PENSACOLA, FL -- Today, July 23, 2002 Editor-Evangelist
Jerrell Miller will board an Air France Bowing 777 to go to Paris and on
to Lego, Nigeria. Finally an America Reporter will go to see first
hand the Synagogue Church and Pastor T. B. Joshua. The first leg of
the trip will begin in Pensacola at Pensacola Regional Airport.
CALHOUN, GA -- Editor Jerrell Miller
celebrated the 300th week of revival with Pastor Keith Reid at the East
Calhoun Church of God. Miller spoke on Faith on Friday night and
ministered in the prophetic gifts at the altar. "When the
service started I could feel the glory of God touch the house as Worship
Leader Timothy Reed, the pastor's son led worship," said Editor
ERIC AND JENNIFER GONYON
TAMPA, FL -- Eric and Jennifer Gonyon had a multi-million dollar business in West Palm Beach, Florida and the call of God came at the River Church in the Summer of 1997. Unlike the rich young ruler, they sold everything they had and was at bible school in the short period of a month, God was in it. They followed the leading of the Lord. Having to be at school on August 31, Eric and Jennifer had not sold their house. As they had given away all that they owned and was going to leave for school on August 31 -- a call came as they were leaving -- God was right on time as a lady purchased their home.
Eric and Jennifer A Great
Joel & Jonathan
TAMPA, FL -- Going into the third day of
the Campmeeting the power of God was so strong today that the Glory
touched many who were in the audience. A holy cloud could be
sensed and felt during the worship at the beginning of the day.
Preaching in the round, Howard-Browne invited the sons of Larry
Stockstill of Bethany Fellowship to come and minister. The young
19-year-old Jonathan Stockstill was powerful as he played on the key
board away from the main pulpit, then it was Joel's turn to share the
word of God. Joel Stockstill was powerful in the pulpit.
Joel (23) never attended high school of college because of a disabling
illness in his kidneys. It was in the summer of 1995 when
Joel's kidney's completely shut down. He hasn't lived a normal
life but one thing he did not come up short with was his ability to
deliver the word of God. Joel said that he had been at deaths door
more than five different times hovering over deaths door.
"Surely God has a purpose for this 23 year old young man, these two
brothers have powerfully impacted the ministry at Bethany. The
glory that is upon them is the same glory that was on his father.
TAMPA, FL -- Today's Campmeeting focused on giving and the blessing that God gives found in Deuteronomy 28: After Rodney read the entire Chapter on giving and then he taught on the process of return. The power of God was in the teaching of the word as Rodney spoke about his ministry in the early days. "My first year here in America we only took in $60,000 and God dealt with me. In 1992 my entire ministry budget was $3 million dollars and once again God dealt with me on giving. I often asked him, "Isn't it working the way you want it to, but God dealt with me so I could go to another level."
Giving Is A Ministry Life Style For Those Who Understand
River Church On I-75 Is A Miracle of Giving
The new Church at the River is beautiful, and it came from a need. One
day when Rodney was driving through Tampa he saw an abandon car
dealership called Auto Nation on Interstate 75. "God spoke to me to
buy it, we were really having rough time with ministry finances at the
time but after they financed us because the man saw how much we were
giving into other ministries. You can't preach this if your not
doing it yourself." Today it is a beautiful work of God next
to the interstate in Tampa lined with beautiful palm trees and plenty of
parking. The show room of the old dealership can hold close to
2,500 people and is perfect for a church setting with the flags of the
nations surrounding the entire sanctuary.
TAMPA, FL -- What does it take to have a
move of God, first of all you need a man that is anointed for a great
purpose. Every since Rodney Howard-Browne opened the door of river
revival in Florida the power of God has flowed through several
camps. Through Toronto there are two apostles of this move
John and Carol Arnott. In Pensacola there is John Kilpatrick,
Steve Hill and Lindell Cooley, and in Kansas City there is Steve and
Kathy Grey. All these moves of God have a central figure.
God has used these four camps to touch this nation. The Remnant
has traveled to each one of these camps except Canada. Each of the
three we have visited have increased in power and demonstration of
Spirit. Despite some of the major set backs in the revival over
the last few years it seems as if the Spirit of God is speaking to
purpose of these places. Each has been stirred to a point of
Looking out at the parking lot and the light polls that surround it you will notice every flag of the nations of the world. Rodney Howard-Browne has set his sights on the world and to reach it with God's with Holy anointing. We will continue with more reports on this Campmeeting. The Remnant will visit Northern Georgia and South Mississippi at the end of the week. It seems as if the power of God is increasing in a more power destination at this time. To read more about these supernatural events call to subscribe to The Remnant at (888) 755-9145.
PENSACOLA, FL -- It was back to revival
after the Thursday night fire that shut the main sanctuary down in
Pensacola. Pastor Kilpatrick said, "What looked like a curse
became a blessing as in the next few months we will
see the entire sanctuary remodeled with a new roof on top of the
sanctuary. We were eventually going to have to replace the roof
but the lighting saved us a lot of money. Some say it was an act
of God but we really know who was behind this it was the devil.
Kilpatrick said, "Is that's your best shot?'
News Anchor Mel Showers Slanders Brownsville Church After Fire
PENSACOLA, FL -- Late into the night you could see flames from the top of the Brownsville Assembly of God Sanctuary in Pensacola.
Most of the fire was concentrated over the area of the church where tape duplicating center is. Early in the night Elmer Melton saw the fire and called it to the fire department. It was a major fire in Pensacola on July 4. More than eight companies responded to the two alarm fire.
It was a difficult fire to control because it was in the roof structure of the church. One church member said, "It was started by a direct lightning strike and subsequently started and the spawning fire ran down into the area where foyer is and over the tape duplicating area." Escambia County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief, Pat Grace said that the fire was under investigation and that no determination was made as to its origins at this fire.
Fire crews stayed on scene until 2 AM in the morning working to contain the understructure of the insulation. Fire fighters had a very difficult time containing that area. Tiny flames could be scene from the roof as it burned. The fire crews as they put out the roof fire tried to contain the water damage as it flowed through the church from the downpour of the yellow nozzle truck that stretched over the right hand side of the sanctuary.
Brownsville members were in the parking lot as a somber pastor studied the situation. "He didn’t say much but you could see the deep concern on John Kilpatrick's face. We’re just blessed that Elmer Melton saw it because the entire structure could have been brought to the ground had he not caught it just after it started. Elmer is the chief ushers along with Bill Bush. He also serves on the board of the church and is a trusted right hand man for Pastor Kilpatrick.
"Although this fire will be very costly, it could have done so much more damage. Praise God we have the Family Life Center to meet in for the next few months!" said Deborah Bailey. Tonight Tommy Tenney was scheduled to be at the regular Friday night revival meeting but that meeting has been canceled. More updates coming as more is learned about this fire.
PENSACOLA, FL -- Lighting struck the top
of the Brownsville Assembly of God church tonight causing extensive fire
and water damage to the church and main sanctuary. The roof was
seen on fire over the main entrance and much of the damage was done in
the area where they make the audio tapes and the foyer. One
fireman was quoted as saying that the main sanctuary will not be able to
be used for several; months because of the damage. The area of the
Gulf Coast from Mobile to Pensacola have experienced thunderstorms all
night. Because of the darkness of the night the damage could not
LOUISVILLE, KY -- It was just a reenactment of the Christian Faith over the years at the second service at Evangel World Prayer Center but what happened this morning was a tremendous move of God as altars filled with repentant church members and visitors. Mike Evans a young black man played the part of James Seymour at Azusa Street. He was on his knees with his head in couple of orange crates preaching when the power of God touched him as he began to preach. What was reenactment turned into the real thing. As Evans called people forward the power of God pulled people and young people from the pews to repentance. Pastor Bob Rodgers called the young people forward. It was a God moment as the power of God fell in the sanctuary that has seen revival before.
MIKE EVANS PREACHES AS SPIRIT FALLS
LOUISVILLE, KY -- Pastor Bob Rodgers is going to touch the world with short wave radio. With the Muslim influence growing in Africa the short wave radio has become the cleanest form of communication, and the radio is going to be launched from Louisville, Kentucky at the Evangel World Prayer Center to touch the entire world. Editor Jerrell Miller is currently on the road in Louisville, Kentucky. For more detailed information on order The Remnant at 888 755-9145 for $25.00.
By Jerry Aplin
PENSACOLA, FL -- Sunday, June 23, 2002, Brownsville Assembly of God, in Pensacola, Florida. As the Sunday morning service started you got the feeling that it was not going to be a usual Brownsville Sunday morning service. Lindell played love songs to the Lord. Nothing fast, just love songs to the Lord. There was more than the usual movement on the platform. Pastor Kilpatrick came to the podium and told the congregation that at 11:00 o’clock Matt Shiver’s life support system would be disconnected.
Matt is the son of Tony Schiever who is a deacon at Brownsville and drives pastor Kilpatrick’s coach on his ministry trips. Matt and his wife had left on a trip to Montgomery Alabama ten days ago. On the way to Montgomery Matt became ill. So they turned around and came home. Matt continued to get sicker after reaching home. After being tested he was admitted to the University of South Alabama hospital. The test revealed a tumor in his brain. Matt said he was going to roll it over on Jesus. On Tuesday he was operated on to remove the tumor. He was doing ok until Saturday night when his brain began to swell.
Pastor had arranged for the church service to be relayed to the parents of Matt, so they could hear the church praying for them and for Matt. As the church prayed, Lindell played music requested by the family. This went on for some time. When Pastor came back to the lectern, he said that Matt did not respond after being unplugged. Matt had passed away. Pastor Kilpatrick said that he could not bring the message with such a heavy heart. Dr. Larry Martin would bring the message this day and a wonderful message it would be.
Dr. Martin said he was going to preach what Matt would preach if he could come speak to us today. He used James 4:14 as his scriptural basis.
(James 4:14)" Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."
Life is a vapor. Matt’s mother thought he was going to become an evangelist. That is exactly what God did. Whenever Matt stopped to buy gas he would witness to the attendant or clerk. On his job he prayed for his boss twice a day. He was a BRSM student and they were proud of him.
Dr. Martin said, "Today I want to stand in Matt’s place and tell you what he would say if he were here."
Life is like a vapor that passes away quickly. Those who live to be 100 years old think that their time has passed fast. Dr. Martin said he was 50 years old and 2/3 of his allotted lifetime was gone. A man’s normal lifetime is three score and ten or 70 years. Fate and time are the enemy of man.
Life is relationships. If you haven’t told your mate that you love them today, do it now. If you haven’t hugged your children today, do it now.
Children spell love……………TIME!
A man took his son fishing one day. He wrote in his journal the following comment. "The day was a loss. I took my son fishing." His son also made an entry in his diary. It said, " Today was the best day of my life. Dad took me fishing." Those wasted days you spend with your children just may turn out to be golden memories.
The tumor that Matt had came as a surprise to the family. This story did not end the way I wanted it to end. There will come times in life when you will not understand why something has happened. It has all been filtered by the Lord. Our God is weaving a tapestry that only He knows the pattern and design. It is not for me to challenge God. God is in control and I trust Him.
