The Winds of Change Blowing in Greece
By Jorge Parrott
All Scripture references are New King James version.
Vision Like Abraham
We are invited to many strategic places by a multitude of ministries. The Bible says to “know those who labor among you” (see I Thessalonians 5:12). We seek the Lord for every place our ministry teams are invited to visit. Blessed by our amazing network of trusted and embedded missionaries, we see doors opening leading us further into open heavens, blessed by the Lord’s favor and grace. May we be found faithful.
God loves when we make our hearts available to follow His leading by faith, like Abraham being called out of the Ur of Chaldees to find “that city on a hill.” Abraham did not know how long it would take to get there or where it was. He just knew that he would recognize it when he got there.
Many of us are visionary in nature and have vivid imaginations. I love this Scripture:
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Terrorists Respond to Love of Jesus
The privilege of ministering to former Taliban, Al Queda, and Iranian Republican Guard soldiers, some of who were trained to hunt and kill Christians, further deepens my faith and holy fear of the Lord. I know more than ever before that nothing is impossible with God. Our team’s recent visit became for us an impartation for a deeper walk with the Lord.
A True Father
We went to a refugee center run by a true father in the faith and apostolic leader who was imprisoned for eight years in Iran for his faith. The first night of my visit, I was asked to participate in communion with precious believers, many of who had just come to the Lord
The Bible says we have many teachers but not many fathers (see I Corinthians 4:15). The love of our Father God pours out of our friend, Pastor Daniel. He has ministered to refugees in Spain, Italy, and elsewhere, being able to speak Farsi and several other languages including English. The anointing on this true apostolic father is able to pierce many hard hearts and open the reality of heaven to them. He is patient and thoughtful, carefully training, equipping and loving these new believers while feeding and clothing them. He fulfills the commandment to make disciples.
Pastor Daniel was later beaten twice, arrested twice in a forty-eight hour period, and spent three nights in a jail cell built for eight but holding thirty-two prisoners. The arrest is connected to the ministry van he recently purchased that was involved in some criminal activity before he bought it. His case is continued to early December. He is free until that time. It is unknown if the case is really related to that or perhaps more anti-immigrant behavior by officials.
Growth In Spite of Persecution
The first Sunday there, I was asked to preach. The newly rented space is filled to capacity. From August to October this fellowship has grown from fifty to almost three hundred. Refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other Arabic nations have fled war zones and poverty seeking a better life for their families.
The room was noisy with the many dialects and skeptical looks of this American who knows nothing of the hardship and trials they have experienced. I knew to keep it short but to emphasize that the “veil has been torn,” and we have open access to the love of this God who answers prayer. I shared the word, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Pastor Daniel told me later that one man asked him about me, “This man knows nothing of what we have been through and he smiles so, he must not have any problems.” Daniel answered him, “He probably has a mountain of trouble, he has just learned to stand on top of it.”
When I asked for people to stand up if they wanted to receive Jesus in their hearts, a few stood. Their neighbors or spouses pulled them down suddenly. A few minutes later I tried again asking people to raise their hands to receive Jesus. Again, suddenly neighbors or spouses pulled other hands down. Some stood boldly and some kept their hands raised boldly as Pastor Daniel said to go ahead and lead them in the repentance of sins and asking Jesus into their hearts.
We learned there was a Muslim spy in the room. The Holy Spirit nudged me to carry on and go forward. I sensed angels in the room warring for Jesus’ holy love to pierce hearts.
I led them in a prayer of salvation. About twenty people prayed earnestly to receive Jesus. Then I asked those who wanted to experience going to heaven right then to come forward, as taught by Bob Jones. About ten came forward as I took them up to heaven. The peace of God prevailed and those who were hungry were very blessed. Some did not allow the Lord to touch them. This glory was readily available to all who hungered for it.
An Attempted Beheading
The next day our team went to Rhodes for the Investiture being held by the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Two days after we arrived, we received a call that one of the new believers had been attacked and almost beheaded. His ear was totally cut off. We alerted our intercessors and friends globally to pray. Later we learned that this brother’s ear had been re-attached and while doctors said he would never hear through that ear again, we did not receive that report. Many were praying for the hearing to be restored and God heard our plea. Our brother hears again. Although some infection and gangrene set in and the lower part of his ear had to be removed, his hearing is intact, praise God.
A few weeks earlier an eighty-year-old man had given his heart to the Lord. On the way home from the meeting, he was attacked by radical extremist and stabbed to death in Athens.
The Earth Shook, Prison Walls Fell, The Door Opened
While in Athens, Pastor Daniel introduced us to young Ahmed. In 2011 he was in prison in Turkey as a non-Christian. He had been married a short time to a Christian wife. After about six months in prison, his wife came to visit him and said that she did not think he would be in prison much longer. Two days later a big earthquake knocked down the walls of the prison, and the door opened. He escaped and got on a boat in the Aegean Sea. The boat sank. He washed ashore in Greece. He quickly gave his heart to Jesus and serves humbly with joy. He said that before giving his heart to Jesus, he had no peace. With Jesus, he has peace and joy unspeakable. He is so thankful and happy to know Jesus.
