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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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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.

 

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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Healing Booklet

I have just written a short booklet on Healing while I was teaching on Healing with Christ Church Armley. It contains teaching on healing from the revelation of the Finished Works Gospel. I look at how healing was easy for Jesus and the disciples and look at examples of extreme healing in the Bible. I explain how to access the Healing Power of God that is within you and how to manifest victory in this way.

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

Ring out Wild Bells!

Beni Johnson released this significant word for the UK about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee:

This word resonated with me for various reasons. Two years ago I had a prophetic experience involving the ringing of a bell when my wife and I went to Sherwood Forest. In the middle of the forest there was an archery contest taking place and the Lord spoke to me and said “Enter the contest and it will be a prophetic sign for England.” I told my wife, who looked at the other contestants and worked out their average age must have been 12! Undeterred I signed up. Hanging in the middle of the target range was a giant bell and the Lord said “You are going to aim for the bell and hit it. This will be the sign!”. I am not good at archery and so decided to take a practice shot. I lined up and aimed at the practice target and completely missed. Looking round at the expectation of the 12 year olds gathered around me I took aim at the bell and shot. The arrow hit the bell and it started ringing out. At the same time my friend Godfrey Birtill wrote the song Ring out Wild Bells.

I also read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson called ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

A lot o’ Glory!

As the nation rings the bells it will be celebrating the year of Jubilee.  A Diamond Jubilee! I am so grateful that Christ brought in the eternal Year of Jubilee that started on the Day of Atonement for all mankind. Leviticus 25 describes this year: “You shall proclaim liberty to all the inhabitants of the land… there will be a Sabbath rest and you shall not sow nor reap what grows of itself.”Jubilee speaks of the forgiveness of debt, setting the slaves free and giving the land back to the people! Hebrews 2 describes a Jubilee Sabbath Rest for the people of God; that in the New Covenant there remains a Rest for the Children of God because He has rested from His labours.

In the Year of Jubilee we no longer reap and sow that which grows of itself. This means we don’t reap and sow our own crop. In John 12.24 Jesus speaks of his own death; “Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds”. As Children of God and Heirs with Christ we have the glorious freedom of reaping what HE sowed! There is such a Rest in knowing that the fruit we bear is not by our own efforts, but by His effort, through the Cross; that He proclaimed Liberty and Jubilee to all Mankind 2000 years ago. We are living in the year of Jubilee and we have the New Wine for the party!

Christ rung out the old and He rung in the new a while ago. So as we begin to understand the Gospel in the UK lets ring out the false and ring in the true, that a program heavy ‘doing’ Church culture will not bring change! Let us cease from our labours in the Year of Jubilee, instead of trying to get Christ’s job done for him. If God couldn’t do it through the ultimate sacrifice of His Son, do we really think our Human effort will?! Change and breakthrough will come when we realise He brought change and breakthrough for us.

So we say Ring Out Wild Bells! Ring out the Old! Ring in the New! Ring in Liberty, Ring in the freedom that Christ has won and Ring in the Wild Fire into the Wild sky! Ring out the false pride and ring in harvest time! Ring out Wild Fire across the nation! Your Kingdom come, Your will be done!

It is the enormous overmastering supremacy which the Christ showed forth, which operated in him, raising him from the dead. This Power established the Christ “at his right hand” in spiritual spheres supreme in every way, untouched, unimpeded by the authorities and having power over all other names, not only in this age but in the next... God raised us out of it all with Christ and sat us at the right hand of Power. Ephesians 1 (St. Paul from the Trenches)

Victory is pretty easy: You are sat in it.

The Spirit of Empire pt. 1

This update contains some thoughts on the Empire Spirit, and also a prophecy for the Summer- Enjoy!

The Spirit of Empire

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Spiritual maturity does not always equate to title, position and platform in the natural. In Christ’s moment of victory on the cross, he had been betrayed and denied by his followers. By all accounts he looked defeated and was treated like a blaspheming criminal! But through man’s betrayal he brought humanity’s Salvation.

