James 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
While we can pray for the sick without being present, nevertheless, when we go and pray in the presence of the sufferer, the prayer is heartfelt and fervid, and the love of one another is so strongly felt as well. It is important to note that we should not assume the elders have a special anointing or gift of healing but rather the elders are representing the whole church in being present with the sufferer.
As we are flesh and blood as well as spirit, the sacrament of oil anointing gives the sufferer a heartfelt presence of the Spirit of our Lord, though we have to be reminded again that there is no magical power in it. Psalms 23: 5.
The sheep in the Middle East are often annoyed by the numerous flies flying around them. And when the shepherd anoints their head with oil, it soothes them so much that they do not bash their heads in frustration against the bushes. When a baby is feeling discomfort and cries, the physical touch of the mother is so soothing and comforting. So likewise, when we feel the presence of the Spirit of our Lord amidst intense suffering, the close communion with our Lord in His soothing touch comforts and uplifts our spirit man.
“As an engineer by profession in the early years of my career, statistics and probability were something we worked with every day. We designed experiments and implemented control systems or screening tests based on the probability of the outcome deduced from the statistical data collected from the experiments.
I knew it would be too much of a coincidence for my vision of the attack to happen to occur right before the actual attack, considering the odds of all the following events occurring altogether :
I had the vision just three days before the actual event;
I was at the exact place of the vision;
I had a vision of the actual terror attack using planes – which was unprecedented – and on the World Trade Center and not the United Nations Building;
It happened on my birthday on 11 September.
The probability of all these events occurring will be so miniscule as to be mere coincidence.
I was sure God was giving me a message.”
– Anthony Ho, The Coming Economic Flood, Page 5. Published by Creation House, a Charisma Media Company, 2014.
Thanks be to God for giving me the message that pulled me out of the road to destruction into life in Christ Jesus my Lord and Savior.
Postscript : Thought I lost the photos taken at WTC in the afternoon of 8 September 2001 and I searched for them after the book was published.
Jeroboam II reigned as King of Israel from 789 BC to 748 BC. Despite being an evil king, who continued the politically motivated idolatry of his forefather Jeroboam, son of Nebat, God was gracious to Israel and gave her great political and economic prosperity during his reign as a last chance. (Eventually the deportation of Israel by the Assyrians came in 722 BC.) 2 Kings 14.
Archaeology revealed a time of great political power and economic prosperity. Jeroboam II recovered a lot of land from the Syrians. The houses were built much bigger than previous times and the rich could afford both winter and summer houses.
But the prosperity ended in abuse in being weighed down with living in dissipation and oppression of the poor. Amos the prophet denounced against the abuse and prophesized God’s judgment on all their trophies of prosperity – their large and great winter and summer houses of ivory splendor. Amos 3:13-15.
Israel was sinful yet she was thinking all the time that they were in God’s favor because of the tremendous political and economic prosperity. Isaiah 58: 1- 4.
Many false prophets also arose and preached feel good messages against the dire warning by God’s prophets during that time.
Right now, with all the political stability and economic prosperity in all the First World cities, is it so difficult for Christendom in these cities to take a hard look at herself whether she has sinned against God if she so claims to be so fervent in seeking God’s face ?
Whether we are proud that our hands and our leaders have given us this prosperity ? Whether we have excess of food or over-fed ? Whether we are living in care less or prosperous ease ? Are we indifferent to helping the indigent poor believing they are lazy and should work harder and not expect welfare ? Ezek 16:49-50. These are the four root sins of Sodom which God did away with her.
The fruit of sodomy and lawlessness are almost ripe in all these cities drunk with easy money making and pleasure and has heaped all the way to heaven. Rev 18.
God will judge all this wealth of this Babylonian system in one hour. Rev 18:17. Three groups will weep – kings of the earth (governments), merchants (MNCs, SMEs) and those who make their living by the sea (global seaports cum financial centres).
God’s people will rejoice over this judgment. Rev 18;20. David Pawson, a very prominent Bible teacher, asked whether we are citizens of Babylon or citizens of God’s new Jerusalem in his lecture, The Church and the End Times. If we do not rejoice or even want to hear such a message, frankly, which citizenship do we really hold ?
In my book, The Coming Economic Flood, I stated one of two possible causes of the collapse is the sovereign debt default.
Is the IMF confirming it now ? Will it begin by end of September 2015 ?
The economies of the major blocs are so terminally sick and beyond remedy.
It does not really matter to know when it will happen but to know it will happen very soon within months and not years. And to be prepared spiritually and physically for its economic devastation.
While attending the Global Economic Leaders Summit in Changchun, I went to visit the leaders of an established church in the evening last Tuesday hoping to warn about the coming economic flood.
Through word of mouth, many turned up and a special worship service was organized instead. The mass rapid transit (MRT) system has yet to be operational and the bus service ends early. If the worship ends late, those who turn up will have to stay overnight in the church quarters.
Praise the Lord for such exemplary hunger for His Word !