A Beacon of Light for Nations
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance –Psalms 33-12.
Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people – Proverbs 14:34
Britain is God’s own country known for its great Christian heritage: the revivals and mighty moves of God that have transformed the nations and shaped the global Church. A nation blessed immensely as it has birthed many Martyrs and Missionaries, whose passion for the ‘Truth’ was such that they gladly laid their life for it, sacrificed their family life and denied the comforts of the West to risk it all to spread the Gospel to nations. They encountered hostile environments, faced death threats, went through extreme persecution, were imprisoned, tortured and burned to death but they considered their suffering worthy for the cause of the Gospel (Philippians 1:29). Such is the legacy of this nation: the Martyrs, the Missionaries and faithful ministers of God who responded to God’s call in their life in such a way that it has revived nations bringing millions of souls to Christ; and it continues to still inspire and shape the present day Church. The blood of the Martyrs is the seed of the Church; and their cries are still interceding for this nation.
It is marvelous how God has used this nation as a beacon of light time and again to fulfil Bible prophecies and key milestones in the Church Age:
- The impact of 16thCentury Protestant reformation in this nation that cut the ties with the papacy – the Roman Catholic Church and re-established the sovereignty of the Word of God in the Church (Sola Scriptura).
- The 18th Century Evangelical Revival in this nation that continued well into the 19th Century resulted in a period marked with spiritual explosion, rise in evangelism and missionary movement.
- The 20thCentury Holy Spirit revivals that took place in this nation and the rest of the world shaped the global church by bringing an understanding of the ministry of Holy Spirit through spirit led worship, validity of the Spiritual gifts, relevance of spiritual warfare and importance of leading a spirit filled life.
- British Government in 1917 issued the Balfour Declaration that showed their support for the establishment of a ‘National home for the Jewish people’ which was instrumental in the formation of the nation of Israel in 1948.
The above events have shaped the maturity and understanding of the global church and its impact continues even today. The frequency of the occurrence of such events in this nation indicate that we must not overlook at them as a mere coincidence but that God has appointed this nation to be a beacon of light for nations: a ‘Glorious Britain’ where His wonders are revealed, a nation that stands for the ‘Truth’ and defends the ‘Truth’ by fighting against the darkness in these end times. GLORIOUS BRITAIN
A nation appointed to prepare the way for the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
It is of great significance to especially discern this fact in our times, failing which we might not have an insight of what God is doing and wants to do through this nation and work alongside that vision to fulfill it.
Brexit is Britain leaving the European Union after joining it in 1973 and being a part of the 28 member state. Although Brexit is a political and a historic event, as believers we can easily get carried away by all the hype, commotion, and uncertainty surrounding it. God’s timing is impeccable and as believers our focus should be on the spiritual significance of this event in order to watch and pray (Matthew 26:41). By drawing a parallel to what happened to this nation during the 16th Century Protestant Reformation will help us gain a deeper insight on the spiritual significance of Brexit. When the papacy-Roman Catholic Church was in control of this nation, it was in darkness. The papacy practiced many false doctrines like salvation by works, penance, purgatory and indulgences representing antichrist establishment. It restricted people from reading the Bible as it believed only clergymen were divinely ordained to read and interpret the Bible. It was forbidden to translate the Bible to common language (English) and since it was available in Latin it meant only scholars had access to it and not the laymen. The nation was in deep darkness as true liberty was denied when people had no access to the Gospel (John 8:32). This changed with the impact of the Protestant reformation in this nation that opened mighty doors for the Gospel. Key changes that occurred were:
- It broke the nation ties with the papacy -the Roman Catholic Church that represented the antichrist establishment.
- Reinstated the sovereignty of the ‘Word of God’ in the Church.
- Bible was translated to English the common language and laymen had access to it. The advent of printing press made it possible for Bible to be mass produced.
- This in turn made the Bible the most widely read book that spiritually revived people and paved the way for evangelism and missionary movement in the later centuries. As people prospered so did the nation.
What has this to do with what is happening in this nation through Brexit? Brexit involves breaking away (exiting) from the European Union, symbolic of an antichrist government in the same way as Reformation broke its ties from an antichrist religious establishment (false doctrines). The antichrist government will use wealth, authority and resources in these last days to come against the plans and purposes of the Kingdom of God. The technological advancement has made it possible to understand some of the Bible prophecies which would otherwise not have been understood. For instance the stage is being set with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Holograms, Digital Currency, Digital ID, RFID chips, AI Weaponising and emerging technologies to fulfill the scriptures in Revelation 13: 15-17.
And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name – Revelation 13:15-17
As long as this nation is tied up to the European Union the light of the Gospel shall be hindered in this nation and hence breaking free from it shall open new doors for the Gospel. Brexit is an important gateway to usher this nation into that time of reformation and revivals (Habakkuk 2:14; Haggai 2:9) and restore the sovereignty of God in this nation. The wealth of the unjust shall shift to the hands of righteous as this nation regains complete control over its economy and borders.
And as we are drawing closer to that time of Brexit the birth pangs are increasing; with fear and uncertainty looming over the country as predictions of an economic crash, trade and border problems, healthcare meltdown seem to take our focus. But as children of God let us look at it with a spiritual perspective and not be troubled by the uncertainty of Brexit. The Bible says that the things of the Spirit can only be spiritually discerned-1 Corinthians 2:14.
Today the state of this nation is such that majority of the people do not have faith. The Church attendance is declining rapidly while secularization is on the rise. The British Social Attitudes survey reported that 53% of Britons have no religious faith. This has serious consequences on the society further worsened by the fact that Christian influence in education, health and social services has declined. The rising influence of secularization in the British culture can be seen in couples who find no difference between cohabiting and marriage. Bible based values are now regarded as radical beliefs and vices described in scriptures are openly practiced. Secularization has covered this nation in darkness because the light of the Gospel that once illuminated it has been stripped off from its foundations. The Word of God that was once the moral compass for the nation’s constitution to steer it in the right direction has been deserted. My children are lost because of the lack of knowledge – Hosea 4:6. Historically we have seen that a period of moral decline preceded most of the revivals; it was in such times of despair that prayers were answered. May the Lord use this Brexit season to refine and sanctify the Church and the nation so that which is unshakable remains and glory of the Lord is revealed:
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.- Haggai 2:6
The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty. – Haggai 2:9
Although many are speaking doom and gloom over this nation we as Children of the living God ought to believe for a Glorious Britain knowing that we serve a great God through whom all things are possible (Matthew 19:26; Zechariah 4:6) and fervently pray for the restoration of this nation to its former glory according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 remembering its profound Christian heritage. “Jesus is the hope of our Glory”.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope- Jeremiah 29:11.