Love… ‘This was raw God’!

If you read our Blog Post on 14 April – click here – entitled, The Father’s Love Letter, you will know that the subject of God’s Love has been firmly placed on the agenda for CTNTP. As a result of what happened over this last weekend, I believe The Lord certainly wants to keep it there, and in the hearts and minds of all in our Nation!

Michael Curry speechWho would have thought that on Saturday just gone, an estimated 2 billion people around the World, would have heard a black American Bishop speak of the love of God, through Jesus Christ, and in front of the entire UK Royal Family! Of course, this was at the amazing wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle!

I’ve seen a few social media messages questioning some of Bishop Michael Curry’s theological views on relationships and marriage and a few who sounded indignant at the fact that he didn’t go the whole way to giving an appeal for Salvation!

But, come on! Praise The Lord! What way of opening so wide a conversation across our entire Nation and indeed the world, about the two greatest commandments, the Love of the true and only God for us his created, and how each of us should both love Him in return and each other! Let the Holy Spirit sort out the details in people’s hearts and minds!

I was recently in a prayer meeting at the World Prayer Centre, Birmingham and was drawn to the story of Creation. God rested on the seventh day and I imagined his heart slowing to a steady beat and that all his creation, and the heartbeats of Adam and Eve, synchronising and resonating along with it, all in perfect harmony.

I then saw how, when Adam and Eve sinned, took that forbidden fruit, their heartbeats became slightly off-beat with The Lord’s. Thousands of years later after the hearts of men and women throughout the Old Testament times still failed to fully ‘re-align’, Jesus was sent.

As Jesus cried on The Cross, ‘It is finished’, and breathed His last, I believe a ‘jolt’ went through the whole of creation that enabled a re-synchronisation of the heartbeat of God with mankind.

For God so loved the world, that He sent His only son, so that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but [have his heartbeat re-aligned with The Father] and receive [again] eternal life. (John 3:16)

What an opportunity last weekend has created, for Christians everywhere to answer the questions that will surely arise about God’s love. To share about their faith in Jesus and how His Love that has changed and re-aligned their own hearts, and which can also so easily alter the heartbeat of their relatives, friends and colleagues – forever!

The beat of God’s heart says, ‘I love you’, ‘I love you’, ‘I love you’… Let’s respond in kind and see others drawn to receiving that amazing Love.

You might like this video from a Sky News interview of Bishop Michael and Archbishop Justin Welby, who at one point says, in response to a question about what people at the reception thought about the service, ‘This was raw God’! – click here to view

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A tale of two Crosiers

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Old and New Coventry Cathedrals

By David Gilbey – Co-ordinator CTNTP

It seems the right time to reveal another of the ‘clues’, a piece of evidence, we believe The Lord has left for CTNTP.

If you have read about our vision – click here – you will have seen that on Saturday 29th September, we are looking to have a gathering in the centre of England, involving a most unusual prophetic act of the joining of two shepherd’s crooks, to represent the ‘Word’ and the ‘Spirit’ strands of the Christian faith coming together. (Click here for more).

The vision for this prophetic act, based on the Smith Wigglesworth Prophecy of 1947, came in 2016 to Peter Hill, just prior to  his first exploratory visit concerning CTNTP to the UK. Peter sat in an Anglican church in Amsterdam, where his son is a minister and saw their joining happening somewhere in the centre of England. He kept what he saw to himself to see what else God might say.

November 2017, Peter was in the UK again and on the day of his arrival spoke a little about all this to me. We observed that the centre of the country is often regarded as being Coventry.

During Peter’s time in the UK, we planned to set out for a week or so together, to visit as led, organisations and people to discuss CTNTP. However, we had a two-day gap in our itinerary and in considering how to fill it, I very much felt God saying He was sending us both to Coventry!

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The Team outside Coventry Prayer House

We ended up in Coventry,  (also visiting nearby Meriden, click here for more about that), and Peter and I immediately felt that the City and surrounding area held great spiritual significance for what the Lord was showing us.