God’s way of doing things does not always agree with our way of doing things and sometimes looks foolish. There is something wrong when we can have a successful church meeting without God’s Manifest Presence even being there. The Spirit of Empire causes man to build something which is at odds with the Presence. It may look good and sound wise, just like the pharasees’ expectations for the Messiah, but in the end it causes you to betray the very thing you have been waiting for.

The Empire Spirit seeks its own agenda for its own sake. In its competitiveness it will forsake the widow and orphan for the achievement of its selfish ambition. It breeds Career Christians, church promotions and gives promises of leadership titles on the grounds you serve it.

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True Sons value the Presence above all else. Consider Brother Lawrence. His book “The Practise of the Presence of God” is an international classic. The kitchen dishwasher became a literal living pilgrimage destination because of the Manifest Presence he lived in. Scripture writes that the Sons of God are led by the Spirit. His reputation was transformed from being regarded as a good washing upper to being internationally recognised as a mystic, teacher and source of wisdom. He didn’t have a strategy. He stayed whacked up in the Glory. He cared not for himself and inherited the Kingdom of God. 

(Martin Scott has taught on the Empire Spirit extensively. I highly recommend listening to or reading his material on the matter.)

Open Skies, Open Heaven:
Prophesy for the Summer 2012

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The last update  contained a decree I had written, about the forthcoming drought that had been predicted on the news and weather bulletins. I prophesied that in the Summer there would not be a drought and that the weather would reflect the truth; that we are not in a desert season or wilderness. Instead Christ has restored us to Eden. This is a truth whether we believe, see it, walk in it or even disagree with it! Believing this truth will see it manifest. Faith is the Substance of things hoped for! And so when we believe truth it becomes reality.

The week after I had prophesied “No Drought” the BBC news reported that areas in the country went from “drought to floods in a week”. It said on the 27th of April, a few days after I had prophesied, that there had been “a dramatic change in the weather in the last few days.” Two weeks later the BBC reported that the rain which had fallen in the second half of April had caused it to be the wettest April in about 50 years. It was then reported that many areas of the UK were officially drought free.

God is causing a people in the nation to rise up in faith and start to believe in a God of Wonders. God is causing His Sons to walk in Life. This Summer there will be no drought but it will be a Summer of clear blue skies and sun filled days. The rain will stop in time for the Summer and it will be marked by Joy and Hope. The open skies will reflect the Open Heavens.

Proverbs 13.12 talks about Hope Deferred causing the heart to be sick. So many people are living in disappointment and disillusionment but I prophesy that this Summer the “longing fulfilled will be a tree of life”. This will be experienced nationally.

A New Era: New Covenant Christianity

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Christianity as we know it is permanently changing before our eyes.

I heard this story relayed by a leader of the Toronto Airport Church- that in the early days of Toronto prayers like “Holy Spirit we give you permission to move” were prayed at the start of the meeting. The Glory would fall and the meeting would blow up. These prayers were prayed until God said one day – “I don’t need your permission to move!”

It got me thinking that God often moves despite us and not because of us! He blessed the meetings in Toronto but this was not an endorsement that everything they did and said was good and right. A ‘move of the Spirit,’ ‘revival’, ‘wave’ whatever you want to call it, will never be a badge of accomplishments or an endorsement that we have got it right, or that our mindsets are correct. It will never be a brownie badge for how much we have fasted and prayed to get Him to do something. The Spirit is not our badge of achievement, He is our friend! He wants you to enjoy Him in the perfect union that cost Christ everything.

God wants to do something new and different than he did in the 90s. He wants us to think beyond another Toronto Blessing or Outpouring. We have got to think differently because God is going to do and is doing something New and Amazing. It looks totally different. The New will blow the old box up! The old mindsets and ministry models are being redefined. It’s not that they were wrong; they were good for a season but they can become stumbling blocks for the ‘now’.

Jesus spoke about this:

‘To what can I compare this generation. They are like children sitting in the marketplace calling out “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.” 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon!” 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
Matthew 11.

