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Resurrection – by Peter Pilt

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14 Powerful Accomplishments of the Resurrection of Christ

By on March 26, 2013

 

In Philippians 3:10 Paul is saying what the focus of his life is…..

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

The Resurrection of Christ changes everything. The death of Jesus is one thing but the fact that Christ was raised from the dead is the game changer and is the key to the power of Christianity. In fact the resurrection of Christ achieved 14 powerful things:

1) Affirms all that Jesus said.

The truth about everything Jesus taught depends upon and is proved by His resurrection. It gives authority to His words, especially His own prediction that He would conquer the grave

Mark 8:31

31And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

The resurrection of Christ validates His Message and Mission. More than that, the Resurrection…

2) Confirms Who Jesus is.

He was not merely a martyred teacher.  The fact that He conquered death confirms us that He is our promised Messiah. The Resurrection shows that His sacrifice was acceptable to the Father.  It clarifies His Lordship and provides proof of His deity. The Person and work of Christ are ratified and confirmed by His rising from the tomb.

3) Vindicates Christ’s suffering and death.

Jesus died intentionally, to purchase our salvation – and He did not die in vain.

How can we know if His death has saving power for our behalf?  The Resurrection proves that His mission was fully accomplished.

4) Conquers death for us.

John 11:25.

“I am the resurrection and the life…Because I live, you shall live also” Jesus assures us

Because Jesus rose from the grave, death is no longer an issue for us. We replace fear with confidence and security.

5) Manifests the justice of God.

Hebrews 9:11-14

11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

He took our punishment which the justice of God demanded.

6) Frees us from our sins.

Romans 6:5-7

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.

We died with Christ.  We were raised with Christ.  Sin has no power over a dead person.  And now we walk in freedom from sin.

7) Defeats Satan.

Col 2:14-15

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

The armies of hell thought they’d won on Good Friday, but Hell’s party was cancelled after only three days!  The devil is no longer our Master – we serve a risen Lord, whose victory over evil is assured.

8) Honours humankind in an unparalleled way.

John 3:16

For God so loved humans…..

The King of the Universe reaches down to us, and in so doing, He raises our value and worth.

The resurrection obtains righteousness for us

2 Corinthians 4:22

21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

9) Displays the power of God.

We are living in a world in which God has the last word.  Skeptics deny that God could or would act in the world.  Easter declares that God is involved in His creation.

He is not remote or detached– He chooses to come in the Person of Christ to offer Himself as a ransom for many.  And Jesus rightly asserted that after laying down His life He had “authority to take it up again”

John 10:18

18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”

10) Provides the basis for Kingdom-building.

Because He lives, we have work to do.

We have a task at hand to live and communicate our faith. What we do for Jesus will last, will be effective; our efforts will not be in vain. The Resurrection is our foundation upon which we build.

The risen Christ authorizes us in the Great Commission to “go and make disciples.”

Mt 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations … And behold, I am with you always even to the end of the age.

11) Demonstrates the uniqueness of Christianity.

All other religious founders are dead.

We serve as living Saviour.  The Resurrection sets our faith apart.

12) Sustains our hope.

Because Jesus rose, we are established in the certain hope that we too shall rise again.  Peter writes, “By God’s great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

I Pet 1:3

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

13) Reveals a new way of being human.

We now live in the power of the Resurrection, which permeates all we do

Phil 3:10

10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death

Galations 2:20

20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Every endeavor of ours is affected by the risen Christ.

It frees us to be ourselves and removes the slavery of sin.

14) Christ’s resurrection is essential.

Should we remove the Resurrection, the Christian message would completely unravel.   Christianity is a “resurrection movement” (N.T. Wright).

This doctrine is a crucial, fundamental, non-negotiable truth of our faith. We exist because of Jesus’ resurrection.

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HAGGADAH ‑ The Telling

HAGGADAHS contain the Passover Service.

This order of service for Passover is an attempt to be as true as possible to the historic one Jesus had with his disciples.   The present day Passover as celebrated by millions of Jews is in the same order, and contains everything in this service (except for references to what Jesus did with it) as well as many additions that have been made, particularly since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.

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HAGGADAHS ‑ Passover Order of Service.

UNLEAVENED BREAD ‑ “Matzo” (pierced and striped)
    Available from delicatessans or David Jones.

BITTER HERBS ‑ 2 kinds:
    1st Dipping ‑ parsley or lettuce,
    2nd Dipping ‑ grated horse radish or grated onion
    (about 1 teaspoon per person).

CHAROSETH ‑ mixture to resemble mortar used in slavery.
    Chopped apples (allow to turn brown ‑ no lemon juice),
    Chopped walnuts, sultanas or raisins or dates,
    with a little honey and wine to stick it together.

CANDLES ‑ 2 white candles and candle holders; matches.

SALT WATER or VINEGAR ‑ for 1st Dipping.

ROAST LAMB ‑ other foods optional: dates, figs, olives, grapes,
      onions, cucumber, garlic, melon, lentils.

RED WINE mixed with water ‑ each person drinks 4 cups of it.

CUSHIONS ‑ to recline on.

PRESENTATION

The Passover was eaten in family groups of not less than 10 men.  At the time of Jesus they reclined on the floor leaning to the left on cushions with low tables in front of them and their feet tucked behind.  Reclining is a symbol of freedom.  The Passover is not eaten in haste as was needed on the first Passover in Egypt.  One’s best festive clothes are worn in honour of the occasion.  Psalms were sung; appropriate worship songs may be used.  The prayers are read in unison, unless otherwise indicated.

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THE PASSOVER SERVICE

 1. LIGHTING THE CANDLES

 The lady of the house lights the candles and says:

 Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us by your commandments and has commanded us to kindle the Festival light.

 Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has preserved us alive and sustained us and brought us to this season.

 [As the woman begins the Service and gives light to the Passover table, so it was a woman who began the redemptive career of Messiah our Passover by giving birth to the Light of the World.]

2. FIRST CUP ‑ Cup of Blessing

 Fill the first cup.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who chose us above all nations, and hallowed us with your precepts.  So you gave us, O Lord God, in your love, Sabbaths for rest, anniversaries for gladness, feasts and holy days for rejoicing, and this Passover day, season of our freedom in love ‑ a holy convocation, in memory of our coming out of Egypt.  For you have put your choice in us and have sanctified us of all peoples, and have given us your Sabbath and holy festivals as an inheritance, in love and desire, in joy and gladness.

Blessed are you, Lord who sanctified the Sabbath, Israel and the festive seasons.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has preserved us alive and sustained us and brought us to this season.

Drink the first cup.

3. WASHING THE HANDS

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and has enjoined us concerning the washing of our hands.

[Concerning the washing, it is written:  John 13:1‑5.]

Dip fingers into water
or follow Jesus’ example and instruction.

4. FIRST DIPPING ‑ Bitter Herb in Salt Water

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth.

Leader:

The rabbis say that the bitter greens represent life.  The salt water represents tears.  So life is immersed in tears, as it was for our ancestors in Egypt.

Dip parsley (or lettuce) in salt water and eat.

5. THE FOUR QUESTIONS

Asked by youngest son able to read.

Why is this night different from all other nights?

1. On all other nights we eat either leavened or unleavened bread; on this night why do we eat only unleavened bread?

2. On all other nights we eat herbs of every kind; on this night why do we eat only bitter herbs?

3. On all other nights we eat meat roasted, stewed or boiled;  on this night why do we eat only roasted meat?

4. On all other nights we do not dip the sop once; on this night why do we dip twice?

The Answer ‑ telling of the Passover story.

