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Tom Craig - Isaiah 19 As A Guide For A Region in Crisis

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    Greetings. My name is Tom
    Craig, I'm the Middle
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    East Co-ordinator for IC
    J. And we're going to be
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    speaking in this session
    about leading in times of
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    crisis from Isaiah
    Chapter 19, which is a
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    very important passage
    for those of us living
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    and working in the Middle
    East region. And for many
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    years, we've focused on
    this together with
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    leaders from Egypt, and
    all across the nations of
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    the Middle East, which we
    refer to as a Syria from
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    Isaiah is prophet as well
    as those here in Israel,
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    both Jews and Arabs. And
    it's exciting to see how
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    the Lord is developing
    strong relational
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    network, across these
    nations, even in
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    relationships between
    Jewish and Middle Eastern
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    believers for such a time
    as this, as we see more
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    and more shakings taking
    place in the world, and
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    crises facing those of us
    who are following Jesus
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    and longing to see his
    kingdom come. So I'm
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    going to be sharing some
    of the principles that
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    we've spent many years
    praying over and
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    discussing and working
    together to develop
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    understanding and an
    ability to support one
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    another in times of
    crisis. And so I'd like
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    to start by just giving
    you a brief overview from
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    Isaiah chapter 19, that
    it speaks primarily about
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    the nation of Egypt and
    what God intends to do,
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    before Jesus returns in
    that nation speaks of a
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    great transformation of
    what's going to happen in
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    Egypt during those days.
    And it's amazing to see
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    what he has planned for
    the nation of Egypt, he
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    speaks about a time of
    judgment coming, that's
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    going to be very severe.
    And it's going to address
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    a lot of the issues in
    the hearts of the
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    Egyptians that hinder
    them from knowing God and
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    loving him. And it's
    going to be a difficult
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    time, somewhat what is
    similar to what we're
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    beginning to experience
    worldwide, that this is
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    specifically about the
    nation of Egypt and a
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    speaks about things like
    civil unrest that's going
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    to affect the nation, and
    break out in all parts of
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    the nation and cause
    great consternation and
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    difficulty in society. As
    well as there's going to
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    be a resurgence of
    idolatry and looking to
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    even spiritists and
    mediums to try to help in
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    the time of trouble,
    which is only going to
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    further complicate and
    caused problems in Egypt.
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    But as well, we see that
    already happening in many
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    ways, people turning to
    the occult and other
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    kinds of things for help.
    It also speaks of natural
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    disasters, like the Nile
    River drying up in Egypt,
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    and the people there are
    going to have to struggle
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    to survive, and there
    won't be able, they won't
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    be able to work in those
    difficult times. As well,
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    the political situation
    is going to be in great
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    confusion and actually
    will break down in terms
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    of their ability to
    respond and help the
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    Egyptian people in those
    days. All of these things
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    are described in the
    earlier verses of Isaiah
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    chapter 19. Then when we
    come to verse 16, shift
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    takes place and what God
    focuses on in that
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    prophecy to Isaiah. And
    he begins to describe the
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    outcomes that he wants to
    see happen. And so I
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    believe, as leaders we
    can learn a lot from
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    these verses, the final
    verses of Isaiah 19,
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    about what God intends
    not only in the land of
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    Egypt, but looking at
    Egypt as an example, or a
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    prototype of what's going
    to be happening all over
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    the world. And even now,
    in our day, we're
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    beginning to see these
    things unfold and the
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    beginning of shakings or
    birth pangs that we see
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    happening. So it speaks
    in verses 16 and 17. I'll
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    just summarize from our
    understanding and study
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    and prayer into these
    verses for many years,
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    that it's speaking about.
    God desires to release
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    the fear of the Lord,
    through the shakings that
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    are taking place through
    the judgments that will
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    unfold. His heart's
    desire is to see the fear
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    of himself the fear of
    God
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    being Released in the
    hearts of people, that
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    they would turn to him
    instead of to idols or to
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    other things that they've
    hoped in and depended on,
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    that they would begin to
    open up and realize that
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    he's sovereign, that he's
    their Creator, and that
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    he has every right to
    their lives and for them
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    to surrender to his
    leadership in their
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    lives. And so that's what
    we see happening in
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    verses 16 and 17, of
    Isaiah 19, in the land of
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    Egypt at that time that
    they begin to really be
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    overwhelmed by the fear
    of the Lord, and what
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    he's doing what he's
    allowing to happen. And
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    so as leaders, I believe,
    we can learn from that.
