Miss Missy, the wife of Jase Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, recently shared a remarkable story about their recent trip to Greece, where they spent time with refugees from Iran and Afghanistan, who were fleeing radical Islam.
The couple were visiting a ministry that was working specifically to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the people who have risked their lives to get to Greece.
In an interview with Faithwire, Miss Missy said they me they met a family who had made the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean.
The husband had bought passage for his family, including his wife, eight-year old daughter, and 40-day old son from a human smuggler, and they were joined by 40 other people on a raft.
There was chaos during the journey, when the raft started breaking apart and people were falling off.
The husband was holding their baby when he saw his wife was having trouble. He handed the baby to their eight-year-old daughter and, after rescuing his wife, turned and found that their baby had fallen into the water.
Desperate, he prayed that God would show him where the baby was and saw a white flash in the dark water, and pulled out their child.
However, the baby was unconscious, and they were unable to revive him. At this point, they thought the baby was dead.
When the family reached land, they located a cave and built a fire for warmth and a short time later, the man said they were shocked when the baby came back to life and started coughing.
It was at this moment, that the Robertson’s realized the young boy standing beside the man, was that baby.
The Robertson’s added that the ministry also shared stories of how some refugees have been so transformed by the gospel, that they are risking their lives by returning to the countries from where they fled, to share Jesus.
There have been several prophecies in the Bible of God moving on people in the Middle East.
Perhaps, the most interesting involves a prophecy given by Amos, that God was going to rebuild the Tabernacle of David, a tent containing the ark of the covenant that King David set up in Jerusalem for a brief period between the Tabernacle of Moses and the Temple
In this verse, the prophet says that God will rebuild this tabernacle, so that it may possess the remnant of Edom (Middle East Nations) and the gentiles that bear God names.
“On that day I will raise up
The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And repair its damages;
I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom,
And all the Gentiles who are called by My name,”
Says the Lord who does this thing.” (Amos 9:11-12 NKJV)
In other words, this spiritual rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David would result in a remnant of people in the Middle East and around the world entering the Kingdom of God.
And when the gentiles started flooding into the early church after the Holy Spirit fell upon a group of gentiles meeting in the home of Cornelius, the apostles called a for meeting in Jerusalem, recorded in Acts 15, to discuss what was becoming a very controversial issue.
Because there was a group of Jewish Christians, who believed that the gentiles needed to become Jews first (get circumcised), before they could become believers in Jesus.
Others disagreed and fortunately this latter group won the day, but in this discussion, James quoted from this passage in Amos (Acts 15:16-17) stating that the gentiles coming into the Kingdom of God had been foretold, and it was being fulfilled before their very eyes.
This also suggests that the church is a fulfillment of Amos prophecy about the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David.