An Awakening People
Rev. Toh Nee Lim | On 16, Nov 2016
Scripture Reading: Joel 2:28
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”
A Pastor saw this vision. It is a vision of an awakened people. He says in this vision, ‘With tear stained faces, these awakened people are climbing the hill of God to get above the fog and smog of tradition and sectarianism. They want more than religion. They don’t want to be proselyted into another denomination. They don’t want to be fitted into another doctrinal mold so that someone may gloat over them as converts. They want something greater than all denominational groups. These seeing hearts want God and the power of His Holy Spirit. They want the miracle life of the Lord Jesus Christ that comes through the mighty baptism in the Holy Ghost. They want God’s supernatural, miracle-working power –power that will enable them to effectively reach the lost, doomed, and dying souls before it is everlastingly too late. Like a sleeping giant rousing itself out of a deep sleep, these people are awakening.’ I personally believe we are on the threshold of an awakening people.
The prophet Joel says in Joel 2:28, ‘I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh.’ The Spirit of the Lord will come upon these people. They will be speaking in tongues, praying for the sick, casting out devil, seeing miracles, and experiencing the mighty gifts of the Spirit as recorded in I Corinthians chapter 12, and demonstrated in the Book of Acts. Sis Vicky on last Thursday night asked the Cell Group members, what type of Church is Evangel Tabernacle. I said we are Pentecostal. Pentecostal comes from the word Pentecost, where in the Book of Acts 2:1-4, we are told that ‘On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place; suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other tongues (languages) as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability (utterance). Pastor Lily added in. We are not just Pentecostal but we are also Charismatic. Charismatic comes from the word ‘Charis’ which means gifts. They are actually gifts of the Holy Spirit that is mentioned in I Corinthians 12. So Joel 2:28 is saying, when God pour out the Holy Spirit or when the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, ‘we become Pentecostal (speaking in tongues) and Charismatic (exercising the gifts of the Holy Spirit; healing the sick, casting out demons, witnessing miracles (like gemstones, miracle money) and experiencing all the mighty gifts of the Holy Spirit). I repeat again, I am not talking about Pastor, Teachers, Evangelists, Apostles, Prophets, I am addressing men and women from all walks of life who have received this enduement of power; medical doctors, lawyers, folks from ordinary walks of life telling of the supernatural power of God that has come to their lives. Nanay is a member of Pastor Vincent’s church in Manila (a church that seeks the supernatural). When Pastor Vincent prayed for her last year, she felt electricity came all over her. Many times when she herself prays for the sick, the sick would feel this electricity. One time a woman had a cyst on her breast. Nanay laid hands on her and she felt the electricity and the cyst disappeared.
Pastor Cesar, a pastor in Manila that gets invited to speak on supernatural meetings shared this story. Probably a tent making pastor, one time he said to an office mate, ‘Today, you will receive 10,000 pesos.’ The woman gave him an ‘Oh really’ look of skepticism. But before the day was over, that same woman walked up to him and said, ‘Who are you? Why do you have so much favor with God?’ Apparently a few hours after receiving the word, the woman had a visitor. It was a friend she hasn’t seen for a long time. That friend said to her, ‘You may not remember, but I owe you money.’ Then promptly hand her 10,000 pesos.
What can we learned about this portion of Scripture and concerning the nearness of the fulfillment of this portion of scriptures.
1. Something is happening
The world renowned evangelist, Billy Graham, speaking to the Full Gospel Business Men’s convention in Seattle, Washington, said, ‘I find all over the country and through the world little groups are springing out everywhere (in our church we have the small groups). They are not organized and I pray God they never will be organized. We believe this is a move of Spirit of God. It doesn’t make headlines but, down underneath, something is happening and I believe it is God.’ When I was talking to Marchel and Maricor, I was blessed when I heard that throughout the week, small groups will gather in our church on different nights. That is wonderful. In our cell group at the end of the gathering, we will all stand up, hold hands in a circle, pray in tongues and start praying for things. I like to encourage you in your small group to do likewise; and even group into 2 and pray in the Spirit for one another. The bible says, one shall chase a thousand and two will chase ten thousands and a three cord will not be easily broken. Ecc 4:12 says, ‘Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.’
