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Arise 5 Weekly Update: December 14, 2017; Kislev 26, 5778

“So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground” (Gen. 18:2).

“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).

Greetings from Vladivostok, Russia

This morning it was -17 °C (1.4 °F), which I actually kind of enjoy because it reminds me growing up in Canada. In this update, I want to continue to give information about becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter (see below), as well as to update you on the events of this five-nation tour I’m on.

I was in Egypt last week and want to share a little of what happened. I think what we experienced was just a small part of what we’ll increasingly see around the world. There was a strong sense that now is the time to sign up to serve the Lord in His army for the end-times harvest. Two things were unique. First was urgency—your life belongs to Him; there was a sense that if you haven’t done so already, then maybe this is your last chance. Second was complete surrender. The Lord had us bow down with our foreheads to the floor. This is how Abraham worshiped (Gen. 18:2) and was common throughout the early church. Perhaps this form of “worship” is being restored throughout the body of Christ, signaling a new reverence and dedication to the Lord.

Now I’m in Russia enjoying its cold weather, and we will have had five meetings in the three days here. I find myself speaking about worship and angels. As believers, we’re called to be worshipers and we must respond in worship to whatever situation we find ourselves in. As we do so, there is an activating—or release—of angels, who are also worshippers. Their activity will bring us the connections we need; it will also launch us into new places/areas that the Lord has for us (as per the story of Cornelius and Peter in Acts 10–11). I will share more on this at a later time.

More on Becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter

As I explained last week, Apostolic Fund Supporters (AFS), those who pledge $1,000 (US or its equivalent) for the year, play a huge role in helping me and Arise 5 carry out the ministry God has given to us. I think it’s more than just giving. I feel we are linked together and that you are part of the Arise 5 family.

Here is a brief, general list of some of the ways your support helped in 2017.

  • Allowed me to go on ministry trips to economically difficult places such as Sri Lanka, Russia, and Armenia. As of this year, Sri Lanka now has an Arise 5 coordinator and the network there is growing very quickly. Again, thank you.
  • Helped me attend Gatherings in Korea, Canada, and Egypt.
  • Supported coordinators in nations including Taiwan, China, Russia, Malaysia, and Japan.
  • Allowed me to move more into internet broadcasting.

There is much more waiting for us in 2018, and again we need your help. In fact, the number of nations keeps increasing.

If you are not already one, please consider becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter. You are an important part of the team and we commit to praying for you, prophesying for you, and being available for you as the need arises.

For English, click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/uUoJc1cVXUMX9AL82 and simply fill out the form.

You can also write to us at info@arise5.com. Please be sure to include the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Names of spouse, family members
  • The amount of your pledge
  • Any prayer requests
  • If possible, also please attach a picture of yourself, so we can pray for you and prophesy from time to time.

For other nations, please write to the coordinator in your nation.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Ron’s Schedule

  • Dec. 14–15, Seoul, Korea
  • Dec. 16, Arise 5 Yokohama
  • Jan. 7–8, Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
  • Feb. 2–4, Arise 5 International Conference, Okinawa, Japan

MPP

MPP runs from Monday–Friday and can be accessed via Ustream or Ron’s Facebook page. MPP is bilingual (English-Japanese) with translation into Chinese and Russian.

Please Keep Praying

• Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018

We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves” and allow the Lord to link us with His family. For more information, please contact japan@arise5.com.

• Arise 5 Annual Conference—Okinawa, Japan
February 2–4, 2018

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.

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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Become an Apostolic Fund Supporter

Arise 5 Weekly Update: Dec 7, 2017; Kislev 19, 5778

“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).

