‘As One’ happening in the UK’s newest City

This welcome news is yet another fulfillment of the prophetic word on unity brought by Heidi Baker four years ago this month. (Btw: this blog’s all-time most popular post.) Also note on the ‘ripples’ vision: David Gilbey writes the effect “first came to me personally in January 2015, shortly after The Lord told me to start a prayer movement in my home City of Chelmsford”, as reported here.

Call The Nation To Prayer

God is uniting His Church – we are seeing ‘As One’ happening all around the Nation! 

Here is an article from this week’s Chelmsford and Mid-Essex Times by The Bishop of Chelmsford:

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Chelmsford became a City in 2012.

Skylark Church is a large Charismatic Church in the City.

David Gilbey also Co-ordinates Call the Nation to Prayer.

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GPS#11 part 1: influx of calls to intercede for Britain!

Last month’s republished prophetic word on castles and the call to pray for establishing God’s rule in our nation was January’s most popular post.  So far this month a number of calls have come to my attention on the importance of intercession for Britain – not so much as a shower of ‘jigsaw pieces’, but more like God’s Global Prophecy Signalling system in operation.  On the last day of that month the first ‘buzz’ came from one of my readers and I sought and received permission to publish. ‘AD’ writes:

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‘As a quick introduction my husband and I returned in Aug 2016 from 43 years in South Africa because the Lord led us to. It’s an incredible story in itself, but the reason why He has brought us back is to declare Life over UK, to build up and to plant. This morning after listening to the amazing speech given by President Trump I said, “That’s wonderful and I rejoice in his courage but Lord what about UK?  What’s to be done to begin to heal this wayward and fractured country?”

‘Instantly I heard the Holy Spirit say, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,  then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place”. 2Chron 7v 14, 15.

‘It’s so familiar that I could have just thought it up myself as an answer.  However every word was forcefully impacted on me as only the Holy Spirit does.  The point is, the Church is responsible for both the problems and the solution here.   It’s not for a denomination; it’s for His people, called by His name, to hear.  Christians to humble themselves and pray.  Find out by seeking His face what He is wanting to do. Unite and come together to pray as the Church in UK and so halt divisions caused by pride and prejudice. When we pray and seek His face together He will command the blessing.

‘Give up and turn our backs on all the wicked ways that have become the norm for Christians and repent of our sin personally and collectively THEN He will enter in and do what is needed.   It’s vital that the call to all believers can go out with the clarity of the Trumpet or Shofar call.  The Church is the answer to all the questions today.  It’s why Jesus warned us we would need to take up our cross just as He did and follow.  It leads to death but results in Life.’

‘I thought of contacting you as I read your posts.  Perhaps others are confirming this word and maybe it can go out using Christian media or however it can.  Like a fire it will run through the church first, and then spread to burn the dross out of the country allowing his grace and favour to reach the lost again.  I’m intimidated at the task as I sense it’s a crucible time for UK but I had to share.  May His people unite to fear His name and establish righteousness in this nation again.  He has called His Church to be the head and not the tail.   It’s time.’

AMEN, indeed it’s time LordLater, in her reply the next day, ‘AD’ adds:

‘I was struck again how faithful God is in answering prayer.  This scripture was a response from God to the many specific prayers made by Moses in 2 Chronicles6 vv 18 – 42.  Even when I visited Israel many years ago and prayed at the Wailing Wall, and put my request for an impossible restoration in a chink in the stones… the Lord magnificently did the impossible…and now I just realised He was answering Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6 v 32. Humbling but amazing!  Faithful God.

‘Even when we as a country deny him he remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself.  I think of the many times He has poured out revival, salvation, healing, and hope on this nation.  Apart from the disciples I don’t know of a nation anywhere that sent out missionaries with the word that gives Life like this one.

‘I’m believing the fire will fall again as in chapter 7 v 1.  Let it be.  We are all called to be salt to preserve and light to show the way and it’s urgently required now, but we as believers have got to respond if our sins are to be forgiven and the land healed.’

Finally, just now ‘AD’ replies to my advice of publication and reminds me of a picture I’d thought of in the night as being appropriate in this mini-series but forgotten! (So what I had gives way to what is now displayed, AND relates to the Jean Darnall vision – see Library under 1967 for links.) ‘AD’ says:

‘It’s very encouraging how much The Lord is doing in the UK. I had a vision of a dark map of UK with small pinpricks of light. .then as the numbers grew they all started to join up creating large areas of light all over. I’m looking forward to that!’

Aren’t we all!  AMEN – let it be so Lord.

The very best days of the Church are fast approaching

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

GOD HAS SAVED THE BEST DAYS OF THE CHURCH FOR LAST

The Lord Jesus says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“My people will walk in such anointing, that:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You are the final runners in the relay race.

“You are My ‘A’ Team.

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey Stewart, 17th January 2018

AMEN, AMEN and AMEN again !!!!

Footnote:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Selah!

Finding unity concerning the ‘End-Times’

Thank you Wanda for this helpful reminder upon our needing to ‘keep the main thing the main thing’, as Bill Johnson often stresses.

