To our Brethren in Jesus,
It is appropriate for me to commence by earnestly thanking you all for your much valued and appreciated prayers and support during the last year. This has been particularly true in light of my own health struggles with lympho-edema and the infectious cellulites in my lower limbs that easily cause recurrence. I have spent three stretches hospitalized in the UK & USA totaling nearly seven weeks since September when I very nearly went home to glory because of bilateral kidney and hepatic failure due to cellulite infection. I have since that time been hospitalized twice and had surgery in California plus a series of subcutaneous tissue ingrates above my ankle. My lower legs remain in compression castings and I undergo self administered lymphatic pump treatments daily plus, for the moment, a cocktail if medication. I frequently require crutches to be mobile. The susceptibility to cellulite reinfection is high and the ramifications for my neck injury and restrictions on the hydro therapy I used to reduce reliance on anti-inflammatory agents is problematic. The anti inflammatory drugs, without which I experience extremely painful brachio-plexis and partial paralysis in my left arm, are contra-indicated for other medications I am required to take. Yet The Lord has allowed this.
Blessings in Jesus to all of our brethren with much gratitude in Christ for your prayers and support as we approach the arrival of 2014 and close of the present year (actually the Jews in Moriel observe two New Years, the secular one and Rosh Hashanah and/or the 1st of Nissan).
A Japanese translation of "Who Are the Jews?"Â€Â is now available from the Online Sermons page.
A Japanese translation of "Church of Pergamum"Â€Â is now available from the Online Sermons page.
Dear believers in grace,
Opposition When We Take a Stand
There's a Bible school here that has a 3 week course for people from various countries.Â This year Champ decided to attend.Â After deciding, one of his friends from Bangkok offered him a job with a good salary, but he had to start right away.Â Champ had been looking for a job and this would have been a good one, but he turned it down because of his commitment to go to the Bible school.Â His friend called a couple times more and it was a big temptation for Champ but he stuck with his decision to go to the Bible school.Â Now he has been really blessed in attending this school and was also a blessing to others.
Moriel Japan has so far received several thousand US dollars for disaster relief.
As of today, March 28, we have used about 900 dollars to buy relief goods. These mostly include rice, ready to eat meals, canned food,Ã‚Â diapers, baby milk powder, sanitary napkins and wet tissues.
Japan Update - March 17, 2011
Urgent Prayer Request / Japan Update
As a matter of ongoing urgency we request prayer for the pastor of our contact church in the area of highest tsunami impact, his family and his congregation. The Moriel Japan branch has not been able to make any contact with him and we do not know if he is among the survivors. Akito and all other Moriel associates have been located alive.
Below is the e mail from our branch office in Osaka.
We have found that our subscriber to Moriel Japan, Pastor Tokio Tanaka, lives and has his Methodist church by a river side right on the coast of Sendai. From the map it appears to be right on the water's edge. After seeing the footage of that area it seems there is little hope but reports say that although the water level in his area is still waist deep people around there have survived. Let's hold up his congregation in prayer.
His phone is out of course and I am hoping for a reply from his 'BlessJerusalem' e-mail address. It may be a long time coming.
Please pray with us for Pastor Tanaka and his church.
Praise Jesus - Akito has been found a few hours ago !
We finally managed to get some communication at the Moriel branches in The UK & USA with the Moriel office in Osaka, Japan despite most of the phone system and cell phone system being knocked out. While damage is not serious in Osaka however, Daisuke & Geoff from the Japan branch of MorielÃ‚Â inform us that there a number of Moriel associates in the Miyage and Aomori areas (near the off shore epicenter)Ã‚Â whose whereabouts and circumstances we are unable to establish. There are also a number of other believers connected with Moriel in Tokyo and there are Moriel subscribers at the Tokyo Calvary Chapel. There are also a number of 'Arielniks', associated with Arnold Fruchtenbaum's ministry in the same area. Jacob Prasch has also been connected with and spoken at the fellowship in Sendai that is interested in Israel & prophecy. This city of Sendai has been hit very badly but there is no communication.
The Serpent and the Dragon: The Story of Two Koreas
Revelation 12 gives a great insight into how Satan tries to destroy God's people. In Revelation 12 we see Satan's attack on the woman (physical Israel), and then his attack on the descendants of the woman (spiritual Israel).
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Rev. 12:9)
The serpent is Satan the deceiver. The serpent deceived the woman in the garden of Eden. As Adam is a type of Christ (called the last Adam) Eve is a type of the church. The attack against the woman came not by persecution but by subtle deception, by putting truth next to error. The dragon rages against the woman. This is clearly persecution. The devil has these two modes of attack: persecution and deception. What makes Satan's attack in the Last Days so terrible is that both the serpent and the dragon are cast down to the earth. This attack is a danger to those who dwell upon the earth: worldly people.