Become an Apostolic Fund Supporter

December is the month where I ask for people to sign up as Apostolic Fund Supporters (AFS), those who pledge to support $1,000 (US or equivalent) for 2018. And perhaps it’s fitting that during December the Lord has been showing me so much about finances and giving. On this most recent ministry trip in particular, I have had to teach on tithing, giving, and firstfruits offerings. It’s been exciting to hear the testimonies that they experienced. Below are some scriptures about giving that the Lord highlighted to me:

• Giving is directly connected with being spiritually being fed or unfed. Giving releases revelation as we see in this well-known verse: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house” (Mal. 3:10). The more faithful I am in tithing to the church/body God has connected me to, the more God will see to it that there is food (revelation) in the house. I will be fed. In fact, I will find the windows of heaven (of revelation and blessing) opening over me. AFS is not about tithing, but the principle is the same. Whenever we give, we set ourselves up to receive revelation (food) from the Lord.

• Giving the first fruit breaks barrenness and keeps it broken. I share this because AFS is a kind of firstfruits. Hannah promised that if God gave her a son, she would give him back to God. That pledge to give the “firstfruits” broke barrenness and Samuel was born. The pressure to keep this long-awaited son must have been incredible. But she faithfully kept her pledge and gave him back to God. He was her “first fruit.” The result? Barrenness stayed broken. She had not just one, but a total of seven children (1 Sam. 2:5).

• Thankfulness sets us up for multiplication. Jesus thanked the Lord for the five loaves and two fishes, and this resulted in 5,000 being fed. The lesson is clear: the more we thank the Lord for what He has given us, the more it is enhanced or multiplied. (Conversely, being unthankful causes those same resources to diminish.) It goes without saying that I (and all of us at Arise 5) am very, very thankful for you and for each and every one who gives to us. Without your giving we could not have done many of the assignments the Lord has for us.

Here is a brief, general list of some of the ways your support helped in 2017.

  • Allowed me to go on ministry trips to economically difficult places such as Sri Lanka, Russia, and Armenia. As of this year, Sri Lanka now has an Arise 5 coordinator and the network there is growing very quickly. Again, thank you.
  • Helped me attend Gatherings in Korea, Canada, and Egypt.
  • Supported coordinators in nations including Taiwan, China, Russia, Malaysia, and Japan.
  • Allowed me to move more into internet broadcasting.

There is much more waiting for us in 2018, and again we need your help. In fact, the number of nations keeps increasing.

If you are not already one, please consider becoming an Apostolic Fund Supporter. You are an important part of the team and we commit to praying for you, prophesying for you, and being available for you as the need arises.

For English, click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/uUoJc1cVXUMX9AL82 (if you have a Google account) and simply fill out the form.

You can also write to us at info@arise5.com. Please be sure to include the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Names of spouse, family members
  • The amount of your pledge
  • Any prayer requests
  • If possible, also please attach a picture of yourself, so we can pray for you and prophesy from time to time.

For other nations, please write to the coordinator in your nation.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Ron’s Schedule

  • Dec. 7–9, Gathering, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dec. 11–14, Russia
  • Dec. 14–15, Seoul, Korea
  • Dec. 16, Arise 5 Yokohama
  • Jan. 7–8, Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference

MPP

MPP runs from Monday–Friday and can be accessed via Ustream or Ron’s Facebook page. MPP is bilingual (English-Japanese) with translation into Chinese and Russian.

Please Keep Praying

• Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018

We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves” and allow the Lord to link us with His family. For more information, please contact japan@arise5.com.

• Arise 5 Annual Conference—Okinawa, Japan
February 2–4, 2018

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.

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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Pressing into the New

Arise 5 Weekly Update: November 30, 2017; Kislev 11, 5778

• “Sing to the Lord! Praise His name! Announce every day how He delivers” (Ps. 96:2, NET).

• “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth” (Eph. 6:14).

• “He has girded Himself with strength” (Ps. 93:1).

• “One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band” (Rev. 1:13).

