Occupying Force

I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase I prophesied last year that ‘it’s not business as usual’. I felt it in regards to the nation and that there would be some sort of sign with Big Ben, which is some sort of political sign. It’s interesting to prophesy something and then see the phrase used to describe seemingly every major political event on the news in the UK and US since.

What does it mean for the Body of Christ for it to ‘not be business as usual’ – that’s what I’ve been asking.

Basically what I think it means is this:

Going through the motions won’t be enough to get by in this season.

Relying on previous revelation won’t be enough to sustain you in this season.

The establishment will struggle to accurately predict future events.

Previous revelation will not be helpful in looking forward because it comes from a place of certainty whereas we are living in a time where uncertainty is king. So those operating from the previous season will struggle to determine the future and see accurately. The seasons change. Our perspective will too if we allow God to challenge our current way of thinking.

So what seemed impossible previously is now possible – I mean that in terms of the natural – unelectable people suddenly rising to power (I think Boris and Jeremy will both become Prime Minister at some point) and the rise of extremes.

There are positives and negatives with this – space has opened up to be occupied, so who will occupy it? Not people who are going through the motions, living in the status quo or running on old revelation.

But it seems that the future is open for the dreamers, the risk takers and those filled with some faith.

If it is not business as usual – this means we are in a time of the unusual, the unpredictable, the uncertain, the difficult to discern. A time for unusual doors of opportunity.

Discernment is so important, I think it’s the gift for this season – it will become increasingly more valued. I mean literally people will pay a lot of money for prophets with discernment to look in to situations in business, government etc. to discern future events /trends etc. But also to discern the intention of people’s hearts.

Signs…

Something happened which was an interesting prophetic sign a couple of weeks ago. To understand it properly you need to go back to 2002 and a bunch of prophets standing outside Elland Rd, the home of Leeds UTD. Martin Scott was there along with Steve Lowton. Martin declared that something was going to happen to Leeds UTD which would be a sign to the nation. Prophetic signs from a prophetic city. Oooh Champions League victory? European Glory once again? Increased success and money? No. Bankruptcy and relegation; the exposing of debt and dodgy deals. They were forced to sell Elland Rd in 2004 and rented the stadium while the club plummeted to the bottom. And since then much has been said and written about the ‘Empire spirit’, I’ve written a couple of blogs about it too.

Then just recently Leeds got a new owner. He came in with a whole bunch of promises including saying he would buy back the ground. Fans were sceptical, others had come in with false promises saying they would buy back the ground and failed to deliver, ending up as mere stewards – looking after a land and a destiny they didn’t own. But a couple of weeks ago the new owner bought back the ground. Fans couldn’t believe it, it’s too good to be true! But no he fulfilled his promise. Repossessing the land, ownership, an occupying force once more, 13 years later.

The time of the stewards are over, those looking after a land that doesn’t belong to them and it is the time for Sons who will possess the land they have inherited.

In uncertain times there is certainty for those who are in possession of the land, the occupying force. We are in possession of an inheritance, seated in Heavenly places, hidden in Christ, high and lifted up yet rooted and grounded in his Love. There is a Heavenly Occupation happening.

We have been fully established in the inheritance of our Father by his Son. We walk on land he paid a price for us to possess. It was expensive and was brought about by his death and his resurrection. We did nothing to obtain it, he did everything while we were dead in our sin, dead in our dreams and without Hope.

The unshakeable 3 – Faith, Hope and Love are given to us as gift. They are given to us by the Rock, the stone the world rejected that became the Cornerstone. In uncertain times we have been given the gift of certainty in Christ. We have been given possession of a Rock that can’t be shaken.

Winds of Love

In uncertain times I just see Love beginning to blow through lives again, casting out fear and as it does people will begin to dream again, picking up old dreams, raising their gaze to the horizon with faith and hope once more. Their adventuring spirit and pioneering heart will return, and the spirit of God will blow through them again.

The Sons of inheritance have been given a stake in the land. It is theirs to possess. But He’s also coming to possess our hearts, He is bringing a Heavenly occupation of our hearts. He wants to be our desire, he wants our gaze too. The Lover is searching for Sons who are caught up in Awe and Wonder, whose desire drives them to adventures with the Son.

Future adventures await!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What does the future hold?

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Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing his secret plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3.7

I love the voice of God. Psalms says ‘the voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of Glory thunders’ and Psalms 29:5 says  ‘The voice of the lord splits the mighty cedars; the lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon’. How awesome is that. Several years ago the Lord began to speak to me about specific national and international events that would occur – the exact timing of when Andy Murray would win Wimbledon, a certain Hollywood film that would be made about the Suffragette movement and an Academy Award that would be won by a particular actor that year. With these events the Lord showed me the significance of them, what they represented. These things came to pass and off the back of this in May 2016 I began to see that ‘winds of change’ were coming to the UK and that there would be a national sign with Big Ben in the main news. God was saying  that it was no longer ‘business as usual’. Big Ben was on the news and of course the winds of change swept across the UK and US with Trump and Brexit. US News media even used the exact phrases that the ‘winds of change’ were blowing and that this was not ‘business as usual.’

Many people prophesied that Trump and Brexit would happen, personally I disagreed with a lot of the interpretations out there about these events. I think some prophets saw that he was going to win and assumed it was a good thing – You may see some future event but this does not automatically make it a good thing or everything associated to it God ordained (consider Agabus prophesying the famine in Acts 11). I won’t write Trump off yet but there are several issues coming which concern me in regards to what spirit could ride in on his coat tails. The rise in popularity of Far right authoritarianism and nationalism is one issue…

This has been stirred up with Brexit, in the US with Trump and France has Far right leader Marine le Pen on the outskirts of power and an election next year. Other European countries have been teetering towards far right authoritarianism all year. There is a permissioning that is already happening for racism, angry speech and hatred and this could continue to grow and be given an ever louder voice. The treatment of minorities in the future is a concern – this nationalistic spirit is pushing to open a door of discrimination, trying to reopen something that has been shut by Prophets in the past. And although there were a lot of prophetic people speaking out negatively about the EU, one thing I didn’t see recognised by them was the fact that the EU has brought the longest period of peace to Europe ever! A weakened EU will affect this.

I particularly liked what Mike Bickel had to say in response to the elections and rise in racism – he talked about the church coming to a ‘Valley of Decision’ in how it responds to this (from about 20 mins is good) – a casual commitment to show mercy will be overtaken by the storm of anger and hatred. What will be needed is a radical commitment to kindness and mercy.

Several nights before the US election I had a powerful dream where I saw some shifting and things taking place internationally. I woke up reminded of the feeling I had on 9/11. On Sept 11th 2001 I remember getting home after hearing about the attacks at work and sitting on the sofa, shocked to my core. I knew the world as we knew it would be different from then on. It was this feeling that overwhelmed me in the dream and afterwards. At that point I felt that Trump would probably win. On the morning of the election result God woke me up at 3.33am. Martin Scott is my port of call when I am in need of wisdom and so I asked him what he thought about the significance of the time I had woken up. Martin always knows what is going on and directed me to a prophetic word someone had just released about the significance of the election and importance of ‘3 3s’.  Particularly Jeremiah 33.3‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

2017 the Year of Consolidation

From this God began to speak to me about ‘3s’ and some stuff for 2017. 2016 was no doubt the year of transition and so 2017 will be the year of consolidation. (This doesn’t take a Prophet to work this out lol). Here are some things I am seeing and I will write more over the next few weeks and months

I believe that 2017 will lay a foundation for things to be built on for 10 years. I can see that the position that people have come to in 2016, personally or nationally will be firmed up and cemented into place in 2017. Even the position of people’s hearts and attitudes – In some cases there needs to be alignment even in this last month of 2016 because going into 2017 people will become entrenched in the place they are at.

