First Shot Fired in Hong Kong
This article was written and submitted on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 3:32 pm by Pastor Mark Geppert. It was agreed upon, edited for punctuation and content by Pastor Matthew Geppert on Friday, October 4th at 3:19 pm, and submitted to all of you directly from him for the purpose of prayer. Please join us in prayer today.
While Beijing paraded military might in Tiananmen Square celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic, several hundred thousand of its citizens shut down Hong Kong, “The Goose that laid the Golden egg.” The first week in October is traditionally the Golden Week in China. It is the celebration of the harvest and the well being that the State has bestowed upon its people. It used to be the time when the King would parade his strength and receive declarations of loyalty from the people. With communism reigning, it has now become a time when the new “King” (with a life long term limit) stands in the posture of Chairman Mao and reviews the wealth of power that is now his to direct. The Life Term Leader stands to receive the praise of his people.
I was taught years ago from Pastor Ray Patterson, “The faces change, but the spirits remain the same.”
In Hong Kong, one gun in the hand of one frightened police officer discharged and launched a round into the chest of an 18-year-old student who would rather risk death than come under the yoke of the man in the big parade. The young man, a high school student, was protesting loudly against the communist way of life being foisted upon him.
The Life Term Leader and the young student will probably never meet. Communism does not afford the opportunity for direct and free speech. They most probably will never be seen in the same photo or heard in a discussion or a debate. The young student is trying to defend any future he may have while The Great Leader is riding on the back of China – the greatest horse there has ever been.
1.3 billion people are asked to bow as he passes by. He flexes a military who tear down crosses, close churches, and persecute pastors and anyone else who questions his absolute authority. China will never use the missiles and armor on display unless it is to call its own people to submit.
The young student is in for a ride he may not want to take. Unless the independent press and Amnesty keep track of him, he will probably disappear into the health care system and, like many before him, be shielded from the pressures of exposure to the outside world. He is going to be made an example for those millions of students on the mainland who recognize his bravery and his frustration and who hope that one day they will be able to express themselves without repercussion.
And the Life Term Leader standing proudly, reviewing the troops and receiving the accolades of millions? What is to become of that man?
Like the grass, he will wither and fade away for the blood of the martyrs killed by his team is crying out before the throne of God, “How long? How long?”
Attack Lambs (see Mark Geppert’s book Attack Lambs) understand that the Horse (Communism) and the Rider (Atheism) are both thrown into the sea. We are involved in a great spiritual battle. In Chinese, the character we translate to “Principality” is literally, “The One who owns the land.” The character we translate to “Power” is literally, “The spokesperson for the one who owns the land.”
With that understanding of what is happening here, we can easily agree with the Apostle Paul as he writes, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds and bringing captive every thought and argument that exalts itself against God” (2 Corinthians 10:4, my paraphrase).
Our proclamation to the Life Term Leader is this: “Mr. Xi there is a God, He has a Son, His name is Jesus, He died for you. It is not your word that is settled in heaven, but His. He hates injustice. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. He is the Righteous Judge among all nations and He is the One who will cast the horse and the rider into the sea.”
And the student? To him, we say, “Call upon the name of the Lord, and you will be saved. Put your trust in Jesus. It is not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God that you will be delivered from this wicked and atheistic system. Stand still and behold the salvation of the Lord.”
And to us? Pray as never before. However, you like to pray, loud or soft, tongues or understanding, standing, kneeling, sitting, walking, PRAY.
A carnal weapon in the hand of a frightened man fired a bullet into the chest of a frightened student on the street in Hong Kong. Let those who battle in Spirit respond to the call and see the horse and the rider cast into the sea.