Our father, Jacob lived in a country called Caanan (now called Israel).  Jacob, who was an old man, had many children and grandchildren and also many flocks of sheep and herds of cattle.  One year when the rainy season came and there should have been a great deal of rain to fill the cisterns and wells to make the grass grow green, there was no rain.  The next year again there was no rain.  The wells dried up, the grass withered and there was no water and no food for people or beasts.  Jacob decided to pack all his goods and all his belongings and with his sons and his shepherds and his flocks, to go down to the land of Egypt where there was water and food enough to spare, and where Jospeh, his long lost son, was waiting for him.

That is how the children of Israel (because Jacob’s other name was Israel) came into Egypt and settled there and lived happily in the green fields by the Nile River.  Those were good years while Jospeh lived and a kindly Pharaoh ruled over Egypt.  The children of Israel and their flocks prospered and multiplied.

The time came when Joseph grew old and died and so did all his brothers and the good Pharaoh who had welcomed the children of Israel to Egypt.  Later, a bad Pharaoh ruled and said to his people, “See, there are too many children of Israel living with us.  Let us be cruel to them.  Let us make them build cities and storehouses for us, and well not pay them but we shall beat them till they can work no harder.”  And so it happened that the free Israelites were enslaved and cruelly treated and forced to bake bricks in the hot Egyptian sun.

Because we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt the Lord our God brought us out with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.  If the Most Holy (blessed is he!), had not brought our ancestors out of Egypt, we, and our children, and our children’s children, would still continue in bondage to the Pharaohs in Egypt.

Blessed is he who keeps his promise to Israel.  Blessed is the Most Holy, who premeditated the end of the captivity that he might do what he had promised to our father Abraham, as it is said:  And he said to Abraham, “Know for certain that your seed shall be strangers in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them 400 years.  And also that nation whom they shall serve, will I judge;  and they shall go out with great substance.”

It is this same promise which has been the support of our ancestors and of us also; for not only one nation has risen up against us, but in every generation there are some who rise up against us to annihilate us.  But the Most Holy (blessed is he!), has delivered us out of their hand.  And the Lord brought us out from Egypt with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, with terror, and with signs and wonders.

Read Exodus 7: 1 ‑ 14.

6. THE PLAGUES.

Fill second cup.  Leader says:

Though we celebrate our liberation, our happiness is not complete as long as others remain bound to slavery and death.

Leader raises cup and continues:

A full cup is a symbol of complete joy.  Let us, therefore, diminish our cups as we recall the plagues which befell the Egyptians.

Each participant empties a drop from his cup for each one of the ten plagues:

Blood.  Frogs.  Lice.  Flies.  Cattle disease.  Boils.  Hail.  Locusts.  Darkness.  Slaying the first‑born.

7. PASCHAL LAMB, UNLEAVENED BREAD, BITTER HERB

Leader:  Whoever does not mention the three things used on the Passover has not done his duty, and these are: the paschal lamb, the unleavened bread and the bitter herb (Exodus 12:8).

Show lamb to the company.

Why do we eat the paschal lamb?

To protect the children of Israel, God commanded the head of each household to sacrifice a spotless lamb and to apply its blood to the doorway of his home, first to the top of the doorway, the lintel, and then to the two sideposts.  The paschal lamb signifies that the Most Holy (blessed is he!) passed over our fathers’ houses in Egypt, as it is said:  You shall say, “It is the Lord’s sacrifice of the Passover because he passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when he smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses”  (Exodus 12:27).

[Concerning the Messiah, it is written:
Isaiah 53:7;  John 1:29;  1 Peter 1:18;  Rev. 5:12.]

Show unleavened bread to the company.

Why do we eat unleavened bread?

There was not enough time for the dough of our ancestors to leaven before the Supreme King of Kings (blessed is he!) appeared to them and redeemed them, as it is said:  “They baked unleavened bread of the dough which they brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not tarry because they had no time to prepare food for themselves”  (Ex. 12:39).

Show bitter herb to the company.

Why do we eat bitter herb?

The Egyptians embittered the lives of our ancestors in Egypt, as it is said: “They embittered their lives with cruel bondage, in mortar and brick and in all kinds of labour in the field;  all their service in which they made them labour with rigour”  (Ex. 1:14).

It is therefore incumbent on every Israelite, in every generation, to look upon himself as if he had actually gone out from Egypt, as it is said: “And you shall declare to your son, on that day, saying, ‘This is done because of what the Lord did for me when I came out from Egypt.  It was not our ancestors only that the Most Holy (blessed is he!) redeemed from Egypt, but us also he redeemed with them, as it is said, “And he brought us out that he might bring us to the land which he swore to give to our fathers.”‘”

We therefore are privileged to thank, praise, adore, glorify, extol, honour, bless, exalt, and reverence him who did all the miracles for our ancestors and us.  He brought us from bondage to freedom, from sorrow to joy, from mourning into holy days, from darknss to great light, and from servitude to redemption; so therefore let us sing to him a new song, Hallelujah!

8. SECOND CUP ‑ Cup of Thanksgiving

Psalms 113 and 114 are recited.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, who has redeemed us and redeemed our fathers from Egypt.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the second cup.

9. SECOND DIPPING ‑ The  Mixture (Charoseth)

The Leader breaks a piece of unleavened bread (Matzo).

This is the bread of affliction and poverty.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, who sanctified us with your commandments and commanded us to eat unleavened bread.

All take a piece of unleavened bread with bitter herbs on it and dip into the mixture (charoseth) and eat.

The charoseth is to remind us of the bricks we made while in bondage.  We may ask ourselves, “Why should it taste so sweet?”  The rabbis respond: “Even the bitterest of labour tasted sweet when we knew that redemption drew near.”

[Jesus commented that one who had dipped his hand in the bowl with him would betray him (Mt. 26:20‑23).]

10. THE PASSOVER MEAL

All eat the roast lamb and food in a relaxed way, without ceremony.

NOTE: Lamb is no longer eaten at Passover since the destruction of the second temple in 70 AD.  Other roast meat is eaten instead.

At the end of the meal everything is cleared away except the unleavened bread and wine.

GRACE AFTER THE MEAL:
[Traditionally, grace is said after the meal.]

Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever;
Blessed be our God whose food we have eaten and
through whose goodness we live.

PRAYER:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who feeds the whole world with your goodness, and with your grace, kindness and mercy gives food to every creature; for your mercy endures forever.

And through your great goodness sustenance has never failed us, and may it not fail us for ever and ever, for the sake of your great name; for you are the God who feeds and sustains all, and deals bountifully with all, and provides food for all the creatures that you have created.

Blessed are you, O Lord, who gives food to all.

Easter Thursday communion

11. COMMUNION INSTITUTED

Read John 6: 32 ‑ 35.

Jesus took the bread and gave thanks…

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe,
who brings forth bread from the earth.

… and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

[The bread is unleavened; it is striped and it is pierced.
Even so the Messiah was unleavened, that is sinless;
Even so the Messiah was striped by the Roman whip;
Even so the Messiah was pierced by the nails in his hands
and his feet and by the spear in his side.]

Read Isa. 53:5.

Break and eat the bread together.

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12. THIRD CUP ‑ Cup of Redemption

Fill the third cup.

Concerning this cup, it is written:

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20).

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the third cup.

13. FOURTH CUP ‑ Cup of Praise

Fill the fourth cup.

Psalms 115 ‑ 118 are recited.

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine.

Drink the fourth cup.

14. THE GREAT PRAISE ‑ Final Song

Psalm 136 is recited.

When they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives (Mark 14:26).

 

 RESOURCES

 Buksbazen, Victor, The Gospel in the Feasts of Israel.  Philadelphia: Friends of Israel, 1954.

Edersheim, Alfred, The Temple, Its Ministry and Services as they were at the Time of Jesus Christ.  Eerdmans, 1954.

Edersheim, Alfred, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1962.

Gilbertson, Merrill, The Way it was in Bible Times. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1959.

Levy, Isaac, A Guide to Passover. London: Jewish Chronicles, 1958.