There is not a person in the grave that would not tell you if he could come back to serve God. Madeleine Murray O’Hare would say, "serve God." Hitler would say, "serve God." I am not talking about Sunday saints and Monday ain’ts but 24/7 type prayer warriors.
5. COME JOIN ME IN HEAVEN!
Death is the ultimate victory for a child of God. The world is just as dark as a cave. What did some of the Bible heroes say about heaven? David in Psalm 23:6 said, " Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." In Revelation 21:2 John said, " Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Paul in Timothy 4:7 says, " I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Matt would tell you, "Don’t give up. Remember Mnason."
If you are ready for heaven, you know it. If you are not ready for heaven you need to get on your face before the Lord and clear the deck of whatever is standing between you and God.
This article has centered on the untimely death of Matt Shiver. It would be a tragedy if he were the only young person who died from Brownsville this week but a young woman died Saturday. She was 13 years old. Her parents and sister were in church Sunday morning at Brownsville. Even with the death of a child the family would not turn from God but were there worshipping Him the next day.
KINGSPORT, TN -- He was an evangelist
holding Miracle Meetings without miracles but that all changed when he
came into contact with Rodney Howard-Browne. Today as the glory falls
around Richard Moore he has found the secrect to the glory of God and
that is his presence. He followed Rodney Howard-Browne and set up
meetings for just $100 a week and then one day in his meetings he
received from God and was never the same. Recently in Kingsport,
Tennessee at the Restoration Church
Moore displayed the power of God as many were refreshed and touched by
the mighty hand of God.
Jesus Was There Last Night
HARDEEVILLE, SC -- Last night the glory
of God was found in the low lands of South Carolina. People came
from around the area and a television crew from Charlotte, North
Carolina was there to record the events of a revival that is now in its
fourth year. John Davis spoke on the acceptance of Jesus
Christ. Davis the Ambassador for the Brownsville Revival has flown
the country to plant the seeds of that great revival across the
country. The evangelist said that in the early days of the revival
God told him to just lift up Jesus and that his presence would fill the
place. Once again that is what happened last night -- his presence
filled the sanctuary. Pastor Charles Bowman made several trips to
the great revival in Pensacola before Davis came. More than two
years of prayer was made in Hardeeville at Abundant Life before the
glory visited the wall of this sanctuary. They came forward for
salvation last night and they came forward to renew their relationship
with God. John Davis is a powerful force of revival and it was
displayed last night as the man of God preached a short to the point
message that brought people forward.
ON THE ROAD WITH THE REMNANT
HARDEEVILLE, SC -- Tonight we will be in
Hardeeville, South Carolina to visit Abundant Life Church.
Abundant Life Church is a direct result of the Brownsville
outpouring. Now going into its fourth year the power has sprung
forth and the has exploded in the last few weeks. Evangelist John
Davis is the evangelist at this fire and Pastor Charles Bowman knows the
power has struck a new measure of glory. In its fourth year
the power has increased.
PENSACOLA, FL -- Today Evengelist Steve Hill will stand behind a pulpit that has changed the history of the church as we know it today. Hungry people are still in place but gone are the days of every night meetings. Hill returned to the city and had to find a way to make this date just to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Brownsville Revival. Yes there will be long lines once again but the hope and the prayer of those concerned with this move of God is that it will still bring forth life. It's more than just a happening event because seven years ago the church got a break from the ususal and saw the supernatural return to the a Holy Place in Pensacola, know as Brownsville Assembly of God. Our throughts and our hearts today are with Pastor John Kilpatrick, Steve Hill and the wonderful congregation that have backed and supported the move of God over the last seven years. Happy Father's Day!
MOBILE, AL -- If the history of Pentecost
could speak it would tell you about New Life Christian Fellowship.
For years it was known as Bay View Heights Baptist Chruch, it was a
place that sponsored Kathryn Kuhlman when she came to minister in Mobile
during the 1970's. It was a church that saw the controversial Decipleship
Movement start with such great preachers as Charles Simpson, Earn Baxter
and many others, but last night it was a Riverlution with Georgian Banov.
This Bulgarian River man has traveled across the country out of the New
Orleans area to spead the touch of God. Georgian is a river man
with the power of worship in his soul. Pastor Louis Carson asked
him to come for the next three days to refresh his people. "He's
different but he has the power of God and refreshing on his
life." Louis Carson has pastored the church for the last few
years as the name was changed to New Life Christian Fellowship in
Mobile, Alabama. Louis Carson has a powerful testimony as he moved
his family from South Africa to Mobile to build the river move of God in
the port city.
PENSACOLA, FL -- This month is the Seventh Anniversary of the Brownsville Revival and the momentum of this great move of God has been stirred.. If you would have been at the church the last two times that Jackson Sanyonga of Africa preached then you could have felt the fire begin to slowly burn again. Evangelist Steve Hill will be at the Holy Place in Pensacola to celebrate the Seventh Anniversary of this great move of God, on June 14, 2002.
Lagos, Nigeria Move Is Looked At
About Before It Happened
Has A Fire Revival On State
John Davis Is A
Busy Man in S.C. & Oklahoma
PENSACOLA, FL -- The last two weeks at Brownsville has
felt the shaking of a great movement among the faithful. Pastor
Jackson Sanyonga from Uganda has brought a new life to this fire that
has never been seen before. Pastor John Kilpatrick was so touched
by his ministry that he asked that he fly from Uganda once a month to
minister on Friday and Sunday each month at the great
FLORENCE, KY -- This was no ordinary night as the glory of God came into the service at Heritage Fellowship, in Florence, Kentucky. It seemed as if it was a night when the international touch of many people coming from many lands touched the Holy place of God. One pastor from Cape Town, South Africa spoke and gave the witness of a powerful God who is moving among the crime element of South Africa. Two young people from Heritage Fellowship who were in their early twenties spoke about moving among the sick in Africa. The witness of blind eyes opening, the lame walking and the deaf hearing was among the faithful. These were young people who had went to the mission field without money and depended by faith for their work. A Hungarian Evangelist Laszlo Bozaoka spoke on the restoration of those who need to be restored. It was a powerful word and the word that for those who were their this night. Pastor Cleddie Keith took those who were in the meeting and stationed them at the front as the faithful came forward for the prayer of faith.
HERITAGE EIGHT YEARS OF REVIVAL
KINGSPORT, TN -- More than 30 churches in the Kingsport, Tennessee got together for the last two days for a refreshing and a move of God among the people. Several years ago Rodney Howard-Browne gave a prophecy about this area that was overwhelming. He said that this area would have revival, he said that in a Georgia meeting and he had never been to this part of Tennessee at the time. Yesterday we saw much evidence of that as the meeting that began in the morning was filled with the power of God. Musicians from over the whole city led worship as the presence of God could be felt all over the auditorium. "It seemed as if God was moving so strong in the worship that several times it felt as if a vent from heaven was coming down on the people." said one witness of the event. Michael and Margaret Shirley and the guitar player John said that they had a witness a long time ago to move to this part of the state, because this would be a place of revival. The glory that came down during the early worship set the day for what God was going to do.
KINGSPORT IS REALLY A KINGSPORT
Under the guidance of Restoration Church and Steve Hooper their pastor the two day meeting saw a powerful harvest of souls. In this joint community revival outreach more than 100 souls came forward to receive Christ. The power of God touched the people deeply as whole sections fell under the power of God as Rodney Howard-Browne stretched his hand forward to pray for them on Thursday night. The most powerful thing on Thursday were the powerful testimonies of giving and how God touched several. From a minister in Sacramento to an Appalachian pastor who had a powerful transforming touch of God the proof of God grace was in the testimony this night. Pastor Timothy Collins of Resurrection Church had a powerful testimony of how he found the secret of giving that allowed him and his church to purchase a funeral home worth more than $300,000 for their new church. Pastor Collins said that the power of giving will heal the poverty levels in Appalachia as revival touches our land. Testimony after testimony of giving came forward for this great event. It was just a short meeting but what God did here was tremendous. You could sense and feel a present of God over this place and it seems as if it is a work about ready to come forth on the calendar of God's revival schedule in the United States. Today The Remnant will be in Florence, Kentucky for the revival meeting that has been held their for the last eight years at Heritage Fellowship under the direction of Pastor Cleddie Keith.
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE -- Many consider Rodney Howard-Browne as the father of revival in America and last night he shared the vision that he has for America. More than 46,000 people were saved in his New York outreach and more than 53,000 were saved in Shreveport, Louisiana. Howard-Browne spoke about his early childhood and his desire to come to America even when he was five years old. "I tried to come several times before the Lord allowed me to come. Believe me if all of America is touched by revival then it will touch the entire world." According to Rodney Howard-Browne the greatest threat toward revival in the country is the mask of religion. During his outreach in New York many of the Pentecostal Churches in New York City turned against his efforts to touch the city. This evangelist was led by God in a dream to touch the great city and even spoke of the city at the time as being a target for international terrorism. Today he will have a 10 AM meeting and a 7 PM meeting in Kingsport, Tennessee.
SEVIERVILLE, TN -- The Restoration of ministers is the job of Deer Path Resorts, according to Sandra Bass the hope and the vision of this resort is to change peoples lives. Sandra once trained as an Assembly of God Missionary with Steve and Jerry Hill. She spent ten years in the Assemblies of God as a missionary. She has served as the Women's Ministry Director for the Assemblies of God in North Carolina. "My main ministry purpose is to bring people to Jesus Christ." Sandra is a sought after speaker among the many women's conference in the United States, but her vision of the restoration of ministers led her to Deer Path Resorts. While it sounds more like a business make no mistake about the commitment of these people. Dan Stetson has a vision for the restoration of ministers and Sandra Bass was called to his side to help direct conferences at the resorts. Today was a very important date as the foundational work for the new conference center began on Douglas Lake. The center will be opened in October, and reservations are being taken for the fall. The Remnant is on the road and has moved up to Kingsport, Tennessee to be with Rodney Howard-Browne the next two nights at Meadowview Convention Center.
Pastor Joshua has been led of the Holy Spirit to do what he is doing. He started with just eight people and as the healings began to manifest in the Holy Ghost sometimes his mid week services contain more that 225,000 people who come seeking healing in their bodies. There are altar calls for salvation and it functions like a normal church, the only thing that is not normal about the place are the thousands of people coming and staying and entire 24-hour-period seeking the healing power of God."
"Many of the people know that healing is associated with repentance. When someone comes seeking a healing for aids or HIV positive they have a sign which includes their sins. What does witchcraft have to do with repentance. In the six times I have come I have seen cancers of the skin, cansers of the rectum and crippled legs walk. Many of the people who are seeking a healing from aids come back with medical reports of the miracle. You can see their original diagnosis and then you can see the diagnoisis of health."
"In November we plan to go back to The Church of All Nations, I am very excited to see what God is going to do next the3re. I am an eyewitness account of what is going on there and believe me, it’s real."
