The End Times - Biblical & Contemporary

PROPHETIC, Biblical, Contemporary, hatikvah1.org

Parliament - The Angel of Justice                                                                        TO BE UPDATED

PARLIAMENT  VISIT

 

My wife and I took the opportunity recently of a tour of Parliament, arranged through our MP. The tour included visiting the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We had prayed that God would reveal something to us on the tour which was of significance. What follows reveals His gracious answer.

Video:  My wife took a brief video whilst I was outside Parliament after the event. Although we had not had a chance to reflect on the revelation very much at that time, and we were unused to making videos, having only recently received our first digital camera, I was proud of her endeavours. As for my performance…well, it could be improved! If you would like to see the video, then it is below - click  the 'play' button.....it is also to be found on  the 'End Times & Other Videos' page on this website

 

 

 

 

 

 

We begin by reading the description of the Monarch’s Robing Room, Royal Gallery and the Prince’s Chamber…which is effectively the entrance to the House of Lords.  

 From: 'The new palace of Westminster', Old and New London: Volume 3 (1878),

The Robing-room is a lofty and spacious apartment, with a canopied throne at the further end, opposite to which is Mr. Dyce's fresco from the "Legend of King Arthur." There are two doors to this room, one close upon the porch, the other nearer the throne; and Her Majesty, entering at the former, comes forth at the latter into a noble hall, 110 feet long, 45 wide, and 45 high. This is called the Royal Gallery, and is decorated with frescoes illustrative of the "Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar," and the "Meeting of Wellington and Blucher at Waterloo," by Mr. D. Maclise, R.A. The windows are filled with stained glass, and the ceiling is richly adorned with gilding and heraldry.

Passing from the Royal Gallery we enter the Prince's Chamber. This apartment is decorated with equal splendour to that just described; it contains a noble marble group, by Gibson, of the Queen, (Victoria – Ed.) supported by Justice and Mercy.  The House of Lords, which we now enter, is nearly 100 feet long by 45 feet wide, and the same in height. The chamber presents a coup d'œil of the utmost magnificence, no expense having been spared to make it one of the richest in the world….   

 

THE ANGELS OF JUSTICE AND MERCY

We observed these statues below and at either side of the statue of Queen Victoria at the entrance to the House of Lords whilst at Parliament, and found out more about them, particularly the statue of the Angel of Justice. First it was good to see how the then reigning monarch valued Justice tempered with Mercy. We commented on this, and considered our own days, when so much injustice seems to prevail. In response to a query, it should be noted that the Angel of Justice holds the scales of justice in its left hand. However, on the statue, we noticed that the scales were broken...some mishap to the statue, but how significant this is in terms of the injustice of our present society! It was as though God's Spirit was revealing something of His heart over society, interpreting this to us through the statue. Brought to mind was a phrase from Isaiah: ‘Truth has fallen in the streets’. The context is shown below, with the text in bold.

 

Isaiah 59:4-20    4 No-one calls for justice; no-one pleads his case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. 5 They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider's web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. 6 Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands. 7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways. 8 The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no-one who walks in them will know peace.9 So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. 10 Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead. 11 We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully like doves. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far away.12 For our offences are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offences are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities: 13 rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. 14 So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. 15 Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.

The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice. 16 He saw that there was no-one, he was appalled that there was no-one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. 17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak. 18 According to what they have done, so will he repay wrath to his enemies and retribution to his foes; he will repay the islands their due. 19 From the west, men will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along. 20 "The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins," declares the Lord.

 

The Tour Guide explained to us that the Angel of Justice was not blindfolded…obvious to the eye. She compared this with the angel of justice found in the European Parliament, which statue was blindfolded. (Whether she meant one at Brussels, or at the EU parliament UK office in London we do not know).  I have since gathered that at the Old Bailey the angel of Justice is blindfolded, also. Apparently, the reason for the blindfold is to communicate that  justice is deemed impartial. She reminded us that the reason the statue was not blindfolded in the House of Lords, in our English Parliament was because, ‘Truth must be seen to be done’. We have reflected on this statement as follows.  

First, I have included some quotes regarding justice, and mercy:

"It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered."                           

-- Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Greek philosopher

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice." 

--Abraham Lincoln

"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand. It is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy''

-- Wendell Berry

"Ultimately, this is what you go before God for:  You've had bad luck and good luck and all you really want in the end is mercy.''

