HA TIKVAH - THE HOPE
HOSEA 2v14-15 GOD IS OUR HOPE IN GOD WE TRUST ROMANS 8v24-25
DESIGNED TO INFORM CHRISTIANS & OTHERS INTERESTED IN
ORDER TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION & GOVERNMENT AT THIS TIME
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NOTE: There was a gathering to represent our nation before the courts of God on October 29, 2008 at the London Stock Exchange. Teams from across the nations also met at their nations’ stock exchanges simultaneously on the 29th. In London it was a gathering together for the healing of our nation’s economy and the global economy.
October was the anniversary of “Black Tuesday”, the infamous day of the 1929 U.S. stock market crash and the reverberations felt around the world.
This edition is devoted to this subject for obvious reasons.
Today, my daily Old Testament and New Testament readings in a favourite book of mine: ‘Through the Bible in a Year’ had some interesting verses the Holy Spirit seemed to highlight to me. From the Old Testament reading:
This is what the LORD Almighty says:
"Look! Disaster is spreading from nation to nation;
a mighty storm is rising from the ends of the earth."
How relevant this is in this present world-wide economic upheaval! We are now reaping what we have sown in our greed for easy personal and corporate gain at the expense of others, something which God hates.
God is in control of world events, not Man or Satan. The physical shaking of nations…e.g. climate change, unusual weather and events, unrest between nations…forecast by the biblical prophet Haggai in the Old Testament:
Haggai 2:6-7 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations………”
- and recognised by the writer to the Hebrews in the New Testament, is already upon us. Jesus Himself declared such events:
Matthew 24:6-8 You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Luke 21:8-11 "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Luke 21:25-26 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
Luke 21:34-35 "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth.
The physical shaking of the nations by the hand of God - for ultimately He is the One who sustains all life and all creation - is now moving into an economic shaking, with the world’s economic system (‘Babylon’) now under the judgment of God because of mammon, the love of money, and greed. We will look at this in more detail later. In the next chapter of Jeremiah in my daily reading, it portrayed some who recognised the signs of the times and called for repentance ( a change of way or direction, a turning) at that time, in their situation.
Jeremiah 26:17-19 Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people, "Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah,
'This is what the LORD Almighty says: " 'Zion will be ploughed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.'
"Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah fear the LORD and seek his favour? And did not the LORD relent, so that he did not bring the disaster he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster on ourselves!"
They appeared to recognise the serious state of affairs and were enlightening the assembly, and calling for those in authority to recognise the reason for such a situation and to know how to act.
In my New Testament reading today, the suddenness of God’s intervention in the affairs of man is underlined, together with the encouragement to trust God:
1 Thes. 5:3-9 While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Britain and the USA, apart from any other nations, are entering into recession as a result of displaying massive greed in so many economic and financial areas, not least the banks in the housing and mortgaging spheres. This has been most apparent in the dealings towards the poorer black American communities who have been granted unsustainable credit.
Add this to western society’s constant desire for gratification outside of God and His wise parameters for the conduct of life, and we see a society in turmoil. Social structures are crumbling as the law of sowing and reaping, cause and effect come into play. We are now reaping what we have sown in our desire for quick gratification.
For instance, marriage breakdown, broken homes (half of the children in GB today come from broken homes), youth crime and social disorder. Now the arising of economic recession could precipitate a meltdown in the social order. We need to face the truth that when a society or a nation rejects God and His requirements, it rejects His favour in granting a stable and blessed society. He is sovereign amongst the nations…He is God.
The following could be read as a reminder to the nations that there is One to whom we must give an account, and to spur on the Church:
Hebrews 12:25-29 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? [At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain.} Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our "God is a consuming fire.”
This is a time of SHAKING amongst the nations of the earth, in order to reveal the folly of putting our security in man, the world, and idols. It is in God’s strategy and timing for a redemptive purpose:
Haggai 2:6-9 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty. 'The silver is mine and the gold is mine,' declares the LORD Almighty. 'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty."