Rosen, Ceil & Moishe,  Christ in the Passover.  Chicago: Moody, 1968.

Encyclopedia Judaica.  Jerusalem: Keter, 1971.

The following Passover Haggadahs:

Birnbauum, Philip.  New York: Hebrew Pub. Co., 1953.

Bronstein, Herbert, ed.  New York: Central Confrence of American Rabbis, 1975.

Glatzer, Nahum.  New York: Schocken, 1953.

Lipson, Eric‑Peter.  San Franscisco: JFJ Pub., 1986.

Regelson, A.  New York: Schulsinger, 1958.

Schaifstein, Ben‑Ami.  New York: Shilo, 1959.

Szyk, Arthur, & Roth, Cecil.  Israel, Alumoth, n.d.

Haggadah 

MANDATUM  –  A NEW COMMANDMENT

“mandatum”, meaning a commandment. Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, commanded:
 ‘A new commandment I give to you that you love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’ (John 13:34-35).

Max Greiner sculpture Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.  And he said to them …
‘But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. …  I am among you as the one who serves’ (Luke 22:24-27).
And supper being ended [some manuscripts: during supper] … Jesus rose from supper and laid aside his garments, took a towel and girded himself. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. …  So when he had washed their feet, taken his garments, and sat down again, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? … I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Truly I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them’ (John 13:2, 15-17).

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Reinhard Bonnke’s beginnings in Africa

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German missionary to Africa, Reindard Bonnke (1940-) founded Christ For All Nations (CFAN) which now ministers to millions.

Converted at nine, he had a missionary zeal.  As a teenager Reinhard saw Johannesburg in South Africa in a vision of a map of Africa.  At 19 he headed off to the Bible College of Wales to train as a missionary, even though he couldn’t speak English.  Three months later he was preaching in English!  There he learned practical principles of living by faith.

After a short pastorate in Germany where he married Anna, they left for German Pentecostal missionary work in Africa.  Working as traditional missionaries from 1967 to 1974 in Maseru, the capital of the small landlocked country of Lesotho, they saw meagre results. 

Near the end of that time Reinhard’s interpreter broke down during his message at a healing meeting one Sunday morning and sank weeping to the floor because of God’s awesome presence.  Waiting for the interpreter to recover Reinhard ‘heard’ the Lord speak ‘words’ which amazed him: “My Words in your mouth are just as powerful as My Words in My own mouth.”

 The ‘voice’ repeated the sentence.  He ‘saw’ it like a movie in Scripture – Jesus told the disciples to speak in faith and it would happen.  “I suddenly realized that the power was not in the mouth – the power was in the Word,” said Reinhard.

Then, when the interpreter had recovered enough to speak, as he was preaching Reinhard ‘heard’ the Spirit say, “Call those who are completely blind and speak the Word of Authority.”

He did.  About six blind people stood.  He boldly proclaimed, “Now I am going to speak with the authority of God and you are going to see a white man standing before you.  Your eyes are going to open.”

Taking a deep breath Reinhard shouted: “In the name of Jesus, blind eyes open!” 

The power of his voice jolted even those on the stage.  It felt as though a flaming bolt of lightning was let loose in the building.  His voice was still resonating against the bare brick walls when there was another shout.  This time it was the shriek of a woman’s voice.  What she screamed shattered the silence that hung over the congregation: “I can see!  I can see!”

She had been totally blind for years.  The other blind people also saw.  The place erupted in excited cheers.  A woman handed her crippled boy through the milling crowd to Reinhard who sensed the power of God on the boy and watched amazed as his crippled legs shook and straightened.  He was healed.  The meeting went for hours as people screamed, shouted, danced and sang.

At the end of 1974, Reinhard relocated to Johannesburg and established Christ for All Nations (CFAN).  Early in January, when he was ill, he had a vision of Jesus similar to the Joshua’s vision (Joshua 5:13-15).  He wrote:  “I was very sick.  I didn’t think I would make it.  I went to doctors.  Nothing helped.  I was crying to God: ‘Lord what are you doing?  What is your plan?’  One afternoon I retired to my study.  A thirst for prayer came over me and I was hardly on my knees when I saw a most wonderful vision.  I saw the son of God stand in front of me in full armour, like a general.  The armour saw shining like the sun and burning like fire.  It was tremendous and I realised that the Lord of Hosts had come.  I threw myself at His feet.  I laughed and I cried … I don’t know for how long, but when I got up I was perfectly healed.”

When Reinhard flew to Gaberone in Botswana to buy time on radio there the Lord told him to hire the 10,000 seater sports stadium for a crusade.  The local Pentecostal pastor who agreed to help prepare for the crusade was amazed.  He had only 40 in his congregation!

The crusade in April 1974 with Reinhard’s evangelist friend Pastor Ngidi started in a hall which could seat 800.  On the first night 100 attended.  Healings happened every night, abnd people fell to the floor overwhelmed.  That was new to Reinhard.

By the end of the first week 2,000 people were packed into the hall.  So they moved into the stadium!  Thousands attended.  People were saved and healed every night and over 500 people were baptised in water within two weeks.

One night in the stadium, the Holy Spirit urged Reinhard to pray for people to be baptised in the Holy Spirit.  So he asked an African co-worker to give a message on the Holy Spirit.  Reinhard felt dissatisfied with talk because it didn’t mention tongues.

About 1,000 people responded to the call to be baptised in the Spirit.  As soon as they raised their hands they were all flattened shouting and praising God in new languages on the ground.  Reinhard had never seen anything like that before.  It continued to happen in his crusades.

Reinhard used an enormous tent which could seat 30,000 people.  Then the crowds grew so large no tent could hold them.  Some of CFAN crusades in Africa have reached huge open air crowds of 600,000 to 800,000 people and even over 1 million.

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Lagos 1.6 mil.

Reproduced from Flashpoints of Revival and Revival Fires.

See also: Reinheard Bonnke’s final crusade in Africa

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Revival Summaries – Great Awakenings

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   Great Awakenings  

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The Oxford Association for Research in Revival, formed in 1974 through the work of revival historian J. Edwin Orr, distinguished between ‘revival’ for believers and ‘awakening’ for the community:

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“A spiritual awakening is a movement of the Holy Spirit bringing about a revival of New Testament Christianity in the Church of Christ and its related community. … The outpouring of the Spirit accomplishes the reviving of the Church, the awakening of the masses and the movements of uninstructed people toward the Christian faith; the revived Church, by many or by few, is moved to engage in evangelism, in teaching and in social action” (J E Orr, The Eager Feet, p. vii)

The terms ‘revival’ and ‘awakening’ have been used interchangeably in revival literature.  However, ‘revival’ now usually refers to local revivals of spiritual life and commitment within the church but also touching the surrounding community through conversions and social transformation.  ‘Awakening’ usually refers to the more widespread influence of revivals across a large area and for a more extended period of time with considerable influence in the community and the nation.

Revival historian Edwin Orr described the major evangelical awakenings this way:

the First Great Awakening of 1727-1745, Evangelical Revivals in England & Great Awakening in America,

the Second Awakening of 1790-1830 (The Eager Feet, fired with missionary commitment),

the Third Awakening of 1858-60 (The Fervent Prayer, spread through countless prayer groups) and

the Worldwide Awakening from 1900 (The Flaming Tongue, spreading the word around the globe).

So, in very broad brush strokes the picture of Awakenings may be described in half-century cycles, while noting that waves of local revivals surged within these wider global Awakenings.  So, very broadly we also have:

the Healing Evangelism Revivals worldwide from the 1950s, and

the Transforming Revivals around 2000 into the 21st century.

See Revival Stories on the Blogs Contents page for many examples.

