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October 5, 2011 by Revival Church

Church Revival on Wall Street?

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What are the chances of church revival touching down on Wall Street? Something is stirring and a lot of people are very frustrated. Why are they frustrated? I think when you get right down to the heart of it they are mad at GREEDY PEOPLE.

Today several unions joined students demonstrating in New York’s financial district Wednesday in what have become known as the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The protests started on Sept. 17 with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have set up camp in the park nearby and have become increasingly organized, lining up medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper, the Occupied Wall Street Journal.

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Several Democratic lawmakers threw their support behind the protests Wednesday. “We share the anger and frustration of so many Americans who have seen the enormous toll that an unchecked Wall Street has taken on the overwhelming majority of Americans while benefitting the super wealthy,” representatives Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison said in a joint statement.

Ok so lets get back on topic here: What does a God given Jesus Revival have to do with people upset with greedy people on Wall Street?

Lets examine how Jesus deals with greedy people and how he turns a bad economic situation into a good one. Zacchaeus will be our subject today and he perfectly represents the kind of people on Wall Street that has got these crowds so stirred up.

In Luke 19  We read the story of how jesus deals with a rich villain named Zacchaeus 

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1-4Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

I like the very first verse… Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. I like it because it tells me that he is THERE and he walks in places where injustice is happening. That’s comforting. The King of Justice isn’t in some far off palace, but he walks AMONG the frustrated masses  that he loves. He was walking in Jericho and you better believe he is walking on Wall Street.

The next thing I see is that the villain of the story Zacchaeus not only WANTS to see Jesus but he desperately wants to see him. Thats one thing people get wrong is that they think if you are rich enough you won’t need Jesus. If you have all that wealth, why in the world would you even be interested in Jesus? But Zacchaeus was… and that tells me there is a lot of wealthy villains on Wall Street who are also desperate to see Him as well.

When Jesus found Zacchaeus in a tree he knew him by name, either he was a very famous villain or Jesus had supernatural knowledge of him. Jesus wasn’t dealing with some invisible system, He knew WHO the problem was and he dealt with the person directly. Once he connected with Zacchaeus he decided to make dinner plans with him which ticked off the crowd. They thought maybe Jesus would come and call down fire on Zac and instead they are going to have dinner together.

Here’s what l like about Jesus is that His revival comes so hard and fast, it’s simplicity is beautiful. The crowds had been complaining about injustice for ages and Jesus steps into the scene and suddenly we get this response from the villain.

8Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”

I pray for a Jesus revival on Wall Street. Let the villains be humbled, let the crowds be silenced, for Jesus is walking on Wall Street. For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.

 

 

Luke 19

Zacchaeus and Jesus

1-4Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

5-7When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?”

8Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”

9-10Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

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October 1, 2011 by Revival Church

Is North Korea too hard for God?

That question is kind of ridiculous isn’t it? We all probably have people or churches where we think would never be touched by revival. Why do we think like this? Do we really think its too hard for God? If we are going to throw down a revival challenge why don’t we pick something really diffiicult? How about a revival church in North Korea? North Korea is probably one of the most brutal places on the planet for Christians to be living right now. It would be easy to pray for revival in Redding California home of Jesus Culture but why not pick someplace a little less likely.

To quote a line from the popular band RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, ( ps just because I’m quoting them doesn’t not suggesting you add their music your your worship playlist )

“It has to start somewhere
It has to start sometime
What better place than here
What better time than now
All hell cant stop us now”

Is there any biblical evidence to show that revival in Korea might be possible? Lets Read the Story of Sauls conversion. If there is a man in the bible who represents the character of North Korea, it’s this guys. His conversion is quick, powerful and soveriegn. Saul wasn’t too hard for God… and neither is North Korea. Can a revival church be raised up in North Korea in a day? You tell me.

Acts 8 3-8And Saul just went wild, devastating the church, entering house after house after house, dragging men and women off to jail. Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus.

Acts 9 1-2 All this time Saul was breathing down the necks of the Master’s disciples, out for the kill. He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to take to the meeting places in Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the Way, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.

3-4He set off. When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a blinding flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?”

5-6He said, “Who are you, Master?”

“I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you’ll be told what to do next.”

7-9His companions stood there dumbstruck—they could hear the sound, but couldn’t see anyone—while Saul, picking himself up off the ground, found himself stone-blind. They had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. He continued blind for three days. He ate nothing, drank nothing.

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Check out this video of a Revival that happened in Korea in the early 1900′s and how there is a massive prayer movement rising now in the south calling out for it again.

Kim Jong-il, its time to buy some knee pads.

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September 23, 2011 by Revival Church

Revival: Do We Need It? Is It Biblical?

I’m not an expert on revival, but it seems quite normal that modern-day revivalists proclaim that “God is going to be bringing a great revival in these last days, characterized by a new and powerful working of the Holy Spirit.” Yes its true the Bible also says in for the last days will be a  ’great apostasy’, characterized by all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, and wonders (2 Thes. 2:3, 6-10). Is God really bringing revival, or is what we see happening now  the greatest delusion of all time (vs. 11)? I believe  what is commonly called “revival” today, is similar the revivals of yesteryears, and similar to the apostolic beginnings of the church itself.

