International prayer against anti-Semitism and Nazism: this is only beginning of God’s blessings!
March 2nd and 3rd, 2013 Ukraine for the third time participated in the International prayer against anti-Semitism and Nazism. Fire of hundreds of thousands believers poured out at the Interchurch prayer which was held in Kiev on March 2nd; and also at the International prayer against anti-Semitism and Nazism on March 2nd and 3rd.
The purpose of the prayer is traditional – to step forward in unity against strongholds of anti-Semitism and Nazism that grew strong in countries and nations, in separate organized movements and in consciousness of people.
By the record of the organizing committee in this year Christians from 15 countries from all the ends of the earth joined the Prayer: Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, Armenia, Australia, China, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, US, Israel and Italy.
In Ukraine believers in 54 cities prayed for deliverance from anti-Semitism and Nazism. In 16 cities there were organized interchurch municipal prayers. In total 240 Christian churches, congregations and religious unions participated in the Prayer.
Also as part of this prayer movement open classroom seminar on the topic of anti-Semitism was held in Kiev. It was organized by Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation. A video, which revealed a question about the origin and development of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism in Ukraine and countries of the former Soviet Union, was prepared for this Prayer.
The Interchurch prayer was held in Kiev, on which their strong opinions on contention with anti-Semitism and Nazism were expressed by:
- The bishop of Church union “Ukrainian Missionary Church”, pastor of the church “Christian hope” Valeriy Reshetinskiy
- Senior pastor of “Nazarene” church in Kiev Vladimir Masyuk
- Senior pastor of “Philadelphia” church Anatoliy Kozachok
- Representative of Lausanne Congress, rector of Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary Anatoliy Glyhovskiy
- founder and leader of “God seekers” movement Sergei Shidlovskiy
- senior rabbi of Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation Boris Grisenko
- a writer, preacher and evangelist Rostislav Shkinder.
As part of Interchurch prayer leaders of churches shared about biblical view on the role of Israel and Jewish nation in God’s plan; about position of spiritual wholeness of the Body of Messiah and unity of society in question of salvation of the Jews.
Those who gathered in the hall of “Christian Hope” church (where the Interchurch was held) and those who watched online broadcast, prayed not only for breakdown of curses of anti-Semitism and Nazism but also for unity of Christians in Ukraine and in the world, for salvation of the Jews, for opening of churches and congregations in Ukraine for the Jewish ministry.
Praise and worship in that evening was also special: choir of Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary performed the national anthem of Israel “Hatikva” in Hebrew and Russian (the very lyrics of the anthem reflects the attitude of the Jewish nation towards God, his hope and trust on the Most High), Anastasiya Yatsenko sang the song in Ukrainian “I see God every day” and in Russian “My Saviour is alive”, also musicians of Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation together with Yuriy Efremov praised God with Jewish prayer and national songs of Israel.
By opinion of organizers, such cultural and informative part is very important for deeper understanding of the core of the Jewish nation and the biblical view on its spiritual role and the role in the modern society.
Everybody who participated in this prayer movement, emphasized the importance and value of such prayer together and expressed the desire to continue it next year.
We will remind you that organizers and initiators of this prayer movement for the third year are the Jewish Messianic congregations of Saint Petersburg and Kiev and also Caucasus Prayer Ministry “Prepare the way”.
Senior rabbi of KJMC Boris Grisenko:
- I am very glad that this prayer beginning of two Jewish Messianic congregations develops and that it was joined in by congregations and churches from all over the world. Think about it: in 16 cities of Ukraine there were held interchurch prayers!
We are pleased that God actively develops in the people this simple vision and understanding – how it is important for all believing Christians from different confessions and denominations to unite and stand against the danger of anti-Semitism and Nazism!
Because today it still keeps millions people away from the real freedom. And even from the real conversion to the Lord of Israel and to His Son Yeshua – Jesus the Messiah.
We understand that the prayer of such number of sincerely involved believing people cannot stay without an answer. And even today we see the first answers on the prayers of our brothers and sisters. In upcoming days and weeks we will see what God will do on different levels, on the first hand – in pouring out of the Holy Spirit.
We know, believe and experience that the Holy Spirit is moving! And we know that these movements in power and in spirit preparing the great Revival which millions of God’s children from all around the world are praying for last decades! And this Revival, according to the prophecy written in the God’s Word, will not come unless the Church accepts Jewish believers as a part of the Body of Messiah. And also unless there will be massive repentance of the Jews and unless they open their hearts for the One Who was crucified for them.
This is very important! We already look forward to it – it is like we hear the sound of rain. And I appeal to everybody to join this holy Prayer so that this rain that we hear now only in the spirit would pour out with blessings on everybody!
Now is the time when Ukraine must shake off the remnants of the various curses. As the curse of anti-Semitism, which, figuratively speaking, is cracked, but did not fall fully. Soon this evil spirit must be struck, and all he was trying to control the life of the Ukrainian people, will be delivered from this deceit and malice. Attitude towards the Jews have to become biblical (even if the Jews themselves, who live here are not the best people in the world). Through our love their hearts will open to their and to our common Messiah! We see that from the time the treatment of Jews in Ukraine began to change for the better, many blessings have come to our land! But it is only a start.
The founder and the leader of “God seekers” movement Sergei Shidlovskiy:
- I am very glad to participate in the Prayer for Israel, for the Jewish people because Israel began from meeting with God.
It is written in Genesis chapter 32 that Jacob encountered with God face to face. And in this life-changing meeting with God, in this all-night prayer, Jacob became Israel. The very word “Israel” for the first time was pronounced by God’s mouth.
That’s why we gathered to have this encounter with God today from which Israel started! We pray that Jewish people turn again to their Messiah, for their salvation and protection from any Haman of modern age!
And I believe that all Israel will turn to God. And God’s protection for the people of God will be upon them in a supernatural way. Also – in answer to our prayers. I ask and I recommend to everybody to bless the people of Israel, and pray for it as much as possible. Because God will bless each one who blesses Israel.