Most noteworthy in view of what prophetical voices are bringing about the shaking of church and of society. See also Cranmer’s transcript and forthright commentary upon Piers Morgan’s self-righteous inquisition of our brother in Christ, If a bigot cannot become PM, why should one be allowed to become an MP?
Christian Concern brings news of a third street preacher’s acquittal of all charges by the police against him under public order offences!
A week ago two others were acquitted of their previous conviction after an appeal (see my blog of Judge decides which parts of the Bible can and cannot be preached!), as announced in:
The Arrest, Abuse and Acquittal of Three Street Preachers
‘Christian evangelists Mike Overd, Adrian Clark and Michael Stockwell, were arrested last year for sharing the gospel in Bristol. The court dismissed the case against Adrian Clark, ruling that there was no case to answer.
‘In February this year, Mike Overd and Michael Stockwell were convicted of religiously aggravated public order convictions. They were found guilty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.
‘Thursday 29th June 2017, Bristol Crown Court acquitted Mike and Michael of their convictions at an appeal hearing.’
Once, British police were well-respected for their impartiality but now enforce irrational, fascist policies, as may be gathered from CC’s above video!
In CC’s press release for the latest, Andrew Frost explains his motivation for preaching on the streets:
“I do what I do because I’m moved by the love of God to go out into the streets and preach to people. I wanted these men to know the truth, that Jesus can set them free. Because in the sight of God, these things are wrong.”
He adds that he’s previously been approached by people in same-sex relationships and every time reassures them that he has nothing against them.
“I am thankful that the judge saw sense and acquitted me of this charge…Christians need to be free to share the good news of the gospel to anyone who will listen – as we are commanded in Scripture to do.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre supporting Mr Frost, comments: “We are delighted with this result. The freedoms that we enjoy today in this nation are largely due to our biblical foundation, yet the freedom to preach from this very Bible is under increasing threat. At the Christian Legal Centre we are seeing an increasing number of street preachers arrested for preaching the gospel.
“This encouraging result should offer some reassurance to Christians who may feel fearful of the consequences of sharing their beliefs with others.”
Based upon the widespread bigotry expressed over PM May’s post-election decision on forming a working majority, Voice for Justice UK follows up on the request to petition the government about free speech for Christians in Parliament with this further appeal:
THERE IS A NEW HERESY
‘To ensure a functioning Parliamentary majority Theresa May concludes a deal with the DUP; in the interests of transparency publishes the agreement in full; and is immediately accused of giving them a ‘bung’. Criticisms abound, especially from the Welsh and Scottish Assemblies, who would also like more money – no surprise there then. But surely the most pernicious and worrying criticisms come from those who attack the DUP for their unashamedly Christian stance on moral issues that the UK has now ideologically redefined, and imposed by law.
‘Ex-Tory chairman Chris Patten has reportedly predicted that the ‘toxic brand’ of the DUP will taint Theresa May and harm the Conservative party, specifically identifying the DUP’s hard-line stance on issues such as gay equality (see for example, Evening Standard).
‘How is it people today can so easily be branded toxic, intolerant, and bigoted simply because they adhere to the traditional teachings of Christianity, and refuse to endorse abortion, or same sex marriage? As far as can be ascertained, the DUP have never at any time expressed ‘hatred’ for those who support such choices: they have simply said they disagree, citing as cause the moral incompatibility of such practices with Christian faith.
‘As it is, the universal condemnation and vilification of this identifiably ‘Christian’ party by gay marriage supporters, so strongly articulated by the likes of Chris Patten and Ruth Davidson – who demanded and was given assurance that there would be no rescission of LGBTI rights – speaks volumes.
Who are the real bigots here? Who the real peddlers of hatred and intolerance?
‘Sadly, what we are seeing is nothing less than the systemic demonization of Christians by those who want justification and social endorsement of the new morality, and who want to drive all expression of Christianity from the public arena.
‘As stressed previously: Christian faith is being increasingly suppressed by the relentless drive of Secular and LGBT activists. It is time for the intolerance, bigotry and intimidation of these so-called liberals to be exposed.’
Further to my call three weeks ago today in Time to take a stand against the fascism of ‘Christophobia’ and Revd Gavin Ashenden’s First they came for Tim Farron – soon they’ll come for you, it’s time to protect Christian MPs’ and our rights to free speech.
Gavin exposed the inclusion of the Qur’an in the Eucharist at Glasgow Cathedral, and we are seeing Christians increasingly ridiculed and vilified in the public arena before the relentless drive of Secular and LGBTQ activism.
Therefore and for the good of the nation, the time has come to stand against activists’ schemes to suppress Christian belief across the public sphere AND in our personal lives, as is well-known and documented.
Please read Voice for Justice UK’s following email and seriously consider petitioning to ‘Protect Christian MPs Right to Free Speech. Don’t Allow Secular and LGBT Activists to Suppress Christian belief‘.:
‘Christian faith is being increasingly suppressed by the relentless drive of Secular and LGBTQ activists.
‘It is time for the intolerance, bigotry and intimidation of so-called liberals to be exposed.
‘Following delivery of our petition calling for the reinstatement of former Tory MP for the Isle of Wight Andrew Turner – forced to resign for saying he believed homosexuality was wrong and a danger to society – we are now launching a fresh campaign calling for the government to protect the right to free speech of all current and future Christian MPs.
‘Standing on Articles 9 and 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998 – respectively protecting the rights to freedom of thought, belief, and religion; and the freedom to hold and express your own opinions – we assert the right to follow and practise without impediment or restraint our Christian faith, and to express without fear of condemnation or intimidation the core beliefs on which our faith is founded and as set down in the Bible.
We call for freedom of belief and of speech for all.
‘And we call for all political parties to uphold the right of both current and future MPs to express support for traditional Christian belief, without fear of intimidation by activist groups seeking to silence dissent by unjustified accusations of bigotry and hatred.’