Revival critics dismiss the work of God as a religious carnival show steeped in mysticism and rampant emotionalism.

The question that must ultimately be answered with respect to revival is this: “Is it proper (i.e., is it Biblical), to pray for and seek revival in the Church?” Is revival wrong? Is revival contrary to the Scriptures? Or is it something that has been neglected and fervently pursued?

Although Scripture uses the word “revive” in the Old Testament, this term must be understood in the context of Israel’s theocracy and before the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost. “Revival,” therefore, had an entirely different connotation then. Revival has also been compared with various so-called “reformation movements” in the Church, Is this  a serious historical or theological mistake?

Revival critics think that revival mean for “spiritually lethargic” churches to call in a revival preacher to instill new life into the congregation, and solicit from members of the church new commitments to Jesus.

Revival critics think this “decisional” type of preaching is unbiblical, and their greatest quarrel is with the experiential/emotional/mystical approach that some modern-day revivals take.

They think revival is for people looking for a quick fix, and that only the  naive opt for such things as “revival” meetings.

Throughout history, “revivals” have been Scripturally based and often accompanied by mystical or supernatural experiences. Why are critics so against the supernatural. When we read through the life of Jesus and the Book of Acts these type of happenings are quite normal for believers so why do they dismiss revival because it is filled with the supernatural.

There is a religious anti-christ, anti-annointing spirit that seeks to stop the true work of God in these last days. Sadly its other Christians who come against the revival movement. I believe if we are truely honest with ourselves we can recognize that spirit at times has operated in our own lives. Listen to these words from the Lord to the church at Ephesus,

Revelation 2:1

To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:

2‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4‘But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6‘Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’

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I believe a lot of well meaning Christians have been like the Ephesus church, they have actually done well in exposing some false apostles who have not taught the word of God or represented Christ properly, but in the course they lost there first love. And when you lose your love for someone you dont value the things that they value… Jesus values true revival, true repentance, true miracles, true signs and wonders. He has always moved in these way. But for those who have lost there first love they actually come to despise these things.

Gods warning to these is stern but loving as he reminds them that overcome He will grant to eat of the tree of life…. and thats what we want… to eat of the tree of life.. not the knowledge of good and evil.

If you want to start bashing ministries and preachers, men and womens characters this is not the place for you? All have sinned and we will be hear all day talking about mens flaws and shortcomings… as for me.. I want to eat of the tree of life. That is what Church revival is about.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, an ardent proponent of revival himself, defined revival as “an experience in the life of the church when the Holy Spirit does an unusual work.” (Emphasis added.) This “unusual” work of the Spirit, claim the revivalists, manifests itself in a profound and even unnerving  conviction of sin.

I remember the story of how my niece Richelle got saved three weeks after watching the movie The Passion of the Christ. She was walking to highschool and suddenly right there on the sidewalk halfway to school she was struck to the core of how sinful she was and how it was her sin that nailed Christ to the cross. Her tears soaked the pavement on the sidewalk that day as she fell to her knees and dedicated her life to Christ… yes… Im talking about Soveriegn salvation, holy ghost sin convicting revival right here in our day amongst our young poeple of this and other nations.

Those who study church history know the  Roman Catholic church leaned toward mysticism, and quite often it was false and unbiblical even idolatrous, but that is no reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Revival is characterized by mysticism, and it was carried directly into Protestant thinking through the revivals of John Wesley in 18th century England. Wesley was aware of writings of Roman Catholic medieval mystics, claimed to have read them avidly . Critics claimed it influenced him and called him evil for it, and because of that would dismiss present day revivalists. Its ridiculous to dismiss the work of God on a suspicion that someone read something you dont agree with.

Critics say the emphasis on visions and dreams, and the guidance of the Spirit through these revelations all belong to the tradition of mysticism. First I would say revivals dont emphasize dreams and visions, true revival emphasizes JESUS. Dreams and Visions are just part of a normal lifestyle that follows Jesus… Most of our heros of the faith in the bible had some kind of dream or vision when it came to there dealings with the living God… yet the critics act like people must be crazy to think God would speak to them through a dream. Tell that to Joseph, or Jacob, or Daniel, or Moses, or Mary and Joseph or the Apostle Paul and Peter. Oh I’m sure they have some reason why those dreams were only for the special chosen ones of the bible days… I’m not saying to throw away your bible… no … the Written word is THE MORE SURE WORD of prophecy. Basic 101 christianity teaches you that if some voice in your head tells you to do something the written word clearly teaches against.. would be deception.

 

The critics would say:

No wonder there is such a striking resemblance between revivalism and the modern charismatic movement!

And why is that a problem. Millions have been swept into the kingdom of God through the charismatic movement and been forgiven and set free of the ugly chains of sin that held them… please tell me what is wrong with that.

Stay tuned for part 2 as we engage in the debate of whether or not Revival Churches are biblical.

 

 

 

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