DR. PAUL ANG DR. CHRISTINA aNG
OPEN HEAVEN By: Dr. Paul Ang
(B.Ec., M.Th., PhD.)
Dr. Christina Ang
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Chapter Title Foreword Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve What is Open Heaven Pure Heart Fountain of Life When Heaven is Shut Azusa Street Revival Revival in Ba Kelalan Dr. DGS Dhinakaran When Heaven Comes Down Argentina Revival Bishop David Oyedepo Modern Day Revival Decade of Destiny Page Number 4 5 11 23 37 45 51 69 83 95 107 115 119
This book is about revivals. These periods of God’s visitation are nearly always a result of intense prayer and seeking after God with a pure heart. It analyses some of the key revivals in history and draws precious lessons from them. As loyal citizens of Malaysia. All we need to do is to pray. Renew them in our day. If God has done it in history to other lands and to our nation at Bekalalan in the 1980’s. remember mercy” Habakkuk 3:2 Read this book and you will be stirred in your spirit to pray for revival over your own nation. mind and soul. I stand in awe of your deeds. Drawing upon their first-hand experience in their ministry around the world. they long for revival to happen in their nation. In wrath. Ps Dr Chew Weng Chee Senior Pastor. I have heard of your fame. SIBKL
. Ps Paul and Christina Ang share the principles of revival. In our time make them known. God can do it again in our lifetime. repent and seek God with all our heart. May we all join Ps Paul and Ps Christina to cry out for an Open Heaven over Malaysia. O Lord. “Lord.
It was at an all-night prayer service and my speaking slot was from 11 pm to 12 am. We were wondering how many would turn up for such a prayer meeting. My memory went back to my former church days in the early 1990s where God moved so powerfully in the night
. My wonderful friend. I was ministering in Ghana. This being my first time in that church. I did not know what to expect.CHAPTER ONE What is Open Heaven?
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About 2 years ago. Emmanuel Sackey had arranged for me to speak in a church in Accra under the leadership of Reverend Ampiah Kwofi.
For the next hour. I had never experience anything like this before as if a mighty shower of rain was falling from the sky. I felt very conscious of being the only Chinese as all eyes were fixed on me as I took the microphone to speak. I could see that the Senior Pastor and the congregation were amazed with what they experienced and heard. As we reached the church compound. At that moment. In my 27 years of preaching and speaking. Little did they know then. behold. I felt such an anointing and grace flowing from above. It was like the roof of the
prayer meetings. Without any effort or ‘religious priming of the well’. There was such excitement and expectancy then amongst the 200 . The Spirit of prophecy came upon me and I was speaking prophetically for that one hour. to my great surprise a huge crowd had gathered – a whopping 3000 attendees! Can you imagine the exhilaration? The immense roar of these precious saints shouting and praying in tongues – deafening like a rushing waterfall! There was great anticipation of what was to come. I literally sensed an open heaven like showers of water flowing on the whole congregation.300 attendees at those meetings. I was speaking under the grace of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. that I was also very surprised and refreshed! It was an open heaven experience for all of us.
000 during my last visit to about 7. the Christian population in Ghana is
. Reverent Dr.unexpected. On Friday night. I felt like a mid-wife in a maternity ward assisting in the delivery of “babies” that were conceived last season. The fervency and intensity of the prayers were unbelievable – sounding like a might roar for warfare and at times like a torrent of rushing water! The saints prayed with all their might and being – not just for few minutes but vehement cries and travails lasting several hours.000 for Friday prayer meetings. God gave me a message. How can the nation of Ghana be the same again as God prepares His people there for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Incidentally.000 for weekday prayer meetings and to 10. I was back in Ghana to speak at Emmanuel Sackey’s church during their 10th anniversary celebration. I was requested by the man of God. This regular Friday all-night prayer has been going on for the last 10 years.CHAPTER ONE What is Open Heaven?
church was removed and the open sky looking down on us! Just the pure grace of Jesus . undeserved! Two years later (2009). The attendance had increased from 3. Robert Ampiah Kwofi to speak at the all-night prayer meeting which started at 8pm and ended at 5am the next morning. “The birth of a new season” for them. unmerited.
the heavens were opened to Him.Open Heaven
60-70%. the son of Heli. Most streets have churches. “You are My beloved Son.
. and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. Jesus Christ began His early ministry after He was baptized at River Jordan: Luke 3: 21-23 21 When all the people were baptized. and while He prayed.” 23 Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age. Ghana is experiencing open heavens as the people of God continue to press in prayer to seek the face of God. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him. in You I am well pleased. In short. Shops and motor vehicles display Christian slogan and scriptures. it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized. the heaven was opened. and behold. Matthew 3: 16-17 16 When He had been baptized. I have ministered in 7 nations of Africa and I personally believe that Ghana stands out among those 7 nations. Jesus came up immediately from the water. and a voice came from heaven which said. being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph.
While Jesus prayed. “This is My beloved Son. favor.And the word of the LORD was rare in those days. It is almost as if the voice of God and revelation are rare like in the days of Eli in Israel: 1 Samuel 3:1b ‘. wisdom and ability to do what God has commissioned and assigned us to accomplish.CHAPTER ONE What is Open Heaven?
And suddenly a voice came from heaven. saying. Churches and individuals that experience open heaven will normally sense the tangible presence of God and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There was direct communication with heaven’s headquarters.’ Open heaven also means God’s approval and pleasure on the church and individuals just like the Father was pleased
. there was no widespread revelation. Open heaven also causes us to be acutely sensitive to God’s voice just as Jesus heard the voice of His Heavenly Father. In contrast. releasing amazing grace. in whom I am well pleased. some Christians and churches are dry and lifeless. the heavens were opened! Open heaven is when the Wonderful. Blessed Holy Spirit comes upon our lives...
we are going to experience open heaven where even the largest stadiums of the world cannot contain the people who experience salvation. Two of the most powerful secrets in our walk and ministry are the constant voice of His Guidance and His Approval of who we are and what we are doing. How refreshing and inspiring! May God grant us open heaven in every church. right mission. Hearing God’s voice and receiving approval from our Heavenly Father are so vital in our walk with God and our work in His Vineyard. healing. right place. deliverance. every city and every nation! May an open heaven cover the nations as the waters cover the sea! Get ready church! Get ready pastors! Get ready nations! Get ready because before Jesus Christ comes for His Bride. you may say AMEN with me! Amen and Amen!
. miracles. Jesus Christ also received encouragement and approval from His Father before He stepped into the ministry that was assigned to Him before the creation and foundation of the world. signs and wonders! Hallelujah! If you believe. An open heaven is an awesome yardstick that points to us that we are in the right track. right connection.Open Heaven
with Jesus. right motive and right heart.
for they shall see God.
. A pure heart does not mean the person is sinless or blameless. What an awesome word from our Lord Jesus Himself. I believe this is one of the greatest breakthrough keys to experience open heaven in an individual’s life. What attracts attention from heaven is a person on earth who has purity of heart. a person who has a pure heart is one without guile or deception.CHAPTER TWO Pure Heart
C h a p t e r Tw o
Matthew 5:8 8 Blessed are the pure in heart. According to Jesus.
and said of him.Open Heaven
John 1:47-51 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him. You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered and said to him. when you were under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered and said to Him. “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him. literally means that there are no snakes.
. scribes and religious teachers in His time. an Israelite indeed. “Behold.” And He said to him. we may have to look at Jesus’ sermon to the Pharisees. ‘I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathaniel was immensely surprised when Jesus said to him that there was no deceit found in him. “Most assuredly. “Rabbi. To understand Jesus’ explanation “without snakes”. in whom is no deceit!”
Nathanael said to Him. and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. I say to you. I saw you. hereafter you shall see heaven open. “Because I said to you. The word “deceit” in the Greek.’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these. “Before Philip called you.
Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. These you ought to have done. and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte. scribes and Pharisees. hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish. hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin. scribes and Pharisees. and for a pretense make long prayers. scribes and Pharisees. “Woe to you. “Woe to you. you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. scribes and Pharisees. and when he is won.
. nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. for you neither go in yourselves. hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men. but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. without leaving the others undone. Mathew 23: 13-31 13 “But woe to you.
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Please read Matthew 23. hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses. scribes and Pharisees. “Woe to you.
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men. “Woe to you. that the outside of them may be clean also. and say. scribes and Pharisees. but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.’ “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous.
Jesus called these group of religious leaders slimy creatures of vipers and serpents (Matthew 23:33). scribes and Pharisees.
Serpents. ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers. first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish.Open Heaven
Blind Pharisee. brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?
. we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. “Woe to you. but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly.
Showing off? Yes! When one pastor saw my name card. I had name cards with the title “DR” printed in no time. who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” It seems that our hearts and lives are very transparent in the spirit realm. The Pharisees might have impressed men but certainly not Jesus. how do we attract God’s attention? God will look for us when our hearts are without deceit. Jesus was greatly refreshed to see Nathaniel’s heart without a single serpent. Any person walking in the spirit realm can easily perceive our heart’s condition. So.CHAPTER TWO Pure Heart
No wonder they wanted to kill Him. Heaven’s “Google Earth” will quickly zoom into your heart. Without a second thought. John the Baptist also called his audience “brood of vipers” when he preached to the multitude: Luke 3:7 “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him. when
. I could immediately perceive that he was greatly impressed. The religious teachers and leaders were living hypocritical lives with skeletons in their closets! Aren’t we all tired of trying to impress men? To some degree. When I first received my doctorate in Theology. I wanted the whole world to know. O generation of vipers. the art of impressing people is quite easy to master. For example.
Attract Jesus’ Attention
John 1:47-48 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him. It was at Nathaniel’s first encounter with Jesus. Simon wanted to purchase this special power. How to impress God? Simply walk in the purity and integrity of our hearts! Revelation Knowledge Many of us think Simon Peter was the first person to receive the revelation knowledge of who Jesus was (Matthew 16:1617). “Behold. in whom is no deceit!”
Simon the sorcerer saw the power of God displayed through the laying on of hands by the apostles. How did Nathaniel know? Flesh and blood did not reveal it to him but God the Father in Heaven! Blessings of a pure heart will cause us to: 1. Actually it was Nathaniel who received the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God and the King of Israel. an Israelite indeed. Apostle Peter instantly corrected Simon that his heart was not right in the sight of God. and said of him.
See Great Things of God
John 1:50 50 Jesus answered and said to him.” Experience the Ministry of Angels
5.’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” Receive Revelation Knowledge
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Nathanael said to Him. when you were under the fig tree. “Rabbi.
John 1:49 49 Nathanael answered and said to Him. I saw you.”
. “Most assuredly. “Because I said to you. “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him. I say to you. “Before Philip called you.
John 1:51b “…and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. We will experience open heaven
John 1:51a And He said to him. hereafter you shall see heaven open. You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 3. 4. ‘I saw you under the fig tree.
In no time. I felt a tiny dose of what Jesus experienced at the garden of Gethsemane when Judas Iscariot (a disciple of the inner circle who travelled with Jesus for more than 3 years) betrayed Him for 30 mere pieces of silver! When we first took over a church that had gone through ‘storms and earthquakes’. It was just like Simon Peter who promised Jesus that he would die for Him. we decided to groom new leaders. With new zeal and fresh teaching from Brian Houston and Darlene.Open Heaven
Obstacles to Purity The pain of betrayal is probably one of the most painful emotions that anyone can experience. bitterness and inability to forgive others that wrong us can pollute our hearts. We will call him Sim (not his real name). Betrayal. I wish we had Jesus’ discernment! Few weeks after Sim’s return from Australia. we had just
. Sim exhorted and encouraged the church to submit and support our leadership when he was given the pulpit to make announcements. A young and upcoming “faithful and loyal” leader caught our attention. he was promoted to a very key leadership position in the church. Jesus prophesied that Simon Peter would deny Him 3 times. One day Sim returned from a Hillsong conference in Australia. At the very next breath.
harsh and rude
. Sim then took out his “machine gun” and fired us with shots of venomous words loaded with fiery darts from hell! Christina and I wept all the way as we drove home that night. Suddenly I started to recall all the weaknesses and mistakes of Sim. Hundreds of questions flooded my soul that night. Suddenly like a torrent. Sim had used a “machine gun” but I comforted myself in that I was going to use a “weapon of mass destruction” (the one that Saddam Hussein supposedly had). That afternoon I was replaying the counsel meeting of that cruel night in my mind. After our usual prayer meeting. The morale of the leaders was high and little did we realize that the devil would choose to strike at this moment. our “faithful and loyal” disciple threw his resignation letter. After all. nothing registered. I was the Senior Pastor. At that meeting. I could not pray. When I read the Bible. Sim called for an emergency council meeting. Oh the pain of betrayal! It was truly difficult to sleep that night. The next day. I also remembered a sin Sim had confessed after responding to the preaching of God’s Word. I found myself still nursing deep wounds. What did we do to deserve all these? We were filling a vacuum left by the former pastor and cleaning up the big mess in that church.CHAPTER TWO Pure Heart
finished our church camp.
for they shall see God” Amen and Amen!