Tim Farron is not just a former leader of the Liberal Party; he has become a mirror in which we see our reflection as a society. He is gagged and sacked.
Revd Gavin Ashenden, a stalwart servant of the Lord in the CoE, brings a forthright alert to ALL Christians in Britain > First they came for Tim Farron – soon they’ll come for you.
First, let’s recall a prediction that applies to everybody no matter who, because it comes from the one who is The Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Thus it’s true information about our personal post-mortem state of play:
“I tell you my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. Be afraid of him who, after killing the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him…I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven and the angels of God. But who disowns Me before men will be disowned before My Father in heaven and the angels of God. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven!” (Luke 12:4-10 with Matthew 10:32-3 NIV)
Having no time for Antichrist spirit’s influence within politics I admire anyone attempting to practise and apply their faith within government. Although I don’t support his policies I’ve noticed Tim Farron’s evangelical faith wobble under frequent vicious attacks by reprobate souls within his party and the media (Stop banging on about my faith). So I have huge admiration for his decision announced last night:
“To be a political leader – especially of a progressive liberal party in 2017 – and to live as a committed Christian, to hold to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me.
“I seem to be the subject of suspicion because of what I believe and who my faith is in. In which case we are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society. That’s why I’ve chosen to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats.” (Telegraph, emphasis RB.)
Were Tim a Muslim, he’d have been safe because the nampy-pamby brigade would have been silent through fear of criminal prosecution under hate speech and ‘Islamophobia’. In my opinion, churches should start lobbying government to introduce the crime of ‘Christophobia’ – ie. all expressions of hatred against Christians and their beliefs.
But that brigade think they can get away with intimidating and persecuting anyone who believes in Jesus Christ and His true teachings. (That is, REAL Christianity, not the oxymoronic concept of thinking it’s ok to be LGBT-etc and disobey scripture and Jesus’ commands. Such confused folk think Jesus has changed His mind – like the Muslim deity abrogates its teaching – and permits disciples to follow Him, even to expect to be ‘married’ in ‘church’ – ie. an apostate one!). Poor lost souls – acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord means doing what He says. He strongly warned them that many who call Him ‘Lord’ won’t be allowed into His Kingdom simply because they choose not to follow his instructions, as told in the previous post by my dear namesake.
Cyber-‘Archbishop Cranmer’ covers Tim’s news with a denunciation of failures to support him by fellow believers in the LibDems and by Archbishop Justin Welby’s lamenting too late – see It’s not that Christians can’t lead political parties; it’s that Evangelical Christians can’t lead the Liberal Democrats. Blogger Adrian Hilton concludes,
‘Tim Farron is indeed honourable and decent, and he has honourably and decently concluded that it is not possible to be a Christian and lead a political party in the modern era (not, as the Archbishop of Canterbury states, that “he can’t be in politics”). Yet a Christian leads the Conservatives. A Christian leads the DUP. A Christian led Ukip, and Labour, and the SDLP and the UUP. But these Christians tend to hold a view of their faith which coheres with the majority of their party: some are more secular-liberal; others more orthodox and robust. What Tim Farron has established is not that it’s impossible to be a Christian and a Liberal Democrat, but that it’s not possible to be an Evangelical Christian and lead the Liberal Democrats. It’s an important distinction which appears to have escaped the journalistic commentary on this matter.
‘But here’s a thing. If, as the Archbishop of Canterbury states, the media and politicians have questions to answer over Tim Farron’s forced resignation for daring to think and believe differently on abortion and homosexuality, do not the media and bishops have questions to answer over Philip North’s forced resignation for thinking and believing differently on the ordination of women? Does his treatment not stem from the same totalitarian intolerance of theological difference, and form part of the same drive to impose a kind of gender-sexuality moral uniformity?‘ (Emphasis mine.)
A couple of days ago Tim Stanley’s opinion piece It Has Become Politically Toxic To Be A Christian (‘premium’ content) was published in which he says,
‘I’m writing in response to anger at the DUP coming to the rescue of Theresa May. As a Catholic, I should be flattered by the liberals’ righteous fury: the Protestant DUP are the stuff of sectarian nightmares. But I notice that far more has been written about the DUP’s views on sexuality than their views on the Pope. They have failed the modern religious test, which is to say they have the cheek to still believe in God in 2017…
‘(Tim Farron) was probably inclined to ignore the question because it is, strictly speaking, irrelevant. Like the vast majority of Christians, Tim is constitutionally liberal: he doesn’t want to tell others how to live, he just wants the freedom for everyone to live in peace.
‘But that’s not good enough now. You can’t simply tolerate. You must celebrate. If you don’t, there’s no place for you in politics…
‘One might ask why the religious ethics of Belfast matter at all: social issues are a devolved question. But when the DUP marched into the limelight, liberals saw a chance to attack their biblical literalism and reaffirm that it is they – not the rednecks in the pews – who define what is and isn’t acceptable in 21st-century Britain.
I’m amazed that after the last few days the DUP are still willing to help the mainland out. They’ve been subjected to every “violent paddy” stereotype going, including from socialists who have an otherwise rosy view of the IRA…
‘The frustrating thing is that very few liberals are prepared to meet religious folk where they are. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, says one reason why she won’t soften her position on gay marriage is because of the “vicious” abuse she’s received for it.
‘Britain’s social divisions are thus accentuated by a refusal to acknowledge not only that people have other opinions but that they have the right to hold those opinions.’ (Emphases mine.)
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Taking another tack: a year after the murder of Jo Cox MP and in honour of her proud independence and nonconformity in raising difficult issues for government, the senior editors of the Guardian and the Telegraph met to discuss and further the freedom of the press in investigating those who abuse their positions of power. Although of differing persuasions, both editors had no hesitation to unite in standing up for George Orwell’s insight (author of the futuristic fable of fascism, 1984):
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.”