PENSACOLA, FL -- There is stirring at the
great revival in Pensacola. The pastor has become very active in
the order of the church and last week Pastor John Kilpatrick called the
church to a weeklong fast. The events on Friday night with Jensen
Franklin from Georgia is reveiling that the fasting is calling forth the
Spirit of God. The great revival has been trimmed to one night a
week on Friday but the hunger of the people still is calling for
A CALL FOR HOLINESS
It is past time for the church to repent for the sins that have been allowed to exist. God is calling the church to be holy as He is holy. How can an unholy church witness to a lost world? Examine every thought and action. Examine what is watched on television. If it does not lift Jesus up then it must go. 9/11 was a wake up call. It was very bad. How will you handle situations that are worse than 9/11? How much evil can be handled without caving in if the heart is lukewarm? In Revelation God says I would that you were hot or cold rather than lukewarm. Lukewarm people have no idea that anything is amiss. Come back to your first Love, come back. Be revived.
Praise and worship Friday
night was wonderful as always but Worship Leader Lyndell Cooley felt
that the people were holding back. After about an hour of singing Pastor
Kilpatrick encouraged the people to walk around the church and pray to
remove distractions and hindrances from the sanctuary. Then Pastor
called the people to pray that the bondage and distractions be broken
from the minds of the congregation.
MOBILE,AL–His name is Marvin Gorman and he has seen God’s move at various times in the United States. At one time in New Orleans between the 1973 and 1984 more than 200 people a week were coming to God at his church. He has been through many changes since that time. Overturning a scandal in his own ministry, today he is more in demand than ever. We sat and talked with him about the end time revival and his travels into Africa.
"I believe revival will return to our country a second time and it will be normal for God to return a second time. Most people who seek revival look for it to come the same way as it had come before, and that’s why God will not honor their requests. God never does anything the same way twice. I see God coming to us very soon because the time clock it ticking. The next revival will be very quick – I look for the Holy Spirit to sweep the earth in a period of weeks and months – the next move of God will not be tied to a big ministry but absolute nobodies will be raised up over night. People who have no names will lead this move of God."
"In 1983 I had a vision of the last days revival and it was marked by holiness and worship. The power of God will come through holiness and the praise of the one who will send it on the wings of the Holy Spirit. I heard a man say that Jesus left the church to 12 men to run and I said Jesus didn’t leave it to these men but he told them to go and wait for the Holy Ghost in Jerusalem. On the day of Pentecost great miracles were done and Jerusalem was turned upside down. You could name the twelve on that day but in that upper room were people with no names who had the same power bestowed on them as the twelve. Believe me once again the no names are going to have the same power as those who have walked in ministry for years. These individuals are going to be raised up for this particular time. They will have never been churched and they will have great faith to accomplish very much in a short period of time. There will be a new generation of believers who will understand the power of God but will separate themselves from religious form. I see a day when the supernatural of God will separate itself from the traditional church. It was like that in the days of Jesus, tradition could not handle the raising of the dead by Jesus, and new wine will never be able to be captured by old bottles."
One of the most amazing things Marvin Gorman had to share during his time at River of Life Church in Mobile, Alabama was the tremendous healing revival that is going on in Lagos, Nigeria right now. "Last year Charisma Magazine labeled the move of God in Nigeria as a cult and something that was not valid. We were asked to go as observers to see if what was going on there was the real thing. We flew KLM all the way to the Ivory Coast and got there on a Tuesday – the next morning I got up and looked across the compound of where we were staying to see people lining up for the Wednesday evening service. All day long we watched people gather on the outside of the church. What started as a crowd of 125,000 would be swelled to almost 250,000 during the night. I walked with Brother Joshua as we saw miracle after miracle happen right before our eyes. The place was as large as a football field and the whole church had closed circuit television so when Brother Joshua was moving everyone could see what was going on. An entire section of people infected with HIV positive were in the huge building. They stood with a sign that named their illness and also the sins they were repenting of, you could see fornication, adultery, lying and many other sins written out on the signs. The claims made by Charisma were that they were not a real church but what we saw was different from what their article claimed. As I walked with Brother Joshua he led me to a women who’s belly was swollen as if she was in her ninth month of being pregnant. She was infected in the belly and as I layed my hands upon her water began to gush out of her belly as her stomach went as flat as a 16-year-old girl. It was amazing. The night we were there we saw in the gallery of the healed a Medical Doctor from Botswanna with his wife. He was infected by the HIV virus along with his wife. They had come to the meeting in November of 2001 and had returned in February. She was a computer analysis. They had two sheets of paper that showed they were HIV positive and one in January revealed that HIV was not in the blood system anymore. They still had their signs that listed their sins but this time they had the written medical evidence from a medical hospital showing that they were completely free of HIV. It just was these two who had come from just a few months back, but we saw more than 30 other individuals who had the same testimony of the before and after."
"We saw cancer of the rectum healed, we saw the before and after video tapes of when they had been their before. We saw a journalist who hadn’t been able to walk for 12 years get up out of a car and start walking. Lagos, Nigeria is a city of 16 million people and this man had worked for the leading newspaper there. In a documented video tape of before and after with validated medical records, we could see that the story that was printed in the Charisma Magazine was not valid at all. They didn’t even send a reporter to the church. We saw true repentance at the Church of All Nations – The Synagogue was a place of healing and testimony. We prayed for people until 12 midnight and then we rested for a short period of time and then we went back out again. Around 3 A.M. I told Brother Joshua I was tired and was suffering from jet lag, I returned to the compound to sleep. The service that had begun at 5 P.M. ended Thursday morning at 5 A.M. – by the end of the service more than 250,000 people had come to seek God in healing. Some were instantly healed and some will come back to tell the story later but what we saw was true repentance and the power of God right out of the Book of Acts."
Whether we realize it or not, Israel is a detriment, an impediment, to certain groups hostile todemocracies and hostile to what we believe in, hostile to that which makes us the greatest nation in the history of the world. They have kept them from taking complete control of the Middle East. If it were not for Israel, they would overrun the region. They are our strategic ally.
SEVEN REASONS WHY ISRAEL SHOULD EXIST
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- I was interested the other day when I heard that the de facto ruler, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, made a statement which was received by many in this country as if it were a statement of fact, as if it were something new, a concept for peace in the Middle East that no one had ever heard of before. I was kind of shocked that it was so well received by many people who had been down this road before.
I suggest to you that what Crown Prince Abdullah talked about a few days ago was not new at all. He talked about the fact that under the Abdullah plan, Arabs would normalize relations with Israel in exchange for the Jewish state surrendering the territory it received after the 1967 Six-Day War as if that were something new. He went on to talk about other land that had been acquired and had been taken by Israel.
I remember so well on December 4 when we covered all of this and the fact that there isn’t anything new about the prospect of giving up land that is rightfully Israel’s land in order to have peace.
When it gets right down to it, the land doesn’t make that much difference because Yasser Arafat and others don’t recognize Israel’s right to any of the land. They do not recognize Israel’s right to exist.
I will discuss seven reasons, which I mentioned once before, why Israel is entitled to the land they have and that it should not be a part of the peace process.
If this is something that Israel wants to do, it is their business to do it. But anyone who has tried to put the pressure on Israel to do this is wrong.
We are going to be hit by skeptics who are going to say we will be attacked because of our support for Israel, and if we get out of the Middle East—that is us—all the problems will go away. That is just not true. If we withdraw, all of these problems will again come to our door.
I have some observations to make about that. But I would like to reemphasize once again the seven reasons that Israel has the right to their land. The first reason is that Israel has the right to the land because of all of the archeological evidence. That is reason, No. 1. All the archeological evidence supports it.
Every time there is a dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact that Israelis have had a presence there for 3,000 years. They have been there for a long time. The coins, the cities, the pottery, the culture—there are other people, groups that are there, but there is no mistaking the fact that Israelis have been present in that land for 3,000 years.
It predates any claims that other peoples in the regions may have. The ancient Philistines are extinct. Many other ancient peoples are extinct. They do not have the unbroken line to this date that the Israelis have.
Even the Egyptians of today are not racial Egyptians of 2,000, 3,000 years ago. They are primarily an Arab people. The land is called Egypt, but they are not the same racial and ethnic stock as the old Egyptians of the ancient world. The first Israelis are in fact descended from the original Israelites. The first proof, then, is the archeology.
The second proof of Israel’s right to the land is the historic right. History supports it totally and completely. We know there has been an Israel up until the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans conquered the land. Israel had no homeland, although Jews were allowed to live there. They were driven from the land in two dispersions: One was in 70 A,.D. and the other was in 135 A.D. But there was always a Jewish presence in the land.
The Turks, who took over about 700 years ago and ruled the land up until about World War I, had control. Then the land was conquered by the British. The Turks entered World War I on the side of Germany. The British knew they had to do something to punish Turkey, and also to break up that empire that was going to be a part of the whole effort of Germany in World War I. So the British sent troops against the Turks in the Holy Land.
One of the generals who was leading the British armies was a man named Allenby. Allenby was a Bible-believing Christian. He carried a Bible with him everywhere he went and he knew the significance of Jerusalem.
The night before the attack against Jerusalem to drive out the Turks, Allenby prayed that God would allow him to capture the city without doing damage to the holy places.
That day, Allenby sent World War I biplanes over the city of Jerusalem to do a reconnaissance mission. You have to understand that the Turks had at that time never seen an airplane. So there they were, flying around. They looked in the sky and saw these fascinating inventions and did not know what they were, and they were terrified by them. Then they were told they were going to be opposed by a man named Allenby the next day, which means, in their language, "man sent from God" or "prophet from God." They dared not fight against a prophet from God, so the next morning, when Allenby went to take Jerusalem, he went in and captured it without firing a single shot.
The British Government was grateful to Jewish people around the world, particularly to one Jewish chemist who helped them manufacture niter. Niter is an ingredient that was used in nitroglycerin which was sent over from the New World. But they did not have a way of getting it to England. The German U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean. But a man named Weitzman, a Jewish chemist, discovered a way to make it from materials that existed in England. As a result, they were able to continue that supply.
The British at that time said they were going to give the Jewish people a homeland. That is all a part of history. It is all written down in history. They were gratified that the Jewish people, the bankers, came through and helped finance the war.
The homeland that Britain said it would set aside consisted of all of what is now Israel and all of what was then the nation of Jordan—the whole thing. That was what Britain promised to give the Jews in 1917.
In the beginning, there was some Arab support for this action. There was not a huge Arab population in the land at that time, and there is a reason for that. The land was not able to sustain a large population of people. It just did not have the development it needed to handle those people, and the land was not really wanted by anybody. Nobody really wanted this land. It was considered to be worthless land.
I want the Presiding Officer to hear what Mark Twain said. And, of course, you may have read "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer." Mark Twain—Samuel Clemens—took a tour of Palestine in 1867. This is how he described that land. We are talking about Israel now. He said:
A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.
Where was this great Palestinian nation? It did not exist. It was not there. Palestinians were not there. Palestine was a region named by the Romans, but at that time it was under the control of Turkey, and there was no large mass of people there because the land would not support them.
This is the report that the Palestinian Royal Commission, created by the British, made. It quotes an account of the conditions on the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea in 1913. This is the Palestinian Royal Commission. They said:
The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track, suitable for transport by camels or carts. No orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached the Yavnev village. Houses were mud. Schools did not exist. The western part toward the sea was almost a desert. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.
That was 1913.
The French author Voltaire described Palestine as "a hopeless, dreary place."
In short, under the Turks the land suffered from neglect and low population. That is a historic fact. The nation became populated by both Jews and Arabs because the land came to prosper when Jews came back and began to reclaim it. Historically, they began to reclaim it. If there had never been any archaeological evidence to support the rights of the Israelis to the territory, it is also important to recognize that other nations in the area have no longstanding claim to the country either.
