exposition is bang on target and thus comes with my high commendation to my readers. In particular, Gavin observes that Safeguarding policies bring a negative, political effect and he considers the real issue in this saga is that of pride and corruption of power.:

‘So, what does it mean when the Archbishop says “I cannot with integrity rescind my statement”? He has at best muddled himself. He is in the grip of what appears to be both a serious sin and a psychological distortion.

‘At some point, he has conflated what he thinks is right with the notion of his integrity. He has convinced himself, having fallen victim to pride, that since what he thinks is right must be right, it is his ‘integrity’ that is at stake when he is challenged.

‘But what the challenge to his opinion has done, in fact, is to expose his soul.

‘One might argue in his defence that all that has been exposed is stupidity, because one would have to be dull in mind not to weigh up the evidence and come to the conclusion along with the choristers and the historians and the ecumenists that Bell was innocent. But Welby is not stupid.  In which case one has to ask if he has become proud and obdurate.

‘And the trouble with pride and obduracy is that, if it bites sufficiently deeply, one’s cognitive reasoning can become impaired.

‘What might flow from this?

‘The great danger he is in is that he loses all spiritual and moral authority. He becomes a hollow figure of religion, rather than an authentic spiritual leader and inspiration…’ (emphasis added).

Gavin concludes his observations:

‘Perhaps he might be firstly warned by the words of Jesus,: “Whoever wants to save his life, will lose it.” (Matt 16.25)

‘but then encouraged: “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14.11.’

Gavin’s first posting on this issue Welby Must Apologise or Resign was mentioned in the lead-in to my ‘God-incidents’ Validate Three Prophetic Visions.

Lastly, readers may also like to note blogger Archbishop Cranmer’s opinion in Justin Welby has staked his reputation and legacy on the maintenance of a profound injustice to Bishop George Bell and its attached discussion.

The very best days of the Church are fast approaching

An especial thank you to the Lord and Jeffrey Stewart, and to UK Prophetic Words for publishing this word, which provides not only a second confirmation but also a very precise one of a scripture I’d already quoted (footnote refers; formatting mine):

GOD HAS SAVED THE BEST DAYS OF THE CHURCH FOR LAST

The Lord Jesus says:

“You are a privileged generation. You are a generation that makes Me immensely proud.

“For it is THIS generation that will walk in FAR more revelation than any previous generation.

“It is THIS generation that will walk in FAR more anointing than any previous generation.

“The END of a thing is better than the beginning. (Eccl 7:8)

“The Days of the Church that you are about to see will far exceed its beginning days recorded in the Book of Acts.

“You look in awe at the things I did in the Book of Acts. You look in awe at the power the Church in the Book of Acts walked in.

“I tell you that what My Church is about to walk in shall cause the Church in Acts to be pale in comparison.

“The Church you are about to see will walk in far more love, far more unity, and far more anointing than the early church ever imagined.

“My prayer for the church to be ONE, even as I and the Father are one, in John 17 will be answered in your generation, just as every prayer I pray is answered. Yes, many of you will see this and rejoice. As will I. What is impossible for man is easily possible for My Father. My People WILL BE ONE just as My Father and I are one. Just as it is in Heaven.

“From this unity will flow unified prayer as you have never seen. Just as I honoured such prayer with a mighty outpouring of My Spirit in Acts 2:2 and Acts 4:31, I shall honour these unified prayers with a great outpouring that will shake cities as I shook Jerusalem.

“The Great Commission will be fulfilled in this generation. You will see this and rejoice.

“My people will walk in such anointing, that:

“one will enter a town and every demon will flee. Even demons in people who are possessed will not be able to remain;

“another will walk in such anointing that he will enter a hospital, AND EVERY sick person in that hospital shall be healed.

“When I turned water into wine, the master of the banquet said that he normally served the best wine first, but at that wedding, he saved the best wine for last.

“I tell you, I have saved the BEST DAYS OF THE CHURCH FOR LAST.

“I have saved the GREATEST MIRACLES for last, too.

“The miracles you saw in the days of Moses, as great as they were, even the splitting of the Red Sea, shall pale in comparison to what you are ABOUT to see.

“The miracles you saw in the Days of Joshua, as great as they were, even the stopping of the Sun and the Moon in the sky, shall look SMALL in comparison to what I am ABOUT to do.

“Before I return, every person on earth WILL KNOW that the Gospel is true. They may not all accept it, but they will be WITHOUT excuse.

“I am IMMENSELY proud of you. You are a HIGHLY HONORED generation.

“Men from the past longed to see what you will see.

“You are the final runners in the relay race.

“You are My ‘A’ Team.

“Those who came before you are trusting you with the baton.

“I am confident you will complete the race before you. You will make Me proud.

“You were created for this day and this time. You will see the Church be what I meant for her to be.

“You will see this and rejoice. As will I.”

Jeffrey Stewart, 17th January 2018

AMEN, AMEN and AMEN again !!!!

Footnote:

The reference to John 17 is remarkable!  My introductions to the last two posts refer to RJ Dawson on Jesus destroying division and to my encounter with ‘Christian’ aides of the Accuser. Instances of condemnatory criticism return my mind to Jesus’ prayer to our heavenly Father, as recorded in John 17.

In fact, only yesterday – the day Jeffrey posted the above word – was I discussing that issue with RJ Dawson on his original post as he’d responded to my re-blog. He then quoted from his book:

“A long time ago in an upper room far, far away, 120 people got real. Within a matter of days, their number had increased to several thousand. After only a few years, the community had spread far and wide, achieving phenomenal growth well into the tens of thousands of members, each person having a purpose and each very real. Over the next few centuries, however, another assemblage emerged. Its characteristics were strikingly different. It did not possess the powerful testimony of the earlier group. Miraculous happenings were very few and far between. Its varied teachings were impure and often incomprehensible, and the active participation of every member in ministry was not emphasized. As a result, the great love and concern for one’s fellow believer held in high regard by the originals was greatly lacking, and its unity was coerced. And sadly, gone in this assembly was the total dependence and trust in the Lord Jesus, His dominion being replaced by that of others.” © 2001 by R.J. Dawson. Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church. All rights reserved.

I replied: ‘Exactly so RJ. I’m of opinion that as soon as the gospel according to John went into circulation then satan’s strategy would be to thwart Jesus’ prayer at John 17:20-23!’  I didn’t quote it because we both know it, but he then quoted it in full:

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”

Its so obvious that, after being defeated by the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, the hater of humanity’s prime strategy would be to attack and wreak division throughout the body of His disciples. Through such disunity, deep divisions and inability to do the ‘greater things’ that Jesus promised in John 14:12, the enemy of our souls duped humanity into not believing that God really did send Jesus to save us from our sins and deliver us from bondage to satan.

So, thank you Lord for indicating that at long last Your prayer will soon be answered. Let Your Word become true in our day…

Selah!