How to Look for Signs of Jesus Christ’s Return

Whilst singing the Noel Richards’ chorus “Come Lord Jesus” in a meeting, my wife was noticeably touched by the Holy Spirit and heard, “It’s sooner than you think!”. I submit, therefore, the importance of revisiting this blog’s strap-line ‘Looking for signs of Jesus’ return‘ and of being sure we really do know ‘how to look’ for Jesus’ Second Coming.

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Important 2 years ago; MORE SO NOW! – Chris G Bennett

This morning Chris republished on Facebook a highly suitable follow-on to my recent End-Times Briefings and personal appeal to all Christians to “Wake up!”:

SIGNS OF THE TIMES – July 2018!!!   EVEN CLOSER NOW !!!!

There’s some things going down at the moment that we should ALL note and pray about. SIGNS OF THE TIMES have never been so obvious. Never before in such plain sight.

Earthquakes, fires, drought and flood, evil being called good, and good being persecuted as evil. The list goes on and we haven’t even started on wars, rumours of wars, swamp draining, and political shenanigans.

I really have only one message today – WAKE UP !!!

WAKE UP CHURCH

WAKE UP PEOPLE OF GOD

WAKE UP CHRISTIANS

The SIGNS OF THE TIMES say that the LORD IS COMING SOON. Hear the words of the Lord for today.

“IT IS TIME FOR JOY!! I AM COMING SOON!, says the Lord.

“IT IS TIME FOR ALL MY PEOPLE TO PREPARE. PERSECUTION MAY COME – BE JOYFUL. WARS, FLOODS, FIRES, AND EARTHQUAKES MAY COME – BE JOYFUL BECAUSE THE TIME OF MY COMING IS SOON. I HAVE PLANTED SEEDS FOR THIS SEASON. SEEDS OF REJOICING, SEEDS OF COMPASSION, SEEDS OF LOVE. BUT MOST OF ALL I HAVE PLANTED SEEDS OF HUNGER – SEEDS THAT WILL BURST INTO LIFE AS SOON AS THEY ARE WATERED BY MY PRESENCE.”

“BE PREPARED!”, says the Lord, “FOR I COME WITH JOYFUL CELEBRATION. DANCING AND SINGING SHALL BE A SIGN FOR YOU. THEN SHALL COME MIRACLES, HEALING, AND RELEASE. ALL THIS SHALL BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUND OF WEEPING, JOYFUL WEEPING IN MY PRESENCE, AS MY GLORY FALLS ON YOUR MEETINGS – IN CHURCH AND ON THE STREETS!” says the Lord.

“I AM COMING SOON!” says the Lord God Almighty

CGB 2020

Balaam and assorted false prophets — JRB Publications

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John Barber’s research and writing about the venerable prophets of the Bible takes an interesting twist in referring to Balaam and brings a helpful tabulation for distinguishing between true and false prophets, and thus applicable to teachers too.  [Some may have seen this on his website but I’ve rearranged it for my blog’s weekend sequence.]

Chapter 6: Balaam and assorted false prophets

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Prophets of the Bible: Daniel — JRB Publications

Further to references in my End-Times series to the Old Testament prophet Daniel (sign 10 in Briefing 3, Bible codes in Briefing 7, dates and visions in Briefing 8 refer), readers wanting to know more about his life and book will get a good grounding in John Barber’s article linked below:

Prophets of the Bible – Daniel

Click to read John’s next chapter of Prophets of the Bible – Daniel — JRB Publications

End-Times Briefing 10: the centre line – where are we now?

Annex A to Neil Mackereth’s paper Simplicity goes deeper into Matthew 24 signs than earlier Briefings 2: the ‘When?’ and 3: the ‘What?’ of Watching [cross-references to the book of Daniel are mine]:

1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

THE CENTRE LINE OF END-TIME PROPHECY – WHERE ARE WE NOW?

At the start of Matthew 24 the disciples are seeking Jesus’ acknowledgement that the Temple is a beautiful building.  They were shocked by His response, that the Temple would be utterly destroyed, not one stone left on another.  This startling prophetic statement leads them to ask two very significant questions:

“When will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Jesus responds to this as two questions, the second having two parts)

Before answering these questions, Jesus warns the disciples against being deceived by people falsely claiming to be Christ. This thread of potential deception by false prophets continues throughout the chapter.  Continue reading

End-Times Briefing 9 cont’d: the deep significance of Hourglass & End-times Harvest dream

A couple of hours ago Veronika published this from our dear brother:

“Today I bring yet another striking, in-depth interpretation to the dream I submitted to you all yesterday…my good friend and co-labourer Prophet Abel Praise submits some revelation for the purposes of prayer. ENJOY!!!”

DREAM INTERPRETATION…; “THE GOLDEN REVOLVING DOOR OF THE AGES AND OF ETERNAL DESTINY…AND THE HOUR GLASS OF THE END-TIME HARVEST…!!

