PUBLISHED 11TH FEBRUARY 2017
On the 23rd June 2016 the people (not their overlords) of Great Britain took the decision to leave the European Union. The build up was marked by unprecedented friction. The day was marked by unprecedented weather. The result was marked by unprecedented shock! Rhetoric against leaving the EU can be summarised (tongue in cheek) as…
“If you simpletons (ordinary plebs) vote to leave the EU there will be plague, pestilence and earthquakes. The Russians will invade and aliens from outer-space will simultaneously land and take possession of all your children. Vote Leave and you will all be dead tomorrow!”
For my part, I was simply ‘inclined’ toward voting to leave (for reasons I will not expand upon) but as the day approached I began to make it a matter of prayer and seeking The Lord’s will. “Should I vote leave dear Lord? If so, WHY?” The answer to my “Why?” came swiftly. I recalled a conversation from a couple of years ago (nothing to do with Brexit) where the following Scripture was discussed…
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Acts 17:26 NIV
Well, it wasn’t difficult to piece this together with the lesson from the Tower of Babel etc. Unifying nations might sound like a nice idea, but it was not God’s will then and it is still not God’s plan now (I’ll pass on trying to give any explanation on this right now). And so, my course was set. That was good enough for me. But then I read the verse that follows and discovered to my amazement, having never noticed this statement hitherto, that God has graciously told us WHY His will is to keep nations separate…
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
Acts 17:27 NIV
Wow – this was a revelation to me! The separating of nations allows more room and possibility for people to come to a knowledge of His salvation. I shan’t attempt to express my further thoughts about this at this time but suffice it to say, I was no longer merely ‘inclined’ to vote leave I was utterly sold on seeking The Lord and praying for this little nation in a way I’ve never previously experienced.
Visions Upon My Bed
Now, I am not a man without imagination. I am also not a man formerly given to ‘visions’ in the usually accepted biblical sense. You must judge, I must judge, if what I saw when praying in the night came from my own vivid imagination or if it was something more. Either way, what I saw certainly happened…
On the night that the ballots were being counted I saw/imagined the British Isles, like a polystyrene cut-out, painted in the Union Jack, afloat in the sea, heaving violently. Four chains linked it to the continent of Europe. Two were broken and I pleaded with The Lord to break the other two. The result is now well known and historical. The next day I walked past a newspaper stand and among all of the stunning headlines was one newspaper showing a very near exact picture of what I had seen. Words to describe the highly unanticipated result were such words as: Shock-wave, Tremor, Earth-shattering and many many more.
This has begun a personal, national, and, I believe, world-impacting journey. I do not mean a mere change in the political landscape. My own conviction is that this event marked a countdown of world history (among other historic markers of course) and the final preparation for all necessary events that will usher in the end of this age and the earnestly longed for return of our Lord Jesus Christ – as King!
The Rock Cut Without Hands
In a coming article I will talk about the statue that Nebuchadnezzar saw (Daniel 2) and I will say a few things about that. But before I leave this article and the imagery of the British Isles (as pictured above) I just want to mention my ‘poetically licensed’ version of the rock (or stone in some versions) that was “cut without hands.” You’ll need to first appreciate that my own view concerning the feet of that statue is a ‘Eurocentric’ understanding (more on that soon). Please also understand that ‘The Rock’ is of course a depiction of none other than The Rock of Ages – our Lord Jesus Christ. However, recently I found myself gazing on a map of the British Isles and just could not help myself from noticing that Britain sits right next to the rest of Europe and is yet physically separate – an island, as it were, a large rock bearing downward on the continent of Europe. OK, fine, you can think this fanciful, it may well be, but if it transpires that my Eurocentric view of the feet in Daniel’s statue is as I believe it to be, then is it just possible that ‘poetically speaking’ Britain is right now the ‘rock’ that is bearing down upon it and that will ultimately be the chief cause of its complete obliteration!?
The Magnificat – The Voice of God in Britain Again
In finishing today, I want to say, how that I have never before in my Christian life (I was converted in 1986) seen my country head in the right (righteous) direction. I have only ever witnessed moral decline throughout our successive governments and within this society (including so called churches!). But… following the Brexit vote and witnessing the derision of the liberal elite (as is now popular to call them!) I have for the first time heard the Bible quoted in a potent and prophetic manner within the courts of British government. A few days after the vote a member of the House of Lords stood and quoted these very apt words:
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
American readers (as I know many are on this website) may not so readily see such significance in this. It is more common in America to hear politicians refer to God and The Bible – whether it be in genuine sincerity or not so sincere. But here in modern day British politics, the mention of God and The Bible is very rare indeed. As one politician famously put it… “We don’t do God.”
God’s Word is sometimes like a hammer – and I believe that we have seen His hammer strike squarely down upon our Godless Westminster government – and now, this is A Day of The Lord!