-- Robert Frost

 

My wife and I felt a real concern that rather than truth be seen to be done, the opposite has often been the case, in the more recent history of our nation. The Media has often highlighted various unjust decisions from courts, judges, the state or government, etc. Black has seemed to be white, and white black in so many situations. The law-breaker seems more protected than the one against whom the offence was perpetrated! Also, Christian liberties are being eroded away.

‘House of Cheats’. This was the description the Daily Mail gave of the House of Lords in relation to the expenses scandal. A last minute change in the rules left prosecutors unable to see justice done over peers who had falsely claimed expenses – particularly over second homes.  One peer claimed to live at an empty kensington flat as her ‘main’ home, then claimed £100,000 in allowances for overnight stays at her real primary address, in London. Police, having gained much evidence against this particular peer were astonished that she escaped prosecution by the change of rules during the inquiry, which sanctioned  the use of a ‘main’ residence just once a month.

 Yet, having said that, we still give thanks and rejoice that so much of our history and heritage in Britain  has been steeped in biblical justice and mercy, the residue still at work to bless many in our nation. But why, on this parliamentary visit, was the Lord seeming to highlight this issue of justice?    

 There is a section entitled, ‘Laws of Justice and Mercy’, amongst many passages to be found in the Bible.  This extract is from Exodus 23v1-9.

1 "Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. 2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, 3 and do not show favouritism to a poor man in his lawsuit. 4 "If you come across your enemy's ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him. 5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help him with it. 6 "Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. 7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty. 8 "Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. 9 "Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.

It is clear that our God is very concerned about justice and mercy. Jesus’ sermon on the mount gives a perfect revelation of God’s heart on these matters when it comes to personal conduct regarding matters of justice and mercy.. A portion is included below:

 20 Looking at his disciples, he said:  "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets. 24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. 25 Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.

27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you. 29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners', expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." 39 He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. 41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Having said all this, we now come to the prophetic interpretation of the parliamentary visit. I am pleased to say that the Lord visited my wife whilst she was set aside for a day to seek Him….God has truly restored her! He gave her this passage found in the book of Daniel, referring her to the incident of the statue, the angel of justice.

Daniel 5v18-31   18 "O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendour. 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes. 22 "But you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honour the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription. 25 "This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin     26 "This is what these words mean:   Mene : God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. 27 Tekel : You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. 28 Peres : Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."

 29 Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. 30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.

 Prophecy & meditation on Daniel 5v26-27. March 2010.

 We stand before You in repentance for our nation. We have been found wanting. Forgive us that we have destroyed things sacred to You, such as family life. We deserve Your wrath as a nation. We have done as we please and forgotten Your ways. You have handed us over so that we are now reaping what we have sown.

 We have believed our ways to be higher than Yours, and have made wrong choices, and followed other Gods the ‘Medes’ and ‘Persians’ who dictate to us, and try to make us follow their ways and their gods.

 O Lord, may the leaders of this nation turn again to follow Your ways, and be led back to the ancient paths.

 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 

 The Lord:       My people are lukewarm when it comes to prayer. They do it because they know they should. There is no heart motivation. (Look at the 10am prayer meeting – where is the church?) They haven’t died to themselves. Don’t they see the trouble the nation is in?

 They let the world mold their lives, rather than spend time with ME. They don’t know My heart, because I can’t trust them to carry My heart. They have wrong motives, and want to live in the comfort of their own homes. I have a worldly church, that shut their front doors, and only come out when it’s convenient. They work all the hours earning money that does not satisfy. The enemy keeps them busy. If they trusted Me, they would see My provision.

 Am I not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Do I not keep My promises? Have I not honoured those who honour Me?

 I have taught you many things, and revealed Myself to you in My word. You have seen how I move and act. Am I not a God of love and mercy? A God who is jealous, and sometimes angry, but also patient and full of mercy? How long will you play church, and take Me out of the box on Sunday mornings and put me back Monday? THERE IS A REMNANT – those who follow Me, and are obedient to My word, who seek Me with all their heart. They know Me and they are Mine. Made holy and set apart. Ready for action, with hearts that have been circumcised.

(At this point, prayed through Psalm 51)  Have mercy on me according to Your unfailing love. According to Your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.

 The Lord:     Give me time, honour me, and I will honour you, for My ways are perfect, just and true. You must deny Yourselves many things. Take up your cross, and follow Me. Those who walk with Me will be radiant, and shine like stars in the universe. I made known My ways to Moses, and My deeds to the people of Israel. I am compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love.