. I could forgive Sim. I left the prayer room that day totally released like what Jesus said: “Blessed are the pure in heart. With my diary opened to a fresh page. the Spirit of God spoke 5 words: “RECORDS ARE KEPT IN HEAVEN”. Half way through. I was weeping profusely without realization. I was so filled with His love and forgiveness to the extent that I could have effortlessly given Sim a bear hug if he was physically there at that time. As I sang. I found myself in the same predicament. that’s what I long for.Open Heaven
words that I have never used since I was born again started coming back to me. I dropped my pen and realized God was asking me not to seek revenge – vengeance belongs to God. I began to jot down all my points of rebuttal against Sim with a “strange anointing”.” I began to sing – once. In a flash... my heart began to soften with God’s love. In fact. The next morning in the prayer room. I just didn’t know what to do! This was getting serious. I could not pray or read the Bible. a familiar song came to me. Finally. “A Pure Heart. Almost 2 hours passed and my T-shirt was soaked with sweat and tears. thrice and then perhaps up to 20 or 30 times! I lost count.
3. Notice the specific
It is the season for us to ascend to Heaven in worship with clean hands. and works righteousness. 5. 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue. And speaks the truth in his heart. cleansed lips and a pure heart. Not only must we love God but also our neighbors. nor does evil to his neighbor.CHAPTER TWO Pure Heart
Draw Near The Throne Psalm 15:1-3 1 LORD. What a great psalm of David. David was the only man who was given the honor of the title “A man after God’s heart”. 4. who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? 2 He who walks uprightly. Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend. King David must have learnt some beautiful lessons on drawing near to God’s presence and abiding in His Tabernacle as we see: 1. 2. 6. He who walks uprightly He who works righteousness Speaks truth in his heart Does not backbite Does no evil to his neighbor Does not take reproach against his friend.
department involved in those 6 areas mentioned by David: 1. Naked we come to this world and naked we shall return. we are just shells: empty and meaningless! Just like the Preacher said in Ecclesiastes. Without God’s presence in our lives. Let us worship Him and abide in His Presence. etc but without God and His Presence. power. Nothing was more important to David than the abiding presence of God in his life. “Vanity all is vanity”. lest they hinder us from abiding in God’s presence. 5. That is the reason David pleaded with God not to take His presence from him when he fell into sin (Psalm 51). 6. Involves our walk Involves our hands Involves our tongue and heart Involves our tongue Involves our hands Involves faithfulness and loyalty to friends. We can have all money. fame. Amen!
. 2. life is just empty and meaningless. titles. 4. honor.
Let us check our lives in these 6 areas.
a fountain of fresh living water that gushes from our inward being so that the Holy Spirit will be so comfortable to dwell within us and operate through us. Christina Ang If we want open heaven. we need the help of the Holy Spirit.
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Fountain of Life
By Pastor Dr. It is essential that our lives be kept pure and holy.
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble. Bitter roots produce bitter trees which in turn produce bitter fruits.
Root of Bitterness Hebrews 12:15 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God. for out of it spring the issues of life. and by this many become defiled. That little growth caused my
The Bible makes it clear that no fountain can have fresh and bitter water together. bear olives. there appeared on my face a little growth as small as a pimple. my brethren.Open Heaven
How can our fountain be kept from being polluted? James 3:11 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?
Can a fig tree. or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. Many years ago. Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence.
It is like a little leaven that leavens the whole lump. to go and serve the gods of these nations. Every day from that day onwards.
. God makes it clear that He wants His people to be purified from the poison of bitterness. The swelling on my face was gone. bitter. There are a few Hebrew words for bitterness. and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness or wormwood. whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God. Bitterness is like the roots of that growth – even though it is very small. Deuteronomy 29:18 18 “so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe. bitterness (Job 9:18) “Morrah” (Proverbs 14:10) and “Memer” (Proverbs 17:25) means – bitterness All of these words reveal the condition of the heart of man bearing the root of bitterness. Soon the roots dried up and the growth withered.CHAPTER THREE Fountain of Life
face to swell up and it was indeed so ugly to behold. poisonous (Deut. when I looked at the mirror I cursed the roots of the growth. A man of God laid his hands on the growth and cursed its roots. 29:18) “Mamror” means – a bitter thing. it can swell up the entire face. “Ros’h” means – venom.
” The Greek word here for bitterness is ‘Pikia’ (bitter gall) which means: a) Extreme wickedness b) A bitter root and so producing bitter fruit c) Metaphor for bitterness. there is sweetness about that water. Peter rebuked Simon who was coveting the gifts and the power of God with wrong motives. Bitterness is like poison. Acts 8:23 23 “For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.1ml in a one liter jug!
. Peter received a revelation about the condition of Simon’s heart. It is so fresh and refreshing to a thirsty soul. you could die although the venom is only about 0. However if you put in just a drop of venom in it. He thought that he could purchase the power of God with money. How much more if we are held captive by the spirit of bitterness? If you were to drink a glass of pure distilled water.Open Heaven
Poison of Bitterness In Acts chapter 8. bitter hatred. Even a small amount of poison can totally contaminate our fountain.
and you shall not be judged. Forgive. your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive.
.15 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses. if you have anything against anyone. that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. and you will be forgiven. Condemn not. Release forgiveness and blessing Jesus taught on forgiveness in all the Gospels: a) Matthew 6:14. neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
b) Mark 11:25-26 25 “And whenever you stand praying. forgive him.CHAPTER THREE Fountain of Life
How do we keep clear of bitterness? 1.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses. and you shall not be condemned. neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses
c) Luke 6:37 37 “Judge not.
” 2. ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. if you retain the sins of any. for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good. what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only. they are forgiven them. and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. they are retained. bless those who curse you. and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. love your enemies. For if you love those who love you. Release prayer and blessing on our “enemies” and persecutors Jesus makes it clear that we as the children of God must forgive and bless like God does: Matthew 5: 43-48 43 “You have heard that it was said.’
But I say to you.Open Heaven
d) John 20:23 23 If you forgive the sins of any. what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
. that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. do good to those who hate you.
Then scenes and flashes of people and events came to my mind. just as your Father in heaven is perfect. I sought him and inquired how a woman of God like me.
. Proverbs 26:2 Like a flitting sparrow. “Search me o Lord and know my heart. who is busy serving God.” I also knew a curse without a cause wouldn’t alight on my body. I knew God was telling me something about the people that had offended me before. I realized that something was not quite right with my body. This growth grew rapidly and was about 3 times its size. The tumor test CA125 reading was pretty high and I was advised to operate immediately.
About a few years ago. This news brought me on my knees before God. so a curse without cause shall not alight. See if there is a wicked way in me. like a flying swallow. could fall into this predicament. Then I began to pray asking God to show me when and where I had opened the door for this to happen.CHAPTER THREE Fountain of Life
Therefore you shall be perfect. My visit to the Gynecologist revealed that there was a growth in one of my ovaries.
However. He cried out for mercy and forgiveness. that was not what Jesus did when people persecuted Him. discouraged.
. the church was on her feet again. With God-given wisdom and grace. Any ordinary person would curse and turn away in wrath from their betrayers. we graciously stepped down and passed it over to the remaining leaders. Having to pick up the pieces and pastor the church and be a comfort to the broken.Open Heaven
I thought I had forgiven those who wronged us when Paul was the senior pastor of a church that had heaps of financial problems as well as other issues. Nevertheless. God gave us tremendous grace when we took the reins of that sinking ship. giving them seven months notice of resignation. The founding pastor’s fall was a hard blow for all of us. I still had not prayed a prayer of blessing. “I forgive you”. When our main task was done. there are always some who will never be happy and constantly complain. Worse still is when the vicious attacks and betrayal comes from a person who is greatly loved and treasured! The Lord revealed to me that though I had said in my mouth. disheartened and angry people was a hard struggle and a battle all the way. Releasing them with the tremendous love of Jesus and hoping that God would do a mighty work in them is really dying to self.
” The Lord revealed that there was an unseen layer of grief embedded in my soul that was rotting. I knelt before Him and pleaded mercy on behalf of my accusers. “Father. I had not accepted it to be life-changing truth as yet until that point.CHAPTER THREE Fountain of Life
We are not to be an ordinary people but an extra-ordinary people. It takes a revelation from God to drop down like the dew of refreshing from Heaven. do not charge them with this sin. So convicted by the Lord. Luke 23:34a Then Jesus said. After blessing them with my prayer. “Lord. It did not make sense in reality to me though I have understood and even mentally assented that it was truth. for they do not know what they do…” Stephen in Acts 7:59. This was breeding the root of bitterness that attracted the cancerous spirit of infirmity to lodge in my body. the Lord opened my eyes to the truth on His word. forgive them. followed the same example with spirit of love and mercy like Jesus. But that was simply information in my head. I have seen this truth many times and even heard people preach about mountain moving faith and read books of faith along these lines.
Therefore I say to you. ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea. In response Jesus said to it.” And His disciples heard it. “Rabbi. remembering.
And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves. He found nothing but leaves. whatever things you ask when you
. “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again. “Have faith in God. And Peter. He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. as they passed by. when they had come out from Bethany. Now in the morning. whoever says to this mountain. he will have whatever he says. When He came to it. but believes that those things he says will be done. 20-24 12 Now the next day. look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.’ and does not doubt in his heart. for it was not the season for figs.Open Heaven
Mark 11:12-14. For assuredly. they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. I say to you. He was hungry. said to Him.” So Jesus answered and said to them.
Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of the cross. At the cross. believing in the authority of His word. He gave up His spirit.CHAPTER THREE Fountain of Life
pray. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him.” Isaiah 53 But He was wounded for our transgressions. For me. I could speak to whatever obstacle before me that needs to be cleared. that meant I could speak to any cells that are bad or cancerous and command them to turn around in Jesus name and it must happen! I knew I needed a promise or something to latch on and put my confidence in. once the atonement was made (nailed and crucified on the cross). my precious Savior was used by Father God to cut a covenant with man. And by His stripes we are healed. He was bruised for our iniquities. and you will have them. Jesus (John 19:30) cried out “It is finished!” And bowing His head. Taking the bread in my hands I said: “Lord You said this is Your body broken for me and I take it in remembrance of all that You have done for me. believe that you receive them.” The Lord enlightened my heart that all I needed to do was to speak.
. Yes! At that wondrous cross.
Then I kept speaking to every cell in my body to turn around and be good and healthy. when the lab test was taken of the growth. it was a clear negative. Besides. An operation was done on the ovaries as well as the uterus as a precaution just in case there was a cancer and to stop it from spreading.Open Heaven
Then I took the cup and said “Lord You said that this is Your blood was shed for me for the remission of sins. However. the uterus had an endometriosis condition too. Your blood enters my bloodstream and every cell. There was NO indication of cancer or evidences or cancerous diseased cells! Alleluia! A miracle happened once my fountain was cleansed from bitterness and replaced with the awesome power of God’s promises! This miracle taught me a good lesson that there is tremendous power released when we flow in the love and compassion of God to pray for our accusers and have mercy on them. diseased and cancerous cell in Jesus name. Your blood touches and turns around every bad. the operated uterus and ovary to determine the evidences of cancer and the extent of the cancerous disease.” I believe as I partake.
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We need to flow in this power of forgiveness and love. they are retained. forgive them. if you retain the sins of any. That. we also place the person of the world who hates Jesus and Christians at the altar of prayer.
. The bible says that while we were yet sinners and His enemies. Stephen cried to God not to charge those martyring him which included Saul of Tarsus for their sin. for they do not know what they do.” Jesus also cried forgiveness at the cross.” Jesus’ atonement would have been in vain if He did not have mercy and prayed that God the Father would forgive those who put Jesus on the cross. Christ died for us. Saul became Paul – that great apostle of Jesus who transformed Christianity through his writings. By doing so. His persecutors were forgiven the moment Jesus cried out: “Father. will be the start of a tremendous work of God in our midst. Our prayers would move the hand of God to touch and do a transformation on the lives of those in the world who hate Jesus. my friends. Jesus made mention in John 20:23 a privilege given to us His joint-heirs: 23 If you forgive the sins of any. That powerful cry had paved a way for people like Saul to go through a tremendous transformation. they are forgiven them.
much more. in that while we were still sinners.11
Jesus forgave freely though He was wrongly accused and charged.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Christ died for us.Open Heaven
Romans 5:8 &10 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us. we shall be saved by His life. He led an exemplary life of mercy and forgiveness. His love and forgiveness gave Him the victory at the cross. my strength and my Redeemer. We must follow His example as His seed! Our fountain must also be kept pure from the pollution of corrupt thoughts and conversation. The price Jesus paid at the cross was not only giving His life as a ransom for us but also releasing forgiveness towards mankind as He suffered. We must allow the salt of God’s word to sanitize us daily and cleanse away the wickedness of the world from polluting our fountain. Psalms 19:14 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight.