I am going to throw this out there – I believe that in the next three presidencies in the US – one will only last for 2 years. For what reason I don’t know but one presidency will last 2 years.

A new breed of Prophet will rise up in the next 10 years starting in 2017. They will be Prophets who embody a message with their lives in a similar way to Martin Luther King- not just releasing prophetic words but ones who carry a message through their life and actions. Particularly Prophets who act as catalysts for creativity and who move in Peace and release new waves of Mercy. They will be pioneers and positioned in the world where they can release a flow of creative ideas, pure creativity will flow through them like a river. These Prophets will be called to shape the future, and impact the future of companies and businesses and churches, even Governments.

Often the world has looked to nature for inspiration and creativity – copying nature, flowers, trees, animals for patterns and designs, looking to the earth for answers. But what I can see happening is people tapping into the pure source of creativity, liquid creativity from heaven which has no earthly comparison – this creative flow from the Throne Room will ripple out to inspire art and the media but also technology giants.

These 3 remain…

What is going to be spoken of more and more in the world is ‘legacy’ – How companies, businesses create a legacy that outlasts the lifetime of their own employees in to 100 / 200 years of legacy.

I have heard teaching about the creative force of the prophetic spoken word, where prophets speak things in to existence and can create and shape the future and yes I love this but I am beginning to see that there is another level of creativity where we can actually begin to tap into an eternal Legacy and reach into the Power of the Age to Come. Knowledge at some point is always surpassed by other knowledge and eventually becomes redundant and 1 Corinthians 13 even says all knowledge will one day pass away; prophecy too – but 3 things will remain. I am beginning to see that the greatest creative force in the earth is Faith, Hope and Love. These 3 things ‘Remain’ and create the biggest legacies in the earth, in culture, in world history.

So Prophets who embody and live in Faith, Hope and Love will create Legacy in the earth over the next few years and have the biggest societal impact and opportunity to affect culture. What they will do by living in Faith, Hope and Love; the 3 that Remain, is sow into the realm of eternity and the Age to Come. And by doing this they can reap a harvest of the Power of the Age to Come. And so by embodying the message of Faith, Hope and Love on the earth today they will walk in unparalleled power which will be an unstoppable force.

They won’t necessarily just be known by the church – but like Martin Luther King, a Prophet who embodied Love and received a nation changing legacy, they will be visible to the world, sought out by the world even. They will be Eternity Prophets – Prophets seated in the realm of Eternity, with Christ on the Mercy Seat, yet fully immersed in society around them. They will flow in such a creative force they will be sought out for their wisdom by businesses and Governments, and they will be able to be a catalysts for Mercy movements towards minorities and suffering people, people targeted by discrimination and racism. Art and media will also be affected.

Some will call it a New Renaissance or a new Civil Rights Movement, or modern Jesus People Movement, it will have many names because it will affect many different parts of society and culture, but what will be happening is God calling and positioning the Josephs with coats of many colours to many aspects of society. Prophets of Faith, Hope and Love, who have tapped into the rich gold vein of God’s creative power, flowing from the Throne will rise and release the sound of Mercy. And as they rise the sun of righteousness will rise with them with healing in its wings.

 

 

 

 

 

Waking up to the sound of His voice

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‘I’m fully satisfied as with a rich dinner, my mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips – whenever I ponder you on my bed, whenever I meditate on you in the middle of the night’ Psalm 63. 4-6

I had an interesting dream the other night – it was about Lonnie Frisbie of the Jesus People Movement. Although he died in 1993, in the dream he was still alive today, but had been totally forgotten about. God showed me the legacy he had left in terms of the impact he had on John Wimber and the Vineyard movement, yet he is largely unknown and not really honoured. He was holding very small gatherings with 5/6 people and I had this intense desire to go and hang out with him in these meetings with the remnant of revival that he was carrying. I woke up thinking that the revivals of old are not dead, they’re just forgotten and dormant, hidden by a spiritual amnesia and blanket of slumber.

There’s something about remembering what God once did, holding it within your heart and allowing that fire to awaken something new today. The day after I had that dream I was on the train passing through Bradford, the city where Smith Wigglesworth lived. As the train pulled in, sitting on the platform was the spitting image of Smith Wigglesworth; an old Yorkshire gent, moustache and all just looking at me. For a split second as I looked at him Smith Wigglesworth stared right back at me and God said to me “Smith Wigglesworth isn’t dead either.” The anointing that Smith carried is alive today. It isn’t dead, although so many churches act like it, it is just forgotten and dormant. We might remember the person but the church has forgotten the anointing he carried, the Presence, the Fire on his life.

Wakey wakey

Several years ago while we were youth workers in Antioch Church in Llanelli, we were holding our usual Wednesday night youth meeting. We had just had a conference where the youth had been particularly impacted about revival and God had started to really stir something on their hearts. I asked the youth group whether God had spoken to them anything that week. I had given them a word the previous week that they were going to be given new shields of faith and I was interested if anything had happened. Most shrugged “no…” but a young 15 year old girl looked and said “Yes… actually… In the middle of the night God woke me up and I heard him say “Go to Moriah Chapel, (the place where the 1904 Welsh revival started) and say ‘Wakey wakey’ to the angel there…”

Louise told me and the rest of the youth group what had happened that week; that she had gone to the chapel the next day after she had been woken up in the middle of the night by God. The chapel happened to be next to her sixth form college. When she got there she stood looking at Moriah Chapel deliberating about what to do. There was a bus stop filled with people next to it. She looked at the bus stop and back at Moriah Chapel and whispered “wakey wakey”. God spoke to her in that moment and said “Is that how much you want revival??” so challenged and even while people in the bus stop watched, she yelled “WAKEY WAKEY!!”

The story of what happened next has spread like a wild fire around the world. Louise watched as a  15 /20 foot angel yawned and stepped out of the chapel. It then spoke to her. It said “I am the angel of the 1904 revival and you’ve just woken me up” Louise stood there thinking ‘what on earth…!!!’ and the angel said “I fell asleep because people stopped calling out for revival”. The angel then wandered away up the road while Louise stood there gob smacked.

Several prophets have met the angel since. One prophet bumped into the angel unaware of what had happened, and asked the angel what it was doing. The angel replied “a 15 year old girl just woke me up.”

God woke Louise up with the sound of His voice in the middle of the night and brought her into a supernatural encounter which awoke something that had been dormant since 1904.

I don’t believe we have seen the full manifestation of what that angel is about today but in the months that followed the angelic experience our youth group went through an amazing time of encounter with the Holy Spirit. We experienced physical healings for the first time, we were opened up to the supernatural; gold and silver dust became common and other angelic encounters happened quite frequently. Some kids from the local community came along and were saved. It got to the point where teenagers who had never been to the prayer room before, came in and were falling out under the Presence of God as soon as they were prayed for. One kid screamed and ran out the room we met in as his eyes opened to the angels there. He physically saw them. Amazing events that opened up my life to a whole new world. It has marked the last 10 years of my life.

