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Arise 5 Weekly Update: Aug 2, 2017; 10 Av, 5777
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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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Family, Alignment, Position

Arise 5 Weekly Update: July 19, 2017; 25 Tammuz, 5777 

Family, Alignment, and Position
Apostolic Center and House/Marketplace/Micro-Church Conference Report, July 14–16

The Lord gave us an amazing conference in Kaohsiung, the main city in southern Taiwan. We felt the Lord tell us to hold it there because it would help open up that entire region for Him.

What was most amazing though was how the Lord led us. I have long felt that the purpose of our conferences is not primarily for teaching, but that we operate as the body of Christ. Together with Him, we bring about changes in the heavenly realms that affect all of us on earth. To me it’s similar to what we see in Revelation 19:14, which states: “And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” When we meet together in submission to the Lord and worship Him, then He himself leads us forth as His army to execute changes and to do the things that He wants. Of course, the result is great joy and blessing for us as we participate with Him.

The conference was packed, and there were nearly 100 attendees from overseas: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Russia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. I had expected the conference would deal with the “nuts and bolts” of apostolic centers and how to run them. That’s what I prepared for, but the Lord led us in a different direction. He gave us three key words: family, alignment, and position.

  • Family—We are family and must see ourselves as the family of God. If I give myself to His family, then He will bless my family. Likewise, it is absolutely necessary that we allow the Lord to heal us in relation to our own families. Only then can He bring us to the levels He wants to.
  • Alignment—Once we recognize that we are family, we must align ourselves with the particular family He has given us. We cannot allow the “vagabond spirit” to operate and cause us to wander from place to place. Yes, we can and should have multiple connections, but in the end, we need to align with the spiritual family God has prepared for us.
  • Position—Once we are aligned, we will find that God properly positions us. We will find more and more opportunities arising. Likewise, connections and doors will also open. Many, many things will fall into place. In fact, things that we once strove for while in “vagabond mode” will now just open up and be given. Hallelujah.

In conclusion, I am so thankful for this conference because I know we are moving ahead into what the Lord wants us to be—His family—and a people growing into His character. The conference itself was joyful, and the presence of the Lord was so strong. Wow! Finally, we are left secure in the knowledge that the Lord will continue to do the following things: develop us as family; bring His people into alignment; and put us in the positions that He wants for us. Amen!

One of the highlights of the conference was Mike’s message on how to develop as a person of God. Also, more information on the conference may be found on Arise 5 Taiwan’s Facebook page.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Tammuz, the Fourth Month of the Hebrew Year, June 25–July 23

Don’t be surprised if you feel pressure from the enemy. But don’t allow yourself to be pushed down. Likewise, don’t become dull and complacent. God is pouring a fire upon His people. He wants us to burn brighter and brighter. In fact, this month should be a time of increase and expansion.

The blessings for the month may be found at http://arise5.com/B48at.

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

  • July 18–20, Hsinchu Agape
  • July 21, Marketplace Ministry
  • July 21–23, Changwha Bread of Life
  • Aug. 20–24, Seoul, Korea
  • Aug. 26, Arise and Shine, Sendai, Japan

(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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Arise5 International Conference 2017 in Taiwan will be live on Facebook

Arise5 International Conference 2017 has started!
You can watch all the sessions live on “Arise5 Taiwan” Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/459379594073263/
Conference schedule
Friday, July 14th Session 1: 7-9pm (Taiwan time)
Saturday, July 15th Session 2: 10am-12pm, Session 3: 2pm-5pm, Session 4: 7pm-9pm
Sunday, July 16th Session 5: 10am-12pm

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Raise Your Hands!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: July 12, 2017; 18 Tammuz, 5777
  • “Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Ps. 63:4).

Raising Your Hands and Touching the Heavenly Realm!
A warfare strategy for these next few days

On Tuesday morning’s MPP, the Lord spoke through a prophetic word saying, “Raise your hands; hold up your hands to me.” Immediately I knew something was very important about it. I started raising my hands and told the listeners to raise theirs. I encouraged them to walk around their homes and businesses that day with hands raised. I knew it was a prophetic act of warfare because God wanted us to push back the enemy as well as to open the heavens over us.