Beginning of 2018, Our Team, excluding Peter who was then several thousand miles away in Canada, met at Coventry Prayer House. One of the things we mulled over, was how much each of us ‘owned’ the vision – after-all it was originally Peter’s! Was all this ‘Spirit’ and ‘Word, joining shepherd’s crooks thing a little ‘far out there’?

Personally, having walked the CTNTP journey with Peter for around eighteen months, I believed I did have ownership. As an ex-policeman, it has felt very much that I’ve been following clues and ‘fingerprints’ left by The Lord. I’d accumulated lots of evidence to help prove the case! But for the other Team members?

Lunchtime, we went out for a walk and unexpectedly found ourselves in the Cathedral cafe. This is next to a small museum of history and artifacts and after eating we wandered in there, I remember actually saying, “let’s look for clues!”.

We had been in there for several minutes, before I suddenly noticed two old and unusual bishop’s crosiers, ‘shepherd’s crooks’ if you will, on display side by side.

Well that was unusual enough, but we then quickly noticed that one included in the labelling, ‘…enclosing a crystal upon which is engraved a dove symbolising the Holy Spirit’ Wow!

Turning to the second, we observed a small golden figure at the top, apparently labelled ‘REX’ – Latin= King – Jesus? – The Word! Double WOW!

Sometimes clues need a second examination and later we wondered if the golden figure wasn’t in-fact Christ but actually William Tyndale, who was the very first translator of much of the Bible into English – certainly the features closely resemble contemporary pictures of him?

Either way, we each believed the crosiers were a personal ‘sign’ and confirmation. Another clue, a ‘fingerprint’ left by God? – ‘Spirit’ and ‘Word’ – standing together but apart – and ready to be symbolically joined!


 

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National Day of Prayer – Trumpet Call 2018

Organised by the World Prayer Centre, Call the Nation to Prayer encourages you to go to what we believe will be an amazing day.

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER -Saturday 9th June 2018
THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, BROAD ST, BIRMINGHAM, B1 2EA

http://www.worldprayer.org.uk/events-calendar/prayer-gatherings/trumpet-call-2018

Do you want to see God move in your community and in our nation?

A move of God is always preceded by prayer, unity and praise. We need to see change in our nations.

It is time to turn to Jesus. It is time for His Kingdom to Come, and His will to be done.

Join thousands of Christians as we pray, worship and make strong declarations for God’s Kingdom to come in our families, churches and communities. It is time to pray for an unprecedented turning to God in our nation.

This is the eleventh Trumpet Call we’ve held in Birmingham and YOU ARE INVITED!

The Trumpet Call will be a day where we will spend time in worship (led by local worship leaders) and prayer (led by the Prayer Connections England Network) as we stand together and declare that ‘It’s Time to Turn’ for our nation.

Main speakers, R T Kendall and Malcolm Duncan.

God is Saying: Tear This Down…

A primary desire of Call the Nation to Prayer is to see the Christians of the UK truly united, truly loving each other, being ‘As One’ with each other as Jesus is with His Heavenly Father. (John 17:11).

So often, those of different denominations and traditions, tolerate, bump along, have a measure of cooperation and relationship, but then squabble about procedural or doctrinal matters! This might be somewhat a generalisation, but where it is happening  -and it even happens within the same denominations and streams – it’s got to stop if we are to see revival in out Nation! TIME IS SHORT!

‘…Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”‘ John 13:35

We feel to bring you this ‘word’, published on 24th April 2018,  from Steve and Derene Shultz, of Elijah List Ministries. As with all prophetic words, do weight it against scripture and with what the Holy Spirit says to you.


God is Saying: Tear This Down – for the Next THREE MONTHS!

I’m just amazed at this…

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the shortest dreams, the ones that last only a few seconds, can be the most potent dreams of all?

Let me show you what goes right to the heart, and then I’ll add a second revelation from Chuck Pierce that will bring it on home.