Pressing into the New

Last week, I wrote about how at times the Lord wants us to be still so we can listen. He doesn’t want us to be so preoccupied that we shut Him out. He wants to walk with us and talk with us. As I have been meditating on this, I have become aware of the following things:

We are living in amazing times. We are no longer in the time of the Lord raising His army. Rather, it has already been raised. You could say we’re in the time of Ezekiel 37:10 after Ezekiel prophesied a second time: “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”

• It is a time of increased authority and clarity in intercession. Frankly, I am amazed at how this is shifting. I’m finding that what previously might have led to worry or strain is being replaced with the mindset that “I can take this to the Lord and He will show the answer.” This is because of our ever-increasing unity with the Lord and a result walking with Him in covenant. When we gird ourselves with this truth (“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth” [Eph. 6:14]), we find that, like Him, we are also girded with strength (“He has girded Himself with strength” [Ps. 93:1]) and faith (Revelation 1:13 describes Jesus as girded with a golden band, which to me refers to faith).

It is a time of continual declaration. I love Psalm 96:2, which states, “Announce every day how He delivers.” The more we talk about it, the more we will see ourselves—and others—being delivered as well.

Thank you for praying for us during our week in the US with Teddy’s family. It was extra special for me because my entire family could also be there (Mike and Rachel, Jamie and Ashlie; Andrew and Sarah; Pete and Tina). We had an incredible time. Thank you, Lord.

Apostolic Centers

Apostolic Centers

Tomorrow, I embark on another three-city ministry trip where I will be teaching on how to set up and operate apostolic centers. When I first got revelation about apostolic centers (which I wrote about in my book on the subject), I knew that it soon would become a major topic. Indeed it has, and it seems everyone wants to get involved. This is simply because apostolic centers are the new wineskin for the end-times harvest. My book, Apostolic Centers, is available for Kindle (and the free Kindle app). For hard copies, please contact publications@arise5.com.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Ron’s Schedule

  • Dec. 1–6, Overseas ministry trip
  • Dec. 7–9, Gathering, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dec. 16, Arise 5 Yokohama
  • Jan. 7–8, Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference

MPP

MPP runs from Monday–Friday and can be accessed via Ustream or Ron’s Facebook page. MPP is bilingual (English-Japanese) with translation into Chinese and Russian.

Please Keep Praying

• Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018

We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves” and allow the Lord to link us with His family. For more information, please contact japan@arise5.com.

• Arise 5 Annual Conference—Okinawa, Japan
February 2–4, 2018

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.

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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Spontaneous Ministers

Arise 5 Weekly Update: November 15, 2017; Cheshvan 26, 5778

Spontaneous Ministers Emerging

When I sat down to write this update, I found myself wrestling over which of two themes to write about. One was about apostolic centers. Everywhere I go, and especially on this ministry trip, people are eager to understand more about this new wineskin that God is preparing and why it is so important. The short answer is that we are coming into the end-times harvest. God wants to use all of His people and to let them experience the joy and spiritual growth that come from spontaneously ministering and sharing the life in Jesus with others. This is the model from the book of Acts. God not only used the leaders (those called and specially trained), but also all believers wherever they found themselves. In Acts 8:4, we read, “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”

I also like to refer to Deborah, who is a type of the apostle. When she rose up, not only other did other leaders (e.g., Barak) emerge, but the people also transformed into warriors “Warriors were scarce, they were scarce in Israel, until you arose, Deborah” (Judg. 5:7, NET). Furthermore they could fight, even though they didn’t have conventional arms. “I swear, not a shield or spear could be found” (Judg. 5:8). This is a picture of the new generation that will be very effective even without conventional training. I like to point out that apostolic centers are for training everyone regardless of their “level”—nor is level a prerequisite for the Holy Spirit to use you. He will use us as we are. This is precisely why apostolic centers are so effective, and why in just two-year’s time all of Ephesus and the surrounding region heard the gospel (Acts 19:10).

The second theme was about “praying in tongues” and actually ties in perfectly with the idea of spontaneous ministers. Sometimes I don’t like using the term “praying in tongues,” because for some it sounds like an old, worn-out theme. But of course it isn’t. Tongues is always perfect, on-target prayer that greatly damages Satan’s kingdom. That is why he opposes it and tries to get Christians to use tongues less and less. Yesterday on MPP, a prophecy essentially said, “I want you to teach about praying in tongues because it brings damage to Satan’s kingdom and advances the kingdom of God. Teach about it!