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In recent months, there has been growing speculation about signs and symbols in the heavens and escalating world events predicting a soon and coming Rapture and Great Tribulation. At the same time, there is also a growing segment of the Church that isn’t looking for a Rapture, but a great spiritual Revival with the best days of the Church still ahead.

There are well-known and respected leaders on both sides of the issue. Best-selling authors and several key evangelical leaders have been prominent proponents of the Rapture interpretations. The Left Behind series has had a huge impact on the Church. Yet, John Wesley, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, and many of the church fathers including Josephus, believed the “Great” tribulation that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:21 already happened within the first century church.

These differences of biblical interpretation have been around for decades and they will probably continue…

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Vision of a New Apostolic Reformation

With thanks to Yinka of The Gate, Reading and to UK Prophetic Words. The location of this vision is especially interesting in view of Lynne F’s 2001 vision of the Body of Christ in Britain arising like a sleeping giant, of which two intercessors reported similar impressions last year (comments to Prophetic Significance of PM Mays’ Speech in Philadelphia).:

YINKA OYEKAN: PROPHETIC VISION OF NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION

As I left Cornwall on Friday afternoon (10th Feb 17), I had a vision of a New Apostolic Reformation emerging across this United Kingdom. I saw Apostolic leaders walking arm in arm with and serving denominational leaders in humility.

In this emerging season the bride will be empowered as her leaders serve her and wash her feet. For her leaders now understand these revisited Ephesians 4 graces were never to create a platform for an individual, nor were they sent in previous generations to fracture the body or boost the ego of man but rather they have been given to mobilise a powerful bride where every saint ìs equipped and looks more like Christ.

One equipped saint will feed 1000 hungry souls, ten will feed a city. Father’s purpose and focus in a new apostolic reformation is not only to revitalise the priesthood of all believers where the extraordinary will become ordinary, but to ensure her pastors and leaders are supported and discover a new confidence. Empowered pastors will empower their flock.

I saw intercessors hovering over this move like Angels, their prayers ascending to Heaven providing an echo of his glory over the nation, a prayer covering of incense thick as a cloud. This cloud has been a faithful witness rising before the throne room. The prayers of the saints have covered these shores, and hidden Fathers purposes from the enemy; now Father having received her prayers is doing a new thing.

These intercessors will not be seen as an optional extra in church life but will be seen as central to Father’s purposes, they will walk arm in arm with this new apostolic reformation.

Father will bring extraordinary Ephesians 4 Ministries together into a new apostolic liberty, and this time they will flow as one, understanding and embracing each other, no longer fractured and isolated pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists, but rather flowing as peers in one river.

Father is particularly determined to build up Church pastors who have felt isolated and will provide in this reformation a safe haven where they will be loved and supported, served and equipped within their denominations, and they find access to committed peer relationships outside and within.

Denominational leaders will embrace and support this new apostolic reformation as honour will flow in both directions. This reformation will have a new name, previously hidden by Father which he will reveal. All this is part of the latter rain.

Father has been shielding this new apostolic reformation from the eyes of the enemy but he will soon bring it to light. I see a new generation of leaders who serve and use their strength to build HIS kingdom and not theirs. There will be signs and wonders within the church and without, as this new wineskin emerges. It will form the basis of a new unity movement.

Note: for  more on Cornwall see Yinka’s Facebook entry 14th February.

Heidi Baker: God’s awakening Europe – and the Anglicans!

Thank you to Suzanne Payne of UK Prophetic Words and especially to Dave Hood for this link to an important prophetic word from Heidi Baker of Iris Global ministries.

Heidi foretells the Lord’s appearing in dreams to Muslims, Sikhs and Buddhists across the UK, which will be talked about within their communities – God’s going to start showing up as ‘The Man in White’.

They will, therefore, seek an understanding and, says Heidi,

“The Lord is going to allow the Church to explain in the most glorious way who He is, not just in words but with actions and in Truth.

“I feel like there’s going to be an Awakening again…”

She goes on the speak prophetically about the Church being filled with the Love of Christ and taking it outside church buildings, moving into communities and neighbourhoods  and ‘taking and sharing tea’ with those who’ve come from other nations, whom the Lord has brought into Britain, especially a radical move among Sikhs, “the Sikhs are going to seek!” and the Church needs to position itself for this, to get ready and not wait but go out – as in the word on A New Move of God and Unity she brought two years ago. But now she says,

“I see a radical move, a radical move in the Anglican Church. The Lord says the Anglican Church is going to be woken up afresh – there’s going to be a fresh fire – a fresh wind – a fresh baptism – a fresh move. I see the Anglican Church awakening, awakening, awakening, awakening, awakening.

“I see thousands and thousands and thousands of people who were baptised as babies being claimed by the Father and they’re literally coming home to the Father’s House.

“I see these old cold buildings, old cold buildings, ablaze with the fires of love, ablaze with fires of love and God – WOHHH there’s going to be an awakening in the Anglican Church, there’s going to be so much fire and so much Presence and there’s going to be no place for barriers, no place for division, no place for “Who are you and where were you ordained?” – they’re going to be calling you from (various) churches saying “Help, help, help us, help us!”