Did you know that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920? Iraq did not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941; the borders of Jordan were established in 1946 and Kuwait in 1961. Any of these nations that would say Israel is only a recent arrival would have to deny their own rights as recent arrivals as well. They did not exist as countries. They were all under the control of the Turks.
Historically, Israel gained its independence in 1948.
The third reason that land belongs to Israel is the practical value of the Israelis being there. Israel today is a modern marvel of agriculture. Israel is able to bring more food out of a desert environment than any other country in the world. The Arab nations ought to make Israel their friend and import technology from Israel that would allow all the Middle East, not just Israel, to become an exporter of food. Israel has unarguable success in its agriculture.
The fourth reason I believe Israel has the right to the land is on the grounds of humanitarian concern. You see, there were 6 million Jews slaughtered in Europe in World War II. The persecution against the Jews had been very strong in Russia since the advent of communism. It was against them even before then under the Czars.
These people have a right to their homeland. If we are not going to allow them a homeland in the Middle East, then where? What other nation on Earth is going to cede territory, is going to give up land?
They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel would fit into my home State of Oklahoma seven times. It would fit into the Presiding Officer’s State of Georgia seven times. They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel is very small. It is a nation that, up until the time that claims started coming in, was not desired by anybody.
The fifth reason Israel ought to have their land is that she is a strategic ally of the United States. Whether we realize it or not, Israel is a detriment, an impediment, to certain groups hostile to democracies and hostile to what we believe in, hostile to that which makes us the greatest nation in the history of the world. They have kept them from taking complete control of the Middle East. If it were not for Israel, they would overrun the region. They are our strategic ally.
It is good to know we have a friend in the Middle East on whom we can count. They vote with us in the United Nations more than England, more than Canada, more than France, more than Germany—more than any other country in the world.
The sixth reason is that Israel is a roadblock to terrorism. The war we are now facing is not against a sovereign nation; it is against a group of terrorists who are very fluid, moving from one country to another. They are almost invisible. That is whom we are fighting against today.
We need every ally we can get. If we do not stop terrorism in the Middle East, it will be on our shores. We have said this again and again and again, and it is true.
One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United States of America is that the policy of our Government has been to ask the Israelis, and demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes that have been launched against them.
Since its independence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: The war in 1948 and 1949—that was the war for independence—the war in 1956, the Sinai campaign; the Six-Day War in 1967; and in 1973, the Yom Kippur War, the holiest day of the year, and that was with Egypt and Syria.
You have to understand that in all four cases, Israel was attacked. They were not the aggressor. Some people may argue that this was not true because they went in first in 1956, but they knew at that time that Egypt was building a huge military to become the aggressor. Israel, in fact, was not the aggressor and has not been the aggressor in any of the four wars.
Also, they won all four wars against impossible odds. They are great warriors. They consider a level playing field being outnumbered 2 to 1.
There were 39 Scud missiles that landed on Israeli soil during the gulf war. Our President asked Israel not to respond. In order to have the Arab nations on board, we asked Israel not to participate in the war. They showed tremendous restraint and did not. Now we have asked them to stand back and not do anything over these last several attacks.
We have criticized them. We have criticized them in our media. Local people in television and radio often criticize Israel, not knowing the true facts. We need to be informed.
I was so thrilled when I heard a reporter pose a question to our Secretary of State, Colin Powell. He said:
Mr. Powell, the United States has advocated a policy of restraint in the Middle East. We have discouraged Israel from retaliation again and again and again because we’ve said it leads to continued escalation—that it escalates the violence. Are we going to follow that preaching ourselves?
Mr. Powell indicated we would strike back. In other words, we can tell Israel not to do it, but when it hits us, we are going to do something.
But all that changed in December when the Israelis went into the Gaza with gunships and into the West Bank with F-16s. With the exception of last May, the Israelis had not used F-16s since the 1967 6-Day War. And I am so proud of them because we have to stop terrorism. It is not going to go away. If Israel were driven into the sea tomorrow, if every Jew in the Middle East were killed, terrorism would not end. You know that in your heart. Terrorism would continue.
It is not just a matter of Israel in the Middle East. It is the heart of the very people who are perpetrating this stuff. Should they be successful in overrunning Israel—which they won’t be—but should they be, it would not be enough. They will never be satisfied.
No. 7, I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel; that it has a right to the land. This is the most important reason: Because God said so. As I said a minute ago, look it up in the book of Genesis. It is right up there on the desk.
In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says:
The Lord said to Abram, "Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever. ..... Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee."
That is God talking.
The Bible says that Abram removed his tent and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank. It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, "I am giving you this land,"—the West Bank.
This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is true. The seven reasons, I am convinced, clearly establish that Israel has a right to the land.
Eight years ago on the lawn of the White House, Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. It was a historic occasion. It was a tragic occasion.
At that time, the official policy of the Government of Israel began to be, "Let us appease the terrorists. Let us begin to trade the land for peace." This process continued unabated up until last year. Here in our own Nation, at Camp David, in the summer of 2000, then Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak offered the most generous concessions to Yasser Arafat that had ever been laid on the table.
He offered him more than 90 percent of all the West Bank territory, sovereign control of it. There were some parts he did not want to offer, but in exchange for that he said he would give up land in Israel proper that the PLO had not even asked for.
And he also did the unthinkable. He even spoke of dividing Jerusalem and allowing the Palestinians to have their capital there in the East. Yasser Arafat stormed out of the meeting. Why did he storm out of the meeting? Everything he had said he wanted was offered there. It was put into his hands. Why did he storm out of the meeting?
A couple of months later, there began to be riots, terrorism. The riots began when now Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount. And this was used as the thing that lit the fire and that caused the explosion.
Did you know that Sharon did not go unannounced and that he contacted the Islamic authorities before he went and secured their permission and had permission to be there? It was no surprise.
The response was very carefully calculated. They knew the world would not pay attention to the details.
They would portray this in the Arab world as an attack upon the holy mosque. They would portray it as an attack upon that mosque and use it as an excuse to riot. Over the last 8 years, during this time of the peace process, where the Israeli public has pressured its leaders to give up land for peace because they are tired of fighting, there has been increased terror.
In fact, it has been greater in the last 8 years than any other time in Israel’s history. Showing restraint and giving in has not produced any kind of peace. It is so much so that today the leftist peace movement in Israel does not exist because the people feel they were deceived.
They did offer a hand of peace, and it was not taken. That is why the politics of Israel have changed drastically over the past 12 months. The Israelis have come to see that, "No matter what we do, these people do not want to deal with us. ..... They want to destroy us." That is why even yet today the stationery of the PLO still has upon it the map of the entire state of Israel, not just the tiny little part they call the West Bank that they want. They want it all.
We have to get out of this mind set that somehow you can buy peace in the Middle East by giving little plots of land. It has not worked before when it has been offered.
These seven reasons show why Israel is entitled to that land.
The voice of Ralphena Dodson was heard last night and the glory of God filled the temple. She spoke of being married to a wonderful man for years and watching him turn an invalid because of a deteriorating disease, and then she spoke about the desire she had to be married again. She found a man at the Texas State Prison System and God directed her to marry him while he was in prison. She said it would be four and half years before he would be released, when it came time for his release he died also. It was near Christmas time as she drove to a church near Houston after they had buried her husband and she sang the Christmas song -- Come All Ye Faithful. Ralphena knows the depths of sorrow and you can hear it in her voice when she sings. God has a great purpose in this divine voice and the instrument of his choosing is very often not the one you think that he would choose but in Ralphena's case the level and the dept of anointing has been birthed through grief.
Cindy Jacobs Visits Brownsville
by Donna Aplin
Angel Is Seen At Brownsville
Cindy saw an angel in the church. He had come for the purpose of gathering the revival anointing to carry it to Israel. A word to BRSM is that the Lord is raising up missionaries from the school to go to Israel and the Middle East. There is a forerunner anointing being released over the School of Ministry.
The Revival Is Not Over
The revival is not over, God is simply shifting gears taking it to a higher level. Every service has experienced an awesome visitation of God’ Spirit. The Lord is preparing Brownsville for a mighty assignment. He is coming to visit all of Pensacola.
(Editor's Comments from Tennessee) In the last two prophetic reports Chuck Pierce and Cindy Jacobs have both stated that the Revival at Brownsville is going to a higher level. What God says through his prophets in the Holy Place must be remembered because of the on going struggle of Israel. Brownsville's intercession has incresed and has risen to a new intensity. Stay tuned to this news outlet for more as we watch the Church of Jesus Christ go into the later rain of His final glory upon the earth.
Rev. Jerrell Miller
It was the first night of Meet Me At The River Conference and it was eventful as the Blackwood's a Southern Gospel Singing Group sang with a full force of power. The Blackwoods were the first ones to gain national recognition when Arthur Godfred had them on his CBS Network Show in the early 50's when Godfred was the number one television program. The tragedy of the Blackwood's happened in their father's plane crashed in Clanton, Alabama in the 50's. The power of God was in the worship also as Pastor Cleddie Keith opened the first day of 7 straight days of ministry at the Lee Greenwood Theatre in Sevierville, Tennessee. The conference is being sponsored by Douglas Lake Resorts and Deer Path Christian Vacations. On Wednesday a new conference center for Deer Path will be dedicated near Douglas Lake a the Deer Path Vacation location.
From Cathy Wood
The United States Will Be At War For
The Next Seven Years
By Donna Aplin
By Donna Aplin
Brownsville will celebrate 7 years of revival in June. Chuck said that the beginning of the 8th year will be the birth of a new season. He said God is coming in a different way on the 2nd visit. Brownsville will be known as a heavenly portal.
As goes Israel so goes the church. Israel is in conflict and so will the church be in conflict. Chuck had prophesied months before Sept. 11 that the U.S. would be in war by Sept. 18. He said that Rosh Hashanah, celebrated on Sept. 18, was the beginning of the new year for the Jews and the beginning a of new season for the church. He believes the US will be in war for the next seven years. From Isaiah 43:14,15 the people were encouraged to not fear for they will change and be new sharp instruments.
There will be nine months of testing for what is coming. There will be confrontations, but God will give His people authority to legislate the heavens so that darkness cannot reign. Do not lean on your own understanding for the Lord will keep you in the midst of judgement The next seven years have begun with provision already put in place by God.
The portal of heaven is in this place. My Glory is coming again. I will make this a sending place. You will affect every state of this nation. The sound of marching feet will go from here. It is a sound of peace and order. Remove the web of deception. What would fence in will fall. The next four months will be a time of untangling. My Shadow will come and people will be healed.
Just as Rosh Hashanah was the beginning of a new year in God, there will be a shift in the nation April 21. Chuck encouraged Brownsville to not allow the testing to keep them from grabbing hold of the next move of God. The gate to the nation is open; the gifts of this house will affect the nation. Get ready.
AL -- The Remnant is published today in Pensacola. The focus is on
Israel and the middle east. Editor Jerrell Miller has a focused on
the time of sorrows in the Valley of the Shadow of Death -- Pat
Robertson speaks about the Foreign Policy Shift of the Bush
Administration -- he also speaks about the protection of those who cry
out in repentance during these revival days. Intercession was deep
the last two weeks at Brownsville for the Peace of Jerusalem. Sid
Roth speaks about the blessings and curses of the people of Abraham and
has a warning for the makers of foreign policy who deal with Israel in
the peace process.
