Since the day of prayer for the nation last September, the way of wickedness prevails.  At the day of prayer, David Hathaway made a point and prayed that God would raise up someone to stand against the abortion issue in Ireland.  Since then, abortion services have become legally available in Ireland.   Abortion is permitted during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, and later in cases where the pregnant woman's life or health is at risk, or in the cases of a fatal foetal abnormality. Abortion services commenced on 1st January 2019 following its legalisation by the aforementioned Act, which became law on 20th December 2018.  I watched the videos of the prayer meeting myself and sent the links to parts 1 and 2 of the meeting to one or two people as well as putting it on FB, so that you could see it for yourselves.  It seems to me that Britain is not for turning, and that we must brace ourselves for God’s anger to be made manifest in these Isles.

We should awake from our slumber and take notice of what is happening in our midst.  We have a London mayor who is a Muslim.  We have a Home Secretary, David Javid, that is Muslim (though not a practicing one to all accounts), and there are Muslims that are advisors to Ministers in Parliament, as well as Muslim MPs in the opposition party.  There are Muslims in our town councils.  We have Muslims in high positions in the NHS.  We are told that we are in a multicultural society, so to be equal and fair we must have equal opportunities for all.  For those that are observant, they will have noticed that some are more equal than others, to the detriment of Christians in particular.  “Multicultural Britain” was forced upon us by Prime Minister, Tony Blair.  Prime Ministers’ since Blair have done little or nothing to change that perception and deception.

We are told that because our nation is growing old, we need the surge of immigrants to continue coming into our land to fill the job vacancies.  That is necessary for us to remain afloat.  We turn a blind eye to the nine-million unborn British children that would be filling those job vacancies had we not cold-bloodedly murdered them in our “abortion clinics.”  We turn a blind eye, but God does not.

Standing firm

While the rest of the citizens sleep in a stupor of surrender to government legislation, the nation’s Jews are making a stand.  Thousands of (Charedi) Jews will leave Britain if ministers do not back down from forcing faith schools to teach children about gay and transgender relationships and same-sex families.  Draft government guidance requiring independent schools “to teach about homosexuality, same-sex relationships and gender reassignment” is “morally unacceptable and unlawful”.  These people are not just putting up a fight; they are willing to quit Britain if the government persist in their present direction.  Shraga Stern’s point is that under Jewish law, only Jewish parents should teach sex to their children.  Stern said, “…We are tolerant of different lifestyles but we do not promote them.”  Would that all Britain’s citizens stood up against the Godless influences that our politicians are inflicting upon our children!  The fact that we do not, means that we are compliant with what Government are saying and doing.  “For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” (Psalm 1:6).  Lamentation 4:1-22 warns that, the sin of adults can lead to terrible and tragic consequences for children.

From ungodly laws to foreign gods that we have not known before

As well as mosques in out towns and cities, churches for humanists are becoming popular.  The worship of man and the rejection of the Creator God takes place in this land that was more than once delivered from the enemy, God-blessed and protected.  Pride has placed man on a pedestal lifting him high above the Almighty.  “Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17) speaks into British life and society today.  The pride of man that speaks lie upon lie has and is continuing to shed the blood of the innocent.  Their blood cries out from the ground.  God sees, and God hears that cry.  The prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “For the Lord of hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, that he may be abased” (Isaiah 2:12).  Humanists and their god of Humanism, and all those that have laughed in the face of God, will face the Almighty God and, “The proud look of man will be humbled, and the loftiness of men brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day” (Psalm 18:27).  In “Mere Christianity”, C S Lewis writes, “The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.  Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”  Pride is not just a British disease – but it does have pride of place in this nation at this time.

“But look, you keep trusting in deceptive words to no avail.  Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before Me in this house, which bears My name, and say, “We are delivered, so we can continue with all these abominations…” (Jeremiah 7:8-10).