So, a few years ago, this 15 second dream rocked my world: I was at an outdoor church picnic—not any particular church, just “a” church.

Friend and families were all playing together in such things as volleyball, egg tosses and other fun games.

What a picture of harmony among God’s people…

At least at a glance it appeared so.

Then I noticed that not just a volleyball net separated two sides, but also a fence—a brown picket fence—separated the people into two groups. You couldn’t walk around it. As I looked and looked some more, that fence went on as far as any eye could see. It went on until it disappeared from sight.

Then a voice came that only I could hear. The people didn’t seem to hear it, but I heard it.

“When you tear this fence down, when it’s all torn down, a revival will break out on earth such as the world has never seen!”

As I watched, the people began as a unified group, working together from both sides of the fence to force the fence to the ground. They even agreed on which way the fence would fall.

The dream ended.

When I awoke, it only took me seconds to grasp the meaning. God was saying, “When the Body of Christ tears down THE OFFENSES that are separating them from one another, THEN I can bring a revival upon the land—the likes of which the world has never seen!”

I ponder that dream a lot, and it came back to me a few days ago when Chuck Pierce spoke these words which have been transcribed for you here:

Prophecy, Danger and Warning – Not to Be Offended!
Spoken by Chuck Pierce on April 8, 2018:

Steve ShultzYou’ve got to shift your desires if you’re going to come and accomplish what Father wants right now. What He told Peter is: You are being bent. And see, 2018 is about “standing up straight”. And the word OFFENSE means: You’re being “bent over and stumbling at a key moment when you should be standing straight and standing strong.” 

So there is a danger now and a warning this week: not to be offended—and not to be offended over the next 3—I would have to say 3 months. Be careful that your offense is not aligned with some emotion that you’ve not dealt with. 

I have the fear of the Lord regarding taking offense over the next 3 months. I plan to take this word seriously and profit by doing so. I hope you’ll do this with me.

Let’s listen to the prophets and prosper.

Steve and Derene Shultz, Founders
Elijah List Ministries

http://www.elijahlist.com
email: info@elijahlist.net

 

Finding clues at Meriden

Why does CTNTP have a vision for a gathering in the centre of England on 29th September 2018, to prophetically release revival? Here is more of our journey, with a recent and exciting update!

 

Peter Hill’s vision for a prophetic act

shepherds crooksNovember 2017, Peter Hill arrived in the UK from Canada on his third visit to explore what The Lord had for CTNTP. Peter met with David Gilbey and just a few hours after touch-down, over dinner, Peter spoke of his vision for the joining of two shepherd’s crooks.

You can read the details of the Shepherds Crooks vision by clicking here

One of facets of this vision, was that it was to happen in the centre of the Nation. 

Peter mentioned that he believed Coventry to be about the centre of England, which2017-10-17 21.04.25 made David’s ears ‘prick-up’! Just a couple of weeks before David had been on a train from London to Birmingham and had been prompted to take just one photograph… through his carriage window, that of a Coventry station sign!

David and Peter were planning to travel around England the following week to visit some far-flung contacts, but at the point Peter arrived, they had nowhere planned for the Tuesday and Wednesday. Later that evening, David felt God was telling them to go to Coventry. David felt that if necessary he and Peter would simply walk the streets and see what The Lord might say to them!

In his ‘former life’, David was a police constable, and looking for ‘evidence’ and ‘clues’ as to what The Lord might want to do, was a natural part of his thinking.

 

Meriden – historic centre of England

2017-11-07 11.33.39There is more that could be told, but David then discovered that, just to the west of Coventry, there is a village called Meriden and on its village green stands a five-hundred-year-old Market Cross. This location is widely regarded as the traditional centre of England and a plaque at the base of the market cross attests to this fact.

So, on Tuesday 7th November 2017, Peter and David went to Meriden, stood at the market cross to see what ‘clues’ The Lord reveal to them.

