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Gideon vs. Baal – The Restoration of True Worship

A few random thoughts inspired by the Biblical account of Gideon

It is interesting that baal the false canaanite god is often symbolized as a bull. There is also a prominent part of our society that is also symbolized by a bull:

A bull market tends to be associated with increasing investor confidence, motivating investors to buy in anticipation of future price increases and future capital gains.

It is known to us through Scripture that in the last days man will be totally corrupt. So much so that it is actually compared to the days of Noah. It was in the days of Noah that God become grieved that He had created man because the thoughts of man’s heart had become evil continually. Also Scripture tell us in that day that they would begin to call that which is evil, good and that which is good they will call evil.

It is interesting that in the Scripture God gives us types of this phenomenon happening. For example Gideon was told by an angel to destroy the altar of baal that was worshiped by the people.

The altar of baal represents a false god and a false spirituality that was worshiped and held in high regard by the people. Just as Gideon who was a prophet of God was commanded to destroy this false worship, in the same way God is raising up prophetic voices to bring restoration and reformation in the Body of Christ. The prophet is so powerfully anointed and equipped with God’s Word in His mouth that His delivery of that Word is the embodiment and manifestation of the true and living God to the hearers. The man indeed becomes his message.

As soon as the news traveled throughout the community of what Gideon had done, the townspeople whom consisted of mostly Israelites wanted to stone Gideon. Isn’t interesting that in their own law, which they professed to adhere to, it says that idolaters must be stoned to death. Therefore we have the scenario of the Israelites wanting to stone the one who exposed their idolatry, which in fact was the very punishment that they deserved for such a sin. Surely we can hardly find a better example of calling evil good and good evil.

The life call and mission of the prophet is to restore true and genuine worship of God as He in fact is.
-Often the false has to be destroyed first
-Then the genuine can be rebuilt

Gideon had such favor from God for the task he was called to that even the Midian armies whom God was sending him against, knew his name. So it is with God’s favor today, that we do not need to promote ourselves, but only allow the Lord to promote us to where He wants us to be.

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1965 Prophecy by Stanley Frodsham at Elim Bible Institute

This is a really great prophecy given by a minister by the name of Stanley Frodsham in 1965. Apparently Stanley was a close friend of Smith Wigglesworth, I am sure that name sounds familiar, right? It is a warning against last days deception. The prophecy is quite long and instead of posting it here I am just going to add it here as a link below and also as a PDF file:

Stanley Frodsham Prophecy – Elim Bible Institute 1965 PDF

http://bit.ly/4vAwQI

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Excerpt of the Day: A.W. Tozer

If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means
than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this
century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half,
there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-
synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man
who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions,
nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the
Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried
and found wanting.

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be
of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and
has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray
God there will be not one but many), he will stand in flat contradiction
to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will
contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn
the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom.
Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little
bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men
to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the
salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with
mortal breath.

This is only to say that we need to have the gifts of the Spirit
restored again to the Church. And it is my belief that the one gift
we need most now is the gift of prophecy.

“Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to
know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred” -1 Chr 12:32.
A prophet is one who knows his times and what God is trying to
say to the people of his times….

Today we need prophetic preachers; not preachers of prophecy
merely, but preachers with a gift of prophecy. The word of wisdom
is missing. We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It
is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the
power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to
appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and
to tell us what is actually going on….

Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti
to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the
first place and, particularly, who is riding up front in the seat of
honor?…

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars
can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
Learning will enable a man to pass judgment on our yesterdays,
but it requires a gift of clear seeing to pass sentence on our own day….

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The Gospel is Power

atomic blast, powerful explosion 1 Corinthians 4:19-20 (NASB)
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.
20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.


1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NASB)

5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.

2 Corinthians 3:5-6 (NASB)
5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

The gospel is not the presentation of an idea, it is a demonstration of power. It seems like there is a lot of presentation going on in the church, yet no demonstration. If we are to return to an apostolic model for the church, then there must be a return to a demonstration of power. I am not speaking of our flakey charismatic services, I am speaking of the wind of the Spirit sweeping through our lives bringing it’s fire and producing, not a pseudo-spiritual experience, but bringing a lasting and eternal change. The one thing that contrasts idolatry with true worship is that people cling to idolatry because it demands no changed life. True Worship of God demands a changed heart! The worship of a false Jesus has prevailed in our land because it is a Jesus that demands no change, cost us nothing to serve and therefore people can temporarily relive the soulish burden and guilt of sin and religious obligation until the following Sunday or Wednesday night. People go to church and receive a bible “presentation” although everything they hear may be doctrinal, factual etc.., however as correct as the presentation might be, if the Spirit does not breath on those words and give them life, then the presentation actually dulls the hearer instead of enriching them. We need foundational ministers, vessels filled with the very life of God, to be restored into the body to bring back the demonstration of the Gospel and shame those who have clung to the dead presentations. Only then will God be glorified in the church, because currently with our dead presentations, we have only succeeded in bringing reproach to His name.