To the ‘city’ of London, a world financial centre, the Bible reveals the reason for the current crisis, as Holy Spirit directs us to:
Micah 6:9-14 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city--and to fear your name is wisdom-- "Heed the rod and the One who appointed it. Am I still to forget, O wicked house, your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed? Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights? Her rich men are violent; her people are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully. Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins. You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword.
Similarly, the word to ’fat cats’, profiteers and greedy banks & institutions:
Micah 2:1-3 Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud a man of his home and a fellow-man of his inheritance. Therefore, the LORD says: "I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.
Some of you will remember that some years ago I received and published a prophecy about financial shaking and have since referred to it from time to time. I received it at the ‘Walk of 1000 Men’ conference and prayer gathering way back in January 1999! An extract from the whole prophecy, some of which related to 1000 Men mission only and is excluded, is re-printed below. How relevant it seems now!
A great darkness is coming upon Britain and the Western nations. A darkness which I have authored.* Long have I watched and grieved as your nations have exploited the poor and needy nations in your greed. Long have I seen your arrogance in creating your own gods, gods of mammon, self-indulgence and greed.
I have grieved deeply over your destruction of the little ones, those defenceless ones in the womb, and am angry at the way you now attempt to play 'god' in creating those in human likeness. For too long the peoples have shaken their fists at Me and defied My wrath. Have you not observed the shaking I have made in Eastern nations - the bringing down of kingdoms with a puff of My breath? Are you not aware of My judgments upon the immorality of the African nations? Do you not see the approaching storm?
Have you not observed My word being fulfilled that in the last days all nations shall surround Jerusalem and my beloved people Israel? Do you not perceive the days in which you live - days of great turmoil and days of preparation? These are the birth pangs of My Son's return.
The time has come to judge the systems of the West. You shall observe My wrath against the rebellious and the greedy. I am against these nations that have turned from Me. I am against their finances and their monetary systems. I will now arise and judge these false securities. I will bring them down to the dust.Your economy will be shaken and you will cry out, but those who turn to Me shall not be forsaken. I will provide manna in the wilderness, and indeed, after a season, will prosper those who rely on Me.
A great spiritual darkness shall arise against you, My people, from within your land, and there will be persecution. But know this, amid the troubles My Spirit shall arise. A great light shall dawn in the darkness. My beloved Church shall be tested and refined, and shall be a true light in the darkness. Once again there shall be a clear distinction between the people of God and the people of the world. Those who are true to Me shall be strong and do mighty exploits. They shall 'rise up with wings as of eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint.'
* This needs unpacking in the light of the current international banking crisis and the effect of this on our own nation and the ‘city’ of London - that great international banking and finance centre. Remember, as printed on the front page of this pamphlet, there will be a gathering of intercessors on October 29th at the London Stock Exchange to pray and intercede over the whole situation. Add your prayers to this from wherever you are that day.
Isaiah 45:7 “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the Lord, do all these things.”
Firstly, GOD IS GOOD! He is not vindictive and eager to judge and smite people, institutions or nations. His judgment, if the frequent warnings He gives go unheeded, is usually to simply allow the folly of man to catch up with him, or allow the enemy some measure of activity, In the passage Romans 1v18-28 the phrase:
‘Therefore God gave them over…‘ appears three times following increasing sin. God gives us over to the inevitable consequences of our own sin and rebellion against His order. We reap what we sow.
But it is in this sense he creates a situation designed in the end to be a redemptive judgment, one whereby through repentance - a change of ways - restoration and hope can come into play. The consequences of sin cause society to re-think.
Amos 3:6-8 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it? Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared--who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken--who can but prophesy?
God has been warning the greedy nations, institutions and individuals for years of the consequences of going their own way. Let’s consider some of the ’signs’ He has set before our own nation in the last 25 years:
Judgment begins in the house of the Lord, hence the first contemporary sign to the nation was when lightning struck York Minster in 1984, on the occasion of the installing of a Bishop of Durham (second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury) who denied the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Many commentators in the papers recognised this could be the hand of God revealing His displeasure, but the Archbishop of Canterbury denied this to be so! Some recognised God was grieved at the way the nation and the church representing the nation were turning from belief and the honouring of His laws and ways, on which the main institutions and foundations for Britain’s national life had been based for centuries.