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    And this can become a
    principle of our prayer
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    and our sharing with
    others that they would
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    consider the sovereignty
    of God, His Lordship, his
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    right to rule over his
    creation. And they should
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    turn their hearts to him
    and call upon him for
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    mercy for forgiveness,
    that there should be
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    repentance and turning
    back to him in these
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    times, as well. Then as
    we go into verse 18, it
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    speaks about whole
    communities of believers
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    in Egypt will gather
    together in these times
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    of judgment in this time
    of striking that Isaiah
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    describes, and they will
    be calling out to God
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    they will be speaking in
    the language of Canaan,
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    it says in this
    particular verse, which
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    means that they're
    actually in Egypt,
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    learning the language of
    Hebrew, and aligning with
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    God's heart and plan for
    the nation of Israel
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    believers. And we see
    that happening. This is
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    in the last many years,
    from our experience, and
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    going into Egypt and
    interacting with
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    believers there, many of
    them are learning Hebrew,
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    they're wanting to
    identify more with the
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    God of Israel, with even
    his feasts and Shabbat
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    and things, various
    things in their
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    understanding biblically
    of the Hebrew roots of
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    their faith, so much so
    that they would learn
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    Hebrew. And we can
    encourage believers all
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    over the world as these
    things are taking place
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    that it's about God's
    kingdom, being restored
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    with the nation of
    Israel, the Jewish people
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    as well coming to know
    him. And that we are to
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    have an understanding of
    his ways and align with
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    him. Now, that may not
    mean everybody needs to
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    start learning Hebrew
    right now. But this is
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    what's going to happen in
    Egypt, apparently, from
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    what Isaiah 19 speaks
    about. He also says
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    they're going to swear
    allegiance to the Lord
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    that speaks of great
    commitment and devotion
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    to the Lord. And to his
    end time purpose is to
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    establish His Kingdom on
    the earth as the Lord of
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    hosts, that they're going
    to swear allegiance are
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    going to lie into his
    purposes and agree with
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    what he wants to do, to
    see his kingdom come even
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    if that means turning
    over the nation of Egypt,
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    upside down, and
    uprooting the strongholds
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    that are there, and
    bringing his kingdom,
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    shaking everything that
    can be shaken so that
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    what remains is the
    kingdom of God, even in
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    nations like Egypt.
    That's what we learned
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    from that. So I believe
    as we're seeing shakings
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    beginning to happen in
    our world today, that's
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    what we want to be
    encouraging people around
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    us to understand God's
    purpose and plan of how
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    his kingdoms coming and
    align with that agree
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    with that, and say yes to
    it, swear allegiance to
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    the Lord of hosts, who's
    going to fight for the
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    kingdom of God to come
    upon the earth. It goes
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    on to speak about an
    altar in the heart of
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    Egypt and a monument
    dedicated to the Lord on
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    the border of Egypt. All
    of this speaks again of
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    great devotion, and
    worship of God going on,
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    among those who have
    turned to the Lord and
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    believe in Him in the
    land of Egypt. So again,
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    as leaders in times of
    crisis we want to call
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    people to worship the
    Lord, we want to call
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    them to greater devotion,
    and consecration times of
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    prayer, and fasting and
    again of repentance and,
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    and just worshiping him
    for who he is and the
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    beauty of His Holiness.
    He's worthy of that. And
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    that's what we won't want
    to as leaders focus on is
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    calling people back to
    the Lord to the Lord, in
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    times of crisis. It goes
    on to say not only will
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    he be worshiped in Egypt,
    but he will actually be
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    known by the Egyptians in
    a deep and intimate way
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    and they will make
    sacrifices vows to the
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    Lord and keep them. So I
    believe it's again,
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    speaking of great
    discipleship of people
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    coming to know the Lord
    discipling them into an
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    intimate knowledge of who
    he is being devoted to
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    him in every way, even in
    all of their life's
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    ambitions, that they
    really want to serve Him
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    and wholeheartedly. And
    they're sincerely from
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    their hearts. So this is
    what leaders should be
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    focusing on in our own
    lives. And as we lead
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    other people, through
    times of crisis is to
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    know the Lord to press
    in, to know Him, to grow
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    in intimacy with him, and
    really long to be
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    obedient and followers of
    him as his sons and
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    daughters growing in
    relationship with him,
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    and then it, it goes on
    to say that as well,
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    there's going to be a
    real connection between
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    Egypt and the other
    nations of the Middle
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    East, it speaks of a
    highway that's going to
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    be raised up in Isaiah
    19.
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    highway that facilitates
    believers going back and
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    forth between those
    nations of the Middle
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    East or a Syria and Egypt
    to worship together. So
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    this worship and devotion
    is like a spirit of
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    revival all over the
    nations of the Middle
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    East, where they want to
    be together and longing
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    to meet together and in
    their various nations
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    going back and forth on
    this highway for the
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    purpose of serving the
    Lord or worshiping him
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    together. And that's
    exciting. I believe,
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    again, as we see dark and
    difficult days coming
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    upon the earth. God wants
    us to believe for a great
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    outpouring of his spirit,
    and revival to take place
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    in the midst of that. And
    as leaders, we want to
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    lead people into that
    spirit of revival and of
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    seeking the Lord pursuing
    him and worship together
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    all across the nations
    linking together in
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    various ways, not only in
    zoom, as we have been
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    these months, during this
    pandemic period. But as
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    things begin to unfold in
    greater ways we would be
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    stretching our faith to
    see greater expressions
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    of revival and awakening
    taking place across the
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    nations. That's what
    we're believing for in
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    the Middle East. And we
    believe that we're going
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    to see that in the coming
    season great outbreaks of
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    the Holy Spirit moving in
    these nations and
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    bringing harvest,
    bringing many souls into
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    the kingdom. And so
    that's what Isaiah 19
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    gives us an idea that
    that's what God intends
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    to do in these nations.
