By Rick Ridings
In Acts 16, the Holy Spirit twice prevents Paul from going east into Asia. Then in a dream, a man calls Paul west to Macedonia, and Paul obeys. So begins the westward move of the Gospel of the Kingdom through the earth.
In his book God’s Tsunami, Peter Tsukahira documents how the Gospel has transformed every society where its people have taken hold of the truth of Christ. History shows how those people groups prospered after letting the Gospel permeate the culture – from barbarian Europe, then across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas, now across the Pacific Ocean to Korea and even China and down into Indonesia (Tsukahira).
The Gospel continues to move west.
Vision of an Asian army
On Feb 21, 2012, in one of our watches at Succat Hallel in Jerusalem, I had a vision that reveals one part of the wave coming out of Asia.
I saw a huge army of intercessors, worshipers and harvesters coming from the Far East to help in the houses of prayer in the Middle East.
First I saw them as horses running from Korea with torches of revival fire. They were able to quickly mobilize in missions and were the first to arrive into the Middle East in large numbers.
Then I saw intercessors as camels from China bringing silk, priestly clothing and financial provision for the houses of prayer in the Middle East. They moved a little more slowly than the horses but were very persevering and able to bring large quantities of living water to pour out on the Middle East.
Then I saw elephants coming from Indonesia. They moved more slowly, but when they moved they made a huge impact! They built bridges to the Middle East of logs of strength and ropes of flexibility. On their way, they also picked up workers from the Philippines, Malaysia. Singapore and India. These elephants were massive and began to step on and crush devils and enemy strongholds across the Middle East. Their trunks were like shofars; and when they would blow their sound, God’s enemies began to tremble.
Two Indonesians, left, dance and praise God with two Israelis, an Arab and a Jew, left, at Elav 2012.
Then the elephants began to stomp on the ground, causing spiritual earthquakes and an opening up of the hard ground across the Middle East. As they continued their journey on to Jerusalem, the elephants brought huge quantities of incense and spices for the worship in Jerusalem, just as in the time of the Tabernacle and Temple of the Old Testament when God commanded the priests to offer incense that was composed mostly of expensive spices from what is now Indonesia.
This army that brought such change to the Middle East was primarily of Koreans, Chinese and Indonesians. I believe that God has chosen them especially because they have persevered and overcome in the face on persecution.
In May, when I attended the World Prayer Assembly in Jakarta and saw that these three nationalities had by far the largest delegations present, it confirmed the vision.
The Glory from the East
In Ezekiel 43:1-5 (NIV), the prophet sees God’s manifest glory return to the Temple from the east:
His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. … The glory of the LORD entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
The direction is repeated in Messianic Psalm 110 (NIV):
“The LORD says to my lord:“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
Your troops will be willing on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you
like dew from the morning’s womb.”
“Your troops … your young men will come to you like dew” from the East. Early in the morning when the conditions are right, the dew is everywhere – on every surface, every blade of grass, on every rock and leaf.
Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world, is home to 36.9 million Christians. China, with a population of more than 1 billion, is nearly 8 percent Christian. That’s 105 million believers in mainland China (Mandryk).
South Korea is second only to the United States in the number of missionaries it sends out (Moll). China also has it eyes outside its nation as the “Back the Jerusalem” movement begins sending Chinese believers out into the nations.
In Isaiah 49, the LORD is speaking of preparing the way for Messiah and of comforting His people, Israel. In verses 11 and 12 (AMP) it says:
And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways will be raised up. Behold, these shall come from afar—and, behold, these from the north and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim.
Sinim, says Strong’s Hebrew dictionary, are “a people living at the extremity of the known world; may be identified with the inhabitants of southern China” (Strong’s).
Isaiah 42:10 (NIV) says:
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands, and all who live in them.
Indonesia is a nation comprising more than 17,500 islands (Wikipedia), and in May they hosted the World Prayer Assembly (WPA). As part of this conference, the world’s most populous Muslim nation hosted a Christian prayer and worship rally attended by 100,000 people in the stadium with another 2.5 million watching on video links in 373 Indonesian cities (Thomas).
The vision I had received of the horses, camels and elephants was read by the WPA leadership to the delegates attending the last day of the World Prayer Assembly.
What a blessing for us that one of the first actions by some of the Indonesia leadership was to send two leaders of an Indonesian youth ministries network to Elav 2012, our youth conference in Israel. When the Indonesian brothers prayed over the Messianic Jewish and Arab Christian youth and our leaders, we felt a first-fruits release of the fire from Indonesia upon us and upon the Israeli youth.
This was but a glimpse of the vast army of young intercessors from Indonesia and all of Asia who will staff the houses of prayer in the Middle East and whom I believe will usher in the breakthrough harvest in Israel and the Muslim world. Join us in praying for the quick release of this “new wave” into Israel and the Middle East.
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Pew Research Center. Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population. Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, 2011. PDF.
Strong, James. “Dictionary and Word Search for Ciyniym (Strong’s 5515)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 25 Jul 2012.
Tsukahira, Peter. God’s Tsunami: Understanding Israel and End-time Revival. Alachua, Florida: Bridge-Logos, 2006. Print.
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