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# In Awakening Austria the Lord did it!
While I Vienna, Austria taking part in Awakening Austria from 13-16 of June, the Lord reminded me of a Vision I had nearly NINE years ago.
The Presence of the Lord was awesome and the moving of the Holy Spirit was SO visible that thousands felt it--- our God is a great and Living God...hallelujah!
In December 2010, while serving the Lord and taking part in a Training Session for new converts in Istanbul, Turkey we received a Word from the Lord. Three different believers -- all were young! -- at three different time told us about a Vision they have seen. Amazingly it was exactly confirming what the Lord HAD shown me months earlier, while serving Him and His people in Iraq. The Vision was about Thunder Storm hitting Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland and parts of Germany (South-east and Central part). With a roaring thunder, I could see lightnings hitting some places...and the name of those places appears; most of the names I did NOT know. I wrote down some of those names...
Those young people told me the very same thing about the Thunder Storm and the Lightnings. One young woman was from Ukraine, the other young man from Kazakhstan and the last young man was from Uzbekistan. Austria was NOT mentioned!
Every one of them repeated the VERY SAME Verses I received from the Lord: " But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me" Act 26:16-18.
At that time I was struggling with the residency in Europe and how to manage it with an expired passport...!
Then the youngest, last young man from Uzbekistan came to me and gave me some money "The Lord wants me to give you THIS" he said and put the money in my hand. I prayed that night like never before and when I put my head to sleep the very same Vision came again --- The Lord was sending me BACK to Europe!
In the morning I went to a Travel Agency and asked about One Way Ticket to Bucharest, Romania--- the price was exactly the same amount I received from that young man from Uzbekistan!
Years later, after travelling to Europe with a passport, which's expired over 15 months earlier, still the door was OPEN and the Lord guided me through WITHOUT and problem, SOMETHING happened. It was in 2012 when we were serving in Austria and we heard the news that the Holy Spirit was moving and touching people. I was not present but other brothers were and they were with young believers who decided one Sunday to go to the Centre of Vienna and to PRAY. They were asking God for forgiveness for Austria and it's people, especially their sins during World War Two. Suddenly people were falling on the street, confessing their sins and asking for forgiveness...!
That was happening in a time when I saw a SHIFT in the pattern of the Thunder Storm...which moved a bit AWAY from Slovakia to cover Austria!
Our God is GREAT and He is able to do amazing things, as we have seen during Awakening Austria and those thousands of people who came to the Lord will be used mightily to expand the Kingdom of God. We saw how the spirit of antisemitism was broken, the spirit of wisdom touching and enabling people and the spirit of reconciliation was set free when the younger and older generations were reconciled.
We will continue praying because we have faith that Europe will be saved--- it was those same verses that later God used to send Paul to Europe...and it was saved. Continue praying with us for Europe and it's Christian Heritage.
# We want you to remember Mousel...it is June, the 10th!
When I was in Iraq June, 14th 2014 the day was hot and became even more terrible because the Muslim terror reached the ancient city of Mousel, at the heart of the Valley of Nineveh.
The news was very short: 'ISIS captured Mousel' --- and with that the world saw the real face of Islam, as in Muhammad's time. Men were killed, women taking as (sex?!) slaves and Christians were either beheaded or crucified.
The world was not only shocked; and who would not seeing such kind of pictures (As below), but also silent!
It was so terrifying that fear gripped everybody, including the brave ones and they were trying to FLEE from the Islamic Terror. Then I myself fell in the hands of Muslim terrorist, just two days after the fall of Mousel and saw, literally, death face to face!
Only a Living God could do what happened to me and HOW I was saved was the proof--- our question today to every believer: DO YOU REMEMBER?
WE, from ICOM, did what we could to help and though the enemy put stumbling blocks, we managed to continue because of Jesus.
We ask you to PRAY for those suffering Christians in Iraq and to stand with them, because they suffered in a terrible way ONLY because they love Jesus and REFUSED to deny Him.
Let this Day be a day to remember, as we remember and EXPERIENCE Pentecost everyday; it was NOT an event of the past. Yes we forgive, but we WANT to remember the horror of crucifying young Christian children or enslaving young Christian girls and women added to the destruction of every Church and nearly every Christian property.
# Do you remember Pentecost?
Many in the Church have nearly no knowledge of the Holy Spirit, thus they have NO personal relationship to Him; what a tragic reality!
Today Monday, June the 10th is Pentecost and we want every believer to rejoice, because our God is faithful and He keeps His promises.
There was a promise from the Eternal God "“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…” Joel 2:28.
The Israelite were waiting for it for centuries, but when it happened only SOME were there; those were the ONLY ones who were baptized by the Hold Spirit. They remembered what Jesus told them and WAITED
"promise “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you…” John 14:16-17.
