“BREXIT: A SIGN OF THE TIMES”

The article below is taken from a teaching I did at our church in Luton on 19th June. The podcast will soon be uploaded to the church website. Do look out for it, until then I hope you enjoy the article.  

Daniel 12:3-4 KJV – “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased”. 

On 23rd June Britain goes to the polls in a referendum to decide to leave the EU or to stay as a full member. Membership of the European Union has been a topic of debate in the United Kingdom since before the country joined the European Economic Community (EEC, or the “Common Market”), as it was known then, in 1973. It will be the second time the British electorate has been asked to vote on the issue of European Union membership: the first vote was held in 1975, on EEC membership. Continued membership was approved in that referendum by 67% of voters.
The term Brexit refers to the idea that Britain exits the EU.
  • We have had arguments and counter arguments covering:-
  • Politics (the sovereignty of parliament);
  • Economics (free trade area, financial contribution of membership, effects on employment and wages);
  • Philosophy (one European family, no wars for over 70 years);
  • Immigration (too many people, no control over its borders);
  • Security (danger of terrorists entering the country through Europe);
  • Social policy (for example, human rights);
The spiritual and prophetic issues of Brexit.
I will not be telling people to vote or not to vote nor how to vote. Personally, I believe people should always vote for this is how we influence who governs the country.
A referendum on staying or leaving, why now?
Britain is the 5th largest economy in the world after: USA, China, Japan and Germany. It is therefore the second largest economy in Europe. Europe is the largest market in the world and the richest area in the world. Britain has contributed more to developing and protecting Europe from war, conflict and tyranny than any other country. It went to war twice in the 20th Century to keep Europe free from tyranny. Fascism took hold of large swathes of Europe (Germany, Italy and Spain). Communism took hold of large swathes of Europe and the world. Britain was instrumental in ending Fascism and Communism in Europe and other parts of the world.
Despite all this history, Britain has been ambivalent in its membership of the common market, EEC and now the European Union.
Mrs Thatcher was rejected by her party because of the EU. Her successor John Major, fought running battles with his party over the EU.
In 2010, Britain had for the first time since the Second World War a full coalition government . There have been agreements in the past but this was a full coalition government between the Conservative party and the Liberal Democrats.
In January 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron promised that, should his Conservative Party win a parliamentary majority at the 2015 general election, the UK Government would negotiate more favourable arrangements for continuing British membership of the EU, before holding a referendum as to whether the UK should remain in or leave the EU. In May 2013, the Conservative Party published a draft EU Referendum Bill and outlined their plans for renegotiation and then an In-Out vote if returned to office in 2015.The draft Bill stated that the referendum must be held no later than 31 December 2017.
David Cameron: 
  • Elected to Parliament in 2001 age 34;
  • Elected leader of the Conservative party in 2005 (age 38);
  • Became PM in 2010 age 43;
  • David Cameron will be 50 on 9th October 2016;
Commentators say David Cameron offered a referendum because he was afraid of UKIP. I believe its not just about wanting to win an election, which he did in 2015.
David Cameron, of recent PM’s including Tony Blair, has been very willing to encourage Christianity in the country.
2011: Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK is a Christian country “and we should not be afraid to say so” in a speech in Oxford on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.
The PM said it was wrong to suggest that standing up for Christianity was “somehow doing down other faiths”. And he staunchly defended the role of religion in politics and said the Bible in particular was crucial to British values. Noting the importance of peace and security in his annual festive missive, the PM said: “That is what we mark today as we celebrate the birth of God’s only son, Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace.” “As a Christian country, we must remember what his birth represents: peace, mercy, goodwill and, above all, hope,” he added. “I believe that we should also reflect on the fact that it is because of these important religious roots and Christian values that Britain has been such a successful home to people of all faiths and none.”
The PM was attacked last year for delivering a similarly Christian ode, with critics saying the address fostered “alienation and division.” In response to the speech National Secular Society’s campaigns manager Stephen Evans said it was “disappointing to see the Prime Minister again pushing the divisive rhetoric of Britain being a ‘Christian country’”.
Christianity Today March 2016. In a few days’ time, millions of people across Britain will be celebrating Easter. Just as I’ve done for the last five years, I’ll be making my belief in the importance of Christianity absolutely clear. As Prime Minister, I’m in no doubt about the matter: the values of the Christian faith are the values on which our nation was built.
I’m an unapologetic supporter of the role of faith in this country  of course I know not everyone agrees. Many understandably feel that in this seemingly secular society, talking about faith isolates those who have no faith. Others argue that celebrating Easter somehow marginalises other religions. But I’m an unapologetic supporter of the role of faith in this country. And for me, the key point is this: the values of Easter and the Christian religion – compassion, forgiveness, kindness, hard work and responsibility – are values that we can all celebrate and share. I think about this as a person not just a politician. I’m hardly a model church-going, God-fearing Christian. Like so many others, I’m a bit hazy on the finer points of our faith. But even so, in the toughest of times, my faith has helped me move on and drive forward. It also gives me a gentle reminder every once in a while about what really matters and how to be a better person, father and citizen. In the toughest of times, my faith has helped me move on and drive forward.
