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Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Tishrei

September 21–October 20, 2017

The first day of the seventh month, Tishrei, is not referred to as Rosh Chodesh (head of the month), but is known as Rosh Hashanah (head of the year). It is the beginning of the Hebrew Year 5778. There are three feasts in this month: Blowing of Trumpets on Tishrei 1 (Sept. 21); the Day of Atonement on Tishrei 10 (Sept. 30); and the Feast of Tabernacles from Tishrei 15–21 (Oct. 5–12).

The blessings of Tishrei are as follows:

• Tishrei is the month of Ephraim, the second son of Joseph. Be fruitful and multiply. See Genesis 49:22, “Joseph is a fruitful bough … his branches run over the wall.” Also see Genesis 49:26, “The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors.”

• The seventh month. The “dearest” of months—because all sevens are dear to God, creating the most “satiated,” or “full” month. (We have worked through two “threes,” and are now at a new beginning). Think “fullness of God.” Think of His overflowing abundance and goodness.

• The month where divine providence creates a “beginning.” (This is the beginning of the Hebrew year.) Last year, 5777, was the year of the sword and warfare; it was warfare to enable us to enter the new beginnings starting in this year of “8” (5788). Now we press through and rule.

• The beginning of six months of “reflected light.” This changes our environment, the way we process time, the way we work, the way crops grow, and the way we harvest. Think of yourself as one who reflects the glory of the Lord all around you. See Isaiah 60:1–9, John 8:12, and John 9:5. Think of God reflecting His glory on you.

• Month of the Hebrew letter lamed [ל], which signifies the aspiration to return to your absolute source. God is our source. We need to pray, “Lord, let us be sure that we flow in what you are doing.” Without this “regrouping,” it is too easy to get distracted doing our own thing, or doing what seems right in our own eyes, instead of doing only that which He initiates.

• The month of return. We need to declare things that have been scattered will come back. (Remember the devil wants to scatter and dissipate. The Lord wants to gather and strengthen.)

• Month of Libra (the scales). The deeds of man are weighed, and judgment is released. Note that the Day of Atonement, which is the tenth day of Tishrei (Sept.30), is considered a day of judgment. During this month, we concentrate more on the justice system than in other months.

• Month of “touch.” Think of the woman who pressed through and touched Jesus’s garments. This is the time to feel the presence of God. Touch Him and let Him release virtue on you (Luke 8:40–48). Note also that the Feast of Tabernacles occurs during this month. God wants us to live in His presence.

• Month of the gall bladder. This is often linked with arousal. Therefore, think of spiritual awakening and be sure to remove that which would keep you from returning or entering into the fullness God has for you.

• Watch for bitterness. At the head of the year, you must purge yourself of bitterness. At the beginning of the year (the first month) we had to watch out for bitterness. Now in the seventh month, go a step further and make sure you are purged of all bitterness—against people, against yourself, and against the Lord (Hebrews 12:15).

• A month of well-balanced control. Some things are coming to completion; others are just beginning.

• This month is linked with Joseph, which refers to a double portion. See Genesis 49:22–26. Joseph had two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who became two of the twelve tribes of Israel. Rejoice because God has a double portion for you!

(This material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. —Ron Sawka)

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Japan’s Time Is Now!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: September 21, 2017; Tishrei 1, 5777

Japan—The Time Is Now!
Nagoya Gathering Report, September 18–20

I want to report on the incredible things the Lord did for us at the Gathering in Nagoya (Sept. 18–20). I was trying to write this at the end of the final session (on Wednesday morning), but couldn’t because of the wonderful things happening in the presence of the Lord, including the healing of a paralyzed woman.

It was just a local Gathering, but the Lord brought over 400 of us together. Forty were from Korea, and another 140 were Chinese who live in Japan. It was an amazing mix. God wanted to demonstrate that these three nations really have become one in the Spirit. That unity brings a level of authority to affect even the governments of those nations.

A key theme was “the sword,” and the Lord drew our attention to this by the typhoon that roared through Japan from Okinawa to Hokkaido the day before the meetings started. That typhoon had been named “Talim” in the Philippines, which means “sharp sword.”

On the second day, Dean Fujishima presented a sword to the Japanese church, representing the sword of the Lord. It wasn’t a real sword, but was a miniature toy sword that he’d been carrying around for several years. Yes, there is quite a story behind it. Some years prior, the Lord clearly told him to have a real Japanese samurai sword made. The Lord impressed on him that “He didn’t have a sword in Japan.” When Dean obeyed and ordered it to be crafted, he was then impressed to carry around this toy sword. (I think we can all see it required extra faith and humility to carry around such a thing.)

That morning when Dean presented it to the Japanese church, all of a sudden we understood. Because of all of the Gatherings, as well as the prayers and repentance and allowing ourselves to be aligned with each other as well as Korean and Chinese believers, we had been prepared. Now, the Japanese church corporately had become a sword for the Lord. We knew there would be a new sharpness and effectiveness to everything we now did for Him.

