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Prophecy Update: Missions and Prophecy                 5/4/2022

We are going on a missions trip on May 8-15. This means that next week there will be no update. In this update, I would like to focus on world missions. Jesus was clear with us 2000 years ago; He commanded us to go into the whole world and preach the gospel. For 2000 years, the church has spread to every corner of the earth. The rise of the mission movement paralleled the rise of Israel. Mission trips are still needed because there are lost people and many need to be discipled.

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

“By 1900, even after a second burst of Protestant missions, there were only 15,000 European and American Protestant missionaries throughout the world. Those who went had short careers; many died within the first two years on the field. Thus the numbers remained quite small. But the magnitude of the modern missions movement must not be measured by the number of missionaries. It must be measured by the growth of the church.” christianitytoday.com 

We needed more missions because there were more people on the earth. From 1900 to today, we have increased the population by 6.5 billion people. God raised up people to influence missions as He raised up the nation of Israel. Here is an inspiring story about William Borden.

“William Borden — No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. In 1904 William Borden graduated from a Chicago high school. As heir to the Borden family fortune, he was already wealthy. For his high school graduation present, William Borden’s parents gave their 16-year-old son a trip around the world. As the young man traveled through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, he felt a growing burden for the world’s hurting people. Finally, Bill Borden wrote home about his “desire to be a missionary. One friend expressed disbelief that Bill was “throwing himself away as a missionary. A story often associated with Borden says that, in response, he wrote two words in the back of his Bible: “No reserves.” home.snu.edu    

God called Borden to the ministry and as you will see, God used him in an incredible way. I have used his story in the past to inspire people to share the gospel and go into missions.

“Even though young Borden was wealthy, he arrived on the campus of Yale University in 1905 trying to look like just one more freshman. During his first semester at Yale, Borden started something that would transform campus life. One of his friends described how it began: “It was well on in the first term when Bill and I began to pray together in the morning before breakfast. Borden’s small morning prayer group gave birth to a movement that soon spread across the campus. By the end of his first year, 150 freshman were meeting weekly for Bible study and prayer. By the time Bill Borden was a senior, one thousand of Yale’s 1,300 students were meeting in such groups. He wrote in his bible, upon graduation from Yale, Borden turned down some high-paying job offers. It has been reported that in his Bible, Bill Borden wrote two more words: “No Retreats.” home.snu.edu 

God used Borden in an incredible way in college. He did what I want my students to do. Be faithful to get in the Word and pray, watch God do His thing. Ministry is so fun when you have the right perspective. It is God’s work Gods way! There are no little people and no little places for the Lord to use His people. At the same time, God raised up people to reestablish Hebrew as the language of Israel.

“William Borden went on to do graduate work at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey. When he finished his studies at Princeton, he sailed for China. Because he was hoping to work with Chinese Muslims, he stopped first in Egypt to study Arabic. While there, he contracted spinal meningitis. Within a month, 25-year-old William Borden was dead. Was Borden’s untimely death a waste? Not in God’s perspective. As the story has it, prior to his death, Borden had written two more words in the back of his Bible. Underneath the words “No reserves” and “No retreats,” he is reported to have written: “No regrets.” home.snu.edu  

Yes, it is tragic that Borden died so early, but God used him to inspire the student volunteer movement and missions exploded again. This led to the college ministry movement and by WW2 we saw some great ministries start. Navigators, Campus Crusade, Inter-Varsity, and a host of others were started during WW2 and after!

This is what happened, think about these stats?

“In 1800, perhaps 1 percent of Protestant Christians lived in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. By 1900, this number had grown to 10 percent. Today, at least 67 percent of all active Protestant Christians live in countries once considered foreign mission fields. And the church is still growing rapidly, even explosively, in many areas—Korea, sub-Saharan Africa, Singapore, and the Peoples’ Republic of China.” christianitytoday.com  

Another story that has inspired me towards world missions is the Moravians.

