A hard Word for today!
Hot or Cold
I was watching two Church Services recently. One in the morning from Britain, and one in the evening from America. The difference between the two was so marked.
The British service, from a Church we know — we know the pastors and one or two of the members — is a good, sound, teaching Church, full of The Holy Spirit.
The teaching and preaching was solid, but quiet, and was received very quietly, hardly a murmur, and certainly no emotion and definitely no applause!
The American Church service, on the other hand was awash with applause; was alive with noisy feedback; and was generally ‘alive’!
The difference in both delivery and reception was so marked as to make one wonder if one was alive and the other quite dead?
There was no feeling of anything about to happen in the British Church, but there was the feeling of excited anticipation in the American Church.
The comparison was stark!
If I were to base judgement on the evidence of my eyes and ears, I would say that the Americans are prepared and very close to Revival, but the British are as far away and unprepared as ever for anything close to Revival!
There is obviously a great difference in the attitude and expectations of the two Churches — maybe as a direct result of the two countries different corporate approach to life.
Britain is the staid, slow, careful maybe reticent approach, whereas the American approach is ‘up and at em’, let’s get this done.
Britain is ‘at arms length’ and controlled: America is up close, personal, and emotional. The American Church gets in your face.
America is a Church with a vision and the will to fulfill their vision.
Britain is a Church with little or no vision and, sadly, very little will to even have a vision, let alone fulfill it!
The realisation of this fairly breaks my heart!
But what do the prophets say? The prophets on both sides of the pond are fairly well aligned with the view that revival will start in Britain and spread to America, although there is a growing feeling prophetically that America will receive revival first — maybe because of their willingness to actually receive it!
So, what do I hear The LORD saying today?
To the British Church, I believe The LORD is saying, “Because I have offered you Revival, but you have virtually ignored My offer, I will remove the Lampstand from your midst and place it elsewhere.
You have not received Revival, because you have doubted My Promises; you have not acted upon the Words of My prophets sent to prepare you; you have ring fenced yourselves to the extent that growth is now almost impossible, and you have become lukewarm and apathetic to any move of My Spirit among you.
You have rolled over and allowed the world to dictate how, when, and where you can meet. You have allowed you oil to run dry and your lamp to flicker and nearly die.
If My People, who are called by My Name, do not repent and turn from their wicked ways, then I shall delay any plans I have to allow My Spirit to move amongst you.
I have not changed My Mind about you — I Love you with an Everlasting and Unconditional Love — but you have not believed My prophets, nor My Promises, and I will defer them until I see you are ready!” says The LORD.
“This is not every British Church, but many in the British Church in general. Some places I will encourage with a visitation of My Spirit, but you are not ready for Revival as a whole!
It’s building, it’s coming, but first the British Church at large must Pray, must Repent, and must Return to Me!” says The LORD.
To the American Church The LORD says, “Prepare to receive My Spirit in Power and in Glory. I AM coming to you and you shall receive Me.
Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has the mind imagined the length, depth, width, and power of the Revival I AM sending to you.
Repent now, and see My Spirit move among you in power you cannot even imagine.”
“Remember My Word — ‘Look among The Nations and watch — Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days, which you would not believe, though it were told you.’ ” (Habakkuk 1:5) says The LORD.
Hear the Word of The LORD today for Britain and America.
~ 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.