Praying Against Terrorism

I was not surprised when the Maute-ISIS terror group attacked Marawi City because I have dreamed about Islamic terrorism in the country since early 2010 or 2011. It will take time for me to go through all of my notes on these but I can remember that there is not a year that I didn’t have at least one dream of this sort that I can tell a few without the help of my journal. In most of my dreams, I was either hunted down or held captive by terrorists. The latest which was sometime last year was that I was one of the hostages as the whole place was invaded by the Islamic jihadists.

The most unusual of all was my encounter with a man in full black garb just like these terrorists in this photo.

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It was around 8:00 o’clock in the evening of July 1, 2015, while I was walking home from the supermarket that I met a man in this black outfit. That part of the road was empty except for the two of us and the cars passing by. The lights were dim but I could see clearly as we were just a few steps away from each other when I noticed his unusual appearance. He probably saw me staring at him so he pulled down his big black umbrella to hide his face. That was also very unusual for him to have an umbrella at night since there was no rain, not even a drizzle. He turned to the side towards the perimeter fence pretending to fix something, but I knew he just avoided bumping on me. I also saw the black backpack on his back as I followed him with my eyes. I could not get my eyes off the unusual sight and so I kept turning back as I walked on until I reached the subdivision’s gate. I reported the incident to the guard on duty. For the last time I turned to look at the man but I could no longer see him.

I could not imagine where the man could be going as the direction he was taking was towards the commercial area which was about a hundred meters away. If he went there he would certainly attract everybody’s attention. But where could have he gone?

I called up my Father-in-law to report what I saw and asked if ISIS were already in Metro Manila. He brushed the story aside, telling me it was impossible and somehow lectured me why it was so. He was with the intelligence and so I supposed he would know. But like most of the leaders said in those days and until the incident in Marawi, there is no ISIS in the country.

I did not talk much about the things I saw because I thought, except for my kids and my Mom-in-law who was so concerned that she might be a target because of her Israel connection, nobody would believe me. However, deep in my heart I knew it was only a matter of time that violent jihad would rise its ugly head in this country.

I followed the news on this extremely violent and barbaric jihadists since they started attacking in 2014. I heard how our leaders dismissed the idea that the Abu Sayyaf had pledged allegiance to the terror group which prides itself as the new Islamic caliphate. I believed they had good reason to downplay the possibility- they didn’t want to raise an alarm and cause panic.

The article that bears the above image was in my inbox for the past two years. I marked it because of its relevance to what I have seen in the spirit, and, the above encounter which probably was a vision. Whether the man was for real or not, I believe the Lord made me see him to confirm what I have been dreaming and sensing for the past four or five years.

The article captured ISIS’ tweet that says, “Until Andalusia to Philippines returns to the hands of Muslims, defensive will go on. Only after that can it be labelled offensive.”

As one who grew up in Mindanao, the idea that the Philippines must one day return to the hands of Muslims is not unusual to me, although I used to think that the Muslims only claim Mindanao as originally belonging to them, and so the government’s never-ending negotiation with one Muslim militant group to another. Who could have thought that ISIS would come in the picture and vow to get the Philippines?

In my time with the Father earlier today, I asked Him how He wanted me and other believers to pray about the situation especially with the on-going conflict in Marawi. Our human tendency is to pray for the immediate end of the war; for the terrorists to be finished off with no one left as much as possible. Our sympathy is for the displaced innocent civilians and for the soldiers who fight with their lives these misguided and lost individuals. And most likely, that is how the Christians are praying which I am not saying is wrong. But the question is, how does Yahweh really want us to pray?

We see only the problem as they are and our praying is responsive to our natural instincts, but if we seek Him who knows everything, we will see that there is more to just praying for the end a conflict.

As I prayed earlier today, the Holy Spirit showed me what is in His heart. He wants to see us, the believers, on our knees, praying for the lost. Many are dying in Marawi and they are dying without hope. While we weep for the innocent and the soldiers, the Lord weeps even for the terrorists. We hail the heroes of Marawi but we forgot that the soldiers and civilians who died along with the terrorists have the same fate in eternity without Christ. And this is true in every nation fighting with terrorism and all kinds of conflicts.

