Ron Sawka Ministries
May 7, 2020; Iyar 13, 5780
Counting the Omer: Day 27 (23 more days to Pentecost)
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” (Zech. 4:7).
“But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come. For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will multiply men upon you” (Ezek. 36:8–10).
“For we have heard how the Lord dried up the waters of the Red Sea … our hearts melted; neither did there remain any courage” (Josh. 2:10–11).
Please Keep On Praying for MPP to Spread in Japan!
“Yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming” Luke 18:5.
MPP Increased by 33% in April
Thank you so much for praying for MPP listeners to increase in Japan. The Lord is giving us great increase—already by a third this past month. He has already spoken that people will get saved via MPP (and this is already happening). So as you pray, please keep asking the Lord for many non-Christians to hear about MPP and then actually listen. We read and teach the Bible, and then we prophesy.
It’s no secret that people love prophecy! Why? Because in their spirit they somehow recognize it’s the voice of their Heavenly Father. I think this is why MPP is so well received. Even if a prophecy is not for their specific situation, people receive “exhortation, edification, and comfort” (1 Cor. 14:3) because it is the voice of God.
Prophecy and Spiritual Warfare
I feel we are in a key time as we follow the Lord between this time of Passover and Pentecost. We need to let prophecy play its part so God can bring us through in the way He wants to. A few thoughts are as follows:
1. Prophesy against the Mountain (Obstacle)—I say this because I sense many are facing obstacles and opposition. Prophecy is one way of breaking that. There are many times in the Bible when the Lord tells prophets to prophesy against something. For example in Zechariah’s day, the Jews had returned from captivity but were stymied, harassed, and opposed in trying to rebuild the temple. They were obeying God to the best of their ability, but the opposition increased. Thus, Zechariah prophesied against that “mountain”: “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” (Zech. 4:7). That is exactly what happened. Because of that prophecy, the demonic power behind the opposition was broken and the temple was restored. It’s a fascinating story. (Read Ezra, Haggai, and Zechariah.)
Thus, I encourage all who may be facing obstacles and opposition to rise up, face your problem, and then let the Holy Spirit lead you to prophesy against the “mountain.”
2. Prophecy Sets the Process in Motion—Prophecy can also be about restoration, and indeed much restoration is happening now. We need to remember that prophecy is not just about “foreknowledge.” Prophecy actually declares what God’s heart and plans are for a situation. Israel had been ravaged and the people humiliated. The Lord told Ezekiel to prophesy to the mountains of Israel, that they would be restored and that the people would be gathered again and God would give them a “new heart and … put a new spirit within [them]” (see Ezek. 36:8–10, 26). Because we understand what God wants to do, we cooperate by agreeing with Him and praying for this process to be fulfilled. However, I must emphasize it is the prophetic word released that sets the process in motion. So during this time approaching Pentecost, ask the Lord to lead you and prophesy restoration to your situation. Also, go back and keep meditating on the promises of restoration He has already given you.
3. Celebration and Thanksgiving Release Prophetic Words—Moses celebrated after they crossed the Red Sea and the Lord gave him a prophecy (the Song of Moses in Exod. 15) which is even now being sung in heaven (see Rev. 15:3). That prophecy actually enlarged the effect of the miracle of crossing the Red Sea. He prophesied that the all the enemy inhabiting the Promised Land would hear, tremble and lose heart, and that God would establish them there (see Exod. 15:14–16). We know this did happen and the enemy was seriously weakened (Josh. 2:10–11). How much better it would have been for the children of Israel if they had kept singing that song of Moses, and had kept repeating the prophetic words. Instead, they fell into grumbling and complaining. It’s the same for us. Refuse and reject all worry. Keep celebrating. Keep on being thankful. Keep on meditating on the promises God has given you. Most likely, just as happened to Moses, the Lord will give you more prophetic words to further establish and prosper you.
Thanks so much for praying!
Ron and Teddy