Even now declares the Lord, return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping, and mourning. Rend your heart, and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Joel 2: 12-14
In the days of Joel, swarms of locust devastated the land of Judah, followed by drought, destroying it’s economy. The plague was allowed by God, as a wake up call, to rouse the people from their many sins. ( Joel 1:5)To see the need to turn to the Lord with penitent hearts. If they continue to spurn God’s gracious call to repentance, judgement will inevitable.
Joel stresses the sovereign power of God over nations, and points out how God uses nature to get His peoples attention. Does this ring a bell?
He also gives a prophetic solemn description of what will happen at the judgement of all nations in Joel 3:14 in the valley of decision in the end times. God alone controls the course of history.
Yet, at Pentecost, Peter recited Joel’s prophetic discourse, that will happen to all those that repent.
And afterwards, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions, Even so on my servants, both men and women. I will pour out My Spirit in these days. I will show wonders in the heavens, and on the earth, blood, fire and billions of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the survivors whom the Lord calls. Acts 2: 16-21
We are seeing God pouring His Spirit out in various places, and revealing Himself directly through signs and wonders. This picture was taken on the 7th May, the last super moon this year, when the moon is nearest the earth on it’s orbit, on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. The image taken by an unbeliever, who gave me permission to use it!
It is good to pray blessing over the land and the church, but I believe it is premature at present. The church has to dig deeper, and come to God in humbleness and brokenness, and confess it’s failings before God, before that can happen.
Personal & Corporate Repentance for our Land
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. You are worthy to be praised, for You have created us by Your mighty power, and redeemed us by Your precious blood, and we are eternally grateful.
We acknowledge that we have sinned against You , and acted in rebellious and wicked ways. We stand poor, wretched, naked and ashamed before You. We fall at Your feet of grace, and repent of our sin against You, for You are a holy, righteous God, who abhors, sin.
We have allowed unrighteous laws to be passed in our government, and turned away from You. We have failed to fulfil our obligations with the Balfour Declaration, and San Reno Treaty, which You bestowed upon the UK for protecting Israel, and we are guilty Lord. May You show mercy on us and forgive us Father.
Hold Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Psalm 51:5
As the church in the UK, we have progressively embraced the wicked ways of the world, of ungodly philosophies and practises. We repent of being weak in proclaiming Your Word, watering it down to make it more attractive.
Allowing the political arm of the various denominations to over rule Your precepts, will and purpose for Your church, causing bondage to many, and restricting the flow of Your Holy Spirit.
Allowing same sex marriage and the ordination of homosexuals in the Church, an abomination to You.
Engaging in Replacement Theology, thinking the church has replaced Israel. This is arrogance, our inheritance comes from the Jewish roots, and we should embrace Israel in all that we do. The nation and kingdom that will not support You will perish Isaiah 60:12
This is why much of the church is sick and weak. Lord, we turn from all that is evil. Come refine Your church, that Your remnant may become a bride, that is fit and ready for the Masters calling .
Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you. 2 Cor 6: 17
But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him, God is Spirit, and those who worship must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24
Blessed be the Name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His, And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is right in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth.
No one can restrain His hand, Or say to Him, “What have You done”? Daniel 2:20-22, 4:34-35
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. fine linen, bright and clean.
Then the angel said to me “Write” Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!
And He added “These are the true words of God.
Amen and Amen !