As he approached the column, David spotted a2017-11-07 11.48.12 large brightly hand-painted stone laying in plain sight on the grass in front, seemingly waiting for him to find! It depicted blue sky, the sun shining, birds flying and flowers in bloom. (It was discovered in the local cafe, that this was a project by local children who would leave there stones, usually hidden, around the district for people to find). What was remarkable is that the stone was perfectly rounded, like an egg – David felt it symbolised new-life – something about to hatch, to breakforth!

Not only because of finding the ‘egg’, but David and Peter came away from Meriden that morning, strongly believing that God had led us to the place He had chosen for the prophetic act. They went on to Coventry itself, where they met certain people (and that’s another story!) and that belief increased.

Subsequently, a CTNTP Steering Team was formed – with representation in Coventry – and a process of engaging with certain local Christian leaders has been taking place – we knew we could not just turn-up in a City where we were not known and proclaim that we were going to hold a slightly unusual prophetic gathering, without explanation and first building relationships!

 

March 2018 – John and Pam Yates

John & Pam YatesLeading up to Easter, March 2018, relationships were such that we felt we could now release more details of our proposals to HOPE Coventry, the ecumenical group, connecting many of the City’s churches. 

A couple of days later, we unexpectedly received an email from a couple who had been told of our website, John and Pam Yates, who live on the Isle of Wight. 

We were amazed to hear that in 1979, John Yates received a vision from God about the centre of England.

This is an extract from Jon & Pam’s website, clarioncallministries.co.uk (click on the link to read more).

‘In the autumn of 1979 John had been alone praying, when the presence of God became very powerful in his room. God began to show John the importance of establishing His Kingdom presence in the heart of England, which would then ripple outwards nationally and internationally. This vision was so powerfully implanted within John that he pursued it wholeheartedly from that time on, whatever the cost.’

The Journey - John YatesIn 1990, John realised that the work he had been pursuing, called Heart of England Outreach, was to be centred in no less than Meriden.

When in 2010, John and Pam subsequently moved to the Isle of Wight, an amazing work, which included the establishing of a church in Meriden, a centre for prayer and ministry, prayer walking in the area, gatherings at the market cross and much more, was handed over to others. But in the last few years, it has ceased.

John Yates has published a fascinating book of his story, The Journey – click here to read it.

 

Picking up the ‘baton’

passing batonHaving spoken with John and Pam Yates. we believe CTNTP may well have again picked up the ‘baton’, that of the vision The Lord originally gave to John in 1979 and which John and Pam established; to see ‘His Kingdom presence in the heart of England’.

Dare we also believe that the gathering and prophetic act we propose on 29th September, the joining of two shepherds crooks representing, the Spirit and the Word, will initiate that Kingdom presence. ‘which would then ripple outwards nationally and internationally.’?

Certainly that is what Peter Hill and David Gilbey felt when they first stood in Meriden last November and The Lord seems to have provided another very strong clue!

The actual ‘cross’ from the top of the column of the Market Cross in Meriden has long since disappeared. Instead a rod protrudes, rather like a lightning conductor? John Yate’s description of a ‘ripple’ going out from the centre of the UK,  reminds us of Jean Darnell’s prophetic vision – a description of lightning striking the UK, releasing ‘rivers of fire’ to flow across nation! Revival!

 

Please pray!

prayingWe are now starting to pursue the practicalities and details of how the gathering on Saturday 29th September will actually happen. Much is still unknown and we know time is relatively short. But we continue to sense God’s hand in the timing of it all.

Please pray that as we take further steps of faith and engage with others in the Coventry area, that we will see all the evidence of The Lord’s preparation fall into place.

 

 

Via Beata – A Way of Blessing

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We are gradually hearing of others who have been called by The Lord to walk the land of the United Kingdom in quite extraordinary ways. Recently we’ve been in communication with Via Beata – ‘A way of blessing’.