. O LORD. His forgiveness and mercy brought salvation to us. having been reconciled.
and pray and seek My face. and turn from their wicked ways. or command the locusts to devour the land. or send pestilence among My people.CHAPTER FOUR When Heaven Is Shut
When Heaven Is Shut
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain.
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves. and will forgive their sin and heal their land
. then I will hear from heaven.
Forgive our sin 3. if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways.Open Heaven
God declared. it is a wakeup call for God’s people to take action! We have to obey four instructions from God before He brings three blessings on earth. 2. The four instructions: 1. not His hand God’s people turn from their wicked ways
THEN GOD WILL: 1. it is time to consider our ways. When economic recession and pestilence like AH1N1 virus invade the nations. God’s people humble themselves God’s people start to pray God’s people seek God’s face. Heal our land
. or command the locusts to devour the land. or send pestilence among My people. 4.” When heaven is shut and there is no spiritual and natural rain. 3. “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain. Hear from heaven 2. then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King. Rebellion and wickedness has marked the human
. the LORD of hosts.
No worship. the LORD of hosts. no rain! What a command! What a requirement to experience rain in their lands and blessings from Heaven. Worship is one of the most powerful keys that unlocks the shut heaven over our nations. and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. God Almighty created the whole universe to worship Him. No Rain! Zechariah 14:16-17 16 And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King. The greatest war that was fought over the centuries and ages since the creation of mankind was over WORSHIP. Satan plotted the downfall of mankind at the Garden of Eden so that sinful man would no longer desire to worship God. churches and individuals. on them there will be no rain. The Devil on the other hand wanted to steal the worship due to God by mankind. The entire creation including mankind was created to worship God Almighty and Him alone.CHAPTER FOUR When Heaven Is Shut
The battle that was fought between Jesus and the Devil was at the Temptation in the wilderness. Jesus defeated Satan by declaring that only God Almighty should be served and worshipped! VICTORY OVER THE CURSE When man failed to worship God and lived in a sinful state of disobedience to God’s law. light shines into their lives like the sun’s rays breaking through the clouds.Open Heaven
race’s defiance of God the Creator ever since. man inevitably replaced worshipping God with the worship of the devil and creation. In India. The curse of poverty. where millions of gods and animals are worshipped. cleanliness and progress are some proofs of open heaven. the people experience closed heaven.
. sickness and shut heavens prevailed. Mankind has degenerated to worship creation and even Satan himself. heaven is shut and God’s judgment released! God redeemed the fall of man through Jesus Christ. Here Satan offered Jesus all the glory and splendor of the whole earth if only Jesus would bow and worship him. Whenever the gospel is preached and people turn to Jesus Christ and worship the Savior of the world. health. Economic blessings. Consequently.
Seasonal rain would ensure the sowing season commences at the right time. This in turn would ensure a bountiful harvest. Revival Rain Deuteronomy 28:12 The LORD will open to you His good treasure. 2. peace. Rain was essential for the well being of the economy and sustenance. but you shall not borrow. There is always cleanliness.CHAPTER FOUR When Heaven Is Shut
We have visited many towns and cities in the world. prosperity and openness to the gospel. We have noticed that towns or cities with a high Christian population that worships Jesus Christ enjoys great blessings and open heaven. all the work of breaking the fallow ground and sowing of precious seeds would
. Unless there is sufficient rain. and to bless all the work of your hand. The spiritual atmosphere in such places seems to be wholesome. to give the rain to your land in its season. 1. the heavens. The prosperity and wealth of nations depended solely on the blessings of open heaven. the economy of the country was based on agricultural products and livestock. order. You shall lend to many nations. In those days.
3. having become a curse for us (for it is written.Open Heaven
be futile. The awesome news is that the promises and blessings in Deut 28:12 are for Abraham and his descendants. An open heaven ensures that the work of your hands is blessed. God desires that we experience lending and not borrowing. that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Open Heaven also causes God’s chosen people to have more than enough so that they can lend to nations and not borrow. Galatians 3:13 -14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Realize that when Jesus Christ took the curse on the cross 2000 years ago HE brought and bought a great redemption for
. open heaven makes us to live without debts. that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus. In other words. we are now the seeds of Abraham. Many saints live from hand to mouth with just barely enough to get by. but God is the One who causes the supernatural increase. “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”). We may plant and water.
In Christ Jesus.
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the Gentiles (those outside the Abrahamic covenant) to receive the blessing of Abraham by faith!
CHAPTER FIVE Azusa Street Revival
Azusa Street Revival
Isaiah 64:1 Oh. Pastor William Durham had read about
. a Holy Spirit Revival shook the city of Los Angeles. A pastor in Chicago. Ironically that same month. that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence AZUSA STREET REVIVAL On April 1906 there was an earthquake that shook and almost levelled San Francisco.
” Durham wrote. The revival meeting at Azusa Street Mission would start at 9 am and continue unceasingly until past midnight. Singing and clapping might be 15 minutes or 2 hours. At times. The air of expectancy filled the service. He also desired to experience the baptism of the Spirit and anointing for ministry. Nobody knew what was going to happen next. I saw that God was there. People from the four corners of the earth began to be baptized in the Spirit and spoke with unknown and unlearned tongues just like in Acts 1:8. The Holy Ghost seemed to have perfect control. “As soon as I entered the place.Open Heaven
a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in Los Angeles and was determined to witness it firsthand himself. However the secular press the Los Angeles Daily Times did not give an encouraging report of what had transpired at 312 Azusa Street. the congregation would be still and quiet before the Lord in reverent worship and sobbing. At other times. The revival became a movement that impacted the whole world with what we call the Pentecostal Movement. My soul melted down before the Lord.
. the crowd would sing in unknown languages with lovely harmony and tunes that human beings were not capable of learning in the natural.
At 35 years old when he arrived in Los Angeles. Seymour’s motivation was to lift up Jesus and talk about Jesus-not tongues. William Seymour was chosen by God to be the primary leader in the Azusa Street revival. Asians and others worshipping and singing together under the same roof at Azusa Street. It was unusual and refreshing to see Blacks. William was ridiculed and persecuted by the secular newspapers. Finally. God used an unexpected vessel that was yielded to His will and purpose – and ready to give Him all the glory! An eye witness testified about Seymour. the singing stopped and
. William Seymour believed in the unity of the body of Christ. Whites. A black man of great humility and blind in one eye. “I looked around the room trying to spot the leader. He had his head bowed low inside it.CHAPTER FIVE Azusa Street Revival
William Seymour He was the pastor of the Apostolic Faith Gospel Mission at 312 Azusa Street from April 1906 until his death in 1922. The revival that took place under his leadership was the catalyst for the spread of Pentecostal movement around the globe. He was sitting behind two wooden crates stacked on top of each other and covered with cloth. but I was surprised when I located him. Hispanics. I expected him to be seated in a prominent position. He wept and prayed throughout the worship. William Seymour.
demonstrative preacher like some of his counterparts. Seymour called for the repentant to come to the altar.” Man from India “Every person’s attention was on this foreign guest when he stood up to testify. She told the surprised guest about his life. They called this phenomenon the heavenly choir. I realized it was past midnight. I had been at the depilated mission for 10 hours. there was another round of singing. The Holy Spirit’s conviction was strong. His life was forever changed! As the service began to wind down. the man learned that the girl had never been to India and never knew one word of Hindi.”
. various people began to share testimonies.Open Heaven
Seymour stood to speak. The man worked on a ship that brought him to Los Angeles. When he finished his message. Many were healed instantaneously and miraculously after being touched by the power of God. Another person joined in. Someone started to sing in tongues.” “Grown men were weeping under the weight of sins. After the service. He was a Hindu and somehow he found himself at Azusa Street. He was not a loud. While he was at the service. named his sins and told him that Jesus is the Savior. Across the building other voices blended together. He spoke on the Lord’s return to Earth. a little girl stood on a bench and began to speak in perfect Hindi language. After the prayer time. When the music faded.
Believers were baptized in the Holy Spirit and were empowered for service and ministry May God send the revival again and again! Amen. There was a great harvest of souls 4.
. There was a great hunger to seek God like never before 2. However. Wonderful and lasting happenings came out of this revival: 1. God chose this humble abode to manifest His Glory. The Azusa Street revival was not a complete restoration of the church. There was a greater unity among the body of Christ especially between the blacks and the whites. Neither was it without the failings and human errors like many other revivals. it did spark off a worldwide Pentecostal Movement that impacted the nations and influenced generations.CHAPTER FIVE Azusa Street Revival
Just as Jesus chose to be born in a manger. The Word of God became alive and quickened those impacted by the fire of revival 3. The Blood of Jesus washed away “the color line” 5.
Pak Agung Bangau did not possess any musical talent or leadership quality but was a man who walked closely with God like
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Prophet Agung Bangau (also known as Pak Agung) was a much respected and honored man of God in the Lun Bawang community2 in Sarawak. He was well known for his prophetic revelations and the miraculous signs that God performed through him. East Malaysia. Born in Pinang Kelalan near Buduk Nur in 1943.
gentleness and great humility. The toils of the hard village life since his younger days. He was married to Bulan Dawat. When he first received the strange message he refused to tell anyone about it for fear of being ostracized. She is a little woman with a big heart for the Lord and His people. 1994 where water was turned to oil and rice grain turned to
. He had heard audible voices. There was an inner strength of character and spirit in this man. made him look older than his age. ANGELIC VISITATION The first miracle occurred on 20th of September. he was a man of honesty. spending long hours and days in prayer and fasting in the mountains. He was a great man of prayer. sounds and even apparitions speaking to him in a strange language which he understood. There were numerous occasions when his spirit man was taken by the Lord to the heavenly realms3. Pak Agung experienced many strange and supernatural manifestations of God in his life. He carried an aura of the holiness of God. integrity.Open Heaven
Enoch (Genesis 5:24). They ware blessed with seven children. Unlike most Lun Bawangs who were typically playful. There were numerous occassons when his spirit man was taken to the heavenly realms.
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flour. He then saw two angels appear and the whole room was illuminated and filled with the glory of God. He recited the words and hummed tunes so that others could record the songs on paper. angels and demonic spirits. He also learnt some songs which were given to him in dreams. he was in his room when he heard a voice calling his name4. The first time Pak Agung saw an angel was in September. Recalling the incident. When he heard his name being called. Pak Agung had also received many holy songs from angels which had been written down and taught to the village folks.
. He has “composed” at least twenty songs which have been recorded in a hymn book. 1974. He was positive that it was not a dream for he was fully awake at that time. Suddenly a ray of light shone into his room and he was taken in the Spirit above the planet Earth. Sometimes a choir of angels would teach him a song and he would remember the lyrics and the tune. he said. He had a visitation from an angel who showed him the power of God on the prayer mountain. Pak Agung saw many things in the heavenly realm which included the planet Earth. he challenged the spirits to show themselves if they were truly from God.
On one occasion. he confided to them that God would give a sign of fire at Buduk Bui. the third child of the family mentioned. For days search parties were sent out into the jungles. Almost a year after that prayer meeting. On the fourteenth day he was found at the family’s farm house.Open Heaven
HIS PROPHECIES The Lost Boy During one of the regular prayer meetings in which Pak Agung attended. well and unharmed. Over the Easter Convention at Buduk Nur in April 1985. one of the six villages of Ba Kelalan. Pak Agung declared that there was no need to worry over the lost boy as he would soon find his own way back home. it was made public
. Pak Agung often confided to his ‘closed’ prayer meeting members certain revelations from God. he exhorted the group to pray for one particular family. He mentioned the family by name indicating that trouble would befall them. a teenage boy was lost in the jungle for fourteen days. A Sign of Fire Before his gifts were recognized publicly.
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by announcement in one of the meetings. 1985. a team of seventeen Europeans flew to Ba Kelalan by chartered flights from Marudi. Pak Agung mentioned of an impending European Outreach Ministry team to Ba Kelalan.
. the sign occurred. Death of Pak Agung’s Mother (25th July 1982) On Sunday morning (25th July 1982). The latter was already well dressed for her departure to the eternal home. Pak Agung consoled them not to be too sorrowful because she was taken into glory. Pak Agung purposely chose to stay at the bedside of his sickly mother. Many had gathered to witness it including six outsiders from Lawas and three Singaporean brothers. The Holy Spirit had given him knowledge that God would take his mother home that very morning. He persuaded all the other family members to attend the main Sunday church service. On returning after the main service. Just barely two weeks after the revelation. Outreach Team from Europe In a prayer meeting. the family members found Pak Agung and his mother in the room.
They checked the tins and discovered that the rice had turned into flour and the three empty tins with a drop of water were now filled with sugar. The same four people were then instructed to pour a small portion of water into three small empty milk tins and the biscuit tin. The group was given instructions to bring along with them an empty biscuit tin. Then Pak Agung Bangau and the congregation started to pray for about half an hour. Both the brothers had gone on a trip to Bukit Tudal with a group of 37 people. four small milk tins. to witness the miracle as prophesied by Pak Agung. A miracle had happened. Subsequently Pak Agung requested four people to taste the bottle of water they had brought along to prove it was water and not oil. Pak Agung led the congregation in prayer for an hour.Open Heaven
Miracle of Flour and Oil Two brothers – Musa Sigar and Mika Sigar (both were Christian teachers at Ba Kelalan) saw the miracle of the “changing of rice into flour and water into oil”. a bottle of water and two bags of uncooked rice placed in two separate red plastic bags.