#Today Sunday April, 21st is Resurrection Day and worldwide people are celebrating an 'Event' which took place nearly two thousand years ago and impacted history. For us, those who believe in the Saviour Jesus Christ, it is NOT only an event, but the Intervention of the Eternal to change the Temporal...once and for all. In the Bible the Word of God says "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16. THIS Everlasting Life has a PRICE--- Jesus PAID that price and offered YOU salvation. Our Resurrection Day Message is for YOU not only to READ but to ACT--- YOU are the one to decide WHERE to spend Eternity:
“When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” John 2:22
On Palm Sunday, or the "Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem," as it is often called, especially in the Middle East, where the Church was first founded, we were in Qara Qosh, Iraq. It is a Christian town since the second century and the people there speak Aramaic. The town was nearly completely destroyed by ISIS when it was attacked on August, the 6th 2014 --- like in Golgotha, evil seemed triumphant!
I’ve seen evil under different banners and names, the last under the acronym ISIS, doing terrible things and our Lord Jesus told us “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10a. Yes, those Muslim Jihadist stole, killed and destroyed, but Palm Sunday in Qara Qosh, Iraq was DIFFERENT this year, as it was different last year. The streets were crowded with people in procession; wearing traditional Christian clothes and joyful in their Lord Jesus; the scene was so touching. And in Aramaic and in Arabic they were singing a short Hymn:
O Christ our God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion,
Thou didst confirm the resurrection of the universe.
Wherefore, we like children, carry the banner of triumph and victory,
and we cry to Thee, O Conqueror of love:
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
They were the very same people who’ve lost literally everything just few years ago; their love to Jesus was visible…but WHY?
We should read in Exodus 12 to understand the background of the Passover of the Israelites, and Verse 21 tells us: ”Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them ‘Draw out and take you a LAMB according to your families, and kill the Passover…’” Ex 12:21--- God is talking about a LAMB…!
Different Christian groups were already marking Resurrection Day on separate dates by the end of the Second Century and it was associated with FASTING, as Jesus did fast forty days. That was the origin of Lent, which means in the old Anglo-Saxon (Lencten) Spring Season AND it is the name for March too (Lenctentide, or as some write LENTentide ) meaning Springtide. Many traditions are rejected today and forgotten over the years, but they served their objection in keeping the TRUTH about the sufferance, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of course local as well as cultural traditions influenced believers over generations, but one fact stands up clearly: On ‘Easter Sunday’ as they call it, the Church attendance is the highest. The various events like sunrise services and Passion plays attract more people. But in areas of the world where Christianity is not welcome, like in Muslim countries, the time we celebrate the risen life of our Savior plays out differently.
In many countries, believers must celebrate in secret—not unlike those who followed Jesus two thousand years ago. While in the so-called Free World Christians may think of their celebrations as the traditional way to honor our Savior’s sacrifice, today’s persecuted believers might actually be experiencing something closer to the original Resurrection Day. Methods for calculating Resurrection Day are fiendishly complicated and a uniquely baffling synthesis of mathematics, astronomy and theology.
As Christians believe Jesus was crucified during the Jewish Passover festival, Resurrection Day is celebrated around the same time. Nonetheless, different Christian groups were already marking it on separate dates by the end of the Second Century as mentioned.
But let the Word of God speak to us: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen…” Lk 24:5-6 --- THIS should always matter for you and me. Resurrection means ONE must have died first --- that was the LAMB mentioned by Abraham “And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide Himself a LAMB for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together”
And it is the LAMB the Israelites supposed to offer and use it’s blood so DEATH will Pass Over. For us it is “…Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29--- yes, the WHOLE world needed a Saviour because “…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” Rom 3:23 and “For the wages of sin is death…”
In Qara Qosh I did NOT see Catholics or Protestants; I did NOT see Baptist or Pentecostal…I only saw PEOPLE rejoicing in their Saviour --- it was a great demonstration of FAITH before men on earth and the Heavenly Hosts. They were declaring exactly the SAME message, as those in Jerusalem nearly two thousand years ago ‘Hosanna…hosanna in the highest…Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord’. They did NOT do it out of tradition only, but from hearts full with gratitude to the ONE Who saved them--- not only from their sins, but also from those persecuting them, like ISIS. No more parade for Muslim Jihadists at the heart of Christian Land in the Middle East, but triumphant procession for believers in Christ and lovers of the Saviour. These people KNOW what Jesus went through; as He said they were hated, persecuted and killed because of HIS name. I am glad that the Word of God in Romans 6:23 did NOT stop but continued to say “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” and also our Lord Jesus Christ in John 10:10 did NOT stop but continued to say “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10b.
Jesus died, to give us life…and we should live this life for HIM and help others to be ‘resurrected’ and joining the Caravan of Love towards heaven.
In our Resurrection Day Message last year we wrote: “I am so amazed when I read what Jesus said “… I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” John 11:25-amazed because NOT MANY believers are willing to share this truth with others!”
Our last word for this year will not be different: – if you appreciate what Jesus DID for you, then DO the same for others; the Scripture tells us “And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S Passover” Ex 12:11--- Which means, you should be READY. Our prayer is that, through your GOING to the world, many will change their direction and join those who believe. We claim many would be saved and brought to the Kingdom of Light through the simple things we say or do and that the Holy Spirit would confirm the Word ‘… working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” Mk 16:20. Rejoice with us because we know Jesus Christ, the Lord, and keep in mind: “The Lord is risen, truly He is risen…Hallelujah!