By Charles Gardner
A book dealing with a prophesied financial earthquake set to strike London calls on Britain to repent of its betrayal of the Jews.
This is among a string of sins which it is claimed have provoked the judgment of God. The list centres on how the country has forsaken its Christian heritage and moved away from the Coronation Oath through which the monarch vows allegiance to the Protestant faith.
Earthquake in the City was published in 1997 but has come under renewed focus in light of next week’s referendum as a call to come out of Europe forms a significant thrust to the prophecy on which the book is based.
The prophecy appeared to have been partially fulfilled by the serious recession of 2008. But it is believed the ‘big one’ is yet to come and that it will shake the foundations of the City of London – the world’s foremost financial centre – and probably be accompanied by a physical ’quake as warning to a nation that has forsaken the God of the Bible.
Published by Jesus Is Alive Ministries and co-authored by Clifford Denton and Paul Slennett, the book takes an in-depth look at the nature of the prophecy, along with its implications and the need for repentance.
Though given to Christian bookseller Paul Slennett way back in 1989, it is as relevant today as ever. It speaks of “alarm bells sounding all over Europe” and of an earthquake that will “swallow up the whole City. Whole companies and city institutions will collapse…, some never to rise again.”
It calls for church-led repentance which, if taken up, will lead to revival. Then it adds: “In regard to Europe, come out of her…for she will align herself with the Beast and the False Prophet who will arise and appear for just a short while.”
This echoes a biblical passage from the Book of Revelation (chapter 18) on the ultimate destruction of a great, but evil, world power – compared to ancient Babylon – that will arise in the last days before Jesus returns.
Earthquake in the City reminds readers that it was the 18th century evangelical revivals that paved the way for 19th century social reform including the building of hospitals, the abolition of slavery and child labour, and the introduction of schools for all.
But now we are in the process of throwing away our freedoms, for which we have fought at great cost. Key among these is the undermining of our sovereignty by Europe on an ever-increasing scale. Laws based on the Ten Commandments have now been supplanted by others reflecting secular values and moral relativism. And it was time we broke with the Continental link.
In addition, Britain – and the church which ought to be influencing the nation – should repent of passing godless laws allowing abortion, easy divorce, homosexuality and general promiscuity. And the City will be in the eye of the storm of a coming crash because we have made an idol of the economy. Much of the debate on next week’s referendum has centred on this factor, whereas few have raised the issue of the undemocratic values represented by the EU, or of its disturbing resemblance to the evil world system described in the last book of the Bible (Revelation).
Earthquake in the City also points out that, though given the inestimable privilege of guiding Israel to statehood through the Palestine Mandate she held from 1917-1947, Britain turned its back on the Jews. Fortunately this didn’t prevent Israel’s re-birth, but it is widely felt on these shores that we could have done so much more to help them at a time when they were threatened with extinction.
We have allowed godlessness to come in like a flood, and we haven’t raised a standard. But, as already mentioned, the prophecy adds a promise of revival if the nation repents.