I believe that the angel from Moriah Chapel was commissioned for Awakening in 1904 and it still is today. It hasn’t abandoned its position (Jude 1.6). A well known minister in the US encountered the angel recently and it said to him “Wakey Wakey is my name, that is what I was commissioned for – awakening”. In the lead up to the 1904 revival Evan Roberts had a season of intense visitation in the night. Such a heavy presence of God would rest in his room and would wake him up night after night. God would wake him up with an intensity of His Presence, enough that could shake the nation and would speak with this General of the future.

Remember

It is funny how quickly we forget what God did for a nation. Spiritual amnesia causes us to forget what He did. In the dream about Lonnie, spiritual amnesia caused people to forget the anointing Lonnie walked in. Spiritual amnesia is like a toxic fog of hopelessness, confusion and doubt which comes to put out the fire and abort the promises of God over our lives. Spiritual amnesia ultimately leads to deception. It happened in the Garden “Did God really say…?” 

The Israelites were constantly reminded in the Old Testament- ‘Do not forget the Lord, remember what I have done for you…’ King David would lie awake in the night hours and remember the stories of old. It would stir his heart and awaken something new within him. 

Why am I talking about this now? Because I believe that God wants to bring us into fulfilment and awakening. There is a significant connection between remembering and Awakening – One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to help us remember what Jesus said (John 14.6). Why? because we have been given every Spiritual Blessing in the Heavenly places, we have been given Fullness in Christ. We are New Creation beings but have forgotten where we came from. This truth can get shrouded in an amnesia which chains up our inheritance and stops us from being able to walk out fulfilment… “Did God really say…?” But when we begin to remember, when we begin to honour what God once said, God can ignite this with a fire that burns away amnesia’s toxic fog of doubt, confusion and deception. Remembering the sound of His voice awakens us to a new reality of Heaven today.

In the remembering God’s voice wakens us to a door of the supernatural where we begin to understand things which Heaven has never forgotten. Heaven can’t forget because they are in the present reality of it now. It is not a dead memory, it is a present reality, a fire that constantly burns.

The angels remember the day when the Presence of awe and wonder began to fall on the meetings Evan Roberts lead. But more than that they rest in the present reality of it at the feet of Jesus today. They know what Evan Roberts tapped into. Heaven remembers, it has a record of what it was like when Wesley began to stir himself with the fire and watch as the people began to gather around him in a realm of Heaven. But it is more than a story it is a living fire, accessible through an open door today which Jesus opened through his life and death. God remembers the Might which Smith Wigglesworth operated in and the desire that exploded out of him to see people free from infirmity, that Gift of Faith is freely available today.

Visit encounters of old, remember what God once did and let him awaken you with His voice to fire today, fresh fire, fire we have never experienced before, fire that the revivalists and saints of old walked in; Apostolic Fire, that has been dormant since the days of Cuthbert’s wild fire revival. But its not just an old fire, it’s alive today, birthing something new, something for our day, something not been seen before on the earth; something unique. This anointing is not dead. His voice is whispering “wake up to reality”.

Northern Glory with Stuart Watkins

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Northern Glory with Stuart Watkins | Cielo, Garforth | 7.30pm

We are excited to have Stuart Watkins with us for Northern Glory this month. Stuart has been on the leadership team of Antioch Church (a Pioneer Church) in Llanelli for many years and has a proven track record as a Prophet. He has ministered in Eastern Europe extensively, working with local churches and speaking at leader’s conferences where he has seen God work amazingly. Stuart has written a book on the prophetic which has been translated in Bulgarian.

He has incredible stories of God’s supernatural power working in his life and those around him – if you have heard story of the teenager who met the ‘Wakey wakey’ angel from the 1904 Welsh Revival – that was his daughter. This will definitely be a significant time that you don’t want to miss!

Here is a cool testimony from a conference Stuart spoke at:

‘I was taking a week of meetings in a church in Bucharest. First night while speaking I noticed a few guys in the front row looking at their hands. I stopped speaking and asked them what was going on. At first they did not really want to say but as I looked I could see oil on their hands. They looked a little surprised as this had never happened to them before. As these guys put their hands near to others the same thing began to happen – oil and also gold dust started appearing on their hands. The meetings were being streamed live over the internet around Europe, mainly to Romanian people. During a meeting a young girl called in to say as they were watching the meeting oil was running down the walls of the room they were in. “What should we do?!!” they were asking. I felt to tell them to take some of the oil put it on their hands and go outside and pray for people. This they did and reported back that people were getting healed as they prayed for them.’


northern-glory-healing-tentWe had a great time at David’s Tent over the summer!

Such a privilege to part of something so special which God is doing in the UK. We took a team down made up with some crazy radicals from Sheffield, Leeds and South Wales and ran a ministry tent during the festival. We had some amazing encounters and some remarkable miracles took place. The main thing was the tangible presence of God that people said they walked into when they came into the tent. God brought lots of people to tears and touched many people’s hearts.

Here are some testimonies from our ministry tent:

‘Dear Northern Team, my husband and I went to David’s Tent and although your prayer schedule was totally booked you still managed to fit me in. God’s presence was so mighty and real I felt so light- may I say light as a feather. I almost felt I could fly. Prior to going my right foot was swollen and the big toe was in considerable pain. I have been suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis for the last 27 years but whilst Fiona and Heather were praying my foot felt free of all pain and swelling- the reason I say free of swelling is because sandals I was wearing, actually had room for my foot to move without pressure and rubbing. I believe I am healed! Big thank you Northern Glory team for your dedication and commitment.’

Other healings included:  – a woman with swollen lymphs in her neck had them visibly shrink within a couple of minutes prayer, A woman’s abdominal pain was healed, someone with ligament damage had all the pain instantly go, a person with neck strain was instantly healed, back pain was healed, a person with a damaged wrist instantly healed. One woman had a locked shoulder, she couldn’t raise her arm above her head before she came in the tent and was in pain – after 5 mins of prayer there was no pain and she could put her arm fully in the air.

Many people also came for prophetic words and different people commented that there was a Spirit of Prophecy that was resting in the atmosphere over the tent. The accuracy of the words given by the team was very high. A couple came in and I instantly got the word ‘Lily of the Valley’, turned out that Lily was the girl’s name. The team were getting people’s  places of work, their actual house numbers, business ideas that people were actually involved in doing, even naming the different over seas countries that people’s children lived in.

It was pretty amazing to see God work so powerfully and touch people’s hearts.

 

 

Brexit, Trump and Troubled Times?

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‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.’ Voltaire.

I’ve grown up with certainties that we’ve taken for granted, norms which we thought would always be there – stable governments in the West, security, peace, democratic leadership in power. In the last few weeks what struck me was the fragility of it all and the fact that these norms have only been that way for 60 or so years.

In my last blog I prophesied that the Wild Winds of Change were blowing across the UK and that Big Ben would be headline news. This  happened with Big Ben and now unprecedented change has swept right across the country and Government with Brexit. We have never lived in a time like it. Some people have suggested that I prophesied Brexit, you can judge for yourself here.

Big Ben is a political sign and what I said was that God was ‘interrupting business as usual’. Without doubt his has happened within politics.

However I disagree with the reaction of some other Prophets to Brexit, either saying that God caused it in order to set us free from a demonic stronghold in the EU to see revival, or in dismissing the job-loss and threat of an economic down turn with its negative impact on communities because it is God’s will; a head in the sand, everything is going to be alright type mentality.