Following this sign, some in the church actively sought God, and a key prophetic word declared that the church nationally had three years to get its house in order…especially the Church of England, the official national state-endorsed church. This could have been a time of national intercession, repentance, and returning to the bible-based beliefs which were being eroded, the church calling the nation back to following the laws of God and godly way of life in the honour of God and His Son….. in what was supposed to be a ’Christian’ country.
However, no such repentance was forthcoming in both nation and national church. Three years later, a series of national tragedies occurred, the first being the sinking of the channel ferry, ’Herald of Free Enterprise’, the cause at root being the over-emphasis of the profit motive in the company, hence the hurried - and in this case negligent - turn around at ports, with the huge bow doors not being secured. God’s view on free enterprise?
Then the Hungerford massacre, revealing the effect of violent videos mixed with occultism. Then the hurricane which closed the City of London (including the Stock Exchange for the first time ever) and most of the South East of England - the richest part of Britain. Following this, the ‘Black Monday’ London Stock Exchange crash which affected the whole world’s stock exchanges. After this the King’s Cross Station fire and the M1 Motorway airline disaster.
But these ‘signs’ went unheeded by most in the nation and church, even amongst evangelicals, many bent on charismatic renewal or restorationism to the exclusion of the prophetic warnings emanating from the ‘watchmen of the Lord’ at that time.
Remember, Romans 1v18-28 reveals to us what God does when a nation, a people, an individual chooses to ignore His warnings. This passage says and repeats, ‘He gave them over to…’ basically meaning that God’s judgment is simply to allow us to go on in our folly until we come really unstuck! He will only intervene as we seek Him and ask for His intervention, with repentance. This can only happen as we begin to understand the truth of who He is and what we have done.
Do you remember this verse, very popular in the seventies and eighties?
2 Chron. 7:14...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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
God still waits for all the requirements to be fulfilled by His people, the Church, on behalf of the nation. Only now do we have signs of understanding, now that things have become so serious. I refer not only to the financial crisis, but to so much in the life of the nation,
There are five social institutions in the society and life of a nation by which its health can be measured. These are: The family, Education, Law and Government, Religion, & The Economy.
Britain has suffered an unprecedented attack on the family, which has affected and influenced all the other four major social institutions. The pop culture of the 60’s, the gay manifesto, the increase of births outside marriage (only up to 5% by 1970 but now 50%) has bred a society of ’orphans’, children without fathers in their lives, who are now compensating for this lack by breeding the ‘gang’ culture.
In education, teachers have become disempowered to administer full discipline. In religion, the immigration of the 1960s and onwards has birthed other religions and Christianity has become disfavoured in many respects. Compare the fact that in 1955 about 75% of children went to Sunday School to now, when there are very few Sunday schools left!
In law and government, the anti-biblical laws passed in the last 30 years are stacked up. We have had little regard for our Christian heritage, on which the foundations of society and its government and administration have been built.
In the economy, the gambling, greed and profiteering has reached epidemic proportions. Perhaps the Barings Bank crash of 1995 should have warned the city of the dangers of such activity. Did you know that the code of ethics for the city of London, the ‘Rules for the Conduct of Life‘, published in 1740 by the Lord Mayor of London for the square mile of the city, was built squarely on the word of God? The Bible’s ethical and moral principles for the operation of the commercial life of London were foundational. God was honoured. The word of a man was his bond. How the mighty have fallen! Jeremiah chapter 32 is very enlightening at this point…worth a read if you have time right now.
Satan wants to undermine the economies of the West, and the foundations of Christianity in our day in order to destroy their influence and bring untold disaster, instability and loss of life. But God wants to discipline these nations towards redemption and restoration. God wants to bless us not curse us.
