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Rev. Lambert Lee

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Rev. Lambert Lee




[美國華福]
10/24/2017


New Vision for Missions to Muslims

You can also participate in God’s Wondrous Plan for Egypt and the Middle East

 

I am fortunate to participate in God’s plan

 

With a prayerful heart and eager anticipation, the 2015 Los Angeles Egypt Mission Team departed from Los Angeles.

Our team was joined by a team from Hong Kong totaling 23 members coming from different churches. Team members included several pastors and intercessers. Our goal was to hold several evangelical meetings (they were not allowed and so was called healing meetings), visit several local churches and major meeting. With prayer, we began our spiritual battle, asking God to revive the churches in Egypt, allow God’s kingdom, His purity and His righteousness reign over Egypt. As we began our mission trip, we neither have a very clear understanding of the meaning of all of these, nor what can be done, so in our private prayer was “May God open our eyes so we can see His purpose and witness God’s work”.

 

As we began our trip at the airport, we first hand experienced God’s hand leading the way. It so happened that we had a Parkistani driver driving us to the airport, and on the plane we met a Jew who is hunger for the Word. And it so happened that we met a group of Bangladesh workers travelling to Iraq; we had the opportunity to share with them the gospel. With our daily prayers and devotion, anytime and anywhere the horn of blessing was blown. Several of the originally planned large meetings were changed to small gatherings or even cancelled, God has changed our itinerary. He led us to meet with several of the spiritual leaders. God’s way is higher than our way. The end result is not what we came to do, but to witness God’s work in progress. We came to witness God’s promise and today it is coming true.

Or maybe we were able to enter the glory, it seemed like we were able to see the blue print for Egyptian churches responding to the call for missions to Muslims. Our small group was pushed into God’s everlasting plan of Pisgah mount, and caught a glimpse of God’s end time revival. We dare not keep this to ourselves, withhold our proclamation. It was just like what is stated in King II  7: 9: “  Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.

 

From Daniel 9: 1-3 “In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes[a] (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian[b] kingdom— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel fasted, in sackcloth and ashes. Daniel completely trusted in God’s words and prayed accordingly. In three years, God made  Cyrus King of Persia allow 50,000 Jews to return, this was exactly 70 years after the Jews were captured. He witnessed with his own eyes the miracle was completed just as recorded in the Scripture. Because of his belief, he was able to participate in God’s plan for the return of the Jews. Likewise, we are the same, it is all God’s grace that we can take part in Egypt’s revival and can share this with the Chinese churches. If you also believe in God’s promise to Daniel, you will see God’s glory and take part in His magnificent plan.

 

The End Time Revival and the Crucial Steps in the Process

 

Let’s first look at how God carries out His plan. Generally speaking, God has a promise or a prophecy (God’s mouth), plus followed by events in history (God’s hand) plus men’s participation (the last is not always necessary). Just like the return of the Jews, through the prophets, He foretold the 70 year duration, He mad  Cyrus King proclaimed, He moved Daniel to pray. If Daniel did not pray, God’s will still will be done, the only difference is Daniel would have no part in it.

In terms of the 2nd coming of Christ, biblical scholars believe there are still three conditions to be met, “spreading the gospel to all people”, “rebuilding of the temple” and “all Jews will be saved”. Except for prayer, today we are to participate fully in “spreading the gospel to all people” and “all Jews will be saved”. A lot of churches are already participating in the efforts to fulfill the 1st condition. In terms of the third condition, how is this progressing?

“All Jews will be saved” the second to the final step, up to now, there are two strategies, which are both good. First is to bring the gospel directly to the Jewish people, and second, bring the gospel through the “silk road” (Back to Jerusalem Movement ). Other than these, are there any other approach that are closer to the biblical approach of mission?

This mission trip allows me to see: “It is almost impossible to bring believers through Muslim countries. But God has this hidden mystery, through generations of hatred, one turn from hatred to love, even to bring the gospel to the Jews. Even in certain instances, through the dying for the Jews, (love can cover all sins), this saying can be fulfilled, the moment for all Jews to return to God has arrived.