I believe that God’s heart is for the poor and marginalised communities, those who have already been negatively affected by Brexit because of job loss, those who will go on to lose their jobs and the 1 million people relying on food banks. He is not sacrificing these people to set us free from a demonic EU agenda. Jesus sacrificed Himself the first time for our freedom and that was enough.

Was Brexit God’s Will?

It is interesting that people will on the one hand say how Brexit was God’s will and yet defend it for being a democratic referendum where the will of the people was expressed. Whether it was the will of God or not, it was the will of the people in a democracy that voted, either in protest at the Government or for other reasons. If it was the will of the people then it is possible we made a mistake…

BUT the will of people revealed some important issues in our nation that is absolutely on the heart of God to heal- the deep divisions in our society, the fact many feel their voice is not listened to, the effects of austerity on communities. So whether God caused Brexit or not, I do believe that God makes all things work for the Good (Romans 8.28) and will use it to bring healing to our nation.

‘The One World Globalist Agenda’

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I’ve heard many say that the reason why they approve of Brexit and Trump is because both of these things oppose the ‘One World Globalist agenda’; the idea that there are hidden forces at work in the EU and across the world to bring about a world wide demonically controlled agenda. However I think that to get sucked in to this kind of issue is to make the same mistake as the Zealots.

If there was ever a Government with a One World Globalist agenda with liberal views, extolling a false God it was with the Roman Empire. They were anti Christ enough to kill the Christ! BUT! Jesus did not confront these political issues in his day in order to walk in absolute freedom and authority. He had both ends of the political spectrum as disciples – tax collectors (Rome) and zealots (anti Rome). His mission was not political; he focused on the Kingdom.

So even when you look at revival history around the world, eg underground church in China, which started in the 90s it was not stopped or controlled by the politics of the country or the ruling spirit of communism. The Kingdom is higher than all that. The same is true of every other revival in history. In actual fact it is the other way round – underground Revival influences reform – for example from Wesley to Wilberforce.  Revival brings transformation, we don’t need political transformation to bring revival.

So I believe that Brexit did not need to happen in order for there to be revival  in the UK. We don’t need to be set free from a One World globalist agenda. That is more conspiracy and spurious prophecy than Gospel reality. Plus it doesn’t match up with my experience. We have been seeing God do amazing stuff, physical healing and people impacted by the Glory for 10 years before Brexit!

Peace through the EU

In actual fact the EU has brought peace and stability to Europe for the longest time in European history. A weakened EU caused by Brexit could bring about decreased security, increased tension, disruption and war. It could cause a domino effect of change across Europe weakening the unity and stability of the continent. All this in the face of the growing threat of Russia and ISIS.

Tribalism and Right Wing Nationalism

Brexit revealed the undercurrent of right wing nationalism and racism in our country. I believe that this is part of a global rise in ‘tribalism’, something which is also happening in the US with the popularity of Trump. This is a back lash against globalisation’s ability to chip away at a nation’s identity.

I think that the UK is in the middle of an identity crises and the US is headed that way so are turning to nationalism and tribalism. Why is this a problem? With tribalism comes fear of the ‘other’, those of a different tribe. It creates walls within society leading to ignorance, prejudice and ultimately discrimination. It lead can lead to national isolationism. I think it has the potential to affect the United States’ place as a global leader because of Trump’s desire to internalise and become insular if he gets to power.

It also creates disunity among the nations. Trump has already challenged the US’s involvement in NATO if he becomes President. (What ever you think of NATO- it is keeping Putin in check). A weakened NATO could allow Russia to creep into eastern Europe.

So with Brexit and Trump there is a weakened EU and the potential for a weakened NATO in the face of a growing threat from Russia… the EU and NATO could be further weakened still.

There is increasing support for the far right and left in Europe which would affect these issues. Marine le Pen’s right wing Front National are anti EU, would leave NATO and would want France to forge a strong relationship with Russia. Spain has the rise of the left wing with Podemos, possibly because Fascism is still in living memory for them, however Podemos is still anti EU.

Creeping Russia, opportunistic terrorists, weakened EU and NATO AND a weakened UK if Scotland leaves. In 1914 there was a bonfire created in Europe, the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was the spark that lit the bonfire and caused WW1. Today 102 years later it is possible a  new bonfire is being erected with these events, awaiting a simple spark that could have devastating effects.

The Cult of Personality

In the US, UK and Russia we are seeing the rise of the cult of personality; a strong leader who manages to create a movement around himself which transcends his own party. The people who support him are often aligned to the individual leader than the party. Trump, Bernie Sanders, Corbyn  all created movements around themselves, the support of which transcends their actual political party. With Russia it’s Putin.

If successful they can be good (Civil Rights Movement) If the movement is surrounding a person with proven and trustworthy principles it can be powerful. The dangers are obvious if abused however. The accountability that the political party normally provides can be lost and weaknesses in the leader are overlooked or hidden. It is therefore open to abuse and manipulation and history has taught us that authoritarian leadership with weak accountability is a dangerous thing…

With the Labour party you are seeing an attempt for it to return to its radical roots as a labour movement with Corbyn. It is the institution vs the movement; the institution not recognising the movement and trying to stop it and yet because of the momentum, failing to do so. Corbyn and Sanders have stood for the same stuff for 30 years so their agendas are easy to see (although I’m not saying I support them. I don’t think Corbyn would make a good PM – my opinion not a prophecy).

Trump is a different kettle of fish and more concerning. Trump appears to be a demagogue, someone who will say anything to be popular and will flip flop between what he believes – (pro life, pro choice, pro life) according to whatever will make him be most popular. Time will tell. He has created a movement around himself which seems to be based on fear and fuelled by anger. He is riding the wave of tribalism with his America First ideals. His comments could be divisive, and some appear to be authoritarian in nature- “I alone can solve…”  He has advocated breaking the law – (apparently sarcastically) telling Russia to hack in to Clinton’s emails – which is a national security risk and has said he will use water boarding on terrorists and kill their families. This is against international law and Human Rights.

There is a concern with, what appears to be, the ease in which he is willing to break or change laws to get something done.

Propaganda has seemed to reappear too. With the cult of personality there is danger of mythologising the leader. Prophecy can play a part in this and has done in Christian circles with Trump.

Trump, Prophecy and Mythmaking

There have been a lot of prophecies around Trump.
The most popular are:

  • He is ‘God’s ‘trumpet’ call to America
  • A prophetic Cyrus, who will bring freedom to the Church,
  • A wrecking ball to the politically correct spirit
  • He will become a Christian when in office
  • Some just saying he is God’s choice to be the next President

The question is whether any of these actually relate to reality. There is a fine line between prophecy and fantasy. Prophetic dreams do not over rule the Gospel.

The key check is obviously the teaching of Jesus. Matthew 5: ‘You have heard that it was said eye for an eye, but I tell you turn the other cheek… love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you’ or other teaching like ‘love your neighbour as yourself and pray for those that hurt you’ or the Good Samaritan. Ignoring the Gospel opens the door to deception.

So lets take each one in turn:

Trump, God’s trumpet call to America

If Trump is a trumpet in the hand of God then that means God endorses the things he says. Look here to see if you agree (calling someone a fat pig, appearing to mock a disabled reporter, saying that Mexicans coming in the country are rapists, calling Megan Kelly a bimbo). It also suggests that God endorses the policies he would enact if elected.

Saying he would bring back water boarding ‘and worse’ and take out their families is anti Gospel, it opposes the teaching of Jesus. It is also illegal. Trump has said that the military won’t refuse his commands even if they are illegal by international standards. This sounds authoritarian. No room for loving enemies here?