In the USA, during the week of October 25th-1st November, some of the finest apostolic prayer leaders from across the country will join together for several days of on-site prayer strikes at key locations throughout New York City, including Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve, and the United Nations. They are also calling the body of believers from around the world to join them on October 31 and November 1 in Brooklyn, New York for Convergence ’08--an emergency prayer rally for immediate stabilization of the national and global markets. In Britain, as mentioned earlier, there will be a gathering at the London Stock Exchange on October 29th to intercede in like manner. October 31st is also Reformation Day in Germany. We need to pray in a new economic and spiritual reformation affecting the whole of society.
How can each of us be a reformer? Hoe can we reform the arts, media, family, government, education, economic systems, etc.
The political parties within the United States and the United Nations are currently running on a platform of reform, as corruption is being exposed around the world and the citizens are shouting, “We are tired of being used!”
One leader in the United States said that it was because of the addiction to ‘OPM’ ( ‘other people’s money‘ ) that corruption has almost destroyed our economic systems.
God is calling us to pray to shift the economy. The ’Bull and Bear’ market needs to become a ‘Lion’ market! The Lion of Judah running the economies of nations. He is the Creator, and He knows how to heal nations! Judgment can be averted and a blessing left behind with economic systems changed in such a way that will eradicate systemic corruption so that we can eradicate systemic poverty.
He wants to release a “corporate Joseph anointing” into the body of Christ. Looking at the biblical history of Egypt, at the time of the plagues, a distinction was made between the people of God and the Egyptians - no plagues in Goshen, where the people of Israel were. God wants to make a distinction between those submitted to Him at all levels of society, and those not. At the time of Joseph, he was led of God to make provision for the nation in times of difficulty and shortage.
In terms of finance, He wants to prosper those making ethical investments, and companies operating out of Godly principles. He wants finances so created to be wisely invested in the Kingdom. Are you submitting your regular income, pension fund, savings, stocks and shares, bonuses, lump sums, trust funds and so on to Him, as stewards who must give account? If the Lord anoints you to make money, will you keep it for yourself or use it for kingdom purposes as well?
If one looks at the history of the 1929 stock market crash, although many suffered, there were those that gained great wealth because they knew what to do in difficult times. This is the manifestation of the ‘Issachar’ anointing that we are crying out to God for during this time of shaking. God is going to show us what to do.
1 Chron. 12:32.……men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do…200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command…….
The following prophecy was given through Cindy Jacob in September (for more information visit: www.generals.org)
For the Lord says, “I am answering your prayers and have begun the cleansing of Wall Street; exposing the wickedness and greed in high places. Pray now and I will begin to give the leaders of the nation wisdom on how to re-vamp and reverse the debtor system currently in place. This is a course correction. If you do not pray at this time, you will miss your day of visitation and the economy will collapse, causing a ripple effect that will sweep the nations with a major tsunami wave.’
“This wave will begin to touch the ground, as even the harvests of the world will be affected. Food shortages, hyper-inflation, and other sorrows, especially affecting the poor will take place.” “However,” I say, “if my people respond and fall on their face and cry out at this time with a mighty cry, I will hear them and heal their lands.”
“Hear, o nations of the earth! Respond with weeping and travail and pray for the stock markets and economic systems. Pray for your leaders as well for the earth is in the throes of a deep shaking at this moment, for the systems of the earth must be reformed.” “Do not despair and think that I cannot heal—that I will not hear your crying to Me from My throne in heaven. My ear is carefully listening for your sound so I will reverse the curse and bring a blessing upon your lands.”
