In Matthew 24:6-8, the Bible says, “6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
It is amazing how these verses out of Matthew sound like the evening news report we are hearing on a daily basis. Why do Christians in Iraq and Iran continue to be slaughtered as a result of their faith? How can the leaders of some nations starve, torture, and kill their own people as they do in Syria. Who will be a light to those enslaved to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam? I have long given up asking God why such heinous, demonically-induced activities are happening in this world. The truth of the matter is that until the enemy is destroyed, these things will not only continue to happen, but also continue to escalate in frequency and intensity. Why would anyone in their right mind leave the borders of the United States to go to these kinds of places? If we’re going to go, at least wait until everything calms down, right? Unfortunately, things will never “calm down.” The work of the enemy will never cease to destroy people through false religions, wars, starvation, sickness, poverty, or any other way he can kill them and claim them for eternity. The devil is real, but so is Jesus.
|GI President, Jonathan Haward in the Philippines|
In the above picture, I am standing in a remote village in the Philippines. Within a day of our outreach there, we saw 75 souls saved. We go because Jesus commanded us to go. We go because it is not an equal battle—although we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of darkness, our Savior is not on equal terms with our adversary. God has already crushed the enemy, and will ultimately crush him for eternity. We go, because the Holy Spirit has empowered us to go. To see lives, families, communities, and even nations transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. No single agency can solve all the problems in a country—but God can. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14). We go because God’s power is real, lives can be rescued from an eternity in hell, and we will not stop reaching the unreached until He comes.
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