I will not treat you as your sins deserve. My love is great for those who fear Me.   

 

Our days are numbered. We are here one minute, then the wind blows, and we are no more.

The Parable of the Persistent Widow:   Luke 18 v 1-8   1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' 4 "For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "

6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

 

God wants us to persist against the pressure of the enemy to give up! Tp persist to see change for good in our land, and bad laws overcome, good laws enacted. He wants to see the nation return to Him, with the church setting the example to the leaders of the nation. He wanst to see justice and mercy restored to their rightful places in the forefront of the nation's thinking and activity. We are to wield the weapons of our (spiritual) warfare in faith, which comes as God reveals His word to us on a situation. We are to pray and pursue the enemy until we drive him out of the land! It may take a generation or more, but we have this attitude to persevere, as did the poor widow....who could not afford an advocate for her cause. We have Jesus as our advocate!

Finally, it is interesting that the Lord has led both my wife and I to stand for justice in our workplaces, recently. My issue is over a promised bonus for the workers, as yet unforthcoming. My wife's is over a less than generous staff discount scheme. We will press on for justice, whilst others look on. To God be the glory when the battles are won! 

 

 

 

 

        ******************************************************************************************************************************************

  (Extract below) From: 'The new palace of Westminster', Old and New London: Volume 3 (1878),

 The Robing-room is a lofty and spacious apartment, with a canopied throne at the further end, opposite to which is Mr. Dyce's fresco from the "Legend of King Arthur." There are two doors to this room, one close upon the porch, the other nearer the throne; and Her Majesty, entering at the former, comes forth at the latter into a noble hall, 110 feet long, 45 wide, and 45 high. This is called the Royal Gallery, and is decorated with frescoes illustrative of the "Death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar," and the "Meeting of Wellington and Blucher at Waterloo," by Mr. D. Maclise, R.A. The windows are filled with stained glass, and the ceiling is richly adorned with gilding and heraldry.

 Passing from the Royal Gallery we enter the Prince's Chamber. This apartment is decorated with equal splendour to that just described; it contains a noble marble group, by Gibson, of the Queen, supported by Justice and Mercy.

 The House of Lords, which we now enter, is nearly 100 feet long by 45 feet wide, and the same in height. The chamber presents a coup d'œil of the utmost magnificence, no expense having been spared to make it one of the richest in the world. The ceiling first attracts attention. It is not arched, but perfectly horizontal; massive ribs, carved and gilt, divide it into eighteen compartments, and each of these is subdivided into five minor compartments, or panels, the ground of the panels being azure, enriched with heraldic devices. The ribs are, of course, supported by corbels and by spandrils, perforated. At each point in the ceiling where the ribs intersect each other, there are pendants, which greatly enhance the beauty of that portion of the building; but there are no depending lights—no lustres, no chandeliers swinging from the roof, to conceal elegance or cover deformity. The length of the House of Lords extends from north to south, and during the day it is lighted by twelve windows—six on either side—which reach nearly to the ceiling, but do not approach within twenty feet of the floor. These apertures are double glazed, the inner portion being stained glass. Upon the same level with the windows, but on the northern and southern walls, are six compartments, three on each extremity of the house, filled with fresco paintings. The first of these frescoes, immediately over the throne, is the "Baptism of Ethelbert," painted by Mr. Dyce, R.A., and on either side are "Edward III. conferring the Order of the Garter on Edward the Black Prince," and "Henry, Prince of Wales, committed to Prison for assaulting Judge Gascoigne," both by Mr. Cope, R.A.; at the opposite end of the chamber are the "Spirit of Religion," by Mr. Horsley, A.R.A.; in the centre compartment, over the Strangers' Gallery, on either side are the "Spirit of Chivalry" and the "Spirit of Law," both by Mr. Maclise. Between the windows, and at either end of the House, are eighteen niches, containing statues of the Magna Charta barons.

 From: 'The new palace of Westminster', Old and New London: Volume 3 (1878), pp. 502-523. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45171&strquery=angel+justice  Date accessed: 19 February 2010. 

 

 

Google Translator

eBible Search

Enter a verse or keywords
(John 3:16, love, sword of the spirit)

Recent Videos

569 views - 0 comments
593 views - 0 comments
582 views - 0 comments
551 views - 0 comments