Open Doors

Most certainly there are genuine people among the migrants that have come and are still trying to come to Britain; genuine in wanting a better life for themselves, but they do not come alone.  They bring their foreign gods with them.  Along with King Solomon’s many foreign wives came their foreign gods.  The god, Chemosh mentioned in Jeremiah 48:7, 13, 46, was a war god, and was also closely associated with child sacrifice, acquiring the biblical appellation “the detestable/vile god of the Moabites.”  It was Solomon that introduced the worship of Chemosh into the life of Israel (1 Kings 11:7).  The child sacrifice abhorred by God in Jeremiah was probably connected with the worship of Chemosh as well as Baal (Jeremiah 7:31; 19:4-5).  Solomon opened the doors for the split between the northern and southern kingdom to take place, and for the ensuing idol worship that led to the Babylonian captivity that Jeremiah warned of.  After the split between the northern kingdom, Israel, and the southern kingdom of Judah, Jeroboam I installed calf idols at Bethel to replace the worship of God at Jerusalem.  Some scholars suggest that “Bethel” here refers to the name of a god.  The Assyrians attacked and destroyed the northern kingdom in 722BC.  Germany’s Angela Merkel’s “Open Door” immigration policy opened the doors for foreign gods, and for the god of Islam in particular, to flood into Europe.  Britain, the USA – Europe and the West are close to spiritual and moral collapse.  It would be a very simple matter for a foreign god to walk in and take possession of the souls sold into chaos.  While it is true that there are Muslims converting to Jesus, there are also Europeans and westerners converting to Islam.  The countries that were British colonies wanted independence.  They had their own languages and customs, and they wanted to live their life their way.  They received their independence.  Now those migrants that have come into Britain from various nations in the world, want Britain to be like the nations they have come from.  They want their customs, their religion, their everything to be imposed on the British people.  It is the same for those other nations that colonised lands and have since given back independence; but acquiescent Britain, for Godless reasons, lays down and allows itself to be walked all over.  It is as though we have a degenerate backbone that has crumbled away.  Our political leaders have the spinal disease called PC.  It is a disease that appears to be contagious, because it has spread into the Church and community.  Like the leaders of Israel in the time of the prophets to the Northern Kingdom: Elijah, Elisha, Amos and Hosea; and in Judah in Jeremiah’s day, the establishment and people of today are hard faced against God and His Word.  Also like in those days of old, they persecute the messengers that God sends.  While making a minor protestation now and again, to deceive the flock into thinking they are being radical, the religious leaders in fact, suck-up to the establishment, telling them only what they want to hear.  We cannot stand, because we choose not to stand against injustice and unrighteousness.  We simply accept it and absorb it into our systems – political, cultural, religious, and spiritual.  Our eyes are dim and we cannot see that we are on a path to destruction; a self-inflicted path chosen out of our own warped and degenerate volition.  Moral decay in the Northern Kingdom of Israel led to political weakness, and soon the nation became an easy prey for the advancing Assyrian armies.  Judah played the harlot and was to suffer a similar fate under the yoke of the Babylonians.

The EU and the Nations

God opened the way for us to depart from the EU.  Prime Minister, David Cameron called for a Referendum on the EU believing the people would vote to remain shackled to this monster.  It rocked his boat when people, in the people’s vote, voted to leave.  The vote was the easy part.  Since then, obstacle after obstacle has been put in the way in an attempt to keep Britain in the EU; and the fight to leave goes on, as the powers that be reject the way to freedom that God has held out to us.  There is no justice in the land, and no integrity among our world leaders.

January 1st marked the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of the euro (that is, the listed currency, not the coins).  It passed without notice, particularly in Italy, which I imagine wish they had never heard of it.  The Italian economy has remained stagnant for twenty years!  Italy's right-wing rulers are meeting with Poland’s leaders in Warsaw, to cement their “special relations”, which could make a new anti-EU league a major force in the next European Parliament (EP).

The meeting, between Polish ruling party chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and Italian interior minister and deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, in the Polish capital on Wednesday (9 January) is to discuss Poland's membership in Salvini's new EP group, according to Italian daily La Repubblica.

