Day 5: The Son

Kim Il Sung’s son, Kim Jong-il, has a life that is more myth than fact. It is believed that Kim Jong-il’s birth was foretold by a swallow before he was miraculously born in a cabin on the slopes of the famous Korean Paektu Mountain and upon his birth a double rainbow formed and a new star appeared in the sky. The day of his birth continues to be celebrated every year on February 16 as the Day of the Shining Star. However, the real truth is he was born in a muddy camp for Chinese and Korean exiles on a cold grey winter’s day in Russia.

Kim Jong Il was known as the ‘Dear Leader’. Like his father, Kim had a personality cult built around him so that people would sing his praises and lift him up in god-like status. As a child, he was supposedly educated in Pyongyang and constantly chastised his teachers for their misinterpretation of history. However, the records show that he was educated in China far from the dangers of the war-torn Pyongyang.

Miracles are said to have followed Kim Jong Il everywhere he went. Just three weeks after he was born it is said that he was walking, and after only eight weeks he was able to talk. The first time he picked up a golf club, he had 11 holes in one. He wrote six operas in a period of two years and they are said to contain the best music in human history. He invented a new food called “double bread with meat” that the world enjoys to eat – also known as the hamburger. During his time as a college student he wrote 1,500 books and he is able to control the weather with his thoughts.

Even though the retelling of the miracles that surrounded him are comical to the rational listener, the North Koreans take them literally. His rule was a cruel one. Because of the god-like myth that surrounded him, his ideas were taken as the gospel. His teachings on agriculture led the country into one of the worst four-year famines in history, where it is estimated that a quarter of the population died of starvation. His teaching on Juche led to more inmates in concentration camps than automobiles on the road. His leadership on factory production, housing, and technology sent the country into a spiralling stone age that they may never really recover from.

He was worshipped by the people, but his tyrannical rule came to a screeching halt on morning on a train when he died of a heart attack. On 17 December 2011, the North Korean people learned that their god Kim Jong Il was a mere mortal when he took his last breath. His death did not break the chains of spiritual slavery though. The enemy had a replacement who would prove to be just as tyrannical and destructive.

Prayer Points:

  • The people of North Korea are lied to about the power of their leaders
  • North Korean’s pray powerless prayers every day in front of portraits of the Dear Leader and the Great Leader not knowing that one day their leaders will bow before the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords
  • Pray that the people of North Korea will see the power of the Lord supernaturally in their lives

Today’s Scripture Reading:

Romans 14:11-12
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.