An Open Letter to Eli: Interceding For Iran?


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One of the most spot on predictions concerning our day is found recorded in the book of Daniel.

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)

Few developments have facilitated the fulfillment of this prophecy more than the rise of the internet.

Now I know that we all have sat through enough admonitions concerning the danger of this unfettered flow of information and communication we call the world wide web.

And certainly there are millions of stories about lives destroyed and hope lost as a result of what has become freely available in our homes by the touch of a mouse.

But there is an upside to this story as well.

What some intend for evil, God can certainly use for good.

We see this verified almost everyday here at the minstry of Scott Richards Live.

Our Monday through Friday Bible question and answer program has a limited reach on the radio.

In fact, when you stop to consider that we are heard over the air in essentially three smaller broadcast markets – Tucson, Honolulu and Sierra Vista, Arizona – it is amazing how strong the response is each and every day.

But what is really mind blowing is how impactful this relatively limited radio ministry becomes when linked to the internet.

Did you realize for instance that through http://www.scottrichardslive.com we average nearly 5,000 hits per month from the Russian Federation alone?

We have been told just recently that there is a group of listeners who listen to us live in Ireland  by way of the web.

People in places closed to traditional missionary work like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia regularly log in, visit and down load programming from this funky little ministry in south eastern Arizona.

Amazing.

But this week, my sense of awe over how God is using this outreach hit an entirely new level.

As a regular reader of this space, you know that we cover current events from the standpoint of their significance to biblical prophecy.

As such, we have had a number of blog articles offering analysis of events in Iran from this perspective.

Well, you never know who may be listening.

Consider for a moment this short but heart gripping comment that was sent along in response to our Scott’s Blog feature on the elections in Iran.

There was nothing we could do for the result of this election.all the people were fooled and deceived.we join the election but results were not what they should be.I feel ashamed and I’m so sorry that I took part and voted!

Eli in Iran

Wow.

First of all, Eli, you have nothing to be ashamed of.

You acted in good faith for the benefit of your nation.

It was not your fault that those who have given themselves over to evil and oppression have set their own delusions of grandeur over their God given duty to serve their people.

Second, Eli, you are not alone.

Please know that all of those who are a regular part of this web site and radio outreach are praying for you, your country, and yes, even for the souls of people like Mahmoud Ahmadinejhad.

The Bible speaks of people who “have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” (Romans 10:2)

I believe that the Bible indicates their desire to destroy Israel and bring great suffering to the entire region will not succeed.

Rather, this transparent attempt to thwart the will of their own people through censorship, threats and even murder  has revealed both to the people of Iran and the world the true nature of this regime.

Eli, the first step toward defeating darkness is to bring it into the light.

Your courageous actions in both voting your conscience and allowing those of us who are on the outside looking in to know the truth are huge steps in that direction.

We will continue to pray for the light, love and truth of Isa (Jesus) will transform the hearts and lives of the people of Iran.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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