Tongues, per se, is not for others, but is primarily for personal edification. This means it enables us to more easily receive from the Lord so that we can give to others. In 1 Corinthians 14:6, Paul states, “How will I help you unless I speak to you with a revelation or with knowledge or prophecy or teaching?” He lists four different things God gives us to help others: revelation, knowledge (including words of knowledge), prophecy, and teaching. Praying in tongues allows the Lord to give us any of the above.

So actually these two themes are connected. God is using apostolic centers to raise up believers who will be spontaneous ministers anytime and anywhere. They will also be people who pray in tongues frequently, and thus receive much to impart to others. Therefore, I encourage you to pray in tongues extensively. Watch how the Lord uses you!

Additionally, the ninth Hebrew month, Kislev, begins on Sunday, November 19. Kislev is a month of trust, dreams, and new strategies.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Please Keep Praying

• Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018

We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves” and allow the Lord to link us with His family. For more information, please contact japan@arise5.com.

• Arise 5 Annual Conference—Okinawa, Japan
February 2–4, 2018

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.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Nov. 19–27, Ohio (Family)
  • Dec. 1–6, Overseas ministry trip
  • Dec. 7–9, Gathering, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dec. 16, Arise 5 Yokohama

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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Kislev

Kislev: The Ninth Month of the Hebrew Year 5778

November 19–December 18, 2017

• The month of the tribe of Benjamin. He was the only one of the twelve born in the land of Israel, so watch Israel. Things will happen that change its course.

• A month to develop your warfare strategies, and a month to have prophetic revelation for war. Last month focused on new anointing. Now we press in for prophetic revelation for strategies. Benjamin was the most gifted with the bow (which can represent prophetic strategy). Genesis 49:27 states, “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” Declare that God will give you new strategies—both to defeat the enemy and also to prosper.

• A month to enter into a new level of trust and rest. Move ahead with that new anointing and allow the Lord to develop new levels of trust in you. Psalm 25:14 states, “The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.” We need to believe that if we tap into God and what He commands (e.g., being thankful in all things), then we can overcome any obstacle. For example, if you are feeling financial pressure, make a point of not worrying, but deliberately choose to be thankful instead. See 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and Colossians 3:17.

• The month of the Hebrew letter samekh [ס], which looks like a circle. It signifies trust, confidence, support, and coming full circle. We are in a season of developing trust and confidence. If those attributes remain undeveloped, you will find yourself going around the “same old cycle” again and again, and will not break into the new. Meditate on Hebrews 10:35. Ask the Lord to help you grow in confidence.

• A month to review your support system. Whom do you support? Who supports you? Who are your friends?

• The month of the rainbow. You must “war” to have peace. This Biblical concept is very important to recognize. Peace will not just happen; we have to choose to stand in faith, joy, and thanksgiving. Again, we must develop trust and confidence.

• The month of a sense of peace and tranquility. You have just come through a flood; God doesn’t want you to have go through it again. Warfare is not just battling the chaos around you. Rather, you must be on the offensive, attacking the conflict and having peace in the midst of it.

• The month of dreams. The Lord has been “piling up” things throughout the year; now He releases that revelation during the night. I have found it very helpful to reorder my day. Once I started thinking of the 24-hour cycle as beginning in the evening, I started sleeping better and many dreams began to come. Let the Lord reset your day.

• You may have to let God heal you of some trauma so you can sleep better. Some dreams are just God replaying a memory of something. If needed, ask the Lord to heal you of that trauma and He will. We know from Psalm 127:2 that “He gives His beloved sleep.”

• The month of the belly/womb/abdomen/river of God. There is a correlation between tranquility and fullness and the ability to understand your next “measure.” The latter rain started in September (the Feast of Tabernacles); by now it should be a “running river.” Ponder the relationship between tranquility and fullness. Think about the river of God in Ezekiel 47. Revelation is progressive: ankle deep, knee deep, then swimmably deep. God wants to carry us along in that river.

