The King of the World Cup 2022

Sing we the King who is coming to reign,
Glory to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain;
Righteousness, peace then His empire shall bring,
Joy to the nations when Jesus is King.
 Come let us sing: Praise to our King,
Jesus our King, Jesus our King:
This is our song, who to Jesus belong:
  Glory to Jesus, to Jesus our King.

No. It isn’t a World Cup song. It was written by Charles Silvester Horne (1865–1914). I didn’t even realise that at every World Cup there is an album of songs produced with singers and musicians from across the globe. How did I not know this important fact?!

Here is the end-time song about Jesus our King:

“They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb: “Great and marvellous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15 v 2-4)

He is the King of the nations and all nations will be worshipping Jesus in the end!

England beat Iran 6-2 this week and in a few hours we will see how Wales do? But one thing we know is that the King of the nations is defeating the beasts of Iran every single day. It is true that Christians face arrest and many Pastors have been sent to prison as their house churches are raided. However the King is doing something quite remarkable. Clergy and Church buildings may be missing but disciples are being miraculously birthed and hidden house churches are commencing with numbers often not more than 4 or 5 disciples. Open Doors estimated there were 370,000 disciples in 2013 and in 2022 there are estimates of at least 1 million.

The Iranian nation will come and worship before Jesus the King.

Saudi Arabia surprisingly defeated Argentina a few days ago 2-1. It may look on the surface that Christians are being defeated and Muslim converts do face the death penalty. However the King of the nations is defeating the beasts of Saudi Arabia every single day. Here is one story: “”Born to a Saudi family, in Saudi Arabia, and living very close to Mecca, I grew up with strict principals and traditions of Islam and the Arab culture. As a teenager I went to the mosque five times a day in obedience to my parents. One night, while I was asleep, I had this horrible dream of me being taken into hell. And what I saw there brought me real fear and these dreams kept coming to me almost every night. At this point I was really wondering as to why I should be seeing hell in this manner. Suddenly one day, Jesus appeared to me and said, “Son, I am the way, the truth and the life. And if you would give your life to Me, and follow Me, I would save you from the hell that you have seen.”

This came as a surprise to me, for I did not know who this Jesus was. Of course, He is mentioned in the Koran in the book Surah Mariam. He is stated as one of our prophets, but not as a Saviour who could save us from hell. So I started looking out for a Christian who could give me some advice about this Jesus I have seen and possibly get one of the Christian Holy Books, which I now know is the Bible. But it was a difficult task for me to get any Christian to speak to me about Jesus. As you would know, Christianity is totally banned in Saudi Arabia and if a Christian is caught witnessing to a Muslim, he could be almost sure that he would be beheaded.

Then the Lord led me to an Egyptian Christian who was sick. I prayed for this man’s healing and this man gave me a Bible. Then I, by myself, started reading the Bible. By this time Jesus had become a close friend to me. Soon I started witnessing about the experience I had with all my family relations and friends. Soon the authorities were informed that I had converted to Christianity, and I believe this was done by one of my family members. As it states in the Koran, if someone would turn away from Islam, he is a traitor to the faith and he should be executed. So I was taken into custody and tortured. They told me that I would be beheaded if I would not turn back to Islam. But I had already made my decision that I would never turn back. So I told the authorities I’m willing to die for Jesus and that I would never come back to Islam. After much torture and imprisonment, I was sentenced to be beheaded. They gave me a date and a time and I told them, “You go ahead and execute me. I’m going to heaven to see Jesus. But I pray that what you would do to me would stay in your minds and not give you rest until you come to Jesus.”

The appointed day and time came for my execution, and I was waiting with much anticipation, yet very much strong in my faith in Jesus. Generally the executions are carried out on the set time and date. But to my amazement, no one turned up. One hour lapsed, two hours went by, then it became three hours, and then the day passed by. And no one turned up. Then two days later, the authorities turned up and opened the doors and told me, “You demon! Get out from this place!” I also noticed that the main person who was determined to get me beheaded was not present when they came to release me. I asked them where this guy was. And with much hesitation they replied that his son had died on the same day they planned to execute me. Although I continue to go through much persecution, one thing I know is that the Lord’s hand is upon me.

A Brother from Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Arabian nation will come and worship before Jesus the King.

Qatar are the hosts of the World Cup and are doing all they can with their Islamic evangelism. There have been videos posted online of up to a 1000 fans converting to Islam during the competition already however these have been fact-checked and proven to be from the years 2016 and 2018. They don’t seem to be very good at football and though it looks like they have stopped the spread of Christianity by not having any churches they are not very good at their gospel prevention either!

“Pastor Samuel is a migrant worker in Qatar. He can worship as a Christian – but his underground work is forbidden: telling Qataris about Jesus.

Pastor Samuel also secretly encourages other foreign Christians to share the gospel. One evening, one of the seven men he’s discipling says that he is fearful of doing so – understandably. Pastor Samuel responds: “Fear is always reminding me of the strength there is in the Word of God. Real courage is to totally depend on Him.”

Pastor Samuel recognises that Christians can have a hard time witnessing in Qatar. “In this Muslim country, we are limited in evangelising too openly. But nobody can stop us from talking to our fellow workers and witnessing to them in our everyday lives. Every day God gives us opportunities to show His love to others.

“Many of those we’ve encountered in Qatar testified that they came to the country for the opportunity to earn more, but God had a greater plan. They encountered the King of kings and the Lord of the lords, who does not only provide them with a ‘better life’ but with life everlasting.”

Qatar will come and worship before Jesus the King for Jesus is the King of the World not only the World Cup!

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