President Bush And His Dealings With Israel
MOBILE, AL -- President Bush was once quoted as saying any leader of a country who harbors a terrorist is a terrorist, today he changed that definition and said, "Except Palestine." We are watching a policy that was established with Harry Truman in 1947 be turned around to cater to the needs of a person who knows very little about Genesis 12:3. We have seen enough and we now say is the time to turn this doctrine around and support the State of Israel. George Bush has decided to negotiate with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, the head of one of the most terrorist organization in the world the PLO. Bombing after bombing and the second vote in the United Nations early Saturday morning was voted on and we once again stood with those who are against God's chosen people. We stood with others to condemn the invasion of the West Bank, while more terrorism was in progress during that day and the days following. I feel as if the Christian Community has been pushed once more to follow a Republican Party who says one thing and then for the sake of big money does another while they are in office.
We are seeing countries now line up against Israel and one of those countries is the United States of America. Most of us know this could be the fulfillment of the judgment of our country. Sid Roth spoke on the eve of Passover from Jerusalem and quoted the Genesis 12:3. In this scripture it describes those who bless and curse Israel. Roth spoke of the U. S. State Department and their relentless courting of the Arab nations. President Bush has asked the Jews to negotiate with the terrorists right after we destroyed the terrorists in Afghanistan . We know the president walks with God and has given his heart to Jesus but what we are seeing and what we are hearing is a man that does not understand that the destiny of this country is tired directly to the Jewish home land. We have seen the Christian Right courted by the Republican Party for years and yet we see very little action on the issues of Abortion, School prayer and now Israel is in jeopardy and we want to join their enemies. Is it the oil? Ole Bill Clinton said, "It’s the economy stupid." Have we been stupid, and have we elected a President who told us one thing and now is doing another for the sake of the economy. No President in the history of news taking poles have ever been more popular that George Bush, Jr.
Now the good news -- we love Israel and we know love covers a multitude of sins -- in this country the love of Israel has covered the abortionists, the blocking of school prayer, the pornographers, the homosexuals. It we pull back from Israel now, then the hand of mercy will be taken from our country. I have no doubt -- God does not care about the economy but he does care about His people. The children of Israel will always have God’s hand on them and that hand is big enough to cover us also. If this hand goes the other way and is the final tribute to the prophets of old, then let it happen. God can still hear the voice of his people. I heard the voice of Pastor Kilpatrick just two days before the New York tragedy, he said, "God will not take his hand off his children." If the United States trades the economy for Israel and that is the way it is supposed to be, then let it happen. We need revival in this country and if this is the way it is supposed to come then let God bring us to our knees until we call out to Him.If we continue on this current road of destruction we are going to find out that God loves Israel and will not tolerated anyone who goes against his Chosen People. Pray for the leadership of this country, pray for President George Bush.
Let me remind you of one thing, this is not a political problem but it is a Spiritual problem. Political situations change with the wind but Spiritual dominion will last for an eternity. We have three sides represented and each side came out of the loins of Abraham. One side, the Jews only went so far -- the next side the Christians went just far enough to accept salvation and the third side, the Arabs or Moslems went too far. One half of the book is read by the Jewish nation and that book is absolutely true in every form. The whole book is read by the Christians and it is fulfilling, but the third book was delivered by an angel of light -- that book is much like the Palestinian leadership -- it is full of lies and makes the man Jesus Christ nothing but a man.
If your comfortable with what you know about Christianity at this time then you have your head in the sand. This is a revival paper -- that means I’m not just satisfied to have a fire policy to get into heaven but I want to cause enough trouble in the kingdom of darkness to break a wall down and allow those that don’t know Him in. Are you ready to let Jesus in your church today or are you just satisfied to be there by yourself. I want to have a party of plenty -- I can’t see myself that selfish. Believe me we have paid the price to print this word, and we’re not satisfied with where we are today. Got any ambition Christian -- are you aggressive. You see my mind continually thinks about revival - I don’t see myself selfish enough to just make it through the door. To dwell on politics for the solution to Israel, is like believing that you could catch a rain storm all within one paper cup. Remember we are dealing with eternity here. We know Israel is the time clock of all humanity, but we can’t be so focused on the Jewish nation and forget our mission. Our mission is to pray, read and seek His face. I’m sure Moses had more problems that he could handle with the children of God going through a desert, but Moses knew how to find fellowship with God. No one in the entire Bible, except Jesus Christ had more fellowship with the Father than Moses. Do you realize he saw God the Father, it wasn’t Jesus he was looking at when he was wedged in the rock. Moses saw the back side of the creator Father God and heard directly from his thrown many times on how to do things. He had a relationship which would be the divine pattern for his people.
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL --
All the wonderful people we met last fall are in our prayers. We
met people in Amman, Jordan and also in Jerusalem. We pray at this hour
for our Jewish tour guide Slomo and his family and also Albert our
Arab Christian Guide in Amman -- That there families be spared from any
of the violence in this Holy Land.
SID ROTH SPEAKS OUT ABOUT AMERICA'S POLICY ON ISRAEL
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL -- Sid Roth was in Jerusalem speaking to the 700 Club and he stated that he thought something major was about to happen. The statements were made on the day of Passover on March 27, 2002 by television linked to CBN station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Roth made a prophetic statement and said that the judgment of this nation could happen through scriptural prophecy. In Genesis 12:3 that says, And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. The Security Council of the United Nations has voted unanimously to establish a Palestinian State, and the United States was part of that agreement. This will call for Israel to give back the West Bank area..
war of 1967 the west bank was captured by Jewish people in the Six Day
War, and this is the land that is in dispute. If the proposal goes forth
then much of Jerusalem will be under the new Palestinian State.
Roth was referring to the President George Bush and the State Department of the United States endorsing a Palestinian State. In this plan it would push back holy places in Jerusalem -- it would push back the gains fought for in 1967 during the six day war. Roth stated the prophecy spoken of in the bible will become the actual judgement of the United States. He went on to say that this would bring about great revival in the United States.
The question of this President has risen among the Christian people in America who understand the curse of God upon those who curse Israel. Some say that politics is the art of compromise but this is one issue that will not be compromised. If a Palestinian State is created then it will become a loading dock for all kinds of weapons to be brought in right next to the Jewish homeland.
Roth said that he believes there is going to be a major war in Israel and they would face of great tragedy. He also said that when they carve up the state of Israel those nations who were in evolved in that would be judged through scriptural prophecy.
The nation was created in one day in 1947 and the old trucks of the first war still line the highway as you go into Jerusalem. The pledge of the Israeli soldiers made at Mesada is, "Never Again." Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
RAMONA, OK -- Across a few hills near Bartlesville,
Oklahoma is a church that has been in red hot revival for the last 13
months. Driving down Country Road 1600 you can see a field of
horses having their off-springs. It should be Spring right now but
the weather is in the 20's but one thing is for sure they are coming to
a fire. Evangelist John Davis has been obedient to hear the word
of the Lord and come to the Happy Hill Church to remind the people there
is more. God has come down and the people have been saved, renewed
and delivered from religion. God has put his hand on this land
called Happy Hill and has called it Holy.
KANSAS CITY, MO -- Pat Robertson is
looked on as a voice of wisdom that speaks for the Christian Right in
America. His wise words came forth at World Revival Church in
Kansas City and he didn't mix words about the policies of the United
States State Department. "There are those in the State
Department who want to sign a peace treaty to establish a Palestinians
State and give back the Eastern Side of Jerusalem. The U.N.
Secretary General and the entire security council has the full support
of this policy."
KANSAS CITY, MO -- God has spoken through
several pastors this week at the Ministers Conference at World Revival
Church in Kansas City, Missouri. It's called the network and it is
the first organized group of river ministers. These people are
different, they are together and they know how to approach God for
revival. Pastor after pastor have taken the pulpit in Kansas City
to ring the bell of revival. Today we saw a pastor from Illinois,
Alabama and Kathy Gray speak with revelation. Each message has had
KANSAS CITY, MO -- It was a powerful day
today at World Revival Church in the morning missionaries took the
platform to share with the group of pastors how much the church was
seeding into other parts of the world with the gospel and then Pastor
Dick Drumeller took the platform to preach a powerful sermon on
speaking faith now to every situation. Dick pastor's a church in
Liberty, Kansas near the Oklahoma border.
KANSAS CITY, MO -- The Remnant has been on the road for the last week and has moved from Sevierville, Tennessee, Dyersburg, Tennessee; Comanche, Oklahoma and now we are at the Minister's Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The temperature outside of the church was 23 degrees with a wind chill factor of 15 degrees but inside the building the Pastors Conference proved to be a very hot fire.
Pastor Steve Gray asked two preachers to
come forward and share for 30 minutes. The first pastor was from
Missouri and the second pastor was from New Jersey. Mike Hensley
of Joplin, Missouri spoke about the Dead Sea and how it represented the
dead lifeless people in the world. He gave four characteristic of
the Dead Sea. He said that (1) The lowest place on earth (2) Fed
by the Jordan River (There is no life in it) and (4) There are not
outlets from it. Pastor Hensley said many believe that the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah are at the bottom of the Dead Sea. He spoke of
how the church has been buried in religion and that the life has been
sucked out of the church by religion. He said the dead sea
represented the world and life less people. He spoke about the
harvest and how great it was and how the laborers are few. It was
a wake-up call type of message toward the church.
DYERSBURG, TN -- Western Tennessee is a place bound in religion, and the original prophecy spoke over the church was token down from the wall of the Christ The King Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee and a new proclamation was made to open the door of Heaven to this part of Tennessee. Pastor Sammy Hinn spoke of the authority of Christ and his mantle had been laid on Pastor Clay Nash for the region. Anthony Chapman a pastor from York, England spoke over Pastor Nash and said from this day on he would be a voice over the region. Surely God had done a work in Dyersburg, Tennessee this week. There is one more day of the conference.
DYERSBURG, TN -- His name is Anthony Chapman and he pastors one of the great churches in the river move of God in England. In an age old town called York, the Rock Church has set a standard for all to see. He’s a prophet and he has also served time in the pastorate in Nebraska as an Assembly of God pastor but what he had to say about how sharp the ax is in a believers life gave new revelation to the church in Dyersburg during the Sounds of The Kingdom Conference.
He used a powerful scripture to define the lack of the anointing in the church today.Ecclesiastes 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he does not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength; but wisdom is profitable to direct. While Anthony was talking about an ax with a dull blade he was also speaking about a church who has lost the cutting edge of ministry. In the scripture it talks about a man with a dull ax, one might think that he must have more power to fell the tree but the answer in dropping the tree is found in the sharpness of the ax. "More power is not the answer, we must redefine the edge -- manifestation comes when we define the edge. Our churches are working harder with less effect in reaching the lost. The churches ax is dull. The church has an appearance of success by an increase in activity but the workers are disillusioned because the work has produced weariness and workers are unfulfilled. Activity is not a sign of success -- the church has lost the edge."
