Looking Back at Prophecy: God is Faithful!

On May 14th, 1948, Israel—a land that had been conquered and ravaged after the Israelites’ diaspora—became a country once again.

The world was in shock. But for those who know the Bible, it was just another prophecy coming to pass: a prophecy found in Ezekiel 36 and 37, explaining that the nation of Israel would one day the Hebrews would return to the land and that Israel would be rebuilt (source). Though seemingly extraordinary, this event coming to pass was just another situation where God kept His Word.

In a sermon by Amir Tsarfati, another amazing thing was brought up that I wanted to highlight. Most Christians know the passage in Ezekiel that most call “The Valley of Dry Bones.” For those who do not, this passage of scripture is in Ezekiel 37; in it, Ezekiel is in a valley of dry bones, and God asks him, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel replies, “Sovereign Lord, You alone know” (Ezekiel 37:1-3).

God tells Ezekiel to speak and prophesy over the dead bones, saying that He will bring them back to life (Ezekiel 37:4-6). Shockingly, the bones are resurrected; flesh is put back on them, and God gives them the breath of life. This can sound zombie-ish, I know– but God goes farther than making half-dead, zombie-like creatures. He literally brings them back fully from the dead as human people!

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Why do I say all of this? Because God promised to bring life where there was once death; but Amir Tsarfati pointed to one way in which this true as he spoke today, and it’s a way I had never thought of before; a way that blew my mind and strengthened my faith.

In the 1940’s, 6 million Jews were placed into Nazi concentration camps, made to do forced labor to death. Whoever didn’t die from the hard work and lack of nourishment was gassed or tortured, sometimes used in medical experiments. Many, if not all of these people, became literal skin and bones.

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Courtesy of Jewish Virtual Library

But there are many Jews in those camps who evaded death and Nazi Germany, and later make full recoveries. These were the Jews who came back to Israel in 1948—Jews in the Diaspora. Dry bones, brought back from the brink of death to life.

As I heard Tsarfati speak about this, it placed more faith in me. God took so many, just as Ezekiel prophesied THOUSANDS of years ago, from death, and brought them back to life. The life of those who were only dry bones, resurrected.

It reminds me: God will do what He says He will do. There’s no stopping Him, though it seems that He is being stopped right now.

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So, look up, friend: Jesus is coming soon! His purposes win out in the end. Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess Him as Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).

He will bring out the captives, and give freedom to those in oppression (Isaiah 49:26-Isaiah 62).
Do you trust that He is capable?
Do you trust that He knows what is good and what is bad?
Do you trust that He will always keep His Word?

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Christ can do anything, friend. And He has told us what He will do in His Word.

I encourage you to subscribe to Behold Israel with Amir Tsarfati, who loves speaking about eschatology and end-times. It will blow your mind and encourage your heart.

What promises has Christ made to you that you are holding on to, right now? Where has God been incredibly faithful to you?

The Chibok girls will not be held captive forever, of that I am confident. I am also confident that He has Leah Sharibu in the palm of His Mighty, Sovereign Hands. I can rest in His Might. Can you?
Let’s trust Him, and rest.


Do you know Jesus?

Anyone who takes a good look at Bible prophecy will see that the Bible can be trusted.

But there is one thing, one event, that is of the utmost importance when speaking about Bible Prophecy, and that is the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Jesus, and why He can be fully trusted, here.


Please pray for…

  • The Chibok girls. Pray that they would know the Truth, and that they would be free.
  • Leah Sharibu. Pray that she would be protected and freed.
  • Those who are currently suffering. May they cling to Jesus and His Promises.
  • The families of these young women, men and children in captivity. Pray that they do not lose hope.

Thank you for your prayers!!

 

 

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They were told it was safe. But on Saturday, September 8th 2018, the people who had just returned back to the city of Gudumbali, Nigeria were, once again, terrorized and forced out by Boko Haram. Continue reading

The Love of a Parent

It was 11:00 pm at night. I had gone to a friend’s bonfire… almost another state away. I had left at 9 pm, but as I was driving down the rocky road down to the main highway, I found that the highway had been completely closed off due to a fatal accident and I had to turn back around.

