Isaiah 6.3 says that ‘The earth is filled with Glory.’ Jesus came to bring the revelation of how close God really is to us- Emmanuel came into the world and walked among us with an Open Heaven above Him. He is still with us now and I love the fact that the Heavens are still open.
It was a very strange experience moving from Wales to England after experiencing something very special in Wales from 2005- 2007. God was restoring a revelation of His Glory and Presence and it was life changing. We were with Church leaders who said ‘what ever the cost, we want the Presence’ and this is what broke out- it was full of the Wild Fire, it was totally Fun and filled with Life. It broke out on the streets with healings, signs and wonders. On one occasion we were on a trip to Ireland and had a tent at a psychic fair, giving prophecies, that sort of thing, and a realm of Glory manifested like a bomb going off which encircled the tent and everything in it for about 100 metres. As you walked towards it, in the middle of the street you could feel the intensity of the Glory and random passers by could feel the Presence of God- they actually stopped and said “what ever this is I want it.” I had heard of people doing prophetic stalls in psychic fairs before but I had never heard or seen anything like this. God was showing us something new that was totally about His Presence and His Glory manifesting in the world.
Moving back to England we realised that the church was in a totally different place here. God spoke to me from Proverbs 13.12- that disappointment from the unfulfilled prophecies about revival in the 90’s had made Hope Deferred come over the Church and had made its heart ‘sick’. People were sick of the word ‘revival’ and wanted nothing to do with it. They were sick and disillusioned with the idea of a ‘move of the Spirit’ and so many people dismissed what was happening in Wales as just a ‘Welsh thing’. I heard numerous Prophets say that England had a Spirit of Infirmity over it because of Hope Deferred which confirmed what the Lord had spoken to me about.
Over the last few years the Lord has been speaking about there being ‘a longing fulfilled’ – and of 2012/13 being about Hope Restored and I prophesied this at the start of this year. The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy. There are events that happen in the natural that are truly prophetic because they reflect in the natural a Spiritual Truth about what Christ has done – and so I Prophesied in Oct last year that Andy Murray would win Wimbledon this year – as a sign of Hope Restored and a longing fulfilled. On Facebook I prophesied again at the start of Wimbledon this year that Andy Murray would win and break a 77 year ‘curse’ of Hope Deferred in Tennis. And he Won!
It’s amazing that 2000 years ago Jesus broke a curse of Hope Deferred – a hope in a coming Messiah and brought fulfillment to every blessing, every prophecy, every Hope. Jesus is Fulfillment and in His Perfect and complete timing 2000 years ago Hope came, the Heavens were Opened, and humanity experienced a visitation of Revival: He has a name- Emmanuel- God is with us. Not only did God come but we were united with Him and His victory, His Breakthrough so that we have become the fulfillment of every prophecy of Revival! Revival has been some carrot on a stick for so long and people have not realised that they have got the carrot, they’ve got the stick! The win in Wimbledon is a Sign to the UK of Christ being a Longing Fulfilled to us and that He is the fulfillment of the true Prophecies over the UK.
And so all over England now there are people who are starting to believe that God can really impact the UK and do something special for us.
Jesus was born in the middle of the world, not a palace or church building cut off from everyone else. Something was born in Wales a few years – a revelation of the Glory in the world- a manifestation of His Presence – not in a conference or church meeting but in the world. In Bethel there was an incredible manifestation of the Glory Cloud in a conference and straight after this people starting prophesying that this would happen out in the world – in schools, in the mall etc. Imagine it happening in the midst of the world here, in the market place, in the schools, in the shopping malls, before it happens in a conference. There is something about the Hebredean Revival being a forerunner; an example for this- the Glory manifesting in the middle of a community, in the middle of the world; the Glory in the midst of the people. This is what we have considered revival to be in the UK- not a conference, not a meeting but something that actually brings a real change to a community.
But it’s not about chasing after some pie in the sky dream- it is about realising who is already with us and what we have already got. It is not about trying to twist God’s arm, its about realising and believing what He has already done and what we have got right now- that is why there is No more Delay. The Glory is already Here. Emmanuel has already come, in the midst of the people, in the market place, in the home.
On Saturday we were invited to a Muslim’s family home to pray blessing and healing over them. So we went with a revelation that the Glory of the Lord covers the whole earth and that God is with us. And so in the midst of a Muslim household, in the middle of Ramadan we released a revelation of the Glory and watched as Jesus healed the mum and moved her to tears as we prayed blessing, favour and honour over her.
God spoke to me through a dream a couple of nights ago. In the dream I was at a party in Hyde Park – the student area of Leeds and a person was telling me about something that kept occurring in their parties. He said ‘suddenly everything stops and we all feel this Presence of Love and start hugging each other because we just become aware of Love. We don’t really know why or how it happens or what it is’. And then I saw the party- suddenly everything stopped, the Presence of Love and friendship filled the room and everyone started hugging each other! In the dream God had supernaturally brought me to the party to show me that He was moving in the world.
I read this from Martin Scott and it really resonated with what I have been seeing:
This now is the phase that has been released in this Pentecost season. It is the time for the ‘afar off’. It is not to bring them in, the conversion is for the church as much as it is for the ‘afar off’ ones. Years ago a friend from Argentina who lived through the revival there put it this way. In one of their gatherings the outpouring was so strong that a bus was ‘hit’ by the presence of God. Driver and occupants became inebriated and he could not get the bus on the right route. Round and round the building he drove. Eventually they stopped the bus and pulled them in the meeting. Salvation and great rejoicing followed. Years later, my friend, says that was the day they misunderstood the shift. God was saying loudly that he was not in the building, he was on the bus, it was time to get the bus-ticket and get on the bus!! That event puts in story-form the shift. This is not just about ‘now for mission’. It is about a total shift of sight, and the beginning of a move among the ‘afar off’ ones.