This also connected to a vision David Demian received several years ago. He saw the Lord thrust a sword into a red target (a bullseye) and then it was like the end-times battle began. We always knew this referred to Japan, but this time we realized we were gathered in Nagoya, which is part of Chubu, the central region of Japan. It was like the sword was prepared and the “center” of the bullseye was pierced. I believe we will all see that we have now shifted into a much more effective level of authority and spiritual warfare.

One of the biggest shifts was in the mindsets of the believers. The majority of Christians in Japan have long believed that God will send a revival. It’s not hard to believe for one in the future; it’s another matter to believe for one now. It’s like Martha and her dead brother Lazarus. She had no trouble believing in the resurrection for the future, but in order for Lazarus to be resurrected, she had to believe for “now” (see John 11).

I believe we are seeing the beginning of a massive shift in Japan to believe for “now.” It’s no longer trying to have faith or trying to believe for God’s moving. There is now a clear and bold faith. This carries with it an authority so that systems that stand against God’s plans will be dealt with and the captives will be set free. What incredible timing to cross into the new year. The year 5777, the year of the sword, is over and now we’re passing through the gates of the Lord into the new doors and new beginnings of 5778.

Entering the New Hebrew Year 5778

I am so glad we can walk with the Lord following the Hebrew calendar. Not only are we entering the month of Tishrei, which is about fullness and overflow, but we are also entering a new year. It’s like a long process of preparation—and warfare for this preparation—is over, and now we’re entering into new beginnings that the Lord has prepared for us. This seventh month has three feasts, which are as follows:

  • Feast of Trumpets, Sept. 21
  • Day of Atonement, Sept. 30
  • Tabernacles, October 5–12

One of my favorites is the Feast of Trumpets (which begins the evening of Sept. 21) and mainly consists of blowing the shofar all day long. Not only does this announce the new year, but it is also a call in the spiritual realm to “come awake” to the goodness of the Lord. So, go ahead, blow the shofar, but do it in faith. Watch for a new awakening in yourself, in your family, and in those around you!

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Arise 5 Annual Conference

At our annual conference, which was held this past July in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Lord spoke clearly that our next Arise 5 Annual Gathering needed to be in Okinawa. Please join us February 2–4, 2018. For registration and hotel information, please contact the Arise 5 coordinator in your nation. More details may be found here.

If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…

As you can see from my schedule below, next month I’ll go to Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Moscow. I may also have to go to the Middle East in November, as well as to Egypt in early December. This all has to do with harvest. If you feel led to give to help support these trips, please make use of the information for giving at the end of this newsletter.

Ron’s Schedule 

  • Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)
  • Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow
  • Oct. 19–29, Taiwan

Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Feasts and Rejoicing

Arise 5 Weekly Update: September 14, 2017; 24 Elul, 5777

GYM—Training Your Spiritual Muscles for Abundant Living
Begins October 4

Please join me in praying for a new training program called GYM. Starting October 4, it will run every Wednesday from 8:30–9:30 p.m. Years ago, the Lord spoke to us about doing three kinds of training: 1) apostolic and prophetic training; 2) Bible training; and 3) training on how to live, which is what GYM focuses on. If we can prophesy and have faith to move mountains but can’t live in love and harmony, then what have we gained? Everywhere I go, Christians are asking for help with how to live fruitful lives so that they, their families, and those around them will be blessed.

Mike and Rachel have a calling to teach and impart this. It will be run online via Zoom (which is similar to Skype, but is more simple to run), and viewers can interact with them as they teach. This is an absolute must for these times! Please view the introductory video at www.sanorevivalcenter.org. Note, however, that Japanese is the language of instruction. For more details or to sign up, please contact gym@arise5.com or call the Arise 5 office at (81) 0283-24-6653.

The Feasts of the Lord: A Way to Help Us Learn Rejoicing as a Lifestyle

I’ve been thinking a lot about celebration and joy lately. We shouldn’t have to explain that this is natural and what the Lord wants for us. It seems the religious spirit does a good job of convincing Christians that God prefers us to be somber and somewhat sad. Thus, many miss out on joy and the incredible blessings joy brings, as well as being robbed of this most powerful of spiritual weapons. Some thoughts are as follows:

1. The Lord really does want our life to be one of celebration, and joy is a key to an overcoming life. “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies” (Deut. 28:47–48). Simple, isn’t it? Either live in joy or put yourself in danger of serving the enemy.

2. One of the inbuilt ways God provides for His people to learn a joyful and victorious lifestyle is for them to celebrate His feasts. Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles are annual; firstfruits are monthly, and Sabbaths are weekly.

3. Note that these are called feasts (joyful and celebratory), not fasts. “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts’” (Lev. 23:2).

