- “And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them” (Mark 6:13).
- “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).
- “But he who received the seed in good ground … indeed bears fruit … some a hundred fold, some sixty, and some thirty” (Matt. 13:23).
The Army of Healers and Intercessors Arising!
The coming massive harvest in Japan from the “seeds of the hidden Christians and martyrs”
The Lord did an amazing thing at our Tokyo church (Prophecy Café) meeting on Sunday afternoon. Since we are in Pentecost season and since this Hebrew month is about enlarged boundaries and new assignments, I was expecting the Lord to show us something new. I never thought it would be of such importance. It was about the rising up of an army of healers and intercessors in Japan and about the huge harvest coming. Last year during MPP, there were several prophecies about an army of healers and intercessors. Those words stayed in my spirit and I have pondered and prayed about them ever since.
The concept itself is simple and is a message the Lord is speaking throughout the world. The Lord wants all believers to minister healing. It’s not just for some with a special anointing or calling, but is something that we all can do. In fact, scripture shows us that anyone He sends out is given the ability to heal the sick and drive out demons (see Matthew 10:1–8, Luke 10:1–9).
The previous day in Sano, God led us to emphasize releasing all believers to use oil to heal the sick. So that’s what I was emphasizing in Tokyo—that all believers are empowered to heal the sick. Also in the morning meeting, He emphasized how the Holy Spirit was poured out to give us boldness—to not be afraid or hesitant to speak to people and to offer to pray for healing when the opportunity arose.
There is this rising up of all believers to heal the sick. Additionally, there is intercession. On Sunday, I specifically saw intercession for people to be saved. It’s true that intercession is liked with strategic prayer, and prayer against obstacles, and wisdom for advancing. However, regarding this army of healers and intercessors, I felt it is mainly to be intercession targeting those whom God puts on your heart. I was reminded of a friend of ours who hosted a weekly home Bible study years ago. She counted the number of seats available and asked the Lord to fill each one. She then made a list of all her friends and prayed that they would be saved. God answered both prayers continually. The chairs were filled and all the people on her list received Jesus. So I feel the Lord is giving an anointing and desire for believers to pray others into the salvation of the kingdom.
I asked all those in Tokyo who wanted to be part of this army of healers and intercessors to stand up and we began to pray. I found myself declaring that the time of “hidden Christians in Japan is over.” Then came the biggest surprise. A revelation and new understanding rose up in my spirit. Almost 500 years ago, Christianity reached the shores of Japan and spread very quickly. But severe persecution soon followed. Tens of thousands were executed, and the remaining estimated 750,000 were rounded up and forced to recant. Many held on to their faith secretly. Historians say it was probably the most thorough and cruel persecution ever. If those who “recanted” were later discovered to still be Christian, then they and their entire families were executed. A system of putting everyone in a five-person group (gonin gumi) was introduced so that not only the individual—but also the remaining four members—would be executed as well.
Despite this intense persecution (lasting over 250 years), evidence shows that many secretly held on to their faith. They had to be adept at hiding all outward signs. They became known as “hidden believers” (kakure kirishitan). In fact, when the ban on Christianity was lifted in late 1873, some 30,000 hidden Christians emerged.
Speaking that phrase, “the time of hidden Christians is over,” reminded me that each of those martyrs or hidden Christians was like a precious seed. Their lives and sacrifices were not wasted. They were seed that fell into the ground and died, but now would bring forth great, great harvest. The Bible promises thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold harvest. I believe we will see this in Japan. I won’t be surprised if we see that this nation that has resisted Christianity for so long will also be the place of astounding revival.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
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