• A month to shoot straight and move quickly. Don’t ramble around. Cut your losses and move on through.

• The month of Sagittarius (the archer). It’s a time to to fight against empires and cultures. Watch Israel, America, and any covenant nation.

• The eight-day-long Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (December 12–20) usually begins during Kislev and then ends in Tevet. Hanukkah is about the rededication of the rebuilding of the temple, and signifies that God’s light will not go out. We declare that God’s light—in us and through us—is getting brighter and brighter.

(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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Opening the Highway

Arise 5 Weekly Update: November 9, 2017; Cheshvan 20, 5778

Opening the Highway

In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance’” (Isa. 19:23–25).

I feel the Lord is continuing to emphasize the theme of alignment. Last week, He reminded us just how important it is to be thankful for each other. This all has to do with our relationships as we honor one another in love. This also is linked with our being a family. When we appreciate and honor others, it blesses them—and of course we ourselves are blessed because it comes back on us. The more we obey the Lord in this, the more we are connected as family. This then brings us into a unity upon which the Lord commands blessing. In Psalm 133, we read, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! … For there the Lord commanded the blessing.” It is this unity and family that people around the world hunger for and which the apostolic church is all about.

This “family” principle is behind what happened last week in Egypt. I was there with a small group of internationals (from countries including Japan, Taiwan, China, and Canada) and leaders from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon. The focus was on opening the spiritual highway of Isaiah 19. The above verses clearly speak of a spiritual highway in the last days linking Egypt, Israel, and Assyria (which today would mean countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq). We knew our assignment was to pray this highway “open.” We also knew the key was for the three groups (Egypt, Israel, Assyria) to recognize that God was aligning them and to step into this alignment.

There is not enough space here to describe how they repented, honored, and blessed one another. This included several prophetic acts, and in the end the Lord did declare the highway open.

Spiritually, what does this mean? Like anywhere, as soon as a highway opens, traffic improves. Not only does it flow faster, but the volume of traffic also greatly increases. Thus spiritually speaking, we can expect to see the gospel spreading quickly within—as well as to and from—those nations. We can expect that many, many Arabs will be visited by the Lord, and will see dreams and visions. Many will be saved, and those nations will begin to change. They will not be forgotten and left desolate, but will begin to enter the destinies that God has for them. (I should add that last year in Jerusalem, the Lord gave me a sudden “download,” and I realized I needed to repent of my Western mindset and theology about Arabs. We basically viewed them as Abraham’s mistake, not recognizing that they also have a calling and a destiny. It was my great privilege to be able to verbalize that to them last week.) From now on, I believe we will begin to hear reports of miracles and increasing numbers turning to Jesus in the Middle East.

I should also say that this “opening of the highway” will have direct impact on Japan. After all, we are linked with Egypt in that both nations from ancient times have been “ruled” by the same “sun goddess.” Thus, advance of the gospel in Egypt will also result in advance in Japan as well.

We live in amazing times.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Alignment for Japan’s Harvest—Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference
January 7–8, 2018

We know that now is the time of harvest in Japan. We also know that God is preparing the new vessels of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches to bring in that harvest. The key in all of this is following the Lord in alignment. We must resist the human tendency to “do it by ourselves,” and allow the Lord to link us with His family.

For more details, please contact japan@arise5.com.

Arise 5 Annual Conference 
Okinawa, Japan: February 2–4, 2018

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.

Ron’s Schedule

  • Nov. 8–17, Overseas Ministry Trip
  • Nov. 19–27, Ohio (Family)
  • Dec. 1–6, Overseas Ministry trip
  • Dec. 7–9, Gathering, Cairo, Egypt
  • Dec. 14, Arise 5 Yokohama

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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Thankful for One Another

Arise 5 Weekly Update: November 1, 2017; Cheshvan 12, 5778

Being Thankful for One Another

The Lord surprised us in MPP this week by emphasizing how thankful we need to be for each other. It was one of those completely unplanned and unexpected things. On Monday morning as I was leading MPP, He suddenly began to remind me of how Paul started most of his letters by first thanking the Lord for the people he was writing to. We read through the scriptures, and it felt like the Holy Spirit kept increasing this emphasis. A few references are as follows:

  • We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (Col. 1:3).
  • “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing” (1 Thess. 1:2–3).
  • “We are bound to thank God always for you brethren” (2 Thess. 1:3).

