By Arial Blumenthal
Recently I spent 12 days with our covenant partner, Ikapi, at the
Global Mission Center in Iwaki-city, just outside the evacuation range from
the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. Until a month ago, most of you had never heard
of Fukushima--now this name has become infamous, like the name "Chernobyl"
a generation ago. Now the whole world is thinking: "Can anything good come
out of Fukushima!?"
I believe, and am praying, that the Lord has chosen this city of Iwaki in
order to bring something incredibly good to Japan and the world: the
long-awaited breakthrough and revival for Japan. There is much info posted
for prayer, and you can sign up for the updates at
End Times Rehearsal
The triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami, and radiation that visited NE
Japan seem like something straight out of the Book of Revelation, though on
a smaller scale. What I saw and experienced there was like a rehearsal for
what will increasingly happen in the End Times.
1. Life or Death Faith: (see Rev 12:11) Of the 20 or so churches in
Iwaki, the majority of believers, including pastors and missionaries, had
already left Iwaki because of the lack of gas, water, or electricity--and
then the radiation scare! Yet, everyday a truckload or two of aid and
Christian volunteers would arrive from another part of the country. That
means that the only Christians in Iwaki were those who knew the call of God
in the face of personal danger, even perhaps serious sickness or death. As
a result, our daily meetings were charged with the Holy Spirit. The sense
of joyful camaraderie in serving Yeshua was so tangible, you could almost
taste it in the air! In the End Times, such people will be like the 5
virgins who had plenty of oil for their lamps (Mt 25:1-13).
2. Unity in Tribulation: There were Charismatics, Baptists,
Presbyterians, Catholics (and one Messianic Jew!). The End Times judgments
will purify and unify the Body of Christ. The darkness will get darker, and
the light will get brighter. The pressure cooker of the End Times
tribulations along with true and tested faith will unite believers from all
parts of the Body around the world. Yeshua's prayer for unity in John
17 will be fulfilled!
3. Faith or Fear? In Iwaki, the believers were full of faith and
joy--no fear. Even though the radiation levels were fairly low, we can see
how the media feeds on such events and instills so much fear in those who
watch and listen. When I came back to Ben Gurion airport, one of the
Custom's Officers stopped me on my way out. "Where are you coming
from?" "Japan," I answered. "Okay...keep your bags to yourself...go, go,
don't come near me!" A team of American brothers came to Iwaki with
gifts of three expensive, digital Geiger counters for the church. They told
us that they had to search all over the country, because most stores were
sold out of these counters--in the USA, 10,000 miles from Fukushima!! Rev
6:15-17 paints a picture of the fear that will grip the world during the
cataclysmic End Times events. By contrast, those who have already died and
risen with Him, will shine like the stars in the heavens.
Japan has been a tough "nut" to crack for the Gospel. Despite 120 years of
mostly free and open Protestant Missions, the Japanese remain largely an
"unreached" people group. On the other hand, they have been a very diligent
and successful society--at least according to the economic and scientific
standards that are common to the modern West. Yet for 20 years, Japan has
been in decline and unraveling at many social, demographic, and mental
"seams." Now, this tremendous shaking and disaster. Please, please pray
that the Lord will use this to bring the long prayed for Kingdom
breakthrough in Japan--not simply a reconstruction of the super-pagan,
super-materialistic wonderland. We will continue to update you on the blog
concerning other ways to stay connected.