‘Oh such great honor that The LORD grants us eyes to see and pours out HIS Spirit that we may discern what The Spirit Of The LORD is saying that we may know how to march in this hour.

‘The profound calling this prophetic dream brings us at this time is a call to contend for; recover; and administer the time-gates; or better put; the prayer-watches assigned to us in this hour; as that is how we will effectively partner with The LORD in birthing in time and eternity; being the earth and the heavens under the jurisdictions we are assigned in this hour; the predestined counsels of great awakening; revivals, victories harvest and advance into territories; the Kingdom is destined to make in this season. Continue reading

End-Times Briefing 8: Daniel and ‘The Wonderful Numberer’ Jesus Christ

Now we examine one of the sparkling gems, a radiant diamond, found in the treasure trove of Unlocking the Biblical Watch of Messiah’s Return. First a brief recap: 

The Invisible Hand, Victor Dunstan (Megiddo Press 1984)

As at the close of Briefing 7, Victor Dunstan’s reference to three dates, or Time periods of differing length, given in the 12th chapter of Daniel point to 1917, 1948 and 1992, is derived from Dr Grattan Guinness’ mathematical work.  Subsequently, three ‘interlude’ posts tell how Jonathan R Hill has taken that work further in two books. Amongst a veritable plethora of biblical topics and scriptures he examines in-depth the role of ‘The Wonderful Numberer’ – Daniel’s chief supra-natural informant.

In his ‘Introduction’ to Unlocking the Biblical Watch of Messiah’s Return, Jonathan echoes Chuck Missler’s frustration, as quoted in Briefing 5, by noting:

“So many in the Body of Christ are ambivalent towards the Lord’s mandate to watch, but the Lord wants the church to awake! Messiah’s words to the sleeping Peter are the Lord’s words to His living body, who are currently on the earth at the end of this age: “Could you not watch with Me for one hour?” (Matt 26:40 NKJV)

This is followed by, and I’m grateful to Jonathan for his kindly permitting publication (emphases mine): 

‘DANIEL’S VISIONS

‘Daniel was privileged to receive extraordinary visions which were sealed until the ‘time of the end’ when many will run ‘to and fro’ and knowledge will increase. An apt description of our current world when knowledge and data are readily available via the internet.

Daniel 12:4 (NKJV) – “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

‘The prophetic words of the Book of Daniel were sealed until the ‘time of the end’ – confirmed again later in the same chapter (Daniel 12):

Daniel 12:9-10 (NKJV) – And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed ’til the time of the end”. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

‘Daniel’s ‘time of the end’ is now.

‘Earlier in the Book of Daniel a ‘when’ question was asked, regarding the desolation of the Temple in Jerusalem. The question was asked to someone called the ‘Wonderful Numberer’ [19]. The questioner (the ‘holy one’) clearly knew that the ‘Wonderful Numberer’ had the answer to the ‘when’ question.

Daniel 8:13 (YLT) – “And I hear a certain holy one speaking, and a certain holy one said to the wonderful numberer who is speaking: ‘Until when [is] the vision of the continual [sacrifice], and of the transgression, an astonishment, to make both sanctuary and host a treading down?’”

‘As will be seen [20], the wisdom of the ‘Wonderful Numberer’, who answered the ‘when’ question, is part of the ‘understanding’ sealed until the ‘time of the end’, when the ‘wise’ will understand. Moreover, the ‘Wonderful Numberer’ will be shown to hold the ‘Key of David’ [21] – the significance of which will be examined in detail [22].’

Notes:

‘[19] The Hebrew word for ‘Wonderful Numberer’ in Daniel 8:13 is ‘Palmoni’ (Hebrew ‘לפלמוני’ – Strong’s number 6422) and is only found once in all scripture . It is a ‘contracted’ word and contains the elements of two Hebrew words. The first is ‘pele’ and the other is ‘ma-na’. The Hebrew word ‘pele’ means ‘wonderful’ (see Isaiah 9:6) and the word ‘ma-na’ means ‘numbered’ (see Daniel 5:25-26). So, this contracted Hebrew word ‘Palmoni’ literally means ‘Wonderful Numberer’”. Taken from F.C. Gilbert’s book, Practical Lessons for the Church of Today, pp. 606-608, published by The Review in 1902.

Gill’s Exposition states: ‘another angel said to him that spoke, whose name is unknown, only called such a one, or ‘Palmoni’, which some render ‘the wonderful numberer’ or ‘the numberer of secrets’ or ‘that has all secrets numbered’; and apply it to Christ, whose name is ‘Pele’, wonderful; the eternal Word of God, that is in the bosom of the Father, and knows all secrets, and the number of times and seasons, how long they will last; what created angels know not, he does; and therefore they apply to him for instruction and knowledge in hidden things.