We do God’s word a disservice if we assume this is just a polite way of writing or merely a greeting. The Lord does want us to be thankful for each other. Not only does it encourage people, but the Lord also uses our thanks to refresh others. Another result, of course, is that it leads us to pray for them. Paul said he was praying for those people, and we know that he and his teams spent a lot of time praying. If we are thankful for people, then we will find our hearts will be moved to pray for them. Paul prayed for them often.

Additionally, we ourselves are refreshed and strengthened because we pray for others. Thus, there will be a huge increase in joy. Paul writes, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine, making request for you all with joy” (Phil. 1:3–4).

Finally, it will result in people praying for us. In each of the letters I listed above, Paul asks them to pray for him in the final chapter. It’s the principle of sowing. We sow intercession for others and we reap a harvest of people interceding for us.

In this new Hebrew year, the Lord has spoken extensively about new doors/gates. I think it’s incredible what God wants to open up for each of us. We also know the enemy will try to stop us from going through. Perhaps this is why the Lord led us to be sure and be thankful for each other—He knows we all need the prayer and intercession that will be generated so that we can make it through the entrance.

So, I have already decided and am asking the Holy Spirit to help me in being thankful for you and to pray for you, and invite you to do the same.

Egypt

I am in Cairo now with a small group of others from the Family Gathering. The Lord is doing incredible things in the Middle East. I ask for your special prayers during this time (Oct. 31–Nov. 3).

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Arise 5 Japan New Year’s Conference, January 7–8, 2018

Please make plans to join us in Sano for our annual Japan conference. We will start on Sunday afternoon of January 7, and will finish early afternoon the next day. I am thankful that the Lord has given the strategy of apostolic centers and house/marketplace churches as the vessel to carry the harvest that is increasing in Japan. For more details, please contact japan@arise5.com.

Arise 5 Annual Conference
Okinawa, Japan: February 2–4, 2018

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, I’m in Egypt now. I will go to there again in early December. This all has to do with the great, great harvest that God will bring forth in the Middle East and Japan. 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.

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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Breaking the Siege!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: October 26, 2017; Cheshvan 6, 5778

Breaking Financial and Provisional Siege

“For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army … Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives” (2 Kings 7:6–7).

“And raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece” (Zech. 9:13).

One of the reasons I enjoy writing this weekly update is that I can share what the Lord is doing or saying to us right now. Recently, I realized He wants us to press in for financial breakthrough and that a key was exuberant, passionate warfare praise. I had this sense that if people would really break loose and praise the Lord in dancing and shouting, they would see financial miracles.

I feel our dancing will have the same effect as that of the shuffling feet of the four lepers walking to the enemy camp hoping to find scraps to eat (see 2 Kings 6:24–7:20 for the story of how God broke the siege of Samaria in twenty-four hours). There, they found the camp hastily deserted. All the food, animals, equipment, and supplies had been left behind. Why? Because the angel army marched along with those four lepers and God caused the sound of their marching to be heard—the enemy left everything as they fled in terror. I believe this is a picture of what can happen for us.

Two more items of note are as follows:

First, this is the month of Cheshvan and the Lord wants us to deal with issues. If we don’t, then we can expect a flood again and again. Perhaps an issue is fear of lack of finances, or fear that God won’t provide. If so, you have to deal with that. Confess, renounce, and choose to believe the promises of God. He is Jehovah-Jireh, “God will provide.” God wants to remove that fear from our bloodline.