It is Joel 2 time. Time to seek the Lord and cry out to Him. Intercessors, rise up! Leaders, rise up! Believers, rise up! Seize the day of opportunity. During that week of prayer, use this and other information and the news to enliven your prayers. Set aside time to pray. Meet with others. The following are extracts from a longer prophecy through Dr Sharon Stone received in England in September:
‘Declare to My people, “There is no recession in heaven. I have unprecedented means to bring provision to My people. Church, you cannot afford to be separated from My prophets. Each Christian must seek, knock, ask, hear, and be obedient precisely to the plans I give them. But My prophets will again speak into and change economic seasons and governments, just as Elijah prophesied that it would not rain from the revelation he received. That prophetic word affected and changed their economy. There were no crops, no harvest, no trade and no money when there was no rain. That prophetic word initiated a famine but it also brought miraculous provision for the widow during famine. Joseph’s prophetic strategy prepared a nation to sustain nations in the times of famine. So connect on a new level to My prophets. Revelation will assist My Church to resist recession.’
……I want you to align with Hebrews Chapter 11 as heroes of Faith. Many will panic and fear, but you must partner with faith. When the spies came back to give their report of the Promised Land, the majority created an atmosphere of fear. Resist fear on behalf of your nations. ‘Fear and famine will blind you from My provision. Elijah’s servant could not see the cloud of provision due to fear, and famine blinded him. Elijah had already heard the abundance of rain. If you can hear the prophetic you can enter the grace of abundance and acceleration, being able to run, rather than operating in a frozen economy. This is a time of Abundance vs. Recession. A new global economy has begun and a financial era is over.
…….‘Don’t look to the US dollar. Their economy has stumbled and is falling. Don’t continue credit card debt. Be willing to wait on immediate gratification. I will assist those who have removed themselves from credit card debt with a grace of supply lines for the season ahead like Joseph.
Enablement, favour, grace can be your portion where you will sow sacrificially, distribute with discernment, and cultivate a storehouse. The whole provision structure has changed. It is an economy of enablement, favour, and grace.
As the king said "Is there no prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of the LORD by him?" The king’s servant informed him Elisha was there. They had need; they were lacking water for the army going out against Moab. And the prophet instructed them to dig ditches right where they were, in their valley of need and lack. The provision of water would come, but not in the usual way through rain.
Provision would come through preparation and obedience to prophetic revelation.. If you will prepare yourself to contain My provision, the rain will come. It will come from the unclean; so don’t call them unclean! You will grow in quantity. I will multiply you, and there will be greater corporate provision. I will remove obstacles for you. Enter this economy of grace.’
National Economy Prayer Assignment:
Remember, there was a gathering to represent our nation before the courts of God on October 29, 2008 at the London Stock Exchange. Teams from across the nations also met together for the healing of our nation’s economy and the global economy. October is the anniversary of “Black Tuesday”, the infamous day of the 1929 U.S. stock market crash and the reverberations felt around the world.
Keep the matter in prayer.
‘TIKVAH’ - HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
Despite the harsh realities we face, with God, nothing is impossible. That is why my own trust was called ‘Hatikvah Trust’ and my publications are under the banner of ‘HaTikvah’. There is always hope in God, THE Hope!
There is future hope for the city and the banking centres of London:
Jeremiah 32:13-17 "In their presence I gave Baruch these instructions: 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take these documents, both the sealed and unsealed copies of the deed of purchase, and put them in a clay jar so they will last a long time. For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.' "After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch son of Neriah, I prayed to the LORD: "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
In Jeremiah’s time, after a period of discipline and exile, there was restoration for the people of Israel, and their idolatry was removed. Jeremiah was enacting his confidence in God’s promise of restoration following a period of humbling. The same can be true for the city. There is also a message of hope and opportunity to the Church, and through the church to the nation:
Isaiah 54:1-3 "Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband," says the LORD. "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.
The context of this passage is the hope being given to Israel of release from Babylonian slavery to return and rebuild Jerusalem.
Consider also, Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, and Sarah, mother of Isaac in their confidence in the promise of God regarding His forthcoming intervention, and the outcome of their faith. Similarly, we need to put our confidence in His promises.
There is an indication in the passage we have just read for the mother (Israel) to act - in preparation for an extension to the family - by building an extension to the upper storey or by adding a side room, requiring lengthening tent cords and strengthening of stakes. God wants the church to do likewise - by faith. To act in preparation for enlargement and for an extended ‘family‘.