4. Furthermore, they are called feasts of the Lord, not the feasts of the Jews or feasts of the Old Testament. In 2 Chronicles 2:4, we see that these are: “Feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance forever” (2 Chron. 2:4).

5. The New Testament never says that these feasts and celebrating them are unnecessary or not to do them. It does say, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths” (Col. 2:16). In other words, whether or not you celebrate them, don’t be religious about them. That means there is no power in them per se. But when we celebrate them, we actually celebrate Jesus and what He accomplished for us on the cross and what He still wants to work into our daily lives.

6. Celebrating them should help teach us to be joyful. We should also note they are times of celebrating with the Lord!

7. That these feasts are holy does not imply sadness, somberness, or weeping like religious tradition wants you to think. Holy means “special,” and definitely includes rejoicing. This is why Nehemiah told the people to stop weeping: “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep” (Neh. 8:9).

8. Notice what Nehemiah told them: “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared” (Neh. 8:10). Fat (or oil) refers to the anointing, which, of course, breaks the yoke (Isa. 10:27). This means if we choose to rejoice, then we can expect an increase in anointing from the Lord, as well as a breaking of bondages.

9. “Drink the sweet” is associated with new wine, referring to the Holy Spirit. You could say that joy and rejoicing allow us to be increasingly filled with the Holy Spirit. It certainly makes life seem sweeter. “But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast” (Prov. 15:15).

10. It not only blesses us, but also ministers to others as well (“Send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared” [Neh. 8:10]). Our rejoicing enables people around us to receive anointing, and perhaps even a filling of the Holy Spirit.

11. Joy is not only to be our lifestyle (“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice” [Phil. 4:4]), but it is also one of the greatest weapons of spiritual warfare (“The joy of the Lord is your strength” [Neh. 8:10]).

12. We can choose to be joyful with resulting abundance, or we can choose to not be joyful and end up serving the enemy. “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies” (Deut. 28:47–48).

13. Therefore, as we approach the Feast of Tabernacles (October 5–12), view it as a time of activating joy and rejoicing with the Lord. In fact, view every feast this way. God wants us to rejoice so we can have abundance and victory!

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

More Travels Coming Up

As you can see from my schedule below, next month I’ll go to Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Moscow. In mid-November, I will attend a Gathering in Cairo, followed by a trip to Minsk, Belarus. If you feel led to give to help support these trips, please make use of the information for giving at the end of this newsletter.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Sept. 18–20, Japan Gathering, Nagoya
  • Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)
  • Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Speak His Name!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: Sept 6, 2017; 15 Elul, 5777

“Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground” (John 18:6).

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe” (Prov. 18:10).

Need Problems to Fall Back? Just Speak the Name of Jesus!

On Monday, we were talking about Proverbs 18:10, which states: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into and are safe.” The message is clear—the Lord wants us to use His name. It will protect us.

I had intended to review the blessings of the month of Elul, but the Holy Spirit overruled and led me to look at when they came to arrest Jesus in the garden. Jesus asked who they were looking for and they replied, “Jesus.” When He answered, “I am He,” they were all knocked to the ground. Amazing. I wanted to share that with you because perhaps today you need to speak out the name of Jesus over your situation, or family, or whatever problem there might be. Speak out the name of Jesus and watch problems fall back! Don’t just “think” His name, but actually speak it out. I feel this is a relatively urgent word because of how strongly the Lord overruled and led us.

God Aligns Us So That Together We Can Win an “Open Heaven”

We had a tremendous time in Sano this past Saturday. We had an Arise 5 Japan leaders meeting in the afternoon, and then celebrated firstfruits for Elul with the church in the evening. I am increasingly seeing the fulfillment of why the Lord led us to start Arise 5. Of course there are many reasons for an apostolic network like ours—I want to see apostles and prophets rise up in the church and marketplace. I also want us to be a prototype of the new wineskin where primary growth and evangelism occur through all the believers, and not just the leadership. We have been moving in this for quite some time.

Thus, I have always felt that whenever we meet corporately there should be such a moving of the Holy Spirit that the heavens are opened to release miracles and manifestations of God’s glory. This shouldn’t just be in the meeting place, but should also result in doors being flung open for everyone back home. When people return home, they should find more opportunities and breakthrough in their churches and businesses. Corporate alignment results in much, much individual advancement.

The Lord really blessed our corporate gathering on Saturday, and I know that the heavens were opened for all who attended, regardless of where they came from. I look forward to reports of open heavens that God gave because of our time together.

Additionally, it seemed that significantly more people attended than usual. I feel this is a prophetic sign that things are shifting into advance and increase. It’s like “a troop has come” (Gen. 30:11).

Note the full article on Elul may be found here.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)

MPP

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip
  • Sept. 18–20, Japan Gathering, Nagoya
  • Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)
  • Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow

Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Though War Should Rise

Arise 5 Weekly Update: August 30, 2017; 8 Elul, 5777

“Though war should rise against me, even in this will I be confident” (Ps. 27:3).

“Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us” (Neh. 4:20).

“Though War Should Rise against Me, I Will Be Confident”

I woke up this morning with the realization that we have entered into a time of intense warfare and that we needed to rise up strongly. Thus when MPP started, I emphasized blowing the shofar because that is when the Lord fights for us (see Nehemiah 4:20 above). And of course yesterday (August 29) we got a vivid confirmation that we are in “spiritual warfare” when North Korea launched a rocket that flew right over northern Japan. It happened during MPP. Quite interesting to say the least.

Now what about this spiritual warfare? Going back to the story of Gideon, we see the enemy always came during harvest time because that was when there was the most to steal. We can correctly conclude that this warfare now is because it is harvest time. The devil knows this and wants to steal the fruit.

How should we be? Be visible and vocal. Gideon’s men not only blew the trumpets, but they also boldly released the flares/torches. They were no longer hidden by darkness, but were visible in the light. That light and visibility brought fear and confusion to the enemy.

Those men also shouted. “They held the torches in their left hand and the trumpets in their right. Then they yelled, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’” (Judg. 7:20). The shout added to the confusion and turmoil. The angelic army came and the enemy was routed. The Lord has already placed a shout of victory deep inside of us. In Numbers 23:21, we read, “The Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a King is among them.”

So, be confident! Be vocal and visible. The more we are, the more the Lord and His angels are there to help. Remember we’re in the month of Elul; it’s about triumph and relates to the tribe of Gad whose name means “a troop comes” and “he shall triumph” (Gen. 30:11; 49:19).

I feel God wants to give us a bigger victory than we think. When Gideon’s 300 blew their shofars and lit their torches and shouted, this turned into a complete disaster for the enemy. Not only was that army defeated, but they were also completely driven from the land. Your being confident in the Lord during this battle will result in hidden enemies being exposed. You will begin to see more fruit in your life, in your family, and in your work or ministry.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Month of Elul (Aug. 23–Sept. 20): Be Sure to Be Aligned!

I love celebrating firstfruits each month. And although I have been doing it for a long time, I feel the Lord prompting me to be even more intentional in doing so. Paying attention to the blessings of each month is actually connected to daily walking in the Spirit. So, not only be confident in the Lord (see article above), but let’s also remember this month is all about making sure we’re aligned with the Lord and those He has for us to walk with.

Don’t worry about the past. Just make sure this month you are aligned with Him.

The full article on Elul may be found here.

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)

MPP Update

I have so enjoyed the past few of days of MPP (we restarted this Monday after a few weeks off). It seems more people than ever are listening. Two weeks ago, Prophet Michelle Gulland prophesied the following to me: “MPP will grow bigger and will have much more impact than you think.”

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Sept. 2, Arise 5 Japan, Sano
  • Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip
  • Sept. 18–20, Japan Gathering, Nagoya
  • Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)

Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Full Barns

Arise 5 Weekly Update: August 23, 2017; 1 Elul, 5777

Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Prov. 3:9–10).

Full Barns and Breakthrough Via Dreams!

Greetings. It’s good to be able to write to you again after three weeks off. We took a break because the Lord instructed us to rest. I trust you have enjoyed your time of rest.

Resting in the Lord does not mean “departing from Him.” Rather, it means keeping our eyes on Him more than ever. Last update, I shared several prophecies from our final pre-break MPP, where the Lord reminded us that things He had spoken to us before but which have lain dormant would now begin to stir.

I found that to be true for me, and I am excited about how He is leading for the season ahead. I have a definite expectation of harvest. In addition to that, I want to share two more things:

Getting Our Barns Full—Pay more attention to firstfruits and the Hebrew months. I have been walking in this for about ten years now, and I can testify that through it the Lord has brought me to a place of overflow. However, I feel the Lord challenged me to be even more diligent and intentional in this. I was reminded again of Proverbs 3:9–10. If we honor the Lord with our firstfruits (offerings) and finances, then our barns and storehouses will be filled. I know that these verses primarily refer to finances, but the same principle also applies to our churches and ministries. So if you want to grow, then be specific and intentional in celebrating firstfruits monthly.

Breakthrough Via a Dream—It’s kind of ironic that during this rest period, I went through some rather difficult things. When I asked the Lord why this particular issue was so longstanding, the only reason I sensed He gave me was that we live in a strategic place. Nevertheless, this issue/conflict has not been pleasant and it was a real challenge to stay in peace and rest. But the Lord is good. He gave me a dream, and when I woke up I knew the “problem/conflict” had been sorted. (The issue is still there, but the demonic power behind it was broken.) I am so thankful to the Lord and how He can so simply and easily shift and change things for us.

