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A Passion For His Glory

Posted: 11 Jun 2011 12:00 AM PDT

He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

All the prayers of all God’s people for all the ages can be boiled down to one word. That word is “Come.” What is that prayer asking to happen? When John says, “Come” at the end of the Book of Revelation, having seen the consummation of all history, having seen the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our Lord and of the anointed King upon His throne, John is saying, “Come, Lord Jesus! I want to see You reveal Your supremacy to that degree and no less, so there will be an awakening to You that saturates this entire universe, that scatters all the darkness, destroys all the enemy and quickens all the saints forever!” That’s how the Bible ends – with a one-word prayer for a Christ awakening! Should not such a passion for His glory possess the modern-day prayer movement, and all of us who seek God for genuine revival among the nations?

–Taken from A Christ Awakening and the Movement of Prayer by David Bryant (Click on the blue title to read the entire article)

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The verse in Revelation and the devotional thought given above are truly words to get excited about.  The thought of Jesus returning in all His glory to come and be with us forever, and allowing us to share in the glory of His Kingdom forever is such a huge idea, that it simply overwhelms me.  It would be so marvelous if this were to happen in my lifetime.

But I think there is still something that needs to be done before Jesus’ return will occur.  Consider the words written in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  We need to ask the question of whether the Gospel has truly been “preached…to all the nations.”

This is where a little knowledge of Greek is helpful.   The first phrase ” in the whole world” refers to the entire inhabited world, i.e. “every human populated area”.  But the second phrase “to all the nations” speaks of every ethnic group of the world.  This second word in fact is “ethnos” from which we do get the word “ethnic”.  And the process of reaching every ethnic group in the world with the Gospel is still underway.

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Looking at the world in terms of languages, which is an important part of identifying separate ethnic groups, there are just about 7,000 languages spoken in the world today. Of those, there are still over 2,200 languages that do not have even one verse of Scripture translated into their language.  And that is what our mission, Pioneer Bible Translators (PBT), is all about.

For 35 years now, PBT has been recruiting and sending missionaries to various countries of the world to advance the Kingdom of God by bringing the translated Word of God to the Bibleless peoples of the world.  It is truly amazing in this day and age to find out that there are still ethnic groups, some numbering in the millions but many numbering only in the few thousands, that do not have any portion of the Bible in their own mother tongue language.

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We as a mission group are committed to doing something about this.  And last week is a good example of what God is currently doing in and through our mission.  Each year, we gather the PBT staff and available missionaries who are back in North America for our annual recruitment and training week.  Students that come to our Pioneer Mission Institute (PMI) get exposed to linguistic principles, missionary building strategies, and the need for translation work around the world.

Our mission has grown a lot in the last few years.  There were about 185 full-time missionary adults working with PBT in 2006.  The president and the Board of PBT decided to be bold before the Lord, believing that this task of reaching “all the nations” needed to be done within the next generation, and prayed to find 200 more people to become missionaries with PBT and work at fulfilling this global task.

PBT now has somewhere around 325 missionaries and is still growing.  God is answering our prayers.  And now we are believing and praying for another major milestone to be accomplished.  PBT, along with our partnering agencies, are believing that every one of these 2,200 language groups that need Bible translation will have a project started by the year 2030.  And we pray that by 2050, all ethnic groups of the world will have at least a New Testament published in their own language.

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A final note here about PMI.  For the past few years, we have had about 60 – 65 students come to investigate PBT or go on for more training with the idea of becoming a PBT missionary.  The first group is called the “Discovery” group, and the second is called the “Orientation” group.  Usually there are twice as many in the first group as in the second.

But this year, there were 97 students and just more than half of them were “Orientation” students.  Truly, God is answering our prayers for a new generation of missionaries to help this Bible translation movement.  Wouldn’t that be wonderful if we could reach every ethnic group with God’s Word in this next generation, and perhaps that is when Christ will be sent to usher in His Kingdom.

Even so, Lord Jesus, Come!

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