"In the scripture the tree is resistant to the ax because of the dullness of the ax -- the dullness of the ax creates an appearance of hardness. Our ax has become dull, but we give the impression of hardness. The target has never changed but the object that we attack the target with has. Our problems in the church is not the harvest that still remains the target of the ax but the people have lost the cutting edge. Even Jesus said pray for the harvest but pray that God will send workers into the harvest. I don’t believe in praying for revival but I do believe in praying for the church and praying for the edge on the churches ax. You can tell the sharpness of the edge by the way it cuts the wood, it even has a unique sound. I knew a church where they had reached half the city but when you went to their services there was just a few people in the city. Effort and strength does not cut the tree but it is the sharpness of the blade of the ax. The real world is outside of the walls of the church. When you ask them to come to church that is a religious question. You do not come to church but the church must come to the building. You will never restore the edge of the ax without friction. There should be a rubbing together, a friction coming into the blade of the ax. Do not blame the hardness of the tree but sharpness of the ax."
The church is much like a flight simulator. You go inside of it, take off from New York and land in Paris but when you come out of the simulator you haven’t went anywhere. There was an old saying about the Duke of York who had 10,000 men -- he marched them up the hill -- he marched them down the hill but when they were in between they wereneither up nor down. That’s the church with great numbers going up and down the hill but never going anywhere at all. It was a powerful sermon on the ax during the second day of the meeting. Two more days left in this powerful manifestation of Gods glory. Dyersburg is the place where Lester Summerall received his vision on mission work.
DYERSBURG, TN -- Last night Pastor Clay Nash of Christ the King Church invited all the city leaders into the church for a night of prayer for the city of Dyersburg, Tennessee. Nash said that when they came to the city in 1987 there was a direct word given in prophecy that began the work. "I want God to dwell in Dyersburg -- we believe we have been sent here to define the role of the church in these last day. It not a case of right or wrong but it is a matter of life and death. We believe that God moves through elected officials and we want to be of help." Pastor Nash spoke to them and asked them to let him know at any time when they needed prayer. Pastor Nash closed the night by telling the people at the Sounds of the Kingdom Conference that there were four river heads in the Kingdom of God: maturity; reality; change and encouragement. "The four elements are in the churches that God has called forth in these last days. Church dwells dwell only on their own personal needs while kingdom dwellers focus on the needs of others."
DYERSBURG, TN -- The Remnant has moved over to the other
side of Tennessee this week to cover the Sounds of the Kingdom
Conference in Dyersburg, Tennessee. It was a power morning as
Pastor Sammy Hinn brother of healing evangelist Benny Hinn opened the
conference this morning.
Pastor Hinn spoke about rebuilding the altars of worship this morning and little did he know a prophet of God spoke of the same thing in 1988 over the city of Dyersburg, Tennessee. God moved in this morning through the voice of Hinn and gave a powerful word on repentance. "Before we enter the realm of glory, God wants to reveal what is in us. The worship of God is after his heart. Worship is a state of being in the way you express yourself to God." Hinn spoke about individual life styles and how they never change. He went on to say that if people would repent that their whole way of worship would change. "God's interested in your life-style. How can you stand and worship and then leave the building the same ole way. God sees the heart and what you do outside of the worship service, he's more interested in your life-style outside the church then what you are doing before him in worship. Jesus told the women at the well that she had had five husbands and the one she was with now was the same way. Then Jesus said men would worship him in Spirit and in Truth. The true heart of worship will heal, restore and refresh if people are walking without sin."
Two More Days of the Conference In Dyersburg....
This was just the first day of the conference. Pastor Clay Nash is holding three day meeting at Christ The King Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The conference includes: Clay Nash; Sammy Hinn, Anthony Chapman of Rock Church, York, England.
SEVIERVILLE, TN -- Today there is a glow of the Spirit
at Douglas Lake Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee. Cleddie Keith
last night was the last speaker at the Hungry Preachers Conference in Sevierville, Tennessee. The power of God came to touch and to
heal the Hungry Preachers. From all over the nations they came
from Alma, Michigan to Galt, California the power touched and restored
and reassured the faithful that God is about the open the door of the
Supernatural a little wider. Cleddie Keith spoke about the
characteristics of the a move of God and what build the fire in the
hearts of the people. He spoke about how the move of God must not be
centered around a personality but the church should engage the believer
in the fellowship of the priesthood to take the ministry outside the
church. Anyone who knows Cleddie Keith knows that he is a friend
to the pastor and the evangelist that is in the river. He is a man
who carries the load of other men in the ministry. Pastor Keith is
a pastor in Florence, Kentucky but he is a pastor to many men of God who
seek his wisdom and encouragement around the nation. The Hungry
Preachers Conference is over today but the memory of what went on for
three days in Tennessee will be taken home to other congregations who
are hungry for renewal and revival in America. More and more God
is showing His face by his awesome presence in meeting such as
SERVIERVILLE, TN -- Pastor Bill Johnson of the Bethel Church in Redding, California is a man full of testimony and teaching. His powerful teaching brought forth the reality of Jesus the healer. He said it was all about presence and the greatest draw back in the church today is fear. Many of his concepts and teachings are in place at his wonderful church in Northern California. He says his people are strange but that they don't know strangers. They look at the town of reading as a place to prove the power of the Holy Spirit. Johnson shared testimony after testimony this morning and last night. Several were healed in the large crowd late last night and this morning. Johnson's teachings have deep revelations to them and he today is a leader in field. The power and demonstration and teaching at Bethel Assembly of God is one of the leading churches in the river today. Not since the days of the early Charismatic move of God in the sixties has there been a more powerful teacher than Bill Johnson.
SERVIERVILLE, TN -- Yesterday was a day of giving as
several came to the Hungry Preachers Conference simply to be restored to
the faith of one who has been there through experience. Rodney Howard-Browne had
several pastors and missionaries stand before the Hungry Preachers of Dear
to learn of his divine provision. A women with three children
and an unfaithful husband told a large crowd how she went ahead in
ministry despite her short comings.
Every revival in history has had its problems. There are two parts to every revival — the God part and the man part. God is perfect but the man part is flawed, we live and learn through the mistakes of revival. One man said after the Hebrides Revival was over, "If you ever have revival don’t lose it." Don’t tell me how revival started, tell me how it ended.
I believe there is a mantle of Spiritual DNA in revival that can be transferred to another person. After the Azusa Street Revival was over several people longed for the experience but it had gone. I believe that God has invested in people like William Seymour and Charles Parham, and these men and their times and work are a living model of the move of God. By knowing them and their work we are able to experience revival today. I know that just reading about these men God used gives us the hope that He will come again through other men. If God sent a revival to Wales in 1904 and 1905, and if he sent one to Azusa Street in Los Angeles, California, then He can send one right now. I have stood on the ground of some of these places and have asked God for that mantle of anointing from these places. I have asked if there is anything left on this property give it to me so I can give it to someone else.
One hundred and two years ago there were no Pentecostal churches in the world at that time. There were people who used the name of Pentecost and the Holiness Churches but no Pentecostal Churches as we know them today. There are more than 550 million Pentecostal believers in the world today, that is a phenomenal growth in revival that ever could be imagined, how could a movement grow from one person on January 1, 1901 to a half a billion believers in the world today.
How the Pentecostal revival started in a little bible college in Topeka, Kansas is what I want to speak about today. The Pentecostal revival as we are talking about it today is speaking about the Baptism in the Holy Ghost and speaking in tongues. Before 1901 there was no one who held that view, that’s not to say that people didn’t speak in tongues before that date. You can trace all the way down through the book of Acts. There were small outbreaks of the Holy Ghost in the hills of Tennessee and there are recorded outbreaks of the Holy Ghost where people manifested in speaking in tongues in several places. In Moody’s meetings there were groups that spoke in tongues. There was a group in Texas prior to 1900 who spoke in tongues. There was an Englishman, Edward Irving who saw a real manifestation of the Holy Ghost in the early 1800s. The difference between those people and the people in Topeka, Kansas was that those people saw speaking in tongues as just another manifestation of the Holy Spirit but in Topeka tongues was recognized as the evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost.
It started with one man. Revival is about God, but God choses a man to initiate the fire of revival. Charles Fox Parham was the absolute founder of the Pentecostal Revival. He wrote the first Pentecostal book, he published the first Pentecostal magazine, he had the first Pentecostal bible college, he developed the first Pentecostal theology, and he credentialed the first Pentecostal ministers in the early 1900s. He was the founder of the movement.
Parham was born in 1873 in Muskoteen County, Iowa. His father was a painter and a horse collar maker. He was a mama child because he was an only child, they moved to Kansas where Parham spent most of his early life. He had many illnesses as a child and he was built as small person. He had rheumatic fever, a condition that causes your heart to fail. He had all kinds of intestinal diseases including tate worms and stomach problems. He was just a sick kid and he grew up to be a small man. His mother died when he was 12 years old and it had a profound affect upon his life. When his mother died she made a promise with her son that she would meet him in heaven. She was a Christian but the Parhams were not a church going family. He made his mother a promise that he would get saved and at 13 years of age Parham received the Lord into his life. Before Charles Parham was saved he was called to preach, when he was just a small boy he knew he was going to be a preacher. At 15 years of age he was already traveling out as an evangelist, the Lord was moving rapidly in his life. When he was 17 years old he went to a bible college in Windfield, Kansas called Southwest Kansas College. When he was going to school all of the illnesses of his early childhood began to show up again. He noticed that preachers were poor, he decided he didn’t want to live that way so he decided he was going to be a medical doctor. He changed his course of studies and all of these early childhood illnesses began to happen again. He thought he was going to die and in that condition he said God if you will heal me I will serve you. God healed him instantly and he became a strong believer in faith. He didn’t immediately get his strength back and so he walked on the sides of his feet — he hobbled around on his ankles. Then once again he petitioned God, "God if you will completely heal me I will surrender and preach the gospel." And God once again did the job on him. He received his strength and his ankles completely went back into place. Sometime people don’t get was they want from God because God has not gotten what He wants from them, we can pray for people like that until our faces are blue but their condition is not going to change until they surrender. Parham learned that obedience would bring the blessing.
He was licenced in the Methodist Church, he didn’t get along with the people in charge of the church. He left the Methodist Church and never went back to it. He began to associate with the Holiness people. Early in the move of God the Pentecostal people were called holiness, but the real Holiness people split off from the Methodist Church. In the early 1800s. the Methodist Church began to turn toward liberalism and the people who believed in the Wesleyian Doctrine started their own movement, and many are in existence today The Church of God of Anderson, Indiana and the Nazarene Church are two of these groups. They believed that sanctification was a second work of God, when you were sanctified you were set aside for God only. Holiness believed that sanctification was a second work and Parham believed in that second work of grace. Parham was developing his own theology. He listen to Benjamin Irwin who belonged to the Fire Baptized Holiness Association. He preached that you got saved, you got sanctified and then you received a baptism of fire. That sounds a lot like Pentecostal doctrine but what he didn’t teach is that you receive the tongues during this experience. He believed there was a third manifestation of fire baptized, but from this Parham developed his healing work from this in Topeka, Kansas — it was a healing home. It was hospital without medicine, Parham didn’t believe in medicine. He was 25 years old and he was publishing a magazine called the Apostolic Faith. When he went on a trip to New York the people he left in charge took over his work and Parham let them have it. He stopped in Chicago and visited with John Alexander Dowie and Parham witnessed the healing power of God there. He left and went to A.B. Simpson in New York and learned more about holiness. He went to Maine and met a man named Frank Samford, Samford didn’t believe in taking offerings. Aften meeting him Parham never received another offering in his ministries.