I was reminded of a testimony I’d heard from an acquaintance a long time ago. He had just been filled with the Holy Spirit and during worship the Holy Spirit told him to raise his hands. This man was shy and raising hands in worship was something unusual for someone of his background, so he resisted. But the Holy Spirit kept impressing him to raise his hands, and he finally did. He was shocked because it seemed like when his hands reached up, they actually touched the Lord. He said it was like the Lord Himself was reaching down and holding his hands. He was touching the heavenly realm. He knew that “raising hands” was not an empty gesture, but was touching the heavens.

The Lord reminded me of that, and I knew in my spirit that the Lord wanted us to raise our hands a lot over the next few days to release victory and blessing. I want to encourage you to do the same. These next few days, regularly raise your hands to the Lord. It’s a strategy He’s giving us for victory. Scripture has lots to say about “raising hands to the Lord.” Here are some of the results of raising your hands to Him:

It pierces through into the heavenly realm. “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isa. 59:19). According to this verse, not only does it break through against the enemy, but it is also like an opening of the heavens so the glory of the Lord can be seen.

It prevails against the enemy, especially when he attacks from the rear (through tiredness or discouragement). Note that “when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed” (Exod. 17:11).

It opens a way when there is no way. “But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it” (Exod. 14:16). Moses raised his hands (extended the rod) and the Red Sea began to open. I feel as you raise your hands during these next few days, the Lord will begin to open new and unexpected doors for you.

• It releases strategies of the Lord, as well as releases people into their roles in those strategies. “‘Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.’ And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place” (Josh. 8:18–19). I feel God has prepared many strategies for us that have yet to be implemented. Raising your hands will be a prophetic act that unlocks and releases victory over obstacles that would hinder you from entering your destiny.

We move into spiritual realms and leave behind striving and doubt. “I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Tim. 2:8). Note that the hands we lift up are holy hands. We are reaching into God’s realm and are leaving striving and doubt behind.

To bring the glory of God and fear of the Lord into your situation. Let’s take another look at Isaiah 59:19, which states, “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.” God wants you to raise your hands often these next few days. You are not just piercing through against the enemy, but you are also bringing in the glory of the Lord and causing His name to be feared and honored.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Here are the audio recordings for MPP July 11 and July 12. The videos are also available on my Facebook page.

Tammuz, the Fourth Month of the Hebrew Year, June 25–July 23

Don’t be surprised if you feel pressure from the enemy. But don’t allow yourself to be pushed down. Likewise, don’t become dull and complacent. God is pouring a fire upon His people. He wants us to burn brighter and brighter. In fact, this month should be a time of increase and expansion.

The blessings for the month may be found at http://arise5.com/B48at.

Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16

The Lord keeps giving us revelation on how to advance together. I look forward to what He will do in us and through us during these three days.

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

  • July 14–16, Arise 5 Conference Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • July 18–20, Hsinchu Agape
  • July 21–23, Changwha Bread of Life

(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.

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.

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Focus on God’s Agenda!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: July 6, 2017; 12 Tammuz, 5777
  • “The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne” (Rev. 4:10).
  • “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! … For there the Lord commanded the blessing” (Ps. 133:1, 3).
  • “Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness”’” (Exod. 5:1).

Focusing on God’s Agenda Brings the Best Results!

Its been an incredibly busy, but fulfilling, week in Montreal. First was the Canada Gathering (June 29–July 1), which was followed by the Gathering’s international leaders’ meeting (July 2–4). The aim and method of the Gatherings is simple. Basically, the people of God come together and worship Him; they follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and deal with the issues that He raises. A key is the concept of family. We may be an army of warriors, but we are also covenanted together as family. There is honor and respect for all. Everyone is important. Here are some highlights from the two gatherings:

Canada’s role, or destiny, is to be a womb for God to birth things for the nations. I admit it’s unusual to think of nations having a destiny, but each one does, just as people do. When we sang the national anthem, “O Canada,” on July 1, Canada’s national day, I became overwhelmed and actually wept. God loves Canada. He loves each nation!

Family—Abraham wanted a son for his heir. God had to shift Abraham’s thinking to focus on God’s family. Abraham accepted the assignment that he would be father of many nations (i.e., that he would become the founder of God’s new family, which is what we believers are today). Once he did this, then God blessed Abraham’s personal family and Isaac was born. As we focus on the family of God, God will bless our individual family members.