Driving back to my friend’s house, I was suddenly filled with fear and anxiety. I called my parents, telling them about the situation. I didn’t want to stay overnight at my friend’s house, but with so much distance between me and my home, I thought I didn’t have a choice.

As I texted my parents about my anxiety, my mother called me. Although they were a good 60 miles away from me, they decided—at 11:00 at night!—that they would come and get me. It took them a good hour and a half to get to my friend’s house, and we finally got home at 2 am. My feelings of anxiety in the face of an unsure situation were calmed by the love my parents showed me, coming to get me when it was more than out of their way. Continue reading

Prayer for Buhari’s Salvation

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths… kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.”
(Psalm 148:7, 11-12, NIV)

On August 27th, 2018, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, promised that he will “spare nothing” in trying to get the Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu, back to safety and freedom. This was all done as Leah Sharibu was recorded begging President Buhari to bring her freedom from Boko Haram– with three women kidnapped by the other faction of Boko Haram, under Abu Musab Albarnawi, doing the same thing.

It is no big secret that President Muhammadu Buhari is, like other leaders, under a lot of pressure. At the core of it all, Muhammadu Buhari and his cohorts in the Nigerian government are mere men. And as I read Psalm 148 this morning, I came to realize how important it is to pray for our leaders, no matter how lofty– especially when concerning their salvation and belief in Jesus, in the case of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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It is my prayer that Buhari comes to know Jesus, and that he would be included in the throng of people who worship Christ, as Psalm 148 exhorts. Would you pray alongside me for his salvation?


Do you know Jesus?

“In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” (Proverbs 21:1,  NIV)

Whether or not it looks like it, Jesus Christ is in control– and He alone is God. Learn more about Jesus, His sovereignty, and what it has to do with you, here.


Please pray for…

  • That Leah Sharibu would be set free soon, and that she would be used by Christ to bring all people to know Jesus.
  • That the remaining Chibok girls would be set free soon.
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, that he would come to know Christ.
  • Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, that she would come to know Christ.
  • The family of Muhammadu and Aisha Buhari, for their salvation as well.
  • For the leaders in your life, that they would come to know Jesus and be blessed in a personal relationship with Him.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

BREAKING: LEAH SHARIBU SPEAKS

Leah Sharibu is reportedly alive, well, and begging the Nigerian government to save her from captivity to Boko Haram! You can read more, as well as hear the audio short of her speaking, here.

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, promises that “nothing’ll be spared in bringing the Chibok girls home.” In the mean time, let’s pray hard for her, and for the Chibok girls!

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“Dear Lord King Jesus,
You are in control; only You and You alone know where Leah is, and how she is truly faring.
Dear Jesus, we pray in Your Name that You would expedite the freedom of Leah Sharibu. Please show her Yourself even right now, and do the miraculous for her and her loved ones and family.
We trust in You, Jesus, and thank You that You have taken care of her so far. Please continue to take care of her as her freedom draws near! Please continue to fill her family and friends with Hope, Strength, and Comfort.

Please, Lord God, deliver the rest of these precious young women to freedom. Thank You, Lord Jesus!
Come soon!
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen!”

JESUS IS IN CONTROL!!! May Leah be safely rescued/freed, soon!!!

Psalm 126: Bring Back Our Girls

Yesterday, I was reading Psalm 126. I found it to be incredibly similar to the cries of so many hearts right now for the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu when reading the footnotes of the Psalm. What those footnotes say are in the brackets so that one can see its alternate meaning.

Please continue today to pray for the soon return of Chibok’s girls, as well as Leah Sharibu. Thank you. ❤

“1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of[a] Zion [brought back the captives to Zion],
we were like those who dreamed.[b] [restored to health.]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord, [bring back our captives, Lord,]
like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow;
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.”

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