Philippians 2:17 “Yea, and if I be offered (poured out) upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.”
Today it may seem that Islam will win. There is a tidal wave of momentum especially in Europe which some now call Eurabia. The feeling sweeping much of the globe is that Israel needs to give Jerusalem away to the Muslims which of course would in effect destroy Israel. Israel isn’t Israel without Jerusalem. This is simply a ruse to succeed where Pharaoh, Haman, Hitler, Arafat and others have failed— to destroy the Jews! The Muslim led countries think they are playing the nations of the world like a violin. The UN led by Europe, Russia, China, and the USA are increasingly in lockstep with Islam. There was a man mentioned a moment ago named Haman in the Persian Kingdom led by King Ahasuerus (Ah kash fair oos). This book of Esther story is usually told during the feast of Purim in the late winter/ early spring, but it is timely–right now.
Haman was riding a wave of seemingly unbridled success in Persia. The King promoted him to great power and notoriety. Every new day brought more recognition and power to Haman. He parleyed this success to do something that Amalekites like Haman historically loved to do—kill the Jews. His hatred for the Jews along with his pride and arrogance kept him in the dark about a few critical items of interest:
To come against the Jews is to come against the Holy One Of Israel!
The Persian King’s wife was a Jew!
Mordechai, the Jew that Haman hated the most and even built a gallows on which to hang him, was the beloved cousin and counselor to the Persian King’s Jewish wife!
Today there is a powerful man in Persia (Iran) who has long reaching tentacles called Hamas, HIzbullah, and others, that stretch to Israel’s borders along with the other nations of the world attempting to destroy Israel. Today all these nations and evil leaders ride a wave of seemingly unbridled power and unstoppable designs to destroy the nation of Israel and, make no mistake about it, then the Jews all over the world! Mr. Haman’s wave came crashing down on the shore or like a rat trap the LORD snapped the metal bar down on his head when Haman could not resist the bait. You see, the Jews became the cheese in the rat trap for Haman: Esther 8: 7 “Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.”
Haman built the gallows for Mordechai, but who went to the gallows? Haman and his ten sons were the gallow’s victims. Like then, it is a hazardous thing today for the nations to lay their hands on the Jews, the land of Israel, and the center of the world–Jerusalem.
For many years the nations have used Islam to destroy the Jews and now Islam is spreading around the world destroying the nations including America!
It may look like the nations will force Israel to give away Jerusalem, but always remember this: Jerusalem is the cheese in the rat trap!
“Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy.” Psalm 126:5
After just having returned from my 10th mission trip to Africa, third to Rwanda and the DR Congo, I’m reminded of my first trip in 2002 when I went in tears and a broken heart from a 41 year marriage that had just abruptly come to an end.
As always I see and hear heartbreaking and troubling things in this part of Africa that has seen its share of turmoil, fighting, even death, and I remember why the Lord sent me in my own tears and heartache, because I know Jesus and so many there do not.
At a women’s conference our last two days in the Congo, after a lesson on how powerful our personal testimony can be regarding the trials we have experienced and how the Lord has walked with us through them, I asked for testimonies from the women of Emmaus Church of Christ, DR Congo. Their testimonies always blow me away. One young lady stated “our men are mean here, plus Huttu men are coming in and raping us.” Then she asked this question “Sister, what can we do about this?” I reminded her this was not God’s original plan when he created man and woman, but very quickly into his creation sin came into His beautiful garden and we live now in such a fallen world where evil is everywhere and I am sorry for what you are going through here. I then asked her if she knew Jesus as her Savior, and she said yes, but not with conviction in her voice.
In the night it became evident to me from this woman’s response that with this group of women I had taught them about my testimony and others had shared theirs, but I failed to address how they too can have this Jesus who saves and rescues, who walks us through our valleys. Graciously the Lord sent me back to this same group of women the next day and I was able to tell them that although you cannot escape where you live, when you have Jesus as your Savior, there is nothing man can do to take salvation from you. If you are here today and you don’t know this Jesus, things will get much worse for you when you die, even worse than they are now where you live. I explained to them when Jesus was here on earth doing His public ministry, many people missed Him then because they wanted somebody to “fix” today, “fix the oppression they had from Rome.” They even shouted “come down off the cross Jesus, save yourself Jesus, then I will believe.”
Today in the world, many still miss Jesus because they are looking for somebody to “fix” today, instead of seeing that He has done something far greater, He has fixed eternity so that we can spend it with Him instead of with Satan, the one who hates us so much and causes the hearts of men to be so mean that they would rape innocent women. I reminded them of the danger of seeing the sins of others who hurt us, but not recognizing that it is our own sin that separates from God and it is from our sins that we must be forgiven if we are to be saved. When I told them what the Bible says about the free gift of salvation that God has given to all of us through His Son Jesus Christ, how we must accept this gift for ourselves before we die, six women responded and received Jesus. Among the six was the young woman who the day before had asked “Sister, what can we do about what is happening to us today?”
During my own tears and heartache the Lord sent me to Africa in 2002 and over time, He has replaced the heartache and tears I had with His joy and a passion for His people in Africa like I could never dream or imagine. I don’t know why the Lord has chosen me to be His witness in His beautiful Africa, but I am certain that He has and He has reminded me of these verses in Psalms 126:5-6 “Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him”
I sowed His word in my own tears and He has brought a harvest in His time in the places He has led me to go. I praise Him for this Sister who was so lost she could only see her situation as it is today here on earth. Now she has eyes to see that here on this earth what she experiences is all the hell she will ever have, and when the Lord takes her home, she will live without pain, sorrow, heartache, and best of all, in the presence of the One, Jesus Christ, who loved her enough to die for her too. Today I am shouting with joy – Bwana asifiwe – Praise the Lord that He loves us so and will save all from our sins who will believe.