The ‘Wonderful Numberer’ is found in few translations yet many commentaries acknowledge this translation including Albert Barne’s Commentary, John Gill’s Exposition, Geneva Study Bible, Calvin’s Commentary, John Trapp’s Complete Commentary, Matthew Poole’s Annotations, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge and E. W. Bullinger’s Companion Notes. (See StudyLight.org Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Daniel 8:13)

‘[20] See chapter ‘Numbers, Triangles and Pyramids in Scripture’ and section ‘The ‘Wonderful Numberer’ as the Seventh Pyramid’.

‘[21] See chapter ‘Tools of the Watch’ and section ‘The Key of David’.

‘[22] See chapter ‘Tools of the Watch’ and section ‘The ‘Wonderful Numberer’ Holds the Key of David’.’  [Isaiah 22:22 << THAT NUMBER AGAIN! – RB]

Daniel 8:13-21 [Scripture For All Interlinear OT Hebrew]

NB: reference at note 19 to Jesus as knowing hidden things, ie ‘mysteries’, per recent post Kingdom Mysteries – Jesus Points to Mathematics (originally posted 6 April 2018).

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End-Times Briefing 7: New Ager sees first pieces of God’s ‘jigsaw’

How a New Age follower got hooked into the Bible’s prophecies.

A unique take from die-hard anti-Christian confronted by facts in non-Christian book!

As an ex-unbeliever rescued by Jesus Christ in person and ‘born-again’ by Holy Spirit into life everlasting through His sinless blood, I reiterate Chuck Missler’s concern:

“You may not believe what the Bible says, but what’s utterly astonishing is that so very many claim to believe in Jesus yet have no grasp of the idea Christ is to literally return and rule!”

The aim of these Briefings is to help my readers be better informed and thus grasp that truth. If an ardently anti-church guy deeply involved in New Age teachings, who viewed ‘Bible-bashers’ as bigots, could grasp and keep hold of this mind-blowing stuff, then how much easier is it for believers in Jesus to fully appreciate these things?

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End-Times Briefing 5: expert’s excitement – few know this…

This post, one of my first blogs in November 2011, later featured on the Home page to inform visitors of the acceleration of prophetic fulfillment, as may be inferred from the links to confirmatory events two years later:

As you may have gathered from my Welcome, I’m into eschatology – the theological study of the destiny and judgement of nations and all people, even angels!  It’s about  ‘The Last Days’, as in the ancient Torah’s description: Acharit Hayamin, ie. ‘Last of the Years’, and were regarded as the years immediately following Jesus’ ministry.  Nowadays, they’re also known as the ‘End-times’.

So let me take you for a very brief visit into one of my favourite video classes where (the late) Dr Chuck Missler is asking his students, “Why Eschatology?”

“It is very practical”, he answers himself and explains:

“Apparently, we’re being plunged into a period of time about which the Holy Bible says more than any other period – including the time when Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee!

“Now that’s a preposterous statement – and I challenge you to challenge my statement! To do so you need to do two things:

1  Find out what the Bible itself says about this and – this is a bit harder,

2  Find out what’s really going on – but you won’t get that on the ten o’clock news!

“Fortunately, thanks to the internet, the alternative press and to talk-radio you can do some homework and find out what really is going on. The more you do those two things the more you’ll understand why many scholars are extremely excited about the horizon we’re moving into – because it all deals with the return of Christ to rule earth.

“It really is remarkable how controversial this topic is, but there are:

  • over 1800 references in the Old Testament to this event – 17 Old Testament books give prominence to the event.
  • over 300 references in the New Testament – 216 chapters in 23 of its 27 books give prominence to this primary issue: the return of Jesus to rule on earth.

“You may not believe what the Bible says, but what’s utterly astonishing is that so very many claim to believe in Jesus yet have no grasp of the idea Christ is to literally return and rule!”

I respect Chuck for frequently stressing that we shouldn’t take what he says as ‘Gospel’ but always do a ‘Berean check’ per Acts 17:11; that is, to search the scriptures to find out whether or not his ideas line up with them. Also, I admire his public apology for admitting that, having long taught about an anticipated Middle Eastern war from a certain scriptural stance, he’s gained a better understanding from other passages. So Chuck explained why he’d changed his mind.  For more information visit his website at Koinonia House.

What are we to do when mainstream news doesn’t help?  To find out click Not on The 10 o’clock News. [More non-fake news sites have arisen since blogging this in 2011.]

Footnote

The following posts are just a few examples among many of subsequent eschatalogical developments:

End-Time Briefings:
  1. The ‘Who?’ and ‘Why?’ of Watching
  2. The ‘When?’ of Watching > NOW!
  3. The ‘What?’ of Watching > Signs!
  4. Theologically “Watch” means…
  5. Expert’s Excitement – Few Know This…
  6. Pastor’s ‘Sign in the Sun’ Vision Warns of Coming Global Cataclysm
  7. New Ager Sees First Pieces of God’s ‘Jigsaw
  8. Daniel and ‘The Wonderful Number’ Jesus Christ

End-Times Briefing 1: the ‘Who?’ and ‘Why?’ of Watching

In view of current events it’s time to reconsider the End-times foretold in the Holy Bible with a series of brief overviews, followed by others’ recent insights.