This means freedom of speech to express one’s opinion, whether or not others may hold different, legitimate views.
REMEMBER, FREEDOM OF BELIEF, CONSCIENCE & SPEECH DOES NOT APPLY TO CHRISTIANS WHO RUN FOUL OF OFFICIALDOM, MEDIA AND LGBT BIGOTRY – for examples of many cases visit Christian Concern and The Christian Institute.
EG. Felix Ngole is a Christian student who has been removed from his university social work course after commenting on his personal Facebook page in support of biblical teaching on marriage and sexual ethics. He writes, “I was thrown off my master’s course in social work because I expressed the bible’s teaching on sexual ethics, on Facebook and was told that my beliefs made me unfit to practise as a social worker. With help from the Christian Legal Centre, I tried to get the decision reversed but Sheffield University refused. Even before I had finished my course, I was effectively ‘barred from office‘. I had to challenge this decision, because freedom is at stake. And with CLC support, we went to the High Court. I praise God that the High Court agreed that Sheffield University’s decision could be scrutinised. Felix now asks, “Will you join me in standing for free speech?”
We know from BBC Watch how the badly biased BBC always blames Israel for anything in the Middle-East (see 6-Day War). The once distinguished corporation has thus become unreliable as a source of news and many morally deficient programmes. Therefore, it’s no surprise to learn about satan’s spirit of mockery presiding there, as shown via the once respected and intelligent presenter John Hymphry’s remarks about Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (BBC Mocks Pro-marriage Pro-life Views). Haughty smirks and laughter will vanish when finding he’s not acknowledged in heaven; not even getting a “Depart from me you who practise lawlessness”?
In view of yesterday’s word on A Holy Shaking for London and the news of Tim Farron’s resignation perhaps it’s no coincidence that Kensington’s dreadful towering inferno was dubbed in one paper today as ‘Hell On Earth’ (as herein)!!
SO it’s well-nigh time we Christians stand up against the bigotry of our adversary’s fleshly cohorts for, as scripture foretells, they’re on the losing side! May each and every one of them be blessed with their own ‘Damascus road’ experience of meeting the living Christ.
Thank you UK Prophetic Words for informing me of this from Patsy Southway, published on Monday 27th February on Pick Ministries.:
On the weekend of the 10th February I traveled to Liverpool to meet up with some new friends that had been in touch with me concerning a prophetic word given to me, that The Elijah List had kindly posted, and our concern for the Prophetic Voice in the UK.
While I was in Liverpool God gave me a vision of a Map of the UK with a LARGE ANCHOR placed over the nation. From top to bottom from East to West. At the same time, I had such a strong sense of feeling secure, safe, and established.
Upon asking for some revelation on this, He said that as the March winds blow, we will see an EVER INCREASING manifestation of the FULFILLMENT of what has been promised and prophesied for this nation.
I could see scaffolding, NEW structures, both spiritually and in the natural realm, as building work for His Kingdom was being established.
And as the MARCH WINDS blow, just like the cobwebs that are blown away by strong winds, I saw the ‘blowing away’ of man-made works. Exposures of wrong doing, false teaching, false prophecies and the like, were being exposed. I could see that these deceptions had kept many sons and daughters ‘under a cloud’ of hopelessness, but these very clouds were being blown away and freedom came as they were now being released!
I also saw a continuation of the ‘ALL CHANGE’ (click to read December 2016 word) that was spoken to me, as fresh vision, friendships, and alignments were being made.
An Anchor is a symbol of HOPE. Anchors are mentioned in the book of Acts chapter 27 – in Hebrews 6:19/20 which speaks about the HOPE set before us:
‘This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’
I read that the ANCHOR became a key Christian symbol during the period of Roman persecution. The first century Christians also used an ANCHOR as a symbol of the HOPE that the Bible speaks about.
So, further revelation I received from this vision given to me of an ANCHOR being placed upon the United Kingdom and the things that I saw whilst in the vision, is this:
The United Kingdom will once more be a Christian nation.
Our hearts will be ANCHORED in CHRIST alone. No man, no denomination, no institution, can take that place in our hearts. We will be ‘all out’ for our God and our King! Our very lives will testify of this HOPE that we have in Him. This love of God that passes all understanding; that NONE should perish but come to the knowledge of God, will be like a WILDFIRE in our hearts. (I know some are experiencing this already!) And as this transition takes place, our roots will go deeper and deeper into Him, we will have an ever increasing HUNGER for the WORD of God and the PRESENCE of God. The United Kingdom will embrace His Kingdom!
As I’ve been looking at Anchors, the lower part, reminded me of His arms, His love, stretched around the nation. The stem of the anchor, reminded me of the Cross, where he suffered and died for the whole world. And I was reminded of an old hymn, ‘Will your anchor hold through the storms of life?’
I currently seem to be attracted to anchors!!
Lastly, as I was thinking on these things, and looking at a map of the UK, I saw that particular cities/places were like magnets for His presence. I believe, because of the years of prayers and INTERCESSIONS, the crying out to God from those that have gone before us, (both for their nation and the NATIONS) that these particular places have become attractive to Him!
Please, be encouraged, speak LIFE over the nations, as we begin to see things come into place and enjoy the privilege of seeing a RIPPLING EFFECT of this ANCHOR of GOD upon ENGLAND – IRELAND – SCOTLAND & WALES bearing fruit throughout the nations.
GLORY TO GOD!
