The subject of prophecy has been much on my mind recently, partly because I have been leading Bible studies at my church where prophets featured and played a vital role, and even though I come from a branch of the church where many reckon new prophecies are not for today and, along with other branches who may or may not go along with this notion, reckon we live in a day when false prophets abound and therefore need to be on our guard.
I recently posted on my Facebook page, one of the many recent prophecies concerning Donald Trump (see here). One of my friends who likely gets this whole prophecy business more than many, doubted the prophecy was from the Lord but I disagreed. Interestingly he is anti-Trump and I am pro Trump, and this may have something to do with it. We both agree with the scripture injunction: “Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” 1Thessalonians 5:19-21.
Yesterday, I met up with an old friend, Paul Slennett, owner of Southend Christian Bookshop. In 1989, if he is to be believed, he was given a prophesy by the Lord (reproduced below) concerning a devastating earthquake in the City of London followed by a financial collapse. While there have been earthquakes and financial collapses since then, it has not been on the scale Paul saw in his prophesy and has yet to come to pass. My purpose here is not to convince or refute what Paul said, which is another example where the 1Thessalonians 5:19-21 treatment is in order. Based on the tests we are told we need to carry out, I am inclined to believe this prophesy.
- The Bible gives us guidance of how we might test the words of any claiming to be a prophet, including whether or not a particular prophesy comes to past. One of the tests is the character of the “prophet”, and in Paul’s case I have no qualms.
- Whether Noah predicting the Great Flood or John recounting in the Book of Revelation what he saw on the Isle Patmos, the time between making the prophesy and its fulfillment could be hundreds or even thousands of years.
- In Paul’s case, much of what he says resonates with today’s events, many he will not have foreseen, including recent geological evidence that a major earthquake, which cannot be withstood by existing buildings, and may even be likely.
I am not here to alarm but in the spirit of true prophets wish to prepare people for what may / will soon come to pass. You can order the book online e.g. through Amazon, or get from Paul’s shop.
Earthquake in the City
‘My children, the alarm bells are sounding all over Europe, for judgment is being spoken out over the nations. Over your nation, Great Britain, a mighty earthquake is about to occur, an earthquake that will swallow up the whole City. Whole companies and city institutions will collapse in this earthquake, some never to rise again.
My judgment that has been withheld for so long must now be unleashed on your nation in order that my church repent and lead this nation in repentance, for I am a righteous and holy God, just in all my ways, a God who longs to show mercy, but one who will no longer tolerate the unrighteousness of my dear church. It is out of love that I visit this nation with judgment – you must know that this must always be the case. My children, repent now before it is too late, for already the day of my return draws near and you must not be found wanting, like the virgins who did not fill their lamps with oil; but awake, my children, and be my watchmen, and speak with a prophetic voice of the judgment that is about to come upon the nations.
If you repent and turn from your wicked ways, I will visit your nation, Great Britain, once again, not with judgment, but with revival power, and I will protect you from all the strategy of the enemy.
In regard to Europe, come out of her, my dear children, for she will align herself with the Beast and the False Prophet who will arise and appear for just a short while. My children, take heart, for I am with you always. Do not give up, but pray without ceasing and see the salvation of your God.’
Prophecy given to Paul Slennett in 1989 on which the book is based