In the last few months, I seem to keep being reminded of the words of the Old Testament prophet Haggai, especially:
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. Haggai 2:6-7.
In fact, a couple of weeks ago I found myself at a regional prayer leaders meeting in Canterbury, Kent and what should be displayed on the wall in the Baptist Church we met in?
This passage, although written with a certain context seems to correlate with another, in the book of Hebrews:
“… now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.” Hebrews 12:26-27
Even as I write this today, in the midst of Brexit, the lead up to an unexpected General Election, threat of nuclear war in Asia, an unprecedented President in America, the City of Manchester awoke to the news of the horrific death of many children and young people in an outrageous terrorist suicide-bombing at a pop concert.
A shaking is indeed going on, one which is seemingly undermining our society, the ‘certainties’ of which we have previously been certain. Our ‘rock’ has become ‘shifting sand’. But I believe that in it all, the unshakable God, the I AM, the Alpha and Omega, is slowly being revealed to our Nation and the Nations of the World.
Can there be Revival? A mass turning to Jesus Christ and Lord and Saviour here in the United Kingdom? I believe God wants this more than we do. But He wants all true Christians, His children, to wholeheartedly commit ourselves, ‘hold His hand’ and partner with Him to bring it to fruition.
The Church, the Believers in Christ in this Nation must continue to come together in unity and love. Denominational barriers and those of tradition must come down. We are all One in Christ Jesus if we believe in His atoning sacrifice. All peripheral matters must be left to one side.
In November last year, I wrote an article, published on this site about Regional Hubs, that might well be part of God’s plan to facilitate Call the Nation to Prayer – and indeed to faith in Jesus. To quote part of that article, “When he [Peter Hill], was in England in April 2016, during a time of prayer, a lady called Clare saw a number of pylons carrying cable across the Nation which seemed to relate to leaders/Intercessors, centres and communications.”
Today, I received a copy of a recent prophetic word, (which I am yet to process completely, so I won’t link to the whole thing), about what seems to be happening in the UK, which included the following:
“Then I saw the Lord take golden wires and attach them to each of the stakes [Mentioned earlier in the prophesy – One was named CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE. One was named VISION AND PROMISES of COMMITMENT. One was named FAITHFULNESS AND COVENANT UNITY.] of the same category in each of the 4 countries [England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Island] . It was as if He [God] was fastening them to each other, so that the British Isles could not be torn apart. 36 lines (4×9) connected all the 4 nations in the UK; holding them tightly together as the land rocked and groaned for a while.”
Here it is again, a reference to wires, cables joining The Church together, holding us steady whilst all is shaken.
I have been certain for a while and many others I believe can see this as well, but we need to connect. Satan wants to divide and conquer, but there is amazing strength in unity in Jesus, through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus says in John 17:21, “that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.”
This is surely the key to seeing the Nation come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
On a personal note, increasingly since the beginning of the year, I have been making connections and building relationships with other leaders of prayer groups, particularly in East Anglia . This is God’s doing, I seem to be meeting people who God is quite simply putting in my path!
I will endeavour to write more about this soon, including some news about a proposed daytime regional meeting on prayer and declaration, to be held in my home City of Chelmsford in the Autumn. Put Saturday November 4th in your diary. More to follow.