PROPHETIC WORDS

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PROPHETIC WORD, JANUARY 2021

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Word for 2021

Introduction

 

This is a ‘year of uncertainty’, where at times we will feel unsettled and unclear. It is not a predictable year. Don’t assume you know what God wants you to do but yield your agendas to Him and ask Him questions. The Lord says, ‘I invite you into what I am doing – stop inviting me into what you are doing.  Maturity will come out of this great shaking.

Those who are on the Lord’s side must stand strong amid this increasing uncertainty, fear, and confusion. Choose in your heart whose voice will you listen to; cry and shout forth that, ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength’ (Nehemiah 8:10). We are in days of great warfare to build the Kingdom of God versus the kingdom and structure of man. The mature children of God (Romans 8:19) are starting to move with a governmental authority that will shift what influences the whole earth as we rule from above, seated in Heavenly places, knowing who we are. We are awakening to who we are, the knowledge and experience of the glory of the Lord is beginning to cover the earth (Habakkuk 2:14).

2020 was the beginning of great transformation on a global sphere and the beginning of a three-year process of total systemic reform. What we experienced in 2020 has been the precursor to the shaking itself, where the financial and psychological impact will be much more severe than the pandemic itself. But this opens massive evangelistic doors for those who see the harvest.

Church, be prepared, for this is a year of gathering the harvest (Isaiah 60:2). We will see greater conversions, especially within the Islamic community worldwide, as well as greater penetration among communities resistant to Christianity.

Crisis has been the provocation for the harvest, and many are running to Jesus. Watch as Christianity jumps percentage-wise as the world’s dominant belief system. These figures will shock social commentators, but remember that we are watching the knowledge of the glory of God rising to cover the earth (Hab. 2:14).

 

Part One – Words to the Church

The Church – The Year of Disruption of Structure

We are experiencing a global shift. 2020 was the year of ‘disruption of activity’; 2021 is the year of ‘disruption of structure.’ This disruption will not be fully resolved this year. The Lord has released a ‘divine dichotomy’, both destruction and creation, as we transition through a dismantling into complete structural change.

We have called what is merely ‘fresh’, ‘new’ but the destruction that crisis ushers in shall become the pathway for the full weight of the true newness (not just ‘upgrades’ or ‘refreshes’) of God’s creative force to move throughout the earth. Watch for the patterns of destruction and creation, of falling and rising. Just as the earth was formless and void before God created new life, so the Lord says, ‘I have allowed a formlessness to come to the earth before a new form comes.’

We are in days of great warfare to build the Kingdom of God versus the kingdom and structure of man. The deconstruction/construction is happening in the church. First comes deconstruction (Ezekiel 10:18): The Lord is making redundant whole church structures, entire frameworks that have been scaffolding around us. Even some traditions, institutions and great leaders have been marked for the ‘archive’. As a result, expect disruption to the structure of the Church of England in the next two years.

People have learnt to service the organisation and have not allowed the organisation to serve the people and so the Lord is removing the machine of ministry and a seed of dissatisfaction is being planted in the hearts of believers. Do not be nostalgic for an era you no longer live in. There will be closures of churches that appear to be alive but are dead (Revelation 3:1). Many churches and ministries will be repurposed, some will need new vision and others will need to redefine their mission. Those who have been running on their own agendas and in the ‘same old, same old’ systems and protocols have an opportunity to graciously realign back to Father’s heart. Closures will make way for new birth and massive growth.

Some significant church buildings will literally burn, as a physical sign of what is happening in the spiritualaThis word was shared in November 2020, before the news of some significant church fires around the world.. Take these events as signs that the structural change has begun; though you mourn the loss of what is impermanent and physical, rejoice that what falls is the false kingdom of man.

Beware of church closures leaving rural areas of the British Isles without spiritual provision. Multi-stream church planting cooperatives must cover the gap. The sudden shock of realignment will bring about the correction of stiff necks. Listen for the sound of humility and yielded-ness. The message to church leaders is, ‘transform or get replaced’.

The Lord says, ‘I am breaking the wrong hold of the denominational spiritbThe denominational spirit is the marrying of the religious spirit of control and the political spirit that causes divisions, takes sides and starts fractures, schisms, and wars. off my people. It has hindered my people’s desperation for me and has stopped their hunger for my presence. It put in people a high value for defence, criticism, and limitation of others. It has capped church advancement and progress.’

The Church will do more with less because there are new strategies to found that will enhance gatherings.  We will see the digital campuses built online with the ability to reach and disciple many in a short time. New voices will emerge overnight with the rise of a church that utilises and inspires social media platforms. Online congregations should not be dismissed as a fad, even as the Lord is creating more synergy in his body, and a greater capacity for relationship.

Rest and Prioritise

Planning and prioritising from a place of rest will result in maturation. Take the time to learn what God is highlighting to you as important. Allow Him to redirect your paths and rectify your list of priorities (Isaiah 43:18). Be prepared to feel that your passion is gone for some things that you spent time building before; some things that tasted good will not anymore.

The Church – The Birth of a New Fear of the Lord

2020 was a year of labour which has continued into this year. The church has been pregnant for over a decade with what God wants to bring forth. She has at times been sick and tired, at other times she has glowed with fullness and at other times she has been fat and bloated. However, she is yet to give birth and in this time of labour, complications have arisen due to unbelief. How long this procedure lasts is entirely up to church and her willingness to align with the Spirit of Christ. But the promise is that He is bringing something forth that will bring change in the body for his glory. This will be characterised by the intensity of His presence, purity, and the fear of the LORD.

God is determined to see transformation in the church before we see it in the nations. It will be gracious, but it will not be gentle. It will be merciful, but it will be confrontational. The Lord says to the Church “when fear [of the Lord] returns, so shall glory.” Trembling will become the dominant manifestation in the church going forward as a sign of the fear of the Lord coming to the House of God (Isaiah 66:2). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). Coming are the days when the wise church shall rise because she first fears first the LordcFOR PRAYER: Pray Psalm 34:11 for you and the church. Pray, ‘God restore to me trembling in your presence, trembling in your courts, your house. God, I need to see the bigness of who you are that I might understand that you’ve called me to tremble’..

In 2020 the church was reactionary but in 2021 the church will be in transformation. God is inviting the Church into a corporate renewal of her thinking. It is the year to restructure, re-evaluate and reframe. This is not the time to come on the back of someone else’s old idea. Copycat approaches to church will not work in 2021. You are not followers of ministry fashion but are fashioned in His image for His glory.  Don’t try to re-market or re-sell something that God has called, ‘no longer fit for purpose.’

There is space and light for new growth. Around the fringes of the church, new life is springing up. Look to the edges and the margins, this is where God is moving, and this growth will revitalise the church. The phrase ‘hard to reach’ is no longer legitimate language in the church, as we begin to see unprecedented growth around the margins of society.