She continues by saying the Lord tells us not to call seminaries ‘cemeteries’ any more because He says,

“Call them up to be raised from the dead for I’m about to visit the cemeteries and the seminaries”, says the Lord…

“I’m going to visit, I’m going to visit and I’m going to cause even cold hearts to burn with fire…get ready, get ready, I’m going to send you out to the left, send you out to the right…”

This also reminds me of the word received at Ffald-y-Brenin in 2014 that the Lord is calling and resurrecting the Anglican Church out of its grave, as with Lazarus. (See this post, and this one for my subsequent observations on that promise.)

Also, on 30th October Dave Hood emailed these comments:

‘I don’t know if you have seen the Heidi Baker video but about 9 days ago, before I saw this video I had been praying and Psalm 133 came to mind and all of a sudden I get a picture of The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby – he is wearing white ceremonial full length robes, with some light coloured trim sewn on the edges as well as his mitre.

‘And he has a look of utter ecstasy on his face and he is absolutely drunk in the Spirit, just about standing, but his robes from the top of his mitre to the full length of his robes are completely covered with the Holy oil of the Spirit. So unctuous and thick is this oil it is like honey, viscous and full and it’s just dripping every where the hem of his robes is just leaving this wonderful wake, not a wake of death but a wake, wave of life, as he
gathers himself moving forward. I just sensed there was an anointing coming from the head of the church, the Lord Jesus, to, the head of the Anglican church in this nation. It was more than personal to Justin, it was personal to the Anglican church and this nation … and maybe this nation’s body as a whole …

‘but Psalm 133 was key, it was the unity.

‘So when I hear Heidi in this video clip prophesying re the Anglican church, I’m made up, but…as I continue to listen …God recalls to me what we have been studying in Acts about 3 weeks earlier.:

‘We had been sharing in Acts chapter 10 where we were looking at Cornelius and the opening of the door to the Gentile nations. We sensed and heard … that the call from Noah and his 3 sons at Ararat, was our call … in that Noah under covenant, as we, was
to go forth and multiply fill the earth after the flood and how our call is to go to the nations unto every ethnic group.

‘You are aware of my feeling regarding this nation having (to be) been turned upside down and resurrected, like the iron axe head RE- floating, its iron head being a raised Titanic, like Mark’s second opportunity, and how this resurrected and upturned, and over, iceberg of an island UK was to take our Lord Jesus, its King, to the harvest, the fields of Europe’s spiritual tundra … to subdue Europe’s king Baal and plunder his household, his servants, for believers and servants to Christ but as I watched the video clip … I heard the Lord say, from something, that 3 weeks earlier,

“Yes Europe will be saved, and I will send her Britannia made great, to aide me in my work, but I will also let you see, that those nations you would venture to … I will show you I have brought them to your door,”

‘…and immediately I understood the many various, not just nationalities that had flooded our shores, but the very many ethnic groups within those groups would also be present

‘so you can image the joy that God was preparing for these travellers, the alien, the widows, the orphans and the prodigals to his table, here in this our nation and land …

‘Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. To the praise and glory of God for ever and ever. Amen’

Many thanks, Dave Hood

[See also Dave’s contribution at the foot of Comments to Lion Bites: The Refining Fire]

Footnote: All this is particularly interesting because whilst discussing the purpose of a proposed new church in our diocese, the recently ordained deacon and Director of an Anglican healing foundation mentioned the bishop told him that ++Justin tells bishops to preach Jesus – which is what one would expect!

New Britain: A UNITED Kingdom under Lord Jesus Christ

Another contribution from David Hood to the brief outline at UK/EU in/out #5 of the Vision for Great Britain the Lord gave Wendy Alec in 2005, warrants repeating as an individual post in its own right.

In commenting upon that outline, Dave offers items from a series of 12 visions starting in 1997 that show God’s love for this nation and our nearest ‘neighbour’, France, as well as God’s purpose for the UK in relation to Europe as a whole. The one dated 2003 is most apposite for today in view of  Brexit and Scottish hopes for separation. Dave writes.:

‘Many of us inhabitants of Great Britain, and even some outside of us, will not say that we are a UNITED Kingdom, but more a DIVIDED nation. One has only to have looked at the troubles of Northern Ireland, the SEPARATE and devolved parts of Scotland and Wales. Their animosity stretching back centuries for all to observe. In fact Scotland, Ireland and Wales are Celtic nations, and one may even include Cornwall, part of England whose roots are also Celtic. Yet, seemingly, England rules supreme.

‘Even geographically, the boundaries remain. Hadrian’s Wall separates Scotland from England and Offa’s Dyke separates England from Wales. Even Northern Ireland is separated by water from Scotland and Wales. Indeed the whole of Ireland itself is separated from each other, with a border between its North and South.