There are many out there who are beginning to turn again to God for hope, as the younger generation grows up and perceives the failure of the get-rich-quick generation that has gone before. There are many who are fatherless, with an orphan spirit, many who do not know the way of the Lord, many who have no understanding of the hope and security which we have in the church.
We are to prepare for a release of the gospel as we minister to a lost and confused generation. Nothing is too hard for God (Jer 32v17). The church is to be the prophet to the nation, the dry bones coming to life by the Spirit, each one able to give a reason for the hope we have:
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
There are unprecedented opportunities for explaining why this financial crash has occurred, to family, friends, neighbours, colleagues. We have turned from God to idols. The love of money is the root of all evil. I am currently writing a version of this pamphlet more suited to unbelievers, and will be distributing it to family, work colleagues, friends and neighbours, etc. All believers can be prophets to the nation - every believer. Wake up, church!
Our message is now highly relevant to society in its crisis…which is only in its early stages at present. People need to understand that the foundation of our society is rooted in the Word of God, is based on Christian principles. I will be meeting with our local MP in November to examine this truth and to encourage him to apply it in practical situations. We need to be able to explain what has happened in the last fifty years to so denigrate our society.
So much of our national utilities and so many companies are now owned by foreigners. We are GB wholesale! We have sold ourselves to other nations and to their religions, which allows a foothold for their religious agendas in Britain.
The five social institutions, pillars of society, have been eroded. In the family, we have the problems of absentee fathers, child poverty, obesity, truancy, sex slavery, the lack of discipline and of stable nuclear family, teen pregnancy. In education most schools lack male role models. Child abuse in some types of school has been exposed. The laws of the land can hardly keep up with the changes in society…knife crime, gang crime, rape, drunk & disorderly, ‘dog eat dog’ in the business world, lack of local role models.
State separation from religion is likely now, and the equality of religions in Britain, with state funding for other religions and ideologies, e.g. Islam.
In the economy, banks are falling like a stack of cards! Communism has fallen, now it is the time for capitalism. The effects of greed and of immoral principles needs to be fully recognised. We are bearing the consequences now.
A lack of respect for God has lead to a lack of respect for our fellow man, for government and authority, towards the monarchy, towards head of family, etc. The five pillars of society are tumbling down together. Amidst this chaos, the nation needs to hear the word of the Lord, which is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Believers need to infiltrate society with mercy, with the truth and with hope for the future in Christ. William Wilberforce sets the pace, as we have remembered the 200th anniversary of the repeal of the slave trade in Britain. People can make a difference!
How can we make a difference for family life in Britain….in your neighbourhood? By engaging the parents as well as the children. Local Parenting courses, Mother & Toddler groups, groups for men to address their issues, groups for women in like manner….so as to sow in biblical principles even if not always named as such.
What about the economy? First of all, let’s ensure our own attitude towards money and finance is godly. Tithing, giving, generosity to the needy, setting the example to the family and locality, the place of work. Refusing credit, living within your means, resisting greed.
If you work in the financial sector, stand up and make a difference. Demonstrate godly principles in your workplace despite the enemy’s fears which he uses to try to prevent you standing. When you stand for what is right, God stands with you. You don’t have to lose your job! Believe God and press in. We need to engage in righteous business dealing and investment programmes, and repent of our greedy ways. We are now caught up in the law of sowing and reaping….reaping the folly of greed. We need to sow righteousness.
How about making a difference in education? There are all sorts of opportunities, such as clubs, lunch-time supplementary courses, homework clubs, talent competitions, assisting teachers, taking assemblies, helping on camp weeks or day visits, etc. As we gain entrance into schools, we can allow the school to set the parameters to our ideas.
Of course, you - the reader - cannot hope to address all these issues and needs, but maybe out of them all, the Lord will highlight an area which He has for you to involve yourself with? Many Christians feel overwhelmed as it is with all they are doing. These days, we must review what we do to ensure we are still being led and anointed of the Spirit.