Partners Keep A Brother Out Of Prison
Thanks to those MorningStar Partners who quickly responded to pay a brother’s 1,800 Euro medical bill. He has not yet been accepted into the UN refugee program and would have faced eighteen months in jail for nonpayment. He required follow-up surgery and is now at a refugee center recuperating, thankful to have suffered for Jesus.
End Time Battles and The Greater Glory
Two days after we returned from Greece, in my morning time with the Lord, in a vision the Holy Spirit spoke, “I have opened my Book of Life to allow you to walk in my living word. During your time in Greece, I allowed you to step into the Book of Acts.” For many in the days ahead, the Lord will open His word, and we will see the supernatural ways of God like never before.
The end-time battles are all around us. God is building our faith through these times of uncertainty. We have had plenty of teaching and been equipped and released to run to the sound of war. It is time for engagement and action. We are to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Jesus went to heaven so the Holy Spirit, our Helper, could come. God is with us. Let us sharpen our discernment and allow the Holy Spirit to help us.
We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Certainly we will be called to overcome much in this coming season. All seven churches in the Book of Revelation had to overcome something to receive their reward. Will the days ahead be any different? Any crisis we face has golden doors of opportunity for us to trust and know God even more as we demonstrate the kingdom of God. As Rick Joyner often says, among those listed in Revelation who will not enter the kingdom, the first listed is the coward.
In II Corinthians 10:4 we read, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
The peace of God overcomes the enemy. May we love more while we grow in the rest, intimacy, faith, and peace in God, through Christ Jesus our all in all.
Unlike Anything Seen Before
The distinguishing characteristic of the “heroes of the faith” in Hebrews 11 is that each one had done something that had never done before. The Moravian “trumpet call” resonates loudly today in the MorningStar global prophetic community. We must know the Shepherd’s voice in the days ahead to navigate these waters and do our part to see the Great Commission fulfilled.
Several trusted prophetic voices in the last year have said there is a new level of evil released in the earth. The Lord is preparing His people with increasing discernment and prophetic revelation to those who hunger for Him as never before. His body may appear in disarray amidst the chaos and darkness spreading throughout the earth, but the Lord is not anxious nor wringing His hands in heaven. The Holy Spirit loves to breathe divine order upon chaos. We are authorized to declare peace to any storm. We carry the glory and peace of God and are to give it away everywhere we go.
Our perceptions and sensitivities to the ways of the Holy Spirit will need to heighten and sharpen in the coming days of tribulation and trials. God’s word is waiting to be fulfilled in and through us—His entire body—in these days. Psalm 91:1-3 comes to mind often these days.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.”
No Other Option But Faith
I am often asked why we see so many more miracles in other nations than our own when our teams go out. The message might be the same as we hear at home. The speaker may not be dynamic. Perhaps it is because they believe what is being preached, and their situation is so stark and severe compared to what most people in the West have ever experienced, that they simply must trust God for a supernatural manifestation and often for their very next meal, let alone healing physically or financially. When there is no other way but to trust God, then He comes to save, heal, and deliver. God’s grace extends across America even now as He waits for us to bow the knee and ask for His mercy in repentance. The United States must have revival or it is doomed.
A Turning Tide
As heaven is invading earth we see a shift, a change at hand. In fact the kingdom of God is at hand. The compassion of Jesus poured out in any cultural setting, rich or poor, is being released across the world as those who hunger and pay the price to spend time in His presence are seeing the release of His heart and hand through His vessels of clay. A surrendered life focused on God’s heart and aligned with His will accomplishes more lasting fruit than all the unrighteous governments or riches of men.
Increasing waves of God’s greater glory and revival spreading in many nations is the news we should pay heed to, rather than the gloom of mainstream media. No longer do we need to travel to third world nations to witness miracles. (However, short-term mission trips can be one of the ways the Lord will bring revival back to our “Laodicean” nation.) If we seek Him, we will find Him in the here and now to release Jesus and His love. Jesus is inside of us wanting to come out in every nation, wherever we are.
Come Up Here!
God is moving and also waiting on us. The Lord is calling us to “come up here.” Carrying our cross daily includes knowing that every trial is an opportunity to trust God more, to know Him more, and to be imitators of Jesus. The resurrected life is one that knows the sufferings of life and that the grave cannot keep us from the surety of victory we have in Christ. We are called to urgently reach the lost and make disciples of all nations.
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).We are seated in heavenly places with our King, so let us run this race well and finish strong for His glory. Jesus has gone before us and completed the work. The work of the Father is to believe. May we believe the way He made us to believe in the days ahead, by seeing the fullness of Christ, full of joy. We are His people, His body, hearts knit together by His love and power. Go forth with praise, thanksgiving, and joy.
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