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  1. 1. “EVERYTHING is ONLY GOING to GET WORSE! By Dr. Peter Hammond
  2. 2. “EVERYTHING is ONLY GOING to GET WORSE! By Dr. Peter Hammond
  3. 3. Pessimistic Defeatism How often do you not come across the pessimistic mentality evidenced in: “Everything is only going to get worse!”? So many have succumbed to a spirit of defeatism and escapism.
  4. 4. Helplessness and Hopelessness When a call to action is given, there are always those who respond with a pessimennialism philosophy of helplessness and hopelessness.
  5. 5. Failure and Frustration There are those who have given in to an attitude of failure and frustration. While some fail to see the problem, others claim that there is no hope!
  6. 6. Victimhood Leads to Defeat and Retreat An attitude of victimhood can only lead to defeat and retreat.
  7. 7. Biblical Balance is Needed However, as Bible-believing Christians, we cannot accept this perspective.
  8. 8. In the daily battles of life, we cannot allow ourselves to give in to depression, or fatigue. There is always hope. God is Sovereign.
  9. 9. Nothing is inevitable except what God has decreed. There is great power in prayer. Nothing is beyond the reach of prayer, except that which is outside of the will of God.
  10. 10. A Vision of Victory Christians are not doomed to defeat. We are called to victory! If God can change us, then He can use us to change some part of this world.
  11. 11. Christians can change the course of human history by prayer and obedience to God.
  12. 12. The Bible is full of examples of believers who “through Faith conquered kingdoms…” Hebrews 11:33
  13. 13. Learn from History In my own lifetime, I have seen numerous examples of the power of prayer, regeneration and revival to transform lives and change history.
  14. 14. The power of the Word of God, the power of the printed page, has brought about some astounding reversals of fortune.
  15. 15. Red China Shortly after I was converted to Christ, early in 1977, a missionary from Overseas Missionary Fellowship (the old China Inland Mission) urged us to pray for God to open the doors to Red China.
  16. 16. At the time, this seemed impossible. Red China was a communist country which had annihilated the Church and banned all foreign missions.
  17. 17. Brutal slave labour camps, ongoing harassments and persecution of Christians, makes it clear that the battle for the soul of China is still raging.
  18. 18. However, in the past, many people questioned if the church had even survived the Cultural Revolution/Second phase of the Revolution in Red China. Now we know that there are well over 100 million Christians in Red China.
  19. 19. Through Project Pearl, Brother Andrew’s Open Doors ministry, succeeded in smuggling over a million Bibles into Red China.
  20. 20. The Church in China is strong, vibrant and growing.
  21. 21. Mozambique When I first began praying for Marxist Mozambique in 1980, it was firmly closed to the Gospel.
  22. 22. Many of my friends and family thought that I was foolish to attempt to enter Marxist Mozambique on my motorbike,
  23. 23. loaded with 1,000 Gospels and 100 New Testaments in Portuguese and Shangaan and the 16mm Jesus film.
  24. 24. Yet, God opened the doors, time and again and we succeeded in delivering many tonnes of Bibles and relief aid and showing Christian films throughout that war-torn communist country, which is now wide open to the Gospel.
  25. 25. When we began our work barely 4% of the population of Mozambique were Protestants. Now over 34% claim to be Evangelical Christians.
  26. 26. Angola As the persecution of Christians in Angola intensified under Marxist Dictator, Agestino Neto, we prayed for God to intervene.
  27. 27. Shortly after Neto declared that: “Within 20 years there will not be a Christian, or a Bible left in Angola! I have destroyed the Bible!” Neto died in mysterious circumstances on an operating table in Moscow.
  28. 28. Our mission alone succeeded in delivering more Bibles into communist Angola than had even been there when Neto made that false prophecy that there would not be a Bible left within Angola.
  29. 29. Today, the Church in Angola is flourishing, thriving and growing.
  30. 30. The Iron Curtain When I first saw the Berlin Wall in the 1970’s
  31. 31. and smuggled through Checkpoint Charlie in early 1988, it was symbolic of the Iron Curtain.
  32. 32. There were many crosses in memory of those who had been shot in the back, while fleeing the “socialist utopia” that East Germany was meant to be.
  33. 33. It certainly seemed that nothing could remove the Iron Curtain in our lifetime, except the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  34. 34. Yet, we took part in the seven-year Jericho Prayer March to focus on bringing down the Iron Curtain and opening up Eastern Europe to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  35. 35. Incredibly, in 1989, the seventh year of this intensive Prayer Focus, the Berlin Wall fell, the Iron Curtain collapsed,
  36. 36. Dictatorships were toppled and the whole of Eastern Europe and Russia experienced unprecedented openness to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  37. 37. Romania When Lenora and I ministered in Romania, at Easter services in 1989,
  38. 38. we experienced the oppression of communism and witnessed the tyranny of Ceausescu. Along with millions of others, we prayed.
  39. 39. Before that momentous year had ended, we saw the dictator Ceausescu executed, communist symbols smashed and God’s Word openly proclaimed in the public squares of Romania.
  40. 40. Albania In 1966, Albania had declared itself to be the first fully Atheistic state in the world.
  41. 41. Yet, in answer to fervent prayer, the communist government of Albania was forced to reopen many churches in 1990.
  42. 42. Oppression continued, but tens of thousands packed the few open churches each week until the communist regime was overthrown.