“All Jews will be saved”, the third to the final step, large number of Muslims in the Arab countries believe in the gospel, and they in turn bring the gospel to the Jews, then large number of Jews will turn to God. If this is to be done, how will God carry this out? Did the Bible mention large number of Muslims turning to God? Yes it did:

Psalm 87: 3-7

Glorious things are said of you,     city of God:[a]
“I will record Rahab[b] and Babylon among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia
 too, and Tyre, along with Cush[c]

 and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d]
Indeed, of Zion it will be said,  “This one and that one were born in her,
    and the Most High himself will establish her.”
The Lord will write in the register of the peoples:

    “This one was born in Zion.”

As they make music they will sing,  “All my fountains are in you.”

 

Rahab is today’s Egypt (Isaiah 30: 7). Babylon is today’s Iraq, Syria, and  Arabia, Philisti is today’s Jordan and Parkistan, Torah, today’s Lebanon, Cush is today’s North Africa, all Muslim countries. This passage prophesized people in these countries will be saved, what a glorious event. Their source is in Jesus, and they are to live there.

“All Jews are to be saved”, what is the fourth to the final step? It is that Egypt will be the first to be saved among the Muslims. Is there an order in terms of who is to revive first? It is first Egypt, are there any other supporting passages in scripture? Isaiah 19 : 22 -25 state:

22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.

23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing[a] on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.

The Egyptians will be God’s people, how can that be? Do I hear it correctly? But through this short mission trip, through prayer and personal witness, I truly believe God’s word is being fulfilled, the Egyptians are God’s people, and is an entry point into the neighboring Arab world. Israel is not in third place, position wise, but third in the process.

 

The Crucial Meaning of Mission to Egypt

There are at least ten reasons supporting the fact that Egypt will be the entry point to the surrounding Muslim countries.

ΠIsaiah 19: 24

24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing[a] on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.

 Psalm 87: 4  I will record Rahab (Egypt)[a] and Babylon (Assryria)
    among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush(other Muslim regions)
[b]

ŽEgypt is located in the Mediterranean, important entry/exit point to the Red Sea, intersection point for Europe, Asia and Africa. Egypt has always been the trade center in the middle east, important military site, politically strong.

Egypt no longer uses the old Egyptian language but uses the same language as the surrounding countries. Culturally, it will be easiest to bring the gospel to the neighboring countries. In the early days, Greek was used as a means to bring the Bible and gospel to the world, now the Arabic language can serve the same purpose.

Jesus in His childhood days, went to Egypt with His parents. This land that Jesus walked on should have special meaning.

In June 2012, Muslim Brotherhood took power but was overturned in July 2013. Now politics and religion are quite open to Christians, people in power are quite friendly to Christians. We have met large groups of students in churches and museums all expressed interest to contact with Christians. We even heard there is a church in the middle of the city frequently have Muslim officials visit and observe. During our visit, we have also witnessed people from neighboring countries visiting Egypt as tourists, for business and enjoy religious freedom.

Hager (Egyptian) is Ishmael (middle eastern) mother. So middle eastern people are descendants of Egyptians, establishing the relationship biologically, we hope spiritually they will be similarly related.

From the Bible, we see Egypt is richer than its neighboring countries, Abraham and his family, Jeremiah, Jesus and His father, they all went to Egypt. Joseph distributed food from Egypt. The first Old Testament (SeptuagintLXX) were translated in Alexandria. Today, can it also be the land to distribute the gospel-the spiritual food?

In the early day churches, Egypt was one of the five major parish. In the first century, Mark went as a missionary to Egypt, bringing the gospel to Egypt. So from the 5th to 9th century, the Egyptians established the Coptic Church. In the city of Alexandria, one can find the church set up by Mark, and other churches, monasteries. After the Muslim took over Egypt, there were plenty of Chirstian martyrs and blood shed from Christians. The blood from these martyrs are still speaking.

Burnt but not destroyed. As of today, Egypt still has the most Christians among the middle eastern region (roughly ten to fifteen percent of the Egyptian population.

New Opportunity for the North American Chinese Churches

From this trip, I deeply feel that God has greatly blessed the Chinese churches. I sensed the love of Egyptians for the Chinese. Everywhere we went, they all wanted to have pictures taken with us; this is a big difference from the deep hatred that the Egyptians have for the western country missionaries. Today is a good opportunity for the Chinese missionaries.

