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Oct 19, 2021 | Famine and Rumours of War

Famines and Rumours of War

AS we move into 2022 we read of rumours of war and famine. Russia threatening to invade Ukraine which has the largest Jewish population outside of New York and the devastating famine which has hit Afghanistan. Andrew Boyd from Release International says that thousands have fled the Taliban but for the Christians who chose to remain are at risk of their lives. To listen to the full interviews go to my podcasts for 2nd & 9th February 2022. From more details go to www.releaseinternational.org.

Famine and rumours of war.

Famine and rumours of war.

As we move into 2022 we are already seeing increased turmoil and unrest in the world with rumours of war between Russia and the Ukraine and famine in Afghanistan causing great suffering to the people including the beleaguered Christian community.

Autumn Blog 2021

Autumn Blog 2021

Autumn 2021
This is an excerpt from Tony Pierce article Light of Days.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12 year run as Israel’s prime minister ended on June 13th as parliament approved a new ‘government of change.’ Naftali Bennet is Prime Minister for the next two years, after which Yair Lapid will take over as PM. The new government is made of a number of differing factions. Naftali Bennet is well to the right of Netanyahu politically and has in the past called for Israel to annex parts of Judea and Samaria. Lapid is a centrist liberal, who supports a Palestinian State, but opposes the division of Jerusalem. The coalition is made up of right wing, centre and left wing parties, some of which want Israel to leave the West Bank altogether and an Arab Islamist party which presumably would like to see a Palestinian Arab state replacing Israel. For the first time in Israeli history it does not contain any of the religious parties in Israel. One Israeli commentator likened it to a car with four wheels all pointing in different directions, whose only point of unity is their desire to remove Netanyahu from power.

Netanyahu may have had his faults, but he did manage to create a strong Israel, able to resist the threat from Iran and its allies. He also made peace settlements with a number of Arab countries and increased a positive influence for Israel in much of the developing world, as it exported its phenomenal achievements in agriculture, technology and medicine. He welcomed Christian support of Israel and acknowledged God as the one who had given the Jewish people the land. He stood for the Zionist programme of Israel’s restoration as the Jewish homeland, based on the Bible and history, unlike many of the factions that make up the present coalition. His ouster will encourage anti-Zionist elements inside and outside of Israel.

Regarding the present coalition, Naftali Bennett has made a public commitment to the Bible (see our section ‘Bible binds Israel to America). On the other hand one of Yair Lapid’s first acts as Foreign Minister was to hoist the Gay Rights rainbow flag on the flagpole outside the Foreign Ministry. Where will he take Israel, when (if) he takes over as Prime Minister in two years’ time.

There is a prophecy in the Bible of an end time government of Israel which will be made up of ‘scornful men’ who will make a ‘covenant with death’ to save themselves from an ‘overflowing scourge’ (danger of invasion):

‘Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol / hell we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.” Isaiah 28.14-15.

This prophecy indicates that at the time of the end there will be a government in Israel that will scorn God’s word and covenant and will agree to a ‘covenant with death’. This covenant will not stand and will lead to ‘the overflowing scourge passing through’ (an enemy assault). At this time it will be ‘a terror just to understand the report’ – in other words the news will be terrible.’ (Isaiah 28.18-19). Time will tell whether this government will move Israel in this direction, but we do see factions within it which reject the Bible and biblical moral values.

Isaiah’s prophecy indicates that there will be a group of people who will make the right decision at this time and believe in the Lord and His Messiah:

Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily. Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet.” Isaiah 28.16-17.

These ones will not act hastily or rashly but with faith as they believe in the Lord. The reference to the ‘precious cornerstone, the sure foundation’ is significant because this speaks of the Messiah:

‘I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation (my Yeshua / Jesus). The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.’ Psalm 118.21-23.

This verse is quoted or alluded to six times in the New Testament, pointing to its fulfilment in Jesus (Matthew 21.42, Mark 12.10, Luke 20.17, Acts 4.11, Ephesians 2.19-20, 1 Peter 2.6).

‘Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2.6.

The Messiah will bring real peace and safety to Israel at His return. Scripture indicates that before this happens a temporary peace may come through the covenant spoken of in Isaiah 28 and in Daniel 9.27. This will be a false peace mediated by one, who offers peace and safety, but brings the exact opposite:

For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5.3

Famine and rumours of war.

Famine and rumours of war.

As we move into 2022 we are already seeing increased turmoil and unrest in the world with rumours of war between Russia and the Ukraine and famine in Afghanistan causing great suffering to the people including the beleaguered Christian community.

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In the latest Middle East Report, we encourage listeners to pray for Iran where God is moving in unprecedented ways. Today, despite persecution, Ian is the second-fastest-growing church in the world, second only to Afghanistan. This is encouraging news but there is much to intercede about concerning this Middle East nation.

According to the research organization Operation World, Iran has the fastest-growing evangelical movement in the world. This is great news indeed and a reason to continue to pray for Iran on an ongoing basis.

In fact, Operation Worlds says that in the last 20 years, more Iranians have become Christians than in the previous 13 centuries—since Islam came to Iran! In 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today, there are hundreds of thousands—some estimate more than 1 million.

How to Pray for Iran

The church in Iran is growing despite persecution and needs our urgent prayer. Thousands of Christians are driven underground. If converts are caught they face imprisonment. The church leaders and pastors are targeted for their faith. The Iranian authorities target Iranian pastors because they know if the pastors are no longer there, the church cannot survive. Instead, the Iranian church is driven underground and Iranians are coming to know Jesus. So, your prayers are vitally important for Iran and for the Iranian church.

  • Pray for protection for all in church leadership in Iran;
  • Intercede for the Iranian Christians that their faith would remain strong;
  • Petition Heaaven for the authorities who feel threatened by the rapid growth of the Iranian Church, that God would bring them to salvation.
  • Ask God that the testimony of these faithful Iranian believers would bring many more into the Kingdom.

Listen to Jennifer Nevill’s Iran-focused podcast, where she talks to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) about Christian persecution in the Middle East, and the need for fervent intercession.

“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:19)

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