Olympic idolatry

In ancient Greece, the Olympic Games were a part of a religious festival in honour of Zeus. They have no part in a Christian nation, and the United Kingdom still retains much of its Christian heritage, especially in the hearts of the people, who have far more faith in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ, than their leaders do. We are heading for a disaster as we approach the Olympic Games in London, and the only hope for this nation is for the people of God to recognise this festival as an idolatrous pagan celebration and to repent of our involvement and support of it. If we come before the Lord and confess our holding of the Games, and in particular the worship of foreign gods in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as a great and terrible transgression against Him, then perhaps He will have mercy upon us and turn aside from judgement and release the Spirit in power upon the believers who follow Jesus in love and meekness and faith and purity. Hallelujah, for the Lord will give us a great revival whether in the midst of a terrible judgement or not, and we must be ready for anything He gives us, be it mercy or a discipline that shakes us to the core of our beings.

Shalom to the nation of Israel as they face the greatest test since the war of 1948. Only God can give them victory over the Iranian aggression and destroy the weapons of mass destruction being prepared against them. Netanyahu is God’s gift to Israel and he will not falter when the moment to strike comes, as it seems it must. Shalom to the saints of God and the servants of the Lord Jesus Christ who stand with Israel and stay the course when all the world turns against her in fury and protest at her legitimate action to preserve her people and her state. Shalom to the pastors and the evangelists who maintain the truth of God’s holy bible in the face of much backsliding in formerly evangelical churches, and fight the good fight of the faith. Hallelujah for the separation that must occur between the true church and the false. Wake up, for the hour is upon us when the Lord draws near for judgement, and only the pure of heart will see Him and be saved.

Revival in England

It is time for a clean break with the past. We have been sinking deeper into the mire of compromise with feminism in the church, as well as dallying with heresy in the essentials of the Christian faith, and there is little sign yet of an admission by the present generation of leaders that the experiment has failed to produce the revival in England and beyond that many have been longing for and even praying for during many long years.

The best known prophetic vision of revival in these islands is that of Jean Darnall, who was shown the fires of hungry believers seeking New Testament christian life, followed by lightning striking the fires and a great explosive wave of evangelistic fervour sweeping the land. What is not well known is that when she toured Scotland in 1987, she said wherever she went that the first sign of the great awakening would be a men’s prayer movement. This is in accordance with the scriptures, since they exhort first of all that prayers be made for all men that all may be saved, and then direct the men specifically to fulfill this most essential and holy ministry with uplifted and clean hands in every place without wrath or doubting.

Let us therefore heed the prophetic word and follow Jesus Christ in His mighty intercessory ministry and not fail the test by losing faith in God’s promise to Britain to restore its greatness and bring forth a new generation of holy missionaries who will not fear to evangelise the nations that are now held down in the darkness of false religion and idolatry.

I am reminded again of Winston Churchill’s moment of greatness when he rallied and fortified this nation to fight against the onslaught of an evil tyranny. Just three days after assuming leadership of a divided and irresolute country, and in the face of the breach of the defences of France and the Low Countries, he announced a policy of total war unto victory, and reversed the tide with faith and great courage. Taking up his task ‘with buoyancy and hope,’ he led the people of England into battle: “Come then, let us go forward together in our united strength.”

This not a time to give up, nor to draw back, but rather to march forward in unity and determination and fervour. The light of the gospel of the glory of Christ is shining still – let us work while there is still light.

My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

(Hebrews 10 v 38)

Let us not be of those who shrink back to destruction, but be those who persevere in faith and hope and victory over the powers of darkness which assail us.

The fires of war are building in strength in the Middle East, and especially over the rocket war, for the Moslem nations have found a way to challenge Israeli military superiority without committing themselves to all-out battle. Syria is especially vulnerable to being used as a proxy by bigger powers who are currently close to breaking American military and economic hegemony through pressure in those areas combined with the subversion of that nation’s Christian foundations both in the church and in the social sphere. Oh that we would wake up and see the danger before it is too late.

Revival in the North East of England

Hallelujah. Dawn is breaking over the North-East of England as revivalists converge on the city of Newcastle in its darkest hour. A crescendo of angelic voices cry ‘Holy, holy, holy to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords’ as we await the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ the Son of God into His church to assume His rightful place as Master of the house and Ruler of His people.

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Turmoil in Pakistan

I appeal to all Christians to pray for Pakistan in this hour of grief and turmoil and great danger. The possession of nuclear weapons makes it a target for a takeover by Islamic fundamentalists who seek to destroy Israel and the danger is real and imminent if there is no truce between the warring parties and no cessation of hostilities between sects and clans. Buttho represented a message of goodwill and peace and her loss brings a bleakness and hopelessness which will result in violence if God does not pour out His grace and mercy upon the nation. Pray for the message of the gospel to be proclaimed in power and with authority in Jesus Name. Amen.

Almost persuaded

The apostle Paul tells King Agrippa (Acts 26) of his conversion and of his ministry to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the king declares himself ‘almost persuaded’ to become a Christian. However sound our arguments and powerful our testimony it is only God who can save. This is a matter of God’s election for sure but also of our choice and of the prayers of the saints, who are commanded to pray for all men – for God desires all men to be saved.

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The glory of the gospel

God is not abstract nor a concept created by our minds. God is love, He emptied Himself and took the form of a servant, He revealed Himself as a man the LORD Jesus Christ. We love Him and give Him honour and glory because He first loved us. The Greeks knew nothing of this until Paul answered the call of the man from Macedonia who pleaded ‘help us’.

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