Egyptian President  El-Sisi Opens Biggest Christian Church

Egyptian President El-Sisi Opens Biggest Christian Church

Extraordinary things are happening in the Middle East. Recently, Egyptian President El-Sisi helped open the largest Coptic Christian Church that seats nearly 8,200 people!

The award-winning journalist, Dr. Mike Evans shares with host Stephen Strang about the largest church in Eygpt and what Muslims are doing for Christians. Listen to find out what the future holds for the Middle East and how you can join the Jerusalem Prayer team.

22 Minutes • 3 months ago

Episode Notes

Strang Report

with Stephen Strang

Guest: Mike Evans

 

Dr. Michael D. Evans is an award-winning journalist who has served as a confidant to multiple Prime Ministers of Israel and leaders in the Middle East for more than two decades. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Israel and the Middle East, and he is one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject.

 

Evans recently spoke with Stephen Strang about the opening of a large Christian church in Egypt, and how God is moving in some Muslim nations in the Middle East. Check out the full story by reading The Strang Report on Charismamag.com.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello everyone, this is Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang report. There are some amazing things going on in the Middle East. Of course, the Middle East is in the news all the time and we know it's part of God's plan for mankind at the end of time. And Mike Evans is one of the leading authorities on what's going on in the Middle East, mostly in Israel, but also in the Muslim world. And he's my guest today. Mike and I have known each other since the 1970s. We go way, way back. We've done lots of things together over the years, and now he has emerged as a major leader. Recently he met three times with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who has just done something that is so incredible that it is hard to even believe that it's true. That is, they just opened this month the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. Mike can tell us more about it, but the news report says that it seats at 200. It opened on the day that the Coptic Christians celebrated Christmas, which is January 7. Our calendar and the Egyptian government paid for it as a gift and this was so amazing that the President of the United States just a couple of days ago tweeted out about it and how pleased he was. Mike, tell me about how all this happened and also what was the President's involvement with this.

 

Mike Evans: President el-Sisi is an amazing man. Yes, he's a Muslim, but he has a tremendous admiration for Evangelical Christians. We've met with him on three on three different occasions and every single time I meet with him I pray with him. He’s got a strong faith. By the way, he has great admiration for Bibi Netanyahu. Every time I see him he asks me how Bibi is doing. Of course, Egypt and Israel are now fighting ISIS in the Sinai. But, he above more than any Muslim leader in the entire Middle East has really gone in support of the Christian church. They built the largest Christian Church and the whole Muslim world. Egypt built it, the government built it. It was a gift from el-Sisi. It's symbolic of what they're doing for Christians. I mean, shockingly, Muslims right now in Egypt are laying down their lives to protect Christians.

 

Stephen Strang: That is unheard of. And I'm just looking at this tweet from @realDonald Trump, who wrote on Sunday at 5 a.m., “Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest cathedral in the Middle East. President el-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future.” That is huge that our president would tweet about it, but it's even more amazing that the Egyptian government would pay for it. What kind of pushback is he getting from the Muslims? Obviously not everybody in Egypt is as pro-evangelical is he is.

 

Mike Evans: Actually, he's not getting a lot of pushback. There's something going on that's astonishing in the Muslim world. Let me give you two examples. I flew Abu Dhabi and met with the Crown Prince; they call him MBC. When I met with him, my first question to him was tell me about your how you feel about Christians. He said, I’ll tell you how I feel about Christians. He said my mother lost a baby because there was no healthcare in our country and a Christian missionary who was a nurse saved the second child. So my mom and dad said to the nurse, how can we help you? She said, ‘my dream is to start a hospital. He said his mother and father moved out of their six-bedroom house and gave the house to the Christian missionary nurse to start a hospital. He told me since then they've donated $100 million. Now this is a Muslim leader donating $100 million to a Christian missionary nurse to support the largest hospital in the UAE Emirates and Abu Dhabi. Now this is a crown prince telling me this about a Christian. You never hear these things. When I was there, the day I was there, he was hosting Israel’s judo team and cultural minister, the Israeli cultural minister, and I said to him, have you ever been to Jerusalem? He said no, but I want to come. I said OK. So, I've already talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu to invite the Crown Prince to Jerusalem. Astonishing. Who would believed that we would see a day when Muslims are building a hospital for a Christian missionary. 

 

Stephen Strang: There's a lot of other things that are unbelievable, Mike. You told me separately that there are several other mainly Islamic countries who are wanting better a relationship with Israel. Tell me more about that.

