Johnson Family Missions
Dear Friends and Family:
I wanted to try to convey just one of the penetrating issues the Lord is branding into my heart in this season. I have been so blessed to be taught and influenced by great men of God most of my life. As a 13 and 14 year old boy I remember going to our Lutheran Church during the Charismatic move and listening to Al Penniman teach on the End Times. After I got out of the Air Force in 1979, Kay & I had the privilege of sitting under Dale Crall's teachings on the End Times. Both of these foundations have always kept my heart attune to the Lord's second coming. Jesus even has a special crown for those who yearn for His soon return: "Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." II Timothy 4:8
My heart over the last 10 years though had grown cool towards this. Maybe the "88 reasons Jesus will return in 1988" was part of the hardening of my heart. The prophecies that excited me in the early 70's and 80's though are even more real, and valid today! We get a warning in II Peter not to become cynical: "First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this `coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
As I have listened and been stirred by some awesome teachers in these last few weeks, I wanted to pass along the reason for some of the anticipation in my heart - JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!
In addition to many prophecies that are being fulfilled in these last days, including those that center around the nation of Israel, there are two MAJOR phenomena that must also occur before Jesus returns. (BTW - I won't get into rapture theology here - I am more convinced than ever that the rapture theology, particularly pre-trib rapture is erroneous and a figment of men's, imagination having no scriptural basis.)
#1: The true body of Christ must operate in a spirit of unprecedented love and unity. When Jesus prayed the prayer to His Father in John 17, that prayer was meant for and will be answered BEFORE the return of Jesus. The Lord has us working closely with Mark Anderson, not only the IWT founder, but now also the president of Call2All. His journey is amazing and we count it a privilege to be yoked with him closely in ministry. For the first time in history the prayer, missions, and even denomination movements are working together to fulfill the great commission. In January 600+ leaders, 168 of them the top CEO of their particular ministry or denomination, including Loren Cunningham, Mike Bickle, etc., met in Orlando Florida for the first of 40 "Congresses" that will be held all over the earth. You can read the details here: http://www.call2all.org
#2. The gospel must be preached to all nations. For the first time in human history this is a realistic goal to be accomplished in the next few years. Loren Cunningham shared some statistics with us that shows throughout human history the ratio of population to those who claim to be followers of Jesus has steadily narrowed. The Kingdom of God has continually advanced in the earth as it says in the word. Although some modernized cultures are seeing decline, overall the Kingdom is growing. David Hamilton, another YWAMer, has come up with a model called 4K that identifies over 4000 ethnic groupings in the earth, and has the data of those who have heard the gospel. It is fasicnating: http://www.4kworldmap.org What is awesome is that most of the missions organizations and denominations are not only adapting this model, but working together to FINISH the task of reaching every people group by the year 2020. Some say it will be done much sooner than that.
A phenomena that is also bringing this all together is the prayer and missions movements blending together to become one. Mike Bickle and KC IHOP has adopted YWAM as the missions work their prayer ministry will undergird. He is encouraging along with Mark Anderson (they are friends and neighbors in KC) for every prayer ministry to adopt a missions agency in these last days.
The work of the Lord is going deeper and wider than ever before - at the same time. Some of the prophets have proclaimed that 2007 was a year of preparation, 2008 will be a year of transition, and 2009 will be a year of the beginning of the shaking of the things of the earth prior to the Lord's return.
I hope this at least stirred your heart to research these things for yourself. Shake of any apathy or sleepiness. What an exciting day to live! Please know how grateful Kay and I are to be a part of it on the front lines, the "tip of the spear." We couldn't do it without your love and support.
Grace & Peace to You!
Curt & Kay
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