First, we revisit the mini-series published in February 2018 and lodged in the main menu for reference purposes. It was preceded by a couple of re-blogs referring to one of eight possible eschatological scenarios – a pre-Tribulation Rapture – and, together with a theological blog’s discussion, I was prompted to expand upon one of this blog’s earliest entries – ‘Why Watch?’

Now, let’s consider the ‘Who, Why, When and What’ of our watching:

WHO?

You, me and everyone, especially those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ – HE is the WHO and thus the basic reason we should be watching. If you’re not familiar with His life, ministry and status, or with the fact we can be in a close, loving relationship with Him, then dip into this blog’s brief outline at Do You Know Jesus?

WHY?

For me, a totally unexpected and very spectacular, life-changing event in 1989 made watching very personal and connected into relevant, directive scripture. Then in 2008, wanting to check Jesus’ parable of the wheat and tares in Matthew 13, I opened my Bible and IT EXPLODED! and I heard

“This is ALL about to be fulfilled!”

Thus impelled in February 2009 I began emailing friends and church leaders on current events and prophecy with The Endgame Is Now In Play, wherein I wrote:
‘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 (Jesus coming “like a thief in the night”) and of the virgins > “Don’t be caught napping!” [Is the Church still asleep?] Luke’s account has, “Be always on the watch…” (Luke 21:36 and chapter 12 (NIV) has sections on watchfulness and interpreting the times. In each Gospel Jesus commands, Learn the lesson of the fig tree…”. Also, the Apostles went on to give more indicators (Acts 3:20-1, Hebrews 12:26-7, 2 Peter 3, 2 Timothy 3 and the first and second letters to the Thessalonians).’

It’s claimed that for every OT prophecy about Jesus Christ’s birth and life there’s seven to eight times as many about His eventual return or ‘Parousia’, also called ‘The Second Advent’ or ‘Second Coming’. I’m of the opinion the likelihood of that event in our lifetime is rapidly increasing !

Jesus stressed the great importance of His return. Eg, His instruction to the four who’d been with Him from the outset of His mission is given at Mark 13:33-37 (NKJV):

Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.

Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping! And what I say to you, I say to all, ‘Watch!’.”

That’s why I’m watching and, believer or not, you too are included, as is implicit in Jesus’ admonition: “I say to ALL…

So, watching for Him is and always has been THE ‘inclusive’ activity – and one with divine warrant!

How Can We Be Sure?

You may object and say, “But even if that’s an accurate quotation it’s only guesswork”. That is, prophecies don’t always come to pass. In answer and in synopsis only, I offer the following key to foretelling the future.:

We’re privileged to learn what Almighty God has decided is to happen. He shared his plans with a select number of ancient sages, or prophets, over a long period that started 29 centuries ago, and several centuries before Christ. Amidst extensive instructions He told the prophet Isaiah:

“For I am God and there is no other, I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand and I shall do all My pleasure’…” (Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV)

In fact, some years before Isaiah the first of the ‘writing prophets’ had received a distinct word about God’s intention to divulge His plans. This is recorded in Amos’ scroll at the seventh verse of the third chapter (in modern notation):

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

Next, we learn when we’re to be watching for whatever’s coming, so click 2 below…

End-Time Briefings:
  1. The ‘Who?’ and ‘Why?’ of Watching
  2. The ‘When?’ of Watching > NOW!
  3. The ‘What?’ of Watching > Signs!
  4. Theologically “Watch” means…
  5. Expert’s Excitement – Few Know This…
  6. Pastor’s ‘Sign in the Sun’ Vision Warns of Coming Global Cataclysm
  7. New Ager Sees First Pieces of God’s ‘Jigsaw
  8. Daniel and ‘The Wonderful Number’ Jesus Christ

A Habbakuk-type Oracle – Neil Mackereth

Further to the previous posted yesterday on two prophecies that were published Friday and Saturday, Neil Mackereth was urged to email but apologised for doing so on a Saturday; “However, I have noted of late that the speed of events is such that delay is not appropriate!”  I’m copying his message as received from Neil (he doesn’t usually use bold typeface):

AN ORACLE

A week ago, in a time of meditation, the Lord spoke to me:

Consider the expression: “Hope springs eternal” and read it as: “Hope spring’s eternal” – in the sense that “hope” is expectation (as in “our hope is in Jesus” i.e. Faith). Have faith that what will happen this Spring will have eternal significance.

On pondering this I was led to Habakkuk and saw certain similarities with our present situation:

How long, O Lord, will the outrageous, demonic and exceedingly unwholesome agendas of the wicked succeed and prosper?

 “Look at the Nations and watch – and be utterly amazed”

All the negotiations of men are being overtaken by the onslaught of Covid-19. Just as Habakkuk watched for the Babylonian invasion of Israel, so we are to watch the advancing Covid-19, and seek to understand the spiritual significance of this assault on an ill-prepared (unrighteous) world.