 

A Shocking Revelation

Mike Evans: I briefed the White House that I know of six Muslim countries who actually want to make peace with Israel. They want to do more than that. I told Benjamin Netanyahu that your legacy very well may be peace with five to six Muslim countries. Let me give you an example.  The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, a very well-known man, they call him MBS. He’s 33 years old and he's probably the smartest man I've ever met in my life world-leader wise. Biggest personality, speaks English articulately. I said to him when I was at the palace, ‘what do you believe about Christians?’ This was a shock. He tells me, ‘I was raised by a Christian. She was my mother, a Christian Jew. He says that his father the king had a house director who was an Ethiopian evangelical. He said she was a Jew but an evangelical, born-again Christian. He said, I grew up with this wonderful lady. She was like my mother. He said, I know everything about the Jews from this Jewish lady and everything about the born-again Christians from her because she was born again. It's the Crown Prince telling me this.

 

Stephen Strang: What do you think the future holds in this regard?

 

Mike Evans: Steve, it’s astonishing. I could tell you this, what the Crown Prince told me how he feels about Israel and what he wants to do between the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel was so substantive that I had to brief the White House on it. I wasn't able to even communicate the specifics. The Prime Minister himself wanted to be briefed on it. When I went outside of his office, his foreign affairs minister came up to me and said to me, tell me everything you're going to tell the Prime Minister. I said I'm not telling you anything. Three people came up to me from his group and asked the same question. I wouldn't tell them a word. But when I briefed him, I told him I cannot believe where Saudi Arabia is right now with Israel. It's astonishing how they feel about Israel. It's astonishing. Absolutely no one would believe it if they knew it. We’re living in a brand-new day. It's a revival.

 

Jerusalem Prayer Team

Mike Evans: We started the Corrie ten Boom home in 1988. That was Corrie’s dream that that house would be a witness for the Lord. So, I purchased it restored it. I noticed that she had a 100-year prayer meeting started by her grandfather in 1844. It lasted until the day they were taken to the camps. God put it on my heart to start the ten Boom prayer meeting back, and we called it the Jerusalem Prayer Team. It was actually the ten Boom prayer meeting which we pray for the peace of Jerusalem every week. That Jerusalem Prayer Team started growing and now it's at 54 million members. It is growing by around 60 to 70,000 a day. We have around 8 million members in Indonesia, a Muslim country. We have about 10 million members in India, about 9 million members in the Philippines. To give you a perspective on the size, number one, the Jerusalem Prayer Team is the largest Facebook site of religion sites on the planet. To give you a perspective of how big that is, if you take Donald Trump's Facebook and Joel Osteen’s Facebook, combined they are not as large as the Jerusalem Prayer Team. This prayer movement has become astonishing.

 

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Episode Notes

Strang Report

with Stephen Strang

Guest: Mike Evans

 

Dr. Michael D. Evans is an award-winning journalist who has served as a confidant to multiple Prime Ministers of Israel and leaders in the Middle East for more than two decades. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Israel and the Middle East, and he is one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject.

 

Evans recently spoke with Stephen Strang about the opening of a large Christian church in Egypt, and how God is moving in some Muslim nations in the Middle East. Check out the full story by reading The Strang Report on Charismamag.com.

 

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Hello everyone, this is Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang report. There are some amazing things going on in the Middle East. Of course, the Middle East is in the news all the time and we know it's part of God's plan for mankind at the end of time. And Mike Evans is one of the leading authorities on what's going on in the Middle East, mostly in Israel, but also in the Muslim world. And he's my guest today. Mike and I have known each other since the 1970s. We go way, way back. We've done lots of things together over the years, and now he has emerged as a major leader. Recently he met three times with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who has just done something that is so incredible that it is hard to even believe that it's true. That is, they just opened this month the largest Christian Church in the Middle East. Mike can tell us more about it, but the news report says that it seats at 200. It opened on the day that the Coptic Christians celebrated Christmas, which is January 7. Our calendar and the Egyptian government paid for it as a gift and this was so amazing that the President of the United States just a couple of days ago tweeted out about it and how pleased he was. Mike, tell me about how all this happened and also what was the President's involvement with this.

 

Mike Evans: President el-Sisi is an amazing man. Yes, he's a Muslim, but he has a tremendous admiration for Evangelical Christians. We've met with him on three on three different occasions and every single time I meet with him I pray with him. He’s got a strong faith. By the way, he has great admiration for Bibi Netanyahu. Every time I see him he asks me how Bibi is doing. Of course, Egypt and Israel are now fighting ISIS in the Sinai. But, he above more than any Muslim leader in the entire Middle East has really gone in support of the Christian church. They built the largest Christian Church and the whole Muslim world. Egypt built it, the government built it. It was a gift from el-Sisi. It's symbolic of what they're doing for Christians. I mean, shockingly, Muslims right now in Egypt are laying down their lives to protect Christians.

