“DROP DOWN, YE HEAVENS, FROM ABOVE, AND LET THE SKIES POUR DOWN RIGHTEOUSNESS: LET THE EARTH OPEN, AND LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, AND LET RIGHTEOUSNESS SPRING UP TOGETHER; I THE LORD HAVE CREATED IT.” ISA. 45:8
Wow, dear partners, together our 78 satellites are pouring down “HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS” to this whole wide world! So, are we really winning? Better said: is God’s Kingdom winning? Oh, I’m so glad you asked! Many of you know, as Paul Jr. and I try to keep you updated on Behind the Scenes, but some of you cannot watch every report, so brace yourself for some glorious GOOD NEWS!
A recent press release from best-selling author, Joel Rosenberg, reveals that, “More Muslims converted to faith in Jesus Christ over the past decade than at any other time in human history”! Further reports reveal that a spiritual revolution is underway throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
In Iraq, thousands of new converts are being reported by evangelical pastors all over the country. My son, Matthew, and I visited Iraq a few years ago and left funds for the purchase of satellite dishes in the hands of Christian leaders. Nearly every church reports that at least 5,000 new Muslim converts have been identified since the end of major combat operations by U.S. forces.
Mr. Rosenberg, in his book, Epicenter, confirms that 14 new churches have been opened in Baghdad alone, with dozens more in Kurdistan — some with 500 to 800 members! Also, more than one million Bibles shipped into the country in recent years have not even come close to the demand. Pastors report that Iraqis are snatching them up so fast they constantly need more Bibles! Glory be to our God most High!
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” Isa. 45:22
On to Egypt: Some reports say that at least one million Egyptians have turned to Christ in recent years. The Egyptian Bible Society told Mr. Rosenberg that they used to sell about 3,000 copies a year of the JESUS film back in the 1990s. But, in recent years they sold 600,000 copies, plus 750,000 copies of the Bible on tape in the Arabic language and about half a million copies of the Arabic New Testament! Jan and I had the privilege of visiting the largest Christian church in the entire Middle East a few years ago. They meet in an enormous natural cave on the edge of Cairo. The leaders told us that ten to fifteen thousand believers meet for worship there every week. One year, more than 20,000 met for a Middle East prayer and Bible conference!
Yes, dear partners, we really are winning. Those little dishes we are giving away are bearing precious fruit! We will keep on giving until Jesus comes — amen!
On to Afghanistan: Mr. Rosenberg’s press release reports that there were only 17 converts to Christ before the horrible tragedy of September 11, 2001, but now more than 10,000 converts are reported, along with dozens of baptisms each week! Praise the Lord — yes, lift your hands with mine right now and give all glory to God!
Kazakhstan: There were only three known Christians in 1990, but today more than 15,000!
Sudan: In spite of civil war and radical terrorism, more than 5 million have turned to Christ in the past decade. Bible training is being conducted in caves for safety in order to raise up new pastors to shepherd the large number of souls coming to Christ daily.
Time and paper cannot begin to tell all the awesome news coming from all over the eastern hemisphere, but buckle up for a fast recount:
Uzbekistan: There were NO known Christians in 1990, but now more than 30,000! Is this REVIVAL or what?!
Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vows to wipe Israel off the map, but right under his nose, 500 known Christians in 1979 has grown to more than one million, most of whom meet in underground house churches.
Again, quoting from Mr. Rosenberg’s press release: “A leading Saudi cleric appeared on a live interview on Aljazeera satellite television to confirm that, sure enough, Muslims were turning to Jesus in alarming numbers. ‘In every hour, 667 Muslims convert to Christianity.’” The cleric went on to warn, “‘Every day, 16,000 Muslims convert to Christianity.’ Stunned, the interviewer interrupted the cleric, ‘Hold on! Let me clarify. Do we have 6 million converting from Islam to Christianity?’” The cleric confirmed, “Every year,” and then added, “a tragedy has happened.”
Ah, dear partners, the dam has burst — the above numbers are a few years old. Today, many say with Christian satellite leading the way, these numbers could be double, even triple!
Here at TBN we are receiving reports from converts who tell us Jesus has visited them in dreams and visions. Others have told us Jesus appeared to them — not just in dreams and visions — but in PERSON!
Please, someone HELP ME — I am about to have my own private rapture!
Finally, some of these Muslims are coming into churches explaining that they have already accepted Christ and now need a Bible and guidance on how to follow Jesus! Praise God, the prophecies from the book of Joel are happening:
“[In the last days] I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…. in those days will I pour out my spirit.” Joel 2:28-29
Yes, my precious partners, we are seeing and are a glorious part of that great final harvest of souls. Together we are telling the GOOD NEWS —
“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.” Isa. 45:6
Dear, dear partners: As Jan and I, as we, the TBN family, move into our 38th year —wow, can it really be our 38th?— yes, it is and never have we loved you more and never have we needed you more, with 10 great 24/7 networks, fed by 78 great satellite footprints! Surely, we are on the home stretch!
Please let us hear from you. Jan is doing a fabulous job holding up the east with the Holy Land Experience, plus programming for TBN overall. Paul Jr. and I are holding up the west, plus all the international programming! That task is enormous; but with God all things are possible!
Yes, dear partners — WE REALLY ARE WINNING!