“The Moravian Community of Herrnhut in Saxony, in 1727, commenced a round-the-clock “prayer watch” that continued nonstop for over a hundred years. By 1791, 65 years after commencement of that prayer vigil, the small Moravian community had sent 300 missionaries to the ends of the earth. Could it be that there is some relationship between those two facts? Is fervent intercession a basic component in world evangelization? The answer to both questions is surely an unqualified “yes.” christianhistoryinstitute.org 

When God wants to move, He inspires people to pray. In all of my studies about revival, they always started with an unusual movement of prayer. I say unusual because it started innocently with some Christians in a barn, or a dorm room, or in a business. Usually they start off small then God moves. This is how the revivals of 1730, 1810, 1859, 1905, and 1967 started.

“The story of Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians is truly one of the greatest in church history! God used these humble, simple believers to launch the first Protestant 24/7 prayer movement and the first Protestant missionary movement, taking the gospel to the ends of the earth! For Zinzendorf, gospel-centered, loving fellowship with Christ was the essential manifestation of the Christian life. He had chosen from an early age as his life-motto the now famous confession, “I have one passion; it is Jesus, Jesus only.” owpc.org  

What always amazed me about this story is the simple faith and commitment of the people. This led to the 100 year prayer meeting that fueled missions to every continent!

“Heitz, Zinzendorf’s manager, in writing a letter to Zinzendorf gave the name of this place Herrnhut which had a double meaning…first it would be a place under the Lord’s watchful care,  a place of refuge under the canopy of the Lords’ presence. Secondly, it would be a place where the Moravians would keep Watch before the Lord, in prayer and intercession.  A key verse for Zinzendorf was Isaiah 62:6,

“On your walls O Jerusalem, I have set watchman; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent, you who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise on the earth.” owpc.org  

I have been praying Isaiah 62:6-7 for 27 years. I was so inspired to pray this verse because it is prophetic in nature, it is about the Lord establishing Jerusalem. The timing of God doing this coincides with every nation hearing the gospel. God gave Jerusalem back to Israel in 1967. Since that time, the rapture of the church has been in play. We who believe that God is going to lead the world to the Tribulation Period also believe that Jerusalem is going to be the main sticking point for the world.

Here are a few verses about this truth:

“Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”

Luke 21:24

“It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:3

“I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.”

Joel 3:2

It is never wise to curse Israel and tell the world that Jerusalem is not the capital city of Israel. That will bring the curse of God quick. That, America has done in the last few days! Revivals are happening all over the world, Iran, China, Africa. I hope that America sees a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Thursday is national day of prayer, pray for revival.

“The Biden Administration Tells Israel They Have No Right To The Temple Mount And Warns That Jews Praying There Is ‘Provocative’ And Must Stop: Think of how obscene it is saying that Jerusalem must be an “international city” and cannot come under the control of the very people to whom God gave the city to thousands of years ago. Whenever there is a problem on the Temple Mount, it is always blamed on the Jews, never on the Muslims who attack them constantly. Jerusalem is not an international city, it is God’s city in the kingdom of Heaven, and that Day is coming when King Jesus will remind everyone just who the land-LORD really is.” nowtheendbegins.com 

Russia Says Israeli Settlements in Syria’s Golan Heights Threat to Regional Stability: Speaking during a meeting of the UN Security Council, Vasily Nebenzya said: “Israel’s settlement plans in the occupied Syrian Golan threaten to undermine regional stability.” tasnimnews.com 

“Very serious clash erupting between Russia and Israel as Russian foreign minister says, ‘the worst anti-Semites are Jews.’ allisrael.com 

As Russia and America race to curse Israel, God is saving people all over the world. The Rapture of the church is close and God has increased missions exponentially the last two hundred years. Historically you can see the rise of missions and the rise of Israel parallel each other. It is so thrilling to be alive at this special time in history. I will leave you with this verse:

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Matthew 24:14

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We live in the last days and the Bible commands us to watch for the Lord’s coming. I have a keen interest in history, prophecy and current events. I read widely about political and military developments and write a weekly blog from the things I follow. My special interest is in Middle Eastern affairs.

Since I was in college, I have also studied how God judges nations. It all started in Buck Hatches’ class at Columbia Bible College in 1979.

I fell in love with God’s word and especially the prophets. The results of this interest led me to writing The ‘I’ Judgements: Four Sins that Bring about the Fall of Nations. It serves as a warning to the United States, showing biblically of what we need to repent.

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