This virus scoffs at men whose strength and pride is in their wealth, intellect or fame; ignores frontiers, fortifications and weapons of war, and laughs at our unwillingness to cry out to the Lord.

“If My people who are called by My Name …. “ (2 Chronicles 7:14)

During the week I felt called to:

Meditate on the horrendous, unspeakable and utterly unjust treatment of My Son, that led to His crucifixion and death. Then remember that His barbaric mistreatment was an absolutely necessary forerunner to His resurrection and your salvation. So, too, are the troubles now coming on the earth an absolutely necessary forerunner to the return of Jesus and the fulfillment of My plan for the redemption of the world.

Something utterly amazing is going to happen this Spring.

[PS. see next post]

The State of the Prophetic in the United Kingdom – 2nd edition

See Preface for details of this document’s genesis and blogger’s personal connection.

Please be free to quote and copy, but take note that full attribution of author and source is requested because Richard J Barker asserts his right to be identified as the author in accordance with the Copyright, Designs & Patents Acts 1988.

May this long-read glorify the Lord and bless every reader:

THE STATE OF THE PROPHETIC IN THE UK

by Richard J. Barker © 21.2.2020

CONTENTS:
  1. Summary
  2. What Is Prophecy?
  3. The Bible Prophesies Modern Events
  4. Historical Summary of Modern Prophecy
  5. Prophecy as Jigsaw Pieces and as GPS
  6. Prophecies Come To Pass
  7. The Present & Future of Prophecy
  8. One Voice Prophetic Conference
  9. Directory (not exhaustive)
  10. Appendix A – Selected History of 20th Century Prophecies
  11. Appendix B – Selected History of 21st Century Prophecies
  12. Appendix C – Fulfilled Prophecies and News Reports
  13. Appendix D – 2008 Economic Crash
  14. Appendix E – 2019 Exposure & Big Shake-up
  15. Appendix F – 2019 General Election
  16. Appendix G – Quick-links Research (link to Appendices)

 

1. SUMMARY

This paper provides an overview of the history and development of prophecy within the UK. By nature, it cannot be encyclopaedic and is presented from a personal, thirty-year perspective.

Prophecy can be brought from the holy, spiritual realm into that of factual daily life, thereby confirming a prophecy’s validity. This data demonstrates that not only are Bible prophecies coming to pass in our day, but so too are modern prophecies!

That is, today’s prophets have an established track record additional to that for personal prophecies. It is incumbent, therefore, upon leaders to know what the Lord is saying to, and expects from, churches, nations and individuals, as brought through duly weighed and tested prophecy.

In the 20th Century, prophecy was spasmodic but became more noticed and accepted with the expansion of the charismatic movement and wider outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Since the millennium, prophetic words to the nation began to come more often. Then during its second decade, the quantity and sharing of prophetic visions and words accelerated rapidly – and the timescales of their fulfillment got radically shortened.

Moreover, prophets’ predictions about two nationally historic events were diametrically opposite to ‘expert’ opinion, yet proved 100% correct. Moreover, we’ve witnessed a rapid increase in news media-mirroring of prophetical terms and images as prophecies are fulfilled. AND the present and previous US presidents’ have unwittingly participated in British prophecies coming to pass!

By 2020 many prophecies on what the Lord is doing in Britain have come to pass – 150 examples since 2011 – and thus validated by the news media! So we give Him all the glory for this and the way He’s working through this conference.

As indicated in the final sections, ministries and churches in many towns and cities across Britain are now open to prophecy.

Therefore, prophecy is demonstrably relevant to our national life and should be taken seriously by those inside and outside Church.

2. WHAT IS PROPHECY?

Prophecy (Greek prophetiea) is the ‘speaking forth the mind and counsel of the Lord God’ and thus a declaration that cannot be known by natural means – ie. a direct revelation from God. It is one of the Holy Spirit’s gifts to Jesus’ disciples

Although prophecy is ‘telling forth’ what the Lord is saying rather than ‘foretelling’ the future, that latter aspect is not excluded. So primarily, prophecies shape our hearts and understanding in order to sharpen or challenge the way we think, act and pray.

Apostle Paul referred to apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers as ministers appointed for equipping and edifying the body of Christ (Eph 4:7-16). Prophecies through such recognised ministry carry more authority than those from disciples moving in Holy Spirit’s gifting

When received in gatherings of believers it is a protocol of accountability to submit prophecy to someone in authority for weighing and checking that it aligns with scripture and reflects God’s character and purposes. Another person may be aware of something similar from the Lord and confirms what is brought. Thus, by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established’ (Deut 19:15; reiterated by Paul on authority at 2 Cor 13:1, ‘By the word of two or three witnesses every word shall be established’).

So a word spoken as coming from the Lord finds witness within the hearer’s spirit; eg. In Acts 15:28 “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…” for making decisions at the first Church council.

