Blessed Be Egypt My People, Assyria, the Work of My Hands, And Israel My Inheritance Isaiah 19: 25 W W W . J E R U S A L E M C H A N N E L . T V
The LORD Will Be Known In Egyp t’ Isaiah 19: 21
“The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.” On the front cover of this edition of Exploits is a photo of an icon of Jesus from one of Egypt’s oldest monasteries dating back to early Christianity. We blessed our Egyptian brothers and sisters for having kept the faith and enduring much persecution ever since the Apostle Mark first brought the Good News to Egypt. I spoke from Isaiah 19: 1 about the melting heart of Egypt as a result of the prophecies foretold in that sublime chapter. And with our latest visit to Egypt, we are beginning to see the fruit of our labors over the past decades of helping to build up the Isaiah 19 Highway. That chapter concludes with marvellous prophetic promises and a regional benediction in verses 21-25: “And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.
By Christine Darg
The banner poster for one of our prophetic meetings in January 2019 in Cairo, Egypt, depicted King Jesus riding into Egypt upon a glory cloud. This is because Isaiah 19 opens with a very bold prophecy: Minstering an altar call in Heliopolis, the City of the Sun
In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” It is by the spirit of revelation that the LORD of hosts and his Messiah shall be known in Egypt. When I first started preaching in Egypt in the 1980s, the level of revelation was low concerning the LORD’s covenant with Israel and the confederation that Egypt will share with Israel during the Millenium. But after decades of intercession, it is becoming easier to preach the whole counsel of God to Egyptians. Our assignment at this time is to preach prophetically and to strengthen the indigenous church in the midst of persecution. Although I have ministered in both Lower and Upper Egypt, this was the first time to be invited to speak in Heliopolis, the City of the Sun. It was my joy and honour to proclaim the prophetic promise of Isaiah 19: 18 there: “In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The City of the Sun.” And with that verse in mind, Peter and I preached salvation and healing from Malachi 4: 2, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings....” Each day there were opportunities to pray for and anoint believers with fresh oil. I was delighted to
hear the healing testimony of a woman who attended our Gospel tent (photo below) at the Pyramids in the 1990s. At the time, she was suffering from corroded discs in her back, but when she danced in the Presence of the Lord in our worship tent, she was healed—20 years later she is still agile and vigorous! Glory to God!
We share the vision of Reinhard Bonnke, with whom we worked for six years, that Africa shall be saved, from Cape Town to Cairo! But we also embrace God’s vision of the Isaiah 19 Highway. Thanks to our partners for standing with us to make God’s vision for the region a reality. Jerusalem shall be the worship capital of the world!
Watchmen & Women on the Walls N e w Ye a r I n t e r c e s s o r y P r a y e r C o n v o c a t i o n
“If we’ve ever seen Bible prophecy fulfilled, we’ve see it tonight,” said worship leader Roy Kendall responding to the extraordinary move of the Holy Spirit in our New Year prayer convocation. Tzvi Khaute of Shavei.org, above, representing the no longer “lost” tribe of the sons of Manasseh from Israel’s northern kingdom, sang the song of his tribe’s longing to return to the Land of the Bible. It’s a prophetic song based upon verses from the Torah and the prophecies of Ezekiel. We presented Tzvi with a miniature copy of the Torah scroll, which the returning B’nai Menashe children will use at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. In the main photo above, our group proclaimed Scriptures over Jerusalem and dedicated ground on Mt. Scopus at the City View overlooking the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. It was our first prayer meeting in this new location. Other photos in this centerfold article are related to our orphanage outreach during Orthodox Christmas in Bethlehem. Our group donated groceries and food staples amounting to more than $500, and the children were delighted with our visit and carols. A highlight was the announcement by our UK chairman, Dr. Tony Stone, that the trustees of Exploits Ministry are believing God to acquire the former house of prayer of Lance Lambert. By faith the trumpeter of the Lord, David Bogenrief, blew a
join us, our ministry Trustees and supporters in praying for the Lord’s will for this house and for the release of necessary funds! We have been praying and seeking the Lord about this for almost two years. Isaiah 30:18 comes to mind: “The Lord waits that he may be gracious and exalted.... for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all who wait for him.” That verse means that God’s delay is not God’s denial.
