Daily Topic for November 24, 2012
John begins the book of Revelation with a clear vision of Jesus Christ, the One who is coming soon. In this quotation from the prophet Daniel, John emphasizes the impact the return of Jesus Christ will have upon the peoples of the earth. He says they will mourn. Why? Because, suddenly confronted with their rejection of Him, they will become aware that they deserve the judgment to come. Scripture makes it clear, however, that some from every people will rejoice at Christ’s return. These are the ones who belong to Him, who have heard and believed the gospel and who have submitted their lives to His Lordship.
Pray that the Father will bless the Gilaki people with a heritage of knowing Christ before it’s too late.
The city of Melbourne, Australia was in the news late in 2009 because its population reached four million. Now, imagine if those four million people had no written language.
One thing that distinguishes the Gilaki people of Iran is that they are over four million strong and have never written down their unique language. Needless to say, the Bible is not in the Gilaki language. Educated Gilakis have adopted the national language of Iran, Farsi, as their language of choice.
Their home, the Gilan Province, is located on the northern coast of Iran on the Caspian Sea. It is an area with a damp warm climate allowing rich forests to grow. The Gilakis also use their land to support themselves economically by raising rice, tea, tobacco, and silkworms. The 1970s were years in which agriculture was strongly supported and the Gilakis benefited.
According to history, the apostle Bartholomew brought the gospel to this region around the year AD 50. For centuries afterward the church grew and had a strong presence. But in more recent centuries it has been virtually nonexistent, with Islam dominating the lives of the Gilaki people. As far as we know there are no followers of Christ among this people.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray for a spiritual revival among the Gilaki people. Pray for a modern Bartholomew to again bring the gospel to the Gilaki, resulting in a strong church among them.