NKJV Amos 3: Authority of the Prophet’s Message, vv 7-8: ‘Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?’

As with OT prophets, words brought as from the Lord are uplifting, encouraging insights bringing hope. Yet as ‘covenantal watchmen’, today’s prophets may speak into the state of a nation challenging personal and political preferences and activities, as in the current state of widespread personal and national ungodliness.

A couple of observations:

  • “The Word of the Lord, or prophecy, is not solely prediction-based, it is to give the Church God’s narrative on nations on three levels: insight – oversight – foresight.” (Tomi Arayomi)
  • “When God is using prophets… they repetitively are tasked to tell nations where the nation may not be in covenant with another nation – it is a key function of prophets in Scripture. Prophets need to know which nation aligns with which nation. It’s part of our job description!” (Emma Stark)
Related Scriptures:

Matt 7:15-20 – Jesus’ instruction to be aware of and to test false prophecies
1Cor 14:1 – eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy
1Cor 14:29 – two or three prophets should speak and others weigh carefully
1Cor 14:31 – all can prophesy in turn, so all can be instructed and encouraged.

3. THE BIBLE PROPHESIES MODERN EVENTS

End-times are here, as foretold – even defined? – by Jesus: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all peoples, and then the end will come!” (Matthew 24:14). According to Barnabus Aid magazine: ‘by 2,000 there were indigenous Christians in every country of the world’ (A History of Christian Persecution, Pt 12 – October 2019).

Other examples of End-times prophecy coming to pass in our day: Jewish people return en-mass to their homeland (Zeph 3:19-20, Jer 23:3-8) – increasing apostasy in church teachings (2 Thess2:3) – the return of ‘the days of Noah/Lot,’ as evident in gay-pride parades! (Luke 17:26-29) – waving a hand to buy goods without cash (Rev 13:17) as in today’s cashless society!!

4. HISTORICAL SUMMARY OF MODERN PROPHECY

It is important to acknowledge that fresh seed of the Kingdom was planted in Holy Spirit Revivals in Wales (1904-5) and the Hebrides (1949-52).

Appendices to this paper are linked to the author’s compilation of prophecies delivered over the period 1909-2017, as published in this site’s extensive Prophecy Library, and demonstrate the growth of modern prophecy. The rapidly increasing volume of material necessitated its discontinuance but subsequent prophecies can be found in this site’s monthly archives. All items are to be weighed with the Lord.

  • Appendix A: 20th Century – overview of Holy Spirit moves and major prophets
  • Appendix B: 21st Century – notes on significant prophecies and developments

Appx A’s most well-known prophecies are Smith-Wiggleworth’s 1947 vision of future revivals and Jean Darnall’s 1967 vision of many local fires and lightning strikes. Many of their forecasts have come to pass, as examined in Geoffrey Pick’s Revival Prophecies – Where Are We Now? [The conference’s second paper.]

In the 1990s, his church elders advised the author that prophecies are normally put in a pending tray because they take many years, even decades, to come to pass. Thus, no-one really knew at the time of receipt if they’re accurate and reliable. However, by 2020 that situation no longer pertains because an increasing number have been fulfilled within months – even days!

The overflow of 1990s Holy Spirit outpouring within Britain made prophetic ministry available. Eg, teams visited Thames valley in 1996; author’s vision of spiritual ‘atomic’ bomb’s fireball rolling along the Thames to London gateway towns, confirms assistant pastor’s vision of 10 years earlier.

Geoffrey Pick writes on the situation after the millenium, “Prophecies were rarely shared outside local church meetings in the UK prior to the rise of social media. Even words that were significant remained within a local church or home-group. Individuals seeking to find out what the Holy Spirit was speaking could not easily find more than a few prophetic words for the nation. Many who received such words for the nation, as I did in October 2000, could not find a platform to share with others. It took 3 years before I found a place to share and that was an International prophecy website. In 2004, encouraged by others, I launched a webpage to bring together UK national prophecy, followed by UK Prophetic Words.

In 2001, commissioned by ‘father of prophets’ Dr Bill Hamon, Revd Dr Sharon Stone and husband Greg Black moved to England and started Christian International Europe (CIE). Their teaching and minisitry encouraged the growth of prophecy in British and European churches. Also, by 2005 New Frontiers church movement was operating with a few recognised prophets.

Personal Perspectives:

A startling open vision in 2004 left the author needing advice. Its content was confirmed the next year by Dr Stone at a conference in Bath, one of a small number of places where local prophetic ministry was already established.

July 2005’s terrorist attack upon London was quickly followed by a profound prophetic vision and message on Britain’s End-time destiny brought by Wendy Alec. Having retired early from an EU governmental agency, this author noted her reference to Britain being entangled by the EU and God’s desire for separation. Hence, he began noticing prophecies on this topic over subsequent years. In addition, Geoffrey Pick published a collection of such prophecies on Prophetic Releasers for UK Revival.