A prophetic Cyrus who will set the church free 

Cyrus was the Persian King who made a decree to set the Hebrews free. It has been said Trump will do this to the church in the US. Wishful thinking? This sort of prophecy just smacks of an Old Testament narrative and makes the same mistake the Zealots made – thinking that freedom for the church will come in a political package. The underground Chinese church did not wait for political change to bring them revival.

Plus this sort of prophecy could only be proven after the election, if wrong it has serious consequences.

Trump will have a Damascus road experience while in office

Maybe he will. But you wouldn’t recommend that your daughter marry an abusive alcoholic in the hope that he becomes a Christian after the wedding. Even if someone prophesied it. That is just stupid and the risks are too great. Plus after Paul’s experience he took 10 years out before assuming any position of authority. Plus ANY leader could have a conversion experience while being President, even Clinton…

A Wrecking Ball to the Politically Correct Spirit

Is he dealing with the politically correct spirit in the USA? There is a difference between political correctness and just being nasty, is there not? Some of the comments made are not going against the politically correct spirit, but are just considered brutish by many people. Even if he is a ‘wrecking ball against the politically correct spirit’ is this even a good or helpful qualification for the office of the President? No.

Will Donald Trump make America great again?

Lets be honest, sometimes Trump is hilarious but that doesn’t mean he would be a good President or that I would trust him to carry out what he says he will do.

True prophesy reveals the heart of a good God and true prophets embody that message. For Martin Luther King, a true prophet – he embodied the message of loving his enemies. This came to be iconic and is one of the things that marks  America’s greatness.

(The Irony of American evangelicalism calling for ISIS to be bombed/ killed/ tortured – Martin Luther King the Christian would have disagreed and yet Malcolm X, the Muslim would have supported violent methods)

I’m not sure that Donald Trump is revealing the heart of a good God now, and will in all probability continue down this road if elected.

The Christian support of Trump shrouded in myth making prophesy has the potential to open a door to discrimination in the US which was shut through the life of MLK. This time it could target Muslims.

Desire for the Authentic

However what is clear to see is that there is a desire in people for something authentic. People want the real deal. They are sick of an establishment which is only interested in preserving itself. They are beginning to lose trust in it. They want leaders where what you see is what you get. People want something genuine, something radical and something real. They don’t just want this in politicians but it is what they want from the church.

The tangible Presence of God is the only thing which will quench this thirst in the world. Only love will satisfy. The world needs Pioneers and Leaders who carry the real thing; the manifest Presence of God; who can release encounters that bring love and truth, that bring the lost home; leaders who reveal the heart of a loving Father. We all want the real thing.

Prophets Shape the Future

Troubling times? Times like these have given birth to great leaders who have walked as peacemakers through the storms.

I think this is the challenge to the Prophets – to be the authentic answer in the world; to call forth a future of Hope and stability in the midst of all these challenges – Prophets who won’t just bury their heads in the sand and say everything will be OK but ones that face the issues of our day with courage.

Prophets must embody the message of love – to your neighbours and enemies; who can father the lost and father nations, Prophets that carry nations in their hearts. Prophets who have influence because of the Hope they carry, that in the midst of fear and chaos they have a Gospel which is unshakable. Prophets that know the voice of God and the power of speaking His words into difficult situations.

We need prophets, but not in the vein of the Zealots – those who have put their Hope in a political change but Prophets bearing the image of Christ, who love enemies, carry revival, who decree freedom and release transformation.

This is what I see happening and am calling for in both the UK and US. Love can shape the future, it must, creation demands it.  In troubled times the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.

The Winds of Change are ringing the Wild Bells

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‘Love is a dangerous word to those who fear losing control. Love is a wild wind and no one knows which way it blows’ Jason Upton 

Big Ben

The wild winds of change are rattling through the UK once more, silencing the old religious answers and ways of doing stuff. Wild bells of fulfilment are ringing again.

A few weeks ago at the last Northern Glory I prophesied that we are in the season of ‘fulfilment’. I prophesied that as a sign of this Big Ben would be on the main news within a couple of weeks.

Sure enough a few weeks later Big Ben was in the main news because the bell is being silenced for several months for repair work. (Obviously I didn’t know this when I prophesied it). It is first time repair work like this is to be done on it in 160 years. Read about it here.

So what’s the significance of all this then? God’s voice rings louder than the noise from the age old traditions of man. God is interrupting business as usual to challenge the ways we have done stuff before. We love relying on our trusted and traditional formulas so we import the models, the programs, the things that seem to work in revivals all around the world, we get the books and listen to the podcasts, whatever works elsewhere, we’ll try it! Everything except the actual whack.  We love to rely on the manmade instead of the mystical. It can hide our unbelief!

All the noise made by our striving is being silenced. In the space the sound of the voice of God at rest, in fulfilment and living in Grace is being heard. It’s the sound of the Wild Bells from Heaven. It is time for us to get whacked, get a bit of the anointing and pioneer something new which will have global impact.

God is speaking and it’s the sound of fulfilment that is ringing out. It is calling the wild fire prophets to attention and the crazy apostles to wake up. It is sounding to those who have dared to believe there’s a different way, to those have believed in promises. The sound of the Father’s faithfulness to fulfil his promises can be heard again. The bells of fulfilment are ringing out to the prophetic promises that are hanging over the UK.

Simeon

Simeon is a symbol for our time. God started to speak to me about Simeon and I messaged a prophet friend of mine who said they too had been thinking about Simeon that same day.

Simeon was a prophet waiting on the fulfilment of God’s promises in Luke 2. His name means ‘he has heard’.  He was a man the Spirit was on. He lived in the anointing. He had heard and seen something different, something wild from Heaven which had stirred his soul to believe; he was filled with a Joy and anticipation that got him whacked. He had experienced something powerful enough to determine his life and lived to see the fulfilment of it. When the baby Jesus turned up in the temple Simeon announced ‘Sovereign Lord as you have promised… My eyes have seen your salvation…which you have prepared for in the sight of all nations.’ Simeon lived to see fulfilment and the faithfulness of God.

It is interesting to compare him to Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father. Both men eventually saw the fulfilment of prophecies. Both men saw something, Zechariah had an angelic visitation from Gabriel about the same events but responded in unbelief.  Zechariah couldn’t believe there was something different to business as usual and like Big Ben was silenced. Simeon however, lived in the Spirit and caught a glimpse of something which would affect nations, he met Jesus.

Jesus was and is fulfilment, he embodies fulfilment. He wasn’t just a Prophet but was the fulfilment of the Prophetic Word.  Jesus says of himself in Matthew that He came to fulfil the Law and the Prophets. Galatians 4 says ‘But when the fulfilment of the time came, God sent his Son.’ Hebrews describes it as being the ‘culmination of the ages’. So in the incarnation you have God coming, bringing fulfilment, answers, breakthrough. He is the Manifestation of Fulfilment. It is in the Father’s very nature that He is faithful to fulfil His Promises and so Jesus is God’s answer, Jesus embodies God’s faithfulness. He is the embodiment of fulfilment.

Jesus is the sound spoken from the Father’s lips. He is the sound of the wild fire of God’s love. He is the sound of fulfilment.