God’s words are clearly stated in Psalm 87 and Isaiah 19 and is fully proven in the current environment. It is clear, Egypt is God’s chosen country to revive, making it an entry point to the surrounding Arab countries. If we don’t keep step with God we will lose our position in God’s plan and lose the opportunity to witness God’s glorious work, keeping ourselves out of God’s work.

 

God’s will will be done. He alone does miraculous things, but He is mindful of us and wants to invite us to be His coworkers. Who are we to deserve such blessing? Time lost will never be regain, we will never have this opportunity again. What kind of awareness are we to be, how do we prepare ourselves, how do we offer ourselves, how do we pay the price for such a glorious moment?

Our God is a trustworthy God, what He said will be accomplished in every detail. His blessing on the North American churches are especially rich, spiritual, financial, education, training, medical resources, far surpass those poured out to the other countries in the world. What we received freely, we are to offer freely.

Didn’t Isaiah 49: 12 has already prophesied that our descendants are to come to God?

What can the North American Chinese churches do? The churches are to pray and pray for revival. This is the first step. There are three others

First, with one heart and one mind, we are to witness. The devil is not afraid of us individually, or with us fighting each other (Matt 24: 49), such as famous evangelist. He can tear down what is built. But the devil is afraid of the twelve weak disciples who were fishermen. God’s heart is much bigger than ours. God said who is against us is helping us, but we say, whoever does not agree with us cannot walk with us, we will put a stop to it, even put them to death. There are people who made it their goal to make fun of the evangelist all in the name of “defending the truth”. They don’t even know that they are being used by the devil. No wander, there is a missionary couple to North Africa, they said in war torn countries, the missionaries do not identify with any denomination. Missionaries from all denomination work together with one heart and one mind, to spread the gospel. They don’t have time for in-fighting with each other.

A lot of churches have set aside 10% or more of their budget for mission. But only one percent of the fund goes to mission to the Muslims or the unreached, the rest of the fund goes for mission to land where there are already churches. Actually, sending missionaries to reach the unreached or Muslims should be the main effort. After our trip to Egypt, our church has made adjustment to our mission budget, we directed all our mission budget for reaching the unreached or reaching the Muslims. This is not extreme, because even if all the Chinese churches in the world are to do likewise, it does not even balance the gross inbalance in global mission fund. Are you willing to follow suit?

We are to bless Egypt and the Egyptian churches in every way possible, in short term mission support, prayer, and training. To proclaim God’s promise to Egypt. We can encourage believers to do business in Egypt. What we do may not amount to much, but God values our action. Let us strive together, we may even witness the miracle of five loaves of bread and two fish, using the limited to feed the unlimited. God’s promise is at work, you will more and more trust in God’s word, you will pray according to God’s will. We may not be able to claim that we helped the Egyptian churches enter their destiny, but at least we can claim we accompanied them.

This may be the “blessed Esther” (the Northern American Chinese churches), this is our opportunity, only by grasping this opportunity can we can show that we compatible with the grace that we received. May one day we can all claim we have participated in this plan for Egypt, we have stood by their side, suffered with them, wept with them. Egypt will return to God. Muslims will return to God, Israel will return to God. Amen! Amen!

May the following serve as a reminder and an encouragement

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.

 

Gen 12: 3  Matt 24: 14

and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

 

Isaiah 19: 23 – 25

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing[a] on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.

 

 

Since early 2015, large number of refugees from Syria, Afganistan, Iraq and other surrounding Muslim countries have reached eastern European countries via land, and another several hundred thousands reached by sea to the “Christian countries” such as Germany, Sweden etc. Now this refugee issue has caused major problem in these countries and the situation is getting worse by the day. These people with different race, mostly Muslims will cause “As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay (Dan 2: 42-43). Situation will get worse. The rock not cast out by the human hand will appear (God is the living stone, once abandoned). Let us eagerly await God’s prophesy to be fulfilled. May we all participate in this Mission to Muslim movement. This rock will shatter the countries, and turn into mountain, you and I are witnesses to this. (We will be like this rock as I Peter 2: 4 prophesied.

 

 

 

 

 


    

 

 

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