‘A number of years back, whilst attending the 1st Braveheart Conference in Edinburgh. I believed the Lord said this to me… “JUST AS HADRIAN’S WALL SEPARATES ENGLAND FROM SCOTLAND, AND OFFA’S DYKE SEPARATES ENGLAND FROM WALES (PHYSICALLY), SO TOO, AM I UNITING THEM SPIRITUALLY.”

‘I then had a picture of England, Scotland and Wales joined together to one another, with NO geographical, political or historical boundaries, with the Dyke and the Wall removed. There were not 3 separate entities, but ONE. Later the Lord said to me… “I am doing a work amongst the Celtic nations”. For the first time, I realised that Ireland had its place with Wales and Scotland as IT TOO, was a Celtic nation.

‘He reminded me of the myth of a great giant who built a causeway from the north-east tip of Ireland to the south-west part of Scotland…He said… “In the same way that I am joining Wales and Scotland to England; I am crossing the divide between Ireland and Scotland and joining them to Wales and each other”. I could see part of God’s plan. He was taking them over on “dry ground”

‘The miracle here is that England IS NOT A CELTIC nation, but He will join them to these other Kingdom parts for His purpose and His glory. England is far more akin and likened to Europe…yet He will make Britain United and Great to transport and transfer his greatness and the unity to Europe and France as a Nation.

‘English bloodstock is inherited from European bloodstock. So at the same time that He unites England to Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He also seeks to unite and RE-ATTACHES England, with its Celtic and Godly unity RESIDING WITHIN IT to the European stock. “Behold…I do a new thing…”.

‘When Jesus said in Luke “Go ye unto all nations”, I believe He was saying go unto all ethnic groups. The Celts can be seen as an ethnic group and so, too, can the Anglo-Saxons … Acts 17:26 ‘And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation’; Gen 28:3 ‘May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples’.

‘I believe this unity, is also necessary in the geopolitical quandary we now face with the Scottish move for separate rule.

‘Today in hindsight … he purposes to make UK Great again, separating from Europe, and within, He seeks to make this nation United and One, the Kingdom United.

‘His purpose for Britain is not to serve under Europe’s king Baal, but rather to take Britain’s King, King Jesus Christ, to Europe, not to serve a foreign God at Brussels but to join Europe to Himself.’

The foundational reason for Unity across the Church

Apostle Paul instructs us:

‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
‘I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience and forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all’ (Ephesians 3:20-4:6)

Lindell_CooleyLast Sunday Lyndell Cooley taught on being one body in Christ and how the above verses are foundational, as well as critical for the future of the Church. Writing from prison, Paul teaches believers how to be real, radical and risky – even dangerous – in our beliefs and the kind of character needed to stand together and to confront the world and persecution.

“IF your Christianity is NOT dangerous you may want to check and see if it really is Christianity!

“If it’s SAFE, it’s probably NOT Christianity, because Christianity IS dangerous!

“Isn’t it amazing that the church is scared to death of the danger we’re facing, which is NORMAL to Christianity – because we’ve become so comfortable (as Americans) being accepted…but the scripture is full of people who live dangerously…”

Lindell then quotes Jesus’ warning at Luke 21:12 of what will happen to His followers. They’ll be taken before courts and rulers for “My Name’s sake – It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.”  So Lindell adds, “You can go to church for 30 years and keep your mouth shut but risky Christianity means you say something!”

He likens the power behind Paul’s words to that we feel upon reading people like Richard Wurmbrand, Lutheran pastor jailed for years by Communists in Romania and founder of Voice of the Martyrs radio. He tells of a paraplegic ex-muslim confined to a wheelchair but imprisoned in Lahore Pakistan for converting to Christianity. When asked how he felt about the possibility of execution, he replied

“If I’m hanged for the Name of Christ, I will kiss my rope but never deny my faith!”

“That kind of talk in prison”, continues Lindell, “Is like a stiff, wakening winter wind in the face of our drowsy, television, internet-soaked, self-pitying kind of Christianity!

“It makes us wake up and get dressed for spiritual winter battle – and that’s what Paul wanted us to have. He wanted us to be awake like that! He pleads us to, number one, preserve the unity of the Spirit…”

Lindell briefly addresses live-streaming online members of Church of His Presence at 1:03:00 on this archived video. That’s where you too can get an overview of his important, deeply rousing and encouraging message on being One Body in Christ and what that means to tell the nations about Jesus. The message in full begins at 1:10:20 and closes with Lindell leading worship.

Be mightily blessed as you read and watch…

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Unity across churches manifests God’s Kingdom

Puzzle Globe and Book by ThanunkornHere I share more insights gained since Holy Week, citing an example to prove this post’s title and looking at early church history. First, listen to Jesus in prayer:

“Father, I pray for those who will believe in Me..that they may all be one, as You Father are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent me.” (John 17:20-21 NKJV – emphasis added)

Is Jesus’ prayer about to be fully answered at long, long last? Especially for the sake of saving lost souls?