God will not dance to the rhythm we set! He taught us to pray “Your Will be Done”! When John came he brought a message and a manifestation for a certain season. When Christ came he looked and acted differently but was anointed by the same Spirit for a new season. He ushered in the New Era. We need the Spirit of Wisdom to recognise the NEW because it won’t look anything like the old. If we don’t have wisdom we will judge the new by the old and discard it. We have done the same programs and events year after year and expected different results. Not only is this the definition of insanity, God has moved on and it’s time for change!

God is redefining Christianity before our eyes. The Kingdom of God is always advancing and so if we try to recreate or revisit something He did 20 years ago we will miss what He wants to do today! Hebrews 3.15 says “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”. There is a call going out to people to recognise what God is doing TODAY. God is asking us to not harden our hearts towards the New Thing He is doing. We cannot afford to be offended by what he is doing or what it looks like. There is a blessing waiting beyond offense. Matthew 11 says: “Blessed are those who are not offended because of me.” We have lived in a season of John the Baptist; believing we are in the wilderness, as prophets called to the desert and to the hard place, to suffer and mourn but Christ is calling us to recognise we are in the New Covenant – the New Era. This is marked by Eden, paradise and Bliss: Union with Christ!

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Mike Bickel said a few years ago that God was about to do something so amazing He would redefine Christianity in a generation. The prophets have been talking about it for a while: Jason Westerfield has prophesied that we are in a time of reformation and Martin Scott has prophesied that the birthing of a whole new era is coming. Dave Vaughan of the New Ecstatics (the ministry we are associated with) had an encounter where God showed him Martin Luther pacing back and forth. In this encounter Luther was thinking these same thoughts for reformation and transformation exactly 500 years ago. Luther spent 10 years meditating on Romans and Hebrews and from this he wrote his ‘Ninety Five Theses’. He nailed this to the door of the church in Wittenberg in 1517 (according to one source). This marked the start of the reformation.

God is causing the current reformers to meditate and feast on the same scriptures as 500 years ago! Romans has opened up to so many in such a new way.

Reformation

I can see that the coming reformation will reveal a greater understanding of New Covenant Christianity. It will affect many areas but I’ve highlighted these 3:

  1. How we view God:

We are understanding that God is not some angry, vengeful Father but a God who is and always was Good! Jesus is the most complete representation of the Father- “when you’ve seen me…” We are moving beyond the scary, angry God found in penal substitution as God reveals more of who he is, to rediscover an older and more orthodox view of God found in the works of the early church fathers and displayed in the Christus Victor atonement theory.

We are also seeing coming to a fresh revelation of the power of the cross – and it’s implications – that God fully accomplished all things through the cross.

This is the Finished Works- that He truly defeated every foe and is seated above every principality and power (Ephesians 1.21). Christ has effortless supremacy (Colossians 1.15) and we too have been seated in Him in the Heavenly realms (Ephesians 2.6, Colossians 3). Because of this we can rest in His Finished Work rather than striving to complete something for God or battle in spiritual warfare against something we feel we need to defeat. He defeated them all, He made captivity captive! (Romans 8.37, Ephesians 1.22 and 4.8, 1 Corinthians 15.27 and 46, Colossians 2.15)

This affects everything. He is victorious and by resting in faith in Him, we will see His victory rise and manifest all around us. We don’t need to do spiritual mapping or wrestle against principalities and powers. We are called to believe the truth and strangely by resting in His victory we begin to walk in it! First as individuals, then as a company, and then to change a nation.

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2. How we view ourselves:

You no longer have a sinful nature (Romans 6) and because God has accomplished all things He has made us New Creations (2 Corinthians 5.17). God has rewired our humanity with His divinity. We are not sinners running scared of a judgemental God but are Sons adopted into His family with the same divine DNA running through our veins.

We are seated in Christ (Ephesians 2.6) and have the image of God restored on the inside of us. We have been united with Christ the King forever (Romans 6) and through this union we have access to a royal inheritance fit for gods.

The problem has been that we haven’t realised this and so have not operated from this revelation. We’ve been homeless, eating from a pig’s trough, when we could have been eating the fatted calf with our Father the King. The truth is we have the fullness of the Godhead, the Glory residing within us. We can access every spiritual blessing and gifting and have been given the fullness (Colossians 2.10).