Patsy Southway is based in the West Country in the heart of Somerset, UK. She has been involved in various levels of ministry and leadership roles across denominations for over 25 years, including co-pastoring an AOG Church and currently heading A303 House of Prayer and PICK Ministries (Praying In Christ’s Kingdom), which is part of the Partners in Harvest/Friends in Harvest network. With a seer anointing and a prophetic mother’s heart, she brings a wealth of experience and understanding to many, both in the UK and Europe. She regularly hosts ‘Heart to Heart’ weekends for women and is part of the South West Prophetic Round-table. Her desire is to see the Kingdom of God expand all over the world, until He comes! Patsy’s teaching emphasis is on intimacy with God, prayer, the prophetic and calling & destiny. (Courtesy of the Elijah list)
Like snowflakes three more pieces of the ‘invisible jigsaw’ gently waft down, yet remain unsuspected. They’re noticed only when they settle and although single, sit side-by side as though fitting like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Saturday: Dominic McDermott commented as follows on the re-post of Patsy Southway, Re-opening the Wells:
‘I have heard “unblock the wells!” a number of times from the Lord over the years but recently especially in relation to the Celtic anointing that he poured on these British Isles around 1700 years ago. We are a small lay community in the Catholic church looking to express some Celtic elements of our spirituality. I work/minister in a prison and a few years ago on a lawn there God had spoken about some new grass shoots springing up which will become a whole lawn of new things in the land, but these shoots had in reality only grown poorly through lack of water.
‘Then on 6/10/15 the grass there began to spring up tall and lush as an underground pipe had burst under the lawn and watered it and ran off down the hill as a stream down the road up to the prison. The Lord called me to go and look at this leak as contractors had dug a hole to expose the pipe so it could be mended. What I saw was a 1.5 metre deep hole which was now a pool of crystal clear water roiling slightly in the centre over the hole in the pipe. The water had washed away all the dirty water and continued to flow down the hill.
‘I understood that this represents the Celtic anointing which had been poured out to evangelise these once pagan islands and which has been buried for centuries but is now being released for us again now that the land has returned to a new pagan darkness. This clear and fresh revelation and anointing will see many new communities spring up with a Celtic spirituality, with an understanding and wisdom coming from the north of England where this anointing has first been released as the Upper Springs and we as the Nether (lower) springs (Judges 1/14-15) and will spread quickly into Europe as a source of revival of the ancient and dying churches.’
This is particularly interesting in view of a dream signifying a connection between the ancient Celtic foundations of the church across Britain and a renewal of belief within traditional churches (Confirmation of 2016’s Prophetic Words for a New Season).
Sunday: Arriving late by agreement from a pre-arranged event we quietly enter the chapel where holy communion and anointing of celebrants is taking place. It is no normal service but part of a weekend course exploring Christian healing, thus training some for this foundation’s ministry team. The Holy Spirit’s powerful presence can be sensed right away – and I almost see the presence of some holy witnesses from time immemorial. I’m reminded of when we visited the lower chapel of St Basil (‘The Great’ 4th Century Cappadocian Father and doctor of the Church) in Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges and I almost went back centuries to Jerusalem; Nina wept in the power from centuries of prayer vigils focussed upon The Passion.)
Monday: From Glasgow I receive today’s Lion Bite!:
SPRINGS OF LIFE
‘I am releasing my springs of life in the dry place. Where you sought to establish my kingdom and have dug a well in a desolate place, but have found rock instead of water and death instead of life, I am now causing my springs of life to bubble up and begin to overflow in these wells.
‘With my springs of life will come abundance and blessings and you will see breakthrough. My kingdom will be established in these formerly desolate places. Watch and see as my grace begins to overflow and see my glory abound more than you had ever hoped for. Blessed are you that dug deep in my name, your faithfulness shall be rewarded.’
For I will pour out water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry place; I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring and my blessings on your descendants.
NB: in my opinion, timing and similarity of topics between both words, as well as the resonance between the contrasts stressed, clearly indicates the Lord’s drawing our attention to what He’s saying and doing.
In particular, Dominic’s encouraging insight contrasts with prison authorities’ outrageous censorship of minister Barry Trayhorn’s biblical teaching within a prison chapel AND of BBC’s wicked slandering of scripture and scandalously reprehensible treatment of Revd Trayhorn, as reported here by Christian Concern.
On the last day of February seven years ago I emailed some friends in various churches about how I’d been stunned upon opening my Bible. Having been in touch about the previous year’s events in Lakeland, Florida, we continued chatting occasionally. However, my attention was suddenly directed to look at Biblical prophecies in much more depth.
We will see how this may be relevant to the previous post but first, in celebrating that date, let me repeat the opening of that two-part email (click title to read in full – and I hope the many links below don’t cause readers any scrolling problems):
‘Dear Friends – further to Rev’d Bill’s [author William Smith] recent request re Christian Freedom, may I offer some observations upon our times and, in another message, suggest a way forward?
‘Last year, I encountered two conflicting claims about Jesus’ explanation of the parable on the end-time harvest of wheat and tares (Matt 13:36-43). So I went to check scripture but upon opening my Bible a deep excitement exploded within as I heard, “This is ALL about to be fulfilled” – WOW!!
‘Hence, my previous remarks about a sifting of the Church – in preparation for a rapid ‘sHifting’? Jesus urged His disciples to look out for and observe signs of the times. Regarding their questions about His return at the end of this Age, the earliest Gospel account has Jesus stressing 7 times, “Watch…be alert…on your guard“ (Mark 13). Matthew 24 reports Jesus saying 4 times, “Watch…and when you see…” followed by the parables of the burglar and of the virgins:> “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (at 21:36) and chapter 12 has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, “Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).
‘So, let’s watch closely what’s happening here and globally….’
[Last Thursday I referred to that parable when I commented upon a contribution at the close of What is the Gospel of the Kingdom?. Author Nelson Walters replied that he intends blogging on it soon! Upon re-reading the above ‘7 times’ repetition of Jesus it’s fascinating that Matthew 13 pops up 7 years later! Now, is it coincidence or ‘God-incidence’? You tell me.]