“Blank page” or new beginning—We all can and should thank the Lord for what He has accomplished through us individually. As a gathering, we are also thankful for so much that has been done. However, it is a new beginning; we must not assume that we know what to do. We must not assume that everything will carry on the same as before. No. God is leading in a new way. We all must lay down our own achievements and successes. It reminds me of Revelation 4:10; as they worshipped the Lord, they gave their crowns to Him.

Declarations, not just intercession—Prayer brings anointing, but authority comes through covenant and relationship. Because God has been able to work a unity in this large body of believers from many nations (attendees came from Europe and Asia, as well as from Canada and the US), we were able to make declarations and serve notice to the enemy. This is like Moses confronting Pharaoh. He simply announced, “Let my people go.” We are expecting big things in Egypt and in Korea (about North Korea).

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Tammuz, the Fourth Month of the Hebrew Year, June 25–July 23

Tammuz is about shining brighter and brighter. The blessings for the month may be found at http://arise5.com/B48at.

Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16

I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact taiwan@arise5.com (English and Chinese).

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

  • July 8–9, City Vision Glory Church,Yokohama
  • July 14–16, Arise 5 Conference Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • July 17–23, Taiwan

(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.

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.

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Get Anointed!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: June 29, 2017; 05 Tammuz, 5777
  • “You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” (Ps. 23:5).
  • “Despise not prophesying” (1 Thess. 5:20).
  • “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

Get Anointed with His Anointing Oil!

I visited family in Alberta this week, but on Sunday had the chance to be at Joseph’s Storehouse Church (Apostles Alex and Rosetta Florence). It was an amazing time. In many ways, the style of the service is prototypical—very informal and “unpredictable.” The Lord did wonderful things. One of those was about “anointing.”

For some time now, Pastor Edith has been experiencing a phenomenon of oil appearing on her hands. During the service, I walked over to her and asked if she had “oil on her hands today?” She said yes, and I then had her lay hands on my hands. I could easily feel the oil. Later that morning, there was impartation of that anointing oil to all.

Then I prophesied, “There has been a season where the anointing has not been properly valued. But now that is changing and people will seek after and will properly desire my anointing … The new anointing oil will cause hinges that have been “frozen” shut to begin to swing. Doors that should open will open. Doors that need to be shut will now be swung shut.”

I believe we will learn much about anointing in the coming days. I also feel this is linked to the Lord raising up His people to perform signs and wonders and healings and miracles wherever they go.

I am looking forward to being in Montreal for the Canada Gathering. The Lord has shown us that Montreal is really the “womb” of Canada. We are excited about what God wants to birth for Canada during those days.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Tammuz, the Fourth Month of the Hebrew Year, June 25–July 23

Tammuz is about shining brighter and brighter. The blessings for the month may be found at http://arise5.com/B48at.

Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16

I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact taiwan@arise5.com (English and Chinese).

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

  • June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
  • July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal
  • July 14–16, Arise 5 Conference Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • July 17–23, Taiwan

(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.

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.

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An Immediate Shifting

Arise 5 Weekly Update: June 21, 2017; 20 Sivan, 5777
  • “So Moses declared to the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord” (Lev. 23:44).
  • “Do not fear. I will do for you all that you request” (Ruth 3:11).

An Immediate Shifting for Your Family and You!

The Lord did some amazing things during our last ministry trip, but I think the highlight was during the final meeting when they asked me to lead them in celebrating Pentecost. It was a few weeks late, but we really had a hilarious and blessed time, which sort of emphasizes the basic truth that these are the “feasts of the Lord.” In other words, when we celebrate them, He is the host and joins in with us. We celebrate with Him. To me, we need no further explanation. The Lord joins us. We have His peace, His presence, and His joy.

Toward the end of our celebration, the Lord led me to share from Ruth, and that is what I want to share with you in this update. The miracle Ruth received is similar to the miracle God wants to do for us.