There will be the dispersing of seeds of new organisations, businesses, new political parties and church movements and streams. There is coming a grass roots movement across this nation. Locally empowered mission movements, as small as twos and threes, will be releasing fire and fervour. Expect powerful testimony and healing at a grass roots level. Local breakouts of miracles will bring sobriety, upheaval, as well as joy. In the new church wineskins, success will be measured by levels of mobilisation – those sent, not those gathered.

The Church – Worship and The Performance Spirit

God is clearing the entertainment culture that has ruled in the church. He says: ‘You have been entertained by my Spirit rather than hosting me. Entertained by my presence rather than being transformed by me. Entertained by worship rather than engaged in me. Entertained by preaching rather than learning from me.

The Lord says to us: ‘You continue to say, “the show must go on”, but I say, “the show has been cancelled”.  Therefore, those ministries and platforms that we used to look to in the last season are being and will be pruned to prevent the church making idols out of man.

Jesus is cleaning away the things that we, the church, think make us look good. The Father is looking for those who worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4). The Lord is wiping away from His bride all the caked makeup that in her immaturity she had put on. The makeup is the spirit of performance: the desire for platform and for status. When our chief concern is how something looks/sounds to man, or our goals become Likes/Views, then we prostrate ourselves before a foreign altar.

God is restoring David’s fallen tent. Worship services will become unconventional and ‘unscripted’, as the Lord re-sensitises the church to Him. And, as He cleans the caked makeup from us, Jesus says to his bride, ‘Let me see your face, let me hear your voice, because your face is lovely, and your voice is sweet.’

There will be a new and unusual level of joy and dancing that comes into the church as walls fall and we stand amid what has been decimated. You will dance with delight during these uncertain times because you will see that it has been a righteous smashing of what has been. Just as in the days of Jericho, so today, God’s people will cheer in the toppling that will happen.

Praise and prayer will be given a much higher priority in the body because they lead to the presence. Not elevated at the expense of the word, but rather Our understanding of God’s word will be revolutionised and weaponised in His presence. Hunger for God’s word will become a characteristic of what happens next. The word of God will be woven into worship as our praise becomes more militant.

 

Part Two – Words to Leaders

Leaders – Transformation

The Lord is repositioning the stance of the church from defensive to offensive. God-fearing leaders will be fierce and flint-faced (Isaiah 50:7). Dynamic leadership must rise and challenge oppression with boldness. Ecclesia arise and be strong, as the rebuilder and reformer of nations, beginning with the rebuilding of the house of the Lord and the walls of the city.

God is calling up powerful, anointed leaders from the least and the last, from the rough and ready. People will marvel, like they did of Peter and John (Acts 4:13) at the wisdom and anointing of poor and uneducated men and women, who will be called into leadership, seemingly coming from nowhere, young, and fiery. Their passion for Jesus and their hunger for righteousness will be a challenge to the comfort of many in the church. They will face opposition, as many with religious spirits (who want to hold onto the old ways and wineskins) will resist them. But they will be vindicated by the Spirit of the Lord, who will use them to bring many to salvation in the UK and He will fill them with such a powerful anointing for miracles, signs and wonders and a desire for purity, that many will want to learn from them.

Leaders must move towards deep heart connection with one another, like David and his warriors (2 Samuel 23:14-16), otherwise, isolated ministries and leaders will perish. Even as David was able to unify the tribes and establish peace in the kingdom, church leaders must arise who will put aside age-old, denominational walls and quarrels. If there will be peace between ‘tribes’ then the Lord will command His blessing and the Church will become ‘impregnable’ because of her unity.

Work in relational networks with collaborative leadership approaches. By joining up and working collaboratively, the church will be better mobilised for mission. Increase and blessing comes through healthy relationships.

Apostles, push to build relationally – regionally, and nationally – intermixing across boundaries. Do not just stay in comfortable relationships but fight for those that challenge and sharpen you. Be strong together.

In the British Isles, apostles and prophets will come together in a beautiful, circular dance, moving in and out, like a living organism. The prophets will be a provocation, initiating the dance to begin. There is life to be found in the relationships between the prophets and apostles and discussions and conversations will take place across boundaries.

A new breed of leaders will bring unity by reaching and connecting younger generations who do not respond to the hierarchical power-plays of previous generations. They will honour their leaders and become new and loyal ‘mighty men’ of the Kingdom. They will do great exploits.

 

Part Three – Words to Prophets

Prophets – Come Up Here!

Prophets, I am propelling you forward with a force. You must rise up like Ezekiel! I am pulling you up by the hair, prophets, so that you are lifted up between heaven and earth (Ezekiel 8:3). Expect to be pulled up into more supernatural encounters in the Spirit realm – seeing what is happening in the realm of the spirit is essential for you.

Many in the church have become entangled with the strongholds of politics, religion, and pride. God will restore the sharp sight of His prophets. This may be a painful process if there is no willingness to repent, to be accountable and to allow God to reformat the prophetic movement. Sharpened prophets, full of God’s love, will pioneer and break open the way for the Church to flow in the right direction. They will be people of integrity, humility and righteousness who can be trusted.

God is forming a womb in the British Isles for a new breed of the prophetic known as, ‘Prophets on Their Knees’, pure prophets whose allegiance to the Kingdom of God alone. Such prophets will allow God to purge them from political bias, prejudice, and agendas. They will be undiluted voices who speak words of no compromise, no matter what it costs. Their lives will be laid down and their hearts surrendered entirely and in them there will be no division or mixture. They will speak and pure words will come that will resonate throughout the nations. Prophets need each other more than ever beforedpursue John 17:20- and should be a collective womb for birthing new beginnings, and new days.

A new prophetic culture with sure foundations of character will allow prophecy to flourish in uncertain times. Forget celebrating ‘celebrity’ voices and instead celebrate character as much as gifting in 2021. Prophets must be rooted in the word of God and kept buoyant by the Holy Spirit, not by political systems, popular opinions and vote-winning or like-winning statements.

There is a sound of war coming against the self-serving spirit of entitlement. A youth army is rising-up who will overthrow the self-promotion and self-aggrandisement that has become prevalent across culture and generations. This new breed will be robust and marked by hope and life. They will deny themselves and will raise a battle cry of love for others. This is not an egocentric generation, but they operate in ‘Holy Hushe‘Holy Hush’ – see 1 Kings 6:7- they build with the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. They will only build in accordance with my Ephesians blueprints.

God is tying the prophet’s value to the Church to their effectiveness in the nations. It is therefore vital that prophets are builders in the house and if they are not building in the local church, they will lose their voice in the nations. Prophets will be at the heart of building the local church to transform the nations.

