As you are aware we have been praying for revival. That simply means an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us, the very presence of God. I was reminded of my journey today when I watched a video about some of the so-called manifestations of the Holy Spirit but in reality they are a performance by satan who is masquerading as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” I had prayed a prayer that asked God to show me who he was. This was promptly answered by showing me who he wasn’t. This took us on a journey into the charismatic, as I had already seen the dead in Christ. At this point there seems to be two main streams, which are the masquerade and the dead. True revival means God will turn his face to shine upon us once again to clothe us with power, true power but that is not here yet as the lamp is barely flickering. 1 Samuel 2:1 In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out.”
There seems to be a fear of the Holy Spirit and the manifestations that go with it. Many have walked away from seeking the power of the Holy Spirit because of this. This fear is unwarranted if the manifestations are of God. Scripture clarifies this. If it is not God, which in most cases it is not, they will look something like the following videos. In 2013 I preached a sermon that included a section about yoga as we had someone teaching Kundalini Yoga in our town. I said, “Another area where we use reasoning to justify something is the area of the New Age. I read this week in the Focus an article about Kundalini Yoga. America has justified the practise of the new age by saying we don’t participate in the spiritual part. Many have reasoned that it does no harm by participating. In this article Kundalini was defined as energy believed to be coiled at the base of the spine. After further examination I saw this expanded definition. In Hindu mythology, Kundalini is a serpent goddess who lies asleep at the base of the spine, coiled there. So you may reason that the ways of the new age do no harm but by participating in yoga, meditation acupuncture to name a few you are allowing the coiling serpent to be free in your body. You can reason this is just a myth or look at scripture and see what it states about the coiling serpent (Isaiah 27 ) The coiling serpent is deadly so be careful.” Many Christians are participating but do not realize the danger they are in.
This is deadly when it enter the church. You can see the results of this in these next videos. I am not promoting the book by the way. Scripture is very clear on false apostles and prophets but is anyone listening. I do have to say how amazing it is for a group of spirit filled believers to have no discernment. The Pentecostal movement says that speaking in tongues is a sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit but yet they have no discernment to see some of this. There is a discrepancy there. As you will see in these next videos, there are levels of intensity when it comes to the charismatic.
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBpw2oQrvMM
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCcGaTRwG_4
Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWeUNoR30_0
The true outpouring of the Holy Spirit will have the same results as Jesus said in Mark 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” So here we have a so-called revivalist who says that God is present in power as you saw in the video and if you have any spiritual discernment whatsoever you will know this is demonic. His new wife said in an article “the problems grew worse after the revival began, and the couple eventually separated.” What? So picture this the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in power manifesting itself in a revival and the main persons marriage is falling apart and begins seeing someone else. As mentioned in the video Pensacola ended up in massive debt after the revival. Yes this video is extreme but you see these false manifestations everywhere. Many charismatics have simply accepted that falling down backwards shows the power of God is present. Wrong! How do we know; look at scripture. So yes be very afraid of the masquerade of satan, but do not be afraid to call out to God to send true revival where he clothes us with his power just like at Pentecost. Just like he said in Part 3 going to other extreme is bad also. Most churches are dead, as they have no power.
So here we are false manifestations and no manifestations. That needs to change. We are calling on the God of Truth to pour out his true power to revive his church once again. Paul says wake up church, the day is near. Romans 13:11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
I leave you with this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzyGrcCv-fk