September 28, 2020 at 8:08 pm #37649
I have been reading a number of books on Armenia lately as I feel the Lord has put them on my heart. I feel a burden to pray for them and reach out to their community.
As mentioned in other threads, fighting has broke out between Armenia and her neighbour Azerbaijan. This could lead to a wider war in the Middle East.
Armenia definitely needs our prayer as it is a Christian nation, nearly surrounded by Islamic ones, some of them overtly hostile. It’s a really, really tough neighbourhood.
More importantly though, Armenia needs prayer for its spiritual condition. They have a long Christian tradition of over 1700 years and yet many are not born again and in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Prayercast is a site that I use and love. They have people praying for many different nations. The prayer for Russia always brings me to tears when I watch it.
Feel free to discuss Armenia or the prayercast ministry.
October 3, 2020 at 12:54 am #37841
The war rages on. It literally is David versus Goliath.
Turkey has sent over a thousand Syrian terrorists to fight against Armenia. Erdogan is also threatening Armenia and calling them the biggest threat to peace in the region. Normally, one could ignore the ravings of a madman but Erdogan is literally on the warpath.
Please continue to pray for Armenia.
Armenia and Israel relations.
Israel has sold a lot of weapons to Azerbaijan and that has hindered their relationship with Armenia. In fact, Armenia has just recalled their ambassador from their newly established embassy. (September 2019)
Armenia has a good relationship with Iran. Really out of necessity. They are blockaged by and have closed borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan. They have an open border with Georgia but that would leave them very vulnerable if they only had one land connection. Armenia’s opening of an embassy in Israel did cause them friction with Iran, however.
Israel, inexplicably, will not recognize the genocide of 1,500,000 Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. Not to mention the 750,000 Greek Christians that lost their lives.
Things are unbelievably complicated in this region. Azerbaijan is fighting with Armenia over an area called Nagorno Karabakh. Nagorno is Russian for mountainous. Kara is Turkish for black. Bakh is Farsi for garden.
Only Jesus is going to solve this Gordian knot of a problem. Lord come quickly!
October 3, 2020 at 11:07 am #37846
Wars in diverse places …..
Matthew 24:6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”
Truly we see this verse in action (have for the last 3 years as it has sped up) … the disturbing part is the last part … this can only mean all peoples that traverse the 7 years – as the bride is not appointed to wrath per the following verses in the Matthew 24 teaching.
October 3, 2020 at 11:47 am #37847
Iran does not wish for the fighting to continue. They have a significant Azeri minority who have been very vocal about this conflict. The shaky Iranian regime does not need widespread protests over this situation.
The more I study this, the more complicated it gets. When the Antichrist comes and brings “peace”, he will literally be seen as a miracle worker.
October 3, 2020 at 12:16 pm #37848
October 3, 2020 at 2:02 pm #37852
Thank you, TR. They really need our prayers. Not just for physical safety but for salvation. Being part of the atheistic Soviet Union has sapped the spiritual strength of Armenia. Still, revival is happening. :)
I now hear that over 5,000 Syrian terrorist mercenaries are fighting for Azerbaijan and being funded by Turkey. Oi! :(
I can’t help in seeing some parallels between Israel and Armenia. Both are nations that have been conquered and divided numerous times but they keep bouncing back. Both have been through a genocide in the 20th century. Both have large diasporas living abroad. Both have land conflicts with their Muslim neighbours. Both have Muslim neighbours that are destroying cultural property to hide the past. An interesting study could be made. :)
October 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm #38081
October 10, 2020 at 11:50 am #38104
Again Father, remember you saints here and around the world!
And for all those yet to become part of the family of God! God be glorified not in the politics of men, but in spite of them!
With eternity fast approaching, remember all in need! Remember our frames, and our spiritual ignorance!
May your mercies and tender loving kindness go before you and your judgements!
May we all marvel and glory in the patience of the Lord!
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October 13, 2020 at 4:09 pm #38228
There was a cease fire agreed upon in Moscow but it seems to have immediately have been violated by Azerbaijan. :(
Israel doesn’t seem to be too bothered about selling suicide drones to Azerbaijan.
Kind of ironic that Muslims are using suicide drones. After all, they are the inventors of the suicide bomber.
October 13, 2020 at 4:27 pm #38229
Arthur, Amir Tsarfati had a YT update yesterday regarding Armenia and today an article published on zerohedge stated Russian is calling for a permanent cease fire. Per Amir this is similar to a tribal (Ethnical) war more than a war based on religion and it makes sense (like the Arabs wanting the destruction of all Jews – why, because they are Jews – same Father, Abraham) — bottom line is it’s all about the oil, land, and control of the region … anyone in the way, is annihilated. Same as war throughout history! We want what you have, so we will just take it …. you resist, we will get our big brothers to help us just take it and you will be destroyed.
I have talked with many brothers and sisters in Belarus who experienced the same thing for decades, the location of this small country is a clear passageway and during the Prussian and Czar wars, many villagers were killed, simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have seen the many memorials to those wars, one is of an old man carrying his dead granddaughter out of a burning building, the entire village was locked into the church and it was set on fire, very sad. It brings tears in remembrance— they still struggle for faith against communism and mother Russia. Only God!
October 13, 2020 at 5:08 pm #38230
Yes, this is not primarily a religious war. Israel is friends with Azerbaijan so they can buy their oil and sell them weapons. Israel needs to be careful here since Azerbaijan’s ally is stating that Jerusalem is theirs.
Erdogan is being hyper nationalistic and is promoting an islamic cause but he really is a secular person, probably a Freemason. However, he is appealing to Syrian terrorists telling them that it is a religious conflict. Then the imams are preaching hatred and it has lead to the recruitment of 5,000 + terrorists to fight against Armenia. Pakistan has sent some terrorists, as well.
This is no mere ethnic conflict. It’s a lot more complicated than that.
October 13, 2020 at 5:32 pm #38231
October 13, 2020 at 8:14 pm #38232
Agreed. There is an old African proverb, “When the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”
The powerful countries are having a turf war and it is Armenia and Azerbaijan that suffer. Civilians are dying on both sides and both countries already have wobbly economies.
This never should have been an issue, whatsoever. Stalin gave Armenian majority (over 90% Armenian in a census in 1921) Nagorno Karabakh to Azerbaijan to appease the Turks and with the hope that they would become Communist. Not to mention his divide and rule tactics that have born disastrous results in the last few decades.
The truly stupid thing is that Nagorno Karabakh legally voted to secede in 1988. A vast majority of Nagorno Karabakh were and are Armenians. They have inhabited the area for thousands of years.
Now when Muslim majority Kosovo did that and Serbia objected, NATO bombed Serbia back into the Stone Age. Kosovo got their independence. There is a great deal of hypocrisy there.
I guess the problem is that I expect better and expecting the world system to act honourably and morally is a fool’s errand.
October 13, 2020 at 8:38 pm #38234
October 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm #38236
October 13, 2020 at 9:37 pm #38240
Arthur, I have personally seen much of human deprivation played out on innocent victims too many times. Without God, humanity follows the way of sin … Cain killed his brother in a fit of anger related to jealousy because of sin in his heart. This has played out a thousand fold, we continue to kill babies before they are born, human trafficking is at an all time high (this involves innocent children as well as women and men), every generation sees the cruelty of man against man when God is not in charge. But, you are correct, God has promised to judge the world in righteousness.. soon, I pray it is over and our God will reign.
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