In September 2011, Revd Bill Johnson of Redding, California, confirmed this author’s ‘God-incidental’ dream by referring to that date’s possibility as a turning point in the history of the Kingdom in Britain. Subsequently, there’s been a noticeable, increasing acceleration in the prophetic.

Three years later came a clear vision of an enormous bulldozer demolishing ungodly structures, which eventually began to come to pass after another five years.

5. PROPHECY AS JIGSAW PIECES & GPS

‘…on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.’ (Deut 19:15)

Bringing prophetic ‘jigsaw pieces’ together

Being active in the prophetic opens one up to Godly coincidences or ‘God-incidents’. The author began noticing an increasing number of prophecies brought by various brethren within days of one another. It can be likened to pieces of an invisible jigsaw falling into place to present a larger prophetical picture – like a team of separated prophets bringing words and visions that fit together to give a bigger picture. [For about 70 examples see ‘Jigsaw’ tag.]

Also, like an aircraft controller at an airport, the author noted over 40 similar prophecies given in various places globally, as though heavenly Father’s got his own GPS system, ie. ‘Global Prophecy Signals’. [For examples visit ‘Gods_GPS’ tag]

One good example, published only days before the conference, tells of two ‘pieces’ that had appeared much earlier than others arriving together via ‘GPS’ – as herein.

Dr Stone describes such serendipity as a Biblical ‘law’ for advancing the Kingdom: “Amazing, accidental discovery! Wow! No matter what we do and what God does, He surprises us with lots moreeg. Pentecost” (see Ephesians 3:14-21).

6. PROPHECIES COME TO PASS

Monitoring the possibility of Wendy Alec’s 2005 Vision for Great Britain coming to pass and learning later of prophetic insights on the outcome of the 2016 EU Referendum, the author collected that data and discovered their accurate predictions confounded those of all ‘expert’ political pundits and pollsters – and likewise for 2019’s general election!

This led to the logical question: how many other prophecies are coming to pass?

So maybe another set of fulfilled prophecies could be gleaned from this site’s cyber-library, the listed content of which is available via Appendix G?

In view of the size of the undertaking, the author looked at prophecies in the preceding 10 years but time constraints prevented in-depth analysis. A list of fulfilled prophecies was compiled over subsequent years.

Appendix C provides links to 150 instances of prophecies since 2001 that have been, or are in the process of becoming, fulfilled. A noticeable trend relates to the Hebrews 12 shaking/exposure of the ungodly, including many examples on the EU, and increasingly includes national media headlines using terms (‘fox’, ‘lion’, ‘bulldozer’) that had already been given in prophecies!!.

Appendices D, E and F are documented prophecies on the 2008 Economic Crash (with copy news), on ‘Exposure with Big Shake-up’ in 2019 and on the General Election.

7. THE PRESENT & FUTURE OF PROPHECY

“For the first time in history Europe’s prophets have come out of their caves” – Revd Dr Sharon Stone (1.2.2020).

The 1980s saw a major restoration of the prophetic movement, and 15-20 years ago teaching and ministry was focused upon the prophetic gifting and not upon training anointed prophets.

Compared with 30 years ago, there’s now a wider appreciation of the gift of prophecy and office of prophet across churches, and many more local ministries across Britain (see Directory). Moreover, the prophetic anointing in Britain may possibly overtake that of America.

In 2020, “We’re standing in the greatest prophetic move in history…God is building His church on the foundation of apostles and prophets.” Dr Stone reckons a reformation in training prophets is now necessary in order to bring breakthrough and shifts in all areas within churches and the nations. Therefore, Christian International Europe in Windsor and Glasgow Prophetic Centre have started new training courses on equipping the prophets.

For some years the UK Council of Prophetic Elders met under Dr Stone’s leading. This has now been succeeded by the British Isles’ Council of Prophets, with Dr Stone and senior prophets and apostles on its Advisory Council. It forms a network of prophetic voices in Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Eire and the Channel Isles.

The vision, aims and core values of the British Isles’ Council of Prophets can be read via the preceding link, where its latest prophecies and membership may also be found.

Suggested Goals:

The following goals for prophetic ministry continue to be of importance:

    • Greater focus upon the spiritual state of the nation
    • Linking up of specific scriptures with prophecies
    • Increasing call for accuracy, especially on timing
    • Improved joining of prophecy with intercession
    • Greater influence across all churches and in society.

8. ONE VOICE PROPHETIC CONFERENCE

Geoffrey Pick advises that a prophecy about such a gathering was brought two years ago to the week by Jeroma Davis (13 Feb 2018):

“Thank You Holy Spirit…I am Seeing in the Spirit ….. A Round Table.. A Circle of Seers/Prophets/Deliverance voices/Pastors/Apostles/Prayer Intercessors and Leaders in Ministry forming a Spiritual Bond/Chain Link Globally that will stand the test of time! The enemy is losing ground as The Body of Christ is emerging with a Holy Fire that will never be extinguished. The Call onto Holy Ground will be deeply rooted from Radical Lovers of Jesus Christ as the Holy Fire burns deeply within their hearts! I see flames of the All-Consuming Fire going up into the high heavens as the Bride returns to Purity/Holiness in God our King.”