That email went on to remind readers of the increasing difficulties fellow believers were facing in their workplaces because of political intolerance and surveillance. [This still pertains, eg. the Court appeal of senior NHS therapist Victoria Wasteney outrageously disciplined for giving a Muslim colleague a book!! – but better news on Christian political campaigner Alan Craig being reinstated and all charges dropped against pensioner/street preacher Michael Jones who was imprisoned for exposing ISIS!! – many more cases here. Breaking News – secret policing of Christian student leads to expulsion!]
In the follow-up email I shared an open vision of the rotten state of our society and that Christians need to take a stand upon the Rock that is Christ. I quoted Bible teacher David Pawson’s idea that such ‘persecution’ will strengthen and encourage Christians, and that Muslims are shaming us with our lack of zeal.
Prophet Daniel: Europe’s 666, Obama in Cairo etc
Occasional emails were to follow focusing upon current events in the Middle East not only from a scriptural perspective, of which my friends were acquainted, but also from little-known facts as well as omissions by mainstream media.
Thus to President Obama’s landmark Cairo Speech to the Muslim world and I torpedoed his claims of being a historian and Christian. Observers will be familiar with those matters and Potus’ great antipathy towards Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and hence the consequential collapse of America’s influence in that sphere. (See that link for updates)
However, on two consecutive days 13 months later (12 & 13 May 2010) there came an interesting combination of events: Netanyahu quoted the New Testament against PA chief negotiator’s insults over the Jewish nature of Jerusalem – Obama turned a new leaf on Israel! (Details here.) Interesting that only last week Bibi had occasion to correct David Cameron over Jerusalem, as noted in previous post.
Acceleration and Blogging
From the early days of reporting, my private emails were mainly based upon monitoring developments in what I termed the ‘Ezekiel 38 Alliance’, otherwise known as Gog-Magog, as well as Zecharia 12 re Jerusalem (see Today’s Importance in History‘).
But Biblically-related and prophesied events were unfolding rapidly and the Lord prompted me to start blogging to a wider readership, which was launched in November 2011. The first blogs’ background and testimony of a near death-revelation of hell served to introduce me. Also, I told Why I’m on the Lookout (including use of a ‘time machine’ operated by literary licence, and our Time Lord’s Key to Foretelling the Future), notified my earliest readers about non-mainstream media sources used (Not the 10 o’clock News) and introduced the theory of cycles of time in 2011-2012 and Biblical Historical/Financial Cycles. September 2011’s dream of The Kingdom being set up in the UK was also recounted.
Contemporary Prophecy and Healings
Within months I began blogging about healing in view of a furore over prayers for healing being performed on the streets and covered issues on that as well as The Bay of The Holy Spirit healing revival. So a main menu hub with many sub-pages was established on Jesus & Miracles, which also asks ‘Do You Know Jesus?’ for any visitors to whom He may be unfamiliar.
That was the title I first wanted to use for this blog but at that time I wasn’t able to find or to create a suitable graphic. An increasing range of material encouraged me to diversify my blogging and in a way opened me more to what the Lord was doing and communicating. It was rather like His displaying pieces of an invisible jigsaw.
On several occasions other folk would contribute various prophetic words and their timing was more than coincidental. In particular, a lengthy string of personal events cropped up in connection with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bells and I had to start taking these kind of insights seriously. These and many ‘God-incidents’ were like jigsaw pieces.
These events got so frequent that rather than having to repeat myself for the benefit of new readers it was more helpful to write brief introductions to this material. As the blog’s format may differ on tablets and smartphones to that for desktop screens, maybe some readers are unaware of these outlines buried within the blog’s main menu.
For ease of reference, those outlines are: Cycles & Time > 1 Eternity and Prophecy – 2 The Nature of Time – 3 Cycles and the Bible – 4 The Natural Year – 5 Historic Aprils for USA & Israel : God-incidents & Jigsaws > 6 God-incidents – 7 Invisible Jigsaw.
Therefore, I took particular notice of ‘spooky’ events on two anniversaries of this blog. As told here, Iran ‘coincidentally’ repeated what I’d seen in mid-1980’s – rehearsal of an attack upon Jerusalem. That was my introduction as a non-Christian to Bible prophecy!
Time Comes Around – again
Therefore, I was most amused upon the teaching On Engaging Time turning up recently! Also, 7 represents a cycle of completion and closure for another to begin. So I’ve been mulling over what the Lord may have in store for me next and where my focus should be.
Double-confirmation of what I was sensing came from my trusty friends in Glasgow: time to go ‘deeper and higher’! Hoping and praying that’s for you too…
Be mightily blessed by and in The Name Above ALL Names…
Thank you so much Lord. Thine be the glory and praise alone!
Update: Nelson Walters has published Wheat and the Tares. When Does It Happen?
Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net :
- Hand Giving A Key by Chaiwat,
- Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn.
PS. Never would it have crossed my mind when examining opposing opinion on the wheat and tares that 7 years later I’d have scribbled 1020 emails, pages and posts, gained a few hundred regular readers and nearly quarter of a million hits. All-time most popular posts are Dr Sharon Stone’s Prophetic words for 2014-16 for UK & Ireland, the word on a New Move of God for the UK brought by Heidi Baker and then Dr Sharon’s word for 2013, with the Library collection following closely.
This fact was one of several to which I referred in my first email alerting church leaders upon biblical End-times: The Endgame is now in play. (Upon checking that material I notice the news report no longer has that phrase, either as a ‘strap-line’ or quotation! But readers’ letters clearly refer to the remark, as here.)
Today’s news features a Member of Parliament threatening the suppression of Godly free-speech in the teaching profession! This MP thinks that new Extremism Disruption Orders “would apply to a situation where a teacher was specifically teaching that gay marriage is wrong.”!