Britain and the EU

Just when you think our politicians can’t sink any lower, up pops an all-party group of senior MPs that plan to launch, this week, an attempt to derail a no-deal Brexit.  Their actions could lead to a Donald Trump-style shutdown and gridlock in Whitehall, and to complete paralyses at the top of government – Welcome 2019!  While Britain has been focussed on Brexit for the past couple of years, The EU has developed its own vexing problems.  The various individual nation’s fracking operations on the EU foundations, have released a mixture of strange gases into the political and social atmosphere of the European project.  Power structures are changing in the EU.  There are tectonic power shifts in progress throughout the world.  The world, that was once considered to be flat, could well end up being flattened – or parts of it at least.  The USA and Western nations, having lost their moral compass, are like lost souls wandering aimlessly around in desert places.

Closed doors

The Middle East continues to be the heartbeat of the nations, sometimes racing with anxiety, sometimes collapsing under low blood pressure.  A ‘Times of Israel’ report states that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday night said all agreements with Israel were in jeopardy, including the Oslo Accords and security coordination, due to the moribund state of the peace process. He added that he did not intend to negotiate on US President Donald Trump’s expected peace plan due to America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. ‘We are dealing with three issues that we cannot accept: the situation with the US, the situation with Israel and the situation with Hamas,’ Abbas told reporters during a visit to the Egyptian capital of Cairo”.

Abbas said, “The doors are closed to the US.”  “As long as it does not retract its decisions against the Palestinian people, no Palestinian should meet with the American leadership, no matter what their role is.”  Abbas said, “The future is dangerous.”  “I have no more strength to fight, but I will not end my life as a traitor.  I can say ‘no’, and the Palestinian people beside me also say ‘no’.”  Abbas and other world leaders who oppose Israel should take note of the Pharaoh in the Exodus, the Babylonians and the Assyrians, and all those who have opposed the God of Israel in the past.

Stormy Seas

Our lives are sometimes described as shipwrecked when we have taken a wrong turn and end up in a disastrous situation or condition.  By turning away from God, as we have in this nation, we open ourselves to all kinds of destructive forces.

It was the 31st December 1918 when a yacht was requisitioned by the Admiralty to transport hundreds of Royal Naval Reservist back to the Isle of Lewis and Harris.  It was New Year’s Eve and the war had ended.  The men were returning home after four-year’s service.  The yacht, Lolaire, took a wrong course and struck a reef of rocks known locally as the Beasts of Holm.  Of the 284 men on board, only 80 made it to land.  Among those was Donald Morrison.  Three men struggling against the elements found their way to the ship’s rigging.  Donald clung on to the main mast, while the other two men clasped onto the foremast.  With the waves crashing in upon them, the two men were eventually overpowered and washed away to their deaths.  Donald came to the point where he could no longer hold on.  It was then that some words from Psalm 37 entered his mind, in Gaelic: (‘Thig treis is furtachd thuc’ o Dhia/le fuasgladh an deagh ám’).  ‘The Lord shall help, and them deliver/he shall them free and save.’  Consoling and comforting hope was given to sustain him, even in the midst of terrible and trying adversity – Donald held on all night through; and by God’s grace survived this terrifying ordeal.  He was, in his words, “the only one to step ashore on Stornoway pier”.  A memorial commemorating this tragic event was erected on the cliffs above the Beasts of Holm, containing a quote from Psalm 77:19 – “Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

Jesus – High over all

I have said the way of wickedness prevails; but it prevails only as long as God allows it to.  Jesus is high over all, and is the ruling authority.  The powers we wrestle with in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12) are lightweight compared to Him.  He is the all-powerful God, and He will act to bring about ultimate justice on earth.  No matter how chaotic or confusing world events appear to be, we should be thoughtful that God sits on His throne, ruling over the whole world, including all the nations on earth.  Jesus is Lord of all. One day every knee shall bow to Him, and every tongue shall confess to God, or give praise to God (Romans 14:11).  This refers to those lightweight “gods” or “powers” mentioned already.  They will all bow the knee to the Almighty God.  God will ultimately bring justice to the world through the inauguration of His Kingdom.  Amen!

Even in the context of imminent and well-deserved punishment, as with Jerusalem of old, God offers hope.  God offers forgiveness to all who come to Him through faith in Jesus.  Those who are arrogant and reject His offer of forgiveness and salvation will experience God’s wrath and judgment (Hebrews 10:27).

Blessings and shalom,

Malcolm [07.01.2019]