Daily Topic for February 20, 2009

Dan.7:9, 10
"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. The court was seated, and the books were opened."

Daniel was given a glimpse of the end times, and in particular, as seen in these verses, of the Great White Throne judgment seat. (See also Revelation 20:11-15.) The dead will then stand before the Father’s throne and be judged according to what they have done. What an awesome vision for Daniel to behold! As he continued to watch, the Son of Man was led into the Father’s presence and “was given authority, glory, and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him” (7:14). How glorious and how comforting! God has not given us an impossible commission. It will be accomplished as we yield ourselves to Him.

Thank the Lord for this glimpse of the future. Pray that He will hasten the day when through us, some from every nation will sing His praises.

Muslim Moors of Mauritania

If you went to last August’s Moor Music Festival in the UK, you heard contemporary European music. To hear real Moorish music, you would need to go south of Europe to Mauritania! There you will hear flamenco style music with a Muslim flavor. Flamenco style? Yes, because the Berbers, Arabs and Moors of North Africa once controlled Spain, and there was much cultural exchange during those 700 years.

Moors today are found in Mauritania, the Niger River area of Mali, and Senegal in western and northwestern Africa. There are Black Moors and White Moors. The former are slaves; the latter are warriors and religious leaders in origin, if not in actuality today. Due to the Arab conquest, Moors are Malikite Muslims. Because they were converted by Sufis, a mystical Muslim sect, their form of Islam is very mystical.

The Joshua Project asks us to pray for people to go to Mali to share the gospel with the Moors.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for boldness in witness by the few followers of Jesus who are already there. Ask the Holy Spirit to soften Moorish hearts and raise up intercessors. Pray that God will establish strong congregations among the Moors. One could also pray that the gospel of Jesus challenge Sufi mysticism as a catalyst for conversion to Christ.-TP

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