. The team left Buduk Nur on 20th September 1985 and climbed for almost two hours before reaching their destination.
Pak Agung exhorted the people to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Service had started at about 6pm earlier in the evening. No less than six hundred and twenty eyewitnesses saw another miracle of God – a flame of fire. This was placed at the very peak about 15 meters from the main crowd. After prayers. FIRE ON MOUNT MURUD It was close to 11:00pm on 20th July 1985. The peak of Sarawak’s highest mountain (over 8. Then Pak Agung encouraged them to pray for another sign from God Almighty.
. A handful of pebbles. a handful of sand and another handful of moss (supposed to be soil but no soil was available then). these were mixed in about a pint of cold water by Agung in a container made of a thin aluminum zinc sheet. The service was to last until the next morning. they were delighted and thrilled to find that the bottle of water had turned into oil. The chilling night was punctuated with some singing and praying.CHAPTER SIX Revival in Ba Kelalan (East Malaysia)
They were very excited and related to the congregation the awesome sight of the miracle. Pak Agung entreated the people to cast off doubt and fear. The waiting dragged on and seemed long.000 feet) was unpleasantly cold. There was much enthusiasm and expectation in the air.
“. sand and soil mixed in cold water. some sang at the top of their voices praising God. “There is just no way that a match stick can light up pebbles. Pak Agung commented. a victorious cry.Open Heaven
Suddenly a man spoke from the crowd. Pak Agung requested for that “brother” who spoke earlier to come forward to him. breaking the long silence of the crowd. the man went forward. Let’s pray lest any of us have sin and doubt before God.if this is really from the Lord. caps and other head-gears off…” All heads bowed in prayer. Agung held his uniformbelt and the box of matches in his left hand and struck a match-stick. the “mixture” burst into such a huge flame without any fuel. There Pak Agung struck a match to demonstrate that it was impossible to light up the “mixture”. After a moment of hesitation. Actually there was a mixed reaction. The match light went off upon contact with the mixture. There was a roar from the crowd. Please move back a step or two. After they had prayed. shall we pray again all together and with our hats.. Immediately after the concluding “Amen”. There was a sudden hush. some wept loudly for joy and holy fear and others prayed at the top of their voices. Please seek His mercy…” The two prayed. The louder
. Even before the match got in contact with it.. Pak Agung invited that man to join him at the peak where the “mixture” was.
BALL OF FIRE I On the morning of 9th April 1985 at Buduk Nur. Some of the women folk responded with much excitement while others were lukewarm in response.CHAPTER SIX Revival in Ba Kelalan (East Malaysia)
the people sang. the fiercer the flame grew. This reminded us of the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-3. some burnt but most looked fresh. Assembled there at that time.00pm that very evening. The shape and size was similar to that of ladies-finger fruit seeds. The thin aluminum sheet showed no sign of being scorched by fire.
. forty in number. sending tongues of fire into the dark cold night. before 7.00pm that evening. There were no sign of ashes but instead there were seed-like remains. After about twenty minutes. Pak Agung put off the fire. for God would give a sign at 7. a few individuals enthusiastsically went to examine the mixture. were almost all of the Budur Nur village people and some folks from the Long Langai village. the surrounding bushes remained intact and not a leaf was withered. ought to be present and on time. It was stressed that all the womenfolk. Early dawn of the following morning. Pak Agung asked the pastor to inform all the women-folk to assemble outside the church building in full uniform. the bush was burnt but was not consumed by the Holy fire of God.
One of the women leaders received this revelation from God through a vision that same night. Twice or more it moved sideways. the sign appeared over the horizon of the eastern mountain. a course on the Christian Family was conducted by three women from Lawas Mission for the women-folk of Ba Kelalan. The rays brightened against the backdrop of the clouds above the mountain top and reflected in ponds and glass-louvers way down the village. downwards behind the mountain tops and then upwards again. BALL OF FIRE II5 On 9th May 1985 at Buduk Nui.30pm. negligence or careless attitude by some deprived the whole group from receiving God’s special blessing that night. Throughout that week. It was a ball of fire and it became very bright. God wanted to specially bless the women. three
. But it stayed stationary most of the time until it gradually dimmed and diminished from view at 9. The sign was a confirmation that the women’s uniform was the Lord’s desire. The disobedience. However not all of the women were on time as instructed. By God’s perfect plan. over three hundred people from all the villages in Ba Kelalan were present.Open Heaven
Precisely at seven o’clock. God would however manifest Himself further through one of the women who had been obedient and on time.
People from all the surrounding churches started pouring in. obedience. the Spirit of God revealed that the gradual diminishing glow of fire which became so faint and yet did not die off spoke of the spiritual condition of those present. In the early afternoon Pak Agung Bangau prophesied that a sign was to occur that very evening at Buduk Bui. It then reappeared an hour later and remained for more than an hour. This was followed by a single thunderous roar. As the people watched. It appeared for more than two hours and then it disappeared. A woman from the crowd suddenly had an understanding about the manifestation of God. a gentle breeze swept over them despite the quiet stillness of the night. God sought to restore such spiritual condition and they were to respond accordingly. Many took for granted that it was an ordinary thunder. Through her. heard it as an echo of a very indistinct murmur of words. Just slightly more than a kilometer away was a ball of fire – twice the size of a softball.CHAPTER SIX Revival in Ba Kelalan (East Malaysia)
Christian brothers on an outreach ministry were at Buduk Bui on that particular day. It swept across the sky from North to the South. Others however.
. faith and in service for the Lord. The manifestation of the glow revealed that many were faint in their love. the sign appeared on the eastern sky. At 7:30pm.
others repented. (Please take note that these were not man’s plans but each of them was an independent prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit.Open Heaven
MT. BELINGI. Belingi. This was the first of the three spiritual camps. Ba Kelalan. the second was in Mt. BA KELALAN PRAYER CAMP On 25th May 1985. A group of those witnesses saw the figure walking about with hands stretched out as if either praying or singing.) Almost all of the three hundred and sixty at the camp were locals of Ba Kelalan except for twenty others who came from Lawas. Murud and the third in Buduk Unad. SPECTACULAR APPEARANCES Two amazing events happened at this prayer camp. but most of them made resolutions to straighten their family problems. about three hundred and sixty people were present at Mt. Throughout the night fellowship. Many people made decisions to rededicate their lives to the Lord. prayer sessions. More than twenty people testified to seeing a figure dressed in white. messages and open testimonies. The figure was standing at the very peak of Mt. there were a lot of singing.
. Belingi before anyone could reach the peak. This figure was seen from the lower peak which was about a kilometer away.
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Upon reaching the peak half an hour later. The spot they saw the figure was a barren ground. facing eastward.
. The three or four people who brought small cassette players had only empty cassette tapes with them. They had no doubt whatsoever that an angelic choir was with them that evening. they were surprised that the area was covered with thick bushes. Many who heard it thought it was a cassette tape. By 6:30 that evening about a thousand people had taken their places on the soccer field. The crowd comprised people who came from outside Ba Kelalan for the Mt. They however grew curious and investigated the phenomenon. The second event was the singing of a beautiful worship chorus by a choir of angels just before the evening fellowship. The majority of the people took position on both sides – the men to the right and women to the left. The whole congregation of about three hundred in number occupied the centre position. Murud spiritual ‘expedition’. They looked more like an army arrayed for battle in their beautiful white and yellow uniforms. BALL OF FIRE AND A STAR On 15th July 1985 there was an open air gathering organized at Buduk Nur.
It was a star! Surely God is supreme and in control of the heavens. “I’ve not remembered ever seeing the sky stretched so clear and blue at night without a single star lighted up save for that night. As they started praying. Then all heads were bowed. The fire then disappeared. The star sign was literally the sole star seen.Open Heaven
It was time for Pak Agung to pray for the signs to appear. Then Pak Agung explained that they needed another prayer for the next sign to appear – a star. they prayed in unison. It lasted for about twenty minutes. The whole multitude suddenly became alive. Praise God!”6
. Prayers and singing in the spirit were repeatedly offered to God. Like the one at Buduk Bui. a ball of fire hovered over the mountain horizon to the east for about three quarters of an hour. he exhorted the multitudes on the need for believing faith. Sensing heaviness and doubts. The people watched intensely. Halfway through the prayer. Later in the night the usual stars slowly showed up until the heavens was lighted up with them. a burst of bright rays of light suddenly appeared almost at the same spot. a few people shouted out in a chorus that the sign appeared. Then Pak Agung and his chosen few sang a chorus in the Spirit for the sign to disappear.
They were not quite through with their opening prayer that evening when suddenly a ball of fire flared up over the mountain top to the eastern horizon. twenty people from Bario Daerah and seven from Medamit. it must have been quite a sizeable one. For a burning fire of about a foot and a half high to be seen from a distance of more than a kilometer away. It was a glowing flame emitting bright light. attended by three hundred and seventy nine people. three or four individuals from Lawas. Those present were mostly from Ba Kelalan. This camp was up on a high hill about two and a half hours walk from the village led by one Selutan Dawat of Buduk Bui.
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These were the signs promised two weeks earlier to Pak Agung while on the three day prayer and fasting time at Buduk Abui. These were the signs to prove that the uniforms tailored for the whole Buduk Nur congregation was God’s plan. there was the third prayer camp. a second bright light the size of a soccer ball shone like a star. This light flared up about five meters to the left of the fire and on the same level.
Pak Agung did not raise any Elisha or Timothy in his ministry. Then the second reappeared. Unlike Elijah who passed the mantle upon Elisha. Then a third appeared very close to the second. holy fear and reverence.” Pak Agung’s life and ministry has been a signpost of God’s
. THE MANTLE OF AGUNG The late Pak Agung Bangau went home to be with the Lord in 1992. “Well done. his successor. The Lord has rewarded Pak Agung who lived a life that was pleasing to His master. followed by the third which flickered even brighter than the other two signs. he walked with God and sought Him with all his heart. followed by the second shortly afterwards. It was a sad loss to his family and the Christian community in Sarawak but a greater loss to the Body of Christ. This third star-sign flickered all through very brightly. Together they illuminated the surrounding darkness in spectacular contrast to the pitch darkness. But the fire remained. the third one disappeared. No one succeeded his mantle or his ministry. What a joy to receive a commendation from the Master.Open Heaven
There was such respect. After a little while. Whoever else saw them agreed with eyewitnesses that it was an awe-inspiring sight indeed. good and faithful servant. just inches away. Like Enoch.
Ba Kelalan is home of the friendly and hospitable Lun Bawang people (formerly called Murut) of staunch Christian faith and of Evangelical Church of Sidang Injil Borneo as it is known in Sarawak. Named after the Kelalan River which meanders through this fertile village. Like Gideon (in Judges Chapter 6).CHAPTER SIX Revival in Ba Kelalan (East Malaysia)
supernatural signs and wonders. in a valley surrounded by a ring of hills about 2. we ask the same question: “Where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about?” May all who follow us find us faithful May the fire of our devotion and love for Jesus light the way May the footprints that we leave lead them to seek after Him And the lives we live inspire them to obey Him!
This chapter is taken from ‘Understanding the Prophetic Realm Volume 2’ by Dr. Paul Ang Close to the Sarawak-Kalimantan border.
. is a cluster of villages named Ba Kelalan.700 feet above sea level. East Malaysia.
(2 Corinthians 12:4) After these things I looked.how he caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words.
. The video-tape captured the ball of fire glowing light moving in a strange manner in the sky for almost two hours.. Prized heads inherited from their ancestors were cast away. were once a fierce head-hunting tribal group in the days of Rajah Brooke and who were prone to such social evils as excessive drinking and frequent quarrels. 1985.Open Heaven
The Lun Bawang.
. and I will show you things which must take place after this. together with social evils. He has spoken to and personally knows some of the eye-witnesses. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me. “Come up here. The miracles and interviews by a reporter of New Strait Times (Malaysian National Paper) was published on 3rd December. saying. which is not lawful for man to utter. who are found predominantly in the Fifth Division of Sarawak. and behold a door standing was open in heaven. The author has also seen the “ball of fire” miracle in a video tape.2 Corinthians 12:4 2) Apostle John at the Island of Patmos
Examples in scripture : Moses – Exodus 3:2-4 Samuel – 1 Samuel 3:10 Peter – Acts 12:7 Saul – Acts 9:3-4 The author had been to the interiors of Sarawak a few times. But with the coming of Christianity to their community 50 years ago their lifestyle changed.” (Revelation 4:1) Examples in Scripture : 1) Apostle Paul .
