A prophecy in time of grief
As the nation mourns the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who died peaceably on Thursday 8th September, I am moved to write this message of condolence. May the Lord comfort the hearts of the royal family members, and people of Britain and the commonwealth everywhere. Beyond this, I want to point to the significance of this season for the UK, the Church in the nation, and the world at large. This is no ordinary transition. May we gain understanding of the times and hear what the Lord is whispering to the discerning.
An era of glory has ended for Britain. A symbol of sovereignty has left the scene. The crown remains, but the times have changed. A major change has occurred. Britain received a new a Prime Minister and a new King in the same week – not a coincidence at all. It is a sign for the nation, for those who know how to read the signs. The Church in the nation must recognise the sign and the signs, and seek the Lord at this hour, for grief will give way to gloom, and gloom will multiply grief. But the Church must arise as a beacon of light in the night, a place of comfort for those who mourn. This is not a time to point the finger and become an emissary of doom. Rather, this is a time to shine as light in a dark world, to speak truth in love, to rescue the perishing, to manifest wisdom in the face of widespread confusion.
There will be confusion. There will be darkness. There will be false hopes and dashed expectations. But there will also be hope and comfort. Arise, Church, and bear the burden of the weak, in prayer and in practice. Many would desperately want to trust the government of a new era. But this is the time to trust the ancient of days. Those who trust the arm of flesh will be put to shame. Those who trust in the name of the Lord shall be elevated.
Seventy years were ordained for God’s nation to come out of captivity. A seventy-year cycle has now ended, and captors are encircling the nations. The entire globe is under siege. The hands of the oppressors will be strengthened for a season. Time will accelerate. Prophecies will come to pass. Many will fall. The strong will endure to the end. Many were expecting Her Majesty the Queen to reach her century year, but her time has been cut short – the Lord wanting to spare her the gloom of the coming days for her years of faithful service. Yes, it pleased the Lord take her at this time, in peace, and to give us signs we cannot ignore. Let us respond to the Lord in the secret place and shine His light in the open square.