When he returned to Topeka, he started a work called the Bethel Bible College with 40 students. The people he attracted were not young people but mature Christians who had already been in the work of God. Everyone who came to school had to sell everything they had. They opened up an old mansion called Stones Folly. A man named Stone built it and went bust trying to build it. It was like a small castle that had lots of rooms and every room was finished by a certain wood, oak, ash and several other woods. They lived by faith, people were led to give to their work. They had 24 hour prayer at the mansion — there was a Victorian round room at the top of the mansion where 24 hour prayer went up around the clock. Prayer was the secret to what was about to happen, they went on a ten day fast, while Parham left to go to Kansas City to preach revival. Before he left Parham told the students to study the Bible and find the common element of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. He already knew what it was but when he came back from his revival every student had come up with the same evidence of the Holy Spirit Baptism. In the Book of Acts when people are Baptized in the Holy Spirit they all commonly spoke in tongues. One of the greatest moments recorded in modern day Pentecost happened as Parham layed his hands on Agnes Ozman and she received the Baptism in the Holy Ghost with the manifestation of tongues. She is the first recorded person to speak in tongues in the 20th Century. The entire history of the Christian church changed at this moment because the experience of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost became a Biblical Book of Acts experienced. Ozman was 40 years of age when she received, this was a return to apostolic faith. Ozman couldn’t speak in English for three days, even when she wrote she wrote in the unknown tongue. It was headline news as people came from all over the country to record the news in their newspapers in Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati and New York.
From that time on Parham became disillusioned as he lost a child to death. Many of his people left him. He wondered around in his own wilderness for a few years. Mary Author came to him from Galena, Kansas a great move of God happened when was instantly healed and Baptized in the Holy Ghost. He was invited to come to Galena, Kansas where hundreds were Baptized in the Holy Ghost and the birth of the Assemblies of God started in 1904 from there. A family from Orchard, Texas near Houston heard him preach and asked him to come there — God did the same thing in Orchard, Texas. Parham then went to Houston, Texas. He started another Bible School in Texas and that is where William Seymour learned of the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. Parham’s work was never the same after Houston, was a racist as he critized the work at Azusa Street. He was never the same every again and was not used greatly again beyond the Houston experience. Later John G. Lake rebuked him for his stand against Azusa Street and told him that he was never used to his potential because his attitudes toward the move in Los Angeles.
By David Littlewood - Remnant History Editor
"Principal George Jeffreys is a wonderful evangelist. He has a full round voice that is never used for raving and large dark eyes that beget confidence. When he speaks others must listen and when he appeals he does not appeal in vain. ‘Pray,’ he says, or ‘sing,’ and his followers would do it. His hold on them is sure; they hang onto his every word, and believing implicitly, obey.
"It is the quiet convincing tone in which he speaks that gives Jeffreys much of his evangelical influence. Men sometimes speak of a powerful preacher as one who talks loudly and storms and gesticulates. But there is nothing of that about this man. He never shouts, yet there is a fervour and force in the very smoothness of his voice. Sometimes, to give emphasis, he bites off his words at the end. Sometimes he leans slightly forward, urging gently, but passionately, persistently, ‘If you want to be saved, why not be saved now?’ He is not shouting at you, but talking persuasively, as a dear friend.
"Very rarely he smiles, and the fleeting gleam that passes over his face seems to leave his dark eyes more serious, more intensely earnest than before. And even more rare is the swift, dramatic gesture of the outstretched arm and pointing forefinger. He used it once yesterday, and with it came the assurance, soft but vividly startling, ‘And you shall be saved’. His evangelical power is such that faith springs to meet it." (A description of George Jeffreys given by a reporter present at the opening of the Bournemouth Elim Church in September 1927).
by David Littlewood - Swallownest, Yourshire - England
Reckoned by such an eminent evangelical leader as Martyn Lloyd-Jones to be the most outstanding British evangelists of this century, George and Stephen Jeffreys were products of the Welsh revival. Born in Maesteg, they came to Christ in Siloh Chapel on November 20, 1904, when George was fifteen.
The brothers were very different. Whereas Stephen, who worked as a miner, was robust and fiery, George was quieter, looked frail and worked at the Co-op. His health was weak, resulting in a facial paralysis and speech impediment. However, when at prayer one Sunday morning he experienced such an inflow of the Holy Spirit that he was completely healed.
After initial training under Thomas Myerscough, George first began to work with Stephen in Wales in 1913. However, after preaching for Alexander Boddy at the Sunderland Convention, he was invited to Ireland where, together with a group of men from Monaghan, he formed the Elim Evangelistic Band which he later registered as the Elim Pentecostal Alliance.
A gifted evangelist and meticulous administrator, Jeffreys first planted churches in Ireland before turning his attention to mainland Britain. Between 1925 and 1934 he embarked on a sustained period of evangelistic activity such as this country had not seen since Moody and Sankey. Everywhere he went there were huge crowds, dozens of healings and thousands of converts. Without any real support from other churches, and with only a handful of workers at the start of a campaign, he went from place to place establishing thriving new churches.
In Southampton, Florence Munday had been a helpless cripple with a wasting disease. But after prayer she was freed from all pain and her wasted leg grew four-and-a-half inches! Florence went on to pastor an Elim church in Gosport. Glyn Thomas, who sold newspapers in Swansea, had a large hump on his back which disappeared after prayer.
Perhaps Jeffreys’ most phenomenal campaign was in Birmingham where 10,000 converts were recorded with 1,000 baptised and over 1,000 healed. Among those converted were Olive Reeve (later pastor of Hockley) and Gerald Chamberlain (founder of the Pentecostal Child Care Association). Within six years there were eleven Elim churches in Birmingham. Jeffreys also enjoyed success in mainland Europe including Switzerland where he saw 14,000 converts between 1934 and 1936.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the campaigns was not just the crowds or healings but the new churches which grew from them. The 70 churches that had been established by 1928 rose to almost 100 in 1930 and to 153 in 1933. The fruit of Jeffreys’ work proved to be lasting.
It was therefore a real tragedy that such a gifted evangelist’s final years were marred by disputes over church government. He appeared to be continually changing his mind about the right form of government and when, in 1939, the Elim Conference rejected his demands for change, he resigned and formed the Bible-Pattern Church Fellowship in Nottingham. This not only caused grief and division in the Elim fellowship but also distracted Jeffreys from his real ministry — in evangelism and church planting.
History seems to have judged Jeffreys’ move a mistake, for whereas the Elim movement has gone from strength to strength (albeit incorporating some of the changes Jeffreys envisaged), the Bible-Pattern has remained a small fellowship.
Although there were some more campaigns in the 1950’s, none remotely matched what Jeffreys had formerly achieved and we are left wondering what further impact might have been made for the kingdom had he been able to plough his full energies into what was, without doubt, the most effective evangelistic ministry this country has known since the days of Wesley and Whitefield.
However, in the year of the first combined Elim-AOG conference, we must pay tribute to this man who, along with his brother, Stephen, made an enormous contribution to the life of the fledgling Pentecostal movement. George Jeffreys died in 1962, aged 72, loved and mourned by thousands of people whose lives his ministry had changed.
Early Revival - Birthing The Baby
By Rev. Jerrell
Miller/Editor The Remnant International
The Power Of The Blessing
The early message was about the early move of God At the
early building of the new Brownsville Church in Pensacola, Pastor
Kilpatrick had no musical brass instruments. He had always had great
choirs in his church but the new church had an orchestra pit without a
single brass instrument player. For a while he would call a man in
Mobile, Alabama with a trumpet to come and play for service on Sunday.
When he refused to come any more for service the pastor went to the
church before one Sunday and began to prayer. The prayer sounded more
like a complaint to the Lord. "He didn’t want to hear about my
complaints and he rebuked me. I sounded like I was complaining and I
knew it wasn’t pleasing the Lord. I dealt with the situation of my
heart before I dealt with the situation of the brass players in the
orchestra pit. I learned a principle from a person who called me. The
next Saturday evening before I began to pray I use it. Instead of
cursing my situation I began to bless my situation. I began to walk
around the orchestra pit and bless it. I could see all kinds of brass
instruments there. The following week I got a call from a retired
military person who was coming to Pensacola to interview for an ROTC
program at Pensacola High School. At the end of his conversation he
mentioned he played a trumpet and would I mind if he played it on
Sunday. The principle began to work; I learned the basis of what was
going to be the whole future of the Brownsville Assembly of God. I was
going to bless and not curse any situation. It was such a tremendous
principle I began to employ its use allover the church."
family, church and weddings
The principle of blessing not only worked with financial needs it worked with people. I immediately called my two boys and went to them and asked for their forgiveness. At first they didn’t understand what I was doing but what I was doing was going over the past where I might have reacted and cursed them. I immediately began to pronounce a blessing over them. I walked from room to room in my house and began to anoint those rooms with oil and pray a blessing over my home. I prayed it over my wife and began to pray it over difficult people and situations at the church. I taught this principle to my church and noticed some of the change in the congregation. One awkward boy who had been attending our church was really touched by it. He was a lanky teenager who was trying to grow a beard. His shirttail was hanging out and if you saw him your heart just went out to him. When I told about blessing my boys he went home to Tennessee to see his father. As he came up to the front door the father answered the door. He immediately asked what do you want now! There was no welcome or love coming toward the boys. The boy asked his father for something? The father immediately said, ‘I know why you came here, you came here because all you wanted was something from me.’ The boy replied no daddy its not like that, I am really having a difficult time in life and I am in a struggle just to survive. All I have ever heard from you is how bad I was and how I would never amount to anything. Daddy , what I want from you is for you to give me your blessing. As the boy went to a room in the house and stood next to a window he heard his father come in the door and stand behind him. With hot tears pouring from the father’s eyes he asked for boys forgiveness and prayed a blessing over him.
The change in the young man was almost immediate at church as he began to dress and groom his hair. One day I could see that he had a girl friend with him and that’s when he approached me and told me the story about his dad in Tennessee. After hearing this story I immediately made my mind up about our weddings at Brownsville. Every wedding at Brownsville from that day on would have the father of the bride and groom say a blessing over their son or daughter. If the father or the mother were unable to do it someone would pray the prayer of blessing over him or her.
HURLEY, MISSISSIPPI -- It's a rare place in this part of
South Alabama and South Mississippi but it is the real thing.
House of Praise is an independent work in a very small town in
Mississippi but the glory is real and it comes in the building when
Pastor William Handcock begins to sing. Most of the praise music
is written by Handcock and as he goes into the third song you can feel
something taking over. The Holy Spirit is hot in this church and
the power of God has seen every manner of healing.
