The False Concept of Revival in the Modern Church
Minister, or Merchant?
The Holy Spirit fell upon on those who had gathered in the upper room, and the result was that about three-thousand were saved when Peter preached. The witness of God manifested in the sign gifts as the foundation of the Gospel and the ekklesia was being laid. Jesus Christ would fulfill the new covenant and the power of the Holy Spirit would move from Jerusalem to the world. The ekklesia would take the Good News out to the Gentile nations, which has continued to this day. The modern “church” has been promising another great “revival” with claims that there are, and will be manifestations of great signs and wonders. Upon closer inspection, the lack of genuine fruit that has come from the Pentecostal/Charismatic Revivals are multi-billion dollar industries, which sell mammon to the masses. The movements such as Latter Rain and Joel’s Army etc… have revealed a serious decline in the fundamental doctrine of Jesus Christ for experiential religious hype. This has brought shame to the true and genuine Gospel.
There are very few ministers of the Gospel who freely preach without a price. The “ministers” in the modern “church” with their oxymoronic hierarchical titles are merchants who are salaried to serve. The way of sacrifice and servant leadership has been replaced with religious salesmen who are hired to sell their wares to the spiritually shallow masses who sit mutely while the pulpit “peacocks” program their minions to empty their wallets into their coffers. The specially anointed “Apostles” and “Prophets” spew their additional “prophecies” and “revelations” to the glossy-eyed masses who desire to have their ears tickled. They look to man as their mediator between them and God. It is only through their special impartation that one can join into the elite membership club that has exclusive access to the special knowledge that God has revealed just to them.
Most Christians have a sincere desire to see a genuine move of God, but they sit and wait passively in their pews, put money in the offering plate and glean from the “church” CEO without ever leaving the building. The modern “church” does not live by faith, but by sight. They require a sign ("revival") from God in order to have faith to do anything. Satan is happy to oblige them with counterfeit signs and wonders, which they heretically attribute to the work of the Holy Spirit. The bad fruit that has come from the Toronto Blessing and Pensacola Outpouring are proof of it.
Those who are in the western world are blinded to what the true and genuine movement of the Holy Spirit looks like. The Holy Spirit will always glorify Jesus Christ over mere man and will bring judgement to the “church” apostasy that conforms to the system of the world. The Lord is going to shake the foundations of the traditions of man and the false prophets who sit upon them. His judgement is coming to His house first and will decimate the reprobates who have chosen to believe in a lie when confronted with truth. The modern “church” wants “revival,” but its foundations are built upon the schemes, greed and carnality of man.
The Word of God speaks of a different manifestation of the Holy Spirit that can be discovered by searching and reading Scripture, just as the Berean’s did. The rotten fruit of the modern “church revival" is fueled by the doctrine of demons and has left many people disillusioned and oppressed.
“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams ARISES AMONG YOU AND GIVES YOU A SIGN OR WONDER, AND THE SIGN OR WONDER THAT HE TELLS YOU COMES TO PASS, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. – Deuteronomy 13:1-3
Then shall they deliver you up to BE AFFLICTED, AND SHALL KILL YOU: AND YE SHALL BE HATED of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall MANY BE OFFENDED, and shall betray one another, and SHALL HATE one another. And many FALSE PROPHETS SHALL RISE, AND SHALL DECEIVE MANY. And because iniquity shall abound, THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. - Matthew 24:9-13
The words Jesus spoke in the Olivet Discourse is compacted with much truth. He said that people would make attempts to deceive you who would profess to be followers of Christ and would minister in His name. This is happening, that is why it is of utmost importance to weigh and test what man says with the Word of God. If it does not line up with the God's standard, it must be ignored and discarded.
Jesus said that the gospel of the kingdom would be preached as a witness; He does not say that there would be a great outpouring and millions will be saved. Jesus made no guarantees that because the Gospel would be preached, all would believe and act upon it. The fact is that those who preach truth are the ones who are the most persecuted and hated because it is so offensive to many.
The modern “church” preaches of great “revival” in the end times, while Jesus Christ spoke of something quite the opposite. Jesus said that there would be an increase in those who would deny Him and they would revel in their carnal ways. There has been an obvious increase in apostasy from those who claim to follow Jesus that affirms the great falling away that is written in Scripture.
The Church of Lacedonia in Revelation is indifferent to truth and will not commit to the true faith, but boasts in their relative truths and ideologies of man.