Refugee revivals are coming. The Lord is calling for prophets who will go to refugees and immigrants and He says, ‘Bring my house to their camp and welcome them in, as I have welcomed you in.’ Angels of Harvest have been dispatched on a mission to refugee camps and to borders. They are looking for brave prophets to partner with them to steward the harvest breaking out in these camps and prophets who are sent shall be voices from the margins for the margins. Do not look to church buildings for potential revival outbreaks – look to the places where the outsiders gather, look to the fringes of society and there my power shall be found and released.

 

Part Four – Words to the Nations

Shaking

“On your knees, oh nations of the earth.” The Lord says “do not be deceived. I am not looking for great nations. I am looking for weak and humble nations whose dependency is upon me. For in all the shaking my purpose is this – that on mass nations shall be brought to their knees and find a posture of weakness and humility that causes me to rise and take the reins once more. I am looking for nations that cry like Paul did – “when I am weak then I am strong” – for it is only in weakness that my strength is released.

We are seeing God’s justice amid the evil and ungodliness of our nations. Look around at how the Lord has allowed shakings and judgements to begin to form the optimum environments and atmospheres for humanity to wake up to the fact that, without Christ, we are already dead (Isaiah 26:9-10). God’s justice is pushing people towards Him. ‘Expect radical advancement of my Kingdom purposes in the nations of the earth’, says God. Nations shall be turned upside down and inside out. Sudden and severe earthquakes and eruptions — both spiritually and naturally — shall take place that will shake and shift the nations and bring many to their knees.

Racial Justice

‘I am not done executing racial justice in the nations’, says God. There are men and women of all races, ages and walks of life, who have been specifically anointed by the Lord to confront racial injustice within the church and in the culture. Though they will face insurmountable resistance, threats, hindrance, and rejection they will not be stopped. The very intensity of the opposition they will face in the church reveals the urgency, weight, and importance of their assignment.

Many have been shut down in the past because of this intense opposition, but the Lord is again stirring them up, awakening them with fire in their bones and they will not be able to resist speaking the words He will put in their mouths. They will remove the invisible line of separation between the black church, the white church, Asian church, and the Hispanic church. They will build a church-of-all-nations, tongues and tribes.

Dependent On God

The British Isles is walking into a continued period of God-ordained weakness. Weakness will not be a sign that the land is walking devoid of God but is rather walking toward God. This weakness shall be witnessed in continued financial uncertainty and a decision fatigue in political negotiations across the board that will cause certain processes to take longer than they ought to. Do not fear this! Nor resist these things as they occur. People of the British Isles, you must address your integrity and stop speaking deceitful and worthless words to one another (Psalm 12:1-2). Integrity, defined by honesty, truthfulness, fairness and having moral principles, will bring stability and clarity. Those who address their own in integrity, who review the words they speak in relation to the actions they take, will have the blessing and the favour of the Lord upon them.

Growing mistrust between the governments and nations will cause greater participation in revolts against social injustices. The faces of local high streets are being changed but more Kingdom-minded businesses will move into the high street.

There will be an increased favour on the church to provide solutions where the secular powers and authorities have run out of ideas. Projects will spring up, all over the British Isles, led by the church, which bring freedom, innovation, and creative solutions to social issues, as well as business initiatives that provide jobs and stability to local economies. Young leaders, future Daniels and Josephs are ready to come out to the light above ground. Pray for them, find them, nurture them, commission them, be ready for them. They have new ideas for wealth creation, technology, pharmacology, and engineering that will reduce dependence on the tertiary economy to provide new jobs.

Gold In Wales

There is gold to be found in Wales – both physically and spiritually. The physical manifestation of this will be the discovery of new and significant gold seams in Wales.fSince this word was first shared in November 2020 news reports have indicated a new discovery of gold in Wales.

A Creative Renaissance

Although the year ahead will be chaotic and turbulent there is a renaissance of creativity. Even those who were overlooked, undermined, and negatively judged will rise and break past the ‘I’m not good enough’ threshold into activation. They have the potential to birth ideas that can distinctively elevate and reposition the church to have a cutting edge. Wake up master craftsmen and tap into the creative realm of God – receive insight and revelation – and translate this into masterpieces. You will reshape culture, redefine excellence and beauty, and give us a vision of the future – even during chaos and disruption.

ABOUT THIS WORD

This word is a compiled, edited summary of prophetic words from twenty five BICP prophets, submitted and shared at a (virtual) gathering of the British Isles Council of Prophets at the end of November 2020. Please feel free to copy and share in an unaltered form. You can download a pdf copy here.

Please Note

As we know from reading Scripture, prophets receive, interpret, share and apply revelation from God in a myriad of different ways. No one prophet sees everything* and rarely will any two prophets sound completely alike. In collating and compiling this document we have striven to bring together a good representation of what the BICP prophets are seeing, feeling hearing, and communicating in this time.

Many hours of video and sixty pages of written submissions have been summarised in the paragraphs below. The word is, by its very nature, as short and concise as possible, so that it can be like a highly sharpened arrow. We have made every effort to retain the flavour and weight of what is being carried by this group of prophets and hope that, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, this document accurately represents a portion of the Father’s heart for these islands and beyond.

Nevertheless, we encourage the reader to seek out good prophets and prophetic ministries (in the UK, Ireland, Europe and around the globe) and to listen, study and weigh what they are saying as individuals and groups. The BICP is not the only prophetic grouping in the British Isles and we do not in any way seek to set ourselves up as the ‘elite’ or ‘the only voice’.

The word below has been carefully, prayerfully and thoroughly ‘weighed and tested’ (1 Corinthians 14:29) by the British Isles prophets and their advisors.

Finally, we believe that every one of you also is able to hear God for yourself too – if you need help with this, look up some of the prophets/ministries listed below. Many of them run training courses or schools in the prophetic.

* 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears

About Predictive words

Not all prophecy is predictive (e.g. “a thing is going to happen”) but predictive prophecy is an important way that God communicates through His prophets. Predictive prophecy is conditional (unless quoting Scripture) and will usually read along the lines of, ‘if you do this… then this will happen…’ There are opportunities outlined in the prophetic word above that will only come to pass under certain conditions – for example, if one remains obedient. Similarly, a prophecy may take longer that a year to fulfil – and some may take many years to fulfil. Further, it is possible that prophetic warnings will have their desired effect (and we hope they do!), causing a person or nation to repent and turnaround. This may then mean that any consequences that had been warned will now not take place.

One of the most famous Biblical examples of this is in the book of Jonah. Jonah’s prophecy brought the city to repentance and God relented and spared the city. The glory of repentance trumps any desire that we as prophets might have to be proved ‘right’ by our words.

