Intro from Julie A. Smith
Being from Thailand, I really appreciate this word regarding Asia from my friend, Ella Onakoya.
I was in Thailand in December, before any of this coronavirus was reported. I had an incredible time visiting, praying and connecting with others in Pattaya, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai, Thailand. While visiting Pattaya, the sex-trade capital of the world, the place was packed with women being sold and many wanting their business. The Lord told me to declare a new name and a new identity over the city and over the women.
In the last couple of days I've seen news reports from Pattaya that "entertainment businesses" have been shut down. This is unheard of!
Though so much chaos is happening across the globe, corrupt places have also come to a halt.
While this shaking is happening all around, I encourage us in this "pause" to pray for the nations of the earth, that godly change would happen. Yes, godly transformation would be the very "good" which would come out of this as many areas of darkness are defeated – as well as the coronavirus!
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On January 5th, 2020, I had a dream where I was on my way to minister in Europe. As I prepared to leave, I opened my suitcase and saw a vision of an East Asian lady in chains seeking desperately to be free. In that dream, I could hear her thoughts on how she had been walking around freely but suddenly found herself in chains. Suddenly it felt imperative that I needed to see the lady brought to freedom.
My initial thought after the dream was that it was about individuals who were in bondage, but later on as I fasted and prayed, I received more revelation from the father that the Asian woman in my dream represented nations in Asia that Heaven wants to set free.
Many nations in Asia are in bondage to sin, diseases and plagues such as SARS, Bird flu and most recently, the coronavirus which originated from China. It is clear that the enemy is on an assignment to lay waste this nation with disease and oppression.
Recently, a man from China who recovered from the coronavirus described the intense symptoms he had as feeling like he was at the gates to Hell! The assignment of the enemy is to decimate, through sickness, a large number of unsaved people in this region and take them to Hell.
Today, the coronavirus has spread to many nations, but while we must pray for its demise in all nations, I sense God's urgent call for us to also pray for Asia for their freedom, salvation and that the gates of demonic portals in Asia, where plagues are released as a channel to other nations, would be shut in the name of Jesus. We must have a long term strategy of prayer for East Asia or else when the coronavirus is overcome (and it surely will be), the enemy will just simply release other plagues through these spiritual gates that are open in Asia.
Although many people in China and other nations in East Asia are turning to Jesus, there is still a great level of darkness due to the large number of the unsaved – many of whom worship idols. The more hearts that are turned to Jesus, the greater the light of Jesus in Asia will cause the ancient gates of demonic access to plagues to close.
Prayer Directives for Asia
1. Isaiah 42:22 talks about a people robbed and plundered with no one to say, "Restore!" Individually and corporately, let us pray for the restoration of Asia to God's original plan and purpose for freedom, salvations and revival in every aspect of society. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
2. Pray and decree that as demonic gates are shut over Asia, Heaven's light and liberty will be released. Pray, decreeing Psalm 24:7, that spiritual gates will open and allow the King of Glory to come in. In my book, Spirit Led Evangelism, I shared about how the move of God came into a part of Gothenburg in Sweden during my ministry there, after the Lord had directed me to pray Psalm 24:7.
God's Revealed Strategy to Defeat Coronavirus in the Nations
The spread of the coronavirus to many nations is an understandable concern due to its highly contagious nature, several fatalities, and disruption to life and economy. However, the leading of the Lord is not to bow to fear, anxiety or to the panic being spread by the media. God is wanting to raise a Joshua generation who will not see the disease as a giant but a defeated foe.
Several years ago, there were reports of the fatal strain of the bird flu coming to the United Kingdom in a newspaper. At that time (about 12 years ago), the Lord led me to meditate on the power in His name as a strategy for averting this strain of bird flu from affecting people in the UK. I read and meditated on Philippians 2:10 which described the authority given to the name of Jesus in Heaven, on the earth and under the earth.