Sixty years ago many Christian denominations had scant tolerance for one another, even though a large percentage of Britons attended church regularly or, if not, would at least go for Easter and Christmas. Those who didn’t were religiously well-informed – unlike today’s spiritually unwashed masses who are religious illiterates! As a youngster I was subject to some most unexpected personal animosity between Protestants and Catholics – despite their claiming to believe in the same God!

Thus, disunity was one reason for my rejecting Churchianity and seeking truth beyond science and religion in metaphysics and mysticism (the Eastern and New Age variety).

As well as ignoring Jesus’ expressed desire for unity and command to love one another, believers weren’t doing what Jesus did – and more – as He foretold:

“Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.” (John 14:12 NKJV)

History demonstrates churches across the East and West hadn’t complied with Jesus’ desire. Moreover, it seems God didn’t answer His Son’s deep prayer request!  Mankind’s free-will and Satan’s steering were determined to prevent its fulfillment at all costs.

Heavenly Father can ensure Jesus’ prayer gets met. No doubt He’s waiting for the right time and conditions for inspiring believers who are responsive to His Spirit; rather than to make them comply. He didn’t create robotic automatons. First, however, we need to want and allow Holy Spirit into our lives rather than deny, quench or grieve His gracious ways.

Re-born Into Christ

Consequently, it was an extremely pleasant surprise to find after being born again in 1989-90 those antagonisms had disappeared. When I was baptised in Holy Spirit in 1992 I saw Jesus healing people and so I wanted to associate with the group who’d organised that day’s event. That Circle of Prayer for Healing in the mid-Thames Valley was a mixture of Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists and independents – and all charismatics!

Thus, spiritual unity of that small group enabled Holy Spirit to flow in power and manifest the presence of the Kingdom of God – praise You Lord. Hopefully we may expect a much larger manifestation now we’re 25 years further down the road…

An increasing emphasis from those with prophetical voices and gifting is indicating Holy Spirit wants to inspire, infuse and direct our hearts and minds with Jesus’ love for fellow Christians, and to express that as a Unity of spirit and action – so the world no longer sees believers as squabbling hypocrites and realise who Jesus is and that we really do have the answers they’re desperately needing and seeking spiritually.

Hence my enthusiasm towards unity in belief and action (with the caveat of obedience to Jesus’ instructions) throughout Christendom  – no doubt the intensification of secular and terrorist persecution is drawing us out of our shells and making us stand up!

So, let’s remind ourselves of recent ‘God-incidents’ focusing on Unity (as here and here).:

  • Extraordinary vision: “I watched as these fiery, burning and anointed ones moved together in PERFECT UNITY”.
  • Revelation from the Lord about angels of Revival being released and that “The body of Christ is coming alive in Jesus, in purity, in life, in love, in UNITY”.
  • Obedient response to: “The Rhema Word God has had for me the past few months is UNITY”.
  • Writing a new book for which “The major outcome theme…is Unity”.
  • Three years’ preparation for church-wide act of unity across the UK.

The details of the last from Malcolm Duncan warrant brief re-iteration:

Revd Malcolm Duncan“I lead Spring Harvest and for three years I have been working on an act of unity across the United Kingdom that will see all…evangelical bible conventions and celebrations declaring that, whatever our theological differences are, we are one in Christ Jesus. It is going to involve 130,000 Christians from March (Spring Harvest) through to October next year with the Festival of Life…perhaps the biggest demonstration of Christian unity that we have seen in the evangelical church in the United Kingdom for almost two hundred years – and they’ve all said “Yes” – there’s the miracle! They’re all on board, and I am sure the Bible says,

“Where the brethren dwell together in unity, the Lord commands a blessing.”

Seventeen months ago Heidi Baker brought a word about ‘A New Move of God in the UK’  which prophesied about Unity as follows (underlining added):

Heidi at CTF Wembley“…There’s going to be a movement of unity in the UK that’s going to shake the world, says the Lord. I hear the prophetic word of the Lord. It’s going to flow through the universities and the colleges of the universities. It’s going to flow through denomination and the non-denominations. There’s going to be a move of unity within the Body of Christ.

“You’re going to fill Wembley Stadium. You’re going to fill stadiums, stadiums, with worshippers of the living God. And there’s going to be this holy affection where people come before the Lord. They’re not going to even know who’s speaking in the stadium, they’re not going to even know the name of the preachers, because they’re coming fixing their eyes on Jesus. It’s going to shake the nation, says the Lord.

“There’s going to be a unity even between Scotland and Ireland and the UK, that’s going to SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE. There’s going to be a shaking that’s going to bring a unity, says the Lord. There’s going to be something that the people of other faiths are going to see in this nation, as believers come together in radical love…”

Amen to all the above.

The Early Church on Jesus and Unity

My meditations have been based upon Apostle John’s understanding and revelations of the glory and nature of His dearly beloved rabbi, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This meant musing upon, seeking the Lord and researching into what the disciples may have learned after the Resurrection; ‘To whom’, the physician and chronicler Dr Luke records that Jesus, ‘also presented Himself alive after His sufferings by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and (His) speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.’ (Acts 1:3 NKJV)

[THUS, after that privileged private teaching they logically concluded the Kingdom was going to be restored to Israel. That’s clearly the Lord’s action plan – they just wanted to know when to expect its execution. Had that not been a legitimate request they’d have been rebuked. But Jesus told them that’s not their – OR His – concern because it’s The Father’s prerogative! Jesus had another plan for them: transmitting the Gospel with all the consequential signs and wonders: ie. fulfillment of John 14:12 – see Acts1:6-8.]