Second, if you have been besieged financially, don’t berate yourself. Instead, thank God that He is using this to make you more reliant on Him. Just today, the Lord led me to Zechariah 9:13, which states, “And raised up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece.” We are the sons of Zion. We are reliant on the Holy Spirit and walk with Him and in Him. The Holy Spirit in us overcomes the “Greek” mindset of self-reliance. The Lord always has a solution.

Egypt Trip

By this time next week, I will be in Cairo with a small group of others from the Family Gathering. The Lord is doing incredible things in the Middle East. I ask for your special prayers during that time (Oct. 31–Nov. 3).

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…

As you can see from my schedule, I’m in Taiwan now. I will go to the Middle East in November, and then again in early December. This all has to do with the great, great harvest that God will bring forth in the Middle East and Japan. 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 

  • Oct. 26 p.m., Ping-tung
  • Oct. 27, Gangshan
  • Oct. 28–29, Tainan Bread of Life
  • Oct. 31–Nov. 3, Cairo, Egypt
  • Nov. 8–16, Overseas Ministry Trip
  • Nov. 19–27, Ohio (Family)

Arise 5 Annual Conference
Okinawa, Japan: February 2–4, 2018

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.

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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Cheshvan

Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Cheshvan
The Eighth Hebrew Month of 5778, Oct. 21–Nov. 18, 2017

War with Your Words

• The month of Manasseh (to forget, to leap up and away). Just like the meaning of Manasseh’s name (“I am now past; I can forget the former suffering” [Gen. 41:51]), God blesses us so we can forget the hardships and sufferings. At the same time, we have to be watchful this month. Ask the Lord how to maneuver through the activity that goes on. Remember Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before Him endured” (Heb. 12:2).

• This is the month of Noah’s flood (one year and ten days). We may see a flood moving in our circumstances and that may be a sign indicating we have something that needs to be dealt with. Let’s be sure to deal with issues.

• A month reserved for the anointing. This can make it easy or hard. The anointing will break the yoke (Isa. 10:27), but the oil within has to be pressed out. Rejoice, even though circumstances may be difficult; the Lord is using your circumstances to increase the anointing for you (James 1:12). Also, without a new anointing, Satan can gain an advantage. This is the month to get your heel on the enemy’s plans. We need to cry out for the anointing. See 1 Corinthians 2:1–5. Through forgiveness, you can obtain victory over all the schemes of the devil.

• A month to deal with hardships, trials, and tribulations by receiving the anointing. Let your pain transform you into something usable for God’s plan for your life. We are not exempt from bad times, but we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1–2). But if we are of the world, all we can do is conform (like children of Belial). However, we have the power and blood of Jesus flowing through us so we can be transformed. Therefore, ask the Lord to purge your soul of envy, bitterness, complaining, and self-seeking (James 3:13–16). These are easy to enter into, and quickly become strongholds that hinder us from being conformed into the image of Jesus. Review the life of Moses so that you understand how anger stops you from progressing (Moses was born during this month).

• A month of connecting of roots. You need to deal with root issues; it’s a time for deliverance.

• The month of smell. During this month, the soul responds in unusual ways. Smell affects soul, not just the body. The fragrance of God can permeate the soulish nature and change us and those around us (2 Cor. 2:14–16).

• The myrrh or myrtle month. The myrtle tree is very fragrant and can symbolize prophetic promise. Isaiah 55:13 states, “Instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree.” Thus, it’s a month to smell the awe of God. Ask the Lord for the fragrance of the Holy Spirit to emanate from you.

• You will begin to really see colors. This month’s color is violet, which often stands for passion for God. Passion helps us receive revelation that can move us into a supernatural state.

• The month of the constellation Scorpio, the snake of Eden. The enemy wants to release strategies to hinder you. So this may be a time of struggle. But remember that Jesus trampled on the snake. We can and must do the same (Rom. 16:20).

• The month of Hebrew letter nun (נ). This letter looks like a boundary and refers to light, which, although confined by the boundaries of nature, permeates into the end of things to produce a new sound for the beginning.

• The month of the intestines. The month of fine digestion. There is an ability to digest and assimilate things.

