Where the spirit of God is, there is change and freedom (John 3:8). I am aware of a major sense of change and atmosphere beginning to happen here in the UK and globally. There appears to be a spiritual battle happening behind the scenes. We need to be aware, ‘our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Ephesians 6:12). We are reminded to put on the full armour of God in word and spirit, even as I write this, there is a rising of spirit within me that is calling me to pray constantly and fiercely for events local and nationally. I am hoping my spiritual brothers and sisters will join me in this fight for revival too and be ready, for the season has arrived of God’s spirit truly stirring people’s hearts.
A couple of months back, I was visiting my ‘in laws’ church and suddenly during the worship, I was drawn to Ezekiel 37 and I was reminded of God’s spirit reviving dry bones in the valley, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath[ enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD’. There was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
This army will be Christians who are coming together as ‘one’ in spirit and truth. The truth being the word of God. I can see churches and denominations finally setting aside trivial differences and working together in great unity. This unity will allow the body of Christ to work fully in his purposes. This will be our strength. Think of the scenes of the Last Battle in the Lord of Rings, where a big battle of ‘good verse evil’ begins. Never in all of history, has there be a battle quite like this one, even the ancient trees came to life and took part in the overthrow of evil . No longer were people being apathetic, they were actively fighting.
We think of the Smith Wiggles-worth prophesy ( prophecy of major moves of Holy Spirit) of a revival happening greater than the Welsh and Western Isles, finally hitting the shores of the UK and rippling across the nations, once again, in a final harvest . “When the word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world has ever seen.” I hold these words close to my heart, as I yearn for people to realign themselves to the Holy God, who loves them deeply. God is waking people up from their slumber in and out of churches and he will bring back hope and faith back into dry, worn out souls who have been searching but not finding.
More recently, we think of the resistance to exit the EU of the British public. Particularly Scotland. I know some of you voted to stay in , as it appears to make more sense economically, however, you need to look past these premises and look at the spiritual connotation. More specifically, prophecy brought by Heidi Baker the CEO of Iris ministries spoke about the EU as having a strong hold on us (Richard’s Watch.org). She says that ‘The chains and bounds will be broken and God’s spirit will awaken the hearts of his people, young and old’. The European Parliament in Strasbourg is based on the unfinished tower of Babylon (the great ‘I AM’). This tower represents a symbol of rebellion and pride against God. This is blatant worship to the beast with all its trimmings: self, wealth, power, sexual immorality, oppression, social injustices, consumerism and so on. Outside the Council of the building in Brussels is the symbol of the woman riding on the beast (Rev 17 and Dan 7). Even on the Euro, you can see the sign of the woman riding on the beast. David Hathaway, a well-known prophet and worker of God across the Iron Curtain for many years, believes ‘the EU is the fractured fulfilment of the final empire of Daniel’s vision’ (the feet in Daniel 2:33). He believes we must return to our Judeo/Christian heritage and resist the encroachment of secularism and false religion. EU thinking has had a very tight grip on us in the UK.
On a more personal note. These are my observations of the spirit on the move. My family and I have experienced some tough times during the past five years. More recently, we have both been searching for God’s will and purpose for our lives. My husband’s work came to an abrupt close and I felt that I was heading in a different direction too. I was going through a dry desert for a season. Since we moved to Bristol 3.5 years ago, I have been bouncing from temporary and meaningless jobs, only surviving on hand to mouth existence. I had been to countless number of interviews and found them to be fruitless and disheartening. I finally got a break-through within the past couple of weeks. God gave me a ‘green light’. This work will be working alongside the church to bring faith to people in the city in creative ways, outside the church walls.
On a local level, I have seen a change in local church leadership in at least two churches in my area. Even in the local Primary schools, there were five posts that were vacant simultaneously, even in my daughters school, the head is moving on after fifteen years . Like the Watchmen of the Old Testament, we need to be ‘tuned’ into these changes because they are demonstrating that God is working behind the scenes for his purposes. God seems to be realigning his people to places of influence. Influence and power will be given to those who are listening to God’s will and are following closely to him . There will be reorganising of power in places . God is speaking to his humble servants and moving them into change, whether they realise it or not! I was taken to the passage about Joseph, who waited for a long time in a deep dark prison, hoping that one day God would rise him up and use him. God finally heard his prayers and remembered him. God during this time refined him, so that he could be a jar of clay, completely useful for God’s glory and service. I have some close friends and family, who seem to be going through times of ‘great change’ at the same time, is this a coincidence? a time of spiritual growth or a matter of God stirring people’s hearts into something new and radical ?
Look at the world events in politics. There is global unrest, a shaking of events; the Chibok girls (82) were released by Boko Haram on Sunday 7th May, after three years of agonising wait for the families. South Korea recently had an intense election on Tuesday 8th May, with Moon nominated as new liberal democratic leader. He was a human rights lawyer previously who wants to bring about significant change and improve relations with North Korea. Will there be a breakthrough here at last? In the UK, we were surprised by a sudden snap election and France has just embraced new leader Macron into power. Some in the USA are still in shock after Trump became president and he is rocking the boat! Even environmental changes are happening too. A famine of over 20 million people has hit parts of East Africa on an unprecedented scale, that has been the combination of drought and fighting across the country. The huge flight of refugees seeking safe places to live from Boko Haram and Isis hasn’t been seen since the Jews exile during the Second World War. There has been evidence too, that significant volcanoes are set to erupt across the globe, which could cause absolute chaos globally. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/12/supervolcano-campi-flegrei-stirs-under-naples-italy/ ) and a total eclipse coast to coast will be happening on Aug 21st 2017 in America, that hasn’t been seen for almost 100 years and exactly 7 years later will be crossing a path to make a X shape across America . Is this a coincidence or should we be looking to the skies for signs? (https://nationaleclipse.wordpress.com/author/nationaleclipse/)
Even plans are on the horizon to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, fulfilling a prophecy (Rev 11:1-2). This June also marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s reunification. So let’s keep our eyes open and our spirits tuned into events that are happening across the globe.
The UK are used to being in control, being the financial hub and the ‘go to’ for decisions, we have had much power and influence, but NOW the wind is changing, things will be different. This doesn’t mean things will be easy, but it does mean that God will be able to work in people’s lives in an unprecedented way. In a personal way, this may be that God has been calling you out of your work, to join him on a bigger venture. On the face of things, you may be feeling depressed and frustrated that God has not kept you where you think you should be, but you are wondering in the desert seeking streams of water and only finding mirages. However, I believe that God has a greater plan for you as an individual for God’s glory. He is leading you on through pain (whether you like it or not) to another season. This season has been waiting for a long time coming. You may well need to say ‘no’ to things that are not of God. This season has been born out of long lost prayers and calls to God in the waiting. In this waiting and yearning, God will bring his revival, in a way that the nation will notice. No longer will our society bow down to ‘self’, but will find redemption and mercy and love in God and Jesus who died on the cross for you past, present and future. This is the time for a great harvest.