Overviews

The Great Awakening and Evangelical Revival (to 1750)

The powerful revivals of the eighteenth century spread through Europe, especially England, and North America.  They became known as the Evangelical Revivals in England and the Great Awakening in America.  They grew out of the outpouring of the Spirit of God on the Moravians, a community of refugees which has suffered severe persecution in Europe.  Leaders included Nicolaus von Zinzendorf in Germany, Jonathan Edwards and David Brainerd in North America, and John Wesley and George Whitefield in England.

Zinzendorf

Zinzendorf

Edwards

Edwards

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The Second Great Awakening (from around 1800)

Edwin Orr’s research identified two major awakenings in Europe and North America in the nineteenth century following the first Great Awakening of the eighteenth century.  His earlier writings identified a second general awakening in 1798-1812 and a third general awakening in the 1830s, with another strong resurgence of revival in 1858-1860.  However, his later writings identified the second general awakening as covering 1798 to the 1830s, interrupted by the British-American War of 1812-15, and producing a wave of missionary societies early in the nineteenth century beginning with William Carey’s An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens, and founding of the Baptist Missionary Society in 1792.  Revivals impacted college students on the east coast of America and broke out in the wild west with the Cane Ridge revival in Kentucky.  Charles Finney led revivals from his conversion in 1821.

William Carey

William Carey

Kentucky Revival in camp meetings

Kentucky Revival in camp meetings

Finney

Finney

 

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The Third Great Awakening (late 1850s)

Orr identified the third general awakening as 1858-1860, preceding the American Civil War (1861-1865).  Often called the Prayer Revival it spread across America, the United Kingdom and worldwide through countless, fervent, evangelistic prayer groups often traced back to those in New York begun with Jeremiah Lanphier.  Charles Finney continued leading in America, D L Moody’s evangelistic ministry later spread beyond America, and C H Spurgeon led powerfully in England.

Lanphier

Lanphier

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Moody

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The Worldwide Awakening (from 1900)

Revival in the twentieth century had its roots in the eighteenth century Wesleyan concept of sanctification and the subsequent nineteenth century holiness churches emphasizing an experience of ‘entire sanctification’.  These movements promoted a ‘second blessing’ with increasing acceptance and discovery of a specific, empowering work of God’s grace.  Leaders included Evan Roberts in Wales and William Seymour in Azusa Street, with many Pentecostal evangelists emerging.

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Roberts

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Seymour

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The Healing Evangelism Revivals (from 1950s)

Following the devastation of World War II, 1939-1945, including the genocide of six million Jews, revival again exploded across the world.  Jews returned to their homeland with the State of Israel proclaimed in 1948.  Healing evangelism spread worldwide, in spite of resistance and opposition from many traditional churches.  Revival spilled out from the churches into the community bringing to birth many revival movements and independent networks.  Leaders with worldwide ministries included evangelists Billy Graham, Tommy & Daisy Osborn, Oral Roberts, and Kathryn Kuhlman, and many others.  Revival exploded, often with severe persecution, in Africa’s independent churches, Latin America’s renewal communities, China’s house churches, and charismatic renewal in the West.

Graham

Graham

Osborn

Osborn

Roberts

Roberts

Kuhlman

Kuhlman

Charismatic renewal continued to spread into traditions resistant to using Pentecostal terminology but open to the impacts of the Spirit in revival.  This ‘Third Wave’ of renewal encompassed traditional evangelical churches, following the Pentecostal and Charismatic waves.  These streams, combined with the growing networks of independent churches, characterized renewal and revival in the last third of the twentieth century.  Many international evangelists promoted powerful Spirit movements in their crusades, which in turn impacted churches of all denominations, and produced a global shift to expanding networks of independent churches, house churches and renewal groups as well as many mega-churches.

The Transforming Revivals (into 2000s)

Revival movements of the twentieth century’s last decade demonstrated specific impacts of the Spirit on Christian communities, sometimes described as the River of God, Blessing, and Transforming revivals.  These Spirit movements included localized revivals affecting churches and local communities, particularly where churches co-operated in an area.  Some local revivals became influential worldwide, such as the ones in Toronto in Canada, Brompton and Sunderland in England, and Pensacola in North America (like Azusa Street but with much quicker and more far reaching global impacts).  Huge healing evangelism crusades bring multitudes into God’s Kingdom such as those with Reinhard Bonnke in Africa and globally.  Mega-churches emerged in the late 20th century and into the 21st century such as Yonggi Cho’s in Korea numbering a million by 2010.  Reports of community and ecological transformation continue to increase globally.

Cho

Cho

Bonnke

Bonnke

Lagos 1.6 mil.

Lagos 1.6 million

Where God’s people take his Word and his promises seriously revivals of New Testament proportions blaze globally with increasingly significant transformation of communities and the ecology.

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We are reminded of God’s promise:  “If my people who are called by name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

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Miracles in Garbage City, Cairo, Egypt

God came to Garbage City

Miracles in Garbage City and a Cave Church for 20,000 people.

“He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Cor. 1:28-29)

Egypt: How God came to Garbage City

God heard the cries of a community of despised and rejected people. Those deemed the lowest in Egyptian society – the Zabbaleen or ‘garbage people’ of Mokkatam Village.

Every morning at the crack of dawn over 7,000 rubbish collectors leave Garbage City on horse carts or small trucks and move into the city of Cairo, where they collect over 13,000 tons of rubbish from nearly 17 million residents, and return to the narrow streets of Garbage City, bringing the refuse into their homes. Here the women and children sort it into piles of organic and inorganic garbage. Organic garbage is used to feed the livestock that roam the streets of the people’s homes.

“Then, nearly 30 years ago, one man did care.”

There was a time when it seemed as though life would never change for these people. And no-one cared. Because they were doing a filthy task, a job no-one wanted. And then, nearly thirty years ago, one man did care – Father Samaan. 

“When I first came to Garbage City and stood at the first street, the homes were all made of tent. The people didn’t have a chair to sit on. They sat on cardboard on the floor. There were no roads, no electricity or water. It was not fit for human life. The stench from the dead animals was horrible. But I was not really affected by all of this. What affected me personally was the people who were in need of the grace of Christ. Everything else did not matter.”

The realisation of the lostness of these people burned deep into Father Samaan’s heart. Right then, he decided to be God’s instrument of change. He would wade through pig pens and literally pull people from the mud and mire, and present them with God’s love.

“God told me to kiss their hand and put shoes on their feet.”

“When I went to invite the people to come and hear about God, they would hide in the pig pens. I used to go in with sandals and couldn’t get my feet out of the mud. Then God told me to wear boots. The second thing He told me was to take a torch because it was very dark. So I tucked my trousers into my boots and took my torch to find them. It was not easy for them to come. God told me to take their hand and kiss their hand. Then kiss their head, and if they still didn’t want to come, take shoes and put them on their feet. That would really shake them and then they would come with me. All this I learned from the Holy Spirit who taught me how to work in this area.”

We continue our story of how God came to the most despised and rejected people in Egyptian society – the garbage collectors of Mokkatam Village.

As the number of believers began to grow, it became evident that the Zabbaleen would need a place to worship. In 1986, when a workman dropped a rock to the ground and it fell into a natural cave, they knew that God had answered their prayers.

Father Samaan personally supervised the moving of centuries of rubble that lay in the cave, carved out by the pharaos of old who had used the stones to build the pyramids. Many rebuked him for working so passionately and mocked him with questions of whether the stones mattered more than souls. But Father Samaan was simply preparing a place that would one day seat over 20,000 people. He was on a mission with God, and every decision was made in simple obedience. “Obedience is better than sacrifice,” he says. “When I make a sacrifice without obedience it means nothing.”

“Signs of transformation include the building of schools and clinics”

Over the last three decades many miracles have happened on Mokkatam mountain. Tiny shacks have been replaced with brick buildings. The streets have been paved. The children still play amongst the rubbish, but now they have a future because true transformation is taking place. Signs of this transformation include the building of schools, clinic and churches, all right in the heart of Garbage City. Vocational school includes classes, teaching sewing and knitting. Each item made has a value and a use. Take the burial shrouds which will be used in coffins that young boys are being taught to make in woodwork classes. 