John Bingham reports,
‘Mark Spencer called for those who use their position in the classroom to teach traditionalist views on marriage to be subject to “Extremism Disruption Orders” (EDOs), tough new restrictions planned by David Cameron and Theresa May to curb radicalisation by jihadists.
In a letter to a constituent, Mr Spencer, the MP for Sherwood in Nottinghamshire, insisted that Christian teachers were still “perfectly entitled” to express their views on same-sex marriage – but only “in some situations”.
I strongly recommend my readers carefully consider this development, which is more fully outlined in Archbishop Cranmer’s blog, Anti-Terror Legislation Will Be Used Against Teachers Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage, of which I quote only a part and with emphases added:
‘Obeying the law is no longer to be a guarantee of freedom from government surveillance or police harassment.
‘And now Conservative MP Mark Spencer has written to a constituent:
“I believe that everybody in society has a right to free speech and to express their views without fear of persecution. The EDOs will not serve to limit but rather to guarantee it:…(eg) one which lots of constituents have been writing about – talking about gay marriage in schools.
“The new legislation specifically targets hate speech, so teachers will still be free to express their understanding of the term ‘marriage’, and their moral opposition to its use in some situations without breaking the new laws. The EDOs, in this case, would apply to a situation where a teacher was specifically teaching that gay marriage is wrong.”
‘If that is the understanding on the backbenches of the provisions of the Extremism Bill, we should be fearful – very fearful – of the Government’s intentions. John Bingham’s Telegraph piece quotes Simon Calvert, Deputy Director of the Christian Institute, who says:
“I am genuinely shocked that we have an MP supporting the idea of teachers being branded extremists for teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is exactly the kind of thing we’ve been warning about. The Government says we’ve got nothing to worry about from their new extremism laws, but here is one of its own MPs writing to a constituent saying EDOs would stop teachers teaching mainstream Christian beliefs. EDOs will be a gross infringement of free speech and undermine the very British values they claim to protect.”
‘And Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society:
“If EDOs really could be used to prevent teachers from talking about same-sex marriage, unless they are inciting violence, they are an even greater threat to freedom of expression than I had feared. To suggest that EDOs guarantee freedom of expression (as Mark Spencer suggests) is not just inaccurate, it is the opposite of the truth; they are the largest threat to freedom of expression I have ever seen in Britain.”
The Christian Institute added to this under ‘New Orthodoxy’ by referring to Claire Fox, head of think-tank the Institute of Ideas, who last week ‘accused the Government of using extremism rhetoric to impose a new orthodoxy of thinking.
‘She said: “When you break it down you then see that they’re actually betraying the civil liberties, the rule of law, they’re actually dictating what teachers teach in schools.
“When they say ‘we want to prevent extremism getting out in schools’ it’s so ironic” because “the kind of schools that have been done over are Catholic schools because of, for example, their views on homosexuality”.
‘Fox concluded, “Apparently a British value now is a positive acceptance of what the Government has told you it is”.’
Let us be prepared to stand on the Rock…
[Houses of Parliament by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net]
As ever Gillan Scott, deputy editor of Cranmer provides an excellent post on extremely detailed material and which I’ve copied in full from Archbishop Cranmer. However, I do have very strong reservations over the authority accorded to the BBC by Lord Alton’s quotation.
Factual evidence of the BBC’s gross ignorance on religion and deliberately political slant on the Middle-east is all too readily available: eg. its pure pig-ignorance in an appallingly arrogant and clueless rebuke made last week to an Israeli minister, “But you’re not under threat by Iran”! AND they censored Iranian leader’s remark on supporting terror!! (Details and petition to BBC available at Honest Reporting; in-depth analysis of BBC coverage of Iran at BBC Watch.)
Perhaps BBC should be changed to BCC – British ‘Cloud Cuckoo-land’ ?
Credit for photo of Asia Bibi belongs to British Pakistani Christians, from whence Wilson Chowdry emails today that she’s, “…been granted leave to appeal her death sentence by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. There is still some serious legal process to follow before she can be acquitted, but this action is a serious step in the. right direction. Asia is in a much more hopeful position now but the process will be long and drawn out. Please continue to pray for her. By accepting her appeal the Court has inferred that there is a possibility for grounds for Asia being exonerated.” (In full with petition here.)
Gillan’s post reads as follows (click title for link):
With a Conservative majority government in place for the next five years we won’t need to worry about any potential reforms to House of Lords for the time being. And perhaps that is a good thing. When considering the role of the UK government in promoting freedom of religion, it is doubtful that an elected Upper House would have brought us the same level of passion and knowledge as peers did when the subject was debated last week. It came as a response to Lord Alton’s motion: ‘That this House takes note of worldwide violations of Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the case for greater priority to be given by the United Kingdom and the international community to upholding freedom of religion and belief.’
It goes without saying that human rights abuses relating to religious persecution are widespread throughout the world and on the increase. Even today, Asia Bibi, who has been beaten and raped during her six years on death row in Pakistan, will have one last opportunity to plead for her life to be spared (updated above). Her crime, as a Christian, was drinking water from the same bowl as her Muslim co-workers. During the ensuing argument she was accused of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammad, which led to her arrest and conviction. There is an overwhelming need for governments across the free and democratic world to take a stand and defend the basic human right that Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafting committee, described as one of the four essential freedoms of mankind.
The Lords’ debate has been helpfully summarised by Frank Cranmer at the ever informative ‘Law and Religion’ blog, but several utterances deserve further attention. Lord Alton argued that in order for governments to reclaim their patrimony of Article 18, it would need greater political and diplomatic priority, and the importance of religious literacy as a competence could not be neglected. He went on to quote the BBC’s chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, who said: “If you don’t understand religion — including the abuse of religion — it’s becoming ever harder to understand our world.” He then drew attention to the paucity of interest in the matter at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), with only one full-time desk officer dedicated to freedom of religion or belief.
