A prophet predicted the Oman floods.
A couple in our church used to work in The Sultanate of Oman. They contacted my earlier this week asking me to pray about a Christian friend of theirs still in Oman. I will call him Rob.
About one month back Rob had a vision that Oman would get severe flooding after a cyclone. It seems this brother often gets visions while he is praying.
He went and told this to the authorities (well you would wouldn’t you?) but they put him in custody for four days before releasing him. It is difficult being a Christian there even without getting visions.
I am not sure of the details of whether the case has gone to court yet. He was upset and telephoned his friends in York to ask for prayer. Even some of his Christian friend found his vision difficult to accept.
Then last night I watched the news coverage on the television of severe flooding in Oman washing cars away with their occupants still inside. I remembered Rob and his vision.
One person has suggested to me that the warning given to Rob was to encourage prayer among the Christian believers to pray for deliverance for that country from God’s wrath, that they might turn back from their sin and pray to the true God. I will leave that to you to make up your own mind.
Something like this raises so many theological questions to which I have no answer, such as why did God not warn of other recent events? What I do know is that the Bible is full of instances of God speaking to his prophets about national and international events (the subject of my current preaching series – mp3s on the York Elim site).
Lord, bring salvation to Oman. May the gospel of the Lord Jesus be released in that land.