The Spiritual Implications of Britain’s Brexit Vote Last Week

by | Dec 16, 2019 | Blogs, The Strang Report

The world was shocked when Britain voted to exit the European Union in June 2016. In a way, it was similar to the shock people experienced when Donald Trump won the presidency just a few months later.

Now, the nation has voted again on the subject Thursday, Dec. 11, paving the way for Brexit to finally be accomplished under Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson’s Brexit bill, “The Withdrawal Agreement Bill,” will allow Britain to officially leave the EU on Jan. 31. The members of Parliament will vote on Johnson’s bill this Friday.

But what isn’t as widely reported is the spiritual implications of Britain’s exit from the EU.

Bible teacher R.T. Kendall says there’s an interesting connection between Trump and Johnson.

“As many Christians in America see Donald Trump as a modern Cyrus, so do some Brits see Boris Johnson in much the same way,” Kendall says. “I believe Brexit will help preserve Britain’s enviable culture, unique sovereignty and Christian heritage. These things said, I would urge that all of us pray for Boris; he needs special grace as never before.”

British evangelist Steven Halford tells me that the church in Britain is split on this issue. In his experience, churches that are Spirit-filled or charismatic tend to be pro-Brexit, whereas churches that were more liberal and interested in socialism wanted to remain.

“I’m a big believer in compassionate conservatism, compassionate capitalism as opposed to allowing the government to do these things,” Halford says. “Those in apostolic, charismatic, modern church movement—the churches that are growing—those are the ones that tend to be more conservative in their theology, more conservative in their politics.”

Christianity Today seems to agree that Christians are divided on this difficult topic. Interestingly, a slight majority of Christian evangelicals voted to remain. And yet, there are still evangelicals who “are staunchly pro-leave and feel God is at work in Brexit.”

Some even cite prophecy and prayer as reasons they support Brexit. End-times teacher Tony Pearce says the EU will be associated with the Antichrist and points to a sculpture outside and EU building in Strasbourg, France, as a representation of the woman riding the beast in Revelation 17.

Halford is among those evangelicals who firmly believe God is at work through Brexit. While he was campaigning for Brexit back in 2016, he publicly stated that God wanted Britain to leave the EU.

Halford received harsh criticism for saying this. He tells me he had a personal conversation about his belief with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The next day the Archbishop made a national speech in which he disputed every point Halford had made with him in their personal conversation.

But Halford says the 2016 Brexit vote was long expected. After all, the issues surrounding Britain’s involvement in the EU started back in the 1970s with the European Economic Community (EEC).

Halford says that within a few short years of joining the EEC (which was originally created for trade purposes), those in leadership formed a governing body and began making laws.

“They started passing laws and more and more power was given to the European Union, and eventually a president was elected, not by the people but by their own governing body,” he says. “So it’s an unelected board of people who are making laws for our country. And all of a sudden, the European countries no longer had sovereignty.”

These laws soon began affecting Britain’s ability to trade with other countries. Halford gives the example that people couldn’t eat the fish caught in their own area because of European law. Many of these laws didn’t make sense and even were not in Britain’s best interest.

Despite receiving literature from the government saying why Britain should stay with the EU, 52% of the people voted to leave. Yet, since that Brexit vote of 2016, two prime ministers have failed to figure out a way for Britain to exit. Finally, a vote was taken in the last few days, and the conservatives won by a landslide. Brexit was confirmed in a definitive repudiation of those in Britain who actually wanted to stay part of the EU.

But what does this new vote mean for Christians in Britain? Christian businessman Martin Clarke says believers must pray against division in Britain.

“Divide and rule is an obvious weapon of the enemy,” he says. “The divorce from Europe split the United Kingdom and the success of the Conservative and Unionist Party Election victory was seen in England and Wales but not in Scotland or Northern Ireland where further separation is now likely and the Union of United Kingdom ends.

“The nation’s spiritual decline has been evident these past 70 years as our Christian church leaders paved the politically correct path to where we are today. Our prime minister lives with his girlfriend in Number 10 Downing Street whilst he is still married and neither leaders of the two main parties are Christian; indeed, Jesus Christ or mention of Him is taboo and there literally is no room for Him at the inn, let alone Britain. None of our leaders, church and state, are role models, let alone soul models.

“All this comes at a time when we have seen a spiritual awakening in Europe from the tip of Norway to the tip of Italy and God doesn’t need majority; He is majority and His plans are always secured by the few, not the many. In the natural, things look bleak, but in the spiritual I still see God’s hand and remain fully persuaded that His ways are not our ways. Great Britain surrendered itself gradually and nationalism has become the new selfie, leaving us alone in the photograph, isolated, lonely and divided from unity.”

As Britain moves forward with Brexit, let’s pray that God would keep His hand on that nation.

Listen to my full interview with Halford to learn more about the spiritual factors behind Britain’s Brexit vote.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

How Divine Wrestling Changes Our Identity

All of us at some point will hit a place of getting the wind knocked out of us. We all experience unexpected detours and times when there seems to be no way out. But there is One who lives in us, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us the strength to overcome obstacles....

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: How Does God Lead Us Today?

Whether it is the Spirit leading or forbidding in the book of Acts, or the Spirit leading throughout Christian history, it’s clear that the leading of the Spirit is important. In the Old Testament, it appears that the Spirit of God could be withdrawn completely from...

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Joyce Meyer: Keys to Winning Your Race in Life

Everyone has a race to run. That just means we all have a life to live. The apostle Paul says in Hebrews 12:1 (NIV), “Therefore...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for...

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

Prophetic Word: The Lord Says, ‘I Am the Consuming Fire’

God says that during this season, He is turning up the heat, finding the gold and bringing His refining fire. Job makes a powerful statement of faith as he says of the Lord, "When he has tried me, I shall come out as gold." God knew Job's heart and Job knew the heart...

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

What Is ‘The One Thing’ God Wants From You?

In 1971, I was invited to spend one month in Singapore at a new institute that had been started by John Haggai. It was still in the formative stages then—a place where Asian church leaders would be trained and challenged to witness for Christ. Today, more than 40...

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

37 Prayers for the Suffering Persecuted Church

It was a Pentecost bloodbath and most Christians never heard about it. More than 50 Christians were killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks on Nigerians this year. Scores of gunmen rushed in to kill Christians in the midst of worship. All told, over 360 million...

RECENT ARTICLES

Prophecy: A Window of Time Has Opened for Believers to Preach the Truth

I was rejoicing and praising God on Friday, June 24, 2022, for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, knowing that an ungodly decree was overturned and one national curse was broken. I heard by the Holy...
The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

The Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: The People I Saw in Hell

In 1998, God gave me a life-changing vision of hell. I receive many questions about my experience from people all over the world, but one question I'm often asked is, "Who did you see in hell?" There are others who say they've had an experience like mine, and they...

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

The United States: Birthed in Prophetic Symbolism

One of the most amazing facts about the Founding Fathers of our nation is this: The one referred to as the "voice" of the revolution (John Adams) and the one referred to as the "pen" of the revolution (Thomas Jefferson) both died on the same day—July 4, 1826—exactly...

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

Why Did God Give ‘This’ to Me?

It’s a question I frequently hear. It’s one I’ve asked. And maybe it’s one you’ve asked, too. The question is, “God, why did You give this to me?” This can be any number of issues, from emotional or psychological struggles to symptoms or sicknesses, disabilities or...

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

No Evil Can Stop What God Has Planned

I sense it. And I perceive a growing number of people in massive proportions sense the increasing momentum of power and might worldwide. Something is on the horizon—something more eerie and ominous than what the people of the world have ever before experienced. Even...

Pin It on Pinterest