MBarkerWebPhotoScriptural meditations encouraged me to re-read The Hidden Tradition of the Kingdom of God – an exceptionally informative book by the Methodist Bible scholar Margaret Barker, whose Doctorate in Divinity was conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury, ‘in recognition of her work on the Jerusalem Temple and the origins of Christian Liturgy’.  (It is designated, ‘Temple Theology’.)

Dr Barker’s significant new contribution to the understanding of the New Testament opened up important fields for research.

In checking out her website I found the paper ‘Jesus the Nazorean’ most illuminating and confirming my thoughts on Paul’s many references to the ‘mysteries’ of God. On page 9 therein lies a useful insight into our consideration of Unity in the Lord (emphases mine):

“Theodotus, the second century teacher whose work survives only as quotations in Clement of Alexandria, was condemned by later generations as a Gnostic. He taught about Jesus’ role in restoring the unity, just as John’s Jesus did in his final prayer after the last supper. This is what Theodotus said:
They say that our angels were put forth as a unity and are One in that they came out from the One.
Now since we existed in separation, Jesus was baptised that the undivided should be divided until he should unite us with them in the Fullness, that we, the many, having become one, might be mingled with the One which was divided for our sakes.’

“And this is what John’s Jesus said:
”[I pray] that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”. (John 17.21)
Restoring the unity was a sign of divinity. But John’s Jesus also brought judgement: ‘[The Father] has given all judgement to the Son’ (John 5.22).

“Theodotus is not telling us anything different from what Paul said in his message to the
Ephesians:
’For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth’ (Eph.1.9-10).

“So too in his letter to the Colossians, Paul said that Christ holds all things together (Col.1.17).

“The secret of the kingdom was the secret of unity, restoring all things to their unity with God, and so Paul saw the future as the Son of God bringing all things into the kingdom – he called it subduing all things, the judgement – ‘that God may be all in all’ (1 Cor.15.28).”

Therefore, in my humble opinion, this information is well-worth mulling over. I’m especially pleased Dr Barker refers to and stresses Ephesians 1:9 (see my covering intro to God’s Eternal Purpose – and reference to Unity therein). This reinforces my interest in what Paul knew by personal revelation from Jesus Himself, as well as gained when he was caught up into heaven.

Thank you Lord that Your Spirit of Wisdom and of Revelation brings knowledge of You (Eph 1:17).

Footnote:

In discussion with a leader at a local church we visited recently I queried his opinion upon the source of Paul’s knowledge of the Last Supper and the Resurrection. He was keenly recommending a new devotional book, 40 Days With Jesus by Dave Smith of New Frontiers church. In considering the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, the leader echoed Smith’s citing ‘compelling evidence from 1 Corinthians 15 (as) important because not only was it…written early [in 55AD] but (also) Paul’s evidence would have come from meetings with the other apostles that took place only a few years after the resurrection itself’.

This book’s a useful adjunct to my meditations, but the above remark may be playing fast and loose with scriptural data!!

Paul’s letter to the Galatians may be dated 6 years earlier, depending upon which of two groups he was addressing, or else contemporary with that sent to the church in Corinth. In stating how he changed from being a severe persecutor of believers to becoming an on-fire believer and preacher, Paul writes (Gal 1:15-16 NKJV):

“When it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.”

In about 62 AD, Dr Luke completed his careful investigations of early church history. He wrote, ‘In his account to King Agrippa Paul states, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision but declared first to those in Damascus…(to) repent, turn to God and do works befitting repentance” (Acts 26:19-20). Earlier, in recording post-conversion events of Paul in that city, where Paul regained his sight through Ananias, Luke states ‘Then Saul spent some days with the disciples in Damascus. Immediately he preached the Christ in synagogues…’ (Acts 9:19-20).

Therefore, if Saul didn’t receive full revelation personally about the Last Supper and the Resurrection whilst blind, then wouldn’t he have got the basics from Ananias’ group?

Further reading:

[Credit: ‘Puzzle Globe and Book’ by Thanunkorn, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net ]

7th April: The Four Faces of God and Unity

Flying puzzles - Nokhoog Buchachon

A week ago today things happened that have since made me think, “Could Jesus’ prayer for all believers, as in John 17, at last be answered in our day?” Perhaps Father is already releasing indicators on this by scattering pieces of a puzzle for us to complete. As with most jigsaws it’s best to find and lay corner pieces and edges before tackling the larger picture, especially when the full picture isn’t as clear as we’d like it to be. But we can at least make a start on this ‘invisible jigsaw’…

After days of enquiring about overseas deliveries and as told in my footnote to this post, I was informed on 7th April that a copy of the out-of-print book ‘The Four Faces of God’ had been dispatched. It so happens – definitely not a coincidence – last Thursday, the 7th day of the 4th month of 2016, brought a quadruple focus upon a very specific theme.

