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Storms over Britain: who is to blame?

In the political domain the 'finger-pointing' of our blame-game culture has been much in evidence. Clifford Hill looks 'under the surface' of the deluge through a spiritual lens.

by Clifford Hill
Feb. 2014


The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 in London broadcast to the world a demonic incantation calling upon the spirits of the underworld to flood Britain. These are the words they used:

Olympics closing ceremony"I call upon the spirit of Autumn. The spirit of water, of the ebb and flow of emotion; of open seas and running streams, of cleansing rain; spirit of the evening sun, of twilight and of Autumn. I call upon the spirit of Winter. The spirit of earth, of the womb of creation; of the night and the snows of winter, deep roots and ancient stones".

It was deeply offensive to Christians to hear words of pagan rites being broadcast to the world as representing the spiritual heritage of our nation. If it was offensive to Bible believing Christians how much more offensive it was to God!

For far too long we have allowed secularists, humanists and spiritists to speak out unchallenged as though they are representat ives of the spiritual and cultural heritage of this nation. When the closing Olympic ceremony was broadcast to 750 million viewers acro ss the world it was a deliberate insult to Christians and a serious denial of the God of Creation who has blessed this nation for hund reds of years and brought us through the 20th century - the most violent in world history - with two world wars that threatened our ver y existence as a nation.

In 1940 the whole nation was called to prayer at the time of the Battle of Britain when the remnant of our army was miraculousl y rescued from Dunkirk across the Channel: and a spirit of confusion caused Hitler and the German High Command to fail to follow up with their victory in France by an invasion of England. Winston Churchill, addressing Parliament, stated that this was a miracl e and an answer to prayer. Some three months later when the German air force had failed to defeat the RAF the nation was called once aga in to a day of prayer, thanking God for his protection of our small island.

The closing Olympic Ceremony 2012 was a disgrace and a deliberate insult to the God of our fathers. He would be fully justified in saying that we had invoked the spirits of the Earth to flood the nation and now we are suffering the consequences. It is time t o call the nation together for prayer once again - but this time in repentance and asking God's forgiveness that we have spat in his face and spurned the God who has loved us and protected us in times past and who is still calling out to us now and warning us of the gr eat danger that lies ahead.

The storms over Britain today are a foretaste of the tsunami of economic and social chaos that will descend upon us in the near future unless there is a spiritual change in the life of the nation

Clifford HillThe Rev Dr Clifford Hill MA BD PhD is a sociologist and theologian. His pastoral ministry has been in inner-city areas of London including a long ministry in the East End during which he also held a Senior Lectureship in the Sociology of Religion in London University.
He was the founder of the Newham Community Renewal Programme, one of the largest urban mission organisations in Britain. He also founded Prophetic Word Ministries which had an extensive international ministry from 1982 to 2005 with its flagship magazine, Prophecy Today. [The magazine continues now under a new title 'Sword', a new editor and the focus is on declaring God's Word into the church in the belief that the judgements which Dr. Hill warned of are now self-evident.]

Clifford is the author of more than 30 books, covering a range of subjects including race and community relations, socio-political studies, biblical commentaries and research studies on the family, as well as many journal papers, tapes, CDs and other resources, including some written jointly with his wife Monica. Their latest joint venture is a study guide of the Seven Churches of Revelation - Ephesus to Laodicea.

Other articles can be found at the Issachar Ministries web site.

Clifford Hill, 14/02/2014

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Brian Ross 14/02/2014 16:34
As I plan to be for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, I was out of the country for the 2012 Olympics, so was unaware of this publicly-broadcast incantation. However, as Dr Hill states, it must have been highly offensive to the Creator God. Other, political, decisions must surely be equally offensive, when mere men fly in His face

Perhaps the UKIP councillor who took such stick when he blamed the onset of this atrocious weather on the adoption of so-called "gay marriage" wasn't very far out after all!
Realist (Guest) 14/02/2014 17:36
unless there is a spiritual change in the life of the nation

But how can there be a spriritual change?

How can an unbelieving godless nation - led by heretical and apostate 'christian' leaders be called to repentance?

How can an unregenerate nation change its spirituality - except for the worse?

The person that this country needs most - is the person that this nation has rejected.

This nation - pseudo Christian, religious and secularist alike have been blinded to their need for Christ's grace and are in the process of running themselves through on the sword of God the Father's unmitigated wrath....

There is absolutely no point in speaking to 'ears' that God Himself has deafenned - absolutely no point.

I don't believe that a solution to this nations problems exist.

All that is left for this nation to do, atheist and anglican alike, is to live out the consequences of their godlessness
Editor 14/02/2014 17:46
Realist, what you have said leaves God's sovereignty out of the equation and ignores much of the Bible's teachings on the character, purposes and promises of God (with whom all things are possible).

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Colin Ford 14/02/2014 19:02
Excuse my ignorance, but I have never before heard of Dr Clifford Hill.
As you have posted the above on your site, briefly, what exactly are his eschatological beliefs?
Ofcourse you are very right regards God; "with whom all things are possible" Mark 10.27 KJV.
However, He will not break His Word, and will He not put all enemies under His feet, Psalm 110.1 KJV?
I don't believe in any revival, I see things only getting worse, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Antichrist?
That said, I believe that in the short term (weeks/months) this current flood disaster will abate, and things will get back to 'normal'. Who knows there could even be a drought later this year?
Watching the news on TV, one thing that constantly annoys me is everyone blaming mother nature! Well they couldn't blame the Almighty, as that would be acknowledging Him as the Creator?!
Editor 14/02/2014 19:27
Colin, I have added links to Issachar Ministries into the article and sidebar. Cliff is probably best known as the founding editor of the magazine Prophecy Today.
Dale Munday 14/02/2014 19:45
Colin Ford,
You say that you 'don't believe in any revival'. There are many groups around the UK currently praying for such an event. Are they wasting their time in your opinion? What about the great revivals of the past - in the early 18th century things were as bad I believe as they are now - and then came John Wesley, George Whitefield etc... Nearer home, what about the Hebridean revival of the early 1950's? These revivals were God's response to the earnest prayer of God's people.
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