Despite the appearance of excessive amounts of garbage, there is a creative system of sorting in place. Plastics, metal and paper are gathered and transferred to large bails that are lowered from rooftops and taken into recycling rooms. Here the plastics are melted and used for recycling. Despite the strong stench of burning plastic, the people are eager to work, turning the garbage into usable items.

The efficiency of the Zabbaleen recycling system received international recognition. Far ahead of any modern ‘green’ initiatives, they recycle 80 percent of the garbage they collect, while most Western garbage collecting companies can only recycle about 20-25 percent of the waste. (source)

“Delivering the oppressed is almost a daily occurrence.”

Today, walking the streets of Garbage City, people still flock to Father Samaan and his colleagues who gently move with love and compassion amongst the people. Father Samaan is often inundated with requests for prayer and healing. This work requires great faith, and God often reveals himself in miracles and signs and wonders. Delivering the oppressed and possessed is almost a daily occurrence on Mokkatam mountain. And as people find freedom in Christ, they begin to find beauty in the ashes. 

Despite an ever-increasing demand of his attention, Father Samaan never compromises enjoying his time alone with God. He knows that God is raising up labourers from the harvest. “A garbage collector’s job is to collect garbage from Cairo. So when one of them knows Christ, they become a light to the world. Without even evangelizing, his life is a testimony.”

“Those garbage collectors can reach all the people for Christ”

Ever the visionary, Father Samaan regularly retreats to the desert outside Cairo where he shares his vision of building a church that will seat 5,000, and a retreat centre where the Zabbaleen can leave the squalor of Garbage City and enjoy the open spaces. Despite the scorn these people face, Father Samaan earnestly believes that Garbage City people will be used by God to turn the heart of Cairo to the Lord. “We [The Coptic Church] cannot reach all the people because we are so limited. We only have masses and meetings in our churches. But those garbage collectors can reach all the people. God has chosen them to be a blessing for Egypt. And He said: Blessed be Egypt my people.” 

As the sun sets over Mokkatam mountain on a Thursday evening, the garbage collectors leave the rubbish in the streets and move into the grounds of the Cave Church. Here they gather for a time of teaching and preparation for ministry.

Adel Gad El Karim serves at the church. “Someone told me not just to think of myself as a garbage collector. Because in Jesus my value is great. So now I’m an evangelist and the nations come to me [visiting the church] and I can tell them how Jesus changed my life.”

Changing lives and pointing them to the Father is the goal of Father Samaan’s live, who has become as dear as an earthly father to the people of Garbage City. He is their arbitrator and confident. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is their spiritual leader and companion. But to God the Father he is simply a man who has lived a live of obedience and whose daily prayer ‘More of You and less of me’ has been answered.

“A simple prayer: More of you and less of me”

“This is our time to change our world,” says Father Samaan. “We need to cry, scream, travail and groan, to pray day and night. And the Lord will support this work of the Holy Spirit. But we’re not just talking about Jesus in words, but also in miracles which will follow our faith, and the world will see and believe and come back to Christ.”

 

Joel News International 850, 851, March 3, 6, 2013

 

There’s two YouTube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e01d4OlTi_k – Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpQc7OS_DNs – Part 2

 

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10 Ways Heaven will be a Blast by Peter Pilt

CartoonMark Twain’s famous story of Huckleberry Finn tells of Miss Watson, a rather stodgy old fuddy-duddy.  She began to tell Huck Finn about heaven, and Huck later mused:  “She said … she was going to live so as to go to the good place.  Well, I couldn’t see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn’t try for it.  But I never said so, because it would only make trouble and wouldn’t do no good.  Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place.  She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever.  So I didn’t think much of it.  But I never said so.”

Then I got to thinking:  If Heaven is boring it would have to be because God is boring.  That is utter nonsense.  Our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand.

He made

  • our taste buds,
  • adrenaline,
  • sex and our sex drives,
  • our ability to laugh
  • our ability to appreciate beauty
  • the nerve endings that convey pleasure to our brains
  • joy
  • the feeling of exhilaration
  • our imagination..

Heaven is God’s home, the dwelling place of the One who is infinite in creativity, goodness, beauty, and power.  How could the home of someone like that be anything less than thrilling?  As Paul says, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

All secondary joys are derivative in nature.  They cannot be separated from God.  Flowers are beautiful for 1 reason – God is beautiful.

  • Rainbows are stunning because God is stunning.
  • Puppies are delightful because God is delightful.
  • Sports are fun because God is fun.
  • Study is rewarding because God is rewarding.
  • Work is fulfilling because God is fulfilling.
  • Every other joy will be derivative, flowing from the fountain of our relationship with God.

John Donne said, “No man ever saw God and lived. And yet, I shall not live till I see God.”

Or as Randy Alcorn puts it, “The day I die will be the best day I’ve ever lived.”

10 reasons why heaven will be a blast.

1  We get a new body

2 Corinthians 4:5 – talking about our bodies

“While we live in this earthly tent we groan with a feeling of oppression. It is not that we want to get rid of our earthly body but we want to have the heavenly one put on over us so that what is immortal will be transformed by life”

In heaven – won’t be mystical pieces of cloud, Spirit people, floating along. We will actually have a body. The limitations, sickness, disease hassled that we had with earthly bodies will be gone.

2  We get to live in a custom-built house.

John 14:1-3 Jesus says

“I go to prepare a place for you.”

Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us- custom-built house.

3  We get to eat great food.

Mathew 8:11

“I say to you that many will come from the east and the west and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Revelation 19:9

“And the angel said to me ‘Blessed are those that are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb.” And he answered – “These are the true words of God.”

Be there with relatives, friends, mates – awesome.   One big party in Heaven.

We will get to talk with Bible characters

Luke 9:30-31 gives us a peek:

“two men talked with him who were Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory …”

We will be able to chat to Bible characters and  famous Christians throughout history.

5  See and speak with our loved ones

1Thessalonians 4:13-17

“We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the air and so we will be with the Lord forever.”

I reckon heaven will be blast just for fact can hang out with people we loved here on earth

6  We will get to live in a perfect world.

Genesis 1:31

“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”

The Bible says God gave Adam and Eve everything. Pleasant to the eyes, food good to eat, animals – Paradise.  If God created that here on earth, how much more awesome Heaven where God lives?  Heaven will be a blast – perfect environment, perfect world, just like Adam & Eve had in Garden of Eden – awesome.

7  There is going to be ‘NO More’s’

Revelation 7:16-17 says

“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

There will be no more hunger, thirst, scorching heat, tears, death, crying, no more bad guys and no more impure things.

8  Take part in awesome worship

Revelation 7:9 is one glimpse:

“I looked and behold a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues … All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God.”

The whole atmosphere in heaven is honour and worship.  Randy Alcorn, in his book simply titled Heaven, says, “Consider what it will be like to see the Masai of Kenya, the Dinka of Sudan, the Hmong, Athabaskans, Tibetans, Aucans, Icelanders, Macedonians, Moldovans, Moroccans, and Peruvians.  Hundreds of nations, thousands of people groups, will gather to worship Christ.  And many national and cultural distinctives, untouched by sin, will continue to the glory of God.”

9  No time in eternity – heaven

Revelation 22:5, the last Bible chapter notes:

“They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light.  And they shall reign forever and ever.”

We won’t be able to conceptualise time in heaven.  So my idea is that we will live all of eternity all at once as there will be no past and no future as there is no time.  That all at once moment lasts for all eternity.

10  We get to see God.

John 3:2

“Dear Friends, now we are children of God and what we be has not yet been made known, but we can know that when He appears, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.”