I am so thankful for each one of you and feel honored that He has given us these connections with so many. Much blessing to you as you enter into this new season.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Month of Elul (Aug. 23–Sept. 20): Expect Harvest

One of the highlights of this sixth Hebrew month has to do with rewards and harvest. Below is a quote about the month of Elul:

The month of rewards. Rewards begin to manifest over what you have done. Think, “reward.” You will begin to reap what you have sown. If you constantly labor and never see the reward, you’ll get burned out. You need to know how to abound. (In Philippians 4:12, Paul said that he knew how to abound.) Also in these end times, let us remember the sowing-reaping cycle is rapidly speeding up.

The full article may be found here.

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)

MPP Resumes on August 28

I am looking forward to resuming MPP after nearly a month of rest. When we first started, I thought we would only do it for a few weeks, but now we are in our fifth year. It’s amazing what the Lord does through it.

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Aug. 26, Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
  • Aug. 28, MPP resumes
  • Sept. 2, Arise 5 Japan, Sano
  • Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip
  • Sept. 18–20, Japan Gathering, Nagoya
  • Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)

(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)

Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Elul

Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Elul
The Sixth Month of the Hebrew Year 5777, August 23–September 20

Note: For many centuries it was customary to read Psalm 27 each day from the first day of Elul (August 1) until the end of the month. This psalm begins, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”

“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). Also see Psalm 8:1–3. We look at the moon and the stars and want to know what glory of God they are declaring. They are declaring the redemptive plan of God into the earth realm and we need to walk in it. The heavens are a circuit (Psalm 19:6). You can picture this as the word of God encircling the earth. If we understand this and receive it, we can pull His word into the earth realm, in a manner of speaking. What is the redemptive plan of God for that month we’re entering into? We need to understand it and then walk it out.

The heavens get on a circuit; the word of God gets on a circuit. Earth also has circles around it. Psalm 19 talks about the word of God encircling the earth until we begin to pull it in and manifest it.

Elul: Expect Lots of Reaping!

• The month of the tribe of Gad. When Gad was being born, Leah said, “A troop comes” (Gen. 30:11), which indicates increase. Also note Jacob’s blessing in Genesis 49:19, “Even though a troop will trample over him, he shall triumph.” This also indicates that this is a month of triumph and victory.

• The month to camp or to find your place in the order of camps or in the company of the Lord. This is often the head of the year (the beginning of Hebrew year often falls during this month). Because of mistrust, many people miss their chance to find their place and they fail to connect. If you don’t deal with mistrust correctly, when the new window of opportunity opens, you will not connect and could miss the God-given opportunity. Mistrust of others is a sign of a root of rejection. It will prevent you from coming into the fullness and strength that you can get from others. Ask the Lord to help you deal with roots of rejection.

• The month of rewards. Rewards begin to manifest over what you have done. Think, “reward.” You will begin to reap what you have sown. If you constantly labor and never see the reward, you’ll get burned out. You need to know how to abound. (In Philippians 4:12, Paul said that he knew how to abound.) Also in these end times, let us remember the sowing-reaping cycle is rapidly speeding up.

• The month that the King is in the field. He is coming to visit us and to help us in our work and ministry. Approach Him and allow His countenance to shine upon you. There is an awe of God that we come into so He can pour Himself out upon us.

• The month of Hebrew alphabet letter yod [י]. Yod is connected to the number ten. It is the only letter that is suspended in midair; it indicates appointed mercy from the hand of God.

• The month of Virgo (the maiden). “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” (Song of Sol. 6:3).

• A month to run into the tower of might—a strength greater than yours that can encompass you. You don’t have to be strong all the time (see Proverbs 18:10), but you can enter into His strength.

• A month for inner knowledge of peace to be activated. Always find time to “regroup” in order to be whole.

• The “point month.” The understanding of the beginning so you can begin to reach your end.

• The month to fix what has been broken. (If He doesn’t tell you it’s fixable, let it go.)

• The month of complex systems beginning to be managed.

• The “mother month.” The month of nurturing. This month is apostolic, just like Av. Whom are you looking after? Who is looking after you?

• The month where Rebecca gave birth to Jacob and Esau. Do you “birth” blessing, or something that God is going to hate later on? What are you contending for? What is contending for you?

• The month of the left hand—controlling the sense of action, and good or bad emotions. You need to be sure your emotions are in good order. God gives us great ability to stand in the midst of emotional conflict and still abound. You don’t need to be someone who is unstable or unreliable. You have the ability to be a burden bearer.

(This material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. —Ron Sawka)

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Rest in the Lord

Arise 5 Weekly Update: Aug 2, 2017; 10 Av, 5777
arise5.com

Resting in the Lord; Prophecies about Rest
(Also, Email Updates Will Resume on August 23)

Greetings! Today I’m writing about rest. Similar to last year, I felt the Lord emphasize scaling back as much as possible during August. Not only will this give us rest, but it will also allow most of our staff to be able to rest as well. MPP will be off from August 1 and will resume on August 28. Similarly, we won’t send out an update again until August 23.