Since then. he was an ambassador for Christ. The compassion of God
. DGS Dhinakaran – Man Sent of God
Dr.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr. DGS Dhinakaran was a prophet and a chosen vessel of God. God reached out to Dhinakaran. DGS Dhinakaran . Just as he was about to end his life out of frustration. for over thirty years. finally occupying a senior supervisory position. One distinct feature of his ministry which had endeared him to millions all over the world is the compassion of Christ that he communicated to them.Man Sent of God
Dr. He served as an official of the State Bank of India for twenty-eight years.
So with tears running down his eyes. He sat for the examination twice and he failed both times. Dhinakaran became discouraged. In his youth. His mother suffered from epilepsy and would frequently bite her tongue and bleed. he headed for the railway track. On his way to the railway tracks. “Jesus Calls. Countless significant miracles had been performed by God through His choice servant. It is no wonder therefore that as many as 300.000 people flocked to hear him at some open air evening crusade meetings.Open Heaven
permeated all his messages. planning to throw himself onto the tracks when the next train came. Eventually. Her condition was an added burden and depression gripped him as he was burdened with frustration and bitterness. After trying in vain to secure a job to help his family. disheartened and disappointed with himself. intercessory prayers.” Conversion DGS Dhinakaran was born to a very poor family and his father was a teacher. Many who were seeking for physical health and peace of mind received such blessings in his meetings. Similar blessings were also received by the readers of his books and his monthly magazine. Dhinakaran studied for a Bachelor of Science degree.
. he came to a point where he decided to commit suicide. books and individual counseling.
POWER OF GOD For seven years he preached the gospel but there was no power of God evident. He secured a job in a bank as a bank officer. When he reached his house. Then the peace of God settled in his heart. On 11th February 1955.Man Sent of God
he met his uncle who was a Christian. when Dhinakaran was twenty years old. he locked himself in a room and wept and repented for four hours. He shared about Jesus with everyone he met. For years. God prospered him and he excelled and was promoted to a high ranking position before he resigned to go full-time.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr. When he had heard about the
. That day he accepted the Lord and returned home. Thank God for divine appointments! His uncle told Dhinakaran about the good news of Jesus Christ. he was born again and his ministry began. DGS Dhinakaran . he developed a tremendous hunger and desire for God. He sat for His Bachelor of Science degree examination again and passed with good credits. he was found witnessing in the streets. He started to preach in street corners. His old life flashed before him and he confessed all the sins he had committed. In 1955. He desired to preach the Gospel.
(Acts 10:38) Then he said. and not in dark sayings. And he sees the form of the LORD. I. I speak with him face to face.’” (Numbers 12:6-8a) He based his prayers on these two scriptures. Acts 10:38 and Numbers 12:6-8. for God was with Him. There were two scriptures that ministered to him: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. setting the oppressed free with signs and wonders. “Hear my words: ‘If there is a prophet among you. He is faithful in all My house. I will speak to him in a dream Not so with My servant Moses.Open Heaven
anointing and baptism of the Holy Spirit. who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. He faithfully read the account of the anointing of Jesus who went about doing good. the Lord.
. Even plainly. Moses’ encounter with God face to face inspired and motivated Dhinakaran to seek God for a similar encounter and experience. make Myself known to him in a vision. he desired for them and cried out to God.
I have come to bless you with power and with the anointing. At every available opportunity. during a family prayer. His mother had passed away and his father and his whole family would come together and kneel for family prayer every night. He also commissioned him to take His message of love and compassion to the broken hearted people throughout the world. You shall carry My healing to the world to those who are sick.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr. Despite of his weariness when he returned home from work. he knelt down with his family to pray.Man Sent of God
For seven years. he would pray to see the Lord. He was very desirous to meet Jesus face to face. he prayed and cried for the reality of the Word of God in his life. The Lord spoke: “My son. Brother Dhinakaran had a heavenly vision and the Lord met the cry of his spirit.
. because you have sought Me with all your heart. Jesus baptized him with the Holy Spirit and an unusual anointing of God’s love and compassion was imparted to him. That was his lifestyle of discipline and commitment. The Lord Jesus appeared and spoke to Dhinakaran many things about his life and future ministry. DGS Dhinakaran . VISITATION OF THE LORD On 10th October 1962. “Jesus Calls” ministry was birthed as a result of the Lord’s visitation.
Jesus told Dhinakaran that as He had called him. When the council agreed that Dhinakaran should quit his job. One day. Brother Dhinakaran protested because many servants of God in India were “poor”. In this experience. miracles after miracles accompanied his ministry and Dhinakaran began to operate in all the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.
. Dhinakaran saw Jesus presiding over the council of heaven comprising the Old Testament prophets and New Testament Apostles. He would surely provide for them. He would meet all his needs. Jesus explained that if He had called these so-called servants into the ministry. These people were suffering lack because they went into the ministry on their own accord. Jesus came to him and asked him to go full time.Open Heaven
From that day onwards. The Lord asked him to quit his secular job and serve the Lord full-time. Dhinakaran “signed” a contract with Jesus and went into full time ministry. He did not want to be one of them. CALL TO THE MINISTRY Brother Dhinakaran once related his call by the Lord Jesus into full-time ministry. With that assurance. the Lord took him in the Spirit to heaven.
he was probably one of the few men who suffered so much in the ministry. He suffered because of jealousy.” When he established the Karunya Institute of Technology. He blessed them according to the word of God – “bless those who persecute you. But God could not find a better man. He received a lot of “prophecies” which stated that the setting up of the institute would signal the end of his ministry. slandered and ridiculed but he never lifted a finger or said a word against any of his accusers. DGS Dhinakaran . Many did not know or understand the background of God’s call to build a Christian college. The youth in India were perishing and God wanted them to be trained in a college where they could be a testimony and light to their nation. Dhinakaran ran and hid himself under his bed!! In Dhinakaran’s mind. He was a man of sorrows.Man Sent of God
MAN OF SORROWS Although God used Dhinakaran mightily. He had been accused. he did not want the financial burden. He was called to be a preacher not educationist. accusations and criticisms were hurled at him.
.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr. When Jesus came to his room to tell him about the university. Dhinakaran at first refused and even postponed the idea for two years.
ANOTHER VISITATION One morning in a hotel in Jerusalem. He had been bedridden many times and he almost died when both his lungs collapsed. many accused him of all kinds of sins and even claimed that that his condition was a result of God’s judgment upon him! The Lord however vindicated him and healed him miraculously each time. He finally took the ultimatum with fear and trembling. He also recovered from a heart attack. he suffered from a weakness in his knee. Later he had kidney failure which almost took his life too. it is the last and final authority! DIVINE HEALING Dhinakaran also suffered because of sickness. as he was praying. When he was eighteen months old.
. Dhinakaran related that whenever God the Father speaks. There were to be no negotiations or questions. “Son. A thunderous voice spoke. build me that university!” Dhinakaran knew it was God the Father Himself speaking. the heavens opened and revealed the throne of God. Whenever he was admitted to the hospital.
Brother Dhinakaran went through the valley of tears.” At that moment. You are standing straight before me. Your name is Benjamin. Someone once said. DGS Dhinakaran . to have the fragrance of the rose. Angel in a car accident. Don’t go and drink again.Benjamin
. Jesus would faithfully come and comfort him and heal him. . But due to the compulsion of my wife I came here. Brother Dhinakaran said. This remarkable man was like a crushed rose. Don’t drink again. Since I was an addict to alcohol. I did not want to participate in this meeting. I was sweating profusely. At the meeting. “There is a man. Even now he is not in his real mood. God’s power is coming upon you. I shall never touch liquor again. I continued drinking alcohol.Man Sent of God
One of the most painful wounds was the loss of his beloved and only daughter. Although he went through the most tragic of circumstances. his liver is eaten because of drinking.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr. a bright light flashed on me and a kind of fear gripped me. And each time. AMAZING TESTIMONIES a) Freed from Alcohol: I underwent heart surgery in the year 1987. God has given you a new liver. you will have to crush it first. the love and compassion of God kept flowing in Dhinakaran’s life. Notwithstanding this.
This spectacle melted the hearts of all the beholders. . Despite taking so much of medication I was not healed. “Who is this Kamalamma? You are crying. “Gabriel.Kamalamma c) In Starvation: During the last three years I have been laboring in the midst of hunger and starvation. I was wondering with an aching longing. You said. “From head to foot I am sick. He said. I received total healing. you say ‘Lord. “Will the Lord. He has realized his short-comings. the
.” Then I saw in a vision.” Immediately a divine healing came upon me. I am not able to earn.Open Heaven
Even though he was under the influence of a strong drink. My family is starving. I beheld a dazzling light descending upon me. Christ’s power is falling upon you. Lord help me. and has with tear-filled eyes proclaimed that he will not touch liquor again. b) Miraculous Healing: I had suffered for 7 years from a disease of the lungs. Accept your healing. help me? Will the Lord call me by name and bless me?” During the time of intercession. I was languishing in sorrow with the disease spreading all over my body.’ Jesus is blessing you now. Benjamin paid heed to the Lord’s message. While brother Dhinakaran prayed today.” God heals you tonight. I was in starvation even today but I proceeded to this meeting. Nobody can help me. Brother Dhinakaran said. Brother Dhinakaran called me by name.
Great was my joy and greater
. My eyes were choked with tears. I was unable to do anything. Jesus came and sat beside me. with their help in July 1992 I boarded the train with my wife. frequently vomiting blood.” I had never seen Dhinakaran before but the Lord showed Dhinakaran standing by His side and also a close up of him. At once I reclined. He said. He will pray for you and you will be healed. as I lay sleepless on my bed. I was suffering from high blood pressure and severe Bronchial Asthma. His face was so bright that I couldn’t see it. after inquiring about DGS Dhinakaran from so many. I begged Him most humbly: “Lord. I was so weak and nervous! Yet. Jesus appeared before me. reached Madras and came to his house to meet him in person.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr. clad in white and with a majestic look. When I saw his face.Man Sent of God
Lord Jesus placing a crown upon my head.Gabriel d) Miraculous Healing: My wife and I are both doctors. do touch and heal me!” But His reply was surprising. “My son! In Madras. I was shocked on observing how it resembled exactly the one shown to me by Jesus. for He didn’t say a word about healing me. He is My son. One day. for I could not stand. laying my head on his lap. there is one Dhinakaran. At that time I could not stand or walk. . DGS Dhinakaran . Go to him.
Jesus alone is the one true God! . We boarded the train and returned home so happily.” So saying. I went to the mother of the little girl. There the Lord Jesus heals even those who are unable to walk. With no medicine whatever. Dhinakaran prayed with great compassion for us. who is my neighbor. total strangers to him and also spoke some words of prophecy. I couldn’t share anything.Dr. God performed a miracle which surprised us. I said to her. “Jesus Calls” meetings are now being held in Chembur. She had to limp as she walked. I no longer vomit blood. India) e) Miraculous Growth of Shortened Leg: The legs of a six year old girl who lived next door were in different lengths.
. I took her to the meeting. let me take your little daughter with me to the meeting. On the 22nd February 1991 as I was on my way to attend “Jesus Calls” meeting.Open Heaven
faith swelled in my heart. Hemant Kumar. I stood with tear-soaked eyes. he healed me of high blood pressure and severe Bronchial Asthma. Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh. one being shorter than the other. Jesus will work a miracle for her also. I am a renowned physician myself. But today I entirely believe in divine healing.
“Jesus makes shortened legs to grow.CHAPTER SEVEN Dr.Man Sent of God
During the time of intercession. MANIFOLD MINISTRIES The Lord Jesus anointed Brother Dhinakaran with His love and compassion in a divine encounter which lasted three hours. Paul Dhinakaran. his son had a divine visitation and was called to the ministry by the Lord. Dr. Now she walks well. Since that day he worked diligently with his father. SUCCESSOR On the 20th of November 1980. his father had passed over to him.” He heals those with impediments!” Immediately the shorter leg of the girl who had accompanied me grew as long as the other longer leg. He now has taken over the mantle of His father and he runs all the manifold ministries. Dr. The anointing he received enabled him to work tirelessly and unceasingly in many ways. Brother Dhinakaran declared. DGS Dhinakaran . Here is an example of a man of God who
. DGS Dhinakaran left for his eternal home on glory early last year and many in India mourned the loss of an amazing man of God.
May we emulate and imitate his walk with God.Open Heaven
experienced open heaven in his life and ministry. his extraordinary prayer life and his great heart of compassion for suffering humanity.
Christians in Latin America had very limited resources but they humbled themselves and sought God’s face!
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The decade of 1986-1996 saw revival sweeping Latin America. It was reported that 400 people were converted to Christianity in Latin America every hour. The number of Latin American Protestants increased from 18.4 million.
I had a prophetic dream many years ago. I strongly believe that prayer meetings are not for women folks only. We can learn from our brethren that persecution will not kill the church. in Cali. In this vivid dream. I saw a huge congregation comprising of men only – raising their hands in prayer and speaking in loud and powerful tongues like the sound of many waters. In 1995. Spiritual warfare against the enemy was the reason for the prayer rally after a well-known pastor was assassinated on the front steps of a local church by local drug lords. Columbia as many as 40. There was a season of time when Latin American churches were praying as never before. churches and public places. we will see revival hitting our shores again!
