After the Earthquake and the Fire in Japan

Peter Tsukahira (Carmel Assembly)

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1Kings 19:11-13)

After his confrontation with the false prophets, Elijah the prophet became depressed and hid himself in a cave to seek the face of God. When the Lord was passing by he went out of the cave and stood upon the mountain. First there was a powerful wind, then a violent earthquake followed by a consuming fire, but God was not in any of those things. After the earthquake and the fire, God began speaking to His prophet in the sound of a gentle blowing breeze. God’s voice called Elijah out of his confusion and despair. God said He was not finished with Elijah, but there were other powerful things He had yet to accomplish through his servant.

In the last generation, great winds of change have been blowing steadily across Japan raising the nation from the bitter ashes of defeat to a modern economic superpower. More recently, the nation has been shaken by a massive earthquake that caused a devastating tsunami and a fire at the Fukushima nuclear facility that released deadly radioactivity and triggered a major international crisis. The people of Japan have not found God in the winds of modernization, or in the great earthquake and dangerous fire, but now in the gentle blowing of the breath of God’s Spirit, He is speaking to Japan. God is saying to Japan, “What are you doing here?” God is asking why have you sacrificed and worked so hard to come this far? What is your purpose and calling, your God-given destiny? God is calling Japan to respond in faith and saying He still has important things to be accomplished by Japan in this generation.

Rev. Juji Nakada saw a deep connection between God’s plans for Israel and the people of Japan. He taught his followers to pray for Israel and believed that all Israel would be saved by God’s grace. Today, what Rev. Nakada foresaw is beginning to happen in Israel as Jews are being saved and forming new Messianic congregations in different places around the country. My wife and I are co-founders of one of those new congregations that will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this year. We know that according to the apostle Paul, all Israel will be saved when the fullness of the nations has first come in. Japanese spiritual awakening is an essential part of that fullness. 

From Mount Carmel in Israel, we are continuing to pray for Japan and stand in the gap for massive revival to sweep the nation. In 2003, one year before the great Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, I first published the book “God’s Tsunami” about a great spiritual awakening in Asia and its relationship to Israel. Almost 70 years earlier, in August of 1932, Rev. Nakada held a prayer meeting on a beach in Tohoku near the area where the recent tsunami hit. At that meeting he first taught his followers to pray for Israel and from that point it began to spread around Japan. I believe the disaster that Satan wanted to destroy Japan will soon be turned around by God into a “tsunami” of revival.

I am looking forward to being in Japan with you in November at the Japan Asia Messianic Forum. One of the keys for a great awakening in Japan is for Japanese Christians to understand that Israel was chosen by God as an example for every nation. It is important for Japan to come into right relationship with God’s plan for Israel so that God’s plan for Japan will be accomplished. I am praying that God will use the upcoming meetings to pour out His life-giving Spirit on all us.