Something is happening? Isaiah 59:19 says, ‘The Lord said, ‘When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him’. I give you an example. I know that many of you that read the newspapers are so stunned that Donald Trump is voted in as the 45th President of the United States. Majority of TV broadcasts: CNN, BBC, NBC, ABC, polling stations, actors and actresses like Lady Gaga, Alec Baldwin, and sport stars like Lebron James, CEOs of Pepsi Cola, Starbucks all campaign for President Clinton. They said that 85% of population of United States is convinced Clinton will win the election. But not me. To be honest, I was hoping and believing for something otherwise. I had talked to 2 Americans before this election. One is Jerry Brewer that spoke in our church. He said, ‘Never vote for Clinton. She is evil.’ Ian Peters told me that Donald Trump will win. The following day after it was announced that Donald Trump won, he wrote; ‘What a beautiful day. Sunshine above and normal temperature and sanity is restored as liberalism gets a spanking at the elections and the law and order candidate has won convincingly.’ He said that the evangelical are very opposed to Clinton and Obama. They have destroyed the biblical foundations where American was built upon. Obama was responsible for declaring the landmark Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality in all 50 States for LGBT Americans. He even makes a LGBT pride month with this Presidential proclamation; in the proclamation he said, ‘Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has never been easy or smooth. The fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is reflected in the tireless dedication of advocates and allies who strive to forge a more inclusive society. They have spurred sweeping progress by changing hearts and minds and by demanding equal treatment — under our laws, from our courts, and in our politics. This month, we recognize all they have done to bring us to this point, and we recommit to bending the arc of our Nation toward justice.’
Look at his proclamation statements:
Forward thinking individuals
The fight for dignity and equality for LGBT
To forge a more inclusive society
Nation toward justice
It is so sad. President Lincoln makes a presidential proclamation on ending slavery. President Obama made a presidential proclamation on the fight for dignity and equality for the LGBC for an inclusive society.
Do you know that Clinton is pro abortion and proclaimed that you can abort your baby even when you are 9 months pregnant? Ian Peters said that there is a silent majority that will go to the polls because they don’t want Clinton to be President. They felt that Obama and Clinton had destroyed America. American is $24 trillion in debts. During the presidency of Obama, the debt of America had doubled. Israel had a hard time dealing with Obama and Clinton because they are forcing Israel to give up their land for the Palestinians Do you know that Obama refused to allow Israel to bomb Iran when Iran was making a bomb.
I am not saying that Donald Trump is an angel. I agree with you that He is a straight, a vulgar talker like President Duetere but he wants to make America great again. Do you know that Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter married a Jew and she has converted to Judaism? She is very Jewish. She and her Jewish husband are orthodox Jew and they followed their faith religiously. Donald Trump counts Jews among his closest advisers and supporters. Do you know that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Jew was with Donald Trump throughout the entire 18 months of campaigning and he is in the inner circle of Donald Trump and Donald Trump offered him the post of Attorney General of the United States or Secretary of United States? Trump has an intimate familiarity with Jewish practice and Jewish life. His daughter, Ivanka, converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2009; if elected, Trump would be the first president to be the parent and grand-parent of observant Jews. When the enemies come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard against the enemies. I believe that God’s hand is involved in appointing Donald trump to be the President of the United States. It is a miracle for Donald Trump to win the election and God always operates in the supernatural. All of you know Prophet Sadhu Sundar. He prophesied on Yolanda. He also prophesied that Donald Trump will be President of the United States. Winston sent me a text from a Christian from Taiwan. This guy said, ‘Donald Trump, the trumpet of God, already won. Prophet Sadhu was right. Next is the destruction of United States by Russia and 3 mega quakes. After that the rapture and 7 year tribulation will start. Maranatha! Just on Friday, someone from Jerusalem showed a short video clip. He said, ‘Unexplained phenomena happened in Israel today. A circle formed in the sky and there was noise like trumpets sounds. Very real. The sounds of horns were heard and the clouds formed a circle. Glory to God! Psalms 125:1-3 says, ‘Those who trust in GOD are like Zion Mountain: Nothing can move it, a rock-solid mountain you can always depend on. Mountains encircle Jerusalem, and GOD encircles his people – always has and always will.’