  43. 43. When Rev. Bill Bathman and I drove into Albania,
  44. 44. we were inundated with ministry opportunities and met a people hungry to hear about the God whom they had been forbidden to even whisper about,
  45. 45. for all those decades of communist oppression.
  46. 46. Croatia When I first visited Yugoslavia and heard the people in Croatia speaking about their need for independence, I was highly skeptical that it could succeed.
  47. 47. Yugoslavia consisted of six Republics, five nations, four languages, three major religions, two alphabets and calendars, but only one political party – The Communist Party.
  48. 48. Yet, within less than two years, Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence.
  49. 49. Slovakia When I first travelled to Bratislava in Czechoslovakia, talk of the Slovakians seceding from Czechoslovakia seemed unrealistic and impossible.
  50. 50. Yet, by God’s grace, an answer to much prayer and action on the ground, communist rule collapsed in Czechoslovakia in 1989 and by 1993 the Slovak Republic seceded from the Czech Republic.
  51. 51. A New Birth of Freedom in Eastern Europe In the same way, we have seen Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the three Baltic states which were occupied over the centuries by Sweden, Poland and Russia, break free from the Soviet Union and become free and independent Republics.
  52. 52. Similarly, Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria and Russia itself succeeded in throwing off the communist yoke and rebuilding thousands of churches which had been confiscated, damaged, or destroyed over decades of atheistic oppression by the Soviet Union.
  53. 53. Resisting Jihad and Sharia in Sudan Since 1995, I have been involved in the campaign for South Sudan’s independence.
  54. 54. From 1995 to 2002, I conducted 27 missions to Sudan, delivering over half a million Bibles and books in 24 languages throughout South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains.
  55. 55. Initially, even the leaders of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) were highly skeptical that the map could ever be re-drawn, as the African Union had resisted any changes to the borders delineated in the Berlin Conference of 1884–1885.
  56. 56. I argued strenuously with Colonel John Garang, the leader of the SPLA and Commander Salva Kiir, the second in command of the SPLA, that only independence for South Sudan could secure their future and their freedom.
  57. 57. Anything else would only mean the continuation of oppression by the Arab North, as they would be a minority in their own country. (Although Blacks are a majority in South Sudan, they were a minority in the whole country of Sudan.)
  58. 58. South Sudan From the very first Day of Independence, 1 January 1956, the Arab North sought to Arabise and Islamise the South with brutal oppression, great devastation and massive loss of life.
  59. 59. I showed from Sudan’s history and from the teachings of Islam, why the only way to be free of Sharia law and Arab oppression was to fight for the full independence and sovereignty of South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains.
  60. 60. Although they were highly skeptical that it was at all possible, today South Sudan is an independent country and Salva Kiir has been its president since 9 July 2011.
  61. 61. The Nuba Mountains We continue to campaign for freedom and independence for the Nuba Mountains, an Island of Christianity in a sea of Islam. But even here we have seen astounding developments, an unprecedented cease fire, promising prospects for religious freedom and independence for the Nuba.
  62. 62. “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is the Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosed and faithful followers.” Revelation 17:14
  63. 63. “The Lord will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; people shall worship Him, each one from his place, indeed all the shores of the nations.” Zephaniah 2:11
  64. 64. “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations.” Psalm 22:27-28
  65. 65. “… the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas” Habakkuk 2:14.
  66. 66. “Jesus shall reign where're the sun Doth his successive journey run; His Kingdom stretch from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more” In the immortal words of Isaac Watts hymn published in 1719 (based on Psalm 72):
  67. 67. We Need to Be Brave and Bold The only reason why the devil is so often winning, is that the church is so seldom fighting!
  68. 68. You cannot have victory without a battle.
  69. 69. Sacrifice and risk are essential.
  70. 70. We can never win if the keep avoiding problems.
  71. 71. We must solve problems by facing them and dealing with them.
  72. 72. The future belongs to the brave and to the bold.
  73. 73. Do Not Settle for Less than God’s Very Best The Bible teaches us to have a holy dissatisfaction with second best. A bold Faith to trust God for great things. To step out in Faith and to change what is wrong and to establish what is right in God’s eyes.
  74. 74. We must not under-estimate the power of praying according to God’s Word and stepping out in Faith and obedience to His Commands.
  75. 75. Christians Have Changed the World It is this Faith that enabled Christians to end child sacrifices, cannibalism, blood sports, polygamy, slavery, widow burning and other atrocities of heathen religions.
  76. 76. As the Apostle Paul declared: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
  77. 77. Rise to the Challenge By Faith and obedience, we can turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones; crisis situations into opportunities for ministry; battles into victories.
  78. 78. We are “more than conquerors.” Romans 8:37 and “overcomers” 1 John 5:4 through Christ.
  79. 79. You Can Make a Difference We need to resist, redeem, reclaim! We need to work for Reformation and pray for Revival. We need to turn the tide.
  80. 80. and the campaign for Independence for the Cape of Good Hope.
  81. 81. “In His days the righteous shall flourish… He shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the river to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust… Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him… All nations shall call Him blessed… let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen.” Psalm 72:7-19
  82. 82. Dr Peter Hammond Reformation Society P.O. Box 74 Newlands, 7725 Cape Town, South Africa Tel: (021) 689 4480 Fax: (021) 685 5884 Email: info@ReformationSA.org Website: www.ReformationSA.org
  83. 83. www.FrontlineMissionSA.org