“‘I KNOW YOU WORKS: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I WILL SPIT YOU OUT OF MY MOUTH. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. – Revelation 3:15-17
Jesus Christ did not talk of great “revival,” but of repentance. In fact, it was repent, or face the judgement and wrath of God. The modern “church” is not in “revival,” but in sickness. The modern “church” is not about outreach, but about in-reach for the monetary. They have not kept the Word of God, but promote heresy instead. The manifestations of “revival” that are occurring such as people flailing, cackling, shaking, laughing and twitching uncontrollably is nowhere to be found in Scripture. By comparing these manifestations with pagan ideology, it reveals that these things are an imprint of Satan, not the Holy Spirit.
The great world-wide “revival” that is taught in the modern “church” is simply the great falling away. Many sincerely want revival, but Scripture does not say that the whole world is going to accept Jesus Christ. To envision a Utopian world that will only get better and better is new-age ideology. The world is on its way to destruction because of rampant sin. The mission of the Church should be to preach that it is only through the blood of Jesus Christ that will save us from God's wrath.
Now concerning THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND OUR BEING GATHERED TO HIM, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME, UNLESS THE REBELLION COMES FIRST, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction – 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by DEVOTING THEMSELVES TO DECEITFUL SPIRITS AND TEACHINGS OF DEMONS, THROUGH THE INSINCERITY OF LIARS WHOSE CONSCIENCES ARE SEARED – 1 Timothy 4:1-2
But understand this, that IN THE LAST DAYS THERE WILL COME TIMES OF DIFFICULTY. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, HAVING THE APPEARANCE OF GODLINESS, BUT DENYING ITS POWER. – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
How do you reconcile the above few verses, among many with the “revival” that is taught in the modern “churches” today? The remarkable things that will happen will be when the followers of Jesus Christ stand on His foundation in the midst of difficulty and persecution as the Church is made spotless.
Knowing this first of all, that SCOFFERS WILL COME IN THE LAST DAYS WITH SCOFFING, FOLLOWING THEIR OWN SINFUL DESIRES. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? - 2 Peter 3:3-4
I believe the word “revival” should be thrown out because it leads too many down rabbit trails. Once discarded, the main focus should be the foundational work of Jesus Christ who makes His habitation in those that choose Him.
The day of Pentecost was not a “revival,” but God pouring His Spirit on people for a specific purpose (laying the foundation of the Gospel and the ekklesia). The modern “church” is trying to push the sign gifts that were fuflilled to confirm the Word of God and getting the masses hopped up on a manufactured "signs and wonders" movement. They are no different from the crowd Jesus addressed.
But He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” As the crowds were increasing, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. IT DEMANDS A SIGN - Luke 11:28-29
The focus of the ekklesia is about surrendering in humility to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is about reading His Word and surrendering to it. To put gifting, anointing, impartation, healing and signs and wonders as the primary focus appeals to the carnality of man and are used as a tools to oppress the masses and bilk them of their money. The Gospel is not about feel-goods, but is about conviction. It is not about mystical experiences, but obedience. The modern “prophets” brag about their supernatural experiences of what they felt and saw, while the true followers of Jesus Christ speak of who Jesus is, and the revelation that is in His Word.
The unity of being in one accord with Jesus Christ is abiding in Him, and He in us as living stones. The vision of the ekklesia should not change; repentance and the transformation of our heart to His heart should be paramount. The modern “church” is trying to make something happen by manufacturing an “anointing” that does not come from God. The obvious clue is that the spirit of repentance is missing for feel-goods and no one is turning from their lifestyle of sin. Genuine fruit is the priority of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
When we have the desire for the genuine, Jesus will protect us from the counterfeit. Unfortunately, many desire the counterfeit even after the truth has been revealed to them. A snake can look like a fish, a scorpion can look like an egg, and a stone can look like a loaf of bread. This is the reason why many have fallen away by seeking after and entertaining seducing spirits.
The AntiChrist Spirit
The “revival” that is in the modern “church” is simply allowing the flattery of the Antichrist spirit to manifest. In spite of persecution and death, the Gospel will still prevail. The falling away is a good thing in that it cleanses and creates a dividing line between the genuine and counterfeit. It is the removal from the ekklesia those who profess God with their lips, but never knew Him. The ekklesia that desires to be without spot or blemish will remove impostors because of their devotion, watchfulness and fear of the Lord.
That he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, THAT SHE MIGHT BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH. – Ephesians 5:26-27
God’s judgement is coming to the modern “church” in severity. Just as Aninias and Saphira died on the spot when Peter revealed their lies, the same judgement is coming to confront the powers of darkness.
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