We need to allow for the Spirit saying that a season has come to an end and a new season is to begin. We need to ensure we are being led by the Spirit, energised by Him, else we will wear out and fail. But in Him…..mobilisation and effectiveness!
Law and order, and government issues can be addressed first by stopping the complaints to your local authorities or MP and by taking the opportunities presented by the local authority, getting to know councillors, becoming one, or maybe a parent governor at your child’s school. Then there are local consultation groups and community groups & networks.
Let us not abdicate our responsibility. Currently, I am involved with three councillors from my own locality including the Chairman of the local council, and one of whom is a local believer. Also I see our MP from time to time and have set up a support prayer group for him and am able to keep in touch. Some places have appointed chaplains to the Mayor, and more believers are seeking appointments in places of responsibility and authority. We need to respect our leaders not undermine them. We need to intercede for them not criticise them. Remember the Queen and Royal Family, Government and Parliament, National Assemblies, Mayor of London, Local Authorities, those in authority in education, commerce and business, religion, family heads. How they need wisdom at this time! (See 1 Tim 2v1-6a). Pray for them.
What about ’religion’? Let’s stand up and be counted. This is a Christian nation, with over 50% of the populace claiming adherence to the church. The Christian faith is our heritage, with so much of the nation’s institutions and structures based on Christian principles. By ignoring this we are disrespecting our own national religion in favour of others. Other nations expect us to respect their national religion. And so we should expect the same of those joining or visiting our society. We should not be ashamed to unite in being a Christian nation. What is black and white needs once again to be clearly defined in society. On a positive note, we have sown Christianity into the empire and now are reaping an influx of believers into Britain, and many of their children raised here are also believers. How we need their positive and radiant Christianity portrayed by what is the fastest growing section of the GB church.
A WIDER PERSPECTIVE: There are several biblical reasons for the state of Britain today. Jeremiah 8v7 and 9v12 show that the nation of Israel did not know God’s requirements. This is true of Britain today. We have neglected or ignored God. We have been doing what seems right in our own eyes (Judges 21v25). Church leaders have failed God and GB over decades by remaining quiet as to His requirements.
We Christians have shown a marked lack of knowledge and study of the Bible, and therefore the requirements of God. As a nation we are guilty of the ‘shedding of innocent blood’ as the Bible puts it. At the time of King Manasseh of Judah, child sacrifice was prevalent in society, which deeply grieved God. In due course, God judged the situation:
2 Kings 24:2-4 The LORD sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him. He sent them to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by his servants the prophets. Surely these things happened to Judah according to the LORD'S command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood….
How is this relevant to us? We too have shed the blood of the innocent in the womb through wide scale convenience or social abortion. Embryo experimentation similarly. The ‘raiders’ God has sent against Britain, a nation once renowned for her godly ways and laws, have been foreign nations who now own large amounts of our utilities and major industries and companies. We are no longer self sufficient, and could not defend ourselves in wartime…our hands are tied!
Romans 1v18-28 reveals the wrath of God against mankind’s wickedness. Firstly in rejecting His authority and laws of life and conduct, and then in descending to increasing perversity. The concept of Creator, the sanctity of life, and accountability to ultimate authority and consequence, has been rejected in favour of Darwinism and humanism which deceives us into believing that anything goes, that there is no accountability or consequence.
Romans 1:21-25 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised.
Notice how a consequence of rejecting God is to worship something other than God…because we are created to worship. For example, we worship consumer goods and go into debt to acquire them in our folly and greed.
Society needs to be re-educated as to the requirements of God and the consequences of the rejection of His requirements in society. The law of sowing and reaping, a basic law of God and of life needs to be understood and applied rightly. For instance, we have said that lawlessness is legal by changing so many of the foundational Christian laws of Britain in the last 50 years. We are now reaping a lawless society of violence and strife.
