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On to Armenia, Moscow

Arise 5 Weekly Update: October 11, 2017; Tishrei 21, 5778

 

Wide Open Doors in Sri Lanka; On to Armenia and Moscow

“Warriors were scarce, they were scarce in Israel, until you arose, Deborah” (Judg. 5:7, NET).

Since 2010, I have been visiting Sri Lanka at least once a year because the Lord clearly indicated that this was a sphere He wanted me to minister in. Among other things, He specifically said that my assignment there was to raise up apostles in the land. I am glad to report that God is giving us huge momentum.

We just finished meetings in three different locations, and I was astounded at the hunger and the response. It was great to lay hands on and set in one pastor as an apostle. We also anointed several others who see how vital the apostolic anointing and mindset are for bringing in the end-times harvest.

Why is it so important? The above scripture shows that when Deborah arose, the people turned into warriors. Likewise, when apostles take their place in the church, believers shift into passionate, militant warriors for Jesus. It is the “everyday believers” who will usher in the great end-times harvest.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

From Goat Nation to Sheep Nation

I feel now is a good time to mention a book that I wrote some years ago, From Goat Nation to Sheep Nation (available in Japanese). It deals with what I consider to be the main obstacle to revival in Japan—the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami—which, historically, is the deity of Japan. The book details how the Japanese are tied to that spirit and how to break those ties.

Why is the Lord drawing our attention to this again? First, in the International Gatherings led by David Demian, the Lord is now drawing our attention to this spirit. The sun goddess, or Queen of Heaven, is not only in Japan, but is also a deity in both Egypt and North Korea. We are trusting the Lord to lead us to deal with it to bring positive changes in these nations.

The second reason is on a personal level. Recently, I prophesied to a Japanese believer about freedom and deliverance. The Lord said that the key was to break dedications done over them as an infant. The believer checked, and sure enough, she was dedicated as an infant to this “deity.” That made me realize that many may need to break similar ties.

MPP Resumes Thursday, October 12

I’m sorry that I neglected to announce this earlier. We took a three-day break from October 9–11. We will resume tomorrow.

Ron’s Schedule 

  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow
  • 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

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 headed to Sri Lanka, Armenia, Moscow, and then Taiwan. I will also be going to Cairo 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. 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 Books

I just finished a teaching series for use in Russia based on my book Apostles and Apostolic Anointing. This book explains the role of apostles and shows how important apostolic anointing is. I believe we will see that it is key to opening up the marketplace.

This book, as well as my others, may be found on my Amazon page.

The teachings for Russia may be found in this playlist on our YouTube page. In these videos, I speak in English and the content is interpreted into Russian.

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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Celebrating Tabernacles!

Arise 5 Weekly Update: October 4, 2017; Tishrei 14, 5778

Six Results of Celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles

“‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive” (John 7:37–39).

The Lord has been saying so much about adjusting our expectation. Not only does He want us to expect Him for new things, but to also expect Him to use us at any time. He wants us to have this expectation continually. I think this is one of the new doors for us to enter in 5778.

We are now entering the Feast of Tabernacles (Oct. 5–12). It was an amazing feast, and was the one at which Jesus, on the feast’s last day, stood on the steps of the temple and shouted for all to hear: “‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive” (John 7:37–39).

We know the Feast of Tabernacles is about celebrating and spending time in the presence of God. The people were instructed to make a booth or tabernacle (a sukkah) out of branches and spend time there throughout the week knowing that the Lord was also dwelling there with them (Lev. 23:33–44). It was to be a physical demonstration of “hanging out” with the Lord. I see six different promises or blessings, which are as follows:

He is with us in our journey and will get us through. Living in the booths was demonstration and assurance that the Lord was with them on their trek through the wilderness. He got them through it. Similarly, He is with us on our journey. We can have full assurance that He will get us through our trials and that we will reach the destiny He has for us.

He wants His presence to be part of our daily lives. He doesn’t want to have our focus and attention only at prescribed times and places (e.g., at church). Rather, He wants to “live” with us in our homes. The emphasis is not as a special guest, but living as a friend or family member would. I think this is what David meant when he said, “One thing have I desired … that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life (Ps. 27:4). David was longing not just to enter, but to also dwell, in the presence of the Lord. This is what the Lord wants for us, and we must have the mindset that He wants to come to me; He longs to be welcomed by me at all times. This means regularly talking to Him, thinking about Him, and talking about Him to friends and family. The Feast of Tabernacles is a good time to try this. We can ask Him to help us grow in this daily practice throughout the year.

• Receive new anointing/more filling of the Holy Spirit. This is the ultimate aim of the Feast of Tabernacles, and explains why Jesus made that incredible promise of filling and overflowing of the Holy Spirit. Disciplining or forcing ourselves to come into His presence in the midst of our daily lives (talking to Him, talking about Him, thinking about Him) will result in a growing thirst for Him. When there is thirst, He will then fill to fullness and overflow.

• Removal of obstacles and hindrances. The Lord told His people that if they were faithful to celebrate the feasts, which really meant coming and spending time with Him, then, “I will cast out nations before you” (Exod. 34:24). This needs no further explanation. Watch things that have been hindering you—and the barriers against you—be removed, not just during this week, but also throughout the year.

• Enlargement and growth.I will … enlarge your borders” (Exod. 34:24). What an incredible promise. God will make us larger vessels and will increase our effectiveness. Not through our efforts and abilities, but because of His grace.

• Protection from schemes of the enemy. “Neither will any man covet your land” (Exod. 34:24). If you’re not quite convinced that you can or should celebrate the Lord at Tabernacles, this reason alone should be enough to convince you. You probably know how adept the devil is at attacking people through confusion, miscommunication, and jealousy. He can really stir things up. But Hallelujah! I would rather focus on celebrating the Lord and being in His presence. He will more than take care of the enemy. That is His promise.