Emmaus

Fulfilment is walking next to you. But you won’t believe it until you see it. I love the story of the guys on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. They were walking filled with disappointment, downcast, thinking the promises they had believed in were over, Jesus had failed, it was all a lie. Yet Jesus, having overcome death, resurrected and living in the fulfilment of all things and was standing right next to them. Jesus began to speak and they started to hear a different sound from Heaven. As they listened to his voice their eyes opened to see Jesus face to face – the Manifestation of their desires right before them. The Fire on the voice of God burned in their hearts. It burned fulfilment and the breakthrough of Jesus into them. It burned through the dark clouds of their disappointment to bring breakthrough to their hearts. This caused them to enter into fulfilment.

There’s a different sound from Heaven ringing out. God is speaking and His voice carries the wild Fire of His love that will burn in your heart. It manifests fulfilment to the promises He has spoken. It brings the Wild Fire of breakthrough to rest in our lives so that we can say like Simeon, ‘As you have promised… now my eyes have seen…’ The face of Jesus is being revealed and is being branded into our hearts. This is causing the manifestation and release of fulfilment to the promises over our lives. Promises are going to be fulfilled right in front of our eyes.

The manifestation of fulfilment

Wesley is a guy who walked in fulfilment, a true prophet, when he walked around he brought the Wild Fire of breakthrough. He embodied fulfilment in that he walked in the accomplishments of Jesus; authority, power and lived in Christ’s breakthrough. He had an encounter with Jesus which ignited his heart with a Wild Fire – this lead him to say his now famous phrase ‘my heart was strangely warmed’. It was this fire that people gathered to see in the thousands. They climbed trees to catch a glimpse of this guy to be warned by other people that they would fall out under the power of God. Thousands would be gathered, shaking under the shadow of the Fire that Wesley carried. He truly impacted this nation. He said ‘catch on fire and others will come to see you burn’.

I believe fulfilment looks different for different people, obviously we each have promises from God that are different and will be for different areas of life.

But I believe that one of the things that is coming is the same Fire that affected Wesley. The sound of Heaven, wild bells ringing out is releasing this Wild Fire. Two guys on the road to Emmaus had an encounter with the embodiment of fulfilment and it burned a breakthrough in to their hearts. Jesus spoke and it warmed their hearts like Wesley.

So to try and summarise what God is saying here:

  • God is challenging the traditional religious ways of doing stuff that come from the business as usual type mindset.
  • Zechariah and Simeon are symbolic of this time. Zechariah responded to the new with unbelief and was silenced. Simeon lived in the anointing and responded with faith… ‘as you have promised… now my eyes have seen… which you have prepared in the sight of all nations…’ He was privileged to see something in advance of nations.
  • We are in a time of fulfilment.
  • The voice of God will speak like a fire into disappointment and discouragement.
  • Jesus is the embodiment of fulfilment and He is causing the fulfilment of promises to appear in our lives.
  • Fulfilment will burn like a wild fire in our hearts so we can walk in it.
  • Fulfilment looks like different things but one aspect of it is the fresh manifesation of the John Wesley fire.

Fulfilment is not far off, His name is Jesus and He is standing next to you. He is upholding and sustaining your life.  His Fire will encounter you with resurrection reality. God is faithful to fulfil His promises. Listen to his voice, the sound of fulfilment will burn away your disappointment and discouragement. Be one ‘who has heard’ so that you can live in fulfilment. His Words will brand your heart with breakthrough.

 

Lucy Grimble | 21st Nov | Leeds

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Hello! It has been a while since I posted anything! Here is a quick catch up; it has been a busy 6 or 7 months! We have been over to Copenhagen to minister to a Partners in Harvest church before the Summer. One of the things we went there to do was minister in healing and I ended up getting healed myself! One of the members of the church prayed for my arm which had been in pain since I had pulled a muscle moving house and I felt something lift off of it and the pain left! It hasn’t come back since. That was nice and unexpected!

We have seen quite a number of healings at Northern Glory over the last year or so and here is a testimony of one in particular: We were sharing about the Fire of the Holy Spirit at Northern Glory one evening before the Summer. I was talking about the Celtic Saints that lived in the North of England, in particular St Cuthbert, who was nicknamed ‘Fire of the North’. I was sharing how he carried such a strong Presence of God and Fire on him that he was known for this. As I was speaking it felt like that fire came in the room like pillars standing next to people.

One particular women needed healing from a trapped nerve and earlier in the night several people had prayed for her but she had not felt any improvement. Suddenly as we started talking about God’s Presence being like a pillar of Fire, she described feeling intense heat move down her body and instantly all the pain left her body! She was shocked as she had been in agony, it was amazing to see God move so powerfully, without anyone even praying for her!

We also took part in a healing and prophecy stall in Leeds, organised by our friends Jon and Lydia at a New Age Fair. We were perched in between a couple of tarot card readers and a masseuse.  We had a great time! The first lady I spoke to I did a dream interpretation for. Turns out she runs an event management company and asked if we would go and do training on dream interpretation at one of her events! We then met a guy who said he walks around events like this looking to see who has ‘the gift’ and who are frauds! He could see we were genuine and so he talked to us about his spirit guide and we were able to talk about ours! Then a lady came to find us because last year myself and someone else in the team had prayed for her for healing from recurring migraines. She said that since we had prayed she had not had another migraine since! Glory!

During the Summer we went to David’s Tent, a 3 day worship gathering on the South coast of England. It was so good, the worship popped each night in to another realm of freedom. Really excited about what God is doing through this worship movement; we believe that a new Move of the Spirit is starting to happen through it.

At the end of the Summer we hosted Crowder and Godfrey in Leeds for 2 nights. Was a great time, many people were impacted by the freedom and joy they experienced over these couple of days. We are having Godfrey back on the 18th Dec for a Northern Glory Christmas party! It may be fancy dress. We will tell Godfrey that anyway.

It has been interesting to watch some stuff unfold in the media over the course of the year which I felt God speak to me at various times. The rise in focus on women’s rights, in particular coverage of women’s sport has increased like the Women’s World Cup and it was also interesting to see the release of the film Suffragette which I felt a few years ago would be released as a sign of renewed interest in women’s rights. It has also been interesting to see various issues of corruption and abuse uncovered in the Police, something which I felt God show me at the start of the year and put out there. First issues were uncovered in South Yorkshire Police and then in the Metropolitan Police. I also said it would reach in to other places of authority and this has been the case as the corruption that has been uncovered has seemed to implicate West Minister. Read an article on the BBC about that HERE.

Think I may have also mentioned Messi moving to Chelsea… well looks like they need him more than ever now, who knows maybe a bit of delay on that word…?! 🙂


Lucy Grimble | Sat 21st Nov | 7,30pm at St Matts 

We have Lucy Grimble at Northern Glory on the 21st Nov. We first saw Lucy at David’s Tent last year, she carries the Presence of God and a real Spirit of Worship so we are excited about this! Tickets will be £5 and you can buy them on the door.

We feel worship is a key to opening up new experiences with God for the city and region. There are doors of opportunity open and waiting for the bold to take hold of them! Great days ahead.

Apostolic Reformation booklet

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I have just completed a booklet on the Apostolic. It looks at what the apostolic is, the difference between Old Covenant and New Covenant Apostles and what the main emphasis for the apostolic is, under the New Covenant.

It also considers what the fulfillment of the apostolic looks like and gives some modern examples where this has taken place.

If you want a free copy email me at: oiloftheovercomer@hotmail.co.uk

Be blessed!