We know that rest is important because God instituted it in the very beginning—He rested from His labors on the seventh day. Later, He instituted rest into the laws He gave Israel. Rest was not only limited to the sabbath, but also included the three major feasts and the monthly celebration of firstfruits.

Resting is not because work is bad or negative. On the contrary, the Lord is the one who created work. He gave Adam the assignment of taking care of the garden to bring about increase and multiplication. Work is a privilege and the Lord has put the desire to work within us.

However, God does not want us to rely on our own strength and efforts. Just like He was there to give counsel and advice to Adam, He wants to be involved with each one of us. He wants to walk and talk with us so that we can succeed. Psalm 85:12 states, “Yes, the Lord will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase.”

Every time we rest is actually a choice of faith. When we obey the Lord and rest, we are declaring any success we may have are not because of our own strength. Nor is it because of our skill. Rather, we are declaring it is because of His goodness, and that we are aligned with Him and that His angelic hosts are walking with us.

I feel we are about to enter times of unprecedented opportunity and harvest. However, our degree of success will depend heavily on how we have learned to rest in the Lord and rely on Him.

Monday, July 31, was the final day of MPP before the break. Below are some of the prophecies that were given. I include them for all of us because I feel they give direction about what the Lord wants to do while we are resting these next few weeks.

Prophecies from July 31 MPP

• “In order for the new birthings, I say to you, ‘Have times of intimacy with Me.’”

• I saw the Japanese character for “new.” The Lord says, “You know I love you. The plans I have for you, I want you to meditate on them. Right now, they are way back in the deep recesses of your soul. Let them rise up again. That which I have for you and the promises and plans will not change. The time has come now for those plans to be fulfilled. Don’t look at the people, but look only at Me. It’s like you’re on a new stage that has been prepared for you. However, you need to stretch and jump to grab hold of it. So jump and grab hold,” says the Lord.

• The Lord says, “This really is a time of redemption. It’s like things you thought you missed for whatever reason, I am bringing them back. The opposition is gone. Leap for joy and grab hold of that which I have for you.”

• “Rest in Me. Remember resting in Me is not departing from Me, but is keeping your eyes upon Me more than ever. I will cause things to spring up in your heart. These are things I have spoken long ago, but they will begin to stir and stir as you spend time with me, and many things will be birthed this month. But you will see and you will align for the future. Watch the new connections, and watch for realigning with previous, almost forgotten, connections. Watch for new favor to come upon you. Watch for a new level of faith to arise.”

• The Lord says, “It’s like you are feeling the next step is too big or too high for you to take. But I have released my angels to help you take that step. The enemy loves to make you think you must try and try and strive. He wants to fill you with those thoughts. However, I am setting you free from this thinking that ‘I need to do it by myself.’ Know that when you make this decision (that I am with you and will help), that my angels will indeed help you.”

• The Lord says, “Once again I am taking away the fear that prevents you from going to the new place. Everything is okay. I will bring reward for all things. All that you have done, I do remember. That will become your shield. You will be able to take the next step. Remember you are Mine. Let’s move ahead. Together, let’s go to the new place.”

• The Lord who called Abraham says, “My beloved children, I called Abraham out of his father’s house. He didn’t know where he was going, but he trusted the word of God. You also have trusted in My word. Abraham had a time when he temporarily stopped until his father passed away, but I called him forth. Isaac was born. Just when he thought it was impossible was when I gave him rest. His eyes were upon me. So I say to you to come to Me and rest in Me because I want to give you that new vision.”

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Month of Av (July 24–August 22): A Time to Be Watchful

Let’s keep on being watchful, but with expectation. Just as Av 9 (August 1) is known as the low point, Av 15 (August 7) is a high point because on that day the final person of the old generation passed away. Then the Lord could lead the new generation (under Joshua) into the Promised Land. So it’s a high point. Be watchful and be ready for the new things the Lord wants to do.

The blessings for the month of Av may be found here.

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)

MPP Will Break from August 1–25

I feel it’s important to rest. Since many have vacations in August, we’ve decided to break from August 1–25. We can trust the Lord to watch over us. Remember these words He wants spoken over us:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num. 6:24–26).

The final MPP before summer break is Monday, July 31. We’ll resume on Monday, August 28.

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Aug. 20–24, Seoul, Korea
  • Aug. 26, Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
  • Aug. 28, MPP resumes after summer break
  • Sept. 2, Arise 5 Japan, Sano
  • Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip

(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)

Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Be Watchful!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: July 26, 2017; 3 Av, 5777 
A Time to Be Watchful!
  • Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).
  • “Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say, rejoice” (Phil. 4:4).

