SCREECHING TIRES AND RAISING THE DEAD

In 1977, I was 16 years old. I was leading worship for a small church in West Virginia. Summer of that year, we went into a tent revival that was definitely operating under an open heaven. We saw hundreds saved and delivered in the 6 week meeting. We saw miracles take place and many filled with the Holy Spirit. As the evangelist would preach, we would hear tires screeching on a nearby road. The drivers would abandon their cars on the road and run into the tent to be saved, totally broken under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. A miracle took place where a boy was submerged underwater for 30 minutes and when the paramedics brought him to the surface he had flat lined. The evangelist met the paramedics at the hospital and laid hands on the boy and God brought him back to life. This is the type of power that I long to see again. It is the kind that is needed to shake our cities and our nation to come back to God. I don’t want to just hear about it, I want to see it and experience it. As the apostle John put it:

1 John 1:1 – KJV – That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

John 1:14 – KJV – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

To hear about the glory of God is one thing, to see it, is another thing all together.

The second thing you will notice when there is not an open heaven is in 1st Samuel 2:22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.23 And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people.24 Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear : ye make the LORD’S people to transgress .

 

This is a sure sign that the ministry is not operating under an open heaven. When there is sin in the camp, the Spirit of God will not move in power. We now see why there was no open vision in Chapter 3 of 1st Samuel: the priests were fornicating with the women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle.

 

Over the last 25 years, I have seen so many ministries that were on fire for God crumble to the ground and become a laughing stock to the world because of sin. If we are to see a great revival, we must keep ourselves without spot and unblemished from the world. Yes, we are to love and restore such ministers when they fall. Still, it is a fact that when we are under an open heaven, secret sin in the church will not remain secret for very long. God will expose and purge it when there is an open heaven. If we persist in the sin, and we are operating under an open heaven, that window can be shut. This could cause the world to not see another revival for decades. This is a warning to those of us who are ministers:

James 3: 1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

When God grants us an open heaven to minister under, we will be judged on how we choose to minister in it. Preachers are held to a higher standard and we will be judged on what we have done with the revelation and power that God has granted us. When we see sin running rampant through the ministry that is a sign that we do not have an open heaven.

Under an open heaven, sin the church was judged very severely according to our MODERN standards:

Acts 5:1- 6 KJV – But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy  to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.

All right then, who among you wants to tell God that He is dealing insensitively in this case? He knows how evil sin is and He wants to purge it from His church. We need great fear to fall on Christians again so they will not sin. And remember, this occurred when we are living under GRACE.

I thought the last verse was interesting. How would you like to tell people that your ministry is to bury the Christians after God strikes them dead for sinning? You don’t see that ministry offered to new people when you fill out a visitors card!

We need an open heaven again where God shows how great His power is and Christians are AFRAID to sin.

 

 

 

One thought on “SCREECHING TIRES AND RAISING THE DEAD

  1. Jean Moon says:

    Powerful and full of truth. We need to see God move; but one of the problems with the church, and by that I mean Christians, is that we scorn the evil in society with our words and then fill our minds and hearts with the same evil when we amuse ourselves watching television. How can we say that things are evil and then we are entertained by those same things? We are like white washed tombs… looking clean on the outside but rottenness on the inside.

    We need to get on our faces and repent and seek Him with all our hearts.

    I appreciate your posts, Keep them coming. I don’t always comment but I read and ponder. Thank you.

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