Harvest Rest pt. 2

Cease from your labours! Stop and let the Spirit swallow you up. Let the heavy weight of His Glory fall on you. I am going to describe an encounter with God I had recently while I was with my family.

My family and I were in Leeds in a place called Lotherton Hall. Its an old stately house with lovely grounds you can walk around near Leeds. We drove up and parked, overlooking the banquenting tent of a wedding. Instantly the weighty Glory of God filled the car and my wife and I were pulled into a trance while we sat there. The Spirit opened up to me and I could see angels approaching the car, they were gathering round and then I was like “angels are great, but wheres Jesus?” They stepped back to reveal a lion standing behind them. I knew it was the Lion of Judah.

As this happened I was lifted up above the car and I could actually look down on the car from where I was now standing. The Lord took me to a field of corn. I was surrounded by sheaves of corn and I began to walk through them. I realised I was standing in the Harvest Field of salvation and understood that each corn represented someone’s life. I took a sheave of corn and had a complete download about a particular girl’s life- the broken relationship with her dad that caused destruction and abuse, the redemption that came to her life as she met Jesus and then the restoration of her life through worship. I believe that I will meet this person at some point.

Jesus then began to speak to me about the story where He and His disciples pick corn as they walk through a corn field on the Sabbath. The disciples are accused of breaking the law but Jesus rebukes the pharasees and defends their innocence. What was the accusation? That they were doing a job, work and labour on the Sabbath day instead of entering the rest of the Sabbath, and this was breaking one of the 10 Commandments. But Jesus could not break the law because He is perfect – infact he is the fulfillment of the law. He was not breaking the law because He walks in the Sabbath rest; He is Lord of the Sabbath. He rests in completion. In Him IS rest. He has brought us into union.

I sensed that this story is a prophetic picture of the End Time Harvest- it will be reaped in a Sabbath rest. In this account in Matt 12 Jesus says “I desire Mercy” or “I will have Mercy”. I believe we are coming into the greatest Harvest that the Church has ever known, a world wide reaping as a Holy Revelation of God’s Mercy engulfs the globe and people respond in faith to what Christ has done. What is the Sabbath rest about? Mercy.

The universe has entered into the Sabbath Rest- Hebrews 4 describes this- its a pretty sweet state of affairs. God entered into rest on the seventh day- Seven in Hebrew is the numer for Completion and Perfection- and that is was Jesus meant when He said “IT IS FINISHED!!!” Mercy has come.

Jesus showed me that everything that we think He does, is actually a manifestation of His Finished Work. He ‘does’ all these things in rest because He cannot break the law – He fulfills it! Therefore the harvest, all moves of the Spirit, revival, healings,  all things that we ‘do’ in Christ, if it is truly IN CHRIST, is done from Rest. It has to be done from Rest otherwise it has no part with Christ. Christ has ceased from His labours and there is no more work and labour for him, it is actually impossible for Him to DO more for us because He would be breaking the law! He has done it all and is at rest. That is why we can rest and cease from our labours in Mercy.

True rest is not apathetic or lazy. It is a mindset and reality of victory in His Presence that bubbles up in Mercy; whether in healing, salvation, a business plan, economic policy or reformation- His Finished Work invades our life. The Heavens are open over your life, you are seated in Heavenly places.  Let His Presence rise up and enter into His Rest and His Mercy.

While I had this encounter with the Lion of Judah and the Harvest Field in the car my daughter was asleep in the back. The following week we realised she had learned a new trick- roaring!

The Finished Work manifested in our lives over the next few months after this encounter. I saw an increase in healings in my work place, it became so much easier to see healing- on one occasion I felt a gift of faith rise up and I knew everyone I prayer for would be healed in that moment. I saw nine healings in one go with one simple prayer. Over the course of two weeks, at the beginning of the Summer, I saw 35 people respond to the Gospel. One person at work even had a powerful and very real encounter with Christ in a dream!

We decreed an end to the drought a few months before the Summer as a sign that we are not in the wilderness, longing for some far off move of the Spirit but are seated in Heavenly places in Christ – Eden, that we are walking in an Open Heaven. We decreed that the Heavens are open over the UK and God has surprised us with amazing things! In Eden there is fruit: miracles, healings, salvations, angels, the cloud of witnesses and much more! I will be sharing about some of these encounters over the next few posts.

I’m so greatful we don’t need to strive for ‘revival’. Sometimes we can end up competing with other churches and christians for it. We are not looking for a revival to happen in the future at some point because we know that we are the wave, we are revival, we are the awakening NOW! Because we are seated in Christ, the Champion! God has made you a walking catalyst for breakthrough all the time, where ever you are NOW!

I thought that this was pretty amazing: A diamond manifested in our bed a few months ago. If this is not a sign of the Kingdom coming through rest then I don’t know what is!

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The Spirit of Empire pt.2: Union

A Kingdom Mindset

Jason Westerfield prophesied that the Body of Christ will go from a church programme mindset to a Kingdom releasing mindset. He prophesied this over Bill Johnson in Bethel and that is what they have discovered. God has given a platform to Bethel because they have sought the Kingdom first. Many churches look at Bethel and try to emulate what they have but Bethel seeks the Kingdom first. You can have a miracle manifestation but be in a mindset wilderness- miracles don’t prove you’ve got the goods. The Israelites had miracles in the desert but God wanted to take them to the Promised Land to experience the Kingdom.

Uprooting the Empire

Martin Scott has carried a revelation about the Empire Spirit for about 15 years now. Others have stood like Roger and Sue Mitchell, Godfrey Birtill, Steve Lowton, Mike Love and many others and have carried a message that God is uprooting and opposing the Empire Spirit. I know that God is dealing with this issue in the church. Dale Gentry released a Prophetic Word many years ago that the wind of the Spirit of God was going to blow through the church and get rid of every plan of man, causing the things which opposed the Spirit to collapse. Churches which embraced this wind would experience a second more powerful wind of revival.

I walked with Steve Lowton in 2005 from London to Edinburgh as part of a team prophesying the Empire is over. We walked up the spine of the country, to uproot a mindset of empire in the nation. It was sore and I was definitely one of the worst walkers. God spoke to me during this walk that churches, businesses and ministries with an Empire mindset might look the same on the outside as ones that didn’t have it, but God looks at the heart and motive of the people.

Steve Lowton eventually walked from York to Rome. Martin Scott had prophesied months earlier that the birth of his grandson would be a prophetic sign of the coming Government of God – 12 representing this in Hebrew. So in the 20 minute window that they had in Vatican Square, the Pope appeared and they prophesied in the presence of the Pope that the Empire is over. Martin Scott’s grandson was born in this 20 minute window on the 21st of the 12th.

The History of Empire

When we talk about the Empire Spirit we are not talking about big and successful churches. We are talking about a demonic Spirit. This demonic spirit opposes the Holy Spirit. It can attach itself to mindsets, in a churches, businesses, groups or people. Being a big church doesn’t mean you have an Empire Spirit! But likewise being an apparant successful church is not a sign that you are free from it either! The issue is not found in what a church looks like but in its heart and mindset. The size of congregation is irrelevant.

It was the Emperor Constantine who first Christianised the Roman Empire and built what is known as ‘Christendom’. While this brought a time of blessing to the Christians in the Empire it confused the advancement of the Kingdom with the advancement of the Empire. This was the first time the church went from houses and living rooms to church buildings. It went from sending people out into the community to drawing people inwards. Many people think the church became inward focused at this time, serving itself rather than God and the needs of the people. It gathered money in, and ceased being a source of blessing to the poor. The centre of the church became Rome and the Head of the church became the Pope (I do love Catholics however just to clarify). The church became preoccupied with preserving and replicating itself rather than serving God’s plans.