We have built an economic ’Tower of Babel’, a world system with no reference to God. Daniel chapters 2 & 7 will give greater insight to the four main civilisations which have dominated the world since Old Testament times, the fourth (Roman) continuing its influence and enjoying something of a renewal even to the present.
The church has so often said, in the words of the prophet….
Haggai 1:2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "These people say, 'The time has not yet come for the LORD'S house to be built.' "
We are guilty of disunity, preferring to build our own empires instead of standing together as a witness to God in society, though thankfully, this is beginning to change. We need together to know the truth of God’s requirements, His word, and how to disseminate this into society, re-teaching the ‘fear of the Lord’, and presenting a united front, praying for and supporting one another in being bold in society and presenting the truth. Every believer needs to be mobilised to share the truth of God’s rule and law in society. We are to, ’Go into all the world and preach the Gospel’…the good news of who God is, His plan of salvation for every individual and for society. The prayer of Acts chapter 4 is superb in demonstrating this (Acts 4v24-32...worth a read if you have time.)
One result of the shaking of Communism was a greater freedom for people in all kinds of ways, including the freedom to worship God and know Jesus. The current shaking of Capitalism will no doubt have a similar effect for many, as their security is shaken, and many reach out to God for their security, as is meant to be.
On October 4th a group of Christians from around the country gathered at Westminster to seek God and share together what we believed He was wishing to communicate. I was there. As a result of being present, my own interpretive summary of the event and my conclusions are as follows.
If God granted a ‘prophetic word’ to the government leadership at the highest levels regarding the current financial crisis, they may not be able to receive it as a word from God at present, nor would they know how to handle the word of the Lord, how to put it into practice. They would be bound by unbelief and fear.
The strategy revealed was to pray in those whom the Lord has ’in the wings’ ready to be used in high places, so they can ’earn the right to speak’ to those in authority in the nation - not just the government but in all places of authority.
This was to be a mobilisation of the whole prophetic body of Christ, learning how to listen, to discern, to receive the Lord’s word for those in authority. Such people were to be prayed into positions where they would be able to get alongside those in authority, earn their trust, and release God’s word and to help them see it’s validity.
Then they were to help reveal the strategy whereby that word could be put into practice. Such people would be able to encourage those in authority to overcome fear and to do what was right - in the fear of the Lord - putting their trust in Him to accomplish it.
An example would be to aim at the total repeal of the 1967 Abortion Act rather than tinkering with changes in the number of weeks of pregnancy during which abortion would be allowed. God would then fight with those involved to achieve the impossible!
We were to pray for those in authority bearing these strategies in mind, and of course, to pray for the release of God’s anointed for the task of sharing with those in authority in such a way. Though more of a long term strategy, the fruit would be greater.
Interestingly, no immediate prophetic ’word’ was given for the present financial crisis .
Yes, we face tough times and must not hide our heads in the sand (see Amos chapter 6) but should believe for a great re-awakening to spirituality and purpose, to God, amongst the peoples, despite those turning away from Him in our day.
Luke 21:25-26 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world,for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
As people come to the point of anguish and perplexity, to fear and apprehension in their lives, then let’s recognise that these are the tools in God’s hands to set them free to hear the Gospel, to really hear the gospel, to look at believers’ lives, our confidence, peace and provision, and as a result, to seek for God themselves, and to find Him in Christ! The sharing of our faith - so hard for so long - will become what we have always longed for….fruitful, appreciated, refreshing, hallelujah!
Your financial future
You may be worried or anxious about the future, about the performance of your savings, pensions, banks and companies. With the uncertainty in the financial and housing markets, the national and international scene seems gloomy.
Matt 6:31-34 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
A song I learned at youth fellowship many years ago:
I do not know what lies ahead, the way I cannot see. But One stands near to be my guide, He’ll show the way to me. I know who holds the future, and He’ll guide me with His hand. With God things don’t just happen, everything by Him is planned. So as I face ‘tomorrow‘, with it’s problems large and small, I’ll trust the God of miracles, give to Him my all.
Keep your eyes on Jesus! David H (Article originally written in pamphlet form October 2008)