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Something characteristic for the rulers of the end times, according to the prophet Daniel, is that they will act according to their own will.

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“.. but he did according to his will, and became great”      Dan. 8:4

“And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will”                                                                                                                                                                                            Dan. 11:3

 But he that cometh against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand before him:..”                                                                                                                                                                                             Dan. 11:16

“And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan. 11:36

      It wasn’t for nothing  that Christ taught his followers to pray:

                                           “Father … THY WILL BE DONE…”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Matthew 6:9-13

 

The issue of migration and Christian missionary work is discussed in Sweden today. — Should we open our borders for the great flood of migrants/refugees from countries were there is war and persecution, regardless if some “persecutors” are hiding in the crowd ?

– Or should we as Christians see them as an opportunity to share our testimony about Christ, rather than as a potential threat for our society?

For this reason I wrote the following text,first in swedish, with a long quotation from Acts 22. Maybe it is relevant for an english blogosphere as well..

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Refugees on their way – whither?

The issue of migration and missionary work may certainly stir up some furious reactions.

How “stir up furious reactions”? There is at least one telling example of this in Acts, in the 22nd chapter, where Paul was given the opportunity to speak to the people in Jerusalem:

 

Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,)

I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

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..I once wrote and played with guitar. Now with a flute. The text to the song here on the video is swedish. The english text (without rhyming) could be something like the one you’ll find here down below.

 

 

One night in the stormy course of time
all the world stand still
and frozen shepherds abandons
their warm place by the hearth

One night when kings stands up
and travels without crew
to a tiny little place
in Judean landscape

One night when the stable becomes a temple
and the temple becomes a market hall
and one poor maiden gives birth to God
one night so deep and cold

O child, you are more than fire
more than crew and troops
You’re filling us with holy faith
that dissolves the snares of death