. All-night prayers were common in homes.000 Christians packed a stadium for an all-night prayer vigil. These were heartfelt prayers of dedication and fervency attended by thousands.Open Heaven
REQUIREMENTS FOR AN OPEN HEAVEN 1) Prayer and Spiritual Warfare. As men begin to war in the Spirit. It will instead awaken the church towards humbling themselves to seek God like never before.
I had the opportunity to speak in those prayer meetings and was pleasantly surprised by the thousands who attended those prayer meetings. About a thousand people attended the prayer meeting with great enthusiasm. we had the honor to speak in a vibrant church in Kuching. I will not be surprised if revival breaks out in this holy ground. By 6. Malaysia. non-believers get born again. at every Saturday prayer meeting. Remarkably.CHAPTER EIGHT When Heaven Comes Down
Surabaya Church. We attended the prayer meeting on Saturday at 7pm.30pm. Indonesia called Bethany Manyar that has a congregation of 15. Recently. God is preparing the church in Indonesia for a great revival. The worship was lively and anointed. Churches are beginning to catch the fire of prayers! Blessed Church. the main sanctuary was already filled and so late comers were ushered to the overflow room. Kuching. The atmosphere was charged with expectation and filled with the Presence of God.
. there are 3 prayer meetings at 10 am. Indonesia There is a church in Surabaya. Every Tuesday. 7 pm and 10 pm.000.
Worshipping God makes every child of God realize that we are all sinners saved by grace. We will experience holy ground as angels ascend and descend from heaven. signs and wonders
. Worship warriors are being raised up in many nations. New songs of the Holy Spirit will be sung prophetically and spontaneously. Praise and worship help us to focus on God and turn away from self. We must first ascend to God’s throne in worship and descend with God’s glory. God began to anoint songwriters and composers of music. As we ascend in worship.Open Heaven
2) Praise and Worship Before and after the revival hit Latin America. Worship causes us to abandon and surrender ourselves to God. we will descend in great authority and anointing for warfare. Thousands of people came together for an evening of praise and worship in stadiums and football fields. Miracles. Worship is seeking God’s face and not God’s hand. God’s glory will begin to permeate the congregation and the place of gathering. there was a great emphasis on praise and worship. Praise and worship will be one of the significant signposts that precede revival.
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will start to manifest. Unless our hearts and minds are directed towards God. Sinners will rush to the altar of God’s mercy without any preacher giving an altar call. Actually repentance is positive and powerful. please let it happen in Malaysia! 3) Repentance Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. deliverances and creative miracles will be so common. Human beings will not be able to control those meetings. And Lord. Fire and glory will be seen far and wide from the building where people gather to worship God.
. We will all stand in awe of Him. mind and direction. Healings. May this come true soon Lord. Many Christians repent enough to be forgiven but not quite enough to experience breakthrough and revival. Repentance is a word that conjures differing responses and sinners hate to hear that word spoken. It simply means change of heart. we will not have revival and times of refreshing.
Revival tarries because of lack of repentance and lack of appetite for God. That is when God invades our territory and heaven comes down. Since God is seeking for worshippers (John 4:24) and persistently looking for His chosen people. We will see more of that in this book when we explore and visit the 1950’s revival in Argentina. but the worship and
. Repentance means a conscious pursuit of God and holiness with renewed mind and surrendered heart.‘seek’ in 2 Chronicles 7:14 means to search to pursue and to try to discover His face. not just in Malaysia but also in the nations we have been to there seems to be a void of excitement and hunger for God and His Presence. Great numbers of churches are growing. We have filled our spiritual stomachs with so much junk from the world that we have lost our hunger for God and revival! We seek for the best food in town or the latest football match or the latest fashion… but do we seek God’s face? It is a call of God now to seek His face like never before.Open Heaven
Repentance is much more than tears or remorse over sins. we shall surely and successfully find Him. God is preparing a remnant of His people who will pursue Him till His Kingdom invades earth. The word . In many churches today.
“Lukewarm church that has lost its first love for Jesus. “Repent.
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praise are dry and lifeless. May we be like John the Baptist and begin to declare.
Behold. Unity Psalms 133:
Blessed Unity of the People of God A Song of Ascents.” Unless we repent from where we have fallen. The beard of Aaron. Of David. It must start from the pulpit and continue to the pew. how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head. Running down on the edge of his garments. Unity. Running down on the beard. God may spew us out of His mouth. for the Kingdom of God is at hand” if we want a genuine revival! 4) Unity. There is hardly anybody speaking in tongues or moving in the Gifts of the Spirit. It is like the dew of Hermon. it is time to practice and preach repentance. Sermons are not filled with the power and demonstration of the Spirit.
that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17: 20-21 20 “I do not pray for these alone. and I in You. In short. It was a very impactful conference. Pastor Simon Chandran. but also for those who will believe in Me through their word. Father.Open Heaven
For there the LORD commanded the blessing --Life forevermore. We salute men of God who are secure in Christ like Pastor Bernard Teh. The unity of churches in Taiping must be applauded as churches and pastors refused to build their little kingdoms but to build God’s Kingdom. On the last night of the meeting. are in Me. that they also may be one in Us. as You. we experienced open heaven during the 3 days prophetic conference. Pastor Dr Dhoss and other pastors who anchored
. the Glory Cloud descended on the attendees in an amazing and awesome way. not just in terms of attendance or the lives touched and ministered but more of the unity of churches and pastors displayed at the conference.
We returned from a Prophetic conference in Taiping (a city in Malaysia) in June 2009 with Prophet Thomas Cherian from India. that they all may be one.
A particular case comes to my mind. This is a real example that I experienced. there is room for another church to be planted. other pastors in the city will never attend.
. Insecurity and jealousy began to surface in the local pastor whenever there was a larger crowd when the guest speaker preached. these pastors are only interested with what will benefit their individual ministry and church. Some pastors are so insecure and competitive that they will crucify the next pastor and the next church that is planted in their vicinity. All the brochures of the meetings that are held in another church in the same city end up in the waste paper basket or they will be ‘safely stored away’ until the conference is over. Please have a big heart. There are far too many insecure pastors and leaders in the Body of Christ who are extremely territorial. I used to minister in a certain church in a particular nation. I was invited to preach in this church. As long as there is still one more soul to be saved. If another church in a city has a special speaker or a conference. They cannot seem to see the greater Body of Christ. The pastor was using me to build his church – no problem with that.CHAPTER EIGHT When Heaven Comes Down
this momentous conference that shifted the spiritual atmosphere in Taiping and the state of Perak. With a myopic perspective and lacking a big heart. About 3 times a year.
the rumor was not true. Surprised and puzzled. I believe God is scouting for a city and a nation where He can find the Body of Christ coming in unity of faith and purpose.Open Heaven
One season. He left the church suddenly because he was unhappy with the pastor. He neither apologized nor repented. God bless that pastor. Senior pastors. Hoping to bring reconciliation between him and the pastor. I wanted to find out the root cause of the exodus. For the record . he ordered his secretary to email me and cancel all my preaching engagements at his church. God intended
. I was caught in the “cross fire”. My good friend was one of the church leaders. I had to pursue him for a while to reach him and only then did I find out about the rumor of me starting a church. no matter how great or strong can take the city and the nation for Christ. It is already a few years now and I still have not started the church like the rumors had circulated. this pastor heard a rumor that I was going to start a new church with this leader who had left and others in the same city. Immediately without checking with me. God has called me to an itinerant ministry. I assured the pastor that it was not true. One day. Being curious. may we appeal to you in Jesus’ love that no one single church. a group of leaders and worship leaders and people left the church.
Reinhard Bonnke Crusade In November 1999 Reinhard Bonnke had an unprecedented crowd of 6 million gathered in Lagos. Thanks to the newly elected President of Nigeria. May we help to answer Jesus’ prayer that we may be united as one just as Jesus and God the Father are one.CHAPTER EIGHT When Heaven Comes Down
for churches and Body of Christ to come together. There are 2000 dialects. I believe unity is one of the most powerful keys to open heaven’s treasures of miracles. After nine years of being banned from entering Nigeria to do crusades or meetings. prolonged tensions between the tribal groups and the constant conflict between Christians and Muslims. With that backdrop and the socio-political landscape of Nigeria. Much blood has been shed through civil wars in Nigeria. President Olusegun Obasanjo (A born-again Christian) after years of military dictatorship. signs and wonders and
. It was truly Open Heaven. Nigeria is a nation of more than 200 million in population. the Body of Christ needed to be united to break the spirit of strife and hatred. Not only the most populated country in Africa but Nigeria is also one of the most internally divided. it was a divine breakthrough for Reinhard to be back in Nigeria. Nigeria for a crusade. causing a great open heaven.
all these were evidently manifested in the Reinhard Bonnke crusade. signs and wonders took place largely because of the unity of the churches and Christian leaders in Nigeria. It is so refreshing that at least one nation has achieved a certain level of unity among Christians. With his proven love and fruits in Africa. There is an association called United Gospel Churches Association of Nigeria that represents 500 denominations! Awesome – that is the word! The massive crowd of the crusade in Lagos included 200. Outstanding Unity Heaven was opened and great salvation.Open Heaven
deliverance for a nation. deliverance. miracles. May we help to answer Jesus’ prayer of unity for the Body of believers of Jesus Christ!
.000 prayer counselors and more than 80.000 pastors and leaders who attended ministry training at Lagos’ National Stadium during Bonnke’s visit to Nigeria. healings. Bonnke has been able to unite the churches and the body of Christ in Nigeria. Needless to say.
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We had just returned from Kuching. The church and Kuching city were blessed with a unique move of God through the ministry of Edward Miller. the man of God whom God used in the Argentina revival had ministered in their church some 20 years ago. Edward Miller would just wait for the move of the Spirit before he ministered. Edward was not concerned and
. I was told that Edward Miller. Malaysia (August 10.
According to him. EDWARD MILLER This is a missionary from America who was led to go to Argentina. He was also least concerned about the number of attendees but greatly and extremely sensitive to the slightest wind of the Spirit. we cannot argue with fruits – Edward had tremendous fruits. ‘where is the Lord God of Elijah’?” Like a normal working person. no one came.Open Heaven
bothered if individuals started to leave the meeting while he just sat. For two weeks they labored in distributing tracts. Together with another missionary Robert Thomas. prayed and prepared sermons. “Times without number the question of Elisha echoed in my soul. they set up a gospel tent in Lavalle. a village nestled in the foothills of the great Andes Mountains. Edward had come to the end of the road. visiting every home in the community. yet night after night. he retreated to seeking God until he found some answers. The churches in Kuching were abundantly impacted by his ministry. The wasted expenses and labor resulted in extreme disappointment and defeat. Unwilling to give excuses for his failure and defeat. That was January 1949. Well. God put upon Edward’s heart to spend eight hours daily with Him in prayer and His
Is it possible for an ordinary man without other qualifications to touch heaven and change Argentina with tangible fruits and breakthroughs? The conflicts. He was desperate to find the key for revival and the move of God in Argentina. Waiting. questions and fears punctuated the long hours of seeking God alone. but we need to set up the sail BEFORE the wind blows. We do not know when the wind will blow. doubts. God’s glory and
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Word. lest we miss the wind and the boat! A Visitation Then suddenly one day like any other day. Revival is God’s Sovereignty and man’s responsibility. threatened or forced to answer our whims and fancies. Weeks turned to two months. Even with days of fasting. God spoke audibly to Edward. A thought came to him to set a date for God to move. without any warning. I suppose God cannot be bribed. searching the Word. There was still no sign of the cloud of the size of the man’s hand like when Elijah travailed for rain. kneeling. God still did not show up. walking. Sometimes he spent more than eight hours seeking God’s face. The book of Acts must be repeated.
walk to the table in the centre of the room and hit it. However 3 came the first night. a backslidden man and his wife. For four hours.Open Heaven
Presence filled the little attic room where he spent most of his time. a timid servant girl. No one had anything except the wife who admitted a strange desire to arise. no transport after midnight and other responsibilities in the home made it almost impossible for anyone to turn up. Winter. God did not require us to understand but He certainly requires us to OBEY. The invitation was made to the little church the following Sunday. unheated building. “Go call the people to prayer. he asked if anyone had received anything from God. If they are not prepared to stay the entire four hours they must not come at all” An unusual order from Heaven! Can this be from God? God’s ways are always higher than our ways. There were many factors and obstacles hindering the people from responding to such a call. Tell them to come prepared to stay from eight until midnight. I will pour out My Spirit upon them. When the four hours had passed. Edward led in prayer and praise but no one joined him.