The Fruit of Empire

The fruit of the Empire Spirit is self promotion, selfish ambition, competition and strife. It looks at everything else as a threat to its own position and so brings division and disunity. Because of its suspicion and jeolousy of other’s success it breeds prickly isolation between itself and other churches. It only networks with other churches which serve its own interests. It has a hierarchy which is top heavy. Leadership is seen as the pinacle and so it values the few at the expense of the many. It makes the many serve the few! It sucks people in, instead of sending them out. It promotes man based on his efforts and not the voice of the Lord. Like Judas it betrays the plans of God for the selfishness of man. In doing so it sets itself in rebellion against God. Rebellion is the sin of witchcraft and with the Empire Spirit there is always the operation of witchcraft.

We are not talking about hocus pocus magic when we say that but manipulation and control. Rick Joyner has written a great article called ‘Overcoming Witchcraft’ where he addresses these issues in the Church. In it he writes:

What God is building is not raised up by might or power, but by His Spirit. Whatever we build by other means is an affront to the cross and will ultimately oppose that which the Spirit is doing… Any authority or influence that we gain by our own manipulation or self-promotion will be a stumbling block to us and our ability to receive a true commission and authority from God.

You can read the whole article here: www.upstreamca.org/ocwitchcraft.html

Many writers including Roger Mitchell have written on the subject of the Empire Spirit. Dyfed Wyn Roberts has a great blog where he is exploring this issue: www.dyfedwynroberts.org.uk/

From Pyramids to Mountains

Pyramids are manmade mountains. I believe that the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land is a prophetic picture for the church. It must go from slavery to Pharoah, building manmade mountains to walking among the Mountains of God, ruling in true Spiritual authority. It is the church’s destiny to LIVE in the Promised Land. Hebrews 4 calls this ‘the rest of God’ and gives the command ‘cease from your labours’. The church is called to cease from its labours and live in the Kingdom of God.

Sat in Christ, not Eygpt!

There is no hint of Empire in Christ. He was tempted by it in Luke 3.5 but the crosshairs of his earthly ministry were fixed firmly on the cross. The Devil jangled the Keys of the Kingdom in front of Him like a carrot on a stick and showed Him all the Kingdoms and Empires of the world, saying “I will give you all power and authority” but Jesus knew He could not serve the Empire Spirit and God. God’s Kingdom would cause Him to empty Himself and become nothing (Philippians 2.7) in order to truly restore the Keys of the Kingdom.

He opposed every opportunity that He had to establish an earthly rule, much to the frustration of his followers at times. Although His ministry platform only consisted of a few towns and cities He was not intimidated by the fact His disciples’ ministries would take them around the world. Neither was He jealous that they would see greater things than He would; that Peter would see people healed through his shadow, or that Paul would write more books for the New Testament than Him.

In Mark you have the what is called the ‘Messianic secret’ – that Jesus even hid his true identity of being the Messiah! Instead of seeking legitimacy and an endorsement from the Chief Priests He spent time with tax collectors and sinners. He took the low road to death, to a humiliating end to what seemed like a failed ministry. Even the first people He appeared to after His resurrection were people 1st C. Palestine did not value- women! Imagine the I told you so on the Pharasees He could have got, standing before them in resurrection power!

The Kingdom of God is an upside Kingdom. Jesus says “Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven 5” Matt 18. So often we can get caught up in trying to ‘serve’ the Big Names and yet Jesus teaches in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats ‘what you do for the least of these you do for me’.

Although Jesus opposed the Empire Spirit He wasn’t an anarchist. Infact He said ‘rend to Caeser what is Caeser’s. This is because the fruit of the Kingdom of God is righteous, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The Presence of God is the focal point of the Kingdom. It has its eyes fixed on Jesus and makes the Presence of the King the priority. The Kingdom of God lets us enjoy our union with Christ. When this happens, when we rest in the Kingdom, the fruit we are seeking manifests naturally. I believe that this is what has happened in Bethel. It is not in their striving that they have seen revival but in their rest.

Union

What the Lord has been releasing is a revelation of our union with Him but in the coming days the Lord will release a revelation of our union with each other in the church. God wants us to realise we are one in the body of Christ. Philippians 2 states:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

We might read this in the context of a local church and think ‘yes this is what our church needs!’ but the Lord wants us to see this in the context of His Kingdom. Whatever denomination we are in, whichever church we go to the Lord is releasing the revelation and understanding that there is no separation in the Kingdom, that there is no separation in Christ. We are one. The Kingdom of God turns the Empire on its head. Philippians 2 is calling for church organisations and ministries to serve and promote each other. For competing churches to value the interests of each other and actually work together (crazy thought I know!)

I love the Catholic understanding of the Communion of Saints. During the Eucharist they believe that in union with Christ they become one with each other and the Communion of Saints: the whole host of Heaven! We believe we are continually united to Christ. We are continually one with the communion of saints- both those on the earth and in Heaven. The Body of Christ is permanently united in Christ. The worldwide church has been united in His death and resurrection to each other.

In Christ there is no division of church walls and ministry. There is no seperation between denomination and local churches. There is union. Union with Christ and union with each other.

God has given us a revelation of unity within the church. The Body of Christ transcends the man made structures, boundaries and walls that exist on earth. God is releasing now a revelation of the family of God which will cause love to conquer all. The Spirit of Empire with its ugly manifestations will be overwhelmed by love and the revelation of union.

Even Jesus’ last prayer was for a revealtion of union in the Body:

20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, 21 That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.22 I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one: 23 I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.

Being united in Christ means we are united with each other. The Lord has given us the Glory so we can be one and then, Jesus says, the world will have a revelation of who Jesus is. That is a pretty powerful prophecy from Jesus Himself. Jesus is saying that the greatest form of evangelism is union. The biggest way we can bring a revelation of Christ to the world is though resting and enjoying our union with him and resting in our union with each other. No striving or competing but understanding we are one. Jesus said it himself: Revival will happen through our union.

‘Leeds leads’

It was prophesied by Martin Scott years ago that Leeds would lead and pioneer in the UK. 10 years ago when we were living in Leeds there were countless organisations set up across the city which brought together 30+ churches to work together. Leeds Youth Cell Network is pioneering a city wide network of youth from 30+ churches. Kidz Klub in leeds is the only Kidz Klub in the country which brings together 30+ churches from across the ciy to work together. I remember a friend of mine, Justin Thomas, commenting “it is now unheard of in Leeds for a program to be set up by one church on its own. Churches which are doing that are unseccessful here”. Network Leeds was established 10 years ago – a city wide website promoting and linking together churches and ministries from across the city. You can find it here: www.networkleeds.com/.

When we are talking about churches working together, we don’t mean a meeting once every 6 months. We are talking about working together week in week out, daily working on a team together. In this melting pot the church you’re from becomes meaningless!

The original vision for unity in Leeds came from looking at the unity present in churches working together in cities during the Argentinian revival. Jesus’ last words were demonstrated because the cities in Argentina turned to God in revival fire.

Leeds is a forerunning city in the nation but its now time for the UK to catchup. The prickly isolation, suspicion and competition between churches that exists because of Empire is being dealt with by God. God is releasing a revelation of union that will manifest the Kingdom in revival fire.