We access all this by faith which is a gift. We did nothing to get it and our efforts to strive to attain all this are not needed (Ephesians 2.8). But all this is available as a free gift as Sons for our inheritance. We will do and see the most incredible things ever seen on earth because of what He has done (Philipians 4.13, Mark 9.23). The Gospel is built around the supernatural because He is supernatural.

3. How we view community:

Christ destroyed the Temple and rebuilt it in 3 days (Matthew 26.61) – that is you! The New Creation is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6). Because of this we no longer have to strive to go to a church building or temple. We are the Body of Christ and this transcends manmade denominations, boundaries, walls and structure.

We are seated IN CHRIST above these divisions (Ephesians 2.6). We can enjoy community and friendship wrapped up in Christ every day and all around us. This is the true Body of Christ – focused on friendship and family, rather than meetings and buildings. We are the living stones of the Church – in the world but not of it, wrapped up in love for one another, worshipping in Spirit and Truth (John 4).

In the Old Covenant people had to travel to a particular place to worship God. In the New Covenant god revealed that ‘He is with us’. He is here all the time because He resides within us! The focus on going to the Sunday morning meeting is being overtaken by a lifestyle of the Glory manifesting in our homes. Signs, wonders and the Spirit will not be contained by a building, conference or meeting but will be demonstrated by Sons and Daughters where ever they are, all the time. They know who they are because of what He has done.

People will realise they don’t have to go to church to get ‘filled up’ but will manifest a Glory that resides in their home all the time! This will cause gatherings to happen around the Presence, around the Cloud of His Glory, rather than individuals and organisations.

There will still be corporate gatherings, wider celebrations, and this may or may not be in a local congregation on a Sunday. But the focus will shift dramatically away from the maintenance of these meetings to life and family. We will also see bigger sized gatherings of the tens of thousands in stadiums .

After the visible manifestations of the Glory in Bethel, Bill Johnson commented that there would be a shift in the focus of gatherings and people would gather around the Presence. I believe that the manifest Presence will gather people together- in homes and in stadiums. 

The charismatic personalities of leaders that have drawn people together in the past will be irrelevant as people focus on the Glory rather than man.  The revelation that Church is something we are, rather than something we are trying to maintain will be caught.

Fear and control

In short the fear and control that has ruled so much within the Church  – fear that God is not on our side; fear that He will not be with us; fear He will not show up and the control that this has caused in the running of our churches and ministries will be crushed by the Spirit and Revelation of Sonship (2 Timothy 1.7, Romans 8).

Fear and control causes ‘bewitchment’ and Paul rebuked the Galatians (Galatians 3) for becoming ‘bewitched’. What we will see is the deliverance of the church from the fear and control that causes bewitchment (witchcraft) with the Spirit of Sonship.

Luther lives today!

In the next 10 years there will be books, webcasts or documents of some sort which will be written by modern day Luthers, which will be the nail in the coffin for contemporary Christianity. This is the significance of the hour we live in. God will use these articles to be so influential they will redefine Christianity and will be studied for the next few hundred years.

They won’t just be academic pieces of writing; they will carry the manifest Glory of God, they will manifest supernatural signs and wonders. And their heart cry will be the message of the Finished Works of the Gospel. I have already read some of the books that will become ‘classics’.

Honestly I can’t go back to ‘normal Christianity’. I have tried! But we have seen something New! And it is Glorious!

The underground move of God which is happening right now will overtake the norm and it is out of our control. The word ‘revival’ will be made redundant as people realise it is the normal Gospel life of a Son. One of the most exciting moments in the last few weeks for me was overhearing some ‘non Christian’ people at work talking about healing. One person was describing to his friend a healing he had experienced when I had prayed for him and how amazing it was. A few minutes later he realised I was there and turned to me and said how convinced of God’s healing power he was.

There are signs and wonders happening by the nameless and faceless all over the country. In work, on the street, in the home, over dinner, in cafes, at church meetings; God is moving out of the box. It is not by our efforts; we can’t claim this one as ours I’m afraid! But it’s by His Spirit because of the victory He won on the cross. Not by our efforts! He will not dance for us or mourn for our dirges! The Lord is doing His own thing and it is out of our control.

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