To Judah and Jerusalem
The Prophet said to Judah and Jerusalem, “My people have forgotten me . . . they have stumbled in the ancient roads and have gone off into bypaths, not the highway. . . . Behold I am shaping evil against you . . . .return from your evil ways and amend your doings . . . . or I will show you my back and not my face in the day of your calamity. “
What did the people answer? – “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah . . . let us smite him with the tongue, let us not heed any of his words.”
Just a few years later the nation’s Chronicles contained the following words – “the LORD God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy. Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans.”
The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar in BC 586 is well known. When there was “no remedy” the Lord allowed the Chaldeans to invade.
To Great Britain
The Prophet said to Britain and London – “Sombre indeed are the faces of my holy ones as they look upon your land. They are aghast at the sin that has become so rampant within this nation, a nation once great, anation once given by me the opportunity to demonstrate righteousness to a great part of the world. You began, but speedily failed; so has your empire disappeared. There is grief in my heart as I look upon your land, where once my name was honoured, but has now become a prey to any foul spirit. . . .
“My holy ones see the position of my hands, for whereas once my hands were around your country in protection, now are my hands changed, and they are above and pointing to judgment, for I am opening the way for the workers of iniquity to come, and I give them liberty to damage and harass your land because you have rejected my protection.
“My beloved people, I tell you of things that are to come that you might hear my voice and that you might respond. I wanted to make your land a demonstration to the world of that which is good and that which comes from a country that owned and honoured my law, but alas, it has become a demonstration for the enemy of that which comes when every polluted thing is not only permitted but made legal by the leaders of your country. I will put such rulers that shall bring the country to the very edge of destruction.
“I move up and down your ranks, looking earnestly not only in your eyes, but into the depths of your heart, to see if there are any who will stand in the gap. Yes, I long for them – those who deal severely with every sin and wrong practice, those who will heed my word and instantly obey it, those who will turn aside from the more selfish desires of the flesh, those who will pay no great attention to the desires for comfort and ease either in body or spirit or mind, but who will embrace the roughness, heat, and strife of real warfare.”
What do the people answer? “Warfare? Strife? No – Jesus defeated the Devil on the cross. We have no room for negatives. Let us gather together and enjoy our times of worship in the Spirit and praise Jesus for His victory.”
An earlier prophet once said, “Britain will lose her empire and all her colonies and will come to almost total ruin, but will be saved by praying women.”
But the sword of Damocles still hangs over the nation’s heart. Truly Britain and London are in a parallel situation to Judah and Jerusalem. Will the Lord see a turning? Will He hear the cries of “praying women”? Or will He have to say, “There is no remedy”?
(O.T. words from Jer.18 and 2 Chron. 36:16. Prophecies from Alex Buchanan (1975) and Bishop Aristocoli in Russia (1911))