First, two sisters in the Lord published related prophetic words from the Lord on 7th April.:

1 > Veronika West on the ‘Emerald Isle’ had a vision of ‘A Firestorm, Four Whirlwinds and Four Faces of God’ and in which she describes how it progressed:

“…I watched as these FIERY, BURNING AND ANOINTED ONES MOVED TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY, there were none greater than the other, shoulder to shoulder, and shield to shield they advanced and moved forward as ONE MIGHTY ARMY…” (emboldening added).

(Upon learning about the ‘God-incidence’ between the date she posted it on Facebook and the book’s despatch, which was absolutely nothing to do with her, she wrote that she was “truly blown away”.)

2 > For some ‘strange’ reason I got TWO copies of an email notification of what had been written earlier that day around the world and ‘down under’ by Lana Vawser:

‘While I was in the USA the Lord spoke to me about the visitation of a REVIVAL ANGEL that is being released across the earth that is marking the season we are in. We are in a season of revival and it is beginning to build and sweep across the earth. The Lord was certainly highlighting the magnitude of the revival that will be seen on a global scale, yet I felt a real emphasis from the Lord on the body of Christ and individuals. As I sat with the Lord pondering what He spoke about this angel of revival, I was surrounded by the need for reviving, refreshment and rejuvenation within the body of Christ. As I sat with the Lord He spoke to me about encounters with the angel/s of revival that is going to increase more and more in this season, where the Lord is going to send these angelic hosts to minister to the people of God. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) We do not worship angels, we worship Jesus, but we must recognise that angels are ministering spirits that are sent to us. As I saw this angel of revival that had been sent to the earth, there were many, many other angels who were accompanying him and they all had clocks in their hands. When I looked at the clocks all of them were at the same time “midnight”. As they came into the lives of believers they all sang in one accord “It’s time! It’s time! It’s time! It’s time for the GREAT REVIVE! It’s time! It’s time! It’s time for the GREAT REVIVE!”...'(read Here it Is…The Angel of Revival!!’)

I noticed the full message’s closing words have this line

‘The body of Christ is coming alive in Jesus, in purity, in life, in love, in UNITY.

3 > A regular reader of this blog emailed on 7th April about the Lord awakening her in the middle of the night on Easter Sunday about the church she and her husband are to attend:

‘He woke me, and said: “It’s time to GO!”…(email closes) The Rhema Word God has had for me the past few months is UNITY.’

4 > Did you notice ‘Unity’ is the focus of Malcolm Duncan’s March Message, ‘Watching What’s Happening in the Church’? – about which I blogged on 7th April:

“I lead Spring Harvest and for three years I have been working on an act of unity across the United Kingdom that will see all of the evangelical bible conventions and celebrations declaring that whatever our theological differences are, we are one in Christ Jesus.

NEXT (and fifth instance), upon his return from Spring Harvest my Dorset friend and author William Smith caught up with those blogs and emailed me about Malcolm,

“…The theme of Spring Harvest next year is unity. Unity, as you know, is the major outcome theme of my new book. I love such confirmation.” (emphases added)

SO we have ‘four corner pieces’ of a jigsaw puzzle displaying ‘UNITY’ in the Lord. Could they in any way be related to the four faces of God?  I humbly submit how this may be so:

Four Faces image

  1. dramatic vision of fire, whirlwinds and God – symbolic of the Eagle’s vision
  2. word from the Lord about angelic release – symbolic of the Lion’s rulership
  3. act of obedience to Lord and pastor – symbolic of Bull’s sacrificial service
  4. noticing and writing about theme – symbolic of Man’s anointing and calling.

Lastly but not least, lest we may forget, there’s this blog’s ‘blockbuster’! – the prophetic word Heidi Baker brought in late 2014 on Unity in ‘A New Move of God in the UK’ (the statistics of that post blasted through the ceiling!).

FOR SOMETHING TO BE STRESSED 5 TIMES ON THE SAME DAY MUST MEAN THE LORD WANTS OUR ATTENTION, AND IS POINTING OUT UNITY IS VITAL!

Next, we’ll look at scripture on this and an illuminating insight from early church history.

[Credit: ‘Flying puzzles’ by Nokhoog Buchachon, courtesy Freedigitalphotos.net ]

Vision of glory firestorm and the Four Faces of God

Many thanks to Veronika West of Ignite Ireland Ministry for posting this exciting and spectacular vision on her Facebook page on 7th April (title has link):

I Saw a Firestorm, Four Whirlwinds and the Four Faces of God

Verinoka West FbkIn the early hours, I had a powerful prophetic encounter that I would like to share with you. I ask that you read carefully and prayerfully, there is a SUDDEN SUPERNATURAL SHIFT HAPPENING IN THE REALMS OF THE SPIRIT IN THIS HOUR. GET READY FOR THERE IS AN EMERGING ARMY OF MIGHTY WARRIORS COMING FORTH FROM A FIRESTORM OF GLORY, WATCH!!! FOR THE MANIFESTATION OF GREATER SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES!

