Pray for Our World: Europe

Europe is by far the most secular and least religious continent in our world.  The United Kingdom and Sweden lead the way with less than 50% Christian.  Only Romania remains at almost 100% Christian, which is mostly Eastern Orthodox.  Europe once held the world’s dominant economy from the time of the Middle Ages until the two World Wars of the 20th century, and they are now beginning to see the long-term effects from the Enlightenment Period, Socialism, Marxism, Nazism, secularism, liberal church doctrine, and scandals in the Catholic church and Church of England.  The large and majestic ancient churches are empty and are being replaced by humanist philosophies, nationalism, and pluralism.  They have lost their religious identity.  Europe is now considered a post-Christian and post-modern civilization.

Despite all the challenges Europe has with immigration and overcoming two world wars, there is one very shocking reason that stands out in their religious decline.  They stopped teaching the Bible.  The people have lost confidence in the Scriptures, stopped reading them, and stopped teaching the Gospel.  The liberal theology of the 19th and 20th centuries left the Protestant churches there confused.  And while there are strong ancient Christian traditions in Orthodox and Catholic churches, there are very few evangelists in Europe.

Will this be the way of the rest of the world?  Some say the United States is about ten years behind Europe in this trend.  History has shown us this before.  In about 700 BC, there was a King of Judah named Josiah.  At that time, the temple was in disrepair and the Israelites worshiped many idols.  King Josiah asked his court secretary to go to the high priest in the temple to see about the money that had previously been collected for repairs on the fallen temple.  While doing so, the high priest found the Book of the Law that had been buried and forgotten.  He gave it to the court secretary to read, who then read it in front of the King.

When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. Then he commanded Hilkiah the priest, and Shaphan the court secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah: “Go and inquire of the Lord for me, the people, and all Judah about the instruction in this book that has been found. For great is the Lord’s wrath that is kindled against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this book in order to do everything written about us.”  2 Kings 22:11-13

The priest went to inquire of the prophetess who lived in Jerusalem, and she told him: “Say this to the king of Judah who sent you to inquire of the Lord: This is what the Lord God of Israel says: As for the words that you heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and because you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I Myself have heard you—this is the Lord’s declaration— therefore, I will indeed gather you to your fathers, and you will be gathered to your grave in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster that I am bringing on this place.’” 2 Kings 22:14-21

King Josiah obeyed the words of the Book.  He burned and tore down all of the idols and asherah poles, the alters, shrines and monuments that were against God, the houses of the male cult prostitutes living in the temple, and got rid of all the mediums, spiritualists and the idolatrous priests, and commanded all the people to keep the Passover as was written in the Book.  No Passover had been kept from the time of the judges through all the Kings of Israel.  And after King Josiah’s actions, never again would the Israelites worship idols.

I hope that we too will learn from history and follow the truth that King Josiah found, and that we too return to reading the Bible – which are the only recorded words of God that we have.  Eight hundred years after King Josiah, Paul also tells us: “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7.  Pray that the gospel of good news will reach the continent of Europe once again, and that it will become an opportunity to reach the influx of immigrants now at their doorsteps, who are seeking refuge and hope.

31 Days of the Christmas Story from Genesis to John: Day 7 – a child born is Christ the Lord


One-third of the Bible is prophecy, and it has not been wrong yet.

300 prophecies point to the Messiah’s first coming and 400 point to his second coming.

In 1947, a scroll of the book of Isaiah (which had been copied 2000 years ago) was found near the Dead Sea. Many of the prophecies about the baby to be born come from Isaiah.

The book of Isaiah has 66 chapters, just like the Bible has 66 books.
The first 39 chapters (same number of books in the Old Testament) tell of a need for a Savior.
The second 27 chapters (same number of books in the New Testament) tell of a Savior to come.
There are 66 references to Isaiah in the New Testament.

(referenced from The Amazing Collection – The Major Prophets, 2005 by Big Dream Ministries, Inc)

Isaiah was one of the most famous prophets and lived from 760-690 BC. This is what he said:

Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Approximately 700 years later, it came true.

Luke 2:8-11
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

I pray that you will celebrate the joy and peace of the Christmas season, knowing that it comes from Jesus Christ the Lord who was sent to us over 2000 years ago.

* Merry Christmas *