    And as leaders, we want
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    to join him in what he's
    doing, then it speaks of
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    as well, there being
    great reconciliation and
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    blessing blessing back
    and forth between the
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    nation's and the
    connection of hearts and
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    reconciled relationships.
    So it speaks of how even
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    Egypt with the nations of
    the Middle East or a
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    Syria are connecting
    together with Israel,
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    which is phenomenal that
    we're beginning to see
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    these breakthroughs
    taking place in the
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    cultures and nations of
    the Middle East. But it's
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    got to be rooted and
    grounded in the knowledge
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    of Yeshua as the Messiah,
    and worshiping God
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    through him. And that's
    what we're going to see
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    in the coming days is a
    great move of the Holy
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    Spirit, bringing
    salvation and
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    reconciliation to these
    nations. The nations that
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    are made up of the
    descendants of Abraham
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    and I believe are what
    we're seeing even today
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    in the Abrahamic courts
    is the beginning of God
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    opening the door for a
    great move of the spirit
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    that's going to lead and
    usher many people into
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    the kingdom. So we want
    to be understanding God's
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    purposes agreed with him
    that reconciliation, the
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    healing of the hearts of
    peoples across the
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    nations is what he
    intends, and especially
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    together with Israel,
    that it's going to
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    recreate a blessing in
    the whole earth. as Jews
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    and Gentiles come
    together and become that
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    one new man that Paul
    spoke about in Ephesians
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    chapter two. Along with
    that, then we can expect
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    God's outpouring of
    blessing upon the people
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    who believe and his full
    restoration of Israel,
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    the salvation of Israel,
    and his kingdom coming
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    upon the earth as it is
    in heaven. This is what I
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    see in Isaiah 19 we've
    been encouraging
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    believers across the
    Middle East for years
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    with these ideas and and
    outcomes that God speaks
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    about and how we can
    cooperate together to see
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    those things happen. So
    much so that through the
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    times of shaking during
    the Arab Spring and how
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    it impacts Did Egypt and
    other nations in the
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    region, there was great
    prayer and support and
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    intercession from
    believers all over the
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    world, and especially in
    the middle east towards
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    one another, as well,
    even more recently,
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    during the the explosion
    that took place in the
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    port of Beirut, we rally
    together, the believers
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    all over the Middle East.
    And we had many meetings
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    on zoom and people
    sending financial
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    support. Maybe some of
    you participated that in
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    that with ICJ, there was
    finances raised to help
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    the the Christians in
    Beirut, to reach out and
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    minister to people in a
    time of crisis. And we
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    stood with them and
    encourage them and they
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    were awesome as they
    reached out, even in
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    their own difficulty, to
    minister to 1000s of
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    people giving food,
    helping to repair their
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    homes, and using the
    finances that were
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    pouring in from around
    the Middle East and
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    nations all over the
    world. And we're so
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    grateful for that. And
    that's what God wants us
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    to do in these times of
    crisis is support one
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    another, unite together
    and help to see many
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    souls impacted and
    brought into the Kingdom
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    during those times. And
    we're gonna see greater
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    and greater opportunities
    in times of crisis for
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    that to happen. So these
    are things that we want
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    to tune into God's heart,
    his word, his ways, and
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    be prepared for in these
    coming days. So I hope
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    that you'll continue to
    study his his word, find
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    these things in Scripture
    like Isaiah 19 and other
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    key passages that speak
    about the times of
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    trouble the times of
    crisis that surely we're
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    beginning to enter into,
    but God wants us to see
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    them as times of
    opportunity to reach out
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    and touch the lives of
    many NC many come into
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    His kingdom. So Bless
    you. I hope that this
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    envision conference is an
    encouragement to you. And
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    I encourage you to listen
    to the other seminars
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    from the Middle East
    leaders from Iran and
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    Egypt, who also have
    helped to do seminar
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    content for this
    conference. I think
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    you'll be blessed as you
    hear from them. And God
  • 17:15 - 17:18
    bless you and may God use
    you powerfully and
  • 17:18 - 17:22
    wonderfully, again to
    encourage and lead others
  • 17:22 - 17:27
    through these times and
    to see many come into His
  • 17:27 - 17:30
    kingdom be established,
    strengthened and prepared
  • 17:30 - 17:34
    for his return. So God
    bless you and may you
  • 17:34 - 17:38
    have a wonderful fruitful
    year and 2021
Título:
Tom Craig - Isaiah 19 As A Guide For A Region in Crisis
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