The Contributors

On 29-30 November 2020 many of the BICP met online to pray, prophesy, and share revelation with each other. Contributing to these meetings and this word were:
Emma Stark (BICP Core Leader), Simon Braker (BICP Core Leader), Rebecca King (BICP Core Leader), Louise Reid (BICP Core Leader), Adele Richards (BICP Core Leader), David Stark (BICP Core Leader), Simon Baddeley, Sarah-Jane Biggart, Mark Birch-Machin, Rebecca Briggs, Melanie Brooks, Hellie Brunt, Rob Cates, Dylis Chi, Claire Harrison, Preethy Kurian, Jennie Pitt, Moses Rankin, Sam Robertson, Phil Sanderson, Sue Sinclair, Veronika West, Sarah Wren, Liz Wright. The BICP Advisors are Julie Anderson, Tim Eldridge, Rachel Hickson, Canon John McGinley, Dr Sharon Stone. 

Notes & Prayer Points

a This word was shared in November 2020, before the news of some significant church fires around the world.
b The denominational spirit is the marrying of the religious spirit of control and the political spirit that causes divisions, takes sides and starts fractures, schisms, and wars.
c FOR PRAYER: Pray Psalm 34:11 for you and the church. Pray, ‘God restore to me trembling in your presence, trembling in your courts, your house. God, I need to see the bigness of who you are that I might understand that you’ve called me to tremble’.
d pursue John 17:20-
e ‘Holy Hush’ – see 1 Kings 6:7
f Since this word was first shared in November 2020 news reports have indicated a new discovery of gold in Wales.

Prophetic Word, February 2020

ABOUT THIS WORD

This prophetic word is a compiled and edited (for brevity, clarity, consistency) summary of prophetic words brought, shared and discussed at the first gathering of the British Isles Council of Prophets in Leicester. Please feel free to copy and share in an unaltered form. You can download a pdf copy here.

About Predictive words
Not all prophecy is predictive (e.g. “a thing is going to happen”) but predictive prophecy is an important way that God communicates through His prophets. Predictive prophecy is conditional (unless quoting Scripture) and will usually read along the lines of, ‘if you do this… then this will happen…’ There are opportunities outlined in the prophetic word above that will only come to pass under certain conditions – for example, if one remains obedient. Similarly, a prophecy may take longer that a year to fulfil – and some may take many years to fulfil. Further, it is possible that prophetic warnings will have their desired effect (and we hope they do!), causing a person or nation to repent and turnaround. This may then mean that any consequences that had been warned will now not take place.

One of the most famous Biblical examples of this is in the book of Jonah. Jonah’s prophecy brought the city to repentance and God relented and spared the city. The glory of repentance trumps any desire that we as prophets might have to be proved ‘right’ by our words.

Please Note

As we know from reading Scripture, prophets receive and share revelation from God in a myriad of different ways. No one prophet sees everything* and no two prophets will ever sound completely alike. In collating and compiling this document we have striven to bring together a good representation of what the BICP prophets are seeing, feeling hearing and communicating in this time.

The danger in any such process is that the resulting composite word can lose the flavour of its individual ingredients. However, we hope, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, that this has not happened and that this document accurately represents a portion of the Father’s heart for these islands and the wider world!

Nevertheless, we encourage the reader to seek out good prophets and prophetic ministries (in the UK, Europe and round the globe) and to listen, study and weigh what they are saying as individuals and groups. The BICP is not the only prophetic grouping in the British Isles and we do not in any way seek to set ourselves up as the ‘elite’ or ‘the only voice’.

Finally, we believe that every one of you also is able to hear God for yourself too – if you need help with this, look up some of the prophets/ministries listed below. Many of them run training courses or schools.

* 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears

The Contributors
The following members of the BICP/BICP Council of Reference were present at the meeting:
Emma Stark (Chair & Core Leader), Simon Braker (Core Leader), Adele Richards (Core Leader), , Tobi Arayomi, Tomi Arayomi, Helen Azer, Simon Baddeley, Sarah-Jane Biggart, Mark Birch-Machin, Rebecca Briggs, Melanie Brooks, Rob Cates, Dylis Chi, Jarrod Cooper, Tim Eldridge (Advisory Council), Claire Harrison, Rachel Hickson (Advisory Council), Barbara Jenkinson, Rebeeca King, Christine Larkin, Jennie Pitt, Moses Rankine, Louise Reid, Sam Robertson, Mark Rossol, Sue Sinclair, Dr Sharon Stone (Advisory Council), David Stark (Admin./Editor).

THE SEASON OF THE WRESTLE AND GLORY

God is Wrestling With Us into a New Name

Just as the Lord wrestled with Jacob to bring him a new name and a new identity (see Genesis 32:22-31), so He is wrestling with the nations of the British Isles in their time of change. Though the country is going through challenging processes, God’s promise is this: It will not be a wrestle without glory, nor will there be glory without first a wrestle.

God said that He would deliver the nation of its pride through the Brexit process and we should therefore be on guard that we do not partner with fear, anxiety or alarm during a decade of economic re-stabilising. Having gone through this deliverance, we must adopt a national humility and walk forwards without any ungodly pride. These islands carry injuries from the process that are like Jacob’s limp after the Lord wrestled with him. However, the Lord says, ‘British Isles, if you remain humble and faithful, your limp will be your strength and not your weakness.’ (see 2 Corinthians 12:9)

God renamed Jacob at Peniel and is renaming the British Isles now. The Lord says, ‘I have let a nameless moment emerge, where your leaders and your people no longer know your true name. This is so that I can then release to you a new name: You will be called faithful – ‘Faithful Britain’. As you step forward with courage into new covenants and the restoration of my original intention for you, you do so into your call to be a land of faithfulness once more’.

In faithfulness the nation will find favour in His eyes.

  • There will be a renewing of the historic qualities of leadership, innovation and pioneering.
  • Faithfulness will rise in the hearts of a new breed of determined leaders.aFor Prayer: Pray that faithfulness will once again partner with pioneering, innovation and leadership and that there will be leaders who are faithful with their words, businesspeople faithful with resources, church leaders faithful with vision and their people, reporters, journalists and media personalities who are faithful with telling true and honest stories. People who walk in covenant faithfulness. Pastoral Thoughts: What does it look like to be a people of faithfulness and for the nation to be faithful?
  • Where the nation in the past dominated, controlled and subjugated, a softening of the heart and attitudes of humility, honour and love will see its true apostolic influence among the nations restored.

As it does, Leviathan is being dealt with in the surrounding seas.

  • In the natural, prophets have been experiencing cravings to eat oily fish (like a pregnant food cravings); fish and oil symbolise the harvest of souls and the manifest presence of God.
  • There is a birthing move of God that the Lord has been overseeing on these islands and it is being brought to the point of delivery (see section below, Awakening & Harvest).
  • The waters will teem with life as a sign of God’s blessing.bLook out for: Expect to read reports of unusual fish hauls and fruitfulness in the seas.

Storms, Speed and Suddenlies

In this most strategic of years (that will become known as a ‘hinge’ or ‘pivot’ year), we need to be sober, focused and alert. The booming voice of God will be heard; He will come close and scorching, devouring purity will be established. Storms of change will be the norm.

Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him and around him a tempest rages. It is very tempestuous around him. Psalm 50:3

  • Be prepared and ready for a major change of pace in 2020 – urgency. cWe are in Hebrew year 5780. 80th element of periodic table: Mercury – Quick Silver. Silver symbolises redemption, hence suddenlies of spiritual transformation.
  • We are in a time of great momentum, speed and ‘suddenlies’. A ‘tipping point’ for the new epoch or era.dPastoral Thoughts: When we hear prophecies of ‘change’ or ‘suddenly’ or ‘new’ we can sometimes become discouraged when it appears like nothing is happening around us. But do not be dismayed – just as scales are stationary the moment before they tip, one tiny shift in weight causes everything to change. Further Reading: Scriptures to encourage: Exodus 3:17, Micah 2:13, Amos 9:13-14, Titus 1:2
  • We have heard that ‘New Means New’ and now we will see that ‘New is the New Normal’.
  • This season in the earth will be known as a ‘New Era’ – some will call it a ‘Glory’ era, whilst others refer to it as a ‘Power’ era!
  • Prepare, construct, organise and position to receive the harvest and to align with sudden moves of the Spirit.

Things to look for:

  • Because there is a speed to this season, don’t expect to see things as polished as they might have been before. There will not be time to shape, correct or ‘fix’ things because of the abundance and increase in this ‘double portion’ season. Things will happens so fast we cannot be human-perfectionists. Go with God’s flow!
  • Do you not perceive it?’(see Isaiah 43:18-25) Old practices, structures and ways of thinking may have to be dismantled where they are no longer fit for the ‘new thing’.ePastoral Thoughts: Have we become entrenched in the way we do things? Do we embrace new things and fresh revelation from scriptures and prophecy etc. but then swallow them up into old paradigms and structures that stifle the growth and fulfilment of a ‘fresh move of God’? How are we preparing ourselves for ‘the new’ and for ‘new is the new normal’. Prayer: What do we need to leave behind? Get off the box you are in and then destroy the box so that you can’t get back in! Don’t look back like Lot’s wife did.

2. THREE ANGELS –
AWAKENING, HARVEST & DELIVERANCE

‘The Angel of Awakening’, the ‘Angel of Harvest’ and the ‘Angel of Deliverance’ have been sent into the earth for this season and hour.

Awakening & Harvest – Spiritual Flashpoints

There will be turning point moments or, ‘spiritual flashpoints’, in the nation in the coming year. Be prepared for:

  • Encountering the God who answers by fire (1 Kings 18 moments)
  • Showdowns with the enemy akin to Elijah vs. the prophets of Baal.

These spiritual flashpoints will, as their main effects:

  • Ignite a new awe for God.
  • Produce a vast and ‘sudden’ harvest of souls – multitudes in a moment
  • A great harvest is coming to Europe, with an unprecedented number of souls saved and consistent signs, wonders and miracles. Europe will laugh at the size of this harvest!
  • The release of the ‘Angel of Awakening’ (see above) is a sign of this awakening harvest beginning.fPastoral Thoughts: Many commentators now describe the British Isles as being no longer “Christian” or even “post-Christian” but instead as “pre-Christian”. We therefore no longer look for signs of ‘Revival’ (because there is nothing to be re-vived) but instead of a new ‘Awakening’. How do we respond to this pastorally and evangelistically?
  • Citywide transformation is coming to these Isles from the North to the SouthgFor Prayer: Particular cities mentioned were Reading, Glasgow, Norwich, Portsmouth, Swindon, Bristol and Southampton – but this list is by no means exclusive. Pray for your city/town/village that it might see harvest and transformation. Pray for Heaven’s strategy in identifying the territorial spirits oppressing your region – are you being called to partner with leaders and groups in strategic spiritual warfare? with significant shifts forward in dealing with territorial spirits over cities.
  • What will be birthed is a move of God that will redeem what had been sown by the Empire spirit; it will be marked by a humility-driven missional move.
  • The British Isles will once again emerge as a fore-running, sending nation
  • Communities will move from occasional ‘days of prayer’ to ‘daily prayer and worship’.

Flashpoints of Outpouring in the Nations

Although it seems like there is an increase of wickedness on the earth, look and see that there is a great increase in the outpouring of revelation on nations:

  • The Middle East is stirring again hAlso in the Middle East: a new breed of female leaders is arising, especially in this region, who are not afraid to outshine others who would have oppressed them before
  • There are atmospheric shifts in Iran, North Korea, Saudia Arabia and South Africa
  • These atmospheric shifts will create point-of-no-return flashpoints that will ignite outpourings such as have not yet been seen in these places
  • The landmark flashpoints of the year 2020 will ignite and set in motion a trajectory of trailblazing cultural and spiritual transformation that will mark out the rest of the decade.

The Angel of Deliverance

An ‘Angel of Deliverance’ has been sent forth by the Lord in this hour.

  • Undiluted truth that is spoken/decreed by God’s people will ignite a new freedom and authority for deliverance.
  • The result of new, bold and uncompromising truth teaching will be a wave of deliverance, especially concerning issues that would normally considered pastorally stubborn or intimidating.
  • The church will be known for love and mercy but also as a force to be reckoned with as He restores her bite, roar and backbone to stand against injustice, poverty, impurity and ungodly policies.
  • We have been given a weapon (a sword) of love – love of the land and love of the people – in order to:
    • Cut off the heads of unbelief, the demonic, religious spirits, offence and to deal with the giants in the landiDeut. 7:1, Gen. 15:8. Spiritual Warfare: Deal with the ‘Girgashites’ (a ‘stranger’/unrootedness spirit that has brought disconnection in the church and communities, and especially between apostles and prophets.
    • Pierce hearts (Acts 2:37) to bring salvations
    • Harvest the fruit for the renewal and redemption of the land and nation

3. TO THE CHURCH:

A Bold New Voice For The Church

Prophets described seeing a ‘flashpoint’, ‘lightning-bolt’ or moment of ‘ignition’ for the church. One saw ‘revelatory surges of blue fire [fire burning at its brightest] coming straight from the Throne of God which released truth, hope, vision, purpose and the authority of the Holy Spirit in unprecedented measure’.
The days of silence, intimidation and even a spirit of death over the church in the British Isles are over!

  • Prophets! Stand up again and come forth out of hiddenness! The days where you have been hidden and not heard are over.jFor Prayer & Decree: Every restriction over the voice of the prophets is broken now in the might name of Jesus! Every spirit of lying, intimidation and shame is broken and banished by the Blood of Jesus!
  • You are being lifted up by Christ to where your modus operandi is no longer from the ‘ground up’ but is instead from ‘heaven down’.

