Japan—The Time Is Now!
Nagoya Gathering Report, September 18–20
I want to report on the incredible things the Lord did for us at the Gathering in Nagoya (Sept. 18–20). I was trying to write this at the end of the final session (on Wednesday morning), but couldn’t because of the wonderful things happening in the presence of the Lord, including the healing of a paralyzed woman.
It was just a local Gathering, but the Lord brought over 400 of us together. Forty were from Korea, and another 140 were Chinese who live in Japan. It was an amazing mix. God wanted to demonstrate that these three nations really have become one in the Spirit. That unity brings a level of authority to affect even the governments of those nations.
A key theme was “the sword,” and the Lord drew our attention to this by the typhoon that roared through Japan from Okinawa to Hokkaido the day before the meetings started. That typhoon had been named “Talim” in the Philippines, which means “sharp sword.”
On the second day, Dean Fujishima presented a sword to the Japanese church, representing the sword of the Lord. It wasn’t a real sword, but was a miniature toy sword that he’d been carrying around for several years. Yes, there is quite a story behind it. Some years prior, the Lord clearly told him to have a real Japanese samurai sword made. The Lord impressed on him that “He didn’t have a sword in Japan.” When Dean obeyed and ordered it to be crafted, he was then impressed to carry around this toy sword. (I think we can all see it required extra faith and humility to carry around such a thing.)
That morning when Dean presented it to the Japanese church, all of a sudden we understood. Because of all of the Gatherings, as well as the prayers and repentance and allowing ourselves to be aligned with each other as well as Korean and Chinese believers, we had been prepared. Now, the Japanese church corporately had become a sword for the Lord. We knew there would be a new sharpness and effectiveness to everything we now did for Him.
This also connected to a vision David Demian received several years ago. He saw the Lord thrust a sword into a red target (a bullseye) and then it was like the end-times battle began. We always knew this referred to Japan, but this time we realized we were gathered in Nagoya, which is part of Chubu, the central region of Japan. It was like the sword was prepared and the “center” of the bullseye was pierced. I believe we will all see that we have now shifted into a much more effective level of authority and spiritual warfare.
One of the biggest shifts was in the mindsets of the believers. The majority of Christians in Japan have long believed that God will send a revival. It’s not hard to believe for one in the future; it’s another matter to believe for one now. It’s like Martha and her dead brother Lazarus. She had no trouble believing in the resurrection for the future, but in order for Lazarus to be resurrected, she had to believe for “now” (see John 11).
I believe we are seeing the beginning of a massive shift in Japan to believe for “now.” It’s no longer trying to have faith or trying to believe for God’s moving. There is now a clear and bold faith. This carries with it an authority so that systems that stand against God’s plans will be dealt with and the captives will be set free. What incredible timing to cross into the new year. The year 5777, the year of the sword, is over and now we’re passing through the gates of the Lord into the new doors and new beginnings of 5778.
Entering the New Hebrew Year 5778
I am so glad we can walk with the Lord following the Hebrew calendar. Not only are we entering the month of Tishrei, which is about fullness and overflow, but we are also entering a new year. It’s like a long process of preparation—and warfare for this preparation—is over, and now we’re entering into new beginnings that the Lord has prepared for us. This seventh month has three feasts, which are as follows:
- Feast of Trumpets, Sept. 21
- Day of Atonement, Sept. 30
- Tabernacles, October 5–12
One of my favorites is the Feast of Trumpets (which begins the evening of Sept. 21) and mainly consists of blowing the shofar all day long. Not only does this announce the new year, but it is also a call in the spiritual realm to “come awake” to the goodness of the Lord. So, go ahead, blow the shofar, but do it in faith. Watch for a new awakening in yourself, in your family, and in those around you!
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy Sawka
Arise 5 Annual Conference
At our annual conference, which was held this past July in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Lord spoke clearly that our next Arise 5 Annual Gathering needed to be in Okinawa. Please join us February 2–4, 2018. For registration and hotel information, please contact the Arise 5 coordinator in your nation. More details may be found here.
If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…
As you can see from my schedule below, next month I’ll go to Sri Lanka, Armenia, and Moscow. I may also have to go to the Middle East in November, as well as to Egypt in early December. This all has to do with harvest. If you feel led to give to help support these trips, please make use of the information for giving at the end of this newsletter.
- Sept. 20–22, Open Heaven Japan, Okinawa (Arise 5)
- Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
- Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
- Oct. 11–13, Armenia
- Oct. 14–15, Moscow
- Oct. 19–29, Taiwan
Giving to Arise 5
Your giving plays such a vital role in helping us to do what the Lord has assigned to us. No matter what amount the Lord puts on your heart, we are so very, very thankful. Be blessed with the same blessing the Lord gives us as we travel (1 Sam. 30:24).
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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.
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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: email@example.com.
*USA: Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Avenue, Dover, Delaware 19904
Email: firstname.lastname@example.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).