“I cannot imagine anything that will infuriate the Americans more. I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant, and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Fleet Admiral and CinC Combined Fleet Isoroku Yamamoto, immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
What about us? What about the Apostolic church? Have Satanic and sinful influences all around us, so egregious and obvious they need not be documented here, caused a Holy Ghost rage that demands unprecedented action?
Are we now to believe that the outpouring at Topeka and Los Angeles (Azusa Street) at the turn of the last century was the apex of all that Americans can produce regarding Holy Ghost outpouring and manifestation, the growth of our 100 largest churches notwithstanding?
Dream with me. What if 30 million Apostolic Pentecostals worldwide actually committed to united prayer and fasting during one particular scheduled time and ate or drank NOTHING for 3 days before we petitioned the king, to reverse the death threat against the body of Christ?
What if we in the Apostolic movement repented of our Laodicean, pompous, political, self serving attitudes and became catalysts for the greatest outpouring of the Holy Ghost ever witnessed on this earth, even surpassing what has happened in Ethiopia over the last 30 years, for only God’s glory?
Dream with me.
The Raid on the Reactor
On Sunday, June 7, 1981, eight Israeli state of the art F-16A & six F-15A jets flew 990 miles from Etzion Air Force Base in the Sinai to just south of Baghdad, Iraq. Carrying sixteen unguided Mark-84 2,000 pound delay-action bombs and flying 100 feet above the ground to avoid radar detection at 690 mph, their target was the Osirak nuclear reactor that the Iraqi’s called Tammuz-1.
According to Mossad & satellite intelligence, the facility would be operational by the end of the month, and with Saddam Hussein’s widely known hatred for Israel and cat and mouse game of the purpose and intentions of the reactor, the raid was carried out.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Rafael Eitan, during pilot briefing, told them with unusual emotion, “The alternative is our destruction.”
On the way, the attack force flew directly over vacationing King Hussein’s yacht and Hussein, startled but recognizing the markings on the low flying planes and guessing their destination, notified his government to warn the Iraqi’s. That warning was never delivered.
Arriving completely undetected in Iraqi airspace (Iraqi soldiers of western air defenses turned off their radar and were having lunch) the raid rendered the reactor unusable. In 80 seconds, it was all over.
According to Ze’ev Raz, the leader of the attack force, the Israeli pilots radioed each other and recited Joshua 10:12 as they returned to base.
The raid, of course, produced an international firestorm of criticism, even in the United States. The Israeli’s were cast as terrorists who dared to challenge the pure and peaceful motives of those selling, constructing, regulating & monitoring the facility with this pre-emptive firebombing.
History would indicate it to be the best decision.
Isaiah 31:5, “As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.”
I am your Father and hallowed is my name,
My church is wearing blinders, like this is just a game.
I am Holy and Reverend,
I am the First and the Last,
I control your today, tomorrow and your past.
I am the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords,
Take off the blinders and see my Words.
Your apathetic, sanctimonious life
is leading you to nothing but strife.
You come to church on Sunday and in the middle of the week;
Yet my Word you never read and my Face you never seek.
Just going to church doesn’t mean a thing,
Getting dressed, showing face, standing up to sing,
clapping your hands and giving offering.
Even saying “Amen” is not enough as you suppose
It will not open up the gates of heaven in the end
That’s not enough as you might think,
for the Spirit of God you must drink
My church as a whole has grown cold, deaf, and blind
I am no longer consumed in your hearts, souls and minds
My Spirit is quenched time after time, yet in times of trouble you ask for my miracles divine
A mockery of my Word is all you make,
The time has come and this world I must shake.
The table is set, and the feast is at hand,
I will deliver my true people and then destroy this land.
All backslidden, all cold, all dead in spirit
Thus saith the Lord – and your hearts need to hear it.
Jeshua help us.
Though now widely accepted by many scholars to not being authored by Athanasius of Alexandria at all, nor even originally a creed, I quote one portion of the attributed Athanasian Creed: “The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible…As also there are not three incomprehensibles…but one incomprehensible.”
Incomprehensible, of course, means NOT comprehensible or intelligible; UNABLE TO BE UNDERSTOOD.
Scholarship places the probable date of writing in the 5th century A.D., long after the New Testament canon was settled.
Yet we learn in John 17:3 that, “This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the ONLY TRUE GOD (emphasis mine), and (Greek conjunction ‘kai’, which also means and could have been translated ‘even’) Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” Jesus Christ was sent into the world the same way John the Baptist was sent into the world (John 1:6), which does NOT lessen the Deity that was in him that existed before the foundation of the world, before time began, in the mind and plan of God (“the glory which I had with thee before the world was” – John 17:5), as the Word (John 1:1).
We do not have to ‘gargle in Greek’ to understand who Jesus Christ really is.
The public launch of New Life Tabernacle in South Jacksonville today saw 20 people in attendance with a former Muslim gal from Sudan in her first Pentecostal service seeking for the Holy Ghost and very close to getting it! So close.
All visitors expressed an interest in returning.
Several others wanted to attend but were not able to.
Our goal is to be at capacity (50) before year end.
Our music was live and anointed by God’s grace.
Our message was, “The Deliverer is in This Place.” Several reported experiencing supernatural deliverance.
The Holy Ghost spoke through the gifts of the Spirit.
All were encouraged to come expecting a miracle.
Thanks to all of you for your intercession. You’re great in God!