I feel the Lord is prompting us to be especially watchful during these next weeks. We are always to be watchful, but there are certain times when it is more necessary than others. A few reasons for this are as follows:

First, we are in the month of Av, a month that requires watchfulness (see note below on Av 9).

Second, we have experienced a lot of victory and breakthrough. The devil is angry and wants payback. We aren’t to worry about this, but we do need to be watchful.

Third, many are on the verge of great breakthrough and we have to be especially careful because the devil loves to intimidate and cause fear. This is what happened to the Israelites. They heard the negative reports of the ten spies and gave in to their fear and thus missed out on their destiny. Therefore, whenever you run into a hard time, it’s worth asking the question, “What does the devil know that I don’t. What breakthrough and advance is waiting for me?”

Fourth, the Lord is pouring out a new anointing on His people. Many have been noticing this ever since Pentecost this year. We experienced this new anointing at the Gathering in Canada. Ever since then, I have been ministering to impart this and the results are amazing. Therefore, we must remember what Jesus said: “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). If we watch with the Lord, the enemy will not get the upper hand.

Here are some thoughts on how to watch:

  • Watching does not necessarily mean physical effort and work. You can “watch” even during vacation.
  • Watching means spending time “hanging out” with the Lord. Therefore, check in with Him regularly throughout the day.
  • Keep your spirit joyful and refreshed.
  • If you are experiencing trials and difficulties, don’t think there is something wrong with your faith. Remember what Paul said: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Cor. 4:8). Our responding to difficulties with faith is a powerful, albeit hidden (to us), blow against the kingdom of darkness.
  • Rejoice in the testing because its purpose is to draw us closer to God. “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:9).
  • Rejoice. Paul exhorts, “Rejoice in the Lord always! And again, I say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4).

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

The Month of Av (July 24–August 22): A Time to Be Watchful

“Av is called the “low-point month.” Historically, bad things have happened to Israel on the 9th of Av. Examples are as follows: First, Av 8 (July 31) is when the ten spies gave a negative report, and Av 9 (August 1) is when the people cried out and decided not to enter the Promised Land. Second, the first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians on Av 9 in 423 B.C. Third, the Romans destroyed the second temple on Av 9 in 69 A.D. Fourth, the Jews were ordered out of England on this date in 1290. Fifth, the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 on this same day. Sixth, even the Holocaust is connected in that the stage and conditions for WW2 were set in motion by WW1, which started when Germany declared war on Russia in 1914 on the 9th of Av.

The point isn’t to be fearful about this date (because Paul told us not to regard one day above another [Col. 2:16]), but that we should take it as a reminder to be on guard as watchmen on the wall (Isa. 62:6). Peter told us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).”

That was taken from our recent post on the month of Av.

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

We’ve started releasing evangelistic broadcasts for Japan. The content is available on iTunes (please subscribe and leave a review), as well as on our YouTube channel. (I speak in English and it’s interpreted into Japanese—so English speakers, have a listen!)

MPP Will Break from August 1–25

I feel it’s important to rest. Since many have vacations in August, we’ve decided to break from August 1–25. We can trust the Lord to watch over us. Remember these words He wants spoken over us:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Num. 6:24–26).

The final MPP before summer break is Monday, July 31. We’ll resume on Monday August 28.

Morning Prophetic Prayer (MPP) is broadcast weekdays from 6:00–6:50 a.m. (Japan Time). To receive transcripts or to unsubscribe from the mailing list, please write to mpponskype@gmail.com.

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Aug. 20–24, Seoul, Korea
  • Aug. 26, Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan
  • Sept. 4–13, Overseas three-city ministry trip

(My complete schedule for the year is listed at arise5.com/events.)Giving to Arise 5

Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).

You may also feel led to become an Arise 5 Apostolic Fund Supporter (AFS) by pledging to give $1000 (US) or its equivalent for the year.

Bank Info and Online Giving

Arise 5 now has online giving. Not only will this make it easier for those who live in the USA and Canada, but it will also help those in countries without a designated account for Arise 5. You can give by credit or debit card, or via electronic bank account transfer at arise5.com/giving.

For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

You can also give via the bank account in the following nations: Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Russia. Bank information is listed below.

JAPAN (and direct deposits from countries not listed below):
Bank name: SMBC Trust Bank
Address: Nishi Shimbashi Square 1-3-1 Nishi Shimbashi, Minato Ku, Tokyo Japan 105-0003
SWIFT code: SMTC JPJT
Intermediate bank name and SWIFT code: Citibank Japan Ltd. Tokyo Japan, CITI JPJT
Account name: Ronald W. Sawka
Account number: 93642377

CHINA: 中国工商银行郑州郑上路支行, 户名:RONALD WADE SAWKA, 账号:6212 2617 0201 3013 933

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

MALAYSIA: Standard Chartered Bank 390194941955 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

SINGAPORE: POSBank 149-42129-7 (account name Ronald W. Sawka)

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

RUSSIA: Please write us at: russia@arise5.com.

