Sunday Service ; “The greater Jonah and the City!” (English)
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The Year of Preparation and Building!
September 10, 2017
Heavenly Signs and City Transformation!
Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. 4 But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. 6 So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”
The Account of Jonah in the Bible is the most intriguing one on calling and destiny! It strikes us first of all that God loves the cities of the world and He wants them to repent and not be destroyed! Jonah also strikes a chord in many of us who hear the call of God but oftentimes delay in responding to it or outrightly reject it and go the other direction! This was the case with Jonah initially until He realised God was in hot pursuit of him and he will either die in the stomach of a big fish or obey the assignment of the Lord – which he did! This led to an amazing citywide repentance of the great city of Nineveh which is what is modern Mosul in Iraq today which was just recovered by Iraq with the help of the American troops having driven out ISIS from there.
Can we picture the great cities of Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong and Shanghai responding to God this way? What does it take for this kind of citywide revival to take place? Heavenly signs and Kingdom Preaching! Are we ready to pray for both of these to happen in our cities that revival and reformation will take place? This message gives us great Hope! Listen carefully and be Blessed! Amen.
Pastor Chee Kang Seng