I Want a Nation: Europe

Getting back to our series on the continents and countries of the world brings us north to the epicenter of much of our recent historical and even religious development. This may be one of the most challenging areas of the world to talk about en masse considering everything from English to Soviet to Germanic to Roman to Baltic to even Middle Eastern histories must be considered (and many, many more). Even with such a melting pot of pronounced and established cultures living so closely side by side, I believe there may be an overarching journey that the continent has traversed.

Europe didn’t receive much attention in world history until after the time of Christ (sure you could consider Greek or Viking history, but we’ll consider the discussion continent-wide for now). But in the last two thousand years, we’ve seen a lot of action. From empires to kingdoms to regimes to wars there’s been a lot of movement. The evolution of technology, innovation, intellect, academics, politics, and a host of other developments, Europe has made an undeniable contribution to our world.

There’s a chatter around the continent as of late that Europe has moved into a place of “post-Christianity.” (The United States is not far behind FYI.) Atheism is at an all time high and a predisposed disdain or indifference toward the things of God is palpable. I’m convinced that missions in Europe is one of the most challenging mission fields on the planet. God bless those of you who are seeing fruit through European missions, I have a deep level of respect for your investment and contribution.

Europe

land of the setting sun (the “West”), wide face, broad eye

As with “Africa,” Europe was a hard name to break down. There are a host of different interpretations and etymological breakdowns for the word. The most frequent I came across in my research, however, was “land of the setting sun.” When compared to Asia (known widely as the “East”) it was noted for its contrast. Europe was West; Asia was East. Simple.

And yet, not so simple. The prophetic angle to this takes some time to look into. The setting sun is a picture of closure, it’s the end of the day. Yet, it’s the beginning of night. If I were analyzing this as a personal name, I’d look at it through this lens: descriptive, redemptive and as a charge or responsibility.

The dark of night breeds its own temptations and reputations. Scripture talks often about the differences between light and dark and especially the cautions against the “night.” If “descriptive,” we should look at the current state of things: what darkness do we see. Darkness is much easier to expose and expel if you know where it is. I think about the Red Light districts in Amsterdam or the fact that Moldova is the 2nd highest exporter of human slaves of any country in the world and I see darkness. I’ll revisit this in a second.

Second, if names are redemptive, then they are given as hope. It’s a beacon for us to always know that where there are pitfalls there always remains a best hope in God’s eyes. To whatever depths the darkness has gone, there is always hope of the sunrise to come.

Third, there’s a responsibility tied up in prophetic names. If this is true, than Europe holds a responsibility, which I believe many have seen and taken on, to show the people of the world how to navigate through a night. Not all of Europe lives in darkness, there is a strong remnant and history and proclamation currently underway.

MAY THE LIGHT SHINE!

From your coasts to your mountains to your back alleys, may the light and truth of God shine forth! Show us the way Europe!

I wanted to look into some specific countries and see what their names held as well. Here are some names to consider:

Albania – land of understanding, land of eagles Andorra – to walk the forest

Austria – Eastern march Belarus – white Russia; free; pure

Belgium – to swell with anger; bright; dazzling Bulgaria – the land that is shaken, land of disorder, split off

Bosnia and Herzegovina – land of running water; land of the duke

Croatia – warriors with horn-clad armor, mountaineers Cyprus – copper

Czech Republic – land of the Czechs (a famous legend) Denmark – the boundary, forest

England – people of the narrow waters, people of the meadow Estonia – land to the east of the sea

Finland – land of the wanderers, people of the fen Germany – the People’s Land; neighbor, battle-cry

France – spear, free, land of foreigners Greece – to grow old

Great Britain – the land of many trees Hungary – alliance of the 10 tribes

Iceland – land of ice Ireland – the fertile ground Italy – bull

Kosovo – field of blackbird Latvia – boundary land Liechtenstein – light stone

Lithuania – unite, pour/spill, lake, seashore, a rainy place

Luxembourg – little castle Macedonia – the tall ones

Malta – the land of honey, a haven Moldova – dust, mud Monaco – single dwelling

Montenegro – black mountain, restoring, harvest Netherlands – low lands, hollow, wooded land

Norway – northern passage Poland – open field, man who plows virgin soil

Portugal – port, to heat, beautiful Romania – Roman realm

Russia – land of the rowers Scotland – land of the forest warriors (loose translation)

Spain – land of the rabbits Sweden – land of one’s own kin

Switzerland – land of the Swiss (to burn) Turkey – strong Wales – land of foreigners

Ukraine – marches and borderlands Vatican City – city on Vatican hill, prophesy

Join the group and leave a comment prophesying over the countries of Europe. God’s moving there friends. It can’t hurt for us to speak some life over places and people that have become so near and dear to some of our hearts. Speak it out.

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I Want A Nation

As I’ve been praying through how to follow my series on Prophetic Names, I’ve been drawn to another place where my heart finds its passion: the nations of the world.

Many of you who read this blog share this passion. The nations of the world are a mysterious, magical place. The canvas of this earth is covered with every shade of melanin and personality imaginable. The canvas is ripped in some places, taped together in others, some lines have been erased and redrawn more times than can be counted, and the piece itself is in a constant state of being colored and shaded into the masterpiece it was always intended to be.

The world isn’t a puzzle that’s being recreated from a picture on the front of the box. It’s an unveiling we’re all waiting for but are content to watch in progress.

I’ve done some research that I want to unpack with you all on how we should be prophesying over the nations and continents on this earth.

Psalms 2:8 has been an inspiring verse for me as of late. “Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”

If we’re to inherit the earth, the nations and people, the earth in all its beauty and splendor, my recommendation is that we examine what we have coming.

In my next several posts, I want to examine the prophetic names given to the continents on this planet. How did they get these labels? What do they mean? How do we interpret these meanings in light of our present-day reality

I believe in two fundamental truths:

1) This world is full of UNACCEPTABLE REALITIES and we as the body of Christ must accept this fact and the responsibility that comes with it.

2) This world is WORTH FIGHTING FOR and eventually INHERITING. God has always believed this and has promised it to us. He wants us to join in the stewardship of it because He intends for us to participate in the creation of that which we’ll one day inherit…just like he did with Adam in the garden.

Let’s look at the places that are close to our heart. I think you’ll like what we see.