The meeting ended with the same woman who had the strange desire as the night before. the same group came for the prayer meet. Everyone took the courage to hit the table. a mighty rushing wind came into the room. With great reluctance and embarrassment. Thursday night was no different until at eleven pm. The backslidden man who resisted the call of God fell under the table and spoke in tongues and worshipped God. The third night. Lastly his wife too was filled with the Spirit and spoke in strange tongues. It was an exact duplicate of the night before. Edward decided to sing a song and did a Jericho march around the table. worshipping the Lord. the wife admitted with blushing that she did have that peculiar feeling but could not be persuaded to do so. The prayer ended that night. she confessed the similar prompting. suddenly and instantly.
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What a strange and foolish thing. The second night. Obviously she could not be persuaded to try it. Edward asked the woman if she still felt like hitting the table.
A simple and obedient act opened the door to revival. the Holy Spirit was being poured not only upon this little group but the whole of Argentina in a brand new way. Can this happen again? Will it happen in Asia? In Malaysia? I believe with all my heart that it can happen again in greater glory and magnitude! Amen. As she prophesied. River of God Started to Flow As news of the revival went out. bad weather and other excuses did not prevent people from coming to be filled with the Holy Spirit and receiving God’s supernatural touch. Ask Edward and the small group if this was not so.Open Heaven
Outpouring Unknown to Edward. God transformed this pagan country into a Christian nation. The little church exploded with exponential growth. Those who sow in tears and prayers shall reap with joy.
. filled with the Spirit and baptized in water. Inadequate transportation. A 14 year old girl saw visions and received revelations of things to come. she began to quote scriptures that she had never learned or read. In June 1949. revival broke out in Argentina. Many were saved. more and more people came for the prayer service.
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WANTED . Hannah’s tears and prayers birthed the Prophet Samuel whom God used to bring revival to the nation. Her desperate prayers were filled with tears and sorrow until she looked like a drunken woman. Before a great move of God. the nation of Israel was drowning in moral and spiritual decay under the spiritual leadership of Eli. The word of God and visions were rare. God sometimes seeks willing and broken vessels that stand in the gap as repairers of the breach – weeping God’s tears! In 1 Samuel 3:1-3. When was the last time you saw a preacher weeping as he preached his sermon with passion and brokenness? Are we so caught up the age of Internet technology that we forget the ancient ways of God? No hope in the pulpit.
. God laid a burden upon a barren woman called Hannah to change the course of the nation. One of the most needed ingredients for revival is the altar of God soaked with tears. Eli’s eyes were so dim that he could not see.ALTARS SOAKED WITH TEARS. no hope in the pew.
God awakened His people from self-centeredness and gave them supernatural compassion for the lost. But first. About 100 years ago. whose name is Holy:
. In his own words. a young Welsh coal miner named Evan Roberts was overtaken by the thought that his countrymen were going to hell. Elijah’s altar was soaked with water and sacrifice before the fire from heaven fell.000 conversions to Christ. With heaven sent passion and brokenness he prayed that God would shut hell for one year. he was “bent” by God’s holy burden. During the Welsh Revival. CONTRITE HEARTS Isaiah 57:15 15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity.Open Heaven
Jeremiah wept for rebellious and backslidden Israel so much that he compared his eyes to a fountain (Jeremiah 9:1). We need Hannah. God sent a weeping preacher to break up the fallow ground. Evan Roberts and William Seymour to travail and wet our beautiful church carpets with tears. Who cares about carpets when thousands of souls are saved every night and people with incurable diseases are healed? I believe tears are a very precious commodity in heaven. Jeremiah. His prayer of tears birthed a revival that produced more than 100.
wicked. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. Tears . (John 6:9-13). The saints of old used to sing: “Blest are the men of broken hearts Who mourn for sin with inward smart” There is something about brokenness that God delights to use. immoral and corrupt generation!
. And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. crooked. Jesus broke the lad’s bread before He fed the 5000 men. passionless and fireless sermons from the pulpit. Many of us are familiar with the tearless. The alabaster box of expensive perfume was broken before the fragrance escaped and filled the house. With him who has a contrite and humble spirit. (Psalm 42:1-3). Our eyes are dry because our hearts are not broken. God places a great premium on tears. To revive the spirit of the humble. The Psalmist declared his great hunger and intensity for God like a deer pants for the water. Is tearful.CHAPTER NINE Argentina Revival
“ I dwell in the high and holy place. hot fiery preaching a lost art? May we have some Jeremiahs and Ezekiels who will stand in the gap for this perverse.priceless commodity on earth and in heaven.
Out in the forest and the fields that surrounded the Bible Institute in City Bell. God came down from Heaven to answer his prayers. With great fear.Open Heaven
O God. attending a Bible Institute had been seeking God with tears and vehement cries for some time. Alexander had continued to pray past
. Alexander ran in terror to the Bible Institute for refuge. bless us with broken hearts. The teenage student found himself in the very presence of a Holy and Awesome God. not just visit once in a while. Do you want to be that vessel of honor? God Answered from Heaven A young Polish student. A Heavenly Being drew near him. An intense light appeared before him. O God give us tears to cry for our nation and generation. Many nights of sleep had escaped him. He had been burdened for many months to pray for revival in Argentina. In the wee hours of one particular morning. May judgment first begin with us preachers! God is seeking broken and contrite hearts in which He wants the pleasure to dwell in.
the regular class was replaced with prayer meeting. He began to name city after city in Argentina and then moved from country to country as if he was reading from an atlas. Tears flowed like streams down the faces of these students. Alexander was taken in the spirit to journey over the face of the earth. Thinking of escaping the holy and awesome presence of this Being. Students. Without any warning. The unforgettable dates were 5-11 June 1951. Argentina. Meals and sleep were forgotten. There was no way that Alexander who barely had primary school education was able to name such a long list. There was uninhibited brokenness on every one of them. God wept through them in a supernatural way. Alexander ran inside the building but the Visitor entered with him.
. all the students felt the awesome holy presence of God! Everyone began to repent from their sins and asked for forgiveness. There were deep intercession and cries as the students came under an intense burden for Argentina.CHAPTER NINE Argentina Revival
midnight and God came to visit him. The first week was filled with the mighty Presence of God. The next morning. City Bell was a small town near the city of Buenos Aires. nobody was hungry or sleepy. teachers and missionaries were weeping uncontrollably. the Heavenly Visitor came again. Suddenly.
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The days passed by so quickly. It was replaced by immense joy. Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing. 6 He who continually goes forth weeping. It took about 2 years before God led them to His plan of revival. Strangely. the waves of deep intercession lifted. Daniel 10 has a similar account as Daniel interceded for his nation. a wind of change came. Bearing seed for sowing.
. One Friday morning. A powerful word mentioned that Michael the Warrior Arch Angel had overcome the ruling prince of Argentina. Bringing his sheaves with him. but it was a step leading towards the mighty outpouring of the Spirit upon Argentina. May our altars once again soaked with the precious seeds of tears. The great burden of intercession was taken off their shoulders. a powerful prophetic word was released that The Lion of the tribe of Judah had prevailed over the principality of Argentina. It did not begin that morning when the Heavenly Visitor came to Alexander the Polish lad. Psalm 126:5-6 5 Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. praise and laughter instead of sorrow and weeping.
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Ministry in Nigeria As a family we are in Lagos, Nigeria at this moment of writing. We are staying with the wonderful family of an excellent pastor, Rev. Sunday Ebere. It is like heaven on earth as they lovingly take care of us. They treat us as family members and have given us room and facilities to write this precious chapter. Thanks a million, Sunday and Lois for such grace and hospitality. You are like an Epaphroditus ministering to our need. (Philippians 2:25)
About a year ago, a Nigerian brother gave me a copy of a book written by a great man of God, Dr. David Oyedepo from Nigeria. I have been reading about the move of God and the massive churches in Nigeria after God laid these things upon my heart. As I read the book and saw the picture of Bishop Oyedepo, a strange desire welled up within me. It was a desire to meet him and invite him to Malaysia to minister in our annual International Conference. I realized that truly God will have to open the way to make this possible after learning that it is almost impossible to meet this uncommon man of God personally. This is because thousands from Nigeria and all over the world seek his prayers, counsel, wisdom and help – a very long queue indeed! Bishop Dr. David Oyedepo He had an encounter with God in a vision that lasted 18 hours. It took 26 months of seeking, fasting, praying and meditating on the Word before David Oyedepo started his ministry. For more than 20 years, Dr Oyedepo has been part of the charismatic movement sweeping the African continent. His apostolic teaching has transformed millions of lives. Dr Oyedepo is the President of Living Faith Church worldwide with network of churches all over Nigeria and Africa.
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He received a commission from God: “The hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of Faith and I am sending you to undertake this task.” God has used him to change the spiritual and physical landscape of Nigeria. A church building that seats 50,000 called Faith Tabernacle in Canaan Land, Ota, Lagos is reputed to be the largest church auditorium in the world. He is the Senior Pastor of 100,000 members. As a prolific author, he has authored more than 50 titles. As an educationist, his mission currently pioneers the establishment of educational institutions of all levels in Nigeria including the Covenant University, where he serves as Chancellor. God Made the Way I thought that applying for a Nigerian visa was just a formality. My first trip to the Nigerian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia however proved otherwise. After meeting the tedious requirements for the visa application, I was confident that everything was settled. I soon discovered how mistaken I was! After 5 visits and numerous calls to the embassy, our visa was still not approved. Desperation set in as the clock ticked closer to my departure date. Our family took a risk by buying our tickets to Nigeria
Having considered these obstacles. Joseph Wong from Sabah joined us in the battle to procure the visas. Perhaps it was not the right time or God had closed the door. I finally got a chance to speak to the visa consular and he said that he would let me know the outcome. I received a call from Joseph Wong. Plus there was the threat of the AH1N1 virus at that time and travel was not advisable. To God be the Glory!
. my travel agent asking me to go to the embassy by 2.30 pm to collect our visas.Open Heaven
before our visas were approved. Asher had a dream on Thursday morning that all our passports were stamped. I was sure that they were all orchestrated by the devil to push us toward the last option of cancelling the trip! My son. Suddenly. My eagerness to minister in Nigeria was soon turning into despair and discouragement. The travel agent who is also our dear friend. all factors indicated that we should postpone or cancel the trip. God’s peace reigned in my heart. except for God’s will to be done in our lives. Very unexpectedly. it did not matter anymore whether we were going to Nigeria or not. After that call. Humanly speaking. Is this not surely a sign from God? After repeated calls to the embassy. We got our visas at 4 pm and headed to the airport at 11 pm the same day.
As we entered into Canaan Land. a university and a majestic auditorium that has a seating capacity of fifty thousand. petrol (gas) stations. in this case Canaan Land. schools. restaurants. I shared my desire to Pastor Sunday Ebere and he agreed to take us to Faith Tabernacle which is about 2 hours of “free massage” ride on some particularly bumpy roads! We were given the contact number of the man of God’s personal secretary. Ota.CHAPTER TEN Bishop David Oyedepo
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. I was getting restless in my spirit as I was sure that God wanted me to meet Dr Oyedepo. we noticed that there were banks. Nigeria. Though we travelled the bumpy and dusty roads previously to get here we were now travelling on beautifully surfaced roads. with or without appointment. After many calls that went unanswered. It was a brand new world. there was a sign board that welcomed us: “If you need a breakthrough. The air seemed to be fresh with beautiful gardens and lawns unlike the other polluted Lagos suburbs we passed through. Various ministers mentioned that it was rare to meet him without a formal appointment. we were on our way to our promised land. you have come to the right place” As we entered this township of Canaan Land. bookshops. a suburb of Lagos.
He briefed us that we might have to wait for as long as 12 hours with no guarantee of meeting the Bishop Oyedepo. I was ministering in California and an opportunity arose for me to go to Mexico for a mission trip. we met two men and asked them to show us the office of the man of God. the difference was like day and night. Beautiful roads and infrastructure. At the car park. As we left the border of California and entered into Mexico. dirt. Pastor Frank mentioned some Koreans who came and waited for 12 hours before they could meet Dr Oyedepo. Some never even got the chance to see him. old looking vehicles. shanties and dusty roads. At the reception area. One man identified who himself as Pastor Frank (the personal assistant of Bishop Oyedepo) volunteered to take us to the waiting lounge. I guess he was preparing us for the worst scenario. After about 15 minutes in the waiting room. As we approached the administration block we could see the awesome auditorium from a distance.Open Heaven
It reminded me of my trip to Mexico many years ago. Pastor Frank brought us to the office entrance and asked us to wait for Bishop Oyedepo as he would make his entrance shortly. clean buildings and up to date motor vehicles in California were now replaced by noise. there were various posters of Oyedepo’s ministry all over Africa and his encounter with various
He is such a humble and meek man who was quick to give God the glory for this mammoth achievement. Wow. Dr Oyepedo has agreed to come to Malaysia to minister in a conference. That morning he was not planning to come to the office. By the grace of God. We did receive our breakthrough! We visited the church auditorium and the university campus where Barrack Obama had visited sometime ago. Dr Oyedepo told us that he
. I was praying for uncommon favor. He welcomed us to his beautiful private VIP guest room. TL Osbourne and others. Being a Monday morning. I asked God to touch the heart of this man of God to meet us somehow. I noticed Asher was admiring the poster of the 3 private jets that belonged to the ministry. On the morning of that encounter. However. While we were in the plane flying into Nigeria. Hagin. most Senior Pastors would be resting. He shared with us that this township was built without any loan from the bank. As he walked into the office. It was all paid by cash. I greeted him and told him that we came from Malaysia and requested him to come and bless Malaysia in 2010. international fame and success.CHAPTER TEN Bishop David Oyedepo
presidents and giants of God like Kenneth E. we were going to meet an uncommon man of God of such caliber and stature. Kenneth Copeland.