Rabbi Lord Sacks described religious freedom as “perhaps the single greatest humanitarian issue of our time”. He was keen, though, to avoid rhetoric, preferring instead to look for pragmatic answers to avoid Article 18 being seen as little more than “a utopian ideal”. He proposed that the world needs:
“Under the auspices of the United Nations, a global gathering of religious leaders and thinkers to formulate an agreed set of principles that are sustainable theologically within their respective faiths and on which member nations can be called to account… We have not yet done the theological work for a global society in the information age, and not all religions in the world are yet fully part of that conversation. But if we neglect the theology, all else will fail… We must stand together – the people of all faiths and of none – for we are all at risk… Religious freedom is about our common humanity, and we must fight for it if we are not to lose it.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury was also keen to look for solutions:
“Religious freedom is threatened on a global scale, as we have heard, but also in a very complex way. Attacks on religious freedom are often linked to economic circumstances, to sociology, to history and to many other factors. Practically, if we are to defend religious liberty, we have to draw in these other factors. For example, if we want to defend religious freedom around the world – and again I say, the freedom to have no religion – do not sell guns to people who oppress religious freedom; do not launder their money; restrict trade with them; confine the way in which we deal with them; and, above, all, speak frankly and openly, naming them for what they are.”
After two and a half hours of speeches the motion was passed. Such a debate was significant in proving that Parliament has this issue on its mind and is making some positive noises. But without more substantive action from government, it will all count for very little. In their 2015 General Election manifestos, both Labour and the Liberal Democrats proposed the creation of a Global Ambassador for Religious Freedom to work within the FCO. It seemed a sensible proposal, but would that be the best way of ensuring that HM Government does not duck its responsibilities on the issue?
The newly created Centre on Religion and Global Affairs – a research and policy centre based in London, Beirut and Accra – has responded to the Lords’ debate. It believes that a special envoy that exclusively focuses on freedom of religious belief is not the way forward. Their view is that in other countries such appointments have yielded limited results. Instead, they propose the appointment a full-time Special Advisor to the government on Religion and Global Affairs. The advisor would be given a mandate to provide proactive policy proposals across Whitehall departments, in particular the FCO, Department for International Development, Home Office and the Prime Minister’s Office. Only a coordinated response across government departments will enable the UK to achieve the necessary understanding and enable a coherent and effective response to the issues. The role should not be seen as an interfaith outreach initiative, or a symbolic office for public diplomacy.
Alongside this Special Advisor, a group of external experts would be needed to provide additional support. A global portfolio in one of the most complicated topics in today’s world is not possible without adequate professional support. Given budgetary constraints, the role of the Special Advisor could be facilitated by the appointment of voluntary external experts with the requisite professional, academic and geo-political experience.
It is also important that any such position would be sufficiently funded if it is to be more than a symbolic gesture. Strategic research, diplomacy and local projects with stakeholders would need to be pursued with conviction and credible resources if any significant impact is to be made.
There is every reason to believe that the UK can contribute significantly to international moves to uphold freedom of religion – if it so chooses. During the Lords’ debate, Baroness Anelay, Minister of State in the FCO, admitted that although the Government is working with human rights and faith-based organisations across the world to promote dialogue, foster links and strengthen understanding, it is not doing enough.
As His Grace discussed yesterday, the Government needs to get a much better grip on its understanding of religion and religious freedoms. Religious persecution is a destructive cancer working its evil across the globe. How many more travesties of justice – such as that of Asia Bibi – do we have to endure before the British Government hears the appeal of those in the House of Lords (and elsewhere) that we must act as Justin Welby has prescribed: “..do not sell guns to people who oppress religious freedom; do not launder their money; restrict trade with them; confine the way in which we deal with them; and, above, all, speak frankly and openly, naming them for what they are.” Amen.
In view of the suppression of free speech, Friday’s decision on equal marriage by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ramifications beyond America.
I’m so pleased not to be alone in understanding the possibility of a spiritual ‘crossover’ effect from here across the Atlantic, as asked in Does a spiritual yet political trend link UK and USA? In the prophetic word Cindy Jacobs brought for the UK whilst passing through Heathrow in May, the Lord is exhorting us,
“If you will stand up now and be the voice to the nations this awakening that you have prayed for is on its way; it is coming, it is coming like a mighty rushing wind…this is the season where I am giving you a loud voice, Body of Christ, and if you will speak now I will amplify that voice and it is going to begin to tip the nation. If you miss your window you will not have the effect…” (read in full here).
Therefore, it’s now time for followers of Jesus Christ to stand up, speak and dissent for the sake of not-yet believers and our society – even if civil disobedience is necessary, as in the anti-Vietnam war and anti-racial segregation demonstrations of yesteryear.
Consider some points from what little reading I’ve done on this and I thank a couple of readers for informing me. Be warned – these tend to highlight the culpability of churches in failing to follow Jesus properly:
The Church Disappears
Tony Puccio of Tucson blogs about a most accurate observation on 1st July,
“I was shown a vision 07/01/2015 where I saw a church situated in what I will call a jungle of vegetation. There was vegetation all around but the church building stood out and was recognized as a church. Then I began to see a vine creep its way toward the church building. It was very small and most probably gone unnoticed had I not seen it and my attention drawn to it in the vision. The vine was left unchecked and eventually it covered the church building, although you could still make out the shape of the church it no longer stood out as it once did. Finally, the vine grew so dense and thick that the church disappeared altogether and you could not see the church any longer.
“The creeping vine is worldliness and it was allowed to creep into the church unchecked and most likely unnoticed. It was allowed to grow until it totally engulfed the church. The church went from a building that stood out for all to see to one that blended in with its surroundings to finally disappearing from view altogether.
“The vine got its nourishment from the outside and not from the inside.”
