He said, “Go and tell this people: ‘Yes, you hear but you don’t understand. You certainly see, but you don’t get the point!’ Isaiah 6 v9

The message of Habakkuk for Britain

It is not difficult to see that things are getting worse in Britain. Anyone following the news without burying his head in the sand will find it hard to escape the conclusion that Britain is on the way down.

Two threads are widely noted; Moral decay and increasing subjection to Islam.

National decay

Economically; we in the vanguard of the world recession, and our bankers have ruined our banking institutions.

Morally; at every turn our leaders are calling wrong right etc.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter!” Isaiah 5 v20

New legislation and administration advances, abortion, euthanasia, sexual infidelity, promiscuity, homosexuality etc. Since 1967, Britain has murdered nearly seven million children in the womb!

Moral discernment is heading towards being outlawed by political correctness, enshrined in anti-hate legislation. Christians are finding themselves in trouble with the Law for upholding Biblical values.

However much we put the world right as we watch our televisions, noting improves.

 

The advance of Islam

Representatives of Islam are making more and more demands that British custom and practice conform to Islamic practice and Sharia law.

Our civil and religious leaders rush to appease Islam and make ridiculous statements about Islam, revealing they understand neither Islam nor Christianity.

Our media is scared into silence by Muslim riots (eg Danish cartoons)

One trend that few are aware of

Britain’s treatment of Israel.

As discussed in And Britain? Britain has a problem with God over its attitude to Israel and has been called to repent on several occasions. These calls appear to have gone unheeded. Christian Zionism appears to have made little headway, Government appears to be as ignorant in its attitude as ever and the public hatred of Israel was revealed as truly horrific in the demonstrations against Israel’s attempt to stop Hamas bombarding their civilians with rockets.

Which is cause and which is effect?

Should we Christians be praying that God will restore our nation?

Should we Christians be calling the nation to repent?

David Pawson spoke (February 2009) and pointed us to his teaching on Habakkuk. He also said that Habakkuk was the key to understanding the impact of Islam on Britain. The conclusion from Habakkuk is a serious challenge to our hopes that we can turn the slide around (even assuming we have any concern)

David Pawson – The Tabernacle of David – February 2009 – ICEJ UK - 1 CD

David Pawson – The Challenge of Islam’s to Christians - - 6 cassettes or CDs - Anchor Recordings

or the book -The Challenge of Islam’s to Christians www.amazon.co.uk

David Pawson – Habakkuk – around 1980 – Anchor Recordings – 4 CDs

David Pawson - Unlocking the Bible Omnibus (Habakkuk chapter) - Amazon - big, bargain book

Clearly, this body of teaching cannot be summarised in a web page and you are encouraged to obtain this teaching and spend time digesting it for yourself.

What we were

The world has seen twenty one Empires rise and fall. Britain is the twenty first.

The world’s empires were destroyed by moral decay within and conquest from without.

Britain’s moral decay is clearly apparent, and while the fear of conquest from Communism has disappeared, Islam has already moved in, bent on conquest, and we appear powerless and paralysed to do anything to halt its conquest.

Britain’s empire disappeared after Britain betrayed Israel. (Destiny of Britain etc)

Like all empires, like Nebucadnezzar, we thought I achieved this and we sang “Land of Hope and Glory.” We still sing “Land of Hope and Glory.” at the last night of the Proms, but we are deluding ourselves.

No Empire has ever been regained.

Israel is the only nation to be destroyed under God’s judgment for sin but then recreated after chastening. Britain is not Israel! We Christians have been grafted into Israel but we do not bring our nation in with us – we are citizens of a new country

The interaction between Habakkuk and God progressively reveals God’s sovereign way of chastising Israel in order to make a people fit for himself. Habakkuk argues with God about whether God could use the violent, sinful Babylonians to punish disobedient Israel. Habakkuk has to discover that God can not be talked out of bringing righteous judgement when he finally decides upon it and that God is not squeamish about using violent and godless men to deliver it.

If the dialogue of Habakkuk is an outline of God’s purposes that can be applied down through history, we must see where each empire fits in to the framework. If one does this it is clear that Israel is always Israel and the empire under consideration must be slotted in to the place of Babylon. Thus Britain is seen as an empire that has harmed Israel, after being given the privilege and responsibility of being like Cyrus in re-establishing Israel in his own land. Having seen the picture this way, the decline of Britain is hardly surprising.

When God called the Babylonians to devastate Israel He was correcting a nation that belonged to him but was being unfaithful. God was sending his people into exile in order to rebuild His people from a faithful remnant.

Having accepted that Britain is not God’s chosen people, what is God seeking to do in Britain?

I believe God is interested in His Church in Britain; not the government.

David Pawson’s commission to teach the church about “Islam’s Challenge to Christianity” included the word from God that “persecution is coming and my church is not ready.” The messages given through Rev Pawson warn that Muslim persecution is coming in order to refine the church. It is time for Christians to appreciate that they are part of Jesus’ church and not part of the secular world.

How many church organisations, bodies, committees etc are functioning on a purely human and political level , albeit with a Christian veneer?

How many times do we look at what is happening and ask why doesn’t the government, council, judiciary, anybody see sense and do something about this stupidity and evil?

David Pawson reminds us about King Josiah, who discovered the scroll of the Torah and sought to turn around the nation from wickedness by government. Jeremiah the prophet refused to be part of this process since Government could never achieve spiritual revival. Rev Pawson explores the error of campaigning to get the government to reform our nation; saying, “Why don’t they do something?”

So; what are we to do?

What about writing to the newspapers, to our MPs, holding Protest marches?

Are we merely seeking government protection for our chosen way of life?

(This is not to denigrate the work of CCFON, Hatikvah Trust and others, but to put it in its proper perspective)

What about organising big repentance events and marches?

What would be the aim and who would be the target audience?

If we call for repentance, who are we calling to repent?

Have we any justification for calling anyone other than the church to repent?

 

There is a real need for repentance in Britain.

Consider the above questions and the call coming from www.repentuk.com

Decide what you want to do about repentance.

Be clear about your expectations of a repentance event.

 

We must stop trying to preserve our comfortable British Christian status quo and get ready for living in the persecuted church, like the majority of our brothers and sisters. Welcome to the real world!

"Then I heard another voice out of Heaven say: “My people, come out of her! So that you will not share in her sins, ….” Revelation 18 v4

What our nation needs from us, as it has always needed, is the call to every individual to repent of his sin and turn to God for forgiveness and salvation through Jesus. (Having first removed the logs from our own eyes, of course)

Jesus saves individuals; not nations.

Key messages from Habakkuk

Chapter 2 v4 and ch 3 v17-18

Habakkuk 2 v4

"See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous will live by his faith

Or (in the CJB) "but the righteous will attain life through trusting faithfulness."

David Pawson observes the significance of this verse in his "Unlocking the Bible" chapter on Habakkuk.

If we look at the verse in context, Habakkuk is saying that the Babylonians will kill the righteous as well as the wicked. God is saying in the verse that he will protect the righteous (or `the just') - they will survive, provided that they remain faithful to him. When the Babylonians arrive there will be many who will lose faith in God, believing that he has let them down. But God says that those who go on believing in him will survive that coming judgement.

So this is the real meaning of the verse. The word `faith', both in the Hebrew and in the Greek languages, includes the idea of faithfulness. It is faithfulness that saves; they must go on believing and keep faith.

Habakkuk 3 v17 - the end result of our trusting.

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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