On their website, www.viabeata.co.uk, Via Beata describe themselves as, ‘A pilgrimage with a difference… with a dream to span Great Britain from Lowestoft to St Davids.’ – the most eastern point of England to the most Westerly point in Wales

Via Beata is headed up by Steve Eggleton and at the turn of the Millenium, he and others were led by God to establish, in their words, ‘a major trail of Christian art-works that will communicate His love for people, and for the UK’.

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Way-Station: Days of Creation – Ringsfield Hall, Suffolk

Steve was amazed to find that as they set the line from Lowestoft to St. David’s, it went straight through his own property in Banham, Norfolk and the first way-station was set up there in 2009. There is an aim to establish a way-station about every ten miles on the trail. There are already nineteen.

As you may be aware, part of the vision of CTNTP, is to be a catalyst to the releasing of ‘a sound of heaven’ being lifted over our nation. Via Beata has illustrated that this is not simply by way of music or singing… Expression through art, the sound of people praying, speaking blessing, the sound of their feet walking as they travel across the nation, is surely all part of this.

Do check out their website. you will find a map of the route and directions to way-stations and much more information.

 

The Father’s Love Letter

Father's love letterPart of the mission of CTNTP, as The Lord directs, is to connect with others up and down the nation with a similar heart for seeing His Kingdom Come upon the UK. I have personally travelled many hundreds of miles in the last year or so. Many relationships have been formed.

Earlier this week, CTNTP Team member, Stuart Sadler and I, visited a lady who we had been introduced to by another contact. She was a little nearer than usual – only a few miles away from where we live in Chelmsford. I won’t give her details at the moment, as we are presently waiting on God to see what further he might have between us, but feel to relate this:

As we chatted, it became clear that this dear lady’s mission and longing in life, was to spread far and wide, the good news of The Father’s love; that we are his precious and loved sons and daughters, that he is our Dad.

As we spoke about this, she gave us some copies of The Father’s Love Letter. 

If you do not know what this is, visit their website, www.fathersloveletter.com, the home page of which says, ‘God Loves YOU. And He is the Father you have been looking for all your life’. You can download copies in various forms free of charge for distribution.

tearsOften, when The Holy Spirit shows-up during a conversation I am involved in, I feel tears coming to the corners my eyes. It’s a sort of indication to me that he is trying to say something? As we continued, tears started to well-up much more than usual – The Lord was certainly speaking!

I then strongly felt to tell her something most profound, something that The Lord had brought to my attention many months ago and which I often repeated to people in the context of what I believe 24-7 prayer really is: that it’s a relationship – a walk in the cool of the day with our Heavenly Father, (see Genesis 3:8), which even as we read this verse, had been destroyed by sin. But, the Good News is that Jesus, by His death and resurrection, has restored our ability to intimately walk again with our Father.

As I related this, our host gasped! This was one of  the very things at the core of her own belief and understanding of our Heavenly Father’s desire to restore relationship with His beloved sons and daughters – each one of us who has, does and will walk this earth.

More than that, this lady has written some books on the subject of The Father’s love. She gave me one. The Forward was written by Barry Adams, who wrote The Father’s Love Letter. It began, to my delight, in exactly the same way:

‘From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells the story of God’s love for mankind. I would even say that the whole Bible is His love letter to all who will open their hearts to read it. The story begins with a man called Adam and a woman called Eve. Their only responsibilities were to tend the garden and learn to walk with God is the cool of the day. 

Though there have been many twists and turns throughout humanity’s history, I believe that the original calling found in Genesis as valid today as it was back then… to simply learn to walk with God. Whilst this would be impossible with our own human effort, our elder brother, Jesus Christ, has secured the way for us so we could find our way home. (John 14:6)…’

There are so many in our nation who need to discover God as Father, who are lost and need to discover the (only) way home. It is my longing to see this fulfilled and I am absolutely sure this wonderful lady and CTNTP too, are very much part of God’s plan for it to happen.

David Gilbey

www.fathersloveletter.com