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. 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.
Those in the man-driven church system keep 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 that 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 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 in the harlot church system 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 are programmed to empty their wallets into their coffers. The specially anointed called, Apostles and Prophets spew their so-called prophecies and revelations from their own imaginations to the glossy-eyed masses who desire to have their ears tickled. They look to hirelings as their mediator between them and God. They claim it is only through their special impartation that one can join into the elite membership clubs that have exclusive access to the special knowledge that God has revealed just to them.
Most believers may 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. Those in the modern church system do not live by faith, but by sight. They require a sign from God in order to have faith before they do anything. Satan is happy to oblige them with counterfeit signs and wonders that 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 Spirit of God will always glorify Christ, not entitled religious men who conform to the world's way of doing things. When Christ returns is going to shake the foundations of the traditions of man and the false prophets who sit upon them. His judgement is coming to for those who have chosen to believe lies. 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 Spirit that can be discovered by searching and reading Scripture, just as the Bereans did. The rotten fruit of the modern church system is fuelled by the doctrines of demons leaving 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 Christspoke 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 him and would minister in his name. This is happening today and 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 exposed, ignored and discarded.
Christ 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. Christ made no guarantees that because the Gospel would be preached that 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 the religious elite because it is offensive to them.
The counterfeit modern church preaches of great revival in the end times, while Christ spoke of something quite the opposite. Christ 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 Christ, but deny his teaching in their behaviours that affirms the great falling away.
The ekklesia of Laodicea in the book of Revelation is found to be 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
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. They serve the god of mammon and have not kept the word of God. The manifestations of what they call “revival” are the uncontrolled behaviours people flailing, cackling, shaking, laughing and twitching uncontrollably is nowhere to be found except for the accounts of demonic possession. By comparing these manifestations with pagan ideology, it reveals that these things are an imprint of Satan, not of the Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF-CONTROL; against such things there is no law. - Galatians 5:22
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 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 the genuine ekklesia of Christ should be to preach reconciliation with our Father in heaven by what Christ has done.
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?
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
The word “revival” is a deceptive word because it leads too many down rabbit trails. The main focus should be the foundational work of Christ who makes his habitation in those that choose follow 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 fulfilled sign gifts that were to show to the unbelieving Jews that the apostles were men of God and by faith confirm the testament to all believers today. Today, what is called, "revival" is a ploy to get masses hopped up on a manufactured "signs and wonders" movement. They are no different from the crowd Christ 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 today is about surrendering in humility of letting Christ be the Head. It is about reading God's word and being obedient to it. To put supposed 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 bilk people of their money. The Gospel is not about feel-goods, but is about conviction. It is not about mystical experiences, but obedience. The so-called modern prophets brag about their supernatural experiences of what they felt and saw, but the true followers of Christ speak of who their Messiah and the revelation that is found in Scripture, not from the imaginations of men.
The unity of being in one accord with Christ is abiding in him, and he in us as living stones. The vision of the ekklesia should not change. It is about repentance and the transformation of our hearts to the heart of Christ.
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, Christ will give us discernment and protect us from the counterfeit. Unfortunately, many still 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. The deception is real, but many are too blind to see what is taking place right in front of them.
The AntiChrist Spirit
The so-called “revival” that is in the counterfeit church system is simply allowing the flattery of the antichrist spirit to manifest. 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 of those who profess God with their lips, but do not know Him. Those of the ekklesia desires to be without spot or blemish in their their devotion to the way of Christ with watchfulness, discernment and the fear of God.
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 for those in the modern church system and it will be in severe. Just as Aninias and Saphira died on the spot when Peter revealed their lies, the same judgement is coming to confront those who operate in the power of darkness.
Do you believe that revival is the manifestation of signs and wonders in the modern "church?"
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