John 14:3

“And if I go I will prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you will also be where I am.”

I think heaven will be a blast just for that one reason alone – the fact that we get to hang out with God.

How do we get there?

John 14:6 – Jesus said

“I am the way, the truth and the light, no-one comes to the Father but through me.”

John 3:16 – Jesus said

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Me will not perish but have everlasting life.”

 Heaven is an incredible place.

WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

How confident are you that you would end up in heaven?

John 14:1-3 –
Heaven is a Place
Heaven is a Prepared Place
Heaven is a Prepared Place for Prepared People

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[by Peter Pilt, adapted]

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Revival Meetings in Vanuatu – South Pacific

Revival Meetings in Vanuatu

[See 20 minute video from Pentecost Island – Bible College and ocean baptisms at the High School]

The Lord moved in a surprising way at the Law School Christian Fellowship (CF) during 2002.  The weekend following Easter, the CF held an outreach meeting on Saturday evening, April 6, on the lawn and steps of the university square.  The grassy square faces the main lecture buildings, school administration and library.  God moved on them in a strong way that night.

Romulo Nayacalevu, then President of the Christian Fellowship reported:

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Romulo Nayacalevu

The speaker was the Upper Room Church pastor, Jotham Napat who is also the director of Meteorology here in Vanuatu.  The night was filled with the awesome power of the Lord and we had the back up service of the Upper Room church ministry who provided music with their instruments.  With our typical Pacific Island setting of bush and nature all around us, we had dances, drama, and testified in an open environment, letting the wind carry the message of salvation to the bushes and the darkened areas.  That worked because most of those that came to the altar call were people hiding or listening in these areas.  The Lord was on the road of destiny with many people that night.

Unusual lightning hovered around in the sky, and as soon as the prayer teams had finished praying with those who rushed forward at the altar call, then the tropical rain pelted down on that open field area.  God poured out his Spirit on many lives that night, including Jerry Waqainabete and Simon Kofe, both dramatically changed.

Many of these people are now leaders in their various Pacific Islands nations, both in civic and church affairs.  Some of them experienced powerful conversions that night.  Many were filled with the Spirit and began to experience spiritual gifts in their lives in new ways.  Some students who had been heavily involved in drinking and night clubs found new freedom and zeal for God and have become effective evangelists through their changed lives.  Many of the law students attended the lively, Spirit-led Upper Room church in Port Vila, where pastors Joseph and Jotham and others encouraged and nurtured them.

Eleven of those students came to Brisbane, led by Romulo their President, and led by the Holy Spirit, far more importantly!  They sang and spoke at dozens of meetings in dozens of churches and homes, and prayed for people constantly.  They were familiar with pastors laying hands on people and praying for them, but now they were doing that also, and seeing God touch people in many ways.

The law students from the Christian Fellowship (CF) grew strong in faith.  Jerry, one of the students from Fiji, returned home after the visit to Australia, and prayed for over 70 sick people in his village, seeing many miraculous healings.  His transformed life challenged the village because he had been converted at CF at the law school after a very wild time as a youth in the village.   The following year, 2003, Jerry led revival in his village.  He prayed early every morning in the Methodist Church.  Eventually some children and then some of the youth joined him early each morning.  By 2004 he had 50 young people involved, evangelising, praying for the sick, casting out spirits, and encouraging revival.

Simon, returned to his island of Tuvalu, also transformed at university through CF.  He witnessed daily to his relatives and friends all through the vacation in December-January, bringing many of them to the Lord.  He led a team of youth involved in Youth Alive meetings, and prayed with the leaders each morning from 4 a.m.  Simon became President of the Christian Fellowship at the Law School from October 2003 for a year.

Pentecost Island

Ps Jerryat Mele Palm, site of martyrdom

Ps Jerry at Mele Palm,
site of martyrdom

In May 2003 I took a team from the CF to Pentecost Island in Vanuatu for a weekend of outreach meetings on South Pentecost.  The national Vanuatu Churches of Christ Bible College, at Banmatmat, stands near the site of the first Christian martyrdom there.

Tomas Tumtum had been an indentured worker on cane farms in Queensland, Australia.  Converted there, he returned around 1901 to his village on South Pentecost with a new young disciple from a neighbouring island.  They arrived when the village was tabu (taboo) because a baby had died a few days earlier, so no one was allowed into the village.  Ancient tradition dictated that anyone breaking tabu must be killed, so they were going to kill Tomas, but his friend Lulkon asked Tomas to tell them to kill him instead so that Tomas could evangelise his own people.  Just before he was clubbed to death at a sacred mele palm tree, he read John 3:16, then closed his eyes and prayed for them.  Tomas became a pioneer of the church in South Pentecost, establishing Churches of Christ there.

Hosted by Chief Willie Bebe, the CF team of six led meetings in Salap village each night Friday-Sunday and Sunday morning – in Bislama, the local Pidgin and in basic English.  It was a kind of miracle.  That village church sang revival choruses, but the surrounding villages still used hymns from mission days!  The weekend brought new unity among the competing village churches.  The Sunday night service went from 6-11 p.m., although we ‘closed’ it three times after 10 p.m., with a closing prayer, then later on a closing song, and then later on a closing announcement.  People just kept singing and coming for prayer.

God opened a wide door on Pentecost Island (1 Cor 16:8-9).  Another team of four students from the law school CF returned to South Pentecost in June 2003 for 12 days of meetings in villages.  Again, the Spirit of God moved strongly.  Leaders repented publicly of divisions and criticisms.  Then youth began repenting of backsliding or unbelief.  A great-grand-daughter of the pioneer Tomas Tumtum gave her life to God in the village near his grave at the Bible College.

We held rallies in four villages of South Pentecost each evening from 6 pm. for 12 days, with teaching sessions on the Holy Spirit held in the main village church of Salap each morning for a week.  The team experienced a strong leading of the Spirit in the worship, drama, action songs with Pacific dance movements, and preaching and praying for people.

Mathias, a young man who repented deeply with over 15 minutes of tearful sobbing, is now the main worship leader in revival meetings.  When he was leading and speaking at a revival meeting at the national Bible College, a huge supernatural fire blazed in the hills directly opposite the Bible College chapel in 2005, but no bush was burned.

Pentecost Bible College

Bible College Chapel on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Bible College Chapel on Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

By 2004, the Churches of Christ national Bible College at Banmatmat on Pentecost Island increasingly became a centre for revival.  Pastor Lewis Wari and his wife Marilyn hosted these gatherings at the Bible College, and later on Lewis spoke at many island churches as the President of the Churches of Christ.  Lewis had been a leader in strong revival movements on South Pentecost as a young pastor from 1988.

See Ps Lewis playing the guitar at a revival session at the beginning of a video about the Bible College, prayer in the place where Lulkon was martyred, and baptisms at Ranwadi High School

Our leaders’ seminars and youth conventions at the Bible College focused on revival.  The college hosted regular courses and seminars on revival for a month at a time, each day beginning with prayer together from 6 a.m., and even earlier from 4.30 a.m. in the youth convention in December, 2004, as God’s Spirit moved on the youth leaders in that area.

Morning sessions continued from 8 a.m. to noon, with teaching and ministry.  As the Spirit moved on the group, they continued to repent and seek God for further anointing and impartation of the Spirit in their lives.  Afternoon sessions featured sharing and testimonies of what God is doing.  Each evening became a revival meeting at the Bible College with worship, sharing, preaching, and powerful times of ministry to everyone seeking prayer.

Teams from the Bible College led revival meetings in village churches each weekend.  Many of these went late as the Spirit moved on the people with deep repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness, and prayer for healing and empowering.

A law student team from Port Vila, led by Seini Puamau, Vice President of the CF, had a strong impact at the High School on South Pentecost Island with responses at all meetings.  Most of the whole residential school of 300 responded for prayer at the final service on Sunday night 17 October, 2004, after a powerful testimony from Joanna Kenilorea.  The High School principal, Silas Buli, has prayed for years from 4 a.m. each morning for the school and the nation, alone or with some of his staff.