In this encounter, I was taken onto a battlefield, the sky was filled with the colours of Deep Red and Orange, and I heard the words, “THE DAWNING OF NEW DAY”, the atmosphere was filled with GREAT EXPECTATION AND ANTICIPATION..I could see the Mighty Warriors of God standing at attention on the battlefield, each one strategically positioned in their respective ranks, I could see these Mighty Warriors were WAITING! I knew by divine revelation that these Warriors were “WAITING FOR HEAVEN TO TOUCH EARTH”, then suddenly a strong and mighty Wind began to blow upon the battlefield, I watched as Four Mighty Whirlwinds began to form in the distance, suddenly I could see the four faces of God within the Four Whirlwinds, I saw the Face of the Eagle within the Whirlwind that came from the North, then I saw the Face of the Ox that came in the Whirlwind from the West, then the Face of Man that came in the Whirlwind from the South, and lastly I could see the Face of the Lion that came in the Whirlwind from the East. Now the Whirlwinds moved in unison causing an immense dust storm to rise up from the ground which filled the atmosphere with an even greater EXPECTATION AND ANTICIPATION among the Warriors of God.

Suddenly a bright flash of lightning lit up the horizon and I could see what looked like the rising Sun, it was a large ball of FIRE which moved swiftly across the skies and towards the battlefield of Warriors, I watched closely as the Mighty Four Whirlwinds moved upon the ball of FIRE, now I could see what looked like the Four Faces of God within the ball of blazing FIRE, the Four whirlwinds seemed to push and propel the fiery ball forward, I watched as the ball of FIRE drew nearer and nearer the battlefield, Suddenly I could feel an intense heat from the ball of fire as it moved upon the battlefield of Warriors, I could hear the shouts of great rejoicing, suddenly my eyes were illuminated by Gods Word and Truth and I instantly received a new measure and a greater level of ‘SEEING’ and ‘UNDERSTANDING’, then like a sharpened arrow I felt the Fire and Power of God deeply penetrate the deepest parts of my heart. There was an instant supernatural ignition and exchange that took place deep within me.

My focus became clearer, and now I watched as the FIRE BALL moved upon the Mighty Warriors of God, I could clearly see the Four Faces within the Four Whirlwinds within of the Fire, I could see the Fire of God in the whirlwind of the Ox touching the Mighty Warrior Evangelists igniting and empowering them with a greater power, strength and Authority for the Endtime Harvest. Then I watched the Fire of God within the Whirlwind of the Eagle now touching the Mighty Warrior Prophets, each one receiving GREATER INSIGHT, DEEPER REVELATION, ACCURATE AND PRECISE VISION, I watched as the Fire of Glory touched their lips, and like hot coals they glowed brighter and brighter, then I watched as the Fire of God within the Whirlwind of Man touched the Mighty Warrior Shepherds, the Fire deeply penetrated their hearts giving them a new level of Humility, Meekness, Power and Compassion. Then I saw the Fire of God in the Whirlwind of the Lion touching the Mighty Warrior Apostles each one received a new level and a greater measure of Divine Wisdom, Authority, Might, Humility and Revelation.

Then I watched as these FIERY, BURNING AND ANOINTED ONES MOVED TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY, there were none greater than the other, shoulder to shoulder, and shield to shield they advanced and moved forward as ONE MIGHTY ARMY. They Moved, Marched and Advanced forward with one purpose, one Vision and one Mission. Their Hearts were set ablaze with the FIRES OF GLORY AND POWER, these are the Mighty Warriors that are NOW EMERGING IN GREATER POWER AND GREATER AUTHORITY UPON THE EARTH.

Footnote:

Four Faces bookFascinating this should be published on the day my US supplier sent a copy of ‘The Four Faces of God’ by John Bickersteth & Timothy Paine to a friend in the States! Also, two days earlier I’d emailed another about my blog Vision of Lion & Four Faces of God because he’d told me about the Lion at Dr Sharon Stone’s mentoring day on the previous weekend!! As Veronika says on this ‘God-incidence’ – WE GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY!

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READ ALSO, Bobby Conner: Firestorm coming to UK

Oh yes: let Your fire fall Lord…

United Kingdom – Father’s heart is for unity

Company of Burning Hearts

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On the 18th of this month, the people living in Scotland will decide whether or not their future is with the UK. They will decide whether to go it alone, or continue with us. 

I know everyone is free to think differently on this. I don’t want to presume to be an expert on any of this. I know there are many reasons people want to break up the UK. I just want to share what I feel the Lord has shown me. You are free to agree or disagree. I just want to talk…

I was praying for Europe a number of years ago, and I went into a visionary experience where I was shown different nations in Europe and some of their destinies. I was shown alliances and callings. 

I was shown France, Poland, Germany and the UK specifically.

France I saw the angel of France. She was beautiful and looked…

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