Prophets And Prophetic People Arising

  • The Lord is enlarging the tent of the prophetic across the Isles. Companies of prophets will gather across the country and will reach out into Europe, working together to bring down strongholds over nations.kFor Prayer: Pray for the ‘Samuels’ who are arising – prophets who walk in friendship and a level of trust in God, so that none of their words will fall to the ground (1 Sam. 3:19)
  • There will be a great connection between the different schools and companies of prophets, forming a strategic network of communication, love and appreciation, as well as a united front in battle.

Undiluted Clarity And Truth

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32) And Jesus says to His church in the British Isles, ‘You must regain your confidence in my teachings’.

  • Where the fear of man has struck the church dumb, she will repent and once again rise to be a voice to the nation and to the cultural mountains in the land.
  • The church and its prophets will be a revelatory offensive force that will communicate the good news of the Kingdom and shatter the mindsets of doubt and impossibility that have shrouded the nation.
  • Prophets, you will begin to speak with a thundering power, with the majesty of the Kingdom – no more with apologetic tones – and you will be those who God uses to strike both the UK and Europe with hope vision and purpose.
  • Prophets will work with the other ‘fivefold’ ministries to bring revelation, wisdom and strategy that will address the controversial topics of our day with an undiluted clarity and truth – subjects such as sexuality and identity issues.
  • A generation of purity is rising but they will first need to hear an aligning, Godly truth taught on sexuality and identity issues.
  • ‘Flashpoints of truth’ will occur when the church speaks with a bold confidence into the issues of the day and comes up against the deception which is pervasive in society and which increasingly has been challenging, mocking and provoking the authority of God’s people.

2020 –  A Year Of Drawing Lines

The Lord is drawing lines in the sand and asking His church, ‘which side of the line will you stand on these things?’

  • This year the centrality of the Lordship of Jesus Christ – His Supremacy – will become the central issue the church faces.
  • All cultural challenges the church faces are secondary to, ‘Who do you say I am?’ (Matt. 16:15)
  • This will become all important as draconian and illiberal legislation is introduced at the behest of minority pressure groups and identity-politics lobbyists to silence the church, ban truth and even censor the Bible.lFor Prayer: The Holy Spirit is exposing these schemes of the enemy and bringing them into the light so that the Church can respond with prayerful and prepared solutions, without fear of alarm, and with trust and hope in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

New Level Of Apostolic & Prophetic

The church must begin to function at a higher level of the apostolic and the prophetic so that it will be fully equipped. The apostolic and the prophetic are to be put back into working relationships, like broken links in a chain coming together. As they come together it will release a togetherness across the body of Christ and the ability to partner and of partnership that has so alluded the church will be healed.mFor Prayer: pray what Jesus prays in John 17:20-25: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
When apostles and prophets function together we will:

  • See a higher level of anointing in both offices than before, moving out of the ‘shallow waters’ of both these functions.
  • Hear and see – but also understand strategy.
  • Not just understand job titles of apostolic/prophetic and their role but also the active function of these offices will also land on us.
  • See a properly functioning, Biblically healthy apostolic and prophetic and
  • The emergence of true prophets and true apostles, with a new grace on them; a new weight of anointing is landing on them even now.
  • Have leaders in the church who function as foundations.
  • Experience a marrying together of prophetic and apostolic anointings – and a fullness will come.
  • See ministry gifts function together without suspicion, mistrust, competition or leadership ‘one-upmanship’.

Look for the establishing of:

  • A new generation of leaders who understand that people are God’s treasures and are not the possession of men.
  • Fathers and Mothers who are being called into place and who will send and let people go further than they ever did or were allowed to go. They will not be threatened, or jealous, but will release others with ease.
  • Fathers and Mothers who will receive and not refuse gifted people; they will accept the new things that God is doing in His church.

The Bride must repent, be cleansed and once again rise to be a voice to the nation and to the cultural mountains in the land.nFor Prayer: Church repentance in the areas such as – drinking from polluted waters (deception/political and religious spirits) instead of heaven’s sources; operating in manipulation and control; becoming ‘wise’ in her own eyes; being silenced by the fear of man; thinking that ‘our way is the whole way’

Prayer/Fasting & A Youth Movement

God says, ‘At the beginning of 2019 I birthed a Daniel 10 prayer and fasting movement in the nation. Whilst only a few grabbed hold of it, in 2020 onwards it will become “mainstream”’.
Teaching on what it means to fast, pray and see breakthrough will become common.

  • It will emerge from surprising groups of people; particularly teenagers who will hear the call and drop to their knees.
  • Opposition to the Kingdom will fan the flames of awakening amongst teens and young adults; even suspensions and expulsions from schools for preaching the gospel and standing for truth and purity. But they will not be silenced and their boldness will shock older generations and the established order awake.
  • Even as a spirit of rebellion spoke through young activists to rally a generation to a cause in 2019, so also the Spirit of God – the Spirit of Truth – will speak through many others who will raise a clarion call to purity and will eschew the constraints of a false freedom message.oFor Prayer: pray for teens and young adults as they reject cheap imitations and ‘candy-floss’ Christianity. They will reject the false gospel of personal comfort and will instead embark on an exhilarating life of adventure and radical risk taking!

Worship Reformation In The Church

A renewed fear of the Lord and reverence for His presence will dominate the hearts and minds of those who hear His voice. In turn this will lead to:

  • A reformation in the church that will bring her back to foundational values in worship
  • A greater depth of intimacy and encounter with Him.
  • Stronger manifestations of glory in worship and the emergence of a new sound – each house will carry a unique sound that matches its mandate
  • Small groups of hungry people will gather in informal settings for worship (‘houses of worship everywhere’ – watch them spring up across the nation). Their worship releases a fragrance into the atmosphere and they will experience a greater sense of the tangible, manifest presence of God.pIntercessors: in parallel with the release of houses of worship everywhere, a fresh fire is falling that will fuel Holy Spirit led intercession, with all ages (including young) and backgrounds drawn together to call into being the God-plans and visions for their communities.
  • As they worship, hungry people will shift from being ‘consumers of worship’ to being ‘consumed’ by worship – and the fire of God will fall on them.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

This is a time for seeing, saying, singing and savouring as God releases a grace to see His goodness, His glory, in ways that many have not yet experienced.

  • This will be in the secret place and in everyday life
  • Miracles will be the new normal and angelic visitations frequent, as God demonstrates His glory in and through us, to the world.
  • Savouring – lingering, waiting, resting and enjoying Jesus – and a basis for inviting people into relationship with Him
  • God is ‘taking back worship’ – all ‘performances’ are cancelled!
  • The lines between sung worship and spoken word will be blurred in church
  • New creative expressions will emerge from this into secular music: combined spoken word/singing (including gospel declarations and scripture quotes) will trend and reach those who have never hear about Jesus.

4. TO SOCIETY & CULTURE

See Well & Speak Well – ‘Benedict’

As many have said, there is an opportunity to partner with increased vision in 2020. You will not want to go back to old levels of vision!