*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: info@destinydover.org; Phone: 302-674-4288

OTHERS: Please use the SMBC Trust Bank details for direct deposits to Japan as listed above (be sure to include the intermediary bank name and SWIFT code).

All other nations please use our online giving form at arise5.com/giving. For overseas donors who would like to give via PayPal, please contact us.

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Av

Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Av
The Fifth Month of the Hebrew Year 5777, July 24–August 22, 2017

• The month of Simeon, which means “to hear; to be concerned.” We want to be concerned that we are able to continue moving ahead. Simeon messed up, just like Reuben (the previous month) who was unstable. He was called an “instrument of cruelty” (Gen. 49:5). Also, there seemed to be instability, perhaps from his mother, Leah, who felt that bearing him would earn her the love of her husband (see Gen. 29:31–33). We are grafted into the great inheritance God has for us. However, when there is instability in our bloodline (as was the case with Simeon—and as is the case with most of us), we need to develop spiritual discipline, as demons will try to convince you to align and agree with them. They understand how to use our iniquitous patterns to pull us backwards. God wants us to walk with Him and the angelic army. The devil tries to make us go at it alone, which greatly reduces our effectiveness. When we agree with Satan’s iniquitous plan, it gets rooted in us. Pray, “Lord, I am not unstable; neither will I mess up like Simeon—who chose revenge/unforgiveness, as well as going at it alone. I ask for spiritual discipline to not agree with demons about myself. Rather, I choose to believe You, Lord, and what You say about me. I want Your patterns to be rooted in me. This month in particular, weed out the tendency to ‘do it by myself’ instead of walking with You and the people You’ve provided.”

• The month that you decide on what you have heard. You need to make a decision. “Will I just hear what God has told me, or will I actually do it?” Be sure to meditate on what God is telling you so that it is integrated in you (1 Tim. 4:14).

• The month of predestined connections. This means that God has connections preordained for you that will manifest and will really help you to move ahead. As we align ourselves with those whom God brings, then we will also be in alignment with the angels, and our way will be easier.

• Av is called the “low-point month.” Historically, bad things have happened to Israel on the 9th of Av. Examples are as follows: First, Av 8 (July 31) is when the ten spies gave a negative report, and Av 9 (August 1) is when the people cried out and decided not to enter the Promised Land. Second, the first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians on Av 9 in 423 B.C. Third, the Romans destroyed the second temple on Av 9 in 69 A.D. Fourth, the Jews were ordered out of England on this date in 1290. Fifth, the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492 on this same day. Sixth, even the Holocaust is connected in that the stage and conditions for WW2 were set in motion by WW1, which started when Germany declared war on Russia in 1914 on the 9th of Av. The point isn’t to be fearful about this date (because Paul told us not to regard one day above another [Col. 2:16]), but that we should take it as a reminder to be on guard as watchmen on the wall (Isa. 62:6). Peter told us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:8).

• Av is also known as the “high-point month” because of Av 15 (August 7), which is the day when the last Israelite of the old generation died in the wilderness. Thus, Israel was once again poised to enter the Promised Land. We need to make the right shifts (keep your heart and mind focused on the Lord and His promises); you will move into what God has for you.

• The month of the Hebrew letter tet [ט], which resembles a womb. Certain good things will be birthed. Tet has a numerical value of nine and represents goodness.

• The month of the constellation of the lion. Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Also, the divine will of the Father is being executed. He begins to execute and carry out things based on what we have responded and committed to.

• The month the lion roars. The Lion of Judah is roaring for us (Joel 3:16). We must also “roar” in faith. Our roaring/praise becomes a covering from the Lord, and God begins to unlock things for us. Let this be a month of joyful, powerful praise.

• The month where God destroys so that He can reconstruct. Ask the Lord to destroy the old foundations and structures that are hindering you and the moves of God from advancing.

• The month where the earth begins to contract. Watch for earthquakes. The secret of the pregnancy begins to move into the earth realm. When you hear of earthquakes, know that God is getting ready to birth something.

• The month that means “there is an iniquity.” However, we do not need to not let it continue. You change for the better, or you will gradually get worse. Pray, “Lord, show me my iniquities so that they can be uprooted.” Declare, “Lord, I am changing for the better. Thank you that by the Holy Spirit I can change.”

• The month where the kingdom advances through partnership. Be very aware of your partnerships. Watch them. This is more than just connections. Be supportive of the partnerships God has given you.

• The month of the left kidney. Develop a new level of discernment, or you will unwittingly oppose God’s counsel and advice. Note Psalm 32. He takes hold of the reigns (of our kidneys). There should be no resisting to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Again, I recommend meditating on what God has spoken or shown. As we do so, we will see an increase of His wisdom in us, as well as an increase in discernment.

(This material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. —Ron Sawka)

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