Muslims, missions, and music reflecting on Christ’s second coming

By December 17, 2019
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USA (MNN) — Did you know there are still over 1,000 Muslim people groups who have never heard the true Gospel of Jesus Christ? Frontiers USA hopes to change that.

Perry LaHaie with Frontiers says, “We want to see viral movements of the Gospel among every Muslim people group by 2025 and beyond. One of the ways we do that, of course, is by recruiting, training, and sending workers into Muslim people groups.”

The heart of Frontiers’ mission is inviting all Muslim peoples to follow Jesus with love and respect. They focus on areas with the highest concentration of unengaged Muslim people groups.

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With every Muslim people group that gains a Gospel witness and sees Church growth, the Great Commission advances.

“In Matthew 24:14, Jesus says, ‘This gospel of the kingdom will be preached…as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.’” LaHaie says, “It kind of blows my mind that in some way, shape, or form that as we bring the Gospel to the people who have never heard — Muslim people groups — we’re somehow speeding the day of Jesus’s return.

“The Bible promises in Revelation 7, we see this huge throng of people from every tribe tongue, people, and nation gathered worshiping the Lamb. That’s going to happen. That is God’s promise. So we’re moving toward that day.”

Right now, in the thick of the Advent season, Christians around the world are reflecting on Jesus’s first coming — over 2,000 years ago as a baby born fully-God and fully-man to be a sacrifice for our salvation.

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LaHaie says as we ponder Christ’s first coming, it’s the perfect time to also pray for and look toward His second coming someday.

“I’m just longing for the day when Jesus will come and make everything right again, and some [people] from every Muslim people group, every people group in the world [are] worshiping the Lamb.”

Inspired by these reflections, LaHaie recently released a new song just in time for the Advent season called “O Come, O Come Emmanuel (How Long).”

LaHaie’s song is a reimagining of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with the lyrics transitioning from Christ’s first coming to looking towards His second coming.

The added bridge sings:

How long until you come again,

bring evil’s final end

and justice finally wins?

How long till Heaven comes to stay

and all nations have been saved;

when not yet will be no more?

How long? How long, Emmanuel?

LaHaie says, “It’s a prayer for the Gospel to come to all the people groups of the world — the Muslim people groups and Buddhist and Hindu and so on, and that Jesus will come again. He will wipe away every tear and sorrow and pain and suffering and even death itself. It’s a prayer for the new Heavens and the new Earth and for all of us to be gathered there.”

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You can listen to the song and watch the music video below. As you do, LaHaie hopes you are moved to respond and get involved in what God is doing in the world.

“If you can feel God’s heartbeat for every people group, every tribe and tongue and nation to be gathered around the throne one day, making a gift to Frontiers is one way to bring about that day because that’s what we’re all about.”

Click here to give to Frontiers!

Also, if you feel the Holy Spirit stirring your heart for the Muslim world, LaHaie encourages you to go! “Our short-term trips are posted at our website, frontiersusa.org. This is a really cool ramp into what it might be like to work long-term in the Muslim world, but even if you don’t do that, it will change your life to go.”

And, of course, pray. Ask God to stir spiritual revival among unreached, unengaged people groups, including Muslims. Pray for the Church to rise up and spread the name of Jesus to the ends of the earth as we wait for His second coming.

 

 

 

 

Header photo courtesy of Amaury Gutierrez via Unsplash.

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