• A month that you have to war with words. This should be the month you continually declare, shout, or yell: “I am satisfied.” This will push out the negative and dissatisfying from your innermost being, where ill-spoken words reside. (Perhaps you will find stomach problems being healed—they often occur because of receiving and believing wrong words.) Declaring you are satisfied will result in an overflow of the Holy Spirit in your innermost being. In turn, this will yield an increase of anointing that should push out the words that are dissatisfying.

(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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Angels Clear Obstructions!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: October 18, 2017; Tishrei 28, 5778

Asking the Lord for His Angels to Clear Out Obstructions!

“The Lord, before whom I walk, will send His angel with you and prosper your way” (Gen. 24:40).

“[Angels are] ministering spirits sent forth to help those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14).

Lately, I have been reminded about the ministry of angels. We know they are sent to help us in various ways. Hebrews 1:14 tells us they are “ministering spirits sent forth to help those who will inherit salvation.” An angel told Cornelius how to connect with Peter in order to hear the gospel (Acts 10:3). And an angel told Philip to go to Gaza to meet the Ethiopian (8:26). Not only does God use angels to connect us, but they can also do some physical things including opening doors. In Acts 12:5–10, we see that Peter was chained between two guards. An angel woke him up, and as Peter arose, his chains fell off. Then the prison doors, and later the city gates, swung open. The guards weren’t aware of any of it.

This is the year of going through the gates or doors that the Lord has for us. However, we can expect some opposition, because the enemy always tries to stop us at the gates (Obad. 1:13). Perhaps this is why the Lord has been reminding me about angels, because they are the ones He sends to help us. In other words, we can ask the Lord to send angels to help us. On my last journey, several times I asked Him to send an angel to clear the traffic and I was amazed at how the roads opened up. It seemed almost instantly the roads would begin to clear.

This morning on MPP, I was led to speak about angels. Curiously, we had an unprecedented amount of technical difficulties, which indicates, perhaps, that it was an important message the devil doesn’t want us to hear or heed. I ended up praying for people and asking the Lord to send angels to help them.

I think you should do the same. Ask the Lord for angels to prosper you in your way. Ask them to do the following things: 1) clear obstructions (like they did for Peter in Acts 12); and 2) cause the process to speed up. In Eliezer’s case, it was almost instantly that he was connected with Rebekah (Gen. 24). Some of you may need to ask the Lord to send angels to bring in the necessary finances. But the point is to ask. I feel that as you do, you will be surprised at the suddenness of the answers you will receive.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

From Goat Nation to Sheep Nation
Breaking Legal Ties with the Queen of Heaven (Amaterasu Omikami)

I want to keep mentioning my book From Goat Nation to Sheep Nation (we still have plenty of copies in both English and Japanese). As I mentioned last week, many Japanese have been dedicated—often unknowingly—as infants to the “Queen of Heaven” or “sun goddess.” Unless this dedication is broken, Satan has a legal right to claim, or put pressure on, the Japanese believer, which to me is one of the main reasons why so many believers fall away. I believe this book, published in 2002, is once again timely. The book is available for 300 yen (plus an extra 100 yen for shipping and handling). To order copies in English or Japanese, please contact japan@arise5.com.

If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…

As you can see from my schedule, I’m headed to Taiwan soon. Then I will go to the Middle East in November, and again in early December. This all has to do with the great, great harvest that God will bring forth in the Middle East and Japan. 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 

  • Oct. 20, Market Ministers, Taipei
  • Oct. 20–22, Hsinchu Zion Church
  • Oct. 22 p.m., The Lord’s House, Bianqiao
  • Oct. 24–26, Kaohsiung Agape
  • Oct. 26 p.m., Ping-tung
  • Oct. 27, Gangshan
  • Oct. 28–29, Tainan Bread of Life
  • Oct. 31–Nov. 3, Middle East
  • Nov. 8–16, Overseas Ministry Trip

Arise 5 Annual Conference
Okinawa, Japan: February 2–4, 2018

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.

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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