The amazing sights we marvel at in nature documentaries such as Blue Planet are revealing glories and phenomena that have remained completely unknown until modern technology enabled photographic pioneers to plumb the depths of the ocean. What is true in the natural sphere is true on a spiritual plane too. Were such a thing possible, a spiritual weather chart would show more clearly than any savvy news analyst the competing spiritual ‘currents’ that are at work behind national and international issues. As surely as currents power through the depths of the oceans so the Holy Spirit is at one with the Father in directing world events, not only up to, but also beyond the climax of Jesus’ return. Continue reading
I recall Brother Andrew declaring two or three years ago that he expected things to change dramatically in North Korea. “Our prayers can go where we cannot. There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” Continue reading
Jonathan Welton recently had a dream in which he saw three immensely strong demons whispering in the ear of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator. These demons all had names beginning with the letter A: Arrogance, Autarch (which means absolute supreme ruler) and Ancestral momentum. All three were pressing in on King Jong-Un, seeking to goad him into action.
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Can a land be born in one day or a nation be delivered in an instant? (Isaiah 66:8)
Will God break through for North Korea – or will things merely progress still further along the lines they are currently doing, heading towards ever greater mess, suffering and even destruction? We certainly can’t afford to be naive or presumptuous but there are stories and examples we can take heart from to fuel our prayers . . .Think how swiftly things changed just after the Second World War, for instance, when Israel again became its own nation. Continue reading
Although comparatively few are aware of it these days, God has moved in power in North Korea before. Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, was once known as the ‘Jerusalem of the East.’’
Most of us see only a nation obsessed with missiles, and totally indoctrinated by a leader who “honours a god of fortresses,” as Daniel 11:38 so poignantly puts it. But a friend of mine went on a prayer trip to North Korea and has told how she met with the Lord on a prayer trip to that country more powerfully there than in any other place on earth.
We are more familiar with the mass revival movements that have happened in South Korea, which are in no small measure the the fruit of courageous missionary pioneering work by the American Presbyterian Church, and the revival that followed the brutal occupation of Korea by Japan which lasted from 1910 until 1945.
Most of us are unaware, however, of the spiritual history and momentum in the north of the peninsula.
When we think of ‘ancestral momentum’ therefore we obviously think of the unbelievable suffering that the prevailing dynastic family, of which Kim Jong-Un is but the last in a long line, have imposed on their people. Compared with the Third Reich’s brief reign of terror, theirs has been a long dynasty. But there is a well of spiritual momentum in the North to draw on too which we are calling on the Lord now to renew.
May the part Christianity has played in the history of North Korea become much more widely known in both Christian and governmental circles – and may the lord bring about something entirely new in this region.
We recorded this powerful heart cry in song almost exactly two years ago as a starting point for prayer for the so called hermit kingdom to open up to the Lord and to the world. May there be no vacuum left for the dangerous forces to fill but many opportunities occur for the glory of the Lord to shine forth.
Give Glory to the Lord your God before He brings the darkness. (Our recent Soundcloud, which has particular resonances for the Korean peninsula.)
The world breathed something of a collective sigh of relief towards the end of August when North Korea expressed its regret for soldiers killed on the South Korean side of the divide by landmines planted by the warlike kingdom. North Korea had declared itself to be on a war footing, and had dispatched 50 submarines from their bases. South Korea for its part refused to blink and took an equally robust stance. Whether or not this was just one more example of high wire posturing, the danger of escalation is always present.
Open Doors called for a special season of prayer at the start of the year, and we spent most of the morning at our New Year Prayer Retreat pouring out our hearts in prayer for North Korea. One friend who was with us had read a book about the unrelenting torture Christians regularly face in North Korean labour camps. The accounts had really rocked her faith, but when she went on a tour to North Korea and spent time praying there with others on the tour, facing towards the labour camps she declared that she had never known the presence of the Lord so strongly before! God has not forgotten North Korea – nothing is too hard for Him; not even this “hermit” kingdom that has so thoroughly brainwashed its citizens for decades.
Everyone really caught the vision and piled in prayer for the right kind of change to occur to enable the country to open up. The fact that there are still true and fervent believers in a country where the price for believing is so high is itself a stunning testimony to the keeping power of God.
Brother Andrew believes that God is going to open North Korea up within five years. For background information, please see Open Doors website and search for North Korea.
The temptation might be to hold back in prayer because the immediate crisis appears to have receded, but let’s rather use that as a starting point and incentive to pray for the Lord to continue to be at work amongst His people in the country, and to do whatever He needs to do to open this country up as safely as possible.
The Lord gave a friend this powerful heart cry recently for the North Korea so we took some time out and recorded it. It makes a powerful starting point for prayer – and who knows where the Lord will lead you on to after that?