Likewise, in this world the enemy has certainly come in like a flood! The distress of nations is alarming. The restlessness of the masses is frightening. And men’s hearts are failing them for fear of the things coming upon the earth. It is said that the superrich have panicked and found a place to escape from the horrors of the world, the rising up of the poor. Celebrities and the superrich are buying lands and properties in New Zealand to escape the crisis of the world. But that is not the answer. Well, no place is safe on earth without God. Immediately when I shared concerning these escapees, a 7.8 Richter scale earthquake struck New Zealand. A spirit of godlessness is slithering like a serpent across the world, sending its deadly venom into the lives of countless millions of people. Satan has joined the church with the world. Do you know that during the Halloween Day, churches invite the Halloween group to join their church? The church is so worldly and the world has become so churchy that it is difficult to tell the difference from the two. I was in Roxas City with the LSBC team 2 weeks ago. One evening after the meeting, we went to the coastal shore to have our dinner, it is a seafood restaurant. The place has many restaurants with night life. There was a big open space like a basketball court. And I think around 200 to 300 youth were gathering for a band performance. Let me tell me you. It was so loud, heavy metal music that we couldn’t concentrate in our eating at all. We couldn’t converse with one another because the band was too loud to a point of irritation. I thought; well, nowadays the young people are drawn to this type of band performance. But to our amazement we realize that they were a Christian performance group and they were throwing in words where God is mentioned. Then upon closer examination, I realize the music band is from one the biggest churches in Roxas City. I know that Pastor. I have already heard stories that he is not doing well. And today he is involved in a court case suing another Christian group and the Judge had to tell them why they can’t settle it out of court since Christian are not supposed to bring one another to court. Then finally I saw him on stage after the performance. I said to myself. ‘If your church is not doing well, do you have to resort to such kind of heavy rock music to attract people to join the church.’ To me that is the method of man, not the method of God.
But I believe in the midst of the Laodicea church falling, God has begun to move. Something is happening. The Sprit of the Lord is settling like a mantle upon those who are hungry for more of God. This awakening comes from God and is raising up a standard against the enemy. God is raising a Joshua generation in our midst. Pastor Lily and I are committed to raising up a Joshua generation before we hand over the leadership. God is raising the Elijah and Elisha generation in our midst. When Elijah complained so much to God about people, the leadership, life, God passed the mantle to Elisha. God is stirring the heart of people who will take up the mantle of Elijah and cried out ‘Where is the God of Elijah.’ This coming March 2017, a big team from this church is going to attend a supernatural conference in Singapore. Pastor Lily is believing God for an impartation of the supernatural. Well in Manila they are also starting to have what we call impartation services. In one of the meetings, there was a couple by the name of Jear and Joy. Ever since Jear and Joy got married, they were trying to have a baby. Joy experienced a lot of teasing from her friends and even some hurtful words like, ‘You are not going to conceive?’ ‘You are sterile?’ They did everything they could; took medication without any success. During the supernatural first impart class in January this year, Joy experienced healing in her body connected to conception. She also felt heat all over her tummy and a chronic pain left. On March 14, while at the Holy Ghost party, she had an open vision of Jesus. Jesus was carrying a baby. She wept and wept. In less than a week later, they found out that she was pregnant.
2. Much to be possessed
Joshua 13:1 says, ‘There remained yet very much to be possessed.’ The baptism in the Holy Ghost is not a goal but a doorway to the supernatural power of God. Many have received this enduement of power and then sat down in church as though they had accomplished all God had planned for them to do. We need to realize power is for a purpose. A pastor said this, ‘When I began to seek God for the ministry the early disciples had, He baptized me in the Holy Ghost. When I walked through this door, I could see a million miles of glory and supernatural power. It was up to me to march forth and claim it. God said in Joshua 1:3 ‘Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.’ Power is given you for a purpose. You are saved and filled with the Spirit so that this generation might be brought to God through signs and wonders. Isaiah 8:18-19 says, ‘Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: shall not a people seek unto their God?
Let me explain this verse. Every human being came from the hands of a supernatural God. The desire for the miraculous is written within mankind. Man craves a miracle! The love of the miraculous is not a work of ignorance, but rather reveals a man’s intense desire to reach the unseen God. Unless man is scripturally guided, he will go astray in his search for satisfaction. I remembered that when I was a teenager. I joined a group of young people and there was such a hunger for the supernatural. Of course, nobody told them about God. And we were misdirected. And we had a leader. He was describing about Star Wars. That there is a force. And that force is God. Like Star Wars, they believe that this force can give them power. That is where we get this popular saying, ‘May the force be with you.’ And the leader of my group sounded very convincing. Every generation will have those who go to wizards that peep and mutter. Many will seek those with familiar spirits in their search for the supernatural. There is an abundance of false doctrines, cults, and strange religions of all kinds today, because man is seeking for more than he finds in formal religion.
But God’s children are made for signs and wonders. Isaiah is so clear. ‘Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders’. We are to be lights to seeking souls. Christians are made to sparkle with the miraculous and supernatural so that those who are looking for something more may ‘seek unto their God.’
