An Encouragement for Today
The Church, especially the United Kingdom Church, doesn’t need any more bashing. Yet this past two years have been notable for the deafening silence of The Church.
There has been a concerted effort by vast sections of the Church to roll over, stay silent, and allow her voice to be almost totally gagged for fear of ‘reprisals’ from a reprobate government and a police state.
We’ve often talked about revival as the panacea to the worlds problems. Yet, revival, per se, is still far from God’s mind. Oh, it’s coming. It will come. It will sweep millions into The Kingdom — BUT — there are things which, I believe must happen first. Many have started to happen but some are yet to happen.
I’ve been re-reading Joel! Short book. To the point. A friend called me and pointed me towards it. “See what The LORD is saying to you through Joel!,” he said.
Joel is a call to repentance — for The Church to return to its roots — as The LORD designed it!
“Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land Into the house of The LORD your God, and cry out to The LORD.” Joel 1:14.
Fascinating!! The LORD isn’t calling me to call such fasts and meetings, but I’m certain He is calling someone to start the ball rolling!
The Church MUST stand up and be counted! The price for failing to do so comes far too high! In the Spirit, I’m taken back to the 1530’s, to the dissolution of the monasteries.
I see the grandeur, the riches, the poverty. I see the beautiful tapestries, the glorious banners. I can even hear Gregorian chant!
Yet within months everything changed. That particular ‘House of God’ became a ruin — destroyed for ever.
Fast forward to today. Once more The Church is in a pitiful state. It’s a wreck! Run as a business, for the most part, even by well meaning souls, The Church could not reflect a more opposite view of what God wants it to reflect.
“Freely you have received, freely give!”, has been replaced by, “How’s our income stream this month? Have we assessed your tithe correctly? Do we need to ask for more? We can always use more!”
When, maybe ‘will’ the Church ever wake up? When they do wake up, when God finally loses patience with them, The Church for the most part is in for an almighty shock! Now might be the right time to stock up on sackcloth and ashes!
I believe The LORD is showing me that He is about to take His Church apart at the seams before He sends revival. I believe that a deep, deep repentance is needed — hence the sackcloth and ashes.
A turning away from all that is worldly, a turning from all that is not of God. Only when ‘that which the locust has eaten’ has been stripped away will The Church realise just how serious the situation is.
Even then there will be denial and refusal to turn! Those who heed the warning will turn their focus entirely upon God and The Kingdom of Heaven. Obedience to The Holy Spirit will be their key.
I believe there is a wrecking coming to most of The Church, just as it did half a millennium ago, and it has started — or rather, The Church has started to implode.
This WILL leave a remnant, similar to Gideon’s Army, that will carry revival and The Church into a new golden era.
Yes, we will see signs, wonders, miracles ‘greater than these’. We will see the deaf hear, the lame leap, the sick healed, the dead raised — daily! We will see wave after wave of revival sweep millions into God’s Kingdom.
BUT, Repentance must come first — revival comes second, close on the heels of repentance — then perhaps rapture — only Father God knows the timing of that.
SO — Come Lord Jesus, come! Clean the temple. Bring holiness and purity to your bride!
By Your Spirit, bring harvest too, and let revival sweep across our and every other land.
Do it Your way LORD. Use whomever you will use — young, old, and all in between. Let us all receive a glimpse of Your Glory. As Your servant Bonnke once said, “Plunder hell to populate heaven!”
We give all the Glory to God!
Amen and amen.
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.