The church arranged for more revival teaching at their national Bible College for two weeks to over two dozen church leaders.  On the weekend in the middle of that course, teams from the college held mission meetings simultaneously in seven different villages.  Every village saw strong responses, including a team that held their meeting in the chief’s meeting house of their village, and the first to respond was a fellow from the ‘custom’ traditional heathen village called Bunlap.

Through 2004-2005 we held many revival leadership meetings at the Bible College, usually in my vacations from college in Brisbane.  Don and Helen Hill from the Renewal Fellowship in Brisbane joined me there for some visits.  They provided needed portable generators and lawn mowers, and Don repaired the electrical wiring and installations at the Bible College.  Helen recorded my teaching sessions, now available on DVD.  Friends around the world, such as in Kenya, Nepal and the Pacific, have used those DVDs for their leadership training.

Those Bible College sessions seemed like preparation for revival.  Every session led into ministry.  Repentance went deep.  Prayer began early in the mornings, and went late into the nights.

Chief Willie asked for a team to come to pray over his home and tourist bungalows.  Infestation by magic concerned him.  So a prophetic and deliverance team of leaders at the Bible College of about six people prayed there.  Mathias reported that they located witchcraft items in the ground, removed them and claimed the power of Jesus’ blood to cleanse and heal the land.

Village evangelism teams from South Pentecost continue to witness in the villages, and visit other islands.  Six people from these teams came to Brisbane and were then part of 15 from Pentecost Island on mission in the Solomon Islands in 2006.

Pentecost on Pentecost

Grant Shaw joined me on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu in September-October 2006.  Grant grew up with missionary parents, saw many persecutions and miracles, and had his dad recounting miraculous answers to prayer as a daily routine. They often needed to pray for miracles, and miracles happened.  From 14 years old Grant participated in mission teams travelling internationally in Asia. Then he attended a youth camp at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship which had revival from 1994.  He then worked there as an associate youth pastor for 18 months before studying at Bible College in Brisbane. So he is used to revival – all his life!  In Vanuatu he received clear words of knowledge, and saw people healed daily in Port Vila and on Pentecost Island both in meetings and in the villages. That inspired and challenged everyone.

We attended the afternoon service at Upper Room church in Port Vila.  That night the senior pastors were in Tanna Island on mission and the remaining leaders were so glad God had sent us to preach that night!  Great warning!  It was fantastic. Worship was strong.

Raised from the dead

Grant Shaw with Leah Waqa

At sharing time in the Upper Room service Leah Waqa, a nurse, told how she had been on duty that week when parents brought in their young daughter who had been badly hit in a car accident, and showed no signs of life – the monitor registered zero – no pulse.  Leah felt unusual boldness, so commanded the girl to live, and prayed for her for an hour, mostly in tongues.  After an hour the monitor started beeping and the girl recovered.  What a great testimony!

Grant gave words of knowledge about healings needed and prayed for those people, then told some of his testimony.  When he was eight years old he saw Jesus in a vision, so bright that Grant could not see his face.  In the vision Grant saw the glorious gates of heaven, but did no enter, although he wanted to.

We prayed for all the children, many of them ‘resting’ in the Spirit. Then Grant told more of his testimony, about his time in Toronto.  The message that night covered Luke 8, 9, 10 – where Jesus, the 12 and the 70 all did the same things, with no money, preached the same message on the Kingdom of God, and had the same ministry of healing.  Most people came out for prayer, most of them resting in the Spirit.

On Tuesday, the day we flew to Pentecost Island I woke again at 3 a.m., as often happened in the previous few weeks, but this was different.  I had just seen a quick and powerful vision (while asleep).  After seeing a ‘wall’ full of accusations ripped apart with a golden tear, I saw a marvellous long cascade waterfall full of bright living colours.  The vision then merged into a brilliant hillside scene where Jesus the Good Shepherd, with shawl and staff, gathered his flock to himself.  At first I thought they were sheep but the forms became children and people.  I didn’t see Jesus’ face but felt his huge love for everyone – wanting them all to come to him and gathering them to himself.  I woke up crying with joy.  Significant timing as we started on Pentecost Island that night.

Our mission continued on South Pentecost once more.  Based in the village of Panlimsi where Mathias was then the young pastor, we slept in a house with bamboo walls and floor and thatch roof, and ate with their team there in the village.

The Spirit moved strongly in all the meetings.  Repentance.  Reconciliations.  Many healings, daily.  Confessions.  Anointing.  Healings included Pastor Rolanson’s young son able to hear clearly after being born partially deaf.  Rolanson leads evangelism teams, and helped lead this mission.

South Pentecost attracts tourists with its land diving – men jumping from high towers with vines attached to their ankles.  Grant prayed for a jumper who had hurt his neck, and the neck cracked back into place.  After prayer, an elderly man no longer needed a walking stick to come up the hill to the meetings.  The Lord healed a son of the paramount chief of South Pentecost from Bunlap, a ‘custom’ village, when Grant prayed for him and pain left his sore leg.  He invited the team to come to his village to pray for the sick.  No white people had ever been invited there to minister previously.

A team of about 20 of us trekked for a week into mountain villages.  I literally obeyed Luke 10 – going with no extra shirt, no sandals, and no money.  The trek began with a five hour walk across the island to Ranwas on the eastern side.  Mathias led worship, with strong moves of the Spirit touching everyone.  At one point I spat on the dirt floor, making mud to show what Jesus did once.  No one had ever done such a thing there!  Marilyn Wari, wife of the President of the Churches of Christ in Vanuatu, then jumped up asking for prayer for her eyes.  Later she testified that the Lord told her to do that, and then she found she could read without glasses.

Glory in a remote village

We trekked through Bunlap, the ‘custom’ village where the paramount chief lived, and prayed for more sick people.  Some had pain leave immediately, and people there became more open to the gospel.  Then the team trekked for seven hours to Ponra, a remote village further north on the east coast.  Revival meetings erupted there!  The Spirit just took over.  Visions.  Revelations.  Reconciliations.  Healings.  People drunk in the Spirit.  Many resting on the floor getting blessed in various ways.  When they heard about healing through ‘mud on the eye’ at Ranwas some came straight out asking for mud packs also!

One of the girls in the team had a vision of the village children there paddling in a pure sea, crystal clear. They were like that – so pure.  Not polluted at all by TV, videos, movies, magazines, worldliness.  Their lives were so clean.  Just pure love for the Lord, especially among the young.

Angels singing filled the air about 3 a.m.  It sounded as though the village church was packed.  The harmonies in high descant declared “For You are great and You do wondrous things.  You are God alone” and then harmonies, without words until words again for “I will praise You O Lord my God with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name for evermore” with long, long harmonies on “forever more.”  Just worship.

The team stayed two extra days there.  Everyone received prayer, and many people surrendered to the Lord both morning and night.  Everyone was repenting, as the Spirit moved on us all.

Grant’s legs, cut and sore from the long trek, saved the team from the long trek back.  The villagers arranged a boat ride back around the island from the east to the west for the team’s return. Revival meetings continued back at the host village, Panlimsi, led mainly in worship by Mathias, with Pastor Rolanson organising things.  Also at two other villages the Spirit moved powerfully as the team ministered, with much reconciliation and dancing in worship.

People in the host village heard angels singing there also.  At first they too were thinking it was the church full of people, but they realised that the harmonies were more wonderful than we can sing.

Grant and I returned full of joy on the one hour flight to Port Vila after a strong final worship service at the host village on the last Sunday morning, and reported to the Upper Room Church in Port Vila on Sunday evening.  Again the Spirit moved so strongly the pastor didn’t need to use his message.  More words of knowledge.  More healings.  More anointing and many resting in the Spirit, soaking in grace.