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Do We Remain Silent or Become A Voice?

The Holy Spirit goes out into all the world, wooing man and pointing Him to Jesus. He is convicting hearts and revealing “true” righteousness to the hardened minds of men. In these last days He has been doing His true work of leading multitudes of people out of darkness into The Light. No true Bible scholar or teacher can argue the fact that it is the Holy Spirit’s work and power that redeems man out of his sinful and perishing state. In spite of all that God has done in this marvelous work, even in this nation of the United States, man has done his best at destroying the plan and purposes of God for His church. The church is in rebellion against God, even the ones that He Himself has pulled out of darkness and raised as sons, they have turned against Him and furthermore the fruit of their actions and ministries is evidence that they don’t even know Him. The manifold wisdom of God shed abroad over the whole earth through the cross, the “mind” of God sitting on our book shelves and desks within arms reach and we still choose the inferior wisdom and traditions of man over the infinite and eternal wonders of God’s Word. I ask myself what will become of the Last Days church, will we continue to be weighed down with iniquity as we almost mockingly try to be God’s light and representation on the earth. Will we continue to make our proselytes “twice a son of hell” because we put the light in their hearts and then we don’t show them according to God’s Word to walk in righteousness and fear before a Holy God. As a representation of our Lord we have become corrupt, to find an authentic “body” one must search high and low to find a remnant in obscure places. Those who at the start of the race were sent forth and commissioned by the Lord have now forsaken Him to serve another Jesus and another master. Oh! the deception of the boastful pride of life, Oh the deception of the demonically inspired traditions of men!  Our Great Sin is that by joining up with the world, we as a body have become like Sodom. Our leaders have not wanted to hear, much less preach the Word of the Lord and only a remnant in this hour are giving their ear to the teaching and instruction of the Word. Isaiah the prophet declared the Word of the Lord over Idolatrous Israel that God hated their solemn assemblies. They had become a burden to Him, He even said that they spread out their hands to Him and He hid His eyes from them and furthermore that even if they offered many prayers He said He would not listen(Isaiah 1:13.14).  The question to those who have, like myself, recognized this problem, do we just sit by as objective observers and acknowledge how God is working through impure vessels despite themselves. Do we just take note of how small pockets of precious souls are getting delivered in the midst of man’s forms and models of churchianity and continue to be silent and appeased while large groups of would be saints are going to hell in droves. Or, do we rise up as a prophetic people and plead with the spiritual leaders and with our brothers and sisters to turn back to God. Should we risk it all like the prophets of old, should we cry out like Isaiah “COME NOW LET US REASON TOGETHER WITH GOD!!!” “LET US WASH OURSELVES FROM THE FILTH OF RELIGION AND LEARN TO TRULY FOLLOW GOD” The first option will cost us nothing and as a result we will have more of the same. The second option will cost us everything and sadly there are no guarantees that our one voice will change anything. In fact we might even be rejected by all, we may be written off as a fruit cake or a fanatic with some kind of agenda and vendetta against the church. We will be ostracized by the who’s who of Christianity and there may even come a time very soon where those who kill us will think that they are doing a service to God. Truly the second option comes at a great price, perhaps it is for this reason that Jesus said many are called, but few are chosen. It is with eager anticipation that I await the day that the prophets are no longer silent…..

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How the Faithful City Has Become a Harlot!

Rod Blagojevich“How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers.” -Isaiah 1:21

The destructive patterns of sin that occurred in OT times are no different in modern times. Nations that sin, follow the patterns of Scripture. The things that happened to Israel, happened for our admonition. The way God judged the nations then, is the way He will judge now.