Our nation and the nations of the world are crumbling yet the people of God are unconcerned. We need to start praying earnestly for the lost. When need to get serious with our call to be the light and salt of the world. Most importantly, we, His people, need individually and corporately to humble ourselves, seek His face, pray and turn from our wicked ways so that He will hear from heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land. If we will do this, how quickly can He put an end to the conflict and stop the spread of terrorism.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, but can we truly say that our nation’s God is He? The task of praying for the nation and the world sounds overwhelming but it actually just begins with us humbling before Him and seeking His face. The prayer of a righteous man avails much; and we know that when we pray according to His will we will have what we ask for.

The Messiah is coming soon. May He find us faithful. May He find us praying and watching.

Love in Yeshua,

Cynthia

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[a] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Ezekiel 33:11

11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]

2 Chronicles 7:14

14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare for War!

The sounds of war are getting louder that  it’s heard and echoed on all four corners of the globe. From where I am, even the unconcerned are hearing the sound and wondering. This brings to remembrance the short but vivid dream I had sometime in October 2010.

In the dream I was watching a scene from the movie “Kingdom of Heaven”.  The scene was the fiercest and bloodiest encounter between the forces of Jerusalem led by Balian and the Saracens under Saladin. The scene ended and I removed the disc from the player. Alas!, the title of the movie printed boldly on the disc was not “Kingdom of Heaven” but “Prepare for War!”

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The dream was a big question to me as I was not yet fully aware of the gift that the Father has given me; so I was not also wired to world events and the end times. Since I was also battling with my personal circumstances, I thought that the dream was about me.

As I poured myself into praying and the reading of the Word I saw the Scripture that exactly tells the same, “Prepare for War!”

Joel 3:9 (NKJV)

Proclaim this among the nations:
“Prepare for war!
Wake up the mighty men,
Let all the men of war draw near,
Let them come up.

A Side Note: Around the time I had the above dream, the Lord also gave me a dream which I knew without a doubt when I woke up, was the beginning of a new season in my life. Then the Lord began giving me words, visions and dreams which became frequent beginning in January 2011. The revelations were personal, about the Church and about Israel. On the third week of January 2011 after my first attendance at the weekly prayer and intercession of the ‘Intercessors for Israel,’ the Father gave me a vivid dream calling the Christian Church to pray for and stand with Israel; thus, began my journey into the end times, Israel and the world.

On January 18, 2012, I had another vivid dream of a war involving Iran. I wrote about the dream in an article here: A Vivid Dream: Sanctions on Iran Didn’t Work, So War Broke Out.

In the early morning on March 15 this year the Lord woke me up with “Psalm 83” on my lips. I know what Psalm 83 is and so I asked the Lord what about it? His answer was quick as I heard loud and clear in my spirit, “It’s about time for Psalm 83.”

Psalm 83 (NKJV)

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A Song. A Psalm of Asaph

Do not keep silent, O God!

Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah

Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”

13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.

About a week ago the Lord again woke me up at 3:00 a.m. with this message: “The bloodbath in Egypt will continue as they crack down the Muslim Brotherhood.”

I am not a political or war analyst but I am inclined to believe that President Obama, an avid supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood is keen on striking Syria to give the latter a boost after its fall in Egypt. So everyone watching the news knows that war is coming. President Bashar Al-Assad vows to retaliate against Israel if America attacks his embattled nation. Iran’s leaders vowed that if the West attacks Syria, it will be the end of Israel. All of Israel’s enemies declared that one false move by America, the entire Middle East will explode and the Zionist regime will be no more. Those speeches indeed reflect what Psalm 83 speaks about.

If all these rumors of war are the ones leading to Psalm 83 that the Holy Spirit intimated as about to take place, then, let us lift up our prayers together that the Name of the Lord God be glorified and the nations will know that He alone is the Most High over all the earth as He confounds His enemies and frustrates their plans. Let us pray the prayer of Asaph in Psalm 83.

Let us fix our eyes on our wonderful Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach that we may stand in the days of troubles. As for those who have not given their lives to Him, now is the time to do it. Repent and be saved for time is running short.

Love in Yeshua,

Cynthia