By Christine Darg
special shofar from our 1999 March in the biblical city of Jericho to believe for financial walls to fall. “My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56: 7) is the Scripture upon which
Lance’s prayer ministry was based in Jerusalem. Lance was an international speaker, author, intercessor, mentor and advisor of our ministry, and for many years he addressed our Jerusalem convocations. Just weeks before he passed to glory in 2015, Lance’s last public ministry took place during our Passover conference. Peter and I also attended one of Lance’s last prayer meetings at his home overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City walls. That night Lance was physically weak and asked, “Should these prayer meetings continue?” I sensed the Holy Spirit was listening as I promised that I would do everything possible to continue those vital spiritual battles of prayer and intercession. Many intercessors believe Lance's house should continue as a house of prayer. Presently the home is on the market for $1.8 / £1.4 million. It has sold at least three times, but each sale has fallen through! With encouragement from the Lambert estate, Exploits Ministry has a time-sensitive opportunity to purchase this house of prayer, but we would need a quick, major financial miracle while the house is still on the market. We envision building upon Lance’s prayer legacy as well as using the house for a secure and permanent Jerusalem Channel TV studio. For decades, this small house was a base for prayer and regular intercession for Israel; intercessors from all over the world participated. With the times we face, continuing this legacy is more important than ever. Prayer with Lance was strategic because of his style of executive action corporate prayer. Please
The Parables of the Shut Door By Christine Darg
The Jews pray, “I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah, and even though he may delay, nevertheless I anticipate every day that he will come.” They missed his first coming so they believe he is yet to come for the first time when, in fact, I believe with perfect faith that Messiah is coming the second time! I have no doubts about this because of the infallibility of the Word of God, which affirms that he has already come, and he IS coming again to set up the kingdom for Israel. I also have complete faith about the Lord’s Second Coming because of the integrity of the word of Jesus himself—he said, “I will come again!” His appearing is nearer today than it was yesterday! The majority of Jesus’s generation were not prepared and now it is the same scenario before his Second Coming. People are in the dark, yet the New Testament assures us that true believers will not be in the dark about his Appearing. The Lord told the disciples that his return will be sudden and unexpected but that we WILL know the general time because of the signs, such as Jerusalem being once again under Jewish sovereignty. Jesus called the earthquakes, wars and signs such as the nation of Israel blossoming like a fig tree the “birth pains” of the Kingdom of God. Jesus followed up his end-time briefing with an important lesson in Matthew 25, known as “the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.” It’s a stark warning for professing believers to be ready. In this parable Jesus likened saving grace to oil in lamps, and professing believers were likened to virgins—the analogy of virgins applies to both men and women--but shockingly half of the wedding party was eliminated by Jesus in the parable! An army—in this case the Church-- would be extremely cautious if it knew beforehand that half of its ranks would be eliminated and destroyed, yet the church is sleep walking through the End Times. Jesus told this parable in the context of a Middle-Eastern wedding: “Then,” he said, “shall the Kingdom of heaven be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise and five were foolish. [The word for wise here means
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prudent. But five were mōros, a Greek word from which we get moron or stupid.] “The five who were stupid took their lamps but took no olive oil to replenish their lamps. But the wise virgins carried vessels containing oil to replenish their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” [This is not a rebuke in this particular parable for being asleep—it just means that life carried on during the Bridegroom’s absence, but the wise virgins were prepared while they slept, and the foolish virgins were unprepared while they slept.] “And at midnight there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps and the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, ‘No, we can’t; there won’t be enough, but go to buy some for yourselves.’ [Now let’s wait a minute--do you think the wise virgins were selfish because they refused to share their olive oil? If you think that, you don’t understand the