America was once a faithful and “truly” Christian nation, a people who stood for righteousness and shunned sin and pagan practices. It was a nation full of righteousness, when people got married it would be vows for life. It was a nation where divorce was uncommon, the family unity was strong, there was no filth on radio and tv in plain view of our children. Prayer and Bible study were allowed in schools. Children didn’t do drugs, have pre-marital sex, or use obscene language, they didn’t rebel against parents and authority figures, they did as they were told. Oh how this nation has fallen, oh how it has become a harlot, surely the words of the Prophet are coming to pass. We who were once full of justice & righteousness are now a nation of idolaters, fornicators & murderers.

“Your silver has become dross, your drink diluted with water.” – Isaiah 1:22

Look at our nation today, our economy that was once strong is steadily becoming worthless. The value of our dollar is steadily declining to new lows, or silver is becoming dross or worthless. Even the quality of our products have decreased dramatically. Three of our nations largest car manufactures need massive amounts of bailout money to keep them from closing the doors. Over time the quality of their product has declined so drastically that more and more of their customers are buying foreign products. That which was once quality is now like a drink diluted with water.

“Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow’s plea come before them.” – Isaiah 1:23

How much more can the Scripture read like today’s headlines. The Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into federal custody on corruption charges stemming from trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat. In other words he was taking bribes in exchange for leadership positions. It turns out that our new President-Elect and his aides have close ties with Blagojevich. The corruption in our government is nothing new, however as the judgment of God closes in on our sin sick nation the scale of corruption is increasing exponentially and is now going into higher ranks of leadership in more brazen forms.

Amazing!, God’s Word is timeless and still very revelant. The pages of the Old Testament Prophet’s are issuing loud and clear warning for our fallen nation: REPENT! REPENT! REPENT! or we are doomed to enter into the same or even worst judgments then the nation of Israel faced. This sounds like gloom and doom, however the hope that we have is in this, that which God destroys He rebuilds. One thing is for sure, “through His judgments, He will be revealed”.
 

Isaiah 3:10-12 (NASB) 

10 Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, For they will eat the fruit of their actions. 

11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him. 

12 O My people! Their oppressors are children, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who guide you lead you astray And confuse the direction of your paths. 
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Voice of Revolution Online Magazine

I am recommending this online resource. It is called Voice of Revolution. I know it sounds just like the name of my blog, however the editor Marcus French came up with the name of this site at the exact same time that I came up with the name of my blog. We discovered each others site and learned that we had both at almost the exact same time frame, named our sites with almost identical names. I have the word “the” before revolution. Needless to say that it is not just a common name that we share it is also a common heart and that is to see restoration in the body of Christ and “righteous” revolution manifest upon the earth:

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The Revival that Jesus Went To

Here is an audio message by  Jimmy Tate. Jimmy is a dynamic preacher out of Lafayette, LA. he delivers an insightful and powerful message concerning modern revivals. In modern times Christians have been holding sensational events and conferences claiming them to be revivals and outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Do all of these gatherings weigh up to Scripture?  To answer that question the speaker goes into the gospels to a revival that Jesus actually attended. The answer to the first question then brings us to a second one, “would Jesus attend our modern day revivals?”

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Quote of the Day: Leonard Ravenhill

“The Church began in the Spirit; now She is operating in the flesh. There is no pillar of fire over the sanctuary. There are no preachers who can hold the hell-bound spell-bound. I am not sure that it can be proved that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. It can be proved that the Church is fiddling while the world is burning! The one reason that we do not have revival today is that we are content to live without it.” -Leonard Ravenhill

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The “prophetic” is the manifestation of the heart of God.

The perfect picture of the prophetic is found in John’s gospel at the last supper. It was John the prophet, the revelator who had his head next to Jesus’ chest. He was listening to the very heartbeat of God. That is the true prophetic call, it is to hear and then express God’s heartbeat. The true prophetic is birthed out of genuine intimacy with our Lord. Anything short of a genuine expression is a mockery of God. There are so many words and expressions these days that are passing themselves off as true “prophetic”. However instead of bringing glory unto Jesus, the propagators of these expressions bring glory unto themselves. Sadly, much of what we hear labeled as prophetic is a sickening counterfeit of the real thing. Now is the time for the prophets of God to rise up with the Fire of His Word shut up in their bones. Bold men with backbone who lend themselves as pure vessels unto a Holy God and become the modern day “voice of one crying in the wilderness.” Men who are not intimidated, who do not adulterate and will not be corrupted. Vessels prepared by God, who do not fear men but fear God alone and prostrate themselves daily before the One who lives forever and ever. Here is an exert of a message explaining the call of John the prophet:

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