  • With increased clarity, depth and detail of spiritual vision, our words may hit home in a deeper way. Be careful not to react badly or take offence if these words are not received well.

We are in a season of unlocked voice and should seek to BENE-DICT (Latin: bene – well; dict – to speak) in the following ways:

  • Speak more, speak well and speak blessings and words of life
  • The land and the dry bones are ready to hear the word of the Lord in your mouth that will unlock, redeem and revive the mountains of influence (see Jeremiah 22:29, Ezekiel 37:4)
  • The land and the very molecules of our body will resonate with the symphony of love that is released from Heaven over us.qZephaniah 3:17 Pastoral Thoughts: Physicists have shown that the words coming from our mouths can change the physical environment around us. Similarly, Heaven’s ‘symphony of love’ that comes forth from our lips must resonate in every cell of our body. As we speak well (benedict) over our land, community, government, business, education, media, arts, families and our brothers and sisters, the sound will resonate with the land, bodies and even bones (we will see cancers driven out and diseases flee from bodies!)

Godly Advocacy

God is raising up a Psalm 102:18 new breed of spiritually wise warriors who will fear the Lord and who will be Kingdom advocates. They will:

  • Have a fullness of understanding that it is not up to government officials (whether Christians or used-by-God ‘Cyruses’) to reveal and steward Godly morality, directions, destiny and opinions.
  • Steward in prayer but will also speak boldly and keep walking and displaying the fruits of the Spirit
  • Fight in both prayer and in advocacy and they will quickly be raised to platforms of influence (spokespeople, future-MPs, lobbyists and advocates).
  • These Christian ‘consultants’, though formally unqualified, carry solutions and will walk in a blessing that is contrary to the shaking in the nations.

These radical, burning ones will not stop until they see societal reformation like the Clapham Sect once did. And Holy Spirit says, ‘I am putting radical words in the mouths of those who will speak with boldness and truth. These words are not about tickling the ear of the present listener but are about securing the future of generations not yet formed or born’.

  • Watch as well-known lobbyists, whose hearts are not refined as gold, are removed from positions of influence and have their platforms taken from them.rFor Prayer & Declarations: God is taking back areas of politics, government and justice that have been usurped and wrongly appropriated. He desires to dwell in these areas, and fill with His goodness and the fruits of His Spirit. Therefore: make specific, godly, legal declarations over the land and unpick evil agreements and contracts. When unclean cliques and dark alliances are broken the people of righteousness must be ready to occupy and influence.
  • God is making space for His advocates. They will be a ‘first fruits collective’sPastoral Thoughts: ‘First Fruits Collective’ – in Scripture the first fruits spoke of the first yield of the harvest (see Leviticus 23:10) which was given up or offered to God – an obedient, reverent sacrifice that demonstrated trust in God. A collective is a cooperative enterprise. How do we prepare the ground for, and support, such a group of bold societal reformers?, those who will advocate for morality again in the nations;
  • They will push back on a variety of long-standing laws with love and understanding instead of aggression and disagreement.
  • Their words will resonate with hearts first, even before minds.
  • They will not be accepted initially, but as what they have spoken lingers, an openness and invitation for their input will come. They will speak, and the tables will turn.tFor Prayer: We must pray for these new breed spiritual warriors as we see God raise them up

Those societal reformers will go against the common received wisdom of this day and will call out all that is holding people in slavery and bondage in the current age. They will emerge in the areas of politics, economics/business, psychology, neuroscience and the arts.

Abortion

What seemed like a long-lost battle for life in the womb will be readdressed in rooms of debate as these new generation Godly activists rise and begin to proclaim truth. Not many will like what they say but there will be a gentleness and winsomeness about these emerging voices that will be listened to, even by those who disagree. Their words will linger.uSpiritual Warfare: There has been intimidation leading to a shutting down of Christian voices by a ‘spirit of Pharaoh’. This spirit has silenced, manipulated and ‘brow-beaten’ the church into submission. Pray for an emboldened generation who rise up and name abortion as genocide. Church – rise up and be a defender of the defenceless.

Freemasonry, Mammon & Finance

The Lord says, ‘Free the cities! Deal with Freemasonry in the land and its partnership with Mammon. I am breaking the hangman’s noose of Freemasonry off my cities and there will be a massive breaking of debt in the land’. See 2 Chronicles 20:22

  • Expect debt clearance, cancellation and paying off of debts. Expect unusual financial miracles and a liberty from financial bondage from those who place their trust in God.
  • Steward money with wisdom. Be generous, not from a place of financial superiority, but from a place of authentic compassion. And our Saviour promises us, ‘I will take care of my people in times of crisis if they posture themselves with generous hearts’.

Dealing With Poverty

  • During this time of political and economic tumult, how the nation treats and protect its poor is of utmost importance. The enemy has a plan to cause areas to return to slum-like living conditions; cities and towns overlooked and left to decline and rot.
  • The church must systematically work to eliminate poverty. Solutions are being released to apostolic churches who will purchase land, build housing and invest in the renewal of communities.
  • Local, mission-minded churches will take greater responsibility for the well-being and care of their community’s poor. Doors will open to partner with local government.
  • National projects will emerge that are funded, led and initiated by the church but supported, endorsed and then celebrated through awards and promotion by governments.
  • Be on the look out for new industrial and entrepreneurial economic ventures, as the church enters into a strong season of wealth transfer.
  • A social justice move amongst predominantly young people will revive the country’s tradition for compassion and provision; selfishness and greed will give way to new social enterprises which are new, creative and dynamic.

Culture

  • Beautiful and pure sounds and images will come out of our entertainment establishments – a new breed of dramas will fill our TV screens. God is anointing a new generation with script and novel writing capabilities. Comic books with Kingdom principles yet accessible to the masses will become mainstream and viral.
  • A new breed of prophetic fine arts (specifically visual arts) will come to the fore – prophetic art that is not for the church but instead speaks into the wider culture (and does not merely comment on culture).vFor Prayer: Pray for the new breed of trained and skilled (1 Chronicles 25:7) prophetic artists to begin to prophesy outside of the church and into the culture around them, even pushing back against the tide of secular humanism. Pastoral: How does the church best support artists to secure opportunities to collaborate and exhibit together and to find favour with funders and authorities?
  • As the church penetrates territories that have been held captive to demonic systems (such as popular culture) there will be more ‘celebrity’ salvations. Demonic strongholds of control, manipulation and witchcraft will be challenged and exposed, leading to a deeper hunger and thirst for truth.wFor Prayer: Pray for an increase in the level of wisdom and innovation in Godly strategies to infiltrate those areas of culture that have been held captive by demonic systems.
  • The Spirit of the Lord will overshadow the UK parliament to such an extent that ministers will change their pre-planned messages as they speak, subverting the subversive and causing them to bless instead of curse.