The stated purpose of One Voice Prophetic Conference 2020 reads:

‘We believe that God is still speaking into the Nation and the Church is responsible for bringing that prophetic word to the attention of leaders, people in power and those who carry responsibility for the care of the Nation. It is important that the word of the Lord comes out of a united ekklesia and we come together from our different streams to speak as One Voice. This is a space for influential voices from the church, business, education and other spheres of influence.’

Pastor Oyekan invited leaders of the Assemblies of God and, as President-elect 2020 of the Baptist Union, especially encourages Baptist churches to take prophecy seriously.

The conference morning began with extended period of worship for intimacy with the Lord and then groups gathered to wait upon Him for words about specific areas and for a few certain individuals, viz:

  • government
  • business & finance
  • international relations
  • emergency services
  • health & social care
  • church denominations
  • justice system
  • the royal family
  • arts & culture
  • education
  • media

Guest speaker Dr Mark Birch-Machin of Speakers of Life outlined a national prophetic strategy based upon the neurological communication principles of the human body.

Revd Betty King, Emma Stark and Veronika West brought teaching and prophecies. Of these, I particularly noted Betty spoke on the vital importance of dealing with buried personal issues that affect our serving the Lord (my wife had received a very effective personal word upon that in the previous week). Emma stressed we’re not to look for a repeat of the Toronto-style Revival because the Lord is already bringing this in a very different format.

In an unscheduled message Veronika revealed what the Lord told her during the night when He alerted her that we need to:

“Get ready, get ready for the stage is set for a spiritual showdown!”

After explaining, she said He will demolish false altars and build new ones throughout Britain where evangelists will emphasise altar-calls once again. Also, an unusual picture of a horse and ox yoked together shows that apostles and prophets will begin working together as teams for the Kingdom.

Drawing to a close, Veronika also prophesied about Reading being on a spiritual hill and of the Lord’s fire coming down. (Confirms impression I’d brought at the working group’s planning meeting in November and previous visions of decades ago, one of which I’d ‘seen’ like an exploding ‘atomic bomb’ with fireball rolling down Tilehurst hill and along the Thames Valley towards the capital, as told in June’s 2nd of four jigsaw pieces!)

9. DIRECTORY (not exhaustive)

Prophecy Ministries
      • Betty King International Ministries (Wembley – Betty King)
      • Christian International Europe (Windsor – Dr Sharon Stone)
      • Fire Ministries International (Elgin, Moray – Malcolm & Alyson Sim)
      • Glasgow Prophetic Centre (Emma & David Stark)
      • Harvest Ministries (Birmingham – Lori Lawlor)
      • Ignite Ireland Ministries (Facebook – Veronika West)
      • Inter-Prophetic Alliance (Whitstable – Robin Jegede-Brimson)
      • Invictus Prophetic Network (Folkestone – Rebecca King)
      • Love Has A Voice (Bath – Liz Evans)
      • Manchester School of Prophets (Achumba, Amegee, King & Dean)
      • Norfolk School of Prophets (Ray & Ruth Scorey)
      • Prophecy Encounter Groups (Dr Sharon Stone & Tomi Arayomi)
      • School of Prophecy (Winchester/Southampton – Mark Iles)
      • School of the Prophetic (Leicester – Simon Braker)
      • Servant Ministries (Whitstable – Robin Jegede-Brimson)
      • Speakers of Life (Whitley Bay, Northumberland – Mark Birch-Machin)
      • Word & Spirit International Ministry (Colwyn Bay – Mary Carpenter & Joseph Burt)
Churches Teaching/Practising Prophecy
      • Catch the Fire churches – Bournemouth, Manchester, Wembley
      • City Life Church – Portsmouth (Daniel Harman)
      • Fleet Baptist Church – Hants (Christopher Bird)
      • Kings Church – Halifax (Paul McMahon, Paul Clift)
      • Living Word Church Network – Fareham (Christopher Wickland)
      • My Church – Windsor (Revd Dr Sharon Stone)
      • New Frontiers churches (Dr Stone’s YouTube)
      • Revive Church – Hull (Jarrod Cooper)
      • The Harbour Church – Whitstable (Robin Jegede-Brimson)
Prophecy Websites
      • Prophetic Releasers for UK Revival (Facebook Group – Geoffrey Pick)
      • Prophetic Voice TV (YouTube – Dr Sharon Stone)
      • Richard’s Watch (Website-Library & Blog – Richard Barker)
      • R.I.G. Nation (YouTube – Tomi Arayomi)
      • UK Awakening (History website – Michael Marcel)
      • UK Wells (Map website – Michael Marcel)

 

Appendices A-G – see next post >>

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[Update #1: 28 Mar’20]