The culmination of Ruth’s story actually occurs at Pentecost (the wheat harvest is mentioned in 2:23). The result was Naomi’s family land (which speaks of calling, destiny, and fortune) was restored, and Ruth entered her greater destiny. There are several parallels for us, too. During Pentecost, God wanted to effect a restoration process for our families, as well as to shift us into a greater destiny. Further parallels are as follows:

  • Ruth chose to align with the Lord and the family God gave her, instead of leaving (Ruth 1:16–17). Most of us have come to see that God wants to touch our families through us. We are aligned with Him.
  • Immediately God gave Ruth favor in that she found herself in Boaz’s field. He entreated her to stay there and made sure she found extra gleanings (2:8–16). Whether we realize it or not, God has been giving us favor all along. He has been giving us gleanings and connections to help us.
  • Ruth asked Boaz to cover her, which resulted in a huge shift for Naomi and her. Our choosing to celebrate Pentecost parallels this. Just as Boaz was only too happy to help Ruth (“I will do for you all that you request” [3:11]), the Lord also is waiting to help us.
  • Ruth asked for help for her family and received it, but it’s more significant that this resulted in her moving into her ultimate destiny. Please know that you are vital for your family to be fully restored into God’s plans and destiny for it. And as you believe and move in this, you will find yourself being increasingly accelerated into God’s ultimate plan for you.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Tammuz, the Fourth Month of the Hebrew Year, June 25–July 23

Tammuz is about shining brighter and brighter. The blessings for the month may be found at http://arise5.com/B48at.

Sign Up for Arise 5 Apostolic Center and Micro-Church Conference 
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 14–16

I hope many of you from overseas can join us in Taiwan. Although the majority of attendees will be from Taiwan, there will also be people from Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Hong Kong. All sessions will be in English and Chinese. To register and for hotel reservations, contact taiwan@arise5.com (English and Chinese).

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

Note: I will soon be visiting relatives in Edmonton and no ministry events are planned. I apologize for any misunderstanding, particularly to those of you who have asked about it.

  • June 23–27, Visiting relatives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • June 28–July 1, Canada Gathering, Montreal
  • July 2–4, International Gathering (Leaders), Montreal

(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.

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.

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Tammuz

Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Tammuz
June 25–July 23, 2017, Hebrew Year 5777

• A month to see and establish the brilliance of your righteousness. Even when negative things happen, we can shine brighter and brighter through praise and declaration. See Isaiah 58:8, Psalm 112:4, and Daniel 12:3. Note that Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians during this month (Jer. 39:2), a very negative thing. However in this same month, Ezekiel also saw the glory of God (Ezek. 1:1). Believe to see the glory of God.

• The month of tribe of Reuben. He lost his inheritance as firstborn. Reuben is an example of someone with great potential—but because he did not deal with his basic issues, failed to excel. The Lord wants to deal with blind spots and other unresolved issues so we can spring ahead. Genesis 49:3–4 describes Reuben: beginning of power; excellence and dignity; unstable as water.

• God wants us to really shine this month, and one of the ways will be through worship. Ask the Lord to take your worship to a new level. Note that Moses’s face glowed after being with the Lord. Also notice that the people worshiped the golden calf (Exod. 32:1) because they couldn’t accept delay. Therefore, thank God for any delay and keep worshiping Him.

• A month to either accept your calling or speak an evil report of who you are. We have a choice of which it will be. People fall into negativity because they don’t know how to speak out who they are and what they are about. You must like yourself; if you don’t, then there is something about the Lord you don’t like. Look at past prophecies of who you are and declare them during this month. They will be like seeds you sow which will bring a great harvest in September (Feast of Tabernacles).

• The month of the letter chet [ח], which means “light radiating from your eyes.” The devil tries to put this light out. Chet is also tied to the number “8”—which signifies new beginnings; it also is referred to as the letter of “life.” It can also mean “sin.” Through this letter, God is showing us that we can, and must, choose correctly so that we don’t fall into negativity. See Isaiah 42:6 and Revelation 1:14.

• The “filmstrip” month. You can watch your life progress. Therefore, stop and make any necessary adjustments. Ask the Lord to show you how you might end up if you are not careful to walk with Him.

• This month is linked with the constellation of the crab. Our shell must be removed so that we are vulnerable. If you don’t allow yourself to be vulnerable, you will become hardened and won’t be able to enter into the next stage of growth. Ask the Lord to remove any hardness or shells from you.

• A month to guard your heart—what you feel and think, as well as your eyes—what you allow yourself to see. “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse” (Deut.11:26). See also Deuteronomy 30:15, which states, “I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.”

• The month of the right hand—the aligning covenant. See Song of Solomon 5:2–12. Remember your covenants—the right hand has to do with relationships and covenants. Affirm the relationships you are to keep. Let God lead and align you with new relationships. Ask the Lord for a new level of intimacy with Him. We have just come through the month of Pentecost, which was about aligning. Now watch for those the Lord aligns you with to help move you ahead into your destiny.

(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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