Science & Innovation

  • We have heard of a technological ‘Arms Race’ to develop weaponry. Now we will hear of a ‘Cures Race’ as pharmaceutical scientists race to discover new medicines and solutions to the so-called ‘incurable’ diseases.
  • 2020 will see new global battles in technological and medical areas but a common enemy (e.g. a sickness or disease) will provide an uncommon unity.
  • The UK is to be known for its IT industry.xFor Prayer: Pray also for innovation and innovators in science. There is a calling over the UK to be an innovation nation once again; with this there will be a fresh partnering with scientists, technologists and innovators in Israel.

The Omega Ability To Finish Well

“Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 2 Chronicles 2:20b

You have not been lacking in visions or in getting them started but many of these have subsequently floundered or run aground before their completion . Jesus reminds His children, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end’ (Revelation 22:13).

Now He is releasing to you an omega ability to break through and finish what you have started. You will run your race with purpose and will see prophetic words come to conclusion in the spirit of Isaiah 66:9.

Notes & Prayer Points

a For Prayer: Pray that faithfulness will once again partner with pioneering, innovation and leadership and that there will be leaders who are faithful with their words, businesspeople faithful with resources, church leaders faithful with vision and their people, reporters, journalists and media personalities who are faithful with telling true and honest stories. People who walk in covenant faithfulness. Pastoral Thoughts: What does it look like to be a people of faithfulness and for the nation to be faithful?
b Look out for: Expect to read reports of unusual fish hauls and fruitfulness in the seas.
c We are in Hebrew year 5780. 80th element of periodic table: Mercury – Quick Silver. Silver symbolises redemption, hence suddenlies of spiritual transformation.
d Pastoral Thoughts: When we hear prophecies of ‘change’ or ‘suddenly’ or ‘new’ we can sometimes become discouraged when it appears like nothing is happening around us. But do not be dismayed – just as scales are stationary the moment before they tip, one tiny shift in weight causes everything to change. Further Reading: Scriptures to encourage: Exodus 3:17, Micah 2:13, Amos 9:13-14, Titus 1:2
e Pastoral Thoughts: Have we become entrenched in the way we do things? Do we embrace new things and fresh revelation from scriptures and prophecy etc. but then swallow them up into old paradigms and structures that stifle the growth and fulfilment of a ‘fresh move of God’? How are we preparing ourselves for ‘the new’ and for ‘new is the new normal’. Prayer: What do we need to leave behind?
f Pastoral Thoughts: Many commentators now describe the British Isles as being no longer “Christian” or even “post-Christian” but instead as “pre-Christian”. We therefore no longer look for signs of ‘Revival’ (because there is nothing to be re-vived) but instead of a new ‘Awakening’. How do we respond to this pastorally and evangelistically?
g For Prayer: Particular cities mentioned were Reading, Glasgow, Norwich, Portsmouth, Swindon, Bristol and Southampton – but this list is by no means exclusive. Pray for your city/town/village that it might see harvest and transformation. Pray for Heaven’s strategy in identifying the territorial spirits oppressing your region – are you being called to partner with leaders and groups in strategic spiritual warfare?
h Also in the Middle East: a new breed of female leaders is arising, especially in this region, who are not afraid to outshine others who would have oppressed them before
i Deut. 7:1, Gen. 15:8. Spiritual Warfare: Deal with the ‘Girgashites’ (a ‘stranger’/unrootedness spirit that has brought disconnection in the church and communities, and especially between apostles and prophets.
j For Prayer & Decree: Every restriction over the voice of the prophets is broken now in the might name of Jesus! Every spirit of lying, intimidation and shame is broken and banished by the Blood of Jesus!
k For Prayer: Pray for the ‘Samuels’ who are arising – prophets who walk in friendship and a level of trust in God, so that none of their words will fall to the ground (1 Sam. 3:19
l For Prayer: The Holy Spirit is exposing these schemes of the enemy and bringing them into the light so that the Church can respond with prayerful and prepared solutions, without fear of alarm, and with trust and hope in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
m For Prayer: pray what Jesus prays in John 17:20-25: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
n For Prayer: Church repentance in the areas such as – drinking from polluted waters (deception/political and religious spirits) instead of heaven’s sources; operating in manipulation and control; becoming ‘wise’ in her own eyes; being silenced by the fear of man; thinking that ‘our way is the whole way’
o For Prayer: pray for teens and young adults as they reject cheap imitations and ‘candy-floss’ Christianity. They will reject the false gospel of personal comfort and will instead embark on an exhilarating life of adventure and radical risk taking!
p Intercessors: in parallel with the release of houses of worship everywhere, a fresh fire is falling that will fuel Holy Spirit led intercession, with all ages (including young) and backgrounds drawn together to call into being the God-plans and visions for their communities.
q Zephaniah 3:17 Pastoral Thoughts: Physicists have shown that the words coming from our mouths can change the physical environment around us. Similarly, Heaven’s ‘symphony of love’ that comes forth from our lips must resonate in every cell of our body. As we speak well (benedict) over our land, community, government, business, education, media, arts, families and our brothers and sisters, the sound will resonate with the land, bodies and even bones (we will see cancers driven out and diseases flee from bodies!
r For Prayer & Declarations: God is taking back areas of politics, government and justice that have been usurped and wrongly appropriated. He desires to dwell in these areas, and fill with His goodness and the fruits of His Spirit. Therefore: make specific, godly, legal declarations over the land and unpick evil agreements and contracts. When unclean cliques and dark alliances are broken the people of righteousness must be ready to occupy and influence.
s Pastoral Thoughts: ‘First Fruits Collective’ – in Scripture the first fruits spoke of the first yield of the harvest (see Leviticus 23:10) which was given up or offered to God – an obedient, reverent sacrifice that demonstrated trust in God. A collective is a cooperative enterprise. How do we prepare the ground for, and support, such a group of bold societal reformers?
t For Prayer: We must pray for these new breed spiritual warriors as we see God raise them up
u Spiritual Warfare: There has been intimidation leading to a shutting down of Christian voices by a ‘spirit of Pharaoh’. This spirit has silenced, manipulated and ‘brow-beaten’ the church into submission. Pray for an emboldened generation who rise up and name abortion as genocide. Church – rise up and be a defender of the defenceless.
v For Prayer: Pray for the new breed of trained and skilled (1 Chronicles 25:7) prophetic artists to begin to prophesy outside of the church and into the culture around them, even pushing back against the tide of secular humanism. Pastoral: How does the church best support artists to secure opportunities to collaborate and exhibit together and to find favour with funders and authorities?
w For Prayer: Pray for an increase in the level of wisdom and innovation in Godly strategies to infiltrate those areas of culture that have been held captive by demonic systems.
x For Prayer: Pray also for innovation and innovators in science. There is a calling over the UK to be an innovation nation once again; with this there will be a fresh partnering with scientists, technologists and innovators in Israel.