Don’t just sit inside the door of this church, surround by these four walls and revel in your experience, especially lately. The fields are white unto harvest and the laborers are few. The field is the world and you are anointed for the purpose of reaching the world. Happy is the man, whom his Lord doth come, shall find him so doing. Maybe you have become so disillusioned with the church; you have lost trust in the church of Jesus Christ, that you just attend church every Sunday. You don’t join any activities in the church program at all. You don’t go to cell group. You are just sitting in the church every Sunday. I think you have to give an account to God one day. I mean Pastor Lily and I are from a church that we become totally disillusioned. If anybody felt they have the right to be bitter with leadership of the church, I think we too have the right. If anybody felt they have the right to go back to Singapore, I think we have the right. If anybody felt they have the right to relax because they have served God for so many years already, I think we have the right. But we did not. We did not allow the bitterness and distrust of leadership to paralyze us. We always turned to God in every situation and move forward. We brought you all into this land. We continue to raise up leaders and today we are raising up a Joshua generation. We encourage you all to reach the community and even we are preparing people to go to the uttermost part of the world, starting with Cambodia. Last week a couple told us they are prepared to be sent to Cambodia. We constantly reminded our two children to serve God; not just attend church. Jan is now in the music department and Pastor Ruth has made her a leader of the youth, taking care of those 17 to 20 years old youth. Joy is involved in a cell group. She became very close to the cell group members and they go for essential commission and church camp together. Did we grow up bitter with life, dilapidated, forsaken in an old age home waiting to die? No we are still moving forward.
The baptism in the Holy Ghost is the doorway to this supernatural power. Jesus said, ‘’He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12). Jesus had already gone to the Father 2000 years ago. And where is the greater work that we his children have accomplished. He said in Mark 16:17-18 ‘These signs shall follow them that believe. In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. I pray that this church will become a house of the supernatural and host the miraculous. A woman in Manila has an ear problem. Her right ear was deaf for more than 20 years. Many people prayed for her but it did not improve at all. Their church believed in the supernatural impartation. Recently while worshipping God, her right ear without explanation suddenly opened.
3. Doorway to the supernatural
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the doorway to the supernatural. Baptism in the Holy Ghost is to enable you to fulfill these scriptures found in I Corinthians 12:8-10. Paul lists these spiritual gifts. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits, to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of Tongues.’
It was the gifts of the Spirit that enabled Peter to say to the crippled man, ‘Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have given I thee: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. You don’t need to have money to heal the sick. Pastor Gloria, not a rich pastor prayed for a friend, who after getting healed got so excited, she keeps bringing friend after friend to Pastor Gloria to pray for her. One of her friends got dramatically healed at Chow king; she took off her braces right then and there? Peter is a fisherman. He has no money; that is why he says, ‘Silver and Gold have I none,’ but such as I have (he has the supernatural power of God) he gave that sick person what he has. Likewise, you have the supernatural power of God.
All these gifts of the Spirit are to empower us to perform signs and wonders. Expect to perform miracles. Look for opportunities to release the supernatural. You have the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Release it whenever you can. Experience the supernatural naturally every day of your life.
Gayda was a teacher in a Korean preschool but has been out of work for several months. So she spent her time doing street evangelism ministry. Then one day, she heard God spoke, ‘Be ready Gayda. I will bring you back to the workplace.’ Days passed, then one night as she was planning to go to sleep, she heard the Lord in her heart said, ‘Gayda, go out. Go to Market Market.’ For awhile she hesitated, wondering if it was really God speaking to her. But the impression grew and grew until she felt her heart was almost exploding. At Market Market she stayed at Breadtalk. She noted that there were playing Korean songs. There she found herself a table and waited and waited and waited. Two hours later, being so bored, she stood up to leave but was surprised that something unexplainable pulled her back to her seat. It was then that she noticed a Korean mom with her young son seated near her. Since she loves kids so much, she greeted the boy ‘anneong’; the mother looked surprised, so Gayda explained that she is an ESL tutor especially for Koreans. Right there and then she was offered the job of tutoring the kid in English. Before she left breadtalk she received a phone call. It was the father of her former student in the tutorial center. He asked her if she can tutor his son. The next week, the mother whom Gayda met at Breadtalk introduced her to two more families who also wanted her to tutor their children. They were all living in the same townhouse at Serendra. Then after, she kept receiving new students from families living around the area. It came to a point that even the concierge service people themselves are the ones referring her to other foreigners looking to learn Basic English. So many new students are coming in, that Gayda is now starting her own tutorial business.
Last Sunday, during the worship part when the lyrics ‘consuming fire’ was sang again and again, I felt the power of God coming down. The kingdom of God has come. The day of the supernatural has arrived. Press in like the woman with the issue of blood and you will experience the supernatural.