I read this earlier upon logging into WordPress and a short while later an email brought directly related information, as follows:
A Surprising Prophetic Word
William Smith in Bournemouth area sent a link to this Prophetic Insight from Charisma, which I quote in part but deserves reading in full. Jeremiah Johnson sought Father on the SCOTUS decision and believes the Lord said to him (emphases added):
“In the natural, the Supreme Court justices have just legalized homosexual marriage in America, but little do they know that they also just authorized an awakening of the Spirit in My bride. For know that now is the time to turn inward, it is a time of repentance and fasting for My people. Has their laziness and blindness on the issue of sexual immorality in their midst not given the homosexual agenda its true power? America has now legalized homosexual immorality because the American church legalized heterosexual immorality first.”
Then came a vision of intercessors in which he heard their prayers and was asked:
“Do you know what’s wrong with these prayers Jeremiah? They are all focused on the call for America to repent when I have called My bride to repent! You must tell the intercessors to shift their focus from America to My bride. Their self-righteous hearts and blindness to their own sin is a stench in my nostrils. The issues coming forth in the United States is not an American problem, it’s an American Church problem.”
Therefore, Jeremiah writes,
“America is in a crisis, but the American church is in a greater crisis. We are and will continue to reap what we have sown and that is seeds of silence and tolerance on the key issues of our day that have come before the Father as sin…While I do believe that these individuals are choosing to blatantly sin and will be judged by God Himself for their behavior (Romans 14:12), we have an obligation as believers in Jesus Christ to look within our own lives and in our own spiritual communities and ask the Spirit of truth to search us inwardly before we begin calling others to accountability (see Psalm 51:6).”
Four Key Things to Consider
In case you haven’t read the re-blog of Joel Rosenberg’s remarks on the implications of SCOTUS’ decision let me briefly cover his four main points. Joel asks if Christians may be hyperventilating over the issue. No! “Unfortunately, this is a very big deal and it puts America on a perilous path”.
He draws attention to key things on the Court’s ruling for believers at this critical time:
- The Supreme Court is over-reaching its Constitutional authority, and is thus undermining its own legitimacy and pouring gasoline on a highly-politicized issue that will deeply divide Americans for years to come.
- It forces 320 million Americans to embrace overnight a radical re-engineering of the entire social compact of marriage that even some of the nation’s most liberal political leaders strongly opposed just a few years ago.
- It opens the door for a frontal and massive assault on religious liberty… Christians all over the country who hold to the Biblical definition of marriage are beginning to be taken to court and fined — some are even in danger of losing their businesses and their homes…The 1st Amendment to the Constitution plainly states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But the Court’s ruling seems to put the un-enumerated “civil right” of a same-sex marriage above the enumerated right of religious freedom…gay political activists are not content with mere legalization of same-sex marriage. They want to force the rest of the country to embrace and support them. Thus, they and their supporters in Washington will likely move aggressively to criminalize the Biblical definition of marriage and to severely penalize those who teach and follow it.
Most troubling, the Court has acted in direct and brazen defiance of the Word of God — painful as it is for me to say it, this will likely accelerate us towards judgment if America does not soon change course.
The Supreme Court v. The Supreme Being
In his inimitable style Rick Joyner is on target in his Prophetic Bulletin #94’s brief on the ‘legal contest’ implicit in this decision and uses ‘three questions’ from US Army Manual for dealing with a crisis, viz.:
- What is happening?
- What is not happening? (spiritually)
- What can we do about it?
In tackling the first question Rick majors upon the foundation of the Union and ‘creeping tyranny’. He opens,
“As the four dissenting justices pointed out, the Supreme Court does not have the constitutional authority to make this decision. First, even though SCOTUS has taken this authority upon itself, it is a usurped authority and nowhere does the Constitution give it this authority. The authority to determine the constitutionality of laws was given to Congress, not the courts. We are now suffering under the very tyranny that the founders warned about if the courts ever presumed this authority. Regardless of our position on same-sex marriage, every American should be deeply troubled by the actions of SCOTUS that this case is just the most recent and dramatic.”
From his fine argument I wish to quote only two points made from a global perspective rather than the nationally introspective. This isn’t to imply US laws or policy should be based on what other nations think, but does need to know how they are perceived because it affects international relations. (“It’s been a major wedge driven between the US, Russia and China, as well as Africa and South America. To much of the world, the US and Western Europe now look like Sodom and Gomorrah”.)
On this he writes:
“Paul the Apostle wrote to Titus that even false prophets can sometimes tell the truth (see Titus 1:12-13). Pravda, the Moscow daily newspaper, has been predicting for years that the United States would break up into several pieces just like the Soviet Union. Their reasoning was not based merely on sour grapes, but on the historically proven consequences of the kind of direction in which our government has been going. To date, we have most alarmingly followed the pattern predicted. We really are close to breaking apart.
“Islamists consider America “the great Satan” because of our moral and spiritual debauchery that has made us “a homosexual nation”—so perverted that the only remedy is to wipe us off the face of the earth. Their belief about the U.S. has now been affirmed by this Supreme Court decision. This decision will likely make their recruiting to this cause much easier. This is not the only issue fuelling these groups, but it is a major one.”
Like Joel Rosenberg, Rick concludes his brief with a solid action plan.
Prophetic Warning of a Divided Nation
In The River and The Schism Chuck Pierce refers to having visited the Grand Canyon, which reminded him of a vision received in August 2007 of a coming division within his nation. Another one came in May 2011 about a deteriorating relationship with one of its closest allies – Israel.
We have good Biblical grounds for understanding that, as America treats Israel and Jerusalem, so too will its well-being be guarded – or not. As mentioned before, its initials are in the centre of the capital of Israel; ie. JER-USA-LEM. Therefore, its leaders can either protect the ‘apple of God’s eye’ by holding it together – or else divide it – with all the inherent consequences of Zechariah chapter 2.
Read more about this in Modern prophecy on USA & Israel approaches fulfilment.