Japan—Feels Like We Are Getting Closer to Revival!

This past Sunday, I was at Tokyo Arise 5 Church (Prophecy Café). I spoke about the Day of Atonement and how the blood of Jesus breaks condemnation. At the end, fifteen people prayed to receive Jesus. (Almost every non-believer in the room came forward.) After the prayer of salvation, I spoke a short word over each person. I was amazed at how moved they were. There was lots of weeping and tears of joy as people encountered Jesus. Hallelujah!

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

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 headed to Sri Lanka, Armenia, Moscow, and then Taiwan. I will also be going to Cairo 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. 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 Books

I just finished a teaching series for use in Russia based on my book Apostles and Apostolic Anointing. This book explains the role of apostles and shows how important apostolic anointing is. I believe we will see that it is key to opening up the marketplace.

This book, as well as my others, may be found on my Amazon page.

The teachings for Russia may be found in this playlist on our YouTube page. In these videos, I speak in English and the content is interpreted into Russian.

Ron’s Schedule 

  • Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow
  • Oct. 19–29, Taiwan

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Fullness and Overflow

Arise 5 Weekly Update: September 27, 2017; Tishrei 7, 5777

 

Living in the Here and Now: Having a Mindset of Fullness and Overflow

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

One of the main reasons God wants us to celebrate the feasts is to help us have the correct mindset. We must have our thinking aligned with His. Two weeks ago, I wrote about having a mindset of rejoicing (see update for Sept. 14). Today, I write about a mindset that is perhaps even more important. I refer to the mindset of “here and now.” Specifically, the Lord wants us to walk in abundant, overflowing life today—right now. We must align our thinking with God’s truth that He is giving fullness and overflow.

It’s not hard to believe that God will bless us in the future. In fact, someone once said that the farther away something is from us, either in time or space, the easier it is to believe. Thus, it’s easier to believe God doing miracles in far-off Africa or China than to believe for a miracle for yourself at home. Likewise, we have no trouble believing that we will have abundant and overflowing lives someday in the future, but not right now.

Such thinking is actually kind of a deception. The truth is God is good to us now. He has fullness and overflow for us now. He wants us to know this and believe it. This believing is actually “resting” in Him. Yes, there is such a thing as going through trials and tribulations (1 Pet. 1:6), and there is also learning obedience through suffering (Heb. 5:8). But the bottom line is that God wants us to rest in the mindset that increase, fullness, and blessing are there for us daily. A brief summary follows:

  • We must have the mindset that His fullness and blessing are for me now. “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Heb. 4:1).
  • To not have this mindset is actually unbelief and disobedience. “Those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience … ‘Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts’” (Heb. 4:6–7).
  • It does require discipline and effort to keep our mindset aligned with Him. “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest” (Heb. 4:11). To me, this is primarily why God gave the feasts, to help us think correctly. This month, Tishrei, is about fullness and abundance. Simply accept it and walk in it.

The Day of Atonement – Setting Us Free from Condemnation

In this seventh Hebrew month in which we passed into the new Hebrew year 5778, there are three notable “feasts”:

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

The Day of Atonement is mainly about breaking condemnation and does it in two ways, both connected to the two goats on the Day of Atonement. One goat was slain and its blood sprinkled on the mercy seat (Lev. 16:8, 14). This foreshadowed the blood of Christ, which “cleanses our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb. 9:14). In other words, we are set free from trying to “earn” blessing. We don’t have to let our conscience condemn us. We are cleansed!

The second goat was taken before the high priest, and on it were placed all the sins of the people. It was then taken and released somewhere unknown in the wilderness. This signifies that our sins are not only remitted by the blood of Jesus, but are also forgotten—God doesn’t remember them anymore. “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 10:17). We don’t have to put up with condemnation. God not only forgives our sins, but He also chooses to not remember them.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

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 at http://arise5.com/events/arise5-international-conference-2018-in-okinawa.

If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…

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

Ron’s Schedule 

  • Oct. 1, Arise 5 Tokyo Prophecy Café Church
  • Oct. 4–9, Sri Lanka
  • Oct. 11–13, Armenia
  • Oct. 14–15, Moscow
  • Oct. 19–29, Taiwan

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Tishrei

Blessings for the Hebrew Month of Tishrei

September 21–October 20, 2017

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

The blessings of Tishrei are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Japan’s Time Is Now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entering the New Hebrew Year 5778

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

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

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

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Arise 5 Annual Conference

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

If You Feel Led to Help with My Trips…

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

Ron’s Schedule 

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

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Feasts and Rejoicing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

More Travels Coming Up

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

Ron’s Schedule

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

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

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

MPP

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

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Speak His Name!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note the full article on Elul may be found here.

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

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

MPP

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

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

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

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Though War Should Rise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

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

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

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

The full article on Elul may be found here.

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

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

MPP Update

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

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

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

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

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Full Barns

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

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

Full Barns and Breakthrough Via Dreams!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for praying.

Ron and Teddy Sawka

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

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

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

The full article may be found here.

Evangelistic Broadcasting in Japan

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

MPP Resumes on August 28

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

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

MPP can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Ron’s Schedule

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

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

Giving to Arise 5

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

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

Bank Info and Online Giving

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

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

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

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

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

KOREA: KEB Bank 172-18-47989-8

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

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

TAIWAN: Chinatrust 42854-041347-0

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

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

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

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

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Elul

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

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

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

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

Elul: Expect Lots of Reaping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• The month of complex systems beginning to be managed.

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

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

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

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

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