This was a necessary prelude to a dream I had at that time where my spirit encountered a demonic being in the form of a monstrous bird flying from the second heaven on its way to the UK with the mission to cause severe illness. Having been filled with authority in the name of Jesus, in that dream, I stretched out my hand to the demonic being and commanded the fire of God to consume it. God released His fire to consume it which resulted in victory, and up to now the bird flu with the fatal strains of H5N1, H7N9 and H5N6 has not infected any human in the UK! You can read more about that testimony in my previous word on the Elijah List titled "A Call to Move and Pray with the Rhythm of Heaven."
I feel there are lessons that are very vital for the Body of Christ to learn today from this testimony to defeat the coronavirus:
1. Keep and guard your hearts from fear.
2. Let faith arise in your hearts as you focus on the power in the name of Jesus.
Meditate on Philippians 2:10 and allow your spirit to be infused with the authority that the name of Jesus releases over every enemy in the 3 dimensions – the earth, under the earth and the heavens. God wants to raise up sons and daughters who will walk in experiential power and authority in these realms. Pray with faith in the name of JESUS and believe for this disease to bow to His name and leave the earth realm.
3. Having our hearts anchored in the love of Jesus and faith will empower us to overcome.
The Lord told me recently that love will overcome death, and I have also been hearing in my heart, "The just shall live by faith." We are living in an era of Galatians 5:6 where all that matters is "faith working through love." Love must be made perfect in us. No offense or unforgiveness must be tolerated in our hearts, for walking in perfect love will protect us in this season. In order for our faith not to fail and to be effective, our hearts must be purified in God's perfect love.
A Dream of Healing for Those with Coronavirus
Recently, I had a dream where I was surrounded by people infected with the coronavirus. In the dream, I was giving them medicine from a bottle so they could be cured. After waking up I was directed to Revelation 22 which talks about the leaves from the tree of life healing the nations. As we partake of the life, the Blood and the anointing of Jesus, I believe we can release healing to the infected. Already there have been testimonies of those healed supernaturally in China. Let us also pray for heavenly wisdom for vaccines to be made for a cure for the coronavirus.
An Encouragement for Those Who Have Been Infected with Coronavirus
For those afflicted with the coronavirus, while it is right to follow the medical advice given by your country for treatment and isolation, the Lord would have me give you this word: "Behold the Lamb." John 3:14 talks about Jesus being lifted up just as Moses lifted up the serpent so that we can receive eternal life through Him. When the Israelites were bitten by the serpent, Moses was told by God to make a bronze serpent so that whoever looked to the serpent would be cured. Today, Jesus represents that raised serpent who heals us. For the afflicted, who are undergoing treatment, look to Jesus to receive His eternal healing waters in your bodies and be made whole.
Several years ago while on ministry in Africa, I had gotten sick with malaria after I stopped taking an anti-malaria tablet because it had given me bad side effects. As I lay in bed, sick with fever, the Lord encouraged me to focus on Him and His ability to remove the sickness. I laid there worshiping Him while focusing on His healing promises. As I did this, I felt His healing fire on my body increasing with His significant presence. After several hours I got up, healed from the fever and symptoms.
If you are not infected by the disease, my word of the Lord also to you is this: "Behold the Lamb." Live every day intentionally in His presence, in worship and the Word, while guarding your heart with love, purity and faith. His presence has the power to protect you as you abide in the secret place. Behold the Lamb in your secret place and trust Him for no plagues to come near your tent (Psalm 91:10).
Be encouraged, every situation can reveal the glory of the Lord if we allow it to. As we move by faith, with one voice, to command the coronavirus to leave this earth and loose people from its affliction in Jesus name, I believe we will see victory. Blessed be our Lord who causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus.
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Harvest of the Nations
Ella Onakoya¬†is the founder of Harvest of the Nations. She is an evangelist, a prophetic watchman and an author. She preaches a message of revival and awakening in various churches and conferences in the UK, Europe, America, Africa and Asia. She also teaches at equipping schools where she trains and equips the Body of Christ. She often ministers as a prophetic speaker to release God's heart and voice to churches, communities and nations. God releases salvation, miracles, prophetic encouragement and various moves of the Holy Spirit where she ministers. For further information about her ministry please visit www.harvestofthenations.com.
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