A Voice in the
February 7, 1998
Re: Nagano Olympics
Once again the "Olympic spirit" is churning out the "world unity" theme. The "Flower as One." Choirs from five continents singing "as one." The "spirit" originating in Athens, Greece symbolically whisked around the world by the torch, having been ignited by the high-priestess of Mt. Olympus.
However some other observations are worth noting, that many may have missed.
When I first heard that the theme song was to be "When Children Rule the World" my ears really perked up. For the past several years there has been quite a subtle theme throughout society about "The Children." Everything done socially is "For the children." Politicians speak of things for self-promotion, claiming affinity for the benefits of "our children." As parents abdicate personal responsibility, our "president" has gladly taken up the cause as she promotes the government taking over the nurturing duties for "the children."
Thus, as children are raised to be self-seeking and rebellious, we see more prophecies for the end times being fulfilled before our very eyes..."The child will be insolent toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable."(Is3:5) And "women's lib" is even included, "As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them."(3:12,4:1) But the Nagano theme song brings into vivid focus "I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them." (3:4) Folks, we are right at the threshold.
As the sabres are rattling again, and Japan is pleading with the US to not engage in military campaigns during the olympics, the "bear" from the north, "Gog and Magog,"(Ezek38) is growling at the "lions."(38:13) Could we be at the eve of fulfillment of those prophecies?
And yet in the midst of this, a NOTE of HOPE. And for this a little explanation is necessary. As many of you know, I was born and raised the first 11 years of my life in Japan. And I must say many of the ritual activities (and "sounds") at the opening ceremonies brought back memories of a country that, in many ways, is more my "home" than America is.
As they were raising the two pillars, the "sacred gateway," I was reminded of some reading I did just this past week at the suggestion of one of VW's Canadian readers who is currently living in Japan. There is a Japanese Christian who has a website at:
3/18/05 update: that website seems to no longer exist, but another website has information like it did, plus a lot more...at:
dealing with things about Israel. He treats a topic of the "Ten lost tribes of Israel" in Japan. While I don't know that Scripture supports the notion of "ten" lost tribes (all 12 tribes were dispersed throughout the world) he makes MANY COMPARISONS between the OT Jewish rituals of worship to Japan's Shinto religion. Similarities between priestly garments, the ark and the way it was constructed and carried, and a whole host of other things. While there are some inaccuracies in some specifics, Scripturally, the essential thought is that much of Shinto may have had its origins from Jews of the dispersion who would have migrated to Japan centuries ago. And if a person might be loath to think of such comparisons because of Shinto's "heathen" nature, let us remember the "reason" why Israel was dispersed. "Idolatry." They had corrupted the Law God had given them, adopting things of neighboring nations. Also, if a person considers the fact that traditionally, Japan has been considered one of the "most difficult" mission fields in the world. If there is this Jewish connection, that would explain it, wouldn't it, since Israel was such an obstinate people against God.
While the Olympics are showcasing the Buddhist "Zenkoji Temple" the actual "national religion" of Japan is "Shinto." The position of Emperor is a "Shinto" position. WW2 changed some of that "officially" but in the Japanese "spirit" it is still true.
The raising of those two beams for the "sacred gateway" have ties to the Shinto "tori." And also, possibly to the two bronze pillars which Solomon erected in front of the temple..? (1Kg7:15-22)
All of this, as a round-about-way of getting to the "hope" I mentioned above. We already know the prophecies that God is going to restore Israel fully; not only politically, but spiritually. "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel...they all shall know Me...for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."(Jer31:31-34)
We also know that God is going to "collect" all Israel together again "from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."(Mt24:31) But, guess where some of those will be coming from? About this same time and occasion God says, "So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.."(Is59:19)
Japan is called the "Land of the Rising Sun." While we observe the heathenism of the opening ceremonies. While we see the Buddhist temple continually on our TV screens the next couple weeks. While my heart was yearning for Japan tonight, on the verge of tears, watching the "lostness" of my country of birth... A day is coming, soon, when many from Japan, along with the rest of Israel, will know the Lord.
While we have spoken here of Israel's "hope" and that of, possibly, much of Japan, which will occur just after "Jacob's Trouble"(Jer30:7); the Church has a "blessed hope" of the "glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"(Tit2:13) prior to all this. Satan's messengers are busier than ever recently, trying to cast doubt about Jesus' return (Mt24:48) or claiming it is "up for debate." Which, in effect, becomes further proof of the "reality" of the promised "hope" of His appearing in the clouds to receive us unto Himself. (1Ths4:17)
Christian, remain steadfast. They will come at you with all sorts of "clever" arguments to get your eyes off Jesus and His imminent return. But as we "see all these things" remember to "watch therefore..." (Mt24:42)
Enjoy the olympic events. Keep an eye on the news. Be aware of the rattling sabres. But, most of all...
Keep Looking Up... Looking Unto Jesus... Amen!
Related topic: a Child shall lead them