in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes – 2 Cor 2:11
That verse gives us full permission to NOT be ignorant… we really MUST examine situations and history and become aware of the enemy’s schemes.
As you know God prophesied “revival everywhere” (read more here in 2008) and in the recent year or so this excitement is building as we see pockets of change bursting out all over the globe. Peace desiring nations and people would naturally be excited by this prospect. Who doesn’t want peace? Well… there is one “person” who doesn’t want peace. And he has schemes to make sure revival and the resulting peace doesn’t come about.
What were satan’s schemes in the past?
What schemes? Well… in 1904 there was the Welsh Revival and in 1906 the US experienced the Azusa Street Revival… but by 1914 the revival had stopped because of the chaos of World War 1. Thats the short version… here is the long version.
God was moving worldwide at that time…
In 1900 a revival broke out among South African Boer soldiers, who had been captured by the British and transported to various British colonies. At the conclusion of the war, in 1902, they returned to South Africa and the revival returned with them. Gypsy Smith reaped a great harvest there in 1904.
In Japan, during 1900, the church doubled in size as revival swept through many ailing churches.
In 1902, Torrey and Alexander conducted meetings in Melbourne, Australia, resulting in over 8,000 converts. This news spread like wild fire, igniting a passion for prayer and a fresh expectation for God to work in similar ways everywhere.
In 1904, Torrey and Alexandra were in Cardiff, Wales and, in the light of a minimal response to the Gospel, they called for a day of prayer and fasting. Suddenly things changed dramatically and thousands were converted during the next 12 months. On the day of prayer and fasting (according to Torrey) Evan Roberts received an anointing of the Holy Spirit with great power, in a meeting conducted by Seth Joshua. Here the Welsh Revival began. It was Sept 22nd 1904.
In Scandinavia a current revival was fanned into a mighty blaze, as a result of the Welsh Revival. Germany was similarly affected as the flame spread across Europe. Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Balkans and Russia experienced awakenings.
The United States felt the after-shock of the Welsh Revival in almost every place. Prayer, conviction and conversion spontaneously occurred, resulting in unusual church growth. In 1906 the modern Pentecostal Movement was born in Azusa Street, in Los Angeles
but satan outwitted them and his scheme (world war) stopped that momentum by releasing death, chaos and fear.
satan’s current scheme… same as before
So here we are… revival is now hitting this world… promising peace, freedom, safety… and what scheme is satan trying ti give birth to?
- Standoff In The Mediterranean: The US vs Russian Navies 5 Sept 2013
- US, Russian Naval Deployment Near Syria – Update 9 Sept 2013 ** newest
As of 9 Sept 2013 the US and Russian ships were here…. this doesn’t include submarines etc.
Source: Analisis Militares
Look at that… doesnt that look like a war shaping up? On the one side is the US and on the other is Russia and China… and no one (that I know of) knows where the Chinese navy is positioned. This is getting pretty serious.
A very complex situation
Like life… this region is very complex.
Saudi Arabia appears to have a hand in what is happening… remember that Chechnya has rebels who are fighting against Russia…
Saudi Arabia’s Prince Bandar said “The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the (Russian Olympic 2020) games are controlled by us,”
Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.” – The Telegraph
This adds to the complexity because if this report is correct Prince Bandar is indirectly threatening to use terrorism during the Russian Olympics in 2020. That is a very serious threat.
The UN confirms sarin gas was used
And in the last 24 hours the UN confirms sarin gas WAS used in Syria to kill civillians, but (importantly) the UN does not say WHO used the gas on these people. There are rumours that the sarin gas was smuggled in from other countries to the opposition but it went off accidentally. Others say it is a ruse to justify war.
But… it might also be about the love of money… again
What if… this war isn’t about sarin gas… just like Iraq wasn’t about chemical weapons either? What if this war (that satan is just itching to spark off) is about a different kind of gas?
Gas… of the kind that Qatar wants to sell to Europe, but Syria won’t let go through it’s territory. Meanwhile Russia sells it’s own gas to Europe and Russia gets richer and stronger as a world player. But if the Syrian government was changed then the Qatar pipeline could go through and Russian wealth would stop growing.
Could that be the reason why Qatar offered to pay for the war? Listen to the first 8 seconds of this video in which Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking.
Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily.
“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.”
Asked by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) about how much those countries would contribute, Kerry said they have offered to pay for all of a full invasion.
“In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we’ve done it previously in other places, they’ll carry that cost,” Kerry said. “That’s how dedicated they are at this. That’s not in the cards, and nobody’s talking about it, but they’re talking in serious ways about getting this done.
What’s really going on?
In all honesty I don’t know. I’m NOT saying that I know who did what to whom. It’s not clear. Absolutely everyone has an agenda. This is a very complicated situation. As South African President Jacob Zuma recently said ‘In today’s world, small nations increasingly feel vulnerable and unprotected. It seems like a more powerful country can use force at any time at its own discretion.’ He was pointing out that there is little or no rule of law internationally. Big countries appear (judging by their behaviour) to think “might is right”.
There is only one “person” who wins if there is war… that is satan. He will create more death, more hatred, more bloodshed, more suspicion, more anger and more desire for revenge. When young men and women go to war, or when civillians are bombed their emotions are affected. When a heart of calloused (hardened) then the person can sin against another person more easily. Is an entire country is “shocked and awed” then you can expect the people of that country to behave dysfunctionally after that.
What do we need to do? Pray!
Make no mistake we need to pray… not just for revival, but also for peace and wisdom to prevail. When a government or whoever else uses sarin gas on a population it is a significant problem. But killing people for greed is a significant problem too.
Hitler did the same thing and the world watched idly as it happened. He made up reasons to attack country after country, one by one, He claimed these countries were threats to Germany. He claimed that Germany needed “lebensraum” (living space). He claimed Germans living in other countries were under threat and he needed to protect them. He claimed anything that justified his desire to attack and invade and grab resources.
Pray that the truth of who used the sarin gas is revealed so that those people or countries will be held accountable. Pray that satans plans are revealed.
And above all… pray that the church does not remain so selfish and insular. We are to be a light to the world. Pray that the “spiritual army” of Christians are no longer confined to baracks!
UPDATE 1: The story continues…
- 18 Oct 2013 – Saudi Arabia renounces seat on UN Security Council – WSJ “”This was a message for the U.S., not the U.N.,” Prince Bandar was quoted by diplomats as specifying of Saudi Arabia’s decision to walk away from the Security Council membership.”
- 21 Oct 2013 – Terrorist attack a few hundred kilometers from where the Russian Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are to be held. YouTube of the attack here.