Gospel and saving grace. You see, salvation is non-transferrable. “Later the foolish ones came to the shut door, begging, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say unto you, I don’t know you.’ Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of man comes.” My friends, this is a most frightening parable because it reveals that a large number of church-goers who profess to be followers of Jesus are not going to be ready for his return. They all carried torches—in fact the stupid ones looked externally like the wise. On the outside, they looked indistinguishable, but they were NOT all alike. That’s the scary moral of the story. They all had outward signs of commitment, but inwardly they were as different as stupid is from wise. What was the difference? The foolish virgins were oilless. The oil in this parable represents saving grace which makes a difference of whether you truly belong to the Lord or don’t. The Lord knows those who are His own. Many honor the Lord with lip service but their hearts are far from him. They’re unregenerate. They have never really known him. The oil is comparable to the wedding garment in another parable that Jesus told, the parable of the wedding banquet, found in Matthew 22. In that parable, a king representing God plans a wedding for his son, (Jesus), and as the king surveys his guests, he sees a man without a wedding garment. The wedding attire represents imputed righteousness—the righteous that we cannot earn but that is given to us as a free gift of salvation by God and the Bridegroom. The improperly attired guest was not allowed to crash the wedding. The king said, “How did you get in here without wedding clothes?” The man was speechless. Then the king told his attendants, “Tie him up and throw him outside into the darkness where there’ll be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The application is that imputed righteousness, represented by the wedding garment and the oil in the lamps, is absolutely necessary for salvation. We cannot make ourselves righteous. In 2 Timothy 3:5, Paul described the type of people who are the foolish virgins -- they have “an outward form of godliness but inside they are empty of the power of God.” The foolish virgins had no genuine internal connection with the Risen Lord. Throughout the New Testament this need to know Jesus personally is his constant theme. He said, “My sheep know my voice,
and another they will not follow.” In another parable, Jesus advised allowing the wheat and tares (which look alike) to grow together; we must wait patiently until the coming of the Lord to distinguish and destroy the tares. If we try to pull up the tares prematurely, we could hurt the wheat. It’s alarming that Jesus clearly reveals in these parables that the churches are filled with tares, foolish people not prepared for the Lord’s coming nor to meet God at death. They may appear to be believers but they are deceived into a false security by trusting in religion rather than the Savior, and so they will be left behind. What can we do to warn the world except to say that Jesus repeatedly forewarned us through various parables and teachings that there will be multitudes living in a dream world, a world of deception, unprepared to meet God. In fact, some of the scariest words in the New Testament are found in Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not the things which I say?” Or as Matthew 7: 21-23 records, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers.” These are scary words, so different from the “feel good” user-friendly “Gospel” preached in many pulpits. Yet the parable of the 10 virgins teaches us that one night the marriage supper of the Lamb WILL unexpectedly begin, and only the prepared, only the redeemed, will enter
The Parables of the Shut Door into the joy of that glorious wedding. The latecomers will knock on the door and cry, “Lord, Lord, open to us. Let us in! Aren’t we your friends? Aren’t we entitled to be in the wedding party? They will cry, “I was a member of such and such church or fellowship. I did many acts of charity. My parents were great believers—they took me to church,” and so on and so forth. They will argue how involved they were with Christianity, or “churchianity.” But the Lord’s answer is the same to all of them, “Truly I tell you,‘I never knew you.” These warnings about being shut out run through the New Testament. As Jesus went about teaching, someone asked, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” A very good question! “Strive,” he said, “to enter in at the narrow gate, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door. You will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Lord, open the door for us,’ but he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’” In Luke 21, Jesus repeated the warning but with a promise: “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close in on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on your watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” But now let’s look at the shut door from
another angle. In Revelation 3, Jesus is standing outside the door of the Church, and HE is doing the knocking! In verse 19, he says, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” The idiom of dining in the Mideast implies close fellowship. Let’s open the door of our hearts to the Savior! In heaven, sinners will be shut out. The wise will be forever secure in the presence of the Lord. Revelation 22 describes a scene in Heaven where the Lord says, “Outside are the dogs”— not some cute, cuddly household pet but the vicious junkyard type that the Jews considered unclean—“and those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters and everyone who loves and practices a lie.” Conclusion: How do we get ready for the Lord’s sudden appearing? In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul admonished us to “examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith.” Here is how NOT to fail the test: Romans 10:9 promises, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” One of the simplest ways you can leave a legacy is to name Exploits Ministry/Jerusalem Channel in your will or trust. Your gift can be a stated cash amount, a percentage, a specific asset, or the remainder of your estate after other distributions have been made. Through a gift from your will or trust, you will be able to continue your support of Exploits Ministry/Jerusalem Channel. For details please visit the donate page at www.JerusalemChannel.tv
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