As Prime Minister, too, I’m a big believer in the power of faith to forge a better society. And that belief boils down to two things.
First, the Christian message is the bedrock of a good society. Whether or not we’re members of the Church of England, ‘Love thy neighbour’ is a doctrine we can all apply to our lives – at school, at work, at home and with our families. A sense of compassion is the centre piece of a good community.
Second, and more specifically: faith is a massive inspiration for millions of people to go out and make a positive difference. Across the country, we have tens of thousands of fantastic faith-based charities. Every day they’re performing minor miracles in local communities. As Prime Minister, I’ve worked hard to stand up for these charities and give them more power and support. If my party continues in government, it’s our ambition to do even more.
The spiritual and prophetic significance of Brexit.
The European Union (EU) comprises 28 member states. Each member state is party to the founding treaties of the union and thereby subject to the privileges and obligations of membership. Unlike members of most international organisations, the member states of the EU are subjected to binding laws in exchange for representation within the common legislative and judicial institutions.
A few years ago at an Apostolic Churches Alliance prayer meeting in Luton, I asked us to pray for the country because of the social policy laws that were being imposed on the UK through membership of the EU. People’s concern were often misplaced for it was Europe that was influencing social change via the EU or the  European Court of Human Rights not to be confused with the EU but nevertheless very influential on what happens in the UK.
Britain in prophecy. Since the Reformation, Britain has been one of the key countries in the propagation of the gospel across the world. Roman Catholicism was checked and reversed by Britain following the establishment of the Church of England.
To begin to understand what Brexit is about one has to go to the Book of Daniel, in particular, chapter 2. In this chapter king Nebuchadnezzar has a dream which troubles him intensely. He summons his senior soothsayers and astrologers but none can help him with the dream for he cannot remember the dream. In anger Nebuchadnezzar issues a decree to execute all the soothsayers, magicians, astrologers and Chaldeans. The captain takes the orders to everyone including Daniel and his three compatriots. Daniel asks for time to pray and promises he will return soon with the dream and its interpretation. God duly shows the dream to Daniel and gave him the interpretation thereof.
In summary, the dream was a vision of the four successive world powers that would dominate the world beginning with Babylon and ending with Rome. During the time of the Roman kingdom God would establish his own kingdom which would take over the world by way of influence and church growth. These four kingdoms would fade away never to be restored. The final kingdom would try repeatedly to regroup and become one but this would never happen.
Europe, through the EU, wants to reunite the former kingdom but this will never happen as predicted in the Bible. Both Napoleon and Hitler tried to control Europe but on both occasions they were defeated by Britain with the help of her allies.
Britain is the “grit in the oyster”, the “fly in the ointment” even though it is not a landlocked country like most of mainland Europe.
Jesus told us that the prophet Daniel will speak before the end of the world. Before Daniel ended his prophecies he was told to seal the book for the things he was enquiring about was for the end time.
I believe we are in the end time. Whenever preachers say we are in the end times people automatically think of hours, days, weeks or months. But these are indeed the end times. We are in the Day of Salvation, the final dispensation of times. We are all familiar with the phrase “the final hour”. Now this could mean the first one second or one minute or the last second or last minute. Both would be correct for they are both within the final hour. The problem is as Jesus told us none of us will know the actual time when the final hour shall come to an end. We do, however, can look at signs which are pointers to where we are.
King Saul was elected the first king of Israel because the people wanted their own king. The people’s choice wasn’t up to the job so God helped him and he was a competent king until he became stubborn and lost his way. God however, used the same institution for His own plan by choosing David, as Saul’s successor.
Joseph was sold into Egypt because his brothers hated him. Their hatred for Joseph was not of God but He brought good out of it.
The British referendum on the EU is a reminder that no matter how hard men try they will not have a United Europe not because unity is intrinsically bad but because there cannot be a United States of Europe.
In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, a stone was seen cut out of the side of a mountain which grew until it engulfed the world. This stone was interpreted as the kingdom of God and that it would be forever. God’s kingdom is everlasting so let’s preach it and invite people into the kingdom not through force or threats but by simply preaching the good news about Jesus Christ. “For the kingdom of God is not in meat and drink but in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”.
In conclusion, whatever happens on Thursday we must know that if it were not Britain it would be another nation.
The Lord’s servant
Apostle Lloyd Denny

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