 

Stephen Strang: That is unheard of. And I'm just looking at this tweet from @realDonald Trump, who wrote on Sunday at 5 a.m., “Excited to see our friends in Egypt opening the biggest cathedral in the Middle East. President el-Sisi is moving his country to a more inclusive future.” That is huge that our president would tweet about it, but it's even more amazing that the Egyptian government would pay for it. What kind of pushback is he getting from the Muslims? Obviously not everybody in Egypt is as pro-evangelical is he is.

 

Mike Evans: Actually, he's not getting a lot of pushback. There's something going on that's astonishing in the Muslim world. Let me give you two examples. I flew Abu Dhabi and met with the Crown Prince; they call him MBC. When I met with him, my first question to him was tell me about your how you feel about Christians. He said, I’ll tell you how I feel about Christians. He said my mother lost a baby because there was no healthcare in our country and a Christian missionary who was a nurse saved the second child. So my mom and dad said to the nurse, how can we help you? She said, ‘my dream is to start a hospital. He said his mother and father moved out of their six-bedroom house and gave the house to the Christian missionary nurse to start a hospital. He told me since then they've donated $100 million. Now this is a Muslim leader donating $100 million to a Christian missionary nurse to support the largest hospital in the UAE Emirates and Abu Dhabi. Now this is a crown prince telling me this about a Christian. You never hear these things. When I was there, the day I was there, he was hosting Israel’s judo team and cultural minister, the Israeli cultural minister, and I said to him, have you ever been to Jerusalem? He said no, but I want to come. I said OK. So, I've already talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu to invite the Crown Prince to Jerusalem. Astonishing. Who would believed that we would see a day when Muslims are building a hospital for a Christian missionary. 

 

Stephen Strang: There's a lot of other things that are unbelievable, Mike. You told me separately that there are several other mainly Islamic countries who are wanting better a relationship with Israel. Tell me more about that.

 

A Shocking Revelation

Mike Evans: I briefed the White House that I know of six Muslim countries who actually want to make peace with Israel. They want to do more than that. I told Benjamin Netanyahu that your legacy very well may be peace with five to six Muslim countries. Let me give you an example.  The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, a very well-known man, they call him MBS. He’s 33 years old and he's probably the smartest man I've ever met in my life world-leader wise. Biggest personality, speaks English articulately. I said to him when I was at the palace, ‘what do you believe about Christians?’ This was a shock. He tells me, ‘I was raised by a Christian. She was my mother, a Christian Jew. He says that his father the king had a house director who was an Ethiopian evangelical. He said she was a Jew but an evangelical, born-again Christian. He said, I grew up with this wonderful lady. She was like my mother. He said, I know everything about the Jews from this Jewish lady and everything about the born-again Christians from her because she was born again. It's the Crown Prince telling me this.

 

Stephen Strang: What do you think the future holds in this regard?

 

Mike Evans: Steve, it’s astonishing. I could tell you this, what the Crown Prince told me how he feels about Israel and what he wants to do between the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel was so substantive that I had to brief the White House on it. I wasn't able to even communicate the specifics. The Prime Minister himself wanted to be briefed on it. When I went outside of his office, his foreign affairs minister came up to me and said to me, tell me everything you're going to tell the Prime Minister. I said I'm not telling you anything. Three people came up to me from his group and asked the same question. I wouldn't tell them a word. But when I briefed him, I told him I cannot believe where Saudi Arabia is right now with Israel. It's astonishing how they feel about Israel. It's astonishing. Absolutely no one would believe it if they knew it. We’re living in a brand-new day. It's a revival.

 

Jerusalem Prayer Team

Mike Evans: We started the Corrie ten Boom home in 1988. That was Corrie’s dream that that house would be a witness for the Lord. So, I purchased it restored it. I noticed that she had a 100-year prayer meeting started by her grandfather in 1844. It lasted until the day they were taken to the camps. God put it on my heart to start the ten Boom prayer meeting back, and we called it the Jerusalem Prayer Team. It was actually the ten Boom prayer meeting which we pray for the peace of Jerusalem every week. That Jerusalem Prayer Team started growing and now it's at 54 million members. It is growing by around 60 to 70,000 a day. We have around 8 million members in Indonesia, a Muslim country. We have about 10 million members in India, about 9 million members in the Philippines. To give you a perspective on the size, number one, the Jerusalem Prayer Team is the largest Facebook site of religion sites on the planet. To give you a perspective of how big that is, if you take Donald Trump's Facebook and Joel Osteen’s Facebook, combined they are not as large as the Jerusalem Prayer Team. This prayer movement has become astonishing.

 

For the rest of Steve’s interview with Mike Evans, visit charismapodcastnetwork.com/show/strangreport.

 

Connect with Steve Strang

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·         Subscribe to his newsletter

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·         At Charismamag.com

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