He is married to Faith. Dr. He has written over 50 titles of inspirational and motivational texts covering various aspects of life. including the recently established Covenant University.000 capacity . His faith-based teachings have transformed millions of lives.Open Heaven
felt a prompting in his heart to do so. Canaan Land. Amen! Who is Bishop David Oyedepo? Called with a specific mandate to liberate mankind from all oppressions of the devil. He is the senior pastor of the 50. As an educationist. and their marriage is blessed with children. reputed to be the largest church auditorium in the world.Faith Tabernacle. his mission currently pioneers the establishment of educational institutions at all levels in Nigeria. I was so touched when I heard that because God had answered my little prayer. where he serves as the Chancellor.
. Hallelujah. Ota. Oyedepo is the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide with a network of churches all over Nigeria and most nations of Africa.
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The Third Wave A term borrowed from Peter Wagner who coined the “First Wave” as the Pentecostal Revival at the turn of the century: the “Second Wave” as the Charismatic Renewal that impacted the more liberal denominations. However. John Wimber became the leader and spokesperson for the “Third Wave”.
. Together with Peter Wagner.
Prophecy. including pastors and leaders from all over America. Many were saved and baptized in water and the Holy Spirit. In March 1993.Open Heaven
Founder of the Vineyard Churches in 1977. weeping and laughter occurred frequently. Rodney was scheduled to speak at Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland. Little did he realize that God was about to use him in an amazing way. Ministers like Mike Bickle. Spiritual manifestations like falling. The Toronto Blessing God spoke to a South African preacher Rodney HowardBrowne to go to America. We had the privilege of attending one of those conferences by John Wimber in Australia in the early 1990’s. After 6 weeks of meetings. Florida for a one week meeting. some one hundred thousand had been impacted. Wimber travelled extensively in the apostolic ministry of healings. That one week meeting turned out to be a 14-week revival outpouring meeting. His meetings had unusual manifestations of the Gifts of the Spirit. signs and wonders.
. God had other plans. Jack Deere and John White were the regular speakers in John Wimber’s conferences which attracted thousands of conservative evangelical Christians. Word of Knowledge and being “Slain in the spirit” together with shaking and drunkenness were common characteristics in his meetings. However.
More than 200. One pastor called Randy Clark was greatly transformed when he attended one of those meetings. Randy was seeking God for a breakthrough in his life and ministry. laughing and divine healings. Clark went to Toronto to speak at the Airport Vineyard Christian Fellowship pastored by John Arnott. Those attending the meetings at Toronto experienced falling. God spoke to Rodney that this revival in Lakeland needed to be spread throughout America. This revival attracted people from all over the world. God used the Evangelist
. The “Toronto Blessing” revival had a great impact in Great Britain.000 people attended the first year of the revival. the Christian and secular media began to publicize the revival. shaking.000 churches were transformed and impacted by this revival. Needless to say. It was at this historical meeting on 20 January 1994 that the revival known as “Toronto Blessing” erupted. An estimated 7. After attending Rodney’s meetings in Lakeland. Soon.CHAPTER ELEVEN Modern Day Revival
After 14 weeks of revival. THE PENSACOLA REVIVAL On Father’s Day 18 June 1995. Florida. including London’s Holy Trinity Church Brompton. This revival not only impacted Great Britain but also the nations of the world. the city of Toronto was the top tourist attraction in 1994.
Pastor John lay on the floor for three and one-half hours! The spiritual manifestations of shaking. May God have mercy upon Asia especially Malaysia as we prepare ourselves to embrace the coming revival that will impact the Asian Region. Steve gave an altar call for those who desired to be prayed for. please remember Malaysia. Many started to fall all over the auditorium including the Senior Pastor. Florida. After preaching that morning. CONCLUSION God Almighty had been very generous and gracious to America who had so many revivals and outpourings of His Spirit. I believe it is time for Asia. Hopefully MALAYSIA or Indonesia! A ‘holy jealousy’ occurred in my heart every time I read or heard about revival happening outside Asia. America has had her turn. John Kilpatrick.
. laughing and weeping were common from the first day of the revival.Open Heaven
Steve Hill to usher a revival in Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola. At the pinnacle of the revival. Unusual manifestations began to occur. This revival has had a global influence and impact. Lord Jesus. trembling. Amen and Amen. it attracted visitors from all over the world who would wait in line for hours to get a seat at the evening revival service.
wars and rumours of wars. new life threatening diseases. economic uncertainties. frightening and amazing decade. The world will be looking for answers from Above as the human race is confronted with unprecedented plagues and new strains of viruses. famines and droughts. earthquakes of greater magnitudes. unusual floods.CHAPTER ELEVEN Modern Day Revival
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The next decade from 2011-2020 will be an awesome. absurd weather changes and the movement toward a one world government.
A strong Presence of God came into the room. William Seymour prophesied that a GREATER REVIVAL THAN AZUSA WILL BREAK OUT IN ABOUT 100 years from now. When the Glory Cloud begins to fall during prayer meetings or church services. weeks and months. it will last for many hours and even days. It shall be a Kairos appointed time and season for God to move in unprecedented ways that we have never seen before. “For the glory of the latter hours shall be greater than the former.”
. At the peak of Azusa Street revival. I put down the book and began to worship God. Something clicked inside me as I read that. Recently. I was in the lovely home of Paul & Mary Chin reading the book on Azusa Street revival in 1906 spearheaded by a humble and unassuming man called William Seymour. I began to pray for Malaysia to receive this coming revival.Open Heaven
In God’s timetable it will be a MIDNIGHT hour that the body of Christ will go through. What a glorious day it will be. I believe that in this coming revival even the largest stadiums and the biggest football fields of the world will not be able to accommodate the massive crowds that will make bee-lines to experience and witness what God will be doing in our midst.
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MIDNIGHT HOUR Exodus12:29-36 29 And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt. For they said.30 So Pharaoh rose in the night. having their kneading bowls bound up in their clothes on their shoulders.”34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened. that they might send them out of the land in haste. all his servants. both you and the children of Israel. articles of gold. “We shall all be dead. and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver. and bless me also.35 Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses. as you have said. and all the firstborn of livestock. for there was not a house where there was not one dead.
Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night. “Rise. and clothing. serve the LORD as you have said. And go. so that they
.36 And the LORD had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians.32 Also take your flocks and your herds. and all the Egyptians. from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon. and said.” And the Egyptians urged the people.
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granted them what they requested. It was judgment on Pharaoh and Egyptians 2. It was a transfer of wealth from the Egyptians to God’s chosen people
. about six hundred thousand men on foot. and flocks and herds --- a great deal of livestock. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. for it was not leavened. they also plundered the Egyptians of gold.
Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth. silver and expensive clothing. Not only were they released. It was at this great window of opportunity that God set the Israelites free after 430 years of bondage. besides children.
Interestingly at midnight God sent judgment on Pharaoh and the Egyptians. All the firstborn of the Egyptians and their livestock were dead. Salvation and deliverance for God’s people 3.39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt.38 A mixed multitude went up with them also. It was back pay for labour and service for 430 years! At Midnight: 1.
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We believe God will do it again with different styles and different strokes! RUTH SEALED HER DESTINY. 4. divine appointments and spiritual or physical blessings. During famine or economic recession. Naomi. Famine Harvest Transition Great destiny
Famine could also mean lack of favor. Ironically there was no bread in Bethlehem! In just 10 years. be careful not to make wrong moves like Elimelech who migrated to Moab. 2. There are four seasons in the book of Ruth. the wife decided to move back to Bethlehem after experiencing the bitterness and cruelty of famine and lack. we also go through these four seasons: 1. open doors. Be encouraged! Famine and lack will not last forever. breakthroughs. opportunities. Famine and recession can claim lives prematurely. Naomi heard news of the barley harvest in her hometown. all the 3 men of the house of Elimelech died.
. 3. His original native place is called Bethlehem – the house of bread. Sometimes in life.
a type of the Redeemer Kinsman at the threshing floor. There is coming such a mighty and awesome harvest to be presented to our Redeemer Kinsman Jesus Christ at the threshing floor
. Ruth was instructed by Naomi to wait on Boaz. and turned himself.Open Heaven
Together with her daughter-in-law Ruth. and there. uncovered his feet.
At midnight. a woman was lying at his feet. and lay down. a type of Jesus Christ. Ruth 3: 7-8 7 And after Boaz had eaten and drunk. we will experience great provision and favor. It was at this window of opportunity that Ruth’s future and destiny were secured and sealed. It was a wonderful season but alas it came to an end. like Naomi and Ruth. he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. During harvest season. Ruth is a type of the Bride of Christ and Naomi is a type of the Holy Spirit.
Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled. they came home to the right place at the right time to meet the right people. and she came softly. The romantic story ended with Ruth marrying Boaz. and his heart was cheerful. When the old season expires. Ruth had a personal encounter with Boaz. it can signify a new beginning for us as we are ready to move closer to our destiny.
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before our Heavenly Bridegroom comes to take His Bride. 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. It was the union of Boaz and Ruth that resulted in the birth of Obed. This is similar to the calling of the Bride of Christ to impact and influence nations and generations for His Glory before the Bride of Christ is taken home to heaven. 2 Now five of them were wise. The final season of Ruth’s life impacted and influenced nations and generations. and five were foolish. PARABLE OF THE 10 VIRGINS Matthew 25:1-13 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed. they all slumbered and slept. The midnight hour prepares the Bride of Christ to have a fresh encounter with The Bridegroom at the threshing Floor where the mighty harvest will be harvested.
. A new level of intimacy will be birthed in this decade of destiny. the father of Jesse and the father of David. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. ”Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ ”Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Interestingly, it was at midnight that the Bridegroom came to claim His Bride. Before midnight all the 10 virgins were slumbering. The Body of Christ has been sleeping and could not watch with Jesus Christ. Suddenly, a great cry at midnight will be heard. Are you ready to meet Jesus Christ? Five virgins made it while the other five did not. Please note that they were all virgins. It is possible for some Christians waiting for Christ’s return to experience the shock of their lives when the Bridegroom comes and leaves them behind!
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PAUL & SILAS ACTS 16:25-26 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed
The MIDNIGHT SEASON for this COMING DECADE will be a season of prayer, praise and worship. Suddenly, as we begin to pray, praise and worship God, there will be a great spiritual earthquake that will rock whole communities, cities or nations. Prison doors that held captives for generations will be supernaturally opened. Thousands upon thousands of the likes of the jailer and family will be saved. Salvation and deliverance will be happening during this decade of midnight season. In conclusion, we pray that the greater revival than the Azusa Street in the next decade as we enter the midnight hour and season will break out in Malaysia or Indonesia or Asia or Africa. Hopefully in Malaysia! Amen and Amen!
About The Authors
DR. PAUL ANG B.Ec., M.Th., Ph.D & DR. CHRISTINA ANG B.Th., M.Th., Ph.D
Dr. Paul Ang is a former Economics lecturer from Malaysia, who is now serving God as a global ambassador of Jesus Christ. He holds Masters Degree and Doctorate Degrees in Theology from Baptist Christian Bible College, North Carolina, USA. The Lord has blessed him with a powerful prophetic, teaching and evangelistic ministry which has released many into the perfect will of God for their lives and ministries. His motivational and prophetic teaching has lifted churches and ministries into higher realms of spiritual experience and ministrial establishment. Paul has ministered to hundreds of pastors and churches with accuracy. His prophetic ministry has been recognized globally. He was senior pastor of a church and has been an itinerant minister for more than 20 years.
Cindy Jacobs. They have shared the pulpit with renowned men and women of God around the globe. camps and prophetic conferences. North Carolina. Pastor Dr. USA. Petaling Jaya) as they serve God in the itinerant ministry. Pastor Paul and Pastor Christina are now based in SIBKL [English] Church (in Damansara. God has given them the grace and faith for international ministry. The Lord has anointed her with prophetic. Alex Abraham Tanuseputra [Indonesia]. Thomas Cherian and others. Pastor Paul and Pastor Christina have authored eight books which they have published. Christina Ang who has traveled and ministered extensively together with him in many nations at various churches. teaching and evangelistic ministry. Their prophetic ministry has impacted 44 nations.CHAPTER TWELVE Decade of Destiny
He is blessed with a lovely wife. bible schools. She moves in the gifts of the spirit and healing is prominent in her meetings. She has also holds Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Theology from Baptist Christian Bible College. Chuck Pierce. They are blessed with an adorable son Asher.
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