The great glory that is in the house comes from the divine worship that is heard from the original songs that the pastors sings and composes. "The pastor has a touch with God like no other man I have ever seen in the ministry. He knows how to touch God, what we have is special and is one of the best guarded secrets on the Gulf Coast," says Sandra Pruitt of Lucedale, Ms. It's another small town miracle but this time the town is smaller than Smithton, Missouri. Hurley, Mississippi is famous for its pine trees and wide open spaces but people are joining the congregation because of the presence of God that is in the house. One lady who plays the key board said, "Some people start out in the glory and end up in religion but this is real and I can't wait to come to church. It incredible to see what God is doing in this church.".
It's at the end of Airport Blvd. as you drive in from Mobile and those who are making the drive from Mobile are being refreshed in the river of God. One man from Mobile said, "There's not another church in the river God than House of Praise, we make the trip because we want to be in God's presence and it is here at the church."
David Piper said, "It easy to preach in this church because of the glory that hits this place, you people are really blessed." Piper finished his service on Sunday and was scheduled for a divine appointment in a Biloxi Hospital to pray for one more soul who faces the terror of a crack addiction. God uses this man and his time has no limit as he goes where he is called. "I just happy to be in this full time now, God opens the doors and I just go through them whether they be an individual who needs prayer or a church who calls upon me.
Keep your eye on this little church it is the best kept secret in Mississippi.
He Was Healed At A Kathryn Kuhlman Meeting In Pittsburgh
PENSACOLA, FL -- Last night the Brownsville
Revival turned to another dimension of revival. Billy Burke
says that divine healing is just another element of revival. Burke
was healed in a Kathryn Kuhlman meeting at the Presbyterian Church in
Pittsburgh, Pa. when he was a small boy. Last night the
manifestations of healing could be seen through the entire house as
person after person came forward to testify.
As the large crowd sang, Glorify Thy Name In All The Earth the power of God came down. Diabetes, Lumps on the Breast and people hearing out of ears that have not functioned in several years. One Brownsville Revival School of Ministry Student who was legally blind received his sight as his parents looked on. It was an amazing night as Jesus the healer came in His glory. The service lasted late into the night. Big John Hall came to sing and assist Billy Burke as he ministered.
UNION CITY, TENNESSEE-- On the western side of Tennessee is a church that has been through the fires of revival. Trinity Assembly of God has changed their name to Trinity Worship Center because the presence of God keeps falling in the worship service. Editor Jerrell Miller was with Pastor Bob Gortman on Sunday night and power that has been hitting the church flowed once again. Miller moved in Prophetic word as he moved forward in helping to lead the worship. "It is so easy to minister when the worship touches the service, the prophetic flows like a river." Miller was in the church for two services at Trinity Worship Center AOG at Union City, Tennessee.
PORTERVILLE, CA -- He is one of the most foremost authorities on the Azusa Street Revival. He is a doctor of letters and he helps run the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. Dr. Larry Martin is more than just a man of letters he is one of the leading evangelists in the River move of God that started when he came to a sinners altar in Miami, Oklahoma to ask Jesus back into his cold intellectual heart. It’s not that he didn’t love Jesus but the hope of revival that had been in his heart for years had grown cold.
The Expert On Asuza Is Dr. Larry Martin
I had never sat under Dr. Martin as a teacher but he related several stories about the Azusa Street Revival that would stand the hair up on the back of a dogs neck. Martin spoke abut the man Seymour and his humble beginning as the son of a freed slave brought out the reality of what was about to happen in Los Angeles, California would shake the world from its foundation.
Martin’s book is a detailed account of that beginning and it is a great addition to any library. One thing that really shocked people was the fact of how the Los Angeles Times represented the revival as a cult move. The day it printed the article another occurrence happened that shook the whole California coast. The San Francisco Earthquake shook the entire region and the other newspaper The Express published a cartoon of the grim reaper with a caption under it that said, " You know not what a moment of time can bring."
Seymour came from the middle Louisiana and worked as a waiter in several cities in the north. In St. Louis, Missouri he contracted small pox and nearly died. It affected his appearance as his face was rutted and scared from the event. One of his eyes was rendered useless with a milky appearance pulled over it. Seymour tried to grow a beard to cover his face but it wasn’t his appearance that God wanted it was his obedience.
Coming to Los Angeles to preach this new doctrine he was blocked by the religious until God moved in a house on Bonnie Bray Street. It was a time of blessing as the move of God found a home and began to flourish.
A newspaper was started and in one month 50,000 papers were mailed all around the world. Two ladies who were white ran the paper. The was the greatest break through in the church, the revival was a mixture of races. The names and the address were held in their in their hands until Seymour married. Martin said that the two ladies left the revival because of his marriage not because of jealousy but because they felt that Jesus would come very soon and it would take him away from what God wanted for him at the moment. The end of the newspaper ended a lot of the revival activity.
Dr. Martin said many would say that this revival was a failure but in what we see in Pentecost today when we do the research almost every known work in Pentecost today can be directly traced back to the move of God on Azusa St.
It was different type of revival and it was what God wanted for the moment. Martin spoke of the many people who came through the door s to bring division. One man came and almost voted Seymour out of the church as pastor, and it all happened while he was on the road away from the church. When Seymour returned this man was blocked from the building and not allowed back in.
Dr. Martin mentioned the fact that many people say you don’t have to come to Pensacola to experience revival. One man came from back east to experience Pentecost at Azusa Street and went back home to spread the message. From that one man four Pentecostal Denominations were created. The list goes on an on of the people who were touched and brought the experience back home to spread the message of revival and Pentecost.
Martin said the one song that they sang over and over was, "The Comforter has come." That particular song was there favorite. Seymour had come to Los Angeles, California at age 36 and died at age 52 a broken man through the many battles of race and religion that would slam the great move of God.
The head of the Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles at the time said that this move of God will never amount to anything. But anyone who knows anything today knows how empty those word were.
Dr. Martin’s endless research on the subject of Azusa Street has brought us a better picture of what happened and the detail of the events that happened in and around William J Seymour life. Seymour’s life is something for all of us to reflect on. The greatest failure of the revival was that it did not carry through with the transition of bringing all the ethnic groups in the church. Many Southerners who came from a segregated situation in the south found themselves speechless for words as they walked through the doors of the Azusa Street mission. The mission like the Brownsville Assembly of God was set up in a red light district of poverty and hopelessness. The man who led the revival was the son of Louisiana Slave. The extensive records of research by Dr. Martin revealed that he was Baptised in the Catholic Church.
There is still a powerful witness at this church and it doesn’t seem to want to go away. While many in print would like to see it go away the witness in the sanctuary to those who are members, and those who have visited are still in awe of the move of God there in Pensacola.
MOBILE, AL -- The most profound event that happened last year in revival was just before the Bridging of America’s Conference. We feel that Cindy Jacobs is one of the most powerful prophetic voices in the land. When she speaks the cloud of anointing covers a place. It was that way in February. The time she spent on the platform of the Brownsville Revival was awesome. Jacobs is anointed but the place where she spoke (Brownsville) is her match in spirit anointing. The combination of the place and the individual brought a blanket anointing which flowed into The Bridging of Americas Conference in Pensacola last year. The entire week during this conference represented the deepest experience of any of the past in that holy sanctuary. Even the first two years of this revival never felt or witnessed the anointing which came to that house in February of 2001.
The second event that rocked our paper last year was the outpouring of the Spirit at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry. The true weight of what happened among the students was stirred by a faithful evangelist, Dr. Larry Martin. Martin a true veteran of river revival pulled in his ministry for a season to share it with the students at BRSM. The three events which began the year of 2001 in Pensacola were an awesome witness to those who were there, and those who have been in the flow of this great move of God in Pensacola for the last few years.
We are associated with the Brownsville Revival and we would like to make this statement of fact. There is still a powerful witness at this church and it doesn’t seem to want to go away. While many in print would like to see it go away, the witness in the sanctuary to those who are members and those who have visited are still in awe of what God is doing in Pensacola.
There are some days at this revival where the powerful direction of what God is going to do next is revealed. On September 9, 2001 Pastor John Kilpatrick spoke about change. He stood back from his pulpit and said he was just watching. Kilpatrick’s words and statements that day pointed toward what happened in New York City just two days later. The revival pastor said, "He wouldn’t be surprised if the entire country would tune into CNN to see a national tragedy such as an earthquake on Wednesday. It was that statement that assured me that this revival was not over.. John Kilpatrick spoke a word in season that happened two days later. Anyone who believes the witness of Pensacola has died, were not a witness to these last four events. We heard the word with our ears, we saw the devastation with out eyes and now we know we stand on the edge of some of the greatest events of Christianity. The one thing about this event which happened on September 9 is that God’s Spirit birthed something in prophecy that no other prophet was saying at the time in the land. No one but The Remnant wrote about this sermon, but this sermon was not just and ordinary experience, it was a revelation in a place where revelation has been revealed for six years. Anyone who says the Brownsville Assembly of God is not having revival needs to understand one thing -- these revelations of God are not receiving fanfare by the local media as it once did but the fact that God is still revealing Himself in the Holy Place is encouraging to those who follow this revival and these events are encouraging to the people who are members there. Just Watching -- and the fact that God poured His Spirit out on Pensacola on Father’s Day still puts a mark on this country to repent and come to God. Those who truly hear His voice reveal His glory in seasons of great witness to the body of Christ. It is that Pentecostal witness which has been seen in Pensacola for the last six years that has made a dent into this country. Last year the supernatural visitation did not go away in the Pensacola and when it came time to prepare the body for a major occurrence upon on the land it was revealed in the pulpit on September 9. During that particular day John Kilpatrick knew something was going to happen. Before he preached he knew that someone in the congregation had a word from God. One of the ushers came forward that day and then Lindell Cooley came forward that day. The first man spoke about Pastor Kilpatrick and he spoke about the call that was on his life. Lindell spoke about people who needed to turn back from their whispering and backbiting. It was a day of repentance for the congregation, it was almost as if God had ordered the congregation to repent before He would reveal His will about the great events of this week that were about to happen. If Brownsville has a legacy, it is one that speaks of the supernatural. Many in the denomination of the Assemblies of God wish the supernatural of this revival would go away. We have noticed in recent days that many in the Assemblies of God movement have moved away from the supernatural and the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. We speak to many pastors on the telephone from this office and the hope that is known as the Brownsville Revival is in their voices. There are those voices in the Pentecostal movement known as the Assemblies of God who would like to silence the voice of this mighty move of God.
The Brownsville Revival has served as a standard for Pentecost that has been heard across the land. The fear of a return to fundamental Pentecost has caused many to attack what they do not understand. To the millions who have walked through the doors and have had their lives changed, revival has been a breath of fresh air.
The leadership at the great church has endured some of the most tremendous hardships ever seen in ministry, but the leadership at the Brownsville Church has provided a new leadership and a return to the Supernatural God of Pentecost. It has caused many to return to a higher expectation of God and has caused many to prepare themselves in holiness. We at The Remnant understand their pain and suffering and lift them up on a daily basis. The Brownsville Revival has been the American Missionary calling pastors and lay people back to a place of true holiness in the supernatural presence of God. Many say, "We want to go back to way the church used to be," but those who have truly been touched by this move of God ask, "What is there to go back to," we have felt His presence and we will not be happy until we see the entire nation under this influence of God." We believe this revival will not end until all of America feels the fire of its holiness. The best years of this move of God are ahead. The fire and the witness of this great event will not stop until Jesus comes.
Editor Jerrell Miller