That church continues to minister in the Spirit and has seen powerful moves of God in the islands, especially Tanna Island.  They planted churches there in ‘custom’ villages, invited by the chiefs because the chiefs have seen their people healed and transformed.

During their missions there in 2006, many young boys asked to be ‘ordained’ as evangelists in the power of the Spirit.  They returned to their villages and many of those young boys established churches in their villages as they spoke, told Bible stories, and sang original songs given to them by the Spirit.

Return to Pentecost

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Andrew and Grant

21 year old Andrew Chee (Grant Shaw’s cousin) came with me on a three week mission to Vanuatu in June-July 2012.  We saw God’s blessing and many miracles.

Andrew sensed God telling him to go on this trip, and he booked his flights only one week before we left when flights were full so he was wait-listed but the next day seats became available.

Andrew and Grant (photo) love praying for the sick because they see God constantly taking away pain and healing people.  They has strong faith in God’s Word, such as Mark 16:17-18.  Jesus said, “these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  We saw all that in Vanuatu, literally.  Daily.

Andrew, from Hawaii, once lived to surf.  Now he lives to serve – for God.

We flew into Port Vila, the capital, late on a Friday night and stayed at the Churches of Christ transit house above the church there.  Next morning at 6am we heard young people worshipping in their beautiful island harmonies, so we joined them.  They welcomed us and invited us to speak briefly and pray for anyone sick.  Andrew had words of knowledge about people with pain who then came out for prayer immediately.  Our praying continued for everyone wanting prayer after the closing prayer.  Nice fast start to our mission!

That morning we flew for an hour in a very small plane on the windy trip to Pentecost Island – the bumpiest I have had on my dozen visits there.  So now I was returning again, with another keen young firebrand for God.  This long, narrow island was sighted and named on the Day of Pentecost, 1764, by explorer Bougainville, and also seen by Captain Cook in 1774.

Pastor Rolanson met us at the airstrip and we walked 300 metres to the beach to ride for half an hour in the outboard canoe 10k south to Pangi village.  There Rolanson’s boys met us to carry our bags along the muddy track half a kilometre inland to their village, Panlimsi.

We had our first meeting there in the village church, partially lit by a couple of old fluorescent lights when the generator was started, usually after everyone has arrived – to save fuel!  So most meetings begin in the dark with torch light or candles.

Early in the worship Andrew again had words of knowledge about people’s pain so worship included praying for the sick.  Their pain left.  After we both spoke that night, we prayed for many more.

So began three weeks of such night meetings.  During the day every time we went out into the villages people asked for healing prayer.  So like Jesus sending out the 12 and 70 (Mark 6:7; Luke 10:1) in pairs, we too went through the towns and villages proclaiming the kingdom of God, healing the sick and casting out spirits.  Many illnesses there result from curses or witchcraft.  Often we had to break curses, bind afflicting spirits and cast them out in Jesus’ name.

The first time I went there, in 2003, my host Chief Willie asked me to throw out an afflicting spirit giving him a headache, literally.  He said that ‘enemies’ had cursed him.  So we prayed together, bound and cast out attacking spirits, and he felt fine.

At other times people asked me to help them get rid of strong invading spirits such as one that haunted a house by ‘jumping’ onto the stones on the floor at night.  We prayed and it was gone after that.  However, that impudent one ‘jumped’ on the stones in my bungalow that night, so I had to cast it out in Jesus name, and it never returned.  Rather weird to hear someone ‘jump’ into your dark room at night!

This time we experienced strong witchcraft.  On our last day there, when Andrew and I were weary, Andrew was hit by severe aches and headache.   That night I saw a strange dull light, like a reddish torch light, moving horizontally just outside our village hut.  We began praying against powerful spirits.  God’s Spirit reminded Andrew to bless those who curse you and pray for your enemies.  He did.  The strange spiritual connection was immediately broken, and pain started easing off.  It took a day to recover from that one.  “All hail the power of Jesus’ name …”

One Sunday there we shared in a combined churches service in the packed village church.  Before the service Andrew had words of knowledge about pain in a man’s shoulders and the right side of a woman’s face.  Both came for prayer while people were gathering in the church.  We then sidcovered that the man was the leader of the service and the woman preached that day!  Many times, the words of knowledge Andrew received were for pastors and leaders first, and then later we prayed for others.

At that Sunday service I was strongly led to call people out for prayer during communion.  That was a first for them.  It never happened in communion.  A large number came for prayer and the healings were fast and strong.

One night Andrew felt led to wash everyone’s feet.  That took the whole service!  We put a bucket of water near the door (regularly refilled) and Andrew washed everyone’s feet as they arrived while we worshipped, prayed, spoke and called people out for healing and empowering prayer.  I was led to wash the leaders feet that night also [Photo: Andrew washes the chief’s feet].

Our adventures included another outboard motor canoe trip an hour north for a combined churches youth rally on the beach with a large campfire at the end of the meeting.  We joined forces with another Australian mission team from Gladstone staying there.  That night we also prayed for many people after the service.  Healings were the fastest and strongest we had seen till then.  We realized that people’s faith was rising and God was especially blessing unity.

Bunlap

RICOHThe heathen village of Bunlap on the east coast is famous as the spiritual centre for pagan witchcraft and curses.  I went there with Grant in 2006 on a five hour trek across to Ranwas village and then via Bunlap on a seven hour trek to Ponra village where we saw the power of God at every meeting and I head angels singing in the night, like the church was full, although no people were there.  Grant had prayed for the paramount chief’s son whose groin was healed at Pangi village on the west coast, so we offered to go to Bunlap and pray for the sick.  A couple of days later we heard that the chief had invited us to come and pray – the first white people to ever be invited to pray for people there.

This time Andrew and I were swimming off the jetty near Pangi when one of chief’s sons from Bunlap and his friends wandered onto the jetty.  Two of those young men had pain so Andrew prayed for them and the pain left.  The chief’s son told us they would be there when we came to Bunlap the following Saturday to pray for sick people again.

This year we enjoyed the luxury of a four wheel truck trip across the island through the dense green mountains.  We had three nights of meetings at Ranwas village, Friday to Sunday, including the Sunday morning service there.  On Saturday we trekked half an hour through the jungle to Bunlap.

People were even more welcoming this time at Bunlap.  We prayed for dozens of people, and their pain left.  We talked about the kingdom of God and how Jesus saves and heals.  Some of the people told us they believed that and when the chief allowed it they would be part of a church there.

The paramount chief once burned a Bible given to him by a revival team from the Christian villages.  Now he is willing for a church to be built on the ground where he burned the Bible.   Hallelujah – what a testimony to God’s grace and glory.  For the first time ever that paramount chief asked for prayer.  He wanted healing from head pain.  Andrew placed his hands on the sides of the chief’s head and we prayed for him in Jesus’ name.  The pain left.

Then another chief there prepared lunch for us so the pastors in the team and Andrew and I ate in his house – again the first time ever for white people on mission there.

Like Jesus’ disciples, we returned to Ranwas village church rejoicing that afflicting spirits were cast out, people were healed in Jesus’ name, some believed in Jesus, and they now plan to have a church there.  Our host chief told Rolanson he can bring his guitar and have meetings in the chief’s house anytime.

Some Christians at Ranwas were amazed to hear the reports.  They have endured witchcraft and curses from Bunlap for a century.  Again, during communion on Sunday large numbers came for prayer for healing, and healings were fast and strong.  They had never done that in communion before.  At all the meetings Andrew had specific words of knowledge about healings, and pain left quickly.  In the beginning we had to pray for some people two or three times before the pain left, but as the weeks passed and faith rose, healings were much quicker and stronger.  By the end of the mission trip people in the congregation were praying for each other in faith and seeing God touch their friends.

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